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Plantar fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a flat band of ligaments that connects the heel bone to the toes, supporting the arch of the foot. If the plantar fascia is strained, it gets weak, swollen and irritated. This condition is called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is responsible for about 2 million medical visits per year. As we age, the condition affects males more often than females due to the deterioration of the fat pad on the bottom of the heel after the age of 40.

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ is a by-the-numbers biopic

“The Man Who Knew Infinity” tells the fictionalized true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a brilliant unschooled mathematician whose work changed the field. Let me stop you before you say “A Beautiful Mind” or “The Imitation Game.” This biopic, from writer-director Matthew Brown, is a dutiful effort that never quite adds up to those vastly superior efforts.

Psychology at play for some who text and drive

Q. I have a friend who was seriously hurt in an accident a few weeks ago because a teenage girl was texting and ran her off the road. Although my friend will be fine, I am very angry that so many people don’t realize the harm they are causing others by texting or reading texts while they are driving. Please address the dangers this is causing not only to teens, but to all other innocent people.

Mindset

For most people who need to lose body fat and gain strength, it can be argued that programming doesn’t matter much and that there is probably not a “best” nutrition plan. Now, I hope everyone knows that I’m not proposing an “eat Twinkies and lose weight diet” or a “sit your way to a 15 minute 5K” plan. What I am saying is that if you’re starting at (or near) zero, there are many things that CAN work. It’s all about your mindset.

Verbal abuse is still abuse

Q. My daughter is being verbally abused by her husband. She says she loves him, and denies that he is abusive, but I have overheard the arguments, and I know she is in denial. He throws things and screams about everything, especially when he’s drinking. She was so self-assured, and now she is scared of everything. What can I do to help her realize there is a problem in her marriage?

All drinks are too many during pregnancy

Q. In one of my college classes, the instructor said that one should not drink alcohol at all during pregnancy. My gynecologist said it was OK as long as I only had one drink. Two other girls in class said that their doctor told them the same thing, and they continued to drink throughout their pregnancies. What is the right answer?

Exercise and eye health

The role of exercise in promoting good overall health is well established, especially in relation to preventing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity. The role of physical activity on good eye health, which was once in short supply, is mounting as well. It is becoming evident that exercise is very important in helping to prevent some of the most common and most serious eye conditions.

Stagger not at the promises

(As it is written, “I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (Romans 4:17-21 KJV)

Genetics and Fitness

Here’s a shocker — we’re all different. We have different body types, different cellular reactions from foods, different strengths and different weaknesses. So it should come as no surprise that we each have different behaviors that we’re more likely to succeed in … and that we will have more difficulty in.

Setting boundaries can keep pleasers from being doormats

Q. I am a widow who lives alone. My daughter, who is in her late 30s, asked if a friend of hers, who is going through a divorce, could stay with me for two weeks until her place was ready. It has been two months, her place is still not ready, and she has shown no desire to move out. She also does not cook or clean up after herself. My daughter says I’m being selfish, but I want her out of my house. How can I set a boundary between being helpful and having people take advantage of me?

Putting words in someone’s mouth

I recently saw a silly cartoon that gave me an idea for this column. The first frame showed two siblings sitting on the floor amidst piles of torn paper. The second frame showed the older of the two with a comic bubble showing a lightbulb above his head. He then began sticking bits of paper in the younger one’s mouth, saying, “Chew! Chew! Swallow!” at the younger’s loud cry, the mother rushes in and asks, “WHAT’S going on here?” The older calmly answers, “Aw, nothing, I’m just puttin’ words in Timmy’s mouth.”

Detraining

You have all heard me say that we need to exercise consistently in order to achieve optimal health. But what happens when we take, voluntarily or not, an extended break from physical activity? “Rest” is important, but how much is enough, and how much is too much? Too much rest puts us in a state of detraining. Detraining is when a long enough period of inactivity has passed that health parameters, which were once improving, begin to deteriorate.

All hands on

Jesus was and still is very hands on working with people on this journey called life. (Hebrews 4:14-16). All throughout the Bible we can see this displayed because of the great love that God has for us.

Grief has no timetable

Q. My son, who was my best friend, died suddenly from a drug overdose. I have been overwhelmed with loss, guilt, and despair for much of that time. Most days I am crying or angry. It has been almost impossible to work because people either avoid me or look at me with pity. Why do I feel like I’m moving forward some days and others days I feel like this is all new territory?

Ted Cruz wages Jihad on truth

Listening to Ted Cruz’s response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels raised a question: Is he a pitiful victim of hysteria, a calculated promoter of it or both? Major emergencies call for sober leadership and careful thought, but Cruz is intoxicated by his 150-proof ideology.

The Myth of ‘Toning’

If asked how they envision their ideal body, I would imagine that many individuals would say something like: “nice and toned”. And when most people talk about being “toned” they mean a firm body with some muscular definition and little body fat. Agreed?