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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.


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.

‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ is a claustrophobic thriller

The claustrophobic thriller “10 Cloverfield Lane” isn’t a direct sequel to the 2008 hit “Cloverfield.” The two movies share DNA, but that’s it. This entry, from first-time director Dan Trachtenberg, working under the tutelage of producer J.J. Abrams, is “Room” meets “Misery.” And like a hostage is how I felt for 103 l-o-n-g minutes.

Fruits and Vegetables — Fresh vs. Frozen

Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. They’re full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber — all of which improve health. Eating more fruits and vegetables may even help protect against heart disease. Fresh produce may not always be available and frozen varieties are convenient; however, their nutritional value may differ.

God, Lord of the Breakthrough

“And David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? Wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. And David came to Baal- Perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal- Perazim” (2 Samuel 5:19-20).

Angry outbursts learned behavior, not inherited trait

Q. My husband is angry all of the time and yells constantly. He gets so upset about the election that he screams at the television until his face is red and he is shaking. I’ve asked him to go to a doctor, but he says it’s too late to change and he inherited his temper from his father. I told him that he can change, but do you think he really can?

Above average cleanliness not indicator of OCD

Q. I am really neat and keep my house spotless. My husband says I have OCD. He has told all of our friends and now every time I clean my rugs, people say it’s OCD. Even our children have started calling me “OCD Mom.” It is my understanding that having a normal, clean house is not a mental health problem. Can you explain OCD to my family?

‘London Has Fallen’ rises to the occasion

“Olympus Has Fallen,” the hit about terrorists taking over the White House, was not on my Top 10 list of 2013 movies, but it was among the runners-up. The same might happen with the sequel. “London Has Fallen” goes more global, with a different breed of terrorists taking aim at a number of world leaders, before settling back down on the U.S. president as the main target. But it also features an uptick in action, destruction, and violence. Yes, it’s time for another exercise in rah-rah patriotism and a kick in the teeth to terrorists everywhere.

Book Notes: Where is baby Bella?

“The Widow” is a quiet thriller that ratchets up the suspense, page by page. Four nicely drawn main characters, along with all of London and surrounding communities, wrestle with the incomprehensible abduction of a sweet little toddler seen playing in her fenced-in backyard one minute, utterly missing the next. What happened? Where is she? Who took her?

Life for Life

I wish to thank The Pine Bluff Commercial for the public forum section that is printed weekly. I agree with Pastor Jesse C. Turner concerning, “Life for Life.”


The human body ONLY obtains calories from proteins, carbohydrates and fats … well, and alcohol. Protein, carbohydrate and fat — all necessary to sustain human life — are considered “macronutrients.” Alcohol has no nutritional value, therefore isn’t a macronutrient. Each gram of protein and each gram of carbohydrate contain four calories. Each gram of fat contains nine calories (each gram of alcohol has seven). Though all macronutrients are necessary to sustain life, each serves a different purpose.