In July 2008, I experienced some foot pain, but felt that I could work through it by exercising. Therefore, a round of Australian tennis doubles with two friends sounded wonderful in order to enjoy the warm weather and to burn a few calories!
By the third game of the match, it was time for me to play the singles court. The first rally went just fine, although I don’t remember who won the point. After a good serve to start the second point of the game, we started to rally. One of my friends hit an off-speed shot to my backhand. While standing around the baseline, I remember shifting my weight from the balls of my feet to my heels and then -- realizing that the shot was going to fall shorter than I expected -- shifting back onto the balls of my feet to start sprinting toward the ball. But a stabbing pain in my right heel caused me to stop dead in my tracks. “I’m through,” I said, hobbling gingerly to the courtside bench.
How little did I know how true that stat...
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I'm a little vain. I admit it freely. If you believe in astrology, this flaw is not really my fault. As a Libra; I am naturally drawn to the decadent, pretty little things in life. I like to eat good food, drink good wine, and look nice while doing it. If there is a party, you can bet I'll be there, and I'll be decked out in my finest.
At times, my vanity trumps my pragmatism. Before my rheumatoid arthritis began, I regularly wore all kinds of "impractical" shoes or skipped bringing the warm coat along because it just didn't go with what I was wearing. Cliché and maybe even silly, some would argue, but true nonetheless.
Stricken as I was after my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis about all the grave implications of RA, my vanity was hit pretty hard, too. I reluctantly surrendered to all that was sensible and practical. Instead of three-inch heels that would have hurt my feet anyway, I put on lackluster...
Our national obesity
epidemic didn't just happen. The people who study the statistics agree
with Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
that before the early 1970s, the prevalence of obesity was relatively
constant in the United States. As he told the 63rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association since then there has been a dramatic
could have triggered it? Other people have pointed the finger at
several different possibilities. But one primary factor stands out: Your tax dollars at work. The
beginning of the obesity epidemic coincides too close for comfort with
what looked at the time like enlightened legislation. The Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973 established target
prices and deficiency payments to replace former price support payments. Before that time, our government paid our farmers not to grow crops, as unbelievable as it sounds today. When farmers took
some of their land out of production, the reduced supp...
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