Paul Nervy Notes
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Health.  ---  .This section is about health.  Topics include: ( ) Age.  ( ) Daily.  ( ) Injury.  ( ) Overuse.  ( ) Pain.  ( ) Relaxation.  ( ) Risk.  ( ) Public health.  ( ) What is health.  ---  1/24/2006

Health.  ---  (1) Cure diseases, illnesses, injuries.  (2) Gain health.  (3) Maintain health.  (4) Improve health.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  (1) Factors and variations, in health and unhealth.  Excess of a factor, lack of a factor.  (2) Effect on health.  Positive, negative, no effect.  Psychology, physical, economic/financial, sociology.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  (1) Foundations of physical health.  Eating healthy.  Getting good sleep.  Getting exercise.  (2) Foundations of psychological health.  Purpose and meaning.  Friends.  Talk.  (3) Physical health and psychological health are interrelated.  ---  4/27/2005

Health.  ---  (1) Getting health vs. losing health.  (2) Using health vs. not using health.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  (1) Health vs. other goals (like working till you drop dead).  (2) Beautiful body people: exercise for looks, not health.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  (1) Health.  Various definitions of health.  What level do we accept as health?  What level do we accept as illness or injury?  (2) Illness and injury.  Various definitions of illness and injury.  The phenomenological feeling of being ill or injured.  Minor or severe.  Temporary or permanent.  How many days spent ill or injured in your life.  How much time and life lost to illness and injury in your life, and total in world.  How many deaths caused.  ---  6/6/2004

Health.  ---  (1) How to get healthy and stay healthy?  (2) What to do with your health?  ---  4/27/2005

Health.  ---  (1) Ideal state imaginable.  (2) Ideal possible in world.  (3) Ideal possible for you.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  (1) Pay attention to avoid falls and traffic accidents.  (2) Don't take risks with health like dangerous sports, running red lights, not wearing seatbelt, etc.  (3) Do not get self destructive (out of anger) or self punishing (out of guilt).  (A) At yourself, punishing self by hurting self.  (B) At others, punishing others by hurting self.  (C) At anything, hurting self out of existential rebellion.  (4) Do not get into a state where you are susceptible to suggestions of others.  (5) Be positive.  Want to live.  Have a purpose.  Negative emotions like depression can lead to physical ailments like heart attacks.  (6) Do not take psychological pain out on your physical body.  Example, ulcers, back pain, migraines, lowered immune system.  (7) Use of humor.  Example, Norman Cousin's book.  (8) Psychological tension can lead to physical tension.  (9) More body - mind connections.  Chant, breath, stretch, yoga, exercise to release brain chemicals to make one's mind calm and positive.  ---  02/28/1998

Health.  ---  (1) The most important idea about health is that we ruin our health when we fail to recognize, or forget to recognize, the importance and value of our health.  Stay aware of your health, even when it is good.  Do not taken your good health for granted.  Realize that good health is temporary and make the most of it.  (2) Much of health is about caution and awareness of surroundings, and reduction of risks.  ---  7/21/1998

Health.  ---  (1) What brings health.  Diet: fiber, low fat.  Exercise: moderate, long term.  (2) What destroys health.  Cigarettes, fat, stress, no vegies.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Age.  After age 30, the physical composition of connective tissue changes.  ---  5/30/1996

Health.  ---  Age.  By age 30 body chemistry changes.  Small structural defects and weaknesses exacerbate unless maintenance is performed.  ---  12/30/1996

Health.  ---  Age.  Old people get conservative because they are sticking with what they know works.  It is predictably good.  When you try something new it may hurt you (but it may help too).  They fear their routine being interrupted.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Age.  When you get old it is harder and takes longer to get in shape.  Getting out of shape happens quicker and easier.  And it becomes more important to stay in shape for health reasons.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Age.  With old age comes loss of ability, increasing necessary maintenance, increasing breakdowns and chronic problems.  No fun at all.  What enjoyment is there?  Only tough jobs.  Love and hobbies are unsatisfying.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  All healthy, well adjusted people are not mindless drones.  Many can and do think for themselves.  You don't have to abuse yourself to get visions or inspiration.  I became city-fied, soft, and weak.  Time to get as strong as I can again.  ---  10/30/1995

Health.  ---  Behavior: healthy vs. unhealthy.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Being practical means things like (1) Aware and safe driving.  (2) Prompt and periodic car maintenance.  (3) Caring for career and personal relationships.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Big, strong, robust vs. small, weak, fragile.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Breaking things to see how tough they are is bad and stupid.  Stay positive and practical.  Yoga and Yogurt.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Breathing is an exercise.  ---  5/26/2001

Health.  ---  Can one improve one's health and extend one's life by slowing one's metabolism?  Can one slow one's metabolism through meditation and breathing exercises?  ---  11/12/2005

Health.  ---  Corporations knowingly sacrifice the health of workers, consumers, and the general public, in order to make money.  ---  7/31/2006

Health.  ---  Costs and benefits of health.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly regimens: what do and why?  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Daily.  (1) Morning meditation.  Loading up. Focus on goals and tactics.  Get motivated.  (2) Evening meditation.  Down loading.  Blow off stress.  Quiet, peaceful, relaxing, dreaming, drifting.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Daily.  (1) Morning.  Plan/remember goals.  Spot problems, develop solutions.  Psych up for goals.  Focus in for goals.  Reduce stress/relax.  Calisthenics.  (2) Evening: feeling shitty.  Relax, run or lift.  Review of goals, means, progress made.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Daily.  Evening thing.  Stretch.  Tense and relax muscles.  Breathing.  Images.  Listen to the small voices.  Contemplate eternal verities.  Examine days effort.  Prepare for evenings effort.  Make resolutions to solve problems.  ---  10/25/1993

Health.  ---  Daily.  Go to sleep early and wake up early.  Morning thing: think, exercise, shower, brush teeth.  Take care of evening thing (teeth, face) before you are too tired to.  I am slow and meditative.  ---  11/20/1993

Health.  ---  Daily.  Morning thing: stretch, calisthenics.  Meditate on the days goals, and life goals.  Evening thing: stress, breathing, isometrics, stretching, take a walk at sunset, visualization (clouds, etc.), listen to that little voice inside your head (without going psycho), contemplate eternal verities, go over days effort.  ---  01/01/1993

Health.  ---  Daily.  Morning thing.  Calisthenics, meditate (relax, think), metaphysics, epistemology, ethics goals.  ---  05/30/1993

Health.  ---  Daily.  Take a walk everyday at sunrise and sunset.  ---  09/01/1994

Health.  ---  Daily.  Three times a day.  (1) Warm up with a short walk.  (2) Stretch.  (3) Exercise.  Sitting and standing.  (4) Destress with imagery, breathing, relaxing muscles, chanting.  Affirmations and calmatives like "Things are ok.  I am ok.  The world is ok.  Peace, love and happiness.  Physical and psychological healing are taking place.  Calm blue ocean.  Om.  Relax."  (5) Self massage of back, wrists, knees, etc.  (6) Think of everything else, do some writing.  (6) Fruits and vegies.  ---  11/20/1997

Health.  ---  Daily.  When you get home the mood is not "Relax and rest".  The mood is "Now the real work begins in earnest".  ---  10/01/1994

Health.  ---  De-stress.  Cricket tape.  Wave tape.  Sunset video.  Fireplace video.  ---  12/5/1998

Health.  ---  Diseases.  Most common.  Most contagious.  Most time critical.  Most deadly.  Most debilitating.  ---  9/18/2005

Health.  ---  Driving.  The important thing to remember when driving is (1) You are taking your life in your hands.  (2) You are taking other people's lives in your hands.  (3) Your are putting your life in other people's hands.  (4) Its risky.  Do it as little as possible.  Drive as defensively as possible.  ---  12/30/1996

Health.  ---  Ethics and health.  Health is a means, not an end in and of itself.  The goal is not merely to be healthy.  Health is a means to achieve further goals.  ---  5/27/2006

Health.  ---  Food.  Eat healthy.  Buy local organic food to be healthy and to help the environment.  Fair trade to help social justice.  Low sodium.  Eat lots of veggies and fruits.  Reduce consumption of meat.  Eat less meat and more vegetable protein like soy.  Limit saturated fats.  Limit consumption of refined sugars.  Do not overeat.  Do not smoke.  Get plenty of physical exercise and sleep.  ---  5/22/2007

Health.  ---  Get well as can, and stay well as can for as long as can.  That is the big goal.  ---  08/30/1996

Health.  ---  Global health.  Ideas to promote global health, especially in third world countries.  The greatest challenges to infant mortality and low life expectancy are in the poor, developing, third world nations, not the rich first world nations.  The most important health issues are in the third world, not the first world.  The most funds should go to prevent and cure third world diseases, not first world diseases.  The telethons and walk-a-thons should be for to cure third world diseases, not first world diseases.  ---  3/3/2007

Health.  ---  Global medicine.  What are the biggest medical problems worldwide?  Which diseases and injuries kill and disable the most people?  Polio.  Malaria.  Dysentery.  Smallpox.  Malnutrition.  ---  5/10/2005

Health.  ---  Having vs. lacking health: the things that produce it.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Health (psychological and physical) takes effort and work.  Peak performance takes even more effort.  Doing nothing or doing bad things leads into a downward spiral (psychological and physical).  ---  07/01/1993

Health.  ---  Health is not the end goal.  You should use your health to do some good.  Help the world.  ---  5/25/2006

Health.  ---  Health maintenance means healthy diet, moderate exercise, sleep, and low stress.  ---  10/30/1995

Health.  ---  Health.  How often and much an individual or society thinks of health.  What they think it is.  How they think they should get it (technologies).  How much they act to get it.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Healthy diet, healthy sleep and healthy exercise helps your brain as much as the rest of your body.  You will think, feel and remember better if you eat, sleep and exercise well.  ---  11/30/2005

Health.  ---  How healthy is any x thing for any y thing?  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  How to get healthy?  How to study health?  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  If you have your health, you have everything?  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Individual, personal health.  Components: psychology, physical, financial and social.  Factors, variations, and effects.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Injuries are caused from (1) Acute and chronic overuse.  (2) Being out of shape, weak and tight.  (3) Poor biomechanics and posture.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Injuries count for more misery and lost work time than disease.  Accidents and overuse injuries, avoid them like the plague.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Injuries take a long time to heal, and are easily re-injured.  Re-injury leads to longer healing times, and chronic pain and disability.  The key idea to athletics and exercise is to avoid injury by staying within limits.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Injury.  A trip or slip and fall can aggravate an old injury or cause a new one.  So can a twist with foot planted.  Avoid quick, jerky movements.  This is why old people are slower.  I am not made of rubber anymore.  Be careful of movements and where you are walking and on what surface (slippery, bumpy).  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Injury.  All the injured people are not all totally stupid.  Accidents seem an unavoidable part of everyday life.  Everyone is in physical therapy.  Try to minimize them.  Don't add to your risks with sports or risky activities.  ---  10/30/1995

Health.  ---  Injury.  Connective tissue injuries.  Exercise so the scar tissue forms well, not tight.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Injury.  How badly am I hurt?  How well will I get, how soon?  How chronic is it?  How much will it limit my activities?  How easy to reinjure self (very easy)?  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Injury.  Ice, snow, water.  A sudden slip or jerk, even if you don't fall, can wrench your back and fu*k you up.  Cold is bad because it tightens up your leg and back muscles.  Throws off body, makes it work wrong, and causes pain.  Stay bundled up.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Injury.  One more time.  Any body part can be hurt, quickly or slowly, by any action, and you may not even feel it.  ---  03/16/1997

Health.  ---  Insomnia.  Causes: hot or cold environment.  Excitement, nervousness, anxiety.  Sexual arousal, horniness.  ---  10/30/1993

Health.  ---  Knowledge and attitude in physical health.  (1) Knowledge plays an important factor in physical health.  Knowing the various diseases and injuries, their causes, and how to prevent them, is key to staying healthy.  (2) Attitude (emotion + thought) is an important factor in physical health.  If you don't do what you know you should do (ex. flossing teeth).  If you don't care about staying healthy (ex. inappropriate risk taking).  (3) That knowledge and attitude play such an important role in physical health is an indication that physical health is closely related to psychological health and optimum attitudes.  ---  4/13/2001

Health.  ---  Lifestyle and health.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Massage is therapeutic.  Softens up scar tissue and speeds recovery.  You can self massage your back by lying on a tennis ball.  ---  9/30/1996

Health.  ---  Massage.  Give self a strong massage twice a week.  Press hard.  Rub hard.  Use knuckles.  Near spine.  ---  01/11/1997

Health.  ---  Most important ideas about health.  Global health issues are very important.  I do not find the health issues of the first world as compelling as the health issues of the third world.  Health issues in the first world include issues like heart disease and obesity, which are largely preventable diseases of the rich.  Health care issues in the third world include issues like malnutrition and malaria, which are the more intractable problems of the poor.  ---  5/16/2007

Health.  ---  Most people do not need to spend a lot of money on high-tech health technology.  Eat healthy; eat local organic foods.  Exercise healthy; exercise by walking briskly for half an hour every day.  Sleep healthy: get enough sleep, usually about 8 hours a night.  Be psychologically healthy, have a social network of people with shared values.  ---  5/5/2007

Health.  ---  National health care.  Everyone should have health coverage.  ---  10/25/2004

Health.  ---  Old age homes.  I have spoken with people who work on staff at old age homes and they report how quickly people go downhill when they enter an old age home.  The patients in old age homes are often over medicated, under stimulated, suffer a sense of loss of control, and perish quickly.  Patients who dissent are often labeled troublemakers and dosed with mind numbing sedatives.  ---  4/16/2004

Health.  ---  One can argue that health is not the only goal.  One can argue that health is not the highest goal.  (1) Sometimes a person pursues goals at the expense of their health, although it can be argued that the person would get further if they took care of their health.  (2) If health was the only goal, or the highest goal, then everyone would spend all day in the gym, but we know that is a waste of time.  ---  6/20/2006

Health.  ---  Optimum or peak condition, preparation, performance, effort, and results.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Overuse and underuse (lack of exercise) are set up for injury.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Overuse injuries.  They start with a little pain and swelling, then get worse.  Tendinitis is often the culprit in runners knee, tennis elbow, and cyclers knee.  Connective tissue becomes less flexible around age 30.  Easier to injure, harder to treat.  Don't rupture your tendons.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Overuse.  People push too hard, take too many risks, and don't pay attention, both in sports and everyday life.  Sports are not worth it.  Unavoidable accidents in everyday life alone will destroy you, aside from sports.  Be Zen calm, peaceful.  Mild exercise.  When you feel the sap rise stay mellow.  Stay cautious and aware.  Life may be more boring this way, but you will live longer, like Kant.  If you have an active imagination you don't need sports.  You can be more creative and productive without sports and risks.  The life of the mind, with gentle exercise and walks is the way to go.  ---  10/30/1995

Health.  ---  Overuse.  The myth that physical toil is manly and noble is bullshit.  All physical toil does is wear out your joints.  There is an optimum type and amount of physical exercise for each individual.  Anything beyond that is a waste.  Let the machines do it.  If you do it to boost your ego, show off, or prove your youth to yourself, you are stupid and will pay.  ---  12/30/1996

Health.  ---  Overuse.  Too hard, too long, too often.  ---  10/30/1995

Health.  ---  Overuse.  What happens to football players knees on hard Astroturf.  What happens to downhill skiers knees on hard ice.  Their knees are jarred by stomping.  This makes microtears which never quite heal right.  They wear their knee tendons out, not the cartilage.  Repetitive Motion Injuries.  Overuse injuries.  You can do this running, walking, biking, working out, or doing anything too long, too hard, or too often.  So take it easy on your knees, and on your entire body.  Make it last a long time.  Keep your abilities and avoid pain.  ---  12/30/1996

Health.  ---  Overuse.  You won't feel overuse the instant it happens.  You may feel it days, months, even years later.  It works on a delay.  You may feel it heavy or light.  Both are bad and must be avoided at all costs.  It is easy to overuse, so stay well within your limits.  Don't push the envelope.  Always wait a few days to see how it feels.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Pain and disability lead to depression and distraction, which leads to job trouble and non-achievement, which leads to relationship trouble and sex trouble.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Pain: Sharp vs. dull.  Local vs. generalized.  Psychological vs. physical.  Constant vs. intermittent.  On a scale of 1 to 10.  0: Not noticeable.  1: Barely noticeable.  2: Forget about it if engrossed.  3: Nuisance, bother, but doesn't interfere.  4: Interfering in activities.  5: Still able to think of other things.  6: Not able to think of other things.  7: Will wear you out eventually.  8: Asking for pain killers.  9: Agony.  10: Screaming and passing out.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Pain.  You can't always tell by the pain in felt in the body at a particular moment whether something is weak and about to rip and injure.  Stay strong and limber.  Use proper biomechanics.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Pessimism is a stressful state.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Physical health, psychological health, relationships, education, and job.  These factors are not linear like a line of dominoes or a metal chain, where one event affects only the direct next event (like dominoes), and loss of one means loss of all (like a link in a metal chain).  Rather they are like a web, where each one affects all others.  Strengthen one area and you strengthen all the others areas.  ---  12/29/1998

Health.  ---  Physical inputs: (1) Food, water, air.  (2) Exercise, sleep.  (3) Clean body, clean environment.  (4) Avoid accidents, injury, mistakes.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Posture.  Back is a fragile thing.  Especially when weak (out of shape), tight (not flexible), cold (not warmed up), and bent the wrong way, under heavy stress.  So don't twist.  Warm up and stay loose.  Do strengthening exercises, and avoid heavy objects.  ---  11/02/1993

Health.  ---  Posture.  Back.  The back is not a hinge, they say.  Keep it straight, avoid bends, twists, and poor posture.  Over use injuries can result from a life of poor back habits.  Stay in shape.  ---  10/30/1995

Health.  ---  Posture.  Good posture is an exercise in and of itself.  Maintaining good posture is a workout; it works out the core muscles.  Good posture develops body awareness.  For example, standing with arms crossed in front or arms crossed behind back can lead to a hunched posture, while standing with arms at side lets you stand straight and tall.  Also, good posture is like a yoga workout.  For example, a good stretch/exercise to do is stand with arms behind head and stretch/exercise by arching backwards.  ---  10/10/2005

Health.  ---  Posture.  Standing yoga.  Sitting yoga.  Focus on posture.  Develop body awareness.  Isolate muscles.  Contract and extend (stretch) muscles.  Abs and back muscles.  Focus on breathing in and out.  Tense and relax muscles.  ---  10/10/2005

Health.  ---  Prevention vs. control vs. cure.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Problems approach.  Symptom, mechanism, course, causes, effects.  Epidemiology: frequency in society and individual.  Solutions, techniques: old/new, best/worst, how work, why works.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Progressivism and health.  Universal health care for Americans.  Universal health care for everyone in the world.  Health care should be a right.  ---  5/5/2007

Health.  ---  Public health: society and environment.  (1) Diseases: communicable vs. incommunicable.  (2) Environment: see tech, and biology (air, water, land).  (3) Sanitation: human waste vs. garbage.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Public health.  Depletion and pollution of manmade materials and natural materials.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Public health.  Environment.  Keep it clean of poisons, avoid excess natural and manmade materials, avoid lack of important materials, balance.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Public health.  Health in home, workplace, and outside (natural) environment.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Public health.  Health of a society (see pathological sociology).  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Public health.  Individual.  Keep body inside and out and its parts clean.  Keep environment clean, keep food clean.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Public health.  International world health organizations.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Public health.  Monitor environment.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Public health.  U.S. health care: Medicare, Medicaid, Workman's compensation.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Related areas, effects of and on.  (1) Economics: health industry.  Health foods, vitamin stores, exercise gyms, equipment suppliers, new age stuff.  (2) Art: depiction of health in arts through ages as fat, then slim, then buff.  (3) Ethics: (A) The word "good" as meaning health promoting.  (B) Life is good vs. death as bad.  (C) Ability vs. disability.  (D) Pleasure vs. pain.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Related areas.  Psychology (see pathological psychology).  (1) Control stressors, control stress reactions.  (2) "Mind" (verb) well.  Unrepressed.  Get catharsis.  (3) Security.  (4) Mind input, mind use, and mind output.  (5) Areas: work, like/lust.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Relaxation.  Practice relaxing muscles and breathing deeply every waking moment all day long.  ---  07/05/1997

Health.  ---  Relaxation.  Reduce stress.  Relax and feel positive healing feelings.  Feel good will toward humanity.  Maintain the body and mind in order to think.  ---  08/17/1997

Health.  ---  Relaxation.  Tension.  Do not carry tension in the shoulders and clenched fists.  Carry tension in a tight stomach, with chest out, and shoulders and head back.  This is better posture.  ---  03/01/1997

Health.  ---  Replace artificial shampoo, soap and toothpaste with natural, organic, plant-derived shampoo, soap and toothpaste.  ---  11/23/2004

Health.  ---  Resilience, resistance.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Risk.  (1) Avoid wear and tear abuse.  Any quick, violent, strange, stressful motions, (esp. backward hyperextensions).  (2) Avoid slow overtrain or overuse, poor posture and poor biomechanics.  (3) Avoid neglect, stress, poor diet.  (4) Comfort and pamper self (body and mind).  Be good to self, and treat self well, not like a masochist.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Risk.  Taking no risks means trying nothing new you haven't already done.  Sticking with what you know works well for you.  Starting low and going slow.  Listening to your body.  Paying more attention to your health.  Thinking about every move.  Not overusing, overtraining, or overdoing it (all at once, or slowly over time).  Prevent abuse and neglect.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Risk.  The only way I will survive a long time in good condition is to go from an impulsive, risk taking person to a deliberate, care taking, physical (not political) conservative.  ---  12/30/1995

Health.  ---  Self destruction.  Conscious vs. unconscious.  Controlled vs. uncontrolled.  Fast vs. slow.  Partial vs. total.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Sick days from work.  Everyone should be allowed to take a certain number of sick days from work.  ---  10/25/2004

Health.  ---  Sickness and wellness, a phenomenological study.  (1) Feeling sick.  Tired, no energy.  Pain, physical and emotional.  Grouchy, depressed, anxious.  Don't feel like self.  (2) The feeling of getting better.  Recovery.  Healing.  Gaining strength.  Feeling good again.  Having more energy.  Jumping for joy.  ---  7/2/2006

Health.  ---  Sleep is very important.  Don't let people mess with your sleep.  Don't skip on your sleep.  ---  7/17/2005

Health.  ---  Stretches and exercises.  A set of exercises and stretches that can be done anywhere.  That can be done lying down, sitting, or standing.  That can be done several times a day.  Use stretches to develop flexibility.  Flexibility is healthy.  Lack of flexibility can be as bad as lack of strength.  Develop balanced strength, because imbalances of strength amongst muscle groups can also be a problem.     PART ONE. Stretches.  (1) Leg stretches.  Hamstring and back stretch by bending forward gently from waist.  Hamstring stretch by putting one leg out straight and lowering on other leg.  Calf stretch by leaning forward toward the wall.  Ankle stretch by rotating ankles in air.  Groin stretch by standing with legs apart and shifting weight from side to side.  (2) Trunk stretches.  Side stretches by gently leaning from waist to left and right sides.  Side stretches by gently twisting from waist toward left and right sides  Abdominal stretch by gently leaning backward with hands on hips supporting lower back.  Pectoral stretch, by putting hand against wall and turning body outward.  Latimus stretch by holding arm across front of body and leaning forward slightly to stretch lats of back.  Neck stretch by gently moving head in a circular motion.  (3) Arm stretches.  Triceps stretch by bending arm over head and scratching back.  Bicep stretch, by putting hand against wall and turning body outward.  Forearm, hand, finger stretch, by putting hand against wall.  Forearm stretch, by interlocking fingers and pushing arms outward in front of you.  Forearm, hand, finger stretch by holding arms straight outward at sides and rotating hands in a circle.    PART TWO.  Exercises.  (1) Leg exercises.  Squats.  Calf raises.  Lunges.  (2) Trunk.  Sit ups.  Gut clenching isometrics.  Back raises, which can be done lying down, sitting, or standing.  Back isometric by interlocking fingers behind head and gently leaning backward.  Side raises, which can be done lying down, sitting, or standing.  Push ups against wall, is a really good exercise.     PART THREE.  Other.  Practice good posture everywhere.  Practice balance against gravity.  Develop aerobic stamina.  Avoid overuse injuries.  ---  5/22/2007

Health.  ---  Trade-offs of one type of health (and activity to get it) vs. other types of health.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Universal health care should be the goal in the United States, as it is in many other nations.  ---  5/16/2007

Health.  ---  Various definitions of health.  Various methods to get various definitions of health.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Waste of health.  Not getting health.  Not using health.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  What is health?  (1) Big.  (2) Strong (power) and robust (endurance, stamina).  (3) Integrated, complete.  (4) Working well: productive, efficient, effective.  (5) Resistance to stressors.  (6) Proper functioning.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  What is health.  (1) Survival.  (2) Growth and development (vs. stagnation and decay).  (3) Balance.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  What is health.  (1) There is no health, only nonhealth by degree.  (2) Healthy x = good x.  (3) Health: the question is, what is ideal good and bad x?  (4) Related concepts of abnormal, pathological, optimal, and sub-optimal.  (5) Health as anything not ill vs. health as level of fitness.  (6) Health as quality of life.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  What is health.  After addressing the question, "What is health? (physical and psychological)", the second issue is to ponder the question, "What is health worth?"  Some say that if you have your health then you have everything.  But this view leads to the view that if you don't have your health then you don't have anything, which is a dangerous view that does nothing for the self esteem of the ill.  This view makes the ill feel worthless, which is bad.  So scrap that view.  ---  2/22/2000

Health.  ---  What is health.  Definitions of health.  (1) To be mobile.  (2) To be able to handle daily life around the house.  (3) To be able to care for self.  (4) To be able to hold a job.  ---  2/22/2000

Health.  ---  What is health.  Health in all areas of your life.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  What is health.  Health of individual person, society, and environment.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  What is health.  Psychological health, physical health, and economic/financial health.  All three affect each other.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  What we need is constant, real-time monitoring of all body functions, including cholesterol levels, cortisol levels, etc.  Plus alerts when they go above a certain level.  ---  8/3/2004

Health.  ---  Why be healthy?  Why study health?  (1) To solve problems, to avoid mistakes and pain.  (2) To gain goals, to meet challenges.  (3) To survive, well, better, longer, to grow.  (4) Quality of life.  ---  12/30/1992

Health.  ---  Why get healthy?  Get healthy to solve the problems of the world.  ---  7/16/2006

Health.  ---  Why people fall in the shower.  Its not because the bathtub is slippery.  Its because you shut your eyes (to avoid the soap), tilt your head back (to rinse your hair), and then you spin around (to get clean all over).  That kind of party game maneuver lands people on the floor.  Shower falls are more often a balance issue than a friction issue.  ---  10/14/2000

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