Category: Dr. Dad

Start a Healthy Legacy

Fifth in a series of Ten Habits for a Healthy Mom By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. My dad was the king of, “Do as I say, not as I do”.  This maxim led to 50 extra pounds, hypertension, type 2 diabetes…and an early death. In his defense, he always encouraged us to practice healthy dietary habits but there wasn’t a barbecue pork chop that didn’t have his name on it.  There is nothing better (except maybe stopping smoking) that most of us can do for our long term health than eating well.  Raised in the South, I grew up,...

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An Ounce of Prevention

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. When it comes to your health, preventing a problem is always preferable to treating a problem.  I’d much rather not get cancer than find it early and deal with radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. A key concept in becoming a highly, healthy mom is understanding the subtle difference between prevention and early detection. To illustrate this I want to focus on three common procedures, the mammogram, Pap smear and colonoscopy.  Now there’s a lineup you can love to hate! Mammograms and breast cancer awareness go together like ice and tea.  In fact, many women view...

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Take a Chill Pill

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Number 3 on our hit parade of tips for highly healthy moms is, “Chillax!” Take it easy. Breathe…slowly. You know what you call a person who doesn’t experience stress?…Dead!  We all have it and it isn’t going away. Life is stressful and no matter how many platitudes you hear from Chicken Soup For The Soul (a diamond is just coal under stress, etc) accepting that stuff happens is the first step.  The one “Confucius says” that makes sense here is that how you react to stress determines whether you crawl in a cave or...

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The Goldilocks of Sleep

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. (Second in a series of Healthy Habits for Moms) If you were not raised in the jungles of Sumatra by wolves, chances are you have heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  So as to not raise any unnecessary childhood traumas, I will cut to the sound that has echoed through the ages…”It was not too hot and not too cold, but just right.”  This age old aphorism applies to many things such as watching Game of Thrones and eating banana bread, but nowhere is the aphorism more relevant than in the...

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10 Habits for Highly Healthy Moms Use it or Lose it!

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. If you are a mom, or even if you are not, here is one thing you can do that will bolster your long term health and sanity almost more than anything else and I don’t mean Prozac! Staying active is the elusive fountain of youth. From eight to 80, you can live longer and with greater gusto if you keep fit.  If you are heavy, harried or hormonal then moving with purpose is a critical part of the solution. There is no other single activity that can make you look better, feel better, lose...

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