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The Benefits of Tea

The Benefits of Tea

It began as medicine and became a beverage, according to Kakuzo Okakura, author of The Book of Tea. Most of us don’t have enough of a leisurely schedule to allow for the real art of “tea time.” There’s even a magazine about this seemingly lost civility. That’s too bad. It’s more than healthy for us. Not only is tea a “cup of life,” it’s also been described as “liquid wisdom.” But perhaps most important is what we learn from the Chinese proverb, “Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.” Lipton: 1 – Big Pharma: 0.    Whether you have your cup of fine tea at Halcyon Tea, Infusions of Tea, Aubrey Rose Tea Room, Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe,...

Posted Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 03:16PM | Permalink

What Volunteering Can Do For Your Health

What Volunteering Can Do For Your Health

Back in 1950, my friend Bob Holloway achieved what he believes is one of the most important accomplishments of his life. He became an Eagle Scout. Raised in the San Ysidro area of the county, he went on to rapidly earn 42 merit badges, at that time, making him one of the most...

Posted Thursday, March 31, 2011, 11:35AM | Permalink

Oh No, Not Another Loopy Diet

Oh No, Not Another Loopy Diet

Seems we haven’t had one in a few months. A new “best, last one you’ll ever need, easy to follow” diet, that is.  Look, we know that being obese is about as bad a thing as we can do to ourselves. Researchers just this week reported that the...

Posted Thursday, March 24, 2011, 04:33PM | Permalink

Do You Have “Tank Temper”?

Do You Have “Tank Temper”?

Have you noticed your blood pressure rising as gas prices increase? With prices for regular gas ranging from $3.75 at Optima in Chula Vista to $4.59 at the 76 in Point Loma (at the time of writing this, according to the web site

Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 09:37PM | Permalink

What is Up with San Diego's Cupcake Culture?

What is Up with San Diego's Cupcake Culture?

After a pretty intense workout at The Sporting Club the other day I stopped by Whole Foods in La Jolla for my usual lunch of fluids, carbs and protein. I ran into what, for sure, is San Diego’s most recent food craze—cupcakes!   The line...

Posted Friday, March 11, 2011, 11:07AM | Permalink

8 Natural Steps for Health & Happiness

8 Natural Steps for Health & Happiness

  Right up the road at UC Irvine’s College of Medicine, researchers are sending out a “hot” news flash: therapeutic lifestyle changes can lead to health and happiness. Are they really just now stating that, when it comes to treating certain...

Posted Friday, March 4, 2011, 11:10AM | Permalink

Charlie Sheen: What's Really Going On

Charlie Sheen: What's Really Going On

Recently, I've given interviews on KGTV, XETV, and KOGO regarding Charlie Sheen's latest attention-grabbing rants. My take? Charlie Sheen IS Two and a Half-Men. There's Charlie Sheen the famed actor...there's Charlie Sheen the "bad boy" of Hollywood (whose emotional problems...

Posted Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 01:51PM | Permalink

Teens and Self-Injury: YouTube on the Cutting Edge?

Teens and Self-Injury: YouTube on the Cutting Edge?

I recently was interviewed on a story that Steve Fiorina did on KGTV on the remarkable increase in suicide calls to police in San Diego. In the research that Steve did, he found that “in 2008, police saw about 9,000 calls. In 2009, the number of calls rose to 9,641. Last year,...

Posted Friday, February 25, 2011, 11:39AM | Permalink

America’s Finest City, But Not for Men

America’s Finest City, But Not for Men

Are San Jose and Santa Ana really better cities for men than San Diego? At least that’s what Men’s Health magazine found in their new 2011 survey of 100 U.S. cities. Imagine that Madison, WI, Fargo, ND, Plano, TX, Burlington, VT, and San Jose, CA are the top five cities...

Posted Friday, February 18, 2011, 07:17PM | Permalink

Want to Look 12 Years Younger?

Want to Look 12 Years Younger?

Maybe this topic grabbed my attention because my birthday is coming up this week, day after Valentine’s Day. Or perhaps it’s because I am going to be the MC of Weequahic High School’s (Newark, N.J.) west coast multi-year reunion in two weeks and I’m wondering how I...

Posted Friday, February 11, 2011, 06:43PM | Permalink

Happy Valentine’s DayS

Happy Valentine’s DayS

Valentine’s Day may well have started as the Roman version of “match.com.” Young single men and women placed their names in a box, names were drawn randomly and couples were put together as partners for a year. After that it was up to them. Today it’s a...

Posted Friday, February 4, 2011, 11:31AM | Permalink

Children’s Play is Good For You

Children’s Play is Good For You

When was the last time you saw children freely playing outside with their friends and neighbors? Remember when you were a kid and played in your backyard, in the street, on the playground? There are many reasons why children spend more time indoors these days, even in our...

Posted Friday, January 28, 2011, 02:00AM | Permalink

Active Aging: What Matters Most

Active Aging: What Matters Most

This morning I was working out at The Sporting Club, where I serve on the Sports Medicine Team in the area of fitness psychology. I was enjoying my workout alongside a gentleman who was sweating much more than me. He had just finished a one-hour “spin” class. I...

Posted Friday, January 21, 2011, 01:13PM | Permalink

Food Trends for 2011

Food Trends for 2011

While I’m no “foodie,” it seems that everywhere I go lately, people are either writing about food, talking about food, using “food-speak” jargon, tuning into food TV shows 24 hours a day and generally are more interested in what’s on their plate....

Posted Friday, January 14, 2011, 12:06PM | Permalink

The January Blues

The January Blues

Dr. San Diego Ahhh, the wonders of January, with its tighter waistbands, back-to-work blues, bills to pay, the flu, and that lost suitcase that never did show up from your trip to snowy New York.It’s not just you that might be feeling the January blues. Psychologists have...

Posted Friday, January 7, 2011, 11:26AM | Permalink

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