Healthgems No. 6 | Trees
In 1862, Henry David Thoreau wrote an essay for The Atlantic Monthly that described the effects of trees on his personal well being, “I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagement.”
Healthgems No. 5 | Gratitude
The benefits of facial rejuvenation surgery are amplified in an individual who has built a foundation of beneficial habits. Patients who have developed these habits and stay with them for a long time tend to look younger than their age, have fewer chronic conditions, and often radiate vitality.
HealthGems No.4 | Canyons
I recently spent five days at the rim of the Grand Canyon. On four of the five days I hiked into the canyon on different trails. The experience was significantly different from mountain hiking, which is one of my favorite activities. I found that hiking into the Grand Canyon provided a profound disconnection from the numbing aspects of daily existence and really helped to reset all of my senses.
HealthGems No. 3 | Diesel Exhaust Is A Slient Killer
The quality of air in Chicago has improved in many significant ways over the past several decades. Unleaded gasoline and catalytic converters have significantly reduced emissions from our autos and industrial emissions are under better control.
HealthGems No. 2 | Neuroplasticity
In my opinion, the realization that our nervous system is in a continuous process of self-renewal is one of the most important advances in medical knowledge of the last twenty five years. This renewal process is known as neuroplasticity.
HealthGems No.1 | Potassium
When patients come to me to discuss possible surgery they are sometimes surprised when I ask them about their nutritional and exercise history. One might ask, “What does this have to do with plastic surgery?” My simple answer, “Everything!”
HealthGems™ has a different focus than the general practice blog, which concerns itself with issues pertaining to plastic surgery procedures and medical aesthetics. Those who know me well realize that I have a rambling and varied curiosity, which manifests itself in...