Happy Social Media Day

It’s Social Media Day! Social Media has become quite the fixture in many of our lives. From the good ole’ days of MySpace, to Facebook, Instagram, Snap, Pinterest, and Twitter, there are so many places to share. We spend hours a day looking on social media, for news (real and fake), living vicariously through others, and of course looking at businesses for info we need. Social Media can definitely benefit our lives when used properly, but there are many who do not. The live videos for instance were not meant for committing crime, but we are watching more and more commit heinous acts via social media. On the flip side, we have watched people find hope and joy through inspirational stories. Whatever your use for social media; business using it to communicate with customers, personal using it to connect with friends and family, just remember whatever you post is there for the world, so think before you post. Click this link for an article on social media, and have fun with it!

The Importance of a Good Hug

Hugging is an integral part of life. Have you ever heard the saying, “they weren’t hugged enough as a child” there are studies to back this up. According to parentingforbrain.com, “skin contact or physical touch, such as hugging, is one of the most important stimulation required to grow a healthy brain and strong body. Hugs are good for emotional health. Nothing can calm a tantrum faster than a hug from mom”. There are of course other reasons in the article such as helping to bond, and making happy kids, that are worth reading.

Hugging is not just good for children, as there are also health benefits for adults. According to an article from usnews.com, “besides helping you feel close and connected to people you care about, it turns out that hugs can bring a host of health benefits to your body and mind. Believe it or not, a warm embrace might even help you avoid getting sick”.  Wow, imagine that, your immune system might actually be stronger just from simple hugs. The article goes on to state that, “a 2005 study from the University of North Carolina fond that pre-menopausal women who got more frequent hugs from their partners had lower blood pressure then peers who didn’t get as many”. The reason is believed to be in part to the hormone oxytocin which can be released during hugging.

The article is insightful, and a good read, if you are looking for ways to naturally stay healthy. Don’t delay, start hugging more now!

Pineapples and the Hidden Benefits

Are you a fan of Pineapple? Do you know the health benefits of eating this fruit? According to the website organicfacts.net it aides in arthritis management, cancer prevention, digestion, bone & oral health, eye health, blood pressure & circulation, as well as the immune system, among other things. As with anything in life, moderation is still important. While pineapples still grow in Hawaii, it is not as prevalent there as it once was, with only about two percent of the world’s pineapple. If you are interested in reading interesting facts about pineapples, then click here, and enjoy some fun facts!

Stay Informed on Your Health Care

Have you read up on the new Health Care Proposal? Called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 it claims to be better then the ACA (Affordable Care Act) that President Obama passed during his presidency. The question is if it really is better, so I found this on the NPR website, which compares both the ACA, the first round of changes this administration tried to pass, and now the BCRA. I highly encourage reading up on it, and knowing the details, so you can make an informed decision on how you feel about it.

Be Aware of Cell Phone Rights

On June 25, 2014 the Supreme Court passed a law that police could not search cell phones without a warrant. This was huge for digital privacy, and according to the nytimes.com, “while the decision will offer protection to the 12 million people arrested every year, many for minor crimes, its impact will most likely be much broader. The ruler will almost certainly also applies to searches of tablet and laptop computers”. This means if an officer asks to see / search your cell phone you can refuse, and make them get a warrant. If you are experiencing issues with this we recommend seeking legal representation so that your rights will be protected. Make sure you know your rights!

Take Your Dog to Work Day

Did you take your four-legged friend to work with you today? If not, you missed out! Today was take your dog to work day. According to Marketplace.org, “when it was first introduced in 1999 by Pet Sitter International (PSI) people were skeptical about it. It was to get people to be able to spend more time with their pets”. Fast forward to almost 20 years later, it has become popular, provided your dog is one that can come to the office with you, as we know not all dogs are well behaved enough to bring. If you missed it this year, then put it in your calendar now, so that you don’t miss out on this fun day next year!

England School Boys Wearing Skirts in Protest

Most of us are aware of the heat wave we are having here in California, but England is having it’s own kind of hot spell. While we might have 100-degree days, they are having temperatures in the 80’s, which for them, and their normal rainy-day weather is hot. There were boys at school in England that protested the fact that they cannot wear shorts, so they chose to wear skirts in protest. They borrowed from girlfriends, and girls who brought them in for them, and many enjoyed getting to wear them for the day. They did not get in trouble, because they were indeed not shorts, and they were school skirts. Click here for more information on this!

The Longest Day of the Year!

The first Day of summer is officially tomorrow, but the longest day of the year is today. When the sun’s zenith is at it’s furthest point from the equator. Solstice is Latin for “sun-stopping” and the longest day of the year has been the source of celebration since ancient times. Many Native Americans celebrated the longest day of the year with a Sun Dance, while the Mayas and Aztecs used the day as a marker by which to build many of their central structures, so that the buildings would align perfectly with the shadows of the two solstices, summer and winter.
Shakespeare set his famous comedy during the magic of midsummer’s evening. He may have been influenced by European folklore of the ability to see faeries on this night if you rubbed fern seeds on your eyelids at midnight—but if you did, you’d better have some rue on you or the faeries would lead you astray.

Stay Cool During the Heat Wave

It’s HOT outside, very HOT! Parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah are on extreme heat warnings and watches. Those of us in Northern California, around Sacramento have already seen record breaking temperatures, and the over 100-degree days are supposed to be around until Saturday. If you have elderly neighbors, make sure to check on them. If you have pets, try to keep them indoors, and make sure they have plenty of water. Try to exercise earlier in the day, when it is still cool(ish) outside. Remember to do laundry, and other high electricity things early or late, as power outages increase in really hot weather. Here are some other tips on staying cool with all of this hot weather. Lastly, remember to stay hydrated yourself! Click this link on tips to staying hydrated on these excessively hot days!

Honoring My Father Dr. Duane Raymond Walker, M.D.

My dad was Duane Raymond Walker, M. D. He was born and raised in Clark Missouri, a tiny town near Moberly. He had polio as an infant and spent long periods in an iron lung. The disease left him with a withered leg and a permanent limp. Despite his pronounced limp he played tennis in high school and college and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He never let his condition slow him down nor did I ever hear him complain of it.

I’m sure the experience of his illness along with the kindness and generosity of the Shriner’s and treatment he received at their hospitals inspired him to become a doctor. He founded McHenry Medical Group with Howard Nachman, M.D. and was also a founder of Doctors Medical Center.
Attached is my favorite photograph of him doing what he loved, fishing along the Sacramento River.