Happy 4th everyone.
It's supposed to be around 100 degrees today and tomorrow - more records to be set. I've already gotten my bike ride in for the day. Just a measly four miles but the more I read about exercise, the less I feel the need to exercise to the extremes that I once did. More is not always better. I also read how your personality type can contribute to heart disease. Type A personality, sense of isolation - lots of intangibles. While hard to scientifically quantify, it goes a long way towards explaining why I ended up having a grabber. This information would have been much more helpful than the doctor telling me to take the skin off the chicken. Especially when I rarely ate fried chicken.
We spend billions of dollars on medical care for heart disease alone in this country every year. If there was someone each of us could go to who would listen to our needs, concerns and wishes, and then set up a life plan dealing with good nutritional advice, exercise needs, mental health issues - all the things that impact our health and happiness - we'd all be healthier and the medical costs would nosedive. Maybe every doctor's office should have a nutritionist and a psychologist in the same building. You could just stop in and get a mental tune up, get a couple of new healthy recipes or find a support group for whatever's ailing you. Now that I think of it, you'd probably need a lot more mental health professionals. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" - never been more true.