Posts Tagged ‘Exercise’

BQ365 Weeks 3-5: The Science of Sleep

by Brian Kim, MD, MS

“… Sufficient sleep is not a luxury—it is a necessity—and should be thought of as a vital sign of good health.”
– Wayne H. Giles, MD, Centers for Disease Control


“I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at four in the afternoon, I’d be a college graduate today.”
– George Foreman

A few months ago, while rounding the floor of the medicine wards, I stepped into the room of a patient who had been admitted the previous night. A successful businesswoman in her 30’s, she had managed to ascend the corporate ladder with ease, despite being, to the surprise of her close friends and family, a high-functioning alcoholic. That is until, one day, she (and her liver) stopped functioning. She had a laundry list of medical problems, a number of which could have taken her life in a matter of weeks to months. And, yet, the only issue that seemed to be on her agenda that morning (or at least the only one she wanted to talk about) was how poorly she had slept last night and wanted to know what I could do about it. We talked about her sleep every morning for the next 30 days, until she was finally discharged from the hospital.

It seemed incongruous, maybe even absurd, to have spent so much time discussing an issue that ranked #11 on my list of 13 problems for this patient. But, as I have seen with countless patients, both in and out of the hospital, there are few concerns (other than pain and constipation) that are voiced as consistently as poor sleep. Read the rest of this entry →

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04 2013

BQ365: Week 1


by Brian Kim, MD | kim@myhousecallmd.com

BQ – two letters that have become the ultimate goal in racing; an obsession that weighs in the minds of countless runners, but is realized by few. For some, it’s a check box on a lifetime bucket list. For others, it’s a tangible benchmark between the anonymity of “marathon finisher” and the impossibility of Olympic gold. Whatever the motive, the Boston Qualifier (the time standard to qualify for the Boston Marathon) has become lore during the decades long boom that has democratized marathon running to welcome (whether you like it or not) finishers like Oprah (4:29:20), P. Diddy (4:14:54), Lance Armstrong (an EPO-boosted 2:59:36), Paul Ryan (also “two hour and fifty-something,” or actually, 4:01:25), and probably even your mom or weird uncle. Read the rest of this entry →

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02 2013

GOODS: The Best Fitness Gear to Jump-Start 2013


by Joshua Goldman, MD, MBA | goldman@myhousecallmd.com

Another year has come and gone and 2013 is just around the corner…along with all of our fitness New Year’s resolutions.  Remember all those lofty promises from last January?  Well, this year we can make them happen!  Our team has discovered a ton of killer new products, bringing health and technology together to help you reach your personal fitness goals.  Whatever your personal fitness level is today, we’ve found something to help keep you fit in 2013.  Remember that it’s the little changes that you make in your daily life (think stairs instead of elevator) that make a big difference down the road.  Now that we’ve gotten that little pep talk off our chest, we think it’s about time you take advantage of all those post-Christmas sales and pick up all the gear you need to get yourself on track for a healthy and happy 2013. Read the rest of this entry →

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12 2012

Guide to a Healthy & Happy Holiday Season

by Joshua Goldman, MD, MBA | goldman@myhousecallmd.com

The holiday season is both an wonderful and hectic time of year.  Along with holiday cheer comes cross-country travel, quality family time, celebratory feasts…and unfortunately the seasonal flu, stress, sleepless nights in strange beds and post-feast weight gain.  The House Call, MD team has been diligently working around the clock to find proven ways to keep you safe and healthy this winter.  Follow our Holiday Survival Guide below to make it through the season just as happy and healthy as you started it.

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12 2010

Depression & Exercise: Run Your Way to Happiness

by G. John Mullen | mullen@myhousecallmd.com

Go to any gym across the country and you’re likely to find quite the variety of folks “getting their workout on.”  You may notice a couple Tara Reid doppelgangers on the stair stepper who appear to have been there for the past 12 hours, a cluster of guys wearing 1980’s style muscle shirts swarming around the bench press, a few big-boned characters “jogging” on the treadmill and, last but not least, a smattering of normal folk trying to stay in shape.  You can’t help but wonder, “What motivates these people to exercise day in and day out?”  Is it pure physical gains? Psychological?  Neuro-chemical?  Social?  The answer is probably a combination of all of the above.  Of note, however, is the psychological effect of exercise.  We’ve all experienced the endorphin-rich high after a good workout.   What if we harnessed that positive feeling…could it help with depression?  This simplistic yet promising thought has to have crossed the mind of a psychiatrist somewhere.in the world.  Well, it turns out is has.  We decided to hit the textbooks and scientific journals to get to the bottom of the issue.

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11 2010

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