Archive for the ‘Blue Zones’ Category

Thanksgiving 2014

November 27, 2014 @ 8:47 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Today we are thankful for what we have.  We take time to cherish family and friends.

We tune out the frantic dash of Black Friday Sales.  We reflect on the human values that make life worth living.

We and our world are far from perfect.  But we do have more material wealth than ever before.  We have greater opportunity for advancement than ever before.  The Pursuit of Happiness is available to all.  Catching up with Happiness is as elusive as ever.

Read “The Blue Zones” and “Thrive” by Dan Buettner.  (Use the link to the right.)  Incorporate the traits he observed in those living longer, happier lives.

Pause.  Contemplate.  Realize how blessed we are compared to any time in history.  Give Thanks.

Jay Ginther, MD

Blue Zone Weekend

November 18, 2014 @ 10:14 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

“Babysitting” grandkids RJ and Gwen is a Blue Zone.  They grow and change every time we see them. 

RJ zoomed all around the 8 level climbing and sliding set-up at the Rec Center.  Gwen has now mastered the little kids section.  We ran them ragged.  They ran us ragged.

The 4 hour drive each way is well worth it.  We are already missing them until next time.

Family is a Blue Zone.

Jay Ginther, MD

Thank You For Serving

November 11, 2014 @ 7:56 am
posted by Dr Ginther

On Veterans Day we should thank those who have served our country.

Serving in the military is always a sacrifice.  Military service, especially combat, forever changes a person.  Some changes are positive.  Too often there is damage – physical or psychological.

Our veterans have given part of themselves for our country.  Sometimes a large part, or even all.  So have their families.  We owe our veterans and their families our thanks, whether or not we agree with the particular military actions that our politicians required of them.

We are obligated to meet their needs in a timely manner.  The housecleaning at the Veterans Administration is long overdue.  These are fellow human beings, injured by what we asked them to do.

Thank you for your service.  We promise to do better in showing our thanks.

Jay Ginther, MD

Travel Is Great – Jet-Lag Is The Pits

October 17, 2014 @ 8:17 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

We have just returned from nearly 2 weeks in Portugal and northwest Spain.  We had never been to either location.  As always, visiting new places and experiencing different cultures is enlightening.  We were thrilled.

Portugal is attempting to preserve the best aspects of its past, while moving to integrate into the EU.  Family and Community are strong bonds for many.  Blue Zones abound.

Porto and the Douro River are all about the ancient vineyards and steeply terraced hillsides.  Port wine is giving way to a renaissance of dry reds and whites.  We visited a small villiage which produces wines and bakes thousands of loaves of bread daily the old-fashioned way, in wood fired ovens.

Castello Rodrigo is a small hilltop fortified village occupied in turn by Celts, Romans, Moors and Christians over millenia.  The streets are steep, narrow, and primarily pedestrian only.  The buildings are mostly from the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

We visited the 4th and 5th oldest Universities in Europe.  We explored Salamanca and Santiago de Compostella.  Not all of history is pretty, but it is enlightening.  How can you understand where you are, or have any idea where you are going, if you do not know where you have been?

River Cruises make travel easy.  This was our second trip with Viking.

European diets are different.  More about that later.  First I need to recover from west-bound jet-lag.

Jay Ginther, MD