Remembering Grandma Mary

July 13, 2015 @ 10:04 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

My mother died 2 weeks after my first child was born.  I never met my wife’s mother.  The only Grandma my children ever knew was Grandma Mary.  And the only Grandpa her grandchildren knew was my father. Every summer the merged families visited her cabin on the shore of Lake Ontario for a week or more.

Grandma Mary was nearly 100 when she died last winter.  We waited for summer to gather.  My generation, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.  The memorial service was a sharing of memories of Gma Mary and our times at “the Lake”.  We began and ended with a piper honoring her Scottish heritage and a parade of the great-grandchildren around and around.  A huge picnic.  Catching up on each others lives.

Watching the sunset over the far away Toronto skyline is a tradition.  Then fireworks from surrounding locations celebrating the 4th.  We added Chinese lanterns drifting north over Lake Ontario.  My children and their children will never forget.

Families are Blue Zones.

Jay Ginther, MD

“But Protein Makes Me Fat”

July 10, 2015 @ 9:39 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Protein is necessary for strong bone and muscle.  Two patients complained that they were gaining weight when they added enough Protein for good bone health to their diets.

That was their problem.  They ADDED Protein to a diet that already had enough Calories in Fats and Carbs.  The key is to add Protein without adding Calories.  This is harder than it sounds.  You may have to reduce other foods to avoid a gain in Calories.

Proteins and Carbs are about equal in Calories.  Fats are packed with twice as many Calories.  Getting enough Protein as a Vegetarian or Vegan is challenging, but feasible.

Remember that the ideal weight for bone health is a BMI between 22 and 33.  The ideal weight to AVOID Death From All Causes is a BMI between 25 and 30 if you are over 60 years of age. A BMI between 22 and 25 almost as good.

Many of our patients Take Control Naturally by getting enough absorbable Calcium in Foods, Vitamin D3, Protein in Foods, Multiple Vitamins & Minerals, and Exercises for Balance and Strength.  This way they can often avoid medications for several years.

Take Control Naturally with enough Protein in a balanced diet.

Jay Ginther, MD

 

The Declaration

July 4, 2015 @ 8:09 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Review some Revolutionary Ideas on the anniversary of our Declaration.

Jay Ginther, MD

Close Encounter of the Planetary Kind

June 29, 2015 @ 7:27 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Venus and Jupiter will be only one degree apart on the 30 June 2015 in the evening sky.  That is the 2 brightest “stars” in the night sky as close as they ever get (conjunction).

Shortly after sunset look for the first “star” well above the western horizon.  Soon a second “star” will appear just to the left.  A small telescope will show Venus to be a crescent and Jupiter to have 4 moons which change position every night.

Connect with Nature.  Enter the Blue Zones.

Jay Ginther, MD