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Kathy Keenan is director, Outbound Marketing for SweetWater Health, LLC, a startup company in mobile health. Kathy is a writer with more than 30 years of experience in high tech communications, marketing, and public relations. Website: Blog: Twitter: @beathealthy Facebook: BeatHealthy

How To Stay Married for 41 Years

Giorni Wedding Photo

MY HUSBAND AND I WERE CELEBRATING our 41st wedding anniversary the other day. We were having a meal in a restaurant, and unusually, it was just us and our grown son and daughter. It seemed kind of odd; none of the many other assorted relatives and in-laws were present for once. It was just the…

My Mother: the Female Indiana Jones

Barbara Indiana

Guest Post: AS I HAVE MENTIONED A FEW TIMES in this blog (ObsidianMirrorBlog) , I wrote “The Obsidian Mirror” based on American archetypes. I am no expert on Native American folklore, but perhaps I know a little bit more than the average person because my mother was an archeologist specializing in southwestern Native American cultures….

12 Ways Women Are Different from Men

Baby Boomer Couple

Guest Post: (NO, NOT THAT!) MEN AND WOMEN ARE equal under the law (at least that is the ideal). But when it comes to health, there are some big differences between the sexes. Here are 12 facts all women should know about how women’s health differs from men’s health: Heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of…

Guest Post: Swedish Chickens Tell Us Your DNA Is Not Your Doom

Swedish Chicken

FOR A LONG TIME, the conventional wisdom was that our DNA is fixed; whatever genetic characteristics we were born with are the traits that will characterize us throughout our lives. While DNA changes do occur, we have thought that they occur only very slowly—over millions of years, like the evolutionary changes that enabled small-brained primitive…

Guest Post – Canola Oil: Why Not Just Drink Gasoline?

Canola - Death

FAT, FAT, FAT, FAT. So much controversy swirls around various forms of fat. First we’re told coconut oil is deadly—then it’s a healthy miracle food. Then we’re told butter is poison—but now, it, too, has assumed the virtuous glow of health. Margarine is the healthy butter substitute—but now we hear it clogs your arteries. Olive…

Guest Post: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Losing Weight


  WE HAVE BEEN TOLD for decades that losing weight was simple: eat fewer calories and exercise more so that you burn more calories than you consume. Right. If losing weight was simple, don’t you think that we would all be slender? But those of us who have struggled with weight loss, those of us who…

Guest Post – Don’t Let Stress Ruin Your Life and Health

Pot Boiling

THERE’S A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT vital sign that you have probably never heard of, and it’s called heart rate variability (HRV). HRV can tell you if you’re healthy or sick, stressed or unstressed. HRV has many clinical applications, but let’s talk about how you can use it to beat our Number One health issue in modern times:…

Guest Post – Wheat: The New Strychnine?

Death Wheat

EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE GIVING UP gluten these days (and bragging about it). But we’ve been eating it for thousands of years, right? Good, whole-grain wheat is supposed to be healthy, and the government wants us to eat more of it. Wheat sensitivities run the gamut from low-level inflammation that we don’t even notice to…