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I would like to dedicate this newsletter in memory of my grandmother (Sitto Maureen) who passed away on February 15th at 92 years young. She is an angel in heaven and will live in my heart forever.
The Power of the Written Word
Mother Theresa once said that people are hungrier for love and appreciation than they are for bread. That statement has made a huge impact in my life. I have made it a daily ritual to write a handwritten note to someone everyday which I do for my patients, family and friends.
Sitto Maureen loved hand written notes and pictures and cherished every one of them. Every year the 12 days before Christmas, I would leave her a note everyday, with a gift which she looked forward to and throughout the year I would just do the same thing randomly. I had left her a written note the day before she went to be with the Lord.
How do I know she valued these notes? When we went through her Bible she had saved every written note I had given her and beside her chair was the very note I had written the morning before. Also she had all the photos and cards saved that she had received from all of you. It meant the world to her.
Sitto Maureen read the bible everyday and prayed for everyone by name and always read those handwritten notes. We have all been blessed by her love and prayers and her love will always be in my heart.
I just wanted to challenge everyone to take the time to love and appreciate your family and friends while they are still alive and take a few minutes to write a note to someone. You never know what you might do or say and how it will affect the lives of others later in life. To know that you are loved and appreciated is the greatest feeling in the world.
Growing Old Is Not For Sissies
You have heard of the old adage "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", that rings so true in my practice and in my life. I have always said "Life is like a candle, it should burn bright until it goes out". It saddens me to see people age with so many health problems. In fact people over age 65 are taking on the average 6 or more prescriptions a day. Are we drugging our seniors? My grandmother had never been in a hospital until she had a fall one year ago and had never even taken an aspirin due to her healthy lifestyle. I have made a decision that I am going to teach people how to get healthier as they get older and the key is to keep your spine in proper alignment with regular adjustments. Remember if you wear out your car, you can buy a new one, but if you wear out your body, where are you going to live? Keeping your nerve impulses flowing from the brain to the body keeps your body healthy and strong. Exercise; my grandmother always walked, exercised, and did gardening and that keeps you well. Getting sunshine outdoors at least 20 minutes a day and fit exercise into your life. Remember in this world we need to move more and eat less. Motion creates positive emotion and we need to keep a happy and healthy mindset, and be grateful everyday. You are what you eat; remember to eat your fruits and veggies. As a child we always had a fresh vegetable garden and ate healthy foods. There is a saying about what you put in your body:Garbage in, garbage stays. What messages are you sending to your body everyday? Stop and think before you eat and maybe you will make better choices. Your age is only a number; it should not reflect how you feel. I plan on living my life to the fullest and continue to learn grow and share with you everything that I learn so you and your families can be happy, healthy, and strong.
High Energy Foods
High Energy Fats: Olive oil, avocados, and raw almonds.
High Energy Carbohydrates: Blueberries, pineapple, and green leafy vegetables.
High Energy Protein: Salmon
High Energy Drink: Green tea
Words of Wisdom
Before you go to bed, give your troubles to God, he will be up all night anyway.
Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am
Be still and know
My definition of a successful life:
To know that one person has breathed easier because I have lived.
Be a fountain, don’t be a drain
If you, a friend or family member would like a consultation please call my office and schedule a time.
Dr. Catherine Maloof
Dr. Maloof Online,ã 2005
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