Author: Pat Smith

Stranded on an island?

I have been watching the HULU reality series, ALONE. At the end in each season we uncover the contestant who lasts the longest without completely starving. Ten people, each alone and isolated from the others, are dumped unceremoniously with 10 tools of their choice on 

Being healthy is your best choice.

Healthy means “not sick.” Sick means feeling bad and/or having symptoms that send you to the doctor or the emergency room. If they can afford it, sick people take medications. Medications don’t usually cure the sickness but (hopefully) allay the symptoms and ward off dying 

The problem is always insulin resistance.

The problem is always insulin resistance.

You may know if you are overweight – although what you might call just overweight could actually be obesity. I rarely find a person who knows what their triglycerides are, even if they faithfully visit the doctor every year. You may know if you have 

Worried about virus “variants”?

For days now the news has been the arrival of virus “variants”, the first of which popped up in the UK. Now they appear to be in 36 of the US states. And that is just today. So now the worry is whether the vaccine 

Body Fat and Covid-19

Why is it that the majority of folks hospitalized and frequently dying after COVID-19 infection have lots of excess body fat? What is going on here? Let’s start at the beginning. The virus that causes COVID-19 enters cells by attaching the virus corona (crown) to 

Covid-19 and the Immune System

I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s day with family. There was a lot of isolation and COVID-19 testing for everyone prior to and after this celebration. I ate some stuff that I am not supposed to eat. For example, my great grandchildren 

Let’s just get this over with!

Let’s just get this over with!

Early on in this COVID-19 pandemic Montgomery County and the little counties in Arkansas surrounding us had very few diagnosed COVID-19 cases. And just to be on the safe side, we avoided being tested – as if testing was the problem. Certainly we didn’t talk 

There but for the grace of God go I!

There but for the grace of God go I!

Covid-19 on Indian Reservations I watched a broadcast on MSNBC. It was an interview with a South Dakota state representative who happens to be a native American Indian. The discussion was about the impact of COVID-19 on Indians on the Pine Ridge South Dakota Indian 

Now I’m Mad!

October 10, 2019. I get hit with a bit of fever and a headache. Under the weather. I take some ibuprofen and otherwise ignore it, send my kids off to school, go to work, stop by to see Mom because she hasn’t been feeling well, 

Get healthy

Is being healthy important enough? So last week we got to the bottom line. GET HEALTHY. Healthy means the absence of symptoms, diseases (as diagnosed by a doctor), and medications. Environmental toxins (mercury, lead, mold, chemical fertilizers/insecticides/pesticides) definitely impact health, particularly in susceptible people. Stress,