Author: Pat Smith

It’s a Journey – The Children and White Water

As mentioned last week, children develop eating habits in their youth that can fuel a scary white water journey in adulthood. A child will eat whatever they are accustomed to. Adults most often eat whatever they grew accustomed to as children. It’s a vicious cycle. 

It’s a Journey – The Lungs

Last week we put the car in gear and began a life journey review. In the beginning the journey started with the blood stream, a highway of about 60,000 miles of blood vessels with the heart pumping blood through the vessels. Our lives spread out 

It’s a Journey – The Immune System

Imagine you have a $3M house smack in the middle of a dangerous part of town. Bad stuff goes on outside your perimeter. A tall concrete fence topped with barbwire surrounds your property; strategically placed cameras provide 360 degree views of the periphery. The gate 

It’s a Journey – The Digestive System

We started this journey on the highway, 60,000 miles of blood stream delivering everything to and from everywhere. You learned (at a very high level) how the highway is structured, how it can be damaged, and the consequences of damage. Two systems provide the primary 

It’s a Journey – the Inflammation Creep

As promised so far on this journey, the common chronic diseases (of which diabetes is one) creep along together due to inflammation. That means no one condition stands alone. Anything that activates your immune system is inflammatory. Inflammation is step one when the immune system 

It’s a Journey – The Exit Toward Diabetes

Happens all the time. In fact it happened to me. I start developing neuropathy in my feet and I ask the wrong doctor about it. That’s a complicated story but anyway he asks me, “Are you diabetic?” I say “No.” Turned out I was well 

It’s a Journey – Prevention vs Recovery

Welcome back to the Journey. In review, last week’s post has this quote from The American Heart Association. “The immune system plays an important role in obesity-induced adipose (fat) tissue inflammation and the resultant metabolic dysfunction, which can lead to hypertension, dyslipidemia,and insulin resistance and 

It’s a Journey – Sooner or Later

It’s a Journey – Sooner or Later

Sooner or later you will open the newspaper and find my obituary. I hope it says that I “passed peacefully” on a certain date. My daughter will have written that obituary, eloquently describing all my great qualities, some of which will be a stretch. My 

It’s a Journey – In the Beginning is the Highway

There is a reason that the windshield is bigger than the rear-view mirror. The windshield shows you infinite possibilities going forward. The rear-view mirror is history. When driving the car on vacation, history can be changed. Just turn the car around, find the spot where 

How long do you want to live?

My husband and I came to Montgomery County in 2001 after I had recovered from an autoimmune disease. For a while I worried (a lot) about whether, just any time, my illness would show up again. By the time my husband died in 2007 that