Are you on trend?

google-glass-userWearing technology? Using more apps? Understanding crowd funding? Growing your own food? All are top US trends.

Crazy isn’t it that the more tech-savvy (and dependent) we become the more we enjoy digging in the dirt?

It’s difficult to tell the weeds from the plants in our garden this year but the 45(!) tomato plants have begun to yield beautiful grape tomatoes. Don’t know where our lettuce went, though the bunnies in the yard are looking fat and smug. We’ve had a few cubanelle peppers, yellow squash and cucumbers already. There are “fingerling” eggplant that we’re concluding are adult size, despite any markers to actually inform us.eggplant3

What is it about gardening that’s so appealing even when we’re not terribly successful at it? I think it’s a metaphor for life and our health.

First and foremost, the garden teaches us we are not in control; some issues are beyond our authority. The garden reinforces the fact that science is important but luck is always welcome.

The garden gives us time away from technology, time to reflect; it offers exercise and potentially some healthy food. Sometimes you follow all the rules and things don’t quite turn out as you planned. Occasionally you are rewarded undeservedly.

Proper nutrients in the soil are necessary for a healthy plant just like a healthy body. Sunshine and fresh air and nature, in general, are proven to be therapeutic. Our gardens give us an excuse to be outdoors – unplugged. A garden offers balance, shows us patience and sometimes laughs at plans.

Gardens feed our souls with art, smells and sometimes poison ivy. Gardens remind us to be grateful for others – like farmers.

Whether you are gardening on a windowsill, a hanging basket, a pot or a farm, enjoy it’s therapy and know you’re on trend to be well,


PS And what are you doing with yellow summer squash?


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I am the great and powerful…


Dr. Oz

Dateline: Washington, D.C. The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection invited Dr. Mehmet Oz to testify on false nutrition claims., a website scrutinizing obesity claims stated, “He certainly is an expert on the subject.” has documented 16 “miracles for weight loss” proclaimed on Dr. Oz’s daytime TV show. The green coffee bean extract claim might have been the reason for Dr. Oz’s invitation to appear before the subcommittee.

Committee Chairwoman Claire McCaskill asked the good doctor, “Why would you say something is a miracle in a bottle?” TV ratings might be one answer…but Oz eventually answered that in, “an attempt to engage viewers, I use flowery language.”green-coffee-bean

The NationalJournal, quoted some of Dr. Oz’s testimony: “My job, I feel on the show, is to be a cheerleader for the audience.” He further stated, “I recognize that oftentimes they (products he talks about) don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact.”

However, Dr. Oz points out he gives his own family these products he discusses on the show because he believes in them. says Oz “masquerades marketing as medicine.”

If Dr. Oz wasn’t so popular (millions of viewers) and considered a reliable source of health information by many this wouldn’t be a blip on our nutritionradar screen. But he is popular, people do listen (can you say Garcinia cambogia?) and so we care.

The words “miracle”, “magic”, and “secret” typically begin a sentence that has no basis in fact. When we see words like “study”, a well known hospital or research facility is named, thousands of humans are enrolled in a randomized controlled trial or epidemiological data is garnered from tens of thousands of subjects studied decades, only then should we read the details and perhaps be moved by the data.

Until then, switch the channel or better yet, go out for a walk to be well,



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