Hello, I am Lucy Chilcutt, and I am guest-writing in place of Dr. Irv Rubenstein. To let you know a little bit about me: I am a senior at Cumberland University where I play basketball and softball and study Exercise and Sports Science. My chosen field of study is not entirely congruent with what IRead More
Fit Happens – Winter 2019
Winter – or 30th Anniversary – 2019 Pillar 1: The Winter of Our Discontent In the summer of 1986, my colleague, Kathy Alexander, and I wondered what we would do once we finished our dissertations in exercise science at Vandy. At the time, there were very few options in that field: academia, hospital-based wellness andRead More
Is it Calorie-Restriction, Calorie-Reduction…or Weight Loss?
So here’s a title of an article bound to catch your attention, in Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter: “Calorie Restriction May Promote Cognitive Function.” For those of us in our middle, or higher, years (Disclaimer: I’m now 66, and feel in my middle years though most studies would put in me in the elder category),Read More
Do Strong Arms Make for Strong Brains?
A recent study out of the UK has demonstrated a relationship – NOT a causal one but a correlated one – between strong arms, as measured by grip strength, and a healthy brain. So I’m typing this with one hand at a time while doing curls with the other. Or, perhaps, I should relax andRead More
Calcium Supplements May Be Linked to Dementia in Women
Generally in America it is recommended that post-menopausal women take calcium supplements – up to 1200 mg/day – to prevent the ongoing loss of bone density that naturally occurs with age and changes in hormone status. But questions abound as to whether or not supplements really work or are perhaps detrimental in other areas ofRead More
Diet And Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s
We have written and many have read here and in the mass media that exercise, and diet, may reduce your risk of dementia and maybe even Alzheimer’s disease (AD). But the big question is, HOW? Now, maybe they are getting close to figuring out how: perhaps both diet and exercise reduce the protein build-up ofRead More
And the winner is—-EXERCISE!
Not to toot the horn of my profession but studies upon studies demonstrate the benefits of exercise along a wide spectrum of human existence. From arthritis to diabetes to heart disease to cancer, and back again, exercise may be the single, best, cheapest, most convenient, least side-effected ‘drug’ medicine has recently discovered. For those ofRead More
Depression, Heart Disease & Alzheimer’s: Cause, Effect or Correlation?
Here’s a quick lesson in statistics: correlation is not causation but causation is correlation. That means, something can be related even modestly – like grass grows better when it rains – but not have much effect on causation – like rain does not cause grass to grow. Now you might be right to say, “Well,Read More