Dear Patients and Friends,
It’s almost the end of the year. Time flies. It’s also the big holiday season of Christmas (Chanukah also lands on Christmas Eve this year so everyone gets to celebrate together).
Santa Claus became a part of the Christmas tradition around the Middle Ages… however, his part in Christmas was not popularized until after he was ‘depicted’ as a jolly stout old man wearing a red and white suit in the 19th century.
The character of Santa Claus is said to be inspired by Saint Nicholas, a bishop, who went around giving the poor children of his village gifts. The legend of Santa centers around the North Pole and his magical workshop of elves. Every year he makes presents for those children who are nice. Those who were naughty receive nothing… but a lump of coal. You’re a good patient, so expect a lot this year. 2017 is coming.
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Strange Christmas Facts
Christmas is perhaps the most anticipated event of the year. It is a time of good natured gift exchange, feasting and celebration. Nothing beats the fun and good times that can be experienced during the Yuletide season. Yet Christmas is not without its strange associations, a few of these have been listed below, some may even elicit a chuckle or two.
- Mince pie was said to be unlucky if cut with a knife, additionally it was considered to encourage bad luck when eaten outside of the period between Christmas Eve and the Twelfth Night. The great thing about Mince pie however, is that it somehow had the magical power to give you good luck if you ate one every day for the twelve days of Christmas.
- Christmas Carols are great, right? Wrong, well at least according to some folks down in Pensacola Florida who were outraged at the loud singing that accompanied the rendition of a few old favorites at a Mall during the Christmas season. Maybe it wasn’t so much the carols as the horrible singing that may have sullied the performance.
- “Pets are people too”, this may be what pet owners are thinking during the Christmas season. It has been estimated that at least 56 percent of Americans ‘sing’ to their pets. It may just be more fulfilling considering that pets cannot possibly complain.
- The people at Reynolds et al make a substantial amount of money selling foil during the Yuletide season. It has been confirmed that at least 3000 tons of foil are used to wrap turkeys annually. The foil is light weight, but that is a ton of turkeys.
- WARNING: Christmas shopping may be hazardous to your health. If you are an avid Christmas shopper statistics have concluded that you will be elbowed at least three times while shopping. Ouch!
- Sending Christmas cards is still the in thing to do around Christmas time. Americans on average send out 28 Christmas cards to friends and family yearly, and guess what, it’s certainly not in vain either. Most will receive 28 for the same period. Hmmm, makes you wonder doesn’t it?
- Christmas is a great time to exercise. You will walk an average of five miles between the parking lot and stores, however, don’t let this give you a false sense of security, as most people still gain those pesky Christmas pounds despite this.
- Leftovers can sometimes be your enemy. Spoilt leftovers are responsible for 400,000 cases of post Christmas associated illnesses.
Chanukah or Ḥanukah) is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Tradition states that when they went to rededicate the Temple, they could only find enough holy oil for one night. When they lit the Temple lamp it lasted for eight days and was declared a miracle. Thus, Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication.
The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah (also called a Chanukiah/Hanukiah), one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.
It’s traditional to give small gifts, eat potato Latkes (pancakes), play with the dreidel (actually a betting game children play) and spend time with family.
My mother once gave me two sweaters for Hanukkah. The next time we visited, I made sure to wear one. As we entered her home, instead of the expected smile, she said, “What’s the matter? You didn’t like the other one?”
“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” – Chinese Proverb
“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” – Jewish Proverb
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
– Hanukkah Quotes by Buddha
December JOKE of the Month
Three men passed away on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates with his book OPEN.
“In honor of this Holy season,” Saint Peter said, “Each one of you must possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.”
The first man fumbled through his white pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. “It represents a candle,” “You may pass through the pearly gates,” Saint Peter said.
The second man reached into his white pocket and pulled out a set of keys.
He shook them and said, “They’re bells Saint Peter.” Saint Peter looked at him and said, “You sir may pass through the pearly gates. Bless you my son.”
The third man started searching desperately through his white pockets and finally he found something and pulled it out. It was a pair of women’s glasses.
St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, “And just what do those symbolize?”
The man replied, “They are Carol’s.”
The Real Skinny on Holiday Weight Gain
Tipping the scales this holiday season?
Reports of your holiday weight gain have been greatly exaggerated. Media stories often suggest that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And in surveys, people say they gain, on average, about five pounds this time of year.
But several studies now show that the average weight gain during the winter holidays is just one pound. Whew, I’m glad I read that.
The news isn’t all good though. Most people don’t ever lose the pound of weight they put on during the holidays, according to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine. That’s the problem. Since the average weight gain during adulthood is about one to two pounds a year, that means much of midlife weight gain can be explained by your holiday eating.
For people who are already overweight, the holiday weight news is worse. Although the average gain is only one pound, people who are already overweight tend to gain a lot more. One study found that overweight people gained five pounds or more during the holidays.
And we start packing on that extra pound of holiday weight early in life. Researchers at the University of Oklahoma studied holiday weight gain among college students during the Thanksgiving break. The students were weighed the day before Thanksgiving, then weighed again about two weeks later.
The average weight gain for the 94 students was about one pound. Students who were of normal weight gained about a half a pound during the period. Students who were overweight, meaning their body mass index was 25 or more, gained about two pounds.
Holly Hull, the lead researcher on the Oklahoma study, says “Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a “high risk” time for the overweight. I think the number of people who only overeat at the Thanksgiving meal is slim to none,” said Dr. Hull.
“The holiday season doesn’t represent one day of overeating. You have this period that extends through the New Year where there’s MORE alcohol, MORE snacks, MORE finger foods and appetizers that are energy dense.” If you’re overweight, talk to the front desk about our program.
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The holiest of holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart; The secret anniversaries of the heart.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away.” – Eva Logue
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. I want you to think about this.
It doesn’t say, Health is the state of NO SYMPTOMS.You can ‘feel great’ and still have heart problems, diabetes, kidney disease, etc. Health is a state of complete well-being, not a state of not having symptoms. If you’re taking some drugs and think they are curing you, you’re wrong. Drugs help you cover up the PAIN, but they do absolutely nothing to CURE YOU. Your body is the ONLY thing that cures you. The only thing, so make sure your body is checked at the office this month for alignment issues. If you’re not aligned, you’re crooked and when you’re crooked, you’re not healthy.
Don’t confuse feeling good and health. They aren’t necessarily the same thing. Call the office and get checked.
Can you remember when you were in the first grade? Probably not.
What I remember is that I didn’t understand anything — about reading, numbers, how to get along with my family members, or how to be a “success.”
I was young, so basically I was a sponge, waiting to soak up the water of education, and things that I wanted to do. I’d even soak up things I shouldn’t be soaking up… if you know what I mean. If I had arrived at the first grade already full of ‘stuff’ I wouldn’t have been ready to learn. I felt like I knew everything when I hit about 15 years old, but that’s another story for another newsletter.
For me I want to keep learning more about health, so I can learn how to keep my patients healthy in the future.
As your doctor, I attend conferences that give me the tools I need to help you. At this time of year, I find that being with my family and my patients is one of the best parts of my life. Thank you again for being a patient.
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