February 2023 newsletter

Let’s talk about weekly mini-vacations, the way you exercise, trouble sleeping, chronic inflammation, and muscle versus fat.

Want me to prescribe you a vacation?

I think you can take “mini-vacations” every week (if you want) and never leave town, all the while improving your health and reducing the need for medication for anxiety, melancholy, high blood pressure, poor sleep and asthma, to name a few. A study from the Finnish Institute of Health & Welfare found that visiting a natural setting 3 to 4 times per week helped reduce the use of medication for mental health issues and other health problems, mentioned above.

The researchers used prescription medications as a measure of poor health, and found there was a strong link between the number of visits per week visiting green and blue spaces within 1 km (0.62 mile) of a person’s house and the reduction of medications.  Additionally, this correlates with other studies showing the improvement of mental health and well-being, which is the whole purpose of a vacation, isn’t it?

Mounting scientific evidence continues to promote the health benefits of nature exposure, so I prescribe for all of you to take “mini-vacations” every week to the parks, trails, ocean or lakes nearby to recharge your batteries and bless your soul; inhaling, listening, viewing, touching and smelling the earth.  The benefits are life-long and life-changing.  Dr. Ben

So, you don’t like to exercise, huh?  You can change your attitude.


Having trouble getting to sleep?  Maybe you have some bad habits.



You may have chronic inflammation and not know it, and it could be killing you.



Preserving muscle is more important than losing fat as you age




“There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates and the glare that obscures.”  James Thurber




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