September 2021 health news


My wife Carrie and I took a road trip to Colorado last week and drove through Zion, hiked in Bryce and walked in Arches National Parks.  Words and photos cannot begin to describe the magnificence and grandeur of these landscapes, formed by wind, water, earthquakes and glaciers.  Similarly, our bodies show a history of all the traumas, floods and earthquakes in our lives which have taken place both mentally and physically.  Unlike the beautiful landscapes, however, our bodies possess a resiliency which is able to heal and restore, if given the right environment.  This healing requires a deliberate intention in all aspects of our lives; mental, emotional, physical and spiritual, as each of these elements are intertwined with the others.

The reason we drove to Colorado was for a family reunion, connecting with family (and friends), another way to restore and renew your health.  The two remaining members of my dad’s family are my 98 year old and 91 year old aunts, who still possess physical function and mental acuity, and are surrounded by loving children and grandchildren, an inspiration to us all.  Understandably, not all of us have “family” that can love and nurture us, but do not despair; create your own family.  The author Richard Bach once said that “members of the same family rarely grow up under the same roof.”  This means that you might have to do some searching and create a reunion of your own.

The other blessing in this trip, and lesson for us all, is that nature nurtures us.  There is something called “forest bathing”, a recommended departure from the world of concrete, glass and chrome.  Embracing nature (even just looking at pictures) helps reduce blood pressure, relieve anxiety and depression, and improves your mood. Walking, biking or just sitting outside can be rejuvenating. It’s kind of like recharging your batteries – mentally, physically and spiritually. So, tap into the power of this grand earth and get outside, you don’t want to be running on empty.  Be well, stay healthy.  Dr. Ben


NUTRITION – Your body on junk food (you need to read this) Seeking “craveability,” “snackability,” and “more-ishness.”



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“All the trees are losing their leaves and none of them are worried.” Donald Miller

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”  Aristotle

“Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

“The cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu.  The chance walk; the unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation or acquaintance.”  Fanny Fern

“Adapt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson


FLEX APPEAL STRETCHING CLASS – every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30, via Zoom.  We stretch everything from nose to toes, easy enough for any beginner, yet challenging enough to get a complete workout.  Consider it a weekly mini-vacation for your muscles.

You may sign up for this month’s stretching class by sending me $24 for all the classes via VenMo -@Benjamin-Griffes-1; via PayPal – or Benjamin Griffes; by check, sent to Dr. Griffes, 18399 Ventura Blvd., Suite 241, Tarzana, CA 91356 

Feel free to invite friends and family.  There’s always room on Zoom.


ARCHIES. Check out these comfortable flip flops.  They are designed in a way that allow you to walk without gripping your toes, and they are one piece, so they won’t come apart.

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