In "Secondhand Lions," two eccentric Texan farmers (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine) use their (ill-gotten?) savings to live fuller lives, thanks in part to the persuasive powers of a young nephew (Haley Joel Osment). Their POV? "The actual truth is not as important as belief in ideals." But that attitude doesn't help when they crash their ...Read more
A good word to describe Christopher Lloyd's character Jim Ignatowski on the sitcom "Taxi" would be "disheveled." He's a mess -- harmless when he's fixing taxis around the garage, just don't let him drive. But when a hard-driving protein named Dishevelled (we're not kidding) meets up with cholesterol -- that can add up to a pretty harmful ...Read more
President Richard Nixon's VP, Spiro Agnew, called investigative journalists "nattering nabobs of negativism." But it was the VP who showed up in the "negative" column when reporters at The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun discovered that Agnew had taken bribes and didn't pay taxes while vice president. He was forced...Read more
In one episode of "Friends," Chandler -- who never works out -- admits that he actually belongs to a gym. Seems that whenever he goes in to terminate his membership, an attractive woman named Maria changes his mind. So Ross goes to the gym to help Chandler keep his resolve, but when he meets Maria HE ends up joining the gym! The two then decide ...Read more
King Henry VIII is renown for having had six wives, two of whom he executed. But he also is an infamous glutton. He expanded the kitchens at Hampton Court Palace to 55 rooms, had over 200 people on his kitchen staff, and offered guests meals with up to 14 courses.
While you're probably no King Henry, chances are you like to have a rich meal now...Read more
In the "Friends" episode "The One with Ross's Tan," Ross (David Schwimmer ) goes into a spray-on tanning booth, is befuddled by the instructions and gets sprayed twice in front, missing his back. After trying and failing twice more to balance out the coverage, he ends up with a level 16 spray-on tan (2 is optimal) on the front half of his body. ...Read more
Alicia Keyes craved root-beer floats while pregnant with her second child, Genesis; Victoria Beckham was marmalade-crazed while carrying daughter Harper; and Blake Lively had to have pumpkin ice cream when expecting Ines. As cravings go, they're ---
not good nutrition choices.
But it could be far worse. For an ever-increasing number of ...Read more
Remember when Jon Lovitz married Morgan Fairchild on "Saturday Night Live"? "Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket!"
Problem is, it never happened. (Lovitz's "Pathological Liar" character, Tommy Flanagan, told as many lies as he could, as often as he could.) But if just for a second there, you thought you did remember Jon and Morgan getting hitched, ...Read more
Humbug To HappinessPhD, M.A. LMHC, CAP, ICADC, David A. Gibbs
They come from many different sources. Some originate with our parents, others from peers or employers. Many come from deep within ourselves. They are the humbug thoughts—persistent patterns of negative thinking that shackle and humiliate us. When you think you’re not smart enough, or ...
As Murphy (the narc) says in "Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke" (1978): "Ingestion of marijuana from smoking invariably produces not only severe hunger pains, but ... [a] portentous appetite ... manifesting itself in a total uncontrollable frenzy of eating quite a lot."
Well, research now shows that the typical high-fat, sugar-packed American ...Read more
In the 1985 comedy "Movers & Shakers," writer Herb Derman (Charles Grodin) gets a checkup from his doctor (Sandy Ward) that leaves the audience wondering just what medical school the guy went to: "Your prostate is boggy," says the physician.
Turns out that vague description isn't much more precise than what's actually touted as the best way to ...Read more
There's a reason the song "Stressed Out," by Twenty One Pilots, struck a chord with listeners last year, topping the charts and getting over 800 million music video views. The chorus is nostalgic: "Wish we could turn back time to the good old days/when our momma sang us to sleep, but now we're stressed out."
And that stress response can put ...Read more
The first galvanized metal, dipped in molten zinc, was found in a collection of armor made in India in the 1680s. Today, we still use zinc to galvanize iron and steel; it keeps the metal strong and protects it from rusting. Now, new research reveals that dietary zinc has similar powers: It can protect the inside of your body from DNA damage.
When Eddie (John C. Reilly) from the animated hit film "Sing" croons, "Can I get a Happy Meal with big nuggets?" Johnny (Taron Egerton) the gorilla and Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) and her piglet clan chime in, "We got the Happy Meal." We're thinking, not so much!
According to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the Kids ...Read more
"Story Time" is a texting game in which participants feed one another followup lines to an emerging story. "Quotes" is another time-killer that has caught on: One player texts an iconic quote from a book or movie, and the other player tries to ID it. Sounds harmless enough, right? But when kids do it at 3 a.m. or sign on to Facebook and other ...Read more
The band Berlin hit the charts with "Take My Breath Away" in 1986, a year before the first epinephrine auto-injector was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. That device was a game-changer, protecting people at risk for life-threatening anaphylactic reactions, which actually do take your breath away by causing a swollen throat and ...Read more
When it comes to creating a team that delivers a full menu of talents, the Cleveland Cavaliers' acquisition of 6-foot-7 Kyle Korver didn't quite fit the bill. "We still got a couple more things we need to do. We got to get a point guard," said LeBron James. Seems when you try to prepackage a championship, you have to make sure all the power ...Read more
Kryptonite takes the starch out of Superman; the color yellow puts a wrinkle in the power of the Green Lantern's super-ring; and Hourman (really!) becomes, well, starchless 60 minutes after evoking the power of Miraclo. But these superheros' sagging powers are nothing compared with what happens to you if you take the resistant starch out of your...Read more
If you're concerned about dementia or Alzheimer's disease, either for a family member or yourself, we're here with some sage advice. Consider the words of Thomas Jefferson: "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
So if you put some effort into learning about early detection of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, you ...Read more
In the 2015-16 season, the Golden State Warriors posted the best single-season win/loss record (73-9) in NBA history. But at the end of the season, when it came to the finals, they lost four out of seven games -- and the NBA Championship -- to the Cleveland Cavaliers. So sad for those Warriors.
By contrast, Weekend Warriors have many reasons to...Read more
"The Last Waltz" was the title of The Band's final 1976 performance at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Band's drummer and vocalist Levon Helm said his final farewell on April 19, 2012, when the 72-year-old died of throat cancer. Could his death have been prevented if he'd been given the human papillomavirus vaccine when he was 12? ...Read more