We had a choice: a great dinner featuring samplings of only healthy favorites cooked by the world’s best chefs with great wine, a tour of David Cooperfield’s museum led by David himself, or going to sleep early and doing a mountain hike before our plane took off at 1 p.m. I voted for the magic, but Mehmet wanted to stay on East Coast time and voted for the hike. It was his turn to choose, and hike we did.
Guide Neil owns “HikeThis” (don’t call, he already has too much business). Then he gave us a choice—moderate or severe intensity. Mehmet’s choice was severe. My ankles were beginning to feel severe! We’ll probably post some pictures later. Despite the great dinner we gave up, Mehmet made the best possible choice. It probably helped that Neil’s girlfriend is an avid Oz fan. Neil was superb and the time couldn’t have been more fun.
Why were we in Las Vegas? We were invited to raise money for HealthCorps, the charity Mehmet founded that aims to make the "student body" healthier. We both sit on the board. BK Boryko of Vemma and his associates contributed over $250,000. We felt lucky to meet so many great associates. Then we rushed to a photo shoot, and then to the Frank Gehry-designed Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health for another benefit to improve care for patients with neurodegenerative diseases and their family members. Mehmet and I rarely appear together, but these were too important opportunities for us to help to pass up. Thank all of you who contributed so generously to the causes that are important to so many and to us.
Below are some of the most important medical stories of the week. I tweeted (@youngdrmike) these as most important (and we discussed on YOU: The Owner’s Manual radio show which you can listen to at healthradio.net on Saturdays at 5-7 p.m. EST).
Most Important: For Valentine's week, romance writers taught the best way to a woman's heart. This is a story from Nanci Hellmich of the USA TODAY. The opening summary from this set of interviews with romance writers says it all! Gentlemen: if you want to show the woman you love how much you care, take a page from a romance novel: look into her eyes, focus on what she says and really talk to her. Nancy and Lisa will get that attention today (and we hope every day, but both Mehmet and I know we are imperfect.)
The second key article of the week is a tie between 2 important pieces: Daily diet soda is linked to greater risk of stroke and heart attack. More than one diet soda a day was linked to a 61% increase in stroke risk. This is weak data, because it is just an association; and maybe most of the diet soda drinkers ate hot dogs for dinner, etc. Don’t stop your diet soda yet would be the advice of many (including me), and wait for confirmatory or contradictory stories to appear.
An equally important story: Higher IQs in kids are linked to healthier diets.
The third most important medical story of week: This one is scary! The children of pregnant woman who breathed in a commonly used pesticide called permethrin, one of the pyrethroid pesticides commonly used in agriculture and to kill termites, fleas and household bugs, experienced an increased likelihood of developing learning disabilities. (They had a small monitor on many mothers’ backs to determine this.) The lesson here is to control bugs by fixing water leaks, keep food tightly covered and, if necessary, spray outside instead of inside the home.
I’m still among the converted in Dr Oz’s Move It and Lose it in 2011 program. The entry and web site is great. Hope you’re enjoying it too. Remember, it is never too late to start.
And my New Year’s resolution for 2011 is intact—smaller portions, and an extra 11 minutes of cardio every day, and it is already February 14th. I’ve tracked my changes on Sharecare.com. And when you have wonderful choices, chose the one best for your health. Do like Dr. Oz did and chose to move It, rather than just eat, drink and learn.
By moving, you’ll be able to do those other things much longer and as if you are much younger.
And may you be as lucky in choosing your partner as Mehmet and I have been—Nancy and Lisa are wonderful to have tolerated us for 38 and 26 years, respectively. (You both are saints.) Thanks!