High Heels Can Harm You

Sure, You May Look Suave & Snazzy, But is the Pain or Potential Pain Worth It?

Recently, I’ve attended several events and traveled to several cities, where I saw many women wearing very high heels that rose two, three, even four or five inches off the ground. Admittedly, I may be a little envious since I can’t wear  high heels myself (due to pronated feet and two ankle injuries), but I began worrying about the millions of smart, suave, sophisticated ladies, who may be causing irreparable damage, all because they want to look chic.

Undoubtedly you’ve seen or are among those women, who walk awkwardly, tilt forward while standing, and aren’t comfortable in their own shoes.

So just how dangerous are high heels? You’ll be astounded.

The pain doesn’t seem to matter. Close to half of women (49 percent)  wear high heels, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

I’m not advocating ditching your high heels. But limiting wearing them makes sense. Matthew Garoufalis, DPM and past president of the APMA agrees.  “With high heels, moderation is key.  It’s best not to wear them every day,” he wrote in an May 19, 2014, APMA article.

Why are high heels so dangerous? To begin, they put your ankle joint in an unnatural position by forcing your foot into plantar flexion (flexing your toes or foot downward in the direction of the sole of your foot).

Now before you dismiss my concerns about high heels as crazy, consider some of recent findings:

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IMPORTANT: Learn about Lyme Disease

Did You Know that Celebrities Such as Avril Lavigne, Richard Gere, Debbie Gibson & Mel Gibson Have Been Bitten & Stricken?

Every year, some 300,000 people, especially those, who hike in nature or whose dogs frolic in deer-popular wooded areas come down with a host of strange ailments such as fatigue, night sweats, swollen glands, memory loss, depression, sleep disturbances, chest pain, blurred vision, vertigo, headaches, and more. They have the debilitating Lyme disease, which is known as The Great Pretender, because its symptoms mimic many diseases and conditions.

Every year since summer 2008, when I was unknowingly Bitten in the City by a disease-carrying tick, I’ve been really ticked off and determined to spread important information about this alarming disease.

No one is immune. Indeed, Lyme’s victims include many celebrities, including pop star Avril Lavigne (see video below); actors Richard Gere, Ashley Olsen, Parker Posey, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”); and authors Rebecca Wells (“Ya-Ya” novels), and Alice Walker (“The Color Purple”), Amy Tan (“The Joy Luck Club”).

Other well-known people stricken by Lyme disease include former President George W. Bush, former New York Gov. George Pataki.

Likewise, singers Debbie Gibson. Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oats) and Pete Seeger; and athletes such as golfer Tim Simpson and baseball player Pete Harnisch (New York Mets) also are Lyme sufferers.

Recently, Tom Nicoli, world renowned hypnotist and motivational speaker, shared with Facebook friends about his challenges with Lyme disease, too.

Now, it’s urgent that you get educated and alarmed by this insidious disease. First, I invite you to listen to Avril’s Lyme fight. (See video below.) Next, I invite you to listen to this Gab with the Gurus show,  during which you’ll learn about diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of one of the fastest spreading diseases in the U.S. (more prolific than AIDS). And it’s caused by a tick bite you may never know you’ve had.


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Watch “That Sugar Film,” a Fun Shockumentary That Blows the Lid on So-Called “Healthy” Foods

Australian Actor/Director Damon Gameau Sheds Light on Sneaky Hidden Sugars in Processed Foods

If you eat processed foods out of boxes, cans, jars, and packages, you must watch That Sugar Film, an amusing, new shockumentary (shocking documentary), which reveals how eating allegedly “healthy foods” can, in fact, demolish your health.

Australian Director/actor Damon Gameau — who is today’s special Gab with the Gurus guest — will blow you away when you discover what happened to his poor body in a mere 60 days, when he consumed processed foods full of Sneaky Hidden Sugars, as I call them.

You will be so shocked but also entertained while find out how Gameau’s health disintegrated in a mere six weeks.

Check Out Health Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Gab With the Gurus on BlogTalkRadio

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7 Reasons to Stay Away from Agave

Clearing the Sweetener Confusion

One of my closest friends—a smart, health-conscious, exercise enthusiast—recently texted me questions about alternative sweeteners while she was planning to create a healthy dessert for a birthday dinner party.

“What about agave?” she texted me.

“No! The Worst!” I text-replied.

She was perplexed.

“Is agave low-glycemic or not?” she text-quizzed me.

“It doesn’t matter,” I answered.

“High in fructose…. Will send you articles soon.”

My friend’s questions alerted me that it was time to do another Sugar Shock Blog post to Clear the Agave Confusion and to warn people that it’s not safe.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly tried alerted people to agave’s dangers.

First, I wrote about it in my book, Sugar Shock! 
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New Website/Blog is Under Construction To Serve You Better

What Do You Suggest?

Please note that my new Website is under construction, and a number of changes are in the works:

  • For the first time in 10 years — since I started my Sugar Shock Blog elsewhere — my blog will be part of my main Website.
  • My new Website will be more user-friendly.
  • You’ll find it easier to share posts, quotes, tantalizing tidbits, and fun graphics to your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, Pinterest buddies, etc.
  • Soon, you’ll find my new logo and branding, too.

I’m eager to get your ideas and input so this site will be awesome! What changes do you recommend that will make this site more provocative, user-friendly, and inspiring?

Soothing Tunes to Calm You As You Face Anything: What Are Your Favorites?

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If you’re going through a challenging, stressful or upsetting time, one of the best ways to rise above the situation is to soothe yourself with melodies that calm and comfort you.

Forget comfort foods that send you into Sugar Shock. They don’t work!

Music is one of the most exhilarating ways to achieve this serenity and peacefulness. (Meditation works, of course, too. More about that later.)

So please help me compile a list of Soothing Tunes.

For instance, the title Hans Zimmer soundtrack from the film, Gladiator, with the talented Russell Crowe as Maximus, is one of my favorite melodies. Doesn’t it evoke a feeling of triumph in you?

Here’s another one from Beyonce that’s so fun! No matter how big you’re a funk you’ve landed, this’ll lift you up.

So what are your favorite Comfort Tunes (not Comfort Foods, of course)?

(Usually, I don’t care to share anything personal here, but please know that I have two reasons I’m seeking Comfort Tunes. Of course, my first goal is to help you, because I know music can soothe you in a way that food or other addictions can. Secondly, I’m facing a very trying situation, and I’m seeking to arm myself with a number of powerful, potent tactics to get me through this easily. One of the ways to sail through such pain is with the help of magical melodies.)

Special thanks for the photo used above.

Please submit your ideas for Magical Melodies and Soothing Tunes.