Denver’s only Active Release Techniques Instructor teaches in Minnesota

This past weekend I was teaching at the Active Release Techniques seminar in Minneapolis (technically Bloomington, MN). The hotel was about 1 mile from Northwestern Health Sciences University, where I went to chiropractic school.

Anyway, about ½ mile from the hotel was a really nice lake with a 2-mile running loop. There were tons of trees, lots of wildlife, and the setting was amazing. For a second, I thought to myself, “I could live here.”

On Thursday and Friday I ran after the seminar, about 6 miles each night. As I was running at around 5:15, the park was busy. I did what I always do when I run in Colorado- I said “hi” to people that I passed.

And these people looked at me like I was some sort of criminal. No one said “hi” back. Not one person. So, of course, I kept trying. Nothing. I even looked down to see if I was wearing some sort of weird shirt. I wasn’t.

This is why I love living in Colorado. The people are great. Everyone always says hi or at least nods back when I’m out on a ride or a run. Of course, some super-serious road bikers are so totally focused on their awesomeness that they can’t be bothered, but the majority of people are here are just great. So, no I would never move back to Minnesota. But it was an OK place to spend a weekend teaching for ART.

Mental Attitude: Positive Emotion. Older adults display more positive emotions and are quicker to regulate out of negative emotional states than younger adults. Older adults may be better at regulating emotion because they tend to direct their eyes away from negative material or toward positive material. Current Directions in Psychological Science, August 2012

Health Alert: Alzheimer’s Research. The global market for Alzheimer’s disease therapeutics could soar to $8 billion once therapies are approved that actually change the course of the disease. The current therapeutic market is valued at $3-4 billion and is shared among drugs that temporarily delay disease progression or address the symptoms but do not alter the underlying disease. Despite all the research on amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, there is still a debate on whether these biological phenomena are causative or symptomatic of Alzheimer’s. Once scientists can clearly and unequivocally define key factors related to the actual biology of the disease itself, therapeutic advances could take place much more quickly.

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, August 2012

Diet: Summer Time Blues! Barbequed hot dogs and sausages are common summer time treats, but are they the right choice for your diet? It’s not just the high levels of fat or calories that are cause for concern, most hot dogs, bratwurst, and other sausages are also very high in sodium. The average hot dog contains 280 calories, 15 grams of fat,  and 1,250 mg of sodium.

American Heart Association

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Journal of Applied Physiology, Aug 2012

Active Release Technique: Restoring Motion. As  early as 1933, a study showed lack of proper joint motion can cause Degenerative Joint Disease (osteoarthritis). An immobilized joint will develop cartilage changes similar to those of osteoarthritis. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics, 1933.

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