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I've been in the medical library "business" for 38 years. Since I got my first library card & could walk to the library myself I've been hooked on the medical/health/self-improvement book shelves. I'm always skeptical - yet open-minded. At 8 years old I was telling my parents that it was important for me to get to sleep by 8:00 pm, and they better start giving me a multi-vitamin because I probably wasn't getting everything I needed from what I was eating. Since I couldn't swallow a pill at that age, & there weren't chewables back then, I hid it in some cereal & bit right into it. Yuck. I also told them it was important for me to have chores, be grounded if I did something wrong, & have a curfew in high school. They refused to give in to me! 52 years later I'm still "test driving" everything new that comes along in the health & fitness field that seems sensible to me, all in the name of a HAPPY HEALTHY LONG LIFE. I'm like a kid in a candy store working and doing research in one of the best medical libraries around. We have access to over 30,000 electronic journals, and so much more! I've learned a lot along the way that I freely share with anyone who cares to listen. This blog is my way to just keep track of all the great information that comes my way and to write about what the researchers are really reporting in medical journals, not the spin the public reads in the "press releases". But, most importantly, I get a chance to report on "my adventures in evidence-based living". To see how my first year of "experimenting" has shaped up, click here:

Blog Entries by The Healthy Librarian

Dinner and a Movie On a Cold Winter's Night - How About Some Meaningful Movies for Grown-Ups and a Sophisticated Mediterranean Vegetable Ragout?

The Healthy Librarian | February 2, 10 at 09:39 AM | Lifestyle

Read More: movies, recipes

"We are always on the lookout for movies that "speak to our condition" (a Quaker phrase) and reveal new possibilities for our lives. We love dramas that touch on universal experiences, knock down barriers between people, and evoke our...

Archives of Internal Medicine--Seven Good Reasons to Exercise and Increase Your Chances for Healthy Aging

The Healthy Librarian | January 29, 10 at 04:23 AM | Health

Read More: Benefits of exercise, bone health, brain health, cognitive impairment, DASH diet, healthy aging, hypertension, physical activity, strength training, weight lifting

    Exercising Ladies in their Eighties   Weight Machine Workout for Muscles and the Mind "Exercise is better than any drug or anything else we have for aging.  There's no downside.  If this were a drug, it would be...

A New Role for Omega-3? Lengthening Our Telomeres--A Key Marker for Aging, Longer Life, and Health. From JAMA & UCSF.

The Healthy Librarian | January 24, 10 at 06:07 PM | Health

Read More: aging, Dr. Ramin Farzaneh-Far, healthy fats, heart disease prevention, longevity, Omega-3's, omega-6s, Susan Allport, telomeres

      "The main result of our study is that patients with high levels of Omega-3 fish oil in the blood appear to have a slowing of the biological aging process over five years as measured by the...

It's the Start of the New Year, the Start of the New Decade, and the Start of My Sixties. Some Simple Strategies for Staying Healthy and Happy. At Least I Can Hope!

The Healthy Librarian | January 22, 10 at 02:19 PM | Food, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: Blue Zones, Dan Buettner, DASH Diet, Dr. David Jenkins, longevity, plant-based diet, prevention of chronic disease, resolutions, veganism

Author Dan Buettner has scoured the Earth -- not for the fabled Fountain of Youth -- but for the key to a happy old age. He spent five years visiting areas of the world where people tend to live longer,...