On NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy I Finally Heard A Cardiologist Talking Sense About The Risks Of Statins: I Got Better Results With Exercise

  Hi folks, About 40 years ago, whilst working in my laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, we discovered that I have a fairly extreme form of hyperlipidemia (high blood fat or triglyceride) with a resting level (no treatment) over 2000 mg/dL (extremely high), hypercholesterolemia (high blood cholesterol) of over 230 mg/dL (high) and low HDL (high density lipoprotein, so-called 'good' cholesterol, but ... Read more

What Should I Advise Larry To Do? To Train For An Ironman Or Not?

  Hi folks, You never know what is around the next corner, and here I am wrestling with the problem of giving advice to Larry, whom I have never met and who contacted me recently via the abdominal aortic aneurysm awareness Facebook page, with the following message (Larry said it was OK to talk about this on my blog!): "Kevin! Hi my name is Larry. I joined the AAA facebook page not too long ago. I too ... Read more

The Human Body And Psyche Are Fragile Machines That Respond To Load

  "Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear. What does it mean that success is as dangerous as failure? Whether you go up the ladder or down it, your position is shaky. When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance. What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear? Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the ... Read more

Driving To CostCo Reminds Me Of The Cardiovascular System

  Hi folks, Your blood supply is important for every little piece of your body. It just takes one clogged or broken artery and you have a problem, unless the affected region of the body has an accessory (secondary, other) source of blood. The blood carries oxygen from your lungs, hormones from your endocrine glands, food from your gut, vitamin D3 from your skin, waste products from your liver, kidneys ... Read more

Beware The Dangers Of Bonking Out Of Context And The Potential Role Of Network Dynamics

Hi folks, welcome! Noticing a bright and detailed image of the outside world through a small window in a dark room, I was struck by the imperfect or incomplete picture of the world it provided. Knowing the forest outside this house quite well, I could fill in the surrounding details for quite some distance, but what if I was not privy to this information? That little window view would be the world to me. This ... Read more

The Link Between Pedal Cadence And Heart Rate On The Bike

Why Care About The Link Between Pedal Cadence And Heart Rate? It's About Being Aware Of What's Going On You Can Assess Load Based On Heart Rate, Perception, And Wattage. They Are All Linked To Get FitOldDog's 10 Favorite Ironman Tips Sign Up Via The First Ironman Over 50 Mentor Site Is 90-95 the most efficient pedal cadence on the bike? Most coaches say so! Question the obvious. It is becoming ... Read more

Fond Memories Of An Expat AAA-Ironman Triathlete As A Young Veterinarian In Wellington Somerset

  Hi folks, Many years ago I lived in Wellington, Somerset, England, where I worked as a young veterinarian. In fact, one of my latest Veterinary Tales, 'Pride Cometh Before A Fall,' was based upon an experience on a farm whilst I was working in the Wellington practice. It seems such a long time ago, so I looked on the Internet for a photograph of the Wellington of Today, and it looks to be just the ... Read more

If Your Health Status Has Changed Don’t Live In The Past, Embrace Today While You Can

  Hi folks, As life goes by we encounter changes in our health status. You can resist for a while, but you'll eventually be forced to accept this reality. Better to learn to live well with your issue sooner rather than later, I say. For instance, if you have a heart attack, followed by coronary arterial angioplasty, you are now different. If you are diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type II, you are a ... Read more

Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.