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Are you trying to improve your fitness, lose body fat and get your body to function better? ...
Mar 22, 2017
Dear Douglas,   Today is Valentine’s Day and I am feeling miserable. My love life is a
Mar 17, 2017
One of the most devastating experiences a physician faces is to see a patient with a condition
Mar 13, 2017
Last month I discussed curtain-wall buildings and their effect on the image of the city, and how
Mar 13, 2017

Are you trying to improve your fitness, lose body fat and get your body to function better? Generally, people turn to running, swimming, cycling, or maybe a team sport like football, etc. Science and the latest fitness trends are proving that these are not the best options. The main reason is that these activities do not require the body to travel through a full range of movement at every joint. For example, when you jog, your hip isn’t even moving through 50 percent of its full range.

Dear Douglas,

One of the most devastating experiences a physician faces is to see a patient with a condition that is completely preventable and treatable — but because the patient presented it too late in the course of the disease, that condition is no longer curable, or can only be partially treated even with the most invasive and aggressive techniques. Cervical cancer is exactly that kind of condition.

Last month I discussed curtain-wall buildings and their effect on the image of the city, and how by their design they heated the city — their air-conditioning systems, while working hard to keep their occupants cool, simultaneously throw out heat into the outside air. This month I will discuss apartment buildings and their contribution to the texture of the city.

I recently watched an interview between a human rights activist and a woman speaking on behalf of mothers. The topic discussed was the controversial recommendation by the British Medical Association for doctors to refer to pregnant women not as “expectant mothers” but as “pregnant people.” The decision is an attempt to recognize the rights of transgender individuals.

Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or both working, leaving your child and entrusting its life to the hands of a complete stranger is one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do. I don’t know how many times I’ve been with new mothers in Hanoi and heard them complain that: “You just can’t get good help these days!”

I am a lucky man.

Robert McCrum, critic for the Observer, wrote of Sebastian Barry’s latest novel: “Some novels sing from the first line, with every word carrying the score to a searing climax, and Days Without End is such a book.”

Dear Douglas,

I take supplements. They are my insurance policy for health and optimal recovery from stress and exercise. However, there are so many supplements that claim miracle benefits that just aren’t true. To help make your 2017 as healthy and productive as possible here are my top four essential supplements.

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