SPRING CLEANING

My neighbors are working around their houses: planting, painting and prepping for summer.  After all, their houses shelter their bodies, providing comfort, safety and sustenance.  While houses are built to last a lifetime, they need maintenance and, if you use my neighbors as examples, tender, loving care!

Your body is built to last a lifetime, as well.  Your body shelters your soul!  It, too, needs tender loving care!  The following article is one of my favorites.  Short and sweet.

WHAT’S EASIER?

What’s easier: caulking and painting your house’s exterior or letting it rot and eventually replacing it? The answer is simple, isn’t it?

What’s easier: checking and replacing the brakes on your car when they are worn or dealing with the carnage when the brakes fail? Again, the answer is obvious!

So, what makes sense: taking care of your body by eating the right foods, exercising and seeing your doc for yearly physicals and routine maintenance or letting your body go to fat, your belly sag over your belt and your muscles atrophy from disuse. The answer should be obvious, shouldn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s not!

Many of my patients take their health for granted! They feel well! They’ve never been sick a day in their lives. They work hard at making a living but invest little in staying healthy. Then catastrophe hits and they are sick! Their blood pressure is elevated. They are diabetic or worse; they have a heart attack or stroke. Recovery is a bitch!

It’s no secret. It’s easier to maintain your health than to restore it once you’ve lost it. So, this year, work hard at maintaining your health. Make sure your spring-cleaning list entails cleaning up your diet, tightening up your waistline and exercising. The life you save may be your own.

Here’s your joke for today:

A teacher asks the students the following questions:

“Who created the universe?”

Johnny, who’s sitting behind Jenny, pokes her with a pencil.

Jenny exclaims, “Oh, God!!”

Teacher says, “Excellent, Jenny”.

The teacher then asks again, “Who was the son of God?”

Johnny pokes Jenny again and she shrieks, “Oh, Jesus!”

Teacher, happy with Jenny, asks her another question, “What did Eve say to Adam after the birth of their 17th child?” Johnny pokes Jenny again, but this time Jenny outrageously shouts, “If you poke me with that thing again, I’ll break it in two a

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