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A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living: Sound

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The next sense on this refracted journey to a healthy lifestyle is the sense of sound. This will require you to listen closely through all the noise out there on weight loss. It’s hard to focus on what is true, … Continue reading

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A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living: Stretch Receptors

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I remember a conversation I had with my director when I was working at the Maine Public Health laboratory. He referenced the time he taught anatomy at Harvard and commented on the complexities of the human body. I replied that, … Continue reading

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A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living: Touch

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It takes thousands of nerve endings (receptors) throughout our skin to process four basic sensations: pain, heat, cold and pressure. The sense of touch is very complex. As with the other senses shared on this journey, I really don’t think … Continue reading

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A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living: Equilibrioception

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A sense of balance or equilibrioception is important for many reasons. I know just how important it is when I get up too fast or turn around too quickly. That feeling of dizziness, nausea and losing control is difficult to … Continue reading

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A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living: Smell

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“Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. The science is very direct behind why this fourth sense is so powerful, bringing forth … Continue reading

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A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living: Taste

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The third sense we can use for a sensible look at healthy living is taste. I’ve been looking forward to sharing this sense with you, since it’s something I believe you can sink your teeth into. Discussing the sense of … Continue reading

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A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living: Proprioception

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Before we go any further, I need to remind you that even though I’m sharing my personal investigation of eighteen human senses, please use your common sense. I’m not offering medical advice but just attempting to use topics to think … Continue reading

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