Happy Valentine’s Day!

We in Atlanta are releasing a collectively held breath, as the winter storm that paraded through our city this week ended up being less disastrous than anticipated. After a day of icy precipitation, we awoke yesterday to a lovely JanuaryJasmineSnowblanket of snow. I took a wonderful walk and definitely used some muscles I haven’t used in awhile trudging through the white stuff.

Here’s a little photo from my walk, which I think just typifies Winter in the South. It’s a blooming January jasmine bush, caked in ice and snow.

When my middle child came inside after building her obligatory “Olaf” snowman, she was rather cold and vocal about her discomfort. “I just want Spring,” she said. We Rudolph women have thin blood, to be sure, as I could not agree with her more!

But let’s get down to some exploring, now, because I have lots to share with you.

Did you see the New York Times piece on the randomized, controlled study comparing breast cancer detection and mortality rates between women who had regular mammograms and women who only had manual exams by trained nurses?

It found that the death rates from breast cancer and from all causes were the same in women who got mammograms and those who did not. And the screening had harms: One in five cancers found with mammography and treated was not a threat to the woman’s health and did not need treatment such as chemotherapy, surgery or radiation.

And, on this issue of “overdiagnosis:”

If the researchers also included a precancerous condition called ductal carcinoma in situ, the overdiagnosis rate would be closer to one in three cancers, said Dr. Anthony B. Miller of the University of Toronto, the lead author of the paper. Ductal carcinoma in situ, or D.C.I.S., is found only with mammography, is confined to the milk duct and may or may not break out into the breast. But it is usually treated with surgery, including mastectomy, or removal of the breast.

I do want to reiterate that this study did not compare women who had mammograms to women who didn’t but relied on self-examination. The women who went without mammography were regularly screened by trained health professionals.

Have you ever been told that you need to stretch your iliopsoas? Do you still believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, too? There is no iliopsoas, and Katy Bowman tackles our imprecision around our anatomy in this piece.

“That’s so weird!”

Has that ever passed through your mind when learning about the way someone else lives his or her life? You know, don’t you, that that reaction emerges out of the context of your own personal view of “normal?” Nell Stephenson writes about how her concept of “normal” eating has morphed.

If you don’t own your obliques, you don’t own walking. If you don’t own walking, you don’t own movement. If you don’t own movement, you don’t own your spine. It’s that simple.

Perry Nickleston of Stop Chasing Pain

Want to delve into those internal obliques a bit more? Check out Nickleston’s full article here.

If you are gluten free and you’ve ever heard the objection, “But you shouldn’t eliminate entire food groups,” you are not alone. Read what Wellness Mama has to say about that here.

Apple Peel Cider recipe. Here. And it’s easy. So instead of composting those peels, make merry with them!

I love this piece from Penelope Trunk about how to determine whether you are in the wrong job in the right field or not. Here’s one key tidbit: It’s the skills you use in your job that matters, not the industry you’re in.

That’s it from me today. I hope you and your loves have a nice V-Day!



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