Do Not Sign a Doctor Arbitration Agreement!

I visited a new doctor's office today, so of course I had to fill out all of the paperwork: Personal information, medical history, insurance information -- the standard stuff.

Included in the papers on the clipboard was a form that I haven't been asked to sign by other doctors...a "Physician-Patient Arbitration Agreement." In so many words, signing this "agreement" would forego my right to file a lawsuit against the doctor and his medical group should they make any mistake in my medical care--you know, the kind of mistake that could kill me.

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Orange Juice - Not as Healthy as you Think

Many people start their (and/or their kid's) day with a tall glass of orange juice. "A great source of Vitamin C," is a common refrain heard by the masses. But, there's a dirty little secret that Tropicana, Minute Maid, and other orange juice purveyors hope drinkers continue to ignore...

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Burning mouth follow-up. STOP ordering anything EXTRA HOT.

About 3 weeks ago I posted about my wake-up call at the Doc's office. It has been documented that drinking very hot beverages (over 158 degrees) is DANGEROUS and ups the probability of mouth cancer over 8 times! If you missed the previous post, click here to read it.

I've been drinking wicked hot coffee and tea for YEARS...at least 8. So when I went to the specialist and learned that my mouth and uvula demonstrated serious damage, I was shocked.

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Congrats to Ironman Lottery Winner & AMT-er Scott Sarran

Athletic-Minded Traveler subscriber, H. Scott Sarran, can no longer say he's never won anything. Be careful what you wish for Scott...Ironman just released its lottery winners and Scott is on the list. Congrats! Be sure to tell your wife and kids that they'll likely never see you this summer!

Congratulations to all the other lottery winners as well.

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I like it really hot and just discovered it can kill me.

I had a wake up call today; and I was politely reminded by my very nice looking 38 year old Doc that I'm not 22 years old anymore. "The body can't rebound as quickly."

It started two days ago. A sudden sharp pain in the throat which made swallowing difficult and produced a gag reflex. Coughing followed. And I mean hard, violent, get whatever it is in my throat out sort of coughing. And just like my now deceased cat Fogge, I got it. But instead of a nasty little hairball, mine was a blood ball.

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Update on Kashi Chewy Granola Bar Recall and an Idea for a Kid Friendly Bar

We posted a short while ago about the Kashi recall -- and why we like these bars. If you want to better understand the recall specifics and why these bars are great for kids, click this link.

EDITOR'S NOTE
We plan to refresh our protein and energy bar "Best Of" list.

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Frontier Airlines Bike Policy

With airline fees changing by the week, travelers have a lot of uncertainty regarding the total cost of their flights if bringing oversized and/or overweight luggage.

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Friendly AMT reminder, exercise to stay young. And, it is a lot cheaper than plastic surgery!

Just in case you needed to hear/read it once again...skip the facelift, lipo, tummy tuck, and any other extreme "outer" measures and instead stay young and healthy from the inside!

Reported all over the web today is the University of Toronto's review of 69 different studies demonstrating that adults who moderately exercise for an hour most days from middle age into old age (80s and 90s) had hearts and lungs AS HEALTHY AS THOSE LESS ACTIVE FOLKS 12 YEARS YOUNGER!

Other benefits were also cited and the evidence is crystal clear. Exercise and live longer.

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Tour of California Video Interview Fun

Our Athletic-Minded Traveler video crew had a blast interviewing cyclists, mechanics, fans, and even the podium ladies at the Tour of California's final stage in San Diego. Everyone was happy to talk to us, even the time-crunched and focused riders.

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Do Swimmers Live Longer than Runners?

Results from a recent University of South Carolina study lead by Professor Steven N. Blair may create waves in the running community.

After thoroughly examining medical and physical activity data on 40,000 men (ages 20 to 90), Dr. Blair and his crew have concluded that in addition to having 53% lower mortality rates than their sedentary peers (no big surprise there), swimmers ALSO have a 49% lower mortality rate than runners! In other words, according to the findings, swimmers have a 49% better chance of staying alive this year than runners.

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