Weekend Wonderings: Super Sunday Edition

Written February 2nd, 2014 by Ken

th_chimpWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. The basketball teams are swimming upstream, if not circling the drain right now, and the current is strong. Grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed.

The James/Wexner, Cleveland Clinic

First up today; we know that stress can be a killer. Researchers at The James have come up with evidence that practicing yoga can reduce fatigue and inflammation in breast cancer survivors.

At the six-month point of the study – three months after the formal yoga practice had ended – results showed that on average, fatigue was 57 percent lower in women who had practiced yoga compared to the non-yoga group, and their inflammation was reduced by up to 20 percent.

Though many studies have suggested that yoga has numerous benefits, this is the largest known randomized controlled trial that includes biological measures, says study lead author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD. Researchers recruited 200 women for the study.

This is a good outcome. Breast cancer treatment protocols can be intense and hard on the patient. And, as you know, inflammation leads to a myriad of other health issues. Chalk one up for Eastern health practices.

Here’s a brief video (1:30 or so) of Dr. Goldberg giving an example of personalized cancer treatment at The James’ new facility


Well now, it seems that The Ohio State University has a new President, Dr. Michael Drake, current/former chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. I’ll have to familiarize myself with Dr. Drake, but this is a positive for me:

“Prior to Chancellor Drake’s arrival at UC Irvine, he served for five years as vice president for health affairs for the University of California system, overseeing academic program policy for the system’s 15 health science schools, located on seven campuses. He is a member of both the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences..”

Dr. Drake has a pretty solid background in medicine, arts & sciences. I approve.  Oh, and the quote and link are from Mr. Schottenstein, Chairman of OSU’s Board of Trustees, because that’s how I roll. I would like to extend a warm welcome and congratulations to Dr. Drake.

Women’s Basketball: McGuff’s crew had a huge win against Illinois and now visit Wisconsin, in Madison, this afternoon. At this point in the season you can see how being a team in transition is creating the inconsistencies in their play. They are fun to watch, because although there are days they can’t make a shot, they always give their full effort. Let’s enjoy the ride.

Men’s basketball: I don’t know what to say at this point. I’ll let you fill in the narrative.

Sunday’s Song

If you’re thinking of taking up yoga, maybe Three Dog Night’s Road to Shambala will get you pointed in the right direction.


  1. CharlesNo Gravatar
    February 3rd, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Interesting result on the effects of yoga. While most people suspected that was the case, it is nice to see a proper study done on it.


    KenNo Gravatar
    February 4th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Yeah, it did seem to confirm “what people suspected”.


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