Good Reads: 8/12/10

by Dr. Christopher on August 12, 2010

Knowledge is power.  ~ Sir Francis Bacon

Andrew Carnegie gained much of his knowledge from the library.  Almost obsolete, the library is not the best place to get information anymore.  I dare to say that I have learned as much from material on the internet as I have in all of the 3.5 years I spent in chiropractic school.

With that said, I thought I’d start to share some of the research, blog posts, or interesting stuff that I find.  Stuff will be related to health, fitness, life, and things that are FUN…

Quick Fixes to Common Training Injuries @ T-Nation (By Eric Cressey, Nate Green, and Mike Robertson).  As far as strength coaches around the country go, I have the biggest man crush on Eric Cressey out of Boston.  While I would treat these issues a bit differently as a manual therapist, their strategies make sense.

Why Did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes? @  My mom used to yell at me to get away from the microwave as I’d ambitiously watch my food warm up before I could devour it.  Now, I can’t remember the last time I used a microwave.  It tastes much better to reheat foods in a cast iron skillet.  Here’s research supporting my mom’s anxiety over food watching.

Being Attractive at Any Age @ (By Madeleine Kolb).  Confidence is attractiveness.  I firmly believe that accepting aging gracefully, with confidence, is a key factor in having a healthy society.  Having gone through high school ten years ago, it is my observation that MTV and the media are responsible for a large percentage of teenage depression in this country.  Having two little sisters, seems like this culture around beauty in youth as queen is only getting worse.  Madeleine helps fight the good fight.

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lynne August 13, 2010 at 2:20 am

I feel outrage at your statement that libraries are almost obsolete. Without them, I couldn’t borrow all the latest books, both fiction and non-fiction. Without them I couldn’t be given the chance to see wonderful ancient manuscripts, without them, we wouldn’t have any history.

Please don’t dismiss libraries – they are a wonderful place to go and learn, and you are in contact with real people there.

Christopher August 13, 2010 at 8:25 am

Hi Lynne,

I’m sorry at your outrage. I understand what a great resource libraries are. My point in discussing libraries vs. the internet is three-fold.

1. CONVENIENCE: You can read, study, educate yourself at home, without ever having to leave through the internet.
2. CONVENIENCE: Many books are now being put on the internet or on technology (ie. Kindle) which you can order at the click of a button.
3. CREATING ACCESS TO MORE PEOPLE: Many people previously who would not have spent the effort and time to go to the library are accessing information on the internet. Perhaps some didn’t have a library in their town.

Don’t get me wrong. I still use the library and buy books because I like the feel of paper in my hands and I don’t like sitting in front of the computer if I don’t have to. Just like I enjoy the artwork from buying an actual CD instead of ordering from ITunes. And yes, you can never beat the social interaction of talking to a person face to face. Hope this clarifies that I don’t hate libraries!

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