nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Jack LaLanne Mini-Euology

Mr. LaLanne was a daily feature of my early childhood.  His TV show was a breakthrough at a time when exercise was un-feminine and weightlifting was frowned upon.

You have to remember that when I watched his show, it was on a huge wooden box with a tiny black and white screen.  And if you didn't tweak the antenna "rabbit-ears" just right there was poor reception.

Amazing man.  Upbeat and energetic, he lived the life he encouraged every day.  I'm not sure many of us can say we walk the walk all the time.

He was first to show that you don't need any equipment to do a good workout, and the first to propose that inactivity is our own worst enemy.  His advice was always simple and never strayed from common sense.  He didn't care what you did to exercise as long as it was moving and using your body.

So different from all the extreme self-help gurus of today.

Clips from some of his 50's TV shows are available on YouTube.

The news reports (OC Register, Jan 24)say he died of pneumonia.  He'd had a heart valve replacement sometime in the last 2 years, I think.

But he put everything into his 96 years.

Doc D

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