Monday, March 28, 2011

Doctors burning the candle at both ends?

burning the candle at both ends Sometimes it seems life has you burning the candle at both ends. Doctors who are on call or working most of their "awake" life eventually discover they are getting older and have no energy to do the things they always wanted to in life. As tax time approaches some doctors wonder if filing early, on time, or late affects the chances of getting audited. I was just reading over at "Huffington Post" the following - "it makes absolutely no difference whether returns reach the agency early, in between or barely make the due date. That's because it's not until much later in the year that all returns go through computers that look them over for arithmetic errors and also single out those most ripe for audit on the basis of top-secret computations that assign scores to various items--charitable contributions and interest expenses, for instance. High-scoring returns, along with some chosen purely at random, are then closely scrutinized by IRS agents to determine which ones should actually be examined. The odds against any return being audited are reassuringly long--better than 100 to one. Put another way, the IRS examines about one percent of all individual returns. That said, it should come as no surprise that those odds can shorten considerably, depending on such factors as the amount and type of income you declare and what you do for a living. "

So the good news is that if you are late id doesn't increase your chances of getting audited. The bad news..... you can't really decrease the chances expect by not trying to add a $70,000 charitable contribution to some strange charity like "Burning the candles at both ends chairity of Malaysia."

Also remember, working to much bever brings happiness. One of the best ways to relieve yourself from the stresses in life is by giving to others. When you help others it takes the focus off of you and your problems and shifts the focus to the needs of others. Helping others brings about change in the community and a peace to you and someone in need.

More doctors need to remember this and take their eyes off of their paycheck sometimes. What other solutions are their for doctors to prevent fatigue and stress? What do you do to keep balance between life and work? If you want to learn more about stress tests, check out Eddie Blevin's blog here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Conservative Critics Say Obama's wife Contradicts Her Own Eating Initiative

Just 2 years ago the NY Times featured Michelle Obama and her view on healthy eating.

“You know, we want to make sure our guests here and across the nation are eating nutritious items,” said Mrs. Obama, who served lunch to several homeless men and women and delivered eight cases of fresh fruit to the soup kitchen, all donated by White House employees.

“Collect some fruits and vegetables; bring by some good healthy food,” she said. “We can provide this kind of healthy food for communities across the country, and we can do it by each of us lending a hand.”

In her first weeks in the White House, Mrs. Obama has emerged as a champion of healthful food and healthful living. She has praised community vegetable gardens, opened up her own kitchen to show off the White House chefs’ prowess with vegetables and told stories about feeding less fattening foods to her daughters.

Fast forward to today:

During her husband's first term as President, First Lady Michelle Obama has advocated for healthier diets and more active lifestyles among Americans. However, some critics have argued that the President's spouse is not heeding her own advice.

According to CNN, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh recently called the First Lady a "hypocrite," following a story that revealed that Obama ate ribs for dinner this past weekend.

"Leaders are supposed to be leaders," said Limbaugh, quoted by the media outlet. "If we are supposed to go out and eat nothing, if we are supposed to eat roots, berries and tree bark, show us how."

Earlier this month, the Obamas were criticized by Boston-based nutrition experts for serving mostly junk food at the White House Super Bowl party, according to The Boston Globe. Mitali Shah of the Boston Medical Center said that the First Lady could have set a better example by offering healthy alternatives such as salad or vegetables to balance the spread of hot dogs, pizza and Buffalo wings.

Mrs. Obama has also been criticized for her recent public comments about breastfeeding, in which she said the consumption of human milk can help children avoid obesity. Tea Party favorites Sarah Palin and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) ridiculed the First Lady for making a political statement about a matter of personal choice.