This has been a three-cup-of-coffee morning for me. Maybe for you, too. To help get you started on a healthier week, here's some wellness oriented news that should get your blood moving. (We'll work on getting it to boil next time.)—-
• Wisconsin has banned the practice of drug companies giving gifts to doctors. This will include drug samples, though I'm not clear as to what degree. I spoke with a representative of the Wisconsin Medical Society and am awaiting clarification on how drug samples may be affected. In general, this sounds like a great idea. Payola and gifts are bribes, commercially manipulating a practice that should be guided only by the best interests of the patient. But drug samples are often used by doctors to help low-income patients who may not be able to afford a prescription.
• LifeHacker has this pocket guide to public speaking, including tips such as joining your local Toastmasters organization (Cincinnati has a number of different Toastmasters chapters), making and reviewing videos of your intended presentation and maintaining a blog so that you can exercise your communication skills every day.
• Tomorrow (Oct. 28) is the local Recycling & Beyond conference, which includes presentations on energy conservation and sustainable living. I'm registered and will be there blogging as possible through the day. There may still be time to register and there's a phone number on their site so you can do just that.