Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

This video is from Hulu. I could not find the full video on Utube. It has ads and I am sorry for that. It is a story narrated by an Ausie, named Joe Cross,  who decides to try juicing to lose weight. He is massively overweight. Apparently they have lousy food in Australia like we […]

CBS 60 minutes episode on the flavorists

This U-tube video from CBS 60 minutes shows off the flavor industry as discussed by Dr. David A. Kessler MD in his book “The end of overeating”. The flavorists are obviously very talented at what they do. I do not think they understand the damage they are creating by altering food tastes such that they […]

Be your own nutritionist

Be your own nutritionist Dr. William Harris gives a great talk to the vegetarian society of Hawaii covering diet related topics of protein, carbs, fiber and fats. He is about 80 years old and has been on his diet for 50 years or so. The part about oils and avoiding them if you want to […]

Interview with Clinton regarding new diet

httpv:// Interview with Dr. Ornish and Esselstyn, discussing differences and similarities of their low fat programs.

For PE teachers

Mr. Zientarski discusses his philosophy of PE and its importance to help kids learn by getting enough exercise.        

Another way to exercise

This type of flowing exercise is great for maintaining balance and can be done while watching TV if you must.   httpv://  

Supersize Me

This is one mans experiment of eating three meals per day at various McDonald’s restaurants. He was monitored by three physicians over the course of the 30 day experiment. He gained weight, as expected on about 5000 calories per day. His blood chemistries changed early and by more than I would have expected. His liver […]

Mayo clinic duet

Would you like to be having fun, playing the piano and pinching the butt of your significant other when you are 90? Take good care of yourself now and have a great long productive life.

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Lodge Overview

Welcome to Thindex – your guide to better health and life.

This website is a little off–the–wall (like all of us, maybe). I'm not trying to sell you anything, and I'm not trying to collect information about you.

The purpose of this website is simply to help you improve your health and, ultimately, the quality of your life and eventual destiny.

That's it. No hidden agenda.

This website is my push to get you to change So, come on into the lodge and feel free to browse around for a bit. I hope that you find the information helpful.

Joseph R. McFarland MD

What you can find in the Lodge:
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Where do I start?

Thindex is an easy going website, focusing on your health improvement. Getting healthier isn't complicated or expensive. If you do it without outside help you will have a much better chance for permanent lifetime success.

  1. step one: Click on "Calculate my thindex". Enter the data requested. You will need an accurate time that it takes for you to walk or run a mile to get the complete data for your thindex. The dot between the green and red lines is where you fit in to your age group. Hanging close to the green line is where you want to be. Below zero is not good unless you are very old. Most Americans will be below zero.
  2. Step two: Use the information from Step one to make a decision about improving your health and destiny from this moment on.
  3. Step three: Cruise around the website and check a few of my blogs, the videos, the guest lecturers, pollution and diet news. Also check the rose of the day and Casey's Corner for kids.
  4. Step four: You can use this site and the 9 health steps to move yourself towards better health. Or you can do your own thing and check your progress with our calculator.
This site is put together by Joseph McFarland MD. As an Orthopedic Surgeon, I have seen some nasty wounds over the last 40 years. I have never seen wounds as bad as what we Americans are doing to ourselves by eating unhealthy foods and not getting nearly enough exercise. These wounds can heal if you reverse the cause. The information you need is all here and it is all free.

Calculate my Thindex

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Health Steps: There are 9 progressive health steps that ease you slowly towards better health.


Blogs: A variety of health topics


Guest speakers: Talks by a variety of diet experts


Recommended reading: Diet and exercise books in which we believe.


Rose of the day: Daily rose with comments that you can mail to friends or enemies, telling them how you are doing.


Casey's corner: Pollution and general advice for young kids.


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Why pick on soda pop as the first thing to eliminate as you go through the health steps?

Look up Sylvia Booth Hubbard – soda. She lists an even longer list of soda pop related problems. "Thirteen new ways colas ruin your health" (protected)

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Potatoes are a good starch source but when overheated above boiling produce acrylamide , a known carcinogen. These products are oversalted and some still contain trans fats which cause arteriosclerosis.