Hocus Pocus

Let’s all focus

No room for mean

on Halloween

Meowie Fly’n High by Peggy

Let love fly high

and fill the sky

See our Halloween cups, kitchen towells and more on our “Halloween Stuff” page. It has the best witches around as well as Meowie in black. Click here to visit the page.





Pawsitively Tuesday – Embracing a Neuroluscious Blog

We are always delighted to read new blogs on neuroscience.  Lariab on Health 6 Plus has, in her words, ” a neuroluscious blog”. (she’s our kinda writer).  In a previous post she discussed neuroplasticity and followed it with a nice synopsis of some of the most powerful and easiest ways to help your own body brain form new connections.

Check out her post for some of the how-to specifics and the research: 

  • Aerobic and Anerobic Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Adversity
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Creating Artwork
  • Sleep
  • DANCE 
  • Always have a thirst for knowledge


Frankly Freddie – Sit!

Dear Freddie Fans,

I’m a sit expert and here to teach you how to stop sitting like a nut (literally and probably figuratively) . . . a cashew nut, and sit like me.

My human authority is Naomi Khan who knows what she’s talking about cuz she’s a spine surgeon.  She told me that most humans tend to round out their backs when they sit.  When your spine is in an improper position you’ll tend to have more back problems.  Listen to me!

Sitting like a cashew nut can damage the disks in your spine that act like little shock absorbers. This can cause the disks to degenerate, or for one side to bulge.  It can push against nerves, causing pain, or even rupture.  Ouch!

You can protect your disks by straightening the cashew.

Butt out!

Jean Sherer (another of my authorities) says your culture focuses on trying to stick out your chest (which might make you think you’re important) but doesn’t help your back.  Stop sticking your chest out and change the position of your pelvis, or butt.

Sherer says to imagine you have a tail like a dog. The tail would be right at the base of your spine.

“When you sit with a C shape in your spine, you’re sitting on this tail,” Sherer says. “It’s kind of like a dog with its tail between its legs, who is scared.”  (Obviously, Sherer has never been a dog and is taking her metaphor a bit too far.)

To straighten your back, imagine you need to wag your tail:

  • Bend the right way as you sit (we all bend somewhere when we sit).  
  • Untuck your tail.
  • Bend at the waist. Where you bend is important because where you  bend determines how you will sit.
  • Bend at the hips and you will be able to wag your tail. And make your back happy.

Sherer has a trick to do this:

  • “Stand up and spread your heels about 12 inches apart,”
  • Put your hand on your pubic bone — like a fig leaf covering up Adam in the Bible
  • “When you bend over, you want to let this fig leaf — your pubic bone — move through your legs,” This creates a crease between your pelvis and legs.”
  • This action also pretty much pokes your butt out, behind your spine.
  • “Now go ahead, sit down,” This puts your butt behind your spine.
  • Next, relax the back and chest muscles-do not stick out your chest, Your spine will line up like a straight stack of bricks. This will even let some of your leg muscles relax more.

“If you do this properly you will feel your hamstrings stretch and your quads relax. There should be a little curve at the lower part of your spine. You will put much less stress on your spine.”

Did hunter-gatherers sit less than we do?

A few years ago, anthropologist David Raichlen and colleagues decided to find out if (modern) hunter -gatherers sit less than most modern day people. They studied the Hazda, who live primarily off wild foods, such as tubers, honey and barbecued porcupines.  The researchers strapped heart-rate monitors onto nearly 50 Hadza adults for eight weeks and measured how often each day, they were just sat. The results were shocking.

They sat about 10 hours a day. Americans sit 9 to 13 hours each day, on average, (a study reported in 2016).

Still,  Hadza don’t have the back issues that  Americans have, even when they are older. “There hasn’t been a ton of studies looking into muscle and joint pain in the Hadza groups, but people are highly active across the life span. There are some declines in activity with age but nowhere near what you get in the U.S.” Raichlen says.

Not how much, but how we sit

So maybe the problem that creates back pain isn’t how much you humans sit, but how you sit?

“Sit up straight,” doesn’t mean to stick your chest out. Instead, stick your “tail” out, like me.

Proper sitting, head up, tail out.

Frankly yours,

Freddie Parker Westerfield, S.E.E.

Sit Expert Extraordinaire


Jenn Sherer

David Raichlen






A Happiness Hack – Pet a Pet

Peggy & Judy are compiling all the Happiness Hacks they’ve posted.  Here’s my favorite:


This hack is addictive. If it lasts more than 10 minutes it’s NOT A HACK

The Early Bird Pets the Worm

Get a pet (no wild animals please, since we don’t have liability insurance) and pet away to increase oxytocin, endorphins, and dopamine in your brain.

A Japanese study showed that playing with a dog with which you have a bond, and makes sustained eye contact with you, causes oxytocin to spike in both!

Several studies show that having a pet can reduce depression, encourage healthier habits, and increase feelings of connectedness.


Freddie Parker Westerfield, S.D.E

Supreme Dopamine Enhancer

How to Achieve Any Goal (It’s Not What You Think)

In 8th grade I was passed over for an advanced class that most of my friends were put into.  Ironically, not being seen as one of the “smart” students was what motivated me to be a really good student in high school. My motivation was fear. I was simply afraid – afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my friends, afraid I would flunk tests.  I was so fearful  that if I didn’t know EVERYTHING I would fail and probably overly prepared for every test. What is surprising to me now, is that even though I did very well on tests, I never developed enough confidence to relax a bit and not spend all my time studying. 

Pain and Fear Motivates.

Turns out, according to science, the secret to maintaining motivation might actually be more counterintuitive than we originally thought.*

“When we first embark on a task to achieve a goal–like losing weight, for example–we first focus on the positive outcomes. We’ll be able to feel lighter, more confident, and get new clothes. Yet, what really pushes people to effective, consistent action isn’t necessarily focusing on the potentially happy ending that could come from our actions. It’s thinking about the potentially negative outcome–not being able to wear clothes that you barely fit into now, not being able to look good for a certain event on your mind–that get us thinking about concrete steps we can take to actually achieving our goals.”

“When people begin to experience the fear that accompanies a potential failure or disappointment, it actually encourages them to work harder to prevent that than if they were motivated by positive, promotional reasons. The desire not to let someone down–even if that person is yourself–is strong enough to get us on the path to success.”

I was much smarter than I knew choosing fear

as my motivator!


*Peter Economy,  https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/neuroscience-the-one-thing-you-need-to-achieve-any-goal-its-not-what-you-think.html

Frankly Freddie Halloween Orange Alert

To all Human-beings:  It’s time for my Halloween ORANGE-ALERT.

 This Halloween

Don’t be mean!

Don’t you dare

make others stare

Dressing up

your precious pup

Please be fair!

just let us wear

our own hair.

Example of suspicious clothing

 To All my Canine Cousins:

Be on the look-out for your human coming back from the store with suspicious articles of clothing and paraphernalia that is NOT THEIR color, style or size.  If they start sweet-talking you or offering you treats RUN for your life & HIDE.

Example of humiliation.

No matter how many times I HAVE TOLD HUMANS not to humiliate us because they want to be amused it happens every year.  I prefer to think that Humans just aren’t very smart and have no memory retention beyond a few hours rather than the possibility they are simply insensitive creatures with no regard for our feelings.


Freddie Parker Westerfield, PIC&C

Protector of Innocent Creatures & Critters



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