Hippocrates Health Institute



I’ve been sharing a lot lately on social media and in previous blog articles about the lifestyle changes I’ve made in my diet and exercise.  I’ve lost 46 pounds since May 5 and reduced my previously high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  A large part of this I attribute to my experience at Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach Florida.  I checked into their 3 week Life Transformation Program at the encouragement of and with the support of my family.  At the time I weighed 318 pounds and my blood pressure at check-in was 170/98.  I was struggling with other medical issues and was willing to try anything to get better.  I am a cancer survivor and because that, I have some unique health issues.  I was desperate and grabbed onto the opportunity with both hands and decided I had nothing to lose because regardless of what I thought about it, I was not healthy and my eating and exercise habits were horrible even though I knew they were hurting me. [Continue reading]

Top 3 Posts on Bart’s Barometer

Bart’s Barometer has been in existence for a few years now.  It started as just a place to archive articles and posts from social media but this past month I’ve decided to become more serious and consistent in my blogging. The past two weeks I’ve been putting up new and original content four or five times a week.

What are the most viewed posts on Bart’s Barometer thus far?

The Bible is Not the Word of God

By far, the most viewed post (including views from a previous site before I migrated to this one) is an article I originally posted as a note on Facebook back in 2010.  It is entitled “The Bible is Not the Word of God.”  Not surprisingly it generated a lot of response both from those who agreed with the article as well as those who didn’t.  I think it also generated a lot of response from people who just saw the title and didn’t actually read the article.  Take a look and judge for yourself if it’s as radical as what it seems at first impression.

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Is the Myers Briggs Test Obsolete?

Myers Briggs and BuzzFeed Quizzes the Same? I enjoyed reading an article this morning by Joseph Stromberg at Vox written a few days ago. Error: Embedded data could not be displayed. There's a lot of truth in this article.  For those familiar with … [Continue reading]

Atrial Fibrillation

Human Heart

Getting Healthy Part 3 In the first 2 sections of this short series of articles, I've been recounting some of the health challenges I've faced throughout my life.  The last article was on Thyroid Cancer.  This article discusses Atrial … [Continue reading]

Social Media Power


Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett It's not every day that people in Nebraska get a chance to do a photo op with a Beatle and one of the richest men in the world, when you're in Nebraska;  Maybe Larry the Cable Guy if you're lucky!  However, this … [Continue reading]

Thyroid Cancer

Bart Breen

Getting Healthy Part 2 Thyroid Cancer in My Past I was first diagnosed with problems in my thyroid gland about the age of 22 in 1985. At the time I had just finished up some undergrad work, was recently married and was working a job doing early … [Continue reading]

Ropes Course

Ropes Course

Over this past weekend I spent Saturday meeting with 6 other close friends who are partnered with me on an 80 day journey of personal growth.  In that time and partnership (which is about 1/2 complete at this point) we have been growing individually … [Continue reading]

Getting Healthy

Thyroid Gland

Taking Care of Yourself (The Start of a Series) Many who know me, know parts of my story and some of my journey in life, but I thought I'd share some of it and what is going on with me currently and how I am getting healthy.  I mean this to be … [Continue reading]

Ex-Pastors Growing

Mass Exodus from Ministry There's an article in the Wall Street Journal from 2010 that got my attention about ex-pastors. Error: Embedded data could not be displayed. This article hits remarkably close to home for me. I lived in … [Continue reading]


Shame Greeting

by Bart Breen   SHAME IS THE NAME OF THE GAME Shame works and you know it. Unless you're a sociopath or psychopath who is unable to feel shame at all, and if you've been engaged in religious communities, in the day-to-day routine of … [Continue reading]

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