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NEWS (Health News & Tips Follow the Features)

GermBloc Products Will Help Keep You Safe

L’ifestyle Lounge, in Closter, NJ Presented by Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition, NYC -- Yoga, Mindfulness, and Positive Nutrition Studio

Queez-Away Travelers' Wristbands

Spring allergies abound – 6 tips to stop the sneezing  -- Akron General expert provides tips on how to find relief from allergies

Do You Know The Benefits of Cucumber?

The Pill Terminator - An excellent way to safely dispose of no longer needed medications

Coppertone's Various Sunscreens Will Protect You from the sun's Harmful Rays

Seniors Face Dental Coverage Crisis

Exercise is safe for joints, reports Harvard Men’s Health Watch

Steps to Take For Women With Dense Breasts

How to keep nasty insects away from you

Derma E has many products for making your skin healthier.

Learn to Recognize and Prevent Heart Attacks

Sweat Block. It really works & is only applied once a week!!

Nutrition and Fitness, A Vital Combo For a Healthy Life

Chaheati All-Season Heated Chair

Medical ID Bracelet A Must (Feature by Arline Zatz)

APPLIANCES

Medical ID Bracelet A Must (by Arline Zatz)

With the rising numbers of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, allergies, and thousands of other illnesses, even the seasoned outdoorsman may have concerns about safety when adventuring out.   
 
The Scenario: Imagine playing a sport outside, hiking with friends and someone has a heart attack. While trying to help this person in the field, an unknowing bystander gives them an aspirin as it has been shown to help with heart attacks.  Unfortunately, the person having the heart attack was deathly allergic to aspirin, and a life was lost. 
 
How It Works: Nearly 50 years ago, the American Medical Association created a universal symbol that would be able to speak for people in emergency situations when they couldn't - the red insignia. Today, this symbol is universal among EMTs and first responders and continues to save millions of lives as it reduces unnecessary hospital admissions and misdiagnosis.
 
Medical ID Marketplace (www.hopepaige.com) is the first company to mix fashion with medical bracelets.  By combining active styles with the universal red insignia, people with a chronic illness, allergies, etc., are able to discretely hide their problem, but yet feel safe that an EMT will know exactly where to look if something were to happen while hiking, biking, camping, or hitting the outdoors.
 
Medical ID Marketplace offers the only write-on rubber style bracelets in America called Medibands and also active styles that can be customized with an engraving on the back to alert EMTs of a problem. 

For more information and prices, contact the Medical ID Marketplace at web site www.hopepaige.com 

Do you sweat a lot? Use Sweat Block. It really works & is only applied once a week

Sweat Block comes in a small package containing 8 pre-soaked towelettes and is a clinical strength antiperspirant so you can stay confident longer. It's fomulated to reduce irritation and helps restore confidence and stop embarrassment whether you're involved in sports or just sitting around. Sweat Block decreases underarm sweating and treats excessive perspiration. All you have to do is remove one pre-soaked towelette from the package, thoroughly 'dab' not rub, on your underarm within the hairline, and use the same pad for each underarm. Allow to air dry for 5 minutes, dispose of and wash your hands.

This product was born when a renowned chemist sought a solution for his own sweat problem. A decade of testing and tweaking the formula has produced the best option available to stop the excessive sweating. Today SweatBlock has helped thousands of people solve their excessive perspiration problems (check out the testimonials). If you’re looking to stop the sweat and are hesitant about painful injections, surgeries, or expensive “all natural” fixes, give SweatBlock a “dry run.”

It has worked for those suffering from Hyperhidrosis, Menopausal Sweating, Sweaty Teens, Nervous Sweaters, Athletes, Presenters, Performers, Excessive Underarm Sweating, Active Professionals, Sports Persons -- and others.

Sweat Block sells for $19.95 but there are specials and lower prices at web site http://antiperspirant.sweatblock.com. Best of all, this product is guaranteed to keep you staying dry or your money will be refunded! For more information call toll free 1-855-796-2566.

RepHresh® Gel is an over-the-counter vaginal gel to maintain healthy vaginal pH.

I recently tried RepHresh® and found it worked very well to relieve discomfort -- and it was easy to insert and apply. The manufacturer lists the following merits of this product.

- Eliminates feminine odor and relieves minor feminine discomfort. When vaginal pH is unbalanced, odor-causing microorganisms can flourish.  For long-lasting freshness and confidence, use RepHresh Gel once every 3 days.

- To maintain a healthy vaginal pH
When used once every 3 days, RepHresh Gel helps maintain a healthy vaginal pH.  Studies show that vaginal issues often occur when vaginal pH is unbalanced.  By maintaining a healthy vaginal pH, you can help reduce your risk of vaginal issues.

RepHresh® Gel is  colorless,  odorless  and long-lasting.

It can be found at most drug stores and department stores where feminine products or online. For more information check web site RepHreshGel.com.

Vitamin D Levels May Affect Chronic Pain in Women

Low levels of vitamin D may contribute to chronic pain in women, suggests a study that looked at 7,000 women and men in England, Scotland and Wales. Higher rates of chronic pain were reported by smokers, non-drinkers, and overweight and underweight people. Among women, vitamin D levels also seemed to be a major factor, BBC News reported.

Women with vitamin D levels between 75 and 99 mmol/liter -- a range believed necessary for good bone health -- had the lowest rates of chronic pain (8 percent), while women with vitamin D levels less than 25 mmol/liter had the highest rates of chronic pain (14.4 percent). No link between vitamin D and chronic pain was seen in men, which suggests female hormones may be a factor, said the researchers from the Institute of Child Health in London. They said further research is needed to determine if vitamin D supplements can protect women against chronic pain, BBC News reported.

The study was published in the journal Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

About KidsHealth®
KidsHealth creates engaging online, print, and video media about a wide range of health and family issues. KidsHealth has a physician-directed, professional editorial staff – and is the largest resource of online children’s health, behavioral, and developmental information written for three distinct audiences: parents, kids, and teens. KidsHealth content is also available in Spanish. Each year, over 140 million families turn to KidsHealth.org for expert answers, making it the Web’s most-accessed site on children’s health. Recent accolades include a 2008 Parents’ Choice Gold Award for Best Website for Kids, the 2008 Webby Award for Best Family/Parenting Website and the Webby’s 2008 People’s Voice Award for the same. KidsHealth was previously honored as the Webby’s Best Family/Parenting Website and Best Health Website, and was selected as one of the 30 Best Websites by U.S. News & World Report and one of the 50 Coolest Websites by TIME magazine. KidsHealth also creates KidsHealth in the Classroom, a free website for educators featuring standards-based health curricula, activities, handouts, and more. KidsHealth comes from The Nemours Foundation, one of the largest nonprofit organizations devoted to children’s health. For more information about KidsHealth, visit www.kidshealth.org.

FURNITURE

Chaheati All-Season Heated Chair --

I tried the new Chaheati Heated Chair and found that it not only works during cold weather when you may be out in the field, but in any season, especially since it helped my backache! And for sitting hour after hour while fishing, it can't be beat!

Similar to many of the lightweight, collapsible canvas chairs owned by milions nationwide, what sets the Chaheati apart is the cordless carbon fiber non-wire heating elements throughout the chair. The patent pending technlogy of the Chaheati offers four temperature settings ranging from 98 up to 145F and rapidly heats up in less than 20 seconds. Ideal for use in a variety of settings, including camping, tailgating, hunting, cool weather sporting events and practices, and more.

The Chaheati's safe low-voltage heating technology sports digital circuit protection. The high efficiency, lithium-in rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of heat per charge and lasts for over 500 uses. The warmth of the soft, flexible ultra-thin heating element in the chair can eve help relieve light and aching muscles and joints. Chaheati's heating system is optimally positioned to produce a comfortable even heat across the entire back, buttocks and the back of the thighs.

It is a sturdy chair desiged for comfort and durability. The fabric is rugged and comfortable and is desiged to be fire and water-resistant. The seat is oversized and can accommodate any body type up to 280 lbs. Its dimensions are 23.6" wide x 23.6" deep x 36.21 high. An AC car adapter charger is sold separately.

The inventor of the Chaheati is Kyle Smith with his wife ReAnna. Kyle notes that the idea for the Chaheati came about "On a cold night in front of a bonfire when we were all warm and toasty on the front of our bodies and a block of ice on our backsides. I was watching my frustraed wife repeatedly sit, stand and turn like a turkey on a rotisserie to warm up. I thought she needed a heated chair. After researching the market and not finding one, we decided to create one -- and the Chaheati is the result."

I can truthfully say that after trying and using this chair repeatedly, I've often used it indoors for the help it does for my aching back!

Available for $89.99 on-line or from the company at web site www.chaheati.com/store/

HEALTH NEWS

L’ifestyle Lounge, in Closter, NJ Presented by Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition, NYC -- Yoga, Mindfulness, and Positive Nutrition Studio

When it comes to this year’s top health-related resolutions, “doing more yoga,” “practicing mindfulness,” and “eating healthier” are high on the list. Now, New Jersey fitness fanatics and even yo-yo dieters can work on all their wellness resolutions at one central location, with the grand opening of Laura Cipullo’s L’ifestyle Lounge at 308 Harrington Ave. in Closter, NJ.

Laura Cipullo, acclaimed four-time published nutrition author, Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and past president of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, New York is excited to share her second location in the tristate area devoted to living a wholistic, yet evidenced based lifestyle of positive nutrition, mindfulness, and movement through yoga. This grand opening also coincides with the release of Laura’s latest book Everyday Diabetes, Meals for 1 or 2 (Robert Rose, March 2017).

The L’ifestyle Lounge will serve as a safe space to learn and practice the art of self-care. Offering a unique range of drop-in and semester-long yoga instruction (for all ages and all bodies), mindfulness services (a separate studio devoted to guided mindful meditation), and educational nutrition appointments with Registered Dietitians, this state-of-the-art 3-in-1 studio where clients can “breathe, bend, and nourish” their way to a building a healthier, stronger foundation for self-awareness, compassion, inner strength, and acceptance.

While many fitness facilities may claim to be a safe space and void of judgment, Laura’s lounge will truly serve as one of the ONLY centers of its kind. By designing classes intended to prevent eating disorders, prevent body shame, and fad dieting, the L’ifestyle staff is firm in its philosophy of positive nutrition and welcoming of all body types and ages. There are no mirrors! The moment students set foot in the door, they enter a weight neutral environment that seeks to uplift and empower, not tear down, lounge members.

Through a powerful combination of yoga, mindfulness meditation and positive nutrition components, L’ifestyle’s mission is to provide members with tools to self-awareness, self-love, and a healthier relationship with food and with their bodies.

Yoga

Whether you are new to yoga and wish to try a drop-in class, or want to go all-in with a commitment to semester-long (8 or 14 week) yoga, the L’ifestyle lounge offers the perfect option for every age and experience level.

Some of the current offerings include:

EmpowHER- For tween and teen girls ages 11-14; a moving meditation on and off the yoga mat, including instruction on mindful eating, body acceptance, and nutrition
Little Gods and Goddesses- Themed classes for little yogis who want to learn to love and move their bodies and breathe with their bellies!
Prenatal Bliss- Join a Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor as you learn to flow through your pregnancy.
Rock, Sweat and Glow- Build internal heat in this fast paced Vinyasa class, set to a mix of pop, rock, hip-hop and rap. Experienced beginners to advanced levels.

Mindfulness

Offered in conjunction with semester-long yoga classes, the L’ifestyle Lounge’s mindfulness meditations are perfectly paired with the yoga and nutrition components to offer students a sacred space that allows them to turn off the outside world and tune in to their breath. Lasting from 30 to 45 minutes, these sessions were created to decrease counter regulatory hormones and letting go of anxiety.

Some classes include:

Letting Go- Practicing the ever-challenging art of true stress relief; facilitators will guide students in freeing themselves from constant worry, and allowing room for inner peace.
5 Senses- A be-in-the-moment mediation designed to heighten awareness of the five senses (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch) and using breath to rid the mind of chatter.
Empower- Be prepared to leave the meditation room ready to take on the day- this class is all about total rejuvenation. Combining an array of breathing exercises, guided imagery, and even silence, students are given tools for clarity and compassion.

Positive Nutrition

The third and perhaps the most crucial component of the L’ifestyle Lounge, positive nutrition, will encourage students to embrace a fad diet-free approach and forego the mindset of deprivation. By incorporating the Five Pillars of Positive Nutrition, found in Cipullo’s best-selling book, the Women’s Health Body Clock Diet(Rodale, 2015), the L’ifestyle Lounge staff will provide nutritional consultations helping clients free themselves from food worry and to adopt an “all foods fit” philosophy, while honoring their emotional and biological needs.

An expert in nutrition and healthy eating, Laura has almost 20 years of clinical experience as a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian. For three years, Laura volunteered as President, New York chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (<www.iaedpNY.com), and under her leadership, grew the chapter from 20 members to almost 200 members.

About Laura Cipullo

Laura Cipullo is the founder of Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services in NYC. Cipullo weaves evidence-based science into treating clients, authoring books and speaking engagements. Laura combines her knowledge from expertise in nutrition, behavior change, the endocrine system, and psychology. While she believes in organic, sustainable foods the majority of the time, Laura and her team teach clients how to eat ALL FOODS guilt-free while living mindfully. Her clients love her for compassionate, mindful, “wholistic” approach to Positive Nutrition. Laura’s motto is “Eat Kale and Cupcakes!” In addition to individual sessions, her team of RD’s provides weekly “mindful meal” support groups for women who are working to change their relationship food and their body.

A four-time author including best selling  “Women’s Health Body Clock Diet,” (Rodale) and the “Diabetes Comfort Food Diet” (Robert Rose 2015), Laura is excited to share her most recent book, “Everyday Diabetes, Meals for 1 or 2” (Robert Rose 2017) set for release March 22, 2017. Laura is a frequent contributor to publications such as USA Today, Real Simple, Fitness, OK! Magazine, The Huffington Post, Women’s Health and has appeared regularly as a guest on Headline News, FOX Business and FOX & Friends. Watch Laura on Fox & Friends:www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZLJQrCR1y4

Do You Know The Benefits of Cucumber?

Note: A friend sent this to me, but I don't know if these tips work. Try one or more to see!

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Seniors Face Dental Coverage Crisis

Healthy teeth have become an unaffordable luxury for far too many of our senior citizens. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of seniors suffer from severe periodontal disease.

Limited access to dental care is rapidly becoming the most significant health crisis facing America's elders, according to Oral Health America, a non-profit group whose study A State of Decay indicates that the Affordable Care Act has failed to address the problem.

Routine dental care is not provided under Medicare, and less than 20 percent of older Americans have private dental insurance, according to A State of Decay. While the ACA marketplace does offer some dental insurance plans, traditional insurance doesn‚t always meet seniors‚ needs.

"Many older people have a preexisting dental condition, which dental insurance typically does not cover - and certainly won' t cover without a long waiting period. And many seniors need the more complicated restorative procedures, which insurance also may not cover," says Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for DentalPlans.

"Until we can offer seniors meaningful expansion of dental coverage - and people truly understand the importance of their oral health to their overall health and wellbeing - we will continue to see far too many of our older citizens going without essential dental care services," Chase added.

Emergency room visits for dental problems doubled from a reported 1 million cases of adults over 65 in 1999-2000 to 2.3 million cases in 2009-2010, according to the findings in A State of Decay. The report noted that emergency rooms typically treat dental issues with extractions and/or painkillers, a temporary fix that wastes millions of taxpayer dollars annually. "The emergency room should obviously not be the place where people get their dental care, nor should we be neglecting the oral care of our seniors. The end result is unnecessary pain, possible health complications, and avoidable expense," says Chase.

A State of Decay further warned that the lack of access to dental care currently plaguing seniors today is a growing problem that will continue to affect virtually all Americans.

About DentalPlans
DentalPlans, founded in 1999, is the largest dental savings plan marketplace in the U.S., offering consumers access to 40+ dental savings plans from trusted healthcare brands, like Aetna, Careington, Signature Wellness, and UNI-CARE. Plan members have access to more than 100,000 dentists nationwide.

DentalPlans, which has been included in the INC. 5000 list for three years standing, is committed to making you smile by making access to quality oral healthcare affordable and available to everyone. For more information check web site www.dentalplans.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dentalplans.

HEART ATTACKS

Learn to Recognize and Prevent Heart Attacks

When you think of someone having a heart attack, you might picture a middle-aged man rubbing his arm and then clutching his chest, gasping in pain. But women suffering heart attacks generally don't exhibit those same symptoms. Since February is American Heart Month, take some time to learn the signs of heart attacks in women as well as what you can do to prevent them with these tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America in part because women don't recognize the signs of a heart attack. Instead of sharp pain in the chest, women might experience a heavy feeling or tightness instead. Other signs of heart disease in women include trouble breathing, an upset stomach or pain between the shoulders. None of those signs are as evident as the striking chest pain men experience. So women have to be extra vigilant, and if they experience these symptoms, they should go to the doctor right away.

High blood pressure can be a cause of heart disease, so it's important to monitor your blood pressure. If it's higher than 140/90, you may require treatment, which can come in the form of medicine or changes to your diet and exercise habits.

You can make lifestyle changes to lower your risk of heart disease. Gradually increase your activity level. You can chose from a variety of activities, from walking to dance classes or swimming laps in the pool. Pick something you'll enjoy so you'll stick with it. Check Fitness.gov for ideas.

When it comes to dietary changes, follow your doctor's recommendations. Pay close attention to food labels so you know just what you're eating and visit Nutrition.gov to get tips for sticking with your healthy eating plan. In general, make sure you're including lots of fruits and vegetables and limit the amount of processed food you eat.

Using these tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center, you can keep your heart healthy and identify any dangerous signs that might need medical attention.

NEW PRODUCTS

Queez-Away Travelers' Wristbands

I tried this new product and it worked great while I was on a choppy deep sea fishing boat. Made by Davis Instruments, and a non-drug aid, the product takes away the unplesant effecs of choppy seas, bumpy flights, winding roads, or even spinning Ferris Wheels - which can ruin an otherwise grea adventure. It helps tame the tummies of people on the go, and is used throughout the world - not only by me - but by yachtsmen, pilots, divers, pysicians, hospitals - and those who take car trips.

They work by exerting gentle pressure on points on each wrist to minimize or eliminate the miserable effecs of trvel and are made of tough, long-lasting washable materials. The one-size-fits-all Queez-Away Wristbands are safe and easy to use. There are no complicated buckles or adjustments. You simply slip a Queez-Away on your wrists, position the bands and continue to enjoy your travel!

A pair of DavisQueez-Away Wristbands comes with a handy carrying case and retails for only $9.99.

For more information, contact Davis Instruments at 3465 Diablo Avenue, Hayward, CA 94545; 510-732-9229 or e-mail at info@davisnet.com or check web site davisnet.com.

Pill Terminator

Once I heard that flushing unused medications down the toilet or putting them in with your garbage was dangerous to our environment, I wondered how to dispose of my unused pills, capsules, liquids or powders.

Thankfully, the new Pill Terminator takes care of this problem and safely and quickly disposes of unwanted prescription medications. How? Simply purchase this product, Then shake the container to loosen activating particles; fill the medications up to the green line on the other side of the label; fill with warm water up to the red line on the other side of the label; tighten the cap onto the container. NOTE: The cap must be closd securely before shaking or handling. Immediately after closing the cap, shake the container firmly for five seconds. The contents will congeal almost immediately. Do not reopen and throw the closed container into the trash. This is for single use only.

The Pill Terminator contains inorganic solid solvents that help break down medications, and is specially formulated to meet and exceed FDA and EPA guidelines for safe disposal of unwanted prescription medications.

For more information go to web site www.PillTerminator.com.

Saf for use, it's perfect for doctors' offices, homes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, workplaces, first responders and veterinary clinics.

NUTRITION & FITNESS

Exercise is safe for joints, reports Harvard Men’s Health Watch

It's easy to come up with excuses not to exercise. One of these—that exercise is hard on the joints and may cause arthritis—has been hard to dispel. Recent studies show that exercise can be safe for joints, both in older, overweight folks and in athletes, reports the September 2009 issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

Between 1993 and 2005, the famed Framingham study found no link between exercise and arthritis of the knee. The most active people in this cohort had the same risk of arthritis as the least active. Although the Framingham study did not confirm that exercise is good for the joints, an Australian study did just that in 2004. It showed that people who performed the most vigorous weight-bearing exercise had the thickest, healthiest knee cartilage. In 2008, another study, which compared runners to nonrunners, found little evidence that exercise causes arthritis.

Not only is exercise safe for healthy joints, it is also safe for arthritic joints. Still, exercise can have side effects. If you don't already exercise and want to start, start gradually. If your general health is good, you don't need to see your doctor before starting. But older people and those with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or other significant problems should get medical clearance first. Above all, listen to your body as you exercise.

Warming up and cooling down will help protect your heart and joints, Harvard Men’s Health Watch notes. Stretching exercises, good shoes, and good technique will also reduce the chances you will injure a muscle or bone. With these simple precautions and a dose of common sense, exercise will be safe for your joints.

Read the full-length article at www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/2009/September/exercise-plus more on Peripheral artery disease, Annual check-up numbers, and the link between gum disease and heart disease. A subscription to this magazine if $28 per year and is available by calling 877-649-9457.

Nutrition and Fitness, A Vital Combo For a Healthy Life

     It's an indisputable fact that you have to eat to live. However, there are those of us who live to eat - particularly in the United States which, according to a recent study, has the largest number of overweight people in the world!

     Researchers Brownell and Wadden have found that since the early 1900s, fat intake in this country has risen “from 32% to as high as 43% of total caloric intake.” No doubt fast food restaurants have contributed. The good news is it's never too late to change your diet or get fit through exercise. The reward? Besides looking trim, you'll feel better, and be less prone to disease and illness.

     Doctors believe a high-fat diet puts you at high risk for cancer and heart disease, while a diet low in saturated fats can reduce these risks. Also, cutting back on the quantity of fats significantly reduces the risk of breast, uterine, and colon cancer. For healthy eating, Dr. Brian Morgan of the Institute of Human Nutrition at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, feels food intake should be about “15-20 percent protein; 30-60 percent complex carbohydrates; and 20-30% fat,” and that the best way to accomplish this is by eating “balanced meals containing fresh fruits and vegetables, poultry, and fish.”

     Fiber in the diet is another important factor, since it is known to reduce the risk of colon cancer as well as constipation. Recent studies indicate that certain types of cancer are caused by free radicals - the active molecules within our bodies that may act as irritants and are “powerful enough,” says Morgan, “to cause this disease.” Antioxidants can help fight those nasty free radicals that can cause damage or even kill cells, thus breaking  down the immune system causing infections and diseases besides cancer, like heart disease.

     Scientists feel that free radical damage may also cause premature aging, and that certain free radicals may be formed by exposure to radiation, toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke, and unclean air, as well as ozone exposure. Normally, these rascals are kept from harming our cells by free radical scavengers that neutralize them, and by certain enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, methionine reductase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase naturally formed by the body. However, Mazur, researchers, and scientists believe that the body can fight back against these free radicals with the aid of vitamin A, beta-corotene, vitamins C and E, and the mineral selenium, along with melatonin, certain herbs, and natural food supplements including wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, citrus fruits, Brussels sprouts, and beta-carotene which soaks up free radicals.

     The fatty acids found in fish oils may also protect against heart disease, as well as alleviate arthritis and other inflammatory diseases of the joints. Recommended beneficial foods with known healing potential include broccoli, a source of fiber and beta-carotene that's high in vitamin C; apples, grapefruit and oranges, rich in pectin to help reduce blood cholesterol levels; oats, a source of fiber; peppers, high in vitamin C; potatoes, a source of vitamin C, with the sweet potato containing beta-carotene; low-fat yogurt, rich in calcium and low in fat; dark green leafy vegetables, high in beta-carotene with iron and fiber; soybeans and soy products, a source of protein, soluble fiber, and B-complex vitamins.

     Herbs, used as far back as anyone can remember by Native Americans, Romans, Egyptians, Persians, and Hebrews, have finally been validated by many in this country to have positive healing properties, without the side effects that drugs often have. Many people recommend consulting a nutritionist or naturapathic doctor before taking any, and stocks natural herbs in the form of tablets, capsules, liquid beverages, extracts, oils, and more from the herbal teas to aid in relaxing and sleeping, to herbal collars made with pennyroyal to combat fleas. They also believe that taking acidophilus, daily may aid in the digestion of proteins, has anti-fungal properties, helps in reducing blood cholesterol levels and in digestion, and enhances the absorption of nutrients. Aloe Vera, known for its healing properties and as a moisturizer, when used internally, aids in the healing of stomach disorders, ulcers, hemorrhoids, rectal itching and, as Mazur points out, “is helpful when used in conjunction with a colon cleanser.” Barlean's flaxseed oil, is rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, and fiber, and is a good source of B vitamins, protein, and zinc while low in saturated fats and calories. Studies indicate it can also reduce inflammation and swelling caused by arthritis as well as lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels

     Besides eating properly, exercise is the key ingredient to keeping fit. Exercise has proven to reduce cholesterol levels, heart disease, depression, and stress - and will provide you with more energy, keep your body strong while trimming it, and make you feel much better physically and mentally. What's the best exercise? Walking is simple, easy on the joints, and best of all, is free. But during inclement weather, I've found the next best thing is to get on my treadmill while catching up on my favorite show or old video tapes. While it's true that you need space for a treadmill or other exercise equipment, and they can be expensive, it's a great investment in taking care of your body. I purchased a Proform brand treadmill that's proven most reliable. However, if you don't have space, or don't have the self-discipline to get on it at least five times a week, it's wise to join the local YMCA or a health club. Paying dues is a great incentive to use the facility and equipment and, while there, you can also opt to use the weights and other equipment while receiving advice from one of the trainers on how to use everything properly..

INSECTS & PREVENTION

How to keep those nasty insections away from you

1.) Insect Shield® Clothing & Outdoor Blankets: Reduce the number of mosquito bites you get by wearing insect repellent apparel such as Insect Shield® (www.insectshield.com/basics) and by using Insect Shield blankets at your next BBQ or picnic.

Insect Shield’s EPA-registered technology converts clothing and gear into effective and convenient insect protection. The repellency is long-lasting (lasts through 70 washings) and appropriate for use by the entire family with no restrictions for use.

2.) Water: Eliminate standing water which acts as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. (flower pots, children’s pools, watering cans, gutters etc.)

3.) Trash: Remember to keep the lids on trash cans to keep out the rain.

4.) Puddles: Cover up or fill in low places in your yard where puddles can develop.

5.) Gutters: Keep gutters cleaned out so water does not build up inside and become a mosquito breeding ground.

6.) Drains: Make sure all drains on your property are also cleaned out without leaves blocking them up so water can drain effectively.

7.) Pipes: Repair leaky pipes and outdoor faucets.

8.) Toys: Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week or store in a position that water will drain.

9.) Pools: Make sure your backyard pool is maintained properly.

10.) Bird Baths & Planters: Change water in bird baths and planter pots or drip trays at least once a week.

11.) Grass: Keep grass cut short around the house, so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.

GermBloc Products Will Help Keep You Safe

If you touch something that someone else has handled, you are possibly leaving yourself open to germs, that can lead to serious infections - especially if you get scratches or cut. But don't worry, there's lots you can do to protect yourself. Germ Block makes antimicrobial Nanotechnology against bacteria - whether you're enjoying archery or traveling.

The company's hand Sanitizer Lotion is alcohol-free, won't chap or dry hands, provides protection for 3-4 hours and is non-flamable. Germ Bloc's Antimicrobial keeps high-touch areas clean (like bathrooms, water fountains, etc.) clean and bacteria-free, is non-toxic when dry and EPA-approved to provide 90 day protection against bacteria on treated surfaces.

Everthing is packaged in compact sizes, great for your pocket or sports case - and GermBloc's Hand Sanitizer Lotion and Foam is in a non-greasy formula that leaves hands soft and germ-free with protection for 3 to 4 hours. It is also alcohol-free, non-fammable, with 7 moisturizers, 2 vitamins and 6 botanical extracts and antioxidants plus it's made with 98% natural ingredients.

The company's other useful products include Hand & Skin Cream that will repair your hard working hands with its 4 moisturizers, 4 antioxidants, 4 vitamins and 6 botanical extracts --- Hand Repair Creams -- Laundry Rinse - great for creating a germ-free barrier on your clothes; UltraHand Soap, and much more.

For more information on GermBloc products, check web site www.germbloc.com or e-mail at info@geermbloc.com. The address is WillSpeed Technology, 2121 East Plaza Loop, Nampa, ID 83687

SKIN CARE

Derma E

         Derma e®  began in a local health food store in Southern California. The company's first product was a jar of 12,000 I.U. Vitamin E Moisturizing Crème. People were amazed at the results it had on their skin, and word caught on. Over the years, the company has introduced extraordinary products, each one rooted in its belief that skin health can be visibly improved through the right combination of potent vitamins, wholesome nutrients and good, clean hydration. Today, the company has grown to become one of the largest natural facial care brands in the United States. Its success, according the company, is attributed to "honoring our customers with products that promote healthier looking skin and business ethics that promote a healthier world.

derma e® mission is to "be the most trusted brand for natural skincare solutions by understanding the potential of nature’s most effective ingredients. We will harness the power of proven vitamins, antioxidants and botanicals to improve the condition of skin for health-conscious people around the globe. Our growth will be propelled by our passion, our quality and our integrity. We will be good corporate citizens, caring for the well-being of our customers, our employees, our community and our world."

I've used some of the company's products and believe they have already succeeded in their mission. Products include:

Deep Wrinkle Reverse Moisturizer with Peptides

A revolutionary double-action peptide crème to visibly soften and smooth the appearance of even the deepest wrinkles.

Age-Defying Cleanser with Astaxanthin

This ultimate, anti-aging, antioxidant-rich cleanser gently lifts away impurities and rejuvenates skin. Sulfate-free.

Age-Defying Microdermabrasion Scrub

This award-Refining Vitamin A Wrinkle Crème helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin soft, smooth, and supple.winning, salon treatment alternative buffs skin, helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars.

Hydrating Eye Crème with Hyaluronic Acid

This best-selling eye crème deeply hydrates, firms and tones the eye area to reduce the look of crow's feet.

For details on these products and the many other products the company offers, check web site www.dermae.com.

SUNSCREENS

Coppertone Sunscreens

Coppertone Sunscreens Will Protect You from the Sun's Harmful Rays

Today, melanoma cases are on the increase - and is one of the major & deadliest Cancer killers. Be safe, apply sunscreen frequently, and stay out of the sun during peak hours. Coppertone makes various sunscreens to choose from depending on your outdoor activities and preferences, as follows:

Coppertone Sport AccuSpray Sunscreen

The company's Coppertone Sport AccuSpray Sunscreen is available in SPF 15, 30, 50, and 70 6 oz. continuous spray, and has a unique, patented technology that delivers a continuous spray you can control. Coppertone Sport sunscreens stay on strong when you sweat so they won't run into eyes and sting, while protecting skin during vigorous outdoor exercise. This first-to-market innovation from the #1 sport sunscreen brand provides an improved delivery solution designed to help reduce mess and waste through targeted sunscreen application.

According to the company, it is:

-- The only sunscreen product line with patented accurate spray technology

-- Continuous Spray Sunscreen you can control

-- High performance, durable formulas

-- Controlled application designed to reduce waste and mess

-- Stays on strong when you sweat; won't run into eyes ad sting

-- Water resistant (80 minutes)

-- Photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection

It is available nationwide at food, drug and most internet retailers for the suggested retail price of $9.99.

Coppertone Sport Lip Balm SPF 30

This lip balm worked great while I was kayaking, feels good on my lips and does the job.

It is a convenient new lip offering from the #1 sport sunscreen brand and helps smooth and soften lips while providing broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.

It is portable; photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection; and water resistant (80 minutes).

Coppertone Sport Lip Balm SPF 30 is available in 15 oz., and available nationwide at food, drug, mass and internet retailers for the suggested retail price of $2.99.

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion

Available in SPF 30, 50, 80 and 100+. I especially liked the feel of this lotion which protected my skin during my kayaking with bright sun shining down. It didn't run into my eyes or sting and offered, according to the manufacturer, broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays and helped fortify skin's natural defenses by replenishing the antioxidants depleted during sun exposure.

It is water resistant for 80 minutes; photostable, broad spectrum, UVA/UVB protection, is enriched with replenishing antioxidants to help fortify skin's natural defenses and has a no slip grip.

Note: All Coppertone lotions and sprays with an SPF 15 or greater in stores today already meet the newly announced 2012 standard for 'broad spectrum' protection.

This product is available in SPF 30 and 50 in 8 oz. lotions; SPF 80 in 6 oz. lotion; and SPF 100+ in 4 oz. lotion. It is available nationwide at food, drug, mass and Internet retailers at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 55

The sunscreen in this stick stays on when you sweat and protects skin during outdoor activities year-round. It also offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays which can cause sun damage and burning.

It is water resistant for 80 minutes; is portable; photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and specially formulated to provide spot protection for sun exposed areas like the ears, nose and face.

Available in 0.6 oz, at nationwide food, drug mass and Internet retailers at the suggested retail price of $5.49.

TIPS

Spring allergies abound – 6 tips to stop the sneezing  -- Akron General expert provides tips on how to find relief from allergies

The arrival of spring may bring warmer weather, but that warm, dry breeze also carries pollen. And for the more than 50 million American allergy sufferers, that means it is time to stock up on tissues and allergy medicine – it is spring allergy season. Unfortunately this spring it is not just pollen that has us sneezing. “We are already seeing more intense mold-related allergy symptoms this spring, especially itchy, watery eyes,” says Bela B. Faltay, MD, Chief of Service, Allergy, Akron General Health System. “This is likely due to the volume of snow that has made the ground very moist.”

“The late onset of warm weather causes the different species of trees to pollinate at the same time rather than in a gradual sequence,” explains Dr. Faltay. “Much like last year, it will also increase the overlap between the tree and grass seasons. For patients allergic to both tree and grass, this can be much more intense. Typically grass allergy season occurs later in the spring and into early summer, but if the weather remains cool and wet, it may extend the grass season.”

If you are an allergy sufferer, and all too familiar with the symptoms of sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes, Dr. Faltay offers these 6 quick tips to help find relief:

1. Be prepared. Start over-the-counter and prescription preventative allergy medicines early to reduce or even prevent allergy symptoms.

2. Break out your shades. Wear sunglasses when outdoors to minimize the amount of pollen getting in your eyes.

3. Turn on the air. Close your windows and turn on the air conditioner (or heater, depending on weather conditions) at home and in the car.

4. Know the pollen count. Limit time outdoors on high pollen days.

5. Scrub up. Wash your hair after spending time outdoors.

Use your clothes dryer - don’t hang clothes outdoors to dry.

Dr. Faltay recommends that you visit your physician if over-the-counter allergy medicine is not relieving your symptoms, or if you have to take them on a prolonged basis for relief.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System, an affiliate of Cleveland Clinic, is a not-for-profit health care organization that has been improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves since 1914. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio for the second year running. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit akrongeneral.org.

Steps to Take for Women With Dense Breasts

Make certain your doctor lets you know if you have dense breasts. If you do, insist on getting a 3-D tomosynthesis mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, contrast-enhanced mammogram or molecular breast imaging.

Why? Because dense breasts are difficult to examine with an ordinary mammogram. They may be almost completely fatty; with some scattered areas of fibroglandular density; and small masses may be observed. Dense breasts usually become fattier after menopause and you may be given the wrong information. that's why it's so important to follow up - before any suggestion of surgery - for the above test(s).

HALLOWEEN - PLAYING IT SAFE

From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents alike. But it’s also a holiday that can pose dangers to young revelers. “Halloween is so much fun because it’s not like any other night. With the chance to dress up in costume and stock up on sweets, it’s the highlight of the year for many kids,” says Kate Cronan, MD, medical editor for KidsHealth® and an emergency room pediatrician at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. “However, accidents do occur and parents need to take precautions to ensure their kids stay safe.”

KidsHealth.org, the most-visited web site for children’s health information, offers these safety tips to help make this year’s festivity a trick-free treat:

Choose Costumes Wisely
•  Choose a light-colored costume – it helps kids be seen more easily.
•  Masks make it difficult for kids to see and breathe, so use nontoxic face paint or makeup instead.
•  Make sure that costume props, such as wands or swords, are flexible, in case kids fall.
•  Put a name tag — with your phone number — on your children’s costumes.

Trouble-Free Trick-or-Treating
•  Accompany young children under the age of 10 on their rounds and try to go early before it gets too dark.
•  For older kids going out on their own, be sure they carry a cell phone, if possible, go in a group and stay together, only go to houses with porch lights on,
and carry a flashlight with new batteries.
•  If kids want to visit neighborhoods other than your own, be sure to stress the rules about strangers.  
•  Check all treats to make sure there are no signs of tampering and throw out loose candy, spoiled items, and any homemade treats.
•  Make sure your home is safe by removing anything that might obstruct your walkway, providing a well-lit entrance, and keeping pets away from trick-
or-treaters, even if they seem harmless to you.

Pumpkin-Carving Precautions
•  Children should never handle knives. Instead, let them draw their designs on the pumpkin and then you do the carving.  
•  If your kids beg to remove the guts of the pumpkin — as many do — let them get messy by scooping out the flesh with their hands or an ice cream scoop
instead of a knife.
•  A burning candle in a pumpkin may become a blazing fire if left unattended. Use a glow stick (available in many colors) to safely illuminate your jack-o’-
lantern.

“One of the challenges of being a parent is to teach your kids to be cautious without filling them with fear or anxiety,” says Dr. Cronan. “Although some dangers do exist, you lessen your kids’ risk by teaching them safety rules early on.”  

For more information about helping your little ghosts and goblins have a hauntingly happy and safe Halloween, visit www.kidshealth.org.
For a fun way to teach kids about eating too much candy, have them play the www.kidshealth.org/kid/closet/games/candy_game.

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