Category Archives: General Health

Acid Reflux – Oh NO!!

Years ago my former husband John had surgery because of a bleeding ulcer.  Afterwards the gastroenterologist told him he would be on Protonics for the rest of his life.  The internist agreed.

Just yesterday, speaking with 4 other women, Acid Reflux issues came up with 3 of them!!!  I thought this blog was a perfect subject, as a result.

John was off the medicine in 2 weeks!!  We did our research and also spoke with Dr. Richard Brouse.  Here is a current article by him on Acid Reflux.  May it help anyone suffering.  Call me for more information read more -->

Heart Attack – True or False

Heart Attack True-False Question

Which of the following could be an early warning sign of a heart attack?
A. Anxiety___
B. Nausea___
C. Jaw pain___
D. Fatigue___
E. Sweat___

Answer: All of them, again (are you onto us?).  “It’s hard to parse some of these symptoms because women tend to be juggling so much as a matter of course,” says Arnett. Three questions to ask : is this a new symptom? Did it appear suddenly? Does it resolve if I rest for a few minutes? “When in doubt, call an ambulance,” she says “If the worst case scenario is wasting time at the hospital, that’s far than than the alternative.” read more -->

True or False- Day 5 – Are you a Workaholic?

Day 5

Attention workaholics: How many hours can you clock each week before your heart pays a price?
A. 45___
B. 50___
C. 55___
D. 60___

Answer: A. When researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Centers and the University of St Thomas in Houston analyzed data on more than 1,900 people, they found that among people who worked 45 hours per week for a decade or more, each additional hour meant greater risk of heart disease. Risk climbed 16 percent when people put in 55 hours and 35 percent for 60 hours. read more -->

Day 4 – Which Do You Choose?

Day 4
I have been at a conference so I got behind.  I’ll be catching up this week!
Which is the best choice here?

Your friend just betrayed you big time! What’s the heart healthiest way to manage your anger?
A. Tell her off___
B. Run it off____
C. Walk it off___
D. Find consolation in Ben and Jerry’s___

Answer: C Taking a walk calms the fight or flight response, as do cool down activities like stretching and deep breathing. Intense physical activity, on the other hand, can push your heart into the danger zone. “Anger triggers an adrenaline response that reduces blood flow to the arteries,” says Donna Arnett, PhD, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. “Strenuous exercise in this state is incredibly taxing on the heart.”  An Australian study found that the risk of a heart attack was more than eight times higher when patients had been very angry in two hours before the onset of symptoms, while another recent study showed that the risk tripled in those who experienced anger and heavy exertion in the hour before. read more -->

True or False – Day 2

Day 2

Which of these is not a risk factor for heart disease?
A. High blood pressure ___
B. Obesity___
C. Migraines ____
D. Smoking ____
E. Diabetes_____

Answer: Trick question…they all might be. You can probably rattle off most risk factors by…well, heart, with the possible exception of migraines.  But a Harvard study of more than 100,000 women recently found that migraine sufferers were 50 percent likelier to have a heart attack, a stroke, or fatal heart disease, regardless of other risk factors, Genetics, hormones and inflammation are all possible culprits, but “the short answer is that we do not yet know what precise mechanism causes this,” says lead researcher Tobias Kurth, MD, adjunct professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. read more -->

True or False? What do you know?

Over the next week I will be sharing “true or false” health questions.  Let me know what you think!  These came from O Magazine and I thought you would find them interesting and informative!

Day 1:
For each pair of breakfast foods, circle the option with less sodium per serving.”

Cornflakes or shredded wheat ___
Greek yogurt or cottage cheese___
Whole wheat toast or a bagel

Answer:
Shredded wheat, Greek yogurt, and whole wheat toast all contain significantly less sodium per serving than the other options. Why should you care? Americans consume more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day on average far above the American Heart Association’s recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams and nearly double its ideal limit of 1,500. “All that sodium can raise blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease,” explains Cheryl Anderson, PhD, an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.  Try to eat mostly fresh food, and always check labels.  Choosing foods that contain only one milligram of sodium per calorie or less- no more than 100 milligrams in a 100- calorie food, for example- can help you stay within healthy limits, say Anderson. read more -->

Aging & The Throwaway Culture Continued

Let’s hear it for our fabulous over 60 crowd!!

The question is, how do we all come out of the closet and say to the many who have ignored us, “I am here! I have valuable information to share, ideas & perspectives that might change the directions our society is taking”?  Aging is magnificent – let’s live it to the fullest.

Families, now further apart, often look at their parents as obsolete or having suddenly gone “stupid” with minimal value to offer. While they have no patience for us, perhaps we can teach them that patience is a virtue that took us years to acquire. read more -->

Delicious Snack Balls

Here is a yummy snack that can fill you up with healthy food and give you more energy and protein to keep you from hunger and carb cravings.  ENJOY!!

1 C nut butter – smooth peanut, almond or my favorite sunflower & honey butter – buy organic

1 C Quality vanilla protein powder – my choice is either Energizing Soy or Life Plan Shake by Shaklee

1/4-1/3 C local honey to taste

1/4 C dried fruit – cranberry, cut up dates, raisins all work well

1/4 C chopped walnuts, pecans, or cashews read more -->

How Important are Conversations?

How important is a conversation?   What does that even mean?

Conversation takes on many aspects in building relationships,  setting goals,  fulfilling desires, raising children, enjoying family, discussing health issues and just life in general.

Yes, we are talking conversation…not yelling and debating. You want these conversations to lead you to a positive outcome…raising and discussing questions that will help you understand where you are and where you really want to be or where the other person in the conversation is or wants to be. read more -->

Who wouldn’t want to feel energetic and be healthy at any age?

Yikes!  Did someone say, “How would you like to feel at 40, 50, 60, 70, even 80 and beyond?  Good grief –  80?  What have you done to prepare????   Hey!  Best to start today so you can be known, like me,  as the energetic grandparent who runs circles around so many of those younger.

All kidding aside, who wouldn’t want to lead a happy, energetic & healthy life until it is time to kick off!!

Ok, let me push myself to the front of the line.  What have I done?  Where did I start? There is a funny commercial out where a person says if I just eat this one piece of broccoli I will be healthy, then it cuts to a person lifting a weight one time and says,  “Just think if I just lift this weight one time, I will be healthy”. NOT SO FAST!!   As we grow older I believe we need to find different ways to keep our immune system strong to fight off disease, exercise to stay limber and flexible, supplements to keep our bones, mind, muscles and body strong.  You can feel great no matter what your age! read more -->