Archive for October, 2009

Simple Flu Precautions

Wellness is so much more than the absence of disease, as we have shared previously. Wellness includes being proactive continually in so many areas of our daily lives.
With a broad spectrum of healthy living practices in mind, I share an email I received from a friend re: simple flu precautions. Seems to me, these suggestions would be helpful most any time.
“With the constant fear of H1N1 symptoms, the following measures can be practiced by one and all. This is an information which I just received from my father  who is a Consultant General Surgeon & Gastro-enterologist, based in India, and I do hope it could be beneficial to the students and their families alike.
Tamiflu does not kill but prevents H1N1 from further proliferation till the virus limits itself in about 1-2 weeks (its natural cycle). H1N1, like other Influenza A viruses, only infects the upper respiratory tract and proliferates (only) there. The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/ throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection,in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps – not fully highlighted in most official communications – can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):
1. Frequent hand-washing.
2. “Hands-off-the-face approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).
3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms.  Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.

5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc/bioflavonoids to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

All these are simple ways to prevent, within means of most households, and  certainly much less painful than to wait in long queues outside public hospitals.”

If you are open to other suggestions for improving your body’s immune system, send me a note:

Be proactive and have a healthy fall and winter!


But I’ve tried this before!

Over the past eleven years, I have watched some people respond very quickly to the changes they needed to make in order to get what they want- and what do you know, they got what they wanted!

Others have ‘tried a new routine or program’ but they can’t seem to stick with it. Others try something new every few weeks, knowing they need to do something different, but never seeming to find the right “something.”

It sounds like some people have been living the definition of insanity: continuing to do the same thing, and expecting different results.

So if we have indeed come to grips with the necessity of change to actually get something different from what we have- whether professionally, relationally, financially, emotionally, spiritually- why can’t we actually DO things differently?

Let me share something personally that is making me change how I’m thinking and even spending money. On July 17, in Gilbert, AZ, our first grandson, Greyson, was born. When I made the airline ticket reservation in early summer, I got a great deal on a round trip ticket. When I made the ticket reservation for this October trip, the cost was almost 50% more. I hesitated…it seemed like quite a bit more…but I had made a commitment to visit every two months (kids grow and change so quickly!)… and so the debate went  in my mind. Interesting though, this was a very short debate.


Consider these sentiments expressed by Michael Oliver, a business consultant and author in a recent newsletter.

So where does the desire come from?

Well, essentially the desire to change comes from being sufficiently dissatisfied with present circumstances and being prepared to do something about it.

This desire comes primarily from an inner emotional need, not the obvious outer need such as “needing more money.”

Oliver was talking about the intense desire necessary to make the decision to start your own business. I believe the same intensity is necessary for any change.

In my case, the necessary change was parting with more money than planned.

And guess what?

I made the decision to purchase the ticket.

You see, my dissatisfaction with my distance from Greyson, and my ability to assist my kids when Erin went back to work, was great, and I was prepared to do something about it.

In my business training, we talk about having a strong WHY, strong enough to carry you through the days when ‘the cost seems too high.’

What about you?

What change have you been putting off…better eating choices, more activity, losing inches, losing pounds, more emotional balance, more family time, providing better for your family…?

Here are two great questions to ask yourself:

What will it cost me if I don’t ——-?

What rewards will I get if I do—-?

Let me know how it goes.

If there is anything I can do to help, just let me know:; 614.888.6508.

Age is not an excuse!

Last week-end I visited my Mom in La Grange, IL. We celebrated Mom’s 87th birthday.

I am so proud of her!

She lives in a retirement center on her own, in her own two-bedroom cottage. She is in great shape. She unofficially heads up a crew of mobile residents at the main building who helps transport wheelchair-bound residents to various activities. She also helps out with the weekly program to the resident Alzheimer’s patients, teaching them patiently, for example, about plant cuttings that she has prepared for them to grow in their own little pots.

Mom has a daily and weekly activity and social routine that I encourage her to keep even when I visit. She has a lesson twice weekly in the therapeutic pool with an instructor and does activities in the pool on her own before her lesson. She participates daily in two back-to-back exercise classes along with 10-20 other residents. She leads the group on Saturday, so that the group only takes one day a week off! She walks on a regular basis.

Mom can still drive, so she participates in weekly senior activities at her church as well as in the community. She attends church services and a weekly evening Bible study (one with homework!) as well. She always has a couple of projects going on: collecting calendars, Christmas cards and stamps for prisoners; collecting used Bibles and Christian literature for an overseas ministry…you get the idea!

When I visited this last time, I talked to a couple of women in the exercise class, asking them why they were so committed to attending. They both answered that when they are regular they get tremendous benefits- less stiffness in their joints, overall feeling better- and they can feel it when they miss class. Excellent!

The large exercise area is next to a room with a number of machines, including a bicycle, treadmill, and other fitness equipment. As I was finishing on the treadmill, a couple came in (Mom’s age), George using a rolling walker, his wife walking on her own. George slipped out from behind his walker, personalized the settings, and got moving on the bicycle. His wife waited for me to finish, and then she got started with her workout.

This kind of activity happens daily. I congratulate each one for taking personal responsibility for his health.  The physical benefit is obvious.

With this group of seniors, there are a number of social and emotional benefits as well. The residents in the classes and activities look out for each other, notice when someone is not around for a couple of days, and provide that extra safety net of friends that is so important for everyone.

You know, the physical, social and emotional benefits of exercise don’t just happen for seniors!

Are you committed to moving purposefully each day? Don’t wait until a doctor says you must. Take responsibility now. Think about Ruth and her friends in La Grange. Remember, age is not an excuse to not participate!