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Luge or Skeleton?

Friday, September 5th, 2014

I went out to the OTC to learn and see what the world’s best had to offer in terms of treatment. I wanted to see the best of best athletes and feel their energy and their general vibe while they get ready to compete. In my journey, I learned something much greater.

It all started with a sweet girl with flaming red hair. She had had eight surgeries, lost her dad to cancer, got into an accident, broke up with her significant other, all in the months leading up to the Olympics.

What did she do?

She competed in the Olympics and almost medaled. I met her 9 weeks after her 9th surgery. It was a particularly nasty surgery and extremely painful both surgically and for recovery. She has been in pain every day for the past nine weeks and this is her second surgery of this type. And yet, she has this radiant smile and loves people and fights to get back into her sport. Of course, she couldn’t pick a safe sport like archery or curling. She chose skeleton.

I never really knew much about skeleton until I met her. I have now come to learn that you are on your stomach, flying forward, head first, trying your best to hold your head up to see what is coming. It is scary and the athletes have to overcome that fear with every practice and every competition. When I was treating my new red headed friend, she didn’t really like the terms face up or face down or on your back or on your stomach. She prefers to have everything in her life as a positive. She said when I want her on her back, say luge and when I want her on her stomach, say skeleton. I agreed without giving it much thought at the time.

What I see now is that even though both sports are extremely dangerous and you really never know what is coming, the only thing you can do in life is to hold your head up. Even when you crash, you can recover and it is time to once again hold your head up and see what is flying at you from around the bend.

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How to Get Over the Winter Blues

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Many people suffer from something called seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as SAD,  this time of year.  Your body wants to sleep more and do less when there is less natural light.  Many people also get depressed from the lack of light. You release more melatonin, which is a hormone that puts you to sleep.  After summer we lose approximately one minute of light every day until December 21.  On that day, we will start to gain approximately one minute of light each day until the summer solstice, Friday June 21.  Until then, it is possible to make yourself feel better from the winter blues. Here’s how:

1.  Get a happy light! Otherwise known as a full-spectrum light bulb, these lights act as a sunshine stimulator.  There are many different full spectrum lights- some that can easily replace a light bulb in your home and others are full units that can be installed into your home to simulate actual lighting.  Verilux makes some great full-spectrum lights but you can literally google “Happy light” and hundreds of options from prices of $20.00 to $5,000.00 will present themselves.  More expensive isn’t necessarily better.

2.  Exercise three times a week, for twenty minutes at a time. This stimulates endorphin production and release. Endorphins actually have an inverse relationship with melatonin, waking you up.  The more endorphins you have, the easier it will be for you to combat SAD.

3.  Eat foods that are in season.  Each food is designed to help give you the proper balance of nutrients and minerals for adjusting to the weather patterns.  Fall squashes and pumpkins actually have components that help your body adapt to the winter.  Butternut squash soup is one of my favorites.  In fact, here is my favorite recipe.

  • 2 large butternut squash (about 4 1/2 lbs.) or 4 lbs. peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 cloves garlic (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt plus more to taste
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth

Preparation:

  1. Halve, seed, peel, and cube the butternut squash. Set aside.
  2. Halve, peel, and chop the onion.  Mince the garlic, if you like.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the butter or oil and the chopped onion. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Add the squash and the broth. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the squash is very tender, about 20 minutes.
  6. Transfer small batches to a blender. Hold a kitchen towel over the top (to prevent burns) and whirl until completely and utterly smooth, 2 to 3 minutes per batch.
  7. Return the soup to the pot and add more salt to taste.

 

Staying Healthy This Winter

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Want to stay healthy this season?

Here are three very easy things you can do to stay healthy for the holidays

1.Take Vit. D, 2,000 I.U. at the very least. Sure, your skin makes Vitamin D but almost no one makes enough of it. The darker your skin is, the melanocytes you have.  The more melanocytes you have, the more Vitamin D you are making but in the winter, there is just not enough sun to make enough. In fact, even in the summer most people do not make enough.  Vitamin D is extremely important to your immune system and it encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous, which then build bone.

Data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), USA found that 9% (7.6 million) of children across the USA, was vitamin D deficient (defined as less than 15 ng/mL of blood), while another 61 percent, or 50.8 million, was vitamin D insufficient 15 to 29 ng/mL

2. If you feel sick, Gargle with salt water.  Salt kills over 50% of the world’ bacteria because they can’t live in a salt environment.  It also exfoliates the throat and helps to clear all of the mucous out of it.Just like you exfoliate the outside of your skin with scrubs, the inside needs some scrubbing too!

3. Take a probiotic that IS NOT IN YOGURT.  Yogurt is a mucous-producer and it is a great environment for bacteria, both good and bad. It also stuffs your sinuses up.  You want to take acidophilus that is not in dairy products.

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