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BY LISA BERTAGNOLI
How to look, If you feel uncomfortable
and feel, great naked, rest assured: You have
plenty of company.
in the body
Most women unfairly judge
their own bodies by the stan-
nature gave you dards of fashion models, whose
figures account for only 2 per-
cent of the female forms out
there. That means that 98 per-
cent of American women look in
the mirror every day and wish
fervently they had any body but
Change it via a drastic diet or
cosmetic surgery? That’s old-
school thinking. A new wave of
experts has a message for women:
Learn to love with the body you
have, because it’s a far more
beautiful than you think.
“Don’t waste a single minute
worrying that your butt is too big
– life is too short,” says Carson
Kressley, host of Lifetime TV’s
“How To Look Good Naked,” a
reality show that airs Friday
nights at 9pm EST. Kressley, who
gained fame as one of the hosts
of “Queer Eye for the Straight
Guy,” has turned his attention
on women with a lifelong habit
of hating their bodies. Kressley
first helps women understand
that they’re gorgeous just the
way they are, and then shows
them how to make that beauty
Kressley spends five days with
each woman, unearthing the rea-
sons for her body loathing (Mom
and grade school are major cul-
prits); bolstering her self-esteem
with great-fitting bras, flattering
clothing, a spa day, a new haircut
and makeup (“the cliché
makeover thing,” Kressley says);
and finally talking her into a
Carson Kressley, nude – yes, nude – photo shoot.
center, host of
“It’s about the experience of
“How to Look shedding layers ... about getting
Good Naked” with out of the casket of bad self-
the curvy women image,” Kressley says.
he hopes to Kressley and other love-your-
inspire self-as-you-are experts have solid,
sensible advice for women who
Health Mind and Body 5
hate the bodies nature gave them. The
Lingerie for Every Body
first step, they say, is getting past
whomever or whatever planted the
Watching Kressley’s show may help
some women, but others may need a
professional’s help. Once that first (and Fans of “How To Look Good Naked” understand that just
high) psychological hurdle is cleared, as all bodies are not created equal, neither is lingerie.
it’s time to start focusing on your high- Certain cuts and styles look better on some bodies than
lights and ignoring your flaws.
“Our critical eye is very dark,” says others. Here’s a quick guide:
Laure Redmond, Portland, Ore., a ther-
apist and author of “Feel Good Naked:
10 No-Diet Secrets to a Fabulous BRAS: A padded, plunging bra flatters and enhances most figures, especially pear
Body” (Fair Winds Press, 2001). and rectangle (no defined waist) shapes. Inverted triangles (broad shoulders, slim hips)
Nobody really knows what she looks
will benefit from a supportive, full-cup bra with wide shoulder straps, says Denise
like, Redmond explains. Mirrors distort
images, and harsh lighting exaggerates Fraser, lingerie buyer for Figleaves.com, an online lingerie retailer.
and even creates imperfections.
Redmond also urges women to
understand that Rubenesque is not a BOTTOMS: “Most women look best in a thong,” says Renee Ambriz, Chicago,
four-letter word. “Women were meant owner of Enchante, a lingerie boutique. The ultra-confident can wear a string thong;
to have breasts, thighs, buttocks and
hips,” Redmond says. Her favorite real- other women might feel more comfortable in a tanga, which is made of lace, or a
ity check is to page through art and Brazilian, which has more fabric than a tanga. Boy shorts provide the illusion of cover-
photography books that depict real
women’s forms. age, but in reality make women with ample hips look hippier.
Redmond also begs women to
embrace their physicality. If you have LOUNGEWEAR: For those romantic evenings at home, a chemise (or slip) with
the health and strength to garden, run,
or pick up and comfort a crying child, a mid-thigh length is comfortable and flattering, especially with spaghetti straps and a
then, she advises, feel grateful for your low-cut back.
healthy body, a gift not all people
For more practical advice, experts SLEEPWEAR: A silk, menswear-style sleep shirt is fetchingly sexy. It’s the shop’s
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have bra-fitters) is a start; clothes that from the rib cage to the hips.
accent your figure highlights seal the
More practical advice? Water. Start LINGERIE COLOR: Black, naturally. “It’s most flattering for women’s skin
drinking it if you don’t, and drink even tones,” Ambriz says. Men, she says, buy women red lingerie – and women always
more if you do. Water “cuts down on
exchange it for black. “I fill the store with color and black sells,” she says.
puffiness and gives you energy,” says
Lois Miller, regional group fitness direc-
tor for Crunch Fitness, a New York- pushups for upper arms, bicycle crunch- back, rib cage up, stomach in.
based chain of gyms. Water also helps es for abs and lunges and squats for legs And, while you’re at it, practice just
your skin tone, she adds. – will provide the tone and definition being naked. Prance around a little in
Miller also recommends moving that comes in oh-so-handy during your underwear before you get ready to
around; the more you move your body, those naked times. work, or fold the laundry in your birth-
the faster you’ll build body awareness Last but not least? Stand up straight. day suit.
and acceptance. Light exercise that Really: A slouch can add 10 pounds to “Get comfortable with your body, be
works the major muscle groups – your look. So lift your chin. Shoulders at peace with it,” Kressley says.
6 Health Mind and Body
Rewarding ways to help the environment
BY BEN LARRISON while saving an average of $30 in elec- ... more of the norm, especially as more
CTW Features tric costs over the course of the bulb’s municipalities around the country are
Nowadays, all the talk is about going life. And ask your power companies adopting zero-waste goals and banning
green. But can you get in on the eco- about renewable energies such as wind the use of plastic bags.”
friendly movement without devastating or solar power in your area. Try to shop locally, especially when it
your wallet? The answer is an emphatic Malten also suggests keeping your comes to food – the energy used in
yes. tires properly inflated, which improves a shipping food from distant countries to
Matt Malten, assistant vice chancel- car’s fuel mileage (and saves you your supermarket is a major drain on
lor for campus sustainability at money on gas), or, if possible, either the environment. Also, buying items with
Washington University in St. Louis, walking, biking or taking mass transit. less packaging is a great way to reduce
recently unveiled a list of easy ways to Other tips include only running dish- waste.
reduce your carbon footprint and, better washers and washing machines when Finally, Malten says, planting a tree
yet, save some money while doing it. they’re full, shutting down and unplug- in the backyard is a great way to offset
To start, replace your incandescent ging electronics when you’re not using carbon emissions for years to come.
light bulbs with compact fluorescent them, ditching bottled water for filtered “While reducing energy will cut our
bulbs (CFLs). While they are slightly H2O from the tap and bringing your own carbon emissions, it also is important to
more expensive to buy, CFLs use bags with you to the supermarket. restore more natural ‘sinks’ that capture
around 75 percent less energy and last “Not only are reusable bags more carbon,” he says. “Planting trees and
10 times longer than incandescents all sustainable,” Malten says, “they are also perennials are an easy place to start.”
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making a difference in society
Health Mind and Body 9
BY JAMIE JONES All they see is what comes in a bottle. will have a conference center to host
firstname.lastname@example.org But there’s a lot more that we’re going health symposiums on various topics.
A pharmacist’s job entails more to be able to offer than just the tradi- Although Richards has offered flu and
than just “putting pills in a bottle.” tional medications, which is a part of pneumonia shots, he will also offer an
For Jim Richards, owner of Corner pharmacy, but we’re going to take expanded adult immunization clinic
Drugs and Compounding Center in that and go a lot further.” to include a shingles vaccine and
Chatsworth, being a pharmacist In the current facility, there is only shots for the Human Pamplona Virus.
means being a teacher as well. about 400 square feet of front display “I think we can be a wealth of
Corner Drugs and Compounding space while the rest is the pharmacy health education resources,” Richards
Center will soon move into an and offices. Richards plans to expand said.
expanded 6,600-square-foot facility, the durable medical equipment offer- Richards hopes to address the
about six times the size of the current ings, which currently include hospital nationwide obesity problem.
business at 430 N. Third Ave. beds, wheelchairs and crutches. He “The couch potato mentality is
Richards said the new building will will also have a high-end nutrition really taking its toll,” Richards said.
allow for an increase in products and area with certain organic foods and “It’s estimated that in 10 years that
services. It will also give customers a health supplements. half of children will have diabetes
glimpse into the pharmacy profession. “GNC has all of these products, because of the lack of exercise and
The new facility will be behind the but they don’t have any expert insulin resistance that comes from
existing building. advice, whereas you talk to a pharma- that.”
“Our compounding room will kind cist that has a minimum of six years Richards, a Dalton native, graduat-
of be on display with windows so peo- of education, four years specifically in ed from Southeast High School in
ple can see what we’re doing in health,” Richards said. “That’s one 1989. His interest in becoming a
there,” Richards said. “We’re letting thing that I think we’ll be able to pharmacist developed during his high
people know what we do because offer.” school years while taking care of his
we’re behind the counter and nobody He also hopes to be a central loca- grandmother, who had diabetes.
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really taking its toll.
It’s estimated that
in 10 years that
half of children
will have diabetes
because of the
lack of exercise
comes from that.
she was kind of my inspiration,”
He graduated from Mercer
University pharmacy school in 1995
and worked at several local pharma-
cies before settling in at Corner
Drugs in 2001. Three years later, the
opportunity to buy the business arose.
“My goal and ambition was to
always own my own pharmacy, and
this chance presented itself,”
Richards said. “I bought the business
when I was 30. I just have an entre-
preneurial spirit in doing things my
own way. Whether right or wrong, I
had to bear the consequences of it
and had to be successful. There was
an awful lot of risk involved.”
So what does Richards like most
about his job?
“I enjoy people,” Richards said.
“Being able to converse and help
people appealed to me. I enjoy the
business aspect as well. As far as
pharmacy, I just enjoy people.
Business has been good and
Chatsworth has been good to me. To
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There’s no avoiding it: Americans have become
fully entrenched in a snacking culture. But to
avoid the calories, it’s important to snack smart.
Health Mind and Body 13
BY JEFF SCHNAUFER up. Americans spent $6.3 billion for rise to nearly 70 missed morning
CTW Features “on-the-go” snacks in 2003, and meals per person by 2008 despite
Like many Americans, Leslie this figure is expected to increase by the fact that more than 90 percent
Salmon-Zhu always is on the go – 30 percent – to $8.2 billion – with- of Americans consider breakfast the
whether she’s running her two chil- in the next several years, according most important meal of the day.
dren to school, helping her mother to the market research firm And while inherently healthier
or jetting around the globe as a Packaged Facts, Rockville, Md. On snacks – food bars, yogurt snacks
graphic recorder. She often finds average, Americans consume 2.5 and nuts – were the Top 3 dollar
herself eating small meals through- snacks per day, according to the gainers from 2001 to 2005, these
out the day, or grazing, to keep her 2007 International Food categories are only one-quarter to
energy up. Information Council (IFIC) Food & one-half the size of the two largest
“For me, it’s really important to Health Survey. Nearly one out of snack categories by total 2005 dol-
keep my brain energy,” says five Americans snacks four times lar sales: salty snacks (23 percent of
Salmon-Zhu, 52, San Leandro, per day or more. total sales) and snack candy (21
Calif., who has been snacking regu- But unlike Salmon-Zhu, who percent), according to Packaged
larly for 30 years. “(With) any type carefully considers the portions, Facts.
of mental work, it’s almost like you nutrition and spacing of her snacks So it’s no surprise that health
need something every two hours.” and other meals, many Americans and nutrition experts say many
With the growth of the grazing aren’t snacking smart. Americans have yet to learn that
generation since the early 1990s, According to Packaged Facts, more food choices and eating more
many food companies continue to snacking has become so prevalent often does not always translate into
launch new products aimed at that a third of Americans regularly healthy snacking habits.
Americans on the move, from 100- skip meals, often grazing on snack “I think for a lot of people who
calorie snack packs to energy bars foods as a substitute. Americans have weight problems, exposing
and other pre-packaged snacks. skipped an average of 62 breakfasts them to more food cues during the
And we continue to gobble them per year in 2003, and this total will day is probably going to be more
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problematic,” says Dr. Barbara Rolls, attention to how much they are eat- But, she adds, if 100-calorie snack
a Penn State University (College ing and what they are eating,” says packs “gets people eating in smaller
Station) nutrition professor and Dr. Ann Albright, president of portions, it’s a step in the right
author of “The Volumetrics Eating health care and education for the direction.”
Plan”(Harper Paperacks, 2007). American Diabetes Association, Misdirection, however, is one of
“Your body has adapted quiet nicely Alexandria, Va. the perils consumers face when it
to eating three meals per day. This Making the right choices isn’t comes to snack food labels. Many
idea that you need to keep eating all always easy. Take the latest grazing snack products advertise themselves
the time to even things out is kind craze: 100-calorie snack packs. as low-fat, sugar-free or containing
of strange, especially if you have While Albright says 100-calorie no added sugar.
food there all the time to tempt packs are good for making “Sugar-free does not mean calorie-
you.” Americans think of portion control, free,” Albright says.
Yet grazing can be helpful, says they aren’t a magic bullet. “It’s sort Budgeting your calories through-
Rolls and other experts, for those of a magic number that Nabisco out the day, Albright says, is one
who want to avoid big calorie boosts picked,” she says. “You have to look key to maximizing your grazing. To
that can translate into body fat. And at what you are eating.” do so, you should be able to under-
with the rising number of diabetics “I was speaking to a group of peo- stand food labels. The American
in the country, grazing can help peo- ple and someone said, ‘I love 100- Diabetes Association’s Web site
ple maintain healthy blood sugar calorie snack packs.’ And they had (www.diabetes.org) has a virtual
levels. The American Diabetes eaten three of them,” recalls Bonnie grocery tour that helps people to
Association recommends a moderate Taub-Dix, spokeswoman for the check the calories and ingredients
breakfast, small snack, moderate to American Dietetic Association, on many food labels, enabling them
small lunch, an afternoon snack and Chicago. “A lot of people don’t to assemble their own snack packs
a moderate to small dinner each day. think about that. If they eat three of before they leave for work, school,
“I think when you are looking at them, that’s still 300 calories. I really etc. The United States Department
grazing as a concept it does help peo- have to caution people that just of Agriculture’s National Nutrient
ple look at portion control and can because it’s in a smaller package Database Web site
help people lose weight if they pay doesn’t mean it’s a health food.” (www.ars.usda.gov/ Services/docs)
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A BETTER SNACK
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ing and assembling your own
Salmon-Zhu is one of those who
makes her own snack pack. A hypo-
glycemic, she manages it with exer- 1) EAT BIGGER PORTIONS OF LOWER CALORIE FOODS
cise, snacks and water. “If you have a 100-calorie snack, you get 10 large jelly beans,” Rolls
“It’s easy,” Salmon-Zhu says of explains. “If you choose strawberries, you get 2-3/4 cups.”
preparing snacks. “I just use little
containers and throw snacks in
them. I do a lot of toasting – pecans,
almonds, sunflower and pumpkin 2) YOU CAN GO WRONG WITH VEGETABLES
seeds. I don’t add salt. Toasting alone “If you have a 100-calorie snack, you get 10 large jelly beans,” Rolls
brings out the flavor of them and explains. “If you choose strawberries, you get 2-3/4 cups.”
makes them taste yummier.”
Salmon-Zhu also drinks a lot of
water, which she says “satiates some- 3) COMBINE LEAN PROTEINS WITH WHOLE GRAIN CARBS
thing that feels like hunger, not “Some examples of this might be almond butter and a piece of whole
thirst. To be honest, water for me is grain bread,” Taub-Dix says. “Or a piece of high fiber cereal with milk. Or
almost a snack.” a whole grain cracker with part skim or low-fat cheese.”
If only more people thought that
way, says Taub-Dix.
“Some people eat because they are 4) NOT ALL FAT IS BAD FOR YOU
bored, tired or mistake hunger for “Nuts have healthy fats in them,” says Rolls, who recommends
thirst,” she says. “Really, the best almonds in sensible portions. Avoid products with coconut and palm oil,
line of defense if you are really not Albright says, which contain higher, unhealthy saturated fats.”
hungry is to drink a beverage. It
could be a hot mug of tea, water with
lemon or coffee with milk. It could
also be a low-calorie hot cocoa. 5) DON’T GET TOO SWEET
Those are all things you can have “Try a piece of fruit. You can go with apples, strawberries, oranges and
that are like speed bumps that pre- bananas, but watch out for too much sugar,” Albright says. “They also
vent you from eating when you really make fruit cups that are packed in water. Don’t get the ones packed in
don’t need to, or eating what you syrup. It just ups the sugar content.”
really don’t need to eat.”
Avoiding foods that are too Rolls says. “What’s in our paths are and fulfilled.”
tempting is another key to grazing, candy bars. That’s what’s in the Grazing in the Salmon-Zhu
lest it lead to overeating. vending machine in the hallway.” household is already heading into
“Foods they have to avoid are the And yet there are those who, the next generation. With the help
ones they can’t eat a small portion somehow miraculously, can get of extended family, her two daugh-
of,” Rolls says. “It’s going to be dif- through the entire day without a sin- ters are eating three sit-down meals
ferent for different people.” gle snack. per day, plus healthy snacks as often
Rolls suggest eating bigger por- “I had a grandfather who never as they need.
tions of lower calorie foods. snacked all his life and just had three “We have on the table pre-cut
“If you eat, say even a tiny bit of a squares a day,” Taub-Dix says. “That apples, nuts and healthy organic
piece of chocolate, it packs so many was his metabolism. He was active crackers,” Salmon-Zhu says. “They’re
calories into a gram of food. It’s very and he walked. I think a lot depends there all the time. And in the refrig-
easy to overeat,” Rolls says. “For cel- upon your body type and what you erator are whole-milk baby yogurts.
ery sticks, for the same amount of do.” My girls are 6 and 7 years old. I
calories, you get 15 to 20 times the The trait was not passed along to think it fulfills their natural growing
amount of food.” Taub-Dix. process of needing to eat, run and
Of course, planning ahead is the “I am a grazer,” she says. “I always play. It gives them consistent energy.
key. found that during the course of the To be honest, it kind of makes them
“I think it’s hard for people to go day, if I had snacks that were peaceful. They never say they’re
out and forage for carrot sticks,” healthy, it just kept me more stable hungry.”
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may seem like its polar opposites are can’t imagine enduring an entire the warrior” – focuses primarily on
cropping up everywhere. spinning class, spinners intimidated the martial and yogic arts. As a long-
Crunch Fitness members spin and by yoga and even those who have time teacher and advanced practi-
stretch in one 75-minute class. “You never done either class. tioner of both, Shayne realized that
get the best of both,” says Jess Plus, it helps people maximize the two arts complemented each
Gronholm, yoga director for Crunch their workouts in as little time as pos- other.
Fitness, New York City. “It’s a real sible, which is especially helpful in “I put them together into one sin-
ride class. You build that energy up, the “go, go, go” cities where Crunch gle expression that you would get the
and then there’s this release at the Fitness has locations, such as New benefits of both from, but then you
end with the yoga class.” York, Chicago and Los Angeles, he get a single method expression that
Attendees switch from the spin notes. “In 75 minutes, they get their that combines both ideologies,” he
studio to the yoga studio midway cardio, they get their flexibility train- says.
through the class for postures focusing ing and then they’re out of there.” Budokon practice sessions begin
on areas where bikers have the most When Cameron Shayne, Santa and end with meditation, with yoga
issues, such as the hips, hamstrings Monica, Calif., created Budokon, he poses and martial arts techniques
and shoulders, he notes. realized people sought an accelerated sandwiched in between. Although
Most are fairly basic: “It’s not like experience that allowed them to sessions are sequenced in a way that
we’re doing crow or handstands or reach self-awareness quickly and effi- the poses and techniques flow,
headstands,” Gronholm adds. “We ciently. Most don’t have the time to Shayne encourages his teachers to
wanted to create a class that is as not spare and won’t take the time neces- stop and teach, not just take people
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from “posture to posture to posture.”
“We try to infuse our philosophy
throughout the entire experience,” he
STUDY AIMS TO DETERMINE YOGA’S
says. “They’re learning about the art
and the practice as they move
BENEFITS TO BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS
Practices only last up to an hour
and a half, Shayne notes, because he’s The Ohio State University Medical Center is setting out to prove what many
filtered the vague and impractical breast cancer survivors have long suspected: Yoga helps strengthen the immune
system as well as the bodies of those recovering from the disease.
from both arts, leaving only “what
The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md., will examine
really works.” Much focuses on the effects of consistent yoga practice on women who have completed treatment
strengthening and balancing the for one of three stages of breast cancer. The 250 women in the study will take two
lower and upper torso, leaving practi- 90-minute yoga classes each week. Blood tests before, during and after will deter-
tioners physically strong and agile and mine if yoga alters immune response and affects fatigue in participants, according
psychologically aware of the reactions to researchers.
of their body and mind, he says. Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University,
“We’ve been described before as New York City, have already proven that yoga can benefit ethnic minority breast
yoga on steroids,” Shayne adds. cancer survivors, primarily African-Americans and Hispanics, as well as women
Those are words that will likely living in underserved communities.
never be used to describe yoga- The study found that yoga had the greatest effect on the social functioning of
these women, as it helped them overcome the loneliness and isolation commonly
inspired Gyrotonic, equipment based
experienced following diagnosis.
on movement system Gyrokinesis.
Both were developed by former- — CTW Features
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inactive master trainer of Gyrotonic, honey,” he says. apart.
New York City. It’s more the words than the pos- “People think, ‘Oh yoga, it’s chant-
Gyrotonic has no endpoint, he tures that differ in Sage Rountree’s ing and stretching and putting your
explains. Instead, the pathways on yoga for runners course. “I take the feet behind your head,’” Rountree
the equipment are circles and spirals yoga teacher aspect of my personality says. “But it can be a very challenging
that allow for movements of constant and combine with it the language I core workout if you find the right
fluidity with no interruptions. Joints know as a coach and as an athlete class.”
are allowed to move in every possible myself,” says Rountree, Chapel Hill, Yoga for runners also teaches
direction that the body is capable of N.C., yoga instructor, triathlon coach much-needed mental focus, an impor-
moving, Aversa notes. and author of “The Athlete’s Guide tant element of distance runs and
“It’s designed to release and open to Yoga: An Integrated Approach to sprints, she adds. Both yoga and run-
the body. It actually accelerates what Strength, Flexibility and Focus” ning take an athlete to the edge of
yoga would do,” he says. “A lot of (VeloPress, 2007). intensity, to a point that’s manageably
yoga people find that they can go fur- Yoga postures work wonders for intense, and yoga shows how to use
ther in their yoga much faster because runners because they help with flexi- breathing to remain relaxed and effi-
the equipment has helped to open up bility and in undoing the tightness cient.
and strengthen their body.” that comes with the repetitive motion “People are surprised at how
Increased strength comes from of running, explains Rountree. They much mental focus it takes to get
Gyrotonic’s constant resistance, also build core strength and teach through a yoga class, and how that
which Aversa likens to swimming. proper alignment, which runners can directly applies to their sport,”
“It’s almost like you’re stirring recall when their form begins to fall Rountree says.
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Know warning signs of a stroke
A slight tingle, a brief moment of last less stroke within two years of their TIA
blurred vision, a few tongue twisted than 24 Q: What are the symptoms of
words, a light dizzy spell — all of hours TIA?
these things are easy to shake off with before dis- A: It is very important to recognize
little or no thought. But what you do appearing. the warning signs of a TIA or stroke.
not realize is that you may have just White TIA symptoms are the same as those
experienced the first warning sign of a TIAs do of a stroke, but only temporary.
stroke, also known as a transient Robert Pedersen not gener- Someone having a TIA or stroke may
ischemic attack (TIA). ally cause experience one or more of the follow-
The signs and symptoms of a permanent brain damage, they are a ing symptoms:
stroke are easy to recognize when serious warning sign of a stroke and • Sudden numbness or weakness of
they are severe, but when minor should not be ignored. the face, arm, leg (especially on one
symptoms disappear after a short peri- More than one-third of people side of the body)
od of time or with rest, people do not who have experienced a TIA will • Sudden confusion, trouble speak-
realize the risk involved with ignoring have an actual stroke. ing or understanding
these symptoms. • 5 percent of people will have a • Sudden trouble seeing in one or
stroke within two days of their TIA both eyes
Q&A with Dr. Robert • 11 percent of people will have a • Sudden trouble walking, dizzi-
Pedersen, neurologist stroke within 90 days of their TIA ness, loss of balance or coordination
• 14 percent of people will have a
Q: What is TIA? • Sudden severe headache with no
stroke within one year of their TIA
A: A transient ischemic attack known cause
• 20 percent of people will have
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dictors of a stroke. Do not ignore them! If
symptoms appear, even for a short time,
call 911. When brought into the emer-
gency room by ambulance, Hamilton
Medical Center’s Code Stroke Team is
waiting to begin evaluation and treatment.
A doctor should determine if a TIA or
stroke has occurred, or if it is another med-
ical problem with similar symptoms. It is
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Prompt medical or surgical attention to
these symptoms can prevent a fatal or dis-
abling stroke from occurring.
Q: What causes TIA?
A: Blood vessels carry blood throughout
the body. When a blood vessel in the brain
becomes blocked for a short period of time,
the blood flow to that area of the brain
slows or stops. The lack of blood and oxy-
gen often leads to temporary symptoms
such as slurred speech or blurred vision.
TIAs are usually caused by one of three
• Low blood flow at a narrow part of a
major artery carrying blood to the brain,
such as the carotid artery
• A blood clot in another part of the
body, such as the heart, which breaks off,
travels to the brain, and blocks a blood
vessel in the brain
• Narrowing of the smaller blood vessel
in the brain, blocking blood flow for a
short period of time — sometimes caused
by plaque build up
Q: How can TIA be managed?
A: The goal is to prevent a future and in
stroke. The choice of medicine and thera-
py used depends on the exact cause of a
TIA. In addition to lifestyle changes such
as diet and exercise, your doctor may rec-
ommend medication to treat high blood
pressure or high cholesterol.
Ask your doctor about the best stroke
prevention options for you. Then take BY DANA CARMAN Somewhere down the line,
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weight gain is a social thing,” says Dr. you want to do is pick on the person. hard,” Ryan says, which is why you
Sarah Catanese, Ph.D., instructor of During the discussion have solutions have a partner in good eating.
psychiatry and behavioral sciences at ready and, most of all, be a part of
Northwestern University’s Feinberg those solutions. “Come up with a Your Workout or Mine?
School of Medicine, Evanston, Ill. plan,” Goldsmith says. “Don’t just Exercise is essential to a healthy
“With relationships you get comfort- give a command or make a com- lifestyle, but not all workouts have to
able and you’re probably more likely plaint. Say, ‘Here’s what we are going be done together. Identifying your
to let some of your eating habits and to do.’”
goals can help you find ways to work
out together, as well as apart. And
Relationships also are time-con- Plan for Two, Eat for One that’s OK.
suming. We all want to spend more Monique Ryan, registered dietitian
time with that special someone, but Running is how Paumier and
and author of “Sports Nutrition for
schedules are so tight it’s hard to fit Biscamp stay fit – in fact, it’s how
Endurance Athletes” (2nd ed., Velo
in a commitment to good health on they met. They run together once or
Press, 2007) feels people just don’t
top of a commitment to your guy or twice a week and do their other runs
know how to cook anymore, which
gal. But getting on the path to better on their own. “Running together is
leads to a lot of takeout. Couples who
health and fitness as a couple pro- are all thumbs in the kitchen may good motivation and for feeling like
vides you ample opportunities to be want to consider consulting a nutri- we worked through something
together – most importantly, in the tionist. When Ryan works with cou- together,” Paumier says. “Running on
form of longer lives. ples, it’s largely about education – our own is a way to build up our indi-
teaching them about correct portion vidual confidence and is time to
Tipping the Scales sizes, how to eat out healthily, creat- reflect on our thoughts. Both are
“I don’t think anyone intentionally ing meal plans and starting with sim- important to us.”
says, ‘Now I can get fat,’ but we start ple recipes. For some couples, however, athlet-
to feel good about who we’re with in Concocting a meal plan for the ics may not be the norm, so working
our lives,” says Dr. Barton Goldsmith, week works well for Boulder, Colo., out together will provide much-need-
Ph.D., author of “Emotional Fitness residents Rebecca Heaton and hus- ed motivation, support and encour-
for Couples” (New Harbinger band, Shaun McGrath. “Every week I agement as you both settle into this
Publications, 2005) about why cou- put together a general menu where I new lifestyle. Rising in popularity is
ples may pack on a few pounds. pick out four to five meals and then the use of the personal trainer for
It’s hard to acknowledge to yourself go shopping for the ingredients,” group workouts as it’s cheaper than
when clothes start to feel too tight, Heaton says. “It’s not like we have individual sessions.
but when you notice weight gain on a dish A on Monday, dish B on Personal trainer Lisa Dougherty,
partner, it may seem easier, wiser and Tuesday, but we have options so we owner of Whole Body Fitness,
downright safer to ignore it rather can make choices depending on our Orange County, Calif., often tailors
than answer the ever-dreaded, “Do I food mood and how much time we workouts to the individual even when
look fat in this?” with a “Maybe?” have to cook.” couples exercise together. “You can
Though difficult to fathom, bring- Chicago resident Jessica Paumier develop a program that works for
ing a partner’s weight gain to his or and her fiancé, Lewis Biscamp, try to both, even if the goals are different,”
her attention is something you should create healthy combinations on their she says. She frequently sees clients
do, but with a lot of sensitivity. “This joint grocery shopping trips. “We def-
with separate fitness needs but who
is such a delicate thing,” Goldsmith initely work hard at eating right,”
simply want to spend more time
says. “It’s not about weight issues Paumier says. And while they try to
today. It’s about health issues. You be good influences on each other,
Regardless of the activity and
should say to your partner, ‘I love you they share the occasional indulgence.
and I want you to be around to see “It’s a balancing act,” she says, “but whether you exercise together or not,
our children graduate.’ That’s the we both have the same goal of being it’s important that you’re in agree-
least toxic way of bringing it up, by healthy.” ment. “If you want and need to exer-
saying, ‘Honey, this is a health issue. I Eating healthier doesn’t mean it’s cise alone, by all means you get to do
want you to be healthy.’” all tofu and sprouts. Make meal plan- that, but not to the exclusion of your
Catanese also suggests asking ques- ning and cooking something fun for partner,” Goldsmith says.
tions to raise your partner’s awareness. both of you. Pick a day to shop and So whether it’s a long walk on
For example, “Have you noticed make it routine. You can make meals weekends or a weekly tennis match,
you’re getting breathless going up the or prep them in advance. Regardless make a point to incorporate each
stairs?” of what scenario works best for you, other into a fitness routine if you’re
Both Catanese and Goldsmith it’s important you’re both on board. not already. And enjoy a long,
agree, however, that the last thing “Changing habits and behaviors is healthy life – together.
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BY DAWN KLINGENSMITH plex yoga poses, spending time minus take time for themselves – they see it
CTW Features friends and family boosts productivi- as robbing time from their family,”
Renee Baker is the principal viola ty, promotes health and ultimately Haltzman says. “Men often neglect
player and personnel manager for the improves relationships, says Dr. Scott themselves because their sense of
Chicago Sinfonietta, so her schedule Haltzman, assistant professor of psy- identity is so tied up with work and
is packed with practices, meetings chiatry and human behavior at being good providers.”
and performances. But if her daily to- Brown University,Providence, R.I. But as life balance coach Terri
do lists are longer than most, work But prioritizing and scheduling Levine, New Wales, Pa., tells her
obligations aren’t the only reason. alone time can be challenging. clients, you can’t afford not to take
Each day, along with her tasks, she “Between work and family, people time for yourself. “If you don’t put
writes down and checks off activities think they’re too busy,” Haltzman your own oxygen mask on first and
that detach her from the work world says. But if you reflect back on times take time to breathe, you can’t help
– soaking in the tub, reading a book, when you were stressed, maybe you others,” she says.
writing in her journal, sipping tea. overlooked something at work, mis- And others will be less motivated
“Spending time by myself is right placed your keys or blew up at a to help you.
up there with eating,” says Baker, loved one and had to make amends. “The people around us are sensi-
who also is a wife and mother. “My “You easily spend an hour a day pick- tive to the stress we’re experiencing
alone time is non-negotiable. It ing up the pieces when you aren’t at even though we try not to show it,”
recharges my batteries so I’m more your best.” Haltzman says. “Couples are pretty
efficient at managing the rest of my So why not prevent such setbacks fine-tuned to where their partner is
life.” in the first place by slowing down emotionally. When your partner
Baker has the right idea about and enjoying a moment alone? senses your stress, it’s like a barome-
solitude and efficiency. Be it taking a “Often, women take on more ter detecting a low-pressure system –
bubble bath, doodling in a sketch- responsibility in the household, and you know there’s a storm coming. In
book or bending your body into com- they feel selfish and guilty if they an ideal world, your partner would
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reach out to you and help you de- dite healing. as developing your inner da Vinci.
stress.” Another meaningful way to be “Getting a pedicure is more than
But in reality, your spouse or sig- alone is doing something you enjoy shaving down a callus,” Haltzman
nificant other might assume an emo- and excel at but seldom have time to says. “There’s a meditative aspect to
tional “duck and cover” position by do, says Suzanne Zoglio, a it, a pampering aspect to it, a sense of
withdrawing or pushing you away. Doylestown, Pa., psychologist and taking care of yourself. But there
When you have a sunnier disposi- author of “Recharge in Minutes: The should be a balance. You shouldn’t
tion, folks around you,
including co-workers, are
more attracted to you.
“They’re more inclined to
pitch in and help you,”
Haltzman says. “You actu-
ally form alliances that
enable you to get things
done and keep your stress
Try blocking off some
time alone, Levine says,
but make sure that it does-
n’t become just another
to-do item. “Look at your
calendar and figure out
when you can spare a few
moments for yourself, and
then set an alarm as a
reminder,” she says. “I’m a
big proponent of using
starting with 15 minutes
each day “when all you “Often, women take on more responsibility in
do is be quiet and still,”
or you can engage in the household, and they feel selfish and guilty
calming activities like
writing in a journal, lis- if they take time for themselves – they see it
tening to music, going for
a walk or practicing a rit- as robbing time from their family. Men often
Haltzman suggests neglect themselves because their sense of
going over your weekly
routine, as well as your identity is so tied up with work and being
budget, to see what
adjustments you can good providers.”
make. Perhaps you can
hire a house cleaner or
use a grocery-delivery service to free Quick-lift Way to Less Stress, More just focus on external improvement.”
up some time, or eliminate volunteer Success and Renewed Energy” (Tower If family members infringe on your
activities you don’t find rewarding. Hill Press, 2004). “When we’re alone time, Haltzman recommends
Levine equates quality alone time engaged and using our strengths, we telling them you need occasional soli-
with quiet contemplation, and there are happiest and most refreshed,” tude to become a better parent or
have been many studies, most Zoglio says. Paint, dance, arrange spouse. “They might feel like they’re
notably by Harvard Medical School flowers, bake – whatever makes time missing out at first,” he says, “but if
researchers, in which mindfulness, fly when you’re doing it. you get the message out that this will
meditation and prayer have been Or, if pondering and painting benefit them in the long run, they’ll
shown to reduce blood pressure, aren’t your thing, indulging your probably back off and give you some
increase immune response and expe- inner diva can be just as worthwhile space.”
28 Health Mind and Body
Friday’s insemination, our second tight deadline to boot was even more vibrating razor against the new stone
such infertility procedure, was a daunting. As of today we are enter- countertop, the buzz intensified by
comic disaster that was an unfortu- ing the eighteenth month of our the hard surface. It had only been a
nate blend of Lucy Ricardo at the attempted conception, and we didn’t month since we replaced two tires fol-
chocolate factory and an insipid need extra sleep to put us any further lowing an unfixable flat and now,
Adam Sandler comedy. To start our behind schedule. with a sample to produce and dead-
day, Constance unconsciously turned When Constance came back inside line to meet, our car, much like our
off the alarm clock and when we from taking out the dogs I was getting spirits, once again had deflated.
woke up at 6:30 a.m., thirty minutes ready for the day, slamming bottles of “Well, I definitely can’t do the sample
before the sample had to be at the lotion to underscore my displeasure until the tire is fixed because I don’t
lab, I flew off the hook. I wasn’t with her alarm clock failings. know how long it will take. We can’t
exactly stoked about creating my sam- “We have a flat tire,” she said. leave the semen out for too long.”
ple to begin with, but doing it with a “Again?” I groaned, slamming my And, thanks to the boys at the tire
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place, the lug nuts were put on so tightly that it took me
1/2-hour to change the tire. Constance called Dr. Reya, who
told us the latest we could bring the sample to the lab in
order to complete the insemination was 8:30. The time
stood at 7:30 once the tire was changed, so I rushed inside,
slightly sweaty and body weary, to do the deed in record
We made it to the lab by 8:05, and the place was packed.
After helping one patient, the sole woman registering
patients stopped to make what would prove to be a boister-
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semen in the waiting room, eventually tucking it between a
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“Can I help you?” she asked. Breast cancer affects us all.
“Yes, I have a time-sensitive sample to deliver,” I said. It affects our mothers, sisters, wives and friends.
It affects people of every age, sex and race,
“Sir, please take a number and I’ll be with you shortly, she
and is the leading cancer among white and
said, clutching the phone to her ear and shielding the African-American women.
mouthpiece with her free hand. pink is everyone’s color.
“I have a number, actually, what I need is to get this sam-
ple to my doctor.”
“Sir, they just say it’s time sensitive to make sure you get
it here ASAP. Please wait your turn and I’ll be right with
you.” Eight minutes later, semen in-hand, I finally checked
in and deposited my sample.
After a trip to Jamba Juice for breakfast, where we
received free wheat grass shots from a rule-breaking server
trying to right our bad day, we returned to Dr. Reya’s office
for the procedure. Unlike the first time the catheter didn’t
go right in, and a clamp was needed. Once it was done, Dr.
Reya told Constance to stay on her back for fifteen minutes.
She also said she’d be right back to discuss my last semen
“Well, the morphology is great,” she said. “Thirty-five
Specializing in the treatment of benign
percent, and anything above fifteen percent is a fine. Your and malignant diseases of the breast.
motility is fine, too, as is the volume and the number of
sperm swimming in the right direction. The problem is the
count. This time, it was only two million, and we’re looking
for a count between twenty and eighty million to conceive.”
“That’s so odd,” Constance said. “Last time you had it
done it was sixty million, and that was only ten months ago,
“Yeah,” I said. “Everything was fine then.” Eric R. Manahan, M.D., F.A.C.S.,
But now it’s not and everything is different. It could be a Medical Director
varicocele or it could be something unknown. I’m now tak- Steven Paynter, M.D., F.A.C.S.
ing everything natural known to help right the ship, includ-
ing daily doses of bee pollen, Kombucha tea and more vita- Richard Fromm, M.D., F.A.C.S.
mins than one human should consume in a single mouthful. W. Christopher Sutterfield, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Now, if this insemination doesn’t work, I have to go in for
blood work and another awkward urological exam.
But hey, at least I got a free wheat grass shot out of it, am (706) 217-2265
I right? Am I right?
Ah, what’s the use – I know I’m not right … 1504 Broadrick Drive • Dalton
Organic skin-care lines are
almost as popular as their
edible counterparts, but if
you’re not ingesting it, why
pay more? Because beauty —
and health — are skin deep
Health Mind and Body 31
BY BETH KUJAWSKI ingredients” must contain at least 75- boasts ‘natural’ ingredients, that’s no
CTW Features percent organic materials. guarantee that it’s organic,” Baumann
As with organic food, organic skin- “Organic consumers are just as says. The only standard for “natural”
care products aren’t new, they’ve just interested in what their products do is that the ingredient is not signifi-
gone mainstream. When you opt for not contain as in what they do con- cantly altered from its original state,
organics, not only your skin benefits tain.” says Dr. Leslie Baumann, direc- but natural ingredients are not held
but also the planet. The plants used tor of the University of Miami to organic standards, meaning natural
to make organic skin-care products Cosmetic Center and author of “The products may contain GMOs, pesti-
are grown without synthetic pesti- Skin Type Solution” (Bantam, 2006). cides, herbicides or other chemicals.
cides, hormones, genetically modified “The organic label assures that the So should you run to your bath-
organisms (GMOs) or other chemi- key cleansing and conditioning ingre- room and toss everything in the
cals. dients are derived from organically trash? Not necessarily. But it’s worth
But with aisles of personal prod- grown plant products.” your time to read the ingredients in
ucts, how do you know what to look Products from other countries carry products and understand what it is
for? different certifications. Kirstin Binder, you’re putting on your skin.
Manufacturers are allowed to label founder and president of Saffron Environmental Working Group’s Skin
their products as organic based on Rouge (www.saffronrouge.com and Deep cosmetic safety database
ingredient thresholds established by www.saffronrouge.ca), an online (www.cosmeticdatabase.com) rates
the National Organic Program of the source for organic skin care products the safety of ingredients in nearly
USDA and the National Organic from around the world, recommends 25,000 products. Once you know the
Standard for Canada. Products consumers check that their products relative safety of your current stash,
labeled “100-percent organic” must carry certifications such as BDIH you can decide whether or not to try
contain 100-percent, certified-organic (Germany), Cosmébio by Ecocert some products that contain organic
ingredients. “Organic” products must (France), the Soil Association (UK), ingredients.
contain at least 95-percent, certified- AIAB (Italy), Eco-Garantie After all, your skin is your body’s
organic ingredients. These two cate- (Belgium) and NASAA (Australia). largest organ and works both ways –
gories of products are eligible to dis- “Natural,” however, is not the through secretion and absorption.
play the USDA’s organic seal. same as “organic.” “If you find a prod- Some products are pore-blocking
Products labeled “Made with organic uct that claims to be ‘natural’ or (comedogenic) and prevent your skin
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from adequately secreting toxins from concentrations of parabens in breast food-grade ingredients, so while you
your system. Likewise, your skin cancer tissue.” probably wouldn’t want to eat them,
absorbs what you apply to it, so it Baumann points out that “on aver- in most instances, you could.
makes sense to avoid potentially age, women use seven or more skin, “Organic skin care is developed using
harmful ingredients. hair and beauty products per day. The nature’s plants,” Binder says. “Plants
Not every ingredient that’s hard to ingredients in those various products naturally contain minerals, vitamins,
pronounce is bad for you, but Binder could potentially interact or lead to a essential fatty acids and antioxidants,
of Saffron Rouge recommends avoid- higher combined rate of exposure to all the things that feed your skin and
ing these 10 in general: certain ingredients.” help your skin to renew. When you’re
1. Chlorophensin But we’re all exposed to many using organic plants, you’re ensuring
2. Diazolidinyl urea chemicals from many sources every that no residual chemicals are enter-
3. Parabens (Ethyl-, Methyl-, day, from food to air pollutants to ing your skin.”
Butyl-, Propylparaben) household products. “This makes it Yes, organic products cost more,
4. Carbomer hard for each of us to assess our own but you get what you pay for, and you
5. Propylene glycol particular health-care risks,” Baumann can’t put a price on wellness.
6. Petrolatum/mineral oil says. “That’s why many organic con- “My health and my skin are always
7. Triethanolamine (TEA) sumers choose to limit chemical expo- my first investment,” says Kelley
8. D&C colors (synthetic) sures as a precaution, including in West, Chicago, an independent com-
9. Synthetic fragrance their topical care.” munications consultant and longtime
10. 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3- Of course, the health of your skin user of organic skin care. “Organic
diol (bronopol) doesn’t just come from a jar. What food in the body, organic products on
“Parabens are used in many cos- you put in your body has an even the body. That’s just the natural law
metics and skin-, hair- and body-care greater effect on your skin’s health in my world. Whoever said ‘Beauty is
products and can sometimes produce than what you put on it, but the two only skin deep’ couldn’t have been
allergic reactions,” Baumann says. work in tandem. more wrong. You create and maintain
“One controversial study found high Organic skin-care products contain beauty within and without.”
Need a Physician?
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Family Practice Family Practice
Call (706) 517-3770
for an appointment
We all like choices. But until recently, when it came to
improving your vision, choices were limited - glasses and
contacts. Today there are great, new safe and affordable
Quality Care From Our
options to help you and your family see better.
Call Professional Eye Associates today to ﬁnd out more.
706-226-2020 Family To Yours
109 W. Gordon Street, Dalton, GA.
Option Line 800-395-HELP (4357)
Q What services do you provide
to our community?
Q Is there a fee for these services?
A We educate through our sexual abstinence
program, “You Are Unique.” This program
A All clients are served free of charge.
Where area medical professionals
is available to schools, churches, and
other organizations for teaching the value
of sexual abstinence prior to marriage. We
educate the youth in our community on
how to build healthy relationships,
Q How do you gain funding to provide
decision making and character building.
We provide parenting classes during and Our existence relies upon financial
after pregnancy through our Earn While support of local churches, businesses
You Learn Program. Women have the
opportunity to earn credits that they can
use to “purchase” materials like maternity
and baby clothes, blankets, diapers,
formula and other much needed supplies.
Q How can I help?
Lessons include videos and worksheets
with a number of topics to choose from.
We help by providing women with
A You can offer help in a loving and caring
manner in one or more of the following
pregnancy tests, ultrasound scans, and
material support such as maternity * Volunteer Counselor
clothes, baby clothes, strollers, cribs, baby * Abstinence Presenter/Helper
food, formula and just about anything that * Church Liaison
a mother might need for a new baby or * Receptionist
toddler. * Newsletter
* Board Member
* Office Help
* Financial Support
* Building Maintenance
Who do you serve? * Fundraising
* Baby-Items/Equipment Donations
A We are an outreach to all families in our
community. All of our support is provided
by trained and compassionate volunteers.
* Faithful Friend - $10 month minimum
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• Provides an unlimited ambulatory
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• Allows greater mobility than other
traditional oxygen modalities
• Ideal for travel
• Fosters independence for ambulatory
• Patient Convenience Pack offers a
continuous flow option at 2 lpm
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Respiratory Therapist on staff to assist in patient care
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412 North Park Drive, Dalton • (706) 226-0520
Think HDTV is cool?
Just watch what happens when MRI goes high-def.
Gordon Hospital’s new HD MRI is here.
High Deﬁnition Magnetic Resonance Imaging is the most advanced
MRI technology available. And now it’s available right here in our
community — at Gordon Hospital. Much like HDTV, HD MRI gives
physicians a clearer, more highly defined image of problem
areas, which can lead to a more accurate diagnosis. We even
have on-staff specialists who allow us to take full advantage of this new technology.
To learn more about our new HD MRI, call Gordon Hospital at 706.602.7800.
It’s one more way we’re here for you.