Now that M & Meera are in Boston, I worry less (about the house, yard or anything else) and explore culinary creations. Here is an all-natural Red Juice loaded with important nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. [Read more...]
In this simple study, researchers demonstrated that steel toe capped work boots can prevent serious injury to the forefoot. The researchers fitted regular or steel toe work boots on cadaver feet and dropped 150 lbs on each foot. Ouch! Steel toe capped work boots (pic right) reduced the number of fractures in the foot by more than half compared to regular work boots (pic left). [Read more...]
- Call 911
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest, without interrupting
- Push deeply, about 100 times per minute. That’s faster than three times every two seconds
- Do NOT be afraid, your actions can only help
- Look around and invite your friends or other onlookers to help
- Continue until trained Emergency Personnel arrive
In developed countries, pap smears are used to detect cervical cancers, but these tests are not available for poor women in developing countries. Brushing the cervix with household vinegar turns cancerous and precancerous lesions pale white within a few minutes. The lesions can then be immediately frozen using metal rod cooled by a tank of carbon dioxide, which is readily available from any soda plant.
This cheap and easy screening test called VIA/cryo has recently been endorsed by the World Health Organization.
Read More & pic from: Fighting Cervical Cancer With Vinegar and Ingenuity, New York Times
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The Plank is one of my favorite exercises in the Gym. Here’s my write-up cross-posted from Aches & Joints.
The core is commonly thought of as only your abs, but consists of multiple muscle groups in your abdomen, back and pelvis. Core muscles are engaged during all activities requiring a coordinated movement of the upper and lower body. They generate the force and power required for many activities, while simultaneously playing a foundational role in stabilizing the torso.
Our modern sedentary lifestyle does nothing to working these important core muscles and over time result in their weakening, and the consequent injuries from seemingly simple tasks.]
There are various ways to strengthen these core muscles. The PLANK, for instance, is easy to perform, effective and appropriate for any age and fitness level. With no special equipment, the plank can be performed on a carpeted floor or mat in your living room, in the gym between sets of other exercises, or at the end of a workout. Also, the plank literally only takes a minute!
In performing the plank, you hold a steady position by isometrically contracting the deep stabilizing abdominal muscles (transverse abdominus), while keeping the lower back (erector spinae and multifidi) stable, fighting fatigue and simultaneously building endurance. This exercise is not appropriate if you have any shoulder weakness or injury.
Step by Step: How to perform and hold the Plank
- Have a wrist watch or clock nearby to track time
- Start with palms on the floor, shoulder distance apart (see above), then lower to forearms only with and elbows directly below the shoulders as demonstrated below
- It may be easier for many to start with knees and elbows on a mat
- Extend legs back, one at a time, straightening the knees and balancing on your toes
- Keep your body straight as a plank (see below)
- Relax your neck and look down at the floor
- As you fatigue, there will be a tendency for your hips to sag. Squeeze your deep abdominal muscles and glutes, and hold your hips in line with the rest of the body
- For starters, hold the position for 30 seconds and work up to 60 seconds or longer
- Rest on your knees; when ready, repeat plank for two additional sets
For a more challenging workout: In the plank position, alternately lift and move each leg outwards (see demonstration below)
The Plank was demonstrated by Julie Schlenkerman, certified personal trainer at the Clubs at Charles River Park, Boston, MA.
Julie is an avid runner and ran the 2009 Boston Marathon in 3:16:14!
Here is wishing Julie the very best for the Boston Marathon tomorrow.
Run Julie Run!
From My Archives: Simple exercises & Related articles
- Video: How to do a Pec Fly and Chest Press
- Video: Abs Express – Aphrodisiac Abs in 15 minutes
- How to do Interval Training on a Treadmill
- Heel-Leg Stretch for Plantar Fasciitis
- Scapular Exercises for Stronger Shoulders
- Heel & Achilles Tendon Stretch
cross-posted from Aches & Joints
What to do with Bunions? Better to leave them alone.
A bunion is a characteristically large bony bump at the base of the big toe. This alters the alignment of the bones, causing the base of the big toe to angle out and crowding the tops towards the smaller toes. Bunions can often be painful and cause swelling, making it difficult to find comfortably fitting shoes. The big toe pushing against the smaller toes can result in irritation of the skin, forming painful calluses.
Bunions occur more frequently in women and can occur in children as well. Although some footwear can contribute to the deformity, it is not the sole cause. “People who develop bunions often have an underlying predisposition to acquire them, such as a family member who may have them, overly mobile joints, or a disease such as rheumatoid arthritis,” explains Dr A Holly Johnson, Foot & Ankle Surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Traumatic injuries to feet or toes can also result in bunions. Bunions can occur in people with flatfeet (or over pronation) and may involve deformities of the smaller toes, such as hammer toes.
Left: X-ray of normal foot while standing. Right: Foot with a bunion, also called hallux valgus. Notice the bony protuberance and the large angle at the base of the big toe. The top of the big toe is seen crowding towards the smaller toes. [Read more...]
I don’t do weights! But my trainer friends urge me to build muscle tone. “It will help your running,” they argue. I do anything which helps my running.
If you are a runner, sooner or later you will encounter heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis. While there is no cure, simple exercises can take care of it.
Plantar fascia is the tissue band running along the bottom of the foot. Excessive walking, running, or irritation can inflame the tissues, causing severe heel pain. See my previous article on Treating Heel Pain with simple exercises. Here is another, very effective heel-leg stretch. Similar to others, this stretch takes less than 2 minutes. [Read more...]
No, he was not trying to hijack the BEST bus in Mumbai; he was terrified about the nasty virus causing swine flu!
But that makeshift mask in a crowded bus surely got me panicky. Should I be around Mumbai using public transportation, where the buses and trains are stuffed tighter than, … than, … mumbaikars in buses and trains? And when I had Meera with me?
During my August visit to Mumbai, everyone was in full “epidemic” mode. Even at the Airport! Before reaching immigration, we filled out personal history forms and the overworked health workers simply waved us on. I hope you feel reassured.
Headlines in city newspapers screamed at every cough and sniffle. The Mumbai city council finally ordered schools, colleges, tuition classes and many govt offices closed for 3 days. Private companies gave employees furlough to work from home! And this was supposed to be my vacation. We all came through fine, and a renewed interest in Ayurvedic attempts to strengthen the immune response. [Read more...]