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Exercise and Illness

                                                  The Benefits of Exercise for Terminal Illness

                                                                        by Melanie Bowen

If you are suffering from a chronic or terminal illness, you could notice significant and wonderful results from exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Although a doctor’s care can greatly improve your quality of life, traditional treatments can have negative effects on your overall health. Prescription medications can come with a myriad of detrimental side effects, such as fatigue, changes in mood, weight gain, and more. A healthy lifestyle, combined with the right medication, can increase your life expectancy and improve your emotional state. 

Patients suffering from Mesothelioma greatly benefit from physical activity, provided that it doesn’t put too much stress on your lungs and your body. Since you have limited lung function, you may not be able to take up a rigorous sport like running. Walking, light strength training, or yoga might be a better choice for you. You should ask your health care professional for their advice concerning this matter. If you have to use an oxygen tank, you may think that you are limited to your home, but getting out of bed and stretching or even walking around the house can help prevent bedsores or blood clots. You should consult your doctor, who could recommend what you have the strength to handle or prescribe physical therapy. Physical activity can help increase your appetite, ease aching joints, and do wonders for your emotional state.

Exercise can significantly help Rheumatoid arthritis patients as well. Before you take on an exercise program, you should check with your rheumatologist to make sure you are physically fit to participate in certain activities. A great place to start when looking into starting an exercise program is the People With Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE). Gentle physical activities, like stretching, Tai Chi, and light strength training exercises can maintain your bone and muscle strength and can provide pain relief. 

Physical activity can help a great deal in managing Lupus. Fatigue is a very common symptom that Lupus patients suffer from, and exercise, no matter how rigorous, can make a big difference in your energy level! Exercise can also help alleviate the depression that often comes with the constant pain and joint stiffness that result from this chronic disease. Exercises that you can try include flexibility exercises (like yoga), cardiovascular exercise (like bicycling), and weight lifting (which can really help your joint health). Remember to talk to your doctor first so that he/she can make proper recommendations.

Don’t let the diagnosis of a chronic illness stop you from pursuing physical activity. It can truly improve your quality of life and make you a stronger person, physically and emotionally!

 

“Melanie Bowen is an awareness advocate for natural health and holistic therapies for cancer patients. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of different nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those with illness in her efforts to increase attentiveness and responsiveness on like topics” — Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

In Short Order – Oct 23, 2011 — Dr. David O. Carpenter

David O. Carpenter serves as director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at UAlbany’s School of Public Health. He previously served as director of the Wadsworth Laboratory of the New York State Department of Health. Carpenter was recently named to New York’s Renewable Energy Task Force, charged with implementing plans to reduce electricity use through new energy efficiency programs in industry and government. Carpenter, who received his doctorate from Harvard Medical School, has 220 publications, 37 reviews and book chapters and 12 other publications to his credit.

As an expert in this field, we will discuss with Dr. Carpenter the safety of cell phones, radiation, and other environmental toxins.

In Short Order — October 16th show

Our guest will be Victor Zeines, DDS  – author of Healthy Mouth — Healthy Body

Dr. Zeines has been practicing Holistic Dentistry for the past 25 years.  He received his degree from N.Y.C.  College of Dentistry and completed an internship at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester New York.

Dr. Zeines always believed that dentistry needed to do more then just “fix teeth.”

In 1980, he received a Masters in Science (Nutrition) from the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut.  He received Fellowship Status from the Academy of General Dentistry in 1982.  An early article by Dr. Zeines called “Nutritional Eases Dental Problems,” published in 1980, talks about the link regarding oral and systemic health.

Today, there is increased understanding of the impact of oral health on the rest of the body.  There is an increasing body of support for the multiple connections between oral health and total wellness.

There are more links between the practice of medical dentistry and medicine then ever before.  “We have always known that protecting the health of gums will help patients to keep not just their teeth, but their life,” says Dr. Zeines.  Unhealthy gum tissue leads to chronic infection and inflammation – and that is one of the most important concepts that has been developed in Dentistry in the past 50 years.  When inflammation is controlled, patients and physicians have a chance at controlling everything from heart disease to diabetes to successful pregnancy.

Dr. Zeines is the author of”Healthy Mouth Healthy Body” “Living A Longer Life- Naturally” and  “Your Tongue Never Lies”  He is also a contributing writer for Rodale’s The Herbal Drugstore, and he makes regular appearances on radio and television.  Dr. Zeines is one of the contributors of the film “Food Matters.”  Dr. Zeines hosts the “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body” show on NYTalkRadio.net.

A member of the Advisory Board of TheHolisticOption.com, Dr. Zeines uses a combination of homeopathy, kinesiology, nutrition and aromatic therapy along with bio-compatible materials in a gentle relaxed atmosphere.  Dr. Zeines uses non-surgical laser and nutritional techniques for treatment of periodontal problems.  His offices have been mercury free over  twenty five years.  Because of Dr. Zeines’ constant commitment to overall health, bridging dental health with medicine through collaboration with physicians is a natural next step.  Patients always benefit when all health care practitioners collaborate.  We look forward to building on that bridge.  Dr. Zeines practices in Manhattan and Woodstock, New York.