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March, 2008 - Issue #41
Relieve Joint Pain with Eucalyptus
Therapeutic-grade peppermint and eucalyptus are anti-spasmodic and very effective at relieving joint pain, muscle pain and arthritis. Additionally, therapeutic-grade rosemary increases circulation and lavender relaxes the muscles. These oils blended together in a base oil, such as grapeseed, can be massaged on the body to provide fast pain relief without any side effects. Note: therapeutic-grade oils must be used for such massage treatments, as scents do not provide therapeutic benefits.
resource: Gail White of Saje Wellness 799-7722


Re-train your Body and Recoup from Injury with Pilates
By developing proper technique, you can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion which is invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and overall health. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions and most are low impact and partially weight bearing, making the exercises extremely safe, but still challenging. Get the workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.
resource: Carrie Laisch of The Pilates Pros 295-0700 www.thepilatespros.com


Tension Headaches Dramatically Reduced by Acupuncture
According to an article published in the British Medical Journal in July 2005, a randomized controlled trial in Germany found that acupuncture cut tension headache rates almost in half. Those receiving the traditional acupuncture reported headache rates of nearly half that of those who received no treatments, suffering seven fewer days of headaches. When they received acupuncture after the main study period, the "no treatment" group also reported significantly fewer headache days. The improvements continued for months after the treatments were concluded, rising slightly as time went on.
resource: Kathleen Kenneally, L.Ac., Kenneally Acupuncture & Healing Light Center 252-4100


Early Detection Key to Survival
Your annual mammogram is the single most effective method of early detection; it can identify cancer several years before physical symptoms develop. The chances of survival greatly improve from 50 percent to 90 percent when discovered early enough. Now, more and more, health insurance companies have made it so wellness tests aren't subject to your deductible.
resource: Loreen Worden, exclusive Allstate and Blue Cross Provider 298-5011

Wine and Good Cholesterol
It has been well documented that moderate amounts of alcohol can raise your good cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) and thin your blood. This is considered one of the primary cardiovascular benefits from wine. Nonalcoholic phytochemicals in wine, such as flavanoids and resveratrol, act as antioxidants and prevent molecules known as "free radicals" from causing cellular damage in the body. Resveratrol has also been shown to prevent blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries by altering lipid profiles and plasma viscosity. Moderation is the key.
resource: All Corked Up 799-7979


Designer Feet for Designer Shoes Now Possible
Aesthetic foot surgery is the solution for painful or ugly feet. Dr. Ali Sadrieh has pioneered new techniques that allow patients to enjoy shorter and virtually pain-free recovery periods and takes pride in his usage of minimal incisions for natural, aesthetically-pleasing results.
resource: Dr. Sadrieh, DPM of Beverly Hills Physicians 800-788-1416
www.beverlyhillsphysicians.com
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