Meet The New Man In My Life

Do you publicly moan and groan, at least once in awhile, when things aren’t going as smoothly as you’d like?

You might have a bad cold or developed a big, bad cavity. Maybe the thermostat isn’t working on a bitter winter day.  Or UPS can’t locate the rug you ordered for the living room. When things like this happen, and you’re feeling under the weather or hate the weather, think about Santos.

doorI met 40-something Santos a few months ago, when he came to my new (old) house to draw up plans to build a kitchen, from scratch. Santos definitely has a way with wood. He created the striking kitchen on the parlor floor, two beautiful closets on the second, as well as new doors for every room (each in a different design). What’s more, he’s self taught, and one of the hardest working men I’ve ever met. He’s dedicated to his two sons and crazy about his six-month-old grandson. You should know, his life has not been easy, not easy at all.

Most recently, Santos was working on bringing back an ancient (1899) entry door in my house from the dead. Then he took ill and almost died himself.

Ignoring the pain he was feeling in his stomach, for a few weeks, Santos continued to work in his shop. He finally went to the doctor when he developed severe diarrhea and couldn’t keep food down. The doctor told him he had a stomach virus and prescribed antibiotics. A week later, Santos wasn’t feeling any better and the pain became so bad, he asked his son to take him to the hospital.

Santos spent over 12 hours in the ER, without complaining or demanding attention, despite his intense pain. He had blood tests and two CT scans. Around 10 pm, he was visited by two doctors, he recounted when I visited him earlier this week.

“Hello, I’m Dr. Berami, the surgeon,” one told Santos.

“And I’m Dr. Cartwright, the anesthesiologist,”  said the other.

“And I’m Santos, the carpenter,” answered Santos, with a chuckle, despite his intense pain.

The CT scans revealed that Santos’ small intestine was being telescoped into his large intestine.

The condition is called intussusception (most common in children), and if it wasn’t surgically fixed, pronto, the intestinal wall could lose its blood supply, develop gangrene and become perforated. Santos was so close to that point, the doctors took him into surgery at 1 am. He didn’t go into a tailspin about his situation or ask the doctors a litany of questions. “I know about wood and they know about operations,” Santos told me pragmatically. He trusted they’d do their job as well as he does his.

The operation lasted 3 ½ hours. Santos is looking–and feeling–stronger every day. He doesn’t yet know the biopsy results, but I have no doubt he’d handle a cancer diagnosis as well as he handles everything else. Practically.  Without fuss. Although he outwardly may act laid back, however, he’s a worry wart inside, which may have contributed to his current health problems. But, he’d rather spend positive energy on his family and the work he loves than on bemoaning his fate.

I am thankful Santos has become part of my life. The doctors told him he’ll probably have to spend another week in the hospital. Hopefully, he’ll be able to eat solid food by tomorrow, so I can bring him a homemade turkey dinner.

Join The Joint Movement

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I can assure you that the content is completely factual and valuable, and all opinions are totally my own!

I knew I was in trouble a couple of years ago, when it suddenly became harder to rise from the seat on the subway or get up off the floor after playing with my then one-year old grandson. I could no longer pop up from a chair or the ground. I needed my hands to help boost me into standing position. And, if I sat in a chair for a long time–say a few hours–my joints felt stiff when I got up!  Winter weather only made it all worse.

leadAlthough I knew my age was affecting my decreased flexibility, it took a little researching to find out exactly what was happening. Here’s the lowdown, according to Healthline.com: The smooth, rubbery connective tissue on the end of our bones, called cartilage, cushions our joints and helps them to move smoothly and easily, but it wears out with age, so we can’t spring up from the floor like we did when we’re 25. Decades of walking, exercising, and moving also take a toll on cartilage and, when it degenerates, our joints can become inflamed, causing mild soreness or aching when we stand, climb stairs, or exercise.

WAIT! There’s more:

Young woman with knee pain isolated on whiteWe lose muscle tone and bone strength the older we get, which can make physical tasks, even ones that were once second nature, more difficult and taxing on our body. Then there’s the winter. “Anything cold causes muscles, ligaments {fibrous connective tissue that holds together a joint}  and tendons {fibrous collagen tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone} to sort of tighten up, and that makes them stiffer,” said Dr. James Gladstone, co-chief of the Sports Medicine Service at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York to Weather.com.  

I also learned that I’d better start exercising, which didn’t mean trying to become Venus Williams. Low-impact exercise can help strengthen muscles, keep bones strong, and improve joint mobility, advised Dr. Peggy Yih, my internist. Yoga, bicycling and swimming are good because they’re easier on the joints. The 20 pounds I had gained during the preceding five years had to go, too!  Being overweight, or obese, puts additional stress on our joints, cartilage and bones, especially in our knees, not to mention it makes you less likely to be physically active.

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Knowledge is power, so I sprung into action.

Ensure-VannI’ve been doing cardio and weight-training an average of three times a week, over Skype, with Vann Duke, an exceptional coach. I lost 20 pounds (could probably lose 10 more), by eating healthier (exercising helps).  I take dietary supplements for vitamins I can’t sufficiently get from foods, including one that supports bone health.  

Most recently, I started taking Osteo Bi-Flex Joint Health & Muscle, which is especially formulated for exercise recovery, so I feel less stiff after intense sessions with Vann and walking up and down the two flights of stairs in my new (old) house multiple times a day. The capsules include tart cherry, an antioxidant that helps alleviate muscle soreness, Ester-C to boost enzymes for collagen formation, and Joint Shield, an exclusive ingredient for joint maintenance.

Osteo Bi-Flex is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for joint health and it is leading the call to empower us to keep physically active and enjoy the activities that make us happy, including playing on the floor with grandchildren and other little kids.

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The Joint Health & Muscle supplement I’m taking is part of a range of Osteo Bi-Flex products designed to address varying conditions, but all support joint health. Triple Strength, for example, is recommended for those of us who experience more joint stiffness. It supplies us with glucosamine and chondroitin, which are naturally occurring substances to help the body maintain fluid and flexibility in the joints, as well as build cartilage.  

I’ve been taking two capsules daily of Osteo Bi-Flex Joint Health & Muscle, for about three weeks, and absolutely do not feel uncomfortably stiff after sessions with Vann or climbing stairs all day long.  The package claims it “shows improved joint comfort within 7 days!” a claim to which I can personally attest.

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I urge you to check out the Osteo Bi-Flex website to learn more about your joint health, so you can keep up the lifestyle you want to live.

And you can follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter for more tips, insights from experts and stories from others who are enjoying the benefits of joints that work and feel better.

October is Joint Health Awareness Month, so this is the perfect time to join the joint movement!

Geri Meets PeriCoach, And Actually Has Fun Doing Kegel Exercises

I think of myself as a pretty self-disciplined person, at least when I want to be.

But, I’ve had to depend on outside resources to help me achieve a number of important goals: I went to a hypnotist to help me stop smoking over 30 years ago, and I haven’t smoked a single cigarette since (or even physically touched a cigarette); I signed up with a trainer almost two years ago, who specializes in getting people over 50 in tip-top shape, and my strength, balance and cardio endurance have definitely improved.

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Most recently, I turned to a smart, smart device, called PeriCoach, to help me train a group of muscles that Vann Duke, my trainer, doesn’t address:
my pelvic floor muscles.

productLike nearly 18 million women who leak when they laugh, sneeze, run or jump, I experience bladder incontinence. Mine is a result of a total hysterectomy in 1991, two childbirths, and menopause, which have thinned my vaginal tissue and weakened my pelvic muscles, as well as the ligaments which help support the bladder. These weakened structures can cause the bladder to shift downward, and prevent the urethra from closing properly, resulting in urine leakage during moments of physical stress like coughing, laughing, jumping, lifting or running. (more…)

The 5 Simplest Things You Can Do To Stay In Tip-Top Shape For A Long, Long Time!

Follow these recommendations and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll lose weight, become healthier and live LONGER. They’re not only invaluable; they’re easy to do.  Really, really easy. Get going today!

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Yep, I know that crisp bacon, pepperoni on your pizza, and hot dogs from the grill are yummy, but their saturated fat, nitrites, sodium, and even some carcinogens, aren’t going to do your ticker, or any other organ, any favors.

Countless studies have bashed or boosted red meat, but most of them have unequivocally determined that regularly eating processed beef is linked to chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. Consuming a portion of processed red meat every single day can boost your risk of premature death by up to 20 per cent, revealed a 28-year US study of over 120,000 participants, conducted by experts at the esteemed Harvard University.   (more…)

An Anti-Aging Pill– For Real

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No matter how many anti-aging lotions and potions I rub into my skin, it’s unlikely that I’m going to wake up one day soon, glance in the mirror, and see my 30-old-face staring back at me. But the burgeoning nutritional supplement market, estimated at a whopping $20+ billion, consistently promises it can help me live healthier–and feel younger. Although I’d be willing to keep my crow’s feet and laugh lines, in exchange for feeling as tip-top as I did decades ago, so many supplement claims seem downright absurd, even if Dr. Oz is making them!

It got my attention, however, when I heard that a Stanford-educated PhD, with his advanced degree in cancer biology, had discovered a vitamin that actually could reduce the effects of aging and prompt our cells to act like they did when we were younger. Was this for real?  

I wanted to learn more, so I arranged for an interview with Dr. Charles Brenner, the scientist, and asked him to explain his discovery in non-scientific terms. If a highly educated scientist hoped to teach me anything, he had to make it simple. Biology was my worst subject in high school!

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Is It Possible Scientists Have Actually Discovered An Anti-Aging Pill?

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No matter how many anti-aging lotions and potions I rub into my skin, it’s unlikely that I’m going to wake up one day soon, glance in the mirror, and see my 30-old-face staring back at me.  But the burgeoning nutritional supplement market, estimated at a whopping $20+ billion, consistently promises it can help me live healthier–and feel younger. Although I’d be willing to keep my crow’s feet and laugh lines, in exchange for feeling as tip-top as I did decades ago, so many supplement claims seem downright absurd, even if Dr. Oz is making them!

It got my attention, however, when I heard that a Stanford-educated PhD, with his advanced degree in cancer biology, had discovered a vitamin that actually could reduce the effects of aging and prompt our cells to act like they did when we were younger. Was this for real?  

I wanted to learn more, so I arranged for an interview with Dr. Charles Brenner, the scientist, and asked him to explain his discovery in non-scientific terms. If a highly educated scientist hoped to teach me anything, he had to make it simple. Biology was my worst 

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Lady Patch To The Rescue

FabOverFifty has partnered with Lady Patch to bring you a very important message about your bladder health!

My mother used to call me a “camel” because I could hold in my urine for hours on end. Then, one fine day a few years ago, I was alarmed to feel some leaking while I performed yoga poses in class! I forgot about it, until it happened again a few weeks later, when I sneezed during a walk with Rigby. I was reluctant to tell anyone, including my doctor, but I worried about what was going on.

When I broke down and saw the doctor, I learned I have a condition called “light bladder leakage,” or “urinary incontinence,” and that I was far from alone. LBL is extremely common, affecting as many as 30 percent of American women.

LBL Triggers

Besides stressors such as coughing, sneezing or exercise, many other factors can trigger bladder leakage, including (but not limited to) smoking, alcohol and caffeine, previous pregnancy and childbirth, hysterectomy, obesity and medical conditions including hypertension, vascular disease, urinary tract infections and diabetes.

As if all these aren’t enough, menopause is another culprit of LBL. Before menopause, estrogen keeps the bladder lining healthy and strengthens the pelvic muscles by stimulating blood flow to the pelvic region. Decreasing estrogen, however, weakens the connective tissues of the pelvis and urinary tract, which act as the supports to the bladder and urethra. This may prevent your pelvic muscles from keeping the opening of your bladder sealed, which invites unwanted leaks, especially when you cough, sneeze, or lift something heavy.

The capacity of the bladder also decreases as we age, forcing us to go to the restroom more frequently. It can sometimes even be tough to get to the toilet in time.

Enter Lady Patch

The clitoris is the powerhouse behind the nerves throughout our body’s entire pelvic floor. And now a strikingly simple–and clever–product, called Lady Patch, can be safely positioned on the clitoris with an adhesive back to help stimulate the nerves throughout the pelvic region, enhance pelvic muscle tone, and give you more control over your bladder and leaking. Wearing the small Lady Patch can be likened to applying pressure with your finger or crossing your legs. It works with your body.

The Regular Lady Patch is designed for everyday use, for travel or overnight, and the Active Lady Patch is best when doing activities like exercising, dancing and walking the dog, Both are completely drug free. The Lady Patch stays in place and I don’t feel a thing. I replace it about every six hours and then before bedtime. It is removed before sex.

product-revThe small Lady Patch is a cinch to apply by pressing its adhesive side directly onto the clitoris, above the labia. It stays in place and I don’t feel a thing. I replace it about every six hours and then before bedtime. It needs to be removed before sex.

With the summer travel season approaching, many of us will likely be spending more time in the car, on planes, and enjoying the great outdoors. I’m taking a long plane ride to Rome this week, and I know that my trusty new travel companion, Lady Patch, will keep me feeling secure and comfortable.

Learn more about Lady Patch here and try it today!

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The Most Significant Health Advice All Women 45+ MUST Hear!

If you are a woman in perimenopause (you’d be around your mid 40s), to 10 years post menopause (i.e. it’s been a maximum of 10 years since your last period), I implore you to read this article. It’s a long article, but it should take you only a short time to read. And, I promise it can help you maintain your health: Your HEART health, your BRAIN health, your BONE health, your SEXUAL health, and much, much more.

National Women’s Health Week begins Sunday, all the more reason to read it!

The content of this article is not based on my opinion; it is based on scientific evidence and on conversations with leading (and I mean leading) women’s health doctors in the US. I don’t mean OBGYNS who do yearly pap smears, examine your breasts, and send you on your merry way.

I mean doctors who understand exactly what happens to our bodies, from the moment we enter perimenopause (when our estrogen begins to diminish), through menopause, until we take our last breath. These doctors are completely devoted to helping us through these years, which can be the most physically and emotionally challenging in a woman’s life. They don’t just want to relieve us of hot flashes and decreased libido, which come with decreasing estrogen levels. They want to help us live our best lives possible, by preventing illnesses including heart disease, osteoporosis, and dementia, which also can come with lack of estrogen.

These doctors understand the influence of estrogen on 400 functions in a woman’s body. Yes, 400. I kid you not. And they understand why estrogen replacement therapy is critical to our health once our bodies stop making this queen of hormones.  

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The Conversation You Should Have With Your Gynecologist

Bet you and your gynecologist have NEVER had a conversation like this! Take a few minutes out of your day to hear what Dr. Alyssa Dweck and Geri are discussing.

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The Mistakes Most Doctors Are Making When It Comes To Chronic Illnesses

If Dr. Don Colbert practiced medicine in the New York area, instead of in Orlando, FL, I’d make him my primary physician. Unlike doctors who often dash off prescriptions for drugs to “treat” chronic diseases, Dr. Colbert maintains that simple changes in our daily diet, combined with the proper dietary supplements, can help dramatically improve these long-term conditions. 

To be clear, 59-year-old Dr. Colbert isn’t against all medication. He prescribes antibiotics for patients with pneumonia, or medication to decrease the inflammation for someone with “crippling rheumatoid arthritis.” But given that 133 million Americans (45% of the population) are being treated for at least one chronic disease, Dr. Colbert asserts that “we simply cannot continue to slap a bandage on our rising health epidemic, and we must address wounds from the inside out in order to truly fix America’s underlying chronic health issues.”

The New York Times best-selling author of books including What You Don’t Know May Be Killing You and The Seven Pillars of Health, Dr. Colbert’s new book, Let Food Be Your Medicine, Dietary Changes Proven To Prevent Or Reverse Disease, examines our most common health issues and offers us “a better understanding of what to eat and what not to eat,” so we will know how our choices affect issues such as cardiovascular disease, weight loss, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

“Chronic diseases continue to be responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. every year,” according to the press release that was tucked into my gift copy of Dr. Colbert’s new book. Medications clearly are not addressing the root of the problem. The good doctor believes he has the solution to “increase our chances for longevity by changing the foods that we eat.”

I accepted an invitation to interview Dr. Colbert because I have become alarmed by how quick my and my friends’ doctors prescribe medications when they see spikes in blood pressure, LDL (bad cholesterol), glucose, and more.

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