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HALLOWEEN M E M O R I E S
If you’ve read past issues of this newsletter, you know that Zach is the performer. He always has been. So, when you get him into costume, he can’t resist “playing the part.” He informed us that The Flash does everything fast, then proceeded to sprint from house to house. We were all struggling to keep up. Nathan didn’t want to be left out, so he determined that The Windinator could both run very quickly and spin like a tornado. So he tried spinning from house to house. As you can imagine, that only lasted until he couldn’t balance anymore. Mike and I jogged after them, laughing the whole way. That’s one of many great memories we have of Halloween. It was fun just talking about it as we got ready to write this article. It’s funny how much we love the holiday because it isn’t exactly the healthiest, and we operate a clinic designed to get people healthy. To mitigate the damage in our family, we have a tradition we call the Switch Witch. If you aren’t familiar, the Switch Witch is like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, but for Halloween. She comes to the door on Halloween night when you’re asleep, and if there’s candy on your doorstep, she switches it out for a toy. After trick-or-treating, we have the boys pick out a few favorites, then they leave the rest in a basket on the doorstep. The next morning, after they wake up, they run to the front door to see what the Switch Witch left them. They always ran into our room to show us the presents they got — Legos, Pokemon cards, etc. Nothing crazy, but better than wasted candy. The Switch Witch then donates the candy to our troops. As they get older, Zach and Nathan will want to do other things. That’s just the nature of watching them grow. I’m excited for the scary movie parties or Halloween dances they’ll soon be attending. But I’ll always remember those wonderful days when we followed them down the block, watching them sprint and spin.
Our oldest, Zach, turned 12 this year.
He’s at that age when most kids stop trick-or- treating, but he might just hit the streets one last time — after all, there’s candy at stake. Nathan, his younger brother, prefers to hand it out. He’s very generous that way.
The boys probably don’t want this in print, but they are so darn cute together. They’re legitimately best friends. Halloween was especially fun when they were kids because it meant we could coordinate costumes. One year, for instance, they were Buzz Lightyear and Woody from “Toy Story.” To this day, the picture we took of them in those costumes is one of my favorite pictures. My favorite memory of their costuming took place about five years ago when Nathan was barely 4 years old. Both boys decided they wanted to be superheroes. Zach quickly chose The Flash (his favorite), but Nathan had a harder time deciding. In the end, he thought, why limit yourself to existing heroes? So, being a creative preschooler, he created a new hero from scratch: The Windinator. The Windinator’s powers were simple. He could blow on things with the power of a tornado. Nathan described this superhero to me, and, being the Pinterest Mom that I am, I set out to make a proper costume. I found a Green Lantern costume online, removed the symbol, then conjured up a tornado logo. I sewed it on the front of the costume and onto a makeshift cape. Nathan loved the result. I was pleased with it too. Then the time came for trick-or-treating.
– Emilie Ulmer
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4 Ways You May Be Able to Prevent Dementia Before It Starts
Techniques to Stave Off Cognitive Decline as We Age
From the moment you wake up in the morning, it feels like a dense fog fills your head. When you drag yourself out of bed and go to make yourself a plate of eggs and toast, it suddenly seems like a much more complicated task than before. You lose track of time, and the smell of smoke enters your nostrils. Frantically turning the burner off, it occurs to you that you can’t remember the day of the week. According to Time Magazine, 47 million people around the world live with some type of dementia. Typically, as we age, we’re told that all we can do is hope for the best and bide our time until there’s a cure, but recent research by the Alzheimer’s Research Center paints a different picture. A set of simple lifestyle changes may be the key to staving off cognitive decline as we get older. Regular exercise has been shown by the to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 50 percent, according to Help Guide, and it can even slow the onset of already-present cognitive decline. Walk or swim for about 150 minutes each week, along with two to three sessions of moderate resistance training, as well as balance and coordination exercises. Check
out eldergym.com for more info on staying active as you age.
Heart-healthy eating may also protect the brain. Limit your intake of sugar and saturated fats and eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Replace butter and margarine with olive or canola oil. Two diets that have been linked to heart health are the DASH diet (dashdiet.org) and the Mediterranean diet. Frequent social engagement may help keep your brain sharp. Make efforts to speak face to face with someone you’re close to as often as you can. Try to make new friends, volunteer, join a club or social group, get to know your neighbors, or connect with people over social media. Mental stimulation may also be important to brain health as we age. Study something new to you, such as a foreign language or a musical instrument. Make reading books and newspapers part of your regular routine. Try doing crossword or sudoku puzzles. It’s not difficult to find an activity you enjoy that will also help keep your brain active.
“Thanks to Emilie’s persistent encouragement and help, I am now feeling very good and don’t experience the tightness and pain in my hip. Thank you, Emilie. I am sure someday I will be back for more.”
“I’d like to thank the excellent staff at Kinetic for guiding me through the various procedures of my therapy experiences. Thanks to Mike and his expert guidance, I feel like I can do so much more than I did when I first arrived here. I am able to squat, walk, climb stairs, and do most everything I was able to do before my knee surgery. Thanks again, Kinetic and, most of all, Mike, for your great guidance and expertise.”
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Golden State Head Coach and former Bulls star Steve Kerr first underwent back surgery in July of 2015. It was months after he gave the Warriors’ their first- ever NBA title (and took home the Coach of the Year award). The former Michael Jordan teammate was on top of the world. But after the surgery, everything changed. The surgery was a result of injuries sustained during years of competitive play on the court. Though initially deemed
“He does everything right,” said his assistant coach, Luke Walton, at the time. “He takes care of himself; he treats people the right way. Karma should be on his side.”
Steve has made some improvements since then, but thanks to his back pain, his entire future is uncertain.
When asked about his surgery during a playoff press conference earlier this year, he had this to say. “I can tell you if you’re listening out there, stay away from back surgery,” Kerr said. “Rehab, rehab, rehab. Don’t let anyone get in there.” Steve Kerr isn’t a medical doctor, and you should consider all factors when facing the prospect of back surgery. But, speaking from sad experience, he highlighted the fact that back surgery is usually a harmful short-term solution to pain. Rehabilitative physical therapy is a better approach. If you’re considering back surgery, give us a call before you go under the knife.
successful, the procedure created a fluid leak in his spine which needed to be repaired by a second surgery two months later. The pain persisted, and Kerr’s doctors had few answers. He was forced to sit out the first half of the season. The pain in his back was soon accompanied by terrible migraines. He had them almost daily and would occasionally see spots. His team was enjoying the greatest regular season in the history of the sport, and he couldn’t enjoy it.
Sausage and Barley Soup
Ingredients • Cooking spray • 6 ounces turkey breakfast sausage • 21/2 cups frozen bell pepper stir-fry • 2 cups water • 1 (141/2-ounce) can Italian- style stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped • 1/4 cup uncooked quick- cooking barley • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh baby spinach
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Instructions 1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Remove from heat. 2. While sausage cooks, place stir-fry and 2 cups water in a blender; process until smooth. 3. Add stir-fry puree, tomatoes, and barley to sausage in pan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts.
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THE BENEFITS OF ESSENTIAL OILS
If you’ve stopped by a health store recently, you’ve no doubt seen a huge selection of essential oils. These liquids, which contain concentrated, natural aroma compounds found in plants, are the basis of aromatherapy, one of the most popular trends in holistic health. Aromatherapy involves applying these oils to the skin or spraying them into the air. Skin application requires that you use diluted oils, because aromatic compounds are strong and can cause irritation. As a result of these concerns, many essential oil acolytes have turned to diffusers to get the benefits of aromatherapy in a safe, wonderful-smelling manner. In addition to filling your house with an all-natural, appealing perfume, aromatherapy has been touted as a way to help with everything from stress and insomnia to cognitive function and mood enhancement. To receive these benefits, you’ll need to pick up a diffuser and some oils. With so many options, though, how do you know which one is right for you? There is no shortage of methods to diffuse essential oils. Nebulizing diffusers don’t require any heat source, instead atomizing the essential oils. They are extremely effective, but they are also large and expensive. Ultrasonic diffusers are similarly heatless, preserving the oils. This type of diffuser can also work as a humidifier,
making it a valuable multitasker. Heat and evaporative diffusers are cheaper options, but they tend to alter oils or separate particles according to size. Once you decide on the best diffuser for your home, you need to select a few essential oils and put your new toy to use. Lemon oil is antibacterial and antiseptic, and it will freshen your environment. Cinnamon oil can clear congestion and has a homey, autumnal scent. Eucalyptus oil is an air purifier, but its scent is strong and not for everybody. If you want to de-stress, try rosemary oil, which decreases your cortisol levels. Take note that you should alert your doctor before partaking in aromatherapy if you’re pregnant, nursing, or on any medication. While most essential oils are perfectly safe to diffuse, the compounds in certain oils can combine with medication and trigger adverse side effects. Once you begin diffusing, you’ll never go back to commercial, chemical scent sprays. The benefits are evident, and the results smell sweet.
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