Articles in this column:
The World's Greatest Drugstore
by Gary W. Diekmann, D.C.
Dealing with Obesity
by Don Grothe, Retired School Counselor, Author
of children's books
The World's Greatest
by Gary W. Diekmann, D.C.
It seems like every day we are bombarded in the
media with stories of another great discovery, or an advertisement of
a new drug promising to relieve our ills and restore health. Some
praise these results; while others, like myself, wonder why God's
divine wisdom forgot to include these drugs in our bodies!
But seriously, did you ever consider that the
greatest drug store in the world is your own body? It manufactures
every medicine you need: antibiotics, insulin and pain-killers;
chemicals to alter your blood pressure, heartbeat and moods; hormones
to regulate growth, blood chemistry and digestion; and hundreds of
other drugs, many of which science has yet to discover. They are all
there inside of you--if you supply your body with a good diet of raw
materials to create these chemicals, then exercise to allow your
cardiovascular system to deliver the proper nutrients to your cells
and to eliminate the waste. Of course, rest is another part of the
formula for health, as it allows the body to relax and affect repairs
To sum it all up,
your body knows what it needs, in specific doses that are right for
you, and at the precise time. It's called PROPER FUNCTION. No
synthetic drug has its own intelligence, to go specifically to one
area of your body without affecting somewhere else. This is where the
term "SIDE EFFECTS" originated. The next time a doctor prescribes a
drug for you, ask him three questions:
1) WHAT WILL THIS DRUG DO FOR ME?
2) WHAT ARE ITS BAD SIDE EFFECTS?
3) WOULD YOU TAKE IT IF YOU WERE IN MY
Listen to what he
says. If he doesn't have the time to answer your questions, find
another doctor who does. Remember that all healing comes form within.
I see this proven every day, from my own patients. Allow your body to
function properly, without interference, and keep a positive mental
attitude in whatever you do. Be dependent on your own internal drug
store, not the one of the corner.
Dr. Gary W. Diekmann
is a Chiropractor
in Phoenix, Arizona
EAST THOMAS CHIROPRACTIC
1802 East Thomas Road Suite 16
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Dealing with Obesity
retired school counselor
One of the major
problems facing the nation today is obesity. It runs rampant though all
ages, but is particularly alarming in the case of children. One of the
major problems is that of inactivity. Whereas most children used to
engage in active sports or games, sitting in front of computers or TV's
has become the major form of entertainment.
step is realization. When we look in the mirror or at our mates or
children, we must accept the fact that that there is a problem, if,
indeed, one exists. We kid ourselves by saying: "We're just
getting older", "What's a few extra pounds?", "People look better with a
little meat on their bones", or "I'm healthy, so what!". Most of us are
probably guilty of these types of thoughts.
If one wants to
change, he must accept the fact that it won't be easy and probably won't
be much fun. Second, an organized plan need to be put in place. There
are two basic causes of obesity. One is diet and the other is exercise,
or rather, lack of exercise. When our bodies take in more calories than
they spend, the result is stored fat. You can look for the "magic diet"
and there are thousands of them out there (some are so weird they are
laughable), but the basic thing about eating is to eat properly. That
means eating lots of fruits and vegetables, some meat, some starch and
some sugar. If you deprive yourself of a favorite food, you feel
cheated. Go ahead and eat that candy bar, ice cream, potato chips or
popcorn, but limit the amount and the frequency.
Be aware of your
eating habits. Are you a nibbler? Most of us are. You can nibble 1000
calories a day with very little effort and not even be aware that you
are doing it. Make a list of everything you eat and be honest about it.
So basically, it helps to count your calories. Any dietician, doctor or
weight loss program can tell you how many calories are realistic for
your age, height and body type.
exercise--expending calories. It is usually agreed that walking is the
best all-around and most simple form of exercise. It costs nothing and
is not that difficult or unpleasant. A 2 mile walk three of four times a
week will work wonders and usually takes only 45 minutes each time. If
you're a really physical type and want to lift weights, run miles, do
aerobics, or bicycle 10 miles, you probably aren't reading this article.
to get the whole family involved, not only in healthy eating but in
exercising. It's hard to enjoy a salad while everyone else is eating
pizza. So one night, everyone eats salad and the next night pizza.
That's an oversimplification, but what I'm saying is obvious. Get the
family involved in games. Kickball, touch football, shooting baskets and
playing tag all expend a lot of energy and are also fun and
relationship-building. The catch is to lure the kids away from the TV
and video games. It's interesting that even board games and cards can
burn calories if you get excited and involved in hollering, high fives
When all is said
and done, you must: (1) Be honest about your weight. (2) Accept the
challenge to do something about it. (3) Try to enlist the cooperation of
the whole family. (4) Eat right and be aware of what and how much you
eat, including the dreaded nibbling. (5) Get enough exercise to more
than make-up for the calories.
Simple. As for
me, I'm going to start next week, or maybe next month. What's a extra 10
pounds? Okay, so it's 20.
Don Grothe's Book,
story of a character who is "different' saving the day
also has other books with a message for children.
Articles in this column:
by Elissa Thompson, MSW, LCSW
Author of Tryin' Ryan
How to Help Children Who Have Hereditary Disorders Thrive
by Don Grothe, Retired School Counselor, Author of children's books
by Elissa Thompson, MSW, LCSW
Author of Tryin' Ryan
Parents beware, there is a dangerous predator lurking around childcare
centers and playgrounds. The culprit is invisible and is responsible for
the deaths of 7 children in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Houston. The
predator is MRSA, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureaus.
MRSA is a type of bacteria that are resistant to many antibiotics. About
25-30% of us have some type of staph bacteria in our noses but we are not
infected by it. MRSA gains entry into the body through openings in the skin
such as cuts, abrasions, bug bites, and boils. The infected area may become
red, swollen, painful, and pusfilled.
If you or your child has a skin infection that isn’t responding to
normal in-home treatments, contact your physician immediately. A culture of
the infection can confirm the presence of MRSA and determine the best course
of antibiotic treatment. In most cases, if the wound is drained and treated
with antibiotics that are still effective, the healing process is fairly
quick. Bactrim and Vancomycin are considered effective treatments, however,
Vancomycin Resistant infections have recently been reported.
As with any illness, there are risk factors that should be considered.
A major risk factor is location and if you live in a highly infected area
you or your child are at a greater risk of contracting MRSA. According to
the Arizona Department of Health, 3,654 cases were reported in 2004.
Although it is an alarming 62.7 persons per 100,000, (up 281%) it is
important to note that MRSA cases became subject to mandatory reporting in
1997. The peak season for MRSA is November thru February when the presence
of dust and rainfall averages is higher.
Other risk factors include but are not limited to recent
hospitalizations or surgery, and day care centers and/or households in which
persons come into contact with health care or childcare workers. MRSA is
most commonly found in people with weak immune systems such as those living
in health care facilities. However, community forms of MRSA continue to be
on the rise. In such cases, it is likely spread in prisons, sports teams,
MRSA prevention is possible and the CDC recommends that families do the
Keep your hands clean by washing with soap
and water. Athletes, children who play sports, and those attending
gyms should shower as soon as possible after all workouts.
Keep cuts and
abrasions clean and covered with proper dressing (bandage) until
healed. This is especially important while engaged in physical
activities and sporting events.
Avoid contact with
other people’s wounds or material contaminated from wounds including
towels, sheets, clothing, and sports equipment.
To prevent continued spread of MRSA and other
resistant bacteria, talk to your doctor about alternative treatments for
cold or flu symptoms instead of antibiotics. There was a time when
resistance to antibiotics meant that one could be treated with a few
types of medication in order to effectively treat an infection. Now,
the consequences are more serious and children are becoming seriously
ill and even dying.
As someone who is currently recovering from MRSA,
I can attest to the pain and frustration that this illness can bring. I
have agonized for days about the source of my infection and have yet to
identify one possibility. As a mother, I felt an overwhelming sense of
responsibility to protect my child from myself. I did load after
load of laundry, bleached and alcohol coated my floors, toilets, and sinks
all in an effort to keep whatever was in me away from him.
About 7 days into my ordeal, the antibiotics were not
effective and my wound required packing to prevent the skin from closing
over the infection. My mom was kind enough to drop me off at the 7am
appointment while she and my son waited in the car. A short time later, I
emerged from the doctor’s office with tears in my eyes and a limp in my
step. Slowly, I made my way to the car. On one occasion, I had to lie on my
stomach in the back seat to avoid the excruciating pain.
After that visit, while resting on the couch, my son approached me while
holding his favorite dinosaur, its lower body wrapped in toilet paper.
“Mommy,” he said while carefully unwrapping a piece of the tissue. “Dino’s
This was the moment I realized that my almost three
year old son was experiencing the secondary pains of my fight with MRSA. He
missed his “mommy” and all the things we were used to doing together. That
was two weeks ago and today we were able to swim for the first time since
the MRSA invaded our lives. Although the infection is in its clearing
stages, my doctor has recommended that I remain on Bactrim for the next
45-60 days. I am truly grateful that this was just a temporary disruption
to our lives. But I am also saddened by the reality that many other
families will be affected by MRSA and some will have a more permanent
more about MRSA in your community, search online for MRSA and/or visit your
area’s department of health website.
Elissa Thompson's Book
How to Help
Children, Who Have Hereditary Disorders, Thrive
Karl Mendel was
a genius in his study of inheritance. Through his work many predictions
are possible about the offspring of plants, animals and humans.
Sometimes something goes astray and that is called a mutation. When this
occurs in humans the results can be very difficult to accept and it
presents many problems.
parents who have an extremely small child, a children with white hair, a
deformed foot or no fingers, to name a few, the results of mutations are
very painful for the parents, and, of course, to the child. The results
are usually rejection and ridicule, since seeing things are are
different can cause uneasiness or even fear in others. As parents, we
have all experienced a child being made fun of for the way he talks, for
the clothes he wears, or for not being invited to a party. Imagine the
magnitude of having a child with severe deformities...a special child.
What can we, as parents, do to soften the pain that is due to come?
First, and foremost, we must not indulge in pity. It is perfectly
acceptable to cry or hit the walls in frustration privately, but the
child must see a smiling face, full of acceptance and love as much as
possible. Encourage the child to use and develop the talents he or she
has whether they are in art, music, sports, woodworking or writing.
Doing one thing well can develop self-confidence to a large degree!
Teach the child
to accept limitations and not live on false hopes. The operative word
here is "realistically". A positive , optimistic view is needed and be
balanced to accept what is possible and what is not. This is not an easy
task, since all of us can be more than we are and we certainly don't
want to discourage a children from being the best that they can be.
Howe4ver, setting unrealistic goals is not in anyone's best interest.
This, of course, is a daunting task, since we have all witnessed success
that was far beyond any expectations.
The other thing
that needs to be taught and encouraged, is independence. We do this by
allowing a child to fail by encouraging him to try new things and to use
his imagination. Entertaining oneself is an important things for all
children to learn, and especially important for a child with special
challenges since he will undoubtedly be more isolated than other
children. Above all, parents of special children need to be there to
express encouragement and acceptance, and, of course, love, love, love.
This is true for all children, but these very special children often
need more patience, more attentions and, yes, even more love. This is a
daunting challenge for parents whose lives have already been turned
must take time each day to distance themselves from the constant
reoccupation of raising a special needs child. It does not help the
child or other in the family if parents offer themselves as
sacrificial lambs on the altar of total dedication. Take time to laugh,
to dance, to sing, to love and to pursue other interests and not feel
guilty in the process. Your child will benefit , as will those around
you. There are rainbows to see, music to hear and new experiences to be
enjoyed. Embrace them.
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A note about SAFETY
children are playing, working or doing anything at all, they need to be
supervised. Adjust any activities to the age and abilities of the child.
Pay attention to the materials, tools and location of the activity. Put
thought into safety before the fun begins. If there's one thing I've
learned from years of overseeing children's activities, it's that
there's always something that a child will think to try that never
occurred to me. So the key is to make things as safe as possible and
then watch them the entire time.