I have always loved athletics. In my family, playing sports was as natural as breathing. My grandfather was an Olympic medalist in the 1920 Olympics, my mother was an all American hockey player, my father was a swimmer and for my brothers and myself participating in sports was just part of our lives. None of us equaled the weight of my grandfather's success, but we all embraced competition, and now well into our 40s and 50s, we still love being active and competitive.
So when I became a massage therapist, 20 + years ago, it made sense for me to work with athletes. I understood so much about the demands on their bodies. Often I would dabble with a sport to understand the movement of the body. I loved watching the finite movement and effort that makes the difference between the winner and second place.
I worked extensively with world class runners, triathletes, wrestlers, swimmers and cyclists. I had a crew of Olympic and wor...
From the moment we receive the diagnosis that we have a child with Type 1 Diabetes, the whirlwind of the disease and its management monopolizes us, often pushing our other children onto the peripheral. Even as that initial chaos subsides, it seems as if the regimented schedules and monitoring of diabetes supplants the needs, interests and scheduling of their non-diabetic siblings.
As parents, we try not to let this happen, yet it's difficult with the need to be hyper-focused on the day-to-day management of Type 1: What did you eat? How much? When? Have you tested your blood? What was the reading? Have you exercised? When? What did you do? For how long?
I have three sons, with my oldest being a Type 1 Diabetic. I bombard him several times daily with the above litany of questions, and my other two sons often jump in during my inquisition to tell me what they've eaten, how many grams of carbohydrates they ate, how much they exercised, and so on. Their responses often exas...
T he news reports about the H1N1 influenza pandemic (popularly known as "swine flu") keep coming, but one aspect of the story is constant: although the majority of the cases are mild, the H1N1 influenza virus is occasionally a killer.
This morning's news report is that the first doses of the vaccine should be available in early October, rather than mid-October. Last week, it was that the H1N1 vaccine probably will only need a single dose to be effective (previously, it had been surmised that perhaps two separate doses of H1N1 might be needed to protect against the virus). And we hear of colleges with thousands of students isolated or quarantined because they all have symptoms consistent with H1N1 flu. But most concerning is the reports that over 3,000 people have died from swine flu since the new virus became apparent in Mexico in April.
The deaths are frequently described as occurring in people with underlying diseases, but occasionally in healthy young adults. The underlyin...
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