Father’s Day

We all have a father.  Is that person in our life?  That question may will be answered  differently for each of us.  Even if we do not share pieces of our everyday life with our father’s, they are still part of our lives.  They gave us life.  We may not know them, we may not like them, we may not understand them, we may not ever want to meet them or we may love them more than life.  Whatever the situation, a certain part of our lives has been touch by our father’s.

The nation has set aside a day to recognize dad’s.  However you observe that day is your choice – maybe just a thought, possibly a great celebration.  Whatever you decide, I hope that you enjoy the day.   A day for the dad’s!

Thoughts About Disaster

Tragedy always makes us pause and reflect.  The recent incident in Florida with the mass killings certainly falls into that category.  There is sadness for every aspect of our lives.  Since I tend to look at situations from a health point of view, there is always an element of stress both physical and emotional in every tragic situation.  In this particular situation there is more than enough tragedy and stress to go around.

Obviously, these adults in Orlando, Florida were having a fun evening with their friends enjoying music and singing in an atmosphere of trust and relaxation.  They never expected to exposed to intense stress on a scale that was unimaginable.  Some reacted quickly in the best manner they could determine at the time.  Others may have taken a moment or two to assess the stress and then decided what action to take.  Still some may have sensed that something was wrong but initially dismissed the tragedy and dismissed it as not relevant to them and thus not a matter of stress.

No matter what their situation,  all were involved in the most stressful situation of their lives.  Unfortunately,  some lost their lives immediately and that is tragic.  The grief of their families and loved ones can not be measured.  Their memories will be carried in the hearts of those who honor them.  Others, at the scene, endured additional stress by being part of a hostage situation in which the outcome was unknown.  This terrifying and horrific scenario only increases the stress and agony to which the people in the Pulse club were exposed.  Their agony and stress was prolonged with an untold end.  I’m sure that every part and system of their body was engaged in the survival mode.  This would energize them to act in ways to prolong their survival.  We see this in the news reports such as seeking refuge in the club’s restrooms or finding exit routes out of the club.

Whatever their situation was, the people involved in the incident at the Pulse nightclub in Florida are and will exhibit signs of exposure to stress for a long time following the incident.  If you know any of these people or if you can help in any way, remember be kind and be gentle and understanding because they may not have a physical wound but they certainly are trying to heal from a wound of stress.

Daily Habits

Women tend to experience low vitamin D levels as they age.  If they are dealing with chronic diseases it is even more probable that that level will show signs of deficit.  Therefore, it is important to have your level checked on a regular basis.  Your medical provider may recommend a supplement.

Rest and restful nighttime sleep is also important and beneficial for all people but especially women.  There is a health term which recently has appeared in the literature, “sleep hygiene”,  which encompasses the idea that good, prolonged, efficient rest adds to a person’s general good health.  This makes sense since we all need to have a way to recharge.

Develop a “sleep routine.”  Avoid stimulates, perform certain routines when bedtime occurs and make sure that you get enough natural light throughout the daylight hours.  These habits, performed on a regular basis,  will signal your body that it is time for sleep.

These daily healthy habits can assist your body’s natural defense system to use vitamin D, and other vitamins and minerals, to help ensure that if you are dealing with a chronic disease condition you are stronger in your defense.

Just a thought.  Remember our bodies are made to move.

Healthy Habits

Living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) offers a person certain unique challenges which others do not encounter.  These include joint stiffness, fatigue – not relieved by rest, generalized body pain, neuropathy, sleep disturbances and an overall risk for developing other chronic diseases.

Therefore, it is important to observe accepted health rules more closely than the average person.  There are a few guidelines that can help along this path.

  •  DECREASE STRESS, this can be through meditation or simply being mindful of your activities.  ACUPUNCTURE can focus on certain pressure or sensitive points in the body to relax the nervous system.  RELEASING NEGATIVE THOUGHTS has been shown to reduce stress and thereby pain and fatigue.
  • EXERCISE, this needs to be done to tolerance – i.e. only do what your body can tolerate.  Overdoing or overstretching can actually do more harm than good.  Our bodies are made to move.  Whether that be household duties or simple tasks within an office setting.  It is important to remember that each joint in our body moves in many directions so move in that direction with purpose and skill on a regular basis.  This may be 5 or 10 minutes of gentle activity at a time, a few times a day.  The key point is to MOVE.
  • EATING is something we all like, and need to do, on a regular basis – do it smart.  Pick “real” food full of lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fruits and vegetables.

Just a thought for today.  Remember our bodies are made to move…