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  1. Two simple steps to keeping your balance at any age

    Two simple steps to keeping your balance at any age

    I've been critical of the weight-lifting and exercise crazes for a long time. The "body shops" are, for the most part, a sociological phenomenon. It's a great place for the boys to check out female body parts as they really are and not as they appear to be when fully dressed. And for the girls,
    it's a place to meet the boys. Of course, many of them also suffer under the delusion that they are also going to lose a little weight in the process.

    But the people who actually need a little weightlifting and some mild exercise are hardly ever found at such places. A nationwide survey shows that only about 11 percent of people age 65 and older regularly perform any sort of strength exercises.

    You don't necessarily need a gym membership, though. I have always maintained that all those
    over 65 need are a long walk once daily-a half-mile out and a half-mile back-and a few
    simple weight exercises.

    The thigh muscles are probably the most important ones to concentrate on, since they're the ones that can help you keep your balance to avoid a disastrous fall. So in addition to taking a daily walk, I also recommend doing squats while holding about 2 pounds of weight in each hand. Just be careful to hold your spine straight or you may injure your back.

    If you are unsure about what to do, you can go to a gym and tell one of the "trainers" that you
    want to strengthen your leg muscles. Tell him you are only interested in thigh strength and you
    do not want a comprehensive muscle-building program. If he asks why you don't want the full
    program, tell him that is all your doctor recommended. He will probably try to sell you a lot of
    bodybuilding capsules and pills.

    Don't waste your money.

  2. Halt the pain and damage of osteoarthritis in just 24 hours

    Halt the pain and damage of osteoarthritis in just 24 hours

    I have recommended cod liver oil for 30 years. I always said that if it was good enough for my great grandmother Bell then it is good enough for you and me. Great grandma Bell just happened to be "Dr. Lucy" Bell-and much of her advice is what's gotten me here today.

    But back to the issue at hand: cod liver oil.

    Cardiff University in Great Britain recently finished a study on the beneficial effects of cod liver oil on degenerative arthritis (also known as osteoarthritis). It's been known for years that cod liver oil is good for rheumatoid arthritis, the inflammatory type. But these new findings by the Cardiff researchers show that not only does cod liver oil relieve the symptoms-primarily pain and stiffness-of both types of arthritis, but it can also reverse the destruction of joint cartilage, which is characteristic of osteoarthritis. The cartilage is the cushioning factor that keeps the joints of the bones from rubbing together.

    Professor Bruce Caterson, head of the Cardiff study, immersed tissue samples in a test solution of cod liver oil. He found that the solution could completely stop-or even reverse-the action of the destructive enzymes and inflammatory factors affecting the tissue after just 24 hours. Amazing!

    "This is where," Dr. Caterson added, "science and old wives' tales coincide. Our findings are consistent with advice that taking cod liver oil in early adulthood could prevent the onset of osteoarthritis and would reduce the harmful symptoms associated with the disease."

    Here's what to do:

    Great grandma Bell's advice? Take four cod-liver oil capsules twice a day. My advice? Always listen to Great grandma Bell.

  3. Still scared of eggs? Read this before you give up your omelet pan…

    I consider eggs to be the perfect food. Thirty years ago, when I was telling my patients to eat all the eggs they wanted, the medical literati and the surgical Aztecs were telling them to limit their egg consumption to one egg a week.
  4. The herb that's 42 times better for you than an apple

    The American Chemical Society (ACS), one of the pre-eminent scientific organizations in the world-and one with a degree of integrity far above any medical group I know of-has come out with a report to warm the heart of any barefoot doctor.
  5. Save yourself time and trouble--don't fall for the self-exam scam

    It is sad but still true--breast self-exams are a waste of time. To most people (including most doctors), it is very difficult to distinguish between a lump of mammary gland and a lump of cancer.
  6. Seizing morning - or "mourning" disease

    In the last Daily Dose, I told you about a few ways to avoid mosquito bites…but I didn't mention what a lot of readers must have concluded is the most obvious (and easy) way to avoid mosquito bites: Simply staying inside.

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