Archive for November, 2011

Paddling To Cumberland Island A Seaworthy Adventure

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

In addition to the surrounding beauty, we experienced an abundance of wildlife. Walking down a trail or stepping out onto the beach or even moving right outside our tent, we encountered many of the island’s four-legged inhabitants – deer, armadillo, raccoons, wild hogs, turkey (OK, two-legged) and wild horses. Luckily, none of us ever came across any of the island’s poisonous snakes.

Sunday morning after Michael’s “carbo-loading” breakfast of fried cinnamon bagels, we packed our kayaks and began the “paddle” back to mainland. The winds were up, the tide was rushing, and adrenaline was pumping. “Stay close and paddle,” George instructed. And paddle we did.

The kayaking was challenging; yet, thanks to the expert instruction by our guides, our group was well-prepared. We welcomed stops along isolated seashell-covered mud banks to gulp down Gatorade and munch on leftover snacks.

As we continued our journey up river, we faced fierce headwinds and crosscurrents. Then, as we turned the last bend toward St. Mary’s we could see the sailboats docked at the marina in the distance. As I looked around at the other kayakers, I could tell that just the sight of our destination gave us a necessary surge of endorphins to help battle the choppy waters. “Keep paddling,” I heard Michael say.

After six hours of paddling against the tide, the waves and the strong coastal winds, we made it back, one by one, to the rocky boat ramp. With high five’s, hugs and cheers of accomplishment, we congratulated each other on an adventure well done.

As we pulled our boats up onto land, a man fishing off the dock asked, “Did ya’ll kayak in these winds from Cumberland Island?” Looking back over the white-caps and waves, I looked at the others and said proudly “Yes, we did!”

Kayaking to Cumberland:
High Country Adventures in Atlanta schedules four trips a year and provides expert sea kayaking instruction, informative guided hikes and island exploration along with transportation, gear and delicious meals. For dates and trip information, contact Expedition Manager at 404-814-1701 or stop by their retail store in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA.

Disappearing Bones: Living with Osteoporosis. Part 2

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Making Demands

Debbie has a lot at stake that depends on her health — especially her skeletal health. She travels year-round, performing a two-hour singing and dancing show. She headlines in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, tours internationally, and somehow fits in an occasional movie or TV show (most recently, she appeared as Grace’s mother on NBC’s ‘Will & Grace’). (more…)

Disappearing Bones: Living with Osteoporosis. Part 1

Friday, November 25th, 2011

When Debbie Reynolds was approached by a national women’s osteoporosis coalition to be their spokesperson, she almost turned them down. After all, she didn’t know that much about the bone thinning disease — she’d spent most of her life in fantastic health.

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Should I increase my Nordic Track Time or Resistance?

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Dear Expert:

I started exercising on the Nordic track Nov. 4, 1998. I have exercised every day since then. I am now up to 45 minutes. Should I increase more time, or should I make the tension harder? Also, is this enough exercise or should I do something else? I have lost 18.5 pounds and want to lose 20 more. Thanks! (more…)

Fibromyalgia and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Part 2

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Dampness and fatigue are hallmarks of spleen qi deficiency in TCM. The lung and kidney are also involved with the management and transformation of fluids in TCM, so there is often problems in these areas as well. There are frequently complicating factors in the patterns of disharmony involved with fibromyalgia. (more…)

Fibromyalgia and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Part 1

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Sufferers of fibromyalgia know what it is, but for those who don’t, fibromyalgia is a chronic, painful, non-articular (not related to the joint) condition that predominantly involves the muscles, and is the most common cause of widespread musculoskeletal pain (Copenhagen Declaration).
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What Supplies to Have on Hand

Monday, November 14th, 2011

According to Doctor, a dermatologist in private practice in Garden City, N.Y., and director of pediatric dermatology at the Nassau County Medical Center, in East Meadow, the following are helpful supplies to have on hand:
Cleanser — For example, hydrogen peroxide; Hibiclens, a liquid used by doctors and available over the counter; anti-bacterial soap. (more…)

SELF Challenge 2011 35-Minute Walk/Run

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Start walking or jogging at a moderate pace on a flat surface. After a five-minute warm-up, do one of the following drills for one minute, followed by five minutes of walking or jogging, followed by another one-minute drill, and so on. (more…)