The Danger of Dehydration in the Elderly

Why Older People Need to Be Vigilant About the Amount of Water They Drink

Old­er peo­ple get dehy­drat­ed more eas­i­ly than younger peo­ple, so it’s com­mon for an old­er per­son to expe­ri­ence a sub­tle lev­el of dehy­dra­tion with­out even being aware of it.

Here are some of the rea­sons an old­er per­son might be at risk of dehy­dra­tion:
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Laura Donnelly and the Art of Teaching Dance

I’ve want­ed to inter­view my col­league Lau­ra Don­nel­ly for a long time.

She has a range of accom­plish­ments as a bal­let teacher, an Alexan­der teacher, and more, and I knew she’d have inter­est­ing things to say about the process of train­ing for dance.

Here’s the first part of our inter­view:

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What Works Best to Treat Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome?

What works best to treat Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome?

Mul­ti­ple chem­i­cal sen­si­tiv­i­ty (MCS) is a con­di­tion in which you expe­ri­ence neg­a­tive health effects from expo­sure to low lev­els of com­mon chem­i­cals.

In some peo­ple, the expe­ri­ence of Mul­ti­ple Chem­i­cal Sen­si­tiv­i­ty over­laps with the symp­toms of fibromyal­gia or chron­ic fatigue syn­drome.  Some­times a doc­tor will diag­nose more than one of these con­di­tions in the same per­son.

In any case, if you have chron­ic health prob­lems affect­ing mul­ti­ple organ sys­tems, and your symp­toms seem to wors­en when you’re exposed to cer­tain chem­i­cals, you’ll want to know what treat­ments oth­ers have found to be most help­ful.

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Avoid Bench Press Injuries

One of the blogs I fol­low is T-Nation.

It was a scary expe­ri­ence at first – it’s full of close-ups of gar­gan­tu­an mus­cles and bulging veins.  It’s a blog for the folks who haunt the free-weight sec­tion of the gym.  The kind of guys who buy those huge cans of pro­tein pow­der at Gen­er­al Nutri­tion.

Not my aes­thet­ic at all.
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Sex Over Sixty

There are many alter­na­tives for old­er cou­ples who want to con­tin­ue hav­ing a healthy sex life.

Here, from Life Goes Strong, is one woman’s sto­ry.

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Recipe for Pepper Soup

Easy Red Pepper Soup with Lime

4 bell pep­pers – don’t use green ones, use red, orange or yel­low
1 large onion
1 gar­lic clove
1 hot chili pep­per
3 table­spoons toma­to paste
3 ¾ cup chick­en or veg­etable stock
Olive oil
Juice and peel of one lime

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Summer Reading — Guest Post by Teresa Knipper

As a lit­tle girl grow­ing up in rur­al Penn­syl­va­nia, sum­mer was a mag­ic time of no school, long days at the play­ground across the street from my house, time with my sis­ters doing puz­zles and play­ing Monop­oly on the porch.

Banded Hairstreak

Band­ed Hair­streak

One sum­mer mem­o­ry must have been from the sum­mer of 1969-a most mag­ic sum­mer of love and hip­pies and Wood­stock. For me how­ev­er it was my ear­li­est mem­o­ry of the sum­mer read­ing club at my local library.  I was old enough that sum­mer to walk to the library alone and the children’s librar­i­an was eager to sign up sum­mer read­ers.  She had some­how made tiny rock­et ships from salt that slow­ly crept toward the moon’s sur­face as you tab­u­lat­ed more books. (Remem­ber this was the sum­mer we land­ed on the moon.)  I can still remem­ber mov­ing my rock­et game piece on the path and the salty residue it left on my fin­ger­tips.

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Eight Best Ways to Detox Your Life

Our expo­sure to envi­ron­men­tal poi­sons is at an all time high.  Tens of thou­sands of new chem­i­cals have been intro­duced into the bios­phere since 1945.  Shock­ing­ly, most have nev­er been test­ed for safe­ty.

They’re in the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, the prod­ucts you apply to your skin, and just about every­thing else you come into con­tact with.

Mean­while, every cell in your body is try­ing to per­form its own bril­liant bal­anc­ing act – deal­ing with its own local envi­ron­ment while cease­less­ly per­form­ing its par­tic­u­lar vital func­tion.  The cells of our diges­tive tract, ner­vous sys­tem, and immune sys­tem – all of them high­ly meta­bol­i­cal­ly active – are par­tic­u­lar­ly vul­ner­a­ble.

We have to assume that all this tox­ic expo­sure pos­es at least a poten­tial to do harm.  That’s why it’s impor­tant to min­i­mize your expo­sure to poi­sons and strength­en your body to deal with them as best as it’s able.

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Scientists Claim: Antibiotics Make You Fat

It isn’t the job of a bac­teri­um to make you sick or kill you.  Like all oth­er organ­isms, bac­te­ria just want to sur­vive and pass their genes onto the next gen­er­a­tion.

The bac­te­r­i­al species that destroys its host wouldn’t last too long.  It would be like a fam­i­ly that tried to keep warm by set­ting fire to the rug.  Sure, Mom, Dad and the kids could warm their hands for a few min­utes, but before long their house would be a pile of ash­es.

If infec­tious bac­te­ria kill the patient, they have no place to live.  A bad plan for long term sur­vival.

That’s why, of the mil­lions of bac­te­ria liv­ing in our diges­tive tract, only the occa­sion­al few are poten­tial agents of dan­ger­ous infec­tion.  The oth­er 99.99% have evolved over the mil­len­nia to live in har­mo­ny with us.  And we’ve evolved to live in har­mo­ny with them.  In fact, we often derive ben­e­fit from the organ­isms liv­ing inside us.

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The Fourth Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

The FDA has an abbre­vi­a­tion for them – ADRs.

ADRs are Adverse Drug Reac­tions from pre­scribed med­ica­tions. They’re a hot top­ic of research and debate with­in the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion, oth­er agen­cies that reg­u­late drug devel­op­ment, and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firms.

pill bottle

Why the inter­est in ADRs?

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