Archive for September, 2010

How to Lose Weight

Many  years ago, I had a primary physician who said the only way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. I heard a doctor on Monday’s Dr. Oz Show say the same thing. Things have not changed. Many seniors continue to see their weight increase as well as their belly fat. In a study at Brigham Young University, middle-aged women followed over a three-year period showed that those who did not put on weight cut back on calories. Researchers said that dietary restraint might be more important than increasing exercise for fighting the middle-aged bulge.

As you might know from previous posts, I’m a huge fan of Dr. Oz and the Dr. Oz Show. He makes my one hour on the treadmill a most enjoyable hour. Here are his suggestions to boost your metabolism for under $5.

  1. Oolong tea:  contains polyphenols that help block fat-building enzymes. This young tea is low in caffeine so you can drink it throughout the day for continued results, but your metabolism will rise for 2 hours after every cup of Oolong.
  2. Black Pepper: contains the alkaloid piperine, which helps speed up metabolism. Add black pepper to tomato juice for a double metabolism boosting effect—tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that helps protect your mitochondria. Reach for the pepper mill when you’d normally use salt; you’ll boost your metabolism and reduce your sodium intake.
  3. Beans: full of soluble fiber to help lower insulin levels so you store less fat and also feel fuller. Eat 2 cups of red, white or black beans to get your recommended daily fiber intake of 25 grams.
  4. Ice Water: forces your body to burn calories by bringing your body temperature back to normal. Eight glasses of ice water a day works off 70 calories. Drink ice water before a meal to feel fuller quicker.
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Medicare: Inpatient vs. Outpatient

A couple of weeks ago, there was an article in the Washington Post Health Section titled, “Medicare Rules Give Full Hospital Benefits Only to Those with ‘Inpatient’ Status.” I want to share part of the article with you because unless it actually happens to you, you might think you’re safely covered with Part A of Medicare. I was so happy I had read the article because I ended up in the emergency room last week and was admitted into the hospital for “observation.” Believe me, the word “observation” had a new meaning as it was the first time I was using my Medicare card.

After Ann Callan, 85, fell and broke four ribs, she spent six days at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. Doctors and nurses examined her daily and gave her medications and oxygen to help her breathe. But when she was discharged in early January, her family got a surprise: Medicare would not pay for her follow-up nursing home care, because she did not have the prerequisite three days of inpatient care.

“Where was she?” asks her husband, Paul Callan, 85, a retired U.S. Army colonel. “I was with her all the time. I knew she was a patient there.”

But Holy Cross had admitted her only for observation. Observation services include short-term treatment and tests to help doctors decide if the patient should be admitted for inpatient treatment. Medicare’s guidance says it should take no more than 24 to 48 hours to make this determination.

Yet some hospitals keep patients under observation for days, and that decision can have severe consequences. Medicare considers observation services outpatient care, which requires beneficiaries to cover a bigger share of drug costs and other expenses than they would when receiving inpatient care. And unless patients spend at least three consecutive days as an inpatient, Medicare will not cover follow-up nursing home expenses after discharge.

The Callans owe $10,597.60 to Renaissance Gardens, the Silver Spring nursing home where Ann Callan spent three weeks.

So if you’re covered under Medicare Part A and you’re in the hospital under “observation,” you’re not covered. It is Medicare Part B that will cover part of the stay (or your back-up insurance). I’m about to find out how much of it was covered when the mail starts pouring in. So far, I’ve only gotten a thank you note from the hospital for choosing them. Er, I didn’t really have a choice as I was brought in by ambulance. But I’m fine now, ready to tackle the bills!

Fiber: Soluble vs. Insoluble

We’ve all heard that fiber is important, but did you know that there’s more to fiber than just fiber? As we get older, one of the problems could be a rise in cholesterol and some of us take extra fiber to keep our cholesterol in check. Here’s more information about fiber.

  • Soluble Fiber
    • Examples: oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, legumes (beans, lentils, peas), some fruits (bananas, blueberries) and vegetables (artichokes, carrots)
    • Effect: slows digestion (attracts water and turns to gel during digestion)
    • Benefit: may lower cholesterol
  • Insoluble Fiber
    • Examples: wheat bran, vegetables, whole grains
    • Effect: adds bulk to the stool


    • Benefit: helps food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines

For more information, click here.

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A few months ago, I wrote a post: Cold Relief — Can Ionic Silver Help? Recently in the media, there has been negative press about colloidal silver with possible dangers cited as being bluish skin, mucous membrane discoloration, neurological problems, and liver damage. Yes, colloidal silver can cause those problems. But that’s colloidal silver. So this article looks at colloidal silver vs. ionic silver — what you should know.

According to B. J. Biagioli, NMD, developer of IS Defense, ionic silver does not cause anyone to turn blue. Biagioli is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor with additional degrees in Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and a Masters Degree in Electronics Engineering from MIT. He says colloidal silver is not effective in killing viruses, germs, and fungi and should never be used internally or externally. On the other hand, germs cannot survive in an environment of ionic silver.

IS Defense is the culmination of years of study and research by Dr. Biagioli and a team of engineers and chemists he formed in 1994. Equipment for medical use developed and produced by him has led the field for decades, but he considers his Premium Ionic Silver Solution to be his crowning achievement!

In a recent tele-conference with Dr. Biagioli, he mentioned a variety of uses for ionic silver. They include the following:

  • Scars
  • Pink eye and other infections
  • Deodorant
  • E. coli, stomach ulcers
  • Cuts, scrapes or anything that breaks the skin
  • Age spots
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Hand sanitizer

He cited a case where, after two years, acne scars disappeared. He noticed the effects after a couple of months; the craters were getting shallower. The end result was that his patient now looked under 30. In another case of a person with a scar across the neck, after 90 days he could hardly see the scar and after six months, it was gone.

With animals, you can spray the food to prevent cross-contamination between dogs and cats. Also, you can add one to two ounces in water, depending on the size of the animal. A cat which had an upper respiratory problem got well. White line disease on hooves of horses disappeared.

According to Dr. Biagioli, no alcohol based hand sanitizer works unless you rub it in long enough to kill the germs. With ionic silver, it is almost instantaneous and it lasts longer.

Finally in this tele-conference call, he said that colloidal silver will not kill malaria, but ionic silver will. Most people are interested in keeping healthy (although a few don’t care). Some people use IS Defense as a preventive measure and some people use it as soon as they feel something coming on. To use it as the latter, there is a certain regimen to follow and I will be happy to e-mail you the instructions —

To your health!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna is the second largest lake in Virginia located entirely in Virginia. Lake Anna State Park is located in Spotsylvania, Virginia. My husband and I had attempted to look for it in the pre-GPS, pre-Mapquest days and never found it. So Lake Anna State Park has remained on my local bucket list … until last Saturday when we found the park!

Old Pond, Lake Anna State Park

Since it is my goal to walk at least 7K steps a day, 50K steps a week, I like to look for interesting places to walk. Lake Anna State Park also gave my husband a chance to check out a potential fishing hole. Unfortunately, no one was catching anything in the Old Pond or Lake Anna itself, but they certainly make it comfortable for fishermen by providing a wooden platform and stool. In the upper left of the picture on the right, you can also see shelter provided for the fishermen. The building on the right is the Visitor Center.

There are 11 trails at the park and they are all marked as “easy,” except for three of them.     We took the Railroad Ford Trail (1.5 miles) and the Old Pond Trail (0.3 miles).  The latter is very easy — a totally paved path and excellent for a wheelchair. Over half of the Railroad Ford Trail bordered Lake Anna. It was a lovely walk and it reminded me of Eckhart Tolle and being in the moment.

Being aware of each moment sharpened the senses. The sound of the little waves on the shore, jet skis and motor boats, crickets, birds, children having fun, and other sounds I could not identify. Scenes of fishermen along the shoreline, people sitting and enjoying the peace of the lake, gnats coming up to annoy me and spiderwebs in my way were some of my views in the forest. It was a hot and humid summer day, but not overly so.

Although it was a relatively easy trail, there were still several inclines and many roots of trees to walk over. It was a great senior activity, but I was still thankful that being in good shape paid off and could really enjoy the walk. (Several previous posts talk about the benefits of being in shape. Click here for Exercise is a 4 Letter Word, click here for Fitness Required, click here for Heart Palpitations and Stroke).

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