Integrative Medicine Conversations

In past blog posts I have written about the ways Integrative Medicine can impact our lives as an addition to our wellness regimens.

This is not to suggest that your medications are not appropriate for your medical needs. However, I believe that conversations about other methods in how we think about pain is worth exploring.

Dr. Andrew Weil, has been a pioneer of new ideas for maintaining a healthful lifestyle, his website has a wealth of information that you will want to explore.

In a recent podcast Dr. Weil discusses ideas with Dr. Howard Schubiner, an internist, pediatrician, and director of the Mind Body Medicine Center, which they refer to as “Mind-Body Approaches” to healing chronic pain.

As I have discussed in the past, the aging process brings about all types of adjustments we must confront. Therefore, when I find something interesting, which I believe can complement your well-being, I am eager to share it with you.

Below is podcast, which discusses integrative methods, for healing chronic pain and what causes it.

Listen when you find an opportunity. It just may help you.

Also available on Apple, Google and other podcast platforms

You can visit Dr. Weil’s website at the links below.

https://www.drweil.com/

https://www.integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/index.html

All the best for your continued well-being!

Sources
https://www.integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/body_of_wonder.html

https://unlearnyourpain.com/

Anosmia: A Conversation About The Loss of Smell

Anosmia is the medical term for the loss of smell. A post on the Harvard Health Blog reported that some patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 also had problems from loss of smell. In this episode of the Wellness Connections Podcast, Frauke Galia of F.A.L.K. Aromatherapy provides us with an inside look and understanding of this problem.

She tells us about the various ways she helps people to reignite their sense of smell using training methods, which includes using essential oils.

Frauke has a wealth of information to share with people who require help and assistance with this problem and empathizes in a way that can make a difference with anyone who is in need for direction toward getting “smell-well” again.

Use the links below for quick access to the information shared in the episode.

I Can’t Smell Page (falkaromatherapy.com)

An Aromatic Life Podcast (falkaromatherapy.com)

CURIOSITIES ABOUT SMELL (falkaromatherapy.com)

Your journey to aromatic wellness begins here (falkaromatherapy.com)

Podcast also available at:
Judith Guerra Wellness Connections • A podcast on Anchor

What have you done for your skin lately?

This is a continuation of the SPF and skincare question.  Some of you may have listened to my summary on this topic at my Judith Guerra Wellness Connections Podcast on Spotify.  This post provides details for you on where you can find the tools you need to participate in a well-being program for your skin.

I happen to think men believe that women spend way too much time on their skin/beauty regimens, which could be true (LOL).

What some men may not know is that by age 50 men are more likely than women to develop melanoma. And, that number continues to increase. (At age 65, men are 2 times more likely as women the same age to get Melanoma). At the age of 80 it is 3 times more likely. The research facts reveal Melanoma is harder on men. Melanoma strikes men harder – AAD

I can actually confirm that none of the men I know use SPF.
If you are a man reading this post – do you? On a walk recently, I asked a neighbor, whom I see often, whether he had on SPF – he quickly admitted he did not. In addition, he did not have on a hat. This man is about 65-70 years old. I suggested he may want to consider using an SPF. He promised he would. As I said, The research shows that at his age he is 2 times more likely than a woman to develop melanoma. According to the AAD: 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

In addition, Melanoma is more than 20 times more common in whites than in African Americans. Overall, the lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 2.6% (1 in 38) for whites, 0.1% (1 in 1,000) for Blacks, and 0.6% (1 in 167) for Hispanics.


Although skin cancer is less prevalent in the black community than in the white population, when it does occur among people of color, it tends to be diagnosed at a later, and more advanced, stage.

♥ Studies show that black people are four times more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage melanoma and tend to succumb at a rate of 1.5 times more than white people with a similar diagnosis. The Sunscreen Gap: Why Black People Still Need SPF (healthline.com)

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Considering Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is often referred to as a way of “complementing” our wellness regimen by enhancing our body, mind and spirit experiences. What does that mean?

First, Integrative Medicine is not to be considered a “substitute for conventional medicine”. However, it can help with treating your well-being by “adding” to your regular medical program.

Second, some complementary/integrative methods are: Aromatherapy, Music Therapy, Acupuncture, Meditation, and Dietary Supplements. Living Senior has posted articles on these topics in the past: Links to My Other Posts | livingsenior.me

Third, let’s explore some ideas that can help with our wellness regimen, which are considered complementary.

A friend called my attention to the People’s Pharmacy, which began in 1976 to aide us in making decisions about medical and alternative treatments. They also have a database of Home Remedies at this link: Home Remedies | The People’s Pharmacy (peoplespharmacy.com)

A source I use for Integrative medicine guidelines, and how to understand the different terminology is Dr. Andrew Weil. He has been a pioneer in Integrative Medicine for thirty years.

You can signup for his newsletters at the link below:
DrWeil.com Newsletters | Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Message to Elders & Parents: Play More, Live Better and Longer

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Play More?
What Does That Mean? Why Should I?

As we are continually confronted with the challenge of Covid19 worries, that impact  our lives,  I am sure we could all use a ‘Time-Out’  – in a positive way.

Research reveals that play as adults can help us to get some relief from our responsibilities, and find ways to manage the stress we feel. Not only will it be good for you, but if you have children, it can be a way to connect and relieve stress for them as well.  Worth thinking about?  The school year will begin shortly in a format that some of us have not quite figured out how to handle, and to bring ‘normalcy’  to our work and school days.  Maybe what we need is a little relief to help us cope through this period.  Below are some sources, which discuss various options and suggestions for placing ‘play’ in your life.

 

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Sources for Ideas

https://psychcentral.com/blog/the-importance-of-play-for-adults/
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/play-in-mind

Sign Up: Free Exercise and other Classes for Seniors

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I want you to know that on any given day it is not easy for me to “pick myself up” and take “that walk”. However, one of the things that I know for sure about exercising is: afterwards, I feel better.  I can imagine that for some of you, the same is true.  That’s why I am taking the opportunity to share with you the Senior Planet website:  https://seniorplanet.org/get-involved/online/.

Senior Planet has ‘figured it out‘.   That is for certain.  The Senior Planet program makes exercise look attractive, even tempting. I think that Senior Planet may motivate you to join with other seniors, in the comfort of your own home, and at a time and day that is convenient for you. You can choose what type of exercise suits your needs and your moods.  Oh, and did I say that it is free?

Senior Planet also has other online computer classes that you can take:  Art, Tech,  Chair Yoga, Discussion Groups.  It’s pretty impressive.

If you want to think about it first, take the opportunity to sign up for their Newsletter .
https://seniorplanet.org/get-involved/newsletters/

Enjoy!

Senior Care and COVID19

senior telemedicineThe COVID19 – Pandemic has affected us all in how we will lead our lives post Coronavirus. In addition, we senior citizens are being confronted with new methods in order to manage how we live going forward. Major changes have occurred in attending to our healthcare and well-being needs physically, socially, and mentally.  To protect our health, Telehealth is a solution, which allows us to see the doctor without visiting their office.

  • Good news for seniors is that  Medicare has now expanded Telemedicine coverage and you can arrange doctor appointments until further notice, without incurring added charges. This includes chronic conditions like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
  • FYI – The terms Telehealth and Telemedicine are being used interchangeably.  These are the descriptions I found at The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) – https://www.aafp.org/about/the-aafp/history.html
  •  iPhone users can contact telemedicine doctors using FaceTime. Android users can use Skype.  There are numerous apps, which can be utilized.

doctor-4187242_1920Medicare Descriptions of  Telehealth coverage:
https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/telehealth
https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/virtual-check-ins
https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/e-visits

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Exercise is a Win-Win Anytime We Start

If you haven’t already started your New Year’s Resolutions list for 2020, here’s a suggestion for senior citizens who are feeling guilty that they never exercised in 2019, and think it’s too late at this stage in their lives to start.

The good news  for 2020 is that anytime you start exercising you will gain benefits.  In last month’s post, we learned that we could gain a better night’s sleep just by taking a 30 minute walk. Also, younger folks in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s can benefit as well.  Just 150 minutes of moderate- intensity exercise a week ‘fits the bill‘.  Ultimately, some exercise is better than none.
Park your car a little farther away, and walk to your destination.
Take the stairs more frequently.
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