A Health You Recap (11/16): Nail Salons, Joe Cross & Leeza Gibbons Alzheimer’s advocateBy Jocelyn Steiber / Post / November 16, 2014
Segment 1: Health Hazards lurking in nail salons with Dr. Karin Hehenberger
EVERYONE, at the very least, should look to see that your nail salon doesn’t cut cuticles or use sharp instruments, cleans instruments thoroughly using “autoclave,” (a pressure chamber used to sterilize equipment that looks like a little oven) and has proper licensing. Also, look for the “blue water”—it’s a chemical-based cleaner.
Diabetics need to be even more careful, explained Dr. Karin Hehenberger, M.D., PhD, who is also founder of Lyfebulb, an educational and social platform dedicated to helping those with chronic illnesses lead their optimal lifestyles. They often have neuropathy, which means they can’t feel things as well as others, such as if the water is too hot or if the instruments are too sharp.
“Right now, there are 29 million people diagnosed with diabetes and 90 million people who are pre-diabetic—and 1/3 of those will become diabetic, she said, adding that those who take autoimmune medications, whether for rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s Disease or something else.”
Dr. Hehebenger recommends doing a little research prior to using a new salon. Call first, speak to the manager and perhaps even go in to look around. If you’re brand new to the salon, start with a manicure before you go in for the pedicure. “A manicure is slightly less risky than a pedicure for the simple reason that fingers are closer than toes—so you have better vision as to what’s going on.”
“What happens if it’s after the fact,” asked Carol. “No matter how careful we are, no matter how well educated the salon, sometimes you’ll still get nicked and cut.”
Don’t ignore it, said Dr. Hehenberger, especially if the wound looks raw or is bleeding. Put a little Neosporin on it, and if you’re diabetic, speak with your doctor.
For more information on Lyfebulb, please visit: http://www.lyfebulb.com/
Segment 2: Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2: Joe Cross
A while back, Carol had Joe Cross AKA Joe the Juicer came on the show to talk about his journey to health. He then traveled around the country, teaching others to get healthy, convincing them to eat more plant-based foods and juice. He documented this in his first movie, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2” is the sequel and, unlike the first movie that focused on getting healthy, this one focuses on efforts to stay healthy; that movie is scheduled for release on December 2.
Joe, who has kept his own weight off for more than two years now, said this movie includes personal stories and testimonials. “We got about 3,000 videos of YouTube stories!” he said, adding that it’s not just about what you eat. “One of the things that really stood out for me in my discussions with others, was the power of community, of support,” he said, noting that one woman said when her husband finally got onboard, and started to eat the way she did, she experienced much more dramatic results.
Another thing that stood out for Joe were the constant comments that children are more apt to eat healthy if they get involved with food preparation, with making their own choices. “Kids even come home from school, telling their parents they want to eat healthier. We also have a motto when we do demonstrations, “If you make it, you eat it.” Almost always, the kids want to drink the juice they made!
At that point, Carol interjected with, “There’s a difference between losing weight and being healthy. My diet’s mostly raw—I find when I eat healthy, the weight just automatically drops off.”
“Yes, most places are weight obsessed,” said Joe. “When we see someone lean, we automatically think they’re healthy—but, more often than not, people will try crazy, weight-loss gimmicks that are bad for health.”
We have so many choices, said Joe, including processed food (which is what really puts the weight on, added Carol), meat or plant-based. By far, those who eat mainly, or entirely, plant-based, foods or juices see the most results.
Segment 3: Leeza Gibbons dealing with the reality of Alzheimer’s
She’s hosted several popular shows, such as “Entertainment Tonight,” and now she has her own show, “Leeza,” explained Carol, “but during all this she took care of her mother, an Alzheimer’s patient who passed away several years ago.
Leeza, an investor and spokesperson for Senior Helpers, explained that, for her, the first signs were grooming and personality changes in her mother. “In fact,” she said, “we thought she was becoming an alcoholic—but it turns out that she’d drink to self-medicate. She saw her own mother go through it, so she knew what was going on; in fact, she pushed us to get the diagnosis.”
So she knew what was happening—does this mean most people do know?” asked Carol.
“You just can’t hide from it—it’s a brain disease,” said Leeza, noting that, ultimately, it comes in stages, including personality and mood changes.
Specifically, you’ll also sees: memory loss; trouble problem solving; difficulty competing tasks, confusion; decreased or poor judgment; trouble comprehending images or words; withdrawal; misplacing items.
It’s not a path you can walk alone, said Leeza. Alzheimer’s affects everyone, not just the patient, but also family members, friends and caregivers. Senior Helpers is comprised of teams; to date, there are 300 advisors who make “peace of mind” calls, visit hospitals, and help the medications, run errands and more.
“What’s the difference between, say, dementia/senior moments and Alzheimer’s,” asked Carol.
“Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, but it’s certainly not normal aging or a senior moment,” said Leeza. “When you put your pencils in the refrigerator, when you can’t remember how to got to a certain place, when you’re giving huge sums of money to telemarketers, that’s not normal.”
For more information on senior helpers, please visit: www.seniorhelpers.com.
Segment 4: Ask Carol
Question: What causes morning undereye puffiness?
Answer: Morning eye puffiness can be caused by many things. For instance, you might possibly be using eye creams, make up, or moisturizers too close to tear ducts, irritating them—and possibly even blocking them from draining. Other causes can be allergies, sleep deprivation and alcohol.
If, however, your eye puffiness is constant, with darkness,, it might also be your thyroid or some other illness. If you think that’s the case, talk to your doctor about checking your thyroid out.
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