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ISLAND SUN - SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
Can Help You
by Suzy Cohen, RPh
through studies and
to bring you the lat-
est news, hot off the
press either before
it’s published, or soon
after. Take a look at
the following natural
“folk” remedies which improve health
and well being. If you want more folk
remedies, the longer version of this can
be emailed to you; just sign up for my
newsletter at my website.
First up, help for alcoholism.
Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) is an
herb that can help with withdrawal and
liver problems. It’s a diuretic too. Also,
plain niacin, about 100 mg two or three
times daily can cut cravings.
Drink tea, chamomile can slash risk of
death by 29 percent in women over age
65, not men. No one is sure why, but
according to the study conducted at The
University of Texas, drinking chamomile
tea is the bomb! The effect on your mor-
tality may have to do with it’s strong anti-
inflammatory, antibiotic and anti-platelet
Kiss more. If you only kiss during sex,
you’re more eight times more likely to
feel chronically stressed, and possibly
depressed. A study of 2,000 couples
from Northwestern University proved
this. Pucker up outside the bedroom, or
backseat, or wherever.
Burdock root is a diuretic, and can
help you eliminate fluid if you have
edema. You can drink it as a tea for a
milder effect. If you cool the tea, and
apply it topically with a compress, it helps
with psoriasis, eczema or other skin irrita-
Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) can
help alleviate menstrual cramps, irritabil-
ity and PMS symptoms. Take it for a
few days during that special time of the
month. You can buy it as a tincture or
Since I promised you “weird,” I will
now deliver: Toad skin for non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma. Yung-Chi Cheng, a Yale pro-
fessor of pharmacology in New Haven,
Connecticut is the lead researcher who
published the news last March showing
that “Huachansu,” a compound in toad
skin, enhances Bayer AG’s cancer drug
Nexavar. The toads they use are Bufo
gargarizans, in case you want to put a
face with the name.
More weird. Turtles, specifically their
upper shell, not their cute slow-moving
feet. Pelodiscus sinensis is the name
of the critter, from which a patented
Chinese medicine is derived and used for
cancer and sometimes HIV/AIDS.
One of the most lethal bugs known
to man is MRSA (short for Methicillin
Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), and
scientists have discovered that compounds
in “Sweet Chestnut” leaf can paralyze the
superbug. More specifically, the “ursene”
and “oleanene” block staph’s ability to
destroy tissues. No one has studied it’s
effect in human MRSA patients, how-
ever, people have been cultivating this
for centuries so I see no harm in drinking
the tea, or trying an herbal extract. The
botanical name is Castanea sativa.
Make a natural deodorant using clary
sage essential oil. Put 15 drops of it in a
spray bottle with 1/2 cup witch hazel and
1/4 teaspoon baking soda.
This information is not intended
to treat, cure or diagnose your condi-
tion. Suzy Cohen is the author of The
24-Hour Pharmacist and is a registered
pharmacist. To contact her, visit www.
Every Day Is Falls Prevention Day
At Hope HealthCare Services
Mostly everyone has heard of Tai
Chi, an ancient Chinese tradition
that today is practiced as a grace-
ful form of exercise involving a series of
simple, continuous, rhythmic and func-
tional movements performed in a slow,
focused manner accompanied by deep
breathing. Research has proven that with
regular practice, Tai Chi can improve
functional balance and the performance
of daily activities and reduce the risk of falling.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of adults
aged 65 and older fall each year and suffer injuries ranging from hip fractures to head
trauma. Falls often result in a loss of independence and a decline in health. In 2013,
about 25,500 older adults died from fall injuries.
While September 23 is officially Falls Prevention Day, Hope HealthCare Services
recognizes the importance of balance all year long by offering Tai Chi classes through
the Hope Parkinson Program. Participants find that practicing Tai Chi helps improve
balance, gait, walking ability and coordination by developing lower extremity muscle
strength in those with Parkinson’s.
People over 60 years of age who would like to work on their balance are invited
to attend Hope Parkinson Program’s weekly Tai Chi Open Practice Classes held
Mondays at 3 p.m. in the Hope Cape Community Room, and Wednesdays at 2:30
p.m . at Hope HealthPark Community Room. There is no cost to attend, and no
RSVP is required.
Hope Parkinson Program participants can enroll in a new Tai Chi class with modi-
fied moves to accommodate those with mobility issues. EZ Seated Tai Chi combines
the benefits of a traditional Tai Chi class with the safety of a chair. The six-week work-
shop is offered Wednesday afternoons from October 14 through November 18 in the
Hope HealthPark Community Room from 1 to 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required. To
learn more, call 985-7727 or email Michelle.Martin@HopeHCS.org.
Hope’s Tai Chi workshops are designed around an evidenced-based falls preven-
tion program developed by the Oregon Research Institute and recommended by the
Centers for Disease Control, the National Council on Aging, and the Administration
To learn more about Hope HealthCare Services programs, including Hope
Parkinson Program, Hope Hospice, Hope Kids Care, Hope PACE (Program of All-
Inclusive Care for the Elderly), Hope Palliative Care, Hope Visiting Nurses and other
home care services, call 482-4673 or visit www.HopeHCS.org.
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Community Education Event
Talking about issues related to end-of-life or care when someone has a serious
illness is not the easiest thing to do. However, having the conversation ahead
of time is one of the most valuable gifts you can give your loved ones.
Hope HealthCare Services Parkinson Program invites the public to Hope for the
Best, Plan for the Rest, an educational event to help you plan for your future health
needs. It will be held Friday, October 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hope Cape Coral
Community Room, 2430 Diplomat Parkway East in Cape Coral.
The afternoon will begin with Consider the Conversation, a moving and thought-
provoking film. Afterwards, Rev. Dr. Lt. Col. Jonathan Scalone, MA, DMin, USAF
(Ret), will lead a discussion on how to use the Five Wishes advance directive forms
that can provide guidance for loved ones based on one’s own personal, emotional and
Participants will also learn about receiving health care in their own homes – even
during serious illness – through Hope Home Health, Hope Palliative Care, Private
Duty Nursing and Hope Hospice programs.
Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited and
reservations are required. Call 985-7727 or email Michelle.Martin@HopeHCS.org.
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