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THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 19, 2016
Mom And Me
by Lizzie and Pryce
Lizzie and Pryce answer your ques-
tions and give advice about aging
concerns from a two-generational
perspective. A mother and daughter
team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health
educator, and Pryce is a licensed psycho-
therapist in private practice who special-
izes in the care of elders and people with
Dear Mom & Me,
Our friends are healthy elderly -- just
like us. They enjoyed doing things and
going places, but not now.
Their entire lifestyle is scheduled
around the care and the needs of their
elderly dog. This care is all-consuming;
they will go places just for a few hours so
as not to leave the dog alone. They take
the odd week's vacation and employ a
woman to live in and care for the animal
during that time. They would like to move
to a smaller place or a retirement com-
plex, but can't because of the dog.
We are fed up dealing with it and we
have heard that others have also given
up. What's this with dogs?
I am not into dogs but I have heard
that they fulfill a very basic need for some
This couple seems to have a need for
parenting, love this dog as a person and
enjoy caring. I have also heard people say
that some people are prepared to spend
thousands of dollars on chemotherapy,
surgeries etc., just to extend their lives.
This type of need is beyond my
comprehension and only a person with
appropriate skills can understand, and
that is not me.
I am a dog person. Our dog is very
much an integral part of our family. Dog
lovers do not ask you non-dog lovers to
understand. We do not criticize you for
not having dogs. Do not criticize us for
having dogs. Apart from dogs bringing
depth and breadth to the life experience,
research has validated over and over
again the benefits of animals in the lives
Lizzie and Pryce's email address is
Doctor and Dietitian
by Ross Hauser, MD and Marion
Hauser, MS, RD
The shoulder is the most mobile joint
in the body! Several bones join to
allow the shoulder to reach, lift,
pull, throw objects, and so much more.
The shoulder is held in place by surround-
ing ligaments and musculature, which
work together in an amazing coordination
of efforts to provide the teamwork neces-
sary to carry out the extensive motion of
Interestingly, the shoulder relies very
little on bony support. While categorized
as a ball and socket joint, the glenohu-
meral joint of the shoulder has more of
a resemblance to a golf ball on a tee.
If you are a golfer and have repeatedly
picked up a golf ball and replaced it back
on the tee, especially on uneven terrains,
and less than calm weather, you know
the support is limited. Due to this lack of
bony support, the shoulder relies heavily
on surrounding soft tissue for stabilization.
Even if one of the ligaments or muscle
team members of the shoulder is injured,
such as from a fall or overuse, the
dynamics of the entire shoulder is disrupt-
ed. The shoulder then becomes unstable,
which may lead to many other conditions
such as labral tears, rotator cuff strains
or tears, bursitis and dislocation, just to
name a few.
Our choice is MEAT for encourag-
ing injury healing (Movement, Exercise,
Analgesics and Treatment) versus RICE
(Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) which
does not. Preferred treatments encour-
age blood flow to the joint because this
brings cells that help repair the damage,
such as using heat and massage instead
of ice and compression, as well as exer-
cise and other non-invasive options.
Targeted regenerative treatments, like
Prolotherapy, are also helpful in stubborn
shoulder injuries. Don't suffer with shoul-
der pain when so many options now exist
to repair it and be active again!
This information is not intended
to treat, cure or diagnose your condi-
tion. Caring Medical and Rehabilitation
Services has two locations: one in Oak
Park, Illinois, and one in Fort Myers.
It was established in 1991 by Ross
Hauser, MD, and Marion Hauser, MS,
RD. They can be reached at info@car-
Patch You Up
by Suzy Cohen, RPh
is going to
be fun. I'm sharing
outlandish folk rem-
edies that could help
you, but please don't
take this medical
advice. Just because
something is natural,
doesn't mean it's nec-
essarily safe or effective. I'm just passing
along what you've shared with me. I've
put my comments in parentheses. Enjoy:
If you get a minor burn that doesn't
expose any skin, quickly rub some tooth-
paste on it. Rob K.
I used to get little skin bumps or rashes
on my legs. Now I know to rub the inside
of a banana peel on them to control the
itch and redness. This also works for little
bug bites. Paul W.
(FYI, essential oil of myrrh would be
my recommendation, with or without the
My husband has the worst smelly feet
in the world. I almost left him for this,
until my aunt told me to rub his feet with
some alcohol, like the kind you drink. So
we tried vodka, and put it on a washcloth
every night. We've been married 32
years. Patricia B.
(Alcohol is an antiseptic and kills sur-
face fungus by starving them, which is
probably why this helped her husband. I
wonder if she drank the shots of vodka
If a bug bites you like a mosquito or
wasp, apply deodorant. It takes the sting
out. Jenny L.
If you have hyperthyroidism (Graves'
disease), eat a dish of raw or very lightly
steamed broccoli every day to reduce
symptoms. Yvonne M.
(There's actually some proof for why
this works, but it may not be enough
for full blown hyperthyroidism. Broccoli
contains sulfur compounds called thio-
cyanates which reduce thyroid hormone
Every spring I get at least one sinus
infection. Put a teaspoon of oregano in
4 cups of water and boil it for 10 min-
utes gently. Cool mixture to room tem-
perature. Strain it into a spray bottle and
shoot it up there once daily. Brenda K.
I drink cinnamon tea instead of coffee
to get me going. I simmer a cinnamon
stick in water for 15 minutes and chill it
for the next day. Ellen T.
I used to get cold sores on my lip
every month. Take lemon balm supple-
ments as a cure, at night though. You
can apply the teabags to your sores too.
(I've also heard that applying an ice
cube at the onset of tingle will also miti-
gate these oral lesions.)continued on page 24
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