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Friday morning, February 26
As usual we woke up at around 8am and started our morning exercises.
I opened my eyes, looked around.
I am in a hospital bed. Plugged into some machines, tubes attached to my body.
Anna, my wife standing at my bed.
I am having a hard time remembering, but Anna told me that in our bedroom while doing exercises I dropped on the floor, my heart stopped.
The whole hospital reality seemed like a bad dream, or more accurate, like my twin in an alternate reality.
I could see familiar faces, friends and relatives in the room.
Nurses constantly coming, doing something with the equipment, checking my blood pressure.
I know I was talking to visitors, nurses and doctors. But all this seems so distant, unreal and foggy.
I remember looking through large windows, the road, cars passing by – all this surreal, distant, foreign.
Every time I would open my eyes, I saw Anna in the room. That helped me to cope, to stay in this reality.
Nights were worse because it was dark, Anna would try to sleep on the couch in the room. Machines were humming and clicking on the sides of my bed. I could not turn on my bed being hooked up to these machines. Nurses would come in every couple of hours doing something around me.
Plus I had hiccups that would not stop. Nurses gave me some medicine and that helped a little.
Because of the catheter, that I don’t remember, I needed to pee pretty often and Anna would bring the dish (don’t know the name) and I did my best.
As days went by I started to feel more real and alert and Anna told me what had happened.
Not all of it. (I don’t want to know the details). Just that I dropped dead in the bedroom and she called the ambulance and did CPR while waiting for the paramedics.
My wife, My Anna saved my life.
Anna told me that the ambulance came in five minutes. First the paramedics used a defibrillator while I was on the floor in my bedroom. They did CPR in the car and used the defibrillator for ten minutes till they got to the emergency room.
My heart started to beat in the hospital. All together my heart did not work for twenty minutes.
After 4 days in intensive care I was transferred to a regular hospital room.
After a couple of days in that general room I was allowed to take walks in the corridor with the nurse.
That helped me to feel a little better.
There was a TV in the room. I remember watching it, half dreaming. The sound was off and I sometimes was not sure what I was watching. But it helped the time go faster. It has been a strange mix of dreams and reality. For me the whole affair is still not totally real.
To think that me being alive is just a lucky coincidence, makes me think of how the world would look without me. And I know that the world would not change.
And the fact that I am alive is close to a miracle. If at that time Anna had not been in the same room, or paramedics had arrived five minutes later, I would be dead – permanently.
So is there a reason for me having a second chance? What is my task? What do I have to accomplish?
What crossed my mind is maybe I had died and I am now in a parallel universe. So I was looking for some slight differences in what I see around me but did not see any.
What is strange is, the doctors don’t know why my heart stopped. Two weeks prior I had an annual checkup and it did not show any problems.
After a week in the regular hospital room my cardiologists came in the room and told us that I could go home. So with Anna’s help I got dressed and we walked outside to the car. While I was riding home I looked around – I did not recognize the surroundings.
I forgot to mention that I do not remember anything about being in the IC room. Later I read that if the brain starts to die, short term memory goes first.
But I am glad that I am back home. I was still weak but being at home helped.
But there was another problem – my fear of sleep. Was that anxiety or my subconscious memory of the ICU room? The first week I slept on the couch, half sitting up. I was terrified of lying down, of a dark room.
So every evening I was in a panic at the thought of going to bed.
But it is getting better. Finally I was able to stay in my bed all night. The dimmed light in the bedroom was on.
And I was laid my upper body high on two pillows. Still sometimes I would wake up and have an anxiety attack. I had to get up and walk around for a few minutes before I was able to go back to bed.
My doctor suggested Tylenol PM in the evening and I think it helped. Little by little I started to sleep better. I still need some light in the bedroom but hopefully that will pass.
I feel my pacemaker in my chest. I was told it will take some time to adjust.
I cannot say enough about people around me. My family, friends and relatives from all over the world. My older daughter Inna e-mailed updates to everybody.
My attitude changed somewhat. It is hard for me to do any long-term planning. But I realize that for all of us the future is unknown. And we all have to live with that.
So, my friends, hopefully my life will get back to normal. But I will never be the same. I was on the other side.
Life is impossible without sun. Sun created life on Earth. It cannot be bad for us. And people feel it and enjoy sunbathing.
Sunbathers live longer (and avoiding the sun could be as dangerous as smoking).
Vitamin D from the sun’s rays is essential for the healthy functioning of our body and immune system and staying in the shade all the time could be a recipe for premature death, researchers from the Karolinksa University Hospital in Sweden have discovered. https://wddty.com/news/2016/03/sunbathers-live-longer-and-avoiding-the-sun-could-be-as-dangerous-as-smoking.html
Sunbathing also reduces blood pressure, cuts the risk of heart attacks and is more likely to prolong life than shorten it. Dermatologist Dr. Richard Weller, whose team conducted the study, said: “We suspect that the benefits to heart health of sunlight will outweigh the risk of skin cancer.”
The big discovery is that when skin is exposed to sunlight, a compound called nitric oxide is released in blood vessels that helps lower blood pressure. The team’s risk assessment comes from the estimate that heart disease and stroke linked to high blood pressure kills 80 times more people than skin cancer in the UK. http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/health-benefits-sunbathing-outweigh-skin-1874870
Don’t go crazy! Everything in moderation.
One cannot trust every bit of advice that “learned” people give because in a few years this advice will change to something totally opposite. Please use common sense and do everything in moderation.
Even if sun is good for you, don’t spend hours in the sun because it will burn your skin. Start with 15 minutes per day and then increase the amount of time a little bit every day. But I would not advise spending more than a couple of hours per day, regardless on how long you have been adjusting to the sun.
“Then there’s the issue of potentially harmful ingredients. The Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding sunscreens that contain oxybenzone, which can behave like estrogen in the body and retinyl palmitate, which may speed the development of skin tumors exposed to sun.” http://www.treehugger.com/health/summer-skip-spray-sunscreen.html
Enjoy life, enjoy the sun and please stay healthy, my friends. And please try not to use sunscreen.
Diseases of the muscles and bones are among the most common of all human afflictions, affecting all ages, but becoming more prevalent with years. Government surveys indicate in the United States approximately 33% of adults currently suffer from troublesome arthritis with symptoms of swelling, limitation of motion, or pain. Approximately half of all people over 65 years report having arthritis. The regions of the body most affected are the neck, lower back, hip and shoulder. https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/featured-articles/articles/diet-only-hope-for-arthritis/
Importance of Exercise.
By Dr. Mercola
‘Osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of arthritic joint disease, characterized by loss of cartilage in the joint. It also has an inflammatory component. Osteoarthritis is a frequent cause of disability among seniors, affecting 20 million people in the U.S. Alone. While osteoarthritis typically involves the distal joints on your fingers and toes, knee and hip osteoarthritis is also common, the latter of which is the focus of this article. Contrary to popular belief, if you have osteoarthritis then exercise is absolutely crucial to your well-being. Unfortunately, many with joint pain shun exercise. According to previous research, over 40 percent of men and 56 percent of women with osteoarthritis don’t even get 10 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity per week. Less than 13 percent of men and less than 8 percent of women met the guideline of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity, low-impact activity per week.
According to the lead researcher, “The fact that so many people with arthritis are inactive should be a wake-up call to physicians.”Indeed, if physicians could instill the importance of exercise to their arthritis patients, many would benefit immensely.” http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2016/01/08/hip-osteoarthritis-exercises.aspx?e_cid=20160108Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20160108Z1&et_cid=DM94409&et_rid=1304096219
Physical therapy is beneficial. People with arthritis often have stiff joints — largely because they avoid movements that can increase pain. By not moving arthritic joints, however, the stiffness and pain only get worse. Therefore, people with arthritis often benefit from physical therapy http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/physical-occupational-therapy-devices
Obesity. More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese. Arthritis rates are more than twice as high in obese people as those who are normal weight, because the extra weight puts more pressure on your joints. This can not only lead to osteoarthritis, it can also make the condition exponentially worse.
Dangers of medications. Many people think that over-the-counter pain relievers must be harmless because they are available without a prescription. But repeated use of these drugs can damage your stomach, kidneys or liver. http://www.mayoclinic.org/arthritis-pain-medications/expert-answers/faq-20058391
So what do you do to prevent arthritis and to deal with it if you have it already?
Just by watching TV arthritis drug commercial you have an impression that there are more harm than good from using the drugs that pharma is pushing. Just listen to possible side effects.
“35 drugs we could find that have been recalled from the US market since the 1970s, some that had been in use since the 1930s. A sample of advertisements for only some of the drugs are included because there is a scarcity of ads for withdrawn drugs online due to manufacturers removing ads for withdrawn drugs as part of the agreement to no longer market the drugs.” http://prescriptiondrugs.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005528
Natural remedies summary
Move, exercise. Swim if you can, walk, do yoga (the best you can).
Try physical therapy
Healthy diet: avoid: milk, sugar, fried food, too much red meat, too much salt, processed food, smoking
Eat more colorful vegetables, fish(like salmon), whole grain, use good virgin olive oil, nuts(walnuts, cashew), drink green tea(not in tea bags-loose leaves). Pay attention on results. Different people react differently to foods. So experiment.
Maintain positive attitude
I also suggest this natural ointment: BARKAN Joint and arthritis pain relief cream-a 100% natural product from The Dead Sea.
A mixture of herbal extracts & essential oils in palm oil, including Lavender, Italian Helichryse, Ylang ylang, Sage, White willow, Oregano, Feverfew, Fig leaves, Winter Cherry, Wintergreen, Myrtle, Thyme, & Juniper. BARKAN soothes aching, swollen joints & small muscle areas. http://www.amazon.com/sp?_encoding=UTF8&asin=&isAmazonFulfilled=&isCBA=&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&orderID=&seller=AZCNBULPSP767&tab=&vasStoreID=
I am looking through the window
All is gray, wet and cold.
Droplets bombard the glass.
Black tree skeleton on the low heavy gray sky
Air is mixed with water dust and feels cold even from inside.
It makes my room feel warm and cozy.
Anticipation of winter in the air
Nature is ready for a long slumber.
Sleepy trees are shaking off last yellow and brown leafs
I noticed a single leaf
Still there, clinging to the black branch
Refusing to let go
The last leaf, it looked cold and lonely
The tree doesn’t want it anymore
But for the leaf it is so hard to let go
It was born there
There is a desperate hope, an illusion
The last leaf
It does not want to die
It does not know-it is dead already
But the tree knows.
The spring will come again
It will wake up to a new bright sunshine
Sun will paint the sky blue
Eagerly anticipating summer
The tree will grow new leafs, a new beautiful coat
The last leaf does not know that it is dead already
It is holding on
It feels that the Universe will end if it let go.
A gust of wind
The leaf falls now indistinguishable from from others
Nobody noticed this drama except me
Life goes on
Nothing changed in the universe
There will be another stubborn leaf next fall
An expanding nation
There are many reasons we have an obesity epidemic in our country. Many can be controlled. Lifestyles, parenting, food. But most of all education and parents accepting responsibility for their children health. Parents should not be afraid to be tough sometimes.
Frog in the water
“Slow changes over time in anything we see every day become invisible and can be ignored – which is great for the aging wives among us but not so helpful for frogs or children whose parents who should be taking notice so something can be done about it.”
“So if nearly everyone is obese then bizarrely no one is.” http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/obesity-is-now-so-normal-that-parents-can-t-see-it-in-their-kids/
Parents and kids.
Odds ratio analyses found children were 2.1 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.6, 2.8) times more likely to be obese if only their father was obese, 1.9 (95% CI: 1.5, 2.4) times more likely if only their mother was obese, and 3.2 (95% CI: 2.5, 4.2) times more likely if both parents were obese.
I don’t know about you, but it makes me sad when I see little children who are obese guzzling down a soda, munching on a huge bag of potato chips, or eating junk food. Often times the parents are also eating the same foods as the kids. http://www.dianecarbonell.com/do-obese-parents-equals-obese-kids/
Poverty and obesity
National data indicate that obesity rates increased at all income levels between 1971 and 2002, but the poor did not necessarily experience the largest increases during this time period (Chang & Lauderdale, 2005).
According to one recent nationally representative sample, obesity prevalence was higher in lower income and education groups, but the rate of increase in obesity over two decades was faster for higher income and education groups (Singh et al., 2011). For instance, between 1992 and 2008, obesity prevalence increased by 42.3 percent for the lower income group compared to 88.5 percent for the higher income group. http://frac.org/initiatives/hunger-and-obesity/are-low-income-people-at-greater-risk-for-overweight-or-obesity/
One in three kids eats fast food daily.
Researchers found that kids and adolescents ate an average of 12.4% of their daily calories from fast food. Kids ages 12 to 19 ate twice as many calories from fast food restaurants as children ages two to 11. In total, close to 34% of children and adolescents from ages two to 19 ate fast food on a given day.
Political correctness gets in the way
The problem that emerges when we start to substitute euphemistic phrases for scientific terminology is that we start to de-emphasize the seriousness of the problems. For example, for people who do not like the stigma of being called “anorexic” should we just say that they are “too skinny.” Some people do not like the stigma of being a cancer patient. Should we just say they just have “really bad cells?” What about people who don’t like the stigma of major depressive disorder? Should we just say the have “the blues?” Should we tell patients they have “unhealthy sugar” instead of telling them they have diabetes mellitus? Where does it stop? http://blog.medfriendly.com/2011/10/little-johnny-is-obese-political.html
My politically incorrect conclusion.
Overweight kids are at risk! Their health, their future is at risk. Our country’s future is at risk.
So pardon my language but fat and lazy parents should get off their fat and lazy butts and take control of their lives and of lives of their children. It takes effort and education. And tough love. And sometimes your feeling are hurt. And your children feelings also. And it’s OK. Better for your health and well being.
My in laws need a temporary stay in a nursing home.
So my wife and I went there to check it out
Sadness and despair enveloped me
The hopelessness and emptiness of human shadows.
These people are swimming in the river Styx
The river to the underworld.
Figures in wheelchairs.
Slumped and motionless
Their faces, their eyes empty
These people are not here anymore
They, their souls are in transition
Suspended half way
Away from our world
Being carried by the river’s current
Such a depressing feeling
This place is trying to get hold of me
To pull me in it’s deadly current
These people lived long lives
Long lives nearing the end
Lives full of hopes, ambitions, desires.
Lives outside these walls
Now just ashes left
Remnants of lives fully lived
Ashes floating away
I feel sorry for them, afraid
And I cannot help wondering
What awaits me?
What the future holds?
Will I become a ghost of myself?
Slumped in a wheelchair, helpless
No will to go on
The thought scares me
Why go on?
But what are the choices?
Are there choices?
Who is to decide when it is time?
Will I end up like this?
Held up in this world by loved once?
But soon we left the nursing home and we are back among the living
We better live every day I thought
Live it the best we can, do something, enjoy every day.
While we can
We don’t know what the future holds.
Greek myth a river in Hades across which Charon ferried the souls of the dead
[from Greek Stux; related to stugein to hate] http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Styx
By Ella Zibitsker.
We often think about weight problem as a stand-alone issue that can be easily resolved by either dieting or/and exercising. And sometimes it’s true, we can lose some pounds by eating less or adding some exercises to our daily routine. And then we gain it all back. So, why most of us cannot keep the weight down for long period of time? And the bigger question is, if overweight is an indication of poor health, should we focus on health first?
I found the answer in George Oshawa’s famous quote: “The principle without the technique is useless; the technique without the principle is dangerous.”
For me, macrobiotics provides a concept based on over 4,000 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine and techniques developed by George Oshawa, Michio Kushi, and Herman Aihara, as well as many of their associates and pupils. Macrobiotics is not another diet, it’s a lifestyle based on 4 principles. It stipulates that if you want to stay healthy or heal you should:
I watched many people following these principles to improve their health and inevitably losing weight. Some lost 30-40 pounds in just 3-4 months. And by changing the lifestyle they managed not only keep the weight down but to create extraordinary health. That’s the result we should expect and work for.
After reading Michio Kushi’s book “The Macrobiotic Way”, I realized that this is the only way to regain health back. For me changing my lifestyle by adopting these principles was a matter of life and death. You see, 17 years ago I was diagnosed with terminal cancer and wasn’t offered any treatment. I dived in to the world of macrobiotics, met Michio, did everything he told me, completely changed my lifestyle and 9 months later was clear of cancer. Since that time my health improved and so did the weight. I lost about 20 pounds and never gained them back. Hundreds of people turned to macrobiotics as a last resort, but more and more people started thinking about staying healthy and practice common sense lifestyle that is based on the above 4 principles.
If you’re completely satisfied with the way you are – great, but if you don’t maybe you should re-examine the principles and techniques you are using. They might be useless or dangerous. I encourage you to discover and explore the world of macrobiotics and create a life full of energy and enjoyment.
For more information, contact me directly at (847) 682-4794 or visit our website, www.StartMacro.com.
To read more about macrobiotics, Yin/Yang, and balanced lifestyle here are some websites among many others: www.kushiinstitute.org, http://www.sacredlotus.com/go/foundations-chinese-medicine/get/yin-yang, http://wholesomebalance.com/Macrobiotics.html.
By Susan Laub
Obesity Epidemic in America
Nathan, Thanks for posting your thoughts about the problem of obesity in America…and I will repeat that morbid obesity is a serious health problem in our country. Being overweight is a condition that I can personally attest to as I was 40 pounds overweight in high school. Fortunately, for me, I was able to reach my ideal weight in college. But the psychological problems with being “fat” (not a politically-correct term) remain fresh in my mind. The low self esteem, feeling of being mocked, social isolation, depression – these are just a few of the problems that can occur, to say nothing about the health risks associated with the problem. I think that obesity is an illness, a problem that needs to be identified by the person who is overweight. Otherwise, we remain in a constant state of denial.
Perhaps the present efforts to “normalize” this problem (and even to exalt it) is a reaction to all the media that says, in order to be beautiful, you must be thin. Research has shown that the epidemic of anorexia in teenage girls is ostensibly due to the pressure felt during these years of “fitting in”, being “normal”. It is an attempt to also be beautiful and desirable. We have subsequently learned that the serious problems with anorexia have mostly to do with being in control and remaining small (a dependent child).
The pendulum has swung to the other end of saying and thinking that obesity is OK…it is not. All efforts to the contrary keeps the problem entrenched. There are two issues with the “normal” American diet, I believe, that perpetuate the problem. The first is our craving of sugar…carbohydrates that have little nutritional value and lots of calories. I’m not saying no carbs, I’m saying smaller portions. Our craving of sweets is like an addiction to anything…drugs, alcohol, cigarettes (another drug), gambling, sex, etc. When we experience pleasure, that pleasure-center in our brain is stimulated and we then want more, much more, of that same pleasure. Consequently, in order to achieve a healthy diet and pattern of eating, we must go through a period of “withdrawal”. This can be done…it just requires some patience and resolve.
The second problem has to do with our “normal” portions of food. We have successfully super-sized practically everything we eat; e.g., “all you can eat” diners and restaurants, 20 oz. sodas (with free refills) and carbs, carbs and carbs! A traveler from England was commenting on the things she liked and didn’t like about Chicago. She had heard about our larger portions before she arrived, but she couldn’t believe her eyes when she actually saw it. I think the food industry is also at fault for putting corn syrup in practically everything we eat. And, finally, I believe our problem with obesity must be addressed through education, poking at the denial we use to justify our bad habits and by closing our mouths!
About the author.
I went off to college and, for the first time in my life, I felt that I was in control of my life. My mom, bless her heart, always tried to help me lose weight. But her methods enraged me…she would restrict me from eating what my sisters could eat, usually sweets and desserts. My family would have pie or ice cream for dessert and I would be served canned fruit cocktail. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate fruit cocktail…I hated being the only one who was different restricted, all the time.So in college, I decided to impose my own restrictions when eating and I began to exercise. I did lose weight and I think subconsciously, I wanted to show my mother how I succeeded where she failed. My self-esteem and body image were the reason I chose to lose weight and clearly I wanted to manage it myself. I learned something that helped me when I became a parent…you can’t control the behavior of your children…all you can do is to help mold it and provide some direction. Susie.
“Excess weight harms health in many ways. It increases the risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers, to name just a few, and reduces one’s life span. Treating obesity and obesity-related conditions costs billions of dollars a year. By one estimate, the U.S. spent $190 billion on obesity-related health care expenses in 2005—double previous estimates. (1) The enormity of this economic burden and the huge toll that excess weight takes on health and well-being are beginning to raise global political awareness that individuals, communities, states, nations, and international organizations must do more to stem the rising tide of obesity.” http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-consequences/economic/
Two extremes are equally bad.
Overweight and proud of it? Really? I think it is a convenient excuse to be lazy.
Yes, there are overweight people who are sick and just cannot loose weight.
But the majority just live and eat unhealthily and don’t have the drive to do something about being obese.
And these obese models are giving these lazy, overweight people a good excuse to do nothing about their problem.
Considering that we already have an obesity epidemic, promoting obesity as a norm contributes greatly to the problem.
Americans are living large. Extra large. As in XXXXL large size. As in baby-powdered-thighs large. As in wheezing, heaving, bust-the-car-suspension large. Overweight has become the new normal and society is straining to accommodate our ever-expanding waistlines. We plant plush bottoms on wider seats in theaters and toilet stalls, drape ourselves in plus-sized clothing, even go to our eternal rest in broader coffins. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight and a third, some 72 million people, are considered obese. From 1980 to 2008, obesity rates doubled for adults and tripled for children, with 17 percent, or 9 million children over 6, classified as obese. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-06-12/news/fl-overweight-new-normal-20110601_1_apparel-size-vanity-sizing-obesity-rates
And please don’t give these lame excuses like, “I love myself the way I am”. In my opinion if you love yourself you will take care of yourself. Why do you go to school, college, style your hair, buy nice clothes and shave your legs if you love yourself just the way you are? It is a known fact that overweight people get sick more often and die sooner. Is that how you love yourself? That you are willing to die sooner?
The only way to deal with a problem is to name it, to admit that you have a problem and to do one’s best to overcome, to defeat the problem. That’s what love means.