Sometimes the old adage “you are what you eat” is good news; at other times it can harbinger ominous tidings for health. This is what three family members have discovered in their recent journeys to wellness.
Amy Zimmerman wanted to lose weight gained after her first child; her husband Jake sought a remedy for debilitating foot pain; Amy’s mother, Peggi Ingram, was looking for a way to navigate the unpredictable waters of pre-menopause.
Inflammation disorders like arthritis, sciatica, low back pain, headaches and fibromyalgia are common among patients of Arthur Shattuck, physician of Oriental Medicine.
Shattuck dispenses dietary advice to clients at Roots and Legends Natural Medicine Clinic in Racine.
BY MELINDA TICHELAAR
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — She couldn’t tell her mom that something was wrong because it was way too embarrassing.
She didn’t even like to walk down the toilet paper aisle at the grocery store.
Physical activity — whatever the season — sometimes brings aches and pains that can act as not-too-subtle reminders of one’s ... ahem ... “senior” status.
When the world is spinning, it could be the result of a night on the town, a bad eyeglasses prescription or a case of benign paroxysmal position vertigo. Ruling out the first two, BPPV is a form of temporary dizziness caused by a blockage of the vestibular system responsible for detecting the position of the head.
The problem occurs when tiny rocks called otoconia become dislodged from their original location, said Jennifer Montemurro of Accelerated’s Balance and Wellness Center, Kenosha. “The rocks inside the gravity chamber of our ears have evolved to compensate for the Earth’s spinning,” she said. If shaken loose by trauma or natural aging of the bones of the ears, tiny hair cells in our inner ears pick up the rocks and toss them into chambers where they do not belong. The result is symptoms of dizziness and spinning.
Getting older can make anyone feel off balance, but dizziness and a fear of falling don’t have to become a way of life, say experts.
“You can live to be 105 and not have a balance issue because the body compensates as we get older,” according to Jennifer Montemurro, therapist with Accelerated’s Balance and Wellness Center, 6926 39th Ave. “Aging is normal but dizziness is not a function of aging,” she said.
When it comes to the “more is better” philosophy, what works for communications networks doesn’t work for herbal supplements.
Properly utilized, herbal medicine is good, say local experts.