Category Archives: Health and Wellness

When my father was in the Navy during World War II he started smoking at the age of 21.  He used to say that the government gave out cigarettes like it was candy.  He was hooked!  He smoked 3 packs a day of Lucky Strike non-filter until his 50’s when polyps were discovered.  He quit smoking, BUT the damage was done.  By the time he was in his 70’s he had emphysema and he struggled with breathing.  He died in his 70’s from breathinamericang related issues.

Because of my father’s issues I am very interested in the work that the American Lung Association does.  They do research on smoking, lung cancer and asthma, and they are fighting against dangerous poisons in air pollution and second hand smoke.  I recently came across the American Lung Association’s tips for preventing lung cancer.

Ten Ways That You Can Help Prevent Lung Disease

  1. Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, call the American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) for the help you need to quit, or visit Freedom From Smoking® Online at ffsonline.org.
  1. Avoid lung health hazards. Protect yourself from harmful air pollution, both indoors and outdoors. Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your home, especially if you have children.
  1. Recognize the warning signs of lung disease. Frequent cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, excessive phlegm or blood when coughing and chronic fatigue are not normal. Symptoms like these mean you should see your health care provider for prompt medical attention.
  1. Know the symptoms of asthma: shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest and frequent coughing when exercising may be signs of asthma. Call your health care provider if you suspect that you or a loved one has asthma. The Lung Association can help with information on exercise, medications and coping skills to manage the disease and prevent attacks. Call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) to learn more.
  1. Ask your health care provider about the flu shot – a safe and effective way to prevent influenza, commonly known as the flu. It is now recommended for everyone over six months of age, including those with chronic diseases, like COPD or asthma.  Caregivers, relatives and health care providers for high-risk groups should be vaccinated.  If you’re over 65, you should also have a pneumonia vaccine.  You can get vaccinated any time during the fall or winter and into the spring at a neighborhood clinic listed at http://flushot.healthmap.org
  1. Prevent air pollution. Drive less, conserve electricity and avoid burning wood or trash.
  1. Get involved! Air pollution worsens lung disease and can even be deadly for many people, including infants, seniors and those with chronic diseases. Join in the fight for healthy air by reducing pollution and supporting clean air laws.
  1. Test your home for radon – it’s simple and inexpensive. This colorless, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, yet it can be easily controlled.
  1. Teach your children to grow up tobacco free. Their best bet for avoiding lung disease later in life is never to start smoking. Call your Lung Association for information on proven programs that help keep kids away from tobacco.
  1. Protect your family by encouraging exercise, eating right and keeping your home free of respiratory irritants.  Help spread the word to those around you, to increase awareness about lung health.  Every day, you can make a difference.

For more information go to their website at www.lung.org

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the author – Gale is concerned about cigarette smoking and the health problems that it causes.  Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com


2014-12-17 12.03.50Do you wear jeans to work? Are you looked down upon and even bullied because of it?

Recently a heated debate in my office centered on the appropriateness of wearing jeans in the workplace. Rather than engage in this outdated debate any further with winning arguments like “times have changed” and “welcome to 2015” I choose to wear jeans to the office for one reason and one reason alone….the benefits to MY HEALTH!

 

According to an article written by Intelligence for Life, wearing jeans to the office can benefit your health.  Here are 3 health benefits taken directly from the article. (You can also read the full article at  http://www.tesh.com/story/workplace-category/wearing-jeans-at-work-can-benefit-your-health/cc/9/id/14499)

Wearing jeans helps you burn more calories.  Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that people who wore jeans on the job logged almost 600 more steps throughout the day than they did on days when they wore business attire – like suits or slacks. That’s an extra quarter of a mile! Why would jeans make you want to move more? Experts think it’s because employees feel more comfortable in their blues, which makes them more active. But burning extra calories isn’t the only benefit of wearing jeans to work! Here are a few more. Courtesy of Men’s Health Magazine.

Wearing jeans gives you sharper vision. If you’ve got jeans on, you’re more likely to leave your desk. And leaving your desk for just 5 minutes gives your eyes some much-needed recovery time from the strain caused by staring at your computer screen. That’s the word from a study in the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal.

Wearing jeans unclogs your arteries. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that isolated employees are more likely to develop – and die from – cardiovascular disease. But since workers move more when they wear jeans, they’ll be more likely to take a stroll down to their co-worker’s cubicle.

So next time you are called out on wearing jeans to the office just respond that it’s a health reason, no other argument is necessary…unless it’s of course “Welcome to 2015”!

antnew8Anthony Giglio is a Realtor and one of the broker/owners of RE/MAX Legacy. His clients enjoy working with him because of his easy going approach. You can contact him directly on his website www.myhomeMA.com or read his blog at www.mytownline.com

 


doctorWay back, when I was only 48, I had colon cancer and survived.  I didn’t know I had colon cancer, and although the signs were there for almost a year, I never gave it a thought.  And then I had a sore back and I was going on a field trip with my son and his school to Amish Country in Pennsylvania.   My back was so sore, I thought about canceling.  My sister came to the rescue by providing me with some heavy duty anti-inflammatory pills (Naproxen) that really helped.  This type of pill works great but like aspirin, it does thin your blood.

While on the trip, the bleeding that had only been slight for the last year became significant, and it finally raised a red flag with me.   When I returned from the trip I called my primary care doctor, and after an office visit that confirmed the presence of blood, he arranged for me to see a specialist.  A sigmoidoscopy was scheduled.  A sigmoidoscopy is a less traumatic scope than a full colonoscopy and the procedure was performed in the specialist’s office.   A polyp was located and removed, and it was sent it to the lab.  When my primary care doctor left me a message to have him paged at the hospital, I knew it wasn’t good.

Subsequently I had a resection (removal of a section of my colon), and the surgeon was confidant the cancerous area had been contained within the wall of the removed section.  No chemo for me.  I was lucky!  If I had waited, who knows what the outcome would have been, but most likely, I wouldn’t be writing this blog.  Because of my experience, my father and my supervisor at Polaroid reacted to the symptoms that they were experiencing that were similar to mine.  Both saw their doctors and it was determined that they each had colon cancer that required surgery.  My experience increased their awareness and resulted in the early detection of colon cancer for both.

So what is the lesson learned?  For me, most importantly is to know my body.  When something feels or looks different, have it checked out.  The signs were there and I ignored them for a year, assuming the least, and not even considering the worst.  If you need a procedure, like a colonoscopy, believe me, it is better than the alternative.  See your primary care doctor regularly and have an annual physical.  Remember the life you save, may be your own…


Roland Crop 2011 jpeg (1)About the author: Roland Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy.  He can be contacted through his website at www.spadaforateam.com