Dr. Judith Boice
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To Your Lifelong Health Newsletter
November 1999 Edition
To Your Lifelong Health
An Occasional Newsletter for those pursuing lifelong health.
Greetings! Welcome to this first edition of
"To Your Lifelong Health," which I hope you will find both informative and
inspiring. If you enjoy this newsletter, please forward it to friends, colleagues and
|In this newsletter:
Tips for Staying
Healthy During Cold and Flu Season Complex carbohydrates, simple carbohydrates, and fat
"But My Doctor Never Told Me That!" is number 2 bestseller in
Dayton, Ohio! The past three months have brought a flurry of TV and radio appearances as
well as several presentations and book signings. In Dayton, Ohio I was overwhelmed by a
hometown crowd of over 120 people! I am negotiating with my mom to sign on as my full-time
PR person. The week after the book signing in Dayton, "But My Doctor Never Told Me
That!" soared to #2 on the local best seller list.
|For clips of news coverage, click on the links
|TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY: Cold and Flu
Far from being a passive victim snagged by
viruses and bacteria, you can significantly reduce your chances of becoming ill by
cultivating health during cold and flu season. Just as bugs tend to attack weakened plants
in the garden, so do bacteria and viruses "invade" your body when you are tired,
overworked, and undernourished. Ways to maintain tip-top health during cold season:
Sleep at least 9
hours a night (I can hear you groaning; I said 9 hoping you would get at least 8).
Research shows that reducing sleep also diminishes immune system activity. Increasing
sleep means bolstering your resistance. As a bonus, sleep also improves memory and
Keep the back of
your neck covered with a scarf. From a Chinese medical perspective, the common cold stems
from weakened wei qi ("protective energy") which permits an invasion of wind and
heat (fever) or cold (chills).. The easiest place for wind to enter the body is the back
of the neck, so wear a scarf, particularly on blustery, cold days.
Even a couple of grams of sugar will reduce immune system activity for 24 hours.
Drink lots of
water. Dehydrated tissues are more susceptible to invasion by bacteria and viruses.
C to at least 3000 mg a day. Take smaller amounts of vitamin C throughout the day (e.g.
500mg every two to three hours). Choose buffered vitamin C to reduces stomach acidity.
Sometimes even with the best preventative care, you can still develop a cold or the flu.
Stay tuned: the next newsletter will include ways to speed your recovery.
SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES, AND FAT (OH MY!)
Many people confuse simple and complex
carbohydrates. The digestive tract quickly absorbs simple carbohydrates such as white
sugar, white flour, and corn syrup. Blood sugar levels skyrocket, and the body converts
any excess sugar into fats and cholesterol. Many of the "fat free" foods
advertised in the grocery store are full of sugar, which quickly converts to fat in the
Complex carbohydrates contain lots of fiber
and other nutrients, and they break down slowly in the digestive tract. Because complex
carbohydrates contain more fiber, they provide more bulk in the stomach and make the
stomach feel "full" with fewer calories. A cup of French fries and three cups of
brown rice contain approximately the same number of calories. You can easily eat a cup of
French fries at a meal, but could you comfortably eat three cups of cooked brown rice at
The mineral chromium helps stabilize blood
sugar levels. The suggested amount is 200 mcg (micrograms) per day. Chromium or any other
nutrient, however, should not be take alone. Ideally you would take a good multi-vitamin
and mineral supplement that includes 200 mcg of chromium per day.
Acupuncture can support the digestive system
and help reduce sugar cravings. Ask your acupuncturist about using ear seeds between
acupuncture visits to reduce cravings. If you are trying to lose weight, remember to
include both aerobic and strength building exercise in your daily routine. For more
information about weight loss and body composition, visit:
Body Composition: How Much Do You
I hope you have enjoyed this food for thought.
I congratulate you on your interest in creating and maintaining lifelong health. May you
and your loved ones have a joyous holiday season!
To your health,
Judith Boice, N.D., L.Ac.