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In This Issue...                                                     May 17, 2006
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  • Meditation...The Pause That Refreshes

  • What Should I Do to Get Ready For the
            Bird Flu

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Meditation...The Pause That Refreshes 

You live in a fast-paced society, running from here to there and everywhere in between. Prolonged "rat racing" causes cortisol, a stress hormone, to build-up in the body and change the way your immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems work. Here are some of the telltale signs of cortisol build-up; having trouble losing or maintaining a healthy weight; tiredness and lack of energy; high blood pressure and frequent colds, flu or other chronic illnesses. Meditation is a little used tool that quiets your mind, reduces cortisol levels, improves how you look and feel while increasing your health. 

In an article by Ed Yeates of KSL News and Radio in Salt Lake City, UT called Studies Showing Meditation Helps Stress, he says "Research groups apparently agree, coming on board with studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, The American Journals of Hypertension and Cardiology, The Journal - Stroke, The New England Journal of Medicine - all publishing studies. The most recent by The American Heart Association shows heart and artery health improved 69 percent in test groups trained to practice a consistent technique for meditation."

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Solution...Start meditating on a daily basis. Meditation is a great way to calm your mind, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and help prevent unhealthy weight gain. Meditation is a pleasant and easy way to start the day. To begin, find a quiet spot, sit in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the ground. Close your eyes and allow your mind to calm and slow down. The sensation of "drifting" is a good indicator of relaxation. If you have trouble, concentrate on a candle flame or your breath as a way to center your attention.

Having trouble starting your meditation program? I have been practicing meditation for 15 years and would love to help you get started. Most people can begin to successfully meditate in as little as three to four 30 minute sessions.

Please give me a call at 703-464-5171 or email me at to schedule a personalized instruction session.

Remember... A balanced lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle!

What Should I Do to Get Ready for
   The Bird Flu

The big talk these days is what to do about the bird flu, also known as the avian flu. The bird flu is a strain of Influenza Type A that affects both wild and domestic birds. It is similar but different than the strains that affect humans during the
"flu season." According to the Center for Disease Control "
Symptoms of avian influenza in humans have ranged from typical human influenza-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches) to eye infections, pneumonia, severe respiratory diseases (such as acute respiratory distress), and other severe and life-threatening complications."

The CDC goes on to say "Most cases of avian influenza infection in humans have resulted from contact with infected poultry (e.g., domesticated chicken, ducks, and turkeys) or surfaces contaminated with secretion/excretions from infected birds. The spread of avian influenza viruses from one ill person to another has been reported very rarely, and transmission has not been observed to continue beyond one person."

Solution...the best offense for bird flu is going to be a good defense. Do not rely on vaccines or fancy solutions that come out of a bottle; trust me on this one. Allow your immune system to work the way it was designed by controlling both mental and physical stress. You?ve heard me say it a hundred different times, a hundred different ways. The best way to strengthen your immune system and prevent illness of any kind is to live a balanced lifestyle. That means:

1.    Keep Your Stress Levels Low and Make Sure You're Having Fun

2.    Get Regular Physical Activity That You Find Enjoyable

3.    Eat a Wide Variety of Healthy Foods and Take Vitamins and Minerals When Appropriate

Even though it seems obvious, it always comes back to the same strategy. Have fun, eat right and stay physically active. Simple and effective.

Here is a fun little quiz. When they report about bird flu they say it has the potential to be our next pandemic. What does pandemic mean?
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Woody McMahon has been working in the health and fitness profession for over 20 years. Before starting his career Woody earned his Bachelor of Science degree in human biology from the University of Maryland, his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Palmer College of Chiropractic and is certified as a personal trainer through the National Strength Professionals Association. Woody's unique integrative approach to health and fitness -combining fun physical activity, healthy eating and relaxation and stress reduction activities allows him to assist many people that are considered beyond help.

Continued Good Health,


Woody McMahon 
Sequoia Advisor  

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