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Your Good Health: Healthy husband, 79, dies of heart attack

Dear Dr. Roach: My very healthy husband collapsed and died on the way to the hospital. They worked on him for a long time but could not revive him. They didn’t do an autopsy, and they declared his death as “atherosclerotic vascular disease.” He was 79 years old and had no health problems. He came into the house and said that something was in his throat and he couldn’t swallow. He tried to cough it up, but nothing came up. He then collapsed. He had no pain. I am still puzzled by that symptom of a heart attack. Have you ever heard of that? I am really curious and still in shock. I hope you can explain.


I am very sorry to hear about your husband. I think he likely did have a heart attack, which is the leading cause of death in the industrialized world.

Although many people have symptoms of heart disease that they ignore, some people have no symptoms until sudden death. Atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries due to cholesterol plaque and calcium in the blood vessels of the heart, almost always is present in people with a heart attack.

The initial symptom of a heart attack varies widely. Throat discomfort is not rare. Cough is a common symptom, as the heart becomes damaged and the pressure in the lungs increases. The classic symptom of chest pain
certainly does happen, but there are many variations. Both men and women can have atypical presentations.

Dear Dr. Roach: My teen likes vegetables and eats right. He also drinks a lot of water, works out and doesn’t like soda. He and my sister have chronic constipation. They both now take a magnesium supplement and feel great. Is that OK?


Magnesium is a common and safe treatment for constipation. A healthy diet, exercise and drinking plenty of water are good ideas for anyone with constipation, but some people do need additional help. A recent column mentioned prunes (or prune juice) as an option, but magnesium, if taken at a dose to ensure regular but not excessive bowel movements, is a fine treatment.

Dear Dr. Roach: Is there medical help or gene therapy to prevent excessive height?

My niece is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and soon will marry a man who is 6 feet, 11 inches tall. Life was not always easy for her, as she was mocked at school. And he has had a daily life of: “How’s the weather up there?” Could they prevent their children from growing to such a height?


No, there is no medical treatment to prevent excess height, and there is no medical reason to do so. Instead, I’d advise your niece and her fiancé to encourage their children to be comfortable how they are, no matter what their height, and to recognize that many of the comments they will hear are based on envy.

I’d especially recommend that if they happen to have a tall girl (if they do have a girl, one formula for predicting height would estimate her height at 6 feet, 4 inches), they encourage her to have excellent posture. I see too many tall women hunched over, as if trying to hide their height. There are good medical reasons to have an erect posture, especially for taller people.

Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to

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Good health is good business

Fellow entrepreneurs, as I read business books, I often come across the following expression, “Your Health Is Your Health�.

What this means is that your health status has an impact on your business success.

An example is when you work long hours on your business and eat unhealthy food and you do not exercise, the results will be that you will be over-weight, with all other added health implications.

This results in a shortened life span.

Building and running a small business can be stressful, so you need to make time for exercise and watch your diet. I see some people fall victim to this behaviour unbecoming. A big pot belly(umkhaba) is not a sign of wealth, since your health will deteriorate.

Every business person must make sure to exercise and stay healthy … Remember your health is your wealth. This means that the healthier you stay, the wealthier you can become.

You don’t need a gym membership; a simple jog and some free-weight exercise will suffice, as long you get your heart and blood flowing. I learn a lot from my business mentors about health and wealth. This group of business-owners have a routine which involves waking up early and going to gym or exercise at home(using a spare room, garage or living room), then take a shower and have a break-fast. As a result, they stay healthier and look younger than most of us black business owners. Guys, there is no excuse for staying healthy, and let this be your mantra: Your Health Is Your Health�.

Stay healthy and let�us engage. Sobz “the DealMaker� Gogoba, Isolomoya Group: 021) 826-2608/078 1080 83

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False positive from mammogram provokes anxiety in reader

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Local vet and high school principal cycle for good health

If you see a couple of cyclists stopped at Pratt County Veteran’s Memorial Lake, peering into the water, it just might be Clinton Skaggs and Steve Blankenship. This local veterinarian and high school principal have found some common ground through a shared love of cycling and fishing. The two first met when Clinton began serving […]

If you see a couple of cyclists stopped at Pratt County Veteran’s Memorial Lake, peering into the water, it just might be Clinton Skaggs and Steve Blankenship.
This local veterinarian and high school principal have found some common ground through a shared love of cycling and fishing.
The two first met when Clinton began serving on the USD382 School Board in 2007. Steve was principal then, as he is now, of Pratt High School. The two soon began cycling and fishing together and still enjoy doing so, although Clinton no longer serves on the school board. The two have been cycling companions for the past 10 or so years.
Clinton Skaggs began riding around 1990, after he had finished veterinary school at K-State and moved to Pratt. He’d had an ACL replacement in 1984 and his doctor told him then that he could either cycle or swim. ‘That’s the biggest thing that got me started. I wasn’t much of a swimmer,’ he said.
He bought his first bike, a hybrid, from Bicycle Pedaler after hearing an ad on the radio for the Wichita bike shop. ‘And it’s been all downhill from there,’ he said.
The veterinarian lists several reasons why he keeps riding, some 28 years later: ”I keep riding because I feel like it helps my knees. I do it for my health, for my heart. I enjoy it. I feel like it’s a fun form of exercise.’
Clinton has ridden various organized ride across the state over the years, with his earliest being the Gyp Hills Experience out of Medicine Lodge in the early 90s. He considers the recent Open Range Gravel Race, leaving out of Pratt, to be ‘one of the funnest rides I’ve ever done. The gravel alone was a challenge and a work out.’ He counts the single-day Tornado Alley ride as his longest. ‘It was 110 miles. You started at Joplin and then rode to Arkansas, Oklahoma, and the corner Kansas,’ he said
Clinton said he typically begins riding each year around the onset of daylight savings time and continues into September, until his work schedule starts getting busy. He said his riding is sporadic and depends upon how busy he is with work and other commitments.
Pratt High School Principal Steve Blankenship said that he has been riding ‘my whole life. I probably got really heavy into riding 22 or 23 years ago when I lived in California.’ Back then, he said he bought a mountain bike with a full-suspension to cut down on the number of flats he was having due to off road riding.
‘I did crash one time going down a mountain”actually on my first ride on that full-suspension bike,’ he said The mountain was just outside his backdoor. There was a dip at the bottom of a hill that he didn’t consider, and it sent him sailing. ‘lt was a good thing I had my helmet on because it split the helmet in two,’ he said. That accident resulted in some serious road rash and a trip to the local emergency room.
Like the veterinarian, the high school principal rides for health reasons. ‘I just try to go out and ride recreationally and stay healthy. Now that I’m over 50 I don’t want to have a knee replacement,’ he said. He used to play a lot of basketball but this made ‘my knees hurt, my back hurt.’ He said that cycling impacts the knees much less than playing basketball does.
Principal Blankenship, who has probably given advice to more than a few students over the years, offers this guidance to those thinking about taking up the sport of cycling: ‘Make sure you wear the right equipment and have a bike that fits you right and do the riding you want to do. Do whatever’s fun for you. If it’s no fun for you, you’re going to quit.’
That’s good counsel and, should you pass these two out on the road, it’s very evident that they’re enjoying the miles they pedal together.

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The promise of good health

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For Your Health: Start early with good dental habits

By Rema El-Mahmoud and Anquanitte Ortega

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. One out of 10 toddlers who are two years of age already have one or more cavities, and by age five, nearly half have one or more cavities. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable!

Good oral care should start with baby teeth. Baby teeth are important for the health and development of a child. They help a child chew, speak, and smile. Baby teeth are also important because they hold space for adult teeth growing under the gums.

Cavities develop when the bacteria in the mouth changes the sugars in milk and other foods left over in a baby’s mouth into acids that can dissolve the tooth enamel. To prevent cavities, wipe baby’s gums gently with a soft, wet washcloth daily. When the first tooth comes in, use a washcloth or soft toothbrush with a rice grain-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Call a dentist if there are any spots on the teeth – these spots could be a cavity.

Every child needs a “dental home” a place for regular dental visits. By the first birthday, a child should see a dentist. Then, the child should visit a dentist twice a year or as advised. The dentist will show the parent how to clean a child’s teeth and protect them from cavities.

According to the American Dental Association, adult teeth start coming in between ages six to seven years of age. These teeth must last a lifetime, so keep them healthy. A child cannot brush well by themselves and they need help until about eight years of age. Help a child brush with a pea-size dab of fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Teach him or her to spit and not swallow toothpaste. Don’t forget to brush the tongue. Help them floss before bedtime.

A healthy diet is an important component to protecting a child’s teeth, too. Sugary drinks are associated with increased risk of weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. These drinks also double the risk of cavities in children. In California, nearly two out three (62 percent) of adolescents and two out of five (41 percent) of children drink one or more sodas per day. Each year, the average California adolescent consumes 39 pounds of sugar from sugary drinks!

When choosing beverages, consider both calories and nutrients. Water, milk and 100 percent juice are the only beverage options that should be provided to children. Milk, a good source of calcium, is important for bone and teeth health and development. Children ages one to two years of age should consume whole milk and children older than two-years should consume 1 percent or fat-free milk. Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under the age of one year and should not be included in their diet (unless recommended by a healthcare provider). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting 100 percent fruit juice for children ages one to three years of age to 4 ounces a day; children four to six years of age to four to six ounces per day; and children ages 7-18 to eight ounces per day.

The tips above can help you establish a proper oral hygiene for your child to ensure the development of healthy teeth. The earlier that children learn to care for their oral health will lower the chances of suffering from dental problems.

Rema El-Mahmoud is a Public Health Nutritionist and Anquanitte Ortega is a Senior Health Education Specialist at Solano County Public Health and are partners of Solano Coalition for Better Health.

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Erekat: President Abbas is in good health – WAFA


RAMALLAH, May 20, 2018 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas is in good health, said Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

He said after visiting the president at Istishari Hospital in Ramallah on Sunday that the president had additional tests at the hospital after he had an ear operation on Tuesday and all results were good and reassuring.

Istishari Hospital director, Said Sarahneh, had earlier confirmed that President Abbas was admitted to his hospital on Sunday for necessary tests following the operation in his middle ear, saying that “the results turned out good and the health of the president is reassuring.”

Erekat said the president is expected to leave hospital on Monday or Tuesday.

President Abbas is 83 years old and was elected president in 2005.


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The RHS Feel Good Garden: making mental health a talking-point of Chelsea

Dr Bird, who published The Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health, in January, with contributions from 95 top experts around the world, says the evidence that gardens can heal is overwhelming.

“We know that when people move into nature, chronic inflammation goes down. Serious diseases such as heart disease, dementia, diabetes and depression are all caused by chronic inflammation,” he says.

Simply being out in a garden helps, but doing the gardening yourself is yet another level of benefit.

“There’s a huge benefit to getting outside and smelling, hearing and feeling. To actual garden though and touch the soil and feel you’re creating takes the benefits to another level. And then doing that with other people is yet another bonus.”

After the show The Feel Good Garden will live on at Camden and Islington (CI) NHS Foundation Trust, which provides care and treatment to vulnerable adults in a built-up part of London where green space is limited.

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Gadgets for good health

In Photo: The Corol Roller mimics the effects of a Shiatsu massage and is waterproof so you can use it in the tub.

THERE’S no doubt that people can’t live without gadgets. The first thing we do when we wake up is check our mobile phones. We clean our house using high-tech vacuum cleaners. We style our hair using blow-dryers that cut the drying time by half. Even our watches are now gadgets. They measure our heartbeat and the number of steps we’ve taken in a day.

Health is an area where many gadgets have been developed to make things more convenient for users. I remember owning a watch that had a heart-rate monitor. I also had another watch that also functioned as a pedometer.

There are now gadgets that are solely for health purposes.

Elecom, one of  Japan’s leading gadgets and accessories store, has made health technology available for health-conscious Filipinos.

For those who seek a toned body but don’t have the time to go to the gym, the E-Clear Lean Set (P3,390 for one set that includes the device and gel pad) introduces muscle tightening to help activate your muscles during short exercises. Applying medium and low frequency to activate the muscles through pulsation, the E-Clear Lean Set mimics a muscle workout by itself, and could be worn while stretching or doing training exercises to further stimulate the tightening of muscles.

The E-Clear Lean Set mimics a muscle workout by itself, and could be worn while stretching or doing training exercises.

The E-Clear Lean Set has four programs built into the main device and comes with a gel pad, which can be applied to key muscle points that you want to tighten: arms, triceps, the obliques, lower belly, quads or buttocks, legs and hamstrings, and lower legs. Using the gadget’s deep frequency setting, parts of the body with thicker fat (such as the thighs and the belly) can be stimulated and put to work. The low frequency allows the body to perform longer exercises without feeling fatigue. To get E-Clear Lean’s full effectivity, it is recommended that you use it while stretching so that your tendons are activated and flexibility is improved.

The Elecom Corol Roller (P2,990), meanwhile, is perfect for aching muscles and body parts. This wireless roller is an electric, rechargeable device that relieves sore muscles and swelling in the lower limbs. Making use of strong vibrations made more impactful by pointed wheels that roll against the skin, the Corol Roller mimics the effects of a Shiatsu massage. Shiatsu is a Japanese finger-massage method that involves applying pressure to several points in the body, releasing tension and relieving the body of muscle aches.

The Corol Roller’s ergonomic, handy design allows the user to expertly target pain and acupressure points in the body, effectively relieving specific aches and pains. It targets lower limbs, such as the sole, the dorsal area of the foot, ankles, lower legs and knees, as well as certain parts of the upper body like the shoulder blade area and arms. The Corol Roller is also waterproof and canbe used while taking a hot soak in the tub. It comes with a main body and a dedicated USB cable for charging.

Health-related gadgets aren’t supposed to make us lazy. Rather, they were made to help cut the down the time we spend exercising. Some people would still rather spend more time working out and that’s great. Others don’t have the time but they’d still want to be fit; these gadgets are for them.

Get the E-Clear Referee, E-Clear Lean and Corol Roller in all Elecom stores, or follow @elecomph on Facebook and Instagram for more information. Elecom products are available in the following stores: Elecom SM City Marikina, Elecom SM City North Edsa, Elecom SM Southmall, Elecom Ayala Nuvali Solenad, Urbanize Shangri-La and Urbanize Uptown Mall.

For more information about its products, follow Elecom on Facebook and Instagram. n


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Fusion Festival for Good Health in Ferndale July 28

Fusion Festival for Good Health in Ferndale July 28

Fusion Festival for Good Health in Ferndale July 28

Ferndale, MI – Ferndale Parks and Recreation and The Fit Park present the first annual Fusion Festival!!

This event will host various fitness performances from local, independently owned gyms and fitness companies on multiple stages throughout the day. New and popular classes such as Cross Fit, Zumba, Senior Aerobics, Yoga, Toddler Olympics, and more will be performed and available for crowd participation.

Over 12 gyms and fitness studio performing from the Metro Detroit area! Local food vendors, restaurants, DJ’s, Local Health and Wellness vendors, plus more!!!!

Interested in becoming a food vendor?

Click on the link below.

Interested in being a fitness vendor or sponsor? Contact Ferndale Parks and Recreation at 248-544-6767 Tickets to go on sale soon! Stay tuned!

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Visit the Event Page for other fun and educational things to do!

To submit an event, email info to

Thank you to White Castle for sponsoring the Bold Move Event Page!

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