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Corrie Pikul (131 posts)
After salmonella linked to ground turkey became a stealth health threat earlier this month, sickening 107 people in 31 states, we've been unable to bring ourselves to grill up one of our favorite summer dinners: turkey burgers. But there are fears....and then there's reality. Here's what you can do right now to protect yourself, enjoy dinner and put an end to hysterical turkey terror:
1. Go check your freezer right now. On August 3, the Arkansas-based food producer Cargill recalled 35 million pounds of turkey that could be tainted with a rare form of salmonella Heidelberg. Turkey can last in the freezer for up to four months, so there's a chance that some of the recalled meat (with "sell by" or "freeze by" dates from February to late August) may be lurking in your home. The USDA web site lists all of the products that you should be looking for, with their identifying names and markings.
The best advice I've ever received on dealing with a break-up was to write a long, emotional letter to my ex, seal it up, and put it under my pillow. After sleeping on the envelope for a few days, I not only felt better about expressing my feelings (if only to myself), but I wanted to rip up the letter into a million soggy pieces and flush them down the toilet. I couldn't even bear to look my own hysterical, mortifyingly honest words.
Who writes letters these days? We let the world know how we're feeling through blogs, Facebook, Twitter feeds—and perhaps that's not always the best idea. The New York Times Magazine recently covered a conference that the Boston Public Health Commission sponsored on "healthy breakups" which helped over 200 teenagers deal with tricky issues like changing a relationship status and tagging photos of exes.
But teens aren't the only ones who need need pointers. When I heard about the conference, I immediately thought of a friend's friend who changed her last name on Facebook before she'd even filed for divorce, and another guy who had posted photos of himself on vacation with his new girlfriend while still married to his wife. So I asked Casey Corcoran, director of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Start Strong Initiative (which organized the conference) for advice on adapting my old-fashioned break-up rule to the digital age.
When I first heard these personal stories about private parts, the most I could offer my friends was a sympathetic ear (and I know they appreciated that). But after researching a burgeoning area of physical therapy, I now know where to refer these women--and others like them.
Read more about physical therapy for issues like incontinence, pelvic pain and post-partum complications, and find out the two exercises every woman should think about doing to help with problems like these.
If you have a question, send it to us!
Q: How should I handle a midmorning snack attack?
Tracy Gensler, MS, RD, Best Life nutritionist, told us that the best offense is a good defense. We also got her in-the-moment advice for the next time you're going mano-a-mano with the vending machine. After the jump, get Gensler's six-step snack plan.
The trainer explained that bending beyond 90 allows us to work the leg muscles through a wider range of motion, and this is helpful because there are many daily activities that require us to bend in this range -- like scooping a baby off the floor or picking up a bag of groceries. Bending lower while still showing excellent form will also help us build stronger quads and glutes. I wish I'd been able to take notes, but I was still holding the kettlebell, so I followed the trainer's orders and decided to look into this later.
Instead of 8 Extra Strength Tylenol pills per day (4,000 mg), they're now recommending a daily cap of 6 pills (3,000 mg); instead of 2 pills every 4-6 hours, it's now 2 pills every 6 hours, period.
You should start noticing these new dosage instructions on Extra Strength Tylenol bottles this fall...just as you're reaching for something to help you deal with seasonal allergies, cold-weather sniffles, and back-to-school arguments. (A change in dosage instructions for regular Tylenol is scheduled for early next year).
Another option is to use the change in dosage instructions (and your newly-stirred fears of overdose-induced liver damage) to explore alternative forms of pain relief. For example, those who suffer from tension headaches might want to give acupuncture a try. Participants in one study found that six to 15 acupuncture treatments helped reduce their number of headache days by fifty percent.
Alternative Pain Treatments
Take Control of Your Pain
Doctor-Recommended Techniques for Easing Your Pain
Dealing with Chronic Pain
We were happy to find the American Trauma Center's interactive map that allows us to spot "safety zones" at a glance--because a skilled medical professional is more valuable in a health emergency than an expert pie-maker (unless a margherita pizza is your dying wish). The purple splotches denote areas where advanced trauma care is just 45 minutes to an hour away. Looking at the map, we were startled to see that some popular summer destinations fall into the country's most unsafe areas.
Last week, the Institute of
Medicine, a leading medical advisory panel, recommended that all insurers
be required to cover FDA-approved contraceptives for women free of charge—that is, no co-pays or deductibles required. This is part of a set of eight empowering
recommendations that also include free preventative services like screening for gestational diabetes and lactation counseling and equipment to promote breast-feeding
(for example, rentals of breast pumps that would otherwise cost hundreds of dollars). You can read about all of the IOM's recommendations on the organization's website.
The next step is for the Department of Health and Human Services to review the IOM's report and make the final decision. Although the DHHS could act within the next few weeks, the earliest we'd see this affect our insurance plans (and our pocketbooks) would be January 2013.
If you have a question, send it to us!
Q: What's the best time of day to work out?
A: We asked Michelle Kennedy, M.S., Best Life fitness expert, to answer this question. "It depends on your moods, energy level, work schedule, and family and personal obligations." Read Kennedy's advice to find out what time works best for you:
I wish these friends had been on my cross-country team. It was a small group, and one of my teammates had the name of a cheerleader--and the hunched shoulders and whispery voice of a mathlete. I thought that Buffy needed a nickname that better suited her tentative personality. So I gave her one. My best friend and I always referred to her as Myrtle behind her back. Myrtle had a funky, shuffly gait and breathed heavily.
Myrtle had goals, and one of them was to speed up. The other, I believed, was to beat me. She lifted weights and ran extra laps after practice, and before long, I stopped laughing when I said, "Old Murt was tough to shake today." In races, Myrtle and I were often neck and neck.