Northwestern Press

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Healthy Geezer: Playing music instrument good

Friday, September 6, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m 66 and I’m thinking of taking up a musical instrument. I hear that this will be good for my health. Is this true?

Playing a musical instrument seems to improve your health in a variety of ways.

I play the saxophone almost every day and can confirm that playing music definitely relieves stress. And stress can be bad for your mental and physical health.

There’s a lot of evidence that playing music is good for you.

According to a study published by the American Psychological Association, playing an instrument as a child keeps the mind sharper as we age.

Healthy Geezer: Cinnamon, Type 2 diabetes

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My Aunt Lillian is a total health freak. The other day she said cinnamon is good for you. Come on! Cinnamon?

Recent research indicates that cinnamon may be helpful for people with Type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that affects the way your body processes sugar. Type 2 diabetes can be life-threatening if you don’t treat it.

One study found that cinnamon taken twice a day for 90 days improved the condition of people with poorly-controlled Type 2 diabetes.

Healthy Geezer: Selecting hypnotherapist

Friday, August 16, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

Hypnosis is one of several relaxation methods helpful for treating chronic pain, alleviating anxiety, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures, quitting smoking and ending alcohol dependence.

Hypnosis achieves focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. When our minds are concentrated, we are able to use them more powerfully.

Healthy Geezer: Hypnosis: Now read this

Friday, August 9, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. Can hypnosis help me to quit smoking?

Hypnosis is one of several relaxation methods said to be useful by an independent panel of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The panel found that hypnosis may be helpful for treating chronic pain, alleviated anxiety, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, and controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures.

Healhy Geezer: Get happy? Get older

Friday, August 2, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Do we get sadder as we get older?

It seems that just the opposite is true. There’s a lot of evidence that we get happier the older we get.

A Gallup telephone poll of 340,000 in the United States concluded that happiness comes with age. However, the poll didn’t uncover the cause of this phenomenon.

Dr. Arthur A. Stone, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was the lead author of a study based on the Gallup survey. He speculated on the causes for this happiness.

Heathy Geezer: blood pressure

Friday, July 19, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Whenever I go to the doctor and she takes my blood pressure it is a little high. Then, at the end of the office visit, she takes my pressure again and it’s normal. Do you know what causes this?

What you describe is a common symptom of “white-coat hypertension.” This means that your blood pressure goes up whenever anyone in a white coat (or reasonable medical facsimile) comes near you. I suffer from this myself so I have a visceral understanding of the problem.

Healthy Geezer: Prescription or generic?

Saturday, July 13, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Are generic drugs as good as brand-name drugs?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): “ A generic drug is the same as a brand-name drug in dosage, safety, strength, quality, the way it works, the way it is taken and the way it should be used. The FDA requires generic drugs have the same high quality, strength, purity and stability as brand-name drugs.”

More than 70 percent of prescription medications taken today are generics, which are identical, or “bioequivalent,” to a brand-name drug.

Healthy Geezer: Herbals, breathing

Friday, July 5, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My grandson has been told he has a “personality disorder.” What is that?

People with a personality disorder have serious trouble getting along with others. They are usually rigid and unable to adapt to the changes life presents to all of us. They simply don’t function well in society.

People with personality disorders are more likely to commit homicide and suicide, and suffer from social isolation, alcohol and drug addiction, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and self-destructive behavior such as excessive gambling.