Technical Problems AGAIN

February 5, 2013 @ 4:17 pm
posted by Dr. Ginther

We have again lost January posts.  The techies are working on getting the site working properly again.  I am working on rewriting the posts we lost, (our back-up files also are lost) and will repost when it is safe.

Jay Ginther, MD

Iowa Winter Blue Zone

February 1, 2013 @ 11:11 am
posted by Dr. Ginther

Crisp white snow, clear blue skies and bright early morning sun.  Just below zero F (-20 C) with a light breeze.  I am warm indoors in my sweater at 60 F drinking my (one allowed daily) cup of coffee at my kitchen table.

Outside are flashes of red, black & white, brown, gray.  A pair of cardinals, plus many chickadees, house finches, goldfinches, junkos, and a few house sparrows flock to the black oil sunflower and niger thistle feeders.  Downey woodpeckers, nuthatches, red-bellied woodpeckers, and an occasional flicker prefer the suet.

I sit for a few minutes, clearing my mind of human worries.  I immerse myself in the natural world close outside my window.  I enter a “Blue Zone” of calm and pleasure.  Moments like this improve my health and increase my joy in living. I Take Contol Naturally.

Exercises Can Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis

January 29, 2013 @ 8:29 pm
posted by Dr. Ginther

Many patients ask what exercizes will prevent the humpback deformity (kyphosis) of osteoporosis.  There is one exercize which will not only help prevent humpback, but partially correct it as well.

Spine extension exercizes strengthen the muscles that extend the back and decrease the pressure on the front of the spine.  They eliminate the pressure that can make the spine crumble into a humpback.  What a great way to Take Control Naturally.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation meeting last spring featured a full hour of presentations by Physical Therapists.  They showed several patients with severe humpback.  These women worked on their exercises daily for at least 6 months.

The patient with the most impressive improvement started staring directly at her own feet.  A year later she could see across the room.  Her kyphosis decreased from over 90 degrees to about 50 degrees.

For most individuals the simplest exercise is to start lying on the stomach on the floor (or on a firm bed).  Then lift chest and legs off the floor and hold that position for as long as you can.  Repeat 3 times, and another set of 3 later in the day.  When you can do a minute each time you are making a huge difference.  That should take 6-12 months.

Humpback (kyphosis) is more than poor posture, but working hard on maintaining good posture can prevent or even partially correct humpback.  Of course, enough calcium, Vitamin D3 and protein are neccesary too.

Jay Ginther, MD

Technical Problems

January 22, 2013 @ 6:51 pm
posted by Dr. Ginther

We have lost our January posts.  We will be back when the techies get the site running again.

Jay Ginther, MD

Reposted after second crash.