Sharing the Health

image052-2Nickolas, my 8-year- old grandson, is God’s gift to me to keep on living! We seem to radiate happiness from each other whenever we are together. I hope everyone is as at peace with themselves as I try to be.                                                 Donna Shibovich, Palatine, IL

Marje from California tell us Clean Life Products provides a line of “No Rinse” bathing, hair and skin care that can save you a lot of energy. “I use a washcloth and run it over my hair to remove the excess and then reapply the shampoo. You can bathe without going near a tub,” states Marje.

They also have a line for your pets and have sent their products to our armed forces. For more information, visit

image054-3White powder frequently accumulates around my ProAir inhaler. I try to have extra plastic parts on hand that are clean that I can put the medication canister in so it will be ready to use when I need it.

Helen Dodson, Olney, MD

 The Mary Sand Clinic, a unique pulmonary rehabilitation and resource center for those with COPD, is located in Auburndale, FL. What makes it unique, is since 1971, the Mary Sand Clinic has provided free services for those with pulmonary problems. They are supported by the voluntary donations of those who participate and their friends. Participant Peggy Riley is very proud of the program. The clinic’s primary focus is to help clients continue the rehabilitation process that was started in the hospital. They also provide support groups for both patients and their families. We salute Manager Sherry Roth RN for making a difference to those who attend!

Jack Oliver of Illinois recommends RoEzIt cream that he found on the Internet at to relieve irritation from his cannula. Bettiann Williams of Wisconsin also writes that she was getting sore spots behind her ears from wearing a cannula. She took one square of bathroom tissue and rolled it up to look like a very thin coil. It solved the problem when she put it behind her ears!

image056-8Do You Have a Pet?

You may find your four- legged or feathered friend may have some health benefits as well as giving you unconditional love! Studies have found that:

  • Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without
  • People with pets have lower blood pressure in stress- ful situations than those without
  • Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine which calm and
  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without
  • Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without
  • Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without
  • A pet doesn’t have to be a dog or a Even watch- ing fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and pulse rate.

I was trying to help my friend quit smoking and found new research that showed text messages help! A study published in the June 29 issue of Lancet found quit rates doubled at six months when people sent supportive notes and encouragement. As a participant in the study, the person working on quitting could also text the word “crave” or “lapse” and get help right away. We are going to try this!

Megan Kelvie, Rochester, NY