Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Body and Mind


Taking care of your whole self

Calendar

Signing: Columbus' Cheri L. Florance will sign copies of her new book, The Maverick Mind (G.P. Putnam's Sons; $23.95) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Norwood. The book focuses on her success treating her son, Whitney, for autism.

Women's health: Dr. Claudia Marsh and Dr. Joseph Bernstein will present information on alternatives to hysterectomy for uterine fibroids 7 p.m. Monday at the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine, 6400 E. Galbraith Road, Kenwood. Reservations:

791-5521.

For parents: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center will offer a program on headache types, causes and treatments for children at 7 p.m. Tuesdayat the Outpatient Mason location, 9560 Children's Drive, Mason. $5. 636-5714.

In control: Donald Beere will lead a five-week "Life and Stress Management" workshop beginning at 5:30 p.m. March 1 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center's Holistic Health Center in Edgewood. Topics include relaxation techniques, imagery and strategies. Cost: $25 per session. Registration: (859) 578-5959.

Healthy living

Guidelines: The Mayo Clinic's February Health Letter offers these guidelines on fats.

Avoid these fats:

• Saturated fats, found in red meat, poultry skin, butter, cheeses, full-fat milk. Saturated fats raise blood cholesterol, especially LDL or "bad" cholesterol.

• Trans fats (also called hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil) found in margarine, shortening and foods made with shortening, including cookies, crackers and other commercial baked goods. Trans fats raise "bad" cholesterol and lower "good" cholesterol levels.

Substitute these fats instead:

• Monounsaturated fats, found in olive, peanut and canola oils, avocados and most nuts. Monounsaturated fats help lower "bad" cholesterol levels.

• Polyunsaturated fats, found in vegetable oils, such as sunflower, corn and soy oils. Polyunsaturated fats help lower "bad" cholesterol levels. But the fat is susceptible to chemical changes that could raise your risk for some diseases.

• Omega-3 fat, found in fatty cold water fish, canola oil, flaxseed, soybeans, tofu, walnuts and fish oil capsules. Omega-3 fat helps raise "good" cholesterol levels, and, in large amounts, might help lower triglycerides, another kind of blood fat.

Good stuff

Relaxation: Need a little help winding down? Try Calm Your Mind, a CD of strangely addictive soothing rhythms from the REI Institute. For full impact, listen at least five times. Cost: $16.99. To order: (800) 659-6644 or www.reiinstitute.com, or visit www.amazon.com or www.sound-remedies.com or www.waldorfbooks.com.

Shelf help

Resources: The Ten Keys to Helping Your Child Grow Up with Diabetes (American Diabetes Association; $14.95) by Tim Wysocki has been updated with new advice and resources for parents.

Contact Peggy O'Farrell by phone, 768-8510; fax, 768-8330, or e-mail, pofarrell@enquirer .com




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