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Wellness Pathway #110: Use a Neti Pot

This Wellness Pathway may push the envelope for some readers, but having just heard from one client whose life has been changed by the Neti Pot, I want to share the news with a wider audience. This tip is definitely for you if you suffer from sinus problems, headaches, and / or allergies. But everyone can experience health benefits from the simple act of rinsing out your sinuses on a daily basis with lukewarm, iodine-free saltwater. The Neti Pot enables you to do that in less time than it takes to brush your teeth, yet it can produce an even more profound sense of health and well-being.

Here’s how it works. The Neti Pot is a small, odd-shaped teapot with a spout that can fit into one nostril. Fill the pot with lukewarm water and add one-quarter teaspoon sea salt. Mix thoroughly. Tip your head to one side and breathe through your mouth. Put the spout of the Neti Pot in the top nostril and let the water run out through the bottom nostril using gravity alone; no blowing until you stop pouring and straighten your head. Tip your head to the other side and repeat. This “nasal douche,” as it is sometimes called, can be done daily. To order a Neti Pot on line, visit http://www.netipot.com.

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

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CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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Wellness Pathway #130: Protect Your Skin

Many readers of LifeTrek Provisions are heading into the summer months, with increased exposure to the sun. Although that may feel like a refreshing change of pace, and although the sun is important to the production of Vitamin D, the danger of skin cancer is very real and should not be taken lightly.

For starters, try to stay out of the sun between the hours of ten and two. That’s when the sun is most intense. Second, wear as much clothing as you can stand. Finally, use sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and contains parsol. Reapply the sunscreen frequently, ideally every 20 minutes, as it does wear off. The spray-sport versions of sunscreen can ease the inconvenience and protect your skin for years to come. Note: it’s important to use sunscreen even under your clothing, since most clothing does not block out even a majority of the sun’s rays.

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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Wellness Pathway #131: Protect Your Eyes

Last week I wrote about the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. Sunscreen is a small investment that pays big dividends. So too when it comes to your eyes, which are vulnerable to macular degeneration through exposure to sunlight. Purchasing and consistently wearing sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) radiation, preferably the wraparound kind that protect your eyes from all angles, reduces the chance that you will develop this debilitating disease.

Many people have the problem of not having sunglasses when and where they need them. The solution? Buy more than one pair, for the home, car, office, and athletic bag. That way you’ll always have them at hand. Be sure the sunglasses fit comfortably and assist you to see well. A hat with wide brim can also help.

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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Wellness Pathway #132: Wash Your Produce

As a child, I remember my mother reminding me to wash my fruits and vegetables before eating them. I didn’t pay much attention at the time, but now I have renewed appreciation for the importance of this practice. A recent study in the UK showed that of the 15 types of fruits and vegetables tested, 11 had pesticide residues in excess of the maximum recommended levels. These included strawberries, grapes, peaches, potatoes, and mushrooms. Conventional strawberries in the US have such high levels of methyl bromide, a fungicide and known carcinogen, that they’re not worth eating.

What a person to do? First, buy organic produce whenever possible. Then wash your produce thoroughly. Even organic produce needs washing, since the bacteria from natural fertilizers can make it all the way to store shelves. Use something more than plain water. I like a product called “Veggie Wash” from Citrus Magic (http://www.citrusmagic.com/veggiewash.html) which is 300 times more effective than plain water at removing pesticides, waxes, and other surface contaminates. You can even use soapy water as long as you rinse thoroughly.

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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Wellness Pathway #140: Wash Your Hands

I have written about the importance of washing your produce, even your organic produce, in order to remove residual pesticides and bacteria. Ironically, because of the use of compost and manure to fertilize organic produce, it can have higher levels of bacteria than its conventional counterparts. That’s why it’s so important to wash your produce.

For the same reason, it’s important to wash your hands. Far more than the air we breathe, dirty hands contribute to transmission of disease. People simply don’t wash their hands enough. Although 95% of men and women surveyed say they wash their hands in public restrooms, only 67% actually do. You don’t need to use antibacterial soap; they contribute to the growing antibiotic resistance of bacteria. Plain old soap and water will do just fine. Note that disposable gloves do not eliminate the need to wash hands. Their moist interiors are, in fact, excellent breeding grounds for bacteria. The key is to wash your hands and to wash them regularly.

Here are the instructions for proper hand washing according to the Mayo Clinic:

  • Wet your hands with warm, running water and apply liquid soap or use clean bar soap. Lather well.
  • Rub your hands vigorously together for at least 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse well.
  • Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel.
  • Use a towel to turn off the faucet.

We would all do well to follow this advice regularly throughout the day.

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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Wellness Pathway #143: Wet Your Pills

When my children were in high school, we lived close to the school and their friends would often come by our house. I can remember how their eyes would bug out as I swallowed a handful of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements all at one time. “How did you do that?” they exclaimed. It became a standing joke to watch me swallow pills and to see if I could break my own record as to how many I could swallow at once.

Last weekend we had one of our semi-annual LifeTrek Coaching International staff retreats. Once again a few eyes bugged out and they encouraged me to share my secret, for all our readers who swallow large numbers of pills — both prescription and over-the-counter — every day. The secret is simple: wet your pills. Put them all in your mouth at one time, swish them around until they’re good and wet, then relax and swallow as though you had just finished chewing a large mouthful of food. In one swallow they’re gone. Unless you have a pill that dissolves instantly upon contact with water, which should then be swallowed separately, this method offers hope for those who have been struggling to get those pills down every day.

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CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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Wellness Pathway #157: Brush Your Teeth

How many times did you hear that one as a child? “Brush your teeth!” How many times do you brush your teeth today? Twice a day is the bare minimum. After each meal is ideal. Everyone knows that brushing your teeth is important to preventing tooth loss and gum disease. But did you know there are many other health benefits to brushing your teeth? For one thing, brushing after every meal is a habit that can assist you with weight control. It’s one of those support systems that I talked about in this week’s Provision. People think twice about putting more food in their mouth after they’ve brushed their teeth.

In addition, a new study from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine indicates that brushing your teeth can lower your risk of suffering a stroke. In this study, men with fewer than 25 teeth had a 57 percent higher risk of suffering an ischemic stroke than those who had 25 or more teeth. People with fewer teeth have had more problems with periodontal disease, infections that may pass into the bloodstream and increase the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Frequent teeth brushing is, therefore, a simple way to not only save your teeth but to save your life as well.

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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Wellness Pathway #170: Breathe Smoke Free Air

It’s almost embarrassing to note that after almost two year’s of LifeTrek Wellness Pathways, I have not covered the importance of breathing smoke free air. What brought this to my attention was a recent report of the World Health Organization (WHO) which indicates that “by the year 2020, there will be a 50 percent increase in the number of people diagnosed with cancer unless steps are taken now.” Fortunately, those steps have the ability to cure or prevent practically two-thirds of that increase. And the number one step mentioned in the WHO report is to stop breathing tobacco smoke, either your own smoke or the smoke of others.

Once considered a “Western” disease, cancer is now a leading killer in every part of the world. And tobacco is a big part of the reason for that unfortunate development. An estimated 100 million people died during the 20th century from tobacco-related diseases. Smokers have a 20 to 30 times greater risk of lung cancer and more likelihood of developing bladder, renal, stomach, liver, kidney and oral cavity cancers. What can you do? Stop smoking. Do whatever it takes to quit. Talk with your doctor. Hire a coach. Find a support group. Resources abound once you start looking.

If you live with a smoker, be sure to create a smoke-free zone for yourself in the house, ideally the whole house, and sleep with a HEPA air filter in your bed room to optimize air quality when your body most needs it for rest and recovery. These simple steps can help you avoid being a fatal cancer statistic of the 21st century. Don’t say you didn’t know.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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Wellness Pathway #193 Minimize Antibacterial Soaps

Of course proper hygiene is an important part of health, and most people understand that means keeping things clean, but ironically it’s possible for the environment to be too clean. Last year a study reported in the Archives of Disease in Childhood reported that children with the highest degree of personal hygiene — those who washed their faces and hands more than five times per day, cleaned before meals, and bathed more than two times each day — were the most likely to develop eczema and wheezing between the ages of 30 and 42 months.

The theory is that a lower exposure to germs affects the immune system’s development in such a way that it is more prone to allergic reactions. How does one find the proper balance? At the very least, we can stop using antibacterial soaps. These soaps contain powerful germicidal agents that hospitals use only in intensive care units and in areas where patients are at high risk of infection. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control advises hospitals to reserve antibacterial agents for patients in high-risk situations.

Far better to simply use regular soap. If you want to disinfect something, like sponges or dishrags, microwave until hot. Cutting boards and counter tops can be disinfected, as needed, with diluted chlorine bleach and then rinsed thoroughly. Too many antibacterial agents in the environment can promote the growth of resistant strains of bacteria and be hard on your skin. This is another area where less is more when it comes to health.

Coaching Inquiries: How often do you wash and clean your face, hands, body, and home? Do you use antibacterial cleaning agents? What shifts, if any, would you like to make here? 

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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Wellness Pathway #194 Get Your Hearing Tested

Speaking of listening to hurricanes and other living things, when was the last time you had your hearing tested? Probably not for a while, if you’re like most people. Most doctors, according to a recent review article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, do not test for hearing loss as a part of routine physicals or other procedures. Yet the tests are simple, inexpensive, and painless, beginning with a questionnaire.

Have you begun to wonder why people are always mumbling and the television is hard to understand? Have you started to ask people to repeat things? The problem may be with your ears. Even if you don’t think you have a problem, a hearing test can be useful in establishing a baseline and tracking potential hearing loss. It is thought that up to 40% of those over 65 have some hearing impairment, and many people in their 40s are already suffering hearing loss from years of living in noisy environments.

So get yourself tested. If you need to see an audiologist for more advanced testing than your regular doctor may be able to provide, insurance may cover the expense. Hearing correction can make a real difference in how you experience the world.

Coaching Inquiries: When was the last time you had your hearing tested? Do you have reservations about wearing a hearing aide or other prosthetic device? What would it mean for you to hear well?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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