Archive for April, 2010

'Tis the Season

The spring is my nemesis.  As surely as the weather warms and the windows open to the “fresh” air, I find myself overcome by scratchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, nasal/sinus congestion, occasional sneezing fits, and symptoms that mimic those of the common cold.  After three springs of experiencing what I thought was just a prolonged cold, it finally dawned on me that maybe I had been so fortunate as to pick up some allergies.  Being the smart guy that I am, I instituted a policy of taking over-the-counter allergy meds (Claritin or Zyrtec) automatically at the end of March even before symptoms started, and that seemed to help… in the past.  For whatever reason, despite my best efforts, allergies are kicking my butt again this year.  So the question is: why are allergies so bad in 2010?  Is it just me, or is there something to this? › Continue reading

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 Fitness & Wellness 1 Comment

Anti-Inflammatories and You: Consider This

I’ve had to face facts that I’m not as young as I used to be.  At the age of 36, I have aches and pains that I did not have to deal with at the age of 18… or 25… or 30.  When I exercise, I know it’s not going to feel good two days later.  I can count on there being some tightness, soreness, stiffness, and “tenderness” that goes beyond what I used to experience.  The great thing at my age is that even when I don’t exercise, I can be reasonably certain that something is going to be aching or sore anyway.  I’ve decided that if I’m going to be achy with or without exercise and physical activity, it might as well be because I’m getting after it.  Since I’m refusing to concede much (or anything) to the aging process, I have embraced the occasional use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, otherwise known as NSAIDs, as a means to take the edge off.  It wouldn’t be a Wednesday without a dose or two of ibuprofen.  Okay, occasionally I’ll opt for acetaminophen or naproxen sodium instead.  Rest assured, one of those will be in my system on Wednesday… and a few other times during the week.  The question is: is this a good thing? › Continue reading

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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 Fitness & Wellness, Random No Comments