Be Fit For Life

with Ellen Cohen-Kaplan

Hang on, help is on its way…….!

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I’m continually fascinated by our deepening understanding of how our nervous system works. In my next life, I may become a neurologist, as the research is progressing at an exponential rate.

An article in today’s New York Times features Kevin Tracey, a neurosurgeon who in 1998, discovered how electrical impulses could influence the immune system and disrupt inflammation. “His work seemed to indicate that electricity delivered to the vagus nerve in just the right intensity and at precise intervals could reproduce a drug’s therapeutic — in this case, anti-inflammatory — reaction. His subsequent research would also show that it could do so more effectively and with minimal health risks”. These results have broad implications for all kinds of inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and colitis. In a 2011 clinical tria1, of 18 people with rheumatoid arthritis who began using electronic implants , two thirds reported that their pain had disappeared and their joints were much less swollen. To learn more, go to

This quickly growing field, called bioelectronics, shows great promise for people with both autoimmune diseases, including cancer, and people experiencing any inflammatory processes. Less pain can translate to increased activity, which can translate to improved quality of life.

While we’re on the subject of improved quality of life, another article caught my eye. Although it doesn’t cover any new ground, “Fitness Crazed”, deals with the basic science of getting stronger and more toned. New trends, ideas, fitness toys, concepts and training regimens are always fun to read about, but the basic truths about progressive training don’t change; to improve muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility, you must increase the resistive load on your body.  Read the full article at

To avoid injury, do it gradually, systematically and with good form!





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