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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 1B | Debra Moore Staff Writer Jane Steidel says that stretching and flexibility are often overlooked when people think about fitness. Steidel has been a yoga instructor for the past 11 years. his is the time of year when many people resolve to become physically fit -- pledging to eat better and to exercise more. Of the latter, many will focus on aerobic workouts or weight lifting, but overlook an equally important component. According to the American Council on Exercise, a complete and effective exercise program must include flexibility movements as well as aerobic exercise and muscle conditioning. Without adequate flexibility, the easy performance of everyday activities would be impossible, the council says. Flexibility is achieved through gentle stretching. Pilates and yoga are both good examples of exercise practices designed to promote flexibility. Being flexible improves range of motion, keeps the body youthful and agile, and relieves stress. Quincy resident Jane Steidel has been teaching yoga for 11 years and is a partner in the Quincy Yoga and Wellness Center. "Yoga provides so many benefits," she said. "Flexibility, strength, better posture, better breathing, enhanced sleep, less stress and better immune function." "There's a connection between flexibility and oxygenated blood; flexibility brings more energy by oxidating the blood stream," she said. "It also helps with the immune system." Delaine Fragnoli strikes a dance-like pose. Keeping the body flexible and limber helps individuals perform everyday tasks more easily and prevents injuries. See Stretch, page 5B Yoga instructor Delaine Fragnoli gently stretches core with this spine stretch. Photos by Debra Moore her back and Jane Steldel hold! a yoga pose In the Yoga and Wellness Center in Quincy. The practice of yoga provides a variety of health benefits including improvements in balance, flexibility, stamina, stress relief and immunefunction. f fli Jan Davies Certified whole health educator Special to Feather Publishing It happens every week. A medical media pundit announces a recent study that has turned traditional (Western) nutritional science on its head. Oh my! You say. What do I do now? Last week coffee was bad, this week coffee is good. One thing is certain... "science" as reported by the media is not geared to saving our lives, but rather to gaining an audience and selling advertising; science changes rapidly and there is a constant turnover of information. My role as a whole health educator includes offering nutritional guidance to those who seek it. It has become clear to me that there are basically two kinds of clients who walk in my ,, , ,, door: one says, Don t tell me what to eat! and the other says, "Just tell me what to eat!" Sadly, I will not make either of these people happy. The guidelines I follow have more to do with the ancient Greek aphorism "know thyself' than diet science du jour, or one size fits all. There is a slowly expanding field of nutritional wisdom that has a lot more to do with who we are as individuals than what any particular study has determined. One of the experts in this field is speaker/author Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., a cell biologist and health psychologist, who recently published a book called "The PlantPlus Diet Solution: Personalized Nutrition for Life." The studies Borysenko quotes in her book include the caveat "as of the time of this writing..." highlighting the fleeting nature of nutrition hard science. Borysenko promotes a diet that is mostly whole foods that are not faked: have not been engineered, processed and repackaged. No surprises there! She deviates from the mainstream by showing what's working in many of the popularized diets, and what is definitely not working in the Standard American Diet (SAD). The "PlantPlus Diet Solution" advocates for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans. (No more finger-pointing and proselytizing!) Some alarming facts broughtto light by Borysenko about our modern American diet follow. Recommended dietary changes begun in the early '60s to reduce heart disease have in fact "ignited an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, metabolic" disorders and Alzheimer's. The low-fat, high-carb diet frenzy "may be the single most expensive mistake ever made in evidence-based medicine." An estimated 25 -30 percent of the U.S. is prediabetic from the carb-rich foods and oxidized/hydrogenated vegetable oils in the Standard American Diet: carbs and oils consumed as replacement for saturated fats. Pillars of dietary doom Borysenko describes her Five Pillars of Dietary Doom, which in turn give us guidance about what we need to be aware of in our daffy diets: --Oxidative stress: linked to all chronic diseases and aging in the body. This is the realm of toxins in our inner and outer environments. We are usingup significantly more cellular detoxing than our bodies were designed to handle. The correction for this includes antioxidants, flavonoids (plant pigments) and foods free from pesticides and weed killers. --Inflammation: Think of how an injury becomes inflamed, red, puffy and angry looking, evidence of our immune system protecting the wound and blasting the area with components that isolate infection and support accelerated healing. The same thing happens inside our bodies on a cellular level. Heart disease, diabetes and arthritis are examples of chronic inflammatory disease. Some causes include the plasticizing chemicals in our food to extend shelf life, and physical and emotional stress. See Research, page 5B J Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.corn wareness of health and fitness seems to emerge more and more in America today, incorporating Eastern traditions like yoga and herbal medicine, and even allowing for practices that rely on mental power for healing. But the truth remains that our bodies respond directly to the foods that are fueling them, Iris important to realize that the foods we choose not only affect our weight, but also our moods and physical health. But you don't have to say no to every cookie. And now that the leftover ham is gone and you are pulling on your running shoes to start a new year of better fitness, remember you don't have to spend every last dollar on organic rice flour and wheatgrass-infused smoothies to take good care of yourself. All you have to do is walk the perimeter. Of the grocery store, that is. Eating healthfully doesn't mean you have to buy only organic produce and milk, or refuse anything other than free-range eggs, although these would be gdchices" Just don't eat processed, plastic-wrapped slices of American See Budget, page 6B They can provide unique healing Ann Powers Staff Writer cience shows that our animal companions can add candles to our birthday cakes, as well as a whole slew of other health benefits as we chalk up the years. It's called the human-animal bond and has been officially recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association since 1982. "Interactions with animals can provide emotional and physical health benefits for diverse human populations, including the elderly, children, physically disabled, deaf, blind, emotionally or physically ill, and the incarcerated," AVMA policy states. AVMA maintains that human-animal synergy can help --Increase longevity, --Lower blood pressure. --Improve cardiovascular health. --Release endorphins. --Diminish physical pain. :~ --Reduce depression, boredom\ and loneliness, --Improve speech and emotional disorders in children. It's nothing new -- the concept dates back to the ancient Greeks, who believed dogs had healing See Animals, page 7B ~a