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The articles in this section have been collected over a number of years by Glenda Swanson.
( We just started to transfer her collection on August 11,07 )

Read why Dancing is the healthiest form of exercize.

An article that appeared in "INSPIRATION" in 2007.

Eat Fish rich in Omega-3s once a week. It may protect against cognitive decline. Do crossword puzzles four days a week.  It cuts your risk of dementia (almost in half ).  Dance: A study of 11 physical activities, including bowling and bicycling, found that only dancing reduced Alzheimer's risks.

Your Diet is important, Go Natural. Go low cost.

Learn about Live Green Food

Eating Live green food when it is first born as a sprout.

What can it do for you, CLICK HERE

Fast Ageing ?

In the research done recently at Harvard University ---The scientists discovered that seeded fruits have the longevity genes, while the seedless varieties possess fast-aging genes. It is as if the plant decides that its nutritional content has been so altered that the plant commits suicide by not producing seeds. Subsequently, when we consume seedless fruits, we consume fast-aging genes.

Dancers Feet Problems  ( from the Web )

They work perfectly with bare feet because they are slightly 'sticky' so you kind of stick to the heel instead of sliding down into the toe box. Plus they're slightly padded too. So if you're sweaty I think they'd work fine. http://www.usaweekend.com/04_issues/040222/040222clogging.html
Patient education, wearing proper shoes, using orthoses when necessary, and sensible exercise routines are all key measures to ensure that middle-aged patients continue a lifetime of physical activity and fitness.

Achillies Tendonitis


Achillies tendonitis causes inflammation and degeneration of the achilles tendon. The achilles tendon is the large tendon located in the back of the leg that inserts into the heel. The pain caused by achilles tendonitis can develop gradually without a history of trauma. The pain can be a shooting pain, burning pain, or even an extremely piercing pain. Achillies tendonitis should not be left untreated due to the danger that the tendon can become weak and ruptured. 

Achillies Tendonitis is aggravated by activities that repeatedly stress the tendon, causing inflammation. In some cases even prolonged periods of standing can cause symptoms. It is a common problem often experienced by athletes, particularly distance runners. Achillies Tendonitis is a difficult injury to treat in athletes due to their high level of activity and reluctance to stop or slow down their training.

Individuals who suffer from achilles tendonitis often complain that their first steps out of bed in the morning are extremely painful. Another common complaint is pain after steps are taken after long periods of sitting. This pain often lessens with activity.


There are several factors that can cause achilles tendonitis. The most common cause is over-pronation. Over-pronation occurs in the walking process, when the arch collapses upon weight bearing, adding stress on the achilles tendon.

Other factors that lead to achilles tendonitis are improper shoe selection, inadequate stretching prior to engaging in athletics, a short achilles tendon, direct trauma (injury) to the tendon, and heel bone deformity.

Treatment and Prevention

Athletes, particularly runners, should incorporate a thorough stretching program to properly warm-up the muscles. They should decrease the distance of their walk or run, apply ice after the activity and avoid any uphill climbs. Athletes should use an orthotic device, heel cup, or heel cradle for extra support.


A heel cup or heel cradle elevates the heel to reduce stress and pressure on the achilles tendon. The device should be made with light-weight, shock absorbing materials. An orthotic device can be used to control over-pronation, support the longitudinal arch, and reduce stress on the achilles tendon.


If the problem persists, consult your foot doctor.

Older feet
naturally develop more problems because the skin tends to thin and lose it's elasticity. Healing can take longer and wear and tear to the joints over the years may have caused some degree of arthritis.

But painful and uncomfortable feet aren't a natural part of growing old or something to "put-up with". A lot can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain and maintain mobility.   

It's not too late to start caring!

Follow the SCP daily foot care routine and keep on the move. Keeping toenails cut and under control will help keep you mobile but you may need help with this from your chiropodist/podiatrist or a friend.


Try to keep your feet as warm as possible, but don't cook them in front of the fire! Exercise is the best way and warm stockings or socks can help. Avoid anything too tight which can restrict your circulation or cramp your toes. Wearing fleece-lined boots or shoes or even an extra pair of socks will also keep you warm but do make sure your shoes aren't tight as a result. Bed socks are also a good idea.


The older you get, the more you need a shoe which holds your foot firmly in place to give adequate support. Throw out those sloppy old favourites as they may make you unstable when you walk.

Look for shoes with uppers made of soft leather or a stretchy man-made fabric which is also breathable. Avoid plastic 'easy clean' uppers which don't allow the foot to breathe and won't stretch to accommodate your own foot shape.

Many shoes have cushioning or shock absorbing soles to give you extra comfort while walking. When buying shoes, ensure that you can put them on and take them off easily. Check that the heel is held firmly in place - you'll find that a lace-up or velcro fastening shoe will give more support and comfort than a sliYour shoes should be roomy enough, particularly, if you intend to wear them everyday. If you suffer with swollen feet, it's a good idea to put your shoes on as soon as you wake up, before your feet have had a chance to swell.



                            The ONLY cause of corns is pressure.

For proper treatment of a corn, it is essential to first stop wearing the shoes that caused it. In most cases the corn will disappear when the pressure is removed.

Too much pressure can be from causes such as:

  • footwear that is too tight

  • toe deformities, such as hammer toes - the top of the hammer toe is an area for increased pressure on the top of the toe

  • bony prominence

  • biomechanical or gait abnormalities that cause pressure under different areas of the bottom (plantar) surface of the foot (this is a common cause of callus)


Where nature can help there is no point in wasting hard earned cash right?
So without any delay, after all I don’t want to waste your time, I give you the 4 recipes for removing corns:

Plantain a.k.a Plantago major
Put on the corn a leaf from plantain and tie it with a plaster or some bandage, leave it like that for the night and if the morning you are not corn free make a new one and stay with it during the day if it is possible.
This is a very effective recipe cause the plantain has anti-inflammatory and strengthening act.

Lemon rind and hot water
To remove a old and nasty corn you have to soak you feet in hot water before you go to bed and patch a lemon rind to the corn.
In the morning take it off and in the evening put it on again. Do it for 3-4 days and than soak your feet in hot water and salt again and remove the corn with a disinfected scissors, pumice or pedicure brush.
Dont follow the recipe blindly if the skin is soft enough you can remove the corn earlier.

Camomile and sodium bicarbonate bath
Another way to heal old corns is to soak your feet in warm (not hot!) water for 20-25 min in a camomile and sodium bicarbonate. The sodium`s effect is to soften the skin and the camomile`s is anti-inflammatory. If the corn is young you can make the bath only with camomile.

Onion and vinegar
Cut 1 onion head in half and pour vinegar on it. Than leave it in a warm place for 24 hours. After those 24 hours take the onion and rub the corn, just a little should be enough. Do it twice a day-morning and evening.
The vinegar that you soak the onion in opens the corn and restores the skin. Also the onion contains biologically active substances that destroy the morbific organisms and lessens the inflammatory of the feet caused by the corn. But why do i recommend it in last place?
The onion causes very unpleasant pinching and the smell is well...awful.
These are the 4 recipes i recommend for removing corns. Use them and you will be corn free without any costly solutions.


Corns and calluses treatment using oils - To soften the corns and calluses try applying any of the following oils as much as possible through the day, day after day.

Wheat germ oil, castor oil, sesame seed oil, olive oil

Corns and calluses treatment using wet sand - Walking on sand with bare feet works well. It is better if the sand is wet. Wet sand acts as an abrasion that will help removal of the dead skin which causes corns and calluses.



Corns and calluses treatment using baking soda - Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a foot spa, basin or anything your feet can soak in. Fill it half way with warm water and soak your feet for at least half an hour. Then with a pumice stone carefully file away the hardened skin.

Cut the rind from a pineapple (with some of the fruit intact) and place the fruit side against the corn; cover with gauze and tape overnight and it should fall off by the morning. and:

Soak crumbled bread in 1/4 cup of vinegar for 1.5 hours. Place the bread over the corn and cover with gauze and tape overnight. Repeat until the corn falls off.

One age old remedy for corns is to apply a lemon peel (white side against the corn) to the corn and affix it so that it stays on overnight. You can remove it during the day, but repeat each night for 7 days.

In addition to applying the lemon poultice mentioned above, put 1-2 drops of the essential oil of lemon on the corn during the day by using a Q-Tip to apply the oil. Don’t put the oil on the surrounding skin.

Aspirin paste can be used as a corn remedy. Crush a few Aspirins and add water to them until you get a smooth paste. Smear over the corn and wrap the foot with bandages and leave on for about 20 minutes. Wash off the area, let the foot dry and using a pumice (or file), gently remove the dead skin.

Finally, try soaking feet in tea, chamomile will do. Leave the feet in for 10-15 minutes and again, using pumice or file, scrape off the foot corn.

Make a paste of equal parts of washing soda and lime using water . apply it over the corn during night . Repeat the process up to a minimum of 5 nights and slowly, the corn affected skin dries of and sheds like flakes . avoid the mixture getting in contact with areas surrounding the corn . cover the surrounding area using a bandage.

Papaya fruit milky juice could also be applied on the corn in order to remove it


Tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar is very good for corn removal. After bathing, soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and hold it on the area for a few minutes until corns are soft. Dry excess away and immediately soak the area with tea tree oil and let dry naturally. Do not wash it off. Corn will peel away easily in less than five days.


Apply pure castor oil three times a day to harden the corn. Soak feet in warm salt water and rub corn with a pumice stone every night. Reapply oil. It works in three days.



Dance studio lifts spirits
By Alejandra Diaz

Originally posted on June 01, 2006

By Alejandra Diaz / news-press.com
Dancers at the Blue Moon Ballroom Dance studio strut their stuff during the dance party on Thursday nights.

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Marilyn Whitlow’s shrink told her to get out of the house and do something fun.

At first Whitlow wasn’t sure what to do because for years she had cared for her brain damaged husband and rarely left the house.

Whitlow thought she was going nuts but her shrink just figured Whitlow needed some air. The doctor told Whitlow to try taking dance lessons at the Blue Moon Ballroom Dance Studio in Bonita Springs.

“I found out I wasn’t insane and the doctor knew (of the studio) so I came and my neighbors noticed a difference instantly,” said Whitlow, 69, of North Naples.

After learning the cha cha, rumba, swing, fox trot and waltz, it was like Whitlow came out of her shell once again.

“I love music and I love dancing. Dancing lifted me up,” Whitlow said.
Barbara Tucker is the owner of the studio and is happy to hear success stories like Whitlow’s.

She opened the studio more than four years ago and teaches all kinds of ballroom dancing in the studio, which is lined with mirrors and a large dance floor.

“I like the personalized attention, it’s not commercialized,” said Mike Salzano, 42, of Fort Myers Beach.

Commercialized is not what Tucker wants people to feel when they take lessons.

“I try to make them comfortable, it’s hard to come in here for the first time. It takes courage,” Tucker said.

The studio draws people from all over the area because it’s the only one between Naples and Fort Myers, said Tucker, who got her dancing start in New York in the 70’s.

“I like teaching and we get to change people’s lives and in their faces they change in the course of lessons,” said Tucker, who started teaching dance in Southwest Florida in the country clubs. “We really get a chance to touch them.”

But being able to reach her students takes patience and talented instructors like Adam Forrester, 24, of Naples.

Forrester has worked for Tucker since the studio opened but his background wasn’t in dancing. Tucker met Forrester when he was a barista at a Starbucks in Naples.

“I walked in and we had some banter back and forth and I told him I was going to make him a dance teacher,” Tucker said.

She told him to come from behind the counter and taught him a step.

She then gave him her card and offered him free lessons and a chance to become an instructor for her.
He never called.

“I went back and he remembered me. He came from behind the counter and showed me the step I taught him. From that moment on, he was my student,” said Tucker, who turned Forrester into an instructor.

The duo now work together and help students build their dancing confidence, even if they are convinced they have two left feet.

“I wake up in the morning to dance, I just happen to get paid to do it,” said Forrester, who is helping coordinate dances for the studios student showcase on June 4. “I love working for Barbara, she is a typical New Yorker ... fun, wild, crazy, and very enthusiastic.”

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