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The Wine Guy: Pop the cork and open the Fountain of Youth

Best of The Wine Guy

The Wine Guy
with Anthony Scarano

We know red wine is good for the heart, but research is indicating it may also fight a multitude of cancers. This power of wine is due to the chemicals, including resveratrol, found in the skins of red grapes.

In the same vein, an American company claims to have available a marvelous anti-aging supplement containing resveratrol. This substance is an antibacterial and antifungal agent produced by plants and may reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar and fight cancer in humans. It has been proven to work in mice, but research has not yet yielded the same results in humans.

The scientific community is nonetheless excited about the possible benefits of resveratrol. The greatest focus on resveratrol right now is as an anti-aging agent that keeps the heart pumping more efficiently and can restore a youthful look.

A supplement containing resveratrol is now available. Vivix contains no artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives, and the company that produces it claims a 30-day supply - a teaspoon a day - delivers resveratrol in an amount equivalent to 3,000 glasses of red wine (100 glasses of wine a day).

Laboratory tests have showed Vivix to be 10 times more powerful than resveratrol alone as far as slowing down cellular aging. People who tested the product for a couple of weeks claimed it cured gout, cleared their sinuses, eliminated tremors and age spots, and relieved their headaches. Other people claimed their asthma was less severe, they slept better, and that aches they experienced for years because of arthritis disappeared.

All of this sounds marvelous and miraculous, and if it were true would be a breakthrough in science. It couldn't hurt to try it. For information about Vivix call Evergreen Park resident Tammy Schweiger at 663-4226 or 952-0133, or write to her at 9334 Clifton Park Ave., Evergreen Park, IL 60805.

Don't forget to drink your wine, however. This wonderful tonic, drunk daily methodically and in moderation, can keep you healthy and looking and feeling young. Its antibacterial, antiviral and anticancer properties make it perhaps the most import food you will consume all day.

Anthony Scarano is not a doctor. He is an 88-year-old Evergreen Park resident, winemaker and certified naturopath. Suggestions in this space are solely the opinions of Mr. Scarano based on years of independent study and personal experience, and may not be beneficial to health. Wine should be consumed in moderation, as overindulgence may be harmful to health.

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Weight loss
with EFT technique

  The Palos Park Recreation Department offers weight loss with emotional freedom technique (EFT), also known as meridian tapping, a self-applied acupressure technique that can reduce or eliminate food cravings and over-eating.
  Participants will be instructed how to perform the tapping sequence and develop personalized affirmation statements to successfully incorporate EFT into their daily routines. No pre-requisites. Wednesday, March 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for ages 18 and up.
  For more information, call 671-3760 or view the winter/spring Brochure at Palospark.org. To register online go to www.activenet15.active.com/palospark or drop by the Palos Park Recreation Department, at 8901 W. 123rd St., Palos Park.

Advocate Christ
Medical Center

  Advocate Christ, 4440 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn, has scheduled the following free community education classes, lectures and support group meetings for April. For the latest information or to register call (800) 323-8622 (unless otherwise noted) and refer to code number listed.

  Postpartum Adjustment Support Group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 2 and 16 in the medical center’s Conference Center, on the northwest corner of the campus in Room 0614. For more information call 684-1333.
  Easy Breathers Pulmonary Support Group for individuals battling a lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, or who are on oxygen or experiencing shortness of breath, meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 15 in the medical center’s Conference Center on the northwest corner of the campus in Room 0629 A&B. No registration required (Code lC22).
  Caring Connection and Bereavement Support Group, small group sessions for parents who have experienced the death of a child either through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 in the medical center’s Conference Center located on the northwest corner of the campus in Room 0614 (Code 1M03).
  Prostate Cancer Support Group for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the medical center’s Conference Center located on the northwest corner of the campus in Room 0637. No registration required (Code 1C15).
  Breast Prosthesis Display provides women who have undergone a mastectomy the opportunity to evaluate prosthesis options from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St. in Oak Lawn (Code 1C11).
  Breast Cancer Support Group for women who have a history of breast cancer and their families meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St. in Oak Lawn. No registration required (Code 1C14).
  Stroke Support Group for stroke survivors, their family and friends meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in the medical center’s Conference Center on the northwest corner of the campus in the Keyser Room. No registration is required (Code 1X08).
  Surviving & Thriving Survivorship Group meets Thursday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the medical center’s Conference Center on the northwest corner of campus in Room 0636. The topic will be “Getting Involved After You Complete Treatment.” Participants can enter through the imaging center entrance at 93rd Street and Kilbourn Avenue (Code 1C51).
  Autism Support Group for parents or caregivers of children with autism meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church, 9230 Pulaski Road in Oak Lawn. The group, in partnership with The Southwest Cook County Chapter of the Autism Society of Illinois, will help clarify misconceptions, answer questions, provide professional guidance and identify resources (Code 1P01).
  Specialized Weight and Conditioning Program offers an ongoing program designed to promote physical fitness for people who have experienced a spinal cord injury/disability. Staff offers guidance in creating an independent wheelchair level exercise program (using wheelchair accessible weight station) on consecutive Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes, led by a licensed physical therapist, are held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the medical center’s physical therapy gym, 4440 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn. A physician’s approval is needed to participate in the exercise program. For more information and to register call 684-5425.
  Look Good…Feel Better — A free workshop, provided by certified/trained cosmetologists, teaches female cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Women learn about makeup techniques, skin care, nail care and options related to hair loss, such as wigs, turbans and scarves. The program, offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association, and the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation, is Wednesday, April 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St. in Oak Lawn. Registration is required (Code 1C17).

  Overeaters Anonymous for people who are compulsive eaters meets from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8600 S. Kilpatrick Ave. in Chicago.
 

Best of The Wine Guy - Purity of mind at root of all health

Purity of mind at root of all health

  In ancient China in 3500 B.C. monks living in monasteries practiced Buddhism, a religion that originated in India.
  These monks lived austere, regimented lives — waking, eating, praying, meditating and sleeping at specific times each day — under the watchful eye of an abbot who would provide a quick whack with his staff for the slightest misdemeanor. The monks’ main duty was to work toward purifying their minds every minute of every day. They were required to not only suppress but eliminate human passions such as ignorance, jealousy, envy, anger; hate all mental opposites such as hot and cold, love and hate.
  Buddhist monks considered desires, meanwhile, to be poisons of the mind because they inhibited clear thinking and blocked the path to nibbana, the state of mind free from craving, anger and other negative thoughts and emotions. The three poisons are concupiscence of the wrong desires, hate and resentment, and stupidity and ignorance.
  By living a life of discipline and purifying the mind the monks hoped to gain enlightenment and liberation from suffering. This state of total peace is thought by Buddhists to be the intended nature of the mind, one free from corruption and toxicity of the mind and soul caused by the impurities and poisons in this world.
  Interestingly, Paul writes in the Bible, “Know ye not you are the temple of God? And that the spirit of God dwelleth in you.” In Colossians Chapter 3 Paul admonishes the church saying, “Mortify your member — fornication, uncleanliness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence and covetousness, the wrath of God cometh. For now put off all these — anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy and filthy communication out of your mouth. Put on bowels of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind and meekness, long suffering for bearing one another. Put on charity.”
  What these examples illustrate is that the great religions of the world are all premised on selfdiscipline and purging the mind and soul of impurities to attaining. Thousands of years ago the founders of these religions recognized the condition of the mind played a big part in a person’s mental, spiritual and physical well-being.
  Today, scientists are finally accepting that the power of the health of the mind is directly related to the health of the body. They know sickness can be caused or exacerbated by a mind made vulnerable by stress, disease, anger, anxiety and lack of sleep. The power of the mind and health of the soul can literally make or break you.
  For good health and long life one must control the mind, eat properly, get regular physical exercise and properly eliminate wastes. Include a little wine in your meals for it has many benefits. If all this fails, well, at least you tried.

Anthony Scarano is not a doctor. He is an 88-year-old Evergreen Park resident, winemaker and certified naturopath. Suggestions in this space are solely the opinions of Mr. Scarano based on years of independent study and personal experience, and may not be beneficial to health. Wine should be consumed in moderation, as overindulgence may be harmful to health.

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Moraine Valley
medical presentation:
foot and ankle trauma

  Moraine Valley Community College is hosting its Medical Education Series presentation on “Trauma of the Foot and Ankle” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The event is co-sponsored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is free and open to the public.
  Dr. Anish Kadakia, an orthopaedic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, will share his expertise in foot and ankle problems, arthroscopy, diabetic foot infections, diabetic foot and ankle problems, musculoskeletal disorders, and musculoskeletal trauma/fracture.
  For more information, call Mari Smith at 608-4039, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Orland Twp. monthly
immunization clinic

  Orland Township will offer its monthly immunization clinic on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, and Tuesday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the township building, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave.
  Immunizations are offered to Orland Township residents only. In order to receive an immunization, children 18 and younger must be uninsured, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and display proof of residency and a valid shot record. Adult vaccines are also available for a fee and also require proof of residency.
  Vaccinations that are offered include: DTap, DTap-IPV/Hib, DTap/IPV, DTap/Hep B/IPV, haemophilus b conjugate, Hep A, Hep B, Hep A/B, Hib, HPV, IPV, meningococcal, MMR, pneumococcal, TB, Tdap, TD, varicella, rotavirus, typhoid. The adult vaccine Zostovax is also available at most clinics but an appointment is necessary for this vaccine. Call the township office at 403-4222 to request a Zostovax immunization. (orlandtwp.org)
 

Mixing it up for good health By Dee Woods - Hypertension drugs and NSAIDs punch kidneys

  I receive email Med Alerts as well as many print publications to keep up with the latest in medications, alternative treatments, adverse reactions and nutrient studies.
  The April 2013 issue of Worst Pills, Best Pills published a Canadian study and a warning regarding the possibility of some antihypertensive drugs when taken with over-the-counter and prescription painkillers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Some combinations may cause minor or even acute kidney injury (AKI). The publication indicated this was especially of concern among elderly patients with hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure or kidney disease.
  As we age, our liver is not quite as capable of processing and detoxifying our bodies of certain foods and drugs. We slow down, and our organs do the same. For this reason it is often recommended that the elderly be prescribed lower dosages or less medications than younger patients.
  The first warnings about the problems associated with mixing medications appeared in a British Medical Journal study in January. The study indicated that two antihypertensive drugs a diuretic plus either an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor (Altace, Lisinopril, Captopril, Capoten, Enalapril, Benzapril, Ramipril, etc.) or an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), (Benicar, Atacand, Avapro, Cozaar, etc.) were the most problematic.
  When AKI occurs, the kidneys’ filtering process is reduced. Additionally, the process by which the kidney controls fluids and electrolytes is disrupted. Patients with early AKI often have no symptoms, but as it becomes worse can cause a loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, edema, shortness of breath, and even higher blood pressure. NSAIDs are often used to control osteoarthritis and can adversely affect the kidneys by blocking the hormone-like substances known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins control blood flow to the filters within the kidney.
  At any rate, many patients use NSAIDs for inflammatory disorders or arthritis. Many of those same patients also use ACE inhibitors or ARBs to control blood pressure. What hasn’t been known until recently is that by taking NSAIDS while taking the above medications for blood pressure, both minor and major kidney disease may occur. NSAIDs include, but are not limited to, aspirin (Ecotrin, Anacin, Bayer), Trilisate, Dolobid, Celebrex, Cataflam, Pennsaid, Voltaren, Lodine, Motrin, Toradol, Indocin, Mobic, Naprosyn, Relafen, and ibuprofen.
  It is now advised that if a patient is on any NSAID and the class of antihypertensive drugs known as ACE Inhibitors or ARBs, the NSAIDs may cause kidney damage. Because so many classes of drugs are involved and the list is longer than those I listed, it is best for patients to consult with their physicians to make certain they are not taking the combination.
  Once again, it is more dangerous for those over 65 to be combining the two, according to the study. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if this combination may pose problems.

Dee Woods is available to give presentations about alternative health treatments and healthy living. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .