Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Interview With Dr. Erika Schwartz

Tips on Staying Healthy

We live in a world where disease seems to run rampant. Every day we hear about people battling cancer, diabetes, or some new strain of influenza. If that’s not enough to make us want to live in a plastic bubble, we’re constantly being bombarded with commercials of new products trying to sell us the latest in medical technology: pills, drops, ointments, creams, and balms all claim to “cure” the latest disease. So what are we to do? How can we keep our families and ourselves from getting sick?

Dr. Erika Schwartz, Medical Director of Cinergy Health (, is a health industry veteran with 25 years’ experience of working in both ER and private practice, as well as appearing on Oprah and The View. She was kind enough to share several useful tips on staying healthy.

First, Dr. Schwartz says, “Make the effort to make healthy choices. You will feel better and enjoy the summer much more.” Rather than eating fast food, try some delicious healthy snacks, such as “carrots, dried fruit and nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts)” and “fruit of any kind always with nuts, avocado, hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, fruit smoothies made by you or freshly made and nothing canned or pre-bottled.”

Okay, now that you have healthy snacks, don’t forget about the essentials for enjoying a day relaxing at the beach, camping, or playing in the park. Dr. Schwartz’s “must have” list includes “sunscreen (SPF 15), bug spray, sports drinks, clean wipes, nuts and dry fruit you mixed for the trip, towel, hat/cap and comfortable, loose clothing.”

However, even with all the prevention, you may still get a sunburn. Don’t panic, Dr. Schwartz says. “Treat it like any burn; ice, cold packs, hydration with Gatorade or other sports drink, rest in a dark room and no alcohol.”

Of course, if you plan on spending any time outdoors, getting a bug bite is almost inevitable. Dr. Schwartz recommends that you “ice the bite,” then apply “Caladryl (calamine lotion) to the bite, Benadryl if you have an allergic reaction and the bite swells up or gets red. If it does swell up and gets red, put a hot wash cloth on it three times a day for a couple of days for 10 minutes at a time. It will help it heal better. Also, Vitamin B complex 100 mg a day may help bugs stay away from you.”

So now that we have all our summer snacks, preventatives, and remedies, what can we do to avoid that newest flu bug? Dr. Schwartz reminds us, “Wash your hands often and do not touch your face, mouth or nose. Stay hydrated and exercise regularly. Eat a well- balanced, high-vegetable, protein and complex carbohydrate diet. Use Vitamin C, 5,000–10,000 mg a day.” She also advises, “Do relaxation exercises like yoga and breathing before bed every night.”

And if you have already been exposed to the flu bug, Dr. Schwartz recommends “Lactoferrin 300 mg twice a day and Elderberry Extract (Blockade) 125 mg twice a day for five consecutive days if you are exposed or rundown. Sleep 8 hours a night and do not go to work if you are sick.”

Follow this advice from Dr. Schwartz and you’re sure to have an easy, breezy, healthy summer for your loved ones and yourself.

1 comment:

  1. Being a healthy person speaks more of you know that you have a healthy body outside and inside. There are a lot of things you must consider for you to have it. If you think you are not, then health remedies should be take into account to try the natural one.



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