November Expert Columns
VISA, MasterCard, Cash, ‘Fish &
Poi’ Are Good as Gold
Lon Kamanu walked past the famous Palomino horse fronting
Naturally Hawaiian Gallery in Waimanalo. He had a smile on his face, some gifts
in his hands and a tee-shirt on his back bearing the phrase: “Naturally
Hawaiian Gallery & Gifts - We accept VISA, MasterCard, Cash, Fish and
Patrick Ching, owner of Naturally Hawaiian and a friend of Lon
Kamanu, really does accept fish and poi in exchange for merchandise.
“But it’s gotta be real fresh fish or real sour poi” he
Ching is known not only in Waimanalo, but also internationally
as an accomplished nature artist and author. His original art pieces have sold
for more than $50,000. Most of his artwork in the Waimanalo Gallery are fine
reproductions selling for $15 to $1,500.
On Sat., Dec. 3, a tradition continues as Naturally Hawaiian
Celebrates its annual Christmas Party/Sale. Bring the family down to enjoy great
savings on ‘erytin’ such as autographed books by Patrick Ching. Ching’s
best sellers include “Sea Turtles of Hawaii,” “The Tale of Rabbit
Island,” and a comical cartoon surfing manual entitled “How fo’ Surf.”
There will be live music by some of Hawaii’s favorite local
stars. You would not believe who shows up to play at Naturally Hawaiian
Christmas parties. Big names like Jake, Makana, Jerry Mihana, Teresa and even
Domonic have starred here.
Norma Ching will be on hand for a special debut book signing
of “From the Masters Heart,” a collection of poems that were given to her by
the Holy Spirit, illustrated with art from her son, Patrick Ching.
So grab the kids and your Christmas shopping list and come out
to Naturally Hawaiian’s famous Christmas Party and Sale, December 3 from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oh yeah, don’t forget that Santa will be there, too. How do
we know? ‘Cause he still owes us twenty bucks!
No worry, Santa: We accept VISA, MasterCard, Cash Fish and
Naturally Hawaiian Gallery & Gifts is located next to Mel’s Market in the Heart of Waimanalo at 41-1025 Kalanianaole Hwy. Tel: 259-5354. On the Web at www.naturallyhawaiian.com.
Back Safe Golf is Possible
By Chip Abbadessa, D.C. -- BACK CLINIC NOV. 8 --
One of my favorite pastimes is golf. If I’m not playing golf
I’m watching the golf channel or at the driving range! It’s also one of the
most popular sports in the world. It can be played by almost anyone regardless
skill level or age. Golf may also place more stress on the back than any other
sport known. Because of this fact I would like to outline some simple steps to
keep your game “back safe”.
Warm up first
This is true for most sporting activities but is even more important for
golfing. A good warm up can be as simple as swinging a couple of clubs several
times to loosen up the joints and muscles. Jumping jacks, deep knee bends or
running in place also work well.
Proper set-up is critical
One of the biggest mistakes I see in golfers is failure to set up to the
ball properly. Ideally a golfer should align the club to the target first then
set the body comfortably around the club in the most natural way possible. Far
too often a golfer will set up to the ball improperly only to have to alter
his/her swing plane to keep the ball on target. Also, observe good posture. This
is vital to the proper set-up because the spine is at its strongest when
properly aligned. Everyone should have their spines checked and maintained by a
Another very common mistake that will wreck your spine quickly. If you
swing hard enough to come out of your shoes, you need to back it off a notch! A
nice, fluid swing that allows a comfortable follow-through is best. Remember the
80% rule: Swing at 80% of your max, hit the ball 100% of the time!
very careful bending over
A golfer might bend over 100 times in a game: every time he places the
ball on a tee, each time to pick up the ball from the cup, to clean the ball on
the green, etc. Bend at the knees, not at the waist.
5. Keep your stomach and hip muscles strong
A powerful, effortless swing originates in the lower body, not the arms.
Exercise your “butt & gut” for best results.
6. Use swing training aides and lessons for best swing plane
A hinged club like the “Medicus”, a weighted training club or an
“inside approach” trainer all helps to keep your swing smooth and accurate.
Lessons by a pro or video taping your swing can add years of golf to your life
more information please attend my free “Back Safe Golf” lecture on Tuesday,
Nov. 8th, at 6:15 p.m. at the Castle Professional Center in Kaneohe. Call
234-5535 to reserve your seat.
Chip Abbadessa, D.C. has been a chiropractor since 1988 and practices out of the Castle Professional Center in Kaneohe. Call 234-5535 or visit www.docchip.com.
Life Extension Tips
Is Youth Wasted on the Young?
By Teresa Denney, D.O.
Youth is wasted on the young. If this is true, why should it
follow that experience and financial security are ‘wasted on the old’
because they have lost the energy and enthusiasm to enjoy the ‘golden
This does not have to be the case. For we have come to learn
that old age is simply a state of hormonal deficiency, a state of lacking the
previously bountiful hormones of youth. Then it follows that these symptoms of
‘old age’ are actually symptoms that can be reversed.
Leading the list of the age-depleted hormones that can be
replaced and provide for longer, healthier and more productive lives is the
human growth hormone (HGH). One of the most incredible points to make about HGH
is that it is not really incredible. Growth hormone is natural; it is plentiful
in the human body during youth. In fact, it is a substance that actually retains
the properties of youth, but lessened with age.
Growth hormone is essential to growth. It is a supplement
given to children who suffer with abnormally slow bone growth to enable them to
grow taller. But HGH levels fall steadily in everyone once they reach adulthood.
Since we now realize that HGH is indispensable throughout life, it must be
considered a vital hormone for maintenance of the adult body. Studies of its
amazing effects in the elderly population support its primary role in improved
longevity and the betterment of the quality of one’s life.
Positive Effects of HGH Replacement:
1. Get Lean: Loss of fat
and increase in muscle mass combine for up to 20-pound shift in body
composition. This equates to a general feeling of physical well-being, a
stronger libido, and improved self image.
2. Get Energetic: Without
a need for the afternoon food cravings of sweets, caffeine, stimulants or
nicotine, HGH patients have more energy. This improves both their self-control
image and their general health state (because they exercise).
3. Get Smart: An
interesting yet unproved side effect of HGH has been the return of mental acuity
and a “sharp” memory. Such HGH improves the vascular and intracellular
nutrient support for cells; it is not surprising that many individuals have
For a clinical evaluation of your candidacy for HGH
replacement therapy, request an appointment with the Aloha Medical Center in
Dr. Teresa Denney, an osteopathic physician, has studied nutrition for over 30 years. She is the medical director for Aloha Medical Center in Waikiki. Visit her web-site at www.hghpharm.com. Call 732-0888 now for a consultation.
Relief, Natural Cures, Longevity, Dispute Resolution
ASK JUDGE LEE
Judge Lee: I heard that stress is the major cause of
sickness and disease? How can I relieve stress? Signed, “Long Life
Dear Long Life Seeker: Kevin Trudeau, in his best selling book
“Natural Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About” lists four major reasons
people get sick and diseases: (1) putting drugs and food full of chemicals into
your body, (2) the body retaining toxins, (3) the presence of electromagnetic
chaos, and (4) stress; and hypothesizes that stress is more than the sum of the
other three for the causes of sickness and
diseases. He further lists 111 items to follow to get rid of all four sources of sickness and diseases after which one can live a long and healthy life.
The practice of Tai Chi and Qigong slow exercise and
relaxation techniques is a major way to relieve stress. Tai chi is known as the
moving meditation that improves muscular coordination and balance while freeing
your mind to relax and focus on the movements. Qigong, which can be practiced
simultaneously, is the movement of Qi or life energy through deep diaphragm
breathing, focused mind intent, and exercise techniques to promote self healing
of the organs by removing Qi energy flow blockages in the body and allow the
universal Qi energy to flow freely. I practice both daily and in several months
lost 50 pounds (over 30 percent of my body weight), been cured of gout, knee
problems, insomnia, and severe back pains, while attaining the best flexibility
and health in my life.
You should also address all your sources of worry and deal
with it, whether it is financial, job, relationships or family. Excess worry and
depression is stressful and will lead to sickness and disease. Good Luck.
Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Explore your feelings and
emotions. Anger, depression, worry, vengeance are all negative emotions and will
drain your Qi energy. Deal with it. Get third-party intervention, take action
and do something about it, make changes, and clear your mind. Practice
Dispute Resolution Tip of the Month: Put yourself in the place
of the other person. Explore his or her feelings. Understand the other point of
Richard Lee is a former Hawaii Judge and CPA. He holds a degree in economics from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from Hastings Law School. Richard Lee Consulting focuses on relieving stress for clients with real estate, business and legal problems. Mr. Lee teaches Tai Chi Qigong, provides free mediation for divorcing couples and is the founder of Perfect Mate Internat’l. He can be reached at 957-0000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift Giving: Is It That Time Of ‘Ear Already?
By Don "Kona Smith"
It’s time to think about gifts for all those special people
in your life. You probably wouldn’t think of hearing care for your holiday
shopping. You’re probably thinking: “Why would that be of interest to me?”
Here are some suggestions from the staff at Ohana Hearing Care that
might change your mind, or at least your hearing.
How about a comfortable custom-fitted “ear bud” for cell
phones, I-Pod, or Walkman users? Ohana receptionist Tirrell, a musician,
suggests Musician Ear Guards for hearing protection from that amp’ed-up
ukulele next door. Bang! Bang! Shooter Savers can save the hearing of hunters
and marksmen. Blub. Blub. Hearing instrument specialist Richard Kirkham
recommends custom-made swim plugs for swimmers and surfers-great for keiki or
adults to prevent swimmers‘ ear. Are we getting close to home yet?
Manager Paulo Pagaduan says, “TV Ears were designed to help
the hearing impaired and they work great! Families have found that TV Ears are
perfect when one person wants to watch TV and others want to read or sleep.
The volume can be set so only the TV Ears user hears any sound. It is a real
Ohana has a special holiday discount gift certificate program.
Mention this column and you can save 10 percent on all gift certificates
purchased before Dec. 22, 2005. Certificates are available from $20 up. Perfect
hearing is a perfect gift.
Drop by and check out Ohana’s great stocking stuffers for
under $10. Are you in a hui? Then pool resources to get a hearing aid for
tutu. You won’t have to shout anymore.
These great gift ideas can make your shopping easier.
Ohana Hearing Care wishes you and yours a very happy holiday season. Happy
Waimanalo Health News
People who smoke are nearly three times as likely to develop
diabetes as those who have never smoked, according to a study being published in
the October issue of Diabetes Care.
While previous studies have shown that smoking and diabetes can often lead to
serious consequences, such as fatal heart attacks, this study investigated
whether smoking can actually lead to diabetes.
A separate study in the October issue found that women who
lived alone and smoked more were less likely to drink alcohol, ate less
nutritional meals and were two times more likely to develop diabetes compared to
those who lived with others.
“We can’t say it often enough: Lifestyle factors are the
key to reducing your chances of developing diabetes,” said Mayer B. Davidson,
MD, editor of Diabetes Care and past president, American Diabetes Association.
“Study after study shows us, the way to prevent this disease is to eat
nutritious and well balanced meals, lose weight if you are overweight or obese,
exercise and for goodness sake, quit smoking!”
“We’ve known for years that smoking causes lung cancer and
seriously raises the risk for heart disease,” said lead author Dr. Capri Foy,
of Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health
Sciences. “These findings suggest another poor health outcome associated with
smoking. If that’s not reason enough to quit, I don’t know what is.”
The Wake Forest study found that 25 percent of current smokers
developed diabetes after five years, compared to just 14 percent of people who
had never smoked.
Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease. Controlling our
lifestyles can help control diabetes. Our nutritionist, Malia Sommers, conducts
monthly “Houpo pono” diabetes support group meetings here at the health
center. Learn how to better manage your Type 2 diabetes by attending these group
Waimanalo Health Center provides ready access to primary and
preventive holistic health services. You may schedule an appointment with our
doctors in Pediatric, Women’s Health, Adult Health and Counseling. HMSA,
Quest, Medicaid and most private health insurance are accepted.
By Brenda Reichel, GIA
Men and jewelry usually go together like football and tea,
which is why most jewelry stores have an abundance of jewelry for mom. But what
Men like gold and silver jewelry when it relates to things
they are interested in—sports, cars, trucks and knives. If golf is his
favorite sport, a golf ball marker in sterling silver engraved with his initials
might do the trick. Or if he were a fisherman, a custom designed pendant of his
favorite sport fish would be a wonderful accent on a chain.
A Hawaiian ring in silver or gold engraved with his name would
be great, or a link neck chain or bracelet.
Dads also deserve diamonds and gems. A diamond ring with his
initials might be appropriate.
We can teach you all about buying dad a diamond or colored
stone. If you can’t find dad the jewelry he deserves, we can help you custom
Brenda Reichel, owner of Carats & Karats Fine Jewelry, is a graduate gemologist, member of the International Society of Appraisers, and proprietor of an AGA-certified Gem Laboratory. She can be reached at 593-8122. Visit Brenda’s website at: www.caratsandkarats.com.