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PAGE 8B I (StatePoint) More than 41,200 people across the nation were injured in 2012 while working in their gar- dens, reports the U.S. Con- sumer Product Safety Com- mission. Conversely, many common flowers and plants have healing properties that can help gardeners treat their injuries. Made from plants, as well as animals and minerals, homeopathic medicines of- fer some of the safest options for self-treatable conditions -- and can be great for ail- ments and injuries that befall home gardeners. Because the risk of interaction with other drugs, supplements and herbs is minimal, experts say HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 20, 2014 Natural tips to keep gardeners healthy these natural medicines are a good first choice for early symptoms. Easily found in health food stores and pharmacies, these non-prescription medicines work naturally with the body instead of masking a problem, which is important if a more serious condition should arise. With that in mind, here are some homeopathic treat- ments for common gardener ailments: • Allergies: Relieving al- lergy symptoms provides a good example of the prin- ciple behind homeopathic medicines. Chopping a red onion has a "toxic" effect, causing eyes to water and burn until exposed to fresh air. When similar symptoms appear from allergies or a cold, a micro-dose of the red onion helps relieve those same symptoms. The red onion in this homeopathic form takes the Latin name of its source, Allium cepa. Try Ambrosia (Ragweed) for watery nasal discharge with eyes that tear and itch and Sabadilla (Cevadilla) for hypersensitivity to the smell of flowers or itching in the back of the mouth. A good general allergy medicine is Histaminum, which is derived from histamine.- * Sore, stiff muscles: For gardeners suffering back and knee injuries, Arnica montana can be an essential gardening tool. Commonly known as the mountain daisy, Arnica's healing properties were first recognized in the 16th cen- tury. Legend has it mountain climbers chewed the plant to relieve sore, aching muscles and bruises from falls. Today, this homeopathic medicine is used by professional athletes and surgeons for muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries and bruising. For more information visit www. Arnicare.com. • Sunburn, blisters and other skin conditions: In its homeopathic form, Calendula (garden marigold) is one of the most versatile aids for skin irritations. Try a Calendula cream or ointment for blisters and calluses, cuts and scrapes, rashes, and chapped skin caused by wind. dry or cold air, or sun. Used for centuries as a natural healing and sooth- ing substance, Calendula's wound-healing properties are due to essential oils, saponins, flavonoids and alkaloids. These compounds have skin healing properties. • Bug bites: To help relieve bee and wasp stings, as well as gnat, black fly or mosquito bites, take five pellets of Apis mellifica (honey bee) every 30 minutes for up to six doses. And apply Calendula topically. • Take breaks and relax: Shutterstock.com While many plants help us nurture our health, remem- ber to practice common sense. Prepare properly by stretching and wearing sun block. Don't overdo it. Take breaks. End your day with soaking bath. Relieve conditions at the first sign of symptoms before they grow out of control, so you can continue your garden- ing activities. Are you taking the right vitamins and nutrients? Altamonte Family Practice Andrew E. Krupitsky, D.O. Lindsey R. Wolf, P.A.-C Lin Folgate, P.A.-C Tanya Bengali, DNP, A.R.N.P.-C "Quality Through Excellence" New Patients Welcome • Adult Medicine • Geriatrics • Pediatrics • Gynecology • X-Rays • Immigration Physicals • Lab • Office Surgery [11 (407) 332-6366 249 Maitland Ave., Ste. 1000 • Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 Fax: 407-830-4300 www.altamontefamilypractice.com ,-el BAKER, HEARD, OSTEEN & DAVENPORT P.A., ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY Specializing in the treatment of: • Sports Injuries including Arthroscopy • Arthritis and Total Joint Replacements including Hand Surgery • Trauma and General Orthopedics Downtown Orlando: 345 W. Michigan St. Orlando, FL 32806 (407) 843-9083 www.orthodoks.com Next to Dr. Phillips Hospital 9430 Turkey Lake Rd. Suite 116 Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 345-1234 (StatePoint) If you eat a healthful diet, you may think you're in the clear when it comes to supplying your bo@ with vital nutrients. But some experts say that even the most well-rounded meal plans fall short. "To get the amount of nu- trients you need to thrive, you t:ari't rely on fbod'alone. You really have to turn to dietary supplements," says MichaelA. Smith M.D., host of "Healthy Talk" on RadioMD.com and senior health scientist with Life Extension in Fort Lau- derdale, Florida. If you've ever walked through the supplement section of a natural foods store or done a quick search online, you know it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the choices. Making mat- ters more confusing, every- one has different nutritional needs. "With the exception of a few foundational nutrients, there's no such thing as a one- size-fits-all supplement regi- men," says Smith, whose new book and educational tool, "The Supplement Pyramid," seeks to help readers design a nutritional regimen that meets their unique needs. "Like food, it's helpful to think of your supplement needs in a tiered pyramid structure: the foundational supplements we all need, personalized supplements based on your needs and op- timal supplements for living healthier, longer." Smith is offering guidelines for getting started: • Bootleg products on the market can do more harm than good. Invest in high- quality nutritional supple- ments. Stick with a company that has an established track record of using only pure, potent raw materials. • There are essential foun- dational supplements that should build the base of most people's plans, no matter what their unique needs are, Smith says. These include an ideally dosed multivitamin/ mineral, omega-3 fatty acids, coenzyme Q10 (as ubiquinol) and probiotics. Check with your doctor before starting a supplement regimen. • Everybody has their own personal medical history and health needs. With do-it- yourself detective work, you can armyourselfwith the facts you need to personalize your supplement plan for disease prevention. Beyond taking a personal and family medical inventory, certain laboratory tests can help you discover out what's going on inside your body. Ad- ditionally, "The Supplement Pyramid" contains a series of medical quizzes based on clinical risk assessments in different areas including heart health, cognitivefunctionand immune strength. • After providing your body with core, foundational nutri- ents for survival and custom- tailored supplements to help prevent disease, consider X Shutterstock.com optimizing your supplemer: tal regimen with "anti-aging supplements" such as anti- oxidants, proteins and amino acids. These supplements form the top of your pyramid, and if you need to cut back on expenses, should be the: first to go. Getting started is simple. And the sooner you do, the faster you can begin properly nourishing and protecting your body from health risks. For free tools to build your personal supplement regimen and for more information about Smith's new book, visit www.MySupplement- Pyramid.com or call 1-855- 870-0687. Even if you juice every morning and hit the salad bar at lunch every after- noon, don't be lulled into nutritional complacency. By learning more about your body's needs, you can live a longer, healthier, happier life.