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30 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997 HEALTH & FITNESS Lewes Multiple Sclerosis Walk set for 2 00pril 13 Sign ups are now being accepted for the 9th Annual Walk for M.S. [multiple sclero- sis] on Sunday, April 13. Enjoy walking a 10-kilometer route in the City of Lewes, Rockford Park, or Delcastle Recreation Area or a 5-kilometer route. Walkers may participate with a friend or form a team, win great prizes and help more than 1,000 Delawareans who have multiple sclerosis. The top fund raiser will receive two round-trip airline tickets courtesy of Conti- nental Airlines. To register, pick up a walk brochure at area businesses or call the Na- tional MS Society at (302) 655-5610 or (800) 640-1001. Check in for the walk is 9:30 a.m., and participants hit the road at 10:15 a.m. In Lewes, walkers will meet at Lewes Public Beach. There is no fee, but participants must pledge a minimum of $25. There are T- shirts and other prizes for pledges of $75 or more. Advance registration is preferred. Those who prefer cycling to walking, or would like to do both, may sign up for the third annual Mason-Dixon Ride for M.S. on Sunday, April 20. Riders can choose either a 25 mile or 50 mile trip that begins in Middletown, Del. and crosses into Chesapeake City, Md. be- fore returning to the starting point. Pledges are optional for that event, but proceeds will help improve the lives of Delawareans with M.S. The top fund rais- ing cyclist will receive a vacation at Breezes, an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. To register, pick up a brochure at area busi- nesses or call the National M.S. Society at the number listed above. The fee for the event is $30 prior to and including March 1, $35 after March 1 and $40 on the day of the event. American Cancer Society Daffodil Days is nearing: It's time to place orders for the flowers of hope As one of the year's fn'st flowers, the daffodil pushes away the winter cold and ushers in the warmth of spring. For the Delaware Division of the American Cancer Society, the daf- fodil is a brilliant reminder that thousands of people survive cancer and that through daffodil purchases, thousands benefit from education and patient services and research funds. The American Cancer Society celebrates spring every March with its annual fundraiser, Daffodil Days. On March 13, Federal Express will deliv- er millions of daffodils, which were grown in fields on the West Coast, to individuals in Delaware who have placed half-case minimum advance orders. Advance orders will be taken through Monday, March 3. "Just imagine the goodwill that comes in the trucks from Washington State - millions of flowers that will brighten the season - and brighten the rives of cancer survivors," said Carol Braver- man, Esq., and Libby Dawson, co- chairs of Daffodil Days for Kent and Sussex Counties. Daffodils can be ordered in bunch- es for $5; a half-case of 25 bunches is $125; and a full case of 50 bunches is $250. In addition, mini-daffodils in pots are available for $7 per pot; a half-case of 18 pots is $126 and a full case of 36 pots is $252. On March 14, Daffodil Day, volunteers will be selling daffodils at numerous loca- tions throughout Kent and Sussex Counties. For more information on the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days, call Lori Handwerk at (302) 734-7432. Delaware MS aociely sets spring s cneoule April will be a busy month for the Delaware Chapter of the Na- tional Multiple Sclerosis Society with two special events being of- fered to the community. First up is the MS/Walk on Sun- day, April 13, followed by the Mason-Dixon Ride for MS on Sunday, April 20. On Saturday, April 26, there will be a READaTHON awards party for students who have raised $125 or more in the 1997 READaTHON. The deadline for turning in READaTHON funds is March 17. The awards party is hosted and sponsored by Winterthur. May, which is MS Awareness Month, features the MS Celebrity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 5, and Kid Shelleen's Run on Sunday, May 18. There will be a teleconference for individuals with multiple scle- rosis on Saturday, May 10. Also in May, a group of Delawareans with MS will be traveling to Germany as part of an exchange program with the MS Society in Berlin. May 11 is Mother's Day, and the Delaware Chapter has named Barbara Zimbo, a DuPont em- ployee who lives in Claymont as its Mother of the Year. Zimbo has lived with multiple sclerosis for the past 16 years. Ayurvedic wisdom blends life elements for total health 'Where is a power asleep in all of us that does not awaken until we call it forth," says Deepak Chopra, M.D. Human beings have the ability to be truly happy and totally healthy. Health is not just the absence of disease. It is a state of positive well-being, a joyfulness inside of us all the time. The first step in de- veloping this joy is to realize that it is even possible. Chopra is opening the vision of thousands of people worldwide to the magic and miracle of life. He has combined the ancient Ayurvedic wisdom of India with modem medicine and psychology. Chopra is an endocrinologist and an internationally renowned author and teacher. He is one of a growing number of physicians whose healthcare focus is on strengthening the bodymind rather than attacking invaders with toxic substances. Becoming familiar with the miracle of the human body/mind/spirit is to acquire awesome power. This power al- lows us to create new bodies more perfect, more creative, than we ever thought possible. For example, human aging is fluid and changeable because the mind influences every cell in the body. Aging can speed up, slow down, or even reverse itself. Our cells are constantly eaves- dropping on our thoughts and are being changed by them. Any time we rush and try to push time, we age more quickly. When we are filled with awe, time literally stands still and we age more slow- ly. Thoughts of love, compassion and appreciation enhance our im- mune system. Resentment, anger and fear deplete it. The body and mind are so intimately connected that internal organs and immune cells actually create the same neu- ropeptides that the brain creates when it thinks. We metabolize every wisp of experience that is taken into our bodies. If we want to change our bodies, we need to change our ex- periences and our perceptions. We really are what we take in through our six senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch and in- tuition - as well as what we eat. We learn to exact nourishment from the environment and to elim- inate the rest. We learn to favor those choices which add to our sense of well-being. What makes us feel nourished? What experiences create a sense of balance or comfort in the body? We learn to correct imbalances before they develop far enough to become diseases. Ayurveda recognizes six stages of illness. The first is a subtle im- balance. The second involves awareness of a localized discom- fort; the third a systemic discom- fort. By the fourth stage, symp- toms appear. In the fifth stage, an obvious dysfunction is present. In the sixth, full-blown disease disrupts a person's life. Western medicine generally does not recognize dis, ease until the fourth stage, when it can be documented by lab reports and machines. Ayurveda considers an individ- ual's physical and emotional con- stitution, relationships, lifestyle, diet and exercise. It prescribes nourishment through the six sens- es, attuning to nature's rhythms, spiritual connection and botani- cals (non-toxic plants and herbs). There are few standard treatments except for accidental injuries and other emergencies. Most of the major illnesses in our society are the result of stress from lifestyle choices. Technolo- gy allows us to ignore nature's cues and to sleep, wake and eat at any hour, day or night. In losing our connection to the natural forces in the environment, we have lost our connection to the natural healing forces within us. Mind-body medicine seeks to reestablish connection to nature in both our inner and outer worlds. Chopra's goal is to help heal the planet and its people by spreading the knowledge of health, compas- sion, and reverence. His books are translated into 25 languages. He hasdeveloped two educational courses which are now being taught by 150 teachers in 12 countries. One course, "The Magic of Healing," sequentially leads par- ticipants through theory and prac- tical application of mind-body medicine. Each of the eight lessons includes a videotaped pre- sentation by Chopra or his partner, Dr. Simon, and instruction that can be used immediately to en- hance daily life. Topics include diet, exercise, yoga, nature's rhythms, and clearing emotions. "Primordial Sound Meditation," the second course, is a form of Ayurvedic meditation which Chopra revived and updated so that it could be easily learned and practiced in today's world. Primordial sounds, in the form of personal mantras, take our awareness from the active mind to quieter levels, and ultimately to si- lence. Regular practice of meditation allows us to bring the kindness, bliss and creativity of our purest essence into our dally lives. Our bodies rest, renew and heal. Our emotions are soothed. Old de- structive habits change. Health and relationships improve. HEALTH TOPICS BEEBEFRAZER Beebe Frazer is a certified nurse midwife and an in- structor of Dr. Chopra's edu- cational programs. For more information, call 645-6770.