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llil *m CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, April 5- April 7, 2005 '27 HEALTH & FITNESS Young Delaware diabetes ambassador seeks cure By Jim Westhoff The tips of her tiny fingers have hard, yellowed calluses, the re- suits of thousands of pinpricks to draw blood. Madison "Madi" Dodge, 9, has diabetes and she isn't afraid to talk about it. She's also very in- terested in finding a cure. "I think it's very important to find a cure because I know this is hard to imagine, but on average two peo- ple in Delaware die every day from the effects of diabetes," she said. Madi's openness and determi- nation are among the reasons she is a Delaware youth ambassador for the American Diabetes Associ- ation. "I'm on TV commercials, in advertising and sometimes I go to things to promote events," said the soft-spoken Milford resident. She helps organize skating events, fundraisers at restaants" and she often sells items door to door, all to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Speaking in a careful and delib- erate manner, Madi said, "All that money goes toward research to find a cure." "Sometimes I get to make crafts that we sell. It's fun meeting new friends," she said with a smile. When she was 5 years old, her parents noticed a drastic change in her personality. "I can remember every second of it," said Madi's mother, Wendy Dodge. "She had always been a happy easygoing, friendly, child and she got to where the smallest thing would make tier cry and carry on. There were other times when she had that glassy-eyes look. We knew there was something amiss." Wendy and her husband, Tim Dodge, knew the symptoms well because Tim is diabetiC and so is Wendy's mother. "She started to go through some of the same problems I did," said Tim, who wasn't diagnosed with diabetes until he was 22. "She had a lot of thirst, constant urina- tion and that kind of thing. We al- ways knew it was a possibility if we had kids." Madi and her father both have Type I diabetes, where the pan- Continued on page 29 Jim Westhoff photo Madison "Madi" Dodge, seated between parents Tim and Wendy Dodge, is a youth ambassador for the American Dia- betes Association. The fourth-grader from Milford helps pro- mote events, arranges fundraisers and speaks to organiza- tions throughout the state. Local chiroI)ractor participates in national research project Dr. Christopher Baldt, a chiropractic practitioner in the Long Neck area, recently participated in a research project for the chiropractic profession. Baldt was among approximately 10 per- cent of the nation's full-time licensed chi- ropractors who were randomly selected to represent the profession by providing infor- mation for a survey of chiropractic prac- tice. Working in conjunction with state li- censing board members, educators and oth- Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). The survey allows those in the profession to reflect the tasks, du- ties and professional responsibili- ties common to their everyday practices. The comprehensive study relies entirely on responses from these individual practition- ers. The results from the survey have been summarized in the Job BALDT and educating state boards, asso- ciations and legislators and insur- ance companies on the practice patterns of full-time chiropractors in the United States. The infor- mation contained in the study provides the chiropractic profes- sion credible bargaining power to improve coverage and disburse- ment. Information collected from the ers practitioners, the survey was developed Analysis of Chiropractic 2005. The job most recent Survey is consistent with previ- and conducted by the National Board of analysis plays an integral role in informing ous survey results in reports of the types of conditions doctors see and the treatment procedures used. Additionally, the survey results showed a slight upward trend in the number of patients of ethnic minorities seeking chiropractic care. The job analysis discussed recent research findings as well as studies documenting the effectiveness of chiropractic care in treating low back pain, neck pain and headaches and chiropractic treatment of other disorders such as asth- ma, infantile colic, premenstrual syndrome, fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome. Continued on page 29 i i i Treat the cause of allergies, not the symptoms HEALTH TOPICS Dr. Kim Furtado Dr. Kim Furtado, N.D., is a member of the allied health staff at Beebe Medical Cen- ter. For more information or an appointment, call 302.945- 2107. To find out more about the local hoHstic community, visit www.delmarvacomlu- nitywellnet.net. I generally should be half fll. When a trigger stresse s the My, the workload in the liver - or vol- ume.level in the cup -will go up.. Generally, the body can manage the increase and then return to a homeostasis or balance. Howev- er, if a" person has allergies, it usu- ally tells me that this person's cup remains at the brink of being full. The body is not managing a homeostasis or balance. A small rise in the workload from the dust/mold/pollen triggers an over- flow in the system. This can be due to many fac- tors, including a toxic burden on the body, nutrient deficiencies that prevent the body from completing necessary tasks and general diges- tive and immune system imbal- ances. Our society tends to focus on the elements that keep landing in the full cup, causing an overflow - like pollen, cat hair and dust. We use medications to try to stop the overflow from creating too many symptoms. But ideally, if you focus on re- ducing the volume level of the cup, you'll have better success with stopping the overflow. This can be accomplished through a gener'al naturopathic treatment plan that often includes liver sup- port and rebuilding a better nour- ished system. You can calm your liver and strengthen your immune system - in other words, lower the cup lev- el - by avoiding many common foods and other environmental ad- ditives that burden the body. When meal planning, ask your- self, "Does this food nourish me?" or "Does my body see it as a workload or toxic substance that must be processed?" Asking yourself this question can help lead you to avoid all re- fined sugar, refined flour, preserv- atives and artificial additives, caf- feine; tobacco, alcohol, exposure to solvents, exposure to burning hydrocarbons and other problems. You may be surprised to see how much better you feel once you dedicate yourself to this process. Also, get the basics every day: fresh air, pure water, adequate rest, adequate exercise and dark. gree n vegetables and lots of fiber. If you are not already doing this level of self-care, please know that it is not uncommon to need some help. It is not about simply knowing what harms you. I feel it is more abrut addressing the underlying issues of what stands in your way of taking the very best care of yourself. The body-mind-spirit needs some attention. Depending on your individual situation, if you suffer from aller- gies, you may benefit from sea- sonal supplementation with extra vitamin C, vitamin B5, B-com- plex and zinc picolinate. I also often recommend quercitin - a potent bioflavinoid and antihistimine used in many liver detox reactions, curcumin, nettles, dandelion root and omega 3 oils. "- Remember, the efforts you make to balance your health pay off. You can improve your ability to respond to stress or triggers with greater ease. When you see the role the body, mind and spirit play in health, you learn quickly that a symptom is simply the lan- guage a body speaks. If your body is speaking with you via symptom of allergy, it is trying to tell you it's out of bal- ance. Next time you have your al- lergy symptoms, listen and hear, "my cup is fulif  With naturoathic remedies, you can lessen t/ie cup's workload "and reclaim the balance your body is seeking. If you have allergies, this up- coming season may be an oppor- tunity to look at your symptoms a little differently. From a naturo- pathic view, it may be a signal of a weakened, yet overactive immune system and/or a toxic burden in the body's system. In our conven- tional medical view, we often blame the allergy triggers like pollen, mold, dust and dander as the cause of allergies. We can often alleviate the symptoms with the standard anti- histamines or prescriptions that block your allergic response to these pesky, yet harmless to many people, triggers. However, the naturopathic view is very different. We base our work in patients with allergies on the principle, "treat the cause.". We ask what causes allergies, not what triggers an allergy. What is the deep-rooted cause that makes your body react to dust, pollen or dander triggers? We see the problem really lies in the state of the body before expo- sure to these triggers. Take this analogy: A cup represents the liver's ability to process and function. It