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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #141 Senior Obstacles
July 01, 2014

July 1, 2014

In this newsletter . . .

My apology

There will be no July 1st newsletter, at least not the kind you would expect. I have Shingles. My left eye is swollen shut and it is painful. By the time you read this, however, I should be coming out of it.

Briefly, if you ever had chickenpox the bugs that cause it remain in your system for life. No one knows for sure exactly what reactivates the nasty devils in the form of Shingles. But vulnerability increases with age. Stress or other factors may play a role.

Generally, the nastiness lasts about two weeks, though some cases are more severe and can linger on. Treatment is limited to antiviral medications, which cannot cure but shorten the duration of an outbreak. Over-the-counter meds like Tylenol and Calamine lotion help dealing with pain and itchiness.

A Shingles vaccination can reduce your risk by half. I was vaccinated but got it anyway. So there’s no guarantee. Yet put odds in your favor. Get the shot. It is also claimed that vaccinated sufferers have less severe experiences.

If you would like to know more, WebMD has an excellent slide presentation that gives factual information. I recommend it, especially for seniors. Go here.

That’s me here on the right, looking like someone on the losing end of an MMA match.

Meanwhile, please visit the Senior Exercise Central website for a wealth of strength and fitness information.

Or scroll down this page to visit The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter archives.

I look forward to sending you the July 15 newsletter. Best regards, Logan

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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter is a free publication sent twice monthly to subscribers. The purpose is to provide honest and realistic fitness information for people age 50 and above.

I have never been paid or received compensation of any kind to write a positive review or endorse a product. If I say that I personally use a product or service, it is because I find value in it and have paid for it with my own money.

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Logan Franklin
The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter

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