Pain relief takes
a little miracle
AT SOME POINT in our lives, we will suffer
mild to debilitating injury- or age-related
pain. And, unfortunately, quite often we will
suffer alone. “When someone experiences
pain, he or she often feels as though they’re
the only one suffering,” says Elaine Petrone,
author of The Miracle Ball Method.
“Consequently, the pain may never be fully
addressed or resolved.”
Petrone speaks from experience. A professional dancer, she suffered a potentially
crippling injury to her back and right leg.
However, rather than resigning herself to a life
with a limp, as many doctors predicted, she
reached out to as many sources of information as she could. Enlisting the aid of physical
therapists, yoga and Pilates trainers, as well as
medical specialists, she began to piece together
a regimen that ulimately not only resolved
her injury but inspired her to pass this information on to as many others as she could.
This regimen became The Miracle Ball
Method, a combination of simple exercises
using a set of two small inflatable balls that
address most of the aches, pains, stresses and
injuries that we may experience in our lifetime.
“This is the ultimate user-friendly
approach,” says Petrone, who now teaches
physical therapy classes in New York City. “It’s
simply about letting the weight of your body
and gravity do the work to rest and relax.”
The most important message Petrone
advocates in person and on her Web site
www.elainepetrone.com) is to reach out when
you’re in physical distress: “You don’t have to
suffer alone. There’s help out there.”
—T. Foster Jones
The Costco Connection
The Miracle Ball Method is available in
Costco warehouses. Vitamin D with D- 3 is
available in the warehouses and online at
costco.com, where you’ll also find various
skin-care products, including Kirkland
Signature™ by Borghese products.
VITAMIN D IS VITAL for bone and joint
health because it aids in the body’s absorption
of calcium—the principle requirement for
bone strength—and boosts muscle strength
and the health of the heart, colon, breasts
So why do as many as 40 percent of U.S.
adults have a vitamin D deficiency, according to
the National Institutes of Health?
It’s because vitamin D is manufactured
naturally by the body when skin is exposed to
the ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight, and the
same UV rays that produce the benefits of vitamin D are also what we are warned to guard
against to prevent skin cancer. The use of sunscreen or clothing to protect the skin from sun
exposure blocks the body’s production of essential vitamin D.
It’s not advisable to address this dilemma
by avoiding sunscreen. And diet alone can’t
deliver adequate vitamin D. It would take five
3-ounce cans of tuna, 10 cups of fortified milk,
50 egg yolks or 25 cups of fortified cereal to
reach the daily recommendation of 1,000 IU.
The answer is supplements.
When selecting a vitamin D supplement,
make sure it has D- 3, a more potent form of the
vitamin than the D- 2 normally found in small
levels in most multivitamins.—David Wight