immune system

A Case of Rheumatoid Arthritis

When Miriam was a freshman in college, she became acutely ill at the end of the first semester and landed in the school infirmary for a week. Although there was no diagnosis and no antibiotic treatment, in retrospect the symptoms indicated it was probably strep throat. Miriam did get over it and went back to school.

Her illness had actually been the culmination of a turbulent year. As a senior in high school, she had developed full body hives that were treated with prednisone. Then, the summer before college, her boyfriend was paralyzed after breaking his neck. Even though she was soon off to college, Miriam was dedicated to helping him through the tragedy. She 'poured everything into giving him a lift' that first year away.


One of my favorite forms of exercise in the past several years is "rebounding" ? performing a variety of movements on a mini-trampoline. Usually no larger than a yard in diameter, most often circular, but sometimes square, a rebounder is safe and easy to use, relatively inexpensive, time efficient, and enjoyable.

Another major plus is the convenience factor. A rebounder can be used just about anywhere where there is a flat, supporting surface. So, unless you live in some place with extremely low ceilings or where the floor is about to collapse, you can rebound in the comfort of your own home. It is wonderful for those days when the roads are slicked with ice or you just don?t have the time or energy to run down to the gym.