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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 19, 2010 / 4 Nissan, 5770

Aging a hard pill to swallow

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We knew this day would come eventually — the day our bodies turned on us.

We were married for five years before we ever owned a bottle of aspirin.

Now all of a sudden we are people who "travel with medication."

We were packing for a long weekend when the husband set out a prescription pill bottle — an entire 30-day supply of an anti-inflammatory for his tennis elbow.

"Do you really need to take the whole bottle?" I ask. "Maybe you could just put four in a baggie."

"What about airport security? Do they allow that?"

The husband is a very by-the-letter person, all about labels and being legal.

"I think they have a special line for people with medications," I say. "If they don't like how you packed your meds, they make you swallow them all right there on the spot."

The husband is only mildly amused, although I think I see his elbow laughing.

He turns the tables and asks how I plan on packing my medication.

He is referring to the fact that a bone density scan revealed that my bones are far more aged than the rest of me. It was my destiny — Caucasian, small frame and family history.

Sally Field is my new best friend. Or should I say was.

Do you know why she sits in the Boniva commercial wearing that T-shirt and yoga pants with one leg folded way under the other leg? Because she is in excruciating pain and cannot move. That's what the drug did for me. I didn't feel old before I took it, but two days after taking it, I was ready to get one of those medic-alert necklaces and do some on-line shopping for a walker. Every joint in my body ached.

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What I do travel with are calcium chews, vitamin supplements that are the color of mud and flavored with a hint of Georgia clay. I pretend they are Tootsie Rolls, as I am less likely to gag on them that way.

The doctor said that, unfortunately, obesity is actually one of the best protections against osteoporosis. Finally — things were looking up.

"You're saying I should gain 100 pounds?" I asked, perhaps displaying a little too much enthusiasm.

"No, I'm saying you don't want to lose what little padding you have. Your weight is just fine; keep it where it is."

"Write me a script for an anti-depressant, will you, doctor?"


"Because when I leave here I'm going to be depressed. The first time in 15 years someone says my weight is fine and I don't have a witness or a tape recorder."

At least I am not alone.

When my literary agent hit 50, she said she weighed exactly the same as when she was 18 — but all of it was in a different place.

Another friend claims that for everything to be where it used to be, she'd have to walk on her hands.

Aging is like skiing downhill. Once you start, it's hard to stop

Here, have a Tootsie Roll.

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