How to get Exercise when you’re on the set! – Wellness

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Even when you’re working on set you can get your exercise, Dr. Karlfeldt shows you how! Also what you should do when you film in foreign countries to avoid infectious diseases.

How can I get any exercise when I’m on a film, working 12-14 hours a day? – Katie L., Santa Monica, CA

There is always time to get in some sort of exercise, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. In the morning, while waiting to go to set, I would recommend doing simple stretches to awaken your body. This can be done through yoga or just stretching exercises. Even if you can’t be away from the set, you can walk in place, and during lunch, you should have time to take at least a short walk. You should also have time to do some crunches and lift a few weights. Make some light weights part of what goes in your set bag. Running lines is a great thing to do while doing a repetitive exercise – it creates a sort of muscle memory attached to the words. Be creative with your workout!

Editor’s Note: If you are going to take a walk on the set, tell the AD(assistant director) that you are. You don’t want them panicked if they can’t find you for your next shot!

Everyone seems so obsessed with bottled water, but is it really that much better than tap water? – Victoria T., Huntington, WV 

Americans use about 50 billion plastic water bottle per year. Bottled water tastes better than tap water, is refreshing, calorie-free, and is healthier than sodas. However, is it safer than tap water, worth the financial expense, and the environmental impact? It is easy to understand the importance of drinking water. Our body consists of 2/3 water and we use water to detoxify, transport nutrients, and produce energy. A general rule is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. In 1999 the NRDC tested more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of water and found that at least one sample of a third of the brands contained bacterial or chemical contaminants, including carcinogens such as phthalates. They’re endocrine disrupters, which means they block or mimic hormones, affecting the body’s normal functions. The effect of frequent consumption of bottled water may add up. More than 25 percent of bottled water is just treated and purified municipal water. Additionally, plastic bottles exposed to warm temperatures will release chemicals into the water that are toxic, cancer causing, and will impact your thyroid and hormonal system. So what is the solution? The best option is to have your own water filter and transport your water in a stainless steel container. If that is not possible, research the source and the quality of the water you are drinking and make sure it is not stored in a plastic container that has been exposed to warm temperatures.

I just got cast in a film that is shooting in Nigeria and I know that there’s a lot of malaria there – is there anything I can do as a preventative measure? – Mitchell R., Phoenix, AZ 

The last thing you want to deal with when shooting in a foreign country is an infectious life threatening disease like malaria. It’s typically transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. When this mosquito bites you, a parasite is released into your bloodstream causing symptoms such as shaking chills that can range from moderate to severe, high fever, profuse sweating, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, muscle pain, convulsions, coma, and bloody stools. The symptoms of malaria typically develop within 10 days to four weeks following the infection. There is something natural you can do to reduce the risk of developing malaria. Artimisia, aka wormwood, has shown in

several studies to greatly reduce the incidence of malaria. I would suggest drinking a quart of tea made from 5 gr of dried artemisia leaf once a week for a few weeks before the shoot, during the shoot and a few weeks after the shoot.

Artemisia tea was tested as a prophylaxis against malaria in 132 adult farm workers, aged 18–60 years, for 12 months in a randomized clinical trial in Uganda. Tea infusion was consumed once a week at 2.5 g dried leaves per adult infusion dose with 55–100 mg artemisinin/L. Malaria was tracked for 9 months while adverse clinical effects were tracked for 12 months. Among those who used Artemisia tea there were 80% fewer fever-related hospital visits. Indeed, some patients reported using A. annua tea for > 7 years with no incidence of malaria and no serious adverse events.

– Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, Ph.D

Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, Ph.D, is a Board Certified Naturopath (CTN® ) with expertise in IV Therapy, Applied Psycho Neurobiology, Oxidative Medicine, Naturopathic Oncology, Neural Therapy, Sports Performance, Energy Medicine, Natural Medicine, Nutritional Therapies, Aromatherapy, Auriculotherapy, Reflexology, Autonomic Response Testing (ART) and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Michael Karlfeldt is the host of the popular TV show True.Health:Body, Mind, Spirit. Dr. Karlfeldt believes in the innate intelligence and healing power of the body and if properly supported spiritually, emotionally and nutritionally it can find its way back to health.


The views expressed by Dr. Michael Karlfeldt are his own and shall not be construed as advice from The Karlfeldt Center. We encourage you to seek professional advice or care for any problem which you may have.


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