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Avoid Getting a Cold or the Flu without taking a flu shot

Jackie and her students in Taiwan gear up for the Christmas season, but most came down with the flu

My daughter, Jackie is gearing up for the cold and flu season in Taiwan without subjecting herself or students to the potential dangers of the flu vaccine, but too late as most of the kids in the photo, including Jackie came down with the flu bug just before Christmas.

 But there are natural ways to boost our immune system and reduce our risk of getting sick. Here are a few to discuss with your doctor.

Vitamin C: A study of 715 people showed that flu symptoms were decreased by 85 percent when people took 6 grams of vitamin C as a one-time loading dose, then continuing with 1 gram three times a day, compared with people taking only the 3 grams daily. The message here is to take a lot of vitamin C the first day you feel symptoms or the first day people around you are getting sick, and then take 3 grams daily after that. Keep in mind that vitamin C can loosen stools, so be careful if you are predisposed to this.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D has exploded in research and popularity the past few years. Most of us are familiar with its bone-building properties, however new research suggests it improves the immune system as well. Have your doctor test your vitamin D levels before supplementing. Research suggests 2,000 IU daily is safe for most adults and children. Higher doses are safe and effective, but must be monitored by your doctor.

Elderberry: Elderberry (Sambucus) was researched in a group of 60 people and found to alleviate symptoms four days earlier compared with controls. Elderberry helps boosts the immune system and is great-tasting for kids. Start taking as soon as symptoms manifest.

Gingseng: Panax quinquefolium (ginseng) was studied in a large group of 323 patients as a preventive natural medicine. The group that took panax experienced 30 percent less colds compared with the placebo group (people who didn’t take ginseng), and average number of sick days were 11 compared with 16 in the non-treatment group.

Oscillococcinum: Last, but not least, the well-known oscillococcinum is a homeopathic flu treatment that is created new every year. Tough to pronounce, but effective; a Cochrane review of all oscillococcinum studies showed that it reduces the length of illness compared with placebo.

December 25, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

KMS P.E. Teacher, Randee Arkin, Healthy & Fit

A Disciplined Arkin Keeps Busy and Fit (Dec. 13, 2003)

What does it take to stay with a fitness program?

For those that exercise on a regular basis, the key to self-motivation lies in one’s determination to be self-disciplined.

In the sleepy little village of Honomu lives such a person.  A woman that is admired for her dedication to a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Randee Arkin, a middle school physical education teacher at Keaau, embodies the values of a focused and dedicated individual that believes in taking care of herself.

Randee Arkin

Arkin, who practices what she preaches, eats healthy on a daily basis in a diet filled with a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.

Her yard produces an abundance of avocados, papayas, oranges and bananas, and Arkin often trades her excess for other healthful foods with neighbors and friends.

She also supplements her diet with eating flax seed, oat and wheat bran for breakfast and then uses brewer’s yeast with her dinner salad.

At school, she reminds her students of the importance of eating properly and makes suggestions as to the types of foods that produces a healthy and balanced diet.

Arkin regularly rises at 5 a.m. and leaves for school by 6.  “I’m a morning person,” she said, “and I like getting things done early.”

She arrives at school by 6:30 and begins her day.  At 7 o’clock, she has the Shipman gym door open and provides supervised play for dozens of kids.

“Usually there are about 75 kids who want to come in and play basketball and dodge ball,” Arkin said.

Every day after work, Arkin heads home where she will spend 60 to 70 minutes working out on the treadmill.

On weekend, Arkin adds two hour walks, early in the morning, with her German Sheppard dog named Vegas.

Arkin begin in earnest, her healthier lifestyle when her daughter Bre was 2 years old.  Now, 18 years later, Arkin reaps the rewards by looking younger, feeling more energetic and living life to the fullest.

Arkin knows full well the value of exercise and a healthy diet – she lost her father when she was only 10 years old.

“My dad, whom I adored, died of a massive heart attack at age 36,” she said.  “I know that I need to take care of myself if I want to avoid the hereditary effects of heart disease.”

Arkin combines her brisk walking with light jogging to keep her heart rate up, thus maximizing the benefits of aerobic training.  She schedules regular physical examines and has made herself knowledgeable of all her numbers, including her cholesterol.

Besides her school activities, Arkin has also volunteered to help with the Big Island International Marathon and for the past two years has served as the starting line official out in Pepeekeo.

Arkin also volunteers as a Red Cross worker and is on call whenever East Hawaii comes under the wrath of Mother Nature.  Just last month, during one of our winter storms, Arkin was called upon by the Red Cross to help man one of the shelters, giving up part of her weekend with her sweetheart to do so.

A big part of her success comes from loving what she does.  “I love to teach and I enjoy all of my students,” she said.


Arkin is a magnet for student affection as she always makes herself available.  She can often be found sitting amongst a group of kids, answering the many questions this age group has in life’s growing circumstances.

For many years Arkin has volunteered to train the Keaau students in track and field.  “I like to get kids to participate in the Parks and Recreation program,” she said.

Arkin has prepared many middle school students for the rigors of high school athletic program, encouraging and training some of the top prepsters today.

And she follows up with her kids by volunteering as a coach at Keaau High School and attending all of the track meets held in East Hawaii.

You can also find Arkin at many P & R basketball games as she is a big supporter of youth activities.

Arkin is an excellent role model in our community who works hard every day to give our youth the support and positive directional push in motivating everyone she comes into contact with.

She is a real life person that practices the values of self-motivation and self-discipline in her quest to live a full, healthy and active life.

We all could benefit from the Randee Arkins’ of the world.

Editors Note:  This Big Dog column was written seven years ago.  Big Dog was so inspired by Ms. Arkin that he married her four years ago.   Merry Christmas Randee Arkin-Joseph as you continue to bring inspiration into my life! 

KMS track team with Randee Arkin Joseph in the center of photo

December 25, 2010 Posted by | Profiles | , , , | 1 Comment

Big Dog’s New Years Day Resolution Run/Walk

Join the Big Dog on New Year’s Day 5K run/walk

Coming up on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, is the second annual Big Dog’s Resolution Run/Walk starting at 9 am from the parking area of Coconut Island at 9 am.

The 3.1 mile event is free and open to anyone interested in kicking off the New Year in a healthy way.  

Keith Aoki from Anheuser-Busch will supply free Vidration sports drinks, while supplies last to those participating in the event and the Big Dog will have post race snacks available.   For more information call the Big Dog at 969-7400…….

Join Big Dog’s Big Island Running Club – FREE membership

Start 2011 with a healthy jog or walk and resolve to make the new year the best ever!

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , | 1 Comment

BIIF Wrestlers Do Well at Officials Meet on Oahu

Kona’s Tanalei Louis proudly displays her 2nd place medal

Waiakea’s Tracy Poch made a name for herself over the weekend as the junior claimed top honors in the 175 pound weight division in what is considered the biggest wrestling tournament in the State of Hawaii.

“I took five boys and two girls over to Oahu to compete in the Officials Wrestling Tournament and Tracy came away with a first place title and Tyler Yonemori took second for the boys’ 145 division,” Waiakea assistant coach Preston Sato said during a phone interview.

“This was the largest wrestling tournament in the state with over 900 participants,” Sato said.  “The event allowed us to test our moves and gain valuable experience.”

The Waiakea coach believes that Poch has the ability to win the state title at 155 or 175 pounds.

“Tracy was second in the state last year at 155,” Sato said.  “She’s learned a lot during the past year and she continues to improve at each practice and she can be tough at either weight division, although we’re going to try to compete her at the 155 division.”

Tracy Poch

“I’ve been working hard during my training this season,” Poch said.  “With effort and good coaching I think I can defend my BIIF title at 155 and win at states.”

Sato returned to Hilo with his athletes on Sunday evening then was planning on leaving Monday to take them to the Maui Tournament.

Yonemori in just his second year of competitive wrestling worked his way through the championship bracket winning his first and third matches by pin and winning his second match by a 10 to 3 score.

“This was a good experience for me and I learned a lot by participating over the weekend,” Yonemori said.  “My only loss was in the finals when I was outscored by Chance Uyeda of Lahainalua.”

Tyler Yonemori

Yonemori the defending Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion at 140 pounds is also a state judo champion and is expected to compete at the higher weight class this season.

Hilo’s Jordan Enos placed third in the 130 division as Viking Coach Alex Kalawe brought three boys and one girl to compete at Leilehua.

“We invited our returnees and those with the best chance for success,” Kalawe said.  “Jordan was our best finisher and our lone girl managed to take fifth place in her division.”

“I had six matches and I won five and lost one,” Enos said.  “My best move was the outside low single where I do a low squat and instead of shooting for the ankles I do a spin around move.”

Enos, now in his senior year, comes to the mat more confident and motivated to do well.

“It’s my senior year and I plan on winning the BIIF at 130 pounds and then place at states,” he said. 

Perennial BIIF boy’s team champions, Kealakehe, also took a squad of six boys along with one girl to compete.

“We need to get more experience and a higher level of competition during a shortened BIIF season,” WaveRider Coach Mike Ciotti said.

Konawaena, sophomore Tanelei Louis, made it all the way to the finals in the 130 bracket before dropping the match to the defending state champion Mindy Chow from Punahou.

“I had three matches prior to facing Mindy,” Louis said.  “I won all three by pin with two coming in a barbed wire and the other in a reverse half.”

Louis, the BIIF champ at 125 as a freshman last year, believes that she will return to that weight class to defend her title.

“I have a lot of confidence from my Dad who works with me and teaches me about wrestling,” she said.

Wildcat teammate Sage Aoki, competing in the 120 class, received a controversial disqualification in his first match for what the officials considered a “slam.”

“We questioned the call,” Kona coach and Sage’s dad, Mark Aoki said.  “We didn’t think that was the right call, but it was considered an opening match loss and Sage was forced into the consolation bracket.”

“I was riding the guy from the back and when he stood up I came in front of him for a double leg flip and he landed on his shoulder and wasn’t able to continue,” Sage Aoki said.

Aoki who won the BIIF title last year at 108 has bulked up to 120 will compete during the season at the higher weight class.

“I wanted to get bigger and stronger so I did a lot of weight training during the summer,” Aoki said.

Aoki had an easy time as he went undefeated during six matches in the consolation bracket to take third place overall during the tournament.

“Despite my first match loss I had a good experience and was able to get in a lot of matches where I could practice a variety of moves,” Aoki said.

Pearl City won the girls team scoring title with Waiakea being the highest scoring BIIF team at 14 place out of 27 teams competing.

For the boys it was Punahou winning with Hilo coming in at 21 out of 32 teams.

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BIIF Swimming Results from Hilo High, Dec 21

Edward H. Kawachika Sprint Meet – 12/21/2010      Results

#1 Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay

1 WAIK-HI A 2:07.63 Hill, Lauren H 16 Torigoe, Katie S 16 Shimizu, Rachel Y 16 Jobes, Jayna P 15 34.44 36.22 30.35 26.62

2 WAIK-HI B 2:14.20 Paulachak, Kara L 16 Hendershot, Hannah 15 Yoshida, Erin C 16 Roth, Alexandra 16 31.83 40.36 31.60 30.41

3 KONA A 2:33.60 Miyata, Rachel 17 Albreccht, Sarah 15 Ricketts, Camille 16 Parke, Sequoya 15 37.52 41.78 34.94 39.36

— LAUP A X2:39.20 Nussbaum, Ariana 16 Holzwarth, Elizabeth 16 35.28 53.28 28.47 42.17

#2 Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay

1 WAIK-HI A 1:57.53 Williams, Jacob W 15 Peng, Patrick B 16 Hu, Christopher R 15 Harbour, Jin R 14 30.94 33.23 27.45 25.91

2 HPA A 1:58.96 Mitchell, Mark 17 Tarnas, Kulan 16 Tanoai, Kainoa 16 Ryan, Ko’iawe 16 32.43 32.02 30.29 24.22

#3 Girls 100 Yard IM

1 Imoto, Paula K 15 KS-H 1:10.21 32.66 37.55 2 Flores-Oishi, Coco T 14WAIK-HI 1:10.90 32.29 38.61

3 Carlson, Ginger HILO 1:11.72 32.93 38.79 4 Nakamura, Kirsten M 15WAIK-HI 1:12.03 34.06 37.97

5 Paulachak, Kara L 16WAIK-HI 1:12.93 31.95 40.98

#4 Boys 100 Yard IM

1 Takeda, Justin HILO 1:03.9227.27 36.65 2 Mitchell, Mark 17 HPA 1:09.6931.85 37.84

3 Ray, William J HILO 1:11.7133.02 38.69 4 Spetich, Michael 14 HPA 1:13.0035.18 37.82 5 Sako, Dane 16WAIK-HI 1:15.1635.88 39.28

#5 Girls 200 Yard Breast Relay

1 KONA A 2:59.74Albreccht, Sarah 15 Miyata, Rachel 17 Parke, Sequoya 15 Ricketts, Camille 16 41.48 41.20 51.64

— LAUP A X3:16.03 Holzwarth, Elizabeth 16 Nussbaum, Ariana 16 36.74 1:08.41 49.29 41.59

#6 Boys 200 Yard Breast Relay

1 HILO A 2:22.19Ederer, Colton J Kerr, Max Kubo, Christian Ray, William J 37.94 39.78 29.73 34.74

#7 Girls 100 Yard Back

1 Paulachak, Kara L 16WAIK-HI 1:08.27 32.81 35.46 2 Yoshida, Erin C 16WAIK-HI 1:11.86 34.80 37.06

3 Hill, Lauren H 16WAIK-HI 1:14.19 35.90 38.29 4 Torigoe, Katie S 16WAIK-HI 1:16.40  37.37 39.03

5 Chambless, Kadey HILO 1:16.80 36.64 40.16

#8 Boys 100 Yard Back

1 Gandall, Kinney HILO 58.74 28.12 30.62 2 Williams, Jacob W 15WAIK-HI 1:06.86 32.20 34.66

3 Weller, Kepa HILO 1:07.80 31.84 35.96 4 Tanoai, Kainoa 16 HPA 1:09.75 34.82 34.93 5 Mitchell, Mark 17 HPA 1:12.78 35.99 36.79

#9 Girls 200 Yard Fly Relay

1 WAIK-HI A 1:59.43 King, Akemi G 15 Shimizu, Rachel Y 16 Flores-Oishi, Coco T 14 Jobes, Jayna P 15 29.21 29.52 30.64 30.06

2 HILO A 2:13.53 Carlson, Ginger Chambless, Kadey Kerr, Lauren Kojiro, Emilee 31.71 35.23 36.23 30.36

#10 Boys 200 Yard Fly Relay

1 HILO A 1:56.44 Gandall, Kinney Jack, Kaleo Vargas, Nathan Takeda, Justin28.83 32.36 30.53 24.72

2 WAIK-HI A 1:58.82 Hu, Christopher R 15 Sako, Dane 16 Harbour, Jin R 14 Peng, Patrick B 16 27.12 31.62 30.46

3 HPA A 2:04.52 Tarnas, Kulan 16 Ryan, Ko’iawe 16 Mitchell, Mark 17 Tanoai, Kainoa 16 31.50 28.28 32.91 31.83

#11 Girls 50 Yard Breast

1 Torigoe, Katie S 16WAIK-HI 37.10 2 Kojiro, Emilee HILO 38.28 3 Albreccht, Sarah 15 KONA 41.37

4 Miyata, Rachel 17 KONA 42.13       5 Nussbaum, Ariana 16 LAUP 49.63

#12 Boys 50 Yard Breast

1 Kubo, Christian HILO 29.75  2 Ray, William J HILO 33.79  3 Mendes, Lance 16WAIK-HI 36.28

4 Kerr, Max HILO 38.42           5 Ederer, Colton J HILO 38.48

#15 Girls 100 Yard Fly

1 King, Akemi G 15WAIK-HI 1:04.08 29.84 34.24  2 Flores-Oishi, Coco T 14WAIK-HI 1:10.84 31.80 39.04

3 Jobes, Jayna P 15WAIK-HI 1:14.31 33.19 41.12  4 Shinde, Courtney 16WAIK-HI 1:19.19 36.62 42.57

5 Williams, Leigh 17WAIK-HI 1:20.34 37.75 42.59

#16 Boys 100 Yard Fly

1 Hu, Christopher R 15WAIK-HI 1:02.19 28.09 34.10 2 Tarnas, Kulan 16 HPA 1:13.68 33.11 40.57

3 Tanoai, Kainoa 16 HPA 1:14.36 33.10 41.26 4 Spetich, Michael 14 HPA 1:20.60 38.41 42.19

#18 Boys 200 Yard Back Relay

1 HILO A 2:01.15 Gandall, Kinney Vargas, Nathan Jack, Kaleo Weller, Kepa 27.69 32.32 31.75 29.39

#19 Girls 200 Yard IM

1 King, Akemi G 15WAIK-HI 2:24.42 30.43 37.32 42.54 34.13 2 Hill, Lauren H 16WAIK-HI 2:31.49 32.40 39.05 43.72 36.32 3 Yoshida, Erin C 16WAIK-HI 2:34.50 32.90 40.07 45.21 36.32 4 Kerr, Lauren HILO 2:47.98 38.25 43.19 47.98 38.56  5 Chambless, Kadey HILO 2:48.79 38.36 41.44 51.32 37.67

#20 Boys 200 Yard IM

1 Gandall, Kinney HILO 2:16.05 29.71 33.36 41.95 31.03  2 Hu, Christopher R 15WAIK-HI 2:25.66 29.37 39.53 43.32 33.44  3 Harbour, Jin R 14WAIK-HI 2:26.14 31.79 39.28 43.11 31.96   4 Sako, Dane 16WAIK-HI 2:45.76 34.14 45.65 46.87 39.10

#21 Girls 50 Yard Free

1 Carlson, Ginger HILO 27.02 2 Jobes, Jayna P 15WAIK-HI 27.09

3 Imoto, Paula K 15 KS-H 27.39 4 Kojiro, Emilee HILO 28.38         5 Francis, Seychelle 14 HPA 30.84

#22 Boys 50 Yard Free

1 Mah, Brandon 17 HON 23.63 2 Takeda, Justin HILO 24.06 3 Kubo, Christian HILO 25.24

4 Ryan, Ko’iawe 16 HPA 25.35 5 Weller, Kepa HILO 25.50

#23 Girls 100 Yard Breast

1 Shimizu, Rachel Y 16WAIK-HI 1:15.20 35.53 39.67 2 Hill, Lauren H 16WAIK-HI 1:19.66 38.30 41.36

3 Torigoe, Katie S 16WAIK-HI 1:20.29 37.60 42.69 4 Nakamura, Kirsten M 15WAIK-HI 1:26.32 41.22 45.10

5 Hendershot, Hannah 15WAIK-HI 1:30.48 42.23 48.25

#24 Boys 100 Yard Breast

1 Williams, Jacob W 15WAIK-HI 1:13.94 34.67 39.27 2 Peng, Patrick B 16WAIK-HI 1:14.41 34.95 39.46

3 Ryan, Ko’iawe 16 HPA 1:16.39 35.81 40.58 4 Mendes, Lance 16WAIK-HI 1:18.16 36.86 41.30

5 Harbour, Jin R 14WAIK-HI 1:18.79 37.44 41.35

#25 Girls 200 Yard Free Relay

1 HILO A 1:56.94 Carlson, Ginger Chambless, Kadey Kerr, Lauren Kojiro, Emilee 28.21 30.80 30.25 27.68

2 KONA A 2:16.45 Ricketts, Camille 16 Miyata, Rachel 17 Albreccht, Sarah 15 Parke, Sequoya 15 31.38 30.55 33.31 41.21  3 HON A 2:19.96 Taylor, Eunice 17 Honda, Karen 17 Calo Witt, Camelia 15 Taylor, Phoebe 14 33.69 36.30 35.50 34.47

#26 Boys 200 Yard Free Relay

1 HILO A 1:37.56 Gandall, Kinney Kubo, Christian Weller, Kepa Takeda, Justin 23.54 24.61 25.54 23.87

2 HON A 1:48.84 Mah, Brandon 17 Matias, Riston 16 Mosch, Christopher 17 Souza, Ethan 17 23.83 30.70 26.81 27.50 3 HILO B 1:51.07 Ederer, Colton J Jack, Kaleo Kerr, Max Vargas, Nathan 27.62 28.21 27.82 27.42

4 HPA A 1:54.40 Tanoai, Kainoa 16 Christie, Kenny 14 Spetich, Michael 14 Ryan, Ko’iawe 1627.32 33.63 28.17 25.28

#27 Girls 100 Yard Free

1 Shimizu, Rachel Y 16WAIK-HI 57.41 28.06 29.35 2 King, Akemi G 15WAIK-HI 59.1228.37 30.75

3 Jobes, Jayna P 15WAIK-HI 59.94 28.60 31.34 4 Imoto, Paula K 15 KS-H 1:00.32 28.68 31.64

5 Flores-Oishi, Coco T 14WAIK-HI 1:02.35 29.55 32.80

#28 Boys 100 Yard Free

1 Kubo, Christian HILO 55.83 26.57 29.26 2 Peng, Patrick B 16WAIK-HI 56.67 27.65 29.02

3 Weller, Kepa HILO 57.76 27.69 30.07 4 Harbour, Jin R 14WAIK-HI 1:00.09 28.84 31.25 5 Tanoai, Kainoa 16 HPA 1:02.03 29.26

Girls 50 Yard Fly

1 Kojiro, Emilee HILO 30.99 2 Carlson, Ginger HILO 32.07 3 Williams, Leigh 17WAIK-HI 33.48  4 Ricketts, Camille 16 KONA 35.42 5 Kimura, Mary 15WAIK-HI 37.36

#30 Boys 50 Yard Fly

1 Takeda, Justin HILO 26.32 2 Hu, Christopher R 15WAIK-HI 26.95 3 Mah, Brandon 17 HON 26.98

4 Ryan, Ko’iawe 16 HPA 29.64 5 Vargas, Nathan HILO 31.37

#31 Girls 50 Yard Back

1 Paulachak, Kara L 16WAIK-HI 32.30 2 Yamaguchi, Jessica 16WAIK-HI 38.51

#32 Boys 50 Yard Back

1 Gandall, Kinney HILO 27.78  2 Williams, Jacob W 15WAIK-HI 30.61

#33 Girls 400 Yard Free Relay

— LAUP A X6:05.74 33.90 1:11.54 47.46 1:47.42 43.80 1:37.06 43.38 1:29.72

#34 Boys 400 Yard Free Relay

1 HILO A 3:58.69 Kubo, Christian Kerr, Max Ray, William J Weller, Kepa

2 HPA A 4:17.38 Christie, Kenny 14 Spetich, Michael 14 Mitchell, Mark 17 Tarnas, Kulan 16

December 21, 2010 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment