Post 384: What is the thread running through this post? Inspiration: the Reminder- Exhibition: How to Draw a Poem to soon close. My meeting with a Fireman from Cyprus named George; Bioimpedance Spectroscopy; Studies and Measures How the lymphatic system works : the lymphatic system does not have a pump like the circulatory system : your muscles move lymph

What can I say: Perhaps you declare, “This exhibition at the Israel National Library in Givat Ram is not for me. I don’t write or illustrate.”

Just the crossover intrigued me. Many years ago I talked myself into an advanced illustration course called “Science Fiction Illustration”, years after working as a high school mathematics teacher. The class consisted of graphic artists. It was my first experience of a student artist’s critique, on works in progress. This exercise of presenting one’s work was a major part of the class time.

Our assignments consisted of reading a famous passage and making up our version of the author’s meaning. When the work went smoothly I felt inspired.

Some of  you will be scrolling to the photo of the volunteer firemen from Cyprus. I was looking at sneakers and spotted a group of men lead around the shop. After the photo was taken, I asked the leader to extend my invitation for dinner to the team.

They were too busy to accept my diner invitation. They are truly an inspiration for us.


For guided tours please contact the Visitors Center:  074-7336125

 Exhibition: How to Draw a Poem

Poets illustrate drawings, illustrators write poetry. How do you reconcile these ideas and what is the special relationship between author and illustrator? The exhibition showcases 21 intersections between poem and drawing, which uncover surprising and unknown facets of well-known creators.

Rare items that highlight four kinds of relationships between poets and painters, between illustrators and  poets, and between the image and the written word.

July 31st – December 1st, 2016

Availability : Sunday – Thursday 09:00 – 18:00 Friday 09:00- 12:00

Entrance is free of charge.


As you can see, these guys are dressed and ready to go!

This last section relates to information about breast cancer research which I find very fascinating. Is it inspired? The work is spread over at least a decade. Research can help explain how a disease works and how it can identified in the earliest stages for prevention and be eliminated.

Bioimpedance Spectroscopy is a new area to help diagnose lymphedema before clinical  occurrence, making for better outcomes. The above link will provide details of a nationwide study which has begun in many medical centers throughout the USA and will have great impact when the data is evaluated in 2019.

As a cancer survivor, with many friend survivors, it behoves me to pass on information that related to breast cancer treatment and prevention. I am not promoting this technique because too little is known about it yet.

The lymphatic system is one of the most important systems in our body. The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to detoxify, nourish and regenerate tissue, filter out metabolic waste and inorganic material and maintain a healthy immune system.

The lymphatic system runs parallel to the circulatory system. Unlike the circulatory system in which the heart acts as a pump to circulate blood, the lymphatic system does not have a pump to circulate lymph.

Instead, lymph vessels contain tiny muscles, or lymphangions (little hearts), which contract consecutive sections of the vessels to contribute to movement of lymph through the vessels via a peristaltic effect (peristaltic motion – waves of involuntary contraction passing along the walls of a hollow structure such as the esophagus or intestine and moving the contents forward).

A well-functioning lymphatic system is important to our health and well-being. The lymph circulates white blood cells which fight infection and contribute to the production of antibodies – crucial elements in supporting the immune system. In addition to white blood cells, hormones are also carried throughout the body via lymph.

Fatigue, stress, inactivity and/or trauma inhibit lymph flow. This compromises cellular functioning, metabolic waste (“toxins”) accumulates, and we become vulnerable to the possible development of illness.

What are the modalities of Lymphedema treatment?

Lymphatic drainage is a light, rhythmic, manual therapy employed to increase lymph circulation throughout the body. This subtle technique uses a repetitive pumping motion which in part, moves the skin in the direction of lymph flow (the majority of the lymphatic system is just below the skin). Stretching the skin stimulates the lymphangions to contract more often, improving lymph circulation. Lymphatic drainage is performed in a precise manner to activate lymphatic flow, which, in turn, decreases tissue congestion and stimulates the immune system.  Lymph circulation can be increased six to ten times the standard rate as a result of a single session of lymphatic drainage.

This technique has been used since the early 1930s and is a standard practice in Europe. Now gaining recognition in the US, it is regularly prescribed for women following mastectomy to minimize lymphedema and is  reimbursed by many insurance companies.  Lymphatic drainage is an excellent complement to any surgery, as it reduces swelling (sometimes within minutes of a treatment), decreases healing time (increases circulation and brings more of the necessary healing ingredients to the incision site), and improves proper scar formation. Lymphatic drainage can be performed just 24 hours after surgery.

In addition to lymphatic drainage, drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet, deep abdominal breathing and exercise are all ways to support lymphatic circulation.

Every time we contract a muscle, the muscle rubs against numerous lymph vessels, stimulating them to contract. Yet another reason exercise is so good for us!

Edema vs. Lymphedema

Edema is swelling due to excess fluid in the affected tissue. Edema is common at the site of physical trauma (e.g. sprained ankle), among pregnant women and people who stand for a large part of their work day.  Edema of the feet or legs usually improves once the person sits down and raises their feet.

The initial symptoms of lymphedema are similar to regular edema. However, lymphedema is a condition whereby protein-rich fluid collects in tissue. Normally, protein molecules leave arterioles and enter the interstitial spaces (space between the cells). The protein molecules are too large to be re-absorbed by venules and in a healthy lymphatic system, this protein-rich fluid is reabsorbed by lymphatic vessels and circulated through the lymphatic system, filtered by lymph nodes and eventually the lymph fluid returns to the circulatory system. However, a compromised lymphatic system may be unable to re-absorb this fluid. Protein attracts water, so the longer it takes for the lymphatic system to “pump out” this protein rich fluid… the more fluid is attracted to the protein and more swelling occurs.

Lymphedema is a disease and if not treated, has a serious negative impact on health. Left unchecked, the swelling due to lymphedema increases, producing elephantine limbs. Eventually the swollen tissue turns fibrotic, i.e. hardens, further reducing lymphatic functioning. In extreme cases, doctors have suggested amputation of the affected limb.

The accepted treatment for lymphedema is Complete Decongestive Therapy which consists of lymphatic drainage, bandaging of the affected limb, exercise and impeccable skin care.

A lymphatic drainage session always begins at the neck. There is a high concentration of lymph nodes in the neck and the largest lymphatic vessels are nearby in the chest area. Thus we always start by treating the neck & shoulders – to stimulate the lymph nodes and the right and left lymphatic vessels. After the neck, the session would generally move on to the affected area, most often the limbs with lymphedema.

A series of light strokes are done with the movement in the direction the lymph should flow. Lymphatic drainage always starts closest to the trunk of the body and works out along the limb (proximal to distal), using an “uncorking” process. Uncorking stimulates the lymph vessels closest to the body to begin clearing. As treatment moves away from the body, vessels initially treated are better able to handle more fluid movement from the vessels farther down the limb.

When lymphatic drainage is complete, the affected limb is bandaged with short stretch bandages. These bandages differ from the common “Ace” bandage which applies constant pressure. Ace bandages should never be used when treating lymphedema. Short stretch bandages have an active as well as a resting phase, so they do not apply continuous pressure like the Ace bandage. The resting phase is important to healthy circulation.

Bandaging is a vital part of treatment. Once the area has been treated with lymphatic drainage, some fluid has been moved out and swelling is somewhat reduced. Bandages apply pressure on the tissue to help prevent further fluid accumulation and to aid in the re-absorption of existing fluid. These bandages are left on at a minimum overnight and ideally until the next visit to the therapist. If possible, clients learn to bandage themselves and can reapply the bandages after a shower or bath. If left un-bandaged, the risk is great that swelling will return to pre-treatment stage. Consistent bandaging alone can help to reduce swelling from lymphedema.

Clients must participate in their own therapy by doing some simple movement exercises. Lifting the affected limb, doing easy circles with the arm or leg, bending at the knee or elbow are all simple but affective “exercises” for stimulating lymph flow. Deep diaphragmatic breathing is also important. In addition, clients must take special care with their skin. The skin of lymphedema clients can be very sensitive and prone to infection and wounds. Great care must be used to protect the skin. Important skin care includes a hypo allergenic moisturizer.

In severe cases, such as those left untreated for an extended period, lymphedema clients must see a lymphatic therapist 5 days a week for lymphatic drainage and bandaging. In Europe, clients are seen twice a day.

With continued care and good client compliance, lymphedema can be effectively treated and reduced.

While the following discussion centers around REBOUNDING, it could just as well be for jumping rope.

In addition, ALL of the benefits are assertions unless they are proven in a peer reviewed study.

James White, Ph.D., director of research and rehabilitation in the physical education department at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), has explained how jumping for health offers a true physical strengthening effect to the muscles.

“Rebounding allows the muscles to go through the full range of motion at equal force. It helps people learn to shift their weight properly and to be aware of body positions and balance,” says White.

An advocate of rebounding for athletic conditioning, White uses the rebounder in his rehabilitation program at UCSD. “When you jump, jog, and twist on this [jumping] device, you can exercise for hours without getting tired. It’s great practice for skiing, it improves your tennis stroke, and it’s a good way to burn off calories and lose weight,” says White. (source)

Asserted Benefits of Rebounding by White:

  • Boosts lymphatic drainage and immune function

  • Great for skeletal system and increasing bone mass

  • Helps improve digestion

  • More than twice as effective as running without the extra stress on the ankles and knees

  • Increases endurance on a cellular level by stimulating mitochondrial production (these are responsible for cell energy)

Helps improve balance by stimulating the vestibule in the middle ear

  • Helps improve the effects of other exercise- one study found that those who rebounded for 30 seconds between weight lifting sets saw 25% more improvement after 12 weeks than those who did not.

  • Rebounding helps circulate oxygen throughout the body to increase energy.

  • Rebounding is a whole body exercise that improves muscle tone throughout the body.

  • Some sources claim that the unique motion of rebounding can also help support the thyroid and adrenals.


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