Jimmy Fallon Has a New Show and a New Health Regimen
The new Late Night host talks about being funny, being fit, and dealing with stage fright.
Getting sick on vacation continued...
Still, he muses, he could always emulate the late Johnny Carson, the
legendary host of The Tonight Show, who amused the masses for 30 years
before he turned over the spotlight to Jay Leno in 1992.
"When Carson got sick," Fallon says, "he'd get someone great to take over
for the night. Now that might work." You can almost see him mentally dumping
his green juice concoction down the sink at the mere possibility.
"But, you know what? I don't actually get sick when I'm working," he says.
"It's always when I take a week off. That's when the body falls apart. Happens
every time. My wife is always like: 'No, no, no, no! We're in Hawaii! You are
so not getting sick again when we are on vacation!'"
Does the body actually know when it can afford to break down? "It seems like
we've all experienced it," says Phyllis Kozarsky, MD, travel health expert for
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Especially the type A
personality, the real go-go-go kind of person who works very hard and takes
very few vacations.
"From my 30 years of practice and observing my patients, I think it's less
about a mind-body connection -- although I do believe there is one -- and more
about how stress plays a role in making us sick," Kozarsky adds. "By the time
we are on our so-called 'break,' we're utterly drained and susceptible to
catching whatever bug is floating by."
How to avoid getting sick on vacation
To avoid falling ill on your vacation, take these steps:
Take care. Kozarsky advises her business-traveler patients to
schedule a full 24 hours after landing in their new clime to unwind, sleep, and
take care of themselves, "but rarely do they listen to me. Most get off the
plane at 8 a.m. after flying all night into some other country, only to rush to
a meeting at 9 a.m., without any real sleep." It's this nonstop mentality "that
wears down our immune systems and lowers our resistance to staving off
infectious diseases," she adds.