Archive for April, 2011

Posted on 28 Apr 2011
Asthma

What Parents Need To Know About Infant Asthma

What is Infant Asthma?

Infant asthma is a type of illness that occurs during infancy. This respiratory disorder is known by the reduced ability to take in a deep breath. Asthma involves constriction and inflammation of the lung airways. It is usually based on genetics and triggered by environmental factors.

It’s important for parents to know the symptoms. It usually presents itself differently in babies and has less severe symptoms than in children. The most common symptoms are wheezing, coughing, and rapid breathing. Also look for things like poor feeding and poor sleeping. If your infant makes strange noises after playing or eating, it is a sign that something is wrong.

Breathing problems cannot always be verbalized by your young one. Instead, look to see if your infant is restless and uncomfortable. Your infant’s breathing may slow down as each breathe become laborious and exhausting. Always closely monitor for any change in color in the lips or fingernails.

Finding The Best Medical Treatment For Your Infant

Your doctor is your best source to find out what is ailing your infant..This illness is difficult to diagnose because the symptoms may be hard to notice or confused with other diseases. To prevent lung damage, infants with respiratory issues should see a medical professional as soon as it is possible. This will help prevent lung damage and any other serious problems. Other similar respiratory problems, like congenital heart disease, bronchitis, and pneumonia, can bring about asthma-like symptoms and need to be excluded. Only a trained medical professional can tell the difference.

The best way to prevent episodes is to prevent triggers that can bring upon attacks. The most common triggers are infections, smoke, dust, pet dander, mold, and pollen. They tend to fill the lungs with foreign particles that your infant’s immune system may response to. Keep a list so that you can discuss it with your infant’s doctor.

When To Seek Emergency Care

As a parent, you have to watch carefully for changes in your infant’s condition. Your infant may not sleep well on nights that he or she has breathing difficulties. Babies who have asthma frequently do not feel well so that don’t feed or sleep as well. Additional signs that breathing is a struggle are flaring nostrils, the use of abdominal muscles to breathe, or having to stop crying to catch a breath.

When an infant has serious difficulty breathing, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. If you suspect that your infant is in distress, seek emergency care right away. Emergency medical treatment is necessary if the infant is struggling to breathe as indicated by the sides pulling inward, an unusually high rate of breathing, or heavy sweating.

There are a number of medical treatments and natural remedies to control this illness and keep symptoms at bay. This medical condition tends to weaken the young immature lungs of young babies and make it vulnerable to other illnesses. Thankfully, symptoms can be controlled with the right kind of treatment. If your baby has asthma, your infant can breathe normally with a proper management plan.

Posted on 28 Apr 2011
Pain Management

Beating Neck Pain

Two parts of our bodies are badly designed, especially when weakened by sedentary living. Many people suffer from injuries to the knees and the neck, and based on my experience of injury, they are not always given good advice on how to heal.

I’ve experienced my neck being painfully out of alignment a couple of times a year since I was in my teens, stemming from falling hard on my back playing soccer in the rain, giving me some whiplash injuries. Having never really healed, scar tissue has built up to the point that I have found it hard to really protect against re-injury. Generally I’m good with pain, but hate the inconvenience of not being able to properly function.

Things reached a tipping point for me last year. While painting the house and putting a new floor into my wife’s home office, my neck suddenly went out and I ended up on my back, staring at the ceiling. I couldn’t get up, life my head or roll over. I was going nowhere without help. My wife called her family over to continue the work, but when I was still on the tiles a few hours later, they began to realize that I might actually be injured. It’s funny to me that with the amount of pain and abuse I’ve taken throughout a 15 year martial art career, that they could think I’d still be there if it wasn’t serious.

Laying there I learned not to take basic health for granted. Being totally helpless and unable to move is very scary for someone who values and enjoys their physicality. It also made me reexamine the employment paradigm that most of us live inhabit, to the point that I now prefer to seek residual income in favor of exchanging my time for money wherever possible. If I ever end up paralyzed permanently, I want to be in a position where I can provide for my family regardless.

Next day at the hospital I was X-rayed and told that the bones in my neck were out of alignment (torticollis) and that there was nothing they could do – beyond a cortisone shot and painkillers. I refused that treatment (it treated the symptoms and not the cause, and was therefore not a solution) and was that I would probably “Just have to live with it.”

Not acceptable.

This is the solution for lazy people who choose to exercise zero control over their lives. I believe that there are very few things in life that, with discipline and experimentation, can’t be fixed. You just have to do the work – it seems that the medical profession won’t necessarily do it for you.

As an aside, I’ve been surprised how many people told me they would have taken the cortisone shot in a second. I realized that the blame for the quick fix mentality in medicine doesn’t just fall on the profession. Sandwiched everyday between patient-consumers and pharma salespeople, they are mostly reacting to the demands place on them. Lets face it – most people today don’t want to be given a lifestyle change and told to stretch and exercise – “Can’t I just take a pill instead?” they ask.

So I gradually got rotation in my neck back. In the photos of my son being born, I’m wearing a neck brace. The lesson – if you want to be fully present in the most incredible moments of your life, take care of your health and your body.

The comment made by the doctor as I left the hospital continued to eat at me. Was I really going to have to live with these episodes for the rest of my life. I imagined how much worse it would get as I aged. What would I have to give up that I love to avoid further injury. That’s when I realized that it was up to me take charge of my body, heal what I could and protect against further injury.

Healing the Neck

But for most people, neck pain involves the musculature. A key realization for me was that muscle can be retrained and reeducated.

Be Self Aware
If you’re experiencing regular neck pain, a good place to start paying attention is your posture.
Stand straight in front of a mirror – does your head sit straight atop your neck. Most people assume it does, but I noticed after my hospital trip that mind was slightly twisted and tilted. This is an indication that you need to improve the verticality of your postural alignment. Build a habit of self correcting the way you hold your head, and look for situations where you might be reinforcing a non-optimum habit.

For example, I noticed that I have a tendency to hold a book to my left when I read, with the page at a slight angle. I read a lot and this was setting me up for pain ahead. Look at how you typically sit, sleep and drive your vehicle. If you’re slouching to one side you may be affecting the neck. I typically cross right leg over left when I sit in a meeting, causing my spine to lean to the right. My head leans to the left to align the head.

Pay attention and correct the bad habits. If you don’t reverse the problem, you’ll at least stop it getting worse.

Stretch
We all know that neck stretching is important. For the first few days or until it stops hurting, right?

Sorry. The most important time for stretching is when you’re not injured or in pain. Stretching the muscles can help them realign and relax, especially useful if they are not fully uncontracting i.e. they are continually pulling. I found the key is to make it a habit at least twice a day to run through a neck stretching routine. It can be done in 60 seconds. Make it something you do after you clean your teeth or something like that, so that it’s embedded into your routine (you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day aren’t you?).

I find I get best results in terms of pain reduction, improved alignment and increase flexibility through this routine:

Use your right hand to grasp the top of the head. With a straight spine, slowly and gently pull your head towards the right shoulder. Pull it until you experience a slight stretch in the muscles running to the left shoulder. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths. You’ll find that the in-breath creates a further controlled stretch, while the out-breath allows you to slightly extend the stretch. Repeat on the other side. This also works well to the front diagonals. Experiment with minor adjustments as you explore the inner terrain of your neck.

A similar exercise can be done using both hands applying pressure to the back of the head, moving it forwards towards the chest. Again, find a position of gentle stretching, close your eyes and use breathing to complete the stretch. As before, focus not so much on achieving a maximum stretch, but more on it feeling good.

To finish, (no hands this time) tilt your head to the rear.Rather than trying to stretch it backwards and risking injury (I find this to be the weakest position for the neck) focus on lifting your jaw high into the air. A little arching the spine is okay. You should feel like you are stretching the skin on your throat tight.

Another incentive to regularly stretch the neck – a flexible neck allows increased blood flow to the head, and superior cerebral-spinal fluid flow. That equates to a healthier brain (the brain extends to the base of the spine) and thus clearer thinking, more productiveness, more creativeness and better quality decision making.

Strengthen
Let’s face it, your melon is heavy. Living a typical modern life can atrophy you neck muscles, and suddenly they’re called on to take the weight of the head at an unexpected angle or through an unexpected force like a fall or a vehicle collision. More injury, more pain.

In my case, I have one neck muscle which I’ve injured so many times that it is weakened. The only solution that makes sense is to add muscle. Think of it as armoring a vulnerable body part.

Here’s a quick and simple daily routine which has worked well for me:

Place both palms on your forehead and tilt you head to the rear. Applying counter-pressure with the hands, push your head forward until your chin approaches your chest. The whole movement should take approximately to the count of four. Repeat four times.

Bring your chin near your chest and place your hands behind your head. Again, to the count of four, apply counter-pressure as you push your head back until you are looking up. Repeat four times.

Tilt your head to the left, and apply your right palm to the right of the head. To a four count, with counter-pressure, push your head to the right. Repeat four times before transitioning to the other side.

Lastly turn your head to the left, looking over your left shoulder. Place your right palm on the right temple applying counter-pressure as you turn your head toward the right shoulder to a count of four. Repeat four times and then repeat moving right to left.

These exercises are based on something shown to me by a chiropractor, but they only utilized static pressure. I modified the technique so that they work to create strength throughout the entire range of movement, rather than in one position only.

Beyond these, I recommend kettlebell swings to strengthen the entire posterior chain (butt to brain) plus the shoulders.

Bodywork
Another great option is to find a good bodyworker to help with your back and neck. Plain vanilla massage is good for working out knots and relaxing muscles. Shiatsu is great for the neck as it also involves some manipulation of the spine itself. I’ve heard great things about rolfing which places a heavy emphasis on muscle reeducation, and have found relief in cranio-sacral therapy, which focuses on allowing the body to use it’s own inner motion to create a better alignment. I’ve found this useful for finding the route cause of the issue. Working on the neck is never a bad investment, but if the problem is arising from misaligned hips, its useful to find that out.

I’ve used the information outline above to significantly increase the well-being of my neck. If you know someone who is suffering from daily pain or regular injury, please pass on the information, along with this message – with some self-discipline and some applied study, they can fix what ails them.

Posted on 28 Apr 2011
Surgery

Hiatal Hernia – My Experience Of Surgery

I first realized that something was wrong about three years ago when the symptoms first appeared. I did not know it at the time but I had got hiatus hernia, a malfunction of the digestive system. I experienced a terrible burning pain, which started in the chest and radiated outwards to the neck and throat. I did not know this sensation was caused by the regurgitation of gastric acid, commonly called gastric reflux.

I explained all this to the local pharmacist and, although she adopted a pose of caring and sympathy, it seemed that she was only equipped to give quick answers to stock questions. She advised Antacids, which can be bought over-the-counter and are available in liquid or tablet form. I tried some of these and some of them worked for a while, but the pain came back and I tried some others and in larger doses and in the end I tried everything on the pharmacist’s shelf and nothing solved the problem.

So I thought I needed to see the doctor. I don’t often see a physician except when it is very serious so the doctor looked at me quizzically. He questioned me about the symptoms and then announced that I had gastric reflux. He then pondered sagely for a while and, as if in a fit of inspiration, proclaimed that he would prescribe the perfect solution to the problem. He wrote out the prescription and I rushed out to have it dispensed.

What he had given me were what I now know to be proton pump inhibitors, which are intended to stop acid production and are therefore supposed to be completely effective in relieving symptoms. At first they relieved the symptoms, not completely but they had some effect, and then the symptoms came back as bad as ever. I went to see the doctor once more and he explained that all I needed to do was to up the dosage. I should take twice the previous amount and if that failed increase it to three times. This I did and, guess what, it didn’t work either, so it was back to the surgery.

This time the doctor gave me the impression that his life would have been far easier if he didn’t have difficult patients to deal with! He issued a prescription for another remedy which he said, with an air of certainty, “was sure to do the trick”. This particular prescription, I later discovered, was a gastric H2 receptor blocker, an antihistamine, which they say can reduce gastric secretion of acid. Again I tried this prescription and at first it reduced the symptoms, not completely, but made me feel somewhat better.

And then one day I had what I thought to be a heart attack. The ambulance was called and the paramedics rushed me off to the infirmary. There I saw another doctor, a young man with a much more sincere and less casual air about him. He assured me that this was no heart attack but a continuation of the stomach problem and that I had a hiatus hernia and recommended surgery as the only way it could be fixed.

So I had the surgery done, which I should have done in the first place, and this time it worked. After a few days, I was as good as new. All those pills were just a waste. This is just my experience. Other people might have different experiences of this problem, but I thought you might like to hear mine.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011
Dental Care

Fear Of The Dentist – Get The Support You Need Online

Fear of the dentist is a very real problem. It affects many people to such an extent that they can’t even make their routine appointments. Many people won’t even go when they have tooth pain, bleeding gums or other problems. If you’re afraid of dentists, you’ve got to seek help. Overcoming this phobia may save your teeth and gums from eventual decay. For those who can’t afford to seek professional help, there are other avenues. The best thing is to get online and look for the support that you need.

How Support Helps

When you suffer from a phobia, the best thing you can do for yourself is find others with a similar problem. It helps immensely to hear others share their experiences. Hearing their stories helps you to realize that you’re not alone. You can also share your own feelings about your fear of the dentist and get the words of sympathy that you need. All of this shows you that there’s nothing silly or frivolous about it. The whole point of getting online to look for support is to find a community of sufferers just like you from whom you can draw strength.

Online Forums

One of the greatest places to find the support you need with fear of the dentist or any problem at all is an online forum. There are forums on the internet where users can start threads and post comments on other people’s threads. It becomes a virtual conversation where everyone can contribute. These sites invite you to introduce yourself and tell your story. You can also read posts by other users to find out more about the disorder and what they did about it. Online forums are great places to seek help for any type of problem.

Informational Websites

If you get online and use a search engine, you’ll find lots of websites full of resources to help you cope with your fear. We can’t all visit a psychotherapist and undergo therapy, but these sites can give you tips and advice from therapists to help you deal with fear of the dentist. Reading up on the problem can not only give you ideas on how to confront it, but also the strength and confidence to start taking the steps you need to take. By just picking up tidbits of information, you may find just what you need to get yourself back into the clinic for a check-up.

Social Media

Social media sites are like forums but they offer you many more interactive features. On sites like Facebook and Twitter, you can find communities that center around fear of the dentist and how to overcome it. Like forums, these are places where people are rallying together and giving each other strength.

Ultimately, the way to overcome fear of the dentist is to make an appointment for a routine checkup at a dental clinic where the staff members are friendly and comforting. Once you get there and meet them, you’ll realize that you’ve really had nothing to fear all along. Looking for support online is one step to make it easier.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011
Acne

Benefits of Using Revitol Scar Removal Cream

Scars, especially caused by acne can be really embarrassing. Acne is inevitable; as both adults and teenagers suffer from it. However it is possible to avoid scars by not pinching acne, or pimples. Consequently, it is also possible to remove acne using a product called Revitol scar removal cream. Revitol cream is one of various skin cream products Revitol has to offer.

Though there are various other acne scar removal creams available on the market, Revitol acne cream is a better option because of the many benefits it offers. First of all, this is a product that contains only natural ingredients, that ensures the safe and unlimited use of the cream for removing acne scars.

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No side effects

This means that Revitol acne cream can be applied regularly, without the worry of any side effects. Of course, like any other new product you try on your skin, there is a chance of some minor skin irritation like a mild rash occurring. This is however not something to worry about.

Moreover, using the cream to remove unsightly scars is a very safe and non-invasive mode of scar removal. There is no need of undergoing any surgery or take any steroid injections to remove scars.

A much cheaper option

Moreover, though surgery may provide faster results in removing scars, there is always a chance of the surgery itself causing new scars. This is why Revitol scar removal cream is a better option for removing scars. Surgeries should be used only as a last resort.

If costs are compared, you will find that RevitolĀ“s cream is a much cheaper option for removing scars when compared to surgery or any other treatment option you undergo at a dermatologist’s. Of course, using tubes of other scar removal creams can be a waste of money as they don’t work effectively.

However this is not the case with Revitol. Not only is the cream itself a revolutionary one that can effectively remove scars, the company guarantees this. In fact, the company is so sure of the cream, that it offers an unconditional 90 days money back guarantee in the rare case that the cream does not remove your scars.

Of course, you cannot expect all of the scars to disappear; this is not possible even with scar removal surgery. However with some patience, and a few months of applying Revitol scar removal cream, most of your scars will start disappearing.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011
Health Care

The Virtues of Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl hand wear is an increasingly popular option in disposable gloves. For years, latex has dominated the market. However, in recent years, other products have seen an upswing in use thanks to the increased potential from such products. In particular, disposable vinyl hand wear has a lot to offer in a wide range of workplaces. When purchasing disposable gloves, there are a few reasons to keep vinyl hand wear in mind as a viable option.

First, vinyl is a smart alternative for individuals with a latex allergy. While latex allergies are not necessarily common, they can be especially problematic. Individuals who are allergic to latex will often experience difficulty breathing when they come into contact with latex, which includes latex gloves. Because of this, many workplaces that use latex also have to stock an alternative, such as vinyl exam gloves, to accommodate individuals who have the allergy.

Another reason that vinyl exam gloves are a good choice for many workplaces is their flexibility. Disposable vinyl disposable gloves are designed to adhere to the shape of the hand. The thin material allows the user to have nearly a full range of motion while wearing the disposable vinyl disposable gloves, which can be especially important during precision work. Vinyl exam gloves also allow for extra sensitivity, making it possible for the user to experience sensation through the protective layer. For this reason, medical vinyl exam gloves are increasingly popular, since medical professionals can still adequately examine patients while wearing them. To help ensure the utmost flexibility, vinyl disposable hand wear is made in a number of sizes, ranging from small to extra large, to accommodate individuals of all sizes.

Vinyl exam gloves are also an apt way to ensure safety and sanitation. Disposable vinyl exam gloves are thoroughly tested to ensure that they provide adequate protection from a wide range of possibly dangerous elements. Many vinyl exam gloves are even tested by a number of federal agencies, such as the FDA or the USDA, to see how the gloves hold up in various conditions. Users can tailor medical vinyl hand wear to their exact needs by ordering gloves in a number of thicknesses. Vinyl gloves usually come in three or five millimeter thicknesses. Thicker vinyl exam gloves offer increased protection and durability, while thinner options allow for more freedom in movement and added sensitivity.

Since most businesses and workplaces are concerned with the bottom line, it is especially good to note that vinyl gloves are also cost effective options. Disposable vinyl gloves are substantially cheaper than other non-latex alternatives. More than that, it is easy to save money when purchasing vinyl exam gloves by shopping at the right retailer. Some retailers offer bulk purchases at lesser prices, which makes it easy to keep a full supply of vinyl gloves on hand while saving on the overall cost.

Clearly, there are a number of advantages to consider when it comes to disposable vinyl gloves. As an alternative to latex, vinyl gloves provide the ultimate flexibility and real safety at a price that any workplace can easily afford.

Posted on 26 Apr 2011
Allergies

What’s the Big Deal With Anaphylactic Peanut Allergies?

Parents who do not have a child with an anaphylactic allergy often gripe and complain about how inconvenient it is to provide a nut-free environment. They ask why the whole group of children should suffer just because one child has an allergy. I would like to share what it is really like to live with a child who has a life threatening allergy, and suggest ways you can support these children.

My 7.5 year old son has an anaphylactic-shock allergic reaction to peanuts. He also has an anaphylactic-shock allergic reaction to dairy, but peanut particles are more easily air-borne, so while he may be in the same room as someone eating dairy, he cannot be in the same room with peanuts.

When my son was only a few months old he developed severe eczema on his face, hands, feet, and behind his knees. At one point it was so severe every time I would lay him down he would frantically grind his hands and feet into the carpet, sheets, or blanket until they bled, just to get a little relief from the itching. He was a real trooper and kept a sunny disposition through out, but I could tell he was in agony, especially at night when trying to fall asleep.

I took him to his pediatrician, who was also a Naturopath, and we tried natural remedies of Calendula cream first. No improvement. We tried mainstream medical remedies like steroid creams. No improvement. When he was about a year old they ran a RAST test (blood work to test for allergies) and he tested positive to wheat, corn, dairy, eggs, soy, bananas, and peanuts. We had tried introducing him to solids around 1 years old, but he was really resistant to eating solids and would gag until he threw up, so other than the occasional crackers, he was exclusively breastfed. Our ped referred us to a pediatric allergy specialist.

At our first appointment the allergy specialist laughed at the rast results and told me there was no way any child that young was allergic to that many foods. He recommended we do a skin prick test to confirm which were false positives and which were true positives. There were no false positives. He was truly reacting to all the foods that tested positive with the RAST test.

I was instructed to eliminate all the foods from my diet while I was still nursing, to not give him any of the foods he tested positive for. The doctor explained what an anaphylactic allergy was, and that the allergy testing indicated he likely had an anaphylaxis allergic to peanuts and dairy. He cautioned me that each subsequent exposure would produce increasingly severe reactions.

Around age 3 my son was accidentally exposed to peanuts for the first time. His grandpa was eating peanuts earlier in the day before meeting up with us, and didn’t wash his hands. Hours later we got a ride with him, and Grandpa helped my son out of his car seat and held his hand up the stairs. My son rubbed a hand across his lips, and his lips immediately swelled up like little golf balls. It was a dramatic visual for what would happen if he ever ingested even a particle of peanut. He was treated for his allergic reaction at the ER, and we were fortunate the peanut was not ingested. He was fortunate we knew about his allergy and were able to take the appropriate precautions.

When my son started public preschool at 30 months old they were 100% supportive in providing a nut-free environment. The parents were sent notices, and a nut-free classroom policy was strictly enforced.

When he started kindergarten at our small town public school there was no nut-free classroom policy in place to protect children with anaphylactic allergies. It was up to me to advocate for my son and ensure his classroom was safe. I worked closely with the principal and his home room teacher to educate them about his allergy. They implemented routine hand washing and made sure the children were not bringing nuts into the classroom.

The Province of British Columbia, Canada, where we live, has an Anaphylaxis Protection Order that requires every school board establish and maintain policies, procedures and staff training in order to ensure the safety of children at risk of anaphylaxis in BC schools. There is also a list of resources available for teachers and students to assist in implementing anaphylaxis safety in the school.

A couple months after my son started school I was on the playground watching my son play, and a parent I had never met was making small talk with me and said “some kid in the class has stupid nut allergies and it really irritates me that I can’t send peanut butter or granola bars in my son’s lunch anymore.” Another parent immediately spoke up to point out I was the parent of the child with the “stupid nut allergy.” I took the opportunity to educate that parent, and he had the grace to apologize, but I was really shocked that anyone would feel so negatively about being inconvenienced by something so simple that could potentially save my child’s life. We have no problem accommodating children with disabilities that are more visible, and no parent would complain about accommodating a child in a wheel chair, but not sending peanut butter in your child’s lunch is a problem. Really?! Quite frankly the inconvenience factor is a minor concern in contrast to preserving a child’s life.

Living with a child with anaphylactic allergies is no walk in the park. You think it’s hard to keep peanut butter out of your child’s lunch? Try living with it on a daily basis, and being 100% vigilant all of the time. There is no such thing as simply going to an event or a birthday party or a play date for our son.

When my child wants to socialize outside of his nut free classroom or our home, here is what is involved:

Ensure it’s a nut-free environment. Absolutely no nuts, or anything with nuts as an ingredient. This usually involves a phone call prior to the event to give the parents a heads up.
If nuts were eaten at the location, or by other people attending earlier in the day I ensure all hands are washed and surfaces where the food was eaten is cleaned.
Pack a lunch or snack so he has nut-free food to eat. If food is being prepared for our child, I have to ensure all surfaces, cutting boards, dishes, knives, utensils, and serving bowls are washed so there’s no cross contamination. Usually we opt to bring our own safe food to simplify matters.
Ensure the child has an Epi-pen on hand and make sure the adults know where it is (in his backpack) and how to administer it. There are simple step by step instructions on the side of the Epi-pen that takes literally seconds to review.
Let the adults know symptoms of anaphylaxis may include: hives or other epidermic swelling, breathing difficulty, throat tightness, choking feeling, nausea & vomiting, stomach pain & diarrhea, faintness or dizziness, low blood pressure, rapid heart beat, extreme anxiety, and cardiac arrest.
Tell adults what to do an emergency – administer Epi-pen, call 911 and tell the medics it is anaphylactic shock, and call parents – in that order.
Trust God.
I know the idea of a child’s life being at risk is terrifying for some, and mildly scary for others, but I firmly believe that my child needs to learn how to function in the real world. We do not isolate him from other children. He knows not to accept food from others, and is very good at saying a firm “no thank you, I have allergies.”

Our son knows that if we go to an event and there are nuts present, we will need to leave and although this may be disappointing, this has been such a huge part of our life for so many years he has learned to handle the disappointment very well, and my husband and I make a concerted effort to make up for it later by giving him safe treats and doing fun family activities that don’t involve allergy hyper-vigilance.

How can you best support a child with life-threatening allergies?

Treat the child normally. Do not ostracize the child or act fearful.
Take the initiative to talk to the child’s parent and learn about the child’s allergy and the appropriate action to take in an emergency. Ensure you know where the child’s Epi-pen is at all times when in a caregiver capacity.
Ensure the child has safe food available and doesn’t feel left out at meal times.
Double check that the environment is nut-free. Wipe surfaces clean, and have other children and parents wash their hands when they arrive.

Next time you hear a parent requesting a nut-free environment for their child, please remember that it’s not just an inconvenience, you could be saving a life.

Posted on 25 Apr 2011
Diabetes

Diabetic Diet Regime Tips

A diabetic diet can help you manage diabetes, should it be type 1,
type 2, or gestational diabetes.
You’ll find many healthy recipes
around that can help you along if somebody in your family members, or
you, yourself, have diabetes. Anyone can pull together sugar free
recipes, a main course or side dish, a diabetes diet program for your
self, cookies, a drink, or perhaps a nice social gathering or two.

Online along with in books you’ll find a great range of low
carbohydrate and other diabetic menus.
You will find there’s simply no
lack of variety for any diabetic diet plan, without doubt. Why not
consider a pleasant salad, or some soup or sauce pertaining to a
popular recipe?
Even for a potluck meal there is no lack of a huge
selection of excellent recipes for anything.

Type 2 Diabetes

This is labelled as adult-onset diabetes. It is actually much more
common than type 1. Much more younger people are now being clinically
determined to have it, instead of it being exclusive to the older
generation. In this form, the pancreas simply cannot preserve glucose
levels due to the fact it can’t produce enough insulin. It truly is
serious but many people who have it have no idea of they already have
it!

We’ve got a handful of tips and hints to help:

*Choose wholesome foods. Make a few diet and lifestyle changes that
you could live with. You can eat healthy food and still experience
most of what you love. Healthy and balanced servings and in adequate
serving sizes is extremely important to eating in order to moderate
your blood glucose levels.

*Eat smart foods. Several food items have lasted a while and are
actually validated to be smart when an important part of a diabetic
diet.

*Fruits and vegetables are great. Try eating a rainbow of colors to
remain well balanced. Less starchy food items happen to be far better,
for example spinach, carrots, green beans, and broccoli.

*Use whole grain products whenever you can. Brown rice and whole-wheat
noodles the latter unless you have to be gluten-free and your most
loved pasta sauce or perhaps stir fry, are great, and they taste
amazing as well!

*Consume pinto or kidney beans dried out and then soaked and cooked and lentils.

*Prepare fish two to three times weekly.

*Lean meats such as beef loin or pork tenderloin are fantastic. Take
the skin off of poultry prior to cooking.

*Consume nonfat dairy products just like yogurt, cheese along with skim milk.

*Sip water and no-calorie diet beverages, yet not fruit punch, regular
soda, or another sugar sweetened refreshment.

*Utilize olive or light vegetable oil for cooking. Any kind of fat has
elevated levels of calories.

*Watch portion size regarding any food items and reduce your
consumption of deserts and chips.

*You’ll put on pounds in the event you consume too much of lower
calorie foodstuff.

Posted on 22 Apr 2011
Alternative Medicine

Aromatherapy Is The Latest Trend In Alternative Medicine

One of the most popular and growing fields in the area of health care is alternative medicine. Alternative medicine typically is a type of medicine whereby it is not generally in line with traditional methods but instead utilizes new and more abstract methods of treating patients. In that category the area of aromatherapy has become very popular for a way of helping patients with various health conditions. The way that this type of therapy works is that it incorporates various natural essential oils and other aromatic compounds that is then created into vapor form whereby it is then breathed through the lungs by the individuals. The main factor of turning the essential oils into vapor form is to actually utilize a device that is known as a nebulizer. The nebulizer is responsible for taking those aromatic compounds and then changing its composition into a mist form to be breathed in.

The history of the nebulizer device lies with helping individuals with asthma and other respiratory conditions. However, because of its basic function of transforming liquid into mist to be taken in through the lungs it has become the staple of all aromatherapy practices. To date millions of individuals throughout the world rely on the nebulizer on a daily basis to serve this very important function. The modern systems are quite useful because they are in fact completely portable and able to be taken anywhere that the person desires to go. Thus if you have started to get in engaged in some therapy but you also are planning on going to Europe for vacation then you really do not have anything to worry about. All you need to do is take your portable device with you and at anytime you can use it because of its small size and ability to be taken from one place to another very easily.

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Individuals use aromatherapy for many different reasons but some of the most common reasons is for anxiety, pain, and other health conditions. Prior to the advent of this device to transform the oils into mist there was used heat in order to bring it to a temperature whereby it would then become mist form. However, this was not as effective as the modern devices now and a lot of times there were unwanted results. The future of this type of therapy is still yet to be discovered and its potential is quite limitless at this point.

Posted on 22 Apr 2011
Acne

Don’t Make Blackheads Rule Your Life Anymore

People blessed with spotless glowing faces cannot comprehend what torture it is to face the public when that person’s face is marred with repulsive large black spots, commonly known as blackheads. The devastating fact is they commonly strike at the vulnerable teen periods.

Blackheads result from an excessive accumulation of sebum an oily substance generated in the follicle pores of the skin. When this condition is exposed over a period of time to air the accumulated sebum will discolor forming a black spot which is the result of oxidation. Dermatologist term for this condition is open comedones. Blackheads are also another form of acne with a darker appearance. They can be quite painful with inflammation.

These open comedones known to us as blackheads can make life miserable on many accounts. While they can takeoff the natural vibrancy and pleasantness off a person’s skin it does not stop there. This can result in severe mental and physical pain and tend to get harsher with time. In intense conditions people suffer itchiness and scratching aggravating their pain. Teenagers who are extra sensitive to their looks can destroy their vivacity and make introverts out of people. The good news is that exposed blackheads are treatable effectively with the correct method of treatment.

The first step is to make a visit to a qualified dermatologist. Their advice and guidance can lead you on the correct treatment path exclusively suited for your skin conditions. The novel evolvements in technology and medicine mean that blackheads can be arrested and gradually eliminated with the correct treatment system. One such highly effective treatment system is available in the market today. Clear Skin Max Program introduces a permanent solution for painful blackheads and it is implemented in 6 stages. Clear Skin Max has entered the market upon intensive research and experiments carried out on its special blend of highly effective and unique ingredients. The product is undoubtedly one the best in the world and is ideally suited for skin care solutions. The tea tree oil is one exceptional ingredient included in the program. While forming the cleansing foundation, it re-hydrates the body and with its calming abilities also forms an ideal substitute to Benzoyl Peroxide and similar astringents. The brownies of this product are its antibacterial, antifungal, germicidal and antiseptic traits created to work on cleansing, revitalizing and replenishing the skin with immediate effective results.

The other wonder product yielding similar results is Acenzine. There are no alternatives that come close to this product in combating skin disorders. It target pimples, spots and blackheads with utmost effectiveness and the beauty is this product can be applied on anyone. So it is equally suited for teens and adults. The product can be purchased over the counter and it has no side effects. It is 100% safe and efficient. Wonder products can help you cure an unpleasant skin condition but prevention can only be accomplished through caring health and skin care procedures. Avoid further blackhead flare-ups by keeping away from oily makeup, food and skin treatments. Discontinue use of harsher chemicals and scrubbers on your face. Dry skin is an attractive home for blackheads so maintain moisture levels at all times. Allow for a little time in the day for your skin care routine. Pamper yourself by pampering your skin and say goodbye to blackheads for ever!