Heart Attack On Your Turkey Platter

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By Kac Young PhD, ND. DCH

healthyheartDoctor Lippman was called to the ER on Thanksgiving Day a few years ago. A 52 year old high school football coach was in the throes of a heart attack. After stabilizing him and prepping him for angioplasty and stents, his wife described what he had eaten that day. “She went on to describe a meal that could have fed his entire starting offensive backfield,” according to Dr. Lippman

Just last summer James Gandolfini, while visiting Rome with his son, ordered two rounds of pina coladas with two additional shots of rum on the side, along with fried prawns, chilli mayonnaise and foie gras, followed by another two beers, a staff member reported the night he died. We lost this great actor too soon.

So why is a heavy meal connected to a heart attack? There are many reasons:

• A typical Thanksgiving meal consist of approximately 4,000 calories. The blood required for digestion is diverted from other organs leaving them deprived during the 6 hour digestive process.

• Insulin is increased by the excessive carbohydrates in the meal which prevents normal relaxation of the coronary arteries.

• Triglycerides become elevated from the fats and carbs which can inflame the interior walls of the coronary arteries.

• C-reactive protein also increases as does blood pressure from the fats, carbs and sodium in the meal.

• Increased levels of gastric acid can lead to digestive complications.

• High sodium content in the meal can trigger acute heart failure in someone with a history of that condition.

pumpkinsAll of the above can exert extra pressure on the cardio vascular system resulting in a heart attack. Based on that information, you may want to revamp your eating choices for this coming Thanksgiving feast. Try these suggestions t help you stay out of the ER on the holiday:

1) Have a healthy snack before you arrive. Don’t arrived famished.

2) Skip the finger food on the appetizer trays. Stick with veggies, but pass on the dips.

3) Eat salad first.

4) Use your salad plate as your dinner plate to control portions.

5) Taste everything you want to, but stick with just a bite which should satisfy your cravings.

6) Resist seconds, even though they are tempting.

7) Curb your alcohol content. Drink a glass of water between each drink and limit yourself to two drinks for the entire dinner.

8) Eat slowly and participate in conversations. Be interested in the people you are with.

9) Skip desert. If you must, then have just a bite and opt for fruit.

You’ll be happier the next day when you don’t feel hung over, bloated and gassy. Thanksgiving is more about being grateful for the bounty we have and not trying to consume all of it in one seating.

Stay Healthy and live another year to enjoy your holidays.

Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

What To Do If Your Child Has An Asthma Attack At School

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groupkidsIf getting a call from the school nurse can be unnerving, hearing that your child just had an asthma attack at school is downright terrifying. This especially holds true if the call marks the first time an asthma attack has ever happened. The only thing worse for parents than knowing that their child is suffering is knowing that their child is suffering when they can’t be there with him. Since parents cannot be with their asthmatic child 24 hours out of the day, ensuring the child and teachers know how to manage his asthma is the next best thing. If you’ve been told your child has had an asthma attack in school, hang in there as you learn about what to do next.

First Things First

The first thing you’ll want to do is find out the status of your child. If it is not under control, the school may have called 911 or may ask you to pick up your child seek medical attention. The emergency room should be your first stop if the attack is still in progress, but an attack that’s under control or has ended may only require a trip to his regular primary care physician.

Create a Plan with Your Pediatrician

Once the initial attack is under control, let your pediatrician know what happened and then make an appointment to create an action plan for your child’s asthma. On this action plan, write down what triggers your child’s asthma, what symptoms he exhibits when he begins to have a flare up, what medications he takes, along with the dosage, what to do when an asthma attack begins, and when to head to the emergency room. You also may want to ask the doctor if there should be any restrictions or any extra monitoring during exercise.

Talk with Your Child

Teaching your child to manage his asthma independently is the best thing you can do when he’s old enough to attend school. Both you and your child need the security of knowing that no matter where your child is or who he is with, he can handle his asthma. Therefore, share the action plan with your child and frequently go over the steps to managing his asthma and handling attacks.

Talk with School Administrators

inhalerShare your written action plan with your child’s school and request a meeting with his teacher, the school nurse and anyone else you feel should be involved. Explain your child’s medical history and how independent he is in handling his asthma. Make sure you cover not only how to handle his asthma in school, but also on field trips and during any after school activities. Ask questions to ensure that there is always someone present who can administer medication and work the peak flow meter. It’s important that the school is supportive of your child’s condition, and that they handle it in a way that will not embarrass your child and deter him from maintaining his care.

Also, find out if you child is allowed to carry his own medication, provided that you feel confident in his responsibility level. If the school does not allow it, you can request a 504 plan under the Americans with Disabilities Act that allows him to have the medication on him.

Handling Attacks in School

Your child’s medication should be easily accessible. If he is too young or not yet responsible enough to carry it himself, the medication should be close at hand to the classroom teacher and in the nurse’s office in a place that is within quick reach. It should also be close at hand for gym class and recess. This way if your child has an attack, the medication will be there to be used immediately no matter where he is.

Know the Triggers

There are some common triggers that children encounter in school, such as dust mites, cockroaches, chalk dust, perfume and cleaning products, just to name a few. If any of these are known culprits for your child, you should work that into their 504 Plan. For example, you can request that they use dustless chalk, avoid perfumes and certain cleaning products, that the school is treated for pests regularly, and that methods be employed that combat mold. If the classroom has a pet, you can ask for that to be removed as well if your child is allergic or triggered by dander.

Once you have gone through all of these steps, you can rest much easier knowing that you and your child have a good handle on his asthma and that you have taken control of the situation as much as possible. Creating action plans and taking preventative actions can change a situation that once caused vulnerability to one that empowers.

– Submitted by Kevin Thompson of Backup Care

Doctors Attack Pervasive Obesity Myths

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makehealthychoiceFrom Your Health Journal…..”So many times, I have promoted a web site called Live Science, as I really enjoy their web site, and try to send visitors their way. Recently, I found an outstanding article written by Christopher Wanjek on their site called Doctors Attack Pervasive Obesity Myths. Over the years, I have read so many articles about weight loss, diet, obesity, and other health related topics. Sometimes, I scratch my head with amazement as some of the authors pontificate on the topic. After a few seconds, I wonder, where are the facts – are these just a hypothesis? Sadly, many people do take what they read about health as the gospel – sometimes setting themselves up for failure on their own health. Today’s article in Live Science discusses various myths out there on obesity. Many of these false assumptions surprise the medical community such as breast-feeding protects a child against obesity, gradual weight loss is better than rapid loss, or you burn hundreds of calories during sex. One such claim in the article discusses how physical education cuts back on obesity. This is one claim that I do believe. PE in the schools is imperative to maintain a child’s health. Training in class in not going to end obesity, but the lifelong skills that children learn in PE that carry into adulthood, as well as the interest in participating in extra-curricular sports is an important piece of the puzzle in the fight against obesity. Anyway, enough of my ranting. Please visit the Live Science site (link provided below) to read the complete article. Visit their site for many great articles as well.”

From the article…..

Many weight-loss and obesity-prevention beliefs thought to be gospel truth are actually false or yet unproven, according to a study published in the Jan. 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Some of these false assumptions might even surprise medical doctors: Breast-feeding protects a child against obesity… Physical education in schools prevents childhood obesity… Gradual weight loss is better than rapid loss… You burn hundreds of calories during sex… These are just some of the obesity myths identified by an international team of doctors led by David Allison at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

These so-called facts are pervasive on websites, in the news media, and even in the scientific literature despite contradicting scientific evidence, the researchers said. The team identified a total of seven myths, six additional presumptions not yet proven true or false, and nine evidence-supported facts that are relevant for sound public health policy.

Myth 1: Small changes in energy intake or expenditure will produce large, long-term weight changes. This seemingly logical belief is based on a rule that a loss or gain of one pound comes from expending or consuming 3,500 calories. The problem is that this applies only to the short term. Additional pounds are harder and harder to shed once you begin losing weight. That’s because, in part, as you lose weight your body has lower energy requirements, meaning it can maintain its weight (without any loss) on a lower calorie count. [7 Diet Tricks That Really Work]

Myth 2: Setting realistic goals in obesity treatment is important because otherwise patients become frustrated and lose less weight. How can you argue with this logic? Well, according to Allison, data suggest that people do better with more ambitious goals. Think big to lose big.

To read the complete article…..Click here