Signs, Dangers And Treatments For Concussions

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newsMost injuries sustained on the sports field have obvious tell-tale signs such as pain, bleeding, swelling or discoloration. The nature of a concussion, however, can make it extremely challenging to recognize at first glance – the physical evidence is hidden beneath the injured person’s skull, after all. Concussions are commonplace among high school athletes, affecting about 63,000 students every year.

Although many injured athletes are eager to get back into the game, a person suspected of having a concussion should immediately be removed or remove themselves from a game or any activity or sport. An increase in heart rate can worsen symptoms, but perhaps more importantly, a quick return to activity significantly increases the injured person’s risk of an even more serious brain injury. A doctor should always be consulted before an athlete returns to a sport or activity.

“Concussions are serious business, but we don’t always know how severe the damage is immediately after the injury occurs,” said Dr. Martha Pyron, Austin sports medicine doctor and owner of Medicine in Motion. “If you or your child has taken a blow to the head, you might be wondering if a concussion has developed. I recommend referring to our symptoms checklist and heading to a doctor if you have even the slightest suspicion that it is a concussion. The healing process may take time, but a quick response will be your athlete’s best bet for a solid recovery.”

Concussion facts and tips:

1. What is a concussion? It is the mildest form of brain injury, but can still lead to death and/or permanent brain damage if not treated properly.

2. How does a concussion occur? Usually, it is from a blow to the head, but a person can get a concussion by just abruptly stopping, even if he or she does not hit their head.

3. What are the consequences of a concussion? Usually, if treated properly, concussions resolve without any long term consequences. But if not treated properly, and sports are attempted while still recovering from a concussion, the concussion can lead to permanent brain damage or even death.

4. What are symptoms of a concussion? Headache is the most common symptom of concussion, but it is not always present. Nausea, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to light, confusion, difficulty with concentration, behavioral changes, slurred speech, dizziness, blurry vision, sleep disturbance, and emotional changes can all occur.

5. How is a concussion treated? The brain must rest. At first this may mean rest from ALL activity including talking on the phone, watching TV, or even reading. Eventually, the concussion resolves and the athlete returns to all activity without difficulty.

6. How does a person know when their concussion has resolved? It is difficult to tell sometimes. But generally, three things need to be in place: 1. All symptoms have resolved; 2. The physician’s physical exam of the concussed person is normal; and 3. The person is able to think clearly and use their brain at the same level as prior to the injury.

7. How does a person know if they are able to use their brain the same as before? There are computerized tests which can measure concentration, memory and reaction times. If this test is taken before the head injury as a baseline, it can be used as a measure of when the test scores return to normal after the injury.

8. Where should a person go if they think they have a concussion? If a person is injured and their symptoms are worsening despite rest, they should go to the ER. If they have symptoms which occur that they think are related to a concussion, they should seek medical care from a physician who has experience with concussions and has the ability to test concentration and memory skills. Otherwise, it may be difficult to tell when the concussion has been resolved. Medicine in Motion has the capability to do a full evaluation.

– Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The staff at MIM believes active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office’s goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at

The Dangers Of DIY Teeth Whitening

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malesmileHaving a great looking smile is a big part of making a great first impression. The last thing anyone wants is to have stained and dirty looking teeth. There are a number of different ways to get your teeth looking whiter, which means you will need to do your homework. Most of the over the counter whiteners on the market can get you minimal results, but in some cases they will do more harm than good. The following are a few of the dangers you can face when trying to do your own teeth whitening.

Damage the Enamel on Your Teeth

One of the first dangers you face when trying to whiten your own teeth is the damage you can do to the enamel on your teeth. The whiteners you find on the shelves in your local drug store will have a large amount of bleach and other chemicals in them. The more you use them on your teeth, the more damage you will have to ultimately deal with. Instead of damaging the enamel on your teeth, you need to allow a dentist in your area to handle it for you.

Problems With Your Gums

Another very common issue you may face when trying to whiten your own teeth is gum damage. The high amount of peroxide in the over the counter whiteners can wreak havoc on your gums. In some cases, this can lead to bleeding or infected gums is you persist with the treatments. Although using over the counter methods can be much cheaper, they will cause more harm than good. The only way you will be able to get the whiter teeth you are looking for is by using a professional. They have the methods and the experience to apply them the right way.

Slow Results Can be Very Frustrating

When trying to do your teeth whitening, you will usually be faced with having very slow results. Most of the over the counter treatments take many applications before they produce any type of results. The longer you have to wait for results, the more frustration you will ultimately face. When in need of fast and noticeable results, you will need to find the right dentist in your area. Usually you will have a number of choices, which will require you to do some research. The time you put into this research will be more than worth it.

If you are in need of high quality teeth whitening, then you need to call on the team at Neilson Dental Centre. They have been in the business for many years and know what it takes to get your teeth looking their best in no time.

– Submited by Kashif Raza

Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening Dangers Can Include Risk Of Cancer

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malesmileWith teeth whitening continuing to grow in popularity, hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening dangers can include risk of cancer due to free radical oxidation damage to the gums and tongue. Dr Gerry Curatola shares these four tips to minimize this risk.

Teeth whitening, the most requested cosmetic procedure in America, uses a common peroxide-based bleaching ingredient, mainly hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, that is raising health concerns. According to integrative cosmetic dentist and wellness pioneer, Dr. Gerry Curatola, “Most people are unaware that hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening dangers include the risk of oral cancer. Peroxide in teeth whitening is a potent oxidizer, and oxidation is the same process that rusts your wrought iron furniture.” Curatola explains that the uncontrolled use of these peroxide-based whitening products, especially OTC bleaching strips, gels and trays, bombard the mouth with thousands of potentially cancer-causing molecules called free radicals during whitening. It also lowers important levels of antioxidant protection to keep your mouth healthy, especially on your gums and tongue. “In a sense, we may be whitening our teeth, but ‘rusting’ our gums!” says Dr. Curatola.

To whiten safely, Curatola offers these 4 teeth whitening tips:

1) Avoid at-home whitening products. Whitening your teeth at a dental office is safer, where your gums are protected during the process.

2) Do not whiten more than four times a year, not less than three months apart.

3) Be sure you receive a dental examination prior to whitening to ensure there are no areas of decay, gum disease or loose crowns or fillings that can put your teeth at risk of permanent damage.

4) Restore and replenish vitamins and antioxidants in the mouth lost during the whitening process. Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and Coenzyme Q-10 are all important for healthy teeth and gums.

Curatola developed his Brighten & Balance (B&B)™ Teeth Whitening process. The objective is to safely whiten teeth while restoring the important antioxidants lost during the whitening process, which are essential for health and protection.

He patented an in-office antioxidant gum mask called NuPath Bioactives®, containing powerful antioxidants, homeopathic microminerals and herbal extracts. Applied to the gums for six minutes after the whitening process, it is followed by a salt bath rich in trace minerals for a balancing and rejuvenating result.

Discovered Dangers: Blood Work for Optimal Preventive Health

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By Dr. Michael Wald

doctorglobeBlood laboratory work is often an important part of assessing and diagnosing your current health issues. But more than just identifying current disease states, laboratory tests can be used preventively to identify sub-clinical diseases hidden from normal view that represent degenerative health problems early on, before they develop into full-blown diseases. New patients come to me frequently saying, “My doctor says my blood work is normal, but I still don’t feel well.” In over 20 years of clinical practice, I have discovered that most medical doctors rarely order anything beyond “routine” standard lab panels and only review the results of these for blatantly high or low abnormal values.

There are several problems with this approach. Although standard lab panels give a good general glimpse into your health, they do not include other important predictive factors for disease. For example, while cholesterol and triglyceride levels are helpful for considering heart disease, homocysteine and CRP are also predictors of heart health that are not included in a standard lab panel. A standard lab panel may not identify issues specific to your symptoms and current health concerns, which may require additional specialized tests that would require many doctors of different specialties to uncover.

The predominant medical health care approach is more of a disease-care approach, in which you are only treated once you have a disease like cancer, diabetes or atherosclerosis. In contrast, the blood detective approach that I have developed is to not used only to look for signs of obvious disease, but also to look at trends and clues that your blood offers. These aren’t included in superficial lab tests, even tests done by many medical specialists, but are found by comparing you to healthy people and not the “average” person.

The predominant medical health care approach is more of a disease-care approach, in which you are only treated once you have a disease like cancer, diabetes or atherosclerosis.

By comparing your lab values to healthier, narrower ranges and looking for hidden, abnormal results that are on the high or low end of normal, you are treated preventively, through nutritional supplementation and dietary and lifestyle changes, to improve your health, symptoms and reverse developing illness before it is far gone. It is always easier and smarter to prevent a problem than to treat it once it is a full-blown disaster.

Here’s an example: diabetes is increasingly prevalent among adolescents and adults. An internist or endocrinologist looks at a lab test known as HBA1C or glycosylated hemoglobin for an abnormally high value of 6.5 percent or higher to diagnose and treat a patient for diabetes. In my practice, anyone with an HBA1C greater than 5 percent is placed on a special health plan and nutritional supplements that promote weight loss, lower blood sugar and support healthy insulin production and kidney function–reversing the early or midstream diabetic problem.

As another example, many women come to me complaining of weight gain, difficulty losing weight and fatigue. Their medical doctors have ordered a CBC to check their blood for anemia, TSH and T3 to check thyroid function and are told that all is “normal” and there is nothing for them to do. In my assessment, I would not only check CBC, but other important blood markers to diagnose any of over a dozen different types of anemia’s that could be the culprit. I would consider total thyroid hormone, T3, T4 and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), as well as other important hormones that are directly involved with healthy thyroid function, like the hormones testosterone, progesterone and DHEA. I would review these results not only for obvious abnormal highs or lows, but for sub-clinical highs or lows, so that I could offer treatment both for obvious disease and deficiency and to prevent discovered trends and patterns leading toward disease and deficiency.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: or or by calling: 914-242-8844.