Early Detection For Arthritis

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legslotionDr. John D. Tomasin, MD, a Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) Orthopedic Surgeon discusses living with arthritis, exploring the latest research on the care of arthritis and explains when total-joint-replacement is necessary.

Research, led by the University of Warwick in the UK published recently in the journal Scientific Reports reveals that the first blood test for detection of early-stage osteoarthritis could soon be developed. Researchers who say that the biomarker they identified in the study makes it possible to detect the painful joint condition before bone and joint damage becomes obvious.Dr. John Tomasin, NCMA Orthopedic Surgeon, points out that this development will help to bring treatment for arthritis to patients when it could actually have the greatest impact; in the early stages of the disease.

Researchers suggest that this discovery raises the potential of a blood test that can help diagnose the most common forms of arthritis, RA and OA — as much as several years before the onset of physical symptoms. “With this sort of advanced warning orthopedic physicians would be able to manage and treat symptoms well before the disease reaches its more painful state and starts to become degenerative,” Tomasin says.

The sooner the diagnosis, the better — as most types of arthritis can be managed fairly well, and the pain and disability minimized when caught in the early stages. While it may be some time before advance detection is available by way of a blood test, treating arthritis as symptoms arise and knowing when to make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist will help to give patients a better outlook on living with arthritis.

Common Forms of Arthritis

It may surprise some people to learn that arthritis is the nation’s most common cause of disability affecting an estimated 52.5 million adults in the U.S; that figure translates to about 1 of 5 adults currently living with some form of arthritis. According to the Center for Disease Control, as the U.S. population continues to age, the number of adults with arthritis is expected to increase to a whopping 67 million by 2030.

Arthritis is most commonly diagnosed in adults 65 years or older but people of all ages – including children, can be affected. It tends to affect women more than men (26 to 19 percent respectively) of all racial and ethnic groups. Arthritis is thought to be caused by inflammation of the tissue lining the joints. More than 100 different category of rheumatic diseases and conditions exist under the umbrella of an arthritis diagnosis; the most common being osteoarthritis which usually develops are part of the aging process, and most often affects the fingers, knees and hips. Other forms of arthritis that occur includes:

* rheumatoid arthritis

* lupus

* gout, pseudo gout

Arthritis is also more commonly diagnosed among adults who have issues of obesity, and is less likely to appear in those who maintain a healthy weight. There is no known cure for arthritis, but there are many treatments that can help slow down the condition and provide some relief. Symptoms universally include pain, aching, stiffness and swelling in or around the joints. Certain forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, have been known to affect organs and cause pervasive symptoms throughout the body.

How Is Arthritis Treated?

Arthritis treatments are aimed at providing pain relief by controlling inflammation and increasing joint mobility. “Early, aggressive treatment is particularly important for rheumatoid arthritis in order to help prevent further damage and disability down the road,” explains Dr. Tomasin. Common treatment options may include medication, an exercise regime specific to the condition, application of heat or cold compresses and use of joint protection. When these methods fail to provide relief surgery may be considered.

When it’s time for Total Join Replacement

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure where aspects of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with prosthesis. This type of prosthesis is constructed from plastic, ceramic or metal and is designed to perfectly replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons the vast majority of patients report a significant decrease in pain following total joint replacement surgery; up to 90 percent of all patients. “Most patients quickly return to normal daily activities and are usually able to continue to stay active for years to come,” says Dr. Tomasin. “In many cases, following total joint replacement surgery we see our patients resume activities they enjoyed prior to being diagnosed with arthritis.”

A variety of conditions can cause joint pain and disability that lead patients to consider joint replacement surgery including damage to the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones called ‘articular cartilage’ usually due to arthritis, a fracture, trauma or some other condition.

It is reported that about 1 million total joint replacements were performed in the United States as if 2011. The most common type of joint replacement is hip and knee but replacement surgery can also be successfully performed on the ankle, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

About Dr. Tomasin

Dr. John D. Tomasin attended medical school at the University of California, Davis-School of Medicine, and completed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Tomasin completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at Hughston Sports Medicine Clinic in Columbus, GA, as well as an AO Fellowship in Munich, West Germany. Dr. Tomasin has been published in numerous professional medical journals, including Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Orthopedic Trauma, and The Physician and Sports Medicine. Dr. Tomasin has been the team physician for numerous high school athletic programs, including Healdsburg High School and Cardinal Newman High School. He is also been the acting medical consultant for the Northern California Rugby Football Union, and the team physician for the Santa Rosa Rugby Club. Dr. Tomasin is committed to the health of the Sonoma County community, and he has been in practice in Healdsburg since 1988. To learn more visit our website or call 707-4330-0126 for an appointment.

Resources:

First blood test for osteoarthritis could soon be available – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150320091317.htm

Arthritis: The Nation’s Most Common Cause of Disability – http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/arthritis.htm

Arthritis Basics – http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/arthritis-basics?page=3#1

Arthritis Foundation – http://www.arthritistoday.org/

Living With Arthritis: Health Information Basics for You and Your Family – http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Arthritis/default.asp

Georgia State Research Paves Way For Early Detection Of Liver Cancer

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doctorLed by Georgia State University, researchers have developed the first robust and noninvasive detection of early stage liver cancer and liver metastases, in addition to other liver diseases, such as cirrhosis and liver fibrosis.

Their findings were published Wednesday (May 13) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

More than 700,000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer each year. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, accounting for more than 600,000 deaths annually, according to the American Cancer Society. The rate of liver cancer in the U.S. has sharply increased because of several factors, including chronic alcohol abuse, obesity and insulin resistance.

“Liver cancers associated with high mortality rates and poor treatment responses are often diagnosed in the late stages because there is not a reliable way to detect primary liver cancer and metastasis at a size smaller than one centimeter,” said Jenny Yang, lead author on the paper, Distinguished University Professor and associate director of the Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics at Georgia State.

The liver is a common site for a variety of cancers, including melanoma, breast, pancreatic and colon cancers. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the leading imaging technique to detect disease without using radiation. MRI contrast or imaging agents aid MRI techniques to obtain tissue-specific images.

As reported by Yang, the applications of MRI contrast agents are not effective for early detection of cancerous tumors because they are hampered by uncontrolled blood circulation time, low relaxation rate or sensitivity, and low specificity. Most contrast agents, she said, are rapidly excreted from the liver, not allowing sufficient time to obtain quality imaging.

To more effectively detect cancerous tumors at an early stage, researchers from Georgia State, in collaboration with researchers from Emory University, Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia and the University of Virginia, have developed a new class of protein-based contrast agents (PRCAs) and an imaging methodology that provides robust results for the early detection of liver cancer and other liver diseases.

ProCA32, the researchers’ newly developed contrast agent, allows for imaging liver tumors that measure less than 0.25 millimeters. The agent is more than 40 times more sensitive than today’s commonly used and clinically approved agents used to detect tumors in the liver.

ProCA32 widens the MRI detection window and is found to be essential for obtaining high-resolution quality images of the liver. This application has important medical implications for imaging various liver diseases, the origin of cancer metastasis, monitoring cancer treatment and guiding therapeutic interventions, such as drug delivery.

“Our new agents can obtain both positive and negative contrast images within one application, providing double the accuracy and confidence of locating cancerous tumors,” Yang said. “These agents are also expected to be much safer with reduced metal toxicity.”

The researchers have shown proof-of-concept that ProCA32 can be used to detect cancerous liver tumors at an early stage with high sensitivity. They have also demonstrated that these new agents better aid the imaging of multiple organs, including the kidney and blood vessels, in addition to the liver and tumors.

“ProCA32 may have far-reaching implications in the diagnosis of other malignancies, which in turn would facilitate development of targeted treatment along with effective monitoring of reduction of tumor burden,” Yang said. “Our agent and methodology can also be applied to study the brain and monitor treatment outcomes in a number of disorders, including stroke and recovery after stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors and gliomas.”

The research is supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Type 1 Diabetes New Staging System Promotes Early Detection

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For most people with type 1 diabetes, the disease seems to occur suddenly, often resulting in a trip to the emergency room with life-threatening complications. But a new recommendation calls for a diabetes staging classification that could mean earlier diagnosis and better outcomes for patients in the long run.

The recommendation was made by the JDRF, the American Diabetes Association and the Endocrine Society in the January issue of the journal Diabetes Care and is based on research from TrialNet, an NIH-funded international network of research centers, including Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.

The research indicates that type 1 diabetes can now be most accurately understood as a disease that progresses in three distinct stages.

Stage 1 is the start of type 1 diabetes. Individuals test positive for two or more diabetes-related autoantibodies. The immune system has already begun attacking the insulin-producing beta cells, although there are no symptoms and blood sugar remains normal.

Stage 2, like stage 1, includes individuals who have two or more diabetes-related autoantibodies, but now, blood sugar levels have become abnormal due to increasing loss of beta cells. There are still no symptoms.

For both stages 1 and 2, lifetime risk of developing type 1 diabetes approaches 100 percent.

Stage 3 is when clinical diagnosis has typically taken place. By this time, there is significant beta cell loss and individuals generally show common symptoms of type 1 diabetes, which include frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss and fatigue.

“Clinical research supports the usefulness of diagnosing type 1 diabetes early – before beta cell loss advances to stage 3. The earlier diagnosis is made in the disease process, the sooner intervention can take place, and the more beta cells are likely to remain. More beta cells may lead to better outcomes regarding blood sugar control and reduction of long-term complications,” said. Dr. Maria Redondo, director of the Texas Children’s/Baylor TrialNet Clinical Center and associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor and in the diabetes and endocrinology section at Texas Children’s Hospital.

The Texas Children’s/Baylor TrialNet Program serves as one of the 14 TrialNet Clinical Centers throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. TrialNet was founded in 2001 and since then has screened approximately 150,000 participants for type 1 diabetes markers.

Screening is recommended for people who have relatives with type 1 diabetes. Family members have a 15 times greater risk of being diagnosed than a person with no family history. TrialNet screening is available at no charge to:

* Anyone between the ages of 1 and 45 with a sibling, child or parent with type 1 diabetes.

* Anyone between the ages of 1 and 20 with a sibling, child, parent, cousin, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, grandparent or half-sibling with type 1 diabetes.

“TrialNet’s goal is to identify the disease at its earliest stage, delay progression and ultimately prevent it. We offer screening and clinical trials for every stage of type 1 diabetes and close monitoring for disease progression,” Redondo said.

For people who participate in type 1 diabetes prevention research like TrialNet, the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at diagnosis decreases to less than 4 percent from 30 percent. DKA is a serious complication of diabetes than can lead to coma or even death.

For more information or to participate, call 832-824-1207 or email TrialNet@texaschildrens.org.

Early Detection Of Coronary Artery Disease

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hearthealthLarge multicenter clinical trial conclusively reveals Lev El’s newly discovered HeartTrends™ test to detect presence of ischemia related to coronary artery disease in individuals 3 times more accurately than conventional exercise stress testing Results translate immediately into early detection, lower health costs, no radiation, no toxic risk, no induced stress testing.

The latest clinical study on 450 patients has concluded that HeartTrends™– a new, innovative analysis of cardiac data obtained from standard Holter monitors — can determine with a high probability the existence of ischemic heart disease far better than the traditional exercise stress test, without exercise and with no inherent potential risk to patients. The HeartTrends test analyzes just 1 hour of heart data without the need for any special maneuvers or heart stress, making it especially advantageous for the elderly and handicapped.

The prospective study was conducted at Sheba and Shaarei Zedek Medical Centers (Israel) on 450 patients (279 males, 171 females) ranging in age from 50 to 72 and BMI from 23 to 35. Test results from both the exercise stress test and HeartTrendsTM analysis were subsequently compared to the gold standard Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI SPECT) using injected dye and radiation to positively confirm the existence of significant coronary artery disease. Results showed HeartTrends positively diagnosed three times more patients with heart disease than traditional exercise stress testing on the same patients. A negative HeartTrends result essentially rules out (negative predicative value of 98%) the presence of significant coronary artery disease.

A further important outcome shows that, out of the 450 patients tested using Myocardial Perfusion Imaging, only 7% had myocardial ischemia. This expensive and potentially radioactive 4-hour test was overused and was not required in over 93% of the patients. Use of HeartTrends could drastically reduce costs and use of radionuclide dyes such as thallium and technetium. Results of the study may be viewed on the Clinical Trials website (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov).

“Now, for the first time, we have an ability to quickly detect and positively diagnose ischemic heart disease with no effort or stress on the part of the patient. More importantly, the test has the ability to reduce exposure to ionizing radiation testing involving thallium injections without sacrificing medical accuracy since less patients will be referred for advanced testing and even coronary angiography based on inaccurate exercise stress testing,” said Professor Ilan Goldenberg, MD, Director of Cardiology at the Sheba Medical Center and Director of the Israeli Association for Cardiovascular Trials.

“We believe that HeartTrends could become part of the standard annual testing checkup and without the risk or hassle of undergoing exercise stress tests to get early detection and treatment of ischemic heart disease. General health should increase immensely now that the handicapped, elderly, and obese can perform this test easily. Furthermore, reducing the number of MPI tests could immediately decrease healthcare costs,” said Michal Kahan, CEO, Lev El Diagnostics of Heart Disease Ltd.

About HeartTrends™:
A medically proven, non-invasive analysis obtained from just 1 hour of cardiac data from a standard Holter device to detect myocardial ischemia related to Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) at its early stages. This CE-cleared, HIPAA-compliant, web-based test consists of an innovative multivariate analysis that culminates in a conclusive test score. The test is inexpensive, performed in a clinic or at home, with no need for technicians or physician to be present during the test. It is envisioned to be utilized as the initial risk-free diagnostic tool for individuals both sick and healthy without known CAD disease. HeartTrends is available commercially on a server-based business model (no software or hardware license charges) throughout the world and shortly within the U.S. pending FDA approval.

About Lev El Ltd.
Lev El Diagnostics of Heart Diseases Ltd. (Lev El) is a privately-held biomedical company committed to delivering innovative prognostic capabilities for accurate and reliable cardiovascular disease detection.

How To Recognize Early Warning Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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seniorwoman2By recognizing symptoms of early rheumatoid arthritis, joint inflammation can be addressed before damage to the joints occurs, thereby preventing long-term consequences of the disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease of the autoimmune system. RA occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the synovium — the lining of the membranes that surround the joints. Joint erosion may follow.

Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and director of Vital Health, Inc. explained, “Early RA tends to affect the smaller joints first, such as the joints that attach the fingers and toes feet. As the disease progresses, symptoms often spread to the wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, hips and shoulders. RA can affect the organs as well.”

RA signs and symptoms may vary in severity and may even come and go. Periods of increased disease activity, called flares, alternate with periods of relative remission. Over time, RA can cause joints to deform and shift out of place.

“Through early detection, proper management of RA can be used to optimize the health status throughout the body. If a person has early warning symptoms of RA along with a family history of RA, or already has a diagnosed autoimmune disease, it is essential they start supporting the body in order to prevent progression of the disease,” remarked Dr. Griffin.

Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of RA

1. One or more finger-knuckle joints will swell. Redness and warmth of the knuckle joints may be present.

2. Tenderness on the balls of feet, even swelling under the foot. Pain may be worse when first getting out of bed.

3. Flu-like symptoms such as low-grade fever, fatigue and possible weight loss.

4. Bumps on the elbows. Firm bumps of tissue under the skin on the arms (rheumatoid nodules).

5. Joints are stiff for more than one hour in the morning. Stiffness that lasts for several hours is generally a symptom of inflammatory arthritis, and is typical of RA. You may also feel stiffness after any period of prolonged inactivity like napping or sitting.

6. Inflammation of tendons creating pressure on your nerves. This may cause numbness, tingling, or a burning feeling in your hands referred to as carpal tunnel syndrome or in the feet as plantar fasciitis.

7. Other symptoms can include dry mouth or dry itchy inflamed eyes, chest pain when breathing and difficulty sleeping.

Prevention and Symptom Management

1. Avoid Foods That Trigger Inflammation

While some foods seem to ease inflammation, compounds in others have been found to increase it. The following foods have been attributed to raising inflammation levels in the body and should be avoided:

* Fried and processed foods

* Dairy products

* Sugar and refined carbohydrates

* Salt and preservatives

* Corn oil

* Alcohol and tobacco

* Eating hamburgers, chicken, or other meats that have been grilled or fried at high temperatures can raise the amount of advanced glycation end products (AEGs) in the blood. High levels of AGEs have been detected in people with inflammation (1)

2. Gluten’s Connection With RA

“RA is an autoimmune disease. Gluten is one of the most common food sensitivity linked to autoimmune disease,” explained Dr. Griffin who is a Certified Gluten Practitioner and trained expert in gluten and the harmful effects it can have on the body. “Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease linkage needs to be ruled out if a person has an autoimmune disease. The elimination of gluten in the diet can be so powerful that there is hope to lessen the systems of RA, possibly eliminate the need for multiple medications, and most importantly prevent other autoimmune disease.”

seniormanSymptoms of arthritis, which include joint pain and stiffness, are also symptoms of the immune response caused by celiac disease. People who are gluten sensitive or who have been diagnosed with celiac disease may experience joint pain, swelling, and stiffness if they eat foods with gluten.

These similar symptoms make celiac disease difficult to diagnose. In fact, it’s commonly confused with other conditions, such as arthritis. It is important to discuss with your doctor all of your symptoms even those that may seem unrelated. In addition to looking at the joints, especially if you have a family history of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it is important that the intestines are not overlooked for they are often the root cause.

3. Nourish the Body With Nutritional Supplements

Dr. Griffin explains, “Certain nutritional substances can help alleviate RA. Addressing nutritional deficiencies that have been genetically linked to RA and other autoimmune diseases can help prevent the diseases or slow down its progression. The most commonly observed vitamin and mineral deficiencies in patients with RA include:

* Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes. Try ProVitality Vitamin D.

* Zinc alleviates joint swelling and morning stiffness associated with RA. Many people with RA are deficient in Zinc.

* Vitamin B12 deficiency does not cause arthritis but may worsen anemia in patients with RA. Anemia is a common problem in patients with RA, according to the National Anemia Action Council. RA patients may experience anemia because of gastrointestinal bleeding caused by the chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. (2) Additionally, B6 can help elevate inflammation. Vital Essence offers B-12 Folate and Methyl-B12 Lozenge. Autoimmune conditions frequently have the MTHFR gene link, which inhibits the methylation (absorption) of B12/folic acid/B6 necessitating the need for the methylated forms of B12 and folic acid.

* Folic Acid is a B vitamin that promotes health and supports the body’s metabolism. Some common RA drugs interfere with how the body uses folic acid. As a result, many RA patients become deficient in folic acid.

* Coconut Oil appears to reduce damage caused by the overactive immune system. Try ProVitality Coconut Oil, its rich antioxidants formula can help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.

Vital Health, Inc. suggests talking to physician before beginning any supplement regimen.

About Vital Health, Inc.:

At Vital Health, Inc. Dr. Griffin integrates a whole body approach with the intention of facilitating wellbeing and optimal health amongst her clients. Dr. Griffin’s specialties include: traditional naturopathy, nutrition, EAV Meridian Stress Assessment, Food Sensitivity Screening, Environmental Screenings, Iridology, SKASYS, Live Blood Cell Analysis as well as established integrative therapies such as Neuroemotional Therapy, Neuromodulation Technique, Cold Laser and clinician for Spectracell Laboratories, Inc. Vital Health, Inc. Is located within the office complex of the Orland Park Crossing, 14225 S. 95th Avenue Suite 409, Orland Park IL, 60462. 708-226-1131. http://www.vitalhealth.org

Sources:

(1) http://www.arthritistoday.org/about-arthritis/types-of-arthritis/rheumatoid-arthritis/daily-life/nutrition/rheumatoid-arthritis-diet-2.php

(2) http://www.livestrong.com/article/394655-can-a-vitamin-b12-deficiency-cause-arthritis-symptoms

Aging And Chronic Pain: How To Start Fighting Back Early

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By Dr. Joseph Christiano

seniorexerciseFor most people, just the thought of aging can cause them to cringe. But throw in the topic of ‘chronic pain’ with ‘aging’ and you have an instant nightmare. So, why does aging and chronic pain cause us to cringe? You may say, isn’t it obvious?

Perhaps when we see our parents and/or grandparents walking bent over, using canes or walkers and making ‘old people’ sounds, we get glimpses of the obvious. But are we all doomed from the get-go or is there hope for a positive pain-free life ahead of you and me?

Curses and Blessings

In all reality the truth is, there is an epidemic of people living or better yet, suffering from chronic pain. When we understand that there are over 116,000,000 people in America alone who suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis it can easily cause a doom and gloom mental attitude regarding aging. Ask any person born between 1946 and 1964 about aging and chronic pain and you will hear many similar responses.

Chronic pain can start from an inherited genetic disorder or from a physical trauma i.e. an auto accident, sports injury or an acute painful condition from our childhood that never went away. There is no denying these painful realities but we can make decisions today that can transcend a painful life into a healthy and pain-free life for tomorrow.

Once the decision is made to be open-minded and willing to incorporate new and efficacious daily practices into our lives, we can begin to minimize and even reverse our current level of pain or chronic pain. By elevating our overall physiology through various simple steps, we can change the direction our bodies are heading so to minimize or eliminate chronic pain.

Simple Steps

From my book, “Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain,” I outline eight steps for a healthier and pain-free life. Keep in mind, much of my information comes from my own personal journey struggling with chronic pain for over 30 years. And when combined with the research and discoveries that most people are unaware of, it is not all that difficult to put an end to chronic pain.

When one develops a strong and resilient body, he or she can prevent the possible conditions that a weakened body experiences i.e. slow recovery from a trauma, a fall, sickness or disease, a weakened immune system that induces autoimmune conditions like Rheumatic Arthritis, etc.

HealthIf one would alter the foods they ingest daily and start making food selections based on their blood type, they would immediately lose excess body fat, go through a natural detox, and build a powerful pH balance in their cells. Making food selections for one’s blood type enhances energy levels, lowers cholesterol level, detoxifies the body to improve pH level or homeostasis, reach their ideal weight for life, etc.

By doing a colon detox, the body is able to rid itself of parasites and impact fecal matter that is cause numerous poor health issues. Many times, arthritic-like pain or joint pain comes from a colon that is constipated and putrefied. To complete nutritional demands, I strongly recommend that one supplements their diet with nutritional supplementations. Through advanced nutrition, we now have the ability to target specific areas i.e. glands and organs of the body with adult stem cell activators. So, one can reverse the damaged and or malfunctioning organ like the pancreas, liver, kidneys, adrenal, heart, pituitary, and more.

Aside from physical changes, when someone in pain switches their negative attitude to a positive one, they’re able to accomplish more from a neuromuscular perspective. Having a good mental attitude and being willing to change what is done on a daily basis, will help make great long-term, healthy changes.

The bottom line to dealing with chronic pain and aging is to start making healthy lifestyle changes, now. Moving you will have developed a healthy baseline that will support your life and help sustain a strong healthy and resilient body for whatever the future has to throw at you.

– Dr. Joseph Christiano ND, CNC, doctor of naturopathy and certified nutritional counselor, has spent more than 40 years leading an accomplished career in the field of health and wellness. He is president of Body Redesigning, has trained Miss America, Miss USA and Mrs. America pageant winners, and is a former Mr. Florida winner and an award-winner in the Mr. America bodybuilding championships. As the author of several books, including the best seller Bloodtypes, Body Types, and You, and his newest book, Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain Christiano has been featured in magazines such as Woman’s World, Women’s Health and Fitness, Central Florida, Iron Man, Pageantry, New Man and more, promoting the importance of living a healthy and pain-free life.

10 Early Warning Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease

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By Hooman Azmi

newsAs many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease: This is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease. [1]

Parkinson’s is characterized by a lack of dopamine in the brain which, as a result, inhibits functioning in the central nervous system. “People with Parkinson’s disease may lose up to 80% of dopamine in their bodies before symptoms appear.”[2] Early treatment can include introducing various medications that will replace, prevent the breakdown of, or mimic the properties of dopamine in the body. Deep Brain Stimulation is also a common option in patients who don’t respond to medication or who exhibit an advanced condition because it utilizes a high frequency electrode to provide stimulation to the impaired movement center of the brain.

“Early intervention is the key to a high functioning, superior quality of life. Therefore, it is crucial for people to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of this debilitating disease.” – Dr. Hooman Azmi.

According the Parkinson’s Foundation, there are 10 early warning signs of Parkinson’s disease.

They include:

* Tremors or Shaking

* Small Handwriting

* Loss of Smell

* Trouble Sleeping

* Trouble Moving or Walking

* Constipation

* A Soft or Low Voice

* Masked Face

* Dizziness or Fainting

* Stooping or Hunching Over

To learn more about Parkinson’s disease, its warning signs and treatment options, Dr. Azmi is available for interviews. Please contact Steve Allen Media at sara@steveallenmedia.com or 201-906-8251 or 661-255-8283.

– Hooman Azmi, M.D., Director of the Division of Movement Disorders at Hackensack UMC, specializes in the surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Azmi explains, “For those patients who are diagnosed early, we are able to successfully treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s with several medications and surgical procedures.”

[1] According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

[2] According to Parkinson’s Health.com

Early Retirement – What Are Your Healthcare Options?

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By Brenda Panin

seniorcoupleexercisesmallOne of the biggest concerns for retirees in today’s economy is healthcare. For those workers who are thinking of retirement prior to turning 65, health insurance can become a major consideration. Where these employees may have enjoyed the benefits of a group health insurance plan with their employers, they now find themselves faced with having to consider options on their own. Hopefully, the following ideas will help you in assessing what you can do if you are pondering an early retirement.

1. COBRA insurance- Acronym for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. This allows workers who have had group health insurance with their previous employer the opportunity to continue that same coverage at a group rate. However, the downside is that you pay the entire insurance premium which can be quite costly. You will pay your share of the cost as you may have done before, but, in addition, you now also pay the employer’s portion, an amount you may have never considered. Moreover, this coverage only lasts up to 18 months after your employment. While COBRA coverage is a relatively expensive option, it might be a short-term solution if you are within a few months of turning 65 and qualifying for Medicare.

2. Employer-offered retiree health insurance – Some employers may offer their own retiree insurance plans to long-term employees. Usually, a formula of combining your age and years of employment is used to determine eligibility. Keep in mind that this is not the same as COBRA coverage, but insurance plans that are specifically set up for retirees. Due to the, you may want to check with your employer early on if you are seriously considering early retirement.

3. Spouse insurance – If your spouse works and has individual coverage through his or her employment, consider having them check to see if their insurance can be converted to a family health plan. The additional premium may cost less than other options.

Unfortunately, many early retirees have to return to full-time work to obtain health care benefits.

4. Part-time employment insurance – Unfortunately, many early retirees have to return to full-time work to obtain health care benefits. However, there are companies that offer part-time employees full health benefits after a period of time. Similar to the COBRA insurance, if you are within a few months to a year of turning 65, this could be a temporary solution until getting Medicare.

5. Private insurance – This is perhaps the most costly option. While other options may involve employer group discounts, purchasing private insurance offers no such discount. Also, while pre-existing conditions may not be a factor when dealing with former employers or coverage through a spouse, starting fresh with a private insurance company may be different.

6. High-deductible catastrophic insurance – This option allows for a low premium, but carries a high deductible and only covers major medical or catastrophic occurrences. This option may not be preferable for younger retirees whose out-of-pocket costs for other medical needs would be quite high.

Undoubtedly, the recent health reform laws have an impact on the foregoing options. With a great number of workers now retiring between the ages of 55 to 64, recent health care reform laws have targeted businesses to offer more employer-sponsored health plans and in some cases are offered incentives to do so. As well, the new laws have prohibited private insurance companies from denying insurance based on pre-existing conditions.

Above all, whatever option or path you happen to pursue regarding early retirement healthcare, start your research early and investigate your options. Obviously, your choices will be different if your only just a few months away from 65 rather than a few years.

– Brenda Panin is a passionate blogger interested in health and fitness. In her free time she enjoys exercising, preparing healthy meals for her family and reading books and articles related to health insurance and new policies.

Early Rehabilitation For Hearing Loss Has Better Outcome

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By Christopher R. Watson

humanearHearing loss can affect individuals as early as infancy, and as late as their senior years. Regardless of when the hearing loss occurs, it is important for anyone experiencing a hearing issue to visit a hearing specialist as soon as possible. With infants and toddlers, hearing issues are sometimes hard to detect at first, but early signs may include the child not responding when their name is called out or not responding to snapping or clapping sounds when the person making these sounds is out of view. For adults, hearing loss can be gradual, and many people simply chalk it up to the natural process of aging. The problem with this theory is that without treatment, the hearing can rapidly decrease due to the fact that the brain will eventually lose the ability to completely process audible sound and recognize common speech patterns.

Are You Experiencing Hearing Loss?

If you are starting to notice subtle differences in the way that you hear, these small factors could point to the early signs of hearing loss. Early signs in adults may include the need to ask people to repeat themselves when speaking, difficulty following conversations with more than one speaker, difficulty in registering what is being said by someone else unless directly facing them, the impression that people are mumbling or slurring, a buzzing or ringing sound in the ears, and the need to turn the television or radio up even when it is at an acceptable level for others in the room.

Advancements in Hearing Aids

In situations where the hearing loss is extremely low, complete hearing can often be restored with the implementation of a hearing aid. For individuals with advanced hearing loss, a hearing aid can greatly improve their overall hearing ability, allowing for even the softest sounds to be heard. Today’s hearing aids are small and compact, so wearers do not have to worry about carrying around a bulky box, and they can keep their hearing loss to themselves if they are concerned about other’s reactions.

Today’s digital hearing aids are also specifically designed to completely eliminate strong feedback, which in turn allows for easy listening in virtually any environment, no matter how crowded it may be. Many digital hearing aids also have additional Bluetooth capabilities, allowing wearers to connect their cell phones and audio devices directly to the unit.

Take a Hearing Test

If you are ready to make a positive change in your hearing ability, you can start by contacting a hearing specialist for a consultation. They will conduct a series of hearing tests in order to properly diagnose your level of hearing loss, and will advise on the best type of hearing device to suit your specific hearing needs. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you are experiencing hearing loss, and today’s hearing aid technology makes it easy and convenient to wear your hearing aid in a discreet and comfortable fashion. By taking the first step in treating your hearing condition, the world will sound a lot sweeter for you in the days to come.

– Christopher R. Watson is an audiologist. His passion is helping people, and he enjoys sharing his insights on the importance of hearing health by blogging on a variety of websites. Click for more information about Healthy Hearing.

Most Mothers Give Infants Solid Food Too Early

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babyFrom Your Health Journal…..”My regular visitors here know I always love to promote a site called My Health News Daily – as they always have such wonderful, informative health articles. Today’s article is written by Rachael Rettner entitled Most Mothers Give Infants Solid Food Too Early. New findings each day help us to understand the beginnings of childhood obesity. We know an epidemic is taking place now, not just with children, but adults. And, obesity related illness is also on the rise, which include heart disease, asthma, cancer, weak joints, and type 2 diabetes. Sedentary lifestyle, along with lack of physical activity is a major culprit to the developing problem. Now, in a study, 40 percent of mothers said they gave their infants solid foods before the age of 4 months, which is earlier than recommended. About 24 percent of mothers who breast-fed, and 53 percent of mothers who formula-fed, gave their babies solid food too early. Studies have also linked the early introduction of solid foods with an increased risk of chronic diseases later in life, such as obesity and eczema. In addition, starting babies on solid foods early may reduce the duration of breastfeeding, and breastfeeding itself has been shown to have many health benefits for kids. I encourage you all to visit the My Health News Daily web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. I thought it was well written and informative.”

From the article…..

In the study, 40 percent of mothers said they gave their infants solid foods before the age of 4 months, which is earlier than recommended. About 24 percent of mothers who breast-fed, and 53 percent of mothers who formula-fed, gave their babies solid food too early.

At the time the study was conducted (between 2005 and 2007), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended infants start solid foods no earlier than 4 months. Currently, the AAP recommends waiting until 6 months. Until that time, the AAP recommends breast milk as the sole food for infants (along with necessarily vitamin supplements).

The new findings are concerning because infants may not be developmentally ready for solid foods before 4 months of age (they may have troubling eating and swallow the food properly), the researchers said. Studies have also linked the early introduction of solid foods with an increased risk of chronic diseases later in life, such as obesity and eczema. In addition, starting babies on solid foods early may reduce the duration of breastfeeding, and breastfeeding itself has been shown to have many health benefits for kids.

The findings highlight the need for better communication about when mothers should start their infants on solid foods, and the risks of giving these foods too early, said study researcher Kelley Scanlon, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.

The study surveyed 1,334 women before they gave birth, and nearly every month during the first year of the baby’s life. Moms were asked to report any solid foods their babies ate in the last week.

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