Seven Things Everyone Should Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb and The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. It is an article from June, but still contains valuable information. Please share your thoughts below…..

didyouknow?The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation dispels common myths about sudden cardiac arrest and urges the public to learn CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators during the first week of June, National CPR-AED Awareness Week.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting about 326,200 people of all ages outside hospitals every day. Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey and husband of Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, was one of its recent victims.

During this week alone, about 6,250 unsuspecting victims will suffer SCA, most of them (70%) at home. Their hearts will unexpectedly stop beating and blood will no longer flow to the brain and throughout the body. They will collapse, breathe abnormally or not at all, and may appear to be having seizures. In essence, they will be dead—and they will stay this way unless bystanders work to restore their heartbeats by starting CPR and defibrillation immediately.

Unfortunately, only one-third of SCA victims receives CPR from bystanders and fewer than five percent are treated with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before EMS arrives at the scene. But for every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, the chances of survival decrease by 7-10%. As a result, only 11 percent of victims typically survive. Yet survival rates could double or triple if more people knew what to do when SCA strikes. In fact, as many as 30,000 additional lives could be saved each year.

Why don’t more people know and use these fundamental lifesaving skills? For one thing, not enough schools include CPR-AED instruction as a requirement for high school graduation. In addition, seven common myths may be barriers to bystander action, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, which counters with the following facts.

Myth No. 1: SCA is rare. Fact: The number of people who die from SCA each day is equivalent to the number who would die if two jet planes crashed every single day killing nearly everyone on board.

Myth: No. 2: SCA is the same as a heart attack. Fact: Heart attack is like a plumbing problem. When people have heart attacks, they are awake and their hearts are beating. SCA is like an electrical problem. When people have SCA, they are not awake and their hearts are not beating. Heart attacks can lead to SCA, but there are many other causes, usually related to heart rhythm disorders.

Myth No. 3: SCA only happens to the elderly. Fact: SCA happens to people of all ages, including more than 6,000 people under the age of 18 each year.

Myth No. 4: SCA only happens to people with a history of heart problems. Fact: SCA is often the first indication of a heart problem.

Myth No. 5: Victims are better off waiting for professional help to arrive. Fact: Time is of the essence. Immediate bystander intervention can mean the difference between life and death.

Myth No. 6: Only trained personnel are allowed to use AEDs. Fact: Despite antiquated signage that sometimes accompanies the devices, AEDs may be used effectively by anyone who can follow visual and voice prompts.

Myth No. 7: AEDs can hurt people by shocking them inappropriately. Fact: SCA victims are dead. Rescuer actions can only help. AEDs are safe and effective and will not shock the heart unless shocks are needed to restore a healthy heartbeat.

Given the facts and the tremendous opportunity to save so many more lives, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges the public to seek CPR and AED training during National CPR-AED Awareness Week. “Our growing national survivor network is a testament to the fact that immediate CPR and defibrillation really does save lives,” said Mary Newman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation president. “Since most cardiac arrests occur in the home, taking a few minutes now to learn CPR and how to use an AED could mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.”

Here’s what to do when SCA strikes:

1. Call 9-1-1 and follow dispatcher instructions.

2. Start CPR. Press hard and fast on the center of the chest at a rate of 100 beats per minute (e.g., to the tune of “Tears on My Guitar” by Taylor Swift).

3. Use the nearest AED as quickly as possible.

For information on training resources or to join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, visit http://www.sca-aware.org. For information on the AED Readiness Project, click here. To support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, click here.

About the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national community benefit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and saving lives. Programs include educational campaigns for secondary schools and colleges and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, an online community that provides peer support and opportunities for survivors and family members to participate in awareness, advocacy, and research initiatives.

5 Important Things To Know About TLIF

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doctorWhen it comes to spinal fusion surgeries, all types are definitely not alike. Case in point: TLIF surgery – a minimally invasive way to fuse together painful vertebrae so they heal into a single, solid bone – entails its own unique approach and purpose, helping many chronic back pain sufferers find lasting relief, according to Praveen Kadimcherla, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center.

TLIF is just one of several forms of minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery, also known as MIS fusion. But the terminology surrounding this surgery, how it’s done and what benefits it offers can seem confusing to those with spine problems that aren’t effectively treated with more conservative measures such as medication, rest or physical therapy, Dr. Kadimcherla says.

“While MIS fusion surgery has been commonplace since the 1990s, TLIF is among the most innovative newer approaches to back surgery available today for lower back pain,” adds Dr. Kadimcherla, who completed two spinal surgery fellowships and is a published author on spine disorders and treatment. Dr. Kadimcherla explains 5 points that are important to understand about TLIF:

What is TLIF?

TLIF is short for oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion, offering both a name and a description of its technique. “It’s the angle taken when the surgeon gains access to the spine from a posterolateral view, which is the approach taken through a patient’s back and just to the side of the vertebrae,” Dr. Kadimcherla notes.

Who undergoes TLIF surgery?

This type of surgery, which stops vertebral bones in the spine from painfully “grinding” together, is typically advised for patients coping with ongoing lower back pain from a wide range of causes, including:

* Bulging discs

* Degenerative disc disease, a chain of events in the discs that occurs naturally as we age

* Disc tears – a painful crack or tear in the outer shell of a disc when it begins to toughen or dry up

* Failed back surgery, which occurs for a variety of reasons such as inaccurate diagnosis or improper healing

* Facet joint syndrome, which is degeneration and arthritic changes occurring in facet joints between vertebrae commonly caused by aging and wear-and-tear

* Foraminal stenosis, a narrowing of the spaces between vertebrae due to displaced bone or soft tissue

How is TLIF performed?

Like other MIS fusion procedures, TLIF is done with special tools known as tubular retractors, which are placed into a tiny incision and through soft tissues to the designated spot on the spine. But unlike other types of MIS fusion, TLIF surgery is approached through the patient’s back just to the side of the vertebrae. Since such a small incision is used, the surgeon doesn’t have to move, remove or alter major muscles, normal bone structures, or nerve bundles. At the area needing repair, the surgeon implants material such as a bone graft that maintains proper spacing of the vertebrae as the bones grow together. The entire procedure typically takes about 90 minutes or less.

What is recovery from TLIF like?

Because TLIF is both minimally invasive and minimally disruptive to tissues surrounding the spine, the procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and recovery is swift. “Many patients are able to get up, walk around and return home within a few hours after surgery,” Dr. Kadimcherla says. “After the initial recovery, many patients benefit from a course of physical therapy to help their back muscles become stronger and more flexible.”

What are the advantages of TLIF?

The benefits of TLIF are compelling, Dr. Kadimcherla says, including minimal blood loss during surgery and a lower risk of needing a blood transfusion during this technique compared with traditional “open” spinal fusion surgery using a much longer incision. Additionally, TLIF patients typically need less pain medication after surgery.

“Many TLIF patients resume their normal recreational activities within weeks – not months or longer – because this procedure is so kind to surrounding tissues,” Dr. Kadimcherla says. “It offers remarkable results.”

– Atlantic Spine Center is a nationally recognized leader for endoscopic spine surgery with several locations in NJ and NYC. http://www.atlanticspinecenter.com, http://www.atlanticspinecenter.nyc Praveen Kadimcherla, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center.

Facts You Should Know About STDs

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

teensApril is STD awareness month so there is no better time to remind adults of the facts about sexually transmitted diseases, and to inform teens about the facts. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the U.S. according to a 2014 report. That’s more than 54,000 new cases each day, so the chances of getting infected are high. In a recent survey with Planned Parent, 95% of women surveyed rarely or never used protection during oral sex, and 58% of them had sex without the use of a condom. This is especially alarming when you take into account that these are not monogamous couples.

The importance of educating women and men to have the sex talk with their partner before sex ever begins cannot be overlooked, and it all begins with straight talk. Women surveyed were more reluctant to bring up the topic of condom use, and taking the pill or using a barrier to prevent pregnancy does nothing to protect from an STD.

According to the American Social Health Organization, one in four teens in the U.S. becomes infected with an STD each year. By the age of 25 half of all sexually active young adults will get an STD this especially scary since not all STDs can be cured.

How to prevent an STD:

* Practicing abstinence is the only sure way to prevent STDs. Don’t have sex until you are ready to deal with every possible consequence that may happen.

* Talk about sexual health with your partner before you have sex.

* Use a condom.

* Practice monogamy. This means you agree to have sex with only one person and they mutually agree to only have sex with you. If you don’t trust them, why are you sleeping with them?

* Get checked for STDs if you have any concerns. Don’t risk giving the infection to someone else.

* Don’t use alcohol or drugs before you have sex as it distorts your thinking and decreases your ability to make healthy choices.

How to stop the spread of STDs:

* If you have an STD, stop having sex until you see a doctor and are treated.

* Follow your doctor’s instructions for treatment.

* Return to your doctor to get rechecked and don’t resume sex until you are cleared of your STD.

* Be sure your sex partner or partners are notified and get treatment.

* Always insist and be adamant that your health is first and listen to your doctor instead of your partner.

If you are concerned about having an STD, the best thing you can do for your health is to ask your healthcare provider for an STD screening. It may be embarrassing but it may also save your life. Many STDs can be easily diagnosed and treated. If either you or your partner is affected, you will both have to be treated at the same time to prevent getting re-infected. Your health must never take second place to your feelings of embarrassment or fear of losing your partner.

Please review this site for more information about STDs:

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/28749816/what-you-should-know-about-sexually-transmitted-diseases.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at maryjorapini.com.

How To Know If Your Shoes Are Healthy

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By Dana Smith

joggerIt is more than obvious that just like so many other things that we ignore in life, shoes also sit happily ignored in the wardrobe. Do you ever bother about anything else than the brand that you have purchased them from or their color?

Because we lack both information and the will to read about shoes, we end up not realizing that lack of information converts to a bad purchase when we purchase something as important as a running pair. Research has it that wearing shoe that are not of your size or those that do not suit your feet’s shape, can ruin your posture, feet and spine. Because people have slowly started realizing the importance of wearing the right type of shoes, there is a lot being researched and written about the topic.

The fact that majority of people consider footwear only to be an accessory highlights that many are still not aware of the benefits of the right fit and comfort. It is important to understand that more fancy the shoe, the more noticeable will the positive heel of the footwear will be. This goes particularly for the women. On the other hand, the more athletic the footwear the more cushioned it will be. It would be right to point out here that out of the two – heels and cushioned – there is no one variety that can be labeled as perfect. In fact, both cushioned shoes and the ones with heel have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

While it is essential to wear shoes while walking or running, research points out there are far more benefits of barefoot running. So, how about purchasing those footwear for running, which give the same advantages as being barefoot? Wondering what are the advantages of being barefoot? Listed are a few:

1. One advantage of walking or running barefoot is that it makes the muscles of legs and feet stronger. This happens because an individual needs to develop balance and stabilizing movements to run or walk with no shoes on.

2. A number of knee and ankle related issues arise because of the unnatural way in which one walks because of his/her footwear. Being barefoot addresses this problem.

3. Mid-foot strike is something that no footwear leaves room for. However, mid-foot strike is necessary for proper walking.

4. When the heel lift of your shoes is removed, the muscles of the calf gain strength and also lengthen. This can also reduce injuries such as Achilles tendinitis.

Despite the various benefits of going barefoot, the new world does not stick to this simple way out of reducing leg and feet injuries. There are a number of brands that market their shoes as ‘fit for running’ or ‘right for walking’; however, all of them are focused only on cash flows. The best way to reap the benefits of barefoot running is to buy shoes that have minimum support. You should consider purchasing brands like shoes in case you go running. Because these sneakers offer minimum support, it feels almost like running barefoot. Because there is no heel in these shoes, you can be assured of stronger calf muscles and toned legs. Moreover, since these shoes are durable you don’t have to worry about wear and tear. At times, you can even wear Vans, but these would be good for walking.

– This post is provided by Dana Smith. She is currently writing on Converse shoes.

Did You Know Your Feet Can Make Your Back Hurt?

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By Dr. William Charschan

doctorA study in the Medical Journal of Rhumatology1 suggests that women who walk with flat feet are 50 percent more prone to lower back pain than those who have high or normal arches.

While this has been suspected for many years, and researchers such as Brian Rothbart2 have written about this with his concept of bio implosion, there is more to back pain than just flat feet, high arches and being female.

Body style and asymmetry, combined with flat feet or lower arches almost guarantees you will experience lower back pain. The reason is because flat feet are inefficient, causing the leg to be in a poor alignment anatomically with the ground, and as a result, is more stressful on the ankle, foot, knee and lower back as the person walks. If one leg is different than the other, it will creating an unequal loading on the pelvis creating a condition called tortipelvis.

The reason this causes lower back pain is because the body as you walk engages the pelvis first and the legs second. If the pelvis works differently on one side, as compared to the other, the effect on the pelvis is similar to taking a towel and twisting it.

This torsion, with the unequal weight distribution it causes affects the way you walk, and the myofascia which is the connective tissue that covers the muscles surrounding the pelvis distorts the pelvis

This torsion, with the unequal weight distribution it causes affects the way you walk, and the myofascia which is the connective tissue that covers the muscles surrounding the pelvis distorts the pelvis. The end result is sacroiliac pain, leg pain, knee pain, foot pain and even upper body and neck pain as the upper body compensates.

The effect is lower back problems and chronic pain. The solution is to find someone who understands the problems are greater than just looking at the lower back; you need a healthcare provider who looks at the entire body.

The book Cheating Mother Nature, what you need to know to beat chronic pain is a great resource for anyone who suffers from lower back pain since it explains what happens, allows people to understand why they hurt and how to find the right healthcare provider to help them get relief.

Often people see chiropractors as being the most effective resource for lower back pain, however, there is more to lower back pain than just the lower back. Find someone who looks at you, not just the symptoms you arrived with for the best relief of lower back pain.

– Cheating Mother Nature, what you need to know to beat chronic pain is available through Amazon.com and other booksellers. Dr. William Charschan is a chiropractic sports physician with offices in Scotch Plains and North Brunswick NJ. Find out more by visiting www.backfixer1.com

References

1. http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/09/17/rheumatology.ket298.abstract
2. http://www.rothbartsite.com/uploads/Chronic_LBP.pdf

What You Need To Know About Laser Skin Tightening

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seniorwoman2It happens to all of us as we get older. We look in the mirror and see the bags, wrinkles, and loose skin changing the face that was once so easily recognizable to us. In a desperate attempt to continue to look as young as we feel, we start looking for remedies: moisturizers to smooth out wrinkles; morning creams that claim to get rid of the bags under our eyes; specialized lotions that tighten the skin over time.

The problem with turning to these remedies is that few of them are truly effective. Since 2010, more and more people have turned to laser skin tightening treatments to help do away with the problem. Like any medical treatment, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into in terms of your long-term health.

Before turning to laser skin tightening treatments, it is important to educate yourself on the following:

• What is laser skin tightening?

• Can I get the treatment?

• How do I find a doctor?

• How is the treatment done?

• Does it require multiple treatments?

• What is the recovery period?

• How long does the treatment last?

• What are the risks and side effects?

What is laser skin tightening?

As people age, they lose elasticity in the skin, which causes fine lines and wrinkles. Laser skin tightening is a non-invasive alternative to having a complete face lift. The treatments are designed to stimulate collagen growth to create smoother skin and a more youthful appearance. There is very little down-time with this treatment, which is part of what makes it so popular.

Can I get the treatment?

Typically, the ideal age for laser skin tightening is between 30 to 60 years of age. Patients with major health issues are advised against the procedure because of potential risks involved with the treatment for skin tightening vs. the treatments that the health issues may require. The treatment is also ideal for patients who are only looking to resolve small problems. If there is a lot of sagging, you may be advised to consider the treatment with a face lift, or just to do the face life procedure to gain the best results.

The only way to be sure if you are a good candidate for the treatment is to schedule a consultation, be honest about your health and your goals, and let the experts decide.

How do I find a doctor?

doctorThere are facilities all over the US that are approved to complete the procedure. When looking for a doctor, make sure that they are using treatments that are FDA approved. The office should have no problem providing you with the information, and if they refuse it is a pretty good sign to look elsewhere. During your consultation, ask the doctor for references from previous patients, and ask to see a portfolio of before and after photos. These should give you a good gauge of his/her work.

How is the treatment done?

Infrared laser and radio-frequencies (RF) are emitted from a device that looks akin to a vacuum head against the skin. There is no suction involved. Instead, the skin is treated with the infrared and RF waves, which is designed to stimulate collagen growth that tightens the skin. Patients tend to experience a warm sensation on the skin where the treatment is applied, and in some cases there is minor discomfort, much like a rubber-band snapping lightly against the skin as it tightens.

Since the treatment is non-invasive, no anesthesia is required. There is only minor discomfort, which only lasts for a few minutes after the procedure is complete. The treatment itself takes between 30-60 minutes depending on individual treatment needs.

Does it require multiple treatments?

Not necessarily. Depending on the level of treatment required, you may need more than one treatment. Generally, only those who have more lines and sagging in the skin require more than one treatment to complete the skin tightening process.

What is the recovery period?

Since the treatment is non-invasive, recovery is generally very quick. Patients are out the door the same day they walk in. The doctor will give you a home treatment that is generally necessary for 2-5 days after the treatment. This regimen includes applying specialized SPF lotions to the skin to prevent the sun from damaging the collagen cells before they get a chance to fully recover. Results can take anyway from 3 to 6 months to come to complete fruition.

How long does the treatment last?

The length of effective time for the treatment after the procedure is complete depends on the individual. Exposure to the sun changes the lasting effects by individual and intensity of the original treatment. Typically, patients will return every 6 to 12 months for follow-up procedures that are not as extensive as the initial treatment.

What are the risks and side effects?

The treatment is FDA approved, and there are no significant risks involved. Some patients report minor side effects, such as redness and swelling of the skin, but these only last for a few days after the procedure. In rare cases, patients may experience mild pigment discoloration, bruising, or blisters.

– Submitted by Katherine Smith

What Do You know About Tooth Extractions?

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By Dana Smith

toothYour teeth play very many important roles in everyday life and among them are eating and talking. Keeping your teeth healthy is very important as it helps prevent unnecessary suffering. Whenever you experience aches in your teeth, it may be important to visit tooth extraction dentist who will uproot the affected tooth and do dental implants. The reason for this is that the decaying tooth may pass over the infection to others pretty quickly. Even other parts of your teeth may not only be sore, but also aching hence there is need to consult a professional dentist who will help carry out implant procedures.

Types of Tooth Removal Procedures

Your dental professional will carry out a check and figure out if you will need back or front tooth replacement. Back tooth replacement is more challenging because the area is far away and so it cannot be reached with ease. But the challenge with replacing front teeth is the pain which is caused by the many nerves which are available in the area. But generally, dental extractions and replacements are neither harmful nor painful, unlike many people have made it appear.

Bridging is the most ideal option when you want a replacement for one tooth and this procedure can only be successful if the two adjacent teeth are available to support the bride which is to be installed. It entails a metallic joint and requires chipping the lower sections of the adjacent teeth. Most implants are made with metal bridges and the tooth is removable, unlike the bridge which will remain permanently on the gum area.

Types of Bridges

There are two main kinds of bridges: vertical and horizontal. It is the horizontal bridge which requires support from two teeth that lie adjacent to the side of the bridge. On the other hand, a vertical bridge is inserted just within the gum. It’s also possible for your dentist to install the bridge by using a flipper which offers more comfort. In this approach, the flipper gets wrapped around the gum while the teeth just stay in their respective place.

However, the use of crowns has become more common in cosmetic dentistry and has been the preferred option when root canal surgery and partial teeth replacements are necessary. The decayed teeth are replaced with a synthetic product which looks and operates just like an ordinary tooth. Crowns can last for longer and could even be used to chew food without fear of feeling pain.

What to do During the Healing Process

There are certain precautionary measures which you should consider during the healing process. Dentist is able offer you the best advice to help with the healing process. If you don’t follow them, there are chances that you will experience some complications. Any sucking activity such as sipping and smoking must be avoided. Sneezing or blowing balloons and related tasks should also be avoided as this could disturb the healing process. Before you use your teeth for normal activities, it is imperative for you to wait until the socket heals. It’s also prudent that you avoid heavy exercises as they may cause bleeding.

– This post is created by Dana Smith. She is currently associated with Spokane dentist, In this post she is sharing the tips of tooth extraction.

How Do You Know When You’re Happy?

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By Kac Young Ph.D, ND, DCH

happyI thought this was the most ridiculous question I’d ever heard. And then it got me thinking. Of course I know when I’m happy….but do I really see it and feel it? A question like that always sends me off to research the issue. Sometime we think we’re happy because we’re on vacation, or we’re following a plan that is supposed to be happy-making.

I found many opinions about happiness and I assimilated about 30 articles into these seven points.

You’ll know you’re happy when:

1) You have a clear sense of who you are, what you want to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it.

2) You have plenty of energy and enthusiasm for life.

3) You see your future as bright and optimistic.

4) You are enjoying the present.

5) You focus on what you are best at and utilize your talents.

6) You enjoy spending time with others and you know they enjoy spending time with you.

7) You’re okay with the fact that not everything is perfect and life is a work in progress.

If you feel that you are undirected and don’t know what you want, seek a counselor, mentor or an advisor who can help you address your direction.

If you feel lethargic and unmotivated, get yourself moving; join a gym, take walks, get your body active.

If you are depressed seek professional or spiritual help for your despondency.

If you aren’t enjoying life, ask yourself the tough questions, why not? Then start making the necessary changes to increase your enjoyment.

Make a list of your talents and how you are using them. If you spot any roadblocks, remove them and get on with bringing your gifts to the world.

If you spend more time on social networks than out with others, you need to put down those electronics and have some face time with your friends. You can read more about it in The Atlantic Monthly article: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/05/is-facebook-making-us-lonely/308930/

The last marker may be the single most important step in the list. If you’re okay knowing that life isn’t necessarily perfect, that it has ups and down, currents and tides, that it is chaotic and unpredictable and if you can somehow make yourself okay with that constant ebb and flow of change, and you can laugh about it, then you’re happy.

After all, we laugh at the comedy in life, the oddities in nature and the foibles of ourselves and others. If your favorite sitcom or comedy movie had perfect situations and events that always worked out right, would you have found any enjoyment in that? Hardly. We laugh at the ironies, the faux pas and the slips on the banana peels.

If you want to have all seven happiness points in your life, list each one of them and start clarifying how you can expand each area. Work on only one at a time until you get it where you feel it is complete, then move on to the next area. In no time at all, you’ll realize that you are, in fact, happy.

– 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. The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies is her latest book about self- healing that provides a short cut to natural remedies we can use to improve our life and well being.