What Is A Healthy Diet?

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By Lisa Henard

healthycartA healthy diet is a diet that helps maintain or improve your overall health. It provides the body with the necessary nutrients it needs, including amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, calories and fluids. In order to receive the necessary nutrients, you must eat a well-balanced diet consisting of the five main food groups, which include proteins, dairy products, fats, sugars, whole grains and fruits and vegetables.

What is the Food Pyramid?

According the Everyday health, the USDA developed a food pyramid to help remember how many servings your body needs from each food group. Today’s Food Pyramid has changed since its original inception in 1974 in Sweden. The USDA developed their own version in 1992. Since then it has been updated twice- once in 2005 and then in 2011 the food pyramid was replaced by MyPlate in 2011.

Whether you use the Food Pyramid or the updated MyPlate, you should eat at least six servings of grains daily with at least 3 of those grains being whole grains; five servings of vegetables, for a total of 2 1/2 cups of veggies, four 1/2 cup servings of fruits, 3 cups of dairy daily (choose either low-fat or fat-free dairy products), 2 or 3 servings of lean protein equaling 5.5 ounces, 6 teaspoons of monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats and between 100 and 300 calories of food with fats or sugars, such as a dessert.

How You Eat Is as Important as What You Eat

Medical News Today reports that when you eat is as important as what you eat. A study at Tel Aviv University in Israel, determined that eating a large breakfast consisting of about 600 calories can help you lose weight and lower your risk of developing several preventable diseases, including high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. Eating early in the day helps to boost metabolism. The next most important meal of the day is lunch. This meal should consist of approximately 300 calories. Dinner should consist of approximately 500 calories. This will allow one snack of 100 calories daily.
Water the Fluid of Life

Don’t drink your calories! Instead of choosing drinks high in calories, choose water. In general, you should aim to consume between a 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce of water for every pound you weigh. This means if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink 80 to 160 ounces of water each day. The way to determine a more accurate amount of water is to consider your lifestyle. If you have an active lifestyle, you will need to drink the larger amount of water. If you are less active, you will need to drink the smaller amount of water.

Activity Levels Matter

The last thing to consider when trying to become healthy is your activity level. You should aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. If you have trouble taking out 30 minutes for exercise, try breaking it down into 3, 10-minute bursts of exercise. This will help ensure you get up and get moving to help protect your health.

healthywordsA healthy diet must contain items from the Food Pyramid, including fats, sugars, proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and dairy products. This will ensure that you are receiving adequate vitamins, minerals, amino acids, calories and fatty acids. In addition to eating a sensible diet, you must receive adequate fluids and maintain an active lifestyle to stay healthy.

You also want to make sure you are getting a full ration of nutrients, vitamins and supplements maintaining a balanced diet, exercise, nutrition, and taking necessary vitamins will ensure you remain healthy, in shape, and active.

Lisa is a freelance writer that loves to live life to its fullest. After years of caring for the elderly and working in a local hospital, Lisa put her knowledge to work as a freelance health writer specializing in vitamins and supplements. Even in the most difficult times, Lisa is filled with joy and peace. Those who know her often say that Lisa’s joyful and bubbly personality is addictive.

What Your Desk Secretly Says About You

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

workdeskAre you the kind of person who needs to keep things in sight so you’ll remember to accomplish them? Or, are you able to file things out of sight and still remember to complete them, or where you put them? Are you a list maker or a post-it freak or are you 100% electronic? Pam Young and Peggy Jones, The Sidetracked Home Executives wrote: “you’re either born organized or you’re born sidetracked;” it’s genetic, they believe, like having blue or brown eyes. Your DNA might very well influence what your desk looks like.

There is also a psychology profile behind how you work. Is your mess preventing you from being your best and most efficient self? Are you hiding behind stacks of work in order to appear like you’re busy and worthwhile? Or, no matter what it looks like to others, are you able to put your hands on exactly what you need with speed and clarity making you appear sleek and efficient?

Every disorganized stack on your desk requires space in your head to remember what it is and where pieces of information are located. If you file things in an orderly fashion, you free up memory cells and psychic space which, in turn, leaves more room for creativity. If you’re always looking for paperwork, reports, or “stuff” then you’re wasting valuable time backtracking instead of moving ahead.

Here are five tips to solve your desk clutter:

1. Take everything off your desk and put it on the floor. (Yes, the floor.)

2. Sort through the stuff. Find two wastebaskets and throw out everything that isn’t essential to your work.

3. Think of your desk as a pilot sees a cock pit: keep only those things in front of you that you frequently use.

4. Buy a two-tiered tray for your paperwork and create a to-do list in a spiral note book or electronically. Label each tier: 1) ACTIVE paperwork; 2) COMPLETED paperwork (ready to send on or file). Follow the to-do list to accomplish Active tasks.

5. Calendar a time to file once a week. Put your favorite music on, turn off the phone and file for 15 minutes. Don’t put this off.

These five actions will keep you organized so you can be more efficient and creative.

On the other hand, Albert Einstein had a very messy desk, as did Mark Twain and Steve Jobs. Does that mean that if your desk is messy, you’re a genius? You can certainly try to promote that concept, but you’re the only one who knows if this is true or not for you. Consider this quote from Albert Einstein, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?” You’ll have to really give that some thought. In the meantime, unless your IQ is over 160, clear your clutter!

– Kac Young has a PhD in Natural Health, a Doctorate in Naturopathy and a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. She is a former television producer/director, a licensed Religious Science Minister, a spiritual counselor and the author of 11 books. Please visit kacyoung.com

What Do I Want To Do When I Grow Up – Part 2

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By Diane Lang

Continued from Part 1

consultLast week we discussed finding your true calling. This week is the work week. Go get a pen and a piece of paper and get ready to answer some important question to help you make the decision: “What do I want to do when I grow up?”

This post is a coaching session for yourself. Make sure to be in a quiet spot where you won’t get disturbed. Be completely honest and don’t judge your answers. There is no right or wrong career path or journey.

Lets start off with your dreams:

1. What careers/bushiness do you find yourself daydreaming about?

2. What were your dreams as a child – when you were in Elementary school – what did you dream of being when you grew up before reality hit?

3. Why didn’t you fulfill that dream – a lot of times we don’t fulfill our dreams due to outside reasons that we heard from our parents, friends, society, etc.

For Example:

* Music, Art, writing, modeling/acting, etc – those aren’t real careers, the odds of you making it are slim.

* You wont make it through all that schooling.

* We can’t afford all that schooling

* Don’t you want to follow in the family business?

This is just a few of the reasons we stray away from our real dreams.

4.What is your career now? do you like it? What part do you still like and what parts of your career don’t serve you anymore?

5. Could you take your current career and mold it into more of a fit for who you are today and your lifestyle?

Value System:

1. What do you value?

2. Does your career match your value system?

3. Does the company you work for match your values?

4. What legacy/footprints do I want to leave behind?

5. What moves me in life- If I was an activist, what group of people would it be for?

6. How would I want my kids to describe me?

7. What changes do I want to see in the world?

Hobbies:

joggers1. What are your hobbies?

2. Could you make your hobby into a career and would you want to?

3. Could you see your hobby becoming a full -time career – I know a lot of my clients love working out and being active but when asked if they could do it all day, there answer is clearly no. So, this would mean its just a hobby which is fine but for some there hobby could be a career.

4. If you could see your hobby as a full -time career why haven’t you pursued it? What is stopping you?

Skills/Gifts:

1. What are your strengths? Weaknesses? If you don’t know its time for a personality test.

2. What personality traits do you have that stand out? Make you unique?

3. What can you offer others?

4. What do you feel you are qualified to teach either out of love for the topic, experience/education for the topic that you feel confident and passionate for or a genuine need to help others in this particular topic.

Dislikes

1 What don’t you like or want to get involved in? For example – anything with math is a complete dislike for me.

You don’t want to just ask the question: What do I want to do when I grow up?
You want a whole lifestyle that works for you so you need to be self-aware of who you are?

A few other tips

1. Have realistic expectations

2. Be patient – nothing changes over night

3. Your next career doesn’t have to be HUGE or change the world, it just needs to make you happy.

4. Be true to your values if not the career wont match your value system and you will end up unbalanced and unhappy.

5. Don’t let fear be the reason you don’t move ahead – step outside your comfort zone and take a risk but start small. ” Baby Steps”

Diane Lang, MA, Counseling educator

Q & A: What is Holistic Medicine?

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Q & A with Dr. Michael Wald

informationred1. Is there a difference between the terms holistic, alternative, complimentary, integrated and natural healthcare?

Answer: Yes. Although there are no universally decided upon definitions of these terms, here are some reasonable definitions:

a.) Holistic – Holistic implies that the practitioner is open-minded towards a variety of healing modalities no matter where they come from (i.e., from traditional medicine or natural medicine). However, many holistic practitioners consider themselves holistic even though they only practice natural medicine and do not ever refer to medical doctors.

b.) Alternative – This term commonly implies that the practitioner and his/her approaches are not found in mainstream medicine and are therefore considered alternative. These approaches are considered “not medically necessary” or “not approved” by allopathic mainstream physicians or insurance companies.

c.) Complimentary medicine – A more vague term implying that the healing methods/philosophies of the practitioner include at least some traditional medical approaches along with natural approaches.

d.) Integrated – Integrated medicine is our personal favorite, which is why we call ourselves “Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco”. For us, integrated means the intelligent and balanced consideration of any form of healing method that is available; choosing the safest, most effective methods for each individual patient in the context of their belief system. Whether it is from allopathic medicine, Chinese medicine,
Ayurveda, American herbal medicine, diet, prescription medications, imaging modalities and/or diet, etc. Testing is also utilized to develop individualized treatments.

e.) Natural – Natural medicine implies that the practitioner uses healing methods that are completely natural based on diet and common nutritional supplements – in other words, whatever is found or made from nature and is not a prescription drug.

2. Is there a difference among the knowledge and education of various types of “nutritional” practitioners such as dieticians, clinical nutritionists, certified clinical nutritionists, certified nutritional specialists, board certified nutritionists and nutritional counselors?

Answer: The educational degree is certainly not the only factor that determines the nutritional competency of a practitioner. Their education does offer an opportunity for the practitioner to be exposed to information, which he or she may take to heart and deliver in a clinically effective way. At Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, our practitioners have a combination of practically every major degree in nutrition available. Dr. Michael Wald is perhaps the most highly qualified “nutritionist” in the United States with a medical education, a chiropractic degree, a certified clinical nutritionist degree, a certified nutrition specialist degree, two board certifications in nutrition, a Master’s degree in nutrition as well as other qualifications. Go to www.intmedny.com for more information.

3. Is a nutritionist qualified to order and perform laboratory work?

Answer: No. Nutritionists, in no program that we are aware of in the United States, receive any formal training in laboratory assessment. Laboratory assessment is highly complex and requires knowledge of body systems, physiology and biochemistry that is generally well beyond the scope of standard nutrition educational programs. A nutritionist who is not working with a qualified practitioner who can read
laboratory work, like our own “Blood Detectives”, should not order and/or offer to interpret laboratory work including blood typing. Please read under the Services section on our Blood Detective website for more information on our philosophy towards improving health through individualized nutritional and diet suggestions based upon your unique biochemistry.

4. Are the opinions of standard medical doctors of value in the area of nutrition?

Answer: Our experience says no. The average MD in the US has four (4) hours of nutritional education and it is superficial at best. A weekend course also does not make an MD qualified to give nutritional advice or to necessarily criticize unfamiliar nutritional approaches.

– 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: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

What Should You Do If You Think Your Child Has Vision Problems?

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groupkidsAs a parent, your primary goal is to ensure that your kids have the assistance and guidance they need to become successful, independent adults. You’re driven to look after them, keep them safe and treat any problems that may crop up along the way. Treating the occasional flu or a bout with chicken pox is one thing, but how do you treat a problem if you’re not quite sure that it exists? One of the more difficult issues for parents to accurately identify, especially in very young children, is problems with vision. Unless your child is actively squinting when she tries to focus on an object or is holding a book too close to her face for comfort, you may not be able to spot the signs of vision problems if you’re not well-versed in the symptoms. Knowing what to do in terms of treatment, prevention and correction isn’t always easy, but there are a few things you can keep in mind to make the journey a bit less complicated.

Know the Symptoms

Classic symptoms of vision issues, like squinting and sitting too close to the television, are red flags for parents, but what many don’t realize is that there are a host of other, subtler signals that can indicate a struggle to see clearly. For newborns, it’s even more difficult to discern any problems because their eyes are not fully developed. In older infants, however, the warning signs can be easier to spot. Irregular movement, one eye that stays stationary while the other moves normally, one eye that’s consistently closed or the failure of mobiles, lights or movement to catch her attention can be cause for concern and should be discussed with her pediatrician at the next well child exam. Toddlers and older babies may bump into furniture or walls when they’re crawling or learning to walk, rub their eyes frequently when they’re not sleepy, cover one eye to see things better and lose their balance when standing from a seated position.

Schedule an Appointment with an Eye Doctor

Around preschool age, even if your child is not exhibiting any signs of vision problems or difficulty seeing, it’s wise to make an appointment with an eye doctor. Even if he can’t yet read, there are still vision tests that can be performed on a young child that are capable of diagnosing many common sight problems. Rather than trying to diagnose a vision problem yourself, it’s important that you make arrangements for your child to visit the eye doctor for a check-up and full exam.

Prepare Her for Glasses

cutekidsIf you suspect that your child is having trouble with her vision, it may be a good idea to start talking about what glasses are used for, how they help people who have trouble seeing and how important they are to people whose sight is compromised. Your child may leave her first ophthalmologist’s appointment with nothing more than a sticker and a pat on the back, but she may leave with a brand new pair of glasses that she’s less than thrilled about. If you have reason to suspect that your child might be suffering from some vision issues, the best course of action is to ensure that she’s prepared for the possibility of corrective measures.

Rethink Harsh Punishments

Kids who can’t see clearly at school may suffer a drop in academic performance, become less active participants in the classroom and show a negative change on their next report card. Because a good education is so important, many parents are quick to treat academic neglect with a zero-tolerance policy, but it’s best to rethink things if your child is also showing other signs of having trouble seeing. The last thing you want to do is punish a child who’s already struggling for doing badly in school. Before flying off the handle when kids act out in school or return home with bad grades, stop to consider whether or not having difficulty seeing could be the motivating factor behind these behaviors.

Stress Compliance

Your child may not be eager to wear her new glasses, but failure to do so can lead to worsening vision problems down the road. After the diagnosis comes and corrective steps are taken to manage a vision problem, it is your job to ensure that compliance with ophthalmologists’ and pediatricians’ orders continues at home. Work with your child, his eye doctors and his teachers to find a plan of action that stresses cooperation and provides a supportive environment for your youngster.

– Submitted by Anne Laurie of GoNannies.com

What Truly Matters

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By Diane Lang

girlhatThis article is to make sure you add what really matters into your daily life.

What matters

1. Connection – we need others. No matter what anyone says we can’t be happy alone,we need to have connection. The quantity of people is up to you but for happiness purposes you need to have people you connect with and feel a sense of belonging. The number one factor for happiness is socialization.

2. Religion/Spirituality matter – as I pursued my academic career in psychology, there wasn’t much talk about either but when I became a student of positive psychology I learned how important it was to have a sense of a higher power, to know there is something bigger out there. It doesn’t matter if you find it in religion or spirituality just finding it is important. The other part is through religion/spirituality you find connection and community.

3. You can’t feel happiness without being vulnerable. If your not open to the possibilities, the chance of being hurt, Then your not fully available to feel happiness.

4. The roller coaster ride of happiness – so if we know we have to be vulnerable to find true happiness then we also know that happiness isn’t a smooth ride. It will have its ups and downs. Everything is temporary. So, if its good time enjoy it, if its a bad time learn from it.

5. If we hold in our emotions, not let people know our true self we end up in a vicious cycle. The more we hide, the more the negativity keeps rearing its ugly head. You can’t move forward till you come face to face with your emotions, fear and your authentic self.

6. If you don’t believe in yourself you will always be searching for love and acceptance. It will be a never ending search that will include pain and suffering. You must find self-love before anything else.

To do this, we must be self compassionate, kind and patient to ourselves.

7. I realized I spent a majority of my life being someone else. I was a person who deep down inside was afraid of her own shadow. A person who never reveled how she felt due to fear of rejection.All this got me was pain, suffering and more fear. To have satisfying relationships you must be you, the authentic you, the imperfect you, the silly and goofy you, the whole package. There is no half fasts, and’s, if’s or buts on this one. Your either fully in or not. When you let the true you shine and let go of the false self, your shoulders will relax, the brick will be lifted from your chest and life will flow more smoothly. It is an easier ride to be you.

8. Stepping outside your comfort zone will cause you to be vulnerable. Start small. Take these vulnerable steps towards an authentic life. Small steps of courage are all that is needed. Open up a little more, share a little bit of you, give a compliment to a stranger, try something new, be honest, start somewhere.

Being vulnerable, stepping outside your comfort zone and being the true you is all an investment in your overall life satisfaction. It is an investment in your happiness, When you invest in yourself everyone around you reaps the benefits. It is important to realize self-care is an investment in you and many others. Your happiness/moods are contagious When your happy others around you feel warm, happy and comfortable.

– For more information please visit Diane’s website: www.dlcounseling.com or email Diane: Lifeline36@aol.com

What Health Problems Heavy Kids Face Most

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By Diana Maria

overweightchildAs per reports more 6 percent of kids and teens in the United States are extremely obese. According to the health experts, the obese kids are those children who are seen falling at the top of the weight charts. This is also known as morbid or extreme obesity. Unfortunately, the percentage of such children seems to be increasing with every passing day in the US and around the world, which is bringing in several health issues for these heavy kids. If you dig deep, these kids are reported with higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressures, sleep apnea, liver disease, musculoskeletal problems and even the earlier symptoms of clogged arteries. All these are considered as the immediate repercussions of obesity for kids and teens. Apart from the number of health problems, these kids also face social and emotional distress, which include social discrimination, the social stigmatization due to psychological stress that causes low self extreme and confidence. This therefore makes a child lag behind in academics and other social activities. Let’s check the number of health problems, which obese or extra heavy kids and teens can face as under:

Asthma

The higher rate of obesity among children can lead to a number of obesity related chronic ailments. Among these the most common diseases and conditions found among the kids and teenagers is asthma. A majority of obese kids who are heavy weight encounter the problem of asthma, which brings in certain breathing problems and other ailments.

Diabetes

Another deadly condition, which attack kids with overweight, is Diabetes and that too the Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is often found among the adults is now seen becoming very much prevalent among kids and teens with morbid obesity. As per reports of CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), one of every three obese kids are found out with Type 2 diabetes, which is really not a good news for parents.

Heart diseases and disorders

girlAs per a number of health studies and reports another common problems or diseases that are popular among the obese kids and teens are related to heart. The kids with obesity are diagnosed with symptoms pertaining to conditions like atherosclerosis, which is basically hardening of several arteries. This starts with kids and adults having obese bodies, unfortunately, this condition is among the major cause behind severe heart diseases. It also bring in high blood cholesterol and boost up the triglyceride levels, which often comes out obesity that is formed due to bad eating habits.

Gallstone and Liver problems

The other issues, which seem to bug the obese kids, include gallstone and liver problems. As per reports the incidence of gallstone is found out significantly much higher among the kids who are overweight and obese. Also, there are studies and reports, which vouch for the problems pertaining to liver as well. Kids who fall under the category of morbid obesity are diagnosed with liver issues and the most common one include the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis or the NASH and this is the very condition, which bring in severe problems like cirrhosis.

Sleeping problems and menstrual issues

As per reports, the kids who are obese are found with the risk of sleeping issues leading to problems like obstructive sleep apnea. This ailment is among the life threatening breathing disorder attributed by small interruptions of breathing while they are sleeping. If this continues for a longer duration, this can even lead to issues like heart failure. If young girls and female kids are seen obese then they are seen facing a couple of menstrual problems. As per reports, the obese girls are seen reaching o their puberty at the very early age. Furthermore, due to morbid obesity in young girls can also bring in issues of menstrual irregularities owing to uterine fibroids at the later stage.

Metabolic syndrome

As per reports around 40 % of kids with obesity are seen with metabolic syndrome, which bring in issues like health problems and diabetes. The number of metabolic syndrome found among the kids with obesity include, high blood pressure, abnormal lipids, insulin resistance, etc. All these syndromes are more than enough to affect the heart and other body organs of the obese kids. Although you may find a couple of treatment options for the obese kids, yet prevention is among the best tool to counter this problem.

Final word

Obesity among the kids can lead a number of problems in their bodies. Though you may find a number of solutions in the form of surgeries and medications, yet the best bet is prevention. Bad eating habits and improper lifestyle lead to this problem, which can be avoided by leading a disciplined life.

– Diana Maria is a freelance journalist who has been writing about mobile technology, customer relationship management and women’s health for more than a decade. These days she is busy to contributes on punchh.

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

Are Fruits And Vegetables What They Used To Be?

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By Dr. Michael Wald

An apple a day is not enough…and never was!
applevectorMore than a few studies have alluded to the fact that our fruits and vegetables these days are less nutritious than they used to be. A number of environmental factors have impacted the nutritional quality of a large variety of crops including fruits, vegetables and grains, including acid rain, over-harvesting of the soil, and organopesticide contamination. The reduced nutritional content of foods, higher acid and pesticide contents are all known to increase one’s risk of developing various diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis and various cancers.

Acid rain and reduced nutritional content of soil
Acid rain has negatively affected crops and caused nutrient loss in the soil. This has caused a loss of nutrition that is taken in by growing crops. We eat nutritionally depleted crops, which cause us to become nutritionally depleted. Inadequate nutritional intake is associated with an increased risk of developing virtually all chronic degenerative diseases including cancers, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, migraines, infertility, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Over-harvesting
The soil has been over-harvested, meaning that over years of use and turnover of soil it has become depleted in nutrition. All crops growing in depleted soil are depleted in nutritional content. The pesticides and herbicides used in group processing both directly and indirectly affect nutritional content. Foodstuffs now are transported great distances, resulting in a loss of nutritional content along the way, specifically if the foods are not frozen during transit. Freezing foods help to maintain their nutritional content. The time from the harvesting of foodstuffs to their consumption at the table results in nutritional loss. The longer the time from harvest to consumption is, the lower the nutritional content. The overall production of more crops due to advancement in technologies has resulted in crops that are diluted in nutritional content; a greater yield of crops derived from the same soil will become progressively more and more depleted.

Goodbye selenium, hello cancer!
People should be concerned about nutritional depletion of foodstuff because we as consumers will, and have, become nutritional deficient. The levels of selenium in soil are estimated to be entirely absent within the next five years. This will increase cancer risk and human susceptibility to oxidative diseases (virtually all degenerative diseases are oxidative in nature).

healthycartFoods close to home
We can get more nutrition out of fruits and vegetables, even those that are inherently deficient based on what I have written above, by consuming foods closer to the time of harvesting as opposed to waiting long periods. Choosing to eat frozen foods as opposed to non-frozen (fresh) is best, because non -frozen foods lose nutritional value faster than frozen. This does not mean that fresh foods should not be consumed.

Cooking is not just cooking
Cooking foods more slowly reduces nutrient loss. Cooking foods at lower temperatures also reduces nutrient loss. Chewing foods thoroughly to break the plant cell walls of fruits and vegetables releases nutrients. Choose organically grown foods that contain less toxic residues that actually require nutrients for the body to process and detoxify them. We can choose to consume foods that are grown locally as smaller farms are not as over-harvested, so the soil has a higher nutrient content. Canned foods are the least healthy, generally speaking.

– 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: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

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.