Fight Alzheimer’s By Taking Part In A Clinical Trial

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seniorwoman2Several clinical trials are testing promising new drugs to prevent and treat dementia.

Women fear developing Alzheimer’s disease more than having a heart attack or stroke or developing cancer. One reason is that cancer, heart attack, and stroke are treatable, but there is little an individual can do to arrest the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. One thing individuals can do is to take part in a clinical trial, reports the July 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

“There are now opportunities to do something, perhaps to reduce your own risk and also to help the next generation see Alzheimer’s disease as completely preventable,” says Dr. Reisa Sperling, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Clinical trials to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and to slow its progress are now under way across the country and around the world.

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease:

New or upcoming clinical trials are testing drugs that go after amyloid plaques. These are clumps of protein that form in the brain. Plaque deposits have been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Large nationwide studies of plaque-fighting drugs in people who have amyloid plaques in their brains but no symptoms of Alzheimer’s include the following:

The A4 study. Dr. Sperling is a principal investigator of this study, which is testing the effectiveness of solanezumab, an antibody that helps remove amyloid from the brain.

The LEARN study. Researchers will use imaging and memory tests to compare people without amyloid plaques to the placebo group in the A4 study. The goal is to look for other factors that may contribute to cognitive decline or cognitive resilience.

The A5 study. Researchers will test the effects of an oral drug called a beta-secretase inhibitor, which is designed to prevent new amyloid plaques from developing in the brain.

Treating Alzheimer’s disease:

Two major trials will test drugs designed to treat people who have mild or moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The Amaranth Study will test the effectiveness of a drug called a beta-secretase inhibitor. Another study called NOBLE will test different doses of the drug T-817MA, which protects brain cells against the toxic effects of amyloid.

Read the full-length article: “There is something you can do about Alzheimer’s disease—join a study”

Also in the July 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

* When is an urgent-care clinic as good as the ER?

* Avoiding ankle injuries

* Why statins aren’t for everyone

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Reiki 2…Taking Your Healing To The Next Level

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By Jeff Donovan, RMT

HealthWhen I started my Healing journey in 2001, I found that most people hadn’t heard of Reiki, let alone experienced it. Nowadays, I find this has changed…most people I run across have at least heard of Reiki, many have even given it a try. Because anyone can learn Reiki, the number of practitioners in the world is growing by the day.

For the un-initiated, Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of energy healing. Reiki, loosely translated means Universal Life Force Energy. This life force or “source” energy is channeled into the practitioner through the top of the head (or crown chakra), circulates through the body, then comes out the hands into the client. Healing can be done on yourself or others. Reiki heals on a physical, spiritual and emotional level, so true and lasting healing can occur. Reiki is tremendous for relieving stress, anxieties and sleep disorders as well as many physical and emotional conditions.

Traditionally, Reiki is taught in three levels, Reiki 1, Reiki 2 and Reiki Master (although, some modern teachers have added some material and have split the Master course in two courses, in which case you may hear of level 3 and 3a as well). Much of the material I see in the world discusses Reiki 1, but today, I want to examine the second level of Reiki.

Level 2 of Reiki is a quantum leap from the first-degree training. In level 2, you are opened up to a greater ability to channel this amazing healing energy. In addition, three symbols are taught…The first, Cho Ku Rei, is primarily used for amplifying energy, this can be especially useful for an acute condition. For example, once upon a time, my dog had hip dysplasia. He had been hobbling around on three legs for a couple of months. I was new to Reiki and still experimenting. One day while working on him, I decided to try the power symbol. Each time I drew the symbol (with my hand) over his hip, he jerked his leg until it finally popped and from that moment foreward, he was a four-legged dog again!

The second symbol, Sei Hei Ki, is used for clearing and emotional healing. I once had a man on my table for just a brief session, maybe 15 minutes or so. My intuition told me to use this symbol extensively for his healing, so I used it over and over again. During the healing he came to tears. I asked him if he wanted me to stop the healing and he said no. Afterwards, he confided that he released a childhood rape during the healing.

The third level 2 symbol, Hon Sha Ze Shon Nen is used for distance healing. Here’s where it gets really exciting! A properly trained level 2 practitioner can send healing energy to anyone, anywhere in the world, past, present or future. Distance healing can also be sent to groups of people. I’ve been doing distance healing for years, and on occasion, when world circumstances would dictate, I would send distance healing to large groups of people (like the people affected by the Haiti earthquake). Although I had total faith that the healing I was sending was helping, I had no point of reference as to how effective my efforts actually were. A couple of years ago, I started a Facebook page and offered free healings monthly for all members of my page. I was amazed at the feedback I received. In the beginning, there were a few hundred people on the list, before long, I was sending healings to a few thousand…the list is currently more than 100,000 and growing daily and the feedback has been tremendous.

Even after years of practice, years of success stories, I continue to be amazed and fascinated by the powers of Reiki and the Universe at large. Somehow through our interconnectedness, through our oneness, a ‘healer’ with proper training and intent, can be a vessel so Spirit can deliver healing to a person you’ve never met or simultaneously to thousands, even millions of people in all corners of the earth. THAT is the power of Reiki!!

Jeff Donovan has been a student of energy since 1993, began studying Reiki in 2001 and received his Reiki Master’s certification in 2003 and has been teaching ever since. In addition to Reiki, Jeff has studied DNA Healing, Reconnective Healing, Crystal Healing and more. He teaches Reiki in person, but primarily through his Home Study Course.

Taking Care of Your Blood Pressure

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By Nisha Sharma

healthyheartbpBlood Pressure Monitoring

Monitoring blood pressure is important to keep the heart and veins of the body in optimal condition. First, an individual must schedule an appointment with a medical professional to determine if blood pressure is normal. A chronic abnormal blood pressure reading will determine what actions a patient must follow. When a patient visits a physician, several important vital signs assist in determining blood pressure health. Individuals might need to change to a low-sodium diet, increase exercise, lose weight or take daily prescription medication when blood pressure is abnormal.

Routine Physician Visits

Blood pressure is measured on adults with a specialized medical armband device called a sphygmomanometer. The device has mercury that rises to show diastolic and systolic rates. At the same time, a stethoscope is used to listen to heartbeats and respiration rates. Each individual has a variation of blood pressure readings throughout a day due to physical activity, health conditions, medication, diet and emotional stress. Blood pressure readings in combination with the temperature of the body, heartbeats per minute and pulse rates are important tests to determine physical conditions.

Abnormal Blood Pressure Readings

An abnormal blood pressure reading is the result of a chronic, temporary or emergency health condition. Many patients have higher readings due to nervousness while at a medical facility. Additional factors that show temporary abnormal readings are having a full bladder, recent exercise, smoking and consuming caffeine. Individuals with abnormal readings in a medical office setting can purchase a blood pressure monitoring device to check readings throughout a normal day. This is a great way for an individual to care for blood pressure health.


Low blood pressure is a dangerous medical condition that causes fainting or dizziness. Emergency hypotension is a result of massive blood loss, hormonal imbalances, infection, toxins or thrombosis. Eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa change the chemical balance inside the body while often causing hypotension. A patient in a trauma situation resulting in blood loss can develop a shock condition rapidly. Low blood pressure more commonly occurs as a medical crisis than a chronic health condition.


Hypertension is a chronic condition of high blood pressure that causes the heart muscles to work harder to move blood through the veins and arteries. If an individual routinely has a high blood pressure reading, then arterial hypertension is present. Chronic hypertension damages veins, arteries and heart muscles. Hypertensive patients are more likely to have aneurysms, renal failure, heart attacks or strokes. Individuals with this condition must modify daily lifestyle to reduce blood pressure readings.

Lifestyle Modifications

A nutritious food plan with natural foods low in sodium such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein from poultry and whole grains assists in lowering blood pressure. Individuals should consume foods high in calcium, magnesium and potassium. Reducing emotional stress is imperative for hypertensive patients. Individuals can engage in physical activities to improve cardiovascular health and muscle strength. A physician will typically prescribe antihypertensive medication to assist in lowering blood pressure.

– Nisha represents a site called She enjoys writing about elderly healthcare and dementia care.

Taking Care Of Our Hearts

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heartFrom Your Health Journal…..”February is Heart Month, so we will be focusing a lot on keeping a healthy heart. A great article in the Huffington Post written by Kathleen Sebelius, The Secretary of Health and Human Services – the article is called More than Valentine’s Day: Taking Care of Our Hearts. With heart disease still the number one killer in the United States, and many kids suffering from risk factors for heart disease, change is needed to keep ourselves healthy and strong. Each year, heart disease takes the lives of more than half a million Americans. The good news is that most of the risk factors for heart disease–including obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking–are preventable and controllable. Please take the time to visit the Huffington Post web site (link provided below) to read this important article by Secretary Sebelius. It is important to understand, and to inspire you to keep your heart healthy.”

From the article…..

February is American Heart Month, which makes this a good time to talk about the ways the Affordable Care Act helps us take better care of our hearts.

Right now, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, it takes the lives of more than half a million Americans: these are our grandparents, our parents, our siblings, our friends, and our neighbors. Although many people think of heart disease as
a man’s problem, women can and do get heart disease.

This epidemic kills more women than diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and lung cancer combined. In the United States, a woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds.

The good news is that most of the risk factors for heart disease–including obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking–are preventable and controllable.

Now, because of the health care law, millions of Americans with private plans can get life-saving preventive services like high blood pressure screening and help to quit smoking, without paying a penny out-of-pocket.

And seniors and people with disabilities who have Medicare can now get recommended preventive services like obesity counseling and cholesterol screening free of charge.

The law also invests in programs like the Million Hearts initiative, which aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. And it invests in the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps fight the causes of chronic illnesses like heart disease by, among other things, controlling the obesity epidemic, tackling health disparities, and reducing tobacco use.

Combined with these efforts, having the security of quality, affordable health insurance is also vital in the fight against heart disease. In less than a year, it will be illegal for insurance companies to deny any American coverage because of a pre-existing condition, like heart disease.

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