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How Modern Health Care is Being Revolutionized by Social Media

by CANPharmacyKing  -  February 20th, 2017  Match Score:6

Social media has helped change many industries for the better. One sector that has had the most impact in recent years is the health industry. Social media along with the Internet has revolutionized the way people find and view Health Care information. Patients no longer have to wait over the phone or in medical practices to get the information they seek. With a click of a button, they can now connect with other patients with similar medical conditions from anywhere in the world. Thanks to mobile devices this can all be done from the palm of your hand.

The social web can make people’s day to day life a better one. Patients with chronic illnesses learn how to cope with their condition better with the help of an online social community. They share images and videos with one another making it easy to share information and progress of their treatment or illness. Social media not only helps with patient to patient relationships but also improves doctor – patient relationships. Imagine a situation where patients can now connect with doctors in different countries who specialize in a particular disease or condition and get their opinion or advice. Doctors can get advice with doctors within social media as well.

Information about a rare disease or new treatments for a chronic illness can all be spread to people across the globe within a few days using social media. Spreading awareness and health improvement initiatives no longer have to be one way or boring; these can all be fun and engaging.

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Tips on Helping Your Child Stay Healthy and Enterovirus FREE

by Carissa Andrews  -  September 15th, 2014  Match Score:4

When news of the recent outbreak scare of enterovirus 68 hit the news this past weekend, as a parent, I was obviously concerned. Ten states so far have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus -- Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Living in Minnesota, having two neighboring states with outbreaks is a bit unnerving. According to the latest reports - I'm not the only one unnerved. British Columbia health officials are just as concerned about the virus hopping the border and spreading into the province.

Enteroviruses, which bring on symptoms much like a very intense cold, aren't in and of itself unusual. They're actually pretty common. The unusual situation happening right now is that there have been so many hospitalizations associated with this strain of the enterovirus.

As it stands, the virus is sending many children to local hospitals, where about 15% of the youngsters have been placed in intensive care with extreme breathing problems which required oxygen hookups.

SEE ALSO: 10 Totally Incurable Medical Maladies

This particular strain of enterovirus -- EV-D68 -- is uncommon, but not new. First identified in the 1960s, there had been fewer than 100 reported cases since that time, but that could partially be due to the fact that it’s been hard to identify. At this point in time, the virus also has no vaccine – making it particularly scary for those whose immune systems can’t handle the virus.

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Social Media by TLFurrer/istockphoto

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), in most cases, children will likely have mild reactions, their bodies never really showing more than the stereotypical cold symptoms like fever, body and muscles aches, sneezing, and coughing – which is good news for most kids and their parents. I know I’m certainly one who is a bit relieved reading this news. Those particularly susceptible to the more volatile aspects of the virus are said to be children younger than five who have a limited immune system, and children suffering with asthma.

While this outbreak has the potential to be serious – and in fact, already is – it’s good to note that there are some very simple ways to stave off viruses in general – and EV-D68 is no exception.

Reminders and guidelines to staying healthy & virus free

To help reduce the risk of infection with EV-D68 (or any virus), healthcare professionals recommend the following:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers

• Help young children wash their hands in the same manner

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

• Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people and children who are sick

• Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone in your household is sick

• Stay home or keep young children home when feeling sick

• Obtain consultation from your health care provider if you or your children exhibit symptoms of EV-D68

For those of you within the areas affected by the virus – we wish safety and health to those you love. Stay safe and practice good hygiene for yourself and your kids. If you’ve got more information or a story to tell regarding this virus, leave us a comment below and engage with us.

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Innovative Uses for Music Therapy on Pregnant Moms and Preemies

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 26th, 2014  Match Score:3

Music is as old as time itself and as profound as we allow it to be. Those who listen can find music even in the most mundane things; the hum of the furnace against the ticking of the clock, and the rotating of the dryer! Or perhaps the gently melody in blades of grass bending to the wind, mixing with the sound of crickets nearby. Research has shown that music can drastically affect our physiology, and our neurology, right down to our perception of pain.

Music therapy as a source of healing has been around for centuries. In fact, Plato is known to have said, "Music affected the emotions and could influence the character of an individual." Music therapy as we know it today began in the aftermath of World Wars I and II. Musicians in the UK would travel to hospitals and play their music for soldiers suffering from war-related emotional and physical trauma. Because of the apparent successes, music therapy has been applied as an allied health profession to all sorts of ailments ranging from helping dementia patients, to improving the odds for premature babies. Music therapists utilize music and all of its facets"physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual"to help their clients improve their health.

Childbirth can be a beautiful, albeit somewhat painful experience for any mother, regardless of how they deliver their babies. One of the ways some mothers may wish to combat the pain naturally is by utilizing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth (MTACB) options. Now, don't misunderstand - this is not just listening to your favorite songs while in labor, which can also be beneficial. Instead, MTACB is music, support, information, and education to the birthing family by the music therapist during pre-natal, labor, birthing, and the immediate post-partum experience. Music therapists develop unique relationships with the birthing family to design and develop specific, unique treatments based on each family's needs. In addition, professional music therapists are formally trained musicians who are required to obtain a degree (BA, MA, or PhD), complete an internship, and pass a board-certification exam. If a birthing family chooses to try MTACB, the benefits are quite substantial.

Research suggests that MTACB:

* Decreases the mother's anxiety and discomfort before, during, and after birth

* Decreases the need for analgesic medications during birth

* Decrease pain perception in labor and delivery

* Speeds up labor

* Allows some control over the labor & delivery environment

* Contributes to overall positive feelings about the birthing process

* Supports rhythmic breathing

* Empowers mothers to feel in control

* Enhances family bonding during the immediate post-partum period

* Is beneficial whether the delivery is natural, with anesthesia, or C-Section.

For infants who are born prematurely, this world we live in can look and sound harsh at times & especially when you consider they're amid beeping monitors, IV poles, and plastic breathing tubes. Many preemies are so fragile, they cannot even be held, and so what's a parent to do in order to bring comfort and support to their child? Because of their precarious position, families can become afraid of interacting with their preemies because they are so sick and frail. Music provides them something that they can still do to engage and bond. According to an article in the Washington Post, more than two dozen U.S. hospitals offer music therapy in their newborn intensive care units and its popularity is growing.

A study on music therapy and its impact on infants was published in April 2013 in the journal of Pediatrics involving 11 U.S. hospitals. In the study, therapists played special small drums to mimic womb sounds and timed the rhythm to match the infants' heartbeats. The music appeared to slow the infants' heartbeats, calm their breathing, and improve sucking and sleeping.

As you can tell, the results of music therapy can be seen across the board for both mother and infant. From personal experience, my hospital in central Minnesota allowed us to have either a music therapist, or our own music brought in during labor. For both of my children, I set the stage by picking music I knew would carry me through the experience, and had the playlist loaded on my iPod and ready to go. When my son was born a month early, he was extremely jaundiced and suffered extreme dehydration because of it. We relied on the bili lights to sort out his bilirubin levels, but being inside the box of lights was very stressing on him. I often played soothing, soft music to keep him calm and help him get through each session. I can attest to the benefits it provided for him when he was recovering and he's now a happy, healthy nearly 9 year old.

What about you? Have you used music as medicine? Leave us a comment on your experiences.

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Carissa Andrews


Keeping Sex Hot in Your Senior Years

by Carissa Andrews  -  April 13th, 2015  Match Score:3

In modern society, we’ve lost our way when it comes to not only accepting the wisdom and benefit that comes with age and experience – but we’ve also tried to shut out essential elements of what it means to be a senior. Gone are the days of revering and respecting the elders in our communities (which, by the way, is something this Minnesotan woman feels should really be reintroduced), and in are the days when only the virility of the young is admired most. We spend thousands of dollars to reverse the aging process, trying to pretend we’re younger than we actually are. Which in turn, makes us all feel badly about our own self-image, since aging is something none of us can escape. Eventually, it comes for us all.

One of the ways we inadvertently demean our seniors is by refusing to accept or talk about sex beyond our fertile years. There’s a bizarre unspoken rule that we can spend most of our fertile years trying to have sex without getting pregnant—but when you no longer can, sex should no longer be on your mind. Why is this?

This idea a complete misnomer since couples are having satisfying and deeply fulfilling sex well into their 80’s and even 90’s!

How Does Sex Change with Aging?

For Men: As men age, testosterone levels start to decrease. This can make it harder for a man to get aroused, or take longer to get an erection. Sometimes, erections may not last as long, or be as firm. Erectile dysfunction is more common as men age, but it’s not inevitable. It’s also not a prison sentence. There are a host of prescription medications, along with natural ways to reduce the effects of ED.

For Women: As women approach menopause, estrogen and testosterone levels begin to decrease. Sex can become uncomfortable due to vaginal dryness and thinning. In addition, it can hamper her sex drive, or take longer to become sexually aroused, just like her male counterpart.

Health Problems: Medical conditions can play a role in the challenges that need to be overcome to have a fulfilling sex life as we age. Some conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and depression can make sex more challenging. Additionally, some medications can play a role in how well you can perform, if you’re able to become aroused, or even orgasm. Seniors experiencing any health related issues that detract from their sex lives should talk to their doctor to find ways to overcome the potential obstacles.

One thing to note is that sex at any age offers many health benefits that should not be overlooked. Understanding some of the benefits of connecting intimately with your partner can help you to face any challenge that comes with aging.

Why is sex good for you?

• Happy Vibes:

• Live Longer:

• Improves memory:

• Reduces Pain:

• Counts as Exercise:

• Cancer Reduction:

• Lowers Risk of Heart Attack:

• No Incontinence Here:

• Boosts Libido:

What Should I Do to Maintain My Sexual Health As I Age

As we get older, we may experience different opinions about our sexuality, performance, and even body image. Staying clear about the life we want to live, and the sex we want to have with our partners will help steer us in the right direction. When we get a bit lost, consider some of the following tips:

Talk to Your Partner:

Experiment:

Maintain Health:

Practice Safe Sex:

Consult Your Doctor:

Keep in mind; elderly couples with active sex lives tend to be happier in life and with their marriages. You can’t stop getting older, but you can keep the fire alight in the bedroom with just a little attention. Defy societal pressures and stereotypes by having a sexy, satisfying bedroom life with your partner.

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The Dad Bod Sleight of Hand

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 22nd, 2015  Match Score:3

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There seems to be something amuck with our trends these days. I recently wrote an article about beauty standards for women by teaching our daughters when they’re young. Everywhere I look, it seems like women are berating themselves and trying to find a way to justify their looks or at least reconcile them with society’s views. Meanwhile, enter the “Dad Bod" social media frenzy. In a split second, 500 words written by a college sophomore declaring “girls are all about the dad bod" went completely viral, giving men with a plump appearance a self-esteem boost. For those of you unfamiliar, Mackenzie Pearson claims the “dad bod" to be a look of, ‘I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.’ Still confused? The Washington Post can help you work out whether or not you have a dad bod by clicking here

Some feminists claim this trend is unfair because it gives pudgy men a free pass, while the “mom bods" out there are still considered unflattering.

Hold up a moment while I pick my jaw off the table.

Did people not read the same article I did? How can they actually believe it was in praise of this body type? If anything, it’s a narcissistic attempt at women claiming superiority over their male partners. Explain to me how this is a good thing?

If you read it closer, the article is actually a backhanded high-five to those men with beer bellies and the remnant of muscles, as Mackenzie goes on to say, “We want to look skinny and the bigger the guy, the smaller we feel and the better we look next to you in a picture."

If roles were reversed and some man said, “I like plump women because even if I eat a slice of pizza with a beer, I always look hella better standing next to her." The true meaning of Mackenzie’s words rings through when reversed, doesn’t it? Can you imagine the backlash? It would be swift and immediate.

Basically it says women don’t want to compete for attractiveness with the man in their life, thus making the so-called “dad bod" more of a match to eliminate their own insecurity. Give me a break.

If you’re that insecure, it’s time to really take a good hard look at your own issues and stop trying to pawn them out externally.

Men who take care of themselves are hot. Don’t get me wrong; they don’t have to have washboard abs, buns of steel, and arms like guns (or whatever the analogy is there) to be sexy. Sometimes it means eating well, working out when able, and trying to keep everything in good shape to stave off disease. To many women, me included, it says a lot when a man recognizes taking care of himself now will mean more time to spend with his partner later in life. This isn’t vanity; it’s an investment for both himself and the people in his life. Perhaps Mackenzie is too young to see beyond the college dorm, but life is so much more than

People are very quick to judge and stereotype, dolling out ridiculous names for body types (for both men and women). What if instead, we start accepting people as they are, since everyone still needs to be loved and accepted regardless of their structure?

Society makes us feel insecure, but we have the ability to take it back. We don’t need to be beholden to their standards and perpetuate the madness. We can love all the “dad bods", “mom bods", “fit bods", or as I like to call them, people

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Will the New Facebook Dislike Button Harm Your Mental Health?

by Natasha Tracy  -  September 28th, 2015  Match Score:3

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Why Add a Dislike Button to Facebook?

“. . . people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it," Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive at Facebook, said

According to Zuckerberg, the dislike button is being added so that users can express empathy for peoples’ posts. For example, if a person on Facebook posts about a death, users would click the dislike button to show they are empathetic to this sad moment in another person’s life.

Facebook Can Harm Mental Health

The thing that we know about Facebook is that because people spend so much time on the social media site, what happens on Facebook can actually harm a person’s mental health.

According to Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. and Jessica E. Bodford

1. Facebook can make you feel like your life isn’t as good as everyone else’s.

2. Facebook can lead you to envy your friends’ successes.

3. Facebook can lead to a false sense of consensus.

4. Facebook can keep you in touch with people you would rather forget.

5. Facebook can make you jealous of your current partner.

6. Facebook can reveal information you may not want others (like employers) to know.

7. Facebook can become addictive.

But the question is, will the Facebook dislike button make mental health issues for Facebook users better or worse?

The Facebook Dislike Button and Mental Health

While expressing empathy with a person going through a difficult time may be beneficial, certainly, that is not the only thing the dislike button will be used for. Zuckerberg himself has concerns over the dislike button resulting in a rating system where posts with greater likes outweigh someone else’s posts with more dislikes.

Additionally, while people think of Facebook as a place to be surrounded by only those who are supportive and friendly, many people on Facebook are friends with those who may not agree with their viewpoints on things like politics or social issues. Or, a person may even use the dislike button as a way of “getting back" at someone with whom they are angry. This may be particularly apparent for those who choose to post publically and not just to their friends.

For example, what if a person sees a number of dislikes on a post that they consider positive? This will surely make the poster feel bad and possibly even harm his or her mental health over time.

Or, consider the case where a person posts about a political or social issue such as gay rights. If the person sees a host of dislikes on the post, he or she may feel slighted, particularly if the person is gay him or herself and this can certainly harm a person’s mental health as this may add fuel to the fire suggesting that his or her sexuality is not accepted by society or even, indeed, his or her friends.

And, as noted by Kenrick and Bodford, likes versus dislikes may create a false form of consensus. More likes equals “good" or “support" and more dislikes equals “bad" or “unsupported" when really issues are considerably greyer than they are black and white: dislike and like.

Essentially, the dislike button may be a social media feature with high ideals and an anticipated, positive use, but the dislike button may make people’s mental health actually worse and may not improve their experience of using Facebook.

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Natasha Tracey is a professional writer and author for Bipolar Burble. She currently worked as a freelancer for Canadian drug stores.


The Link Between Diabetes and Mental Illness

by Natasha Tracy  -  November 16th, 2015  Match Score:3

This article was written by award-winning writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy.

People with diabetes have enough health concerns to deal with as do people with mental illness. Unfortunately, research shows that those with diabetes have a greater chance of also having a mental illness and those with a mental illness have a greater chance of having diabetes. In other words, if you have both, you’re certainly not alone.

The Link Between Diabetes and Mental Illness

Why Are Diabetes and Mental Illnesses Linked?

Unfortunately, some treatments for mental illness, especially second-generation antipsychotics (also known as atypical antipsychotics) are linked to diabetes. These medications alter blood sugar and may also increase cravings for sugary food. Biochemical changes in mental illness may also play a role in the appearance of diabetes. The symptoms of mental illness and lifestyle factors also likely contribute to the link to diabetes.

It is also know that those with chronic illnesses, like diabetes, have a higher chance of mental illnesses like depression. For example, the prevalence of depression in the diabetic population is approximately 10%, which is double what is seen in the average population.

Depression and Diabetes

People with depression have approximately a 60% chance of developing type II diabetes and, unfortunately, for those both with diabetes and depression, prognosis is worse than for either illness alone. Additionally, depression and diabetics amplifies symptom burden by a factor of about four and episodes of depression in individuals with diabetes are likely to last longer and have a higher chance of recurrence compared to those without diabetes.

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the following are risk factors for developing depression in those with diabetes:

• Female gender

• Adolescents/young adults and older adults

• Poverty

• Few social supports

• Stressful life events

• Poor glycemic control, particularly with recurrent hypoglycemia

• Longer duration of diabetes

• Presence of long-term complication

If you have depression, physical inactivity or obesity increase your risk of diabetes as does psychological stress.

Bipolar Disorder and Diabetes

People with bipolar disorder have a high risk of diabetes also, perhaps due to the prevalence of second-generation antipsychotics in their treatment. People with bipolar disorder have double the risk of developing metabolic syndrome and triple the risk of developing diabetes than the general population.

Eating Disorders and Diabetes

Eating disorders are more common both in individuals with type I and type II diabetes than in the general population. Diabetes type I appears to be a risk factor in developing an eating disorder. Eating disorder risks in this group also include deliberate insulin omission, known as diabulimia.

Another syndrome known as night eating syndrome is also more commonly present in those with type II diabetes with depressive symptoms. According to the Canadian Diabetic Association, night eating syndrome (NES) is characterized by the consumption of more than 25% of daily caloric intake after the evening meal and waking at night to eat, on average, at least 3 times per week. NES can result in weight gain, poor glycemic control and an increased number of diabetic complications

Schizophrenia and Diabetes

People with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders appear to have an increased risk of diabetes both before and then, additionally, after treatment with atypical antipsychotics. Their risk before treatment is still being debated, however. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome is approximately twice that of the average population.

Recommendations Regarding the Mental Illnesses and Diabetes Link

The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends the following to protect those both with diabetes and those with mental illnesses:

1. Individuals with diabetes should be regularly screened for subclinical psychological distress and psychiatric disorders (e.g. depressive and anxiety disorders) by interview or with a standardized questionnaire.

2. Psychosocial interventions should be integrated into diabetes care plans, including

o Motivational interventions

o Stress management strategies

o Coping skills training

o Family therapy

o Case management

3. Antidepressant medication should be used to treat acute depression and for maintenance treatment to prevent recurrence of depression. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) alone or in combination with antidepressant medication may be used to treat depression in individuals with diabetes.

4. Antipsychotic medications (especially atypical/second generation) can cause adverse metabolic changes. Regular metabolic monitoring is recommended for patients with and without diabetes who are treated with such medications.

For full information on the link between mental illness and diabetes as well as references for the above, please see Diabetes and Mental Health

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What Are Homeopathic Products and Should You Be Wary of Taking Them?

by Kristine Cannon  -  February 5th, 2018  Match Score:3

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Once upon a time, homeopathy products were a niche market. But now? Its grown into a $3 billion industry, according to the Food and Drug Administration figures

And U.S. health officials are cracking down on a growing number of unproven alternative remedies.

The FDA in December of 2017 issued a new proposal for regulating homeopathic medicines, targeting products that pose the biggest safety risks, including those marketed for children or for serious diseases.

According to The Spokesman-Review

But what is homeopathy? And should current users or those interested in taking homeopathic medicine be wary of taking such products?

Homeopathy is a complementary or alternative medicine, also known as the abbreviated CAM.

A central principle of the treatment is that "like cures like," meaning a substance that causes certain symptoms can also help to remove those symptoms. A second principle is “law of minimum dose,” meaning the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. If diluted properly, it will trigger a healing process in the body. However, many homeopathic remedies and medicines are so diluted, no molecules of the original substance remain.

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So, what’s in these homeopathic remedies? The treatments use ingredients found in nature, derived from substances that come from plants, minerals or animals, and are taken as teas, oils, syrups, powders, tablets or capsules.

According to the National Health Service (NHS) in England, the most common conditions people seek homeopathic treatment for are asthma, ear infections, hay fever, mental health conditions (such as depression, stress and anxiety), allergies (such as food allergies), dermatitis (an allergic skin condition), arthritis and high blood pressure

However, the risks of taking homeopathic products seem to far outweigh the benefits.

While supporters of homeopathy believe it can treat virtually all diseases, accusing physicians of close-mindedness, in the world of mainstream medicine, it is considered non-scientific nonsense — even a scam.

The pros

Homeopathic remedies are considered generally safe, considered a kinder or a gentler alternative to modern medicine. And the risk of a serious adverse side effect arising from taking these remedies is considered extremely small. As previously mentioned, homeopathic treatments also only contain natural ingredients, as they’re usually derived from plants or minerals. Remedies are considered non-addictive, so you shouldn’t suffer withdrawal symptoms as you would with mainstream medicine. Homeopathic medicine is believed to strengthen the immune system, as well, enabling the body to heal itself. Lastly, practitioners spend a lot of time talking and working with the patients to treat the whole person and not just the disease. In short, they’re tailored to each person and his or her emotional state, lifestyle and other factors.

The cons

To start, the National Health Service and British government do not endorse the use of homeopathy, and homeopathic practices are not subject to any form of legal regulation. This means one does not require any formal training to become a homeopathic physician. Homeopathic medicine can also be very expensive, and treatment can take a long time.

Also, some homeopathic remedies could contain substances considered unsafe, may cause side effects or interfere with the action of other medicines.

And the biggest con of them all? While homeopathic products are treated as drugs under law, they are not supported by modern science. There is no hard scientific evidence that homeopathy is effective in treating any form of medical condition.

Nearly 30 percent of adults

In a 2002 report, the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology debunked homeopathy. Then, in 2015, the effectiveness of homeopathy was debunked yet again. According to the Smithsonian

“The review found no good quality, well-designed studies with enough participants to support the idea that homeopathy works better than a placebo, or causes health improvements equal to those of another treatment,” the statement reads.

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The study’s authors were also concerned that people who continue to choose homeopathic remedies over proven medicine face real health risks. According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an estimated five million adults and one million children used homeopathy in the previous year.

“People who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness,” CEO professor and Australian scientist Warwick Anderson said in the NHMRC statement. “People who are considering whether to use homeopathy should first get advice from a registered health practitioner and, in the meanwhile, keep taking any prescribed treatments.”

So should you risk taking homeopathy medicine? According to the University of California, Berkeley, homeopathic remedies are not recommended. Not only should you be wary of remedies for colds, headaches or other minor problems because of their placebo effect, but homeopathic remedies that take the place of proven medical treatments could prevent you from getting the medical care you really need. It’s also highly advised for both children and adults to stay away from “homeopathic immunizations” (nosodes) to take the place of standard vaccinations

However, if you are thinking about using homeopathy, Mayo Clinic advises you to tell your health care provider everything and keep him or her in the loop of any and all complementary health practices you use. Bring the product with you to your next appointment with your provider, who can help you determine whether the product might pose a risk of side effects or drug interactions. If you are pregnant or nursing, or you’re thinking of using homeopathy to treat a child, consult your or your child’s health care providers first. Lastly, the FDA warns consumers about over-the-counter products labeled “homeopathic,” including asthma products, as they have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness.

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Kristine Cannon is a professional writer and editor. You can find her work on Canadian Pharmacy online, SheKnows, Taste Company, Alternative Press, Scottsdale Living, AZRE Magazine, AZ Business Magazine and Experience AZ.


19 Most Prescribed Pediatric Medications and What They Do

by Carissa Andrews  -  December 17th, 2018  Match Score:3

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Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews

Drugs used in pediatric care can have a long delay from the time the medication is originally approved—to the time trials are completed for use with children. An audit done by Boston’s Children’s Hospital found only one-third of mandatory trials

If you have children in your house, whether really young or already teens, you’re probably aware there are plenty of conditions that can pop up. Many of which will send you to the drug store to chase down pediatric medications. According to a comprehensive study

Let’s take a look at the 19 drugs used in pediatrics and the conditions they treat:

ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is considered by many to be the most common childhood mental health disorder. According to Psychology Today

Intuniv (guanfacine hydrochloride) is a new medication on the market used to treat ADHD in kids aged 6 to 17

Allergies

Food and seasonal allergies can be a problem for some kids. Gluten sensitivity and peanut allergies

Nasonex (mometasone) is a steroidal nasal spray used to get your child’s seasonal (or year-round) congestion, sneezing, and runny nose under control. It is approved for kids over 2 and can also be used as a preventative medicine for seasonal allergy symptoms in children over 12

Asthma

Shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing after exposure to environmental allergens & toxins, cold air, exercise, and even viruses can signify the basic symptoms of asthma in kids. According to the CDC

Albuterol (salbutamol) is a bronchodilator used to relax the airways to increase airflow to the lungs. It is approved for children over the age of 4

Singulair (montelukast) is used to prevent asthma attacks in children as young as 12 months old. It can also be used to treat symptoms of seasonal allergies in children over the age of 2

Flovent (fluticasone) is a steroid inhaler used to prevent asthma attacks in children over 4 years old

Dulera (formoterol/mometasone) is a combination inhaler containing two drugs: formoterol and mometasone. This combination makes it a bronchodilator and corticosteroid and it’s used as a preventative maintenance inhaler for children over the age of 12

Bacterial Infections

Most parents won’t be overly surprised to learn antibiotics top the list of the most commonly prescribed medicines for children. They treat a host of bacterial infections from strep throat to ear infections, UTIs, and much more. They do not, however, treat viral infections, so your doctor will need to identify the cause of your child’s ailment to be sure. Over the past decade, doctors have become more leery about prescribing antibiotics to avoid overuse

Interestingly, a new study

Amoxil (amoxicillin) is a penicillin-based antibiotic used to treat a host of bacterial infections, including tonsillitis, bronchitis, gonorrhea, or ear, sinus, skin, and urinary, infections in children as young as a few months old

Augmentin (amoxicillin/clavulanate) is a combination antibiotic that treats bacterial infections with a dose of penicillin and clavulanate potassium to fight bacteria that is resistant to penicillin or other antibiotics. It can be used to treat sinusitis, ear infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and other infections in children as young as 12 weeks

Zithromax (azithromycin) fights a host of infections in children older than 6 years old

Keflex (cephalexin) is another antibiotic that can treat a host of bacterial infections in all children over 1 year old

• Bactroban Ointment (mupirocin is an antibiotic ointment used to treat certain bacterial skin infections in children and teens

CiproDex Otic (ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone) is an antibiotic suspension used to treat ear infections. It is a combination antibiotic and steroid, and together they treat the infection, as well as bring down inflammation in a child’s ear

Eczema

Parents with kids who have eczema already know it encompasses a number of different types of skin disorders: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, and cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis). According to the National Eczema Association

Aristocort (triamcinolone) is one of the least expensive corticosteroid medications on the market used to treat eczema flare-ups in kids

Cortoderm (hydrocortisone) is used to reduce eczema flare-up, as well as other skin rashes in children over the age of 2

Fungal Infections

Fungal infections don’t just affect babies. Kids of all ages are prone to yeast infections and as it turns out, one of the most prescribed medications is one of them. Kids tend to pick up a fungal infection quickly because they aren’t always the most hygienic of creatures. Not washing hands, sharing or reusing towels, and even transference from pets can all be causes. Luckily, there are medications that can help.

Nystatin (mycostatin) is an antifungal medication used to treat yeast infections, such as thrush and diaper rash in babies, children, and teens

Pink Eye

Most families with kids will have at least one round of pink eye blaze through in a given year. Once again, hygiene has its role in this fiasco. Remembering to wash hands, and not rubbing or touching eyes happens to be the best way to avoid pink eye. When that fails, there are drugs used in pediatric circles to combat it. They include:

Polytrim (polymyxin B sulfate/trimethoprim)

Vigamox (moxifloxacin) is another antibiotic eye drop used to treat pediatric cases of pink eye in children of at least 1 year old

Pain & Inflammation

Kids get all manner of aches and pains—not to mention fevers when they’re sick. NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are typically the first thing your pediatrician will prescribe. Most of the time, you can simply pick these up without a prescription, but with caution

Motrin (ibuprofen) is an NSAID used to treat anything from reducing fever, to treating pain and inflammation caused by anything from a headache—all the way up to a surgery. It can be used in children who are at least 6 months old

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is another common NSAID prescribed to treat pain, inflammation, and fevers in kids, typically older than 2 years old

Most parents wish they could wrap their children up in a protective bubble to keep them safe from all the illnesses, diseases, or other conditions that exist in the world. Unfortunately, that’s simply not the way of things. Kids of all ages will have their own set of challenging health conditions that crop up. As you can see, there’s a host of different medications used to treat the common illnesses and conditions kids typically face. While there may be 19 medications, there are only 8 categories. Granted, this by no means is an exhaustive list of every medication a child may end up needing to take—but it gives you a quick glimpse on the most commonly prescribed and what they’re used for. Be sure to always administer the prescribed dosage from your doctor and call them immediately if any allergies or side-effect crop up. For those of you interested in the top 20 medications filled by Canadian Pharmacy King, click here

** This article is intended for reference only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist regarding specific details of the medications your child has been prescribed.


The Facts and Fiction Behind Male Pattern Baldness

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 18th, 2019  Match Score:3

Photo Credit: Hair loss drugs from Canadian Pharmacy King
Photo Credit: Hair loss drugs from Canadian Pharmacy King

Male pattern balding is a common condition leaving men all over the world on the hunt for a cure for. Did you know over 50% of all men over the age of fifty will experience hair loss to some degree? There happens to be plenty of misinformation out there about hair loss for men, and we wanted to get to the bottom of some of the most persistent myths—as well as discuss some of the facts all men should know about thinning hair. Let’s take a closer look.

What Causes Male Hair Loss?

Male pattern baldness can begin as early as the teenage years, but most often impacts men as they reach adulthood. Overall, research has found most balding is due to the reduction of androgens in a man’s body. Androgens are the male sex hormones that control development of a man’s sex organs, as well as maintain other functions—including the regulation of hair growth.

FACT: Genetics plays a big role.

If you have a family history of baldness, the likelihood you will succumb to this problematic inheritance is pretty high. However, it’s important to note this rule is for any family member on either side of your family tree, as research has found genetics doesn’t discriminate for hair loss.

FACT: There are some serious causes for baldness.

While male pattern baldness that has been inherited plays little to no risk on the overall health of the man, there are some causes which might. Sometimes baldness can be a symptom of cancer, side effect of medications, caused by a thyroid condition

To know whether your balding is genetic or due to a more nefarious cause, your doctor will have to run a few tests. If a medical history exam doesn’t turn up signs pointing to male pattern balding, a skin biopsy and blood tests might be ordered to get to the root of the problem.

13 Myths on Male Balding Debunked

There are a plethora of myth circulating the internet and in social circles when it comes to a receding hair line. We’ve curated a list of the 13 most believed myths about hair loss for men. Are you ready to get your facts straight?

MYTH: Balding comes from maternal side.

As discussed earlier, genetics certainly does play its role in whether or not your hairline will recede, or your thick locks will thin. However, the genetics for this one does not solely come from your maternal code. Instead, anyone in your family tree can pass on this trait.

MYTH: Wearing a hat will cause hair loss.

Research has found wearing a baseball hat, fedora or bowler has no impact whatsoever on whether or not your hair will lose its luster and fall out. However, you can cause repetitive pulling out of your hair if you wear a hat that’s too tight. And guys, remember to wash those hats once in a while, too. You can cause plenty of scalp irritation if you continually wear it without washing. But balding because of your favorite cap? That’s a no-go.

MYTH: Hair care products can cause hair loss.

Unless you’re putting some seriously scary stuff on your head (we’re talking the kinds of things that are not hair care products), there is zero chance of causing hair loss from styling your hair the way you want it. Go right ahead and use that putty, paste, or spray to jazz up your do.

MYTH: Direct sunlight on the scalp can cause hair loss.

While it may seem like it makes sense, getting sun on your scalp does not cause hair follicle damage. Sustained sun exposure might give you a good case of sunburn on the top of your head (and elsewhere), but it will not cause balding. No, not even a little bit.

MYTH: Washing hair in cold water will prevent hair loss.

While cold water might increase blood circulation to your scalp, it won’t do a thing to prevent your genes from expressing themselves in whatever way they see fit. Changing the temperature of your shower from hot to cold won’t do a thing in regard to helping or hindering hair loss.

MYTH: Cutting your hair often will prevent hair loss.

Hair loss takes place deep in the roots of your scalp. So, sorry guys. Cutting your hair often will not make any difference on how your male pattern balding expresses itself. It will, however, give you a different overall style—and perhaps make your balding a little less noticeable.

MYTH: Washing your hair too much causes baldness.

Again, your hair follicle sensitivity has to do with your genetics. Washing (and even drying) your hair frequently will not cause your hair to fall out, since hair loss technically begins under the scalp anyway. If you notice hair loss in the shower or as you dry your hair, it’s likely because those hairs were already falling out before you lathered up. Fun fact: we normally lose anywhere between 50-100 strands of hair a day.

MYTH: Brushing your hair at the scalp will prevent hair loss.

Just like washing your hair in cold water, brushing your hair at the scalp will increase blood flow to the scalp—but it won’t prevent your hair from falling out. Unfortunately, blood flow has no correlation to hair loss.

MYTH: Bald guys have more testosterone.

Alas, this is also a myth. While it seems to make sense, due to the fact that men are the ones who are most affected by hair loss. But the true culprit has to do with androgens, as we discussed before, and a sensitivity to the hair follicles. Men with less sensitive follicles are less likely to lose their hair.

MYTH: Stress will make your hair fall out.

This one is mostly a myth, but under extreme duress, it could be a consideration. However, ordinary stresses are not typically a culprit for a receding hairline. A traumatic car accident, the death of someone close, and even a difficult birth for women have been known to cause hair loss—although it’s typically temporary.

MYTH: The most sexually active men lose their hair first.

This one is usually tied in with the testosterone myth. However, there is zero correlation between sex and hair loss. It’s all about how sensitive those hair follicles are, remember? So, time to set this myth aside, even if it was helping with your street cred.

MYTH: Masturbating causes hair loss.

Ditto for masturbating. It’s unclear where this myth started, but it was probably someone’s mom, I suspect. There is no link between any sexual activity—with or without a partner—to hair loss. It’s all about those genetics.

MYTH: You can prevent hair loss.

Hair loss for men typically starts when dihydrotestosterone

Facts on Treatments and Techniques to Help

Alright, we’ve discussed the facts on how male balding is triggered, as well as a number of myths we can set aside. Now it’s time to look at the facts on treating the condition once it’s set in. As of right now, there are only two approved medications on the market for the treatment of male pattern balding: Propecia and Rogaine. Other techniques to address a receding hairline include a different hairstyle, wigs and hairpieces, hair weaves and hair transplants. Those all vary in their effectiveness and depend widely on the man. So let’s focus on the two medications known to provide some help in this arena.

FACT: Propecia Works.

Propecia is an oral medication that’s known to slow hair loss for some men who take it. It blocks an enzyme that would change into DHT and start the process of miniaturization, which weakens hair follicles. It does need to be taken daily but has shown to be more effective than Rogaine in terms of results. However, it needs to be in your system for a minimum of three months before it takes any effect and if you discontinue its use, most men report hair loss returning quickly. This medication has been known to bring a number of side effects however, including depression, breast tenderness/growth, painful ejaculation, and even erectile dysfunction in some men. Canadian Pharmacy King carries the brand Propecia from Canada and New Zealand manufactured by Merck. The generic Finasteride comes from India also called Finpecia by Cipla and from Canada also called Auro-Finasteride manufactured by Aurobindo. Propecia is available in the strength of 1 mg tablets.

FACT: Rogaine Works.

Rogaine is a topical medication that comes in the form of a foam or lotion. In order for it to be effective, it needs to be applied twice a day, every single day. Most men who report seeing visible results (about 30%-50%) see them between four months to a year after beginning treatment. Unlike Propecia, Rogaine carries very few side effects. However, just like it, if you stop taking Rogaine, any effects will be negated once you stop. Canadian Pharmacy King carries the brand Rogaine solution and foam from Canada manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. The generic Minoxidil solution comes from India also called Tugain manufactured by Cipla. Rogaine is available in the strength of 2%/60 ml and 5%/60 ml solution and 5%/60 gm foam.

Interesting New Developments for Hair Loss

As a closing thought, there is an exciting new development happening on the treatment front for male pattern balding that I would be remiss if I didn’t bring it up. A drug originally designed to treat osteoporosis might just be a new breakthrough medication for balding.

Cyclosporine A

If you are dealing with a receding hairline or thinning hair, it’s important to know what works and what doesn’t. Hopefully our list of facts and the myths you might have believed before you read this will arm you with the information you need to make better decisions regarding your hair loss. There are two great medications on the market with a proven track record. Visit our product page to find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Propecia which requires a valid prescription. We’re here to help you get your hair back to its previous luster by using Rogaine available over-the-counter.

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Instagram Accounts to Follow for Your Mental Health

by Natasha Tracy  -  April 1st, 2019  Match Score:3

Photo Credit: by @NamiCommunicate from Instagram
Photo Credit: by @NamiCommunicate from Instagram

On Instagram, you can find information on everything, including mental health. However, Instagram can give you positive or negative messages about mental health. If you’re dealing with a mental health challenge, you want to focus on those accounts that can provide positive messages in the forms of trusted mental health information, motivational messages and maybe even a little humor. These are the best Instagram accounts to follow to support your mental health.

The Importance of Mental Health on Instagram

There is no health without mental health and these mental health-related Instagram accounts understand that. The reason this matters so much is because social media can make you feel bad about yourself and harm your self-esteem if you’re seeing the wrong messages. The following Instagram accounts will help your mental health, not hurt it. They range from formal mental health organization accounts to community accounts to the accounts of individuals. No matter what you’re looking for, if it’s related to mental health, these Instagram accounts can help.

@NamiCommunicate

The first account that you should follow is the Instagram account of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). You can follow your local NAMI organization’s account or follow NamiCommunicate

It contains great messages for those with and without mental illnesses and introduces some people with real recovery stories.

@oc87rd

A great account for the community “at the cross-section of mental health and personal stories” is that of the OC87 Recovery Diaries

Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.

This Instagram account for mental health offers up a new story of someone with mental illness every week and great tidbits in between.

@MentalHealthFacts

This Instagram account isn’t that of an organization but, rather, an individual who wants to educate the public on mental health. This account, named “TAG

Anxiety isn’t weakness. Living with anxiety, turning up and doing stuff with anxiety, takes a strength most will never know.

This mental health-focused Instagram account reposts the best from a few other places and adds their own thoughts. This account focuses on all aspects of mental health from how to get help and create a crisis plan to healthy motivation tips.

@MentalHealthTips

This Instagram account is fittingly named, “You Can Handle This

be happy not because everything is good but because you can see the good side of everything

This account is about the author’s positive thoughts in regards to quotes and images she finds. She relates her own experience with mental illness and what’s currently going on in her life. She will make you smile, nod and maybe even chuckle a little.

@JessRachelSharp

If you’re looking for pure positivity, “Jess Sharp’s Instagram account

I know you don’t feel it, and I know you can’t see it, but you are doing fantastically well – and I’m so very proud of you.

As with many of the other accounts on this list, Jess Sharp creates the bulk of her own Instagram content so you’ll be seeing something unique constantly.

@HealthyPlace

HealthyPlace is a website dedicated to providing mental health support, resources and information and that’s exactly what you will find on the HealthyPlace Instagram account

Have you ever just randomly started crying because you’ve been holding in all these emotions and pretending to be happy for way too long?

This account posts 1-2 times per day, primarily with motivational, unique quotes but also with real stories from people with mental health conditions.

@TrevorProject

The Trevor Project

Keep going, you’re still growing.

On this Instagram account, not only will you find messages centered around hope but also those centered around inclusiveness of sexuality, gender and ability.

@HannahDBlum

Hannah Blum’s

This account is creative and is guaranteed to make you think.

Treatment Options – Mind, Lifestyle Changes, and Medications

Add one or more of these accounts to your instagram and focus on positive and thoughtful mental health messages. It’s a good idea to pursue healthy mind, lifestyle changes and treatment options together to cure the underlying problems.

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Is There A Link between Poverty and Depression?

by Natasha Tracy  -  September 30th, 2019  Match Score:3

Is There A Link between Poverty and Depression

People with health problems, including mental illness, have greater rates of poverty, and those in poverty also have greater rates of health problems like mental illness. But the question is, is there a cause and effect? Does poverty cause mental illness? Does mental illness create poverty? These are difficult questions to answer. The relationship between poverty and mental health is complex and difficult to untangle.

What Is Poverty?

"The biggest enemy of health in the developing world is poverty" – Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations

Poverty is defined in different ways by different organizations and different countries. For example, Dictionary.com defines poverty as:

“the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor.”

In terms of looking for the links between mental health and poverty, though, this definition is too vague to be adequate. Another definition, as outline

by the Canadian Mental Health Association is:

“the lack of sufficient income to provide for the basic necessities of life, consistent with the norms of the society in which one lives.”

Again, the vagueness of this definition limits its usefulness. It has been recently recognized, though, that poverty is more than just a single income number. A more useful definition of poverty is given by the Policy Research Initiative, a research institute providing advice to Human Resources and Social Development Canada. Its definition of poverty is:

“Nationally and internationally, there is growing recognition that poverty involves more than just income deprivation. It can also extend to (or result from) exclusion from essential goods and services, meaningful employment and decent earnings, adequate and affordable housing, safe neighbourhoods with public amenities, health and well-being, social networks, and basic human rights.”

Poverty in the United States

For a specific definition, one can look to the United States as their definition of poverty is simply living below what they set as the “poverty line.” For example. A family of two adults and two related children have a poverty threshold of $25,465. If a family makes less than that (before taxes) then they are considered to be living in poverty. A single person needs to make more than $13,064 to be living above the poverty line. It should be noted that geographical region (such as rural vs urban) is not taken into consideration when the poverty line is calculated. This skews things dramatically as living in a major urban center is much more expensive than living in a rural setting.

The official rate of poverty in the United States is 12.3%, or 39.7 million Americans. Included in that, is the 5.7% of people – 18.5 million people – who are in deep poverty, which is considered to be an income that is less than 50% of the poverty line. (2017 estimates used as that’s the latest data available.)

Poverty in Canada

The poverty line is also calculated in Canada but it changes depending on what the community size is. For example, in rural areas the poverty line is $13,735 for a single person but this is raised all the way to $20,998 for a single person living in a community that has more than 500,000 people. An individual’s income is calculated after taxes in Canada.

The official rate of poverty in 2017 in Canada is 9.5%, which is 3.4 million Canadians. This is down from 10.6% in 2016. This may be due to the Canada Child Benefit and the increased Guaranteed Income Supplement top-up, which were implemented in July of 2016 and are part of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy’s targets. These are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate poverty.

How Are Poverty and Mental Health Related?

Those in poverty are often suffering from a disability such as a serious mental health condition and those with serious mental illnesses commonly live in poverty – in other words, it’s a two-way street.

According to the Ontario Psychological Association:

“Both poverty and mental disorders are said to “feed” of one another with the mental ill sinking further into poverty. While the wealthier members of society have access to mental health services, financial barriers reducing their opportunities for access to healthcare and further impacting on educational and employment opportunities.”

However, it’s not a simple relationship. Poverty causing mental illness and mental illness causing poverty is through social, economic and physical environments.

Does Poverty Cause Mental Illness?

According to the Ontario Psychological Association, poverty is, indeed a cause of mental illness although all the ways in which this cause acts is unknown. This is partly because those in poverty are known to experience a greater number of traumatic experiences both in their youth and throughout their lifetime due to the impact of living in poverty. Virtually all population-based studies show that those who are marginalized or are living in poverty are at greater risk of suffering a mental illness. This is particularly true of anxiety disorders and depression.

A McMaster University Study showed that those below the poverty line had the highest rate of chronic disorders with a 58% higher rate of depression than the Canadian average. Poverty is also considered a risk factor for suicide.

While the above talks about poverty-caused mental illness in adults, poverty can cause mental illness in children too. It’s worth noting that children in poverty are at a greater risk of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.

It’s important to note that while poverty may be a major risk factor for mental illness, not all people living in poverty have a mental illness. Additionally, there are many other risk factors for mental illness that may play a role in any individual case.

Does Mental Illness Cause Poverty?

According to the Ontario Psychological Association, mental illness is, indeed, a cause of poverty. Those with serious mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are more likely to be unemployed – in fact, up to 90% of Canadians with serious mental illness are unemployed. The mentally ill are also found to be least likely to enjoy decent housing and stable personal lives. This is often due to untreated or poorly treated mental illnesses. Those with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, may need an antipsychotic like Rexulti (brexpiprazole) or Latuda

And, of course, just as not all people living in poverty have a mental illness, not all those with a mental illness are poor either.

Insurance, Poverty and Mental Illness

It’s very clear that those with a mental illness who are also in poverty (or of low-income) could be helped tremendously by proper health insurance. While this isn’t an issue in Canada, thanks to a public healthcare system, it’s a huge issue in the United States. For example, those without health insurance in the United States worry about paying healthcare bills at an alarming rate:

• 76% are worried about being able to pay medical bills if they get sick

• 61% are worried about being able to pay medical bills for normal care

• 29% (almost one in three) have problems paying or can’t pay medical bills

Stressors are known to make mental illness worse and certainly the above type of worry would be considered a stressor.

And while the number of those in poverty with health insurance has increased dramatically since the Affordable Care Act, as of 2017, it is still the case that 10.2% of the nonelderly population does not have health insurance. The state prevalence of adults without insurance with a mental illness varies from 2.2% in Massachusetts to 23% in Texas. This has a major impact on access to healthcare.

Of those without insurance in the United States:

• 24% postponed seeking care due to cost

• 20% went without needed care due to cost

• 19% postponed or did not get prescriptions needed due to cost

Certainly, those with serious mental illness can’t afford to postpone or not get care but if they don’t have insurance, that’s exactly what happens for so many. In fact, even a simple a href="https://www.canadianpharmacyking.com/Products.aspx?id=6" target="_blank">antidepressant like a href="https://www.canadianpharmacyking.com/Drug/Wellbutrin+XL" target="_blank">Wellbutrin XL

Indeed, 56.4% of adults with a mental illness don’t receive treatment – that is over 24 million adults. This number ranges from a low of 41.5% in Maine to a high of 67.5% in Hawaii. The number one reason adults aren’t receiving treatment in the United States is no insurance or limited coverage of services.

And an untreated mental illness leads to unemployment, housing loss and other harmful things that increase the rates of poverty.

What Can We Do to Help People in Poverty with Mental Illness?

Improving the lives of people with mental illness in poverty can be done in many ways and social, economic and physical environments all should be addressed. Evidence-based methods outlined by principles and actions laid out by the World Health Organization (WHO) are some of these ways. These are constant with the WHO’s Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

According to the WHO, those in poverty with a mental illness could be helped through:

• Systematically integrating mental health services into all healthcare services, including primary care

• Integrating mental health issues into broader health policies, programs and partnerships

• Including mental health services before and after an emergency

• Taking mental health into account within social services and housing development

• Mainstreaming mental health issues into education and supporting those with mental illness in getting education

• Creating income-generating opportunities and employment for those with mental illness

• Developing laws and policies to protect the rights of those with mental illness

• Investing in the development of the capacity of people with mental illness to participate in public affairs

• Creating mechanisms to involve people with mental illnesses in the decision-making process

The above are designed to both better mental illness and create opportunities to rise from poverty.

The Mental Health Foundation of the United Kingdom also suggests the following ways to improve the lives of those in poverty with mental illness:

• Integrating anti-stigma interventions around mental health and poverty

• Planning for mental health service access within disadvantaged communities; building service hubs where necessary

• Encouraging positive parenting techniques in disadvantaged communities

• Funding evidence-based parenting programs for families whose members have existing mental health problems, particularly for families in which a child has moderate or severe behavioural problem and families in which a parent has a mental health problem

• Engaging caregivers in school-based mental health and wellbeing programs, and providing targeted supports for children who are at a high risk of developing mental health problems or who are experiencing mental distress – particularly children with multiple mental health problems, with moderate and severe behavioural problems and those diagnosed with conduct disorder

• Developing a national program to support those with mental illness getting employment

• In the workplace:

o Creating positive policies that recruit, retain and promote those with mental illness

o Training managers/owners to spot the signs of mental distress and to intervene early with accommodation and referral to an appropriate program

• Undertaking a national program to ensure those with mental illness are using the available programs

• Training government workers who engage with those with mental illness

• Assessing mental health across the lifespan (both inside and outside of school for children)

• Providing learning/training opportunities for those with mental illness so they can re-enter the workforce

• Developing integrated healthcare for those who have comorbid conditions (more than one condition)

• Training of all police officers and those who work in law about mental illness and poverty; creating pathways outside of the legal system for those with mental illness wherever possible

Conclusion – Poverty and Mental Illness Doesn’t Have to Continue

In short, while poverty may cause or worsen mental illness and mental illness may cause poverty, it doesn’t always have to be this way. The recommendations above outline many ways governments and organizations can take steps to reduce both problems. After all, if there is a bi-directional relationship between poverty and mental illness, then addressing each issue should also reduce the other.

Sources

Center for Poverty Research, “What Is the Current Poverty Rate in the United States.” University of California, Davis, Oct. 15, 2018.

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Dog Lovers Have Lower Blood Pressure. But Why?

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 18th, 2019  Match Score:3

Dog Lovers Have Lower Blood Pressure. But Why?

Many people adopt dogs looking for a companion in life. However, getting a four-legged companion comes with more benefits than just cuddles and a cute face. Did you know your furry friend may also help lower your blood pressure?

There are a multitude of studies that have been done over the years linking owning a pet (and most specifically, a pet of the canine variety) to lowered systolic blood pressure. Although not fully conclusive, the studies have found correlations between owning a dog and a significant decrease in the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is most likely due to the variety of activities pet owners are required to take on when owning a dog, such as playing and taking them out for a walk. But let’s take a closer look at those studies.

Link Between Dogs and Blood Pressure

A 2013 American Heart Association study

In a 2016 study of more than 1500 people over the age of 60, owning a dog was directly attributed to a 3.34 mmHg decrease in systolic blood pressure. To put this into perspective, a 2 mm reduction can mean a 6% reduction in stroke risk, 4% reduction for coronary disease, and 3% reduction in overall mortality risk. Even the CDC has stated a number of health benefits

Other Health Benefits of Owning A Dog

Outside of blood pressure, pets are also known to help with depression. By being a companion, pets motivate their owners to continue throughout their day by being more active and not sit around lethargically. It is also possible to train your pet to want to eat or play at a certain time of the day. This can put you both in a routine, which not only gets them what they need—but it also helps you get or stay motivated to move about, alleviating some of the symptoms of depression. It can also give those who live alone something to “live for” when they have no one at home, which can sometimes be a cause for depression if they have always had others to care for.

As many people age, they find their social life or social circle dwindling. This can lead to social isolation, which can contribute to lower standards of health. One study

Another benefit of owning a dog is the pure emotional connection between you and another living creature that loves and trusts you wholeheartedly. These are priceless benefits that could never be fully measured, but are always appreciated, nonetheless.

Considering Adopting a Dog?

If you are simply looking for a companion and find the idea of lower blood pressure and a decrease in the risk of heart disease beneficial, then you might be considering getting a dog or other pet. If you require some additional support, you might even consider an emotional support animal (ESA) or a service dog who has been specifically trained for your needs.

You are not required to go to a physician to be prescribed an emotional support animal. However, you do need one if you want one that is trained as a service dog. With this, you can train your emotional support dog to become a service dog

All of this said, keep in mind that owning a pet is still a big responsibility. If you feel like you wouldn’t be able to keep up with their needs, adopting an animal (even with their added health benefits) isn’t a good idea for you—or for them. If you plan on adopting a new animal, be sure you are doing it for the right reasons and make sure you have the ability to keep up with their needs.

Healthy Activities for You and Your Dog

If you went ahead and adopted a dog, you might be wondering what types of activities you can do with them to increase the health benefit for you both. Especially if it’s been a while since you had a pet—or maybe you never had one at all. Here are a few healthy activities you can do together to make the most of your companionship.

• Go for walks

• Go to the park: Head to the park (or dog park) and bring a picnic of healthy snacks for yourself and your dog

• Visit the beach

• Play time

While more studies do need to be performed with larger groups and with more lifestyles, for now we can say there has been a correlation between owning a dog and a longer, healthier life. Before you head out to get a dog or other service animal, always research your breed and learn about them. Understand how adding them into your daily routine will change your dynamic before you move forward. Remember, all of the blood pressure lowering benefits in the world won’t help you if you’re allergic—so be sure to pick a breed of animal you’re able to not only take care of—but tolerate, as well. When you find the right one for you, a world of health benefits will open up—as well as a lifelong companionship. If you find that owning a pet isn’t for you, despite having higher blood pressure, your doctor will likely prescribe medications to lower your risk. Canadian Pharmacy King carries a wide variety of blood pressure medications, as well as many pet health medications


Combining Extra Cup of Coffee and Exercise Improves Kidney Function

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 9th, 2020  Match Score:3

Combining Extra Cup of Coffee and Exercise Improves Kidney Function

March is National Kidney Month. While technically every month is a good one in terms of doing what we can to eat right and move more, this is a great one to focus on our overall kidney health. Most of the time, assuming our kidneys are functioning properly, they take a backseat to larger organs like the heart and lungs. However, your kidneys are just as important. Every moment of every day, they’re filtering your blood and help you to eliminate waste through urine. They also regulate your electrolytes, balance sodium and fluid levels in your body, and even help control your blood pressure. When they stop working properly, waste builds up in the bloodstream, proteins and sugar can end up in your urine, and your body starts retaining fluid because sodium is no longer being balanced.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when there is a gradual loss of kidney function, meaning, they stop working optimally. If a decline in function continues, it can mean spending the rest of your life relying on dialysis to do the work for your kidneys. And trust me, from someone who watched her grandmother spend her last few years hooked up to a dialysis machine, it’s no fun.

Risk Factors & Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease

The cardiovascular system and kidneys are intertwined. When you take care of one, you are automatically taking care of the other. So, if you spend years ignoring your blood sugar or blood pressure, you’re most likely also doing damage to your kidneys. While it doesn’t necessarily mean you will develop chronic kidney disease (CKD) as a certainty, having heart disease

The reverse is also true. Having chronic kidney disease increases your risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular health issues, according to the Mayo Clinic. A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings

In fact, having diabetes is the leading cause of CKD. Following closely behind is high blood pressure, as the 2nd leading cause of CKD. Obviously, if you have BOTH diabetes and high blood pressure, you are most at risk, especially if you are aged 40+. Other risk factors include smoking, having a sedentary lifestyle

The scary thing is, CKD’s symptoms don’t always present themselves as obviously as they could. Sometimes, they start with a little nausea in the morning that dissipates as soon as your vomit. Other times, it could be a decrease in mental sharpness, loss of appetite, overall fatigue and weakness, insomnia, and muscle twitching or cramps. In some cases, you can produce more or less urine or swell up in your feet and ankles. All of these can be associated with other health issues or even stress. So, it’s important to talk to your doctor if anything unusual, no matter how mild, begins to happen.

New Research on Reducing Your Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease

There are a number of ways you can help to reduce your risk of developing chronic kidney disease. You can quit smoking, increase your water intake, limit your alcohol consumption, control your blood sugar, and eat more fruits and veggies. A plant-based diet full of whole foods is especially important. Check out these 15 detox recipes for kidney health

Coffee’s Effects on Kidney Disease

Tea might have caused a ruckus during the Revolutionary War, but coffee has revolutionized how we consume caffeine. As it turns out, there are a few studies that have come out in the past few years that link coffee consumption with a reduced risk of developing CKD, at least for women. In fact, a 2008 study out of Korea

Another study from Portuga

While additional studies are finding the same effects, there is still speculation as to why coffee seems to have a protective effect on women’s kidneys. Some speculate it’s the antioxidants found in coffee, while others believe there is an antidiabetic effect that occurs when drinking it. According to a WebMd post

Keep in mind that while a higher dose of coffee might reduce your risk for CKD, caffeine consumption can trigger unwanted side-effects if you also suffer from GERD. Be sure to check out our previous article

Exercise and Kidney Disease

If you’re not a coffee drinker, have no fear. There are other ways to reduce your CKD risk. In fact, as it turns out getting more exercise is linked to a 9% reduced risk

For those in the study who were most physical, they walked an hour or more daily or ran at least two hours weekly. Those in the least physically active (but not sedentary) group walked 15 minutes or less daily.

If you’re looking to add in more movement into your daily routine, starting simple with a walk can be just the ticket. Not only can you lose weight, increase flexibility and muscle tone, but you also improve your cardiovascular system—and reduce risks to heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Better yet, add in a combo of movement and weight training

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or are concerned that you might be at risk for developing it down the road, increasing your physical activity and adding a daily cup of coffee might be a great first step. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, be sure to have your doctor monitor your kidney function as well. Remember, what’s good for your heart is good for your kidneys. If you find you need an affordable heart, diabetes, or blood pressure

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Why Your Child’s Weight Could Be a Big Deal?

by Carissa Andrews  -  December 16th, 2019  Match Score:3

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Photo Credit: by hadar segal, flickr.com

Childhood obesity is a growing concern, and as parent’s, it’s our job to do what we can to support and encourage our children to make healthy choices. However, even despite our best efforts, childhood obesity is still rising issue. By 2030, it will affect more than 250 million kids worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), obesity in children aged 0-5 inflated by more than 9 million kids, from 32 million in 1990, to 41 million in 2016. There are more than 28 million kids in India dealing with obesity, and in China, 1 in 5 kids is overweight

Causes Leading to Childhood Obesity

There are a number of causes that lead to childhood obesity. In fact, it can start as early as in the womb. Typically, what it comes down to is a lack of information to living a healthy lifestyle (for both parents and kids). Let’s take a closer look at the top seven causes linked to childhood obesity.

1. In-utero

2. Family Role Models – We all want to be like our parents. But when our family members don’t have the tools they need to life their healthiest life, this can filter down to the way children form their decisions as well. Research has shown that if a child’s parents are obese

3. Only Child Syndrome – Singletons (otherwise known as only children) are more at risk for becoming overweight than their peers. One study has theorized

4. Gut BacteriaNew studies

5. Food Choices

6. Sedentary Lifestyle

7. Mental Health

Health Risks of Childhood Obesity

A couple of decades ago, most people thought the worst thing about being an overweight kid was the ridicule they’d receive at school. While it might not seem like a big deal at first blush, childhood obesity can mean some big health risks for them as they grow. Let’s dig in and have a look.

1. Poor Mental Health / Self-Esteem

2. Cardiovascular Disease

3. DiabetesType 2 diabetes

4. High Blood Pressure

5. Shortness of Breath

6. Restless Sleep

7. Bone and Joint Problems

8. Premature Puberty

Parenting Tips That Can Help

The good news is, childhood obesity is largely preventable (just as it is for most of us). The biggest tip we can give you is to educate yourself as a parent so you can find healthy habits that can become a part of your family’s norm.

Some of the tips WHO recommends include:

1. Breastfeeding early (within an hour after birth) and exclusively for the first six months of life.

2. Introduce nutrient dense solid foods at 6 months (veggies and fruit).

3. Continue to breastfeed up to 2 years of age or beyond, when possible.

4. Limit intake of high-fat and high-sugar foods

5. Encourage the consumption of whole foods: fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains, & nuts.

6. Encourage kids to engage in regular physical exercise (60 minutes daily).

How do know if your child is overweight or obese? Check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) clinical growth charts or WHO’s growth standards

Should You Tell Your Kid If They're Overweight?

Despite all the advice on avoiding obesity, what about should you do if you’re a parent of an overweight or obese child? Do you tell your kids they’re overweight and that they need to get in shape? Research actually says

Rather than putting added stress on their minds, it’s best to start with yourself and lead by example. Make healthy changes in your household, from the way you buy and eat food, to the way your family gets out and exercises. Find fun things to do together that will get you all up and moving. Set limits for tech usage, so everyone knows it shouldn’t be an unlimited free-for-all. The most important thing is not to make it about one person’s weight or trying to lose the weight. Instead, focus on living your best lives and finding joy in the way you eat and interact.

What Does the Future Hold?

There is a lot of research happening in the childhood obesity front, as well as a number of social media campaigns to gain more exposure to this public dilemma. Even former First Lady Michelle Obama and chef Rachael Ray have taken on the mantle for combatting childhood obesity. If you’d like to get in on the kid obesity activism, consider following some of the social media influencers out there who have taken up the cause. Check out fightkidsobesity

While obesity rates continue to rise, there have been signs for hope. The more parents and children learn about the risks that lead to childhood obesity and the more they implement strategies to combat it, the easier it becomes to take action. While we aren’t where we want to be yet, in terms of lowering the percentage of prevalence among kids (or adults), as long as we continue to strive to live happy, healthy lives and teach our children to do the same, there is reason to believe the future will be brighter.

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Will Covid-19 Affect My Pets?

by Carissa Andrews  -  April 27th, 2020  Match Score:3

Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews
Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews

Everyone has been on high alert since the coronavirus quarantine went into effect last month. Many have been wondering when the next shoe will drop. Over the past couple of weeks, new evidence has been presented that suggest animals could be more susceptible to the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 in humans. In turn, this has many pet owners wondering if they can catch the coronavirus from animals.

While the specific moment that caused this pandemic is still under question, there is evidence linking the COVID-19 strain to contact with the bat population. Some think this could be undercooked bat from a Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, China. Genetic sequencing seems to show a link between the novel coronavirus and that of coronaviruses in the horseshoe bat population. However, no bats were sold at the market

However, what is important is the fact that coronaviruses not only affect humans, but also our animal companions. While not all coronaviruses can cross-infect, SARS-CoV-2 (which is the strain known to cause COVID-19 for humans) seems like it may be one of them. On Sunday, April 5th, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo was the first infection case of an animal in the United States when she tested positive

While Nadia was the first animal in the US, she is not the first animal worldwide to test positive. A household cat in Belgium was diagnosed the last week of March, as were two dogs from Hong Kong. All of them were in direct contact with owners who had been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

CAN I CATCH THE CORONAVIRUS FROM ANIMALS?

This news has obviously sparked concerns about transmission of the coronavirus from pets. Because cats and dogs, and other pets are in close proximity to their human owners, it’s important to ask the question of whether or not humans can get it from their furry companions. (Or vice versa.)

As a matter of fact, the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) all state that there is currently no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people. So, if anything, the risk is actually higher the other way around. This means pet owners with COVID-19 pose a greater risk to the animals in their life than the other way around.

SIGNS TO WATCH OUT FOR

As of the time this article was written, there are no cases of pets being diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 in the United States or Canada. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be alert and aware of the symptoms.

Unfortunately, most cats and dogs

If you notice a new or unusual cough from your animals, bring them in to the vet to know for sure.

HOW TO PROTECT PETS

Our pets love us and want to be around us. I personally have two husky puppies and I know the moment I sit down on the couch; they want to be right on top of us. Our animals make us feel good and are incredible at relaying unconditional love. But since our pets are actually more vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission from human to animal, here are some precautions for pet owners to take into consideration.

1. Get Tested

You are their first line of defense. If you believe you may have contracted COVID-19, the first thing you can do to protect your pets (and others in your household) is get yourself tested to know for sure.

2. Social Distance

If you have been confirmed or are suspected to have COVID-19, hand over all care duties to someone else. Consider isolating yourself to a specific space in the home to limit exposure. This means no snuggles, kisses, or pets until you’re all better.

3. Keep Pets Home

Do you live in an area with high confirmed cases? Consider keeping your pets home along with you. Avoid taking them on long walks in typically high-traffic areas during the times of the day where you know more people will be out with their own animals or on their own walks.

4. Wash Hands

We all know about how critical it is to wash your hands right now. This is also true when in contact with your pets. Wash hands before and after petting them, giving them their food, picking up their waste, etc. If you do take them on walks, it might even be a good idea to wash off their paws when you come back inside.

5. Get Animals Tested

If your animal has been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and you now suspect they have contracted the disease, the first thing you want to do is contact your vet to see what kind of testing they have available in your area and how to care for them properly.

6. Isolate Pets

Should your pet be diagnosed with COVID-19, limit their access to one or two rooms of the home and keep them out of contact with any pets who do not have the disease.

DON’T BE THAT GUY

A guy in Florida abandoned his dog because he believed his dog could infect him with the coronavirus. Even when officials told him he was safe to bring her home, he refused. In China, animal shelters are being over-run

In fact, when asked, the majority of people in my circles were concerned about people using the flashy headlines as an excuse to abandon their pets.

Personally, I’m concerned that some people are going to dump their pets...using this as an excuse. I think people are in a state of self-preservation and the headlines catch their eyes. Sometimes they don’t read articles fully...

Stacey Brooks from Akron Ohio echoed Jenn’s sentiment, “I have two dogs, five cats, one bearded dragon, one spotted python, one cali kingsnake, one bullfrog, and some fish. I figure they are all safe within my home and property. My dogs are the only ones to go outside. I would take precautions around them the same as I would if they were my kids. But I am concerned that people will use this as a reason to get rid of their pets

We cannot stress this enough: there is no evidence your pets can spread COVID-19 to you. Do not use the coronavirus as an excuse to ditch your pets.

Just like with humans, there is no vaccine for pets available at this time. The Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) is working on vaccine

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Reinventing the Tonight Show

by Carissa  -  February 22nd, 2014  Match Score:2

Can you feel that? There's been a shift in the winds of late night television and it's blowing in a breath of fresh air.

We all have our memories of the Tonight Show

Monday, February 17th, 2014 marked the day when the Tonight Show transitioned from a twenty-two year run with Jay Leno (give or take seven odd months while Conan O'Brien was on board), to the multi-talented comedian Jimmy Fallon. If you aren't sure if you've heard of Fallon before, check him out. He's been on the scene for quite a while – most notably his work with Saturday Night Live (SNL), and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

The Tonight Show

With Fallon's takeover, for the first time in forty years the Tonight Show

Fallon's child-like inquisitiveness and boundless energy gives him a huge cross-generational appeal, unlike some of his predecessors. His humor seems to know no limits, and yet he's more inclusive with his presentation, making him very accessible. You can't help but like the man. For younger generations, he's been able to tap into social media like a pro, boasting 1.6M Facebook Likes, 12M Twitter followers, 2M YouTube subscribers and 1.3M Instagram followers. Fallon's robust online presence puts him in a position to thrust the Tonight Show

Across the Internet reviews are coming in praising the comedian's spin on the show, and with good reason. He began his first show in a humble, down-to-earth manner. The gravity of the moment, and responsibility he has inherited was palpable, making him identifiable to anyone who's ever faced an uphill battle or momentous occasion. (He has some mighty shoes to fill, after all.)

So far, he's pulling it off extremely well. His first show included an entourage of cameos ranging from Robert De Niro, to Mariah Carey, to even Lady GaGa and Stephen Colbert – and all that was just a teaser. His first real guest was the ever-impressive Will Smith, with musical guests U2; who played their song with an amazing scenic sunset behind them at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, seventy stories up Rockefeller Center. Both the music and the view were breathtaking. Check out the Tonight Show

With only one week under his belt, Fallon is a still a Tonight Show

What are some of your fond memories of the Tonight Show

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Organic Cucumber Ready to Pick Up

by Tiffany  -  July 18th, 2014  Match Score:2

Here are more health benefits of organic cucumber: reducing cholesterol, lowering high blood pressure, fighting for cancers, diabetes, relieving gout, skin care, etc.

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Are You Depressed? Blame Your Smartphone

by Carissa Andrews  -  July 23rd, 2014  Match Score:2

Smartphone usage is on the rise, with over 58% of Americans owning one. While the boon in information technology has always seemed like a blessing, to many it can develop into something more akin to a curse. Studies are beginning to show that too much screen time with your electronic devices can actually be creating symptoms of depression, if not exacerbate what may have already been there in the first place. Not to mention it can play host to a bunch of other nasty side effects like anxiety, sleep disorders, and learning impairments, to name a few.

Cells in your eyes called iPRGCs are activated when your eyes are exposed to bright lights for an extended period of time, which includes the screen light emissions from your smartphones and tablets. According to researchers, these specific light-activated cells can impact the brain regions responsible for mood and memory.

Smartphones were designed for ease of use and to make life and business easier. While some can argue they do their jobs well in this regard, they also pack on the stress. Thanks to your smartphone, you’re never out of reach – or out of touch. Those trying to contact you assume that you’ll answer, and when/if you don’t, then there must be something wrong with you.

Because of this constant state of alert, researchers at the University of Worcester have even found this type of stress can cause your brain to trick you into believing your phone has beeped or vibrated, when in fact it hadn’t. For those struggling with depression, or waiting for that elusive message from someone specific, not getting it can sink them further into despair.

People under this kind of stress can develop additions to their smartphones. According to a study conducted in China, when teens were without their phone they developed paranoia and were consistently worried that they would miss a message when their phone was turned off. Other symptoms included problems at school from constant phone use, having strong and irrational reactions to losing or forgetting a phone, or feeling uncomfortable when not using a phone.

What does this mean for the rest of us? Well, it’s pretty simple, really. As with all good things, we need to limit ourselves to a reasonable level. Kind of like the 80/20 rule when you’re eating (80% healthy and nutritious/20% just plain yummy). Not only do we need to observe some self-restraint, but we need to be teaching it to our children, too.

Does iPhone make you happy

3 tips to tone down the screen time

1. Limit screen time to the essentials

2. Limit your screen time

3. Break the cycle

If you just can’t stand the thought of letting go of your smartphone, but are concerned about your propensity to develop signs of depression, there may still be hope for you, too. Healthline.com recently released their “Best Apps for Depression of 2014" and they list out many different types of apps that can give you a better outlook on life. Some can even help you determine if you’re at risk for depression and what to do about it.

So whether you’re a die-hard device user, or ready to swap your screen-time for some serene-time, there are options for you that don’t require your moods to suffer. For all of you reading this, we wish you the best of health and happiness. Now go read a real, honest-to-goodness book and set your cellphone aside.

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Carissa Andrews


Canadian Pharmacy King's Supermarket

by Liubov Edwards  -  August 7th, 2014  Match Score:2

Many people are on medications for conditions that can be remedied with a refinement of their diet. Canadian Pharmacy King offers not only prescription drugs but also provides useful health care and dieting tips via interesting articles and comics. Remember, that right healthy food can be as effective as prescription medicine.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine: Find it on Twitter

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 11th, 2014  Match Score:2

There’s much to be said about the uses and benefits of joining and participating on Twitter. For starters, you can find others who share a diagnosis, interest in healthcare reform, interest in specific forms of medical research, or share other interests you will want to pursue. You'll find people to ask questions of, or people to share your own resources with. This type of talk keeps you mentally healthy, which is something we all can benefit from.

Funnily enough, when you’re feeling like you need a pick-me-up, a great source of comedy is found in this unlikely Even well known brands like Old Spice and Taco Bell

FOLLOW WORTHY: 10 Fabulously Funny Twitter Accounts

Laughter is the Best Medicine: Find it on Twitter

1. Ellen Degeneres (@TheEllenShow) – Who doesn't already know and love Ellen? I mean, seriously does she really need an introduction?

2. Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) – Anyone who's been around over the past two decades had seen something Joss has had his fingers in. The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Toy Story, Roseanne... His snarky wit and trademark tongue will have you chuckling to yourself daily.

3. Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) – Josh is an expert at wit. His tweets will make you wonder why you never thought of these ideas in the first place.

4. Bobby Finger (@bobbyfinger) – Bobby is a copywriter and king of hilarity when it comes to pop culture commentary.

5. Sophia (Rivka) Rossi (@sofifii) – HelloGiggles' co-founder will have you in stitches as she takes stereotypical girl thoughts and pop culture to a whole new level.

6. Jake Fogelnest (@jakefogelnest) – If there's news making its rounds across the internet, Jake never lets you down with his hilarious take on the conversation. He keeps himself busy by fake retweeting celebrities and brands.

7. The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) – If you love Harry Potter pop culture, twisted humor, or a mixture of both, you'll love The Dark Lord. Who knew being bad could be so good?

8. Helen Keller (@The_HelenKeller) – This parody account brings a new (and often hilarious) voice to what Helen Keller may have sounded like in the 21st century.

9. Tim Siedell (@badbanana) – With a dry sense of humor, Tim is consistently funny and spot on.

10. Stephen Colbert – (@StephenAtHome) – Late-night funnyman, and comedian extraordinaire. It's impossible not to read his tweets without imagining him sitting behind his desk at the Colbert Report.

If you know any more comedy-worthy tweeters, let us know. Engage with us by leaving a comment on the blog, or tweeting us your thoughts. If you have more uses for Twitter, we'd love to hear that, too.

Enjoy!

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5 Ways to Live A “Healthy Liver” Day

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 19th, 2020  Match Score:2

5 Ways to Live A “Healthy Liver” Day

Did you know October is Liver Awareness Month? The liver is the second largest organ in the body and has some 500 or so critical jobs. Essentially, it’s a powerhouse by performing tasks such as producing proteins, cholesterol, and bile, as well as storing vitamins, minerals, and carbs. Plus, it breaks down toxins, alcohol, and medications

Since 1980, liver cancer incident rates have tripled, and death rates have more than doubled. An estimated 43K people will be diagnosed with liver cancer this year. With over one hundred different liver diseases, we felt it was important to join the cause and shed light on the incredible importance the liver has to your overall health. Because it’s such a complex organ (falling second only to the brain), understanding the simple ways we can protect it can be crucial to its overall health. Let’s take a look:

1. Maintain a healthy weight

One of the fastest growing forms of liver disease is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Another thing to note about maintaining a healthy weight – sometimes it’s a vicious circle. When your liver is overworked, it can cause lethargy and weight gain as it tries to keep up. Like the kidneys, the liver is a body detoxifier, after all. But at a certain point, it reaches its limit. When that happens, toxins can accumulate, and hormones can go out of balance. Scheduling a liver detox twice a year could help get you back on track and keep NAFLD at bay.

2. Exercise and eat a balanced diet

While exercise and eating right are two different things, they really do go hand in hand. In terms of exercise, both aerobic and weight training benefits the liver. With aerobic exercise, the emphasis is on cardiovascular health, which strengthens your heart and allows you to pump blood around the body easily. With weights, the focus is on muscle mass and bone density. This builds lean muscle mass, which can delay muscle wasting if you were to develop liver disease. It also prevents the access build-up of body fat that can lead to NAFLD, as well as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Consuming foods that are high in fat, sugar, and highly processed can stress your liver out as it tries to do its job. However, eating the right foods can actually detoxify your liver. Try adding more of the following to your diet: apples, beets, carrots, papayas, cabbage, and lemons. Each have their own way of cleansing and detoxifying the liver – as well as keeping you healthy overall. In addition, , coffee has a protective effect

3. Be responsible with alcohol

The liver processes 90% of consumed alcohol, with the remaining 10% being excreted via urine, sweat, or breath. Because of this high processing capability, the liver can’t always keep up with the toxin. Alcohol is known to destroy liver cells, and in some cases, permanently scar the liver (cirrhosis). It can lead to inflammation (also known as alcoholic hepatitis) and swelling of the liver. If you choose to drink alcohol, it’s important to do so in a responsible way—and certainly be careful if taking medications, as they can interact and increase problematic side effects. Healthy adults should have no more than 1-2 drinks per day and no more than eight per week if you’re a woman and fifteen a week if you’re a man. Drinking more than this puts your health (and liver) at high risk for developing jaundice, cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer, and many other conditions. A sobering statistic: Between 40%-90% of the 26K annual cirrhosis deaths are alcohol related.

4. Monitor your medications and herbal products

The liver can be harmed when medications and herbal products are taken incorrectly. This includes taking too much at once or taking a medication too frequently. For example, while acetaminophen

Supplements and herbal products can also cause injury to your liver. Some of the most notable include Lipokinetix (a weight loss supplement), kava kava, Jin Bu Huan, germander, chaparral, shark cartilage, black cohosh, and more. Even certain vitamins, such as vitamin A and iron shouldn’t exceed their recommended daily doses, or it will adversely affect the liver, and in some cases, cause permanent damage.

5. Avoid toxins

Pesticides, herbicides, and cleaning products are known to all damage the liver. Be sure to use aerosol sprays in well-ventilated areas and double up protection by wearing a mask if you’re spraying insecticides, fungicides, paint, or other toxic chemicals. Don’t forget to wear gloves, long sleeves, etc. to make sure toxins aren’t also absorbed through the skin.

Protecting your liver isn’t difficult if you’re already trying to live a healthy lifestyle. But it can be more of a challenge if you’re not sure where to start. Canadian Pharmacy King wants you to live your best, healthiest life. For those of you wanting to learn more about liver cancer, perhaps you are facing liver cancer yourself, the American Liver Foundation has an online conference coming up this Friday and Saturday (October 16-17, 2020). If you want to participate with a supportive community, you can also join the American Liver Foundation’s new Facebook Group

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Ebola, Social Media & The Fight To Contain Contagion

by CanadianPharmacyKing  -  September 16th, 2014  Match Score:2

We live in the information age, to be sure – and this age is spreading to all parts of the world. This is good news for those parts previous left in the dark, where word-of-mouth is how vital information was shared. Social media is changing the way that same vital information is now shared, particularly in Africa. This infograph sets out to not only give you some valuable pieces of intel about the Ebola virus, but also how social media is playing a role.

With contagious diseases such as Ebola, arming people with accurate information is key to protecting themselves. The good news is, while 2014 has been one of the deadliest years in terms of the disease, more people than ever before are online and gathering an arsenal of knowledge to combat the hysteria.

Check out some of the startling facts on Ebola in this new Age of Information. Leave us a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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Health Quotes from Canadian Pharmacy Online

by Tiffany  -  September 29th, 2014  Match Score:2

Get inspired with health quotes and words from Canadian pharmacy online, or laugh at funny quotes about diseases and conditions. The Big Treasure Is Living Healthier!

Breath-giving strategy
Breath-giving strategy

Simple mind of arthritis
Simple mind of arthritis

Harder life before allergies
Harder life before allergies

Using Canadian pharmacies is critical to heath care
Using Canadian pharmacies is critical to heath care

Feeling blue? You are not alone
Feeling blue? You are not alone

Spread the words about Ebola
Spread the words about Ebola

Hello my name is Inigo Montoya
Hello my name is Inigo Montoya

Microsoft vs Viagra
Microsoft vs Viagra

Do you know that pharmacist can operate?
Do you know that pharmacist can operate?

Have you got gout?
Have you got gout?

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Why We Explain this Remembrance Day to Our Kids

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 10th, 2014  Match Score:2

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by RobHainer, Depositphoto.com

Remembrance Day (Veteran’s Day in the United States) is an important holiday to discuss with our children. However, it is also one that we may have to work at to hold their attention, particularly for the younger ones. There isn’t the prospect of candy or presents, and it entails having to explain some of the harsher realities of human nature. War, death, freedom, and valor are each as challenging as they are important to teach. But how do we get our kids to show some interest and even retain what it means to celebrate Remembrance Day or Veterans Day?

Simple Ways to Remember Veterans with Our Children

If you’re looking for ways to commemorate your veterans with the children in your lives, we have a few suggestions for you.

For starters, kids need for it to be personal. If they have a story they can connect to, they will not only understand the significance better, but they will want to remember, too. With that in mind, think about all the veterans in your life. Are there any who have made an impact in your children’s lives? Perhaps a father, grandfather, aunt, or friend of the family? If so, how can you incorporate their life story into your teachings? If you don’t know any one who is a Veteran, think about ways to encourage your children to meet one.

• Tell the story of how poppies became the international symbol of remembrance

• Craft a poppy pin with your children and wear them on your lapels

• Attend your local Remembrance Day, or Veterans Day ceremony

• Thank a Veteran together

• Ask the Veteran in your life to share some of their memories

• Discuss with your children the meaning of Remembrance Day or Veterans Day and encourage them to ask questions

• If you’re unfamiliar with the history of this important holiday, research a bit online and talk about it with your children

• Read the poems of "In Flanders Field" and "We Shall Keep the Faith"

• Read the book "At Vimy Ridge" or "What is Veterans Day"

• Visit a cemetery and leave poppies for those who lost their lives in battle

• Share your memories of Veterans on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social media outlets you use. Encourage your older children to do the same.

It’s our duty to keep their memories alive and spread gratitude for their sacrifices. However you choose to remember your country’s veterans with kids, we hope that it is a memorable and enjoyable process for each of you.

Happy Remembrance Day and Veterans Day!


How Toxic Relationships Affect Your Health

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 24th, 2014  Match Score:2

Signs of Relationship | Photo by Mariya_Mashich, Despositphoto.com
Signs of Relationship | Photo by Mariya_Mashich, Despositphoto.com

Being involved in a toxic relationship is brutal – whether it's with a parent/child, co-worker, or our most intimate relationships. When a relationship becomes toxic, or even stressful, our bodies take a hit. Of course, no relationship is blissful and conflict-free all the time. So how do you know when your relationship has crossed the toxicity threshold?

• Healthy relationships

• Toxic relationships

So when it all comes down to it, healthy relationships should leave you feeling happy and energized. While toxic relationships will leave you feeling depressed or depleted. Assess the relationships in your life and think about which ones feel good and which ones don't.

For the relationships that leave you feeling depleted, consider your next steps. Do you want to continue in a relationship with this person or people? Here's some food for thought on why the relationship needs to at best change – or at worst, be left behind.

10 negative health effects of toxic relationships:

1. Raises your blood pressure.

2. Lowers your immune system.

3. Chronic headaches.

4. Higher cholesterol.

5. Depression.

6. Inhibits good sleep.

7. Increases weight gain.

8. Anxiety issues.

9. Mental health issues.

10. Heart health problems.

No matter how you look at it, being in toxic relationships is not the best way to go. If you can find a way to come together to set a new course for the relationship, then it's worth a try. If not, letting go of the relationship may be the only answer. The first step to healing is to find help and support where you can: be it a therapist, a supportive friend, or even your family doctor. Come up with a game plan for how to proceed and above all, put your health and wellbeing first.

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50 Shades Readers More Likely to Suffer Mental Health Issues

by Natasha Tracy  -  February 23rd, 2015  Match Score:2

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Fifty Shades of Grey

According to a study done at Michigan State University (MSU), the answer is yes.

A Study on the Mental Health of Those Who Read 50 Shades

Amy Bonomi, chairperson and professor in MSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, conducted a study with more than 650 women between the ages of 18-24 and found disturbing trends in those who chose to read 50 Shades of Grey. According to the study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, readers of 50 Shades of Grey

• 75% more likely to exhibit signs of eating disorders (use of diet aids or fasting for longer than 24 hours)

• 25% more likely to have a verbally abusive partner

• 34% more likely to have a partner who exhibits stalking behavior

Additionally, those that chose to read all thee 50 Shades of Grey

SEE ALSO: Arousing the Female Libido with Books or Medications

According to Bonomi:

“All are known risks associated with being in an abusive relationship, much like the lead character, Anastasia, is in "Fifty Shades." And while the study did not distinguish whether women experienced the health behaviors before or after reading the books, it's a potential problem either way,"

Bonomi fears that 50 Shades of Grey

Controversy Over 50 Shades of Grey

Some see the scenes of erotic violence in the story as violence against women and as an example of an abusive relationship while others contend that the actions are between consenting adults and are a common part of submission/domination role play experienced by many.

Those in the BDSM (bondage domination sadomasochism) community have stated that sexual submission is not abuse and that parties who engage in it are not giving up their power or their equality to their partner; and on The Today Show, sexologist Logan Levkott said that while violence against women is an important issue, this book had nothing to do with it as it is about a consensual relationship.

In spite of this, branches of the public library in Brevard County, Florida, removed copies of the book in March 2012 and a representative stated it was due to sexual content. Later the libraries did make books available due to public demand.

What Can Be Learned from This Study on 50 Shades and Mental Health?

Bonomi states that it isn’t about banning the book or preventing people from reading it but it’s about understanding that the mental health behaviors assessed are known risk factors for being in a violent relationship.

Bonomi states:

"We recognize that the depiction of violence against women in and of itself is not problematic, especially if the depiction attempts to shed serious light on the problem. The problem comes when the depiction reinforces the acceptance of the status quo, rather than challenging it."

Bonomi recommends parents and educators engage children in constructive conversations about sexuality, body image, and gender role expectations. She also recommends that young adults be taught to consume mass media with a critical eye.

50 Shades of Grey was published in 2011 with its second and third parts: 50 Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed

References:

Michigan State University. "Reading 'Fifty Shades' linked to unhealthy behaviors." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140821115922.htm (accessed February 15, 2015).

Fifty Shades of Grey, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifty_Shades_of_Grey

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Natasha Tracey is a professional writer and author for Bipolar Burble. She currently worked as a freelancer for Kingsblog and Online Canadian drug stores.


What is Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia?

by Natasha Tracy  -  April 9th, 2015  Match Score:2

Childhood-onset schizophrenia is rare. The onset of schizophrenia is usually between the late teens and mid-30s with men experiencing a first psychotic episode, on average, in their early to middle 20s while women experience their first episode a little later, typically in their late 20s. Total numbers of people with schizophrenia reaches about 1% of the population.

That being said, a small percentage of people with schizophrenia have childhood-onset schizophrenia. In preadolescents, the estimated prevalence of childhood-onset schizophrenia is less than one case in 100,000 people.

SEE ALSO: What Are Negative and Positive Symptoms in Schizophrenia?

What Signs Appear Before Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia?

Childhood-onset schizophrenia correlates with a number of experiences in childhood. Before the onset of psychosis, many children who develop schizophrenia:

• Have disturbances in behavior and cognition

• Experience delays in speech, language, and acquisition of motor milestones (about 50% of children in this group)

• Have impaired coordination

• Show impaired social skills and school achievement

• Develop symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, aggression, or rage (about 1/3 of children in in this group)

• Show more illogical thinking and poverty of content in their speech when studied

It is because of these initial issues that help may have been sought and other diagnoses may have been levied. These initial diagnosis may be things like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), or affective disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. In one study, the first symptoms of psychosis didn’t appear until 2.5 years after the initial clinical presentation.

Diagnosis of Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia

Once a child experiences psychosis, it is then that childhood-onset schizophrenia may be considered as a diagnosis. Because of the earlier symptoms though, and in an attempt to rule out other diagnoses, this can take some time. In one study, it took, on average, two years to get a diagnosis of childhood-onset schizophrenia after the initial psychotic episode.

There are no differences in diagnostic criteria between childhood-onset and adult-onset schizophrenia and all adult symptoms of schizophrenia have also been documented in children.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, at least two of the following five symptoms must be present for at least one month for a diagnosis of schizophrenia. At least one of these symptoms must be items 1, 2, or 3.

1. Delusions – intensely-held false beliefs

2. Hallucinations – perception that aren’t real in any of the five senses

3. Disorganized speech

4. Grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior

5. Negative symptoms – such as flattened affect, poverty of speech, and loss of interest and drive

Other criteria for the diagnosis is the severe impairment in one or more major life areas (such as personal care, school, etc.) and a persistence of continuous signs for at least six months. Additionally, schizoaffective disorder must be ruled out as must substance use disorders or another medical condition.

Differences in Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia

While not enough study has been completed, some studies have shown that bizarre behavior and negative symptoms may be more common in the earlier-occurring forms of schizophrenia. Additionally, when compared to adult-onset schizophrenia children:

• Have catatonia less often

• Commonly experience changes in affect (mood)

• Experience blunting or inappropriate affect (in about 2/3 of children with schizophrenia)

• Experience significant sleep disturbances that highly relate to symptom severity

Cognitive functioning is often impaired at the onset of childhood schizophrenia. Full-scale intelligence quotients (IQs) have been in the 80s with particular deficits in verbal comprehension, language, and short-term memory. Attention and executive function may also be impaired.

Expressions of Psychosis in Children with Schizophrenia

Hallucinations, often auditory, are the most commonly reported symptom of psychosis. A recent study showed that of children with schizophrenia:

• 94.9% had auditory hallucinations

• 80.3% had visual hallucinations

• 60.7% had tactile/somatic hallucinations

• 29.9% had olfactory hallucinations

Those with visual hallucinations tended to have lower IQ scores, earlier age of onset, and more severe symptoms compared to children who didn’t experience visual hallucinations. Delusions were present in approximately 60% of patients.

Treatment of Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia – Medication

While schizophrenia is a serious, lifelong disorder, treatment is available. Treatment of childhood-onset schizophrenia should include psychosocial management as well as medication.

No medications are Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for use in children with schizophrenia. However, atypical (second generation) antipsychotics are the general frontline treatments. Occasionally, a benzodiazepine may be added for a severely agitated child.

Unfortunately, atypical antipsychotics have been shown to have serious side effects in adults and children. A recent study examined the cardiometabolic effects of olanzapine (Zyprexa), quetiapine (Seroquel), risperidone (Risperdal), and aripiprazole (Abilify) in a 12-week trial in children and adolescents with mood and psychotic disorders. Findings include:

• Significant weight gain was seen with all medications.

• Weight gain was greatest with quetiapine and olanzapine.

• Olanzapine and quetiapine significantly increased total cholesterol and triglycerides.

For these reasons, it’s critical to monitor children on antipsychotics closely, particularly initially, and perform cardiometabolic monitoring biannually after the first three months.

In one study in adolescents and young adults, omega-3s were shown to reduce the risk of progression to full-threshold psychosis and may also be useful in treatment.

Treatment of Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia – Psychosocial Management

In addition to medication, children with schizophrenia should be receive additional forms of care such as:

• Social skills training

• A structured, individualized special education program

• A supportive environment

• Supportive psychotherapy (cognitive behavioral therapy has also been shown to be useful in adults)

• Substance abuse treatment, if necessary

• Weight monitoring and a calorie-conscious diet to combat the side effects of antipsychotic medication

Finally, it’s important to remember that long-term monitoring is critical to successful treatment of childhood-onset schizophrenia.

References:

Medscape, Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia, Accessed Feb. 28, 2015.

Medscape, Schizophrenia, Accessed Feb. 28, 2015

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Natasha Tracy is a bipolar freelance writer for Canadian pharmaceuticals


12 Tantalizing Tips For Your Best Sex Ever

by Carissa Andrews  -  April 20th, 2015  Match Score:2

Let’s face it, life gets busy; and when it does, sometimes the last thing on our minds is sex. I mean, who’s thinking of doing the dirty while changing a screaming baby’s poo diaper? Or when you’re feeling like a bloated orangutan that just downed a pint of Tom and Jerry’s because the stress of the day got the better of you? Regardless of the reason, the season, or the length of your relationship everyone goes through droughts in their sexual relationship. As I stated in a previous article

As funny as comedians make the supposed sexual doldrums of married life, many couples don’t find it all that amusing. In fact, more women than not would like to have a more fulfilling sex life with their partners. I’m willing to wager the men are right there with them.

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Even if you think your sex life is going great, there’s always room to take it from great to stupendous.

Are you read for a new kind of romp?

1. Get over self-doubt

2. Know your cycle

3. Make a play date

4. Get your fantasy freak on

5. Use your words

6. Know thyself

7. Create your sexy space

8. Get your blood flow pumping

9. Kegel it up

10. De-stress for the best

11. Break out the toys

12. Bust out of routines

Sometimes, we all need a little reminder about the ways we can improve aspects of our lives. We all get mentally and physically tired, which can impede our ability to think creatively to solve a problem. Hopefully these tips will help spice things up for you and your partner tonight and in the future. Even if you only try one or two of them, you’ll likely improve your outlook and certainly make strides toward having the sex you dream of. If that happens to be straight out of the playbook of 50 Shades

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How To Avert Deadly Medication Mix-ups

by Carissa Andrews  -  May 12th, 2015  Match Score:2

Medication errors can occur anywhere a medication is in the hands of a human. Sometimes, these errors can have dire consequences. Medication mistakes affect 1.5 million Americans or more every year, and according to the Institute of Medicine, at least a quarter of the errors are preventable. A key component is taking responsibility for your health and communicating with the doctors involved in your care.

While medication errors can happen on all levels, we have some tips for the top three ways they could affect you.

Avert Mix-ups at Hospital Level

Researched published in the Journal of Patient Safety, estimated that hospital medical errors contribute to the deaths of between 210,000 and 440,000 patients. The exact number of those deaths related to medication errors isn’t clearly known. One thing is for sure; being vigilant about your medications can save your life. Here are some ways you can take control of your prescription process while you’re under the care of hospital staff.

• Know the medications you’re taking.

• Share your allergies.

• Know what the hospital wants to give you and why.

• Have a hospital buddy.

Avert Mix-ups at Pharmacy Level

Pharmacies are busy places. Not to mention, they see hundreds of medications going in and out each day. While every pharmacist wants what’s best for you, errors do happen. Especially when they’re trying to decipher illegible writing. Here are some ways to keep pharmacy errors at bay.

• Know the new medication you’ve been prescribed.

• Have your prescription sent electronically.

• Be upfront.

• Reviews are essential.

• Check your labels.

• Use the same pharmacy for all your prescriptions.

Avert Mix-ups Between Family Members

We all have busy households. When it comes to medication safety, it doesn’t matter if it’s just you and your spouse, or a whole brood. If multiple people in your household take prescription drugs, you can take some very simple steps to keep everyone safe.

• Store medications in different locations.

• Don’t separate them out.

• Label pill organizers.

• Be familiar with the appearance of your medications.

Basic Medication Safety at Home

Staying safe at home is essential. Here are a few tips to consider when medications are in the home.

• Never share.

• Out of reach.

• Throw them out.

• Unmixy.

Remember, when it comes to your body and avoiding medication mix-ups – the buck stops with you. Knowledge is always power, so keep on top of your medications and their interactions with each other. WebMD has a great interaction calculator

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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

by Natasha Tracy  -  May 14th, 2015  Match Score:2

Borderline personality disorder (often shortened to BPD) is a mental illness that negatively affects one’s thoughts, feelings, mood, functioning, and relationships. In short, people with borderline personality disorder often have very strong emotions such as anger, despair, or anxiety that cause them to overreact or act-out in a variety of ways. In relationships, a person with BPD is likely to idealize the other person initially, and then devalue them in time, causing intense and unstable relationships. People with this disorder often turn to drugs and alcohol to handle these strong emotions. Borderline personality disorder is rarely diagnosed in those of 40 or those under 18.

These very strong emotional states and dysfunctional ways of dealing with them often lead to self-harm (in between 70-75% of cases) or even suicide. About 9% of people with BPD die by suicide.

What is a Personality Disorder?

Your personality is comprised of your personality traits, and, according to Medscape Reference, your personality traits are, “enduring patterns of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and oneself." Thus, your personality affects every aspect of your life including your personal relationships, work, school, and general functioning.

A person is said to have a personality disorder when a wide range of their personality traits cause dysfunction or extreme distress. A personality disorder contains the features of:

• Impairment in self-concept and personal relationships

• Inflexible traits causing impairment in personal and social situations

• Pathological personality traits

For any particular disorder, a person must meet the criteria described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

How is Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosed?

This DSM-5 diagnosis of borderline personality disorder requires that:

1. A person with borderline personality disorder must show a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and emotions.

2. A person with borderline personality disorder must show marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts.

In addition to the above two criteria, to be diagnosed with BPD, a person must exhibit at least five of the following:

1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment (this does not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in criterion five)

2. A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation

3. Markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self

4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (eg, spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating) (this does not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in criterion five)

5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (eg, intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)

7. Chronic feelings of emptiness

8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (eg, frequent displays of temper, constant anger, or recurrent physical fights)

9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

Psychosis is also occasionally present in BPD.

Borderline personality disorder is diagnosed by a mental health professional, most commonly a psychiatrist.

Comorbidity in Borderline Personality Disorder

Sometimes BPD is difficult to diagnose correctly as many people with this disorder have comorbid (co-occurring) disorders. Frequent comorbid disorders include eating disorders, anxiety, mood disorders, substance use disorders, and somatoform disorders. In fact, when compared to psychiatric patients without BPD, those with borderline personality disorder have about a two times greater chance of being diagnosed with three or more disorders and have a four times greater chance of being diagnosed with four or more disorders.

Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

Treatment costs for BPD are very high and treatment dropout rates are also significant. However, treatment has shown to be effective in many individuals.

Frontline treatment for BPD is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) which is a psychotherapy that was developed specifically to treat borderline personality disorder. It combines cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness training and stress tolerance skills. Currently, it is the only treatment that is supported with clinical evidence.

In severe cases where serious self-harm or suicidality is present, hospitalization may be required.

Reference:

Borderline Personality Disorder, Medscape Reference, accessed January 27, 2015 http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/913575-overview#showall

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Natasha Tracey is a professional writer and author for Bipolar Burble. She currently worked as a freelancer for Kingsblog and pharmacy in Canada.


De-stressing With Apps In The 21st Century

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 4th, 2015  Match Score:2

It should come as no surprise that our modern lifestyles are, or can be, chocked full of stress. As we advance, we have made many strides to alleviate some of the stresses, but new ones always seem to find a way to crop up. Are we just prone to bringing stress on? Or have we not evolved enough to learn when to release the trigger finger on our flight/fight mechanism? Whatever the answer might be, there are ways both online and off-line to calm down, and find your Zen. When life gets too hectic to make you pause, there’s an app for that.

5 Apps to Get Your Calm On

De-stressing With Apps

1. 21-Day Meditations.

2. Calm.com.

3. Breathe.

4. Infinite Abundance.

5. GPS for the Soul.

As I’m sure you can imagine, there are numerous other apps out there for distressing and meditation. The apps I’ve listed are ones I’ve personally checked out, downloaded, and used. Are there apps you enjoy and recommend? If so, leave us a comment below and tell us what they are and why you love them.

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Recalled: Nuts, Spices, Raw Pet Food, and Sushi Tuna

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 10th, 2015  Match Score:2

What do nuts, spices, raw pet food, and raw tuna used for sushi have in common – that’s right – salmonella. In recent months there has been 62 confirmed cases popping up across 11 states – Minnesota included on just the sushi alone. Eeeep, I like my sushi, too.

Osamu Corporation out of Gardena, CA is responsible for recalling a batch of frozen yellow fin tuna chunk meat (lot #68568) after the product was found to host salmonella by the Minnesota Department of Health. Illnesses resulting from the salmonella cases were reported as early as March 5th and going into July. The product was traced back to a plant in Indonesia, which in turn affected 34 people in California, 11 people in Arizona, six in New Mexico, four in Minnesota, and one each in Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, South, and Illinois. All ages were affected as the youngest was merely one and the oldest was 83.

For those of you who have sworn of sushi over this, it’s important to note that there are more ways to get the salmonella bug. In fact, just in the last month, three new ways have come into the light of this trending topic.

Warning Signs of Salmonella

Fisher’s chopped walnuts are being recalled after an FDA routine testing found a sample to be positive. Kroger has recalled spices due to salmonella - ground cinnamon, Kroger garlic power, Kroger coarse ground black pepper, and Kroger bac'n buds.

Turns out, animals aren’t even safe. Two companies of raw pet food, Nature’s Variety and Bravo, are also recalling pet food due to salmonella. Dogs and cats are both susceptible to Salmonellosis, particularly those animals with compromised immune systems. In all actuality, however, the real ones to watch out for are young children in the homes of animals who are fed a raw food diet, as they are most susceptible.

Why’s it so bad? Symptoms of Salmonellosis

Salmonellosis is a common form of food poisoning, with over 2,000 strains that can affect some animals and humans alike. According to the National Library of Medicine, symptoms can begin anywhere from 8 to 48 hours after being infected with the bacteria.

Main symptoms in humans include:

• Abdominal pain, cramping, or tenderness

• Chills

• Diarrhea

• Fever

• Muscle pain

• Nausea

• Vomiting

The chronic forms of salmonellosis can (and will) exhibit some of those same symptoms, but will likely be more severe. The symptoms include:

• Fever

• Weight loss

• Loss of blood

• Non-intestinal infections

• Diarrhea lasting up to three or four weeks, or longer – typically coming and going; seemingly without a reason behind doing so

Treatment

If you’re unfortunate enough to catch Salmonellosis, the key to feeling better is proper hydration. Some of the treatment tips listed at the National Library of Medicine include the following:

• Rehydrate - drink 8 to 10 glasses of clear fluids every day (In case you’re curious, water is best.)

• Replenish - drink at least 8 ounces of liquid every time you have a loose bowel movement.

• Graze - eat small meals throughout the day instead of three big meals.

• Salt - eat some salty foods, such as pretzels, soup, and sports drinks.

• Potassium - eat some high-potassium foods, such as bananas, potatoes without the skin, and watered-down fruit juices.

If your child has salmonellosis, give them fluids for the first 4 to 6 hours. At first, try 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of fluid every 30 to 60 minutes.

• Normal feedings - infants should continue to breastfeed/formula feed often

• Electrolytes – they should also receive electrolyte replacement solutions as recommended by your child's health care provider. You can use over-the-counter drinks such as Pedialyte or Infalyte. (Do not water down these drinks.) You can also try Pedialyte popsicles for older children.

• Other Liquids - watered-down fruit juice or broth may also help.

Medicines to slow diarrhea are usually not given because they may make the infection last longer. If you have severe symptoms, your health care provider may prescribe antibiotics.

With all the contamination of recent days, it’s important to know the warning signs of Salmonellosis, so you can take affirmative action to get better. Please remember that these tips are no substitute for your doctor’s advice. If you’ve been sick for longer than a week, or have had diarrhea more than 8 or 9 times in a day, seek out the help of your doctor. While most cases of Salmonellosis will cure themselves in a matter of days (sometimes weeks), there are a small percentage of people who die each year.

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Online Cheating Can Have Real-World Consequences, Even Suicide

by Natasha Tracy   -  August 31st, 2015  Match Score:2

This article was written by award-winning writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy. In the next article, she will offer the tips about How to Protect Your Mental Health If You’re on the Ashley Madison List

One of the largest data breaches in the world – the Ashley Madison hack of 30 million records – has proven that actions taken online on an adultery website have real-world consequences, too. Of course, after an alleged cheating partner is discovered, relationship separations and even divorces can occur, but worse than that, even hate crimes and unconfirmed suicides have resulted from the Ashley Madison hack. Online cheating actions are not made in a vacuum, they affect lives of spouses, children, and other loved ones in the real world as well.

Suicides Related to the Ashley Madison Data Breach

At least two people may have died by suicide following the hacking of the Ashley Madison website, said the Toronto police on August 24th.

One person who may have died by suicide after being associated with the hack was San Antonio police Captain Michael Gorhum. He shot and killed himself the day his name was released as being on the Ashley Madison list. This unfortunate event took place in in the parking lot of his church.

However, in the case of Captain Gorhum, his name was actually not on the Ashley Madison list and was only reported to be so on a website called Cop Block. This website posts material that is highly critical of the police. This clearly shows how even being connected with an adultery website and being publically shamed for it can impact a person’s life to the point of ending it even when the connection is not legitimate.

According to Daily Mail Online

One officer said of the event, “And whoever was responsible for publishing his email address attached to being a cheater, and brought ridicule on him, has his blood on their hands."

An investigation is underway to establish the link between the publication of his name and his death. San Antonio police stated that they would welcome an investigation as to whether the publication of his name consisted of a criminal act as it led to loss of life. His wife reports that he was under unrelated work stress for some time before the incident occurred.

Friends of Captain Gorhum have said that he may have suffered from depression beforehand and that this incident simply pushed him over the edge. It is thought that Captain Gorhum went to great lengths to hide this suspected depression from friends and colleagues. We may never know whether mental illness played a part in this death but depression does play a role in the majority of suicides.

Other Ramifications of Online Cheating

While the loss of a person’s life may be the most devastating consequence of participating in online cheating, police say other real-world consequences from this hack have also occurred. Multiple extortion schemes have been revealed in the wake of this data breach. Some of those on the Ashley Madison list have been contacted and, for a price, they are offered removal of their name from the list. Police caution that this is not possible.

Additionally, Ashley Madison and its parent company Avid Life Media are involved in legal action

Avid Media is offering $500,000 Canadian dollars for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the responsible hackers.

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Natasha Tracey is a professional writer and author for Bipolar Burble. She currently worked as a freelancer for Canadian drug stores.


Dangerous Business: Death by Selfies

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 13th, 2015  Match Score:2

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In a world so overcome with their hidden desperation to be loved and accepted, it’s no wonder that bubbling to the surface is the need to please via selfies. As it turns out, the one-upmanship has escalated in recent years to the point of people doing the stupidest things for the sake of likes on their social media sites. So many people are enthralled with them, in fact, the word “selfie" was officially accepted by Merriam Webster for entrance into the dictionary last year. This is in and of itself a bit of a crazy feat, when you think of it. Last month Yahoo presented an article

It seems as though every year there’s a new trend happening in the world of selfies that tries to outrank the previous one. This year, the trend appears to be hashtag related to: #drivingselfie, #drivingselfies, and even #drivingtowork. Taking it up a notch, some adrenaline junkies take that up a notch, taking selfies (or having someone snap one for them) while they open a car door and hang halfway outside the moving vehicle. I kid you not. Let’s get something straight: distracted driving in general can be attributed to 12% of fatal crashes. This is something simple like texting while driving and takes only seconds. Now imagine how long it takes to unbuckle (presumably), leave your seat, open the car door, and hang outside your moving vehicle; then climb back in, close the door, re-buckle, and take the wheel. If this isn’t a recipe for complete disaster, I don’t know what is.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand the desire for a good picture. Sometimes, it’s not even tied to the desire for likes or for a rush of adrenaline – you just want to have a picture you’re proud of. However, studies are being conducted to determine whether or not selfies can actually be linked to narcissism or psychopathy. As of right now, findings are indicating there is a link between narcissism and selfies. However, this appears to be more so with men than women – since women are more prone to use social media for connecting and sharing; according to Gwendolyn Seidman

5 Tips To Stay Selfie Safe

Selfies aren’t going anywhere, but here are some common sense ways you can stay safe and have fun with them, too.

1. Stay Behind the Line

2. Learn To Climb

3. Vehicles Are For Driving

Upwards of 3,000 deaths are caused each year by distracted driving. Whether you’re texting, talking, or taking a photo, the few seconds it takes is enough to put lives at risk. "Taking a photo of yourself while you're driving a 2,000-pound vehicle down the road at 50 or 60 miles per hour? That is putting your life in danger and putting the lives of those around you in danger," Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, told CNN

4. Watch What You’re Doing

Being in a new environment, and especially one with lots of people or strange surroundings can make even the most with-it person a bit disoriented. Match all that with a selfie obsession and you could find yourself in some serious trouble because you’ve lost your balance, gotten too close to an animal, or a train conductor’s foot. Just this year, a Japanese tourist died at the Taj Mahal after slipping down the steps taking a selfie at the Royal Gate, according to the BBC

5. When In Doubt, Wait

Whether or not you have the “perfect" selfie, life goes on and no one will think the less of you. If you feel you, or someone you love has Body Dysmorphic Disorder or a selfie addiction, please seek help. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be used to help patients recognize the reasoning for the compulsive behavior and how to manage or moderate it. For the rest of you, have fun and stay safe.

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You Can Have Your Bacon and Eat It Too

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 23rd, 2015  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: by @CANPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: by @CANPharmacyKing

Have you heard the latest about bacon? People the world over are losing their minds over the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) latest determination about processed meats. Right before Halloween, the IARC issued a statement labeling processed meats as carcinogenic

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While it’s true, eating processed meats in high quantities over a long period of time can be extremely bad for your health, eating them isn’t an instant (nor guaranteed) death sentence the way, say, smoking could be. The IARC estimates that 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide are attributable to diets high in processed meat, while approximately 1 million cancer deaths per year are due to tobacco smoking. So while we can say with certainty that diets high in processed meats can lead to bad health effects, we’re also in a completely different category from other cancer causing carcinogens. While there isn’t a magic number for how much you can eat, common sense is usually a good place to start.

As with most things, the key to a healthy life is to live in balance – and being in moderation with the foods you eat is key. When we get too out of balance in one direction or another, that’s when the nastier side of our indulgences become evident. Eating processed meats like bacon, sausages, and lunchmeat is no exception. If you can keep to eating bacon once in a while, instead of every day, you’ll likely be fine.

However, for some of you more health conscious people who are concerned about the IARC’s determination, let me explain what’s happened a bit. The biggest concern with processed meats, such as your bacon fetish, happens to be the way the meats are processed and the additives they use.

What’s the deal with Nitrates/Nitrites?

Nitrates and nitrites are the key players when we’re talking about the carcinogenic properties of processed meats. However, the key with these two compounds is that they are not immediately threatening. In fact, both are naturally occurring and in certain cases, can be good for you.

Both nitrates and nitrites contain nitrogen and oxygen atoms, but ultimately nitrates can be turned into nitrites

So how exactly does a good nitrite go bad? Turns out, when nitrites are exposed to high heat (like, say, in a frying pan) and they’re in the presence of amino acids (like in meats), they can turn into nitrosamines. There are a number of different types of nitrosamines, but each is considered carcinogenic. In fact, nitrosamines are among the main carcinogens in tobacco smoke, which may be where the link between bacon and smoking originally came from.

Ways to minimize exposure to nitrosamines (read: have your bacon AND eat it, too!)

Just because some processed meats have the potential to develop carcinogenic compounds doesn’t mean all of them will. There are a number of ways to continue to eat the bacon you’ve come to love without having to resort to tasteless alternatives or developing a hankering for tempeh. Here’s how:

• Change the way you cook your bacon. Frying it at a lower heat for longer will produce less nitrosamines than cooking it at high temps.

• If your bacon is burnt, chuck it. They are the pieces with the highest concentration of nitrosamines.

• According to one study, cooking your bacon in the microwave may be the best way to minimize the nitrosamine formation.

• Choose only quality bacon that’s nitrate and nitrite free. Make sure it’s also not been season with celery salt or something similar that also contains nitrates. Watch your labels closely!

• Buy your bacon locally, if you can. Check your food co-ops and farmers markets to find your local resources. Ask them how they cure their bacon and see if they make a nitrate/nitrite free version.

• Like with most foods, go organic when you can and stick with uncured. Some organic products you can try include:

o Applegate Organic Bacon

o Organic Prairie Uncured Bacon

o Pasture Perfect Free Range Bacon

The news of the carcinogenic properties in processed meats may be surprising to some, however it isn’t for those of us who have been paying attention to health trends for a while. Nitrosamines have been of interest to WHO and other health organizations around the world for some time. Manufacturers have been required for a while now to limit the amount of nitrates/nitrites they can use and they’re also required to add vitamin C (which inhibits the formation of nitrosamines). So as a parting tip, be sure to grab some fresh squeezed orange juice with your slice of organic bacon. Then sit back and enjoy without overindulging.

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A Flu Forecast?

by Liubov Edwards  -  November 26th, 2015  Match Score:2

A Flu Forecast?

We all keep an eye on daily weather forecast, to be prepared to any change in meteorological conditions. But is it possible to predict some deceases activity, for example flu, the same way? The answer is Yes. Google Flu Trends (GFT) was launched exactly for this purpose. They are able to provide real-time estimates that could accurately guide hospitals and health systems in allocating resources for flu care. To monitor flu activity they use different data from non-traditional sources as Google, Twitter and Crowd-sourced flu data from Flu Near You. These real-time estimates are 99% accurate and give predictions for 2-week time.

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Coffee Enema: A Great Therapy for the Holidays & Winter Season

by Carissa Andrews  -  December 7th, 2015  Match Score:2

**Please remember to speak with your primary care physician before following any of these suggestions. This article is for informational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice.**

by @CANPharmacyKing
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Having good health is a top priority for many people, especially as we come upon the holiday season and look upon the New Year. Sometimes, being healthy means doing a bit of digging to figure out how best to handle your own health, and even considerations on how to detox your body from all the bad stuff we’re exposed to on a daily basis. Especially after we’ve indulged on too many holiday goodies. Not all healthy options are obvious choices, as I’m sure many of you are aware. We’re often bombarded by messages telling us something is healthy, when in fact, it can be pretty harmful and vice versa.

One of the latest trends in detoxification and health as we head into 2016 isn’t really new at all. In fact, it’s been around, in part, since the time of Ancient Egyptians. However, it was made popular again in the 1900’s, but has since fallen in and out of medical grace. So what is it we’re talking about? Enemas—and to be more specific—coffee enemas.

What’s a coffee enema?

An enema is basically fluid of some sort injected into the lower bowel by way of the rectum. In this case, the fluid being injected is coffee, with a mixture of other ingredients. There are a number of reasons someone may use a coffee enema, but there uses vary widely. The majority of people utilize enemas in general to help with constipation and other gastrointestinal issues. In the case of coffee enemas, the trend right now has to do with detoxing the body—and in specific, the liver. Who couldn’t use a liver detox after all the long nights hovered over the Christmas cookie tray with a glass of Eggnog? Am I right? However, detoxing your liver isn’t the only benefit people who have used coffee enemas claim to have.

Health Benefits Can Include:

1. Detoxifies liver

2. Reduce acne

3. Reduce toxicity in the body

4. Cleans colon

5. Better absorption of minerals and vitamins

6. Increased energy

7. Improves digestion

8. Flushes out bacteria, heavy metals, fungus, and yeast

9. Helps with depression and anxiety

Coffee enemas as a cancer treatment?

Coffee enemas first arrived on the scene between 1917 and 1920, most prominently thanks to a German-born American doctor named Max Gerson

How do I try out a coffee enema for myself?

Coffee enemas may not be for everyone. If you’re not interesting in the methodology behind them, I’d suggest giving them a miss. However, if you’re interested in trying something different to see how it affects your health, go for it. There are a number of extremely detailed, helpful sites, if you’re interested in giving a coffee enema a try that will walk you through the whole process. Here are a few I’d suggest:

1. MyGutsy.com

2. TheSkinnyConfidential.com

3. MetabolicHealing.com

4. EatNakedNow.com

You can even listen to this great podcast

Coffee enemas are touted around the world as a great way increase your energy and release toxins from the body. Perhaps as you’re thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions to be healthier and lose some weight, consider adding coffee enemas to your things to try. In some skeptic circles, the jury is still out on just how effective they really are. Yet, there are countless thousands who have tried coffee enemas and swear by them. Personally, I find that if there really is no major downfall to doing them (there are very few cons, actually – and those consist more for people who suffer coffee/caffeine allergies), why not try them and see for yourself if they have any effect. In all honesty, it’s one of the only true ways to know for sure. Who knows, you may be pleasantly surprised. Besides, who doesn’t want to start off the New Year shaking off the winter blues, cleaning out the gunk from your digestive tract, and maybe even looking hotter and having more energy to boot. I know I could totally live with that.

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Carissa Andrews


The New Year Can be a Clean Slate for the Mentally Ill, Too

by Natasha Tracy  -  January 11th, 2016  Match Score:2

Natasha Tracey is a professional writer and author for Bipolar Burble. She currently worked as a freelancer for Canadian drugs online.

When you wake up in the New Year, you may look at everything like it’s fresh and new. It’s why people make New Year’s resolutions – because the New Year can be an opportunity for us to turn the page and start anew.

However, if you wake up on New Year’s Day and you have the same mental illness as last year, thinking of January 1st as a clean slate can be much more difficult.

The New Year Can be a Clean Slate for the Mentally Ill, Too

What Is a Clean Slate, Anyway?

When people say that the New Year is a clean slate, what do they mean? People mean that they can leave much of what they don’t like about themselves behind while looking to improve their selves in the New Year. A clean slate is just that: it’s a way of letting go of the past in order to take control of one’s life and create a future that one want for oneself.

But What about New Year with a Mental Illness?

The trouble is, people with mental illnesses can’t simply “let go" of them. It’s not possible to say “goodbye" to bipolar like it is to bad eating habits as bipolar just doesn’t go away; and if your mental illness has been affecting you daily all last year, it’s likely going to continue to do so.

Of course, for all of us there are things we can’t change, but there are still ways to consider the New Year a blank state in spite of mental illness.

What You Can Do to Create a Blank Slate in the New Year Even with a Mental Illness

Here are some tips on creating a blank slate in the New Year you can feel good about if you have a mental illness:

• Make amends

• Make a plan to undo the harm

• Take stock of your mental illness treatment

• Try a new treatment

• Stick to your treatment plan

• Make new social connections

• Avoid unrealistic resolutions and expectations

While it may seem like every years is the same when you have a mental illness, this isn’t true and these tips can help you create a clean slate in the New Year and take control over your illness and your life.

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Is Dad Responsible for Your Weight?

by Carissa Andrews  -  January 18th, 2016  Match Score:2

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Studies have been around for a long time following the myriad ways that a mother’s health and habits can affect her unborn child. For example, drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking or doing drugs, vs. working out, eating right, etc. They’ve even found how a mother’s obesity during pregnancy

Only recently have we been privy to some of the insights on how a father’s health and habits could also affect the same infant. For example, older dads could be genetically risky in the form of birth defects and other minor issues. This year, one of the intriguing paternal health finds comes from a Danish team of researchers

Obesity in men has already been linked in the past to other paternal issues such as infertility and erectile dysfunction, but this is the first study showing a predisposition to obesity could be passed on via the sperm. This predisposition may not be surprising, considering on some level, we already have seen that parents who are obese tend to have kids who are as well. However, this goes beyond nurture and deep into nature. While it’s true obese parents will probably have some unhealthy habits that will ultimately translate to their kids, the fact is, they are possibly being dealt a difficult hand before the game even begins. Which of course can make things all the more challenging.

The study was pretty small, taking into account only 13 lean men and 10 obese ones. It also didn’t include any generational data, meaning they didn’t follow the infants to term and beyond. Instead, this study strictly looked at the epigenetic marker changes between the men. What it found were some pretty important differences in the genetic regions associated with controlling appetite. It’s important to note that the genes themselves weren’t changed, just how those genes are expressed.

Another interesting fact was how the same obese man’s sperm cells changed those markers after undergoing drastic weight loss via gastric-bypass surgery. The study tracked changes in six of the men’s sperm by comparing just the sperm before surgery, to shortly after, and again a year later. The results of studying the effects of weight loss on the sperm proved important, because 5,000 of the 9,000 or so markers associated with obesity went away within the year. That’s a pretty drastic shift. While the researchers are still trying to figure out what specifically made the changes happen, it’s pretty clear the changes are not random.

In the not-so-distant past, having a predisposition to obesity may have been a good evolutionary trait to obtain from your father. It would have been an advantage to resist infections and famines. It’s only in recent times where this genetic trait has become a hindrance.

Further research is set to take place in the years to come. The scientists plan to continue their epigenetic-offspring connection by working with a fertility clinic to study the epigenetic differences of discarded embryos produced by men with various weights. In Denmark, after five years, embryos must be discarded or used for medical research, by law. The team will also be comparing data taken from cord blood from infants who were brought to term by each of the same men from the fertility clinic.

While the definitive results may take some time to extrapolate, knowing that an unhealthy diet or lifestyle can affect somatic cells of the body should give some food for thought to all parents-to-be. For now, it appears a father’s weight may be up for discussion as much as a mother’s when it comes to the expression of their children’s eventual genetics. It’s safe to say, taking care of yourself has lasting effects, going well into your children’s and possibly your grandchildren’s lives.

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website.


Bringing Drug Costs Down in 2016 with Generics and Biosimilars

by Carissa Andrews  -  January 20th, 2016  Match Score:2

Carissa Andrews is an passionate author and freelancer from Minnesotan with a focus in creative writing.

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Last year, we saw the makings of what will likely be another year of skyrocketing drug prices and public backlash here in America. While high drug prices have been an issue for a long while, the topic of obscene prices were brought into the spotlight thanks to then CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli. Shkreli hiked the price of a 62-year old drug, Daraprim, more than 5000% overnight, causing him to become not only the focal point of the drug pricing backlash, but also the center of an investigation. Ultimately, Shkreli had to resign as CEO in December 2015 amid criminal and civil securities fraud charges unrelated to Daraprim’s price hike. While we hope Shkreli’s behavior is isolated, much of the American population isn’t so sure. The rise in the popularity of politicians like Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

2016 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the pharmaceutical industry and for potential savings for consumers. Beyond the backlash, the US market has finally taken steps to approve a new type of medication that you may never have even heard of: Biosimilars.

What are Biosimilars?

In its basic form, a biosimilar drug is nothing more than a biologic drug; as opposed to a straight up small molecule (chemically synthesized) drug. The biosimilar drug is just like it sounds, intentionally created to be similar to its reference product. To understand how a biosimilar is different from a small molecule drug or even a standard generic drug, we need to understand the nature of biologic drugs themselves because that’s where the distinction lies. Biologic drugs are those whose active ingredients are made in a living system and are far more complex than small molecule drugs. This is because they’re generally derived from a living organism including humans, animals, microorganisms, yeast, or bacteria.

In order for a biosimilar to be approved, there’s still an extensive dance it must participate in with the FDA. While a typical drug has market exclusivity for five years, a biologic drug has twelve to recoup the costs involved with development and research. This goes to show just how much added efforts go into the complexity of a biologic medication. Not to get too complicated, but there are actually two types of biosimilar drugs:

1. Ones that are biosimilar, but have different indications than their reference product, and

2. Ones that are bioequivalent enough to be used interchangeably with their reference product. More on that in a minute.

Once patents and exclusivity runs out, and a biosimilar drug is ready to be considered, the FDA looks at the following definitions to determine whether or not to approve the drug.

FDA’s Definition of Biosimilarity:

• The biological product is highly similar to the reference product notwithstanding minor differences in clinically inactive components; and

• There are no clinically meaningful differences between the biological product and the reference product in terms of the safety, purity, and potency of the product.

• NOTE: A biosimilar will not always have the same indications for use as its reference biologic drug. It can also be granted indications different from those of the reference biologic product if a full clinical data is submitted for those indications.

FDA’s Definition of Interchangeability:

• The biological product is biosimilar to the reference product

• It can be expected to produce the same clinical result as the reference product in any given patient; and

• For a product to be administered more than once, the safety and reduced efficacy risks of alternating or switching are not greater than with use of the reference product without altering or switching.

• NOTE: The interchangeable product may be substituted for the reference product without the authorization of the health care prescriber. This is the main difference between biosimilar and interchangeable biosimilar in the United States.

March 6, 2015 brought about the era of biosimilar drugs to the United States when the first biosimilar drug was approved. Zarxio

How are Biosimilars Different from Generics?

Generics are small molecule drugs which are the pharmaceutical equivalence to their reference product and can be used interchangeably without a separate prescription.

Depending on what the biosimilar drug treats, it could be considered a biologic generic of sorts – but only if the indications are the same as its reference product and if the FDA approves the drug to be used interchangeably.

To be considered an interchangeable biosimilar is likely the goal for most companies producing biosimilars, but the FDA will likely require extensive clinical data to give such an approval. Once that threshold is met, the hope is to begin a healthy competition which will bring prices down on biologic drugs, just as generics have done for small molecule drugs.

In the meantime, a biosimilar could be used for the same indications, just as Zarxio is for a number of Neupogen’s indications, but it could either not be equivalent enough to be interchangeable or conceivably have better efficacy than their reference product – thus also denying its interchangeability.

Only time will tell just how much biosimilar drugs will end up affecting pricing down the road, but all indications are good that a more competitive market will produce a more competitive price structure, too. So while the politicians work their end to lower the costs of prescription drugs in the United States, generics and biosimilars may be another avenue toward cost savings for the average American. That’s something we can all get behind.

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One Question Identifies Teens at High Risk of Alcohol Abuse

by Natasha Tracy  -  July 18th, 2016  Match Score:2

This article was written by award-winning writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy, she is a bipolar freelance writer for Canadian pharmacy online

Teenagers and alcohol is a dangerous combination but professionals are working hard to develop assessment questions that can identify teens at risk of abusing alcohol.

A new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, has found that a single question can assess whether a teen likely has a drinking problem.

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Teens and Alcohol Problems

Alcohol is the most-used psychoactive substance in all Canadian populations, including in Canadian youth, by a wide margin. In fact, 70% of youth age 15-24 report drinking in the last year while only 20.3% report using cannabis. Canadian youth typically first consume alcohol at 16 years of age

This is a huge problem as alcohol is related to half of all motor vehicle accidents in which a youth is killed and 31% of alcohol-related traffic deaths were of youths.

Alcohol abuse may also negatively affect a brain’s development, which continues until 24 years of age. Additionally, the earlier an adolescent starts to drink, the more frequently he or she drinks and the more likely he or she is to develop alcohol dependence or alcohol abuse problems.

In a study of 1,200 youths age 12-20

The Question that Pinpoints Youths at Risk of Abusing Alcohol

Asking a teen how many drinks he or she has had in the last year appears to be a single question that healthcare professionals can ask that indicates which teens likely have alcohol problems.

According to the above study of 1,200 youth, teens ages 12 through 17 who reported having at least one standard drink on three or more days in the past year were most at risk for abusing alcohol. Of this group, 44% were found to have an alcohol use disorder while of those who didn’t report this level of use, 99% were found not to have an alcohol use disorder.

For adolescents ages 18 through 20, it was found that those that had drank one or more standard drinks on 12 days in the past year were at highest risk for an alcohol problem. It was found that of this group, 31% had an alcohol use disorder.

Of course, no single question can identify an alcohol use disorder in teens, but screening positive on this one question test should prompt a professional to do a formal diagnostic evaluation.

How Big a Problems Is Alcohol Abuse in Canada?

There are approximately 886,000 Canadians ages 15 or older who abuse, or are dependent on, alcohol, according to a 2012 survey; moreover, 18.9% of Canadians (about 5.5 million people) are classified as heavy drinkers

And, unfortunately, in 2002, there were a total of 8,103 deaths attributable to alcohol.

And many people, particularly youth, are not screened for possible alcohol use disorders by healthcare practitioners. Healthcare professionals cite time constraints and other issues as to why this screening does not take place.

The reason why a one-question screening that can identify teens at high risk of alcohol abuse is so powerful is because it allows for assessment of risk in spite of these constraints. And, if teens at high risk of alcohol abuse can be identified, they can be helped before they turn into alcohol-abusing adults. It is this type of screening that can save lives, not to mention the wellbeing of the affected teens.

References

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Alcohol

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Youth and Alcohol

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Study Supports Single-Question Alcohol Screen for Adolescents

Statistics Canada, Heavy Drinking

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Where the US Presidential Candidates Stand on Health Care

by CANPharmacyKing  -  July 5th, 2016  Match Score:2

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After a rough primary season, the American voters have finally whittled down the contenders for the Presidency to the final two candidates. The Democrats are supporting long time favorite Hillary Clinton, and the Republicans are supporting brash political outsider Donald Trump. While this is a historical and important election for a number of reasons, whoever lives in the White House starting in 2017 will unquestionably affect the future of American health care.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, and it has slowly changed how people buy insurance and receive care in America. But the next President will have a huge influence on whether the legislation is expanded upon or repealed entirely. But while Trump and Clinton have different strategies for controlling health care costs and increasing coverage, they interestingly agree on certain health issues.

Want to know which ones? Check out the infographic below. It outlines the proposed health care policies of both major candidates, based on plans they have published on their websites and public statements.

Which one do you agree with? Are you more for Hillarycare or Trumpcare?

SEE ALSO: Clinton v. Trump: Who has a plan for affordable health care?

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Are Humans Built to Be Intermittently Fasting?

by Carissa Andrews  -  July 11th, 2016  Match Score:2

is an passionate author and freelancer from Minnesotan with a focus in creative writing.

Only until very recently, the past hundred or so years, have most humans gotten used to consistently eating three plus meals a day. Before then, meals were far sparser, and certainly more lean when set on a plate. Because of this feast or famine history with eating, there’s a theory circulating that we should be trying to restrict not only the calories we consume, but also restrict how often we eat. This in turn, would help more people maintain and manage a healthy weight, among many other added health benefits currently being explored.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term intermittent fasting (IF), it’s basically the notion of adding fasting into your daily life by “intermittently" not eating for set periods of time. There are a number of ways intermittent fasting can be achieved, and we’ll discuss those variations in just a moment.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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Ideal Weight

Proper nutrition becomes crucial when you’re fasting—so if you haven’t yet managed the quality of calories you consume, it’s best to start there before diving into any IF lifestyle. Eliminating processed foods is your first crucial step. Intermittent fasting isn’t a fad diet, or a lose weight fast scheme, it’s a dietary lifestyle that when incorporated properly, will carry you through your entire life in a healthy, energetic manner.

Next, when beginning IF, you’ll want to not only cut calories—but the right calories; namely carbs. In particular, on your fasting days (should you chose to do daily or the 5:2 method), you should be eliminating mostly carbohydrates from sugars and grains, not vegetable carbs. This is so your body begins to train itself to consume your fat reserves, and not rely on fast-burning carbs and sugars as energy during your fasting.

Some of the additional weight-loss benefits you’ll notice as you consistently follow your IF method of choice revolve around:

Ghrelin

HGH

Add in HIIT

Insulin

Enhances Brain Health

Variations of IF

There are a number of different ways to incorporate intermittent fasting into your life. The basic concept of restricting calories can be anything from a daily habit of skipping a meal, to choosing days throughout your week where you don’t eat at all.

Here are a few of the most common variations to see if one of them may make sense with your lifestyle choices:

1. 1-2x per week:

2. 5:2 Diet:

3. Daily:

Who should avoid IF?

While intermittent fasting works well for most people, there are a few exceptions.

If you have or are any of the following, you should avoid intermittent fasting:

• Chronic stress

• Hypoglycemic

• Diabetic

• Pregnant

• Nursing

Until you have either managed your cortisol dysregulation, and/or adrenal fatigue, and/or give birth and wean your infant, you should be focusing on improving your nutrition before beginning any other changes. Plenty of raw, organic fruits and vegetables, along with healthy fats (such as olive and coconut oil), and high-quality, organic meats (when possible), will give you a good start towards optimizing your body’s natural ability to fight dysregulation.

IMPORTANT: Before you begin a new dietary lifestyle, such as intermittent fasting, it’s important to discuss the choice with your doctor to find out if it’s the right decision for you. As with any major changes a person can take that affects their health, there may be issues in your health history that can complicate the results. It’s best to begin an IF program under the supervision of a doctor until it becomes a second nature and part of your everyday lifestyle.


Beware the Dangers of Vaping

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 2nd, 2016  Match Score:2

Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website.

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For many struggling with the desire to quit smoking, e-cigs (electronic cigarettes) offer a convenient, no-smoke alternative. However, vaping, as it’s called, has been inciting many poison control calls as the trend grows. Part of this has to do with the unfamiliarity of the nicotine potency e-cigarettes can relay in relation to a traditional cigarette. For others, it can be due to allergic reactions to the various chemicals used in the nicotine mixtures. Or it can be careless thought on the part of the manufacturers, who are working on ways to make their products more child-proof.

SEE ALSO: Products for smoking disease

For those of you unfamiliar with vaping and e-cigarettes (as I was until recently), they’re basically an electronic vaporizer (thus the term vaping) shaped like a cigarette, which takes a nicotine mixture and heats it up. The user than inhales the vapor, just as they would the smoke from a cigarette.

As it currently stands, vaping is hyped as a better alternative to smoking. Vaping cafes have even popped up in my tiny little Minnesota town, which is how I know it’s gaining traction. However, after a close-call left my mother extremely sick, I knew it was time to check out the risks associated with this new nicotine alternative.

Nicotine Overdosing

Nicotine is a drug and a poison when consumed at a high enough rate. This doesn’t matter if it’s smoked in the form of typical cigarettes, or inhaled through a vapor. Consume too much and you run the risk of overdose. Suspected liquid nicotine overdose calls are up from just 10 calls in 2010 to well into the thousands just a few short years later.

In 2015, there were approximately 2,600 reported calls of liquid nicotine overdosing in the United States due to vaping. There were 3073 reported “exposure" calls total, though. Which obviously means not all of the calls resulted in overdosing. What’s scary though, 70% of those calls involved children under the age of 6. Let that sink in for a moment.

According to the director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden said in 2014, “E-cigarette liquids, as currently sold, are a threat to small children because they are not required to be childproof, and they come in candy and fruit flavors that are appealing to children."

Last year’s high number of small child overdosing has prompted the FDA to draft industry guidance for pre-market applications and requiring manufacturers to develop child-resistant packaging. Let’s hope this change makes a huge impact, because a single overdose for a small child can be lethal.

So far, from Jan 1 to June 30th, there have already been 901 “exposure" calls. My mother was one of them. While it would appear the numbers are down so far from last year, 901 is still a higher number than we need. It means there’s not enough education and precaution surrounding e-cigarette usages.

It’s important to note poisoning from liquid nicotine can happen not just by way of the e-cigarette inhalation. Children have been poisoned through ingestion (not inhalation) and absorption directly through the skin or eyes. So if you vape, don’t leave your mixture lying about where kids can have access to it.

If you suspect a child or someone you love has overdosed on liquid nicotine, it’s important to pay attention to the symptoms and act quickly.

Nicotine overdose symptoms can include:

• Vomiting

• Fainting

• Weakness

• Confusion

• Agitation

• Abdominal cramps

• Heart rate issues

• Convulsions

• Sweats

• Rapid changes in blood pressure

• Coma

• Death

Other Vaping Problems

In addition to the issues of nicotine overdosing, vaping poses its own set of unique health risks. All of this comes, despite their initial claims of being safer than smoking. As it turns out, warding of cancer does not appear to be one of the benefits of vaping. This is in part, due to the many various carcinogenic chemicals still found in e-cigarettes.

Formaldehyde – Last year, five scientists from Portland State University published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine stating their findings of multiple forms of formaldehyde hidden in the vapors. While their finding show the formaldehyde is produced at high voltage and temperature conditions, it’s safe to say this is concerning. That being said, formaldehyde itself isn’t new to smokers, as it’s found in tobacco smoke that’s inhaled, and also secondhand smoke. In the long run, continuous exposure has been shown to cause cancer in lab rates, according to the American Cancer Society

Propylene Glycol Allergy

Quitting

Addiction

Call for Help

If you think someone, regardless of age, has been exposed to an e-cigarette or liquid nicotine overdose, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222

References:

Quit Smoking Market

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Can Being Having an Acidic pH Cause Disease?

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 22nd, 2016  Match Score:2

Ordinarily, your body’s pH stays fairly neutral at or near 7.4 on a scale which ranges from 0 (which is extremely acidic) to 14 (which is extremely alkaline). Most small changes in either direction have very little effect on your health.

When the pH in our bodies are out of balance, there are tons of things that start to go wrong. For instance, as we become too acidic, our digestive system doesn’t work properly. Not only does this mean the rise of constipation and other issues, but also nutrient deficiencies. This is because your body ends up unable to absorb all the nutrients from the foods you’re eating. As your digestion is disrupted, insulin and cholesterol levels rise and your immune system falters.

SEE ALSO: Beware the Dangers of Vaping

In addition, an acidic body is much more susceptible to disease. This includes cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, osteoporosis, obesity, and more.

How Do You Become Acidic?

There are a number of ways your body can get off course and venture towards being to acidic. Some of the ways include:

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by elenabs, despositphotos.com

Poor Diet

Dehydration

Constipation

Stress

Antibiotics

Sedentary Lifestyle

We live in an increasingly sedentary world. Unfortunately, this means many facets of our bodies get neglected. Exercise stimulates neurogenesis

Symptoms of High Acidity:

Being highly acidic can have some surprisingly common symptoms. Many of which you could miss if you weren’t looking for a common cause. Check them out:

  • 1. Irritability
  • 2. Brain Fog
  • 3. Constipation
  • 4. Low Endurance (Exercise)
  • 5. Salt Cravings
  • 6. Rapid, Shallow Breathing
  • 7. Fatigue
  • 8. Headaches
  • 9. Loose Teeth
  • 10. Tooth Sensitivity
  • 11. Inflamed Gums
  • 12. Mouth Ulcers
  • 13. Gastritis

  • 14. Acid Reflux
  • 15. Ulcers
  • 16. Dull Hair
  • 17. Dry Skin
  • 18. Pale Face
  • 19. Leg Cramps
  • 20. Infections
  • 21. Depression/Loss of Joy
  • 22. Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • 23. Thin/Split Nails
  • 24. Restless Sleep
  • 25. Morning Exhaustion
  • 26. Excessive Weight Gain

How Do You Correct It?

In order to correct your body’s pH, the first thing you need to do is find your baseline. You can’t determine how far off the norm you are until you have a number in your head. From there, you can start taking daily measures to put yourself right again. Here are a few tips to try:

• Test your pH – You can purchase fairly cheap over-the-counter pH strips at your local superstore, or online that allow you to test your body’s alkaline-acidic balance. Generally speaking, this can be done one of three ways:

 Urine – Urine taken first thing in the morning, but after you’ve already gone once or twice, seems to be the most effective way to measure your body’s pH.

 Saliva – Though this is a quick and easy way to test your pH, it doesn’t have as much support by the medical community. Testing saliva could be used if acidity is suspected to be high, and you’re simply looking for a quick answer.

 Blood – This is a less used option, as its not overly accurate. Blood pH generally only fluctuates when there’s an acute event happening – such as kidney failure, lung disease, or poisoning.

• Get familiar with the pH spectrum of foods, so you know what’s acidic and what’s alkaline

• Increase intake of dark colored fruits and veggies

• Reduce intake of high-protein, processed foods, flour, sugar, coffee, tea, and alcohol

• Drink lemon water

• Try miso soup

• Use olive oil instead of vegetable oil

• Use buffered vitamin C powder

Diets to Try

If you’re concerned about the acidity of your pH balance, there are full diets you can try.

Alkaline Diet

Gluten-Free

Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet

When our bodies are in balance, not only do we feel better, but we’re able to ward of bigger issues. No disease has ever been found to thrive in a neutral or slightly alkaline pH environment, but the worst will always thrive in an acidic one. Understanding your own body chemistry so you can live your best life is a great start to overall health. When you find you’ve veered a bit off course, you’ll then know what you need to do to get yourself back on track.

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website.


Are Back to School Blues Really a Thing?

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 29th, 2016  Match Score:2

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Summer is wrapping up and fall is just around the corner. For many, this can be a fun, welcome change of pace. For others, it can be a stressful, anxiety-filled season. Did you know most kids suffer some form of anxiety or depression when heading back to school?

The first two weeks to a month are generally considered the toughest; as kids and parents adjust to their new routine and demands. Noticing the signs and understanding where your kids are coming from can help to alleviate some of the tension. This in turn, can help your kids transition into the new school year without too much trouble.

SEE ALSO: One Question Identifies Teens at High Risk of Alcohol Abuse

Notice the Signs

Depression for kids is a real thing and as we’ve been discussing, this can be especially prevalent as school begins. Here is a list of symptoms to be on the lookout for as your kids head back to their daily grind:

• Sadness

• Irritability

• Agitation

• Over-sensitivity

• Lethargy

• Difficulty concentrating

• Eating more/less than normal

• Sleeping more/less than normal

• Low self-esteem

• Disinterest in activities

• Social isolation

• Frequent sicknesses

Understanding the Why

It can be hard to cope with moody kids, or unexplainable outbursts. Before you can effectively influence your child’s behavior and give him or her the ability to cope, it helps to know where they’re coming from. School can be rough even on the best of days. Here are typical causes for your kids not wanting to go back to school:

• Anxiety and fear of the unknown – This could be new schools, new classes, new teacher, new routine, new friends, or just pressure to do well. All of this together can prove to be too much at times.

• Fear of rejection – For some kids, the fear of rejection can be enough to throw them into a tail spin. Wanting to fit in, and be accepted is at the core of all human beings. Kids are no different.

• Lack of friends – Some kids find it hard to connect. Sometimes because they’re different or have different interests than the kids around them. Sometimes, because they just switched schools or moved to a new city.

• Disinterest in school work – Not all kids love the learning process. Going back to school can mean more work, less fun, and a lot of hassle for these kids.

• Loss of a family member or pet – After the loss of someone or something near and dear, it can take a while to feel like things are normal. Kids who’ve lost someone over the summer holiday may find going back to school and continuing on with the daily grind to be overwhelming.

• Being bullied – Kids can be brutal. As everyone learns their place in their social system, bullies inevitably rise. Generally speaking, it’s because they, themselves feel victimized. However, it doesn’t make the victim of their bullying feel any better. Being forced back into a situation that could lead to bullying is enough to make any child feel anxious about returning to school.

• Boredom – Some kids find school boring. This is usually one of two things: either they aren’t getting enough help or they aren’t challenged enough.

• Recent move to a new school – New schools bring new challenges and anxieties. Having to learn the layout, to making new friends—or leaving old ones behind can be at the core of a child’s back to school blues.

• Problems with authority – Some kids go from very laid back summer vacations to the regimen of daily school routines. This can cause a kickback effect towards authoritative teachers, or school rules.

• Dislike of the structure – While most kids thrive in structure, it can certainly be a wakeup call after lazy summer lay ins, and late bedtime rituals. Many children will automatically want to return to the days of less stress.

• Homework anxiety – With advancing a year, comes harder lessons. This can cause homework anxiety and fears of being able to perform.

• Tough transitioning – Not all kids are good with transitions. Unsurprisingly enough, not all adults are either. Some kids need a longer period of time to transition so the change from summer to school isn’t so abrupt.

Help Your Kids Deal

If you notice any of the signs happening with you kids, it’s time to put your thinking cap on. Try to put yourself in their shoes and uncover the reasons for their behavior. By doing so, you can more easily understand how to help your kids deal with the changes and go on to have a great school year. We have 10 ways to help you help your kids cope. Let’s check them out:

1. Incorporate fun – Just because kids are back in school, don’t stop having a good time with your them. Remember to bring that summer fun feeling into the rest of the year by spending quality time together.

2. Listen – Sometimes all it takes is a shoulder to lean on and a little validation from a parent. Listen to your child’s fears and anxieties without dismissing them.

3. Regulate bedtimes (and rise times) – Kids need extra sleep. This is especially true as they take on new information. Regulate your kids’ bedtimes so they make sense with their rise times. If your kids struggle with an earlier bedtime, help them get more exercise throughout the day to tire them out.

4. Talk about your experiences – Sometimes kids think they’re all alone in their anxieties. By talking with them about your own experiences and fears when you were a child, you may help them work through their own.

5. Encourage kids to find solutions – Whatever your child is dealing with, help them to find solutions to their back to school blues. By putting them in charge of their own emotional state, circumstances, and surroundings, you give them tools they can take with them far beyond the reach of school.

6. Let your kids pick out their supplies – Perhaps a tad trivial, but this works well for younger children who don’t have much day in things. By allowing them to pick out their own school supplies, you’re giving them something they can control.

7. Get them prepared – A lot of anxiety stems from the unknown. You can alleviate this by taking your children on a walk-through of their school and class schedule. You can even practice opening the locks on their new lockers.

8. Set up a study sanctuary – It can be hard to get homework done when there’s a million things going on. Kids do much better when they have their own quiet place to study. Help your kids create a study sanctuary to make those at-home study sessions easier.

9. End of summer play-dates – For kids who haven’t had the opportunity to get together with school friends, the end of summer is a great time to reach out. Set up one or two a few weeks before the start of school to help your kids reconnect.

10. Healthy eating – When school is back into full swing, be sure your kids are getting the quality foods their bodies need. This is especially important as they load their brains up with all kinds of new information.

Just for Parents

Interestingly enough, Back to School Blues doesn’t just strike students. It can have an impact on parents as well. As much as we love the peace that falls with children attending classes again, there can also be a glimmer of depression as the fun, relaxed atmosphere of summer evaporates. Here are 5 ways you can get your groove back when school is in session:

1. Get enough sleep – Parents need adequate sleep, too. Don’t burn the candle at both ends and wonder why you’re irritable.

2. Wake up early – If you have a lot on your plate, having time to yourself might be in short supply. You may think it’s counter-intuitive, but waking up a little early (even 15 minutes!) can allow you to grab some much-needed “you" time before your hectic day begins.

3. Nourish your body – Just like with your kiddos, eating right gives you the fuel you need to support your day. It keeps your body and mind functioning optimally. Be sure to drink plenty of water, too!

4. Support your relationships – As much as we love our kids, we also need time with the other relationships we have in our lives. Spend time with friends, family, and others who make you feel good. Not only will this keep you more balanced, but it will also be a lifesaver once your kids are done with school and moving on to bigger things.

5. Set schedules – When you’ve got a lot going on, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty. It may sound like a hassle, but having a game plan for homework times, etc. can make a big difference. Keep yourself as organized as possible with a detailed calendar and schedule. It will eliminate a lot of anxiety on everyone’s part.

Transitioning from laid-back summer days to the hustle and bustle of school can be stressful. Noticing the signs, taking time to understand the why, and taking action to alleviate some of your children’s fears can smooth the way. Don’t forget to take care of yourself as parents, too. We hope you all have a safe, happy, healthy new school year!

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Improve Your Mental Health with Gardening This Summer

by Natasha Tracy   -  July 31st, 2017  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: by @CANPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: by @CANPharmacyKing

Some people start gardening as a hobby, but what they may not know is gardening is actually good for your mental health. And it’s not just being outdoors that is beneficial, it’s actually the act of gardening itself that improves mental health.

Gardening Outdoors Leads to Mental Health Benefits

Access to the natural environment and outdoor spaces is “vitally important” for good mental health says the World Health Organization. And any “green exercise” (an activity in the presence of nature) leads to positive short- and long-term health outcomes. Positive effects are seen on self-esteem and mood. According to the study What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health? A Multi-Study Analysis, the presence of water actually increases these positive effects. Other outcomes from this study include:

• Greater duration and intensity improves outcomes, but even short green exercises show benefits.

• The greatest change in self-esteem was seen in the young.

• The greatest change in mood was seen in the middle-aged.

• Those with mental illness had the greatest improvements in self-esteem.

And while most people think of outdoor activities like running, walking and cycling as being outdoor activities that benefit mental health, gardening should actually be a part of that list. While gardening may not be an aerobic activity, it still is exercise, and exercise is known to improve mental health. Gardening is also known to be correlated with satisfaction in general.

According to the World Health Organization:

“Effective interventions to improve people’s connections with nature and increase outdoor activities have been implemented across a number of high-income countries, including Japan, the US and UK. Numerous mental health benefits have been documented, including: improved concentration among children with [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder] ADHD after taking walks in parks; and improved employee performance and mood after the insertion of plants into offices”

Evidence of Gardening Improving Mental Health

In 2003, the literature on gardening and mental health was inconclusive but since then, more evidence on the benefits of gardening on mental health has been found. In 2013, a review of evidence published in the Mental Health Review Journal found 10 relevant papers published since 2003. All reported positive results when those with mental health concerns started gardening. Specific benefits were noted in the reduction of symptoms of depression and anxiety. Benefits were found across the domains of:

• Emotion

• Social

• Vocation

• Physical

• Spiritual

While the evidence was of higher quality than in 2003, no randomized-controlled trials have been conducted.

Occupational therapists also recognize the mental health benefits of gardens and gardening. For example, the Center for Addiction and Mental Heath has created a “sensory garden” to provide a calming sensory experience.

Phyllis Wong, an occupational therapist praises the garden noting a client who agreed to water the garden experienced great mental health benefits. The client was very anxious and talked of constant pain. However, when she was in the garden watering the plants she, “felt at ease the entire time.”

Why Gardening Helps Your Mental Health

It’s not known why gardening improves peoples’ mental health. It might be the case that for a person with depression any reason that creates the desire to get outdoors and into the sunlight is a good reason. It might be the motivation of tending to plants that gets him or her out of bed in the morning. It might feel very hard to get up, but knowing your plants need watering, may be the motivation you need to do something positive.

For a person with anxiety, doing a task that is non-anxiety-provoking, simple and peaceful may be enough to quiet the thoughts of anxiety for a time. It allows them to focus on the task at hand and practice mindfulness, which is known to calm anxiety.

In all cases, seeing life you helped create and nurture is rewarding in and of itself and knowing that you can be successful in growing this life is good for a sense of achievement and self-esteem, which is often low in those with mental illness.

Of course, gardening can’t cure a mental illness, but gardening can help reduce some of its symptoms for many people. And with no side effects except a possible sunburn, gardening is a therapy worth trying. So get outdoors in the beautiful weather, get dirty and see what benefits you might experience.

References

Center for Addiction and Mental Health, "Introducing CAMH’s Sensory Garden

Jane Clatworthy, Joe Hinds, Paul M. Camic, (2013) "Gardening as a mental health intervention: a review

Jo Barton and Jules Pretty, (2010) “What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health? A Multi-Study Analysis

World Health Organization, (2014) “Social Determinants of Mental Health

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Natasha Tracey is a professional writer and author for Bipolar Burble. She currently worked as a freelancer for Kingsblog.


Can CBD Balance Your Mental Health and Slash Impotence?

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 15th, 2018  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: by Camilla Morgan, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Camilla Morgan, flickr.com

Erectile dysfunction happens to men of all ages, races, and social stature. In fact, 5% of men over 40 are diagnosed with complete erectile dysfunction (ED)—and by 70 years old, that number jumps to 15%. The causes can range from hormonal imbalances, to diabetes, and even narrow arteries. Mental state is also an important part of the equation, but it’s more complicated than simply “willing the mind.” Clinical depression is a mood dampener, and a whopping 82% of men with ED

What’s the Cause of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Erectile dysfunction can have a number of different causes—but the result is still the same: a lackluster sex life. Here are some of the most common causes.

Atherosclerosis: Also known as hardening of the arteries, this is caused by plaque building up—typically due to smoking, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure

Lifestyle choices: Inactivity, poor diet, alcohol or drug abuse, and smoking can be a culprit in the battle to avoid ED. Obesity caused by inactivity and bad eating choices can cause diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. All of which can cause problems with erections.

Diabetes: Men with type 2 diabetes can develop erectile dysfunction 10-15 years earlier than those without it. Interestingly, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may help alleviate some of the symptoms of diabetes.

Medications: A number of medications can cause unwanted side effects, including erectile dysfunction. These can include antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, pain killers, blood pressure medications, and anti-inflammatories. Opioid prescriptions are notorious for suppressing testosterone levels, which can cause lack of interest in sex, impotence, and infertility. Talk to your doctor about the side effects associated with the medications you take to see if they may be playing a role in your ED.

Hormone Imbalances: A healthy testosterone level is needed to ensure a healthy sex life. Health issues that suppress testosterone production can translate into erectile dysfunction.

Toxins and Drug Abuse: Smoking, illicit substances, and alcohol abuse can cause nerve damage, liver failure, and kidney disease—all of which can cause ED. CBD can help you to reduce cravings, as well as provide a potent antioxidant mixture to help clear your body of free radicals.

Fatigue: If sleep is elusive to you, or if you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, it can be difficult for your body to get or hold an erection. This is especially true if you have a stressful life. CBD oil is known to help regulate sleep cycles, as well as reduce the stress response—helping you get the rest you need to feel refreshed and ready to handle the day.

Genetic predisposition: New research has indicated a genetic variant

Mental Health State: Your mental health has an important role in how ED affects you. Depression, anxiety, mental disorders, and even PTSD can diminish your sex drive and make it impossible to maintain an erection.

Why Mental Health Matters in ED

These days, there is a lot of talk about sexual assault to women, and with very valid reason. However, it’s important to remember men suffer from trauma, too. Dealing with traumatic events, sexual or otherwise, can interfere with your sex life. PTSD, depression, anxiety and fear can throw you into a pattern of irrational thoughts and maladaptive coping patterns.

Therapy is a wonderful place to start in order to help you deal with the demons of your past, or the way you’ve trained yourself to cope. A good therapist will give you new coping mechanisms and point you in a new direction.

However, it’s possible to give yourself a leg up with CBD in addition to therapy. Keep reading to find out how.

Can Cannabidiol (CBD) Help?

If your ED isn’t responding to typical treatment, you don’t like your medication’s side effects, or you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health related issues—balancing and replenishing your sexual health may get the boost you’re looking for with cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD oil comes from the cannabis sativa plant and is a non-psychoactive compound with a number of health benefits, including alleviating erectile dysfunction, reversing infertility (in both sexes), and even assisting in performance for both sexes.

CBD interacts directly with our body’s own endocannabinoid system

CBD enhances two endocannabinoids: 2-AG and anandamide. These bind to cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. Together, these receptors control the regulation of the neurological system (including sleep, moods, pain, and appetite), and the regulation of the immune system.

Receptors are located all over the body: in organs, tissues, cells, etc. Because of this, CBD can support a myriad of different health issues—including ED.

It’s important to note that CBD works best to help prevent erectile dysfunction when it’s not taken together with another active ingredient in marijuana: THC. The psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana, THC can overpower CBD’s effects and in some cases, reverse its effectiveness.

Other Treatments to Try

Finding out the source of your erectile dysfunction can help you determine the best course of action for treatments. Additionally, not all countries or states allow the use of cannabidiol as a treatment, even if it is solely for medical purpose and does not contain THC. For those who cannot utilize this option, there are many viable options. The world of ED medications has come a long way from simply relying on Pfizer’s behemoth brand name medication, Viagra. At Canadian Pharmacy King, we carry Viagra’s generic equivalent, sildenafil, as well as Cialis and its generic equivalent, tadalafil

Coping with erectile dysfunction, regardless of its causes, can be a trying experience. It can put a strain on relationships and even create more stress, depression, and anxiety. The good news is, treatment options for ED continue to expand every year and suffering in silence doesn’t have to be your only option. With some of the breakthroughs happening in the world of CBD treatments and its various uses, including treatment for erectile dysfunction, depression, stress, and sleep—it may be time to talk with your doctor about whether or not it’s the right path for you.

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Don't Let Stroke Ruin Your Weekend or Holiday

by Carissa Andrews  -  January 3rd, 2017  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews
Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews

Strokes are striking people at younger ages than ever before. While overall incidents have come down, those under 55 years old have seen an uptick in strokes. According to a study done by the American Heart Association and released in May 2016, it found between 2000 and 2010, there was a sharp 44% increase of strokes for people age 25-44. This in turn continues to support a recent 2012 study

Of the nearly 800,000 people who have a stroke each year, more than 600,000 will suffer from a stroke for the very first time. Of those, nearly 130,000 will die.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are the major risk factors associated with stroke. Did you know that in the United States, nearly half of the population

Weekend and Holiday Risk Factors

As it turns out, the onset of stroke for weekends and holidays, particularly for young women, has been already well documented

1. Weekend Effect – In healthcare the weekend effect is a well-documented concern that can play a role in all kinds of medical issues, including stroke. It’s been found that stroke patients who receive treatment on weekends have worse outcomes overall due to less urgent treatment and fewer medical providers

2. Smoking

3. Consumption Indiscretions

4. Holiday Stress

5. Cold weather

6. Daylight

7. Lapses in Medication

FAST: Recognize the Signs of Stroke

Strokes can be treatable, especially if you act fast. The American Stroke Association teaches the acronym of FAST and it’s a good one to remember. The hope is to give people the tools to help spot signs of stroke and take immediate action. Let’s take a closer look:

F—Face drooping

A—Arm weakness

S—Speech difficulty

T—Time to call 911

New Medications

Depending on whether you’re looking to prevent stroke, or treat one, there are a couple of new medications to consider. Let’s have a look:

1. Aggrenox

2. Coumadin

3. Plavix

If you’re concerned about your chances of having a stroke, work toward reducing your risk factors. This includes taking extra precautions during weekends and holidays. Start by drinking less, keep your cholesterol and blood pressure low, and quit smoking. Then, talk to your doctor about their recommendations for next steps. If you’ve already suffered from a heart attack or stroke, it may be wise to get on a daily medication. Whatever your doctor may prescribe, be sure to take everything as directed.

More studies are sure to be needed to verify the association between holidays and weekends with increased risk of stroke. In the meantime, the evidence suggests we need to be more aware of how certain days can increase our risk. The biggest impact you can have when it comes to stroke awareness is not to wait in seeking medical attention. Overlooking symptoms because you’re worried about what others might think, or trying to postpone doing anything is the worst thing you can do. If you suspect the onset of a stroke for yourself or someone you care about, seek help immediately.

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


How to Help Someone with Diogenes Syndrome

by Liubov Edwards  -  January 18th, 2017  Match Score:2

How to Help Someone with Diogenes Syndrome

This condition is most common among elderly people and associated with the development of dementia. Affected by this syndrome, they neglect personal hygiene, become hoarders, isolate themselves from outside world. If not treated, it can trigger other conditions, like dermatitis passivata - a skin condition, when a nasty crust develops over the skin. This is usually due to a lack of regular washing. It can also be followed by paranoia and poor nutrition Cases of Diogenes syndrome should be handled with extreme sensitivity and helping such a person is a challenge.

Currently there is no specific treatment for this conditions, but psychological therapy or counseling can be prescribed. People with Diogenes syndrome are fearful of medical establishments, so often treatment has to be carried out by home health or community care workers.

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Liubov Edwards worked as our freelance graphic designer since 2011 for kingsblog.

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Should Kids Go Back to School During a Global Pandemic?

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 17th, 2020  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews
Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews

Around the world, anxiety levels are high as schools reopen amid a global pandemic. Parents, teachers, and students are all facing the decision on how they want the 2020-2021 school year to look. And honestly, it’s no wonder. With so much left up in the air, most of us are wondering which is the lesser of two evils – returning our kids to in-person schooling, with the chance of coming into contact with the coronavirus, or having them stay quarantined at home, which will keep them safer, but perhaps detrimentally impact their education or their mental health

When it all comes down to it, parents will likely make their decision based on two factors: the needs of the family and the safety plans presented by the school. That is certainly the case in our household, where we have four kids going to four different school. Tensions are high for all of us, as we try to weigh the options that are best for each kid, as well as our family as a whole. This is no easy task, let me tell you. Two of our kids are adept online learners, while the other two need more tactical in-person teaching for things to sink in. But if we keep two kids home and send the other two to in-person learning (even if only part-time), we are in no better place than if we sent them all back to school.

According to a British Columbia poll

How Do We Keep Kids Safe at School?

As most of us know, schools are vital for a child’s learning and overall wellbeing. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics

Having kids return to in-person learning can be safe, if proper precautions are put in place and an eye is kept on the community’s rate of transmission. Epidemiologists agree that the biggest thing to watch for is a low rate of transmission in the community. If it’s not found locally, it can’t make its way into schools.

For example, some Minnesota schools will allow in-person classes this fall as long as case rates remain below 50 to every 10,000 people per fourteen-day case rate range. Should those numbers elevate, they will switch to an online only lesson plan. This has helped to alleviate my mind, but it hasn’t made our decision any easier. Obviously, we want what’s best for the kids, but there are so many variables beyond simply the case rates.

In general, kids are less likely to be infected by the coronavirus and thankfully, life-threatening symptoms are rare in children. However, as we’re seeing with some of the schools opening already, outbreaks can still happen. Just look at schools in Georgia and Indiana. Yet, schools in Europe and Asia

Helping Kids Social Distance

In Ontario, school boards have access to reserve funds to help them reduce elementary classroom sizes to help with social distancing. The idea is less kids in the classroom will mean less chance of getting sick.

In the United States, social distancing rules and reduced class sizes vary wildly. Again, I my state of Minnesota, many schools are operating out of a hybrid model where they swap between in-person and online learning throughout the week. In essence, they break the kids into two groups (also called cohorts) to reduce class sizes by half. Mondays and Wednesdays one group is in school while the other studies online, Tuesdays and Thursdays they swap. Fridays are online learning for both groups to provide the school time to clean and sanitize fully each week.

If your child will be attending in-person classes part-time or full-time, the CDC does have a PDF download

The Issue of Masks

At present time, in Canada, masks aren’t mandatory in all areas. However, there are a few provinces that require them for certain age brackets, for instance, grades 4-12. Before sending your kids back to school, it’s important to know what the rules are in your area. In British Columbia, for instance, middle school and secondary schools will require kids

In the United States, where cases are much higher, many schools are making masks mandatory

Some teachers who have returned to school are stressing the importance of having not just a single mask, but multiples that can be switched out throughout the day and then washed daily without damaging them or changing their shape. How this will work with young children, on the other hand is questionable at best. Our youngest is going on six and will be starting Kindergarten this fall. Even with shorter school days, how do they expect to keep this age group wearing them? Plans for our school are still being worked on, but we hope whatever they come up with will keep our son safe, should he join his classmates in school.

Hygiene Will Be Key

Since the novel coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets, another key way kids can avoid contracting it is by keeping up with good hygiene. It’s not always an easy task, but a necessary one. Help your kids practice proper handwashing techniques and remind them to wash them frequently; particularly after sneezing, coughing, touching the face or someone else, and before and after eating. Make sure your kids go prepared with hand sanitizer (60% or more alcohol) for times when hand washing isn’t readily accessible.

The schools also need to play a role in good hygiene. Talk to your school administrator or principal about ways they will be working to ensure classrooms are kept clean and free from germs. With small kids, this is no easy chore on the best of days, but increasing vigilance and decreasing class sizes may make this easier.

If Your Child Shows Symptoms

During this time, erring on the side of caution is your best course of action. Most children who do get COVID-19 recover in one to two weeks and some don’t even show symptoms

If your child is showing any sickness symptoms, keep them home

So, what about siblings? Many experts agree that all members of the family should quarantine if someone in their home is sick. While this might seems like an unnecessary burden, it could mean protecting the community at large and reducing exposure to others at school. If the sibling(s) aren’t showing any sign of sickness, they could be tested for COVID-19 and return to school.

Our family knows just how hard the decision is to send kids back to school. We’re still grappling with it, but time is also ticking down. Regardless of what you decide, the important thing to remember is that there are many variables at play. What’s right for one family might not be for another. Do what’s best for you and your family and remember, we have never been through a global pandemic with a response quite like this. There’s still a lot to learn about the coronavirus and what it’s capable of. In the meantime, we can only do the best we can with the information we have.

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Immunization Spotlight: The Surprising Pros & Cons You Need to Know

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 28th, 2017  Match Score:2

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As a parent, we will always struggle to do what’s best for our kids. This includes making them eat their veggies, and weighing the pros and cons of vaccination. Did you know thousands of people—kids and adults alike are saved each year through the effective vaccination of killer diseases, such as Polio, Measles, and even Influenza? August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and it’s a great time to educate ourselves further about these life-saving preventative medicines.

Truth be told, there are a lot of myths surrounding vaccines and the counter-culture has been growing in recent years. This is likely due to the overwhelming distrust of government in general. However, it is very important we point out the actual science behind vaccines to combat this skepticism and keep devastating diseases like Polio and tuberculosis at bay. This is especially important for people who have asthma, and pregnant women.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE VACCINE MYTHS?

Vaccination has always had its opposition, since its inception. The root of the matter really stems back to a more anti-establishment / distrust of the government way of thinking. It’s easy to be distrusting when it appears choices are being removed or overwritten. Knowing this sheds some light on this mindset, so let’s take a closer look at the myths surrounding immunizations.

Vaccines aren’t safe & pharmaceutical manufactures can’t be trusted

Vaccines don’t work

Vaccines cause autism

Vaccines contain toxic poisons

I’m an adult, so I’m done with vaccines

REASONS TO GET VACCINATED

While it’s true, people may have some tenderness at the site of an injection, the discomfort is very minimal and severe allergic reactions are uncommon. By understanding the pros drastically outweigh this con, we can ensure our the health and safety for current and future generations. Let’s take a look some of the best reasons to be up-to-date on vaccinations:

Immunity to deadly diseases

Save lives

Eradicate diseases

Save time and money

Regardless of age, immunizations are a vital part of keeping everyone in a society healthy and safe from preventable diseases. Advances in medical science has helped us protect ourselves from more diseases than ever before—some which are even nearing or have crossed into extinction. As we continue to advance, immunizations will continue to improve. Not only will we add to the list of diseases we can prevent or cure, but also continue to improve their ingredients and delivery systems. Saving lives and preventing disease is the name of this game – it helps us protect future generations now, as well as work toward eradicating the diseases still around today.

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Manage Novel Coronavirus Induced Stress with These Simple Tips

by Carissa Andrews  -  February 15th, 2020  Match Score:2

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Photo Credit: by @Radio Alfa, flickr.com

Despite the low fatality rate, the Novel (Wuhan) Coronavirus has sparked people’s imagination and stoked fears, regardless of where they live. Right now, the mortality rate is only 2%. The virus was first reported on December 31, 2019, so it’s still early days and it’s always possible for things to change, but until that happens, it does no one any good to get overly stressed out about it. Especially when you live in an area of the world with very minimal risk. Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are monitoring the outbreak closely. The fact is, while the coronavirus is bad, the US’s 2009 H1N1 outbreak still has it beat with over 265K hospitalizations and over 18K dead, and the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza is 7.1%. For example, in comparison to the flu, there have been 1,000 deaths associated with coronavirus – 180,000 hospitalizations and more than 10,000 deaths

Yet, despite the low risk, people are experiencing Novel Coronavirus induced stress and anxiety. What’s worse, with fears of a coronavirus pandemic, Asians around the world are starting to feel the pressure from discrimination and overall racist comments. Adding to it are biblical fears from the book of Revelation, which heralds a time before the return of Jesus where deception, war, famine, and disease will plague the earth. So, of course, people are tying correlations from this outbreak to End Times. This has even caused consumers all around the world to panic shop

Regardless of low mortality rates, the United States has even recommended travelers to “reconsider” going to China and other Asian countries right now. This, in turn, heightens the societal anxiety and acts as a justification for thinking things are worse than they really are. Of course, this recommendation also puts a strain on Asian airlines

The truth of the matter is, at present time, there is a very low risk for mortality and even contracting the disease. So, if you’ve been sucked into the coronavirus anxiety trap, we have a few tips you can try to reduce your stress levels and get on with your life.

7 Ways to Manage Coronavirus Induced Stress

The chances of contracting or dying from the Novel Coronavirus are very low. In order to negate the negative impact of stress and anxiety caused by thinking about it too much, we have a few tips you can implement right now. They’ll help steer you clear from anxiety traps, as well as give you some tools to help you the next time a new virus is detected so you can stay calm.

1. Avoid Too Much Media

By now, hopefully you already know that most media outlets—including the news—gets their funding through ratings. The more they can play up on people’s fear, the more viewership goes up and the more funding they get. Sensationalism is what keeps people tuned in. Your best bet is to avoid inundating yourself with too much media and instead, just checking into resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2. Be Health Smart

Just like with any other virus, coronavirus is spread through contact. That means touching someone or something that’s been infected or being in the line of fire from a cough or sneeze. Take proper precautions to avoid contact with airborne and contact viruses. Keep reading for some specific tips on what you can do.

3. Don’t Overreact

Latching onto fear is a natural response to danger. However, not all dangers are created equally. Before you let the big, bad, and scary news lead you into a full-on panic attack, remember to take a beat. Then, take a closer look at the numbers. Any time an infection is new, it’s automatically scarier than an existing epidemic. For example, in comparison to the flu, there have only been 600 deaths associated with coronavirus – and more than 5,200 deaths caused by the common flu in the same period of time since the coronavirus was first reported.

4. Lean on Healthy Coping Skills

If you feel your anxiety spiking over the coronavirus, remember to lean on any of your past coping mechanisms—assuming they’re healthy. Avoid alcohol, drugs, or other substance related coping mechanisms. Instead, focus on ones such as:

• Movement

• Meditation

• Talk to Someone

5. Think Before You Speak

Look, it’s easy to let things slip when you’re already anxious and worried. But when we don’t think before we speak, it can be upsetting to those nearby. For starters, kids pick up on adult fears and if you’re anxious, they likely will be, too. Minimize panic by refraining from talking about your Coronavirus worries in front of children. Additionally, be aware of the hype and xenophobia

6. Consider Medication

If you feel your anxiety or depression over coronavirus is getting out of control, you might want to consider getting a little help from medications

7. Help Others

You might be surprised, but it actually helps to stay calm simply by helping others do the same. When you can alleviate fears for someone else, especially after doing some of the research on your own, it reinforces your own inner belief and helps you stay calm.

Stay Healthy: Coronavirus (or any virus) Avoidance Tips

Staying healthy when coronavirus fears are running high is actually pretty simple. It involves the same sort of tips you’d find in order to avoid any other pathogen. Here are the top four you can implement now so you can let your mind rest at ease.

1. Keep your immune system happy

2. Avoid contact with sick people

3. Clean with disinfectant wipes or sprays

4. Wash your hands

5. Wear a mask – If you have a concern about being out in public places, particularly if traveling or actively in China, put on a medical mask. In fact, many public officials

If you’re looking to fill a prescription medication that might help you cope with your anxiety or depression stemming from coronavirus fears, connect with us today by calling 1-866-930-3784. We’ll walk you through the ordering process. Canadian Pharmacy King

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Singles Day, Black Friday, & Cyber Monday: Beware the Health Hazards

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 27th, 2017  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews
Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews

With Single’s Day recently behind us and Black Friday & Cyber Monday still forthcoming, it’s important to be mindful of some of the health risks we may set aside while we immerse ourselves in flashy deals. The holiday season is often a time of overindulgence—as we buy more than we need, or often intend to, on those we love. This is particularly true as the psychology of sales kick into high gear—as they are already. We fear we’ll miss out, or that we could be saving “so much more money” if we only get out and fight the crowds.

The truth of the matter is, all of these sales can come with risks to our health, wealth, and well-being, if we’re not careful. We’ve compiled a few health hazards to be mindful of as you move on to your shopping bonanza. Let’s take a closer look.

Black Friday Health Hazards

For many people, the motto for the day is “if you snooze, you lose.” So, while many people in American are still nursing a turkey coma, they’re also preparing to lose sleep to get the best deals of the season. This is all fine and good, as long as you’re prepared and considering some of the ways you can eliminate health risks while out and about. Here are a few you should be thinking about:

Going out fatigued

Fatigue affects a broad spectrum of people who will be out and about for Black Friday. Both those staying up all night and those getting up early to hit the sales, as well as exhausted delivery drivers

Walking out without breakfast

Wearing uncomfortable shoes

Dehydration

Getting hangry

Unhealthy eating

Being oblivious in parking lots

Forgetting your limit

Not thinking safety for retail workers

Not only do the above health hazards exist for retail workers who are paid to be onsite for Black Friday – but they also have their own safety concerns they need to consider. To make it easy, OSHA

Singles Day/Cyber Monday Health Hazards

While you might not be leaving the safety of your house to snag these deals, online super-deal shopping isn’t without its own set of health risks. Let’s take a quick look at the two major cyber shopping days and what we can do to keep sane and healthy.

Singles Day

Singles Day is a Chinese ecommerce behemoth, having grown from a day to promote being single (also known as the “anti-Valentine’s Day) It started in the early 1990’s and has grown to its current incarnation as the biggest online retail event in the world. Taking place on November 11th, 2017 was another banner year, as nearly $23 billion dollars were spent in the one-day online event, according to the ecommerce giant, Alibaba Group

Cyber Monday

In the United States, Cyber Monday is the cyber-sale equivalent to Singles Day. However, it pales in comparison, earning a paltry $3.39 billion dollars in 2016. Even when online sales on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday are added to the mix, online sales over the three days still only equated to $8.39 billion dollars.

Singles Day may be over this year, but we still have Cyber Monday (and all the online deals between now and then) to contend with. Here are a few things you’ll want to take not of to keep your sanity this holiday season.

Identity Theft

Counterfeit Items

Even with all the sales going on, we can still run into issues with counterfeit goods. In order to reduce your online buying risk, remember one simple rule: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Before you buy, consider where the deal is listed, if it’s coming from a

Fake Reviews or Poor Disclosures

Super shopping sales such as Singles Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday can be a double-edged sword. You can get yourself some pretty amazing deals, but if you’re not careful, you can also run into trouble – both financial and health-wise. Hopefully this list of things to be aware of will keep you on your A-Game so you can avoid some stress this holiday season. Remember, stress (financial or otherwise) can lead to a host of health issues, as well. So, take care of yourself and remember not to overspend. Have a fun, safe, and productive holiday shopping experience this year!

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Can Trump Still Repeal and Replace Obamacare in 2018?

by Carissa Andrews  -  April 9th, 2018  Match Score:2

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Photo Credit: by Adam Fagen, Flickr.com

Republicans came in claiming a mandate when they tried to “repeal and replace” Obamacare in 2017—but were handed a pretty swift defeat each time they tried to bring the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the chopping block. Instead of a mandate, Congress found Americans to be spooked about health coverage, and rightly so. We pay more than nearly every other country in the world and by the looks of things, it’s not about to get any more affordable in the coming years.

Despite the efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, it’s still going strong. In fact, even with all the confusion, commotion, and deliberate attempts to undermine the 2018 ACA enrollment, approximately 8.8 million people signed up for coverage on the exchange. This was considered by some to be a monumental feat, since the decline was fairly minimal. Especially when you consider it had a 90% cut in advertising and far shorter enrollment period put in place by the Trump administration.

While the ACA continues to draw participants and fierce support, Trump continues to tell everyone Obamacare is “dead,” “finished,” “gone” – and essentially, he plans to “let Obamacare fail” – mostly by strangling the life out of its budget. His recent tax cuts and executive orders are just the tip of the iceberg on ways he could undermine our healthcare system and continue to destabilize it in the years to come.

In the meantime, Trump claims once Obamacare is dead in the water, he’ll come up with something better. Though if his plan for something better looks anything like the failed attempts made by Congressional Republicans last year, we can bet healthcare will continue to be a hot button issue for most Americans.

ACA’s Repeal Outlook for 2018

There’s lot of uncertainty as we go forward into 2018. However, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have stressed their priorities for 2018 have shifted from the ACA to the budget and reducing access to welfare and what they call, “entitlement programs” – such as food stamps (EBT) or housing assistance.

With the midterm elections coming up fast, and a push for more affordable healthcare still at central stage—it’s entirely possible for lawmakers on the democratic side to push an expansion for Medicaid—or even veer toward single-payer universal coverage. Especially in light of the GOP’s new focus on targeting lower income families in other ways.

There is a growing gap on the exchange between those in lower-income and higher-income brackets. Most of the lower-income customers currently qualify for subsidies that rise with the premiums—so they don’t feel the pain of the rate increases as much. But that could change, depending on how Republicans target aspects of the ACA. There’s also a middle bracket of customers who make too much to qualify for those subsidies—currently cutting off at 400% the federal poverty level—and they might be priced out of the exchange when they’re not able to find a plan they can afford.

Trump’s Effect on Insurance & Pharmacare

While the two attempts at repealing Obamacare failed to pass, insurance companies still felt the impact of these tumultuous times. This has caused a ripple effect through all of the healthcare industries.

Last year, due to all the confusion over the GOP repeal efforts

Exchange carriers are down for 2018—leaving some counties all across the U.S. with only one carrier to choose from on the exchange

With Trump’s new tax bill eliminating the individual mandate, we can assume to feel its effects in higher costs by providers. As a pillar of the ACA, the individual mandate was a way to keep prices affordable by requiring everyone to have health insurance—or face a penalty. It was put in place to protect those with preexisting conditions by forcing the younger, healthier Americans to pay in and level out overall costs. Without this mandate in place, 4 million people are estimated to go without insurance in 2019 alone—which will continue to rise as the years go on.

With the midterm elections drawing near, Congressional Republicans are far more skittish about taking on healthcare again. This may mean a bit of a reprieve for healthcare providers looking for a bit more stability in the market—and a little less fear for Americans as they look toward next year.

One good thing, perhaps, is Trump has set his sights on high drug prices in America. At his State of the Union address in January, he promised to “make fixing the injustice of high drug pries one of our top priorities.” While it’s uncertain what this will look like, the talk resulted in plummeting stock prices of Eli Lilly, Merck, and Johnson & Johnson.

Impact of Health Insurance on America

Though Americans pay a ton more for insurance, it doesn’t mean we’re healthier. As it turns out, we don’t even crack the top 10 healthiest countries. According to a recent study by the United Nations General Assembly found the United States was ranked 28th out of 188 countries.

Now that Trump and Congress have tried to undermine the current way our healthcare system works, many Americans are stressed to the hilt over health insurance They’re worried about not having coverage, not being able to afford their coverage—or having insanely high deductibles, and lack of coverage, even when they’re paying for it.

By 2020, it’s estimated that the U.S. will spend upward of 20% of its total gross domestic product on healthcare if something isn’t done to correct the trend. Which is why it’s no surprise that 66% of all Americans say health insurance is a big issue in their home. It’s a stressor, for sure—for not only themselves, and for entire families in general. Interestingly enough, the stresses caused by the cost of health insurance impacts all income levels.

According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association

After the intense ups and downs of 2017 on the United States healthcare system, it’s hard to say what 2018 will truly look like. One thing’s for sure—it’s not likely to get any more affordable this year or any time real soon. In the meantime, more Americans will have to suffer with higher premiums and deductibles—not to mention drug prices. The political climate surrounding this issue hasn’t settled, though—and it’s likely to become the perfect storm as we turn toward the midterm Congressional elections coming up. It’s very likely if Democratic challengers offer a reasonable fiscal solution to our stressful financial healthcare woes—Americans are going to flip the script come November.

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Eliminate Hypertension by Dialing Back Salt

by Carissa Andrews  -  May 14th, 2018  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews
Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews

The amount of salt a person consumes on a daily basis can be a good indicator for whether or not you could be at risk for developing high blood pressure. In fact, the FDA predicts reducing sodium intake could prevent 83,000 deaths in just twenty years.

You may be surprised to find out 70% of sodium in a typical American’s diet doesn’t come from the salt shaker—it comes from the processed foods we eat. Prepackaged, processed, and prepared foods are the largest culprits.

Fast-food on a regular basis

What is salt good for and how much do we need?

Ordinary table salt is a combination of sodium (approximately 40%) and chloride (approximately 60%). Our bodies need a fraction of the salt most of us consume. In fact, we need less than 500 milligrams of sodium per day in order to function properly. That’s roughly the amount found in a ½ cup of vegetable or chicken broth soup.

In moderation, salt helps our cells to regulate their size and electrical activity for your nerves. Without it, your body doesn’t function properly and many people even report getting dizzy when they’re sodium deficient. However, it’s safe to say in the modern age, that’s pretty rare.

Americans and many people around the world get far over the necessary 500mg amount. In fact, most people border around the 3,000mg mark, which is far too high. Recommendations by the US government, provided under the guidance of the Institute of Medicine

Salt isn’t all bad. It can make food taste better (as we all know), and even support hydration in the body (particularly during exercise). However, too much can cause the body to retain water and lead to bloating (edema). It can also influence the contraction and relaxation of muscles.

Is it true? Can salt cause hypertension?

With a high salt intake on a daily basis, blood pressure can be consistently elevated thanks to water retention and the stiffening of cells lining the arteries. This is particularly true for those who are salt sensitive, lack daily exercise, or are obese. If left unchecked, a diet high in sodium can bring on hypertension, which can lead to far worse things like stroke or heart disease.

If you’re dealing with hypertension, cutting back your salt and sugar intake is very important. If changing your diet is proving difficult, or perhaps not the root of your hypertension issues, you may also want to consider talking with your doctor about some of our most popular medications

• Benicar

• Cozaar

• Diovan HCT

What other risks does too much salt contribute to?

Hypertension isn’t the only problem too much salt can create. While salt intake itself doesn’t cause cardiovascular disease, overconsumption of salt increases our risk of developing it. According to the American Heart Association

The reason for this is because of the domino effect sodium causes throughout the body. It causes water retention, which in turn, elevates blood pressure. Hypertension can lead to stroke, risk of heart attack, and cardiovascular disease.

Other problems too much salt can contribute to include:

• Damaging blood vessel dilation

• Stiffening cell lining in arteries

Sugar v Salt

Salt isn’t the only thing you should be worried about if you have high blood pressure or cardiovascular issues. A high sugar intake, particularly sugar in the form of HFC (high fructose corn syrup), can triple your chance of cardiovascular disease. Especially if 25% of your daily calories comes from refined sugars.

Recommendations to balance your sodium intake

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your sodium intake and detox your body from its effects, we have some tips and recommendations for you to consider.

• Stay away from processed foods and eat more whole foods. This includes whole grains, lean meats, and fruits/veggies.

• Opt for low-sodium variations. When you have to buy processed foods, look for the low-sodium variations. You might be surprised how many of them are out there.

• Eat more fresh fruits and veggies—especially potassium rich ones. While sodium can stiffen the cells lining the arteries, potassium does the opposite. It’s a great way to detox (besides drinking water) when you’ve had too much salt.

• Buy frozen veggies. If fresh fruits and veggies spoil too fast at your house, go for the frozen variety. They’ll last longer and they’re just as healthy as their fresh counterparts.

• Season with other salt-free herbs. Skip adding salt to your meals to bring out the flavor. Instead, opt for other herbs or spices, like a little bit of garlic powder, to bring out the flavor.

As you work toward avoiding or limiting your salt/sodium intake, be sure to read the labels of the products you purchase—and be savvy to the lingo companies use to disguise or rebrand salt. Watch out for any of these salt-laden culprits hidden in your label that have more than 200mg of sodium per serving:

• Monosodium glutamate (aka MSG)

• Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

• Baking powder

• Disodium phosphate

• Sodium alginate

• Sodium citrate

• Sodium nitrate

We all need salt to function optimally, but it’s fairly obvious the quantity most people consume is far too much. It causes a host of health problems from causing hypertension, to contributing to bloating and water retention, and can even damage your cardiovascular health. Finding a good way to balance our desire for tasty foods with eating healthily is key. Just by reducing the amount of salt we ingest can have a knock-on effect, altering many potential risk factors. If you’re wanting a simple way to lower your blood pressure, reduce bloating, and bolster your overall health, why not start with lowering how much salt you consume today?

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Mental Health Challenges for the Adopted Child - What Are They? How to Handle Them

by Natasha Tracy  -  June 25th, 2018  Match Score:2

Mental Health Challenges for the Adopted Child

Adoption is usually thought of as a blissful time for both adoptees and parents, but for many, there are mental health challenges that come with adoption, particularly for the child adoptee. While focusing on the amazing bond that adoption can deliver is important, so is recognizing any mental health challenges in the adopted child. These can include issues around prior neglect, prior inconsistent care and other traumas. Mental health challenges may be even greater for those who have been traumatized and adopted from overseas. And while the mental health of the adopted child can be impaired, there are many ways to deal with these issues.

Does Adoption Affect a Child’s Mental Health Even If Adopted as a Baby?

People think of mental health challenges in adopted children in the cases where the children are adopted at an older age, but is it possible for a child adopted as a baby to have an increased risk of mental illness?

According to researchers at the University of Minnesota, child mental illness (as defined in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition [DSM-IV]) are more prevalent in adoptees than non-adoptees. These researchers also found that adopted children have more interaction with mental health professionals than their peers. These relationships were shown for children adopted in the first two years of life, with an average adopted age of four months. Assessments were made through interviews with the adoptees when they were 11-21 years of age. Interviews with the mothers were also conducted to detect illness in the children. There were 692 adopted children and 540 nonadopted children assessed in this study.

Mental disorders found in the adopted children included:

• Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

• Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

• Conduct disorder

• Major depressive disorder

• Separation anxiety disorder

According to the study, the odds of having ODD or ADHD were twice as high in adopted children as nonadopted children. Interestingly, domestic adoptees had a higher odds of having a conduct disorder than their international counterparts. While it is not known why this is the case, some researchers have suggested this may be because parents of internationally adopted children are more prepared for being adopted parents.

On the other hand, international adoptees were significantly more anxious and had more symptoms of major depressive disorder and separation anxiety disorder than their nonadopted peers.

This shows that the increased risk of mental health challenges for the adopted child are absolutely real, even when the child is adopted at a very young age. Mental health of adopted children, then, needs to be considered carefully.

Main Mental Health Challenges in Adopted Children

According to United States Census figures, 1.6 million children and teenagers under the age of 18 are adopted in the United States and Puerto Rico. This makes the mental health and wellbeing of these children a major area of concern, not just for parents of adopted children, but for professionals and even society at large.

Overall, it is known that adopted children have mental health challenges in specific areas.

1. Attachment

Attachment is the bond that forms between child and caregiver, typically the mother. This bond forms as the parent responds consistently in a nurturing way to the child’s needs. In this way, the child learns to trust the parent.

However, if the child has previously experienced neglect, abuse or inconsistent/inadequate care, this bond may be adversely affected. While attachment still typically forms, it is characterized by insecurity and mistrust with the child feeling neither safe nor loved. This can lead to a number of mental health concerns for the adopted child such as an attachment or conduct disorder.

And unfortunately, adopted children have commonly experienced these types of trauma, particularly when adopted at an older age. Often birth families can create traumatic experiences for the child and the foster care system, while designed to keep the child safe, can actually make these problems worse through multiple caregivers, numerous disruptions and poorly-managed transitions. It should be noted that attachment may be even more difficult for internationally-adopted children as they commonly experience institutionalization, deprivation and poor health care – all of which can negatively affect attachment further.

2. Grief and Loss

When a child leaves his birth family and then, eventually, joins his adopted family, grief and loss are common. In fact, even when a child is leaving a very unhealth environment where things like addition, neglect, abuse and other harmful situations are present, the child will still typically experience a sense of loss and the need to grieve that loss. According to the Adopted Families Association of British Columbia, losses for an adopted child often include loss of:

The mental health challenges of grief and loss in an adopted child can be further complicated by the fact that the child doesn’t understand the loss and doesn’t have the words to express his loss and grief. Because of the lack of healthy processing, the adopted child may act out. According to the Adopted Families Association of British Columbia, these reactions can include: anger, sadness, hyperactivity, changes in appetite, hoarding food, inappropriate emotional response, headaches, and difficulty making decisions, regressive behaviours and clinginess.

The adopted child may be confused by his feelings of loss and grief and when this happens, it is known as ambiguous loss. Ambiguous loss is generally present when there is confusion or uncertainty about the loss. For example, when the child is leaving an unhealthy environment and still experiences it as a loss, this can be very difficult to healthily grieve.

3. Mental Health and Development

In a study of admissions to the Department of Psychiatry of the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, it was found that children that had been adopted outside the family were 2.5 times more likely to be admitted to the psychiatric facility when compared with the general population. These admissions were more common in adopted children and adolescents and the rate fell into adulthood. According to the study, a wide spectrum of mental disorders were seen, but personality disorders (both transient and persistent) made up about 60% of the diagnoses.

Additionally, diagnosed disabilities have been seen in one in four adopted children at the start of kindergarten. This is twice the rate of children being raised by both biological parents. Behavior and learning problems are also common in adopted kids.

And, unfortunately, these difficulties seem to increase with time. By the time adopted children are in eighth grade, The Atlantic quotes a report stating:

“. . . fully half of adopted children have diagnosed disabilities. One third have received an out-of-school suspension by the end of that school year, compared to 10 percent of children living with both biological parents. And adopted students performed significantly below average on reading, math, and science assessment tests . . . most of the conditions adopted children are dealing with are things like attention-deficit disorder and learning disabilities, rather than severe intellectual or physical disabilities . . .”

Impaired mental health and development in adopted children may be related to the loss and grief as well as the attachment issues mentioned above. Mental health challenges in adopted children may also be related to the birth mother, but typically not enough information about her is known to make any conclusions.

Handling Mental Health Challenges in Adopted Children

While these studies and numbers on mental health challenges in adopted children may seem daunting, it’s important to note that a large percentage of adopted children grow up happy, healthy and well-adjusted. Certainly, being an adopted child does not seal one’s fate.

It’s important that parents of adopted children reach out for help if mental or behavioral health issues arise. There are many kinds of interventions, including therapy, that are available in these situations, but parents have to reach out to get it. In terms of which treatments are right for the adopted child, this will depend on things like the age of the child, the child’s previous trauma and the child’s developmental state. It will also depend on the type of problem the child is experiencing. Medications may be indicated for some adopted children with mental illnesses.

Some types of psychotherapy for adopted children are:

• Play therapy

• Individual psychotherapy

• Group therapy

• Family therapy

• Behavior modification

• Cognitive therapy

• Trauma-informed therapy

• Attachment-focused therapy

Parents may also need to reach out for help for themselves as adopting a child with mental health challenges can actually trigger reactions in the parent. The parent may be dealing with her own feelings of grief or loss, or trauma experiences.

Sources

Adopted Families Association of British Columbia, Attachment. Accessed June 11, 2018.

Adopted Families Association of British Columbia, Grief and Loss. Accessed June 11, 2018.

Adopted Families Association of British Columbia, Mental Health. Accessed June 11, 2018.

Child Welfare Information Gateway. Selecting and Working with a Therapist Skilled in Adoption. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. 2012.

Graham, Ruth, Why Adopted Children Still Struggle Over Time. The Atlantic. December 2, 2015.

Kaplan, Arline, Adoption and Mental Illness. Psychiatric Times. January 26, 2009.

Simon, Nathan and Senturia, Audrey, Adoption and Psychiatric Illnesses. American Journal of Psychiatry. April 1, 2006.


Top 20 Best-selling Prescriptions Filled by Canadian Pharmacy King

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 20th, 2018  Match Score:2

Finding prescription medications that are affordable can be a challenge to many people. Over 60% of all Americans are taking at least one prescription medication—the highest percentage in the country’s history. Unfortunately, prices are also at an all-time high, so it’s no surprise many Americans turn to us to get their medications filled at a more affordable price. There are a number of medications we sell frequently here at Canadian Pharmacy King, however twenty medications by and far outsell the rest. As of summer 2018, here’s a list of our 20 most popular prescriptions filled by our Canadian Pharmacy. Let’s have a closer look to see if any of your medications are on the list and if we could be saving you some cash.

1. Cialis

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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CPK Brand Price: $135 for 5mg (28 qty), from $4.82 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $65 for 20mg (28 qty), from $1.02

US Brand Price: $441.14 for 5mg (30 qty), from $14.70 per pill

US Generic Price: Not Available

2. Advair

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Brand Price: $45 for 250mcg/50mcg/60 dosage (1 qty)

CPK Generic Price: $119 for 500mcg/50mcg/30 dosage (6 qty), from $19.83

US Brand Price: $396.92 for 250mcg/50mcg/60 dosage (1 qty)

US Generic Price: Not Available

3. Crestor

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Brand Price: $119 for 20mg (84 qty), from $1.42 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $25 for 5mg (100 qty), from $0.25

US Brand Price: $825 for 5mg (90 qty), from $9.17 per pill

US Generic Price: $96 for 5mg (90 qty), from $1.07 per pill

4. Synthroid

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Price: $25 for 25mcg (120 qty), from $0.21

US Price: $95 for 25mcg (90 qty), from $1.06 per pill

5. Spiriva

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Brand Price: $329 for 18mcg/30 blisters (3 qty), from $109 per inhaler

CPK Generic Price: $75 for 18mcg/15 capsules (3 qty), from $12.50

US Brand Price: $282.65 for 18mcg/15 capsules 1 inhaler

US Generic Price: Not Available

6. Zetia

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Brand Price: $201 for 84 qty, from $2.39 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $65 for 100 qty, from $0.65

US Brand Price: $368 for 30 qty, from $12.27 per pill

US Generic Price: $196.76 for 30 qty, from $6.56 per pill

7. Jardiance

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Price: $155 for the 25mg (90 qty), from $1.72

US Price: $564 for the 25mg (30 qty), from $18.80 per pill

8. Januvia

Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

It is one of the more expense “popular” medications, and a generic isn’t likely to happen before 2022.

CPK Price: $145 for the 50mg (84 qty), from $1.73

US Price: $457 for the 25mg (30 qty), from $15.2 per pill

9. Lumigan

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Brand Price: $115 for the 0.03%/3ml (3 qty), from $38.33 per bottle

CPK Generic Price: $49 for the 0.03%/3ml (3 qty), from $16.33

US Brand Price: $196 for 0.01%/2.5 ml per bottle

US Generic Price: $56.96 for 0.03%/2.5 ml per bottle

10. Myrbetriq

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Brand Price: $265 for the 50mg (90 qty), from $2.94 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $183 for the 25mg (100 qty), from $1.83

US Brand Price: $376 for the 25mg (30 qty), from $12.53 per pill

US Generic Price: Not Available.

11. Propecia

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Brand Price: from $1.61 per pill

CPK Generic Price: from $0.30

US Brand Price: from $3.87 per pill

US Generic Price: from $1.71 per pill

12. Eliquis

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Price: $99 for the 2.5mg (60 qty), from $1.65

US Price: $446 for the 2.5mg (60 qty), from $7.43 per pill

13. Livalo

Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Brand Price: $1049 for the 2mg (90 qty), from $11.66 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $79 for the 2mg (100 qty), from $0.79

US Price: Not Available

14. Nexium

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Brand Price: $40 for the 20mg (70 qty), from $0.57 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $30 for the 20mg (100 qty), from $0.30

US Brand Price: $270 for the 20mg (30 qty), from $9.00 per pill

US Generic Price: $233.67 for the 40mg (30 qty), from $7.79 per pill

15. Flovent

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Price: $68 for the 50mcg/120 dosage (3 qty), from $22.67

US Price: $198 per inhalation

16. Uloric

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Brand Price: $175 for the 80mg (84 qty), from $2.83 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $45 for the 40mg (100 qty), from $0.45

US Brand Price: $343 for the 40mg (30 qty), from $11.43 per pill

US Generic Price: $160 for the 40mg (30 qty), from $5.30 per pill

17. Premarin

Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Price: $105 for the 0.625 mg (84 qty), from $1.25

US Price: $210.82 for the 0.625 mg (84 qty), from $7.23 per pill

18. Cantharone

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Note

CPK Price: $95

US Price: Not Available.

19. Xarelto

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts

CPK Price: $265 for the 10 mg (100 qty), from $2.65

US Price: $446 for the 10 mg (30 qty), from $14.87 per pill

20. Motilium

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Generic or other alternative names

Treatment

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Impacts: A recent review found domperidone was associated with a small increased risk of cardiac side effects. The domperidone drug interactions cam be also serious. It must be supplied on prescription

CPK Brand Price: $240 for 10mg (1000 qty), from $0.24 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $149 for 10mg (1000 qty), from $0.15

US Price: Not Available

Canadian Pharmacy King proudly dispenses medications safely and affordably from Canada and other countries around the world. This list covers our top 20 most popular medications as of summer 2018—but we also deliver hundreds more. For all of these medications, a prescription is required—but our online ordering

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https://www.indiainfoline.com/article/news-top-story/lupin-gets-tentative-approval-for-gcialis-118071900379_1.html

https://www.indiainfoline.com/article/news-top-story/unichem-up-5-on-cialis-settlement-118062000348_1.html

https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/domperidone-must-be-supplied-on-prescription-mhra-rules/20066338.article?firstPass=false

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-04/glaxo-s-advair-is-the-100-billion-asthma-drug-that-won-t-die

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/companies/lupin-gets-usfda-nod-for-generic-anti-cholesterol-pill-crestor-2349183.html

https://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/these-common-cholesterol-medications-have-surprisingly-dangerous-side-effects.html/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/318251/revenue-of-top-20-respiratory-products-in-the-us/

https://www.cbsnews.com/media/7-biggest-price-hikes-for-medicares-costliest-drugs/4/

http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/jardiance-reduces-risk-of-kidney-disease-progression-for-patients-with-type-2-who-have-cvd/

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100831007057/en/Allergan-Receives-FDA-Approval-LUMIGAN%C2%AE-0.01-First-Line

https://www.consumerreports.org/hair-loss-treatments/the-truth-about-hair-loss-cures/

https://www.thepharmaletter.com/article/b-ms-pfizer-alliance-data-shows-eliquis-benefits-over-xarelto-and-pradaxa

https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2017/june2017/rd651_june2017_video

https://www.nasdaq.com/article/dr-reddys-launches-generic-version-of-nexium-24hr-capsules--quick-facts-20180720-00074

https://copdnewstoday.com/2018/02/13/copd-long-term-use-ics-inhaled-corticosteroids-increase-bone-fracture-risk/

https://www.medpagetoday.com/rheumatology/generalrheumatology/74454

https://globalnews.ca/news/3737046/hormone-pills-dont-shorten-the-lives-of-older-post-menopausal-women-study/

https://www.biopharmadive.com/news/bayers-xarelto-projected-to-become-top-selling-drug-in-europe-by-2022/418619/


What Is Anorexia Nervosa, the Most Lethal Mental Illness?

by Natasha Tracy  -  April 30th, 2019  Match Score:2

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Do you know the facts around anorexia nervosa? Do you know that anorexia nervosa is considered the deadliest mental illness? Do you know how people are dying of anorexia nervosa? These are extremely important things to understand considering some studies have the rate of anorexia nervosa among women at four percent. That means that up to one in 25 women may suffer from the potentially lethal eating disorder. Read on to learn about what anorexia nervosa is and how treatment can help avoid unfortunate outcomes.

What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

According to Medscape, anorexia nervosa is:

“. . . a potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by the inability to maintain a minimally normal weight, a devastating fear of weight gain, relentless dietary habits that prevent weight gain, and a disturbance in the way in which body weight and shape are perceived.”

In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5)

1. Restriction of energy [food, calorie] intake relative to requirements leading to a significantly low body weight in the context of age, sex, developmental trajectory, and physical health. Significantly low weight is defined as a weight that is less than minimally normal or, for children and adolescents, less than that minimally expected.

2. Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, or persistent behavior that interferes with weight gain, even though at a significantly low weight.

3. Disturbance in the way in which one's body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or persistent lack of recognition of the seriousness of the current low body weight.

In other words, those with anorexia nervosa restrict their eating, are terrified of gaining weight or becoming overweight and they don’t comprehend the real way their body looks or the impact of their significantly low weight. This is an extremely dangerous combination of symptoms.

Anorexia nervosa is different from other feeding and eating disorders as it solely involves calorie restriction. For example, bulimia nervosa involves both the bingeing (an unhealthy intake of too many calories) and restricting of calories.

Who Gets Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is predominantly diagnosed in white, adolescent women of middle and upper socioeconomic status. That said, anorexia nervosa is found across all developed countries, ages, races and socioeconomic statuses and in both men and women.

It is much more common in women, thought to be present in 0.3-1.0 percent of all women in the United States with some studies finding it to be as high as 4 percent of women across a lifetime. It is estimated that 0.1-0.3 percent of men suffer from anorexia nervosa.

As noted, anorexia nervosa can occur at any age, but it is estimated that 85 percent of people experience an onset of the illness between the ages of 13-18. People who are younger than 11 or who are older when anorexia nervosa develops have a worse prognosis.

No one factor causes anorexia nervosa. Rather, the illness is caused by a complex combination of biological, psychological and social factors. The following are risk factors for developing anorexia nervosa, although it’s important to understand that one can have one or more of these risk factors and still not develop the disorder:

• Female sex

• Family history of eating disorders

• Perfectionistic personality

• Difficulty communicating negative emotions

• Difficulty resolving conflict

• Low self-esteem

Using studies that involve twins and triplets, it has been estimated that the genetic component of anorexia nervosa is between 50-80 percent. This is similar to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

What Makes Anorexia Nervosa So Lethal?

The mortality data for anorexia nervosa shows a higher risk of death in those with anorexia nervosa than in those who smoke heavily. This risk of death is higher than in other eating disorders like binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.

It’s a combination of things that makes anorexia nervosa so lethal.

First, those with anorexia nervosa can die of starvation or complications thereof. Starvation typically leads to malnutrition which then leads to a protein deficiency and disruption of many organ systems such as cardiovascular and renal (relating to the kidneys) systems. Any number of complications can result. Some examples of anorexia nervosa complications include:

• Cardiomyopathy (a disease of the heart muscle)

• Hypokalemia (a possibly lethal potassium imbalance)

• Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage)

• Hair loss

• Thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count; internal bleeding can occur)

• Infertility

While these types of complications are common with severe cases of anorexia nervosa, less than 10 percent of those with anorexia nervosa actually die of starvation and its complications.

A major cause of death for those with anorexia nervosa is suicide. In fact, death by suicide is more common than death by the complications of starvation. It is estimated that about 31 percent of those with anorexia nervosa suffer from suicidal ideation and more than eight percent actually attempt suicide. The risk of suicide in this group is 10 times higher than in the general population.

Indicators of a higher risk of suicide attempts include:

• Previous suicide attempts

• Physical pain

• Drug use

• Laxative use

And while the risk of suicide is high in all those with anorexia nervosa, it’s even higher in those with comorbid (co-occurring) disorders and unfortunately, such disorders are common. It’s thought that between 33-50 percent of those with anorexia nervosa have a comorbid mood disorder such as depression. Moreover, about 50 percent have a comorbid anxiety disorder.

Those with anorexia nervosa who have a comorbid substance use disorder or a personality disorder (such as borderline personality disorder) are also at particularly high risk of death from suicide and other complications.

Treating Anorexia Nervosa Helps

Treating anorexia nervosa can be difficult due to the symptoms of the illness wherein a person often doesn’t understand the severity and impact of his or her own condition. That said, anorexia nervosa treatment happens every day and it does work.

People with anorexia nervosa are typically treated in the hospital if they have severe medical complications and/or require refeeding, in a psychiatric facility if severely ill yet are medically stable or on an outpatient basis. Typically, a team of people help treat a person with anorexia nervosa. This team includes a psychiatrist to monitor medication, a psychologist for psychotherapy, a nutritionist to help with diet, and other specialists as needed. Individual team makeups vary and jobs of each specialty often overlap.

Psychological therapy treatment is typically the norm. Many therapies have been shown to be useful in treating anorexia nervosa. These include:

• Individual therapy (insight-oriented)

• Cognitive analytic therapy

• Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) / Enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-E)

• Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT)

• Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

• Motivational enhancement therapy

• Dynamically informed therapies

• Group therapy

• Family-based therapy (FBT)

• Specialist supportive clinical management (SSCM)

• Relatives and caregiver support groups

It’s clear that due to the multitude of psychotherapies that have been shown to work in anorexia nervosa treatment, there is a very good chance there is a therapy or therapies that will suit any individual.

Drugs to Treat Eating Disorders Like Anorexia Nervosa

Drugs are typically used to treat the complications of anorexia nervosa and/or an individual’s comorbid disorders. Additionally, supplements like vitamin D and calcium are typically used to treat and prevent further bone loss. It’s worth noting that medication without therapy, is not nearly as effective for most people. It’s also important to know that treating anorexia nervosa with drugs is typically not indicated until the person has been stabilized with weight restoration.

Two types of medications used to treat anorexia nervosa are antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics.

Antidepressants like the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine (Prozac)

The SSRI antidepressant type is generally preferred over other types of antidepressants but serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) may also be useful, particularly if there are concurrent obsessive-compulsive issues.

Another type of medication, atypical antipsychotics, also knowns as neuroleptics, may also be used. This isn’t because people with anorexia nervosa are considered psychotic, this is not the case, it just happens that atypical antipsychotics have been found to be useful in many non-psychotic disorders.

In the case of atypical antipsychotics, low-dose

olanzapine (Zyprexa)

Prognosis of Anorexia Nervosa

Unfortunately, only about half of all people with anorexia nervosa experience a full recovery. It’s also a fact that many people need multiple attempts at treatment to obtain recovery. However, while some never officially “recover”, with consistent treatment, they go on to live happy and healthy lives, living successfully with the challenge of an eating disorder.

References

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Eating Disorder Statistics


Five Little-Known and Rare Diseases to Watch Out for in 2019

by Carissa Andrews  -  July 8th, 2019  Match Score:2

Five Little-Known and Rare Diseases to Watch Out for in 2019

One in twenty people live with a rare disease at some point in their lives. While this number might seem relatively high, the truth is, for many rare diseases, there is no cure. Each disease can impact a patient’s life—from a mild annoyance, all the way to being a death sentence. While many of them are treatable in some form, the key is knowing they exist so they can be diagnosed properly. The rarer a disease is, the harder it is to pinpoint what it actually is. This is especially true for diseases that can mask themselves as other diseases without the proper laboratory to look over the results.

What Makes a Disease Rare?

New diseases are discovered all the time. However, there are approximately 30,000 known diseases at present time. Of those, more than 7,000 are considered to be rare. A general consensus, which started in Europe, concludes a disease is rare if it affects only one person out of every 2,000. However, diseases can also be considered rare in one region, but common in another, depending on its genetic origin and population density afflicted with the disease. So for example, if the total number of people worldwide concluded a disease was rare, but in Canada, the ratio was more than 1/2000, then it would be a common disease for residents in the region.

Nearly all genetic diseases are considered to be rare, but not all rare diseases are genetic. Most rare diseases happen to be chronic, progressive, and often serious. Interestingly, more than 50% of rare diseases don’t present until adulthood. And some of them can be fatal without swift diagnosis and treatment.

Rare Disease and Orphan Drugs

Treatment for these rare diseases can be difficult and coming up with orphan drugs (medicines made specifically for a rare medical condition) can be expensive to make and even more expensive to purchase. However, that doesn’t stop orphan drugs from dominating their markets. There are a number of bestselling orphan drugs

Table 1 – Popular Orphan drugs availability at Canadian Pharmacy King

Popular Orphan drugs availability

Table 2 – Common refrigerated Orphan drugs availability at Canadian Pharmacy King

Common refrigerated Orphan drugs availability

We commonly dispense Enbrel and Repatha, but because it is a refrigerated item, patients usually pick it up from the pharmacy

Buy Enbrel

Buy Repatha

Buy Afinitor

Buy Biktarvy

Buy Jakvi

Buy Nexavar

Buy Sprycel

Five Rare or Little-Known Diseases

As we discussed, there are literally thousands of rare or little-known diseases. Here are five we believe you should watch out for in 2019.

1. Chagas – While not a rare disease, Chagas is a lesser known one that is more prevalent in the US than the Zika virus, according to a recent National Geographic article

People who are infected with Chagas will see symptoms of fever, flu-like symptoms, a rash, and swollen eyelids. While these symptoms could go away after a few weeks or months, if Chagas is not treated in its earliest phase, it can come out of remission years later. When that happens, it’s usually in patients who have an already compromised immune system and 20-30% will go on to develop serious problems that affect their heart, intestines, and esophagus.

Medications to treat Chagas

2. Lichen Planus

Although it’s not yet clear why, Lichen Planus triggers the patient’s immune system to attack the affected skin cells or mucous membranes. It’s thought that it may be initiated by: hepatitis C infection, a flu vaccine, certain pigments, chemicals, or metals, pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen, or medications for heart disease, high blood pressure, or arthritis.

Middle-aged women are most often diagnosed with Lichen Planus, but anyone can develop it. Certain variations of Lichen Planus can cause sexual dysfunction

Medications to treat Lichen Planus on the skin: corticosteroids (cream, ointment, oral, injection), hydroxychloroquine (antimalarial), metronidazole (antibiotic), antihistamines, light therapy, acitretin

Medications to treat Oral Lichen Planus

3. SSADH (Succinic Semialdehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency) – Neurological and neuromuscular problems come with this rare disease. SSADH is so rare, in fact, only 400 people

In order to keep the symptoms of SSADH at bay, treatment is typically symptomatic. This means treatment will depend on how the disease presents for each person.

Medications to treat SSADH: Antiepileptic medications are given for seizure related symptoms. For anxiety, aggression, inattention, and hallucinations, patients are usually prescribed one or more of the following: methylphenidate, thioridazine, Risperdal, fluoxetine

4. Melioidosis – More common in tropical or subtropical regions, Melioidosis is an infectious bacterial disease caused by the bacteria burkholderia pseudomallei. The bacteria is most commonly found in soil and water in Southeastern Asia, Africa, and Australia. According to a microbiologist at Thailand’s Mahidol University

The death rate for people with this disease can be relatively high—at up to 70%

Medications to treat Melioidosis include

5. VibriosisFoodborne illnesses

Those with compromised immune systems, and in particular, chronic liver disease, are more likely to contract vibriosis. 80% of all cases are diagnosed during the warmer months of the year, May-October.

Medications used to treat Vibriosis include: antibiotics

Unify with Rare Disease Day

Since 2008, the last day of February has become known as “Rare Disease Day

Having a rare disease can affect the course of any person’s life. Knowing how to diagnose it and treat it is key. That’s why it’s so important to educate the public about rare diseases and how they affect the people who have them. Do you know someone with one of the rare diseases listed above? Head over to Twitter or Facebook and tell us how they’re affected. Let’s start a discussion and help spread the word about these rare and little-known diseases.

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Parkinson's Disease Research Roundup: May 2020

by Carissa Andrews  -  May 18th, 2020  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: Parkinson
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Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system condition that’s caused by a loss in neurons in a location of the brain called the substantia nigra

Worldwide, there are roughly 10 million people who suffer from this disease. With the world in a bit of chaos since the coronavirus pandemic hit, it may be difficult to know when certain signs are Parkinson’s and when it’s actually COVID-19. While most are diagnosed after their 50’s, many of the symptoms of this progressive disease appeared far earlier.

Early Warning Signs

Because patients with Parkinson’s have a number of changes happening in their brain, there can be a number of symptoms to watch for. However, early warning signs can be more difficult to spot. Particularly because new research is suggesting the onset of Parkinson’s can begin a decade or more before official diagnosis. However, some warning signs to be mindful of include:

Sudden Handwriting Changes

Undetectable Tremors

Reduced Sense of Smell

Mood Swings

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Constipation

Latest Research

Researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology have found evidence linking Parkinson’s disease to a possible autoimmune attack a decade or more before a person receives a diagnosis. Their findings can be read in Nature Communications. However, they aren’t the only ones to suggest this. A 2017 study published in Nature

While not entirely out of left field, new research being done also suggests Parkinson’s disease could start in the gut

It’s possible caffeine consumption

Treatment & Popular Medications

Please consult your doctor for the right Parkinson’s treatment and medications. Do not take any medications without consulting with your doctor.

While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatments are available to help alleviate some of the symptoms to improve the overall quality of life. Treatments can include physiotherapy, medication, and even surgery.

Some of the popular Parkinson’s medications include:

Carbidopa/Levodopa/Entacapone

Rasagiline

Cabergoline

Pramipexole

Opicapone – Just this past April, the new approved Opicapone

It may also be interesting to note that evidence is suggesting Zhichan powder

Parkinson’s and Coronavirus

As the Coronavirus pandemic is reshaping our planetary reality, there are some symptoms and warning signs of the disease that can be mistaken for Parkinson’s disease and vice versa.

As we mentioned earlier, one of the earliest symptoms of Parkinson’s is a lowered or complete loss of smell (anosmia). As it happens, it’s also the case with COVID-19. While Parkinson’s patients typically don’t completely lose their sense of smell, reports are finding coronavirus patients are more likely to develop anosmia, that complete loss, even if it is only temporary. If you notice a reduction or total loss of smell, particularly if it’s accompanied by any of the coronavirus symptoms, such as fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue or malaise, headaches, aching muscles, be sure to tell your doctor right away.

Parkinson’s patients are prone to anxiety, depression, along with feelings of loneliness and isolation. Self-isolation can make this worse, so connecting regularly with friends and family via technology is crucial. It may also be helpful and therapeutic to dance

The good news is, the Michael J Fox Foundation, a Parkinson’s research foundation which was established by the actor, has been updating the Parkinson’s community on the impacts of COVID-19 on Parkinson’s patients via their Information and Resource Hub

Living with Parkinson’s is a life-altering diagnosis, but there are new developments and research ongoing that may crack open our knowledge of how the disease works. Some of which, have the potential to eliminate the disease before it even starts, if theories hold up. In the meantime, staying healthy in this coronavirus era – both mentally and physically – is key. Keep taking the medications prescribed to you by your doctor, eat well, get the rest you need, and be sure to stay connected to those you love.

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Could House Bill Put American Patients First by Lowering Drug Prices?

by Carissa Andrews  -  December 23rd, 2019  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: by Kiran Foster, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Kiran Foster, flickr.com

American prescription drug prices are some of the highest in the world. In fact, according to a study by the Ways and Means Committee

Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act

The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (H.R. 3

The bipartisan legislation was introduced to give Medicare, the government’s health insurance for the elderly, the power to negotiate lowered prices that would affect not only Medicare patients, but consumers with all sources of coverage, both public and private. While some conservative opponents claim this gives the government unprecedented power, private insurers have benefitted from pharmacy benefits managers doing the very same thing. They are able to get rebates from drug makers in exchange for better coverage. So, why not the rest of Americans?

When looking at the cost savings H.R. 3 would bring taxpayers and patients, the numbers are staggering. Americans would be saving in the hundreds of billions of dollars—reducing the prices of some medications by up to 55%. Early estimates say diabetics could save nearly $1000 a year on certain types of insulin.

Opposition to H.R. 3

While the Lower Drug Costs Now Act was passed by the House of Representatives last week, it’s unlikely that the president or the Republican held Senate will support the legislation. Despite the fact that this policy has an 85% approval rating by Americans, the Trump Administration is facing pressure from drug companies and is backpedaling on their desire to “negotiate like crazy” to get drug prices down. In fact, President Trump, who faces an impeachment inquiry brought on by Pelosi, vows to veto it

Nancy Pelosi responded that the legislation “delivers on President Trump’s promise to the American people that he would negotiate the cost of drugs. Negotiation is what this bill is all about.”

As of present time, it is the only bill that includes drug price negotiation in it.

Unsurprisingly, the drug companies are doing everything they can to kill the bill and block it from becoming law. In addition to putting pressure on the current administration, Big Pharma is attacking anything that might look like a benefit coming out of this deal. This includes touting that it will crush innovation or kill small biotech firms. However, according to Politifact

Of course, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has publicly denounced the bill, claiming it, “dead on arrival.” So far, Senate leadership is refusing to even bring the Lower Drug Costs Now Act up for a vote, which adds it to the stack of bills laying in waste for the Senate to look over.

Trumpcare and the 2020 Election

The 2020 Election is shaping up to be a fight, for sure. With the strong support for the Lower Drug Costs Now Act up, Democrats are drawing a line in the sand on how their platform is different from the Republican’s. In terms of healthcare

Over the past few years, Trump has said he plans to do whatever he can to lower prescription drug prices, however, not much has changed. This past November, Trump said his administration was working on a plan that would allow states to import discount drugs from Canada

There’s more at stake than simply drug prices for the Trump Administration as we head into this big election year. It’s likely Trump’s impeachment proceedings will be a black cloud over his re-election bid and even filter to the rest of the Republican races. It’s safe to say, many of them are going to turn to big donors like those coming from Big Pharma. However, the refusal of the Republican-controlled Senate to even look at the H.R. 3 bill will certainly impact the direction of the upcoming election and the electability of much of his party.

Putting American Health First

Most Americans believe that lowering healthcare costs, and in specific, drug prices, should be a top priority for Congress. The 2020 election proves to be the battleground for the future of how it might look. However, nonprofit organizations such as Patients For Affordable Drugs Now (P4ADNOW) are doing what they can to educate the American public on the ways to lower drug prices. As one of the leading drug pricing advocacy groups, they engage in electoral activity and direct advocacy support for legislation that would effectively lower drug prices. You can follow them on Twitter (@P4ADNOW

If you believe H.R. 3 should be brought to a vote in the Senate, call your local legislators and tell them why it’s important to you. Be sure to get the conversation going on social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Follow hashtags such as #LowerDrugCostsNow and #HR3 to stay in the loop and help educate those around you. Together, it is possible to lower drug prices in the United States.

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10 Inspiring Ovarian Cancer Celebrities and Their Battle with the Whispering Disease

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 30th, 2020  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: Gilda Radner, by Ken Bergman from flickr.com
Photo Credit: Gilda Radner, Ken Bergman by Ken Bergman from flickr.com

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to talk about some of the inspiring women who have battled this whispering disease. Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynecologic cancer in the United States and it’s also the most deadly. Part of the reason for it has to do with the fact that its symptoms

More than 23K women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. In 1989, Gilda Radner’s death sparked the beginning of ovarian cancer awareness, as she died very young from the disease. When celebrities die or battle

Today, we wanted to give a shout-out to some of the inspiring celebrities who have fought ovarian cancer. Some of them have battled the disease into remission, while others were not so lucky. However, all of them have given us something new to learn about the disease and their battles give us hope for a better future. Let’s take a closer look.

1. Kathy Bates – Kathy is an American actress and director, and the National Spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network

2. Coretta Scott King

3. Gilda Radner – Gilda was an incredible American comedian and actress. She is best known for being one of the original Saturday Night Live cast members. Unfortunately, she died at age 42 due to ovarian cancer. However, her dying wish was for her husband, Gene Wilder, to spread her story to support cancer research. He honored her request and went on to establish the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Gilda’s Club

4. Shannon Miller

5. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

6. Carol Channing – Carol was a prolific American actress, singer, dancer, and comedian. She’s’ best known for Broadway appearances and her roles in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Hello Dolly. She died just last year of natural causes, but she was a long-time ovarian cancer survivor. She encouraged women to keep going and “never let the thought of illness slow you down

7. Jessica Tandy – Jessica was an English-American actress, best known for her role in Driving Miss Daisy

8. Jolie Christine Rickman

9. Elly Mayday

10. Joyce Wadler - Joyce is an American reporter and journalist, as well as humorist writer. She currently writes for The New York Times, but has also written for The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and Rolling Stone Magazine

As you can see, there are some incredible, inspiring stories from celebrities who have succumbed to their cancer, and those who are survivors. Be sure to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, such as unexplained weight loss, bloating, or unusual urinary symptoms. Treatment for ovarian cancer typically consist of two forms of attack: surgery and/or chemotherapy. While it’s never fun to think about, finding affordable chemotherapy treatments doesn’t have to be hard. Here at Canadian Pharmacy King, we carry two treatments typically prescribed to women battling ovarian cancer: Paraplatin (Carboplatin) and Taxotere (Docetaxel)

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Carissa Andrews is an author and freelance writer who is trying to raise funds for cancer awareness. In 2016, her brother died from cancer and in 2020, a close friend is fighting for her life as she tries to eradicate her cancer. In honor of them, Carissa is donating 50% of her royalties from her new title Secret Legacy to the American Cancer Society. Click here


8 Ways to Boost Your Immune System During COVID-19

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 23rd, 2020  Match Score:2

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Photo Credit:by epickidstoys Smith, flickr.com

The world community is actively quarantining COVID-19 in an attempt to stop the spread of this infectious disease. Not everyone will get sick and not everyone who does get this newest coronavirus will be facing mortality. However, there are certainly some segments of the population who are more at risk than others. Namely, those who are over 70 years old, and/or those who have underlying health conditions that could compromise their immune system or pulmonary function. This includes people with chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and those with blood malignancies or cancer, specifically those who are in active chemotherapy or receiving bone marrow transplants. According to a paper released from China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Unfortunately, because this virus is so new, there is no herd immunity in place at the moment to stop the spread of the disease. What does this mean? Basically, we get immunity from a virus through exposure to it. This can be done by actually being infected, or by vaccinating against it. Since there is no vaccine yet, exposure is left. However, when you have a population where 60% of adults have an underlying health condition

So, while COVID-19 might not affect the entire population with the same force, one area we can all focus on is making sure we take better care of our bodies. We do this by increasing our own health, so the immune system functions optimally. Let’s take a closer look at the best ways to give it a good boost.

Supplements

Vitamin D and vitamin C are instrumental to your immune system. In fact, there are some studies that have suggested active people (meaning, people who exercise regularly) who took 200mg of vitamin C cut their risk of illness in half, and the general public shortened their cold lifespan by a full day with the same supplement.

We carry a new over the counter (OTO) effervescent vitamin C supplement called Nutrazul, which is manufactured by Pharmaris Canada. For those operating with a vitamin C deficiency, this supplement can help boost your body’s natural defenses and immunity, as well as provide other health benefits

While the best line of defense is to be eating a healthy diet, sometimes supplements can help boost up a body’s vitamin levels, particularly if there is a deficiency happening. Paul Klenerman, Immune Theme Lead at the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre mentions that vitamins like vitamin D and C aren’t typically prescribed to boost your system to “better than normal.” However, if your doctor finds a deficiency, a supplement might be a good way to get your levels back up.

Kick the Smoking Habit

Smoking is never good for you, but let’s face it, when a new virus is impacting your lungs, it’s best to take notice. Now might be the best time to kick the habit for good. Smoking heightens your risk of catching everything from pneumonia to bronchitis on a good day, and of course, it also increases your risk with COVID19.

When you smoke, your body is constantly fighting to rid itself of the chemicals from the cigarettes. In addition, it also produces excess mucous, which narrows airways, making it harder to clear your lungs, which increases your risk of infection. If all that wasn’t bad enough, it also lowers the antioxidants in the blood, which means free radicals have free reign. For those of you who aren’t smokers, but are around those who do, now’s your time to put your health first and avoid secondhand smoke, too. Vapers

Eat for Health

From what we currently know, 70-80% of our immune system is based in the gastrointestinal tract. That means our health is directly impacted by the foods we eat. Avoid processed foods and instead, opt for whole foods

Stay Hydrated

Dry mucous membranes and cracked skin give an entry point for pathogens. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water wards off viruses. So, now’s the time to drink up. In addition, water helps your body to flush out toxins that may try to engage with your system. The current recommendations are 11.5 cups of water for women and 15.5 cups daily for men. If you’re not sure how you can fit that amount of water into your day, start with one 8-ounce glass the moment you wake. In addition, keep in mind that you can also sip on plain green, black, or white tea or add a little fruit essence to your water to mix it up throughout the day. It all counts.

Skip the Booze

Now, we did say stay hydrated, but not with alcohol—which can actually dehydrate you. In addition, even small amounts of alcohol can cause inflammation of the liver. This means your body has trouble cleansing the environmental toxins coming your way. Booze also interrupts the overall microbiome in your gut—which as we know, is where most of our immunity comes from. Alcohol can strip out healthy bacteria in the gut, allowing bad bacteria to run rampant. To make matters worse, it can also impair the cells lining your intestines, damaging even more of the body’s natural immunity.

Get Your Body Moving

Getting 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise

Prioritize Self-Care

Getting worked up over COVID-19 will not help keep your immune system humming. In fact, stress and anxiety can have the opposite effect

Rest Up

As it turns out, sleep is a critical function for staying healthy, including avoiding colds and viruses. Sleep releases cytokines (proteins) that protect against inflammation and infection. According to an Oxford study, people who slept less than six hours of sleep a night were four times more likely to catch a cold than those who got more sleep. Other studies also show that sleep deprivation shuts down your immune response

While there is no cure for COVID-19, researchers are working overtime to develop a vaccine. Japanese doctors have found there was some effectiveness in treating COVID-19 patients with an asthma medication called Ciclesonide

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10 Best Mother’s Day Gifts 2020 Despite Social Isolation

by Carissa Andrews  -  May 4th, 2020  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: by Margaret Stranks, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Margaret Stranks, flickr.com

Mother’s Day 2020 is shaping up to be a celebration like no other. As much as we all want to gather together and celebrate with brunch and lots of hugs, most countries around the world are still advising that we keep our distance and stay within the guidelines of the coronavirus social distancing quarantine. This makes for challenging times as we try to celebrate Mother’s Day during the coronavirus pandemic.

Back in March, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 10 Ways to Show Mom You’re Thinking of Her

This time last year, who would have thought that the best gift you could give Mom was to stay away? While getting together at your favorite restaurant for brunch and momma mimosas might not be on the agenda, who’s to say you can’t still celebrate virtually? That is what the internet’s for, right?

Virtual Gatherings & Celebration Ideas

If not getting together in person is getting you down, now’s the time to take to the trends in technology that will still allow you to be together apart. The most notable virtual video call applications to try out are:

Skype (best for group chats)

Zoom (good for group chats)

Facetime (for Apple users)

Messenger Video (for families who use Facebook)

Whatsapp (great for 1:1 video calls)

Marco Polo (best for families who video and go)

Once you have a platform picked out, now’s the time to get creative with how you want to make mom feel special. While hugs might be out, there are a lot of things you can still do to say connected and celebrate with her.

1. Share Sunday Brunch

2. Mail a Gift Then Watch Her Open

3. Skype Family Call

4. Virtual Storytime with Grandma

5. Virtual Planting

6. Grandkids Variety Show

More Gifts Mom Would Love

If touching base in person with your mom isn’t an option, don’t worry. There are still some great ways to show her you care that have nothing to do with flowers or chocolates. (Okay, you could still send chocolates and flowers, but these are more creative.)

7. Make a Video Tribute – If an actual video call isn’t your thing (or maybe you want to do something a little different), why not try a video Tribute

8. Send an e-Card

9. Drive-by Care Package

10. Order a Meal for Mom

Just because the coronavirus is wreaking a bit of havoc on our social lives, it doesn’t mean we can’t still be social. Especially with those we care deepest about. No matter how you choose to connect and celebrate with Mom this Mother’s Day, she’s sure to appreciate the effort being made under these unusual circumstances. Make the most of it by being creative and reaching out in a way you may never have tried before. Mom is sure to thank you.

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Is Your Job Putting Your Thyroid at Risk?

by Carissa Andrews  -  May 27th, 2020  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: by Tomas Henriksson, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Tomas Henriksson, flickr.com

You wouldn’t think it, but your thyroid plays a large role in many functions of your body. Most people know that this butterfly-shaped organ releases hormones to control your metabolism, but they also regulate other vital functions like breathing and overall voice quality. Whether you’re a singer, work in a call center, or just love to talk on the phone, your thyroid is needed to help you do your job. Yet for many, taking care of it can be difficult when the job you love could also be putting your thyroid in danger

Top 8 Occupations that Pose a Risk

Most people will take a career based on what their future finances will look like, but it’s also important to consider how it might affect you in the long run, and in specific, regarding your health. Some vocations, you may imagine, produce a higher risk of developing cancers, such as thyroid cancer. However, you might be surprised to find out that some you’d think of as having a low risk do contain factors that will harm your thyroid in unexpected ways.

Here are a few occupations that put you at a higher risk with your thyroid and their common causes.

Mechanics

Farmers

Retailer Workers

Hair Stylists

Radiology Technicians

Manufacturing and Factories

Pilots

Healthcare Workers

In essence, any job that involves chemicals in some form are all considered to have a higher risk for developing cancer. But in all honesty, that’s not all. Even if your job isn’t listed above, you might want to keep reading.

Long Hours & Hypothyroidism

Along with the above occupations, you can also do harm to your thyroid in other ways. In fact, a recent study

Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid gland can’t make enough hormones, which leads to fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and dry skin. It can also cause additional problems for women by creating heavy menstrual bleeding or even irregular periods. You can have your doctor check to make sure your thyroid is operating correctly by having blood work done to measure TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone) levels.

Many of the occupations from the list above are known for their long hours and workweek, as well as being highly stressful. If you’re seeing any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, and work in a position from this list, it might be time to have a chat with your doctor to get tested.

Thyroid Cancer and Dysfunction on the Rise

Within the last 30 years, thyroid cancer has tripled in many countries. It’s important to note that not all of this can be linked back to the individual’s occupation. Other incidents that can lead to thyroid dysfunction, or are closely attributed to it, include being close to radiation, having psoriasis, vitamin D deficiency, or if you were treated with amiodarone

With an increase in use of disinfectants the last few months, you’ll want to be careful with how much exposure you give yourself. The chemicals within deodorizers, sanitizers, and disinfectants for cleaning can link workers, and even homeowners who are working from home, to thyroid cancer. While it’s good to be safe during the COVID-19 quarantine by cleaning surfaces and sanitizing frequently used locations, be sure to take proper precautions. Make sure you’re not harming yourself when trying to keep your area clean.

We might be able to mitigate some of our risk of thyroid issues by switching occupations or seeking a doctor’s advice, there are a few risk factors that we may not be able to change. Women, a family history, and hereditary conditions

Synthroid Treatment

What happens when your thyroid function is decreased due to a job or other outside situation? The good news is that there’s treatment available. Synthroid is a prescription medication that can be taken to help level out your body’s hormone levels and increase your energy.

Synthroid is a man-made thyroid hormone used to treat hypothyroidism. Taken orally once a day, at the same time every day, can help replace hormones that would usually be created by your thyroid. There are a few restrictions with the use of Synthroid, some of which include your dietary needs. All of this should be talked about with your doctor if you believe Synthroid is right for you.

New information is constantly being gained about thyroid dysfunction, cancer, and care. So, while it might seem like jumping from one high-risk occupation to a different job is the smartest move, it’s best to consider all the options. If swapping from a beloved job as a hair stylist means working longer, more stressful hours, is the swap really worth it? Only you can decide. June is Thyroid Awareness Month and it’s here to help each of us understand this organ a little better, maybe even in a new light, so we can live our lives a little healthier.

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Olympic Dope Testing

by Mark  -  February 23rd, 2014  Match Score:1

With the pressures on modern athletes it seems that instances of them taking banned substances to enhance their performance is never going to go away. In the Sochi 2014 Olympics there were no fewer than 7 athletes who tested positive for them. The practice has a long history: some ancient Greek athletes used to eat lizard meat in the belief this would help them to win . . . eerrgh!

Olympic dope testing

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A Bold New Step for the 86th Academy Awards

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 1st, 2014  Match Score:1

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited to watch the Oscars this year. Why you ask? For starters, who doesn't love watching the actors and films we love being honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)? Besides, this year's theme is all about Heroes and hosted by the supremely talented (not to mention hilarious) Ellen Degeneres. What's not to love?

One of the biggest changes in the Oscars this year is the way they are truly heading into the 21st century, as ABC prepares to launch their first ever live-stream telecast of the prestigious program.

In the past, they've provided nomination details, backstage access and red carpet news via their Oscars app, which they launched in 2011. However, according to Karen Gilford, senior VP of digital media for ABC, they have decided to retire the app in lieu of a bold, new move with their WatchABC app. All of the same content will be folded into the WatchABC app, but as stated, they will also be testing out live streaming of the event itself.

Now, this move is not without a few minor blips, in my humble opinion. Not everyone who wants to watch the live broadcast on his or her TVs or mobile device will be able to do so (yet!). The Oscars live-stream will only be viewable to subscribers of certain pay-TV providers"namely, Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse"in ABC's eight owned station markets. For those of you unfamiliar, those markets are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Fresno, C.A.

If you don't live in one of these areas, don't be discouraged. Keep in mind this is the first year and is a test at that. All viewers, regardless of his or her cable subscription and location, will have access to the second screen experience they call "The Oscars Backstage." This experience pulls live footage from cameras on the red carpet and backstage at the Dolby Theater and gives viewers access to three channels highlighting what's going on behind the scenes during the awards telecast.

For verified viewers using WatchABC, their experience is enhanced with the ability to toggle between "The Oscars Backstage" camera positions, such as the Thank You Cam, Winners Walk, Audience, Press Room, and the live telecast"which is pretty dang cool because if you have a particular favorite contender, you can watch them every step of the way.

The 86th Academy Awards ceremony is set to take place this Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at 7pm EST (4pm PST) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with an estimated 40.3 million viewers watching. Are you going to be one of them, too?

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Bringing History to Life: The Mystery of St. Patrick

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 14th, 2014  Match Score:1

People all over the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day with fervor, but few of us are aware of the mysteries surrounding the man. In fact, many mysteries surrounding the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland will never truly be answered with certainty. So before you take to the streets to celebrate with parades, don the color green or pin a shamrock to your lapel, blast the Irish folk music, indulge in Irish food and drink, or dye your local rivers or streams green, take a moment to learn a bit about the man behind the myth.

Here are intriguing 12 points to ponder:

1. What's in a name?

2. Noble St. Patrick.

3. Not an Irishman

4. Kidnapped as a teen

5. Christianizing Ireland

6. Symbology of snakes

7. Saint with a small s.

8. Celebration

9. Green is the new blue

10. Beer was banned?

11. Guinness

12. Canada & St. Patrick

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Mom's Guide to Medical Emergencies

by CanadianPharmacyKing  -  June 2nd, 2014  Match Score:1

When an accident or injury occurs, your primary concern is your child's health and safety. Most cases of childhood illness are not serious, and can be handled with treatment at home or with the advice and treatment of your pediatrician. Timely treatment can help alleviate symptoms and reduce the chances of an illness becoming more serious over time.

Emergencies most often occur when there is a sudden injury from a fall, bicycle or car crash, an incident with a firearm, nonfatal drowning, electrical shock, burns or smoke inhalation. Some basic rules to follow in any injury emergency include:

. Remain calm.

. Call 9-1-1.

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Cellphones and Seniors: A Guide to Buying New Technology

by Carissa Andrews  -  April 7th, 2014  Match Score:1

According to recent report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, as few as 18% of seniors are using smartphones, despite growing popularity and trends. Only 39% of adults age 55-64 have them.

As a daughter of two Baby Boomers, I understand how hard it is for even the most willing older adults to latch on to the latest technology. Both of my parents have cellphones, and neither of them understands the ins and outs truly available, nor do they really care to. My mother typically leaves her cellphone in the glove compartment of her car, and though my dad needs his for work, he will always answer a text with a phone call.

So when it comes to buying cellphones to fit the needs of our senior loved ones, what is a good way to go? In my experience, it really comes down to the type of senior we are talking about. There's no point giving an iPhone to a senior who will only be using it from the roadside when they're in trouble. Trust me, I know. So the first thing you need to do is identify what type of senior we are talking about.

3 types of senior cellphone users:

Use in case of emergency only.

Just calls, please.

1. The ones who often times forget to turn them on (because they are saving battery life) or forget to charge them from the last time they turned them on.

2. The ones who are diligent with their cellphones, have them on hand, and turned on, but use them strictly for phone call usage and nothing more.

With this group, the idea is to know what they need. Is their eyesight impaired? If so, consider looking for cellphones with large buttons and a simple user interface like a Samsung Jitterbug (which has an old-school dial tone and acts much like a regular phone).

Tech-savvy seniors.

Anyway you look at it; cellphones can enhance our lives and the lives of the seniors we love. However, we need to take a few minutes to understand their needs before buying something they may or may not use.

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Daylight Time Saving

by Mark Reeve  -  March 7th, 2014  Match Score:1

Did you forget to put your clocks forward last summer? Hopefully it wasn't the garbage men who woke you up! Although most of the health-promoting benefits of sun exposure are thought to occur through vitamin D photosynthesis, there may be other health benefits that have gone largely overlooked in the debate over how much sun is needed for good health. Make the most of the increased hours of daylight.

Daylight time saving

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Master Clock and Artificial Light

by Liubov Edwards  -  August 3rd, 2016  Match Score:1

Master clock and Artificial Light

Being exposed to constant artificial lighting causes damaging effect to human’s health. A body rhythm, called the circadian clock, based on 24-hour day-night, light-dark cycles are controlled by our “biological clock". These Circadian rhythms control physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle such as the sleep-wake cycle, body temperature, heart rate, and the release of hormones. There is also a "master clock" in the brain that coordinates all the body clocks so that they are in synch.

Around-the-clock light exposure leads to a reduction in the normal rhythmic patterns in the brain's central circadian pacemaker of the SCN by 70 percent. Also other health issues such as muscle loss, immune system disorders and even early signs of osteoporosis appear.

Fortunately the problems with the “master clock" and Circadian rhythms are reversible. Just in 2 weeks after Reinstating normal light-dark cycles the normal rhythmic patterns return.

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Parenting is Hard Enough

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 4th, 2014  Match Score:1

Attachment parenting, Helicopter mom, Free-Range kids, Tiger mums. Meh. I’ve never been a fan of labels. Especially not ones that pigeonhole people into believing they fit into some magical one-size-fits-all

Throughout my career as a parent (because oh yeah, it’s work!), I’ve found myself to be many things, not just one. I’ve gone through stages where one could consider me an attachment mother; I co-slept and breastfed both of my children. I had body slings and Baby Bjorn’s to keep them close to me. I also ensured there were covers on electrical switches and gates on my stairway. I did my best to prevent injury when I saw the likelihood occurring. Does that make me a helicopter mom, too? Then again, as they have aged, I oscillate between giving very specific rules to follow and expecting them to comply without constant reminders or hovering. And you bet your bottom dollar I can go all Supernanny on their behinds if they get out of line. Yet, my kids are free to choose their activities each day. My 8 year-old son plays Minecraft, watches YouTube, and builds the most amazing Lego devices you’ve ever seen. He rides bike in the driveway and climbs trees in the backyard. He lets me know when he’d like to have friends over or get away from his sister by going to their house. My daughter reads books, plays with her stuffed animals, and does art projects until the cows come home. She chases after her brother, builds forts with him, and tries to mimic his Lego engineering in her own style. She’s social and energetic and has an imagination that’s unrivaled by any other 5 year-old I’ve met. And they do this all of their own free will. I don’t micromanage their time, nor expect them to try new things they may have no interest in. We don’t travel to a million after school events that require us to eat our supper in the van because we don’t remember what our house looks like. Instead, I follow their lead and give them the boost they need to make smart decisions on their own. *gasp* Does that mean they are free-range kids?

I understand why we label – we want to feel in control; like we have a good grasp of our surroundings. Yet let me ask you, is a monarch butterfly any less beautiful simply by giving it a name? Does the moniker of butterfly or the class of monarch help you to understand its essence? I think not.

Our society seems to want to put far too much emphasis on labels in order to deem a sense of order. Democrat, Republican, pro-choice, anti-religion, homophobic… whatever. I have yet to meet a Democrat who is 100% in agreement of the platform. I’ve met Republicans who are pro-choice and completely open to gay rights. Does this mean they don’t fit the norms? Can they even claim right to their labels? Or are we simply labeling something that doesn’t really exist in order to make ourselves feel better? Somehow, I think it may be the later.

Trust me, no one remembers if I was a goth-chick, artsy, track-runner jock, writer, book nerd, band groupie, cheerleader or Hermione wannabe back in high school. Instead, they remember the way I helped when I could, got good grades, hung out with just about every clique on campus and had friends across all ages. And it’s just the way I like it.

Don’t get me wrong, I have found the idea of the “hip new parenting labels" interesting. If nothing else, it gives a glimmer of insight into how our parenting style may or may not affect our children. Kinda like reading your horoscope and determining if the vague description adds value to your day. But in the end, it’s your kids who will be the ultimate judge of your technique. If they feel loved, appreciated, accomplished, and trusted… then you know you’re doing your job right. Nothing else matters.

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Keep Your Mind Sharp with 6 Tips

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 9th, 2014  Match Score:1

As we get older, we’ve been told it is normal for our brains to shrink in size and our memory to be compromised. However, Alzheimer’s and Dementia are not inevitable to our future. In fact, brain mass loss can be slowed down or halted all together with a little bit of knowledge.

Here are 6 tips provided by CanadianPharmacyKing.com

1. Move that body

a. Aerobic exercise has been known for a while to be a brain booster. As little as 15 minutes three times a week can increase your cognitive function. In a study conducted by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), the researchers believe this is tied to an exercised-induced brain chemical called norepinephrine, which has a strong influence on memory.

b. Studies are now coming out that weight training is another great way to improve your mind – particularly in older adults. Some of the research is pointing to the same norepinephrine release and also the inherent lessons of learning something new. Many older adults have not worked out with free weights or other workout machines. By having to learn these new items, they are forcing their brains to take on new information.

2. Get your rest

3. Put your heart into eating

a. Load up on antioxidant rich fruits and veggies.

b. Choose whole grains instead of processed refined grains.

c. Eliminate unhealthy trans and saturated fats.

d. Choose low-fat protein foods like fish, skinless chicken or turkey breast, extra-lean cuts of meat, and beans.

4. Use it or lose it

a. Learn something new. Research is showing the more we train our brain to learn new things, the more we increase our brain's health. So get out there and learn something you've always wanted to learn.

b. Play like a kid again. Games that stimulate your mind are not only fun, but also effective. Try things like dominoes, checkers, chess, puzzles, crosswords, word searches, and Sudoku. There are also plenty of online games for the more tech savvy.

c. Give yourself tricks for remembering like having a routine, writing things down like grocery items as soon as you think of them, setting alarms for taking medications, and writing reminders for yourself.

5. Let go of stress

6. Get out and about

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Happy Pills - Prescription for Fun

by Liubov Edwards  -  August 27th, 2014  Match Score:1

What is the best medicine? Laugh, kisses, hugs, cuddles, music, love, care, relationship, exercise, prayers! Canadian Pharmacy King aims to provide the greatest medicine of obtaining joy and happiness together. Comment here and vote for your best RX.

Happy Pills - Prescription for Fun

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History's Creepiest Medical Practices Make Us Thankful

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 6th, 2014  Match Score:1

In this day and age, we sometimes take our modern medicine for granted. I know I certainly do. Currently pregnant, it’s hard for me not to think about our medical practices, what’s to come in the months ahead and to gripe about the insanity of our insurance system. But let me tell you, after researching the ways humanity used to treat illnesses, injuries, and even childbirth – I’m going to close my mouth thank my lucky stars I don’t live in medieval Europe.

SEE ALSO: 10 Totally Incurable Medical Maladies

So without further ado, here is the top 10 creepiest medical practices (or advice) you should be thrilled are not in effect today. I know I am!

1. Treppaning

Image: Iatros.jpg|Bloodletting by wikipedia
Image: Iatros.jpg | Bloodletting by wikipedia

2. Bloodletting

3. Clysters

4. Cataract Removal

5. Metallic Catheters

6. Urine Antiseptic

7. Cauterized Hemorrhoids

8. Medieval Surgery

9. Quicksilver Cure

10. Childbirth: The death sentence

I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly happy to be living in the 21st century – and far away from the Middle Ages. How about you?

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Could Your Credit Score Tank True Love?

by Carissa Andrews  -  February 2nd, 2015  Match Score:1

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Who would have thought this was a thing? Yet, funnily enough, it is. I guess it makes a bit of sense, now that I think of it. We live in a country consumed by numbers: How many Twitter followers do you have? Do you have more Facebook friends than me? How many likes did I get for that post?

If your credit is less than stellar, and you’re trying to attract a mate, experts are saying that rather than pumping your time and money into making your appearance better – you should work at bringing up your credit score.

In some ways, though, I simply can’t relate. I met my husband on Twitter, of all places. And if I were basing our relationship on his credit score, there would have been no chance. Not because his credit score stunk, but because he didn’t have one. Period. At least, not a United States based credit score. He lived in England at the time, therefor the credit he had built his entire life didn’t jive with anything we have in place over here. As it turned out, our banker told us that his credit score was much like that of an 18-year-old boy, just starting out. I’m not going to lie, it kinda stunk at first. It took us two years to build enough credit on his side to be able to get our own house. But overall, that was the worst of it. Mostly because my husband and I have a very similar stance on finances and how to acquire what it is we really want.

I realize though, that not everyone is as lucky as I’ve been when it comes to finding a partner and triumphing over his (non-existent) credit score. There are people out there who are simply not financially responsible. At all. And that could be very evident in asking the almighty question of, “What’s your credit score?" The next question to ask yourself is, “Does their credit score even matter?"

You need to know what your goals are in life. Do you plan to buy a house together? Own a nice car? Have the ability to travel? What kinds of finances are required to live the life you want? If you already own a car and a home, perhaps your partner’s initial finances aren’t that important to you. However, your finances could be important to your partner. The key is really to know your goals, then to communicate smartly with him/her. Ideally, sooner, rather than later.

Having an open, honest dialogue about finances, where you want to go in life, plans that involve money, etc. can actually help derail the most common cause of divorce in our country – money squabbles. The theory is that if you know your partner’s financial responsibility level before investing a lot of time, you’re also arming yourself with knowledge before you dive into deeper waters. If financial security is high on your list, knowing their financial health while you’re still dating can be a way to eliminate candidates before you spend a lot of time with them, or possibly even have your own credit ruined by their irresponsibility.

So what if your partner or potential partner isn’t the issue – you are? Does your credit score hover on or below 600? Do you even know your credit score? Here’s an interesting statistic: 96% of women find financial responsibility more attractive in assessing a romantic partner than physical attractiveness (87%). Wow, that says a lot! For men it's a tighter race, with 92% favoring attractiveness to financial responsibility (91%). Additionally, 20% of men said they would not marry a woman with a low credit score, while 30% of women said the same about their male partner.

The good news is that bad credit is a fixable problem. That is, if the party with the smelly score wants to make a change for the better.

Tips to improve your credit score, and your dateability:

1. Know your score

2. Get rid of errors

3. Make a statement

4. Pay, pay, pay

5. Get new credit

Whether you’re someone who believes financial responsibility is the most important aspect when looking for a mate, or just someone who finds it in their top 10 traits – one thing is for sure: understanding your own credit score comes first. Then you need to decide if ruling out a potential partner due to past financial mistakes is as important as other areas of compatibility. Personally, I find good communication, affection, and the ability to balance life as equals comes first. If you have those things, financial responsibility will also balance itself out naturally because you’re working off the same playbook as a team. But those qualities can sometimes be as hard to find as a 800 credit score, so follow your instinct, trust yourself, and most importantly be open and ready for a frank conversation about your finances with a new partner.

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Arousing the Female Libido with Books or Medications

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 16th, 2015  Match Score:1

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According to studies, approximately 1 in 10 women suffer from low sexual desire, and as many as 43% may be suffering from some type of sexual dysfunction. That’s a lot of women, when you think about it. With the intense interest in all things 50 Shades of Grey

Arousing the Brain

Sexual desire in women is all in the brain; balanced between inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters, specifically, serotonin acting as an inhibitor while dopamine and norepinephrine act as a stimulator of sexual desire. That’s all well and good to say, but correcting the imbalance can be a heck of a lot harder to overcome.

Fantasies and Books

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure that by now you have at least gained a passing knowledge of the über popular novel series written by E.L. James. There are plenty of articles out there talking about the more controversial aspects of the series, so this isn’t going to be one of those. Instead, let’s talk about why it’s stoked so many women’s imaginations and turned them on. I believe a good part of sexual dysfunction in society really stems from boredom. Often times, the underlying reason is because women aren’t communicating their sexual fantasies and desires with their significant others, so playing them out in a voyeuristic way (reading a sexy novel, for instance) is a way to fulfill those latent desires. According to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, a whopping 65% of women reported fantasies about sexual submission. While there is plenty of that in the books, what they do really well is reach those arousal centers in the brains of women. Why? Well, for starters, E.L. James is a woman and probably “gets" what women secretly want: a man who’s in charge not only of himself, but can and will take charge of his woman’s experience, too. While I don’t think most women want to be completely passive participants, they do want to have a few moments of reckless abandon. We spend our days taking care of everyone and everything. To have a man who can sometimes help us forget all that and just let go… now that’s something.

SEE ALSO: 12 Tantalizing Tips For Your Best Sex Ever

Movement in Pharmaceuticals

For some women, their lack of sexual desire goes much further than boredom and lack of communication. Those women who are pre-menopausal and suffering from Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), Sprout’s Flibanserin could very well be the boost they’re looking for. While Flibanserin is being touted the “female Viagra" or “little PINK pill" – it works very differently from Viagra. We all know Viagra itself works on the blood flow issue inherent in erectile dysfunction. So while the men are willing, their bodies were just not cooperating as they should. Flibanserin works by enhancing those sexual desire neurotransmitters we were discussing above.

The catch is that while it could be the first product of its kind, Flibanserin is locked in a heated battle with the FDA. Currently awaiting its third round of FDA rulings, Flibanserin is no stranger to the FDA’s approval process. While some cried foul on the part of the FDA back in 2013, others have stated the need for more evidence to prove that the negative side effects were worth the risk. I guess only time will tell as to whether Sprout will be able to persuade the FDA this time around. One thing is for sure, many women who were part of the trials have stated they would be first in line to get a prescription.

Not every woman is going to have a Christian Grey in her bed. So for many of us, the key to happy sex life is honest communication with our partners. Opening up and letting him (or her) into the areas of our brain that can stimulate the serotonin-dopamine-norepinephrine balance we all crave. When all else fails, perhaps in the near future there will be a “little pink pill" just for women on the market.

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A Medical Prescription to Reduce Racism?

by Liubov Edwards  -  March 18th, 2015  Match Score:1

A scientist from Oxford University sure that “everything comes down to biology" and that racism is not an exclusion. According to the research anxiety and even high blood pressure can be one of the reasons of the social disease. Propanol, which is usually prescribed for people with high blood pressure can be a solution and help ease the extreme behavior.

Some other scientists find this research controversial, saying that it is possible came from a deeply personal experience. They say that one of the best way to fight racism is travelling. It can be an exotic location or just a neighborhood; any travelling experience will help to understand other people and their lives.

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The 'Greatest' Threat to the National Security

by Liubov Edwards  -  April 16th, 2015  Match Score:1

Currently, 15,000 potential annual recruits fail their physicals and an additional 27% are turned away due to obesity.

Although a civilian may pass the minimum physical requirements to join the U.S. military, poor health results in training injuries.

The solution for this problem is the right diet, with less calories but high in nutrition. A wide variety of vegetables and other nutrient dense foods filled the mess halls.

But an European company called Novo Nordisk has developed a drug for treating obesity. This drug called Saxenda

Assessing your weight by using this chart

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Strange Ways to Manage Pain

by Carissa Andrews  -  April 27th, 2015  Match Score:1

Pain in life is inevitable, but the way we manage it can vary from person to person. Some people are able to grin and bear it, while others might cringe just at the thought. Yet without pain, our body would have no way of protecting us from dangers that could become life threatening without immediate attention. It’s a part of our fight or flight response that guides us to stop doing things which are harmful or hurting us.

So while we may not be able to escape pain, there are some interesting ways to control the pain response without the need for pills, or heavy narcotics.

Your A-Z List to Manage Pain

1. Brush it off.

2. Control your breath.

3. Cough.

4. Count backward loudly.

5. Engross yourself in a fantasy.

6. Have spiritual rituals.

7. Meditate daily.

8. Pump up the jam.

9. Smell a green apple.

10. Sniff or use peppermint oil.

11. Surround yourself with happy people.

12. Swear your little heart out.

13. Use ice.

When it really comes down to it, managing pain is a lot about learning to train your brain to ignore it. Whether it’s taking your mind off the pain by swearing, fantasizing, or listening to music – or utilizing an external source like green apples, or peppermint oil, it comes down to redirecting the brain’s response to pain. I’d be willing to wager there are plenty more ways to control pain, just by putting your mind elsewhere momentarily.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of ways to manage pain, but we’d love to hear from you, too. Do you have other ways you’ve used to get over pain? If so, leave us a comment below.

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Mental Health and “Game of Thrones”: Narcissists Oh My!

by Natasha Tracy  -  May 25th, 2015  Match Score:1

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Mental health probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind when you think Game of Thrones, and according to licensed mental health counselor Colleen Jordan

And while in real life that wouldn’t be any fun, in Westeros it sure makes for great drama.

The Sociopath

Joffrey Baratheon is the character we love to hate and maybe that’s because, according to Jordan, he’s a sociopath – clinically this is known as antisocial personality disorder. When Baratheon is killing and hurting people and delighting in it, he shows off these personality disorder traits. Of course, in the show Baratheon dies before his 18th birthday and so is not technically diagnosable, but his sadistic ways certainly make him a shoe-in for the diagnosis had he lived that long.

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The Love of the Borderline and the Narcissist

According to Jordan, on Game of Thrones

“Borderlines and narcissists are attracted to each other, because the borderline wants to merge, have an identity, be safe and supported. And the narcissist needs someone to essentially worship them and provide them with validation. So the borderline’s fear and focus on abandonment actually feeds the narcissist."

The Alcoholic Narcissist

Tyrion may be a fun character, but he sure seems to have substance abuse issues and didn’t escape from the Lannister line without a healthy dose of narcissism, too. While, occasionally, he feels bad about his self-centered ways, this is quickly suppressed and medicated away with alcohol and sex – altering moods with substances is a definite sign that someone should look into a recovery program.

The Delusional Ones

Melisandre and Stannis are both suffering from delusional disorders on Game of Thrones

The Normal One

If all this has you thinking that Westeros is an insane asylum on rolling hills, fear not; there are a handful of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones and Mental Health

If you’re in love, or in hate, with some of the characters on Game of Thrones

To read more about Jordan’s take on mental illness and Game of Thrones, see A Therapist Explains Why Everyone On ‘Game Of Thrones’ Has Serious Issues

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Music Is My Drug: The Passing of B.B. King

by Carissa Andrews  -  May 20th, 2015  Match Score:1

Growing up, the music in my house revolved more around Classic Rock than Blues, but even this Minnesotan gal has heard of the great B.B. King. Truthfully, though, until his passing, I knew very little about the man himself. Sometimes life is funny like that. We get so caught up in all the little things in our own lives, the different aspects pulling our attention from the start, that we miss some of life’s amazing people, places, and things in our periphery. B.B. King is one such amazing man.

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Born Riley B. King

One of the things I found most interesting, is B.B. King truly felt the full rhythm of the blues woven through his early life. As a child, he parents separated, his father left, and his mother died young, presumably from complications of diabetes, although no final death record was ever filed. In an interview of B.B. King, he states that he lived alone from the time of her death when he was nine until about age fourteen – where he lived with his grandmother and aunts. Can you imagine that for a moment? I have a nine-year-old son now and I simply can’t fathom him finding his way alone for the next five years of his life. Particularly after the devastation of losing his younger brother Curce when he was five, and then his father to divorce shortly after.

As a youngster, Riley was a bit of a rebel, it seems and never one for schooling. Though he did really appreciate his teacher Luther H. Henson whose teachings about life truly stuck with him. Though schooling was never his strong suit, he took many of the man’s words to heart as he grew up.

“I try to be as nice as I know how to be. I love people. I'll tell you something I don't tell people often, but I believe all people are good. Sounds funny coming from a Mississippi boy, but it's the truth. I believe all people are good. Just a very few do bad things. And you know what I believe? They couldn't find a man like my teacher Luther H. Henson. I could listen to him and I could hear him, and I believe if those bad people could find someone – because there is someone out there I believe that they will listen to. I truly believe that."

Later on in life, B.B. King would talk about learning new things, and experiencing everything he could. He says that as a child, he was lazy about learning. Instead, he was far more interested in girls. I think his fifteen children mothered by fifteen different women will attest to that. However, as he got older, he understood the value of learning and growing each day.

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you." He was known to say.

I have to agree. He also professed how even someone as celebrated as he was learns something new about their craft daily. B.B. King was a deeply humble man and it bled into his lyrics and his every day life.

It was the little things. Like the way his guitars were named “Lucille" to remind him of the night he went into a burning dance hall to save his guitar. It was a foolish errand, and he knew it – but once he found out the fire was started due of a fight over a girl named Lucille, the rest, as they say, became history.

B.B. King’s work ethic was unparalleled. Often he’d play a show near-on every night of the year and never miss one, despite his health issues and battling diabetes. He felt you need to respect the people who give their hard-earned money to come and see you perform. This is something he honored until the very end.

For his spectacular career, he holds a record 15 Grammy’s for the blues genre and in 1987, was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

B.B. King found music to be his joy. He used to say that music was his drug of choice. For younger musicians as they start out on their personal musical journey, his advice was simple:

“Get high off your music. Don't use drugs of any kind. Please don't smoke because that will mess up your vocal cords for your singing. Be a person. Just as you want to be loved, love them. Always respect the people that come to hear you play."

That’s just good advice in general.

RIP, B.B. King. May your music live on and continue to inspire generations.

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10 Natural Remedies to Overcome Erectile Dysfunction

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 8th, 2015  Match Score:1

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) gets talked about a lot. Sometimes in a very serious way, other times it’s more light-hearted jabs as comedians poke fun. However, for the 5-25% of men who suffer from long-term ED, finding ways to cope or overcome it becomes a mission. Most of us are aware of the “little blue pill" and its counterparts, but there are a few natural ways to overcome ED as well.

If you’ve been looking for other ways to conquer ED, this article is a great place to start. We have 10 lifestyle and natural remedies to put in your arsenal. Of course, every person is different, so be sure to discuss alternative remedies with your doctor before taking the leap. Not all solutions are suited for everyone. So be smart and stay safe, too.

1. Weight Loss

2. Stop Smoking

3. Limit Alcohol

4. Maintain Dental Health

5. Pelvic Exercises

5 Natural Remedies to Give a Go

1. L-Arginine

2. Red Korean Ginseng

3. Garlic

4. Pomegranates

5. Raw Cacao – Raw Cacao

Remember, this article is not substitute for your doctor’s advice. If you have questions about whether these remedies could be the right choice for you, consult your doctor and talk openly about your questions.

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Zomig Nasal Spray for Children's Migraines

by Tiffany  -  June 17th, 2015  Match Score:1

Zomig is used to relieve migraines headaches in adults. It is available in tablet (2.5mg and 5mg) and nasal spray form.

U.S. FDA approves nasal spray to treat children's migraines

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Great Tips for Seniors Staying Sun Safe This Summer

by Carissa Andrews  -  July 2nd, 2015  Match Score:1

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Photo by Tiffany

Everyone enjoys being able to spend more time outdoors when summer rolls around, and we are quite sure seniors no different. The interesting thing is, many seniors get to a point where they no longer believe taking preventative measures to safeguard their skin is important. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Did you know, as we age, our skin’s natural ability to protect itself slowly diminishes, leaving it more vulnerable to skin damage and cancer?

SEE ALSO: Grab Your Sunscreen As Summer is Here

UVB and UVA rays are hazardous to your health. UVB rays will cause sunburns as well as tanning your skin, not to mention they are the main culprits responsible for skin cancer. While UVA rays won't cause sunburn; they do penetrate your skin more deeply, leading to signs of aging including wrinkles, saggy, leathery looking skin, and sun spots.

Surprising facts.

Did you know that 80% of the sun’s damaging rays manage to filter through clouds? Don’t forget to apply the same liberal amount you would use on a completely clear day, to ensure you or your loved ones are staying sun-safe this summer.

In addition, many people believe that if they are clothed, they are protected. In actuality, most clothing protects only at an SPF 4 level. So with this in mind, be sure to protect even those parts of you that will be covered by clothes.

Steer clear of sun-tanning booths. Many people believe tanning booths are a safer way to get tan. This is not the case. The amount of UVA a person gets in a tanning booth is up to 10x more potent than what you’d receive from the sun.

Apply sunscreen under your makeup. Even if your makeup claims to have an SPF factor, be sure to apply sunscreen underneath. Makeup can crack or wipe away, leaving areas of your face exposed.

Check those labels.

When on the hunt for your new bottle of sunscreen this season, be sure to look over the labels closely. The FDA recently updated the rules applied to labeling sunscreens in 2013. Pay close attention to what the labels say and know their meaning.

Broad-spectrum coverage.

SPF.

Water Resistant

Steer clear of any sunscreens that have these ingredients in their label:

• Oxybenzone – studies have shown that it can be absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream; which can disrupt hormones, damage cells and ultimately lead to skin cancer anyway.

• Retinyl palmitate – studies have shown that this form of Vitamin A, when used on sun-exposed skin, could ultimately lead to an increased risk of skin cancer.

• Paraben – The jury is still out this one. Parabens mimic the hormone estrogen and as such, there is reason to be concerned that they may cause an increased chance of breast cancer since the chemical has been found in breast tumors.

Best bet.

According to the Environmental Protection Group (EPG), they recommend sunscreens in America that contain zinc oxide because it is a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which provides ample UVB and UVA protection.

From our selection of sunscreens, we recommend Ombrelle. Click here

Tips for staying sun-safe.

1. Apply sunscreen a minimum of 15 minutes before sun exposure.

2. Use a ping-pong ball size amount of sunscreen to cover your entire body.

3. Apply to easy-to-miss parts of your body; like the tops of your ears, your nose, the back of your legs, tops of your feet, and (if you have it) bald spot.

4. Reapply every 2 hours at a minimum.

5. Do not use sunscreens that are more than two years old.

6. Stay out of the sun as much as possible and avoid the most dangerous exposure hours of 10am - 4pm.

7. Use a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for more protection.

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What Are Negative and Positive Symptoms in Schizophrenia?

by Natasha Tracy  -  July 27th, 2015  Match Score:1

Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that affect about 1% of people worldwide. Schizophrenia affects the way a person thinks, feels, and perceives the world around him or her. The symptoms of schizophrenia include both positive and negative symptoms. “Positive" and “negative" do not refer to the symptom’s benefit or lack thereof but, rather, the nature of how they affect the person with schizophrenia. Positive symptoms are additions to consciousness (such as hallucinations) whereas negative symptoms are decreases in functionality (such as poverty of speech). In addition to positive and negative schizophrenia symptoms, there are also cognitive and mood symptoms to schizophrenia.

Positive Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Positive symptoms include symptoms of psychosis. Hallucinations and delusions are the primary symptoms of psychosis. Hallucinations are any perception that doesn’t exist such as hearing or seeing things that aren’t there. Hallucinations in schizophrenia are usually auditory in nature. Delusions are strongly-held, false beliefs that exist in spite of evidence to the contrary. An example of a delusion might be that the person with schizophrenia is being followed by government agents.

Positive symptoms of schizophrenia also include disorganized speech and behavior. Disorganized speech and behavior generally consists of speech and actions that do not make sense to outsiders but may make sense to the person with schizophrenia. Examples of disorganized speech include frequent derailment or incoherence and disorganized behavior may include things such as unusual dress, hygiene neglect, silly or even agitated and aggressive acts without provocation.

Negative and Positive Symptoms in Schizophrenia

Catatonia, which is a severe impairment in a person’s movement, posture and responsiveness, is also a positive symptom of schizophrenia.

Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

The negative symptoms of schizophrenia include a decrease in emotional range, poverty of speech, and loss of interest or drive. A decrease in emotional range is often known as a flattened affect. This refers to little emotional expression or response. Poverty of speech is associated with alogia, which is impoverished thinking that occurs when a person’s speech is very limited in terms of content and spontaneity. A loss of interest or drive is associated with avolition, wherein a person cannot initiate or participate in any task which is goal-oriented. This often affects a person’s ability to perform daily tasks such as meal preparation or dressing him or herself.

Other Symptoms of Schizophrenia

There are also cognitive and mood symptoms of schizophrenia. Cognitive symptoms include neurocognitive deficits and a difficulty in understanding nuance and subtlety in interpersonal cues and relationships. Examples of neurocognitive deficits include impairments in working memory, attention, and executive function.

Mood symptoms in schizophrenia often include symptoms of depression. People with schizophrenia may also appear to be happy or sad in inappropriate situations.

Using Symptoms of Schizophrenia for Diagnosis

It’s worth noting that not all people with schizophrenia suffer from all symptoms and schizophrenia presents differently in different people. That being said, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

• The person must have experienced at least two of the following:

o Delusions

o Hallucinations

o Disorganized speech

o Disorganized or catatonic behavior

o Negative symptoms

• At least one of these symptoms must be the presence of delusions, hallucinations, or disorganized speech.

• Continuous signs of schizophrenia must exist for at least six months, with at least one month of active symptoms, for diagnosis.

• Social or occupational impairment must also occur over a significant period of time.

Treating the Symptoms of Schizophrenia

The positive symptoms of schizophrenia are treated with antipsychotic medication. Two commonly used medications are aripiprazole (Abilify) and quetiapine (Seroquel)

The negative symptoms of schizophrenia are much harder to treat but psychosocial treatment is considered beneficial and essential. The best-studied psychosocial treatments include:

• Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address emotional, mood, and drive symptoms

• Cognitive remediation to address cognitive deficits

• Social cognition training to address interpersonal relationship difficulties

The goals of psychosocial treatment are to enable the person with schizophrenia to perform daily activities such as managing his or her or own funds and medication, to avoid hospitalization, to have fewer or more stable symptoms, and to be in school or work at least half-time.

References:

Schizophrenia, Medscape, accessed February 12, 2015 https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/288259-overview

Schizophrenic Symptoms, Schizophrenic.com, accessed February 12, 2015 https://www.schizophrenic.com/content/schizophrenia/symptoms/schizophrenia-symptoms


Dancing Your Way to Good Health

by Liubov Edwards  -  August 26th, 2015  Match Score:1

Dancing Your Way to Good Health

The power of dance has been used therapeutically for centuries, as a ritual of healing sicknesses. Later dance become a form of expressive art. The establishment of dance as a therapy occurred in the 1950s, when American Dance Therapy Association was founded.

Dance therapy is becoming more and more popular nowadays. Dance has been shown to be effective as a preventive measure for ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and hypertension. It also can help patients with dementia and Parkinson's. Such classes as Zumba and Pilates help support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body alongside with providing a positive environment.

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Breakfast Against Obesity

by Liubov Edwards  -  September 16th, 2015  Match Score:1

Breakfast Against Obesity

Skipping breakfast is not a good idea at all. If you do it regularly it will eventually affect your health. Why breakfast it so important? Firstly your body and mind needs energy re-fuel after hours of night fasting. Secondary it increases your chance of becoming obese and also developing diabetes and wrist of a heart attack. Having a breakfast makes people less likely to be hungry during the rest of the day, so they do not overeat.

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Disciplining Someone Else’s Kid: Yay or Nay?

by Carissa Andrews  -  September 30th, 2015  Match Score:1

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In a way, it’s a subtle (or maybe not so subtle) way of saying, “Gee lady, your kids need to be taught some stuff by you. Wanna get on that?" I know some people wouldn’t care, in fact, they’d welcome the help. Or maybe they just don’t care what others think in general. But I for one, want to make sure my kids are being raised – not just growing up. They should have good manners, know how to treat others, say please and thank you, and open doors for people who need help – and a myriad other things. But that’s because they’re my kids and those things are important to us as a family.

So, role reversal. If I was witnessing some appalling behavior from someone else’s kid, would I say something? Geez, that one’s a bit tougher. There are some instances where I would absolutely say something; for example in my own house. If you’re a kid coming over to my house, you play by our house rules. I don’t care if you get up from the table and run around when you have dinner at your house. If you’re eating with us, your bum stays in your seat until you’ve been excused, your hands stay off your head, legs down, and your drinks to the middle of the table (we have clumsy kids!). We don’t hit, lie, steal, and our game time is limited to an hour. Sorry. We believe kids should have more time off electronic devices than on them. The catch with this, though, is if a kid is close enough to be in our house, they probably already know our house rules. If they know them, then their parents know them, too.

Where things become trickier is out in public. Just because I wouldn’t allow my kids to push another kid out of the way, for example, doesn’t mean it’s my job to get after someone else’s kid. It’s their parent’s job. When it becomes my job is if my kids are feeling threatened, could get hurt, or they come to me with the problem. Then, you’d find me stepping in. However, I’d always consider how approach the situation before I started.

Tips for correcting someone else’s kid in pubic:

1. Find the parent first

2. Talk to the child

3. Talk to your kid

Raising kids can be challenging, but it becomes exponentially trickier when dealing with other people’s kids. The most important thing to remember, as the Yahoo article states, if you see something that doesn’t jive – speak up. Either to the parent, the child, or your own children – but do so without judgment or being overly critical. Use it as a learning lesson for all involved.

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Are You On the List?

by Liubov Edwards  -  October 7th, 2015  Match Score:1

Are You On the List

Forget about taro cards and fortune tellers if you want to know for how long are you going to stay alive. One medical test can answer the question with precision. The new test supposed to show how fast a person is ageing. One of the researches, said: "This new test holds great potential as with further research, it may help improve the development and evaluation of treatments that prolong good health in older age."

Of course many lifestyle decisions can affect the speed of ageing, so healthy diet and physical activity is a good way to live longer. Being able to check one’s biological age could have wide-ranging consequences from pensions to insurance premiums, which would make some people very unhappy and disagreeable. But there are also many benefits: like identifying those at high-risk of dementia, Alzheimer's and even cancer.

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What Your Chunky Midriff Could Mean and How to Lose It

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 26th, 2015  Match Score:1

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We all know a healthy weight and body shape is a smart thing, and many of us can attain to reach that goal. However, if you notice your body blooming from a pear shape to an apple (ladies) or that beer gut developing, it’s time to start addressing the issues before it’s too late.

What does gaining weight in the middle mean?

According to WebMD, not all fat is created equal. In fact, the fat around the middle (also known as visceral fat) can be a signal to pay attention. The reason the fat around your belly is called visceral fat is because it builds up in the spaces between and around your viscera – otherwise known as your internal organs.

The visceral fat, when its accumulated too much around your middle, works totally against you by creating toxins that affect the way your body functions. Chemicals called cytokines, created by the fat, can boost your chances of developing heart disease. It can also create insulin resistance, thus bringing on diabetes. You’re also put at risk for developing high blood pressure, dementia, and certain types of cancers such as breast cancer, and colon cancer.

This fickle thing about belly fat is you don’t have to be obese to have a problem with visceral fat. In fact, a number of seemingly healthy-weighted people can have visceral fat, as well. The key is to pay attention to the tape measure.

Women who aren’t pregnant and have a waist measurement of more than 35", and men with a waist of 40" or more, should consider themselves at risk.

What can cause it?

There are four main reasons people pack on the mid-section pounds.

1. Sedentary life

2. Funky diet

3. Sleepless nights

4. Stress-r-us

If you’re struggling with a medical condition that exacerbates your belly weight gain, know that any effort you make in the above four sections will still pull you further away from an impending disaster.

How do you combat it?

The first thing to note is knowledge is power. Start by breaking out the measuring tape and finding our your waist measurement. If you want to get super-precise, a CT scan or an MRI can measure exactly how much visceral fat you have, but it really isn’t necessary if you plan on making some healthy changes. Write the number down before you start, so you can stay motivated through the process.

Now, remember the four main reasons the pounds have packed on? Let’s address each of those and how to attack them.

1. Exercise more

2. There is no magic pill

3. Sleep, people

4. Breathe

Stress is killing a lot of us. It’s a silent, slow killer, though. To combat this problem, we need to become more mindful of it in all ways. Stress is anything that can increase your blood pressure and heart rate; even for a short period of time. Incorporate daily meditation breaks or download some apps

If there’s only one thing you do in order to change your habits and reduce your chunky midriff, let it be this: Exercise more. Not only does it jump start your metabolism, but it also releases endorphins – feel good hormones – which in turn, reduces stress. So it’s really a one-two punch. Your health and well-being is important, however, so if you’re concerned about the weight, take your concern seriously and do something about it.

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The Movie Treatment

by Liubov Edwards  -  November 12th, 2015  Match Score:1

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“Lazy eye" or amblyopia affects 2-3 in every 100 children in the US. The most common treatment for this condition so far is the placement of a patch over the stronger eye for quite a long time, so the only weaker eye will be used.

But the new study shows, that watching dichotic movies for 9 hours ( three dichoptic movies each week for 2 weeks) improves the conditions significantly and very fast. For example, 120 hours of patching treatment results in one line improvement of visual activity, but 9 hours of watching dichoptic movies results in about four lines improvement.

If after controlled clinical trial, the result are confirmed, the viewing of dichotic films can be used as a primary, supplemental, or maintenance treatment for amblyopia.

SEE ALSO: Eye Care Medications and Products

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Texting Obsession

by Liubov Edwards  -  November 19th, 2015  Match Score:1

Texting Obsession

More and more people are becoming very attached to their smartphones; they are browsing the internet, using social networks and texting. New findings show that obsessive excessive texting can lead to reduce academic performance in teenagers, especially girls. The research shows that teenage girls send and receive an average of 167 texts per day. This sort of communicating for social interaction is very distracting and engage in obsessive, preoccupied thinking, which makes the brain to stop receiving any academic information.

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The Worst Part of Eating Junk Food Isn't Getting Fat

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 30th, 2015  Match Score:1

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You and I both know moderation is key when it comes to eating the foods we crave, but know aren't good for us. However, did you know there's more to fear from your favorite guilty pleasure than just gaining weight? Studies are finding links between a diet high in junk food to problems with energy, memory, and even brain density. All of this spells disaster as we age; eventually causing mental conditions, disorders, and possibly linked to cancer, Alzheimer's, and dementia.

Yep, you read that right. Your junk food is messing big time with your mind; and we're not talking about the science behind making you crave more. We're talking your everyday, need-to-use-my-brain functions.

This Is Your Brain On Junk

Most of us remember the old ad campaign connecting a brain on drugs to a scrambled or fried egg. The truth of the matter is, a brain on junk isn't too far off from that analogy either. In fact, according to a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Toxic fats

Sugar and HFCS

Anxiety and Depression

Hippocampus

We all have our Achilles heel when it comes to foods we probably shouldn't eat, but can't stay away from. Some like salty, other's savory, and many like things sweet. In the long run a diet high in any of these types of foods, particularly in this day and age of the "perfect combo" manufactured foods, will do more harm than good. Not only will it wreak havoc on your physique, but it may also cause irreparable damage to your brain. The only way to truly avoid this kinds of detrimental exposure is to watch what we eat, purchase only foods that are clear of toxic ingredients, and get the word out to as many people as we can about the long term effects of junk food. Start young, too. Our kids and grandkids are the future, and if we can expose them to label reading, and healthy choices, maybe they won't be facing the problems our generation may soon face in terms of our health.

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A Silent Killer in Your Belly

by CANPharmacyKing  -  December 14th, 2015  Match Score:1

A Silent Killer in Your Belly

Risks

Even normal-weight or skinny people who carry their fat at their waistlines may be at higher risk of death over the years than overweight or obese people whose fat is more concentrated on the hips and thighs.

Risk increases for men if their waist circumference is larger than 40 inches, and 35 inches for women.

It was determined in the recent study, that 11 percent of men and 3 percent of women were normal weight but had an elevated waist-to-hip ratio. Surprisingly, they were at greater risk — for men, roughly twice the risk — than more pear-shaped overweight or obese people.

Belly fat can put at risk even teens, young adults, seniors, and pregnant women.

Effect on body

Fat that builds around the abdominal organs is particularly linked to diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, cholesterol, different forms of cancers, etc

Blood tests typically show higher blood sugar and triglyceride levels.

The surprising findings add to the debate over the “obesity paradox," where people who are obese, in some cases, survive longer with health issues compared to people of lower weights.

Myths and Facts

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Things to know

• Apple cider vinegar helps belly fat vanish

• Moderate eating on red meat and ham

• Mediterranean diet can help fight belly fat

• Sitting Promotes Belly Fat

• Chase away belly fat by pushing the "off" button on your TV remote. People who cut their TV time in half consume 100 fewer calories a day without even trying. That's a pound every 35 days without even trying!

• Keep calm and burn fat. Stress makes the hormone cortisol climb, which makes you crave high-calorie snacks that get stored in your belly as fat.

• Flat-Belly Success is Measured in Inches, Not Pounds

• Stress may cause excess belly fat in lean women

• Gut bacteria is the hidden key that affects the belly fat

Reference Links:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/belly-fat-study_564130bae4b0411d30724458

http://time.com/4105095/skinny-fat-obesity/

http://www.healthaim.com/belly-fat-facts-myths/27219

https://www.sharecare.com/health/weight-loss/slideshow/top-10-ways-to-lose-belly-fat#slide-6

http://www.webmd.com/diet/the-truth-about-beer-and-your-belly

http://news.yale.edu/2000/09/22/stress-may-cause-excess-abdominal-fat-otherwise-slender-women-study-conducted-yale-shows

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3077507/Everything-think-know-diets-wrong.html

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Tips to Picking Safe Toys for Kids this Christmas

by Carissa Andrews  -  December 21st, 2015  Match Score:1

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SEE ALSO: Parenting is Hard Enough

Because of the importance of keeping our kids safe during this time of year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

I do, considering last year the CPSC staff received 11 reports of toy-related deaths. In addition, all 11 victims were younger than 12 years old. Riding toys were associated with seven of the 11 reported deaths in 2014, and of the deaths were due to motor vehicle involvement. The most startling thing is the yearly trend of toy-related injuries however. The number seems to consistently hover near the 250K mark. 2014 was no different with an estimated 251,800 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.

One of the biggest safety-conscious things you can do as a parent or someone buying a gift for a child is to keep their current age in mind and purchase only age appropriate toys. The CPSC ranks toys specifically to keep children safe, so if a toy says for ages 3+ but your child is only 1 and a bit, wait to buy it. Let go of the mindset of “they’ll grow into it" because you’re not buying clothes. You’re buying toys that are developmentally too old and can contain parts and pieces completely inappropriate for a younger child. You wouldn’t want your one-year-old to go to the hospital or die from swallowing a marble, or another piece off a toy that wasn’t developmentally meant for them yet.

So, how do you know if the toys you’re buying are suitable for your child? The first step, and possibly the most important, is to read all labels and safety information before giving the toy to your child. I know this can be cumbersome, but if you’re not willing to put some attention into your child’s safety, no one else will.

The CPSC has also given some basic guidelines for toys to avoid during certain ages. Check it out our toy tips according to the CPSC.

For children under age 3:

• Avoid small toys that can fit inside a choke test cylinder or no-choke testing tube, which measures 1¼ inch wide by 2¼ inches long.

• Children under 3 tend to put everything in their mouths. Avoid buying toys intended for older children that may have small parts that pose a choking danger. These include stuffed animals with eyes, noses, or other pieces that could be chewed off and swallowed.

• Never let children of any age play with deflated or broken balloons because of the choking danger.

• Avoid marbles, balls, and games with balls that have a diameter of 1.75 inches or less. These products also pose a choking hazard to young children.

• Children at this age pull, prod, and twist toys. Look for toys that are well-made with tightly secured eyes, noses, and other parts.

• Avoid toys with sharp edges and points.

For children ages 3-5:

• Avoid toys that are constructed with thin, brittle plastic that might easily break into small pieces or leave jagged edges.

• Look for household art materials, including crayons and paint sets, marked with the designation "ASTM D-4236." This means the product has been reviewed for chronic health hazards and, if necessary, the product has been labeled with cautionary information.

• Never let children of any age play with deflated or broken balloons because of the choking danger.

• Teach older children to keep their toys away from their younger brothers and sisters.

Ages 6-12:

• If buying a toy gun, be sure the barrel, or the entire gun, is brightly colored so that it's not mistaken for a real gun.

• If you buy a bicycle for any age child, buy a helmet, too, and make sure the child wears it.

• Never let children of any age play with deflated or broken balloons because of the choking danger.

• If your child gets a bike, scooter, or skateboard, be sure they also have a helmet and use it.

• Teach all children to put toys away when they're finished playing so they don't trip over them or fall on them.

For all children:

Don’t forget, once gifts are open this Christmas:

• Immediately discard plastic wrapping paper, plastic, clips, wires, and/or other toy packaging before it can become dangerous play things.

• Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings and remind them to do the same.

• Adults should always supervise battery charging. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children, and some instances, can cause death if a young child puts a live charger into their mouths. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers.

Every one of us wants to have a happy, and fun-filled Christmas spent at home with family – not in the hospital worrying about a child. It takes only a few moments to safe-guard your children from their new toys by reading the labels, inspecting components, and making sure each toy is age appropriate before turning it loose with your kiddo. By being a diligent, and thinking through the gift-giving process before your child takes over with their new toys, you can save yourself a lifetime of regret.

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Health and Safety Tips for Santa

by Liubov Edwards  -  December 28th, 2015  Match Score:1

Health and Safety Tips for Santa

Christmas time is very exciting, especially for children, as Santa brings lots of new toys for them. Unfortunately a wrong choice of toys can lead to an accident or severe injury. For example last year about 252 000 children were treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries, 70% of the children were aged 12 or younger. To avoid potential injures always buy age-appropriate toys, always supervise young children and always check if your Christmas tree lighting decorations are working correctly. Please check out our list of Tips to Picking Safe Toys for Kids this Christmas

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How to Eliminate Zika?

by Liubov Edwards  -  February 17th, 2016  Match Score:1

How to Eliminate Zika?

According to the World Health Organization, The Zika virus is "spreading explosively", particularly in Central and South America. It seems there is not much has been done to stop the spreading of the virus. A mass fumigation has been offered, but it makes many people worry, that putting the chemicals into the air will do harm, especially to children.

In Brazil officials have been trying to educate people how to avoid mosquito bites. In Colombia and El Salvador, have gone so far as to warn women against getting pregnant.

WHO declares that they are going to "prioritize the development of vaccines and new tools to control mosquito populations."

Latest ABC news: US Zika Infections During Pregnancy Climbs to 320, CDC Says

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Your Sedentary Life is Killing You

by Carissa Andrews  -  February 29th, 2016  Match Score:1

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We’ve all heard it before. Sitting on your rear all day, regardless of why, is literally killing you. There’s even a name for it: Sedentary Death Syndrome (SeDS). Did you know inactivity kills more than 300,000 Americans annually? If SeDs were a true disease, it would be the 3rd biggest killer in the country; behind only heart disease and cancer. If you’re in an office job without an outlet for movement, you may want to take note. Obesity is skyrocketing at an alarming rate. According to the CDC

Being sedentary is connected with a host of complications and ailments – including, but not limited to: hypertension, heart disease, muscle weakness, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, some forms of cancer, and even sexual dysfunction. Of course, the best way to combat SeDS is by getting up and moving. A minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week is all it takes to slash your risks of all the bad stuff SeDS has to offer in half.

Unfortunately, in an era where we’re all working longer hours, more days of the week, it’s hard to find time to get in that basic amount. Add kids into the equation and you may feel like calling it quits before you even begin. I know I have at times. However, there are some fun ways to sneak in activity into your day without it causing too much disruption to your routine.

5 Ways to Combat SeDs

1. Flash Workouts

2. Lunchbreak Run

3. Standing Desk

4. Walking Desk

5. Wearables and Apps

Sometimes, getting up and moving is less of a problem of doing it and more of a problem in remembering to find time. Luckily for us, we live in a time when wearables can track how much movement we get, how many steps we’ve taken, and are readily accessible for nearly every budget. In addition, there are myriad apps that can trigger us to drink more water (like Daily Water) or get up for a break when we need it (like Break Reminder). Not to mention ones that can help us find exercises to do (like 7MWC or Jillian Michaels’ Weight Loss), track our runs (MapMyRun

While we live in a world now that requires less movement and more brain power, it’s important to find ways to maintain our health and activity. Sometimes it’s a matter of making a decision to be more active, taking the first step, and sticking with it. “Trust the process" is the best motto I can give when you begin something new and you’re unsure of the results. A year from now, even if you only make one of the changes listed above, you may be surprised at how far you’ve come and how much your life has changed. With a little luck, that will include how much your health has changed – for the better.

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When You Shouldn’t Consume Turmeric

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 7th, 2016  Match Score:1

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There are very few herbs that can tout the beneficial aspects which have been attributed to Turmeric; a staple in Indian cuisine and curry dishes. When consumed by an otherwise healthy adult or child, turmeric—or more directly curcumin, a substance found in turmeric—can alleviate a whole host of ailments from indigestion, to reducing inflammation, and it’s even being studied for making headway with cancer cells

However, as with all herbs, they can have interactions with other herbs, supplements, and medications and not all of them are good. Because of this, there are cases when turmeric should not be consumed in any form. This is not to say that turmeric shouldn’t be considered, but simply that you should discuss your options with your doctor. In some cases, turmeric might even be a good substitute option for some of the medications you’re currently taking.

So, if it’s so beneficial, how does someone know when they shouldn’t consume turmeric? Here’s a list of the most prevalent times when turmeric should either not be taken, or should be discussed with your doctor before consumption:

Pregnant Women

Before Surgery

Blood Thinners

Diabetics

GERD

For those suffering with indigestion and heartburn, turmeric will likely not be the herb for you if you are currently using medications prescribed by your doctor. However, turmeric has been found to be a fantastic anti-inflammatory agent, and according to one study

o Cimetidine (Tagamet)

o Famotidine (Pepcid)

o Ranitidine (Zantac)

o Esomeprazole (Nexium)

o Omeprazole (Prilosec)

o Lansoprazole (Prevacid)

o motilium canada

For the majority of healthy Americans and Canadians who are interested in supplementing with turmeric, you’ll find this is a highly effective and beneficial herb that most of us aren’t getting enough of in our every day diets. It’s versatile in its distribution; being consumable in raw, tincture, powder, and capsule form. Due to its interactions with other herbs and medications, it’s wise to consult your doctor before starting a medicinal regimen, as we discussed. However, if adding it to your foods for flavor, color, or to get some of the natural benefits, by all means, enjoy. It’s particularly good in teas, smoothies, and even adds a bit of flair to your hollandaise sauce.


Hidden Toxics in Your Home

by Liubov Edwards  -  March 16th, 2016  Match Score:1

Hidden Toxics in Your Home

So, what is potentially hazardous in your home? Look at household cleansers, many of them contain powerful and often toxic solvents, antibiotic pesticides and other chemicals. If used incorrectly it can be dangerous. Gases, like CO and NO2 result from burning gas, wood or fossil fuels in heating systems, stoves and other home appliances can be potentially dangerous too.

Mold, damp, dust and tobacco smoke can lead to lung decease and respiratory conditions.

How to protect yourself and avoid household pollution? You can minimise the presence of noxious chemicals in the home by choosing non-toxic, "green" versions of many products, but the most effective way is to ventilate your home.

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Exercise Your Way to a Healthy … Brain?

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 21st, 2016  Match Score:1

Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Brain

As it turns out, fitting in more physical activity; specifically, in the form of walking and running does more than merely make your jeans fit better. Research has been proving it can also spur on neurogenesis (new neurons) and increase gray matter volume in several regions of the brain including the prefrontal, temporal, and hippocampal areas. A key thing to note: the denser the gray matter tissue is in a particular region of the brain, the higher the intelligence will be relative of the location.

When exercising, neurogenesis has been found to occur in two brain regions; the subventricular zone and the hippocampus. Alterations with the latter have been linked to a variety of cognitive pathologies such as anxiety, depression, addiction, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. A reduction in hippocampus volume has been noted in patients with cognitive disorders, such as depression. When the hippocampus is altered, it affects more than merely the number of brain cells; the Long Term Potentiation (LTP) is also disrupted—which is the brain's method of prioritizing incoming signals. It’s thought to be one of the major cellular mechanisms that underlies learning and memory.

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein responsible for neuron growth, maturation, and maintenance. The BDNF protein helps regulate synaptic plasticity, which is imperative for learning and memory. According to one study

So what does all this mean? In layman’s terms, moderate exercise will help you maintain your intelligence, memory, and learning capabilities—and in some cases, you could actually get smarter. As we age, a certain percentage of brain mass is lost, resulting in memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety, and a number of other brain related disorders. According to studies, memory loss can begin as early as your late twenties and it can even show signs of atrophy of the hippocampus—a region of the brain associated for turning short-term memory into long-term memory, emotional behavior, and spatial navigation. Longitudinal studies have reported between 1% and 2% annual hippocampal atrophy (shrinkage) in adults older than 55 years without dementia, and between 3 to 5% for those suffering from Alzheimer Disease (AD). Hippocampal shrinkage has been associated with Major Depressive Disorder in both young and old, according to post-mortem studies of depressed people and suicide victims.

To take things a step further, your weight and gut health can come into play with your cognitive functions. When your body is fighting off inflammation of any kind, you run the risk of potential complications. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is liberated by way of leaky gut syndrome and can be directly attributed to brain issues such as Alzheimer’s. When LPS levels are high, one study suggests you’re less likely to be able to grow new brain cells. The good news is, aerobic exercise in elderly mice has been found to offset the damaging effects on the brain from the elevated LPS in the blood stream; thus making it less likely to compromise their neurogenesis capabilities.

According to the Mayo Clinic in a 2011 proceeding, it was said, “Physical exercise should be considered as a prescription for lowering cognitive risks and slowing cognitive decline across the age spectrum."

Other Ways to Increase Neurogenesis

Exercise also doesn’t have to be the only way a person supports brain cell regeneration. There are a number of other ways you can positively impact your brain’s ability for neurogenesis. Here are some of the most notable.

Diet

Omega–3 fatty acids

Turmeric

When You Shouldn’t Consume Turmeric

Alcohol

Lifestyle.

Sleep

Caloric restriction

Sunlight

Sex

Meditation and mindfulness

As it turns out, exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet does more than just help you fit into your skinny jeans. It helps your brain make new neurons, creates more synaptic engagement, increases gray matter density—which can make you smarter—and wards off degenerative brain diseases associated with old age. Maintaining cognitive function well into the later senior years of life is important to many of us, and this information brings us one step closer to ensuring brain health in the years to come.

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Carissa Andrews is an passionate author and freelancer from Minnesotan with a focus in creative writing.


How Crystals Can Enhance Your Sexual Health

by Carrie Borzillo  -  March 14th, 2016  Match Score:1

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The concept of crystals having healing powers is literally

In a day where just about everything is going as high-tech as possible - i.e., Amazon is testing deliveries by drones, sex toys have Wi-Fi, and Siri answers all of our pressing questions - New York-based sex toy company Chakrubs

Chakrubs, which launched in 2012, are sex toys made of crystals and gemstones, including amethyst, jade, rose quartz, obsidian, pure red jasper, clear natural quartz, black onyx, and pure blue aventurine. They are essentially dildos, but the company chooses to refer to them as "instruments of pleasure" because the word "dildo" typically connotes a more anatomically correct looking device, and Chakrubs are not that. To spell it out for you, the name Chakrubs combines the Sanskrit word, "chakra" (which translates to "wheel," but means the centers of spiritual power in the human body) and the word "rub," which needs no explaining.

More importantly, the philosophy is to bring a sense of sacredness to sexuality in a more earthy, organic, natural, and holistic way. "When the energy of the crystal combines with your own sexual energy, you can expect your chakras to light up, your heart to open, and your body to become more sensitive to subtle sexual energy," says Chakrubs Founder Vanessa Cuccia.

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Cuccia came up with the concept in 2011 while living with a spiritualist in Los Angeles who taught her about metaphysics, chakras, and the power of crystals. "I was really drawn to what I learned about the metaphysical properties of crystals," recalls Cuccia. "One day I went to this spiritualist friend's house and she had a huge collection of crystals. When she showed me one particularly beautiful crystal wand, and I saw its phallic shape, something just clicked. There are so many high-tech sex products out there with Wi-Fi and remote controls and very sophisticated technology, and I wanted to create something more intimate in a natural way. There was a real void in the marketplace."

The Chakrub product line includes approximately 20 instruments of pleasure made of 100% pure and organic crystals and stones. Most of them are 7-inches in length and 1-2 inches in girth, weighing less than a pound each and priced between $65 for the Rose Bud

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Rose Bud - Photo Courtesy by Chakrubs

So, how exactly do crystals heal? "Everything is emitting a frequency," explains Cuccia. "Everything has an energy. That's science, and nobody can disprove that. Crystals have the perfect molecular structures that have positive effects on our electro-magnetic fields. They are emitting a very balanced frequency. So we as humans, we're made up of mostly water, and we're delicate in our electromagnetic field."

For those raising their eyebrows, consider this: Have you ever got a bad "vibe" from someone? Or walked into a place and felt something was off? Sure, we all have. That's "energy." "That's because we are all very sensitive," explains Cuccia. "I've walked into a room where there was a fight that happened, and you can feel the energy. We're being affected all the time. So with crystals, they're emitting a very balanced and healthy, harmonious frequency. The more balanced we are, the better we feel and the better our relationships with others and the world is, and, yeah, the more in tune with our bodies and sensuality we are."

Each crystal or stone has its own unique healing properties. The most popular Chakrub is made of pink and white Rose Quartz (The Heart

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The Heart - Photo Courtesy by Chakrubs by Chakrubs

The Amethyst Chakrub

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Amethyst - Photo Courtesy by Chakrubs

Another popular item is the green Original Indian Jade

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The Original India Jade - Photo Courtesy by Chakrubs

While this level of spiritual sexuality might seem extremely niche, the concept is taking off with the mainstream. It's not just sex stores that stock the line, but major luxury retailer Brookstone, which is more known for selling high-tech gadgets like Shiatsu massage chairs and zero gravity lounge chairs, is carrying Chakrubs as well. Cuccia has also signed a publishing deal with Lit Riot Press to release a three-book series titled "This Is What I've Come To," which dives into her philosophies on love, intimacy, sexuality, and spirituality.

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Carrie Borzillo is a freelance sex/relationship writer for Mens Health, DAME & CanadaPharmacyOnline.com.


Syrian Refugees and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Major Concern

by Natasha Tracy  -  April 4th, 2016  Match Score:1

Syrian refugees face many challenges, but one that may be underestimated is the presence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some Syrian refugees. Considering the atrocities many Syrian refugees have experienced, PTSD, a serious mental illness, is a major concern. And according to Dr. Morton Beiser

Posttraumatic stress disorder is a mental illness with symptoms that last for at least one month but can persist for years – or even a lifetime – if left untreated. PTSD symptoms occur after a major trauma wherein the person fears for his or her physical safety or the safety of another. Often this trauma is life-threatening. In the case of Syrian refugees, trauma is common.

Syrian Refugees and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Major Concern

What Kinds of Trauma Have Syrian Refugees Experienced?

According to Albawaba News

A Syrian woman is haunted by the memory of her husband dying from a cardiac arrest as they tried to cross the Turkish border with their four children. An Iraqi woman is traumatised by her encounter with "The Biter," a metal tool used by the so-called Islamic State to clip off the skin of women dressed immodestly. And Hayat, another Syrian refugee, arrives on Lesvos to find that her hands are paralysed – a psychosomatic effect associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What Is PTSD and How Does It Affect a Person?

PTSD symptoms and its diagnostic criteria are defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth Edition and are classified into eight types. These include

• Experience of the trauma

• Reexperiencing of the event such as through flashbacks and dreams

• Avoidance of anything that reminds the individual of the trauma

• Negative alterations in mood and thought patters due to the trauma

• Differences in energy level and reactivity such as through angry outbursts or hypervigilance

• Occurrence of symptoms for more than one month

• Marked distress or impairment in the person’s life due to the symptoms

• The symptoms not being explained by substance use or another medical condition

Posttraumatic stress disorder can impact every aspect of a person’s life from one’s personal life, to family life to professional life.

Syrian refugees also have a higher risk of developing substance abuse problems, depression and schizophrenia, additional serious mental illnesses, according to the medical director for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

What Is Canada Doing about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Syrian Refugees?

The good news is that the mental health of Syrian refugees has been on the radar of the Canadian government for several months. For example, Syrian refugees will not be housed on military bases unless absolutely necessary, unlike the Kosovo refugees of 1999. This, and timely permanent resettlement into communities are thought to improve the mental health outlook of the refugees.

In fact, even the United Nations is getting educated about PTSD in refugees. This was highlighted when Canadian Clinical Psychologist Rebecca Dempster gave a presentation to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees core group on how to deal with trauma victims.

It appears the Canadian government has learned that putting money into mental health services is a sound investment. Dr. Kwame McKenzie says that for every dollar you put into mental health promotion for children, you get $7.00 back and many Syrian refugees are children.

It is known that effective treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder exist and they include both therapy and medication. While professionals admit that more therapists could be needed, it’s also thought that the mental health services that are available are making Canada one of the world leaders in refugee mental health response.

For references and more details, please see: Syrian refugees plagued by high rates of PTSD

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What is the Big Deal About GMOs?

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 28th, 2016  Match Score:1

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For those of you unaware, GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. GMOs can be microorganisms, plants, or even animals. This impacts everything from the cereal in your bowl, to the type of food you feed your dog. For crops created by specifically designing a genome, they also have a term: GE or genetically engineered

In 1994, we began the sale of tomatoes which had their genetic structure altered. Since then, the biotech industry has exploded in America; primarily focused on cash crops in high demand – corn, soybeans, canola, cotton. By last year (2015), 92% of all corn, 94% of all soybeans, and 94% of all cotton produced

When it comes right down to it, what’s the big deal about GMOs and GE foods? There are a number of pros and cons to consider and there’s no easy answer. The effects GMOs and GE foods have is much like the Butterfly Effect

Pros to Consider

Resistance

Higher yields

Increased flavor

Added vitamins and minerals

Environmental

Cons to Consider

Allergic reactions

Since the late 1990’s, food allergies have skyrocketed and it’s entirely possible GMOs are at least partially to blame. Gluten sensitivity, for example, is on the rise – some 40% of Americans

Appetite stimulant

In GMO wheat, a new protein called Gliadin

Lack of stress

Antibiotic resistance

Livestock feed

Because much of our GM plants are being fed to livestock

Gene transfer

GMO and GE plants have the conceivability to contaminate other crops

Lack of regulation and labeling

The FDA has determined GMOs are “generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) and don’t require any additional tests if it can be proven the GMO product is equivalent to the non-modified food. 90% of Americans want GMO and GE foods to be labeled, but as of right now, there is no such labeling that exists in the United States. In fact, the US and Canada are some of the only developed countries which has no specific labeling law

Not enough testing

While it may still be years before we know the full ramifications of how GMO and GE foods impact other animals and plants, our environment, and our own health, it’s safe to say exercising a bit of caution may one day be the best thing you did for the health of your family and yourself. Not all progress is positive, and there’s plenty of cause for concern until GMOs and GE foods have been thoroughly tested and regulations enacted.

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13 Incredible Viagra Facts

by CANPharmacyKing  -  May 2nd, 2016  Match Score:1

Viagra commonly used for men’s erectile dysfunction and people have a lot of misconceptions about it. Viagra is considered as a sex stimulant although it has other uses too, apart from boosting the sex drive.

Check out this infographic below to see what are the incredible facts about Viagra you probably didn't know.

13 Incredible Viagra Facts

Viagra – A Lifesaver for Premature Babies

It is hoped that Viagra will increase blood supply to the womb and placenta so that more nutrients and oxygen reach the baby to help avoiding health problems that result from premature birth.

Viagra Is One of The Most Counterfeited Drugs In The World

The demand for Viagra is very high because a lot of people want to try it out, but not everyone is prepared to pay full price.

Viagra Makes Flowers Stand Up Straight

Small concentrations of the drug dissolved in a vase of water can also double the shelf life of cut flowers, making them stand up straight for as long as a week beyond their natural life span.

Viagra for Jet Lag – Really?

Viagra may help people overcome jet lag faster.

Viagra for Increasing Athletic Performance

Athletes have been documented using Viagra believing it to enhance their performance. There is no evidence to suggest this is the case but that doesn't seem to stop them from trying Viagra.

Viagra Is Helping To Save Endangered Species

In places like China, Viagra is replacing traditional medicines including potions made from rhino horn, tiger bones, seal penises and reindeer antler velvet which is good news for these animals.

Viagra – CIA’s Weapon against Taliban

In the war in Afghanistan, CIA agents would exchange Viagra for information about the Taliban with tribal chiefs. These aging warlords often had much younger wives or more than one wife to satisfy!

Viagra Is Not A Sex Stimulant

It helps to improve blood circulation to the penis. It does not increase sexual urge.

Viagra for Woman?

Studies are ongoing on to see whether Viagra can play a role in improving the sex lives of women. No conclusive results have been obtained so far and therefore it is not recommended to be used by women.

Viagra - A Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Viagra can be useful in the treatment of prostate cancer when used in combination with doxorubicin. The drug combination has also been found useful in the treatment of ovarian and stomach cancer.

Viagra - A Treatment for Pulmonary Hypertension and Mountain Sickness

Pulmonary Hypertension is a medical condition associated with high blood pressure in the blood vessels going to the lungs. To cure this condition, Viagra, marketed under the name – Revatio is prescribed. Viagra may also be useful in treating mountain sickness because it lowers pulmonary pressure and enables a climber to exercise in low oxygen conditions or at high altitude.

Viagra does not work instantly

A lot of people have the misconception that consuming Viagra results in an instant erection. In fact, it takes about 30 to 60 minutes for the drug to get absorbed in the blood stream. It should ideally be taken about 1 hour before (and not more than 4 hours before) the sexual activity.

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Knock Your Socks Off: The Best Socks for Your Feet

by Kristy Alpert  -  May 16th, 2016  Match Score:1

Kristy Alpert is a freelance writer and editor with extensive experience covering travel, food, and lifestyle topics.

Your feet are the foundation for the entire body. Which is why when your feet aren’t feeling great, the rest of your body suffers. Unhappy feet can cause everything from calf tension and swollen legs to tight hips and even back and shoulder alignment issues.

“People need to start paying more attention to their foot health because feet are the basis of proper body mechanics," adds Dan Murphy, president for KENTWOOL Performance, the leaders in innovative socks and textiles. “If any of the ligaments, tendons, or muscles are strained or stressed in any way, the mechanics of your entire body are affected. For example, oftentimes the cause of hip or knee pain actually originates in the feet. As the foundation of the body, if your feet aren’t being properly cared for, your entire body is going to suffer."

The human foot has more than 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments that work to absorb the impact of your body weight with each step. Even with so much going on inside your foot, it’s actually what’s on your foot that matters. Socks are so much more than an accessory; they are a piece of performance equipment that serve in protecting your feet from a number of different ailments, from protecting against foot odor to helping with blood circulation. Feet stuck into shoes for hours tend to get sweaty and attract bacteria, but certain socks can actually combat those odors while working to improve foot health.

“It is important to wear quality socks because your feet are the basis of healthy movement," Murphy explains. “They can reduce the chance of getting blisters, help wick moisture away from feet, eliminate bacteria growth and reduce foot fatigue and stress. This all adds up to improved foot health. Improved foot health means that you’re able to lead a healthier and more active life. With low quality socks, you aren’t offered these same features and benefits. The result is overly-stressed feet and disrupted body mechanics."

From PGA certified anti-blister socks made for caddies to compression socks designed for travel, check out these amazing and specialized socks for your feet.

1. KENTWOOL. This premium line of socks is made with superfine Merino wool and is the preferred high performance piece of foot equipment for a number of PGA and LPGA Tour professionals, and for pretty much anyone who spends their profession on their feet. In fact, more than 100 PGA Tour caddies rely on these socks to keep their feet healthy during the more than 50 million steps they’ll take during each tour season. KENTWOOL socks naturally wick and control moisture (reducing bacteria, odors, and the chances of getting blisters), regulate foot temperature in both hot and cold climates (reducing the chance of injury since muscles are held at the ideal temperature for performance), and reduce foot stress and fatigue with nylon reinforcements in spots of high stress and wear and plush terry cushion throughout the sole of the sock. www.kentwool.com

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2. Toe Socks. These five-pronged socks are designed as an alternative to bare feet. With Toe Socks, the toes are separated in a way that enhances and supports natural movement while eliminating moisture between the toes (i.e., reducing the chance of blisters or bacteria growth). By allowing the toes the ability to spread wide and wiggle and bend with each movement, these socks actually strengthen the toes and feet to create a stronger foundation for any activity (walking, yoga, Pilates, running, etc.). The socks come with a fitted heel to reduce bunching and twisting, and the grip sock collection features non-slip soles that are perfect for practicing yoga, Pilates, Barre, or even martial arts. The company also offers a line of leg warmers that work to enhance the five-finger model by warming the muscles in the lower body for peak performance. www.toesox.com

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3. VIM & VIGR. The beauty of these compression socks is that not only do they provide relief for people who sit in an office, car, or airplane all day, but they’re also stylish enough for any situation your feet may walk you into. Scientists estimate that sitting for 90 minutes or more throughout the day can cause blood flow below the knees to decrease by 50 percent, increasing the chance of blood clots while reducing the amount of oxygenated blood to the legs. Compression socks work to combat this with graduated compression knitting that tightens around the ankle and gradually becomes less tight above to increase circulation and bring freshly oxygenated blood back into the legs. VIM & VIGR’s line of compression socks don’t just stop at recirculation though, they also offer a wide range of patterns, colors, and fabrics that makes it easy for wearers to find their perfect pair. www.vimvigr.com

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4. Preggers by Therafirm. This line of specially targeted compression legwear takes into consideration what every pregnant woman knows: pregnancy equals painful legs and swollen feet and ankles. During pregnancy, blood volume and pressure increase in the body, a symptom that eventually leads to swelling, fatigue, and varicose veins. During the first trimester alone, the onset of varicose disease is estimated to be 70 percent for expectant mothers, a number that only increases with each subsequent pregnancy. Preggers maternity support and compression legwear is uniquely suited to energize tired, achy legs while reducing and preventing swelling with gradient compression for the entire leg. The company makes a line of socks, but the most popular remains the maternity leggings that work to increase circulation in the entire leg. The leggings come in a variety of stylish colors and include a support top that expands for a growing belly for comfort. www.preggers.com

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5. Thorlo. Originally engineered as a protective, sport-specific athletic sock back in 1980, Thorlo holds the patent on its innovative padding design that makes these socks stand apart from the rest. The socks are clinically-tested to protect against various foot conditions, including blisters cause by friction and shear forces, foot pain, pressure, and moisture. The brand has a variety of socks specially-suited for a variety of activities, sports, weather conditions, and lifestyles. Their EXCOU Unisex Extreme Cold Thick Cushion wool sock has become a favorite for any one who plays or works for extended amounts of time in the cold weather, including snowmobilers, dog sled racers, Canadian construction workers, and Lake Superior ice fisherman, while the TF Unisex Over-Calf Hunting Sock is the choice for anyone wanting to avoid wool while keeping their feet healthy on the rough terrains in sub-zero weather. www.thorlo.com

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6. DryMax. Sweaty feet can’t stand up against these moisture wicking socks. DryMax guarantees that their socks will keep feet drier and more comfortable than any other sock, and they offer a full money back refund guarantee to prove their point. DryMax socks have been designed with two different fiber technologies that work together to form a dual-layer sock that uses protective padding in four densities and a series of air vents to keep feet dry and control odor. The fibers are unlike anything else on the market, and are actually recommended as an aid in the prevention and cure of Athlete’s Foot and toenail fungal infections. These socks have become the favorite for college and pro athletes, and the brand offers a huge array of options for every sport. Their line of running socks includes no less than 10 designs, each offering their own varieties of colors and support. www.drymaxsports.com

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7. SmartWool. These socks were born beneath the mountains of Colorado, and have become the favorite sock for snow skiers and snowboarders around the world. Made from an improved version of Merino wool that uses thermal body mapping in its innovative fabric creation and construction, these socks use more wool where the body tends to get cold and less where the body has a tendency to run warmer. The socks act as a baselayer for any cold weather activity (with three different baselayer weights to choose from to match the climate) to regulate foot temperature, and include moisture management and abrasion resistance to fight against blisters. While the company makes more than just socks for snow, the ski and snowboard line has become popular for anyone looking to improve their performance on the mountain, and the line features a sock for each ski level (downhill racer, ski light, ski medium, snowboard light, etc.).

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8. X-Socks. Engineered in Switzerland, crafted in Italy, and worn around the world, these socks are some of the most high tech pieces of apparel on the market. The brand offers more than 150 models, patents, and functions, and is one of the leaders in cycling performance socks. Their X-Socks Bike Pro is the choice for professional riders, and comes with a unique airflow system that ensures a fresh supply of air beneath the soles of the feet. The socks also feature a self-adjusting cuff, a patented cross bandage stability, patented ankle pads, patented tendon protectors, and so much more. www.x-socks.com

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Just because things are heating up outside doesn’t mean it’s time to ditch your socks. Performance socks (like the ones listed above) work to regulate foot temperature and can actually keep your feet dry from daily moisture accumulated during normal activities and even for more intense sweating that occurs before and after a workout. While no one is suggesting wearing socks with your sandals (still a fashion faux-pas, sorry!), the one way to keep your feet healthy all summer long is to keep them protected with a quality pair of performance equipment … a pair of socks.

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Surprising Health Benefits of Highland Whiskeys in Scotland

by Kristy Alpert  -  May 30th, 2016  Match Score:1

Kristy Alpert is a freelance writer and editor with extensive experience covering travel, food, and lifestyle topics for Canadian pharmacy drugstore

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In 2011, Dr. David J. Hanson revealed some startling findings in his research paper from the New York University that showed that people who consume one to two drinks of whiskey, daily, have a 50 per cent lower chance of having a stroke or developing dementia in old age.

“Virtually all the health benefits of alcoholic beverages are from the alcohol itself," explains Dr. David J. Hanson, professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Potsdam

Another study, this one presented at the EuroMedLab conference in Glasgow, found that all alcohol contains ellagic acid, an antioxidant that destroys cancerous cells, but that Scotch contains more ellagic acid than other alcohols.

In other words: alcohol in moderation is good, and whiskey in moderation is better.

Although Scotch can be classified as a single malt, blended malt, single grain, blended grain, and blended whiskey, the drink is highly protected by a strict set of distilling and aging laws that govern how to make this grain-based product.

To be considered a true Scotch, the liquid but be produced at a distillery in Scotland from water and malted barley that has been processed, converted, fermented, and distilled at the distillery to an alcoholic strength of no less than 94.8 percent by volume (190 proof). After the liquid has been distilled, it then is required to mature in oak casks for a minimum of three years before it can be bottled, where any age labeling on the bottle must be indicative of the youngest whiskey used to produce the Scotch (i.e., 18 year, 12 year, etc.).

The strict process has served Scotch drinkers well, and it’s partly because of that process that the drink contains so many benefits for the body when consumed in moderation. To make whiskey, distillers have to dry the barley malt over a fire fueled by Scottish peat, a highly condensed material of slowly decayed wetland vegetation (i.e., moss, sedges, and shrubs). While the malt is drying, the smoke from the peat produces phenols (boasting great antioxidant properties), which are then absorbed by the malt and remain in the picture all the way through bottling. It’s because of the presence of those phenols that Scotland’s Rowett Research Institute was able to state that consuming alcoholic drinks containing phenols (like Scotch whiskey and red wine) “transiently raises total phenol concentration and enhances the antioxidant capacity of plasma" (i.e., moderate intake of Scotch can decrease the risk of coronary heart disease).

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But the story doesn’t stop there. Even beyond a healthy sip of Scotch, a healthy sip of Highland Scotch may be the ultimate wellness tonic due to its pristine sourcing.

Stretching from Orkney down to the Isle of Arran and Aberdeenshire over to the Outer Hebrides, the Highland region is the biggest geographical whisky region in all of Scotland. In fact, more than 50 percent of all the Scotch malt whiskies are produced in Speyside alone. While the region’s size lends itself to a vast variety of flavor profiles and whisky characteristics, one common thread flows through the entire Highland Scotch profile: it’s water.

The water in the Highlands runs through volcanic mountain rock, making it some of the purest in Scotland. No matter where the bottles are filled or which river the liquid is sourced from, that pure Highland water goes into every bottle to make each sip of Highland Scotch a tonic that aids in producing a bill of clean health.

Of course, it must be said that drinking alcohol is only beneficial when done in moderation (i.e., 25ml for women and 35-40 ml for men). If misused, alcohol can actually damage a person’s health as well as harm individuals and their families, but when consumed appropriately, Highland Scotch can aid in a healthy lifestyle for most adults, and even has some surprising health benefits. Go ahead and pour yourself a dram of the good stuff while you check out the following little known health benefits of Highland Scotch whisky.

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Highland Scotch whisky can …

1. Deter Dementia

2. Aid in Weight Loss

3. Reduce the Risk of Strokes

4. Fight the Flu and Combat a Cold

5. Help your Heart

6. Settle a Stomach

7. Lower Stress Levels

8. Reduce the Risk of Cancer

9. Prevent Diabetes

Containing only 0.04 grams of carbohydrates, Scotch is the drink of choice for many diabetics, but it can also help in preventing the disease. One study

10. Live Longer

Despite all of the health benefits associated with Highland Scotch Whiskey, it’s important to note that they are only beneficial when the drink is consumed in moderation. So drink smart to enjoy the delicious benefits of this “water of life."

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Is Your Morning Coffee Killing Your Probiotics?

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 15th, 2016  Match Score:1

Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website.

Today I had to ask myself this question: does drinking coffee kill probiotics? This question came to me in particular due to an experiment I’m trying with a well-known nutrition supplement program and shake system. The woman I spoke to about the system was adamant that my daily 2 cups of coffee were the reason I wasn’t seeing the addictionesque results from using their products. She claimed the acid from the coffee was killing the probiotics in the nutritional system (and not the fact I already eat well, and exercise daily).

Well, this of course made me curious because of everything I’ve already read and studied about gut flora and probiotics. For instance, the best probiotics

I get why companies like this exist and make big money. There are 40 million Americans suffering from chronic gut stress, according to Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP, the Co-author of Trust Your Gut, Senior Consultant at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. More than that number are chronically obese, have energy lags, and are looking for the magic pill that fixes everything. Unfortunately, this often comes with a blind faith and a blind eye. Neither of which I’m best known for. I’ve always found it’s important to do the research and come up with your own conclusions whenever possible.

What are Probiotics Good For?

I’m sure many of you may have heard of probiotics, but you may be wondering what they’re really good for. Sure, they’re in your yogurts and such, but why do we need them? Or more importantly, what do they do?

Probiotics help to:

• Assist in digestion

• Kill or slow down the growth of bad bacteria

• Kill or slow down the growth of yeast in the body

• Detoxify and protect your intestines

• Reduce cholesterol

• Aid in absorption of minerals and vitamins

• Support the immune system

• Reduce the risk of cancer and tumors

• Help the body produce vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, biotin, and vitamin B6

• Regulate pH value

• Reduce cholesterol when values are high

• Reduce the effects of depression

Freeze-Dried vs Live

So, this company I was talking about earlier may be freeze-drying their probiotics so they can withstand room temperature. While our freeze drying process has increased the viability of probiotic strains over the past few years, conditions have to be right. If any moisture enters the packages, the strains are activated and thus subject to the damaging effects of any other probiotic that hasn’t been refrigerated.

When purchasing live strains, it’s very important to buy them from a company that keeps them refrigerated. As I stated earlier, this includes the shipping process, too. If you buy live strains online, you want to be sure they’re kept in a refrigerated car and packaged with materials that keep the probiotics cold once they’re sitting on your doorstep.

Here’s the Rub

Now that we’ve talked about what probiotics are good for, it’s important to make sure they live long enough to do their magic. So what about this coffee kills probiotics issue?

There’s no evidence whatsoever coffee kills the probiotics in your system. However, in some instances, coffee (both brewed and instant) have increased the levels of Bifidobacterium (good bacteria) in the gut.

The interesting thing is, heat can kill probiotics. Perhaps this is where people get confused since coffee is hot and it happens to be something nearly everyone consumes first thing in the morning. The way around this issue is simply to avoid eating or drinking anything hot for 30 minutes before or after taking your probiotics—which should always be taken on an empty stomach.

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What you really should be concerned about:

While the acid from coffee doesn’t kill the probiotics, too much can still do bodily harm if left unchecked. I know that’s hard to hear, if you like your java. Here’s the harsh truth. Too much coffee/caffeine can lead to:

1. Sympathetic Nervous System Stress

2. Cortisol Levels

3. Adrenal Gland Burnout

4. Insulin Resistance

5. Catabolic Muscle Breakdown

It was important for me to note that while my daily coffee ritual was likely not the cause of my abnormal results from the nutrition company, drinking coffee can still be a problem. It’s health effects are far more reaching than the simple “awake" feeling I get in the morning. If you’re a coffee drinker (who doesn’t plan to give it up) and who also takes probiotics, timing is your most important piece of information in this article. Then again, timing really is most important for anyone taking probiotics. Remember, take them on an empty stomach with nothing hot to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes before and after. Follow that rule and you’ll be just fine.

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The Surprising Thing Linked to Hypertension

by Liubov Edwards  -  July 21st, 2016  Match Score:1

The Surprising Thing Linked to Hypertension

Living near an airport can be hard on your hearing. A recent study suggest that it is also hard on your heart. The noise produced by jet-powered planes may increase the risk of high blood pressure, especially at night. According to statistics 40% of people living near airport for three years and longer suffer of high blood pressure and more likely to be hospitalized for heart disease and stroke.

The European Society of Cardiology insists that more work is needed to enforce laws on exposure to aircraft noise as it is detrimental to our health.

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Liubov Edwards worked as a freelance graphic designer for Kingsblog since 2014.

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Quit Smoking and A Prolong Life: It Can be Done

by Liubov Edwards  -  November 30th, 2016  Match Score:1

Quit Smoking and A Prolong Life: It Can be Done

It is well known that smoking is harmful for human’s health, but how harmful? Now scientists know exactly what number of DNA mutation can be caused by smoking.

On average, every 50 cigarettes smoked are responsible for one DNA mutation per lung. 20 cigarettes a day smoked for a year can generate 150 mutations per lung cell, 97 per larynx cell, 39 per pharynx cell, 18 per bladder cell and 6 per liver cell. What happens next is purely down to luck, but every DNA mutation can potentially cause generic damage, which can become cancerous.

It does sound scary, does not it?

There is a hope, and it is in quitting smoking, which is not easy, but luckily there are many ways to do it, for example using Nicorette chewing gum that can double your changes or quitting, or Nicorette inhaler

it's not too late to quit smoking for any age. You can see some instant health benefits of smoking cessation. Though quitting will not reverse mutations which already happened, but it still can prolong your life and help to avoid risk of tobacco-caused death.

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The Most Embarrassing Questions About Viagra - Answered!

by Rich Cooper  -  September 12th, 2016  Match Score:1

You’ve definitely heard of it, and hopefully you don’t need it, but have you ever wanted to know more about Viagra? There are some misconceptions and a few facts that everyone should explore.

Photo Credit: Tim Reckmann
Photo Credit: Tim Reckmann

What is Viagra?

Viagra is a trade name for sildenafil, a medication that primarily helps men with erectile dysfunction (ED), as well as pulmonary hypertension. Viagra is produced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and comes in little blue pills.

How does Viagra work exactly?

If you remember your high school sex ed, you’ll know that the way an erection works is that, when aroused, a man’s penis fills with blood and becomes enlarged. Often ED is due to an issue with getting blood into the penis. At it’s simplest, Viagra helps increase the blood flow to and relaxes the muscles of the penis.

A common misconception with Viagra is that you take the pill and in a few minutes you suddenly have an erection - not so. In order to have an erection aided by Viagra, the man still needs to be sexually aroused. So if the difficulties stem from the man simply not being aroused, unfortunately Viagra will not be able to fix that. In those instances, it’s recommended that you and your partner attend couples counselling.

SEE ALSO: 13 Incredible Viagra Facts

Additionally, it may not just be as simple as taking one pill. You may need to take a couple before sex to get enough sildenafil into your system before you successfully have an erection, which usually occurs in about 30 minutes to an hour. Always consult your doctor or healthcare professional who can advise you on the proper course of treatment.

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Photo Credit: Daniel Lobo

How do I know if I need Viagra?

You’d think that it’d be a pretty straightforward answer, but having a hard time getting an erection doesn’t immediately mean that you need to reach for the blue pill. Erectile dysfunction can be the product of a number of health conditions, usually one of the following:

● Vasculogenic (issues affecting the flow of blood to the penis)

● Neurogenic (issues affecting the nervous system)

● Hormonal (issues affecting hormone levels)

● Anatomical (issues affecting the physical structure of the penis)

The only safe way to know if you need Viagra is to consult your doctor - never self-prescribe. If you or your partner are struggling with erection problems, remember that ED is a symptom of another problem, and working out how to treat that problem will help treat the symptom. There are many potential reasons for ED, from high blood pressure to diabetes, which is why it’s so important to get checked out, as your struggles downstairs could be indicative of a problem elsewhere.

When shouldn’t I take Viagra?

Viagra is a very safe drug, generally speaking, however there are some cases where you should absolutely not take it. Crucially, if you are taking any medicines that contain nitrates (such as nitroglycerine, commonly taken for chest pains due to heart disease) you absolutely must not take Viagra. Check with your doctor to see if Viagra will have any adverse effects when taken with any other drugs that you may be prescribed.

I’m a young man, surely I don’t need Viagra?

Viagra is commonly associated with older men, and it’s true that it is mainly consumed by the over 50s, but ED can strike at any age, with some men in their 20s requiring assistance. There’s no medical reason why anyone over 18 shouldn’t take viagra; the hope, of course, is that you will never need to take it, but if you think you may need assistance, don’t discount it.

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Photo Credit: Julian Fong

Can I take herbal Viagra instead?

Let’s clear something up: there is no such thing as ‘herbal’ Viagra. Viagra is trade name for sildenafil, which is also sold under other brand names, but anything claiming to be ‘herbal’ Viagra is not approved by the FDA and will not contain sildenafil. Many of these drugs are untested and unsafe and should not be treated as a credible replacement for Viagra.

It is true, however, that you can buy generic sildenafil that do not carry the Viagra brand. These are cheaper and still contain the active chemical that helps treat ED. Consult your doctor before making a purchasing decision to see which is right for you.

What if I get an erection that lasts too long?

A rare but serious side effect of Viagra is a priapism (an erection that lasts longer than it’s supposed to). If you experience an erection that lasts longer than four hours then you must go to the Emergency Room immediately. Not only is it extremely painful, but having an erection for so long can cause lasting damage to your penis. The blood trapped in your penis loses oxygen, which can cause lasting physical damage to your penis and potentially further erection problems.

Does my partner’s need for Viagra mean he’s not attracted to me?

Not at all. In fact, it very likely means that he’s incredibly attracted to you and wants to show it properly. If your partner was (sadly) not attracted to you, Viagra wouldn’t be able to fix the issue as it requires the man to be sexually aroused in order to have an erection.

There is a certain degree of stigma around Viagra, but there is absolutely no shame in needing an extra hand. About 5% of 40-year-old men have ED - that’s about 170 million people. Viagra is one of the best known drugs in the world for a simple reason: it works. A little blue pill has helped get millions of relationships back on track, so there’s absolutely no reason to feel any embarrassment if you or your partner needs to take it.

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Rich Cooper is a lifestyle and freelance writer from Greater London for @hexjam and CanadianPharmacyKing.com


Canadian Pharmacy King Introduces the New Product for PAH – OPSUMIT

by Carissa Andrews  -  December 2nd, 2019  Match Score:1

New Product for PAH – OPSUMIT

Your lungs are one of the strongest muscles in your body, but they can also fall prey to disease. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is labeled by the World Health Organization (WHO) as group 1 of five groups for pulmonary hypertension

What Is Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension?

Straight up pulmonary hypertension is a severe lung disease that is distinguished as high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries (the arteries that bring blood to the lungs). As discussed earlier, there are five different groups of pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (WHO Group 1) is associated with blood vessels narrowing in the lungs. This can include both cases where the underlying cause is known and not known. Some of the known underlying causes include heredity, certain drugs or toxins, lupus, congenital heart problems, high blood pressure in the liver, HIV, and sickle cell anemia.

Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) and pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis (PCH) can be hard to distinguish from PAH and thus are included in the PAH classification. However, they do not respond to the same treatments as PAH does, which means OPSUMIT is not aimed at these patients. Speak with your doctor immediately about treatment for any Pulmonary Hypertension disease.

It’s also worth noting that newborn infants can also be born with PAH. However, when this is the case, it’s typically called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). When present from this age, the treatment can be very different, though very effective. Most often they are treated with a mixture of oxygen and inhaled nitric oxide.

What is OPSUMIT?

OPSUMIT is an endothelin-receptor antagonist that reduces contraction and narrowing of blood vessels. This allows the body to lower blood pressure and resistance to blood flow within your lungs. This makes it an ideal treatment for PAH. When taken daily, patients were shown to have 47% lower resistance than before treatment after just 16 weeks.

Once taken, patients can see improvement in their ability to exercise, compared to their peers. When measured using the 6-minute walk distance, the study found the patients who took OPSUMIT walked 22 meters further on average than patients not taking OPSUMIT. It can also improve symptoms of PAH and slow progression of the disease. With all of this, OPSUMIT also helps patients lower their chance of needing to be hospitalized for PAH. For PAH patients who also have pulmonary vascular resistance

Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a Janssen Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson aided in the testing of OPSUMIT, in combination with the PDE5 inhibitor tadalafil. They just revealed their findings of blood flow improvement to the lungs at the CHEST Annual Meeting in October

Side Effects of OPSUMIT

During testing, the researchers found the combination of OPSUMIT and tadalafil was well-tolerated as a means to treat PAH. However, many patients did report some side effects during the process. One of the most common side effects shown in patients was peripheral edema, which is basically fluid build-up. However, the full list included a multitude of other side effects. Let’s take a look:

• Peripheral edema

• Headache

• Diarrhea

• Shortness of Breath

• Anemia

• Lack of Energy

• Nasuea of vomiting

• Pain in the upper right stomach

• Loss of appetite

• Skin or whites of your eyes turn yellow

• Dark Urine

• Fever

• Itching

Severe reactions were also found in 13 patients, causing three to discontinue drug treatment and three others died during the study. These symptoms they experienced included:

• Cardiac arrest

• Heart failure

• Multi-organ failure with sepsis

Despite these side effects, studies have found the combination of the two drugs to be beneficial to the patient’s overall well-being. And helped lower the risk of mortality for those who have PAH. If you’ve been recently diagnosed with PAH and looking into OPSUMIT, speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of the medication. Be sure to note any and all side effects and bring them to your doctor right away.

Frequently Asked Questions About OPSUMIT

• How long does it take for OPSUMIT to work?

From the most recent study, we can see that there was a 47% decrease in resistance if taken on a regular basis. At approximately 6 months, patients were walking 22 meters further on average than those not currently taking OPSUMIT. After 2 years, improvement was maintained.

• How much does OPSUMIT cost?

At Canadian Pharmacy King, the cost of the 10 mg oral tablet is approximately $150 per tablet.

• Who cannot take OPSUMIT?

Women who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or become pregnant while taking OPSUMIT should avoid or cease its use immediately. You should not breastfeed while on this medication, either, as it may pass into breastmilk. This medication can cause serious birth defects. You should also speak with a doctor if you are currently on any other medications, vitamins, and supplements, as these may affect each other’s side effects. At this time, it is not currently known if OPSUMIT is currently safe or effective in children who have PAH.

• How do you take OPSUMIT?

The dosage for OPSUMIT is 10 mg taken once daily orally. This can also be taken with or without food but must not be chewed, crushed, or split. If you forget a dose, you will need to take it as soon as you remember and take the next at the normal time. However, do not take two at the same time if you miss a dose.

For patients suffering with pulmonary arterial hypertension, the diagnosis can feel daunting and scary. However, with new advances in treatments for PAH, such as OPSUMIT or the combination therapy with tadalafil, there is hope that you can go on to live your life with a lower risk of early mortality. Talk to your doctor about what medications and treatments might be right for you and be sure to bring up OPSUMIT in the discussion.

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What Colors Are On Your Child’s Plate? A Rainbow Can Prevent Cancer

by Carissa Andrews  -  September 19th, 2016  Match Score:1

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Unfortunately, no one is immune to being diagnosed with cancer. It can strike anyone, at any time in their lives, and for myriad reasons. From genetics, to environmental factors, to even the foods that we eat (or don’t eat!). When it comes to taking control of our health, and reducing our personal risks of cancer, diet and lifestyle changes are essential. As we have children, this awareness extends beyond our own health to the health of the entire family unit.

Cancer prevention can start early, and likely should. Based on the CDC’s 2000 Census, approximately 13,500 kids in the United States, aged 0-18 will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Of those, nearly 2,000 will lose their battle. While it’s not possible to prevent every single case, understanding how our lifestyle and diet choices can impact our bodies is a great place to start. It gives us a semblance of control and can grant us greater peace of mind. Especially for those of us with a family history of cancer.

SEE ALSO: Can Being Having an Acidic pH Cause Disease?

Let’s start by taking a look at the diet influences that can impact our family’s health in a positive way.

Foods to Focus On

1. Reds

• Tomatoes

• Strawberries

• Cranberries

• Raspberries

• Red Peppers

2. Oranges

• Squash

• Yams

• Carrots

• Oranges

3. Yellows

• Citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemons, tangerines – and don’t forget their zest!)

• Papayas

• Mangos

4. Greens

• Broccoli

• Cabbage

• Brussel Sprouts

• Kale

• Spinach

• Alfalfa Sprouts

• Bok choy

• Endive

• Matcha

5. Whites

• Cauliflower

• Mushrooms

• Garlic

• Onions

• Apples

6. Blues and Purples

• Blueberries

• Blackberries

• Beets

7. Browns

• Nuts (particularly walnuts)

• Whole Grains

Foods to Avoid or Cut Back On

1. Processed foods

2. Hydrogenated Oils (Trans fats)

3. Chemicals you can’t pronounce

4. Red Meat

5. Artificial Colors

BONUS: Lifestyle Changes to Bring into Focus

In addition to eating healthy foods, there are also a number of specific ways we can reduce our children’s risks of cancer.

1. Sun safety – Skin cancer can become a big issue later in life. Just a few serious burns can increase your child’s chances. Consider the CDC’s tips

2. Talk about the risks of smoking

3. HPV Vaccines - Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that’s transmitted during sex. It’s also the main cause of cervical cancer later on. It can also cause additional cancers such as vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers. Discuss with your doctor whether or not the HPV vaccine

4. Encourage kids to keep moving

5. Reduce exposure to carcinogens – There are a number of chemicals that are known to cause cancer. There are many more that are anticipated to be carcinogens

6. Teach moderation (in every aspect)

Children don’t always want what’s best for them. It’s important for parents to be the guiding hand to encourage healthy eating and lifestyle habits they will take with them as they get older. By setting an example and offering up a rainbow of foods to eat, children will become accustomed to making healthier choices. This in turn, could save their life later on. Even if you have a picky eater in the family, keep trying. Know that eventually, your hard work at education and being the example will pay off.

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Exercise Can Help the Mental Health of Kids

by Natasha Tracy  -  October 17th, 2016  Match Score:1

Exercise Can Help the Mental Health of Kids

Most people know that adults need to work to maintain their mental health but few realize mental health is important in kids, too. While some think that childhood is entirely a feel-good time, it’s actually the case that about one in five children have a mental health challenge. In fact, millions of American children struggle with depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome and many other mental health concerns.

This leaves many asking how can the mental health of children be protected. There are many answers to this, and one thing that can help the mental health of kids is exercise.

SEE ALSO: Other posts on Parenting Board

How Big is the Problem of Mental Health Challenges in Children?

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from data collected between 2005 and 2011 shows the following.

Of children aged 3-17 years, the following currently had:

• ADHD (6.8%)

• Behavioral or conduct problems (3.5%)

• Anxiety (3.0%)

• Depression (2.1%)

• Autism spectrum disorders (1.1%)

• Tourette syndrome (0.2%) (among children aged 6–17 years)

Of adolescents aged 12–17 years, the following had:

• And illicit drug use disorder in the past year (4.7%)

• An alcohol use disorder in the past year (4.2%)

• A cigarette dependence in the past month (2.8%)

And, tragically, suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents aged 12-17 years old. Suicide is known to be as a result of mental disorders and other factors.

Exercise and the Mental Health of Kids

There are studies that link mental health to exercise in kids.

In a nine-month after school exercise program, brain function in children aged 7-9 was shown to be improved via electroencephalogram (EEG); and those children who participated in more exercise, showed greater improvements.

Exercise has also been shown to help kids with ADHD. In fact, after just one, 20-minute session of aerobic activity, kids with ADHD showed greater attention, greater reading comprehension and better performance on arithmetic tests. Not only were these improvements seen in children with ADHD, but in children without this diagnosis improvements were also seen.

This was a small but promising study.

Exercise and Depression in Children

Exercise has been known to treat adults with depression for some time so interest in exercise for children with depression has gained recent attention.

The first thing investigated was the correlation between exercise in children and levels of depression. A study of 8256 children and adolescents (with an average age of 11.5) bore this association out. In this self-report study, in which 33% of these youths had medium-high depression symptoms, it was found that depressive symptoms were lower in those who:

• Had greater opportunity to be involved in a sport or other activities at school outside of class

• Were very active during physical education classes

• Played on sports teams both at school and outside of school

Children/adolescents who were physically active at least 60 minutes per day and those who had lower levels of leisure-time screen use (video game, computer, television) were also less likely to have depressive symptoms.

Another study conducted over 17 years in more than 700 teens found that exercise was not a predictor of future depression. In other words, exercise in adolescence does not appear to protect against future depression.

Other Mental Health Benefits of Exercise in Children

In a 2013 report, the following two recommendations were made to build a better school environment for youth with mental health and addiction issues:

1. Improve communication and respect between youth and those in leadership roles in order for youth to effectively step into their own and be empowered.

2. Provide youth with increased support and compassion from peers to reduce feelings of isolation.

It’s not hard to see how increased exercise – particularly in the area of sports – can help address these recommendations and, thus, improve the mental health of children.

The Final Word on Mental Health and Exercise for Kids

While no single study proves that exercise will improve the mental health of kids entirely and no study proves that it will protect them from mental health challenges as adults, what these studies do seem to say is that helping children’s mental health aids them, at least, in their childhood and adolescence. That should certainly be enough motivation to make exercise a priority.

Reference

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Children’s Mental Health Report

Children’s Mental Health Ontario, Building a Better School Environment for Youth with Mental Health and Addiction Issues

Wagner, MD, Mental Health Benefits of Exercise in Children

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Natasha Tracey is a professional writer and author for Bipolar Burble. She currently worked as a freelancer for Kingsblog.

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Arrival of Menopause? Your Mental Health Might Take a Hit

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 21st, 2019  Match Score:1

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World Menopause Day is coming up on Friday, October 18th and in honor of it, we wanted to discuss post-reproductive health and the symptoms that can go along with this life transition. As a 41-year old woman, the idea of being perimenopausal has come up a couple of times in the back of my mind. I’ve often wondered when symptoms will really start to come on and what will impact me the most. More importantly, is there anything I can proactively do to minimize them? Or when they start, is there anything I can do to relieve them naturally? I’m sure I can’t be the only one, so let’s take a closer look at the stages of menopause, how it can affect women differently, and ultimately, what can be done to live a full, engaging life – even after menopause.

What to Expect From Each Stage of Menopause

There are three main stages to menopause that women (and men) should be aware of.

1. Pre-menopause / perimenopause

2. Menopause

3. Post-menopause

Can Menopause Affect Your Mental Health?

As a matter of fact, your mental health needs to be a priority during the menopausal years. The added stresses of a body in transition, mood swings, brain fog, hot flashes, and goodness knows what else can take its toll. And while research already says women are twice as likely to suffer depression as men, menopause

Couple with it the fact that many older women tend to be less active (both physically and socially

5 Natural Ways to Relieve Menopause Symptoms

So, with all of these body/mind changes happening and somewhat crazy symptoms, how can we combat or relieve the transition as we go through menopause? The good news is, there is a lot more you can do than you might think. Here are five awesome ways to get relief 100% naturally.

1. Stay active

2. Keep a healthy diet and weight

3. Avoid alcohol

4. Keep an active sex life

5. Healthy bacteria – Hormones are upset during the menopause transition, that part is no question. But did you know it can also mean throwing the natural balance in your vagina out of whack

Menopause Treatment Options

Not every woman is going to want to go so far as treatments, but some may find their menopausal symptoms are just too much to handle. The main treatment is in the form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This kind of treatment involves taking a replacement form of estrogen to supplement its natural loss. It is effective and suitable to most women and can relieve a number of symptoms.

There are two types of menopausal HRT.

1. Combination HRT (estrogen and progesterone) – a combination hormone of both estrogen and progesterone is prescribed to women who still have their uterus intact. This is because estrogen by itself can actually increase the risk of uterine cancer for postmenopausal women.

2. Estrogen only HRT – estrogen on its own is given to women who have had a hysterectomy (their uterus removed).

Either of these types of medications can be prescribed in the form of tablets, skin patches, gel, or implants. We carry a number of these products

HRT does need to come with a word of warning, however. For women who have had certain types of hormonal cancers, such as breast cancer or uterine cancer, this type of therapy should be avoided – or at the very least discusses with your doctor so you know the risks.

Every woman will eventually go through some form of menopause in their lifetime. It affects us all and having the information to proactively take it on will help us live fuller, healthier lives in our older years. Hopefully this information was beneficial to you in your journey to menopause understanding and has opened the door for asking more pertinent questions to your doctor in your next visit. For those of you wanting to join in on the menopause conversation this month, be sure to check out the Twitter hashtags #worldmenopauseday and #makemenopausematter

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Demi Lovato: Start Conversations on Living Well with Mental Illness

by Natasha Tracy  -  February 28th, 2017  Match Score:1

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Demi Lovato is one of the most successful former Disney kids turn pop starts and she’s using her fame to advocate for those with mental health conditions. Demi Lovato lives with bipolar disorder. But Lovato doesn’t just live with bipolar disorder, she lives well with bipolar disorder. According to 24-year-old signer Lovato on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

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And not only does Lovato consider herself “living proof” that one can live well with a mental illness, she believes others can, too:

“I think that that’s the goal for everyone with a mental illness. The reality is, one in five Americans has a mental health condition, so as long as they get the right treatment team in place and the right treatment plan, then they can live well with it.”

Demi Lovato’s Conversation Around Mental Illness

Lovato went through kind of a breakdown six years ago and found out she had bipolar disorder. At the time, she thought to herself, “There’s nobody talking about this. There must be a reason why I’m going through this, and maybe the reason is so that I could help others.”

Lovato said to The Cut

“Mental health is something that people don’t talk about. I think there is a lot of stigma around it because of the unknown. People don’t know about it, so they are afraid to talk about it.”

Lovato realized she could help people by speaking out and starting a conversation about mental health. She says she feels “spiritually” better when she talks about what she goes through.

She furthered this conversation in 2015 by partnering with five organizations, together known as Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health. This organization encourages people to share their stories of mental illness.

Lovato also believes that individuals need to speak up about mental health conditions because in order for things to get better, you need to first open up to someone. No one can get mental health treatment without first talking to a professional, and, possibly, personal supports in his or her life.

“The advice I’d give to somebody that’s silently struggling is, you don’t have to live that way. You don’t have to struggle in silence. You can be un-silent. You can live well with a mental-health condition, as long as you open up to somebody about it, because it’s really important you share your experience with people so that you can get the help that you need.”

Lovato Aids in Powerful Mental Health Documentary to Further Mental Health Conversation

As part of her partnership with Be Vocal, she also served as an executive producer on a powerful mental health documentary called Beyond Silence

Of the film she said:

“I hope that this film will show people that there is nothing wrong with having a mental health condition. If you do have one, you are able to live well and thrive with a mental health condition, if you are able to speak up and be vocal about the things you are going through.”

Lovato’s Beyond Silence can be seen for free at BeVocalSpeakUp.com

References

Khoo, Isabelle, Demi Lovato Opens Up About Her Mental Health: 'I'm Bipolar And Proud'

Ryan, Lisa, Demi Lovato on Boxing, Eating Well, and Speaking Up About Mental Health

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8 Beverages to Ease Gout Symptoms This Summer

by Carissa Andrews  -  July 6th, 2020  Match Score:1

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Photo Credit: by Aurelian Săndulescu (:, flickr.com

For those who don’t know, gout is an inflammatory arthritis and it affects about 4% of adults. Gout is caused by hyperuricemia, which basically means too much uric acid builds up in the body. When this happens, crystals can get deposited in the joints, which can trigger the swelling and inflammation. Although best known for attacking the big toe, gout can also ta width="" height="" title=""/rget other joints as well including your ankles, elbows, wrists, knees, and fingers. Because uric acid levels are affected by what we consume, summertime

Does this mean you can’t enjoy summer as much? Of course not. There are a few ways you can help ease gout symptoms naturally, just by paying attention to what you drink. There are plenty of great beverages you can consume that won’t flare up your gout symptoms and cause you to sit this summer out. Let’s take a closer look.

Ease Your Gout Symptoms with These Beverages

Just by knowing which drinks are triggers and which drinks are safe, you can ease your gout symptoms and still have a great time this summer.

1. Water

2. Coffee – When taken in moderation, caffeine can block the ability to create uric acid caused by purines. The key here is to drink coffee

3. Tea

4. Low Fat Dairy

5. Pure Fruit Juice

6. Smoothies

7. Decaffeinated Beverages

8. Red Wine

BONUS: 6 Beverages Gout Patients Should Avoid

Drinking the right beverages can help you manage your gout symptoms. But the truth is, there are also a few drinks out there you should avoid altogether so the symptoms don’t flare up. Let’s take a quick look at them.

1. Hard Alcohol

2. Beer – Sorry, beer drinkers. This alcoholic beverage contains a large amount of purines, which can turn into uric acid if the kidneys can’t keep up. Along with this, studies have shown that by drinking beer, people are 1.5 times more likely

3. Soft Drinks

4. Excessive Caffeine

5. Fructose Based Juice

6. Energy Drinks

Speak with your doctor if you think you may have gout or are at risk of developing it. In addition to watching what you consume, there are a few medications, such as Colcrys, that can help you manage gout symptoms. Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking Colcrys

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Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection & How to Tame it in Kids

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 28th, 2017  Match Score:1

Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection infographic

It’s believed nearly 70 million adults and children worldwide land somewhere on the Autistic Spectrum. This is a huge number and one where the trends keep rising. In recent years, an interesting trend has been uncovered.

Poor gut-brain health has been already linked to several neurological, and health-related issues from depression, to poor skin. We’re only beginning to uncover the true scope of how our internal health affects our total health. However, it appears one of the ways an unhealthy gut can impact children is in the for of Autistic symptoms. Right now, the scientific community is at a loss for which comes first: the unbalanced gastrointestinal tract, or Autism. Let’s take a closer look at why.

The gut-brain connection to Autism

Children with autism are 3.5 times more likely to suffer chronic diarrhea or constipation, than their peers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, it’s even been stated up to 90% of children on the Autistic Spectrum suffer from one form of gastrointestinal (GI) issue or another.

Some of the most common GI issues autistic children suffer with include:

1. Chronic Constipation

2. Chronic Diarrhea

3. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

4. Leaky Gut

One of the interesting things to come of this revelation is its possible treatments. When you treat the microbiome in a child’s gut, it has been found to alleviate many Autism symptoms. This has also been replicated in mice

How to improve kid’s digestive biome

Kids can be particularly finicky eaters, but when you add ASD on top, the struggle can be upped tenfold. My eleven-year-old son’s best friend is on the autistic spectrum, and there are certain foods he simply won’t touch. No amount of reasoning, or disguising them will change the outcome. For him, the key is finding something he already likes and incorporating a probiotic (or at least healthier) substitute that he might accept. It’s all about trial and error.

Here are a few ways parents can begin to improve their child’s gut microbiome so it functions more optimally:

Go Gluten-free:

Go Casein-free:

Go GFCF:

Dubbed the Autism Elimination Diet

Go with Probiotics:

It’s no secret, a key component to a healthy GI tract is consuming enough probiotics. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your child’s diet:

• Fermented foods:

o Sauerkraut is a wonderful source of natural probiotics, but you need to be mindful of what kind. Raw, naturally fermented sauerkraut contains lactic acid and living probiotic microorganisms that are the agents of fermentation. For maximum benefit, learn how to make this amazing superfood at home. Kids love it when combined with roast beef (think Reuben’s) or paired with organic/natural sausages.

o Kombucha is another great source of probiotics, but must be used wisely with children. Not only can the taste be masked to their favorite juices, it does have some notable side effects to be cautions of. Homemade Mommy also provides some yummy recipes

• Yogurts: Yogurt can be a healthy way to get more probiotics, if eliminating casein isn’t on the agenda. For a wonderful list of criteria and advice on giving healthy yogurt to your kids, click here

• Supplements: When all else fails, supplementing could be the way to go. Be sure to ask your dietician about which way is right for your child.

o These supplements can be in the form of probiotic drinks, pills, or even alkaline, greens formulas, such as Greens First for Kids

It’s important to note that when you remove dietary sources in any diet, a substitution should be found to fill the gap. For instance, both casein and gluten are forms of dietary protein, and without a proper substitute it could developmentally delay children who do not get enough protein in their diets. If you’re concerned your child might not be getting enough protein, or other important dietary nutrients, it’s time to call in a nutritionist to monitor things. They can work with you to add in foods or supplements to address any gaps in nutrition.

Remember, a healthy gut microbiome is beneficial for not only children with autism, but all people in general. The myriad gut-brain link connections are only beginning to be uncovered, but it’s safe to say the healthier the gut, the healthier the brain and body. Maintaining a healthy inside at an early age will not only decrease unwanted issues and behaviors, but it delivers a springboard for a lifetime of health and wellbeing.

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Why You Should Tip Pole Dancers Better

by Carrie Borzillo  -  April 17th, 2017  Match Score:1

Bee at PSO Southwest Championship: Courtesy of beemix85 on Instagram
Bee at PSO Southwest Championship: Courtesy of beemix85 on Instagram

When most people think of pole dancing, they think of strippers. That's not quite an accurate word association anymore. In fact, most pole dancers don't even take off their clothing. And, stripping certainly couldn't be an Olympic sport, but pole dancing is actually in the running.

The International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA)

Seeing that pole competitions are growing in numbers worldwide, it's not long before these "pole athletes" get their wish. "There will be a day when the Olympics see pole dancing as a sport. The Olympic community needs to acknowledge the number of people doing pole fitness now," Ania Przeplasko, the founder of the International Pole Dancing Fitness Association, told U.S. news channel MSNBC earlier this year.

Not surprisingly, this is causing many naysayers to raise an eyebrow or two. I thought the same until I took a pole dance class while on vacation at Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort

"This is going to probably be the hardest workout you've ever done," my pole dance instructor, Bernadette "Bee" Taylor, told me with a sly smile. Bee recently came in 2nd place at the PSO [Pole Sport Organization] Southwest Championship in 2016. "There's a reason why we're trying to get this to be an Olympic sport. It's got gymnastics, strength training, aerial work, balancing and it takes training for the pole competitions around the world. Real training, like an athlete!"

Bee's pole dance lesson was indeed hands-down the hardest workout I've ever done. Harder than Zumba. Harder than kickboxing. Harder than cardio ballet. And, yes, even harder than PX90. And, I'm not in that bad of shape. It's just that it requires the use of every single muscle in your body. You need upper body strength to hoist yourself up the pole, inner thigh strength to grip the pole with your legs, a strong core to keep it all moving, back and hip flexor flexibility to twirl around the pole, and a good sense of balance and coordination so you don't get dizzy and fall to the ground. Everything from your abdominals to your glutes to your biceps is getting a workout.

While there is really no "dancing" in pole dancing, it does require a bit of grace just like with figure skating. There is fluidity to the movements and a routine that is well choreographed. The gymnastics comparison is obvious as well gymnasts do horizontal splits on a balance beam, while pole athletes do vertical splits on a metal pole.

The benefits of pole dancing to your body are obvious. You can tone up every muscle group, burn calories faster, turn fat into muscle, strengthen your back, and improve your flexibility, coordination, and balance. Equally important are the benefits to your state of mind. When you actually manage to achieve a tricky move or just are able to climb up the pole without falling, there's a confidence and feeling of empowerment that washes over you. And, because it's actually a fun workout, it can motivate you to workout more.

Bee at PSO Southwest Championship: Courtesy of beemix85 on Instagram
Bee at PSO Southwest Championship: Courtesy of beemix85 on Instagram

But, there are also bona fide health benefits. Because it's an aerobic activity, it's actually quite good for your heart and can improve your metabolism. Seeing that all of the muscles are being targeted, it can also improve blood flow and circulation.

Additionally, good posture is a result of the back and core strength that is required for pole fitness. "Good posture is important for optimal lung functioning, healthy digestion, a healthy spine, and an alert, engaged mind," X-Pole pole athlete Tarryn Knight recently told Health24.com.

The next time you're at a strip club and see a pole dancer doing some fancy footwork on the vertical, toss those singles aside and throw her a twenty!

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Carrie Borzillo


How Sound Baths Can Heal Your Mind, Body, & Soul

by Carrie Borzillo  -  May 8th, 2017  Match Score:1

Crystal Singing Bowls: Courtesy of Forestkind.com
Crystal Singing Bowls: Courtesy of Forestkind.com

Move over transcendental meditation and yoga, sound baths are today's hottest holistic ticket in town. It might sound like a fad or trend - and, well, frankly it is trending high right now with 33 million Google search results showing up and nearly every yoga, fitness, or meditation studio adding sound baths to their offerings. But, sound baths (a.k.a., sound therapy, sound healing, sound meditation, or vibrational sound healing) have actually been around in one form or another since the beginning of recorded history.

In fact, sound therapy was first mentioned in ancient scriptures. The ancient Egyptians used vowel sound chants in healing, as they believed vowels were sacred, and the Greeks used similar healing chants and a variety of musical instructions in their sanatoriums, according to sivanaspirit.com. And, Tibetan monks have used singing bowls as part of their meditation practice for ages.

Today, the sound bath typically entails lying on your back on a yoga mat with your eyes closed as the sound bath practitioner (often a yoga teacher, meditation leader, energy worker, or even a more spiritual massage therapist) plays crystal singing bowls to help put you in a relaxed, meditative state.

"I think sound baths have grown in popularity as more people are realizing the importance of relaxation and meditation due to the increasing amount of stress we face," notes Nicki Wong, co-founder (along with Lulu Biazus) of the Los Angeles-based sound bath community, Forestkind

Forestkind.com sound bath: Courtesy of Forestkind.com
Forestkind.com sound bath: Courtesy of Forestkind.com

The Benefits of Sound Therapy

The health benefits of meditation, including sound meditation, go far beyond mental health help. Though, helping with relaxation, anxiety, stress, insomnia, and depression, which has risen more than 18% since 2005, according to the World Health Organization

"The biggest benefit to sound bath meditation is that it allows you to sink into stillness with pure tones and frequencies," explains Wong. "It aids the body into deeper states of meditation and the vibrations of the sounds interact with your mind, body, and soul to slow down, thereby increasing your mindful awareness, allowing you to briefly escape your thoughts as your brain waves shift from beta to alpha and hopefully theta."

But, sound therapy also has a variety of notable health benefits as well. According to a research by the Medical College of Georgia, meditation can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and can also reduce chronic pain, pain in cancer patients, and reduce symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia.

It's also an often-used treatment modality in the alternative and holistic therapy community, as well as at addiction recovery centers. Passages Addiction Center

Sound therapy instruments: Courtesy of PassagesMalibu.com
Sound therapy instruments: Courtesy of PassagesMalibu.com

"Sound therapy is cellular healing. It uses vibration to affect cellular resonance in the body to help heal the cellular ramifications of depression, anxiety, and trauma," explains Jesse Hanson, a spiritual counseling and sound therapist at Passages Addiction Center in Malibu.

How To Prepare for a Sound Bath

The first thing to bring to a sound bath is an open mind. It might seem silly at first, but if you give into the process, you could find it to be one of the most relaxing experiences you've had. On the flip side, some people find a burst of creative energy while bathing in the sound. Some sound bath practitioners even suggest that participants bring a notepad and pen in case an idea pops in to their head that they want to jot down.

That aside, you'll want to wear comfortable clothes (no shoes, but you might want to wear socks to keep warm), and bring a yoga mat, a blanket, and if you have a meditation pillow already, grab that too. If you don't, most studios that offer sound baths will have mats and blankets and you can use a second blanket for your pillow.

What To Expect At a Sound Bath

Like snowflakes, no two sound baths are alike. Some sound baths are guided with words and sounds, while others are silent, or a mix of the two. Some might include some form of energy healing, such as Reiki or chakra cleansing, which might include the practitioner waving burning sage over your body or using healing crystals. Some are in a yoga studio, meditation center, or day spa, while others are music and arts festivals or forests and gardens, which is where Forestkind has hosted sound baths.

Everyone's experience is different. But, as someone who has been taking part in sound baths for a few years, I can say that my experiences have varied greatly. On numerous occasions, I was able to sink into a deep meditation - almost a sleep - that left me feeling extremely relaxed and calm on the one hand, but also refreshed and energized upon awakening on the other hand.

On two occasions, I had the sensation that someone just walked up to my yoga mat and was looking over me. It didn't scare me; rather, it felt quite loving. But when I opened my eyes, no one was there. My last sound bath practitioner told me it was probably one of my guardian angels looking over me because this type of meditation can often help you get in touch with other realms in the same way that Reiki or energy work can.

At another sound bath, I got a case of the giggles. If this happens to you, don't worry - it not as uncommon as you might think. If you need to step outside for a second, do it. For me, it was the sound of the person near me snoring that did me in. People do snore in sound baths, just as some pass gas in certain yoga poses. It happens.

Tibetan singing bowls: Courtesy of PassagesMalibu.com
Tibetan singing bowls: Courtesy of PassagesMalibu.com

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Carrie Borzillo


12 Health Reasons Dandelions Should Be Your Next Superfood

by Carissa Andrews  -  May 1st, 2017  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by CANPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: by CANPharmacyKing

For many of us, the last thing we think of when we see dandelions pop up in our yard is how healthy they are to consume. Instead, we start thinking of the ways we can exterminate this little yellow flower from as soon as they arise. But did you know, dandelions have a host of health benefits that may make you reconsider your yearly purge?

In fact, I’d go so far as to call them the next superfood. Dandelion roots and greens are packed with antioxidants, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber—and more. Let’s take a closer look at the many ways dandelions are known to enhance our health:

Health Benefits of Dandelions

1. Strengthen bones

2. Stimulates insulin production and lowers blood sugar levels

3. Lowers blood pressure

4. Treats acne and skin diseases

5. Keeps your kidneys functioning properly

6. Helps promote digestion and cure liver disorders

7. Treats anemia

8. Aids in weight loss

9. Prevents UTIs

10. Relieves constipation

11. Immunity booster

12. Cancer-Fighting

Photo Credit: by CANPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: by CANPharmacyKing

Dandelion Recipes

Did you know you can eat every part of a dandelion? From the flower, to the leaves and stalk, and even the roots, dandelion is a nutritious superfood to incorporate into your daily diet. Here are a few ways to use them:

Flowers: Be sure to pick younger, tender plants as they are less bitter. They can be pressed into teas, wines, and even jellies and syrups. I can personally attest to this one. Not only is it super-healthy, but it’s also super delicious! Here’s the recipe I used

Roots: Dig down deep and pull up the entire mass of entanglements. Sometimes, many flowering plants can be attached to the same root system. Clean the roots off until all the dirt is removed. Then you can boil, roast, sauté, or even eat them raw.

Leafy greens: The leaves can be incorporated into any kind of salad you’re already consuming. The leaves and stalk can also be ground or chopped and made into a pesto.

Remember, when harvesting dandelions, make sure you’re taking them from a yard that has not been treated with pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals – and with any luck, not next door to anyone who treats their own yard, either (as the chemicals can be airborne). You’ll want your plants to be as close to organic as possible to get the maximum health benefit.

Dandelions Salad | Photo Credit by CANPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: by CANPharmacyKing

Save the Bees – a side note

With the bee population dwindling, you might be surprised to know that busting out the weed killer to get rid of these bright yellow flowers isn’t helping the cause. Dandelions are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, giving the bees their first source of nutrients to make honey from. By killing it off, the bees have nowhere to turn to and many end up dying before the season has even begun.

There are myriad ways this hardy little yellow flower is awesome—from superfood health reasons, to environmental reasons. This spring and into summer, before you pluck, spray, or mow these beauties over, I hope you pause to consider a few more possibilities. You might just be surprised by the results!

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Why Order Your Prescriptions with Canadian Pharmacy King

by CANPharmacyKing  -  May 15th, 2017  Match Score:1

There are many reasons why people buy prescription and non prescription medications online; the major reasons being cost savings and convenience.

Canadian Pharmacy King is an online pharmacy with over 14 years of experience in serving customers all over the world since 2003. We can replace your visits to the local drug store and save you money by ensuring you don’t have to pay a heavy price for your prescription and non prescription drugs.

Our objective is to be the king of both brand name and generic drugs. Take a look at our Kings blog to get more health and medication tips. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

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The Best Bug Sprays and After-Bite Itch Remedies for Summer

by Ainsley Smith  -  June 26th, 2017  Match Score:1

Courtesy of Travis Rathbone via Consumer Reports
Courtesy of Travis Rathbone via Consumer Reports

Now that summer is finally here, chances are mosquitos and other pesky summer insects will be on the hunt. As Canadians, we are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by some of the world’s most scenic forests, lakes, and beaches, which unfortunately happen to be breeding grounds for certain insects in the warmer months.

Whether you’re planning on spending your summer at a lakeside cottage or in your own backyard, you’re going to need an insect repellent that provides the most effective protection from biting bugs. This is why it’s extremely important to have a list of remedies to not only keep the bugs away but to sooth and treat bites so you can enjoy the great outdoors all summer long.

After receiving a few too many bites over the years, we’ve been able to put together a list of products that not only help to repel mosquitos and other summer insects and also a list of remedies that provide relief for itching and inflammation when a bite occurs.

Repellents:

Courtesy of Repel Lemon Eucalyptus
Courtesy of Repel Lemon Eucalyptus

1. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus

If you’re looking for a more natural repellent, Repel’s Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent definitely works the best. Made from oil of lemon eucalyptus, this is the only plant-based ingredient that’s recommended by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Aside from being able to ward off mosquitoes and ticks for at least seven hours, this repellent has a cool, refreshing scent so you won’t reek of harsh repellent.

Available at Amazon, $4.97

Courtesy of  ThermaCell via Amazo
Courtesy of ThermaCell via Amazo

2. ThermaCELL Portable Mosquito Repellent

If you’re looking for additional protection, we recommend using ThermaCELL’s MR0XJ Mosquito Repellent Personal Pest Control Appliance. This unique device will create a bubble of space that mosquitos won’t want to enter. This is great for protecting multiple people, especially on hiking trips, picnics, or at bonfires. The device works by creating a15-foot by 15-foot "Zone of Protection" against bugs or 225 square feet. It can effectively repel mosquitos, black flies, and other flying, biting insects and is silent and odour free.

Available at Amazon, $32.97

Courtesy of Coleman Insect Repellent
Courtesy of Coleman Insect Repellent

3. Coleman Insect Repellent

Outdoor expert Coleman has released an insect repellent that’s both deet-free and odourless. Coleman’s Insect Repellent SkinSmart provides complete protection against ticks and mosquitos that may carry Zika for up to eight hours. This repellent is great because it’s fast drying and has a locking cap so you’ll never have to deal with leaking or spilling during your summer activities.

Available at Amazon, $6.99

Courtesy of Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent via Amazon
Courtesy of Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent via Amazon

4. Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent

Repellents with the active ingredient of Picaridin work very well when it comes to keeping summer insects away. Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent is very effective at keeping the Yellow Fever Mosquito away, which can transmit the Zika Virus, and ticks away for up to twelve hours and up to eight hours against biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies.

Available at Amazon, $7.99

Courtesy of AVON Skin So Soft via Avon
Courtesy of AVON Skin So Soft via Avon

5. AVON Skin So Soft Bug Guard

This repellent is perfect for those long summer days when you need protection for the entire family. AVON’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Aerosol Spray is strong and dependable against mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus, deer ticks that may transmit Lyme disease, gnats, no-seeums, sand flies and biting midges. It’s both deet and oil free and is safe for children.

Available at AVON, $16.00

Courtesy of Ben
Courtesy of Ben's Insect Repellent via Amazon

6. Ben's 30% Deet Insect Repellent

Ben’s wilderness formula has been tested in some of the worst bug-infested areas in the world and provides protection against mosquitos, deer ticks and other disease-carrying insects for up to 7.5 hours. Ben’s repellent is gentle on skin as it uses a water-based formula, which means less evaporation and less absorption of Deet into the pores of the skin.

Available at Mountain Equipment Co-op, $4.75

Courtesy of OFF! Deep Woods via OFF
Courtesy of OFF! Deep Woods via OFF

7. OFF! Deep Woods Dry Spray

When you’re enjoying the great outdoors this summer, the last thing you’ll want to use is a greasy or oily repellent. That’s why OFF! Deep Woods Dry repellent is ideal for those long hot summer days because it goes on dry not greasy. It uses an advanced powder-dry technology that dries on contact and feels comfortable on the skin. You won’t even know you’re wearing it—but the mosquitoes will.

Available at Amazon, $16.99

Tips for Applying Bug Repellent:

To ensure that you’ve properly applied your bug repellent, for maximum protection and to avoid spraying in your eyes or mouth and to protect against skin irritations, we recommend the following bug repellent tips:

• Only apply bug repellent to skin that is exposed or directly on clothing, never apply repellent underneath clothing.

• Never spray repellents over open cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.

• When you’re spending a day in the sunshine, make sure to put on your sunscreen before applying bug spray. Make sure to refrain from using combination repellent/sunscreen products, because no convenient they may be sunscreen should always be reapplied more often than bug spray.

• When applying bug repellent to your face, spray it first on your hands, then apply to your face to avoid getting it in your eyes and mouth.

• Never let young children apply their own bug spray. Apply it to your own hands and then rub it on. Limit use on children’s hands, as they often put their hands in their eyes and mouths.

• Don’t spray any repellents near food, and always remember to wash your hands after applying and before eating or drinking.

• Spraying more bug repellent than required doesn’t work better and can actually increase your chance of risks. Always spray just enough to cover exposed areas and only for as long as needed.

After Bite Care:

Itchy and swollen bites are a big bothersome and can really put a damper on being outdoors during the summer. Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to ease the itch and swelling and take care of these common bites.

1. As soon as you discover the bite, apply an ice pack or ice wrapped in a cloth to reduce swelling to help lessen irritation to the nerve endings in the skin.

2. Apply an anti-itch cream such as AfterBite, calamine lotion, or baking soda mixed with water to sooth itchy skin.

3. If you feel as if the itch is spreading all over your body, you can take a cold bath with Epsom salts.

4. If the itch and swelling still don’t decrease, you should apply a topical treatment such as hydrocortisone cream directly on the bite as it will help decrease itch and inflammation.

5. Another remedy is an over-the-counter antihistamine, such as Benadryl or Reactine. These will both help decrease swelling and reduce itchiness.

6. If swelling still doesn’t go down and the itch is becoming unbearable, visit your doctor for a stronger prescribed antihistamine.

Don’t let the fear of potential insects and mosquitos interfere with your summer plans: sitting around the campfire, sitting on the dock, fishing or hiking. Insects are an inevitable part of summer, but if you’re prepared and know how to treat your bites you’ll be able to make it through summer somewhat itch free.

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Ainsley Smith, a freelance writher, contributor for @CANPharmacyking


Surprising New Connection between Caffeine and Erectile Dysfunction

by Carrie Borzillo  -  October 10th, 2017  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Sue Thompson, from flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Sue Thompson, from flickr.com

Caffeine has long been given a bad rap. The famous Mayo Clinic states that consuming more than 500-600 mg of the stimulant a day may lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors.

But, new research has shown that coffee — which is full of several important nutrients such as riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, niacin, and pantothenic acid — Has many health benefits ranging from preventing diabetes to avoiding kidney stones to helping with erectile dysfunction.

Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas found that men over 20 years of age who drank the caffeine equivalent of two to three cups of coffee a day were less likely to report ED issues than men who didn't drink any caffeine.

Furthermore, the reports, "Men who consumed between 85 and 170 milligrams of caffeine a day were 42 percent less likely to report ED, while those who drank between 171 and 303 milligrams of caffeine a day were 39 percent less likely to report ED compared to those who drank zero to seven milligrams a day. This trend was also true among overweight, obese and hypertensive men."

Though scientists are only beginning to understand the relationship between caffeine intake and erectile function, some studies are showing promising results. "One study found that men who consumed the equivalent of two to three cups of coffee daily had a reduced chance of erectile dysfunction. This was even true for men with high blood pressure and obesity, which are independently risk factors for ED," says Joshua R. Gonzalez, MD specializing in sexual health and urology.

The explanation is somewhat simple: Caffeine chemically has a similar effect as the oral medications used to treat ED, such as the prescription drugs Viagra and Cialis. "It leads to the dilation of blood vessels. Dilation leads to increased delivery of blood into the penis and could ultimately improve erectile function," explains Dr. Gonzalez.

Not only can caffeine increase blood flow, but it also stimulates higher levels of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy center of cellular metabolism. This is important "good blood flow to the penis needs high ATP levels to crank up erection intensity," says Jesse N. Mills

On a similar note, a study published in the United States National Library of Medicine showed that coffee could drastically improve physical performance in general, which can help with stamina and performance in the bedroom as well.

The study reported that caffeine increases adrenaline levels in the blood, which triggers the "fight or flight" hormone that makes the body ready for intense physical exertion. "Caffeine makes the fat cells break down body fat, releasing them into the blood as free fatty acids and making them available as fuel. Given these effects, it is not surprising to see that caffeine can physical performance by 11-12% on average," states the report.

It's not surprising that manufactures of popular caffeine products, such as coffee and tea, are starting to promote their products with descriptions that say they can help with ED.

Photo Credit: Coffee Gift Baskets from Amazon.com
Photo Credit: Coffee Gift Baskets from Amazon.com

For instance, Amazon is selling the Erectile Dysfunction and Pharmacist Coffee Gift Basket featuring a variety of coffee and coffee accessories, as well as several teas that claim to help with ED and sexual function. Health King's Manhood Herb Tea

Photo Credit: Manhood Herb Tea, from Amazon.com
Photo Credit: Manhood Herb Tea, from Amazon.com

And, Herbal Medicinal Loose Leaf Tea-Stallion Tea

Photo Credit: Leaf Stallion Tea, from Amazon.com
Photo Credit: Leaf Stallion Tea, from Amazon.com

Still, it is unclear if ingesting caffeine could actually prevent ED in the first place, as opposed to these finding that say it can help it. "But, these initial findings are encouraging," adds Dr. Gonzalez.

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Photo Credit: Herbal Medicinal Loose Leaf Stallion Tea, from Amazon.com

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Carrie Borzillo


How to Enjoy Your Sichuan Sauce Without Triggering Heartburn

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 23rd, 2017  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: Kou Shui Ji or Mouth-watering Chicken (口水鸡) in Sichuan Chilly Oil Sauce, by @CANPharmacyKing from Hong Kong West Restaurant Victoria BC
Photo Credit: Kou Shui Ji or Mouth-watering Chicken (口水鸡) in Sichuan Chilly Oil Sauce, by @CANPharmacyKing from Hong Kong West Restaurant Victoria BC

Heartburn can certainly put a damper on the types of foods people enjoy—spicy foods being one of the top sour stomach and heartburn causing culprits. But what if we told you it’s still possible to enjoy your favorite Sichuan sauce without triggering heartburn or bringing on acid reflux? Furthermore, what if we told you, there are actually some pretty awesome health benefits to eating those spicy suppers? Well, there are. Let’s dig in a bit deeper to understand the risks and benefits associated with spicy food consumption.

Heartburn Triggers

Do you crave spicy meals, only to regret the decision to up the hot factor a few hours after indulging? Heartburn and acid reflux are often the culprit of some intensely unpleasant aftereffects of a yummy, spicy meal. Its official name is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and it arises when food and stomach acids get up into the esophagus by escaping the valve at the top of the stomach.

Enjoying your Sichuan sauces without triggering heartburn really is a personal affair. It all starts by knowing what your particular heartburn triggers might be. The most common causes researchers have found to trigger the burning sensation in your chest include:

• Alcohol

• Citrus fruits (including juice)

• Carbonated beverages

• Coffee and other sources of caffeine

• Chocolate

• Tomato sauces

• Fatty foods (particularly deep fried)

• Spicy foods

Spicy Food Benefits

Spicy foods might be a source of contention for heartburn sufferers, but they can also have their own unique health benefits. Sometimes, it might be worth balancing out the pros and cons to see if it’s worth giving your favorite hot sauce another try. Here are our top five benefits of enjoying spicy foods to your heart’s content:

Clears Congestion

With cold season just about upon us, spicy foods are just the trick to clear up any sinus congestion that may be bringing you down. Spicy foods contain capsaicin, and it works to clear out sinus by making your nose run. There are even studies to show that spicy foods with capsaicin help to ease sinus infections

Added Flavor

Metabolism Booster

Antioxidants

Supports Healthy Blood Pressure Levels

Recipes and Tips to Avoid Heartburn

Fortunately, even if you suffer from bouts of GERD, you can still enjoy your spicy foods. Here are three important tips to keep in mind, as well as a couple of recipes you might want to try out.

TIP #1: Smaller, frequent meals

One of the easiest, and likely most obvious tips to avoid heartburn comes down to moderation. You don’t need to say no to your Sichuan sauce if you keep your portion sizes under control. That being said, many GERD sufferers get relief by eating more frequently, as well.

TIP #2: Quit smoking, get moving

Unhealthy habits have a way of making things worse. Research has begun to pile up, indicating a correlation between smoking and susceptibility to GERD. In fact, the longer people smoke, the more likely it becomes they will suffer from acid reflux. When you combine that with obesity, your chances increase exponentially. In fact, being overweight can add pressure to the valve at the top of the stomach, increasing your BMI by just 5 can increase your GERD risk by 1.2%.

TIP #3: Sleep elevated, go for a walk

Regardless of what you eat, reflux can occur any time stomach contents rise over the stomach valve. One of the best ways to alleviate nighttime reflux is to sleep with the head of your bed elevated. This can be done by elevating the head of your bed a couple of inches with wood blocks, or deploying a wedge-shaped pillow under your torso. Gravity also is important if daytime heartburn has you down. Stay upright for a couple of hours after eating, and even try going for a light walk after a big meal to keep things moving along.

RECIPE IDEA #1: Spicy Scrambled Eggs

Need a super quick, but yummy way to rev up your metabolism in the morning? Why not try your favorite hot sauce on some scrambled eggs? Be sure to maintain an upright position after eating (or maybe go for a 20-minute walk) to avoid any reflux symptoms after eating.

RECIPE IDEA #2: Yummy Sichuan Sauce

This recipe has been modified from the Quick and Easy Sichuan (Szechuan) Sauce

Ingredients:

½ tsp ground, roasted Sichuan Peppercorns

¼ tsp salt

4 tsp tahini

2 tsp organic tamari gluten free soy sauce

1 ½ tsp chili oil with flake

½ tsp olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. Great on noodles and sautéed veggies.

Hopefully you’ve realized spicy foods can still have their place—even if you suffer with GERD. All it takes is a little awareness of your personal triggers, and incorporating some mindful tips for eating spicy foods so they don’t cause unwanted reflux. That way, you can enjoy the health benefits and yummy taste without ever having any of the GERD symptoms that goes along with it. Enjoy!

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Can These 8 Surprising Ways Reverse YOUR GERD?

by CANPharmacyKing  -  January 15th, 2018  Match Score:1

With as much as 3 out of 10 Americans experiencing GERD related symptoms like acid reflux, heartburn and sulfur burps on a weekly basis, it’s a huge modern day problem. Most sources will quote that avoiding coffee and trigger foods should provide the necessary help, but unfortunately - more often than not, these tips do not bring the calm to the stomach. This is why we have researched and created a list of 8 NEW and SURPRISING tips that will help you fight off GERD easily.

The inforgraphic also includes a list of most helpful GERD medications

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Is Your Dairy-free Diet Giving You a Vitamin D Deficiency

by Kaitlin Racine  -  February 13th, 2018  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by NeONBRAND Unsplash.com
Photo Credit: by NeONBRAND, Unsplash.com

You probably recall seeing ads and commercials with celebrities sporting milk-staches and the motto, “Got Milk?” It was one of the leading health campaigns of the 90s, led by the American Dairy Association designed to instill a lifelong habit of a milk-rich diet in the populace by implying milk will help you grow – and stay – big and strong.

And they were right. Milk is full of calcium – a critical mineral your body needs to maintain your bones, teeth, and blood clotting; not to mention the transmission of nerve impulses, keeping your heart’s rhythm, as well as fighting off bacteria and viruses. But here’s the kicker – Vitamin D is what helps your body absorb those oh-so-important calcium levels, and without it, you could be in trouble. According to the National Institute of Health, “People who get too little Vitamin D may develop soft, thin, and brittle bones, a condition known as rickets in children and osteomalacia

The two natural ways to get Vitamin D are through sunshine or your diet. Unfortunately, those options can have as many downsides as they do benefits. The skin damage and cancer risks from unprotected exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can be too high to risk, and the sunscreen you slather on to protect yourself prevents the absorption of Vitamin D. In order to get Vitamin D through your diet, dairy is likely your best bet. It provides more absorbable calcium per serving than any other food – even more than those leafy greens, legumes, fatty fish, and nuts. But it also has its detractors. Dairy products are high in saturated fats that can lead to a higher risk of heart disease. There’s also the fact that nearly 65 percent of the world’s population suffers from lactose intolerance

In a recent study by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine

“These findings speak to the need for greater awareness for those who limit dairy because of lactose intolerance. They need to be mindful of getting enough Vitamin D from other fortified foods like certain brands of orange juice, or to consider trying lactose-free dairy products."

But it’s not just the lactose intolerant who could be at risk of not getting enough Vitamin D – according to the National Institute of Health, “Vitamin D-deficient diets are associated with milk allergy, lactose intolerance, ovo-vegetarianism, and veganism.” These diets rely heavily on dairy alternatives, and with the rise of so many plant-based milks on the market, twenty-one percent

With less people imbibing milk – whether by intolerance or dietary choices, this creates a much higher risk for Vitamin D deficiencies –it's estimated that about 1 billion people worldwide have low levels of the vitamin in their blood

It’s not just your bones that could be suffering from your lack of dairy either. Deficiency of the vitamin has been linked to cancers, autoimmune diseases, severe asthma in children, cognitive impairment in older adults, and systemic inflammation that can cause heart disease. Researchers

So how can you tell if you should get your blood tested for Vitamin D levels? The signs of a deficiency are often difficult to spot due to their subtlety. A weak immune system and being prone to getting sick could be a sure fire sign, as Vitamin D helps you fight off viruses and bacteria. Research studies have shown that low levels of Vitamin D in the blood can increase the severity of pneumonia, as well as in children with lower respiratory tract infections. Excessive daytime fatigue and tiredness could also be a sign, as even slightly lower than normal blood levels can have a negative impact on energy levels. Lower back pain, and bone pain in general is another key indicator.

Several studies have shown a high prevalence of a deficiency in postmenopausal women associated with decreased bone mass and back pains. Slow healing wounds due to a lack of inflammation and infection control can also be prevalent. Bone mass loss, hair loss, and even muscle pain can also be signs that you’re not getting the amount of calcium and Vitamin D that you need.

If you think that you might be at risk, it’s a good idea to get your blood levels tested. The National Institute of Health reports that levels below 30 nmol/L (12 ng/mL) are too low for bone or overall health, and levels above 125 nmol/L (50 ng/mL) are probably too high. Levels of 50 nmol/L or above (20 ng/mL or above) are sufficient for most people. And the good news is that even if you are deficient and on a dairy-free diet, a regular Vitamin D supplement

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Kaitlin Racine is the editor-in-chief and founder of Literally, Darling


Safely Order Cialis Using Private Search Engine DuckDuckGo

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 8th, 2018  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by @CANPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: by @CANPharmacyKing

With all of the personal data large search engines like Google and Bing collect, it’s no wonder more people are turning to alternatives when searching for items they might wish to keep discreet. Searching for affordable Cialis online can be a touchy subject for some patients—especially those wishing to keep their erectile dysfunction (ED) diagnosis from hitting the internet and being logged in a file somewhere. Google tracking and cookies are known to work quickly—automatically showing a host of ads related to your recent search history. The last thing a private person needs is to see ads for ED and prescription solutions popping up everywhere they visit on the web.

So, what are the other solutions out there? In recent months, Canadian Pharmacy King has seen an uptick in online orders being received through more discreet and private search channels. One of the most prevalent is DuckDuckGo—a “search engine that doesn’t track you.” If you’re wanting to do more investigation into affordable Cialis options, but are worried about the personal data Google and Bing may be collecting on you—it might be time to give DuckDuckGo a try.

What is DuckDuckGo?

DuckDuckGo is a completely private search engine that’s been around for a decade. It doesn’t collect any data from their users—keeping your personal search history hidden, even from them.

With increased government surveillance, a rise in data security breaches, and people just plain sick of being tracked no matter where they go—it’s no wonder DuckDuckGo has seen some incredible growth over the past couple of years. In fact, since the Snowden revelations, MIT has found

In addition to basic data security, DuckDuckGo offers another great perk—they bring unbiased results to the user. Large search engines like Google, Facebook, and even Amazon use filter bubbles based on the data they collect in order to bring you results they think will be most relevant to what you want.

How DuckDuckGo Works

Searching the web with DuckDuckGo is a surprisingly simple switch, and it can be done right from your favorite web browser. DuckDuckGo also has released browser extensions, as well as brand new mobile apps for the major players—Firefox, Safari, and even Chrome. App support extends to both iOS and Android devices, making it easy to take this protection with you on the go.

They offer an interesting solution to bypassing their search engine entirely, too. It’s something they call !bangs. Basically, the way it works is by using a keyboard shortcut in their search engine, you can search the site you really want to be searching from without having to go there first. It’s a super-fast way to get the real result you’re looking for. For example, if you want to search Wikipedia’s article for Cialis (Tadalafil), you can simply type the keyboard shortcut for Wikipedia (!w) and then the search parameter (Cialis). It would look like this: “!w Cialis” and when you click enter, it would taking you directly to Wikipedia’s page on Cialis (Tadalafil). If you’re unsure which keyboard shortcut you need to use, all you have to do is type the ! in the search bar and a drop down list will give you your choices. Easy peasy.

For those who are interested in knowing the level or number of trackers any given site you visit has—DuckDuckGo gives a privacy grade, as well as the number of trackers lurking in the background. With the newer tools, it works to block the trackers, which in turn, reduces the number of ads the internet pops up to show you.

With their forced encryption, DuckDuckGo forces sites to use encrypted connections when available—another level of protection keeping your data safe.

Ordering Cialis Privately

Cialis and its generic equivalent, tadalafil, are commonly searched across the internet. Men and women all over the world are looking for a way to enhance their sex lives and manage erectile dysfunction. With its ability to provide simple erectile support only when aroused, it’s no wonder it’s one of the most sought after, as well as searched for, medications.

Canadian Pharmacy King is one of the industry leaders in affordable Cialis and its generic equivalent sold online. CPK has been providing customers all over the world with quality, affordable products since 2006. If you’re interested in learning more about ordering Cialis

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Sidestep Arthritis with a Better Gut Biome

by Carissa Andrews  -  April 30th, 2018  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Messi Lewi Flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Messi Lewi, Flickr.com

Arthritis, in all its various forms, affects 54.5 million adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and of those, 43.5% have limitations on their daily lives because of it. It’s estimated by 2040, 78.4 million adults

For most people, arthritis is a symptom of getting older. While arthritis can strike at any age, the majority of people diagnosed are 65 years or older, particularly for those with osteoarthritis. For those with rheumatoid arthritis, the average patient is diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 60.

While the term arthritis is thrown around a lot, it simply speaks to joint inflammation. The term can also be associated with nearly 200 conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), to gout, to fibromyalgia, and even lupus. Arthritis describes conditions that affect joints and connective tissues surrounding the joints—though some like RA and lupus can affect the immune system and various internal organs.

Common causes for the development of arthritis:

• Joint injury (traumatic arthritis)

• Joint degeneration (osteoarthritis)

• Autoimmune response (such as rheumatoid arthritis

How Can Diet Affect Arthritis?

Chances are, if you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, you have osteoarthritis (OA). It’s one of the most common forms of arthritis because its caused by simple wear and tear on the joints. Cartilage exists to protect and cushions joints, so bones don’t collide. As we age, this cartilage can wear down, eventually leading to painful movement. The pain many people feel is directly related to the loss of cartilage in their joint as bone rubs on bone.

Cutting edge research has been linking unhealthy gut bacteria to the rise in osteoarthritis in higher income countries, such as the United States, Canada, and the UK. As it turns out, an unhealthy mix of bad bacteria is speeding up the breakdown process in cells—and particularly the cartilage in joints.

Because of this cartilage loss, OA sufferers develop symptoms, which typically include:

• stiff or sore joints, particularly after repetitive use or activity

• stiffness after resting—but improves throughout movement during the day

• pain that worsens after a fluster of activity or toward the close of a day

• bone spurs, bony enlargements, and limited range of motion

So how do you get an unhealthy gut biome? Junk food, high-fat fast-food diets are likely to blame. This type of diet not only causes obesity, but scientists are finding an explosion of bacteria that trigger inflammation. And guess what—inflammation leads to arthritis. When inflammation is high—the body triggers the immune response and can start attacking itself. This is also a leading issue for rheumatoid arthritis, since it’s not just caused by normal wear and tear the way osteoarthritis is.

Prevention Goes a Long Way

There are no treatments to slow or reverse osteoarthritis once the cartilage is worn away. Instead, your best line of defense is prevention. In order to prevent the inflammatory responses leading to arthritis and other health related issues, it’s important to be more aware of how you can assist your body in the reversal or prevention process. While it might not be possible to totally avoid all variations of arthritis, we can aid the body in some natural defenses so it’s not as receptive to overuse wear and tear, or even triggering the autoimmune flare ups. This includes:

• Eating healthy, anti-inflammatory foods and avoiding foods like:

o Unhealthy fats

o Hydrogenated oils

o Fried foods

o Organ meat

o Dairy products

o Processed carbohydrates

o Sugar

o Excessive sweet drinks

o Food flavorings

o Preservatives

o Artificial food dyes

• Maintaining a healthy weight (to avoid secondary osteoarthritis caused by too much mass)

• Cleanse and detoxify the body by drinking water or following your doctor’s advice on cleanses.

• Take supplements such as:

o Probiotics

o Prebiotics

o Omega 3s

o Antioxidants

o Ginger root

o Nettle leaf extract

o Glucosamine

o High dose vitamin C

• Exercising to strengthen joints and increase flexibility.

Interesting 2018 News on Arthritis

If you’re already in a position where arthritis has been diagnosed—and prevention is no longer a viable option, you may be interested to note some of these amazing recent breakthroughs in arthritis research. Let’s check them out.

In 2018, nanotechnology is making its way into the world of osteoarthritis. In recent studies, a nanopore device

A new, flare-responsive hydrogel

Non-surgical method to treat knee pain from osteoarthritis

Another new development is in the world of genetic profiling—which may be the way of the future for RA patients looking to try new medications

While our diets may play a crucial role in whether or not we nudge our bodies toward arthritis, being forewarned is being forearmed. Doing what we can to protect our digestive system, and in particular, our gut biome so it manufactures healthy bacteria—and not inflammation causing bacteria is important. There are lots of ways to do this, and by taking extra precautions to prevent arthritis from taking hold is a smart way to manage current or future pain and live our lives as fully as possible.

Other Related

Is There a Connection Between Pregnancy & Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


More than Money Saving: Facts About the Evolution of Online Pharmacies

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 18th, 2018  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Chris Potter, Flickr.com
Photo Credit: Chris Potter, Flickr.com

Online pharmacies are pretty synonymous with saving money these days. Almost everyone knows you can hop online and purchase your prescription medications through local or online Canadian pharmacies without much fuss. But have you ever stopped to consider the evolution of how online pharmacies came to be? What’s driven this market shift and how did Canada become one of the leading sources for cheaper online prescription refills? We’ll answer all of these questions and more. Read on for the details.

History of Online Pharmacy

Originally known as apothecaries, pharmacies themselves didn’t begin going by this name until about 150 years ago

Starting with the turn of the millennia, online pharmacies began to see their numbers rise. Previous to Y2K, most patients would turn to their neighborhood brick-and-mortar pharmacies. Online pharmacies operate in much the same way as local pharmacies—with the only real difference being they work with customers via the internet and then mailed to your door, rather than received right there at the drugstore.

Americans and other individuals seeking to lower their medication costs have flocked to sites online who may be able to lend some support in the form of savings. Online pharmacies—typically those found in Canada—have continued to grow, in part, based on their reputation for their much lower drug prices. One of the reasons Canada has become synonymous with drug savings has to do with the way their country handles prescription medications. Unlike the U.S., who allows Big Pharma to dictate prices, the Canadian government negotiates a price to keep costs low. Because of this, their prices have been far more enticing to those in America looking for a deal.

In the United States, there’s been a number of attempts to get the importation of medication from Canada and other countries to be legalized. Some of the other countries which offer much more affordable prescription options include India

While technically violating the current FDA regulations and federal laws, importing medications for personal use is typically not something the agencies go after. Rather, they target international drug suppliers and not the consumers. There has been no known case of any American citizen being charged for buying their prescriptions via an online international pharmacy for their own personal use.

What’s Driven the Online Pharmacy Market?

According to a PharmacyChecker.com report

1.Cost

– Americans pay more for their prescription medications than just about anyone else in the world. In addition, wages have stagnated, while cost of living is at an all-time high. According to a recent article by CNN Money, 43% of American families can’t afford the basics

2.Convenience

3.Privacy

Should You Use an Online Pharmacy?

When healthcare costs start getting you down, turning to a reputable online pharmacy can and will save you and your family money. The key is knowing how to spot the good ones from the bad ones. While there are a good many online pharmacies that have your best interests in mind, you still want to exercise some caution before ordering something. If something looks or sounds too good to be true, it likely is. If you’d like to learn more about how the online ordering process works, check out our helpful infographic

d having them shipped. I’m very happy to report we’ve saved a ton of money and if we remember to order before they run out—we never have an issue with running out. It’s been a godsend!” ~Online Reviewer

Before you pay for anything, take a few moments to look over the pharmacy’s reviews—whether on Yelp, Facebook, or with an independent rating sources like PharmacyChecker.com. Unbiased reviews can give you a good insight into whether or not the online pharmacy has integrity and is a good fit for your needs. Regardless if you find one you think is great—if they accept your prescription order without verifying your doctor has prescribed it—run the other way. Prescription medications, whether filled at home or online, will always need to have your signed prescription order

Affordable medications and the desire for more privacy and convenience has been a driving factor in the growth of online pharmacies since the early 2000’s. Understanding these factors, as well as how to stay safe online plays a crucial role on the type of experience you’ll get. Knowing how to spot a reputable online pharmacy, as well as what to avoid are equally important. If you’re one of the individuals seeking better prices, more convenience, and privacy with your prescription refills, going online might be just the right move for you

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Pharmacy or Drugstore? Things You Should Know About Canadian Pharmacy

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 4th, 2018  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Canpharmking.com
Photo Credit:by Canpharmking.com

Healthcare is at the forefront of most people’s minds these days. Whether you’re looking for affordable healthcare or needing to get your next prescription filled at a fair price—there’s a lot to consider. If you choose to buy your prescriptions online, you might even find yourself wondering if you’re searching for the right terms, or if you’re safe in buying your medication from an online pharmacy

What’s in a Name? Pharmacy or Drugstore?

Sometimes words can be confusing, especially when crossing country and cultural boundaries. When you’re searching for the right place to get affordable medications for you and your family, not understanding the meaning behind the words can be confusing at best, and daunting or overwhelming and costly at worst.

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “What’s the difference between a Drugstore and Pharmacy?” If so, you’re not alone. Plenty of people get confused by these two very similar terms—especially if you live outside the United States.

A drugstore is the overall store a person would go into to pick up their prescription medications. However, it’s more than that. A drugstore will often have other products on display and for sale—anything from over the counter medications to local area trinkets, clothes, and even toys. A pharmacy, on the other hand, is the area of the drugstore where prescription medications and all pharmaceutical products are handled. A certified pharmacist is on-hand at all times and helps to check, administer, and direct customers on the usage, side effects, and interactions of any medication going through their pharmacy. To break it down a little more, in my small town we have a local drugstore, but if I were to go to Target or Walmart for my prescriptions, I would head over to their pharmacy department within the greater store.

Other alternative names you may see thrown around regarding pharmacies include: online pharmacy, online drugstore, mail order pharmacy, internet pharmacy, Canadian pharmacy, etc. In fact, did you know Canada isn’t the only place to get your medications online? There are online pharmacies all over the world, including those in India, Japan, China, the UK and other countries.

The terms drugstore and pharmacy aren’t the only one that could trip people up with their etymology and usage. Let’s take a look at a few pharmacy-related words and check out how they’re similar or different in other languages:

Local or Online? Which Pharmacy is Best?

Regardless of where you choose to fill your prescription medications, the key is to find a pharmacy that is both reputable and reliable. There are pros and cons to each pharmacy type, so only you can decide which pharmacy matches your needs best.

Local Pharmacy Tips

When looking for the best local pharmacy, it’s smart to start with the ones closest to you, and then hunt for their reviews. Check Yelp, Facebook, and Vitals for comments left by other patients. Go down in person and check out the store.

Ask yourself the following questions:

When you feel you’ve found your match, the true test will be when you fill your first prescription. Make a note on how they explain your new medication and how they treat you if you have questions about interactions or side effects.

Online Pharmacy Tips

If the rising cost of medications

You’ll still want to be vigilant in how you choose your online pharmacy, though. Privacy and prices might drive you online, but safety should still be top of mind. The good news is, buying online from a reputable Pharmacy from Canada or elsewhere, is not only safe, but can save you tons of money when you choose a reputable pharmacy to work with.

Look over those same reviews on Yelp, Facebook, etc.—then also hop over to PharmacyChecker.com and see what their ratings are. PharmacyChecker.com has been around since 2003 and has been providing patients with the details they need to save money with their prescriptions online. You can also swing by CanadianPharmacyReview.com

Look for pharmacies who have certifications right on their homepage: such as the Certified Canadian International Pharmacy seal, the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practices Site (VIPPS) seal from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), or PharmacyChecker.com’s certified seal. Check to see if the pharmacy has a mobile site and if they offer secure online payments through verified sources such as GeoTrust or SecurityMetrics. Remember to never buy from a pharmacy online who claims they can send you a prescription medication without verifying your doctor has prescribed the medication to you.

One final thought, online pharmacies, such as those in Canada, also accept many online coupons and coupon codes. If you have a valid prescription that’s been verified to come from your doctor, head over to places like RetailMeNot.com. They’ll often have Rx coupons available there, such as a free Cialis Trial pack.

What Are the Most Prescribed Medications in the US Right Now?

Americans fill more than 4 billion prescriptions a year. Of those, trends have certainly emerged about which ones are most commonly prescribed. According to an article by Thomas Goetz with GoodRx, from March 2017 to February 2018, the top five most popular drugs in the United States are:

1. Levothyroxine (Synthroid)

2. Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Norco, Vicodin)

3. Atorvastatin (Lipitor)

4. Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)

5. Amphetamine Salt Combo (Adderall)

What Does the Future of Pharmacy Look Like?

With the sheer number of prescriptions being filled by people all over the world each day, it’s not surprising more pharmacies have had to open their doors in order to keep up with the demand. Often times, this means a small pharmacy opening up in a grocery store, box store, etc. Speed of processing prescriptions have come to the forefront, as consumers want their medications the way they want the rest of the things in their lives: quick.

As technology progresses and the way we lean on it continues to increase, advancing tech such as artificial intelligence entering the pharmacy scene isn’t far-fetched. We already use biotech for medicines and utilize advanced technology to manufacture our medications to the letter.

It’s not inconceivable that artificial intelligence of some kind could become the pharmacy technician of the future. We already have machines capable of filling prescriptions and even checking the chemical compound of the medications themselves. This, of course, can increase patient safety by reducing any human error. In some ways, this shift could be a wonderful thing because it can free up the pharmacist’s role, so they can focus more with patients by helping them answer some of the more difficult and intricate questions they may have. As time goes on, one can only guess how technology and AI will continue to impact the pharmacological roles, but one thing is for sure: things will evolve at a break-neck pace. Pharmacists and technicians alike will need to stay informed and abreast of the changes in technology, so they don’t find themselves caught off guard.

There’s a lot to consider when looking for deals in prescription medications online and in person. Who knew there were so many ways to say pharmacy, for starters? We hope if you’re looking for one of the top 5 prescribed medications (or popular drugs like Viagra or Cialis) online or in person—you’re equipped with the knowledge you need to get the most out of your pharmacy. Because who knows, sometime in the future, you may be getting your pills dispensed by a machine.

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Domperidone Only Available on Prescription from Canadian Pharmacy King

by Carissa Andrews  -  July 23rd, 2018  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by CanPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: by CanPharmacyKing

Over the past couple of decades, Domperidone has fallen in and out of grace with varying countries. With certain problematic side effects, and numerous medications it can interact with, Domperidone’s efficacy hasn’t always had the best track record. However, there are still many patients whose symptoms and potential benefits outweigh the problematic risks associated with Domperidone—making it a medication that can still be prescribed—even in the United States. The key is to know how to go about getting the medication in whatever country you live in. For those in Canada and other countries, a simple prescription may be all you need to acquire this once over-the-counter medication. Let’s take a closer look at what Domperidone is prescribed for, as well as how to go about ordering the medication online, regardless of where you live.

What is Domperidone Used For?

Domperidone has been around since the 1970s and was originally manufactured and developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The medication has been prescribed over the years to relieve nausea or vomiting in patients with certain GI disorders, as well as reducing the GI symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. The medication works on GI symptoms by helping to move food through process of being digested more quickly—in turn, providing relief from nausea and vomiting—or other digestive upset. It should be used at its lowest effective dosage and for the shortest duration possible to limit any side effects and/or risks (typically no more than one week). Patients suffering from motion sickness may also find relief with Domperidone, thanks to its ability to calm the stomach and speed digestion.

There is an active clinical trial underway

Domperidone has been used to increase breast milk production for women whose milk supply is low, thanks to its prolactin induction. However, due to the various cardiac risks, it is not generally recommended for this usage. That being said, if the potential benefits for milk supply and baby’s wellbeing outweigh any of the risks, doctors may still prescribe Domperidone to help.

If you’re a nursing mother who believes milk production is a problem, talking with a lactation consultant would be the first step to increasing milk supply, as they may have alternative methods to make this happen. It could even be a matter of improper latching and/or lack of practice if you’re a first-time mom. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you feel you may need to take Domperidone to increase milk production—or if you are already taking this medication and are pregnant, considering becoming pregnant, or nursing. You’ll want to discuss and weigh any risks and benefits associated with taking this medication, so you don’t inadvertently harm yourself or your baby.

Domperidone Precautions to Consider

In the past, there have been concerns regarding the potential health risks

In addition to the cardiac risks associated with this medication, it also has a variety of medications it may interact with—and that list is growing every day. Drug interactions with Domperidone include antifungals, antibiotics, antidepressants, HIV inhibitors, MAO inhibitors, antacids and other medications used to treat GI conditions. This wide array of interactions can make it a minefield for knowing whether or not a patient may experience harmful side effects—and most people without a medical or pharmaceutical background simply wouldn’t have the information to make a wise, educated decision about its usage.

Those at highest risk for complications while taking Domperidone include: pregnant or nursing mothers, those over 60 years old, anyone taking a higher dosage of the medication (30mg or more), those with predisposing factors for QT prolongation, those with cardiac conditions or history of cardiac arrest or congestive heart failure, anyone with an electrolyte imbalance, those with moderate to severe liver impairment, and anyone receiving QT-prolonging medications and potent CYP3A4 inhibitors.

How can you get domperidone from an online Canadian Pharmacy?

While most patients who live in the United States cannot fill a prescription for Domperidone within the US, there are still ways to obtain the medication. Patients over the age of 12 are allowed to be treated with Domperidone, even in the US, provided they have one of the approved GI conditions that responds well to this treatment. However, before being treated with Domperidone, American patients would most likely have to have tried (and failed) standard therapies for their GI or milk supply issues to be eligible.

While Domperidone had been an over the counter (OTC) medication in many 1st world countries, ten years after it was removed from the shelves in America, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced Domperidone would be a prescription-only medicine. Any non-prescription Domperidone products were recalled within 48 hours of the September 4, 2014 notice. The move was a response to a European Medicines (EMA) review, declaring Domperidone to put those taking it at risk for those serious cardiac side effects already discussed. The European review believed medical intervention was likely necessary in order to identify patients who may have increased cardiac risks when on the medication—as well as identifying those suitable for treatment with Domperidone.

Ordering Domperidone Online

Domperidone may not be available for many people without a prescription, or without ordering it online. If you live in the United States and require a Domperidone prescription to be filled, foreign dispensary pharmacies, such as Canadian Pharmacy King, may be your best option for getting the medication you need.

For those looking to fill their prescription of Domperidone, it is available at Canadian Pharmacy King

CPK offers flexible quantities: 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 750, and 1000 and our lowest price is $0.149 for the generic version.

Need more information on how to order with us? Check out our ‘How to Order

While Domperidone is no longer wholly recommended for breastmilk production, nor technically available in the United States, there are circumstances where it’s a viable—and even a recommended option. Those with certain, untreatable GI conditions, or seriously low prolactin levels, may have no other choice. For those patients, we’re here to help get your prescription of Domperidone fulfilled and on its way to you. Should you find yourself in the position to need Domperidone, Canadian Pharmacy King is ready to help. Should you have questions about how you can go about getting your prescription of Domperidone fulfilled with us, give us a call at 1-877-745-9217. We’d be happy to walk you through the process and discuss your options with you.

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Is Coffee Killing Your Chance of Being GERD-Free?

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 19th, 2018  Match Score:1

Is Coffee Killing Your Chance of Being GERD-Free?

Two years ago, I wrote an article about the effects of caffeine on our gut flora

Caffeine and GERD

4 in 10 people

However, just like with probiotics and coffee—there’s no hard and fast rule stating it always causes GERD symptoms. In fact, there aren’t any well-designed studies showing that eliminating caffeine actually improves GERD symptoms, which is part of the reason the American College of Gastroenterology no longer recommends removing it as a blanket treatment for GERD patients. A 2012 study

Safe Ways to Get Your Coffee Fix with GERD

Caffeine itself can trigger a number of unwanted side-effects when consumed in higher dosages. Over-caffeination can be the biggest culprit for coffee-related heartburn. As we discussed, when caffeine levels in the body are too high, it triggers the LES to relax too much. However, it’s unclear what level may be too much for GERD sufferers. If caffeine doesn’t seem to be the problem, but drinking coffee is—it could be the amount of acid in your java. Here are a few tips to consider when trying to find the right balance between getting your caffeine fix and avoiding GERD symptoms:

1. Keep caffeine to a minimum.

According to Health Canada

2. Stick to shade-grown coffee.

3. Cold brew coffee is less acidic.

4. Darker roast coffee might also be a better fit.

5. Add a little salt to your coffee grounds.

6. While we’re on the course of making your coffee a bit more alkaline when you brew it, try adding egg shells to your brewing process to bring down its acidity.

As humans, we always want a quick fix to our problems. However, with GERD, a quick fix may not always be the most effective one. As it turns out, bigger lifestyle changes such as being more active and losing the extra belly fat are most beneficial.

Other beneficial lifestyle changes most experts agree could reduce GERD symptoms include:

• Elevating the head of your bed by six inches

• Refraining from eating 3 hours before bedtime

• Avoid alcoholic beverages

• Stop smoking

• Remain upright for at least two hours after eating

• Take antacids as prescribed by your doctor

• Increase your intake of fiber

For those working to manage these lifestyle changes while living with GERD, there are a few medications on the market that may help. Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)

Having GERD can mean altering the way you live your life, so it can be as comfortable as possible—even despite the uncomfortableness of the symptoms. Knowing what your personal triggers are really is the key to developing a game plan that works for you. Get the proper amount of exercise and reduce your weight to a healthier level to start with. While there may not be a distinct connection found between coffee/caffeine and GERD, there is something to be said about anecdotal evidence. For many people, the acidity in coffee can be a trigger—and it’s important to honor that connection if it’s there for you. Find alternative ways to lower the acidity of your morning java or eliminate coffee altogether for a healthier alternative.

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Viagra, Cialis, Levitra - Which Male Impotence Prescription is Best

by Carissa Andrews  -  February 25th, 2019  Match Score:1

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Sexual intimacy is an important aspect of our romantic relationships. It brings us closer as a couple, reduces stress, and actually has a host of health-related benefits

So, what happens when sex becomes difficult due to male impotence? The first thing your doctor will want to check into is your heart and cardiovascular health. Men with diabetes and heart problems are at a higher risk for developing erectile dysfunction (ED)—particularly over the age of 40.

For some men, changing their diet and lifestyle can have the desired effect they’re looking for. However, many men get a little added nudge with a prescription medication provided by their doctor to combat their ED. If you’re one of the millions of men looking to overcome this condition, you’ll be happy to know you have a number of options ahead of you.

Viagra, Cialis, Levitra – How Are They Different?

Technically, there are four erectile dysfunction prescription medications approved for combatting male impotence. They include: Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), and Levitra (vardenafil). Each of them works in basically the same way—by bringing needed blood flow to the penis to maintain an erection.

Which one will be best for you really depends on some of the other aspects of each drug and how it will interact with your sex life. Knowing known side effects, drug interactions, speed of onset, and duration are all important to determining the ED medication that’s right for you. Let’s give them a closer look.

SIDE EFFECTS

For the most part, the side effects are comparable across Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. Most common side effects include headache, flushing, and upset stomach. For those worried about persistent, painful erections that last longer than anticipated, the cases are rare—but can happen. If this happens, it should be treated immediately because permanent damage can happen if priapism

DRUG INTERACTIONS

This is another area where the medications are fairly equal. The most notable ones include other ED drugs, medicines used to treat a prostate disorder, blood pressure medications, antibiotics, antifungals, Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS medicines, nitrates, and drugs used to treat pulmonary artery hypertension. Cialis has an added issue with seizure mediations, while Levitra should not be taken if you are on heart rhythm medicines.

SPEED

All of the medications are active in the system within an hour of taking. If you’re looking for a faster onset, you might want to consider Stendra—which can work in as little as fifteen minutes.

DURATION

How long an ED drug lasts is also an important distinction for couples who prefer spontaneity as opposed to pre-planned sessions. Viagra and Levitra last for about 4-5 hours, where Cialis can last much longer—36 hours, in some cases.

Choose the Right Pill to Treat Male Impotence

For those of you who would like to look more into the details of the top three medications, let’s do some detailed comparisons. Each medication has its pros and cons, so knowing what’s important to you will be key.

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ED Products Availability and Price Comparison: Here’s How to Save Now

If you’re ready to break through the barriers your ED diagnosis has left you with, it’s time to consider one of the top-selling medications on the market. Please keep in mind you won’t want to buy your ED medications from just anyone. Check to make sure the Pharmacy is PharmacyChecker & Cipla approved, requires a prescription from your doctor, and is backed by a GEO Trust safe shopping cart—all of which Canadian Pharmacy King is proud to be a part of.

We sell name brand and generic Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, as well as the brand name Stendra

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Prices and items may vary. Contact our customer service department toll free at 1.877.745.9217 for details. You don’t have to take our word for it. Check out our prices and see for yourself. We look forward to having you as a customer.

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Antidepressants vs. Antipsychotics – What’s the Difference?

by Natasha Tracy  -  May 12th, 2019  Match Score:1

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Commonly prescribed psychiatric medications include antidepressants and antipsychotics, in fact, sometimes they are even prescribed together. But do you know what antidepressants and antipsychotics really are? Did you know that antidepressants are commonly prescribed for things other than depression and antipsychotics and commonly prescribed for things other than psychosis? Read on to learn about the differences between antipsychotics and antidepressants, how they work, what they are used for and how to use them safely.

What Are Antidepressants and Antipsychotics – The Differences

The definition of “antidepressant” is very simple: it is a medication that primarily treats depression. And while that’s true, it’s important to note that they are medications that are primarily used to treat depression and not solely used to treat depression.

Similarly, antipsychotics are medications that are primarily used to treat psychosis: the presence of hallucinations (experiencing things that aren’t real) and/or delusions (strongly-held false beliefs). Antipsychotics were once known as major tranquilizers and are also sometimes known as neuroleptics.

Antidepressants are commonly prescribed for major depressive disorder and antipsychotics are commonly prescribed for schizophrenia. That said, sometimes antidepressants may be prescribed to others with mood symptoms – which some people with schizophrenia have – and antipsychotics may be prescribed to those with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder as some antipsychotics appear to augment the effectiveness in antidepressants in some people.

In other words, while these medications are very different, they can actually be useful in the same disorders for some people.

In addition to schizophrenia and major depressive disorder, some antidepressants are also prescribed for:

• Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD)

• Anxiety disorders obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic disorder

• Pain such as in fibromyalgia

• Insomnia

• Eating disorders (like bulimia nervosa)

• Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

• Migraines

• Hot flashes caused by hormonal therapy

• Raynaud Phenomenon

It’s important to note that some of the above uses are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but may still be used in that way if judged useful by the prescribing physician.

In addition to schizophrenia and major depressive disorder, some antipsychotics are also prescribed for:

• Bipolar disorder

• Alcohol dependence

• Insomnia

• Nausea or vomiting as associated with chemotherapy

As with antidepressants, not all uses are FDA approved.

How Antidepressants and Antipsychotics Work

There is some overlap between the uses for antipsychotics and antidepressants, but the way the two medications work are quite different.

While antidepressants have been prescribed for decades, the way the work in the brain is not fully understood. That said, it is thought that antidepressants work by changing the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. The chemicals in the brain that antidepressants alter are typically serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. Antidepressants typically take several weeks to work.

It is not fully understood how antipsychotics work either. It is thought that antipsychotics work by blocking subtypes of dopamine and sometimes serotonin receptors (parts of the brain nerve cells that are acted on by neurotransmitters).

Typically, then, antidepressants increase the levels of chemicals like serotonin in the brain while antipsychotics reduce the levels of chemicals like dopamine in the brain. It is likely, however, that additional effects also play a role in how antidepressants and antipsychotics work.

Antidepressant Types

Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)

o Anafranil (Clomipramine)

o Aventyl (Nortriptyline)

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

o Emsam (Selegiline)

o Nardil (Phenelzine)

o Parnate (Tranylcypromine)

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

o Celexa (Citalopram)

o Paxil (Paroxetine)

o Prozac (Fluoxetine)

o Zoloft (Sertraline)

• Serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

o Cymbalta (Duloxetine)

o Effexor (Venlafaxine)

o Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine)

Atypical antidepressants

o Remeron (Mirtazapine )

o Wellbutrin (Bupropion)

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Antipsychotic Types

Typical antipsychotics

o Haldol (Haloperidol)

o Thorazine (Chlorpromazine)

Atypical antipsychotics

o Abilify (Aripiprazole)

o Clozaril (Clozapine)

o Fanapt(Iloperidone)

o Geodon (Ziprasidone)

o Invega (Paliperidone)

o Latuda (Lurasidone)

o Risperdal (Risperidone)

o Seroquel (Quetiapine)

o Zyprexa (Olanzapine)

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Side Effects of Antidepressants vs Antipsychotics

There is quite a bit of crossover between antipsychotic and antidepressants side effects. That said, side effects vary depending on the specific antipsychotic or antidepressant and also tend to vary between type of antipsychotic or antidepressant. For this reason, it’s always critical to talk to your doctor about your specific medication’s possible side effects.

When looking at side effects, it’s important to note that an individual may experience several side effects from a medication or an individual may experience one or even none. Side effects also vary widely in severity. Some side effects may make a person discontinue a medication while others are minor annoyances and worth living with given the positive effects of the medication. Additionally, side effects do generally appear with zapmedication treatment before the positive effects of the medication but they also tend to decrease with time.

If a side effect concerns you, make sure you talk to your doctor about it as soon as possible.

Side effects common to both antidepressants and antipsychotics include:

• Drowsiness / sedation

• Weight gain (more in antipsychotics)

• Sexual dysfunction

• Changes in appetite (more in antipsychotics)

• Dizziness

• Blurred vision

• Dry mouth

• Constipation

• Diarrhea

• Sleeplessness

Side effects more common just for antipsychotics:

• Tremors

• Inner restlessness

• Muscle spasms

• Diabetes

• Lipid disorders

• Tardive dyskinesia (a disorder that causes repetitive, involuntary, purposeless movements)

• Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (a rare but very dangerous complication that includes fever, muscle stiffness and delirium)

Side effects more common just for antidepressants:

• Greater withdrawal symptoms including brain zaps (the feeling of an electrical shock usually in the head)

• Nausea and vomiting

It’s important to note that in rare cases, those on antidepressants can experiencing a worsening of depression or anxiety symptoms and they may experience suicidality. If this happens, contact your doctor immediately

Additionally, experiencing new or worsening irritability, acting on dangerous impulses, experiencing an extreme increase of activity or talking or acting aggressively, being angry or violent should also be reported to your doctor immediately as they can be signs of mania. Other side effects that can indicate a dangerous situation include hallucinations, high fever and high blood pressure. These may indicate a rare side effect known as serotonin syndrome.

Taking an Antidepressant or Antipsychotic Safely

It’s critical to follow your doctor’s instructions when taking an antidepressant, antipsychotic or any other medication. For example, it’s typical to start at a lower dose and the work up to a higher dose over time. If your doctor has set up a schedule like that with you, make sure you follow it exactly. That schedule is there so you don’t face an unnecessary side effects. You may also have to take your medication at a specific time of day or with food – sometimes these instructions are for your comfort (for example, to avoid stomach upset) and other times are critical in making the medication work as intended. Make sure you follow these instructions so the medication has the best chance to work for you. If you don’t know why you have to take your medication(s) in a certain way, be sure to ask your doctor.

When you are taking medications, make sure you keep up on any lab tests ordered by your doctor and keep track of anything that may be of concern such as your weight or blood pressure. If something like your lipid levels or weight starts to creep in the wrong way, talk to your doctor immediately. It’s much easier to deal with these issues early on and not waiting until an emergency occurs.

On the other hand, if taking the medication the way it has been prescribed is causing too many side effects that you can’t withstand, be sure to talk to your doctor about it as soon as possible. Fixing the problem can be as simple as changing the medication dose, schedule or other variables but you should only ever do that upon the advice of your doctor. Do not ever suddenly stop taking your medication unless told to do so by your doctor. When it comes to antipsychotics and antidepressants, antidepressants often have more withdrawal effects, but this varies person to person.

Remember, while antidepressants and antipsychotics are relatively safe medications, it is taking them as directed that keeps you safe.

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Nutrition Prescription: One Factor in Erectile Dysfunction?

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 10th, 2019  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Marvella Goetz, Flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Marvella Goetz, Flickr.com

June 10-16th is Canadian Men’s Health Week and here at Canadian Pharmacy King, we’re excited to celebrate with you so you can live your best life possible. One of the ways we celebrate, is by bringing light to one of the ways men can take control of their health, and in specific, their sexual health. Through proper nutrition, it’s possible to negate the side effects of erectile dysfunction—or even eliminate them entirely. But how?

Benjamin Franklin is known to have said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It was true during his time and its certainly true now. Maybe more so. With skyrocketing healthcare costs and sexual dysfunction for both men and women on the rise, more and more people are looking for alternative ways to save money and still live a healthy sexual life. Ironically, many are turning to nutritional healing as their answer, and for good reason. When we consume food as medicine, we begin to see the trends on how our diet has been helping (or hindering) not only our sexual health, but our overall health as well. It’s safe to say, when we eat better, we feel better.

Food as Medicine

For many people with a poor diet, one of the first things they’ll notice is an increase in weight. Next, it typically recurring heartburn or acid reflux, or perhaps high blood pressure

Additionally, the older a man gets, the less sex hormones are produced to keep libido operating in tip-top condition—and that’s without the added stress on the heart. So, it’s only natural to turn to ways to maintain a healthy weight and lower oxidative stress on the heart in order to enhance vascular health and decrease the symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED). But what’s the best way to make this happen?

As it turns out there are specific micronutrients that are tied specifically to sexual health. This means, eating the right foods, or foods that are bountiful in the micronutrients they need will positively impact their sexual health, and men who are in the know can use this knowledge to their advantage.

How Micronutrients Can Impact Erectile Dysfunction

When we eat, our bodies get the good stuff it needs to function optimally. This can impact everything from our gut health, to our energy levels, mental health, and yes, whether or not a man can maintain the ability to have an erection. ED can have a variety of causes, which can include neurogenic, psychogenic, or even endocrine—but most of the time it’s a vascular issue caused by the reduction of blood vessels.

The way to combat the vascular end of things can be as simple as tweaking your diet to be more heart healthy and blood flow friendly. All of this is easier said than done, especially when you don’t know which diet tweaks make the most impact. So we’re here to tell you, the nutritional prescription you’re looking for starts with paying attention to the micronutrients you’re consuming

So, what are micronutrients anyway? Glad you asked. Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals found inside the macronutrients we eat. That means they’re inside the protein, fats, and carbohydrates you consume. However, unlike macronutrients themselves, our bodies only require small doses of micronutrients to keep our bodies balanced and sexual health operating optimally. The key, however, is to diversify our diets to include all the micronutrients we need because each has its own impact on sexual potency

How Do I Know a Micronutrient When I See One?

Micronutrients themselves consist of fat-soluble vitamins, water-soluble vitamins, macrominerals, and trace minerals. Here’s a list of each so you know how to spot them and understand how they operate.

Fat-Soluble Vitamins

These vitamins are stored in fatty tissues for those days when you don’t meet your daily requirements. When you take them (either in supplement form or as food), they are best consumed with healthy fats to increase absorption levels. These vitamins can impact everything from spermatogenesis to sperm mobility and impaired function in the testes. Fat-soluble vitamins include:

Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Water-Soluble Vitamins

Unlike fat-soluble vitamins, these vitamins are excreted in urine and are not stored in the body for later use. These vitamins play a role in regulating nitric oxide (NO) and blood vessel expansion.

B-Complex Vitamins

o Thiamin (B1)

o Riboflavin (B2)

o Niacin (B3)

o Pantothenic acid (B5)

o Pyridoxine (B6)

o Folic acid (B9)

o Cobalamin (B-12)

Vitamin C

Macromineral

Minerals of any kind are inorganic substances that occur in nature. When consumed, they provide important nutrients that allow cells to perform their essential functions and increase blood flow to the penis. Macrominerals, simply put, are required in larger doses. They include:

• Magnesium

• Calcium

• Potassium

• Sodium

• Chlorine

• Phosphorous

• Sulfur

Trace Minerals

Your body requires far fewer trace minerals (also known as microminerals) than macrominerals. But that doesn’t mean they’re not important. In fact, some of the most damaging health issues are tied to deficiencies in trace minerals (like prostate cancer). Trace minerals include the following:

• Chromium

• Iron

• Iodine

• Selenium

• Manganese

• Zinc

• Molybdenum

• Copper

• Nickel

• Silicon

• Vanadium

• Fluoride

Blood flow to the penis is regulated by the release of nitric oxide (NO). It triggers blood vessels to expand and lowers blood pressure—but moreover, it allows the main blood vessel in the penis to fill with blood as the arousal response. A number of micronutrients, such as antioxidants, vitamin C, Vitamin E, and calcium all support this process. Additionally, vitamin E, zinc, selenium, and vitamin A all play active roles in the protection against prostate cancer.

Recipes Packed with Micronutrients

If you’re looking for a few good recipes or foods to consume

The Ultimate Micronutrient Smoothie

Healthy Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe

Power Testosterone Smoothie

Can Vitamin Supplements Help?

In this day and age, it can still be difficult to get all of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need on a daily basis. The good news is, vitamins can help out a bit. Of course, it’s always best to get your vitamins from your diet, but when that’s not possible, supplementation is the next best thing. Supplements with vitamin D have been shown to increase vascular endothelial functioning. Which is a fancy way of saying blood vessels allow blood to flow properly and inhibits blood clot formation and narrow blood vessels.

Some of the popular vitamins and minerals we provide here at the Canadian Pharmacy King’s online pharmacy include:

B12 injections

Vitamin D

Hemeboost

Hema-Fer

Proferrin

When the changes in your diet still haven’t impacted your ED enough to feel confident, you can still rely on the bestselling prescriptions on the market, such as tadalafil generic (Cialis), or sildenafil generic

When it comes enjoying your sex life as you get older, turning to nutrition as a prescription can be just what the doctor ordered. Understanding how micronutrients can impact your hormones, blood flow, and ultimately sexual health is crucial. When you can pinpoint the vitamins and minerals your body needs, you can start to take control of your erectile dysfunction and limit is symptoms. Sometimes, it’s not always possible to incorporate the perfect diet, though. When that happens, supplements and prescription medications, such as generic tadalafil, can offer the support you need to increase your sexual satisfaction. We carry an assortment of both supplements and ED medications here at Canadian Pharmacy King. Finding the ones that work the best for you and your situation has never been easier.

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A Simple Guide to Dostinex (Cabergoline) for Hyperprolactinemia

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 24th, 2019  Match Score:1

A Simple Guide to Dostinex (Cabergoline) for Hyperprolactinemia

Your body is a delicate machine and any hormone imbalance can cause a series of unwanted side effects or conditions to occur. The hormone prolactin is needed to regulate sex hormones, menstruation, ovulation, and breastfeeding in women. However, men also produce the hormone in smaller dosages, despite having no known normal function behind it. Prolactin is produced in the pituitary gland and when levels rise to high in the body (known as hyperprolactinemia), it has been linked to a handful of different conditions and diseases. Dostinex is a popular medication used to treat hyperprolactinemia, as well as the other conditions associated to it.

What is Dostinex (Cabergoline)?

Dostinex is an oral tablet medicine in a class of drugs known at dopamine receptor agonists/prolactin inhibitor and its main purpose is to treat someone who produces too much of the hormone prolactin. It can also be found going by its generic name, cabergoline. Interestingly enough, this medication has a number of different ailments it treats. From menstrual issues, to fertility problems, and even benefiting bodybuilding, Dostinex can make a difference. This is because of how dopamine and prolactin operate in the body.

The way it works is by triggering the pituitary gland to stop making and releasing prolactin by increasing the levels of dopamine in the brain. Typically, the medication will be used until prolactin levels have been normal for 6 months. Then, treatment will be stopped to see if the hormone levels continue to stay consistent. If they rise again, Dostinex may be continued.

How Many Conditions is Dostinex Used For?

Dostinex is prescribed for a number of different conditions, thanks to its unique ability to treat the prolactin hormone imbalance. Here are some of the most prevalent medical ailments treated with Dostinex or its generic equivalent, Cabergoline.

• Hyperprolactinemia

Hyperprolactinemia is caused by a number of conditions, but the most common include the following:

o Benign tumors on the pituitary gland

o Non-secreting tumors on the pituitary gland

o Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

o Hypothyroidism

o Head injury

• Fertility

– High levels of prolactin (hyperprolactinemia) can cause fertility issues for both men and women. Dostinex has an extremely high success rate of 70% when it comes to helping women ovulate. Because of this, the majority of women who take this medication can expect to conceive. It also has far fewer side effects over other dopamine agonists, such as Parlodel. Cabergoline has also been found to help prevent ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

• Menstrual Irregularities

– Excessive prolactin is known to cause menstrual irregularities in women. Often, this can even be caused by PCOS or hyperthyroidism. In fact, 30% of PCOS patients

• Preventing Lactation

– Prolactin is a hormone that is needed for breastmilk production in nursing mothers. However, there are times when it may be necessary to dry up breast milk, say, after a stillbirth, adoption, or abortion, or if you have abnormal milk production for any reason. Taking Dostinex will help dry up breastmilk quickly

• Parkinson’s Disease

– In patients with Parkinson’s, dopamine levels are lower than they should be. Because Dostinex is a dopamine receptor agonist

• Cushing’s Disease

– Because Cushing’s disease is commonly caused by a pituitary tumor, Dostinex has been shown to be effective

• Bodybuilding

– Interestingly, Dostinex has been used by bodybuilders

Side Effects of Dostinex

Every medication, even the safest ones, can have a series of side effects. Dostinex is no exemption. Should you notice any unwanted or worsening side effects while taking this medication, you should always bring it up to your doctor right away. The most typical side effects when using Dostinex/Cabergoline include:

• Nausea

• Constipation

• Headaches

• Heartburn

• Hot flashes

• Dizziness

• Tiredness

• Drowsiness

• Vomiting

Should you notice any severe allergic reactions, such as swelling of the throat, lips, tongue, etc. or any other unwanted side effects not listed above, seek immediate medical attention. However, Cabergoline has been found to be a far safer alternative when it comes to comparing dopamine agonists and most side effects are very mild.

3 Dostinex Questions Answered

Q: Could Dostinex treat erectile dysfunction?

A: Both high and low levels of prolactin can affect libido and can cause some variations of erectile dysfunction (ED). If libido and/or ED are caused by hyperprolactinemia, it is conceivable that your doctor may prescribe Dostinex for treatment. However, they will likely need to verify there isn’t another underlying issue going on—for example heart or blood pressure issues, before moving ahead with treatment by Dostinex.

Q: Can Dostinex cause depression?

A: While generally well-tolerated, these agents can cause psychiatric adverse side effects, including depression, somnolence, anorexia, anxiety, insomnia, impaired concentration, nervousness, hallucinations, nightmares, psychosis, and mania. ... Moreover, there has been no known published case of mania induced by cabergoline. Patients with depressive disorders should be monitored closely. Overall, depression has been found in 3% of patients, it’s by no means the most common side effect. Typically, they are very mild, and include headache, heartburn, tiredness, constipation, nausea, etc. If you notice signs of depression while on this medication, it’s best to reach out to your doctor for advice.

Q: How do you take Dostinex?

A: The dosage of Dostinex will depend on the condition it is treating. For preventing the onset of lactation, the dose of 1mg on the first day after birth is typical. For prolactin disorders, a dose of 0.5mg per week (given in 1 or 2 doses, with pills cut in half) is standard. When it is clear how the patient is responding, the dose can be increased by 0.5mg per week until a maximum of 2mg per week is reached. Doses should not be increased more than every 4 weeks. Dostinex can be taken both orally or vaginally

Where to Buy Dostinex (Cabergoline) Online at Affordable Prices?

Canadian Pharmacy King is an accredited and fully licensed Canadian dispensing pharmacy for Americans to purchase drugs online. We currently offer brand name Dostinex from Pfizer in Turkey (1 strength at 0.5 mg) and the generic Cabergoline for sale comes from India (also known as Cabgolin by Sun Pharma). It comes in two strengths: 0.25 mg and 0.5 mg. We also have another generic version from Canada, known as Apo-Cabergoline by Apotex. It is only available in the 0.5 mg dosage. Our lowest price for the generic equivalent 0.25 mg starts at $2.71, and generic 0.5 mg starts $2.88

dostinex price

Be sure to check with your doctor to make sure Dostinex is right for you. Regardless of whether or not you wish to get Dostinex or Cabergoline, it will require your doctor’s prescription.

If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with hyperprolactinemia, there is a good chance you will be prescribed Dostinex or the generic equivalent, Cabergoline. If you have any of the conditions associated with high prolactin levels, such as Cushing’s or Parkinson’s, this medication may also serve you well. Remember, Canadian Pharmacy King has both the brand name and generic versions available to buy safely in a number of different options. So, talk to your doctor about which dosage is right for you.

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10 Health & Wellness Products for Women to Look Out for This Year

by Carissa Andrews  -  July 29th, 2019  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: Coenzyme Q10 by @CANPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: Coenzyme Q10 by @CANPharmacyKing

With 2019 half-over, we’re looking forward to 2020 with some gotta-have products for women’s health and wellness. After all, when we flip to a new decade, we all want to look and feel our best. Right? Besides, 2020 is a pretty momentous year. Inspiring today’s blog is a straight-forward list of 10 awesome women’s products for everything from acne to weight loss. The great thing is, with these recommendations, there’s no need to peruse your local big box store or pharmacy for the best OTC supplement or prescription medication. We have you covered with this quick and easy guide to look and feel your best.

Our list is set up in alphabetical order, but you’re sure to find something for whatever health/wellness goal you have planned. If you’re ready to see which products we think you should have on your radar for 2019-2020, keep reading and learn more.

Banishing Acne

Retin A

Combatting Anemia

HemeBoost

Beautiful Eyelashes

Latisse

Abundant Energy

CoQ10

Increased Fertility

Clomid

Thick, Luxurious Hair

Rogaine

Gorgeous Nails

Veralac

Sexual Desire<

Addyi

Skincare / Sun Protection

Ombrelle

Weight Loss

Xenical

Women have a hard enough time without having to struggle with all the product choices out there. We hope this list of Canadian Pharmacy King product picks will help you reach the health or wellness goals you have planned for the upcoming year. If nothing else, it gives you a great starting point to open discussions with your doctor, dermatologist, or pharmacist. Remember, we do sell these products here in our online store and if you have questions about any one of them, you can always reach out by calling 1-877-745-9217. Here’s to a fantastic, healthy new you – and new year!

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From Regulating Cholesterol to Boosting Sex Drive; The Many Health Benefits of Figs

by Carissa Andrews  -  September 9th, 2019  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by brandonmatzek, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by brandonmatzek, flickr.com

Figs, also known as anjeers to some, are a natural superfood with a variety of health benefits. According to a study

7 Health Benefits of Figs

If it takes a bit to convince you to add something new to your diet, allow us to explain the numerous health benefits that come from consuming figs on a regular basis. There are plenty of heavy-hitting bonuses you get from this tasty little fruit. Some of the most prevalent include:

• Blood Pressure Regulation

Not only will taking a break in your day to enjoy the flavor of a fig calm your nerves, the potent mix of low sodium and high potassium in figs are a great defense against high blood pressure. Most people who end up with hypertension have high sodium/salt intake with low potassium.

• Weight Loss

Often recommended to people who are obese as a way to satiate a sweet tooth, figs are high in fiber (approx. 2.9 g), which helps reduce weight. However, because of their dense caloric count and source of nutrients, you don’t need to consume much to get the health benefits.

• Cardiovascular Health

Figs pack a punch against triglycerides, making overall numbers to drop after consumption. Because triglycerides are a major factor behind various heart diseases, getting those numbers into healthier levels can mean increasing overall cardiovascular health.

• Sexual Dysfunction

Figs have a long history of being thought of as a fruit that is a potent fertility and/or sexual enhancement supplement. This is thanks to the superfood value of all the vitamins and minerals bound in such a tiny package. It’s entirely possible for figs to boost your energy and sexual stamina.

• Prevents Constipation

The super-high fiber content in figs helps to promote healthy, regular bowel movements. The fiber in figs also works to add bulk and mass to bowel movements, which means when consumed in low quantities, it prevents diarrhea and unhealthy or irregular bathroom trips. It’s important to note, if too many figs are eaten, it can have a laxative effect, which can trigger diarrhea, however.

• Antioxidant Support

When you’re trying to reduce the damage on your body caused by free radicals, figs are where it’s at. In fact, they are incredible at removing toxins from the body. They are high in flavonoids and polyphenols, as well as have high levels of alkanes. This helps to regulate your pH levels and even treats a number of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

• Lowers Cholesterol

Figs are a natural source of pectin, a soluble fiber that keeps your bowels operating optimally. But more than that, when the fiber from figs move through your digestive tract, it carries excess clumps of cholesterol from the blood and helps it get eliminated from the body.

Some studies

Where to Get the Best Figs?

Did we convince you to give figs a try? Excellent. Figs can be found at most grocery stores and even some local farmer’s markets. The best time to get fresh figs is between early June through September. So, right now is the perfect time to get these delicious, sweet treats fresh from your produce section. However, there are plenty of great new companies who offer organic, dried varieties, all of which can be found online. Check out Nature’s Wild and Organic Sun-Dried Turkish Figs

Healthy Recipes to Try

Looking for a few easy ways to incorporate figs into your diet? You’ve come to the right place. Adding figs can be super easy by just eating them raw or getting some dried figs. But if you’re looking for more, here are two quick and easy recipes to test out.

RECIPE ONE: Milk and Figs for Sexual Enhancement

If you’re looking for a natural way to boost your sexual prowess, try soaking 2-3 figs in milk overnight. Eat them first thing in the morning and see how they affect your performance.

RECIPE TWO: Homemade Fig Bars

Who hasn’t had a fig bar (also known as Fig Newton in the US)? These chewy, tasty cookies can be made at home with just a few simple ingredients. If you have figs, honey, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and flour – you’re ready to rock and roll. Click here

RECIPE THREE: Fig & Balsam Jam

This one is another favorite of ours. If you love jam on toast or a dollop on top of your ice cream, get ready for your new favorite. All you need to make this delicious jam is figs, sugar, vinegar, peppercorns, and lemon juice. Click here

If you’d like to get more health benefits from figs or try out more recipes, there are tons of posts using hashtag #figsbenefits on Instagram. As you can see, figs can offer some incredible health benefits when added as a regular part of your daily diet. If you’ve been looking for a superfood that’s nutrient dense and offers tons of unique health benefits, look no further. Instead, head down to your local produce section or farmer’s market and buy some figs today.

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Can Eating Too Much Sugar Cause Depression?

by Natasha Tracy  -  October 31st, 2019  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Marnie MacLean, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Marnie MacLean, flickr.com

Major depression is predicted to become the leading cause of disability in high-income countries by 2030. At the same time, added sugar consumption in those countries continues to rise. But do these two facts have a relationship? Is sugar bad for more than just your waistline and teeth? Can sugar actually cause depression? What does science have to say about sugar causing depression?

The Link Between Sugar and Depression

The link between higher sugar consumption and higher levels of depression has been known for years. In fact, studies have repeatedly shown an increased risk of depression when a person consumes higher amounts of added sugars like those found in soft drinks, juices and pastries.

One might ask, though, if there’s a link between high sugar consumption and depression, could it be that having depression simply causes a person to want to eat more sugar? While those with a mood disorder like depression do tend to consume more sugar than the average person, it appears that this increased consumption was there before the depression, according to “Sugar Intake from Sweet Food and Beverages, Common Mental Disorder and Depression: Prospective Findings from the Whitehall II Study.”

It also worth noting that increased consumption of sugar can lead to obesity which is a risk factor for diabetes. Diabetics have a two-three times higher rate of depression than the average population.

Additionally, the World Mental Health Survey also found that an increase in sugar in the diet has also been linked to anxiety disorders, impulse control disorders, and substance use disorders.

What Is ‘Too Much’ Sugar?

What “too much” sugar is depends on your body type and lifestyle. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists a dietary guideline indicating that no more than 10 percent of a person’s calories should be coming from added sugars in the diet. This 10 percent is a maximum and not a daily-recommended intake. Naturally-occurring sugars are not included within this 10 percent. So, the sugars found in fruit and dairy products, for example, are not included in that 10 percent whereas sugars from things like ice cream, syrups, honey and baked goods are. Of course, the number of calories burned per day varies per person so the amount of sugar that makes up 10 percent varies accordingly. A devoted daily runner, for example, could consume more sugar than someone who only exercises once a week, for example, and still be within his or her dietary limits.

For most of us, though, it doesn’t take much to consume too much sugar with today’s processed foods. For example, for an average adult who burns 2,000 calories a day, that’s 200 calories allotted to added sugar. Drinking only one 12-ounce can of cola has about 46 grams of sugar in it. This equals 184 calories of added sugar. That one can alone, then, equals 92 percent of one’s allotted sugar intake. It should be noted, that those with a smaller body or those with particularly sedate lifestyle may not even burn 2,000 calories a day.

According to the FDA, most Americans consume 13 percent of their calories from added sugars in the diet. Children, adolescents and young adults tend to have the highest levels of sugar in their diets. Added sugar in the United States diet tends to come from sugar-sweetened dinks, desserts and sweets like candies.

It’s worth noting that the guideline for the percentage of sugar in the diet may be 10 percent in the United States, but in other places such as the United Kingdom, the dietary recommendation is as low as five percent. This is less than one can of cola. Clearly, less sugar is considered to be better for your health.

Sugar Causes Depression: The Evidence

The study, “Sugar Intake from Sweet Food and Beverages, Common Mental Disorder and Depression: Prospective Findings from the Whitehall II Study,” showed that:

• Men with the highest level of sugar consumption had a 23 percent increased risk of a common mental disorder (depression or another disorder) after five years. This could not be attributed to health behaviors, socio-economic factors, other diet-related factors, obesity or other diseases.

• Both sexes with the highest level of sugar consumption were at an increased risk of recurrent depression; however, this association may be related to other dietary factors as well.

One meta-analysis looked at the risk of depression associated with sugar-sweetened beverages specifically. It found that even relatively small amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages can increase the risk of depression:

• When compared with sugar-sweetened beverage non-drinkers, those who drank two cups a of cola a day had an increased risk of depression by 5 percent. It’s important to note that two cups of cola per day is actually within the dietary guidelines as set out by the FDA as it contains 46 grams of sugar – or 92% of an average allotment.

• When compared with non-drinkers, those who drank the equivalent of three cans of cola per day had an increased risk of depression of 25 per cent.

It’s important to note that the risk is likely increased further if other sources of added sugar are also in one’s diet.

Other studies show between a moderate to a significant increase in the risk of depression when sugar consumption is elevated.

Why Might Sugar Cause Depression in the Long-Term?

There are several theories as to why sugar may cause depression in the long-term.

1. Sugar intake may decrease the growth factor brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which may decrease neurogenesis (the grown and development of brain tissue) and increase brain atrophy. Both of these are common in the brains of those who are depressed.

2. Increased sugar intake may increase inflammation in the body which may depress mood.

3. High sugar diets may also induce hypoglycaemia through an exaggerated insulin response and thereby influence hormone levels and potentially moods.

4. The addiction-like effects of sugar suggest that it affects dopamine (a “feel-good” chemical) in the brain and thus can impact depression.

5. Obesity, common in those who consume high levels of sugar, may also increase the risk of depression, not only through inflammation in the body but also through psychosocial factors such as discrimination.

6. Sugar alters the endorphin levels and increases oxidative stress and this increases the risk of depression.

None of these theories have been proven definitely and it’s likely that sugar causes depression through multiple pathways.

A Diet Lower in Sugar Has Reduced Depression Risk

While no diet has been shown to reverse depression, balanced diets, such as those of the Mediterranean diet have been associated with a lower risk of depression. The Mediterranean diet has the following characteristics. It is:

• High in monounsaturated fatty acids (like in fatty fish and nuts) and low in saturated fatty acids (such as animal fats)

• Moderate in its alcohol intake

• High in its cereal (such as bread) intake; typically these cereals are whole grain

• High in its intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts

• Low in its intake of meat and meat products

• Moderate in its intake of dairy and dairy products

• High in its fish intake

• Very low in sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meat, refined grains, refined oils and other highly processed foods

If you’re looking to decrease to risk of depression, it worth trying this type of healthy, balanced diet.

Other Tips for Cutting Down Sugar in the Diet

There are specific tips that can help you reduce the sugar in your diet and thus reduce the risk for depression and other adverse health effects. These include:

• Choosing water – sparkling or still – over sugar-sweetened beverages

• Limiting juices (which are high in sugar) and smoothies to no more than 150ml per day

• Choosing mashed bananas or lower-fat cream cheese over jam, honey or chocolate spread on your toast

• Checking nutrition labels and choosing products with less added sugar

• Choosing whole-grain, unsweetened breakfast cereals (you can add fruit for sweetness and extra flavor)

No one can be expected to radically change one’s diet all at once, but these tips provide a starting point in reducing the sugar in your diet. This could not only decrease your risk of depression or another mental illness but can increase your health and quality of life overall.

References

Gunnars, K., “Mediterranean Diet 101: A Meal Plan and Beginner's Guide

Hoerr, J., Fogel, J. and Van Voorhees, B., “Ecological Correlations of Dietary Food Intake and Mental Health Disorders

Hu, D., et al, "Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Consumption and the Risk of Depression: A Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies

Knüppel, A., et al, “Sugar Intake from Sweet Food and Beverages, Common Mental Disorder and Depression: Prospective Findings from the Whitehall II Study

National Health Service (NHS), “How Does Sugar in Our Diet Affect Our Health

Roy, T. and Lloyd C., “Epidemiology of Depression and Diabetes: A Systematic Review

United States Dietary Association, Google Search: How Much Sugar in Two Cups of Cola

Villines, Z., “Can You Get Diabetes from Eating Too Much Sugar


Why Peanut and Food Allergies Are Surging?

by Carissa Andrews  -  February 25th, 2020  Match Score:1

Why Peanut and Food Allergies Are Surging

Peanut allergies are on the rise—increasing 21% since 2010. In fact, children with a peanut allergy account for roughly 10,000 children being admitted to hospitals around the world. Granted, this isn’t the same everywhere, for instance, India and China are not seeing this same rise. However, in the US, more than 2.5%, or roughly 1.2 million kids are allergic, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Severe allergies can strike anyone, regardless of social stature, income, or race. Sometimes a family history can be at play, and sometimes it’s random. In fact, Kylie Jenner’s daughter, Stormi, was recently hospitalized for a day,

While kids are more prone to developing the allergy

As with any other allergy, peanut allergies are nothing more than an abnormal immune system response. The body basically decides the proteins from peanuts pose a threat and it begins to overproduce immunoglobulin E (IgE), which is an antibody, in order to fight off the threat. After a couple of exposures to peanuts, if IgE has developed a sensitivity to peanut proteins, it will trigger a histamine response in the body. In some cases, the allergic response is mild and affects them only if they consume something with peanuts. However, there is a certain portion of the populace who has an allergy so severe, walking into a room where peanuts were served is enough to trigger a response.

SYMPTOMS OF PEANUT INTOLERANCE / ALLERGY

Knowing whether or not a child or loved one has a peanut allergy can be a challenging diagnosis at first. Especially if they’ve already consumed peanuts before without problem. However, as we discussed, it does take a couple of exposures to develop IgE and trigger the allergic response. The best thing to do is be mindful of the symptoms for both peanut intolerance and a severe allergic reaction.

Intolerance symptoms generally look like mouth tingling sensations, cramping or indigestion, mild hives or itching, heartburn, and dizziness.

However, a true peanut allergy can be associated with severe hives, skin rash, difficulty breathing, accelerated heart rate, and can even go extreme by causing anaphylaxis, coma, and even death. Peanut allergies are estimated to be associated with up to 80% of fatal or near fatal allergic reactions each year.

Interestingly, 6 out of 10 children with a peanut allergy also have atopic dermatitis

If someone in your family is suspected of having a peanut allergy, there is good news. A simple blood test or skin test can confirm or deny it. However, if you are trying to reduce the risk for your children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends delaying giving peanuts to children under the age of three who might have a higher risk for food allergies.

THE IMPACTS OF FOOD ALLERGIES

Food allergies are becoming more of a mainstream topic, spurring on schools, airlines, and many households to go peanut-free. There is even an allergen-free movement when it comes to passing out treats for Halloween and other major holidays.

The thing is, approximately a third of kids with food allergies have been bullied because of their allergy. Yet, the largest burden really falls on the parents and caregivers of children with severe food allergies. A study by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

There’s obviously a loss of normalcy as everyone in the home, school, and other places the child regularly visits each have to adjust their routines and meal plans. But there’s also issues when it comes to birthday parties, extracurricular events, and even traveling or dining out. Each of these scenarios have to be taken into consideration and addressed to provide a safe environment.

What’s more, depending on the severity, the daily needs and requirements for caring with a child with severe food allergies can take its toll on the family budget—both in time and money. All of this has led to a whopping 82% of parents to worry and think about food allergies all the time.

COMMON MEDICINES TO TREAT PEANUT ALLERGIES

If your child has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy, there are a couple of ways to manage the histamine reaction. They are typically prescribed by your doctor and range from controlling a mild reaction, up to the more severe. Let’s take a look:

• Mild: Benadryl

• Mild: Claritin

• Severe: Epipen Injector

There is a brand-new therapy recently approved by the FDA to treat peanut allergy in kids aged 4-17. Palforzia is a new oral immunotherapy manufactured by Aimmune, a pioneer in food allergy treatments. While the medication doesn’t provide a cure, it does increase the tolerance to small quantities of peanuts, which decreases the risk of serious reactions from an accidental bite. If you’re looking for more information on Palforzia, or tips / food allergy options, check out Aimmune’s Twitter account

Regardless if you or a child in your life is suffering from a food allergy, such as that from peanuts, there are options. Remember, you aren’t alone and if you are a parent of a child with food allergies, you still need to take time for yourself. Reach out to a support group for parents who are in the same boat or ask for help when you need it. Canadian Pharmacy King

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9 Heart Healthy Tips Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

by Carissa Andrews  -  February 10th, 2020  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Amy Gross, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Amy Gross, flickr.com

Can you believe it’s already February 2020? While everyone is talking about love, romance, and how to rekindle the flames of the heart, over here at Canadian Pharmacy King, we want to remind you about the easiest ways to keep that heart healthy. In order to have great relationships, we need to around long enough to enjoy them, right? So, having a healthy heart is on your agenda this year, fear not, we have you covered with these great tips and easy eating habits you can start incorporating into your day. Ready? Let’s check them out!

1. Ditch the TV

2. Get Your Cardio On – While there’s no magic bullet in terms of keeping a healthy heart, the consensus points to cardiovascular exercise (aka aerobic exercise) is your best bet. What you do is not as important as making sure you do something regularly. This means, finding an exercise that keeps your heart pumping in the cardiovascular zone

a. HIIT

b. Repetitive Cardio

c. Marathon Running – Speaking of running, one of the largest growing segments for fitness is amateur marathons

3. Weight Train Like You Mean It

4. Eat Like You Mean It

a. Whole Foods

b. Clean Meats – Speaking of clean meats, this one deserves its own little segment. We all love a good steak or burger, but research shows the best meat for a healthy heart is actually fish

c. Chili Peppers – Do you love spicy foods? If so, we have good news for you! A large study found that eating chili peppers

d. Green Tea – We’ve known this one for a while, but it’s worth a mention. Regularly green tea drinkers were recently found in a study published by the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology

e. Get More Fiber – Having a healthy gut is vitally important to your overall health. As it turns out, eating foods that increase the good bacteria in your GI tract can contribute to a healthier heart. Research is finding that by consuming snacks like walnuts

5. Go Big (Breakfast, That Is) – Two recent studies have found that eating a fifth of your overall daily caloric intake

6. Dig on a Dog – We’ve got a whole article

7. Quit Smoking – It doesn’t matter when you started smoking as much as it does when you decide to quit. In fact, after 48 hours, your taste and smell improves. Within 72 hours, it’s easier to breathe. And after a year, your risk of heart attack

8. Prioritize Your Sleep

9. Manage Stress Better

a. Meditate

b. Yoga

c. Repetitive Cardio (Replay)

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Every body’s chemistry is different, which can mean eating certain foods is off the table for you. If you have any disabilities or physical limitations, work within your parameters and always follow your doctor’s recommendations. Don’t forget, here at Canadian Pharmacy King, we also carry a full line of heart medications

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7 Creative Activities to Keep Kids Busy During Coronavirus

by Carissa Andrews  -  April 13th, 2020  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Peter_Yates, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Peter_Yates, flickr.com

At the beginning of March, it would have been hard to believe most parents around the world would be taking a crash course on home schooling our kids. Yet, here we are, looking for ways to keep our kids busy, educated, and entertained thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us aren’t prepared for such a task, so we’re actively on the hunt of parenting tips that will help us with lessons to teach kids during this time of self-isolation.

When parents are now having to work from home, too, it can be especially important to get kids into a routine. This will help them to be crystal clear on expectations from day-to-day and even hour-to-hour. One of the best ways to do this is by having a daily schedule in place to help everyone stay focused and productive. This is a new norm for everyone, after all.

If your kid’s school has incorporated distance learning, you’ve got a support system not all parents have. So, definitely take advantage of the classrooms who are teaching lessons online during the novel coronavirus quarantine. To be most effective, this means making sure kids of all age groups log in at the same time each day and follow the instructions laid out by their teachers. However, if schools in your area have shut down for the remainder of the year, you might be looking for kids activities to help pass the time. Regardless of whether or not school is still in session, here are 7 awesome ways to keep your kids engaged during the coronavirus quarantine:

1. Virtual Museums & Travel Tours

– Need a little art in your life? Check out this awesome list of virtual tours you can take from some of the world’s most renowned museums. Even the Smithsonian is online and ready to engross you and your family in the world of art and natural history. Want to see the world from the comfort of your living room? Check out EarthCam

2. Bring Nature Inside

– For the nature lovers in the family, there are some great options they’ll want to check out. National Geographic Kids offers all sorts of great choice from videos, to games, and more. In addition, Google AR brings augmented reality to your kid’s bedroom. Kids can use Android or iOS smartphones or tablets to place 3D digital animals and objects into your own house to see how they’d fit. Do your kids want to be citizen scientists? Why not help real scientists study distant galaxies in outer space or track penguins

3. Science Projects FTW

– For more science and STEAM-related projects, kids can find a wealth of information over at Mad Science. From printable coloring sheets to at-home experiments kids will love to try, the website has it all. Another fun option to check out is the Kitchen Pantry Scientist. Much like Mad Science, Kitchen Pantry Scientist offers tons of science experiment videos, all using tools and ingredients you most likely already have in your cupboard. There are all sorts of fun things to do from creating a glitter volcano to making your own lava lamp! Even Bill Nye the Science Guy

4. Get Kids Moving

– Kids, no matter their age, need time to move to move their bodies. Why not try the online PE workout with Joe (The Body Coach)? Joe hops in every Monday – Friday with new workouts specifically designed for kids. They’ll love the energy boost (as well as some of the fun brain benders he offers, too!) For kiddos who need a little bit more calming and mindfulness-type exercises, check out Cosmic Kids Yoga

5. Music Inspiration

– Music class, anyone? Kids wanting to continue on with their music lessons (or maybe pick one up) can head over to Myleene Klass’s Youtube Channel, Myleene’s Music Klass, where she teaches kiddos all about music Monday-Friday. You could also check out Rachel Ramback’s

6. Celebrity Storytime

– Tons of celebrities have taken to the internet to read bedtime stories to children online. Notable celebs, such as Amy Adams, Jennifer Gardner, Josh Gad, Dolly Parton, and Reading Rainbow’s own Levar Burton are amongst the list. Many of them have teamed up with #SavewithStories, so you can find even more celebrity reads over there. As if all this wasn’t stupendous enough, Audible

7. Family Fun

Please remember, businesses and healthcare facilities can still use your support during this time. Whenever possible, think about ways you can attend or participate in activities in your community to support the small businesses, healthcare workers, or seniors. The best way to do that is by visiting your local chamber of commerce website and seeing what information they have to offer regarding ways to support the community.

While none of us expected to be homeschooling our kids, and likely working from home at the same time, now might be the perfect opportunity to bond together by providing them a variety of experiences they may not have had otherwise. From virtual tours, to virtual classes, hopefully this list gave you some fun ways to keep your kids engaged and educated during the COVID-19 quarantine. From all of us at Canadian Pharmacy King, stay safe and healthy.

Additional Resources:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/help-i-ve-got-kids-what-do-i-do-tips-for-parents-working-from-home-1.4855001

https://twitter.com/CheviotMedia/status/1243472337758040066

https://www.heraldtribune.com/entertainment/20200329/coronavirus-florida-educators-adapt-to-new-ways-of-teaching-online

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23kidactivities&src=typed_query

https://naturalhistory.si.edu/

https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/petra/

https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

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Over 40? 11 Important Health Signs to Watch For

by Carissa Andrews  -  September 28th, 2020  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by City of College Station, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by City of College Station, flickr.com

When people turn fifty, it’s typically a crucial year for many people. Not just because it’s the big 5-0, either. Being fifty has been shown to kick of a number of health-related issues into high gear. However, many of them are also signs that might be easy to spot if you know what to look for. So, if you’re over forty, you might just want to perk up and pay attention. Here ‘s a list of 11 important health signs you need to be on the lookout for before your turn fifty (and of course, afterward).

1. Hair changes

2. Vision problems – By the time we’re sixty, eye-related eye problems

3. Insomnia – Even though it’s pretty common for people not to get enough sleep, as we age, insomnia

4. Big belly – Many people call big bellies as we age “beer bellies,” but in all honesty, they are simply caused by reduced testosterone and too many calories – of any kind. The problem with too much fat around the midsection is that this type of fat is linked to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and a host of other scary health conditions if left unchecked. According to WebMD

5. Weakness

6. Sex Drive or Function Problems - Chock this one up to hormonal imbalance again. Do you see a trend here? Sexual intimacy with our spouses and partners is a critical component to a healthy relationship. It keeps us connected and staves off depression and other issues. Low sex drive and erectile dysfunction (ED) are both closely linked to hormonal imbalances and are likely not going to get better with time. Instead, being proactive by talking to your doctor can be crucial to combatting this form of aging. Sometimes medication, is the best answer. In addition, for men, erectile dysfunction

7. Irritability

8. Heartburn – By the time you’re forty, nearly everyone has experienced heartburn at one point or another. However, frequent heartburn could actually be a sign of coronary artery disease. The build-up of plaque in your arteries can lead to angina – chest pain

9. Bloody urine

10. Blood in your stool – Sometimes this symptom can be benign, for example, thanks to hemorrhoids. But sometimes, finding blood in your stool can be far more nefarious. It can be pointing toward colorectal cancer. Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman, was just 43 years old when he died this year from colon cancer

11. Frequent headaches

3 Key Ways to Stay Healthy Past Your 40s

While we can’t always prevent all the bad stuff from happening, there are three key ways we can stay as healthy as possible. If we can manage these to the best of our abilities, our health will improve dramatically and our risk for health issue related to aging decreases.

1. Drink more water – 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. This causes muscle fatigue, dizziness, confusion and reduced cognitive processing, dry mouth, and more. Increasing our water intake to 64oz or so on days without extreme exercise or heat exposure is ideal. Drink up to 100oz of water on days when you do workout vigorously or plan to be in the sun or out in the heat.

2. Eat better – It may come as no surprise, after all, you know the adage - we are what we eat. Choosing foods that make up a healthy diet (low in sugar and fat) is the best way to increase your longevity, reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular problems, and overall, stave off other health problems.

3. Exercise

Being healthy in our fifties, sixties, and seventies often starts when we’re much younger. By paying attention to warning signs in your forties, you could spot a potential health hazard before it ever has the chance to develop further. Pay attention to the small changes happening to your body once you hit your forties. You never know when something small might actually be a bigger health risk in disguise.

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Disclaimer:

The purpose of the above content is to raise awareness only and does not advocate treatment or diagnosis. This information should not be substituted for your physician's consultation and it should not indicate that use of the drug is safe and suitable for you or your (pet). Seek professional medical advice and treatment if you have any questions or concerns.
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