Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Sending our children back to school can often come with anxiety, joy and a lengthy to-do list as they start back (or just begin!) new classes. Staying on top of health and well being can make a dramatic difference for a child as they spend their days in a classroom. Some simple health tips that adults can utilize as their families make the transition into a new school year are:
• Lunch and snack time – When a child isn’t around their parent during certain meals, they may feel they have a little freedom to choose and consume what they want. (Depending on the age and family, of course) Providing a packed lunch or snack can help a child to make good decisions and healthy choices. Sometimes it may be easier to throw in a soda and pre-packaged lunch combo, but the sodium and sugar content can be beyond the daily recommended dose for a child. Taking the time to create a well balanced meal to send with your child can help protect them from an increased risk of obesity and other chronic illnesses.
• Anxiety – This can be completely normal for a child (of any age) to experience as they begin the school year. Some children may worry about friends, leaving their parents or curriculum. Encouraging a child with positive words and being supportive can often help. Be present for pickup or drop off if possible and go to any meetings or conferences with your child that are available. When the anxiety continues past the first day of school and into the weeks that follow, it may be an indication that something else may be bothering your child. (this could range from bullying to mental health, and should be reviewed with a health care provider)
• Safety – A child must travel to school either on a bike, in a car or bus or on foot. Each of these forms of transportation may have special rules and guidelines that a parent must discuss and enforce with their child. This can include seat belts, helmets as well as drop off and pick up locations. A carpool or bus may have specific regulations that are different than mom or dad’s car that should be clearly outlined. Crossing streets and railroad tracks on foot or by bike may also have specific rules that must be understood by the child to remain safe while travelling.
• Exercise and activity – Children need to move, play and use their bodies! After sitting in a classroom all day, with only minimal playground time, they may need the opportunity to move and play when they return home. Unplug the television and game console – go outside and move!
As they days grow shorter and cooler and the ‘newness’ of the school year recedes, it can be important to encourage children to stay healthy. Cold and flu season will be here before we know it!
Thursday, August 21st, 2014
A person may choose to do a detox diet or cleansing to help clean out the body and mind and reach a more healthy state. Some reasons that a person may do this are:
• Lethargy or sluggishness
• Blemishes or skin irritations
• Emotional distress
• Remove toxins from the body
• Weight Loss
• Digestive health
• Improve constipation
• Increase vitamin and mineral absorption
• Sore muscles
• Overall feeling of achiness
• Give the immune system a boost
• Mental fogginess
• Menstruation problems
• Lack of balance or clarity
The end result though, is to feel healthier and have more energy with an overall feeling of better health. A detox can be accomplished in a number of different ways and should be determined based off of a person individual health and reason for the cleansing.
A detox is used to help remove the ‘gunk’ out of the blood and liver where toxins are prepared by the body to be passed out. When these are overloaded, other organs meant to assist in the elimination may not be able to adequately rid the body of the toxins. A detox can be used to stimulate the liver or other organs to help pass the toxins more effectively. Other organs may receive rest through specific fasting or a diet meant to nourish with certain nutrients. Some people may include dry brushing or other ways to increase blood flow to help pass toxins along.
Eastern and ancient medicine has supported detoxifying of the body for thousands of years and understands the benefits clearing the system can have for a person. Our bodies are pummeled every day with toxins, metals, chemicals and free radicals that are biologically trapped and absorbed. Over time a build up may occur, and a detox or cleansing may need to be used to get the body back to a more balanced state. Once this is accomplished, the body can more easily absorb nutrients and maintain a strong immune system.
A person can do simple things to help decrease the amount of toxins that are being allowed into the body before starting a detox or cleansing. Limiting alcohol and coffee as well as refined sugar and cigarettes are a great place to start. Using natural based products as opposed to chemically created products can help limit toxin absorption as well. (Deodorant, household cleaners, shampoo, toothpaste, ect..) In addition to these jump starters, minimizing stress will make a noticeable difference. A body that is stressed produces hormones and can create an overload if the stress has become chronic. Choosing the right detox program and understanding the goal will help a person decide where to start and how they want to finish.
Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Prostate Cancer is a common cancer that is usually seen in older men that develops in the prostrate tissue. The prostrate is a small gland (described as the shape and size of a walnut) that is located right under the bladder but in front of the anus. The prostate is part of a man’s reproductive system and is responsible for the creation of semen, which is needed to transport sperm. Every year over 230,000 men will be diagnosed though the cancer can be slow and limited to the prostrate only, or may become aggressive and become life threatening. Prostate cancer can be difficult to detect early through symptoms but when discovered early, a person’s chance of survival increases. Once the cancer has progressed, a person may notice certain symptoms and choose to seek medical care for a screening.
• Pain in bones
• Urine stream strength has diminished
• Blood in the urine or semen
• Difficulty with urination
• Pain in the thighs, hips or lower back
• Overall discomfort in lower abdomen or pelvic area
• Erectile dysfunction
A person’s risk for prostate cancer can increase with age. This form of cancer is common in men who are 65 years old or older. Black men may also be at greater risk; although the reasons are unknown, prostate cancer may also appear more aggressive in this ethnic group. Men who have a family background where breast cancer and prostate cancer have occurred may place them at a higher risk as well – certain gene mutations may also do this. Men who suffer from obesity may be at a greater risk for late detection of the cancer and difficulty with treatments.
When a person is diagnosed with prostate cancer they may face certain complications and medical treatment options. In the event that the cancer is aggressive and spreads to other tissues in the body it may no longer be curable; just controllable. Incontinence and erectile dysfunction can occur due to the cancer itself or as a result of medical treatments, though both may be able to be improved or reversed as a person heals.
Basic screening for prostate cancer is not a common practice among physicians, and may only be suggested in situations where family history or health risk makes it necessary. If a screening is completed and a potential problem suspected, an ultrasound or biopsy of prostate tissue may be needed to diagnose the cancer. Depending on the stage and aggression of the cancer, different treatments may be suggested. Choosing the right cancer treatment and plan of action will be unique to every patient and should be thoroughly discussed with a trusted health care provider.