Category Archives: Illness

Alzheimer’s – 4 Pillars Of Prevention

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Recent research confirms what we have known for some time now: magic bullet drugs are not the final answer in fighting Alzheimer’s. The only effective way to prevent Alzheimer’s, or even slow its progression, at this time in history is by harnessing the power of an integrative medical approach.

Dementia

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When you work in dementia care, people tend to ask you a lot of questions. Probably one of the most common questions that I hear is,

“Are you afraid to get dementia when you’re older?”

Honestly, there are many things that scare me much more than dementia does. Don’t get me wrong: dementia is a terrible group of diseases. I’ve been fortunate, however, to see many of the beautiful moments that people with dementia can experience.

Just in case I do get dementia, I’ve written a list of rules I’d like to live by.

If I get dementia, I’d like my family to hang this wish list up on the wall where I live.

  1. If I get dementia, I want my friends and family to embrace my reality. If I think my spouse is still alive, or if I think we’re visiting my parents for dinner, let me believe those things. I’ll be much happier for it.
  2. If I get dementia, I don’t want to be treated like a child. Talk to me like the adult that I am.
  3. If I get dementia, I still want to enjoy the things that I’ve always enjoyed. Help me find a way to exercise, read, and visit with friends.
  4. If I get dementia, ask me to tell you a story from my past.
  5. If I get dementia, and I become agitated, take the time to figure out what is bothering me.
  6. If I get dementia, treat me the way that you would want to be treated.
  7. If I get dementia, make sure that there are plenty of snacks for me in the house. Even now if I don’t eat I get angry, and if I have dementia, I may have trouble explaining what I need.
  8. If I get dementia, don’t talk about me as if I’m not in the room.
  9. If I get dementia, don’t feel guilty if you cannot care for me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s not your fault, and you’ve done your best. Find someone who can help you, or choose a great new place for me to live.
  10. If I get dementia, and I live in a dementia care community, please visit me often.
  11. If I get dementia, don’t act frustrated if I mix up names, events, or places. Take a deep breath. It’s not my fault.
  12. If I get dementia, make sure I always have my favorite music playing within earshot.
  13. If I get dementia, and I like to pick up items and carry them around, help me return those items to their original places.
  14. If I get dementia, don’t exclude me from parties and family gatherings.
  15. If I get dementia, know that I still like receiving hugs or handshakes.
  16. If I get dementia, remember that I am still the person you know and love.

 

PROBIOTICS: NOT Just Another Vitamin

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PROBIOTICS: NOT Just Another Vitamin

The human body is host to a balance of over 400 different strains of bacteria. The key is keeping the good-guy bacteria in the proper balance to control the bad-guys.

The science behind the benefits of taking probiotics is sound. Practically everyone living in the United States is at risk of having an overgrowth of certain bad types of bacteria, yeast, or fungi that live in the gut area. The good-guys are working to provide a healthy balance, but in many people, they are fighting a losing battle.

Diabetes – Overtreated?

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Are Older Adults Being Overtreated for Diabetes?

Posted By Candy Sagon On January 21, 2015 in AARP Bulletin, Health Talk

If you have diabetes download the article here and give it to your doctor

Testing blood for glucose reading Older patients are not the same as younger patients. You’d think this was obvious, yet doctors often use a one-size-fits-all approach to prescribing treatment that can put their older patients at risk.

Autism – Solving the Autism Puzzle

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For years scientists searched fruitlessly for the causes of autism by looking for genes shared by families prone to the disorder. Now researchers taking a new approach have begun to unlock its secrets.
By Stephen S. Hall

An excerpt from MIT Technology Review

His name was David. He was 10 years old and, to put it bluntly, compellingly weird—especially in the buttoned-down, groomed normality of suburban Long Island in the early 1960s. At the time, Michael Wigler was a ninth-grade student in Garden City, and he liked to hang out at the home of his girlfriend. That’s where he encountered David, her younger brother. Half a century later, he still can’t get the boy out of his mind.

The article is too long to post here, however, to download it click Autism

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Antibiotics – Crisis

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A TED video on the antibiotic crisis. It all started with penicillin.

To read about who discovered penicillin click Penicillin

 

Antibiotic Resistance: White House Announces Battle Plan

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ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE: White House Announces Battle Plan

The White House announced plans to join the game against antibiotic resistance at a news conference held on September 18th. More than 2 million people develop antibiotic resistant infections each year, resulting in more than 23,000 deaths. The World Health Organization recently called antibiotic resistance “an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society”. John Holdren PhD, the President’s director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, raises serious concern regarding the possible runaway spread of infection that could potentially impact the country’s capacity to respond to other threats.

Stroke Therapy – A New Approach

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For Stroke Victims, Jintronix Software Turns Rehab Into a Game
By Dina Bass

Each year about 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke, and many who survive need months, even years, of intensive therapy to recover and then retain muscle function. Frequently, they have trouble getting to outpatient physical therapy sessions or doing exercises correctly at home. Insurance coverage is often insufficient.