Category Wellness

What Is COPD And Is There A Cure?

Woman with an inhaler for COPD

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a chronic lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. A progressive respiratory disease that makes it hard to breathe over a period of time by reducing the airflow. It’s usually caused by smoking or inhaling second-hand smoke.

Shortness of breath, cough, wheezing and chest tightness are all symptoms of COPD and may be developed slowly and vary from each day. Coughing is caused when it feels like your airways are closing up and trying to clear the blockage of the throat with the immediate intake of air for breathing causes you to cough.

Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and small airways into the lungs...

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Advantages Of Both Parents Being Present In Childrens Lives

Family

There are many advantages of both parents being present in children’s lives and some of the results are very obvious. I was watching a family interact with their child in a pool this past weekend, and seeing parents and older brother interact with the child was amazing. Tossing him between the father and brother, he was having the time of his life, receiving total dedication of their time for his enjoyment. He was only 2 years old but had the mentality of a 4 years old, when he splashed into the water with his chest hitting first, I thought oh God is he ok? Parents asking him if he was ok, he quickly shook it off without shedding a single tear, replying I’m okay as he directed them to toss him again, he was ready.

Interacting with his parents, on a higher level than some adults, and...

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Massages Promote Positive Effects

Massage

Massages promote positive effects on the body in many different ways. At one-time massage’s were considered to be a relaxation therapy that only the upper-class people would get to relax them after a long day. While this may still be true, massage’s have become more effective, relieving many more medical symptoms than they are given credit. Some men categorize massages as a way for women to pamper themselves, while this is true, it also relaxes the muscles in the body while relieving pains in different areas of the body.  Massage does not only relieve stress and feels good to the body but there are a number of reasons many people should consider getting a massage.

Massages improve balance in older adults, decreasing the potential to fall and cause more serious damage but also de...

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Allergies Among Children

Allergies

It can be hard to distinguish what causes allergies among children and determining the best solution for it. Depending on the weather at the time, it may be hard to determine if your child has a common or severe cold or if you’re dealing with allergy problems due to the fact that the symptoms are similar.  If it seems the child is always sick no matter what the season, it’s most likely an allergy problem and should be addressed with the pediatrician.  The doctor will be able to determine if it’s a specific allergy or if it’s something that will decrease as the child gets older and they’re able to prescribe medication for the allergies.

There are many things that cause allergies like pollen and some causes can be eliminated with a few actions from the caregiver...

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Constipation Leads To Missed Opportunities

Constipation

Constipation leads to missed opportunities that you could enjoy and some of those that you may be glad to miss. This is something that almost every human being has experienced at once in their lifetime, whether it’s remembered or if it was during the infant stage of life.  If it’s remembered, you know all too well, how horrible it can make you feel. Daily bowel movements are a natural part of everyday life and unfortunately something that parents have to try to keep up with, not only for themselves but their children too.

I had a friend, that worked all the time, or at least it seemed that way, on two different occasions her son was constipated, complaining of a stomach ache for a couple of days, not knowing if he had a bowel movement or not...

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Helpful Hints So You Can Enjoy Life

Helpful Hints

Here are a few helpful hints so you can enjoy life as you take care of the family. Time spent doing the things we enjoy is precious to every individual and helpful hints that improve the ability to make this happen are also precious. These helpful suggestions will also help if you’re pushed for time and you are in charge of making dinner for friends or family.

Helpful hints when cooking:

1) Perk up your lettuce by adding lemon juice to a bowl of cold water and soak for an hour.

2) Lettuce and celery keep longer if you store in a paper bag instead of cellophane.

3) If fresh vegetables are wilted or blemished, pick off the brown edges, sprinkle with cool water, wrap in a paper towel and refrigerate for an hour.

4) If you oversalt a vegetable or soup, cut up a raw potato and d...

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When Children Are Involved

Children Playing

When children are involved, whether it’s summer break from school, or if it’s on vacation, it’s important for them to know what the plans are, when they can expect to do kid-friendly activities and what is expected of them for you to enjoy the time too. Children are always anxious to do some type of activity, especially on vacation as soon as the destination is reached. Doing something small or less time consuming when you first arrive will allow you to enjoy the rest of the day because you can remind them, you allowed them to enjoy an activity first. Once you have unpacked and it’s time for your next level of enjoyment, let them know what you have chosen to do next, whether it’s on a kid level or not, they need to know what to expect.

Plans for the next kid event should...

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Vacations Relieve The Stress

Vacation

It’s necessary to take time away from normal activities because vacations relieve the stress of everyday life. Sometimes taking vacation leaves you feeling less rested than before you went due to over planning activities while you’re there. It’s important to talk about the vacation before you start out so that everyone is clear on their role and activities in which you will be engaged. It’s only fair that everyone involved gets the opportunity for a special event, no matter how small it might be, during the vacation time allotted and to know that it’s ok not to participate in everything...

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Simple Facts That Improve Your Life

Improve Life

Listening to John Tesh, give simple facts that improve your life, or as he refers to intelligence for your life, a few pointers to refer to from time to time. Offering tips on many aspects of life is very enjoyable and he relates situations in everyday life. Did you know that sitting up straight for one minute during the day will increase productivity by 55%? Sitting up straight and walking with your shoulders back will increase oxygen flow to your brain and blood vessels by simply allowing the blood to flow freely. It also diminishes fatigue and lowers the anxiety levels that cause you to feel tired, sleepy and simply controls your overall feelings.  It also decreases the likeliness of having an abdominal bulge. Keeping your shoulders in the correct position is something m...

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Gift Of Giving Birth

Pregnancy Before Birth

Giving birth to a precious baby is a gift in life that most women expect to happen during adulthood and knowing what to expect and how to react to the bodies changing forms is not something you should learn thru trial and error. This time in life should be taken very seriously and preparing yourself for it will ease the physical and emotional pain that you’ll endure. Pregnancy can be enjoyed if prepared and what you do during the pregnancy will have effects on the baby’s survival.

Taking care of your body, eating nutritious meals, knowing medications allowed to take during pregnancy, talking and reading to them, having a good attitude, not getting upset are among a few things that you can control...

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Avoiding Germs Can Seem Impossible

Avoid Germs

If you recently had a baby, avoiding germs seem to be impossible. Lots of women sanitize their home in the last week or so of their pregnancy yet have no problem taking the little one among other people within the first week home. Babies start with a very low tolerance to germs and should be secluded as long as possible. Do you think about the germs that are being spread just from someone else holding you’re baby? I’m not a germaphobic but you would have thought differently if you were around after the birth of my child. I used glass bottles for the first 3 months of her life that I gathered from the hospital because I was able to boil the bottles after each use. I used baby milk from a can so I didn’t have to boil the water to mix with milk substances. Cleaning the baby’s ba...

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Diabetes Is Not Something You’re Required To Live With

Diabetes Test Results

According to Dr. Mark Weis of Ascend Nutritionals diabetes is not something you’re required to live with. Diabetes is not something that’s caused by foods you eat like sweets or carbohydrates but caused by a lack of nutritious that repair beta cells in the pancreas. Beta cell destruction within the pancreas is the cause of developing diabetes and requires medications to control blood sugar levels. Having close contact with diabetic sufferers will cause anyone with or without diabetes to research any type of information to alleviate diabetes. Seeing the effects that diabetes has on individuals is quite disturbing, watching a person with low blood sugar look around a room, dazed and confused, talking with the same confusion or slip into a passed out capacity is really f...

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Colon Cancer Among The Top

Colon

Colon cancer does not discriminate when it comes to scouting for victims of the next attack. Colon cancer is polyps forming in the colon and if not detected in the early stages, could develop into cancerous tumors. That’s why it’s important for both men and women to be screened once you reach your late 40’s but not to exceed, the once magic number, of 50 years old.

There are warning signs that can alert you of a potential problem:  changes in bowel movement, rectal bleeding, persistent abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, and tenements. A colonoscopy should be performed every 5-10 years and depending on the results and your family history, it should be repeated every 5-10 years...

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Breast Cancer Detect And Live

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a concern that most women have, regardless of their age,  yet no one is ever prepared to hear when diagnosed. Hearing people talk about it and supporting the fundraisers to find cures can sometimes be a distant thought in your mind until it happens to you. Knowing what to look for will better prepare you and help with adapting to the situation.

Most common symptoms are lumps or mass in the breast, swelling, redness, painful, itchy or nipple changes. The thought of having breast cancer is a common concern yet most women don’t give themselves monthly examinations as suggested nor follow the guidelines for mammogram check-ups. Nearly all women take birth control pills at some point in their life while the estrogen in the pills has a contributing factor to bre...

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Avoid Skin Cancer By Appling Sufficient Sunscreen

 Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

Applying sunscreen is something we don’t think about on a regular basis to avoid skin cancer unless we are going to the beach, out for a boat ride or relaxing by the pool. The truth is, you should apply sunscreen anytime you’re going to be exposed to the sun, regardless of what you’re doing. Constant exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer without noticing it, therefore treatment is delayed and might cause you future problems if not treated in a timely manner. Once you realize you have a problem of some sort and you go to a dermatologist for examination, it’s usually removed by cutting off the affected area and sent to the lab for further evaluation. Extended exposure time can be damaging in many ways, like causing your skin to look older than it is, accelerates wrinkles an...

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Brushing Your Teeth Can Improve Life Expectancy

Teeth And Gum Problems

Brushing your teeth can improve your life expectancy, unlike the people that were born in the early 1900s. The average life span in the 1900s was about 50 years old, today the average is 70. Every facet of life have been affected by the increased life span, even the insurance industry had to accommodate by increasing the mortality age for life insurance. Are we taking our health more seriously now or have doctors become more knowledgeable or have science advanced so much that we are able to better medicate our diagnosis before they cause serious outcomes? We often wonder what really changed to improve our odds...

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