The Most Powerful Herb on the Planet

The Most Powerful Herb on the Planet

 

 

Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. It has so many healing properties that currently there have been 6,235 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric and one of its renowned healing compounds curcumin.

 

This puts turmeric on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science and the next most popular studied herbs include garlic, cinnamon, ginseng, ginger and milk thistle.

 

Of the 6000+ studies referencing curcumin, the most interesting finding is that when turmeric is compared to conventional medicine its benefits equal that of many pharmaceutical medications. 

 

In fact, a number of studies have even reported that using curcumin is more advantageous than certain prescription drugs.

 


Health Benefits of Turmeric

 

 

When examining the research, turmeric benefits go beyond that of these 10 drugs:

 

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Anti-depressants (Prozac)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Anti-coagulants (Aspirin)
  • Pain killers
  • Diabetes drugs (Metformin)
  • Arthritis medications
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) drugs
  • Cholesterol drugs (Lipitor)
  • Steroids

 

Now let’s jump deeper into the research on turmeric benefits at potentially reversing specific diseases.

 


Turmeric Benefits Trump Medications

Although the list is much longer, I’ve selected 10 drugs that pale in comparison to turmeric in potentially reversing disease. As you read this report, keep in mind that one of the most powerful advantages curcumin has over the traditional medical approach is the lack of side effects.

 

 

Red Blood Cells Circulation1. Anticoagulants/Antiplatelets

Medical intervention generally includes the following medications to slow and prevent blood clotting:

  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Diclofenac
  • Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others)
  • Naproxen
  • Warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

 

Unfortunately, for people with conditions that are treated by these drugs (i.e. deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), this approach may not always be the wisest decision. Ibuprofen overdose is one such common problem. In addition to common side effects like excessive bleeding and hemorrhage, the risks associated with anticoagulants abound and include everything from back pain to headaches to difficulty breathing.

 

Turmeric, on the other hand, has relatively no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts.

 

Additionally, ever since several groundbreaking studies in the mid-1980s, the curcumin in turmeric has been suggested by researchers as actually being a better option for those with vascular thrombosis.

 

seratonin molecular formula2. Anti-depressants

Although few studies have been conducted on humans, dozens of research trials have proven that turmeric is especially effective in correcting depression symptoms in laboratory animals.

To address this issue, the journal Phytotherapy Research published the results of an amazing, innovative study this past year.  The study took 60 volunteers diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), such as manic depression, and split the group to determine how patients treated by curcumin fared against fluoxetine (Prozac) and a combination of the two. 

Not only was it discovered that all patients tolerated curcumin well, but they discovered curcumin was as effective as Prozac in managing depression.

According to the authors, “This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe therapy for treatment in patients with Mild Depression.”

 

 

anti inflammatory medications tablets 3. Anti-inflammatories

Arguably, the most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation. 

 

The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin, is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. 

This news should have reached every household in the world after the study was conducted because inflammation puts people at risk for almost every disease process known to man.

Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation.

As you will see below in several other articles related to chronic illness, keep this in the back of your mind: Turmeric’s key to disease reversal may be its ability to keep inflammation at bay.

 

 

Pain In A Hand, joint pain, arthritis 4. Arthritis management 

Because curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics, a study was conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients to compare the benefits of curcumin in turmeric to arthritis drugs (diclofenac sodium), that put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease.

The study split these volunteers into three groups: curcumin treatment alone, diclofenac sodium alone, and a combination of the two. The results of the trial were eye-opening:

The curcumin group showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall [Disease Activity Score] scores and these scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events. Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of curcumin treatment in patients with active RA, and highlights the need for future large-scale trials to validate these findings in patients with RA and other arthritic conditions.

Published by Phytotherapy Research in 2012, the results of this study has encouraged more human research to evaluate the amazing effects curcumin-rich plants like turmeric has on people suffering from various different types of arthritis.

 

 

Cancer Word Cloud 5. Cancer treatment 

Of all the various topics scientists have tackled in regards to the curcumin and disease reversal, cancer (of various types) is one of the most thoroughly researched topics. In the words of global authorities like Cancer Research UK,

A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells. 

A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone. 

States-side, the American Cancer Society states,

Laboratory studies have also shown that curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread. Researchers have reported that curcumin blocked the formation of cancer-causing enzymes in rodents.

Recently, curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of it’s ability to reduce tumor size and kill cancer cells.

Bottom line: Turmeric works incredibly well to help naturally treat cancer and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.

I personally use and recommend Schwartz Bioresearch Premium Ultra Pure Turmeric Curcumin.

 

 

diabetes Word Cloud 6. Diabetes management 

For lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance there’s arguably no better natural treatment than adding turmeric into your diet.

In 2009, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study out of Auburn University that explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes.

The study discovered that curcumin in turmeric is literally 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

In addition to correcting the causes of diabetes, curcumin has also been proven to help reverse many of the issues related to insulin resistance and hyperglycemia.

Take, for instance, diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy. One of the most common complications of diabetes is damaged blood vessels which cause blindness.

A study found that supplementing with curcumin can delay this horrible complication of diabetes because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

 

 

Human Digestive System7. Gastrointestinal treatments

Oftentimes, people with digestive and stomach complaints become intolerant to medical interventions because the stomach flora is already compromised and drugs can literally tear up the mucosal lining.

An in-depth analysis of all the studies evaluating curcumin’s ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s disease, and Ulcerative Colitis) found that many patients were able to stop taking their prescribed corticosteroids because their condition improved so dramatically by taking curcumin! 

For many patients with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) corticosteroids reduce their pain symptoms, but damage the intestinal lining over time actually making the condition worse.

However, supplementing with curcumin did not have these side effects and, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, actually helped heal the gut and supported the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).

 

 

 

clogged cholesterol artery 8. Cholesterol regulators 

One of the reasons heart disease is such a problem in the U.S. is that people are developing pre-diabetes (excessive blood sugar) at an alarming rate.

In turn, diabetics and non-diabetics alike are suffering from a common complication called oxidative stress, which damages the inside of blood vessels.  Because of this damage to the arteries, cholesterol begins to build up to patch up the damaged areas which leads to high levels of LDL cholesterol. 

Traditionally, statin drugs (like Lipitor) are widely known to harm the kidneys and liver and cause a number of deadly side effects.  They do bring cholesterol down but never address that actual cause which is oxidative stress that is caused by high blood sugar levels and inflammation.

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Thankfully, medical doctors are becoming more and more aware of the dangerous side effects of statin-drugs and prescribing natural alternatives like curcumin and fish oil instead!

A study done by Drugs in R & D found that curcumin was equal or more effective than diabetes medications at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol.

Studies like these are causing pharmaceutical companies to try and design a synthetic form of curcumin that unfortunately, will not work as well as the real thing.

 

 

 

medication bottle with pills 9. Painkillers 

One of the more widely accepted properties of curcumin in scientific communities is its ability to manage pain.

Just this past year the European Journal of Pharmacology published research that discovered curcumin naturally activates the opioid system in diabetic rats. Typically manipulated by drugs, this natural process serves as the body’s inherent pain-relieving response. 

Not being limited to diabetic pain conditions, an interesting study also published late last year gives us a clue as to the wide array of pain conditions that can be treated by curcumin.

Take, for instance, severe burns. Typically, burn victims are treated by dangerous opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. However, because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research suggests that, curcumin should be used to treat burns instead of these conventional medications.

The trend should becoming clear at this point. Therapeutic use of turmeric and other curcumin-rich plants are displacing conventional medical treatments and proving it’s a legitimate natural painkiller.

 

 

steroid shot10. Steroids 

Lastly, let’s take a look at how turmeric benefits the many conditions normally treated by corticosteroids such as:

  • Psoriasis
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Chronic pain                                                                                                                                                                                  

In a 1999 breakthrough clinical study, it was found that curcumin has the ability to cure chronic inflammation of the eye.  Typically this condition was only treated with steroids but today it’s common for medical doctors who practice functional medicine to prescribe curcumin instead.

What cannot be overstated, however, is that although statistically “comparable” to steroids in managing and reversing chronic disease, “The lack of side effects with curcumin is its greatest advantage compared with corticosteroids,” as stated by the authors in the above study out of K.G. Medical College.

To give you a sense of the amount of suffering alleviated by curcumin, the following is a sample of steroid side effects listed by the UK’s National Health Services (NHS):

 

  • Acne
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Diabetes onset
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Increased appetite (oftentimes leading to increased weight)
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney and thyroid issues
  • Mood disturbances (including aggression, irritability, and rapid mood swings mimicking bipolar disorder)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Risk of infection
  • Stunted growth in children
  • Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
  • Thinning skin (leading to easy bruising)

 

Ultimately, when taking into account the large amount of deadly complications these 10 drugs puts your body at risk for, it is easy to see how taking therapeutic curcumin is superior to most medicines.

If you have any of the diseases above, you will want to consider this natural approach first. For those of you who aren’t sick, taking turmeric will serve you well as a preventative measure.

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Turmeric Side Effects

 

Some people have reported allergic reactions to turmeric, especially after skin exposure. Typically this is experienced as a mild, itchy rash. In addition, high doses of turmeric have been observed to cause:

People taking certain medications should also be careful when using turmeric in their food or supplementing with it. Turmeric may interfere with anti-coagulants like aspirin, clopidogrel and warfarin. It also can affect medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. As with any herb or supplement, use as directed.

If you’re in the position where you must be on prescription medications, don’t discount the need to include ample amounts of fresh, organic turmeric into your diets because it will help reduce the adverse affects of the medicine.

A study that was published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology describes how combing curcumin with prednisolone (a steroid) effectively reduces the side effects of this dangerous medication.

 


Turmeric Recipes

 

One of my favorite recipes for including turmeric benefits into your diet is turmeric tea “liquid gold”.

Also, consuming turmeric eggs for breakfast and curried carrot soup is an excellent way to get more turmeric in your diet.

Amazingly, anti-arthritic activity and a marked reduction in steroid toxicity was seen when supplementing with curcumin.

At the end of the day, the research speaks for itself and we cannot think of one reason why EVERYONE shouldn’t be taking some form of turmeric every day.

Whether as a supplement or a spice to flavor your food, you will certainly be satisfied with turmeric benefits for your body!

 

Turmeric Tea Recipe

Turmeric Tea

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp Turmeric (powder or grated root)

Directions:

  1. Pour coconut milk and water into the saucepan and warm for 2 minutes
  2. Add in butter, raw honey and turmeric powder for another 2 minutes
  3. Stir and pour into glasses.

 

 

Turmeric Eggs Recipe

 

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Total Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 1–2

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ounces shredded raw cheese
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onions
  • 8 chopped green onions
  • 1 cup chopped yellow pepper
  • 6 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric

Directions:

  1. Sauté onions, green onions and garlic in pan with ghee over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Add in eggs, cheese and herbs.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring continuously and add in turmeric.

Curried Carrot Soup Recipe

 

Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 5 cups of peeled carrots, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 2 cups fresh chopped onions
  • 2 tsp curry
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, powder
  • 3/4 tsp yellow mustard seeds, powdered
  • 2 tsp lime peel, finely grated
  • 3 tsp fresh lime juice
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • kefir or goats milk yogurt for garnish

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil over medium heat in soup pot
  2. Add coriander, mustard seed powder, curry powder and ginger powder. Stir for a minute.
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper
  4. Add onions and sauté until soft
  5. Add Chicken broth and sliced carrots and cook on medium low heat for about 30 mins
  6. Puree in blender until smooth, then return to pot.
  7. Stir in lime juice and season with more sea salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve garnished with Yogurt and Parsley

 


Turmeric Supplements 

 

Along with adding turmeric into your diet you may also consider taking it or curcumin in supplement form. I personally recommend consuming a CO2 extracted form of turmeric.

Also, according to a study, published in Planta Medica, taking turmeric in combination with black pepper, which contains bioperine, improves turmeric absorbability throughout the entire body. They added 20mg of piperine to 2000mg Turmeric, and it increased the bioavailability of Turmeric 154 percent!

There are plenty of  turmeric curcumin choices available; I personally use and recommend Schwartz Bioresearch Premium Ultra Pure Turmeric Curcumin.

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  • HIGHEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS: Not only is this tumeric curcumin supplement more potent, it contains a  patented BioPerine (10mg per serving) for increased absorption and bioavailability. Turmeric with black pepper is essential in good curcumin supplements (turmeric supplement).  According to a study, published in Planta Medica, taking turmeric in combination with black pepper, which contains bioperine, improves turmeric absorbability throughout the entire body. They added 20mg of piperine to 2000mg Turmeric, and it increased the bioavailability of Turmeric 154 percent!

 

 

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-Laurie

 

 

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Studies Prove Turmeric Treats Prostate Cancer

Studies Prove Turmeric Treats Prostate Cancer

 

 

 

Turmeric offers many positive health benefits, especially to prostate health. A double-­blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial published in the Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy cited radioprotective effects of curcumin in prostate cancer patients.

 

Furthermore, of two patient groups (one that received the curcumin supplement and one that received placebo), the group receiving the curcumin supplementation showed significant, long lasting, improvement in urinary ease and frequency. 

 

Another study investigated the potential effects of curcumin on prostate cancer cells in­ vitro. When curcumin was administered to the cancer cells, researchers observed a notable increase in cancer cell death as the curcumin concentrations increased. 

 

 

Curcumin (From Turmeric) for Prostate Enlargement

 

A study published in the December 2012 issue of Italy’s Panminerva Medica evaluated the effect of a curcumin supplement taken by persons with BPH (enlarged prostate). Sixty­-one patients were divided into two groups for the 6-month study.

The results showed that the group who received curcumin supplementation experienced fewer urinary infections and less incontinence than the control group. Significant improvements in urinary stream and quality­ of­ life were also reported. 

Researchers surmise that curcumin may actually help the body inhibit the compounds that cause prostate enlargement.

 

Sources:

Ledda A1, Belcaro G, Dugall M, et al. Meriva®, a lecithinized curcumin delivery system, in the control of benign prostatic hyperplasia: a pilot, product evaluation registry study. Panminerva Med. 2012 Dec;54(1 Suppl 4):17­22. PMID: 23241931.

Kim HJ, Park JW, Cho YS, et al. Pathogenic role of HIF­1α in prostate hyperplasia in the presence of chronic inflammation. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2013 Jan;1832(1):183­94. doi: 10.1016/j.bbadis.2012.09.002.

 

Turmeric for Prostate Cancer

 

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is most common among men in US.

The prostate gland is located near the bladder of men, surrounding the urethra. This tiny gland, the size of a walnut makes seminal fluid and when a cancerous tumor forms here, it is known as prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the third highest cause of cancer deaths among men – especially over the age of 75. These tumors can be benign or cancerous and when caught early, can be successfully treated.

Symptoms of prostate cancer include difficult, painful and frequent urination, back and hip pain, blood in the urine and so on, when the cancer is localized.

When it spreads, a patient can suffer from kidney failure, weight loss, anemia or bone pain. Genetics, ethnicity, diet, environment or hormones could cause prostate cancer. Once diagnosed treatment of prostate cancer may consist of surgery, radiation therapy or hormone medication.

Prostate cancer is often diagnosed only after metastases – i.e. when the cancer has spread and tumors form in other organs. In 3% of all cases, prostate cancer can prove fatal after metastases.

Here is some of the scientific evidence that proves turmeric’s efficacy in prostate cancer treatment.

 

1. Curcumin Has Chemopreventive Potential

 

Chemopreventive agents are those that prevent or reduce the risk of developing cancers.

Alcoholic extract of turmeric is proven to inhibit the migration and invasive potential of prostate cancer cells .

This extract contained compounds other than curcuminoids thus demonstrating that curcumin alone it not responsible for the anti-cancer potential.

Teiten et al conducted a study to assess how curcumin exhibits its chemopreventive potential in case of prostate cancer.

It was observed that for proliferation of cancer cells activity of 60 proteins was influenced and curcumin could alter the activity of 19 such proteins in order to prevent growth of such cells.

Inflammation of the prostate gland serves as a risk factor for development of prostate cancer.

A novel way by which curcumin prevents onset of prostate cancer is by serving as an anti-inflammatory agent and reducing any inflammation in the gland.

 

What does this mean?  

 

 

Curcumin has the potential of being developed as a chemopreventive agent against prostate cancer and therefore can be used as primary treatment for prevention of prostate cancer.

 

2. Curcumin Destroys Prostate Cancer Cells and Prevents Metastases

 

Curcumin based anti-prostate cancer agents are being developed on the premise that it acts as a multitarget drug and has the potential to treat castration resistant prostate cancer.

Study reports that out of the three curcuminoids, demethoxycurcumin shows the most efficient anti-tumor activity against prostate cancer cells.

Curcumin acts on many biochemical pathways in order to prevent cell proliferation and also to cause cancer cell death.

For example protein kinase D1 is a biological molecule that is expressed in high amounts in normal prostate cells but is reduced in prostate cancer cells.

Curcumin activates this protein and thereby prevents growth and spread of prostate cancer.

This multi targeted action of curcumin leads to apoptosis or cell death of cancerous cells which suggests its value as a chemopreventive agent.

It also prevents metastases- spread of cancer to other parts of the body. Curcumin suppresses the activity of nuclear factor-kappaB which reduces the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals CXCL1 and -2.

These if not controlled can induce metastases formation.

Researchers at Columbia University have extensively studied the effects of curcumin on prostate cancer.

Their findings reveal that curcumin can treat both hormone dependant and independant prostate cancer.

It inhibits colony forming ability or prostate cancer cells and also destroys them. It also prevents metastases.

 

What does this mean?  

 

 

Curcumin prevents proliferation and cause apoptosis of prostate cancer cells.

It acts on hormone dependant and independant prostate cancer and prevents spread of this cancer. Other curcuminoids also show anti-tumor effect.

3. Curcumin is a Chemosensitizer and Radiosensitizer

 

Goel A and Aggarwal BB in the paper describe as to how curcumin specifically chemosensitizes and radiosensitizes tumor cells but at the same time protects normal cells from the harmful effects of chemotherapeutic agents and radioactivity.

Tumor necrosis factor is perhaps the principal protein involved in inflammation. Additionally modulation of its activity can induce cell death.

TRAIL mediated immunotherapy works on the principle of activating this protein to destroy cancerous cells. But cancer cells develop a resistance towards it.

Research shows that curcumin reverses this resistance and sensitizes prostate cancer cell to this treatment.

Curcumin also increases the efficacy of first line treatment drugs like bicalutamide and docetaxel which are used to treat prostate cancer.

 

What does this mean?  

 

 

Curcumin increases sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents and radiotherapy. At the same time it protects normal cells from side effects of these treatments.

4. Curcumin is Therapeutic for Prostatitis

 

Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate gland. It can serve as a risk factor for prostate cancer.

As mentioned earlier, curcumin displays its chemopreventive potential by reducing inflammation in the prostate gland.

Prostatitis is characterised by pain in the genitals and lower back and discomfort while urinating.

A study was conducted where curcumin along with other herbal extracts were evaluated for their effect on bacterial prostatitis.

Experimental group received antibiotics and herbal extracts while the other group received only antibiotics.

Within 6 months of treatment, the experimental group was completely treated with no sign of recurrence. Animal study proves that curcumin is effective in treating non bacterial prostatitis.

 

What does this mean?  

 

 

Prostatitis is inflammation of prostate gland that increases the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Curcumin can help treat inflammation of prostate gland.

Scientists have developed different formulations with curcumin to treat prostate cancer

 

Structural analogs (compounds with variation in structure of parent compound) of curcumin also show anti-cancer activity towards prostate cancer.

Due to its poor bioavailability scientists are preparing different formulations of curcumin such as nanoparticles to treat prostate cancer.

Lab studies show that extracts of turmeric and ginger in combination are potent enough to prevent growth of prostate cancer cells.

Curcumin in combination with phenethyl isothiocyanate found in cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts etc shows anti-prostate cancer activity.

Different bioactive ingredients found in plants have been identified for their anti0cancer potential.

In a clinical trial participants received an oral capsule containing a blend of pomegranate, green tea, broccoli and turmeric for 6 months.

Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a chemical that is secreted by prostate cells and is used as an indicator for detecting prostate cancer.

Treatment with this capsule lowered the levels of PSA thereby suggesting its efficacy as a primary treatment drug.

Zyflamend, a combination of herbal extracts-one of them being turmeric, is proven to be effective as maintenance treatment in order to keep the cancer dormant and prevent it from activating again.

ProstaCaid a dietary supplement containing BCM-95 extract of turmeric root (curcumin & turmeric oil) is also found to inhibit growth of prostate cancer cells.

 

What does this mean?  

 

 

Due to its low bioavailability, different formulations of curcumin are being developed to treat prostate cancer.

Herbal extracts containing curcumin are proven to efficacious in preventing onset of prostate cancer as well as preventing its recurrence.

Turmeric’s Bonus Benefit for Erectile Dysfunction

 

This is worth mentioning… A 12-week study published in 2014 used animal models to compare the effects of Viagra and curcumin. You can scour the details for yourself, but, in short, at the conclusion of the 12-week study, curcumin supplementation had produced a notably improved erectile response… making many wonder if curcumin may support erectile function? 

 

Source: Zaahkouk AM, Abdel Aziz MT, Rezq AM. Efficacy of a novel water­soluble curcumin derivative versus sildenafil citrate in mediating erectile function. Int J Impot Res. 2014 Aug 7. doi: 10.1038/ijir.2014.24. PMID: 25099638.

Precautions

 

Turmeric in food is absolutely safe. But if you plan on taking supplements consult a physician to decide the best dose for you and to avoid drug interactions.

Also do not take them if you are scheduled for a surgery in next 15 days.

The possible drug interactions include blood thinning medications, stomach acid reducing drugs and anti-diabetic medicines.

Dosage

 

Curcumin for Cancer – An 8 Week Regimen

Week 1: Start with small dosage of 1 gm curcumin per day. If you see no side effects, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 2.

 

Week 2: Increase the dosage of curcumin to 2 gm/ day. Again check for any issues side effects etc. If everything looks fine, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 3.

 

 

 

Week 3: Double the dosage again to 4 gm / day. Again if things look fine, continue for a week and go for final step.

 

 

 

Week 4-8: Double again to 8 gm / day. Continue this for 5 weeks

 

 Conclusion

 

There is a great deal of research going on in order to develop turmeric and especially curcumin as an anti-cancer agent.

Turmeric can not only destroy prostate cancer cells but also reduce the risk of developing it and also reduce its activation once it has become dormant.

Start including turmeric in your life  today!

 

 

There are plenty of  turmeric curcumin choices available; I personally use and recommend Schwartz Bioresearch Premium Ultra Pure Turmeric Curcumin.

 

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  • HIGHEST POTENCY AVAILABLE TURMERIC PILLS ENHANCED WITH BIOPERINE: Schwartz Bioresearch turmeric formula has 1500mg of Turmeric Curcumin with 95% Standardized Curcuminoids (the Highest Potency Available) and 10mg of BioPerine (black pepper, curcumin with black pepper) for enhanced absorption and bio-availability.
  • ALL NATURAL, NON-GMO, FILLERS, BINDERS OR PRESERVATIVES: This professional grade turmeric with bioperine (curcumin with bioperine) is natural turmeric powder and has better absorption than turmeric tea. Our Curcumin is also FREE Of gluten, soy, milk, egg, shellfish, corn, wheat, and peanuts.
  • DOCTOR FORMULATED MADE IN USA TURMERIC CAPSULES:  Schwartz Bioresearch Turmeric Curcumin is formulated by doctors and manufactured in the USA in a FDA-approved facility following strict GMP guidelines. Our turmeric with bioperine is third Party Tested to assure the highest quality and purity of each batch.
  • HIGHEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS: Not only is this tumeric curcumin supplement more potent, it contains a  patented BioPerine (10mg per serving) for increased absorption and bioavailability. Turmeric with black pepper is essential in good curcumin supplements (turmeric supplement).  According to a study, published in Planta Medica, taking turmeric in combination with black pepper, which contains bioperine, improves turmeric absorbability throughout the entire body. They added 20mg of piperine to 2000mg Turmeric, and it increased the bioavailability of Turmeric 154 percent!

 

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No Prick Glucose Meter News

 

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Reports about companies developing a “no prick” blood glucose meter have been around for a while. Well, it appears an Israeli company called, CNOGA, has finally cracked the code. The device has been approved in Europe and CNOGA will begin shipping the device in Europe, South America and countries throughout Asia.

 

This is really exciting stuff! The device uses LED lights and a small sophisticated camera to measure the color of your blood. The on board computer runs the results through an algorithm that sifts through over 68 billion possible result combinations to formulate your blood glucose levels.

 

 

How Does It Work?

 

Here’s where Cnoga Medical’s unique breakthrough comes into play: using patented algorithms and a vast amount of data – there are over 68 billion color combinations – from the processors, our TensorTip devices compute and analyze the correlation between the signal and bio parameters.

 

 

All you have to do is stick your finger in the device and it simply beams light at your finger tips. A few moments later, the results are in. No test strips, no control solution, co coding, no lancet device, no pain! You can watch a video of the process below.

 

Four light emitting diodes (LEDs) within the finger compartment shine discrete wavelengths from visual light to infrared light and sensing in a continuous spectrum, ranging from 600 nm to 1150 nm, through the fingertip.

 

 

As the light wave passes through the fingertip, some of it is absorbed and the light signal is changed. Next, a camera sensor, similar to that found in professional digital cameras, detects the changed light signal in real time. The signal is passed on to a processor, which digitally splits the signal into three hyper planes: red, green and blue.

 

If this seems like science fiction, you’re not alone. When the company first looked for partners to develop the product they met with Texas Instruments (TI). The chief scientist at TI called CNOGA liars! Well, TI eventually came on board the project to supply some needed components and no one is calling them liars now!

 

 

About the Company

 

Cnoga Medical Ltd., an international privately held company, is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative, non-invasive, pain-free medical devices for personal use, as well as professional remote medical care.

 

Headquartered in Israel, and subsidiaries in Shanghai, China and Sao-Paulo, Brazil, the company was founded in 2004 by Dr. Yosef Segman, a technology innovator and entrepreneur, who has led product development from the early stages through a strategic partnership with Texas Instruments Inc., to commercialization in Europe, Asia and South America. The company’s Medical Advisor is Prof. Eli Zuckermann, who is with the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology.

 

Cnoga Medical is pursuing a future in which people conduct simple, needle-free blood tests in the comfort of their own homes or other locations. Cnoga’s systems have undergone extensive clinical trials, are registered to ISO13485:2003 and are being commercialized in Europe, Asia and South America. The devices have been CE certified as a 2a Medical Device since May 2014 and the company has received FDA approval for marketing the blood pressure and pulse (PPM) devices.

 

All-in-all, the total development took 9 years and $8 million dollars. Initial pricing in Europe is approximately 1,500 euros. At today’s exchange rate, this is about $1,995. Pricey! However, if you spend $75 a month on testing supplies, then this device will be paid for in approximately 2 years.

 

Like all medical devices, I would think pricing will come down over time. Nonetheless, right out of the gate the pricing is far less than other medical devices, such as an insulin pump, and there does not appear to be any ongoing supplies to purchase.

 

So, what about the availability in the United States? Encouragingly, the technology has already been approved by the FDA; however, it has only been approved for other medical uses, not blood glucose testing.

 

Stay tuned! Meanwhile, check out this great video about how the process works!

 

 

 

 

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Smoke Detectors and CO Alarms – Choose the Right Ones

 

Smoke Detectors and CO Alarms – Choose the Right Ones

 

Installing and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms can save your life. Luckily, they’re inexpensive and easy to install.

 

Basic smoke alarms start at $15, with CO alarms costing $35 and up. Newer models offer more features. For example, interconnected smoke alarms communicate between devices and provide integrated, whole-house protection. Whether the alarms are hardwired or wirelessly connected, with such a system when one alarm detects smoke or CO, all of them will sound.

 

 

Do You Really Need Both a Smoke Alarm and a CO Alarm?

 

Smoke alarms are a must in all homes, and CO alarms are needed for any home with fuel-burning appliances such as a furnace, water heater, range, cooktop, or grill. Even those living in all-electric homes should install CO alarms, because CO can seep into the house from an attached garage or if a backup generator is used too close to your living quarters in the event of a power outage.

You’ll need smoke alarms that detect flaming and smoldering fires for each bedroom, with at least one alarm installed on each floor, including a finished attic and the basement. You should also have a CO alarm on each living level, in the basement, and near (not inside) an attached garage.

Before you shop, check regulations in your region. What you need, including types of alarms and their placement, can vary. Also, some insurance companies offer a 5 percent discount for homes with smoke alarms.

 

 

 

 

 

Smoke Alarm Basics

 

Fires burn differently: Some flare, some smolder. Make sure you purchase a smoke alarm that can detect both types of fires.

 

Ionization Smoke Alarms are best at detecting the small particles typical of fast, flaming fires but in our tests, all tested poorly for detecting smoky, smoldering fires. Ionization units are prone to false alarms from burnt food and steam, so don’t mount them near a kitchen or bathroom.

Photoelectric Smoke Alarms are best at detecting the large particles typical of smoky, smoldering fires but poor at detecting fast, flaming fires. Photoelectric units are less prone to false alarms from burnt food and steam, so you can install them safely around the kitchen or bathroom.

Dual-sensor Smoke Alarms combine ionization and photoelectric technology to save you the hassle of installing two separate smoke detectors. But you will still need to install Carbon Monoxide units. 


Recommended Dual-Sensor Smoke Alarm:

First Alert BRK 3120B Hardwire Dual Photoelectric and Ionization Sensor Smoke Alarm with Battery Backup

The BRK’s patented OptiPath 360 Technology provides 360 degrees of direct access to the smoke sensor, and installation is easy and cost effective.

 

 

 

If you need a Hearing Impaired Smoke Alarm, I recommend the Gentex 710, which has a visual alarm light.  It’s available in plug-in or hard-wired.

 

Gentex 710-LS/W Hearing Impaired Smoke Alarm, Plug-In

 

 

 

Combination Smoke and CO Alarms

 

Currently no single smoke or CO alarm on the market does it all.

 

 

A few alarms combine ionization and photoelectric technologies to cover both types of fire, but they don’t detect CO.

And those that combine CO and smoke detection are effective for one type of fire, but not both.

The challenge to manufacturers: Produce a single device that senses both kinds of fire and CO. Until then, combining various types of alarms offers the best protection.

 

 

 

 

 
If you need both smoke and CO alarms, however, and are planning to buy a combination detector,  the Kidde KN-COSM-BA  (which uses ionization technology) is a practical and cost-effective choice.

The Kidde KN-COSM-BA battery-operated carbon monoxide and smoke alarm combines two important safety devices into a single unit.

It includes a voice warning system that makes four announcements: fire, carbon monoxide, low battery, or smart hush activation. The voice alarm eliminates any confusion and clearly warns you and your family of a smoke or carbon monoxide danger, or if your battery is in need of replacement.

Remember, though, that both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms should be installed to help ensure maximum detection of the various types of fire that can occur within your home.

 

 

 

Features to Consider

 

The latest smoke and CO alarms have added features to better protect you and your family. Here’s what to consider when tailoring the safest combination of alarm options to your household’s needs.

 

Power Source

Hard-wired smoke and CO alarms tie into your home’s wiring and require professional installation. Battery-only alarms are simple to install, and they work during a power failure, but most batteries require annual replacement. (Lithium batteries may last the life of the alarm.) Plug-in alarms are available, but electric outlets are typically located low on the wall, while the optimal placement for the alarm is on or near the ceiling.

 

Battery backup

A backup battery for hard-wired smoke and CO alarms offers security in case of a power failure. All battery-powered smoke and CO units warn you when the battery is low. Some provide warning chirps, a low battery voice message, or a visual display.

 

Interconnectability

You can link some smoke and CO alarms so that all units in the house sound an alarm when any single one is triggered. Some newer homes have wiring already in place to link the alarms. In a home without such wiring, you can buy alarms that interconnect wirelessly. Interconnecting alarms are an important safety feature in a home with multiple levels. A standalone alarm may be adequate for a small, single-level home.

 

Digital CO Display

This feature displays CO concentrations in parts per million, even when the concentrations are below the level that triggers the alarm. CO alarms certified by UL must go off at no less than 70 ppm, but as little as 30 ppm can harm heart patients, pregnant women, and children. The display can alert you if the CO level is inching up or is higher than usual. Some also show the peak level since they were reset, warning you of any spikes that occurred while you were away. Expect to pay a little extra for this feature: $5 or $10 for standalone units, slightly more for units that can be interconnected.

 

Hush Button

To silence a nuisance smoke alarm, pressing a hush button is more convenient than disabling the unit, and it avoids the possibility of forgetting to turn it back on. All the smoke alarms we tested had this feature. Some CO and combination CO/smoke alarms can work with a remote control to silence a nuisance alarm.

 

 

Special Alarm Types:


Strobe light alarms are the best warning for the hearing impaired. Some smoke alarms have an integral strobe light, and some accept add-on strobes.

 

Voice alarms. Children tend to sleep deeper than adults and may not awaken to a beeping sound. Some smoke and combination CO/smoke alarms use a voice command, but it’s not confirmed whether that’s the most effective way to wake children. According to one study, many pre-teenagers who slept through tone alarms awoke to the sound of their mother’s prerecorded voice.

 

Safety lights. Some smoke alarms provide path illumination, a potential life-saver in the dark.

 

Overall Security Systems: You can incorporate some smoke and CO detectors into a system that sounds an alarm outside and inside the house. It can also have a monitoring service notify the police or fire department or even call your cell phone.

 

 

Fresh is Best – Maintenance is Critical

 

Smoke and CO alarms are only protective when installed correctly and if their batteries are replaced annually.

 

Look for the UL Stamp

Check the package to make sure smoke alarms and CO alarms meet Underwriters Laboratories Standard—look for the UL label. Also look up the date of manufacture printed on the back of the alarms. Devices lose their sensitivity over time, so the fresher, the better.  

 

 

 

 

Install and Maintain Properly

Smoke rises, so mount smoke alarms on the ceiling or high on the wall. Test smoke and CO alarms weekly and vacuum them monthly. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding battery replacement. Replace CO alarms every five years and smoke alarms every 10 years.

 

 

 

 

What You Need to Know About

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

 

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Potential Sources of CO Poisoning

 

 

CO alarms should be installed outside of each sleeping area of a house, each level of the house, and in the basement. If your CO alarm is a plug-in model without a cord, it needs to be plugged directly into an outlet. Make sure the outlet is out in the open and not behind furniture, curtains, or other objects that could restrict air flow.

 

 

 

 

Carbon Monoxide alarms with a digital display should be mounted at eye-level so they can be read easily. If the CO alarm is battery powered and doesn’t have a display, it can be mounted anywhere on the wall or ceiling except within four inches of where the wall meets the ceiling. Air doesn’t circulate freely at that level, which will delay the alarm response.

 

Recommended CO Alarm: Kidde KN-COPP-3 Nighthawk Plug-In Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Battery Back-Up and Digital Display

 

 

Remember, you should not install a CO alarm in the following locations:

 

  • Within 5 feet of any cooking appliance
  • Outside or in direct sunlight
  • Garage, kitchen, furnace room, or any extremely dusty, dirty or greasy area
  • Within 20 feet of a fuel-burning heat source (furnace), or fuel-burning appliance (water heater)
  • Humid areas: Away from sources of high humidity, such as a bath or shower, sauna, humidifier, vaporizer, or dishwasher. If there are fuel-burning appliances in the laundry room or utility room, mount them in the room but as far away from the appliances as possible
  • Where temperature is colder than 40˚ F or hotter than 100˚ F, including unconditioned crawl spaces, unfinished attics, uninsulated or poorly insulated ceilings
  • In turbulent air: Near ceiling fans, heat vents, air conditioners, fresh air returns, or open windows. Blowing air may prevent CO from reaching the sensors

 

 

 

Amerex B441, 10lb ABC Dry Chemical Class A B C Fire Extinguisher And don’t forget about fire extinguishers …

 

A fire extinguisher can be a lifesaver. Placed near an exit, in an easy-to-grab spot, it can put out a small fire before the firefighters arrive, or at least suppress the flames while you escape.

All household extinguishers are classified as:

  • A – Ordinary Combustibles (like wood, paper and cloth)
  • B – Flammable Liquids (like gasoline and cooking oil)
  • C – Electrical (live electricity)
  • A:B:C – All 3 Types of Fires

 

The main distinction among home extinguishers is size. In most cases bigger is better, but sometimes the biggest extinguishers are too heavy to maneuver. (The weight on an extinguisher refers to the amount of chemical inside; the canister adds several more pounds.)

There’s also a difference between rechargeable extinguishers, with metal valves, and disposable ones, which have plastic valves. A rechargeable one will cost more, but refilling it once the pressure gauge shows that use or time has depleted the contents is still less expensive than buying a new disposable one.

The National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org) recommends an extinguisher for each floor. But no matter how many you have, nothing can substitute for the most important safety tool: a fire plan. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out in a hurry, where to meet outside, and how to call 911. Even if you think you’ve put out the fire on your own, don’t cancel that emergency call. Leave it to the pros to decide if it’s really out.

 

What Size Is Right?

 

 

 

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Amerex B441, 10lb ABC Dry Chemical Class A B C Fire Extinguisher

10-pound
Best for: Garage or home workshop, where a fire might grow in size before being noticed.

 

Look for: Rechargeable model with hose for ease of use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5-pound

Best for: Quick grab in the kitchen or laundry room.

Look for: Rechargeable model with hose for ease of use.

 

Best Seller – Kidde FA110 Multi Purpose ABC Fire Extinguisher

Kidde FA110 Multi Purpose Fire Extinguisher 1A10BC, 1 Pack

 

 

2-pound

Best for: Car.

Look for: Disposable model with mounting hardware to keep it from rolling around in the trunk.

 

 

 

Stove-top

Best for: Mounting on range hood over stove. (Do not use over deep fryers; released chemical can splash grease and spread flames.)

Look for: Magnetic pressurized cans designed to pop open from the heat of flames, spraying sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).

 

Recommended:  Fire Gone 2-Pack (For All Types of Fires)

Conveniently sized and quick-acting, the Fire Gone 16 oz. Fire Gone suppressant with bracket helps maintain safety in the kitchen, while using the grill or while partaking in any activity where fire is used.

 

 

 

 

 

Using an Extinguisher

Fire safety experts advise you to learn how to use an extinguisher before an emergency arises. Check with your fire department to see if they offer homeowner training. Keep extinguishers where you can see and reach them easily, near the room’s exit. That way you can fight the fire with your back to the door and make a quick escape if flames get out of control.

 

To help you remember how to use an extinguisher, use the acronym PASS:

 

  • Pull the extinguisher’s safety pin.
  • Aim the chemical at the source of the flames rather than at the flames themselves, standing at least 6 feet from the fire (or as directed on the extinguisher’s label).
  • Squeeze the trigger and hold it, keeping the extinguisher upright.
  • Sweep the source of the flames until the extinguisher runs dry.

 

Whenever you have used an extinguisher, whether or not it is completely empty, you must replace it or refill it right away. Same goes with any extinguisher whose pressure gauge slips out of the green zone into red over time.

Fire extinguisher companies charge about $15 to refill a typical 5-pound A:B:C extinguisher, provided it has a metal valve. Extinguishers with plastic valves are not refillable and should be discarded after use.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Buy an Elevated Toilet Seat

 

How to Buy an Elevated Toilet Seat

 

 

Essential Medical Supply Elevated Toilet Seat with Padded Removable Arms

Elevated toilet seats are great for improving safety and ease for the elderly when getting onto and off of the toilet.

For some reason, toilets are generally made quite low.  As with any surface, getting onto and off of a lower height is more difficult than when a surface is higher.

When you throw being elderly and having more trouble with strength and flexibility into the mix, then low toilets can be a real problem.

Elevated toilet seats simply raise the height of the toilet seat to make this easier. They come in many shapes and sizes so it’s important to choose one that will fit your toilet.

It is also important they are a good fit for your elderly loved one.  If elevated toilet seats are too low or high, they can actually not be helpful or even increase the risk of falls.

This article is written to provide you with all the details you’ll need to find the right elevated toilet seat for your elderly parent.

 

Elevated toilet seats are designed for anyone with decreased strength, endurance and balance. Seniors fit into this category. Installing a raised toilet seat is an excellent way to reduce the risk of falls. Elderly with extreme balance problems, however, or who need an extremely sturdy surface might consider a commode with no wheels instead. 

 

Elevated Toilet Seat Recommended Features

 

 

The most important feature of a raised toilet seat is that it fits your toilet properly.

 

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Essential Medical Supply Elevated Toilet Seat with Arms – installs under your toilet seat

 

 

The things to consider for fit are:

 

  • Height: See “How to Fit” section below for details of how to choose the proper height
  • Shape: There are SO many different shaped toilets, you have to make sure your elevated toilet seat is the right shape for the toilet
  • Closure Type: Some come with no closure (and this is ok on some toilets), others have a front securing mechanism or side tighteners to secure the elevated toilet seat on better
  • Peri-area fit: One common complaint  about raised toilet seats is that the male genitals do not fit properly in some of the toilet seats. For more portly gentleman or those with difficulties with swollen prostate, consider a large sloped opening at the front of the elevated toilet seat.
  • Cleaning: Consider which type would be easiest to clean

 

 

 

Warning: Raised Toilet Seats with Arms 

 

If a person has poor strength and difficulty with balance, they sometimes will put too much weight on one of the arms and flip the elevated seat off. This, of course, is opposite to the point of an elevated toilet seat – which is to improve safety.  For this reason, keep in mind that a raised toilet seat with arms is best for someone who’s balance is reasonable unimpaired.

If you feel arms are needed but you’re not sure your elderly loved one has the strength and balance to manage a raised toilet seat with arms, consider toilet safety rails or a commode over the toilet.

 

 

Stand Alone Toilet Safety Rails

 

 

3-in-1 PADDED Commode/Shower Chair. Institutional Quality, Padded Armrests and Back, Adjustable Height

 

Raised Toilet Seat Accessories

 

Raised seats come in many shapes and sizes (just like toilets):

 

  • Different heights: 2″, 3″, 4″
  • Different openings
    • Some are built for petite elderly or women
    • Some are built with men in mind with a larger sloped front opening
  • Different style closures: front tighteners, side tighteners
  • Different shapes: round, oblong, etc. to fit on different shaped toilets
  • Padded
  • Arms: some elevated seats come with arms, these are not always a safe feature
  • Metal fastening system: some come with a metal fastening system on the bottom. These can be more cumbersome, difficult to fit and harder to clean

How to Fit the Raised Toilet Seat

 

Make sure it will fit – it is surprising how many different designs of toilets there are. The only true way of knowing is through trial and error but keeping this in mind while shopping can help:

 

 

Seat Height:

Make sure the raised toilet seat doesn’t make the total seat height too high (for all users). This is difficult if the users are significantly different heights such as 5 foot compared to 6 foot.

You want the top of the raised toilet seat to be at least to the crease of the users knee and not too tall that they cannot touch the floor when sitting down.

They come in different heights such as 2″, 3″, 3.5″ and 4″.

A good rule of thumb is to have them sit on a surface where their knees are just above 90 degrees with their feet flat on the floor.

Measure this height and then subtract the height of the toilet seat without the toilet seat cover. That is approximately the right height for your elderly parent’s elevated seat.

 

 

How it Fastens:

Make sure elevated seats fasten securely. The last thing you want is a tipsy unstable elevated seat.

Some raised seats have no securing tighteners. These still work on some toilets for some people.

They are not suitable for people with very poor balance and a tendency to “plop” down when sitting as the seat will sometimes slide slightly in place and can cause a fall.

I prefer the designs that secure to the inside of the bowl rather than try to grip the outside of the bowl. They are more secure and have less tendency to loosen over time.

 

 

Weight Capacity:

Most elevated seats come with a weight capacity. Check it will properly support your loved one.

 

 

 

How to Use a Raised Toilet Seat

 

Once you have found the right fit and the elevated seat is secure, your elderly parent can start using it right away.

 

  • They approach it like any sitting surface by backing up until they feel the toilet at the back of their legs.
  • Then they take off their pants and sit down, trying to spread equal weight as they sit.
  • Getting up is the same.

 

If extra support is needed, you can consider toilet safety rails or a bathroom grab bar beside the toilet to go with the elevated toilet seat. Or an alternative is a portable commode.

 

 

Recommended:  Essential Medical Supply Elevated Toilet Seat with Padded Removable Arms

Locking Raised Toilet Seat solves your needs for a riser that fits most commercially available toilets. 5″ rise make it easier to get on and off toilet. The elevated toilet seat is designed for users who cannot get all the way down to their existing toilets especially users with hip and knee replacements.

Molded construction supports up to 300lbs and features padded removable arms for travel or easy transfer. Seat will lock securely on bowl with out the use of tools and the need to remove the existing toilet seat. It allows for and allows for easy tool free removal for privacy. Large 10″ x 9″ hole allows for easy use.  No latex.

 

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Thanks for visiting and reading … I hope this article provided some helpful ideas.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

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Preparing For Your Hip Replacement Surgery

Preparing For Your Hip Replacement Surgery

 

 

 

 

Hip replacement is a life-changing step to end chronic pain and restore your quality of life.

However, this is a major surgical procedure with an intense recovery period. It is wise to be as prepared as possible. Here are some things to consider.

 

 

 Before Your Surgery

 

You want to face surgery with the strongest and healthiest body possible. Your surgeon will likely recommend attention to the following items in the weeks before surgery:

 

Nutrition 

 

Eat well balanced, nutritious meals. However, the time just before surgery is not the time to diet or to add any new over-the-counter herbs, supplements or medications. Eat healthy foods and drink adequate water in the time leading up to surgery. Protein in particular will help your bones and muscles recover from surgery.

 

 

 

 

Medications

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Make a careful list of all medications you take, including prescription drugs and any over-the-counter items you might purchase at the supermarket or drug store. Include vitamins, herbs and other supplements. You will need to show this list to your physician and other caretakers before surgery. Your doctor may recommend tapering off and stopping certain medications before your surgery date, as they can impact bleeding during the operation or interact with anesthesia or other medications you will be given during and after the surgery.

 

 

 

Stop smoking 

 

Smoking impacts your blood vessels and lungs, and can slow your recovery from surgery.

 

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Exercise

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Ask your doctor about any exercises you should do before surgery. Exercises to strengthen your upper body will help you get around with crutches or a walker after surgery.

 

 

Video:  Hip Exercises for Before Your Surgery

 

 

 

Certain exercises can help maintain the strength of your leg and hip muscles.  You can practice them now to help prepare for your post-surgery rehabilitation.

 

 

Video:  A Guide to Recovering After Hip Replacement Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

Rest 

Get adequate sleep in the period before your surgery. You will want to be as rested as possible to face the impact of a major surgery.

 

Attitude 

Undergoing joint replacement surgery is a very big undertaking. For awhile after surgery, you will be more disabled than you were before and will need help from others just to perform basic tasks. You will also have to deal with pain after joint replacement surgery. You’ll want to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for these realities, gathering your inner strength and focusing on the ultimate outcome of better mobility. You might consider acquainting yourself with meditation techniques or use CDs or downloaded guided meditations that can ease your anxiety about surgery and focus your mind on the positive.

 

 

Blood Donations 

Major surgery almost always involves some blood loss. Talk to your doctor about the option of donating your own blood ahead of surgery, to be used if you need a transfusion. These donations must be completed well in advance of your surgery date.

 

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Get a Disabled Parking Permit

 

You can get a temporary (6 month) disabled parking placard from the DMV to use while you recover from surgery. Be sure to get the forms, have your doctor sign them, and get the placard from DMV before your surgery.

 

 

Preparing Your Caregivers and Loved Ones for the Surgery

 

When you first leave the hospital, you will need the help of others to perform basic activities like bathing, dressing and managing household chores like cooking and cleaning. Arrange for a family member or friend to be available to stay with you for the first week or two.

 

If you live alone or have no one who can fill this role, consider going to a specialized rehabilitation facility after discharge from the hospital. Your hospital should have a list of these facilities. You may want to arrange a visit ahead of time. Admission to a facility may be dependent on your insurance policy. Please review your insurance policy coverage beforehand.

 

 

Pain After Hip Replacement Surgery

 

Pain after joint replacement surgery is undoubtedly one of the things people fear most about the procedure. This is understandable, but pain after surgery can and should be managed. Pain control maximizes your ability to participate in therapy and recover as quickly as possible. Throughout your recovery, doctors, nurses and therapists will ask about your pain level, and it’s essential that you provide as much detail and honesty as possible.

 

 

Pain at the Hospital (Before and After Surgery)

 

While you’re still at the hospital, you should discuss your pain control options with your nurses and doctors.

 

  • Let your healthcare providers know as soon as you begin having pain.
  • Take your pain medication at regular times. Most pain medication taken by mouth needs at least 20-30 minutes to take effect.
  • Rate your pain using the 1-10 pain scale. (Reporting your pain as a number helps the doctors and nurses know how well your treatment is working and whether or not to make any changes.)

 

A number of pain control options are available, including:

 

  • Patient controlled analgesia (delivered through your IV)
  • Oral medications prescribed by your doctor
  • Pain pumps inserted at or near the surgical site during surgery
  • Temporary nerve blocks administered prior to surgery by your anesthesiologist
  • Ice, heat and other no-medicine options.

 

 

Common Questions about Pain after Surgery

 

 

Q. Could I become addicted to the pain medication?

 

A. It is rare to become addicted to medicine used for pain control. Addiction means a person is taking a medicine to satisfy emotional or psychological needs rather than for medical reasons. Addiction is often confused with “physical dependence”. Physical dependence occurs after you have been using a narcotic for prolonged periods of time. It is a chemical change in your body causing withdrawal symptoms when the medicine is abruptly stopped. This can be avoided by gradually reducing the dosage over several days. Physical dependence is not addiction.

 

 

Q. Could I build up a tolerance to the pain medication so it stops working?

 

A. For some medicines, after a person takes the same amount for a long period of time, the body doesn’t respond as well to the same amount. Larger or more frequent doses of medicine are needed to obtain the same effect. This is called “tolerance” and it sometimes happens in people who take narcotics for pain control over a long period of time. Following your surgery expect to take pain medication for a short period of time.

 

 

Q. What if I have side effects from the pain medication?

 

A. All drugs have potential side effects. Not everyone who takes a medicine will experience side effects. Some common side effects of narcotic medications are drowsiness, constipation, and nausea. Always discuss any side effects with your healthcare provider.

 

 

Q. What if I don’t take my pain medication?

 

A. You may not recover as quickly. Pain medication allows you to stay mobile and helps you get the most out of your exercises. Pain causes increased fatigue, which also slows recovery. Pain adds stress to yourself and your caregivers.

 

 

 

Preparing Your Home For the Upcoming Surgery

 

When you return home from surgery, you will be dealing with post-surgical pain and will be less mobile than before while your joint heals. Your doctor and hospital staff will give you guidelines for preparing your home.

 

 

 

These guidelines may include the following:

 

  • Assess the number of stairs, doorsteps and other impediments to get in and out of your home and to get around inside your home. Your physical therapists in the hospital will train you in handling stairs.

 

  • If you live in a two-story home, you should create a sleeping space downstairs for the first weeks following surgery.

 

  • Measure the width of your doors and hallways. You should have at a minimum 30 inches of clearance in all areas you must navigate at home during the first few weeks. Remember that you will be using a walker and need to be able to turn around with the walker.

 

  • Remove all throw rugs, cords and other obstructions to allow a wide path through the rooms of your home. You must avoid falling or slipping while your joint is healing.

 

  • Make sure you have a chair with sturdy arms that you can use to help stand up and sit down.  Consider a power lift chair.

 

 

Example: Windaze Power Lift Recliner Chair

 

Read: Guide to Power Lift Chairs

 

  • Measure your chair and/or couch and acquire cushions or firm pillows you can sit on to ensure your knees are always slightly lower than your hips. While you recover, you will not be able to bend your hip joint any tighter (closer to your body) than a 90 degree angle. You will also need a special, higher seat for the toilet and a shower or bath seat.

 

  • Place objects you will need frequently – clothing, cooking utensils, etc – in new locations so you can reach them without bending down or reaching up.

 

  • Look into assistive devices. You will need certain assistive devices to help you use the toilet, bathe, dress yourself, pick up items, and get in and out of chairs and your bed.  Equipment most often used includes walker, shower chair, raised toilet seat, sock aid, and a reacher.

 

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Examples of Useful Equipment for Post-Surgery

 

Padded 4-in-1 Commode / Raised Toilet Seat
Padded 4-in-1 Commode / Raised Toilet Seat

 

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Book Review of “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

 

A Caregiving Memoir You’ll Really Identify With

 

 

 

Roz Chast is a professional cartoonist and illustrator who captured her personal story about caring for her parents as they grew older and sicker. It’s titled Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and was one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2014.

 

Chast was an only child, living in Connecticut, but cared for her parents who lived in Brooklyn. Her journey started in 2001 and ends with her mother’s death in 2009. Her father passed away in 2007.

Why this book is different

 

There are many books written by former caregivers and they’re each wonderful in their own way. What makes Roz Chast’s memoir stand out are her cartoon-style drawings.

They transmit her feelings so well, we can feel her annoyance when her father’s incessant chatter drives her up the wall. The pictures bring her anxiety-filled childhood to life and explains her (still) complicated relationship with her overbearing mother.

She perfectly captures the funny and crazy moments

 

While there is sadness, this book is far from depressing. It’s a real-life view of Chast’s caregiving journey. She remembers the funny things and crazy stories and captures them all in hilarious drawings.

 

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My favorite caregiving scenarios from the book

 

Chast is an excellent storyteller and entertains us with scenes that we’re all too familiar with:

 

  • Living an hour or two away, having her own children and husband, and just really not wanting to deal with her parents and their increasing needs.
  • Hating the ever-worsening grime and clutter in their apartment.
  • Trying to convince them (unsuccessfully) that they need more help in the house.
  • That first horrific episode of incontinence (the really messy kind)!
  • Those middle of the night phone calls when something happens…

 


I love this book and recommend it to any current or former caregiver as well as any family members. It doesn’t matter if you’re caring for a parent, spouse, relative, or friend, this book is beautifully illustrated, well-written, and a lighter way to get acquainted with caregiving and aging.

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Excerpts From Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

 

 

 

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Smooth Recovery From Cataract Surgery

How to Have a Smooth Recovery From Cataract Surgery

 

 

Cataracts are small clouding of your eye’s lens that can greatly affect your vision. As people age, cataracts often form in their lenses and can cause your vision to blur or become impaired at night.

 

There are numerous types of cataracts, but the most common are age-related cataracts and affect large numbers of elderly populations. Fortunately though, cataracts are easily treatable and can be completely removed from your eyes with a simple surgery.

 

 

If you have noticed a slight clouding of your vision or have noticed that glares bother you greatly, then contact your eye doctor for an appointment. They can diagnose you with a simple appointment and can talk with you about your treatment options.

 

 

Risk Factors

 

 

Age is the most common risk factor for developing cataracts. As people age they may start to develop blurry vision. People tend to notice the first decreases in their vision around age 40 or 50. Often, this is the beginning of cataracts. Other risk factors for developing cataracts include: Family History, Diabetes, Glaucoma, Trauma, Smoking, UV Light and Steroids.

 

Patients with a strong family history of cataracts and other eye diseases will have an increased risk of developing cataracts as they age. If you have a family history of any eye diseases, then you need to be seeing an eye doctor regularly. An eye doctor can watch for the signs and symptoms of cataracts and determine the proper course of treatment for you as you age.

 

Diabetes is another risk factor for developing cataracts. Constant exposure to high blood sugar can damage your eyes and put you at a greater risk for developing many eye disorders, including cataracts.

 

Glaucoma in itself is not a risk factor for developing cataracts, however many simple surgeries that help reduce your symptoms of glaucoma can actually increase your risk for cataracts. This is due to the trauma your eyes will undergo during surgery.

 

Trauma of any kind, including an injury or surgery, can greatly increase your risk for developing cataracts in your lifetime.

 

Other lifestyle choices including smoking, constant exposure to UV light, and persistent steroid use can increase your overall risk for developing cataracts.

 

 

Causes and Symptoms

 

Most people who do develop cataracts have a few questions. Often, at the top of their list, is how their cataracts developed. Your eyes are phenomenal, and can allow you to see a great amount of detail all around you. They work similarly to a camera lens. Human eyes have a lens that lies directly behind your iris and your pupil. This lens will focus light onto your retina. Certain neural connections will transfer the light into an image that your brain recognizes and you will be able to see everything around you.

 

The lens of your eye is composed mostly of proteins. These proteins are arranged very intricately to allow the most light into your eyes. As you age, the proteins will begin to degrade and you may develop small clumps of protein in your lenses. These clumps of protein are cataracts. As you continue to age, they can grow larger and make your lens cloudy. The cloudiness comes from your lens not being able to refract light perfectly.

 

At first, cataracts will not typically cause any symptoms. Once they begin causing symptoms, they have grown significantly and are becoming detriment to your vision. Once symptoms do develop they can include: blurry vision, double vision, faded color vision, sensitivity to glares and vision distortion.

 

 

Treatment

 

Once diagnosed, the main treatment for cataracts is surgery. Cataract surgery is an elective surgery that is almost never considered an emergency. For this reason, if you do have cataracts then you have the decision to keep your vision as is, or to undergo surgery. However, cataracts can cause blindness if left untreated for many years.

 

 

Cataract extraction is a simple surgery that can be completed in an eye surgical office. If you have cataracts in both of your eyes, then surgery can be completed on both eyes, but at different times.

 

During surgery, an eye surgeon will numb your eye and extract your cataract by removing or dissolving your lens. Then, he will place a new lens in your eye and give you perfect or close to perfect vision. Many older people do opt to have surgery, because after surgery, they do not have to use glasses or contacts to improve their vision.

 

If surgery is not for you, then you could wear glasses or contacts to improve your vision. However, corrective glasses may not work for everyone, and will not cure your cataracts. The only cure for cataracts is to remove them surgically.

 

 

Complications of Cataracts

 

Cataracts are one of the most common reasons for blindness around the world. If they grow too large, then they can impede your vision greatly and cause you to lose sight in the affected eye. However, most people go to the eye doctor long before their vision is greatly affected by their cataracts.

 

While cataracts need to be taken out to completely restore your vision to its optimum level, some people opt to keep their cataracts. For these people, their largest risk would be blindness. However, if they see their eye doctor regularly then they can watch the size and shape of their cataracts to ensure that they do receive proper treatment before they lose their sight. There are no other complications of cataracts that are known.

 

 

 

Healing After Cataract Surgery

 

 

Your cataract surgery recovery should be short and uneventful, as long as your health is good and you don’t have other major eye problems. Statistics also show that your chances of a good outcome and sharper vision after surgery are excellent.

 

Uncomplicated cataract surgery often takes no longer than about 10 minutes to perform. But immediately after the surgery, you will need to rest in a recovery area until you are less groggy from sedation or anesthesia. Typically this takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

 

You must have someone available to drive you home after the procedure. You’ll be given a pair of sunglasses to wear on the trip home to protect your eye from bright light and glare.

 

If you are sleepy or tired when you get home, you might want to rest in bed for a few hours. Depending on your cataract surgeon’s advice, you may be able to remove the protective shield placed over your eye within several hours after the procedure.

 

Just remember that you will need to tape the shield back over your eye at night or during naps, for protection while you recover from cataract surgery, at least for several days.

 

 

What Is the Typical Cataract Surgery Recovery Time?

 

Don’t be alarmed if your vision seems cloudy, blurry or distorted after you first remove the eye shield. It can take some time for your visual system to adjust to the removal of the cataract and adapt to the intraocular lens used to replace your eye’s natural lens.

 

During this adaptation period, some patients even report seeing “wavy” vision or distortions. This phenomenon, if present, should last only an hour or so.

 

You may also develop red and bloodshot eyes because of temporary damage to blood vessels on the surface of the “white” of your eye (sclera) during cataract surgery. As your eye heals, the redness should dissipate very quickly within several days.

 

If you received an injection of anesthesia through the skin into the lower portion of your eye, you may notice some bruising similar to a black eye. This, too, should fade within a few days.

 

Many patients report clear vision within several hours after cataract surgery. But each person heals differently, and you may need as long as a week or two before you see images in their sharpest focus.

 

Typically, you will have a follow-up appointment with your cataract surgeon the day after the procedure to make sure there are no complications. If you don’t notice any improvement in blurry vision or you feel eye pain or significant discomfort in the days following this visit, you should report this to your surgeon.

 

Sometimes people report some dry eye or “scratchiness” after cataract surgery. But these sensations should subside as your eye heals, unless you already had problems with dry eyes prior to having the procedure.

 

Your cataract surgery recovery should be complete in about a month, when your eye is completely healed.

 

 

How Can You Achieve the Best Cataract Surgery Recovery?

 

You might be surprised at how good you feel and how easily you will be able to resume normal activities even the day after cataract surgery.

 

However, you should observe a few precautions during the first week or so, to make sure you avoid developing an infection or sustaining an injury to your eye while it heals.

 

 

Your eye doctor typically will prescribe antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection and anti-inflammatory eye drops to help reduce any internal inflammation.

You’ll need to apply the eye drops several times daily for about the first week during your cataract surgery recovery.

 

 

Depending on the amount of postoperative inflammation you have, you may need the drops for a few weeks to a month. Make sure you use these eye drops exactly as prescribed.

 

Oral pain relievers such as acetaminophen may be prescribed, if needed. Typically, however, you should feel only slight discomfort after cataract surgery.

 

 

Tips For a Safe and Speedy Recovery

 

  • Don’t drive on the first day.
  • Don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks.
  • Immediately after the procedure, avoid bending over, to prevent putting extra pressure on your eye.
  • If at all possible, don’t sneeze or vomit right after surgery.
  • Be careful walking around after surgery, and don’t bump into doors or other objects.
  • To reduce risk of infection, avoid swimming or using a hot tub during the first week.
  • Don’t expose your eye to irritants such as grime, dust and wind during the first few weeks after surgery.
  • Don’t rub your eye, which is a good idea even when you aren’t recovering from surgery.

 

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A protective patch will be placed over your eye following cataract surgery. (Image: Vance Thompson Vision)

 

 

Generally speaking, you should be able to perform these activities within a few hours of your surgery:

 

  • Computer work
  • Light TV watching
  • Showering or bathing

 

For the best cataract surgery recovery possible, follow your doctor’s detailed instructions about how to protect your eye following your procedure. Usually these instructions will be given to you as a handout that you can take home with you on surgery day.

 

If you need cataract surgery in both eyes, your surgeon usually will wait at least a few days to two weeks for your first eye to recover before performing a procedure on the second eye.

 

 

Cataract Surgery Recovery and Typical Outcomes

 

Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States. More than 3 million cataract surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year, and most people have excellent outcomes with no cataract surgery complications.

 

Past studies show:

 

  • Almost 96 percent of eyes that had no other problems such as other eye diseases prior to a cataract procedure achieved at least 20/40 uncorrected distance visual acuity, which legally is good enough to drive without eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • In all eyes, including those with pre-existing eye conditions other than cataracts, almost 90 percent of all patients had good outcomes.
  • Fewer than 2 percent of eyes had sight-threatening complications.

 

In rare cases, sight-threatening cataract surgery complications such as endophthalmitis — an inflammation of the inside of the eye, usually caused by an eye infection — can occur.

 

People who experience serious complications often have other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

 

A relatively common complication of cataract surgery that usually can be treated easily is posterior capsular opacification (PCO), which can cause your vision to become cloudy months or years after cataract removal. A simple laser procedure called a posterior capsulotomy usually can clear up the cloudiness and restore sharp vision.

 

 

 

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Be Aware of Bone Diseases in the Elderly

Be Aware of Bone Diseases in the Elderly

 

 

 

 

Bone diseases in the elderly can be very serious and can cause pain, fractures or even bone cancer in patients. As we age, our bone density decreases which can cause bone disease or fractures to occur.

 

 

 

Osteoporosis and Paget’s disease are the two most commonly seen bone diseases in the elderly, but there are others to look for as well. Here are some tips on what to look for and how to possibly prevent these diseases.

 

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a joint disease and is caused by inflammation of the joints. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include painful, swollen or deformed joints and painful and stiff movements.

Rheumatoid arthritis is usually developed before age 45 but it can be chronic and can cause problems for the elderly population as well. Keeping the body healthy is the best way to manage and prevent rheumatoid arthritis because the swelling is usually caused by an infection in the body. Seniors can modify their daily activities and take medication to help reduce pain.

 

 

Paget’s Disease

 

 

Paget’s disease is the second most common bone disease found in the elderly and it affects the formation of bones in the body. Normal bones are constantly remodeling, but people with Paget’s disease have an abnormal remodeling process.

People with Paget’s disease experience an excessive amount of bone removal followed by even more excessive bone formation which results in larger bones being formed. Paget’s disease can cause the new bones to be softer or deformed which can result in pain and fractures. Very rarely, patients will experience a malignant transformation of the bone which will result in a bone tumor.

Most people that suffer from Paget’s disease can easily manage their disease at home with anti-inflammatory drugs. Those that suffer from a serious case of Paget’s disease can have surgery to help treat their disease. Seniors who experience changes in bowel or bladder functioning should seek immediate care as this can be a result of spinal cord and nerve root damage caused by the abnormal bone reformation.

 

 

Osteoarthritis

 

 

Osteoarthritis is another common problem found in the elderly although it affects the joints instead of the bones. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage at the ends of the bones wears down and causes the bones to have a hard time moving smoothly. Osteoarthritis can cause movements to be very stiff and painful because the cartilage is not there to protect the bones. Researchers believe that nearly all seniors over age 75 have osteoarthritis in at least one joint, so seniors should make sure that their bones are in good health.

 

 

Osteoporosis

 

Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease found in seniors and is caused by the thinning of the bones. Osteoporosis is called a “silent disease” because most seniors are unaware that they have osteoporosis until they fracture a bone. Osteoporosis can be prevented by making sure that your loved one gets enough calcium and vitamin D and exercises on a regular basis.

 

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Many elderly women experience sudden back pain from a compression fracture caused by osteoporosis, so this is a good warning sign to watch out for. Many seniors also appear to be losing height as their bones thin, so family caregivers should monitor closely their loved one’s height if they are at risk for osteoporosis.  If your loved one starts to experience the symptoms listed above, they should visit their doctor to discuss treatment options.

 

 

Exercise Tips for Seniors With Osteoporosis

Exercise is important for people with osteoporosis as it can help improve bone density in addition to strengthening the muscles. Osteoporosis can cause the bones to become brittle and lose density which makes them more likely to break, so it is important for people with osteoporosis to do everything they can to strengthen their bones. When exercising it is important for seniors to make sure that they are being safe so that they will not get injured. In this article we would like to offer some exercise safety tips for people with osteoporosis.

 

The first thing that people with osteoporosis should do is consult their doctor before beginning any exercise programs. Many doctors recommend a bone density test for those with osteoporosis which can be used to determine which exercises will be the most beneficial. A bone density test should ideally be done before starting any exercise programs because doctors can advise their patients which exercises are safe for them based on fracture risk, age, medical history, medications and physical condition. Beginning an exercise program before consulting a doctor can often lead to injuries from falls such as fractures or broken bones.

 

People with osteoporosis should also ask their doctor if it is safe for them to engage in high impact exercise. High impact exercises can often be dangerous for those with osteoporosis because the physical activity from high impact exercises puts excess pressure and strain on the body in areas such as the spine, hips and legs. Some examples of high impact exercises are running, jumping and jogging. Those with osteoporosis do not necessarily have to avoid these exercises at all cost but it is best to consult a doctor before engaging in any high impact activity. Slower movements are usually best for those with osteoporosis so seniors should try walking or using an elliptical machine at the gym. Those that are at risk for vertebral fractures should also avoid exercises that put too much stress on the spine. Many exercises that might seem safe because they are low impact can put excess stress on the spine and cause vertebral fractures. Some examples are golf, tennis, yoga, rowing and sit-ups because all of these activities require bending or twisting the spine. Regular activity is not usually harmful to the spine but adding extra stress beyond what a normal daily routine would require can potentially be harmful.

 

Another important safety tip to keep in mind is that seniors should pay attention to their body. Seniors that experience soreness for several days after exercising should ease up on their routine and work on building up to a more strenuous work out. Overworking the body can be very dangerous and can potentially cause injuries so seniors should make sure that they avoid overexerting themselves. Seniors who experience unusual pain or discomfort should visit their doctor to make sure that they have not injured themselves in any way.

 

People with osteoporosis should also consider visiting a physical therapist. Physical therapists can help by developing safe exercise plans for seniors and showing them how to properly do each exercise activity. Over time seniors can work with their physical therapists to increase the difficulty of their exercise routine. It is important that those with osteoporosis do not overexert themselves and seniors with a physical therapist helping them will be better equipped in knowing when they are ready to change their routine. Many physical therapists also have experience working with patients with osteoporosis so those that are newly diagnosed can definitely benefit from having extra assistance as they begin an exercise program. Family caregivers can help by talking to their loved one’s doctor to get recommendations for a good physical therapist and can also go with their loved one to meet the physical therapist so that they will be comfortable. Many people with osteoporosis benefit from weight training and physical therapists can act as a spotter for patients so that they will not drop their weights and get hurt. Family caregivers can also help their loved ones with this at home in between trips to the physical therapist.

 

Following these tips is a good way for people with osteoporosis to avoid injuring themselves. Family caregivers can help their loved ones with their exercise routine by exercising with them to keep them motivated and to help monitor their routine to prevent injury. It is important for those with osteoporosis to understand the specific limitations of their body so that they do not injure themselves while exercising. Those with further questions or concerns should always contact their doctor as it is always best to be cautious and safe.

 

 

Preventive Measures

 

Seniors who experience any fractures or breaks should visit their doctor to be tested for bone disease. Treating or monitoring bone disease in the elderly can greatly decrease their risk for pain and fractures. Decrease in bone density in seniors can cause many seniors to have brittle bones even if they do not have any type of bone disease, so it is important to keep an eye on your loved ones even if they are not diagnosed with a bone disease.

Seniors should make sure that they are doing all that they can to keep their bones strong, such as getting enough calcium and vitamin D and exercising regularly because that is the best way for them to prevent bone disease. When exercising, it is important for seniors to make sure that they are choosing activities that are safe for them and will not cause them to fall or get hurt as this can also result in breaks or fractures. Many seniors suffer from broken bones as a result of falling, so family caregivers should make sure that their loved ones have an adequate assistance if they have trouble walking. Seniors with osteoporosis or Paget’s disease might want to consider getting a walker or cane to steady their walking to keep themselves from getting hurt.

 

 

 

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These 7 Foods Are Making Your Acid Reflux Worse

 

Do You Have Acid Reflux?

 

The most common symptom of GERD is persistent heartburn. Heartburn is experienced as an unpleasant and painful burning sensation in the esophageal area.

 

 

 

 

 

Other typical symptoms are: 

 

1. Gastric regurgitation, which means an unrestricted reversed flow of gastric or esophageal contents into the throat. This gastric fluid can cause respiratory complications under certain conditions.

 

2. Odynophagia, which means pain when swallowing.

 

3. Dysphagia, which means difficulty swallowing, or the feeling of food stuck in the throat.

 

In addition to the above, about 50% of all gastroesophageal reflux disease sufferers report the co-occurrence of sinonasal symptoms (i. e. symptoms pertaining to the nose and sinuses).

 

Abnormal GERD symptoms include chronic wheezing and coughing (sometimes referred to as acid reflux related asthma, and are caused by the aspiration of gastric contents into the lungs area), spasmodic noncardiac chest pain and damage to the lungs, often followed by respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and asthma. Intense chest pain may closely resemble that of myocardial infarction that it has often been incorrectly interpreted as a heart attack. However, unlike the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, cardiovascular chest pain is usually aggravated during physical exercise.

 

Finally, acid reflux can also harm the vocal cords (hoarseness, laryngitis, cancer), ears (otitis media), and teeth (enamel decay). Being able to identify those symptoms as GERD related is of great importance to your health and general well being and for the prevention of potential complications. Acid reflux symptoms might serve as evidence to severe overall internal imbalance. In addition to that, neglected gastroesophageal reflux disease can lead to significant physical discomfort and sometimes can results in chronic and even dangerous health conditions, such as esophageal cancer and pneumonia.

 

 

What Can You Do?

 

One thing you can do right away to avoid or ease your gastric relux is avoid certaibn foods which are known to irritate the condition.  Focusing on healthy nutrition that is based on avoiding certain foods while increasing the intake of others has the potential to confer significant long-term health benefits among acid reflux sufferers. Lifestyle and dietary alterations are considered to be an integral and inseparable part of any long-term holistic GERD treatment.

The foods we consume play an important role when it comes to keeping our body’s delicate natural inner balance. Since certain foods and dietary habits have been found to directly and indirectly promote the aggravation of acid reflux, avoiding those foods and adopting specific dietary habits for optimal digestion while suffering from acid reflux could have a tremendously positive effect on your existing medical condition.

 

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The following are examples of these types of foods:

 

1. Coffee and other caffeine containing beverages lead to increased acidity, so avoid large amounts of coffee. Try to limit your daily coffee consumption to two cups or less. It possible, split your coffee cup into two half cups, and reduce coffee drinking before the bedtime.

 

2. Alcohol can irritate the stomach and relax the LES muscle, leading to increased acidity and reflux.

 

3. High-fat foods are among the biggest culprits behind GERD symptoms. They take longer to digest and not easily eliminated out of body, thus increasing the chances acid will splash up into your esophagus. The only exceptions are omega-3 fatty acids from fish and fish oil, which are in fact powerful anti-inflammatory agents.

 

4. Chocolate contains a great deal of caffeine and fat. This may increase acidity and worsen digestion and hence should be avoided. If you are a devoted chocolate enthusiast, go for dark, organic varieties, and eat no more then two to three tiny squares two to three times per week.

 

5. Milk and milk-based products that contain a big proportion of calcium should also be avoided before bedtime.

 

6. Peppermint, spearmint and other mints can worsen acid reflux symptoms. Avoid foods that contain strong mints, including mint-based herbal teas.

 

7. Acidic foods (such as oranges and tomatoes) and cruciferous vegetables (onions, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts) promote the opening of the esophageal sphincter, thus increasing acid reflux.

 

By avoiding or cutting down on these foods, and a healthy motivation to alter your lifestyle, you can be on your way to overcoming gastroesophageal reflux disease and improving the quality of your life and well-being.

Whatever your medical condition is, when you finally decide to improve your quality of life, you can literally choose to cure GERD and prevent its recurrence, by adopting the holistic approach. You have the power to make it happen.

 

This article is based on the book, “Heartburn No More” by Jeff Martin. Jeff is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated his life to creating the ultimate acid reflux solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root cause of heartburn and acid reflux and naturally and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life,  without the use prescription medication and without any surgical procedures. Learn more by visiting his website.

 

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The Heartburn No More program is an original high quality product and one of the most comprehensive holistic acid reflux solutions I have come across in my research.

 

The Heartburn No More book contains over 180 pages of rock solid content and outlines never seen before clinically proven methods to cure and prevent acid reflux, and has a money-back guarantee.

 

 

 

 

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