Have You Heard of Weighted Blanket Therapy?

Have You Heard of Weighted Blanket Therapy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drug-free therapeutic blanket known as weighted blankets have become the at-home treatment for insomnia, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention-deficit hyperactive disorders (ADHD), Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Asperger’s and sensory disorders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many seniors, adults, teenagers and children face psychiatric issues that cause insomnia and severe anxiety. Patients with autism and other psychiatric disorders also face extreme anxiousness and the inability to induce calmness within themselves without the use of sedatives or drugs.

 

The combination of behavioral aberrations, and the lack of sleep among these people, have been known to lead to loss of productivity in their daily lives, irrational emotional behavior and out – of – character actions. It isn’t just the problem of not being able to keep their emotions under control, but the issue of lashing out aggressively due to psychological dysfunctions.

 

The root causes of such behavioral issues are anxiety and insomnia, which is usually treated with pharmacological (drugs) and psychological (therapy) methods. However, now with a breakthrough in the study of sleep medicine and psychiatric disorders, we know that the trick to soothing consternation and inducing sleep is much simpler than once thought.

 

The drug-free therapeutic blanket known as weighted blankets have become the at-home treatment for insomnia, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention-deficit hyperactive disorders (ADHD), Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Asperger’s and sensory disorders.

 

 

Weighted blankets use deep pressure touch simulation (DPTS) to relax the body and make the patient feel safe, guarded and secure, which calms their unease and helps their body go to sleep. The sensory compression methodology facilitates a positive change with the comfort the blanket brings to its user. The weight of the blanket stimulates the receptors on your body which then activates the neurotransmitters in your brain to bring a sense of happiness to the person.

 

 

 

The Poly plastic (Polypropylene) pellets that have been used to fill the compartments of the blanket provide the weightage of the blanket. A quality weighted blanket is quilted, made of either cotton or fleece and weighs about 10% of the user’s body. Using the proper blanket according to the size and the weight of the user will give the optimum calming results.

 

This blanket has shown to be very effective in calming hyperactive children during bedtime, anxious patients in therapy and even adults undergoing chemotherapy. It has also proven to be efficacious in calming people down during anxiety inducing situations.

 

 

Studies Prove the Benefits of Weighted Blankets

 

– A 2008 study showed that weighted blankets are beneficial for anxiety. The study used a 30 lb. blankets on adults. In total, 63% reported a decrease in anxiety, and 78% found it calming.

– A 2015 study used 30 pound blanket on adults during an inpatient mental health hospitalization. 60% of them reported significant decrease in anxiety after use.

– Research on DPTS started as early as the 1950s. One article from 1992 found great benefits of this therapy for patients with autism. It reduces self-harming behaviors in autistic children, as well as produced better sleep. It also relaxes the muscles.

One adult autistic patient has stated, “I need heavy blankets on me to sleep well, or else my muscles won’t calm down.” 

– Weighted blanket were also found to be very calming for babies.

 

 

Therapeutic Benefits of Weighted Blankets

 

 

 

 

1. Weighted Blankets Promote Sleep

 

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that causes habitual sleeplessness. The lack of sleep leads to the over exhaustion of the human body and hampers the psychological well-being of the person. When a person is not able to function well, both physically and mentally, their social well being is affected and they begin to lose productivity in their lives. This leads to depression and other behavioral problems.

An easy solution to this problem is the weighted blanket. The pressure of the weighted blanket reaches deep within the body of the user to provide a comfortable environment for a person to fall asleep in. The sense of being swaddled and the physical connection that the user feels with the blanket makes them feel warm and safe. This helps their mind be at ease and they can be able to relax their body. The state of tranquility will help clear their mind and ensure a good night’s sleep.

According to the ‘Positive effects of a weighted blanket on insomnia’ by the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders 2015 of the SciMed Central, the weighted blankets had improved the sleep quality of people with severe insomnia.

 

 

2. Weighted Blankets Imitate a Warm Hug

 

Research shows that hugs can actually make a person feel at ease. Hugging a person releases the hormone Oxytocin into the blood stream. This chemical reduces your blood pressure, calms your heart rate and provides and overall feeling of relaxation.

Although the blanket does not provide a human connection, your body may perceive the warmth and security the imitation that a hug provides. Both the hug and the blanket use a gentle yet firm pressure that goes deep within the person’s body tissues. This gives the user a sense of repose and allows your body to relax.

 

 

3. Weighted Blankets Provide a Sense of Security

 

Being covered by a weighted and warm blanket will ensure the feeling of calmness in the user. The ‘blanket therapy’ stimulates the receptors present throughout our body, which lessens a person’s discomfort. Once the user feels more comfortable in the blanket, they begin to feel secure as their body begins to relax. The body can only relax when your mind is soothed and your heart rate is calmed. This change in the body will ensure that both your body and mind believes that you are secure and safe.

 

 

4. Weighted Blankets Increase the Production of Serotonin

 

Serotonin is a chemical messenger, also known as a neurotransmitter that your brain and intestines produce for the smooth functioning of your nervous system, which includes the brain and the nerves. This hormone is secreted to promote happiness and the mood of the people. Known as the ‘happy hormone’, this chemical does not only affect a person’s mood but it affects their behavior. The lack of serotonin in the body leads to depression, insomnia and anxiety. That is why the sensory stimulating weighted blankets increase the production of serotonin in the body. The hormone relaxes your body and makes you feel calmer. That sense of calmness leads to pacifying one’s anxiety, which results to inducing sleep in the user.

 

 

5. Weighted Blankets Increase the Production of Melatonin

 

Melatonin, also known as the ‘sleep hormone’ is a chemical that affects a person’s sleep. The hormone is produced with the production of serotonin, as well as the pineal gland in the brain. This chemical is known to ease insomnia and induce sleep, which is possible through the therapeutic benefits of the weighted blankets that provide a gentle yet firm pressure on your body by stimulating your receptors.

 

 

 

6. Weighted Blankets Calm Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

Autism spectrum disorder includes Asperger’s, Autism, Rhett Syndrome and other unspecified Pervasive Development Disorders. Such disorders include behavioral problems that do not necessarily bode well with the norms of society. The patients suffering from such disorders feel aggression and irritation due to the inability to express or convey their thoughts clearly. Such slow cognitive development makes the patient unable to process information quickly and the change in their surroundings.

 

Patients with such disorders are not able to communicate properly, so they use erratic speech, repetitive actions and turbulent behaviors. During a frustrated outburst, the patient’s heart rate increases, their breath becomes shallow and their blood pressure rises – which further increases their irritability.

 

When the patient is going through such tempestuous emotions and tantrums, it is best to drape the weighted blanket around them or have them lay down with the blanket covering them. This will make them feel more relaxed and comfortable. Once they are no longer acting in a hysterical manner, they will be able to think with a clearer mind and a calmer body. Although communicating with their caretakers might still be difficult, there will at least be an opportunity for the patient to gather more patience and attempt to convey their thoughts in a more serene manner.

 

 

7. Weighted Blankets Help Overcome the Oversensitivity to Touch

 

Some psychiatric disorders make people oversensitive to touch. Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders usually face such discomfort with the touch of other people but this can be overcome by introducing the weight of the blanket regularly to the affected patient.

 

The pressure of the blanket provides a similar feeling of human touch at a larger scale without actual connection – which can be a stepping stone in helping patients overcome their fear of touch.

 

During the 1990s, a squeeze machine was used to help patients overcome their oversensitivity to touch. Today, with the inception of the ‘therapy blankets’, patients can use the more accessible and less controversial mechanism to help people become more at ease with touch.

 

 

8. Weighted Blankets Pacify Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD drives a person to think repetitively about a certain incident or an object. Such thoughts constantly play across a person’s mind and lead them to neglect their duties and their personal lives. The patient becomes anxious about a particular event and conducts a certain action over and over again. Their thoughts are occupied and their bodies refuse to break out of an obsessive reverie.

A very effective way to ease an OCD patient’s anxiety, and to treat the inability to calm them down from a mind consuming thought is to use a weighted blanket. This blanket allows the patient to feel safe and secure without worrying about the numerous issues that may be present in their lives. The blanket provides a warm environment for the user by helping to relive stress and allow their mind to release the captivating thoughts.

 

 

9. Weighted Blankets Mimic a Massage

 

Draping the weighted blanket over the user’s body distributes pressure evenly throughout their body. This has similar effects of a deep tissue massage. The pressure of the blanket goes deep within your tissues while you use it to fall asleep. A massage is supposed to help our body and mind relax – which can be easily done at home by using a weighted blanket. The physical factor of a massage might provide it’s own intimate yet soothing aspect, but the weighted blanket is proven to give you similar results to an actual massage in the long run.

 

 

10. Weighted Blankets Improve Cognitive Function

 

Taking a look at the overall therapeutic benefits of weighted blankets, we can see that it relieves stress, reduces tension, induces sleep, calms your mind and relaxes your body. These components are very important if you want to live a healthy and happy life.

 

Raised blood pressure, anxiety and lack of sleep are truly killers of productivity and normal behavior. Sleeping with the weighted blanket promotes the users overall well-being by ensuring that they tackle their daily issues with a clear head and a well-rested body.

 

With a clear mind, a person’s cognitive functions are improved. They are able to perform efficiently and effectively without being burdened by psychological issues and behavioral changes.

 

 

 

Weighted blankets can potentially solve sleep issues, panic attacks, anxiety related disorders, lack of concentration and even aggressive behavioral problems that affect the smooth proceedings of one’s daily life.

Successful results of the weighted blanket  can be had without the high costs of therapy sessions, drugs and sedatives that are traditionally used to pacify more tremulous patients. I recommend giving this effective and inexpensive blanket a try.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Use a Weighted Blanket

 

The blanket can be used at night, during naps, or used casually quick calming effect. Studies have used it for as little as 10 minutes and up to 2 hours, but it can stay on as long as you would like. It is the most beneficial to have your whole body covered, but do do not place the blanket on top of the head or face as it can create a suffocating sensation.

 

 

Choosing Your Weighted Blanket’s Weight

 

Use the formula 10% of your weight plus one pound. For example, a 160 lb person should  choose a 16 or 18 lb weighted blanket.

 

 

 

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Are Therapy Dolls and Fidget Blankets Good for Dementia Patients?

Are Therapy Dolls Good for Dementia Patients?

 

 

 

 

Therapeutic Baby Dolls for Alzheimer’s Patients

 

A helpful, non-drug way to calm and soothe seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia is to give them a soft, lifelike baby doll to cuddle. These therapy dolls can even be effective in calming older adults with severe agitation or other significant behavioral issues.

 

 

 

 

Why Use Therapy Dolls for Dementia?

 

Therapy dolls help seniors feel useful and needed and give them something positive to focus on. Similar to the effect of soft toys like stuffed animals, hugging something soft helps someone with dementia soothe themselves.

 

 

 

Another reason therapy dolls are helpful is that they bring back happy memories of early parenthood for both women and men.

 

 

 

Wonderful Video:  Baby Doll Interaction with Dementia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having a child to care for can also ease feelings of isolation and sadness. After all, most of us have seen or experienced the way that interacting with real babies can quickly lift spirits and calm nerves.

Many older adults will enjoy rocking and cuddling their doll. Some even adopt the baby as their own and make caring for it part of their daily routine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for introducing doll therapy to your senior

 

The best approach is to casually introduce the doll to your senior and let them decide if they like it or not.

 

 

 

If they have no interest in the doll, don’t make an issue out of it. They may change their minds in the future so you could always give it another try in a few weeks or months.

 

A few tips:

 

  • Don’t act like the doll is a doll, refer to it as a baby and treat it like a real child.
  • Get a lifelike doll, but one that doesn’t cry – that could be upsetting.
  • Don’t force it, allow your senior to get to know the doll slowly.

 

 

 

 

Try it out, see how your older adult responds, and be flexible.

 

 

 

Fidget Products for Alzheimer’s

 

Seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia may show anxiety or agitation through fidgety hands.

Signs include pulling or rubbing at clothes or bedding, rubbing hands together, twisting fingers, wringing hands, and generally keeping hands in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensory therapy or fidget toys are an effective way to reduce anxiety, calm nerves, and provide comfort.

 

 

These are simple touch-based activities that help someone with Alzheimer’s keep hands busy in safe, soothing ways.

 

 

Make A Fidget Box or Basket

 

It’s also easy to make your own fidget box or basket. Pull out the box when your older adult needs something to do and throw everything back into the box when they’re done.

Get a container and fill it with some inexpensive odds and ends you can find in your house, make quickly, or buy at the dollar store.

Gather things in a variety of colors and textures, like:

 

  • Things with zippers or velcro closures

 

 

 

 

  • Brightly colored plastic springs (like a Slinky)
  • A row of buttons sewn firmly onto a ribbon
  • A piece of soft fleece or faux fur
  • Old keys on a key ring 

 

Some seniors are comforted by keeping a familiar item with them, like a purse or wallet. Try filling an old purse or wallet with a few dollars, coins, play money, or faux credit cards so your older adult can rummage through whenever they like.

 

 

 

Are Dolls and Fidget Blankets Controversial?

 

You may have heard from caregivers who say their older adults are much calmer and happier now that they have their own baby doll. They’re relieved to have found a non-drug solution that eases their senior’s dementia symptoms.

Some people, however, are concerned that giving their older adult a doll or a “toy” would be demeaning or patronizing. But when someone has dementia, helping them feel safe and happy in their current reality is the top priority. That’s why we sometimes need to consider unconventional approaches like baby dolls, fidget blankets, and other simple activities and toys.

 

Another Idea:  Coloring Books For Seniors

 

Boredom in older adults can cause problems, including difficult behavior and depression. And, seniors who have moved in with relatives or into assisted living are more likely to be bored because their lives have changed so much.

 

 

Coloring may sound like a simple activity to ward off boredom, but a great coloring book and a set of coloring pencils can actually improve health!

A research study found that adults 65 or older who engaged in creative activities had better overall health, made fewer visits to the doctor, used less medication, and had fewer health problems. Wow!

It’s also an excellent mood booster and de-stresser – making it a perfect activity for caregivers too!

 

 

 

 

 

Coloring is great activity for seniors to explore their artistic side. These fine art coloring books are lots of fun, even for people who don’t enjoy painting or free-hand drawing.

They’ll get the joy of creating a beautiful work of art with no artistic skills required!

I found some inexpensive, non-childish coloring books seniors will love, with subjects which will interest many older adults.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colored pencils, crayons, or watercolor paint can be used on the high-quality paper. And don’t forget a good quality pencil sharpener!

The pages in adult coloring books are perforated so they’re easy to remove for display.

Also, the lines in the adult coloring books are gray, so they’ll basically disappear after the pictures are colored in, making it look even better.

Your senior will be proud to display their finished artwork.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, the decision is entirely up to you since you know your older adult best.

 

If you think a therapy doll, a fidget blanket or activity, or coloring might help them feel better and enjoy life more, why not give it a try?

It’s an inexpensive “treatment” with no side effects.

No matter what the activity or toy, just remember that the goal is to engage your older adult in something fun and keep their hands happily occupied.

There’s no right or wrong way to do it and no specific goal to achieve – whatever feels good to them is perfect!

 

 

 

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Does Biosil Actually Do Anything?

Does Biosil Actually Do Anything?

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve been looking for innovative ways to get rid of wrinkles, then your research may have made you curious about a product called BioSil.

 

This dietary supplement is manufactured by a company called BioMinerals B.V. and is claimed to significantly improve the health of bodily tissues, including the skin, by stimulating the growth of collagen.

 

 

Collagen, Aging, and Skin Health

 

The word collagen comes from the Greek word for glue. It is an appropriate root as collagen along with along with hyaluronic acid (a sticky mucopolysaccharide) from the ground substance or “intracellular cement” that literally holds us together. As the most abundant protein in the human body, collagen is also the main component of connective tissue such as tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone, and blood vessels.

Molecular biologists have pinpointed the key structural protein integrally involved in creating smooth skin, thick strong hair, and strong nails. It’s your body’s beauty protein, collagen.

Collagen is an essential building block of your body, making up 70% of your skin and 30% of your bones. During youth, you have a rich abundance of collagen, which arranges itself into a resilient and flexible “tight mesh” matrix . This “ideal” collagen condition prevents wrinkles from forming, gives skin elasticity and helps create thick and strong hair. But over the years, collagen diminishes and undergoes other changes.

A lot happens in the collagen-rich support structure of the skin (i.e., the dermis) as we age. First and foremost, as we age the activity of the fibroblasts, the cells responsible for making collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, slows down. As we age the dermis is also less able to protect itself from damage and is more prone to dehydration. All of these factors ultimately lead to a thinner dermis and structural changes that lead to skin looking old and weathered.

 

Collagen, Joint, and Bone Health

 

For years, scientists searched for a method that would give the human body the ability to regenerate its own collagen. But it took the discovery of BioSil’s™ patented choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid (ch-OSA®), the active ingredient in BioSil™, to make genuine collagen regeneration a reality.

BioSil™ “turns on” the body’s actual collagen-generating cells, known as fibroblasts. Because BioSil™ works through your body’s natural pathways, the collagen it generates has your own DNA fingerprint. BioSil™ has been tested in rigorous double-blind placebo controlled trials which have consistently shown its safety and effectiveness for collagen regeneration and improved appearance of skin, hair and nails.

In one study, 50 women with sun damaged skin took BioSil™ or a placebo tablet for 20 weeks. At the end of the trial, women taking BioSil™ showed significant improvements in skin smoothness and strength, and in nail and hair strength.3 In yet another study, BioSil™ supplementation for nine months increased hair thickness, elasticity and strength in women with fine hair.

As we grow older, natural collagen production also slows in our joints and may lead to osteoarthritis and the ligaments and tendons may also weaken. Bone is also rich in collagen. In fact, about 30 to 40% of bone is composed of collagen. It provides the structural matrix upon which mineralization of bone occurs.  Collagen is to bone what 2X4s are to the frame of a house. Decreased collagen content of the bone is a key underlying factor in osteoporosis and low bone density. The amount of collagen determines the number of “bone mineral binding sites.” If the collagen content is low, the bone becomes more brittle and fracture risk increases dramatically,

 

 

Increasing Collagen Content

 

 

One of the most interesting and well-documented approaches to increasing the manufacture of collagen is the use of BioSil® – a highly bioavailable from of silica (choline stabilized orthosilicic acid or ChOSA). Initially research focused on the ability of BioSil® to increase the levels of hydroxyproline, the key amino acid required for the production of collagen and elastin.

 

Clinical studies with BioSil® showed impressive results in women (ages 40 to 65 years) with signs of sun-damage and premature aging of the skin. Those receiving 10 mg of ChOSA daily experienced 30% improvements in shallow, fine lines and 55% increased skin elasticity, and a significant reduction in brittle nail and hair.

 

 

Video demonstration of how Biosil works:

 

 

 

 

The Link Between Wrinkles and Bone Health

 

 

 

 

Changes in skin collagen with age correspond with changes in collagen in bone. In other words, if you have a lot of wrinkles you probably have low collagen content in your bones.

 

Decreased skin collagen (e.g., lots of wrinkles) is a clear factor for osteoporosis.

 

 

 

BioSil® has also shown benefits in promoting bone health through increasing the manufacture of collagen. In a very detailed double-blind study in postmenopausal women with low bone density, BioSil® was able to increase the collagen content of the bone by 22% and increase bone density by 2% within the first year of use. The recommended dosage is 6-10 mg per day.

 

 

Can BioSil Stimulate Collagen?

 

Before you buy this supplement, it is important to read BioSil reviews and research this product carefully. This is because, although BioSil may sound like a miracle solution for those with aging skin, the supplement’s ability to boost collagen production has not been confirmed by a large number of independent studies. Therefore, only by speaking to your doctor and reading independent BioSil reviews from other consumers, you can get an accurate picture of what this product may be able to do for you.

 

 

How BioSil Works

 

The manufacturer of BioSil claims that this supplement is scientifically formulated to grow collagen in your body. This is a big selling point, because the loss of collagen is one of the biggest reasons for the development of wrinkles and sagging skin.

Collagen is a protein that is vital to skin health, because it forms the binding foundation of skin tissues. In fact, some doctors refer to it as the support structure of the skin, which keeps the skin tight when we are young. As this vital protein is depleted with age, the lack of support causes the skin to sag, thereby creating wrinkles.

 

Biosil Clinical Trials

 

Clinical Trial Protocol

Researchers used the gold standard of clinical trial protocols, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group. This is the same protocol that the US government requires the pharmaceutical companies to use. It ensures accuracy and repeatable results.

 

 

Who Participated

For skin and nails, participants were all healthy women in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s who showed clear signs of sun-damaged skin on top of natural-aged skin. That meant skin wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of skin elasticity caused by decreased collagen, a degraded collagen “mesh” and degraded elastin. These women were chosen because over time the changes caused by the sun would occur naturally. For hair, the participants were all women between the ages of 18 and 65 who all showed signs of weak, thinning, dull hair. The large cross section of ages eliminated the possibility of strictly age-related thinning.

 

 

Results
All results in the BioSil clinical trials are considered statistically significant (p<.05). “Statistical significance” means that the results obtained have come from the compound tested (in this case BioSil’s patented ch-OSA®). This reduces any possibility of “chance” to a great extent.

 

BioSil is clinically proven to:

 

  • Reduce fine line and wrinkles by 30.0%*
  • Increase skin elasticity by 89.0%*
  • Strengthen hair by 13.1%§
  • Thicken hair by 12.8%§
  • Dramatically strengthen nails (see VAS Scores in “Clinical Trials”)*

 

* After 20 weeks versus the placebo group.
§ After 36 weeks versus the placebo group.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: All BioSil results are clinically proven.

Often times, you see products making the claim “clinically tested” or “clinically studied.” This says nothing about the results, which could have shown no improvement at all.

 

Clinical Studies

 

Ingredients in BioSil

 

The main ingredient in BioSil is orthosilicic acid, which is a combination of silicon and choline. The manufacturer claims that this combination is precisely what makes this supplement so effective; because the choline helps carry the silicon to the cells responsible for production of collagen.

However, it is important to note that when taking BioSil, the consumer is not actually ingesting collagen. There are many supplements on the market that claim to have collagen that can be taken in oral form, which will then improve skin health. However, this may not be truly effective, as the body’s digestive system will break down this collagen into amino acids.

BioSil, on the other hand, claims that the active ingredients work in tandem with the body; by stimulating the collagen-producing cells into making more of this skin tightening protein.

 

 

 

Though these claims from the manufacturer about how BioSil works are fascinating, they have not been fully proven by third parties. Further, if you read BioSil reviews from other consumers, make sure to have an objective attitude toward the product. Such an attitude is vital because the results people claim to experience are often subjective, and any improvement or decline in their skin health may not be real, and simply due to perceptive dissonance.

 

BioSil Side Effects

 

The immediate side effects of BioSil are unclear; however, some consumers have reported a negative change in their skin’s elasticity. Because this product is ingestible, it’s important to work closely with your dermatologist or physician to make sure it’s suitable based on your medical history. A collagen cream, or another topical treatment, will only affect a small area of your skin, so any side effects are likely to be minor.

 

Bottom Line

 

Collagen:  Generate It – Don’t Eat It …  It’s important to note that BioSil™ is not made out of collagen. Instead it triggers the body to generate its own collagen.

There’s a big difference.

When you ingest collagen, the human body breaks it down and uses it as food.

By contrast, BioSil’s™ patented ch-OSA complex is absorbed by the body, where it acts to promote the production of collagen, boosting your body’s collagen levels, and slowing the loss of this essential building block that occurs with age. 

As a result, BioSil™ provides superior support for stronger, healthier and thicker hair; stronger nails, fewer lines and wrinkles, and denser, more flexible bones.

 

 

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The Angry Dementia Patient

The Angry Dementia Patient

 

 

 

Seniors With Dementia are Easily Frustrated and Stressed

 

 

 

 

Sometimes it seems like seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia get angry at the drop of a hat. What’s most likely happening is that they suddenly reach a breaking point because of frustrations that build up.  Here are some ways to make everyday life easier and less stressful for seniors with dementia.

 

 

Why Dementia Patients Get Angry

 

When someone has dementia, their ability to function well in the world declines.

Tasks that we consider simple, like brushing teeth, are actually quite complex. To a person with dementia, it can be difficult to remember all the steps and sequence them properly.

 

 

For example, these are the major steps they need to take to brush their teeth:

 

  1. Enter the correct bathroom (the one with their toothbrush)
  2. Find switch and turn on light
  3. Locate correct toothbrush (theirs)
  4. Locate toothpaste
  5. Take cap off toothpaste
  6. Put an appropriate amount of toothpaste on toothbrush
  7. Put toothbrush (with toothpaste still on) in mouth and gently brush every tooth surface
  8. Spit out toothpaste
  9. Rinse mouth thoroughly with water – spit, don’t swallow

 

Once we break it down, brushing our teeth is far less simple than we might think. And, someone with dementia may also have trouble with the smaller steps that make up many of these major steps.

 

 

When even the most basic parts of the day are so difficult and overwhelming, it’s easy for the frustration to build up. When they’re expected to do yet another “simple” thing, they may erupt in anger.

For example, when you’ve had an extremely stressful day, someone coming to you with even a simple request can cause you to lose your temper – it’s the last straw, right?

That’s often what’s happening to seniors with dementia. Because their world is becoming more confusing and difficult to navigate, it doesn’t take much for them to reach that “last straw” feeling and react with anger.

 

 

Taking Steps to Reduce Anger in Dementia Patients

 

 

Accept Their Limitations

Avoid pushing seniors with dementia beyond their limits by expecting them to do things they’ve been struggling with. They aren’t refusing to do things because they’re lazy or refuse to remember.

Their brains are failing and they’re losing the knowledge and abilities they need to accomplish those once-easy tasks. Accept where they are now and work with the skills they have today.

 

 

Reduce Complex Decisions

Making choices about every part of their day isn’t necessary, but there are some decisions your older adult may still want to make.

The goal isn’t to take away their right to choose, but to simplify so making choices is easier – too many options are confusing and overwhelming.

For example, when changing, lay out all the clothes they need, but offer a choice between two shirts – the red shirt or the blue shirt? That way, they are still participating in the process. But they won’t have to find and select all the other clothing items they need.

Similarly, for lunch you could offer a choice between two entrees you know they enjoy – a ham sandwich or split pea soup? That decision is much easier to deal with than a broad question like “What do you want for lunch?”

 

 

Slow Down

We’re used to moving at a “normal” pace, but that’s because our brains are fully functional and can quickly process information and thoughts.

When someone has dementia, those cognitive processes slow down significantly. That’s why your older adult needs more time when thinking, speaking, or taking action.

To reduce stress and allow them to feel successful, don’t rush them through daily life. Take the pressure off and let them move at their own pace – even if it seems really slow.

 

 

Keep the Environment Calm and Quiet

Being in a noisy, bustling environment can overwhelm the senses and make it hard to think, especially when someone has dementia.

Have you noticed that we all need calm and quiet when we’re trying to think? For example, if you’re driving to an unfamiliar location, you automatically turn down the radio so you can concentrate. And, most students seek out quiet places like libraries when they need to learn complex new concepts.

For someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, everyday tasks have become difficult and require extra thought and concentration. When you add loud noise or lots of people, it’s natural for them to feel frustrated and stressed.

 

 

Treat Them With Respect

Everyone, no matter their age or abilities, wants to be treated with respect. Seniors with dementia are no different. Even if they struggle with decisions or everyday tasks, there are many ways to make things easier while still showing respect.

A good way to do this is to offer simplified choices, like with the red or blue shirt mentioned above. That way, you’re not giving orders and expecting them to follow. You’re helping your older adult make decisions in a way that suits their current abilities.

 

 

Rely on Routine

Routines reduce the amount of thinking and number of decisions that need to be made on a daily basis. We don’t have to remember what time to eat breakfast because we always eat around 9am, after getting up and brushing our teeth.

Routines are especially helpful for seniors with dementia because they reduce the number of things they need to remember or think about.

Having a steady, constant routine is comforting and far less stressful than if each day was unpredictable and they had to go hunting for their toothbrush every time they needed it. Putting objects in the same places and doing the same activities at the same time of day means they know where things are and what will be happening.

 

 

Speak Simply

Alzheimer’s and dementia affect the brain’s ability to process and retrieve information. Short, direct sentences with only one thought per sentence are easier for your senior to understand.

The goal is to give your older adult less to think about and less to remember. If you’re giving instructions, make it one step. If you’re sharing information, keep it to one thought.

Using fewer words and a warm and positive tone will be far less frustrating for your senior.

 

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The Validation Breakthrough – Simple Techniques for Communicating with People with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

 

 

 

Avoid Fatigue

Getting overtired isn’t good for anyone’s mood, but it can put even more pressure on an already frazzled senior with dementia.

 

 

Just like you’re more likely to snap when you’re exhausted, someone with dementia is more likely to have an angry outburst when they’re fatigued.

 

 

 

 

 

Modify Tasks to Help Them be Successful

When a task is too difficult, it’s frustrating and stressful. The answer isn’t to have your older adult stop doing things for themselves. That will only make them feel worse. Instead, find ways to modify activities so they will be successful.

For example, if they’re having trouble cutting meat at dinner, consider serving more foods where the meat is already in smaller pieces or getting a specialized knife that’s easier to use (like this one).

Or, if your older adult struggles to zip their pants, consider switching to elastic waist athletic-style pants or specialized pants with velcro fastening in place of a zipper (like these). Another idea is to switch to easy, slip-on shoes if they have trouble tying their shoes.

 

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Bathing is another good example. Similar to brushing teeth, there are many steps involved in taking a bath or shower. It’s much easier to be successful if you help by laying out a towel, comb, and fresh clothes. Then, turn on a heater in the bathroom and start the water running at a comfortable temperature. Now there are less steps for your older adult to manage and bathing will be easier.

 

 

Recommended: The 36-Hour Day, 5th Edition

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Bromelain For Arthritis and Pain Reduction

Bromelain For Arthritis and Pain Reduction

 

 

 

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In recent years, a number of clinical studies have appeared to substantiate one of the traditional therapeutic uses of extracts of bromelain, namely, in the treatment of inflammatory disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

 

 

There is now clinical evidence for the use of bromelain in osteoarthritis.

 

 

Bromelain, an extract from the pineapple plant, has been demonstrated to show anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and may provide a safer alternative or adjunctive treatment for osteoarthritis. All previous trials indicate its potential use for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

 

Arthritis is a musculoskeletal disease which affects the joints. In this disease, the joints stop functioning properly because of pain, swelling, and stiffness.

There is also a change in the structure of the bones. This makes a person unable to perform daily tasks and causes a lot of inconvenience.

There are many different causes of arthritis and this disease usually occurs when different factors act up together. Some of the environmental factors that lead to arthritis are injuries, infections, smoking, and stressful occupations.

Genetics and lifestyle factors play important roles in the progression of arthritis. This disease can occur suddenly and at any age.

The symptoms of arthritis are swelling, stiffness in the joints, fatigue, tiredness, loss of appetite and loss of weight, skin rashes, fever, and feeling of being unwell. Generally most people get these feelings from time to time, so if these symptoms stay for long then it is important to get checked from the doctor.

There is no specific cure for arthritis. Many different types of treatments are available. People usually opt for medications like painkillers (aspirin) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which reduce joint stiffness and swelling.

Other therapies like hydrotherapy (exercise in warm water pool) and physiotherapy and surgery are also available to improve the joint structure and function.

Apart from drugs, therapies, and surgery, fruits are also beneficial in treating various disorders. Pineapple is a great source of nutrients which helps in curing various diseases involving inflammation and indigestion.

 

 

What are the health benefits of pineapple?

 

Pineapple is a very healthy and nutritious fruit which provides the body with numerous micronutrients. It is a low-calorie fruit as a cup of pineapple chunks contains only 80 calories no fat, and 1 gram of protein. It is full of essential compounds, minerals, vitamins that promote health.

It is thought that pineapples originated in South America; however they were first discovered by the Europeans. After that, Spanish and Portuguese introduced pineapples in Asian and African countries.

Pineapple is a very useful fruit because firstly it adds sweetness to your food and secondly it contains Bromelain.

Bromelain is an enzyme that helps in the digestion of food by breaking down the food to reduce a feeling of heaviness and bloating. Therefore specialists recommend pineapple after meals.

Pineapple has many medicinal benefits like it improves the respiratory system and prevents the occurrence of lung disorders, cures microbial and bacterial infections like cough and cold, improves the process of digestion, helps in losing weight, reduces inflammation, prevents cancer and heart diseases, strengthen bones, improves immune system, and enhances blood circulation.

Surprisingly, pineapple is also great for skin and hair. It acts as an exfoliating agent and smoothens and brightens skin tone. It is also rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, copper, zinc, and folate. These compounds help in increasing the fertility for both men and women.

 

 

 

Benefits of Pineapple Bromelain In Arthritis

 

 

Pineapple has an enzyme bromelain which acts against substances that increase the progression of arthritis. It is beneficial for reducing the symptoms of arthritis.

Bromelain has been demonstrated to show anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and may provide a safer alternative or adjunctive treatment for osteoarthritis. All previous trials indicate its potential use for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

 

 

 

Bromelain Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory Agent

 

Pineapple gets its anti-inflammatory properties because of the presence of the enzyme bromelain. A study was published by Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences in which the mechanism by which bromelain exhibits its anti-inflammatory action was studied extensively.

Bromelain is able to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties because it exhibits various actions. Firstly, it increases the fibrinolytic activity. This means that it increases the breakdown of clots and improves the healing of wounds.

Wounds like leg and foot ulcers are symptoms of arthritis, so this increase in the fibrinolytic activity helps in healing the wounds faster.

People with arthritis experience damage in the tissues and inflammation. Whenever there is an inflammatory disease, the fibrin (a protein) gets deposited at the damage site which leads to the progression of the disease and pain.

Hence it is important to decrease the activity of fibrinogen in arthritis. Hence bromelain reduces the fibrinogen level and helps in treating arthritis.

Bromelain also reduces the level of bradykinin and prostaglandins which are inflammatory mediators. This reduces the joint pain and swelling and prevents the progression of arthritis. It portrays all these actions by modulation proteins that are located on the surface of the cells because these proteins play a role in the development of arthritis.

 

 

 

Bromelain Has Antioxidant Properties

 

An increase in the oxidative stress leads to tissue damage which in turn causes inflammation. Hence to prevent the progression of arthritis, it is important to have compounds in the body which balance the oxidative stress and reduce inflammation.

Pineapple has abundant vitamin C which imparts anti-oxidant properties and reduces inflammation in arthritis.

Pineapple is also abundant in phenolic compounds. Phenols are chemical compounds that have antioxidant properties and treat arthritis. Hence the more phenolic compounds a pineapple will have, the better antioxidant effects it will present.

This means that pineapple is effective in decreasing the oxidative stress and hence reducing pain and swelling. This reduction in oxidative stress is because of the presence of vitamin C and phenols in pineapple.

 

 

 

Bromelain is Effective in Reducing Pain

 

A study published in Phytomedicine in 2002 investigated the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of bromelain.

At the end of the study period, it was seen that bromelain has a positive effect in reducing the acute knee pain, swelling, and stiffness. It also improved the function of the joints which enhanced the overall physical and psychological well-being of the patients.

In another study published by Majeeb and Borole in the International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences in 2015 evaluated the anti-inflammatory effects of pineapple juice in arthritis in animal models.

In the control group, there was no reduction in swelling whereas in the treatment group that was given pineapple juice, a significant reduction in swelling was observed.
Bromelain found in pineapple is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and helps in reducing pain in arthritis. It can be used as a dietary supplement and replace the other anti-inflammatory drugs.

 

 

 

Dosage of Bromelain For Arthritis

 

Bromelain is present in pineapple; however the dose is not high enough for it to act as a medicine. Hence it is important to take bromelain capsules or tablets that provide the proper dose of bromelain.

For arthritis, 500 to 2000 mg a day of bromelain should be taken in 2 divided doses.

 

 

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Precautions

 

It is necessary to take bromelain under the supervision of a doctor because it can interfere with other medications. It should not be consumed by a child as no safety test has been conducted yet.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take bromelain as it is not safe for the child.

 

There are certain medications with which bromelain interferes :

  • Antibiotics: Bromelain can increase the uptake of antibiotics by the body. Hence a doctor should be consulted.
  • Blood thinning medicines: Bromelain can increase blood-clotting. Hence when it is taken with blood thinners, it can lead to bleeding.
  • Sedatives: Bromelain can enhance the effects of sedatives and cause more harm than good.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Pineapple is a fruit which contains many nutrients beneficial for the body. It contains vitamin C which boosts the immune system and also provides many anti-oxidant properties.

This helps in prevents tissue damage and inflammation.

The main nutritional component of pineapple is bromelain. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce joint swelling, pain, and stiffness. These effects improve the quality of lives of the people suffering from arthritis.

The takeaway:  bromelain in pineapple is effective in treating arthritis by reducing joint pain and inflammation. It has the ability to act against various inflammatory mediators and decrease pain and swelling.

If you suffer from arthritic symptoms, follow the advice of your doctor, and consider supplementing with bromelain.  It is a natural and inexpensive remedy which is known to make a difference for many people. 

You can read some interesting consumer reviews which discuss bromelain’s effects on pain and inflammation at Amazon. 

I found the consumer reviews of Amazon’s best selling Now brand of Bromelain very interesting, as many purchasers explain how they found pain relief with this supplement.

 

 

 

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MyPurMist Review – Is the MyPurMist Steam Inhaler Worth Buying?

MyPurMist Review – Is the MyPurMist Steam Inhaler Worth Buying?

 

 

 

Why Use a Steam Inhaler?

 

Steam is a doctor recommended natural decongestant used by millions. And steam from MyPurMist is instant so you don’t have to wait. It provides instant fine mist that penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat for superb relief. MyPurMist is 100% Natural (drug-free) therapy.

 

Steam has been used throughout the ages to provide powerful therapeutic benefits to the upper respiratory system.

Steam inhalation is a natural and effective treatment for respiratory conditions and is highly recommended for treatment of the common cold, sinusitis, allergies and laryngitis.

Steam relieves inflammation and congestion of upper respiratory mucous membranes, it moistens dry nasal passages, thins and loosens mucus for easier elimination and helps clear congestion. Inhaling steam also helps to relax muscles, thereby relieving coughing.

 

 

 

 

How Does MyPurMist Work?

 

Steam is a doctor recommended natural decongestant used by millions. And steam from MyPurMist is instant so you don’t have to wait. It provides instant fine mist that penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat for superb relief. MyPurMist is 100% Natural (drug-free) therapy.

 

 

Steam has been used throughout the ages to provide powerful therapeutic benefits to the upper respiratory system.

Steam inhalation is a natural and effective treatment for respiratory conditions and is highly recommended for treatment of the common cold, sinusitis, allergies and laryngitis.

 

Steam relieves inflammation and congestion of upper respiratory mucous membranes, it moistens dry nasal passages, thins and loosens mucus for easier elimination and helps clear congestion.

 

Inhaling steam also helps to relax muscles, thereby relieving coughing.

MyPurMist has harnessed the natural, therapeutic power of steam in a handheld device that is easy to use.

MyPurMist reinvents steam therapy utilizing breakthrough patented “CFV” hospital technology, setting  a new standard for safety, convenience, speed, and ease of use. It provides fast natural relief for people suffering from sinus congestion, colds, or allergies.

Steam from MyPurMist is instant so you don’t have to wait. It provides instant fine mist that penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat for superb relief. This provides direct and maximum humidity where you need it (and nowhere else).

Additionally, MyPurMist has temperature controls that allow you to decide how warm you want your mist to be. The temperature range of MyPurMist is a comfortable 100-115F, which will not burn you even at the highest setting. The best way to see that there is enough steam is to turn on MyPurMist with the mask on and see if the mask clouds up within 2-3 seconds.

 

 

Who Does MyPurMist Help?

 

MyPurMist relieves the inflammation and congestion of your sinuses, alleviates mucous membrane dryness; and helps keep nasal passages moist and clean.

 

 

MyPurMist can provide symptomatic relief for:

 

  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Laryngitis
  • Nasal, sinus and chest congestion
  • Coughs
  • Parched throat
  • Lessening mucus production
  • Discomfort from sore throat
  • Headache pain

 

 

How to Use MyPurMist

 

Using the MyPurMist is very simple: you just add water to the little cup, turn it on, and when the steam starts coming out immediately, you put the mask to your face and breathe it in. It’s very easy.

The cup is pretty tiny – it’s practically a shot glass – but you may be surprised to see how much steam the MyPurMist puts out and for how long.

On one little shot of water, it runs for almost 30 minutes, and then stays on another 10 minutes to clean and dry itself out.

 

I’ve been doing steam therapy for over a year now, with a number of different products, and the first thing I noticed when I began breathing the steam was how efficient it is. By that I mean, you breathe in and you’re actually able to feel a lot of water vapor going into your lungs.

Interestingly, despite the amount of water, it’s not super hot like you get if you put your face too close to a different model of facial steamer. Reading the manual, I found out this is because it uses something called CVF, or Capillary Force Vaporizer, technology.

MyPurMist vaporizes the water without boiling it, so you don’t have to deal with hot steam burning your face. I will say that the face mask can get a little hot, but not unbearably so.

 

 

You can use MyPurMist as often, or as long, as you like since it is 100% natural.

A full water reservoir provides approximately 20-25 minutes of use. One idea is to use MyPurMist for 10-15 minutes just before sleeping for more restful sleep.

For most optimal results the manufacturer recommends using MyPurMist once in the morning and once before bed for 10-15 minutes each.

Try different durations to see what is most optimal for you. Generally speaking using MyPurMist more often will provide you the consistent benefits of humidification.

 

 

Getting Started With MyPurMist

 

For the First Use or After a Long Period of Storage (No water in the reservoir):

 

  • After the cycle is done, do not empty the reservoir of the water left over unless you plan to store the device.

 

For Subsequent Uses:

  • Pour MyPurFill Demineralized or distilled water till the fill line

  • Turn on device right away
  • After the cycle is done, do not empty the reservoir of the water left over unless you plan to store the device

 

 

The MyPurMist device has two primary indicators of operation.

 

Red light:

The steady red light is an indicator for “water out” or when the timer has run a full cycle. However, at times a red light may come prematurely. In such cases the water level may need to be adjusted or the device needs to be reset. The flashing red light means you will have to wait 30 seconds for the unit to come back on (it’s cooling down). This is the top light.

 

Blue light:

The 4 blue lights are indicators of your selected temperature and that the unit is turned ON.

 

 

MyPurFill Demineralized Water

 

 

MyPurFill Demineralized Water is available in convenient 12 oz. bottles.  MyPurMist uses only 1 oz. of water to generate approximately 25 minutes of very fine soothing steam so the cost of using MyPurFill is less than 10 cents per average daily use.

Distilled water is also appropriate to use in MyPurMist.  The manufacturer recommends using either MyPurFill Demineralized or distilled water only.

Using any additives in the water reservoir, any other liquid or water with minerals (e.g. bottled, purified or boiled water) will damage the device and will void the warranty.

 

 

 

 

 

MyPurMist ScentPads

 

You can also purchase MyPurMist ScentPads, which are designed to work with the MyPurMist steam to release soothing aromatic Eucalyptus and fresh Peppermint vapors for non-medicated comfort and a peaceful night’s rest.

Each MyPurMist ScentPad has 8 reservoirs of 100% natural essential oil that are uniquely designed to work with the steam from MyPurMist. 50% Eucalyptus, 50% Peppermint; Double distilled essential oils.

One reservoir may be used multiple times in the course of a day.

 

 

 

 

Cleaning MyPurMist is Simple

 

The manufacturer suggests wiping down the outside of the product with a dry cloth before storing for longer periods of time. If the outside of your MyPurMist gets dirty, use a warm damp cloth dipped in soapy water to gently wipe the outside of the unit, but do not submerge the MyPurMist in water.

Be sure to drain all of the water out of your MyPurMist and wait until it has run through the automatic drying cycle before storing. This helps to prevent mold growth on the inside of the unit.

 

 

MyPurMist Replacement Masks for Adults and Children

 

To prevent germs from spreading, wipe masks down with warm soapy water and dry before storing. Everyone that uses MyPurMist have his or her own mask.

 

MyPurMist Adult Replacement Mask, 1 ea

 

Adult and Child MyPurMist  Additional/Replacement Masks are available at Amazon.

 

 


 

Final Thoughts

 

If you are looking for the therapeutic effects of breathing steam, and want the convenience of something portable and handheld, I don’t think there is a better personal steam vaporizer than the MyPurMist Handheld Steam Inhaler.

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Pros:

  • All natural relief for respiratory and nasal congestion
  • Lightweight, handheld, portable design lets you use it comfortably anywhere
  • Unique CVF technology delivers a lot of steam from a little water, without boiling or getting too hot
  • Face mask delivers steam directly to your mouth and nose
  • Self-cleaning
  • Safe for anyone to use several times a day

 

Cons

  • Needs to be plugged in, so not fully portable

 

 

 

Consumer Reviews of MyPurMist

 

For more opinions, there are over 1,120 consumer reviews on Amazon, and 240 answered questions.

 

 

 

 

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Planning Ahead for Parkinson’s Needs

 

 

 

Planning Ahead for Parkinson’s Needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease at home can be like sailing a ship through uncharted waters. Currents, wind shifts and changing weather patterns all influence the ship’s course on a daily basis.

The effects of Parkinson’s disease also present an unpredictable course and caregivers must continually seek solutions and a positive direction for the care they provide.

 

 

 

Barbara has been caring for her husband for over 10 years.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and she has remained steadfast with his care at home.

Through the years, she has been creative in developing practical ideas that save time, require less energy and reduce stress.

 

 

Most importantly, employment of these concepts has enabled her to maintain the dignity and independence of her husband.

 

 

 

Start Planning in the Early Stages

 

In the early stages of her husband’s disease, Barbara made an appointment for occupational and physical therapy consultations along with a home environment assessment.

This decision helped her to begin planning for the physical care and necessary home modifications to support her husband’s needs.

She offers these additional ideas for caregivers to customize their caregiving procedures as needs arise:

 

 

Mobility Aids/Furniture:

 

Wheelchairs — consider two separate chairs; one to use for indoor mobility and at the kitchen table (can be locked in place), and one to use for outings to the mall or family gatherings.

 

 

 

 

Walker — the best investment has been a four-wheeled walker with balloon tires, hand brakes and a padded seat. It glides over the ground and uneven surfaces and was paid for by Medicare and a co-insurance policy.

 

 

 

Recliner — add a wooden base to the chair to raise the height six to 10 inches. This makes it easier for the care receiver to get in and out of the chair alone.

 

 

Electric or Power lift chairs are another option and may be partially paid for by Medicare.

 

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Bathroom Safety:

 

Install grab bars in several wall locations and a safety handle on the edge of the bathtub. Be sure to drill the bars into a wall stud for maximum hold and safety.

 

 

 

 

 

Remove the toilet seat and place a commode frame with arm rests over the toilet or purchase an elevated toilet seat with raised arms.

 

 

For sanitary purposes, keep flushable wet wipes available for use after toileting. Wipes can also be used to clean bathroom fixtures.

 

 

 

Add a non-skid bath mat, a bath bench and a handheld shower head to allow the care receiver to assist with their own shower.

 

 

 

For grooming, use an electric razor and an electric toothbrush to encourage self-care.

 

 

 

 

 

Incontinence Products:

 

Use incontinent pads and adult briefs in layers as needed for full protection against wetting through.

 

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Clothes or furniture:

 

Washable sheet protectors and chair pads can be used to save on constant laundering. For full protection, layer several pads on the bed or chair.

 

 

 

 

 

Floor Safety:

 

Use a Swiffer-type dry and wet mop on the floors for easier cleaning.

Do not use throw rugs, but if the floor surface is slippery, use a short-napped rug with a rubber backing.

 

 

Personal Safety:

 

 

Purchase a whistle and place it around the care receiver’s neck. This can be used to call for help, especially if the caregiver has a hearing deficit.

Place another whistle near the bed or toilet if needed.

 

 

 

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) like GreatCall can be rented monthly to summon help when the caregiver is out of the home.

 

 

Alarm systems can be installed at exit doors and on wheelchairs to prevent wandering or falling.

 

 

Transfer or gait belts can be used to keep the care receiver secure in the chair when the caregiver has to leave the room.

It can also be used to assist in safely helping the care receiver out of bed or a chair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mealtime Options:

 

Canvas aprons can be purchased at craft stores. Cut the ties off and replace with elastic on the top to enable the care receiver to put it on without help. Vinyl or quilted bibs/aprons can also be purchased from medical supply companies. Place the bottom half of the apron underneath the plate for neater mealtimes.

Use cups or glasses with lids and straw holes to prevent spilling. A two-handled cup with a spouted lid can also be kept by the bedside.

If the care receiver has tremors, buy shallow soup bowls and edge guards for plates to keep the food contained.

Purchase utensils with weighted, built-up or angled handles to help hands remain steady.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Ideas:

 

Car seats made of leather are easier to access and to clean.

Consider purchasing a swivel seat cushion to ease car transfers.

Purchase a handicapped vehicle parking permit  through the driver’s license bureau and have it authorized by the physician. Use the permit at any handicapped parking zone or at any meter in the city.

Pack a car tote bag. Include a package of wet wipes, bibs, a change of clothing, incontinent pads, plastic garbage bags, and water.

Eat in the car and park near a scenic area to enjoy the meal and the view if dining in a restaurant becomes too difficult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom Solutions:

 

Consider the need for an electric hospital bed with a trapeze for movement and increased independence. This can be rented monthly through Medicare and a co-insurance policy.

Try nylon or silk pajamas for ease in turning in bed.  Use a bed guardrail for safety and support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dressing for Success:

 

Velcro Hush Puppy shoes are easier for the care receiver to put on and take off. Turn a lace-up shoe into a slip-on shoe with elastic shoelaces.

Purchase pull on boots with zippers for winter.

Use a long-handled shoe horn with a spring hinge.

The care receiver will have warmer feet and avoid falling by wearing slipper socks with rubber treads over regular socks. Thin stockings vs. cushioned sole socks are better on carpeted surfaces.

Sport pants and elastic waistbands ease dressing woes for the caregiver and care receiver.

 

 

 

 

 

Visual Cues:

 

Magnifying sheets, magnifying glasses, large wall clocks, talking watches and natural spectrum lamps help those with impaired vision and encourage independence.

Enriching Activities:

Review photo albums and old greeting cards.

Read the comics.

Listen to music and books on tape.

Enjoy walks in the park when able.

Create a memory box filled with past treasures or items that encourage reminiscence.

Display things around the home that bring joy such as family photos, children’s art work, and holiday decorations. This display also helps with time or seasonal orientation.

Consider attending a Parkinson’s disease support group together.

 

 

 

 

As one can see, revising care procedures and modifying your home can promote successful caregiving. In addition, these ideas will uphold the dignity and independence of the care receiver. Learn from others who have walked in your shoes and set your sails for a new direction in providing care for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease.

Based on an article by Kristine Dwyer and Barbara Churchill

 

 

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Natural Remedies to Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

Natural Remedies to Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

 

 

 

 

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

 

Chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome, CFIDS, CFS, Myalgic encephalomyelitis.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex illness affecting the brain and multiple body systems.

It is defined by incapacitating fatigue that is not relieved by rest, and at least four of the following symptoms for at least six months:

 

  • impaired short-term memory of concentration which significantly affects normal activities
  • sore throat
  • tender lymph nodes in the neck or underarms
  • muscle pain
  • pain in multiple joints with no joint swelling or redness
  • headaches of a new type or severity
  • unrefreshing sleep
  • general malaise following physical exertion that lasts more than 24 hours

 

 

 

 

Other common symptoms include: bloating, nausea, diarrhea, night sweats or chills, brain fogginess, dizziness, shortness of breath, chronic cough, visual disturbances, allergies or sensitivities to foods, alcohol, chemicals, irregular heartbeat or palpitations, jaw pain, or eyes or mouth.

The Centers for Disease Control officially recognized this condition in 1988. Chronic fatigue syndrome is more common in women than men, and the majority of people affected are in their thirties.

For further reading,  I recommend the book, The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. (pub. 2013).

 

 

 

Causes and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

 

According to homeopathic thought, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome comes about from an imbalance in the vital force. Your vital force is an intelligent energy principle in your body, which organizes and balances the many functions of life, and provides protection from illness.

Your vital force can become imbalanced from many factors including stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, exposure to the elements, emotional trauma, and injuries.

There can also be hereditary imbalances in the vital force which also lead to increased susceptibility to disease.

Infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria and fungi find that the weakness in your vital force and its physical counterpart, the immune system, provides an opportunity to take hold in your body and grow.

Whether this creates symptoms of illness or not depends on how well your body-mind is meeting the challenges of life. The vital force produces symptoms such as the fatigue, swollen glands, mild fever and muscle and joint aches typical of CFS as part of its attempt to restore balance to your system.

In CFS cases, the vital force is unable to restore the proper balance after an acute illness, the person never recovers their full vitality, and the illness becomes chronic. If your vital force is functioning well, even if the virus is still present, you will not feel sick.

At present, there is essentially no effective treatment offered by orthodox medicine for CFS. No antiviral or antibiotic drugs make any difference in the course of the disease, so the issue in treating chronic fatigue syndrome is not about killing viruses or preventing their replication, but to strengthen your vital force.

Many people are infected chronically with viruses and bacteria, but suffer no illness whatsoever, because their vital force and immune system are strong and healthy. In fact, it is virtually impossible to be alive and not be infected with some pathogenic organisms. What is important is how your body responds to remain healthy.

 

 

 

Alternative Medicine for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

Although alternative medicine use is quite popular among people with chronic fatigue syndrome, keep in mind that so far, scientific support for the claim that any form of alternative medicine can treat chronic fatigue syndrome is lacking. 

That doesn’t mean they don’t work, only that they haven’t been subjected to expensive scientific studies.  Remember, the best treatment for your chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is what makes you feel better, period.

 

 

 

 

Ginseng for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

 

Ginseng is an herb that has been used in Asia for centuries to increase energy and combat fatigue. A survey of 155 people by researchers at the University of Iowa with persistent fatigue found that ginseng was considered one of the most helpful treatments, with 56 percent of people who used ginseng rating it as effective.

Another study found that ginseng significantly enhanced cellular immune function by peripheral mononuclear cells (blood cells that are a critical component in the immune system to fight infection) in people with chronic fatigue syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

 

 

 

 

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Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH)

 

 

 

NADH is a naturally occurring molecule formed from vitamin B3 (niacin) that plays an essential role in cellular energy production.

 

 

 

A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluated the effectiveness of NADH in 26 people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Participants received either 1 mg of NADH or placebo for 4 weeks. At the end of the study, 8 out of 26 (31%) responded favorably to NADH in contrast to 2 out of 26 (8%) who responded to placebo.

Suggested:  Source Naturals NADH For Energy and Mental Alertness comes in convenient sublingual tablets. Over 105 consumer reviews.


 

 

 

 

 

L-Carnitine

 

Carnitine, found in nearly all body cells, is responsible for transporting long-chain fatty acids into mitochondria, the energy-producing centers of cells. It allows these fatty acids to be converted into energy.

Some studies have found that carnitine levels in the body are decreased in people with chronic fatigue syndrome and it has been linked to muscle fatigue and pain and impaired exercise tolerance. However, other studies haven’t found an association between carnitine deficiency and symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

One study examined the use of L-carnitine in 30 people with chronic fatigue syndrome.

 

After 8 weeks of treatment, there was statistically significant clinical improvement in 12 of the 18 parameters, with the greatest improvement occurring after 4 weeks of treatment. One person was unable to complete the 8 weeks of treatment due to diarrhea. There was no placebo group in this study and it wasn’t blinded, so more clinical trials are needed.

Supplemental L-carnitine is generally well tolerated, however, high doses of L-carnitine may cause digestive upset and diarrhea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coenzyme Q10

 

Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is a compound found naturally in the mitochondria, the energy-producing center of our cells. Co Q10 is involved in the production of ATP, the main energy source of body cells. Co Q10 is also an antioxidant.

 

 

 

 

A survey of 155 people with persistent fatigue found that the percentage of users who found a treatment helpful was greatest for Co Q10 (69% of 13 people).

Suggested:  Doctor’s Best High Absorption CoQ10 with Bioperine for added absorption.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

 

 

DHEA is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands and in smaller amounts by the ovaries and testes.

DHEA can be converted in the body to other steroid hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone. It is also involved in memory, mood, and sleep.

 

 

 

Levels of DHEA in the body peak when a person is in his or her mid-20’s and then slowly decline with age.

Studies have shown that DHEA-s levels are abnormal in people with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Suggested: Zhou Nutrition DHEA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Fatty Acids

 

 

Essential fatty acids have been used in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. One theory about how they work is that viruses reduce the ability of cells to make 6-desaturated essential fatty acids and supplementing with essential fatty acids corrects this disorder.

 

 

 

 

 

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 63 people, participants were given either a combination of essential fatty acids from evening primrose oil and fish oil (eight 500 mg capsules a day) or a placebo.

After 1 and 3 months, people taking essential fatty acids had significant improvement in chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms compared to those taking the placebo pills.

 Suggested:  Dr. Tobias Optimum Omega 3 Fish Oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Natural Treatments

 

 

 

Digestive Enzymes

 

 

Undertaking a digestive enzyme regimen has been successful in with people with CFS and FMS because it encourages cell nutrition by feeding and fortifying the nervous system, endocrine system and the digestive system.

 

 

 

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High quality, pH balanced digestive enzymes when taken in adequate quantities, work throughout the entire digestive system and help to fortify the pancreas.

Providing adequate digestive support is a particularly important issue for those suffering from CFS and FMS.

Suggested:  Garden of Life Omega-Zyme Ultra contains 21 digestive enzymes, providing a wide range of pH activity and a rapid release delivery.  Omega-Zyme is vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Probiotics

 

Researchers have found that if you have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), your body likely produces high levels of immune cells directed against the toxins given off by unhealthy gut bacteria—a sign of leaky gut and a cause of inflammation.

In fact, the severity of both chronic fatigue symptoms and digestive symptoms was found to directly correlate with the number of these immune cells directed against toxin-generating gut bacteria.

 

Probiotics are “friendly” microorganisms (typically bacteria or yeasts) that can live in the gastrointestinal tract or on other mucosal surfaces and have beneficial effects on human physiology and health.

 

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There are three general probiotic benefits which researchers believe may help in the treatment of leaky gut and chronic fatigue syndrome:

  • They increase the numbers of healthy bacteria that live in the gut while decreasing the unhealthy bacteria;
  • They improve the ability of the gut wall to act as a barrier to keep unwanted compounds out of the body;
  • They decrease your body’s own production of inflammation-producing compounds, lowering inflammation in the gut and throughout the body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin C

 

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Very large doses of vitamin C have been successfully used to boost the immune system for 50 years. Frederick R. Klenner, M.D. pioneered megavitamin C therapeutics back in the 1940’s, giving thousands of milligrams of vitamin C by injection for a wide variety of viral illnesses. 

 

 

 

 

 

Research shows that vitamin C provides protection against oxidation. In fatigue experiments with mice, our research showed that a high dose of vitamin C reduced evidence of fatigue.

In human beings, a daily dose of 50-100 mg is adequate to protect against vitamin C deficiency, but the dose needed for protection against oxidation is many times higher.

In a Japanese study, when they administered 3,000-4,000 mg of vitamin C per day to the CFS patients theystudied, one-third of them reported an improvement in several symptoms of the illness, such as low-grade fever, fatigue and myalgia (muscle pain).

Suggested: Ester-C 24 Hour Immune Support is time released and non acidic, making it easier on the stomach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magnesium

 

 

 

 

Most people with ME/CFS who take magnesium, whether oral or injected, report increased stamina and energy.

Many include better sleep as an additional benefit (most likely due to magnesium’s muscle-relaxing effects). 

 

 

Dr. Paul Cheney has observed that magnesium glycinate causes the least intestinal upset and is the most easily absorbed.  The usual recommended dosage is 200 to 400 mg/day taken with food, although CFS/ME patients are cautioned to start with a smaller dose and increase it gradually.

Look for a magnesium glycinate which doesn’t contain Magnesium Stearate, a biofilm which blocks nutrient absorption.  I like the formulation from Metabolic Maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beta-Carotene

 

Beta carotene, called provitamin A, is a precursor of vitamin A found in fruits and vegetables. Beta carotene is water soluble and, unlike vitamin A, does not accumulate in the body. As a result, it can be used safely in high doses.

Provitamin A enhances immune function. It stimulates immune cells called macrophages and helps trigger increased immune activity against certain bacteria as well as candida.

Beta carotene is also a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the body from damage by free radicals. Free radicals are chemicals that occur as by-products of oxygen use in the body, exposure to ultraviolet light, and other natural processes; they can damage the cell membranes as well as other parts of the cell. Antioxidants like beta carotene neutralize free radicals.

 

Suggested: Source Naturals Beta Carotene (25,000 IU, 250 Softgels)

 

 

In addition to the numerous studies on beta-carotene’s effectiveness for heart disease and cancer, researchers have been exploring the nutrient’s potential for treating chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia, male infertility, and psoriasis.

Interestingly, low levels of beta-carotene and other antioxidants have been linked to the development of cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that impairs vision.

Preliminary studies also point to a possible connection between too little beta-carotene (along with low levels of vitamins A and E) and subsequent development of lupus, an autoimmune disorder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Licorice

 

Licorice’s key therapeutic compound, glycyrrhizin exerts numerous beneficial effects on the body, making licorice a valuable herb for treating a host of ailments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In particular, licorice seems to prevent the breakdown of adrenal hormones such as cortisol (the body’s primary stress-fighting adrenal hormone), making these hormones more available to the body.

By enhancing cortisol activity, glycyrrhizin helps to increase energy, ease stress and reduce the symptoms of ailments sensitive to cortisol levels, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromylagia.

Try Nature’s Answer Advanced Botanical Fingerprint Technology Licorice Glycyrrhiza Glabra Full Spectrum Herb, 450 mg.  This brand micronizes the herb, which allows faster absorption by the body, and is free of synthetic ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

Glutamine

 

 

 

An Australian study found that plasma concentrations of glutamine (and to a lesser degree, muscle concentrations) were lower in CFS subjects.

They said further studies could investigate whether glutamine levels are a secondary observation, resulting from some central dysfunction in CFS, or whether low plasma glutamine might indicate susceptibility to CFS.

 

 

Rowbottom, D., Keast, D., Pervan, Z., et. al. (1998). The role of glutamine in the aetiology of the chronic fatigue syndrome: A prospective study. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 4:2, 3–22.

 

 

 

 

Try Now brand L-Glutamine Exercise Recovery, 500 mg. 

L-Glutamine, it seems, helps with quite a lot of issues; there are some interesting experiences among the over 300 consumer reviews on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whey Protein

 

 

While the exact cause is still not fully understood, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has been linked to abnormalities found in both hormonal and cellular immunity.

Tests consistently indicate that those diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have an impaired lymphocyte (T-cell) response.

 

 

Early research has shown the ability of lymphocytes to react to an immune challenge is directly related to their glutathione status (GSH). (Medical Hypothesis, 1999)

Glutathione is arguably the most important water-soluble antioxidant found in the body. Glutathione is a tripeptide made up the amino acids L-cysteine, L-glutamine and glycine. It is believed that the constant use of glutathione by lymphocytes may lead to cellular glutathione depletion and, subsequently, immune failure.

Dr. Bounous, from the Department of Surgery at McGill University, has put forward the hypotheses that “the competition for glutathione (GSH) precursors over time may lead to muscle fatigue (myalgia) and other symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” He further states, “Because glutathione is also essential to aerobic muscular contractions, an undesirable competition for glutathione precursors between the immune and muscular systems may develop.”

Whey protein is the most effective way to deliver precursors for glutathione (GSH) synthesis. It has also been shown to raise glutathione levels in humans and animals. It has been theorized that whey may be especially effective for people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CSF).

 

 

Suggested: Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard 100% Whey is Amazon’s best seller among protein powder supplements. 

It comes in 26 flavors, and has over 17,500 consumer reviews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folic Acid and Vitamin B12

 

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Researchers at the Gottfries Clinic, affiliated with the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Gothenburg University in Sweden recently published in the journal PLoS One that therapy based on vitamin B12 and folic acid can improve to some extent the overall health status of patients with chronic conditions like myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and fibromyalgia.

 

The study is entitled “Response to vitamin B12 and folic Acid in myalgic encephalomyelitis and fibromyalgia.

 

Sundown Naturals Folic Acid

 

 

 

 

 

L-Tyrosine

 

Tyrosine supports healthy mood and memory while under stress.  It also helps to form the bioactive factors vital to cellular growth and maintenance. 

 

 

 

 

 

L-tyrosine is typically synthesized from phenylalanine, which is available from many dietary sources. The most significant sources of phenylalanine are generally high-protein foods such as meat or fish. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt also contain high levels of phenylalanine. Additional foods that contain phenylalanine include avocados, bananas and lima beans.

The most common signs of l-tyrosine deficiency includes flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, swollen joints, aching muscles and pale skin. A lack of interest in recreational activities is also an indication that you may benefit from l-tyrosine supplements.

Additional signs of a tyrosine deficiency are low levels of thyroid hormone, which requires l-tyrosine. These signs include weight gain and water retention in the absence of any changes in activity level or diet.

 

Interestingly, a deficiency in L-Tyrosine is often seen in those with chronic fatigue syndrome.

 

Try: Pure Science L-Tyrosine

 

 

 

 

Even though its causes and diagnosis are still somewhat indefinite, there is hope for people with chronic fatigue syndrome to lead vital, happy lives with proper prevention and effective natural treatment.

Good dietary habits are crucial for relief of chronic fatigue, but many people must also use nutritional supplements to achieve high levels of certain essential nutrients.  Keep an open mind and be patient.

You can find a lifestyle and supplement system which helps your body recover its natural vitality.  Keep an open mind and be patient as you work toward regaining your health.

 

 

 

Recommended Reading:  The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution

 

From the best strategies for using medications and nutritional supplements to the most recent alternative therapies and recommendations for lifestyle modifications, The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution delivers extensive wisdom in a condensed volume, making it truly accessible.

Dr. Teitelbaum also presents the simple-to-apply SHINE Protocol, addressing Sleep, Hormonal support, Infections, Nutritional support and Exercise.

Helping all readers develop an individualized program, Dr. Teitelbaum has created a new lifeline for anyone seeking compassionate, proven approaches for restoring wellness and regaining optimal energy and vitality. 

Read reviews.

 

 

 

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New Spoon for Hand Tremors

New Spoon for Hand Tremors Makes Mealtime Easier

 

 

 

 

Picking up a utensil to feed one’s self is a luxury that people take for granted. For others with neurological conditions causing tremors, this basic activity can be a source of frustration and embarrassment.

 

 

 

 

GYENNO’s ‘Smart Spoon’ tries to eliminate that problem. It’s a stabilization utensil gadget that offsets 85 percent of unwanted tremors for users affected by diseases like Parkinson’s.

The spoon has been in production for almost a year, and was revealed at the Consumer Electronics Showcase in Las Vegas in early January 2017.

 

 

 

 

While GYENNO’s product is still new to the North American consumer’s market, the technology has been employed in China for a while.

 

The utensil uses sophisticated stabilization control algorithms and motion learning technology to adjust to the user’s tremors, helping the person eat regularly.

 

This video is produced by the manufacturer, and demonstrates how the GYENNO Smart Spoon helps people with hand tremors eat independently:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Smart Spoon is similar to another stabilization utensil from Lift Labs called Liftware, a Google purchase back in 2014.

GYENNO holds a patent for their own spoon’s tech, which they’ve called the best on the market.

 

 

 

 

“The GYENNO uses special PID [proportional–integral–derivative controller] control technology and attitude stabilization technology to make a better performance, higher frequency response and more accurate position control,” said Dehuai Li, marketing officer at GYENNO, in an interview with Motherboard.

 

“That makes [the GYENNO Spoon] 85 percent tremor canceling while Liftware just 75 percent.”

 

 

 

The GYENNO Package Contains:

 

1 Spoon Head

1  Fork Head

1  Intelligent

Hand Shank

1 Power Cable (the fully-charged battery can run for 180 minutes).

 

 

 

The GYENNO Spoon already has hundreds of users who have raved about being able to feed themselves once again, Li said.

 

  • Read Amazon consumer reviews of the GYENNO Spoon.

 

“You want to feed yourself, you don’t want someone else to feed you,” he said. “It improves your confidence and dignity. Many of these diseases have no cure, so we want to improve the quality of life.”

 

Through its cloud-based data collection, GYENNO has created its Medical Chronic Disease Management program to provide physicians and scientists with valuable information and statistics on the progression of symptoms and the disease in general.

 

For example, GYENNO Medical synchs the real-time symptoms of hand movements recorded by the GYENNO Spoon to study how the hand movements and tremors are expressed (frequency and amplitude, speed, accelerated speed and rotation of hand tremor). GYENNO collects data from users to assist scientists and physicians with research on disease progression, utilizing data-mining technology to explore data characteristics to help with early Parkinson’s Disease screening.

 

 

This video discusses everything that comes in the GYENNO Smart Spoon box, and provides a brief review:

 

 

 

 

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How Does Manuka Honey Help Ulcerative Colitis?

 

 

 How Does Manuka Honey Help Ulcerative Colitis?

 

 

 

 

Nowadays, due to lifestyle changes, intake of processed foods and genetics, very few people are unaware of the prevalence of the disease called ulcerative colitis.

“Colitis” means the inflammation of the colon, or more largely, inflammation of the large intestine (that comprises of colon, caecum and rectum).

 

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Ulcerative colitis is a disease of the colon, which is the largest part of the large intestine, characterized by ulcers (or open sores). These ulcers are painful wounds, they may bleed and also produce mucus as well as pus.

The mucosa or the inner lining of the large intestine becomes red and swollen. The most severely affected of all parts is the rectal area. If the lining of the colon is damaged, it may begin to cause bloody diarrhea.

 

 

A rare substance has been observed to reduce the effects of ulcerative colitis. It is not a medicine. It is honey, and not the regular honey. It is called Manuka honey.

The means by which Manuka honey helps aiding ulcerative colitis would be discussed in the subsequent sections.

 

 

 

 What is Manuka Honey?

 

 

 

 

Manuka honey is called so because it has made by bees from the nectar obtained from the “Manuka trees” which are native to New Zealand and Australia.

It has a distinctive taste and many people describe this taste as “earthy and herbaceous”. It is highly viscous in nature and has a colour varying from dark cream to brown.

 

 

 

 

Manuka honey is not like “just any honey”. It is very treasured and it has many medicinal properties. It is also called “alternative medicine” by some scientists.

Manuka honey has been known to help taking care of wounds. It has been found to have anti-bacterial properties. It increases the wound contraction and hence helps in faster healing.

 

 

How Does Mauka Honey Help Ulcerative Colitis?

 

Manuka honey is the highest graded honey in terms of medicinal properties. You would be surprised to learn how it helps in tackling ulcerative colitis.

 

 

Manuka Honey Fights Pathogens

 

 

 

 

 

It has been found that there is a large concentration of a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori in the gastro intestinal tract of ulcerative colitis sufferers.

 

 

 

 

This bacterium is known to cause autoimmunity, where the body’s immune system begins to destroy the cells of the body itself. Ulcerative colitis is believed to be an autoimmune disease that may be a result of genetics or some environmental factors.

H. pylori also makes the inner lining of the gastro-intestinal tract more permeable; and hence more vulnerable to pathogens and infections. H. pylori has been found to be sensitive to the honey. This is because the concentration of hydrogen peroxide in the honey, which is about 20%.

Honey can act as a bacteriostatic (it means that is stops the activity of the bacteria and the bacteria does not remain harmful anymore); and it can also be bactericidal at different concentrations. 5 to 11% of concentration of Manuka honey proves to be bacteriostatic, whereas 8 to 15% of concentration is found to be bactericidal.

These are achieved because of the high sugar content of the honey. As the solute concentration is higher in the honey (as Manuka honey is very viscous) than the solute concentration in bacteria, the water in the bacteria is drawn out. This limits the growth of bacteria.

Manuka honey has a low pH ; that is between 3 and 4.5, it is acidic and hence most microorganisms are unable to survive in such conditions

The usual honeys consist of a compound called “hydrogen peroxide” which takes away electrons from the membranes of the bacteria and hence disrupts their structure.

However, Manuka honey may have the hydrogen peroxide production blocked due to several factors such as the presence of an enzyme called “catalase”. Yet, its viscosity and pH are enough to fight against any pathogen present.

 

 

What does this mean?

 

 

Manuka honey has the capability to control the growth of the bacteria that are responsible for causing ulcerative colitis.

 

 

 

Manuka Honey Helps Heal Ulcers

 

Ulcerative colitis is characterized by ulcers, that are painful and open wounds. Manuka honey has the capacity to heal these wounds. It stimulates the process of healing. This healing can occur only when the infection clears out. As ulcers are pus oozing wounds, it signifies infection.

Manuka honey has a compound called “methylglyoxal”. This leads to the alteration of some proteins present in the honey which gives it high antimicrobial properties.

Manuka honey also draws blood to the site of wound which fastens the healing process. It reduces the effect of “prostaglandins” which are substances that contribute to inflammation. It also reduces the size of the scar and stimulates the generation of tissue.

A study was conducted to check the potential of Manuka honey to help with inflammation, ulcers and oxidation in the gastrointestinal tract in animal model.

Manuka honey pretreatment was given and it was as effective as a drug named “omeprazole” which is used to treat ulcers. Manuka honey successfully protected the gastric lining of rats against lesions. There were no changes in the tissue lining on the rats that were pretreated with Manuka honey.

Gastric ulcers reduce concentration of antioxidant enzymes. However, the addition of Manuka honey increased the levels of these antioxidants preventing the damage to the walls of the gastrointestinal tract.

Manuka honey reduces “plasma tumour necrosis factor-α” which is a protein involved in inflammation; which in turn reduces inflammation. It also decreases the interleukin-1β and interleukin-6 which are substances secreted by the immune system cells of our body and eventually lead to inflammation.

 

 

What does this mean?
Manuka honey helps in the healing of ulcers by reducing infection and swelling.

 

 

 

There are numerous brands of Manuka honey to choose from.

  • Shop for Manuka Honey on Amazon

 

I particularly like Tahi Manuka Honey.  
 

 

Manuka Honey is an Antioxidant

 

An antioxidant is a substance that stops the process on oxidation in the cells; which cause cell deterioration and eventually lead to cell death. Oxidation includes a series of chain reactions where highly reactive radicals are produced.

These radicals need electrons to get stable, which they end up taking from the cells of the body which makes the cells of the body lose their structure and gradual death. Antioxidants are required to inhibit this from happening.

Manuka honey consists of substances called “polyphenols” which have antioxidant activity. The intestines are the sites where many oxidants are produced, more being present in the colon where ulcerative colitis is prevalent.

 The reason behind this is that there are many microbes, presence of cells of the immune system and food ingredients present there. The antioxidant capacity in patients suffering from ulcerative colitis is less, hence antioxidants are required to prevent the devastating effect on the cells of the intestines; which can prove to be cancerous.

There are many more antioxidants present in honey, including vitamin C and E. These antioxidants donate electrons to the substances in the cells that are unstable, that is radicals, as mentioned above and cause oxidation. The donated electrons hence neutralize them and the harmful effects are diminished.

 

 

The darker the color of the honey, the more is the antioxidant capacity of the honey.

A study was conducted where an experiment was carried out to see the effect of Manuka honey in combination with a drug called “sulfasalazine” as a means of enhancing the antioxidant activity. Ulcerative colitis was experimentally induced in an animal model.

 

Sulfasalazine is a medicine used to treat symptoms of ulcerative colitis, such as diarrhea and rectal pain. It was found that the combination of Manuka honey and sulfasalazine reduced inflammation of the colon.

It was also proven that this combination increased the antioxidants in the colon and also prevented the peroxidation of lipids (that is, taking away of electrons from lipids in the cell membrane of cells of the colon thereby breaking it down).

 

 

What does this mean?
Manuka honey consists of various substances which are antioxidants and prevent the damage to the tissues of the gastro-intestinal tract; hence aiding the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Manuka honey acts in synergy with sulfasalazine, a drug used to treat ulcerative colitis, to reduce inflammation of colon.

 
 

Manuka Honey Improves Digestion

 

Ulcerative colitis has various symptoms, including a disrupted lining of the gastro-intestinal tract and diarrhea.

Manuka honey has been known to shorten the duration of diarrhea. It also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that fight any infection that is present in the intestines.

It has a compound called “methylglyoxal” which interacts with the lining of the digestive system, and since it has antibacterial activity, it controls any infection present as it reacts with the digestive enzymes. However, it does not produce an interference with the digestive system.

 

 

What does this mean?
Manuka honey is capable of aiding digestion by helping eradicating any infection without interference with the digestive processes.

 
 

Manuka Honey Reduces Inflammation

 

Manuka Honey has proven to reduce inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. This anti-inflammatory action is required for the healing of ulcers as well as for reduction of pain.

Measurements were taken and studies were conducted to find out the measurements of certain substances or proteins in the body that contribute to inflammation.

It was found that there are proteins in the body called “prostaglandins” which are involved in inflammation process as they give a signal to the cells of the immune system to accumulate at the site of injury (ulcers in this case) . Natural honey was found to reduce prostaglandin levels in humans , so does Manuka honey.

Manuka honey, as mentioned in earlier, also reduces the production of proteins such as plasma tumour necrosis factor-α, interleukin-1β and interleukin-6 which all contribute to inflammation.

 

 

What does this mean?

 

Manuka honey reduces inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, wherever required. It in turn reduces pain as well and is hence effective against ulcerative colitis.

 
 

Manuka Honey Dosages for Ulcerative Colitis

 

Manuka honey has been found to be safe to consume and the dosage is not specific.

It is quite logical and easy to understand that Manuka honey is basically honey, and it is used as a sweetener too because of its high viscosity due to the high sugar content.

Hence, diabetics should keep a check on the amount of intake of Manuka honey as it may result in the rise of blood sugar levels, causing further complications.

1 teaspoon of Manuka honey can be put on a slice of bread and taken before meals; which would help in aiding digestion. It assures that the digestive tract is coated with honey before the consumption of the food. It soothes and calms the lining of the digestive tract.

A study was also conducted to confirm that Manuka honey is safe for consumption. The aim of the study was to ensure that there were no allergic reactions that occurred, and that Manuka honey did not change the required microbe concentration of the gut or intestines.

It was found that people who took Manuka honey every day for 4 weeks did not suffer from any side effects. There was no change in the level of antibodies present in the gastro-intestinal tract as well.

 

Manuka Honey Precautions

 

Honey is all in all, a sweet substance. People suffering from the metabolic syndrome must keep in check, the dose they take in order to keep blood sugar levels in check.

There have been studies(as mentioned above) that prove that there are no allergic reactions to Manuka honey. However, our body can develop allergies from any substance at any given point of time.

Hence, before beginning with an everyday intake of Manuka honey, one can first take a small amount of honey and check for side effects.

 

 

Bottom Line

 

Manuka honey is an organic substance with no side effects, unlike the many medications used to treat ulcerative colitis, including pain killers (which, if taken for a long time induce stomach ulcers) and steroids which weaken the body in the long run.  Instead, it adds a lot to the body to help the immune system.

 

  • It fights H. pylori
  • it heals ulcers
  • it is anti-inflammatory
  • it is an anti-oxidant.

 

Manuka honey is a complete package. People have said that Manuka honey has different taste and one would have to get used to the taste. After reading about all its benefits, adapting to its taste is completely worth it!

 

 

There are numerous brands of Manuka honey to choose from; as mentioned, I particularly like Tahi Manuka Honey.  

The Tahi Manuka Honey is raw, unpasturized, and minimally filtered.  It contains high levels of natural pollen, with no added sugar, water or preservatives.

The Tahi company practices ethical beekeeping, which allows the bees to roam freely in native bush without exposure to orchard pesticides or other chemicals.

Their UMF Honey Association License Number guarantees authentic Manuka Honey, and Tahi supports active conservation projects which restore wetlands and sand dunes, and plants native trees.

 

 

Many Amazon reviewers of Tahi Manuka honey have commented that the Tahi Manuka has relieved their ulcerative colitis symptoms and tastes better than other brands they have tried.

 

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