Benefits Of Drinking Water: Tips And Tricks To Love Drinking Water

February 19, 2012 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE, Video: Health Tips for Women

Benefits Of Drinking Water: Tips And Tricks To Love Drinking Water
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Bel Air, MD Chiropractic Health Tip of The Day

April 30, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! 410-734-4060. Call Today! Christman Family Chiropractic. Michelle Christman discusses the one critically important aspect of health that Jack LaLanne failed to teach us about in his many years of wellness education.

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Who needs cardiogenetic testing?

June 2, 2009 by  

dna4Every year, millions of people die suddenly of unknown causes. In many cases, no autopsy is performed to determine the cause of death. In cases where autopsy was performed, the sudden unexplained death (SUD) is usually due to heart problems. In some cases, no conclusive results can be found.

A study by researchers at the Department of Cardiogenetics, Academic Medical Centre, in Amsterdam reports that hereditary heart disease was detected in a large number of families with a member who died of SUD. The research team looked at 127 families affected by SUD. The SUD victims’ age ranged from 1 to 20 years, with and average of 29.8 years. The researchers conducted autopsies and genetic analysis on the SUD victims as well as their first-degree relatives. The researchers found ´that 32% of the family studied had inherited heart disorders.

According to team leader Dr. Christian van der Werf

“The scale of heart disease that we found in such families underlines the necessity for general practitioners to refer first degree relatives of SUD victims to a specialised cardiogenetics department as soon as possible. Currently we estimate that only 10% of SUD families are being examined for inherited heart conditions.”

With advances in the field of genetics, more and more genetic markers have been discovered that enables people to determine their predisposotion to certain diseases, from breast cancer to Huntington’s disease. In the case of SUD victims, however, family members are usually left guessing.

With their results, the researchers are hoping to stimulate:

  • Performance of autopsy in SUD cases
  • Genetic testing of preserved tissue samples the deceased
  • Referral of family members to cardiogeneticists

Some people actually would prefer not knowing their predisposition to certain diseases. In the case of heart disease, however, a lot can be gained in knowing because heart disease can actually be successful managed with lifestyle modifications and prophylactic medications. In other words, when it comes to cardiac problems, forwarned is forarmed.

Dr. van der Werf continues

“Relatives of young sudden death victims are often referred to cardiologists for cardiological examination. We believe relatives should instead be referred to cardiogenetics departments, where clinical geneticists, cardiologists and psychosocial workers cooperate. These professionals specialise in inherited heart diseases and their clinical and psychosocial implications, and can provide a better quality of care. Additionally, cardiologists should receive more education in inherited heart diseases. By taking these measures we can save lives and avoid further distress for families who have already suffered enough.”

How about you? Would you consider undergoing cardiogenetic testing?

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Mom Needs Respect More Often Than Mother’s Day

May 11, 2008 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE

It’s a bit of a cliché — kids get sick and Mom takes care of them. Dad gets sick — and Mom takes care of him. Gramma and Grampa get sick — Mom takes care of them, too. Even TV commercials capitalize on the concept.

But when Mom gets sick, who takes care of her?

And when Mom gets sick, who takes care of everything else that needs caretaking — because Mom is too sick to handle it?

One day a year, we recognize Mother’s Day. Year after year, Hallmark and American Greetings hang their hopes for huge income on the number of cards and other, mostly sentimental doo-dads (maybe they should be called doo-moms?) — and we buy them, wrap them, sign them, seal them, mail them or hand them over….

And that’s how we respect Mom. One day a year. Mom gets to be queen.

But what about those other 364 days of the year? Does mom get the same respect?

For too many moms — no, they don’t. Thus that cliché. Mom doesn’t get enough respect, and therefore she’s never “allowed” to be sick.

I can hear the protests now! I hear all those husbands and kids saying, “Wait! When my wife (or mother) is sick, we leave her alone! We make her soup! We try not to bother her!

And, OK. That’s a start. But here’s what I’m talking about….

When mom gets sick, who’s really taking care of her? Is anyone else taking her temperature? Does someone else drive her to the doctor, or does she drive herself? Is anyone else cleaning up the house so she won’t have to deal with it when she’s finally back on her feet? Is the laundry getting done or will it still be piled up waiting for her when she’s got an ounce of strength back?

Granted, I know that families are often more participatory than they used to be. This isn’t 1955.

But I challenge you on this Mother’s Day…. if your mom or wife gets sick during the next 12 months, whether it’s a lousy cold, or a chronic illness or even if she breaks a toe…. show her that extra effort of respect. You know the extent she’s there to take care of you, so be there for her, too! Spoil her, or just let her sleep. When she’s finally on her feet, make sure the house is cleaned up, the dog is fed, and the laundry is done.

Kids — don’t argue with your siblings! Keep things quiet and on an even keel. Do your homework, too.

The real point is to treat Mom the way you want to be treated when you get sick. With love and respect.

365 days of the year.

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