“Recalled kids meds =ER trips”

CDC researchers  found that recalled cough and cold over the counter medications accounted for too many of the ER visits for small children.
The good news
The numbers of ER nonfatal trips of young children between 0 and 4 years of age dropped by more than half, from 2,790 visits to 1,248 nationwide in the past 14 months.
The bad news
If parents had thrown away these old cough and cold childrens’ syrups when they were recalled in 2007 these children would not have gotten sick.
Some uninformed parents are still giving their infants and toddlers these medicines, and young children are still finding ways to get a hold of these old medicines themselves.
Please throw these old medicines away.

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“Thanks for children safely home for the holidays”

During the holidays, many families have a tradition where everyone takes turns saying what they are grateful for. At the Polly Klaas® Foundation and Complementary Medicine Association, we are very grateful that you have joined us in our mission to keep children safe.

Keeping your family safe becomes part of your family bonding experience, an essential part of the fabric of your lives.

With your own children, you teach safety lessons throughout each day—at the grocery store, as you pick them up from school, and while they’re at sports and school events. While in casual conversations, you quietly let them know what you do to keep them safe.

You also watch out for other children. You could be stepping outside to be present and watch the neighborhood kids come home from school. Or, you could be shopping at a large store and show a lost child how to find a store employee who can page their parents over the loudspeaker. You can also distribute posters of missing children, showing your own kids how to help others.

We are fortunate this year to see an example of the power that family bonding can provide a child who finds himself or herself in unexpected and extreme danger.

We have enormous gratitude for being able to witness Elizabeth Smart’s strength and courage. Her 2002 kidnapping at knifepoint from her family home made international news, as did her recovery from captivity 9 months later. After all these years her captor has finally been put on trial.

The news stories showed us a remarkably poised young woman, who spared no detail in telling the court about her ordeal.

Perhaps the most vivid lesson for us was her 2008 statement about the importance of her family to her survival and resilience. “I always knew that no matter what, I’d still be part of my family. They could change my name, change the way I look, starve me to death. But they couldn’t change that I am Ed and Lois Smart’s daughter. That was a very powerful thing to me.”

Elizabeth Smart provides us with a living example of someone who has met unexpected brutal tragedy, lived through it, and recovered.  She shows us that we can be resilient. We can reach deep, and be as courageous as we need to be.

Elizabeth also shows us the power of the bond between parent and child, and how that bond can provide the strength and confidence to endure even the most unimaginable dangers.

For a free child safety kit click here.

“Stretching = success work n school”

Where ever you work take a success

break every hour to stretch your back.

When you sit too long the soft tissues and tendons in the back muscles get stressed, The muscles will either tighten up or get to weak and the spine will sublex or move out of alignment.

Moving regularly is the RX your body needs.

Doing a back stretching routine that will help to loosen the tendons in your back and relieve back pain that occurs when you’ve been in the same position for too long.

Step 1

Sit on the end of your chair, with your knees bent to a soft 90-degree angle. Extend one of your legs out in front of your and point the toe forward. You should feel a pull in your lower back as it is stretched. Hold the position for 30 seconds, and return to starting position. Repeat with the other leg.

Step 2

Sit up straight with your back flat against the back of a straight back chair. Make certain the chair has no wheels..

Put your back and spine comfortably against the back of the chair.

Slowly raise one knee to your chest and inhale deeply from your abdominal area. At the same time, hold the leg gently close to your chest feel the stretch through your back.

Hold for 30 seconds or what ever time is comfortable, and release, repeating with the other leg. Begin slowly and gently,

Step 3

Gently release your leg, relax and exhaleas you return the foot to the floor.

Sit up straight and feel the spine lengthen as you return back to your original position. Relax and breathe.

Repeat

Breathe in slowly and hold the knee close to the chest  for 4- 8 seconds (or as long as comfortable). Then release and slowly return the foot to the floor while you quietly and gently exhale.
Repeat the stretch, but begin slowly and do 2 to 4 to start. Quality is more valuable to your back then quantity.
This advise is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. Complementary Medicine Association (CMA) or the people involved are only suggesting ways you might help yourself. See your doctor immediately if pain is severe, persistent or reoccurring.

“Easy release of headache pain”

3 easy Acupressure aids to reduce stress of headache or neck pain

Pain Pain go away.

  1. Lightly tap or hold on either side of the web between the thumb and firstfinger.. Then relax your breathing and feel the discomfort go away. (Video)
  2. Cup your head into your hands. Position the thumbs to the indentation one in the left and the other in the right depression at the base of the skull.

Press in and up in the direction of your eyes.  Use enough pressure so that you              feel a comfortable pain. (Video) GB21. You can alternately press the right then                left thumb into the depression where the skull and spine meet.  Each time you                press, hold for 4 seconds then release for 2 seconds. (GB 21),

3. Relax your breathing and hold or tap the points shown on the hand chart below.

hold or top headache points

When you finish breathe deeply, smile from ear to ear and give thanks.


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Disclaimer: These techniques are given as suggestions for home first aid. If pain persists or reoccurs see your health practitioner.

“Save lives before you die”

More than 109,698 men, women and children currently need life-saving organ transplants.

Active transplant candidates as of today 72,341.

Check latest stats here

  • Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
  • An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
  • In 2009, there were 8,021 deceased organ donors and 6,610 living organ donors resulting in 28,465 organ transplants.
  • Last year, more than 42,000 grafts were made available for transplant by eye banks within the United States.

Two types of donor gifts -Living (organ and tissue) and End of Life

It is becoming more common to donate organs and partial organs and tissues while alive. Kidneys are the most common organ donated by living donors. Other organs that can be donated include a lobe of a lung, partial liver, pancreas or intestine.

Although the decision to become a living donor involves careful consideration, being a living donor offers others an alternative to waiting on the national transplant waiting list for an organ from a deceased donor.

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“Quick tips to relief simple headache pain”

Using these acupressure points presented to you by Dr. Mark Brinson of Brinson Therapeutics, You can help yourself to better health. He specializes in pain, injury and human performance.

Remember. if pain persists or returns frequently see your health practitioner.

This advise is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. CMA or the people involved are only suggesting ways you might help yourself. See your doctor immediately if pain is severe, persistent or reoccurring.

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“What’s swinging in your family tree?”

– M.Wolken editor of CMANews
When I went in the early 90s to a family reunion for my mother family I took time to observe what was swinging from my family’s health tree and the decade of life these  various health imbalances began to show. It was fasinating glimpse into the my possible health future.
My training in natural medicines especially Homeopathy has taught me to look at each of life’s challenges from a different perspective. Our response to each health and or emotional crisis has come to be from our cumulative training from those people and the environment both inside our body as well as those stresses of living our life has brought us.

To assist a person  find peace and wellness a practitioner must learn as much about the entire personal and familial history  as possible. Nothing in health or dis-ease happens in isolation.

Family health history a powerful, underused tool in modern medicine today.
In integrated medical practice like homeopathy, ayurvedic, oriental, and naturopathic medicines, the family history has always been seen as needed. We were taught the better the initial history the better the evaluation, the better insight, the better individualized care and the more positive the healing.

In Homeopathy and Oriental medicine add another aspect to the history and patient profile, learning how to observe how a person, how they move, presents themselves, shake hands, the health and coloring of their tongue and their emotional history are the vital components of the patient history.

These wholistic aspects to patient care are so often ignored or missed in the current “managed care system of seeing a person every 3 to 5 minutes, reminding them to focus only on what is bothering them the most and running on to the next person before the patient has gotten acquainted with the professional.
A recent  Cleveland Clinic study compared using a good oral family history to using simply the lab results from an online genomic testing services that analyze DNA glitches and predict people’s predisposition to various diseases to uncovered who might be at an increased risk of cancer.  Not surprisingly , a good family history taken by an office assistant from relatives accompanying the patient was found to be a better predictor.
All it costs is a little time questioning your relatives, yet good family health trees are rare. A government survey estimated less than a third of families have one – and time-crunched doctors seldom push their patients to remedy that.

*Encourage each family to write down as much as they can remember about the conditions their parents and elderly had, how they died and from what. Knowing both sides of your family tree are vital. A study of 2,500 women found that women not only know less about the health of their paternal relatives, they tend to dismiss the threat of breast cancer if it’s on Dad’s side.
“It’s a risk no matter what,” says Dr. Wendy Rubinstein of Chicago’s North Shore University Health System.

Dr. Charis Eng, a cancer geneticist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute believes that  “It’s the best-kept secret in health care.”

How to start your family health history.

The U.S. Surgeon General operates a free website – https://familyhistory.hhs.gov – that helps people create a family health history and share it electronically with relatives and their doctor.

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“Go Mediterranean avoid plus girth”

Adherence to the healthy Mediterranean dietary patterns are key factors for avoiding the natural long-term yearly weight gain occurring during adulthood and with advancing age.
These are the findings of a research study after following 10,000 Spanish university graduates for six years. The average age of the students were 38 years The study found the average participant gained half a pound (0.24 kilograms) per year.
Those that strictly followed the Mediterranean plan were 10 percent less likely to become overweight or obese by the end of the study, and had 24 percent lower odds of packing on more than 11 pounds (5 kilograms) over the study’s first four years.

The Mediterranean dietary pattern focuses on fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil, non processed grains, lean meat and fish. More weight might have been lost if non-virgin olive oil was used.  This foods combination approach causes less inflammation in the body.

Iris Shai of Ben Gurion University, in Israel, observed that people who follow the Mediterranean diet are likely to be more satiated by the high fiber content of a typical meal and tend to consume fewer “empty calories.”

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“Will a laptop fry your parts?”

Sitting with a computer on your lap and the cell phone in your pocket on your hip or over your heart may effect your health and your ability to reproduce.
When the temperature in your upper leg area rises it may effect the quality, viability and numbers of sperm.of your nether regions.
In the journal Fertility and Sterility, short of putting your laptop on a desk, researchers found no way to protect the sexual organs..
The researchers hooked thermometers to the scrotums of 29 young men who were balancing a laptop on their knees. They found that even with a lap pad under the computer, the men’s scrotums overheated quickly. After one hour, when a laptop is held on your knees, sitting still with your legs closed. men’s testicle temperature had risen by up to 2.5 C.
A lap pad kept the computer cool and also made sure less heat was transmitted to the skin. But it didn’t do much to cool the testicles, and might give “a false sense of security,” according to Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, a urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, who led the new study.
“Within 10 or 15 minutes their scrotal temperature is already above what we consider safe, but they don’t feel it,” he added. Under normal circumstances, the testicles’ position outside of the body makes sure they stay a few degrees cooler than the inside of the body, which is necessary for sperm production.  The body is designed to protect  the testicles’ position outside of the body to sure they stay a few degrees cooler than the inside of the body, which is necessary for sperm production.
Earlier research has shown that warming the scrotum more than one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) is enough to damage sperm.
According to the American Urological Association, nearly one in six couples in the US have trouble conceiving a baby, and about half the time the man is at the root of the problem.
Many factors influence reproductive health including genetics, lifestyle, nutrition, drug use and this up and coming factor heat and radiation effects from cell phones and cell phone towers.

Health Hazard
Using computers, cell phone or living too close to cell phone towers can increase damage to living cells, increase sleep problems and malignant tumors and ADD and ADHD symptoms,  fatique and decrease overall well being.

The solution is protection, healthy diet and placing cell phone towers at a safe distance from communities they are serving.

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“Let’s become buff and serene not beefy”

Looking through the looking glass darkly, some Harvard researchers are predicting that Americans will grow in girth even faster if their have a friend or family member that is beefing it up.

Now, there is a positive statistic.

The total percent of Americans expected to become obese is 42 percent.

Why stop at 42 % or when US citizens get that big will no more fit in this country side by side?

If ever there was a time to become buff not beefy this is it.

Let us go lean and serene.

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