"Concussions and their effects on the rise in children and adults"

If the NFL has begun to educate their players on concussion awareness, maybe all sporting enthusiasts should follow suit. In schools at all levels there is no agreed upon care for head injuries. A concussion can change a player’s life and a player’s family lives forever.

Concussions can happen to anyone who injures their brain through a blow to the head; that can result in loss of consciousness. Trauma to the brain when mild can be called mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), mild head injury (MHI), minor head trauma and concussion.

Factors that contribute to increasing the risk of TBI include:
* A previous concussion or head injury
* Sex: being a male
* Specific  age groups: ( 1) Children age o to 5 years, teens, (2) young adults 15 to 24 years of age, and (3) older people over 75 years of age
* Contact sports, such as football, soccer, rugby, hockey or boxing
* Work that involves farming, logging, , or construction
* Traveling by vehicle at a high rate of speed
* Alcohol use
* Lack of sleep
* Medications that cause drowsiness

Symptoms that may appear in a person with a concussion include:

* Listlessness, memory problems or tiring easily
* Irritability, hypersensitivity of the senses, or lack of patience with self or others
* Changes in normal habits: eating or sleeping patterns, behaviors, school performance, decrease motivation
* Decreasing interest in being with friends, playing with favorite toys, activities, or sports
* Loss of new skills, such as toilet training, jumping, bike riding, spelling or reading
* Change in balance, dizziness, visual field disturbances, unsteady walking, ringing in ears

Concussions among high-school athletes occur with alarming frequency. The report from the Government Accountability Office finds that three national databases of concussions among high school athletes are too low. Surprisingly only Texas, Oregon and Washington have enacted laws to meaningfully tackle the issue, the GAO reports. Oregon and Texas require athletes to be removed from play the day of the injury, while Washington gives coaches responsibility for removal.

Just taking an injured person off the field is not enough. All coaches need training to recognize and be able to administer several cognitive tests to test for memory and physical impairment. recovery often takes much longer. The Concussion Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio estimates 400,000 concussions occurred among 7.5 million student athletes who participated in high-school sports during the 2008-2009 school year.

A recent clinical study by the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington found that more than 80% of student athletes who experienced concussions reported a significant worsening of symptoms over the first four weeks after attempting to return to school academics. Typically when the stress of school activities increases concentration and the ability to remember and respond appropriately overload the brain’s biological software and the result is an increase in post-concussion symptoms. These symptoms would only be exasperated for an individual with learning or behavior challenges.

Next:  how integrated medicine can augment tradition care of TBIs.

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"Testing of US Drugs in third world – Pfizer is the poster child"

Almost 15 years after the fact, Nigerians are officially allowed to sue Pfizer over the company’s illegal use of a test antibiotic drug on their children. Surprisingly, The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to send the Pfizer (PFE) Trovan case to trial

Pfizer is accused of illegally testing a drug, Trovan, in Nigeria that killed 11 children and injured 181 others during a meningitis epidemic in 1996. Trovan banned in the EU in 1999 and in the U.S, but the FDA still allowed its’ use in adult emergency care.

This compensation case has been dragged out for years in the courts, because Pfizer has the money to do it. There is more at stake.

The heart of the problem that may be exposed is not the fact that people have died,

but that the entire procedure of drug testing on foreign soil may be brought into the light of day.

What will be seen?

  • the corporate greed
  • the backwoods mentality that it is okay to test new drugs on uneducated poor ignorant third world peoples,
  • the pay off of corrupt foreign government officials is condoned
  • the fudging the test results is acceptable.
  • Once the “test results” are compiled and possibly reviewed by FDA (Federal Drug Administration) -only 1 percent of trials conducted outside the U.S are reviewed.

The trail of greed and corporate manipulation behind the scenes needs to officially be exposed and all parties need to be held accountable.

Americans assume and wrongly so, that all there drugs have been tested under US standards and proven safe.

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"Communication without words after trauma or disease"

There is a new machine that can help individuals that have lost the ability to speak talk again.

Cathy Wolf  lost her ability to speak, but through a new speech assist machine called the Brain-Computer Interface system, she can communicate again.

Cathy Wolf of Katonah, N.Y., is able to manage only a small amount of muscle movement in her face and neck. Still, she’s helping test an alternative communication system that, it’s hoped, will help her and others with ALS compensate for this loss of voluntary muscle control.

Wolf currently uses the WiViK onscreen keyboard, E-triloquist speech program software and a switch she can operate with her eyebrow. When the time comes, she says, she will use BCI full time.

The Brain-Computer Interface system reads electric currents created by nerve cells talking to each other in the brain. It allows users to control a computer and communicate through e-mail, other computer-based communication systems, or synthetic speech.

Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) is under development by researchers at the Wadsworth Center, an arm of the New York State Department of Health, in Albany, N.Y. The BCI system — comprising a small laptop computer, an amplifier, a 20-inch monitor and a cap fitted with electrodes — “reads” the electric currents created by cellular activity in the brain, allowing the user to control a computer and communicate through e-mail, other computer-based communication systems or synthetic speech.

Brain signals instead of muscles It’s hoped that BCI will be made widely available for in-home use by people unable to communicate by other means as a result of disease or injury. Although it has potential for use by people affected by spinal cord injuries, stroke or other diseases, Wolf and the four other people currently testing the system all have ALS.

The BCI system is calibrated to the individual, and its use in anyone with advanced ALS requires a caregiver or someone else who can first put the cap containing the electrodes on the user’s head, and then start the system. From there, the user can control everything using brain signals instead of muscles, up to and including shutting down the computer.

In fall 1997, Wolf learned she has ALS. Since then, management of the disease has included a tracheostomy and ventilator, and a feeding tube. Unable to speak, Wolf communicates with her husband Joel and the rest of the world using a WiViK onscreen keyboard; E-triloquist speech program software; and a SCATIR switch that works through detection of a reflected beam of light and which she operates with her eyebrows.

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"Forest breathing – can improve your health"

Forests, parks, botanical gardens and other places with plenty of trees and plants can increase your immune function while improving your health and reducing your stress.

What is the secret to their healing properties?
Scientists claim that plant phytoncides, or odor that a plant gives off to protect itself from disease and insects damage also benefits humans. this confirms the use  by integrated people and medicine practitioners and doctors for thousands of years.

People who visited nature parks for therapy, “Shinrin-yoku,” or “forest bathing.” have:
1. lowered concentrations of cortisol, dropped their pulse rate, and lower blood pressure
while raising levels of white blood cells.
2. in 2007 men who took two-hour walks in a forest over two days had a 50-percent increase in the levels of natural killer cells.
3. Another study found an increase in white blood cells that lasted a week in women exposed to phytoncides in forest air.
Various plants, mint, lavender, frankincense, rose, onion, garlic, tea tree, oak and pine trees, and many other plants give off phytoncides. Oak contains a substance called greenery alcohol; garlic contains allicin and diallyl disulfide; and pine contains alpha-pinene, carene, myrcene and other terpenes. More than 5000 volatile substances defend the surrounding plants from bacteria, fungi and insects.
While they protect themselves with these chemicals or volatile oils and resins they help to reduce our stress and boost our immune system. For more information on the therapeutic uses of plant oils contact CMA.

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"Hope for traumatic brain injury"

“Brain injuries differ dramatically from patient to patient depending on the location, type, intensity, and duration of the injury. An injury can immediately cause rips in the white matter, brain hemorrhage, swelling, and, most commonly, bruising. One insult (i.e. hitting head, swelling, bleeding or residual trauma from an old injury to the brain)) is superimposed on another as, following the injury, the brain begins to experience reduced blood flow and oxygen deficiency…

Within minutes or hours after an injury, tiny holes rip through neuronal membranes and ion channels get stuck open, leaking proteins and neurotransmitters. Free radicals and calcium spread, causing cell death and tissue damage. Early gene activation of apoptotic enzymes sends more cells into a death spiral. Mitochondria sputter, then fall silent. Astrocytes swell. The damage can be isolated or extensive.

Researchers and doctors to date have had a very antiquated system of classification for TBIs. A new, validated system has now been devised which divides TBI patients into subgroups based on the type and location of injuries, not based on their consciousness. Then, therapies that benefit specific injury types can be targeted to those subgroups. It is the initial step toward a positive clinical trial for TBI.
Another ray of hope for the treatment of TBIs is the use of progesterone. It seems to pose the possibility of becoming the magic bullet for the treatment.
Through  Don Stein’s 27 years of research on progesterone is has been shown that progesterone  produced in the brain as well as the ovaries and can easily cross the blood brain barrier. Both men and women have progesterone receptors in their brains and it  prevents the expression of inflammatory cytokines in the brain, block apoptosis, stimulate growth-promoting factors, and even have a role in remyelination of neurons.

Thus progesterone decreases the accumulation of fluids in the brain after injury, reduces secondary neuronal loss, and improves outcomes in rats. “It’s the Swiss army knife of therapies,” laughs Douglas Smith, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Brain Injury and Repair. “It can take care of everything.”

Human trials are soon to get under way.

Natural integrated care and medicine like homeopathic remedies and acupuncture and neuro- kinesiology can be used to augment traditional care. These energetic forms of care can monitor the trauma, by the changing pulses and the meridian flows to determine how the body’s energetic systems are dealing with the trauma and then homeopathy can neural-kinesiology can de-stress the neuronal circuitry to enhance the healing and recovery process.
For more information on integrated medicine’s care of brain trauma contact.

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"Hope for ADHD"

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder that affecting about 3% to 5% of children globally.  About 2% to 16% of school aged children suffer from this misunderstood condition.  30% to 50% of those individuals diagnosed in childhood continuing to have symptoms into adulthood.
Children with ADHD usually have attentional problems and hyperactivity. Their can be a genetic component to this problem.
Children and adolescents with ADHD tend to develop strategies and coping mechanisms to deal with the stresses both physical, mental and emotional that their restlessness and easy distractibility often create. School life can be painful and unrewarding, because they are unable to focus long enough to use the high intelligence they have. Misunderstood and with an educational and work environment that often is not organized or supported properly to nourish success, these children often do not receive help they need to succeed. Then the challenged and emotional  distress is carried over into adulthood with  4.7 percent of American adults thought to be living with ADHD.
ADHD is diagnosed more often in boys as in girls though studies suggest this discrepancy may be due to subjective bias of referring teachers.
Hope

ADHD management traditionally includes medications, behavior modifications, lifestyle changes, and counseling.  However, their are integrated medicine therapies such as homeopathy, neuro-emotional acu-non therapy, nutritional support and supplements, to name a few. Contact Complementary Medicine Association for more information.
A combination of individualized therapies can release the physical, emotional and neural stress that has built up within these individuals so they can reach their potential.
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"Healthy choices for the unborn"

Harmful chemicals are eaten daily by pregnant women.

This creates an automatic supply line for toxins to enter the newborns blood stream.

A “pre-polluted baby”

Environmental Working Group (EWG) studied the umbilical cord blood of ten Americans newborns. We found nearly 300 chemicals in their cord blood, including BPA, perchlorate, fire retardants, lead, mercury, and PCBs.

Stop pre-pollution, by enacting stronger chemical laws that will protect babies like Cal. The Kid-Safe Chemicals Act may be introduced this month.

Please sign the petition before then to show Congress that Americans want protection from these chemicals. We are just 5,375 signatures away.

Please help us create a safer word for our children.

Please support the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act today by signing our petition to Congress.

The chemicals we found in our testing are increasingly linked to serious long-term health effects like learning deficits, infertility, ADHD and even childhood cancer.

Making sure our children aren’t being born pre-polluted is too important to not take action. Sign our petition today to let Congress know it is time for them to act.

Thank you for standing up to protect children like Cal and helping us put toxic chemicals on Congress’ “to do” list. It’s time.
Ken Cook, President
Environmental Working Group
and EWG Action Fund

"High levels of toxic cadmium found in Disney, Walmart and other kids toys"

It is all about how cheap we can make cheap jewelry and toys.

If it works and no one complains about the toxicity level of certain metals used then keep doing it. China’s low-cost jewelry makers, it was an open trade secret: The metal cadmium is shiny, strong and malleable at low temperatures, regardless of its health hazards. And it’s cheap.It is being used now to keep the cost down since lead was banned a few years ago. Profit at all costs above childrens health. Cancer, learning disabilities and permanent IQ loss are some of the known side effects.  Tao Xinyao, a metals expert who works in the Yiwu factory for jewelry maker Neoglory, said she noticed an upserge in the use of cadmium around 2003, when prices of the metal hit a low. Jewelry makers discovered they could work with cadmium at much lower temperatures than they could zinc, the most common nontoxic material, she said.

The Associated Press bought and tested more than 100 pieces of childrens jewelry made in China

and sold at Wal-mart and other retailers around the country.

Cadmium content of a few toys

"Best Friend's" toxic jewelry pendants

Deadly costume jewelry

12% of the cheap jewelry trinkets contained at least 10 %

Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” pendants -25 to 35 %

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer charm – 91 %

Best Friend’s Bracelet charms  – 89 and 91 %

Signs of cadmium overdose

“Acute exposure to cadmium fumes may cause flu like symptoms including chills, fever, and muscle ache

Severe tracheo-bronchitis, pneumonitis, and pulmonary edema. Symptoms of inflammation may start hours after the exposure and include cough, dryness and irritation of the nose and throat, headache, dizziness, weakness, fever, chills, and chest pain.

Inhaling cadmium-laden dust quickly leads to respiratory tract and kidney failure..

Ingestion of any significant amount of cadmium causes immediate poisoning and damage to the liver and the kidneys.

Compounds containing cadmium are also carcinogenic.

Bones become soft (osteomalacia), lose bone mineral density (osteoporosis) and become weaker. This causes the pain in the joints and the back, and also increases the risk of fractures. In extreme cases of cadmium poisoning, mere body weight causes a fracture.

The kidneys lose their function to remove acids from the blood in proximal renal tubular dysfunction. The kidney damage inflicted by cadmium poisoning is irreversible and does not heal over time. The proximal renal tubular dysfunction creates low phosphate levels in the blood (hypophosphatemia), causing muscle weakness and sometimes coma. The dysfunction also causes gout, a form of arthritis due to the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints because of high acidity of the blood (hyperuricemia). Another side effect is increased levels of chloride in the blood (hyperchloremia). The kidneys can also shrink up to 30%.

Other patients lose their sense of smell (anosmia).”

Children as well as adults are susceptible to cadmium poisoning.

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"Rock Rock Rock and your bowels function may improve"

Bowel dysfunction after abdominal surgery is normal, but returns to normal functioning can be faster if you spend time rocking in a rocking chair.

Constipation after surgery can last as long as three to five days. Dr. Massey had observed that patients who rocked in rocking chairs experienced an earlier return of bowel function than those who did not rock. In women recovering from C-section and abdominal hysterectomy, research has  shown

rocking chairs aid surgery recovery

that women who rocked in a rocking chair  recover normal functioning of bowels faster.. Dr. Massey used rocking chair intervention in both male and female abdominal cancer patients recovering from surgeries as well as those patients recovering from gastric, colon, small bowel, pancreatic or liver surgeries.

Patients were instructed to rock for periods of between 10 to 20 minutes for a total of at least one hour a day, and also to walk, adding more time each day as tolerated. They were compared with 32 others who did not rock (but who did walk) who served as a control group.

The results: Those in the rocking group rocked  passed gas (a post-op healing benchmark) 16.8 hours earlier on average than the other group. Postoperative nausea, vomiting, abdominal distention and inability to eatare side effects that can also effect recovery and a patient’s quality of life much later

Seems that rocking stimulates the vestibular nerves in the ear that, in turn, send signals to the reticular activating system (RAS). The ascending reticular activating system connects to areas in the thalamus, hypothalamus, and cortex, while the descending reticular activating system connects to the cerebellum and sensory nerves. The bowel dysfunction associated with abdominal surgery is thought to be a response to the stress of surgery.  Before surgery the the extra drugs given to the patient causes the liver to be over taxed with toxins and the anesthesia used during surgery brings the functioning of the brain and nervous system to such a low function that it is hard for the body to rid itself of its effects.motor nerve functioning and balance.

RAS helps controls motor nerve functioning and balance

Rocking stimulate the activity of the brain and nerves to get back to work. This response thenn mobilizes the nerves of the digestive system and the rocking allows the body to naturally relax and increase its level of endorphins that will maike you feel better and recover quicker.

Other ways rocking helps

1. After knee surgery.

2. Alzheimer’s and dementia, ADHD, autism and sensory disorders.

releive the blues with rocking

3.  Rocking may help relieve arthritis and has been found helpful for varicose veins.

Try rocking first instead of using drugs to relax or to relieve constipation

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"Camp Lejeune sees rise in male and female breast cancer"

Cover up by Marine Corp toxic dump
The Marine Corps still hasn’t notified everyone who drank tainted water at Camp Lejeune of the health risks like many kinds of cancer including male breast cancer, birth defects and miscarriages all coming from their own drinking water.malebreastcancer

Seems that dry cleaning chemicals were dumped into at least two water distribution systems at Camp Lejeune. Many Marines, sailors, their families and civilian employees have been affected by the contamination. This water tested positive for tetrachloroethylene, vinyl chloride, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene. These chemicals are commonly used in dry cleaning.
Marine Corps had known about these chemicals in the base water supply since 1980. Mike parents were consuming the contaminated water in 1967, when they were expecting him. He was a small baby, born with a persistent skin rash, and developed other health problems as he grew up. His parents, along with many other base residents, have developed more than the average number of health problems. Camp LeJeune’s water supply was contaminated for 30 years. This preventable water problem and the resulting health disaster may have affected an estimated 800,000 to 1 million former Marines and their families.
This total disregard for human life is appalling.
Seems Congress will have to demand that all the old records be handed over and the problem be responsibly addressed. Since the Marine Corps had their own hazardous material regulations and potable water standards in place dating back to 1963, but chose not to follow them. IF found guilty must be help responsible for the care of all these victims. This type of dumping is preventable.

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