Warning Signs of Adolescent Depression

We are all concerned about the health of our children from the moment that they emerge into the world, but an overlooked aspect of their health could turn out to be one of the biggest factors. A child’s mental health, and, later in life, an adolescent’s mental health, have huge effects on the way that our children and teens live. Problems like depression can affect the quality of life for your adolescent, and can even affect their physical health.

If you think that your adolescent may be depressed, look for the signs described in this article. If they exhibit several of the signs, consult with your pediatrician to see if they think that your teenager might be suffering from depression. Adolescent depression can cause symptoms such as:

Irregular sleep – Sometimes teenagers are just on a different sleep schedule than their parents. It is perfectly normal for a teen to stay up late at night and to want to sleep in well into the next day. This is not an attitude problem, but a rewiring of their brains that drives them to these “abnormal” hours. They will return to “normal” as time goes on. What is not normal is a teen that sleeps all the time, going to bed early, sleeping late, and retiring for naps. It is also not normal for an adolescent to suffer from insomnia. While these could be symptoms of other problems, they can also be signs of depression.

Lack of energy – Despite all that extra sleep, does your adolescent still seem fatigued or tired much of the time? Low energy and lots of sleep could be signs of a problem with the thyroid, it could be something else entirely, or it could be an example of a symptom of depression.

Loss of interest – It might be hard to tell if your child has become disinterested in things that used to interest them if they are not open with you, but it pays to pay close attention. If your adolescent is no longer interested in things like keeping in contact with their friends or in playing the latest video games, whatever he or she used to be excited about, then it could be cause for concern.

Change of appetite – Is your always-hungry teen suddenly disinterested in food? Is your teenager suddenly and uncharacteristically eating all the time (particularly “comfort foods” or sweets)? These could both be signs of depression, and should be watched carefully. They could also indicate problems like an eating disorder, and so should be taken seriously no matter what the circumstances.

Irritability – While it can be hard to tell if your teen is irritable in general or just snappy with you as an authority figure, it is good to note that excessive irritability may be a sign of depression.

A bleak outlook – If your child is suddenly talking in the negative or talking about suicide, chalking it up to “mood swings” can be a mistake that can have deadly consequences. This may be one of the most overlooked of the depression signs in adolescents because many parents feel that it is normal to be pessimistic in the teenage years. This is also often paired with self-loathing, which may manifest in a variety of ways including verbally (“I’m such a loser” or “No one likes me, anyway”), self-abuse like cutting, or talk of suicide.

You should never treat these symptoms in your adolescents as a bid for attention. While one or two of the symptoms may be symptomatic of other problems or just of being a teenager, they could also be symptoms of depression. If you see any number of these symptoms in your adolescent, it is imperative that you get into contact with their pediatrician as soon as possible.

While you may be able to talk to your teen about the depression, it really depends on your relationship with your adolescent and how you think that they will respond to your line of questioning. You should never accuse if you see warning signs of depression in your adolescent, but should talk gently with them to find out if they are willing to share their problems.

Depression in adolescents is a serious problem, but with close attention on your part and the intervention of a pediatrician with the right therapies or medications, you can effectively eliminate the immediate dangers of this terrible disease. Diagnosis and intervention can be the tools that help you save your adolescent from the dangers and pitfalls of this illness, and your awareness is what will get them there.

Can Hair Tonics Treat Hair Loss and Thinning Hair?

A few decades ago, hair tonics were very popular in styling hair but they have been replaced by products such as gel, serums and mousse. They are scantily available at some salons and drug stores, for the die-hard fans. These days, hair tonics have been made so that they perform more functions than giving hair a shiny appearance and holding it in place. Modern day tonics contain ingredients that combat hair loss and thinning.

The hair is the crowning beauty of a woman. Unfortunately this beauty may fall or thin due to several factors like stress, pregnancy, medication, diet deficiencies, strain on the follicles due to tight hairstyles and fatigue. Loss of hair can affect a woman in many different ways. That is why solutions to thinning and losing hair are being sought daily.

It is important to understand the reason hair is falling out or becoming thin. Hair loss caused by stress, medication, pregnancy, illness, and diet deficiencies usually stops once the pregnancy, stress etc is over. Eating a healthy diet rich in protein usually restores hair to its original condition in a few weeks. If the cause of thinning is due to tight hairstyles then finding a new way to style the hair will reduce the strain on hair follicles and allow them to recover.

Hair tonics strengthen weak hair and in so doing makes it more resilient and less likely to break. They can also contain vital ingredients to boost hair growth by reviving slugging follicles. Some hair tonics that are believed to reduce hair loss and stop thinning are:

Rene Furterer RF80 – this is a patented plant based formula that is very effective for treating thinning and weak hair. It is enriched with plant peptides and vitamins which restore the scalp’s nutrition to give hair more body and shine. RF80 should be used once a week for three months. After the scalp has been cleaned, apply it evenly onto each part. Massage the scalp to aid penetration and blood circulation. A test was carried out on women using this product and the results were overwhelming. In three months, 78% reported that their hair had been strengthened.

Plantur 39 caffeine tonic is a leave-in tonic designed to treat hair loss in women. Its main target is women who have reached their menopause. It contains caffeine derived from plant based sources which stimulates hair follicles to increase the rate at which hair is growing. As hormones are responsible for the menopause, Plantur 39 caffeine also offers hormonal balance to the hair and scalp. This hair tonic is so mild it can be used as an everyday treatment. In addition to treating hair loss and thinning, it also treats other scalp problems like oily scalp and itching and is safe for use by men and women with male or female pattern balding.

For maximum benefits from hair tonics, apply to a clean scalp and use them as directed by the manufacturer. Always massage the tonic into the scalp. Massaging the scalp helps to evenly distribute the tonic to the entire scalp while stimulating blood circulation. Do not be tempted to apply too much tonic as it will leave your hair greasy, and mess your clothing and bedding.

Both Rene Furterer RF80 tonic and Plantur 39 Caffeine tonic are best applied as part of an overall strategy to combat thinning hair or hair loss. For women in the menopause or suffering from other hormone related hair loss like female patter balding, the manufacturer recommends using the Plantur 39 Caffeine shampoo regularly for a more effective treatment. Caffeine counteracts the effects of testosterone on hair follicles and is used in hair loss shampoos targeted at men with male pattern baldness.

Rene Furterer RF80 is more suitable for strengthening weak, thinning hair. It is designed to be used once a week for twelve weeks. Each dose to be massaged into the scalp comes in a phial so there is no risk of using too much. It is best applied after using the Rene Furterer Follicle Stimulating shampoo which contains micro beads to gently remove dead cells on the scalp, unclogging follicles in preparation for the application of the tonic.

How To Pick The Best Welsh Corgi Puppy From A Litter

The Welsh corgi is an agile, sturdy, extremely loyal and obedient, small herding dog. A popular breed among dog show owners and best known for its trainability, it makes for an excellent pet for children. It lives healthily from its puppy years to its mid-teens. There are two breeds of a Welsh corgi, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Primarily, the Cardigan corgi has a longer fox-like tail while the Pembroke corgi has a stubby tail. Perhaps the most famous of Pembroke corgis belong to Queen Elizabeth II – she has four cute ones, and the royals have been very fond of the breed since the early 1900s.

If, like the Queen of England, you choose to have these lovable creatures as your pet, it is important to pick the best Welsh corgi from the litter. Doing this can be a very fun experience; you will be greeted by a bunch of happily wagging tails, barks and jumps. It is very easy to get tempted to pick the loudest one or the giddiest one. Having the right one for you is very important; it is a long-term relationship that you and your pup will be building. The right time to pick out your puppy is somewhere between eight to 12 weeks. This would have given enough time for the puppies to grow healthy under the care of their moms and to learn how to socialize with its siblings.

To help you make the right decision, here are a few guidelines on how to pick the best Welsh corgi puppy from a litter:

• Your first order of business will be choosing a reputable breeder. There are agencies that may help you find one to get your puppy from the Pembroke Welsh corgi Club of America or a local breeder club in your area.

• Research. If you know a veterinarian or have friends who own Welsh corgis, talk to them to get the lowdown on the breed. You can find out about their quirks and common diseases. Corgis are known to be a healthy and sturdy breed but can be prone to hereditary diseases commonly affecting the eyes, kidney disease and dystocia or birthing difficulties due to a narrow birth passage.

• Look for signs of good health. Check the coat, ears, eyes and nose. The nose should be damp, cool and clean. The puppy should have nice pink gums, as well. Look for a medium-built puppy – they are free of parasites. Check the puppy’s bottom and make sure it’s clean. Check its breathing, too; it may be faster than yours or mine, but it should be steady with no wheezing or coughing. Check for signs of deafness. Make a noise, like clapping, to see if the puppy will respond.

• Look for the playful yet unaggressive puppy. Do not be tempted to pick the first one who jumps onto you; don’t pick a shy one who does not want to be touched, either.

• Chemistry is vital. Spend some time with the litter, perhaps a little one on one time with each if possible. This will give you a chance to inspect the Welsh corgi puppy, as well as to see if you’re in for a good and lasting relationship with your pet.

Crime Writing Beckons

If your cash is running out fast and you have an incessant need to write, why not turn to crime?

No! Not committing crime, but to writing about crime. Crime is all around us, and people want to know about it. Do not believe me? Turn on the five o'clock news, Lifetime TV or USA TV Network. You'll see true crime stories run rampant across television schedules. True crime on television is the number two genre (next to romance). And guess what? Someone has to write those movie scripts – might as well be you.

Many movies are adapted from books. Again, someone has to write those books. It's legal, profitable, and downright intriguing.

You ever wonder, when you're watching the news, "How could she be so stupid?" Egypt "Did not they know they were living with a maniac?" I do, it's only natural. In fact, I think we feel it could never happen to us.

But, crime can happen to any one of us. That's where true crime writing comes in. It answers the questions in story form.

For instance, we have learned that kids believe 'strangers' are ugly and 'scary-looking' – like monsters. But we know that's not accurate, so we teach our kids that a stranger can be good looking, well educated, and considerate. We can tell them about Ted Bundy (without the violence) and show them a picture if we really want to make the point. Many surviving crime victims often say that the person was so nice; They never suspected he could be capable of such destruction. We know this because we were told a story either in verbal, written, or picture form.

If true crime writing interests you, begin by searching local newspapers for stories. Do not search across the country, unless you are independently wealthy! Anytime you see an article that looks interesting, clip it and put it in your 'true crime clippings' file. If there are more articles about the same crime, then you know it is intriguing enough to warrant your attention. Still … it does not mean it is enough for an entire book. To discover the answer to that question will take research.

Do you have a fascinating criminal? Is the crime random, or was the victim chosen for a reason? Is the place of action special (was it at Disneyland, for instance)? Can you write about a totally different lifestyle than what we know? Is the criminal a member of MENSA? Is she dressed up as a clown when she commits her crimes? Is the victim the first woman space rocket engineer? Perhaps the victim is a deaf child. All of these facts increase the story's public interest and can take us into a world we have never been in before.

There are subplots in the crime (not only did he murder his best friend, he also barged into his friend's family life and became like another son, then he robbed them one night, and then …). These questions will help you decide if you have a story worth considering?

True crime writing is lucrative and actually a challenging kind of fun. It is about combining journalism with novel writing. Nonfiction with fiction. If you have what it takes – determination, time, and a strong stomach – you can take up this as a career and soar.

Tree Fertilization – The Pros and Cons of Fertilizing Our Trees

Many of the larger tree care companies offer tree health care along with their list of surgical methods. Tree health care is a very valuable service for those who truly care about their trees and want to keep them healthy in spite of problems that they may encounter as a result of being in an urban or suburban setting. The methods used by professional arborists in the practice of tree health care come as a result of scientific studies in botany, horticulture, agriculture, and arboriculture. Brilliant minds in universities with the time and resources to study plant life on the cellular and molecular level have given information to practicing arborists that, when applied correctly, can save and extend the lives of trees.

It’s good to know that there are health care solutions for the problems that sometimes plague our beloved trees. But just because it’s labeled “plant health care,” and is administered by a man in a green uniform does not really mean that it is the right way to go. Plant health care, just like human health care, requires both scientific research for the development of the medicine and qualified and well-studied practitioners to administer the medicine in the right way. We know that the science is there. Sadly, what is often missing in both cases is the well-studied practitioner.

Have you noticed that there is an over-use of medicines that were developed to treat human medical conditions such as attention deficit disorder and depression? The over-prescription of these drugs is an indisputable fact. The social scientists who discovered and studied the conditions also noted the percentage of the population that is afflicted. Medicine is prescribed to a percentage of the population, in some cases, that is 100 times greater than the number with the disorder. There is no doubt that the medicine helps those with the disorder, but what does it do to those who are not afflicted? This is a question worth discussing in another forum.

In the case of our trees, have you noticed that the usual prescription for a problem in trees is deep root fertilization? Why would this be? I have witnessed arborists actually prescribe and sell fertilization before testing the composition of the soil that they are fertilizing. This is a classic example of medicating without diagnosing. The fact that an arborist would add something to the soil suggests that something is missing in the soil. The only way to know this is to test it in a lab. The real question (besides the obvious issue of wasting money) is what harm may be done if we fertilize a tree that does not need it? Let’s talk about that.

In a way, fertilizer is to trees as steroids or growth hormones are to humans. It encourages growth and vitality. It also tends to mute or turn off the natural defenses that an organism has to disease. Like humans and animals, trees react to invasion by turning on their own immunodefense. Fertilizers can sometimes “trick” a tree into vitality. In the process the tree stops or slows production of chemicals on a cellular level that combat the invasion of pests and disease. So, in spite of an outward appearance of health, the parasite that is causing the problem is allowed to grow unfettered by the tree’s immune system.

If the diagnosis of the patient (human or tree) is that it is lacking in nutrients, then it is helpful to apply fertilizer as treatment. But without this diagnosis, fertilizer as a treatment is just malpractice. If fertilizer is suggested to you by an arborist upon his first visit to your property, you should be careful. He may be prescribing the only treatment that he knows or is willing to apply. A good arborist – one who is truly committed to tree health care – will spend time on the diagnosis so that the treatment fixes the problem.

Let’s not be afraid to ask health care professionals (arborists and doctors) what exactly is causing the problem. We shouldn’t take pills unless we know that we have a condition that the pills are treating. And we shouldn’t apply treatment to trees unless we know that they have a condition that the treatment cures.

Anxiety Attacks While Driving

Anxiety attacks while driving can be a truly horrifying experience. In addition to dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety attacks, you must also deal with the fear that you might lose control of the vehicle and cause an accident.

The physical symptoms of anxiety attack are: racing heart, hyperventilation, numbness, light-headedness, etc. You will also experience scary, irrational thoughts that completely overwhelm you.

Anxiety attacks can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Some people get really anxious during traffic jams or any other kind of hold-up because they feel trapped. Others get anxious when they are merging with traffic on high-speed freeways. Nevertheless, whatever the reasons maybe, it boils down to one thing – fear.

The thing about anxiety attacks is that it revolves around fear; it’s a vicious cycle that feeds off itself. When you worry and fret over your oncoming anxiety, you inevitably make yourself more anxious…which makes you worry more…which in turn makes you even more anxious. Eventually, this will lead to a full blown anxiety attack, causing various symptoms that you may have already experience thus far.

So what can you do when you are having anxiety attacks while driving?

You do NOTHING. The more you try to resist and fight, the worse you will feel because you are too mindful of these feelings. You want the anxiety to go away, but ironically, you attempts will only serve to reinforce these anxieties.

If I were to tell you not to think about an apple, what is the first thing on your mind? The very thing you are not supposed to think of – an apple! Thus, accept your feeling, and stop resisting you anxiety. I know it is easier said than done but just try it and you will see the beauty behind it.

You Can Sell More Using the Assumption Close

Joe went to the hardware store on a fact-finding mission to look at a new gadget he had heard about. He asked the clerk were to find the whatchmacallits, but instead of pointing, the clerk led the way, picked one up and asked, “How many?” This is an example of The “Assumption Close” at work. Joe came to him, Joe asked for the product by name. No need for a pitch. This was is a sale standing there ready to buy, right? The clerk closed the sale by asking “How many?”, reaching in the bin for more.

Joe stood there dumfounded and managed to stammer, “Well, ah, one”. Sitting in the front seat in his car in the parking lot Joe examined the whatchmacallit (which is what he wanted to do in the first place). It wasn’t what Joe had thought it might be. But since Joe had asked for the product by name and accepted the Assumption Close, he felt stuck with it, reluctant to take it back. Joe went home with a whatchmacallit he didn’t want.

The Assumption Close will work in any business. There is nothing to remember, just set about your business as if the sale was already made. By “assuming” the customer is going to buy it, your questions are all after the fact. Not “Can we deliver it?” but, “What time do you want it delivered?”

Funny thing, the assumption flows right to the customer, removing that part of the sale where the customer might be able to say no. With the Assumption Close, the customer has to “back out of the deal”, not say “no”. Backing out is a whole lot harder.

Newspaper and yellow pages ad people use it everyday. They walk in with no doubt whatsoever that the prospect is going to advertise. The only questions are how much and when. Their “technique” is simply to announce their presence and ask “Gotchayur ad ready yet?”

In many small businesses, Daddy got the store from Granddaddy and Sonny continues the tradition. The advertising people have been coming in for three generations; even Sonny assumes the they are “entitled” to his business.

The magic of the Assumption Close is so strong it transcends the selling process, eliminating most of it. It is safe to conclude every person reading this article has fallen prey to a skillful use of the Assumption Close. Maybe at the hardware store, maybe for a Yellow Pages ad. Provided the product is beneficial, there was no backlash.

The Assumption Close is just another tool in the sales arsenal that you should know and practice.

Who knows, maybe Mickey Dees will adopt it, too, and instead of asking “You want fries with dat?” they might proclaim, “You want your fries super size or regular?”

Foot Doctors in Los Angeles

Foot pain is like toothache, a slow numbing cold pain, and it affects a number of people, mostly seniors. The aging baby boomers have made sure that Los Angeles Foot Doctors are busy by pushing foot and bunion surgeries, toenail surgeries and the like.

What is the difference between a podiatrist and a foot doctor?

As per a Los Angeles Podiatrist, there is no difference between a foot doctor and podiatrist. In fact, in some countries, foot doctors are also known as chiropodists.

When it comes to bunion surgery Los Angeles patients go to podiatrists to get treated.

On the other hand, there is a big difference between getting a pedicure with a beautician versus a podiatrist. Ingrown toe nails, corns, nail fungus etc. are all covered by la foot doctors while beauticians just cover the pampering.

It feels good though .

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5 Herbal Plants to Cure Your Sinus Infection and Use As a Sinus Home Remedy

Learning to use herbs to cure your sinus is a lifelong process and herbal treatments, one of the best sinus home remedy can have direct beneficial effects on your lungs by reducing tension and relaxing the tense muscles and improving your immune system. These therapies are not quick fixes but require time, commitment and can be rewarding to be able to treat your own or your family’s illnesses and to adopt a preventive way of living.

Herbal treatments are designed to work with your body, recognizing its symptoms as part of the body’s self-healing process. It does not ignore or suppress your sinus infection as most herbs taken to cure your sinus will pass harmlessly through your system if not needed  but prescribed drugs are stored in some of  your organs. Herbal treatments are holistic finding various methods to stimulate your body to stay healthy and this gives essence to one of the best sinus home remedy to cure your sinus.

Here are 5 herbal plants you can use for your sinus home remedy to cure your sinus. It is not an exhaustive list.

1. Garlic – king of all healing plants, used to keep coughs and colds at bay and to treat respiratory infections

2. Echinacea purpurea – strengthens the immune system and boosts resistance to colds and viral infections

3. Wild thyme – has antibacterial properties and recommended for allergies like asthma and sinus

4. Echinacea – a powerful immunity booster and useful for treating chronic infections like sinus, coughs, colds

5. Thyme – has antiseptic properties and a valuable remedy for treating respiratory ailments, chesty coughs and colds

Herbs can be prescribed in many ways as a tea, syrups, infusions or decoctions. Whatever method herbs are used, they are valuable as a sinus home remedy to cure your sinus. You can read on how to prepare yourself a herbal tea or as an infusion in this site, just search under the respective categories.

There is a herbal remedy using 3 plant extracts – cinnamon, thyme and cloves – which helps the body to deal with bacterial and viral infections, removal of excess mucus, boosting the immune system – all powerful weapons to combat your sinus infection and a very effective sinus home remedy as it has been claimed to relieve their sinus infection within 3 days and it has the assurance that it is used in hospitals, clinics and doctors in over 20 countries.

Learn more on how to use these 3 herbal plant extracts for your sinus home remedy to cure your sinus and visit http://www.sinushomeremedy.com

Sinus Infection Symptoms Like Throbbing Teeth Versus Dental Pain

Our teeth are connected to our sinus cavity via the alveolar process which is a ‘U’ shaped process. Throbbing teeth are a symptom of sinus infection. It occurs when a person’s maxillary sinuses get infected. This can also occur if a person has some kind of infection in the teeth or gums. This infection spreads to the maxillary sinuses creating sinus infection symptoms like throbbing teeth.

Poor oral hygiene can cause bacteria to grow in the teeth and gums. The bacteria build up may cause the bacteria to enter the maxillary sinus. This can also result in a sinus infection. Proper care should be taken of the teeth and gums to avoid sinus infection symptoms like throbbing teeth.

Toothache or throbbing teeth due to sinus is similar to the toothache we have during other dental trouble. Cheeks become swollen or sensitive to touch in both cases. Sinus infection symptoms like throbbing teeth accompanied by other symptoms like a headache, runny nose, fatigue and fever are sure shot signs of a sinus infection.

Though dental pain is always confused with pain associated with sinus, there is a difference between the two. Sinus pain occurs when there is trouble with the maxillary sinuses whereas dental pain occurs when there is trouble with the teeth. It is recommended that you visit a dentist as soon as possible in both cases.

Sinus infection symptoms like throbbing teeth are very spontaneous. They are caused by a fluid build up in the maxillary sinus. It normally occurs in the upper and back teeth. Dental pain can occur in any part of the teeth. A gum infection is normally called gingivitis.

Other symptoms associated with dental sinus pain are swollen gums, tenderness in the cheek bones, facial swelling and a throbbing headache. This type of sinusitis is no different from other types. The same course of treatment is given for this type of sinus.

Sinusitis in the maxillary cavity can be avoided by taking proper care of the teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing regularly and periodic visits to the dentist can help in avoiding sinus infection symptoms like throbbing teeth.

Can You Get Memory Loss From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless and colorless gas that is poisonous when inhaled. Incomplete combustion produces the gas, and there are a lot of situations where you could be exposed to it in your own home. For instance, inefficient gas stoves, fireplaces, heaters, and other gas appliances can give off carbon monoxide without you noticing it. Also, car engines that are left to warm in the garage and emitting invisible fumes could put you at risk of gas poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is actually very common. Some people may not realize it, but they may have been exposed to the gas at one point or another. The danger posed by carbon monoxide varies in severity depending on how long a person has been exposed and the amount of the gas inhaled. In worst cases, it could lead to death.

Can you get memory loss from carbon monoxide poisoning? Yes, memory loss is one commonly observed effect of exposure to the gas. In fact, any degree of carbon monoxide poisoning may cause damage to the brain. Particularly susceptible is the region called the hippocampus, which is responsible for transferring new information to the part of the brain that stores long-term memory.

This is what happens, to be more specific. Carbon monoxide attaches to hemoglobin in the blood, which is responsible for bringing oxygen to the brain. Oxygen is displaced by the carbon monoxide, causing anoxia – the condition when the body and, most importantly, the brain are starved of oxygen. Getting fresh air to replenish on oxygen is therefore the best first aid you can do after carbon monoxide exposure.

Carbon monoxide also kills brain cells and neurons, as it causes a chemical reaction in the cells that can set off continuous damage even long after exposure. Such atrophy can be observed using MRI scans of the brain.

So, can you get memory loss from carbon monoxide poisoning? Yes, in fact, about a quarter to half of carbon monoxide victims have shown cognitive impairments, including memory loss such as that classified as anterograde amnesia or short-term memory loss. It is when the person is no longer able to store new memories, and therefore find it very difficult to remember new acquaintances or to learn new things.

The amount of physical damage to the brain’s hippocampus seems to directly correspond with the degree of memory loss or impairment. While long-term memory is less often impacted, memory loss caused by carbon monoxide exposure may affect the victim’s day to day activities and can last throughout the person’s life. Some even lose their ability to do regular things on their own because of seriously unreliable memory.

Because this kind of gas cannot be detected by the senses, getting a carbon monoxide detector is a good way to monitor its levels inside your home. It is also relatively hard to recognize carbon monoxide poisoning based on its symptoms, and you may actually mistake it for the flu. Symptoms to watch out for, though, include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and feeling lethargic.

Vision Care And Sunglasses For Seniors

We all know that too much sunlight is bad for our eyes and also understand the importance of reducing exposure to dangerous UV light, but studies have shown that exposure to even small amounts of UVB radiation over many years can contribute to the development of vision problems like cataracts or AMD. This is why proper vision care and sunglasses for seniors is so important.

Cataracts are the natural result of a gradual clouding of the eye’s lens, which can cause blurred vision and impair reading or driving. Often wearing a stronger lens prescription or sunglasses that reduce glare is all that’s needed to improve vision for those with small cataracts. For others, surgery is necessary to remove large cataracts and replace the clouded lens with a lens implant. Although many of the newer implants block UV light, wearing sunglasses for added protection after this procedure is recommended.

When outdoors, many older people wear hats with large brims to protect their eyes from overhead sunlight, however, it’s important to get into the habit of wearing sunglasses as well, even on cloudy days. An optician can outline the advantages of different tinted lenses, but the best of these sunglasses for seniors should be dark enough to reduce glare without distorting colors, and with lenses large enough to shield the entire eye area from the sun. A good guideline to follow is to check for manufacturers’ label to ensure that the glasses effectively block out 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Another condition linked to long-term exposure to UV rays is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can cause permanent loss of central vision. By avoiding smoking, a major risk factor associated with AMD, and adopting healthy eating habits that include a balanced diet rich in vitamins A, C and E people can help lower the risk of some common vision disorders as they grow older.

Older drivers should also consider wearing non-prescription or prescription sunglasses with polarized lenses. These lenses minimize the effects of the sun’s horizontal glare off shiny or flat surfaces, like other vehicles or roads, and can also lessen indoor eyestrain from television screens for people who are light sensitive. Even seniors who wear contact lenses with built-in UV blocking tints should get in the habit of wearing sunglasses when outdoors to gain additional protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

Over glasses sunglasses are one of the most popular styles for seniors. These durable, lightweight glasses are large enough to wrap all the way around the temples and are designed to fit easily over prescription glasses for effective UV and glare protection from all angles. They are also great for low impact outdoor activities such as walking or golfing. You don’t have to worry about forgetting your regular sunglasses when you make it a habit to keep these wide-angle frames handy in your pocket, golf bag or inside the car.

Visiting an eye doctor on a regular basis for complete eye examinations combined with good vision care habits that include the best sunglasses for seniors can help maintain healthy vision as we age.

How to Stop Hearing Loss

My mother is almost 90 years and has a hearing loss problem. Her problem started when she was around 70 years. But, most health or physical issues start much earlier. They start from the early twenties or sooner. As you age, your various organs and physical structures start to weaken and deteriorate and become less active. The deterioration rate depends on your emotional and physical health.

Your health depends on your eating habits and the nutrients that you supply to your body.

Loud Noises

How can you tell if you will have hearing loss when you get older? First you have to protect your ears from over stimulation. Listening to loud music with or without ear phone can damage your ear and make them less sensitive as you age. It is best to keep the volume natural. If you work in a high noise surrounding, then you need to use protective ear covers.

Next, when you clean your ears of ear wax, is the wax hard or soft? If it is hard, then you need to eat more good oils – omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9. These oils – olive oil, fish oil, flax oil, hemp oil, caster oil, and primrose oil – help keep ear wax softer and easier to clean out of your ears. Hard wax is hard to clean out of your ears and tends to deposit on your ear drum, slowly over time, making it stiff and less able to vibrate.

Anti-oxidants

Make sure your diet is high in anti-oxidants. This can be in the form of food – fruits and vegetables – or supplements. But keep in mind that only a certain amount of the supplements you take are absorbed. So you normally need to take more than is recommended. A good anti-oxidant will help fight off and eliminate free radicals that damage the tissue in your ear drum and surrounding areas. Free radicals can damage your ear by causing ear inflammation. This inflammation can cause loss of hearing and permanent damage to your ear.

MSM Remedy

One other remedy that you can use to keep your ears healthy is to use MSM eye drops. A few drops in both ears, just before bedtime, will keep your ear drum from hardening and permeable. MSM accumulate in cell walls to make them soft and flexible which allows nutrients to enter the cell and toxins to move out of the cell. MSM is also an anti-oxidant since it will tie up protein that can accumulate in your ear tissue and damage it.

MSM eye drops are available on the internet and are inexpensive. Just a side note, use them for your eyes and give yourself more health benefits. Using MSM in your eyes will insure that you will never have Glaucoma. Again MSM will make tissue permeable and the will release pressure form the eyeball – Glaucoma- or release pressure from behind the eardrum bring the eardrum back to normal.

So, protect your ears from loud noises, especially if these noises are heard for long periods at time. Then eat a lot of fruits and vegetables or chose a good anti-oxidant supplement to get the anti-oxidants that will protect your ears from free radical damage. Finally, use MSM eye drops in your ears to keep your ear drum flexible so it can vibrate and give you hearing.

Retinoblastoma – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Retinoblastoma is a rare form of cancer which affects the eye and especially the retina. This cancer is usually present in children below the age of six years and is usually diagnosed in children aged 1 to 2 years. Symptoms include pain in the eyes, diminished or disturbed vision, an opaque and white appearance of the eyes, and a bulge in the eyes. The tumour can spread through the optic nerve to the brain and other parts of the body, especially the bones. Examination for this condition includes an ophthalmic examination, ultrasound of the eyes, CT or MRI of the orbits, and examination of the cerebro- spinal fluid, and possibly bone marrow examination. Treatment of retinoblastoma includes laser surgery, cryotherapy, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Removal of the eye is believed to prevent a spread of the tumour from the eyes to the brain and other parts of the body such as lungs and bones. The tumour is generally believed to be incurable if it has spread outside the eye, while it is known to cause blindness in the eye itself.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment for retinoblastoma should be instituted at the earliest in order to bring about the maximum possible improvement, prevent the spread of the tumour outside the eye, and maximise chances for survival. Aggressive treatment can also prevent the tumour spreading from the affected eye to the other eye. Ayurvedic herbal medicines which are useful in the management of retinoblastoma are those medicines which have a strong anti- tumour effect as well as have a specific affinity for the eyes. While these medicines form the mainstay of treatment, other medicines which strengthen the nervous system and have a specific action on the nerve cells are also used in the treatment of this condition. Still other medicines are required to prevent the spread of the tumour through the blood and lymphatic circulation.

As with all cancer and tumour treatments, the addition of immunomodulatory herbal agents is a must in the management of retinoblastoma, since a strong immune system helps in the fight against the tumour, reduces treatment time, improves the overall response and maintains the strength of the affected individual. A combination of all the above-mentioned medicines helps to bring about an early remission, significantly improve the chances for survival, and also prevents a recurrence of the condition. Medicines useful in the treatment of retinoblastoma include Triphala (Three Fruits), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Yashtimadhu (Glycerrhiza glabra), Saptamrut Loh and Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu.

In addition to treating the retinoblastoma tumour, efforts also need to be made to preserve vision in the affected individual to the maximum extent possible. Depending upon the presentation of the tumour and the time of commencement of treatment, herbal medicines are added to the treatment so as minimize damage to the retina as well as other inner structures of the eyes. Damage to vision is due to a direct pressure or displacement of the retina and a spread of the tumour through the optic nerve. Hence, it is logical to start aggressive treatment at the earliest in order to contain the tumour and prevent damage to the eye, which can result in disturbed vision or complete blindness.

Most children affected with retinoblastoma require Ayurvedic herbal treatment for about 15 to 18 months in order to get significant remission from this condition. Prompt treatment obviates the necessity of removing the affected eye, helps bring about an early cure, and improves long-term survival. Ayurvedic herbal treatment thus has a significant role to play in the management and treatment of retinoblastoma.

Refractive Lensectomy – Discover Life Without Glasses Or Contact Lenses

If you’re as nearsighted as I am, you’ve probably fantasized about getting rid of your glasses or contacts forever. Many people choose Lasik (laser surgery to reshape the cornea), which takes care of their nearsightedness. Lasik is great if you’re in your 20s or 30s, but it does nothing to address age-related presbyopia-the condition that forces most of us to wear bifocals or trifocals in middle age and beyond.

When I was in my late 30s an ophthalmologist recommended Lasik but added, “Of course, you’ll still need to wear glasses to read or work on the computer.” I guess he wasn’t paying attention when I told him that I make my living as a writer and editor. I spend most of my waking hours reading and working on the computer. Why would I pay thousands of dollars for Lasik surgery if it meant I would still have to wear glasses most of the time?

I have never felt attractive in glasses. When you’re very nearsighted, the lenses make your eyes look smaller. I wore contact lenses from age 18 to 40, but around my late 30s I began to notice that my eyes would turn red every time I put in my contacts. My eye doctor explained that I had “thin tears” that didn’t form a good buffer between the contact lens and the surface of the eye. I decide that bloodshot eyes were even less attractive than Coke-bottle lenses, so I gave up on wearing contacts.

Then a few months before my 49th birthday I interviewed an eye surgeon for an article in a local magazine, and he told me about another option for nearsighted people in middle age and beyond: refractive lensectomy. Simply put, this procedure is cataract surgery before the insurance company will pay for it. Instead of replacing the natural crystalline lens of the eye with a monofocal lens (to correct nearsightedness or farsightedness but not both), the surgeon inserts a multifocal lens. Multifocal lenses (with trade names like ReZOOM, ReSTOR, and Crystalens), provide good vision at a variety of focusing distances.

Of course, there’s a downside. The biggest drawback of refractive lensectomy is the cost: about $4500 per eye, which is 2 to 3 times the cost of Lasik. But after 40 years of wearing corrective lenses (I got my first pair of glasses at age 9), I was eager to get rid of glasses and contact lenses forever. I wanted to rediscover the freedom of life without glasses. I divided the total cost by the number of days in 41 years (because I fully intend to live until I’m 90) and decided 60 cents a day was bargain for a spectacle-free lifestyle. As an added bonus, I would never have to deal with cataracts in old age.

One week before my 49th birthday I had surgery on my left eye, and two weeks later my right eye received its new ReZOOM lens. I was nervous before the first procedure but calmer the second time around because I knew what to expect. I kept a blog to preserve a detailed account of my surgery, recovery, and adjustment (see the first URL in the resource box).

Almost two years have passed since I got rid of my glasses and contacts forever, and I believe the results are well worth the expense and anxiety involved. I can drive my car and see my computer screen well enough to distinguish between a comma and a period in 9-point type, and I can read small print easily with the aid of a Verilux desk lamp or strong sunlight. Trying to read low-contrast print (yellow on a white background, for example) is hopeless, and so is reading in dim light. Threading a needle is a little tricky, but I can do it by the third try. I’m aware of a few more vitreous floaters than I noticed before the surgery, but they’re not bad enough to interfere with my quality of life. Overall, I’m completely satisfied with my new “bionic eyes” and would recommend the procedure to any nearsighted middle-aged person who wants to experience the freedom of life without glasses.