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  • Got A Teen In the Home? Healthy Eating Tips for Them to Remember - Our health is best safeguarded by good habits. It’s not just the physical habits that keep us healthy; it is the eating habits which help teens stay fit and strong. Today, we wanted to dive into this particular topic. A lot of families tend to give teenagers a lot of...
  • Looking a Little Bit Closer: Different Types of Seizures - Seizures are often difficult to talk about. They occur seemingly out of nowhere and can really do a lot of damage. People generally believe that all seizures are the same. This, however, is far from the truth. Today, we wanted to discuss some of the different types of seizures that...
  • Keeping Up With the Times: Four Misconceptions about Vaccines - When it comes to the health of young children, vaccines usually were believed to be a critical part of wellness. In today’s world, a lot of people are quite dubious about that claim. Today, we wanted to focus on the concept of vaccines and the common misconceptions that are associated...
  • The Midst of an Anxiety Attack: Four Tips to Regain Your Faculties - The field of mental health has vastly expanded. This is something that we will always be thankful for as more information is now provided for those that have issues or even anxiety attacks. What is an Anxiety Attack? Most people tend to confuse anxiety attacks with panic attacks. Usually a...
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When it comes to the health of young children, vaccines usually were believed to be a critical part of wellness. In today’s world, a lot of people are quite dubious about that claim. Today, we wanted to focus on th...
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Speedy Response: Easy First Aid Tips to Keep In Mind

It is always said that fortune favors the prepared. When it comes to emergency situations, this is very true. In the event that you or someone around you is injured, it always pays to know first aid. Naturally, this will...
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When it comes to the topic of medicine, there has always been a constant debate that has gone one. The sides are usually one of two: Generic or Branded Medicine. Definition In terms of medicine, generic medicine is coine...
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Got A Teen In the Home? Healthy Eating Tips for Them to Remember

Got A Teen In the Home? Healthy Eating Tips for Them to Remember

Our health is best safeguarded by good habits. It’s not just the physical habits that keep us healthy; it is the eating habits which help teens stay fit and strong. Today, we wanted to dive into this particular topic. A lot of families tend to give teenagers a lot of berth as most people believe this is the best way to avoid “rebellious” ages and friction in the household.

The truth is, teens do need the continued support, presence, and guidance of adults—especially when it comes to healthy eating. The world of today is all about convenience so it can be easy to grab junk food rather than something that is both nutritious and filling. In that light, we wanted to share some healthy eating tips that you can have them remember. Tips like:

Fruits and Veggies are Friends

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When they were children, veggies were probably the very last thing that they wanted to imbibe into their system. However, doctors will always say that humans will always need vegetables as a regular part of their diet.

Teens tend to ignore fruits and veggies over other things like pizza, popcorn, and so many other highly greasy foods. After all, this is usually the age when they feel pretty invincible. The truth is this is actually the age where they can really use the vitamins and nutrients that come from fruits and veggies. Get your teen to regularly imbibe both fruits and veggies in order to build a stronger immunity toward usual allergens and viruses that tend to hover during certain seasons.

Protein is a Friend

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A lot of athletes swear by their high protein diets. This is because proteins help to repair any damaged muscles that can tear during excessive movements or strenuous activities. Protein is obtained through seafood and nuts.

Protein is also good in providing a longer source of energy as opposed to carbohydrates which burn out pretty fast. People who eat more protein stay full for longer and make use of the energy a lot better as it drawn out rather than a quick rise and sputters out at the end of a couple of hours.

Dairy for Your Bones

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Teenagers and their bones are still hardening. Most people tend to think that only young children need dairy (milk, specifically) to have stronger bones and faster bone development. Teens still need dairy in their system. If they happen to be lactose-intolerant, there are alternatives like soy which is also rich in calcium.

Always Remember

What we all put into our body will largely determine our overall health. You may think your teen look healthy but if you do nothing as they stuff their faces with processed sugars and saturated fats, their insides will tell you otherwise. Over time, that will take a significant toll on more than just their skin or their energy levels. It will eventually take a toll on the health of their organs.

What healthy eating tips do you have for teens?

Looking a Little Bit Closer: Different Types of Seizures

Looking a Little Bit Closer: Different Types of Seizures

Seizures are often difficult to talk about. They occur seemingly out of nowhere and can really do a lot of damage. People generally believe that all seizures are the same. This, however, is far from the truth. Today, we wanted to discuss some of the different types of seizures that have been properly identified and categorized.

Here are some of the different types of seizures:

Focal Seizures

This particular type of seizure is called a focal one because the damage or the sudden firing of synapses in the brain only occurs in one particular part or in one side (or hemisphere). Most focal seizures can show up in different ways. If the part of the brain is one which is directly responsible for vision, the person’s vision can be impaired or there can be spastic eye movement.

If the focal seizure occurs in the side of the brain that is responsible for the movements of the muscles of the body, this will take the form of the normal actions attributed to seizures which is sudden and uncontrollable muscle spasms. Normally focal seizures are localized to a particular area so if you get hit with a focal seizure, chances are is that it will only occur on that side of the brain.

However, it does have the risk of damaging or affecting other parts of the brain if not addressed appropriately.

Generalized Seizures

As opposed to the focal seizures, generalized ones affect several parts of the brain. There are different types of generalized seizures. Here are some of them:

Absence Seizure

This is the sort of seizure that happens fast and doesn’t stay long. It clocks in at around 10 seconds at its maximum. Usually the symptoms aren’t extreme which is why a lot of people continue to go undiagnosed.  People who experience absence seizures tend to look like they are simply staring blankly into space. There might even be some involuntary but repetitive movements involved.

Tonic-Clonic Seizure

This particular seizure is one which the world is more familiar with. This is the seizure that makes the person lose consciousness before the full-body spasms start. The start will usually come when the muscles go stiff (the tonic part). Then the body will start to jerk and spasm (clonic part).

Immediate assistance is important for those that suffer from tonic-clonic seizures as they may invariably cause harm upon themselves like biting the tongue or landing hard on one’s head during the tonic part.

Always Remember

When you or someone that you know experiences a seizure, even if it is one which is fleeting, always seek immediate medical assistance. A seizure may be a symptom of a more serious condition or is the first of many more. When it comes to neurological issues, immediate medical assistance is crucial. You may have some damage to your brain but aren’t showing any symptoms right now. It is always important to get checked right away.

What type of seizure are you familiar with?

Keeping Up With the Times: Four Misconceptions about Vaccines

Keeping Up With the Times: Four Misconceptions about Vaccines

When it comes to the health of young children, vaccines usually were believed to be a critical part of wellness. In today’s world, a lot of people are quite dubious about that claim. Today, we wanted to focus on the concept of vaccines and the common misconceptions that are associated with vaccines.

Here are the top 4 that we commonly come across:

Links to Autism

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A lot of the anti-vaccine believers cry at the top of their lungs regarding the supposed linking of vaccines to autism in children. There has been no concrete study—independent or otherwise—that has proven that vaccines directly cause autism. Autism cannot be manufactured—it is in the genes that comprise the being which is directly responsible or a lack of oxygen upon birth.

Harmlessness

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This one may sound a little vague so let us elaborate. There are people who believe that they are not harming others when they actively decide to not vaccinate their child. They run on the belief that since other children are vaccinated, this means that there is nothing that can infect their child—even if something does afflict the child, other children shouldn’t be affected.

We do not have enough words to express how wrong this is. This belief is the reason why there are a lot of epidemics of measles, small pox, and polio that has hit communities.

Illnesses Prevented Aren’t Serious

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Since for the longest time most people did subscribe to the belief that vaccines are good, for several decades the illnesses which have ravaged communities were basically non-existent or extremely limited. This led to the belief that the illnesses that the vaccines prevented were not that serious and therefore they were subjecting their kids to unnecessary shots.

This, of course, helped to cultivate the idea that kids didn’t need the shots since the illnesses that vaccines prevent “aren’t that bad” or “aren’t serious”. We would like to remind everyone that vaccines were developed out of necessity as illnesses like whooping cough can be fatal to young children. You can look up the sheer number of whooping cough cases in Australia over the past few years.

Vaccines Aren’t Tested

This is the one that we come across and just makes us want to sigh outwardly. There are people that do believe that vaccines are just goop that is concocted together in a lab and then just distributed without any testing. Not only is that highly illegal but it is completely unethical.

Always Remember

When someone actively chooses to not vaccinate a child, they aren’t just putting that child’s safety at stake. They are actively choosing to put the safety of other children at risk as well. The reason why certain illnesses were perceived to no longer be a threat is because they rarely happened since most children were vaccinated. Do not gamble with someone else’s life. Learn more about vaccines before you make your decision.

What misconception about vaccines have you come across?

The Midst of an Anxiety Attack: Four Tips to Regain Your Faculties

The Midst of an Anxiety Attack: Four Tips to Regain Your Faculties

The field of mental health has vastly expanded. This is something that we will always be thankful for as more information is now provided for those that have issues or even anxiety attacks.

What is an Anxiety Attack?

Most people tend to confuse anxiety attacks with panic attacks. Usually a panic attack happens without any warning and is usually quite severe. An anxiety attack is one which builds up over a period of time through several events of anxiety piling up on a person.

As anxiety is one which builds up, there are certain symptoms that can be spotted. Symptoms like:

  • Disturbed sleep
  • Muscle tension
  • Short temperedness
  • Increasing feelings of impending doom
  • Excessive sweating
  • Pounding Heartbeat

When an anxiety attack hits, a person can feel different things like:

  • Constriction of the throat or difficulty breathing
  • Hysteria
  • Urgent need to release bladder or bowels

Handling Anxiety Attack

When you are in the middle of an anxiety attack, there are certain things that you can do in order to regain your faculties. Such as:

Breathing Exercises

One of the things that an anxiety attack will have you do is shallow and rapid breathing. When you find yourself in the midst of an anxiety attack, it is important to try to slow your breathing. Breathing too fast and too shallow can cause you to pass out or black out. Blacking out can mean falling on your head; something, which should be avoided if at all possible.

Identify the Source

A full blown anxiety attack is usually the result of something extremely stressful that has occurred. When it does, it is important to think of the source of the attack. This will help you focus on the counter-measures. For example, if the source is coming across someone you’d rather not see, you can focus on the surroundings.

Incidentally, that leads us to the next one!

Distract Your Thoughts

Distracting your thoughts on whatever the source of the anxiety attack is important. Focus on the color of the ground, the color of a flower, the color of something in the immediate area.

Reminding Yourself of the Situation

When you are in the middle of an anxiety attack, it can be quite easy to forget who you are or where you are. Due to the other symptoms that you may be experiencing, it can be quite easy to believe that you might be dying that very moment. Reminding yourself that you are not, in fact, dying but merely in the middle of an anxiety attack can be really helpful.

Always Remember

An anxiety attack can happen to the best of us. If you feel your anxiety building up, it would be good to speak to someone that you trust. Anxiety is often a result of prolonged stress. If your anxiety is seemingly coming from nowhere, do endeavor to reach a mental health expert and get their help.

How do you deal with an anxiety attack?

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Speedy Response: Easy First Aid Tips to Keep In Mind

Speedy Response: Easy First Aid Tips to Keep In Mind

It is always said that fortune favors the prepared. When it comes to emergency situations, this is very true. In the event that you or someone around you is injured, it always pays to know first aid. Naturally, this will be the focus of today’s article.

We firmly believe that people in general need to know at least a few basic first aid tips. Here are some of our favorites:

For Cuts or Scrapes

Cuts and scrapes can happen pretty much anywhere. Anyone can take a tumble at any given time. When someone has a minor cut or a scrape, it is always good to apply gentle pressure to stem the bleeding. For light cuts or scrapes, the bleeding will usually stop after a few moments of continued pressure on the affected area.

If the cut is deep and the bleeding has not stopped after around 5-10 minutes or so, it is always best to seek additional medical aid. Have someone call 911. Do not remove the pressure from the wound. If you are using a cloth to stem the blood and it has become soaked through, do not attempt to replace it. Any release in the pressure may mean a significant loss of blood for the injured person.

For Signs of Heat Exhaustion

This is important to remember whenever in the midst of summer or if you are in a hot room. When you or someone around you has started to feel dizzy, it is best to remove yourself from the direct sunlight or the warm room.

Seek shade and get off your feet. It is important to elevate the feet or the legs of the heat exhausted person. Have them drink water. If you have a rag or cloth, wet it with water and press it on the forehead or nape of the afflicted. The body temperature of a heat exhausted person needs to be cooled down.

Always Remember

The key is to not panic. You can always be surprised but the person who keeps their calm during emergency situations is the one that can help the most. When it comes to sudden events where someone is injured, receiving speedy first aid can actually mean the difference between life and death. If you do not presently know any first aid tips, we hope that today’s discussion helped you a lot.

Try to look around your local area for any first aid classes. It always, always, always pays to learn first aid. What sort of first aid tips do you know of?

Pain Management 101: Quick Tips When You Feel Pain

Pain Management 101: Quick Tips When You Feel Pain

Pain can happen to anyone at any given time. Some pain is fleeting while some are usually chronic. What is important is that you are prepared when pain does occur. Today, we wanted to talk a bit more regarding health and pain.

Specifically, we wanted to discuss some quick tips for whenever you do have to deal with pain on any given time. If you feel pain, try to do these:

Stay Calm

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Nothing defeats you like panicking when you feel pain in your system. Staying calm can help you determine the source and degree of your pain. If you feel panicked, try doing deep breathing or meditative mantras to help you regularize your breathing.

Identify the Source

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Once you are calm, it is important to directly identify the source of the pain. Is it a pain that you are always feeling? How much pain are you in now as opposed to previous times that you’ve felt that pain? Is it something new?

Asking yourself these questions will help you fully determine the severity of the pain you are dealing with.

Tell Someone

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The moment pain occurs, it is best to share that information to the person next to you regardless if you know them or not. It is important that someone is aware that you are experiencing pain in order to determine if you will need medical assistance or if there is something that they can help you with. Never underestimate the help that you can receive from a kind stranger when it counts.

Always Remember

Pain can be managed. All that is necessary is a prepared mind a go-to habit to effectively distract your mind from the pain. If you cannot stand the pain or it does not abate after a while, do not keep that information to yourself. Always contact your “in case of emergencies” person or call 911. If you cannot do so yourself, tell someone around you do to so for your sake.

Pain is never something that you have to live with. What are your go-to tips when it comes to pain management?

Generic VS Branded: Looking Closely At the Power of a Placebo

Generic VS Branded: Looking Closely At the Power of a Placebo

When it comes to the topic of medicine, there has always been a constant debate that has gone one. The sides are usually one of two: Generic or Branded Medicine.

Definition

In terms of medicine, generic medicine is coined to be ‘copies’ of the branded forms of medicine. Generic medicine is normally more affordable for the general market. Yet, usually have almost identical pharmacological results despite being cheaper.

Branded medicine is usually sold under a specific name that is normally trademarked by a specific pharmaceutical company.

The Debate

The ongoing debate is whether people should patronize one over the other. There have been a lot of people that focus on the pharmacological effects of each. Many claim that branded is better because the ingredients are exact and clear. There has been much debate on the safety of generic brands.

Placebo…?

It was around 2015 that the University of Cincinnati had conducted a study regarding the efficacy of generic medicine versus branded ones. A set number of subjects were given two shots. They were told that shot 1 was more expensive than shot 2.

The subjects reported roughly around 30% improvement on their symptoms after getting shot 1 as opposed to the almost no reported improvement for shot 2. What the subjects were not told was the fact that both shots were merely a saline solution and had no pharmacological effects. It goes to show that the mind plays a big part in what it perceives to be the superior in terms of medicinal efficacy.

So ultimately, it will be down to the preference of the user.

Always Remember

The decisions that you make regarding your medicine choices is all up to you. You shouldn’t ever allow anyone to shame you into choosing one over the other. Medicine is medicine. Your choices regarding what type of medicine you choose to patronize is no one else’s business, right?

We hope that today’s discussion gives you a better understanding regarding the concept of generic and branded medicines and the idea of a placebo. Which do you choose: generic or branded? How come?

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