Positive Attitudes About Aging

It’s kinda funny that everyone wants to live a long life but the idea of getting old doesn’t really appeal to anyone. It’s a bit contradictory don’t you think ?

Maybe we could say that life is like wine, it becomes better with age. But there are good things about all stages of life. I now think about my teenage years and think how sweet it really was. Back then it was stressful with things like school work and popularity. Some of these things I now realize are so silly.

I guess we can’t do much about aging. I do find it hard to believe that 40 isn’t that far away for myself ( I’m 35 ). It’s a bit scary, because it seems like I just left school. The last 15 years have really flown by. I used to think how I was only a third of the way through my years, but I guess I’m a bit further down the track now.

It’s up to each of us with some aspects of aging. There are some out there that look much older than they are. How do you feel about aging ? I read in a magazine that people that have a bad attitude towards aging have a slower walking speed and worse cognitive abilities than ones positive about aging. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT ?

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I do look forward to the years to come though. I love my children but I do think about them getting older. I’m not saying I wish they were turning 18 tomorrow. As they get older they come more independent. As I have said in recent posts, our youngest will be at school next year. I’m exciting for her and myself.

It’s often said that people don’t reach their best until their later years. That’s true in some instances. Think of the histories most successful people. I look forward to that myself. We also have the ones in their early twenties, maybe even late teens that have reached unbelievable success.

In today’s society, T.V , magazines and social media have altered the way we look at getting older. Well, social media is where it’s at because of young ones. Technology is what the world is all about. I recently watched on 60 minutes how dangerous technology is. That’s true. It’s exciting but also frightening. If we aren’t careful, many will end up unemployed. During the discussion of this on 60 minutes, they talked of a McDonald’s restaurant been run by robots. FREAKY !!

So, try to keep a positive attitude and look forward to what is yet to come !!

Motorsport…..like watching paint dry

Sport can help us –

  • Beat stress
  • Improve confidence
  • Socialise and make new friends
  • Have healthy joints, bones and lungs
  • Control weight
  • Keep blood pressure and cholesterol low
  • Reduce risk of heart attack or stroke

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Magnesium & Epilepsy

Have you ever heard of Magnesium as a treatment for Epilepsy ?

                                                                                     Doing a google search, I see that there are a few articles / bit of info about Magnesium and nuts-73914__180Epilepsy. One would have to have a chat with the doctor first before they jumped in boots and all. But if you were to eat a few foods high in Magnesium, I don’t really see the harm. There is a difference between what we are eating and the medication we are taking. Our eating is a way to keep it all natural.

 

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No More Fizzy Drink !!!

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Fizzy drinks…..I drink my fair share, but I don’t think I do too bad. I know people who drink alot more than I do. I have written about my addiction to drinking V.  Well, not quite an addiction, but V is a drink I enjoy and health wise I would be better off without.

In the media this week ( here in New Zealand ) , there has been discussion about schools banning fizzy drinks and restricting drinking to just water. Sounds like a good idea to me. Our kids, aged 4 & 6 , only really drink water. They sometimes get the treat of orange juice, but because it’s always been this way, we never hear too many complains about it.

We always seem to be hearing about our children. But isn’t it a parent job to make these decisions ? I really get sick of everyone thinking the government is responsible for everything. Shouldn’t your kids be your responsibility ? If you decide to have children, you need to take responsibility !!! You are the parents, not the government. it’s up to parents to make decisions.  People seem to blame the government for everything. If you decide that your children shouldn’t have fizzy drink, then take action.

My answer to this is “Everything In Moderation” . It is O.K to drink some fizzy drink, alcohol, eat some takeaways…… you know what I’m talking about.These sort of things. Most people enjoy these things and that’s fine. But , just don’t have too much.

New Zealand is evidently the 3rd most obese country in the world. I’m surprised by this. But, what is classed as obese ? How are you puthick-373064__180t into this category ?

Obesity is measured by BMI ( body mass index ). An equation is made using ones height and weight. It doesn’t really take much to be classed as obese. Some of our greatest sports stars are supposedly obese.  I guess they would be full of muscle though and muscle weighs more than fat.

Looks like I have gone off the topic of Fizzy Drinks !!! In the last week , a Fizzy drink tax has been put in place in the U.K. So, should NZ have a Fizzy Drink tax as well ? That was a question of the week. My view is NO, we don’t need one. Why ? well, it won’t raise the prices much. Things like this should come from people taking action, not pricing.

So, I’ll continue to enjoy my fizzy drink in moderation.

Moderation is the key to many things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALERT , ALERT !!! Medic Alert

 

 

http://www.positiveepilepsy.com

 

So, Medic Alert ….

Medic Alert is a way your information is kept about your health issue. You wear a wristband / bracelet or something around your neck. On there is what health issue you have, plus a pin number. Do you have something like this where ever you live in this big wide world ?

So say something happens and you end up in the arms of Medical staff, they can look at Medic Alert and see why whatever happened may have happened. Perhaps they will discover there are some drugs you can’t take. I know a few people that wear Medic Alert for this reason. Of course, mine is for my Epilepsy. One thing we haven’t done is kept my info up to date. I should go through my doctor and get things signed off. This would be what medication I take, etc. My medication has changed many times over the years.

I  always wear mine around my neck. I have worn a wrist band a few times, but it annoys me a bit. I guess it is something you’d get used to.

I recently received an email from Medic Alert. They were asking me to fill in a survey about my experiences . The main question was whether I had had any experience of medical staff missing my Medic Alert / not taking notice of it. This has happened to me several times.

I had a seizure ( turn) one day when I was picking my son up from school. Even though I probably would have been fine, some thought I was having a heart attack. So, the Ambulance arrived. Did they see my Medic Alert around my neck ? NO !! Don’t you think they should have looked for it ?

So from the look of the survey, it sounds like there has been other people go through this. We pay a yearly fee for my family to be covered for Emergency services like this. I think we pay about $90 a year.  Without this , it would pretty much cost that for using their services just once. So it’s good it covers all 4 of us.

Our Ambulance service comes from St John . They rely heavily on donations/ fundraising  from the public. Perhaps the government could assist them a bit more.

 

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Inside-Out Health

 by Daniel M. Christensen

 

 

One thing is sure – life is funny.

It has a way of making us feel like we’re on top of the world one moment and completely worthless the next. For me, sometimes these two feelings happen during the same day. I have found, however, that how I feel inside is a direct reflection of what I feel on the outside. Without going full-on Confucius here, I simply mean that if I am healthy and putting great things in my body, I exude greatness. The other day when I ate an entire large pizza in one sitting? Not so much.

 

I have come to realize that nutrition, health, and fitness are more important than I ever realized. Here’s some things that I have learned on my continuous journey.

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Nutrition

I recently read an article that stated “What you eat today doesn’t matter.” Rolling my eyes, I was about to click out of it in order to watch some more funny pet videos, but the next sentence actually caught my attention. “What you eat this month does.” There is a lot of wisdom in that. Our long-term habits determine our health, attitude, relationships, and really, the fullness of our lives.

 

For example, if I eat right every day but once every couple of weeks I splurge, it’s not that big of a deal. No, I am not advocating having over-the-top “cheat days” or anything of the sort. I guess it’s just nice to know that your body forgives you and has a way of purging sudden changes in diet. Cultivate healthy habits and your body will thank you. Your mind will thank you.

 

I’ve tried many different foods to achieve these habits. Remember, each body has different nutritional needs, and our individual tastes also come into play. For example, I usually choose Bison meat over beef, simply because it tastes similar and is nutritionally superior (more protein, less fat, less calories, more iron, etc). Quit forcing yourself to eat things that you absolutely hate. Like snap peas. They are seriously the worst. I instead opt for carrots, cabbage, spinach, asparagus, and other slightly more edible plants. This variety gives me some long term options that are sustainable. Think of your own and make a plan based on what is feasible for you, not just a short-term “cleanse” or fad.

 

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What Counts is on the Inside

 

No, I don’t sell beauty products, why do you ask? But seriously, the physical nature of our bodies and even brains can affect our mental state as much as just trying really hard to have a good attitude. As we worry more about what’s inside our bodies, we’ll eventually develop a healthy glow on the outside. Our attitude and confidence will come to match it as we improve and reach our goals.

 

Your body deserves to feel good. It deserves to be active. It deserves to be fueled with good food.


So be healthy, you deserve it.

 

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Author bio: Daniel M Christensen is a thinker and a dreamer. He thinks at night when he should be dreaming and dreams at work when he should be thinking. Either way, it makes for an entertaining blend. He blogs about random things just to get them out of his head.

 

Understanding Epilepsy – Talk , Don’t Be Shy !!

I’ll say it again. There is a need for a better understanding of Epilepsy.

It’s not really that hard.  It’s like alot of things.

TALK ABOUT IT !!

ANSWER QUESTIONS !!

ASK QUESTIONS !!

DON’T BE SHY !!

As we know, the public really lack understanding. Everyone is different , just like our personalities. Imagine a world where everyone is the same. Maybe that will happen one day. Not quite everyone… but a few. All the talk of things Genetic’s. Imagine picking what sort of child you wanted to have. That’s sick !! If you were able to pick what colored eyes and hair your child was to have… If we get to that stage, we would have seriously lost the plot.

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ANYWAY, SORRY ABOUT THAT…
Back to the subject.

So, why do Seizures arrive ? Do they come when you are in certain situations ? When your tired or stressed ? These types of things create brain activity.

I keep a diary of my seizures or “turns”. I can often feel when they are coming.Can you predict when they are going to happen ? I wonder whether predicting them and telling my wife about it stops them from arriving. I always ask Alie ( wife ) what happened. I sometimes feel like I’m trying to gain attention…well, I sometimes think that is what she may be thinking. But, it’s all for my diary. That info is handy when you go and see the Doctor or Neurologist.

I’m super excited been involved in the NZ Epilepsy Foundation. I also run a Facebook page for my area. We may soon get some names of people who have Epilepsy. This will help us get a bigger group together.

 

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I’m very glad Hayden ( son ) really understands Epilepsy. He’ll be 7 in May. A couple of days ago we were walking home from school and and he kept asking me if I was ok. This was because I was repeating what I had said. I was fine.  We’ll have to get Claudia to that level of understanding in the next few years . She’ll be at school next year.

They need to know –

* What Epilepsy is
* What happens
* Why it happens
* What to do

Encourage questions !!

I love to Exercise. I have never driven so I walk a few KM’s every day.I’ll be going for an hours walk tonight. It’s time-out with music in my ears. It helps with Self-Esteem as well. I have looked to getting involved in some social /activity groups. This is where a license would be handy.  I use the bus service, but I have to consider where these meetings are and whether a bus is going there. It’s not the best idea to be relying on public transport late in the evening.But, life goes on.

This was a fairly random post about a few things wasn’t it. It was just a time to get a few things off my chest.

Have a good weekend !!!

Junk Food

Tackling Obesity

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The number of overweight youngsters has increased dramatically over the last thirty years. Obesity has currently surpassed smoking as a pathological state. If action is not taken,Obesity is probably going to continue throughout lives. We do not want our kids to be having shorter lives than ourselves. After we scrutinize technology, it’s as if it’ll be the opposite. Ones on the improve , and the other is going down hill.
Obesity will bring several issues like Diabetes and Cancer.
So, what steps ought to be taken ? Is Education the solution ?
Parents have to take a look and see that everything we eat has an impact.
Education is a component of the solution, however alot more can be done. A part of the answer for Smoking has been the adding of a tax, which means  higher costs. This could be a deterrent from purchasing some food . Some countries have goals of been smoke-free by an exact date. Sound Optimistic ?  New Zealand goal is to be smoke free by 2025. It seems like a big ask, but smoking continues to decline. We all know that setting goals is the best way to reach targets. More information needs to be in place within the food market and on food packaging. This can lead to better decisions.
At times it looks as if Government is bringing up children, not parents. Parents need to be responsible when feeding their children.  Parents are of course the biggest influence in a  child’s early years. Habits can last a life time.
Children are not as active as they were in the past. Technology has modified the way many spend their time. How much time do your youngsters spend on the computer or with a tablet. Look at activities 30 years ago. Everyone was taking part in a lot more sport and generally just more active. Sport could be made more accessible, fees could be brought down.

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Tackling Obesity may begin as early as in the womb.

At what level is the mother-to-be weight at ?
How much weight should she gain throughout gestation ?
Should she be eating additional food for her baby ?
How long should breast feeding last ?

Everyone needs to be eating their fruit and vegetables. How often do you have takeaway’s ?

Advertising is part of the problem. Adverts need to be limited  and also at the right times. In some countries, Alcohol has been taken  away from the television screen. Maybe the same action could be taken for some foods. EG : McDonald’s.

When you see that McDonald’s advert, do you desire a Big-Mac ?

It’s up to individuals to make the right decisions. Are you making the best ones ?

 

Genetics

Epilepsy Blog Relay : Will My Children Have Epilepsy ?

 

This post is part of the Epilepsy Blog Relay™ which will run from November 1 through November 30. Follow along and add comments to posts that inspire you!

Genetics

 

Many people around the world are wondering if Epilepsy is genetic.  Here we’re going to discuss this in detail.  It’s not uncommon for people to be curious about this during their child rearing years.  The last thing a potential parent wants to do is pass on their health issue to their offspring.  We’ll also discuss the likelihood of doing just that.  Understanding the facts goes a long way in helping to uncover the myths surrounding this condition.

Epilepsy can be passed down from generation to generation.  That doesn’t mean a person’s children are guaranteed to have it.  It simply means that their likelihood of having Epilepsy increases.  This is true if the father of the child has Epilepsy.  It should be noted that if the mother has Epilepsy, the likelihood of the child having Epilepsy is slightly higher. A woman should question the medicated she is taking, whether there is a chance of that effecting her baby. I have recently learned about Foetal Anti -Convulsant Syndrome. FACS occurs when an anti-convulsant drug, such as Epilim, is taken by a mother during pregnancy.  It crosses the placenta and through the developing fetus. But, once again, not all woman on these medications will have a child effected by FACS.

I don’t think Epilepsy should prevent  a couple from considering starting a family. But, everyone’s case is different and health professionals can give advice.  It should also be noted that a sibling is at higher risk of Epilepsy if their brother or sister has it.  With this said, the risk is still fairly low.  While it’s definitely higher than in the general population, the risk is minimal and shouldn’t stop anyone from considering expanding their family.

You should also note that Epilepsy is not contagious.   You can’t pass on Epilepsy through a hug or a cough.   No one should ever be concerned about contracting Epilepsy from someone else.  It simply isn’t possible and any concern is based on irrational thoughts.

Epilepsy can also be caused by brain trauma.  If this is the cause of Epilepsy, then it’s not genetic and therefore can’t be passed on.  This is a common form of Epilepsy. Any traumatic head injury can be the catalyst for Epilepsy.   Those who repeatedly have their head hit are at higher risk of developing Epilepsy. Head protection when riding a bike, or playing some sports is a must.

Never lose sight of the fact that Epilepsy and seizures can be treated.  While this is a serious condition, millions of people around the world live productive lives with it.  Always make sure to take your medication as prescribed.  A close relationship with your doctor is a must when having this condition.  It’s the best way to make sure that it’s under control.  You’ll also be able to bring up any concerns you may have in regards to passing it on to your children.

I have a 6 year old son and a four year old daughter. Being a Stay At Home Dad, I am responsible for them most of the time. We have now reached a stage where my son understands my Epilepsy and knows what steps to take if I have a complex partial seizure.

I developed my Epilepsy during Puberty. No one in my family has Epilepsy. All tests ( MRI & EEG ) I have ever had have never shown any reason for it, so I wonder why. We all wish for the best health for our family. I do think of my children developing Epilepsy. Lets hope for the best.

NEXT UP: Be sure to check out tomorrow’s post at  http://www.gotchababe2015.co.uk/ for more on Epilepsy Awareness. For the full schedule of bloggers visit livingwellwithepilepsy.com/epilepsy-blog-relay.

 

 

Top 13 Essential Vitamins and their Functions

Balanced and Healthy Diet

The main aspects to consider when selecting a healthy diet are portion control and balance. There is a saying “to eat the rainbow”. This comes from the fact that the more colourful fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins. So should the diet consist of a wide variety of colourful veg and dark leafy green then almost all vitamins are supplied.

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When selecting portions, a handy guide is to use amounts you are familiar with. Such as a an amount of meat the same as the palm of your hand, 2 fistfuls of vegetables and a thumb sized piece of fat. This will ensure that you are getting enough food at each sitting to both satisfy your appetite and meet your nutritional requirements.

Most people can get enough vitamins by following that simple advice. However, old age, lifestyle habits such as smoking, and conditions such as pregnancy may require additional intake amounts. Therefore, it may be important to include the recommended supplements for health and vitality. Otherwise, following a diet plan is the only way to ensure that you are getting sufficient amounts of these essential vitamins.

Different Types of Essential Vitamins

There are 13 different types of essential vitamins required for normal body function. They are classified into two categories namely: Water-soluble and Fat-soluble vitamins.

  • Water-soluble- They include vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, Biotin, and Folate. They are not stored in huge amounts in the body and the excess is lost in urine. Aim to get a reasonable amount of these on a daily basis.
  • Fat-soluble- Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E, and K. They are stored in the body and, therefore, should be consumed in little amounts since extremes could cause health problems.

Functions, and Food Sources of Essential Vitamins

Vitamin A (Retinol)

Vitamin A has antioxidant properties which help improve immune health by maintaining healthy mucus membranes and fighting diseases. It helps build strong teeth and bones, prevents Alzheimer’s disease, heart diseases, arthritis, and age-related muscular degeneration problems. It also reduces wrinkles and fine lines associated with aging by rejuvenating the cells.

The dietary sources of Vitamin A include milk and dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, butter, eggs, fish liver oils, beef, kidney, chicken, leafy vegetables, pumpkins, carrots, sweet potatoes, and fruits like mangoes, peaches, winter squash, apricots, and cantaloupe.

RDA: Men: 900mcg Women: 700mcg

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Vitamin B1 helps convert food into energy. It’s essential for healthy skin, hair, brain, heart, and for normal nerve functioning.

B1 helps prevent kidney stones, Beriberi, heart diseases, and indigestion. It’s especially crucial for elderly patients who are at a risk of Alzheimer’s.

Sources include pork chops, ham, liver, dried beans, nuts, and seeds.

RDA: Men: 1.2mg Women: 1.1mg

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

This vitamin helps with energy production in the body by enabling conversion of food into energy. It also helps the body use other B vitamins properly. It’s needed for healthy eyes, hair, skin, blood, brain. It improves the body’s metabolic activity, boosts the immune system, and promotes the health of the nervous system.

Vitamin B2 comes from whole grains, dairy products, soybeans, meat and poultry, liver, eggs, and mushrooms.

RDA: Men: 1.3mg Women: 1.1mg

Vitamin B3 (Niacin, nicotinic acid)

This nutrient also helps convert food into energy and is important for the nervous system, digestive system, skin health, hair, and brain. It helps with indigestion, reduction of weakness, heart disorders, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, skin disorders, migraines, and diarrhoea.

Niacin occurs naturally in foods and can also be made by the body from the amino acid tryptophan with the help of B6. It’s found in a wide variety of foods including meat, poultry, whole grains, mushrooms, potatoes, and peanut butter.

RDA: Men: 16mg Women: 14mg

Vitamin B7 (Biotin)

Biotin helps convert food into energy and synthesizes glucose. Also, it can help break down some fatty acids. It allows the body to use proteins, fats, and carbohydrates from the food consumed. Its helps improve metabolism and treats skin disorders.

It’s found in whole grains, non-fat milk and yogurt, sweet potatoes, peanuts, almonds, eggs, liver, poultry meat, organic meats, and fortified soy milk.

RDA: Men: 30mcg Women: 30mcg

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

It helps the body make good use of proteins and glycogen. It also helps form haemoglobin which carries blood in the body. It improves sleep, moods, and appetite. It also boosts the immune system. The only vitamin deficiency known to cause or worsen seizures in infants is a deficiency of vitamin B6. Some doctors may also try vitamin B6 in older children with difficult-to-control seizures, but there is no solid evidence that it will be helpful.

Most people do not get enough of this nutrient. It’s mainly found in foods such as meat, potatoes, bananas, poultry, liver, soybeans, lentils, nuts, bran, oats, chickpeas and sunflower seeds.

RDA: Men: 1.3mg Women: 1.3mg

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

B12 helps improve body metabolism, synthesizes red blood cells and keeps the nervous system healthy. Deficiency can cause anaemia. The vitamin is only found in animal food sources such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, milk and other dairy products.

RDA: Men: 2.4mcg Women: 2.4mcg

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)

It helps convert food into energy and also makes lipids and haemoglobin. Deficiency causes burning feet and neurological problems. It’s commonly found in whole grains, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, avocado, and poultry.

RDA: Men: 5mg Women: 5mg

Folate (folic acid)

It’s vital for new cell creation. It helps prevent birth defects when taken during pregnancy, reduces heart and colon cancer risks and offsets breast cancer risks among women who consume alcohol.

It’s mainly found in asparagus, spinach, okra, broccoli, legumes like chickpeas and black-eyed peas, tomato juice, and orange juice.

RDA: Men: 400mcg Women: 400mcg

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

It’s generally an antioxidant that promotes healthy teeth and gums, improves the body’s ability to absorb iron, boosts the immune system and maintains healthy tissues. It’s abundant in citrus fruits, broccoli, potatoes, bell peppers, spinach, tomatoes, Brussel sprouts, and strawberries.

RDA: Men: 90mg Women: 75mg: Smokers: An additional 35mg

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for good bone health as it increases the amount of calcium and phosphorus absorbed in the body, making bones and teeth stronger and healthier. It also helps protect against infections by boosting the immune system health. Dietary sources include milk, fish, eggs, organ meats fish liver oils, and rice beverages.

RDA: Men: 10mcg Women: 10mcg

Vitamin E

It helps maintain a healthy immune system and other body processes. It also acts as an antioxidant and protects cells from damage. It’s found in vegetable oils, leafy green vegetables, avocados, some nuts, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, and wheat germ.

RDA: Men: 15mg Women: 15mg

Vitamin K

This nutrient activates proteins and calcium essential for blood clotting and also helps prevent hip fractures. It can be found in liver, broccoli, spinach, sprouts, kale, eggs, collard, and other leafy green vegetables.

RDA: Men: 120mcg Women: 90mcg

Author Bio:

Alex Morgan – Currently studying in Dublin, Alex is a career writer, by choice! Versed in a number of subjects he mainly specialises in tech, education, health and fitness and gaming; of the video variety. He posts on a number of blogs and websites and harbours desires to begin a great novel, but struggles creating character names – Look for the epic fantasy “Tom the Barbarian” on shelves soon.

He can often be found on twitter under the handle @Al_Exical. He finds it comforting to talk about himself in the third person.

Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer

The National Breast Cancer Foundation reports that each year an estimated 220,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 die. While the number of breast cancer related deaths have decreased in the past 20 years, the number of women diagnosed remains high. One in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and it continues to be the second leading cause of death among women. While there is still no cure for cancer, awareness and early detection prove to be helpful in increasing the likelihood of extending life and even survival.

Educate, Inform, & Inspire

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all women, young and old, should know how to perform self exams, a helpful tool in early detection. Additionally, women can help by educating other women in their lives, such as family, friends, and co-workers, on the benefits of early breast cancer detection. While self exams should be performed regularly and year round, take the time this October to inspire and educate those around you.

Who is Most at Risk?

Unfortunately, breast cancer is not preventable and some women are prone to developing it over others. However, there are lifestyle habits (or changes) that can help you reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. Remember, whether you are in your 20’s or in your 70’s, it’s never too late to change your lifestyle. According to the Mayo Health Clinic, here are some ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer:

  • Limit alcohol consumption and don’t smoke tobacco
  • Lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, and stay physically active
  • Breast feed your infants
  • Limit your duration of hormone therapy
  • Avoid environmental pollution and radiation

While lifestyle habits can greatly affect your chances of developing breast cancer, your chance may be linked to your genes. Risk factors may vary from woman to woman, but self-exams and mammograms can be integral detection tools.

Breast Self-Exam

Breast self-exams are a self-checkup that women do in the comfort of their own homes. Although it’s not completely accurate, it is free and can help to save a woman’s life. Many women struggle with being comfortable performing a self-exam, but with regularity women should be able to notice changes and report them to her doctor. A breast self-exam is easy to do, but should not be compared to anyone else’s as all breasts are different. One woman may have normal “lumpy” breast tissue while another may have none. If you are hesitant to “get to know your breasts” talk with your doctor or with a friend; it’s time to take charge of your health.

Mammogram

Self-exams are also important because your breasts could change a lot between annual checkups and the time your reach the age of mammograms. Many older women talk about the “dreaded” mammogram, but it’s an important tool in detecting any changes within the breast that could indicate breast cancer. Mammograms are scheduled for women who are over the age of 40.

Another great way to monitor your breast health and reduce your risk of dying from breast cancer is have a honest and open discussion with your doctor.

Matt Rhoney is an avid reader on trending topics and a writer in his spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina you will usually find him catching up on the latest news with locals or on the beach surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding. He loves to write pieces on health, fitness, and wellness, but often writes about families and safety.

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Exercise … Just Do It

Exercise

How do you feel about the word “Exercise” ?

Some people feel excited about the word “Exercise” . But, not everyone feels this way.  There are some that really dislike the word. They may fear it.  The thing is, not all types of Exercise works for everyone. That means there is no correct way to Exercise . This is also a good and bad thing. Maybe you have the thoughts like “Where do I start, what am I going to do.”

Remember what Nike says ? “Just Do It”. So, do anything you like !! Experiment with a few different things and find something you enjoy and think is going to be effective. NikeDo you like running or Walking ? Do you like Cycling ? Do you prefer to be in a Gym ?

You don’t have to do a huge amount of exercise for it to be effective. 5 minutes a day can be enough.   There is nothing better for you than simple movement.

I am often shocked by the short distances people travel via bus. I take the bus a couple of times a month, but this is due to not having a license. When I do use the bus service, it’s a decent distance I travel. Walking gets better and better the more you do it.

The human body is a fantastic machine. I think it’s better than any technology we have created. Your body can adapt to many types of stress is placed upon it.

Exercise & Bus Travel

Fitness & Exercise can lead to one of the best medicines there is, and that is Self-Esteem. There is nothing better than feeling good about yourself. I think that leads to more Motivation. That’s how it has very much been for me in the past and present.

Helping Your Teenager Stay Active and Healthy with Cancer

by Matt Rhoney

The long journey from being diagnosed with cancer and going through the treatments is a life altering one. For a teenager who has been used to physical activity and boundless energy, the experience is one that can be filled with frustrating moments. If your teenager is recovering from cancer, physical activity and exercise in moderation can help speed up that recovery. The level and rate of activity will not be like during the pre-cancer days, but it should not be ruled out completely. Here are a few tips on keeping your teen healthy and active while undergoing cancer treatment.

Healthy Exercises for Cancer Patients

Several studies have found that regular exercise and physical activity helps cancer patients in fighting the cancer, and also helps to keep it away once they are healed. There is no doubt that rest is important and necessary however, research shows that if you are able to incorporate some form of regular physical activity that can be largely beneficial both to health and spirit.

Too much rest and very little exercise works against the body because it weakens the muscles and can lead to unhealthy weight gain or increased feelings of fatigue.  Your child’s exercise routine should not be too strenuous so that they do not use up all their strength. Get the doctor and cancer team involved in planning physical activities that can be safe for your particular case. Exercise during and after treatment should be incorporated in a safe and responsible way, along with activities your teen already enjoys. Cancer should not be allowed to erode your child’s quality of life.

Paying Attention to a Healthy Diet

Diet is a major part of cancer treatment and is important to help fight the disease, and also to maintain the health of the patient. Nutrition is one of the major weapons to be used in this battle. However, one of the effects of cancer treatments is loss of appetite and weight loss. It is important to try to maintain a healthy weight during the treatment phase. Modern cancer care includes nutrition therapy that explains how to eat healthy. Encourage your teen to embrace healthy eating habits so that their body is in the right state to fight cancer.

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

It is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If your teen lived a sedentary lifestyle before being diagnosed with cancer, now is the best time to change that. Focus should also be on healthier eating habits. Here are a few general recommendations from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Exercise regularly, but start slowly.
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits – at least 2.5 cups of fruit and vegetables daily.
  • Choose healthy fats.
  • Eat healthy carbohydrates such as whole grains, legumes and fruit.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Cut down on alcohol.
  • Quit smoking.

Although cancer is more common that we would like, it is possible to beat cancer. There are many survivors who can testify to that fact. Adopting a healthier lifestyle can give you the ammunition you need to fight one of the greatest battles of your life. Encourage your teenager to make these lifestyle changes. Most importantly, always stay positive and keep your spirits high, regardless of the circumstances.

Are you or your teen battling cancer? What tips can you share for staying healthy and active pre and post treatment?

Matt Rhoney is an avid reader on trending topics and a writer in his spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina you will usually find him catching up on the latest news with locals or on the beach surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding. He loves to write pieces on health, fitness, and wellness, but often writes about families and safety.

If You Keep Losing Sleep Your Gonna Be……

 

My daughter is currently asleep on the couch. She has been for about the last hour and a half. She doesn’t really sleep much during the day anymore.

Every creature on earth needs a rest, whether that rest is during the day or during the night. We all sleep. We need to eat and we need to sleep. To much attention is put towards our diets and sleeping isn’t talked about enough.

Sleeping gives your body a rest. This prepares it for the next day. After a day, your mind and body need a holiday. Your brain needs to sort things out. Without it, your brain will mess things up.
Maybe sleeping is when our brain sorts out all the information, solves all the problems.Perhaps all the scientific stuff is done as we sleep.

As we know the amount of sleep a person needs depends on age.
Babies need a lot. About 14-15 hours a day. But once we each adulthood
we can get by on 7-8 hours of sleep.

Kids between 5 and 12 ages need somewhere between 10-11 hours sleep.
I enjoy this at the moment. Our two children ( 3 & 6 yrs ) go to bed about 7 pm every night, which equals about 12 hours. So, what do I enjoy ? That time when we are child free. Sound Cruel ? It’s just nice to relax without the kids.

Does missing a nights sleep make you grumpy ?
50% of the time I fall asleep in front of the TV. If you were to miss 2 nights, you would start to have real problems. As mentioned earlier, your brain and body need sleep to function. I don’t know how anyone would cope with no sleep at all over 48 hours.

Eventually it will become impossible for the brain to function, to send those messages to the rest of your body.

I think a lot of things in life are about habits. Good habits, bad habits. There are many things we do every day. Like eating our meals, brushing our teeth. Sleep is very much a habit. You can be in a good or bad habit with your sleep. I sometimes get into bad habits with my sleep by getting up at 2-3 am and watching TV for an hour or 2, then getting up early. But, if I go to bed at a good time, like 9-10 pm and read for a while, I can spend the whole night there. If I have to visit the toilet during the night, I sometimes have temptations not to go back to bed.

RESIST TEMPTATIONS !!!

 

 

Silverchair – If You Keep Losing Sleep

Neurologist Appointment……In A Couple Of Days

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YES, THAT’S RIGHT !!

Just a couple of days to go and we are off to the Neurologist. 

My last visit was 15 months ago. 

So, I have been very excited about this. It should have been a few weeks ago, but I got a phone call, which put it off for a few weeks. It made me a bit angry at the time, but….never mind.

I have had big changes in medication since my last visit. I have had big improvement with seizure numbers as well, but then I feel it’s slightly gone backwards again in the last 3-4 months. I’m looking forward to taking all my records and having a chat. I write everything down. When I had a seizure/turn and why I think I had it. So, I’ll keep you posted on what comes out of our appointment !!

HAVE A GREAT DAY !!

A Sick Last Week Of Term

What a week it has been. It’s been a good one in that it was the last week of the school term. But it wasn’t much fun because Claudia ( daughter )  was home all week..never went to Kindergarten. So we never really did anything , which meant they were long days. She watched a lot of TV, which made me feel guilty. She was coughing Sunday night/ Monday morning , so as we all know it’s wrong to send your kids anywhere where they may give their bugs to others.

She spent most of the week coughing, with a bit of phlegm in her mouth. I got her some Paracetamol, which helped her a bit , but it wore out every 4-5 hours. So, We’d give her some more. It got to Thursday and I rang Healthline for some advice. The person I spoke to said we should go to the doctor. You never know, what seems like just a cold could be something a lot worse. I tried to get a doctors appointment. They were all booked out for the day, and it was the same for Friday as well. It’s just that time of the year !! Everyone’s at the doctor.
I went and got some other stuff from the Pharmacy. We thought it might help her to have something different from Paracetamol . I think it did help her as well. But she still had a throat full of phlegm.
So, Saturday…..Alie ( my wife ) took Claudia to a Doctor in town. It was just a matter of going and waiting and seeing a random Doctor. But it was worth it. Sounds like the Doctor they saw was lovely. She said Claudia had a bit of an Ear Infection. So, more came from the Pharmacy.
We had a Birthday Party to go to yesterday afternoon/last night. We were a bit hesitate on Claudia going, but we all went in the end, and things were fine. The kids were fine. There were quite a few kids games which kept them happy.
So, school holidays… I always look forward to them. It means we get a bit of family time with Alie being a teacher. She is going to be at school the whole 2nd week which won’t be much fun for anyone. ( 2 week holiday ). We are doing a few fun things in the first week. We have plans to go to the Zoo and visit an old friend tomorrow . Then later in the week we’re going to the beach for a couple of nights. Alie’s parents are going to come and stay with us there.
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Epilepsy Stigma – The Uneducated Public

This post is part of the Epilepsy Stigma Blog Relay which will run from June 1 through June 30.
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My Epilepsy joined me at puberty, which is about 20 years ago.

Epilepsy is something that the public are very misinformed about, but at the same time everyone is an expert. Well, many think they are experts. The public need to be much more informed. When one is having a seizure, it is often misdiagnosed as another type of health condition/issue. I have experienced this many times.

The public needs to know ..

  • Epilepsy is not contagious
  • People with Epilepsy are capable of employment
  • People with Epilepsy are not violent
  • Epilepsy can become part of anyone’s life.

There are many types of Epilepsy and when people hear the word Epilepsy, they only think of Grand Mal Seizures. Some with Epilepsy are afraid to be out and open with their Epilepsy . Some with Epilepsy are ashamed. Many with Epilepsy often wonder if they should be honest when moving forward with their career.  Yes, of course you should. You need to be open and honest in all avenues. Your new employer isn’t going to be happy to see a seizure 2 weeks into your new employment if they knew nothing of it. Tell these people about your Epilepsy. If they choose not to employ you just because of your Epilepsy, that’s discrimination. Just because you have Epilepsy, doesn’t mean you aren’t capable of the position.

When meeting new people, you may not like it, but Epilepsy is a part of your life. If people turn away from you when they hear of your Epilepsy, they are not the sort of people to be forming relationships with. Others should love you as you are, Epilepsy or not. The best thing for everyone is to be loved by those closest. Family should love you wherever life takes you.

Everyone needs to understand that Epilepsy could join them tomorrow. But, many have the “No, that will never happen to me ” attitude. Another common one is “No one in my family has ever had Epilepsy so..” Anyone can have Epilepsy, at any stage of life.

Epilepsy may have got you down at some stage in life, but it may become part of your motivation down the road . Epilepsy has become somewhat of a passion for myself. Sound crazy ? Well, as said, many know very little about Epilepsy, so why not be part of the solution. I’m excited about doing this as a board member with the New Zealand Epilepsy Foundation.It’s fantastic to be part of getting more information out there and helping Epilepsy gain more publicity. In doing this, I hope to continue meeting others with Epilepsy. There are quite a number of people with Epilepsy. Think of  1-2 % of the population. I look forward to finding some of these people.

When I mention my Epilepsy , most of the time the person I am talking to will say they know someone with Epilepsy. Everyone seems to know someone with Epilepsy.

Don’t let your Epilepsy own you. Do the things that you want to do. There is a perfect job for us all. That job is called life. So try to enjoy everyday.

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