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Vacations are the Best Medicine

Vacations are the Best Medicine

Vacations are the Best Medicine

The best medicine for what ails you may just be a vacation. Even a short trip can make you feel so much better, recharge your batteries, and refresh your outlook on life. The health benefits of taking a vacation are well established. More importantly, the absence of a vacation can be detrimental to your health.

“Americans who don’t take regular vacations are at much greater risk for heart disease and depression,” says John de Graaf, founder of an organization called Take Back Your Time. Although the economy makes it tough for people to take vacations, de Graaf says, “It’s needed now more than ever. People are so stressed, and many are working harder to compensate for those who have been laid off.”

We have less time off than workers in most other industrialized nations. According to the World Tourism Organization, the average American receives 13 days of paid vacation leave. Canadians enjoy an average of 26 paid days off. The country that receives the most paid vacation leave is Italy with an average of 42 paid days off.

A survey by Expedia.com found that 460 million vacation days went unused in 2008 and even more astounding, 47.5 million Americans did not plan to use all of their vacation days. Americans need vacations. The general manager for Expedia.com, Tim MacDonald, thinks that, “The stress associated with the current economy makes the need for time away from work more important than ever.”

In August, Seattle hosted the very first National Vacation Matter Summit. Some of the topics included, “Why I Support Paid Vacations as a Physician and a Small Business Owner” and “Reducing Stress and Depression with Vacation Time.”

So do your part for the health of the country and your family: Take a vacation.

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Are You Confused about Swine Flu and Regular Flu?

Piggy Back?

Piggy Back?

By now many people are really getting confused on how to recognize the Swine Flu from a normal flu or cold. The symptoms are quite different and real easy to determine with the below schematic. Even though we do have a “doctor in the house” here at SearchAmelia, we have for now decided not to enter the heated discussion about¬†yes or no to flu-shots and/or the side effects of the Swine Flu medications. Too much is at stake here for anyone to claim the truth.

However we can provide you with an easy to consult chart to define whether you are potentially at risk.

Flu-Cold Diagnosis Help

Flu-Cold Diagnosis Help



The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.

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Being a Woman is a Not a Pre-existing Medical Condition

No pre-existing conditions

No pre-existing conditions

Just when I thought that our world was at least making a concentrated effort in equalizing what has been embarrassingly lopsided for so long, I finished reading a novel by local Amelia Island author Nadine Vaughan about senseless racism and rampant discrimination and now another ugly reality is put back into focus with the current healthcare debate on all front pages: Insurance companies treat women as pre-existing conditions!

In my defense for such ignorance I can only state that I was born and grew up in a small country where women played an equal role in society. In the Netherlands I grew up in there was no question about equality in human value. Race discrimination was never an issue. At least not until government policies created unfair imbalances in immigration and gender discrimination was quickly abolished when women became educated contributors to the economic processes in the sixties and seventies. In the fifties women elected to be home and raise the kids. In the sixties “liberation” became a crie de coeur and today the total working population is 50.5% male and 49.5% female and salaries are equal. Opportunity is truly equal.

The absurdity of insurance companies here in the United States to affix pre-existing conditions to women in their approval processes would not stand a chance in hell in Holland. They would be boycotted of out business.

From a business point of view I can attach pre-existing conditions to about any transaction I can think of, especially when it comes to health insurance.
-Is a cesarian a pre-existing condition for the next pregnancy?
-Does the fact that I have cases of diabetes somewhere in the family, giving me a pre-existing condition?
-Does the fact that I live 40 miles from my job, while my co-workers live in the immediate vicinity of work qualify me as a pre-existing condition.

I guess in a country where your car insurance premium is higher when you own a home, than if you don’t, anything is possibly a pre-existing condition. After all, litigation is the ultimate answer, n’est-ce pas?

Frankly I am disgusted with this profit manipulation. On the horizon I can see the reality looming that when all our personal DNA structures have been captured in data bases, health insurance as it is today will add a lot of good people to the pre-existing condition list. You were born with the gene that causes Alzheimer and you better ask your family to put some help aside as it will be a pre-existing condition. But long before that happens we will witness realities as are happening now here at home and in faraway places.

Did you know that Tuberculosis victims in South Africa are now selling their Sputum to healthy individuals, who will now take these samples to government banks for free medications and financial aid? Of course the medications are now sold on the black markets.

When will we find our way back to decency?

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Halloween and Florida – Georgia Hangover Cures

Caught up in Halloween!!! Was it Georgia or Florida?

Caught up in Halloween!!! Was it Georgia or Florida?

Now, most folks celebrate Halloween tomorrow night. Not so on Amelia Island. Guess that has something to do with the fact that nobody wants to have two parties on one night.

Seeing that the Florida – Georgia Football game has very strong sentiments in both camps here on the island between Florida and Georgia; Amelia Island being a “save haven” vacation location for many Georgians, almost everyone, win or loose will have a party or two. Some to forget the misery, the others to celebrate victory.

In many cases that means that some heavy alcoholic consumption is warranted in either case, but not to miss out on Halloween, Amelia has opted to have their scary Costume parties a day early as I’m writing this (I’ve seen some scary football outfits too that most certainly could replace a Halloween costume).

All this heavy intake¬† may call for some early and late morning sickness…¬† No not pregnancy induced, that maybe in 9 months from now, but from all the mixes that people tend to gulp down over the next 36 hours.

Here are some Hangover Cures and tips if you must be intoxicated!

Preparations:

  • Never drink on an empty stomach!
  • Eat fatty foods such as bacon and eggs,¬† but avoid fast food. Keep nibbling on stuff during your extended alcohol consumption and drink a glass of water (no soda’s) in between alcoholic beverages.
  • If you can, stick to one kind of drink and never “switch down” – going from a strong alcoholic beverage to beer or wine, but always go up if you have to. Start with beer or wine and if you “need” something stronger don’t start with shots but with mixed. Leave the shots for last.
  • Even, if you can, stick to one brand. If you are a straight up scotch drinker, sprinkle some pepper on the scotch or whiskey before you add ice. The pepper will bind the “bad layer” of Glycol and drag it to the bottom of the glass. Never finish the glass until the last drop or else you will still consume the glycol.
  • If food is not handy, take a candy or better yet eat a banana. Also orange peels (rinse well before consumption) but only the “orange part” and chew on a quarter peel once and a while during the night. You’ll thank me in the morning.
  • If cranberry juice (unsweetened) is present at the party, have a small glass when you feel that alcohol is taking a toll.

Well that should get you safely through the night and if not you can give the following remedies a try.

Hangover cures:

Beyond the regular alkaseltzer there is much more you can do.

  • First take a shower, how painful it may be and use a washcloth to rub yourself dry. Not a towel but a washcloth and keep on rubbing. It probably will take twenty minutes or so to dry yourself off but that’s the idea. You should step out of the shower looking red like a lobster from all the rubbing. Trust me, in most cases it will completely cure your hangover without any additional remedies.
  • If the shower does not suffice, drink a concoction of: One raw egg, a shot glass of cane syrup (not corn syrup), two oranges, and two slices of pineapple (don’t add any alcohol or milk!!!) and eat a hearty meal (but nothing like cornflakes or other pre-processed puffed stuff) with eggs, bacon and toast or even a steak is great, but no potatoes (they’ll get you drunk all over again).

This combination should get you completely fit within 45 min.

In closing I press on you for your family and friends and all those people you don’t know: DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!!!!

Lipomassage and Body Sculpting by Fine Endermologie

Susan Fine of Fine Endermologie

Susan Fine of Fine Endermologie

For nearly five years, Susan Fine of Fine Endermologie has treated clients aged 17 to 73 with Lipomassage, a customized and non-invasive body sculpting treatment. For men, this means reducing love handles and pot bellies, or defining that six pack you’ve worked so hard for. Women seek treatment for reducing cellulite on the arms, back, stomach, hips, thighs, knees and other problem areas, they desire firming the skin’s appearance, increasing circulation or reducing the appearance of scars.

Everyone’s body is different and Fine offers a 15 minute complimentary consultation to discuss how the procedure works, the results you desire and to establish a treatment program individualized for each of her patients.

Despite regular exercise and the strictest diet, the body will store fat in certain areas. The French developed a technique that is scientifically proven to reshape your body and lose inches. Lipomassage is administered by a machine that features individual motorized rollers that are adjustable for a deep tissue massage. A specialized bodysuit is worn for comfort, hygiene and modesty during treatments.

A study by Vanderbilt University found Endermologie treatments to build Collagen by 130%. Other studies reported increased blood flow of 400 to 500% and an increase in venous flow by 200 to 300%.

Before and After Lipomassage

Before and After Lipomassage

There are no special diets required with endermologie, however, to be in good health, we all should exercise and eat moderate, well-balanced meals. Drinking plenty of water is essential to flush waste and toxins from the body, especially after physical exercise or any type of massage treatment.

When you go on a diet plan, you tend to lose the weight in the face, breasts and upper body. When this occurs, wrinkles are accentuated and the body loses definition and tone and skin takes on a droopy appearance. Adding lipomassage to a healthy regimen of nutrition and exercise allows you to target precisely where you want to get rid of unwanted localized fat.

Lipomassage is personalized for you, targeting your specific areas of concern and a course of treatment is designed. After the desired results are achieved, you will need to maintain the new you with follow up sessions. Think of it like a pedicure, manicure or having your hair streaked. You look fabulous when the pedicure is done, but after a few weeks, you need to return for a follow up to keep those toes on display, right?

Fine Endermologie is now located at 2382 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. Give Susan Fine a call at (904) 703-4026 and let her tell you what lipomassage can do for you!

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Big Pharma’s Marketing of Prescription Drugs

Keep an eye on RxDutyFree.com...soon!

Keep an eye on RxDutyFree.com...soon!

The health care field has evolved into a facade for the business of selling drugs. The pharmaceutical industry spends more than $4 billion a year to market drugs to consumers in the United States and more than $16 billion to market them to U.S. physicians. Moreover, they have come up with some of the most effective and creative marketing schemes in history.

You probably didn’t know that top U.S. drug makers spend 2.5 times as much on marketing and administration as they do on research, and at least a third of the drugs marketed by industry leaders were discovered by universities or small biotech companies. YET drug companies justify their extremely high prices by saying they need this money to cover their high R&D costs. Hogwash.

It’s all about Profits, so let’s create an illness

They need to charge high prices to increase their profits, period. After all, they need to maintain their status as one of the most profitable industries on the planet. One particularly pernicious marketing strategy they use is to create an illness where none existed before, so they can offer you an expensive solution. Does this sound too incredible to be true?

To be sure, let’s examine the cholesterol issue. In 2001 Dr. Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., dean of Cornell University Medical College, spoke at a press conference at the XII International Symposium on Atherosclerosis. He predicted more than half the population of the United States could one day be taking daily doses of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. As if to make Dr. Gotto’s prediction true, later in 2001 the drug companies were able to manipulate the National Cholesterol Education Program committee to change the 1993 guidelines for treating those with cholesterol.

HOW?
They modified the recommendations to include anyone with an LDL (bad cholesterol) level from 130 to 100 to be a candidate for drug therapy. Just like that. Yesterday you were healthy, today you need drugs. This one change increased their potential market in the United States alone by more than 36 million people. This tripled the number of people that were eligible for cholesterol-lowering medications.

Then, in 2004, the same federal committee reduced the level even further to 70. It is difficult to obtain estimates, but it is likely that this added tens of millions of potential new candidates for their expensive solution. What is their solution? Using drugs that in no way, shape or form treat the problem and are required to be taken indefinitely. Lipitor alone generates more than $10 billion a year in annual sales.

Got it?

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The Love-Hate Relationship with Salt

Salt on the way to the Gold Coast

Salt on the way to the Gold Coast

My personal history with salt is long and intense. In first grade I learned about our country’s salt mines and the “reason” why my little Netherland country on the North Sea had historically such an “out of proportion” global impact from the 15th through the 19th century.

The sea taught my forefathers to build ocean going vessels and salt allowed them to became world class traders. It prevented food from spoiling fast, allowing them to cross the oceans without major health issues aboard ship. The Dutch were not settlers during the big colonial era, they preferred trading posts such as New Amsterdam (Manhattan), Cape Town South Africa, Deshima in Japan and Canton in China.

As a teenager I crossed the Sahara desert several times, often witnessing Salt Caravans on their way from the interiors of the Mali salt mines to the market places of the Gold and Ivory Coastlines.

How deep the Dutch sentiment for salt was rooted became most evident however during the almost 20 years I lived on the Caribbean Island of St.Martin, also called the Friendly Island. The native name for the island was Soualiga, which meant Salt Land and given the choice to split the island with the French colonial movement in 1648, the Dutch settled for the smaller Southern part of the island where all the natural salt ponds were located.

St.Martin's Great Salt Pond before Tourism became the economy

St.Martin's Great Salt Pond before Tourism became the economy

Even though maybe an interesting economic story for another occasion, this story is about the importance of salt versus the medical love-hate relation ship with this interesting commodity.

Historically, salt has been used as a currency and as a food preserver and enhancer. It contains sodium, which is crucial to maintaining complex functions in the bodies of humans, mammals and some plants. But in recent decades, salt has been demonized for its contribution to high blood pressure and heart disease and people are encouraged to cut way back on consumption. That’s not easy for most, and a fascinating new study offers a hint as to why that may be. Salt, it appears, may be something of an antidepressant.

When I came across an article published by scientists from University of Iowa, I felt that an important aspect of life once again was pulled into balance. Reason why I say this is because as human beings we have a tendency to embrace the extreme and than slowly let the balance return. Besides that it created an acceptable explanation why I have never met a person in my life who didn’t like Bacon. Salty and crispy, I can observe on any morning at Shoney’s Breakfast Bar on Sadler Rd how many times the bacon dish has to be refilled that people crave it.

Salt may be an Anti Depressant

Scientists from the University of Iowa depleted rats’ stores of sodium by giving them a drug that caused the kidneys to flush it out. They also deprived the rats of salt in their diet. Researchers followed up with behavioral tests to see whether there was any change in how the animals reacted toward things they usually enjoyed. There certainly was a change — the rats lost interest in activities that they had previously relished, including pressing a bar that stimulated a pleasure pathway in their brain.

The inability to experience pleasure is called anhedonia and it is a well-established symptom of depression. The study’s author, Alan Kim Johnson, PhD, who is a professor of psychology at the University of Iowa, says his interest in the topic was motivated by a paper published in the mid-1990s that suggested that a group of people who had chronic fatigue and low mood may have had sodium deficiency. When they were told not to restrict their salt intake and their sodium balance was restored, both problems disappeared.

As with any study it is emphasized that this does not imply that people should consume salt to combat depression, or that excess amounts of it are healthy. It merely recognizes the fact that salt is much more complex than simply being “bad for you.” How salt contributes to or detracts from health and well-being is not yet fully understood.

One answer may lie in the fact that the human body is to a large degree composed of salt water. Biologically speaking, salt (sodium) plays a major role in human health. It not only feeds nutritional mineral elements to our cells, it also dissolves, sanitizes and cleanses toxic wastes from our system. It is this latter function that makes salt such a healing substance. All classic biology textbooks refer to salt as the cleanser of bodily fluids.

The problem with salt causing high blood pressure and heart disease lies in the fact that in the 1940s the major salt producers in the USA and the rest of the world, began to dry salt at very high temperatures to increase production.  This changed the chemical structure of the salt. In order to make salt whiter, dryer and easier to pour they removed the minerals and other nutrients so that what was left was pure white sodium. Sodium is only one chemical found in salt but it is what we buy in our supermarkets and what we erroneously call salt and is what can affect the human body adversely.

Maatjes Herring with Chopped Onions...mmmmm

Maatjes Herring with Chopped Onions...mmmmm

Where in the world can we find good salt?

According to the Grain and Salt Society, all sea water is polluted. Except for a few salt farms in Portugal and some in Morocco, the only coastline that is still relatively unpolluted and whose cottage industry is thriving, is the Brittany coast. The Grain and Salt Society selected Brittany as the least polluted seacoast and the Celtic method as the best for harvesting of natural salt for the following reasons:
1) This coastline has almost no industry and no large cities.

2) The prevalent wind dries and crystallizes the salt very rapidly, thus minimizing the accumulation of particulate matter.

3) The deep offshore drop and continental shelf create upwellings that bring minerals from great ocean depths. The resulting salt contains rare trace elements in a very energetic mix.

4) There are abundant and varied beds of seaweeds and micro-algae that contribute to the biologically rich make-up of the shore, and therefore of the salt.

5) The art of Celtic salt-making has been passed down in this place for literally a hundred generations offering a superior philosophy and mastery of the craft. If you have an interest in obtaining salt from this region, contact the Grain and Salt Society at (800) 867-7258.

According to Dews Twenty First Century Products, there is another place right here in the good old USA that produces a quality natural salt called Piaute Indian Salt– named after the Indians who first mined it. It comes from an ancient sea bed that dried up thousands of years ago and was buried beneath the earth where it has been protected from various environmental pollutants. If you have an interest in obtaining Piaute Indian Salt, contact Dews at (940) 382-1849.

Personally I could go for a freshly caught Maatjes Haring with chopped onion for a good dose of health right now.

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Tips to Help You Survive a Personal Attack

Crime

Crime

As a survivor of two separate and unrelated attacks, personal safety tips always grab my interest. As a woman, I know I am more vulnerable to an attack and as a mother, I want my children armed with as many safety tips as they can store in their minds.

A lot of mainstream media recently has been focused on the sad and tragic story of Somer Thompson, the Orange Park youngster who was missing and then found in a Georgia landfill. Because of this, there have been many tips floating around to help keep you and your loved ones safer in an often cruel world. Not every tip listed on every well intended email is good, so I sifted through some of the more popular lists I have recently received. Here are some safety tips you should learn and share with your family and friends should you find yourself in a dangerous situation.

First always try to get away from your assailant. Don’t scream for help, it gets people to turn and look, but it doesn’t tell bystanders what to do. Scream for a fire truck, a policeman, a medic, or holler out FIRE, or RAPE, or GUN. When people see a man and a woman bickering or fighting physically in public, it is assumed the two are a couple and honestly, folks do not want to become involved. This happened to me. It wasn’t until I yelled out, “This man is a stranger” did anyone attempt to break up what they thought was a domestic violence issue.

You may be forced to fight back so you can escape. If they get you into a vehicle or a secluded location, your chances of walking away unharmed go down drastically. If you find yourself still close enough to use your body to fight back, do it! The knee is the strongest point on your body, the elbow is sharper, use them both. Stomp on their instep, take your elbow to the groin, a fist to the juggler or go for the eyes with your fingers, your keys or an ink pen. You MUST do whatever it takes to escape and run away!

Fighting Back

Fighting Back

If an attacker asks for your wallet, purse or keys, do not give it to them, instead toss them away from you. Chances are he is more interested in your valuable possessions than you, and he will go for the item tossed while you run away in the opposite direction. If it is your car they are after, let them take it. If the intention is kidnapping, rape or murder – you may have just thrown away something you could have used as a weapon. Listen to what the attacker says, they may tell you exactly what they are after. If they are after your soul, it is entirely a different scenario and everything on your person now becomes a weapon for you to use.

This one I saw on Oprah many years ago and shared with my own family. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, find a tire tool or use your foot to kick out the back tail lights, stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This tip has saved lives. Other ideas are to find the trunk release latch, and many cars have backseats now that are accessible from the trunk ‚Äì you must always plan to escape!

Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit there to compile lists, fix their makeup, check their text messages or whatever‚Ķ DON’T DO THIS! Should a predator be watching you, this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side. Lock your doors the second your fanny hits the seat and proceed to your next destination.

If someone is in the car with a gun to your head, drive to the nearest police station or well lit public area. Your goal is to escape by getting out of the vehicle. If you wreck the car, it will draw attention to you, but you could be injured and the attacker could be saved by your airbags. Assess the situation and gun the engine or whatever you can possibly do. Remind your kidnapper that if they shoot you, you will likely veer out of your lane and wreck the car. It has been said time and time again that if you are taken forcibly in a vehicle you are likely not coming back, so don’t ever consider following their orders by driving to a remote location.

Here are a few reminders about parking lot dangers:
A.) Be aware of your surroundings. Look around you. Look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Some victims have been abducted while attempting to get into their cars.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back inside and get a guard or policeman to walk you back out. Every man sitting alone in a car is not a predator, but any suspicious behavior should be taken into consideration. Paranoid is always better than dead. Your instinct could save your life!

Serial killers have their own methods of seeking out their victims. Hitchhiking, driving alone, late night employees working alone, prostitutes, and answering a classified ad are all behaviors that may put you at an increased risk. Be smart and do not put yourself into a vulnerable position.

Choose to take the elevator instead of the stairs, especially at night. Stairwells can be a dangerous place to be alone and the perfect spot for criminal activity. If your instinct tells you not to get into the elevator with a stranger, then simply wait for the next one.

If the predator has a gun and you can escape, always run away. Run away in a zig zag pattern, but always run! A moving target is harder to hit!

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy

Don’t trust strangers at their face value. Remember, Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who sometimes played on the sympathies of women. He would display a physical injury and ask for help to his vehicle. When he would get the women to his vehicle, he had the element of surprise, overpowering them and this is how he abducted some of his victims.

One of the newer scams, verified on Snopes.com, explains how home invasion criminals gain entry into your home by pretending to be in need of shelter from an attacker, by hollering, “Open the door, help!” The person in distress is usually a woman who frantically knocks on the door begging for help. If this happens to you, call 911 and keep your doors locked. If the person leaves, try to see which direction they headed so you can provide this information to the police when they arrive.

This “person in distress” is not the only ruse used by criminals to enter your home. They may pretend to be working in the neighborhood, lost, an appliance repair person, need to borrow an item or your phone, a deliveryman, or one of many other ploys.

Keep doors locked when you are home and NEVER open your door to strangers no matter what time of the day it is. If someone needs a tow truck, or a locksmith or any other excuse they have used to borrow your phone, simply offer to make the call for them.

Anytime someone is insistent or behaves in a suspicious way, call the police and let the proper authorities handle the situation. Criminals look for victims, who won’t see it coming, sometimes just looking up and walking with confidence will encourage them to leave you alone while they wait for their next target.

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Laxatives and Colon Cleansers

Is Colon Cleansing really healthy?

Is Colon Cleansing really healthy?

We in the pharmacy are used to the yearly desire for mothers to purge their child before a new school year starts, as a habit to clean the body and blood. Nowadays we are also confronted with the new promoted health of regular colon cleansing. “Build your health with a healthy Colon” it says. Time to investigate more on this (fecal) matter.

Daily Activity in the Colon

Aided by enzymes and muscular action, the mouth, stomach and small intestine perform their individual jobs of breaking down food and absorbing nutrients. The liquid that these organs generate is called chyme. However, when it passes to the colon, the liquid that is leftover is mostly waste matter, called feces. The colon lining contains epithelial cells that absorb fluids and other substances such as vitamins and electrolytes. It is the absorption of fluids and bacterial processing that transforms the soupy fecal matter into a stool.

Bacteria live and grow along the colon lining. Using the fluids and foods you intake, bacteria actually manufacture the nutrients that sustain their environment and their food supply. Bacteria change proteins into amino acids and break these amino acids down further into indole and skatole (which gives stools their odor), hydrogen sulfide, and fatty acids.

Bacterial action also synthesizes some vitamins (K and some B), electrolytes, and breaks down bilirubin into a pigment that gives stools their brown color. Bacteria ferment soluble fiber into a lubricating gel.  This gel helps to make stools soft and flexible. Healthy intestinal bacteria help to groom the colon and keep it clean so that infections do not develop. They also help to fight the growth of infectious bacteria.

Bacteria can also help some medications work better because they create what is called an entero-hepatic cycle. ie the estrogen from the birthcontrol pill gets reabsorbed after processing by bacteria. That is also why antibiotics may have a negative effect on the protection from OAC by killing the “good” bacteria. Diarrea can also be a result of this action. Because fluid absorption is one of the main jobs of the colon, stools that remain in the colon too long can become dry and hardened. We notice this with tourists that have been traveling 12-24 hours and have postponed their regularity.

Why not the natural way!

Why not the natural way!

Colon Cleansers

Colon cleansing is based on the theory that waste collects in the colon over time and stagnates there, causing toxins to form and spread throughout the body — a phenomenon known as ‚Äúautointoxication.‚Äù Many 19th century doctors accepted autointoxication as fact. Although scientific research conducted as early as the 1920s failed to confirm it, the misconception persists. Other colon cleanser advocates insist that the accumulated stool blocks the colon, preventing the proper elimination of waste.

The body was designed to cleanse itself quite well. The kidneys, liver and lungs remove toxins and by-products from the blood stream, and regular bowel movements remove any waste products from the gastrointestinal tract. Experts say there is no such thing as autointoxication, and that the human body is very good at taking care of itself.

High colonics are often touted as a way to cleanse the colon of  adherent stool that has been there for years. Still a gastro-enterologist that does regular colonoscopy will prescribe  a preprocedure purge the day before which is sufficient to clean out the stool and leave a pristine looking colon.

Colon Cleanser and Laxative Cautions

Using coloncleansers on a repetitive basis is not a great idea, as mentioned above your intestines aren’t just a waste disposal unit; they’re also a place where nutrients from food are absorbed to the bloodstream. Washing out the intestinal tract could potentially interrupt this absorption and natural balance, leaving you with a vitamin or mineral deficiency.  In addition, frequent use of some types of laxatives can have a boomerang effect, so that cleaning your colon could leave it less able to do its job the way nature intended.

Another pitfall of colon cleansers is that they can lead to dehydration. Moreover, high colonics, where a large amount of fluid is inserted, can potentially harm the colon, causing small tears or internal damage.

A healthy diet that includes enough fiber and water is nature‚Äôs way of cleansing your colon. A diet that is low in fiber and water, on the other hand, usually results in constipation. You can think of fiber as acting like a “toothbrush” passing through your colon. So every day that you meet your recommended daily dose –between 21 and 25 grams per day for adult women and 30 to 38 grams for adult men– you‚Äôre literally consuming a colon cleanser.

Up your fiber intake slowly by making room in your diet for foods like fruit, vegetables, beans, and high-fiber cereals. Keeping your body moving as much as possible is important, too. Physical activity increases blood flow throughout the body, and the better your blood flow, the easier it is for your colon to work efficiently.

If your reason for colon cleansing is constipation consider the following:

There are many causes of constipation including:

  • Diets that are low in fiber,as mentioned above.
  • Side effects of medications such as narcotic pain killers (codeine, morfine, antidepressants (Prozac, amitryptilin), iron supplements, calcium channel blockers (diltiazem, nifedipine), anti-epileptics. (dilantin, carbamazepin)
  • Narrowing or blockage of the large intestine (colon) due to colon cancer or advanced diverticulosis.
  • Ineffective contraction or spasm of the colon’s muscles due to irritable bowel syndrome or other diseases of the colon’s muscles.
  • Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological conditions.

Most OTC (over the counter) laxatives are safe, effective, and well tolerated. There are distinct classes of laxatives, which function differently and have varying degrees of effectiveness and potential side effects.

Bulk-forming laxatives are the most commonly recommended initial treatments for constipation, they are soluble or insoluble fibers. They may work as quickly as twelve hours or take as long as three days to be effective. Examples are methylcellulose (Citrucel), polycarbophil (Fibercon), psyllium (Metamucil). They are safe for long-term use, also for elderly patients with constipation. They are helpful in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, and colostomies. Make sure to drink enough water.

Stool Softeners

Stool softeners prevent hardening of the feces by adding moisture to the stool. The active ingredient in most stool softeners is docusate. They are more for use in preventing constipation than in treating it. Stool softeners are recommended for patients who should avoid straining while defecating, including: Patients who are recovering from abdominal or rectal surgery, childbirth, and patients with painful hemorrhoids and/or anal fissures. Softening the stool in these patients can help reduce pain during defecation.

Lubricant Laxatives like mineral oil (liquid petrolatum) coats and softens stool. Like stool softeners, mineral oil is used by patients who need to avoid straining. Mineral oil decreases the absorption of vitamin K (important in forming clotting factors in the blood) from the intestines. Mineral oil should only be used for short periods of time.

Stimulant Laxatives

Stimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by increasing the contraction of muscles in the intestines. Stimulant laxatives are effective when used on a short term basis. Examples of stimulant laxatives include aloe, cascara sagrada, senna compounds, bisacodyl, and castor oil.

Bisacodyl is theoretically the preferred choice and available OTC (ie Dulcolax). It is available in oral pill form and as a suppository or enema. The oral form takes six to ten hours to work. Stimulating laxatives are only recommended for short term use. Long term use can create dependance (lazy colon). The intensity of the action of stimulant laxatives is dose related. A large enough dose of any stimulant laxative can produce serious adverse effects, like severe cramps, excess fluid loss and dehydration.

Saline Laxatives

Saline laxatives are mostly magnesium, sulfate, citrate, and phosphate ions. These ions draw water into the intestines. The additional water softens the stool, increases pressure within the intestines, and increases intestinal contractions. Fleet Phosphosoda, milk of magnesia, and magnesium citrate are examples. They should be taken with one to two glasses of water.

The onset of bowel response is usually within one-half to three hours. Small doses are sometimes recommended for the treatment of occasional constipation, while larger doses can produce complete evacuation of the intestine. Patients who have impaired kidney function should not use laxatives that contain magnesium or phosphate salts. Excess accumulation of  salts in the blood of these patients can lead to toxicity.

Enemas and Suppositories rectally administered enemas and suppositories are commonly used to cleanse the rectum and the sigmoid colon (the part of the colon closest to the rectum) prior to surgery, child delivery, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Enemas and suppositories are also used to relieve constipation and rectal fecal impaction (blockage of the rectum by hard, compacted stool). These products are intended for occasional use and are not recommended as a chronic laxative regimen unless directed by a physician.

Bottom line? Your colon knows its job; leave it alone and it will take care of itself.

The Pharmacist – www.philipsburgpharmacy.com

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5 Ways to Reduce Lower Back Pain

Second leading cause for sick leave

Second leading cause for sick leave

Experiencing low back pain

Lower back pain is extremely common in today’s society. Seventy-five percent of all people will experience back pain at some time in their lives. The total cost in lost productivity is enormous. Back pain is the second leading cause of absenteeism from work after the common cold and accounts for 15 percent of sick leaves.

The good news is that the vast majority of back-injured patients, probably greater than 90%, will recover completely without surgical treatment. Only 2 to 3% of the population with back pain have a herniated disc and only 1% have compression of a nerve root (leg symptoms).

Causes of Low Back Pain

Some of the common causes of back problems are disc injury (e.g., herniation and internal disc disruption) and degenerative discs. Approximately ten percent of patients with degenerative discs are candidates for some type of spinal surgery.

The intervertebral disc serves as a shock absorber, load distributor and spacer. As we age the disc normally undergoes degenerative change. The disc loses its ability to hold water, resulting in decreased ability to absorb shock and a narrowing of the nerve openings in the sides of the spine, which may pinch the nerves. The result is increased disc stiffness often accompanied by back and leg pain.

The MRI is a relatively sensitive test for the detection of degenerative changes within the intervertebral disc, but is incapable of providing a pain association.

Pain is generally the main complaint with all lower back disorders. Treatment often initially addresses local pain and inflammation before proceeding to further intervention and therapeutic exercise. The physician overseeing the care for a back pain patient should strive to establish a diagnosis, which includes an identification of the cause. The underlying process can be biomechanical, inflammatory or infectious, cancerous or psychological in nature.

5 Ways to reduce Back Pain

#1 – Rest – But Just a Little

If your back hurts, take a a little rest. Lie down and avoid overusing your back muscles for a while. This doesn’t mean stay in bed for a week. In fact, too much rest can make your back pain worse. After a short break, get up, move around, and stretch. You’ll find it actually helps reduce that nagging backache in most cases.

#2 – Medications

Acetaminophen /Paracetamol

While paracetamol’s analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducing) effects are equal to those of aspirin, their anti-inflammatory effects are weak. In the setting of acute low back pain, acetaminophen can be effectively utilized as an analgesic. Several studies have shown paracetamol to be superior to placebo in the treatment of osteoarthritis pain, and because of its efficacy, it has been recommended as a first line agent in osteoarthritis treatment.

The accepted oral dose of paracetamol is 325 to 1000-mg every four to six hours, with a 24-hour use not to exceed 4000-mg. Peak plasma levels and analgesic effects are typically noted from 30 to 60 minutes following ingestion. Paracetamol is available without prescription and is inexpensive.

Aspirin/NSAIDs

Aspirin is the prototypical member of the group of medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

The primary mechanism of action in NSAIDs is a reduction of cyclooxygenase (enzymes that make prostaglandins) activity and a resultant decrease in prostaglandin synthesis. Prostaglandins are active mediators of the inflammatory cascade, which also serve to sensitize nerve endings. A reduction in their local concentration could therefore explain the combined anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of NSAIDs. In single doses, most of the NSAIDs are more effective analgesics than a single dose of acetaminophen or aspirin.

In a review of NSAIDs and sports related soft tissue injuries, studies have found that treated athletes return to practice quicker and without any apparent significant delay in the injury healing process.

The dosing and cost of each NSAID varies significantly. The choice of initial anti-inflammatory agent remains largely empirical. Large variations in patient response to different NSAIDs are observed. Over a one to two week period the dose may be increased to the recommended maximum, and after that time, if the results remain unsatisfactory, a different agent should be tried.

Side effects generally develop within the initial weeks of treatment, although gastric complications can develop at later times. Combination therapy with more than one NSAID is to be avoided as the incidence of side effects is additive and there is little evidence of added benefit to the patient.

NSAIDs are a reasonable choice as a first line agent for the control of acute low back pain. The patient is most likely to benefit from their combined analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties during the first week after injury onset. The anti-inflammatory properties of these agents are most likely to be realized when therapy is initiated with a loading dose and the recommended dosages are then continued at regular intervals.

Muscle Relaxants

Muscle relaxants are often prescribed in the treatment of acute low back pain in an attempt to improve the initial limitations in range of motion from muscle spasm and to interrupt the pain-spasm-pain cycle. Limiting muscle spasm and improving range of motion will prepare the patient for therapeutic exercise.

Combination therapy of an NSAID and muscle relaxant was found to be superior in reducing tenderness, spasm, and range of motion in patients presenting with ten days or less of low back pain and spasm.

Sedation is the most commonly reported adverse effect of muscle relaxant medications. These drugs should be used with caution in patients driving motor vehicles or operating heavy machinery. By initially prescribing muscle relaxants at bedtime, the physician might take advantage of their sedative effects and minimize daytime drowsiness.

The use of benzodiazepines (xanax, diazepam) does not appear to offer any significant benefit to patients experiencing acute low back pain.

Anti-Depressant Medications

While several classes of anti-depressants have been used successfully in the treatment of a variety of pain syndromes, the literature most strongly supports the analgesic efficacy of the tricyclics (anti-depressant drug). Amitriptyline (a type of anti-depressant) has been investigated as an analgesic more than the other anti-depressant agents and appears to be the most popular anti-depressant analgesic in the clinical setting. Migraine headaches, neuropathic pain associated with diabetic neuropathy, and postherpetic neuralgia have been found to respond favorably to anti-depressant administration.

While anti-depressants have been demonstrated as useful adjuncts in the treatment of pain, their analgesic mechanism remains unclear. Initial dosage should be low and then slowly be increased to minimize side effects. When taken at night, the sedating properties of these agents can be beneficial in those pain patients experiencing difficulty sleeping.

Opioids

Opioids occupy the second rung on the World Health Organization (WHO) analgesic ladder in the treatment of moderate to severe cancer pain and are commonly prescribed for postoperative pain, where they have been found to successfully treat both local and more generalized pain symptoms.

Despite the stigmas and fears of addiction associated with their use, when properly utilized by a knowledgeable physician, opioid analgesics successfully treat otherwise intractable pain. The potential role of opioids in the treatment of non-malignant acute low back pain is limited; reserved for those patients who have either failed to realize adequate pain relief from other medications such as NSAIDs plus or minus a muscle relaxant, or who have contraindications to the use of other analgesics.

For more information on medications feel free to contact the author: Dr. Dick Luttekes – http://www.philipsburgpharmacy.com/contact-me/

#3 – Cold/Heat therapy

Cold therapy can help reduce inflammation, muscle spasm, and pain. Cold therapy may be recommended immediately following a sprain or strain. Apply cold to your back using cold packs, ice cubes, iced towels or compresses, or take a cool bath.

Apply heat to your aching back by using a hot compress, a dry or moist heating pouch such as the Joint Heat Pouch, or hydrotherapy (hot bath). Heat therapy can help decrease muscle spasms, relax tense muscles, relieve pain, and can increase range of motion.

A good general rule if you are unsure whether heat or cold would be better is – does it make your back feel better when you apply it? If you feel better then it is working. Remember, never apply cold or heat/hot therapies directly on your skin – wrap it in a towel first.

#4 – Massage

Massage is a popular therapy that can help relieve muscle tension, spasms, inflammation, aches, stiffness, and pain. It can also help improve circulation, flexibility, and range of motion. Massage can be administered by a professional (massage therapist) or you can give yourself a mini-massage using hand-held massagers that can help increase blood flow and relieve pain.

#5 – See Your Doctor or Chiropractor

The most important thing to remember about periodic bouts of back pain is that if they occur more and more frequently, increase in duration (more than a few days), or the pain starts to interfere with your usual activities, this indicates that it is time to see your doctor or consult your Chiropractor. It could be more than just a minor strain.

The good news is that most back problems can be treated with non-surgical methods. Back problems that go untreated may get worse and could become a cause for serious health consequences.

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Non-Invasive Endermologie Available on Amelia Island

Endermologie Now Available on Amelia Island

Endermologie Now Available on Amelia Island

Endermologie is a FDA approved technology that effectively and temporarily reduces the appearance of cellulite. This treatment is now available on Amelia Island at Fine Endermologie, located at 2382 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach.

This non-surgical approach not only helps eliminate the unfavorable appearance of cellulite, it also increases circulation and relieves minor muscle aches, pains and spasms. Cellulite is the bumpy appearance of locked up toxins and water under the deep layers of your skin. Weight gain, hormonal changes and genetics cause this cottage cheese effect that is resistant to weight loss and exercise, so when Mother Nature needs a little help giving your skin a smoother appearance, Endermologie may give you the results you are looking for.

Unlike lotions and potions, Endermologie uses suction and motorized vibrators to manipulate and massage the underlying tissues of the skin increasing circulation and permitting the exchange of fluid and clearance of fat. Drinking water is recommended surrounding treatment sessions to help flush the excess waste from your system. Results vary from person to person, but for those looking for a non-surgical boost of their skin’s appearance, this may be the answer for you.

This procedure works best for patients who work out regularly and are fit or only a few pounds overweight. Some people find there is a little discomfort associated with the very deep tissue massage, but most find the results are well worth it. You work hard to maintain a good appearance with physical activity and a healthy diet and lifestyle, now you can enjoy a relaxing and non-invasive way to smoother skin without leaving Fernandina Beach. Give Susan Fine a call at (904) 703-4026 and let her tell you more about her services.

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My Mother Lost Her Best Friend to Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon

Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon

My mother lost her best friend, Connie, to breast cancer. Connie and Mom were best friends since grade school. They endured the challenges of middle school hormones and first high school loves together. Mom married a military man and moved from their hometown, but the two never lost touch. They shared life’s experiences no matter the mileage. There were divorces, weddings, grandchildren and death. Every visit to Grandma’s included a trip to Connie’s home. I remember she collected Santa Clause figurines. She must have had a thousand on display during the holidays.

Her daughter and I became friends. Dawn and I graduated from the same high school our mothers had attended when my mother moved our family back to her Southern Indiana home.

Connie always had a joke that was just on the edge of my maturity level, and Mom never hesitated letting her tell them to me. She had a hearty laugh that never faded away, even when her hair did. A single mother of four, Connie was unstoppable. She handled the side effects of treatments and the emotional issues of a double mastectomy like no one should ever have to endure. For several years she was healthy, but then the cancer returned.

Without chasing dreams of living to a ripe old age, she chose to live her life instead, to the fullest. Mom and Connie decided to travel to Europe with full intentions of embracing the stereotypical American Woman ideal held by many across the pond. They held up Bic lighters when they needed service at bars, ordered buttermilk and cornbread at restaurants, dressed to the nines for every excursion and laughed so much their faces hurt. It was their trip, and in their minds they were still in saddle oxfords and poodle skirts. They forgot the loved ones lost at war, the death of parents and the antics of their own children facing adulthood and lived every day of their two week vacation in the moment. This was about two women choosing to take the world by its horns and riding well more than their 8 seconds.

Connie was no more immortal than the rest of us, though to me she was always larger than life. My mother attends as many awareness and fundraising activities as she can. She always lights a candle in Connie’s honor, distributes pink ribbons and makes homemade crafts for fundraisers; she also hassles every women she knows to stay current with their mammograms.

No one ever knew my mother like Connie did, and I can see in her eyes how painfully she misses her best friend. When Connie died, some of my mother’s youthful spirit died with her. I am thankful everyday to have witnessed their friendship, their faith and their strength… I share their story with my own daughters, and with you.

‚ÄúA Friend Is Like A Good Bra…
Hard to find, supportive, comfortable, always lifts you up, never lets you down or leaves you hanging and is always close to your heart!”
Author Unknown

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Avoiding the Flu

how_to_washOk so we’ve all heard all the bad things that have been circulating around the past 6 months; Bird flu, Swine flu and more.  Now hearing about the flu season is really nothing new to any of us.  Every year we’re all encouraged to get that dreaded flu shot that is suppose to make things all better and keep you flu safe.   There are still 30,000 Americans that die from the regular flu season every year, and now with these unique strains with cool names, we could all be in for a really tough winter.

Recently I was informed that the Swine flu, or H1N1 strain, has a vaccine available and could be available for emergency care workers by the end of this month and available to the general public shortly after that.

This is great news for us all and hopefully could be the beginning of the end for this dreaded virus.  Having said that, we are still faced with no protection for the time being.  Even after the vaccine is made available taking the proper precautions to keep ourselves healthy is everyone’s responsibility.

It was said however that you could greatly reduce your chances of catching all the flu’s if each of us did just a few simple things through the day.  Start with the basics; wash your hands all throughout the day.  Areas like public restrooms, door handles, telephones and more can be breeding grounds for the flu virus for up to six hours.  In addition to the washing, keep a bottle of the alcohol disinfectant on your person to be used when there is no water or soap available.

Next, use caution when in contact with couches, chairs or beds,¬†¬†they too¬†are perfect havens for these types of germs.¬† If you must share items such as these, generously spray them with a disinfectant such as Lysol and let them air out.¬† If you have knowledge that an infected person has used them in the past few days please keep in mind that the flu takes up to three days for a person infected to show any signs.¬† Finally, don‚Äôt wait to get the regular flu shot.¬† Although not designed to handle the H1N1 strain it is still a great defense against all the winter flu’s.

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People Live Longer when the Economy Goes South

Who could figure?

Who could figure?

According to a pair of researchers from the University of Michigan, a depression does more for longevity than diet or exercise. Life expectancy during the worst years of the Great Depression increased from 57.1 years in 1929 to 63.3 years in 1933, says the report by Jose A. Tapia Granados and Ana Diez Roux.

It didn’t matter whether you were a man or a woman, black or white. It didn’t matter if you were in the US during the Great Depression or in Spain, Japan or Sweden during their economic downturns. The results were the same.

By contrast, life expectancy declined during the boom years. For most age groups, “mortality tended to peak during years of strong economic expansion (such as 1923, 1926, 1929 and 1936-1937),” they wrote in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

Conventional wisdom holds that recessions are times of stress. People do not eat as well. They skip medical check-ups. They should drop dead earlier. Instead, they live longer. Perhaps it is because the economy slows down, allowing people to live at a more comfortable pace. Maybe the unemployed get more sleep. I don’t know. But if you want to live an extra six years, nothing works like a slump. When it comes to economic health too, nothing beats a depression.

Americans are saving again. They are rebuilding their balance sheets and eventually, their economies. They can even look forward to living longer… and with a little more bad luck, maybe their moron economists will wise up too.

Guess what living on an island like Amelia, we all may soon turn into Blue Zone www.bluezones.com centenarians.

Americans were once damned by good fortune, they are now blessed by bad luck.

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How to Properly Handle Stress

How to Handle Stress

How to Handle Stress

Everyone experiences stress at times – adults, teens, and even kids. Stress is the body’s way of reacting to meet tough situations. Working properly, the body’s stress response enhances a person’s ability to perform well under pressure. For some people, stress is preparing for the holidays (yeah, they are coming!), a visit from the in-laws, or a trip to the dentist for a root canal. For others, it‚Äôs paying bills or stewing in traffic. Stress, in short, is everywhere you turn.

So what can you do? You can learn how to handle your reactions to the stresses in your life. Here are some examples:

Adjust your attitude.
According to researchers, you can better cope with stress by focusing on three ideas: challenge, control, and commitment.
o Try to interpret stressful situations as challenges, not as threats.
o Determine what you can control. Sometimes the only thing you will be able to control in a stressful situation is the way you respond, but that’s a start.
o Make a commitment to be good to yourself by eating healthy, thinking positively, and maintaining relationships with people you care about.

Learn to problem solve.
Try to think through difficult situations systematically.
o Break problems into smaller pieces to make them less overwhelming.
o Focus on problems that really need your attention, and leave the rest.
o Know your limits.
o Learn to be flexible.
o Be realistic about your choices.

Communicate.
Keeping your troubles inside only adds to stress. Find someone safe to talk to about your worries; it will reduce stress and help you deal with practical problems. If you have a chronic medical condition, participate in a support group.

Exercise.
Regular exercise reduces stress. It helps protect the cardiovascular and immune systems from the consequences of stressful events. Whether it’s swimming, walking or another form of exercise, find time to do the activity on a regular basis.

Take control of your diet and your sleep.
It’s hard to do, but if you eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet and get a good night’s sleep, you’ll have more energy to cope with stress. And if you’re tired and cranky, you’ll be more susceptible to stress-related ailments.

Do something for others.
Volunteering for a worthy cause can be a great experience. It also can help you forget about your own problems and increase your self-esteem.

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