Posted on Leave a comment

National Wear Red Day 2020

Today is National Wear Red Day. You may have seen the ads and Facebook group showing women wearing bright red dresses or tops. The American Heart Association sponsors this day of awareness to help women learn how to prevent heart disease.

red dress

Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer of women and kills one in three. Women need to learn how heart disease may present itself differently in women than men. Research shows that 80% of heart disease can be prevented.

Go Red For Women has a wonderful website that is helpful to us all. We can learn the facts about cardiovascular disease and also ways to prevent heart disease and strokes.

It’s so important to have regular doctor exams to be screened for cardiovascular issues. Getting to the bottom of heart problems is not always easy, and regular exams are necessary. Women should also learn the signs of a heart attack or stroke: If you have any of these, you should call 911 and go to the hospital.

Heart Attack Signs:

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
red coat

Stroke Signs:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you’re ready to join in and wear red today, you can post your picture on the Go Red for Women facebook page.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Posted on Leave a comment

Glaucoma Awareness Month

elderly

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, which brings us to a time to share information about this disease that can take away vision. 3 million Americans have this disease and the numbers should increase by more than 50% in ten years. That sounds like a health crisis.

Awareness Month

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness. It sneaks up upon the victim, because there are no symptoms. A person can lose up to 40% of their vision before they even notice. Regular eye exams can help to preserve eyesight.

When you have an eye exam, the doctor can tell if you are in the early stages of Glaucoma. Medicated eye drops can prevent further damage and loss of vision. Sometimes surgery is the appropriate option. Once the vision is lost, it can’t be regained.

eye test

Vision loss is caused when the optic nerve is damaged. This is why it’s so important to have regular eye exams with comprehensive testing.

Because Glaucoma is difficult to diagnose, there are five tests that are commonly used. A comprehensive eye exam will include:

  • Tonometry – this checks the inner eye pressure
  • Ophthalmoscopy – this checks your optic nerve
  • Perimetry – this checks your field of vision
  • Gonioscopy – this checks whether the angle where the iris meets the cornea is open or closed.
  • Pachymetry – this checks to see the thickness of your cornea
elderly woman

High risk groups include people over 60, African Americans, and older Hispanics. You can learn more about this terrible disease at the Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. My posts are not meant to be medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Posted on Leave a comment

Coping With Chronic Pain As We Age

caregivers

As Chronic Illness patients get older, do they have an increase in pain levels? This question is important and the answers aren’t easy to find. But, whether or not the elderly feel pain more, less, or the same as younger patients, they still need ways to cope.

hands

What Research Tells Us

Studies have shown a variety of results and more research studies definitely need to focus on this problem.

The National Institutes of Health have provided this information in a study:

“Importantly, the prevalence of many common pain problems in humans tend to peak in mid-life and the majority of patients referred to pain clinics are between 40–60 years of age

A number of pain conditions emerge from those encountered with advancing age, including those associated with: (a) arthritis; (b) nerve injury; (c) visceral structures; (d) post-operative procedures; (e) stroke; and (f) musculoskeletal conditions. In many instances more than one of these conditions exist making it even more challenging to create a pre-clinical model reflecting the complexity of the human condition.

caregiver

In 2003 researchers at the National Aging Research Institute in Australia published an analysis of more than 50 studies that examined age differences in sensitivity to induced pain. They found definite evidence of an increase in pain threshold with advancing age.

Older people may expect to feel pain but they shouldn’t . They should seek treatment. Doctors usually start with Acetaminophen. The next pain killer is NSAIDs, but they shouldn’t be used by many older people with these disorders: Kidney Disease, Heart Failure, or a history of stomach ulcers.” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3565621/

 The American Geriatric Society recommends these treatments for moderate to severe pain: Opioids, muscle relaxers, and anti-depressants. Because older peoples body systems often don’t work well with these types of drugs, monitoring is necessary.

It’s harder to treat chronic pain in the elderly if they have cognitive impairment or other serious medical conditions. But, just as you would treat younger pain patients, the elderly should have a thorough health examination to find any underlying causes for the pain.

Multiple studies have shown that chronic pain in the elderly is under-treated. It can be difficult to assess the pain level if the patient has Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson Disease, or if they’ve had a stroke. Sometimes, practitioners utilize the Faces Scale or a Pain Thermometer where a patient can point to the level of pain that they feel.

It can be a problem if patients act out with inappropriate behavior and are given psychotropic medications, when they really need to be given pain medications instead. Consultant: Volume 52 – Issue 5 – May 2012

pharmacy

What Patients Need

The bottom line is that pain medication treatment is very complex, because of the many different medicines the elderly may already be taking. Adding pain medicine can change the ability of other prescriptions to work. Sometimes the change will be that the other medicines will have an increase in the risk of toxicity or reduce the efficacy. Patients should always take all their medications with them to every appointment.

Patients with chronic pain are much better off if they have a support system. A person who lives alone will have a harder time physically and emotionally. If a chronic pain patient lives alone there is a danger of what might happen during an emergency.

Of course, every person’s situation is different. The huge boomer population will have a very large variety of health and fitness abilities. Each person with chronic pain will need a unique plan to address their health and pain.

When patients are in pain they will have trouble with sleeping, their moods, and how much activity they will be able to participate in. The cycle of inactivity can actually make pain worse. It’s important for them to move: water therapy and chair exercise classes can be helpful.

Elderly pain patients should work closely with their general physician so that their medications can be closely monitored. The body processes drugs differently with aging. There may be less drug absorption.

Biofeedback can be a helpful coping mechanism for chronic pain patients. This can provide relaxation for patients who still have their memory. Another important way to cope is by having friends. Social time is important. Having a few friends can benefit the emotions and give them someone to share their health concerns.

caregivers

Many elderly pain patients also use the following coping options:

  • Prayer or Meditation
  • Doing something to change attention (watching funny movie)
  • Relaxation
  • Rehabilitation with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, etc.
  • Nerve blocks
  • Hot or Cold
  • Acupuncture
  • Friends or Support Groups

The main purpose of pain management is to help the elderly patient with chronic pain live a normal life. No matter how old a person is, they want to have a good life. Caregivers should look at the pros and cons of treatments. But, they also need to help patients with the small details that can bring a satisfying life as they cope with chronic pain.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. All information is my opinion and is not meant to be medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Posted on Leave a comment

2 New Free Health Seminars

lady
healthy girl

For those of you who like to learn in an in-depth way about health topics, I want to introduce you to two free upcoming online seminars. These seminars are free to watch online. You can watch them online when they are live or you can catch a replay of them during the encore weekend.

After that time (if you want them), they can be purchased for you to keep and watch and study them at your convenience. There is NO obligation to make any purchase. But, the Free online streaming is really free!

The first seminar is entitled: CBD Health Revolution. This seminar will discuss everything that you wanted to know about using CBD to benefit your health. CBD oil is not the same as smoking marijuana. It does not get you high in any way. But, it has shown benefits for many with chronic illnesses (especially epilepsy and MS).

The dates for the seminar is: January 13-19, 2020!

CBD DIY

Register now (through this link) and you’ll also receive a free ebook CBD Bath & Body. It will show you how to use CBD oil, essential oils, epsom salts, and botanicals in your bath and body treatments.

Health Means

The second upcoming seminar is The Fasting Lifestyle Summit. You’ve probably been reading a lot lately about how intermittent fasting is good for your health and weight. This summit will answer all your questions and more.

The Fasting Lifestyle Summit is held from January 27 through February 2, 2020.

The speakers will teach you how an effective fast includes a set of rules that “work” for you, as well as discipline amid your social events and relationships to make healthy choices — especially in regard to any specific health condition you’re trying to resolve or improve.

Register through this link and you’ll also receive an eBook entitled, Kitchen Talk: Simple, Easy Nutritious Recipes. There are also 8 more free ebooks to download.

Smoothies

Remember, these online talks are totally free. You can watch them live during the summit week or during the encore weekend. You will have an option later to purchase them to keep for your own benefit. Please enjoy the talks.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Posted on 4 Comments

How To Understand Mitochondrial Health

Mitochondrial Summit

When did you last check your mitochondrial health?

Dr. Jay Davidson’s wife, Heather, struggled with severe and chronic health issues her entire life: sinus scraping, multiple ablations on her heart, going into a coma and struggling with Lyme disease, parasites and heavy metals…

They spent a number of their years with different doctors and specialists, looking for the right person to tell them why she was so fatigued, having heart palpitations, couldn’t sleep and never had any energy. Each doctor told them something a little different

tired woman
Affiliate link included.

Then they’d try a new protocol. Sometimes, a little bit of progress… …maybe just enough to function for a few hours a day or go run some errands, but she was always careful to conserve her energy for fear of another crash. —

>>Dr. Jay has come to believe that your mitochondria are a MAJOR part of health and energy, join me at his Mitochondrial Summit (free & online)!

When Heather had a miscarriage, they discovered that her mitochondrial function was very low. This is when Dr. Jay started learning more about the importance of the mitochondria for vibrant health and wellness.

Mitochondrial health is one of the big missing links as to why people get sick… and stay sick. Your mitochondria convert nutrients from cells into energy, giving them the ability to carry out various functions, like growth, metabolism and cellular reproduction.

Mitochondrial Summit

When is the last time you paid attention to your mitochondrial health? In high school science class, your probably learned that the mitochondria are the “powerhouse of the cell,” but it’s much more complex than that. Truth is, the majority of us are walking around with less than ideal mitochondrial health, leading to fatigue and chronic illness.

When you support your mitochondria, you could influence such conditions as: + Alzheimer’s disease + Anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder + Cancer + Cardiovascular disease/atherosclerosis + CFIDS + Diabetes + Exercise intolerance and fatigue + Fibromyalgia and myofascial pain + Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease + Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease + Sarcopenia (loss of muscle) + Senescence (aging) —

>>Pay attention to your mitochondria when you attend this free, online event! Dr. Jay Davidson is here to help you by sharing his wisdom.

P.S. When you register for The Mitochondrial Summit, you’ll also gain access to Dr. Jay’s powerful eGuide, Mitochondria 101!

Posted on 6 Comments

How To Improve Gut Health With Seasonal Probiotics

Jetson
Jetson
Disclosure: Product provided for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Gut-Brain connection. Scientific research now backs this and with all of my health problems, I’m more than ready to take note of it. Finding a Probiotic that uses science is important to me. Jetson Probiotics uses the best research to produce Seasonal Probiotics to make sure that you have the bacteria needed for each time of year.

Jetson was founded by a guy named Stephan Weitz, who was diagnosed with MS. After trying all the medications, he decided to look for more. He worked with multiple practitioners to improve his health and was able to stop taking all the prescriptions.

Jetson logo

Since getting off of my prescriptions is now my goal, I’m really paying attention to this new company. Jetson is constantly researching, reading, and learning everything to bring you the very best probiotics.

Because I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, I have read many of the studies concerning what type of probiotics work best with my disorder. EDS is not my only disease or disorder, so I know that my overall health picture is very complex. Many of the disease symptoms overlap and some need contradictory types of treatments.

I was provided with a jar of probiotics to try. I was very happy to read the label, as it contains many different types of bacteria and strains. Most cheap probiotics seem to only have Lactobacillus acidophilus. Jetson provides the exact name and symbols. You’ll know exactly what is going into your body.

Immunity

The vegetarian capsules and natural ingredients are also:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Non GMO
  • Preservative Free
  • Allergan Free
  • They remain relatively unscathed for up to 2 hours in the harsh stomach acid environment (where other probiotics often die). They then dissolve quickly in the intestinal environment where the bugs get to work.

I had a great chance to test them out for the last few weeks. My major test was to take the probiotic on Thanksgiving. I can honestly say that I had no bloating at all after the big meal! That was a happy result.

Jetson offers the Seasonal Probiotics in a subscription style. The probiotics are formulated according to the four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. You can purchase them monthly, a 6 month prepaid subscription, or a 12 month prepaid subscription. You’ll save with the longer subscriptions.

Jetson Seasonal Probiotics

I think you’ll be pleased with the seasonal approach to probiotics.  They’re designed to meet the body’s specific needs each season of the year. I’m looking forward to improving my gut health with a seasonal probiotic subscription.

@2019, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and don’t provide medical advice. My opinions are my own and if you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.