Making Changes With Vision Therapy

When my daughter began having academic problems in school and acting out, I knew that something wasn’t right. Her teachers wanted me to put her on ADD medications, but I didn’t think that that was the right course for us. I had serious doubts that ADD was what was causing her problems.

I took her to several different specialists before discovering that her issues in school were actually do to a visual processing problem. The doctor recommended vision therapy, not medication, to help correct the problem and get her back on track. The exercises are really starting to pay off, and she’s showing great improvement.

Your Urine Is Pink After Thanksgiving: What Is Happening?

Thanksgiving is a great time to get together with family and have some delicious food. Unfortunately, you’ve noticed your urine take on a pink color after your family dinner. What is happening here and is it a serious problem? Beets Can Make Urine Pink There’s a good chance that some of the foods you ate might be staining your urine. Beets and other very red foods often cause your urine to take on a unique color. This is so common when eating beets that a condition known as beeturia has been identified and named by medical experts. The exact color will vary, but it is typically pink to dark red. If you ate beets at your Thanksgiving dinner, there’s a good chance beeturia might be the culprit. Your pink or red urine should pass in a few days and return it to its normal yellow or clear color. However, if it persists longer than a week, you might have a health problem. If The Color Doesn’t Go Away, It May Be Blood Unfortunately, continually pink urine might indicate a more serious influence: blood. This condition, known as hematuria, isn’t necessarily an immediate problem. Typically, blood in the urine originates in either the kidney, the bladder, the urethra, or the ureters. It may be caused by overeating or drinking too much liquids on Thanksgiving, which can cause temporary damage to these areas of the body. However, it could also be a sign of a more serious problem. This is especially true if pain accompanies urination. If this pain continues to increase in severity over a period of time, there’s a...

Anaerobic Exercise Can Help Busy People Burn Fat

As we age and become more sedentary, it is really easy to put on a lot of fat weight. That said, there are multiple ways that you can lose weight if you’re a busy person. One of the best ways is anaerobic exercise. If you work in an office and are looking to lose fat, consider this approach. The Differences Between Aerobic And Anaerobic Exercise Aerobic exercise is the type that requires the use of regular intake of oxygen. Examples of this include long-distance jogs, competing in most sporting events, and other low-intensity exercises. Anaerobic exercises are higher in intensity and don’t require a regular intake of oxygen. They generally include sprints, stretches, and weight lifting. Both of these types of exercises will burn calories, so it’s not a bad idea to perform both. However, the maximum effect of aerobic exercises often take a long time to come into effect due to their low intensity. Anaerobic exercises are often better for fat loss because they can be done more quickly. Anaerobic Exercises Can Burn A Lot Of Fat Contrary to popular exercise myths, anaerobic exercises may be more effective at burning both fat and carbs from your body. This is especially true if you’re able to work anaerobically for a relatively extended period of time, such as five to 10 minutes. Any longer and you’re likely to wear out your body and suffer from exercise fatigue. Another nice benefit of anaerobic exercise is that it causes a state of post-exercise oxygen consumption. What this means is that your body will consume oxygen at a higher level to replace the...

Calming Down: Natural Treatments For Anxiety

Anxiety isn’t the niche diagnosis it used to be, nor it is just a term for when you’re feeling stressed out – clinical anxiety is a real, present mental illness, with 18.1 percent of the United States’ population having been diagnosed with it. But if the medicines and prescriptions your doctor gave you just aren’t enough – or if you don’t have the time, money, or inclination to visit the doctor – then it’s understandable that you’d turn to natural cures and treatments for this pervasive illness. So if you’re looking for a few natural treatments for anxiety disorders, then here’s what you need to know. Soak ‘n’ Smell Anxiety can cause you to tense up, making you feel stiff and sore, which can cause you to feel even more anxious. To combat this, try combining the luxury of a bath with the healing power of aromatherapy. A walk-in tub is the best vehicle for this treatment, as it usually contains little bonuses like an ergonomic seat, soothing jets, and temperature control that can help your bath to be even more relaxing. Talk with suppliers like Twin City Stair Lifts about different options for your tub. Your aromatherapy comes in at this point; combine three or four drops each of lavender, jasmine, and clary sage essential oils into the bathwater while it’s running and enjoy the calming scents wash over you. Each one of these oils are routinely used to help calm your mind and help rid you of anxiety, and using them all together will help you to get to a calm place more quickly and for longer....

The Pain In PMS: Natural Remedies For Period-Caused Back Pain

In general, when considering the pain that comes with your menstrual period, it’s easy to focus in on the cramps and forget everything else exists. However, for many women, the cramps are nothing in comparison to the lower back pain that can hang around before, during, and after your period; if you don’t want to pop a bunch of over-the-counter painkillers – or if you have and you’ve still got pain – then it can be hard to find a pain management remedy for this uncomfortable fact of your period. So if you’re looking for a few natural remedies for lower back pain caused by your period, then here’s what you need to know. Chamomile Known to prevent muscle spasms and contractions, chamomile tea is the perfect, feel-good natural remedy for lower back pain during your period. While you should keep your consumption to a moderate amount each day (somewhere between three to five cups is generally considered the limit), chamomile tea is perfect for soothing pain both via its heat (which can calm muscle pains) and its anti-contraction properties. If you’re not a fan of the taste, you can also get your chamomile in capsules, available at most local health stores and some supermarkets in the supplement aisle. White Willow Bark Possibly the most famous and the most popular of all natural lower back pain remedies (it was used by both the Greeks and the indigenous peoples in America for this purpose), white willow bark is basically like a natural form of aspirin (due to its active ingredient salicin, which is an aspirin-like substance), helping to cut down...

Use Natural Ingredients To Treat Reflux Disease

Liquid contents back up into your esophagus, and there’s an acidic taste to the contents. This condition is known as acid reflux disease and is also referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The backed-up ingredients include pepsins and other acids that are harmful to you. Bile from your bile duct may also be in the mix. All of these ingredients irritate the sensitive lining of your esophagus to create heartburn and other discomforting symptoms. Fortunately, you can use some natural ingredients to treat reflux disease. Eat An Apple Before Meals For Sensitive Stomach If you have a sensitive stomach that pointedly becomes upset and results in reflux disease when you eat a variety of foods, your best bet is to eat an apple 30 minutes before you get ready to have any meal. If you forget to consume the apple before eating your meal, don’t panic. Simply eat an apple following the meal. The apple contains alkaline minerals, such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium, that prevent acid reflux disease from developing in both instances. Ginger Is An Effective Acid Refllux Buster Ginger root capsules are available in health food stores. However, fresh ginger root sold at your local grocery market is even better. This product comes to you straight from the ground, and its potency is an effective treatment for reflux disease. Just brew it as you would any tea and then drink it when you experience a bout of GERD following your meal. It is an effective antacid. If you live in a state that enjoys an abundance of sunshine, do yourself a favor and plant your...

Extreme Swings In Blood Glucose Levels May Indicate Brittle Diabetes

Blood sugar control is essential for staving off the negative effects diabetes can have on the body. Despite a person’s best efforts, though, sometimes glucose levels can swing wildly out of control, leading to hyper- or hypoglycemia. If you’re doing everything you can to keep your blood sugar in check, but your numbers just won’t stabilize, you could have brittle diabetes. Here’s more information about this condition. Cause of Brittle Diabetes Brittle diabetes is a rare subtype of Type 1 diabetes, occurring in only 2.9 per 1,000 people with Type 1. It’s often described as being similar to uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes. People experience frequent, extreme swings in their blood sugar levels despite any lifestyle changes they’ve made or medication they may be taking. This condition can be caused by a number of things and may actually be a symptom of an overarching problem in the body. For instance, the wild swings could be an indicator of gastroparesis, a condition where the stomach delays emptying its content into the intestines. This, in turn, can slow the rate at which glucose enters the bloodstream, leading to low blood sugar levels in the process. Brittle diabetes could also indicate a person’s body is not absorbing or utilizing insulin the way it should be. This could be because the dose is too low or the medication itself has gone bad. The person may have hormone issues that are interfering with insulin’s effectiveness. For example, cortisol—a hormone released in times of stress—has been known to increase blood sugar levels and make cells insulin-resistant while it’s active in the body. Which leads in to...

2 Natural Smoothies To Enjoy After Your Gastric Balloon Procedure

If you are looking for a procedure that is less invasive than liposuction, then you may consider nonsurgical weight loss methods like a gastric balloon procedure. This procedure involves placing a balloon inside your stomach to take up extra space. This allows you to feel full faster and will prevent you from eating more than you usually do. As you begin to reduce your calorie intake, you will also lose weight. After the gastric balloon is inserted, it is important to stick to a liquid diet. This will help to protect the balloon and will give you a chance to get acclimated to the device. Coming up with fulfilling liquid meals can be a challenge. Luckily, there are a few natural smoothies that you can enjoy immediately after your procedure. Papaya and Spinach Smoothie While the point of wearing a gastric balloon is to lose weight, you still want to ensure that your body gets the nutrients and vitamins that it needs to remain healthy. This can be done with the help of a papaya and spinach smoothie. Papaya is chalked full of vitamins including vitamin C and B vitamins. Papaya is also good for protecting against any inflammation that you may experience after the procedure. In addition, spinach is considered to be a superfood. The vegetable is full of vitamins and antioxidants that will help to strengthen your body throughout the day. To make your smoothie, remove seeds from half a papaya and add it to a blender along with a handful of spinach. Add one banana to offset the taste of the spinach along with a cup...

3 Medical Conditions That Can Be Improved With Cannabis Oil

As marijuana usage becomes more and more acceptable and even becoming legal in some states, many people are starting to use it for medicinal purposes. As it is not legal everywhere, though, some people are reluctant to use regular marijuana. For this reason, cannabis oil is the better choice as it doesn’t get you “high,” it is legal in sixteen states and counting, and the other components are highly unlikely to come up in a drug test. Here are three medical conditions that are showing promising results when treated with cannabis oil. Anxiety and Depression There are over 80 different compounds in cannabis, which are called cannabinoids. These compounds work by seeking out the brain receptors that correspond to the chemicals the body naturally produces. Different cannabis strains are bred specifically to affect specific areas of the body. If you suffer from chronic anxiety or depression, seek a cannabis oil strain that has high levels of the compound cannabidiol. This compound has anti-spasm, anti-inflammation, analgesic, and anti-anxiety effects in the body. Cannabidiol is quite effectively used for alleviating restlessness, agitation, and anxiety. In fact, before cannabis was banned, it was used for centuries as a tonic for nervousness and “hysteria.” Eye Health Glaucoma is a serious condition that can lead to blindness. It is caused by excess pressure in the eye fluids, pressing on the optic nerve, which relays sight to the brain. Macular degeneration is an incurable condition that also leads to eventual blindness. The center part of the retina deteriorates, causing the sufferer to see a large black spot instead of what they are trying to focus on....

Factors to Help You Decide If You Should Get a Shingles Vaccination

If you’ve ever known someone who has had shingles, you may wonder what you can do to avoid having to go through this health problem. Well, there is one thing that could help, and it’s called a shingles vaccination. This vaccine is designed to help prevent you from getting this horrible skin rash, but it is not for everyone. Here are a few things you should know that may help you decide if it is right for you. Your age The shingles is a painful rash that typically lasts for three to five weeks, and anyone that has had chickenpox at any time in their life is at risk for developing shingles. Today, doctors issue chickenpox vaccinations to most children. Anyone who receives the appropriate number of chickenpox vaccinations will probably never contract shingles. It’s important to realize that getting the shingles vaccination might be a good idea even if you do not think you have ever had chickenpox. This vaccination will not harm you in any way in this situation. If you are at least 60 years old, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting this vaccination. This is primarily because people are at the highest risk for developing shingles when they reach this age. You can, however, get the vaccination sooner if you would like. It’s important to realize that this vaccination does not stop your chances of getting the shingles by 100%, but it does reduce the risk that you will acquire this rash. Your health The second factor to consider when making the decision whether or not to get the shingles vaccination is...

Out-of-the-Ordinary Outpatient Physical Therapy

Outpatient physical therapy (OPT) is more than just sending a physical therapist to perform an exercise that you must in the future perform yourself. Outpatient PT provides specialized programs for patients with debilitating conditions that prevent them from walking or doing things for themselves. What are these conditions, and how can you benefit from the programs designed for people with your condition? You can obtain out-of-the-ordinary outpatient physical therapy. OPT for Parkinson’s Disease Patients The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program is a 4-week outpatient treatment program that’s designed to improve your movement patterns if you suffer from Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. Emphasis is placed on your balance, walking, and overall quality of life and functioning. The LSVT program reportedly targets instant post-treatment improvement while working at the same time to enhance your developmental maintenance skills as a long-term goal. R.E.A.C.H Program for Parkinson’s Disease Patients You can also benefit from a Fit-For-Life Range Exercise And Cardiovascular Health (R.E.A.C.H) program when you’ve been diagnosed as a Parkinson’s disease patient. Industry experts advise that you must have graduated from the LSVT program in order to participate in R.E.A.C.H. The latter program allows you to participate in full-body exercise and cardiovascular training within a group setting. Aquatic Therapy Aquatic therapy harnesses the physical properties of water to assist you in your healing by providing muscle relaxation. So if you suffer from muscle spasms and back pain, aquatic therapy offers buoyancy, viscosity, and hydrostatic pressure to therapeutically help your healing process. This therapy also increases blood flow in your blood vessels, and this makes blood rush to injured areas in...
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