It is a fact of life that everyone has times in their life when things are not as good as they could be, times when people feel down and miserable. For most of us however, times such as these are transient, periods that we quickly come through before emerging from the dark times and into the light of ‘normality’ once again.
For a significant (and growing) number of people, their reality is unfortunately not like this. It is one where the dark times represent the norm, because they suffer varying degrees of unhappiness and anguish on an almost daily basis, and just getting through each day is a significant challenge for them.
The degree to which people can feel this way differs from person to person, but for those who suffer the most, genuine depression is the reality of the life that they face every day.
There are many support services for Depression, just web search in your local area. Here are links to 3 we have in Australia
Beyond Blue Support Service
Last year more than 150,000 people in Australia contacted Beyond about their concerns – both big and small – and you can too. All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential. Although we may ask for your first name and some general details, you can let us know if you’d like to remain anonymous.
See link contact details: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support
Pleural mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that forms in the lining around the lungs. It is the most common type of the disease, accounting for about 75 percent of mesothelioma cases. Treating pleural mesothelioma at an earlier stage improves prognosis.
Asbestos exposure is the main cause of pleural mesothelioma. The heavier the asbestos exposure and the longer a person is exposed throughout their lifetime, the higher the risk for mesothelioma.
Occupational Asbestos Exposure
Up until the 1980s, many workers sustained long-term, high-dose asbestos exposures in occupations at contaminated worksites such as refineries, construction sites and power plants. These types of longer-term asbestos exposure placed these employees at risk for developing pleural mesothelioma.
What Are the Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma?
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may be mistaken for less serious conditions. This makes them easy to ignore or misdiagnose. Early symptoms include wheezing, coughing, nonspecific chest pain and shortness of breath with physical exertion.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating
Research shows that about 4% of the population has symptoms which are typical to hyperhidrosis. The symptoms which include sweaty face, hands, feet and palms can be a reason of embarrassment and social issues. Everyday existence can be challenging for a person suffering from this condition and physical proximity could be challenging. Yet, this condition can be cured and all these issues can be easily avoided.
What causes Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperdidrosis is a medical condition that needs serious and focused handling and it will not go away if you think that it is something that can be ignored.
The hypothalamus – a part of the brain – is responsible for all sweat related functions. The sweat glands, which are responsible for producing sweat, are triggered by the hypothalamus which sends signals to it via nerves. In normal circumstances, a person would sweat when there is warmth or when the person undergoes any physical activity. As opposed to this, the sweat glands of a person suffering from hyperhidrosis produces surplus of sweat always.
Types of Hyperhidrosis
There are two main categories into which hyperhidrosis can be divided into – primary hyperhidrosis or focal hyperhidrosis and secondary or generalized hyperhidrosis.
Primary or Focal Hyperhidrosis. Suffers of primary or focal hyperhidrosis complain of excessive sweating around the arm area, hands, feet and even the face. This kind of hyperhidrosis is triggered by problems in the nervous system, hence the sweat glands end up producing excessive sweat.
Secondary of Generalized Hyperhidrosis. As the name suggests, this kind of hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating across the whole body. This condition results from some health conditions such as metabolic disorders, neurological disorders and menopause.
Although primarily a physical burden, hyperhidrosis can deteriorate quality of life from a psychological, emotional, and social perspective. It has been called by some ‘the silent handicap’.
How to treat hyperhidrosis?
The good news is that hyperhidrosis can be treated. Simple lifestyle changes like using antiperspirants , wearing comfortable and loose clothing, avoiding clothing like nylon, lycra and a diet which excludes spicy food can cure mild cases of hyperhidrosis. Keeping yourself clean and following simple hygiene norms can offer respite to the condition.
The odds change however if a person is suffering from severe hyperhidrosis. This happens when a person is sweating excessively. One common treatment process is electrical stimulation or Iontophoresis which consists of approximately four sessions per week and a maintenance treatment every four weeks. This treatment albeit has its limitations.
Botox injections – which is considered as a treatment might be successful in reducing armpit sweating. Botox simply stops the sweat glands form producing sweat and hence less sweat but it comes with associate side effects like freezing muscles in the injected area. And since the effect wears off in a few hours making the treatment repetitive.
Besides these two treatment options surgery and medication can also be considered and the best option can only be decided upon consultation with a doctor.
A long-term solution for hyperhidrosis should address the internal causes of excessive sweating by tackling all hyperhidrosis contributing factors. Only by controlling the nutritional, hormonal, psychological and environmental triggers of hyperhidrosis, using a multidimensional and holistic approach to healing you can reverse the “internal excessive sweating environment”- the only, safe, natural and effective way you could ever achieve lasting hyperhidrosis freedom.
This article is based on the book, “Sweat Miracle” by Miles Dawson, a real hyperhidrosis sufferer. Miles is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated his life to creating the ultimate Hyperhidrosis solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root cause of excessive sweating and naturally and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life, without the use prescription medication and without any surgical procedures.
Every 65 seconds a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease— that means more than 5 million Americans over the age of 65 live with this devastating disease. These seniors, and their families, are managing care for a chronic condition that can be moderate or severe, and progresses over time. That’s why there is such a high emotional cost with Alzheimer’s — and a high financial cost, too. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association reports that for all people diagnosed in the U.S., the disease costs an estimated $277 billion a year. More than $60 billion of that comes directly out of the pockets of patients.
Many individuals pay an annual average of $56,800 for the treatment and care associated with Alzheimer’s. Medicare or private insurance covers about 40 percent of those costs, which leaves people struggling to cover the remaining 60 percent. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, things might seem frightening or hopeless, wondering how you’ll deal with the cost of care. It’s important you talk to your family, insurance plan and healthcare provider, but, in the meantime, here are a few ideas about ways you can cover that 60 percent without sacrificing the quality of your care.
Medicare Advantage Plans: If you are relying solely on traditional Medicare to help with Alzheimer’s costs, you might be footing the bill for a lot of services. For instance, there are gaps in coverage when it comes to prescription drugs, in-home care and rehabilitative services. Be clear on what your plan does and does not cover so you can look into supplemental plans that offer more assistance.
Tap into Your Equity: After a lifetime of living and working, you have assets you can dip into to help cover the cost of unexpected expenses that can pop up with Alzheimer’s care. For example, you can sell a life insurance policy, cash out a 401k or take out a reverse mortgage on your home. We’ve all heard horror stories associated with reverse mortgages, which is why it’s critical you do thorough research to find trustworthy and reputable reverse mortgage lenders that can assist you with the process.
End-of-Life Insurance Options: It’s not uncommon for bills and debt to pile up while managing Alzheimer’s care; something you don’t want to leave behind for your family to deal with. You can purchase additional insurance to help protect their financial future. For instance, burial insurance can not only cover the cost of funeral arrangements, but many options even cover other outstanding debt.
Government Assistance: In most cases, Alzheimer’s disease qualifies as a disability, which means you may qualify for government assistance programs like Supplemental Security Income or, for those under 65, Social Security Disability Income. Many states also offer caregiver support programs to help offset the costs of hiring in-home help.
Clinical Trials: Participating in a clinical trial is a personal decision that not everyone is ready to make. Since Alzheimer’s is a degenerative cognitive disorder, a person in a more severe version of the disease may not be ethically able to clearly make a decision. However, for those that can, and do, clinical trials can provide people with low or no cost access to leading healthcare facilities. Plus you’ll be contributing to the future of Alzheimer’s care. There are a lot of risks and side effects to consider, so be sure to weigh your options.
Right now, you might be feeling overwhelmed and alone. Navigating the complex world of planning and paying for Alzheimer’s care can be hard, but it is not impossible. Whether trying to find coverage for yourself or a family member, there are options out there that can make good care much more accessible.
Understand common sleep problems seniors face and how to treat them
There’s a common misconception that your sleep matters less as you age, but in fact, the inverse is true. No matter where you lie on the age spectrum you should be conscious of improving your sleeping habits for your holistic health.
For older adults, this is especially true. Your sleeping habits will naturally change as you age, so it’s important that you remain aware of those shifts and understand the best ways to protect your sleep quality.
Seniors may experience changes in becoming more sleepy during the day, being ready for bed earlier in the evenings, waking up earlier, or having trouble achieving deep sleep. Although these changes can be normal, suffering from disturbed sleeping patterns or other symptoms of insomnia are issues that should not be dismissed as a side effect of aging.
If you’re overwhelmed by the Cost of Alzheimer’s Care, you’re far from alone. There are roughly 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that affects their friends and family members struggling to give them the care they need as the patient struggles with memory loss and confusion.
There is help available, but it comes with a large price tag, as assisted-living costs have risen to more than $3,500 per month on average. Even the less-expensive options require careful planning, and those are only viable in the early stages of the condition. You’re in for a battle, though there are ways to ensure your loved one is looked after well into their golden years.
Research Cost-Effective Options
It’s often possible to save money by exploring home care, though this isn’t always possible during the later stages of the disease. To determine whether it’s cheaper, the researchers at Paying for Senior Care have developed a calculator to put an accurate price on total services based on factors including the number hours of medical and personal assistance required per week — as as well as rent, utilities, and food — all of which can be added up and compared with the cost of assisted-living facilities in your area.
Find the Right Caregivers
To choose a quality home care provider, begin by taking referrals from the patient’s doctor as well as friends and family. Once you’ve found individuals or agencies that offer the services you need, check their qualifications and interview the caregivers to gauge their level of experience and whether they’re the right fit. Another decisive factor is how innovative the caregivers are in their use of communication and monitoring technology. You’ll need to make similar inquiries when choosing an assisted-living or memory care facility.
Tap Savings and Investments
One way to pay for these services is by paying the money yourself out of savings and investments. As for the latter, there are a number of strategies that offer relatively low risk with steady returns over the long term. A writer with CNN Money recommends a balanced and diversified approach by putting your money in a total US stock market index fund and a total US bond market index fund. The payouts could cover retirement expenses as well as the care needed for Alzheimer’s, or at least help fill in the gaps.
Play the Insurance Game
The ideal policy would be long-term care insurance, but this is unavailable if the patient has already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. If that’s not the case, research plans while you have the chance. Other finance options via insurance include living benefits, which are payouts on life insurance while the policy-holder is still alive, with the money made available for medical expenses such as an assisted-living facility or nursing home.
Use Medicare and Related Programs
Medicare only covers skilled care for up to 100 days, but there are means of paying for long-term care. Medicaid covers a wide variety of custodial services but only for those who fall below a certain income threshold. It may help to enroll in Medicare Advantage Plans, which are offered by private insurers and are eligible for those enrolled in Medicare A and B; you can sign up over the phone, online, or via a form provided by a plan sponsor.
Contact Charitable Organizations
There are a number of charities that are ready to step in and offer help in addition to their fundraising activities to fund Alzheimer’s research. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, for example, provides a variety of social services, including support groups for caregivers and family members, while the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation dedicates its resources to physical therapy, brain fitness workshops, and caregiver support in Long Island, New York.
Though the going may be rough, being prepared mentally and financially will make living with Alzheimer’s disease a little easier. There will be time for you to enjoy with your loved one despite their condition, knowing they are getting the care they need.
It seems now more than ever that as a society we are getting sicker, and more stressed.
Despite overall improvements in living standards, and technological innovations we are not creating communities that allow people to thrive.
Something is going on that can perhaps be best summed up this way.
There’s been a radical shift in the way we eat due to industrialization of our food supply, we are exposed to an overwhelming amount of toxins, and for the most part family and community structures have broken down.
Along with overwhelming stress these factors are taking a serious toll on our emotional and physical health.
The thyroid is particularly vulnerable to disruption by toxic foods, industrial pollutants, and stress. In effect, this small fragile gland is the ‘canary in the coal mine’.
We need to find our way back, to finding a better way to live…and THRIVE.
It goes way beyond being just another diet eBook as it includes a lot of new information, including the real reasons WHY we are seeing an epidemic of thyroid disordersand combines a natural healing approach with the latest scientific research.