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Cannabidiol is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments. Better known as CBD, it is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. It’s gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety.

Here are some health benefits of CBD oil that are backed by scientific evidence
  • Can help treat epilepsy
  • Can Relieve pain
  • Could reduce anxiety and depression
  • Can alleviate cancer related symptoms
  • May reduce acne
  • Could benefit heart health
  • Can alleviate headaches
  • May help people to quit smoking
  • May help people with Opioid addiction
  • May reduce inflammation and protect against or delay the development of type 1 diabetes.
  • Could help people in the early stages of Alzheimer's
  • Can help with Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease
  • Can help with sleep disorders
  • Can help with glaucoma
Due to the lack of FDA regulation for most CBD products, seek advice from a medical professional before determining the best dosage. There is an ever changing number of states that do not necessarily consider marijuana to be legal but have laws directly related to CBD oil. CBD based products come in many forms. Some can be mixed into different foods or drinks or taken with a pipette or dropper. Others are available in capsules or as a thick paste to be massaged into the skin Some products are available as sprays to be administered under the tongue. Recommended dosages vary between individuals, and depend on factors such as body weight, the concentration of the product, and the health issue.

Measles strikes another 60 75 Americans as outbreak surges to 764 839 cases, CDC reveals.

Measles have reappeared, particularly in close-knit and religious communities, and its rise trails growing anti-vaccination sentiments among Americans. Should the elderly worry about this? Should I? Let's investigate..Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus, and can be prevented with a vaccine. The good news is if you've already had measles, your body has built up its immune system to fight the infection, and you can't get measles again. Most people born or living in the United States before 1957 are immune to measles, simply because they've already had it.
Read more about this virus at Daily Mail
Symptoms Measles signs and symptoms appear around 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers on a red background found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek — also called Koplik's spots
  • A skin rash made up of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another
The infection occurs in sequential stages over a period of two to three weeks.
  • The first 10 to 14 days after you're infected, the measles virus incubates. You have no signs or symptoms of measles during this time.
  • Symptoms typically begins with a mild to moderate fever, often accompanied by a persistent cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis) and sore throat. This relatively mild illness may last two or three days.
  • Acute illness and rash consisting of small red spots, which may be slightly raised. Spots and bumps in tight clusters give the skin a splotchy red appearance. The face breaks out first.
  • Rash will spread down the arms and trunk, then over the thighs, lower legs and feet. Fever will rise, as high as 104 to 105.8 F . The measles rash gradually recedes, fading first from the face and last from the thighs and feet.
  • A person with measles can spread the virus to others for about eight days, starting four days before the rash appears and ending when the rash has been present for four days.

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ADHD

ATTENTION DEFICIENT DISORDER KNOWS NO BOUNDS AS IT CAN BE FOUND IN PEOPLE OF ALL AGES..

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • TROUBLE STAYING FOCUSED
  • TROUBLE ORGANIZING
  • TROUBLE FINISHING PROJECTS
  • EASILY DISTRACTED
  • LATE TO APPOINTMENTS
  • ON THE GO
  • IMPULSIVE
  • HYPERACTIVE

WAYS TO HELP:

  • FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS
  • MAKE LISTS
  • SET GOALS



ALZHEIMER'S

ALZHEIMER'S/DEMENTIA

YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR MIND WORK IN CONCERT WITH EACH OTHER. YOUR MIND IS YOU..."I'VE MADE UP MY MIND, I'M GOING TO TAKE A WALK NOW"...THEN THE MIND STARTS THE ACTION THRU THE BRAIN BY TURNING OFF THE TV, THEN PUTTING YOUR FEET ON THE FLOOR...AND GOING FOR IT.

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE IS A TYPE OF DEMENTIA THAT CAUSES PROBLEMS IN THE BRAIN WITH MEMORY, THINKING AND BEHAVIOR. IT IS A PROGRESSIVE DEGENERATIVE DISORDER THAT HAMPERS THE BRAIN'S NERVE CELLS. MEMORY IMPAIRMENT ISN'T ALWAYS THE FIRST SIGN...THE TYPE OF MEMORY PROBLEMS MAY VARY.

THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION IS A TRUSTED RESOURCE FOR RELIABLE INFORMATION, EDUCATION, REFERRAL AND SUPPORT TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE DISEASE.

24/7 HELPLINE: 800-272-3900

DEMENTIA, ALSO KNOWN AS SENILITY, IS A BROAD CATEGORY OF BRAIN DISEASES THAT CAUSE A LONG TERM AND OFTEN GRADUAL DECREASE IN THE ABILITY TO THINK AND REMEMBER THAT'S GREAT ENOUGH TO AFFECT A PERSON'S DAILY FUNCTIONING.

KEY PROBLEMS WITH THE BRAIN:

  • MEMORY LOSS
  • MENTAL DECLINE OR CONFUSION
  • DISORIENTATION
  • DECREASE IN MOTIVATION

WAYS TO EXERCISE THE MIND:

  • WORD GAMES
  • CROSSWORDS
  • MEMORY GAMES
  • JUGGLING
  • PLAYING CHESS
  • READING


EXPERIENCES SHARED



BACK

UPPER BACK PAIN CAN OCCUR BECAUSE OF TRAUMA OR SUDDEN INJURY, OR IT CAN OCCUR THROUGH STRAIN OR POOR POSTURE OVER TIME.

LOWER BACK PAIN IS THE MOST COMMON BACK PROBLEM MOST COMMONLY CAUSED BY IMPROPER LIFTING, ALONG WITH LIFTING TOO MUCH WEIGHT.

VERY IMPORTANT: WHEN LIFTING FROM GROUND LEVEL, YOU SHOUILD BEND AND USE YOUR KNEES...NOT YOUR BACK!

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • EXERCISE OFTEN
  • MAINTAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT
  • STAND UP STRAIGHT
  • AVOID HEAVY LIFTING
  • GET PLENTY OF CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D




CANCER

CANCER IS AN ABNORMAL GROWTH OF CELLS THAT CAN INVADE OR SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY. THESE CELLS FORM A MASS OR GROWTH CALLED TUMORS. NOT ALL TUMORS ARE CANCEROUS, BENIGN TUMORS DO NOT SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY. THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF CANCER.

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • BOWEL CHANGES
  • RECTAL BLEEDING
  • URINARY CHANGES
  • UNUSUAL COUGHING
  • LUMPS
  • BLOATING

WAYS TO HELP PREVENT CANCER:

  • DON'T SMOKE
  • LIMIT ALCOHOL
  • PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN
  • EXERCISE REGULARLY
  • EAT DIETS LOW IN FAT
  • EAT DIETS RICH IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES


EXPERIENCES SHARED



CRAMPS

CRAMPS ARE USUALLY BURST OF PAIN IN A CALF OR FOOT; (CONTRACTIONS OF MUSCLES); USUALLY AT NIGHT WHILE IN BED. GET OUT OF BED AND WALK AROUND A BIT...OR IF PAIN PERSIST, TRY A SPOONFUL OF MUSTARD.

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • PAIN IN CALF OR FOOT
  • INTENSE INVOLUNTARY CONTRACTIONS OF MUSCLES

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • STAY HYDRATED
  • SUPPLEMENT WITH VITAMIN E AND B COMPLEX
  • SUPPLEMENT WITH MAGNESIUM
  • WEAR PROPERLY FITTED SHOES
  • AVOID SITTING TOO LONG
  • LIMIT TIME STANDING ON CONCRETE
  • STRETCH OR MASSAGE MUSCLES



HAIR

WHITENING OR GRAYING OF THE HAIR USUALLY DEVELOPS GRADUALLY, IT MAY BE PATCHY OR IT MAY BE ALL OVER.

CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS:

  • HEREDITY
  • EMOTIONAL STRESS
  • POOR EATING HABITS
  • DRUGS

WAYS TO HELP WITH HAIR LOSS:

  • MANAGE STRESS
  • EAT PROTEIN
  • TAKE ZINC, VITAMIN E AND BIOTIN
  • EAT WALNUTS AND ALMONDS
  • EAT STRAWBERRIES AND RASPBERRIES.


 EXPERIENCES SHARED





KNEES

KNEE PAIN IS A COMMON PROBLEM WITH MANY CAUSES, FROM ACUTE INJURIES TO MEDICAL CONDITIONS.

SYMPTOMS OF KNEE PROBLEMS:

  • DIFFICULTY WALKING UP AND DOWN STAIRS
  • LOCKING OF THE KNEES
  • REDNESS AND SWELLING
  • INABILITY TO EXTEND KNEE
  • INABILITY TO BEAR WEIGHT

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • REST THE JOINTS
  • APPLY ICE
  • COMPRESS WITH BANDAGES
  • WALK ON SOFT SURFACES
  • LOSE WEIGHT


EXPERIENCES SHARED






FOR WOMEN:

WHEN IT COMES TO AGING, MOST OF US KNOW IT'S INEVITABLE.  HOWEVER,YOU DO HAVE CONTROL OVER WHETHER AGE IS ACCOMPANIED BY POOR HEALTH, SORE MUSCLES AND JOINTS, AND A QUICK-DIMINISHING APPEARANCE.

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO AGE GRACEFULLY... STAYING ACTIVE, EATING RIGHT, AND PROTECTING YOUR SKIN FROM SUN DAMAGE.

 TIPS FOR AGING GRACEFULLY:

  • GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
  • STAY HYDRATED
  • EAT A FREASH BALANCED DIET
  • QUIT SMOKING
  • WEAR SUN PROTECTION
  • EXERCISE REGULARLY
  • SKIP REFINED SUGAR
  • MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN
  • EAT GOOD FATS
  • BE POSITIVE

9 MEDICAL TESTS EVERY WOMAN NEEDS:

  • MAMMOGRAM
  • PAP TEST
  • ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (EKG)
  • SERUM FERRITIN TEST
  • LIPID PROFILE
  • FASTING PLASMA GLUCOSE TEST
  • SKIN CANCER SCREENING
  • VISION SCREENING

MENOPAUSE

MENOPAUSE IS DEFINED AS HAVING NO MENSTRUAL PERIOD FOR ONE YEAR, TYPICALLY OCCURRING IN LATE 40's OR EARLY 50's.
MENOPAUSE CAN CAUSE MANY CHANGES IN YOUR BODY. THE SYMPTOMS ARE THE RESULT OF A DECREASED PRODUCTION OF ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE IN YOUR OVARIES.
MENOPAUSE CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR OSTEOPOROSIS.

SYMPTOMS CAN INCLUDE:

TREATMENTS

  • HEALTHY DIET AND EXERCISE
  • MORE CALCIUM AND PROTEIN RICH FOODS
  • PRACTICE YOGA


EXPERIENCES SHARED


FOR MEN:

AS A MAN, YOU'VE SEEN YOUR BODY CHANGE WITH THE YEARS.  MAYBE YOU'VE PUT ON A FEW POUNDS, OR YOUR HAIRLINE MIGHT BE RECEDING.  UNDERSTANDING THE WAY YOUR BODY AGES CAN OPEN UP NEW WAYS TO LEAD A HEALTHIER, VITAL LIFE.

 SOME CHANGES TO BE AWARE OF:

  • FAT - MANY MEN START GAINING WEIGHT AFTER 30 - AS MALE HORMONES BEGIN TO DECLINE, YOU WILL LOSE MUSCLE MASS
  • HEART - BLOOD VESSELS AND ARTERIES BECOME LESS SUPPLE WITH TIME CAUSING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
  • PROSTATE - GROWS LARGER CAUSING URINATION PROBLEMS
  • PENIS - LIBIDO MAY DECLINE
  • SKIN - GET THINNER, MAKING YOU SENSITIVE TO THE COLD
  • HAIR - PATTERN BALDNESS

EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP AGE LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE:

  • GET MOVING
  • GET CALM
  • CHECK BLOOD PRESSURE AT HOME
  • EAT HEALTHY AND LOSE WEIGHT IF NEEDED
  • SLEEP TIGHT
  • CUT CAFFEINE, ALCOHOL, AND NICOTINE
EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP AGE HEALTHIER:
  • QUIT SMOKING
  • MANAGE STRESS
  • GET ENOUGH SLEEP
  • GET ADEQUATE AMOUNTS OF CALCIUM
  • GET ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF VITAMIN D
  • AVOID SUBSTANCE ABUSE
  • LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE


EXPERIENCES SHARED



Fun for Seniors

YOUR LOCAL SENIOR CENTER HAS MANY PROGRAMS AVAILABLE... IT'S LIKE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL.

MANY SENIORS HAVE SHOWN AN INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY. IT'S WORTH A PHONE CALL AND A POSSIBLE VISIT TO YOUR LOCAL SENIOR CENTER.

GET OFF THE COUCH AND START SOMETHING NEW:

  • COMPUTER LESSONS
  • MUSIC INTRUMENT LESSON
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
  • DANCE CLASS
  • JEWELRY MAKING
  • WOOD CARVING

SOME CLASSES CAN BE:

  • BILLIARDS
  • BOWLING
  • CARD PLAYING
  • DANCING
  • GOLFING
  • JAMMERS
  • KNITTING
  • PAINTING
  • VOLLEYBALL
  • YOGA
  • ZUMBA

PLAYING GAMES:

  • IMPROVES MEMORY
  • IMPROVES DEXTERITY
  • REDUCES STRESS

SOME FUN, EASY GAMES:

  • BACKGAMMON
  • BINGO
  • BOARD GAMES
  • CHECKERS
  • CHESS
  • DOMINOS
  • FARKLE
  • SKIP BO
  • TIC TAC TOE
  • TRIVIA
  • UNO
  • WII GAMES


DANCING

SENIORS WHO DANCED THREE TO FOUR TIMES A WEEK -- ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO DID BALLROOM DANCING -- HAD A WHOPPING 75% LOWER RISK OF DEVELOPING DEMENTIA COMPARED WITH NON-DANCERS. A LANDMARK STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FOUND, "PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INCREASES BLOOD FLOW TO THE BRAIN AND PROMOTES NERVE HEALTH." SAYS LEAD STUDY AUTHOR JOE VERGHESE, M.D. CHIEF OF GERIATICS AT MONTEFIROE MEDICAL CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY, WHILE, MASTERING THE STEPS HELPS CREATE NEW BRAIN CONNECTIONS IN AREAS OF THE BRAIN THAT ARE VULNERABLE TO AGING AND DEMENTIA. PLUS, REGULARY INTERACTING SOCIALLY IS PROVEN TO INCREASE OVERALL MENTAL SHARPNESS.


YOUR LOCAL HEALTH STORE IS YOUR FRIEND. THEIR MISSION IS TO GIVE KNOWLEDGABLE INFORMATION AND STOCK A WIDE VARIETY OF SPECIALIZED PRODUCTS THAT AREN'T AVAILABLE IN MASS MARKETING STORES. THEY CAN GUIDE YOU TO A PRODUCT THAT CAN HELP YOU ALONG WITH WHY AND HOW.


exerciseEXERCISE:

AS YOU GROW OLDER AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE BECOMES MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO YOUR HEALTH.

MOVING YOUR BODY CAN  HELP:

  • BOOST ENERGY
  • PROTECT YOUR HEART
  • MANAGE PAIN
  • MANAGE YOU WEIGHT

SOME AT HOME EXERCISES:

  • INNER THIGH STRETCH
  • SIDE LEG LIFTS
  •  SIDE BENDS
  • ELBOW TO KNEE RAISES
  • TOE TOUCH
  • ARM RAISES
  • SQUATS

exercise


EXPERIENCES SHARED


eat


HEALTHY EATING:

THE BENEFITS:

  • PROTECT AGAINST DIABETES
  • PREVENTS HEART DISEASE
  • KEEPS YOU AGILE
  • REDUCES RISK OF ALZHEIMER'S
  • REDUCES RISK OF PARKINSON'S
  • INCREASES LONGEVITY

THE LOGISTICS:

  • EAT LOTS OF VEGETABLES
  • EAT LESS RED MEAT
  • ALWAYS EAT BREAKFAST
  • EAT A VEGETARIAN MEAL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
  • EAT FRESH FRUIT
  • USE GOOD FATS

GOOD FATS:

  • AVOCADOS
  • WALNUTS, ALMONDS & PISTACHIOS
  • NUT & SEED BUTTERS
  • OLIVES & OLIVE OIL
  • SUNFLOWER & CHIA SEEDS
  • GROUND FLAXSEED
  • SALMON & TUNA
  • DARK CHOCOLATE
  • EGGS
  • PARMESAN CHEESE
  • LEAN GRASS FED BEEF & PORK


EPERIENCES SHARED


SUGAR

SUGAR FACTS:

  • DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY VITAMINS OR MINERALS
  • DEPOSITS FAT IN THE LIVER
  • HARMS YOUR CHOLESTEROL
  • CAUSES INSULIN RESISTANCE
  • RAISES YOUR RISK OF DISEASES
  • DOESN'T SATISFY YOUR BODY
  • ADDICTIVE
  • BAD FOR YOUR TEETH
  • CAN GIVE YOU DIABETES
  • CAN GIVE YOU CANCER
  • CAUSES OBESITY


EXPERIENCES SHARED


water

HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER:

  • MAINTAIN ENERGY LEVELS
  • MAINTAIN BODY TEMPERATURES
  • MAINTAIN METABOLISM
  • MAINTAIN BREATHING
  • HELPS PREVENT CONSTIPATION
  • HELPS PREVENT MIGRAINES
  • HELPS PREVENT ARTHRITIS
  • HELPS PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS
  • HELPS PREVENT CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS
  • HELPS PREVENT BACKACHES
  • HELPS PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS


EXPERIENCES SHARED


milk

BENEFITS OF DRINKING MILK

  • CALCIUM BUILDS HEALTHY BONES AND TEETH AND MAINTAINS BONE MASS
  • PROTEIN SERVES AS A SOURCE OF ENERGY AND BUILDS OR REPAIRS MUSCLE TISSUE
  • POTASSIUM HELPS MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BLOOD PRESSURE
  • PHOPHORUS HELPS STRENGTHEN BONES AND GENERATE ENERGY
  • VITAMIN D HELPS MAINTAIN BONES
  • VITAMIN B12 MAINTAINS HEALTHY RED BLOOD CELLS AND NERVE TISSUE
  • VITAIMN A MAINTAINS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND HELPS MAINTAIN NORMAL VISION AND SKIN
  • RIBOFLAVIN (B2) CONVERTS FOOD INTO ENERGY
  • NIACIN METABOLIZES SUGARS AND FATTY ACIDS


EXPERIENCES SHARED


charcoal

BENEFITS OF ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

  • HELPS DIGESTION
  • TREATS HANGOVERS
  • CURES BUG BITES
  • WHITENS TEETH
  • REMOVES TOXINS
  • EXFOLIATES SKIN
  • CLEANS HAIR
  • FILTERS WATER
  • REDUCES HIGH CHOLESTROL


EXPERIENCES SHARED