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March 28, 2014

What Causes Dry Eyes?

What Causes Dry Eyes?

dry_eyesChances are that at some point in your life you have experienced dry eyes. This could have been a very minimal drying of the eye or perhaps something more complex. I’m not sure if you have ever sat down and thought about your eyes. They tend to be something we take for granted until something goes wrong. I know I took my eyes for granted until I had to get glasses and subsequently contacts when I was in middle school. Thankfully however, due to modern technology I now have perfect eyesight due to Lasik surgery. The reason your eyes produce tears is to lubricate the area in order to help maintain vision and comfort. So tears are very important to the overall well-being of your eye. Believe it or not, tears are actualy composed of a few different substances. Tears contain water which acts to moisturize your eyes, oil that acts to lubricate your eyes, mucus which acts to evening spread the moisture around your eyes, and antibodies which act to protect your eye from infection. You have glands around each of your eyes which produce this mixture known as tears. When there is any sort of imbalance in the tear system, an individual might suffer from dry eyes.

An individual’s eyes get dry when their tear glands cannot produce enough high quality tears or in other words the imbalance of the tear system that I mentioned above. Other instances where individuals might experience dry eyes are: dry air from environmental factors such as extreme heat, the natural aging process our bodies go through, side effects of certain prescription medication, some diseases and even if you have structural problems with your eyelids. Your eyelids act as a spreading agent for tears as well, so if you don’t blink too much your tears might dry up before they are evenly spread around your eye by your eyelid. If you work at a computer a lot, or read alot, you might not be blinking too often so every now and then blink so your eyelids don’t get lazy. Given all these possibilities, dry eyes can be rather common.

If you experience dry eyes you are aware that they can cause: pain, sensitivity to light, a gritty sensation, itchiness, redness and even blurring of vision. Obviously something quite uncomfortable and unpleasant to experience. So how can you best treat it? Artificial tear drops and ointments are often used. This will help to better lubricate your eyes until they can produce high quality tears on their own. If you don’t like the idea of putting drops into your eye, perhpas dry eye goggles are more suited for you. You can put these on and the beads will help to get your eyes into better balance. Temporary punctal occlusion is another way to treat dry eyes. This is when the duct that drains tears out of the eye is plugged. A last way of treating dry eyes is by using other medication or nutritional supplements into your daily habits. This can include steroid eyedrops for quicker relief, or adding fish oil and omega 3 supplements to your diet. Regardless of the method you choose, there is relief so get up and start actively taking care of your eyes today!

March 27, 2014

How does HCG work

How does HCG work

How does HCG work“I’m too busy to workout”, is the password these days, especially for the people who have been juggling home, family and job. So ease and reliability have to be the prime reason in diet planning. That’s why HCG diet founder has come up with a plan that can offer some substantial results for those who want to lose weight.

The HCG diet plan offered by Fullerton Drake Center promises to shed those extra pounds day after after if you are faithfully following it. This plan is “partnered” with a complete day menu. You will also find tips and tricks that show you how easily you can lose weight and get a toned body. People lose anywhere from 2 pounds a day to as much as 150 pounds over the course of this plan.

So how does this diet work? Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a hormone found in pregnant women naturally. This hormone plays a crucial role in the health of the fetus. Its two main functions relate to the development of sexual organs in the fetus as well as ensuring that adequate amount of calories and nutrients are met for both the mother and the developing child. To keep pace with the fetus growth during pregnancy, the hormone stimulates the hypothalamus that results in chemicals responsible for burning fat into energy. During this process, fat in the form of nutrients are released into bloodstream providing sustenance to the growing fetus. Even in the absence of pregnancy, this process takes place naturally in the human body.

It’s unfortunate that people rely on things like hormone pills and steroids to lose weight, but even those well-intended weight loss techniques have cast into uncertainty. Here is what the science as well as common sense have to say: When people eat out, are mindless while eating, they are more likely to consume too many calories in a short time. Besides this, they go beyond the recommended level of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol that come through greasy food. Further, it is estimated that 85 percent of our sodium intake comes from restaurant food and packaged snacks. These people are less likely to eat fruits and vegetables.

What this diet does is limit those calories intake to 500 a day. However, with all the delicious food items, you don’t have to cut any corners on nutrition. You eat the same quality food but in smaller portion sizes. What people are discovering and what you will find as you follow this diet is that weight-control can be interesting, and the meals can be nutritious and tasty as well. You will pick up the best habits from this diet and soon you will be on your way to get that svelte figure.

March 11, 2014

Taking Care of Your Family Dental Skills

Taking Care of Your Family Dental Skills

Taking Care of Your Family Dental SkillsThe ability to perform proper dental care is not a skill people are born with. Good oral hygiene is a learned behavior that will affect you throughout your lifetime. There is more to taking care of you teeth than a quick brush twice a day. The most successful method of taking care of your teeth is to make it a routine process. That includes not only what you do at home, but also regularly scheduled visits with your dentist. Dental health care offered at places similar to All Smiles Family Dental Center should start at a young age. Detecting and correcting problems early prevents them from becoming a major ordeal. Researchers are discovering that poor oral health has a direct link to several physical health problems.

At home, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. If you can brush after meals and snacks, it is even better. Since a toothbrush cannot get between most teeth, it is important to floss once a day to remove hard to reach material. Follow up by thoroughly rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. You will discover that no matter how diligent you are at home, periodic cleanings by your dental professional is crucial. They have the tools and the knowledge to clean your teeth and remove any plaque that has built up on your teeth.

This daily home routine and regular professional cleanings diminishes the buildup of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is your teethes worst enemy. It can lead to periodontal gum disease that can cause serious bone loss. Eventually, many people will not have enough bone to hold their teeth in place resulting in dentures. While dentures are a great alternative, most will never be as good as the teeth you were born with. Even if your teeth need some tender loving care, proper hygiene will help you keep your natural teeth forever. The bonus is a beautiful smile you can flash with self-confidence.

If you are not sure what type of dentist you need to correct any problems you may have, it is simpler than it sounds. Your general dentist can take care of many dental treatments and procedures. Specialties like sedation dentistry are primarily for people who suffer from anxiety at the dentist office, so they can get the care they need. Cosmetic dentistry suggests procedures that enhance your appearance. While that is true, most cosmetic procedures also make your teeth more functional and easier to clean. Crowns or veneers put on restored teeth serves to protect them from further damage. Many dental clinics like All Smiles Family Dental Center can provide most any service for every member of your family.

March 11, 2014

Noninvasive, Nonsurgical Weight Loss

Noninvasive, Nonsurgical Weight Loss

Noninvasive, Nonsurgical Weight LossAmericans struggle to lose weight even when their very life depends on it. That is why the advancements offered by i Lipo™ are dramatically impacting the quality of life for legions. This noninvasive, nonsurgical weight loss method uses the latest technology in laser lipolysis eliminating the need for needles and pain. The procedure is affordable and safe and has been medically proven to produce comparable results to liposuction surgeries. Individuals are able to realize weight reduction, inch loss and body contouring.

How it Works

When humans take in more calories than are needed, the unused calories are stored as fat inside fat cells. The visible red i Lipo laser releases low levels of laser energy passing through the skin and into the fat cells. The laser technology generates a chemical signal to the fat cell’s outer wall causing it to release the fatty acids and glycerol that are stored within it into passages in the cell membranes. Fatty acids and glycerol are then slowly carried around the body to be metabolized by tissues to create energy. Fatty acid release is a natural body occurrence whenever the body requires stored energy reserves and therefore, I Lipo does not alter any of the body’s natural responses. The laser does not impact or damage nearby skin, peripheral nerves, blood vessels, or other body structures. Affected fat cells remain intact but are reduced in size.

Recommended Treatment Procedure

One treatment reduces fat layer depth by 30% and additional treatments significantly enhance the results. Generally, a full course of i Lipo treatments consists of eight treatments, two per week over a four week period. Treatments are virtually painless, take approximately 20 minutes and are followed by a ten minute infrared laser vacuum massage. Once fat cells have been broken down by the i Lipo laser, the fat cell’s contents need to exit the body within a few hours or they will be reabsorbed by other fat cells. Short workouts after the treatments are highly recommended to ascertain fat is metabolized and excreted by the lymphatic system. Individuals can return to their normal daily activities immediately after the process.

Who can Benefit from i Lipo?

Men and women benefit from this new technology and it can be used with all skin types and on almost every area of the body. A great advantage of i Lipo is the capability of targeting specific problem areas by specifically positioning the laser pads. Upper arms, thighs, abdomen, chin, etc. can all be explicitly targeted for treatment. Individuals with a prior medical condition should consult their physician. The treatment is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, or who has a prior malignancy.

Results

Commonly, treatment outcomes include a reduction in abdomen circumference by two to four centimeters which is visible immediately. Results are long-term with moderate caloric intake and regular exercise.

Individuals needing to lose weight should consider i Lipo Fullerton Drake before embarking on any invasive, surgical liposuction procedures. Schedule a free consultation today.

February 24, 2014

Funding Rehab for a Loved One

Funding Rehab for a Loved One

Funding Rehab for a Loved OneIt might come as a shock when you realize that someone you love has an addiction problem. It could be alcohol, drugs or both. After talking to the person for some time, you realize that they are feeling so helpless and would like to kick the habit out of their life. The next step is to find a rehab center where they can be assisted to get clean and go back to a normal life. As it were, rehab centers come with a cost. There are different packages for teenagers and adults. The cost also varies depending on whether you would like an in-patient or outpatient rehab care. When funding rehab care for someone you love, you might have to take some drastic measures such as the following:

Selling personal items

It is not easy to part with personal items that may have taken you several years to acquire. However, the cost is nothing compared to saving human life. This is someone who is close to you and nothing can compare to their well being. Identify items that you can be able to dispose off quickly. Electronics, jewelry, precious stones and furniture are some of these. Look for something that will fetch a fair price in the market. It could also be a boat, camping gear and bicycle or other sports equipment.

Loan from bank

If you find that the amount you have saved in your bank account is not enough for rehab payment, obtain a loan from the same bank. Even though this will come at an interest, it is nothing compared to benefits accruing from having a sober relative or spouse. Find out how much your rehab facility of choice is going to charge for the entire program. Use this information to apply for a loan. Once you get the money, you can negotiate for a price reduction. Rehab centers are always ready to offer a negotiated price so long as you can show your ability to pay.

Insurance

In most states across the US, there are regulations that require insurance companies to provide cover for drug and alcohol rehab. Some medical insurance policies do have this package regardless of the law requirements. Talk to your insurance service provider about it and find out whether you are covered. Usually, the cover will come with a co-payment and a limit for both out and inpatient treatment. Request your insurer to provide you with names of rehab centers where your cover will be accepted.

Cash donations

Since drug addiction affects entire families, you can involve other family members in assisting you to meet the cost of rehab. The addict’s friends might also be moved by his/her condition and chip in to the extent that they can.

At the New River Wellness Center Rehab, the management is always ready to discuss financing options for their programs.

February 23, 2014

Hospitals Aren’t as Bad as You Might Think

Hospitals Aren’t as Bad as You Might Think

Hospitals Aren’t as Bad as You Might ThinkIf you are anything like me, hospitals are a little scary. You are either sick or hurt, or visiting somebody close to you that is. I find the more I know about a place before I visit, the less anxious or nervous I am in going there. For that reason, I want to focus on things one can expect when they go to a hospital.

Usually the first thing you find when you walk into a hospital is that it’s busy. There is rarely a slow time in a hospital. You’ll see other people, possibly like yourself, who are injured and needing immediate attention. You’ll also see a multitude of different workers who help make the hospital run smoothly. Most times when you walk in the building, you walk directly into a waiting room with a main desk with clerks to take down your information and facilitate the traffic. You walk up to the main desk, and you’ll have to tell the clerk why you are there. If you are indeed injured, there will be many forms you will have to fill out. These forms typically include personal health history including your current Physician, the incident that brought you into the hospital that day, insurance information so that the hospital can bill for their services correctly & efficiently and various legal forms allowing release of medical information and forms releasing the hospital from liability. Even though you may think that your particular injury is the end of the world, you will have to fill out a mountain of paperwork before being seen by the doctor. This is to help the hospital best assist you and protect themselves.

Once it is your turn to be seen by the doctor, you will typically be walked down a hallway into a private room. There, a nurse will take your vitals and talk to you about why you are there. The nurse will take detailed notes so that the doctor can know how best to help you. After a time, the doctor will come in and assess the situation and speak to you about your options for treatment. If you are experiencing an off balance of some kind then perhaps they will utilize a ASA Balance to help figure out how to restore your body’s natural recuperative healing abilities. As someone who has food allergies I was interested to learn that the technology has been around since the 1950s and is the most effective in addressing food sensitivities.

Hospitals hire all levels and types of professionals in order to operate effectively. You may run into receptionists, nurses and doctors like at your regular Physician’s office. On a technical level, you may run into Radiologists who operate the x-rays which help the doctors diagnose injuries. On a healthcare level, you may run into nurses, doctors, physical therapists or surgeons who are the ones who will directly help the patients. On an administrative level, you may run into receptionists, legal representatives or the hospital CEO who help the hospital more in a business sense to make sure procedure is followed and things run as smooth as possible.

All in all, a hospital really isn’t a scary place. If you ever need to go, rest assured that they are only there to help.

February 21, 2014

How to Best Care for Your Pearly Whites

How to best care for Your Pearly Whites

How to best care for Your Pearly WhitesHaving strong teeth is a good sign of health, so it is very important to take good care of your teeth. By neglecting your teeth, you are making your mouth more susceptible to cavities and other germs which will cause pain and inevitably a trip to the dentist which typically is painful to fix the problems and costly in most cases. In order to prevent having issues with your teeth you can follow these tips to help you take good care of your teeth.

First it is vital to brush your teeth twice a day for about two minutes each time. Make sure you brush on all sides of your teeth, front, back, and bottoms to ensure they are always clean. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. Typically, brush in the morning when you wake up, and then again in the evening when you are getting ready for bed. This will help to reduce damage that can come to teeth because of plaque and toxins.

Second, it is vital to regularly floss your teeth. This habit helps to clean your teeth from where your toothbrush can’t reach. It is really important to remember to floss after eating particular foods which tend to get stuck in between the teeth such as corn on the cob or popcorn. A tongue scraper can also be useful to help fight against bad breath by cleaning off the plaque that can build up which eventually will get on your teeth if you aren’t careful.

Third it is vital to use mouth wash. You want to find a fluoride mouthwash because it can help aid in strengthening tooth enamel. It is important to show children how to do this so they do not swallow the mouthwash but simply swish and spit out. It is best to practice this habit in the evening before going to bed.

Fourth it is vital to choose what you eat wisely. Don’t snack constantly because this gives plaque a chance to build up in your mouth and on your teeth. A good snack for helping teeth is to eat cheese or milk. This is because they are alkaline and it helps to eat away at the acids on your teeth from other foods. Something I’m sure most of us already know is to avoid sugary and sticky foods. Instead, eat lots of vegetables and drink plenty of water. Like sugary foods, avoid fruit juice as much as possible because they are full of acids. If you must drink them, do so at meal times when you have a lot of saliva to get rid of it. Something interesting is to avoid eating seeds because chewing them can aid in producing fissures on your molars.

Fifth it is vital to visit the dentist every six months in order to take good care of your teeth. Getting regular cleanings and check-ups can help prevent cavities or detect them earlier before then can have the chance to grow into bigger problems. Genesis Dental of Utah is a great place to visit. They provide families with comprehensive dental care so they are definitely a good resource when someone is trying hard to maintain the health of their teeth.

February 20, 2014

What is Dental Treatment Planning

What is Dental Treatment Planning

What is Dental Treatment PlanningHaving in mind the number of different dental schools providing knowledge in a unique way to thousands of students per year, it is no wonder that at the end of the day one gets to choose between different profiles of dentists. The difference is evident in implementing methods they have been taught and have had experience with. Dentists make different treatment-plans in accordance with their basis and experience. The moment they get started with examining, they already start formulating a treatment plan based on the diagnosis and the patients’ problems. All inclusive treatment planning is a core principle of dentistry, and is based on the following parameters.

    • Individualization. The dental treatment is meant to treat every patient as a separate subject. Taking into account that patients have individual needs and characteristics, handling them will take careful consideration for all the parameters of the problematic issues. This means that choosing the right curing method will take a highly personalized method for the patient as well as for the disease.

 

    • Developing the plan. The process of development of the plan consists of a few steps, each depending on the completion of the previous one. First thing to do is an examination to identify the core of the problem. Here is where the potential solutions are predicted and that is way the search should be thorough and performed by a dentist of experienced background. Finishing the inspection is followed by a recommended intervention, considering all the alternatives of the possible direction of curing. The final step is deciding upon the treatment bearing in mind that the patient must be involved and willing to step in the suggested program.

 

    • Dynamic maintenance. As expected the treatment plan does not always go exactly according to the predictions for what you are dealing with is of live nature and may change the course along the way depending on numerous circumstances. To prevent major problems regular recall examinations are necessary. These control checks may reveal a need of adjustments to the plan depending on the progress. The interval for recalls depends on the seriousness of the problem and the patients’ risks supported by his or hers medical history, thus bearing in mind how stable their periodontal health is.

 

    • If you are a dental office with professional ambitions, than investing in computer aided planning should be your priority task. Look up the internet to find out everything you need to know about A patient attending for treatment of a restorative nature may present for a variety of reasons. The success is built upon careful history taking coupled with a logical progression to diagnosis of the problem that has been presented. Each stage follows on from the preceding one. A fitting treatment plan should be formulated and should involve a holistic approach to what is required dental treatment planning software. Considering the great amount of data entering your dental practice on daily basis it is surely difficult to keep track of every patients’ history without having a ready-made system that has already been tested and approved by many professionals such as yourself.

 

February 17, 2014

Are You Struggling With an Addiction?

Are You Struggling With an Addiction

Are You Struggling With an AddictionAddiction is a tough thing that unfortunately a lot of individuals in today’s world face. It is sad to see how troubled some individuals have become because of the messes they have gotten into. However, it is important to always keep in mind that these addictions can be overcome. Although it might take many painful years, a person can overcome a alcohol addiction.

First of all it is important not to minimize the issue hoping that by so doing it will go away on its own. Address the issue openly. It is important to show individuals who struggle with an alcohol addiction that you still love and care for them as a person, you just don’t agree with their particular actions. Someone going through an addiction needs love and support from those around them if they are going to succeed in recovery. They need people they can trust and count on to be there and help give them motivation when they are struggling most and want to give up. You also want to try and eliminate future use. If you have drugs or alcohol in your house, you might want to think about getting rid of it so it won’t be a temptation. More often than not, professional help is needed.

There is a wide range of professional help out there. On a more basic level there are local addiction recovery groups sponsored by the city or local churches. For an individual that might have a lot of determination and will power to do a lot of the recovery on their own, this might be a great option as it isn’t too invasive. Another option is to participate in therapy. In our society therapy has gotten a negative reputation but from personal experience I will attest to the wonders therapy does. It is so nice to just get things off your chest and let someone else help to guide you in the correct direction of recovery. If you are finding that these less invasive means of trying to overcome an alcohol addiction aren’t too effective you may consider Addiction Treatment Centers. There are all sorts of types for different issues, inpatient and outpatient programs, and a variety of costs to keep in mind. You could find a program to attend as an inpatient, you could have an extensive outpatient program or you could even find a sober living house to live at.

In my opinion the most valuable help you can give an individual suffering is your love. Nurture the relationship and let them know you care and you’ll work through this together. There are some steps you can take in order to get your life back on track. First you can start by getting rid of old habits. Eliminate alcohol from your home, and don’t associate with people or places you did in the past where all you did was fuel your addiction. Second, you will probably need to reevaluate your finances. Chances are that when you were in the thick of things you didn’t make the wisest money choices. Revamp your budget and make a commitment to stick to it. Finally, try to mend any relationships you might have damaged through your addiction. Look for people who will help and support you in your new lifestyle choice. 

February 17, 2014

How to Take Good Care of Your Teeth So They Remain Healthy and Strong

How to Take Good Care of Your Teeth So They Remain Healthy and Strong

How to Take Good Care of Your Teeth So They Remain Healthy and StrongHaving strong teeth is a good sign of health, so it is very important to take good care of your teeth. Not only is it important to take care of your teeth so that you have a good smile, having healthy teeth decreases your chances of having to go and have dental work done. By neglecting your teeth, you are making your mouth more susceptible to cavities and other germs which will cause pain and inevitably a trip to the dentist which typically is painful to fix the problems and costly. In order to prevent having issues with your teeth you can follow these tips to help you take good care of your teeth. First it is vital to brush your teeth twice a day for about two minutes each time. Make sure you brush on all sides of your teeth, front, back, and bottoms to ensure they are always clean. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. Typically, brush in the morning when you wake up, and then again in the evening when you are getting ready for bed.

Second, it is vital to regularly floss your teeth. This habit helps to clean your teeth from where your toothbrush can’t reach. It is really important to remember to floss after eating particular foods which tend to get stuck in between the teeth such as corn on the cob or popcorn. A tongue scraper can also be useful to help fight against bad breath by cleaning off the plaque that can build up which eventually will get on your teeth if you aren’t careful.

Third it is vital to use mouth wash. You want to find a fluoride mouthwash because it can help aid in strengthening tooth enamel. It is important to show children how to do this so they do not swallow the mouthwash but simply swish and spit out. It is best to practice this habit in the evening before going to bed.

Fourth it is vital to choose what you eat wisely. Don’t snack constantly because this gives plaque a chance to build up in your mouth and on your teeth. A good snack for helping teeth is to eat cheese or milk. This is because they are alkaline and it helps to eat away at the acids on your teeth from other foods. Something I’m sure most of us already know is to avoid sugary and sticky foods. Instead, eat lots of vegetables and drink plenty of water. Like sugary foods, avoid fruit juice as much as possible because they are full of acids. If you must drink them, do so at meal times when you have a lot of saliva to get rid of it.

Fifth it is vital to visit the dentist every six months in order to take good care of your teeth. Getting regular cleanings and check-ups can help prevent cavities or detect them earlier before then can have the chance to grow into bigger problems. Visit dentist ocala florida for a great experience. They want you as a patient to have a relaxing, comfortable and positive experience when you go in for a check up. Visit their office today and be proud of your mouth by taking good care of it!