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Oct 052016
 

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote senior wellness across the web,  it’s very much in line with what we do here at ElderAction!

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How to Age Gracefully: Don’t be Afraid of Growing Older

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Bipolar Disorder in Seniors

The 45 Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

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Selling a Home with Modifications for Older Adults

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Assistive Technology Buying Guide

 

Home Organization for Newly Disabled Seniors

 

Special Needs Seniors: Planning for the Future of this Vulnerable Population

 

Legal Guide for Newly Disabled Seniors

 

Working Beyond Retirement: For Money Identity and Purpose

The Senior’s Guide to Becoming a Real Estate Agent in Their Golden Years

 

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At PublicHealthCorps, we believe that all Americans should have easy access to the most current healthcare information — but we also know how tricky it can be to navigate the web to find the best data. That’s where we come in! We decided to put together a helpful collection of resources on healthcare and health insurance.

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What You Need to Know About the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) & Obamacare

Rehab and Medicare: The Ultimate Guide to Addiction Treatment for Seniors

Senior State Health Insurance Assistance Program: Find Your SHIP by State

A Guide to Senior Living in Southern California: Medication, Healthcare Equipment and Nutrition

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Health Benefits of Cloves

Cloves offer many health benefits, some of which include providing aid in digestion, having antimicrobial properties, fighting against cancer, protecting the liver, boosting the immune system, controlling diabetes, preserving bone quality, and containing anti-mutagenic properties, as well as fighting against oral diseases and headaches, while displaying aphrodisiac properties as well.

Richest Dietary Source of Polyphenols and Antioxident

Ground cloves aren’t just good for flavoring spiced pumpkin cake

 


Polyphenols are plant chemicals that may have health benefits for people. Polyphenols are phytochemicals, meaning compounds found abundantly in natural plant food sources that have antioxidant properties. There are over 8,000 identified polyphenols found in foods such as spices, tea, wine, chocolates, fruits, vegetables, and extra virgin olive oil, just to name a few. Polyphenols appear to have a prebiotic effect by improving the nutrition of beneficial bacteria living in your gut.

Polyphenol and antioxidant content in the 5 richest foods (mg per 100g or mg per 100ml)

Food Food group Polyphenols a Polyphenols AE a Antioxidants b
Content Rank Content Rank Content Rank
Cloves Seasonings 15188 1 15188 1 16047 1
Peppermint, dried Seasonings 11960 2 7920 2 980 26
Star anise Seasonings 5460 3 5460 3 1810 16
Cocoa powder Cocoa products 3448 4 3294 4 1104 24
Mexican oregano, dried Seasonings 2319 5 2137 5

 

Cloves are one of the spices indigenous to Asian countries like Indonesia, India, Pakistan, and even areas of East Africa. It is native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia. Cloves are a popular flavouring agents used in a variety of ways across the world, particularly in Asia. Cloves form the culinary base in a number of different Asian cuisines.

Clove, just like many other spices originating in Asia, has a great history behind it. During the 13th and 14th centuries, cloves were transported all the way from Indonesia to China, India, Persia, Africa, and Europe. During this time, cloves had a very high price, thus wars for monopoly over clove production and distribution began. Many wars were waged in order to control the islands of Maluku during both the medieval and modern period. The Dutch emerged victorious and held the Maluku islands for a very long time. Today, clove is a very important commercial crop all around the world.

Scientific Facts About Clove

Clove, as we know it, is the dried bud of the flower from the tree Syzygium aromaticum. It belongs to the plant family named Myrtaceae. The plant is an evergreen plant growing in tropical and subtropical conditions. Clove is an herb and people use various parts of the plant, including the dried bud, stems, and leaves to make medicine. Clove oil is also famous for its medicinal properties.

Clove has been used for thousands of years in India and China, not only as a spice and condiment, but also as a medicine for many ailments. Ayurvedic medicing used cloves for tooth decay, halitosis, and bad breath. In Chinese medicine, clove was considered to possess aphrodisiac properties.

Nutritional Value of Cloves

According to the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, the nutrients found in 100 grams of cloves include 65g of carbohydrate, 6g of protein, 13g of total lipids, 2g of sugars, 274 kcal of energy and 33g of dietary fiber. Minerals in cloves include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc. The vitamins found in cloves include vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, and vitamin K.

BCloves2ioactive Substances in Cloves

Certain bioactive compounds have been isolated from clove extracts. Some of them include: flavonoids, hexane, methylene chloride, ethanol, thymol, eugenol, and benzene. These biochemicals have been reported to possess various properties, including antioxidant, hepato-protective, anti-microbia, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Health Benefits of Cloves

Better Digestion: Cloves improve digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes. Cloves are also good for reducing flatulence, gastric irritability, dyspepsia and nausea. Cloves can be roasted, powdered, and taken with honey for relief in digestive disorders.

Antibacterial Properties: Cloves have been tested for their antibacterial properties against a number of human pathogens. The extracts of cloves were potent enough to kill those pathogens. Clove extracts are also effective against the specific bacteria that spreads cholera.

Chemo-Preventive Properties: Cloves are of interest to the medical community due to their chemo-preventive or anti-carcinogenic properties. Tests have showed that cloves are helpful in controlling lung cancer in its early stages.

Liver Protection: Cloves contain high amounts of antioxidants, which are ideal for protecting the organs from the effects of free radicals, especially the liver. Metabolism, in the long run, increases free radical production and lipid profile, while decreasing the antioxidants in the liver. Clove extracts are helpful in counteracting those effects with its hepatoprotective properties.

Diabetes Control: Cloves have been used in many traditional remedies for a number of diseases. One such disease is diabetes. In patients suffering from diabetes, the amount of insulin produced by the body is not sufficient or insulin is not produced at all. Studies have revealed that extracts from cloves imitate insulin in certain ways and help in controlling blood sugar levels.

Bone Preservation: The hydro-alcoholic extracts of cloves include phenolic compounds such as eugenol and its derivatives, such as flavones, isoflavones and flavonoids. These extracts have been particularly helpful in preserving bone density and the mineral content of bone, as well as increasing tensile strength of bones in cases of osteoporosis.

Anti-Mutagenic Properties: Mutagens are those chemicals that change the genetic makeup of the DNA by causing mutations. Biochemical compounds found in cloves, like phenylpropanoids, possess anti-mutagenic properties. These were administered on cells treated with mutagens and they were able to control the mutagenic effects to a significant rate.

Boosts the Immune System: Ayurveda describes certain plants to be effective in developing and protecting the immune system. One such plant is clove. The dried flower bud of clove contains compounds that help in improving the immune system by increasing the white blood cell count, thereby improving delayed type hypersensitivity.

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Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Cloves possess anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties. Studies on clove extracts being administered in lab rats suggest that the presence of eugenol reduced the inflammation caused by edema. It was also confirmed that eugenol has the ability to reduce pain by stimulating pain receptors.

Cure for Oral Diseases: Cloves can be taken for gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Clove bud extracts significantly controlled the growth of oral pathogens, which are responsible for various oral diseases. Cloves can also be used for toothaches due to their pain-killing properties.

Aphrodisiac Properties: Spices such as clove and nutmeg have been said to possess aphrodisiac properties, according to Unani medicine. Experiments on clove and nutmeg extracts were tested against standard drugs administered for that reason and both clove and nutmeg showed positive results.

Cure for Headaches: Headaches can be reduced by using cloves. Make a paste of a few cloves and mix it with a dash of rock salt. Add this to a glass of milk. This mixture reduces headaches quickly and effectively.

Side Effects of Using Clove

Clove Oil: Clove oils must not be used directly; instead they must be diluted either in olive oil or in distilled water. Clove extract oil is generally considered to be safe, but certain studies have revealed that they possess cytotoxic properties. There are two major components present in clove extract oil, eugenol and B-caryophyllene. These compounds were particularly effective against fibroblasts and endothelial cells.

Clove Cigarettes: In Indonesia, cloves are consumed on a large scale in the form of cigarettes, popularly known as kreteks. These clove cigarettes have emerged as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but research shows that clove cigarettes are actually worse than conventional cigarettes. In the case of clove cigarettes, the amount of nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar entering into the lungs were higher than from tobacco cigarettes.

10 Low-Carb Foods That Are High in Polyphenols and Antioxidants
By
Michael Joseph, MSc –
September 6, 2016

Heart drinking coffee – Low Carb Foods With Antioxidants and Polyphenols Header Image Polyphenols are the most widely consumed antioxidants in our diet and have great importance to human health.

Based on the latest science, there is strong support for polyphenols contributing to the
prevention of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and dementia.

This article will take a look at some low-carb foods that are high in polyphenols.
What Are Polyphenols?

Polyphenols are an antioxidant found in many plants.

We can find them in foods or drinks that came from a plant source.

You can often hear the merits of red wine, dark chocolate, and various berries discussed in the media because they are polyphenol-rich foods.

Foods high in polyphenols can help protect the body against oxidative stress; a process that is believed to be central to the development of age-related disease.

All plant foods contain these compounds in varying amounts – from berries to grains and honey.

However, this article will concentrate on low carb sources of polyphenols.
What Are Antioxidants?

Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant, compounds which directly help protect our cells from oxidation.

Factors such as chronic inflammation due to poor lifestyle, diet, lack of sleep, and smoking all influence our health.

As a result, free radicals form which can attack our healthy cells and cause damage to our DNA.

This process is otherwise known as oxidative stress – something with close links to the development of various cancers and cardiovascular heart disease.

Hence antioxidants are vital. They strengthen our immune defenses and can delay or inhibit oxidative damage.

Let’s now take a look at 10 of the best sources of polyphenols.
Low-Carb Foods That Are High in Polyphenols

First of all, I have selected these foods from a variety of different groups.

Therefore you will see fruits, nuts, other healthy snack foods and some drinks.

1. BlackcurrantsLow carb foods high in polyphenol antioxidants – blackcurrants

One of the most antioxidant-rich foods is the blackcurrant.

Blackcurrants contain an enormous amount of polyphenols and have extensive studies showing their potential use as a therapeutic food.

In a 2014 study, a double-blind, randomized controlled trial tested the impact of blackcurrant supplementation versus a placebo.

The result was that compared to the placebo group, the blackcurrant group had decreased biomarkers of oxidative stress and improved vascular health.

Most noteworthy for blackcurrants is their vitamin C content. They contain well over 300% of the recommended daily amount per cup.

Blackcurrants are also a low-carb food, with one of the lowest carbohydrate contents among fruits.

An excellent way to get some blackcurrants into your diet would be a low-carb blackcurrant smoothie. Ketodietapp has a great looking one here.
2. CinnamonLow carb foods high in polyphenol antioxidants – cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the richest foods in polyphenols.

As a spice, people usually use cinnamon to add flavor to food. Some famous foods that use cinnamon are of course pumpkin pie and mulled wine.

Cinnamon has a great deal of documented health benefits.

Particularly relevant is a meta-analysis of 10 randomized controlled trials published in 2013. This study showed that cinnamon had the following “statistically significant” benefits:

Decreased fasting plasma glucose
Reduced triglyceride levels
Increased HDL-C levels and reduced LDL.

Therefore it’s probably a good idea to include this tasty spice in our diets.

One way I love to use cinnamon is in coffee. A homemade ‘latte’ using coffee, heavy cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon tastes great.
3. Dark ChocolateLow carb foods high in polyphenol antioxidants – dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth. It’s also one of the best sources of antioxidants.

First of all, let’s clearly separate between good chocolate and junk chocolate.

To get health benefits from chocolate, you should be eating at least 70% cacao bars – but preferably 85% or higher. These higher cacao percentage bars are low in sugar and high in nutrients.

As polyphenols and their health impacts have become more known, dark chocolate has become one of the most studied foods we have.

The data from this research is very impressive too.

One randomized study showed that dark chocolate promotes satiety, lowers the desire to eat something, and suppresses energy intake. These results were the opposite of milk chocolate.

Another study – a meta-analysis of randomized trials – found that dark chocolate (or cocoa) had consistent acute and chronic benefits on blood flow and blood pressure. Additionally, it also had previously unreported benefits on insulin levels.

Dark chocolate has an overall impressive nutrient profile, containing high amounts of most minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
4. Coffee

Low carb foods high in polyphenol antioxidants – coffee

Another significant source of polyphenols is coffee. In fact, coffee is believed to be the biggest provider of antioxidants in the American diet today.

Due to the caffeine, many people love coffee for an energy boost in the morning too – myself included!

Previously demonized due to a suspected role in cancer, coffee was finally removed from the World Health Organization’s list of potential carcinogens in June of 2016.

As for coffee and health; well, the list of potential benefits are just growing and growing.

Coffee has a somewhat controversial status concerning cardiovascular health. Since caffeine can raise blood pressure, some have theorized coffee may have cardiovascular risks.

A 2015 randomized placebo-controlled trial sought to address these concerns. A total of 75 participants had their health markers checked 1 hour after coffee consumption, and 8 weeks after daily consumption.

The coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers showed the same results in blood lipids and vascular function. There were no differences between drinking coffee and not drinking coffee.

The only difference in results was that the coffee drinkers showed an increase in plasma antioxidant capacity, whereas the placebo group did not.

Published in April 2016, a comprehensive review of the benefits and risks of coffee considered the drink’s safety profile.

After examining all potential concerns, the authors concluded that “the benefits of coffee clearly outweigh the risks”.

Coffee is a great low-carb drink – just be careful not to drink sugar-sweetened versions!
5. Red Wine

Low carb foods high in polyphenol antioxidants – red wine

Red wine is a drink universally praised for its supposed health benefits.

Firstly, red wine is very low in carbohydrate content, so it’s okay for a low-carb diet (providing you’re not drinking bottles of the stuff!)

Also, it makes a great combination with some aged cheese, prosciutto and a few pieces of dark chocolate.

But, it does contain alcohol. And alcohol is not good for us, right?

Actually, evidence shows that alcohol can play a role in a healthy lifestyle if consumed in moderation.

Furthermore, moderate consumption of alcohol is causational in raising HDL levels and lowering triglycerides. However, the opposite effect comes into play in individuals consuming substantial amounts of alcohol.

As a result, low to moderate consumption of alcohol may be better than either drinking regularly or not drinking at all.

Finally, red wine is one of the highest sources of polyphenols in the world. Consumption of these polyphenols may help prevent dementia, cancer, and heart problems.
6. Pecans

Low carb foods high in polyphenol antioxidants – nuts

Next up, nuts!

Pecans are nuts natively grown in Mexico and south-eastern areas of the United States.

They are very nutritious, containing beneficial micronutrients and are an especially good source of copper, manganese, zinc, and magnesium.

In addition, pecans are also a low-carb food. The carbohydrate content is only 4g (3g fiber) per ounce.

Particularly pertinent is their polyphenol content. In studies, these polyphenols exert antioxidant influences to positively impact lipid profiles.

Most of all, the antioxidants in pecans significantly increase the antioxidant capacity of our blood and help prevent LDL-oxidation in humans.

Lastly, I’m sure everyone loves pecan pie. So here is a delicious looking low-carb recipe for it.
7. Blueberries

Low carb foods high in polyphenol antioxidants – blueberries

Another polyphenol-rich and (relatively) low-carb food is the blueberry.

Blueberries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants in our food and have some impressive data behind them.

Here are just four of them:

Blueberry polyphenols (known as anthocyanins) help protect against age-related cognitive impairment.

Blueberries decrease cardiovascular risk factors in obese people with metabolic syndrome.

A high intake of the polyphenols found in blueberries reduces heart attack risk in young women.

Berry anthocyanins seem to improve memory in the elderly. Blueberry supplementation led to better episodic memory, blood flow and visual ability.

One of the very best ways to eat blueberries is also one of the simplest; blueberries and heavy cream make for a great, tasty dessert. There are also various blueberry wines, which are generally higher in polyphenols than red wine.
8. Green Tea

Low carb foods high in polyphenol antioxidants – green tea

Another drink full of polyphenols is green tea.

First originating in China thousands of years ago, green tea is now consumed around the world.

While green tea is very rich in polyphenols, it has almost no nutritional value. 100g contains approximately 1 calorie, and there are only minimal amounts of minerals present.

Results from a meta-analysis of 18 prospective cohort studies show green tea impacts on cardiovascular risk.

A dose-response analysis showed that one cup per day increases in green tea were associated with a 5% decreased CVD mortality.

Interestingly, green tea showed no positive impact on cancer risk in the study, but black tea did.

Perhaps some of the most impressive research behind green tea revolves around its neuroprotective benefits.

A range of well-controlled studies exist, showing how the polyphenols in green tea can positively impact – and alter – the brain-aging process.
9. Blackberries

Low carb foods high in polyphenol antioxidants – blackberries

Also a polyphenol-rich berry, blackberries are one of the best choices of fruit for our health.

An interesting fact that you may or may not know about the blackberry is that one ‘berry’ is not technically one fruit.

Each so-called ‘berry’ actually contains anywhere from 50 to 100 small, rounded ‘drupelets’.

Blackberries contain a wealth of beneficial compounds. Like blueberries, they do not provide a significant amount of vitamins or minerals, but they are one of the biggest dietary sources of polyphenols.

Similar to blueberries, the anthocyanin class of polyphenols are found in blackberries.

Finally, if you’re looking for a tasty idea on how to eat blackberries, then I recommend combining with heavy cream.

However, if you’d like something a bit more exciting then here are a range of blackberry recipe ideas.
10. Black Tea

Low carb foods high in polyphenol antioxidants – black tea

Last but not least is black tea.

Black tea comes from the same variety of plant as green tea. Unlike popular opinion, they are not entirely different species.

The only differences come in the processing of the leaves.

Workers pick and dry green tea immediately. On the other hand, they wait for black tea leaves to ferment in the sun before drying.

Compared to green tea, black tea has a higher amount of some antioxidants (theaflavins) and a lower amount of others (catechins).

Both of these polyphenols have protective health benefits for our body.

Black tea has potential cancer-preventive effects in the body, though this needs further investigation.

Another study claims that clear, sufficient evidence shows reduced cardiovascular disease risk when drinking more than 3 cups of black tea per day.
Summary

Infographic showing sources of low carb polyphenols and antioxidants

 

Top 25  Riches Food Sources of Polyphenols (per serving)

  1. Black Elderberry
  2. Black Chokeberry
  3. Blackcurrant
  4. Highbush blueberry
  5. Globe artichoke heads
  6. Coffee, filtered
  7. Lowbush Blueberry
  8. Sweet Cherry
  9. Strawberry
  10. Blackberry
  11. Plum
  12. Red Raspberry
  13. Flaxseed Meal
  14. Dark Chocolate
  15. Chestnut
  16. Black Tea
  17. Green Tea
  18. Pure Apple Juice
  19. Apple
  20. Whole Grain Rye Bread
  21. Hazelnut
  22. red wine
  23. Soy Yogurt
  24. Cocoa Powder
  25. Pure Pomegranate Juice

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Natural Remedies for Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

Written by Stephanie Watson and Tricia Kinman
Medically Reviewed by Steven Kim, MD on April 8, 2015

Additions by WellnessWillpower

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Enlarged Prostate
Treatment Options
Saw Palmetto
Beta-sitosterol
Pygeum
Rye Grass Pollen Extract
Stinging Nettle
Foods
Considerations

Part 1 of 9: Enlarged Prostate
The Prostate Grows

The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that wraps around the urethra (the tube that outflows urine). It’s part of a man’s reproductive system. One of its main jobs is to add fluid (called semen) to sperm. Although the gland starts out small, it tends to enlarge as a man ages. (30 to 90 yrs) An excessively enlarged prostate results in a disease known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Eventually, an enlarged prostate can clamp down on the urethra, restricting the flow of urine from the bladder. This leads to problems such as frequent urination, difficulty in voiding, urinary leakage, and urinary tract infections.

 

Part 2 of 9: Treatment Options
Enlarged Prostate Treatments

There are several treatment options for an enlarged prostate. Men can take alpha blocker drugs such as to help relax the prostate muscles, or antibiotics for chronic prostatitis (which may occur alongside BPH).

  • alfuzosin (Uroxatral)
  • doxazosin (Cardura)
  • silodosin (Rapaflo)
  • tamsulosin (Flomax)
  • terazosin (Hytrin)

They can also take a type of steroid reductase inhibitor. Dutasteride (Avodart) or Finasteride (Proscar) for reducing BPH symptoms.

They might also undergo surgery to remove the extra prostate tissue.

In addition, there are also natural remedies that work to combat prostate growth. However, the evidence is debatable on whether these treatments work. The American Urological Association currently does not recommend any herbal therapy for managing BPH. If you do want to try any of these natural remedies, talk to your doctor first.

Part 3 of 9: Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is an herbal remedy that comes from a type of palm tree. It’s been used in traditional medicine for centuries to relieve urinary symptoms, including those caused by an enlarged prostate. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a few small-scale studies have suggested that saw palmetto might be effective for relieving BPH symptoms. Look for “Supercritical Co2 Extraction.” This technique delivers a superior quality extract that is highly concentrated with incredible purity.

However, the NIH reports that when larger studies were conducted, they didn’t find saw palmetto any more effective than an inactive pill (placebo). Saw palmetto is safe, though, and it doesn’t cause any serious side effects. German studies have more positive results.

Part 4 of 9: Beta-sitosterol
Beta-sitosterol

This prostate remedy is a mixture taken from different plants that contain cholesterol-like substances called sitosterols. Several studies have found that beta-sitosterol can relieve urinary symptoms of BPH, including the strength of urine flow.

There haven’t been any major side effects reported with the use of beta-sitosterol, although doctors still don’t know all the long-term effects of this natural remedy.

Part 5 of 9: Pygeum
Pygeum

Pygeum comes from the bark of the African plum tree and has been used in traditional medicine to treat urinary problems since ancient times. It’s often used to treat BPH symptoms, especially in Europe. Because studies on pygeum haven’t been well designed, it’s hard to know for sure whether it’s effective. The American Academy of Family Physicians does not recommend its use.

Still, a small study reported in Complementary Therapies in Medicine found that when prepared with other herbal remedies, it helps reduce the number of trips to the bathroom — both during the day and at night. Pygeum is safe, but it can cause stomach upset in some people who take it.

Part 6 of 9: Rye Grass Pollen Extract
Rye Grass Pollen Extract

Rye grass pollen extracts are made from three types of grass pollen — rye, timothy, and corn. A review of studies published in BJU International found that men who were taking rye grass pollen extracts reported an improvement in their symptoms compared to those who were taking a placebo.

This supplement seems to be especially helpful for preventing the need to get up during the night and use the bathroom. It can also help men urinate more completely, so there is less urine left in the bladder afterwards.

Part 7 of 9: Stinging Nettle
Stinging Nettle

You’ll know if you’ve accidently touched the common European stinging nettle, as hairs on its leaves can cause a sharp jolt of intense pain. But stinging nettle can have some benefits when used as a medicine. Nettle root is thought to moderate BPH symptoms, and is commonly used in Europe. However, a 2007 review concluded that more studies were needed.

Sometimes nettle is used in combination with other natural BPH remedies, such as pygeum or saw palmetto. Side effects from nettle are usually mild, including upset stomach and skin rash.

Part 8 of 9: Foods
Foods to Treat BPH

Eating one type of food or another probably won’t prevent BPH or relieve its symptoms, but a healthy diet can help. According to the Mayo Clinic, consuming vegetables that are high in vitamin C and zinc are best for preventing BPH and relieving its symptoms.

Part 9 of 9: Considerations
Going the Natural Route

It’s important to remember that just because a supplement is labeled “natural” doesn’t always mean it’s safe or healthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate herbal remedies like it does drugs. That means you can’t be totally sure that what’s listed on the label is inside the bottle. Herbal remedies can cause side effects. They can also interact with other medicines you take. Check with your doctor before trying any natural supplement.

Prostate Pills and Supplements

Two classes of drugs are commonly used to treat prostate enlargement: alpha-blockers and 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. Alpha-blockers are generally used first because they act fast, relieving urination problems in a matter of days or weeks, while reductase inhibitors can take several months to provide relief. Sometimes the two types of drugs are used in combination.

Prostavar RX

Rating: A+ / Best Overall

Company: Superbalife International

Specs: Lab Report
Site: Prostavar.com

Prostavar Review:

Out of all the products we have evaluated, this was the clear choice as the premier prostate product on the market today. Manufactured by Superbalife International it produced laboratory results that practically made our eyes pop out! Across the board it performed at the highest level. The company attributes the success and effectiveness of what they call their new and strongest-ever version of Prostavar to a processing technique called “Supercritical Extraction.” This technique delivers a superior quality extract that is highly concentrated with incredible purity. This is very difficult to do with some of the natural compounds in Prostavar because of their “gummy” texture which makes it difficult and extremely time consuming to produce, but the results and craftmanship speak for themselves (See their attached lab report). The most impressive piece of data we found was that the total number of Sterols in each dose is 139mg. No other product came close. In our nationwide survey it was identified in overwhelming fashion as the most popular prostate supplement. We were flooded with jaw-dropping stories from men and their wives praising how much Prostavar has changed their lives. This product is the Tiger Woods or Mickey Mantle of prostate supplements and we want to congratulate Superbalife International for having created Prostavar, our clear choice for the third year in a row as the 2012 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR! With their constant upgrades to the formula nothing has been able to topple prostavar as the king of prostate supplements. Prostavar is available at www.prostavar.com or by calling 1-800-815-2398

Prostavar Basics:

Abundant in sterol-rich saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol and other all-natural ingredients, Prostavar claims to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), or a benign enlargement of the prostate gland. It also claims to cut down on embarrassing urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate, such as incontinence, urinary retention, painful or bloody urination and incomplete bladder emptying. But the real results tell you everything you need to know about Prostavar: studies show it has a 94% success rate, with real results appearing in days, not weeks. It also contains the most sterols out of prostate supplements—a whopping 139mg—nearly three times the amount compared to other over-the-counter supplements.

Prostavar Ingredients:

Prostavar mostly contains saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, pygeum extract and quercitin. It also contains vitamin E, zinc monomethionine and lycopene, a tomato-derived extract rich in antioxidants.

Does Prostavar Work?:

Definitely. Prostavar contains plenty of saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol, which were shown in several studies to reduce prostate inflammation, or BPH. Pygeum extract also helps reduce significant prostate enlargement. According to one European study, it decreased nearly all BPH symptoms by 40%, including frequency of nocturnal urination and poor urinary flow.

Quercitin may also treat men with chronic prostratitis, or a chronic infectious swelling of the prostate. According to a study reported in Urology, men who took a supplement containing quercitin reduced most of their symptoms by at least 25%, including pain and inflammation.

Our lab tests also show Prostavar contains nearly 159 mg of sterols per serving, indicating this is a high quality supplement. Sterols, which exist naturally in saw palmetto, improve how effective it reduces prostate inflammation and enlargement. High levels are a good thing—it indicates this is saw palmetto at its purest. Overly processed saw palmetto typically contains low levels of sterols, however, which you’ll often see in cheap, over-the-counter prostate supplements. Case in point: Prostavar is extremely effective, with no known side effects.

Is Prostavar Safe?

Yes. All of Prostavar’s ingredients do not contain any known significant side effects, unlike other prostate health supplements. There are also no known contraindications associated with Prostavar. Meaning, it won’t cause a bad reaction if used with other supplements, herbs or drugs.

Grade: A+.

We’ve called it the Tiger Woods of prostate health supplements for a reason: it works. All of its ingredients are shown to treat an enlarged prostate and promote prostate health with overwhelming evidence, proving it also treats urinary pain and infections. Prostavar is the most effective prostate health supplement on the market, and it’s definitely worth your money.

Prostavar is available direct from the manufacturer for $39.95 at www.prostavar.com or by calling them at 1-800-815-2398.

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Surgery  and Treatment Options

Stand the Heat

There are minimally invasive surgery options when drug therapy isn’t enough to relieve BPH symptoms. These procedures include transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT). Microwaves destroy prostate tissue with heat during this outpatient procedure.

TUMT will not cure BPH. The procedure does cut down urinary frequency, makes it easier to urinate, and reduces weak flow. It doesn’t solve the problem of incomplete emptying of the bladder.

TUNA Treatment

TUNA stands for transurethral needle ablation. High-frequency radio waves, delivered through twin needles, burn a specific region of the prostate in this procedure. TUNA results in better urine flow and relieves BPH symptoms with fewer complications than invasive surgery.

This outpatient procedure can cause a burning sensation. The sensation can be managed by using an anesthetic to block the nerves in and around the prostate.

Getting in Hot Water

Hot water is delivered through a catheter to a treatment balloon that sits in the center of the prostate in water-induced thermotherapy. This computer-controlled procedure heats a defined area of the prostate while neighboring tissues are protected. The heat destroys the problematic tissue. The tissue is then either excreted through urine or reabsorbed in the body.

Surgical Choices

Invasive surgery for BPH includes transurethral surgery, which doesn’t require open surgery or an external incision. According to the National Institutes of Health, transurethral resection of the prostate is the first choice of surgeries for BPH. The surgeon removes prostate tissue obstructing the urethra using a resectoscope inserted through the penis during TURP.

Another method is transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP). During TUIP, the surgeon makes incisions in the neck of the bladder and in the prostate. This serves to widen the urethra and increase urine flow.

Laser Surgery

Laser surgery for BPH involves inserting a scope through the penis tip into the urethra. A laser passed through the scope removes prostate tissue by ablation (melting) or enucleation (cutting). The laser melts excess prostate tissue in photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP).

Holmium laser ablation of the prostate (HoLAP) is similar, but a different type of laser is used. The surgeon uses two instruments for Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP): a laser to cut and remove excess tissue and a morcellator to slice extra tissue into small segments that are removed.

Open Simple Prostatectomy

Open surgery may be required in complicated cases of a very enlarged prostate, bladder damage, or other problems. In open simple prostatectomy, the surgeon makes an incision below the navel or several small incisions in the abdomen via laparoscopy. Unlike prostatectomy for prostate cancer when the entire prostate gland is removed, in open simple prostatectomy the surgeon removes only the portion of the prostate blocking urine flow.

Latest Treatment  January 2016

New treatment for benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH)!

Rezūm II uses Convective water vapor thermal therapy treatment and provides rapid and durable improvements in BPH symptoms and preserves erectile and ejaculatory function. Treatment can be delivered in an office setting using oral pain medication and is applicable to all prostate zones including median lobe.

Benefits of this new technology:

  • 0% Post procedure leakage
  • 0% Erectile dysfunction disorder post procedure
  • 0% Ejaculatory issues post procedure
  • Covered by Medicare
  • Within 2 weeks patients see improvements in BPH symptoms
  • In-office procedure
  • Patients may drive themselves home post procedure
  • FDA approved

Self-Care May Help

Not all men with BPH need medication or surgery. These steps may help you manage mild symptoms:

  • Do pelvic-strengthening exercises.
  • Stay active.
  • Decrease alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Space out how much you drink rather than drinking a lot at once.self- catheterization
  • Urinate when the urge strikes — don’t wait.
  • Avoid decongestants and antihistamines.

Talk with your doctor about the treatment approach that best suits your needs.

Life saving information on Chronic Urinary Retention ( can not urinate) 

Get to Urologist or Hospital and get Catheterized and if needed learn to self-catheterize.

 

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Jan 202016
 

Greetings from PublicHealthCorps!

Aging in Place’ is a term heard more and more frequently as the aging population continues to grow.

Here at PublicHealthCorps, we are particularly interested in the health of this aging population, and how we might inspire seniors to take care of themselves so that the dream of ‘aging in place’ can become their reality.
Please take a look at the resources  listed below – these are the top 12 most helpful and educational resources that I, along with three others on my team, came across.

wellnesswillpower.com/the-ideal-doctor/

Aging in Place

Aging in Place Home Loan Modification Programs

The Aging in Place Initiative

Top 10 Cities for Technology-Assisted Living

Technology Innovations That Could Help the Elderly

19 User-Friendly Apps for Seniors, Alzheimer’s Patients and Caregivers, and Individuals with Disabilities

Health for Seniors

10 Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

A Caregiver’s Guide to the Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer’s

Older Adults & Anxiety

Seniors & Drugs – NCADD

Ultimate Guide to Rehab & Medicare

 

Thank You for your service Patricia Sarmiento
Putting the Public Back in Public Health
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p.sarmiento@publichealthcorps.org
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Sep 132015
 

Prostate Power Protection
Saw Palmetto Berry Extract

If you know anything about natural approaches to prostate health, you’ve heard of saw

Saw Palmetto Berries

Saw Palmetto Berries

palmetto. Make sure your getting the highest quality Saw Palmetto “Supercritical Co2 Extraction”.This extract of the dwarf palm plant, also known as Serenoa repens, is the most popular herbal preparation used to promote prostate health.

And for good reason, as many studies have demonstrated its effectiveness and safety.

How does it work? Well, saw palmetto helps reduce the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Plus, it contains compounds that also promote proper inflammatory response.

It’s true that saw palmetto HELPS promote a healthy prostate. As is the case with most supplements, a combination of ingredients is much more powerful than taking a single nutrient or two for prostate health.

 

Prostate Power Protection

Pomegranate Fruit Extract

Biologically active compounds in pomegranate juice, known as ellagitannins, are known to have powerful antioxidant effects and promote proper inflammatory response.

Of course, you could drink pomegranate juice daily. However, it’s not only expensive but also loaded with sugar you don’t need.

 

Prostate Power Protection Beta Sitosterols

Plant Sterols with Beta-Sitosterol 

Beta Sitosterols

This plant-derived nutrient is popular in Europe to promote prostate and urinary tract health — mainly because of its benefit on lowering levels of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme to reduce DHT.

In one randomized, double-blind study of 200 men, half the group received 180 mg of beta-sitosterol daily, while the other half received a placebo. After six months, the beta-sitosterol group saw improvement in the International Prostate Symptom Score, the measurement of urine flow, and the amount of residual urine remaining in the bladder.

To confirm these effects of beta-sitosterol, another study was performed using 177 men. Again, urinary flow values increased while residual urine volumes decreased substantially. The International Prostate Symptom Scores showed a statistically significant improvement.

Prostate Power Protection

Pumpkin Seed Powder

Pumpkin seeds contain protective compounds called phytosterols, which help promote proper prostate size and function.

They also contain chemicals that help reduce transformation of testosterone into DHT. As you recall, low levels of DHT are associated with proper prostate size.

Additionally, pumpkin seeds are a natural diuretic and offer excellent antioxidant protection for your prostate.

Prostate Power Protection 
Pygeum Africanum Bark  

Pygeum

Pygeum

This bark of the African plum tree has been used medicinally for thousands of years and promotes proper inflammatory response.

Pygeum is another “heavy hitter” when it comes to prostate health, shown to improve urinary symptoms.

Numerous scientific studies report that pygeum significantly reduces urinary hesitancy, urinary frequency, and the number of times patients need to wake up at night to urinate.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health give pygeum an “A” grade for use in promoting prostate health against benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Strong scientific evidence supports this use.

Prostate Power Protection

Boswellia Gum Extract

Gum Arabic on tree branch, waiting to be collected.

Gum Arabic on tree branch, waiting to be collected.

Boswellia extract is derived from the sappy resin of the boswellia tree.

Back in the 1970s, scientists in Germany discovered that boswellia could be used to help promote proper inflammatory response in the body. Although boswellia is a potent herb best known for supporting joint health, this has the ability to promote proper inflammatory response.

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Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle Root Powder   

Stinging nettle root is another compound widely used in Europe for prostate health to treat BPH.

Nettle root contains numerous biologically active chemicals that may influence the function of the prostate, interact with sex hormones, and promote proper inflammatory response.

This little-known extract is believed to inhibit the production of DHT, that troublesome hormone in the testosterone family that can negatively impact your prostate health.

Studies suggest that stinging nettle, in combination with other herbs (especially saw palmetto), may be effective at relieving symptoms such as lowered urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post-urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate.

Prostate Power Protection
Lycopene

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant found most notably in tomatoes. Studies indicate that lycopene may help support prostate health.

Unfortunately, the levels of lycopene in your blood decrease with age. So even if your diet is rich in tomatoes, you may not have enough of this important prostate-health nutrient.

Prostate Power Protection

Flower Pollen         Flower Pollen

There is some evidence that flower pollen extracts may help support proper prostate size and help relieve urinary symptoms, including restricted urine flow, frequency, hesitancy in starting and stopping the flow of urine.

Prostate Power Protection 
Hydrangea Root Powder 

Hydrangea root powder

Hydrangea root powder

Hydrangea provides the powerful antioxidant quercetin and the flavonoid rutin, both of which protect and strengthen your blood vessels.

5 Steps for Healthy
Prostate Self-Care

1. Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge to go — don’t wait!

2. Drink plenty of fluids, especially pure water.

3. Avoid caffeine, which will make you urinate more.

4. Eat right, and include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Plus, hydrangea root may help promote normal prostate size and provide support for the urinary system by promoting proper prostate health.

Prostate Power Protection
Selenium

Selenium is a must-have mineral for prostate health. Considerable research highlights its importance in prostate health.

Many soils are now depleted from important minerals like selenium due to the use of strong fertilizers and commercial farming practices. This makes it hard to get your daily supply without supplementation.

Prostate Power Protection
Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is one of the most powerful healing chemicals in the body. However, many people have a deficiency of this important vitamin. Many studies have shown that vitamin D deficiencies contribute to increased risks of many common and serious diseases.

Prostate Power Protection

Zinc

Scientists have long known that zinc plays an essential role in maintaining the health of the prostate, especially as you grow older.

Zinc is also helpful in maintaining the health and size of the prostate.

It is, however, a mineral that should not be overused.

Prostate Power Protection

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is known for its antioxidant properties. One study demonstrated that in prostate cells exposed to vitamin E, PSA levels dropped by as much as 80-90%.

Prostate Power Protection 
Copper

Copper is a trace mineral essential for both the health and function of your prostate.

A nutritional supplement designed for optimal prostate health should always maintain a correct balance between zinc and copper, because zinc can reduce the absorption of copper in the body.
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Jul 242015
 

Planning your Doctor VisitTalking with Your Doctor

Planning Your Doctor Visit

A Partnership/Celebrating Senior Wellness and Independence

How well you and your doctor talk to each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. Unfortunately, talking with your doctor isn’t always easy. In the past, the doctor typically took the lead and the patient followed. Today, a good patient-doctor relationship is a partnership. You and your doctor can work as a team.

Creating a basic plan before you go to the doctor can help you make the most of your visit. The tips in this chapter will make it easier for you and your doctor to cover everything you need to talk about.

(Watch the video to get tips on planning for your doctor visit. To enlarge the video, click the brackets in the lower right-hand corner. To reduce the video, press the Escape (Esc) button on your keyboard.)

Make a List of Your Symptoms

Talking about your health means sharing information about how you feel. Sometimes it can be hard to remember everything that is bothering you during your doctor visit. Making a list of your symptoms before your visit will help you not forget to tell the doctor anything.

Symptoms can be physical, such as pain, fever, a lump or bump, unexplained weight gain or loss, change in energy level, or having a hard time sleeping. Symptoms can also involve your thoughts and your feelings. For example, you would want to tell your doctor if you are often confused, or if you feel sad a lot.

What to Include

When you list your symptoms, be specific. Your list should include:
■what the symptom is
■when it started
■what time of day it happens and how long it lasts
■how often it happens
■anything that makes it worse or better
■anything it prevents you from doing.

Use this form to help you organize your concerns, symptoms or other health matters [PDF] or [HTML version]

List Your Medications

Your doctor needs to know about ALL the medications you take. Medications include
■prescription drugs
■over-the-counter (non-prescription) drugs
■vitamins, herbal remedies or supplements
■laxatives
■eye drops.

Sometimes doctors may ask you to bring all your medications in a bag to your visit. Other doctors suggest making a list of all your medications to bring to your visit.

Note Dosages, Frequency, Side Effects

If you do make a list of the medications you take, do not forget to write down how much you take and how often you take it. Make sure to tell the doctor if a dose has changed or if you are taking a new medicine since your last visit.

Write down or bring all your medications even if you think that one or some of them are not important. The doctor needs to know everything you take because sometimes medicines cause problems when taken together. Also, sometimes a medicine you take for one health problem, like a headache, can cause another health problem to get worse. Write down any medication allergies you have and any bad side effects you have had with the medicines you take. Also, write down which medications work best for you.

To provide the best care, your doctor must understand you as a person and know what your life is like.

Print out a chart to help you keep track of your medicines [PDF] or [HTML version]

Do You Use Assistive Devices?

Be sure to let your doctor know if you use any assistive devices to help you in your daily activities. Assistive devices can help you see, hear, stand, reach, balance, grasp items, go up or down stairs, and move around. Devices used by older adults may include canes, walkers, scooters, hearing aids, reachers, grab bars, and stair lifts.

What Are Your Everyday Habits?

Be prepared to tell your doctor about where you live, if you drive or how you get around, what you eat, how you sleep, what you do each day, what activities you enjoy, what your sex life is like, and if you smoke or drink alcohol.

Be open and honest. It will help your doctor to better understand your medical conditions and figure out the best treatment choices for you.

Any Life Changes?

Sometimes things happen in life that are sad or stressful. Your doctor needs to know about any life changes that have occurred since your last visit because they can affect your health. Examples of life changes are divorce, death of a loved one, or changing where you live.

Your list should include all your life changes but does not need to go into detail. It can be short like “had to sell home and move in with daughter.”

Any Other Medical Encounters?

Also, write down and tell your doctor if you had to go to the emergency room, stay in the hospital or see a different doctor, such as a specialist, since your last visit. It may be helpful to bring that doctor’s contact information.

What Else to Bring

Bring your insurance cards, names and phone numbers of your other doctors, and the phone number of the pharmacy you use. Also, bring your medical records if your doctor does not have them.

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Feb 122013
 

 Photo Memoriesmemories with picturesPhotos Stimulates Memory-Positive Vibration

By Eddie Katz

Caring for a person with Limited-Life creates challenges in keeping them engaged with the world and able to enjoy their last days, weeks and possibly months.

Paying Homage to Memories is a way to connect with your loved ones who are late in their lives.

  • Create Photos categorized by year starting as young as possible.
  • Make small photo albums with not too many of immediate family members and relatives because of short attention span.
  • Photo albums can be filled with memories of this life (places, people), this world (vacations), your connection! Positive vibration.

It creates stimulating conversation.

Memories/Positive Connection

Memories/Positive Connection

memories

It is eventual  we will notice our parents not interested in the things that used to stimulate them like food or TV and their memory is fading more and more. That’s when photos put smiles back and a sense of dignity that connects you with them and this world.

Making the best out of our visits should always include bringing photos filled of positive memories. With such short time left, connecting to memories is the most stimulating experience leaving you and your loved ones more spiritually at peace from the visit.

Memories by way of Music

By Dr Mercola

Music predates language and speaks to us on a primal level. Thinking back to your adolescence, you probably associate key memories with the soundtracks that played during these formative years.

Before this, music likely began shaping your reality during infancy — there’s even evidence that babies respond to music while still in the womb. At the other end of the spectrum, elderly people, too, including those struggling with degenerative conditions, come alive again when they hear their favorite tunes.

“What is it about music that moves us so intensely and directly, and how can it be employed in the treatment of neurological and physical disorders?” Such are the questions answered and explored in the above documentary, “Music on the Brain.”

Miraculous Results Simply by Sharing Music With Dementia Patients

In the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, patients often become moody and withdrawn. They may forget events as well as their own personal history, leading to a loss of identity and self.

The simple act of listening to music may help people with Alzheimer’s to reconnect with the people around them and even remember past life events, which is why the non-profit organization Music & Memory has made this their mission.

The organization works with nursing home staff and elder care professionals, along with family caregivers, to create and provide personalized music playlists using digital audio systems like iPods to people with dementia.

When executive director Dan Cohen first thought of the idea in 2006, he was surprised that none of the 16,000 long-term care facilities in the U.S. used iPods for their residents.1

He spearheaded efforts to change that, and today personalized music programs are available in thousands of nursing homes and other facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond.

In the video below you can see a clip of nursing-home resident Henry, who was “reawakened” by listening to his favorite musical artist, Cab Calloway.

As Music & Memory put it, “These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring participants back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present … The results can be nothing short of miraculous.”2 The video below speaks for itself.

Personalized Music May Reduce Agitation and Use of Drugs in Alzheimer’s Patients

It’s interesting to note that some of music’s benefits appear to be rooted in its familiarity. That is, a person’s favorite music or songs they associate with important events can trigger a memory of the song’s lyrics, the related event and even the feelings and experience of it.

In many cases, listening to individualized music appears to be more effective than listening to a random song.

In one study of 39 people in a long-term care facility in Iowa, for example, listening to individualized music led to a significant reduction in agitation (such as anxiety, shouting and irritability) both during and after the session — more so than occurred when residents listened to generic classical relaxation music.3

Other research has shown individualized music may calm agitated patients and lead to significantly lower anxiety scores.4

The success of the technique depends on nursing staff being able to figure out a patient’s musical preferences, which is why you may want to ask your aging relatives about their favorite songs now (or relay yours to your caregivers) just in case.

It’s also dependent on a person’s interest in music throughout life. You needn’t be overly musical to appreciate music emotionally, as virtually everyone does, but as written in the World Journal of Psychiatry (WJP):5

“ … [I]t would not be appropriate for a person who did not have an appreciation for music prior to the onset of cognitive impairment. A positive correlation is expected between the degree of significance that music had in the person’s life prior to the onset of dementia and effectiveness of the intervention.”

However, listening to music is a simple, inexpensive and risk-free intervention that has the potential to benefit many.

The response from nursing homes that have implemented Music & Memory’s individualized music program has been overwhelmingly positive, with many even reporting reduced drug use as a result. Margaret Rivers of Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility in New York City told Music & Memory:6

“One of the more positive results we’re seeing is a reduction in the need for psychotropic medication. Music soothes the residents to the point where they actually may not need all of the medications that they needed prior to going on [Music & Memory’s] program.”

Familiar Songs May Help Alzheimer’s Patients Recall Memories

When you listen to music, a broad range of neural networks become engaged, including those linked to autobiographical memories and emotions.7 The brain region behind your forehead, known as the medial prefrontal cortex, is one of the last to atrophy among Alzheimer’s patients; it’s also the hub that music activates.

Petr Janata, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at University of California (UC) Davis’ Center for Mind and Brain, conducted a study to map the brain activity of subjects as they listened to music. He said in a press release:8

“What seems to happen is that a piece of familiar music serves as a soundtrack for a mental movie that starts playing in our head.

It calls back memories of a particular person or place, and you might all of a sudden see that person’s face in your mind’s eye … Now we can see the association between those two things — the music and the memories.”

Janata is among those who believe providing Alzheimer’s patients with digital music players and customized playlists could improve their quality of life. In some cases it may also help them to share those memories as well.

When Alzheimer’s patients sat in rooms filled with music and were asked to tell a story about their life, their stories contained more meaningful words, were more grammatically complex, and conveyed more information (per number of words) than stories told in a silent room.9

The findings suggest that exposure to music may help people with Alzheimer’s disease to overcome neurolinguistic limitations. This makes sense, the study’s co-author noted, because “music and language processing share a common neural basis.”10 In the video below, the late Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author of “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain,” explained how listening to familiar music may allow Alzheimer’s patients to access personal memories that have otherwise become inaccessible.

Your Brain Is Hard-Wired to Respond to Music

Music on the Brain discusses that music may have evolved from an earlier form of emotional communication, an emotional proto-language of the sort you may hear between a mother and a baby. Tone of voice and pitch are incredibly important before language emerges, and it’s thought this early form of communication eventually split into language, which conveys more information, and music, which conveys emotion.

When you hear music, many areas of your brain light up. Music triggers activity in the nucleus accumbens, a part of your brain that releases the feel-good chemical dopamine and is involved in forming expectations.

At the same time, the amygdala, which is involved in processing emotion, and the prefrontal cortex, which makes possible abstract decision-making, are also activated.11 Meanwhile, oxytocin, the bonding hormone that’s released when we interact with our loved ones, is also released by music, specifically by singing together.12

Many evolutionary biologists believe that music was fundamental in our ability to function as humans and hold together large communities of people, as music is capable of producing oxytocin, i.e., bonding and sharing emotions, on a massive scale.

Music Helps People With Parkinson’s Disease Move More Freely

Even brain areas that control movement are affected by music. This may seem strange until you consider that movement, such as drumming, was once essential to creating music. Today, music is now being used to help people with diseases like Parkinson’s to move more freely.

Slowness, tremor, stiffness and impaired balance are common in Parkinson’s patients, but emerging research suggests music may be an effective non-drug intervention.13 People who ordinarily are unable to control their movements are suddenly able to follow the beat of a song and dance. The music seems to provide an external rhythm that bypasses the malfunctioning signals in the brain.

A variety of neurological disorders have shown improvement from music-based interventions, including not only Parkinson’s disease but also multiple sclerosis and stroke. In fact, music-based interventions had similar or greater effects than conventional rehabilitation on upper limb function, mobility and cognition among people with neurological disorders.14

Music Opens a Back Door for Memory Recall in Your Brain

By tapping areas of your brain linked to both emotions and memory, music can act as a back door to help you access past events that would otherwise be lost. As Music & Memory put it:15

“Even for persons with severe dementia, music can tap deep emotional recall. For individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, memory for things — names, places [and] facts — is compromised, but memories from our teenage years can be well-preserved.

Favorite music or songs associated with important personal events can trigger memory of lyrics and the experience connected to the music. Beloved music often calms chaotic brain activity and enables the listener to focus on the present moment and regain a connection to others.

Persons with dementia, Parkinson’s and other diseases that damage brain chemistry also reconnect to the world and gain improved quality of life from listening to personal music favorites.”

If you’re a caregiver to someone with dementia, creating a personalized playlist for him or her is a simple way to help them reconnect with the outside world and feel like themselves again, even for a little while.

On a larger scale, if you have a loved one in a nursing home, you may want to suggest they consider the use of individualized music for their residents. Music & Memory also accepts donations of gently used Apple music players, including iPods, iPhones or iPads. If you have one you’re no longer using, consider donating it to this worthwhile cause.16

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Aug 092011
 

                   

                           Himalayan Pink Rock Salt

Is pure, hand-mined salt found naturally; deep within the pristine Himalayan Mountains. Himalayan salt is a marketing term for Halite (commonly known as rock salt) from Pakistan, which began being sold by various companies in Europe, North America, and Australia in the early 21st century. It is mined in the Khewra Salt Mines, the second largest salt mine in the world, located in Khewra, Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan, about 300 km from the Himalayas, about 160 kilometres from Islamabad, and 260 kilometres from Lahore, and in the foothills of the Salt Range where Yaks are loaded with Salt and brought off the mountains. Crystallized more than 200 million years ago, ancient sea beds were covered by volcanic lava, protecting the salt from modern-day pollution, and lending to the belief that Himalayan Pink salt is the purest salt to be found on earth.

Searching for a pure, gourmet salt that also delivers amazing health benefits? Himalayan Pink Salt is one of the purest salts found on earth. When it comes to purity and mineral content, no other salt compares. Praised by health and culinary experts for centuries, Himalayan Pink Salt delivers many healing benefits to the body, including lowering blood pressure, improving circulation and detoxification from heavy metals.

Himalayan Pink Salt offers an intriguing glimpse at mineral packed crystals, which formed naturally within the earth. The many hues of pink, red and white are an indication of this salt’s rich and varying mineral and iron content. Incorporate Himalayan Pink Salt into your culinary presentation; use it in a clear salt grinder so your guests can experience all the sensory delights of this amazingly pure flavor enhancer. Use it liberally in pickling brines, or try your hand at salt-roasting fish or chicken for a moist and flavorful result.

The same replenishing nutrients that make Himalayan Pink salt prized in the gourmet world makes it an absolute treasure as a bath salt. Naturally rich in 84 nourishing and skin-replenishing minerals, bathing with Himalayan Pink bath salt is truly a renewing and therapeutic experience for mind & body. This 250 million year old, Jurassic era sea salt is known for its healing properties and is used by health professionals, spas and individuals who are interested in utilizing natural products to heal the body and relax the mind.

Himalayan Pink salt’s vivid pink color is a result of the trace elements in the salt, including energy-rich iron. These naturally present minerals (84) are essential for human health, which can be consumed and can be readily absorbed through bathing therapies. Himalayan salt has long been praised for its healing benefits; and is known for stimulating circulation, soothing sore muscles, helping to reduce acid reflux, lowering blood pressure, and removing toxins.

Himalayan Pink Crystal Salts are the very same therapeutic salts as the Himalayan Pink salts, but come in chunks from 10 to 60mm in size. These crystals are often used for Himalayan Sole (so-lay), a mixture (approx. 16 oz. to 1 tsp.) of water and Himalayan crystals. The 84 bio-available trace minerals in the sole are believed to help balance the body’s alkaline/acidity, normalize blood pressure & dissolve and eliminate sediment, which in turn detoxifies the body. Believed also to relieve muscle spasms and cramps. Himalayan salt crystals are also used as potpourri for decoration, essential oil diffusion and air purification by producing negative ions when heated (Salt Lamp).

More recently, large crystal rocks are also used as Salt lamps. A salt lamp is a lamp carved from a larger salt crystal, often colored, with an incandescent bulb or a candle inside. The lamps give an attractive glow and are suitable for use as nightlights or for ambient mood lighting.

Himalayan salt is called white gold because it contains ions of stored sunlight. Since it came from the undeveloped regions of the Himalayas, you can be sure that it contains the natural elements( 84 minerals) that can be found in the original, primal ocean. It has the essential minerals that are found in the body. Together with water, the stored primal energy in the salt can bring pure crystal of energy to the body.

This pure crystal has been exposed to earth pressure for millions and millions of years ago. And this pressure has perfected the geometric crystalline structure of Himalayan pink salt. The more perfect the geometric shape of the crystal, the more its energy content. And with this shape, the body can easily absorb this salt.

Compared with common salt, the crystals of common table salts are unnatural. Kosher salt is the same as table salt only larger coarse grains.  They are totally isolated and dead. To be able to be consumed by the body, the cells need to exert a big amount of energy. This results into great damage to the body but only recieving 2 minerals with zero gain. Table Salt should be for use outside the body! Table salt contributes to Heart disease which is the leading cause of death! Sea salt has the same amount of sodium as table salt!

Comparing it with sea salt, the sea salt has irregular crystalline structure. The minerals are way isolated with the other natural elements of the salt. It is for this reason that the body needs a lot of energy to metabolize but with lesser gain in absorbing the minerals.  Also you should consider the contaminents attached to sea salt.

The Himalayan pink salt has balanced crystalline. The crystals are not isolated from the 84 natural minerals. They are connected in such a very harmonious condition. This structure makes the energy balance; thus, absorption by the body is quite easy. The crystals provide primal energy to the body. The result is purely gain for the body with no energy loss.

  • Natural unprocessed salt, such as  Himalayan pink salt, contains about 84 percent sodium chloride (just under 37 percent of which is pure sodium). The remaining 16 percent are naturally-occurring trace minerals, including silicon, phosphorus, and vanadium
  • Processed (table) salt contains 97.5 percent sodium chloride (just over 39 percent of which is sodium). The rest is man-made chemicals, such as moisture absorbents and flow agents, such as ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate.

 

Besides the basic differences in nutritional content, the processing—which involves drying the salt above 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit—also radically and detrimentally alters the chemical structure of the salt.

For a frame of reference, one teaspoon of regular table salt contains about 2.3 grams of sodium. According to some estimates, Americans get roughly four grams of sodium per day, which has long been thought to be too much for heart health.

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