- Amniotic stem cells contain no steroids. Instead, the injections rely on naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents, such as cytokines.
- Amniotic stem cells contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates cartilage and promotes new cartilage growth.
- Amniotic stem cells contain growth factors, which stimulate tissue growth.
- With amniotic stem cells, there is no threat of patient rejection.
- Lastly, amniotic fluid is a highly concentrated source of stem cells, which makes this type of stem cell injection preferable over embryonic stem cells and the patient’s own stem cells (from fat or bone marrow).
Original Article from Harvard Health Blog.
Here are 10 tips for more mindful eating. Not all of these tips may feel right for you — try a few and see how they work.
Before you begin eating, take a moment to reflect upon how you feel. Are you rushed? Stressed? Sad? Bored? Hungry? What are your wants, and what are your needs? Differentiate between the two. After you have taken this moment to reflect, then you can choose if you want to eat, what you want to eat, and how you want to eat.
2. Sit down.
Don’t eat on the go. Have a seat. You’re less likely to appreciate your food when you are multi-tasking. It’s also difficult to keep track of how much you are eating when you snack on the go.
3. Turn off the TV (and everything else with a screen).
Have you ever glanced down from your phone or tablet or computer, only to wonder where all the food went? These distractions make us less aware of what and how much we are eating.
4. Serve out your portions.
Resist eating straight from the bag or the box. Not only is it easier to overeat when you can’t see how much you’ve had, but it is also harder to fully appreciate your food when it is hidden from view.
5. Pick the smaller plate.
You might crave less if you see less. Smaller plates will help you with your portion control — an especially good strategy for those all-you-can-eat buffets.
6. Give gratitude.
Before you start to eat, pause and take a moment to acknowledge the labor that went into providing your meal — be it thanks to the farmers, the factory workers, the animals, mother Earth, the chefs, or even your companions at the table.
7. Chew 30 times.
Try to get 30 chews out of each bite. (30 is a rough guide, as it might be difficult to get even 10 chews out of a mouthful of oatmeal!) Take time to enjoy the flavors and textures in your mouth before you swallow. This may also help prevent overeating by giving your gut time to send messages to the brain to say you’re full.
8. Put down your utensil.
Often, we are already preparing the next morsel with our fork and knife while we are still on our previous bite. Try putting down your utensils after each bite, and don’t pick them back up until you have enjoyed and swallowed what you already have in your mouth.
9. Resign from the Clean Plate Club.
Many of us were brought up to finish everything on our plate and were not allowed to leave the table until we did. It’s okay to cancel your membership to the Clean Plate Club. Consider packing the leftovers to go, or just leaving the last few bites. Even though nobody likes to waste food, overstuffing yourself won’t help those in need. (This is also where Tip #5 comes in handy.)
Try eating your meals in silence once in a while. When it’s quiet, it is natural for the mind to wander; acknowledge these thoughts, and then see if you can gently return to your experience of eating. Be conscious of the food’s consistency, flavor, tastes, and smells, and fully appreciate the moment. Of course, mealtime can be an important time for sharing the day when the whole household gathers, so having an entire meal in silence might be impractical or just feel awkward. But even spending the first five to 10 minutes in silence can be refreshing and set a grateful tone for the rest of the meal.
Almost half of over-65s in England are taking at least five different drugs a day, a Cambridge University study has found.
The figure has risen from just 12 per cent 20 years ago, while the proportion taking no pills at all dropped from around 20 per cent in the late 1990s to just seven per cent today.
Researchers tracked more than 15,000 older people who took part in two long-term health studies which began in the 1990s.
Some of those who took part in the long-term investigation said they were on up to 23 tablets every day.
Researchers expressed concern at the increasing dependence on prescription and over-the-counter medicines - known as 'polypharmacy'.
Studies show polypharmacy can increase the dangers of interactions between different drugs and the risk of frailty in older patients.
It's feared many patients are left on medications long-term without thorough or regular GP reviews.
Volunteers in the study were asked to record their regular medication use, including drugs prescribed by doctors and those they bought over-the-counter, such as painkillers, vitamins and minerals.
The results, in the journal Age and Ageing, showed the proportion taking five or more different drugs a day jumped from 12 per cent to 47 per cent.
But the numbers needing no medicines at all nearly halved.
Heart disease pills, such as statins, accounted for nearly half the medicines taken.
Researchers said increased drug use partly reflected better diagnosis and treatment of potentially deadly conditions.
But they also voiced concerns that some patients may not need all the drugs they are on and were potentially at increased risk of death.
Researcher Dr Carol Brayne said: "We know that polypharmacy is associated with higher mortality and that the evidence for combination therapies on the scale that we have seen them in the older population is not good."
She said the findings highlighted the need for robust evidence on the benefits and harms of taking pills in bulk.
A 2015 study in Spain found those taking six medicines or more a day were nearly three times as likely to die prematurely than those on no drugs at all.
Even taking up to five a day increased the dangers by an estimated 47 per cent, researchers warned.
Via The Telegraph
Today is #NationalRelaxationDay. Here are 10 relaxation techniques for kids, perfect for the classroom.
1. Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is an effective way of slowing down the body's natural response to stress. It slows down the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and provides a feeling of being in control.
This simple technique can be done by anyone.
Simply breathe in deeply.
Hold the breath for a moment.
Release it slowly.
Repeat the deep breathing until you feel relaxed.
2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation offers a wonderful way to relieve stress. This is accomplished by tensing and then relaxing different muscle groups in your body.
Child scrunching up her face
Face - Ask your child to scrunch up her nose and forehead like she smells something stinky, and then have her relax her face. Repeat three times.
Jaws - Ask your child to clench her jaws together tightly like she's a dog hanging on to a bone, and then have her release that imaginary bone and let her jaw go completely loose. Repeat three times.
Arms and shoulders - Ask your child to stretch her arms out in front of her, and then raise them above her head and stretch as high as she can. Have her drop her arms and let them hang loose. Repeat three times.
Hands and arms - Ask your child to imagine squeezing an orange as hard as she can with one hand, and then dropping that orange on the floor and letting her arm and hand go limp. Repeat three times, and then switch to the other arm.
Stomach - Have your child lie on her back and clench her stomach muscles as hard as she can for just a moment. Have her release them and relax. Repeat three times, and then have her do the same technique while standing up.
Legs and feet - Have your child stand and press her toes against the floor as though she is digging them into sand at the beach. Have her alternately press them and spread them enough to feel it in her legs, and then have her relax. Repeat three times.
With each of these techniques, encourage your child to notice how good her body feels when she relaxes each portion. The goal is to work through these exercises to achieve full body relaxation.
Exercise is a great form of relaxation. Walking, running, swimming and playing all provide the kind of exercise that children love. However, do not overlook exercising to music. There are many excellent exercise CDs and DVDs for all age groups.
Visualization is also known as visual guided imagery. This technique uses the imagination to slow down the chatter of the mind and help release negative thoughts and worries. This technique can be especially useful following progressive muscle relaxation, which first relaxes the muscles and then calms the mind. Imagining a beautiful, peaceful place is one type of visualization that's easy for nearly any child to use as a stress reducer. Color visualization can also be helpful and is a very simple technique to teach a child.
Ask your child to imagine a favorite color that makes her feel peaceful and safe.
Have her imagine taking in that color with each breath and sending it throughout her entire body as she exhales.
Have her continue until she visualizes being filled with her special, relaxing color.
A soothing sound, a special aroma, or the feeling of warmth or light can be used in place of the color.
Laughter is a wonderful stress reliever that, according to the Mayo Clinic, soothes tension and helps the body relax.
Ways to encourage your child to laugh include:
Taking turns making silly faces
Watching a funny cartoon
Stretching relaxes built up tension in the muscles. Teach your child how to gently stretch each muscle group and feel the muscles relax.
6. Listen to Music
Listening to calming music can help a child regain focus. Even very young children may enjoy listening to relaxing classical music or the music of artists like Enya or Josh Groban.
The Mayo Clinic also advises that meditation techniques, such as yoga or transcendental meditation, relax the mind and body. Here is a simple meditation your child can use at home, but it works well in the classroom too.
While your child sits on her bed at home, or at her desk before class begins, she should place her hands in her lap and close her eyes.
The next step is to breathe in and out slowly and evenly.
Each breathe in and each breathe out counts as a single count, and she should practice this even breathing for a count of at least 50 (try for at least 30 in the classroom).
As she settles into the meditation, she should focus on listening to her breathing. As she does, she'll begin to feel more calm and focused.
When she finishes her count of 50, she should take a very deep breathe, let it out slowly, and then open her eyes.
A child cuddling a dog
Encourage your child to cuddle with a pet or a hug a loved one. According to Deborah Rozman, PhD, the interaction can lower blood pressure and decrease stress hormones.
10. Toe Tensing
Toe tensing draws tension down from the rest of the body. This simple exercise should be repeated ten times each session.
Lie on your back and allow yourself to sense your toes.
Use your toe muscles to pull all ten toes back in the direction of your face and hold to the count of ten.
Relax your toes and hold to the count of ten.
Practice These Techniques Together
Many of the techniques on this list are effective for individuals of any age. Do not hesitate to modify any of the techniques to make them age appropriate for your child, and feel free to participate yourself. Reducing your own stress and relaxing more might just have a trickle-down effect for your child as well.
Original Source: LoveToKnow
Well, it’s probably your hormones. I’m sure you’ve heard many things about hormone replacement over the years and how it can negatively or positively affect your health. I want to debunk a lot of the misconceptions right now. First, most if not all of the studies with negative side effects for hormone replacement were done with SYNTHETIC hormones (that’s right, manufactured chemical structures that are not identical to your body’s natural hormones). Of course there were negative health implications when placing a foreign chemical substance into your body. Second, Bio-Identical Hormone Rejuvenation is exactly that, chemical structures that are exactly identical to the hormones your body naturally produces. When your hormones are balanced correctly your body can function that much better. Hormones are the driving force, the catalyst, for most cell processes in the body. If your hormones are off, you won’t feel great and you most likely can’t reach those health goals you’ve been trying so hard to achieve. Just make sure the hormones used are Bio-Identical.
Some of the many amazing health advantages that Bio-Identical Hormone Rejuvenation can provide your body:
Can Bio-Identical Hormone Rejuvenation improve your wellness and overall health? Highly likely.
Stem cells are the most basic cells living in the human body, the "Master Cells". Their most amazing trait is that they can become many types of cells, bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, blood, and even organ cells. Amniotic stem cells are derived from amniotic fluid obtained during scheduled cesarean sections from consenting donors. Amniotic fluid surrounds the fetus during pregnancy, feeding it. Normally, this fluid is simply discarded. But with the amazing ingredients it contains, now it can be used for those in need.
Researchers have discovered that the amniotic fluid has an extremely high concentration of stem cells, even more than bone marrow or adipose tissue in adults. When processed at an FDA regulated lab, the biologic material ends up containing significant regenerative properties, such as growth factors, hyaluronic acid and stem cell activators. Interestingly, amniotic fluid is actually immunopriviliged, so it does not create a rejection reaction when injected into a patient. For more information or to see if you may qualify as a candidate for amniotic tissue injections simply contact us.
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1)All Stem Cells Originate in Fetuses
This is probably the most persistent misconception about stem cell therapy. The reality is that no commercially available stem cells come from embryos or fetuses in the United States. That is because medical researchers are shifting their attention to stem cells found in gestational tissues as well as adult donors. Gestational tissues like umbilical cords, placentas and amniotic fluid are currently being used to treat a number of ailments like arthritis and non-healing wounds. These tissues are normally discarded after birth but can now be stored for future lifestyle restoring treatments. However, most adult stem cells are derived from the patient’s own body via blood, bone marrow, or fat tissue.
2)Stem Cells are Unregulated
This couldn't be further from the truth! Stem cell research is regulated by the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most states have additional legislation surrounding the research and use of adult-derived stem cells. In fact, the FDA has been very involved in developing guidelines around the safety and processes associated with HCT/P’s (Human Cellular Tissue Products).
3)Stem Cells Can Cure Any Disease
On the opposite end of the spectrum are those who are OVER-confident in adult-derived stem cells. While new uses for stem cell therapy emerge frequently, every process requires years of clinical trials and research for the ultimate safety of the patient. Currently, stem cells are considered especially effective for a broad variety of musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions, including major and minor joints, soft tissue, degenerative disc disease, tendonitis and tears (shoulder, rotator cuff, hip, elbow, Achilles), fractures, sprains, cartilage defects, spine and back, and osteoarthritis. In addition, stem cell therapy is also proving effective for treating bursitis, headaches, and is used in many numerous cosmetic procedures.
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1) Your Sleep.
One problem with bedtime TV watching is simply the temptation to stay up late to find out what happens next. The biggest problem is that the bright light that your TV screen emits may actually keep you up. Your body clock is set according to the rise and fall of the sun. In the evening, you start to produce a hormone called melatonin that gradually makes you feel sleepy. It continues to increase over the course of the night, helping you to fall asleep and stay asleep until morning. But it dissipates in the wee hours, and is ultimately snuffed out by dawn’s light.
Enter: artificial lights. The increasing use of screens, including televisions, computers, tablets, and smartphones is especially problematic for sleep. That’s because electronics emit a particular type of blue light that is capable of triggering the brain to stop making melatonin.
2) Your Stress.
Experts believe that television excites the mind in a way that creates more anxiety. It's not entirely clear if this is true, but it does seem possible, since television excites neurons in the brain and excited neurons do appear to create more anxiety. But it's not clear how or why, and whether or not programming or other experiences in life at the time matter.
People also tend to almost always watch stressful programming, and stress is stress. It's not just horror movies - reality TV shows, dramas, thrillers, even documentaries can be stressful in many ways. When you have anxiety, you need as many positive emotions as you can. Very rarely do any of those types of shows cause positive emotions, and that can be a problem.
3) Your Sex.
A study by a sexologist has found that couples who have a TV set in their bedroom have sex half as often as those who don't. "If there's no television in the bedroom, the frequency (of sexual intercourse) doubles," said Serenella Salomoni whose team of psychologists questioned 523 couples to see what effect television had on their sex lives. On average, couples who live without TV in the bedroom have sex twice a week, or eight times a month. This drops to an average of four times a month for those with a TV, the study found. For the over-50s the effect is even more marked, with the average of seven couplings a month falling to just 1.5 times.