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It's important to keep joints moving, even if you're dealing with pain from arthritis or an overuse injury. But sometimes you'll need to keep weight off a joint and rest it more than you usually would. Don't let a painful joint prevent you from exercising; try these joint-friendly options instead:
stationary bike (recumbent or upright)
swimming, water aerobics, or water walking
short walks throughout the day, instead of a long walk.
Original article from Harvard Health.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports opioids killed more than 1,300 Texans in 2016.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is bringing the state into a series of lawsuits against a pharmacy company accused of worsening the opioid epidemic.
Texas joins states such as Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina that are suing Purdue Pharma for misrepresenting the risks of opioid addiction. At a press conference May 15, Paxton announced that his office filed a consumer protection lawsuit in the Travis County District Court against the company for allegedly violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA).
"My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nation's opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers including OxyContin when it knew their drugs were potentially dangerous and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction," Paxton said. "As Purdue got rich from sales of its opioids, Texans and others across the nation were swept up in a public health crisis that led to tens of thousands of deaths each year due to opioid overdoses."
The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports opioids killed more than 1,300 Texans in 2016.
Taken from Cancer.gov
-Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
-A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
-A laboratory study of delta-9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed that it damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in mouse models of liver cancer showed that it had antitumor effects. Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small cell lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells.
-A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.
-A review of 34 studies of cannabinoids in glioma tumor models found that all but one study showed that cannabinoids can kill cancer cells without harming normal cells.
-A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in human glioma cells showed that when given along with chemotherapy, CBD may make chemotherapy more effective and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cells. Studies in mouse models of cancer showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective.
It never fails, every year around this time we will have a patient come to the office in a panic. They have a vacation booked for the summer and want to lose some weight. It usually sounds something like this, "I have Cancun in 6 weeks, what can you do for me?!"
Well, whether you have a beach vacation booked or not, Summer is still right around the corner. The real question is, are YOU ready for it?
Have you tried different diets in the past and they didn't work? Or maybe it didn't stick? Why is that?
That's because unfortunately there is no one cookie cutter diet for everyone.
At Adjust we individualize every weightloss plan for each patient. We start with a comprehensive blood panel to strategically attack stubborn fat and fast track our weightloss goals. Our plans are physician monitored to make sure your weightloss is healthy, successful, and you don't end up in the same situation next year.
Schedule your weightloss consultation by calling 972.701.WELL or clicking here.
Check out this recent Before and After we took of a patient that recently had one of our state of the art regenerative therapies performed on both of her knees. If you or someone you know if suffering from knee pain contact our office for a free consultation. 972.701.WELL
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
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