Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A Healthy Diet For A Healthy Heart

If you are like most people, you have found yourself - at one time or another - feeling upset about the state of the health care systems around you. After all, it seems like more and more people are sick these days than ever before, and yet, the "solution" most doctors and hospitals come up with is more and more medication. Through these medications, the symptoms are usually masked, but the sicknesses themselves are rarely cured. This leaves the ill individual in a constant "catch and release" cycle, whereby they continue getting worse, and continue requiring more medication for the symptoms to be covered up, rather than actually getting better. While this is a point of frustration for many people, however, very few people come to realize that there is actually a solution - one that goes outside of the questionable world of conventional medicine. This solution is reiki.

What is reiki: Reiki is an unconventional approach to health and healing - and moreover, it is an approach that works far better than the tired old conventional methods. Rather than covering up your symptoms so that you "feel" better, while your body actually continues to become worse, reiki helps your body to fully heal, so that you can continue forward into the fullness of life that awaits you! Truly, reiki is a far superior alternative to conventional medicine.

How does it work: What most people fail to realize (and what pretty much all doctors neglect to tell you) is that each and every one of us has the power within ourselves to create and experience natural healing - however, most of us are unable to tap into this power on our own. With reiki, however, this is no longer an issue, as you will be able to have energy channeled into you so that the natural healing processes of your body will be able to occur.

Who is reiki for: If you are not into "spirituality," or are not particularly used to branching outside of the conventional approaches to medicine, you may think that reiki is simply not the right option for you; if this is what you are thinking, however, you should think again! When it comes down to it, reiki works - and it works for both those who have experienced the healing goodness of reiki in the past, and for those who have approached reiki with a bit of a skeptic's eye. In other words: no matter who you are, reiki is an excellent choice for you! Are you thinking about making the transition from being a student of yoga to a yoga instructor? These days, it seems that nearly every yoga studio offers a yoga teacher training program. For yoga studios, training instructors is big business. However, how do you know which programs are the most qualified? The following three questions will help you find the best yoga teacher training programs for you.

1. What will your job prospects be after you complete the program?

Before embarking on a teacher training program, you need to know why you want to enter such a program in the first place. If you are counting on earning part, or all of your income, as a yoga instructor in the same area where you're taking the teacher training, you should know that many yoga studios prefer to hire graduates of their own training programs. From the yoga studio's point of view, hiring their own graduates makes perfect sense: They will already be familiar with the future instructor, that instructor's skills, and that instructor's teaching philosophy.

What if it's obvious to you that the place where you're seeking teacher training already has more than enough instructors? If your favorite hometown yoga studio is a small operation that already has a stable of part-time and/or full-time instructors, you probably shouldn't plan on getting a job there when your training is finished.

2. Do you want to open your own studio?

If your goal is to open your own yoga studio, then you might consider seeking a well-known instructor or teacher training program like Bikram Choudhury that can offer you the kind of training and marketing skills you'll need to draw new students. In this scenario, your hometown yoga studio might not be the best place to complete your teacher training.

With all that said, you could also take an online course from a famous studio, with information about business and marketing. Some people will tell you marketing isn't important. If they practice what they preach, they don't make any money. Think about it - if you teach for nothing, you make nothing, and your students will think yoga is worthless. The final choice is up to you, but those who don't ask, don't get paid, and don't get any respect.

3. Do you think yoga should incorporate a spiritual aspect?

In ancient India, training in physical yoga was inseparable from training the mind and soul. In this modern-day, most of the world's yoga studios and classes tend to shy away from the spiritual side of yoga.

You need to know how much of the spiritual side of yoga you want to embrace as a student and as a future teacher. Some yoga teacher trainings include the study of spiritual scriptures; other programs do not include very much spirituality at all. You should find out in advance how much of the teacher training will include a spiritual aspect and decide if its incorporation is important to you or not.


Most onsite teacher training programs cost between $2,000 and $10,000. Since that's a significant investment for most people, be sure to think carefully about the three questions listed above, before making the plunge into a yoga teacher training program. Some people go broke spending all of their savings on teacher training. How can you recover financially, if you spend all of your savings, and load up your credit card with huge debt? Remember that distance learning and online yoga certification programs are an option that can save you a lot of money.

Question everything! You will hear many myths about how to become a yoga teacher. Some people will tell you that you have to stand on your head first. Some people will tell you that you have to join this or that organization. Do your research and make the best decision for you. No two yoga teaching positions are the same, so apply at a few different places or send resumes. One thing I can tell you is: if you want to become an instructor take a reasonably priced course, get yoga certified, get liability insurance, and pay your taxes, when you start making money. People of all ages may experience shoulder problems and shoulder pain at one time or another. Many shoulder injuries happen simply because the tissues in the shoulder wear down. Tissue wear and tear in the shoulder can happen as a result of injury and it can also happen as a normal part of the aging body.

Certain sports activities that involve a lot of overhead motion may put you at an increased risk for a shoulder injury like for example swimming, tennis, volleyball, baseball pitching, or weightlifting. Doing certain repetitive activities over an extended period of time like heavy lifting or overhead assembly work may also lead to shoulder problems.

Sometimes when people experience a shoulder injury, they have pain in a very isolated spot in their shoulder. Other times people experience a more general all around shoulder pain. Sometimes shoulder pain gets more severe during certain times of the day. For example, rotator cuff tears often generate an increase in nighttime pain, especially if you sleep on the shoulder that has the damage.

If you feel like your shoulder might come out of socket or if your shoulder is much weaker than normal, you should see a medical professional for an evaluation as soon as possible.

5 Medical Conditions That May Cause Shoulder Pain

According to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery, around 7.5 million people in the U.S. went to the doctor for a shoulder problem in 2006. More than half of these visits were for rotator cuff injuries.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, there are a number of things that it could be. Here are 5 medical conditions that cause shoulder pain.

1. Arthritis - Many people experience arthritis in the shoulder. One of the most common types of arthritis in the shoulder is typically caused just by the passage of time. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that happens when the cartilage that provides a cushioning between bones wears out and the bones touch each other. This is very painful and is a common reason why people have shoulder surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by chronic inflammation that also causes a loss of cartilage leading to intense pain.

2. Shoulder Tendinitis is caused by inflammation in your shoulder joint. If you are suffering from shoulder tendinitis, you will likely feel pain and stiffness in your shoulder. Shoulder tendinitis may happen over time and it can also be the result of a traumatic event. If you are an athlete engaged in activities that require a lot of shoulder movement like golf, swimming, tennis or baseball, your tendons can become damaged. Incorrect technique is often to blame for shoulder tendinitis. Tendinitis becomes increasingly common as people age. Tendons are more prone to tearing over time as they become less stretchy and less tolerant of impact.

3. Rotator Cuff Injury - Your rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles that join together to cover the top of your humerus and attach it to your shoulder blade. Your rotator cuff helps your arm lift and rotate. Tears to the rotator cuff tendons are common and may include partial or complete tears. If you tear your rotator cuff, it can make every day activities a challenge. Even things like washing and brushing your hair can become difficult. Some of the most common types of pain associated with a rotator cuff tear include pain when you lift things, and discomfort when you put pressure or lay down on the injured shoulder. If you experience an injury-related rotator cuff tear, it may cause severe pain paired with a popping feeling in your shoulder.

4. SLAP Tear - Abbreviated for "Superior Labral tear from Anterior to Posterior," a SLAP tear involves an injury to the Glenoid labrum in your shoulder. This is the cartilage that goes around your shoulder socket. A SLAP injury may be caused by a dislocated shoulder, a rough fall, or during participation in overhead sporting activities like baseball pitching or tennis. The pain associated with a SLAP injury includes discomfort when moving the shoulder in certain ways, and when lifting, especially over your head. It is frequently accompanied by a decrease in strength and range of motion.

5. Osteonecrosis or Avascular Necrosis - This very uncomfortable condition happens due to a restriction in blood flow. When bone cells do not get enough blood supply, they cannot live. Over the long term, this condition can cause shoulder joint problems since blood cells die without adequate blood supply. It may also cause arthritis over the long term. Things that may put you at increased risk for osteonecrosis include sickle cell disease, alcoholism, long term use of steroids, and deep sea diving.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain that will not go away with rest, you may want to seek medical attention. A thorough medical examination will help provide you with the information you need to address your shoulder pain. Your orthopedic doctor will likely want to ask you about your medical history and symptoms, conduct a physical exam, and may also request certain imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans.

Dr. Stacie L. Grossfeld is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Fowler-Kennedy Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Grossfeld currently works as an orthopedic surgeon at Orthopaedic Specialists, her private orthopedic medical practice in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Grossfeld also serves as a clinical instructor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Louisville. Her special interests are in knee and shoulder reconstruction, shoulder injuries, and sports medicine. Dr. Grossfeld serves as an orthopedic doctor for athletes involved in many different sports including lacrosse, football, rugby, body-building, baseball, tennis, soccer, cycling, cyclo-cross, running, volleyball, cheer-leading, and many more. Find out more about Orthopaedic Specialists and follow our orthopedic and sports medicine blog for the latest on orthopedic surgery, injury prevention, and sports medicine research. Seniors with incontinence often have a higher risk of impaired skin integrity. One of the common problems is skin tears and cracks. When the skin has cracks, tears, and fissures, bacteria can get into these areas and breed, causing infection and increased irritation. In addition, impaired skin is more susceptible to further problems such as pressure sores and frictional or shear damage.

Treating skin tears and cracks, coupled with taking steps for prevention, can help return skin to health and reduce the risk of infection and further complications.

1. Good nutrition. One of the best ways to achieve healthy skin is to eat a diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals, and provides the body with needed nutrients. It is also important to stay properly hydrated. Many individuals with incontinence will drink less water to help "control" their incidences. This however, is not only not going to help incontinence, but it will also lead to poor skin health. Dehydrated skin is more likely to tear and crack. Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty.

2. Cleaning the skin regularly. Skin tears and cracks are typically caused by a few things, frictional or shear damage and dehydration. Cleaning the skin daily is very important for skin health, but it can increase the likelihood of frictional and shear damage. Choose a no-rinse option that does not require a lot of rubbing to clean with each change. Choose a cleanser that is pH balanced. The ammonia produced by urine will increase the pH of the skin, making it more susceptible to tearing and cracking. And, it also provides food for bacteria. A pH balanced cleanser helps to combat these problems.

3. Moisturizing the skin daily. The skin needs to be moisturized in order to achieve elasticity. Prolonged exposure to wetness, urine, feces, and certain cleansers (like soap and water) can dry the skin out. The natural skin moisturizers may not be enough to combat environmental effects. Thus, a daily moisturizer can help to heal the skin, and maintain health.

4. Using a skin protectant to keep it healthy, and reduce breakdown. As skin ages it produces less sebum, its natural protectant. A moisture barrier ointment will help promote healing and skin health.

5. Changing incontinence products more frequently to reduce exposure to urine and stool. Urine produces ammonia, which is the perfect food for the bacteria found in stool. This makes the perineal skin a breeding ground for bacteria. When you combine that with the fact that ammonia raises the pH of the skin, making it more susceptible to breakdown, you can see why prolonged exposure to urine and stool can cause impaired skin integrity.

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