Jul 262016
 

No man wants to hear those 3 little words from their doctor “You Have Cancer”. So, one of the best things you can do is to understand your personal risk factors.

Risk factors are anything that affects your chances of getting the disease such as family history, smoking or being overweight.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2015 are:

About 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer.

About 27,540 deaths from prostate cancer.

The Major Prostate Cancer Risks Are:

Family History

Prostate cancer tends to run in families with the odds rising to 1 in 3 if your family has a strong history with the illness.  If your father or brother had the disease, especially if they were under 55 years of age, this can as much as double your chances of getting it yourself.

Age

About 60% of the prostate cancer cases are diagnosed in men over the age of 65 and the disease is rather rare in men below the age of 40.

Race – Ethnicity

Prostate cancer occurs most often in men of African descent whether they live in the United States or in the Caribbean. African- American males are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as Caucasian counterparts. The disease occurs least frequently in both Asian-American and Hispanic men and the reasons for this are still unknown at this time. Continue reading »

Ben Ong

About Ben Ong

Ben Ong is a leading authority on the topic of prostate health, a 15-year veteran of the war on prostate disease and a best-selling author on the subject. Ever since he overcame his own benign Prostatic Hyperplasia early in the year 2000, Ben has been on the front end of research and development of natural integrative treatments for metabolic Prostate disease. He is one of the most sought after experts and public speakers on the issue of Prostate health.

Jul 242016
 

If you study about your prostate online you will likely come across all sorts of misinformation. It’s not that anyone is doing it on purpose, it’s just that most people who write on the Internet really don’t know that much.

That’s where we come in. We understand prostate health at a different level, because prostate health is all we do. In the coming blog posts that you’ll see, we go to the greatest lengths to find the real truth of the prostate and deliver it to you on a silver platter.

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How Did This Misinformation Get Started?

There were some preliminary results from “The European Randomized Study of Prostate Cancer Screening” that came out ahead of the full study and espoused a number that many in the field have now said is incorrect.

The initial release of the preliminary data was taken and run with by many internet reposting agencies without seeing the full study.

The initial number implied that; for every one man whose life is saved, 50 are either over-diagnosed or end up being over-treated.

When something is over-diagnosed that is to say that, it’s raised to a serious level of attention when that disease will never gain enough hold to cause symptoms or death in the patient.

Over-treatment is when that disease that was generally over-diagnosed is treated aggressively, even though it would have never harmed the patient in their lifetime. Continue reading »

Ben Ong

About Ben Ong

Ben Ong is a leading authority on the topic of prostate health, a 15-year veteran of the war on prostate disease and a best-selling author on the subject. Ever since he overcame his own benign Prostatic Hyperplasia early in the year 2000, Ben has been on the front end of research and development of natural integrative treatments for metabolic Prostate disease. He is one of the most sought after experts and public speakers on the issue of Prostate health.

Jul 182016
 

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The prostate is a gland about the size of a walnut that is located beneath the bladder. It’s function is to produce the seminal fluid that mixes with the sperm to form semen.

Many of the problems that arise with the prostate are realized by men due to urine flow challenges. The reason is that the prostate gland wraps around the urethra tube as it comes out of your bladder. So, if the prostate gland swells, then it will eventually restrict the flow of your urine. Similarly, if your prostate becomes infected, the probability is that the infection will travel down the urethra all the way through to the tip of your penis. So poor flow may be accompanied with dribbling, painful or burning urination, painful ejaculations and other symptoms.

Many problems with the prostate go undiagnosed for far too long, until the disease has grown into a something more serious that could have been treated or managed with much greater ease if detected earlier.

One of the main things to stress is that, just because you are experiencing a symptom or two doesn’t necessarily mean you have prostate cancer. There are quite a few problems you could have with your prostate besides prostate cancer, and we will now go into them below. Usually a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test is a good indicator of the health of your prostate. This is done through a simple blood test to determine the level of PSA in your blood.  Continue reading »

Ben Ong

About Ben Ong

Ben Ong is a leading authority on the topic of prostate health, a 15-year veteran of the war on prostate disease and a best-selling author on the subject. Ever since he overcame his own benign Prostatic Hyperplasia early in the year 2000, Ben has been on the front end of research and development of natural integrative treatments for metabolic Prostate disease. He is one of the most sought after experts and public speakers on the issue of Prostate health.

Exciting New Prostate Cancer Treatment Options – 2016/17

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Jul 082016
 

Researchers at the 2015 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium reported no new good findings for medical treatments. Instead, the prognoses of some treatments such as abiraterone acetate plus prednisone only allowed 13% of patients with prostate cancer that had already metastasized to reduce their PSA levels to less than or equal to 0.2 ng/ml within one year.

In another trial of men with prostate cancer and bone metastasis, cabozantinib was tested against prednisone. There was no difference between the two groups. In fact, 42% of those receiving the cabozantinib had a 30% reduction or more of bone lesions compared to 3% in the prednisone group. However, the side effects were too serious for many of them to continue the study.

New BPH Medical Procedure Looks Like a Winner

One new outpatient procedure used for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the Urolift device, which is a local anesthetic outpatient procedure. It involves no catheter and no sexual dysfunction, yet results in rapid symptom relief.

The enlarged prostate weighs a lot more than a normal prostate. The heavy prostate causes compression on the bladder that then causes the urinary frequency symptoms. In the Urolift procedure, the enlarged prostate is lifted up and out of the way so it can’t cause compression symptoms. This was introduced in 2014 so it may start becoming popular in the next few years.

Injection of botulinum toxin into the prostate and injection of ethanol into the prostate is not a procedure that is getting good reviews so stay clear of it. The same is true of the unproven therapies called Histotripsy, Rezum, and Aquablation. For BPH, Those on Supplements Still Fare Best Compared to Medications Continue reading »

Ben Ong

About Ben Ong

Ben Ong is a leading authority on the topic of prostate health, a 15-year veteran of the war on prostate disease and a best-selling author on the subject. Ever since he overcame his own benign Prostatic Hyperplasia early in the year 2000, Ben has been on the front end of research and development of natural integrative treatments for metabolic Prostate disease. He is one of the most sought after experts and public speakers on the issue of Prostate health.

Jun 292016
 

There is no magic formula for growing your congregation. However, numerical growth is not the only mark of success, either. Offering an environment that is spiritually guiding and welcoming can sometimes be a challenge. If you’re interested in increasing your church’s numbers, the following information may help. It’s certainly not an exhaustive list, but these are some techniques that have worked for other churches and may work for you.

Schedule a “Bring a Friend Day”

It can also be called a “F.R.A.N. Day,” which means everyone should try to bring a Friend, Relative, Associate or Neighbor. A great day to schedule this would be when something special is happening, such as Christmas Eve, the beginning of Vacation Bible School or the week of homecoming. Make sure you prepare as though every person in your congregation will be bringing someone. You want to ensure there is enough of “everything,” depending on what your service will entail that day.

Create a User-Friendly Website

More and more people use the Internet for everything – much the same way as your grandparents used the Yellow Pages. In many communities, if you don’t have a website, your church is invisible. Your church’s web presence can be simple – a single page will even work. Make sure you include your worship times, a map, contact information, and a short welcome. You should also include any events that are coming up and reiterate that visitors are always welcome. Continue reading »

Jun 282016
 

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It was estimated that there had been 220,800 cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2015 and that about 1/3rd of them will end in a fatality.

The surprising thing about this is that, according to recent polls about 2/3rds of men surveyed didn’t know what the prostate does. Because your prostate can end up causing so many potential challenges in life, it’s a really good idea that you take a minute and familiarize yourself with it. If it’s already caused problems or has you even the slightest bit concerned, then learning about it is one of those must do things.

The reason is, for example: knowing the symptoms of prostate cancer can certainly help in your early detection plan. If you don’t have an early detection plan, then you should.

The Prostate Facts You Need To Know:

  1. What Does The Prostate Look Like And What Does It Do?

The prostate is a gland about the size of a walnut that sits just below the bladder. It’s in between the root of the penis and the anus. The prostate makes male’s seminal fluid that mixes with sperm to create semen.

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Ben Ong

About Ben Ong

Ben Ong is a leading authority on the topic of prostate health, a 15-year veteran of the war on prostate disease and a best-selling author on the subject. Ever since he overcame his own benign Prostatic Hyperplasia early in the year 2000, Ben has been on the front end of research and development of natural integrative treatments for metabolic Prostate disease. He is one of the most sought after experts and public speakers on the issue of Prostate health.

Jun 222016
 

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The odds are that if you’re a man and you live long enough, you’ll have an enlarged prostate at some point in your life.

The prostate produces the seminal fluid that mixes with the sperm to create semen during ejaculation. Because the prostate surrounds the urethra (the tube that your urine also passes through), it’s swelling causes the tube to be clamped down on, which restricts urine flow.

This can also be one of the pain sites for a painful ejaculation. The reason is; you now have a burst of semen flowing through a restricted tube, that may only be 20% of its normal diameter.

As you can imagine forcing that volume quickly through a tube with that dramatic of a size reduction in a very sensitive area could cause pain.

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So What Causes The Prostate To Enlarge?

There are several reasons why the prostate can enlarge, with cancer of course being one of them. We won’t be focusing on cancer here as we have other articles on the site that cover this. Instead we will be addressing other causes for prostate enlargement, so that you may get a more well-rounded understanding.

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Decreased Testosterone Levels

I devote an entire chapter in my book “All about the prostate” on the subject of testosterone and its relationship to prostate disease. I cite many independent scientific studies that show that high testosterone levels are actually beneficial and reduce the risk of prostate disease. This is contrary to the consensus in the medical community which believes that testosterone can cause prostate cancer. It is certainly the case that if you have normal levels of testosterone, that in itself will not cause prostate disease.

Low levels of testosterone, below normal low levels, has shown some direct correlation with prostate inflammation in both the cancerous and non cancerous forms. Continue reading »

Ben Ong

About Ben Ong

Ben Ong is a leading authority on the topic of prostate health, a 15-year veteran of the war on prostate disease and a best-selling author on the subject. Ever since he overcame his own benign Prostatic Hyperplasia early in the year 2000, Ben has been on the front end of research and development of natural integrative treatments for metabolic Prostate disease. He is one of the most sought after experts and public speakers on the issue of Prostate health.

Jun 212016
 

Welcome to the sisterhood of the shrinking bathing suits!

It’s that time of the year when I get out my box of bathing suits.  I am pretty sure that I accidentally washed them in boiling hot water and dried them on extra high heat before I folded them neatly in this box…………as they all seem to have shrunk! Especially in the tush!

How am I going to keep my tush inside these bathing suits this season?  Staples and tape anyone????

So what’s a gal to do???

  • Thanks to the internet, I can shop for a new bathing suit from the comfort of my own home. You can find a swimsuit that’s flattering and You also can camouflage a lot with a stylish cover-up. Check out these sites:  Swimsuitsforall and Miraclesuit.com.
  • Maintain good posture.Holding your head high, tummy in, and shoulders back, projects an image of self-assurance… and makes you look taller and slimmer, too. Instead of flats, wear sandals with a bit of a heel to give you a longer, leaner look.
  • If you’re not already eating healthy, you can start now! Check out my Menopause Infographic – Weight Gain for some helpful tips!
  • Give your exercise program a boost! Weight-bearing exercises are not only important for toning those muscles, but it is very important for your bone health as we age. Walking with a friend is always fun. You get to keep up on the latest scoops and shed some of those extra winter pounds.
  • Drink lots of water. If you’re spending time outdoors, don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Take a filled water bottle with you wherever you go. Sipping throughout the day is easier than chugging your daily intake all at once. Keeping hydrated will result in healthier skin and hair… and a more beautiful you. Ice-cold water will also cool you from the inside out when you’re experiencing a hot flash. Stay away from carbonated beverages, as they can cause bloating.
  • Stay polished. Treat yourself to a pedicure.There are so many fun, happy colors to play with this season.  My new blush color is OPI – Tiramisu for Two – I promise it is not fattening!
  • Wear a big, floppy hat. After all, you should be protecting your skin from the sun, right? Pair the hat with oversized sunglasses and — voilà! — you look fabulous!
  • Let go of that negative chatter in your brain. Unfortunately, while many of us have outgrown our teeny-weeny-bikinis of yesteryear, we haven’t outgrown our negative self-image. Positive thoughts are the first step to projecting a positive image. Leave the mental baggage at home.
  • Put on your smile.If you’re having fun, no one is going to give your swimsuit-clad body a second thought.
  • Grab your sunscreen! Take good care of the skin you are in.

Don’t deprive yourself of the joys of summer.  This summer, realize your self-truth and know you are beautiful, inside and out.

Suffering in silence is OUT! Reaching out is IN!

Download my free eBook MENOPAUSE MONDAYS The Girlfriends Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Perimenopause and Menopause.

Jun 132016
 

One in three American men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime. And one in six of those men, who do get prostate cancer, will die of it. Prostate cancer is the second most deadly cancer for men in America. It’s the leading cause of cancer-related death in men over age 75. So it isn’t surprising if you are concerned to find out if you are at risk of getting prostate cancer. You see, an enlarged and or inflamed prostate – which is common in men over age 50, can be a precursor to prostate cancer

But I’m sure that you don’t only want to know if you are at risk, you really want to know what you can do to stop it from happening.

Let me explain why you will NOT reduce the level of your risk by visiting your doctor or taking any of the prescription drugs that he might prescribe for your prostate.

Discovering The Truth

You may wonder why it is that so many doctors prescribe these drugs when there is a far more effective alternative that gives no problems whatsoever. There are several answers to this and the first one is that the American medical system is big business. Continue reading »

Ben Ong

About Ben Ong

Ben Ong is a leading authority on the topic of prostate health, a 15-year veteran of the war on prostate disease and a best-selling author on the subject. Ever since he overcame his own benign Prostatic Hyperplasia early in the year 2000, Ben has been on the front end of research and development of natural integrative treatments for metabolic Prostate disease. He is one of the most sought after experts and public speakers on the issue of Prostate health.

Jun 132016
 

If you or someone you love is post-menopausal and diagnosed with stage one breast cancer, I suggest you speak the doctor about the Oncotype DX test. This test can help you and your doctor choose the best treatment for you. It can be one of the deciding factors on whether or not you need to have chemotherapy. However, always remember, that the final choice lies with you and you want to be proactive.

According to WebMD, this test doesn’t require any additional procedures as it uses tissue taken during the initial biopsy or surgery. It measures 21 different breast cancer genes in the tumor sample.
The Oncotype DX helps to determine if you need chemotherapy treatment and is recommended for people who have Stage I or II invasive cancer and ER+ (estrogen-receptor positive) cancer. The test looks for patterns that would suggest a more aggressive cancer, and that is likely to come back after treatment. The scores range from 0 – 100. The higher the score, the higher the risk.
You also may be a candidate for the Oncotype DX if you’ve recently been diagnosed with DCIS and you’re having a lumpectomy to remove the DCIS. If you have been diagnosed with DCIS, they use a different scoring which is called, a DCIS score. Your doctor will look at your Oncotype DX score, your tumor size and grade, the number of hormone receptors in your cancer, and your age before recommending a treatment plan.
Information is power, the more you know about your tumor, the more individualized the treatment can become. Continue reading »

What is the Work/Life Balance Like as an Emergency Plumber?

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Jun 102016
 

The very nature of most jobs dictate that the worker / employee spend most of their time on the job and away from family and home. Not having enough time to relax by oneself or with one’s family is perhaps a major concern for many, when it comes to a healthy work-life balance.

The counter-action to this, I discovered, was to treat everybody like family. Whether it is my co-worker, my supervisor, my client or simply the neighbor across the street. Treating everyone like family, works like a charm, reducing a lot of stress that I used to feel before.

Keep Home and Work Separate

Another thing I realized as an emergency plumber is that, it is always advisable to keep home and work separate. Letting it overlap can cause serious issues at work and home. Let work issues remain outside the home and never bring your family issues to work. These are lines that should not be crossed. My working life continuously provides me with the input I need to maintain a healthy balance between my work and the rest of my life.

The importance of providing customer satisfaction in jobs I undertake impressed upon me the need to be candid and courteous in my approach. After all, the customer’s smile of satisfaction does seem to have a tangible influence, a merging effect, with my happiness and perspective on life. These are but a few things that I have learned over years as a reputed plumber, having a direct influence on my feeling of well-being. Continue reading »

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About BDS Drainage

With decades of experience in emergency drain unblocking in London and the surroundings, we pride ourselves on the ability to offer an expert drainage service for a competitive price.

Jun 092016
 

Given below are 10 reasons why you should opt for plantation shutters over blinds, for your home:

1) Plantation Shutters are an ideal addition to your home, lending it a rustic and timeless character. Blinds or curtains, though available in a larger range, simply do not have the old world charm that shutters offer.

2) Shutters will never go out of style. A fresh coat of paint or varnish, effectively recaptures its shine and finish. Blinds if well-maintained, may last a few years at the best. Over time, it will dull out and fade.

3) Plantation Shutters look beautiful in bay windows. Blinds may look great on bay windows, but it does not come close to the colonial charm of bay window shutters.

4) Plantation Shutters are now available in wood, faux wood, mirrored wood and PVC, offering unmatched durability for years. Blinds, on the other hand will show signs of wear-and-tear and will eventually fade due to the sun rays and regular cleaning.

5) Shutters make your home stand out, on the street. Not everyone has shutters on their windows. Blinds are more common and although useful, fail to make a statement.

6) Shutters demand less maintenance as compared to blinds or curtains. They are easier to clean and stay clean. Continue reading »

adam

About Lifestyle Shutters And Blinds Ltd.

Lifestyle Shutters and Blinds Ltd design and install all aspects of internal window shutters as well as bespoke window blinds. We are based in Chelmsford and cover all the surrounding areas in Essex.

Jun 072016
 

I strive to keep you up to date on the latest information and science.

I have been reading a lot about liquid biopsies quite possibly changing the way we analyze tumors!

According to the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), “Certain fragments of DNA shed by tumors into the bloodstream can potentially be used to non-invasively screen for early-stage cancers, monitor responses to treatment and help explain why some cancers are resistant to therapies.”

Did you know that a liquid biopsy offers a real-time view to track and monitor response to therapy and tumor burden in a timely manner so physicians can rapidly respond and adapt to changes in a tumor during the course of therapy?

I reached out to Dr. Veena Singh who is the Senior VP and Sr. Medical Director of Biocept to learn more about this cutting-edge technology.

I asked Dr. Singh, to explain what a liquid biopsy is in layperson speak. “A liquid biopsy for cancer patients is a blood test that analyzes tumor products shed into the blood by all regions of a tumor, including the original (primary tumor) and metastatic sites. The analysis is done through circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and/or fragments of DNA from the tumor cells (cfDNA).”

Dr. Singh went on to explain that today, liquid biopsy tests are used to identify genetic mutations and to determine if patients are a match for targeted therapy options and to monitor tumors for a reception to treatments. This is done by comparing the tumor DNA with the DNA from normal cells (white blood cells) to detect and monitor genetic alterations. Continue reading »

May 312016
 

Partitions benefit an office in many ways as they separate and organize the complete workplace into smaller departments which in turn helps the employees to work with their peace of mind and concentration levels intact and their privacy maintained. It also is a straightforward option to install expansions in the coming years if necessary. Building up walls are expensive compared to these and also walls shut out all sorts of communications between team members; partitions however protect confidentiality yet provide room for inter-colleague communications. These are hard wearing, cost effective temporary walls that can be easily bought from the marketplace and fitted quickly whenever and wherever required.

Office Partitions

Office Partitions

Diversity Of Partitions:

Partitions can be of many types, and they vary in material, design, style and cost. The most modern form of such office barriers are glass barriers, and portable or movable barriers. A few types of office barriers are listed below:

  • Glass Barriers: This official type of barrier is preferred by most modern corporate offices. These barriers are comprised of glass mostly enclosed within an aluminum framework, but some variants are devoid of frames as well. They can be full height or partly cut. Smoky or frosty glass and colored glass add more privacy. These allow natural light to fill up the workplace and keep the outside noise at bay. The cost of these depends upon the type of glass, variety of frame and desired styling and designs etc.

Continue reading »

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Evan Javier is an expert writer, blogger with strong passion in writing for various topics such as Business, Health/Fitness, Lifestyle, Home décor, Travel, Automotive and lot more. Follow him at Google+ and Twitter

Sex is the Secret to a Healthy Prostate

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May 262016
 

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The prostate is a small but vital gland in the male body and one that most men over 50 are familiar with for unfortunate reasons.

Prostate diseases such as BPH, prostate inflammation, Prostatitis and even Prostate cancer are becoming increasingly more common and showing up in men once considered too young.

When looking at numbers such as those provided by the prostate cancer foundation, “The risk of BPH increases every year after age 40: BPH is present in 20% of men in their fifties, 60% of men in their sixties, and 70% of men by age 70.”

The British NHS states that almost 15% of all men will develop prostate cancer”, so it is fair to say that Prostate disease is modern man’s persistent plague.

The side effects of Prostate disease are as numerous as they are nasty. From depriving you of your ability to sleep through the night to incontinence and urgency, from erectile dysfunction, to retrograde ejaculation, and that’s just to name a few.  Ask any man with BPH, he’ll assure you that the symptoms are not fun and the disease is no joke.

Whether or not sex is good for prostate problems is a question many men wonder but very rarely vocalize.  They know that the doctor will tell them to abstain from sex before a PSA test, (Prostate Specific Antigen), but they don’t actually know if an active sex life is exacerbating their problems, or causing new problems. Continue reading »

Ben Ong

About Ben Ong

Ben Ong is a leading authority on the topic of prostate health, a 15-year veteran of the war on prostate disease and a best-selling author on the subject. Ever since he overcame his own benign Prostatic Hyperplasia early in the year 2000, Ben has been on the front end of research and development of natural integrative treatments for metabolic Prostate disease. He is one of the most sought after experts and public speakers on the issue of Prostate health.

Top Uses and Utility Of Stainless Steel Round Bars

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May 182016
 

Stainless steel round bars are produced in mills through the process of rolling or extrusion. It is produced in the form of long strips, which are cut into uniform lengths to make round bars. Round bars are also called rods. The stainless steel round bars are highly resistant to corrosive action due to the presence of chromium. These round bars are alloys of steel and chromium, where the chromium metal lends the bar its corrosion resistant property by forming an invisible protective layer against oxidation of metal and thus preventing the formation of rust.

Stainless steel round bars are used for a wide range of purposes. Over time, machining grades have been largely improved which allows the stainless steel round bars to be machined into components. They can be subjected to heat treatment to achieve grades for higher hardness and strength. Adding and varying constituent elements can also augment the corrosion resistant capacity of such bars. All these processes help produce stainless steel bars of desired characteristics. These bars are extensively used for machining purposes and in a wide variety of structural applications.

Stainless Steel Round Bars

Stainless Steel Round Bars

Dimensions and Preparation

The stainless steel round bars come in diameters of varying sizes. These usually range from 3mm to more than 300mm. Bars of diameter up to 25mm are usually drawn, and above that, but less than 101mm, the bars are annealed and then polished. Bars of still higher thickness are pushed through rough turning to tolerance level k12. Finally, these bars are processed and cut into desired lengths. Continue reading »

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Evan Javier is an expert writer, blogger with strong passion in writing for various topics such as Business, Health/Fitness, Lifestyle, Home décor, Travel, Automotive and lot more. Follow him at Google+ and Twitter

May 092016
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgYou’re hot, you’re moody, and you can’t remember the last time you got a good night’s sleep, let alone where you left your keys. Welcome to the club, you’re in perimenopause!

Wait? Aren’t those the symptoms of menopause? Nope. When most women think of the meaning of menopause, they really aren’t thinking of menopause at all. They are thinking about perimenopause, a time that can begin in your late 30s or early 40s and reach into your 50s. Perimenopause comes with a host of hormonal changes and lasts anywhere from 6 to 10 years—until you haven’t had your period for a full 12 months in a row. Then you have graduated to menopause! (Sorry, no cap and gown for this one.)

The first step to finding hormone happiness is to ID and track your symptoms. Download my free Menopause Symptoms Chart and start tracking. Each day, chart the frequency, duration, and severity of your perimenopause symptoms. Talk them over with your perimenopause and menopause specialist to learn how to not just mask the symptoms, but treat their underlying cause. Don’t have a perimenopause and menopause specialist? Here are some simple tips to help you find the perfect one near you!

Want to proactive about your perimenopausal journey?  Here are some perimenopausal symptoms to be on the alert for along with some solutions:

HOT FLASHES

Hot flashes, probably the most infamous of perimenopausal symptoms, strike about two-thirds of women during “the change.” During perimenopause and menopause, the levels and balance of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone begin to fluctuate. When your estrogen levels begin to decrease, they can trigger your body’s thermostat to send a signal that you are overheated. This causes your body to send out an all hands on deck alert: your heart pumps faster, the blood vessels in your skin dilate to circulate more blood to radiate heat, and your sweat glands release sweat to cool you even more. Your body cools down when it otherwise wouldn’t, and you are left feeling miserable: soaking wet in the middle of a board meeting like me or in the middle of a good night’s sleep.

The Fix: Regular exercise, healthy eating, acupuncture, herbal remedies, antidepressant medications, and hormone therapy (HT) are some of the most common options to reduce and even rid your life of hot flashes. Which treatment (or a combination of treatments) works for each woman varies. Talk with your specialist about these perimenopause coolers. Continue reading »

May 072016
 

This is an interesting infographic that was sent to me…


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About David Desautel

The owner and operator of The Boomer Blogs, a retired computer professional living in Sequim, WA, a Vietnam veteran, a life-long Elvis Presley fan, and co-owner (with my wife Malen) of a great online business site selling new & used treasures - your 24/7 garage sale destination! http://dm-treasures.biz

May 022016
 

Sarah Chairing Operation Smile event in NYC

This Mother’s Day, I want to honor my daughter.

On August 8, 2014, Sarah became a mother to Aviva or as she is now calling herself, “V”! I became Grandma EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Never in my wildest dreams did I understand the explosion of love and joy that watching Sarah mother Aviva would bring to my life.

Today’s parents do have the Internet and even apps to help them prepare for and cope with the responsibilities of parenthood. But no website or app can teach you how to love your child. That simply comes from within. The flood of love and tenderness that is unleashed with the birth of a baby is beautiful to watch.

Sarah is a SAHM.  This was a new term to me.  It stands for, Stay at Home Mom. It is a choice and one that was discussed in great detail together with her husband, Sol.

I too chose to be a SAHM. In 1980 smack in the middle of the women’s movement, I chose to resign from my job as Deputy Treasurer of the Carter Re-Election Campaign. David and I chose to leave a very successful life in politics in Washington, DC. and move to Tucson, Arizona where my family lived.  I had no idea that in doing so, I had “betrayed” the women’s movement. Women were furious with me. I had successfully achieved a very high-level job in a man’s world – how could I give up my career to stay home with my first born?  Apparently, it was a cardinal sin! Who knew??? Continue reading »

May 012016
 

I suppose May is a perfectly fine month to start thinking about getting fit. The weather is getting nicer, and the fear of squeezing into a bathing suit is looming large. However, wouldn’t it be more efficient to think about fitness all year long? That would take the pressure off the month of May. Then all we would have to do in May is the same thing we did in April and so forth.

As I go through my own midlife journey, I think a lot more about health and wellness. That is the real reason to get and stay fit. For those of us who need to shed a few pounds (and by us, I also mean me), I like to think of weight loss as health gain. That takes some of the pressure off, too. I am not aiming towards a weight goal. I am focused on overall health.

So let’s remove all the guesswork from what we should be doing every day to maintain good fitness. It all comes down to common sense and one simple math equation. According to the current American Heart Association (AHA) exercise guidelines, we need to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Now the AHA came up with this great advice based on scientific evidence that clearly shows that this level of physical activity has a positive effect on reducing the risk of heart disease. That should be our number one goal, by the way, since heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. Continue reading »

About Dr. Tara Allmen

Dr. Tara Allmen is one of America’s leading experts in menopausal medicine. She is a Nationally Certified Menopause Practitioner and highly respected in the medical community. Inspired to reach millions of American women over the age of 40 with accurate scientific information that can help them, Dr. Allmen has appeared numerous times on local and national television, created an extensive library of video information available on this website, and the DVD “Menopause in an Hour.” A graduate of New York’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School, Dr. Allmen earned her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Allmen started her professional career in a private obstetrical practice but ultimately decided to follow her passion for menopausal medicine. She joined Columbia Presbyterian’s Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women’s Health in 1999, focusing her practice on perimenopause and menopause. Dr. Allmen has educated thousands of medical professionals around the country on menopausal medicine. She has also been featured on television, both in the United States and internationally. Dr Allmen is also the founder and director of The Allmen Foundation, a non-profit organization that primarily supports organizations working in the areas of women’s health, childhood education and animal welfare. The North American Menopause Society, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to menopausal women’s health, refers to Dr. Allmen as a “Visionary” contributor. Having identified the frustrations of many women regarding getting objective, scientifically-based advice on menopause or access to professionals who specialize in menopausal medicine, Dr. Allmen created Menopause in an Hour. Dr. Allmen lives in New York City with her husband, Lawrence M. Kimmel, their two children, and a small dog named Sadie. Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist National Certified Menopause Practitioner Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Dr. Oz Show Medical Advisory Board CEO, The Allmen Foundation Wife, Mother and Friend

Apr 252016
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgDuring menopause, more and more of us are gaining membership to the aptly named “Sandwich Generation,” a group marked by its responsibility to simultaneously care for both its children and parents. So if it seems like everybody wants (scratch that, needs) something from you these days, you’re not alone.

Here are 4 ways to care for yourself while balancing the responsibilities of work, parenting and caring for parents.

  1. Have a Preemptive Talk
    This is not THE “talk” that you are dreading having with your prepubescent children! This is the elder “talk”. It is best to have this “talk” earlier rather than while you are in the midst of a crisis.  Discussing living arrangements, homecare, financial resources, fears, and concerns, can help ease everyone’s minds. For example, many caretakers unnecessarily worry about their parents moving in with them, when the fact of the matter is that their parents don’t want to live with them either! They might prefer to move and begin to downsize, make plans to move to a retirement community, or assisted living facility. You will not fully understand your parents desires, until you have an open conversation with them.  Together, you can create a functional plan that works for all of you.  This should include getting all of the medical and legal paper work handled ahead of time.  Organizing beforehand will help you to set healthy boundaries and meet realistic caregiving goals. Make sure that all of your siblings feel included and share in the responsibilities as best they can.  Remember: No parent is perfect. You may have lingering emotions and anger issues with your parents which can impede your ability to cope with your newfound caregiving responsibilities. Try to find ways to forgive, not just for your parents’ sake, but for your own health and wellbeing as well.

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Choosing the Right Carport Size for Your Family

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Apr 232016
 

Homeowners seeking a functional alternative to a brick-and-mortar garage are turning to non-traditional fabric carports to get the best bang for their buck. Aside from the typical considerations such as size and price, it’s important to consider additional aspects of the structure – namely versatility in design, portability, and secondary uses of your fabric carport.

Maybe you bought a second car or decided on a brand new RV trailer for hitting the open road during the warm summer months. Or maybe you want somewhere to store your lawn furniture in addition to your hubby’s Ford SUV. No matter what your needs may be, a sturdy, fabric carport structure will fit the bill. The key is figuring out what type and size to get, because the options can sometimes seem overwhelming.

First Things First

The first step is to take stock of your current needs. How many vehicles do you have? What size(s) are they? There’s a huge difference between a small smart car, which is just shy of nine feet long, and a Chevy Suburban, which reaches clear out to 20 feet. You also have to consider the clearance when your car doors are open, especially when you have two vehicles parked side by side.

Let’s break it down. It may seem obvious, but getting clarity about the end use for your carport is actually the best starting point for deciding on the size you’ll need. And although a fabric carport is worlds more cost-effective and portable than a similar-sized brick-and-mortar model, it’s good to do your homework as well as your “what if…” thinking up front, so you’re sure to get it right the first time. Continue reading »

Apr 192016
 

People keep talking about the importance of a nourishing breakfast. While it is true that you should never skip it, it will certainly not impact your day any more than your lunch or dinner will. In order to stay healthy and within the range of your desired weight, you should pay attention to everything you eat, not just the first meal of the day.

However, if you haven’t really slept well, or if you are simply not a morning person, you might not be the biggest fan of breakfasting. Here are a few ideas which might help you look forward to that first yummy experience of the day.

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Orange and Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Really a favorite of mine, and excellent for keeping your blood pressure and blood sugar levels in check, thanks to the potassium and vitamin B6 found in the bananas. All you’ll need is about ¾ of a cup of orange juice (fresh, if you can), half a cup of sliced bananas, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, a bit of almond extract (not an absolute must) and a couple of ice cubes.

Blend all the ingredients together first, then add the ice cubes and decorate to your liking.

All this flavor contains only 159 calories, so you don’t have to worry about waistline inches either. Continue reading »

Apr 182016
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgMy very first menopausal symptom was brain fog! I would lose my train of thought, mid-sentence.  My husband, David, began finishing my sentences for me during business meetings and even socially.  Next to go was my sleep!  I was not sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks…I was sleepless – every night -with David!

Then came Ms. Flash.  I remember my first hot flash like it was yesterday. It was a beautiful spring day, so I couldn’t blame the weather. I was wearing a lightweight pantsuit for work, so I was not overdressed.  David and I were in a business meeting and suddenly I felt a flush of heat radiate throughout my body. My whole body seemed to be blushing and then glistening. When I rose from my chair, I noticed that something wet was dripping down the inner seam of my pant leg. For a minute, I thought I had wet my pants! But oh no…I was perspiring!

Luckily, I always carry a big purse (I think it makes my hips look smaller). With my purse planted firmly in front of my body and my husband tightly behind me, I made a quick exit to our car after the meeting. I know I had come from a business meeting, but I looked like I had just finished a Bikram yoga class or I had run a 10K.

So what’s a gal to do?? First and foremost, you need a fabulous menopause specialist.  If you don’t have one, I have some great tips in my free eBook, MENOPAUSE MONDAYS The Girlfriends Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause! Continue reading »

Rehabilitation Equipment For Making Life Easier For People In Distress

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Apr 152016
 

People face different kinds of disability in their lives. The disabilities can be inborn or can be the result of some unfortunate incident that the individual meets with, in life. There are different types of rehabilitation equipment for occupation therapies, speech therapies, and equipment which are meant to treat patients with neurological disorders.  Some people with disability have to depend on rehabilitation equipment to carry on with their regular activities. The rehabilitation equipment helps the disabled to live an independent life, in their own way.

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You can Face Life

The challenges that you face due to a disability are many. No matter what type of challenge you face, whether it is an every-day life situation, or to participate in an outdoor activity like sports, there is rehabilitation equipment to help you. Sometimes you may not find the device you need. Talking to the dealers of products is the way to go. There are many online portals from where you can buy the exercise products, rehab positioners and even walkers, cranes and crutches.  You can choose from a variety of designs that the manufacturers make. Continue reading »

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