Causes of Swelling In Legs or Arms

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Today isn’t March 6, Lymphedema Awareness Day, but clearing up misinformation in a newspaper about swelling in legs or arms. Article says no one knows what causes it.

Thirteen years ago, my mail carrier, Nancy rang my home door bell in New Jersey. She asked if she could discuss a health concern with me.

Her 30-year struggle with swelling in her legs and arms, known as secondary lymphedema, began after she had lymph nodes removed due to a malignant melanoma.

Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in tissue that causes swelling, most often in the upper or lower extremities of the body.

Despite walking miles daily to deliver mail she noticed the swelling worsened. Her symptoms were misdiagnosed for many years as edema. She never connected it to the lymph node removal she had. She’s not alone. Many people do not realize swelling symptoms can creep up years later.

She did extensive research about her symptoms and finally learned about lymphedema and began getting appropriate treatment.  It was 2005 and we decided if Nancy was misdiagnosed, then many others may be going through the same thing.

Our mission to raise awareness began. Both physicians and patients need to know about it, as misdiagnosis is common. Oftentimes, doctors either dismiss symptoms or say it’s due to water retention, weight gain or edema.

Lymphedema develops when lymph nodes are missing, impaired or removed. Twenty percent of lymphedema sufferers are women.

Women with breast cancer who notice swelling need to be aware of lymphedema.

For breast cancer patients, this chronic condition may happen months or decades later. It can also strike right after surgery. Research indicates over 41 percent of breast cancer patients had lymphedema in arms within 10 years of surgery.

Nancy also asked for my help in designating a Lymphedema Awareness Day. Local, city and state representatives listened. The resolution, sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Stender, passed.  March 6 is now designated annually as Lymphedema Awareness Day.

She was treated by a lymphedema therapist at JFK Johnson Rehabilitative Institute in Edison, NJ.

Nancy received a Lymphedema Patient Award for her courage and efforts. The National Lymphedema Network was an invaluable resource during this time.

“It makes all the difference in the world when you know there’s an organization that actively supports keeping patients educated and informed.” ~Nancy P.

 

For more information visit http://www.lymphnet.org 

 

Causes ARE known and the following can help you recognize symptoms:

12 Common Causes of Lymphedema

by Rachel Despres

Lymphedema is a condition where the extremities become swollen as a result of damage to the body’s lymphatic system—particularly the lymph nodes. A part of the immune system, the lymphatic system is “a network of vessels that course throughout the body to collect excess fluid as well as waste products,” defines eMedicineHealth.com.Because these excess fluids and waste products are filtered through the lymph nodes, if they become damaged, it can lead to a build up in various parts of the body, resulting in swelling. There are a variety of factors that can cause this damage, which we’ll discuss below, along with the most common symptoms of lymphedema to be mindful of.

Causes of Primary Lymphedema

1. Congenital Lymphedema

Primary lymphedema is rare, and happens as a result of genetic mutations that cause the lymph vessels to develop improperly, “undermining its ability to drain fluid properly,” says MedicalNewsToday.com.

Congenital lymphedema is one such cause of primary lymphedema, and is present at birth. It is “more common in females, and accounts for about 20% of all cases of primary lymphedema,” says MedicineNet.com. The source adds that there is a subtype of congenital lymphedema as well, termed Milroy disease, where the condition occurs as a result of genetic inheritance.

2. Lymphedema Praecox (Meige Disease)

The most common cause of primary lymphedema is lymphedema praecox—also known as Meige disease—and is defined as “lymphedema that becomes apparent after birth and before age 35 years and symptoms most often develop during puberty,” says MedicineNet.com.

The source also indicates that females are four times more likely to develop it than males. And while it most commonly becomes evident during puberty, it’s possible that it may also (or only) occur during pregnancy.

3. Lymphedema Tarda (Late-Onset Lymphedema)

An even rarer cause of primary lymphedema is lymphedema tarda, or late-onset lymphedema. The type gets its name because of when it occurs in a person’s life, typically after the age of 35.

Whereas both congenital lymphedema and lymphedema praecox primarily affects females, the National Lymphedema Network indicates that lymphedema tarda “usually affects both lower extremities in men and women.”

Causes of Secondary Lymphedema

1. Surgery

Secondary lymphedema is far more common than primary lymphedema, and occurs “when a normally-functioning lymphatic system is blocked or damaged,” says MedicineNet.com. A variety of factors can cause a blockage or damage, including surgery.

For example, the Mayo Clinic says, “lymph nodes may be injured in surgery that involves blood vessels in your limbs.” Or, in the case of surgery to treat breast cancer—the most common cause of lymphedema in the United States—the lymph nodes may be removed altogether to stop it from spreading.

2. Cancer or Radiation Therapy for Cancer

It’s not just cancer-treating surgery that can cause lymphedema to occur. Radiation therapy, while effective at destroying cancer cells, “can sometimes damage nearby healthy tissue, such as the lymphatic system,” leading to lymphedema, says MedicalNewsToday.com.

The Mayo Clinic adds that the cancer cells themselves can “block lymphatic vessels,” resulting in lymphedema. “For instance,” the source says, “a tumor growing near a lymph node or lymph vessel could enlarge enough to block the flow of the lymph fluid.”

3. Infection

Secondary lymphedema can also occur because of bacterial infections, fungal infections, or parasites that cause inflammation or damage to the lymph nodes, restricting the proper drainage of the lymph fluid.

Severe cellulitis, for example, “may damage tissue around the lymph nodes or vessels,” says MedicalNewsToday.com, and can lead to scarring that increases lymphedema risk. Infection-related lymphedema isn’t a major concern in North America, though, as the Mayo Clinic indicates it is “…most common in tropical and subtropical regions and is more likely to occur in developing countries.”

Symptoms

1. Swelling in the Arms or Legs

When it comes to symptoms of lymphedema, swelling in various areas of the body is the primary one to be mindful of. MedicalNewsToday.com indicates that it may occur in “either a part or the whole leg or arm, including the fingers or toes.”

At early onset, the NHS says the swelling “may come and go…getting worse during the day and going down overnight.” Without proper treatment, however, it is likely to become “more severe and persistent” over time.

2. Feeling of Heaviness or Tightness in Affected Limb

Although swelling in the extremities is the primary symptom of lymphedema, it is not necessarily the first to occur. According to MedicineNet.com, “Mild lymphedema first may be noticed as a feeling of heaviness, tingling, tightness, warmth, or shooting pains in the affected extremity.“

The source adds that such symptoms “may be present before there is obvious swelling of an arm or leg” and can sometimes be accompanied by tightness in the joints, making them hard to move.

3. Difficulty Fitting Into Clothes and Wearing Jewelry

Along with feelings of heaviness or tightness in the affected areas, someone with lymphedema may also notice early on in the condition that they suddenly have a hard time fitting into their clothes or shoes.

Additionally, they may have difficulty wearing items like watches, rings, and bracelets, finding them too tight against their skin. This is due to mild swelling of the limbs, which can be hard to detect early on with lymphedema.

4. Restricted Range of Motion

Experiencing restricted range of motion is another common symptom of lymphedema. In some cases, it may be a result of tightness in the joints, which can cause affected individuals to have reduced flexibility.

Alternatively, range of motion can also be restricted due to swelling in the extremities, a common symptom of lymphedema that was mentioned earlier. Regardless of the cause, not being able to move the limbs as normal can impact a person’s day-to-day life by making it difficult to engage in exercise or other regular activities.

5. Recurring Infections

People with lymphedema tend to be prone to frequent and recurring infections, particularly of the skin. The National Lymphedema Network explains that this is because when lymph fluid becomes trapped within the body (as a result of damaged lymph nodes), it is “a favorable environment for the growth of bacteria.”

This can be particularly dangerous for those who have had their lymph nodes removed, as the source says, “…infections can progress rapidly and can be severe by the time they are detected.”

6. Hardening and Thickening of the Skin (Fibrosis)

Another common symptom of lymphedema is fibrosis, where the skin in the affected (swollen) area thickens and hardens. In some cases, MedicineNet.com indicates it may even “take on a lumpy appearance described as an orange-peel (peau d’orange) effect.”

Additionally, the source says, “The overlying skin can also become scaly and cracked, and secondary bacterial or fungal infections of the skin may develop.” Other skin symptoms to look out for include: tightness, warmth, redness, itchiness, blisters, wart-like growths, or skin that doesn’t indent when you press on it.

Additional Helpful Information:
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING WITH LYMPHEDEMA
Today’s article that inspired this impromptu blog:
Mysterious Disease Makes It Impossible To Lose Weight 
https://nypost.com/2018/07/17/this-mysterious-disease-makes-it-impossible-to-lose-weight/
Hope this information helps someone avoid being misdiagnosed for decades.
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Who Knew? Frog Legs Are Healthy Appetizers

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When I think of a frog I think of an amphibian, Kermit, a science experiment or Prince Charming.

This weekend, I learn frogs are also a delicacy, when my friend Adam Yenser confidently orders frog legs, right after I order brussel sprouts as an appetizer at the lovely Bayou restaurant in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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Frog legs?!?

I carry on about Brussel sprouts being one of the healthiest foods in the world — a cup a day offers an amazing dose of antioxidants. But frogs?!?

Adam says they’re real high in protein. We knew I’d research it, so we photograph the specimen.  Below is the crispy fried frog baby.

You’d never even know what’s under the bread crumbs if the menu didn’t say FROG LEGS.

Turns out, Adam is correct. Frog legs ARE healthy AND real high in protein. Men’s Health calls them a nutritional powerhouse. Apparently,  frog legs are one of the better-known delicacies of French and Chinese cuisine.

According to Wikipedia, frog legs are eaten in parts of the Southern United States, particularly in the Deep South and Gulf states where French influence is more prominent, including South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. They are also eaten in Eastern states, but not as commonly.

The most common kinds of frogs eaten are bullfrogs and leopard frogs, as these are abundant in most of the country, including the South. Although the consumption of wild native frogs is generally discouraged, the harvest and cooking of invasive bullfrogs, especially in the Western US, has been encouraged as a form of control and to promote local cuisine.[19]

“They are also consumed in other parts of the world, including Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Northern Italy, the Alentejo region of Portugal, Spain, Albania, Slovenia, Romania, the northwest Greece and the Southern regions of the United States. As of 2014, the world’s largest exporter of frogs is Indonesia, also a large consumer.” It’s considered a Paleo meat and is very lean. Who knew?

I was squeamish to taste a tiny sliver, which tastes like real tender, mild chicken.

And it actually can be prepared in a variety of ways: deep fried, steamed, stewed or grilled, crumb breaded or battered.

Here’s more information about the nutritional value of frog legs:

  • Real low in fat, a 100g serving has only 0.3g compared to 3g in similar serving of grilled chicken breast
  • Real high in protein
  • Lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your brain & heart
  • High in vitamin B12, B6, E, D, A, and some K
  • Rich in iron, copper, zinc, selenium, minerals, potassium, phosphorus, and some calcium
  • Low in calories, a quarter of a similar serving of chicken thigh at 280 calories
  • Taste is mild, like fish or chicken. Now, I’m wondering are these frogs that already died a natural death or are they being killed for consumption? Hmm. I’ll have to find out later.

Four caveats.  First, it’s recommended you use less salt when cooking them. Secondly, they’re not considered kosher.  Despite that, it’s estimated that humans consume up to 3.2 billion frogs for food around the world every year. Wow. That’s one heck of a lot of frogs.

I recall once reading an article in the New York Times about frogs mysteriously dying and vanishing from Costa Rica.  Scientists couldn’t figure out why. They were actually testing them in labs and couldn’t do anything to make them die.

The weird thing is they not only found so many of them dead, but when they returned later, they were gone. I’m thinking they may want to consider murder. Nancy Drew here thinks when you have billions of customers, lots of money is involved.  Think wildlife trafficking. Case solved. You’re welcome.

And I may have just answered my own question above. Oh, it’s not natural causes.

Back to more caveats. Environmentalists urge the restriction of frog consumption, especially those harvested from the wild, because amphibian populations are declining (see? murder!) and frogs are an essential element of ecosystems.

Finally, edible frogs need to be raised in an environment free of toxicity.

I’m not sure how you check how the frog on a menu was raised.  I suppose you rely on the quality of the restaurant you’re in.

Here in Easton, PA  healthy living is a thing, so those were probably healthy frog legs.

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Now you know eating frog legs is healthy! Murdering them is not.

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Maybe one day we’ll be hearing, “A frog leg a day keeps the doctor away!”

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Until then, I may return to being vegan. Meantime, when Adam isn’t contributing to the murder of high protein amphibian limbs, he’s a comedian and Emmy Award-winning writer for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. A native of Pennsylvania, Adam began performing stand-up at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He has appeared on Conan, has written for The Oscars, and has been a freelance contributor to SNL’s Weekend Update. Adam mixes sharp observational humor with a uniquely conservative political perspective and was named Best New Political Comedian at Politicon 2015. He can be seen on Ellen as a correspondent and in the recurring hidden camera segment “Kevin the Cashier Played By Adam.” Adam is a graduate of Penn State University, where he recently returned to serve as a commencement speaker.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is on hiatus for summer, so he will be performing live next in PA at the Mohegan Sun Wisecrackers in Wilkes-Barre, PA Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 and at The Hamilton in Allentown, PA next Friday, July 20!

For tickets and more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/ComedianAdamYenser/

Of course, I now want to save frogs. I have to find NYT’s article –funny it didn’t even occur to them nefarious humans may be the culprit of disappearing frogs.

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maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

Hidden Global Epidemic: Kidney Disease

Raising Awareness: Kidney disease is a “hidden epidemic” affecting more than 850 million people worldwide, renal experts say.

That’s twice the number of diabetics (422 million) and more than 20 times the number of people with cancer (42 million) or HIV/AIDS (36.7 million).

But most people don’t realize that kidney disease is a major health issue.

“It is high time to put the global spread of kidney diseases into focus,” says David Harris and Adeera Levin of the International Society of Nephrology.

Harris is the group’s president and Levin is past president. They note kidney diseases often cause no early symptoms.

And many people aren’t aware of their increased risk for heart problems, infections, hospitalization and kidney failure.

Chronic kidney diseases (ones lasting more than three months) affect 10 percent of men and nearly 12 percent of women around the world.

Up to 10.5 million people need dialysis or a kidney transplant, but many don’t receive these lifesaving treatments due to cost or lack of resources.

In addition, more than 13 million people suffer acute kidney injury. Some will go on to develop chronic kidney disease or kidney failure.

Levin says, “Using all these sources of data, and existing estimates of acute and chronic kidney diseases, we estimate approximately 850 million kidney patients — a number which surely signifies an ‘epidemic’ worldwide.”

Kidneys remove waste products and help balance the volume of fluids and minerals in the body. They also produce a hormone that tells the body to make red blood cells, the researchers explained.

“Even if many patients with damaged kidney function don’t feel ill, they’re at high risk for other health problems,” says Carmine Zoccali, president of the European Renal Association — European Dialysis and Transplant Association.

Heart disease deaths due to chronic kidney disease are high — 1.2 million cardiovascular deaths were attributed to kidney disease in 2013.

“The number of people with kidney diseases is alarmingly high, but the public is not aware of this reality. These patients have outcomes and kidney diseases impose a heavy financial burden on health care budgets,” says Mark Okusa, president of the American Society of Nephrology.

The annual per-patient cost of dialysis is $88,195 in the United States.

Even though you can have no symptoms, here are 10 to look out for, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

While the only way to know for sure if you have kidney disease is to get tested, Dr. Vassalotti shares 10 possible signs you may have kidney disease.

If you’re at risk for kidney disease due to high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of kidney failure or if you’re older than age 60, it’s important to get tested annually for kidney disease.

Be sure to mention any symptoms you’re experiencing to your healthcare practitioner.

  1. You’re more tired, have less energy or are having trouble concentrating. A severe decrease in kidney function can lead to a buildup of toxins and impurities in the blood. This can cause people to feel tired, weak and can make it hard to concentrate. Another complication of kidney disease is anemia, which can cause weakness and fatigue.sleeping
  2. You’re having trouble sleeping. When the kidneys aren’t filtering properly, toxins stay in the blood rather than leaving the body through the urine. This can make it difficult to sleep. There is also a link between obesity and chronic kidney disease, and sleep apnea is more common in those with chronic kidney disease, compared with the general population.sluggish2
  3. You have dry and itchy skin. Healthy kidneys do many important jobs. They remove wastes and extra fluid from your body, help make red blood cells, help keep bones strong and work to maintain the right amount of minerals in your blood. Dry and itchy skin can be a sign of the mineral and bone disease that often accompanies advanced kidney disease, when the kidneys are no longer able to keep the right balance of minerals and nutrients in your blood.
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  4. You feel the need to urinate more often. If you feel the need to urinate more often, especially at night, this can be a sign of kidney disease. When the kidneys filters are damaged, it can cause an increase in the urge to urinate. Sometimes this can also be a sign of a urinary infection or enlarged prostate in men.lawyersleaving
  5. You see blood in your urine. Healthy kidneys typically keep the blood cells in the body when filtering wastes from the blood to create urine, but when the kidney’s filters have been damaged, these blood cells can start to “leak” out into the urine. In addition to signaling kidney disease, blood in the urine can be indicative of tumors, kidney stones or an infection.openyoureyes
    6. Your urine is foamy. Excessive bubbles in the urine – especially those that require you to flush several times before they go away—indicate protein in the urine. This foam may look like the foam you see when scrambling eggs, as the common protein found in urine, albumin, is the same protein that is found in eggs.

 

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7. You’re experiencing persistent puffiness around your eyes. Protein in the urine is an early sign that the kidneys’ filters have been damaged, allowing protein to leak into the urine. This puffiness around your eyes can be due to the fact that your kidneys are leaking a large amount of protein in the urine, rather than keeping it in the body.

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8. Your ankles and feet are swollen. Decreased kidney function can lead to sodium retention, causing swelling in your feet and ankles. Swelling in the lower extremities can also be a sign of heart disease, liver disease and chronic leg vein problems.

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9. You have a poor appetite. This is a very general symptom, but a buildup of toxins resulting from reduced kidney function can be one of the causes.

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10. Your muscles are cramping. Electrolyte imbalances can result from impaired kidney function. For example, low calcium levels and poorly controlled phosphorus may contribute to muscle cramping.

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HOW IS KIDNEY DISEASE DETECTED?

Early detection and treatment of chronic kidney disease are the keys to keeping kidney disease from progressing to kidney failure. Some simple tests can be done to detect early kidney disease. They are:

  1. A test for protein in the urine. Albumin to Creatinine Ratio (ACR), estimates the amount of a albumin that is in your urine. An excess amount of protein in your urine may mean your kidney’s filtering units have been damaged by disease. One positive result could be due to fever or heavy exercise, so your doctor will want to confirm your test over several weeks.
  2. A test for blood creatinine. Your doctor should use your results, along with your age, race, gender and other factors, to calculate your glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Your GFR tells how much kidney function you have.

It is especially important that people who have an increased risk for chronic kidney disease have these tests. You may have an increased risk for kidney disease if you:

  • are older
  • have diabetes
  • have high blood pressure
  • have a family member who has chronic kidney disease
  • are an African American, Hispanic American, Asians and Pacific Islander or American Indian.

If you are in one of these groups or think you may have an increased risk for kidney disease, ask your doctor about getting tested.

 maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

Female Founder Set To Disrupt Billion Dollar E-Learning Industry

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Busy Mom Frustrated with Finding STEM Classes for Daughter Starts Online Learning Platform 

Learning is always healthy, so today we’re excited to tell you about a new way to keep your brain cells sharp. Meet Amy Olivieri, President and CEO of TakeAClass. TakeAClass is an online resource to support academic, recreational, and professional class searches, payment processing, live stream technology, and Classalytics – an event management tool for instructors, schools, and organizations.

It seeks to revolutionize educational options for adults and children by providing access to local and online classes to anyone in the world.

Turns out, the Global E-Learning Market is expected to reach $325 Billion by 2025.

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Welcome Amy. Tell me more about what prompted you to start TakeAClass?

AMY OLIVIERI: “As a busy mom and professional the last thing I have time for is to spend hours online searching for swim or piano classes for my daughter or a salsa dancing computer class for me. I discovered that when needing to take a class there was no online platform that immediately came to mind. So, I would have to search the internet or ask my friends and family for recommendations. So, I created TakeAClass!

Name is easy for everyone to remember. That’s a major plus right there.

AMY OLIVIERI: “Yes! And TakeAClass takes the drama out of the class search process, making it easy for consumers to find exactly what they want – including fitness, cooking, dance, computer, skydiving classes and thousands of other classes. The idea behind TakeAClass is to organize all the information needed to make an informed decision in one place. We allow consumers to search class listings for free.”

Who can use it?

AMY OLIVIERI: “Instructors, schools, and organizations will have the convenience of listing their classes, which will help increase their visibility and get more students with stunning profiles, photos, class descriptions and schedules.”

What if someone wants to teach cooking or how to knit or play basketball on the site, how does it work? Do they get paid?

We charge a 18% booking fee for every class purchased through our website. There is no monthly subscription. We don’t get paid unless a class is paid for.

AMY OLIVIERI: “Teachers are our class vendors. They get to set their own price for teaching and get paid weekly for all completed classes.”

Let’s say there’s a local kid’s cooking class in town or yoga class for adults and they want to fill those classes locally — can they utilize the site to fill classes?

AMY OLIVIERI:  “Yes. Right now, we’re launching in Houston, Texas. But we will be available everywhere soon.”

Great. What about the person wanting to take the class? Do they pay?

“It’s free for consumers to search through our marketplace of classes. They simply search, find, and buy the class they wish to take.”

You also intend to utilize blockchain technology. Tell me about that.

AMY OLIVIERI: “We seek to take advantage of the exciting blockchain technology by offering global access to education while removing the barriers to pay for it by introducing our own cryptocurrency, which we hope will change the way payments are accepted for academic institutions.”

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You were raised by a single mother who is now a retired nurse. Tell me what role your upbringing played in what you’re doing today.

AMY OLIVIERI: “My mother instilled in me at an early age that if I wanted to be successful I needed an education. So education was my first passion. She raised two children and worked multiple jobs. She was my first role model and gave me my work ethic. She taught me that I could pave my own path, which gave me the confidence to excel in my professions as an African-American woman in male dominated industries.”

What are some challenges you faced launching it and how did you overcome them?

AMY OLIVIERI: “My greatest challenge was finding trusted service providers who didn’t over promise and under deliver. It’s not easy to find the right team ofpeople who see your vision and are willing to move with that vision to make your idea a reality. And as a female founder of a tech company there are many obstacles you must overcome in this space. I have an amazing support infrastructure that helps me navigate around the challenges and stay focused.”


Part of that supportive infrastructure is from you forming a strategic partnership with KiwiTech, 
where we met.

AMY OLIVIERI: “Yes, we’re pleased to join hands with KiwiTech and view them as the ideal technology partner to help us launch our platform and take it to the next level.”

Explain to our readers what KiwiTech does.

AMY OLIVIERI: “KiwiTech, LLC, is a technology services provider that invests in tech startups. Most recently, they featured their first all Female Founders Demo Day in New York City. As part of the partnership, KiwiTech will provide exclusive technology development capabilities to TakeAClass.”

CEO of KiwiTech says:

“KiwiTech is excited to partner with TakeAClass,” says Rakesh Gupta, CEO of KiwiTech. “Their platform offers consumers fast access to academic and recreational local and online classes. Leveraging our deep domain expertise, we’re committed to helping TakeAClass achieve their mission.”

When do you launch?

AMY OLIVIERI: “We’re real excited to go live Monday, June 25, 2018.

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How can be people sign up for a class or offer one on the site?

AMY OLIVIERI:  Go to:  http://www.takeaclass.com

Thank you, Amy! Congratulations and continued success. You’re a great role model.

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More About KiwiTech 
KiwiTech provides end-to-end digital technology solutions across a wide range of industries, including publishing, healthcare, media & entertainment, education, financial services, energy and nonprofit & government.

KiwiTech has quickly gained recognition as an innovator by investing in numerous early-stage startups and partnering with large enterprises. Drawing on its deep expertise across mobile and web technologies, KiwiTech enables companies to create groundbreaking digital experiences. KiwiTech is based in Washington DC, with additional offices in New York and New Delhi.

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The $107 Billion dollar industry that nobody’s talking about
https://www.inc.com/john-nemo/the-107-billion-industry-that-nobodys-talking-about.html

Global E-Learning Market 2017 to Boom $275.10 Billion Value by 2022 at a CAGR of 7.5% – Orbis Research
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Global E-Learning Market to Reach $325 Billion by 2025
https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/02/06/914187/0/en/Global-E-Learning-Market-to-Reach-325-billion-by-2025-Rapid-Growth-in-Online-Content-Digitization-Innovations-in-Wearable-Technologies-are-Flourishing-the-E-learning-Industry.html

Global Online Education Market (2018-2023) by Type, Technology, Vendor and End-User – Market to Reach $286.62 Billion Growing by 10.26% CAGR – ResearchAndMarkets.com
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US E-Learning Statistics
https://www.statista.com/statistics/693280/the-self-paced-e-learning-industry-revenue-in-the-us/

 

MEDIA:

To book an interview with Amy or for more info call: (713) 298-6597

Available live in Boston July 1-7, New York City, July 26-27

 

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Safety Musts for Kids Around Pools

Sharing this again to raise awareness about pool safety and children.

Deepest condolences to the Miller family after losing their 19-month-old.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 911 call reveals people pleading for help as they try desperately to save Olympic skier Bode Miller’s 19-month-old daughter from drowning in a backyard swimming pool. Emeline Miller died at an Orange County hospital Sunday, a day after being pulled from the pool in suburban Coto de Caza. The call was released Tuesday by the Orange County Fire Authority. It begins with a woman screaming frantically, “Hurry,” as a dispatcher asks for the location of the emergency. He’s told Emeline fell into the pool, isn’t breathing and has no pulse. The dispatcher then spends several minutes instructing people gathered around her on what to do until emergency vehicles arrive.

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NewsMD: What's Hot in Health

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Swimming is one of the best cardiovascular exercises. Great for your body AND mind.

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 That said, it’s important to do safely, especially if you have kids or there are children around you.

PLEASE make sure to read this if you have any type of pool (even an inflatable) or are thinking about getting one.

There are rules and regulations in each State and it’s YOUR responsibility (not your child or anyone else) to stay safe.

POOL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS BY STATE:

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/peters/residential-pools-require-adherence-to-state-laws-and37599f6bb8

Drowning happens in the blink of an eye.

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Hold your child’s hand when near water. 

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Swimming lessons should be mandatory in schools. To this day, I meet adults who can’t swim and say they’re “afraid” and “too old now.”  That’s nonsenses. You’re never too old to learn anything.

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Top 10 Safe Tea Brands

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Great news. There are still safe pesticide-free tea brands out there, and my favorite, Yogi tea is on there.

 

Top 10 Safe Tea Brands by Tammy Catania

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Testing Teas for Pesticides

According to a report done by CBC Marketplace pesticides in some tea exceed the allowable limit.

CBC had 10 different teas tested by an accredited lab, the lab used the same testing method as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Half of the teas tested contained pesticide residues above the allowable limits in Canada. As per the test results eight of the 10 brands tested contained multiple chemicals, with one brand containing residues of 22 different pesticides. (1)

But what actually is the allowable pesticide residue in tea? As per the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, it is 0.1ppm. (2)

Other Countries Are Banning These Ingredients

Two of the chemicals that they found are actually in the process of being banned in other countries.

One of the chemicals found was Endosulfan.

This chemical is one of the most toxic pesticides on the market today. It is responsible for many fatal pesticide poisoning incidents around the world.

Endosulfan is also a xenoestrogen—a synthetic substance that imitates or enhances the effect of estrogens—and it can act as an endocrine disruptor, causing reproductive and developmental damage in both animals and humans. (3)

The second chemical they found was Monocrotophos. It is acutely toxic to birds and humans. Being also a persistent organic pollutant, it has been banned in the U.S. and many other countries (4)

Top brands of tea that CBC Marketplace had tested

  • Uncle Lee’s Legends of China – Green tea and Jasmine green tea
  • No Name- Black tea
  • King Cole- Orange pekoe
  • Signal- Orange pekoe two cups
  • Twinlings- Earl grey
  • Lipton- Pure green tea and Yellow label black tea
  • Red Rose – Orange pekoe
  • Tetley- Pure green tea

Out of all the teas that were tested, the only one that came back clean was the Red Rose Pekoe. (Here is the full test report from CBC marketplaces lab.)

Did you know that pesticides have been linked to a wide range of human health hazards, ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption.

Some of the Acute dangers – such as nerve, skin, and eye irritation and damage, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and systemic poisoning – can sometimes be dramatic, and even occasionally fatal. (5)

Some of the symptoms of Mild Poisoning or Early Symptoms of Acute Poisoning are headache, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, restlessness, nervousness, perspiration, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, loss of weight, thirst, moodiness, soreness in joints, skin irritation, eye irritation, irritation of the nose and throat.

 

Another great place to get amazingly healthy, pesticide tea is from Mountain Rose Herbs.

How to Know if Your Tea Is Safe

  1. Look for the certified organic label on the package so you know that your tea was cultivated without harmful chemicals. You can find information on Organic certification here http://www.pro-cert.org/en/tea
  2. You can grow your own herbs and make your own tea.garden
  3. Research the brands you plan on purchasing. The Environmental Working group has many teas and their ingredient and toxic levels listed. Also, they have a great App that you can use when out at a store shopping.tea7
  4. Do be careful of buying tea that is grown in China or India, even if they state they are organic. Here is some information on the pesticide use in India, and here is some information on the pesticide use in China .

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Thank you registered holistic dietician, Tammy Catania. Stay healthy!

 

June Is Grass Pollen Month: All You Need To Know!

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June is key grass pollen month in many areas.

People with seasonal allergies will feel symptoms.

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Rain, time of day and temps all affect pollen level.

Google pollen in your city/state, so you’re aware when levels are high.

Today, they’re “Very High” in most areas.

Prevention is BEST, so be sure to make a note of what you can do to avoid allergic reactions to grass.

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What Is a Grass Pollen Allergy?

If your allergies are worse in the spring and summer time, you may have a grass pollen allergy.

Grasses are the most common cause of allergy. Each year, plants (including grasses) release tiny pollen grains to fertilize other plants of the same species. Unfortunately for people with grass allergies, these pollens trigger allergic reactions.

Symptoms of grass pollen allergy include:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, eyes, ears and mouth
  • Stuffy nose (nasal congestion)
  • Red and watery eyes
  • Swelling around the eyes

You may not see the grass pollen in the air, but your body can react to even small amounts.

Many people know pollen allergy as “hay fever.” Experts usually refer to pollen allergy as “seasonal allergic rhinitis.”

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What Types of Grasses Cause Allergy Symptoms?

If you have a grass pollen allergy, you may be allergic to more than one type of grass.

There are hundreds of types of grasses, but only a few are responsible for allergy symptoms. Your geographic location may determine which grasses may be responsible for your symptoms.

The most common types of grasses that cause allergies are:

  • Bermuda
  • Johnson
  • Kentucky
  • Orchard
  • Rye
  • Sweet Vernal
  • Timothy

When Is the Grass Pollen Season?

In northern regions of the United States, grasses usually pollinate in the late spring or early summer. In southern regions, grasses may pollinate throughout many seasons and could trigger symptoms throughout the year.

These small, light and dry grass pollen grains are released into the air and can travel for hundreds of miles by the wind.

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How Can I Prevent Allergic Reactions to Grass?

Here are ten ways you can reduce allergic reactions to grass pollen:

  1. Limit your outdoor activities when pollen counts are high. Check your local forecast and pollen count every day. On high grass pollen count days, aim for some indoor activities like seeing a movie.
  2. Keep the lawn cut short. If possible, ask someone else to mow the lawn. Most grass pollen comes from the flowery top of tall grass. If you keep your lawn short, it is less likely to release pollen. Close all your house windows before someone mows your lawn.
  3. Keep windows closed during pollen season and use central air conditioning with a HEPA filter. This applies both to your home and to any vehicle (car, bus, train, etc.).
  4. Bathe and shampoo your hair daily before going to bed. This will remove pollen from your hair and skin and keep it off your bedding.
  5. Wash bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.
  6. Wear sunglasses and a hat. This will help keep pollen out of your eyes and off your hair. You can also wear long pants if you will be in contact with grasses.
  7. Change and wash clothes worn during outdoor activities.
  8. Dry your clothes in a clothes dryer, not on an outdoor line.
  9. If you have furry pets, wipe their fur off with a towel before entering your home. Also, keep pets out of your bedroom and off your bed.
  10. Start an allergy treatment.allergy10

How Can I Manage My Grass Allergy Symptoms?

The first step is to get properly tested and diagnosed. Once your doctor/allergist knows what specific allergens cause your symptoms, he or she can work with you to create a plan.

There are over-the-counter and prescription pills, liquids or nasal sprays that can help reduce or prevent grass allergy symptoms.

These medicines include antihistamines, decongestants and nasal corticosteroids.

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Most allergy medicines work best when you start taking them before pollen season begins. This allows the medicine to prevent your body from releasing histamine and other chemicals that cause your symptoms.

However, many people with pollen allergy do not get complete relief from these medicines. This means they may be candidates for immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy is a long-term treatment that can help prevent or reduce the severity of allergic reactions. It can change the course of allergic disease by modifying the body’s immune response to allergens.

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There are two types of immunotherapy available for grass allergy: allergy shots and allergy tablets.

  • Allergy Shots – Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT) is administered at the doctor’s office. It involves getting injections of allergens in an increasing dosage over time.During the course of immunotherapy, a person with grass allergy becomes progressively less sensitive to that allergen.

    Patients may experience relief within one to three years of starting SCIT. The most common side effects for SCIT include local reactions at the injection site, such as redness, itching, swelling, tenderness and pain.

    Less common systemic reactions may include generalized redness, hives, itching, swelling, wheezing and low blood pressure.

  • Allergy Tablets – Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is a more recent form of immunotherapy that can be done at home.It is needle-free, and involves placing a tablet containing the allergen under the tongue for 1 to 2 minutes and then swallowing it.

    Treatment begins prior to the grass allergy season and continues throughout the grass allergy season. By taking these tablets every day, you may reduce your grass allergy symptoms.

    This treatment offers people with these allergies a potential alternative to allergy shots. SLIT tablets also have side effects and some may be serious, which is why it’s important to talk with your doctor about your treatment options.

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Both forms of allergy immunotherapy (shots and tablets) are prescribed by your doctor. Talk to your health care provider to get started on your allergy treatment plan.

Courtesy The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America 

How the Quiet & Shy Can Outsell Anyone

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Just read The Introverts Edge: How the Quiet and Shy Can Outsell Anyone by Matthew Pollard with Derek Lewis.  It’s an absolute must read for entrepreneurs, founders, CEOs of startups and anyone launching, selling or promoting  something.

If you’re an expert in your field, people need you, but you also need to sell them on your skills and services. Sales is a separate job, but as anyone who has built an empire can tell you –it’s often the person with the most skin in the game  —you that it falls to.

“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.” -Henry Ford

Pollard hits the nail on the head on how so many people who excel at what they do would rather focus on just that –skills and services, rather than sales.

Now, this is a health blog and you may wonder why I’m blogging about a how to sell book on it. It’s because people like me, who are seen as extroverts, but in reality are introverts, do experience a lot of anxiety when it comes to promoting themselves, rather than others. We can promote the heck out of someone else, but freeze when it comes to promoting ourselves. It’s the old fight or flight response. This book helps alleviate that.

“In selling as in medicine, prescription before diagnosis is malpractice.” -Jim Cathcart

Somehow, we introverts manage to attract clients effortlessly, but if we fine-tune the process, that success scales beyond unicorn territory.

Pollard steps in with a roadmap tailored precisely to people who don’t attend every networking event because they’re busy getting the job done. Their passion is in the work, not in selling. Yet, they have all the knowledge, so they end up being the best ones to sell it. Their WHY is strong. If you’ve ever met someone truly passionate about their business their face lights up like a Christmas tree when discussing it.

Pollard’s roadmap is based on his own success, after finding that introverts consistently outsold everyone on his own team.

Ironically, the author himself is an introvert, yet in 2014, after moving to the United States and knowing no one outside his girlfriend, he won several government proclamations for his work with small business and was invited to events as one of the most connected people in the city, all within less than a year.

He has transformed over 3,500 struggling businesses into success stories, and has worked with solopreneurs and startups to enterprises such as Microsoft and Capital One. He is the founder of the nationwide Small Business Festival, and has created five multi-million dollar ventures from scratch.

AND he’s a self-procraimed introvert at his core.

Most introverts are so great at their functional skills, they prefer to focus on the work. I’d posit to say Mark Zuckerberg is probably one of these people. Bill Gates too. Many lawyers, consultants electricians are the same.

“Introverts beat their (extroverts) ‘gift of gab’ counterparts, hands down. Contrary to all the myths and beliefs, I discovered that introverts make the best sales people.” -Matthew Pollard

According to Pollard, sales is simply just another skill geniuses and smart people can learn. Extroverts rely more on their personalities. He says introverts have an advantage because they rely on the system, and they’re not deterred by emotion.

So much of what he writes in this book resonates with me. One thing I’ve encountered on social media is being pitched constantly.  A huge turn-off for me is when someone immediately pitches me without even establishing any sort of rapport.  In his 7-Step System, establishing rapport and trust is at the top.

I have to agree, and I know colleagues will too. I even had to remove names from my Referrals on Linked In, because people I didn’t know were using my name to reach out to people who recommended me asking them for jobs. Since I’ve known these people for decades, they alerted me.

They weren’t even asking for entry-level positions, advice or an internship. No. They jumped right to “Can you get me a producer job on Good Morning America?” and they were often right out of school. To top that off, I didn’t know them. They were simply a social media connection.

They didn’t establish initial rapport with me OR the other person. No one wants to feel used. And that’s the exact feeling you get when someone you don’t know asks for a favor –and a huge one at that. One that has tremendous value encompassing all your knowledge, skills, experience, contacts and hard work.

Pollard talks about his early days and how he learned a lesson the hard way.

“…when I got in front of the business owner, I’d launch straight into my spiel. Without any kind of rapport –without any sort of personal connection –I was just a commodity, a nameless, faceless salesman trying to land a sale…establishing even the slightest connection on a personal level helped make a person’s attitude toward me more positive.”

So true. It made my mind flash back to those people I do respond to professionally on Linked In or Facebook, and it’s those people who do that. They are rare. The majority of people are like people who start working out at the gym without warming up. They end up in pain and ditch going back. Their fitness goals don’t get met. In business, your sale, pitch or promotion doesn’t get results.

Credibility is another biggie. Since introverts don’t self-promote, we as”sume anyone approaching us has done their homework and knows our background and that we’ve worked with the best and achieved results.

Authentic rapport + credibility is what establishes trust. Trust is at the foundation of all relationships, albeit business or personal.

“If people like you, they’ll listen to you. But if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.” -Zig Zagler

When your intentions are right (and they absolutely should be), you are there to provide a product or service that people actually need or want.

“It (your product or service) should make their lives easier help them solve a problem, make them money, save them money, or in some way truly benefit them.”

“Think of it like going to the doctor. I’m not a medical expert; when something’s wrong, I just know that something’s wrong. I don’t go see the doctor already armed with the knowledge of my treatment plan, the prescriptions I need, and which tests need to be run. I need help, but I lack the expertise to figure out what that looks like…that’s why we pay for experts: Doctors draw on their experience with past patients to identify potential causes and the continue to ask more and more specific questions until they have a pretty good idea of the cause of the pain. Your back pain may actually be kidney trouble. Your weight gain could be indicative of a thyroid problem…”

You, the introvert expert must ask probing questions, so you can tap into all your experience, knowledge and skills to provide their solution.

Henry Ford is regarded as one of the greatest businesspeople and industrialists ever, beating dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of other automobile manufacturers to become a titan. He’s one of the top ten richest people who ever lived in modern history. His secret?

He never stopped improving the process.

I don’t want to give away the entire book here because it’s worth every penny for every introvert in business or person who wants to be in business for themselves or is an introvert closing deals on behalf of a larger corporation. Improving the process step-by-step is exactly what Pollard helps you do.

Best of all…

“The Introverts Edge” by Matthew Pollard is based on you being authentically you. That’s a healthy recipe in business AND life. -Maria Dorfner

“This book will be a game changer for any introvert who hates selling or believes they just can’t do it. You can!” -Neil Patel, New York Times bestselling author

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For More Information visit:
http://www.theintrovertsedge.com

You can also join Matthew Pollard and other professionals committed to sales success in The Introvert’s Edge Inner Circle  –an online community for introverts.

As a thank you for buying the book, you get a year’s subscription to The Inner Circle providing access to a lot more advice for free at http://www.theintrovertsedge.com/innercircle

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Pollards mission is to bridge the chasm between someone’s struggling dream and a rapid growth business they love. I’d say he’s doing so with this book because he himself has the introvert’s edge: focus, compassion, empathy, understanding and a unique ability to listen intently and thoroughly prepare.

I’m reminded on this historic day of The Royal Wedding how Princess Diana was quiet and shy.  Yet, the entire world embraced her as The People’s Princess. There is also a quiet shyness to Prince Harry and Meghan.

Together, they quietly embrace doing great charity work together. In fact, it’s how they fell in love.  Helping others. As Rev. Curry so beautifully stated, there is power in love.  GREAT power. Congratulations to Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex and His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex.  You personify The Introvert’s Edge.  ~Maria Dorfner

 

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Almost Half of Cancer Preventable

walking5The latest study says almost one-half of all cancer deaths are attributed to risk factors within your control. Finally, science catches up to what I’ve known all my life.

Dale Shepard, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic did not take part in the study, but says it’’s no surprise that many of these factors are bad for our health, but many people don’t realize the impact of making healthy lifestyle changes.

“Shepard says, “Half of the people who get cancer might be able to prevent death from their cancer had they modified some risk factors.””

The study looked at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) records of cancer incidence and death for 26 cancer types in adults ages 30+ in year 2014.

They found that these cancers were largely a result of 17 modifiable lifestyle behaviors.

The behavior that had the most negative impact was smoking, but researchers also pointed to factors such as obesity, alcohol intake, poor diet and lack of exercise.

Again, that’s:

OBESITY

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Dr. Shepard says it’s important to note that not all cancers can be prevented from lifestyle modifications, but studies like this show that if we do take the necessary steps to improve our overall health, our likelihood of developing certain cancers can be significantly decreased.

“”People often times don’’t link everyday lifestyle habits to cancer risk in the way that they do to heart disease, but it also holds true for our overall health.Eat a heart healthy diet; get exercise; watch your weight; be active,”” says Dr. Shepard. “

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Those sorts of things are things that people are maybe more used to thinking about with other diseases, but we know that, with studies like this, up to 40 percent of cancers can perhaps be prevented by doing the same things.”

Dr. Shepard says it’s important to remember that the more lifestyle risk factors that are combined, the more a person’s risk for cancer increases.

“If you drink alcohol, are inactive, are overweight, and have a poor diet, it can add up to a 20 percent increase in risk of cancers pretty quickly,” he said.

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Complete study can be found in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

SOURCE: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.21440/full

So remember to make HEALTHY CHOICES daily like following this blog!

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Sunday is World Cancer Day.  It should be World Health Day!
A day to raise awareness about healthy living. What you focus on expands. Anyone diagnosed or living with cancer NEEDS to focus on health, not illness.

Tomorrow’s Time Change May Change Your Mood

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Tomorrow marks the end of Daylight Saving Time –when we turn clocks ‘back’ one hour.

According to Scott Bea, PsyD, of Cleveland Clinic, when it gets darker outside sooner, it can impact our likelihood of developing seasonal affective disorder, or ‘SAD.’

“”Of course we know people in Florida aren’’t going to suffer quite as much,”” says Dr. Bea. “

Research shows the rate of seasonal affective disorder down there is about 1.4 percent, but if you get up to New Hampshire, it’s about 9.7 percent. So where you exist in relation to the equator makes a difference.”

 

Dr. Bea says ‘SAD’ is marked by 3 things:

sleepiness

withdrawal

irritability

 

Research has shown that women tend to suffer from ‘SAD’ about four times as much as men do, but when men develop symptoms, they tend to be more severe.

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In addition to longer periods of darkness, the grayness of winter impacts a lot of people.

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About four percent of folks will experience ‘SAD’ during the winter, while another ten percent will get ‘winter blues.’

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Dr. Bea says light therapy works for many people. He suggests getting a light-therapy lamp, sitting in front of it for about 30 minutes every day, ideally in the morning.

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Starting light therapy as early as October and keeping it going through the spring will provide the most benefit.

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And, if nothing else, Dr. Bea says just getting outdoors more often can help too.

“”What people do is they stay indoors and so they don’t get ordinary light exposure.  One of the problems is we’’re not outside enough, even on a cloudy day, if you’re outside for thirty minutes in the morning, you’re going to get enough light exposure and that seems to make a difference.””

Dr. Bea also suggests creating social obligations – meeting up with other people or perhaps taking up an exercise program – can be beneficial for our mental health during colder months.

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Again, to keep smiling through darker, colder weather follow these tips:

  1. GET OUTDOORS, ESPECIALLY IN MORNINGS FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES
  2. SOCIALIZE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS -LAUGHTER!
  3. MAINTAIN A DAILY EXERCISE ROUTINE
  4. USE LIGHT THERAPY 30 MINUTES DAILY UNTIL SPRING

If you’ve used light therapy in the past, we’d love to hear from you.

There are several brands available on Amazon from small portable ones you can place on your desk for about $39. and ones costing up into the hundreds so if you’ve used one, please let us know if and how it worked for you!

 

Stay healthy!

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SOURCE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4673349/