Expert Newborn Screenings A Heartbeat Away!

jimmy-kimmel-baby-billy2-1This week, Jimmy Kimmel shared the emotional story of his beautiful newborn son’s heart surgery.  He and his wife Molly welcomed their second child, William “Billy” Kimmel.

At three days old, Billy had successful open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is now home with his family.  On his show, Jimmy opened up about his son’s birth and health complications. He also underscored the need for the accurate and timely screening of congenital heart disease (CHD).

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Essential to early CHD diagnosis is the detection of a murmur using a stethoscope during a newborn’s first physical exam.

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But routine neonatal examination without specialist consults fail to detect more than half of babies with heart disease.

Approximately 160 infants pass away from undetected Congenital Heart Defects each year in the United States.

William “Billy” Kimmel, who is absolutely adorable below is one of the lucky ones; looks like he’s already laughing at Dad’s jokes too.

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Billy thankfully had the condition detected early, but many children with CHD get discharged with undetected or misdiagnosed conditions.

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After the events of this week, expecting parents have every right to question if their child is being screened appropriately or if clinicians known to misinterpret heart sounds are interpreting their child’s heart sounds accurately.

Kimmel’s story is really a wake-up call that we need more nurses like the wonderful ones who treated his baby boy.

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Now, there’s a device that will make sure congenital heart screenings more effective for infants.

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And it’s not just infants. Over 1.3 million adults live with congenital heart disease in the U.S, which now surpasses the number of children with congenital heart disease.

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Three entrepreneurs are well on their way to making sure accurate screenings are a heartbeat away. Their innovation paves the way for a new era of cardiac screenings.

They want to do what Shazam did for music, only for heartbeats.

Their new device called Eko [pronounced like Echo, as in a heart echo] offers the potential to dramatically improve the efficacy of newborn screenings, especially for newborns far from a pediatric cardiology center.

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The San Francisco based digital medical device company, launched Eko, an FDA-cleared digital stethoscope that enables ANY clinician, regardless of their training level, to secure a virtual pediatric cardiology opinion on heart sounds recorded with their FDA-cleared digital stethoscope.

It was a pleasure interviewing one of the founders, Jason Bellet.

Bellet says, “The silver lining in Jimmy Kimmel’s story is that the congenital heart failure was detected early through a murmur using a stethoscope and could be treated, but very often these murmurs go undiagnosed and undetected and infants leave the hospital with potentially life threatening situations.” [:27]

“Eko Devices would enable nurses and clinicians to get Cardiologist’s second opinion to immediately decrease the number of missed cases.” [:12]

Bellet is the co-founder and a brilliant former student from the University of Berkley.  He graduated in 2014 and founded Eko Devices with two fellow students, Connor Landgraf and Tyler Crouch out of the Start-up accelerator at Berkley.

The three founders successfully pitched their idea and raised $5M to bring it to market quickly and bring it to as many clinicians as they can.  It received FDA approval in September of 2015.

QUESTION: WHAT IS EKO?

ANSWER:  It’s basically a Smart Stethoscope that can bring the sounds to a trained ear immediately.

The vision is to bring machine learning and physician support tools to every clinicians stethoscope to make their screening process as easy as Shazaming a song.

QUESTION:  HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR EKO?

ANSWER:  The idea stemmed from the fact that we realized the stethoscope is used as the primary screening tool for cardiac health, including for newborn babies.

But, it’s extremely outdated and ultimately leading to misdiagnosis and lack of cardiac conditions because you hear the heart sounds, but don’t understand what you’re hearing.

Cardiologists are the ones who can differentiate what is normal and what is not.

So, what we wanted to do was make it easy for clinicians to modernize their own stethoscopes to bring it into the modern era and send concerning or confusing heart sounds immediately to cardiologists in real time using this platform or capture it to send it to a specialist.

QUESTION:  There are other digital stethoscopes out there. Why is this one unique?

Bellet says, “Our digital stethoscope is the first to allow clinicians to stream sounds wirelessly from the stethoscope to a smartphone and to a cardiologist anywhere in the world.”  [:15]

QUESTION: Is it HIPPA compliant?

ANSWER:  It’s the ONLY digital stethoscope on the market that has built a HIPPA compliant software platform to stream heart sounds from any clinician to any specialist anywhere in the world.

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QUESTION: THAT’S GROUNDBREAKING. WHERE IS IT CURRENTLY BEING USED?

ANSWER:  Eko is now used at over 700 institutions across the country and has been adopted by pediatric cardiology programs.

QUESTION: WHO NEEDS EKO?

The technology is applicable in many aspects of patient care, but especially in newborns.

QUESTION:  WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL WITH EKO?

ANSWER: The ultimate goal is bringing it even one step further.  Our idea is have machine learning tied directly into the stethoscope itself, so one day clinicians can be as accurate as cardiologists in their initial interpretation of what they hear.

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Next, I spoke with renown adult congenital heart disease specialist Ami Bhatt, M.D. F.A.C.C. who says identifying congenital heart disease in the community can be challenging at any age whether we are trying to identify a high risk newborn like Jimmy Kimmel’s or catching congenital heart disease in a school age student or adulthood.

Ami Bhatt, M.D. F.A.C.C.  is director of outpatient cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston as well as a renown adult congenital heart disease specialist.  She innovates with the Healthcare Transformation Lab, serves as a scientific advisor for Eko Devises and runs a telemedicine practice.  She can be reached at mghachd@partners.org

Bhatt says,  “Because congenital heart disease is relatively rare it’s difficult for clinicians to identify it. The use of digital stethoscopes and other telemedicine technology which can connect the patient and caregiver in the community with experts at academic centers can improve initial diagnosis AND longterm followup.”

QUESTION:  WHAT HAPPENS WHEN KIDS WITH CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE AGE?

ANSWER:   Two things. One, as kids with congenital heart disease age, we know there are complications that may arise. Technologies like digital stethoscopes and the use of algorithms can help monitor their progression and track changes in disease BEFORE they progress too far.

And two, lack of follow-up is a persistent problem with children with congenital heart disease become adults. One of the main drivers is the challenge of access to subspecialty care.

Additionally, distance from medical centers, along with the time it takes and sometimes the cost of being away from work and family drives young adults to ignore their own healthcare needs.

The advent of digital health in congenital heart disease care empowers the patient to engage in a partnership to their health without taking away from their ability to live a full and active life.

QUESTION:  DO YOU THINK TECHNOLOGY HELPS OR HINDERS DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONS?

ANSWER: As the delivery of healthcare changes, caregivers are desperate to return to the ideal  doctor patient relationship, which is based on a human connection. As we build digital technology, and use machine learning to support our physicians at at time when there are so many diagnosis to be made, it allows us to concentrate on a shared patient and provider centered experience.

QUESTION:  HOW DOES AN ADULT KNOW WHEN TO GET THEIR HEART CHECKED?

ANSWER: If they had heart disease or heart surgery as a child, they should check in with their cardiologist to find out if they need any longterm care.

QUESTION: HOW DO THEY FIND A SPECIALIST?

There are advocacy websites, such http://www.ACHAheart.org which report self-identified Specialists in congenital heart disease or they can call a major center like Massachusetts General who can find a local center that can partner in their care.

QUESTION: HOW CAN THEY FIND OUT WHO USES THE EKO DEVICE?

ANSWER: If they want to find a specialist using the Eko Device people can contact Massachusetts General http://www.massgeneral.org\adultcongenitalheart for more information and ask about centers near them. They can also contact any hospital and ask for their telemedicine department and inquire if they use Eko.

QUESTION: HOW DO CLINICANS FIND EKO IF THEY’RE INTERESTED IN USING IT?

ANSWER:  Clinicians are able to access the device by going to the Eko Devices website at http://www.ekodevices.com and then if they’re interested in testing it they can purchase a unit directly from the website and send it back if they don’t like it. But that’s a rarity as the success rate has been high with over 5,000 clinicians across the country using it.

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This truly is a hot technology that will save kids like Jimmy’s, as well as those who aren’t at top hospitals in the country.

Billy will have another open-heart surgery within six months to repair the hole, and Our thoughts, well wishes and prayers are with him and his family.

“As a cardiologist, we sometimes worry about technology interfering with the doctor patient relationship. However, in these cases, it is technology that brings us to meet the patient where they live. Technology is finally bringing us home.” 

-Ami Bhatt, M.D. F.A.C.C.

If you haven’t seen Jimmy Kimmel’s story see it on Emmy-award-winning @GMA:

WATCH: @jimmykimmel shares emotional news about newborn son’s emergency heart surgery; son now at home recovering. http://abcn.ws/2pSPakE

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QUICK FACTS:

According to the CDC, 40,000 babies in the U.S. are born each year with congenital heart disease.

Recent studies estimate approximately 160 infants or 1 in 25,000 live births die per year from unrecognized CHD.

The reported sensitivity for detection of a pathologic heart murmur in newborns ranges from 80.5 to 94.9 percent among pediatric cardiologists, with specificity ranging from 25 to 92 percent.

A study in the American Journal of Medicine discovered internal medicine residents misdiagnose as many as 75% of murmurs with a stethoscope.

Routine neonatal examination fails to detect more than half of babies with heart disease; examination at 6 weeks misses one third.

A normal examination does not exclude heart disease.

Babies with murmurs at neonatal or 6 week examinations should be referred for early pediatric cardiological evaluation which will result either in a definitive diagnosis of congenital heart disease or in authoritative reassurance of normal cardiac anatomy and function.

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Take care of your heart everyone!

 

For more on Eko visit: http://www.ekodevices.com

UPDATES:

Good Morning America
ABC NEWS
May 9, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel returns to TV with update on his son’s health, defends his call for children’s health care coverage

One week after Jimmy Kimmel revealed that his son, Billy, had been born with a heart defect, the comedian returned to host his late night show with an emotional update on his son’s health and a defense of his foray into the country’s heated debate on health care.

The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” also thanked his fans for their “humbling outpouring of support” and said that he and his wire “very grateful” for the multitude of donations made to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where his son was treated.

“First I want to tell you because so many people have asked: Our son Billy is doing very well,” Kimmel said. “He’s eating. He is getting bigger. He is sleeping well. He can read now — which they say is unusual [for a child his age].”

Kimmel, 49, revealed last Monday that his son underwent surgery on his heart three days after he was born, and will require another procedure when he’s a little bigger in three to six months.

During his monologue, Kimmel asked all politicians to come together to ensure healthcare for all Americans, especially those who have pre-existing health conditions.

Though there were many who supported Kimmel’s point of view, he noted that there were many others who called him an “out of touch Hollywood elitist.” To those critics, the late night host offered a sarcastic apology.

“I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care,” he joked. “It was insensitive – it was offensive – and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”

To further the conversation, he interviewed Bill Cassidy, a Republican senator from Louisiana who last week tweeted that there should be a “Kimmel Test” for any healthcare bill passed.

The Jimmy Kimmel Test, he noted, would be in place to ensure that any healthcare plan would adequately cover pre-existing conditions “but in a fiscally conservative way that lowers cost.”

“I happen to like [it] a lot,” Kimmel said. “He is a doctor – a gastroenterologist. He is married to a retired doctor — his wife Laura, was a surgeon. And he co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, which provides free dental care and health care to the working uninsured. So obviously – this is someone who cares about people’s health.”

 

 

Hot App: Mini-Sober-Me in Your Pocket

 

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You don’t have to drink to love this app called DRUNK MODE.

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It’s another way to make sure people who drink do not drive or get into trouble

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I spoke to founder, Joshua Anton who originally created it for a funny reason

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Joshua says, “I originally created it to prevent students from drunk calling their friends.”

You do that by setting your phone to  DRUNK MODE any time you’ll be out drinking or with drinkers much like you set it to Airplane Mode when you’re on a plane.

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A feature called FIND MY DRUNK keeps track of friends and keeps them safe.

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BREADCRUMBS tracks your night to retrace your steps the next day (Lost Keys? Wallet?).

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FIND A RIDE lets users easily find an Uber.

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HOTSPOTS– See where the party’s at in real time.

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SAFEMODE– Add trusted contacts to watch over you on your way home, call for assistance with a BlueLight button, or easily dial 911.

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Rahul Bajaj is the Business Development Lead for the App.

RAHUL, HOW DID YOU MEET JOSHUA?

I met Joshua at a business club meeting at college. He told me about the app. When he presented the idea it was really interesting how this app can help people. I don’t drink but many of my friends do and I thought it could help them stay off the road. So I joined the team to help promote it because I really believe in the product.

[photo of team:  Rahul Bajaj, Joshua Anton on far left]

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WHERE CAN PEOPLE GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DRUNKMODE?

 

We have a website. www.drunkmode.org  or they can find us on Twitter @DrunkModeApp.

 

WHERE CAN MEDIA CONTACT JOSHUA ABOUT THE DRUNKMODE APP?

 

They can email our CMO, Jake Ellenburg, via email Jake@drunkmode.org 

 

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Of course, not drinking at all is safest. But even those that drink socially could use this.

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Stay safe. Stay healthy! Download the app.  1.2M users already installed it. ~Maria

doggie    MARIA DORFNER is a medical/health journalist and TV producer.  She helped launch CNBC in 1989 after beginning with an executive internship at NBC News in 1983.   As senior producer of medical programming at CNBC, she developed original health programs including “Healthcare Consumers,”  “Healthcare Practitioners,” “Healthy Living” and “Lifestyles and Longevity.”  She founded NewsMD Communications, LLC an award-winning production company specializing in original health content, health PR and cutting-edge stories.  She has worked as medical and special projects producer for NBC Miami, screenwriter/producer/director for Discovery Health for the documentary series, “21st Century Medicine”. She helped create and launch The Cleveland Clinic News Service and was an on-site Senior Media Advisor for them. Most recently, she produced the pilot “Healthy Within” for NBC Network. A partial list of her awards include a Medical Reporting Scholarship from the American Medical Association, a Media Recognition Award from the American Heart Association and Freddie Award for Excellence in Medical Reporting. She serves on the advisory board of Super Body/Super Brain and is the author of 3 books.  She is the founder of Healthy Within Network (HWN).   This is her blog.

HAVE A HOT MEDICAL OR HEALTH STORY, PRODUCT OR SERVICE THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? CONTACT:  maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

 

Hot Fitness Craze by Maria Dorfner

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Move over Soul Cycle. Make room for KANGAROO JUMP EXERCISES

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Men, women and kids are jumping for joy while getting an intense cardiovascular workout

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It’s easier on joints because the special, patented boots absorb 80% of impact

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It can be done anywhere indoors or out

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The only equipment you need are these BOUNCE BOOTS

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They come in all different colors

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A Jump Master Trainer teaches classes. They’ve already sprung up in NYC, Philly & DC

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And it’s hot in Israel and Dubai

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The cost of classes may not make you jump for joy, but they will make you sweat

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One class cost $90.00 which includes $45.00 for the class and $45.00 for boot rental

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Sometimes the BOUNCE BOOTS are called KANGAROO BOOTS OR SHOES

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Of course it got its name because you’ll hop and jump around like a Kangaroo

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When I was a kid Polo Sticks were big and they were fun. These have carrying bags.

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You can purchase a pair of Bouncing Boots for about $200.00 at Kangaroojumps.com

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When you bring your own boots you pay $45.00 only for the class only.

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Boots go by your weight, not your shoe size. Kids up to 100 lbs. and boots for over 100

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Indoor and outdoor classes have been spreading since 2010

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Owners of boots get extra health benefits even while walking

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You can find out if there are classes in your area at http://www.kjfitnessprograms.com

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ABC NEWS covered and tested them in 2011.  The segment was called BOUNCE INTO FITNESS.  The exercise was given a thumbs up for having fun in fitness, while protecting your joints, knees, hips and spine.

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In the United States 320,000 Bounce Boots had already been sold in 2011.

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[Photo: ABC News with Mario Godiva of Mario Godiva Fitness in NYC]

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As you can see, Bounce Boots look like ski boots with special T-springs attached that flex out and recoil, and are adjusted for your weight.

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They were first devised for rehabilitation in Europe almost 25 years ago, but they continue to get hotter and hotter the U.S.

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The New York Times then covered it in 2012

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The Wall Street Journal did an article about it last Summer, so  it continues to grow

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It usually takes awhile before things catch on. I remember when Health Anchor, Ileana Bravo and I produced the first ever story about something called SPINNING.  I interviewed the founder, Johnny G. The story aired on NBC and took off like wildfire after that.  And it’s still around.

When it comes to fitness, I always say do something with long-term staying power.

That means you have to like it enough to do every day or at least 3 times a week.

For me, that’s walking and swimming.  But I’m a big fan of mixing it up.

That keep things fun and stimulating, even mentally.

So, I can’t wait to try this.  I have a feeling I will love it.  And laugh.  It does look like it would take getting used to so a class with a trainer is the first stop to give it a try.

I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of Kangaroo Exercise classes popping up in 2016.

If you’ve had prior knee injuries or have any other medical issue check with your doctor.

 Health Benefits to Kangaroo Jump Exercising:

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Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes were originally developed for joggers, runners and athletes, to help reduce the impact associated with vigorous athletic activity.

The biggest problem for most sports is the excess strain on joints due to repeated impact. The limits of training are dictated by the amount of strain accumulated on joints due to repeated impact and the capability of the body to withstand it. Athletic competition requires the development of “explosive strength”. Participating in plyometric exercise is the best method to ensure improvements in this area. These exercises can be dangerous because they place the joints under the highest strain (up to 5G, versus 2-3G for running).

High-tech sport shoes with cushioning features, like the latest Nike or Adidas models claim to reduce impact. However, none of these shoes provide significant protection, as they do not lengthen the impact time significantly enough to allow the brain and muscles to react in a timely way to absorb impact energy.

Different scientific studies conducted by the Swiss Federation Institute of Technology compared conventional running shoes and Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes. They demonstrated that the patented Impact Protection System (IPS) of Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes not only helps increase impact time, it also reduces the impact stress by up to 80% while protecting ankles, knees, hips, lower back, and spine.

“The running condition with training shoes displayed peaks between 6 and 10 g at the tibia level as found in previous studies. With Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes, acceleration is 50% lower. The reduction of the force impact is significant”2

The scientific study, “Impact Forces during running in a novel spring Boot”, conducted by Jason Vance and John A. Mercer3, compares individuals using traditional footwear during exercise to individuals using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes and concludes that the differences between both are significant, as it is shown in the chart below:

Plyometric exercise can be performed using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes with a lower risk of injury, providing significant protection to the joints, when compared to traditional sport shoes. Consequently, Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes could be considered the world’s lowest impact shoe.

2  G. Gremion, P.F. Leyvraz, E. Mercier, K. Aminian ” Attenuation of Impact Shock during Jog:  comparison between conventional running shoes and Kangoo Jumps“ Swiss Federation Institute of Technology, Clinical Department of Orthopaedic & Traumatology, Division of Sports Medicine chuv Lausanne

3 Vance Jason  and Mercer John A. “Impact Forces During Running in a Novel Spring Boot” Department of Kinesiology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 PREVENT NEW INJURIES AND RE-INJURY  
Doctors & physical therapists recommend the use of Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes for the safe rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Investigations on impact forces conducted by The Southern Cross, Australian University study1 reported that between 27% to 70% of runners or joggers are injured in the first year after commencement of training, as a result of external forces.

Thanks to the revolutionary IPS, using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes instead of traditional running shoes significantly reduces the impact characteristics experienced during foot contact, which has been reported to result in injuries to the lower extremities.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes may reduce the rate of injury for recreational joggers and can provide a safer environment for the rehabilitation of patients with lower extremity injuries.

1 Robert U. Newton, Brendan J. Humphries, & I. Barry Ward ”Reducing Ground Impact Forces During Jogging : an evaluation of shoes with springs” Center for Exercise Science and Sport Management, Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia. 1995

“I hadn’t been able to run for years because of injuries that never seemed to completely heal. Even casual jogging would aggravate my condition. Running and aerobic exercises using Kangoo Jumps boots has been a blessing. I’m in better shape than I have been in years.”

 

 

For the professional and elite athlete, consistent, continuous training is paramount to retain their strength, stamina, and specific athletic response to their sport of choice.

When these individuals are injured, every 24 hour period without exercise can significantly compromise their athletic training and standing within their sport of choice. Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes, due to their patented IPSystem, reduce impact shock by up to 80%, which means that athletes or athletic patients can begin exercise and training very soon after an injury or surgery.

Practitioners and athletic trainers have found that patients using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes actually reduce the recovery time and enhance their athletic response system due to the inherent action of harmonizing the muscles and the central nervous system.

Many athletic physicians are using Kangoo Jumps boots for rehabilitation purposes due to the reduced impact and “enhanced” recovery aspect of using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes.
On the other hand, recovery time from any aerobic activity is dramatically reduced by using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes. E.G. Jody Luther, an avid Marathon athlete and Personal Trainer states that when she uses Kangoo Jumps boots during a Marathon, she can proceed to her professional activities the very next day of the race. When she uses normal running shoes for her marathons, she needs to allow herself 2 days of rest before resuming to work.

“I hadn’t been able to jog or attend aerobic classes for years due to my knee surgery and excess weight. It really feels great to be able to exercise again and to have so much fun at the same time”
The body contains five times more lymph than blood. Unfortunately, the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system, does not have a pump like the heart to keep its liquid in motion; thus, the body must rely on its natural movements for circulation. If a person does not move sufficiently, excess levels of toxins can clutter and poison the lymphatic system. In some areas, lymph fluid actually crystalizes into cellulite, and can be harder to eliminate. Numerous studies have shown that base metabolic rate, which is the rate at which the body will burn calories, decreases as our lymphatic systems grows less efficient.

In 1995 the University of Lausanne in collaboration with Dr. Gremion conducted a physiological research study1, which showed that a person spends about 20% more energy, or calories, training with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes than with other training shoes. Therefore, exercising with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes is a more effective way to “re-prime the lymphatic pump.”

As the lymphatic system improves, the increased transfer of nutrients and oxygen into each cell helps to increase toxin removal through elimination. Once metabolism has been reset, a person is able to burn more calories at a higher rate, whether exercising or not.

With the regular use of Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes, base metabolic rate will become increasingly more efficient, resulting in noticeable improvements in muscle tone, and weight management. In fact, they actually allow the re-training of each cell to perform as it did, when it was younger.

Once metabolism is re-set, the individual will burn more calories at a higher rate and will not regain weight, if training is continuous, especially using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes.

1 G. Gremion, P.F. Leyvraz, E. Mercier, K. Aminian ”Attenuation of Impact Shock during Jog:  comparison between conventional running shoes and Kangoo Jumps “ Swiss Federation Institute of Technology Clinical Department of Orthopaedic & Traumatology, Division of Sports Medicine

When inactive people start using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes, their heart rate climbs rapidly and exercise can be maintained for only short periods of time. . However, after only a week of use, there is an amazing increase in cardio-respiratory endurance. Athletes experience this same increase in VO2 (volume of oxygen used), making the shoes excellent tools for improving the endurance required for competition sports. Dr. J.E. Taunton and a team of experts from the University of British Columbia, Canada, confirmed this benefit on the scientific study “MaxVO2 Improvements and Injury Prevention”1.A reference group of students utilizing the shoes in exercise increased their VO2 peak by 7.8% whereas the control group, using conventional training shoes, showed only a 1.3% improvement during the same period of time.

Training with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes provides a more effective means of improving VO2, when compared to training with traditional running shoes.
See university study:

Effects of a 12-Week Aerobic Training Program Utilizing Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes

1 J.E. Taunton, FACSM, N.S. Miller, E.C. Rhodes, FACSM, B.D. Zumbo, S. Fraser “MaxVO2 Improvements and Injury Prevention “ University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. Canada – December 11th 2002

According to Dr. Morton Walker1, “Rebounding could practically be described as a “heart exercise,” Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes enhance the physical activity of the legs — the body’s primary limbs. It is easier on the heart to exercise the legs than the arms as the heart works 250% harder to pump the same amount of blood through the arms than it does through the legs”. This phenomenon is known as the “pressor response”. It is the illusion of a higher working heart rate due to a rise in blood pressure. Under normal circumstances heart rate and oxygen consumption are linear. When heart rate rises, oxygen consumption rises, except when performing an activity that has a large amount of upper body movement such as boxing. Activities with vigorous arm movement make the heart work harder to pump blood into the upper extremities. When this occurs, rises in heart rate are due to elevations in blood pressure, not oxygen consumption. This may make running in Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes a better choice for persons with known cardiovascular disease than similar training in conventional sports shoes.

Running with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes will enhance heart health without elevating blood pressure.

1 Walker Morton ”Jumping for Health” Avery Publishing Group Inc., New York

Any kind of exercise will increase your energy level on a long run, because you train your body to work better and develop more mitochondrias, which are the powerhouses of the cells.
However most forms of exercise are strenuous, so that people who lack training will feel exhausted, even for the next day.
Having a non strenuous physical activity with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes the way we recommend, that is only for short sessions and never exceeding your level of comfort, you will enjoy an incredible high level of energy right away and feel relaxed. Guaranteed.
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IEach cell of the body is like a balloon filled with water; rebounding puts the cells repeatedly under stress as they resist the increased G forces (when the balloon reaches the maximum elongation). With time, the cell’s membrane gets thicker, thus more firm and elastic.

 

The skin is a community of cells. Rebounding regularly with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes can help firm the skin and increase its elasticity.

Enhance Overall Health
The NASA investigations on how to reverse astronauts’ bone and muscle’s mass loss while in the outer space show that rebound exercise is the most efficient, effective and pleasant exercise ever devised.

“While trampoling, as long as the G-force remained below 4-G’s, the ratio of oxygen consumption compared to biomechanical conditioning was sometimes more than twice as efficient as treadmill running.

For similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running, a finding that might help identify acceleration parameters needed for the design of remedial procedures to avert de-conditioning in persons exposed to weightlessness…1

This statement verifies the fact that rebound exercise is an excellent exercise for senior citizens, those physically handicapped, those who are recuperating from an accident or injury, or anyone else who needs exercise but is hampered by a pre-existing physical condition2.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes are a great contribution to overall health improvement, which includes, but is not limited to:

·      Reduce excess fat/weight rapidly and safely while simultaneously developing all muscles, shaping the body naturally.

·      Reverse or slows the aging process firming the skin.

·      Promote ideal postural alignment and balance.

·      Correct supination and pronation.

·      Prevent cardiovascular problems.

·      Fight osteoporosis, increasing bone density.

·      Induce euphoria (thus fighting depression) and reduce mental stress.

·      Prevent injuries.

Journal of Applied Physiology 49 (5): 881-887 – 1980

2 “Miracles of Rebound Exercise” NASA-Ames Research Center  Biomechanical Research Division,

Moffett Field,  Wenner-Gren Research Laboratory, University of Kentucky

Increase Bone Density (fight osteoroposis)
Rebounding in Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes stimulates osteoblastic bone rebuilding activity in the vertebral bodies and weight-bearing compact and spongy bone structures of the pelvis and lower extremities. This is essential in the prevention of osteoporosis, especially in women.

Within only 2 weeks of stay in outer space, astronauts lose as much as 15% of their bone and muscle mass, as a result of the absence of gravity. Consequently, NASA had to investigate how to reverse the process. Their studies came to the conclusion that “rebound exercise is the most effective and efficient form of exercise ever devised by man”1.Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes may reverse bone loss in individuals suffering 

from osteoporosis.

1“ Miracles of Rebound Exercise” NASA-Ames Research Center  Biomechanical Research Division,

Moffett Field,  Wenner-Gren Research Laboratory, University of Kentucky

See N.A.S.A. study

Strengthen Your Spine. Eliminate most back pain
Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes, by the inherent nature of their design, encourage proper posture to maintain balance, while exercising. The balance involved while using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes is easily mastered. It stimulates the communication between spinal and extremity joint mechanoreceptors thus improving balance and related proprioceptive skills.

Balance is defined as the ability to keep the body in equilibrium; age and/or a sedentary life style can cause deterioration in balance. Consistent movement (practice) with properties identified as “proprioceptive” is necessary to maintain adequate balance.

Chiropractor Dr. David Love, from Santa Cruz Chiropractic & Sport Medicine Clinic in Capitola – California, says: “Rebounding with Kangoo Jumps has a positive influence on spinal and intervertebral disc health by providing maximum spinal imbibition. This, of course, is essential for the proper transfer of nutrients into the disc and the removal of metabolic waste products out of the disc, thereby maintaining and restoring intervertebral health and function.”

Many practitioners report that the majority of their patients have very poor posture due to many factors, including the impact of sitting at computers, TV and other sedentary life style modalities. Poor posture can have a negative effect on an individual’s health. Using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes assures ideal posture by forcing the pelvis to remain in a neutral position while exercising. Neutral pelvic alignment causes the hips, knees and toes to re-align, securing the best possible bio-mechanics for movement execution.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes improve balance for individuals of all ages and activity levels. In addition, the curved nature of the soles helps to re-align the spine for improved posture. 

Help fight depression & stress
“Jump for joy” is not just an expression, it describes the feeling of euphoria, of power and lightness that any person can experience while they are exercising with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes; this altered state of consciousness associated with bouncing can enhance anyone’s life, making it joyful at any age or fitness level.

The therapeutic use of rebounding exercise has been studied by Dr. Morton Walker and presented in his book “Jumping for Health”[1], where he describes up to 30 specific anti-stress benefits of this type of exercise.

Using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes is an excellent remedy for depression and anxiety.  It awakens the inner child, inducing a state of euphoria. This can be explained by the fast release of endorphins by the body, sometimes referred to as the hormones of happiness.

[1]  Morton Walker “ Jumping for Health” pages 82-91, Avery Publishing Group Inc., New York

Promote ideal postural alignment and balance

Many practitioners report that the majority of their patients have very poor posture due to many factors which include the impact of sitting at computers, TV and other sedentary life style issues.

There are also certain postural conditions associated with specific sport activities such as cycling, etc. Poor posture can have a negative effect on an individual’s health. Using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes assures ideal posture by forcing your foot placement to be at the best possible angle directly below the pelvic girdle that ultimately supports the alignment of the whole body. Many customers report that they breathe in such a way to fill their lungs to capacity when using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes providing thus more oxygen for the brain, muscles, etc., to function at an optimal level.

Some benefits that customers report are that they have more energy, faster response time to stimuli, longer attention span and that they feel more vibrant and alive.
Balance is an important issue and has become a frequent complaint from patients while speaking with their practitioner. Again, a more sedentary life style has influenced this issue. Consistent movement with properties that are identified as “Proprioceptive” is necessary to assure proper balance. Proprioceptive activity is defined as stimulating the spine and harmonizing all of the mechanoreceptors located in your extremity. Kangoo Jumps assure that optimum “balance” occurs in a safe and effective manner for individuals of all ages and activity levels.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes correct posture and naturally realign the body
Because of the rounded shape of their soles, Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes naturally prevents you from adopting bad postures. You automatically align your body in order to keep your balance. Wits University in Johannesburg – South Africa, is in the process of conducting the most comprehensive study ever made with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes(testing about 800 parameters!). The section on body posture is already finished. It shows pictures of reference subjects, before starting the KJ fitness program and 3 months after. The differences are amazing! A large portion of the population has chronic back pain, which, in most cases, is due to a bad posture. The  use of Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes will in most cases eliminate (or at least alleviate) the pain and prevent it from recurring.
Correct supination and pronation:
Supination is the turn or rotation of the foot by adduction and inversion so that the outer edge of the sole bears the body’s weight. On the other hand, pronation is the turn or rotation of the foot by abduction and eversion so that the inner edge of the sole bears the body’s weight.

When running, excessive supination or pronation can create a rotational movement in the ankles that can affect the lower leg and knee, creating pain and lesions.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoe’s hard shell boot locks the foot in place and aids in realigning the ankle. In addition, because the shoes are approximately 6 inches higher than normal shoes and the soles are laterally flat, when you do not land with proper biomechanics, you get the impression that you might twist an ankle, making it instinctive to correct foot position.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes may help to correct pronation and supination during training, helping to eliminate problems of the lower leg due to ankle mal-alignment.

HEALTH BENEFITS

by Dr. Morton Walker and Albert E. Carter

The action of bouncing up and down against gravity without trauma to the musculoskeletal system is one of the most beneficial aerobic exercises ever developed:
1.    It provides an increased G-force (gravitational load), which strengthens the musculoskeletal systems.2.    It protects the joints from the chronic fatigue delivered by exercising on hard surfaces.3.    It helps manage body composition and improves muscle-to-fat ratio.4.    It increases capacity for respiration.5.    It circulates more oxygen to the tissues.6.    It establishes a better equilibrium between the oxygen required by the tissues and the oxygen made available.

7.    It aids lymphatic circulation by stimulating the millions of one-way valves in the lymphatic system.

8.    It tends to reduce the height to which the arterial pressures rise during exertion.

9.    It lessens the time during which blood pressure remains abnormal after severe activity.

10.    It assists in the rehabilitation of a heart problem.

11.    It increases the functional activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells.

12.    It improves resting metabolic rate so that more calories are burned for hours after exercise.

13.    It causes muscles to perform work in moving fluids through the body to lighten the heart’s load.

14.    It decreases the volume of blood pooling in the veins of the cardiovascular system preventing chronic edema.

15.    It encourages collateral circulation by increasing the capillary count in the muscles and decreasing the distance between the capillaries and the target cells.

16.    It strengthens the heart and other muscles in the body so that they work more efficiently.

17.    It allows the resting heart to beat less often.

18.    It lowers circulating cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

19.    It lowers low-density lipoprotein (bad) and increases high-density lipoprotein (good) within the blood holding off the incidence of coronary artery disease.

20.    It promotes tissue repair.

21.    It increases the mitochondria count within the muscle cells, essential for endurance.

22.    It adds to the alkaline reserve of the body, which may be of significance in an emergency requiring prolonged effort.

23.    It improves coordination between the propreoceptors in the joints, the transmission of nerve impulses to and from the brain, transmission of nerve impulses and responsiveness of the muscle fibers.

24.    It improves the brain’s responsiveness to the vestibular apparatus within the inner ear, thus improving balance.

25.    It offers relief from neck and back pains, headaches, and other pain caused by lack of exercise.

26.    It enhances digestion and elimination processes.

27.    It allows for deeper and easier relaxation and sleep.

28.    It results in better mental performance, with keener learning processes.

29.    It curtails fatigue and menstrual discomfort for women.

30.    It minimizes the number of colds, allergies, digestive disturbances, and abdominal problems.

31.    It tends to slow down atrophy in the aging process.

32.    It is an effective modality by which the user gains a sense of control and an improved self-image.

33.    It is enjoyable!
People who rebound find they are able to work longer, sleep better, and feel less tense and nervous. The effect is not just psychological, because the action of bouncing up and down against gravity, without trauma to the musculoskeletal system, is one of the most beneficial aerobic exercises ever developed.
For more information refer to the following books:

–   Jumping for Health by Dr. Morton Walker – Avery Publishing, Garden City Park, New York –    The Miracles of Rebound Exercise by Albert Carter – American Institute of Reboundology

 

Here’s a few New York City locations:

Complete Body Gym NYC

Mario Godiva Fitness

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Keep Your Teeth Healthy As You Age!

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Fortunately, my family won the genetic lottery when it comes to teeth. My parents both have perfect smiles and good health.

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And some say I have a trillion dollar smile.  But what happens to our smiles as we age?

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Does everyone’s teeth eventually fall out?

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Most people assume losing teeth are a natural part of aging. Not so. Adult teeth don’t fall out from natural causes.  Repeat.

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Five things cause teeth to fall out:  1. Trauma 2. Severe illness (diabetes, cancer, osteomyelitis or autoimmune diseases)

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3. Gum disease 4. Lifestyle, what you eat and drink along with your oral hygiene and 5. Drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine (also called speed, ice or meth), cocaine, crack cause severe tooth decay and teeth falling out in a very short amount of time.

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Things that are harmful for your teeth include:  acidic foods and drinks like soda, some mouth fresheners, some tooth whiteners and a lack of vitamin C and K. Foods high in sugar (sweets) and carbs can also cause tooth decay. See your dentist if your gums bleed or you feel any pain or sensitivity, as that may be an early warning sign of gum disease.  It’s worth it to keep an annual cleaning and checkup appointment.

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Teeth begin to age and shift in your mid-20s. In your 30s, you start to lose bone, which makes gums recede.

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In your 40s and 50s, top teeth will appear shorter as the lower teeth shift. Chewing, grinding and stress all affect your teeth. Women in perimenopause and menopause will have more stress than usual due to sleep problems as will men with high levels of stress.

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A lot of stress goes to people’s jaws, which causes grinding and pressure on back teeth. Tooth grinding is also known as bruxism and can cause chipped, fractured and worn tooth enamel or increased sensitivity –even headaches.

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If you have stress in your life, try to alleviate it with getting rest, exercise and fresh air. You can also get fitted for a night guard. This prevent clenching or grinding your teeth in your sleep.  It’s pricey, so you may want to try eliminating any stressors first.

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Surprising new information from a recent issue of the Journal of Dental Research indicates seniors who sleep in dentures are at higher risk of developing pneumonia as bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs.

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The American Dental Association warns bacteria allowed to linger in the mouth can cause tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.

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If you want to keep your natural teeth forever, it’s important to take care of them now.

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There is a higher risk of dental disease leading to other health problems as we age.

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Seniors may need to enlist family members and other loved ones to assist with dental hygiene.

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The ADA encourages caregivers, whether the seniors are at home or in a nursing home, to supervise or aid in maintaining seniors’ dental health by making sure they brush twice a day, floss once a day, eat a healthy diet and visit the dentist regularly.

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Hearing impairment is common among seniors.

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For this reason, a caregiver can play an important communications role between a senior and the dentist by helping them prepare questions prior to their dental appointment.

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Dentists providing written instructions helps in communicating with seniors too.

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The ADA provides dental health tips for seniors and their caregivers

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Judith Jones, DDS, from the American Dental Association is the director of the Center for Clinical Research at the University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in Boston. She is also a published researcher and serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

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Turns out, the same advice dentists gave you when you were a kid still holds true when you’re a senior.

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BRUSH TWICE A DAY (Rinse with water anytime you eat)

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FLOSS ONCE A DAY (My favorite are floss toothpicks. Portable and super easy to use)

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EAT HEALTHY (Best foods for teeth are apples, cheese, yogurt, foods high in calcium)

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GET REGULAR DENTAL CHECKUPS

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Click here for Dr. Judith Jones answers to the following questions: http://bcove.me/v3of9lb0

•What are some specific oral health concerns of older Americans?
•What can caregivers do to help seniors maintain their dental health?
•Why is it important for people with dentures to visit their dentist?
•Are there any dental products that are particularly suited for the needs of older people?
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Dr. Jones offers the following Dental Tips for caregivers:

Encourage seniors to:

  • Use an electric toothbrush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Use an interdental cleaner to floss teeth once  day
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Tell dentist if they develop dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay
  • Clean gums daily and remove dentures at night if they wear them

INTERVIEW WITH DR. JUDITH JONES: http://bcove.me/v3of9lb0

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For More Information including the ADA® Find-a-Dentist™ tool:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-over-60/healthy-habits

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Angelina Jolie Unbroken by Chickenpox

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Jolie announces on YouTube she has chickenpox. The beautiful actress/director/philanthropist spoke in disbelief at the timing, but with a healthy attitude saying, “…such is life.” She had to cancel promotional events and attending the premiere of her film, Unbroken, which opens Christmas:

“I just wanted to be clear and honest about why I would be missing the Unbroken events in the next few days, which is that I found out last night that I have chicken pox,” she says in the video, posted to YouTube. “So, I will be home itching and missing everyone and I can’t believe it because this film means so much to me. I just can’t believe it, but such is life. There it is. Send everyone my love and I hope everything goes well!”

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We wanted to give Jolie some Health tips to help her get through this.

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The most important thing Jolie can do is not itch and leave the blisters UNBROKEN:

1. DO NOT ITCH!

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2. DO NOT PICK AT SCABS!

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3. REST! DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE PREMIERE! YOUR HEALTH IS MORE IMPORTANT!

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4. DRINK LOTS OF WATER, EAT WELL! NO NEED TO SQUEEZE INTO PREMIERE DRESS!

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Since chickenpox is highly contagious she needs to stay away from hubby (ouch again!) and all their kids for at least two weeks. I don’t know who in her family has had it already or not, but you can get it again. It will be milder and symptoms will not last as long the second time. It’s still extremely uncomfortable.

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I recall getting chickenpox as an adult myself. Insanely itchy. I looked like a monster. I slept with Calamine lotion all over me. My husband was supposed to stay away from me, but he insisted on staying by my side. I’m sure Brad is going to have an even tougher time.

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I felt like Lucille Ball in that episode when she got a bad sunburn right before a big show. Angelina Jolie is probably feeling that way right now.

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Lucy ended up going to the show. Hilarity ensues because she’s in great pain as people keep tapping her on the shoulder. Jolie made the healthy choice!

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The next hardest part will be trying not to itch. We researched the best remedies.

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When I was a kid, calamine lotion was used.

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Today, people recommend the following anti-itch natural remedies:

OATMEAL – used in a bath (details below)
BROWN VINEGAR – also used in a bath (details below)
BAKING SODA – Stir one-half tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Apply to affected areas with sponge. Allow it to dry.
HONEY – (details below)
CARROTS AND CORIANDER SOUP – Boil 1 cup of chopped carrots + 1/2 cup of fresh coriander leaves, Strain, Cool and drink once a day.
INDIAN LILAC – Take a handful of neem leaves, crush them and apply the paste on the affected areas, or apply in bath.

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HERE’S MORE ON HOW TO USE OATMEAL AND BROWN VINEGAR and HONEY FROM “TOP 10 HOME REMEDIES FOR CHICKENPOX”:

Oatmeal Bath

1. Grind 2 cups of oatmeal into a fine powder. Place it in 1/2 gallon of water. Let it sit 15 min.

2. Pour that into a cloth bag. Secure tightly. Drop it into tub of warm water. Swirl it around until water becomes milky in color. Soak in it for as long as it feels soothing and relieves itching.

Brown Vinegar

Add one-half cup of brown vinegar to lukewarm bathwater. Soak in it as long as needed.

Pure Honey

1. Place on affected areas two or three times daily.

WHAT OVER THE COUNTER PRDUCTS WORK?

I am a huge fan of AVEENO products. They have what looks like a modern day Calamine lotion, although I would still pick up the old kind too:

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WHAT CAUSES CHICKENPOX?

Chickenpox is caused by varicella zoster virus. It is usually mild unless person has impaired immune system.

WHO GETS CHICKENPOX?

Almost everyone gets chickenpox by adulthood.

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CHICKENPOX?

Chickenpox has a characteristic itchy rash which forms blisters that dry and become scabs in 4�5 days. An infected person may have anywhere from only a few lesions to more than 500 blisters on their body during an attack (average 300�-400).

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WHAT IS THE FIRST SIGN OF CHICKENPOX?

The rash may be the first sign of illness, sometimes coupled with fever and general malaise (“feeling lousy”), especially in adults.

IS CHICKENPOX CONTAGIOUS?

Chickenpox is highly contagious. The virus spread from person to person by direct contact, or through the air. Approximately 90% of persons in a household who have not had chickenpox will get it if exposed to an infected family member.

HOW LONG DOES CHICKENPOX TAKE TO DEVELOP?

Chickenpox develops within 10-21 days after contact with an infected person.

HOW SOON IS CHICKENPOX CONTAGIOUS?

Chickenpox is contagious 1-2 days before the rash appears and until all blisters have formed scabs.
Adults are more likely to have a more serious case of chickenpox with a higher rate of complications and death.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE HOSPITALIZED WITH CHICKENPOX AND CAN YOU DIE FROM IT?

Every year there are approximately 5,000-9,000 hospitalizations and 100 deaths from chickenpox in the United States.

CAN PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED STILL GET CHICKENPOX?

Cases of disease due to the natural virus that may occur in a small proportion of vaccinees (people who have had the vaccine) are typically very mild with less than 50 skin blisters and no fever.

More than 6 million doses of varicella vaccine have been given since it was licensed in March 1995.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all children be routinely vaccinated at 12-18 months of age and that all susceptible children receive the vaccine before their 13th birthday.

The vaccine is also approved for susceptible adolescents and adults especially those with close contact with persons at high risk for serious complications (e.g., healthcare workers, family contacts of immunocompromised persons).

A history of chickenpox is considered adequate evidence of immunity.

WHAT IF SOMEONE IS UNSURE IF THEY HAVE BEEN VACCINATED OR NOT?

A blood test is available to test immunity in persons who are uncertain of their history or who have not had chickenpox. Many of these persons will find that they are immune when tested and thus will not need to be vaccinated.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR CHICKENPOX?

Effective medications (e.g., acyclovir) are available to treat chickenpox in healthy and immunocompromised persons (e.g, those with cancers, HIV/AIDS, receiving medications that depress the immune system).

Varicella zoster immune globulin (VZIG), a type of immune globulin made from plasma from healthy, volunteer blood donors with high levels of antibody to the varicella zoster virus, is recommended after exposure for persons at high risk for complications (e.g., immunocompromised persons, pregnant women, premature infants <28 weeks gestation or < 1000 grams at birth and premature infants whose mothers are not immune).

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WHEN SHOULD ADULTS BE VACCINATED AGAINST CHICKENPOX?

According to WebMD, all adults who have never had chickenpox or received the vaccination should be vaccinated against it. Two doses of the vaccine should be given at least four weeks apart.

WebMD says if you’ve never had chickenpox or been vaccinated and you are exposed to chickenpox, being vaccinated right away will greatly reduce your risk of getting sick. Studies (they do not indicate which studies) have shown that vaccination within three days of exposure is 90% effective at preventing illness; vaccination within five days of exposure is 70% effective. If you do get sick, the symptoms will be milder and shorter in duration.

WHAT IF I HAVE A BAD REACTION TO A VACCINE?

Call the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at 1-800-822-7967 and seek medical attention.

WHO SHOULDN’T GET THE CHICKENPOX VACCINE?

You should not be vaccinated against chickenpox if you:

•Are moderately to severely ill at the time of vaccination
•Are pregnant (women should not become pregnant for one month after receiving the chickenpox vaccine)
•Have ever had an allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or a previous dose of chickenpox vaccine

These people should check with their doctor about getting the chickenpox vaccine:

•Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation for cancer
•People taking steroid drugs
•People with HIV or another disease that compromises the immune system
•Patients who recently had a blood transfusion or received other blood products

HOW LONG WILL CHICKENPOX LAST?

The worst symptoms will usually subside in two weeks, but you need about a month after any virus to build up your immune system. Remember, you’re losing sleep when symptoms are at their worst, which can wreak havoc on your already compromised system. The worst symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, along with irritability and sleeplessness that come from the intense itching. It can hurt when you can’t find relief. It’s also difficult you feel unsightly because of them. It will subside.

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Questions? Feel free to send them to maria.dorfner@yahoo.comJOLIE1

Hope this helps. It has to be extremely frustrating for this to happen right before a big event, and after having worked so hard on it.

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Angelina Jolie still looks better with chicken pox than most folks look on a red carpet. Sometimes, these things are natures way of telling us we need to stop and rest. Wishing her the best and a healthy, happy and humor-filled recovery.

Maria 🙂

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MariaDorfner    MEDCrunch was created by veteran health and television producer, Maria Bianco Dorfner.  She founded NewsMD in 2000, a production company specializing in health stories.  Maria created HEALTHCARE CONSUMERS and HEALTHY LIVING in 1993 and co-anchored it for 3 years. She pitched the program to CNBC (which he helped launch in 1989) and it aired weekly nationally.  She went on to develop five more health series for the cable network. She also wrote, produced and directed 21st CENTURY MEDICINE for DISCOVERY HEALTH CHANNEL. She has interviewed a Who’s Who in pioneering medical discoveries and has specialized in health for 22 of the 30 years she has worked in Media.  She is the author of HEALTHY WITHIN: A Story About Loss and Gain. She is the founder of Healthy Within Network (HWN), a 24-hour health channel that will focus on positive news stories around the world and health, wellness and beauty from the inside out. Her stories have programs have won multiple awards including a Freddie for Excellence in Health Reporting and a Media Recognition Award from American Heart Association for her heart smart series. She is in Who’s Who in American Women.  Most recently, she created HEALTHY WITHIN pilot for NBC network at their request.

She can be reached at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

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7 Health Secrets by Maria Dorfner

Get a free copy of my new e-book, 7 HEALTH SECRETS in two easy steps.

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7 HEALTH SECRETS reveals my own quirky health habits and the products I love and use religiously. The question I get asked the most by family and friends is “How do you look so young…what’s your secret?”  I always say I don’t have any secret, but maybe there’s something I do that can help other people. I feel good when many people my age complain about aches and pains, so maybe I’m doing something right.  Young girls and women will benefit from reading it the most, but males can pick up tips from it too.  You’re only two steps away from getting your FREE COPY of 7 HEALTH SECRETS.

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TODAY: Support This Healthy Kickstarter Campaign!!!

kickstarterMedCrunch believes HereAfter Frames is a hot, healthy NEW product for people during a difficult time.

Losing a pet can be one of the most difficult experiences in life.  When something can ease that pain, and help a person transition through the natural  5 stages of grief to one of acceptance, it’s a healthy thing.

The response by people who have a HereAfter Frame created is heartfelt.  The process from finding a special photo to immortalize to seeing the final creation to finding a special place for it in a home is uplifting.

Tears are replaced by a smile.

That’s why we love HereAfter Frames, which displays a custom painting or photo, along with keepsakes and an urn.

It helps people fondly capture the essence of their loved one.  And yes, it can be created for people too. The frame can be made to match the interior of your home. The creator can also add audio to them, such as any recording you have of your pet or a special song.

To this day, my parents play a cassette recording (the old kind) of my Grandfather Giuseppe.  When I get in their car, I love hearing his voice singing in Italian. His laughter, which is contagious is on it too. It makes me smile to recall his wonderful, lively spirit.

So when the creator told me about this, it resonated as something people would love.

It’s a healthy way to maintain a positive connection with a loved pet or person after they’re gone, which is why I encourage you to support this artist with 3 easy steps:

LINK: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2033271920/1081740743?token=17db0ca6

(1) CLICK link to watch brief video
(2) GIVE as much as you can to help
(3) SHARE link with friends and family

In return for your support, you will receive a special gift created just for you by the artist.

Thank you,
Maria Dorfner
In Loving Memory

“Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.” -Erik Erikson

THE Most Healthful Water in the World by Maria Dorfner

My prior blog was why to drink water before working out.  I didn’t say which is best.

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It reminds me of a few reasons I love Carlsbad, CA.   The sunsets are STUNNING.

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It’s a great place to be outdoors to walk, run, hike or swim if you’re athletic like me.

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BEST thing about it is WATER.  It  has THE most healthful drinking water in the world.

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I visit my brother each year, but got a place there three years ago. That’s when I got to  explore.carlsbadmineralwater3

And that’s when I learned Carlsbad Mineral Water is therapeutic alkaline water made by nature, not man.

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I called my brother who has lived in Carlsbad for 25 yrs. He never heard of it.

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He asks his then girlfriend (now wife) and she never heard of it either. I ask if they saw the spa or the large stainless steel tank that holds the water.  Neither one of them knew anything about it.  How could they miss the GIANT kiosk??!

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Look at it.  It’s a GIANT kiosk in the middle of the street.  That’s me goofing around saying, “Oh…what could THIS possibly be??” Guess my powers of observation are  honed by being a journalist.  

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The kiosk is right next to a statue of the Captain from Germany who founded Carlsbad.  They missed that too.  The water is like the water in Karlsbad, Germany, which Carlsbad was named after in the 1880’s.

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AND the water is only 50 cents per gallon. I religiously take my 6 gallon jug and fill it at the outdoor vending machine.

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The water is from an underground aquifer.

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It is naturally alkaline at pH 8.7.

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Here’s some History on H20 and why it’s THE most healthful water in the world:

Dr. Ottow Warburg won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for proving that cancer can’t survive in an alkaline, oxygen rich environment but thrives in an acidic, low oxygen environment.

Think about that.  One foundation alone raised hundreds of millions of dollars, yet this proven fact discovered 81 years ago has not been studied.  Let me repeat:

CANCER CAN’T SURVIVE IN AN ALKALINE, OXYGEN RICH ENVIRONMENT.    CALL MR. GRANT!!!

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No wonder people drove 125 miles or from all over the world for this water.

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Therapeutic Carlsbad Alkaline Water ™ is amazing. Here are some benefits and I personally experienced them:

* Lubricate joints and make them stronger – improve athletic hydration

* Provide powerful anti-oxidants and fortifies the immune system

* Neutralize acidity, support pH balance, maintain strong bones

* Improve body, organ and cell hydration – easier to absorb

* Rejuvenate the skin, keep it more elastic and smooth

* Promote healthy weight loss and lifestyle

* Remove harmful toxins from the body

* Detoxification enzymes

Of course, they can’t say cures cancer, but if I had cancer I would drink it, bathe in it and swim in it.

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You can also have the water delivered to your home anywhere in Southern California.

Carlsbad Alkaline Water ™  has been proclaimed “The Most Healthful Water” by the California State Senate, and their artesian well and location have been designated by the California legislature as both a California Historic Site and a California Historic Monument. 

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The city of Carlsbad has named the Carlsbad Artesian Well a Carlsbad Historic Site and the “North County Times” newspaper wrote a story about their water and called it “Eden In A Glass.”

Nowhere else in the United States can you find so unique 9,500 years naturally aged alkaline and therapeutic water with pH 8.76 that tastes so good and has such a positive effect on your health.

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WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

Turns out, the water comes from a 1,700 foot deep aquifer and is protected with 200 feet of non porous clay and 1,500 feet of granite rock. The water originates from the Cleveland National Forest about 40 miles east of Carlsbad completely protected from any pollution or any possible radiation fall-out. It takes about 9,500 years for the water to work its way through the substrata to their deep artesian wells just a block from the Pacific Ocean, where it is discharged at the deep bottom.

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Along the way, it is naturally enhanced with pure minerals that turn the water into a highly alkaline, therapeutic, ultrahydrating and healthful. It is not filtered munincipal water. It flows naturally into their artesian wells from the deep aquifer. It is sodium free, not carbonated, not fluridated, not chlorinated, highly alkaline (not acidic) and exceeds FDA bottled-water quality standards.

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The alkaline water has a unique pH 8.76 and TDS 50. Their source-artesian well and vending machines are licensed by the California Department of Public Health and monitored and tested weekly, as required by FDA, federal and state laws.

Many doctors and nutritionists use their alkaline water in their business and homes and highly recommend it.

History Since 1882

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MORE HISTORY:
The year was 1882 when John Frazier, former sea captain, was digging a well for his farm which covered much of today’s downtown area of Carlsbad, California.Frazier struck at 415 feet an aquifer health resort, so the named the water Carlsbad Mineral Water. Today of mineral water. encouraged by his success, he sank another well at 510 feet.
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Analysis showed the mineral water was very similar to the water from the world-famous Karlsbad, Bohemia, health resort, so they named the water Carlsbad Mineral Water. today Karlsbad is known as Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.Frazier and many other people found the water to be very therapeutic and have experienced many positive health benefits.
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Frazier and several other businessmen formed the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company. They built beautiful homes (today on is known as Ocean House Restaurant), a hotel, and spa next to the minerals wells. They also renamed the town from Frazier Station to Carlsbad after the famous California Carlsbad Mineral Water.
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In 1930, the California Carlsbad Mineral Water Hotel was built across the street from the well. The hotel was widely known for its Mineral Water Baths and was frequented by movie stars and other famous people from around the world. The Great Depression brought hard times to this hotel. The well needed repair but there was no money to do it.
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The well was lost for a number of years.In 1993 Ludvik Grigoras, a Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad, Czech Republic) native started to completely restore the old well and re-drilled another of Frazier’s wells which is naturally carbonated.Ludvik encouraged a hometown friend, renowned sculptor Vaclav Lokvenc from Karlsbad, Czech Republic, to create a 13 ft. bronze statue of Capt. John Frazier which was shipped from Europe in 1994 and is now erected at the Alt Karlsbad Historic Site.
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California Historic Site & Monument – City Historic Site  Today, Carlsbad Famous Water is being bottled again, and an elegant spa has opened in the beautiful European-style building on the site of the original we located only a few miles from Legoland.  The design and decorating were personally done by Ludvik and Veronica Grigoras to duplicate a unique ambiance of early Egypt, Rome and the Orient. All the artwork, paintings and furniture were hand painted by famous artist Robin Wallenfang.
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My brother, his wife and their one-year-old have had it delivered to their home ever since I told them about it.  They love it.  My brother is always asking how I look so much younger than him, since he’s the baby in the family.
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I don’t know.  Maybe it’s the water.  🙂
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Here’s video link:  http://gloublog.net/?p=3195

In 2015, the owners of the spa read my blog and found me on Facebook to tell me they love it and they asked if I would be a spokesperson for it.  Of course. I already am. I really do love this water.  This is before I learned so many “name brand” bottled waters are tap water.  The bottom line is you can feel and see the difference when you switch.

I can’t  wait for it to be sold on the East Coast. People really need it here. Enough already with approving beverages that make people sick, taxing it and then charging to fix it –all while pretending to care about people’s health.Stop. The world is on to the sick game.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CARLSBAD MINERAL WATER VISIT:

http://www.carlsbadalkalinewater.com/

Health Tips?  Health Stories?  Contact:  maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

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Maria Dorfner is an award-winning broadcast journalist specializing in health. NewsMD Communications is a division of Healthy Within Network (HWN), which she recently founded. She began her career as an intern at NBC. Since then, her stories have appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, CNBC, FOX, DISCOVERY HEALTH CHANNEL and more. Her lifelong passion is health and well-being. She also loves creating/producing shows. She is a voracious reader and learner. When she was 5-years-old, her entire face was burned to a crisp. The doctor in Brooklyn, NY said it would end up severely scarred.  She wondered why the doctor was making her mother cry. Maria believed she’d be fine. Later when she healed, the doctor called it “a miracle.” Right then, Maria learned the power of thought.  First 4 letters in HEALTH.  It starts in your mind.  Your brain.  And your brain is made up of over 80% water. Your body follows that brain and  your body is made up of 70% water.  That’s a lot of liquid.  Think about that.

Back to first person. My theory is the quality of your health and your bodies ability to heal are linked to the quality and quantity of water inside you.  I’ve scuba dived in murky waters and clear waters.  One is toxic and destroys everything inside it; the other nourishes all. Soda, coffee & energy drinks all fall into the toxic zone creating murky waters in you. You can’t do “a cleanse” and expect to alleviate years of toxicity buildup in your body. Health is like anything else. It starts with commitment.

A lifelong commitment to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

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Many Health Apps Don’t Get the Job Done by Laura Nathan-Garner

How to Choose a Better Health App

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From helping you wake up rested to getting couch potatoes ready for a 5K, there really is an app for everything.

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But when it comes to health apps, many don’t get the job done. That’s true of apps for smartphones, iPads, computers and even TVs.

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“Many companies are in such a hurry to sell their app that they don’t conduct a study to see if users will adopt real, lasting change,” says Alexander V. Prokhorov, M.D., Ph.D., director of
MD Anderson’s e-Health Technology Program and professor in the Department of Behavioral Science.

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“And, app stores don’t have medical reviewers who make sure health apps are medically sound.”

So, it can take some detective work to find a reliable one. Before you start to download, separate the good from the bad with these tips.

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1. SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS.

Think of health apps as tools to complement what you’re doing offline.

So, before downloading an app, figure out what you need to do to achieve your health goals. Then, figure out how an app can and can’t help.

“Set a specific and achievable goal,” says Jermaine McMillan, project director of MD Anderson’s e-Health Technology Program. “Once you choose an app, make sure you understand what it’s intended to do and how you will use it to help reach your goal.”

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2. AVOID APPS THAT PROMISE TOO MUCH.

Beware of apps promising big results — and fast.

Research shows that most people can’t change a behavior overnight or even in a week,” Prokhorov says. “So, an app that promises quick weight loss or quitting smoking for good by the end of the month probably won’t produce the results you want.”

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3. RESEARCH THE DEVELOPERS.

Don’t let attractive graphics or enticing features fool you. “Many questionable health apps are developed by good designers who aren’t experts in behavior change,” Prokhorov says.

Advice? Do some digging. Find the developer’s name in the app store or on the app’s website. Then, research the developer and find out:

Whether they’ve designed other health apps
How long they’ve been developing health apps
Whether they consulted health professionals to develop the app
Whether any reputable hospitals or health organizations endorse the app
No experience, and no consultation with a health organization? That’s a red flag to keep looking.

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4. CHOOSE APPS THAT USE TECHNIQUES YOU’VE HEARD OF.

Does an app use unusual strategies to help improve users’ health? Say, using hypnosis or acupuncture to quit smoking? That, too, may be a red flag.

“Most effective behavior change strategies are based on years of research,” Prokhorov says. “They’re things you’ve probably heard your doctor recommend.”

So, play it safe and stick with apps that use well-known strategies.

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5. SEE WHAT OTHER USERS SAY.

Read reviews in the app store, and do a search online to see what other users think about the app.

And, pay particular attention to readers who’ve used the app for awhile. This feedback may provide insight into whether the app can really help you long-term.

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6. TEST APPS BEFORE COMMITTING.

Even the best app can’t work its magic if you don’t use it as recommended. So, test out several health apps before choosing one and give the one you choose a fair chance.

If an app isn’t easy and convenient to use, you probably won’t use it regularly. And, those healthy changes you’re trying to adopt probably won’t become habit.

Don’t give up if the first few apps don’t do the trick. Test-driving different apps can teach you about your likes and dislikes, so you can find an app — or an offline solution — that works for you.

“The good news is that more health researchers are starting to help design apps,” Prokhorov says. “And that means many great health apps should appear in the next year or two.”

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This article originally appeared in Focused on Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center’s online healthy living newsletter.  For more information, please visit www.mdanderson.org

 

Foods for a Healthy Smile

Denise Cole is a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic.  She says your toothbrush isn’t the only weapon you can use to fight against tooth decay.

Yogurt is a good source of calcium AND it’s good for your gums.


“We actually have some studies that were done on children that show that pre and probiotic in yogurt, when they touch the gums, have a benefit to oral health. So, we did find reduced cavities in some children who were big yogurt eaters.”


Cole says  1-2 SERVINGS of yogurt per day will be enough for you, and your mouth, to benefit.

Apples and celery are said to contain substances that fight gum disease and the texture helps scrub food particles as you chew.

CRANBERRY JUICE keeps cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to teeth.

Cole says to choose TAP WATER over BOTTLED WATER every chance you get because tape water contains FLUORIDE, which helps build the enamel on your teeth.

IT’S NOT ONLY WHAT YOU EAT, BUT WHAT YOU USE TO EAT OR DRINK, THAT CAN ALSO SPARE YOUR TEETH.

 

“So, certain things that we know are acidic, that we know have a tendency to break down the enamel of our teeth, if you’re using a straw those things will go past our teeth. So, those things like sodas, orange juice, coffee- anything that we know has an acid that deteriorates enamel.”


So, use a straw if you drink any of the above. Coffee through a straw is enough to make you quit coffee!   Hey, maybe that is a good way to ween yourself off of it. 

According to SELF Magazine, good food choices for your smile include carrots and cauliflower, which help keep teeth clean. Low-fat cheeses, strawberries and oranges help keep teeth white.  I never heard of rubbing strawberries or orange peels directly on your teeth.  But SELF says strawberries and orange peels are like a tooth polish.