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Why You Should Consider Hiring a Funeral Director

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Death may not be so bad after all. Well, that goes for the funeral directors, who are otherwise known as undertakers or morticians. For you, the experience of losing a loved one to the harsh jaws of the reaper is just inexpressible. Limitless crying, hugging, fake smiles, and long gazes, among others are all a part of this heart breaking process. Carrying out a funeral on your own could sometimes be very difficult. That’s why you should consider hiring yourself a mortician (such as one from Tony Hollands Funerals). Below are a few irreplaceable benefits they would bring along.   Body embalming In case you have never handled a funeral, embalming is the act of preserving a dead body using special spices and preservatives. Sometimes, the deceased may have undergone a tragic cause of death, and their body may have been completely disfigured. When this happens, it has to be restored and manipulated to assume that ‘just-sleeping’ position. This process can be involving and practically impossible to do on your own relative or friend. It is simply horrific and only a mortician can do this for you. Great reference point Funeral directors have connections to most individuals concerned with funerals. With them, you do not have to worry about searching for clergy services, newspaper contacts, and insurance. They not only make communication easier for you, but also save you the time and hassle of moving up and about. With you till the end Apart from planning the funeral, the mortician can also be a comfort partner. Equipped with the right words and plenty of hugs, your funeral director is obliged to ensure a smooth burial ceremony and somehow set you on track for a smooth recovery. In addition, they don’t just leave when the body is now six feet under. They may escort you home and even link you with good counsellors to aid you during the healing process. Sensible stress relievers Just imagine a wedding without a wedding planner. The stress the couple usually goes through is just unhealthy. Who will send the invitations, is the décor right, are the seats fine, where will the casket be? All questions to be answered in planning pretty much any ceremony. In sad situations like funerals, it is only logical to find someone to relieve you of this burden so you can get more time to grieve properly. That someone is a funeral director, since their services aim at alleviating such...

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When Adults Need to Get an Exam for New Prescription Glasses

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

New prescription glasses can be needed for adults of any age; certain risk factors can make it even more important to get your eyes checked for new glasses, which is why adults should never put off getting an eye exam when they know they may need it. If you’re not sure if you need new glasses or to replace a pair you have, you should discuss this with your doctor, but note a few considerations to keep in mind as well. This can give you some clues as to when it’s time for a new exam. 1. As you age While adults can need glasses at any age, it is true that your eyesight can diminish simply because you’re getting older. Once you’re over fifty, and especially as you reach your sixties, you want to have a regular annual eye exam even if you don’t suspect that you need new glasses. As with getting your heart, your lungs, your blood pressure and everything else checked as you get older, you should have your eyes checked regularly as you get older. 2. Risk factors There are health conditions that put you at additional risk for having problems with your eyesight. These include diabetes, a family history of eye diseases such as glaucoma, high blood pressure, and any previous eye condition or surgery. If you have any of these increased risk factors, have your eyes checked annually, if not twice a year. 3. Work related problems When you have work related problems or risk factors for eyesight problems, you want to have your eyes examined regularly. These problems and risks can include working in a dusty environment or area where such things can get into the eyes and damage them. Having to constantly focus on things that are somewhat difficult to see can also cause eyestrain and damage to the eyes; if you work on a computer for several hours, are an artist and need to focus on the canvas, work as a photographer, or otherwise put stress on the eyes, you want to have your eyes checked often since they could suffer more wear and strain. 4. When things get dark If you have a hard time focusing especially at night, it’s usually time to have an eye exam. Your eyes may not be getting enough light to focus, and in turn, things may seem a bit dim and dark. This can cause a hazard, especially if you drive at night, so have your eyes examined for new glasses as soon you notice this problem. For more information about prescription glasses and whether you need new ones, contact a local eye...

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Managing Lower Back Pain While on Holidays in Asia

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you are at home, it’s easier to manage your lower back pain with a collection of devices such as ergonomic chairs and mattresses together with a roster of medical professionals on call. However sometimes for the sake of family togetherness you might find yourself on the road. Here are some tips to help you make it through your holiday with minimal lower back pain. Consult with your medical team Before you head off, be sure to discuss your holiday itinerary with the people who usually help you manage your lower back pain, including chiropractors, GPs and physiotherapist. They can give you advice on how to manage long transit periods as well as exercise that you can do in confined spaces if you find yourself delayed unexpectedly. They can also often help with modifying any pain medications you currently take to deal with extra challenging situations. Bring your own support Many Australians, whether or not they usually suffer from lower back pain, find the hard mattresses that are common in South East Asia challenging on the back. Consider asking your hotel if they have  ‘western’ style mattresses, which are usually softer and more supportive.  While you may not be able to bring your comfortable bed from home, you can bring support devices such as vacuum sealed single person pillow tops to help soften bedding and cushions and backrests to make transit periods more comfortable. It can also be worth bringing your normal physio-gel or massage oils so that you can do some self massage and relieve any pain you do feel. It can also help to bring normal shoes (and orthotic supports if you use them), as retreating to non supportive shoes such as thongs can put extra stress on the back while you are on holidays. Manage your itinerary Even if your family decides that they are interested in trekking through the jungle, be sure to manage your time around your pain. Often extra rest periods and time in the water can make a huge difference in the amount of lower back pain you feel. It can also be worth scheduling in regular massages, even if these are not done by professional chiropractors or physiotherapists. This can help you manage the pain in the short term until you get home. Lower back pain can get in the way of many activities, but it doesn’t need to stop you having a great family holiday in...

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The Most Commonly Asked Questions About Sports Injuries and Their Treatment

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Sports injuries are not uncommon in those who are physically active on a regular basis, even if you do everything you think you can do to protect yourself. Most injuries are relatively minor but some can be very serious and keep you from participating in your game and even have long-term consequences. Note a few commonly asked questions about sports injuries treatments and be sure you talk to your doctor about any injuries you think you have. 1. Will stretching help me prevent injury? Stretching the muscles can open them up for more oxygen and blood flow, and this in turn can keep them supple and less likely to get stressed or strained while you’re active. However, how you stretch and when you stretch are important considerations. If you try to bend and stretch deeply when your muscles have been inactive all day, you may actually pull a muscle or put stress on it just from stretching! Your muscles need blood and oxygen in them before stretching, so doing a light warm-up before you stretch can be better. This can mean a simple marching in place exercise as well as gently swinging your arms. These movements will get the blood flowing and prepare your muscles for stretching. 2. If I’m injured playing sports, will I notice it right away? It’s common to assume that if you’ve suffered an injury then you will feel it right away. However, chronic injuries are those that take time to develop and are caused by repetitive stress, strain, or other wear and tear on certain areas of the body. These injuries can get worse with repeated activity. This is why it’s important to never overlook certain symptoms of injury even if you feel you can still play or jog or do whatever it is you love to do. That small pain in your knee or elbow can be a chronic condition that is gradually getting worse, so have it checked out rather than assuming it will just go away on its own. 3. Can medications treat injuries? Only your doctor can tell you if you should be taking medications for your injury and how to best treat it, but remember that you don’t want to take painkillers just to be able to keep playing and in turn, make your injury worse. If you find that you rely on medications or painkillers for your injuries too often, talk to your doctor so you know you’re actually treating the injury and healing, not just numbing the...

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Advice on wearing contact lenses

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Contact lenses are a safe, convenient and effective method of obtaining quality vision. More and more people use contact lenses instead of glasses, preferring the aesthetic benefits as well as the convenience factor. The lenses themselves have become better through the years and are now made of top quality materials. You also have many customizable options when it comes to choosing contact lenses. While lenses are much safer today than they used to be, there are still precautions that you need to take. If they are not properly maintained, problems and injuries can occur. These problems include red eyes, sensitivity to light, blurred vision and watery eyes. The most commonly recommended method of resolving these issues is to stop using lenses for a period of time. If there is no improvement in symptoms, further action may need to be taken. In order to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place, use some of these tips to keep your eye and contact lenses in top condition. Massage your eyes daily and keep your eyelids clean A lot of people have eyelids that have clogged glands and have crusting around the lashes. This can cause problems for your eyes when you rub them. To clean this residue, simply get some warm water and use your fingers to wipe your eyelids. This will help to open up clogged glands and clean the lashes. These actions will also increase comfort when wearing contact lenses. Wipe your lenses nightly Every night before going to bed, you should rub your lenses for a few seconds when you have removed them. This prevents bacteria from building up when they are stored through the night and ensures that they are ready for use the following morning. It will also keep the lenses from drying out and minimise the incidences of allergic reactions. Don’t store your contact lenses in water The majority of water will have some form of germs in it. There are microbes such as amoebas that may attach to the lenses and subsequently latch onto your cornea. Always make sure to replace the solution daily and never top it off or mix with old solution. This could cause serious problems such as corneal ulcers down the road. Don’t wear lenses for an extended period of time You should always check with your optometrist as to the life length of your contact lenses. While you should remove them daily, before going to bed, you should also give them a good cleaning regularly with a multipurpose solution. For more information and care tips, contact a local eye clinic like John Mountford...

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4 Foods To Make Your Period More Regular

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Life is always more simple when your period arrives on time. You’re guaranteed to have no nasty surprises on an important occasion and you can generally feel more confident and prepared. Unfortunately for some women, the menstrual cycle can be pretty unpredictable — hitting the body and mind like a sensitive, bloaty ninja with no regard for your social life. Thankfully though, you can take back control in your body by making a few changes to your diet. The right foods can help balance your hormones which, aside from improving well being and general health, can make for a very reliable menstrual cycle. To that end, here are 4 top foods that can ensure Mother Nature calls when she’s supposed to! Nuts and seeds Protein is a must for a natural, regular menstrual cycle and nuts and seeds contain heaps of the stuff. It can be hard to get enough sources of protein when you lead a busy life, but eating a handful of nuts or seeds each day will help to balance your hormones and regulate your cycle. Try a mix of walnuts, almonds, fennel seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds to restore hormonal balance. These are also a great source of manganese which can help ease heavy flows and discomfort around your cycle. Sesame seeds can also promote regular periods but don’t have too many — excessive amounts can increase body heat (and when body temperature is already increased during a period, this is not what you want!). Fish As well as getting plenty of protein from nuts or seeds, you can also benefit from another of the great protein sources — fish and specifically fish oil. Things like salmon, bluefish tuna and mackerel are all rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and these oils are a big win for regular periods. The fatty acids and mercury in Omega-3 protect the blood vessels in your ovaries from damage that can delay your period. Fish oil also helps to enhance fertility and keep your hormones stabilised. To avoid too large an intake of mercury by consuming fish, you can always take some Omega-3 oil in the form of a supplement instead. Instead Non-white foods If foods are white, they are usually processed in some form and this is not good for keeping your period on schedule. Things like white sugar, flour, potatoes, white bread, pasta and rice disrupt your menstrual cycle by creating excess amounts of insulin in the body. These insulin surges result in fat storage which can slow down ovulation. To increase your chances of a regular and more natural cycle, try non-white foods such as wholemeal bread and wholegrain pasta and rice. Foods in their purest form are better for your hormone levels and therefore, the wiser choice for your period. Dark chocolate It’s true — chocolate is actually encouraged for your period! Not just any chocolate though — solid dark chocolate, to be precise. A few guilt-free blocks of this stuff can boost estrogen levels and increase the feel good hormone, dopamine. Not only this, dark chocolate contains handy little helpers known as flavenoids which help to increase circulation in your ovary glands. There can often be a build up of platelet cells in your bloodstream, which causes clots and can delay your period. Thankfully,...

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Three Practical Tips on Preventing Dental Caries

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Dental caries is a common condition which is also known as tooth decay and cavities. The illness occurs when the tooth structure is broken down due to the activities of oral bacteria. In simple terms, the bacteria produce enzymes and acid from the sugars in the mouth. These substances will break down the dental tissues including the enamel and dentine. Eventually, a hole will be formed on the teeth, resulting in pain and discomfort. Potential complications are infection, formation of abscess, severe inflammation and even permanent tooth loss. Ideally, tooth decay can be repaired using fillings, inlays and crowns. However, prevention is the best way to limit dental weakness and eliminate the related expenses. Use Fluorides Fluoride is a substance derived from fluorine, a common naturally-occurring element. The material is found in some water sources, and it will prevent formation of dental cavities when used in regulated amounts. Additionally, fluoride compounds are the active ingredients in toothpastes, so regular brushing of teeth will prevent degradation of the teeth. When fluoride is delivered topically in form of toothpaste or rinses, it heals the tooth by strengthening the dental mineral structure. Moreover, the low level of fluoride in the mouth will slow down the activities of the bacteria. There are no adverse side effects linked to drinking fluoridated water or using fluoride toothpaste. However, you should note that water with naturally excess fluoride will cause a cosmetic dental condition known as fluorosis. Reduce Sugar Consumption Frequent brushing of teeth with high-quality toothpaste is effective against dental caries. However, if you consume excess sugar, you are still at risk of the condition. As mentioned, the bacterial in the oral cavity produce enzymes and create acids from sugars. The chemical nature of these compounds will corrode the surface of the teeth. If you have high simple sugar intake, the bacteria will have enough time to decompose the material before the next brushing session. You can prevent the problem by reducing the amount of simple sugar consumed. The common problematic edibles include biscuits, soft drinks, sweets and cakes. Use Sealants Children are more susceptible to dental caries because they consume a lot of sugar and their oral hygiene is not well-developed. You can protect your children by having a dentist install sealants on their teeth. The sealants are used to cover the fissure and pits on the back teeth. These surfaces are vulnerable because food can stick there, making it difficult to clean. You can consult your dentist on the most ideal time to install the...

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4 Mobility Aids That Can Support Those With Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your ability to retain your independence during a multiple sclerosis relapse can be difficult due to common symptoms such as muscle weakness, tiredness and balance problems. These symptoms can make everyday tasks such as showering and meal preparation both time-consuming and physically challenging. There are a number of mobility aids that can enable you to continue carrying out daily living tasks during a relapse. Here’s an overview of four aids for you to consider: Walking Stick With Folding Seat If your balance is affected or you experience fatigue, you may worry about leaving the house on your own. Using a walking stick with a folding seat attached to it can make going to the shops or taking a walk around your neighbourhood feel like less of a risk for you. You can use the walking stick for support as you would any type of walking stick, but if you feel the need to sit down, you have an instant seat no matter where you are. Simply pull the seat out and two additional legs will pop out with the seat, giving you a three-legged stool. Bath Board If you struggle to lift your legs into the bath or are concerned about losing your balance in the shower, a bath board may be just what you need. A bath board is a firm plastic panel that fits across the top of your bath, giving you a secure seat. It enables you to shower sitting down, or you can sit on it and swing your legs over and into the bath, rather than trying to lift them high enough to step over the side of the bath. Can And Jar Openers Battery-operated can and jar openers are invaluable if muscle weakness affects your grip and co-ordination. The jar opener fits over the jar lid, grips it and twists it off at the touch of a button. Similarly, a battery-operated can opener pierces through the can and removes the lid without you having to engage your hand muscles in gripping or turning. Weighted Cutlery Multiple sclerosis relapses don’t tend to just affect sufferers physically, as common symptoms can also leave people feeling embarrassed and socially isolated. Eating can become difficult as decreased muscle coordination can cause you to spill your food as you try and move it to your mouth. If you struggle to eat meals during a relapse or worry about spilling food when eating out or with guests at home, give weighted cutlery a go. The handles are thick and easier to grip than regular cutlery, and the extra weight encourages the muscles in your hands to engage more fully. Your multiple sclerosis nurse or physiotherapist can discuss the full range of mobility aids that are available, so let them know if there’s anything you’re struggling with. You can also find mobility aids at your own through professional businesses, like GMS...

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Hiatal Hernias Explained

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your diaphragm separates your chest cavity from your abdomen and has a small opening, known as the hiatus. Your oesophagus fits through this opening and connects to your stomach, but your stomach can also push up through this opening into your chest cavity, and this is referred to as a hiatal hernia.  Symptoms of a hiatal hernia include heartburn and chest pain, but it can also cause you to have problems swallowing, which can impact your nutritional intake. In some cases, stomach acid can damage the oesophagus, causing ulceration and a build-up of scar tissue. Risk factors for developing a hiatal hernia include being overweight, excessive coughing and straining during bowel movements, all of which can put too much strain on your stomach muscles. Here’s an overview of the treatment options for hiatal hernias: Hiatal Hernia Treatment Options Hiatal hernias can be diagnosed using an upper gastrointestinal series or endoscopy, and your gastroenterologist will recommend a course of treatment based on the severity of your symptoms and the results of the diagnostic imaging. Treatment may include the following: Lifestyle Changes Eating several small meals throughout the day and sleeping propped up on a few pillows can ease symptoms such as heartburn by reducing the flow of stomach acid up your oesophagus. Avoiding bending over after meals can also help with heartburn symptoms. It’s worth keeping a food-and-symptoms diary to establish any trigger foods. Sufferers may find fried or fatty foods and caffeine make their symptoms worse. Additionally, if you’re overweight, you should notice a marked improvement in your symptoms by getting your weight down to within the healthy range for your height. Medication There are several types of medication you can try to ease your symptoms. Antacids can neutralise stomach acid, but they can stop other medications from working, so only take them with your doctor’s approval. Proton-pump inhibitors reduce the amount of acid made by your stomach, while alginates line your oesophagus with a protective coating to reduce the irritation caused by your stomach acid. Surgery When lifestyle changes and medication have failed to improve your symptoms, surgery may be recommended. The surgical procedure used to treat hiatal hernias is known as the Nissen fundoplication. This procedure involves narrowing the hiatus to prevent the stomach bulging through the gap and strengthening a valve that prevents the flow of acid from your stomach to your oesophagus. Your surgeon can use a combination of traditional keyhole and new robot-assisted surgery techniques to carry out this procedure. Typically, a few small incisions are made in your abdomen to allow the surgeon to insert a small, flexible camera and allow the robotic system to access your hiatus. The robotic system consists of a number of small arms with tools attached and is connected to a computer, which gives your surgeon full control of it. Advantages of using a robotic system for this type of surgery include improved vision of an area that can be hard to reach, and the tools are more flexible than those used traditionally, so surgical technique can be more precise. If you’re experiencing symptoms associated with a hiatal hernia, see a gastroenterologist for a formal...

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3 Tips on Managing Hyperhidrosis

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating) is a frustrating and oftentimes embarrassing condition. People afflicted with this condition may find that they sweat year round, even in very cold weather under sedentary conditions. Sufferers may also find that nervousness, anxiety or other emotional states can heighten or trigger their sweating response. Treatment is not always as simple as buying a high-strength antiperspirant and showering at least once a day. Treatment can be a system of trial and error, expensive and even ineffective. So if you suffer from excessive sweating how can you make the best of it? 1. Avoid triggers Unfortunately hyperhidrosis can be exacerbated by many external factors. Your anxiety and stress levels, your ingestion of caffeine or other stimulants and of course, the humidity of your environment. While it might not be possible to control your exposure to humidity (depending on where you live), or to alleviate all stress, there are things you can do to manage these triggers. Consider limiting your intake of caffeinated beverages and spicy food if they are known to make your condition worse. Learning to meditate could also be helpful in reducing your immediate stress levels and controlling your nervous system. 2. Wear sensible clothing For someone with hyperhidrosis of the underarms this could mean wearing loose fitting clothes or dark/patterned clothing to hide sweat marks. You could also consider buying underarm pads for long sleeved shirts, to soak up any dampness and reduce odor throughout the day. For people with hyperhidrosis of the feet things can be more complicated. Open footwear will help your feet breathe and prevent bacterial skin infections but they can also be difficult to walk in if your sweating is severe. In the summer choose open-toed shoes with a sturdy strap to keep them firmly to your feet. In the winter choose thick socks that can absorb a lot of moisture but also wick it away from your skin. Sports socks may be a good choice for some, while others might benefit from investing in high quality woolen socks.  3. Seek out treatment options If your hyperhidrosis becomes unmanageable and is beginning to affect your day to day life then seeking out professional treatment could be the best option. Treatment options range from prescription antiperspirants to surgery, with a wide array of options in between. Some sufferers find Botox injections capable of alleviating their symptoms while others have had great success with iontophoresis machines.  Don’t let excessive sweating ruin social situations or rule your life. Use these handy tips to take back...

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Understanding the Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Options for Migraines

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Migraines can develop at any point in your life and episodes tend to come on suddenly, leaving you unable to fulfil work and social commitments. The frequency of migraine attacks vary between individuals, with some people experiencing several each week and others having only a few a year. Here’s what you need to know about migraines: Causes There’s been a significant amount of research and debate around the cause of migraines and there are several theories, but it’s often not possible to pinpoint the cause of an individual’s migraines. Possible causes include: Abnormal constriction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain. Constriction is thought to be responsible for visual disturbances that can accompany migraine headaches and dilation is thought to bring on the headache. An imbalance of chemicals in the brain may lead to the brain causing the symptoms of migraine by sending confusing signals to different parts of your body. Muscle tension in the back and neck could alter the alignment of the spine and cause migraine symptoms. Symptoms Symptoms of migraine vary between sufferers, but can include: Debilitating headache Nausea and vomiting Aversion to bright lights and noise Poor concentration Abdominal upset Numbness in your arm or face Slurred speech Blurred vision or visual aura, which can cause you to see flashes of light or experience a temporary reduction in vision Treatment Options If you suspect you’re having migraines you should see your GP for a formal diagnosis. They will take details of your symptoms and may arrange for you to have an MRI of your brain to check for lesions or abnormal growths. Migraine sufferers often have to try a variety of treatments to find one that works for them, so work with your doctor and keep them updated. You may find it useful to keep a migraine diary to note down your symptoms and how you feel each treatment is impacting on the frequency and severity of your migraines. Below are two major forms of treatment options. Medication There are three main types of medication used to treat migraines. Anti-sickness medication is used at the onset of a migraine and can put a stop to vomiting, which can cause dehydration if it’s severe. Having a break from being sick can also allow you to try and fall asleep, which many sufferers find helpful. Abortive medication is used to halt or reduce the severity of a migraine once it starts. Take this medication as soon as you notice any symptoms of a migraine attack and you may not actually develop a migraine. These tablets work by altering a chemical in your brain, known as 5HT, which is thought to play a key role in the development of some migraines. Preventative medication is taken on a daily basis and is ideal for those who experience several migraines each month. Several types of medication can be prescribed to try and prevent migraines including beta-blockers, low-dose tricyclic antidepressants and anticonvulsants.   Magnesium Supplementation People who experience migraines are often deficient in magnesium and magnesium supplementation has been shown to reduce the number of migraines sufferers have. It’s not clear why migraine sufferers tend to have lower levels of magnesium, but possible contributory factors include inherited or disease related malabsorption, overexcretion in urine and insufficient dietary intake. Ask your...

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