Wearable Technology That Is Good for Your Health

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Already sweeping the fitness and health arena, wearable technology is revolutionizing the health industry in a big way. Also known as wearables, these devices can be worn around your wrist, are loaded in some earphones and can even be tracked with your phone. Each device is a little different, but the ideas is the same: monitor your health and your lifestyle on a daily basis to ensure you are moving, eating right and using healthy habits to feel your best.

With so many options out there to monitor your health, it’s important to do your research and find the wearable device that gives you the most useful information. Many are custom to what you want to track and record, but here’s a look into the world of wearables.

Fitbit Zip

The most affordable wearable in the Fitbit family, the zip is a small tracker in a silicone sleeve that you can slip into your pocket or hook to your belt. Available in five different colors including blue, pink, white, grey and lime green, the small device (1.4 inches wide) tracks steps, calories and syncs with your smartphone. It’s affordable at $60, water resistant and durable. For a basic fitness wearable that’s easier to track and more stylish than a pedometer, the Fitbit delivers the basics of wearable technology.

Jawbone Up

A stylish band you wear around your wrist, the Jawbone Up tracks your daily activity, diet and sleep. In addition to tracking, it also shows users how to make simple adjustments to their lifestyles to lead a healthier, happier life. The device includes a healthy food score, water intake logging and more. Another great aspect of this wearable is sleep tracking, which monitors your sleep patterns and lets you know how much quality sleep you get each night. All together, the wearable is a great tool to teach you how your day, night and food affect your health.

FreeWavz Earphone

This gadget is a wireless earphone that uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone and track your pulse, heart rate and number of calories burned during a workout. FreeWavz Earphone tracks your distance, activity duration and oxygen saturation so there’s no guessing how your workout went. Health stats are audible so users can hear what is going on during their workout. The frequency of alerts can be altered, or users can wait to track their workout stats after it’s over.

iPhone 6

The fresh new phone to hit the market, the iPhone 6 comes pre-loaded with a health app, called HealthKit, which can sync up with other health and wearable technology apps. The app is a dashboard that allows you to keep track of your personal fitness data. It works with any of your other health apps and wearables and syncs your fitness information in one place. It even lets you share the information with other people like your doctor. This app is a great one-stop place to track all of your health and fitness stats.

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Soft Tissue Injuries Among Lasting Issues Following Car Accidents

The immediate effects of an accident often include damaged vehicles, injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to more serious problems, and ongoing battles with your insurance company. While these issues generally resolve fairly quickly, accidents often lead to lingering problems. One frequently overlooked dilemma is soft tissue injuries. These injuries are generally overlooked, whether it’s because you simply don’t feel any pain in the affected area following the crash or you’ve decided to wait and hope that the pain improves on its own. Many people suffer from hidden problems such as this after an accident, which can lead to financial issues, loss of employment, and mental health difficulties. These so-called hidden problems are often tough to resolve and can have lasting effects for the years to come.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Sprains and strains are some of the most common soft tissue injuries. However, this type of injury encompasses a wider range of problems beyond strains and sprains. Bursitis, tendonitis, and stress injuries are other problems that can affect the soft tissue. According to hg.org, it’s common for passengers in a car to incur soft tissue injuries in low impact collisions. These injuries generally involve stretching and tears within the connective tissue between bones and joints along with tendons, muscles, and ligaments. It’s possible to suffer from nerve damage as well with soft tissue injuries.
The same source also describes a common soft tissue injury in rear-end collisions: whiplash. This type of injury results from the body absorbing momentum from the impact with the other vehicle involved, which in turn causes the head to move quickly forward then back. The resulting soft tissue injury in one’s neck from the high impact can range from a ligament tear to a more serious problem, such as disc herniation or protrusion.
The NHTSA states that the number of people injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 dropped down to 2.3 million from 2.4 million the previous year.
Accidents and Long-Term Results
Serious car accidents often have long-term results, from the initial pain and suffering related to injuries from the event to the arduous task of dealing with insurance agencies and auto repair shops. While the lasting effects of more serious accidents are often obvious, the same isn’t always true for seemingly minor accidents. Studies have shown that nearly one out of every three people involved in nonfatal accidents suffer from anxiety, depression, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorders following the event. This is true even for accidents that are not medically serious. Not everyone loses their car, home, or job following an accident. However, this doesn’t mean that the affected individuals aren’t experiencing significant losses or problems of a different magnitude.
Whether you’ve suffered a soft tissue injury or are slowed down by other long-term results following an accident, you’ll need a helping hand. For those of us who live in New York, we know there’s no shortage accident lawyers. It’s just as easy to find an expert auto accident lawyer in San Diego or any major West Coast city. Wherever you are, it’s crucial to find a qualified individual with several years of experience in this field and who knows how insurance companies typically handle car accident claims. A fully qualified attorney can help clients recover significant benefits and even settlements to ease the negative results of long-term suffering.

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Creating Your Healthy Home

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Like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” many people feel there’s no place like home. We rush home to our loved ones, comfortable clothes and familiar surroundings after work or school. We like to spend time at home in our gardens, reading the Sunday paper, or in our favorite armchair. But our homes can affect our health and well-being, according to the University of Minnesota. The quality of indoor air, residential water and sights and sounds impact personal environmental health and make it important to create a safe and healthy home.

Healthier Indoor Air

A variety of issues affect indoor air quality, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Second-hand cigarette smoke, radon, carbon monoxide, organic vapors and volatile organic compounds and mold affect our health and comfort if not addressed.

The EPA recommends not smoking indoors, testing for radon, using a carbon monoxide monitor in sleeping areas and basements, minimizing use of chemical products indoors and monitoring indoor moisture to prevent mold. The American Society for Horticultural Science reports that three common houseplants significantly reduce indoor air pollution: spider plants, snake plants and golden pothos. Elle Decor recommends using houseplants as green sculpture in interior design to freshen the look of a room with plants like fiddle-leaf fig, palms, banana trees, or split-leaf philodendron.

Watch the Water

You may take the clean tap water in your kitchen and bathroom sinks for granted, but the EPA reports that drinking water can be contaminated by improperly-disposed of chemicals, animal and human wastes and naturally occurring substances. The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 regulates the nation’s public drinking water supply and the EPA requires regular testing of public water supplies and prompt notification when contamination occurs. Water suppliers must provide annual notices of water quality and if you don’t receive them, contact your local water authority.

Public water quality is affected by microbial contamination, chemical contamination from fertilizers and lead—all sources that are normally filtered to a great degree by water treatment facilities. But contaminants may remain in small percentages, which is why many people choose to use additional water filtration at home. The EPA defines four types of home water filtration systems, including the activated carbon filter, ion exchange unit, reverse osmosis unit and distillation unit. They use different processes for filtering water, and the EPA reminds users that all water filtration units must be regularly maintained or they will become ineffective and possibly also become a source of contamination.

Create a Healing Environment

Medical researcher Dr. Esther Sternberg advises that a healthy and pleasing environment affects your immune system and physical health. She says everything we experience through our physical senses affects not only our mood, but by extension, our health.

Dr. Sternberg recommends paying attention to the space around you and how it makes you feel rather than just accepting a busy, chaotic daily routine and home environment. She says using features in interior design such as attractive window treatments to shut out the busy world and relax, fragrant plants to calm and de-stress and painting the walls with your favorite colors will make your home healthier for you mentally, emotionally and physically.

Ginevra Holtkamp, writing for Mother Earth Living, suggests choosing healthy furniture and decor rather than items that are mass-produced and chemical-laden. She recommends choosing solid wood furniture over pressed-wood products made with particleboard or plywood. She cautions homeowners about upholstered furniture with foam padding flame retardant chemicals, and recommends looking for natural and untreated materials such as wool, organic cotton, linen and silk.

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Mental Illness and Substance Abuse: A Societal Aberration

There are many ways to make use of the statistic that 53 percent of drug addicts have a serious underlying mental health problem.
You could note that 47 percent of persons with drug addictions do not have serious mental health disorders as an underlying cause. Just from an editorial perspective, this might reveal something about society’s attitudes towards health and recreation. We are a society that lusts for instant gratification. Life is a party. Life is a beach. Is that what we think?
We have underlying anxieties that are considered universal. Men and women frequently go on dates to a place where wine or other liquor is served, because alcohol loosens inhibitions. It serves as a catalyst for relaxing what could be a tense situation. But could there be more effort made to take some of the pressure off of the dating and mating game? After all, various cultures have different approaches to finding a mate and not all of them include having a drink in order to relax. Could we make improvements there?
This bring us back to the 53 percent of drug addicts who have underlying mental health problems. This clearly suggests that drugs are used for recreation to reduce very real, involuntary pain. (No one chooses a mental health problem.) For an even better breakdown of drug addiction statistics, visit http://www.axisresidentialtreatment.com/drug-addiction/statistics/.
Now consider the stereotypical image of a drug addict. By stereotype, the treatment center Axis Recovery points out, an addict is first thought to be a late-twenties male, poor, washed out, down-on-their-luck, hippy-types and loners. So, how does this explain Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was an enormously popular actor, successful, wealthy and talented, when he died of a heroin addiction at age 46 in February 2014?
Stereotypes are often wrong or misaligned. Some addicts are males in their late 20s, who are poor, alone and down on their luck. But drug and alcohol addiction is a great equalizer. It cuts across all facets of society and includes poor, rich, male, female, young, old, and every race in various degrees.
In the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it was reported that 10.7 percent of black or African Americans age 12 or older had used an illicit drug within the past month. Among whites, 9.1 percent of those age 12 or older had used an illegal drug in the past month. For Hispanics, the figure was 8.1 percent. For Asians, the survey found 3.5 percent had used an illegal drug within the month.
Numbers also varied concerning alcohol use with over 55 percent of whites using alcohol, 25 percent to excess at least once a month and over 8 percent considered heavy drinkers.
For blacks, about 45 percent used alcohol within the month with about 20 percent using it to excess once a month and about 6 percent considered heavy users.
Now some data on substance dependence. “In 2010, among persons age 12 or older, rates of substance abuse were lower among Asians (4.1 percent) and Pacific Island Natives (5.6 percent) than other racial/ethnic groups,” the report said.
“The rates for the other racial/ethnic groups were 16 percent for Native American Indians … 9.7 percent for Hispanics … 8.9 percent for whites, and 8.2 percent for blacks.”
Now re-read the first sentence of this article. For those drug dependencies, 53 percent have underlying mental health issues. That’s a 37 percentage point spread between this group and the second highest group with addiction issues, Native American Indians. That’s a 43.8 percentage point spread between persons with mental health issues and blacks, the group with the lowest dependency rate.
This tells us a lot. It tells us that treatment of mental health issues is not close to where it needs to be to relieve the pain and distress that comes with them.
Attitudes towards substance abuse might need to shift, to allow an honest response to the problem. It turns out, most of the time, dependency is not about kids from the ghetto who made bad choices. It is about persons across social spectrum with real pain – pain they never asked for – and their struggles to cope.
Persons diagnosed with a mental health issue early in life need a much more serious attempt by society to ward off the dangers of drug and alcohol use. This is absolutely clear.
There are also stereotypes among those with mental illness. Hopefully, we can now toss aside the idea that a mental illness is a situation in which a healthy person chooses a frivolous, irresponsible life. Bi-polar disorder is not someone on a lark or vacation. Neither is depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder or the other conditions categorized as a mental illness.
Hollywood has made huge strides forward in recent years portraying people facing mental illnesses with courage and conviction. The feature film “Silver Linings Playbook” explores the life of a man with bi-polar disorder. “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” looks at the life of a young man with post-traumatic stress disorder.
These films counter the notion that mental illnesses are about people choosing to have a debilitating illness that just happens not to be visible under a microscope.
Lastly, the percentage of persons with chemical dependency issues who also have mental health issues is a towering national embarrassment. It is hard to see it any other way than that.

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Free Health Screenings at Sam’s Club

What a great way to start the New Year!

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Scranton, only 8% of Americans are actually able to keep their New Year’s resolutions.* This can be particularly challenging for busy parents, many of whom make resolutions that are focused on improving their health. In an effort to help families keep their health-related resolutions, Sam’s Club is offering a free health screening to both members and the public on Saturday, January 10 from 11am-3pm at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy. The screening is valued at $250 and includes the following tests:

 

  • Blood pressure
  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Risk ratio
  • Glucose
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Vision (not available at all locations)

 

In addition, mark your calendars for the second Saturday of every month! Sam’s Club will offer nine additional free screenings on the second Saturday of every month through October to help people assess and manage their health.

 

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How e-cigarettes could represent better health

Everyone knows that the real party often takes place outside, with hardened smokers holding court in a fog of cigarette smoke. At least that’s how it used to be. Vaping and electronic cigarettes have been around for a while, but they are recently starting to prove popular. They offer a cost effective alternative to other smoking cessation devices, and a healthier lifestyle without the fear of quitting.

This means that those trying to improve their health can do so without stress at social occasions. Many social smokers are used to spending their time outside. A party, whether it’s a wedding or a corporate event, has to be pretty spectacular in order to get everyone involved. Offer something they just can’t miss so that everyone can enjoy themselves.

Surprise Element

I once attended a special 60-birthday party for a well-respected man. The company, which provided the entertainment, added a very special touch to what was already a great atmosphere. Professional singers posed as serving staff and at the right time, they then burst out into song, surprising and entertaining everyone in the building barring those who already knew of course.

Silent Disco

If you felt that wasn’t enough, how about a silent disco? Everyone on the dance floor listens to music through wireless earphones. Guests were able to switch between two different DJs via buttons on the headphones. DJs can either supply music, or you can specify your own.

All in all, this is fun to take part in, and even more fun to watch.

Aerial Dancers

Aerial dancers have also taken over as a must-have for entertaining, with their feats of acrobatic daring and awe-inspiring choreography on trapeze, ropes and silks. Many also offer instruction packages, where your guests can also take part. Most dancers can tailor their performances to your event to make the experience extra personal. They can also incorporate other circus arts such as fire breathing and can even serve your guests drinks!

An event filled with unique entertainment can be an enjoyable and memorable way for your vaping guests to relax. Electronic cigarettes are an excellent alternative to chemical filled tobacco products. Companies like Vapouriz offer a wide variety of options from different flavours, starter kits and refills. There truly is something there for everyone.

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Simple Steps to Find a Chiropractor in Your Area

Chiropractors care for patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. With the help of spinal adjustments, manipulation, and other techniques,, they enable people to get rid of back and neck pain and also achieve overall health. These professionals assess a patient’s medical condition by reviewing their medical history, and performing a physical examination as well. Besides, conducting tests, identifying health issues, providing neuromusculoskeletal therapy, and advising patients on health and lifestyle issues are some of the other tasks that these professionals perform.
The great thing about these professionals is that they focus on patients’ overall health. Some of these professionals make use of massage therapy, rehabilitative exercise, and ultrasound other than spinal adjustments and manipulation. Some may also apply braces or shoe inserts in order to treat patients and relieve pain. Some chiropractors provide general care while others specialize in sports, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, or nutrition.
If you are having any issue related to nerves, bones muscles, ligaments and tendons, getting in touch with a chiropractor can be a great idea. But you must know that not all chiropractors can be trusted. There are some who can provide better services and treatments than others. But how to find a chiropractor that you can trust? Well this is not as tough as it may seem. Here are some simple steps that may help you find a reliable chiropractor in your area.
Ask you friends and family. In case your family or friends have had a chance to get a treatment from a chiropractor you can get references from them and contact a chiropractor for a consultation. You can certainly trusts the word of your dear ones and thus find a chiropractor they have benefited from in the past.
Use the internet. Another simple way to find a chiropractor is to make use of the internet. There are many location online directories that you can find in order to find out different chiropractor services in your area. You can get the contact details of different professionals, call them up or visit their websites to find out about the type of services they offer and learn about their experience as well.
Reading online reviews. This is another simple way to find chiropractors in your area. But you must remember to consult more than a single website to read reviews as sometimes there are bogus reviews in order to misguide people and create hype about certain chiropractors.
You can also visit Daniel Lajoie Chiropraticien who is known for his wide experience and reliable services. So when you make a list of the chiropractors you can trust do keep this option in mind.

 

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