Summer 2015 has been filled with lots of physical activities from zumba, yoga, and kickball.
Drinking can be a problem for moms, especially stay-at-home moms who are more prone to depression than their working counterparts. A 2012 Gallup poll reports that stay-at-home moms are 11 percent more likely to struggle with depression than women who work outside the home. Some people drink to “drown their sorrows,” but this behavior can get out of hand. The result is alcohol abuse, and alcoholism that can lead moms into a downward spiral.
Moms, Don’t Hide Your Alcoholism
Mothers hide their alcoholism because it’s still taboo to be open about it. If you’re struggling with drinking too much, and you’re a parent, it’s highly likely you’ve found the issue embarrassing or difficult to talk about. Don’t let societal judgments force you into secrecy.
It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 4 million women struggle with alcohol dependence in the US. It can be assumed this statistic is on the low side because women are less likely to report their alcoholism, according to Everyday Health.
Everyday Health reached out to psychologist and executive director of the Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Moe Gelbart, PhD, to comment on the situation. Gelbart had this to say: “There is still a cultural stigma attached to female drinking versus male. As such, women’s alcohol problems will tend to be more ‘underground’ and ‘hidden.”
There is Help for Alcoholic Moms
Ladies, especially moms, are encouraged to speak out about their issues with alcoholism, such as the brave moms who told their stories to California news source, WNDU. For a long time Heather Fanning hid her drinking from her family. She would stash her drinks around the home, in out of the way places, and she’d drink vodka, beer, and wine while her family remained somewhat clueless.
Heather didn’t wait for alcoholism to take her life or someone else’s. She sought help from an inpatient treatment center. According to Heather, admitting that she needed help was the most difficult part. She shared her story to inspire more women to come forward, in order to “reverse the trend of women turning to alcohol,” and also hiding their addiction.
There are treatment centers that cater specifically to women and moms. If you’re struggling with alcoholism, there are places you can go where your specific issues will be addressed. Moreover, you’ll be surrounded by women from all walks of life, so you can see that alcoholism doesn’t discriminate. It’s a real disease, and some of the best moms struggle with it.
According to Sandy’s Place, a leading alcohol rehab for women, “If not addressed, alcohol abuse begins to unravel all facets of a woman’s life. It is dangerous for women physically, socially, and spiritually. It often takes women away from their true selves and what is most important to them.”
Don’t risk your relationships with your children or your spouse. Instead, reach out for help. Remember, simply admitting you need help is often the most difficult hurdle. Once you’ve reached out for help, everything else will fall into place and you can begin your journey toward recovery.
As the nation’s 50-and-older population continues to grow, services that help prevent and detect potential health problems early on become increasingly important. Your readers might be interested in knowing for a loved one or a family member that Sam’s Club is offering free health screenings to both members and the public to help the older population stay healthy.
These health screenings are confidential and available at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy (608 locations) on Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The screenings are valued at $150² and include tests for:
- Blood pressure
- Total cholesterol
- HDL (good cholesterol)
- Risk ratio
- Body mass index (BMI)
Your baby is cranky, crying and drooling, and at some point during your efforts to calm her it dawns on you: Your little one is teething. This usually begins around six months old, but it can be as early as three months and as late as 12 months.
Although those little primary teeth are small, they pack a punch when coming in. You might notice red and swollen gums, flushed cheeks, heavy drooling, gum sucking, ear rubbing, sleeplessness, irritability and a fervid interest in chewing on everything a few days before a tooth breaks the gums.
While it is clearly uncomfortable for her, you can become distressed, too. Fortunately, there are some age-old natural remedies that can help relieve her symptoms and make you feel better as well. Here are some tips for parents to help soothe the symptoms of teething.
Massage Her Gums
Pressure on the gums takes away from the pain of teething. Rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger to help ease the discomfort. Or, get baby a fun and safe teether like the French-made Sophie la Giraffe. The 7-inch toy appeared on the scene in 1961, is made of hevea rubber and is Amazon’s most popular toy. Sophie is easy to hold and can stimulate a newborn’s senses with its attention catching spots and squeaker, according to Vulli, Sophie’s manufacturer.
Tame the Drool
Excessive and constant drool is no fun. While she can develop a rash on her chin, you end up doing several more loads of laundry. Protect her chin at bedtime (or in down time) with barrier cream like petroleum jelly.
Because the sudden burden of endless drool will require considerably more laundry, have plenty of soft baby burpies and drool bibs on hand to make teething easier on you. You also want to be sure the burpies are made of high-quality cotton, so as not to irritate baby’s skin even further. Try SwaddleDesigns for super-soft and stylish baby burpies and bibs.
Give Her a Chilled Washcloth
Keep a slightly chilled, clean washcloth in the fridge for baby to gnaw on. The soft fabric will massage the gums, and the cold will help numb the pain. For a particularly fussy baby, first soak the washcloth in chamomile tea to calm and relax her.
To keep it free from germs, keep the washcloth in a resealable plastic bag while it’s in the fridge. And make sure it’s not frozen, so it doesn’t hurt her when she bites down.
Give Her a Warm Bath
Before bedtime, give your baby a nice warm bath to soothe and distract her. Add lavender or chamomile baby wash to the water to help the relaxation process. Massage her softly as you towel dry her. After you put her to bed, give yourself a nice warm bath for your own liquid therapy.
Finally, don’t forget about the cuddles. She’ll need lots and lots of those — but don’t listen to the old wives’ tales about giving baby a small amount of alcohol. It is never OK to give an infant any amount of alcohol. After the first tooth comes in, it should get easier on both you and baby.
When most people think about getting a massage, they think about the pampering side of things. Getting a full rub down from a certified professional after a long day seems like something you would do to reward yourself, much like treating yourself to a mani or pedi. As soothing as a massage can be on any given day, there are surprisingly a lot more health benefits than the average person may be aware of.
If you’ve been suffering from chronic pain, high blood pressure, or elevated levels of stress, you’ll be pleased to know that a massage might be just what you need to treat your ailments the natural way. Below are just a few of the surprising health benefits of a massage:
Great for Those Suffering from Depression or Stress
Mental illness plagues many US citizens today – particularly elevated levels of stress and depression. Whether you’ve been clinically diagnosed or have simply been feeling out of sorts lately, a massage can turn that frown upside down. There have been studies that have shown that a massage can actually lower levels of cortisol which is a chemical in the brain that leads to stress. Massages completed by professionals can also increase neurotransmitters in the brain known as serotonin and dopamine. Elevated levels of these neurotransmitters can help in subsiding the feeling of depression.
Relieves Chronic Back and Neck Pain
According to a report in Time Magazine, an average of eight out of ten Americans will suffer from some form of back or neck pain in their lifetime. In most cases, this pain is a direct result of sitting for long periods of time at a desk or in front of a computer screen. A study sought out to prove that a massage can do wonders for this type of pain. Out of a group of 400 participants, the study broke them into groups of individuals that would continue treating their pain with painkillers, and other therapies (excluding massages), the other group continued their pain management regimen however, included massage therapy.
After receiving one 30 minute massage per week for ten weeks, the group who included massage therapy as a treatment option felt less pain than those who did not receive a massage.
Improves Blood Circulation
Those who suffer from diabetes or other illnesses that result in poor blood circulation can greatly benefit from receiving a massage. As the massage therapist is utilizing various techniques to massage the muscles, the pressure is helping the blood to move throughout the body more effectively.
Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion
Unfortunately as we age our bodies don’t act as they did when we were younger. Our joints become tightened with age causing our range of motion to decrease. As the therapist works on areas such as your ligaments, joints, and connective tissues, it loosens up the joints allowing for improved flexibility and range of motion.
Boosts the Immune System
If you’re like me, you’re wondering how in the world getting a massage can help your immune system. However, after thorough research what I found was quite surprising. A professional massage on the regular basis can actually do wonders for your immune system. A massage can actually help to increase the body’s cytotoxic capacity. In other words, it increases the activities of the body’s natural killer cells which help to ward of diseases. Massages can also decrease the amount of T-cells present in the body which help to improve the immune system overall.
Improves Overall Health
Earthlite.com, an online vendor for massage therapy products, points out that getting a routine massage can help your overall health. When you combine the above mentioned health benefits of a massage, it becomes quite apparent how it can make you feel good overall. Lowered blood pressure, improved blood circulation, fewer aches and pains, lower levels of stress and an improved immune system are all effective in helping you to feel healthier inside and out.
So that about sums it up, and this was only the tip of the ice berg. There are plenty of studies that have proven that massage therapy is also great for improving sleep, minimizing the need for pain medications, and even helping to enhance recovery after an injury or surgery. So before you say you’re not sure about paying the high cost of a massage, you may want to ask yourself something. How much are you willing to invest in your overall health? Chances are you’re worth it, even if it’s on a monthly basis.
Botox, cosmetic fillers and other similar cosmetic injections are becoming increasingly popular for treating ageing and expression lines, with some people even going as far to have “preventative” injections.
If you’re at a point in your life where you are thinking of having one or more of these cosmetic treatments, there are certain aspects of the procedure you will need to consider before you make an appointment at a surgeon or doctor’s office.
Instead of smoothing or tightening the skin, injecting filler will be able to change the facial profile to a youthful one. Injecting filler under the skin can help to fill in deep folds, such nasolabial folds which are also referred to as bracket lines. They run from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth and create fuller lips whilst padding out hollow cheeks and eyes. For some time collagen has been used as the standard filler, but now hyaluronic acid has become the filler of choice.
How Long Do Fillers Last?
In short, hyaluronic acid fillers last for six to 12 months. However, synthetic fillers such as Radiesse last for 12 to 18 months. Further to these two options, fat transfers (this is when your own body fat is taken from another body part, processed and injected into your face) can last for several years, however there is a high chance the fat won’t remain for very long and will be reabsorbed into the body.
How Much Do They Cost?
Typically, a single unit of non-fat filler will cost about $500-600. If you wanted to treat the lines around the mouth, for example, you would need one ampoule of filler, and with treatment fees it would cost approximately $600-800. Fat fillers can cost you thousands.
Do They Hurt?
These cosmetic injections will hurt, and the pain will vary depending on the patient and the area being injected. In places such as the nasolabial area there can often be some short-term burning. Typically, anaesthetic is used for lips, as the injections will cause a slight stinging sensation lasting only for a short time during the post-operation period.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
The most common side effects are bruising, infection and allergic reaction. You will need to be aware of permanent fillers, which can cause significant and long-term side effects.
The anti-ageing properties of cosmetic injections such as botox and disport are likely to be found to be used on many celebrities in Hollywood, and can be found on everyday people who are able to afford it. Botox helps relax the facial muscles, thus preventing skin from creasing and causing wrinkles. These cosmetic injections are effective for eliminating frowns and surprise lines on the foreheads and crow’s feet around the eyes.
Where Can You Get Botox?
It is a prescription-only drug and those looking to save on price by doing it themselves, are exposing themselves to significant dangers and side effects if it isn’t injected correctly.
How Much Does It Cost?
This will all depend on how much is injected. Also, the number of units you’ll need will depend on how active your muscles are. Typically, the price of a single unit is between $9-15. To treat your forehead will you need somewhere between 10 to 20 units, which will cost you between $90 and $300, depending on how much your surgeon charges.
Does It Hurt?
The pain is very similar to that of an ant bite and only lasts for a few seconds.
How Long Does it Last?
They can last anywhere between three to four months, but can last longer with regular treatment.
Non-cosmetic uses for Botox
Botox is a material used for a host of non-cosmetic medical conditions. It can assist those suffering from MS or cerebral palsy, as well as those who suffer from teeth grinding, incontinence and much more.
Excessive sweating can be treated by paralysing the sweat glands. It can also be used on the armpits, face, hands and feet, and can often be covered by Medicare. Injected into the underarm area, Botox can relieve excessive sweating for more than six months and in some cases for more than a year.