How to survive the Zombie Apocalypse…

Ok, how do you survive the upcoming zombie apocalypse? ze

  1. Don’t hang out with Zombies, that ish is contagious.
  2. Just say “No!” Yes, we made fun of Nancy Reagan’s anti-drug slogan, but it still rings true.
  3. Leave the experimenting to folks with Ph.D’s in chemistry and lab rats.

Yes, I am making light of the new wave of synthetic drugs to be hitting our nation. I am joking because they have me scared “shirtless.” They are strong, deadly, super addictive, and frankly too easy and cheap to get. That combined with young, fearless, or just plain stupid folks trying them and giving them out as party favors or old school drug alternatives – has me very worried.

These drugs are “Krokodil” and “Flakka”  Yes, even the names sounds stupid. However, you can say doing any illegal drug is stupid You can die off of prescription medication if you abuse it. However, some evil scientist has made drugs that quite frankly, will make you long for the days when kids smoking “pot” or snorting cocaine was your big worry.

There are so many recreational drugs out there that I really lose count. There is the ever popular marijuana. Then you have cocaine and it’s highly addictive sister drug crack cocaine. Then you have opium which is old school, heroin, and LSD. Add in crystal meth. Pour on poppers, ecstasy, and people who huff everything from paint fumes to liquid paper to gas … Well, it is a wonder anyone gets any work done.

Now the new bother. Krokodil and Flakka are new synthetic drugs. Synthetic as opposed to naturally occurring like marijuana and cocaine. Synthetic drugs are, in the opinion of some law enforcement officials and medical professionals, worse than naturally occurring because they can be cooked up with local ingredients. No drug kingpins in exotic locations needed.

Krokodil aka Desomorphine

Made from synthetic codeine. Codeine is a derivative of heroin that is available legally and illegally in the US and around the world ( you know, like Tylenol with codeine… or plain old codeine that you may get after surgery?)

Created in 1932 as a pain killer and then dropped

Main ingredients include; Codeine, iodine, and red phosphorus. Nicknamed after the gray scaly skin you get at the injection site and the codeine derivative chlorocodide.

Utilizes crazy but ultimately easy to get ingredients: including organic solvents like paint thinner, gasoline, iodine, hydrochloric acid, lighter fluid and other ingredients like match tips. Yes the little red part of a wood match, that is red sulfur.

Called a fflesh-eatingdrug because it causes – well it causes your flesh to rot from gangrene, infected ulcers, infected injection sites look grey and scaly and will FALL OFF

Damage to the body occurs quickly. This is not a be a junkie for years and die drug. This is a use one or two times and there is damage drug. Necrosis ( that is your flesh rotting in layman’s terms) Vein damage, soft tissue damage, infection…

Has been slipped into use by heroin dealers who wanted a cheaper drug. Some heroin addicts get a hold of this stuff and the effects are horrific. Rarely do people actually voluntarily take krocodil on purpose the first time.

Damage is done to all parts of the body. Reports of necrosis and gangrene on the extremities and face, gums, legs… pretty much everywhere.

In 5 years, the amount of units available in the US, Russia, Ukraine, and UK went from 1000 to 65 million. It is affecting a lot of intravenous drug users because it is being swapped for the more expensive heroin.

It is addictive after the first use – I will repeat myself, it is addictive after the first use

Withdrawal symptoms happen after 1 to 2 hours, that means although it is cheaper than heroin, its usage or rather the addicts need to use it again is worse. This causes more damage.

Doctors say they only have about ten cases of people dying from it in the US. In Russia and the Ukraine, it has been popular for a longer time and there are thousands of deaths reported. The issue with this, well one of the issues, is that desomorphine itself is absorbed in the body. It can well be reported as a death from side effects of heroine, overdose of codeine, or any of the other chemicals used to manufacture it.

Doctors in Russia call it a zombie drug because due to its instantly addictive nature and the drug relatively short high, people on krokodil usually just go from high to high. With 1 t 2 hours between uses, they become like zombies (that and the damage to the endocrine system and brain)

Crazy stuff huh? Go hug your kid and come back, there is more.

Flakka
“No it is not safe to go into the water. Jaws is still out there

  • Where krokodil makes people look and act like mindless zombies, Flakka makes them act like the crazy zombie movie, I want to eat your brains and make you stand there and watch, horror movie zombies.
  • Flakka is a cheap synthetic speed like drug called alpha -PVP, a synthetic cathione. It is also called bath salts Cloud 9, Scar face, Lunar wave, etc.
  • Flakka is more prevalent than krokodil and has been around the US for a little longer.
  • Flakka is a “party drug” it is popular at clubs and outings where a large group of people get together to have fun.

It is made primarily in China by about 150 different companies, these companies are constantly tweaking it, for different looks, textures, tastes, and outcomes.

It was originally derived from the active ingredients in a plant called Khat.  Khat was popular in Eastern Africa and the Middle east as a stimulant for nomadic people. They chewed the leaves and got extra energy to do whatever work they were doing (much like cocaine’s coca leaf was chewed to relieve pain)

However, the active ingredients were cheaper to synthesize and so after that the drug has taken on many forms. It can be snorted, injected, smoked, and just swallowed. In Florida there were some found at a local popular club that had been put in gummy worm looking candy.

As of January 2015, according to DEA research there are over 545 known forms of this drug, some of those forms are not illegal because they are so new. The government has to know about the drug to make it illegal, hence the amount of new and different ones coming into the USA every year.

The drug runs about 3 to 20 dollars a hit, depending on the venue and the audience. A rave with stupid High Schoolers? 3 dollars each, maybe 5 bucks would be the average cost. A party at a club were people are drinking 1000 dollar bottles of champagne and if you can get in, it costs maybe 20 to 100 dollars a hit. Not “illegal illegal” and you can sell it at huge profit? Of course foreign companies will crank it out like candy from a Pez dispenser.

There have been 1500 reported and confirmed cases of Flakka over doses in 2015. It is May people. That is too many. One is too many.

EMT specialist in Broward County Florida have seen so many cases that they carry ketamine injections to help people who are extremely high on Flakka. That is horse tranquilizers folks. They have to shoot people with horse tranquilizers.

Characteristics of a Flakka overdose: Think of those shows were people were high on PCP or LSD and were acting “crazy”. In detailed reports in Florida, people have been seen ripping their clothes off, running around naked, trying to jump off of buildings ( a lot of suicides may be drug overload) and, yes you guessed it BITING PEOPLE. If you think you are a dog, and you are a hyped, excused me. SUPER hyped up pitbull and someone gets it your way, well, you bite them. You bite them hard.

A girl, aged 17, in a rural area of central Midwest America agreed it would be fun to try the bath salts aka flakka, that her boyfriend bought back from his trip to New York interviewing for college. He got it at a rave party. They got a little drunk, smoked a little marijuana, and then added the Flakka figuring “hey what could it hurt? The guy at the party said it was some awesome S*^% !”  They were found fighting, bloody and naked by her dad. On close inspection, it was shown they were both high on something. The doctors at the hospital said they got off easy, they had not taken a fatal dose, but enough to really feel the extreme effects of the drug. The alcohol and marijuana actually caused them to use a bit less than normal. The girl showed signs of being bitten on the face and scalp. While still under the influence, when asked what was he thinking, the boy smiled and retorted, “I had mad munchies”

Zombies… enough said

What is the answer?

Make all drugs not prescribed by a doctor illegal?

It seems like the major beneficiaries of the drug trade will never get caught (i.e. those 150+ Chinese companies making the stuff that we know of)

What we need is better health education and drug treatment.

We need better mental health care for the general population.

We need to relearn that the answer to being sad or bored isn’t getting high.

I spoke to a friend who is a recovering heroin and cocaine addict with 3 years of sobriety. She was on heroin for 10 years. She functioned, but at some point she just went spiraling downward. The cocaine was to perk her up for those moments when the “heroin nod” was unacceptable. Heroin makes you groggy and really down but it feels good to the user at first. Then the point is to “chase the dragon” You will never get as high as you did the first time because your body has adapted to it. So the world is full of people trying to get as high as the first time. That is how cross addiction works and how people are introduced to new drugs. That is why there are so many newer drugs.

My friend told me she heard of Krokodil but was sober by the time it became an issue. She said it is super easy to mix it with heroin and give it to an addict as a “newer, stronger, dope” She laughed and said “There is no quality control. You are a fiend; you want your drug. Some stranger hands you a packet and says it will get you high – you are like great! Drug fiends are extremely stupid and extremely trusting. It’s kind of evil and brilliant. Instead of introducing a drug to people who are clean, just give the new cheap drug to folks already using. They are already willing to steal, turn tricks, kill, and do whatever to get their fix.” Now instead of that money going to the heroin dealer, it goes to whoever has a rudimentary knowledge of high school chemistry.

So how do you survive the zombie apocalypse? Make like Nancy Regan and just say no? Well, actually yes. And educate your kids, friends, and family on the specific dangers of drugs. Do it gently, people do not appreciate lectures. Do it with love and do it often (teens need to be told something 1600 times before it sinks in… don’t believe me? Ask your teen to do or not do something once. You are only 1599 repetitions from getting it accomplished) Most important “be an example” A lot of drugs is peer pressure for young and old, to do something stupid and dangerous that is perceived as fun. I am my groups resident wet blanket, designated driver, and harbinger of doom. I am ok with that. They will always know who doesn’t do drug abc and who to call if they need help and a lecture. I have attached some pictures of worse case scenarios from Krokodil, you can google Flakka and see the videos of people going crazy on that drug. When someone thinks to video, I always wonder did they call for help?

 

Have you ever tried Flakka or Krokodil? Can you tell me of your experience? I am at AskMelissa@Melissaweblog.com

 

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That feeling… like someone kicked you in the back?

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It may be kidney stones. Kidney stones can be a minor little nuisance or a major problem requiring surgery. It depends on the size and location of the stone, the health of the individual, and how quick the problem is caught.

Your kidneys are awesome

When you think about your kidneys you generally think of two things: protect them in a fight and well… urine. The kidneys are so much more.

  1. Kidneys filter waste from blood – the blood not the water you drink, not directly
  2. They create urine ( I know you know but it’s on my list so I had to say it)
  3. They help regulate calcium metabolism
  4. They help regulate electrolyte metabolism
  5. Kidneys help regulate salt
  6. Kidneys help regulate potassium
  7. Kidneys help with the body’s acid balance
  8. Kidneys create chemicals that stimulate red blood cell production which helps regulate blood pressure

So as you see, kidneys have a lot of work to do. Yes you can live with one really healthy one but two are best. I say don’t mess with the architect’s design but I would also hand one over to my sister or brother readily.

Kidney Stones

Are fun! –Ok I am being silly. I apologize to anyone who has ever had them. They are painful and “passing a kidney stone” is the closest many men will ever get to the pain of childbirth. They develop from an overload of salts and minerals in the kidneys.

Causes:

  1. Hereditary risk factors – no one knows the gene per se but they do run in families often
  2. Low water intake, dehydration
  3. High salt and mineral intake … the jury is still out in regards to calcium over load but when the liquid ( water) and the minerals do not have the right balance, crystals form resulting in stones
  4. High blood pressure
  5. Obesity ( a risk factor more than a cause like HBP)
  6. Excessive protein diets
  7. For some, high Oxalate foods like : Chocolate, tea, dark leafy greens, oranges, tofu, instant coffee, sweet potatoes, blue berries, blackberries, These are healthy foods but there is a certain group of people who need to be more careful in over doing them. Remember, everything in moderation so the body can regulate it. No berries only diet or anything outrageous like that. If kidney stones run in your family, ask your doctor about a blood test that can see if you have a high amount of the precursors in your blood.

Signs:

  1. Pain in abdominal area, lower back and sides of back ( see doctor that is a sign for several serious illnesses)
  2. Pain in groin
  3. Frequent or painful urination
  4. Bloody urine
  5. Vomiting and nausea ( usually accompanied by pain in groin or back)

Kidney stones can be as small as a small piece of salt ( which still hurts by the way) to the size of golf ball ( extreme case) They are usually just a few millimeters  or less and even then may require surgical procedure to remove.

Treatment:

  1. Sometimes the doctor just makes you increase you fluid intake to wash them out, maybe with muscle relaxers ( for ureters the tubes where urine leaves the kidneys) and pain meds
  2. Sometimes the doctor can go up the ureter ( I will not be graphic) and use a tool to grab the small stones
  3. Surgery through small incisions in the back
  4. Extracorporeal Shock wave therapy – shock waves!!! It sounds cool as heck but it can leave bruises, cause internal bleeding, and really hurt

So if you have the signs, go in for a checkup. Ask your family has anyone in the family had kidney stones and let your doctor know. The doctor may do a CT scan, X-ray, or ultrasound to see the stones. They may also do urinalysis and blood analysis to see the mineral content of your body. These tests are simple and for the most part not very invasive. The quicker you see why that pain is with you the better off you will be.

Have you ever had a kidney stone? What happened? Let me know!

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

Love and Light

Lissa

 

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Let Me Clear My Throat….

Let Me Clear My Throat…

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Who sang that in a song? It was an old school rap. Ok I will look it up later. It is cold and flu season and hooray! I haven’t gotten sick yet but between my vitamin c and teas and oranges and zinc… I should be covered. Are you? What are you doing to protect yourself? I hate being on the train because everyone around me is coughing. They did not get the memo where you cough in the crook of your arm and not in your hands. You know the hands that touch everything on public anything? I am not a germaphobe, but geesh.

Let’s chat about coughs. Yes I know you are an expert but hey, since we are both here.

Issue number one. What causes you to cough? If you said cooties, you are only partially right.

The biggest contributors are:

  1. Smoking cigarettes
  2. COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( oddly enough a lot of these folks smoke)
    1. Including emphysema
    2. Chronic bronchitis
  3. Acid reflux
  4. Flu and Common Cold ( viruses not bacteria)
  5. Sore throat, chest infection ( can be viral or bacterial)

 

All of these warrant a trip to the doctor. However if you have a little cough due to, let’s say shoveling snow without a scarf for 2 hours. You can do a little home therapy before sliding down to the local internist.

 

Issue two… what to do or use before getting the hard stuff ( pharmaceuticals)

  1. Cover throat with warm towel and sit down and relax
  2. Cover nose and mouth with warm and moist towel and breath in warm moist air
  3. Warm , not hot, green or herb tea with a tablespoon of brandy, rum, or whisky no milk
  4. Vicks vapor rub on your neck, chest, and under your nose with warm clothes on
  5. A cool humidifier is good after maybe a little steam ( face over sink of hot water cover head with towel for five minutes, breath in deeply, a little eucalyptus leaf and mint leaf in there is awesome, but Vick’s vapor rub is handy in a pinch)
  6. No milk or milk products, many say they help produce mucous
  7. No or very little sugar or starchy foods, warm tea, broth, a little lean meat for protein
  8. Warm water with lemon and orange peels in it (unless your throat is sore then ouch…)
  9. Fresh ginger and peppermint in hot water, made like a tea with the cover over it for five minutes to release the natural oils into the water
  10. Licorice root tea
  11. Spoonful or raw, organic honey
  12. Thyme infused herbal tea
  13. Honey, pepper, in mint tea ( I haven’t tried this… drinking pepper? Hmm only fresh cracked 1 tsp to four cups but still)
  14. Turmeric, warm water and honey

 

A cough that hurts your chest when you cough and one that last more than a day or can’t be calmed within a few hours is cause for concern. I always say check with the doctor first and if she says it’s just a cold then look up home remedies. Most of these you have to go to a natural foods store to find but raw organic honey, lemons, turmeric, Vick’s vapor rub, and green tea are all over.

If you want more specific information on natural remedies, speak with a naturopath or herbalist. They can tell you what the proper “recipes” are for the various natural home remedies are.

 

Issue Three: Prevent problems

 

The best defense is a good offense. (Sorry that last Super Bowl has me whacky) Prepare for the worst. Just like you buy salt before the snow, get a few remedies and home health aides before you need them.

A vaporizer, cool or warm, is good. Bottled water is a good idea if you tap is funky, while vitamin C and Zinc lozenges are tasty and handy and come in sugar free. Just make you a list of stuff to just put in the house. Nothing elaborate or expensive is needed. You know if you have kids and they walk to school in the snow, to have cold and flu medicine and herbs ready.

 

One should also dress properly for the weather in layers, cotton or material designed to wick sweat away from the skin on the layer nearest the body is recommended. Ok and you should try hard to not smoke or at least not smoke in the house. The kids and the animals don’t want to suck in that poison. Yes, children do get infections from second hand smoke. And eat healthy food high in nutrients so that your body has the energy to fight off diseases. These are all basic no nonsense things you need to do.

 

Ok I found the song, it was by DJ Kool and Biz Markie with Dougie Fresh, can’t get it out of my head

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54yIMKjG048

 

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What do you do to avoid a cough and cold in the winter? Any remedies I need to know about?

Let me know!

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Multiple Sclerosis: Common symptoms for uncommon illness

MS: Common symptoms for uncommon illness

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Happy Friday GlobalMusic4 Life Fans! We made it through another week in one piece hopefully. As the sun shines into my office I am delighted by the sounds of the kids next door at the church playing outside. It seems like a nice spring day. It is not though; it is 34 out and very far away from my happy to be outside temperature range.

 

Things are not always what they seem. Sometimes on the weekend I take care of my friend’s kids to give her a break. She loves them but three screaming me me’s are enough to drive you to drink Gatorade.

My friend has MS, or rather multiple sclerosis. I am her go to babysitter when her symptoms flare. They can be in remission for months and then out of the blue “wham!” It is very inconvenient to say the very least. However she is lucky, she has a good support system, including yours truly.

 

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that can strike a person at any age. On average the diagnosed age is 29. It is often hard to initially diagnose and a true diagnosis requires the assistance of several specialists. These may include your internal medicine physician of family doctor. Neurologist, Neuro-ophthalmologists, and radiologist are all part of a good treatment team.

 

What is MS?

MS is an autoimmune disease. The current belief ( it is still being studied) is that an event happens in the body, maybe a severe viral attack ( Epstein Barr may be one of the culprits) and the T cells in the white blood cell group, over react. They cross the blood brain barrier and cause harm to nerve tissue by removing the fatty coating on nerves called myelin. This causes a certain type of micro scarring. This stops the nerves from sending and receiving messages properly. This affects the central nervous system… brain, spinal cord, and eyes. Yes, that pretty much covers the body. No one knows definitively what exactly causes MS, they do know there are genetic predispositions to it and many sufferers also have low vitamin D.

 

Symptoms:

The symptoms vary from patient to patient which is one of the reasons it is hard to diagnose often.

The severity differs as well. Although women account for 70% of MS patients, men get the more severe forms more often. Scientist are not sure why.

  1. Muscle spasms and pain ( may stay or come and go erratically )
  2. Joint Pain and muscle pain
  3. Cognitive issues, many patients have problems with memory
  4. Fatigue beyond what is expected for their normal activity
  5. Incontinence
  6. Constipation
  7. Frequent urgency to urinate
  8. Visual problems due to demyelination in the optical nerve bundle
    1. Sudden loss of vision
    2. Uncontrollable eye movements
    3. Double images due to weak eye muscles
  9. Muscle weakness
  10. Sexual problems
    1. Loss of desire
    2. Trouble achieving orgasm where there was problem before
    3. Reduced sensation
  11. Depression

 

Wow, that is a lot. Those symptoms can cover a host of other diseases. The best way to diagnose is to rule out other ailments and then have an MRI. MS often leaves brain lesions that can be seen by a radiologist.

 

Types of MS

There are four main types.  However 85% of the people with MS have relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. They have periods where certain symptoms will flare up and then go into a period of remission. The other types are secondary progressive where symptoms get worse over time. Primary progressive MS is where symptoms slowly worsen over time. The last one is the worse but only affects about 5 % of the MS sufferers. Progressive relapsing MS is where the disease’s symptoms quickly get worse and often never go into remission. Most of these sufferers are men.

 

What to do? Can your prevent MS?

No, there is no known prevention. It has been know to run in families but is not a genetic disease like sickle cell anemia. People with low Vitamin D have a higher chance of developing it. The human body needs a little UV light for natural vitamin D. Between sunscreen and living and working inside, many Americans have low vitamin D and have to supplement it. MY personal opinion is nothing takes the place of a 30 minute walk in the sun. Obesity and smoking are also risk factors.

 

Treatment and outlook

The outlook for MS is not horrible… there is no cure or preventative medication. There is however, increasingly more effective treatments to help MS patients deal with their illness better. Many MS patients feel diet and exercise help with their symptoms as well. ( Hey I blog for GM4L, I have to do a shout out for healthy eating and exercise) There are a number of natural therapeutic treatments to help with different symptoms. Usually the focus is on pain reduction and muscle control.

 

There is currently research going on in conjunction with scholars looking to find treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The goal is to figure out how MS is triggered and to stop that trigger. Another goal is to figure out how we can ad the myelin back to the damaged nerve bundles or generate new ones all together. The work is ongoing.

 

On a good note, my friend has had it for 12 years and she seems to be getting better. Her remissions lasts longer and her flare ups are not as severe and life altering. When she was first diagnosed it took the doctors three years to come up with MS. Now the same professionals can diagnose someone within weeks. That is a major thing. The sooner you are diagnosed the sooner effective treatment can begin.

She is doing better and I can send the little darlings back to her and her husband.

 

Are you or a loved one battling MS? How long did it take to diagnose? Let me know!

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Love and light,

 

Melissa

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99 problems… and a bitch is actually one of them..

99 Problems….

…and a bitch is actually one of them

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Ok, happy snow day fellow GlobalMusic4 Life fans. Shout out to those of you in beautiful, sunny states too! Don’t think you are safe. It snowed in Hawaii this year. That means no one is safe! Ha!

 

Ok about the title, here is the situation. I want a new dog. I really want a new dog. It’s like having a new boyfriend only the dog pretends to listen and if it isn’t faithful, neuter him! Ha-ha, ok yes I am feeling quirky and I will tell you why.

 

I had a loaner dog. What is a loaner dog you say? It is a dog that you foster temporarily to see how you get along. Plus the shelter was a no kill shelter and filled to the rafters. So as my tongue in cheek title suggest, it’s a girl dog. She is a cute little black doggie. She is so affectionate. She could be called clingy.

I never had a dog before but I have lived in places where others had dogs so I thought it would be ok.

 

It was not. That black bitch was crazy.

Wow.

 

Ok puppies can be trippy. They pee all over. I am still finding where urine and other fun items are in hidden spots. Scratches on the wooden doors are all over. She chewed on stuff that I don’t even remember having. She howled, whined, and had the audacity to hide the TV remote! Ok I am glad she didn’t eat it. Maybe she thought it was a new age bone? I found it in the kitchen behind the fridge.

The only reason I even looked back there is because she had urinated on the fridge and I had to move it to clean the floor.

 

Marking the fridge? Really little doggie? Oh well, at least you didn’t open it first. I am a glass half full kind of girl.

 

Ok, after two weeks of insanity, I took her to a doctor. Duh, right? I did mention I never had a dog before. It turns out, just like every mom of every psych patient in written history, it was all my fault.

 

First, she should have been crated. I thought crating was mean and she would appreciate being able to walk around while I was gone. Yes it sounds dumb even as I write it. Puppies like her should be crated because the little scamps get into everything.

 

Secondly, I fed her wrong. I am sorry but those little cute watery eyes begging me for some of my grilled chicken made me give in. Ok no table food with exotic spices for doggy. Check.

 

Thirdly, and this is super funny. You won’t believe me but I will tell you anyway. Ready?

The darn dog was allergic to me.

I know right? What? As much as I scrub, shave, condition, wash and wax – you would think that your favorite blogger was hypoallergenic. No, apparently, I have cooties, Dang! I loved that darn dog.

 

Apparently dogs have allergies to people. Not people per se, but my doggie liked to lick me. I take a lot of supplements and a few meds and they come out of my skin. The doctor said to forbid her to lick me in any way. I said come on, I don’t let her lick my face, that’s gross, but not even my hand? Nope, the doctor said she should not come in contact with my skin. The combination of whatever I was ingesting or rubbing on my skin is making doggie sick. She had an allergic reaction which made her want to chew a lot more and drink more water and urinate more than normal.

 

I said ok so no touching my skin and we are all good? That’s going to require crating because she sleeps with me and sneaks and licks me in my sleep. ( She has never peed in the bed, go figure)  The doctor said it may be something in the house as well. My home is 105 years old, it could be anything from lead paint somewhere that she nibbled remotely, a tiny bit of whatever she licked off the floor, who can tell.

 

So officially, the little black doggie is allergic to me. I told the shelter and the woman blessed me out. Dang lady, I was trying to help but it is what it is. She said someone will pick up the dog in a week. Ummm, I am making the doggie sick she needs to leave now. Who knows what a week with my crazy toad skin will do to the little dear.

After a full ten minutes of the facility manager telling me I was a liar in 50 different ways, I took a breath and took the high road. I gave her the doctor’s number and name and told her I was bringing the doggie over right then and there. Let the doctor tell her the situation. I love the little doggie but she has cost me socks, sneakers, a universal remote, and the vet bill was similar to the last time I went to the emergency room.

Upon reaching the shelter, the manager looked at me sheepishly and apologized. She then promptly asked me to take a different dog to replace the one I was bringing back. No thanks. The dog and I were both sad, maybe if I get off some of my supplements and puppy proof the house better, I can revisit the dog idea.

She was adopted. She is in a home with little kids and a big yard. Yes I know, glass half full. But at that time it was half full of pee. That was supposed to be my dog. Dang.

 

OK, let’s talk about the medical aspects of this little story. This is a “mediciney” blog after all.

Allergies to dogs are super common. Many over the counter remedies can help. However, Benadryl for life seems like a lot to me. We are usually allergic to dander. That is dry skin flakes I believe. However, people can be allergic to the urine, saliva, hair, or feces. There is no hypoallergenic dog. No, the president’s dogs are included. Some are better than others but everything with skin that sheds can generate an allergic response.

 

Thirty two percent of the homes in America have dogs. Some neighborhoods are loaded with them while others have very few. Dog dander can be anywhere, even if dogs aren’t present. It’s almost like spider webs. You may not see the actual spiders but you know they have been there somewhere… Well dog allergy sufferers may sneeze because of the dander on their friend’s favorite sweater or in area where a dog just walked.

 

Dog allergy symptoms:

Sneezing around dogs or where dogs have been

Itchy eyes that get red and puffy

Coughing

Stuffy and runny nose

Skin rashes

 

Dog allergy treatments:

Allergy shot

Steroids: Flonase, Nasonex

Antihistamines: Allegra, Claritan, Nasacort, Zyrtec

Decongestants: Sudafed, Allegra –D

 

How to avoid the allergies or minimize them if you have a dog;

Wood floors or floors that are easily dusted with a swifter and mop – something that actually picks up the dander and allergens

Leather, pleather, or smooth furniture; easier to clean

For fabrics: keep the dog off! Ok we both know that is impossible, just vacuum often

Do not sleep with dog

Do not let dog lick you (you can be allergic to saliva)

Do not let your skin come in contact with dog urine or feces

Keep dog’s hair trimmed and cleaned ( yes for some this is expensive)

Keep dog’s rest area clean and away from your rest area (no sleeping in your room or in the kitchen or front room or bathroom… maybe the extra room or basement if it is nice)

 

Take the medicines in the morning before the symptoms occur, play with Fido to your hearts content! And then change your clothes and wash your hands and face. (Yes I know you didn’t let her lick your face, but you rubbed her belly. Are you SURE you didn’t touch your face afterward? We do it often and unconsciously)

 

So go out and enjoy the dogs. I still want one but maybe I will have it tested before I get too attached. That and buy a crate.

 

Do you have a crazy doggie? Has he or she seen a vet? Tell me about it!

 

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Love and Light,

 

Lissa

 

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A pain in the side.. appendicitis – take it to the hospital

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Appendicitis: A pain in side can be a sign of trouble

 

Good Day!  Melisaweblog.com fans.  I was just speaking to my 90 something year old auntie. (She refused to tell her real age, I go along and act like I don’t know) Last year she had appendicitis. It was a real pain in the, well, the side. She told me she has only been in the hospital 3 times and that was for child birth. She had 6 kids; some were born sans hospital or doctor. Auntie is old school and hard core! Epidurals are for sissies! (Her words were she didn’t want drugs in her babies)

Anyway, my point is appendicitis strikes otherwise healthy folks. So I decided tonight I will give out some information of the big pain in the A so that you can keep it in the back of your mind for future reference. I will just note, untreated, appendicitis can kill you. Therefore, read on.

Appendicitis:

Cause:

We don’t know. Sorry we don’t. Not really in any case. It is essentially a condition where the appendix, a little worm like organ connected to the large intestine becomes very infected. Along with that infection comes a bunch of symptoms that scream “go to the darn hospital” I would say being that close to the intestines is a recipe for disaster but I am not a doctor so what do I know? We don’t know what the appendix does but we know people live long and happy without it so there, naughty little organ off with your head!

What Happens?

The appendix is a worm or finger shaped hollow tube like projection connected the large intestine on the right side. When it gets infected, it fills with pus. Pus is essentially dead cells in a fluid form. It often contains while blood cells and antibodies that were fighting an infection within the body.

Appendicitis can be chronic or acute. People can have an infection and have the symptoms slowly come into play or they can have acute appendicitis. This is the worst case and generally when people notice a problem.

Signs and symptoms:

Since there are about 300,000 cases of appendicitis in the US every year, this is not a rare condition. It often hits people between 10-19 but it can strike at any age.

Main Symptoms 1: Pain in lower right abdomen (area under your belly button) This pain may be dull and achy and constant. It may also be horrible and intensifying. At that point you are screaming get me to a doctor. Some women have said it was as intense as childbirth ( yowza!) If you have pain there, please see a doctor before it gets to that point. You know I always say better have a doctor and not need one than need one and not have one.

Main Symptom 2: Bloating in the abdomen or swelling in abdomen may occur. What’s the difference?

Bloating is “puffy” feeling and is often relieved by a little flatulence, but not entirely. It is caused by gas.

A swollen abdomen, particularly on the lower right hand side means pus is in the area. It feels more like a full bag than a balloon. It is often painfully tender to the touch or even movement.

 

Main Symptom 3: Nausea accompanied by fever and chills. This is almost always mistaken for the flu. If it comes with pain and tenderness in the right abdomen, go to the doctor. Heck goes for the flu too.

 

Main Symptom 4:  Diarrhea – keep hydrated. Do not stop eating and drinking fluids. Instead look to see if there is mucus in your stool. Sometimes you will have a high frequency of bowel movements and maybe even heightened TENESMUS. That’s the word for the feeling of relief you have after a bowel movement. Yes it is a real word – google it! Anyway, sometimes a bowel movement can relieve some of the pressure in your intestines and offer a small amount of pain relief.  Again, if accompanies by #1 go to the hospital. Chronic diarrhea alone means you are ill and if over the counter remedies don’t lessen your symptoms within a few hours just head out.

 

Main Symptom 5: Vomiting and fever this is always a good time to see a physician.

 

Appendicitis is usually treated with antibiotics and surgery to remove the infected appendix. Surgery is usually required because people do not pay attention to the symptoms until the infection is well in place. If the appendix bursts, it will release the infection into the body causing sepsis and maybe death.

 

Not to be an alarmist, I just want you to know what to look for. I am not a health care professional so it is not my duty to be super specific or use big words. I simply want to inform you.

 

Have you or a loved one ever had appendicitis? Let me know about it!

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Love and light,

 

Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch the partying ; Diabetes care during the holiday food season

Type 2 Diabetes care during the Holiday party season

 

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It is officially the holiday party season. Hooray! Fun gifts, goofy sweaters, flirting at office functions, and all of the revelry that the human system can endure. That’s good stuff.

However, for us dieters and others who have to watch what we scarf down, it is a season of trouble and heart ache. I can’t drink eggnog with mad abandon, no cakes and cookies to go at every client office I visit, and just say no to the bottles of hooch as gifts. Heck I don’t even drink. I guess I just look like a gal who can tie one on?

Good day melissaweblog.com fans.  Today let’s chat briefly about how to get through the holiday party season and not gain weight or blow up our blood sugar. Around these events, my A1c trembles each time I smell peach cobblers and see sweet tea and cookies. ( Milk and cookies are for the kiddies, us grown folks drink sweet tea with a little kick in it, but no kicks for me!)

Ways to avoid trouble in the holiday season ( or any season for that matter)

  1. Learn to say no, firmly. You don’t owe folks an explanation. If my Aunt offers me an extra plate or gets insulted because I will not eat her *fill in the blank* goodies, that is her issue not mine. I notice she eats like a bird. She is 93. I believe she still has a life insurance policy on me from childhood. I smell conspiracy! I prefer to do as she does and not as she says. No Auntie, a big piece of chocolate fudge cake with homemade ice cream “will” hurt me.

 

  1. Keep a food journal. Don’t lie to yourself. Put every blinking morsel down. So if you lose or gain or break even, you will know why. I used to keep a journal online and in a little book. Online had the general stuff, whereas that little book had the true skinny. Keep detailed info and update every night. Take it with you and just jot down what you do. A cookie here, a eggnog sip there, at the end of the day, it all adds up. If you were naughty maybe you need to walk 30 minutes before hopping on the bus to work.

 

 

  1. Exercise after your major meal. Just a nice walk. Eat early enough so you have time to burn off the carbs and calories. If you get home late from work, make lunch your big meal and walk some on the way home. My grandpa used to take his evening “constitutional”. I used to think that was funny but now, I kind of see the point.

 

  1. Check your blood sugar before and after meals, it shouldn’t go up more than 50mg/dl. If higher, time to blow some of that sugar off with exercise. Do a standing march in front of the tv while watching your favorite show. Put your exercise bike in front of tv so you can see your favorite program while doing good for your body. ( Oh you are too tired? Bad day at work? Suck it up and get on the bike, the exercise will release the day’s stress and help you sleep. ) Don’t forget to drink plenty of water as well.

 

 

  1. Have a favorite foods list. Keep the nutritional values of your favorite foods handy in your food diary. I am thinking maybe calories, protein, carbs, fiber, salt, and fat content. I know what’s in my top 10 meals and top ten goodies. If you party hearty during the holidays, have a cocktail list. You just have to have the peppermint cosmo at the club? Ok. So salad and chic peas for supper.

 

  1. Your doctor is your friend! Diabetes can cause problems with the nerves, affecting the legs and arms and extremities. It can also cause blindness, kidney problems, weak blood vessels and cause issues with the heart and brain. It is to be taken seriously. Try to see your doctor 3-4 times annually. More if necessary.

 

 

  1. Follow my ¾ rule. Look at your dinner plate. ¾ of that plate should be non starchy veggies and fruit. My thanks giving plate? ½ greens and cabbage, small spoon of cranberry sauce, small spoon of dressing, ¼ beans, and ¼ of ham with low salt… and a little turkey. Geesh sis can cook! If you let people know you have a healthy LIFESTYLE – not diet, lifestyle, this is a forever thing, like being a vegetarian or gluten free. They will make sure there is something appropriate for you to eat. If not fill up on salad and lean meat. It is not written that you have to eat stuff presented before you. Drink a big cup of water before doing anything else. Thirst will make you think you are hungry. It will also get you in trouble with the cocktails. Drink a bottled water or two and then you can sip the one cocktail you made room for.

 

  1. Eat 3-4 small meals a day. Easier to burn off and pay attention to nutritional content. Breakfast can be half a grapefruit and a yogurt and slice of whole wheat toast. Get some high bran cereal and almond milk that is unsweetened. What is quicker than a cup of spec. K and almond milk? Well if you are really rushed keep apples cleaned and ready to go next to some low calorie, high protein and fiber breakfast bars. My favorites are usually aldi store brand but there are some other good ones. Just check the nutritional content. Some are no better than a snickers bar.
  2. Meditate for 15 minutes. Do it on your lunch break or come to work 20 minutes early. Do it while soaking in the tub in a upright position ( not laying down please, you may slip into the water) It will distress you and relax you. Get some stretches in after work as well. Just few quickies before you head to the subway or to sit down for a long drive home.

 

  1. You are not on a diet. A diet consists of whatever you eat. This is a lifestyle. Eating healthy, making better food and lifestyle choices, and paying attention to your body are your top priorities. I know, I understand there are spouses, kids, work, entanglements, and stressors out there. I fall of the health wagon sometimes too. No one is perfect. However, sometimes you have to think about yourself first. Mom, dad, grandpa, granny etc. – have to be healthy to work, take care of others, and be happy.

 

Your health is worth the effort!

 

How do you handle the temptations of the holiday food season? Let me know!

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Love and light,

Melissa

 

Currently, my sponsor, GlobalMusic4 Life Inc., is having a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly.com. Our goal is to reach 1 million dollars. That is a huge goal. We are feeling quite big! However our job is big. The goal is to pay off expenses and put give away 200,000 copies of Dr. Kiki Hurt’s book: Save Your Own Life: Mini Medical School. How the body works; When to seek medical attention. GlobalMusic4 Life is a 501(3)c non profit so donations are tax deductible. Dawn M. Joseph co-authored the book and put in great pictures and tables with an easy to read layout. We are currently selling it on Amazon, itunes, and google play as well as the GlobalMusic4 Life website.  Sells are not brisk, it’s not a book about freaky sex like 50 shades, or about a fantasy world like Harry Potter (both great books, I loved HP, JKR is my hero) but it is a great book.

“Save Your Own Life” contains basic information you should know about the human body, hospitals, medical specialties, and more. In the back there are tables where you can type in important medical data. You have space to type in current and past doctors, surgeries, allergies, cardiac device information, and much more. The book is listed as 24.99 on Amazon and googleplay ( to cover the money they charge to sell them) and 8.99 on itunes and www.globalmusic4life.com The proceeds will benefit GlobalMusic4 Life Inc. The softbacks will be available soon. However for instant gratification, the .pdf, iBook, and android app version are available for immediate download.  I did this and just printed out the tables and wrote the info on them. That way any new doctor or health care practitioner has instant access to my information. I also typed in information on my ipad and android tablets ( You know I love tech)

See the links below. I even have a video with me showing the publisher’s copy of the book.   Check out the links and if you have questions, contact me at MelissaMitchell@globalmusic4life.com

 

Love and Light,

Melissa

Links:

My fundly: https://fundly.com/melissaweblog-new-book#

GlobalMusic4 Life crowdfunding fund raiser

https://fundly.com/globalmusic4-life-health-education

 

Me showing Save Your Own Life.. on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3laDZOxlqM

 

For the pdf to your pc: (cheapest cost, buy it here and just donate the extra for a tax deduction)

http://globalmusic4life.com/store/product/saveyourownlife/

 

For Amazon ( Android)

http://www.amazon.com/Impelsys-Inc-Save-Your-Life/dp/B00P7YQ32S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415424040&sr=8-1&keywords=dr.kiki+hurt

 

For Google Play (Android)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.impelsys.saveyourownlife.android&hl=en

 

For itunes ( iBook)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/save-your-own-life/id914307539?mt=11

 

Want to just donate? Paypal = GlobalMusic1@aol.com

Or for my fundraiser: Funwoman1@aol.com

 

 

 

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Arthritis: Winter is coming… oops it’s already here

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Hello there GlobalMusic4 Life fans. Did you have a great summer and fall? Yes, it is officially winter when Buffalo, New York gets 75 inches of snow in 2 days. Ouch! Leave that madness out east. I love snow but in one or two inch increments.

The cold weather brings about a myriad of health complaints. Yours truly actually likes the cold weather and thinks it is a chance for snuggling and romance. However since I am between romances now, I am full of the “ba hum bug” spirit. I need somewhere warm to go. I would say Atlanta but heck they get cold too. Dry skin, chapped lips, brittle hair, and of course arthritis based aches and pains. These are all signs that winter is officially here. (When was fall? YOU don’t get the fall! The leaves turned colors in September and October, no more cool fall sweaters for you, get the coats out! ) In Chicago the old saying is that there are two seasons, winter and construction. Well, next year is an election year so construction is edging into winter’s time. Nothing worse for us crusty folks than driving over raggedy streets covered in ice and snow.

Ok, I went on a tangent. Sorry about that. I am a blogger not a journalist.

Today’s topic is arthritis. I am not a doctor or health care professional: disclaimer. However I did a bit of research into this wacky illness or condition and learned a few things which I would like to share with you. Pay attention, because chances are good that you or someone you love will have it, eventually.

In America, approximately 47 million people have arthritis. That is a lot considering that there are only about 330 million folks here. It is considered the number one disability in the United States. With those numbers, you basically have it hitting every family. Some see it as a natural thing that just happens to old people. It is like grey hair and bad eyesight, they feel if you live long enough, it is unavoidable.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more of your joints. It worsens with age. It is not caused by a specific “thing” i.e. bacteria or virus or gene. It has been shown it does run in some families, no one is 100% sure why.

There are two major categories of arthritis.

They are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis: Most common of the two

Caused by cartilage breaking down that covered the top portion of your bones where two bones meet

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Caused by an autoimmune disease

Affects the joints between bones called the synovia

Leads to joint erosion

 

Arthritis can arise from too many uric acid crystals in the body (the cause of gout)

It can also stem from infectious diseases that cause inflammation like psoriasis and lupus.

 

There are different sub types of arthritis including Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Septic Arthritis, basal joint arthritis, and reactive arthritis (which is rarer but can clear up on its own when the prevailing infection is cleared up)

 

Ok so you have arthritis, or someone you love has it. And as they same on TV’s Game of Thrones “Winter is coming and the night is full of terrors” Well actually winter is here and the cold temperatures and the lowered barometric pressure has my back screaming. There are of course solutions. No, sorry no cures. However, you can get some level of relief depending on your other medical conditions and how severe your particular case of arthritis is.

  1. Understand your health and medical condition: Know what kind of medical issues you have and their underlying causes. Look for natural and pharmaceutical remedies and treatments
  2. Eat well: If you are overweight, losing excess pounds will help reduce stress on load bearing joints, it even helps on hands and etc. as well. If you are underweight, make sure you get enough nutrition. A balance diet provides the body with the ammunition it needs to fight off inflammation. It has been said that apples, dark grapes, tart cherries (dark), and even broccoli help fight inflammation. Oily fish like salmon, tuna, trout, herring, and mackerel are good. Look for foods that are high in Omega 3 fats. Not Omega 6, they are naughty. Canola and Olive oil yes, lard and corn oil are no. Nuts, Cocoa, Cranberries are some of the foods on the anti-inflammation team. Generally a well-balanced diet like me and your doctor are always lecturing you about. (I know this yet still I sit here and lust after some red lobster biscuits, so good to be bad… maybe with some steamed broccoli?)
  3. Exercise: find someone who knows what your limits should be and at least do moderate exercise. Look into learning about what physical therapy may help whatever area you have arthritis in.
  4. Alternative therapies and medicines: Acupuncture and electro-acupuncture are known to help some people. Glucosamine sulfate and Chondroitin sulfate are thought to help with pain and slow down the progress of arthritis. They have no major side effects. I have been taken a supplement for 2 years. I couldn’t say if it helps or not 100% but I have not gotten worse and it does not clash with the pharmaceuticals I take. I am usually the side effect queen.

Fish oil, rose hips, ginger concentrate, and a product made from soybeans and avocados – ASU, are said to be moderately helpful. Some people I the southwest proclaim that yucca is helpful too. Again not “clinically proven” meaning no one spent a million bucks on a double blind study. However it has been used by Natives for centuries. Hmmm. I saw some at the grocery store, I may have to try it.

You also have chiropractors, physical therapists, hot and cold treatments, and water therapy.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: Well I am a firm believer in better living through chemistry. We have the standard NSAIDS, like Alleve, which I should own stock in, corticosteroid injections, creams, and when all else fails – surgery. Sorry surgery doesn’t cure it as much as effectively treat it, sometimes.

 

How do fight your arthritis? Let me know! (Seriously folks!)  I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Currently, my sponsor, GlobalMusic4 Life Inc., is having a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly.com. Our goal is to reach 1 million dollars. That is a huge goal. We are feeling quite big! However our job is big. The goal is to pay off expenses and put give away 200,000 copies of Dr. Kiki Hurt, M.D.‘s book Save Your Own Life: Mini Medical School. How the body works; When to seek medical attention. GlobalMusic4 Life is a 501(3)c nonprofit so donations are tax deductible. Dawn M. Joseph co-authored the book and put in great pictures and tables with an easy to read layout. We are currently selling it on Amazon, itunes, and google play as well as the GlobalMusic4 Life website.  Sells are not brisk, it’s not a book about freaky sex like 50 shades, or about a fantasy world like Harry Potter (both great books, I loved HP, JKR is my hero) but it is a great book.

“Save Your Own Life” contains basic information you should know about the human body, hospitals, medical specialties, and more. In the back there are tables where you can type in important medical data. You have space to type in current and past doctors, surgeries, allergies, cardiac device information, and much more. The book is listed as 24.99 on Amazon and google play (to cover the money they charge to sell them) and 8.99 on itunes and www.globalmusic4life.com The proceeds will benefit GlobalMusic4 Life Inc. The softbacks will be available soon. However for instant gratification, the .pdf, iBook, and android app version are available for immediate download.  I did this and just printed out the tables and wrote the info on them. That way any new doctor or health care practitioner has instant access to my information. I also typed in information on my iPad and android tablets (You know I love tech)

See the links below. I even have a video with me showing the publisher’s copy of the book.   Check out the links and if you have questions, contact me at MelissaMitchell@globalmusic4life.com

 

Love and Light,

Melissa

Links:

My fundly: https://fundly.com/melissaweblog-new-book#

GlobalMusic4 Life crowdfunding fund raiser

https://fundly.com/globalmusic4-life-health-education

 

Me showing Save Your Own Life.. on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3laDZOxlqM

 

For the pdf to your pc: (cheapest cost, buy it here and just donate the extra for a tax deduction)

http://globalmusic4life.com/store/product/saveyourownlife/

 

For Amazon ( Android)

http://www.amazon.com/Impelsys-Inc-Save-Your-Life/dp/B00P7YQ32S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415424040&sr=8-1&keywords=dr.kiki+hurt

 

For Google Play (Android)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.impelsys.saveyourownlife.android&hl=en

 

For itunes ( iBook)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/save-your-own-life/id914307539?mt=11

 

Want to just donate?  Paypal: GlobalMusic1@aol.com or see the website

 

I am at Paypal: Funwoman1@aol.com or see Melissaweblog.com

 

 

 

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Happy to be Nappy?

Happy to be Nappy?

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Good morning GlobalMusic4 Life fans. Are you like me and happy to be nappy? Ok is nappy politically incorrect? Kinky makes me sound like something else…

How about this? I am happy to be natural. Ok for the most part, on most days. Today was officially cold. So let’s talk about how to love your hair. Wait, this is for folks with naturally straight hair too! It is not about curly, super curly, or straight or something in between. It is about health. Your state of health shows up in your hair. Yes there are genetics, medicines, environment, and illnesses that affect your fabulous tresses. There are some tried and true things you can do to help your hair be more beautiful. I am working on mine but 30 years of the “creamy crack” – sodium and calcium hydroxide based relaxers. I do not believe in “no lye “ is better, they both very basic and do the same thing. I have a degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry, so I did not swallow that marketing pill. I just like having straight hair.

Then I noticed thinning, and places that wouldn’t grow no matter how much I begged. So I had to let go of the longest relationship I have ever had. Mr. Relaxer and I had to part ways.photo (1)

I did not do the big chop. I did more of a medium chop. I want the option of a small poofy pigtail. However, that is the low growth area, dang it! So 7 months later, my hair is much better. Let me give you some tips on what helped me and others of my ilk.

The issue is hair and body health.

Things that help with hair health.

  1. Body health

Sorry a healthier you equals healthier hair and nails and skin as well. If you have to take meds that affect your hair so be it but exercise, a good sweat, keeping the skin and scalp clean helps!

  1. Biotin and gelatin : Are said to help as nutritional supplements, I like them I see a little change but it takes months. They do not clash with much which is a good thing for folks on medications Some folks say vitamin is helpful as well
  2. Goodies for natural hair ( or dry naturally straight hair as well) Petroleum based stuff clogs your pores and hair follicles. You want moisture and something to hold the moisture in.
    1. Jojoba and tea tree oil holds in moisture and nourishes
    2. Coconut oil to oil the scalp, it soaks in really well, coconut milk and aloe vera cool and soothe the scalp and add moisture without oil ( great for oily straight hair too)
    3. Peppermint and lavender oil, nourish and add a nice scent. It is said coconut oil and lavender have antimicrobial properties, I am not sure how that helps but hey, kill the skin cooties and let the hair be healthier sounds like a good idea
    4. Other nutrients can be used with water, in a oil like olive, coconut, or almond oil… these include Rosemary ( yes that rosemary), Burdock ( stimulates the roots), Saw Palmetto, and Stinging Nettle. Look for these on the contents of the more natural hair care products, And just a cue, ingredients are listed in order of weight by volume so if they are listed number 13 behind a bunch of chemicals and fragrance, there is not enough – that is my opinion.
  3. Wide tooth, rounded tooth combs; detangle first then you can use the tiny spaced comb, do not scrap up your scalp!
  4. Water and cleanliness: Wash with super gentle shampoo and conditioner every other day. Let your hair dry naturally when possible. Save the heat for when you have to go into the cold. For dry hair, a little oil on the scalp while it is wet is nice but don’t oil until it is “greasy”. That will just clog the scalp and hair follicles and hinder growth.
  5. Every once in a while switch shampoo and conditioners, to avoid product buildup
  6. Use a gentle brush to smooth. Rake it across your skin, if it hurts your arm, it will hurt your scalp.
  7. Massage the scalp with your finger tips, helps with blood circulation and feels good
  8. Chemicals should be used sparingly, ok I cover my greys – don’t judge me! However extensive chemical treatments dry the hair, cause breakage, and stunts growth. Get a lovely conditioning and hot oil treatment ( peppermint, lavender, and coconut are tingly together!)
  9. Limit the tight braids, especially around the delicate front, limit the lace front wigs ( google Naomi Campbell hair line) , and please limit the extensions, sew ins, and glue ins. That stuff rips at your natural hair!2014-07-26 14-33-45.785

 

Any other ideas? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Currently, my sponsor, GlobalMusic4 Life Inc., is having a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly.com. Our goal is to reach 1 million dollars. That is a huge goal. We are feeling quite big! However our job is big. The goal is to pay off expenses and put give away 200,000 copies of Dr. Kiki Hurt, M.D. ‘s book Save Your Own Life: Mini Medical School. How the body works; When to seek medical attention. GlobalMusic4 Life is a 501(3)c non profit so donations are tax deductible. Dawn M. Joseph co-authored the book and put in great pictures and tables with an easy to read layout. We are currently selling it on Amazon, itunes, and google play as well as the GlobalMusic4 Life website.  Sells are not brisk, it’s not a book about freaky sex like 50 shades, or about a fantasy world like Harry Potter (both great books, I loved HP, JKR is my hero) but it is a great book.

“Save Your Own Life” contains basic information you should know about the human body, hospitals, medical specialties, and more. In the back there are tables where you can type in important medical data. You have space to type in current and past doctors, surgeries, allergies, cardiac device information, and much more. The book is listed as 24.99 on Amazon and googleplay ( to cover the money they charge to sell them) and 8.99 on itunes and www.globalmusic4life.com The proceeds will benefit GlobalMusic4 Life Inc. The softbacks will be available soon. However for instant gratification, the .pdf, iBook, and android app version are available for immediate download.  I did this and just printed out the tables and wrote the info on them. That way any new doctor or health care practitioner has instant access to my information. I also typed in information on my ipad and android tablets ( You know I love tech)

See the links below. I even have a video with me showing the publisher’s copy of the book.   Check out the links and if you have questions, contact me at MelissaMitchell@globalmusic4life.com

 

Love and Light,

Melissa

Links:

My fundly: https://fundly.com/melissaweblog-new-book#

GlobalMusic4 Life crowdfunding fund raiser

https://fundly.com/globalmusic4-life-health-education

 

Me showing Save Your Own Life.. on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3laDZOxlqM

 

For the pdf to your pc: (cheapest cost, buy it here and just donate the extra for a tax deduction)

http://globalmusic4life.com/store/product/saveyourownlife/

 

For Amazon ( Android)

http://www.amazon.com/Impelsys-Inc-Save-Your-Life/dp/B00P7YQ32S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415424040&sr=8-1&keywords=dr.kiki+hurt

 

For Google Play (Android)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.impelsys.saveyourownlife.android&hl=en

 

For itunes ( iBook)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/save-your-own-life/id914307539?mt=11

 

Want to just donate? Paypal = GlobalMusic1@aol.com

Or for my fundraiser:Paypal =  Funwoman1@aol.com

 

 

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UTI’s : Simple information to combat urinary tract infections

UTI: Urinary Tract Infections, when to seek help

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Urinary tract infections are very common, especially in women. Most women will get one or two in their lifetime. It isn’t from being unhygienic or from menstruation. It is from bacteria getting into the urinary tract and causing problems. The male urinary tract is longer so there is more of a journey for the bacteria to get to the bladder than in women but men can get them too. Sorry folks, since the urethra is so close by the vaginal canal, you can catch them via sexual contact. Although technically they are not listed as a sexually transmitted disease, sex spreads bacteria from one friendly person to another.

So when should go seek help? Are you a doctor? No? Well then go seek help if you notice the symptoms.

Sometimes it clears up but do not depend on that. An UTI can lead to a kidney infection and that is making a bad matter worse when you could have just went and took a little pill one to four times a day and cleared it up in a small amount of time. Some patients report relief from symptoms in as little as 24 hours.

Here are the symptoms:

  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination ( what is frequent? More than what is usual for you.)
  • Strong urine odor (um make sure you are drinking enough water too)
  • Cloudy look to urine
  • Bloody urine (hmmm when one is not experiencing menses)

Ok those are simple enough right? You can now self-diagnose! Wrong.

These symptoms can mean other things as well: Vaginitis, overactive bladder OAB, an allergy to product used in genital area, kidney stones, or rare case of bladder cancer or tumor. How can you tell the difference? A simple test done by your doctor is the key.

What helps?

Cranberry juice: Ok, not officially a cure but it helps. This is especially the case for chronic sufferers. The sulfuric acid I cranberry juice attacks the cell walls of bacteria in the bladder and helps clear them out into the urine. 100% pure cranberry juice is the key, not the sugary, watered down, cocktails.

Herbs: There are also a variety of herbs like green tea, Oregon grape, horsetail , and goldenseal that are supposed to help. You still need to see a doctor but natural preventatives, as long as they do not clash with any prescription medication, are always nice to consider.

Medicine: A simple oral antibiotic from your doctor

What do you do for UTI’s? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

 

Ok did I wear out the U word? If so, I am sorry. However if most women will get this 2 times in their lives, it is an important topic to cover. It is important that we keep informed about what is going on with our bodies. With the internet, we have a huge library of information. One has to be careful and get the information from reliable sources. The internet is not a bible, no one says it is all truth.

Currently, my sponsor, GlobalMusic4 Life Inc., is having a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly.com. Our goal is to reach 1 million dollars. That is a huge goal. We are feeling quite big! However our job is big. The goal is to put give away 200,000 copies of Dr. Kiki Hurt, M.D. ‘s book Save Your Own Life: Mini Medical School. How the body works; When to seek medical attention. GlobalMusic4 Life is a 501c non profit so donations are tax deductible. Dawn M. Joseph co-authored the book and put in great pictures and tables with an easy to read layout. We are currently selling it on Amazon, itunes, and google play as well as the GlobalMusic4 Life website.  Sells are not brisk, it’s not a book about freaky sex like 50 shades, or about a fantasy world like Harry Potter (both great books, I loved HP, JKR is my hero) but it is a great book.

“Save Your Own Life” contains basic information you should know about the human body, hospitals, medical specialties, and more. In the back there are tables where you can type in important medical data. You have space to type in current and past doctors, surgeries, allergies, cardiac device information, and much more. The softcover book is listed as 24.99 and the proceeds will benefit GlobalMusic4 Life. Those will be available soon. However for instant gratification, the .pdf, iBook, and android app version are available for immediate download.  I did this and just printed out the tables and wrote the info on them. That way any new doctor or health care practitioner has instant access to my information. I also typed in information on my ipad and android tablets ( You know I love tech)

See the links below. I even have a video with me showing the publisher’s copy of the book.   Check out the links and if you have questions, contact me at MelissaMitchell@globalmusic4life.com

 

Love and Light,

Melissa

Links:

My fundly: https://fundly.com/melissaweblog-new-book#

GlobalMusic4 Life crowdfunding fund raiser

https://fundly.com/globalmusic4-life-health-education

 

Me showing Save Your Own Life.. on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3laDZOxlqM

 

For the pdf to your pc: (cheapest cost, buy it here and just donate the extra for a tax deduction)

http://globalmusic4life.com/store/product/saveyourownlife/

 

For Amazon ( Android)

http://www.amazon.com/Impelsys-Inc-Save-Your-Life/dp/B00P7YQ32S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415424040&sr=8-1&keywords=dr.kiki+hurt

 

For Google Play (Android)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.impelsys.saveyourownlife.android&hl=en

 

For itunes ( iBook)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/save-your-own-life/id914307539?mt=11

 

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