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,



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Me showing Save Your Own Life.. on Youtube



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Stress: How it effects us and what we can do about it

Stress: How it affects the body physically

Good Afternoon GlobalMusic4 Life Fans! It is beautiful and crisp outside. I know, it will soon go from crisp to crunchy (aka snow) but take the sunny day for what it’s worth. I like it when it is around 50 ish outside. Good for the joggers and runners and us walkers. I have taken to power walking so now I get stares. Oddly enough though, I get a few “good for you” and “keep it up girl” from strangers. There were far more positive than negative comments so that is good. There is always some pepper in the pot as grandma used to say. I take negative energy and let it fuel me to do better if for no other reason but to “show them”.

Let’s talk about stress. Stress is known to affect us mentally. Schools the nation over have trembled because some stressed out kid has killed themselves or shot up the school. That could be stress, depression, and other mental illnesses in place. What I want to focus on briefly is every day stress.

Ok, everyday stress can be a horror for some people so let me be even more specific. I am speaking on regular stress that happens in a normal middle class existence. The kids being late for school, the spouse nagging, the boss complaining, traffic, and of course finances. There is also peer pressure, grades, stress from parents expecting too much, stress from feeling unpopular, stress from just general low self-esteem : All of these can manifest in physical symptoms.

It is a lot to think about. We cannot get rid of the stress. The more money you make the more you feel you need. The prettiest girl in class feels pressure to be wafer thin. The office worker feels pressure not to take his vacation in an effort to impress his superiors at work. What to do? What happens if it gets too intense?

Three major problems:

Heart problems: Stress messes with the heart. Yes this has been proven in study after study. The fight or flight reaction, the anxiety reaction, they all affect the heart.  It increases blood pressure, and the release of chemicals that may lead to higher cholesterol.

Obesity: Ok wait; I am an expert on this. How many of us eat our feelings down? Even my skinny girlfriends grab a pint of triple fudge ice cream after a break up. Stress makes us overeat as a quick pick me up. And of course when I am stressed I do not want carrot sticks I want hot fries, with cheese.  The food releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Then you feel like crap for over indulging and stress out and go back to the hair of the dog that bit you. That is more food. Then there are folks who starve themselves when they are stressed or binge and purge. Stress can lead to us messing up our bodies in a very visual and ultimately traumatic way.

Diabetes: Well for type II diabetes, the over indulging in bad food can lead to diabetes. Too much sugar, cholesterol,  etc. etc. It has even been shown in studies that stress raises the glucose levels in the body as if it knows that you need more energy to deal with whatever you are going through. You add that to the intake of simple carbohydrates like bread and white sugar and you have a recipe for disaster.

Ok so we know it affects us. We are not stupid! Of course you aren’t – that’s why I like you! There are some ways to reduce stress even when you have let it affect you for a long time. Yes here goes my list; you know I love them so:

  1. Go get some sleep. Make it happen. New mom? Learn to love the in laws and invite them over, one at a time, to help with the baby. It is ok to sleep in the daytime while grandma is there. You deserve it! Long hours at work? Take a 30 minute catnap and let your body know! Tell him or her you will skip your 60 minute unpaid break for a 30 minute nap, a ten minute lunch (soup on one minute hot but drinkable) and review what needs to be done for the rest of the day in your last 20 minutes (aka nibble on a half a sandwich while looking over outlook) That way you will look dedicated, they know you are napping on YOUR time not theirs, and you will feel and function better for the afternoon work.
  2. Meditate. Yes that again. I promise if you take it seriously and practice it will help you tremendously. Namaste!
  3. Visualize. Create a vision board. Yes it is dorky. I have two. One for health and one for financial growth. Concentrate and visualize what you need to make you happy. Ok maybe Mads is married and in a foreign country but I can focus on finding a great person for me, get healthier for me, being more spiritual for me, and making more money – yeppers, for me! You have to put yourself first for a little bit each day. You can do visualization while brushing your teeth. Making the bed, watching a chic flick, waiting for the clothes to dry, – ummm not while driving. Pay attention to the road people.
  4. Exercise. Enjoy it. Find something you like. Tennis, swimming, walking through a pretty neighborhood, working out at the gym. Cardio helps the heart, the muscles, blood flow, and it helps clear your head. Even some low key yoga may help you meditate, relax, visualize, and reduce stress.
  5. Talk to someone. I like therapists because they are sworn to secrecy. However, talk over your issues with a close friend, a nice teacher or counselor, a religious leader that you feel will not be judgmental, – someone you trust. The point is to have a sounding board and get what is stressing you out – off your chess. If you have severe stress therapy is often covered by insurance and that may be a good route. There are also places in urban areas where you can get therapy for free or at least help for select stressors (like a homeless shelter, a women’s crisis center, a men’s advocacy group, etc.)
  6. Try to, with a little finesse and good will, get rid of the stressors. No you can put the crying baby back. However you cannot associate with negative people sometimes. At work do your job but don’t hang out with folks who get on your nerves. At school, if your best friend likes to humiliate you in front of others in order to get a laugh, she is not your friend, leave her or him alone. If they ask why feel free to tell them – or not. Call the bill collectors! If you are working, play let’s make a deal, get some credit counseling, take charge and make things work out for what is best for you.
  7. This is the hardest one…..   Change your attitude

What? You may ask, is wrong with my attitude? Well, it may be making you ill. Sometimes we chose to stress out over events. “It’s not what happens but your reaction to what happens that counts” The baby is a baby, it is going to cry. If you freak out every time you are hurting yourself and probably stressing out the kid. A nice calm parent cooing it to sleep is much more soothing and effective than an angry stressed out mom snatching it up and nervously jiggling it. Children know when parents are unhappy and it makes them unhappy. That is just negative energy feeding off of itself. If your boss is a SOB and you cannot quit or move departments. Make an appointment and meet with them. Try to work any issues out in a calm and professional demeanor. If that does not work, look for a new gig. Life is too short to be miserable. Be discreet and honorable but put yourself first. Sometimes people have a high strung personality and are easily upset, easily angered, easily hurt, and easily embarrassed. You have to think about it. Those are your choices. Choose differently and choose wisely.  You can rage against traffic and that silly *&^% who cut you off or you can be grateful you are ok, and listen to some calming music or heck your favorite rock music and just relax in the traffic. I love audiobooks. Heavy traffic isn’t so bad when you are occupied but can still pay attention to the road.

Meditation, breathing exercises, visualization, cardio, and yoga: all help you reduce your stress. Changing your attitude – yes YOUR attitude, is the first step. Figure out positive things that make you happy and do them. Then figure out negative stuff… and do less of it. Ultimately your life and your health can be improved by only you.

How do you deal with stress? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com


A great start to learning more about your body is Dr. Kiki Hurt’s new book “save Your Own Life: Mini Medical School II. It has a lot of useful information and the tables in the back give you somewhere handy to put all of your important medical information.

Buy it from the website as a pdf or from itunes as an iBook. We will have it as a paperback before Christmas!





Love and light,


For more information on GlobalMusic4 Life and what this not for profit is working on, please visit us at

www.globalmusic4life.com  or email me at Melissamitchell@globalmusic4life.com


Let’s do brunch!!!!

It’s Sunday!  Let’s do Brunch

Oh but I can’t eat eggs, or bacon, or cheese, or ohhh lets just meet for coffee!

Good Morning GlobalMusic4 Life fans! It is early, super early on a brisk November Sunday. How are you?

I just got my cholesterol test score back and I am down. I am officially high normal range. Yippee! So if I can go down a bit more, no more cholesterol meds (Super Yippee kai ya)

What is your cholesterol level? Heck do you know what cholesterol is. No it isn’t the stuff that moisturizes your hair. Ok it is that too but in this sense it is a waxy sticky substance found in the blood. It travels via small fat cells. High density lipid cells take cholesterol to the liver and helps the body gets rid of it. Low density lipid cells take it all over the body and it can become plaque and harden in the arteries. This leads to the heart working harder to fill smaller tubes – the arteries and less blood and oxygen getting to where it needs to go. We all know heart disease is no laughing matter, so what to do?

Uggh my doctor told me what to do.

Lower the cholesterol in your diet. Eat egg white omelets instead of regular. Smaller portions of shell fish, butter, and fatty meats… eat lean and low cholesterol low fat. Bacon – just say no. If you must say yes, one or two crisp and drained on a towel. ..

High cholesterol runs in families, in the African American community (I blame the traditional southern diet that we carry with us, it is not as prevalent in Africa so there…) It goes up with high cholesterol and fatty foods and lack of exercise to push that blood around (cardio!!!)

So no smoking, cigarettes are very naughty for everything. They have no redeeming value. Lose weight if you need to like I am. J Just live in moderation and try to be healthier. It takes an effort and some thought but it is not rocket science. It is the same tune I have been singing for a while. A healthier lifestyle makes everything better.

So what’s on the menu for today’s brunch? Egg white omelets with a little feta and low fat cheese, spinach and mushrooms are the main feature. Chicken breakfast sausage is very tasty. Sugar free Kool aid with a splash of orange juice and a few orange slices is tasty.  An apple for crunch and fiber is a good thing. Whole wheat toast with lavender honey is my splurge along with some very delicious vanilla and Irish cream coffee with stevia and almond milk infused with vanilla. Good stuff, reasonable calories and then a brisk walk to the YMCA and a little swim and trip on the stationary bike.

That’s not so bad… who’s with me?

What is your cholesterol level? Let me know! MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com



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Happy Halloweeny….




Happy Halloweeny

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween fellow GlobalMusic4 Life fans!

As we don our silly and sexy costumes, eat candy until our stomachs burst (not me mind you, I have a declared it a carb free weekend!)  It is my duty to remind you that it is cold and flu season here in Chicago and most places in America.

While everyone is shaking in their boots about Ebola, the real threat is right under our noses. Common illnesses like the cold, the flu (yes two different things) and pneumonia are in fashion, highly contagious and can do everything from ruin your weekend to have you hospitalized.

Should you worry about Ebola?

No, not unless you have been to western Africa or have been in contact with someone ill with it. God bless the nurses and doctors who got ill caring for others. It’s online with SARS, the bird flu and every other dooms day disease we hear about. Yes it can kill you; however your chances are far better dying from a drunk driver on the expressway. Yeah, sorry I know that doesn’t make you feel better before the morning commute. It is just that some diseases get a lot of press and scare people or make folks money while scaring people and I personally feel it is unnecessary. Keep your hands and face clean, try not to touch your face and mouth out in public, and seek medical attention if you feel bad or find that you have been exposed. I read that some nurse said she refused to be quarantined and that she felt fine. Well if she has been exposed to a deadly disease, she should take the break, get some books, and chill for a bit. I certainly do not want a nurse treating me who is supposed to be in quarantine.

Should you get the flu shot?

My doctor says yes. If you have a medical condition, are very young or very old, a weak immune system, or you are prone to catching the flu. It is not a magic bullet. Like the cold, the flu has many variants and the shot fights the most popular ones. Which ones you ask? I do not know! However, I have a tendency to get the flue 1 or two times a year when the seasons change and it has knocked me out for up to two weeks. Last year it was 2-3 days of watching tv and eating chicken broth. So ergo and therefore, yours truly has had one.

Should you cover your cough with your hands?

Silly question huh? Yes and no is my answer. If you are contagious coughing into the bend of your arm is best. If you use your hands you go around touching stuff that other folks touch and just spreading your dang cooties. Try to keep your hands off your face out in public period. On the bus and then rub your eyes, nose, dig out breakfast from the back tooth? Ewww, I can literally draw pictures of some of the germs you just exposed yourself to. Keep some clean tissues or a clean handkerchief. When you get home toss one and bleach the other.

Feed a cold vs starve a fever…

If you are hungry and ill, eat something light. No one wants to barf up mom’s meatloaf and potato surprise. Chicken soup is always a winner, saltines and mild temperature ginger ale if your throat is ok. Your body needs some form of energy to help heal itself. However, on the flip side, you don’t want all of the bodies resources going to the digestive system to break down the deluxe super nacho supremo. A light meal and plenty of cool.. not cold… water is on the menu.

I am busy working on a crowdfunding idea for GlobalMusic4 Life and trying to find sponsors so we can give away our book; Save Your Own Life Mini Medical School Mini Book II. If you would like to buy one, please visit the apple itunes store or hey eliminate the middle man and visit us directly. We are at www.globalmusic4life.com   http://globalmusic4life.com/store/product/saveyourownlife/


I am jamming to our tunes as well, what else is new? https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-god-we-trust/id767428582

In God we trust… Hmmpft! Enough said !

Love and Light!


Cardio work out tips from a big girl…

I love aerobic exercise!!!!! 

I love aerobic exercise! Uh, ok I’m lying. That stuff kind of sucks for us big girls. However, I do love my old pants sagging on me, the hoorahs from my friends on the same healthy lifestyle path, and the feeling of accomplishment I get when I finish a class or a good set in the gym without passing out or calling my teacher out of her name. ( I often refer to her as Mistress Vickie, the aerobic …. Well let’s keep this g rated)

Starting off was tough for me. It is for most people. In my fevered state off mind I often laugh at women who look fit but who can’t keep up with “me”. “Way to go skinny let’s see some sweat!” All jokes aside, we all try to support each other and that’s a good thing. Nothing has helped me more than the great support I get from others, often complete strangers, who cheer me on when they see I am trying.

Why cardio exercise?

Well that is a great question. Most folks know it is good for you but let me be more specific.

  1. Because I said so! I do research on this stuff, I would not lead you astray
  2. It gets the heart rate up, exercising one of the top muscles in your body, the HEART
  3. Helps reduce joint pain
  4. Helps fight heart disease
  5. Helps fight diabetes…. Burns off that extra sugar and kills off some of those carbs then it gets to the extra adipose tissue ( that’s fancy talk for fat)
  6. Helps manage high blood pressure
  7. Helps you sleep better at night
  8. Helps strengthen muscles
  9. Helps to reduce weight – a lot!
  10. Fights off depression with endorphins… “natures little happy pill”

How much is recommended?

Ok ask your doctor because each person is different but in general try to get in:

  1. A warm up of ten to fifteen minutes, start off slow, give the muscles time to warm up
  2. Conditioning phase: Burn baby burn, this is where you go for a good thirty minutes of churn and burn, whatever exercise you are doing
  3. Cool the muscles down for 10 to 15 minutes, give them time to relax… um sometimes I am in a rush and skip this step, hmmm my body reminds me with cramps the next day, please try to do at least 10 minutes cooling down, stretching the arms, back, legs, even the chest just a few minutes each, cramps in your arms after a work out are not cute, and cramps in your legs are horrible.

That is what an hour a day? What you are special and important and don’t have the time? Yes you do. Stop that crazy talk. Exercise while watching Scandal, or your favorite tv show. Exercise on the way home from work and then cool down and hit the showers. Get in a little quickie at lunch, 5 minute warm up by walking 20 minutes power walking, 5 minute cool down or just walk around the office a bit. Take the stairs and stretch the legs a bit for a cool down. ( You warmed up walking to the stairs!)

I love to work out to my favorite GlobalMusic4 Life song “Heart Attack” It is kind of crazy because that is what my mom passed away from, that and a stroke, and she wasn’t much older than I am now. Hmmm maybe that and “I can’t go out like that”

Here are the links so you can download them to you mp3 player.




And here are some Youtube videos of nice workouts…




How do you get your sweat on? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

Love and light,

Melissa Mitchell

http://globalmusic4life.com/store/product/saveyourownlife/  Our new book!!!! 

It’s so hot….

It’s so hot… I am burning up!

While I take a break from doing research on printing and crowdfunding and networking, I would like to tap on a subject that was once near and dear to my heart. Good Morning GlobalMusic4 Life fans. Happy Friday! Woohooo!!!! I was just thinking about some of the odd stuff that I have always looked forward to. You know; like the day my credit score hits 800, the day my waistline is actually hourglass shaped ( as opposed to beer glass) and the day cubs win the world series.  Yes I am full of happy thoughts! Well I had to leave one old happy thought behind. As a girl, I dreamed of becoming a woman. Growing up and meeting Mr. Right, having a house full of kids, and living like the folks on the Cosby show. Well after being a grown up for a while and no kiddies or Mr. Right anymore, I dreamed of the day Aunt Flow stopped visiting. No more menses. Hooray! I thought. No more one week waiting for it, one week suffering through it, and one week starving trying to get rid of the water weight and excess fat from cravings. The female reproductive system is a beautiful thing. But I am ok with just looking at the pictures. I was waiting for my period to go away. The freedom was tangible. There would be no more feminine products, cramps, bloating, and well shhh don’t tell my future husband but – funky moods. I did not know if it was hormones, lady estrogen having her way with my head or just the fact that I had to deal with the PMS symptoms, but for about 3 days a month, I need to go somewhere and have a seat. Or as Tamar Braxton would say “have several seats”. Midol, aspirin, and patches for my back were bought at Sam’s club. No point in buying a little tiny bottle, I knew I needed my fix for years to come. Menopause seemed like a beautiful end to a horrible dream. I am very peeved to find that it is not. In my family, night sweats are the norm. My cousin is about 6 years older than me and she gets hot, then cold, then irritable. It is worse than being on the period, almost. I have seen her sweating like she ran a mile in 90 degree heat and it is snowing outside. What the what? That’s not fair! I am still whining about the whole thing. I was think 25% more sex, no mood swings, or cramps and no more pills shots and etc.  (Men have it so easy, don’t you just want to kick them? Don’t do it, that would be mean. I am just saying, while apologizing for the millionth time about a pin prick size of blood on whatever, I just sometimes want to kick… oh well I digress….) So of course I am doing my homework. I want to know what to do and what happens, and what is avoidable or treatable. My cousin takes black cohosh and that helps a bit. But her husband is still expecting to freeze this winter, or worse burn up. Menopause does not seem to have a middle ground. So we all want something natural. So here are some ideas of how to deal with it. I will never miss having a period, but I do not envy the ladies suffering from menopause. To be a woman means suffering but there are ways to ease the burden.

  1. See a naturopath and nutritionist… what you put in your body is so important, find herbs and natural help before running and getting hormone therapy. Menopause is not horrible for every woman and some barely notice it.
  2. Acupuncture has been shown to offer temporary relief. Acupressure as well.
  3. Dress in thin layers so you can peel those babies off in a pinch. No teacher do not strip down in class ! Thin layers of cotton and natural materials help. If the hot flash turns to a cold one, you layer up!
  4. Notice what leads to them. Spicy food, caffeine, and stress can all lead to hot flashes. No more mountain dew or coffees until you see if that was the problem. We are not kids studying in the dorms all night anymore.
  5. Exercise 30 minutes cardio 3 times a week and weights 2 times a week. The exercise releases happy chemicals in your brain and a good weight helps a lot.
  6. Meditate; stress leads to a lot of menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.
  7. Keep the area cool. If you have a hot flash you can disrobe a few layers if you get a cold flash, its easier to warm up than cool off.

Don’t stress out about it. It is normal, well kinda sorta. And if you pay attention and take good care off yourself, you may be able to avoid complications all together. I am jamming to GlobalMusic4 Life: I want out! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-want-out-instrumental/id767428582?i=767428623 Have you hit menopause? Tell me about it! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com I would love to have ideas to feeling great throughout the 50’s and 60’s without suffering too much.

Love and Light,


Get back into life….

Get back into life with depends….


Good Morning GlobalMusic 4 Life Fans! Today’s topic is OAB. That stands for Overactive Bladder. You have seen the commercials. The little organ dragging the poor lady to the bathroom at the most inconvenient times is one that comes to mind. Or the ones that really irritate me are like the “get back into life with depends” commercials or the ones with chics doing a dance call the twist.

There is nothing funny or cute about OAB. It sucks. According to the National Association for Incontinence, ( Why is it always “for” and not “against”?” do they want me to wet my pants?) 17% of adult women suffer from this problem. It often starts after a rough child birth or can just start on its own. No one knows exactly why. One thing we can all agree on, the idea of being in a diaper or having to wear a thick or even thin sanitary napkin every day because a good laugh may make you wet yourself must be frustrating to say the least. (Poor men need the diaper!) No laughing, dancing, getting “turnt up” at the local party is going to occur often. The reason being, you are wetting yourself uncontrollably. Nothing cute about that but hey the ads did their job. They stuck in my head.


No one knows! Ugghhh! However there is a sort of pathway to the issue. The brain sends a message to the bladder “you have to pee!” The bladder contracts. Then you get the urge to use the bathroom even when you do not. Sometimes the urge is so strong and sudden, leakage occurs. Some get this urge all day, maybe 10 times a day or more. Others may get it suddenly. For those who get it suddenly the problem may feel worse because it is so quick. Like when you laugh, or get a cramp, or cough, or the moment you enjoy a cold beverage.

Some things that exacerbate the condition include urinary tract infections, especially chronic ones. Too much water at bed time can make things worse at night. Certain diuretics fill the bladder quickly and could lead to OAD. Some anticholinergic medications can lower the bladders nerve signals that block the urge and some antidepressants can be a little problematic as well.

Effective treatment Options:

Ok there is no known definitive cause or cure. However there are great things you can do before resorting to diapers.

  1. Lower caffeine : it is a diuretic and can make bladder feel full too soon and irritate bladder
  2. Schedule bathroom breaks, if you regularly schedule a bladder emptying cycle, you are less likely to have a full bladder at any one time to have those sudden accidents. It is kind of like when you tell little kids to potty before bed time. Oh no, he doesn’t need to use it now, but wait for 3 hours and see which end the kool aid comes from!
  3. Too much or too little water: Darn if you do and darn if you don’t huh? Too much water will simply over load the bladder ( let’s say over 8 glasses) too little may cause a UTI and irritate the bladder. It is best to drink more when you exercise and sweat and less before going to bed and being stationary.
  4. Manage medications: See which ones are diuretics, see how they affect your body. Do you get dizzy or tired? Do you have to urinate with an hour even if you only had a sip of water? Do a diary entry for how they affect you. Muscle relaxants, blood pressure medications, sedatives, and antidepressants have all been accused of making people susceptible to OAB.
  5. Do kegel exercises. Not when bladder is full, but when you are feeling normal and just sitting around ( hey you can do them now!) It is an exercise for women to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. Allegedly it makes for better sex as well. Better sex and not wetting myself? Bonus!
  6. Relax; more stress makes you want to urinate more. It is a lighter version of the fight or flight response. When a person gets super scared they sometimes wet themselves. It is very primitive. Maybe our ancient ancestors figured out that the big animals did not like stinky meat?
  7. There is also a bladder pace maker and Botox injections to relax the muscle. These are last resort options.
  8. As I almost always say if it is bugging you or feels unnatural or just too much, see a physician. It can be something simple or complex work with your health care professional to figure it out.

All in all, it is a problem that with work can be minimized. Just ask for help and do not be embarrassed!

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Touch your boobies!!!!


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Anyhoo! This month is breast cancer awareness month and there is so much to cover, I honestly do not know where to start. Television personality and journalist – Joan Lunden is dealing with it and I put the link to the article above. I am usually stingy with sharing you with others but this is important and so is what she said.

Well in keeping of my tradition of a silly opener, here we go:

Touch your boobies!

It’s ok, it really is. It is not only ok, it is important. Guys, sorry but this is for you too. Breast cancer is a killer, period – but there is a lot of hope. Due to the advancements in medicine and treatment and and early detection, survival is up significantly. It used to be when one of my friends moms or aunts got it, it was a waiting game to her wasting away and dying. Too many women had a terrible go of it. I pray for them. Thanks to their bravery, generous donations and volunteerism, and some very hard working medical researchers – breast cancer does not equal death. Yes it will be a long road ahead and each case is different but like Mrs. Lunden said, there is hope.

Breast Cancer Prevention: My personal opinion is that you cannot run from the big C. However, with a healthy life style and some information, you can lower your odds. In a quick 5 person survey, I randomly called 5 oncologists; there is no prevention for breast cancer. However there are some things you can do to lower your risks.

  1. Stay within a healthy weight and eat healthy, exercise daily, keep hydrated
  2. Get tested for the BRCA gene, it is better to know you have a genetic proclivity for breast cancer. If your mom and grandma or Aunt had breast cancer, you have probably figured this out but if you have a family history, or had issues with biopsies in the past; get tested to make sure. The test is expensive so ask a doctor what is best for individual case.

Yes, I know about Angelina Jolie Pitt getting a double mastectomy as a preventive measure. Well that is radical to me and most doctors. However, she has the gene, her mom died a sad and painful death from breast cancer, and she wanted to do everything to lower her risks. She has a bunch of kids that she did not want to leave mother less so I understand. Plus she is a multimillionaire who did it privately and discretely and probably has artificial boobs that rival most real ones. That is extreme but she is not the only woman to take that step. I think it was a brave thing to do. I am not sure I would have the stones for that. A positive for the gene mutation BRCA is also a predictor for a higher chance to develop ovarian cancer

3.Breast cancer Chemo- prevention

This is more radical than breast removal surgery in some instances. For women in high risk it is preventative chemotherapy. There are several that allegedly help reduce risk in women with BRCA 1 vs BRCA2 gene mutations. Hmm, my five random oncologist only prescribe this when there is a high chance of developing breast cancer, and really good health insurance. Sorry but more money gives you more health care options. That is why we at GlobalMusic4 Life preach healthy lifestyle choices for disease prevention. It is natural and cheap.


Breast cancer early detection:

This is the most important thing in my opinion. No, I am not a doctor, my regular readers know that. However, your chances of survival are extremely higher with early detection. This includes a weekly thorough breast self-exam. Look it up on YouTube, I am sure there is a video somewhere. Have your special someone do it. It is so important. Mammograms do not catch everything and they are annual. Cancer can do a lot of damage in a year if it malignant. Just soap up the area between the collar bone and middle area just under the breast including the arm pits!!!! And slowly feel for lumps. Pay attention, don’t freak out. Usually it’s just a bump and no big deal. I had a huge lump and it ended up being a cyst. It was a freaking huge one. However the little scar reminds me to check often. Check the boobies (and pits! ) folks, it’s something very simple and important.

Breast cancer treatment:

There a lot of treatment options out there and your medical team can work with you to find the best one. I will use this space to tell you to read Joan’s link above and become empowered! Do your research. Check your attitude. Positive mental imaging and outlook is a key component in becoming healthy again. Visit the local library. Visit the Susan G Komen and American Cancer Society websites. Learn about what your exercise and nutritional needs are during treatment. Learn to meditate so you are not fixating all day every day on your hopefully temporary ailment. Talk to other survivors. Maybe even look into alternative medicine so as to leave absolutely no stone unturned. ( always check with your doc when taking fun new herbs some can clash badly with your medicine)


When is the last time your checked your breast? Go do it now if you can before you forget.


Good links:



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Take care of yourselves  friends,

Love and Light


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I love your smile :)

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I love your smile!

I love your smile and you should too!


It is like getting a naughty baby to eat. Getting folks to the dentist just for a cleaning is an exercise in frustration. And when they have tooth pain, whoa, it is even worse.

Going to the dentist should be a ritual. It should happen two times a year no matter what. No I do not work for the dentist mafia, but that being said it is very important. Of course it is even more important if there is pain going on or a tooth being naughty and growing the wrong way.

Seven reasons that you should go to the dentist- that have great importance

  1. Because I said so! Ok just joking, but it is highly recommended that you go to check your teeth and gums and get those chompers cleaned professionally. Whoever kisses you will appreciate it.
  2. Dentists are your friend and a partner in your overall good health. I will be more specific. A trip to the dentist office often gives us clues into things going on with our health elsewhere on our body.
  3. Heart disease: What? You ask. Yes inflamed gums and loose teeth can lead to bacteria that wreak havoc. They can help form blood clots and plaque in the arteries that can cause problems in the heart.
  4. Diabetes: Yep, many folks who did not know they had the big D found out from their dentist. Or rather they were told to go get checked by their dentist. Gum disease, bleeding gums, loose teeth can be a sign of diabetes. Diabetes can make dental health worse. Infections at gum line can worsen diabetic symptoms and is thought to lead to heart disease and stroke.
  5. Osteoporosis: Problems in the bones can lead to receding gums and loose teeth.
  6. GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease ; especially the night time one… where you are burping up stomach acid in your sleep and it tears up your throat. Guess who looks all up in that throat? Yes, Dr. Dentist. They can see the erosion of the esophagus, the tale tell signs of certain throat cancers (and mouth cancer too) and get you to a specialist.
  7. Dry mouth disease or condition: Ok you say if I have dry mouth big whoop. Actually it is a big deal. Dry mouth can point to several problems including diabetes and Parkinson’s. Saliva is our friend. (We have a lot of friends don’t we?) It cleans the mouth and helps to wash away excess bacteria that cause cavities. It is also the first step in digesting our food properly.

So there, those are good reasons to go even if you do not feel like it are they not? I hope so.

How often do you go to the dentist? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com


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