Your child isn’t feeling well. Unfortunately, you aren’t able to make it to your regular pediatrician during their office hours. Emergency rooms are available, but emergency room-level care isn’t really necessary. Where should you turn next?
This parental problem found a solution in the Rio Grande Valley in 2009, with the arrival of Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen. Conveniently located at Driscoll Children’s Medical Plaza at 1120 E. Ridge Road, it began filling the necessary role of an after-hours, non-emergency clinic for children.
The current clinic hours are from 6-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-11 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, with 19 pediatricians on rotation.
Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen is the only pediatric Quick Care of its kind in the entire Rio Grande Valley, said Laura Cortez, Clinic Director. “Other pediatric after-hours clinics may be owned by a specific physician group or are not pediatric-specific as we are,” she said.
Riaz A. Shareef, MD, Medical Director of Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen, ensures that his staff do everything possible to maintain the health and well-being of children.
“Our highly-trained physicians and skilled clinical staff offer a child-friendly environment which helps children relax, so they can receive proper and personalized healthcare in a very non-intimidating manner compared to an emergency room,” said Dr. Shareef. He added that the Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen is committed to providing instant access to the same quality, personalized care expected from a child’s primary care physician.
Starting and establishing Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen
The desire for a pediatric after-hours clinic was clear when the clinic opened. Cortez said that it didn’t take long for patients to arrive, due in part to referrals from local physicians and word of mouth.
“This Quick Care is important because we support all the health plans by keeping the child out of the Emergency Room when emergency services are not needed,” said Cortez. “We also have a very good relationship with our referring physicians, sending them an emailed letter describing exactly what their patient was diagnosed with and what treatment they received.”
In the ten years that have followed the clinic’s opening, Cortez notes that its environment has adapted more and more of a child-friendly theme. It has grown from six exam rooms to nine, and in the past year several items were added to the waiting room to help keep children busy while they wait. “We also updated our technology this year with new point of care testing equipment, and moved to laptops with the ability to scan barcodes — patient armbands — and print labels for any lab work,” said Cortez.
Roel Cantu, MD, who grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, enjoys being able to provide care to children whose culture he perfectly understands. He said he truly believes in treating patients and their parents with respect, compassion and understanding, which is The Driscoll Way.
Another board certified pediatrician who cares for patients in the evenings at Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen is Linette Linsangan, MD. “The Rio Grande Valley has an eclectic culture,” said Dr. Linsangan. “Preventive care is paramount with such a young population.”
Dr. Shareef estimates the staff sees anywhere from 800 to 1,400 patients per month, depending on the time of year, and more than 15,000 patients each year.
“All physicians working at Quick Care are local pediatricians who have lots of experience taking care of children,” said Dr. Shareef. “Quick Care offers an alternative to the emergency room or adult quick care centers for families seeking care during the evening and weekends. We have contributed greatly to the decrease in emergency room visits for children with non-emergency needs.”
Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen offers up many services
The staff take care of ailments that often affect children: fever, upper respiratory infections, minor injuries, minor fractures, cuts that require sutures or glue, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, asthma exacerbation.
“We take care of various kinds of infections, minor cuts and fractures. We also give antibiotic injections and provide breathing treatments,” said Dr. Shareef.
“We are supported by a full-scale laboratory and radiology services, which avoids the need for patients to go to another facility to get labs and X-rays done. We also have the ability to schedule CT scans and ultrasound studies the following morning if needed.”
Clinic Director Cortez explained that all X-rays are read by board certified pediatric radiologists. In addition, Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen has point of care testing for Flu A&B, Strep and RSV, and all patients are seen by a pediatrician specialist.
The present and the future of Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen
Anniversaries often lead to reflecting on the past. Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen is entering its 10th year of service. Has it made a difference in the Rio Grande Valley during that time? Dr. Cantu answered yes. “I believe Driscoll Quick Care-McAllen has made a difference in the Rio Grande Valley for many families that prefer to see a pediatrician in the evening for urgent care rather than a general physician in the emergency room. Many pediatric offices are closed in the evening and let their patients know that Driscoll Quick Care-McAllen is open and available for them to go to and will be seen by a pediatrician.”
When asked what it has meant to be a part of Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen, Dr. Cantu said, “It is a great feeling to be part of an institution like Driscoll that has helped many Valleyites and that has been a part of our Valley for many years.”
Looking ahead to the future of Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen, Cortez noted there would be some facility changes to make the patient experience even more comfortable. One thing, though, will not be changing. “McAllen Quick Care will continue to treat all patients and families with respect, compassion and understanding, as we always have,” said Cortez.
Laurence Marmet’s who became Margaux illustrious career as a singer “Olympia” and “Casino de Paris” and many famous theater stages all around Europe, Asia, and Russia. She has sold nearly 2 million albums as a singer. As an artist, you’re an aspiration. Image is essential— so much so that she couldn’t gain a single ounce. See Margaux had an “hour-glass figure” which allowed her to “wear fantastic outfits lent by leading French and International designers for her concerts and TV appearances”. Gaining weight meant risking her career. So her daily diet consisted of fruits and vegetables, that’all!. That meant no rich French sauces, no chocolate, nothing fun.
When Laurence Marmet decided to retire from her singing career, she gained pounds because as her situation changed, so did her habits. She took a 180-degree turn from a culinary perspective. In other words, she ate what she wanted, and while it may have been a delicious detour in life, she ended up gaining 74 pounds in 10 years. “It was an extremely difficult time for me, both emotionally and physically—I no longer recognized myself and felt like I wasn’t the same person anymore. I suffered terribly from other people’s looks and comments,” Laurence Marmet recalls. That’s why she decided to try a different diet: she lost YES! but she gain again!
So, Laurence Marmet began her journey which led her to Chrono and Morpho Nutrition. Through the program, which she began in 2014, she lost 66 pounds in eight months, and more important, she found her life’s second calling.
After losing 66 pounds, she decided to become a nutritionist focusing on her Chrono and Morpho Nutrition program. Since then, Laurence Marmet has helped nearly 5000 people lose weight through her four nutrition centers in France. This year, she decided to take her next step by establishing a branch in Miami called Enjoy My Diet. This is an entirely new challenge for Marmet, as American food culture is radically different from France’s. But this is what moves her. She realizes that American food isn’t healthy; a lot of it isn’t natural or organic. But she thinks Americans are willing to change. She tells her customers that “they have to cook and forget Uber Eats because cooking can be easy and doesn’t require a lot of time.” She wants to teach people that they can take pleasure from what they eat as long as they do so at the right time of day. So what is Chrono and Morpho Nutrition? Let us explain.
Personalized diet coaching and weight loss without deprivation!
The Nuts and Bolts of Chrono and Morpho Nutrition “Chrono” means time, signifying that one needs to eat the right category of food four times per day in order to satisfy the four principal organs (pancreas, gallbladder, liver, and kidney). When you do this, you ask your organs to work when they’re at 100% during the morning, midday, afternoon and evening. There isn’t a specific regimen, so you can organize your journey to fit your schedule. The best part is that you can eat with pleasure while immediately losing the excess fat. Cook what you want, eat what you like, but at the right time of the day!
While “morpho” means shape, Laurence Marmet starts by taking all of the measurements of her client and then prepares a personalized diet plan based on the client’s own morphology to calculate the right portions of everything that can be eaten, at the right time of day of course. She also explains during the session what foods travel to which sections of the body. Although portions should be weighed regularly, Laurence Marmet asserts that after one or two months, people usually get skilled at eyeing out their portions and stop weighing them!
Our program is very easy to follow and you lose weight safely!
But that’s because Laurence Marmet’s program is not a diet in the traditional sense. As long as you follow the system, you can go out to dinner or have friends over without sacrificing or letting everyone know you’re on a program. It can be followed by men, women, and children, even if they have dietary issues such as high cholesterol or diabetes. And it can be done without a strict workout plan or dietary supplements. No more chemical products to buy, no more protein powder to prepare, no more points to count…
Lose weight and keep it off permanently with Chrono and Morpho Nutrition!
Chrono and Morpho Nutrition changed Laurence Marmet’s quality of life in unimaginable ways. Today, she wants to share this revolutionary French program with the South Florida community, and eventually the world. Currently, she’s in the middle of writing a few books: How to Do a Right Detox, Drain: What Is Water Retention?, How to Cook with Chrono One, and finally a biography of her life that includes her artistic career.
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“The most important your readers need to know is « EAT HAPPY AND SLIM EASY ». I’m a woman who has been slim, became fat, and now feels better in my own body. I know how it is difficult to lose weight but I’m here to help them.”
Losing weight is a personal process and perhaps a long way to go!
Losing weight shouldn’t be a competition!
With my program, you can eat everything: from cheese to chocolate, and you can cook as you want!
The program will help you build your own confidence, you will feel better in how you look and how you feel.
Whether you just have a few kilos or pounds to lose, the program is the same because I have only one goal in mind: make you lose weight and keep it off!
I insist on the word eat because, in Chrono and Morpho Nutrition, that is the key to success!
We have all heard of it. We may even know someone who has it, but what exactly is dementia, why does it occur, how can we stave it off, and who will ultimately be paying for it?
The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is a subset of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior, with symptoms usually developing slowly and worsening over time. Patients usually begin to experience slight memory loss, which progresses to difficulty remembering new information and eventually to losing the ability to communicate thoroughly with others. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s; however, there are a few treatments that can temporarily slow its progression, giving patients an improved quality of life. But how does a disease like this begin?
The start of Alzheimer’s and dementia begins in the brain many years before any noticeable cognitive differences can be observed. It is theorized that certain proteins build up to create a type of plaque that interferes with nearby nerve cells. This plaque causes another protein, tau, to twist and bend, cutting off nutrients to brain cells. The brain, just like the rest of the body, needs a rich supply of healthy blood and oxygen to function most efficiently, and when starved, brain cells slowly begin to die off. Alongside the formation of these proteins, the hippocampus—the memory center—begins to shrink. This happens as we age, but it is more drastic in those suffering from the cascading effects of Alzheimer’s.
In a perfect world, a treatment would be created that could reduce the amount of tau protein as well as increase the size of the hippocampus. Well, lucky for us, there is. It’s called EXERCISE. An article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America took 120 older adults and split them into two groups: an aerobic exercise group (moderate-intensity 3x/wk) and a stretching control group. The study found that the aerobic exercise training helped increase the size of the hippocampus by a volume of 2%, reversing the amount of loss due to aging by 1 to 2 years.
It was also noted that higher pre-intervention fitness helped slow the decline of the control group, suggesting that preexisting fitness can play a major factor in maintaining a healthy brain. Another study published in The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association discovered that regular aerobic exercise was able to reduce the twisted tau proteins in adults with cognitive impairment. Both of these findings suggest that consistent aerobic exercise can be used as an initial combatant against these neurological diseases.
With health care costs continually on the rise, where do dementia and Alzheimer’s fit in? In 2015, the total cost of all payers for the care of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia was an estimated $225 billion. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, without treatment, the projected cost would rise above a trillion dollars by 2050; however, there is hope. A 2015 report, Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease: How a Treatment by 2025 Saves Lives and Dollars, determined that if a treatment were developed by 2025 that could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by just five years, America would save roughly $220 billion over the first five years and $365 billion in 2050 alone.
Protecting ourselves from dementia will not only improve our lives but the lives of those around us. By taking the necessary steps to educate ourselves and others about Alzheimer’s, its rapid increase, current prevention strategies, and where it is heading, we can better protect our brains and bodies.
At Rinaldi Performance and GYROTONIC® Coconut Grove Health & Fitness Studio;
we specialize in providing our clients with exercise and fitness programs that suit their individual needs. Having multiple members of our family suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia, we are particularly sensitive to this issue. We are determined to make a difference in our community by offering healthy exercise options to help combat these diseases. Whether you are looking for aerobic training, strength building, or flexibility and mobility exercise, we can help you reach your goals and improve your quality of life at any age.
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Yucca is a root vegetable that grows in regions with subtropical climates. Also known as cassava, yucca is a dense, starchy food that’s rich in carbohydrates. It’s a good source of fiber, folate, vitamin C, and potassium.
Benefits of Yucca
– Boosts immunity
– Eases arthritis pain
– Improves skin health
– Aids in diabetes treatments
– Inhibits oxidative stress
Preparation Time: 40 minutes Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes Total Time: 55 to 60 minutes
3 cups prepared cooked yucca: Using a food processor with a chopping blade, slowly chop 1-inch pieces of cooked yucca until it looks like dough, about 1 minute.
1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp cilantro
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp ghee
1 to 2 Tbsp tapioca flour
Water to cook
In a large bowl and using hands, combine yucca, egg yolk, salt, and cilantro until it turns into a very delicate dough that is soft, smooth, and a little sticky.
Pull off pieces of dough about the size of a lemon.
On the floured surface, with the palms of your hands, roll the dough pieces into ropes about ¾ inch in diameter.
With a knife, cut the ropes into ¾-inch pieces.
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.
Drop in about a third of the gnocchi and simmer until they float to the surface. Remove the floating gnocchi and place in a bowl.
For years we’ve been told to choose healthier food options, and for good reason. Studies have determined that many of the ingredients in our everyday foods aren’t good for us. Experts have long touted the benefits of removing white carb-laden foods from our diets (white breads, white rice, potatoes, and sweets), but now a new book written by neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, goes a step further by arguing that we should also reconsider grains altogether in favor of healthy fats.
In Grain Brain, Perlmutter states that, contrary to what we’ve been told for years, our bodies don’t require dietary carbohydrates to function properly. Conversely, consuming them may actually be harmful or, as he puts it, “killing us.” His contention is that carbohydrates are “the brain’s silent killers.”
After years in private practice in Florida and of extensive research on the topic, hoping against hope that he’d find a way to help patients who suffered from cognitive impairment, Perlmutter’s frustration mounted and spurred him to explore unconventional options for treatment. Those options led him to conclude that modern medicine focuses on the wrong aspect of diseases.
Instead of focusing on the underlying causes of the conditions his patients suffered from, modern medicine focused on treating the symptoms.
In an attempt to find a solution for his patients’ ailments, Dr. Perlmutter decided to try something radically different from anything he’d ever attempted before. He created a diet plan that was high-fat, low-protein, and nearly void of carbohydrates, and monitored to see if the radical new diet would slow down or prevent the onset of illness.
Early results indicated that he might have been on the right track. He recorded his findings and eventually decided it was time to share his findings and unique plan in a new book. Its main focus was on how the human body evolved and adapted to this new way of eating. What he discovered is that “the brain thrives on a fat-rich, low-carbohydrate diet.”
This diet, unfortunately, isn’t prevalent in the human population. He points to the number of people who suffer from celiac disease and the number of who have been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity. It’s been reported that up to 30% of the population suffers from these conditions. It’s his belief that one hundred percent of humans suffer from a reaction to gluten because of a compound called zonulin, which is activated when it’s exposed to gluten, making the gut more permeable, causing any number of health issues that range from mild inflammation to debilitating digestive disorders to autoimmune problems to dementia.
Although Perlmutter’s theories continue to gain popularity, that doesn’t shield him from scrutiny. Many experts have publicly disagreed with him and his idea of what constitutes a healthy diet. One notable detractor is Cynthia Harriman, Director of Food and Nutrition Strategies for the Whole Grains Council. She says that the number of people with a known gluten intolerance is closer to 7 to 10 percent of the population and even they can enjoy safe and healthy non-gluten alternatives like amaranth, buckwheat, corn, and oats, provided they’ve been certified gluten-free.
If your body needs physical rejuvenation, I’m here to tell you that vocal lessons just may be the natural remedy you need! Let me explain. One of the primary skills that singers must adopt for healthy vocal production is how to have optimal breathing patterns in order to support their sounds. Aside from singing, many people take breathing for granted, not realizing that proper breath management promotes tremendous body health such as relaxation, the reduction of pain cycles, and even the lowering of blood pressure, which is why this primary singing technique is my go-to as a voice teacher—the Appoggio technique.
I learned this skill as a classical singer and quickly realized that it is a technique that should be crossed over in all forms of, well, just proper voice use. Appoggio means to lean, and for healthy singing, you actually lean on air! Yet it is the combined efforts of the abdominal muscles where the magic begins to occur. It does wonders for singers, but the major kicker—it can help everyone in terms of the reduction of muscle tension and headaches, and the improvement of physical performance. It even helps in digestive and bowel function. Yep!
You’ve heard it before: we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. But what if we could optimize this process to become more efficient in physical activities, even become better athletes? It sure is possible by way of the Appoggio technique, which encourages diaphragmatic, not chest, breaths during physical activities. In addition, this singing technique optimizes an exchange of O2 and CO2 in the lungs, resulting in a natural remedy to reduce muscle and headache tension.
Even bowel function improves! To elaborate, the Appoggio technique’s activity initiates a movement of the diaphragm that actually kneads the intestines like an internal massage that aids digestive flow. And more, use of this technique also propels blood and lymphatic fluid up from the legs, meaning your disease-fighting white blood cells are on the go as well.
Who knew that using a singing technique could actually be medicinal for everyone’s physical health!
So, if you’re in need of a little boost in the aforementioned, singing lessons with the Appoggio technique has you covered! It is pluses across the board, so I encourage you to try it and bask in the benefits of singing!
What we think and do has a dynamic impact on our brain’s health, which impacts our attitude, and ultimately our reality. Most people can agree that the brain functions as a primary receiver, organizer, and distributor of vital information for the body. It is made up of a right hemisphere, where creativity and art skills are housed, and a left hemisphere that houses analytic and reasoning skills. Colloquial wisdom says one side of the brain is usually more dominant than the other.
The most common method for keeping the brain healthy is eating greens, which contain vast amounts of chlorophyll, a direct natural medicine that is essential for a healthy brain.
Another method for improving or maintaining proper brain development is through the practice of yoga. Yoga, although an ancient practice, has grown in popularity in recent years. This practice connects the body and the mind, meaning it brings you to the higher awareness that your body can do anything you desire it to do. In some cases, people have said they’ve been able to fly or levitate for brief periods of time (seconds in most cases).
For this reason, when the phrase “mind, body, and spirit” is mentioned within this context, connecting the spirit simply means transcending the mind to its highest form, which is described as your “God-self” or the divine inner you. Having the mind, or brain, if you will, be the centerpiece between the body and the spirit, arguably it can be said that the mind is the most valuable part of the body. It controls both the physical and spiritual selves.
Have you ever heard the saying “mind over matter”? Mentally, if you tell yourself you can do something, you will yield those results in the physical world, or you will become whatever it is you set your mind to becoming. This is considered the Law of Attraction. This Law of Attraction is essentially a commonsense practice that dictates that we invite into the world what we set out to achieve and what we allow ourselves to desire fully. This practice has been used for thousands of years.
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Yoga, in practice, transcends the physical. It taps into the mental state of being. Within meditation, you are consciously bringing your thoughts to happy places, inviting them into happy moments, embracing love, success, or whatever brings you joy.
Positive word affirmations are also a great way to strengthen your brain. The act of speaking aloud with powerful words invites you to reflect self-empowerment and self-love.
Crowned Emperor of Ethiopia, crowned King of All Kings of the world, Haile Selassie I states, “Discipline of the mind is a basic ingredient of genuine morality and therefore of spiritual strength.”
If humanity puts their minds into reviving the natural way of living, restoring unconditional love, and empowering mother nature; a healing on earth would be not just inevitable, but also magical.
As Emperor Haile Selassie also mentions, “It is only when the human mind is guided by religion and morality that man can acquire the necessary vision to put all his ingenious inventions and contrivances to really useful and beneficial purposes.”
Spring is nearly here. Flowers are beginning to bloom. Trees are turning greener, and flighty butterflies are coming home. The same happens with hair trends… new colors, fresh haircuts, and the styles are IN this Spring.
As International Artistic Advisor for Aloxxi Color, I present this easy-to-follow guide for you to be on trend with your hair color.
This is what’s “In Bloom” this season:
Prep Vibe with Feminine Attitude
Free Spirited, Wild Flower
Golden, Sun-Kissed Hues
What defines an “In Bloom” look
Rooted in romance with an air of eccentricity, this trend elicits retro-inspired design with a modem softness. It is approachable. Color focuses on tonal contrasts with warm, comforting hues. The softness of In Bloom lets pretty pastels and delicate neutrals create a whimsical mood. Florals create a sensory experience that transports you to a secret garden, where stillness and beauty reign. Styles are expressive, youthful, and playful but with the attitude of a true bombshell beauty.
Create depth at the base and feather lightness through the ends with this color melt. Painting in baby lights inspires a youthful, playful color.
What defines the “Super Moon” look
As we continue to demand more from technology, we become more digitally reliant and the technology becomes more capable of human emulation. The desire for real-life, tactile experiences becomes more sought after as we look to plug into our surroundings, so we can decipher between virtual, artificial and reality. Super Moon explores the renewed need for quiet stillness so one can truly be present.
The color is striking, seeking to arrest the senses with cool, sleek platinum and metallic/matte combinations that add freshness and luminosity to the hair. From smooth bombshell volume to curled accents and textured pumps, styles create a sense of wonder through vivid colors and rich surfaces. It is moody, sexy, optically teasing, and offers a high-impact mystical quality that is full of feeling.
Play with all-over color placement and internal slices along the crest line. This allows for a moonlight effect, amplifying chosen hues and creating a sultry glow.
What defines the “Tropical Delight” look
With authenticity being paramount, there is delight in making a statement, celebrating personality, and exploring a new sense of purpose focused on doing rather than just producing. This trend embraces the doing, inviting you to put up the out-of-office sign and explore the uncharted. Hairstyles and colors are experimental, tactile and, above all, fun. They pair color combinations with expressive styles. Color focuses on warm, nostalgic hues like gold mahoganies with pops of energized color for newness.
Styles offer modern, textured out waves with accents to showcase personal style. Tropical Delight embraces disruptive play to make a statement and experience la dolce vita.
Emulate the sun by naturally lifting with random placements to lighten the mid-lengths and ends. This will absorb lighter tones to create a rich color melt.
Now that you know the trends for this season, talk to a color expert and discuss what look is the best for you. Ask your colorist to use Aloxxi Color, an Italian color. It’s the perfect choice to meet your makeover goals!
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For thousands of years, practitioners in south asia and beyond have used vetiver oil because of its natural-born healing properties. The sacred herb is plentiful in leaves and roots that are used to cool those living in extreme tropical settings. It has also been found to aid in soothing aching joints, to treat skin blemishes from burns to rashes to discolorations to scrapes, and in treating those who suffer from overexposure to the sun.
Many people claim that vetiver oil has also shown to boost energy. Most recently, research has suggested that it may aid in the treatment of ADHD and ADD as well as act to treat some of the severe symptoms of both. That use also translates to treating insomnia and increasing libido. There’s a direct correlation between its use and the remarkable benefits derived from it.
These plants are ubiquitous in some regions of the world. They can grow to be over four feet high with long stems and thin leaves. Unlike many plants in these areas, vetiver roots grow downward into the soil, which makes it highly drought-tolerant and has been proven to protect the soil from erosion. With its deep roots firmly planted in the ground, this miracle plant can stave off mudslides and rockfalls.
Vetiver oil goes through a unique process before use. The healing oil is distilled from the plant’s roots, releasing dozens of the main healing components.
These components have an impressive list of benefits.
1. Antioxidants: These substances prevent specific types of cell damage caused by oxidation.
2. Heal scars and imperfections quickly: It prevents and removes dark spots and marks from acne and pox by generating skin and tissue.
3. Treat symptoms of ADHD: The calming agents help to combat symptoms such as concentration issues, diminished focus, and distractibility.
4. Increase libido
5. Boost the immune and nervous systems
6. Soothe anxiety
The woody and earthy aroma of vetiver oil contributes to some of the healing properties. Scents have always played a vital role in our emotions. Certain scents, like that of vetiver oil, have aided in soothing muscle and joint aches and pains, treating arthritis pain, calming simple headaches and migraines, and have aided in reducing fevers either by scent or by application to the affected areas.
The vetiver plant also has more practical uses. At one time, it was used to thatch roofs and make rugs, baskets, and curtains. Its durability makes it ideal for holding liquids and fabricating sturdy furniture. Coffee, tea, and cocoa plantations have used it to control weeds by using it as a barrier in the form of a thick mat for protection. Its pest repellant properties also help to protect the crops.
You don’t have to travel to remote areas of the world to find this miracle plant. It can be found locally at health stores and purchased online from various retailers. When shopping, be sure to look for reputable sources and ensure that you’re ordering the one hundred percent organic variation.
For many of us, we know the nuisance of a minor pain. If allergies cause us to have a sinus headache, we take a decongestant. Back pain from a weekend of yard work? Ibuprofen may do the trick.
But what about those who suffer from chronic pain that lasts longer than 6 months? No one wants to live in pain, but we also have to be careful not to put our health at risk to be pain-free.
Americans have increasingly been prescribed opioids – painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Opana, and methadone, and combination drugs like Percocet. The use of these prescription drugs has quadrupled since 1999 although there hasn’t been an increase in the amount of pain Americans report. In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million opioid prescriptions, enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle of pills. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in a primary care center struggles with addiction.
Along with addiction, opioid risks include depression, overdose, and withdrawal symptoms when usage is stopped.
In response to this growing opioid epidemic, the CDC released opioid prescription guidelines recognizing that opioids are appropriate in certain cases such as cancer treatment, palliative care, end-of-life care, and in certain acute care situations – if properly dosed. But for other pain management, the CDC recommends non-opioid alternatives such as physical therapy to cope with chronic pain.
Physical therapy is a safe and effective way to treat long-term pain. Physical therapists can provide evidence-based treatments that help not only treat the pain, but the underlying cause of the pain. They can play a valuable role in educating patients about alternative options and setting realistic expectations for recovery without opioids.
While it may feel counterintuitive, the more a person who has chronic pain moves, the better usually he or she will feel. One of the goals of physical therapy is to help patients suffering with chronic pain become stronger because they’re usually weak from not moving.
A physical therapist will work with a patient – typically as part of a medical team – to understand the pain and what’s causing it. This allows the therapist to work with the patient and other healthcare providers to determine how best to treat and manage it.
Physical therapists can provide exercises that strategically focus on strength, flexibility, posture and body mechanics. Strengthening and stretching parts of the body that are affected by pain can decrease the pain, increase mobility, and improve overall mood.
There are a number of ways that a therapist may help a patient manage pain. These can include low-impact aerobics, massage, stretching, manipulation of joints and bones, strengthening exercises using resistance bands, movement therapy and additional types of exercise. Exercise could involve walking on a treadmill or swimming in a pool, depending upon an individual’s abilities.
These therapeutic exercises are designed to help a person increase muscle strength, endurance, joint stability, and flexibility. In addition, physical therapy also aids in reducing inflammation, stiffness, and soreness. It encourages the body to heal itself by boosting the production of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals.
Overall, when it comes to chronic pain, physical therapists often can help people move safely and functionally in ways that they haven’t been able to for a while. So before agreeing to an opioid prescription for chronic pain, consult with your physician to discuss your options for a non-opioid treatment.
Weslaco Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
is a 32-bed, free-standing rehabilitation hospital that provides intensive physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from strokes, brain, spinal cord, and orthopedic injuries, and other impairments as a result of injuries or illnesses. The hospital treats more than 600 patients annually from Mid-Valley and its surrounding areas.
For more information, visit WRRH.ernesthealth.com
906 S. James St. • Weslaco, TX 78596• (P) 956-969-2222 •
(F) 956-969-2221 • WRRH.ernesthealth.com