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Archive for January, 2007

Finding a Doctor who Understands Autism

Posted in Health & Fitness on January 26th, 2007

Even if bedwetting isn’t a challenge for you, finding a doctor who understands autism may be an obstacle you’ll need to overcome. Why? Unless a doctor has had experience with autism, it will be unlikely that they will be able to help effectively diagnose and treat the condition. Autism is not a simple pervasive development disorder that can be fixed with medication or a few trips to the psychiatrist. It is a serious disorder that affects people differently, making each case specific to the individual.

Therefore, regardless if you or your child’s pediatrician suspects autism, it is imperative to your child and their future that they are referred to someone who specializes in diagnosing and treating autism spectrum disorders. This means your child may require more than one medical professional who specializes in autism.

The following is a list of medical professionals that might make up the multidisciplinary assessment team an autistic child requires:

• Child psychiatrist – Can help determine the initial diagnosis, prescribes medications, and helps an autistic deal with social relationships and developing emotional behavior.
• Clinical psychologist – Specialist who understands the impact and nature of autism and other development disability disorders. They may conduct a psychological assessment test and assist with the training of social skills and modifying behavior.
• Development pediatrician – treats children with health problems related to handicaps or delays in development.
• Language/speech therapist – Helps to improve communication skills, focusing on language and speech.
• Occupational therapist – Focuses on helping those with disabilities develop daily practical and self-help skills such as eating and getting dressed. They may also focus on fine motor skills, sensory integration and coordination of movement.
• Physical therapist – Helps a child improve their coordination and motor skills by strengthening muscles, joints, nerves and bones
• Social Worker – Can help arrange treatments and services and can provide counseling services.

Once you find the professionals your child needs, it is imperative that you work closely with them. The reason is because although professionals have experience with autism, you are the most experienced when it comes to the specific information regarding your child’s needs and abilities.

To effectively work together with professionals you need to:
• Educate yourself – Learn as much as you can about autism
• Prepare yourself- Write down any questions or concerns you have regarding your child, autism or treatment and address them with the professional(s)
• Open communication – You don’t have to agree with everything a professional says. If you disagree with a recommendation voice your opinion.

If you are unsure where you can find the right professionals that specialize in autism, the following are some helpful suggestions:

• In your community – Visit your health care provider, hospital, or pharmacist and ask them if they know anyone who specializes in diagnosing and treating autism. You can also contact your government’s health department. Just remember, even if you are referred to someone, this may not be the specialist you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to find out their experience before making a commitment.

• Internet resources – The internet is a fantastic resourced and has plenty of useful and helpful information about autism, understanding and effectively helping autistics, and how to get help in your community. Some excellent websites you can check out include:
o Autism Society of America (autism-society.org)
o Autism Treatment Services of Canada (autisim.ca)
o National Autistic Society (nas.org.uk)
o AutisimHelpForYou.com
o Autistics.org

• Support group – Getting involved in a support group that is designed to reach out to autistics and their families can be extremely helpful for finding a professional, as you can ask fellow members for recommendations. Support groups also provide you with encouragement when times are tough, and allow you the opportunity to discuss autism with others who know what you are experiencing.

For more help and advice regarding autism treatment or subscribe to a free newsletter on the autism resources site.

Can Acupuncture Help Control Menopause Symptoms?

Posted in Health & Fitness on January 26th, 2007

The treatment for migraines and other menopause symptoms is not the same in every part of the world. Different cultures have different medicine practices and beliefs. However, it is interesting to note that the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, is becoming a popular therapeutic method in Western culture to treat a variety of psychological and physical conditions including menopause.

TCM views menopause as the time in a woman’s life when her body shuts down her natural monthly reproductive cycle because she can no longer reproduce. However, it is believed that her body stops menses to conserve her qi (body life energy), so as she ages she can retain all of her resources.

Unlike women in western culture, for most women in the East, menopause is rather uneventful. It is thought the reasons for this is because Western women lead a more fast-paced, stress-ridden lifestyle, and tend to consume poorer diets. Thus, as a result, women in Western culture tend to experience far more intense menopausal symptoms than their sisters in the East.

Despite the real causes of menopausal symptoms, the fact remains that Traditional Chinese Medicine does not consider menopause to be a syndrome. The thought is that women suffering through menopause have a variety of qi problems such as constrained liver qi and kidney yin deficiency. In other words, their qi is imbalanced and is wreaking havoc on their mind and body.

Thus, the goal of TCM is to uniquely treat each woman based on her specific symptoms. This means that different techniques aside from acupuncture may also be suggested, such as Chinese herbs, lifestyle or dietary changes and exercises - all of which are used to help restore balance to the body.

How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture is based on the belief that there are approximately 2000 acupuncture points (trigger points) throughout the body. These trigger points are linked to one another via a group of 20 different meridians (pathways). Meridians are responsible for conducting qi between the surface of the body and the internal organs. Qi has a specific affect on each point it passes through. When qi properly flows throughout the meridians and all its points, it maintains a healthy balance in the mind and body.

During an acupuncture treatment for menopause, an acupuncture therapist will help a woman bring balance back to her body by focusing treatment on the trigger points related to her symptoms. Only some trigger points are used, and will vary depending on the symptoms. Thus, every menopausal woman is treated individually based on her problem.

Acupuncture is administered through the use of tiny, solid needles that are inserted into the targeted trigger points. The purpose of the needles is to help stimulate the meridians to encourage qi production. This might mean needles could be inserted into the shoulders, arms, legs or even the feet. If inserted properly, needles shouldn’t cause pain or bleeding; however, their may be slight discomfort or a tingling or numbing sensation which fades fast. Treatment is often very relaxing, and sessions usually last for 30 minutes.

Does acupuncture benefit menopause? Yes. Research has found that most women who participated in different acupuncture studies found relief from menopausal symptoms including:
• Hot flashes
• Insomnia
• Stress
• Anxiety
• Vaginal dryness

If you are interested in using acupuncture for alternative or complimentary treatment to ease menopause symptoms, it is imperative that you visit a qualified and experienced acupuncture therapist, in order to realistically determine if this method is an effective treatment option for you.

Remember, no two women are treated the same, and acupuncture therapy is often long term, ongoing treatment.

If you would like more information on the different ways to ease menopause symptoms, please visit Natural Menopause Relief Secrets.

How Water Can Help Fibromyalgia

Posted in Health & Fitness on January 16th, 2007

Although you should take the time to relax, it’s also important that you explore other forms of fibromyalgia treatment so you can enjoy your life to the fullest. For instance, hydrotherapy is a unique treatment that has helped many fibromyalgia sufferers find freedom from pain, without all the nasty side effects that accompanies many other treatments.

What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy, also known as balneotherapy, is an alternative treatment that utilizes water as a method for curing illness and maintaining sound health. Hydrotherapy uses different water techniques to alleviate pain, improve circulation and health. Water has always been celebrated for its healing properties and it’s effectiveness in treating a variety of physical and mental illnesses. Hydrotherapy has been used for centuries in Europe and Asia.

How does it work?
There is not definite answer to this question. However, there are many theories about how hydrotherapy works, most of which are based on the two natural water properties - temperature and buoyancy.

Water is a unique element that has the ability to retain cold and heat in a form that makes it easy for body application. In turn, the water temperature placed on the body has an affect on the way the body functions. Specific temperatures assist in the constriction and dilation of the blood vessels. The change in blood vessels improves circulation, efficient removal of waste, and speeds healing.

The buoyancy of water is also effective for alleviating pain. Water provides support to the entire body and helps to reduce the strain on joints and muscles. In addition, water helps your body heal and find soothing relief because the natural motion of water assists in stimulating touch receptors of the skin. This stimulation creates electronic impulses that encourage the release of diverse hormones and chemicals that promote healing.

The following are different types of hydrotherapy:

Compress – Cold, luke-warm, or hot compresses are used to alleviate pain and promote circulation. The compress is usually a towel that is soaked in the desired water temperature and placed on the affected area. More than one towel can be used to achieve better relief.

Icing – Ice cubes are used to assist in inflammation, swelling and pain reduction. The ice is wrapped in a towel or plastic bag and applied for no more than 20 minutes to the body. This method is repeated every two hours over the course of one day.

Baths – This is the most popular form of hydrotherapy. The baths may either be cold or hot, and are used to reduce stress and give relief to symptoms. The baths usually take place in a whirlpool tub and the body is either partially or completely submerged. Often, special herbs are included in the baths to assist healing.

Baths are the most common form of hydrotherapy for fibromyalgia sufferers. In fact, a six week study that was done on fibromyalgia patients who were given hydrotherapy in the form of therapeutic whirlpool baths two times in one week, found that the participants had improved joint and muscle function, had less pain, and better sleep.

Hydrotherapy is a treatment that is performed by a qualified and licensed hydrotherapist, physical therapist or naturopath. In other words, it is not a treatment that anyone can perform. You must seek this treatment from an experienced professional. Speak to your doctor to learn about hydrotherapy in your community and to find out if this treatment is the right choice for you.

Keep in mind, hydrotherapy isn’t the only alternative treatment available for fibromyalgia sufferers. Another alternative and popular method of fibromyalgia pain relief is massage therapy.

If you are looking for more ways to experience Fibromyalgia relief please go to EliminateFibromyalgia.com where you can sign up for a free newsletter.

Coping with an Ileostomy due to Crohns Disease

Posted in Health & Fitness on January 12th, 2007

Crohn’s sufferers that have constipation due to a stricture, have a severe case of Crohn’s that may one day lead to more complications that could result in an ileostomy. An ileostomy (pronounced il-ee-os-tuh-mee) is an operation that involves bringing the end of the small intestine (the ileum) through an opening surgically created in the abdomen known as a stoma.

An ileostomy is a procedure given to those who require their colon (large intestine) and rectum to be removed, because the disease and injury that has infected the large intestine has rendered it incapable of safely processing waste.

Since the small intestine is no longer attached to the colon to pass waste on, the stoma created connects the ileum to the outside surface skin of the abdomen. A special bag known as an appliance is securely attached to the opening and collects waste from the small intestine. Most ilesostomies are located on the right side of the abdomen just above the groin.

Living with an ileostomy

An ileostomy is an operation that usually improves symptoms of Crohn’s disease. However, living with an ileostomy can be a struggle at first. The following are some tips on how you can cope and make the most of your new lifestyle.

The Pouch – All pouches, regardless if they are open or closed ended, are designed of lightweight plastic and are attached by an adhesive wafer to the skin. The wafer should fit snuggly to avoid leakage.

Due to the way modern ileostomy pouches are designed, they usually remain inconspicuous under regular clothing. This is because pouches lie flat to the body. Pouches can be worn inside or outside of underwear, so you can wear it in the way that is most comfortable for you. Just make sure that you don’t apply pressure to the stoma by wearing tight clothing or belts over it.

Activities – As soon as you have your doctor’s permission and are feeling up to it, you can engage in all of the activities and sports you enjoyed prior to surgery. This includes swimming, jogging, skiing, tennis, etc. However, you will want to avoid rough contact sports (IE football) and heavy lifting.

Work – to give yourself peace of mind when you return to work, make sure you keep an extra pouch and a change of clothing on you at all times.

New Diet – Even though you can eat virtually any food after you have your ileostomy, it’s a good idea to continue avoiding foods that had a serious impact on your Crohn’s condition and maintain a healthy diet. Furthermore, you should lower your intact of tough and high-fiber foods such as raw vegetables. These types of food are hard for your small intestine to digest and this could lead to blockage.

Emotional Repercussions - At first, living with an ileosotomy can be hard to deal with. Many people feel embarrassed about their ileostomy and are afraid to start new relationships, or open up emotionally to others. The best way to make these feelings of shame and insecurity pass is to share your feelings and educate others about your condition. You’d be surprised at how understanding people are who love and care about you.

If you have a hard time talking to your family, friends, spouse, or partner, at first, consider joining a support group and talk with other people who live with ostomoies.

Keep in mind, an ileostomy does not stop a person from engaging in sexual activity, sports, traveling, or most activities. The only thing holding a person back from doing the things they enjoy are their thoughts and attitude.

If you are looking for more help for Chron’s Disease symptoms please visit NaturalCrohnsDiseaseRelief.com and sign up for a free newsletter.

COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ADHD

Posted in Health & Fitness on January 9th, 2007

There are three major categories of ADHD, established through years of research and study: the inattentive type, the hyperactive-impulsive type and the combined type. Each classification has its own signs and symptoms, and to be considered as having an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, a person should show at least six of the signs.

The signs and symptoms vary from one person to another, but the general indications of ADHD are: difficulty paying attention, difficulty in finishing tasks, frequently jumping from one activity to another, problems focusing and following instructions, often losing and forgetting things, being easily distracted and irritated, difficulty paying attention to particulars, trouble organizing tasks and activities, difficulty waiting, barging in on other people, blurting out answers before questions are asked completely, feeling impatient, talking too much, and having trouble working silently.

Impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness are the chief signs of ADHD. These signs commonly appear in the early years of a child’s life, usually by the age of 7. It is essential for a child to obtain a careful examination and appropriate diagnosis by a skilled health professional.

The first category is the inattentive type. People with this category of ADHD seem to be lacking in concentration, and seem careless and negligent. They can’t get interested in details, or have a tendency to make mistakes during lessons or other activities. They have difficulty with sustained attention in tasks or play activities. They have trouble listening. They find it hard to follow given directions. They have trouble organizing things. They avoid tasks that include mental effort. They tend to lose and forget things like notebooks, homework, or toys. They are preoccupied and easily diverted. And they are forgetful in daily activities and routines.

The second category is the hyperactive-impulsive type, which usually means having excessive energy. It seems that these people never tire out. They are always moving, doing something and are always messing around. They cannot focus on doing a certain job. People with this kind of ADHD keep on fidget and squirm most of the time. They find it hard to sit still or play silently. They are very talkative. They blurt out answers before understanding and hearing the complete question. They have difficulty waiting in line. They interrupt or intrude upon other people’s work.

The third category is the combined type, with symptoms of the two other. This category is the most common among the three categories for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Oftentimes as a person grows older the symptoms of ADHD turn out to be more manageable. Specialists believe that the ADHD can diminish as the person gets older, but the problems with focusing and attention often stay.

Please click on the link for more information on ADHD.

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Posted in Uncategorized on January 5th, 2007

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