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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Dental Plans

All dental plans charge a membership fee, with the amount varying from one plan to the other. Dental plans are offered to either individuals or to the whole family, with family dental plans usually offering bigger discounts than individual dental plans. You should compare the rates charged under the different plans before selecting the most appropriate one for you.

It is important also to know the type of dental services covered by your dental plan. Routine dental check ups and dental treatments such as oral examination, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, teeth filling and teeth extraction are generally covered by most dental plans. However, dental plans do not always cover major dental care treatments such as oral surgery, dental implants, restorative care, braces, root canal treatments etc. In case of such costly dental procedures you unfortunately have to foot the bill yourself. Often there are a number of alternative treatments available for certain dental problems. Under such circumstances dental plans allow reimbursement for the cost of the basic dental treatment, and further costs in excess of the basic treatment cost has to be covered by the patient.

Dental health plans may or may not allow you to choose your own dentist, but it is common practice for patients to generally receive dental care from dentists mentioned in the plan. Before choosing a plan make sure that the participating dentists practice in your area. Choose a plan that is accepted nationwide and not restricted to your state. Check whether you are allowed to visit the dentist unscheduled, or at scheduled hours only.

You also need to decide whether you want an annual plan or a monthly plan. Annual dental plans are more cost beneficial than monthly plans. So get regular check ups with your dentist to reap the maximum benefits out of your dental plan.

Chamomile Tea

Eye Health Benefits: This is an effective natural home remedy for eye strain. When chamomile tea bags are applied to the eyes they provide soothing relief from eye strain and also relax the eyes and release stress and tension in the visual system. Additional healing properties of chamomile tea include natural home remedies for swollen eyes and conjunctivitis (pink eye).

Relieves Anxiety And Depression: Chamomile tea is used as a natural remedy to relieve anxiety. It has a calming and soothing effect on the central nervous system, relieves stress and calms the nerves. This natural home remedy is a solution for you if you are concerned about finding an effective treatment for anxiety and depression. Due to its stress relieving properties it is also highly beneficial in helping the health of the visual system. This is due to the fact that there is a connection between healthier vision and the release of stress and tension in the body.

Immune System Booster: It increases the body’s production of Hippurate. This is a botanical substance known for its ability to fight harmful bacteria in the body. Therefore, it boosts the body’s immune system. As a result of these immune system boosting properties it has a reputation in fighting colds and viruses. Evidence gathered from Research studies has revealed that this Chamomile Tea consists of phytochemical plant compounds. Such plant compounds contained in chamomile tea include flavonoids like quercetin in the flowers. These plant compounds have antioxidant properties that increase the body’s immune system.

Improves Skin Health: chamomile tea also consists of topical applications that can be used as remedies for skin problems such as Acne, Eczema and Dermatitis to name a few. Additionally, it helps to relieve skin irritation and also protects the skin from free radical damage.

As a popular natural remedy for stomach ailments, skin and eye problems, Chamomile tea possesses antioxidant properties that boost the body’s immune system and provide the body and the eyes with the nutritional support necessary for healthy living.

Nearsightedness

Eye exercises are important due to the fact that they can improve nearsightedness. This is due to the fact that these techniques are quite effective at releasing stress in the eyes and this is a vital key to improving your vision health. Eye exercises are also vital in reducing your risks for age related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

These techniques are linked with a reduction in the incidence of nearsightedness and they are used in the treatment of a variety of eye conditions such as pink eye, eye floaters and eye conditions related to head injuries and stroke.

Eye exercises are therefore a vital aspect of your treatment of vision conditions and vision disorders from a natural point of view. These techniques are responsible for better vision health and reduce your dependence on your glasses. The eyes have muscles and these muscles need to be exercised so that the visual system can become healthier and perform more efficiently.

These techniques can improve the focusing power of the eyes that help us to see distant objects clearly without glasses. Eye exercises are also techniques that are used to prevent vision disorders such as farsightedness and astigmatism. If you put these techniques into practice on a regular basis you will notice an improvement in your vision health.

These techniques can rebuild the natural foundation of your visual system for better eyesight without glasses. You can count on these techniques to improve nearsightedness due to the fact that this vision condition is not hereditary. As a matter of fact, scientific evidence points out that only about 2% of the population is born with deformed eyes.

Eye exercises are remedies to solve your eye problems the natural way. These techniques are credited with improving many different vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Once you put these techniques into practice you can enjoy the benefits that come with having better vision without glasses.

Trouble Sleeping

Melatonin, in addition to being the primary hormone for normalizing the circadian rhythm (your normal wake and sleep cycle) is also a powerful antioxidant. It quenches free radical production which is responsible for destroying your cells

As we age our melatonin production decreases and if there are chronic disease or inflammatory conditions that will further decrease the melatonin, thus sleeping difficulties.

Two frequently used formulas for sleeping difficulties are Kavinace by Neuroscience and Kavinace Ultra PM also by Neuroscience.

Both formulas contain an ingredient, Phenibut which increase GABA. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter (calming) and plays a key role in the sleep cycle. It’s role is to calm the central nervous system. Low levels of GABA are detected in patients with bipolar and anxiety disorders.

For people who aren’t falling or staying asleep due to “busy brain,” anxiety, etc. Kavinace is a natural, non-addictive consideration..

The other formula Kavinace Ultra PM is designed to promote sleep by promoting healthy levels of the primary neurotransmitters and hormones involved in sleep.

Kavinace Ultra PM combines support for the top 3 calming neurotransmitters and hormones (GABA, serotonin, and melatonin) in one product. The Phenibut acts as a GABA agonist to inhibit the activity of wake centers in the brain. Kavinace Ultra PM also contains Griffonia simplicifolia seed extract which provides 5-HTP. 5-HTP increases serotonin which is a calming neurotransmitter in the brain. The formula also contains Melatonin which promotes sleep through multiple mechanisms!

So the question then is which one to consider? If there are other chronic conditions going on this would indicate a melatonin depletion then you would consider the Kavinace Ultra PM. If you have worked related stress and or anxiety during the day then you would consider the Kavinace.

Frostbite

These are all part of the coping process. However, despite of the availability of clothing able to battle out this temperature change, there are times or circumstances that put us in the position of being unable to fight the weather. One of these biggest risks is frostbite.

Frostbite is a medical condition where your skin and its tissues freeze.

This condition commonly occurs to exposed areas of the body-ears, nose, fingers, cheeks, chin, and even your feet. This means that any part of our body unable to deal with the temperature drop can be subject to this condition.

It can be difficult to deal with frostbite, and if not treated right, it could lead to frightening consequences such as nerve damage and amputation.

So a heads up: if you need to travel or stay out in the cold for long hours this winter season, you will be highly vulnerable to frostbite. There are many ways to avoid this, you can always layer your socks or use special heating devices. However, in case you suspect that you or someone you know is frostbitten, here is a list of the symptoms that you should carry around this season:

  • Your skin feels cold and includes a prickling feeling.
  • The affected areas feel numb
  • Your skin may turn red, white, a combination of bluish white or it may look grayish-yellow
  • Your skin appears hard or waxy
  • You become clumsy, and your muscles feel stiff
  • Blisters occur after you rewarm your skin (usually appears in severe cases)

These symptoms may not appear all at once but remain cautious as frostbite has three different stages:

  1. Frostnip – In the first stage, your skin feels very cold and it may appear pale or red. If unnoticed, you may also feel prickling or numbness, but do not worry since frostnip does not bring permanent damage to your skin.
  2. Superficial Frostbite – Your skin appears red and will turn white or pale. Although your skin feels soft, some ice crystals may occur. If you rewarm your skin at this stage, it will appear blue or purple. You may also feel stinging, burning, or swelling.
  3. Severe Frostbite – At this stage, you feel numb, losing all kinds of sensation (pain, cold, or any sense of discomfort). Your muscles and joints also stop functioning.

Watch for any sign of frostbite, especially if you stayed out in the cold weather for a long time. In case medical help is not immediately available, apply the following first aid steps:

  • Leave the cold and stay in a warm room right away.
  • Avoid walking unless it is absolutely necessary
  • Warm the frostbitten area in warm water. The water must not be hot, or it may burn your skin and cause further damage.
  • If warm water is not available, use your body to warm the affected area. (i.e. tuck your frostbitten fingers under your armpits)
  • Do not rub or massage the frostbitten part
  • Do not use the following when warming the affected skin: fireplace, stove, heating pad, or heat lamp. Doing so might cause more damage to the skin.

Improve The Immune System Naturally

  • Eat plants/greens: Usually, if it is green, you should eat it. Plants and vegetables are common in every healthy person’s diet. It is impossible to be healthy and avoid eating greens at the same time. The vegetables are all natural and contain vitamins and minerals that are needed for your immune system to work properly. There are no toxins found in natural, uncooked greens and no side effects after consumption.
  • Take a multivitamin: In one multivitamin, have every one of the dozens of vitamins and minerals that you need for optimal health. Get rid of the free radicals that wreak havoc in the body and remove the toxins that turn into cancerous cells. Detoxify your body and improve your cardiovascular system to prevent heart disease. All of these benefits are found in a simple daily dosage.
  • Meditate often: The art of meditation is an ancient one that has recently become more modern. People are enthusiastic about yoga and exercise because the results are immense. When you exercise regularly, you improve the cardiovascular system and boost the immune system. When you meditate, you improve your mental health by clearing up the mind. You focus less on the stress that causes you to develop many diseases. It takes only half an hour to meditate and start feeling the effects.
  • Use Aloe Vera products: Aloe Vera is a plant found in many over-the-counter cosmetics and medicines. As a plant, it contains phytochemicals and bio active compounds that many people believe are beneficial to health. As a herbal supplement, it has a variety of antioxidants and immunity boosters. Aloe Vera is popularly marketed in gels, lotions, creams and supplements.

 

Avoid Common Contact Lens Mistakes

  1. You Forget To Clean the Lens after each use: As much as this may sound like a hassle, in order to maintain the proper hygienic use of your contact lenses, after each use you should rinse your lenses out with fresh solution and allow it to dry. There is a reason why this is necessary. If this safety protocol is not taken a little layer of bacteria called Biofilm can build up at the bottom and this can cause you to develop an eye infection.
  2. Never Clean Your Lenses With Water: The CDC (Centers for Disease Control), warns that contact lenses washed in water can actually cause soft contact lenses to change shape, swell and stick to the eye. This can also cause corneal scratches that create a breeding ground for germs that give way to eye infections. The CDC also warns never to wear this vision aid while swimming, showering or in a hot tub. Instead, eye care practitioners advise that you should always use fresh solution when you clean out your contact lenses and then you can leave them out to dry.
  3. Failure to Practice Proper Hygiene Before Lens Use: Before you reach for your contact lenses make sure that you wash your hands before doing so. Failure to practice proper hygiene in terms of washing your hands could result in lingering bacteria on dirty hands that can spread to your contact lenses.

While the use of contact lenses comes with some benefits it also comes with some major inconveniences as well. This is due to the fact that failure to practice proper hygiene in the care and use of your contact lenses can result in bacteria forming on your contact lenses. This leads to contact lens complications such as eye infections, corneal scratches and eye inflammation. These problems can be prevented by following the proper safety measures to protect your vision health.

Are you tired of the hassles, inconveniences, and not to mention, the frustrations involved in the maintenance and replacement schedules of your contact lenses? If you are you may want to consider trying a natural alternative vision improvement method to correct your vision problems such as an eye exercises program. With a program of eye exercises to improve your vision naturally, you get easy and simple to perform eye exercise techniques that are effective in improving your vision naturally. These come without the frustrations associated with keeping up with annoying maintenance and replacement schedules for your contact lenses. The good thing about this program also is the fact that it requires only a tiny percentage of your time to practice the techniques. These techniques take only minutes a day. With a little bit of diligence and consistent practice these effective eye exercise techniques lead to better natural vision without glasses.

Tips for Back Pain Relief

  1. Get into a Feldenkrais or Anat Baniel Method class to learn new ways of moving that will support you.
  2. Keep going to activities you love, except modify it to your physical needs. If you can’t sit for long periods of time but love to go to a play, get a seat all the way in the back where you can sit and stand as often as you like.
  3. Break down activities into segments. When I wanted to drive to San Francisco, I made a plan to drive and make three stops along the way so I can walk in between for short periods of time. This plan gave me the confidence and joy that I could do it with as little pain as possible. This was part of my rehabilitation.
  4. Learn how to say “yes and can we modify it this way” with family and friends. Remember that it is not about the activity, but the connection and spending time together. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. Most people out of pain do not know how much certain activities take for you. Explain and include them. You’d be surprised at all the creative options that may arise. This is how intimacy develops as well.
  5. Alternate high impact activities with low impact activities. Be realistic what those are for you. Remember they continue to change as your health shifts daily.
  6. Make sure you are engaged in pleasurable activities too. Joy is an important part of recovery and healing. Sometimes chronic pain and depression loops unto each other.
  7. Take walks. Two or three shorter walks that are manageable are better than one really long one where you are in pain.
  8. Look into taking a diet low in anti-inflammatory food. Wheat and sugar are inflammatory.

Conservation of Vision

Physiologically the eye is a mechanism, much like a camera, which brings the rays of light to focus upon light-sensitive nerve endings in the retina. These, in turn, transmit a stimulus to the brain where the visual image is perceived. In the lowest types of seeing animals the eye consists merely of-a few pigmented cells, sensitive to light, at or near the surface of the body, and connected with some simple nerve structure. In the higher forms of life these structures become more complex and connected with the brain. In addition to these more highly developed eyes, insects and worms retain some of the simple, supernumerary eyes. Most spiders, for example, have eight, and some worms four or more such eyes.

The simplest type of eye can perceive only light, but as one proceeds up the biological scale the visual apparatus becomes, more complex and begins to perceive size, shape, distance, and color. Since acute vision is an asset in the struggle for existence, the animals with the most efficient eyes tend to rise in the biological scale.

Until recently, biologically speaking, man lived out of doors and used his eyes chiefly for distance vision. Some change of focus was necessary, but the demands made upon the visual apparatus were but a fraction of what they have been since he changed his mode of living. Several million years of reading the printed page may bring about a better adaptation of these outdoor eyes to the manner in which we now live.

The Cause and Prevention of Blindness

One of the greatest calamities that can befall one is blindness. The occasional genius, such as Milton or Helen Keller, can rise above this calamity, but most persons are crushed by it. It has been estimated that there are 100,000 blind persons in the United States and that in at least 50 per cent of these cases the blindness was due to causes which could have been prevented. Of these causes, the most important are injuries, infections, poisons, and degenerative diseases.

Eye Injuries

Injuries constitute an important cause of blindness. Some of these for all practical purposes can hardly be called preventable, but the vast majority could be avoided with reasonable precaution. Children can be taught that they should not use sharp instruments and that certain toys and games are hazardous; industry can safeguard the vision of employees; and individuals can learn to take necessary precautions.

Most industrial eye injuries occur in such occupations as machine operating, chipping, grinding and polishing, mining and quarrying, riveting, welding and cutting, glass making, sand blasting, and woodworking operations. In these and other occupations in which fragments of metal, wood, or stone may be thrown about, goggles or masks should be worn. The Chicago Division of the American Steel and Wire Company reports that eye injuries resulting in total loss of vision were reduced from 1 per 643 employees to 1 per 2,700 employees and that the reduction in partial loss of vision was from 1 per 750 employees in last decade. This reduction was the result of the use of goggles and the adoption of other protective devices. Injuries on the farm and in many other areas could likewise be greatly reduced by reasonable care and the use of protective goggles.

First Aid in Eye injuries

Cleanliness is of the greatest importance in the care of eye injuries. A slight scratch on the surface of the eye may become so seriously infected that the eyesight is lost. The tissues of the eye are extremely delicate. For this reason expert medical attention should be secured whenever there is an injury to the eye.

Cinders in the Eye

Dust, Cinders, and other small particles of foreign material frequently lodge on the surface of the eyeball. The irritation thus produced results in a flood of tears which usually wash the offending particle away. Occasionally, however, such particles become lodged under a lid and for this or some other reason refuse to be dislodged. In such cases closing both eyes for a few moments without moving the eyeball leads to the accumulation of tears so that with the opening of the eyes the particle may be flushed out. Rubbing of the eyes irritates the tissues and embeds the particle.

Cosmetics Dangerous to Eyes

Among the cosmetics offered for the enhancement of beauty are dyes for eyebrows and eye lashes. Some of these contain chemicals which are injurious to the delicate structure of the eye; hence, their use is distinctly hazardous.

Eye Infections

Mild infections of the eye, such as those which are frequently accompany common colds; usually clear up with simple treatments. The more severe infections, on the other hand require medical attention. These may be acute and self limited or they may be due to serious disease, such as trachoma or gonorrheal ophthalmic, which, if not properly treated, will result in blindness.