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  • What are Non-GMO Products?

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    While many people are aware of the basic concept of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the importance of finding, purchasing, and consuming non-GMO products is greatly increasing. Over 80% of the food consumed in North America contains genetically modified organisms (1), which means that unless we’re seeking out non-GMO products on a regular basis, we are likely consuming laboratory-modified foods quite consistently.  So what is the best way to ensure that you are purchasing and eating non-GMO products? Continue reading

  • Fall Prevention Tips for 2015

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    Our senior population wants to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. They do not want to be a burden to anyone. Any falls or loss of balance can lead to great anxiety in our loved ones. Fortunately, most falls can be prevented with a change in environment or routine. The following tips can help give your loved ones and yourself more peace of mind. Continue reading

  • What is Hemophilia?

    Hemophilia is a very rare disorder, where a lack proteins called ‘clotting factors’, prevents excessive bleeding in those afflicted. Even minor cuts and bruises have the potential for heavy blood loss. This genetic disorder is passed down through a family's genes and occurs almost exclusively in men.

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    The most disconcerting problem for people with hemophilia is internal bleeding, especially bleeding into joints like the knees, elbows, and ankles. When bleeding happens inside the joint, it becomes very swollen and painful. Repeated bleeding into a joint can lead to severe arthritis. Internal bleeding in vital areas such as the brain, throat, and abdomen can be life-threatening.

    A person with mild hemophilia may only experience problems with bleeding during surgery, major dental work, or injury. A person with moderate hemophilia will have those problems plus bleeding problems with more minor injuries such as a hard bump to the knee. A person with severe hemophilia can have what are called spontaneous bleeds, where bleeding starts inside the body for no known reason. Continue reading

  • What to Do In the Event of a Seizure

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    Seizures are disorganized, electrical discharges of the brain and can have multiple causes. Anyone who has watched another person suffer through a seizure can explain the flurry of emotions that flood onlookers. Despite most people knowing what a seizure looks like, few know how to respond. Whether a friend, coworker, family member, or stranger—knowing a little seizure first aid may greatly help someone having a seizure, and may even save a life. A seizure can be a scary experience for everyone, however, knowing what to do can help the seizure victim avoid injuring themselves. Continue reading

  • When Should You Get Medical Jewelry?

    Every now and then, you may notice some people are wearing a bracelet or necklace that has a medical insignia on it. What are these pieces of jewelry and why do people wear them? To put it simply, these bracelets and necklaces are worn as a way of notifying other people that the wearer has some sort of medical need. The needs can cover a variety of different areas, but if there is a medical emergency, these pieces of medical jewelry can save that wearer’s life.

    Who Should Wear These Bracelets and Necklaces?

    • Diabetes
    • Food allergies
    • Drug allergies
    • Insect allergies
    • Heat disease
    • Autism
    • Epilepsy, seizures
    • Sight, hearing, or mentally impaired
    • Alzheimer’s/Dementia/Memory problems
    • Blood disorders
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Asthma
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Breathing disorders
    • Stroke risk
    • Taking multiple medications
    • Taking blood thinners or other serious-when-mixed medications
    • Mental health Issues
    • Rare diseases
    • Transplant patients
    • Cancer patients
    • Special needs children/adults

    This is a just a sample of the afflictions and illnesses that can be worn on a medical ID. Many times doctors will recommend that their patient should be wearing a bracelet, but the patient doesn’t always heed the advice. If you feel like you would have any sort of medical needs or requirements that should be known in an emergency situation, or you or your loved one is unable to communicate these needs to others, then you are the perfect candidate for a medical ID.

    Why Should You Wear Them?

    For adults, there are many circumstances where there could be a major health problem, such as seizures or passing out while driving, and people need to know what is wrong and what the best way would be to treat those suffering. For children, it is important to have a medical ID on them so that people around them can know if there are any medical issues; for example, food allergies. This way the medical conditions can be known, even if the person, adult or child who is wearing the ID is not able to tell the responders.

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    When a person is unable to communicate their needs, this bracelet is supposed to do the job. Many times people will be exhibiting symptoms that could be interpreted to be any number of problems. This can lead to a misdiagnosis on the part of medical personnel who may be trying to help figure out what is wrong. If someone has passed out at the scene of a car accident, it could have been a person with epilepsy having a seizure, a diabetic with too low of blood sugar, or maybe it’s just someone who drank too much alcohol at a party. Having the answers right there on the person, with a piece of medical jewelry, can be crucial in saving a life as now emergency responders can take a more educated guess and give the proper help immediately.

    Do They Really Make A Difference?

    Having some sort of medical jewelry on your person will always make a big difference. When asked, emergency response teams reported that 95% of them look for a medical ID when first assessing a patient. This means that the ID’s are almost certain to be seen. Plus, if you are sending your child to school, a party or to someone else’s house, it can serve as a reminder of allergies, needed medications or other medical requirements that the wearer should remember.

    When Should You Order?

    There are many different levels of these ailments and conditions that people suffer from that require different amounts of attention. However, if you walk away from a doctor’s appointment knowing that you are going to need an ID eventually, the sooner you get it the better. Anything could happen at any time when you are just going about your day. If you are left unable to communicate your medical needs, you could be risking a lot of health problems as well as unnecessary bills. Having an ID on you is a great insurance policy against these two things and possibly death. Getting your ID made and sent to you can take some time, so ordering it should be your first priority. Have it sent to you and always remember to wear it, because you never know when you are going to need it!

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