5 Signs A Restricted Airway May Be Affecting Your Child’s Health

Dr. Stuart Frost

Dr. Stuart Frost

For most people, breathing is automatic – the air goes in, the air goes out, and we don’t even think about it.  But for those who have airway problems, it is never that simple –  especially for children.

“Children who suffer from air-passage problems never get enough oxygen to the brain, which causes them to never get enough sleep,” says Dr. Stuart Frost, an orthodontist and author of The Artist Orthodontist: Creating An Artistic Smile is More Than Just Straightening Teeth (www.drstuartfrost.com).  “They typically do poorly in school and seem inattentive and lethargic.”

Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, causing a pause in breathing.  Those pauses in breathing, known as apneic events, often lead to a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Frost says.

He says signs a child may be impacted by airway blockage include:

  • Snoring. Snoring is caused by the vibrations of excess tissue blocking the airway.  When children snore, orthodontists look for a blockage of their airway, from the tip of the nose down to the throat.
  • Mouth breathing. When there is no room for the tongue to reach the roof of the mouth (the palate), it can rest in the back of the throat and block the airway.  Also, when a child’s tonsils and adenoids are enlarged, they can reduce the size of the airway at the back of the throat. “Either situation can make it too hard for children to get enough air when breathing through their nose,” Dr. Frost says, “causing them to open their mouth and jut their lower jaw forward during sleep.”
  • Clenching or grinding teeth. “If children who are 7 or 8 have baby teeth that are worn from grinding, we know it’s because they’re not getting enough air,” Dr. Frost says. During sleep – and sometimes even when they are awake – their lower jaw is constantly repositioning either side to side or forward to back to open their airway so they can breathe, he says. An expander appliance can widen the nasal passages to help the child take in more air when breathing through the nose.
  • Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).  Some children who have been diagnosed as ADD may actually just have breathing problems during sleep Dr. Frost says. “ If a child is continually not getting enough oxygen during sleep, the brain will eventually kick in a hyper-alert state to stay alive,” he says. “A child whose brain is hyper-alert tends to bounce off the walls.”
  • Bedwetting: A brain that is starving for oxygen can’t wake a child when the urge to go to the bathroom strikes during sleep.  The child will sleep right through any warning sign the brain sends.

Depending on what’s found during an examination, the solutions for a restricted airway could include braces with an expander appliance, along with surgical removal of adenoids or tonsils.

“When sleep apnea is not addressed in childhood, over time it can lead to health issues in adulthood,” Dr. Frost says. “By taking care of it when the person is younger, it can save years of restless nights and half-awake days.”

About Dr. Stuart Frost

Dr. Stuart Frost, author of  The Artist Orthodontist: Creating An Artistic Smile is More Than Just Straightening Teeth (www.drstuartfrost.com), is an orthodontist and sought-after speaker who has given seminars, lectures, and speeches throughout the world to dentists and the general public on groundbreaking dentistry. He graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and has continued his education at the University of Rochester, where he accomplished a one-year fellowship in Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and a two-year certificate in orthodontics.

Air Partner Counts Down to 2019 with Jetcard Promotion & Last-Minute Luxury Getaways

Private Jet Charter Company Offers Customized New Year’s Eve Celebrations in the Sky, Including Over the Top Private Firework Viewings from 35,000 feet 

Air Partner, a global leader in private aviation, today launched a special JetCard promotion, last-minute New Year’s Eve pricing and customizable itineraries for those seeking a holiday escape that is, quite literally, over the top.   Already rated the #1 most flexible private jet membership by Conklin & de Decker, Air Partner’s JetCard comes with an added bonus this season one complimentary hour for new JetCard members who purchase fifteen hours in flights before January 31.

Air Partner offers private flights to some of the most sought-after destinations, and there are a variety of options available for New Year’s Eve travel, said David McCown, president of Air Partner U.S. Whether it’s to see the ball drop in New York City or fireworks at Copacabana Beach, our customers are granted any wish they desire, flying on their own terms with a tailored and unforgettable experience.

With different sized aircrafts available, Air Partner ensures that the whole crew can ring in the New Year together. Those seeking a practical and comfortable flight from Van Nuys to Las Vegas or Chicago to New York can choose a popular light jet, a Cessna Citation . From London to Boston, and other long-distance routes, passengers can select to move freely in the spacious and quiet cabin of a Challenger 604 with its ample baggage bay accessible during flight. The Hawker 800XP is a mid-size private jet with stand headroom, separate forward galley and rear bathroom, ideal for flyers traveling between short and long-distance trips. With a JetCard membership, travelers can upgrade their aircraft category from a light jet to a super midsize jet without a premium.

Traveling with Air Partner is ideal for those looking to skip the traditional at-home party, and toast to 2019 in the destination of their dreams or even from the sky. Sample Air Partner New Year’s Eve itineraries and pricing introduced today include:

  • Atlanta, GA (PDK) to Nassau, Bahamas (MYNN)
    • Light Jet $42,395
    • Midsize Jet $49,247
  • Van Nuys, CA (VNY) to Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
    • Light Jet $15,872
    • Super Light Jet $12,988
  • Miami, FL (OPF) to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (SBRJ)
    • Heavy Jet $207,060
    • Ultra Long-Range Jet $253,740
  • London, UK (EGLF) to Boston, MA (BOS)
    • Heavy Jet $139,562
  • Houston, TX(HOU) to Miami, FL (OPF)
    • Super Light Jet $41,552
    • Midsize Jet $44,826
  • Chicago, IL (MDW) to New York, NY (TEB)
    • Light Jet $33,777
    • Midsize Jet $41,997

Revellers who aren’t ready to let the party end can go back in time, booking a flight that moves eastward across the International Date Line and celebrating in two spots, for example from Sydney to Hawaii. For those seeking to watch the ball drop in Times Square or dance the night away in South Beach, Air Partner will do the work to make it happen. The party in the sky can be customized at 35,000 feet above, with fine spirits, a catered dinner, and even a private showing of the very best fireworks celebrations. With access to a 24/7 global support team, exceptional quality service, and dedicated account managers, jetsetters will enjoy a seamless and memorable New Year’s Eve experience.

For further information or to book a flight  please visit www.airpartner.com. Follow Air Partner Instagram / Twitter @airpartnerusa and Facebook @airpartnerplc. 

About Air Partner

Founded in 1961, Air Partner is a global aviation services group that provides worldwide solutions to industry, commerce, governments and private individuals. The Group has two divisions: Broking division, comprising air charter broking and remarketing; and the Consulting & Training division, comprising the aviation safety consultancies, Baines Simmons, Clockwork Research and SafeSkys, as well as Air Partner?s Emergency Planning Division. For reporting purposes, the Group is structured into four divisions: Commercial Jets, Private Jets, Freight (Broking) and Consulting & Training (Baines Simmons, Clockwork Research, SafeSkys and Air Partner’s Emergency Planning Division). The Commercial Jet division charters large airliners to move groups of any size. Air Partner Remarketing, which is within the Commercial Jet division, provides comprehensive remarketing programs for all types of commercial and corporate aircraft to a wide range of international clients. Private Jets offers the Company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme and on-demand charter. Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly almost any cargo anywhere, at any time. Baines Simmons is a world leader in aviation safety consulting specializing in aviation regulation, compliance and safety management. Clockwork Research is a leading fatigue risk management consultancy. SafeSkys is a leading Environmental and Air Traffic Control services provider to UK and International airports. Air Partner is headquartered alongside Gatwick airport in the UK. Air Partner operates 24/7 year-round and has 20 offices globally. Air Partner is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIR) and is ISO 9001:2008 compliant for commercial airline and private jet solutions worldwide. www.airpartner.com. 

*Prices may vary and subject to availability during time of booking. Rates based on round-trip flights and non-inclusive of taxes. JetCard offer valid through December 31,2018.

Instagram “Health Foods” that are Surprisingly Unhealthy or Caloric

From Whole Foods to pricey health food stores, cafes, and coffee shops, certain foods and ingredients have become trendy among health and calorie counting foodies.  Who has not heard of matcha, Acai, cold-pressed juice, and gluten-free baked goods? In a perfect world, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could find food and drinks that are delicious, healthy and not calorie laden?  While certain Instagram accounts may have you convinced these “magic foods” exist,  Dr. Niket Sonpal is a NYC gastroenterologist and assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine who cautions health enthusiasts to do a deeper dive into what they are eating and imbibing. 

Gluten-Free Baked Goods

Despite the fact that less than one percent of Americans are believed to have celiac disease, customers and food brands alike have gotten caught in the gluten-free food obsession. Dr. Sonpal explains that “To mimic the taste and texture of wheat gluten, companies will use corn, oat, and rice flours, which aren’t necessarily better for you.” One study found that participants who consumed rice-flour-based baked goods had higher levels of metals within their system than the control group, which is linked to rice’s natural arsenic and metal content.

Smoothie Bowls

Their vibrant colors and pleasant toppings give smoothie bowls the appearance of a well-balanced breakfast, but don’t be fooled: they are loaded with sugar. Unlike traditional smoothies that come in useful, portion-controlled bottles, smoothie bowls tend to be larger and have more surface area, which makes it easy to add additional toppings. For example, the Chunky Strawberry Bowl from Jamba Juice contains 590 calories and 58 grams of sugar. 


Google “acai berry” and a wealth of purported benefits like weight loss and antiaging results will return. Does this trendy health food hail from Brazil really live up to the hype? Dr. Sonpal says that “While the fiber-rich fruit does tout more antioxidant properties than pomegranates and blueberries, many health claims don’t mention that it logs in 247 calories per 100 grams, 26 grams of which are carbohydrates.”  The takeaway?  Unless you are using acai at home and controlling your portions, an acai bowl could cost you almost 600 calories per serving! 

Almond milk

The fact that it’s dairy-free and low in calories has made it the default milk among many people who try to eat healthily. Dr. Sonpal explains that “though unsweetened almond milk, like dairy milk, is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, it’s really low in protein. (Just 1 or 2g protein in a one-cup serving.)

Protein Bars

Protein bars, which are sometimes also energy bars, contain numerous artificial ingredients and have as much nutritional value as a milk chocolate bar. That said, some protein bars can be healthy if they contain healthy, whole, and very few ingredients that make up the bar. Dr. Sonpal cautions, “If you see upwards of 15 ingredients in your protein bar, I would say stay away from it.”


If you look at all the salads, grain bowls, and other healthy dishes on Instagram, you’ll probably notice that the people posting them seem to be eating a great deal of avocado. “Avocados are very nutritious and packed with healthy monounsaturated fats and fiber,” says Dr. Sonpal. Many Instagrammers go overboard. “An entire medium avocado contains 250 calories and 23g fat,” Sonpal says. “Keep your serving size to a quarter of a medium avocado, which would be 60 calories and 6g of fat.” 

Veggie Chips

The pieces of actual veggies in veggie chips are so thin and processed that most of the nutrition from the vegetable is gone. “Instead, try whole-grain pretzels, baked corn chips, crackers made with seeds and nuts, or popcorn,” Dr. Sonpal suggests. To keep from turning a bag of chips or box of crackers into a meal, divide them up into sensible portions ahead of time.

Cold-pressed juices
Cold pressed juices have risen in popularity over the past few years, and with the hefty price tag tacked on to them (one serving of juice can be as much as $12!) one would assume guzzling some would provide you with all the nutrients you could possibly need. Unfortunately for your wallets, and your diets, that is not the case. While made of whole, raw fruits and veggies, the fiber from these foods are often stripped during the juicing process. On top of that, fruits like apples can be added to cut the bitter flavor of leafy greens, which can bump the carbohydrate content up to 20-30 grams of carbs per juice! Dr. Sonpal warns that “because there is no fiber or protein in these juices, guzzling one can cause blood sugar levels to spike too, leaving you right back where you started: hungry and craving something nutrient dense.”

Matcha Lattes

Matcha is one food trend that has taken the center stage. Some restaurants offer matcha pancakes. While matcha is packed with antioxidants and provides detox health benefits that cannot be disputed, ordering up a latte may not be the magic elixir you bargained for.  A 12-ounce matcha latte from a popular coffee chain packs 24 grams of sugar and will set you back 190 calories.

Agave Nectar

Agave syrup is derived from the sweet nectar of the Agave tequila plant and is often perceived as a “natural” alternative to processed cane or beet sugar or other zero-calorie sweeteners. The syrup is touted by manufacturers as a safer sweetener for diabetics because it is lower on the glycemic index (a measurement of how certain foods affect blood sugar levels), Dr. Sonpal says that “no reliable human studies exist reinforcing this claim. Agave syrup is just like any other sweetener- no better, no worse”.

About Dr. Niket Sonpal is a native of Long Island NY and a graduate of the Medical University of Silesia – Hope Medical Institute in Poland. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, he was selected to be the 2013‐2014 Chief Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital–Northshore LIJ Health System. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Clinical instructor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn. Dr. Sonpal has completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology & hepatology at Lenox Hill Hospital and will continue his work in the field of medical student and resident test preparation. He now serves as the associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brookdale University medical center.

He is the co‐author for the best-selling Master the Boards: USMLE Step 2 CK, Master the Boards Step 3, And Master the Boards: Internal Medicine. He is also the Chief Operating Officer for Medquest Test Prep, Director of Medical Education for Picmonic Test Prep, and a recognized expert on medical test prep.

2018: The Year in Messaging

Written by Beerud Sheth, Founder & CEO of Gupshup

Beerud Sheth, CEO of Gupshup

Beerud Sheth, Founder & CEO of Gupshup

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a good time to take stock of the year in the world of messaging and conversational experiences. Unlike prior years, this one is characterized by less hype and more progress. Developers have been quietly working away, far from the madding crowd, as messaging volumes grow massively and conversational experiences continue to pervade every aspect of human existence.

Over the last few years, mobile messaging usage has exploded. It now dominates smartphone usage. While consumer communication grew rapidly a few years ago, the more recent and interesting phenomenon is the rise of “messaging as a platform” – a platform for developers and enterprises to engage their customers and build advanced conversational experiences. Messaging and conversational experiences are gradually transforming every aspect of the human-computer interface.

Facebook Messenger, which launched its bot API with great fanfare in 2016, is now coming of age as they announced in 2018 over 300,000 chatbots developed on its platform. Messenger has by far the most technically advanced APIs, tools and platforms for chatbots developers. It also offers open access to all developers and does not charge a messaging fee. Therefore, it is often the first channel that developers experiment with, even if the bot is to be ultimately deployed on another channel.

In a major new development this year, WhatsApp launched its “WhatsApp for Business” platform – an API for enterprises to send automated messages to consumers. In most parts of the world, except U.S. and East Asia, WhatsApp is the dominant messaging channel. The frequency and intensity of WhatsApp usage dwarfs any other communication channel in those countries. While that has only been the case for consumer-messaging so far, the new APIs will now attract enterprise-messaging volumes. Enterprise usage is expected to grow as WhatsApp adds more features, expands developer access and fine-tunes its pricing and policies.

RCS, the successor to SMS, continued its slow progress this year. The mobile operators in Japan went live with a joint RCS service, making it the first country with full RCS coverage. It will be interesting to see what channel enterprises and consumers prefer, as RCS and Line battle for messaging volumes in Japan. In all likelihood, they will both grow, as there is immense potential for additional use cases to migrate from apps to messaging. In the U.S. this year, AT&T went live with RCS, while Verizon enabled it on a few devices. Worldwide, as other operators continue to look at RCS, the deployment timelines are either less clear or very long. Handset manufacturers are slowly starting to enable RCS on their devices. However the “elephant in the room” is what will Apple do - its position remains unclear.

Meanwhile, Alexa, the leader in voice-based conversational services, continues its march through the kitchens and living rooms of consumers. In 2018, Amazon introduced many different form factors combining audio speakers and screen-based interfaces. Additionally it also offers cloud APIs for others to embed Alexa into their devices. At the same time, Google Assistant is marching onto (Android) smartphones worldwide, with support announced in 2018 for 30 languages in 80 countries. The rise of Alexa and Assistant shows that, depending on context, users will seamlessly use both oral and textual conversations to get things done. For example, in private spaces with busy hands (e.g. when driving or cooking), audio is the preferred conversational medium. However, in public spaces (e.g. meeting room or noisy street), screen-based textual or visual interaction is usually the preferred mode.

Even as other channels mount a bid to be viable alternatives, SMS continues to remain the preferred channel for enterprise messaging given its ubiquity. Globally, enterprises send 2 trillion text messages to consumers worldwide. These are mostly transactional messages notifying customers about information related to their transaction. This year messaging global volume grew by about 10% (according to market research firm Mobilesquared), not bad given its massive scale. While SMS does have its limitations, such as plain-text, restricted-length format, it more than makes up for it with its reach and ubiquity.

Telegram continues its standoff with Russian regulators who want access to its encryption keys. Viber launched new features enabling massively large communities along with monetization tools for moderators.

While other channels continue to develop, the gold standard worldwide for rich messaging functionality remains WeChat, along with similar apps Line and Kakao. These messaging apps enable users not just to communicate but also do a wide variety of transactions, including shopping, banking, insurance, payments, travel, taxis, food delivery, jobs, music, news, etc. These have now become super-apps that subsume many other apps within them. These are powerful illustrations of the vision of “messaging as a platform.”

Messaging channels and conversational experiences continue their rapid growth even as the hype cycle has moved on. As they say, it is easy to overestimate the short-term and underestimate the long-term – that is certainly the case with messaging and conversational experiences. As messaging functionality and AI / NLP capabilities reach an inflection point, it is advisable not to underestimate 2019. Wishing all of us a happy new year of messaging!

6 Tips for Seniors Getting Into Yoga  

Written by Karen Weeks, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Exercising can be done in any type of situation. Yoga, for example, is one that has many advantages. An article from Harvard Health Publishing showed that the benefits of yoga are profound. It can improve cardiovascular health, increase overall fitness, and promote a more mindful attitude. If you’re getting into yoga, here are a few tips to make it worthwhile.

Go Easy on Yourself

Regardless of your fitness level, yoga can be incorporated into your regular fitness routine. It can also be adjusted based on medical conditions you have. Don’t feel like you have to be able to do a backbend or even touch your toes. Instead, do what is the most comfortable for your body and don’t push yourself too hard. Talk with your doctor before you start a new program.

Focus on your breath

Yoga is all about the breath. Research has shown that trying different yoga breathing techniques can promote the anti-inflammatory benefits of yoga and help you get the most out of your exercise. As you breathe out, your muscles relax, which can help you with tougher poses. Focusing on your breath can also give you practice in meditation since yoga is a meditative act.

Add Stretching to Your Daily Routine

Stretching has a lot of benefits, especially if you do it regularly. You’ll ease tension in your muscles and body and become less stiff. As you work on stretching, take it slow, and don’t feel like you have to push your limits. Simply do what is comfortable and over time your flexibility will improve. Flexibility is a long journey, but it can help you prevent injury and increase mobility.

Take a Group Class for Seniors

Taking yoga in a group gives you a chance to bond with other people. You can also work closely with a trained teacher and increase the chances that your workout is a success. You’ll find a lot of people in similar situations and abilities as you. Working in a group can also help you stick to your commitment to exercise, as well as learn new methods or variations that you might not be able to find on your own. A class can help you find like-minded people who you can grow with.

Practice Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation helps you focus on the present and pay attention to what’s going on with you and your body. If you deal with stress, this can help you calm yourself down and move forward. There are many different methods to practice mindfulness meditation. You can practice breathing techniques or listen to a guided meditation on an app. Start off small; five minutes is a good starting point, and then you can move onto practicing meditation for longer than that. Remember it’s called “practice” for a reason; you don’t have to be perfect.

Do It at home If You Can’t Go Out

If you are unable to leave the house, you can still do yoga at home. Yoga participants who practice at home have reported improved mindfulness, healthier BMIs, and improved overall well-being. You can find videos online to help you learn, or, if you’re lucky, a yoga instructor can come to your house to teach you. You can also have your caregiver do yoga with you or help you with some of the more difficult poses.

Yoga’s ability to help individuals manage stress and control chronic conditions is one reason it’s recommended by sources such as the Mayo Clinic. You’ll be able to enjoy increased mobility and develop a new hobby. Whether you do it at home or in a studio, yoga is for everyone.

Your Festive Season Gift List is One-Button-and-Done with Bouquet Bar

BouquetBar.com offers luxury gift boxes for everyone on your list, delivered at the click of a button

The festive season shopping rush is upon us, and Bouquet Bar  has everything you need to get ahead of the festive season rush and be the season’s hottest gift-giving connoisseur. Featured on Shark Tank, Bouquet Bar puts a curated collection of luxury gift boxes at your fingertips, delivering those hard-to-find, “how did you know?” items to everyone on your list with the simple touch of a button. So much more than flowers, Bouquet Bar’s newest Black Box is the ultimate win-win for the man who has everything. In need of a last-minute hostess gift? Bouquet Bar is on it, with free shipping and next-day delivery.

“We believe gifting is an art,” says CEO David Yusuf, who co-founded Bouquet Bar alongside Alex Amidi and Sal Aziz in January 2017. “When you send one of our designer gift boxes to your loved ones, friends or a family member, that person will never see gifting the same.” Combining the old-world tradition of gifting as an expression of love, gratitude and friendship with the convenience of modern technology, Bouquet Bar puts a new spin on a cherished art form. That’s why clients like the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Google and Neiman Marcus rely on Bouquet Bar to make thoughtful gifting effortless.

At BouquetBar, you can design your gift box, add a personal note and a customized box label for an extra special touch. With a 100% freshness guarantee and gift options starting at just at $49.99, make Bouquet Bar your one-stop luxury shop this holiday season. Start gifting now at BouquetBar and follow on Instagram @theBouquetBar for giveaways, curated gift features and more.

About Bouquet Bar:

Bouquet Bar is a luxury, yet affordable, gifting company founded in 2017 by David Yusuf, Alex Amidi and Sal Aziz. The founders aimed to make the gifting experience more meaningful and unique by bringing their vision to life with Bouquet Bar. Now the company is rapidly redefining The Art of Gifting™ with the delivery of luxurious, custom gift boxes and gorgeous floral designs for any occasion and sentiment. Learn all about Bouquet Bar at BouquetBar and follow @theBouquetBar on Instagram.

Head or Tails….ALS or Lyme Disease?

Written by Jo Ann Simon

Flip a coin to decide what incurable disease you might have?  I wish it was as easy as that. In my experience, it took much more time, research, testing and hoping for a diagnosis that we could literally live with.  My husband was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and three years later he died from ALS. He was diagnosed with ALS as well, after and during positive Lyme Disease testing results.  I do not believe this was a coincidence. I believe that Lyme Disease was the catalyst that allowed ALS to accomplish its deadly deed.

We traveled down the road of Hope thinking that it the similarities of the two diseases might lead us to a good result with medicine, pure determination and lots of research for a cure.  Treatment of antibiotics for Lyme was our champion to solve the mystery of which disease it was. After that failed, IVIG Intravenous immunoglobulin infusions for autoimmune diseases(from the plasma of approximately a thousand or more blood donors) helped to extend his life and improve his overall health.

The definitions of these diseases both speak to the neurological effects that create neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders that occur in the central nervous system of the body.


Lyme dis·ease

an inflammatory disease characterized at first by a rash, headache, fever, and chills, and later by possible arthritis and neurological and cardiac disorders, caused by bacteria that are transmitted by ticks.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment – “No muscle nourishment.” When a muscle has no nourishment, it “atrophies” or wastes away. “Lateral” identifies the areas in a person’s spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates, it leads to scarring or hardening (“sclerosis”) in the region.

The culprit can be the spirochete borrelia burgodorferi bacteria of Lyme Disease or the unnamed foreign invader of ALS in the brain that triggers motor neuron disease, or are they the same?

Our research, testing and discovery brought us through a maze of doctors, hospitals, treatments and various results.  We celebrated when we thought it might be MMN Multi Focal Motor Neurothopy or Guilliane Barre, both treatable motor neuron diseases, but further testing eliminated that glimmer of hope.

Five little known facts about ALS and Lyme Disease

  1. ALS and Lyme Disease have common ground with the auto immune and the central nervous systems (http://als-cure.com/als-lyme/almost-all-als-patients-are-lyme-positive)

  2. Common symptoms range from fatigue, numbness, muscle weakness and twitches, speech impairment, and cramping (https://www.holtorfmed.com/als-another-lyme-related-disease/)

  3. Recent studies that show that a significant percentage of ALS diagnosed patients test positive for Lyme Disease (https://www.holtorfmed.com/als-another-lyme-related-disease/) (http://als-cure.com/als-lyme/almost-all-als-patients-are-lyme-positive/)

  4. In some cases, patients diagnosed  with ALS actually had Lyme Disease instead ( https://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-michael-conner/man-diagnosed-with-als-di_b_8891262.html)

  5. Lou Gehrig, the namesake of ALS lived very close to Lyme, Connecticut, where the disease was born (http://als-cure.com/)

The most important take away from this experience is that everyone needs to protect themselves, their family, friends and pets from ticks.  Prevention of a tick bite could save your life! Prevention is the best medicine.

  • Use bug spray that has DEET (Off or Repel products) or Picaridin (Sawyer, Fisherman, Skin So Soft products).  These are effective to deter ticks and can be found online, or at your local pharmacy, or department store.

  • If you are walking in grassy wooded areas, tuck in your pants to socks and wear long sleeve shirts so that your skin is not exposed.  They might still jump on you for a ride, but you can eliminate them by running your clothes in a hot dryer for 10 minutes so they turn into harmless toast.

  • You can treat your shoes and clothes with Permithrin, a synthetic pesticide that repels ticks from 5 to 70 washes, depending on the product.  Insect Shield in North Carolina will treat your clothes for up to 70 washes, or you can treat yourself with different products such as Sawyer insect repellent which can be purchased on line or at your local pharmacy, grocery or department store.  L.L. Bean and Cabela’s sell pretreated clothes and camping gear.

  • Protect your pet. If you stopped your pet’s tick preventive over the winter, get it started again NOW. Outdoor dogs and cats will likely be the first family members to find a tick and bring it home to you.  There are two types of products to use. Products that kill ticks on contact – quick tick gone or kill ticks after their lunch – bite to die. Talk to your vet to decide the best product for your pet.

  • Get professional treatment for your property to eliminate the threat of ticks in your outside living areas.  This does not stop the threat elsewhere, but at least you can sleep at night not worrying about the ticks on your doorstep.

  • Do a tick check every day.  This is especially important for your children and pets since they normally spend the most time outside

About the Author:

Jo Ann Simon, a corporate executive, is a lifelong nutmegger, living in various locations in the state of Connecticut. She is a constant traveler, exploring the world including her favorite country, Italy. When she is not traveling, Jo Ann loves spending time with family, friends and seven grandchildren. Her day job is running an Electronics Contract Manufacturing Company. Painting fine art, gardening and writing fill in the blanks of her life. Palm trees are essential in her personal landscape with beaches to match and to sink her feet into the soft sand.

Connect with Jo Ann Simon on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and her blog. Learn more about Jo Ann Simon and Rose Colored Glasses please visit, www.joann-simon.com.

What to Look for in a Daycare for Your Baby

Between coordinating childcare, figuring out a new schedule and beginning to feel like a normal person again, life with a newborn can be a lot to handle. Finding the right daycare center on top of it all can seem like a nearly impossible task.

Consider these suggestions to find the right daycare for your little one.

Look for safety first.

One of the most important things to look for is evidence that your potential daycare follows safe practices, including at nap time.

“When you first walk into the infant classroom, check for see-through cribs,” said Naomi Lennis Hicks from the Park Avenue KinderCare. “Teachers should be able to see your baby every moment of every day, even when they’re sleeping.”

You should also ask how teachers at the daycare put babies to bed and what’s allowed in cribs. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, babies should sleep on their backs on a firm surface without pillows, blankets or toys in bed with them.

Find a place that follows each baby’s schedule.

Although babies’ schedules are never 100 percent predictable, an accommodating daycare may work with parents to follow their children’s routine as closely as possible.

While some daycares enforce naps at certain times, you can look for an option that takes into account each baby’s sleeping needs. Teachers should know how to watch each child closely for signs of tiredness. Eye-rubbing, sucking on hands or fingers and heavy-headed nodding are all signs that it’s time for some shut-eye.

Whether baby likes rocking, singing, being held or using a pacifier, a daycare that partners with parents to learn what works best for each baby can be a more comforting option.

Make sure the center is clean and tidy.

When classrooms are spick and span, it’s typically a sign that a daycare and its teachers are paying attention to the details, while also likely employing a dedicated cleaning staff to ensure the space is safe for babies to crawl and play.

In infant classrooms especially, keep an eye out for shoe-free policies and disposable booties for visitors to use.

“We have a bootie- or sock-only policy, and many of our teachers even bring their own slippers just for the classroom,” said Sheila Silveria with the Mercantile KinderCare Learning Center. “As soon as babies are ready to start crawling, it’s important to give them freedom to explore. A shoe-free policy is the best way to keep their little hands and mouths away from germs and dirt while they discover the world.”

For many parents, the most important thing is that their babies are safe and happy, meaning they can rest assured they made the best decision for their family. Find more information and tips to find the right daycare at kindercare.com. (Family Features)


Epidemics, Fear and Denial: How Every American Is Threatened

Written by Jane M. Orient, M.D.

This is the one hundredth anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. In his book The Great Influenza, John M. Barry described it as the deadliest plague in history. It killed more people in a year than the Black Death of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

The lack of a vaccine did not cause the flu. All epidemics start with an index case—which may or may not be identified. The great influenza may have begun in a patient in Kansas. The significance of the case was reportedly recognized by a country doctor, who was ignored. As the nation mobilized for World War I, and draftees from across the country were thrown together, illness spread and became much more virulent. Transport ships became “floating caskets.” Troop trains were “rolling coffins.” But Woodrow Wilson denied the existence or severity of the epidemic, and effective public health efforts were thwarted.

Despite this history, and the expenditure of billions of dollars, the U.S. is not much better prepared than in 1918. There have been warnings, such as Ebola, severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (SARS)novel H1N1 flu, and the 2014 outbreak of enterovirus D68 in schoolchildren. But when the threats recede, the nation goes back to sleep.

When different populations are thrown together, as in boot camp or college dorms when new freshmen arrive, there is a lot of sickness. Each group has a different pattern of colonizing microorganisms to which its members have immunity and others do not. There are terrible historical examples of native populations in the New World being devastated by diseases of European settlers.

Epidemics can happen naturally or through neglect—or they could be caused deliberately. Biological warfare is probably the very worst weapon of mass destruction.

One scenario is to embed a suicide agent incubating a deadly disease in a mass of migrants. Or there are doubtlessly innocent persons infected with deadly diseases to which Americans have no immunity among thousands of migrants overwhelming our border—from Central America and many other places.

The mainstream press and even part of mainstream medicine promotes denial. For example, an NBC News article quotes Dr. Paul Spiegel, who directs the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health: “There is no evidence to show that migrants are spreading disease.” The danger of introducing disease is “a false argument used to keep migrants out.” The article even quotes a study that purportedly shows that hepatitis, tuberculosis and HIV “generally only spread within the affected immigrant communities and not to the wider population.” Perhaps there is an invisible shield between an infected migrant and an American but not between him and someone newly arriving from his country?

Is this denialism?

No, that term is for those who don’t believe that we can change the climate and save the Planet by cutting off energy from the fuels that power 80 percent of the world’s economy. The supposed mainstream of media and organized medicine insists that “climate change”—catastrophic and human-caused—is the existential public health threat that eclipses all others. Let’s have uncontrolled migration, but tight global control of essential fuels.

Is concern about the caravan just “fearmongering”?

We don’t hear that term applied to those who say we must treat a child missing some mandated vaccines as a “Typhoid Mary” and bar him from schools or doctor’s offices—even though nobody ever caught a disease from a child that wasn’t infected with it. Rather, that’s the word for those who warn about tropical diseases, even if they are much more common and deadly than indigenous measles. Or for those concerned about tattooed MS-13 gang members, rapists, jihadists, human traffickers, and other criminals intent on harming Americans. Such people also infect, molest, assault, or murder people in their own countries and in the caravan.

Our nation faces real threats that produce genuine body counts from violence and disease. Instead, we are supposed to worry about carbon dioxide, invisible dust particles, and imperceptible phobias and isms. Not just worry, but shut down industries and shut out dissenters from public discourse.

A wall is indeed proposed—to confine the half of America that votes the “wrong” way and wants to protect American lives, liberties, and property.

We need an outbreak of common sense.

 Jane M. Orient, M.D. obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She has been in solo private practice since 1981 and has served as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) since 1989. She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. Since 1988, she has been chairman of the Public Health Committee of the Pima County (Arizona) Medical Society. She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Healthcare, and the second through fourth editions of Sapira’s Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. She authored books for schoolchildren, Professor Klugimkopf’s Old-Fashioned English Grammar and Professor Klugimkopf’s Spelling Methodpublished by Robinson Books, and coauthored two novels published as Kindle books, Neomorts and MoonshineMore than 100 of her papers have been published in the scientific and popular literature on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, natural and technological hazards and nonhazards, and medical economics and ethics. She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Practical Tips to Prep for Festive Season Travel

Planning travel around the festive season is rarely simple. Coordinating flights or ground transportation is often just the beginning, and safely arriving at your destination may feel like a gift in its own right.

During the hustle and bustle of the festive season, concerns about health and safety can fall by the wayside, but some medical emergencies – whether it be an unforeseen accident, food reaction or chronic condition – are more prevalent during the holiday season. For example, the American Heart Association notes the highest incidence rate of cardiac mortality for the entire year occurs between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Food poisoning, intoxication, traffic accidents and injuries related to burns and decorations, among other incidents, also result in higher amounts of emergency room visits during the holidays.

This year, with festive season travel volume projected to be its highest since 2005 in the United States, according to AAA, take heightened precautions to prepare for the unexpected and protect your health and safety.

Schedule a safety net. During the festive season, disruptions to your travel schedule are practically a guarantee. Plan for the inevitable by creating a travel schedule that gives you ample cushion for interruptions like traffic delays and late flights.

Carry your health history with you. While medical emergencies may not be predictable, having pertinent medical information for everyone in your party can make an unexpected medical event less problematic. Particularly for caregivers, whether your charges are children or aging adults, a tool like the Backpack Health app can help you get organized. The free mobile app provides secure access to personalized, comprehensive medical information and documents, including wellness, illnesses, injuries, chronic health conditions, physicians, prescriptions, allergies and treatments, in one central location on your mobile device. It is also multilingual, providing peace of mind even if traveling abroad and information needs translated for a medical professional.

“Especially for people living with chronic, serious and rare conditions, holiday travel often disrupts health routines – like skipping or rescheduling medical appointments and treatments or forgetting to refill, pack and take medications – and can rob people of enjoying time with friends and family,” said Jim Cavan, president and CEO of Backpack Health. “If you’re traveling across the globe or across town, having extensive medical history, for both you and your loved ones, at your fingertips offers assurance to enjoy the festive season with more peace of mind without the burden of carrying medical folders.”

For more information and to download the app, visit backpackhealth.com.

Pack for the unexpected. Plan around delays by ensuring you have snacks and entertainment to divert antsy children (and adults). Be sure to keep medications in your carry-on bags or where you can easily access them in the car. If you’re traveling by car, carry an emergency kit with items such as extra blankets, a first-aid kit and roadside flares.

Watch the weather. If you’ll be traveling to an area that experiences severe winter weather, or if you live in an area that could have wintry weather when you return, it’s a good idea to keep close tabs on the forecast. Timing your arrival differently by hours or a day can make a major difference in your travel time and safety.

As you embark on this year’s travel adventures, keep the spirit of the season alive and focus on all the good that awaits when you arrive. (Family Features)

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