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The Link Between Niacin and Alzheimer’s and Dementia

September 5, 2011

Niacin is used to help lower high cholesterol and fat levels in the blood. This may help prevent medical problems caused by cholesterol and fat clogging the blood vessels.

A severe deficiency of niacin, or vitamin B-3, in your diet may lead to cognitive changes, including memory loss, disorientation and confusion. Most Americans get enough niacin from dietary sources to prevent dementia related to a niacin deficiency, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. However, an inadequate intake of niacin may still cause symptoms of cognitive decline, the MayoClinic.com.

Read the full article about the link between niacin and dementia at ElderCareAdvice.wordpress.com

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Causes and Cures for Restless Leg Syndrome

July 22, 2010

Restless Leg Syndrome

Have you been awakened from sleep by pain in your leg(s)/ Is your partner complaining about your restless, jerky leg movements throughout the night? Are you being robbed of nourishing sleep or much needed relaxation while you are reclined or sitting for long periods of time?

Restless Leg Syndrome is a new phrase or term to most people. Only recently has medical science recognized this as a common condition. Leg cramp pain is often known as “Charley Horse”, and that term has been with us much longer.

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder in which patients experience irrepressible sensations in the legs or arms while sitting or lying still. Terms used to describe RLS may include creepy, crawly, pulling, tingling, itching, or gnawing. Often the person with RLS has difficulty being specific about the sensations in their legs. The sensations are rarely described as painful. RLS differs from the “pins and needles” feeling when the blood supply is cut off from a limb (“My foot fell asleep!”). These uncomfortable feelings usually begin in the evening and upon arrival to bed, unless severe, RLS is absent during the morning and early afternoon.

Symptoms are worse or only present when the affected individual is at rest. The sensations usually disappear or diminish when the limb is moved. The person with RLS may experience movements of the toes, feet or legs in the evening when he/she sits or lies down. For this reason, RLS individuals are often labeled “nervous” or “fidgety.” Because those with RLS have a constant need to stretch or move their limbs to get rid of the uncomfortable feelings, sleep is often disturbed. Those who suffer from RLS can have very severe insomnia.

Chances are the root cause of this condition is compromised circulation resulting in nerve endings being cut off from necessary blood supply.

To watch a clever video about restless leg syndrome click here

RLS may be related to abnormalities in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that help regulate muscle movements, or to abnormalities in the part of the central nervous system that controls automatic movements. Research is still being done in these areas.

To watch an educational video about restless leg syndrome click here

Several different medical conditions can cause secondary RLS, however, the two most common conditions are iron-deficiency( anemia) and peripheral neuropathy.
Iron-deficiency anemia (“low blood”) means low levels of hemoglobin, the substance in the blood that carries oxygen and makes the blood appear red.
Peripheral neuropathy is damage to the nerves of the arms and legs. Peripheral neuropathy has many causes. Diabetes is a common cause of peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy causes numbness or lack of sensation, tingling, and pain in the affected areas.

As many as 40% of pregnant women experience RLS symptoms. The symptoms usually fade within a few weeks after delivery.

Doctors will typically just write you a prescription for a sleep aid or a painkiller. But remember these are short fixes that just cover up the problem instead of curing it. May patients are prescribed a medication called Qualaquin. Qualaquin is approved by the FDA for the treatment of Malaria, but many doctors are prescribing the drug for the treatment of restless leg syndrome. The FDA has not approved the drug for this use. The FDA has received reports of serious life-threatening reactions from the use of this drug – a total of 38 times. These included severe lowering of blood platelets, permanent damage to the kidneys, need for hospitalization and even death.

Quinoline

The FDA urges restless leg syndrome patients that are taking this drug to consult their doctors and discuss other treatment options available to them. There are many synthetic pharmaceuticals on the market which are used to treat the symptoms of this annoying condition, but remain mindful of the side effects which can often be worse than the superficial symptoms or vent he underlying cause of the condition.

So, what might be the secret of repairing your body so it will heal itself. How can you achieve relief from annoying symptoms and perhaps solve the underlying problem ? If an individual suspects he or she has RLS, self-help measures may alleviate the tingling sensations. These include avoiding stimulants (coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, certain medications), becoming overly tired, and exposure to very warm or very cold environments before going to bed.

A regular exercise program in the late afternoon, especially involving the legs, has shown to be effective in treating very mild cases of RLS. However, it is interesting to note that symptoms often get worse at the onset of regular exercise, but decrease after a week or two. Extension stretching of the calves, thighs, and hips at bedtime may help relieve symptoms. Home remedies such as a hot bath, leg massage, heating pad and aspirin may also help. Vitamin or mineral supplements can also be investigated, although to make an objective evaluation about whether or not they are effective, keeping a sleep log is recommended.

Take horse Chestnut in an encapsulated form.

Horse chestnut and/or Japanese pagoda herbs can repair blood vessel walls and enhance circulation. Try convenient encapsulated formulations of these herbs for convenience or get the raw herbs in bulk and create your own compresses or infusions.

If self-help remedies prove ineffective, a visit to a healthcare provider is recommended. In addition to a thorough physical examination, appropriate laboratory tests, and a medical history, patients are often diagnosed on the basis of three classic symptoms. These symptoms include an increase in the sensations in one or more limbs when at rest, an irrepressible urge to move or relieve the sensations in the affected limb, and the reduction of the symptoms after movement. The physician will need to verify if the symptoms are genetic or nutrient-related.

At Home Elder Care Certification And Training Program Travels The Country

April 27, 2010

Sweet Relief Certified Home Caregivers™ At Home Elder Care Certification And Training Program Travels The Country

Certified Care.org co-sponsors traveling  elder care certification program

About the Founder, Cathleen V.  Carr

It seems my path in life is always involved somehow with  helping others. Through sharing information about the law, health and wellness, care giving or business I have been able to build a career that incorporates love as a cornerstone. Our seminars are grounded in how to live and help others live with confidence and love. The field of care giving requires empathy, tough as well as easy love, and a knowledge of human psychology while also profitably employing right and left brain skills like home economics, sociology, health and wellness, and human behavior.

I stumbled into care giving decades ago and have embraced what I found there:  a calling that is rewarding, meaningful, and challenging. Which makes it fun, worthwhile, and a job where I find myself wishing for more hours in the day. I like everything about it. And so I’ve been getting more and more questions on the topic of care giving these days. It’s not that I’ve solved all of the problems by any stretch of the imagination — we still have a lot of work to do here at Sweet Relief™.   But what I have done is create a training and certification program that tours the country to help people learn the right way to take care of adults who depend upon them for simple- and not so simple care.

Sweet Relief Care Giving Seminars are for pros and non-pros  alike.

Sweet Relief Care Giving Seminars are for pros and non-pros alike.

Our program is designed for the professional and non-professional caregiver. We combine at home eldercare training with training for caring for people who are injured, recovering from surgery or dealing with a chronic illness.

We address all of the critical topics in our two day seminar:

• What Anyone Starting in Care giving Needs to Know

Senior and General Caregiving Resources

• Mastering Everyday Challenges of the Elderly or Infirmed

• Dealing with Relatives

• Managing Medical Issues

• Safety Issues

• Mental Health Issues

• Legal and Financial Issues

• Avoiding, Detecting and Dealing with Abuse

• Death and Dying

• Caring for the Caregiver

• How to Hire Professional Caregivers

Caregiving Job Options

Sweet Relief Job Placement Assistance Program

• How to Start Your Own Care giving Business

Sweet Relief 2 day home caregiving seminars travel the country.

Sweet Relief 2 day home caregiving seminars travel the country.

Our training and certification programs are built around images — a picture really is worth a thousand words. Especially on Saturday and Sunday mornings, people don’t want to be squinting to try and read our manual. So the standard presentation is slides, and other than a quote from a noted source, best tips for the one time or professional caregiver… its images, lectures and demonstrations, little reading.

Sick or  injured people need in home care, too.
Sick or injured people need in home care, too.

Whew! Seems like a lot to get through, but the certification seminars move quickly along and people know more of this than they might realize, and in the hours of presentation and Q&A, we have a lot of laughs and we all leave having learned something important and others leave certified.

So if there are 10 or more people who could benefit from this unique training opportunity let us know. Our distinguishing feature is that we come to you!  We would love to help your town get is full portion of certified caregivers.

Please send an email to certifiedcaregivers@yahoo.com

We will look forward to seeing you in your town soon!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Cathleen Carr, JD, PhD

Cathleen Carr,  Founder Sweet Relief Certified Home Caregivers™