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About Cinnamon-10 suprising benefits

January 8, 2012

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon

1. Numerous studies show that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike.  That’s also great news for anyone who wants stable energy levels and moods.

2. It reduces LDL cholesterol levels.  LDL is also known as the harmful cholesterol.  Reducing it may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

3. It has natural anti-infectious compounds.  In studies, cinnamon has been effective against ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria and other pathogens.

4. It reduces pain linked to arthritis.  Cinnamon has been shown in studies at the Department of Internal Medicine, Kangnam Korean Hospital, to reduce cytokines linked to arthritic pain.

5. Research at the University of Texas, published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, shows that cinnamon may reduce the proliferation of cancer cells, holding promise for cancer prevention and sufferers of the disease.

6. It is a natural food preservative.

7. It contains fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese—albeit small amounts to the typical dose of ground cinnamon.

8.  It’s been proven effective for menstrual pain and 9. infertility.  Cinnamon contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which studies show increases the hormone progesterone and decreases testosterone production in women, helping to balance hormones.

10. Cinnamon holds promise for various neurodegenerative diseases, including: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, and meningitis, according to research at the Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas.  Their research shows that cinnamon reduces chronic inflammation linked with these neurological disorders.

11.  Not a health benefit, but a great reason to love cinnamon, it’s versatile.  It works with sweet and savory dishes alike.  Consider that many curries and savory Moroccan dishes include cinnamon.

It’s not just for apples anymore.

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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

Read the full article about the link between niacin and dementia at

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 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

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™

ELDERCARE: Avoid Common Record Keeping Errors

March 11, 2010

How To Avoid Common Record Keeping Errors

Keeping good medical records is a cornerstone of good care giving. Caregivers for the elderly or infirmed should assist on keeping track of their parent’s health records. This can be a daunting task as many seniors control issues can be triggered by this arrangement, but it is critical.

Seniors generally see multiple physicians who may prescribe several medications for a variety of conditions. Keeping good medication and medical records can help prevent dangerous medical and medication errors if the senior is not able to speak for themselves.

Good record keeping entails keeping track of medical history – that includes pre-existing conditions, past surgeries, hospitalizations, family medical history, doctor names and emergency contact information, and a complete list of all prescribed and herbal medications being taken.

These types of lists are vital for emergency visits!

Those assisting seniors can help them keep an updated medication list (including over the counter medications) on a computer or in a notebook. Make a routine of updating the records after every visit or trip to the pharmacy. An updated list makes it easier for everyone since the first question most doctors ask for is the patient’s list of medications and any changes since they were last seen. Even if they are not available for every appointment, the caregiver can be confident that the up to date information can make it to the appointment with someone else.

Expiration of prescriptions should be monitored to avoid delays when a prescription renewal is needed.

Take these lists to every Dr.’s appointment along with a list of any other issues your senior or their family may want to address. These simple steps help to ensure that the medical professionals provide accurate care.

To learn how to keep health records for the elderly or infirmed visit for a training session in your area.