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Three Health Issues Caused by Sleep

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Everyone wants to go to bed at night, sleep without disruption, and wake up feeling well rested in the morning. However, for some, that is not a reality. A search of best mattresses 2019 will bring up top- dollar mattresses that may help some sleep disorders, like occasional mild snoring and aching muscles. However, for the following three sleep disorders, further interventions, including medications and doctor’s visits, may be needed.

  1. Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a general term for different sleeping issues that focus on breathing. Snoring is the most common, but there are other types of sleep apnea and some of them are more serious. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway collapses and causes shallow breathing, or breathing cessation even, that causes a decrease in blood oxygen levels. Sleep apnea is deadly. It is associated with a greater risk for other health conditions, too, including depression, heart attacks, strokes, and insulin resistance.

About 40% of adults snore and 25% of adults have sleep apnea. Studies show that most people who fit the criteria for sleep apnea are not diagnosed, with some figures at a 90% rate of undiagnosed sleep apnea sufferers. It is diagnosed through sleep tests, which most people aren’t willing to do. Furthermore, some don’t want to seek treatment because it is so complex. An airway machine that opens the airway through a mask is the most popular treatment for sleep apnea. Mouth guards, nasal patches, and surgeries are also used to fix the condition, which can be cheap and ineffective or expensive and lengthy.

  1. Increased blood pressure

Sleep issues, such as sleep deprivation and struggling to fall asleep, are proven to cause blood pressure issues in women. A recent study out of Columbia University Irvin Medical Center found that women with mild sleep issues- even those who got the recommended amount of sleep each night- were more likely to have elevated blood pressure.

The National Sleep Foundation has found that women are more likely than men to have troubles falling and staying asleep and experience more fatigue and daytime sleepiness. Between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder and 30% of Americans report issues with insomnia, the American Sleep Association says.

  1. Heart Disease

The same study out of Columbia University Irvin Medical Center also found that shorter hours of sleep raises the risk of women developing inflammation in their blood vessels, which can contribute to often fatal heart disease. 50% of the 323 women who participated in the study had “poor quality sleep”, which was linked to the increased inflammation of their blood vessels.

“Results of an ongoing clinical trial may confirm these results. In the meantime, it may be prudent to screen women for milder sleep disturbances in an effort to help prevent cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Brooke Aggarwal, the lead author of the study and a behavioral scientist in the department of medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Marriage counseling increasingly common in the era of social media

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No one said marriage was easy. Most couples assume that the minute they’re married everything’s smooth sailing from there. But at the end of the day, even though you may be married, it doesn’t mean the work is over. In every couple’s life, there are going to be ups and downs, moments where you’re feeling disconnected and lonely even though your partner is beside you. Though these are horrible feelings to have, it’s also a great opportunity for you and your partner to accept that you may need help. Throwing in the towel doesn’t have to be your first option, rather marriage counseling can help give you the tools or the understanding of where your relationship is and where it can go. You may be scared to try marriage counseling, but knowing what to expect can alleviate any anxiety you have.

Now, before you even sit down in front of a marriage counselor, you need to decide on one. There are different types of marriage counselors who have various approaches to counseling. Some counselors give more of a “Dr. Phil” approach where they give you tools and suggestions while Naya Clinics focus on innovative Positive Existential Therapy. In order to choose the right counselor for you, it’s important that you research possible marriage counselors and make a decision with your partner.

You probably thought your years of having to do homework were long gone, but in marriage counseling, there’s more to it than just talking. If you want to truly improve your relationship, you’re going to need to work on it. Your marriage counselor may give you exercises or activities to complete which will make the sessions more impactful.

It’s easy for us to put the blame on other people but the reality is, your counselor is facilitating the process. They’re not in charge of changing your life or fixing your marriage – that’s up to you and your partner. Simply attending counseling won’t change your marriage, you need to put in the work in order to receive a result. Do the work, get involved in the sessions and reflect on them if you want to progress in your life.

If you think that the problems in your marriage are only because you’re married, think again. In fact, many issues which pop up in your marriage could date back to your childhood. Your counselor may ask you questions about your childhood, your relationships and how you communicated back then. By giving this information to your counselor, they’ll be able to see a clearer pattern and help not only to better your relationship but to also help you become self-aware.

You and your partner may go to one session, talk it out and then feel that everything is cleared up but that’s not the case. In order to touch on the problem, you need at least a minimum of three to four sessions. Of course, there are going to be things that are difficult to talk about, but rather than abandoning counseling, you need to push through those hard moments to achieve clarity and understanding.

Benefits of Using Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

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With the continued emergence of more complex illnesses, medical professionals have been forced to keep improving their expertise in order to match the changing market demands. Many unique technological innovations designed for the healthcare industry are also coming up almost on a daily basis. Among these innovations is the Artificial Intelligence, commonly referred to as the AI.

The AI can be defined as the combination of various technologies that simulate the cognitive functions of a human being. While these technologies are being used in numerous sectors, the healthcare industry has and continues to be the main beneficiary. In fact, these innovations have brought a paradigm shift in the way medical services are being rendered in healthcare facilities.

Here are some of the benefits of using Artificial Intelligence in medicine.

  • Accuracy in service delivery

Traditionally, doctors relied solely on the information provided by radiology images acquired through machines such as x-rays, CT scanners and MRI apparatus. But with AI, health professionals can now critically analyze the inner workings of a patient’s body, eliminating any possible misdiagnosis. With these innovations, pathologists, radiologists and doctors are able to unanimously agree on the kind of treatment a patient requires. Artificial Intelligence uses advanced learning algorithms to sift through various diagnostic images, checking for anomalies.

  • Automated health records

While the electronic health recording system has brought important changes in the healthcare industry, it has been faced with numerous challenges, including cognitive overload, limitless documentation and user burnouts. But the AI has revolutionized this system by automating various processes and making its interfaces more user-friendly. With the creation of features such as voice recognition and language processing, clinical officers are able to save time when retrieving medical records. It has also become quite easy for doctors and clinical officers to share information about their patients by saving the details in the cloud. This has helped in avoiding cases of overdose, allergies and wrong combinations.

  • Improved surgical precision

Although some people are still skeptical about the use of robots in surgery, their assistance has greatly improved surgical procedures. They are designed to guide the surgeon’s hand and instantly provide information about the patient’s health. Furthermore, the robots are being used to perform non-invasive surgical procedures thus reducing the duration that patients remain in the hospital.

In laparoscopic cholecystectomy, for instance, AI systems can be used to help surgeons recognize anatomical structures using real-time laparoscopic imagery. This makes it easy for them to identify target areas, danger zones, cystic duct & arteries, gallbladder and so on, which is critical in decision making.

Robot hands help to neutralize tremors in surgeons’ hands when performing complex surgeries thus reducing risk and improving the quality of the results. What’s more, the AI systems continue to monitor patients even when the doctors and nurses are not available.

  • Hands-on medical care

Traditionally, doctors reacted to symptoms presented to them by patients when they sought treatment. This left doctors with little to do to stop the infections from advancing as most of them were already at advanced stages. But enter Artificial Intelligence, and the situation has changed from reactive to proactive healthcare. The new technologies help in monitoring patients and suggest the most effective intervention before the situation gets out of hand. Thankfully, majority of medical facilities are now adopting the Artificial Intelligence in their service delivery.

Fad Diets Dangerous for One’s Health

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When deciding to start a new and healthier lifestyle change, a person must first be cautious when conducting personal research about the best diet for them. Every person is individual and their diet should be as well. Unfortunately, as the media often dictates what information consumers obtain, they are often the advertisers behind trends and fads that take the internet and society by storm.

Everyone is told what they need to stay up-to-date on the latest and best thing. This can cause major issues when health and food advertisers are more focused on profits, than actual fact-based and scientific research when it comes to nutrition. Everyone’s diet should be unique to them. It is something that is as unique as a human’s own DNA. Not everyone can eat the same food or be on the same diet and see the same results.

Nutritional and dietetic scientists and researchers exist for a reason. They are there to be the fact-finders, the healers, the discoverers, and the science behind the human body.

One of the most recent trends in food fad diets has been the keto diet. There are too many things to list as to what is severely wrong with this diet. The main problems with this diet is that it is advertised as being a high fat, high protein diet and will shed pounds fast for people. It essentially eliminates carbohydrates from the daily diet without even explaining the difference in carbohydrate break down in the body.

When a diet is consistently high in protein and doesn’t actually allow any room for carbohydrates, it can be difficult for someone to have proper organ function. The body requires for main macromolecules and carbohydrates are one of them.

A high protein and low carb diet can actually inhibit proper kidney and brain functioning. High protein without a heavy amount of water ruins the kidneys. Carbohydrates are essentially brain food. Eliminating all carbs from the diet will slow brain function, cause fatigue, and slow healing processes.

The reasoning behind cutting carbohydrates is actually because of the carbohydrates found in starchy foods like breads and pastas, if not burned off properly during exercise, are broken down into sugars and stored as fat energy. Simple scientific understanding of human nutrition would help consumers understand the foods they are eating and how it used as energy in their body.

Fads and trends are meant to be marketing explosions that help companies make large quarterly profits while the rest of their product breadth stabilizes normal supply and demand. Food advertisers are not food scientists, thus they have no place in understanding the empty claims behind their farly stretched advertisements. They use the reviews of other consumers when developing marketing messages rather than using research papers that are published in food science journals.

The severe lack of communication between food scientists and food advertisers makes it hard for consumers to understand what types of foods they should be putting into their bodies. For this reason, consumers should take the time to understand and do their own research and visit a nutritionist at a health and wellness center to discuss an individualized plan of action for their diet.

Technological Advancements Assist Parents in Encouraging Babies to Sleep

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Being a parent is incredibly rewarding, and exhausting. An online study conducted in 2015 found that the biggest challenges for new parents after the birth of a child was not enough sleep for the parents, followed by the baby sleeping.

Not surprisingly, the milestones most parents look forward to after bringing that infant into the world are baby sleeping through the night and the completion of potty training. Even better is when you’re potting training your little one and he or she wakes up dry after a good night’s sleep. While toilet training the Brazelton way is an excellent option for the former, these tips will help ensure mom, dad and baby all enjoy plenty of shut-eye.

Take Advantage of Light

Darkness triggers the release of a key hormone melatonin, while light helps us wake. By keeping your baby’s days brighter and his nights darker it will naturally help get your infant into a good sleep/wake pattern. During the day, keep those curtains open, letting sunlight in, or spend time outside. Even when it’s naptime, be sure the room is well-lit. To induce sleepiness in the evening, lower all the lights (dimmers are really helpful), about two hours before bedtime which will help trigger that melatonin.

Put Your Baby to Sleep When Drowsy

While it can be difficult, if you can figure out the timing, allowing your baby to drift off on his own will help teach him to soothe himself at night. The best time to put him to bed is just before he’s about to nod off.

Don’t Let Baby Nap Too Long

Waking a sleeping baby isn’t something many parents want to do, but if you let your infant sleep too long during the day, you’re setting yourself up for a long night. Try to limit naptime to no more than two hours if possible. If you can break up sleep into shorter periods during the day time, it can go a long way toward helping baby sleep better at night.

Get a White Noise Machine

Many babies sleep better when using white noise as it will block out startling noises that can wake them. White noise machines can be a big help, or you can simply put a fan on in the baby’s room, provided it doesn’t blow directly on him.

A Consistent Routine

Babies and children of all ages thrive on routine. Creating a consistent routine now is not only going to help baby sleep much better over the short-term, but can help long into the future, bringing order to a chaotic world. This means going through a routine before bedtime like giving him a bath, dressing him in his pajamas, reading him a book or singing a lullaby before a quick cuddle and a kiss good night. If you can follow the same routine as consistently as possible, over time, your child will automatically understand that sleep should follow.

Note: Don’t encourage the start of a bad sleep habit by rushing in as soon as your baby makes a sound or starts rustling around. It’s common for babies to wake up, move around and babble a bit before going back to sleep again, which means you should give baby a little time to see if he’ll resettle on his own.

Dealing with Modern Day Stress and Pressure: Mental Health in Transformation

 

Modern human societies have been formed upon the premise that there exists no large scale social problem which cannot be overcome through conversation and sharing of ideas and in a way the entire global nation is undergoing an ongoing session of personal and collective counselling. As hospitals open their mysterious doors to the public to invite them into their psychology departments, people also look for possible ways to improve their mental health on their own, seeking their way into private therapist offices like Naya Clinics. Given all the interest and possibility associated with mental health counseling in today’s world, it is seen, felt and understood that people demand such services for a good enough reason: to feel more secure, capable and positive about themselves and the life they live. Being a respectable motivation on its own, such a reality also leads the educated and investigative eye into looking for new and exciting developments in the field to be able to forecast into its possible future.

Matt Goldenberg for the Huffington Post provides a window opening into the world of a psychiatrist and how they deal with issues such as depression to provide excellent insights for his ever-inquisitive and demanding reader. Being a psychiatrist himself, Goldenberg begins his article by stating that contrary to popular belief, mental illnesses are not necessarily too different than physical illnesses and some of the procedures associated with identifying and treating them are literally the same. Goldenberg seeks to eliminate medical causes for mental health concerns because disorders such as “depression, mania, anxiety and thought disorders can all be caused by and may mimic medical problems such as thyroid disease, infections, medication side effects, hormone abnormalities and many other treatable medical conditions.” The author explains his methodology to formulate a treatment plan through a process of elimination and observation to lead him to finalize his comprehension of the patient’s symptoms. Goldenberg then refers to “Psychotherapy” as the most common method of treatment for his patients who have developed depression which enables him to develop a preliminary sense of the patient’s reality while also utilizing real-time additions to such a theoretical approach. The author also utilizes advice for lifestyle change and behavioral activation to his clients to fight off depression. This is due to the fact that in many such cases of depression, the main motivator and reason for depressive thought and behavior is isolation which can be eradicated through change and alteration of the living spaces, social circles or even jobs. Having a neutral stance on the use of “Psychopharmacology”, or simply medication, Goldenberg usually educates his clients about possibilities and leaves the choice to them to continue therapy or switch to medication. However, his personal choice for treatment is therapy not because of its advantages for himself but rather its functional benefits which are revealed in the long run for the patient. Overall, Goldenberg’s notion of progress and improvement for patients with depression relies heavily on communication, sharing and collaborative efforts, which is probably why he became such a successful persona in this field of mental health.

Emily Reynolds for Wired magazine takes a more technology and innovation related approach on the issue to focus on the effectiveness of mental health applications for modern day smartphones. Her initial understanding of the situation is that most of the applications in the market today are “clinically unproven and potentially ineffective” as they lack “an underlying evidence base, a lack of scientific credibility and limited clinical effectiveness”. Leading their users to over-reliance and too much confidence on self-diagnosis, such applications should be developed in a gradual and systematic manner to utilize a scientific basis of information and theory to build up on existent IT structures to bring innovation. Considering how the demand for mental health applications are on the rise in today’s world, it becomes determinant that in order to create the necessary supply, the applications need to provide reliable and constructive services to their users. With several research projects amounting to several hundreds of thousands of pounds and dollars already in existence, the issue of developing the right type of application boils down to the developer’s patience with themselves and the market. As such applications transform mental health problems for the patients and doctors alike, their ease of use should be supplemented by scientific offerings and features as well which actually help patients with their mental conditions. Similarly, as more companies indulge into the market and collect user information, the stored data also becomes a problem in itself raising security risks. Regardless, applications such as “Big White WallMoodscope, a self-tracking and peer support network, Happyhealthy, a mindfulness app, and WorkGuru, an occupational stress-management programme” have proven to be clinically efficient and utile, leading their users to obtain easier access to psychiatric help and to normalize their conditions. Considering that all the mentioned applications are third and fourth generation software, it is understood that the trial and error mentality has begun to produce constructive results, raising eyebrows to further possibilities of success and innovation.

David Dobbs for the Atlantic continues in Reynolds’ footsteps to report on Tom Insel’s aspirations to transform mental health care procedures into a digital platform to help patients through their smartphones. After spending 13 precious years as the General Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in America, Insel came to the conclusion that traditional methods and approaches were simply not helping patients anymore, which led him to quietly quit his position to pursue a different career path in the same field. Blaming anything and everything ranging from “the pharmaceutical industry’s failure to develop effective new drugs” to “academic psychiatry’s overly cozy relationship with Big Pharma,” Insel could not convince anyone around him regarding his dispositions and conclusions. After meeting Google’s Andy Conrad in 2015, he began his career as the general director of Google’s “Verily” program to gain access to actual individuals with health records and accessible smartphones. The Silicon Valley’s rich connections brought him further data and bright young minds to develop ideas about how to create mental health related applications and market them to interested users with ease and precision. With an initial assertion that it will never be possible to reach 7.5 billion people with minor and major mental health issues through educated psychiatrists, Insel and his team concluded that smartphones should be utilized as devices for diagnosis to capture health-related data to be used to develop health-related applications. With a professional history and record of technical, biological and chemical innovation in numerous labs and institutions, Insel seeks to utilize Information Technologies in conjunction with advanced programming to create machine-learning applications that will quickly diagnose patients with the right disorder and divert them to the necessary professionals within seconds. If and when he accomplishes this, his quest to help the maximum numbers of mental health patients in the world will come closer to an end because he will create a virtual network of patients, institutions, pharmacies and other related players in the game for easy access. After this point, all it will take to maximize efficiency in the paradigm is intelligent and dedicated mental health professionals, working alongside with computer scientists and data analysts to reach out to individuals and give them the cure for their disorder in a quick, reliable and secure fashion.

Sleeping Conditions and Their Effects

Everyone sleeps differently in different places, situations, moods, times, and so on. For some, reviews of mattresses won’t help because they spend a large amount of time traveling by plane, some struggle with sleep issues no matter the bed, and some live in climates where sleeping in the freezer is preferred. Here are three of those issues and ways to help sleep through them.

1.    Sleeping on a plane

Falling asleep during an airplane trip is one of the most common ways to pass the time. Air Astana, out of Kazakhastan, has created a way for sleepers to sleep enough but not too much. Their new sleep mask for passengers says, “wake me up for meal” on one side to ensure that those sleeping travelers do not miss their in-flight meal. The other side of the mask says “do not disturb” for those who truly just need some rest.

2.    Sleeping as a teenager

Studies in the journal “Pediatrics” shows that insufficient sleep amongst young people is related to cardiac risk factors that include high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and obesity. Fewer than 3% of young people get the recommended nine hours of sleep each night.

“Regularity is a key. Going to bed at the same time, waking up at the same time no matter what. But I think also it’s not just about quantity – that’s what we’ve been discovering. It’s also about quality. For example, even if you’re getting eight hours but are waking up many more times throughout the night or you’re not getting that deep sleep, what we’ve discovered recently is that deep sleep provides the very best form of natural blood pressure medication that you could ever wish for,” said Matthew Walker, director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley on “CBS This Morning”.

3.    Sleeping during a heatwave

Sleeping during a heatwave can be almost impossible at times. Trying to keep the bed cool while also comfortable can make drifting off to sleep take longer and it can make interruptions more frequent. Dr. Hilary Jones suggested to Express sprinkling water on the bed and yourself before going to sleep. Leaving out caffeine and alcohol and replacing them with water will also keep your metabolism from quickening, which can keep people awake. Eating foods rich in melatonin, the “sleep hormone”, can also produce higher quality sleep and a quicker way to get there. Spending 15 minutes on breathing exercises can also lower the heart rate, which in turn promotes relaxation.

Anandi of Thesleepguru.co.uk, also referred to as “The Sleep Guru”, says doing the yoga pose called “Viparita Karani” can also be effective.

“I recommend legs up the wall to nearly everyone as it has such a heavenly rejuvenating power and will bring you back to earth after all that running and rushing. Everything will calm down including the mind and the nervous system. Stay there for 10 minutes as your bedtime prep.It is a marvelous preparation to quiet everything down, that includes your mind, your nervous and circulatory system.”

The Importance of Pool Safety

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Throughout your child’s adolescence, they’re going to experience going to the lake, ocean or swimming pool. Of course, you want your child to have fun in the water, but you also want them to be safe. They’ll be times when you won’t be with them and won’t be able to keep your eye on them. So, what are you going to do? One of the best ways to keep your child safe is through education. So, here are the 6 ways to teach your children water safety.

Put them in swimming lessons

This is one of the best ways to help your children be safe in the water. Firstly, swimming instructors are going to be teaching your children valuable lessons about water safety, plus, give them the skills which will be able to support themselves when in the water. In the United States, one in five of the people who die from drowning are children under 14. By your child knowing how to swim, you drastically decrease their chances of accidentally drowning.

Be present

The best way to teach your children water safety is to be there with them in the water. If you’re sitting away from them or dropping them off at the swimming pool alone, they may have to learn these skills the hard way.

Respect the barriers

When a child sees a fence around a swimming pool, they rarely think about the reason why it’s there. All they’re focused on is going into the pool. But, you need to teach your children about respecting barriers as they’re there for a reason. Swimming pool fences such as the ones by Pool Guard USA aid to protect your children from entering the pool when unsupervised. It’s important to talk to them about this from early on and be consistent with reminding them why these barriers are in place.

Introduce life jackets

You want to teach your child that life jackets aren’t uncool but rather are life-saving devices. Many people avoid wearing life jackets, however, a life jacket is similar to wearing a seatbelt when in a car. If they don’t know how to swim, wearing a life jacket is a great incentive to get them to take lessons. However, they need to know that when on boats, a life jacket is an absolute must.

Show them the dangers

When we’re near a swimming pool, we usually become excited and forget to keep our eyes open to possible dangers. It’s important to teach your children what possible dangers look like when near water as it differs then on land. For example, teaching them about currents is one way to prevent them from going into choppy waters.

Take them to guarded areas only

You’re going to need to be an example to your children as they learn from their parents. Therefore, take them to areas which are protected by lifeguards, showing them the importance of being in areas which are properly protected. Of course, if you go to unguarded areas, you need to emphasize the importance of water safety when there’s no one around to help you.

 

Demystifying Dentistry

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The history of dentistry is intertwined with the growth of human civilization. Excavations from the early Harappan period of the Indus Valley Civilization demonstrate that teeth were drilled 9,000 years ago. Dental surgery was probably the first medical specialization. Dentistry was, however, primitive till the middle ages, with barbers doubling as surgeons and dentists, and folk cures masquerading as genuine medical therapies. Modern dentistry has come a long way to become the structured and scientific discipline that is today. The French surgeon Pierre Fauchard is known as the Father of Modern Dentistry. Fauchard pioneered dental prosthesis, discovered methods to replace lost teeth, introduced dental braces and used substitutes made from carved blocks of ivory and bone. However, dental myths abound and are passed on by word of mouth (pun intended).

The No 1 myth is that there is no need to visit a dentist if there is no problem with the teeth. The fact is that it is important to visit the dentist at least bi-annually for a dental examination and cleaning to ensure that the teeth remain healthy and dental complications are nipped in the bud. There is an all-pervasive myth that parents pass on good dental health to their offspring. Truth be told, genetics only has a minimal role in determining a person’s dental health and it is the responsibility of the individual to take care of his teeth and gums. There is also an apprehension that brushing teeth more than once a day can prove harmful for the enamel. Actually speaking, there should not be any problem in brushing twice a day, provided one uses a soft toothbrush to avoid roughness on the gums and teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals can clean the teeth and freshen the breath, but is not a replacement to brushing and flossing. When brushing and flossing are skipped, bacteria from food residues get stuck in the teeth and develop into plaque over a period of time.

Many people regard sugar as the primary cause of cavities and tooth decay. Bacteria is the real villain, though, as it produces acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates can result in cavities, in the absence of adequate brushing and flossing. It is a blunder to attempt curing a toothache by placing an aspirin tablet next to the painful tooth. Far from relieving a toothache, an aspirin tablet that is in direct contact with the soft tissues of the mouth may lead to painful chemical burns. The arguably most insidious myth is that the elderly alone are afflicted by gum disease. In reality, even people in their 30s develop gum disease and teenagers can suffer from gingivitis. Gum disease, if left untreated, can be a leading cause of tooth loss and result in serious illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Emergency dental care offices should be the first point of contact in any dental emergencies.

It is easier to smile than frown. A healthy dental life, free of myths, would give plenty reasons to smile.

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David Michigan and the Power of the Mind

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When most of us think of mind games, there is a particular consideration for malicious intent. It is generally associated with the mentality of being misled or disheartened after being led to believe one thing and yet another has occurred. However, there is a different side to mind games that should be considered. That is the ability for self-growth; the ability to use your own mind to focus on and create what you want.

There are many options for this. For some, it maybe mindful yoga or meditation and for others it is following a guru’s guidance. But for all, it is about learning which path to seek that best suits their needs. With several options including the desire to start through eating properly or exercise, the foundation of what is needed are two things: a good coach or plan to help get you there and the mental desire to commit to the goal.

Take for example, David Michigan. A simple guy born to a normal family; he discovered that using his mind was the foundation for the continuous development he desired and wanted to help others discover that as well. Using his own methods, he has created his own concept of mind games for self improvement. He rocks the world with his tattoos and ‘Spartan’ modelling career; and people love it. 4 million of them to be exact. Focusing on mental training, David seeks to elevate those around him by teaching them how to train their mind, and he shows them by doing.

This is essential to what he believes is the starting point for mental development. With David, you do not just get a motivational person, he practices what he preaches. A simple look at his online accounts shows the hard work he puts in. He is not just saying he is able to accomplish a successful goal, it radiates through his focus and mental reconditioning. He believes that there is a difference between having the desire for something and wanting to control it.

That is what mind games should be. The focus of the person to actively control through self-hypnosis and decide for themselves the outcome of life that they are looking for. And not all motivational speakers and self-help people practice this concept. Fundamentally, yes, the idea is there. But if you look across the platform of #1 speakers on the planet; many of them do not do much outside of write books and tour. Most often, it is a case of having an idea, selling the books and making money. They tell people what to do, but it is not a whole-body experience. That is the difference between guru’s. Those who tell you to manifest in a certain way or manner, and those who show you how they accomplished it and how to navigate and adapt their concepts to match your goals. Therefore, align your self and future goals with a well-rounded concept that matches everything, because no one likes mind games unless the mind is trained properly.

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