It's a scientific fact that stress can exacerbate existing illnesses or even cause new illness. This is because stress causes the body to pump out hormones. These hormones can be good in small doses - they can help us get through a particularly stressful situation, but when stress is elevated for an extended period of time, this overflow of hormones can actually cause us to get sick by weakening the immune system.* Dr.
In today's world of modern medical science, people are living longer than ever. While this is a great achievement, it has also created a generation of caregivers and, while elderly folks may be living longer, they aren't necessarily living longer by themselves. They often need help inside their homes or in assisted living facilities.
Why is it that when we are feeling down and out, food is often the only thing that can make us feel better? There are several reasons, some of which relate to sensory memory, but there are also real biological reasons that food - regardless of its healthfulness - actually makes us feel physically better.
If you've ever taken care of a sick or elderly loved one, then you know how overwhelming the task of caregiving can be. For those who are long-term caregivers, burnout is a serious issue. So how can you avoid caregiver burnout if you are a caregiver, or how can you help someone you know who is a caregiver? There are several ways, some are small, others are large, but some effort should be taken to help distribute the weight.
January is cervical health and cervical cancer awareness month and, at Get Well Meal, we'd like to share some important information about preventing and treating cervical cancer. More than 12,000 women in the US are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and more than 4,000 women will die from the disease annually. Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women.
Remission. It's a word so many people with serious illnesses long for. It's something you strived for and looked towards as a light at the end of your disease and treatment tunnel.
If you've achieved remission, you know the happiness and the cause for celebration it brings with it. Embrace that feeling and on the next anniversary of your remission - do something special. Because if your illness has taught you anything it's to enjoy life and to celebrate the small and the big things.
Here are a few idea on how to mark this momentous occasion:
This year marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month from the American Heart Association. More than 787,000 people in the U.S. died from heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases in 2010. That's about one of every three deaths in America. In fact, cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. What's even more heartbreaking about those statistics is that heart disease is preventable in many cases.
SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder affects four to six percent of people severely and another 10 to 20 percent more moderately. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is season specific, and generally affects people in the winter, when the days are shorter and colder. If you've ever experienced SAD, then you know how difficult it can be to get through the doldrum days of winter, but imagine dealing with SAD when you're already sick.
Dealing with terminal illness is one of the hardest things both the ill person and their loved ones can deal with. Often a sense of powerlessness can overwhelm everyone involved. There's no perfect way to deal with impending death, and everyone does it differently, but here are a few tips to help work through this difficult time.
Asking for help is hard. We're raised to believe that we should be able to do things on our own, to be independent, but when we're sick or if we're caring for someone who is sick, the fact is that we simply can't do everything ourselves. So how can we get out of our comfort zone and ask others around us for the help we desperately need?