Aug Chatterbox

CBD is showing up more and more in Florida, from gas stations to grocery stories. It was being sold long before it became legal in the state on July 1. But there is a lot of confusion about whether it’s safe and what is legitimate. We learn more about what CBD is. The ingredient is found in cannabis plants, but it does not produce the high commonly associated with marijuana. People who consume it say it helps with stress, pain relief and sleep, as well as other conditions. But not all products you see on store shelves or online are created equal. There are plenty of businesses selling CBD products that either don’t contain real CBD or that also contain harmful additives. If interested in trying CBD consult with your physician and try to obtain it from a medical marijuana treatment center, commonly known as a dispensary. These facilities were able to legally sell CBD before the law legalizing hemp in the state went into effect on July 1. Dispensary staff should be knowledgeable in educating patients about CBD products, and because the state has strict rules about what is sold in dispensaries, there is a much higher chance the products are safe. But for those not interested or able to obtain authorization to shop in medical marijuana dispensaries, there are other companies selling safe, effective CBD products. There are several factors to consider when determining if a CBD product seems safe: Check to see if the product contains any additives or fillers. Check whether the product – and the CBD itself – is made in America. He said there have been cases where CBD coming from other countries like China or India has been contaminated with hard metals or chemicals the plant absorbed in the ground. Ensure the product is THC-free or at least contains less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the legal limit. Confirm whether the finished product is tested by a third-party lab. Companies should have their lab results readily available, with many choosing to post them on their websites. But please before using check with your doctor or pharmacist

Each year thousands of adults in the United States get sick from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines — some people are hospitalized, and some even die. Even if you got all your vaccines as a child, the protection from some vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for other diseases due to your age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions. Since August is National Immunization Awareness Month now is the time to check with your Doctor to see what is needed. And remember that Flu season is coming up so be prepare to get your Flu shot soon.

August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month. If you don’t know what gastroparesis is, don’t worry—you’re not alone. One purpose of having a Gastroparesis Awareness Month is to bring attention to this difficult-to-manage condition Gastroparesis is a disorder that stops or slows the movement of food from your stomach to your small intestine, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). “Normally, after you swallow food, the muscles in the wall of your stomach grind the food into smaller pieces and push them into your small intestine to continue digestion,” the NIDDK site reports. “When you have gastroparesis, your stomach muscles work poorly or not at all, and your stomach takes too long to empty its contents. Gastroparesis can delay digestion, which can lead to various symptoms and complications.” Symptoms that are similar to gastroparesis occur in 1 out of 4 U.S., adults, the NIDDK reports. As diabetes cases skyrocket, another condition called gastroparesis is rapidly becoming a more common diagnosis. It reduces the ability of the stomach to empty its contents but does not involve a blockage. Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, bloating and chronic abdominal pain are the hallmark symptoms There are several ways to treat gastroparesis, according to The Mayo Clinic. First, your doctor may discuss certain changes you can make to your diet, such as eating smaller meals, eating well-cooked vegetables, staying hydrated, and walking after meals. There are also medications that stimulate the stomach muscles or help to control nausea and vomiting. If you have any questions, please talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

August is Boomers Making a Difference month. Baby Boomers have made to our communities and to the world. Boomers include anyone born between 1946 and 1964. How are you using your gifts, your wisdom, and your knowledge?  What seeds are you sowing?  Where are you focusing your energy?  How are you taking care of you in order to make the difference? It’s time to stop blaming government, leaders, media, family, friends, millennials, age and anything else keeping you from taking responsibility for your life.  You create your own reality based on how you think and what you say. Boomers!  There’s so much life still to live, the minute you decide there is.  You have much to offer and the planet is waiting for you to contribute.  It’s a new season.  What have you always wanted to do?  It doesn’t matter how crazy it sounds. It’s your journey and no one else even begins to have your vision or your gifts. Make a difference beginning today, so next August, you can share not only that you’re a proud boomer, but that you are making a difference.This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about the exceptional benefits that volunteering can offer A recent study showed that nearly 19 million adults over the age of 55 volunteer regularly, and getting involved in activities that are meaningful and beneficial to the world around them can be an incredible enhancement to your life and your health and well-being. Some of the benefits of volunteering include: • Boosted activity levels. • Reduced risk of depression • Connecting generations.•  Giving sense of importance. So get out there

During the summer months, staying hydrated is more important than ever, especially during heat waves. The reason for this is simple: Dehydration diminishes your ability to regulate temperature, and thus, your risk of developing a heat illness rises dramatically. Heat illnesses are of special concern to senior citizens, because older adults are much more affected by summer heat. When we age, our bodies become less efficient at regulating temperature for a couple of reasons. Seniors over 65 don’t sweat as much as younger adults, which unfortunately is one of the body’s most important heat-regulation mechanisms.  Also, seniors store fat differently, which complicates heat-regulation in the body further. Why’s this serious? Well, as the temperature rises, so too does your internal body temperature, especially when you’re exposed directly to the sun or extremely hot environments. Which is why seniors suffer from heat stroke more often than younger people throughout the summer. During heat waves, seniors should be drinking water and juices regularly, and a good rule of thumb is to drink fluids at every meal, as well as sipping fluids throughout the day rather than drinking them quickly

PROTECT YOURSELF DURING A POWER OUTAGE Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. Only use generators outdoors and away from windows. Do not use a gas stove to heat your home. Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges. Use alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or power dependent medical devices. If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling. Check on neighbors. Take an inventory now of the items you need that rely on electricity. Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life. Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out. Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports. Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home. Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last. Review the supplies that are available in case of no power. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water. Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer. Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage. Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise. When in doubt, throw it out!

July’s Chatterbox

It is that time of year ago, mosquitoes are getting worse and they can spread diseases such as ZIKA. So make sure that you draining standing water such as plates under your flowerpots or garbage in open can, checking window screens for tears etc. Apply mosquito repellent containing DEET and remember Skeeters love sweat and bacteria, making your toes a prime blood-sucking spot. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes that hide your arms and legs. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, If you need your area spray call the local mosquito control office

July is National Honey month, here are some proven information on what Honey can do. There’s no doubt honey has the power to kill bacteria. Studies have shown that it is effective against dozens of strains, including E. coli and salmonella. What makes honey antimicrobic? Most bees deposit hydrogen peroxide into the honey as they synthesize flower pollen. Add that honey is naturally acidic, and you have a recipe for antibacterial properties. Honey did a better job of easing nighttime coughs and improving sleep than both the popular cough suppressant dextromethorphan and the antihistamine diphenhydramine (Benadryl). So, think of honey as you would blueberries, broccoli and other cruciferous veggies, nuts, grapes, dark green veggies, tea and whole grains: Eating a mix of healthy powerhouse foods can only help your body fight disease.

One of the best things about summer is that many fruits are at their peak. These summer fruits are not only delicious, but they’re also good for you – eating 2-3 servings of fruit daily is one of the best ways to improve your diet and overall health. Worried about the sugar? That shouldn’t stop you from enjoying fresh fruit. The sugars contained in whole fruit come with fiber, antioxidants, and other healthful nutrients, so it’s not the same as eating table sugar or a candy bar. In fact, studies show that adding fruit to your meals and snacks may reduce risk for heart disease, obesity and even protect against certain types of cancers

Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness. Some individuals have health problems, such as heart disease, that make it more difficult for the body to circulate blood properly and dissipate heat. Others are on medications, like diuretics (water pills), that cause water loss and worsen the dehydrating effects of high temperatures. Obese individuals have an especially hard time keeping cool. Drinking fluids to prevent dehydration, replenishing salt and minerals, and limiting time in the heat can help. Remember to keep cool and use common sense. Preventing heat-related illness depends mostly on making efforts to stay comfortable: drinking fluids when thirsty, sponging off with a cool towel, and escaping unrelenting heat in a location with more comfortable and safer temperatures

If you stay in your home during a hurricane and the power goes out, do not light candles or gas or oil lanterns because of the potential for gas leaks from storm-damaged lines. Instead, use only flashlights or battery-powered lanterns during and after a storm until power is safely restored and all gas lines are checked.

July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, a time for everyone to reflect on cell phone etiquette and device use. At one point or another, most everyone is guilty of focusing too much attention on a cell phone rather than on people and events around them. Many have also awkwardly encountered someone else’s personal call, or needed to repeat themselves because a family member or colleague was focusing on a screen rather than a face

July is Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month. There is a common misconception that just because something is natural makes it completely safe to take. Such is the case when it comes to people taking certain dietary supplements that are made with all-natural ingredients. However, the truth is that most of these natural formulations can interact with certain prescription medication. For instance, herbal supplements with cranberry extract as the primary active ingredient are known to interact with blood thinning medications and taking the two should be avoided. There are a number of potential drug and herbal supplement interactions so people need to be very careful when taking these. The best ways to prevent problems and protect yourself or loved ones is by keeping a thorough record of all prescription or over-the-counter medications and vitamins or herbal supplements you or your loved ones are taking. It would also be best to inform your healthcare professional of all the vitamins and supplements you are taking especially when you are under medication. Also, you should check the label of medications you are taking especially the warnings in regards to what you should avoid. You can also ask your pharmacist any questions related to the medications you are purchasing. This includes how the drug/s interacts with each other, food, vitamins and herbal supplements.

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established to raise awareness of mental health challenges in minority populations. While mental health conditions don’t discriminate based on race, gender or ethnicity, access to mental health treatment can be more difficult for some people to obtain than others. It’s important for people to take on the challenge of raising awareness and reducing the stigma associated with mental health conditions. While one in five adults in the United States will experience mental illness, less than half of them will ever obtain treatment, and this is especially true for minority communities

Healthy relationships are a vital component of health. The health risks from being alone or isolated in one’s life are comparable to the risks associated with cigarette smoking, blood pressure, and obesity. Studies have found that people with a strong social network tend to live longer, respond better to stress, have healthier cardiovascular functioning, and an immune system with a better ability to fight off infectious diseases