Be Your Best to Give Your Best: A Caretaker PSA

Green isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day. The month of March is also National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, which is proudly represented with the green awareness ribbon.

The CDC defines Cerebral Palsy (CP) as follows: a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. The CDC also notes that CP “is the most common motor disability in childhood” and that cerebral refers to brain and palsy refers to weakness or problem with using muscles.

However, if I didn’t know a mother of a child living with Cerebral Palsy I would have zero realization that March is CP awareness month. And as I thought about CP awareness, or the lack thereof, and started to research CP in general, I kept thinking: Where are the articles that spotlight the caretakers of those with CP?

Statistics show:

  • Medical costs are around 10 times higher for children with cerebral palsy
  • Medical costs are around 26 times higher for children with cerebral palsy who have an intellectual disability
  • The total lifetime care costs to take care of a child with cerebral palsy currently exceeds $1 million

Although the phrase “money can’t buy happiness” holds validity,

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Think Iodine, Not Toilet Paper: The Race to Protect Yourself & Your Family Against the Coronavirus Starts Now

NEWSFLASH: “Don’t squeeze the Charmin!” is out, and “Can’t find the Charmin!” is in.

This tongue-in-cheek comment visualizes the decimated toiletry shelves of stores around the world as the fear of the coronavirus slithers into communities, shooting panic into the hearts of many and confusion as to how to best respond.

Contrary to what many believe, coronavirus isn’t the newbie at the fear-inducing panic party. According to Cleveland Clinic, “the older human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s,

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Apologize to Your Children Because We Absolutely Should Be Talking About Bowel Movements

Sorry parents, your children were right to be obsessed with bowel movements— both making them and discussing them.

Now I’m not saying the conversation about the mechanical and chemical process of breaking food down so it can be absorbed through the intestinal lining (i.e. digestion) should be dinner table discourse. As the popular phrase so eloquently says, there’s a time and place for everything. I am, however, saying it should be entertained during other moments of the day.

Your digestion system is directly linked to constipation,

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Time is the Greatest Luxury: Don’t Let Seasonal Affective Disorder Steal It

“Winter is coming!” This Game of Thrones line sets the perfect tone for how Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is presented in late autumn. As people brace themselves for the winter months, writers show up in droves to discuss SAD and to arm readers with knowledge that may help them fight off its devastating blow.

Here’s the deal, though. Discussing SAD in late autumn isn’t nearly as impactful as discussing it when people are suffering through it. Although autumn articles on SAD may help people avoid it or deal with it to a lesser degree,

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Ancient Egyptians, Moroccan Medicine, Mediterranean Diet, James Bond, & You ~ Understanding the Connection is Critical to Your Best Health

What did Ancient Egyptians claim is a “symbol of heavenly power”?
What is consumed to “stabilize blood sugar and control diabetes” in traditional Moroccan medicine?

What does Healthline credit as “a natural source of wellness with therapeutic properties” that are:

  • Gastroprotective- protects the digestive system
  • Neuroprotective- protects the central nervous system
  • Antimicrobial- inhibits microorganism growth
  • Anticancer- reduces the risk of cancer
  • Anti-inflammatory- reduces the risk of inflammation
  • Antinociceptive- reduces pain stimuli
  • Antioxidant- prevents oxidation or cell damage

The answer to the above questions is the olive leaf and olive leaf extract.

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Drugs, Fear, & Your Christmas Card List ~ There’s Hope for Those Who Suffer

Runny Nose
Vomiting
Chills
Rapid heartbeat
Anxiety & Depression
Disorientation
Excessive sweating

Watery eyes
Nausea
Muscle aches
Increased blood pressure
Irritability
Insomnia & Fatigue
Panic Attacks

Fever
Headaches
Diarrhea
Agitation
Depression
Body aches
Cravings

This is the abbreviated menu for the withdrawal symptoms associated with Kratom, Morphine, Codeine, Benzo, and Valium, among other pharmaceuticals. According to rehabs.com, “the symptoms of drug withdrawal are perhaps the worst part of the vicious cycle.

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You’ve Drank Toilet Bowl Cleaner & Admitting It Is the First Step Toward Better Health

Toilet bowl cleaner sloshes around your mouth. Stain, rust, and grease remover slithers down your throat. Snail and slug exterminating solution clings to your insides, wrecking you from the inside out.

This is your reality.

Deny it if you must, but this is the ugly truth for those who drink Coca-Cola. Now, this may be a dramatic way to present the conversation on soda’s unapologetic, destructive nature but dramatic or not, it’s true. Although those adorable Coca-Cola polar bears summon an audible ‘awww’ from me every Christmas season and glass Coca-Cola bottles induce intense feelings of nostalgia that make my heart take a direct hit of the warm and fuzzies,

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Negative Body Images: We are Failing Our Youth

Allure asked girls, ages 6 to 18, to talk about body image. Here are a few of their disheartening reflections:

“Honestly, I just don’t really feel comfortable in my own skin sometimes.” She goes on to mention her height and facial structure upsets her and since she can’t change those things, she avoids mirrors. ~ Mia, 11

“I know a term nowadays is slim-thick. So even if some parts of you are slim, other parts of you have to be full.” She shares that the perfectly balanced body,

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Perfectionism: Battering Minds, Marriages, & Millenials for Decades ~ It’s Time to Let Scars Show and Missteps Lead the Way

GoodTherapy defines perfectionism as “the need to be or appear to be perfect, or even to believe that it’s possible to achieve perfection.” Medical News Today warns about socially prescribed perfectionism, which is when “individuals believe their social context is excessively demanding, that others judge them harshly, and that they must display perfection to secure approval.” Research links perfectionism to anxiety, depression, suicide (especially among college students), risk of bipolar disorder, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and among other things,

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Quitter’s Day: The Graveyard of New Year’s Resolutions

Research shows that the second Friday of January is the average day by which New Year’s resolution motivation skids to a halt. That day is termed Quitter’s Day.

Wow. The term ‘quitter’ is aggressive. Although it may technically describe what’s happening, the stopping of a behavior, that word summons negativity like a plague summons death.

The American Psychological Association claims 93% of people make New Year’s resolutions. If the majority of those 93% start to throw their New Year’s resolution in the trash by the second week,

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