Bracelet of Hope

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Four months ago an off duty cop Christian Lopez became a hero when he grabbed Ibrahim from the ledge of a rooftop in Brooklyn. Ibrahim is a 6 year old autistic boy who ran out of a Brooklyn school that day without anyone noticing and ended up on a nearby rooftop of a building where Lopez lived. Thankfully this incident had a happy ending unlike a very similar one that happened few years ago when 14 year old Avonte Oquendo, a known flight risk, disappeared from a school in Long Island City in July 2013 never to be found again till several months later in January 2014, when some of his remains washed ashore on a beach in Queens.

Stories of autistic kids wandering away or sometimes running away are not unheard of. About half of autistic children are prone to wandering, according to research published in 2012 in the journal of Pediatrics, and back when this research was published in 2012, wandering had led to the deaths of more than 60 autistic children since 2008. Needless to say, parents of kids on the spectrum live in a constant fear of an incident like Ibrahim’s or God forbid like Avonte’s happening with their child. Can they do something to ensure this does not happen? Well, unfortunately not really, not unless they keep the child chained to them at all times. And who would really want to do that to any child let alone one who suffers from a disorder that makes life an everyday challenge to begin with.

There is however hope in the form of devices like SafetyNet bracelets which transmit radio frequency signals that can help law enforcement to track and find the child in case he or she gets lost or runs away. So while incidents of getting lost cannot completely be avoided, we can ensure the child gets found before anything unfavorable happens to them. When Avonte disappeared, an entire city worth of volunteers and law enforcement for months tried to get into the mind of an autistic 14 year old and retrace his steps without any success. If a device such as this had been on Avonte, it would have been a matter of minutes not even hours before they could have located Avonte and this unspeakable tragedy could have been avoided.

The price tag of approximately $500 per year on these devices is well worth the peace of mind they provide. The irony though is that God does not check the financial status or bank accounts of the families he sends these special kids to. The cost of raising a child on spectrum is nothing short of astronomical for a middle class family. A Harvard study indicates an average lifetime cost of $1.4 million for a person affected by autism that is not complicated by intellectual disability. An estimated 1 in 5 persons with autism also has intellectual disability. This increases the average lifetime cost of care to $2.3 million

Community resources and non-profit foundations that help raise awareness and funds for affected families are much needed today than ever before. Autismspeaks.org lists several such organizations which are doing great work. One such organization, The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism in the northeast has partnered with Safety Net Tracking in a Safe and Secure Project which donates SafetyNet radio frequency tracking bracelets to Autistic individuals with a history of wandering.

April is Autism Awareness month and so on April 14th HealthProductsforyou.com and AutismEnabled.com are donating 10% of their online sales to Doug Flutie foundation’s Safe and Secure project that provides these precious children with the bracelet of hope.

Flight risk is just one of the many challenges parents of Autistic kids face every single day. This month for those parents, let’s wear blue and spread some hope!

Mar 22

Stress and Strain – Fighting Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is one of the major kinds of incontinence disorders. Here are a few healthy lifestyles tips to ease the problem of stress incontinence:

  • Shed extra weight – If you are an overweight person, losing excess pounds can help reduce the pressure on your bladder and pelvic floor muscles. Moderate weight loss may slightly improve your stress incontinence. Speak to your doctor for guidance on weight loss.
  • Add fiber to your diet – If you suffer from chronic constipation it can contribute to your urinary incontinence. Keep bowel movements soft and regular to reduce the strain on your pelvic floor muscles. Eating high-fiber foods — whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables — to relieve and prevent constipation.
  • Don’t smoke – Smoking can lead to a severe chronic cough, which can aggravate the symptoms of stress incontinence. Smoking is also associated with a drop in your oxygen-carrying capacity, a factor thought to increase the risk of an overactive bladder. And smoking is associated with bladder cancer.

Care while travelling – Travelling can be a difficult issue when we are travelling as incontinence supplies are not commonly available. Here are a few tips to get you through while travelling. Maintaining a good relationship with family, friends and co-workers can help prevent feelings of isolation and depression that may accompany incontinence. We should stay prepared so that it makes us feel more comfortable when we’re out and about:

  • Stock up on supplies – Carry sufficient incontinence pads or protective undergarments and possibly a change of clothes. Incontinence products are discreet and can be stored in a roomy purse or a small backpack. Extra supplies and spare clothes can be kept in the trunk of your car or a backpack for use when needed.
  • Scout out your destination – Reassess the number of restrooms available at your destination. Choose seating that allows easy access to restrooms.
  • Take good care of your skin– Prolonged contact with wet clothing can cause skin irritation or sores. Keep your skin dry by changing your garments when they’re wet and applying a barrier cream if your skin is frequently wet.
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Mar 04

TO KNEE OR NOT TO KNEE

The knees are the foundation of human activity and it becomes very difficult to function as a whole without the proper functioning of the knees. These are few FAQs that come to mind whenever we face any problem related to the knee.

Do these medicines work?

Anti-inflammatory medicines can work wonders to reduce inflammation and also alleviate pain. But always be sure about the medicines and take care about allergies or side-effects if there are any. Consult a doctor in any of these situations. Excessive use of anti-inflammatory medicines can cause long term effects to the kidneys, or the stomach and hence you can also try out some ointments or creams.

Is Running or Exercise an Option?

Running or exercises are excellent options but do not over exert yourself as it can result in muscle tears or sprains. Exercise actually helps in strengthening the muscles and keeping the joints oiled but keeping the in action. Inactivity can cause rustiness in the joints and can thus cause a lot of pain. Always use proper equipment such as shoes, and joint socks to avoid any unnecessary injuries or sprains.

Should I Worry If?

  • Swollen or feverish knee joints
  • Knee locks and knocks when moved
  • Knee pains when stressed upon
  • Knee looks deformed
  • Pain extends to other parts of the leg

Should I Replace it?

Knee replacements surgeries have become very common in the past decade with increasing amounts of people opting for replacing the knee joint. But is it always necessary? Knee replacement surgeries have become the go to solution for any knee problem and doctors also many a time do not completely analyze the situation and recommend a surgery. Always consult a few other people and doctors before going in for a surgery. Also read up on the issues and the problems faced by people after the surgery.

To knee or not to knee

Jan 04

Bell Peppers FTW

Bell Peppers are enriched with Vitamin C. The phytochemicals and carotenoids have magical antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which enhance your health. The capsaicin found in bell peppers not only helps in treating prostrate cancer but is also very effective in pain relief and reducing the fat content of the body. The following recipe not only incorporates the healthy lifestyle but also gives a zingy taste to your everyday pallet.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients-

  • 4 medium green or red bell peppers
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup no-salt-added cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Method-

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut tops off bell peppers and remove seeds. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine tomatoes, beans, corn, salsa, 3/4 cup of the cheese, cornmeal, green onions, cilantro and 1/4 cup water. Spoon mixture evenly into bell peppers; sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of the cheese.
  4. Place stuffed peppers in an 8×8-inch baking pan. Add 1/2-inch water to pan. Bake, uncovered, 50 minutes or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through.
  5. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm.
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Source – Internet

Dec 15

The Magic of Pumpkins

Pumpkins are one of the wonders of nature that can be used in all kinds of foods. Whether you like savory or desserts or appetizers, the humble pumpkin is at your service. Pumpkins are packed with dietary fibres and so keep away hunger for a longer time. they are also rich in Vitamin A and phytoestrogens which enhance your vision and also prevent hyper tension. The following is a recipe for using pumpkins in a tasty and a healthy way.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 3 cups one-percent milk
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds

Method-

  1. Place oatmeal in a sauce pan with the milk and allow to rest for five minutes.
  2. Bring the milk to a rapid simmer, add the spices and honey, then lower the heat. Whisk until almost thick.
  3. Add the pumpkin puree and cook until the pumpkin is heated to 165°.
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Source- Internet