Living With Disease In The Modern World: A Hard (& Busy) Life

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They say that we all live stressful lives now, but what about those people who have to go through every single day with a debilitating disease? Life is not just going to be stressful, but it can have a major impact on their outlook on life. Regardless of the disease, if you are going through this, or know someone who is suffering from a chronic illness, undergoing treatment in the early stages of a disease, there are some things to take on board when you are feeling pressure from all directions.

Tips For Living With Disease In The Modern World

1. Make Yourself A Priority

If you aren’t focusing on yourself at all and listening intuitively to when you need to take time off, or have a break from your day-to-day activities, then it’s time to start. You are not defined by your disease, and so it shouldn’t affect every aspect of your life. However, you know when it’s impacting you more than it usually does. You are in control of your choices. So even if you have a family to take care of, remember to take care of yourself so you can be around as long as possible.

2. Ask Other People For Help

The modern world is a difficult beast, and we can feel like people are wrapped up in their own individual worlds sometimes. But don’t forget that there are usually people around to help you. As disingenuous as social media may appear at times, if you have a genuine problem, and you have nobody to talk to you about it apart from social media friends, you will see an outpouring of support in this respect. Many people love to help, but they have to be made aware of needs first. So don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

3. Find High-Quality Professional Support 

Everywhere you go in the world, there is always a complaint about the healthcare system. But there are many that can’t sing their praises enough. There are some facilities that are incredibly sensitive to your nature, and don’t treat you as cattle, which you are not! There are healthcare facilities like the Southwest Diagnostic Centers which try to be flexible for people with busy lives, which is great if you are leading an active life, such as a high-powered job where you feel the pressure on a personal level as well as a professional one.

4. Understand The Importance Of Balance

A lot of people who are diagnosed with a chronic illness or disease have no choice but to keep working. And if this is you, the stress of trying to maintain a proper wage while also living with something like this can be incredibly difficult. It’s always important to remember that stress will exacerbate things. So you need to find ways to tip the scales in your favor. Make sure you have enough quality down time so you can feel refreshed and rejuvenated. You need to make time for yourself regardless. And if you’re going to live with this for as long as possible, you should not feel trapped in the present state of affairs.

Nobody said it was easy, and you know this more than anyone else, but living a busy life with an illness is definitely harder now than years ago. Always remember that you need to understand what you can control and what you can’t. The disease is something you may not be able to control, but your choices are.


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General Mills Bringing Back The Artificial Colors In Trix Cereal

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It’s only been a year and a half since General Mills removed the artificial flavors and colors from their Trix cereal, and guess what? In October they’re adding the unnatural stuff back.

For real.

Red #40, Yellow #6 and Blue #1

Isn’t this going in the wrong direction? Like, completely?

General Mills Bringing Back The Artificial Colors

The Artificial Flip Flop

Back in 2015, General Mills announced that they would remove the artificial colors and flavors from all their cereals. At the time the president of General Mill’s cereal division, Jim Murphy said,

“We’re simply listening to consumers, and these ingredients are not what people are looking for in their cereal today.”

True that.

Personally, as a consumer and a mom to four kids, I’m looking for whole foods and more natural products. So to me, removing the artificial ingredients was a big plus. At our house, we don’t eat much cereal (lots of eggs, smoothies and oats, plus I rarely eat breakfast because I do the intermittent fasting thing nearly every day), but when I buy it I look for gluten-free options that are free from artificial colors and flavors.

General Mills explained they are bringing the artificial ingredients back due to an outcry from their fans. Apparently some customers complained they didn’t like the duller colors of the newer, naturally colored cereal and they wanted the brightly (though artificial) colored Trix back.

While it’s true that people can choose to eat whatever they want, the way General Mills flip-flopped is so disturbing to me. It seems they’re not concerned with the health of the very people who buy their cereal.

Although plenty of people know about the harmful effects of artificial ingredients in our foods, there are many others who don’t. What about them?

Everyone deserves to know the truth about how ingredients in the foods we eat can impact our health.

It’s baffling why General Mills would go back on this, especially when we review what research shows these artificial ingredients can do to our bodies. What’s worse is kids are particularly vulnerable to the harmful impact of these additives.

Health Risks Of Artificial Food Dyes

  • Can cause hyperactivity and behavior problems in children who are particularly sensitive (1)
  • Some dyes may contain carcinogenic (cancer-causing) toxins (2)
  • Can cause allergic reactions (3)

What’s Up With Food Colorings Anyway?

Let’s consider for a second why companies add artificial colorings to begin with. When foods are processed the natural textures, colors and appearances are stripped away….not to mention the essential nutrients.

What’s left is a sickening pile of blah. (Have you watched any food documentaries lately?)

So the manufactures have to add colors, flavorings and nutrients back to the “food” to make it palatable….so people will buy it and eat the stuff.

General Mills bringing back the artificial colors

Final Word

Recent reports suggest cereal sales in the U.S. are down 7 percent from last year. Americans aren’t into cereal like they used to be and the cereal companies seem desperate to drum up a little business.

I think adding artificial ingredients back is a big mistake. It will definitely make me think twice before I buy cereal (or anything else) from General Mills in the future.

Eating a diet rich in brightly colored whole foods is the best way to avoid the harmful effects of food dyes. So enjoy a bowl of brilliant blue blueberries and red strawberries. Or polish off a big green salad topped with red, yellow and green peppers, tomatoes, purple onions, cabbage and oranges. These foods are full of the essential nutrients your body needs for health and vitality.

*I’ve sent General Mills an email expressing my concern and displeasure over this decision and am awaiting their response. I will update this post as soon as I hear back from them.


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The Life-Saving Realities Of Early Diagnosis

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Understanding health is not easy. We all want to feel well and have the best outlook on life, but achieving this can be tough. Humans are very individual, with different needs and different expectations.

That’s why it can sometimes be reassuring to know that there are areas of health that are uniting. In some areas, health does not have to be a guessing game; instead it is a constant that applies to all people. These are areas that are true for everyone, solid and concrete facts that are indisputable. One such fact is the importance of early diagnosis.

The Life-Saving Realities Of Early Diagnosis

Why Is Early Diagnosis So Important?

The earlier an illness is detected, the better the chance of successful treatment. It really is that simple.

Think of a kitchen sink. It gets piled up with dirty dishes, layer after layer of food crumbs, and various oily residue. One day without being cleaned is fine; you can wipe the accumulation off with a paper towel. However, if a week passes, every day adding to the mess, then it’s far, far harder to return the sink to a clean state. It will take cleaning products and scouring pads.

Illness is much the same; you want to stop it in its tracks before it has a chance to pile up, causing endless stress and worse.

Which Illnesses Have Outcomes That Rely On Early Diagnosis?

One of the most important illnesses when it comes to understanding the need for early diagnosis is cancer. The statistics back up this necessity across all forms of the disease. For breast cancer, the survival rate is almost 100% if cancer is first diagnosed at stage one.

Even for cancers like Mesothelioma — which is known to be particularly virulent — early diagnosis is vital, with mesothelioma prognosis statistics reflecting this. The sooner cancer is found, the better chance of treating it successfully.

Does That Mean I Should Run To My Doctor At Any Sign Of Concern?

Of course, the above could lead you to constant doctor visits. After all, if early diagnosis is so vital, you should run to the doctor at the smallest sign of ill health. While your sore throat and stuffed nose is just the sign of a cold, you have taken the early diagnosis threat to heart; so you visit the doctor anyway.

That’s not a good idea. In fact, it can result in a mental health condition called Health Anxiety. For most of us, we have to balance our common sense with our knowledge of how important an early diagnosis is.

You don’t need to run to the doctor the moment there is an issue, but it’s a good idea to set a time limit of around three weeks. If your symptoms have not improved within three weeks, then it’s advisable to seek medical advice. This walks the fine line between visiting a doctor too much and not visiting a doctor enough.

Understanding early diagnosis is an important way of protecting your future health and well-being. Keep a sense of perspective, set a three-week window for all symptoms, and you’ve got all your bases covered.


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The Ultimate Guide To Staying Healthy And Out Of The Hospital

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It’s essential that adults take their health seriously if they want to avoid spending time in the hospital and taking medication. Of course some things are out of our control, and at some point, most people’s health will deteriorate, and they will need medical assistance. However, it’s more than possible to push that event back for many years if you have the right information and follow the best strategies.

With that in mind, this is a general post that will cover all the basics readers need to consider. If everyone who discovers this article decides to put the advice into action, they will likely live longer and healthier lives. These tips greatly increase their chances that they stay around long enough to see their children reach maturity.

The Ultimate Guide To Staying Healthy And Avoiding The Hospital

1. Consume a healthy diet 

First, it’s important to consider the physical side of staying healthy. That should start by outlining an eating plan that doesn’t contain lots of processed junk food. While chocolate and other substances contain a lot of chemicals that make the human brain feel happy, foods with lots of added sugars tend to cause a lot of damage to the body. (Of course, high quality, very dark chocolate is an exception and has many health benefits.)

Thankfully, there is lots of information online about eating plans that anyone can read and use. It’s just a case of selecting a program that works well for most people. Doctors and other medical professionals can also offer advice in most instances, and so it’s sensible to discuss the issue if there are any concerns. At the very least, everyone should make sure they consume lots of:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Protein

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2. Avoid drinking too much alcohol

Far too many people consume alcohol every single day. While there are news articles out there that suggest a single glass of wine benefits the body, most folks tend to drink much more than that. At most, people should only consume a few units of alcohol per week. If they can manage to avoid that, most doctors would claim it’s a positive thing. However, alcohol has become a staple with many people in Western society, and it’s often the main feature during many events and celebrations. So, readers just need to make sure they never binge on the substance and only drink it in moderation.

Anyone who worries about their alcohol intake should:

  • Explain the situation to their doctor
  • Ask for information about support groups
  • Find a new hobby that keeps them away from the booze

3. Go for regular medical checkups

There are lots of reasons why people should attend medical appointments at least once every six months. In most instances, that’s crucial because there are lots of illnesses that don’t cause symptoms during the early stages, according to experts from drallison.org and other specialists. The last thing anyone wants is to discover they have a form of cancer they could have stopped if it had been spotted a few months before. That is something that happens to too many adults, and so everyone should make sure their doctor performs a full assessment twice each year. The benefits of regular medical checkups include:

  • Lesser healthcare costs
  • Better chances of prevention
  • Identifies illnesses and diseases early

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4. Exercise as much as possible

There is no getting away from the fact that exercise is one of the best methods for keeping the human body healthy according to writers from sites like health.usnews.com. There are so many conditions fitness activities can help people to avoid that it’s impossible to list them all here today. Still, some of the most common include:

  • Heart illnesses
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Other joint diseases

When it comes to implementing an exercise routine, there are hundreds of different options on the table. Some people don’t like the idea of working out with others, and so they refrain from purchasing a gym membership. Instead, those folks spend time jogging around the streets in their local areas or using fitness DVDs at home. In truth, there is no right or wrong way to achieve that goal. Individuals just have to develop a routine with which they feel comfortable. The great thing about fitness is that it can be fun. You just have to find an activity you enjoy.

5. Take supplements

Even with the best diet in the world, there are lots of nutrients and vitamins most people will struggle to consume on a daily basis. That means their bodies will deteriorate faster than they would do with the right intake. Considering that, it’s sensible to conduct some research into the issue and find which vitamins the person is lacking. That way, they can head down to their local health store and buy some high-quality supplements. Some tablets and powders contain almost everything these days, and most of them are not going to break the bank. Just be sure to stick to a routine and give the body everything it requires to stay fighting fit.

Some of the most popular supplements people take, include:

  • Vitamin A
  • B Complex Vitamin
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D

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6. Find happiness in life

Sometimes people have to think about their mental health just as much as their physical health. Indeed, some studies prove that people who experience many years of depression will develop other conditions and live a shorter life than happy folks. With that in mind, it’s essential that everyone takes their mental health seriously and works hard to improve it. There are lots of medications available for anyone who requires them, but it’s usually best to take the holistic approach first.

Some ideas readers might want to consider include:

  • Finding a job they enjoy
  • Going to concerts and other productions
  • Arranging trips if they enjoy traveling abroad
  • Spending time outdoors
  • Taking up a hobby

7. Try to become more social

Keeping with the mental health theme, research shows that people with an excellent social life don’t suffer low moods as often as those who choose to stay at home. So, people must make an effort to keep in touch with their friends and family members if they want to live a long and happy life. Arranging a meeting once or twice each week will help to make sure people get enough social activity in their lives.

Of course, there are some folks out there who might not have anyone close by because they’ve moved to a new city. In instances like those, it’s sensible for the person to start a new social hobby or join a church or community group. There are lots of organizations in most towns and cities that will welcome people with open arms. That’s a brilliant way of meeting new friends and extending any social circle.

Here are some extra tips for expanding that group of friends:

  • Go to events and mingle
  • Smile at strangers who look pleasant
  • Use the internet to find different groups of people based on their interests

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8. Deal with stressful situations

Lots of people become withdrawn and ill during their lives due to stress. Many experts suggest that high stress or anxiety levels could encourage some diseases to develop in the body. Anyone who feels pressure all the time stands a decent chance of putting too much strain on both their mental and physical self. So, readers need to make sure they never stay in sad or damaging situations for too long without dealing with problems. That could mean leaving an abusive relationship or quitting a job where the boss doesn’t value the person.

There is no getting away from the fact that everyone will have to make some tough decisions if they plan to remove the dead weight from their lives. However, sometimes there is no alternative, and people have to make difficult choices to protect their health.

Decisions some people will have to make include:

  • Leaving a stressful job
  • Moving to a new area of the country
  • Removing negative people from their lives

9. Find someone to love

Human beings have a desire to love and care for others. That is why many people spend much of their lives trying to attract a life partner. Having someone or something (like a pet) to love can often help the person gain some perspective in their life. Sure, that person might have a lot of terrible stuff going on in their daily life. However, knowing they’re going home to someone they love will often help them deal with temporary sadness.

People who are single can attend special singles events if they struggle to meet someone special in their daily lives. Still, many people tend to use specialist websites or smart phone apps these days.

Other ideas for finding someone to love, include:   

  • Making a close friend
  • Becoming a foster parent
  • Volunteering at a rest home to spend time visiting with the elderly
  • Adopting a child
  • Or even adopting a pet from The Humane Society

Final Word

The advice published on this page today should help readers take a step in the right direction. There is no denying that some people spend their lives feeling depressed, and plenty more have to take medication every day and visit the hospital.

Those who choose to employ some of the suggestions from this article are on their way to living a much happier life than those who don’t. Nobody wants to spend their mornings waiting for a doctor to prescribe a new set of medication they can’t live without, and nobody wants to spend their evenings watching TV alone. So, people can use that information to create a plan that will help them stay healthy and out of the hospital for as long as possible.


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