A Sample of Celtic Woman

Here is a great song my Celtic Woman – O America.

We should feel honard that these beautiful women from ireland can sing such a heart felt song about our country.

Just listening to them, relaxes me and makes me feel better.

I would love to know what you think about this song and the group.

I actually got to see them in concert this year and it was wonderful.

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Breast Health: Mammograms, Clinical Exams and Self-Exams

By , About.com Guide 

Timing Your Exams for Most Effectiveness
  
mammogram
You have three important ways to maintain breast health and monitor changes. Knowing how and when you need to use them makes these tools most effective.

Mammograms

The American Cancer Society recommends that women who are 40 years or older receive an annual mammogram. Even if you are in good health and do not have any symptoms of breast cancer, a consistent record of mammograms can assess any changes in your breast tissue. Your first mammogram is your baseline, against which newer images are compared. Keep a record of the dates of each mammogram, along with results, if you have them.Benefits:

  • Mammograms find all types of lumps, 80 percent of which are benign
  • High-quality images can help detect 85 to 90 percent of all breast cancers
  • Mammograms reveal breast cancers at early stages, before you can feel a lump
  • Early detection leads to effective treatment and increases your five-year survival rate to 95 percent or higher
  • Treatment for early-stage breast cancer is less aggressive

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)

If you are in your 20s and 30s, you should receive a clinical breast exam (CBE) along with your annual physical. Your family doctor, nurse practitioner, or gynecologist can do your CBE. It’s a good time to ask any questions about your breast health, and note any changes due to age, pregnancy, surgery, or other health conditions.

Breast Self-Exam (BSE)

You can start doing your breast self-exam when you’re in your 20s, or you can ask your health professional when is the best age to start. Your family medical history and risk for breast cancer will be a factor in that decision. Always report any change in look or feel of your breast to your doctor.

Changes to take note of are:

  • swelling or bump(s)
  • rash or skin redness (inflammation)
  • dimpled skin (similar to an orange peel)
  • unusual pain in your breast or nipple
  • nipple pulling inward
  • nipple discharge (not breast milk)

If you’re not sure how to do your BSE properly, ask your health professional for help. Set aside a regular monthly time for your self-exam, so you can compare breast tissue at the same time of your menstrual cycle. Breasts do swell and are tenderer at different phases of your cycle, so plan ahead for your own comfort and consistency.Related Articles

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6 Breast Cancer Symptoms that Most Women Don’t Know About

By , About.com Guide

Breast that is warm to the touch: A breast that always feel warm, sometimes hot to the touch is a symptom of inflammatory breast cancer, a dangerous and rare type od the disease.
Flat or inverted nipple: A nipple that is flat or inverted is also a symptom of breast cancer. This does not include having an inverted nipple since birth.
A breast that is often itchy: If you have itchy breasts or nipples, talk to your doctor. These are both symptoms of breast cancer.
The skin around the breast is dimpled or looks like an orange peel: Breast and surrounding skin can take on a dimpled appearance, looking like an orange peel. Many women are too embarassed to show a doctor, thinking it is cellulite or from being overweight. This is not the case.
Swollen or breast that does not change with menstrual cycle or size increase: It’s normal for a woman’s breast to become swollen and tender during a normal menstrual cycle, but when it’s constant, it need to be evaluated by a doctor. Women also need to be aware of a sudden breast size increase.
Breast that is red or blotchy: A breast that is red or blotchy, even having a rash-like appearance should be evaluated by a doctor. It is a symptom of inflammatory breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is a type of cancer that is often undected by a mammogram and self breast exam.

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What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Symptoms

By , About.com Guide – Updated October 04, 2010

Symptoms of Early Stage Breast Cancer, Advanced Disease, and Recurrence
 
Why You Need To Know About Breast Cancer Symptoms
Breast cancer begins in a cell, which divides and multiplies at an uncontrolled rate. A small clump of cancer cells are too tiny to be felt, so the earliest stages of breast cancer usually have no symptoms. A mammogram can detect cancer before you can feel a lump, which is why your annual screening mammogram is so important. Some benign breast conditions can seem like cancer, so it’s good to know the difference, and get a health professional to check out worrisome lumps.

Understanding Symptoms
The classic symptom for breast cancer is a lump found in the breast or armpit. An aggressive type of this disease, inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), grows in sheets or nests of tumor cells that invade the skin and can resemble a rash. Doing your monthly breast self-exam (BSE) is a great way to be familiar with your breasts’ texture, cyclical changes, size, and skin condition. Early detection is the best way to protect your health and improve your odds of survival. Don’t hesitate to see your doctor or nurse for a clinical breast exam (CBE) if you have a question about a change in your breasts.

Symptoms You Can See or Feel

Symptoms Seen On Breast Imaging

Some Symptoms of Advanced (Metastatic) Breast Cancer
Stage 4, or metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of this disease. Metastatic breast cancer is defined as having spread beyond the breast and underarm lymph nodes into other parts of the body.

  • bone pain (bone metastases)
  • shortness of breath (lung metastases)
  • drop in appetite (liver metastases)
  • unintentional weight loss (liver metastases)
  • headaches, neurological pain or weakness (could be brain metastases)

Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) – Aggressive and Unusual Symptoms
One type of breast cancer that does not appear in lumps is called inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). This aggressive cancer grows in sheets instead of lumps, and it invades nearby skin, resembling a rash. It will not respond to topical creams or antibiotics, and should be treated very promptly. Symptoms:

  • a sudden increase in mature breast size (as much as a cup size in a few days)
  • itching in the skin of the breast that is continuous and not relieved by pills or creams
  • a change in the breast skin color, resulting in pink, red, or dark-colored areas
  • breast is excessively warm to the touch, or harder or firmer than usual
  • unusual pain, which occurs out of the regular cycle
  • sometimes a change in skin texture, similar to the skin of an orange
  • breast skin ulcers (later stage IBC)

Symptoms of Breast Cancer Recurrence
Recurrence of breast cancer is classified as local, regional, and distant. A distant recurrence is the same as advanced (metastatic) breast cancer. A local recurrence is breast cancer that has returned after treatment, in or close to the original tumor location. It can often be effectively treated. Regional recurrence may be in the chest wall muscles, or in lymph nodes located beneath your sternum, just above your collarbones, and around your neck.Local Recurrence Symptoms:

  • a small lump or rash in the excision scar, on or under the skin

Regional Recurrence Symptoms:

  • swollen lymph node in the same armpit where cancer was previously removed
  • swollen lymph nodes above collarbones or sides of neck

A New Tumor Is Not a Recurrence
If a new tumor appears and has a different pathology than the original breast cancer, it is not considered a recurrence. It is called a new primary, and can occur in a different area of the breast that was originally affected, or in the opposite breast. A new cancer is diagnosed and treated independently from the original tumor.

Source:
National Institutes of Health. Medline Plus. Breast Cancer. Symptoms. Updated: 4/3/2007
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Let me know what you do to unwind and relax and WIN!!!!

I know with Fibromyalgia, we are not supposed to get stressed.  Well, that’s kind of hard now a days with the economy, my husband and I expecting our first child, starting a new business venture, etc.

I try to relax and unwind the best I can.  I love to read, listen to music, garden, and spending time with family and friends.  My favorite author is Nicholas Sparks so his books are great, my favorite music to relax to is Celitc Woman.

What are your favorite things to do to unwind and relax? Leave comments below.

YOU CAN WIN: If you want to participate in the contest, just leave a comment between today and October 24th.  You can win a book or two from my collection.  I have a lot of books that I have read and loved. 

**** You have to comment on what you do to unwind and relax.

GOOD LUCK!

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Swollen Glands With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Adrienne Dellwo, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Guide – Wednesday October 13, 2010

Q: “In your conversations with all of these people who have FMS do you ever come across swollen glands in the neck and under the jaw line? I get a very tight feeling in my neck sometimes and burning sensations. Have had bloods done but they come back as normal. Sometimes it really makes me feel unwell.” ~Lin

A: Swollen glands are a fairly common feature of fibromyalgia (FMS), and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) as well.

Typically, we associate swollen glands with acute illnesses. They’re a sign that your immune system is working against some kind of pathogen. It’s fairly normal for them to ache, even in “normal” people, so they’re especially likely to hurt in us because of our low pain thresholds (the point at which sensation becomes painful.) That feeling of “unwellness” that accompany them probably mean that you’ve picked up some illness, or that your body is having a harder time in the battle against longer-term pathogens.

The “glands” that people refer to are actually lymph nodes, which are little bundles of white nerve cells. In FMS and ME/CFS (possibly more so in ME/CFS), they’re often a symptom of a chronically active immune system — your body is increasing its number of white blood cells to fight off the bug, so the area gets puffed up with them. However, especially in FMS, they may also be a consequence of what some researchers describe as thick or sluggish bodily fluids. The lymph that would normally pass through seems to get backed up.  We have lymph nodes throughout the body, in the:

  • Under the jaw & chin
  • Groin
  • Armpit
  • Down both sides of the neck
  • On either side of the spine on the back of the neck
  • On either side of the thyroid gland in the front of the neck
  • Behind the ears
  • On the back of the head

If you have swelling or pressure in the center of your neck, it could be your thyroid gland.  Be sure to get that checked out right away.

Swollen lymph nodes don’t require any treatment just because they’re swollen. However, if they’re painful, you have several options for easing the pain:

  • Heat and/or ice, possibly alternating. Try different combinations to see what helps most.
  • Ibuprofen, other NSAIDs or other pain medications.
  • Manual lymph drainage (a type of massage) if it appears to be stagnant lymph.

I get painful, swollen lymph nodes that don’t appear to be connected to immune problems. I can usually tell the difference because, at least for me, immune-related swelling is mildly painful and confined to the site, while stagnant-lymph swelling causes a deeper ache that radiates. I’ve had manual lymph drainage for it, and it can feel really good. However, sometimes it takes deeper massage than my body can handle. I have to be thorough in communicating with my massage therapist so she knows how much pressure she can use on any given day. I’ve also had cupping, a traditional Chinese treatment that involves suction cups. It’s not as good at relieving the congestion, but it’s less likely to cause pain later, so it’s a good alternative.

Do you get painful, swollen glands? What other symptoms generally come along with them? What helps? Leave your comments below!

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FDA Rejects GHB for Fibromyalgia

By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today
Published: October 11, 2010


 

WASHINGTON — The FDA has told Jazz Pharmaceutical it can’t approve sodium oxybate (JZP-6), also known as GHB, in its current form for treating fibromyalgia.

The FDA listed a number of reasons for the decision, including the need for additional clinical studies, and the need for methods to ensure its “safe use,” according to a company press release.

In August an FDA advisory panel voted 20-2 against approval of the drug for a fibromyalgia indication.

The Arthritis Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee felt the potential for widespread abuse of the “date rape” drug was too great to warrant expanding the indication to a condition that affects an estimated 2% of the U.S. population.

Sodium oxybate, currently approved as Xyrem at a 500 mg/ml dose for narcolepsy-associated cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness, is a central nervous system depressant and carries a boxed warning against its use in combination with other similar drugs.

The label information also warns that sodium oxybate is a drug known to be abused. Sodium oxibate is a sodium salt of y-hydroxybutyrate, or GHB.

The committee examined the company’s two randomized, double-blind, phase III trials testing sodium oxybate versus placebo.

In FDA documents released in advance of the August panel meeting, FDA reviewers said there was “no question” the drug was effective, but advisory committee members weren’t so sure.

Also, panelists were concerned about the drug’s odd dosing mechanism, as was the FDA. The drug has an extremely short half-life, so patients must take one dose of a self-mixed solution at bedtime, and set their alarm clocks to wake up and take a second dose four hours later.

Patients taking the drug pass out almost immediately, with no time to even “send an e-mail” as another patient put it.

The dosing apparatus also has the potential for confusion, panelists pointed out. Patients must empty a solution into a small cup and mix it with water. Several people in the study accidentally took a double dose.

GHB was sold without a prescription in health food stores until 1990 when it was classified as a controlled substance by the FDA.

Bruce Cozadd, chairman and chief executive officer of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, said his company has requested a meeting with the FDA to discuss the agency’s denial.

“We continue to believe there is a significant unmet medical need among fibromyalgia patients that could be met by JZP-6 if it were approved by FDA,” Cozadd said in the press release.

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Vitamin Information

Why You Need To Take An Optimal Daily Allowance Multivitamin/Mineral Formula

Many so-called experts will tell you not to worry about taking vitamins if you are eating a balanced diet.  Unfortunately, dieting alone can’t provide enough essential vitamins and minerals to promote optimal health. For Instance, you would need to consume 5,000 calories per day (mostly fat) in order to get the recommend minimum (400 IU) of vitamin E, and 12,000 calories per day to get the minimum amount of chromium. 

70% of the population is deficient in magnesium, 65% are deficient in zinc, 48% are deficient in calcium, and 56% of the population is deficient in Vitamin C. Vitamin B-1 has been reported to be deficient in almost 50 percent of the elderly.  Could this be one of the reasons pre-senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have increased so dramatically over the last few decades? 

Thousands of studies validate the benefits of taking a multivitamin/mineral formula on a daily basis. Taking a daily multivitamin/mineral formula reduces the incidence of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, glaucoma, depression, macular degeneration, diabetes, senile dementia, and various cancers. 

A Few Vitamin Facts 

1. Multivitamin Use Associated With Lowering A Risk Factor For Cardiovascular Disease. A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine states that an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, C-reactive protein (CRP), can be reduced by the intake of a multivitamin..

Source: American Journal of Medicine, Volume 115, Issue 9 

2. Daily Multivitamin Use May Bring Significant Savings To Older Americans 

According to a new study, the daily use of a multivitamin by older adults could bring about more than $1.6 billion in Medicare savings over the next five years. 

3. Slash Cancer Odds: Taking 200 micrograms of selenium daily for four and a half years cut cancer rate 42 percent and cancer deaths in half in a group of 1300 individuals. The incidence of colorectal cancer dropped 64 percent and prostate cancer an amazing 69 percent! -University of Arizona. 

4. Prevent Alzheimer’s: Not a single older person who took separate doses of vitamin E (200-800 IU) or vitamin C (500-1000 mg) developed Alzheimer’s disease during a four-year double blind study.

Chicago’s Rush Institute for Healthy Aging.

5. Boost Immune System: Taking 200 IU of natural vitamin E daily boosted immune functioning in older people. Obviously, superior immune functioning lessens infections, possibly cancer and heart disease. -Tufts University

6. Stop Heart Attacks: A daily dose of 400-800 IU of natural vitamin E cut subsequent heart attacks in men with heart problems by an astonishing 77 percent. -Cambridge University, England.

7. Stop Strokes: High doses of B vitamins decreased the amount of plaque in carotid (neck) arteries by 10 percent during a four-year study. Blocked carotid arteries can cause strokes. Plaque increased by 50 percent in non-vitamin B takers. -University of Toronto.

8. Prevent Fractures: Taking 500 mg of calcium and 700 IU of vitamin D daily for three years significantly cut the rate of bone loss and non-vertebral fractures in men and women older than age 65. -Tufts University.

9. Save Vision: Women taking vitamin C supplements cut their risk of cataracts by 77 per cent. -Tufts University and the National Institutes of Health

10. Prolong Life: Taking vitamin E and vitamin C (in higher doses than in a multivitamin) cut chances of death from all causes by 42 percent. Vitamin E users were 47 percent less apt to die of heart disease and 59 percent less likely to die of cancer. – National Institute on Aging.

11. Help Decrease The Risk Of Stroke.

According to researchers from Harvard, the long-term dietary intake of folate and vitamin B12 may help decrease the risk of ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke is the most common kind of stroke caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain.

Source: Stroke, Volume 35, 2004

12. Vitamin C Deficiency May Be Linked To Respiratory Disorders. In a recent two-year study, researchers found that vitamin C may prevent symptoms linked to airway diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume 101, Number 10, 2004

13. Reduce The Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease- Johns Hopkins University researchers recently reported that the intake of vitamins E and C in combination reduced both the prevalence and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.

14. Increased Vitamin C May Help People Live Longer- A recent study conducted at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine shows that vitamin C may reduce the risk of heart disease and other illnesses. It also shows that those who have higher levels of vitamin C in their blood may actually live longer, compared to those who had lower levels.

Source: Lancet, March 3, 2001.

Recommended Daily Allowance vs. Optimal Daily Allowance

Almost as unacceptable as not recommending vitamin and mineral supplements is the recommendation of them based on the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).

Needless to say, most of us don’t fit into the definition of the average person defined by RDA.

In fact, most adult women don’t meet the RDA for zinc, Vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin E; likewise, most adult men don’t meet the RDA for zinc and magnesium. Fewer than 29% of people eat 5 fresh fruits and vegetables a day. Furthermore, 20% of the U.S. population doesn’t eat ANY fruits or vegetables at all.

The RDA or recommended disease allowance may keep you from getting scurvy but it is grossly inadequate if your goal is for prevention and or treatment of heart disease, cancer, cataracts, depression, senility, diabetes, arthritis and other age related disorders.

For optimal health and well-being, many health practitioners are recommending many times higher than the RDA on certain nutrients.

For optimal health, disease prevention, and increased longevity, I recommend my patients take a good optimal daily allowance multivitamin/mineral formula.

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Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Heart Disease What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You
Treating and Beating Anxiety and Depression With Orthomolecular Medicine

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Countdown-to-the-Holidays Planner: Week 1

By Arianne Cohen Posted October 15, 2010 from Woman’s Day; November 1, 2010

Remember last year’s holidays? Mine included lots of family fun…and the grocery store manager personally escorting me to the checkout 10 minutes after the store closed on the night before Thanksgiving. I also didn’t have a present on Christmas for my sister, who really likes presents on Christmas. Whoops.
Holiday prep is a bit like running a miniature army: lots of planning, purchasing, feeding, cleaning, organizing and strategically avoiding confrontations. And would any smart general ever cram all of these duties into the four days around Thanksgiving and Christmas? Nope. To help guide you, we’ll offer a new checklist each week that includes everything you need to do between now and Christmas, broken down into manageable steps.
Schedule each week’s tasks in your calendar as an appointment with yourself, then check them off as you complete them. You can also subscribe to our Organizing & Decorating newsletter to receive weekly holiday planning checklists.
Week 1: Master Planning

Evaluate
The first step to sanity? Figuring out what you want. Sit down and write out the answers to two questions:

1. What is your goal for this holiday season? Connecting with your friends by hosting a couple of great gatherings? Spending time with your kids? Having a goal will help you focus the planning.

2. What don’t you want to do this year? “Think back to last year,” says Cynthia Ewer, founder of Organized Christmas. “If you were up until midnight on Christmas Eve wrapping gifts and were miserable, that’s a big indicator.”

Establish a Holiday Calendar
Sit down with your planner and schedule all your November and December activities, including: Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, any holiday-weekend and family events, upcoming parties, travel days, vacation schedules, family activities you’d like to do (shop for a tree, for example), and a weekly “you” activity (a coffee date with the girls or a mani/pedi). When in doubt, plan free days around traveling and hosting. When you’re done, look it over and delete the events you’re not totally committed to.

Budget
Choose your “Holiday Number”—the amount of money that can safely disappear from your bank account by January 1. “This is the time to confront the things that can sap joy from your holidays—namely, overspending,” says Ewer. Write out how much you would like to spend in eight categories:
• Decorations and tree
• Parties
• Travel (gas, hotel, airplane, food on the road)
• Gifts and gift wrap
• Thanksgiving and
• Christmas meals
• Holiday baking
• Holiday childcare and activities
• Family trips or activities

Assume that things will cost 20 percent more than you’ve planned. If you’re over budget, choose one category to cut heavily. “Look at ways you can save money on things that are less important to you,” says financial journalist Laura Rowley, who writes a column on money and happiness on Yahoo! Finance. Transfer the budgeted amount into a “holiday account”—or transfer, say, $100 per week until you reach the total. To help stick to the budget, use cash for everything.

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Flu Shots & Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Adrienne Dellwo, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Guide – Tuesday October 5, 2010

Some FMS & ME/CFS experts, and more than a few patients, say the flu shot can cause relapses or flares. On the other hand, some doctors point out that when we do get the flu, we tend to get it worse – we’re sicker, and for longer. That viewpoint is also borne out by anecdotal experience.

If you’ve had flu shots before and have done OK with them, or if you have another serious illness (especially heart disease, emphysema or diabetes), experts say you should go ahead and get one. If not, however, you’ve got some things to consider.

  1. Do you tend to be prone to the flu?
  2. What’s your exposure risk, and the exposure risk of your family or others you see often?
  3. Which risk is greater to you – a vaccination-related flare, or the possibility of getting the flu?

Think about this issue, and take it up with your doctor, so you can make the decision that’s right for you. And if you even think you’re coming down with the flu, you can ask your doctor about an antiviral medication that can cut the length and severity of the flu.  Be quick, though — they’re only effective if you take them within 72 hours of getting sick.

I didn’t used to get flu shots because I can’t remember the last time I actually caught the flu and I didn’t want to take the risk. Last year, however, with the advent of H1N1, my children, and my recent diagnosis of autoimmune thyroid disease, I decided I’d better do it. I was greatly relieved to notice no negative effect at all. I plan to get vaccinated again this year, and I’m crossing my fingers that I do as well.

With the possible involvement of XMRV and retroviruses in ME/CFS, I wanted to share this article from the About.com Guide to HIV, Mark Cichocki, R.N.: HIV & the Flu Shot.

What do you think? Do you generally get flu shots? How do you tolerate them? Will you get one this year? Have you had the flu on top of FMS or ME/CFS? Leave your comments below!

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