End the Wheezes

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Snoring occurs more often with men, overweight people, and tends to increase in frequency with age. Photo by moarplease

     As reported by BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Health, one of the loudest sounds a human can make is snoring. Snoring is a result of blocked air passages in our nose or throat. Air blockage can occur from sleeping at the wrong angle or taking too many relaxants before bed–for example, going to bed tipsy. It occurs more frequently to men, overweight people, and tends to worsen with age. There are serious health risks.

     For example, snoring can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Obstructive sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure and an overall expansion of the heart; however, other research does suggest that there is no correlation.  Furthermore, snoring can prevent breathing for several minutes possibly leading to a poor nights sleep decreasing the quality of your life. Researchers have yet to discover all health risks associated with snoring but people are not helpless to the unconscious act of snoring.

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The physiology of the heart is changed after continuous snoring. Snoring can lead to high blood pressure and an overall expansion of the heart. Photo by brick red.

Simple lifestyle changes can help end the wheezles.

Maintaining a healthy weight, for instance, can help. Develop a healthy diet and exercise. Avoid alcohol close to bedtime. Alcohol increases the likelihood of snoring because it can relax the muscles in the throat. Prevent sleeping on your side. Make the difficult decision to quit smoking.

If snoring continues to be an issue, it is important to see a doctor.

     Here is the article “How and why do we snore?” from BBC Health: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130913-how-and-why-do-we-snore

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A World of Sign: Greater Columbia Association Deaf Picnic

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The Greater Columbia Association for the Deaf Picnic was hosted at the Rock Quarry Park in Columbia, Mo, Sept. 21, 2013. Child is being held by his father as they wait to get food. Photo By Berkeley Lovelace

      This weekend I had the pleasure to attend the Greater Columbia Association for the Deaf Picnic at Rock Quarry Park in  Columbia, Missouri, Sept. 21, 2013. The day was filled with sign language, laughter, food and fun.  I met several individuals with unique backgrounds. I will let the photos tell you the story. Here is a sneak peak of my experience! All photos were taken by myself: Berkeley Lovelace.

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3 Reasons to Smile

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Smiling is contagious! When you see others smile there is reaction in the brain that makes you want to smile as well. Photo by Daniel Y. Go.

     Since my last two posts have been on the more serious side, I thought I’d lift the mood a bit!

     They say it takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown. Well, believe it or not, smiling has other benefits. Smiling has a positive mind-body connection that can trigger bodily functions related to happiness and bliss, as well as, increase the quality of your social life. Actually, smiling is an infectious act! Research shows that when others see a smile it causes a reaction in the brain to make the same expression. Furthermore, the act of smiling releases feel good chemicals in the brain that will reduce stress, and, overall, keep you alive longer. So, how often do you smile?

 

     I thought I would give you three reasons to smile, today:

     (P.S. I own no rights to these videos. I made sure to post the names of the channels of the videos I got these from).

1. Military Father Surprises Daughter at Competition (Video From: AmericaVideoMontage)

2. Lion love! (Video From: African Dreams)

3. Random acts of kindness (Video From: SunriseOn7)

      After this blog post take a mental note on how much you smile in day. If you realize there is room for improvement make a few changes.

Youth Smokers Unfazed by Risks

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Is this the hand of a teenager or an adult? Regardless, smoking does not discriminate between ages. The health risks are real for all smokers. Photo by Adambindslev

    “If you want to smoke, you’ll smoke [pull quote]…” Simon Clark, director of smokers’ group Forest, said in article written by BBC News on young smokers.

    Smoking is not deterred by age. According to the BBC News article 11 to 16-year-old smokers, who were shown images depicting the dangers (like diseased lungs or heart surgery), had no qualms about the risks. The study produced by Stirling University involved 2,800 children, and was published by the Tobacco Control journal. One in 10 was a smoker, while the others were those who had experimented with it or were non-smokers. Non-smokers and experimental smokers, however, were affected by the depicted images.

The health dangers of smoking are well known. For instance:

    1. Cardiovascular Disease

    The leading cause of death in the United States is Cardiovascular Disease. Cigarette smoking, for example, can lead to decreased circulation of blood and the weakening of the aorta.

    2. Respiratory Disease

   Smoking can cause a number of lung diseases from daming airways in the lungs, as well as, other compartments–bronchitis, for example.

    3. Cancer

   Smoking is one habit that is reported to cause cancer of the lungs, bladder, kidneys and more.

    And by no means is this a close to full list of the health dangers of smoking.

    If the health dangers of smoking are well known, then why are children as young as 11-years-old smoking?

One researcher, in the article, suggests that there is a risk of people becoming desensitized to the images portrayed so often in the media and educational facilities. Regardless, it is startling that children at the age of 11 are smoking. Increased awareness of youth smokers is a must if there is hope to assist children who have been introduced to this drug.