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  1. How to AVOID the hospital – and SAVE your own life!

    I hope you’re not in a hospital any time soon.

    But if you are… and you have the chance… take a look around you. Because odds are, you’ll see someone you know.

    A new report confirms what you may have already suspected: Many of those noisy, uncomfortable ER beds are occupied by seniors.

    Folks over 60 are now responsible for a stunning ONE IN FIVE visits to the emergency room.

    That number’s even more shocking when you realize that folks over 60 are less likely to have common emergency problems such as workplace accidents… drunken bar fights… and that old ER doc favorite, “foreign objects in the body” (you don’t even WANT to know some of the things I’ve seen).

    But seniors ARE more likely to have some other common conditions that lead to emergency trips.

    TOO common, as the new numbers show.

    But with careful action now, you can keep out of the ER and in the comfort of your own home.

    THREE KEYS to avoiding the hospital

    You can see what’s on the line here.

    While NO ONE wants to go to the hospital, seniors in particular REALLY want to keep out.

    The conditions get more serious… the risks get higher… and the recovery takes longer as you grow older.

    Every trip to the ER seems to have bigger stakes.

    But here’s the thing: Many of the conditions that routinely send seniors to the hospital can be BLOCKED and PREVENTED with simple actions you can start right now:

    • Falls: This is the biggie, responsible for 13 percent of senior ER visits. Years ago, you could bounce right back after a tumble. When you fall today, it’s like that old commercial said… you might not get back up. Falls are more dangerous, and more likely to cause serious harm including broken bones and head injuries.

    You can cut this risk by fall-proofing your home. Move – or have someone help you move – trip hazards including poorly arranged furniture, carpet edges and more. And make sure there are handrails on your steps and in your bathroom.

    • Side effects: How’s that for an ugly irony? The meds that are supposed to SAVE you can instead send you straight to the ER. Up to 10 percent of all senior hospital visits are caused by meds.

    The most common culprits include blood thinners, insulin and other diabetes meds, and anti-platelet drugs. Blood pressure meds have also been linked to the falls that could also send you to a hospital. Talk to a doc about natural options for ALL of your meds, as well as going over your prescriptions regularly to look for places where you can “step down” to lower doses or even elimination.

    • Heart problems: Naturally this is often the most feared cause of a hospital trip for seniors, because in too many cases it’s a one-way ticket.

    Fish oil, coQ10, vitamin K2, curcumin and Kyolic garlic can all help enhance your heart health so you can stay out of the ambulance, out of the ER – and out of the morgue, too.

  2. Tobacco smoke: a cloud of allergens

    It may seem like common sense that you should keep kids away from cigarette smoke. But it’s easier said than done in a home where mom or dad is a smoker.

    A new study finds that when asthmatic kids have less exposure to tobacco smoke, they have fewer flare-ups and spend less time in the emergency room.

    That should give any parent a little extra motivation to kick the habit.

    The study, published in the journal Chest, looked at 290 asthmatic kids with an average age of 11, and it found these kids benefit greatly when their exposure to smoke is reduced, even when it’s not eliminated altogether.

    And that makes perfect sense. Tobacco smoke is an allergen for many people, including children. It can trigger asthma, so reducing your exposure to it will reduce the number of episodes.

    The lesson here isn’t just to keep kids away from secondhand smoke – although you certainly should. The real lesson is that our environments are often filled with allergens, whether we recognize them as such or not.

    Conditions such as asthma are triggered or made worse by exposure to these allergens. Less exposure means less asthma, as these kids have learned.

    If you’re a smoker and there’s an asthmatic in your home, you might need to give up your habit – or at the very least start to smoke outside – if you want to see the condition improve.

    If you’re an asthmatic, the important thing for you to understand is what triggers your episode. Sometimes, it’s not as obvious as a cloud of tobacco smoke in the living room.

    Get yourself tested for allergens, but make sure your doctor does it right. Most will test only for the allergies that cause a rise in IgE antibodies, as opposed to both IgE and IgG antibodies.

    Here at my practice, I’ve had tremendous success reducing and even eliminating asthma by simply giving my patients the more thorough tests they deserve.

    You deserve the same, so make sure your doctor gives you all the tests you need. Once you identify your allergens, you can remove them – and breathe better.

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