National Cancer Prevention Month

Disclaimer***Before you start reading, I have a disclaimer. I am not a physician nor am I a medical professional. This information is mostly from hours of research. Also, this is slightly longer than most, if not all of my previous posts. I did not mean to write a small book for y’all to read, but I do think the information is important!

We just celebrated New Year’s, not too long ago. This tends to be a time many of us want to make changes to get healthier. Honestly though, how many times have you tried thisdepositphotos_110108908-stock-illustration-healthy-body-helthy-mind-healthy and never stayed with for long-term? This is a great thought, but really can’t just be for one day, week, or even for a month, and should to be something we stay committed to. February is National Cancer Prevention month which gives us another opportunity to get focused on making sure we put our health first and we do everything within our powers to maintain good health.

I am glad that there is a month dedicated to cancer prevention because it is needed. In 2019, a staggering estimated 1.76 million new cases of cancer and 607,000 deaths due to 0345ebfac6e071e5a9cd46f91f1ef5b2cancer in the United States. In my lifetime, cancer has already taken too many people I care about. As a matter of fact, cancer is what took someone very special to me, my dear, sweet, and loving grandfather lost his battle to cancer almost seven years ago. My aunt fought her war against cancer, until before the sun came up on February 18 when the struggle became too much to bear and she couldn’t fight any longer. Even though this is a sad day, my aunt went peacefully in the comfort of her own home surrounded by family.

 It is terrifying how many different forms of cancer there are and how many of the risk factors are the same. I am not going to go through and list all types of cancer because it would probably feel like you are reading a short story and I don’t want to torment you like that. However, I am going to detail 11 different forms of this horrible disease.

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  1. Breast Cancer is a form of cancer that is easily treated, especially when it is detected early enough. This cancer does not discriminate and can affect men or women equally. This disease develops in breast tissue when the cells begin to grow out of control. Cancerous cells can form a malignant tumor that is felt as a lump and should be seen on a mammogram. Once cancer begins to progress, it is possible for an invasion of surrounding tissues and nearby lymph nodes to occur, which is a phenomenon known as metastasis.

Besides simply being a female, there are many other risk factors you might want to learn about.

  • Genetic mutations (BRCA1 or BRCA 2)
  • Family history
  • Early menstrual period
  • Late or no full-term pregnancies
  • Menopause after age 55
  • Overweight or obese post menopause
  • Dense breasts
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Combination or hormone therapy
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Previous radiation therapy
  • Consuming alcohol

stock-photo-national-cancer-prevention-month-february-text-in-heart-cycle-of-multi-color-lavender-purple-370540424Symptoms

  • A lump or hard, painless mass with irregular edges
  • Some masses may be tender, soft, or painful
  • Swelling and/or skin irritation
  • Nipple pain, turning inward, redness, or scaliness
  • Thickening of nipples or discharge other than breast milk
  1. Lung Cancer is the 2nd most common form of cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths. There are three main types of lung cancer, which include:
  • Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) which consists of 80-85% of lung cancer
  • Small-Cell-Lung Cancer (SCLC)
  • Lung Carcinoma Tumor

This type of cancer causes more of a risk to men than it does women.

Risk Factors

  • Tobacco smoke is the leading risk for developing lung cancer. 2nd hand smoke can also cause lung cancer
  • Family history
  • Exposure to radon gas, asbestos, arsenic, and diesel exhaust3605083_0

¼ of all people that are living with lung cancer do not display symptoms and do not show until cancer has progressed. However, when symptoms do appear, they may include:

Symptoms

  • A new cough that will not go away or changes in a chronic cough or coughing up blood
  • Reoccurring infection, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Shortness of breath, hoarseness, and or wheezing
  • Chest pain, fatigue, and or weakness
  • Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
  1. Prostate Cancer is slow growing-cancer, but also the 2nd leading cause of death among men. The prostate is a small walnut-sized gland that produces seminal fluid.

Risk Factors

  • Family history
  • Diet high in red meat
  • Chemical exposure
  • Sexually transmitted infection
  • Having had a vasectomy

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Symptoms

  • Frequent urge to urinate or difficulty urinating
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Pain in lower back and hips
  1. Colon and rectal cancer develop when cell growth becomes out of control in the colon and rectum. This form of cancer affects men and women equally, but black men and women are 25% more likely to develop colon cancer.

 Risk Factors

  • Family history5d41946f3e13e.image
  • Diet high in fat and red meat
  • Long-term inflammatory bowel disease
  • Obesity and lack of activity
  • Tobacco use and alcohol consumption

Symptoms

  • Changes in bowel habit ( diarrhea or constipation)
  • Blood in stool
  • Persistent abnormal pain or cramps
  • Unexplainable weight loss
  • Iron deficiency~ Anemia

 5. Melanoma (Skin Cancer) is a form of cancer that begins in the cells making up the pigment which gives skin color. Skin cancer seems like too broad of a category, so let me help break this down into the 4 different forms. (*The first two forms are more common than the last two forms*)

  • Superficial Spreading Melanoma grows horizontally and slowly across the top layer of skin before moving into deeper layers. This form accounts for 70% of skin cancer.
  • Nodular Melanoma is dangerous and grows fast. The appearance can look like a flat,750x,075,f-pad,750x1000,f8f8f8.u3mole, bug bit or a round black (but can have other colors) bump. Nodular Melanoma accounts for about 15% of cases.
  • Lentigo Melanoma is an early form when the malignant cells are confined to a tissue of origin.
  • Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (ALM) appears on the palms of hands, soles of feet, and under the nails. This is not very common but does affect African Americans the most.

Symptoms

  • Sores that do not heal
  • Pigment, redness or swelling that spreads outside the border of a spot to surrounding skin
  • Itchiness, tenderness, or pain
  • Changes in texture or scales, oozing or bleeding from an existing mole

At the first sign melanoma, there is typically a new spot on the skin or a change one that already existed. Follow the ABCDE Method to determine if an abnormal skin growth may be Melanoma.

Asymmetry- the mole has an irregular shape.cancer-screening

Border- Edge isn’t smooth and is irregular or notched.

Color- Mole has uneven shading or dark spots.

Diameter- Mole or spot is larger than that of a pencil eraser.

Evolving or elevation- The spot changes in size, shape, or texture.

  1. Bladder Cancer happens when the cells become abnormal and then begin to grow out of control. Over some time a tumor will form. Just like everything else, there are certain risk factors associated with bladder cancer.

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  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Exposure to certain chemicals
  • Being white and or being a male
  • Chronic bladder infections

I am going to share some of the symptoms you would want to pay attention to and once noticed discuss with your physician.

Symptoms

  • Changes in the color of your urine
  • Burning or pain when urinating
  • Unable to urinate or only produce a very small amount
  • Feeling the urge to pee, when your bladder isn’t full

When bladder cancer starts to spread, there are some additional to notice and report back to your physician.cancer-ribbons-banner

Additional symptoms

  • Lower back pain
  • Losing weight when not trying
  • Not as hungry as normal
  • Swollen feet
  • Extreme fatigues and or weakness
  1. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma starts in the lymphatic system, which is our body’s disease-fighting network. Tumors form in the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells.unnamed

Risk Factors

  • Being over age 60 increases the risks
  • Exposure to certain chemicals which include benzene, herbicides, and pesticides
  • Previous chemotherapy or radiation treatments
  • Immune system deficiency and HIV Infection

Symptoms

  • Painless, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin
  • Abdominal pain and or swelling and chest pain
  • Coughing and difficulty breathing
  • Persistent fatigue
  1. Kidney Cancer also referred to as Renal Cell Carcinoma. This occurs when healthy e0bd9877f04a0f946d31b64a0c7d2f18cells in one or both kidneys start growing quickly, which ends up forming a lump (tumor).

Risk Factors

  • Smoking will DOUBLE the risks
  • Men are 2-3 times more likely to develop kidney cancer than women
  • Poor nutrition and overweight
  • High blood pressure

Symptoms

  • Blood in urine
  • Lower back pain on one side
  • Mass on the side or lower back
  • A fever that does not go away
  1. Endometrial Cancer begins in the uterus, so this is for women only.

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  • Changes in the balance of female hormones
  • More menstruation years and or never pregnant
  • Older age and obesity
  • Inherited colon cancer syndrome

I know none of us enjoy going for yearly exams, but that appointment just might save our life by discovering cancer early.

 

Symptoms

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • Difficulty or painful urination
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Painful intercourse
  1. Pancreatic Cancer starts in organs that lie behind the lower part  the stomach and typically spreads to other organs rapidly.4407244_0

Risk Factors

  • Gender, this is more common in men, than women
  • Family history
  • Smoking age and obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Rare inherited condition

Symptoms

  • Jaundice, which is yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • Belly or back pain
  • Nausea, vomiting and weight loss
  • Enlargement of gallbladder or liver

Now that we have learned a lot about cancer, I have just a little more information that I think we will helpful. Considering it is National Cancer Prevention Month, I now have helpful tips to prevent cancer.

  1. The use of tobacco products can drastically increase your risk of cancer. With that said, I think it is time to find a way to QUIT!!!!
  2. Eating a healthy diet is vital for good health. I healthy diet may include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods. According to a report from the
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  4. International Agency for Research on Cancer, a large intake amount of processed meats can increase the risk of some cancers.

**An important fact is women who eat a Mediterranean diet have a reduced risk for breast cancer. A Mediterranean diet consists of mostly plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. Those that follow this diet choose healthy fats, like olive oil instead of butter and fish as opposed to red meat.**

  1. You can reduce your risks of breast, prostate, lung, colon and kidney cancer by maintaining a healthy weight and staying active.

For adults that are aiming for substantial health benefits, they should try for at least 150 minutes weekly of either moderate aerobic or 75 minutes weekly of vigorous aerobic activity. The general rule of thumb is to try including at least 30 minutes of physical activity to your daily routine.'

  1. Be sure to keep yourself protected from the sun. One of the most common and preventable forms of cancer is skin cancer. I am going to share 5 simple tips to prevent yourself from the sun.
  • Sun rays are the strongest between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. It is best to avoid the midday sun!
  • If you need to be outside, stay in the shade the best you can, plus sunglasses and hats will help.
  • Choose dark or bright, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing because they reflect more ultraviolet radiation than pastels.
  • Even on cloudy days use at least SPF 30 sunscreen. Apply generously and reapply every 2 hours, more if you are swimming.
  • Tanning beds cause just as much damage as the natural sun, so try to AVOID
  1. Discuss vaccinations with your doctor for cancer prevention and protection against some viral infections. Some might be good for you, but there are some may be toxic for you.
  2. It’s important to avoid risky behaviors that can lead to infection and increase your lost-battle-with-cancer-quotes-In-loving-memory-of-every-cancer-patientrisks for cancer.

-Practice safe sex

-Do not share needles!

  1. Perform regular self-exams and get regular screenings for various forms of cancer. There are screening available for skin cancer, colon, cervix, and breast cancer (you can do this one yourself)!

Thank you so much for visiting my site today and taking the time to read this rather long post. This took me a lot of time to research and put together. It has been a rather sad day with my aunt passing away. The only good thing is, she left this world peacefully and is not in pain anymore. This post is dedicated to my husband’s amazing Grandfather, my Poppy and my aunt.share-the-love-eps-vector_csp59691544

I hope you had a good day and you have a lovely evening. I am not pressuring you but I would love to read your thoughts on this post. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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America Heart Health Month

unnamed (1)In February 1964, nine years after having a heart attack, Lyndon B. Johnson declared February as heart health month. Today 56 years later the first Friday in February continues to raise awareness of heart health. Even more spectacular is while heart health month draws attention to remind Americans and their family to focus on their hearts, it also brings millions together with the same goal, which is to eliminate heart disease and stroke.

The number of Americans killed each year is 630,000 and 17.9 million globally. It is now 0131StatUpdateInfographic_resizedclear that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In 2019, the American Heart Association estimated that 116.4 million Americans suffer from hypertension, which is high blood pressure. Even though there is an astonishing number of people with issues surrounding heart disease, there are a number of controllable risks that could be  corrected. These risks include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, unhealthy diet, over weight, and obesity.

Go-Red-Day_2020pendingHeart disease is the #1 killer of women and actually more than all forms of cancer combined. GO RED, which was formed in 2004, is intended to help women fight back against heart disease. What GO RED stands for is absolutely beautiful and I find it quite powerful.

 

Get your numbers. Check blood pressure and cholesterol frequently.No Year GR Banner

Own your lifestyle. Quit smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat a healthy diet.

Realize your risk and that it can happen to you. Heart disease kills one of three women.

Educate your family and encourage healthy food for your family.goredforwomeneventimage

Don’t be silent. Tell every woman you can that heart disease is deadly.

The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. There are many different heart conditions which include: Unstable Angina (this can be undiagnosed chest pain), heart attack, heart failure, Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms), Valve disease, high blood pressure, Congenital Heart Condition, and inherited heart conditions.Go-red-4-women-2

Of course there are some things we have absolutely no control, but there are some things that can be done regarding caring for our hearts. I am going to share 10 things that can be done to either prevent or even reverse heart disease which might help you or someone you care about.

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  1. Get moving by adding along with aerobics (good for cardiovascular), strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination to your exercise routine.
  2. Participate in a community you enjoy. For instances, join a book club, volunteering, family, friends, etc.
  3. Know your numbers, which includes cholesterol, LDL (Low-density lipoprotein, HDL (high density lipoprotein, Triglycerides (type of fat that is found in our blood),and fasting glucose
  4. Eat Plant Strong and turn away from what is considered the Standard Plant-Based-Pyramid-1024x731American Diet. Read labels including both nutrition fats and ingredient lists.
  5. Get 2-8 hours of restful sleep every night.
  6. Ensure you have quality time alone and embrace peaceful times. Try removing yourself from known life stressors and learn to not sweat the small things because they do not matter in the big Standard-American-Diet-Danger-1024x553
  7. picture. Teach yourself how to follow the Relaxation Response and avoid the Fight or Flight Response.
  8. Don’t smoke and avoid second hand smoke (it is just as dangerous or possibly more dangerous).
  9. Turn the TV off.
  10. Develop your own program which will work because you are the one that came up with it!

 

There are ways we can all prevent the chance of heart disease and the percentages for each are astonishing. I would like to known what your reaction to these incredible numbers.quit

  1.  No Smoking has a 36% reduction with chance of heart disease.
  2. Diet including fruits, vegetables, nuts, reduced fat dairy, whole grains, and fish reduced chances of heart disease by 18%.
  3. Maintain healthy waistline. For men healthy waistline is 37 inches or less. A healthy waistline for women 35 inches or less. This can reduce possibility of heart disease by 12%.
  4. Drink less than 2 alcoholic drinks daily can reduce your risk of heart disease by 11%.
  5. Developing a daily/weekly exercise routine can reduce your risk of heart disease by 3%images (1)

From a CEO at a large company, to the school teacher trying to raise her children, to an attorney with two houses, to a single mother working two jobs to provide a roof over her family’s head, anyone with a heart can be at risk for heart disease. It is very important to do all you can to protect your heart, not from heart break but from a heart disease that can end your life. The following are 6 questions you can use to assess your risks for heart images (2)disease.

  1. Are you a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55?
  2. Is there heart disease or diabetes within your family history?
  3. Do you have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
  4. Do you smoke?
  5. Are you overweight?
  6. Do you have a moderate exercise routine you do less than 3 times a week?24c35734-f2fc-11e6-9ce0-1a2a36b72f23-780x501

***If you answered “YES” to 3 or more of the question, you might be at risk for  ❤heart disease❤ ***

Thank y’all so much for visiting my site today. I do hope this information was helpful for you, either for yourself or someone you care about! Hopefully you are enjoying your weekend and of course feeling the best you can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Thyroid Awareness Month

fullsizeoutput_2ae6January is Thyroid Awareness Month and I wanted to take a moment to share what this means and what thyroid disease entails. I also want to make y’all are fully aware that I am not a medical professional and this post is only meant to raise awareness of thyroid disease through the research I have done. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits low on the front of your neck and has many functions I never really knew about, but I am going to share them with you.

Approximately 20 million Americans suffer from a thyroid disorder and millions more worldwide. A couple common issues include thyroid nodules and enlarged thyroid glands, which can have cancer within them. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolic rate, heart rate, blood pressure, thyroid affectstemperature, heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood, and bone maintenance. I am going to tell you what hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism means.

Hypothyroidism is a condition when the body does not produce enough thyroid hormones. This condition affects 1-2% of people worldwide, but women are affected ten times more than men. Some common signs and symptoms include fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, itchy and dry skin, weight gain, muscle weakness, puffy face, hoarseness, hair loss, depression, trouble concentrating and memory problems.

B8r-2xJCYAAfqOgThere are several ways a doctor can use to diagnose hypothyroidism. First, they are going to want to know about the following:

  • The general state of health and any changes that have been noticed.
  • Family medical history and if anyone in the family has been diagnosed with thyroid disease.
  • Your doctor will want to know if you have had any thyroid surgery or radiation to the neck because of cancer.
  • Your doctor will want to know any medications you are currently taking because some medications can trigger thyroid complications.

Second, you will need a physical examination searching for any signs of hypothyroidism including:

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  • Swelling around the eyes and swelling in the legs
  • Slower reflexes
  • Slower heart rate

Third, your doctor will perform blood tests.

  • TSH stands for Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone. This test measures the amount of Thyroxine (T4) the thyroid is being signaled to make. Abnormally high levels can indicate hypothyroidism.
  • Free T4 test is used to find out how well your thyroid gland is working. This test can be used to test for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

90% of primary Hypothyroidism disease is caused by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which is a disease when the immune system, attacks the thyroid. Other causes of Hypothyroidism are iodine deficiency, genetic disorder, certain medications and surgery that removed part of the thyroid.

Thyroid_Awareness_month There are foods that should be avoided or at least consumed in moderation if diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. Foods to avoid are all types of millet, highly processed foods, supplements containing too much selenium and iodine. The foods and beverages that should be consumed in moderation are soy-based foods, broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage, peaches, pears, strawberries, and coffee, green tea, and alcohol because they can irritate your thyroid gland.

Hyperthyroidism, which is referred to as an overactive thyroid, is when the thyroid ogi12881gland produces too much of the thyroxine hormone. Hyperthyroidism can cause anxiety, nervousness, rapid heart rate, unexpected weight loss, and high blood pressure.

 Two causes of hyperthyroidism are Grave’s disease and toxic nodular goiter. Grave’s disease is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the thyroid causing it to make more thyroid hormone than the body needs. Toxic Nodular Goiter is a thyroid gland containing autonomously functioning thyroid nodules. Both of these issues can be treated with medications, radioactive iodine or thyroidectomy, which is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland.

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There are foods that should be avoided and foods that are encouraged to eat with hyperthyroidism. The foods to be avoided in excessive amounts are:

  • Iodized salt
  • Fish and Shellfish
  • Egg yolks
  • Dairy products
  • Iodine supplements
  • Foods that contain red dye

 

The foods that are encouraged to eat are:

  • Non-iodized salt
  • Coffee or tea, without milk, Dairy or soy-based creamers
  • Egg whites
  • Fresh or canned fruits
  • Homemade bread or bread without salt, dairy and, eggsthyroid-awareness-month
  • Popcorn with non-iodized salt
  • Oats

 It is always very important to prepare and plan ahead with all doctor’s appointments. Most people will start out with their family physician but will end up being referred to a specialist. When dealing with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, your referral will be with an endocrinologist that specializes in the body’s hormone-secreting glands.

 We only have a short amount of time with a specialist and need to make the most of that tips-for-communicating-well-with-your-doctor-1time. The following will help you prepare for your appointment and stay on track.

  1. When you are scheduling your appointment, ask if there is anything you need to do in advance to prepare. For instance, are there any restrictions on you for the appointment?
  2. Write down any and all symptoms you are experiencing. It does not matter how small they seem or how irrelevant you think they are, the doctor may think differently and it may help with options.
  3. Write down important personal information to share with your doctor. It may not seem important because they are things you are used to dealing with, but sharing any stressors or life changes may be more important than we think.
  4. Making a list of any medications you are currently taking, including vitamins and supplements to share with your doctor will be helpful for you and your doctor. This will be especially helpful if anything you are taking could cause your thyroid to become irritated.
  5. Having a family member or close friend come to appointments with you can have many benefits. The person that comes along with you can help you remember important things to discuss with your doctor and remember details of the appointment later on. Moral support is also very beneficial.download
  6. Before an appointment, we all think of many questions we want to be sure we ask the doctor, but once in the exam room, it is easy to forget the questions. Writing a list of questions and or concerns you want to discuss will keep you on point and not forget any of those important questions you had prior to the appointment.

 I am going to share a few basic ideas for questions to ask a physician during an appointment. Again, these are just ideas and you might have many others that concern you more.

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  • What’s the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What tests do I need?
  • What treatment options do you recommend?
  • Are there generic alternatives to the medication/medications you are prescribing?
  • Do you have brochures I can take home to read? What websites would you recommend?

You should always expect your doctor to have questions for you during an appointment as well. Some very common questions a doctor may ask are:

  • When did you begin having these symptoms?thyroid3
  • Are the symptoms you have continuous or occasional?
  • How severe have these symptoms been? On a scale of 1-10?
  • Does anything improve or worsen the symptoms you are dealing with?

  The most common symptom for Hypothyroidism is an unexpected weight gain. The additional weight gain is typically due to an excess of salt and water. Depending on the severity of Hypothyroidism, weight gain can be between 5 and 10 pounds. To help combat weight gain there are a few tips that can assist you in maintaining a healthy weight.

  1. Rest is vital! Getting any less than 7-8 hours of sleep nightly can contribute to weight gain, especially around the mid-section.
  2. HypothyroidismAndWeightGainMindful eating is important. This means you need to pay close attention to what you are eating, why you are eating, and how fast you eat.
  3. Practicing yoga and or meditation can help you to de-stress, which in turn can improve your overall health.
  4. A low to moderate carb diet can be helpful, but at the same time, too few carbs may lower your thyroid hormones. It might take time, but it is important to find the perfect balance.

 I know this post has been rather long and I will be wrapping it up soon, but I do want to quickly share treatment options for both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism with y’all. When treating an overactive thyroid, hypothyroidism, you can use oral medication levothyroxine. Levothyroxine works to restore adequate hormone levels and even sms-surgeons-tretment-for-thyroid-diseasereverse the symptoms involved. The use of radioactive iodine can be used when treating hyperthyroidism. Radioactive iodine is taken orally and absorbed by the thyroid gland causing the gland to shrink. This can cause the thyroid activity to slow enough to change its status from overactive to under-active making it possible to need daily medication to replace the thyroxine.

First, thank you for visiting my site today. I hope this information was helpful to you or acupuncture-for-thyroid-problemshas provided you with information to help someone you know. Sometimes all it takes is having a little knowledge to understand what someone else might be dealing with. Second, I appreciate you taking the time to read one of my longest posts. I typically try keeping things short so you don’t feel like you are reading a short book. And last, I am looking forward to reading your thoughts about thyroid disorders. Y’all may have additional information that will help me or someone else in the blogging community to understand even more about this snowflaketopic.

I hope your weekend has started off great and you are feeling well. No matter what you are doing this weekend, I hope it is filling you with happiness. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Poverty in America Awareness Month

National-Poverty-in-America-Awareness-Month-FII am ashamed to admit this, but until recently I did not know January was Poverty in America Awareness Month. I guess the truth is I did not realize how much an issue poverty was in the United States and knowing this now, I wish there was something I could do to help those in need. I think the only thing I can do is help spread the awareness of poverty.

Heartland Alliance is an organization based in Chicago Illinois, opened by the founder Jane Addams in 1988. This fabulous organization is meant to bring health care, hhcs-logo-webhousing, and support to those facing homelessness. This organization was first responders during the Great Depression and assisted with finding homes for those that did not have a home. They also assisted with recovery when vets came home from WW1 and WW2. Heartland Alliance has severed 500,000 people yearly, including refugees, those that were experiencing homelessness and chronic illnesses and those in sheer need of justice.

Heartland Alliance helps those falling on hard times by focusing attention on 6 f164b6ae93880c29333fddbba202c248fundamentals that will help for a successful outcome.

  1. Housing– A home offers people with safety, stability, and comfort, which can also give success with education, employment and create a building on wealth a viable goal. Five years ago in 2015, 38% of renters were burdened with rent and 17% were severely burdened with rent. This can mean these people were barely able to make their rental payments and still provide food on the table. Emergency, transitional, and permanent housing support is just one step towards an individual’s success.
  2. Health– Sadly enough, low-income Americans are higher risks to have heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other chronic conditions in comparison to higher-income Americans. The poor health of an individual only further contributes to a reduction of income creating a vicious cycle that is difficult to get out and alsopoverty1 known as the health poverty trap.
  3. Education- The best-case scenario for many American’s is they have at least $1,000 in a savings account and the worst-case scenario is they have ZERO in a savings account. To end poverty, Americans need to be able to build and not simply and barely live paycheck to paycheck. Heartland Alliance offers programs connecting people with the resources and education on how to not only build but maintain a savings account they had never been previously offered.
  4. Opportunity- People are impacted by poverty when trying to get employment. Many people are forced to stay in a job where they might be mistreated, feel unsafe or are being taken advantage of.

Helen-Poverty-TWUnfortunately, individuals without access to fair employment can fall further into poverty. We all already know that income for work provides the means for necessities in life. Society should never force people to choose between their dignity and a paycheck, they should be a given right.

  1. Safety- It is downright sad that poor households nationwide suffer higher rates of violence. When the underlying quality of life is made better, the insurance of an adequate life free of poverty and violence is much more likely.
  2. Justice- The fight or economic justice and quality has been going on for years. Many 77967bc219dea43fc0448e88bb29802e--homeless-kids-homeless-sheltersprograms assist in this fight which includes ACLU- American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, etc.

The NAACP, Legal Defense, and Educational Fund was founded in 1940 and served as the country’s first eve civil and human right legal organization. The founder of this organization was none other than Thurgood Marshall. This was during a time when that nation’s yearning for equality was being ignored due to the widespread amount of racial inequality.

I am going to share a few programs that were created to reach out to those in need.

food-banksFood and Support Through Community Coordination:

Provide Food, Shelter, Counseling and Support:

614349Support for Individuals and Families Struggling with Poverty:

 

Poverty in America Awareness Month_social mediaThe NAACP Foundation the best they can ensure that every person is treated fairly and is extended opportunities without race, gender, creed, religion or sexual orientation considered. The foundation will provide all children to equal quality education for academic success and will have the means to become productive individuals in society. The NAACP Foundation utilizes the Association’s Scholarship Program to promote higher education. This scholarship program acts to eliminate the roadblocks many of the youth faces today.

There are several scholarships available to those interested and qualify for. The NAACP_logoscholarships include Earl G. Graves, Agnes Jones Jackson, Historically Black College and University Scholarships and the Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship. The scholarships have awarded over $600,000 to students, which have helped with combating the cost of college that are on a steady increase. More than 300,000 young people have benefited from these scholarships since 1977.

I believe that in 2020 something must be done to lower or eliminate the number of individuals living in the United States of America in poverty. In the list of wealthiest countries, the United States falls at 12. It would seem our poverty rate would much lower than it is, instead of having 40.6 million American’s trying to survive poverty.

We might all just simply say, “What can I do to help this devastating issue?” Some maybankex 1 just try to turn their head when we see a homeless person on the street because we do not know what we can do; after all, we have a family to care for and sometimes are barely making it. It is time we wake up and fight for those dealing with catastrophic struggles.

A few things we can do to help those living in disastrous times are: we can take the time to write to our Congressional representatives demanding stable work schedules for those in a low tax bracket and equal pay for any given job. When writing to those that have the power to make a change, we should require after school programs that provide meals and support for the innocent children. Sadly children who come from impoverished homes are often forgotten. These children face so many challenges with their education and it isn’t fair. handouts-are-not-going-to-end-global-poverty-but-work-real-work-just-might-545f710e32d897e24588d7cfbbf09d7dAgain, there are things we can do with a little effort including:

  • Reach out to local libraries for book donations.
  • Requests to the community for school supply donations.
  • Establish summer reading programs that will help lower-income children build on their reading skills.
  • Create donation drives to collect necessary items like food, clothing, toiletries, first aid items, blankets, furniture, etc

Instead of fighting against each other, we can start working together as American’s and 2348554-Leila-Janah-Quote-The-best-way-to-end-poverty-is-to-simply-giveturn things around for a greater good. I do not think is farfetched, but we can achieve so much if we stop the hatred and false judgments. I must believe we are better than some have been acting.

Thank you for visiting my site today. This post was sad, but this is a real issue that needs to be corrected. There are small things we can all do that may make a huge change in other’s life. I look forward to reading your thoughts on this devastating issue because I know y’all have a huge heart ❤ and this issue will cause you to think. I hope y’all are having a great weekend so far and of course I hope you are feeling well. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤