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Palliative Care

Palliative care has been thought of as only for older patients with terminal illnesses prior to their entering into a hospice program; however palliative care is now focused on providing patients relief from pain and stress and to improve their quality of life. Although Palliative care can help patients of all ages it is particularly helpful for older Americans. It can be provided at the same time as curative medical treatment and helps patients cope with the side effects of both their disease as well as their treatment for specific disease. It helps patients and their families make medical and life decisions and better understand the patient's condition and the treatment they are undergoing.

Many hospitals now provide palliative care programs and others have created outpatient clinics to help patients handle and even prevent crises. These programs often help avoid trips to the ER and make patents more comfortable physically and mentally at home or in a non-hospital environment.

Examples of palliative care:

- Symptoms include loss of memory, speech, use of limbs and visual impairments.
- Treatment includes depression and/or anger therapy and counseling/explanation to assist the patient understand the recovery process and the time frames involved.

Congestive Heart Failure
- Symptoms include swollen feet and ankles usually coupled with breathing problems.
- Treatments include lymphatic draining to reduce leg swelling and pain.

- Symptoms include confusion and worry about treatment decisions and associated pain, nausea, loss of hair, etc.
- Treatment includes counseling and help with eating problems, fatigue and mental anguish during chemo and radiation.

Tip to Avoid Falls

Physicians have determined that just touching the wall or any stationary object with your hand or arm sends a signal to the brain which helps you keep your balance.  This is very helpful while taking a shower as many injuries occur particularly when your eyes are closed while washing your hair. Just having your elbow touching the shower stall wall will help you keep your balance.


Old Fashioned Cures & Remedies

Over centuries and long before modern medicine people used various natural and easily procured resources to help with various conditions and diseases. Listed below are possible uses for honey and cinnamon which have been long known to have curative effects.

Of course these “suggestions” should not be used as a substitute for physician subscribed treatment.

It has been found that a mix of honey and cinnamon can be of help in the treatment of many conditions and diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Honey can be used usually without side effects.

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heartbeat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder....who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it's delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

Medical Disclaimer: 
The information on these pages is not intended to substitute for the advice of a physician. It is strongly suggested that any treatment be discussed with your physician prior to its use

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