Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Happy Healthy Home - Living with Pets

Don't you just love your pets? People are becoming more involved in their pets way of life from style and transportation - I've seen it all. While at the airport, there was a couple with their small dog in a stroller. I thought it was the most ridiculous yet funny thing ever - clearly they were serious. We've since seen pets in strap on carriers, booties, leather outfits, etc. At one point the pet in the purse was all the rage. The love is oh so overwhelming. However, hugging and kissing your pets, handling their food and treats may cause you to become ill.
Dr. April Hodges, Nutritional Scientist with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discusses the importance of handling pet food with care to avoid illness. Although it is rare that pets can become sick due to salmonella, the chances exist and most importantly, it can be very dangerous for humans, especially children.

The latest pet food recall and withdrawal lists:

FDA Pet Food Recall & Withdrawal List 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Keep the Conversation Going - Voices of HIV

Everyone is so different, after all we are uniquely and wonderfully made. Why wait for World Aids Day, awareness month or a celebrity affected by the virus in order for us to bring out the alarms? For those living with HIV/AIDS, the health regimen serves as a daily reminder.

The Center for Disease Control has a wonderful campaign - Let's Stop HIV Together. Let's be sure to share as HIV/AIDS is still a disease that needs to be stopped.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Is That Food Backing Up?

Have you ever had that uneasy feeling where there is a burning sensation traveling from your stomach to your chest or throat? How about that bitter or sour taste of acid surfacing up to your mouth?

Here are some symptoms of acid reflux:
**Bloody or black stools
**Chronic Sore Throat
**Dry Cough
**Hiccups that don't let up
**Vomiting with blood
**Weight loss that occurs without a valid reason

Here's the Doctor's take on Acid Reflux

Monday, April 7, 2014

Stress Less - Your Health & Wellness Depends On You!!!

"I am so stressed out!"
"You're stressing me"

Being stressed goes beyond the term of feeling a bit overwhelmed. Stress is universal and it affects everyone at different ages and stages of life. Death, relationships, health, work, debt and family issues contributes to the stresses of our daily lives. However, while some may be able to handle stress, others become consumed with the problems they face and are unable to get through the moment enduring the stress for a long period of time. What is most important to understand - stress compromises our health and wellness.