It’s Ok. We can all eat bread again. Oprah said so!


OMG, @Oprah tweets vid that reveals “I love bread” and Weight Watchers stock soars by 20% !! “The Oprah Effect” #‎ComeJoinMe‬ in full force I guess. Also her recent post for WW is reported to have earned her quite a bit more “bread”, as some sources show Oprah profited between $12-19 Million on this one action as a 10% stockholder in the company. Bottom line: Let’s all go grab a bagel! (or maybe go grab some stock in Pepperidge Farm or other companies you like that bake bread…now that Oprah says we can…)

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Supplements: Safe or a Sham?


PBS Frontline Film:

Supplements and Safety

With many stroke survivors now taking or considering taking a supplement to gain an edge in their recovery, I thought I’d repost this on my Stroke blog from my nutrition website with my takeaways after watching the Frontline special earlier this week on supplement safety.


According to a new film by  PBS’s Frontline which aired January 19th, “There is no effective system to detect potential harm from supplements”.  The film also points the finger at the failed US Medwatch system at the FDA and their weak ability to keep up with all the potentially dangerous nutritional supplements  that are hitting the market without adequate regulation.


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Read my full article with the link to the PBS Film: Supplements and Safety

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A surprising 75 percent of Young Americans under age 45 STILL do not know the signs and symptoms of stroke!


Young Bright Minds at Risk


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post by David Dansereau-Know-Stroke.org

To make matter worse, many of the participants in a recent survey on stroke warning signs admit they would likely wait out the symptoms — weakness, numbness, difficulty seeing or difficulty seeing — of a potentially deadly brain episode to see if things got better on their own.  This “wait and see” approach could be a tragic mistake, because stroke can often be successfully treated if it is caught early.

The first three hours after a person starts to experience stroke symptoms are often referred to as the “golden window,” when doctors can often minimize or reverse damage by restoring blood flow to the brain. Without treatment most will end up dying or with permanent disability.

stroke911knowstrokeorgThe stroke survey was commissioned by the Ronald Reagan- University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center.  That national survey included responses from 1,009 people, 466 of whom were under 45. Without understanding the danger of the symptoms, the vast majority of those younger people surveyed, 74 percent, say that they wouldn’t seek immediate help.

Dr. David Liebeskind, a professor of neurology and director of the neurovascular imaging research core at UCLA is not surprised by the statistics. “They are in line with what we’ve been seeing,” Liebeskind says. Many younger people dismiss telling symptoms because they think that stokes only occur in the elderly. While they may be more common as people age, “we see them at any age from birth till 105,” Liebeskind says.

Making matter worse, studies have suggested that strokes among people under 45 have increased by as much as 53 percent since the 1990s.

A surprising 75 percent of Americans under age 45 do not know the signs and symptoms of stroke. Even more disturbing, many say they would likely wait out the symptoms — weakness, numbness, difficulty seeing or difficulty seeing — of a potentially deadly brain episode.  Denial is partly why young people don’t seek immediate treatment. Strokes often don’t “Hurt” like a broken arm or heart attack where people need to get help right away.  Symptoms of stroke can be misinterpreted as a headache from stress, a hangover from too much drinking or lack of sleep- therefore sometimes young stroke victims make the mistake of just trying to sleep it off.

And that could be a tragic mistake, because stroke can often be successfully treated if it is caught early.

The first three hours after a person starts to experience stroke symptoms are often referred to as the “golden window,” when doctors can often minimize or reverse damage by restoring blood flow to the brain. Without treatment most will end up dying or with permanent disability.

What you should do:

Know the Stroke Warning Signs. Act in time. Call 911

Here are some STROKE warning signs to look for:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

High Blood Pressure and Obesity are Known Risk Factors for Stroke->Learn what you can do to lower your risk!

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ComeBackStrong App Review


ComeBackStrong App


by the National Stroke Association

CB_Circle_BluGry_500pxIn my last post I reported on the ComeBackStrong Movement for stroke announced by the National Stroke Association. ( See Previous ComeBackStrong Announcement )

In this post I am following up with a video review of the ComeBackStrong App.   Designed with feedback and suggestions from stroke survivors and caregivers, this free app by the National Stroke Association is advertised to:

  • Keep track of your medications and set reminders
  • Provide you with exercises to strengthen your arm or leg and improve balance
  • Keep your medical information in one place
  • Provide nutrition and diet guidelines
  • Store reputable stroke information at your fingertips

My Video Review of the ComeBackStrong App

My App Review Summary:

Pros:

  • (+) Clean design, easy to get started (although a welcome video with quick start instructions would be nice addition)
  • (+) Medical Info,Medication,Contacts Entry and Emergency (Send Help Feature) are all excellent

Cons:

  • (-) No Goal Setting Feature
  • (-) Currently only 3 Exercises in Exercise Tracker

What Do You Think of The App?

I gave you my 2 cents, now what do you think? Did this app meet your expectations? Comment below please!  Also please take our quick poll to chime in if you are already using the app, you think you’ll use the app now that you know about it,  or even if you think you are unlikely to use the app.  If you completed the survey when the app was in development we would appreciate your feedback if you feel it met your needs.  Thanks!

Watch this related video for more on stroke recovery goal setting:
https://youtu.be/geAoDoZvD44

Register for my free stroke recovery goal setting webinar:
http://www.know-stroke.org

 

See Previous ComeBackStrong Announcement