Did you grab this FREE About Herbs App?


A Guide to Botanicals,Supplements, Complementary Therapies and More

If you are on our Know-Stroke.org Member News List you already received this free About Herbs app link.  I wanted to also share this information with my stroke community here so you don’t miss this resource.  I’ve learned from our Smart Moves Webinars that many stroke survivors often have  questions about supplements and herbs and I found this app to be a helpful free tool to provide some of those answers.  Learn more here….

Learn about this Free App in our latest Know-Stroke.org News Post
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First AHA/ASA Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Guidelines


ASA logoOn May 4th in their publication Stroke,  the The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) for the first time issued guidelines on stroke rehabilitation and recovery.  This scientific statement on rehabilitation is the 8th set of stroke guidelines from the American Stroke Association, and these guidelines focusing on recovery are the last of the association’s recommendations for the continuum of care for stroke patients and their families.

Grade the Guidelines

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How do you think the AHA/ASA did with their guidelines for stroke recovery and rehabilitation?  Do you think they hit the mark or fell short for stroke survivors and caregivers?

Give the guidelines a grade here:

 

I believe the guidelines scored a solid B (maybe minus).  Here’s my bottom line on the guidelines, and why I believe they fell short.

I just posted it to know-stroke.org. Check it out!

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Body in Balance Principles Help in Recovery


The following is a recent 5 Star Review of Body in Balance on Amazon

Amazon5starsI’ve adopted the simple diet an exercise principles outline in the book and used them to fuel my obsession to get better. –March 21, 2016 By Eddie
This review is from: Body in Balance: Bare Naked Truth on Nutrition Fitness and Food Policies Impacting Your Energy and Your Health (Smart Moves Guidebook Series) (Kindle Edition)
“Following a serious spinal cord injury, I received this book as a gift during my stay at a rehabilitation hospital in Boston, Ma. It has become my bible! I’ve adopted the simple diet an exercise principles outline in the book and used them to fuel my obsession to get better. The author, David Dansereau, understands recovery from both a personal and professional level. He is a stroke survivor and a Physical Therapist/Sports Nutritionist. Using this unique background he has put together the ultimate hand book for both recovery and everyday living. Thank you David for your honest straight forward approach to fitness and well being.”
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Do You Have a Copy of My Book?


My Book, Body in Balance is an Amazon Best Seller in Preventive Medicine!

I get asked often, “Is Body in Balance About your Stroke“?

The short answer to this question is “No” but the actual answer is somewhere in between because much of what is in my book came from my own research and experimentation of how to set goals to best restore balance to my body through proper nutrition and therapeutic exercise.  My research can be used by anyone needing to get clear on their goals and follow a game plan to take action getting started on the right path.

Order Your Copy Here  on Amazon for Kindle or Paperback

If you want more help to learn more about goal setting and restoring balance after a stroke register for my free webinar here.

 

What a Boston Marathon Finish!


Congratulations to all the athletes that achieved their goals and completed today’s  120th Boston Marathon.  What a finish especially in the men’s wheelchair race with Marcel Hug from Switzerland finishing first again this year with a time of 1:24:01.  Hug was able to hold off ten-time champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa and Kurt Fearnley of Australia at the finish line.  At one point with less than 15 yards to the finish, the three racers were all side-by-side by-side.  What an effort!

If you missed it, watch this video of the finish as Van Dyk (1:24:02) and Fearnley (1:24:03) were a near photo finish and after 26.2 miles the men’s wheelchair race came down to less than a one push difference!

Here’s a  photo of the finish line of the men’s wheelchair race courtesy of CBSBoston with only 3/1oth’s of a second deciding the top three finishers.

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Watch the Video!


Women’s wheelchair division winner: Tatyana McFadden finished in 1:42:16

Women’s overall race winner: Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia with a time of 2:29:18

Men’s overall race winner: Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia with a time of 2:12:45


Maybe next year?
Maybe next year?

 

 

Your gut, your diet and now more interesting research on your stroke recovery rate


0313_feat_1_ObesityWebWe’ve been hearing more and more science about the importance of a healthy gut microbiome as it relates to diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.  Now there’s some new  research that is beginning to show a connection between your gut health and stroke recovery. As reported by  Jordana Cepelewicz on March 30, 2016 in Scientific American, a new study in mice demonstrates that manipulating the microbiome can influence the extent of brain damage caused by a stroke.  This is certainly very early research as the article makes clear, and much more work is required to explore the brain-gut connection further.  It is fascinating however, how powerful the role of diet could be if only explored further.  As quoted here from the article

‘by changing the bacterial landscape of the gut, “immune cells end up helping out instead of contributing to the damage that occurs (after a stroke).”

Read Jordana’s full article here in the Neurological Health section of Scientific American

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Improve Your Gut Health and get Your Body in Balance!

Get Real


 

After a Stroke

Thank you to Nancy Coulter-Parker, Editor for Stroke Smart Magazine for a great interview and article in the current 2016 edition.  Nancy featured some of my top tips for goal setting after a stroke in their “Ask the Expert” column.

Get Real is a great headline, especially for the topic of goal setting.  Here are my top five tips from the article for getting real(istic) with your goals:

  1. Find a Starting Point
  2. Set a Road Map
  3. Know Who is on Your Team
  4. The Power of ‘Why”
  5. Be Accountable

To learn more about each of these tips, please read the article on StrokeSmart

These tips were from my book, Body in Balance, as well as from my Stroke Recovery Goal Setting Webinar. Those resources are listed below.

Resources:

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How to Set Smart Goals after a Stroke Webinar

Stroke Smart

By the way, here was my Goal in the picture below:

Read the article to learned how I planned for it….

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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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