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Mistakes to Avoid During a Health Emergency

Posted by Elise on October 24, 2015


There are no two ways about it—medical emergencies fill us with fright, confusion and sometimes panic. While you may think that you can’t prepare for an unexpected health crisis, the truth is that you can—and should.

Whether you’re dealing with a stroke, heart attack or even a relatively minor injury such as a broken ankle, the consequences of not being prepared can be quite serious. In the most extreme cases, it can result in a preventable medical error, which studies show is a leading cause of death in the US.

Below are four common mistakes that patients make during the first 24 hours—and simple steps you can take to avoid them…

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Toothache Relief

Posted by Elise on March 15, 2013

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Ouch! Do you have a nagging toothache? And the dentist can’t see you till when? Calm the throbbing with nature’s painkiller—cloves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fainting First Aid

Posted by Elise on February 20, 2013

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Why People Faint

Fainting is a frightening experience—especially when you don’t know the cause.

What you may not realize:

 Up to half of all Americans will faint at least once during their lives.

The cause is often relatively harmless, such as standing up too quickly, getting overheated, becoming dehydrated, receiving bad news or experiencing intense fear. You can even faint when a vigorous cough stimulates nerves that trigger a decrease in blood pressure and brain circulation. But in some cases, fainting can be a red flag for a potentially serious medical condition that affects your heart, lungs or nervous system. Read the rest of this entry »

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Asthma Attack Survival Without an Inhaler

Posted by Elise on January 25, 2013

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If you have asthma, then you know how scary it can be when you have an attack and have trouble breathing for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days, depending on its severity.

So you’re probably careful to keep your rescue inhaler with you at all times—in case of an emergency.

But what happens if an attack starts and you discover that your inhaler is empty or you don’t actually have it??

How can you lessen the severity of an asthma attack and/or stop it altogether without your trusty inhaler?

To find out, I called Richard Firshein, DO, director and founder of The Firshein Center for Comprehensive Medicine in New York City and author of Reversing Asthma: Breathe Easier with This Revolutionary New Program. And he had some very interesting advice… Read the rest of this entry »

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Symptoms That Can Save Your Life

Posted by Elise on July 13, 2011

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Red Flag Warnings:

Some symptoms are signs of a true emergency — but we put off getting prompt medical attention, thinking that if we wait a bit, they will go away. Here, symptoms never to ignore…


The following symptoms can indicate a potential emergency. Call for an ambulance (usually 911). If one is not available, have someone drive you to an emergency room. Read the rest of this entry »

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Run and Not be Weary; Walk and Not Faint

Posted by Elise on June 23, 2010


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Get Fit in Just a Few Minutes

 Lack of time is a primary reason people give for failing to get the recommended 30 to 60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week. Admittedly, it can be tough to find such a big chunk of time in your busy schedule.

What helps: Instead of feeling compelled to cram an entire day’s worth of exercise into a single block of time, commit to fitting in little bursts of physical activity — two minutes, five minutes, 10 minutes — Read the rest of this entry »

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Take Care

Posted by Elise on November 16, 2009

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Riley M. Lorimer, “Take Care,” New Era, Jul 2007, 34–37

You only get one body. Here are some tips for taking care of yours.

Elliot Grow had it made.  The summer before his senior year of high school, he was an aspiring lacrosse player with a promising future, and it looked like he just might land a starting spot on his school’s basketball team as well.  But calamity struck for Elliot one day in June when Read the rest of this entry »

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Idea List: A Healthier You

Posted by Elise on October 16, 2009

Idea List: A Healthier You,” New Era, Nov 2006

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Taking care of your body is good for both your physical and your spiritual health. Here are a few small things you can do regularly to improve your health. Read the rest of this entry »

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