Exercises Suited for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a very serious autoimmune disease in which the immune system becomes your own worst enemy. RA causes the immune system to mistakenly attack joints and organs instead of bacteria and viruses. The number of people in the U.S. with rheumatoid arthritis is 1.5 million and growing. It is also nearly three times more common in women.

23978627_lBecause rheumatoid arthritis can cause extreme pain, working out can be difficult. However, exercising is important because it strengthens bones and muscles, which helps improve long-term pain relief for people with RA. The Arthritis Foundation and doctors advocate workouts, as long as they do not exacerbate rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.  Below are some exercises that may be suited for people with RA.

Please do not make any changes to your exercise regime without consulting with your doctor. 
Yoga. yogaA holistic physical therapy practice instead of a single workout, yoga may be a great option for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The soft stretching increases the length of muscles, strengthening without increasing inflammation. The slow, gentle movements promote a healthier immune system. 

Chair Stand
. This may be a great exercise for those who want to build leg muscles. You begin by sitting on a chair that lets your legs rest at 90 degree angles. Simply stand and sit using controlled motions. Be careful not to let yourself fall! This is a great exercise because it can be done anywhere.

39861859_lSwimming. Considered one of the best cardio activities for people with joint pain, it is great for individuals with all types of arthritis, from advanced rheumatoid arthritis to psoriatic arthritis. Water offers enough resistance to work out the entire body while putting the least pressure on joints and muscle tissue.

Walking. If you do not have access to a pool, walking runs a close second for ideal cardio exercise. Unless your rheumatoid arthritis is in advanced stages, walking may be perfect for improving bone strength and organ health.

Moderate Weight Lifting. Stronger muscles may make daily activities easier. The key with weights is to know your limit; you should be able to do 15 repetitions easily. Many gyms have pulley machines that may make exercising with arthritis much easier.

If your joints are inflamed, it is crucial to take a few days off from exercising. Learn how to listen to your body–know when you can push yourself to workout, and when you should pull back and rest.

Remember, the Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card may help you provide savings on medication for you or your loved ones. Simply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link or text CARD to 95577. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

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Sources:
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http://www.arthritis.org/arthritis-facts/disease-center/rheumatoid-arthritis.php 

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6/23/2015 

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Ben, 11

I wish to go to Australia

Ben06Ben is an adventurous 11-year-old with a heart full of dreams to travel and see the world. On August 4th, his wish to go to Australia with his family came true.

Ben and his family were taken to the airport by limousine and departed on their week-long vacation. He started off his trip sightseeing around Australia and visiting zoos. Ben was also able to see many animals he has never seen before, such as kangaroos. He even got to hold a koala bear! Ben and his family also had the chance to visit northern Australia and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.

One of the most breathtaking moments during the vacation was having a private tour of the Sydney Opera House. Ben’s father John exclaimed, “It was absolutely amazing, we all loved it! We all agreed it was that tour that made the trip.” Because they had a private tour, Ben and his family not only learned about the history of the Opera House, but were able to sit in on rehearsals, which they described as “really cool!”

Ben and his family are so thankful to everyone involved for the incredible opportunity to experience part of the world in such a magical way. Ben’s dad shared with us that they were able to experience things they have never been able to do before. John explained that Ben has so many dreams and desires, and “for that to come true for him, we are all extremely appreciative.”

What You Eat May Trigger Migraines

People predisposed to migraines typically have a wide range of triggers, including foods. Everyone is different, but if you suffer from migraines, here are some foods and food ingredients you may want to avoid. 

Chocolate
Much to the chagrin of migraine sufferers everywhere, chocolate is a food they probably shouldn’t eat. It is speculated that chocolate is a trigger because it contains a specific amino acid called tyramine. Most pre-migraine food cravings are for sweets. So if you need to fill a sugar craving, try to not eat chocolate.

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There are a number of factors at play with alcohol. Decreased levels of serotonin are known to trigger migraines. Unfortunately, alcohol consumption does just that. Red wine also contains tyramine, though smaller concentrations than in chocolate. In addition it has  phenols, which can also act as a trigger for some people.

Aged and Fermented Cheeses
Any moldy cheese, brie, hard cheeses, blue, and cheddar have phenylethylamine and tyramine, which can trigger migraines. If you do eat cheese, keep in mind that tyramine levels increase as cheeses age.

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A few common additives used in processed foods should be avoided. Some, like nitrates, are highly soluble compounds readily absorbed into the body. They dilate your blood vessels, acting as catalysts for migraines.

Other Food with Tyramine
Not only does tyramine incite headaches, but it also makes monoamine oxidase supplements (MAO), which are used to decrease or eliminate migraine symptoms, ineffective. In addition to chocolate, alcohol, and aged & fermented cheese, there are a number of foods containing tyramine that may need to be avoided if you suffer from migraines. These include: 

  • Certain processed meats
  • Brown or spotted bananas
  • Nuts
  • Pork
  • Soy
  • Avocados
  • Pickles
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Some beans

Consider keeping a diary that tracks your migraines and what you’re eating & drinking.  You may be able to identify specific foods and beverages that trigger your migraines.

Remember, the Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card may help you save on your migraine prescriptions and other medications. Simply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video:
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6/18/2015 

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BOTOX®: Migraine Treatment Option?

34788227_lNearly 12% of Americans suffer from severe migraines at some point in their lives. People with chronic migraine problems may deal with the pain as much as half of the month. This can have a crippling effect on daily life–interfering with school, relationships, and careers.

Medical researchers have studied migraines for decades, attempting to discover a cure. Some treatments are more effective than others, and rarely does one work for everybody. In the late 20th century, cosmetic surgeons noticed some BOTOX patients were temporarily relieved of their migraines. Further investigation revealed that, surprisingly, onabotulinumtoxinA (the BOTOX injection) was remarkably effective at relieving migraine symptoms. It was so effective that in 2010 the FDA approved BOTOX as a method to treat migraines.

So How Does BOTOX Work?
Funny you should ask, because the jury is still out on why BOTOX is effective at treating migraines. Doctors may not be 100% sure why it works, but there are some theories:

  • BOTOX decreases nerve activity, reducing their ability to transmit pain signals during or before the migraine.
  • The injections relax the muscles and blood vessels around the head. This lowers blood pressure and temperature of the brain. Some evidence suggests that high blood pressure and high brain temperature may exacerbate the frequency and severity of migraine.

The Treatment Process
Always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your health care routine. 

Only people who experience headaches 15 days or more each month are eligible to receive BOTOX injections; half of the headaches must be migraines. It is not known whether it is safe or effective in preventing headaches in individuals who have migraines 14 or fewer days.

Eligible patients receive injections every three months from their doctor. Multiple shots are made in different spots on the head, face, neck, and upper back.

It takes up to two weeks to feel any relief from the migraines. Some people report that the first wave of treatment is ineffective, but improvement is felt following subsequent injections.

The injections themselves are completely painless, and side effects are rare. Every once in a while patients note short-term muscle weakness or aching at the point of injection. A patient may also experience temporary blurred vision, trouble swallowing, and a hoarse voice. 

Talk to your doctor to find out if BOTOX treatments are right for you. 

WTH_webcard_printed BBBRemember, the Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card may help you save on medication for you or your loved onesincluding over-the-counter medicines with a signed prescription from your doctor. Simply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_web_LORESYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

By WHBlogger 
6/16/2015 

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Men’s Health: A Family Matter

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month, but recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, sisters and others, men’s health is truly a family mattermesn health_baby

Although women are more prone to depression, anxiety and connective tissue disorders, men have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, alcoholism, substance abuse and certain kinds of cancer. Despite these facts, research suggests that men are more likely than women to skip cancer screenings and routine check-ups. According to public health researcher Jenna Davis, “Our findings indicate that there is a need for better health and cancer screening promotion among men.”

Below are some of the major warning signs related to men’s health that we should all be aware of to help the men in our lives stay healthy.  Consult with your doctor, or encourage him to, if any of these symptoms appear.

  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits: Frequent urination could be a sign of an inflammation or an enlarged prostate, both of which are common problems for men as they age. Blood in the urine should be taken seriously and is often a common indicator of kidney problems.

  • Impotence or erectile dysfunction: Typically, erectile problems are secondary symptoms of a much more serious health problem. This issue could be an early warning sign of diabetes, heart disease or high cholesterol.

  • Unusual or persistent symptoms: Persistent backaches, changes in the color of urine or stool, obvious changes in warts or moles, unusual lumps, reoccurring chest pains or headaches, bleeding that won’t stop, unexplained weight loss, and extreme fatigue could all be symptoms of other serious health problems and should be checked out by a physician immediately.

  • DepressionWhile women may be more likely to attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to succeed, making suicide the seventh leading cause of death in men. Because men may think they are supposed to be “strong and silent,” you should pay close attention to his actions. Consider these questions:

    • Is he acting overly anxious?
    • Is he having trouble sleeping?
    • Does he complain about feeling sad, empty or helpless?
    • Has he been taking unusual risks or acting recklessly?
    • Has he lost interest in hobbies or activities he once enjoyed?

Talking about these issues can sometimes be difficult to discuss. But taking the necessary preventative steps could be the difference between a minor issue and one that manifests into something much more serious.

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Remember, the Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card may help you save on medication for you or your loved onesincluding over-the-counter medicines with a signed prescription from your doctor. Simply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

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6/11/2015 

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Why Make Migraine Sufferers Suffer Even More?

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health

June is National Migraine Awareness Month. I thought it would be a good time to review how this medical condition makes so many people suffer, including some of my family and colleagues.Tuesday

I was surprised to learn that more than 36 million people in America live with migraines, and up to a third or more of them are not receiving the best treatment. This is due in part to prescription migraine medications being too expensive or not being covered by their health insurance.

Also, while most people get migraines once or twice a month, 14 million people or about 4% have chronic daily headaches. Their attacks occur at least 15 days per month. Many insurance companies limit the number of migraine medicine doses per month that are covered — in many cases to only 4 pills. This poses a real problem for chronic migraine sufferers who can’t afford the high out-of-pocket price of their prescription medicine.

So what do these chronic headache sufferers do? Given migraines disrupt their everyday life, many live with the fear that they’ll run out of pills. It has been reported that they try to restrict their pill intake and hoard each month. Even worse, these people with severe headaches may sometimes adopt harmful behavior. For example, they may delay taking their expensive prescription medication, which may only make their suffering worse. Or, they may self-medicate using over-the-counter medicine, taking too much and actually causing severe headaches from over-usage.

It is unacceptable that people with migraines suffer because they can’t pay for their prescription medications. It is my hope that Watertree Health’s free Prescription Discount Card can provide much-needed relief. Use our Greatest Prescription Savings (GPS) tool (wtree.us/savingstool) to find the lowest discounted price with our Card on your prescription migraine medication, at pharmacies close to you. You just need to provide the drug name and your zip code, then get a card to start saving.

Keeping Your Child Safe In and Around Water

37305206_lWarm weather is here and kids of all ages are jumping into pools, and swimming in nearby lakes and oceans. Before you let your kids take a splash in the water, remember that even small pools may be dangerous. The chances are small, but it only takes a second for a child to inhale water and risk drowning. Consider these safety tips in and around water:

  1. Children ages 1-4 are less likely to drown if they are given swimming lessons early in life. You may especially want to consider this if you live where there are a lot of pools in your neighborhood.

  2. It is not recommended that children younger than age 1 take swimming classes due to they are not developmentally ready.

  3. If you are in the pool or hot tub with your kids, instruct them to avoid drains given they may suck hair and loose clothing, and be dangerous. Ensure your drain covers are attached. Families buying a pool might consider one with multiple drains. This reduces the suction power of each one.

  4. An adult must always be present with their toddlers in shallow pools, preferably only a few feet away. Toddlers have little self-control. If they slip into the water, they might take several quick breaths out of fear.

  5. Do not task a person you just met with watching your child.

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  6. Never drink alcohol while supervising children. One sober person should watch the children swim at all times, even at large parties.

  7. Inflatable toys are not substitutes for life jackets. 

    If you have a pool at home…


  8. If your kids are younger than five, you should fence in your pool and use safety locks on the gate. The fence should be a minimum of four-feet tall and not have wide slots. Chain-link fences can also be problematic because children are great climbers, and will go up and over for a quick splash in the water.

  9. Install alarms on any doors leading into an indoor swimming pool area. If your child tries to open the door, it will alert you immediately.

  10. Never leave toys in the pool. If a young child sees a toy, it could entice them to retrieve it.

Remember, the Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card may help you save on medication for you or your loved onesSimply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_web_LORESYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

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6/4/2015 

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The 5 Best Vitamins for Healthy Skin

As the saying goes, skin is a reflection of your inner health. Good skin starts with a proper, nutritious diet. It is suggested that you eat vitamin-rich foods to improve skin quality. Depending on your specific skin care needs, you may also want to look for products that contain these vitamins or even consider supplements.  Below are the top vitamins for skin health.

Always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or taking any supplements.

Vitamin A. More than 700 scientific studies have been published to document the power of vitamin A. If you suffer from skin problems like psoriasis or eczema, you’ve probably been prescribed a cream 39961989_lcontaining retinoids, a derivative of this vitamin. It also reduces facial acne and rebuilds lacerated skin.  Foods that contain vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, winter squashes, lettuce, dried apricots, cantaloupe, bell peppers, fish, liver, and tropical fruits. 

meatVitamin B3. It has been said about vitamin B3 that it is “just shy of functioning as a wonder nutrient” because it increases production of the body’s valuable ceramides and fatty acids. These two fundamental molecules strengthen your skin’s outer barrier. This vitamin keeps the skin from drying out and maintains your complexion. Because it is so effective at improving pigment and keeping moisture in, cosmetics manufacturers use vitamin B3 in serums, lotions, and moisturizers. Foods that naturally contain high levels of B3 include yellow-fin tuna, chicken breast, mushrooms, broccoli, bulgar wheat, wheat bran, salmon, and organ meats. 

citrusVitamin C. Vitamins C is an antioxidant, and targets free radicals within the body that cause damage to cells. Free radicals cause the skin to age quicker than usual and can be created by things like the sun and smoking, which is why extended exposure to both permanently alters the skin. Vitamin C takes things a step further and also produces collagen, which is a powerful protein that revitalizes the skin. To get more vitamin C, eat a lot of citrus, kiwi, bell peppers, guava, strawberries, brussels sprouts, and cantaloupe. 

almondVitamin E.  Vitamin E is another major antioxidant that is fundamental to keeping youthful looking skin. Creams and lotions filled with vitamin E are commonly used to reduce or eliminate stretch marks, face lines, and more. As a bonus, this vitamin helps improve hair health, too. Foods with vitamin E include almonds, raw seeds, swiss chard, spinach, turnip greens, kale, plant oils, hazelnuts, and more.

36751081_lVitamin K. Do you have dark circles under your eyes? Do you bruise easily? Vitamin K helps improve your circulatory system by improving your blood’s ability to clot and heal lesions. This vitamin brings color back into your skin and reduces skin irritation. Despite these wondrous effects, its efficacy is limited compared to the other four. Vitamin K-rich foods include kale, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, beet greens, brussels sprouts, broccoli, onions, lettuce, and other vegetables. 

Remember, the Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card may help you save on medication for you or your loved onesincluding vitamins with a signed prescription from your doctor. Simply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_web_LORESYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

By WHBlogger 

6/2/2015 

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