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Several months ago, I got sick. And I don't mean I got a little virus. I mean I got the, "What day is it? I can't remember the last time I ate. My fever is so high I feel cold," type of sick. Yup. The flu.
It seems that everywhere we go these days, there are more and more gluten-free options. And that's a very good thing. Far from being the latest food fad, gluten-free diets are actually life-changing and even life-saving for some people. But there's a lot of confusion out there about what gluten is, who should be eating gluten-free, and why these dietary changes are helpful. Today, for National Celiac Awareness Day, we're breaking down the Celiac and gluten basics.
If you've ever had a severe migraine, you know how completely debilitating they can be. The aura, the pain, the photosensitivity, the nausea: it's sensory overload that can quite literally leave you speechless and unable to function. Migraines impact both adults and children, men and women, and can first occur at almost any age. However, because migraines aren't life-threatening, many people never seek medical support for their migraines, which means they live with potentially resolvable pain.
Several months ago, as I was driving to work, I came over a small hill in a light morning rain to see a small truck, steam pouring from the engine, crushed around a telephone pole in a ditch. I pulled up several yards past the accident scene and over to the side of the road, putting on my hazard lights and grabbing my cell phone. A former lifeguard and childcare provider, I've been through dozens of first aid and CPR trainings in my life, and I immediately began running through scenarios in my head of what to do first and how best to help.
Here at Lauren’s Hope, people call and email us every day asking how to choose the right medical ID jewelry for their particular lifestyles. It’s not always an easy decision, especially when there are so many options. So today, we’re doing a little Medical Alert Jewelry Shopping 101. Here we go…
So a few weeks back, I had my six-year-old daughter, Julia, tested for food allergies. She's always had a bit of a weak stomach, and I'd noticed it was worse when she had chocolate, but then she'd drink chocolate almond milk every day (a switch we made after she showed herself to be a bit lactose intolerant) with no problem. So I just wasn't sure: Is this a dairy issue? But she eats cheese just fine. Is it a chocolate issue? But her granola bars have little chocolate chips and she's never had a problem. Is it some additive or processed ingredient? What about those completely-devoid-of-redeeming-value orange fishy crackers and Cheeze-Its that always make her vomit yet which she continues to eat when I'm not around to remind her not to? Is it the "cheeze"? I couldn't quite put my finger on it, so in we went for the blood work.
If there's one universal truth here at Lauren's Hope, it's that every single customer has a story, and most of them are pretty incredible. This is the story of Julie Bombacino, whose son, AJ, wears a Lauren's Hope medical ID bracelet.
Cystic Fibrosis, or CF, is a genetic disorder affecting the lungs, digestive system, sweat glands, and male reproductive system. It is among the most common chronic lung diseases diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults, and it is both life threatening and life limiting, with an average lifespan of 37 years for those with CF who live to adulthood.
Parkinson’s disease is an incurable, progressive nervous system disorder impacting movement. Treatment typically includes medications that alleviate some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s. In some cases, brain surgery can also help alleviate some symptoms, but again, this is not a cure.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD for short, is one of the most commonly diagnosed lung diseases. There are two primary forms of COPD:
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