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Celiac Disease

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Celiac Disease | 0 comments

Celiac disease, as defined by the Celiac Disease Foundation, is a serious autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.  When people suffering from celiac disease eat food with gluten, the gluten triggers an immune response that is not normal and which damages the inside of the small intestine so that it will stop doing its job, which is absorbing nutrients from your food.

It is important to treat celiac disease because it can: lead to anemia or osteoporosis, or increase risk of lymphoma.

Other than a hereditary disease, doctors do not really know what causes celiac disease. Celiac disease usually develops after a person starts eating food or taking medicines with gluten. If untreated, celiac disease can also lead to other serious problem, such as the development of other autoimmune disorders like Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis (MS), dermatitis herpetiformis (or itchy skin rash), osteoporosis, infertility, anemia, miscarriage, neurological conditions like epilepsy and migraines, short stature, and intestinal cancers.

Currently, a strict gluten-free diet is the only treatment for celiac disease. This means avoiding foods with wheat, rye and barley, like bread and beer. Even a small amount of gluten may trigger small intestine damage.

According to the GastroCare LI clinic, when something is wrong within your body, it can really throw you off and lead to a wide variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms that can all be linked back to some form of internal disorder. It does not matter whether you’ve just started experiencing acute pain and discomfort, or you’ve been dealing with your issues for some time, what is Important is that you find relief immediately.


All About Dog Bites

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Animal Attacks | 0 comments

All About Dog Bites

Since we already live in cities and other concrete collective settlements, we are not that prone to animal attacks compared to those out in the wild. However, there is one animal that can still easily be found in cities, and that animal is surely capable of attacking us. This animal is the dog. Dogs are easily everywhere, because they make good pets. This also means that many of us are vulnerable to dog biting incidents.

Below are just some of the damages you can sustain from a dog bite:


  • Bruises and cuts
  • Deep punctures and nerve damages
  • Disfigurement, particularly in the face, arm, or leg
  • Infection and other complications, such as rabies
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Medical Costs

  • Hospital bills
  • Treatment costs
  • Medication costs
  • Rehabilitation costs

Lost Time

  • For education
  • For employment
  • For recreational activities

According to the website of Dallas personal injury attorney Jeff Benton, those who have sustained damages from dog bites may take legal action, especially if the responsible party has been negligent.

Of course, not because the law is on your side it already means that you should be reckless around dogs, especially those that do not personally know you. Dogs attack mainly as a response to the following, so make sure to avoid any behaviors that may trigger them:

  • Bad moods because of injuries, complications, or lack of sleep
  • Threats to their belongings, such as their food or puppies
  • Threats to themselves, such as getting stepped on the tail

Property owners and dog owners should also make sure that their premises and dogs are controlled to prevent such accidents. The key is to make the dog not too accessible for visitors or passersby. They can do the following:

  • Do not leave the dog unattended
  • If you have no choice but to leave the dog unattended, tether it
  • Choose a strong tether
  • Tether it in a spot where it can’t easily escape through force

In short, to prevent animal attacks such as dog bites, the collective effort of property owners, animal owners, and possible victims is needed.

Living in an Expensive-looking House does not have to be Out of Reach

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Housing Tips | 0 comments

“The sophisticated LA residence of Ali Mokaram features a two-level rooftop patio, the lower level housing a lengthy fire pit and wet bar, complete with a sizable grill overlooking the LA cityscape. The bar’s striped minimalistic silver and black exterior is continuant of the home’s sleek aesthetic.”

High ceiling; a balcony, a porch or a roof patio; deluxe, hardwood flooring; state of the art kitchen with stainless steel kitchen appliances; elegant contemporary furnishings; walk-in closets; swimming pool; and a fitness center: these are just a few of the amenities featured in luxury apartment buildings, especially those designed for travelers, business executives, young professionals and business people always on the go. These amenities do not only exude a lifestyle of luxury and success, but also make apartment living easy, convenient and totally comfortable.

Luxury living, however, can be achieved and enjoyed not only by renting a luxury apartment. As a homeowner, you, yourself, can make your house look luxurious, elegant, sophisticated, comfortable and refreshing. It is just a matter of choosing the right finishing, finish and furniture, and having the right amenities, such as a swimming pool, an outdoor fireplace and/or kitchen.

Designers only advice that before you start buying what needs to be bought or remodeling everything, you need to determine first some very important things, such as:

  • How much space you have to work with?
  • How will this space be used?
  • What design do you want to have?
  • Of the things you have, what pieces do you want to keep, and what do you want replaced?

To make your house look luxurious and timeless, these tips may help you do the trick:

  • Paint. High pigment paint in a neutral hue or crisp white imparts an air of affluence and sophistication. Painting the interior of your doors black to tie it with other black decors or accessories also exudes an expensive vibe.
  • Crown Moldings. Adding crown moldings to tie the walls and the ceiling together provides richness to a room and keeps it from looking average. The wider the trim of the crown molding, the more expensive a room can look.
  • Hardware Finishes. Using unique pieces for the simplest things, such as drawer pulls, chandeliers and ceiling fans adds personality, character and style. Replacing your faucet with something more interesting is good too.
  • Window Treatments. Unlined and flimsy curtains are signs of poor taste and quality. After picking out the right ones, hang them close to the ceiling for an illusion of fullness .
  • Lighting. Chandeliers, as well as ceiling fans, with a unique designer look, but need not be expensive, always provide an inspiring atmosphere (you can pick these out in a flea market or in a second hand store). Adding table lamps and floor lamps in each room creates an expensive look and feel too.
  • Housekeeping. Beauty is nothing for a slob. It is not only important to make your house look luxurious, you have to regularly clean it to make it look posh too.

Malnutrition in Nursing Homes

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in Nursing Home Abuse | 0 comments

Nutrition is an important part of our lifestyle. It affects not only our health, but also our mental and emotional functioning. Nutrition even becomes more important as we age, because we need all the protection we can get as we become more and more vulnerable to complications.

When we put our loved one in a nursing home, we expect them to receive adequate nutrition, but malnutrition is still somehow a problem in the nursing homes in the United States. Nursing home residents become malnourished if they don’t receive the proper nutritional intake. Sometimes, the problem is not even caused by the lack of food, but by the negligence of the nursing home staff.

Wrong serving sizes of food can cause malnutrition, because it can give too much or too little of a certain nutrient, creating an imbalanced diet. Protein undernutrition, for instance, can cause infections, ulcers, and cognitive problems.

Even if the correct serving size is served, there are still other factors to consider. Maybe the patient has physical problems that will prevent him or her from eating specific kinds of food. Dental issues come to mind. Maybe the patient does not have the appetite to eat, as appetite loss can be a common thing among elders. These factors are enough reasons for the medical staff to give more attention to their patients’ nutritional intake.

There are also instances where the patient doesn’t have the capability to feed himself or herself, so feeding tubes may be required to give the patient the adequate nutritional needs. But feeding tubes are not without issues. There are known cases of inappropriate insertions of feeding tubes and other improper feeding techniques.

Sometimes, neglect is not the issue. Lack of medical staff and other internal concerns in the nursing home can also be the cause of malnutrition. If there are not enough medical personnel to monitor the nutrional intake of patients, the patients become more vulnerable to malnutrition.

According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, malnutrition can be considered as a form of nursing home abuse and may be subject to legal action.

Remember that giving the adequate nutritional needs of their patients is one of the many responsibilities of nursing homes. As someone who has a loved one in a nursing home, you have the right to be angry if they put this responbility aside. It puts your loved one to a risk that can easily be avoided through diligence and proper internal structure of nursing homes.

Hypnosis, Enabling Cigarette Smokers Quit the Habit . . . for Good

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Hypnosis | 0 comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the yearly average death rate in the United States due to cigarette smoking is 480,000, much higher than those due to alcohol use, illegal drug use, firearm-related incidents, motor vehicle injuries or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Compared to non-smokers, people who smoke are more likely to suffer from these health risks:

  • Lung diseases, such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis;
  • Heart diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease;
  • Stroke;
  • Damaged, thickened or narrowed blood vessels which can result to higher blood pressure, faster heart beat, and clots (blood clots can block the flow of blood to the brain or cause a blood vessel in or around the brain to burst, resulting to stroke);
  • Tooth loss and less healthy teeth and gums;
  • Cataract growth;
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus;
  • Inflammation and decreased immune function; and,
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.

Women who smoke may also find it harder to become pregnant, while smoking during pregnancy can have harmful effects to her baby’s health.

Though many of those who smoke would not stop and many among those who do not smoke, especially teens, try to learn to do it, many have also become more aware of the negative and even deadly effects of smoking and so try hard to quit.

If one searches in Google ways of quitting smoking, he/she would find more than 950 sites which talk about this topic. Some articles are titled: “10 Ways To Ride Out Tobacco Cravings,” “23 Ways to Stop Cigarettes for Good,” “How to Quit Smoking: A Guide to Kicking the Habit for Good,” and “What Is the Most Effective Way to Quit Smoking?”

While there may be hundreds of suggestions on how to quit smoking, not all of them are equally successful and others do not even do any help. Not because the suggested ways are not effective, but because many of those who try the suggestions are not truly resolved to quit the addiction.

Quitting smoking is hard; probably even harder than quitting drinking. Bottom line, whatever ways one tries, what is truly required are firm resolution and the willpower not to smoke another stick, which make this endeavor much more challenging, especially to those who are addicted to tobacco products – a result of the presence of nicotine, the drug that produces mood-altering effects in the brain and which makes the brain release adrenaline that creates a buzz of energy and pleasure.

So, addiction to cigarette is due to nicotine. Certified hypnotists from the Orlando Hypnosis Clinic asks, however, why people go back to smoking when nicotine is out of their system in 24-48 hours. This makes nicotine not the real cause of cigarette smoking then, but something deeper which makes smoking only a sort of a tool to get through worry or stress.

At the said clinic, rather than directing their attention to tobacco products, hypnotists go to the real sources that make smokers reach for another stick of cigarette. In their smoking cessation hypnosis program, smokers (except those who have below average IQ, are drunk or stoned or don’t want to be hypnotized) are assured of changes, to being non-smokers on the very same day that they undergo the treatment – no doubts about not being able to quit smoking or hypnosis failing to work.

If you are addicted to cigarette and have tried different ways to quit, but has always gone back to this old vice, then what will stop you from trying hypnosis for a solution. Above, it is said that what will enable a smoker to quit are firm resolution and the willpower not to smoke another stick. Well, maybe these are not the only things required; hypnosis probably should be added as a third and essential requirement.

Driver Fatigue: Resurfacing as a Major Cause of Truck Accidents

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents | 0 comments

There are at least two million semi-trailers or big-rigs currently registered in the U.S. Thousands of these run on U.S. highways everyday, making just-in-time deliveries of just about everything in order to meet the ever-growing needs and cravings of consumers and businesses.

More trucks on the road, however, also means increased risk to motorist safety. This is due to the large size of these vehicles, the required more than 500 feet to get these to a full stop and errors committed by truck drivers, with fatigue as the resurfacing major cause of truck crashes anywhere in the U.S.

Truck drivers are usually paid by the mile and are never given overtime pay (trucking companies are federally exempt from making overtime pay – this federal exemption dates back to the Depression era). Being paid by the mile, though, does not literally mean that every mile covered will be converted to cash; miles covered when a driver makes a detour without valid reason, gets lost or takes another route for a quick stop by home do not get counted.

The need to earn more has pushed so many drivers to their limit. While some drivers never get enough sleep, some others never get any sleep at all (for more than 24 hours) in order to make another delivery. This has resulted to many drivers dozing off while behind the wheel and running at about 60 – 65 mph, ramming into vehicles and seriously injuring or killing smaller vehicles’ passengers.

A study called the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), which was jointly undertaken by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that the ones more guilty about falling asleep while driving are truck drivers from small truckload carriers (small trucking companies). This is due to the irregular and unpredictable operating schedules of truck drivers in these companies.

Pay by the mile and unpredictable operating schedules, however, are not valid reasons for truck drivers to violate the hours or service (HOS) rule implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Serious injuries causing severe trauma in the victim and the unexpected or wrongful death of thousands of sons, daughters, mothers and/or fathers cannot be undone or replaced by any amount of compensation.

Innocent injured victims and/or victims’ families are allowed under the law, however, to seek payment to damages, especially in the case of wrongful death. According to wrongful death lawyers from the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., compensation should include: medical treatment costs incurred before your loved one’s passing; funeral expenses; loss of income the deceased would have earned; and loss of companionship. A highly-competent wrongful death lawyer may be able to help victims and/or victims’ families in seeking the compensation they are legally entitled to claim.

Online Shopping for Insurance

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Finances | 0 comments

The best way to save your own car from remaining damaged after a collision is by having a collision insurance policy; this will provide you with the cash you will need to have your car repaired or to buy parts that need to be replaced. To be able to compensate a person who has been injured in an accident wherein you are at fault, however, then the best way is by having an auto liability insurance coverage.

Collision insurance, which one may or may not purchase, is designed for your own protection. Auto liability insurance, however, is designed to protect an innocent accident victim and it is something that you will have to purchase because it is mandated in all U.S. states except in the state of New Hampshire, where drivers can instead file an SR-22 or depositing securities or money with the state treasurer as alternative to purchasing auto liability insurance.

Carrying an auto liability insurance policy is necessary if a person would want to drive in the United States. Despite the compulsory car insurance law, however, the Insurance Research Council (IRC) says that more than 29 million drivers remain uninsured and their main reason is the high cost of insurance premium.

It cannot be denied that insurance companies find ways to make insurance policies cost more by factoring in a driver’s age, driving experience, and past traffic violations, among others. Due to this, many drivers stop paying their policy premium shortly after they have re-registered their car and renewed their driver’s license (both of which require drivers to show proof of auto liability insurance coverage). The high cost of premiums, however, neither takes away nor lessens the necessity of drivers having coverage. The best way available for them to have the types of coverage that they need without being burdened by the cost of coverage is by shopping for auto insurance online.

Based on the 2010 U.S. Online Auto Insurance Report from comScore, an American Internet analytics company, in 2009, as many as 2.8 million auto insurance policies were purchased online (this shows an 80% increase since 2006). Besides being easy, quick and totally convenient, shopping for auto insurance online will also allow drivers and motor vehicle owners to compare auto insurance quotes and get the best deal while saving money at the same time. These quotes, which are provided by independent auto insurance companies, are free and can be done within minutes. Many of these companies also offer many other online services that are insurance-related, such as free quote and online filing of SR-22 for instant coverage. According to the website of Hankey Law Office, P.C., to make sure that online visitors quickly get the quotes they need, it is recommended that they are ready with the following information:

  • The declarations page of their current insurance (this is for fast comparison with insurance deals from other policy providers)
  • Annual mileage and distance to work (fewer miles traveled means lesser risk which, in turn, can mean lower premium rate)
  • Name, gender, occupation, number of years licensed, and driver’s license number of all household members who are old enough to drive
  • Year, make, model and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of each car to be insured
  • Information regarding accidents or traffic violations in the past three years (the date of the accident, who was at fault, if the accident injured someone and, if yes, how much was the amount of the claim)

All this information is the same data required if one were to visit an insurance company personally. But, rather than hop from one company to another, doing everything online is simply more practical, plus, this will also allow one to get the policy that best fits his or her needs and budget.

Personal Injury Claims for Car/Truck Accidents

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Not all auto/vehicle injuries are due to negligence. Sometimes, conditions simply come together in an unfortunate approach and no one is at fault. This implies because the problem cannot be assigned, that there’s no foundation for a personal injury claim, irrespective of how devastating the results. A car accident occurs every 8 seconds someplace in the U.S. In the 1st quarter of 2013 alone over 7 7,000 died from road accidents, even though this is really an improvement from the same period in the year 2012. This does not include how many people who have been injured.

However, because the driver was behaving inconsistently or dangerous when auto/truck accidents happen, this will be the time to contemplate creating a state as it is not impossible that neglect can be demonstrated. It might be due to just tailgating, weaving in and out of visitors, distracted driving, driving around the incorrect side of the road, or speeding. Any of these may be regarded acts of carelessness, and might render the driver accountable for both actual and exemplary damages. An article on the website of the Hankey Law Office, P.C. stresses that in terms of an encounter from a truck having a culpable motorist and also a car that is smaller, this is a no contest. While the truck driver gets off without a scrape the driver and passengers of the smaller car are most likely to sustain significant injury if not death.

Even when an accident occurs with similar-sized vehicles, the at fault driver should be held accountable for any costs related to property damage and bodily harm of a third party. For personal injury, this typically comprises loss of earnings all medical expenses, and pain and suffering if relevant into a particular condition.

How Do I Get SR22 Insurance for My Car?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Car Accidents, Finances | 0 comments

First of all, if you were not instructed to get SR22 insurance then the chances are, you don’t need it. Despite what the name might suggest, SR22 insurance isn’t actually an insurance policy at all.

SR22 insurance is the kind of documentation or certification that may be required of you in order to prove that your vehicle is legally insured. Citing the same site, this kind of documentation is also referred to as FR Filing.

This kind of thing is only ever really necessary if you have ever found yourself on the wrong side of the law. This can happen if you so happen to have committed one very bad error or several little errors that have all piled up together. Insurance companies tend to see these errors in judgment and mistakes as risks, thereby making policies somewhat more difficult for people to acquire once their records have had these marks on them.

You need not be intimated by this fact, though! Yes, it may be a bit of a challenge to find a policy that can and will work for you, but there are several agencies that are practically there in order to help you get the documentation that you need. Needing this kind of insurance is not all that uncommon as there are quite a few people who need it for a number of reasons. However, it can be so much more difficult to secure this kind of certification on your own.

Preventing Elder Abuse through Home Sharing

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

With the rising numbers of elder abuse lawsuits across the United States, it is no wonder why many people are looking into other alternatives for their senior family member to stay and be taken care of. One of the alternatives being used today is senior home-sharing. There are many benefits that senior home-sharing can provide, yet before going into the program, it is always advisable to research about what it offers to the participants. It is also important to know how match-up programs are made, and what you can do to increase your chances of getting a compatible cohabitant.

The concept of senior home-sharing is to pair an elder senior with a housemate. The arrangement is that in exchange for a private room in the senior’s home residence, the housemate is given the responsibility of performing certain household chores, or pay rent, or a combination of both. Although not for everyone, home-sharing is a great option for seniors and those who are finding a place to live in.

There are number of reasons why those who are looking for rooms choose senior home-sharing. On the other hand, seniors have the most to benefit from the arrangement. For one, they can still remain independent and need not to be put in a nursing care facility provided they are in relatively good health. Room rentals can also provide an income for the senior, as well as the necessary household help for errands that they can no longer perform and transportation for those who can’t drive anymore. Lastly, they offer companionship, safety and peace of mind that is essential in old age.

Before getting into a senior home-sharing arrangement, seniors should first have to make sure that the written home-sharing agreement is clear and accepted by both parties. The agreement should outline all the obligations, the hours of work, and the types of services that’s needed, as well as the restrictions that both parties need to talk about and understand. It should also state the acceptable consideration for termination of the home-sharing to avoid any inconveniences and arguments. Because of the fragile state of seniors, they are often subject to a number of abuse, and for a Tennessee personal injury attorney, such abuse can be prevented through a well-defined and straightforward written agreement. Both the senior and the renter are partner in their endeavor, therefore the home-sharing program should be equally fair to both parties.