Monday, September 28, 2009

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
There are many things going on all over America for breast cancer awareness month! We looked at some interesting events right here in the Miami Valley. In downtown Dayton the fountain will be dyed pink and pink Flags will be raised all over Dayton. Round the US: October 2nd is Lee’s National Denim Day, all money raised goes to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. October 16th is National Mammography Day, everyone is encouraged to join in and get checked, because in early stages most women have no idea they have breast cancer.
More events that are taking place in American that everyone can join in: Avon walk for Breast Cancer, happens on different dates all over the world. Komen Race for the Cure, also happens all over America on different dates. Making Strides against Breast Cancer, presented by the American Cancer Society on different dates all over America.
There are events happening all over the world, The Canadian Cancer Society presents Taking Steps Against breast cancer. The UK presents Wear it Pink and Australia sponsors Pink Ribbon Breakfasts all over the country through the month of October!
Routine checks like mammograms and self exams are essential to being a survivor. Genes and family history are also important to know, since these are the main causes. Even healthy people can develop breast cancer; however a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle should be essential for every woman.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Time is Coming For Shoes Again but Shoes Means STINKY Feet!

The number one reason for stinky feet is perspiration. Your foot has many sweat glands on the bottom of the foot. Some people have more than others. It is just like the rest of your body. Some people just sweat more than others. It is estimated that there is over a quarter of a million sweat glands in your feet. So when your body heats up it releases heat via sweat from sweat glands.
Warm wet areas are a haven for bacteria. The bacteria live, reproduce and feed off of the foot, shoes and socks. The bacteria produce chemicals that cause an odor. Thus stinky feet are actually caused by bacteria!
To treat stinky feet we have to tackle the root of the problem, the sweat. The first line of defense is to wash your feet at least twice a day. Changing your socks to a dry pair in the middle of the day will also cut down on the bacteria because they need a warm, moist place to grow. It is also recommended to wear sandals often in the warmer months to allow your feet to breath. When choosing what shoes to wear, try to stay away from black shoes. Chose shoes that are lighter colors and that has a lot of mesh compared to all leather. It is also strongly recommended to never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. This allows the shoes to dry and eliminate some of the stinky bacteria. Sometimes, these precautions are not enough or are impossible because of work or lifestyle restrictions. So then what?
There are products that can help dry the foot and decrease the sweat. These products must be recommended and monitored by a podiatric physician. There are different products for adults and children and thus you should never use products you receive for your husband on your children. Other products that a doctor can provide you with is anti-fungal and/or anti-bacteria powders. It is common for people with sweaty feet to acquire athlete's foot and toenail fungus. What starts out as stinky feet can quickly turn into ugly feet!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September is National Yoga Month

Yoga is the “union” of mind, body and soul, also known as purification. The National Yoga Celebration takes place in many cities, complete with music and food. The Celebration is for beginners and experienced yoga students.
Yoga promotes overall wellness of mind, body and soul. However there are risks to this convention. Going barefoot leaves your feet vulnerable to many bacteria, fungus and even viruses. Going barefoot in a crowd is also dangerous because it raises the risk for bruises, cuts and unsanitary conditions. This is especially dangerous to individuals with diabetes. Any cut or scrap needs immediate attention because it has a high risk of infection. Even a small puncture hole can lead to serious infection. Germs and viruses can imbed themselves under the skin, allowing them to grow. Symptoms may not present themselves for an extended period of time.
Tetanus and fungus are common among people who do not wear proper shoes; flip flops do not offer much protection against these infections either.