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Your Questions About An Impaired Use Of Language Is Known As

June 30, 2013
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Lisa asks…

What is the proper term for mentally and physically challenged?

I know that you are supose to use people fist language such as that child who has ___ inseatd of that ___ child. but is mentally and physically challenged the correct term? I have also heard impaired and others, but I am not sure which one is correct, since they keep chaning the official language.

Thanks

admin answers:

Either “People with disabilities” or “Disabled” is acceptable.

Unacceptable terms include but not limited to: “Handicapped”, “Retarded”, “Freak”, “Slow”, “Moron”, “Imbecile”, “Idiot”, “Spaz”, and “Simple”.

Joseph asks…

What qualifications do u need 2 be an air hostess?

I really want to be an air hostess. But i dont know how to go about it. So what qualifications do u need 2 be an air hostess?

admin answers:

Flight attendants are the most highly visible employees to our customers. The friendliness and quality of service provided by our flight attendants greatly influences our customers’ perceptions of Continental Airlines. Therefore, applicants are required to meet certain application requirements.

Flight Attendant Qualifications
Good judgment
Excellent dependability
Exceptional interpersonal skills
Caring and nurturing disposition
Ability to accept personal responsibility for resolving concerns
Strong work ethic
Good service orientation
Excellent communication skills
Professional appearance suitable for a conservative business environment
Friendly and polite in all situations
Ability to handle pressure in stressful situations
Physical agility and strength for assisting customers and their luggage

Application Requirements
Minimum 21 years of age
High school diploma or equivalency
Secondary education is preferred
Basic computer literacy
Ability to perform basic math skills
Minimum 2 years direct customer service experience
Ability to read, write and fluently speak and understand the English language
Bilingual fluency (ability to speak, read and write) in Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), Japanese, Hebrew, Portuguese or Russian is preferred
Possess and maintain a valid United States passport or foreign passport with applicable VISAs. Non-U.S. Citizens must currently hold a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). Continental Airlines does not sponsor flight attendant applicants for immigration purposes. Applicants must have the right to travel freely in and out of the United States, to and from all cities served by Continental Airlines without restriction.
Authorized to work in the United States as defined in the Immigration Reform Act of 1986
Fulfill a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required ten-year work history review, a criminal background check and submit to fingerprinting
Ability to comprehend and retain information pertinent to the position
Willing to work holidays, weekends, nights and extended hours
Willing to work “reserve” status for a long duration
Willing to reside within a driving radius of your assigned base
Willing to relocate based on company’s operational needs
Willing to submit to random drug/alcohol testing
Reliable transportation to and from the airport
Flight attendants work in an environment subject to frequent changes in geography, culture, climate, cabin altitude, G-forces, dry air, high noise levels, dim lighting, turbulence and continuous and frequent contact with others in flight. Flight attendants work in confined spaces of aircraft aisles and galleys. To accomplish service and cabin equipment operation needs for periods of long duration, flight attendants must stand, walk, kneel, bend, stoop, stretch, reach, lift heavy objects from the floor to above shoulder-level and push/pull equipment.

Application Requirements
Minimum height of 5’0″ and maximum height of 6’3″ without shoes
Height and weight proportionate to maintain professional appearance; body size cannot exceed specific aircraft dimensions (example: jumpseat, harness without modification, cabin aisle and emergency exits)
Vision correctable to 20/40 or better (uncorrected 20/200 or better)
Push and pull beverage/meal cart (150-250 lbs.)
Lift liquor kit (up to 43 lbs.)
Lift emergency window exit (up to 60 lbs.)
Open emergency door (91-126 lbs. Stress)
Maintain lifestyle free from alcohol abuse and illegal drug use
Successful completion of pre-employment examination revealing no physical or mental limitations that would impair ability to perform routine or emergency duties

Paul asks…

Is anyone familiar with the austism programs provided for children in Orlando Fl?

My husband is considering taking a job in Orlando this spring but before we decide whether or not to go, I’d like to know what the Education Progam for autistic children is like.
Can someone here help me with this?

admin answers:

I don’t live in Orlando, I live in Kissimmee (just south of Orlando) and have an autistic son who is 3 that was recently diagnosed. I’m still learning about the programs in the area but would like to share what I do know and hopefully will help you out a bit.

We are in the Osceola County school district, and Orlando is in Orange County. The school board here has programs for Speech/Language Therapy; Specific Learning Disabled; Mentally Handicapped; Emotionally Handicapped; Gifted; Physically Impaired; Hearing Impaired; Visually Impaired; and Autism.

The program for children with autism is designed for students with limited ability to understand, communicate, learn, and participate in social relationships.

The instructional program for these students emphasizes behavior modification, communication skills, socialization skills, independent living skills, vocational training, and functional academics.

Referrals to this program are reviewed by the child study team. The process includes observations, collecting and reviewing data and implementing interventions. Students referred undergo a series of tests administered by the school psychologist and speech therapist.

Preschool Education Evaluation Program
Children from three to five years old may be referred to PEEP for screening, evaluation, and possible educational placement in an Exceptional Student Education program.

Children birth to three are provided services at the Howard Phillip’s Developmental Center in Orlando or in their home, depending on the severity of the disability and the individual need.

Educational services are provided for children ages three to five who are identified as speech/language impaired, hearing impaired, visually impaired, dual sensory impaired, physically impaired, mentally handicapped, emotionally handicapped, autistic, or developmentally delayed. Full-time educational services are provided five days per week at a centrally located school. Related services may include occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision services, and/or speech/language therapy. Children with speech/language impairments may be eligible for part-time or full-time services.

The emphasis of the preschool program for children with disabilities is the development of cognitive, language, motor, social/emotional, and self-help skills in an educationally enriched environment.

The Homebound or Hospitalized program
is designed for students who are unable to attend school due to a medically diagnosed physical or mental condition which requires home or hospital confinement and restricted activities for an extended period of time.

Voluntary Pre-k
which is a 1/2 or full full day program available at various schools. The teachers have 4 yr college degrees and are certified in early childhood; full time paraprofessionals in each class; low teacher/calss ratios; they learn literacy skills, math, science, social studies, and social skills.

21st Century Community Learning Centers (S.P.I.R.I.T
Students Participating In Recreation and Instruction Together)which is offered at participating schools before school, after school, weekends, and during summer at no cost to students. They offer:
Homework Assistance: All students in the program are offered Homework assistance at the begenning of the program and a snack.
Read 180
Reading Classes
Compass
Math Facts
Family Fun Nights
Cooking/Nutrition
Running Club
Sports
Fitness Class
Lifestyle/Nutrition
Remedial Reading
Remedial Math
FCAT Explorer
Tutoring
Compass Learning Odyssey
Learning.com
ESOL Assistance
Recreational Activities
Art
Arts & Crafts
Dance
Drama
Photography Classes
Mentoring Classes
Marine Biology
Geo Art
Music (Jazz, Drum’s, Guitar, Piano varies by site)
Media Production
Scholarshop
Basketball
Field Trip
Karate
swimming
peer mediation
Character Education ext.
Adult English Classes
Family Fun Nights
BETA & 21st CCLC sponsored Workshops for Parents

Hours and activities vary by school. Currently they have 14 schools that offers the program .

They have alternative programs for high school students to help obtain their diplomas. There’s a Vocational Rehab office thats helps students with disabilities with post-secondary education costs needed to prepare them for jobs.

There’s a Center for Autism and Related Diseases (CARD) at UCF (University of Central Florida) that provide free services and classes. They have some of their classes through the Osceola County school board, such has behavior basics and potty training; but CARD offers all types of classes through out orange county and seminole county(above orange) from feeding issues; adulthood; puberty; IDEA; IEP’s.; behavior basics, potty training, and many more. If you put your child into their data base and attend an orientation they offer the classes for free, in a few cases there are minor fees for a class/program. They will come to your house and to the child’s school and teach techniques to anyone that has contact with your child.

There’s also an local Autism Society Chapter here as well called the Autism Society of Greater Orlando.

Left some links for you, if I can help you more please contact me through my profile.

EDIT: I just received my email from CARDand wanted to share some of the info from it that they offer for classes/programs.

University of Florida/FOP “Supporting Communication” Workshop and Child Clinic:
This 3-Day workshop will address topics relevant to both professionals and families interested in multiple disabilities, including Deaf Blindness. The presentation for day one will address strategies and techniques for promoting communication with individuals who are nonverbal (not speaking or signing effectively); the presentation on day two will be focused on literacy materials and strategies for supporting students with severe and multiple disabilities in literacy learning. An optional evening presentation will provide information on tactile instruction approaches and symbols for students who are not able to make effective use of vision.

Attacking Academics: Home Solutions for Reading Comprehension
Learn about development of reading comprehension for school age children with autism. Parents who are looking for fun and meaningful activities to support their children’s learning across settings are encouraged to attend. Activities will be demonstrated and materials provided.

Behavior Basics I
This presentation will cover the art of increasing behaviors you want to increase, such as following directions, self-help and independence skills, using principles of ABA. The concepts of preventing problem behaviors and building skills through reinforcer assessment, shaping,
prompting and other ABA methods will be covered.

Behavior Basics II
This presentation will cover what to do when you have a problem behavior and how to look at problem behaviors from a functional, behavioral perspective using principles of ABA. The concepts of functional assessment and strategies for reducing and replacing behavior will be discussed.

Play and Toys
Wondering what kinds of toys to get your child with ASD for the holiday season? This session will cover the basics of play development, toys to encourage development of play and communication skills in children with ASD, and some guidance on safety devices to childproof your home.

Life Comes At You Fast!
This workshop will focus on planning for transition to
adulthood-beginning with a timeline for actions families must begin in middle school.

Introduction to Verbal Behavior
This presentation will give an overview of using a behavioral approach to teach language and communication to children with developmental and language delays.

Special Needs Trusts
If family members or friends fail to utilize special needs trusts in their estate planning the disabled individual can find themselves inadvertently disqualified for government assistance programs. Properplanning using a special needs trust can preserve eligibility and dramatically improve the quality of the life of the disabled individual.

Paws Together for Parents and Children with Autism
The mission of this group is to encourage building
relationships with dogs, and other animals, and explore the “Nontraditional” approach to better health.

Seminole County Public Library Special Needs Storytime Program
These 30 minute programs are designed for children with special needs, their families and friends. Each program includes music, puppets, audience participation and fun for all! Sign language interpreters are provided for each program.

Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Free therapeutic horseback riding in Lake County.

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Your Questions About An Impaired Use Of Language Is Known As

June 29, 2013
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Richard asks…

How do deaf blind people think and communicate?

If they can’t hear then they don’t have a language to think in and they can’t see in pictures either so how could they think or communicate?

admin answers:

Tactile Sign Language
The deaf-blind person puts his or her hands over the signer’s hands to feel the shape, movement and location of the signs. Some signs and facial expressions may need to be modified (for example, signing “not understand” instead of signing “understand” and shaking one’s head; spelling “dog” rather than signing “dog”). People can use one-handed or two-handed tactile sign language.

Tracking
Some deaf-blind people with restricted but still usable vision (e.g., tunnel vision) may follow signs by holding the signer’s forearm or wrist and using their eyes to follow the signs visually. This helps them follow signs more easily

Tactile Fingerspelling
Usually blind or visually impaired people who lose their hearing later, or deaf or hard of hearing people who have depended on their speech reading and do not know how to sign, prefer tactile fingerspelling because sometimes sign language can be difficult to learn. The deaf-blind person may prefer to put his or her hand over the fingerspelling hand, or on the signer’s palm, or cup his or her hand around the signer’s hand.

Speechreading
This is a way for deaf-blind people with little or no usable vision to speechread another person by touch. They put their thumb on the other person’s chin, and their fingers on the other person’s cheek to feel the vibrations of the person’s voice and the movement of their lips. This method is rarely used nowadays.

Other deaf or hard of hearing people with usable vision use speechreadng as well as their residual vision and hearing. They may use hearing aids, cochlear implants and/or assistive listening devices to help them hear and understand other people better.

TTY with Braille Display
The TTY is connected with and stacked on top of a braille display, although both can be separate. It allows a deaf-blind person who reads braille to use the telephone. The deaf-blind person can also use this system as a face-to-face communication device to communicate with someone else who does not know the person’s preferred communication method.

Also, some people who don’t see well can use TTYs with large visual displays or computers with larger font to communicate with others.

I am sure there are more than this but these are the ones i have seen in the past.

By the way I do ASL with My cousin in New Jersey :)

Michael asks…

Where do I turn next for help with a child diagnosed with Non verbal learning disorder?

My daughter who is 9, was just diagnosed with a non verbal learning disorder. I’ve been reading about it online but I need to find a therapist or someone who can help her and me with understanding it and coping with it.

Has anyone, who is been through it, know where I can turn?

admin answers:

When I was a therapist in a private clinic, our occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists provided therapy to children with NLD.

Nonverbal Learning Disorder, known as NLD, is a neurophysiological disorder originating in the right hemisphere of the brain. Reception of nonverbal or performance-based information governed by this hemisphere is impaired in varying degrees, including problems with visual-spatial, intuitive, organizational, evaluative, and holistic processing functions.

I would start with an Occupational Therapist who has experience with NLD and Sensory Integegration Dysfunction. I would also look in to a social skills group run by a speech-language pathologist.

Look up Occupational Therapists in your phone book and start calling/asking questions. You can also get OT in the public schools. The American Speech and Hearing Association has a search engine to help you find an SLP in your area. I’ve posted the link below.

Good luck to you.

Paul asks…

Can a company operating in Virginia force an employee that gets an hourly wage to work off the clock?

My manager keeps withholding my time card until I perform certain tasks that I shouldn’t be doing unless I’m on the clock. I’m ALLOWED to clock in if I finish. The company specifically forbids employees from working off the clock. I need to know if Virginia has a law that forbids Companies from forcing employees to work off the clock. I realize I need to call my HR Dept. but I need to know how much I can leverage. Thanks!

admin answers:

No, you can’t be worked off the clock.

Contact the National Labor Relations Board.

Http://www.nlrb.gov/

http://www.nlrb.gov/About_Us/contact_us/

The Agency also has a toll free telephone number that offers a general description of the Agency’s mission, referrals to other related agencies and access to an Information Officer based upon the caller’s telephone number. A Spanish language option is also available. Toll free access is available by dialing:

1-866-667-NLRB (1-866-667-6572)
or
(TTY) 1-866-315-NLRB (1-866-315-6572) for hearing impaired

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Your Questions About An Impaired Use Of Language

June 28, 2013
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Mary asks…

Any arguments for why humans can’t think without language?

I got really unlucky and have to debate for why human’s “can’t” think without language. I just can’t find any sources that argues for this side but I’ve seen at least a dozen sources defending how deaf people and babies can think without language.

So are there any sources out there books/articles that argues for why we can’t think without language?

admin answers:

People can think without language — it’s even a scientific fact and you can’t argue against a fact. However, if you play a bit with the wording, there is a psychologist, Lev Vygotski, according to whom internal language (basically speaking to yourself in silence) is the basis for the mental processes of higher order such as deduction (an inference whose conclusion is of no greater generality than the premises which brought it), meta-cognitive abilities (the ability to think about your own thinking processes) and essentially any cognitive operation you would classify as a “formal operation” under Piaget’s terminology. In short, without some form of language, you cannot access to the mastery of theoretical frameworks, of abstract concepts and so on; you are limited to concrete operations which grants you with a basic functional understanding of reality, but doesn’t give you the abilities required to have the presence of mind to proceed systematically when trying to isolate the variable which is independent (the cause) in a causal relation or to project many possibilities or explanation so that you can then be methodical when verifying them.

If you want an example of the second one, when you hear people concluding out of someone’s mistake that he’s an idiot and don’t really go further, they’re essentially failing to present you with many ideas: it could be the circumstances (he could be tired, stressed, etc.); it could be that he was simply ignorant of something; it could have been a perceptual misinterpretation (for complex psychological reasons, he simply couldn’t read the message the way the author intended it to be read or something along those lines)… Middle aged adults are often caught doing this — some of them do it purely because they’re reverting to short cuts that people grow as a compensation for the decrease in cognitive speed that occurred as they aged; others do it because they don’t see the other options.

Anyway, to answer your question directly, it depends on what is meant by “thinking” — some thought processes require a form of language to be applied. But, be careful… Here, I doubt that being deaf or mute can impair your ability to do so since they DO use some form of language and at time even can understand what you say: some read on your lips, some use their hands… That’s still language as far as science is concerned and, if you would like to verify, I think it does refer to very similar brain processes with minor variations. The thing I referred to is the third stage of three levels of language: the first one is the social language (talking to other people); the second one is the egocentric language (that’s when you talk to yourself by speaking out loud); the last one is the internal language (talking to yourself in your head). A peculiar fact is that, to children of about 4 years old, the last one is inaccessible, inconceivable: they don’t understand what you are doing, reading in silence. An other peculiar fact is the way people learn stuff and how it relates to this: every time you talk to yourself aloud instead of “thinking to yourself,” you’re training yourself to be dumber. For a kid under 7, it’s normal to do it; they even seem to narrate a scenario involving themselves and, at nights, they can even talk to themselves aloud when in their beds… And that’s not weird since it’s what you’re doing in your own head all the time — talking to yourself. However, once you’re able to do it, you should privilege it more often because, since it’s a more evolved process, it encourages you to retain a higher level of ability regarding your thoughts.

In a simple line, you could say that not using some form or an other of language limit greatly your ability to think and, if you segment thought into qualitatively different types of cognitive processes, it’s even possible to sustain that a whole series of mental operations are entirely inaccessible to those who don’t learn some language.

Joseph asks…

What placements/aspects would make someone interested/study in sign language?

Specifically people who translate sign language and they have no disability at all.

admin answers:

Gemini rising, or possibly Mercury in Gemini. Gemini rules the hands, and Gemini Ascendants will often “talk with their hands,” anyway. I have Gemini rising, and I learned sign language as a child. I have continued to use it every chance I get, even substitute teaching in a Hearing Impaired classroom, and filling in for the one-on-one translator for a H.I. Student in mainstream classes.

Charles asks…

How in the world can they tell if someone with severe autism is retarded?

If someone does not comprehend language or even the most basic requests, how can they test IQ? I am talking about someone that knows only about 20 words.
Perhaps mentally handicapped would be a better word.

admin answers:

You can give a CTONI (Comprehensive Test of Non-verbal Intelligence) and then combine that with some sort of adaptive scales like the ADI (Adaptive Behavior Inventory) or the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales.

There are actually other intelligence tests that do not require verbal instuctions or responses, but that’s the one with which I am most familiar.

Just keep in mind that in order to diagnose mental retardation–which is still the terminology used by IDEA, by the way–you have to be able to demonstrate low intelligence, impaired adaptive behaviors, and, in the case of children, poor academic performance.

For what it’s worth, I do not like the supposed “new” terminology of “intellectually disabled” because it implies that IQ is the only factor, and neglects the adaptive behaviors component of the diagnosis. If “MR” is not a good term, “intellectual disability” isn’t much better.

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Your Questions About An Impaired Immune System

June 27, 2013
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William asks…

every time i get the flu, i ended up with cough and taking antibiotics, why?

i’m getting sick to often, and i think my immune system is low, but why? what’s happening?every time there is somebody sick around, in the office, in my house or anywhere there’s a good chance of catching the sickness. i have a little baby at home and im scared of giving the sickness to her every time.
i eat well, i do some running and tennis, i don’t smoke and little alcohol every once in a while, i also allergic to some things, but i take flonase.
what can i do? how to improve my immune system?
am i getting asthma?

admin answers:

Flu is a respiratory infection and can pave the way for a secondary bacterial infection. Pathogenic (disease producing) bacteria are opportunistic. They live on our skin and in our noses and mouths at most times. Normally, they do us no harm but when the opportunity arises, such as with a viral infection, they may move in on tissue that’s inflamed and body systems that are already compromised.

Have you asked yourself why you get the flu so often? Perhaps you’re not being vaccinated. Nutrient deficiencies can cause a poor immune response. Perhaps you’re not eating as well as you think. Zinc, vit. C & other antioxidants are important for efficient functioning of the immune system. Allergies can impair the immune system as well. Have you considered taking a systemic antihistamine, such as Claritin or Zyrtec in addition to the Flonase?

“what can i do? How to improve my immune system? Am i getting asthma?” — I don’t think you have asthma. I can’t tell just from this if you have immune problems or a reactive airway. I suggest you see your doctor to find out because there are underlying conditions that can impair the immune system. To determine if you have a poor immune system, routine tests won’t do. This requires specific immunoloigal testing but if allergies are at the root of your problem. However, adding an antihistamine may be the answer. And before you see a doctor and possibly undergo tests, if you’re willing try an antihistamine first for 30 days.

Sharon asks…

what is the best way to boost your immune system?

any vitamins?
foods?
exercises?
anything?

admin answers:

Many people are sick because their immune system is weak. There are many factors that make the immune system weak, therefore “doing”one thing may not be enough to make you completely healthy. To boost your immune system, I suggest to do as many things on the following list as you can…

1) Keep practicing good personal hygiene care, wash your hands!

2) Get plenty of rest. During deep sleep, our body release potent immune-enhancing substances that strengthen your immune system function. By not allowing our body sufficient rest, the immune system will sputter, and as a result, not function at full capacity. We then are more likely to become ill with common illnesses. A healthy, deep sleep allows our body to release a significant amount of growth hormone that boost the immune system and aids in the growth and repair of the body.

3) Get moderate and regular exercise
An increase in blood flow associated with moderate exercise helps to circulate antibodies along with white blood cells necessary to fight infection more quickly. As a result, this provides our bodies with an early warning system to ward off potentially damaging germs. In addition, the increase in body temperature as a result of physical activity may aid in inhibiting the growth of bacteria; thus allowing the body to fight infection more effectively.

4) Receiving a Regular Body Cleansing.
Body cleansing is essential because our bodies need to properly eliminate the toxic build up that has formed in our intestines (colon), which may lead to sickness and disease. Our body organs and tissues must be free of toxins for the immune system to function optimally thus enabling our bodies to receive the essential nutrients our bodies need.

5) Boost immune system by drinking plenty of filtered water.
Water is essential for all living things and keeps our immune system operating optimally while improving the way we feel, look and live. Without sufficient amounts of water, you may experience routine fatigue, dry skin, headaches, constipation, and a decrease normal bodily function which may lead to your body unable to fight off diseases. Without water we would literally dehydrate which could result in the shutting down of vital organs and ultimately end in death.

6) Eliminate all sugar and allergens from your diet.
Just a small amount of sugar has been proven to impair white blood cells up to 50% for very short periods of time. By discovering what our personal food allergies are, then eliminating or desensitizing them will help strengthen your immune system. By removing these triggers, our immune cells are strengthened in order to combat other invaders such as influenza rather than the allergen. The elimination of sugar from your diet can also strengthen immune system.

7) Eat nutritiously
Good foods to eat include organic fruits and vegetables, chloretta, medicinal mushrooms like maitake, shiitake, reishi, or turkey tail. Besides water, wheatgrass juice, aloe vera juice, or green tea are good drinks.

8) Take supplements
Supplements are needed because our bodies can not produce the nutrients necessary to maintain optimum health. There are many nutrients needed in order to maintain a strong immune system. It is very challenging in the world we live in to obtain sufficient nutrition with the foods available to us. They are over processed and void of many essential nutrients. Additionally, food is grown in soils that have been over-planted and saturated with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Vitamin and mineral deficiency subjects us to more diseases, aging, sickness, and the weakening of our immune system.

Best herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, garlic, olive leaf extract, elderberry, or astragalus.

The minerals zinc and selenium also help with boosting your immune system.

Best vitamins include Vitamin A, C, or E. These are a good source of antioxidants, which will boost your immune system.

Antioxidants prevent free radicals from potentially damaging millions of healthy, functioning cells by donating an electron to unstable free radicals. Free radicals are atoms with at least one unpaired electron. Excess free radicals produce harmful oxidation that can damage cell membranes, accelerate the aging process and lead to certain ailments.

Unfortunately, due to our poor nutritional foods, environmental toxins, and other factors like stress, our bodies are often fighting a losing battle against the effects and increase of free radicals.

One of the most important benefit of antioxidants is that they bind to these free radicals and prevent them creating any damage. Another of the benefit of antioxidants is that they keep the cells healthy enabling the immune system to function more effectively. Many diseases are often prevented or recovery time is more likely improved. Antioxidants also help physical injuries to heal faster.

Unfortunately, the antioxidant needs of our bodies are likely to be higher than just consuming normal quantities of fruit and vegetables unless they are organic and grown in mineral rich soils. A high quality antioxidant supplement can make all the difference to your health when combined with a nutritious diet full of natural antioxidants.

To be a powerful antioxidant, you must have a high ORAC score. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. This a a scientific way of saying “how well does a certian antioxidant help my body defend itself against free radical attacks?
The product with the highest ORAC score is MonaVie freeze-dried Acai. To my knowledge, nothing comes even close to this!
This product also is high in phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, complex carohydrates, dietary fiber and trace minerals.

The most nutritionally effective health drink which is 100% natural and 100% fruit juice is called MonaVie freeze-dried acai. This drink is high in antioxidants, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, complex carohydrates, dietary fiber and trace minerals.
It also has a ORAC score of 1027!
MonaVie juice also contains glucosamine which helps maintain healthy joint function.
Learn more about MonaVie at http://www.mymonavie.com/steveandtherese/index.asp

Thomas asks…

when i drink way too much orange juice i get?

cold sores on my lips. i thought vitamin c was supposed to help your immune system! i was taking these “stress tabs” which had alot of vit c in it, and i’d get a cold sore. then i drank a half gallon of O.J and i get them.

is this normal?

admin answers:

Perhaps the acidity of orange juice is somehow impairing your tissue integrity on your lips and creating a slight irritation – try drinkin it with a straw see if you stop gettin them

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Your Questions About An Impaired Immune System

June 26, 2013
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Steven asks…

2. Why is smoking bad to the overall function of the Respiratory System? Explain your answer in a scholarly ma?

Why is smoking bad to the overall function of the Respiratory System? Explain your answer in a scholarly manner.

admin answers:

Smoking is especially bad for your respiratory system. When you smoke a cigarette, you inhale the smoke into your lungs. This means that your lungs are directly exposed to the 4,000 toxic substances in cigarette smoke. These substances can impair your lungs’ ability to function and interfere with the mechanisms that protect your lungs against disease.

One breath comprises a complete inhalation and exhalation. The lungs are never completely empty; there is always some air retained within. An adult normally takes 16 breaths per minute when awake and anything between six and eight when asleep. The chest cavity is a protective frame around the two lungs and heart. The internal movements around breathing contribute towards the health of the respiratory system. The quality of the air you breathe and the working of the associated, processing organs are affected by allergies, cold and flu viruses, bacterial infections and pneumonia. The condition of this vital system further deteriorates with smoking and pollution. No artificial structure or machines can ever replace the respiratory system.

The effects of smoking includes the introduction of tar particles into the respiratory system. This sticky substances not only stains the teeth and fingernails, but also leaves a residue on the delicate lung tissue. Carcinogen benzopyrene in tar is a cancer trigger. Although carbon monoxide is an odorless gas, it is fatal for inhalation because it replaces vital oxygen in the blood. Since it binds with hemoglobin faster and better than oxygen, the result is a reduced quantity of oxygen reaching important organs like the heart and brain.

Hydrogen cyanide is another toxic substance that enters the respiratory system through smoking. It damages the lung-clearance-system and facilitates the build up of hydrocarbons, nitrous oxides and oxidizing agents within the lungs. The reactive chemicals damage the blood vessels and the heart, leading towards heart disease and stroke. Tobacco also contains metals like cadmium and lead, which are carcinogenic in nature.

Smoking facts reveal that all these inhalants cause damage to the trachea, larynx and lung function. Long term effects include narrowing of the lung airways, increased risk of lung infection, high blood pressure, blood prone to clotting, increased risk of stroke, damage to the immune system and reduced bone density.

John asks…

Does sleep deprivation cause the endocrine system to become impaired?

Does the endocrine system influence immunity to illness etc?

admin answers:

- Sleep deprivation can result in many physiological effects and many of them are related to the endocrine system for example , Sleep deprivation will reduce Cortisol secretion the next day and will enhance the hypothalamus , pituitary and Adrenal glands secretion . However , it will suppress growth hormones .

- Yes .. The endocrine system can influence the immune system .. For example , during a period of raised Cortisol ( in stressful situations ) immune system cells disappear from the blood. The part of the immune system most sensitive to increased cortisol levels are the Natural Killer Cells. Immune system function will plummet.

Lizzie asks…

What organs or systems are affected by Parkinson’s disease and how are they affected?

I need a link to a website to varify your answer. This is for a research school project.

admin answers:

The trick to this question is to make sure that you identify all of the organs in the human body and they take a look at Parkinson’s disease symptoms to see how they correlate.

If you just google the answer you might have found Wrong Diagnosis near the top and their answer is incomplete as the only organ they identify is the brain.

So let’s take a quick look at symptoms from the motor to the non-motor and see which organs are affected.

Although I often go to the Mayo Clinic website or WebMD and suggest you do that at the links below because they have excellent explanations:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/parkinsons-disease/DS00295/DSECTION=symptoms

http://www.webmd.com/parkinsons-disease/guide/parkinsons-disease-symptoms

I’ll start here at Medline Plus: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000755.htm#Symptoms
And for a break, lets take the organs here because they have more links at this site

http://web.jjay.cuny.edu/~acarpi/NSC/14-anatomy.htm

Organs and Organ Systems:
Skin
Skeletal System composed of bones, cartilage, tendons & ligaments
Muscular system: skeletal and smooth muscles
Circulatory system: heart, blood vessels and blood
Nervous System: To relay electrical signals throughout
brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves
Respiratory system: nose, trachea, lungs
Digestive system: Mouth, esophagus, stomach, liver, intestines
Excretory Syseem: Kidneys, ureters, badder, urethra
Endocrine System: pancreas, adrenal glands, etc
Reproductive system: testes, seminal vesicles, penis
ovaries, oviducts,uterus, vagina, mammary glands
Lymphatic/Immune System:
Lymph, nodes & vessels, white blood cells, T- and B- cells

Symptoms:
Automatic movements such as blinking, sweating – Brain
Constipation: Brain (because of muscle rigidity and Digestive organs – same reasons)
Difficulty starting or continuing movement: Brain but the eyes can also be involved to assist the way out of the freeze.
Impaired balance of walking: Brain, muscular and skeletal systems
(see this link to an interesting research abstract: http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/119/4/1115
Drooling:
Lack of facial expression:
Loss of small or fine hand movements:
Muscle aches (myalgia)
Problems with movement
Rigid or stiff muscles
Shaking, tremors
Shuffling gait: (part of muscle rigidity, lack of balance)
Slowed movements:
Slowed, quiet speech, monotone voice:
Stooped posture:
Fainting: (orthostatic hypotension – blood pressure)
Loss of muscle function or feeling:
Variations in heart rate:
Urinary problems
Sexual Dysfunction

Non-motor:
Anxiety, stress, tension
Dementia
Depression
Hallucinations (this is also a side effect of some meds)
Memory Loss
Loss of sense of smell/taste
Vision disorders
Sleep disorders
Seborrhea or seborrheic dermatitis:
Loss of cognitive skills:

You will notice that as the list of symptoms progressed, I did not include the organ. That you can do.

If you have questions you may contact me thru Yahoo or at Parkinson’s Focus Today:

http://parkinsonsfocustoday.blogspot.com/

there is a Contact Us in the right column – I’m pretty good at getting back a quick answer.

I think you have the tools you need and the way to continue to research the answers.

One last thing, don’t underestimate the effect that PD medications have in causing side effects. The liver is very vulnerable.

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