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Dry Mouth Rescue

Dry mouth is often associated with the menopause, medication, dehydration and stress

Dry mouth is often associated with the menopause, medication, dehydration and stress

Saliva - taken for granted and no one likes to mention it, but lose it and the oral health consequences can be big. Nerves, stress and dehydration are common, temporary factors that can dry up a mouth and quickly be put right. But for many, a dry mouth linked to the menopause, medication and medical treatments can be a prolonged and distressing condition that can impact on quality of life and lead to serious health problems.

Xerostomia, or chronic dry mouth, is a condition that affects the flow of saliva which leads to a build up of bacteria in the mouth. Associated with the menopause, prescribed medication or medical treatments, dry mouth has traditionally been considered a factor of old age. But recent research has revealed that as many as one in ten people in their early thirties may also be affected, with lifestyles and life stages including pregnancy and the menopause also making the condition more commonplace across a broad age range.

Dry Mouth Oral Rinse from The Breath Co.

Founder of The California Breath Clinics, Inventor of The Breath Company, Dentist, Bacteriologist and America’s leading Oral Health Expert, Dr Harold Katz, more affectionately known as “The Bad Breath Guru” says, “Dry mouth can cause problems with taste, chewing, swallowing and speaking, and can increase the chance of developing dental decay because saliva helps keep harmful germs that cause cavities and other oral infections in check.

“A dry mouth provides a “delicious” environment for nasty microbes. Saliva is nature’s gift to us. It contains natural anti-microbials that protect us against many of these bacteria. Unfortunately, once these microbes gain strength your immune system uses available sources to fight the invaders, thereby making us weaker to fight another onslaught of microbes, including cold and stomach viruses, that’s why it’s imperative to keep your mouth as moist as possible by drinking 48 – 64 ounces of water daily to help replenish your saliva.

“Moreover, avoid old-fashioned mouthwash formulas that contain alcohol which chemically can make your mouth very dry. Even toothpaste ingredients can cause a dry mouth, if they contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, the chemical term for soap, used in many toothpaste formulations.

“Instead look for oxygenating formulas, such as The Breath Co range, found at Boots stores and www.boots.com They do not contain any alcohol or detergents and have been shown to naturally stimulate saliva.”

The Breath Company Mouth Wetting Dry Mouth Lozenges – Mandarin Mint (£8.99) - The Benefits

Mouth Wetting Dry Mouth Lozenges in Mandarin Mint from The Breath Co.

The easiest way for germs to get into your body is through your nose and mouth, but when your nose and mouth are dry, there is nothing to stop various bacteria from making themselves at home and making you sick.

If left untreated chronic dry mouth (Xerostomia) can create problems with taste, swallowing and speech, and can increase the chance of developing dental decay as healthy saliva helps keep harmful germs in check.

Recommended by both doctors and dentists to patients that suffer from dry mouth due to illness, medication, age, or personal habits, The Breath Company Mouth Wetting Dry Mouth Lozenges contain natural active ingredients derived from exotic tropical plants restore healthy mouth moisture instantly. Just one lozenge instantly helps to restore healthy mouth moisture and freshens breath, and they are suitable for dry mouth sufferers, for diabetics, for those undergoing chemical and radiation therapies, or those who are particularly likely to suffer from lack of saliva.

Products in the range include The Breath Company Fresh Breath Fluoride Toothpaste, £8.99; The Breath Company Oral Rinse in Icy Mint and Mild Mint, £12.99; and The Breath Company Mouth Wetting Dry Mouth Lozenges in Mandarin Mint, £8.99. 

The Breath Company range is available in Boots stores nationwide and online at www.boots.com, prices start at £8.99.
 

Recycle Your Inhaler

Recycle your inhaler

Not correctly recycling your inhaler is leaving behind a damaging carbon footprint. New research, released reveals that the majority of the nation’s asthma and COPD sufferers are incorrectly disposing of their inhalers.

While most local authorities can recycle certain plastics, some inhalers contain plastics and glasses that are not readily recycled through existing kerbside arrangements.

The research of over 700 people with asthma and COPD from GSK uncovered that over half of the surveyed UK adults are simply disposing of their inhalers in the general waste and a third are using their kerbside recycling service – wrongly thinking they will be recycled recycled.

Progress has been made in the recycling of respiratory inhalers, with over one million being recycled over the last five years as part of a national scheme – Complete the Cycle. However, as the research shows, there is still far to go when it comes to correctly disposing of them.

To ensure respiratory inhalers are recovered and recycled correctly, GSK’s Complete the Cycle scheme allows people to bring their used inhalers into a pharmacy for recovery.

By taking an inhaler to a local participating pharmacy, the plastic and aluminium parts can be used in other products, and any potentially harmful greenhouse gasses can be collected and reused elsewhere, for example in car air conditioners. So far, the scheme has potentially saved the equivalent amount of emissions as taking 4,5003 cars off the road in the UK

A further added benefit of the scheme is that it encourages patients to visit their pharmacy, giving them the opportunity to seek advice directly from a pharmacist to better understand their condition, improve their inhaler technique and get the best benefits from their medicine.

In other findings from a separate project into medical wastage from last year, over two thirds (68%) of the inhalers returned through the scheme were found to be either full or partially full of medicine.

Due to this, the scheme has so far saved the equivalent amount of emissions used by a plane carrying 299 passengers, making six flights between London and Sydney.

With around 73 million inhalers being used every year in the UK it is important to spread the message about the importance of cutting down the carbon footprint of used respiratory inhalers.

Matt Wilson, GSK’s Head of Global Environmental Sustainability, says, “the great thing about the scheme is that anyone can walk into a participating pharmacy, hand in their inhaler and know that it will go off to be recovered, reused and recycled in a responsible way.”

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For details about the scheme click on www.completethecycle.eu 

Find your nearest participating pharmacy at https://pharmacyfinder.completethecycle
 

Health & Wellbeing

Anne Torry Stands Tall

75-year-old retired bookkeeper Anne Torry was treated for osteoporosis at London Osteoporosis Clinic

Treatment for osteoporosis can
replace lost height in sufferers

Resigning yourself to losing height as you age is the norm for most people approaching old age, however a London-based clinic has revealed that its treatment programmes can reverse some of the height lost through a common age-related bone disorder.

For someone suffering with osteoporosis, bones decrease in density, weakening to the point that they can break through something as simple as a cough or sneeze, or simply the strain of carrying the body’s weight. Height is lost as the bone crumbles and vertebrae collapses, and the chest and abdomen capacity decreases, sometimes resulting in difficulty breathing as the ribs end up touching the pelvic bone. The condition, which affects 3 million people in the UK alone, develops at a slow rate over years.

London Osteoporosis Clinic, dedicated to helping sufferers of this debilitating condition, offers a range of treatment options to sufferers, some of which have shown to replace the height lost through crumbling bones. The clinic was co-founded by Dr Taher Mahmud who, having witnessed the impact that osteoporosis had on his own mother, set up the clinic – the first of its kind in the UK entirely dedicated to early and post-fracture screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Dr Mahmud, who co-founded London Osteoporosis Clinic alongside former General Medical Council president, Sir Graeme Catto says, “My vision was to create a clinic that deals with osteoporosis holistically, and that intervenes early with regards to diagnosis and treatment of this potentially debilitating condition. 8.9 million osteoporotic fractures occur worldwide, which equates to one every 3 seconds.

“To be in a position to even marginally reduce this number is an honour, and is the basis of the launch of 9Million2Many, a campaign aimed at increasing knowledge around osteoporosis, and pushing the importance of early intervention in its treatment. It is not a well-known fact that osteoporosis can be reversed, bone density can be increased, height can be restored and life can go on.”

London Osteoporosis Clinic uses a combination of drug-therapy, non-drug treatments and lifestyle approaches to achieve the best outcomes for its patients. Following a consultation with Dr Mahmud, a diagnosis will be made by examining the results of a bone density (DEXA) scan. Depending on the stage and severity of osteoporosis, a treatment plan will be put in place, which can range from advice on lifestyle, such as giving up smoking and eating food richer in certain nutrients; to several drug options, including an 18-24 month course of daily injections, prescribed to stimulate cells that create osteoblasts (new bone), increasing bone density and replacing height lost through the deterioration of bone.

75-year-old retired bookkeeper Anne Torry, whose height increased by 3cm following treatment at the clinic says, “Unbeknownst to me, I actually managed to fracture two discs in my back getting out of the car in a hurry one day; after dealing with the discomfort and niggling pain for a while, my GP organised an x-ray which showed the fractures.

“It came as somewhat of a surprise, particularly when my GP suggested that I may have osteoporosis. I waited patiently for the results, not for a minute thinking that they would be positive. I was again taken aback when I was told that the fractures were due to osteoporosis and that I would benefit from undergoing treatment.”

Anne is amongst a number of patients at London Osteoporosis Clinic whose treatment programme included the parathyroid hormone Teriparatide, one of the only drugs that can not only slow down the progression of osteoporosis, but also help to grow new bone.

Anne, whose bone density is showing an improvement of over 10% per year since starting treatment continues, “My GP referred me to the London Osteoporosis Clinic, and I met with Dr Taher Mahmud. From the outset, he reassured me and was certain that he could help me. Even so, when I discovered that I had regained the three centimetres in height that I’d lost to osteoporosis, I was amazed. It was the last thing I was expecting.

“My day to day life has improved through the treatment programme, and I am now able to live a reasonably comfortable life, managing jobs that may before have been a little more difficult. The biggest surprise, however, was definitely the increase in my height!”

Dr Mahmud concludes, “Initially we thought that Anne’s increase in height was an anomaly; we didn’t expect it to be a regular occurrence in our patients. However, in the last week alone, I have seen three further patients who have gained between 1 and 3cm in height over the course of 1-6 months.”

About London Osteoporosis Clinic

The London Osteoporosis Clinic’s consultants have over a decade’s experience in delivering osteoporosis care at consultant level, with many involved in leading NHS work and medical research.

The clinic focuses on early diagnosis and multi-disciplinary treatments to achieve best outcomes for patients with osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal disorders. The clinics run from modern facilities in several locations, all with access to the latest in diagnostic technology.

For more information please visit the website at www.londonosteoporosisclinic.com

 

Feel Good this Autumn with the Forestry Commission

Walking at the Westonbirt Arboretum, photos by the Forestry Commission

Walking at the Westonbirt Arboretum, Photos by the Forestry Commission

Forestry Commission England is encouraging everyone to have a feel-good autumn through a new partnership with mental health charity Mind.

‘Feel Good autumn’ is a new initiative inspiring people to spend time in the forest to boost their wellbeing, after 94% of respondents to a Mind survey said green exercise had benefited their mental health.

The Forestry Commission have developed top tips and activities for practicing mindfulness in the forest, as well as events and workshops to get the nation feeling good.

Sensory mindful activities have been created from feeling the forest to rainbow walks and forest sketching to encourage people to let nature boost their mood.

Ten secret autumn spots have been chosen where people can enjoy a beautiful view, sit and take in the moment, or develop a mindful mantra.

For those seeking some autumn activity, there’s everything from yoga, to zombie runs, nordic walking, green woodworking and guided bike rides.

People looking for some peace and quiet away from the busy day-to-day can enjoy self-led walking trails, gentle cycling routes and secret autumn spots.

Enjoy the outdoors on a cycle route and spend some time with nature

Bridgette Hall, Recreation Manager for the Forestry Commission says, “It’s great to be working with Mind to highlight how spending time outdoors benefits our mental and physical health. The nation’s woods and forests are the perfect place to enjoy a gentle walk, get back on your bike, or just take in the wonderful scenery and spend some time in nature.

Feel Good autumn is about giving everyone the opportunity to feel the health benefits from time in the forest, through new walking trails, guided cycling, mindful activities and woodland workshops.”

Hayley Jarvis, Community Programmes Manager for Mind adds, “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Forestry Commission. Doing physical activity in the fresh air, be it walking or conservation work, is natural, free and accessible and it has been proven to boost mental wellbeing as well as improving physical health.

“Mind research found that after a single walk in the countryside, 90% of participants had increased levels of self-esteem, with nearly three quarters reporting decreased levels of depression. We hope that ‘Feel Good autumn’ will encourage more people to take up green exercise as a way of improving and maintaining mental wellbeing.”

Top feel-good autumn events

Enjoy the outdoors with your family


1. Buggyfit, Whinlatter Forest

2. Dry stone walling workshops, Dalby Forest

3. Buggy couch to 5k, Haldon Forest

4. Chair Making Courses, Westonbirt Arboretum

5. Nordic Walking, Forest of Dean

6. Zombie run, Delamere Forest

For more information please visit the website at www.forestry.gov.uk/autumn 
 

    Bottoms Up with
       Clos-O-Mat


The Closomat Palma Vita WC

      Try the toilet tissue tear test

Have you tried the toilet tissue tear test? Is that simple task actually becoming harder? There’s a stylish solution to avoid it completely, yet achieve even better cleanliness …

The Closomat Palma Vita is a WC with a bidet and drier integrated into its core functionality. Thus, just remain seated, press the flush pad and enjoy a ‘hands-free’ experience in intimate care.

Simultaneously, the toilet flushes and the douche washes you thoroughly with warm water, with gentle warm air blowing you dry after. (The douche self-cleans, so there is no need for awkward wiping down or use of special chemicals.)

The Closomat Palma Vita WC

The Closomat Palma Vita offers the highest level of cleanliness: its douche delivers 8l/minute for three minutes, and the most effective drying process. And it can be installed in place of any conventional WC: the only addition is access to an appropriate electrical connection.

Dr Ken Townend PhD is just one person who appreciates the benefits. “I just press the button and off we go! I am confident I am clean, which I wasn’t before. It’s the best,” he says.

Closomat (www.clos-o-mat.com) is the brand leader in the UK, and unique in offering British manufacturing, UK based support and in-house back-up, service & maintenance.
 

   When Did You Last
 Take up a New Hobby?


Enjoy painting in the Autumn


New statistics released by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) show 90% of adults have given up at least one hobby from their childhood and almost a third (31%) can’t remember the last time they took up a new one. The BHF is encouraging people to shake things up by reviving an old hobby they used to enjoy, or starting a new one, to help raise money for life saving heart research.

A survey of UK adults revealed almost a third (31%) said they can’t remember the last time they took up a new hobby or tried something different, and as for the hobbies they did in childhood, two fifths (39%) said the last time they did them was over 10 years ago. For almost a third (32%) it has been more than 16 years. Of the 2,000 people polled, over half (55%) of adults said they used to try more new things when they were younger, while 30% of adults say they have grown up to be someone who tends to say no to new things.

The BHF can reveal the Top Ten Hobbies we’re most likely to have given up since childhood are:

Learn to play a musical instrument

1. Musical Instruments (39%)
2. Football (26%)
3. Swimming (23%)
4. Cycling (20%)
5. Other sports (17%)
6. Drawing (16%)
7. Gymnastics (13%)
8. Painting (13%)
9. Arts and crafts (13%)
10. Dance (13%)

Learn to dance to take your mind off the stresses of life

Almost two thirds of those polled (61%) said they would like to re-engage with an old hobby as they saw the benefits, with almost two fifths (38%) saying it would give them a sense of fulfilment. Over a quarter (29%) said that introducing a new hobby into their life would take their mind away from life stresses. One of the main reasons people said they haven’t rekindled an old hobby is that they were just lacking the motivation. However, the BHF suggest that doing something to raise money in the fight against heart disease could be a good incentive to revive one of your favourite pastimes.

Marc Shaw, Fundraising Manager at the BHF says, “Taking up a hobby can be extremely fulfilling, and can be a fantastic way of keeping active and meeting new people. Our survey shows that the majority of us would love to reignite an old passion from their childhood/younger years, as many of us used to be much more open to trying new things when we were younger. By taking up an activity you used to enjoy, you can help raise money for our life saving research and help us make a difference to the millions of people fighting a daily battle with heart disease.”

The BHF relies entirely on the enormous generosity of its supporters to continue funding life saving research, and is calling on the public to fundraise in ways that they enjoy. Do that thing you do, and do it to raise money to save lives. Why not get the family involved, make opportunities to re-engage with that hobby that you used to enjoy, even just for one day, and fundraise for the BHF in the process.

Take on a swimming challenge

It could be taking on a swimming challenge if you haven’t taken the plunge for a while or getting on your bike if you miss the wind in your hair. Gather together your friends, old team mates or colleagues for a kick around, or even hold an arts and crafts day where you can all get creative. Heart disease devastates the lives of millions of people across the UK, often without warning, so why not get together and have some fun by hosting a fundraiser or taking on a challenge of your choice.

Get your free fundraising pack with inspiration, materials at www.bhf.org.uk/doyourthing  
 

 The Health Benefits
 of Drinking Tea


Tea is bursting with natural, health and wellbeing benefits

Tea, the second most commonly consumed beverage in the world after water is bursting with many natural, health and wellbeing benefits, whatever our age, says a new report from the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP). The same report also sorts fact from fiction on caffeine where fears of consuming caffeine infused drinks is not justified and has been over hyped.

“Drinking four cups of tea daily is associated with heart health benefits, in particular reduced risk of heart disease and stroke,” says Lynne Garton, dietician and member of the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP). Tea  contains  polyphenols, caffeine, fluoride and L-theanine, and remains an important source of hydration,” she adds. “Tea’s heart health benefits are related to its polyphenol content. Tea polyphenols help to relax the blood vessels so leading to control of blood pressure, and they protect ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol from being oxidized, which makes it less harmful.

Dr Carrie Ruxton, independent dietician and member of TAP says, “Despite being found in 60 different types of plants, caffeine often gets a bad rap, and our latest report which we are just about to publish, Caffeine: The Health Aspects of Tea Investigated, provides a review of the latest data with findings that may be surprising. It shows that caffeine improves mood, increases alertness, and reduces the sense of tiredness and pain. The weight of evidence is so strong that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) thinks that certain levels of caffeine in healthy drinks and foods should be able to make a series of health claims.”

Lynne Garton adds. “The health benefits of tea and its ingredients are increasingly well established. So, next time you put on the kettle for a brew, consider the amazing blend of natural plant compounds that you are about to drink, and the many benefits that science has unravelled for us.”

For more information visit the Tea Advisory Panel website at www.teaadvisorypanel.com