A Parental Retreat

It is important that busy parents have a place in their home where they can go to relax at the end of the day. This is often the master bedroom; but, unfortunately, most people overlook their bedroom when it comes to decorating. It is simply a place to store clothing and crash at the end of a hectic day. By doing some simple renovations, this area can become a much needed refuge for a tired mom or dad.

The Structure of the Room

The first step in creating an oasis within the master bedroom is to look at the actual structure of the room. Is the placement of the bathroom and closet working? Are the windows acceptable, or would it enhance the area to add a larger picture window? Is the color okay? These decisions are best made with the help of a reliable contractor. Free contractor leads can be found online at sites such as Renovation Experts.

Functional Furniture

The furniture in a master bedroom should be functional and beautiful. Whether one likes a contemporary look or a rustic feel, the furniture needs to provide what the homeowner wants. Beds should be large enough for the occupants to sleep comfortably without over powering the room. Leave enough floor space for a nightstand on each side and a dresser for extra clothing. Additional pieces like vanity tables, valet racks, and benches will help make the room cozy and useful.

 

Beautiful Accessories

The bedding is the first thing one sees as they enter a bedroom. It should be the focal point of the room while adding a pop of color to the space. Throw pillows and an extra blanket at the foot of the bed make it comfortable. Curtains should coordinate while providing privacy. Room darkening drapes are ideal for sleeping in. Throw rugs can be used to create soft places for bare feet to land as one gets out of bed, and remember to match bathroom towels, window treatments, and rugs to the main room.

With these few simple changes parents will find that they have a master bedroom that is both inviting and comfortable. They can recoup, relax, and get a good night’s sleep in order to wake up refreshed and ready to tackle another day.

The Most Neglected Aspect of Your Heating and Air Conditioning System

If you are a homeowner with an air conditioning system, like many other people, you may change your filter from time to time, but usually don’t call an air conditioning repair technician unless your system is broken or not working right. However, this is a mistake. There is an important maintenance service that heating, ventilation and air conditioning service companies offer that should be utilized. An HVAC company can perform a tune-up on your system that will provide benefits to you as a homeowner. The following are few things to keep in mind.

What exactly is an HVAC tune-up?

When you have your air conditioning system tuned up, there are several things that a technician will do. In fact, there is a checklist that they will often work from. Your entire systems will be inspected, especially those components that are most likely to fail over time. They will lubricate all moving parts, remove any debris and clean the dirt and dust buildup in the system. Your Freon will be charged, and your thermostat will be checked, so it is operating properly.

A tune-up keeps your system in peak conditioning

By having a system that is working in top condition, your AC will be able to cool down your home quickly and shut off. This saves money on your electric bill. In addition, your home will, in fact, be cool. When your AC is not working at its best, there are times when you will not be comfortable because the thermostat is not working right, or there simply is not enough cold air coming out of the vents. This usually will happen on the hottest days.

A tune-up can catch problems before your system breaks down

Although there are never any guarantees that your AC system will not break down, by having a tune-up done, at least once a year, the chances of your system breaking down are greatly reduced. Not only does this save you money on repairs, but it also prevents the aggravation and discomfort associated with your air conditioner breaking down during the hottest day of the year, and this when it will happen. It is usually the day that puts the greatest stress on your system.

Don’t wait until you have a problem with your air conditioning system. Call an hvac contractor williamsburg va today, and make an appointment for an AC system tune-up. You should also make a habit of doing this once a year.

CC heat and Air

Choosing Chemicals that are Safe for Your Family and Household

When you are hooked up to a city, county, or rural water line, you may not like the hardness or smell of the water. Even so, you may have little recourse to do anything about it without buying chemicals that you can use in your plumbing system.  What makes this even more troublesome is that choosing chemicals that are safe isn’t always that easy.

If you have hesitated to buy chemicals like softeners and odor eliminators because you feared its impact on your family, you may get the peace of mind you need by doing some research online. By using eliminators and a salt free water softener MI homeowners like you can look forward to having water that is soft, odor-free, and safe to use on a daily basis.

Softeners for Your Everyday Needs

When you are hooked up a line that has hard water in it, you may not want to use the water for cooking, laundry, bathing, and especially drinking. Your clothes, hair, and skin may have a foul odor to them, and the flavor of your food and coffee could also suffer.

POE-valveWhen you use softeners in your water system, however, you transform the hardness of the water into a resource that you can use safely each day. Your laundry will be soft and free from hard water smells. Likewise, you can take a bath and wash your hair without the fear of hard water buildup on your skin and hair.

You especially get water that is safe to drink and use for cooking. The chemicals in the softener are safe to use for your family’s use without fear of negative reactions or side effects. You can read more about its daily use in households across the state by visiting the website of the company today.

Pools and Spa Use

These chemicals may be important if you want to keep your pool or spa in good condition. Hard water can wreck the lining of your pool or spa. It can also clog up the filters and cause the mechanisms in the filtration system to malfunction.

Even more, your family may not want to swim or lounge in foul smelling water that leaves residue on their skin and in their hair. You can make your pool and spa a place of respite and fun by using softeners in their water systems.

Programmable Pool w- CO2

Hard water can definitely be a nightmare to deal with every day. Choosing chemicals that are safe isn’t also that easy.  Good thing you can avoid hard water by conveniently ordering softeners for your water systems online.

A Pledge to Raise Awareness Against Thyroid Disorders

“Wag ka iinom ng malamig na tubig, magkakathyroid ka!”
“Iodized salt gamitin mo para hindi ka magka-thyroid.”
“May thyroid sya kaya may bukol sa leeg”
“Sige, kapag hindi mo tinigilan kakasigaw mo, magkaka-thyroid ka.”

 

Any of these lines sound familiar? They sound kind of funny but, unfortunately, these are very common misconceptions Filipinos have about thyroid.  It’s no wonder many have thyroid disorders but are not even aware of them.  This is why there is a great need to step up on the campaign to raise awareness about thyroid disorders. Before I tell you all about the campaign, here are a few quick facts about thyroid:

 

Quick Facts About Thyroid

  • We all have thyroid! “Thyroid” is not a disease; it is a gland.  It’s essential because it produces hormones that help keep the body use energy and stay warm, and that keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs in tip-top condition.
  • Common thyroid disorders include goiter, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, and cancer. They all have different symptoms AND they cannot be prevented just by using iodized food on all your food!
  • Most symptoms of thyroid disorders are mistaken for other diseases which makes diagnosis quite confusing even for doctors.  The easiest way to diagnosis thyroid disorders is through a blood test to check levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) in the blood.
  • You can do a self-assessment to check if you are at risk.  Just take this quick test to find out if you absolutely must see your doctor now.  You may also find the test at www.thyroid.ph.

It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid Quiz

How many of these facts did you actually know beforehand?  You’re in the minority if you’ve known most of them!

 

International Thyroid Awareness Week

For diseases that are so common, it’s bothering to know that not many people are aware of these diseases.  This is precisely why MERCK in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Thyroid Association (PTA), Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM), and the Iodine Global Network (IGN) holds the annual International Thyroid Awareness Week.  They have been holding series of activities every year to inform the public about the symptoms of thyroid disorders, to dispel myths about them, and to provide proper care and treatment to those who may be suffering from these diseases.

ITAW 2017 Culminating Program

This year, I was able to attend the culminating program held at the Trade Hall of Robinson’s Novaliches last May 26. Since thyroid disorders affect mostly women, the activities were targeted for women.  Participants not only received free doctor’s consultation but also had much needed pampering while learning more about thyroid disorders.

The event kicked off with some Zumba dancers showing off steps that we can easily do in our own homes. All participants were given a card which they could have stamped after each activity.  There were four activities that all attendees must complete – the Video Viewing, Thyroid Quiz, Doctor’s Consultation, and Photobooth.

First, the attendees were asked to watch a short video about thyroid and disorders associated with it. The video was presented in a way that everything could be easily understood by the ordinary Juan.

Watch the Video at Thyroid.ph

After this, a short quiz was given – no, not a quiz about the video! It was a self-assessment test to determine if one may be at risk of thyroid disorders.  Once the quiz was finished, participants showed the quiz results to the doctors.  The doctors then addressed their health concerns. Some were given requests for laboratory procedures and some were given prescriptions.

Those who have finished all the required activities got to have a refreshing cup of milk tea! Then off they went to the pampering booths for some me-time. 🙂 Of course, I didn’t pass up the chance to get my own me-time!

As the participants were dolled up, they were also given bits of trivia about thyroid disorders. While I was having my eyebrows threaded, I was told that thinning eyebrows is a symptom of hypothyroidism (mine are naturally thin though, so I’m glad I don’t have hypothyroidism. Otherwise I’d be sans brows!).  At the hair and makeup booth, I was told that a puffy face, dry skin, and hair loss are symptoms of thyroid disorders too. Those getting a manicure were informed that brittle nails may be a sign of hyperthyroidism and nails that grow too fast, of hypothyroidism.

There were also booths that even men and children could enjoy. The massage chair is always a welcome respite to a long day of mailing. The kinect is best done as a group. I have two left feet but I nevertheless enjoyed “dancing”. No child was whining of boredom because they had a great time meeting new friends and coloring pages at the Kids Art Corner.  The kids who had the best art work were also given prizes! Awesome!

While everyone enjoyed the activities, the most important part of the event was the forum.  Dr. Chrysanthus Herrera, Medical Science and Government Affairs Manager; Dr. Teofilo San Luis, National Coordinator of the Philippines, Iodine Global Network; and Dr. Wesley Llauderes, President of the Philippine Society of Nuclear Medicine gave interesting lectures and valuable health advice to all participants.

It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid

In his lecture on “The Thyroid Masquerade”, Dr. Teofilo San Luis explained how thyroid disorders can often be attributed to other diseases.  The thyroid affects almost all organs of the body so most sufferers of thyroid disorders consult different doctors.  For instance, patients who experience palpitations or hypertension first see a cardiologist.  When test results come out negative and the heart  seems healthy, it is the only time they consider other factors.  These symptoms may also be signs of thyroid disorders.  Other such common symptoms are anxiety, sleeplessness, diarrhea, constipation,  hair loss, cold hands, menstrual irregularities, tremors, and even forgetfulness – all can easily be attributed to other diseases or even to just daily stress. Despite the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction being so varied and sometimes misleading, the condition can easily be diagnosed by blood tests and a physical examination.

Aside from sharing symptoms with just about every other ailment, what makes it difficult to diagnose thyroid disorders are the myths surrounding it.  Dr. Wesley Llauderes  dispelled these myths and further explained how to prevent and to treat thyroid problems.  For one, iodine is indeed essential to our body but it will not heal your goiter. Also, although those with hypothyroidism may benefit from iodine-rich food, these same food must be taken in moderation by those with hyperthyroidism. Here are some more myths dispelled by Dr. Llauderes:

  • Cold drinks will not cause thyroid disorders. Neither does shouting (BUT…stress affects the thyroid gland too just as it affects our overall body health)
  • Iodine-rich food such as seafood is not always good.  Those with hypothyroidism need more iodine and may eat more seafood.  Those with hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, should avoid seafood and salty food.
  • There are certain food like cabbages and carrots that may cause goiter to enlarge but this can only happen if you eat them in excessive amounts everyday. So unless you eat cabbages all day, every day, every week, there’s nothing to worry about.
  • Not all goiter are cancerous. Not all thyroid nodules are cancerous.  Having said these, the doctor also stressed the importance of having a biopsy.  Don’t be afraid of it!

Whew!  There’s really so much more to know about thyroid and its disorders.  There’s also still a lot more people who do not know some of these basic facts.  I hope that after reading this rather lengthy blog post, we would all feel our obligation to raise awareness about thyroid.  Let’s all pledge to do this!

 

For more information about thyroid and the International Thyroid Awareness Week, please visit  www.thyroid.phwww.thyroidaware.com or follow “Unmasking Your Thyroid” on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thyroidph).

Merck offers FREE Thyroid Screening to raise Awareness against Thyroid Diseases

Did you know that 1 out of 11 people suffer from thyroid diseases?  You didn’t?  You are not alone! Even up to 60 percent of those who have thyroid disease are unaware of their own condition.  Most people never consider undergoing thyroid screening although they suffer from its symptoms.  This alarming fact is the very reason why Merck steps up its awareness campaign against thyroid diseases. In partnership with the DOH, PTA, PSEDM, and IGN, Merck has launched the “It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid” campaign in time for the International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW) 2017.  This campaign aims to raise consciousness against thyroid disorders.

Let’s start with you.  How much do you really know about thyroid?  Find out in this short quiz:

It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid Quiz

Found out that you didn’t know much?  That’s all right.  I think most of us really don’t know much about our thyroid.  Now, let’s see if you may have a thyroid disorder and have been completely in the dark about it.

Do You Have A Thyroid Disorder?

Have you ever felt so extremely tired, experienced anxiety, had difficulty sleeping, suddenly gained or lost weight?  I think we all have!  These are also some of the signs of a thyroid problem but when we do suffer from them, we just think we’ve been working too hard or we’ve not been keeping a healthy lifestyle.  If your symptoms keep recurring, it’s about time to have them checked because it may be more than just work-related stress – it could be a thyroid disorder.

Do you have any of those symptoms?  A self-check isn’t enough to diagnose thyroid problems.  You must undergo some tests and consult a doctor.  Do take advantage of the FREE Thyroid Screening and Consultation at the Trade Hall of Robinson’s Novaliches this Saturday, May 27.  There will also be free massages, nail art, eyebrow threading, hair and make-up and so much more.  Just perfect for us moms who want to stay healthy and beautiful for our loved ones.

 

Want to know more about Merck’s campaign against thyroid diseases?  Read on…

(press release)

Merck steps up awareness campaign against thyroid diseases

MANILA, Philippines – In time for the International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW) 2017, leading science and healthcare innovation company Merck, joined forces with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Thyroid Association (PTA), Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM), and the Iodine Global Network (IGN), to raise consciousness against thyroid disorders.

You and your thyroid

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that sits in at the lower front of the neck. It plays a key role in one’s overall health and well-being by producing thyroid hormones that help keep the body use energy, stay warm, and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs in tip-top condition. [1]

Thyroid disorders are some of the most common diseases worldwide. In the Philippines, one in every 11 adults suffers from goiter or other thyroid disorders. [2]

Thyroid problems are more common in women. Figures show that women are four to seven times more likely to have thyroid disorders than men.[3] They are also at risk of hypothyroidism by 10 times. Moreover, women who recently gave birth and those who are in the menopausal stage are more vulnerable. 2

But why are thyroid diseases usually left undetected and misdiagnosed? Blame the symptoms. Tiredness, anxiety, weight fluctuations, difficulty in sleeping – these are some of the telling signs of a thyroid problem. Unfortunately, more often than not, people usually attribute these to merely having poor lifestyle choices. This is why the theme of this year’s ITAW is: “It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid”.

It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid

Since its primary role is to control the metabolism, disorders may occur when there’s little (hypothyroidism) or overproduction (hyperthyroidism) of thyroid hormones.

Patients with hypothyroidism, or too little thyroid hormone, tend to have slower metabolism: they gain weight despite not eating much, move and speak slowly, feel tired and have depressed thoughts, cannot tolerate cold, and have irregular menstrual periods. [4] On the other hand, patients with hyperthyroidism, or too much thyroid hormone, will have hyperactive metabolism: they lose weight despite having good appetite, have heart palpitations, irritable thoughts and insomnia, have sweating and heat intolerance, and can have tremors in their hands. [5]

The diagnosis of thyroid disorders can easily be made by checking the levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) in the blood. Treatment brings the level of thyroid hormones back in balance, restoring normal metabolism to the body.

For more information, visit www.thyroidaware.com or follow “Unmasking Your Thyroid” on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thyroidph).

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About Merck

Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company with headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Merck is a leading science and technology company that works to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions.

References

[1] American Thyroid Association. Thyroid Information. http://www.thyroid.org/thyroid-information/ Accessed May 2017.

[2] Carlos-Raboca, J et al. The Philippine Thyroid Diseases Study 1 (PhilTiDeS 1): Prevalence of Thyroid Disorders Among Adults in the Philippines. JAFES. 2012.

[3] Thyroid Foundation of Canada. Thyroid Disease: know the facts. Available online http://www.thyroid.ca/know_the_facts.php last accessed May 2017.

[4] American Thyroid Association. Hypothyroidism. Accessed from: http://www.thyroid.org/wp-content/uploads/patients/brochures/Hypo_brochure.pdf on August 2016.

[5] American Thyroid Association. Hyperthyroidism. Accessed from http://www.thyroid.org/wp-content/uploads/patients/brochures/Hyper_brochure.pdf on August 2016.

 

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