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Can You Vape with COPD?

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Nowadays, vaping is trending. E-cigarettes are considered stylish by the teenage crowd. And many adults are using vaporizers as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes or to help them quit smoking.

This new trend probably seems incredibly appealing, especially if you, yourself, are trying to quit smoking. After all, smoking is addictive and a leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is a group of lung diseases.

If you are a vaper or smoker who wants to avoid COPD later down the road, or if you have been diagnosed with COPD already, you may be wondering how safe or unsafe it is to vape. 

The Basics

What is vaping?

Vaping is when you heat a substance just hot enough to release psychoactive chemicals (like nicotine) without actually combusting the material. It is commonly seen as a more comfortable and healthier way to inhale tobacco. Vaporizers are also more discreet, and vaping products can come in a myriad of tasty flavors like mango, strawberry, and green apple. 

Vaporizers are also often touted as a way for established smokers to start quitting.

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is an umbrella term for progressive lung diseases that make it harder to breathe. Some of these lung diseases include chronic bronchitis and emphysema. 

For patients with a type of COPD, the airways and air sacs of their respiratory system have reduced elasticity. Their alveolar (air sac) walls are often destroyed, and the airways may even be inflamed and thick with mucus. 

About three-quarters of COPD patients are smokers or ex-smokers. People who have had long-term exposure to pollutants and irritants, such as workers dealing with noxious fumes, can also get COPD. In rare cases, a certain genetic condition can aid in the development of COPD.

Is COPD serious?

COPD can lead to more serious lung conditions. It is a progressive disease, which means it gets worse. COPD patients may need to put up with the annoyance of a chronic cough, suffer shortness of breath during physical activity, and deal with wheezing and chest tightness. COPD patients are also more susceptible to respiratory conditions like the common cold and the seasonal flu.

Putting Vaping into Practice 

Advantages to Vaping 

The general consensus among scientists is that vaping is safer than smoking. Handheld vaporizers powered by batteries are also easy to carry around, and the smell that comes from their use is minimal. This makes vaping less irritating for the people around you, and you can vape virtually anywhere in a discrete manner.

Even the director of clinical research at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease notes that vaping almost certainly exposes you to fewer toxic chemicals than if you were to smoke a cigarette. However, this doesn’t mean vaping is 100% safe.

Disadvantages to Vaping

Just like cigarettes, vape cartridges contain nicotine, the chemical that makes cigarettes addictive. Nicotine happens to be quite toxic, especially to fetuses. To add to that toxicity, vaporizers or e-cigarettes also contain chemicals linked to lung disease, volatile organic compounds, carcinogens, and heavy metals.

Because they are so popular with teenagers, there is worry that teenagers may get addicted to nicotine through vaping and that they may move on to traditional combusting cigarettes. Indeed, younger brains are at higher risk for addiction.

Vaping and COPD

A recent 2018 study speculates that vaping can be associated with COPD. According to the study, repeated exposure to the chemical acrolein that comes from vaporizer liquids can cause inflammation leading to COPD.

The study also found that vaping is associated with double the risk of chronic bronchitis symptoms among American high school students. Additionally, it confirmed that the risk of second-hand smoke doesn’t disappear with vaping. People near a vaper can still inhale nicotine.

According to the CDC, vaping has the potential to help adult smokers who are not pregnant and want a healthier alternative.

Do you have COPD?

COPD may at first express no symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, you may experience coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Your doctor can determine if your symptoms are a sign of COPD by testing your lung function and asking about your family medical history and your symptoms.

Treatment of COPD involves certain types of therapy, such as oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation. It may also involve lifestyle changes related to your diet and exercise routine. And it is recommended that COPD patients take extra steps to protect themselves against respiratory illnesses. An easy way to do this is by getting the flu shot every year.

You may also be prescribed bronchodilators like an albuterol inhaler. If medication affordability is a concern, you can find cheaper medications online. International and Canada drugs sold through pharmacy referral services are often more affordable than drugs found in the U.S. due to tighter price regulations. You can also access smoking-cessation medications like bupropion.

Vaping and COPD: The Takeaway

If you have COPD and you smoke, the best thing you can do is to quit smoking. Not only is smoking linked to COPD, but it is also strongly associated with cancer, heart disease, and pregnancy complications. And as we have learned, vaping is the lesser of two evils, but it is far from ideal. If you vape, you should also try to quit. If you’ve never vaped or smoked, don’t start.

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The Benefits of a Lymphatic-Drainage Massage

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I recently had the chance to try the icoone experience at the Organic Spa Media Event. What this machine does is give an intensive lymphatic drainage massage is the course of a short amount of time. The all-new icoone machine delivers 21,600 microstimulations every minute with Multi Micro Alveolar Stimulation that help to achieve quicker, longer-lasting results. The experience is extremely enjoyable and also does body shaping, anti-cellulite treatments, skin rejuvenation, lfirming, and improving blood circulation as well.

Getting a Lymphatic drainage massage is a specialized form of massage therapy that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system to promote the flow of lymph, a fluid that contains white blood cells, throughout the body. This type of massage helps to remove waste products, toxins, and excess fluids from the tissues, improving overall health and boosting the immune system.

The lymphatic drainage massage was developed in the 1930s by Danish doctors Emil and Estrid Vodder while they were working on the French Riviera. They noticed that patients with chronic colds had swollen lymph nodes, and through gentle massage techniques, they were able to relieve the swelling and improve the patients’ health. This technique has since been refined and is now used worldwide as a therapeutic treatment.

The lymphatic system is a crucial part of the immune system, consisting of a network of lymphatic vessels, nodes, and organs. It helps maintain fluid balance, absorb fats from the digestive tract, and protect the body against infections. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a central pump (like the heart) and relies on muscle movement, breathing, and manual manipulation to move lymph through the vessels.

A lymphatic drainage massage involves a series of gentle, rhythmic strokes and light pressure techniques that follow the direction of lymph flow, usually towards the heart. The therapist uses their hands to stimulate the lymphatic vessels and nodes, starting from the extremities and moving towards the body’s core. What this machine does is masterfully get in deeper and quicker.

You will feel small, circular movements on the skin. Then a gentle pressure and releasing it in a pumping motion. A scooping motion encourages lymph flow, while rotational movements on larger body areas.

Lymphatic drainage massage offers numerous health benefits, including:

  • Detoxification as it helps remove toxins and waste products from the body.
  • Reduced Swelling: Alleviates lymphedema and reduces fluid retention, especially after surgery or injury.
  • Improved Immune Function: Enhances the body’s ability to fight infections by stimulating lymph flow.
  • Pain Relief: Can reduce pain associated with conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis.
  • Skin Health: Promotes healthy, glowing skin by reducing puffiness and improving circulation.
  • Relaxation: Induces a state of deep relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety.

Lymphatic drainage massage can also help with post-surgical recovery to help reduce swelling and speed up healing. In chronic conditions, such as managing symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps reduce puffiness, improve skin tone, and manage cellulite.

Lymphatic drainage massage is not suitable for everyone. Especially if you have a chronic infections. Massages can spread an infection. Also if you have blood clots, heart conditions, cancer or kidney problems, as it can increase fluid load on the kidneys.

Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle, effective therapy for enhancing lymphatic flow, supporting the immune system, and promoting overall health. When performed by a trained therapist, it can provide significant benefits for a variety of conditions, contributing to both physical and mental well-being. However, it is essential to consider individual health conditions and consult with healthcare professionals before undergoing this type of massage therapy.

In NYC you can get this treatment here

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The Ultimate Wellness and Beauty Summer Guide

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Summer is about to kick off in a gorgeous way.

Our ultimate annual wellness and beauty guide this season has been carefully curated with top editor picks that will bring you bliss. From beauty products to health companies, we have brought together a list of outstanding items that will shine as bright in your life as the summer sun. The time to feel and look remarkable is now.

For a Perfect Summer Glow –

Transform your skin with the power of Glutathione with Auro Skincare. Dr. Nayan Patel ’s newest venture into skincare is right on target to bring you a perfect summer glow. The line showcases products that have potent antioxidants and adaptogens delivered with the Auro GSH Antioxidant Delivery System. Transformative results are set to come your way and there is no better way to discover the power than an introduction to the company’s travel kit which highlights how you can allow your skin to absorb Glutathione and other antioxidants like Vitamin C and Resveratrol in a deeper way than ever before.

Auro Skincare is a protocol of potent antioxidant formulas powered by the patented, first-of-its-kind Auro GSH Antioxidant Delivery System. By combining powerful ingredients and technology, Auro Products penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin providing you with results powered from the inside out.

For a Perfect Summer Smile –

Davids sensitive+whitening nano-hydroxyapatite premium toothpaste with peppermint is the refreshing thing you need for an amazing smile this summer. Harnesses the regenerative power of nano-hydroxyapatite to relieve tooth sensitivity, repair enamel, remove plaque, smooth the tooth surface, and naturally whiten teeth. We love the line that focuses on safe and clean ingredients that are fluoride free and SLS free. The line also carries a great 100% medical grade stainless steel professional tongue scraper designed to lift bacteria and debris quickly to make your tongue and mouth healthier and cleaner.

For Perfect Summer Hair –

Peter Coppola is a fantastic woman-owned company named after the famous stylist who developed keratin systems, Peter Coppola. Offering more than just treatments, the company showcases a vast array of products that you will fall in love with.

Some highlights we love are Total Repair Smoothing Shampoo, which instantly repairs your hair. The deeply moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo weightlessly strengthens, smooths, and restores lackluster locks with a unique blend of Keratin and Ceramides. The protection to combat humidity of the season is fantastic along with color vibrancy throughout the day. We also love the Infusion Anti-Frizz Cream, which keeps hair tidy, shiny and soft-to-the-touch with ultra-lightweight cream. Infusion Anti-Frizz Cream keeps curls under control and cuts blow-dry time while creating a barrier to block humidity for hair that is sleek and smooth until your next shampoo.

 

NEKKO is a pioneer of scalp and hair treatments geared toward achieving healthy and voluminous results. Believing in the principle that we must not neglect the scalp’s health and vitality; they showcase products that are meant to enrich with a carefully selected blend of plant-based ingredients and amino acids, strengthen and fortify hair and scalp with regular use,

NEKKO Scalp Oil makes a difference for those with a variety of hair issues. Cold-pressed to make for a gentle peeling effect and to purify the scalp, it removes loose dandruff flakes from the hair. This unique formula also works to regulate oily scalps. Delicately cleanses and moisturizes the scalp, which is important so much more in the summer as we expose ourselves to more sweat outdoors. You will love the way your hair feels over a few weeks.

For the Perfect Summer Manicure –

Radiant Cosmetics viral Nail Growth Oil lives up to all the hype.

Founder and TikTok influencer Ruth Ismayelyan and her vegan brand have overwhelmingly captivated beauty enthusiasts for good reason. Her cuticle oil has a unique formulation that after using in a week creates a noticeable difference. Nails look shinny and they start to grow in stronger. The results are really that quick. Nourishing your nails has never been easier and the vitamins in the formula also give a great boost to your overall nail health.

Ruth’s brand has also expanded to lipsticks, lip liners, and lash and brow serums. Products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan, and non-GMO.

Zoya has the perfect polish shades to achieve the classic and beachy vibe for you any day this season. From colors that elevate summer to a product that lasts and shines through with true beauty, we adore everything about this brand.

Shades such as Lillian with a faded aquamarine with a glossy cream finish and Lauren with warm, pink-kissed light beige with very fine gold and copper metallic shimmer are our favorites. They are elegant and fun. To add to the joy is the fact that Zoya is non-toxic and cruelty-free.

For Perfect Summer Social Media Posts –

KISS is set to make all your summer social media posts look radiant. The newest lash collection, designed for a “no makeup, makeup” aesthetic with full sets and a brand-new half lash style is perfect for summer. This trend is about flawlessly imperfect lashes, featuring uneven, sparsely distributed lash patterns for a remarkably natural effect.

We love the way they are easy to apply, comfortable, and incredibly easy to apply. The lash lift effect emphasizes a longer and fuller lash look. Best of all the brand is cruelty free, vegan friendly, and good for contact lens wearers.

For a Perfect Summer Body –

Nuebiome is a leading plant-based and bioferment skincare brand dedicated to harnessing the power of nature and science to deliver clean, effective beauty solutions. Formulated with potent botanical extracts and biofermented ingredients, Nuebiome products are designed to nourish the skin while respecting the planet.

We love their Prebiotic Magnesium Muscle Recovery Flakes. They are a combination of magnesium flakes for muscle relaxation, paired with prebiotic bioferments for skin balance. This salt is designed to provide a soothing and restorative experience, promoting well-being and skin vitality. Crafted with 100% magnesium chloride for a relaxing bath or foot soak.

Reveka Skincare’s Tea Tree + Peppermint Body Bar is a perfect way to find balance and beauty for your skin. Developed by a woman named Darlene who understands the deep principles of clean and healthy skincare products through the benefits of topical magnesium, this soap is a gamechanger this summer season. Reveka is crafted with clean ingredients including no preservatives or dyes and are 100% made in the U.S. The rich lather of Reveka’s soap makes it perfect for shampoo, soap, and shaving cream. It’s made with tea tree, peppermint and shea butter and will hydrate your skin to the next level.

And the best part is the Magnesium Chloride from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed. Two weeks of use and you will see the difference ass use promotes new tissue growth and can help alleviate common skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

 

For Perfect Summer Wellness Sips –

Summer is all about fabulous workout in the sun. Head to the park for a run or do yoga on the beach and know you have a perfect drink to be by your side with PWR LIFT.

The divine taste is refreshing and amps you up for an ultimate session followed by glorious recovery and hydration. This incredible electrolyte-rich, flavored protein water drink is infused with 10g whey protein and B vitamins.  Scrumptious flavors of Berry Strawberry, Lemon Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate and Orange Mango refuel you in a delicious way from head to toe. Help give your body the recovery, strength and hydration it needs with zero sugar and  be grateful to add power to your workout.

 

 

 

 

Kubo Tea is a great way to get amazing clean energy this summer. Crafted with organic green tea caffeine, their blends offer a revitalizing boost without the crash. With more caffeine than traditional teas and coffee, Kubo Tea activates your metabolism and increases energy levels. We love the taste and the pumped-up vibe without the jitters. It helps you concentrate, and you feel the amped up love during workouts and long summer walks on the beach.

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Wojtek Bernat is Creating a New Era of Mindful Health with Ultimate Life Guiding

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Visionary entrepreneur and holistic expert Wojtek Bernat is bringing about a revolution in the realm of holistic health with his most recent venture, Ultimate Life Guiding. The brand is not merely a new venture for Bernat, but a testament to the healer’s unwavering spirit and resilience.

Wojtek Bernat

Bernat’s life has been marked by unconventional pursuits and a thirst for knowledge; from his early years in clergy work to his fascination with performance art and a deep interest in mastering healing breathwork, Bernat’s journey has been as diverse as it has been inspiring. Underlying all his endeavors is a unifying thread – a deep-seated desire to understand the deep connections between the mind, body, and soul, and to help others discover these connections within themselves.

A significant turning point in Bernat’s life was the diagnosis of his second daughter with deafness. This personal challenge led him and his family on a journey from Poland to the Netherlands, in search of treatment and educational opportunities. Faced with adversity, Bernat didn’t falter. Instead, he found a new path, one that led him to delve deeper into the realm of holistic health and wellness.

It was in Rotterdam that Bernat embarked on an extensive wellness journey, immersing himself in guided breathing exercises, martial arts, and holistic movement. He sought to understand the intricate connections between physical health and spiritual wellness. His exploration led him to the realization that the journey to holistic health was not just about physical wellbeing, but also about spiritual resilience and emotional balance.

This understanding fueled his desire to create ULG, a comprehensive solution that encapsulated spirituality, intentional gut health, and the mind-body connection. The principles of naturopathic healing form the foundation of ULG, focusing on a unique internal cleansing system Bernat coined as “The Circle of Complexity.”

“The intestines have direct contact with the brain,” Bernat explains. “Their influence on our perceptions and decision-making is enormous. Our gut vitality is more than just an element of the digestive process; it serves as a bridge connecting our world of emotions to the external world.”

Bernat believes in the power of cleansing, both physical and spiritual. ULG offers a variety of cleansing courses and kits, starting with the large intestine. These cleansing processes, detailed on his website, aim to gently remove toxins and waste from the body, leading to improved physical health and mental clarity. As Bernat’s vision for ULG evolves, he plans to introduce additional courses focusing on the cleansing of the liver, kidneys, blood, and bones.

When asked whether ULG promotes physical or spiritual transformation, Bernat’s response is unequivocal: “This absolutely applies to both sides of our Self. If the body does not function properly, then the brain, our conscious spirit, also does not function properly.”

Despite his demanding schedule, Bernat finds joy in traveling when he can, particularly to the Mediterranean region. He believes every change of place is a form of fulfillment, an attitude passed down from his childhood. Bernat’s love for travel and exploration is another reflection of his adventurous spirit and his thirst for new experiences.

Looking towards the future, Bernat envisions a dynamic structure for Ultimate Life Guiding, complete with practical courses, training, lectures, and a team of dedicated ULG guides. “Our first step that we are now taking together is a leading one for me. The effect of this action will be the real beginning,” Bernat shares.

Through his journey and the inception of Ultimate Life Guiding, Wojtek Bernat has demonstrated that the path to spiritual and physical resilience is not merely about temporary fixes, but a profound, transformative journey into one’s health and wellbeing. It’s about acknowledging the complexity of human existence and taking the reins to guide one’s life towards a more fulfilled, harmonious, and healthier existence.

Wojtek Bernat is not just creating a health program; he’s offering a path to whole-body wellness health that fosters deep, transformative change. He invites us all to acknowledge the complexity of our existence and take an active role in guiding our life towards a more harmonious, fulfilled, and healthier existence. This is not just a testament to Bernat’s spirit and vision, but a beacon of hope for a healthier, more mindful future for us all.

To learn more about Wojtek’s journey and the work of Ultimate Life Guiding, please visit wojtekbernat.com

 

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Mollie’s Fund Brings Skin Cancer Awareness to Forefront

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For over 20 years, Mollie’s Fund has been at the forefront of melanoma awareness and making a difference in melanoma education – partnering with esteemed healthcare providers and medical institutions to educate all ages on the importance of sun safety, provide free skin cancer screenings, and connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and compassionate support.

They are a team of crusaders on a mission to increase awareness of melanoma prevention, provide information and services for skin cancer prevention, and support melanoma patients by connecting them to the latest treatments.

The organization began in honor of Mollie who discovered a mole on her thigh one day in collage. In the following six months, she underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation was created in her memory after her tragic death at the age of twenty. Since 2001, Mollie’s Fund has worked tirelessly to help prevent such a tragedy from impacting other families.

On May 30, they will host an event to raise funds and make a difference.

Join Mollie’s Fund for a pig roast from Buddy’s BBQ and live country music from Unwined from 6:30pm to 10:30pm at the Garden City Country Club.

TICKETS HERE.

 

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The BioCharger An Electrical Healing Device That Does Remarkable Things

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I wrote about the bio charger, back in July of last year, but had a chance to use it again ar the Wellness and Travel Media Event. This machine uses energy to heal and dextox.

Science has confirmed the existence of a subtle energy fields around all living organisms, similar to the energy field recorded using thermal imaging technology. When optimal, this energy regulates cellular functions. But if it’s lacking or imbalanced, it causes cellular dysfunction, which decreases physical performance, injury recovery and overall well-being. The emerging field of energy medicine (EM) involves assessing and treating energy imbalances so that the body’s systems achieve homeostasis. This builds upon the work of Nobel Prize scientist Otto Von Warburg, who discovered that normal, healthy cells have trans-membrane potentials of approximately 70 to 100 millivolts, while fatigued, sick cells exhibit progressively lower voltages, which drop to as low as 15 millivolts in the case of cancer or disease. A prime example of what is happening now is the interference of 5G.

The BioCharger is a subtle energy revitalization platform that uses four types of transmitted energy—light, Voltage, frequencies, harmonics and Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Fields (PEMFs)—to stimulate and invigorate the body. A touch-free, safe, rejuvenating full-body treatment, BioCharger supports the recovery of strength, stamina, coordination and mental clarity. During BioCharger sessions, members experience a customized electromagnetic field that bathes the full body in frequencies designed to restore
homeostasis. Users have reported measurable improvements in energy levels, fatigue and overall well-being.

Health and Wellness Benefits
• Boosts performance and recovery: our clients consist of Olympic and professional athletes within the NFL, World Surf League, MLB, and NBA who use the BioCharger to accelerate muscle
recovery and reduce stiffness in joints
• Enhances mind-body balance: Aligns body and mind down to the cellular level
• Improves well-being: Delivers a variety of health-related benefits, including improved sleep and
stress reduction2
• Increases energy: Revitalizes cells and restores homeostasis, which can impact energy levels3

I only know one place to use this machine and that is at Ostrostrong, but it is definitely worth checking into.

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