October’s Health Months

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on overall wellness in an otherwise toxic world. (Always consult with your own physician before beginning any new diet/exercise routine).

Last week we talked about the importance of respecting our body’s natural filtration system that makes breathing easy and effortless – the lungs. This month is Healthy Lung Month and we hope our suggestions have led you to a better understanding of how to stay healthy by adopting a few preventive habits and eliminating things that may have a negative effect on these organs.

But in addition to drawing attention to Healthy Lung Month, the month of October also raises awareness for some other important health topics, including breast cancer, dental hygiene and ADHD. This is a great time to become familiar with issues that could affect you or those around you, helping you to lead healthier, more informed and supportive lives.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., uses the month of October for its annual campaign, increasing awareness of the disease. The organization aims to “help those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.” Early detection is the key to fighting this devastating disease – in fact, the Foundation states that when breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100 percent. Early detection can be achieved through monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling regular preventive screenings, like breast exams and mammograms.

National Dental Hygiene Month 2019

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has named October National Dental Hygiene Month. Not only is it a time to celebrate the dentist in your life, the month serves as an opportunity to become familiar with the connection between oral health and overall health. Not only does good oral and dental hygiene prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but an unhealthy mouth can lead to serious problems, like a heart attack or stroke. Awareness this year focuses on routines that can change the health of your mouth, including brushing twice a day, using the correct size tooth brush and using it properly, cleaning the tongue, flossing daily and visiting the dentist for a cleaning twice a year.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Although treatment for ADHD can help those with the condition better understand ways they can overcome learning challenges, there is no cure for the limited attention and hyperactivity that sufferers experience. Medication can help, but oftentimes, communication with others is the key to developing a plan. Students often experience restlessness and an inability to pay attention during class. For older adults, it can be difficult to stay calm during a meeting or sit for long periods of time. Without recognition of the condition, those with ADHD may experience low self-esteem and depression. If you recognize the symptoms in a friend or loved one, offer a few words of encouragement before suggesting the condition may be the source of the problem. Success is possible.