Parkinson’s Disease and Anxiety(Non-motor Symptom) That Lowers Quality of Life

Fighting anxiety in Parkinson’s Patients

One of the most challenging aspects in Parkinson’s disease is the battle with anxiety. You will be faced with bouts of stress, depression, a fear of the unknown especially during the night when you want to relax and sleep.

The anxiety says is not caused by the mere news after diagnosis that you have a neuro-degenerative disease. No, anxiety is part of Parkinson’s symptoms. As mentioned above, it works just when you are about to relax to bed. At that very moment, anxiety grips you and will not leave you for a long time which leaves you wondering what is wrong. It is not that there is anything to be anxious about. No, it is just there, tormenting you and never letting go. The anxiety, neurologists explain is caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain when dopamine levels have gone down.

Types of anxiety you are likely to battle with

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

GAD is characterized by butterflies in the stomach that would affect any normal person when they are about to do a new thing; say do a public speech for the first time, go out on a date. GAD comes out as butterflies in the stomach, sweaty arms, nausea, trouble breathing, increased heart beat as well as increased hand tremors.

Social avoidance

Parkinson’s patients are usually self-conscious of their symptoms for example tremors, bradykinesia, imbalance while walking or the slur in speech. They will therefore feel embarrassed of displaying such symptoms in public and would rather cocoon themselves in solitude where nobody is going to see them or know what they are suffering from.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety where you are obsessed by doing things repetitively say for example washing hands since they feel that they have germs or dirt, checking to see that their rooms are clean by wiping and dusting everything. If the person does not do such activities, they are highly likely to feel anxious as though they are missing out on some major aspects in their lives.

Anxiety attacks

Parkinson’s patients will be hit by anxiety attacks when their levodopa medications are yet to take effect.

How to identify anxiety in a Parkinson’s patient

Anxiety usually precludes depression and so it is important that as a caregiver you identify anxiety in a patient before it goes ahead and becomes full-blown depression. So how do you identify the anxiety:

  1. Watch out lest the patient seems to be put off by things that they enjoyed. It could be a sign that they are becoming anxious which will lead to depression
  2. Are they avoiding other people or being in places where they are likely to meet friends and family members.
  3. Are they crazily obsessed by small things that never bothered them before?
  4. Are they seeming afraid of new environments or doing new things

Effects of the anxiety

Could slowly lead to depression and stress

Lack of sleep. When anxiety attacks hit at night, the patient has to battle with insomnia

Moodiness. The patient is likely to get moody and avoid things that they enjoyed just some moments ago.

Social aloofness: Anxiety makes the patient not want to talk or engage with anyone.

How to beat the anxiety

We have said that anxiety if not treated or looked into could lead to depression. And anxiety is not a bad thing. But depression is because it could lead to suicidal thoughts, lowered self-esteem as well as seeing life as meaningless.

There are certain medication such as levodopa, sinemet and carbidopa that Parkinson’s patients have been using to fight the anxiety as well as other symptoms of the disease. The medication does work but it will take time before it kicks in. When it is yet to kick in, we say that you are on an off state and when it does finally start working, you are on an on state.

Cannabidiol or what is being popularly called cbd oil has also been explored and found to help control anxiety in Parkinson’s patients. Unlike marijuana which usually contains THC, CBD oil does not have any traces of THC as it has been extracted from the substance. Since it does not have this THC, you will not feel any high when you use it.

Weighted or what I like to call anxiety blankets have been found to be very effective in fighting anxiety in Parkinson’s disease patients. What the anxiety blankets do is that they make the patient feel as though someone is hugging them deeply as explained in

Other than weighted blankets, you could also get some compression vests for autistic adults to be worn by the patient. Compression vests have for long been worn by autistic adults and toddlers and it has been found that they help the patient relax due to the pressure. When patients with sensory processing disorder were asked, they said that the weighted compression vests make them feel grounded. It is as though someone is hugging them showing them love and care.

Magnaready shirts helping Parkinson’s patients

Magnaready Shirts

When you have Parkinson’s disease, you face a lot of limitations. For once, you find that the tremors make it hard for you to dress properly without the help of someone. Everytime you want to dress you will have to call up your caregiver or a family member to help get into your shirts, trousers and coats. This is not pleasing at all as it denies you independence as well as making you feel somehow embarrassed. Well, so many inventors have gone out of their way to get you adaptive clothing for Parkinson’s disease. In this post, we will look at the features of magnaready which is one of the shirts with magnetic buttons. So, lets do this.

The magnaready was invented by a lady designer who wanted to help her husband who was once a sports coach. When he was diagnosed with PD though, things started going south. He was unable to do things that he was able to do before with ease. One of these things was getting dressed. He found out that he could not put on his shirts and button them effectively without calling the wife to help. The caring wife was always there for him but she detected that he was feeling uneasy having to ask for help everytime he needed to button up his shirts. So, she thought of how the magnets could be used to ease things. And thus, the magnaready shirts with magnetic buttons were born.

The magnaready shirts do come with normal buttons but there are just that. Buttons for decoration. The buttoning up is actually done by the magnets laced on the front. All you need to do is place the flaps together and there you have it; your shirt buttoned up.

Pros of the magnaready shirts

  • They are good for people with limited dexterity in their fine motor skills such as those with Parkinson’s, arthritis or stroke.
  • Great design with checkered patterns.
  • Easy to open when you need to and holds tight when you want the shirt to remain buttoned up.

Importance of Mattress Extenders on Hospital beds

So you just bought your patient a mattress to go onto their hospital bed. But after much scrutiny, you realize that the mattress length is shorter than what should go to the bed and you will therefore need to buy a mattress extender, the question that is on your mind now is where to get the best mattress extension.

Worry not because in this guide, I will tell you about the best mattress extender block that money can buy.

  1. The foam mattress extender

If your mattress was a foam one, then you would definitely need a foam mattress extender to go with this. The good thing about the foam lengthener is that it is soft and hard. Its density is good and it does not squish easily.

The only downside I know about the foam is that it might not be really good with the hospital bed as it does not bend and adjust easily. This might lead to it cutting into two or more which is not a very nice thing.

  1. Innerspring mattress extender

The one great thing about the innerspring mattress is that they are thin and flexible so that they are able to adapt to the hospital bed.

The downside though is that they are so thin and not durable. They also squish easily and this will make the patient uncomfortable or even make them have worse bed sores.

Covers and safety of extenders

  • Extenders need to have vinyl covers so that they can clean easily.
  • They also need be waterproof so that even if liquid spillages come to them, they will be cleaned easily and no soaking happens.
  • They need to have non-allergenic covers so that patients do not get allergies
  • They should have no odor as this can really irritate patients
  • They should not have any rubber
  • They should be fire retardant so that in case of a fire, they do not catch it easily or even burn easily
  • They should be non-skid so that they do not slip under the patient
  • They should be uniform with the mattress in terms of their height, length and width for the patient’s comfort to avoid patient sleeping on a bed with bumps and troughs.

Why the need for an extender

Maybe the first question that I should have tried to answer in this post is the importance of an extender before I even went to other things. You see, there are times when the patient is taller than what the mattress can offer. Well, the bed may be taller. So,  they would need an extender block to increase the mattress length.

Extenders are also crucial in hospital beds to avoid entrapment. According to studies, deaths on hospital beds have mostly been caused by entrapment. The extender prevents the zone 7 entrapment where the head or other patient body parts gets entrapped between the mattress edge and the headboard or footboard of the medical bed.

Taking care of patients at home

When you have an invalid that you are taking care of from home, the strain is so much that you wish to take them to a hospice or invalid care centre. The invalid is there looking up to you for their sustenance, food, movements and entertainment as well as consolation. If you do not do that, people are going to look at you as uncaring and they could even despise you.

So you have to up your game. Taking them to the hospice or care centre might be too expensive for your small budget. As such you have to live with them at home. In this article, we look at some of the items you will need if you are to take care of an invalid, senior, injured or muscular dystrophy patient from home.

  1. Hospital bed

invacare hospital bed

A hospital bed which has the latest technological advancements is great in that the patient can be able to adjust the head and foot positions as well as the height of the bed through a simple touch of the pendant control which can be suspended on the patient’s bed rails.

The best hospital bed for home use has to be the electrical invacare model. Though expensive, the bed has everything electrical. The casters are also durable and noiseless so they will not be creating noise all over. Moving the bed is also easy since the wheels are non-rubber and as such they will not be  leaving black marks on the floor.

On a small budget though, buying the electrical hospital bed might not be possible but you can still buy the invacare 5301ivc hospital bed manual which uses a manual crank system to adjust the head and foot positions as well as the height of the bed. While you have to always be at the patient’s bed side to adjust all this, this type of bed is comfortable and really offers patient ergonomics.

2. Walkers

As the patient recuperates, they will need walkers so as to walk around the home. There are different types of walkers and you would choose them according to the patient’s physiotherapy needs and also based on your budget.

3. Wheelchairs

If the patient is still an invalid and cannot walk on a walker, then a wheelchair for outdoor movements is necessary. Again pick the wheelchair  based on the patient’s height and needs.

4. Patient lifts

Technological advancement in home care has come to save us since you can now get a patient lift to move around the house.



Health benefits of alpha 2 receptor blockers such as yohimbine and eviodamine in Weight Loss

On a sciency topic today, we will discuss how the alpha 2 receptor blockers work. If we have not mentioned this before, they include yohimbine and eviodamine. We will examine each in depth and see how they help in fat burn. But first, what is an alpha 2 receptor blocker.

How the alpha 2 blockers work

An alpha 2 receptor blocker antagonizes the action of alpha 2 receptors. Alpha 2 receptors are found within the body cells and pick up any fat deposits making lipolysis hard for the body no matter how much you try to lose weight. The blocker therefore makes it possible for your body to react to the effects of weight loss such as weight training, cardio exercises as well as dieting.

Without a blocker, an obese person would remain that way with bad cholesterol since the alpha receptor would refuse to let go of the fats. No matter how hard they train or how lean they eat, the fat would simply not go and this creates what is popularly known as stubborn fats.

The blockers when introduced in weight loss supplements help increase body metabolism as well as release of the fats for lipolysis to happen. Two alpha 2 receptor blockers are yohimbine and eviodamine


yohimbine for weight loss

Yohimbine is an extract from the native tree yohimbe which growns in West Africa. Traditionally, it has been used as an aphrodisiac and to help men who have erectile dysfunction get back on their feet and rise on the occasion. Studies reported by Livestrong show that yohimbine when combined with training and workouts can actually lead to lipolysis which is the burning of fat. This further underlines the benefits of yohimbine as a blocker of alpha 2 receptors.


Eviodamine, another blocker is an extract from the native tree evioda that grows in Korea and China. It has been found that it is good with digestion problems. At the same time, it helps in fat burn. It has also been found to stimulate the heart and in this way making metabolism much quicker since with a quicker heart, you expect that your body is going to secrete quickly as well as transport faster.

Because of their action in helping fat burn, yohimbine and eviodamine have been incorporated into fat burning gnc pills sold in


Weight Loss Pills at gnc

In the ministry of industry, we need people who are going to work hard and not get hampered by problems such as blood pressure or cholesterol. And that is why today’s post is all about health where we talk about weight loss pills at gnc.

You see weight loss is not very much easy. You need to be ready to achieve it.

  1. Eat the right foods

Mostly weight loss is all about nutrition and that is why everybody is always advising that you check what you are eating. If you do not, you will find that you are always gaining weight every time you weigh yourself.

2. Do exercises

Exercises is core to weight loss. There is no way that you are going to shed off fats if you do not exercise. And that exercise should involve both cardio as well as strength training. I do not know who told people that when they simply run around the field that they are going to lose weight. Well, they will of course lose weight but in low amounts. With weight loss, you need to burn more than you are consuming. And that is why I always advise people to do other thing such as yoga as well as lifting weights.

3. Discipline

In everything discipline is vital. If you are not disciplined then do not expect that things are going to go any well for you. You will always find that you are making resolutions that will never be achieved.

Personally, I have come to realize that the power to do anything is always hidden in desire, how committed you are as well as how disciplined and determined you are to achieve that which you focus to get.

Let’s say that I want to lose 20 pounds in the next one month. If I do not have the desire, a pulsating desire to look younger and leaner, then I will lack the strength and will power to starve and workout.

At the same time, I need to be disciplined. Even get accountability partners who will help me in the path to achieving this.

4. Supplements

The title of this post is on the best weight loss pills at gnc and well, you need to learn that weight loss needs some incinerators such as caffeine, eviodamine, piperine, theacrine that will help in burning up the fats in your body. If you do not have these supplements, then you can as well say bye bye to weight loss since the diet pills are essential if you are to make any progress.


You want the Best Infant Car Seat? This are the features to look for

Having a baby carrier is not a necessity but the idea of having your baby cradled in your arms close to you always gives you the best feeling as a parent. This comes in handy when you are busy doing other things as your hands will always be free and your baby will comfortably relax on your chest or back. This serves you best if your child likes to see you since he will be facing you or when walking in overcrowded areas or if you are going for an hike and you would like to take your baby with you.

baby car seat

They often come in three styles which include:

Wraps-this is a long piece of a fabric that stretches when configuring it enabling you to tie it around your body through the shoulders and your mid-section to support your baby. They best infant car seat are versatile and easy to adjust making it easy to breastfeed your young one.

They consume a lot of time and can be hard when putting it on or getting it off. Always uncomfortable when your child is grown because it doesn’t have pads.

Slings-This kind of a fabric is often wide and needs you place it over one shoulder and crossing your torso. Suitable if you are a breastfeeding mom because it has a loose fit that allows you to discreetly nurse your baby.

Safest Infant car seat can be tiresome and uncomfortable when your child’s weight increases.

Structured carriers-it is similar to a backpack as it has straps that you can wear over your shoulders and a carrying pack  Always a good choice when your baby can sit up and is able to control his head and also if your child is much heavier as it is very comfortable.

The downside is that it may not allow you breastfeed and may be too big and bulky for a newborn.

Features to look for in a baby carrier


Look for one that suits your body and your baby.


For a front carrier make sure that the seat and straps can support your baby well with durable and good working snaps, belts and buckles.

Ease to use

Always choose one that is easy to put on or take off by yourself .Models of structured carriers that are easy to unbuckle are always available and can be the best when your baby is asleep since you will be able to remove him without waking him up.

Comfortable for your baby

A front carrier with padded leg holes loose enough  not to let your baby slip is good to avoid your baby’s thighs being constricted and padded headrest that supports your baby’s neck and body even when asleep.

Your own comfort

It should be wide with straps that are well padded or sturdy fabric that will make sure that your baby’s weight is evenly distributed making sure your neck, back or shoulders do not strain. The carrier should also be adjustable.

Able to nurse

If you intent to breastfeed your baby while on the carrier the slings and wraps are always the best choice.


Buy one with a lighter fabric during hot weather and avoid dark colors as they might be too warm for your baby.

Easy to clean

Always buy one with fabric that is easy to clean since kids are always messy.


There are models designed to grow with your baby although one may prefer a sling or wrap when the baby is still young and a structured carrier for older babies.

Safety tips when using baby carrier

Make sure no fabric covers your child’s face for easy supervision.

-Your child must always be in an upright position and close to your body when carrying him.

-Since the carrier will make your baby feel warm always dress him lightly.

-Fasten the buckles to support your baby’s neck and body and keep him safe from falling.

-When running or cycling do not carry your baby in it as he may fall.

-Avoid lying down when carrying your baby.

-When bending always bend with your knee and not your waist as this makes sure that your baby remains in an upright position.

Marketing and Trade

When we achieved independence, we wanted to fight poverty, illiteracy and diseases. We have always been fighting this and this why we have set up this.

In this website, we will be looking at our objectives in depth.

But why do we need marketing:

  1. To push our products to the customers using ingenous ways. You see it is not all about getting money but we want also to sell value to our customers. Say for example that you are a health specialist dealing in teeth. You would want to push value to your end customer by telling them the truth as well as prescribing the best drugs and practices that they could master.

  1. To make our customers aware of us. Without marketing, customers will not know that you infact do exist. With such an initiative, we are on the right track since our customers now know that we exist and are out there to help them. Say for example that you are waring in weight loss products but nobody knows that you do so. Who will buy? When however you start reviewing diet pills that hollywood stars use, people will slowly start paying attention because you are speaking to them now.

Bilateral and Multilateral trade ties

Every year we are focusing on getting better that we were the last year. We are furthering the goals of our forefathers that were set up during independence when they swore to fight poverty.

We are doing this by partnering with our neighbours as well as other abroad states to have bi and multilateral trade ties. Just to explain something little here: bilateral trade ties are ties between one country and another. Here bi simply means two. Multilateral trade ties on the other hand are ties between many countries. Multi means many as far as English is concerned.

With these trade ties, we are able to export as well as import products. While one might think that it would be fashionable to only export, we also need to import. We export raw materials from agriculture and get imports in form of processed goods. We however wish to lower the imports by starting industries that process goods locally.