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10 Tips to Start Living Your Best Life

So often we put off being happy until we have everything we want: money, a great job, a loving relationship, etc. But here’s the rub: mood follows action.

When we start doing the things that make us feel better, happiness arrives without us even thinking about it. It won’t always be easy (obviously), but it’ll totally be worth it.

Plus—and this is the really cool part—the things we thought were hard and didn’t enjoy that much to begin with, become the habits we enjoy the most.

It’s all about making the connection between the new habit you’ve adopted and the ‘feeling great’ feelings that result from it. When happiness is no longer conditional, magic happens.

Where to Start?

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If you try to implement all 10 of these tips into your life right away, you’ll be back on the couch binging on Netflix and Oreos before the day is out.

Whichever analogy you prefer, eating an elephant and walking a thousand miles both use the same premise: start small and focus on the now. One step at a time, one mouthful at a time, one new habit at a time.

Pick just one of the tips below—they’re in no particular order, so just choose one that appeals to you—and map out a game plan for how you’ll approach it.

Figure out your ‘why.’ Knowing your ‘why‘ will help you stay the course even when you’re having a rough day or week.

When will you begin? Deciding on a start date gives your mind time to come to grips with the challenge that lies ahead.

By when will you achieve your goal? Not all of the tips require a finish date, but for the ones that do it’s important to know what that is. It’s how you’ll hold yourself accountable and stay on track.


1. Declutter Your Home and Office

When your home and office environments are cluttered, it can be really difficult to get anything done. Decluttering reduces stress and makes you more productive. By creating space in your physical world, you’re also clearing a bunch of mental cache for the things that really matter: relationships, art, service or whatever.

Blogs like Becoming Minimalist, Real Simple and The Spruce have plenty of helpful tips on how to get started. Remember though, once you’ve decluttered it’s just as important to stay on top of things and not revert back to your old ways.

“Any half-awake materialist well knows—that which you hold holds you.” —Tom Robbins

2. Declutter Your Habits

Decluttering doesn’t just extend to your physical stuff, you can downsize any area of your life that needs it. Take a moment to assess your habits. What are you doing that isn’ serving you? Are you watching too much TV, spending too much time on social media?

Adopting new habits and letting go of old ones does take work, but the payoff is huge. Take the time to figure out what your fundamentals are, and then make a point of incorporating them into your daily life.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” —Annie Dillard

3. Become an Essentialist

Greg Mckeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, says we spend too much time on busy work and not nearly enough time on the things that matter. Stop saying “yes” for the wrong reasons and learn to say “no“ for the right ones.

“Sometimes, we need to say no so that we have more time to say yes.” —Suzette Hinton

4. Create a Budget

When last did you take a long, hard look at your spending habits? A lot of times we think we’re doing a good job of managing our money, but it’s only when we begin paying close attention that we realize how much room there is for fiscal improvement.

Whether your goal is to get out of debt, retire early or simply save for a rainy day, a budget is a non-negotiable part of the plan. It needn’t be a prison sentence however, you can live richly on a budget.

“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.” —Dave Ramsey

5. Follow the Blue Zones Diet

Eat like the world’s longest-lived people and you’ll not only feel much better, you’ll save money, too. Their philosophy is simple: eat a variety of mainly plant-based foods. While diets vary from region to region, people living in the Blue Zones share a common approach to eating.

These folks eat almost no meat, avoid sugar and consume dairy in small quantities. They focus on whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, legumes and grains and steer clear of processed foods and take-out.

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” —Albert Einstein

6. Move Your Body

There are many benefits to exercise, but you don’t have to go to gym to enjoy them. The key is simply to move your body. Our longevity experts in the Blue Zones favor gardening, but you could find your own ways to keep active, such as yoga, dancing, stretching or focusing on functional fitness. It’s really up to you, just make sure you break a sweat.

“For me, fitness is not just about hitting the gym; it is also about an inner happiness and an overall well-being.” —Rakul Preet Singh

7. Walk More, Drive Less

We’ve become so habituated to driving that it often doesn’t even occur to us that we could walk somewhere. Plus, we’re lazy. It’s easier to drive, so why wouldn’t we hop in the car to go to the store?

The problem is, the more you drive, the harder walking becomes. Suddenly even a mile seems too far to contemplate. Walking is better for your health (obvs), but it’s also better for the environment and your bank account.

Heading out on foot is less stressful too, because you don’t have to deal with traffic and it gives you the an opportunity to meet people. If your car is your go-to form of transport, why not challenge yourself to walk more?

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” —Thomas Jefferson

8. Hang out with People Who Make You Feel Good

We’ve all been around people who leave us feeling drained, uninspired or less than. On the flip side, we’ve all known someone whose positive nature leaves us feeling similarly upbeat about life.

Happiness is an inside job, but it’s also true that surrounding yourself with happy people will make you happy too. This is yet another aspect of life that the the world’s longest-lived people have mastered. They make a point of spending time with their ‘tribe’ on a regular basis. These strong social networks have had a positive impact on their health behaviors.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” —Jim Rohn

9. Stop Watching the News

Given the rate at which bad news is replayed, it’s little wonder that watching an event on TV can be even more stressful than witnessing it firsthand. If you’re stressed or suffer from poor sleep, then a news fast is the best thing you’ll do all year.

We’ve been conditioned to believe that we need to watch the news, but that’s not true. News of important events will reach you regardless of whether you watch TV or read the newspaper. Quit the news and you’ll notice that you feel better almost immediately.

“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.” —Colin Powell

10. Meditate

Most people use meditation as a way to calm the mind, but it’s a powerful tool for self-healing as well. Learning how to meditate isn’t nearly as difficult as you might imagine and the benefits far outweigh the perceived effort.

The science behind meditation is solid: it reduces stress, increases your sense of wellbeing, improves focus and memory and makes you more creative. Spend time each morning focusing on your breath and these are just some of the benefits you can expect.

“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger, and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

There are, of course, many other things you could do to live your best life, such as journalling, practicing gratitude and being of service. Ultimately, it boils down to this: either you make life happen or it happens to you.

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Related:
5 Ways to Practice Happiness
What 100-Year-Olds Say About Aging, Happiness and Positivity
How Going Zero Waste Made Me a Better Person

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Article source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-tips-to-start-living-your-best-life.html

Healthy Living: Making Imaging Safer

For people who have multiple health conditions, fixing one can sometimes lead to problems with the other.

Now there is a new technology called Dyevert, which precisely controls and measures the amount of dye used in heart catheterizations and other procedures requiring imaging.

In Healthy Living we learn how, for some patients, the dye itself can be toxic if the kidneys can’t flush it out of the system.

Dyevert PLUSs, made by Osprey Medical, received FDA clearance earlier this year.

The system is now being used at hospitals across the country.


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Article source: http://www.9and10news.com/2017/09/20/healthy-living-making-imaging-safer/

Healthy Living: Metastatic Breast Cancer, dying for a cure | Q13 FOX …

Each year, it’s estimated 40,000 people in the U.S. die from metastatic breast cancer. That’s when cancer spreads from the breast to other parts of the body. There is no cure and the median survival rate for a person diagnosed with metastatic disease is just two to three years.
In 2001, Lynda Weatherby was diagnosed with breast cancer. In good health and with no family history of the disease, the wife and mother of two was shocked, but thought since she caught it early she was in the clear. Twelve years later, Lynda learned the cancer had returned, and this time it had spread to her brain.

Marni Hughes sat down with Lynda to talk about metastatic disease and the key to giving time and hope to the thousands of people like her who are dying for a cure.

Seattle is host to the Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference, happening Sept. 22-23rd.  This years theme is “Living Well.  Living Longer.  Driving Change”.

Sessions on Friday are open to all breast cancer patients and will cover all kinds of information on how to heal from and possibly reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back.  Saturday sessions are for the Metastatic/Stage IV patient and will cover the latest treatment advances, research trials, and national issues affecting Metastatic Breast Cancer patients.

http://komenpugetsound.org/nwmbcc/

Lynda says breast cancer and MBC can be very isolating for the patient and this is a great way to connect with others who understand what you are going through.

The conference will be live-streaming both days if you would like to watch from home.

http://komenpugetsound.org/nwmbcc/nw-metastatic-breast-cancer-conference-agenda/

 

 

Article source: http://q13fox.com/2017/09/20/healthy-living-metastatic-breast-cancer-dying-for-a-cure/

Ypsi Kingdom Builders aim to spread gardens and healthy living throughout Ypsi area

Two Ypsilanti-area men are teaming up to spread community gardens throughout Ypsi and to help residents improve their physical, mental, and spiritual health – and they say that’s just the start of a much bigger mission.

 

Ypsi Township resident Noah Rucker and Augusta Township resident Jasper Gary-Bey recently formed a group called Ypsi Kingdom Builders in an effort to fulfill their individual goals in tandem. Rucker’s mission is create a health economics curriculum, while Gary-Bey’s mission is to establish a larger number of community gardens throughout the Ypsi area. They’ve begun to act on those goals by taking key roles in two Ypsi community gardens, with the larger goal of establishing an organized group of Ypsi-area gardeners.

 

Rucker and Gary-Bey often describe their movement as “writing different chapters of the same book.”

 

“We all have some different chapters that we can teach [and] that we are most definitely better at than each other, so it will be a beautiful book,” Rucker says.

 

Melvin Parson, founder of We The People Growers Association, is a member of Ypsi Kingdom Builders but mainly serves in a mentor capacity for the two younger gardeners. His goal of creating a “world-class urban farm” that employs formerly incarcerated residents has already gained a lot of traction at Grace Fellowship Church House of Solutions, located at 1301 S. Harris Rd. in Ypsilanti Township.

 

“We have to [support each other’s goals] because they all work together,” Gary-Bey says. “I couldn’t have what I have, [Rucker] couldn’t have what he has, and [Parson] can’t have what he has if all of us didn’t give a little piece of something to the other to make that other person’s project better. I mean, it’s all a circle of life.”

 

Carrying the torch at Parkridge

 

In 2015, Parson created a community garden for the surrounding neighborhood on city-owned land next to Parkridge Community Center, 591 Armstrong Dr., after the center’s community development manager, Anthony Williamson, decided the empty lot should be put to good use. Both social workers, Parson was Williamson’s intern at the time, and it just so happened that Williamson’s idea to create the garden aligned perfectly with Parson’s passion for gardening.

 

Parson managed the Parkridge Community Garden for two years until he had the opportunity to begin laying the foundation for his farm at Grace Fellowship. But he says he wanted to make sure the community garden didn’t die when he moved on. Parson, who is black, says he also wanted to make sure that the garden would be enhanced by someone who looks like him.

 

This spring, Gary-Bey and Rucker assumed the task of managing the Parkridge Community Garden. The pair expanded the garden, with Gary-Bey taking over Parson’s plot and Rucker creating a second plot. They also incorporated new elements, like a path made from rocks pulled from the soil and a fence made of branches and twigs.

 

“I’m blown away and awed by the work that you do over here: the way you engage the community, the way you set this space up in a really creative, artistic way,” Parson says to Gary-Bey and Rucker as the three men survey the Parkridge garden together.

 

Reinvigorating Frog Island

 

At Frog Island Community Garden, Gary-Bey maintains two plots of land and has been gardening there for about two years, while Rucker maintains one plot of land and recently started gardening there.

 

Michelle Shankwiler, steward at Frog Island Community Garden, says Gary-Bey and Rucker “both seem like pretty stand-up guys.” She references Gary-Bey’s role in rescuing two children from a burning vehicle after a deadly crash in Augusta Township this April. The community garden then held a ceremony to dedicate the space to the children and their future in memory of their father who died in the accident, according to Shankwiler.

 

This year, Shankwiler named Gary-Bey her steward assistant. He now helps her by getting plots filled, making sure everyone stays up to code with the vegetation in their plot, looking for community resources, and other tasks.

 

“There’s been a lot of people who have been involved in Frog Island Community Garden,” Shankwiler says. “But he’s the newest, most aspiring gardener who’s the most involved right now and I’m very thankful for that.”

 

Shankwiler says Gary-Bey became heavily involved in the garden at a time when she was feeling really burned out after putting a decade’s worth of effort into the garden. She says he’s a motivating person who “lit a spark and got a lot more people involved.”

 

Continuing to build

 

Gary-Bey’s ability to motivate others should come in handy as Ypsi Kingdom Builders works to enlist new members. He believes the group would benefit by having more people involved because they can bring their own skills and goals to the table.

 

“If I’m good at something, or you’re good at something, and you’re good at something that I’m not very good at, then we should take all those little bitty pieces and build a bigger puzzle,” Gary-Bey says.

 

Eventually, the duo hopes to serve as mentors to another gardener who will take over the Parkridge Community Garden, so Gary-Bey and Rucker can continue to develop land for gardening purposes. They would like to acquire land for the creation of more community gardens, as well as help people set up personal gardens in their own backyards.

 

Williamson says he wants to personally make an effort to inform residents about the Parkridge Community Garden and get them involved in it, so Gary-Bey and Rucker are able to move onto other projects. He says since the surrounding community is considered at-risk, it can greatly benefit from programming that encourages residents to lead healthier lifestyles by teaching them how to grow and use their own produce. He says those types of initiatives should always have a home in Parkridge Community Center.

“Things that are needed in this community, this is the place where they should emanate from,” Williamson says. “This is the community center.”

Brianna Kelly is the embedded reporter for On the Ground Ypsi and an Ypsilanti resident. She has worked for The Associated Press and has freelanced for The Detroit News and Crain’s Detroit Business.

All photos by Doug Coombe.

Article source: http://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/features/ypsikingdombuilders0426.aspx

Healthy Living: September 19, 2017

In April, it was announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lucentis® for the monthly treatment of all forms of diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes. The most common cause of vision loss in people with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among adults aged 20 to 74 and affects nearly 7.7 million people in the US. With this approval, Lucentis becomes the first and only FDA-approved medicine to treat diabetic retinopathy in people who have been diagnosed either with or without diabetic macular edema (DME), a complication of diabetic retinopathy that causes swelling in the back of the eye.
Diabetes affects more than 29 million people in the US. The longer a person has diabetes, especially if it is poorly controlled, the higher the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when blood vessels in the retina become damaged. This can cause vision loss or distortion when the abnormal vessels leak blood or fluid into the eye.
About Lucentis
Lucentis is a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor designed to bind to and inhibit VEGF-A, a protein that is believed to play a critical role in the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) and the hyperpermeability (leakiness) of the vessels.
Lucentis is FDA-approved for the treatment of patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), macular edema after retinal vein occlusion (RVO), diabetic macular edema (DME), diabetic retinopathy and myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV).
Outside the US, Lucentis is approved in more than 110 countries to treat patients with wet AMD, for the treatment of DME, and due to macular edema secondary to both branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO), central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) and visual impairment due to choroidal neovascularization (CNV).

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11/22/2016

Lucentis Important Safety Information
Patients should not use Lucentis if they have an infection in or around the eye or are allergic to Lucentis or any of its ingredients. Lucentis is a prescription medication given by injection into the eye and it has side effects. Some Lucentis patients have had detached retinas and serious infections inside the eye. If the eye becomes red, sensitive to light, or painful, or if there is a change in vision, patients should call or visit an eye doctor right away.
Some patients have had increased eye pressure before and within one hour of an injection.
Serious side effects include inflammation inside the eye and, rarely, problems related to the injection procedure such as cataracts. These side effects can make vision worse.

The most common eye-related side effects are increased redness in the white of the eye, eye pain, small specks in vision and increased eye pressure. The most common non-eye-related side effects are nose and throat infections, headache, lung/airway infections, and nausea.

Article source: http://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Healthy-Living-September-19-2017-445805883.html

Brennan students kick off healthy living initiative

ATTLEBORO — Water is the wave of the future at Brennan Middle School where students are taking on a challenge to drink more of it and less of sugary drinks, such as soda.

The “Choose H2O” initiative encourages young people to reduce their intake of empty calories by drinking water instead of unhealthy beverages as often as possible to reduce the rate of obesity and diabetes.

Sponsored by the school department and the Attleboro Area Healthy Living Consortium, the initiative is in response to a survey that found 32 percent of middle school students in Attleboro are overweight or obese.

The program will soon expand to Wamsutta and Coelho middle schools in Attleboro and Norton Middle School. Through fundraising, the consortium was able to purchase water bottles for all the students and will install fill-up stations that fill the bottles with water in seven seconds. The drive was started Tuesday with assemblies of students throughout the day at Brennan.

The students heard from former New England Patriots lineman Ed Ellis.

He told the students that when his family doctor told him his son was on a path toward diabetes, he decided his family had to start eating and drinking healthy.

Sweet, icy drinks sold at convenience stores and other sugary beverages were immediately removed from the diet. Ellis, who was a substitute teacher in Attleboro after his playing career ended in 1999, said that to be a good example to his son, he reduced his own weight from 345 pounds to 285. The students also saw a video about healthy foods and drinks and how sugar affects the body and produces fat.

One of the members of the consortium, Michael Fournier, told the students it is important to start eating and drinking healthy as well as exercising at an early age.

Article source: http://www.thesunchronicle.com/communities/brennan-students-kick-off-healthy-living-initiative/article_d41a3820-2be9-545b-ac98-c81224c3f354.html

Sewall Healthy Living Center – Coronado Eagle & Journal

Thena Smith, a member who works out at the Healthy Living Center twice a week with personal trainer Cynthia Mendolia.

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Coronado’s Sewall Healthy Living Center Has Grown Up Over The Years

It may sound like a spa with offerings like acupuncture, massage, sauna, fitness classes, personal training and rehab services all under one roof. Although the Sewall Healthy Living Center (HLC) at Sharp Coronado Hospital has been opened for four years many in the local area are still unaware of its existence.

On recent visit the center was a busy place with people exercising on the elliptical, using free weights while a few others were having physical therapy sessions.

The HLC has grown since its opening and has gone from four employees, to 12 with six personal trainers, two acupuncturists and three massage therapists. HLC and Rehab Services Manager Jennifer Cordova said a perk at the center is that once people get a referral from their doctor and come in for services they receive a one month free membership at the gym. It often works out that the physical therapist hands off the client to a personal trainer for follow up exercises. “The physical therapists hope you continue to exercise so we can see a lifestyle change and continue with the strength and recovery. There is always a personal trainer on site,” she explained.

Group classes include Healing Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Cardio Circuit, Tai Chi and Qigong with start times that run from 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Classes are $8 each, one class is free with purchase of 10.

“Classes have been added in response from community members,” said Cordova.

Usually classes have five to 10 students. Lockers, showers are available on site. The gym equipment includes treadmills, bicycles, Life Fitness equipment, recumbent stepper for easy access to those with motorized wheelchairs, and ellipticals. One type of elliptical is called AMT which is an easier workout on the joint and is a mix between a stepper and an elliptical.

Some of the clients become like family at the center. Cordova said one of them is a 90-year-old woman. The staff keeps an eye on her and have called her out of state son to keep him informed if they see any issues with her. “We are another set of eyes,” she said. 

Some of the center’s employees have been with the hospital for a long time. One physical therapist has worked there for 20 years and has gotten to know many community members that have come and gone through the years. 

“We call people if we haven‘t seen them in a while…Our first priority is to help people. They get the attention they need,” said Cordova. 

Because each employee wants their best for the clients they refer each other if needed. “We feel comfortable referring each other if a colleague is better equipped to handle a certain situation and can take care of the patients better,” she said.

The HLC plans on offering workshops like aromatherapy in the home, and healing touch or reiki. “This allows employees to pass along education and show the depth we provide. The world is changing and people look for alternative therapy,” said Cordova.

The center has five private physical therapy rooms as well as the common area in the gym for treatments. A certified hand therapist is available twice a week. The center plans to have all therapists certified in Tier I Vestibular Rehabilitation Training to be able to check on clients’s balance issues, two of the five are already certified. “Physical therapy clients receive discounts on integrative services like acupuncture and massage which sometimes go hand in hand with recovery,” said Cordova.

At times Cordova hears people say “Why haven’t I been here before?” once they realize the hospital has a new café, farmer’s market, and offers options like sauna and massage. “People don’t know we exist because they think we’re a hospital,” said Cordova.

The center now offers InBody Test which is a 45 seconds examination of the composition of the body which gives percentage of body fat, muscle distribution and body water balance. Many use it to track progress after exercise and dieting. This service is a one hour appointment with the first half an hour consisting of testing and setting goals and the other half is the workout.

“I use it to monitor my progress. The test tells you where your problems are and how we are going to fix it. You don’t have to be a member to do it,” explained Cordova. The test is $60 for one hour consultation. Cordova has done the InBody test a number of times to check on her own progress of diet and exercise.

“We are capable of handling a variety of people from 90 to 20 year olds. People who come here know it’s personalized,” she said of HLC. 

Thena Smith is a Coronado resident who goes to the center to work out twice a week for the past five years. “I had back problems and came in for physical therapy. After that they couldn’t get rid of me…I lost 40 pounds” she said with a smile.

Sewall Healthy Living Center, Coronado Sharp Hospital third floor. Call 619-522-3798. Hours: Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Acupuncture and massage services are available seven days a week. Personal training sessions 25 or 15 minutes.

Article source: http://www.coronadonewsca.com/news/coronado_home_and_business/coronado-s-sewall-healthy-living-center-has-grown-up-over/article_c20a4ad4-9ccf-11e7-be6e-5fe04ffe522b.html

Healthy Living: Dental Health

Nearly three million Americans have dental implants, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Most of the procedures go well, but sometimes, there is gum loss that causes self-consciousness and tooth sensitivity.

In today’s Healthy Living, we learn about a new technique that allows a dentist to move gums back into place without cutting or stitching.


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Article source: http://www.9and10news.com/2017/09/18/healthy-living-dental-health/

Reptilian pets, birds linked to recent salmonella outbreaks

Salmonella is a bacterial infection that most people associate with raw or undercooked meat.

Recent studies, however, show an increase in those contracting the infection from their two- and four-legged friends at home.

“Generally, the most common way people get exposed to it is by eating uncooked meat products — poultry, ground beef, uncooked eggs, even unpasteurized milk,” said Dr. Brian Mudry, a staff physician with MedExpress Urgent Care in Pittsburgh.

“But there have been a few recent outbreaks with handling reptiles, like turtles, or coming into contact with birds, like backyard chickens,” Mudry added.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, between March and August of this year, there were 37 cases of salmonella linked to contact with pet turtles in 13 U.S. states resulting in 16 hospitalizations.

Five of those were in Pennsylvania. The state with the highest number of cases was New York with 11.

Of the 37 cases, 12 of them were children under five. Mudry said that age group, as well as those over 65 and those with weakened immune systems, are most at risk to have a more severe course of it.

“Epidemiologic and laboratory findings link the outbreak of human salmonella agbeni infections to contact with turtles or their environments, such as water from a turtle habitat,” according to the CDC.

Mudry noted that chickens and their respective coops can also host the same bacteria.

According to Mudry, the most difficult thing when salmonella is contracted — from a contagious standpoint — is that everything they touch could possibly be infected, including the pet’s cage, water, the counter it’s on, etc.

“Anything they touch could be infected,” Mudry said. “It’s important that if anyone is handling them, they wash their hands immediately after. Disinfect the area they’ve been in, and make sure it’s thoroughly cleaned.”

Understanding the infection

Generally, salmonella can make people sick most commonly with a gastrointestinal illness, according to Mudry.

“Most people that get infected will have diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramping — and it can happen anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after exposure and infection,” Mudry said, noting that the symptoms will typically only last four to seven days.

“Most people recover without any treatment whatsoever,” he said.

However, because many typical or acute cases of salmonella are treated for symptoms and not clinically diagnosed, Mudry said of the 37 confirmed cases linked to reptile exposure, there could be more that went undiagnosed.

Only when a patient has severe symptoms, such as dehydration from diarrhea, are they hospitalized. Only at that point is a blood or stool sample collected to positively diagnose the infection.

“We generally don’t rush to make a definitive diagnosis,” Mudry said. “We tend to treat our more mild cases with conservative treatment, oral hydration, anti-diarrheal, and see how they progress.”

Those with salmonella are advised to continue oral hydration, watch for symptoms, and wait for it to pass.

Mudry also stressed the importance of disinfecting the home’s bathroom and washing linens on the hottest cycle to curb the spread of the contagious infection.

The CDC further advised that following simple steps can prevent you or loved ones from contracting salmonella through a pet.

“Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling reptiles or amphibians, and anything in the area where they live or roam such as their habitats, food or equipment,” according to the CDC. They also advised pet owners to not “kiss or snuggle” with the pets, or let those with weakened immune systems near them.

“This outbreak is expected to continue since consumers might be unaware of the risk of salmonella infection from small turtles,” the CDC states.

Article source: http://www.heraldstandard.com/healthy_living/reptilian-pets-birds-linked-to-recent-salmonella-outbreaks/article_9a7dd014-437e-5406-9e2e-d74550d588e9.html