Cruises Improve Mental Health

Cruise ShipIf there is something that brings excitement, is to know that you will be going out with family members. It can be either during holidays or during a summer vacation. It gets more exciting when it is going to be a cruise trip. Cruise trips makes the holidays awesome.

It was 2015 December holiday when we were seated at the dining table and dad asked us where we would like to go for the holiday. Everybody was giving their suggestions and I remember my little sister Lucy suggesting a train ride to Mombasa and Mom said we can go to Stewart beach. I did not agree with this as we had done the same thing over and over again and it was time now to do something new.

It was my turn now to suggest where we should go for the holiday. Everyone was looking at me to hear my suggestion. I had no better idea at the moment than that which had already been suggested. As I was opening my mouth to speak, I received phone call. It was my friend Peter. I excused myself and I went to take the call. As we were conversing I asked him where they were going to spend their holiday. He told me they were having a cruise trip to Mombasa. A Cruise trip? What a brilliant idea? I said to myself. Immediately he hung up, I rushed back to the dinner table with an idea.

Back on my seat, everybody was waiting to hear what I wanted to do for the holiday. I quickly said we should do something different than the previous years. My dad asked what I was hinting at. I told him what if we took a cruise trip to Mombasa. Everyone said, “what a brilliant idea.” I even told them that our family friends the Peter family is doing the same. When dad heard that, he called Peter’s father and he confirmed it.

It’s Time To Party

Peter and I were good friends and on the same cruise ship we were going to be wild. There was only one problem we were facing, how we could board the ship with alcohol.  We couldn’t figure out how to sneak alcohol on a cruise, but then Peter said he had an idea.

Peter had a guitar that was made of light wood. He said that the guitars were used to sneak things, especially into the airports. We only need to hid a few bottles of liquor for the trip. The bottles were to be carefully mounted on the guitar and this was the plan.

This was kept secret and only the two of us new it. The liquor bottles were placed on the guitar discreetly.  The guitar was put into a bag and Peter carried it on his back together with his luggage. Dad quickly smiled and told Peter that he had carried the guitar as it would entertain us on the vacation. Peter and I looked at each other and we just smiled.

The Search

The two families got on the bus we stopped at the at the gate of the seaport. The ship security started searching the bags using their detectors. Everyone’s bag was opened and searched. Every bad except Peter’s was checked. How could he let us get in without searching the guitar bag? I think he just didn’t see it.

We were the happiest boys alive that day.  Each of us took one bottle of  liquor and we enjoyed it.  Honestly, we enjoyed every moment of the vacation! I wish I could remember exactly what went on.…

Osteoporosis: causes, characteristics, and basic therapy

indexAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), osteoporosis (bone loss) is one of the ten most common chronic diseases worldwide. In every country, nearly eight million people are affected, most of whom are women. Osteoporosis is a typical disease of old age the bones – which can be fatal in some cases: These consequences include broken bones, surgery, prolonged bed rest and care.

Construction and removal of bone mass

therapist-comforting-person-in-therapyThe bone mass in the body is constantly built up and removed: where the skeleton is heavily stressed, more bone is built where the stress is low, is degraded. The so-called osteoblasts and osteoclasts are responsible for this. Normally, bodywork and dismantling procedures are balanced in the body. Yet, if this equilibrium is disturbed, the bone mass may be reduced – hence the popular name of bone loss. The result is unstable and, above all, brittle bones.

Bone loss: causes and risk factors

osteoporosispersonalstoryWomen have particularly affected: Approximately one-third developed after the menopause osteoporosis, with age and more frequently. The main reason for this is the decrease or production of the “female” hormone estrogen in the menopause from the age of 50 onwards. Most women lose valuable bone substance when the sex hormone level drops. This is due to that the estrogen intake of calcium control in the bone, and this is an essential component of bone.

Physiotherapist massaging leg of manBut actually, the age-related bone degradation begins –  slowly and unintentionally – much earlier, from the middle of 30. Very slim women can also develop osteoporosis even in younger years. Besides, the women are more often affected by bone loss, which has no children and early menopause

Osteoporosis: Characteristics and course

therapyNormally the bone-degrading and bone-building cells are in balance. But in the case of an osteoporotic disease, this perfectly coordinated interaction is disturbed – the breakdown predominates. As a result, the bones are no longer so strong, they become more and more porous, and the risk of bone fractures increases drastically. It is fatal that these changes often cause no discomfort over long periods of time and are only discovered late and as a result of the complications. Vertigo and vertebral fractures cause back pain. In the further course, the body size decreases, and a ridge (“widow’s buck”) can form.

imagesOsteoporosis suffers from long-term survival, especially in older thigh fractures, which are often associated with complications and permanent pain. As the progress, even the smallest bursts of a bone fracture are enough. For example, a slight stumbling, coughing, turning around in the bed and even lifting a cup. The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that the number of thigh fractures will double worldwide in the next 20 years

Basic therapy with vitamin D, calcium, and exercise

Vitamin D and calcium are the basis therapy – even if you are taking osteoporosis medications. Vitamin D is closely related to a body-borne hormone, it controls cell activities and acts as a calcium regulator. Calcium is the most important building block from which our bones are built – simply, without calcium, no build-up of bone substance. Movement Targeted exercise and stress from muscles and skeleton are important.