Archives December 3, 2020

What Do You Do to Unplug and Engage?

How do you unplug, relax, and unwind?

How do you recharge your battery?

What makes you happy, makes you smile, and uplifts your spirit?

During a beautiful sunny day, around 70 degrees, (two weeks ago), my husband and I took out our boat with our older son, daughter in law, and grandchild. We drove our boat to a nearby public island to walk by the water, sit in the sand and watch the birds, pelicans, seagulls, and a heron fly and swim. It was an amazing afternoon!

What do you do to recharge your battery and relax with your family?

What outing can you go on with your family to get outside and enjoy nature?

I came across a magic pill that helps clear the cobwebs of your mind, gives you more energy, improves your relationships, and even makes you look better. The pill isn’t a pill, it’s a pair of exercise shoes.

My husband likes to walk 2 miles, early in the morning, several times a week near our home. Sometimes he will see one of our neighbors and they will talk for a few minutes standing 6 feet apart! He comes home from his walk feeling invigorated!

My Dad, Dr. Robert J. Frank, a retired medical doctor, land developer, and builder exercised everyday through his mid-80’s in his home gym or at the local gym. He would say, “I’m going to the exercise parlor.” He did not like going to the gym, but said, “It keeps me flexible and moving.” He also enjoyed reading detective stories, thriving on solving problems, and enjoyed planting a garden every year. Dad said, “It was important to eat right, watch your weight, and exercise regularly at least 3 days a week at the minimum.”

We’ve all endured the experience of putting on our exercise shoes after a long period of inactivity. It’s usually at that time we are searching for something… anything… that can give us an excuse to opt out of a workout.

Even after a short exercise session, you begin reaping the benefits of working out and immediately feel the benefits of that exercise for several hours after.

Here’s a challenge for you. Schedule time this week to unplug by getting outside and enjoying some Vitamin D (or Vitamin ‘N’ for nature), and let me know how you feel!

Everything will feel better. Remind yourself, your family members, coworkers and friends to schedule some time for nature. Whether that means walking around the block, a 2 mile walk or run. Cut off your phone and observing nature.

Madeline Frank, Ph.D., is an Best Selling Author, speaker, business owner, teacher, concert artist, and parent. She helps businesses and organizations “Tune Up their Business”. Her observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your business successful. Her latest book “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget” is available everywhere books are sold. If you need a virtual speaker contact Madeline at:

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An Overview of Hepatitis B: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Hepatitis B is a liver infection that is quite serious and is caused by HBV or hepatitis virus. Hepatitis B can become chronic, lasting over six months. When it is chronic, the risk of liver failure, cirrhosis, or liver cancer is usually high.

In adults, full recovery is possible even when it is severe. When kids get the infection, the likelihood of it becoming chronic is high. There is a vaccine that can help with prevention. However, a cure is yet to be found.


Symptoms can be either severe or mild. They appear from 1-4 months after infection. There are cases where symptoms are noticed two weeks after infection. However, in some people, especially children, there are no symptoms.

Some of the symptoms include:

Dark urine
Abdominal pain
Fatigue and weakness
Loss of appetite
Joint pain
Causes and mode of infection

HBV causes infection. It can be passed from one person to the next through body fluids such as semen and blood. The infection cannot spread through coughing or sneezing. It can spread through:

Sexual contact: having unprotected sex with an infected person
Sharing infected needles
Accidental needle sticks
Transmission to a child from an infected mother
Risk factors

The body can clear hepatitis B when it’s acute, and one can recover fully in a couple of months. However, it can become chronic, especially when the body is unable to fight it. It can also last throughout a person’s life leading to other issues.

Chances of infection are increased by:

Sharing needles
Having same-sex intercourse between men
Living with someone who has an HBV infection, especially when chronic
Mother to child infection
Traveling to regions where rates of infection are high
Being in a career where one is exposed to human blood

Liver biopsy, liver ultrasound, and blood test can help determine immunity to hepatitis B. When you have been exposed to the virus, you need to see a doctor a soon as possible. Hepatitis B medicines include an immunoglobulin injection, and it is given around 12 hours after you have been exposed. This can protect you from falling sick. This is short-term protection. It is better to be vaccinated.

If the infection is acute, you may not be given any Hepatitis B medicines. Rest, fluids, and proper nutrition can help. When cases are severe, you may get antiviral drugs. It may also be necessary to stay in the hospital to reduce complications.

If you have chronic hepatitis B, you may need to be treated for the rest of your life. Getting hepatitis B medicines reduces the chances of developing liver disease, and you do not pass it to others.

Hepatitis B medicines include antiviral medications like entecavir, tenofovir, lamivudine, adefovir, and telbivudine. You may also get interferon injections. The substance is usually given to fight infection, especially for women who want to have babies and young people.

A liver transplant can also be recommended significantly when the liver has been damaged severely.

Hepatitis B can cause irreversible damage. With proper management and Hepatitis B medicines, you can prevent damage and lead an everyday life. Get screened, especially if you are in the high-risk category, and seek help if exposed.

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A Complete Guide on Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus. The liver inflates more than the normal range in this case. Hepatitis can last either for an extended period, or sometimes it lasts for a shorter term. Hepatitis C virus can cause both chronic and acute hepatitis.

Acute hepatitis C occurs within six months of being exposed to the hepatitis C virus. In most cases of acute hepatitis C, the infection leads to chronic disease.

Chronic hepatitis C is a chronic liver disease that can be fatal to human health. It can cause many health problems like liver cirrhosis, liver damage, liver cancer, and even death.


The hepatitis C virus or HVC is bloodborne. That means you can get infected by HVC only if the virus comes in direct contact with your blood. The few possible ways through which you can be exposed to the HVC virus are:


  • Unscreened blood or blood product transfusion
  • Using used injection needles or blades
  • Improper health care
  • Sexual practices leading to blood exposure.


Hepatitis C can also be transmitted from a mother to its newly born child at the time of birth. This will happen if either of the parents of the baby is HCV positive. These modes of transmission are less common.

It should be noted that HCV spreads only through blood contact and not by casual touching like shaking hands, hugging, or kissing. It also does not spread through breastfeeding or through sharing food and drinks.

The studies estimate that more than half of those affected by the Hepatitis C virus develop a chronic infection. Many people are diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and even liver cancer among the chronically affected population.


Most of the people do not exhibit any symptom of Hepatitis C in the initial period. The incubation period of the virus can range from two weeks to six months. Those who have acute infection might develop pale yellow skin symptoms like jaundice, vomiting tendency, stomach upset, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, constant fatigue, dark urine, and light-colored feces.

As the disease becomes more and more chronic over time, many people develop serious liver diseases, which can range from being mild to being severe. Chronic liver diseases caused due to HVC occurs slowly and take decades to show any signs or symptoms.


Due to the hepatitis C virus’s asymptomatic nature, only a few people get to address the disease at the early stages and start their treatment. For those who develop a chronic disease, the infection may lead to severe liver damage.

Hepatitis C is a very deadly disease, and protections must be taken to avoid it as much one can. Unlike hepatitis A or hepatitis B, the vaccine for hepatitis C is still not available in the market. However, antiviral medicines are there, which can reduce hepatitis C infection and decrease the number of deaths due to liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. Due to the vast resource requirement and other various causes, the rate of people accessing this diagnosis and treatment is very less.


The hepatitis C virus is spread all over the world. The world health organization has found the significant dominance of HCV in the Eastern Mediterranean region and the European region. In the historical era, when the immense practice of being aware of a transmitted disease was not there, there was no sign of abstinence from various activities, which today would have caused a great stir.

The distribution of symptom of Hepatitis C varies by region.

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