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Ashitha’s Report on How Alcoholism Affects Families

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Alcoholism of often termed the family illness, referring to the tremendous impact an active alcoholic has on those around him. There is no way the family members can escape or ignore the alcoholic. The majority of the alcoholic impairments are behavioural. So in the day-to-day interactions of family life, the family members are confronted with alcoholic behaviour. The family is, confused, be wildered, angry and afraid. They act accordingly. Their responses characteristically are as impaired as the alcoholic’s.

Certainly no family member ever caused alcoholism. Yet the family may, despites its best intentions, behave in a way that allows the alcoholic to continue drinking. They may protect the alcoholic, make excuses, buy into the alibis, cover up. They might call the employer, pretending the alcoholic is sick. The alcoholic’s actions are bound to increase the family’s anxiety level.

JACKSON’S STAGES

Jackson describes the stages that occur as a family comes to grips with an alcoholic in its midst. Her stages were initially intended to describe the family in which the husband and father is the alcoholic.

Denial:- Early in the development of alcoholism, occasional episodes of excessive drinking are explained away both marriage partners. Drinking because of drunkenness worry, nervousness, or a had day is not unbelievable the assumption is that the episode is an isolated instance and therefore no problem.

Attempts to eliminate the problem:- Here the spouse recognizes that the drinking is not normal and tries to make sure the alcoholic to quit, be more careful, or cut down. Simultaneously, the spouse tries to hide the problem from the outside and keep up a good front. Children in the family may well start having start having problems in response to the family stress.

Disorganization and chaos:- The family equilibrium has now broken down. The spouse can no longer pretend everything is okay and spends most of the time going crisis to crisis. Financial troubles are common. Under real stress, possibly questioning his or her own sanity, the spouse is likely to seek outside help.

Reorganization in spite of the problem:- The spouse’s coping abilities have strengthened. He or she gradually assumes the larger share of responsibility for the family unit. This may mean getting a job or taking over the finances. The major focus of energy is no longer directed toward getting the alcoholic partner to shape up. Instead, the spouse takes charge and fosters family life, despite the alcoholism.

Efforts to escape:- Separation or divorce may be attempted: lithe family unit remains intact, the family continues living around the alcoholic.

Family reorganization:- In the case of separation, family reorganization occurs without the alcoholic member. If the alcoholic achieves sobriety, a reconciliation may take place. Either path will require both partners to realign roles and make new adjustments.

ADDICTION, A FAMILY DISEASE

Addition is a ‘family disease’ that affects not only the addicted individual, but also his family members.

As addiction gets worse day by day, the family is compelled to face several unmanageable problems. Unable to cope with these problems, the family constantly lives under severe tensions and pressure. This results in the family members becoming desperate, angry, frustrated, nervous, afraid and guilty. In many ways they start behaving like the addict, even though they do not take alcohol.

Responses of the family members

Stage 1

a) Denying the problems:- Initially the family members deny or minimize the problems related to his drinking.

b) Justifying his drinking:- The family members give reasons for his drinking.

c) Making changes:- In an attempt to stop his drinking. The family members often believe that they are responsible for the alcoholic’s drinking. They try to solve the problems at home and establish a pleasant atmosphere hoping that he will then give up drinking. The wife goes all out to please the alcoholic-pays his debts to relieve him of his financial burdens.

Stage 2

d) Withdrawing from society:- In spite of their efforts the family members find that he continues to drink. They do not want anyone to know this fact. Thus they become less social and keep away from their relatives and friends. They do not invite anyone home. They feel lonely and at the same time, worthless.

e) Protecting the alcoholic from the consequences of his drinking:- They protect the alcoholic by, covering up the consequences arising out of his drinking thinking that they can make him give up alcohol.

f) Making attempts to control his drinking:- In the hope of getting him out of his problem. The wife may empty or break the bottles, request the alcoholic to drink on only at house and not outside. Tell him not to drink in the mornings. Extract promises from him that he will not drink when there are guests at home. Unable to achieve anything, the family members feel angry, let down, bitter. Initially the anger, and hatred are directed towards the alcoholic, gradually, the focus is lost and they get angry with everyone around.

Stage 3

g) Losing control over oneself:- The family members give up all attempts to control his drinking because they realize that these methods do not help. Thus they may decide to refrain from getting angry. But they are unable to control their emotions and shot at the alcoholic for drinking heavily, beat the children for minor mistakes committed by them, get anxious about the alcoholic when he does not come home till dark etc. Her own behaviour makes her wonder whether she is losing her sanity.

h) Fear of the future:- The family members are very worried and scared. For them, the future looks bleak. Tomorrow is a big question mark.

Stage 4

i) Trying to reorganize the household:- They have absolutely no control over the alcoholic and the family members are not able to relay on him for anything. Their she takes up the complete responsibility of running the family and the alcoholic is only looked upon as a defiant angry child.

Stage 5

j) Breaking away from the alcoholic:- As the disease of alcoholism worsens the wife believers that she can lead a life independent of the alcoholic. She is -also worried that if left alone, he may ruin himself. These lead too lots of conflicts in her mind, feeling disgusted, she may leave him for a short period of time but, she normally comes back.

Stage 6

k) Allowing the alcoholic to face a crisis:- The wife stops taking any responsibility for the consequences of the alcoholic behaviour.

Emotional responses of the family members

1) Guilt – Our culture impels that if a person drinks too much, his parents or wife is to be blamed. This attitude of society often leads to self-blame and it produces more guilt and shame. This prevents both: he alcoholic and the family members from developing self-awareness which can lead to a positive change.

2) Grief – It is the result of all sorts of losses-loss of prestige, personal dignity, care, understanding and love, friends, finances-loss in each and every area of their life. They do not share their feelings of grief with anyone, they suffer alone.

3) Anger – When no one cares to listen to them the family members experiences anger and deep sadness. Their utter helplessness makes them angry. They are angry with themselves.

4) Hurt – If the anger is suppressed and not let out, it results in frustration, resentment and hurt feelings and anxiety.

5) Shame – The in appropriate behaviour of the alcoholic in front of relatives and friends makes the family embarrassed. Shame produce slow self worth in each members of the family leading to social isolation.

6) Fear – Living in a problematic distressed family, produces fear-fear of the future, fear of family life, fear of financial matters, fear or helps, fear of arguments, fear their physical well-being. There feelings of fear are a result of the internalized emotional stress that each and every family members experiences.

7) Loneliness – The stressful situation in the alcoholic’s family results in the breakdown of normal family communications. Love, Care and Concern are lost in the stress, anxiety and crisis experienced. The isolation created by lack of communication always leads to bitter loneliness.

The children of alcoholics learn three unwritten laws or self imposed commands. They are ‘don’t talk, don’t trust, don’t feel’. They may play one or more roles within family. ie, responsible child, adjusting child, placating child, rebellious child.

Though they are harmful to our family relations, being related, we have the moral right to love, care, and help them to come out of it. For that psychological efforts have to be promoted. As the medical science has developed more in this century, the addition could be cured by root.

The effects on the children of alcoholics

Lack of role model, lying, loss of self esteem, fear, depression and suicidal idea.

The children Learn Three Unwritten Laws or self imposed commands

Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust, don’t Feel and play one or more roles within the family:

Responsible child

Adjusting child

Placating child

Rebellious child

Alcoholic family reactivity patterns

The functional family system

(The family with an Alcoholic member)

The neurotic enmeshed family system

(The Alcoholic Family)

The disintegrated family system

(Family separation & isolation)

The absent family system

(The long term isolated alcoholic)

A GUIDE FOR THE FAMILY OF THE ALCOHOLIC

The family’s best defense against the emotional impact of alcoholism is gaining know, ledge and achieving the emotional maturity and courage needed to put in into effect.

Individuals who may be capable of assisting alcoholics outside the family may become confused, destructive persons if a member of their own family becomes an active alcoholic. This is especially true if the drinking alcoholic is the husband, or wife.

The “next of kin” or ‘person most responsible for the alcoholic may need more assistance and counselling than the alcoholic if an effective recovery program is to be launched. Alcoholism is an illness, but one which has tremendous emotional impact upon the immediate family. Those most affected by the alcoholic are the spouse, parent, sister, brother and child. The more distorted the emotions of these persons become the less adequate their help will be. The interaction may and often does become destructive rather than helpful.

For example wives may find themselves blamed for everything that is wrong is an alcoholic marriage. This may reach the point where they may fear this is true. Yet alcoholism is an illness. The wife is no more responsible for alcoholism than she would be for the existence of diabetes or tuberculosis in her husband. Now wife ever made her husband an alcoholic, there fore no wife can be held responsible for his recovery. However, by lack of knowledge she may allow the illness to go unnoticed. By lack of adequate understanding and courage she may acquiesce in the development of the disease. For the existence of alcoholism the wife is not responsible, but she can abet the husband avoiding treatment, or takes steps which may lead to earlier recovery though this cannot be absolutely assured.

This same principle holds true for all members of the family, especially the one person upon whom the alcoholic ultimately depends. This primary person in the alcoholic’s life cannot “treat” the illness. No doctor should treat his own serious illness, and few will ever act as physician for a member of their immediate family, especially spouse, parent or child. As alcoholism progresses relatives become involved emotionally.

THE ALCOHOLIC’S WEAPONS

Anger

The first weapon is ability to arose anger or provoke loss of temper. If the family member or friend becomes angry and hostile this person has been completely destroyed in so far as ability to help the alcoholic is concerned. Consciously or unconsciously the alcoholic is projecting an image of self-hatred against the other person. If it is met by angry, hostile attacks it is thereby verified and the alcoholic’s own mind justifies the former drinking and also now has an additional excuse to drink in the future.

Anxiety

The second weapon of the alcoholic is the ability to arouse anxiety on the part of the family. Thereby they are compelled to do for the alcoholic that which can be done only by the alcoholic if the illness is to be arrested and recovery initiated.

The alcoholic cannot undo what others have already undone. This in reality increases the alcoholic’s sense of failure and guilt and increases the family’s sense of hostility and condemnation if the alcoholic. Thereby the alcoholic is doubly injured. The criticism, scolding and moralizing add to the alcoholic’s guilt and resentment against self and family.

Alcoholics are propelled along the progress of the disease when the family is unable to cope with anxiety aroused by the alcoholic. This is in effect part of the illness. Neither the alcoholic nor his family is able to face realty.

Love and compassion

One of the more serious failures in approaching the alcoholic is the inability to understand the meaning of love. The wife has no right to state, “if you loved me you would not drink”.

Alcohol is an anesthetic. When the alcoholic drinks he anesthetizes his pain. This is the pleasure of alcohol escape. It is a problem-solving device to relieve unpleasantness, anxiety, tension and resentment. When the alcoholic drinks pain is avoided for the time being but pain, tension, anxiety and resentment are increased severely in the family. When the alcoholic drinks pain is avoided for the time being but pain, tension, anxiety and resentment are increased severely in the family. When the alcohokic sobers up there is little desire to suffer the consequences of drinking. Remorse and guilt now compel the – alcoholic to prostrate him self before the family, beggar mercy and promise that it will never happen again. Or the reverse side of the coin may appear, complete unwillingness to discuss what happened. Each attempts to gain the same goal, the avoidance of the consequences of drinking. If the alcoholic succeeds by either means his pain is again avoider or relieved but the family again pays the price of the consequences of drinking.

Love is Destroyed

Love cannot continue to exist in this type of action and interaction. The alcoholic uses alcohol to escape pain by drinking and learns, how to use the family to escape the pain of the consequences. The family suffers when the alcoholic drinks and then suffers the painful consequences also. If the family bears the brunt of the drinking and absorbs its consequences then compassion cannot exist Compassion is bearing with or suffering with a person, not suffering because of the unwillingness of the other person to suffer. If this condition is allowed to continue by the – family, love is gradually destroyed and replaced by fear, resentment and hatred. The only way love can be retained is by family members learning not to suffer when drinking is in progress and refusing to undo the consequences of drinking. Anything less than this is not compassion and only relationship without, justice and compassion is not love.

The traffic result is that alcoholism is thereby encouraged and fear and resentment take over human emotions. This is why family members, especially the next of kin of the alcoholic, need held if the disease is to be arrested and recovery initiated. Other wise the entire family becomes ill emotionally. This condition is but another symptom of the progress of the disease.

THE ‘ROLE’ OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS

The role of parents and teachers in preventing youth from getting into the drug – scene can best the filled by sympathetic understanding of what is going on in their minds in hearts. Even if the parents and teachers are to old to be interested in the new attractions, they must make themselves young enough in thought to share the feelings which these youth have received from the atmosphere around them, – blowing in from all over the world.

A word of warning: sometimes these pressures and desires also come to the parents and teachers tool’. More and more adults have problems which they don’t want to admit, but which cause them to drink, or gamble, or play around in dangerous way, too. You need only count the increasing number of alcoholics and alcohol selling shops, or reflect on the new and important place and “source force” which helps more and more people to buy new land, build new homes, wear clothes they cannot afford, and generally try to impress their friends and relatives with items that are bigger and better.

Especially parents must be aware of how their grown – up children are developing in life. If their studies are weak, if they keep irregular hours and do not easily answer questions about their activity or friends; if they growth in, do not eat, oversleep and are secretive, it is a time for loving, sympathetic seeking to understand rather then harshly criticize. Talk with them about their plans for the future, their interests and how to go about achieving them. Let them share with you the impressions they get from their friends, and how they feel because of these things. Confide in them – the problems which you adults feel too with the strains of modern life in our land- locked, opportunity – locked country.

Common Features of the Family with an Addict Members

The addict is the symptom carrier of the family dysfunction.

The addict helps to maintain family homeostasis.

The addict reinforces the parental need to control and continue parenting, yet he finds such parenting inadequate for his needs.

The addict provides a displaced battlefield so that implicit and explicit parental strife can continue to be denied.

Parental drug, and alcohol above is common and is directly transmitted to the addict or results in – inadequate parenting.

The addict forms cross – generational alliances which separate parents from each other.

Generational boundaries are diffused – there is frequent competition between parents.

Frequently the crisis created by addict is the only was the family gets together and attempts some problem solving, or is the only opportunity for a “deed” family to experience emotions.

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Dental Bone Graft Market: A 360-degree analysis of the various aspects of the market.

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Bone graft for dental implant
Bone graft for dental implant

What is Bone graft dental all about?

A dental bone graft is very much essential when bone loss has occurred in the jaw. This procedure is generally performed before the dental implant placement or when the bone loss is adversely affecting the neighbouring teeth.

A detailed Procedure of dental bone graft

There are a lot of ways dental bone grafting can be performed, but the basic procedure remains the same: An oral surgeon or dentist makes an incision in the jaw & grafts & attaches other bone material to the jaw.

There are many dental bone graft complications, and it is generally implemented if someone has lost one or more than one adult teeth or suffering from gum disease. Both of these cases can lead to bone loss in the jaw. The most preferred approach for dental bone grafting is to use an own bone from the tibia, hip, or back of the jaw. This is called an autograft. Autografts are usually regarded as the “gold standard,” because they increase bony support in the jaw & promote a new bone formation & faster healing. In a research study, it was discovered that a bone graft was necessary to treat the defected area during implant surgery. More than 50% of the sextants (i.e. around 54.3 %) require a bone graft for implant installation. Anterior maxillary sextant needs bone graft in about 77.23 % of the total cases.

What to expect after dental bone graft?

After undergoing dental bone graft surgery, an individual can expect some sort of pain or discomfort. The dentist is likely to prescribe some kind of effective antibiotics and pain management medications to help him/her feel much more comfortable during the time of recovery & it also helps prevent infections.

The various Dental bone graft healing stages

The various stages of the Dental bone graft healing include:

a.)  The healing of an individual’s gums from the incision 

In the bone graft healing stages, the incision of the gums takes much less time to heal, usually within a time span of a couple of weeks or even sooner than that.

b.) Healing of the grafted area.

Tooth extraction and bone graft healing generally take more time. The area where the grafting material is applied consumes more time to get back to its normal stage, sometimes as long as a period of nine months.

The aftercare for a bone graft is mainly about caring for the incision wound & being careful about what food an individual chews. Maintaining a high-quality oral care routine will help to keep the mouth & incision clean. An individual can chew on the opposite side of that of the incision area until and unless it is healed. One also needs to be highly careful about what he/she chews on after the incision heals so that the bone graft can have enough time to heal.

The usage of Bone grafts for dental implant

The usage of the bone grafts in dental implants is generally done to help prevent dental bone graft pain and facilitate dental bone graft healing along with long-term health problems that are associated with tooth loss & gum disease, as well as to provide sufficient bone material for supporting the dental implants. This common procedure is usually very much safe & well-tolerated, though there are many risks of side effects & complications. The best bone graft material for a dental implant is Hydroxyapatite, a synthetic bone graft, which is most widely used currently due to its hardness, osteoconduction, and acceptability by bone.

Bone grafting is not at all mandatory for dental implant placement, but there are some cases in which this procedure is indicated. It can help immensely in the improvement of the patient’s chances of good treatment outcomes, thereby helping in dental bone graft recovery. Only the surgeon can determine the required urgency for a bone graft, often with the help of special imaging technology. As per a vital research study, it was discovered that more than 2 million bone grafting procedures are performed every single year, with more than around 500,000 implanted in the United States alone.

Some of the genuine Signs of failed dental bone graft

Some of the sure-shot signs that the dental bone graft has resulted in an utter failure include:

  • Occurrence of drainage or Pus from the bone graft site.
  • Pain or swelling that worsens after the completion of the first week.
  • No improvement in jawbone volume.
  • Gum recession (i.e. when the gum pulls away from the teeth).

Actual estimations of the Dental bone graft cost

The price of bone graft will vary entirely depending upon the type of graft that the dental surgeon uses, the amount of pre-existing bone mass in your jaw, & the duration of the surgery. On average, though, an individual can expect the average cost of dental implant with a bone graft at around $(300 to 3,000) per graft. These costs are also affected by several other market environment factors.

A brief idea on the Dental Bone Graft Substitutes Market

The Dental Bone graft substitutes are also known as ceramic-based bone graft substitutes that include calcium sulphate, calcium phosphate, and bioglass that are used alone or in combination; for example, ProOsteon, OsteoGraf, OsteoSet, etc. The Bone graft substitutes are widely available based on silica, synthetic alumina chemistry, and natural calcium salts (phosphate, sulphate, carbonate, & hydroxide) & these materials are often combined with the natural polymers like collagen, & synthetic polymers such as PHEMA, PMMA, & UHMWPE. With an overall market size of USD 550 Mn in 2020, the market is poised to grow up to a value of nearly USD 995.24 Mn by 2030 with a CAGR of around 6.11%. The European Union held the largest proportion of the market share with nearly 39% in 2020, followed by the North American territory.

CONCLUSION

It is expected that the usage of dental bone grafts will increase exponentially in the upcoming years, which will, in turn, drive the overall market growth. Moreover, one of the major reasons for which the surgeons prefer dental bone graft treatment is due to its higher success rates and survival rates. As per a research study, it was discovered that dental bone grafts have around 99.6% survival rate & 66.06% success rate. Allografts have an almost 90.9% survival rate & nearly 82.8% success rate.

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Knowledge of Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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Mohit Bansal Chandigarh

Knowledge of pregnancy and lactation

Healthy pregnancy: Since moving on the road is due to health and attention from the very first moments of human life, from the beginning of infancy. The importance of pregnancy is clear to everybody. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest wishes of all women to have healthy and healthy babies is to try to determine the effective factors for the improvement of the pregnancy process and its outcome. In this collection, we try to make an effective step in promoting your health to your loved ones by expressing the essential points for the health of the mother and the fetus. 

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Pregnancy is a good time to review your diet and lifestyle before deciding on pregnancy and make changes to your diet to achieve health. This is an opportunity to provide the nutrients they need to grow during pregnancy. Especially if you are one of those people at risk of food insecurity. The most important nutrients that are likely to be deficient include folic acid, calcium, and iron. The use of folic acid supplements before pregnancy is very important because folic acid deficiency early in pregnancy causes flaws in the formation of the fetal neural tube. The amount of folic acid required in pre-pregnancy is 200 μg / day for healthy people these all tips are by Mohit Bansal Chandigarh who is a best Dietician.

Nutritional recommendations during pregnancy:

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  • Eating more iron-rich protein foods like meat, eggs, beans, and lentils
  • Fish consumption at least 2 times a week
  • Take at least 3 units of low-fat dairy products daily, such as milk, yogurt, dough, etc. to provide the extra calcium needed (every 2 units of dairy equivalent to 1 glass of milk, half a glass of yogurt or 2 glasses of dough).
  • Choose healthy snacks such as fruits, dried fruit, cereal, and …

Musts

  • Get 800 μg (0.8 μg) of folic acid supplement and choose folate-rich foods to prevent fetal neural tube defect, before pregnancy, at least two weeks into your pregnancy.
  • A daily supplement containing vitamin D and calcium to prevent osteoporosis
  • Receive iron-rich foods like meat and legumes and, if necessary, use iron supplements
  • Get at least 5 units of fruit and vegetables and 3 units of dairy per day
  • Get at least 8-10 glasses of water and fluids per day (especially during breastfeeding)
  • Limit caffeine to 300 milligrams per day (3 cups of coffee or 6 cups of tea)
  • Flush whole fruits and vegetables
  • Cook whole eggs until yolk and white are tightened and avoid eating foods that contain raw and semi-crude eggs such as fresh mayonnaise, semi-baked cheesecake, and cream
  • Cook whole meat and poultry, and wash all the utensils used to prepare raw meat, as well as the use of a separate board for crushing raw meat and vegetables
  • Having enough physical activity during pregnancy and beginning exercise a few weeks after childbirth to regain fitness

Do not have to: 

  • X-rays and X-rays may be dangerous during pregnancy and should only be prescribed by the doctor.
  • Do not smoke! Cigarette has very harmful effects on the fetus. Of course smoking cessation during this period also includes your wife.
  • Avoid alcohol, alcohol can cause congenital defects in the fetus and increase the likelihood of stillbirth.
  • Avoid consuming fatty foods and spices.
  • Avoid taking canned food, especially canned fish, because the level of mercury is high and the development of the nervous system of the fetus can be damaged. This limitation should be observed in pre-pregnancy and lactation.
  • Avoid taking aspirin without consulting a doctor.
  • You can stay away from stress and psychological stress.

Nutrition During Lactation

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  • Breastfeeding helps the mother gradually consume excess fats stored during storage, and she is given the ideal weight.
  • It’s important to have a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients for nursing mothers.
  • During calving, it is important to consume calcium-rich foods. During this period, you need to receive 500 mg of calcium per day. Also, try to keep fish 2 times a week.
  • Lactose and caffeine are easy to get into your milk, so restrict them.
  • Avoid using too many foods that may affect your milk taste (like sweet peppers, calcium, garlic, onions, and spices).
  • Do not forget that you need to drink plenty of water (milk, juice, or juice) during lactation.
  • Foods that are restricted during pregnancy, including honey, liver eggs, and the like can be restored to the diet. Because the baby is no longer at risk and your immune system is back to normal.
  • Most women are prone to return to their former organs after delivery but to achieve ideal weight, you should act with caution and be patient as if you are limiting your diet over lactation. It will affect your breastfeeding quality. The best way to get back to the ideal body is to slowly lose weight.
  • Performing light exercises, such as short walking throughout the day, or a healthy and balanced diet, including low fat or a combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables, can help you lose weight.
  • During lactation, weight loss does not require severe and restrictive diets, because lactation naturally helps lose weight. Therefore, following a balanced diet, with regular lactation, it will reach its ideal weight.

Tips On Baby Feeding

From birth to the age of 4-6, breast milk is the best choice for baby feeding. From 6 months on, supplemental food supplementation with iron drop is recommended. With the help of Mohit Bansal Chandigarh you can know about Baby Feeding. 

Month First two weeks The second two weeks
Sixth Porridge rice flour Almond porridge
Seventh Soup with whole-fat wholemeal meat without salt and spice Add vegetables like carrots and potatoes to the soup
Eighth Boiled egg yolks and yogurt Mashed potatoes and carrots
ninth Add legumes that are easy to digest, such as lentils and mushrooms to soup Add green vegetables other than spinach to soup
Eleventh Kite and puree are added to baby food
Twelfth

A Few Important Recommendations

  • The amount of each meal should start from a half teaspoon a day and gradually increase to 4 to 8 teaspoons a day.
  • First, the baby should be fed with breast milk and then take an extra meal.
  • Foods such as egg whites, kiwifruit, berries, gilan, sour cherries, melons, citrus, honey and spinach are not recommended until one year old.
  • It can be added to butter or liquid oil for babies who do not weigh.
  • Between adding any new food to the next new diet, it should be at least 3 to 5 days long so that the baby’s body is used to it and if it is susceptible to it.
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Top 10 Trends in the Medicinal Cannabis Industry to Look Out For

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The medical cannabis industry has seen a surge in recent years as more and more countries have legalized the use of medical cannabis. The global medical cannabis market is projected to reach USD 41.3 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 13.9% during the forecast period (2022-2027). In 2020, the market was valued at USD16.7 billion. The legalization of medical cannabis in several countries has resulted in the increased use of medical cannabis for the treatment of various medical conditions such as chronic pain, cancer, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Moreover, the rising awareness about the medical benefits of cannabis is also driving the growth of the medical cannabis market. However, government regulations regarding medical cannabis are still strict in many countries, including a few states in the US, thus limiting its growth. Despite all the limitations, the cannabis industry is expected to continue to grow in the coming years.

In this article, I’ve discussed the 10 trends we see in the medical cannabis industry. 

Cannabis flower market share is on a decline

Cannabis flower still holds the largest share of the adult-use marijuana market in the United States, but that dominance is slowly eroding as other cannabis products gain in popularity. A report from cannabis market research firm BDS Analytics found that flower sales still make up the lion’s share of the adult-use market, but that other product categories are growing at a faster pace. In particular, sales of vape cartridges and extracts have surged in recent years, as consumers seek out more potent and convenient cannabis products. Even edibles are starting to eat into flower’s market share, as more states legalize cannabis for recreational use. For example, sales of cannabis concentrate grew by nearly 50% in 2019, while flower sales only rose by about 10%. It seems likely that flower’s dominance of the cannabis market will continue to decline in the years to come, as consumers explore the wide range of cannabis products now available to them. 

Cannabis sales will increase even further

The global cannabis market is expected to reach $35 billion in sales by 2022, according to a recent report from BDSA. This represents a significant jump from 2021 sales of $29 billion and is attributable to the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 16%. The majority of global cannabis sales will continue to come from the United States and Canada. The report also forecasts that global cannabis sales will surpass $61 billion by 2026. These figures underscore the growing demand for cannabis products around the world and the immense potential of the global cannabis market. This continued growth will be fueled by ongoing legal and regulatory changes, as well as the ongoing development of new and innovative cannabis products.

More relaxation on restrictions set on promotions of medical cannabis

Cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, despite more liberal attitudes and legalization in numerous states. This can create complications for businesses looking to market their products or services related to cannabis. For example, banks and financial institutions are subject to federal regulations, which means they may be hesitant to work with businesses involved in the sale or production of cannabis. In addition, online advertising platforms such as Google and Facebook among others are also subject to federal regulations, which means they may not be willing to accept ads for cannabis-related products or services. As a result, businesses looking to enter the cannabis market may need to get creative when it comes to marketing their products or services. For now, however, companies that produce and sell cannabis products need to be aware of the risks associated with marketing a federally illegal product. These risks include hefty fines and even prison sentences for those who violate the law. As attitudes continue to evolve and more states legalize marijuana, the restrictions on marketing these products will likely loosen. Until then, companies need to tread carefully when it comes to promoting their cannabis-related products and services.

As of today, advertising cannabis products has posed to be difficult. Social media channels have a no-nonsense attitude towards cannabis ads. Strict guidelines are put in place. Even after all that, we still see ads related to cannabis products every now and then. That gives a sense either companies are utilizing loopholes or these social media channels are actually relaxing restrictions on certain types of ads. Organic promotions have almost no restrictions. As the industry continues to evolve and people get more and more educated, these set limitations on ads will slowly be removed.

More cannabis product variations will be available

Over the past few years, there has been a rapid increase in cannabis use and cannabis products. This is due to the fact that THC and CBD can be consumed in many different ways, including smoking, vaping, and ingesting. As a result, there are a wide variety of cannabis products available on the market. Some of the most popular cannabis products include edibles, tinctures, and topicals. Edibles are cannabis-infused foods that can be eaten for leisure or medicinal purposes. Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts that are typically taken orally. Topicals are cannabis-infused creams or ointments that can be applied to the skin for pain relief or other purposes. 

One of the most popular cannabis products on the market today is CBD oil. CBD oil is made by extracting the CBD from cannabis plants and then diluting it with a carrier oil, such as coconut or hemp seed oil. CBD oil can be taken orally, applied topically, or inhaled via a vaporizer. Some people use it to relieve anxiety, while others use it to help manage chronic pain. Another popular cannabis product is THC-infused edibles. THC-infused edibles are food items that have been infused with cannabis extract. They can come in many different forms, including candy, cookies, brownies, and gummies. THC-infused edibles are a popular option for people who want to experience the psychoactive effects of cannabis without smoking or vaporizing it. With so many cannabis product variations available, there is sure to be a product that meets one’s needs and preferences.

People will be more aware of the benefits before purchasing

There is a lot of talk about the benefits of medical cannabis these days. Some people swear by it for pain relief, while others say it has helped them with anxiety or depression. But are people really more aware of the benefits of medical cannabis before they purchase it?

It’s hard to say for sure. On the one hand, there is more information available than ever before thanks to the internet. People can easily read about the potential benefits of medical cannabis and make an informed decision about whether or not it is right for them. On the other hand, many people still view cannabis as a recreational drug and may not be fully aware of its medicinal properties.

It is anticipated based on evidence that people are more likely to purchase medical cannabis if they are aware of the benefits before they make their purchase. When people were given information about the benefits of medical cannabis, they were more likely to say that they would consider purchasing it. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to decide whether or not they want to try medical cannabis. If you are considering it, be sure to do your research and talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you.

More doctors will recommend medical marijuana

A recent study found that doctors are woefully unprepared to prescribe medical marijuana, despite it being legal in 29 states. The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, surveyed doctors and found that only 35% felt prepared to answer patient questions about medical marijuana. In fact, nine out of 10 doctors say they are unprepared to prescribe cannabis. This lack of preparation is concerning, given the increasing availability of medical cannabis. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine attributed the lack of training to the fact that medical schools rarely address the topic. With more and more states legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes, it’s time for medical schools to step up and ensure that future doctors are properly trained on the subject.

But things are changing fast. More and more doctors are certified to prescribe medical cannabis. These days it is not even necessary for qualified patients to physically visit a doctor to be recommended a medical card. Virtual platforms have come to the service with doctors in multiple states. 

Cannabis stocks will gain traction

The legal weed industry has been booming lately. Dispensaries, considered essential businesses, have seen a nearly 40% increase in sales year-over-year. This trend is expected to continue, with sales projected to reach $37 billion by 2024. A major contributing factor to this growth is changing public opinion. More voters than ever before support the medicinal and recreational legalization of weed, and there is hope that federal decriminalization and legalization will occur if the Democrats win the presidential election. Another driver of the legal weed industry is the current economic climate. With unemployment rates rising, more people are turning to weed for both recreational and medical purposes. At the same time, states are looking for ways to increase tax revenue, and legalization would provide a much-needed boost. With so many factors working in its favor, the bull case of the legal cannabis industry is flourishing.

Cannabis stocks have been on the rise in recent years as more and more states legalize marijuana on a medical or recreational basis. One of the main reasons for this is that cannabis has been shown to be an effective substitute for opiates in treating pain. In fact, data from states that have legalized marijuana shows that overdose deaths from opiates have decreased by as much as 35%. This is encouraging news, as it suggests that people are more likely to choose marijuana to treat their pain instead of a hard-to-attain prescription for a drug that has a much higher addiction potential and far more side effects. With the data backing up the efficacy of cannabis in treating pain, it’s no wonder that investors are pouring money into cannabis stocks.

Mergers and Acquisitions would be the key growth strategy

Mergers and acquisitions in the cannabis industry have been proceeding at a torrid pace in 2021, thanks to lower interest rates and pressure on larger companies to expand their footprints and boost revenue. And this activity has accelerated even further in 2022. There are a number of factors driving this flurry of M&A activity. First, with interest rates remaining at historically low levels, companies have more cash available to fund acquisitions. Second, as the cannabis industry matures, there is increasing pressure on companies to expand their operations in order to maintain or grow market share. One key trend that is driving M&A activity in the cannabis industry is the consolidation of the retail market. With more states legalizing recreational marijuana, there is increasing competition among retailers for market share. This has led to a wave of mergers and acquisitions among retail chains, as companies look to expand their reach and build scale. Many large companies see acquiring smaller cannabis businesses as a way to quickly enter the burgeoning marijuana market. As a result, we expect to see continued M&A activity in the cannabis industry in the coming year.

Reputation as “recession-proof” will solidify the industry’s position in the business world

The global pandemic has presented many challenges for businesses across a wide range of industries. For cannabis companies, these challenges include inflation and supply-chain issues. However, despite these challenges, retail sales of marijuana have remained relatively robust. The launch of new markets, including those in Canada and the United States, has helped to drive sales growth. Additionally, the increasing acceptance of cannabis as a legitimate medical treatment option has also contributed to sales growth. As the market continues to expand and more consumers become aware of the benefits of cannabis, retail sales are expected to remain strong. 

Sales at the retail level have remained strong throughout the crisis. Several factors are contributing to this. Firstly, as more states legalize cannabis, the market is expanding and more people are becoming interested in trying it. Secondly, many people are using cannabis as a way to cope with stress and anxiety during these difficult times. And finally, with more people staying home, they have more time to visit dispensaries and explore different products. Although the pandemic has created some challenges for cannabis companies, it has also opened up new opportunities for growth.

Tincture and sublingual category is booming in Canada

The tincture and sublingual category is booming in Canada. Some reports highlighted that just a couple of products in particular supplied more than 70% of the category’s sales in 2021, contributing to the vast majority of sales. Tinctures are high in demand due to the fact that they can be easily consumed and offer a wide range of therapeutic benefits. Sublinguals are also gaining popularity as they are a discreet way to consume cannabis. Pre-rolls, topicals, concentrates, and flowers (and ground flowers) are also popular Canadian product segments. Although mixed strain Pre-Rolls and ground flowers’ performance were very positive, tincture and sublingual categories dominated the Canadian market. This is likely due to the fact that tinctures and sublinguals offer a convenient and potent way to consume cannabis.

Final Takeaway

Marijuana’s medical worth is becoming clearer as it shows to be a surprisingly flexible, safe, and affordable medicine. Quasi-legal buyers clubs, limiting designation as prescription medicine, the isolation of specific cannabinoids, and the manufacturing of synthetic analogs are all being proposed as ways to make cannabis ingredients therapeutically available. All of these recommendations are unrealistic, according to a careful examination of the possibilities of this affordable medicine. Furthermore, cannabis has so many therapeutic uses that only the strictly medicinal ones should be approved, and its medical potential will never be exploited as long as it is forbidden for any other use. As a result, cannabis should be legalized under rules comparable to those that govern alcohol.

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