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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

3 Common Myths About Cremation

Some people hold back from choosing to be cremated after they pass on because of the negative influence of common myths about the cremation process. These misconceptions cause people to disregard a viable alternative for the disposal of their remains. This article discusses some of the most common myths that you should not believe. 

Myth 1: You Can’t Hold a Funeral If Your Loved One is to Be Cremated

Proponents of this myth think that traditional funerals and cremation are mutually exclusive. This is not necessarily true. The reality is that you can perform any ceremonies, such as a service and viewing the body, before the remains are cremated. All that you need to do is to inform the funeral home about your wishes so that arrangements can be made to honour those wishes before cremation takes place.

Myth 2: Cremated Remains Are Ashes from the Casket

Another common myth is that the remains of a loved one “disappear” once that deceased person is cremated. Believers in this myth are convinced that the ashes that the family receives are ashes from the container that was used during the cremation process. This is not true. The truth is that the ashes that family members receive are the pulverised bones of the deceased that are left once the intense heat of the cremation process burns the body of the deceased.

Myth 3: Bodies to Be Cremated Aren’t Placed in Caskets

Some people disregard cremation as an option because they have been misled into believing that those who are to be cremated are not carried in caskets or similar containers. This misconception may lead many people to think that the deceased will not be handled in a dignified manner as he or she is taken to be cremated. The reality is that once your loved one passes on, his or her body has to be transported to the funeral home or crematorium in a suitable container. That container is usually a casket. The only difference is that the casket will not be a high-end one since that casket will not be displayed for public viewing by mourning family members and friends. The deceased is also cremated when he or she is in a casket or another suitable container.

As you can see, what some people may think that they know about the cremation process may actually be misinformation. It is therefore advisable that you contact a crematorium in your area for accurate information before you make any conclusions based on common myths.

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Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The Most Common Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is caused when the oesophageal sphincter, a ring of muscle that serves to separate the stomach from the oesophagus, fails to do its job. When this happens, stomach acid can rise up into the oesophagus and mouth.

This can put you at risk of all kinds of conditions, including oesophageal cancer, and it can also take its toll on your teeth. Here are a few of the most common signs that you may be experiencing GERD.

Chest Pain

Stomach acid is corrosive, so it tends to cause pain if it is allowed to flow out of the stomach and into the oesophagus. When this occurs, you may experience relatively severe chest pain. This should never be ignored since chest pain can be an early sign of a heart attack. However, GERD-induced chest pain is more likely to occur either after a large meal or when you are lying down.

Bitter Taste/Bad Breath

People with GERD essentially have an impaired barrier between the back of their throat and their stomachs. Since food is digested within the stomach, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that a break in that barrier often causes bad breath and a sickly, bitter taste in the mouth. If you notice this occurring no matter how well you take care of your teeth, it might be a sign of GERD. The sensation is often similar to the feeling in your mouth just after you have vomited.

Persistent Coughing

The irritation caused by GERD often leads to a persistent dry cough. This is likely to be accompanied by a sore throat, hoarseness, and the persistent sensation that there is a large lump in your throat. You may also experience dysphagia (a difficulty swallowing) as a result of these feelings. These symptoms may progress to the point at which is is difficult to eat, drink, or even talk.

If you do think you have GERD, it’s important to see a medical professional straight away if you want to prevent issues with your oral and overall health. The condition can be treated by taking medication or making a few lifestyle changes, and your overall health will thank you. In the meantime, make sure you don’t brush after experiencing acid reflux; this may cause additional damage to your tooth enamel as it will just have been weakened by stomach acid. Instead, try chewing sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva and neutralise acid. For more information, contact your family doctor.

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