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“Swallow Safely” – A Book for Dysphagia Patients and Everyone Who Loves To Eat

Front Cover (Swallow Safely)[Editor’s note: I had the opportunity and pleasure to Skype with and interview the “Swallow Safely” book authors, Roya Sayadi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Joel Herskowitz, M.D.  This article is about their book, the motivation behind it, and who should read it. Ed Steger, President, NFOSD]

This book is a quick read and includes topics on how swallowing works, what happens when it doesn’t work, aspiration pneumonia, disorder assessment and treatment, and finding help. It is easy to read and includes a list of warning signs that may suggest a swallowing problem (e.g., coughing or clearing the throat frequently while eating; a gargled voice after eating) with clear steps to take if you encounter these or other warning signals.

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Which Dysphagia Cookbook is Right for You?

Byline: Laura Michael (Dysphagia Supplies Direct, LLC; http://www.dysphagiasupplies.com/)

[Editors note: Laura is a regular contributor to the NFOSD website and e-newsletter, Small Bytes.  We wish to thank her for her support and dedication to making life a little easier to swallow.]

As a teacher and trainer of the National Dysphagia Diet, I am always looking for ways to help my clients eat better. My goal is to see people enjoy the foods and beverages that they can eat and drink. I like to stay up-to-date on research and publications, so I decided to take a look at some of the cookbooks that were written specifically for people who are living with swallowing disorders.

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“Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!”

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Byline: Laura Michael (Dysphagia Supplies Direct, LLC; http://www.dysphagiasupplies.com/)

[Editor’s note: Please share this article with your patients, family, and friends who may be at danger of dehydration as we enter the hot summer months.]

Water is an essential element for sustaining life. The human body is composed of more than 60% water. Without water, we won’t survive for more than a few days. For those with a swallowing disorder, staying properly hydrated creates its own unique challenges.

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Not Just a “Fear of Food” – Pediatric Dysphagia

 

Meet Jayden… a healthy, cute, full of life five year old. Every parent’s dream. But, don’t take our word for it, watch this KATU (Portland) newscast which aired on June 10, 2013 and read his story.

Pediatric dysphagia is more common than generally believed. For additional information, click here to read about “Jayden’s Journey” from the beginning.



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Making Every Bite Count

Healthy foodWritten by Laura Michael (Byline below)

When you are having trouble swallowing, getting the proper calories and nutrition for healing and health can be quite a challenge. Making foods that are pleasurable to look at, taste good and are also packed with calories and nutrition are the keys to making every bite count.

According to the American Dietetic Association, a healthy diet should consist of 45 to 65 percent of calories from carbohydrates, 30 to 35 percent from fat and the remaining 10 percent, or so, from protein.

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