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The New York Times’ Green Smoothie Taste Challenge

Byline: Laura Michael (NFOSD Board member and owner of Dysphagia Solutions)

When you are having trouble swallowing, eating enough green leafy vegetables can be a unique challenge, so I was excited when I saw the May 2, 2014, New York Times article “Drink Your Greens” by Martha Rose Shulman. Click here to read Martha’s article.

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HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE: THE SELF-HEIMLICH MANEUVER

self Heimlich 10_7_09Byline: Roya Sayadi and Joel Herskowitz

Illustration: Anet James from “Swallow Safely”

[NFOSD note: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with and expert training by an appropriate health care professional. Also, an Internet search on “self Heimlich maneuver” will result in additional articles and videos on this topic.]

We read in newspapers or online every day about someone’s heroism in administering the Heimlich maneuver to someone choking on food.

But suppose that other person were not present? What then? Would they simply choke to death? If that person were YOU, what would you do?

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181

Clinical Trials181 — The number of open clinical trials with a known status on http://clinicaltrials.gov with the word “dysphagia” in the study (as of 4/9/2013).  We receive inquires periodically about what’s in the medical treatment pipeline for swallowing disorder treatment. If one were interested in all dysphagia clinical trials in this valuable source of medical information the number jumps to 757.

Here’s a quick test. Who is your best medical advocate? Some may say one’s physician or physical therapist. We’d argue that your best medical advocate is yourself (or, if you are incapacitated, a loved one or family member).

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Thanksgiving is a tough time for those unable to eat

UC Davis physician, Dr. Peter Belafsky, plans to fast in solidarity with dysphagia patients

Press Release – UC Davis Health System (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) – November 21, 2012

A UC Davis physician is calling on colleagues who treat swallowing disorders to join him in a Thanksgiving fast as a way to raise awareness and show solidarity for patients who suffer from dysphagia, a condition that makes swallowing food difficult or impossible.

Peter Belafsky, a professor of otolaryngology and an expert in treating people with dysphagia, sent a message today to physicians around the country asking that they consider joining him in fasting on Thanksgiving.

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