Walk With Jennifer, Weight Loss Progress Report

Walk With Jennifer, AWAREmed, Dr. Dalal Akoury, weight loss, healthy lifestyle

Can you believe it?!

Jennifer has been working with the AWAREmed weight loss program for approximately 3 weeks and you can already see a big difference! Although obese patients want to see instant weight loss results, it’s a slow process, but, as you can see, even in a short period of time there is a visual difference.

Jennifer says:

“So far things are going very well, Im getting used to eating right, I havent had any cravings at all, I have been excercising everyday and I feel so much better. My blood pressure is almost at normal and I can breathe right for the first time in a very long time, it’s getting easier in some ways but I know I still have a long road ahead. I will not give up!

I am so determined to be successful with my weight loss and be 100 % as healthy as I can be! I think having to be accountable for my actions publicly makes me even more determined to not mess up! Showing myself on television was really hard, but the last show we did, I was much prouder of the way I looked on camera.

What I expect to gain from this is the knowledge of how to eat right and replace my bad habits with good habits, such as excercising everyday instead of sitting in front of the television eating whatever I want.”

Remember, not everyone will have the same weight loss results in the same amount of time.

The complete program with AWAREmed consists of meal changes and nutrition coaching with Patricia Coppola, specific supplements for the individual, and special IV therapy and injections, again, tailored to the individual. And along with this, and perhaps just as important to see results, is regular exercise. Jennifer has been walking as well as beginning twice a week workout sessions with a trainer.

Sessions with Jillian Maas Backman  help with setting new intentions, using a personal power statement to push through the times when it seems too hard, and motivation to take a deeper, more spiritual look inside and come to a new understanding of the self, before, during and after weight loss.

Even if you can’t do the complete weight loss program, you can still become a part of Walk With Jennifer by making the simple changes in diet and exercise. You can add the supplements, and you can add the IV therapy if you choose, but it’s not a requirement.

It’s your choice, choose to change!  Let’s help each other by spreading the word and this website!

If you still need to be visually motivated, check out this story about a young couple in St. Louis!


photo courtesy FOX2 St. Louis

Walk With Jennifer, Weight Loss Progress Report



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Alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health

Alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health: A medical emergency

Alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health

Alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health irrespective of how attractive their packaging and display may be.

Did you know that your favorite drink alcohol is a silent killer? Alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health is how best we can describe the magnitude of the harms that are associated with the continued consumption of this dangerous drug yet legally allowed for consumption. Experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury says that because of alcohol hundreds of people die yearly from acute alcohol intoxication also known as alcohol poisoning or alcohol overdose. And besides that thousands of more are admitted daily to the emergency rooms in various health facilities across the globe. It is regrettable that as things stand now and unless something is done drastically to contain the situation, alcohol poisoning is steadily increasing in high schools and other institutions of higher learning like colleges and universities campuses. For luck of better words to describe the magnitude of the problem, I can only put it plain that drinking too much repeatedly too fast can kill and will you. I don’t mean to scare anyone with my choice of words, but I am only stating as it is because the picture we see on the adverts is total fiction meant to bring many into the consumption basket for an eminent destruction at an appropriate time, says doctor Dalal Akoury. Therefore why do I say that alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency? Let’s find out progressively.

Alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health: Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency

Alcohol consumption has never been friendly to human health and it is not about to start anytime now or in the future, and being a depressant drug, once it is administered into the body through ingestion, it immediately start it act of damage by working round the clock to slow down some of the body’s vital functions including heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Progressively this will continue as users continue in their habit and when the vital centers have been depressed enough by alcohol, it then leads to unconsciousness. Doctor Akoury is registering that it is very important to appreciate that, besides this, the amount of alcohol that it takes to produce unconsciousness is dangerously life threatening and very close to a fatal dose. Therefore the consequences of this are that those individuals who survive alcohol poisoning sometimes suffer irreversible brain damage. Nonetheless one very important to note is that alcohol abuse knows no boundaries and therefore everyone can fall to it. I was talking to some student in one of the learning institutions and it is worrying that many students are in the dark and were surprised to learn that death can occur from acute intoxication. According to the students it was evident that most of the young people often think that the worst that can happen when they are intoxicated is that they will just pass out and have a hang-over the next day. That is the highest order of ignorance which is very harmful to our young people. It is therefore our duty to impact positively to them by creating awareness about the dangers of alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health by all means. That is to say that knowing the signs and symptoms of acute alcohol intoxication and the proper action to take can help you avoid a tragedy. And before we get to the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning, I want to make a passionate appeal to everyone out there and particularly the young people that if you are taking alcohol, it is not good for your health and so you need to seek for help now by consulting with the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center by scheduling for an appointment so that you can have a one on one discussion with the experts today.

Alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health: Signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning

We are always told that knowledge is power and this is very applicable especially when that knowledge is going to make you have a better and much healthier life. The connotation that what you don’t know won’t harm you is not applicable with addiction. If you are ignorant of the dangers you are subjecting yourself to by abusing drugs, you are even in more danger than those who are just in denial but are well informed of the consequences. It is therefore our desire to pull you out of the jaws of ignorance by sharing with you some of the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning as follows:

  • Unconsciousness or semi-consciousness
  • Slow respirations (breaths) of eight or less per minute, or lapses between respirations of more than eight seconds.
  • Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin.
  • In the event of alcohol poisoning, these signs and symptoms will most likely be accompanied by a strong odor of alcohol.

We may not be able to conclusively outline all the obvious signs of alcohol poisoning in this article and so we want to urge you to always be in constant touch with experts so that you are not caught pants down, remember the wise saying that “the early bird will always catch the worm.” So be the one who will by seeking for timely help from the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury today.

Alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health: Appropriate action plan

In the fight against addiction, it is always very important that we have some sought of work plan that is to say things that we can do to salvage the situation whether we are affected directly or indirectly and they may include the following:

  • If you encounter a person who exhibits one or more of the signs and symptoms, do what you would do in any medical emergency: Call 911 immediately.
  • While waiting for 911 emergency transports gently turn the intoxicated person on his/her side and maintain that position by placing a pillow in the small of the person’s back. This is important to prevent aspiration (choking) should the person vomit. Stay with the person until medical help arrives. 

Finally several studies have established that binge drinking use by youth and young adults increases the risk of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. In fact research has also shown that teenagers and other children who use alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to become alcohol dependent than adults who begin drinking at age 21. This should resonate to all of us of the dire consequences of alcohol poisoning. Besides that other consequences of youth alcohol use may include increased risky sexual behaviors, poor school performance, increased risk of being a victim of violence or sexual assault and increased risk of suicide and homicide. In other words alcohol has nothing good to offer you’re your health irrespective of your age.

Alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health: A medical emergency


What you need to know about Marijuana

What you need to know about Marijuana: Also known as cannabis sativa

What you need to know about Marijuana

What you need to know about Marijuana addiction is that despite the myths around it, this drug is illicit and has serious health complications.

Many at times we are faced with certain misleading statements about illicit drugs, with their users making every effort to convince non-users of how good these illicit drugs are good and should be used freely. The truth is that once illicit it is bad and nothing can be good about it. Looking at the way drugs ruin families, societies and even nations, I cannot just sit and pretend that things will normalize with time without doing something about it. And that is the reason why doctor Dalal Akoury who is a renowned addiction expert of several decades made a very passionate decision to create a medical center (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) whose main objective is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to finding their own inner healing power and exercising it for total recovery about all kinds of addictions. Besides that it will interest you to note that Dr. Akoury’s practice primarily focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. And now with such a professional on board we can proceed to sharing with you what you need to know about marijuana so that you can separate between myths and facts. In this article our focus is going to be on marijuana and therefore if you have any concerns that you need clarification from the expert then you can call doctor Akoury on telephone number 843 213 1480 and she will gladly address your concerns professionally.

Now back to the discussion, marijuana is derived from the hemp plant, cannabis sativa and it is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves. Marijuana is one of the most commonly used and abused illicit drug globally with the U.S being one of the highly rated in is abuse. This substance is loaded with over 400 different chemicals with the main one being that which brings alteration to the mind known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The level of THC content in marijuana after cultivation can range from less than 1% to more than 30% and has been increasing dramatically, making marijuana increasingly potent and more addictive. This therefore defeats the myth that marijuana is harmless because the fact is and according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), in 2010 there were over 572,000 marijuana-involved admissions to hospital emergency rooms. This is not a small thing that you can easily wish away, and in the same report it was also established that during the same timeframe, an estimated 11,406 emergency department visits involved a synthetic cannabinoid product, sometimes referred to as “synthetic marijuana” and commonly known by street names like “Spice” or “K2”.

What you need to know about Marijuana: How is marijuana used?

Marijuana is a substance with very many street names and it is commonly known as pot, weed, herb, dope, reefer, grass etc., it is mostly administered into the body through smoking just in the same way cigarette (joint) is smoked or in a pipe, water pipe, bong or in a blunt (a cigar emptied of tobacco and refilled with a mixture of marijuana and tobacco). Besides that marijuana can also be taken in as a mixture of baked goods like cookies or brownies and also brewed as a tea. According to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, a more concentrated, higher THC content and resinous form of marijuana is called hashish and it comes in the form of sticky black liquid, hash oil. Doctor Akoury says that the smoke of this substance often has a pungent and distinctive, usually sweet-and-sour odor. Marijuana is sometimes laced with crack cocaine and hallucinogen phencyclidine (PCP), making marijuana even more dangerous. As we progress into the discussion, let us now dig deep into its effects in our lives.

Short-term effects: it is important to note that he effects of marijuana are generally felt within a few minutes and reach a peak between 10 and 30 minutes. Overall, most of marijuana’s short-term effects wear off within 2 or 3 hours and that explains why users often take it repeatedly to realize the high.

How does marijuana affect the brain? This is very important because when someone smokes marijuana, THC is absorbed by the lungs and into the bloodstream, which then transport the THC to the brain and to all other organs of the body, producing the “high” that users experience. The parts of the brain most affected include those that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, sensory and time perception and coordination of movement.

Long-term effects: According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), research has shown that, in chronic users, marijuana’s adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off. Because of this, a daily user of marijuana may be functioning at a suboptimal intellectual level all of the time. Research has also shown poorer cognitive abilities than non-users, including memory capability, math and verbal skills and that explains why marijuana is very addictive in nature.

Even though users will tell you that marijuana is not addictive, the fact is that year in year our more teens are admitted in various health facilities for treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than all other illicit drugs combined. This according to the studies carried out by NIDA, long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction for about 9% of users and increases among those who start young to about 17% and daily users between 25-50%. Because of the addictiveness nature of the substance, long term users who are trying to quit always suffer withdrawal symptoms including irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and drug craving. The symptoms begin within a day after last use and peak at 2-3 days and latter subside within 1 or 2 weeks. Therefore if you still have some concerns even after reading this piece of information about “what you need to know about marijuana,” then you can schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for a one on one discussion with her and all your concerns will be addressed professionally.

What you need to know about Marijuana: Also known as cannabis sativa


The relationship between alcohol and drunk driving

The relationship between alcohol and drunk driving: Out lining the facts straight

The relationship between alcohol and drunk driving

The relationship between alcohol and drunk driving can only lead to fetal result and so we must discourage drunk driving at all cost

It is no longer business as usual in our roads thanks to the ever increasing misuse of alcohol. Currently it is regrettable that the policy of selling alcoholic beverages only to adult is no longer in force in many states at least in practice. The law is in paper but the implementation is seriously lucking. This is so because of the revelation that alcohol consumption is today the norm of even children and teenagers. And because of that, we are succeeding in ushering a drunk generation of drivers on our roads and you can just imagine the consequences. Because of the effects of alcohol both men and women are suffering, children suffer. Families and loved ones are equally suffering not to forget the nation’s economic growth. It is on the background of this magnitude that we want to focus on the relationship between alcohol and drunk driving in this article even as we engage experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center to shade more light why people are dying daily on our roads currently. Doctor Dalal Akoury who is this founder of this facility (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) says that Alcohol and Crime go hand in hand and that is simply the truth.

Professionally drunk driving is a crime and therefore to effectively confront all alcohol-related crime including drunk driving, we will to strike a balanced approach of various elements including public education, professional training, increased assessment and referral for treatment, expanded access to treatment, recovery housing and recovery support. As things stand right now the truth is that for the greatest majority of offenders, we often rely solely on punishment or incarceration and if you ask me about the effectiveness of this approach, I will without a doubt tell you on your face that from the response from most victims the answer is not surprising, it is ineffective says doctor Akoury. That may rub shoulders with other people but the truth will always remain the truth, the plain and simple truth is that we have failed to treat the root cause of the problem which is binge drinking, alcohol abuse and dependence or alcoholism. At this facility we deal with the real issues and deliver quality to our clients in confidence and with lots of professionalism. Therefore if you need our professional help on your addictive condition, you can schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for the commencement of your journey to total recovery today. In the meantime, lets us consider some facts about drinking and driving.

Associating alcohol with crime and drunk driving: Drinking and Driving

It will surprise you to note that up to 32% of fatal car crashes you read from the newspapers or watch on television networks actually involve not only an intoxicated driver but even the pedestrian under the same intoxication. Besides being unlawful, doctor Akoury says that drinking alcohol and driving simply do not go together. The human brain has to deal with many things and process countless data all the time. This function of the brain can only be done effectively when the brain is in its sober state. Remember that alcohol is the enemy of sobriety and it affects the attentiveness of an individual and his or her ability to make quick decisions on the road, react to changes in the environment and execute specific, often difficult maneuvers behind the wheel. When drinking alcohol, driving becomes dangerous and is potentially lethal! What really surprises me is that despite increased public awareness, drinking and drugged driving still continues according to the following findings:

  • Nearly 13,000 people are killed annually in alcohol-related accidents
  • Hundreds of thousands more are injured
  • It is also estimated that alcohol-related crashes cost American taxpayers over $100 billion
  • Over 1.4 million arrests for DWI each year (less than 1% of 159 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving) and 780,000 are convicted
  • Two-thirds of those sentenced to incarceration are repeat offenders

In an attempt to bring discipline and order on our roads all states in the U.S. have adopted .08% BAC (blood alcohol concentration) as the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle for drivers aged 21 years or older.

Drivers below age 21 are not allowed to operate a motor vehicle with any level of alcohol in their system. The majority of drinking and driving deaths are due to drivers with a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, of at least .10 BAC (blood alcohol concentration), the most commonly used definition of intoxication.

The relationship between alcohol and drunk driving: How does alcohol affect the driver?

BAC of 0.02: As the person reaches .02 they begin to experience some loss of judgment, relaxation and altered mood which results in a decline in visual functions and ability to perform two tasks at the same time.

BAC of 0.05: Psychomotor performance is significantly impaired, slower eye movements occur; visual perception, reaction time and information processing are adversely affected resulting in reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering and reduced response to emergency driving situations

BAC of 0.08: Muscle coordination is poor (e.g., balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing), it is harder to detect danger and judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory are impaired resulting in reduced concentration, short-term memory loss, loss of speed control, reduced information processing capability (e.g., signal detection, visual search) and impaired perception.

The relationship between alcohol and drunk driving: Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a Crime.

Every wrong has its consequences and therefore if you are going to sit on the steering wheel intoxicated, you will be arrested because this is now a crime in USA and even in most nations across the globe. It is therefore very important that you get to know what the penalties are if you are convicted. Some of the penalties may include payment of a substantial fine, a mandatory surcharge, license revocation, higher insurance premiums, and possible incarceration. And even as you seek for more information about the state laws and regulation, the most important thing to do is to seek for professional treatment that will rescue you from the jaw of the hung man. You can avoid the embarrassment associated with conviction like paying of fines, jail sentence, license action & requirements – including revocation and reinstatement, community service, etc., by scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for the commencement of your recovery program.

The relationship between alcohol and drunk driving: Out lining the facts straight


Alcoholism and drug addiction causes family pain

Alcoholism and drug addiction causes family pain: The support mechanism of alcoholism

Alcoholism and drug addiction causes family pain

Can you imagine at this age what alcoholism and drug addiction causes family pain? This must STOP.

In every family settings there are bound to be certain aspects that cause discomfort to the well-being of the family. Much as it is everyone’s desire to enjoy the maximum comfort, this is not always the case in normal day to day life settings. The problem could further be complicated with one or more of the members of this family abusing alcohol or drugs or both. In our series of articles about alcoholism, we want to primarily focus our discussion in this article by finding out why alcoholism and drug addiction causes family pain that much. Speaking to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) and also the founder of the facility, it is very clear that alcoholism and drug addiction affects the whole family indiscriminately. Everyone in the family whether young, teenage, or grown-up children; wives or husbands; brothers or sisters; parents or other relatives and friends all are not immune to the effects of alcohol abuse. Therefore if one member of the family is addicted to alcohol and drugs, it would mean that the whole family will suffers the consequences. According to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, an addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point thereby impacting on the stability of the home, the family’s unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics.

From that background it is evident that without finding timely solutions to any addictive substances, the consequences of that negligence would cause a total disruption to the family life and worst still cause harmful effects that can last a lifetime. Doctor Akoury says that dealing with any kind of addiction is not very easy for various reasons including the fact that no family is born with the knowledge of how to deal effectively with addiction. Because this is not inborn practice, it is however very important those individual users and their loved ones are educated on the skill that must be practiced daily to contain and bring the scourge of addiction to manageable levels. That is why at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, we have prioritized creating awareness about all the elements through which alcoholism and drug addiction causes family pain and beyond. We therefore want to encourage you to stay with us on the link so that we can together make a difference in dealing with this problem because with the administration of proper help and support, family recovery from addiction can become a reality for you and millions across the globe says doctor Dalal Akoury.

Alcoholism and drug addiction causes family pain: Roadblock to recovery

This is often a common question more so with people taking care of victims like for instance one may ask “why do i need help? She is the problem.” Have you ever said something like that? Whether your response is Yes or No one of the biggest challenges to family recovery is the belief that everything will be ok by just fixing their loved one who is addicted to alcohol or drugs. After all, “she’s the one who needs help, not me!” that is very easy to say but nevertheless, professionally doctor Akoury says that helping families understand that just as the addict is responsible for their own recovery they too are responsible for their own recovery. One fact must be put straight and that is the whole family must be in this together without excluding the children. Remember that addiction in the family strains relationships and people are likely to become anxious, mistrustful and tired. Besides that an overwhelming sense of hopelessness can set in too and because addiction hurts the whole family, it is therefore very essential that solutions are tailored to restoring the whole family which therefore means that even as we seek for professional solutions, recovery process from addiction will greatly depend on the commitment and willingness of the family.

Alcoholism and drug addiction causes family pain: Recovery from addiction is a family affair

As a family disease, those who have been affected by addiction may take years to recover, as they rebuild and stabilize their lives, independent of what the alcohol and drug addicted family member does. Without question, it can seem overwhelming, but it helps to keep in mind that commitment to the recovery process is also a commitment to the overall well-being of the whole family. Therefore very constructive and active family engagement in the recovery process is essential if the family is to heal from the destructive impact of addiction. To keep hopes alive, the whole family needs a variety of supports, information and skills including the following:

End the isolation and connect: By joining an education or support group.

Education on Addiction and the Family: Understanding how addiction affects both the addicted person and the family is an essential foundation to moving on.

Learn communication skills: Active addiction destroys family communication. Developing these skills is essential to family recovery.

Detachment and responsibility for self: Learning to detach with love and focus on assuming responsibility for our own behavior.

Stop old behaviors: Many of our old ways of coping are ineffective and contribute to the problem not the solution: enabling, denial, blaming and minimizing the problem.

Engage the children: As a parent, depending on ages, you play a critically important role in providing support and protection for the children. But, engaging them in their own recovery is very important.

Build on resilience: Surviving active addiction to alcohol and drugs is never easy. Therefore use the recovery process as a means of building on your personal and family strengths.

Engage in personal and family activities: working alone and together to find activities that serve as a source of personal and family fulfillment.

Understand and prepare for relapse: Relapse into old behaviors is as real for family members as it is for those addicted to alcohol and drugs. Family members need to develop strategies for dealing with their own relapse issues and other challenges.

People recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction, their families, and their children can and often do achieve optimum levels of health and functioning, but this achievement is best measured in years rather than days, weeks, or months. In the process of recovery, families are strengthened through increased levels of genuine intimacy and families are better able to cope with life’s challenges. Over time, the discipline of recovery can bring the family together to be the healthiest it has ever been!

Finally as we settle on solutions to this problem, we must all appreciate that family recovery is very ideal and realistic for millions across the globe, and because of this hope, help, and healing of family recovery has become the most powerful way to break the inter-generational cycle of alcoholism and addiction in the family thereby bringing restoration to where hope was dying and discouragement was thriving. You can speak to us at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center about al concerns you may have in relation to alcoholism and addiction as potential factors of family pain and we will gladly come to your aide.

Alcoholism and drug addiction causes family pain: The support mechanism of alcoholism


The fetal effects of alcohol on pregnancy

The fetal effects of alcohol on pregnancy: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

The fetal effects of alcohol on pregnancy

We have a responsibility to save the next generation from the fetal effects of alcohol on pregnancy by seeking for help today.

When we are expecting our bundles of joy we often choose to do the right thing in order to bring forth a healthy baby. Mothers who have nursed pregnancy before will agree with me about this and they will also acknowledge that the whole process is not easy. Any mistake done can cause serious consequences both for the baby and the mother. One element that we must avoid by all standards is alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and pregnancy have nothing in common, if anything bringing these two together will only result in anarchy and sorrows. And before we get there, we want to share with your some of the fetal effects of alcohol on pregnancy which is professionally referred to us Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE). The purpose of this writing is to inform you of the other side of alcohol and not to scare you in all way. Doctor Dalal Akoury is an addiction veteran of several decades and she is going to professionally help us bring this discussion to perspective.
Even as we get into this discussion, doctor Akoury is registering that it is important to note that Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE) or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is actually an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual if he or she is exposed to alcohol. These effects are never friendly and collectively and individually they may include physical, mental, behavioral, or learning disabilities. If not addressed in good time they can have a very long life implication to the victims. Remember that there are no boundaries when it comes to alcohol consumption. Like for instance, prenatal exposure to alcohol may cause disabilities that range from mild to severe. This is very important for all of us, take note that says doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center it doesn’t matter what kind of alcoholic beverage you use “whether it is a wine cooler, a glass of wine or a bottle of beer, any kind or amount of alcohol that a pregnant mother consumes is also being consumed by her unborn baby.” The best cure is prevention and FASD is 100 percent preventable if a pregnant woman abstains from alcohol. We appreciate that alcohol like any other substance is very addictive and may not be easy to abstain from, but what is important is that it is not impossible. What you see as a serious obstacle is achievable with the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury. All you need to do is to call her on telephone number 843 213 1480 to schedule for an appointment with her and she will be glad to help you go through that obstacle in confidence, humane and professionally.

The fetal effects of alcohol on pregnancy: FASD for prevention of mental retardation

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, FASD is actually the leading known cause of preventable mental retardation. It can occur anytime a pregnant woman drinks alcohol or any other drink with alcohol content. To solidify that, research has numerously demonstrated that drinking any alcoholic beverage is harmful, especially if it is binge drinking that is to say consuming four or more drinks on one occasion. Besides that it is also important to note that even a single binge during pregnancy has been associated with increased risk for learning disabilities in the newborn. To that effect researchers has established that the odds of a child experiencing gross motor skill impairment more than tripled if the child was diagnosed with Fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, or they were exposed to alcohol while still in the womb. And like we mentioned in the introduction that when we are expecting bundles of joy we must do all it takes to keep them safe, it is therefore necessary that all pregnant women must abstain from any alcoholic drink before, or during pregnancy and after even after delivery. In other words the simple fact is that a pregnant woman should not drink at all says doctor Dalal Akoury.

The fetal effects of alcohol on pregnancy: Plain and simple is, a pregnant woman should not drink alcohol.

This might sound harsh to some of us but for our own well-being and that of our unborn children, doctor Akoury is not missing her words, she says that “if you’re pregnant it is important that you don’t drink alcohol however if you must drink alcohol then, just don’t get pregnant.” That is not very accommodative to many but it is the naked truth when it comes to the fetal effects of alcohol on pregnancy. This fact is supported because as things stand now, there is no proven safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. However, if you stop drinking at any time during the pregnancy, it will help the fetus. Here are some Facts about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD):

  • Drinking any kind of alcohol when you are pregnant can harm your baby, whether it is a 4-5 oz. glass of wine, a 12 oz. serving of beer or a 1.5 oz. shot of distilled spirits (hard liquor) as all contain the same amount of alcohol.
  • The easiest way to prevent FASD is to abstain from alcohol use during pregnancy. If a woman never drinks alcohol during pregnancy, her baby will not have problems from prenatal alcohol exposure.
  • Remember that you don’t have to be a heavy drinker to have a baby affected by alcohol. Therefore if a pregnant woman drinks any alcohol, it passes directly from her bloodstream to the placenta of the growing baby.

Finally it is important to note that drinking alcohol at any time during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) with life-long consequences. When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, her baby does, too and so the problem continues, that is why you must seek for help from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center today.

The fetal effects of alcohol on pregnancy: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)


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