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Canadian Association for Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases

Canadian Assocation for Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases or CATSAD (formerly NTSAD of Ontario) is a non-profit charitable organization, founded in 1988 by a group of people who shared a common tragedy. They were parents or supportive family members and friends of children who were afflicted with rare, fatal genetic diseases.

Tay-Sachs and the allied diseases are rare, fatal, genetic diseases that primarily affect young children. Some of the diseases attack the central nervous system, others affect vital organs. Despite variations in the course and symptoms among the diseases, the inevitable and tragic outcome is the same - death- usually in early childhood.

To date no cures or effective treatment exists for any of these diseases. Medical science has developed strategies that offer couples who may be at risk genetic information and informed choices including the possibility of prenatal diagnosis for Tay-Sachs and some other of the allied diseases.

Our organization was created to:

  • establish and maintain a Parent Peer Group to provide emotional support and practical guidance to parents of children afflicted with Tay-Sachs or an allied disease.
  • provide information, guidance, services, and resources to members of the public;
  • develop, coordinate and implement, educational, medical and research programs concerning the prevention of Tay-Sachs and the allied diseases.
Although the group is centred in southern Ontario, membership and enquires from all of Canada are very welcome.

3 Most Common High Blood Pressure Treatments

High blood pressure treatments are scattered all over the internet. It seems that scientific studies already provided a lot of ways that may alleviate or totally cure high blood pressure or hypertension. Three most common treatments that are given to patients include proper diet, regular exercise, and quality medical maintenance.

Proper Diet

Since we live in a fast-paced world, most folks no longer cares about what they are eating daily. Working men and women are hooked up in pursuing competitiveness, productivity, promotion and salary increase. Although there is nothing wrong with being competitive, productivity, and promotion, most workaholics fail to apply holistic view of life. Instead of preparing homemade meals to ensure a healthy diet, they resort to fast-food chains and instant food. They perilously prioritize their jobs at the expense of their health.

People experiencing high blood pressure must avoid salty foods as well as food which are high in cholesterol. That's why fast foods and instant foods should be eaten occasionally not just by patients but by everybody because it can either threaten or worsen a person's blood pressure.

In seeking to maintain a proper diet, one must consult the doctor and submit to the necessary health or laboratory examinations. This is to facilitate the treatment – it may not interfere with the other ongoing medications.

Regular Exercise

Exercise might seem easy, but exercise is not enough. High blood pressure treatments must have the element of 'constancy' which carry the same meaning as the word 'regular.' Exercise is vital for all who want to get rid of hypertension because exercise improves blood circulation. Brisk walking is one easy exercise that one can do daily. There are also downloadable phone applications that can assist a quick regular exercise. All you have to do is to set aside 30 minutes, or even 7-10 minutes every day, then follow the whole body exercises instructed by your phone.

Quality Medical Maintenance

Hypertension patients must not compromise this one. Proper medication prescribed by doctors is important because a person's bodily condition is different from everybody else's. Some fail to recognize this, neglect regular check-ups with their doctors, and try to imitate their neighbor's treatment procedures.

High blood pressure treatments must never lose the elements of 'quality' and 'maintenance.' A quality and maintained medication might cause much, but it would be worth it. Regular check-ups with the doctor who holds his patient's health records will help a lot in monitoring the effectivity of a particular blood pressure maintenance medicine. In this manner, the doctor can properly prescribe another medicine, just in case the first did not make the patient feel better.

On the other hand, the patient will be free from the peril of trial and error self-medication. The person will have the right to ask the doctor of the scientific basis of the prescribed treatments and medications, thus encourages an atmosphere of transparency and accountability. The doctor must ensure a professional and excellent service because the patient has the right to complain against disservice and unprofessional treatments to the corresponding authorities.

When it comes to hypertension, everyone needs to be aware because everyone is at risk. In fact, this is one of the most dangerous and detrimental illnesses in the world. If you have a family history of this disease, you are more likely to have it in your adult years.

For more information contact:

Canadian Association for Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases
569 Laural Drive
Burlington, Ontario
L7L 5E1

(905) 634-4101

email: info@catsad.ca

CATSAD is affiliated with National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases, a non-profit organization in the United States.

updated December 11, 2004

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