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72 Fatigue Fighting Foods, Herbs & Supplements

72 Fatigue Fighting Foods, Herbs & Supplements | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
If 8-10 glorious sleep-full hours of rest each night are alluding you, try adding these fatigue fighting foods into your diet.
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With this well-known medication damaged teeth could repair themselves. Sensational!

With this well-known medication damaged teeth could repair themselves. Sensational! | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
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Social Chats Health: February Health Awareness - Social Chats

Social Chats Health: February Health Awareness - Social Chats | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Social Chats Health with Tonya Scholz and Sandra Lopez chatting about February Health Awareness February 2017 National Health Observances:

African Heritage & Health Week, Alliance for Aging Research, American Dental Association,American Heart Month, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), February Health Awareness Month, Give Kids A Smile, Group B strep (GBS),International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, Lung, National Children’s Dental Health Month, National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, National Wear Red Day, Oldways,Online Eating Disorder Screening, President Donald J. Trump,  Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, White House

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Online Eating Disorder Screening

Online Eating Disorder Screening | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

NEDA partners with Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) to provide an online eating disorder screening tool. Found at www.MyBodyScreening.org, this website provides people with the option to take a free, anonymous self-assessment to gauge their risk of an eating disorder. The anonymous SMH online screening takes only a few minutes and consists of a series of questions, developed by treatment professionals in the eating disorders field, which are designed to indicate whether clinical help is needed. 

The availability of such a “low pressure” first-step towards recovery is a vital tool. After completing a screening, participants (if indicated) will receive referral information through NEDA’s Helpline for personal evaluation by a medical professional and treatment. There are two screenings available, one for college students – a particularly vulnerable demographic for the development of eating disorders – and a standard screening for other demographics. This is an outstanding resource for people who may need help or know someone who may need help and don’t know where to begin.

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Give Kids A Smile

Give Kids A Smile | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Find information about the ADA's Give Kids A Smile program, including upcoming Give Kids A Smile events.
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Wear Orange Day highlights Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Wear Orange Day highlights Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Many will wear orange on Valentines Day to create awareness about teen dating violence.
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February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month!

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month! | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.

Not all babies exposed to GBS become infected, but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. GBS can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, born prematurely, become very sick, have lifelong handicaps, or die.  Even babies born to moms who test negative can become infected by group B strep.

Fortunately there are many ways to help protect babies from group B strep (στα Ελληνικά) (en español) . This website contains resources for you to learn more about GBS and help prevent its devastating effects.

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Social Chats Eldercare: Q & A on Caregiving - Social Chats

Social Chats Eldercare: Q & A on Caregiving - Social Chats | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Social Chats #Eldercare with Tonya Scholz and Claudio Alegre chat about Q&A on caregiving. Comments comments
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Unsustainable Drug Prices - Life Extension

Unsustainable Drug Prices - Life Extension | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
No one has fought longer against  high drug prices than Life Extension®. We’ve exposed how generic drugs whose active ingredient costs only pennies are sold to desperate consumers for hundreds of dollars. The solution to this price gouging is to remove antiquated regulations that cause drugs to cost far more than they should.
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Golf star uses Pilates to keep competitive edge

Golf star uses Pilates to keep competitive edge | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Kim Ha-neul, female professional golfer, started her new year with Pilates. The year 2016 had been a busy one for Kim, having won twice in the Japanese Ladies Professional Golf Association (JLPGA) Tours and just returned home in late December.

The end of the season doesn’t mean a time for long naps on the couch, however. For Kim, her holidays mean a rest from golf, not from working out. “I’ve been doing Pilates for eight years now. I feel sorry to my body when I don’t work out for a day, even when I’m taking a rest [from golf],” said Kim. Pilates, developed by the German gymnast Joseph Pilates, focuses on breathing, core strength, controlled movements and alignment.

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Get healthy and not hurt with Pilates Twist | Folsom Telegraph

Get healthy and not hurt with Pilates Twist | Folsom Telegraph | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Strengthen, lengthen and find stability with Pilates Twist. There is no reason to hurt when you can feel relaxed leaving a difficult, yet rewarding workout.

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. He was very sick as a child and noticed his body was working properly, said Hilary Rogers, owner of Pilates Twist.

“Mr. Pilates wanted to do something to make his body work better, so he created exercises on the mat,” she said. “He had a drive to feel better. People go, ‘I hurt,’ and accept it as aging, but most of these issues are treatable through movement.”

Pilates was working in England during the outbreak of World War I and was put in an internment camp, being that he was German, in England.

“He worked with people in the camp and learned the work was too hard,” Rogers said. “He started attaching springs to bed frames and that is where the equipment started. They were able to build their strength over time so they could do the mat work well.”

In the mid 1920s, Pilates moved to New York, patented his equipment and opened up his own studio near the New York City Ballet. He worked with a lot of injured dancers which is how a lot of it filtered through the dance community, Rogers said.

“He was a gruff German man with a glass eye,” she said. “He was kind of eccentric. He was a boxer and taught self-defense. Pilates became something for women, but in reality, what Mr. Pilates’ goal was, is for everyone to be doing his exercises.”

Pilates died in 1968 and his legacy lives on as Pilates has become more popular in the last 15 years.

Rogers studied in a two-year mentor program with Lolita San Miguel, who was certified by Pilates. In addition, she took a number of training programs all around the country.

“Almost 20 years ago, I sat in an office all day long and had low back pain,” Rogers said. “Someone told me there was this thing and it was great for back pain. I started doing it and it was great. Then I decided I didn’t want to sit at a desk anymore. I decided I would teach Pilates. I have been teaching ever since.”

After years of teaching in various locations around the country, Rogers decided to open her own studio in September 2015. She wanted to create something that was a little different than what was available in the area, she said.

“I wanted a place where people who had injuries and special needs that want that kind of higher quality workout instead of just going and feeling wrecked afterward,” she said. “They could feel better after and feel that detail that makes the difference. I wanted a place that was inviting for those people where they know they will be well taken care of and they know that they can learn a lot about what is good for them and what’s not.”

At Pilates Twist, there are four distinctively different, yet related classes – mat, reformer, mixed equipment and Barre.

“Mat Pilates is body weight and gravity on a mat, which is a lot of what you will see around, but all of my teachers are well-trained in specifically Pilates,” she said. “We have all done hundreds of hours of course work and observed more experienced teachers.”

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Kisspeptin: New research shows hormone linked to feeling sexy and romantic

Kisspeptin: New research shows hormone linked to feeling sexy and romantic | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
FEELING sexy and romantic is linked to a hormone appropriately named “kisspeptin”, research has shown.
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Stress: How Your Body Responds To Demands Made Upon It (audio)

Stress: How Your Body Responds To Demands Made Upon It (audio) | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Most of us experience stress at some point in our lives, personally or professionally. Here's a look at what actually causes that reaction in the body and
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An Injection Of This Hormone Could Help Boost Your Sex Drive

An Injection Of This Hormone Could Help Boost Your Sex Drive | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Sex sells, even for medications. A new study has suggested that Viagra, one of the best-selling drugs in pharmaceutical history, may soon have some competition. Known as kisspeptin, this naturally occurring chemical in the body has previously been used for other medical purposes, but new research suggests that it helps to boost users' sex lives and could be useful in the treatment of psychological sexual problems.

The study of 29 heterosexual men found that injections of kisspeptin enhanced the brain’s response to sexual and romantic photos of couples, The Mirror reported. In addition, MRI scans showed that the hormone injections led to more activity in areas of the brain associated with sex and romance. Due to these results, the researchers believe that kisspeptin could have a future use as a sexual stimulus drug, and even has implications in male infertility cases.

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DHEA Restoration Therapy - Hormone Replacement, Estrogens, Androgens - Life Extension Health Concern

DHEA Restoration Therapy - Hormone Replacement, Estrogens, Androgens - Life Extension Health Concern | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

The natural steroid hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) was first introduced to Life Extension supporters four decades ago at a time when the medical community was largely unaware of the scientific data supporting this hormone’s multifaceted benefits. Fast forward to today, when more than 3700 papers have evaluated the scientific effects of DHEA upon many different cells and tissues of the body. This multifunctional hormone and its metabolite dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) provide critical hormonal benefits in both men and women (Traish 2011; Savineau 2013). As a precursor to androgens (male hormones) and estrogens (female hormones), DHEA plays a fundamental role in the maintenance of hormonal balance and youthful vitality. It also modulates a variety of pathways throughout the body involved in various aspects of health and disease via direct actions independent of its role as a precursor to androgens and estrogens (Samaras 2013; Traish 2011; Savineau 2013).

Aging disrupts hormonal balance, with the levels of several critical hormones dramatically reduced in comparison with youthful levels, and DHEA is no exception. By age 80, levels of DHEA fall by as much as 80%–90% compared to what they were during young adulthood (Samaras 2013). The gravity of this becomes clear after understanding the roles DHEA plays in supporting healthy, youthful physiology across several body systems. Studies have shown that reduced levels of DHEA-S are linked with the pathophysiology underlying numerous age-associated disease states, including cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease, bone loss, cancer, depression, sexual dysfunction, and various inflammatory disorders (Samaras 2013; Traish 2011; Savineau 2013; Dong 2012; Zaluska 2009; Labrie 2009; Straub 2000; Krysiak 2008; Lopez-Marure 2011).

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National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day Explained in 60 Seconds

On February 22, the first-ever National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day is celebrated. This short video explains why heart valve disease is a threat to the health of millions and the importance of this new observance.

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National Wear Red Day Toolkit, HHS, NIH, NHLBI

National Wear Red Day Toolkit, HHS, NIH, NHLBI | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Make a difference in women's lives by spreading The Heart Truth in your community.
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African Heritage & Health Week | Oldways

African Heritage & Health Week | Oldways | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
This year, Oldways will celebrate African Heritage & Health Week (Feb. 1-7, 2017) by sharing infographics, Oldways recipes, special recipes from leading African Diaspora food bloggers, interviews with up-and-coming chefs, and stories from ATOAH volunteers.
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims February as American Heart Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims February as American Heart Month | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

The death rate from heart disease in the United States has fallen dramatically since the 1960s, a significant public health victory.  Despite this progress, heart disease remains a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and we must reduce its toll.  During American Heart Month, we remember those who have lost their lives to heart disease and resolve to improve its prevention, detection, and treatment.  It is a time for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to improving cardiovascular health    for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Over the past several decades, we have learned much about factors that contribute to heart disease, how to monitor those triggers, and ways to treat them.  We know that individuals can live longer and better lives by refraining from tobacco use, maintaining an optimal blood pressure and a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.  Innovative companies continue to offer new tools and online systems, giving people more access than ever to information they can use to make informed, health-conscious choices.

Scientific research and evidence-based interventions to prevent or treat heart attacks and strokes have played an important part in making these strides.  Developments in technology and the discovery of early markers of heart disease have allowed us to diagnose and treat heart disease sooner than ever before.  American innovators continue to develop treatments for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and our health care providers continue to promote best strategies and educate Americans to stay heart healthy.

To highlight the importance of preventing heart disease, Melania and I invite all Americans to wear red this Friday, February 3, 2017, to observe National Wear Red Day.  Working together on National Wear Red Day, and throughout the year, we can raise awareness about heart disease and make our Nation healthier.

In acknowledgement of the importance of the ongoing fight against cardiovascular disease, the Congress, by Joint Resolution approved on December 30, 1963, as amended (36 U.S.C. 101), has requested that the President issue an annual proclamation designating February as American Heart Month.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim February 2017 as American Heart Month, and I invite all Americans to participate in National Wear Red Day on February 3, 2017.  I also invite the Governors of the States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in recognizing and reaffirming our commitment to fighting cardiovascular disease.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Contaminated medical marijuana believed to have killed cancer patient

Contaminated medical marijuana believed to have killed cancer patient | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
The treatment left the man’s immune system vulnerable to a fungus found in many marijuana samples tested
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Experience the Health Benefits of Yoga for Yourself

Experience the Health Benefits of Yoga for Yourself | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Our lives seem to be more stressful every day. Email, text messages and commitments to family, friends and the community compete for our attention. It’s no wonder the number of people who seek the peaceful health benefits of yoga is rapidly increasing. Seventy percent of yoga practitioners are women, and the number of American adults over 50 doing yoga has tripled to 14 million over the last four years.

As a Pilates and yoga instructor myself for the past 15 years, I know the health benefits of yoga to be had, especially for those of us in our prime. Increased flexibility, improved respiration, energy and vitality. Yoga can help with weight reduction, and help you maintain a balanced metabolism. Then, of course, there are the improvements to your cardio and circulatory health, not to mention the much sought after mental benefits that result from a regular practice of yoga, such as kindness and self-discipline.

A study performed in 2009 involving women ages 22-55 even suggests yoga can improve your sex life.  You can read more of that yourself, but the gist of the study, small though it may have been, was that after the 12-week program of one hour of yoga each day, nearly 75% of the women said they were more satisfied with their sex life than they had been BEFORE the study. In particular, women who were over 45 experienced the greatest improvement. If all those benefits aren’t incentive enough, I don’t know what is.

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Ballet Dancers Enhance Their Fitness With Many Other Exercises

Ballet Dancers Enhance Their Fitness With Many Other Exercises | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Dancing is considered one of the most enjoyable and complete workouts by many. However, dancing alone is not enough for the professional dancers of the Washington Ballet as they depend on many other exercises to stay fit and in shape.

According to the Washingtonian, the members of the dance company spend more than 30 hours a week dancing, apart from technique classes, rehearsals and stage performances. If there are new elements in the choreography, the rehearsals may last even longer. In between all this hustle-bustle, many dancers have taken to cross training to keep them fit and raise their endurance. The regime might vary from 45 minutes to one hour over 2-3 days a week.

 

Cardio has been considered an essential part of the regime to increase the dancer's stamina. There are a number of cardio workouts that these dancers depend upon, namely swimming, running on the treadmill or using the elliptical. It helps to strengthen the core muscles of their body. Some of the dancers also take to weight training and exercise balls to boost their endurance to a whole new level. Even during the off season, the dancers go to the gym and keep practicing their regular routine or take up jobs at other ballets to keep in shape and retain their strength and flexibility.

According to Pilates Bridge, another popular modern day exercise that many dancers prefer is the Pilates method. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, the Pilates technique comprises of controlled movements of the various parts of the body in order to increase and enhance muscle power and stamina. It consists of two forms namely Mat Work and Reformer workout.

As it is very important for the dancers to keep their muscles supple and firm so as to do the most difficult movements and steps properly, those adhering to the Pilates method find the rigorous tasks easier than others. Pilates can be done with or without props and is also very effective in reducing unwanted fat on various parts of the body. It consists of various techniques like single and double leg circles and bridges. 15 minutes of Pilates every day for 5 days a week is considered enough to keep the body it and firm. Perseverance and perfection seems the main mantra that pushes these ballet dancers to train hard and go for the additional workout regimes along with dancing.

 

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Food is medicine claims a local pharmacist

Food is medicine claims a local pharmacist | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Those who use Montgomery Pharmacy at TJ's Market in Hughesville will get a double dose of medical knowledge and advice. Not only does head pharmacist, Betsy Waddell help customers with their medical prescriptions, but she is also very knowledgeable with supplements, providing accurate information and safety for the products they carry. Not only is Waddell a registered and licensed pharmacist, but she is also certified in nutritional functional medicine.

Since 1983 Waddell has been working as a pharmacist, loving it from the very beginning, she said.

With degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Waddell met her husband, Dennis and came to Muncy in '87 to live. At the time his family owned a small factory in Williamsport and Betsy got her first pharmaceutical position working for the late Pauline Montgomery, a well known pharmacist in the tri-town area. Betsy also spent nine years working as a pharmacist at Ben Franklin pharmacy, Riverwoods and the Susquehanna Health Pharmacy before settling at TJ's pharmacy, currently owned by Tom Montgomery also a pharmacist and Pauline's son.


Betsy Waddell who lives in Muncy is a practicing licensed pharmacist and also accredited in Nutritional Functional Medicine at Montgomery Pharmacy located inside TJ's Market in Hughesville. 'Food is my drug and medicine is food,' she says.

 
 

"We found a place in Muncy to live and we really like the area," Waddell said. "It was a great place to raise my three boys." She has no regrets as all three became successful after graduating from Muncy High School. One is a math teacher, one a business major and the third is a pharmacist at Sam's Club. Dennis teaches at Williamsport Area School District where he was awarded teacher of the year in 2016.

Working as a pharmacist, Betsy said she was alarmed at the number of her customers who were not well. "I see what I see - people not getting well," she replied. "I wanted to know more and find out the sources of their problems." She said the statistics were terrible for autoimmune diseases, gut problems and poor cardiovascular health. "What can I do?" she asked herself, "And how can I help my customers avoid the doctor."

She realized that good nutrition is essential to good health and explored the various food supplements available to build the immunity system while claiming that poor nutritional foods can "overtax our bodies."

She added, "I know what systems are going to work. Wheat is now toxic to many," and she recommends probiotics for poor gut health. She sees inflammation as being a common problem for many.

"A doctor once said to me, 'If I give you a baggie full of watch pieces, does that make a watch?' You need all the gears working together, not clogged, to work well."

Waddell claims the good nutrients are in real foods. "I'm the face of everyone, the typical American who has eaten the wrong foods. The teaching of this by physicians is obscure, that is, knowing the basics of whole foods."

She said she has seen some amazing changes with her customers. They confide in her about their health problems and Waddell in turn provides them with whole food supplements that have made some positive changes in their life. For example, she helped a woman with bleeding hemorrhoids by recommending a simple formula and a food supplement to completely fix the problem.

"These are incredible changes that I want to share," Betsy said. "Our idea here at TJ's is to help people get well. We cannot diagnose or heal. We can only provide a path to help people get well."

Another situation involved someone who had 20 kidney stones according to Waddell. "It was completely resolved by using a recommended calcium phosphate food supplement and well balanced foods."

The products are from a reputable source, ordered from Life Extension, a company providing quality supplements since 1980. Owner Tom Montgomery has said that he himself now takes them based on Betsy's recommendation. "I have really seen a difference in my health," he said. "There are several customers in our store that have gone the natural way and are feeling better."

The pharmacists agree the process takes time. Disease begins in the gut, they say, and the body works on a cellular level. "We are not doctors and cannot prescribe medicine, but we can offer the products to help."

Sometimes Betsy will take customers through the grocery store pointing out foods they should eat for wellness. "For example, I would show them how to make bone broth, a good source of calcium and minerals. You've got to do your homework if you want to get well."

Waddell mentioned other nutritional sources such as zinc for colds because it attaches to the virus and stops its replication. "Echinachea is good and take the whole food B vitamins because they are very good for the heart and for controlling blood pressure. Vitamin C is good for vascular health." She added, "I've seen people with life long issues disappear with the right food supplement. This is the chemistry I love - with whole foods given to us on this planet made for our bodies, not the man-made processes."

Montgomery said that if some medications aren't working well, it won't hurt to try something that's natural. "It might work," he said. "Not everything works for everybody."

Finally, Waddell claimed that she sees it working on their customers and that with good food, we can have healthy bodies until the very end. It is a dilemma she adds. "How do people know a medication is going to clear a problem? Always ask," she replies. "Ask why this is happening. Ask what is causing the problem. A prescribed treatment is not always the answer. Get to the root of the issue. Think holistic. There is a place for both. Food is medicine."

 
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Japanese people who can't afford elder care are reviving a practice known as 'granny dumping'

Japanese people who can't afford elder care are reviving a practice known as 'granny dumping' | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Centuries ago, Japan created a word called ubasute. Translated as "granny dumping," it described the practice of poor citizens bringing their senile elders to mountaintops because they can no longer afford their care.

Today, amid Japan's widespread demographic and economic woes, ubasute is making a comeback.

Modern-day granny dumping doesn't involve hauling seniors up the sides of mountains, but driving them to hospitals or the offices of nearby charities and, essentially, giving them up for adoption.

"There are a lot of people who have a certain amount of income but who still live in poverty and struggle terribly with relatives who can't look after themselves," social worker Takanori Fujita told the Times of London. "They are reluctant to ask for help because they feel it's shameful."

Japan's economy has been shrinking for the better part of the last decade. Senior citizens have continued aging into their 80s, 90s, and 100s, while younger generations have largely stagnated in having children. As a result, there are fewer people to help take care of the elderly, pay for social security, and keep the workforce full.

Economists have taken to calling the situation a "demographic time bomb."

There have been a number of related side effects to the demographic time bomb. For instance, the country has seen greater rates of karoshi, or "death by overwork," in which burnt-out employees commit suicide under the weight of job pressure.

The government has also taken steps to make family life more enticing to people, including hosting speed-dating events, teaching men how to be fathers, and recommending shorter work hours in large companies.

Granny dumping's revival signals another side effect of the demographic time bomb. Fujita works in Saitama prefecture, where he said there are roughly 10 abandoned elders per year. That likely equates to a nationwide total in the low hundreds, he told the Times.

The trend is unlikely to stop anytime soon. There are more people in Japan over the age of 65, as a share of the total population, than at any point in the country's history. As of 2016, elderly people accounted for 26.7% of Japan's 127.11 million citizens.

And since 2011, adult diapers have outsold those intended for babies.

Some charities around Japan have begun catering to the new crop of abandoned elders, even setting up "senior citizen postboxes" (offices where people can be dropped off) to standardize the practice as best they can. The charity will then transfer the family member to a local retirement home, where they can receive the care they deserve.

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