Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Optimizing a Healthy Lifestyle

The term "Hernia" draws origin from the Greek latin word which means "tear" or "rupture". Anatomically it refers to any abnormal protrusion of the abdominal contents.

A "Hiatal Hernia" therefore refers to the abnormal protrusion of the Gastrointestinal Tract through the opening (hiatus) within the diaphragm.

There are two main types of hiatal hernias: sliding hiatal hernias, and paraesophageal hiatal hernias.

Sliding hiatal hernias form when the stomach and the adjoining oesophagus slide up into the chest cavity through the diaphragm. It is more common.

Paraoesophgeal hernias are less common and it occurs when a portion of the stomach squeezes past the diaphragm and is lodged and strangulated in place beside the oesophagus. Such hernias can be asymptomatic but dangerous because the portion of stomach that is strangulated above the diaphragm will have a compromised blood supply.

In most cases, hiatal hernias are asymptomatic but sometimes patients might experience heartburn or reflux. While the two conditions appear to be linked, they do not independently cause the development of the other.

In some cases of heartburn, patients might experience chest pain instead and this can be confused with chest pain caused by cardiac issues.


Often, the cause remains unknown. However, any condition predisposing to an increased pressure within the abdomen such as pregnancy, obesity, coughing or straining during bowel movements, and/or congenital situations such as a larger hiatal opening will predispose a person to developing one.

Population at risk for developing Hiatal Hernias

There's a predisposition for women, overweight individuals, and patients above fifty years of age to develop this condition.


A hiatal hernia can be diagnosed with a specialized X-ray called a barium swallow that allows a doctor to see the esophagus or with endoscopy. The procedure involves the patient swallowing a radio-opaque liquid and having X-Rays of the chest and abdomen taken while in the erect posture. The radio-opaque liquid will outline the stomach lining and oesophagus, thereby demonstrating the presence/absence of the condition.


If asymptomatic, no treatments are necessary. However, should the stomach become strangulated and there is a risk of vascular compromise to the stomach, surgery is usually needed to rectify the problem. Other associated symptoms such as reflux disease, heartburn and chest discomfort should be treated accordingly.

When is Hiatal Hernia surgery necessary?

Surgery is indicated when the hernia becomes strangulated and the blood supply becomes compromised. Surgical intervention for hiatal hernias is often performed laparoscopically (ie keyhole surgery) and is a day procedure. A camera and surgical tools are inserted via keyhole incisions into the abdomen and the surgeon will manipulate the surgical tools to reduce the hernia and possibly tighten the diaphragmatic hiatus. The procedure is usually done as a day procedure, involves smaller incisions, and has less pain and scarring compared to open surgery.

Most patients will be able to ambulate and walk around the next day. There are no dietary restrictions post surgery and patients resume regular activities after a week or so. Complete recovery will take up to a month and the patient should avoid hard labour and heavy lifting.

When Should I Call the Doctor About a Hiatal Hernia?

Speak with your doctor if you are symptomatic. It is difficult to diagnose and symptoms include chest pain, recurrent nausea and vomiting, poor bowel movements and non-specific symptoms like a funny sensation in the middle of the chest.

More and more parents are now considering cord blood banking for the simple reason that it has the potential to treat many diseases and conditions even after decades of birth. And not only the child, one cord blood unit can secure entire family's future and how! We all know that the umbilical cord ties a mother with her child during birth. However, new studies and researches have shown that fetal cells travel through placenta and often rest in various body parts of the mother.

Arizona State University's Department of Psychology researcher, Amy Boddy said, "Fetal cells can act as stem cells and develop into epithelial cells, specialized heart cells, liver cells and so forth... they are very dynamic and play a huge role in the maternal body."

The presence of the cells of the fetus in mother's tissue is known as fetal microchimerism. Microchimerism, the phrase originated from the Greek mythological term, chimeras that mean creatures created from various parts of different animals. So as the original phrase suggests, microchimerism means the process in which women get cells from different contributors, such as their parents, siblings and children. These cells have the potential to benefit the health of the mother or undermine her condition after years of birth.

Fetal cells that a mother acquires during birth can remain in the maternal tissue after decades of birth. Sometimes, these cells benefit the mother by protecting her from diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. However, in some cases, it's also seen that these cells cause harmful effects in the mother. But no matter what the effects are, it's clear that these cells have a long-lasting impact on women.

It's worth a mention that fetal cells play an important role in a specific organ, female breasts. Apart from the fact that fetal cells actively participate in lactation after birth, it's also seen that poor lactation might be a result of lower count of the these cells in breasts. In case of breast cancer as well, studies suggest that fetal cells largely influence the condition. It's seen that the women with breast cancer carry fewer cells in their breast tissue. However, there are some researches as well that would suggest that these cells might increase the chance of breast cancer immediately after pregnancy.

Apart from that, fetal cells have a wide impact on the emotional and physical state of a mother. It may range from depression to morning sickness. This is the reason that these fetal cells could be used in therapies in the future to address issues like poor lactation, wounds, tumor and various psychological disorders during pregnancy in women. Athena Aktipis, a fellow ASU researcher said, "If future research bears out the predictions of this framework, it could transform the way we approach, treat and prevent a variety of diseases that affect women, especially new mothers."

Stem cells that have the ability to cure many diseases can regenerate new cells. Fetal cells, like stem cells, have the potential to protect maternal tissues from many diseases and conditions. Both of them leave a long-lasting impact after a baby is born. No wonder, more and more researches are now focusing on fetal cells.CIRM's Governing Board recently approved $15 million for four projects in translational awards program, which promises to offer support to invent novel stem cells transplants that can be applied to patients during clinical trials. Wondering what "translational" might mean in studies, involving stem cells? "Translational" implies to researches that take the basic results of a clinical study and then advance them in a way that they become ready to be tested in patients in various clinical trials.

The fund for translating stem cell studies into effective therapies is divided into four researches. They are:

· Alzheimer's disease

· Sickle cell anemia

· Cartilage damage

· Osteonecrosis

Treating Alzheimer's disease: Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco received $5.9 million from the fund to find out a way to treat Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease has no long-term treatment or no known cure and it affects five million Americans.

In the process, the researchers are looking at generating brain cells by applying pluripotent stem cells in an induced form. Pluripotent stem cells or iPSCs are the adult cells that can be reprogrammed to give them the ability to modify into any other cell type.

Treating patients with sickle cell anemia: The second project involves patients suffering from sickle cell anemia. A fund of $4.5 million is approved to the researchers at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) for the trial.

Sickle cell anemia is a genetic blood disorder. It involves severe pain and can even lead to organ damage and stroke. The disease has affected over 100,000 people in the US. Currently, the most effective and long-term treatment for this disease involves bone marrow transplant. However, the procedure requires a suitably matched donor, which may take months. Even though a donor is found, the surgery may still leave a life risk.

Researchers found out that the patient's own blood stem cells can eliminate the complications and at the same time address the condition. To implement the technique, a new gene-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9 is used by the CHORI team. This technique helps to develop a way to edit the defective gene causing sickle cell and transform it into a healthy blood supply for the affected people.

Treating medically untreated cartilage damage: The third portion of the fund went to the University of Southern California (USC). The researchers of USC have been granted with $2.5 million, so that they can develop a full-proof technique to treat cartilage damage with stem cell transplant.

Cartilage damage might not be life-threatening, but it affects the lifestyle of millions of people to a great extent. And if remain untreated for a long time, it might result in severe conditions such as chronic pain, degeneration of joints and even arthritis.

Treating Osteonecrosis: The fourth part of the fund, $2.09 million, went to Ankasa Regenerative Therapeutics for a project, involving osteonecrosis. Regenerative Therapeutics researchers hope to discover a solution to the painful disease, which is caused due to inadequate blood flow to the bones. And as the result, the bones begin to rot and then die.

So many social media friends photograph a special piece of cake, steak and chips, a sundae, cake with ice cream, or pizza that they are eating out. Nobody criticizes their choice of food. But when I photograph a very special juice that I am enjoying, I often get the Food Police onto me.

I used to Reiki my food and give it a blessing. When I was little, I sometimes used to pray over my food. Now I made the few mistakes of photographing it and sharing it with my social media friends instead. And why the double standards that my friends show? Why do they "Like" pictures of cake, sundaes drizzling with sugary syrup, French Fries that almost fill a large plate, but when it comes to a litre of water mixed with half a tiny beetroot, one kiwi fruit,, quarter of a cucumber, a thin slice of ginger, and a sprig of mint, why oh why do they jump on me with both feet, saying I'm having too much sugar?! What about their cakes, why are they OK and not my small indulgence as part of my meal? I don't like cake much, I cannot stand the texture of sundaes, and I would only eat vanilla ice cream if you paid me a lot of money, I just can't stand the taste, why attack me for my own luxury food?

What about their French Fries cooked in rancid oil, full of both carbohydrates and horrid fatty greasy oil? I never would dream of criticizing their choices. Why do they feel they have to criticize mine, and so very harshly? I actually had to take time out for two hours and give myself healing with Reiki and EFT, until I stopped shaking and crying. Then I carried on till I reached a point of calm. Then I got an insight.

This is how I think it goes. People view fruit and vegetables as healthy and cakes and chips as unhealthy. They also view me as a healthy eater (I try but it is not something I rigidly stick to by any means). So, when someone posts about something perceived to be healthy, such as fruit or vegetables, then exactly how healthy that is becomes the subject of scrutiny that people feel entitled to do. If I had posted a picture of a cake, I bet nobody would say "that's fattening". But if I say my drink has one tiny slice of beetroot or apple in it, I am immediately given a lecture about their sugar content. In other words, if you eat fruit and vegetables in a public place such as social media, you will be scrutinized and attacked.

There was a big push to go with electronic medical records. Our government placed deadlines on doctors and hospitals as to when this must be in place. They even offered incentive money to get this done. It all sounded good, doctors and hospitals would be able to see your medical records, with this information they would be able to treat your condition better.

Well like most things that the government forces upon us, no matter how well intentioned, it was not thought out very well. I will use myself as an example, over the past few years I have gone to a few doctors and to some hospitals for different tests. During the check in or check out process I was asked if I want to get login information to view my records. On all occasions I said yes. I then logged in, created an account and sure enough my records for that visit were there. One thing that I did notice, the medical record history was not correct, it needed to get corrected and cleaned up.

The problem is that it seemed that every doctor and hospital had different medical software. So I have about three or four different logins to different medical portals. Yes, I was able to see my information from that particular medical provider, but NO they were not connected. So if I logged into doctor A I could see those records, but I could see no records from doctor B.

So the failure, as it now stands, is the ability of the different medical software's to communicate with each other. While most medical providers are using electronic medical records it appears that nothing much has changed, except the change from paper to electronic records. Going to electronic records could be the beginning of a good thing. It would facilitate integrating all of the different medical software latter. The government should go back and set a date that all medical software should be integrated, then back off and let business take care of it.

I recently got labs done before a doctor's appointment, I went online and looked at the results. When I went to see me doctor I was better able to ask questions. This is the way medical care should be, a collaboration between you and your medical provider. So there are many good things about electronic medical records it just needs to be fully integrated to work properly.

George Uliano is a security professional with years of law enforcement and security experience. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Company Locking Systems International Inc the unique ability to provide its customers with the correct security at an affordable price. Many people are interested in the healthy benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). ACV is vinegar made from cider or apple must. The unpasteurized or organic ACV contains "The Mother" of vinegar, which is what you want to look for. "The Mother" sediments are strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria. We recommend Bragg Organic ACV with The 'Mother.' Here are some of the major health benefits of ACV:

ACV assists in killing many types of bacteria. It is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-septic and kills 98% of all germs. It has even been shown to kill cancer cells in recent studies.

All the while killing off bacteria as it moves through the body it also promotes weight loss by making you feel full. It's even used by helping the body flush out more fats and giving a person's metabolism the boost it needs.

Adding to this boost, it will detoxify the body. It is full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes in its raw form. Raw ACV is what is recommended for all detox and cleansing. "The Mother" is the sediment left over from the fermentation process and the meat of the apples. This is why it is so effective in detoxifying your body.

It also lowers blood sugar levels and helps to fight diabetes. Certain diabetic medications are designed to block the digestion of sugars and starches. By blocking the digestion of these compounds, medications can effectively prevent blood sugar spikes, and can therefore help to regulate healthy blood sugar levels.

ACV may have the ability as some medications. It contains acetic acid which inhibits the activity of several digesting enzymes, including amylase, sucrose, maltase, and lactase. As a result, when vinegar is present in the intestines, some sugars and starches temporarily pass through without being digested, so they have less of an impact on blood sugar.

ACV helps lower blood pressure and reduces your risk of heart disease. When you use it for a high blood pressure remedy, you are most likely giving your entire body a boost, not just treating your blood pressure issues. It aids in better circulation and lowering pressure against the arterial walls by breaking down fat and phlegm deposits in the body. ACV releases free radicals that wreak havoc on your body on a daily basis.

There are many ways in which you can add ACV into your diet. It is recommended that you drink a small amount diluted with water before each meal, 3 times a day. 1-2 teaspoons, depending on what you can handle mixed with lemon and/or raw local honey helps with the taste. Or, you can add 1-2 tablespoons to equal parts water mixed with lemon and raw honey once a day. Some studies show that it also helps if a diabetic takes it before bedtime. You can also add it to your salad, raw veggies or any meals instead of drinking. ACV is acidic so don't forget to take care of your teeth! Rinse or brush after taking the ACV to help protect your enamel.
The human body is a highly evolved biological machine. Lifestyle plays a big role in optimizing your general health. It's in your best interest to adopt a healthy one. I know it's not easy to develop one; but, doing so can definitely do wonders to your body for the long haul. But, wouldn't it be nice to be able to do walking, swimming, running and biking, even in your twilight years?

Consider how you think, eat, train, recuperate, plan, focus and more. It goes without saying that these core essentials of lifestyle alone could stand a level-up in each of our lives as persons, parents, professionals who may also be into the military, sports, creative pursuits on top of "life" itself.

In life, knowing that energy is everything and everything depends on this vital energy is essential. The thing is, the energy we're talking about most of us have taken for granted for far too long because you can't see it or touch it.

Nonetheless, you experience this, your primary source of energy, every minute of every day, and while you know when it's depleted you often won't know how depleted until you hit the wall-an athletic term to describe depleted energy. It's your battery power, your body is the battery, and it's easy to misinterpret how much power you have unless you are informed and skilled. It's because we're living with an underlying personal energy deficit that compromises human function and therefore your lifestyle which reinforces the vicious cycle.

If you think that energy is merely the result of what you eat and drink or how you think (psychology) and that you go to sleep merely because it's dark, everyone else is doing it and your tired (but don't know why), chances are you are living in a chronic state of energy deficit because you don't value sleep enough or understand the profound impact it's having on your life or the lack thereof.

The food you take in can either heal or harm. You make that choice every day by what you put on your mouth. Most of the food consumed by humans has been carbohydrates. In fact, plant foods are comprised mostly of carbohydrates: vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices. These foods contain slowly released sources of sugar that prevent surges of blood sugar and insulin.

Too much insulin causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, and even dementia. Carbohydrates contain almost all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to operate normally and optimally. They also contain fiber, which helps normalize our digestive function and slows the absorption of sugar and fats into the body, keeping us balanced. The bonuses in plant foods are phytonutrients, a colorful healing compounds made by plants to protect themselves, but that also protect us against aging, obesity, brain damage, and more.

Success breeds success. This is true if you optimize your lifestyle by tending your meals to reflect a troubled time of day when you're pressed for time and squeezed for energy, and you come up with a solution, all of your mealtimes will transform.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

All About a Spinal Cord Injury

Mud wraps and mud baths are big business with spas these days as people get back to basics and realize that mud has so many built in minerals that it makes a great treatment to rid the body of toxins, relieve those tired muscles and relax the body. A mud wrap is comprised usually of locally harvested mud and sometimes clay, sometimes a combination of the two, and it is then applied to the body. The mud is covered either in bandages, a PVC suit or a sauna suit to both contain the mud and to keep the body warm.

All the while, you are relaxing and laying down, taking it all in. The health benefits arise when the body sweats due to the weight of the mud and the warmness of the whole process. As you sweat, toxins are released from the body and other benefits from a mud wrap include a slimmer more toned body, firmer skin, relief from tired joints and decreased inflammation. Experts do caution that whatever weight loss you have from a treatment is just from loss of water however, and will be restored once you eat and drink again, and won't be permanent. Going one step further is the mud bath, where you actually get into a pool of mud. These treatments have existed for thousands of years and usually happen in areas with natural hot springs and volcanic ash present. Around the world, places to take mud baths include certain lakes, saltwater seas like the Dead Sea, hot springs and places where mud volcanoes are present.

In the United States, most mud baths take place in resorts in California or Miami, and their 'mud' is actually a mixture of mud, imported Canadian peat and naturally heated mineral water. The benefits of taking a mud bath include relief of arthritis, to detoxify the body, to relax and revitalize and to have less inflammation than before. In a spa, both a mud wrap and a mud bath will also come with a hot shower and a massage as part of the package for a total relaxation treatment. When you think of a spa you don't necessarily jump to mud, as spas are seen as clean and inspiring places, but mineral rich mud is good for your skin and good for your body, so why not indulge in some mud the next time you are at your favourite spa?

Being consistent is key in living a healthy lifestyle. An easy way to create consistency is by making a schedule for yourself. A lot of times we use the excuse "I don't have time" when it comes to eating healthy and working out. In order to have time for the things that we deem important we must make time. Write down your schedule for the week and find an extra hour or so a day to fit the gym in your schedule. The number of times you decide to go to the gym a week is totally dependent upon what you feel is best for you. Writing this down in your schedule is just the first step.

Try following your schedule for 2 whole weeks without missing a workout. Were the times convenient? Was it easy to follow the schedule? Figure out what works best for you and STICK TO IT. Along with scheduling workouts it is very important to schedule meals. Find a day in your weekly schedule where you have a few hours of free time. Use this time to go to the grocery store and buy healthy, tasty foods that can be prepped for meals that you can take on the go. Cooking and preparing these meals only takes a couple hours, give or take, and can be vital to a successful diet. If you want to be even more organized label your meals! A lot of us live very busy lifestyles and don't always have the time to cook healthy meals. Having your daily meal packed and ready to go for you is a great way to keep your diet consistent. Plan out your week and create time to prepare healthy meals for yourself along with time to hit the gym.

I have learned that from past experiences, I won't be sure to get anything done unless I write it down or come up with some type of daily schedule to get used to something. IT is important that I visually see what I need to be getting done in a day or a week or even in a month. Making time for all of these important things is so much easier to do when I already have it planned out. It's kind of hard to make excuses for not getting things done when you had them written out right in front of you the whole time. When it comes to healing naturally and experiencing a continuous state of well being there are three major aspects you need to look at. Most people focus on the body and the body alone. This is a mistake. Human beings have three different aspects that need to be in alignment in order to heal and feel good naturally.

These three different aspects are the body, the mind and the inner being or what many call the soul. All of these aspects have to be attended to in order to achieve continuous well being. The body is actually the least important when it comes to these three aspects. The mind and the soul/inner being will heal the body if in alignment. The mind will destroy the body and the soul/inner being will be helpless to do anything if your not in alignment with it. The soul/inner being will keep the mind strong and clear and focused on what's good in the world and will provide positive healing energy if in alignment. The mind and body struggle and decline without the inspirations, hope and positivity provided by the soul. So when it comes to healing and well being or anything for that matter the soul needs to come first. Were going to go over the three different aspects regarding well being and how to get in touch with them and how to get them working together.

So lets start with the body. When the body feels good the mind is clear and is able to have a stronger connection with the soul. You will see that all of these are interconnected. What's good for the body is good for the mind and soul. What's good for the soul is good for the body and mind etc. Were going to go over how to attend to the body, mind and soul/inner being and I suggest that you don't take these techniques lightly. No matter how simplistic they sound they are very effective.

So some of the things that are good for the body are walking, basic exercise (stretches, crunches, pushups etc.) Start with the basics and add to your routine. When you walk make sure to do it when the sun is out. Detox your body and eat organic food. Eat food that is as close to nature as possible. There are many ways to detox your body. Natural healing and well being has a site with everything you need. As far as the mind is concerned it needs exercise every day just as the body needs food every day. Start with books, good music, preferably classical, brainwave entertainment, hypnosis and contemplate when you think. Reading and meditating are the most important things when it comes to the mind. We will get in to meditating in the soul/inner being section as they are interconnected.

The most important part of the soul/inner being is to feel good. All of the techniques described in the body and mind section help you feel good so make sure to do them. Meditation is a very important aspect when it comes to feeling good and maintaining a strong connection with your soul. The soul/inner being is your guidance system. It not only provides you with energy, comfort and love but it provides you with profound insight. It will guide you if you allow it to instruct your mind. Some other things you can do when it comes to the soul are energy clearings/healings and TFT (thought field therapy), yoga, camping, hiking, spending time with friends and family and playing with pets, working on your dreams, dancing, laughing, smiling etc. It's imperative that you are mindful to the soul/inner being. It will inspire the actions needed for your mind and body. Figure out what makes you happy and start applying the techniques mentioned in this article and you will be on the path to natural healing and well being and will feel incredibly good in no time.

In general, sugar in fruit is not bad for us. As a matter of fact, fruit contains a natural sugar, fructose, that is better for you if you are diabetic. That's because the body digests fructose slower than it does sucrose or table sugar. Because of the slower digestion, fructose doesn't cause the same high glycemic swings as other types of sugars. In 2008, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition advised diabetics to use fructose instead of sucrose based on research studies.
Few fruits contain enough sugar to make them bad for you.
Consider this a 20-ounce bottle of soda contains about 225 calories, 60 grams of added sugar, (usually high-fructose corn syrup), and few nutrients. On the other hand, a cup of strawberries has 50 to 60 calories, about 7 grams of natural fructose, 3 grams of fiber, and loads of vitamin C and minerals -- all good for you.
But you do have to watch which fructose you are getting. There is natural fructose and high-fructose corn syrup. The latter is not natural and will cause your blood sugar to spike. This is something you also have to watch out for when buying canned fruit. Much of it is packed in that high-fructose corn syrup. If it doesn't say packed in natural juices, buy your fruit either fresh or frozen instead.
You still have to keep track of how much sugar you're consuming, even if it's largely fructose containing fruits. The American Heart Association recommends up to 24 grams of sugar per day for females and 36 grams for men. But you can easily exceed that if you don't make the right selections. For example, two cups of sliced bananas has 36 grams of sugar by itself. If you add in the sugar you are getting from the rest of your food, you are probably far in excess of what you should be eating each day.
Why is excess sugar bad for you? Obviously, as we've known since elementary school, it can cause tooth decay. But it also causes weight gain and increases the triglycerides in your blood stream. That has been shown to increase your risk for high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke.
Strawberries, bananas, oranges, kiwi... the healthy list goes on and on. Fruit is touted as a super-healthy snack option, but while the fiber and other nutrients found in fruit are a great part of any diet, many varieties can also be very high in sugar. Too much sugar, regardless of where it comes from, can have some serious negative effects. (Yes, even sugar from fruit if you eat too much of it!) Does this mean you're not even safe in the produce aisle? Well, you're definitely safer. But it might be smart to limit your fruit-based sugar consumption.

A lot of people take drinks that contain caffeine for various reasons. However, the substance has side effects especially when it is taken beyond the body's requirements. Caffeine doesn't have any nutritional content and it has no taste. Caffeine is a substance that is naturally obtained from plants and it can be artificially produced as well. Lots of plant seeds contain caffeine like kola nut and coffee beans. There are lots of drugs that you can get over the counter which contain caffeine as it has some health benefits when taken as prescribed. It's not healthy to consume more than 400 milligrams of caffeine on a daily basis as it comes with some nasty consequences.

You will learn more about caffeine, the harmful effects in the body and how it can be avoided. When you consume caffeine on a regular basis your body adjusts to its effects but the degree of tolerance depends on your age, body mass, and other health conditions.

Central Nervous System
Caffeine serves as a stimulant on the nervous system as it get to the brain fast. It makes you more alert and active, keeping you awake and more energetic. A lot of people use it to avoid being drowsy. However, an overdose of caffeine can result in a headache so you need to watch out. Symptoms of withdrawal include anxiety, irritation, and drowsiness.

Caffeine gets to your brain quickly and also serves as a central nervous system stimulant in the body. The most noticeable effect is alertness. It can make you feel more awake and less tired or likely to sleep, so it's a common ingredient in medications to treat drowsiness.
Although there is common knowledge of drinking coffee to recover from the negative hangover of too much alcohol, caffeine doesn't actually help your body process alcohol any faster. If you're not used to the substance, then caffeine can make you extremely nervous especially when taken in large quantity. If you have an anxiety disorder or emotional disturbance, caffeine may make it worse. Furthermore, it's not ideal for people who experience insomnia.

Digestive and Excretory Systems
Withdrawal from caffeine can cause nausea and vomiting. The symptoms of caffeine overdose include diarrhea, excessive thirst, and increased urination. Caffeine increases the acid content in your stomach and results to stomach upset or diarrhea. Withdrawal symptoms include nausea, while overdose symptoms include diarrhea, increase in urination and thirst. Caffeine can increase the blood pressure as it accelerates the heartbeat. An overdose can result to irregular heartbeat and other heart related issues. Osteoporosis: When there is an overdose of caffeine in the body it affects the bones as the substance is absorbed by the body and it interferes with the metabolism of calcium.

Reproductive system: Pregnant women need to be cautious when taking caffeine as it could increase the heartbeat of the baby. An overdose can reduce the growth of the baby in the womb and increase the incidence of miscarriage. It is important to always confirm from your doctor if consumption of caffeine is good for your health to avoid any complications. When a little caffeine is taken it has little or no side effects so the amount of the substance consumed determines the outcome.Due to the harmful effects of caffeine you need to be careful whenever it's necessary for to take this substance.
A spine injury causes harm to the spinal cord. It is truly a serious type of physical trauma that is likely to have a significant and lasting impact on most aspects of everyday life. The spinal cord is a bunch of nerves and other tissue that the vertebrae of the spine carry and protects. The vertebrae are the bones put on top of each other that make up the spine. The spine holds many nerves, and extends from the brain's base down the back, ending near to the buttocks. The spinal cord is in charge for sending messages from the brain to every part of the body and vice-versa. We can perceive pain and move our limbs because of the information transmitted via the spinal cord. If the spinal cord undergoes an injury, some or all of these impulses won't be able to "get through." The result is a complete loss of mobility and sensation below the injury. A spinal cord injury closer to the neck will typically cause paralysis throughout a huge part of the body than in the lower back area.

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Dehydration is a condition in which a person's body doesn't receive enough fluids and water. States of dehydration range from mild to very severe. The latter is extremely dangerous. That's why it's important to know the symptoms of dehydration. You may realize you yourself are dehydrated, or recognize these symptoms in someone else. You can then take the necessary steps to get properly hydrated. Let's take a closer look at dehydration symptoms.

Symptoms of Mild Dehydration

The many symptoms of dehydration depend upon the severity. If it's a mild case you may notice increased thirst. This is often associated with a dry and slightly parched mouth. You might begin to experience headaches and dizziness, as well as a general feeling of tiredness. Your urine can also be affected by dehydration. The amount will be decreased and it will be a darker yellow. That means you haven't taken in enough fluids. the latter of which indicates that you simply haven't had enough hydration in quite some time. These symptoms are typically exacerbated if you're working out or playing a sport. They will also worsen over time if you don't take steps to address the issue, eventually worsening to become severe dehydration.

Symptoms of Severe Dehydration

Once severe dehydration sets in, there are a wide range of new symptoms that may begin to occur. Do not wait for them to occur. They require immediate medical attention. If you stop urinating altogether, or have only a very small output of urine when attempting to urinate, then your dehydration is likely to be severe. Any urine will be an extremely dark yellow, or even an amber color. You could develop a fever, often accompanied by chills. A fever can be very dangerous when secondary to dehydration. Severe dizziness could occur, even to the point of preventing you from standing up or moving around. A rapid heart rate that occurs at rest, and when doing nothing strenuous points to severe dehydration.

Your blood pressure might also begin to drop at moments when you stand up after lying down for a period of time. Though it can be difficult to notice this symptom, your skin may begin to lose some of its elasticity. In this event the skin takes quite some time to return to normal after being pinched. The most serious symptoms of severe dehydration include shock, seizures, lethargy and confusion, and coma at its worst. If you notice any of these symptoms, in yourself or someone else, regard it as an emergency. Get help. Head to a hospital right away.

According to a recent study, published in Stem Cell Reports on April 6, a new set of improved tools are here to advance stem cell researches. The study was led by Dr. Kelly Frazer, the professor of pediatrics and director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine. The team described the collection of "222 systematically derived and characterized iPSC lines generated as part of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's NextGen consortium."

The Stem Cell Reports is one of the four studies, published by four different teams of researchers. But Frazer is the common factor in all four as he is senior author for all of them. The fourth study concentrated on iPSCORE, whereas the other three studies utilized the iPSCORE resource in order to explore answers to different questions related to human genetics. Some of the studies also focused on developing new tools to analyze iPSC lines.

The study confirmed that the induced pluripotent stem cells or iPSCs are collected from human adult cells. These cells are able to be differentiated in order to transform into a variety of cell types. By using this attribute, the scientists will be able to use the tool for all critical medical trails; from analyzing molecular processes that cause diseases to genetic variants that lead to human phenotypes.
According to Kelly Frazer, the iPSC Collection for Omic Research or iPSCORE is a collection that will be capable to address various issues that are currently disturbing iPSCs use as a standard system to study human genetics.
He mentioned in the study, "The iPSCORE collection contains 75 lines from people of non-European ancestry, including East Asian, South Asian, African American, Mexican American, and Multiracial. It includes multigenerational families and monozygotic twins. This collection will enable us to study how genetic variation influences traits, both at a molecular and physiological level, in appropriate human cell types, such as heart muscle cells. It will help researchers investigate not only common but also rare, and even family-specific variations."

Frazer and his team utilized the entire genome sequencing and gene expression analyzing 215 human iPSC lines, derived from different donors. The idea was to identify genetic variants related to RNA expression for 5,746 genes. The study highlighted that iPSCs are valuable to analyze genetic association investigate gene expression genetic regulation in pluripotent stem cells (PSCs). The team also showed important analysis and insights into aberrant methylation patterns in iPSCs. The patterns are helpful to use these cells in various studies as well as to treat diseases.
Another important thing to note in the study is, Frazer and his team built a set of easy-to-use techniques to decrease the cost and at the same time increase the production of effective iPSC lines. In other words, the group of scientists has invented a less expensive technique to develop highly effective iPSC lines. So, the invention will not only help the doctors to detect the source of the disease effectively, but also will help the medical teams to opt for it.

People get hickeys on all sort of places but the real problem arises when the Hickey is such a place where it is visible. It might not be that big of a medical problem but it can certainly develop into one social problem. It may cause you a lot of embarrassment especially if you are a teenager or have cheated on your partner. And by my reckoning, a kiss mark on your neck certainly falls into that category. What prompted me to write this guide was the question How to Remove Kiss Marks from Neck? on Ask.com and a lot of people seemed to be worried. You need to remain calm and if you use your head right, it's actually not big of a problem. Without further talking, let's discuss what ways and methods can be used to easily get rid of the love bites.

Biologically speaking, a hickey on a neck is similar to a hickey on any other part of the body. So, all the conventional methods can be applied to get rid of love bites from the neck as well. If you want your hickeys to go away, you should try to hide them. Because no matter what, it would take time for it to be cured. It's like any other bruise, and bruises take the time to heal. Ice the hickey - If you got the hickey less than 12 hours ago, the recommended method to use is cold compress method. You have to ice the Hickey to get the redness away. You can do that by putting an ice-cube in the spoon and rubbing the back of the spoon around your Hickey first in the clockwise direction and then in the anticlockwise direction for 2 minutes. Read the complete guide on getting rid of a hickey you got less than 24 hours ago.

There are many of us nutrition professionals now aligning ourselves with Integrative Medicine. I consider myself in this group. Maybe you are asking yourself what exactly this is and most importantly, does it really matter?

To answer that question, let's first address the area of conventional medicine. For some time now modern medicine has sought to treat the presenting symptoms. This might mean treating a fever or a cough, for example, or addressing pain or other discomforts. Sometimes this approach is entirely appropriate, however more often this approach misses the underlying cause and the person is never completely restored to health. Think of lingering health conditions such as acid reflux, chronic fatigue, and headaches, just to name a few. Drugs are often prescribed and the patient is sent on her way, but the symptoms persist if the drugs are discontinued.

Additionally, there is very little discussion with the patient as to how their condition came about. Unfortunately, and not the fault of our doctors, there is limited time available to spend with patients and so remedies must be delivered quickly. Without more in-depth dialogue there is little chance the practitioner even has the opportunity to see below the surface of what is really going on.

From a dietetic perspective, a conventional approach to diet intervention would be something like prescribing the same diet to everyone with the same disease. Everyone with heart disease would get guidance on the exact same heart healthy diet, for example, with no consideration given to their culture, preferences, cooking ability, or genetics. Similarly a person seeking to lose weight would be advised on the same general diet as another without consideration given to what they've tried in the past or an understanding of what foods work or don't work for them. These would be examples of conventional approaches.

Now let's flip to the functional side. Functional practitioners are looking less at masking symptoms and more at how the body is functioning as a whole. They are attempting to uncover where the body is malfunctioning and how can we restore it to its normal, healthy state. Symptoms are just clues to lead us towards the underlying cause.

In addition to symptomatic clues and obviously a physical exam, if appropriate, functional medicine practitioners are also looking in-depth at a person's unique health history to find more clues as to how and why the body is not functioning as it should. This means sitting down with someone for a significant length of time (often 45 min to an hour) and asking a series of pertinent questions to paint a picture of the person before them. What might seem off-topic to the patient is often valuable information to the practitioner, as random side notes about vacations, new pets, change of jobs, or significant loss can give further clues into a person's current state of health. These are topics rarely discussed in the conventional model.

Additionally, if necessary, laboratory tests can be conducted to give further insight into treatment options. These might include not only standard blood work but also food allergy tests, digestive stool testing, hormone testing, etc.

The goal then, after this information is obtained, is to determine how to best gently nudge the body back into an optimum state. Pharmaceutical options are a last resort as we know these only mask symptoms and leave the original condition unresolved. Potential nutrient deficiencies are often addressed, exercise recommendations may be made, and stress reduction techniques might be employed as well. Some may go further and prescribe other treatment modalities such as massage, acupuncture or chiropractic care to complement their recommendations. Once initiated these treatment plans often need time. Patients do not develop chronic health conditions in a day or even a week. Likewise these treatments need weeks if not month to restore the body to proper function and balance.

So how does this model work for the dietitian? Thankfully, we already have the immense fortune of being able to sit down with someone for a good hour or more to delve into health and diet history. This gives us a solid place to start when it comes to tailored diet advice. While we are not credentialed to prescribe or "treat" per say, this time allows us to get a full picture, both past and present, of what clients are dealing with; therefore we can devise and educate on an appropriate diet strategy. Often we suggest helpful supplements as well, especially where nutrient deficiencies are apparent. We can also advise on exercise and stress and provide additional referrals when needed.

While both modalities have their place, consider looking into functional medicine, especially if you have chronic conditions that the standard medical model is not effectively addressing. Remember, more medications is not necessarily the answer and in fact can lead to yet more symptoms that require more drugs. Believe me, I have clients in these predicaments and it's a slippery slope. So consider seeing a naturopath, a functional dietitian like myself or other holistic care providers for a more thorough look into your condition; or even consider it for another opinion. It just may be the nudge your body needs to finally heal and restore.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is a chronic digestive disorder which occurs when the stomach content or acid flows back into the esophagus or food pipe. It affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) & results in heartburn or acid indigestion. It produces a harsh burning sensation which radiates through the chest, throat & neck. According to the doctors & surgeons of the best laparoscopic surgery hospitals, GERD may occur due to a hiatal hernia, excessive smoking, drinking alcohol, obesity & pregnancy as well. Most patients suffering from GERD can experience relief through changes in diet, lifestyle & eating habits. However, if the disease is severe & the hernia is strangulated then the patients may require a Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery along with prescribed medications.

The Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which repairs the gastroesophageal reflux by creating mechanism valve at the bottom of the esophagus. The treatment results in the reduction of reflux or back flow of stomach acids into the esophagus. It also heals & prevents future damages to the lining of the esophagus. The patients will also be able to get rid of other health diseases including GERD from coming back.

Most surgeons & doctors of the best laparoscopic surgery hospitals prefer the laparoscopic surgery than an open or traditional surgery. This is because in an open surgery, large incisions are required to perform the operation & it takes a lot of time for the patient to recover. On the other hand, during a laparoscopic surgery, the patients are kept under general anesthesia & small incisions are made and the surgical instruments such as the laparoscope, a thin long tube with lights & camera attached to it are inserted through the incisions. The camera transmits images to the monitor which helps the surgeons to perform the entire operation. Due to small incisions, the scars appears to be almost invisible & the patients are not required to stay in the hospital for a long period of time.

The Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery is one of the best & common surgical procedure for the treatment of the GERD disease. After the surgery, the patients should maintain a proper diet, follow doctor's medications & should include themselves in regular activities. However, a laparoscopic surgery may not be recommendable to the GERD patients who are suffering from certain health disorders including patients suffering from obesity, aged patients or the patients who cannot tolerate general anesthesia. Therefore, it is highly essential for every patient to consult with the doctors or surgeons of the best laparoscopic surgery hospitals before applying for the surgery.

Heel spurs are often mistaken for plantar fasciitis. Contrary to the name and common belief, heal spurs are not pointy or sharp pieces of bone, they do not cut the tissue with movement. What they are - deposits of calcium attached to the bone. They are smooth and flat just like any other bone. They just aren't intended to be there. Because the body views it as a semi-foreign object, inflammation can occur. This can lead to pain when walking or jogging.

Heel spurs can also cause pain when new fibrous tissues form around the bone spur in an attempt to act as a cushion for a high-stress area. As this tissue grows a callus can form. Between the callus, the extra tissue and the bone, it can take up space in shoes never intended during construction causing, even more, comfortability and pain. Tendons, ligaments, and nerves may also have less space causing them to function less supportively over time. All of this can lead to swelling and redness as well as a deep throbbing pain, or sharp pricking that is made worse with exercise. Plantar fasciitis (the most common form of heel pain) is located in the thick band of tissue which runs the length of the bottom of your foot. It will be the most painful first thing in the morning, with pain decreasing with movement throughout the day. This is not related to heel spurs.

Conventional treatment for heel spurs includes rest, stretching, icing and anti-inflammatory medications. If these do not work, a steroid injection may be recommended. In severe cases, the spur may be removed by surgical means. The fact is that nearly 90% of people do get better without the need for surgical intervention. Before visiting your orthopedist here are a few natural and non-invasive remedies to try. Chiropractic Consultation - Getting your body in alignment is vital to keeping as much unwarranted pressure off of the affected foot as possible. They may also suggest certain stretches or exercises as well as have customized in-shoe orthotics made for you (arch supports). Taping can also help in enabling walking while healing with less pain. Self-massage in the painful area in the morning when you wake up and at night before bed. A Class IV Laser may also be used to try and accelerate the healing process of tissues (hard and soft), muscles, ligaments and even bone.

Summer is upon us and many families indulge in lazy days by the pool or the beach during this time. However, if you've allowed your child to play outdoors without adequate sun protection, you've taken an enormous health risk. Andrea Cambio, MD, FAAD, a board-certified paediatric dermatologist says, "It only takes one severe sunburn to potentially double your child's chances of getting melanoma later in life. We really need to buckle down and protect our young." Do you remember your baby's silk smooth skin? When your child is outdoors, the ultra-violet rays of the sun can easily damage the skin leading to wrinkles and possibly cancer in future. Always keep in mind that there is no such thing as a healthy tan because tanning is a sign of sun damage. So quite naturally, the foremost question that may come to your mind is at what age is it right to start using sunscreen on your baby? Prior to 6 months, it is best to avoid sunscreen usage on your baby with exception to those particular products that contain only zinc oxide as the only active ingredient. Use only on the exposed parts of your baby's body. Additionally, use shaded clothing as the primary protection method. Regulate outdoor times by going out before 10am or after 4pm so that you can avoid the intense sun rays.

This brings us to the next question of - how much sunscreen should I use on my child and in what frequency? Currently The Skin Cancer Foundation has not prescribed any set amount of sunscreen for growing children. As a parent, ensure that you've covered most of the exposed parts and have not ignored places like ears, tops of feet, backs of knees, and hands. Rub the sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to going out so that the skin has had ample time to absorb the lotion. It is recommended that you reapply every two hours. However, if your child is playing in the water or has a tendency to sweat, then application should be more frequent.

You might have difficulty in deciding on which is the best sunscreen for your child. Cambio and pediatrician Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP, medical director for national and global affairs at the Child Health Advocacy Institute of Children's National Medical Centre in Washington, D.C has recommended, "Choose a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide because the compounds are less irritating than others and do not get absorbed into the skin. These ingredients are probably the safest ones out there right now. There is some concern that other sunscreen ingredients, particularly oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate which is form of Vitamin A, may cause harm. However, both chemicals are FDA approved for use in sunscreens." In spite of these efforts, your child may still get sunburned. Do not panic if that happens. Get in touch with your paediatrician especially if your child is below the age of one. If you see blisters, along with severe pain and fever and your child is over one year old, you may try some home remedies like cool baths or a moist compress that may assist in reducing immediate pain, swelling and itching. Until full recovery, ensure that your child does not wander outdoors. For parents, it's easy to think that they know what's best for their child. Especially if they have had multiple children, many people assume that there are easy ways to identify illnesses and that certain symptoms indicate the same problem every time. In fact, there can be a great deal of nuance among the reasons for certain symptoms, which is why if a son or daughter has any of these signs of illness or injury, it's better to err on the side of caution and take them to a pediatrician.

A Fever That Doesn't Break: Especially at a young age, children get fevers relatively often. This can just be a simple sign of fighting off minor sicknesses. The truth is, if a parent took their kid to a pediatrician every time they had a fever, those doctors' offices would constantly be full. The mark of when a fever is more serious, however, comes when the fever won't break from taking a pain reliever, or if it persists for more than one day. In this case, it's better to seek medical attention.

Abdominal Pain: It can be very tricky to identify the reasons for some symptoms, especially when a young one isn't old enough to articulate what's going on. Some abdominal pains can be easily explained by non-harmful causes such as gas or growing pains, but a long-lasting or intense abdominal pain could be the result of an inflamed appendix. If this pain seems to be more intense or more persistent than normal, it's best to have a doctor confirm whether or not it's harmless.

Difficulty Swallowing: Again, it can be hard to know that children of a young age are having difficulty swallowing, especially if it is not accompanied by a sore throat. If a child looks uncomfortable or distressed when swallowing, it can indicate a number of causes that require fairly immediate attention. They could have something lodged in their throat, or even be having an intense allergic reaction to something they have eaten.

Strange Rashes: New parents tend to learn that rashes come with the territory. A young person's skin is more susceptible to irritation, and playing outdoors may result in some harmless redness or irritation. The time to have a pediatrician look at a rash is when the rash is strange or unidentifiable. This could include when it is oddly colored, affects the texture of the skin, or causes a great deal of pain to the child. When Something Just Isn't Right Finally, there is some value to a parent trusting their gut. If a child demonstrates strange behavior, shows an intense discomfort of any kind, or reacts oddly to any routine illness, it's better to be safe than sorry and bring the child to a pediatrician. Even if they aren't exhibiting one of these conditions, it's best to simply let the experts be the one to confirm or deny a child's safety and health.

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Monday, 26 November 2018

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In my clinical nutrition practice, when a client needs a protein-powder supplement, I generally recommend whey protein isolate powder, even though it's made from an animal source. I like the fact that whey protein contains all nine amino acids that our bodies must have to produce all the different proteins we need to function. Whey protein is also easily absorbed and used by the body, even after surgery or other stressful events.

In the past, nutritionists referred to the nine amino acids as the "building blocks of protein." Then they started calling them "the essential amino acids" because the body can't make these building blocks on its own, but has to get them entirely from the foods we eat. Lately, the experts have further upgraded their admiration for the nine amino acids, referring to them as "the indispensable amino acids" (IAAs). Three of the most important IAAs--leucine, isoleucine, and valine--are the so-called "branched-chain amino acids," which are believed to help with muscle repair and formation, and even perhaps with blood-glucose regulation.

Another plus for whey protein isolate is the fact that, although it's made from milk, it doesn't contain lactose, the enzyme in milk that irritates the digestive systems of so many people. Thus, whey powder works well for my weight-loss-surgery patients who are lactose intolerant.
Soy Variants

Since it seems that an ever-increasing number of my bariatric-surgery patients are vegetarian, or wish to avoid milk-based proteins, I also recommend protein isolate powders made from soy. I've been talking with my patients about several newer vegetarian protein powders on the market that they can use as alternative supplements. These vegetarian protein powers are also easily digested and absorbed before and after surgery. They may be nutritionally similar to whey protein powder, although their IAA profiles do vary, depending on how they're processed.
Other Powders Made From Vegetable Proteins

I sometimes recommend other less well-known protein products to my patients to help supplement their protein intake:

Hemp seed protein. Hemp is a nutritional powerhouse, whose oil is a rich source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (among the "good" fats). Hemp seeds contain all nine IAAs and these are similar to proteins found in the human body, making them easy and quick to digest and assimilate. Additionally, hemp protein is also rich in fiber, boasting 8 grams of natural fiber per serving so that it can help with constipation and fulfill your protein needs. (Hemp protein, by the way, is perfectly legal; it's made from the "male" part of the marijuana plant, which has no mood-altering capabilities.)

Brown rice protein, reasonably enough, is made by carefully extracting the protein from brown rice. Although rice is commonly overlooked because its protein profile of amino acids is incomplete, rice powders are commonly supplemented with the missing L-amino acids that complete their profile. Many vegans rely on this allergen-free, gentle, and high-quality protein powder when they make smoothies for their exercise workouts.

Yellow pea protein. The protein powder made from yellow peas (Pisum sativum) is an easily absorbed, allergen-free source of 100 percent pure protein that is also fairly certain not to be genetically modified. It can easily be added to protein smoothies and shakes without altering their taste. Manufacturers are currently talking about the feasibility of extracting proteins from other vegetable sources, such as flax seeds and canola.
My Thoughts on Vegetarian Protein Powders

As more and more people are seeking alternatives to animal-based protein powders, it's important that suppliers offer high-quality alternatives. Although I have certainly seen high-quality hemp- and rice-protein powders, producers must be sure that any new product contains the proper amounts of the indispensable amino acids. Otherwise, the body might not be able to absorb these new powders or to make use of all grams of protein listed on the label.

The "protein digestibility corrected amino acid score" (PDCAAS).
If you're trying to figure out if a protein powder is complete and if all the proteins listed on the label will be available to your body (that is, if it's "absorbable" or "bioavailable"), you must first find out its PDCAA score. The PDCAAS is a measure of a protein product's ability to provide adequate levels of all 9 of the IAAs that the human body needs. A registered dietitian or other health professional can calculate the PDCAAS for you or--if you know the IAA amounts of the protein product in question--you can look online for a "PDCAAS calculator." (Note: If the manufacturer hasn't listed the amounts of IAAs on the label or website, and if they can't or won't tell you these numbers, then move on--the quality of their products is suspect.)

More protein is not necessarily better.
When making your smoothies, I advise against super-concentrating the protein content. This means that you shouldn't add more than 1 scoop, or much more than 30 grams of protein to each drink. Your body may well be able to absorb more than this at a single sitting, but a high concentration of protein can dehydrate the body. Also, especially in gastric-bypass-surgery patients, too much protein at one time can increase the risk of an unpleasant phenomenon called "gastric dumping," or "rapid gastric emptying," where ingested food bypasses the stomach so rapidly that it enters the small intestine largely undigested. Oof! The excess protein that you eat--but that your body doesn't need--is just so many extra calories.
Protein powders are an excellent way to supplement your diet if your protein intake is low, but always check first with your doctor or a registered dietitian to find out what an adequate protein goal is for you--it's different for each individual.

If you don't have enough willpower, it may be difficult for you to achieve your life goals and getting enough of it requires a lot of sacrifice. Your willpower is like your muscle - it can be exhausted and can also be trained to become powerful. The training can be very challenging but if you can be patient enough, you will reap the benefits therein and some of the benefits are; cleaving to your long-term goals without stress, completing tasks without interference, resisting temptation and so on. What are the steps you need to take in order to enhance your willpower? Read on.

Daily meditation can be regarded as a spiritual exercise but it also has a medical perspective. Researchers were able to discover that meditation has the ability of boosting grey matter density in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is responsible for self-control or willpower. This means that daily meditation will enhance your willpower and you will also get other benefits like stress reduction as well as curtailment of the aging process.

Gratitude Journaling
Gratitude journaling is the process of writing down three things you are grateful for every morning and evening. Lots of studies have revealed that gratitude journaling can greatly enhance happiness, motivation and overall well-being. It also helps to boost your willpower and reduce the constancy of negative emotions that lead to stress.

Avoid Willpower Depletion
Depletion of willpower can lead to stress which inactivates the prefrontal cortex and this can result in uncontrollable mood swing as well as indulgences, followed by a feeling of defeat which can make you to fall back on harmful old habits. It is very vital to flex your willpower muscle in order to keep it in shape but you should also give it a break. Hence, there is the need to strike a balance between the two so as to avoid unnecessary depletion. It is also important for you to avoid taking too much at once. For example, do not try to stop drinking coffee, break your nail-biting habit, stop smoking and start a new fitness plan, all at the same time. You should take them one after the other.

Master The Art of Building Good Habits
Having good habits is very vital for building your willpower because when you are stressed up, you are more likely to fall back to your old habits. For example, some people fall back to alcohol after a stressful day but if you develop a good habit after a stressful day, like going for a 10-minute walk, your body will no longer crave for alcohol but the walk.

We all seem to be aware of the deadly effects of leukemia, especially in infants. The prevalence of the disease interferes with every sphere of our daily lives and activities. A combination of chemotherapy and stem cell transplant can find us relief though; they expose us to minor to severe side effects, including graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD), coupled with some complaints of toxicities as well. However, a recent research from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center had confirmed that treatment with umbilical cord blood transplant offers a better survival outcome, without any need of a traditional donor match. So, all the leukemia patients need not to queue in the line for years to find a matched donor for their stem cell transplants.

Nor does the umbilical cord blood treatment offer better curative possibilities for patients with leukemia; it alleviates the chronic conditions associated with Myelodysplastic syndrome and other bone marrow disorders as well.

How Cord Blood Treatment Raises Hopes for Us Suffering from Leukemia

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center highlighted the benefits of cord blood treatments. And it is established that in patients with "minimal residual disorder" could not benefit from the transplant as the chemotherapy does not put cancer cells into remission, while patients with detectable cancer could remain alive for three years after the transplant.

Umbilical cord blood plays a potent role in treating life-threatening ailments like sickle cell anaemia, lymphoma, leukaemia and the like. Today, over 25,000 patients round the globe have had cord blood transplants since their parents had a long-term vision that made them donate the child's umbilical cord blood to a prominent cord blood bank.

In fact, most ace doctors and health experts suggest that blood from umbilical cord must be preserved until there's need of it. Medical science presently believes that it can be preserved for an indefinite time, so that it can be of use for several generations. Stem cell transplants having 40 years as the average age, the longer the tissue and blood from the umbilical cord is stored, the maximum will be its use. And this where the accreditation process ties in!

Who manages the cord blood banking facilities?

Simply put, the banks which stores blood from the umbilical cord get regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is essential for all blood banks which store cord tissue and blood to register their name with the FDA and welcome the recurrent inspections and adhere to the regulations listed by this body. Furthermore, there are several other banks, comprising of the Core 23 BioBank, that willingly place themselves for other additional regulation under reputed accrediting bodies such as FACT and AABB.

Recently, AABB accreditation is considered to be the standard or key to cord blood transplant globally, where about 70% of the AABB accredited cord blood banks are located outside of U.S. As an authorized and authentic accrediting organization for cellular therapies and transfusion medicine round the word, the AABB gives a patient ear to the stories from various members of blood banks, hospitals and other bodies. Listening, it is said is a vital aspect of AABB's accreditation process and programme.

As a group of AABB assessor approach an organization, basic checklists aren't what they depend on! On the other hand, their key responsibility is to enquire, observe, gather data, build connections and provide a direct feedback on the organization's accomplishments in catering to AABB's technical and quality management par. Other than the formal reviewing process, there's a peer-to-peer knowledge sharing process that takes place along with other discussions related to the best practices. Furthermore, it is interesting to note that the accreditation programme of AABB is accredited by International Society for Quality in Healthcare, a notable global organization that oversees and accredits accrediting bodies.

In fact, back in 2016 it a Dubai based AABB accredited cord blood bank successfully delivered a life-saving treatment of a 7-year-old boy, by providing stem cells that has been obtained from the umbilical cord blood that was saved 3 years before the birth of his sibling. This 7-year-old boy, who's the elder brother, was diagnosed with major beta thalassemia, which is a blood disorder that might require daily blood transfusions and in a lifetime, can branch out into other various serious health hazards and ailments.

There are several reasons why AABB accreditation is considered the best practice for cord blood transplant. This accreditation programme makes use of a risk-solving approach that needs a meticulous evaluation by an AABB assessor to be on-site, examining the facility's policies, processes and procedure to discover any possible marks of non-conformity. At the time of this accreditation process, the institutions gain from customized help rendered by a technical specialist at the AABB's accreditation department. It is this specialist who in turn guides and assists the institutions and its team members on the accreditation process, giving answers to required queries and authenticating procedure followed and documents maintained. The verification process is strict, so that cord blood transplant taking place from the cord blood bank poses no health hazards and other discomforts.

Many consumers today get their health information from the internet, TV, and magazines. It is also true that most of the published materials are also availed online at some point. While the resources are great, some offer information that is good and up to date while others do not. Things have become very convenient these days and there are many health magazines that have become available online today.

If you are using the web, then you should find out more about who exactly is running that site. You should always base your focus on the quality. You should be skeptical. When you read things and they sound as if they are too good to be true, most probably they are. You should always seek information that is based on research, is unbiased, and is current especially when it has to do with health.
It is rightly said, "Health is Wealth". And we cannot deny the fact that health plays an important role in the well-being of an individual. Being healthy does not necessarily signify physical fitness but also the mental state of well-being. A person needs to be both mentally and physically sound to be referred to a healthy individual.
The two ways to keep have a healthy body are- Physical activity and balanced diet. When these two are in a good proportion, no one can stop you from attaining your desired fitness goals.

• Physical Fitness
Physical fitness is a common state of health and well-being and, more clearly, the ability to perform various types and parts of sports, as well as everyday activities. Physical fitness is typically achieved through proper diet, moderate to an enthusiastic physical exercise routine and sufficient rest.
It is essential that one is both physically and sensitively fit. Exercising holds a crucial place in our lives. It assists us in staying bodily healthy. The human body is designed to be in action. If we don't walk or exercise on a daily basis then we might easily get prone to various kinds of diseases in due course. As eating food is important in our lives, same way exercise also plays a great role in your fitness. Physical activity does not necessarily mean that you need to do vigorous training sessions in the gym, but just to keep your body active by the usual day-to-day work. You can perform yoga Asana or just go for a walk and you will see a lot of difference.

• Mental Fitness
Another major aspect that plays a vital role in your overall fitness is your mental well-being. A person needs to be mentally sound and only then he/she will be able to perform any given task successfully. Mental fitness does not denote your intelligence quotient level but the normal functioning of your mind. A mentally sound person is an optimistic person and is not a sufferer of depression. Such problems can make you lose control over your mind and perform tasks that can prove to be regretful in future. For attaining a mental stability you can perform meditation and yoga. This will help you focus and have a clear viewpoint in life. If you are suffering from depression it is advised that you visit a physiatrist and ask for further guidance. They will direct you in the best way possible and help you come out of this situation easily. To get yourself a happy and content life you need be healthy. For this, you need to stay focused and have a goal. This goal can be related to any aspect of life, but it starts with one thing- HEALTH.

There are various ways of attaining good health and this article discusses easy techniques and small lifestyle changes that you can make in order to achieve a better, healthier lifestyle. Here are a few simple steps that might help you achieve better health -

1) Nutrition

Sustenance and Health is an online worldwide companion investigated diary that spotlights on the connection amongst nourishment and wellbeing. In the event that you need to keep your body clean, avoid sugar-loaded artificially treated nourishment that is so normally sold nowadays. Stick to home-made clean nourishment things that exclusive join crisp fixings without additives. These practices enable you to accomplish a superior build, as well as give a special reward of mental fulfillment. Consuming a sensible, balanced diet can help us to achieve optimal health throughout life.
Drink plenty of clean and safe water.Water is important for life and is necessary every day. A person needs about eight cups of fluid per day. When it is very hot, while working, sweating or suffering from diarrhea, vomiting or fever, a person needs to drink even more to replace the water that has been lost. If drinking-water is collected from a protected well or borehole it is important to store it in a clean container. If the water is from an unprotected well or river the water should be boiled for at least ten minutes and stored in a clean container (see advice on food hygiene)

2) Exercise
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. Regular trips to the gym are great but don't worry if you can't find a large chunk of time to exercise every day. Our bodies are designed to move -- they actually want exercise. Regular exercise is necessary for physical fitness and good health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases.

3) Sleep
Sound sleep is as important as nutrition and exercise. Try to have at least 7-8 hours of sleep on a daily basis. Sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

Research suggests that people who get less sleep i.e. six or fewer hours a night have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get enough sleep sleep

4) Yoga

Yoga can provide relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Yoga is being practiced as an alternative healthcare practice. The number of Yoga practitioners continues to rise tremendously. Of the many benefits ascribed to yoga practice, blood pressure control is among the most studied. Now-a-days, millions and millions of people across the globe have benefitted by the practice of Yoga which has been preserved and promoted by the great eminent Yoga Masters from ancient time to this date. Yoga's attention to breathing techniques and meditation can also improve your health. Regular yoga practice may promote better posture and help you do activities requiring a greater range of motion, from dancing to reaching up to a high shelf. A lot of yoga poses, especially the warrior pose, plank pose and boat pose, also help tone the muscles of the trunk - the hips, abdominals and lower back. These muscles contribute to balance and improve back function. Summarizing these points, I would say that choosing a healthy lifestyle is in our hands and its a good change that we should bring in our lives and embrace it fully. Make these points your habit and I am sure you would not be disappointed.

So you thought the honey you consume on a daily basis was 100% pure? Think again, for there can be more to that bottle of honey than meets the eye.
Making tall claims about the purity of honey in television and prints ads is one thing and what the customer gets sold is a different ball game all together. Many a times, as misinformed customers, we do end up buying the truth the companies want us to believe in only to discover much later that it was all nothing but honey coated lies.

So is there a way one can know the difference between pure honey and an adulterated one? Without checking the purity of honey, it can get slightly difficult to reach any conclusion. To determine the quality of honey, honey purity test can easily be conducted at home.

Raw honey vs fake honey
Not all honey are created equally. Raw honey is the most original and unadulterated form of honey produced by the bees from the concentrated nectar of the flowers. Collected straight from the source, it is totally unpasteurized, unheated and unprocessed. The nectar collected from the bees goes through three levels of processing before it reaches the end user.
The first stage entails processing in which the enzymes are injected into the honey to thicken it. The process also aids in fermentation of the nectar. Once the honey has fermented, it is further processed to add more thickness to its consistency. In the third and the final step, water is extracted out of honey to make it lose 80% of its total water content, make it thick and add a deep, rich golden brown colour to it.

Fake honey, also known as adulterated impure or artificial honey, is the honey that has added sugar syrups, molasses, corn syrup, dextrose, and other flavours and additives. It might be good to look at, but has all its nutrients and nutritional value sucked out of it during the manufacturing process.

Want to know how to check if honey is pure? By examining the physical qualities of honey, it is very easy to know whether it is pure or impure. Look out for these signs:
- Pure honey has a sweet aroma whereas fake honey smells sour or most of the times has no aroma
- One feels a mild burning sensation in the throat while consuming pure honey. But in case of fake honey no such thing happens
- Pure or raw honey never separates into layers. However, same is not the case with fake honey and one can always see formation of layers in it
- Raw honey might come packed with natural impurities like pollen, bee bread and micro-particles of wax, but they are edible and causes no harm. Fake honey on the other hand has no such impurities in it.
- Raw honey has a smoother texture as compared to fake hone that usually is on the rough side
- The consistency of raw honey is usually thick and it trickles down in a thin stream. Fake honey on the other hand is quite runny and immediately spreads along the surface
How to identify pure honey?
With a number of options available at the super market, one can easily get swayed by factors like price, packaging, brand etc., while choosing the right kind of honey. Sadly, there are lot of adulterated honey brands that are being sold at cheaper price in the name of naturally and organically produced honey. Therefore, it becomes important to note that most of the honey available isn't exactly what the bees produce naturally but are factory made, chemical-laden versions of them.

If you wish to enjoy all the benefits of honey, you must keep factors like quality, health and trust in mind before choosing a brand. Yes, it is not an easy task to know that this or that is fake or real. But you will need tests to distinguish between the two since it has been found out that most of the products you see in stores are not really the organic product you are looking for.
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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Effects Caused by Drugs and Health Products

When we talk about doctor-patient communication, we tend to focus on what happens in the course of an appointment. Do we allot enough time to patients? Do they feel comfortable asking questions? Did they understand any instructions or explanations? While we’re preoccupied by these questions, however, as doctors we have a tendency to overlook another important element – our ability to communicate with patients outside the office.

Doctor-patient Communication

Active doctor-patient communication, including the use of patient portals, has been shown to improve patient outcomes, yet few practices make sufficient use of the alternative communication models. As HIPAA-compliant technology becomes more widely available, however, we no longer have an excuse to shirk our responsibility to be available to our patients.

Medicine As Social Practice

One reason that communication is regularly overlooked in medicine is that we think of our work as fundamentally scientific, when it’s really a fundamentally social endeavor. Doctors need excellent social skills to build connections with patients, break through the stigma surrounding topics like mental health, and overcome social and cultural differences. With the rise of digital communication platforms in healthcare, then, we’re reminded of how often the social element of medicine should come into play.

Preferred Communication Platforms

To maintain ongoing communication with your patients, your practice should be prioritizing certain secure platforms and educating patients on their use. But what format should you choose? Many practices today are integrating e-visits through their patient portal software with normal care, and they’ve found that these digital visits increase primary care use and trigger more clinic visits, rather than a decrease in in-person visits, as many might expect.

The primary downside to e-visits, like the increasingly popular practice of telemedicine, of course, is that it requires a real-time connection, which can be a barrier to use. Luckily, the simplest alternative to such e-visits may also be the most familiar to patients: email.

Email And The Medical Enterprise

It’s taken an unusually long time for email to be used in medicine because of HIPAA regulations; across the board, email just isn’t secure, which is why doctors still fax records and other documents and sue compartmentalized portal software for communication. More recently, though, add-on programs have made it possible to encrypt Gmail to meet HIPAA security standards without worrying about both parties using the same programs. This has been a real boon to doctor-patient communication, allowing patients to contact their doctors in a format they’re already comfortable using.

Patients Want More

The bottom line in doctor-patient communication is that patients want more. According to a survey by the non-profit Samueli Integrative Health Programs, patients want to talk to their doctors more during appointments. While this may not be possible under current constraints, embracing digital communication could improve patient satisfaction and trust in their medical team and help provide focus during in-person appointments. Digital communication also enables patients to ask questions about their treatment, follow-up about concerns, and can improve overall compliance without requiring additional appointments.

Despite reticence by some healthcare professionals to take on digital communications with patients because answering portal messages and emails isn’t covered in reimbursement standards, how we practice medicine is changing. In the coming years, we’ll see more patients via camera and fewer in person, turn to remote medicine for specialist care, and use portals, email, and text messages to talk to patients every day. This isn’t your grandfather’s medical practice – and that’s good news for patients.
America is a great and famous nation with many sectors working together to make up a powerful and vibrant country full of opportunities for its citizens and visitors as well. Men and women have made giant strides and impacted greatly in various fields and some of these achievements have shaped the course of America’s history or the world at large.

Nursing profession is not devoid of people that has showed exceptional qualities to achieve rare and commendable feats and bravery that have gone into records as a factor that changed the course of history of America as a country.
These achievements started from the ancient times of the nursing profession and as such can be classified and explained explicitly for proper understanding. Nursing profession contributes greatly to medicine because of the day-to-day care and attention nurses provide to patients at hospitals. Nurses are responsible for injections, doling out bedpans and baths and all these contribute to works that many other medical professionals do not want to do.

International Nurses Day 2017
However, through the responsibilities placed on nurses, they have been able to change the world, gladden hearts, support the weak and dying soul and help the seemingly helpless people. More than all these are works and services provided by nurses in times past that changed, utters and impacts the history of America. Below are list of some of these strides.
1. Making Nursing a Profession
One of the ways to prove that America is a great nation among others is the decision taken by one of the American nurses of the 18th century who changed history of nursing from being just a trade learnt through trial and error to a profession. Florence Nightingale opened the first nursing school in 1860 to start a professional basis for nursing where people are well trained to take care and attend to sick and hospitalised patients. She thought people what she practiced personally during the Crimean war where she was instrumental in saving lives.

2. Nurse as a National Heroine
We belief that not all America national heroes and heroines held political offices or start political movements that changed the course of history but some are professionals like Clara Barton who was a nurse that founded the American Red Cross and saved lives through her works on the battle field being fearless in the face of brutal shootings of the American civil war. She also announced through out the country to identify missing soldiers of war. She was identified as a true American by the then president Lincoln who appointed her as ‘Lady in Charge’ of the Union Hospitals.

3. Nurse as a Freedom Fighter
Checking through the illustrious history of nursing, there was a nurse called Margaret Sanger in the 1900s who challenged the authorities and acted as a freedom fighter for the women folks. She worked as a nurse in New York and witnessed the terrible and avoidable hardships of unwanted pregnancies. She was frustrated by the law and regulations prohibiting use of contraceptives. She worked tirelessly to deduce and reveal facts about child birth through her book called ‘Women Rebel’.
She was jailed and harassed but her work and bravery eventually made contraceptives easily available to women.

4. Coloured Skin Nurses
The belief that America is a place for all with no discrimination of race and colour started perhaps with the nursing profession where we had two nurses with coloured skins. Sussie King Taylor was the first African American nurse while Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American registered nurse. Both are never forgotten in the history of nursing because of their poor background and their achievements that corrected racial inequalities of the profession.
Mahoney was inducted into the nursing hall of fame in 1976 and 1993 and all these signalled how accommodating America is as a land of opportunity for all.
Everyone has his or her own way in choosing the means to donate to charity for many reasons. People do it for tax rebates, and others do it for moral things. However, most of the donations come from people with kind heart. Monetary donations are always on the top of the charity’s wish list. It is not mandatory that you help the poor by writing a big pay-check. You can also help the orphanages and charities with little uniqueness and there are several options in front of you. So, if you’ve been refraining from doing any charity because you thought you can’t afford to pay money from your pockets, then think again; here are 3 ways in which, you can help the needy, without even shelling out a penny.
Medical Mission
Help Victims by Donating Supplies

After any natural disaster, government will have 2 main objectives: first is to repair the damage and the next is to keep their country’s citizens healthy. Injuries inflicted to the people in emergency cases are difficult to treat and the real danger lies in contracting diseases after the events. Tsunami’s, earth quakes, and other natural disasters provide seamless environment for viruses and germs to breed. Tuberculosis and cholera are common after natural disasters. This is just because of lack of clean water, inappropriate cleaning, wound treatments, and unburied dead bodies. Simple donation of sterile gauze, antibacterial hand gel, and soap could make the difference amid life and death for the disaster survivors. Other hygiene products such as toothpaste, shampoo, and menstrual pads keep people healthy and clean. Above all, just donating old clothes, blankets, and bed-sheets can make a big difference too.
Help People by Donating a Car or Old Bike

When people donate their car, they may not be informed regarding the process. Many people believe that cars that are in good condition are accepted by the charities. But the fact is, any kind of vehicle is accepted gladly by the charities. Cars go to people who are in actual need. Veterans may need vehicle to return from their active duty, people may need real transportation from school and work or they may need vehicles for proper job search. Your car can directly help the charity purpose itself; charity volunteers require cars so that they can go to events. Charities that accept car donations also accept added transportation vehicles. Even you may be lucky enough to get rid of your old mobility scooter, motorcycle and RV along with the car.
Educate Children and Youngsters by Contributing School Supplies
 When people start thinking about the underfunded schools, they even think about the decrepit school houses, which are intended to develop nations. There are plenty of schools in United States that could use help from others. Donating large quantities of pencils, crayons, and papers will radically help children in need. Whenever a school needs to cut spending on additional activities as well as non-academic subjects, they are always in the high priority to go, and students miss developing and expressing their creativity.
Donating Old Musical Instruments that You No Longer UseMusical instruments and art supplies could help in keeping some of the important programs very much open to the students. However, knowledgeable volunteers will teach students about the skills, which are even more helpful. If you have passion for arts, speak with someone who can help you in getting out the talent. You can also help children by offering them food. Pasta foods, fruits, vegetables, and rice are some of the best examples that can be purchased at the grocery shops and superstores.

Sometimes the health products that we use can become noxious and have the possibility of bringing out unintended effects.
Health products include both prescription and nonprescription medications, natural health products, biologically derived products such as vaccines and fractionated blood products, cells, tissues and organs, radio pharmaceuticals and antiseptics with disinfectant prerogatives.In addition there be found respiratory indications like coughing, throat irritation, pain, burning, or discomposure in the chest when taking a deep breath, chest tautness, wheezing, or squatness of breath. By the proof from observational studies, sturdily points out that some drugs and health product concentrations are allied with augmented asthma attacks, increased hospital admittance, amplified daily mortality and other signs of indisposition.

Drugs and Health Products

Those effects or reactions for health goods may occur under normal use conditions of the product. The impact may be manifest within minutes or years after contact with the product. The effects might be ranged from inconsequential reactions like a skin rash to severe and life-threatening actions such as a heart attack or liver damage.A serious hostile response is an injurious and an accidental reaction to a natural health product that occurs at any dose, requires inpatient hospitalization or a perpetuation of existing hospitalization, will be also disfigurement, that results in tenacious or substantial disability or incapability,even that the end result will be a death.
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Whenever you found a side effect, it should be reported to the nearest doctor, pharmacist or to your particular health professional as soon as possible, especially if you find it it interfere with your everyday activities or if they are not declared in the information supplied with the health product.Especially in most cases you should report about suspected adverse reactions that are unexpected irrespective of their severity, if it is serious whether expected or not or it’s related to a health product that has been on the market less than 5 years.
All of the health products have risks, as well as benefits though all the health products are prudently tested before they are licensed for sales, some of the side effects may turn out to be apparent only after a product is in use by the general population. So reporting the information regarding a side effect is helpful to check for new safety concerns about a product. As a consumer, your assistance contributes to improving the safe use of health products for everyone as the production company will be continuing monitoring of adverse reactions to maintain an inclusive safety and effectiveness profile of the products.
So it’s your responsibility of being aware of yourself, as well as all the other individuals like yourself, please do report an adverse reaction soon after the reaction followed, even if you are not sure that a particular health product was the cause. So in the future you can ensure that you have access to safe and effective drugs and health products as those health departments attempt to maintain a balance between the potential health benefits and risks of drugs and health products to determine the balance public’s safety.

As time continues to march ever forward, the costs of living have increased exponentially. Every consumable product has risen in price since our grandparents were young. You’d think with the innovative technologies we’ve developed, costs would’ve decreased as less effort is put into making the products we enjoy. The workforce has. The Canadian Health Care Act has a lot of good points to it in order to keep us healthy.
Canadian Health Care Act
However, is it simply putting a bandage on the real problems of health care? Obviously, the cost of actually living is beyond the means of a great number of people. Why do we not focus on the true matter at hand and target the health providers for fraudulent activities? If you look at the materials that go into helping someone live, the cost to the consumer is outrageously high.
1. Simple Aspirin –
A common practice of hospitals and care clinics is the high price they put on simple pills such as aspirin. For a handful of these pills you could buy a car. Does that mean that the corner store that sells them for less than $5 has the hookup for pill distribution? Probably not. Why should the general public worry about such things? If the government is paying the bill, why not indulge ourselves with a little pain relief?
2. MRI Scan –

For residents of Canada, non-insured individuals would have to pay more than $600 for a MRI Scan. These scans take relatively little time to complete and show anomalies usually within your head. For the cost of a used car doctors can begin to deliberate about how to treat your specific case in the event there is something wrong. Every year, many people are subjected to the MRI Scan as a precautionary measure. At $600+ per scan, why not? The government and/or insurance is paying for it anyway. Are they trying to tell us that the MRI Scan consumes that much power and man-hours to operate?
3. Ambulance Ride –

In the event that an ambulance is used to rush you to the hospital, it could cost you more than $500 in BC. We know gas prices are high, but $500 could fuel most cars for several months. Again, the government will cover the tab. For those who can’t afford the luxurious ambulance ride, you must examine your situation and determine if you’re injured too badly to drive yourself. However, why not take the stress out of driving if the government is paying for it?
4. Emergency Room Visitation –
A visit to the emergency room could set you back nearly $800 on average. Unless you are covered by insurance or are otherwise protected under the Canadian Health Care Act, you could wind up spending a great deal of money for a number of causes. Is this just a way for the hospital to pad the bill to government and insurance agencies in order to make more money? Shouldn’t every hospital visitation be considered a priority? After all, it’s a person’s health that is at stake. Would you feel comfortable if they charged you for dishwater and cleaning supplies if you ate at a restaurant?
The Canadian Health Care Act ensures that you, a citizen of Canada, are protected regardless of circumstance and which province you visit. This federally sanctioned act guarantees that the same level of coverage is provided for everyone. Does this make hospitals and medical facilities bound as government installations? If so, then why do we worry about insurance practices? It’s a convoluted practice that seems more like a mobster film than reality.

The cost of having private health cover is becoming unaffordable, or extremely expensive at the very least, for the government and consumers alike but who’s problem is it ultimately and how is it going to get sorted out?
On the one side of things we have the increase I the cost of supplying medical care and facilities. We also have a shortage of health care providers especially specialists and medical personnel in remote areas. In some areas doctors need to be incentivised to work rurally, which also costs money. In some areas medical personnel need to be recruited from outside of the country because we simply do not have all the skills we need to be able to provide the level of care using our own graduates.


Still on “that” side we have the issue of an increasing number of people making use of medical services. Our baby boomers are ageing and, with age comes more health concerns and greater medical needs which costs more money. So far the government and the government’s critics have done a very good job of highlighting where the current system is falling short. They have identified that it is unsustainable but, as yet, have not really created a plan for taking it forward.
Which leads us to…
The plan that the government did create was to try and put a lid on the rebates it was dishing out. From the government’s budget point of view it is understandable but from the consumer’s point of view it came as something of a shock.The healthcare industry has had a somewhat mixed response with ChooseWell reporting that some providers are saying the move is bad for the industry and others saying that it is ultimately the consumer’s responsibility.  And that appears to have started happening with lobby groups deciding to take the system on in order to get better rates. The intervention will be an important part of how the system decides to evolve in order to make provision for the increasing numbers of people who require medical services.What still needs to be investigated is the issue of profit margins being made by insurance companies versus the high rates that consumers are paying.
To further complicate the issue we have the matter of locals who straddle private insurance and the public system in order to make the most financially appropriate decision for their needs, which in one sense they entitled to. In the other, budgetary, sense it is not a sustainable practice and needs to be addressed. Ultimately tax payers are paying for public health. They are also paying for private cover in many instances, but their private cover is falling short.The other component in the mix are the allegations of price fixing and claims that public hospitals are increasing their rates to private insurers for members who elect to have procedures done in public hospitals.
Currently the only clear winners in the three way relationship are the insurance companies. Whether or nor the government decides to pursue the route of working with private insurers to improve the public system remains to be seen. But if the system is going to be like a business and be able to sustain itself it appears that the insurance companies do have the model for success and it has to be asked whether a collaboration would in fact be the best way forward for everyone.

There are many physical disabilities that can compromise bathroom safety and prevent us from doing fun and vigorous activities. Anyone who has ever been an athlete or frequently exercised knows that when you are seriously injured the only thing you can really do in order to keep your weight down is to watch your diet.
drink water

Obviously this pertains more to those with lower body injuries severe enough to require some form of stability aid to get around, but the same troubles can apply to those with upper body injuries such as a broken back or neck.
Many people don’t realize or forget that every person burns a certain number of calories just being alive every day. The trick is not eating too far beyond that to the point where you gain an abundance of weight and only eating when you are truly hungry. The best way to know for certain if your body needs food is hydration.
When you are immobile and stuck at home you tend to get bored very easily. When this happens all too many of us tend to eat without even thinking about it. Drinking water and staying hydrated throughout the day is the most effective natural way to keep your metabolism going and kill your appetite by filling your stomach.
A common misconception people have is that if your stomach is empty you are hungry. Your stomach only digests the amount of food necessary to for you to go about your day whether it be lying in bed or running a marathon. Any extra food that your body does not burn that day will either sit in your stomach or be converted to fat.
Being properly hydrated will help you understand when you are actually hungry or just have a stomach that is shrinking. This along with finding suitable activities to do throughout the day can help you maintain a healthy weight by making your body crave food only when it is actually hungry.
The best part about hydration is that it still gives the body a chance to burn fat. Everyone including those who are immovable and must eat from bed are capable of doing one fat burning activity and do in fact do it every day; sleep. When we sleep our muscles are still trying to sustain and/or repair themselves.
Our muscles are compose mainly of water and if properly hydrated will continue to burn energy to sustain themselves. A hundred pound person burns about 40 calories a night per hour of sleep. That would be over 300 calories burned while sleeping.
With proper hydration you can curve your appetite and keep it under control until you fall asleep. Then as you sleep your organs and muscles will burn any excess calories in your stomach to sustain themselves and when there is no more food in your stomach, your body will begin to burn fat while you sleep.
It is a method that requires a great deal of patience and calculation but it is an effective one nonetheless for those who are not capable of going on the morning runs or bike rides.
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