Month: January 2019

Breakfast Swaps For A Better Day Ahead

Swap A Cereal Bar For Toast With Peanut Butter.

A cereal bar may be a great grab-and-go option, but it severely lacks in protein as well as healthy fats. These are sugar bombs that are going to lead to an energy spike followed quickly by an energy crash.

The result? You crave more food and end up having a mid-morning snack.

The better solution? Try a slice of toast with some peanut butter. The peanut butter will provide the healthy fats and a bit of protein while the bread if you choose the right variety, will offer healthier carbs.

Swap Cold Cereal With Oatmeal And Berries.

Cold cereal may be fast and easy, but it is often loaded with sugar. Not to mention, usually it is made with refined carbohydrates.

Instead, try a bowl of hearty oatmeal. It will fill you up and is sugar-free. Add flavor by stirring in some fresh berries or a little sugar-free maple syrup instead.

Swap Fruit Flavored Yogurt For Greek Yogurt With Berries.

You may love digging into a container of fruit-flavored yogurt for your breakfast meal, but it too contains too much sugar. Many people think yogurt is the healthy choice, but often it is anything but healthy.

Instead, try some Greek yogurt with fresh berries. Greek yogurt contains far more protein and will help you stay well fueled until lunch. In addition to this, you will also take in fiber when you add fresh berries.

Medical Negligence

In order for a patient to have a medical malpractice claim for medical negligence, he or she has to prove (1) that the medical professionals had a duty to provide a standard of care and failed to do so, (2) that the patient suffered an injury or injuries, and (3) that the injury was caused by the alleged medical negligence.

What does “standard of care” mean? It varies from state to state. Some laws restrict the standard to physicians in the same area of the country, while others extend the standard to doctors on a national level. For example, a heart surgeon will be held to the standard of other surgeons in the same field. If he or she acted in a way that differs from the way most heart surgeons would have acted in similar circumstances, that surgeon may be found to have been medically negligent.

Since the body consists of interconnected systems, “causation” is a complicated issue in medical negligence. The medical personnel might argue that the treatment did not cause the injury but that it was instead caused by a condition the patient already had.

Psychologists and psychiatrists can also be sued for medical negligence, although these types of cases are much more difficult to prove because not only are the injuries non-physical, but causation is particularly complex.

In any type of case, the attorneys assigned by the physicians’ malpractice insurance company will likely try to argue that the injury was not caused by medical negligence.

For this reason, people who suffer injuries are advised to hire a lawyer to help them negotiate a settlement to recover the costs they incurred. Lawyers in this situation work on a “contingency” basis, which means that they do not require the client to pay them. Their fees are contingent upon receiving settlement monies from the medical malpractice insurance company. If the lawyer is successful in obtaining a settlement for the client, he or she then takes a percentage of the money as a fee. If the lawyer is not successful, he or she does not earn any money for the work. As a result, lawyers work hard to obtain settlements for their clients.

In some states, the settlement might include funds for pain and suffering, which is not a reimbursement for costs but a payment for the emotional stress experienced from the injury. Some states also allow for “punitive damages” if gross negligence or misconduct is involved. The amount allowed for such damages is often restricted. In the state of California, for example, no more than $250,000 can be awarded for non-economic damages.

When gross negligence or misconduct is involved, the local authorities might also bring a criminal action against the physician or medical facility. This action is separate from a medical malpractice case. In a criminal action, the plaintiff is the city or the state. A medical malpractice lawsuit is called a “civil” action, and the plaintiff in that case is the injured patient. Both the criminal and civil cases would have one or more defendants in common, however. The defendant is the person who is defending the claim – the party or parties who are alleged to have been medically negligent.

Note that only in cases of gross negligence does the health department take away a doctor’s medical license.

Most of these cases are settled out of court, but when the parties cannot agree on a settlement amount, the case goes to trial. A judge or jury then makes the decision as to whether the patient is entitled to monies and how much. Before a case goes to trial, however, years of negotiations might pass. During that period, the lawyers for both sides prepare legal papers that answer the questions of the other party. These are called “pre-trial discovery” papers.

Depositions are also often taken of the parties. These are interviews that allow the opposing side’s attorneys to ask questions.

It is not unusual for a settlement to take place at the courthouse during the jury selection process. This is a tactic that pushes both sides against the wall, trying to coerce them to give in. The plaintiff wants the defendant to give in by offering more money in the settlement, while the defendant wants the plaintiff to give in by accepting the current settlement offer. No one ever wants to take a case to trial if it can be helped because the costs of court are much higher than out-of-court settlements.

About Cigarette Smoking Makes Everything Worse

Emotional Cost.

It’s hard to measure the emotional cost of smoking, but the simple bio-chemical fact is that every cigarette causes you to create the stress hormone cortisol. The right amount of cortisol gives you energy, but too much depletes your energy, causes physical pain and can contribute to anxiety and depression.

Cigarettes offer only brief period of relaxation before the stress kicks in. But even worse is that by hiding your stress behind cigarettes you don’t face your stress and it just builds up and makes you sick.

Financial Cost

Smoking makes your financial situation worse. I know that many clients tell me that the money doesn’t matter, but there are fooling themselves. After all who would honestly prefer to waste thousands of dollars every year on tobacco when that same money could be spent on anything else.

In fact you would be way better off just piling up thousands of dollars each year and setting it on fire. As long as you don’t stand close enough to inhale the fumes you would be way ahead compared to sucking in all of that toxic smoke.

Of course you could have a holiday, support your family or give it to charity. Anything but wasting it on cigarettes.

Social Cost

I wonder how many hours of family time you miss every year, how many times you have to leave a restaurant or social function to smoke. Only you would know how much smoking has cost you, do you really want that to continue.

So just book your advanced hypnosis session now and take back your life.

Infertility

  • Smoke less every day. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you reduce your smoking habit with one cigarette a day. On day 1 smoke 19 cigarettes, day 2 reduce it by 1 to 18 cigarettes and continue until you are down to 1 a day. When you get to 1 a day, continue for another week with only the 1 cigarette a day, thereafter skip a day until you completely forget or lose the interest to smoke anymore.
  • Use a nicotine patch. There are many nicotine patches on the market. Select one that resonates best with your circumstances and use it regularly. Set an alarm each morning that reminds you to put the patch on your skin.
  • Use nicotine gum. This method keeps your mouth busy with the nicotine gum and soon you will forget to smoke. Be careful not to become addicted to the habit of chewing the nicotine gum too much. This should only be a temporary method until you are able to let go of smoking altogether.
  • Get support from a friend or your partner. It is essential that you have support when trying to quit smoking. You will need a cheer leader, per se, that can cheer you on the bad

Ideas For A Sport Fundraising Activity

Fundraising Health Week

This is a great way for promoting healthy choices and also teaching people about the benefits of healthy living especially if it is particularly relating to youth fundraising. This is especially good for a school as they can arrange for the teachers to create activities and fun quizzes relating to all aspects of healthy eating and healthy activity. Also the school during the scheduled breaks that the kids have for lunch time etc., can be used to sell them healthy alternative foods rather than the usual junk they like to eat. Such a sports fundraising event is especially good as it will teach children that the healthy alternatives can be just as delicious as well as nutritious in place of what they would normally eat. Certainly doing this type of sports fundraising event can earn a school or sports organization good profits.

Sport Lollipops

Why not look at this type of sports fundraising activity where you sell lollipops which are shaped either like baseballs, softballs, footballs, basketballs or soccer balls. You can if you want even get them in the color of the team that you are raising funds for. Not only are they easy to sell but you will find that you can raise thousands of dollars this way. You don’t even have to sell them on a particular day you can sell them whenever you and a great one would be when the team are playing at home and you can sell them to the crowd that are watching.

These are just a couple of different ways that you can raise funds by carrying out a sports fundraising event for your local sports team. But there are plenty more ideas around and a great way to find some others is by surfing the net, there are plenty of sites which offer other ideas for helping organizing a fundraising event.

Natural Detox Diets

The simple but most effective way to detoxify is by drinking plenty of water. Water flushes and purifies the body of any junk inside it. A good way to test for proper hydration is by taking note of the color of your urine. Clear urine means proper hydration but more yellow urine signifies that you should drink more water. A good way to ensure proper hydration is by carrying a water bottle and drinking from it whenever you are thirsty instead of opting for unhealthy drinks. Even drinks that seem natural, like apple juice, may have preservatives and artificial sugars so sticking to water during detox is the best bet. Drinking tea, specifically green tea also has many benefits for detoxification.

Next, there is the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and natural grains. These nutrients are easily processed by the body and most detox diets include high consumption of these items. Red meats, dairy, and greasy foods should be avoided during the detox period. For protein during the diet, fish, chicken and nuts can be consumed. Green vegetables, lentils, and brown rice are also great options. Above all smoking, drugs, and the consumption of alcohol should be avoided during detoxification because these things should be considered toxins.

Although the diet itself is key, exercise is also a very important part of a detox program. When exercising, the body sweats out certain toxins that it might not otherwise expel. The increased body temperature during exercise also helps purify the body. Exercising three times a week for at least half an hour every time is enough to purify the body, but more exercise is always good. The exercise itself doesn’t need to be strenuous; anything that increases heart rate and body temperature will do the job.

There are several higher-budget options for detoxification as well, such as detox drinks and “internal body cleansers” but the tips above work just as well, if not better. The idea of the diet is simply to keep additional toxins out while flushing the body of anything harmful that already exists inside it. If detox diets are done regularly, the dieter will find himself or herself with increased energy, long term health benefits, and clearer skin.

Healthy Snack for Toddlers

Chapatti Pizza:

Ingredients: Chapatti, onion, mayonnaise, tomato, capsicum, sweet corn, beans, cheese slice or spread, salt, ketchup and butter

Method: Wash and clean all veggies. Chop all veggies into small cubes. Heat a pan and brush it with little butter. Put chapatti on the pan and warm it a little from one side. Spread mayonnaise evenly on the chapatti. Spread all the cut veggies on chapatti and cover it with cheese slices. Sprinkle salt. Cover the pan with a lid for 3 to5 minutes. Cut chapatti as pizza slices. Serve it with ketchup on the side.

Paneer and Cheese toast:

Ingredients: Paneer, brown bread slices, cheese slices, salt, onion, and coriander leaves, butter.

Method: Crumble paneer in a bowl and mix salt. Wash and clean veggies. Chop the veggies into small pieces. Mix it with crumbled paneer. Preheat the pan and brush it with melted butter. Smear butter to the bread slices on one side and put them in the pan. Add paneer mix over the bread and then put a cheese slice on it. Cover it with a lid and toast it on a low to medium heat until the cheese melts. Serve it with ketchup on the side.

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes:

Ingredients: Oats flour, salt, baking powder, eggs, butter, and honey or chocolate syrup and banana.

Method: In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs and whisk it properly. Preheat a pan and brush it with butter. Pour half a ladle of batter into the pan and cover it with lid. Cook from both side until golden brown. Take it out on a plate and serve it warm. Cut ripe banana into thin slices. Put banana slices on the pancake and serve it with a spoon of honey or chocolate syrup on top.

Eating Healthy While Traveling

  1. Location – When you’re choosing where to stay, it’s all about location. Let’s say you’re traveling for work and you’ll be in the same location for at least a few days. Finding a spot that’s close to healthy resources is key. Is there a grocery store nearby that you can run to for healthy snacks and/or meals? Are there healthy cafes or restaurants within walking distance that you can stop in for a bite to eat? It’s easy to make the excuse that you can’t eat healthy while on the road if there aren’t good options around you. Don’t make that your excuse. Choose as wisely as you can to set yourself up for success.
  2. Accommodations With A Kitchen or Kitchenette – One of the best ways to ensure healthy eating while traveling is to have access to some type of kitchen. Extended stay hotels, vacation rentals and Air B & B are all great options if convenient to your location. If a kitchen isn’t available, having a refrigerator in your hotel room for some healthy options is a great alternative. The point being that if you have either a kitchen or a refrigerator, you have the ability stock up with good snacks and easy meals. Things like fresh fruit and vegetables, bottled water, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, nuts, natural peanut butter, rotisserie chicken and canned fish are fantastic options that are easy to store and don’t require a lot of prep work to create a quick meal or snack.
  3. Ship Items Before – Another strategy would be to ship your favorite dry goods to your location before hand. Protein powder, beans, nuts, canned tuna, bread and quick cooking oats are all items you could have sent prior to your arrival so that you have some healthy options waiting for you.
  4. Carry A Cooler – Tote your health food around with you. Stock a cooler full of your favorite healthy snacks, sandwiches, bottled water and anything you need for the day. This options works well if you can drive to your location and bring your cooler with you. If you’re flying, you’ll need a collapsible cooler to pack in your suitcase.
  5. Research Restaurants In The Area – Do your research before you go. Even if you have access to a kitchen or a refrigerator, you still may want or need to eat for a few meals. Find out what restaurants are in the area and which menus offer healthy options that interest you. You can plan any outings to one of these restaurants and know what you’re going to eat when you walk in the door.
  6. Protein Powder – Protein is often the hardest thing to come by. Healthy eating on the go is made much easier if you can bring some protein powder with you. Even it it’s a back up, you know you have a good protein source to go to if you can’t find a viable option. Sometimes your healthy eating strategy might require using a combination of options. For example, finding some fruit and vegetables might be easy but grabbing a protein source might be pretty expensive. In certain cases, protein powder can fill in the gaps.
  7. Supergreen Supplement – It’s often times very difficult to get the correct amount of vegetables in when traveling. This is the perfect time to incorporate a great supplement like Amazing Grass, Green Defense or Greens +. A supplement is just that – a way to supplement your diet. While this shouldn’t be your mainstay to getting in vegetables, it can always be used as a way to up your micronutrient intake and get some greens into your diet.
  8. Bring Homemade Snacks – Bring homemade non-perishable snacks with you. Homemade granola or protein bars, protein muffins, kale chips and homemade granola or trail mix are all wonderful options to take with you. If you have healthy food with you, chances are that you’ll eat that healthy food rather than seeking out the junky stuff.

Avoid Drug Poisoning

Label the medications properly

After you have bought the medications from the suppliers, and stored them in a safe and dry area. The next step would be to label them correctly with administration instructions. This avoids confusion in the event another staff member decides to give the medication. If the patient has to carry the medications home, advise him/her on how to properly take the medications.

Watch out for allergies

This is a common mistake made even by the most experienced medical professionals, which often results in injuries. Before you administer the drugs, enquire from the patient whether he/she is allergic to a given medication or ingredient. This helps you give the right drug thus reducing the chances of poisoning.

Don’t ‘treat’ side effects

When the patients are taking the medications, they will always have side effects. For example, they might have stomachaches, diarrhea, headaches and many others. Depending on the way the patient is explaining it, you might think that he/she is suffering from another condition thus forcing you to prescribe additional medications. Which are unnecessary.

When you treat side effects with other medications, you put the patient at the risk of developing a reaction as the drugs react. To avoid this, when a patient comes with a condition, you should take your time to understand the history and what might be the cause. If the cause is a side effect, don’t prescribe any more medications.

Limit in a Kidney-Friendly Diet

Potassium

Potassium is a very common mineral that features in many different food types. This mineral is beneficial for its ability to help the muscles function properly. However, eating a diet that is too rich in potassium can lead to a variety of problems, such as muscle weakness and cramps. There is no set limit on how much potassium is acceptable to the patient with kidney problems, so it will be necessary to get guidance from your doctor to match the specific needs.

However, there are plenty of very acceptable foods with low potassium content. They can include chicken, white breads, lettuce, peppers, cauliflower, pineapples, cranberries and apples.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a very common type of mineral. It combines with vitamin D and calcium to help maintain the strength of the bones. However, the level of phosphorus is controlled by the healthy kidneys. In the event of the kidneys becoming less effective, there is a risk of phosphorus building up in the blood. Over time this can lead to low bone density.

A simple change in the diet can help to limit phosphorus, but there is also the option to take a phosphate binder which is prescribed by your doctor. When combined with a healthy diet, this is a great option to prevent the phosphorus build up.

Fluids

While a regular intake of fluids is essential to live, the person suffering with kidney disease may benefit from taking proper control on how much is consumed. The less effective kidneys aren’t so useful at clearing excess fluid so drinking less can be helpful. Heart failure, swelling and high blood pressure are a few of the issues associated with too much fluid. Also, there is the risk of the fluid building up in the region of the lungs which makes breathing more difficult.