Month: March 2019

Medical Careers Without Uniforms

Getting a job in the medical field previously meant that you would be wearing scrubs, and often patrolling the halls of your local hospital checking in on patients and handling other traditional duties. With recent advances in technology, the need for trained medical staff continues to rise, but also the number of people who are going into the medical field drops as well. However, what many people overlook is the fact that insurance companies and other similar places all employ medical trained employees.

For the vast majority of people who do not actually interact with patients there is no need for uniforms, and often very little need to have a nice bedside manner. In fact, they are typically cooped up into an office all day and free to interact with people in almost any manner that they see fit. This can create a perfect job for someone who is interested in the medical field, but not quite sure about interacting with others, or even those who are looking to get started without having to spend all of the years necessary in medical school.

A rewarding career in the medical field can take on a wide range of types and styles. Simply assuming that only actual doctors or nurses are able to make a difference in the health care that someone receives is quite wrong. While these are the professionals at the forefront of medical technology, they are also supported by a wide range of consumers who are capable and willing to help them out any way possible, without having to worry about all of the small paperwork that can be easily delegated onto someone else with the appropriate medical training. Finding your perfect place within this vast field will help you to really accomplish your work goals quickly and without any problems.

Tips for Healthy Aging

Learn Something New

Getting involved with a new hobby can help to strengthen all areas of the brain. Maybe it’s time to learn to play golf, take a dance lesson or a cooking class. Whatever it is, the process of learning a new activity increases blood flow to the brain. This helps to strengthen the hippocampus part of the brain that focuses on memory learning. This area of the brain is also the most active in generating new cell growth which is important to healthy aging.

Move Your Body Every Day

Exercise releases proteins in the brain that promote new cell growth. This not only improves the brain’s memory and recall but also helps the brain resist stress. If you join your local YMCA or health club, you are sure to make new friends and get in fit at the same time. Regular exercise can help you feel vibrant and alive. It fights midlife eight gain too!

Watch What You Eat

The healthiest foods to eat are those that look the same when you eat them as when they were harvested. It’s important to consume at least five servings of colorful vegetables every day since they contain a healthy dose of antioxidants, phytochemicals and micronutrients. Also, be sure to incorporate more omega-3 essential fatty acids in your diet to help repair damaged cells. Snack on healthy foods every four to five hours to avoid the intense hunger that may lead to overeating and consumption of high calorie carbohydrates.

Deaths and Disease From Smoking

Deaths in Victoria

The most recent estimate of deaths caused by tobacco in Victoria is for the financial year 2008-09. In that year, 3,793 people died from diseases caused by smoking. This figure includes the deaths of 8 children and 27 adults from secondhand smoke.

Disease and health problems caused by smoking

Cancers of the lung, throat, mouth, tongue, nose, nasal sinus, voice box, oesophagus, pancreas, stomach, liver, kidney, bladder, ureter, bowel, ovary, cervix, and bone marrow (myelitis leukemia). Smoking-related cancers accounted for about 13% of all cancer cases in 2010.

Heart disease. Around 30% of all cases of heart disease in those under 65 years are due to smoking.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPS) includes emphysema and small airways disease. Emphysema is rare in non-smokers.

Chronic bronchitis is a recurring cough together with frequent and increased phlegm. It occurs in about half of all heavy smokers.

Stroke. Smokers under 65 years are around three times more likely to have a stroke than non-smokers of the same age.

Peripheral vascular disease is a narrowing of the leg arteries that can lead to blockage and, in some cases, amputation. Cigarette smoking is the main risk factor for this disease.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm is the bursting of the lower part of the aorta leading from the heart. It often leads to sudden death. Cigarette smoking is the main preventable risk factor for this disease.

Type 2 diabetes, and higher risks for diseases associated with diabetes in people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

Peptic ulcer disease in persons who are Helicopter pylori positive.

Eye diseases, such as oracular degeneration and cataracts.

Lower fertility in women.

Low bone density in older women and hip fractures in both sexes.

Periodontists, a dental disease that affects the gum and bone that supports the teeth.

Respiratory symptoms including shortness of breath, coughing, phlegm and wheezing. These symptoms occur in both child and adult smokers.

Faster decline in lung function, which is measured by how much air you can breathe out during a forced breath. All adults lose lung function as they age but this process occurs earlier and faster among smokers.

Impaired lung growth among child and adolescent smokers and early onset of lung function decline in late adolescence and early adulthood.

Problems during pregnancy and childbirth including restricted fetal growth and low birth weight, topic pregnancy, complications that can lead to bleeding in pregnancy and the need for cesarean section delivery, and shortened time in the womb and preterm delivery (the baby is carried for less than 37 weeks). Smoking during pregnancy also causes death in early infancy (particularly from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), reduced lung function in childhood, and oral clefts (e.g. harelip) in infants.

Erectile dysfunction. Men who smoke increase their risk of impotence, and may have reduced semen volume, sperm count and sperm quality.

Tuberculosis disease and death.

Rheumatoid arthritis.

Worsening asthma. Smokers with asthma have poorer asthma control, faster decline in lung function, more airway inflammation, and get less benefit from some asthma medications, compared to non-smokers with asthma.

Smoking as a risk factor

Cigarette smoking is also a risk factor associated with a number of health problems, including:

Breast cancer in women.

Croon’s disease (a chronic bowel disease).

Back pain.

Cirrhosis of the liver and bile ducts, and pancreatic.

Complications during and after surgery, including delayed wound healing and increased risk of infection, drug interactions, lung complications and breathing difficulties.

Further complications during pregnancy and childbirth including miscarriage, and birth defects such as clubfoot, heart defects and gastroenteritis (the guts protruding through an opening in the abdominal wall). Smoking in pregnancy also increases the risk of the child being overweight or obese.

Childhood cancer (hematologist) where the mother or both parents smoked before and during pregnancy.

Childhood leukemia where the father or both parents smoked before the pregnancy.

Period pain and early menopause in women. Smoking may increase the risk for painful periods, missed periods and irregular periods. Women may also experience more menopausal symptoms.

Facial skin wrinkling tends to occur earlier.

Skin diseases, such as psoriasis and tendinitis suppuration (painful boils or abscesses in the groin and underarm).

Increased susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections, ranging from the common cold through to influenza, pneumonia, meningeal disease, legionnaires disease, tuberculosis, and bacterial vaginas.

Motor vehicle crashes, death from injury in accidents, house fire deaths, and burn injuries.

Alzheimer’s disease (dementia) and cognitive (brain function) decline.

Autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis.

Hearing loss.

Poorer sense of smell and taste.

Lower fitness.

Sleep disorders.

More fat around the abdomen (gut), which raises the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and metabolic problems.

Tooth decay and loss, and dental implant failure.

Summer Foods

Yogurt – For those who are fine with the dairy products intake, yogurt is the best option to get the high proteins and burn the fat better. Blend your fruits and veggies with plain yogurt to make delicious colorful smoothies or simply get the dose of protein from the frozen variety topped with fresh fruits instead of flavored ones.

Watermelon – This summer staple is the savior to treat your sweet tongue and hydrate those dry out beauties. Basically, it curbs down the cravings for a dessert and saves you from gulping down hundreds of calories. Melons are loaded with the high water content, which keeps you hydrated on the sun scorching days and increases the overall calories expenditure. Bonus, it has fewer calories than other summer fruits.

Iced Green Tea – In a truly genius move, sipping up this sassy sugar-free iced tea instead of a glass of wine at any time of the day saves you from alcohol consumption as well as high calories content. It strokes your appetite and gives you chills down to the nerves. Green tea promotes weight loss and it is super easy to combine minty flavors with the hydrating drink free from the fizz.

Cucumbers – You must have heard about the benefits of eating the refreshing vegetable in summers. All of them are so true as it keeps the body hydrated and gives you healthy glowing skin in no time. Another reason to eat this veggie is our salad platter is incomplete without it. So whenever you think of salad don’t forget to add cucumbers for its reaping benefits.

Benefits of Dry Fruits

Potassium

Dry prunes and apricots contain a lot of potassium and sodium. Both of these play a great role in balancing the water levels in your body. The fact of the matter is that potassium helps your body maintain blood pressure.

Fiber

For better digestion, your body needs adequate amount of fiber. Actually, fruits, such as fig and cherry contain a lot of fiber. So, they should be part of your healthy diet. Moreover, cherries are on the list of fruits that contain a lot of antioxidants.

Iron

As far as iron goes, dry apricots and prunes are your best choice. They help you prevent anemia. Apart from this, you can opt for raisins as they are heavy with iron, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium, to name a few. Eating them on a regular basis keeps your blood circulation in check.

Dry fruits have zero fat

These fruits don’t contain fat and are rich in calories. If you are trying to lose weight, you may want to eat dry fruits on a regular basis. Since they are heavy with fiber, you will feel full throughout the day.

Cholesterol level

As far as protein goes, nuts are on top of the list. The reason is that they are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber. Moreover, they contain good fats that help you control your cholesterol level

Migraine relief

If you or your loved ones want relief from migraine, eating cashews is a good idea. Actually, cashew nuts contain a lot of magnesium that helps you control your blood pressure, migraine headaches, fatigue and muscle spasms. Apart from this, magnesium works with calcium in order to make your bones and muscle stronger.

Caregivers Supporting Stroke Recovery

Educate Yourself

The more you know about strokes and stroke recovery the more confident you will be and the better you will be able to take care of your loved one. Take advantage of every opportunity to learn about your loved one’s specific condition and prognosis. Take part in support groups or programs that are offered by the hospital. Talk with health care staffers about what the stroke recovery process will be.

Participate in Stroke Rehabilitation

It’s not unusual for caregivers to attend some therapy sessions so that you can support your loved one. This gives you the opportunity to personally encourage the stroke survivor to practice new skills. Be supportive but don’t always jump in to help. Allow survivors to do things for themselves. The idea is for them to feel self-reliant and confident.

Take Care of You

Caregiving is similar to becoming a parent for the first time and having a huge learning curve. It is important to take care of your needs as you take care of your loved one. Caregivers have been known to experience anxiety, guilt, depression, fear and resentment that they are giving up their life. Be patient with yourself, don’t lose your own life, focus on your physical and emotional health, and remember to laugh.

Get Support

Find a support group by calling your local hospital or through an online search for caregiver support. Talking to other caregivers can help you feel less alone and provide an opportunity to share resources and caregiving tips.

Learning A New Sport or Activity

One of the best ways to keep your exercise commitment running full steam ahead is to diversify your activities. When you have 3-4 different exercises, activities, or sports, not only will your mind enjoy the change in the routine but your body, more particularly your muscles, will be getting a different workout. That’s why it can be a thrill learning a new sport or activity.

Sure running around the neighborhood is a healthy activity, but what about the muscles on your arms, chest, or back? They want some attention too. Think of it this way too, do you just want to have strong legs but stuck with flabby arms or an under developed back and shoulders?

Just one additional reason why it’s helpful to have a variety of workouts and sports at your disposal. Different activities workout different muscle groups. For instance, running for the most part works out your legs in one direction (forward) but playing an organized basketball game you also run but in a variety of directions – forward, backwards, side to side. Along with that you do a lot of squatting and jumping, so properly playing basketball gives your legs a more complete workout.

However herein lies the issue. The majority of us do not like change. Let’s face it, change can be uncomfortable. This is especially true if we are going to change by learning a new sport.

Getting over the hurdle of being a beginner or novice can be the frustrating part. However, once the learning curve is over, you will be completely proficient in a new activity and now have another delightful exercise you can partake in regularly.

If you are really interested in learning a new sport or activity, first and foremost you should look into getting proper instruction from a qualified teacher. It’s important to learn correct form and technique from someone who is a professional, or at least someone who is experienced enough to provide proper guidance and direction.

Put the Internet to work for you. Websites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Meetup, and even Craigslist have quite a number of outdoor activities, classes, and sports at decent prices. You can always bring a friend with you the first time to make you feel more at ease with the whole new experience.

Just keep in mind the sport or activity you choose to learn, how will you be able to continue once the instruction is over? Is it a team activity such as basketball or soccer? With these sports, once you learn how to play you likely will need to join a league where you will have regular games on a certain schedule.

This as opposed to something independent such as surfing, golf, or rollerblading. These sports/activities can be done by yourself not needing any additional people to complete. Be sure to take this into account when planning out which sport or activity you want to learn for it may make all the difference in the world.

About Stress and Synergy Disruptors

If Carly had undergone just a single week of synergy disruptors, her otherwise healthy body would have quickly recovered, and I would never have seen her as a patient. In fact, like many of my patients, Carly frequently skipped meals, ate an imbalanced ratio of carbs and protein, and skimped on sleep. Over time, these synergy disruptors took their toll, and so when Carly came to my office, she reported a whole host of symptoms: acne, PMS, some unusually intense menstrual cramps, fatigue, a lack of sexual energy, recurrent urinary tract infections, constipation, and an extra 10 pounds that she just couldn’t seem to shed.

I am struck by how many people-both patients and colleagues-underestimate the potentially serious consequences of these seemingly minor synergy disruptors. Not giving our bodies the sleep and nutrition that they need can stress our adrenals, unbalance our carbohydrate metabolism, and set us up for an immune/digestive condition known as leaky gut, in which partially digested food leaks through intestinal walls.

As a result, we put ourselves at risk for adrenal dysfunction, blood sugar imbalance, and inflammation, an overreaction of the immune system that has been associated with many health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

I define as a synergy disruptor anything that interferes with the body’s complex system of synergies and causes some portion of the body to compensate.

All of these synergy disruptors stress our adrenals and alter our cortisol levels either directly or indirectly, by causing leaky gut and/or unbalancing our carbohydrate metabolism. When we discount their importance, we miss a crucial aspect of stress-and we miss a crucial opportunity to support our bodies.

Synergy disruptors can do damage both by themselves and through magnifying other life stressors. Understanding how they work, how we can avoid them, and how we can reverse their effects is a significant aspect of optimizing our health.

Eat Organic Food

Taste

Organic food simply tastes so much better than “normal” food. Carrots that actually taste of carrots, apples that go zing in your mouth and really chickeny chicken. Why not see for yourself at the Organic Food Fair – see opposite for more details.

GM foods

You can be safe knowing that you won’t be eating genetically modified (GM) food. Intensively farmed animals are often fed on GM soya and much of the world’s production of cotton and rice are now GM. You can register your protest by buying organic produce.

Cost

While organic food may cost slightly more on the supermarket shelves, the true cost of conventional food is much higher. The BSE crisis cost nearly £4 billion and we support the conventional farming industry through our taxes. The Soil Association say that it costs £120 million a year to remove chemicals from drinking water, most of which are pesticides used in farming.

The countryside

Intensive farming methods can lead to soil erosion, the destruction of ancient hedgerows and the extinction or near-extinction of hundreds of our natural animals, birds and plants.

The Soil Association believes that organic farming is the best way to reverse the decline in wildlife by:

Crop rotation so the soil is kept fertile and avoid the use of chemical fertilisers

Mixed farming where different crops are planted together

Encouraging natural predators so there is no need to use pesticides

Animal welfare

The Soil Association insists on stringent animal welfare standards. Animals must have access to fields and are fed mainly on clover and herb rich grass, just as they would in the wild. They are given comfortable bedding and more space when they are housed and are often treated with herbal or homeopathic drugs when ill.

Diuretic And Anti-Inflammatory Pill

Ingredients

The pill contains different ingredients that work together in ensuring that you heal from the disease that you are suffering from. The most unique thing about the pill is it contains varying amounts of Chinese active ingredients.

Some of the most important ingredients are: Plantago seed, Dianthus superbus, talcum, Houttuynia cordata, Polygonum aviculare, herba laminariae, pangolin, saffron, semen persicae, honeysuckle, lignum aquilariae, etc

Formulas

There are many active ingredients in the pill. The most common ones are:

Plantain seed: it’s sweet in flavor and easily enters the kidney, bladder, lungs, and liver. The herb is used in alleviating water retention, improving eyesight, clearing away heat, and eliminating phlegm.

It’s usually recommended when you are suffering from hematuria, urinary stoppage, morbid leucorrhea, damp diseases, phlegmatic cough, conjuctival congestion and arthritis.

Pink herb: this one is bitter and easily enters the heart, small intestine, kidney, and urinary bladder. It’s used in removing blood stasis, alleviating water retention, and dredging meridian. It’s recommended in treating gonorrhea, edema, swelling, acute eczema, corneal opacity, and conjuctival congestion.

Peach seed: it has a bitter taste and just like the other herbs, it easily enters the heart, liver and large intestine. It’s used in expelling stasis, activating blood stagnation, and moisturizing pathogenic dryness.

It’s usually indicated in amenorrhea, wandering arthritis, traumatic injuries, blood stasis, febrile diseases, and blood dryness.

Chinese angelica: it has a sweet but pungent flavor and easily enters the heart, liver, and spleen meridian. It’s used in regulating menstruation, relieving pain, nourishing blood, moisturizing pathogenic dryness, and adjusting spirit.

It’s usually prescribed when you are suffering from vertigo, intensive dryness, dysentery, tenesmus, carbuncle, furuncle, and hemastasthenic headache.

Cowherb seed: it’s bitter in flavor and enters the liver and stomach meridians. It’s used in promoting blood circulation, lactation, and astringing sores. It’s prescribed when you are suffering from dystocia, swelling, amenorrhea or lactation disturbance.