Author: Yanette Redmouth

Improve the Physician/Patient Relationship

  1. Manage expectations. Patients expect quality care from their medical providers, so it’s your duty to provide that care to the best of your ability and maintain communication at all times. Create a culture of open communication between you, your staff, and patients so people know what to expect from each other. Each patient comes from different backgrounds and have their own idea of what good patient care consists of.
  2. Make sure you and your colleagues are on the same page each day. Stress to staff members the importance of prioritizing the patient relationship. Have regular meetings to discuss concerns or issues that need to be addressed. What things can be done to improve the experience of each patient?
  3. Take a deep breath. In our busy culture you can easily get caught up in a fast pace, but taking a deep breath is a great way to relax, plus it helps you be in the moment and gives you the ability to focus on the patient in front of you instead of worrying about what needs to be done next.
  4. Build trust through transparency. Transparency means that every interaction flows from a belief of being open, honest, and truthful. Being honest with staff and patients can make a huge difference in preventing medical malpractice. Be truthful about the risks and benefits of providing medical procedures and what is happening throughout the process of care.
  5. Be nice. One may assume that this is common sense, but you would be surprised how many physicians forget this simple rule. Remember why you went into the medical field in the first place. Have fun and enjoy the journey.

Medical Career Started With A Health Care Internship

There are two types of health care internships-hospital internships and office internships. You should choose which one you’d like based on what kind of health care professional you’d like to be. Hospital internships are usually more stressful, with longer hours. This pretty closely mimics a job in a hospital. These are usually the easier internships to get, however, and once you secure a hospital job, you’ll be making more than you would in a doctor’s office. Of course, if you choose a clinical or doctor’s office internship, you’ll have less stress and better hours.

One of the ways to get a health care internship is to apply for one right out of school. Whether you are finishing up medical school or a nursing program, or you’re close to completing your bachelor’s degree in bio-medical science, the opportunities to apply for internships will be most plentiful at this time. This is because hospitals and clinics check out schools for new interns. If you have good grades, you should be able to get your desired intern position fairly easily.

Sometimes people are looking for health care internships long after they’ve graduated. Perhaps you had to take time for other things right after medical or nursing school and were not able to apply for an internship right away. Or maybe you’ve taken a break from the workforce to have a baby or to travel, and you now have to complete a new internship in order to get up to speed and become hirable again. If this is the case, you do have options. Visit your local hospitals and clinics to apply. If you have a record of good grades, or if you have already worked in the medical field, it should be easy to get an internship.

Plan for Healthy Exercise

On a daily basis, do some type of easy, low-intensity, steady-state movement. The goal here is not to reach your maximum heart rate or burn a certain number of calories. It’s to move in an easy way, generate some brain food, stimulate your joint receptors, de-stress, etc.

Walking is ideal for this type of regular movement. Humans have walked since, well, since we were humans! We should be able to walk, safely, with good posture, and good balance, throughout our entire lives.

If you can do so while keeping your heart rate in a nice, low, non-stressed range, then easy jogging, cycling, swimming, stand up paddling, kayaking, etc. can be nice, easy, steady-state movements for you, too.

Once or twice each week, add some “bursts” to your cardio-type exercise for “training” purposes. This challenges your body in a different way, more effectively trains your cardiovascular system than old-school cardio, and improves your overall metabolic efficiency, thereby helping you burn excess fat more easily.

Examples here are sprinting, hill running, and bursts of “sprints” while doing just about any other type of cardio exercise – cycling, stand up paddling, rowing, and even on some cardio machines, like the treadmill and elliptical.

When you’re doing this for training purposes, the work out itself is brief. For example, you may do ten 100 meter sprints with a minute of walking in between and be finished with that workout in 15 minutes, including your warm-up.

Another way to incorporate the concept of “bursts” is to play certain sports that are inherently based on bursts of activity followed by short recovery periods: soccer, hockey, basketball, football, tennis and other racquet sports, and so on.

Two or three times each week, lift heavy things. Yes, this means do some resistance training. Join a gym, hire a trainer, take a boot camp, or do it at home. Nowadays, you really don’t ‘need’ to join a gym, unless that floats your boat. There are many fantastic choices readily available now to help you get a great work out in at home.

When you challenge your muscles by moving through some full range of motion (functional movement patterns) with some added resistance, you create lean muscle mass (not bulk) that helps you burn fat more effectively… and look better, more fit, and more toned. It also helps your posture, balance, and protects your bones for years to come.

On a daily basis, do something that challenges your body to move outside its ‘rigid’ comfort zone! In other words, stretch regularly, do some “spinal hygiene” exercises (stretch and bend in a way that moves all 24 of your vertebrae!), and postural exercises. I’d also recommend adding like yoga on a regular basis.

When it comes to movement (and flexibility) the saying “use it or lose it” is really quite accurate!

Play. In addition to your “work outs” and “training”, add plenty of fun things to complete the picture of a healthy, active lifestyle. There are countless examples. Any type of active play with your kids is an excellent place to start: bike rides, jumping on a trampoline, swimming, playing catch, hula-hooping, jump rope, going tubing, etc.

Sneaky Foods Revealed

Bottled waters: Water seems like the one thing on earth that has to be natural? But many bottled waters, even ones promoted by athletes, may contain things besides water, including minerals and salts. Some bottled waters contain a big chunk of sodium, so if you’re on a low-sodium diet, check that label before you buy.

“Low fat” foods: By law, foods labeled “low fat” contain less than 3 grams of fat per serving. But check the label so you know what you’re getting. First, check serving sizes: if serving sizes are very small, and you’re planning a traditionally-sized serving, your intake of fat may be larger than you expect. Second, make sure you’re not trading off the benefits of lower fat foods for extra sugar and salt. Manufacturers may increase salt, sugars or artificial flavorings to compensate for the loss of flavor in low-fat foods. So, if you’re trying to lower your blood pressure (for example) check to make sure you aren’t getting a big dose of salt; if you’re trying to move towards a more organic or natural diet, you may want to compare levels of artificial sweetening.

“Low carb” alternatives to regular prepackaged foods may also trade off carbohydrate content for other things that you might be trying to avoid, so get savvy about reading labels on prepackaged food. Keep in mind that the FDA has not yet fully determined what the qualifications are to be a “low carb” food, so double-check the label to see if the carb content fits your needs. In addition, a number of reports suggest that “low carb” labels are being used inappropriately, so look at the label to see the actual number of carbohydrate grams.

Nutrition For Runners

Your optimum performance is related to the high supply of nutrients into your body while maintaining the toxicity level low. Drinking freshly-made juices helps you to achieve both of these goals because they help you to eradicate toxins from your body. Home made juices are also a great source of minerals, vitamins and other natural chemical elements that your body needs to fight disease and function at its best.

Juices versus smoothies

A lot of people seem to be confused to differentiate between juices and smoothies. Smoothies are made from fresh fruits which are blended using a blender while juices are fresh fruits that are put within a juicer. Fruits that are blended using a blender will contain fibres while a juicer will produce a fruit juice which is completely separated from its fibres. The advantage of using a juicer is to allow us consuming large quantities of nutrient-rich juice without burdening our digestive system with their fibres. Freshly extracted fruits and vegetables that are properly juiced using a juicer will be able to by pass your digestive system and be absorbed very quickly. We need to stress, however, that we are not advising you to ditch fibres from your diet. We just want to let you know that juices complement your high fibre diet.

Best juice for runners

All juices offer great nutritious benefits but in our opinion, the green juices are the best for runner as they have high chlorophyll content which can assist you to oxygenate your blood. Green vegetables also have high minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium, which are all important for health. Green juices also have the least impact on your blood sugar so you will not experience sudden blood sugar spikes that can drain your energy.

Quit Smoking Marijuana

One women told me her life had closed down. Smoking every evening she didn’t feel like going out and doing normal fun things like the movies or going to a restaurant.

She avoided staying at anyone else’s home and worried about being caught smoking while on holidays. Travel always involved extra risk of buying from unfamiliar people.

She was just sick and tired of smoking, but felt trapped in the loop of smoking to relax and reduce stress, but felt increasingly stressed about the effect it was having on her life and her health.

There was nothing cool about smoking anymore, she just felt like she was over it, except like so many bad habits humans have she kept doing it in spite of her wishes.

This is where hypnosis was so helpful. Consciously she wanted to quit, but her unconscious was locked in an old framework, back to the days when she did enjoy it, when her friends smoked and they laughed about getting the munchies and she felt pretty cool.

These memories were still alive in her unconscious mind, plus all the times she used pot to escape from her feelings and stresses.

Hypnosis goes to the heart of the problem and quickly helps you to let go of the past beliefs and introduce the new helpful beliefs and strategies which allowed her to stop smoking marijuana and recover her life.

In addition to hypnosis experience shows that some other strategies need to be used as well. One thing that upsets new positive habits more than anything else is a stressful event. So we need to develop ways to manage stress on a day to day basis so that if something big comes along then we have the emotional resilience to cope with it.

This applies to everybody, but especially to anyone making a big change in their lives. Lastly creating a reward system. Small rewards for daily successes and perhaps a big reward for being free from pot for one year.

About Medication Disposal

Programs have been implemented to encourage Americans to properly dispose of medications that pose a serious safety hazard if left in their residential medicine cabinet. The best and safest method of disposing of pharmaceuticals is for consumers to deliver their unwanted medications to an authorized collection site. This can be done at a sponsored scheduled prescription “Take-Back” event or any time at a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) authorized collection site. The number of available drop off locations increased after DEA amended the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of and expanded the options available to collect controlled substances from ultimate users for the purpose of disposal. The public may find authorized collectors in their communities by calling the DEA Office of Diversion Control’s Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539.

Two of the largest pharmacy chains in our country, CVS and Walgreens, have recently launched programs to allow consumers to return their unwanted medications for safe disposal. CVS launched its CVS/Pharmacy Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, a Federal grant initiative. As part of this program, the company distributes drug collection bins to police departments and municipalities so they can set up environmentally responsible local drug disposal programs.(1) Walgreens plans to install safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores in 39 states and Washington, D.C., primarily at locations open 24 hours.(2)

Healthcare providers and other DEA Registrants can learn how to properly dispose of unused controlled substances by viewing DEA’s disposal regulations at the DEA Diversion website or at the Federal Governments Regulations website. The Final Rule of the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of authorizes certain DEA registrants (manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, narcotic treatment programs, retail pharmacies, and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy) to modify their registration with the DEA to become authorized collectors. All collectors may operate a collection receptacle at their registered location, and collectors without an on-site means of destruction may operate a mail-back program. Retail pharmacies and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy may also operate collection receptacles at long-term care facilities.(3)

DEA will conduct its 11th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative (NTBI) on April 30th, from 10am to 2pm. Collection sites will not accept any dangerous, hazardous, or non-compliant items such as medical sharps and needles (e.g., insulin syringes), or compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g., asthma inhalers). To find the collection site nearest you, visit the DEA website, click on the “Got Drugs” icon and enter your zip code. During DEA’s last NTBI held on September 26, , DEA and 3,800 other participating law enforcement agencies collected over 350 tons of unwanted prescriptions that could have otherwise been diverted into the hands of addicts.

Reading Food Labels

Many Americans are not getting numerous crucial nutrients that they want. Among the most typical reasons why is simply because plenty of people don’t have any idea what exactly they are eating. As an instance, are you getting enough fiber in your daily diet? Many Americans aren’t. 1 way to change this is to first determine how much fiber you are already eating daily and subsequently adjusting your diet plan so. Begin with assessing the quantity of fiber to the food labels of everything you are already eating. When you’ve figured out exactly what your present average daily consumption is, you may start selecting foods with high fiber content to raise this figure.

Whilst food labels may supply you with lots of the info you want to make healthy food selections, it may frequently be beneficial to utilize an expert to help you ascertain what nutritional targets you need to try for. Why don’t you operate with a free gym trainer and think of a strategy together? If it sounds like something which may assist you.

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound

Non-Invasive Procedure

One of the most important aspects of HIFU is that it is a non-invasive procedure. Whereby patients living with brain tumors, prostate cancer and other conditions may require surgeries as standard treatments, sound waves, much like light ways, may be just as effective in safely destroying tumors and other cancerous cells. Studies have already reported success with high intensity focused intensity ultrasound in treating kidney and liver tumors as well as breast and prostate cancer.

Similarly, the focused ultrasound can be used as a treatment for hypertension as, currently, one of the only ways to treat this condition is through radio-frequency pulses that disrupt the abdomen’s renal arteries. However, this procedure, although not surgical, is still considered to be invasive as it requires a catheter, but high-focused intensity ultrasound that uses sound waves through a transducer outside for the patient’s body may be an effective method of treating the nerves around the blood vessels.

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound and Plaque

A team at the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota has found that HIFU may also help to clean out a patient’s arteries in an attempt to remove plaque and other buildup that might have occurred over time. If plaque is left in a patient’s body, blood clots may form and may break away from the lining of the vessel. Should this happen, the clot could potentially travel to the heart, lungs or brain and cause a heart attack, pulmonary embolism or stroke, respectively. While physicians typically use medications or place balloons inside the vessels and expand them to help the plaque to break away, there are potential complications associated with these methods. Instead, high intensity focused ultrasound directed at a vessel for two to five seconds can help to rid the arteries of plaque.

How to Swim Faster

Long distance swimmers training for Triathlons or the Half Ironman, listen up because this article applies to you. You’ll be adding some “Fartlek” training to your training repertoire to increase your pace a little whilst also improving the speed at which you recover.

Fartlek is Swiss for “Speed Play”, it sounds fun and it is. Fartlek trains the body to switch gears and recruit different muscle fibres; it is often used by long distance runners to improve running speed, but can just effectively be used by swimmers to improve their times too.

During your laps you will be working at Pace 1 and Pace 2. Pace 1 is a steady long distance maintainable speed, Pace 2 is 50-70% maximum sprint speed, depending on your fitness level. As you get better these two speeds will gradually speed up. There’s four stages to the Fartlek, depending on fitness levels and your commitment, it may take a week or a month to advance through each of the stages.

  • Stage 1: Start your regular swim session with your usual warm up. The Fartlek session will be 10 laps. Swim half the length of the pool at Pace 1, then sprint the rest of the length of the pool at Pace 2. There’s no stopping when you finish the lap, just tumble-turn and slow down during Pace 1. Pace 1 is recovery, Pace 2 is at speed. You may need to adjust your pace so you can finish the entire 10 laps. At this stage burn-out halfway through the session is not the goal.¬†Incorporate Fartlek into your training at least three times a week on alternate days.
  • Stage 2: When you are ready, move onto doing 10 laps Fartlek training alternating each lap at Pace 1 followed by a lap at Pace 2. Remember, no stopping at the end of each lap.
  • Stage 3: Now you should be ready to alternate Pace 1 and Pace 2 for 10 laps, but with Pace 2 at maximum speed. It should burn and you should be breathless during recovery at Pace 1. If you’re not feeling it, push harder.
  • Stage 4: Really ramp things up by changing the recovery verses speed ratio. Aim for 12 laps, but we now swim one lap at Pace 1 followed immediately by two laps at Pace 2.