Category: Medical

Healthy Dose of Medicine for the Soul

From my perspective, if you cannot laugh with someone you will not be able to cry with him or her and have it mean anything.

According to some medical advice, it takes more facial muscles and energy to frown than it does to smile. Of course, the only exercise some people have is frowning and who am I to take that away from them.

I am determined, no matter what, to exercise my right to smile and laugh and enjoy the world around me. I must confess that I get this attitude quite honestly.

My paternal grandfather was a Past Master in the area of practical jokes. No amount of time was too much to spend preparing for one of his famous practical jokes. His favorite holiday was April 1 and began preparing for this holiday right after Christmas.

The fact that his practical jokes at times got him into trouble did not seem to affect him at all.

Once while in the hospital for an extended period he had somebody smuggle in to him a can of snuff. For some reason he liked chewing snuff. It is the most disgusting habit I know of on earth.

He no sooner received his smuggled goods then he began chewing it. If you know anything about chewing snuff, you know it is accompanied by a lot of spitting. As usual, his timing was impeccable. Just as the head nurse passed his door and looked in, he leaned over and spit in to the garbage can he had next to his bed. The nurse, not knowing about the chewing snuff, thought he was spitting blood and immediately went into emergency mode. Immediately my grandfather was rushed into the operating room and the surgeon and medical team were assembled.

My grandfather was very sick at the time. Some did not think he would get out of the hospital.

Just as they got him situated in the operating room he pulled from under his sheet his can of chewing snuff and smiled at them. The only person in the room that thought this was in any way amusing was my grandfather. The doctors were so angry with him that they refused to see him for three days and confiscated his can of chewing snuff.

My aunt and uncle lived right next to my grandfather. My aunt was hyper clean when it came to her house. Dirt in any form was not welcome under her roof. She had a broom that was always within reach because she never knew when a piece of dirt would try to invade her domicile.

That year my grandfather found something new. I am not sure where he found it but he probably spent a lot of time looking for something like this. It was a rubber facsimile of a very nasty looking piece of vomit. To him it was a prized possession.

Most of his practical jokes were executed on April 1. Whenever we saw grandfather coming on this particular day we usually ran for cover.

He went over to visit my aunt and was sitting on the couch in the living room. They chatted for a little while and then my grandfather began to cough a little bit. He said to my aunt, “I haven’t been feeling good lately. I really don’t know what it is.” Then he started to cough a little more seriously, to which, my aunt got up and went to the kitchen to get him a glass of water thinking that might help him.

When she got back, she was shocked to see on her new coffee table a very horrible sight. My grandfather was bent over the coffee table hacking and coughing as though he was in the process of dying. On the coffee table was a very nasty looking piece of vomit.

My aunt went into hysterics. She whirled around and within a moment had grabbed her broom and started towards my grandfather. My grandfather was laughing but not for long.

Suddenly he realized that the flailing broom in my aunt’s hand was aimed at him. She chased him out of the house, down the driveway and for at least three blocks yelling obscenities at him that I dare not repeat in public society.

Life With Homeopathic Medicine

Easy to Use

They are relatively easy to use than its allopathic counterparts. Homeopathic medicines are liquid concentrates which can be diluted in water or small sugar pills. These medicines are not bitter and people of all ages can take it easily without any feelings of disgust as in the case of allopathic medicines.

Cheap

They are relatively cheaper than other medicines like Ayurvedic and Allopathic. Some allopathic medicines are very costly and poor people are often unable to afford treatment. But a patient who is taking homeopathy treatment feels comfortable from the side of cost of his medicines.

No Side-Effects

It does not have any side-effects. One of the major worries for many patients is the reactive nature of allopathic or ayurvedic medicines. But they are mild on the body and does not have any apparent threat to the health.

High Success Rate

In comparison to allopathic medicines, homeopathic medicines have a high success rate, which means, that homeopathic medicines can treat even those diseases and ailments which fall short in front of allopathic medicines.

Discount Medicine Services

Some pharmaceutical programs restrict access to those who have certain health plans or are in a certain income bracket. Others require customers to be over or under a certain age to qualify. A true discount medicine plan or site doesn’t have these restrictions. Some programs allow anyone to sign up or log in.

For the most part, you are not going to get name brand medications from these services. However, you will get FDA approved alternatives. Some consumers worry that the pills received from discount medicine stores online will not work as effectively or are manufactured in countries that do not comply with FDA standards. Yes, some online pharmacies are offering cheaper prescriptions and cut corners. Make sure your provider is FDA approved.

The savings do vary from service to service. A discount medicine card that you receive from a doctor’s office or pharmacy tends to have a 40 percent cost reduction. Some online services guarantee up to 80 percent savings over traditional pharmacy prices. Most cards do not require a fee to enroll. Online services may have an additional usage fee or shipping fee; it all depends on the option you choose.

Even if you use an online vendor, you are going to have to provide a prescription signed by your physician for the request to be filled. It can be a faxed or scanned copy. The pharmacist then verifies the prescription with your doctor’s office before filling the order.

It will take approximately ten to 15 days to receive your medication after the company receives your prescription. For that reason, these types of programs are best used for maintenance medications such as those used to treat blood pressure or heart conditions.

Info of ADHD and Medication

This ADHD appears in the childhood period and they continue till the persons or individuals adulthood. ADHD is found to be a commonly chronic disorder in the children about 25 to 55% in the world. It was found that about 4.7 % of the adults in the America where found to be suffering from ADHD disorder from their childhood to adult. ADHD disorder involves some of the changes which appear in the lifestyle, and also in behavior. These disorders can only be found by some psychiatrist and also doctors. Most of the clinics over the worldwide have not received the formal training for the assessment and also about the treatment for ADHD, mainly for the adults suffering from ADHD.

Medications for ADHD: Many of the scientist and doctors in the world has found that some medicines are helping to improve in ADHD disorders. ADHD medicines help to people on controlling the ADHD disorder and also to focus on their work or in their studies. Some of the Methylphenidate drugs like the Concerta, Ritalin, focal in XR, and metadata CD also affect some of the chemical signals in the nervous system. Many researchers have said that these medications may help highly the ADHD patients, because these increases the neurotransmitters in the brain, some of them are dopamine and also Nor-epinephrine. Neurotransmitters are nothing but the chemicals which help to send the messages between the nervous systems and to the brain. Methylphenidates are also provided in patch known as Daytrana, which should be placed on the skin for allowing it to absorb.

Many of the doctors prescribe some other drugs for helping the ADHD disorders, the drugs may be of amphetamines such as {Adderall XR etc} for treating the disorders of ADHD in some simple methods which are followed also using methylphenidates. There are also some medications provided for the treatment of ADHD differently. But these medications are also not at all classified like others. ADHD medicationsalso have Atomoxetine {Straterra} and also some of the antidepressants like the Wellbutrin etc. many of the doctors use to work very keenly in this type of disorders. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder patients should be handled carefully and they should also be provided with the exact drugs which can help them to focus on their other work like study or in their office.

Medical Practice

Diagonal to the laptop and resting on the back wall are two black chairs, with padded backrests. When he is seated, Dr. Ted’s extended right hand can reach for syringes, Band-Aids and tongue depressors from a six-door cabinet hung on the side wall. A motion-activated hand sanitizer dispenser is screwed to the mid section of the cabinet.

Patients who require abdominal palpation lie down on a brown examination table against the wall to the left of Dr. Ted when he sits on his black swivel chair. An apparatus for weight and height measurement occupies part of the space between the doorway and the exam couch.

‘Last patient, twenty-five today,’ said Ted with a sigh. His breath pumped and deflated a broad chest beneath a checkered shirt, buttoned to the top of his collarbone.

Each day at the practice, Dr. Ted Pit looked forward to going home. The time at the bottom of the laptop now showed 6.15 pm. Physicians’ fatigue in practice is proportional to the number of patients seen each day.

The last patient, a three-year-old girl, threw up once a week ago. Her mother brought her here to get a medical note to return the child to daycare. On entering the consulting room, the mother occupied the black chair against the wall while the three-year-old loitered in the maze between the exam table, a plastic trash can and the swiveling chair.

Uses for Medical Marijuana

Heal your body.

Cannabis is being used to treat the side-effects and symptoms of the most terrifying ailments. For nearly three decades, medical marijuana has been used to treat weight loss due to lack of appetite in AIDS Patients. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two medications, dronabinol and nabilone, that contain THC.

Likewise, cancer patients have been given access to help ease the nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy treatment. This is very important because these side-effects cause patients more pain and suffering. Scientists recently reported that THC and other cannabinoids even slow growth and in some cases cause death in certain types of cancer cells.

It also helps reduce the chronic pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.

Ease your mind.

Marijuana helps more than the body, it also helps ease the mind. Scientists have bred specialized marijuana plants and have been making CBD oil to treat seizure disorders including childhood epilepsy. This debilitating disorder causes sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance. The medication is being tested in clinical trials, but has not yet been approved by the FDA.

Doctors are recommending marijuana use for those who suffer from insomnia because it is not as habit forming as other drugs such as Xanax. Those suffering from addiction may also find results from the use of cannabis. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, study smokers that used a CBD inhaler saw a nearly 40 percent drop in their nicotine intake.

Patients suffering from anxiety often find relief with the use of sativas and marijuana has been shown to reduces stress and psychosis. This is going a long way to provide a stable mental environment for those suffering from schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder.

In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana and since then, 27 more states have passed laws allowing its use. Unfortunately, our nation’s newest administration is in stark contrast with the prior one and this could make further testing and deregulation less likely on the federal level.

Get Through the ADHD Medication Maze

For years I have listened as clients told me about their challenges to be diagnosed, only to have their hopes dashed when they find themselves trapped in the ADHD medication maze. What is the ADHD medication maze? It is that tangled cycle of trying to get ADHD medications refilled. Prescriptions not relayed to local pharmacies or faxes getting lost to online medication mailing systems. Suspicious looks from pharmacists when picking up medications. Refusals by insurance companies to pay for prescribed medications. The countless dead ends, backtracking, twists and turns of getting a written prescription through the process and have it filled. The ADHD medication maze is a frustrating web where so many people with ADHD find themselves stuck not knowing which way to turn and unfortunately many give up and never get a chance to experience the possible benefits of ADHD medications.

In theory, filling medication prescriptions is supposed to be easy work. In reality, it rarely goes smoothly. Let me tell you about my own recent experience with trying to get my medications filled. I know many of you will relate.

I called to make an appointment and a month later got in to see my doctor who, after a 25-minute wait and a 10-minute appointment, prescribed me my medications. As I left the clinic, I was told a 14-day short-term prescription would be called to my local pharmacy and an email/fax would be sent to Express Scripts, my mail-order pharmacy. Okey dokey.

Not so bad. Except (you saw this coming, didn’t you?) a plan is only as good as its execution.

The following day my local pharmacy auto responder called (nice feature by the way) to let me know my short-term interim medications were ready to be picked up. I was pleasantly relieved and somewhat surprised it had been that uncomplicated. Easy peazy, I thought. I will pick them up on my way to the airport and just to be sure, allow 15 minutes extra.

You see where this is going, right?

I arrived at the pharmacy with plenty of time, trying to have faith and confidence in the system… after all they had confirmed my prescription was ready for pick up, right? I waited patiently in line for the two people before me to pick up their prescriptions and have a pharmacy consult… do dee do… no worries, plenty of time.

My turn. I stepped up, gave the pharmacist my name and they turned around to reach for my prescription. The pharmacist placed two bags on the counter, rang me up… my cost was under $10 dollars… Yay! Woo Hoo… happy dance. I even scolded myself for doubting all would work out.

And then…

Wait a minute. I had three prescriptions. “Uh hello Mr. Pharmacy Man, I’m supposed to have three medications filled today… there are only two.”

At this point I was still hopeful… wanting to trust in this “fill a pill system” and then I heard those fated words… “The doctor reordered three medications, but the XYZase is not covered by your insurance until the first of next month.”

Wait what?

And then, in a nanosecond, my stomach dropped, my pulse quickened and I began to see red. I was frustrated by the whole system. Frustrated because I trusted everyone to do their job. Angry with the realization that so many people get stuck in this medication maze with little support or map to find their way out…

Side note: I’ll admit it… I have a real problem with the way medications are dispensed in this country. It’s a crazy system, full of twists and turns we are expected to navigate in order to get prescriptions filled. It’s complicated by monetarily motivated insurance companies who decide what medical care I receive and what I don’t. Last time I checked, insurance companies do not have a medical license; they don’t have the training to decide whether I continue on a medication or not. My doctor with the advanced M.D. degree should be the one to decide medically what is in the best interest of my health.

So where was I… oh yes, standing at the pick-up counter at the pharmacy…

Mustering my courage and trying very hard not to be rude, I told the pharmacist that “the insurance company did not get to decide my medical care, my doctor did and I would pay for that prescription out of my own pocket if needed… thank you.” Then, I was asked to step out of the line and told my prescription would be filled as soon as possible.

So I waited… I don’t mind waiting… after all I had allowed an extra 15 minutes just in case. So I waited while the pharmacist filled other prescriptions, answered three phone calls… and a half hour later and 8 people less in line, the pharmacy assistant grabbed the coveted white bag, looked at me and said “it’s ready.”

Not trusting myself to say a word, fuming with the needless half hour wait, the senselessness of our insurance companies dictating our medical care and the realization of so many other people going through similar experiences… I paid the $25 for my medication and left.

Two weeks later, my interim medication bottles were almost empty, but my Express script online mail prescriptions were scheduled to arrive. (Insert laugh track.)

Yep… you guessed it… no white plastic bag with jingling pill bottles had yet graced my mailbox. I was a day away from my medications running out a second time that month.

Curses… here we go again! Who knew what had happened this time? So once again I was on the phone calling my mail-order pharmacy to see if they had received the refill order from my doc… nope they hadn’t received it. I called the doctor’s office again… “oops”… they had emailed my local pharmacy the short-term refill (we all know how that went), but “sorry” the email/fax with the prescription to my mail-order pharmacy hadn’t been sent. Do I need them to do it now?

People! Work with me here! I’m doing all I can… I need you to follow through. Who in their right mind would ever go through this craziness over and over again if their medication wasn’t necessary?

The fact is I know so many of you go through this confusing, exhausting medication maze… month after month, year after year. You bravely and boldly step into the process where you almost need a medical degree yourself to get prescriptions filled. It is ineffective, inefficient, and, unfortunately, it is what we are left to work with.

Regenerative Medicine

The Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison describes ‘Regenerative Medicine’ as ‘a new scientific and medical discipline focused on harnessing the power of stem cells and the body’s own regenerative capabilities to restore function to damaged cells, tissues and organs.’

Stem cells that are found in the umbilical cord blood of new born children have the ability to renew and regenerate themselves. A stem cell, through the process of mitosis, can divide itself to either become a specialized cell like a brain cell or muscle cell, or remain a stem cell. They are also able to repair internal damage caused by any type of disease, disorder or trauma. Stem cell transplantation, stem cell grafting and regenerative medicine are some of the ways in which these cells are used to cure disorders and illnesses.

Regenerative medicine includes a wide range of scientific disciplines, such as biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and immunology. Scientists from these fields have been conducting research and studies in this domain and have identified three methods of using regenerative medicine. They are cellular therapies, tissue engineering and medical devices and artificial organs.

Cellular Therapies – In this method, cellular materials, in most cases adult stem cells, are extracted and stored and then injected into the site of injury, tissue damage or disease. These cells, thereafter, repair the damaged cells or regenerate new cells to replace the damaged ones.

Tissue Engineering – This method is related to the field of biomaterials development and utilizes a combination of functioning tissues, cells and scaffolds to engineer a fully functioning organ which is then implanted into the body of the receiver in place of a damaged organ or tissue.

Medical Devices and Artificial Organs – When a body organ fails, the most common method of treatment is to replace it with a donor organ. Donor organs are not easily available and can pose as a hindrance in such cases. Even if a donor is available, he or she may need to take immunosuppressant drugs before the transplant and these drugs have been known to cause side-effects. In such circumstances, medical devices that imitate the function of the failed organ can be used, instead of transplantation. An example of one such device is the ventricular assist device (VAD) that is used in place of heart transplants.

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.

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.