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Typical Bureaucratic Mistake – Asking the Wrong Question

I had the unusual opportunity, because of inclement weather, to watch much of the recent health care reform summit. After all, I do have a vested interest in the outcome. I listened intently from both sides about positions that, quite frankly, to the more than casual observer like me, are nothing new. However, I was struck by the presupposition which has become the basis for the entire discussion on health care reform. That is, what part of the current legislation President Obama has put forward can they find common ground on? At first blush, it’s sounds like a perfectly reasonable strategy. Then it struck me! We’re asking the wrong question entirely. The question in Washington shouldn’t be what do the Republicans like in the current proposal that they can support and find common ground on. Instead, the question should be. What, in our current health care system can we agree is good and, therefore, worthy of building upon? A natural follow-up question to that would be. What’s broken that needs fixing? Democrats would argue that they are doing exactly that – fixing what’s broken. However, their proposal is too far reaching, overly intrusive and would upset the delicate balance between proper government oversight and the free-market system.
Most, if not all Americans believe that our health care system is one of the best in the world – if not the best! So why should we take the approach that the whole system needs to be scraped in favor of a government-run alternative. There are many areas in the current health care system that are flawed and in need of change and restructuring so why not build on that framework for true effective reform? I’m always struck when an important foreign dignitary announces that they will be flying to the United States to have some sort of medical procedure done. That’s not an accident by any means. They know that there best chance of medical success lies in treatment in the United States. Indeed, our very Congressman and Senators take full advantage of all our amazing medical technological advancements. You don’t see any one of them requesting to get treatment in another country. No, I’m afraid this is more about power and making history for the Democrat party rather then real, substantive change for all Americans. That’s really a shame because we do have the ability to make significant change.…

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Why Health Care Practices Should Consider Outsourcing Their Newsletter Marketing Programs

In an ideal world, health care practices would have the time, expertise and resources to create their own newsletter marketing programs. Unfortunately, the reality is quite often the opposite.
The reputation of your health care practice is as important as the health of your patients. And just as you wouldn’t advise your patients to compromise their health by self-medicating, I wouldn’t advise you to compromise your reputation by skimping on the quality of your newsletter. The same way that you would advise your patients to see an expert (you!) about whatever is bothering them, I would advise you to work with an expert on newsletter marketing as well.
Outsourcing your medical, dental or physical therapy newsletter benefits you and your practice in the following ways:
It saves time. Creating a professional newsletter takes time-something that you, as a health care practitioner, don’t have in abundance. On top of that, patients and other health care professionals who receive your newsletter are information savvy. They can tell the difference between a hastily put together newsletter and one that you crafted to include information relevant to their concerns. If your aim is to connect with your readers, encourage them to refer patients to you or come to you in their time of need, a newsletter hastily put together will reflect badly on your health care practice.
Don’t let lack of time affect the quality of your healthcare newsletter. Not only will outsourcing save you time but your readers will love hearing from you because your newsletter articles will be informative and a pleasure to read. They will appreciate the fact that the information you provide is catered specifically to them. We have found that when newsletters are done well, recipients anticipate their arrival.
It gives you access to expertise you lack. When I say lack of expertise, I don’t mean your clinical knowledge. On that front, you are the expert. What I mean is a lack of copywriting expertise.
There’s no one better to educate, teach, and inform your patients and referral sources than you. But it’s quite possible that you don’t have the copywriting, design or marketing skills to do all of the above in words and terms your readers can easily understand.
Having someone whose expertise is to create newsletter content will ensure that your newsletter articles are optimized for your reader’s understanding and interest.
So unless your health care practice has a marketing department with specific experience with newsletter marketing, outsourcing to a newsletter service is your best option.
How to Outsource Your Newsletter Content
When outsourcing your newsletter, look for a company that has experience in your field of health care practice.
Once you find a few companies, research them well. Ask for client testimonials or referrals, and pay close attention to how they communicate. Are they professional? How rigorous are their writing, proofreading and fact-checking processes? Are they willing to go the extra mile?
When you find a newsletter marketing company you trust, you still need to read your entire newsletter. If a reader calls you about a newsletter article that piques his or her interest, be sure you are ready to respond.
Newsletters can be a powerful marketing tool for your medical, dental or physical therapy practice. After 28 years in the newsletter marketing business, I have seen their success firsthand. But I also know that your No. 1 concern is your patients, so my advice to health care practices interested in setting up a newsletter program is always, “Don’t go it alone.”…

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8 Questions to Ask Your Home Health Care Agency Or Nurse

If you are in the process of finding a home care services agency or if you are considering hiring a home care nursing aide or a home health care physical therapist or occupational therapist, it is critical to find out their qualifications.
We assembled a list of 8 questions you can ask the home care agency to ensure that you are choosing the right provider for your needs.
1) What is the background of the home care company & how long have they been in business?
You want to find a reputable in home nursing agency that has been in business for a number of years and has a successful track record. Most newer home nursing care agencies haven’t been around long enough to build a proven track record or a list of red flags.
So, it’s important to find out as much information about the company as possible. You can do this by finding information on who owns the company and what role the ownership plays in the type and levels of service.
2) What are the home nursing care agencies qualifications, certifications, experience and training of their home care aides and nurses?
It’s extremely important to find out about the credentials of the home health aides and nurses that the home care company sends to your home.
Make sure their home health aides and nurses are certified and have received adequate training.
3) How does the home nursing care agency monitor care and can the family provide feedback?
Find out if there are any quality assurance measures in place. Many home health care agencies periodically visit the home of the client or make regular calls to gather client feedback.
If this is not the case, find out how a family member can provide feedback on the quality of care or who they may contact in the home care agency to have any questions answered.
4) Are there any home visits or assessments that take place prior to home health care services beginning?
Find out if there are any options available that allow the family members, client and the home care agency representative to meet prior to the start of services. Most reputable home nursing care agencies offer free consultations.
5) Does the agency have a current operating license in their respective state or city?
It is important to find out if the home health care agency has a current and valid license to operate in their respective city or state. This often overlooked aspect is the most important factor in choosing a home health care agency.
6) How does the home nursing care company work with your doctor in developing a plan of care?
Most agencies work directly with your doctor in planning for your care, especially if the client requires care that is beyond the scope of activities related to activities of daily living.
7) Can the home care company provide references or testimonials?
Most reputable home health care companies can provide references from doctors, nurses, social workers and even clients if requested. They may even have a page on their website that is dedicated to providing this type of information to potential clients.
8) What happens if a home health aide or nurse is absent from the agency on a particular day?
If the home health care provider is required to take a day off for illness or another emergency, what type of protocol is put in place by the home health care company to cover the absence?
There are usually plans put in place to ensure that the client receives that continuity of care in the event of an absence by their home care provider or nurse.…

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How to Find Out if the Abortion Pill Worked?

Abortion pills are simple ways to end pregnancies up to eleven weeks after the first day of the last period. People can usually carry out some of the procedures in the comfort of their home, which can be pretty comfortable for a lot of people. However, it can lead to stress and anxiety about whether the abortion pill has worked or not. Although follow-up appointments are the best way to get reassurance, there is a lot of signs to look out for the point of pill success.

What is the short answer?

Most individuals experience bleeding and cramping within a few hours of drinking Misoprostol. It is a good gauge that the drug has worked. The passing of blood clots or bleeding shows that the fetus is exiting the body. Cramping can help the uterus return to its normal state. Health care providers will schedule a follow-up consultation two to three weeks after to check that the drug worked.

To find out more about oral Misoprostol, click here for more info.

How long does the process usually take?

Abortion pills come in two doses. The process normally takes one to two days to complete. People taking abortion pills may experience symptoms for a couple of weeks after taking both drugs. They will first need to consult a physician or nurse who will ask about their medical history and explain how the process works.

If the person has not had a recent ultrasound, the health care provider will perform one to know the fetus’s actual age. Individuals undergoing the procedure may be given oral doses or a slow-dissolving tablet that is placed in their vagina, between the teeth and cheek, or under the tongue. Some individuals return to their physicians to take misoprostol, while other people take it at home.

Within one to four hours of taking the second drug, the patient’s body should start to bleed and cramp. They may also experience light cramping and bleeding for a couple of weeks afterward. A follow-up consultation with the physician normally takes at least two weeks after taking the pills.

How does it work?

Medical abortion procedures use two drugs in pill form to end a pregnancy. The first pill is Mifepristone, which blocks progesterone – a vital pregnancy hormone. It results in the breakdown of the lining in the uterus and stops the growth of the fetus. The body soon perceives that the pregnancy cannot continue, so the second drug, misoprostol, helps the patient’s body to push the fetus out through the vagina. The body forcibly removes the embryo by causing uterine contractions, which leads to the same level of bleeding and cramping as a miscarriage.

How effective the procedure overall?

Abortion drugs are pretty effective, but the effectiveness of the procedure does drop as months pass by. According to a 2011 research, there is no evidence found of a difference between the surgical procedures and the effectiveness of clinical abortions. And according to UC San Francisco, only around three to five percent of individuals need the procedures after a clinical one. But some factors can change the procedure’s effectiveness.

Abortion drugs will not work if the patient experiences an ectopic pregnancy or does not take the two medications religiously. Similarly, the patient should not have a clinical abortion if they have intrauterine devices, or IUDs, as well as medical conditions like bleeding disorders. Health care professionals will check every medical condition mentioned above and provide clear instructions before providing them the medication.

What does it feel like taking pills?

A lot of people liken the feeling of abortion for teens to early miscarriages. After taking Mifepristone, people will most likely experience cramping and heavy bleeding for a couple of hours. Depending on how months the pregnancy is, people may pass larger embryonic tissues that are red or brown in color, and they may be able to see the pregnancy sac. The second drug can also cause:

Fever-type symptoms

Tiredness

Diarrhea

Headaches

Vomiting

Patients need to look after themselves by staying in a safe, clean, and comfortable place, whether the home of a friend or family or their own home. If they can take a few days off from work so they can rest uninterrupted.

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Hospitals in Chittagong, Bangladesh

Chittagong is the industrial capital of Bangladesh with jute mills, engineering works and a large oil refinery located right in the city. Combining the modern and traditional, there are two basic forms of transportation in this bustling urban center: a contemporary railway system and the antiquated rickshaws which dominate most of the local streets. Chittagong is located on the banks of the Karnaphuli River and experiences sultry, monsoon summers and dry winters.
Here is an outline of a few good hospitals that help both locales and foreigners. Most of them feature English-speaking staff.
Chittagong Medical College Hospital
The city of Chittagong attracts many tourists and offers a variety of amenities for both residents and visitors alike. A look at the city’s health care facilities reveals that most of the hospitals are under the management of the Health Ministry. The oldest and most outstanding medical facility is the Chittagong Medical College its inception in the 1960s, the college commenced its service with only 120 beds; however, today it offers 1000 beds to a populous city. Services provided are extensive outpatient facilities, specialties in psychiatry, pediatrics, clinical pathology and more.
Cox’s Bazar Hospital
The Cox’s Bazar Hospital is another medical center in the list of most accomplished hospitals in Chittagong. This hospital was founded to serve the women and children of Bangladesh. This facility is supported by the Hope foundation, which provides medical treatment, rehabilitation and education to women and children. Hope Foundation has a long history of working to raise the standard of living for the women and children of Bangladesh. The hospital provides extensive outpatient services, 24-hour emergency services and other necessary examinations to provide proper diagnosis. For the welfare of its community, Cox’s Bazar Hospital provides vaccination services for children and various health seminars to schools.
Christian Hospital Chandraghona
Christian Hospital Chandraghona (CHC), a noteworthy health care center, is associated with the Baptist Missionary Society of UK. This hospital began its operations as a tiny health care service provider and, in no time, grew into a primary health care facility, not only for this district but other neighboring ones as well.
Both locals and visitors can consult these fine hospitals should a medical need or emergency arise.…

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Horse Health Care – Natural Feed Supplements For the Nervous Equine

Does your horse get nervous before a competition, trailering, or learning something new? I have a couple of horses who are strung kind of tight, and I’ve found that there are a number of natural horse feed supplements that really help calm them down.
Not all of these are legal for all competitive events, so if you do consider using any of these, be sure to check with your discipline’s governing body to see what’s legal and what isn’t.
Horse Feed Supplement #1: Homeopathic Chamomile
Homeopathic chamomile is a wonderfully simple solution for many nervous horses. This vibrational remedy will not make a horse calmer than his normal temperament, but can restore a horse’s mental balance so that he can think clearly. For instance, if your horse is normally calm but gets bouts of diarrhea before trailering, giving him a dose of Chamomile 30x before he try loading him might help him stay calm. You can purchase this homeopathic remedy at most health food stores.
Horse Feed Supplement #2: Adrenal Support Herbs
The combination of adrenal support herbs I have been feeding my horses is relatively new on the market and is a potent combination of four herbs that really seems to help horses remain calm. I’ve used this supplement on my mustang mare, who gets the heaves (or COPD) when she gets nervous. When she starts getting that distinctive rattle in her chest, I empty two capsules of these herbs into spring water, mix with a juice mixer, and then put it in a syringe. I syringe the mixture into her mouth, and then wait 30-45 minutes. Within that time, the rattle in her chest goes away and she is restored to her normal happy state.
Being a Metal horse personality, she loves routine and gets nervous whenever she thinks we are going to do something totally new (read more about horse personalities on the Horse Harmony website by Dr. Madalyn Ward). She then flips into the sympathetic nervous system, which for horses is the equivalent of “fight or flight,” and heaves are the result. The adrenal support herbs have the effect of restoring her to the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the one associated with rest and relaxation. The beauty of these herbs is that they can be fed daily or only as needed. The effects are also fairly immediate, making it a crucial part of any first-aid kit.
Horse Feed Supplement #3: Probiotics of Acidophilus and Bifidus
Probiotics like acidophilus and bifidus are the beneficial bacteria that live in your horse’s gut. The reason probiotics help to calm a nervous horse is because the beneficial bacteria produce B12. The B vitamins, especially B12, produce a natural calming effect on the body. If your horse has diarrhea when he gets nervous, bifidus is especially useful since it tends to soak up excess fluid in the bowel and restore normal stool consistency. Adding probiotics to your regular horse feed regimen will help in general, and giving oral probiotics before any event that might make your horse nervous will help in the moment.
Horse Feed Supplement #4: Equilite Relax and Relax Her Blend
Relax Blend and RelaxHer Blend, two horse feed supplements from Equilite are also excellent for calming the nervous horse. These supplements are made from a combination of natural herbs, and can be added to your horse feed regimen on a daily basis. Best of all, these supplements come in a Valerian-free formula, which makes them legal to feed to most show horses.
Horse Feed Supplement #5: Specially Processed Blue Green Algae
Blue-green algae, which has had its cell wall removed, is what I call “brain food.” It is blue-green algae that has been processed in way that removes the cell wall, leaving only the “heart” of the algae. This form of algae contains vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals in particles that are small enough to penetrate the blood-brain barrier. The blood brain barrier, as the name implies, is a barrier in the brain that separates the cerebral spinal fluid from the circulating blood. This barrier prevents foreign invaders like bacteria from entering the brain, but also prevents most vitamins and minerals from entering the brain as well.
Many nervous horses suffer from under-nourished brains, and many a nervous thoroughbred or flighty horse has been calmed when this form of blue-green algae is added to their horse feed. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially as it is also useful for building strong hoof walls and is legal for show horses.
Well, this is just a short list of horse feed supplements that can help the nervous horse become calm again. If you have any other supplements that you have found useful, please leave me a comment or drop me a line. I love learning about horse nutrition, and …

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7 Lifestyle Changes That Can Assist Your Body’s Natural Defenses to Keep Cancer at Bay

The General Consensus is you cannot do anything to prevent cancer, but new research suggest about 330,000 cancer cases each year in the US can be prevented, if we did 7 things, to build our bodies Natural defenses.
The lifestyle changes suggested here may be effective in lowering the risk of breast, colon and stomach cancers.
Lifestyle Tip 1C Eat a Healthy Diet
a. Choose food from the basic four food groups, for example at each meal have a fruit (banana or apple)
b. Vegetable (broccoli, carrots)
c. Whole grains( whole wheat bread, brown rice)
d. Dairy (glass of milk or yogurt).
Lifestyle Tip 2: Get Regular Exercise
Research has shown exercising 3 times a week, it could be as simple as a brisk 30 minute walk that can help reduce your cancer risk.
Lifestyle 3: Limit Red Meat
Choose fresh fish, like salmon, cod and have chicken instead of red beef, pork or lamb.
Lifestyle Tip 4: Avoid sugary drinks and Fats
By limiting soda and certain types of fruit juices. Always check label for sugar content. Be careful of your consumption of fried foods for example French and anything that is fried in general.
Lifestyle Tip 5: Limit use of Salt
Many foods have high sodium content; limit your intake of processed meats (deli meats), canned soups. Choose the one that are low in sodium like reduced sodium ham and canned soups.
Lifestyle Tip 6: Limit alcohol Intake
The American Cancer society suggest that people who drink alcohol should limit themselves to 2 drinks per day for a male and 1 drink per day for a female.
Lifestyle Tip 7: Stop Smoking
It is well known that smoke can cause cancer. If you are a smoker try to quit by enrolling in a smoking cessation program, they are offered in many communities and health insurance plans.
One of the best ways to prevent cancer is by combining a healthy lifestyle with the appropriate screening exams, to spot cancer early when it is easier to treat.
Hope this article was helpful to you.
This article by no means covers the entire spectrum of cancer but does give you a general idea of some of the more common sense things that you can do to help you stay healthy and live a long life. As with all health related concerns it’s absolutely necessary to ensure any concerns is addressed with your health care provider.…