There has been too much of debate over which is the right health care reform to be implemented in the United States.
These debates have cross party lines and are heating up as the general public is getting involved in the debate. The main sticking point is the public health option being put forward in order to have a meaningful reform that affects millions Americans. But then there are too many things to sort out so that we can have a better picture as to the advantages and disadvantages of a public option.
The contention of those who are in favor of the public option is that it will make health insurance more affordable and available to millions of Americans. Most of the more 40 million Americans either lack health care insurance from their employers or they simply cannot afford it. Making it more affordable is the main goals for the reform so all these people that were not able to get coverage before will now have health care coverage. It is ideal in the sense that it will provide affordable health insurance for many poorer families.
On the other hand you those people who oppose such government program or corporation to undertake or underwrite this coverage. The other drawback to this is that private insurance companies might be hard hit and go under or go bankrupt.
If you have a government Run Corporation competing with the private sector will have benefit as it will neutralize the high premium rates charge by private companies.
But then if the private sector cannot compete, it will because low cost rates from the government run insurance, it will eliminate competition and thus become a government monopoly. The government run corporation will take over the whole industry and that is not good for the both the industry and the economy. It is indeed very tough to determine what will become of this proposal should it pass through congress and that public option health will be available.…
There has been too much of debate over which is the right health care reform to be implemented in the United States.
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.…
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 …
Mild anxiety over things that happen regularly is part of life. But, if anxiety dominates your life, you must find a way to harness control over it. Luckily, many ways exist to overcome effects of anxiety. The things you are about to go over are here to help you with your anxiety so you don’t have to worry about it too much.
You should limit your exposure to newspapers and television news programs if external events have a tendency to increase your anxiety level. Give yourself some time each day to get caught up on important current events, but try not to spend too much time on issues that will drain you emotionally.
Try to think of things that are funny when you start feeling anxious, to try and keep your thoughts light and fun. To get yourself laughing, watch a comedy film, read a funny book or phone a friend who tells good jokes.
It is important that you eat a balanced and healthy diet, and it is much more important when you are dealing with anxiety. A balanced, nutritional diet contains vitamins and minerals your body requires to be healthy, instead of the bad things you could be ingesting.
Keep yourself busy. If your mind is not occupied because you have nothing to do, it is easy to focus on anxious feelings. Simple things such as cleaning the house or washing your car can be really effective.
Start writing all of your thoughts in a daily journal or diary. Many people have allowed stress to build up within their thoughts. You can free up your mind to focus on the present by dumping your thoughts into your diary or journal.
Wallowing in self pity, and laying around the house will typically make you feel even worse. Keep yourself upbeat and distracted by staying busy. Creative outlets, such as a new hobby, provide a fun way to keep your mind busy and helps to keep it off of whatever is making you anxious.
You have to understand that life is filled with uncertainties. If you worry about everything, your life will still be unpredictable. In fact, anxiety will keep you from being happy about positive things. Teach yourself to accept uncertainty as a part of life you can’t change and try to keep your thoughts and actions in the present.
Exercise can positively alter your brain chemistry. If you have low levels of serotonin, you could feel very anxious, but exercise raises your serotonin levels. Gardening, walking or working out can all encourage serotonin and dopamine production in the brain. This results in lower anxiety and lower depression as well.
Give yourself daily goals and focus on always achieving them. When you do this you remain focused and your anxiety levels are reduced because you refused to allow negative issues to dominate your activities. Instead, you can spend time focusing on more useful matters.
As previously stated, anxiety is a part of daily life that we must learn to deal with. But, if you’re having trouble with anxiety to the point where you cannot function properly, then finding ways to deal with it is important. This article has provided you with information that can assist you in doing just that.…
It is impossible to avoid aging. Often, some people age better than others. The following tips will help you feel young for a longer period of time.
One of the most important things to remember when aging is to not focus on any numbers. You can easily get depressed as you see your age increase, your height shrink and your weight fluctuate. You most likely pay someone who focuses on your numbers so stop worrying yourself about them.
Keep your mind active by constantly learning new things. The elderly are often looked up to for wisdom, so don’t ever stop educating yourself. Whether you take a course on computers or do one of those tricky newspaper puzzles, your mind will constantly be at work and gaining knowledge.
During the aging process, it is important to eat a healthy diet. Your diet should be low in cholesterol and saturated fats, and high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Eating this way ensures that your body is getting the nutrients it needs.
Certain things happen when we age. We all reach a point in our lives when we are unable to care for ourselves any longer. When it gets to this point, you should consider looking into a nursing home. It may not be something we want to do, yet it is much safer than living alone unable to care for ourselves. They each have licensed staff that provides a combination of the best health care with the best possible living environment.
Try to spread cheer wherever you go. If you are making other people feel good, you will feel good. A positive outlook is free and will help you and the people you love to feel better about the world around you.
Add personalized touches of style to your home so it reflects who you are. As you age, you may find that you cannot stay in the place you thought you would be forever. When moving to a new home, make sure you decorate your place with items that give you comfort and make you feel welcome.
When you create positive friendships they reflect upon you in a beautiful and energizing manner. You can make new friends at any age and stage of your life. Get out there and meet new people and develop friendships that will help you live a long, wonderful life.
As you age, your home is a reflection of who you are and becomes your personal sanctuary. Try personalizing your space and try to make it more comfortable so that you have a refuge from your daily struggles. Your house will be there to welcome you home.
As you age, you need to take greater care of your eyesight. You may start losing some vision when you get older. Regular eye exams are recommended to make sure you keep your eyes healthy and to diagnose any major issues as quickly as possible.
What you have learned in this article can equip you to battle the aging process. Best wishes for a youthful and satisfying life, regardless of your age.…
People seeking relief from pain choose acupuncture more often than not. There are more and more acupuncturists every year. If you’ve been considering visiting an acupuncturist for pain, it’s key that you know what’s involved. Keep reading because this article will give you that information.
Don’t allow your acupuncturist to reuse needles that have already been used. If the needles do not come from a sealed pack of new needles, ask if the needles are being reused. Reusing needles is dangerous and unprofessional.
Schedule your appointments during times of low stress. Don’t schedule the treatments too close to strenuous activities. Resist sandwiching treatments between two strenuous activities, as your body will be more stressed out. You’ll find it very hard to relax in your session with a busy schedule.
If you’re apprehensive about acupuncture due to pain, be aware that it rarely hurts. As opposed to the needles used to administer vaccinations, acupuncture needles tend to be thinner and do not contain fluid. This means they cause much less pain.
The clothes you wear to the acupuncturist should be flowing and free. Your practitioner needs to have easy access to all parts of the body. Also, there are some acupuncturists that do treatments in groups, so if that’s the case, you really want to wear clothes.
Make sure you choose an acupuncturist who is licensed by your State Health Department. This means that the individual completed a full program, not just some sort of weekend seminar. The Health Department will only issue a license to someone with an adequate amount of training, so you can feel more secure about visiting one of these professionals.
Be sure you set aside time to relax prior to your acupuncture appointment and afterwards as well. Your body can respond better to it if you aren’t getting stressed and it’s easier for your acupuncturist to do your treatment. Lay back and enjoy being treated with one of the most relaxing procedures available.
Talk with your acupuncturist about getting your insurance company involved. Some insurance providers cover alternative medicine. If your insurance is accepted, you will likely save a ton of money. All of your fees will otherwise be paid out of your pocket.
Wear loose clothing when going to an acupuncture appointment. You need to be sure that your acupuncturist can reach any place they need to with ease. You can always remove certain clothing, but the flexible and loose clothing make it much easier.
You may be busy during the day, but when you get done having acupuncture, it’s important that you rest. Your body needs complete rest in order to support your treatments in restoring your mind, body and soul. You should allow yourself to sleep eight full hours after treatment.
Insomnia responds well to acupuncture therapy. Weekly treatments keep you relaxed and on a consistent schedule. Be sure to write your acupuncture into your calendar with a pen! Speak with the person doing the acupuncture to see if there are any exercises you can try before going to sleep every night.
It is important that you educate yourself on what acupuncture involves. You will make better decisions if you fully understand how this technique works. Take this knowledge and decide if acupuncture will help you improve your health and well-being.…
Acupuncture has the ability to help you with many different ailments. When you are looking for an alternative to traditional medicine, you can find that acupuncture is for you. Keep reading to learn more about this helpful and alternative treatment and you can decide if it is right for you.
Keep in mind that it may take some time for you to feel the full benefits from your acupuncture treatments. It may take more than one or two visits to find relief from pain or improvement in your conditions. Make sure you are ready to commit to the full program recommended.
Do not make the mistake of believing that all of your pain is guaranteed to be gone after one acupuncture treatment. It takes some people quite a few treatment before they see any type of results. This is why it is important for you to stay patient during the process.
Ask any potential acupuncturist how many years they have been in business. As with most other professions, experience counts for a lot. You also want to find out where they received their education. There is often a big difference in quality if the person trained in the United States versus somewhere else.
Don’t let a fear of infection keep you from experiencing what acupuncture has to offer. Much like the other tools found in a medical environment, the needles used for acupuncture are clean and sterilized. These needles are fresh for each patient on each visit and disposed of after a single use. No need to worry about infections or diseases spreading.
Remember that acupuncture effects take time to make a difference. You can’t expect you see results after a single acupuncture session. You generally have to attend several sessions before you start seeing the benefits. Make sure you stick with your scheduled sessions so that you can achieve those great results.
No matter what you are going to acupuncture for, do not expect to see results right away. Many acupuncture patients simply stop going for sessions because their problems are not solved right away. It takes at least a few sessions of acupuncture to receive the results you are looking for.
Acupuncture provides is said to provide lot of healing benefits. It is touted that it positively affects the nervous system, however connective tissue networks are generally pinpointed a lot in the practice. It is not completely understood why it works for many people, but it does, and it is considered a great alternative treatments that many people look forward to.
If you often feel sluggish and like you’re running out of gas long before the end of your day, consider what acupuncture may be able to do for you. Most people are under the impression that it’s just for pain, but that isn’t the whole truth! Acupuncture can help rejuvenate you and give you more energy to deal with your day.
Acupuncture is something that can help you. There are many different reasons why you might want to try this alternative treatment. The information shared here can help you when it comes to choosing to use acupuncture. Use what you learned and you can make the best choice for your situation.…