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Traditional Medicine Compared to a Natural Health Approach

As more and more truth about the dangers of drug side effects and reactions is made public more and more parents are wisely turning to conservative, safe natural health care as an addition or even alternative to medical treatment. There are many who believe that it has to be either medical or natural but the fact is that both have their place and the approaches are not mutually exclusive.
Medicine and Natural healthcare are like two different tools in a tool box. Both useful, but each designed for a different purpose and each with strengths and weaknesses.
Most alternative healthcare options focus on putting your body in its most natural state so that your body can heal on its own. The biggest advantage of using natural health techniques is true disease prevention. This results in less sickness, longer life and a sustained higher quality of life. The primary weakness of natural health care is that it is not the best treatment option if you are in crisis and need emergency help.
The 3 keys to wellness via the natural approach are:
1) Optimal bio-mechanics including flexibility, strength, balance and posture.
2) Optimal bio-chemical factors in place such as good nutrition, detoxification and protection from commercial and environmental contaminates.
3) Ideal psychological/mental/emotional balance associated with good self-esteem, positive outlook and attitude and healthy relationships are key objectives.
These are the factors that produce excellent health, fast healing and high resistance to disease, not to mention enhanced performance and longevity.
Traditional Medicine’s strongest point is in the area of crisis care such as treating trauma, advanced infection, heart attack and stroke. The biggest weakness of the medical system is trying to design a drug or vaccine for every known symptom and condition. It is like the old saying what when you are a hammer everything starts looking like a nail. The sad reality is that most drugs are not only useless but dangerous as well resulting in the unnecessary deaths of over 200,000 Americans every year and organ damage (liver, kidney, stomach etc.) to millions more.
In the USA, the average number of prescriptions [drugs] per person, annually, in 1993 was seven and as of 2010 that number had doubled to an average of 14 prescriptions per person, annually!
The World Health Organization ranks the US healthcare system, which is primarily drug based, 37th in the world. We have this low ranking despite spending more than twice as much per person as any other nation in the world. Twice as expensive but ranked 37th overall!!
Now if you are having a medical crisis then our medical system is the best in the world and should, by all means, be sought out. But what if you are in the 99+% of the population who not experiencing a health crisis? That is when seeking out an experienced wellness doctor employing a natural health care system is the best solution.
The world’s largest non-drug natural primary healthcare system is the chiropractic profession. Whereas medicine is the study of disease and how to treat it, chiropractic is the study of health and wellness and how to regain and maintain it. Medicine sees health coming from the outside inward (mechanistic view) and Chiropractic sees health coming from the inside and expressed outward (vitalistic view).
Most medical doctors these days are familiar with the incredible safety and benefits of chiropractic and are happy to refer you to a chiropractor for care. Unfortunately there is still a minority of MD’s who have remained ignorant of all the positive chiropractic research and will even go as far as recommending against this extraordinary safe and effective form of treatment. WE all like to think of doctors doing what is best for their patients but the fact is that healthcare is also the way doctors feed their families. Competition in the business arena most definitely colors some doctor’s opinions of what is best and for whom it is best. The following research data may explain why some MD’s don’t like DC’s.
This is why some MD’s don’t like chiropractic!
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Chiropractic Research Fact Sheet
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Significant decreases in the utilization of medical services, and their attendant costs, were noted when chiropractors were used as primary care providers. In an Independent Physician Association (IPA) which permitted patients to select a doctor of chiropractic as their primary care physician, clinical and cost utilization based on 70,274 members over a seven year period demonstrated the following:
60.2 % decrease in hospital admissions,
59.0 % decrease in hospital days
62.0 % decrease in outpatient surgeries and procedures
85.0 % decrease in pharmaceutical costs compared to conventional medicine.
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After surveying 2,818 respondents in 156 practices, a strong connection was found between persons receiving chiropractic care and reported improvement in health, wellness, and quality-of-life.
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Hospital Leadership, Strategy, And Culture In The Age of Health Care Reform

With just eleven months to go before the Value-Based Purchasing component of the Affordable Care Act is scheduled to go into effect, it is an auspicious time to consider how health care providers, and hospitals specifically, plan to successfully navigate the adaptive change to come. The delivery of health care is unique, complex, and currently fragmented. Over the past thirty years, no other industry has experienced such a massive infusion of technological advances while at the same time functioning within a culture that has slowly and methodically evolved over the past century. The evolutionary pace of health care culture is about to be shocked into a mandated reality. One that will inevitably require health care leadership to adopt a new, innovative perspective into the delivery of their services in order to meet the emerging requirements.
First, a bit on the details of the coming changes. The concept of Value-Based Purchasing is that the buyers of health care services (i.e. Medicare, Medicaid, and inevitably following the government’s lead, private insurers) hold the providers of health care services accountable for both cost and quality of care. While this may sound practical, pragmatic, and sensible, it effectively shifts the entire reimbursement landscape from diagnosis/procedure driven compensation to one that includes quality measures in five key areas of patient care. To support and drive this unprecedented change, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is also incentivizing the voluntary formation of Accountable Care Organizations to reward providers that, through coordination, collaboration, and communication, cost-effectively deliver optimum patient outcomes throughout the continuum of the health care delivery system.
The proposed reimbursement system would hold providers accountable for both cost and quality of care from three days prior to hospital admittance to ninety days post hospital discharge. To get an idea of the complexity of variables, in terms of patient handoffs to the next responsible party in the continuum of care, I process mapped a patient entering a hospital for a surgical procedure. It is not atypical for a patient to be tested, diagnosed, nursed, supported, and cared for by as many as thirty individual, functional units both within and outside of the hospital. Units that function and communicate both internally and externally with teams of professionals focused on optimizing care. With each handoff and with each individual in each team or unit, variables of care and communication are introduced to the system.
Historically, quality systems from other industries (i.e. Six Sigma, Total Quality Management) have focused on wringing out the potential for variability within their value creation process. The fewer variables that can affect consistency, the greater the quality of outcomes. While this approach has proven effective in manufacturing industries, health care presents a collection of challenges that go well beyond such controlled environments. Health care also introduces the single most unpredictable variable of them all; each individual patient.
Another critical factor that cannot be ignored is the highly charged emotional landscape in which health care is delivered. The implications of failure go well beyond missing a quarterly sales quota or a monthly shipping target, and clinicians carry this heavy, emotional burden of responsibility with them, day-in and day-out. Add to this the chronic nursing shortage (which has been exacerbated by layoffs during the recession), the anxiety that comes with the ambiguity of unprecedented change, the layering of one new technology over another (which creates more information and the need for more monitoring), and an industry culture that has deep roots in a bygone era and the challenge before us comes into greater focus.
Which brings us to the question; what approach should leadership adopt in order to successfully migrate the delivery system through the inflection point where quality of care and cost containment intersect? How will this collection of independent contractors and institutions coordinate care and meet the new quality metrics proposed by HHS? The fact of the matter is, health care is the most human of our national industries and reforming it to meet the shifting demographic needs and economic constraints of our society may prompt leadership to revisit how they choose to engage and integrate the human element within the system.
In contemplating this approach, a canvasing of the peer-reviewed research into both quality of care and cost containment issues points to a possible solution; the cultivation of emotional intelligence in health care workers. After reviewing more than three dozen published studies, all of which confirmed the positive impact cultivating emotional intelligence has in clinical settings, I believe contemplating this approach warrants further exploration.
Emotional intelligence is a skill as much as an attribute. It is comprised by a set of competencies in Self-Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management, all leading to Self Mastery. Fortunately, these are skills that can be developed and enhanced over the course of one’s …

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Information Required For Seniors To Apply For Medicaid

While there are a lot of people on Medicare for their medical expenses when they get sick, it does not provide for custodial care in a long term care situation. Medicaid does have a program that will provide benefits for people who can’t afford the stay. For people in this situation will need to bring all of the following to the Medicaid office to qualify. The Department of Social Services will need the following items to process an application:

Any paid and unpaid medical bills

Social Security card

Birth certificate or other proof of age

immigration papers of all non-citizens

Car registration or title

Any deeds to property owned with copy of tax listion

Any life insurance policy information

Any health insurance information and payment stubs

Any stocks, bonds, CDs, IRAs, Mutual Funds information

Burial-plot deeds and/or contracts

Any documentation of retirement income

Medicare Card

Savings book – updated

Checking account – most recent statements

oney Market accounts

Social Security benefits, stock dividends, rental income, etc. information

Faarm/business equipment, boats, motors, trailers, motor homes, etc. proof

Tobacco allotment information

Trust fund or promissory note information Safe deposit box information

Proof of disability for those applying on that basis, such as medical reports from physicians

In addition, you should take

Parents names and location of any inherited property (or spouse’s)

Children’s names, ages and addresses

Also take copies of any Power of Attorney(s).

This program can allow people to live their final days in dignity. Sometimes the requirements can be difficult to satisfy, but the end result is a nice place to stay and get the care they need without having to worry about costs. This information will make the first visit to the Medicaid office for that needed program.…

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The Benefits of Good Penis Health

There can never be a great sexual pleasure without proper penis health. True, men’s reproductive health can determine the mood of any sexual activity they may be engaging into. However, a lot of men these days do not give serious attention to this, thinking that life can still go on without undergoing such penis health care.
Given this fact, many men are now struggling to get back the pleasure they once enjoyed or experience the pleasure deprived to them. Little of them know that it only requires proper consultation and care for their reproductive health to get out of this kind of situation.
Benefits In Health
If only men can know how much they can get out of maintaining a good reproductive health, every one of them will surely start getting one. In fact, the most important benefit they can get from it is lessening the risk of getting prostate problems. As the world knows, prostate problems can take the life of a man. Therefore, they very well need not to get this problem to avoid risking their lives.
Another thing that men can get out of good penis health is making them more emotionally stabled. Since a good reproductive health can open up great opportunities for sexual satisfaction and pleasure, the emotional sense of men is boosted to the positive side. Their self-esteem and confidence will always be on top of the picture.
Benefits In Sexual Life
More than the good effects of this to the overall health of men, it can also spice up the sexual life of most men. This is true especially those who have a problem in terms of their organ’s size, semen production, and ejaculation as well.
Given the proper ways to care for the reproductive health, there are greater chances that men can develop a permanent penis enlargement, good seminal fluid production and also controlled ejaculation. With all these, most men will always find pleasure in their sexual life, especially that they can easily satisfy the needs of women already.
Also, another important thing is that good penis health can decrease the risk of men being impotent. Meaning, men don’t need to worry anymore about getting into a situation when he cannot anymore make sexual activities and children as well.
In the end, it is definitely of great importance to give proper attention and care to the penis health. The benefits that can be acquired from it are so important that if it is not given the right attention, it can cost a life.…

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Medical Sonographer Job Description

Medical Sonographers are key members of a health care team. They provide care to different people with varying health care needs, from those who enjoy relative health to those who are critically ill. They use medical ultrasound machines which produce high-frequency sound waves to create images of an individual’s internal organs, blood flow or tissues that physicians use to make their medical diagnosis. This procedure is called a an ultrasound scan or sonogram, and doctors are using it to examine many internal parts of the body such as the heart, prostate, breast, blood vessels, and other vital organs. It can be used to detect and treat heart problems. Medical sonographers explain the procedure to the patient who is about to undergo sonography. They are responsible for recording the patient’s medical history that may affect the results. They make the necessary setting adjustments to the equipment and give instructions to patients so they can move into appropriate positions that offer the best view. Sonographers use an instrument called a transducer, a device that transmits sound waves that are converted to images. To help sound waves to be transmitted efficiently, sonographers usually apply a special gel to the skin. On the monitor, they look of visual signs that identify unhealthy parts. Based on their experience and studies, they decide which images are good for diagnostic purposes and show them to the doctors. They prepare the reports, taking measurements, calculating values and analyzing the results before submitting it to the physicians for their interpretation.
Medical sonographers may also be involved in preparing work schedules, managing a medical facility’s diagnostic imaging or sonography department. They may specialize in different disciplines such as obstetric and gynecological sonography, abdominal sonography, neurosonography, breast sonography, vascular sonography or cardiac sonography.…

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What You Ought To Know About Acid Reflux

Acid reflux sufferers are no strangers to misery. It doesn’t matter what causes the problem, but it does matter that the sufferer take the necessary steps to solve it. Learning all you can from articles like this one is a great first step.

Acid reflux can be exacerbated by the way you eat. Eating quickly or too much are major factors. This is not the way to eat your food, and it only worsens your condition. Don’t gorge until you feel as if you could pop. Instead, eat only until you feel somewhat full. You should also make a conscious effort to eat more slowly. Chew slowly, and even go so far as to lay down the fork every so often.

You should keep track of what you ate before experiencing acid reflux. Most acid reflux sufferers find that certain foods trigger their acid reflux. Once you find what foods trigger your acid reflux, you will be able to eliminate them from your diet.

Acid reflux can be so incredibly hurtful at times that it may cause you to think it could be a heart attack. Extreme pains in the chest should never be ignored. Having acid reflux does not stop you from suffering from a heart attack. Contact your doctor to learn what you should do. You don’t need serious health issues because of a wrong self-diagnosis.

Avoid wearing clothes that are too tight. Suspects include pantyhose, waistbands, and tight belts. These kinds of garments put pressure on your digestive area that you don’t need or want. This can lead to heartburn and reflux symptoms. Wear clothes that are looser around your middle and offer more comfortable.

Losing weight can definitely help your fight against acid reflux. Obesity is a major cause of acid reflux. Just losing a small amount of weight can help. Don’t go on a crash diet, though.

Acid reflux can be triggered by certain foods in most people. The consumption of these items should be limited to avoid reflux. Stay away from things like tomatoes, milk and alcohol.

Eat your food slowly. Try only eating until you’re almost full. Relax, sit upright at a table and chew your food thoroughly. The faster you eat, the worse you’ll feel when done. A great way to slow down your eating is to place your fork or spoon down on the table between each and every bite you take.

Get in shape. Extra weight, especially around your abdomen, can cause you to have more frequent acid reflux. Belly fat increases pressure on the stomach, almost urging it to reflux. Sometimes, losing even a few pounds will make a big difference.

The ability of a food to produce acid is in no way related to is pH level. Lemons and other foods with acid contain a lot of alkaline once they have been digested. When you have acid reflux, this could be confusing. Know the pH balance of your food if you have acid reflux.

Rather than waiting for the discomfort to become unbearable, consider starting today to find relief. You have the advice you need for making necessary changes. Eat well, get plenty of exercise and use the other tips here and you will feel better right away.…

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Are You Going Through Depression? Look Here For Help!

If depression is something that you feel has crept into your life, it can be difficult to understand what you can do in order to get rid of it. It’s not an easy answer, of course. Some of the suggestions you will find here may be just what you need to eliminate depressive thoughts and activities in your life.

Keep doing those recreational activities or the socializing that you have always done. If you are suffering from depression, you probably don’t want to get out as much as you use to. You will have to make a few efforts to be socially active. Keep doing the typical activities you do. If you avoid normal activities, you may feel even worse.

It’s important to exercise enough daily. Studies show that those people that exercise for at least 30 minutes each day better respond to depression treatment. It can often work as well as prescription drugs. Just do little things like using stairs over elevators or parking farther away from store doors.

There are some treatments for depression you can pick up from your local health store. Grape juice is a great example, as is St. Vitamins and minerals can help the body to release serotonin. Additionally, it is less expensive than prescription medications.

Try to find support in as many places as you can. Find others who have shown success holding off depression; they can offer knowledge and tips through this difficult time.

Make every attempt to stay in contact with a healthy group of friends, not only your one best friend with whom you share everything. Find good friends that you can confide in, who may have experienced depression themselves.

Getting a journal that you can keep your thoughts in can help if you’re dealing with depression. Getting your feelings and thoughts down on paper might help you feel a bit better. Also, when your symptoms are bothering you, writing what you feel can help you to establish a pattern on what is bothering you.

Should your doctor prescribe you medication for depression, take it. Never take less or more than what the doctor recommends and never stop taking them without a doctor’s consent. You must be slowly weaned off antidepressants.

Never forget that there is hope. Unfortunately, many become impatient with their treatment. Having a good attitude is crucial.

Learn about your depression. There are many levels of depression from very mild to quite severe. It may be reasonable light, and therefore people may not even realize it is depression. Mild depression is usually called “the blues,” while moderate depression has an affect on daily life. Full clinical depression leads to an entire loss of interest in anything, and leads to serious behavioral changes. Share all of your feelings with the person in charge of your therapy.

If you are depressed, you may feel as though you will never get better. Depression is a hard fought battle, but you can move past your condition and feel that freedom. Use this advice to get over your depression.…