• 27Aug

    We are in the middle of 2010 gearing up for fireworks; waiting for the new health care reform law to take effect. Eleven state attorneys general said they wanted to challenge the law as being unconstitutional and the Democrats are still talking about passing amendments. Moreover, there are many questions that remain unanswered; the biggest of which is, Will it make health care more effective? The obvious answer is no. This entire scenario is one big shell game. There are thousands of pages of new law and most of the law makers are clueless.

    The reality check is that the Congress has passed this bill with a three year delay in implementation, so it was designed to change nothing for the immediate future with the hope that after three years, with no one paying attention anymore, the administration can sneak a few changes in to implement its socialist agenda. Meanwhile, we as a society still have the same health issues in a system that continues to thrive on treatment rather than prevention. One prime example is depression and anxiety. People naturally become depressed in the kind of severe economic downturn that we are experiencing with increased anxiety about a future that looks bleak. Medical insurance, health insurance or some type of managed care health plan seems irrelevant when facing unemployment. In a depressed economy, with massive anxiety and depression plaguing the population there is a serious public health problem. This kind of insidious upheaval leads to other chronic diseases like, diabete3s, high blood pressure, heart attack and the like.

    The generally accepted treatment however, is for the pharmaceutical companies to make billions of dollars selling anti-depressants and tranquilizers. Moreover, aside from monetizing human responses to stressful stimuli, there is a political benefit to having massive numbers of citizens living in chemically induced altered realities. People on Prozac are less likely to protest against nefarious political agendas. Therefore, what motivation does the government have to reform health care to the extent that people will have better access to professional counseling for coping with and resolving their struggles?

    In conclusion, as we throw a few slabs of meat on the barbecue grill and sip some beer on this 4th of July we need to realize that there are a few avenues toward seizing power and control that the founding fathers could not anticipate. The constitution is a wonderful document and has saved our republic from despotism enumerable times in our 214 year history. However, it is subject to interpretation and we know from experience that Supreme Court justices take opposite views of what is or is not constitutional depending upon whether they are liberal or conservative. Therefore, we need to be diligent in letting our political leaders know that we are not as stupid as they think. We need to consistently remind them that they work for us. That is why freedom of speech is still the most important constitutional amendment.

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  • 27Aug

    Social media is becoming an essential tool in public relations. Public relations practitioners use social media every day to publicize their clients and start two-way conversations. Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube are all important channels for social media. As a company or organization in the health industry, it may not seem important to be participating and interacting on social media. All too often healthcare practitioners dismiss social media as not being applicable to their industry. Why would someone want to follow a hospital on Twitter? Or be Facebook friends with a pharmaceutical company? There are in fact many reasons that audiences want to connect with those in the healthcare industry on social media platforms. Therefore, healthcare social media is becoming increasingly vital.

    In order to develop healthcare social media strategies, companies and organizations must first be present on social media platforms. This means setting up accounts for Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. There may be some social media platforms that do not seem like the best fit for your company or organization. The best way to be certain is to see what your competitors are doing. If your main competitor has a YouTube channel then so should you. However, you may not want to rule out a platform for healthcare social media use, even if your competitors are not present on it. This could be an opportunity for you to gain a competitive advantage over your competitors. For example, maybe none of the hospitals in the area have a Facebook page. By creating one and using it effectively, you might be able to reach some audiences that are not being reached through other forms of social media.

    Once you have created accounts on all relevant social media platforms, your healthcare social media strategies can begin. Start communicating relevant information and your messages to your audiences and converse with other companies, organizations and individuals in the health industry. Social media is best used when it fosters two-way communication and reaches the most individuals. The health industry has various information that is increasingly important to disseminate out. Receiving this information could make a significant difference in someones life. These audiences are already using social media platforms for their daily lives, which is why it makes sense to connect with them on these healthcare social media platforms. Using all social media platforms to their full potential will increase communication and publicity for your company or organization in the health industry.

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  • 27Aug

    Hypnosis therapy describes a technique that is used to modify an individual’s state of consciousness in order for them to be able to resolve a particular problem or alter specific behaviors. Some people are wary of hypnosis therapy because they dislike the idea of giving up the control of their consciousness to another person. Others swear that hypnosis hypnotherapy has brought them positive changes.

    The Benefits
    Hypnosis therapy works by helping the individual to alter their conditioned responses to certain situations. It involves putting the subject into a trance like state in which they are calm, tranquil and open to suggestion. This type of therapy can help a person to modify old behaviors and habits in order to improve their life. It can therefore be used to correct problems such as grief, addictions, anxiety, insomnia, unreasonable anger, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. People interested in hypnosis therapy can hire the services of a hypnotherapist. Self-hypnosis is also possible if a person purchases the appropriate books or CDs.

    Potential Disadvantages
    Some of us are not at all easy to hypnotize because we are too logical, reticent and suspicious of others. The ideal candidate for hypnosis therapy is amicable, credulous, creative and expressive. Unfortunately, such trusting souls are often the most susceptible among us, and this means that unprincipled individuals can easily subjugate them.

    Another problem with therapy is that it can actually be quite hard to find a qualified hypnotherapist. Unfortunately, it is possible to purchase credentials that claim you are a hypnotherapist even if you are not, and almost anybody can learn the fundamentals. Consequently, many unsavory characters are masquerading as hypnotherapists when in fact they lack the necessary qualifications and do not have a license.

    Staying Safe
    If you are interested in hypnosis therapy there are certain precautions you need to take if you wish to find a qualified hypnotherapist. An authentic hypnotherapist will be able to show potential clients a state-issued license. You will also be able to find their name on the membership directory of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. The best hypnotherapists also have several satisfied clients to recommend their services.

    It is a good idea to meet up with a few licensed hypnotherapists if you are considering therapy and choose the one you feel most comfortable with. Furthermore, you should not forget that self-hypnosis is also an option. There are lots of hypnosis therapy CDs available for purchase online. These CDs can help people with issues such as addiction, weight management, self-esteem, stress management, insomnia and more. Peruse a shopping search engine online to find out exactly what is available.

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  • 27Aug

    Wrinkles, fine lines, brown splotches, red spider veins, rough texture, dull color, dry flakes . . . all are signs of aging you’d like to wish away. Since wishing doesn’t make it so, here’s another option: a supplement or vitamin-enriched product that promises to make older skin look young again and to keep young skin from growing old Can anything you swallow or swab on skin make it bright, smooth, and supple?

    The answer is yes . . . and maybe. So far, vitamin-based treatments have the lion’s share — about 65% — of the ginormous cosmeceutical market. Vitamins are the superstars of the cosmeceutical world for two reasons: One, many are powerful antioxidants that scarf up the destructive molecules called free radicals. Two, some vitamins may help repair the damage to skin structures that has been done by those free radicals.

    If you nix enough of those dangerous molecules, can you prevent signs of aging on your face? And can you repair any sun damage you’ve accumulated by flooding the skin with healing vitamins?

    Thanks to a team of UCLA researchers who did a painstaking review of key studies of vitamins, skin, and photoaging, we — and you — now have some answers. Vitamin C is essential to building collagen and elastin — the fibers that make skin strong and stretchy. C is also a potent antioxidant, which means it can neutralize troublemaking free radicals. Scientists have shown that not getting enough C each day contributes to wrinkles and dryness. Putting vitamin C directly on your skin can improve not only wrinkles and dryness but also roughness, broken blood vessels, and sallow skin tone. But there’s a hitch: Vitamin C is so unstable that just a bit of sunlight, air, heat, or water renders it ineffective. Depending on the formulation, some products may not stay active long enough to do much good.

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  • 26Aug

    Roughly, about 6% of the world’s population is vegetarian, a trend that is growing. Yet study after study shows that vegetarians are less healthy than their non-vegetarians peers. Why is this so? Surely a diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables should make you healthier, not less healthy, so what’s going on?

    In the light of extraordinary new research it is becoming apparent that most vegetarians are in fact less healthy than their non-vegetarian peers. By “peers” I mean people of a similar socio-economic and cultural background. Any valid comparison between vegetarians and non-vegetarians must compare apples with apples. For example, any study that compared an affluent health-conscious vegetarian from California with an impoverished meat eater from the slums of Calcutta is not likely to be meaningful.

    Recent studies are clearly showing that compared to their non-vegetarians peers, vegetarians are more at risk of diseases such as infertility, cancer, heart disease, eating disorders, mental disease, and obesity.

    Several studies have compared health-conscious vegetarians with health-conscious non-vegetarians from the same demographic (the same socio-economic, health-conscious cohort). In other words, scientists have compared vegetarians and non-vegetarians from similar backgrounds so as to validate the results and they have come up with some surprising conclusions.

    For example, in a study of 76,000 people conducted over many years data from five studies were pooled into a very large collaborative analysis of mortality in vegetarians and non-vegetarians (Appleby PN, Key TJ, Thorogood M, Burr ML, Mann J. Mortality in British vegetarians. Public Health Nutr. 2002 Feb;5(1):29-36).

    The Appleby Study compared vegetarians and non-vegetarians, adjusted for age, sex and smoking. The results for all-cause mortality showed no significant difference between vegetarians and their non-vegetarian peers. Many studies have shown that vegetarians live longer than the population at large, but the Appleby Study showed that this is not the case when you compare people within the same demographic. The study concluded that ‘Overall mortality was the same between vegetarians and non-vegetarians. But vegetarians had 2.2 times the death rate from mental and neurological diseases as non-vegetarians.’

    Several studies have compared vegetarians and non-vegetarians within the same demographic and the research is clearly showing that vegetarians are at greater risk of heart disease, cancer, infertility and other diseases. As most studies have compared vegetarians with the population at large, this is not widely known; such studies provide a false picture because the population at large is not particularly health-conscious.

    This begs the question: does this mean that eating animal products is good for health? The research on the whole says NO. So if vegetarians are less healthy than their non-vegetarian peers, what is the reason? Why is it that vegetarians are less healthy than their non-vegetarians peers in the same demographic? This is the vegetarian paradox.

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