Sunday, November 18, 2012

Try This Ancient Magic Cure

Quite simply the best magic pill to look better, feel better and be smarter is vigorous physical movement or in other words, 'exercise.'
For most of our history, movement, and lots of it, was key to human survival. Speed, coordination, dexterity, and strength aided humans from foraging for food to escaping predators. While many animals excel at movement, it is usually limited to excelling at a specific movement such as running for the Cheetah. Through our evolution, humans have mastered many movements and done so fairly well. We can walk, run, swim, climb, do cart wheels and somersaults. We can even swing from trees. We may not do such activities as well as the animals that evolved to do a certain activity extremely well, but as the Olympics demonstrate, humans can do extraordinary things with their bodies.
It is only been in very recent history that we have switched to sedentary lifestyles. Modern conveniences have reduced our need to exert ourselves physically. For many, vigorous physical activity, or exercise, is something you are supposed to do, but never get around to, or do at the gym for a couple of hours a week. But ignoring our ancestral roots comes with a price. Industrialized nations, particularly the United States, suffer from rampant obesity in their population with marked increases in diabetes, heart diseases and certain cancers.
Fortunately there is now a greater understanding of the importance of exercise. Recent research shows that older adults who exercise regularly not only prevent shrinkage in their brain, but can increase its size. This, in turn can reduce the risk of memory loss and perhaps even reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. And as Dr. Restak points out in his wonderful book "Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot," research confirms that physical activity, especially those that emphasizes coordination and muscle strength, increases intelligence. If Dr. Restak is correct, than human's physical prowess was a key factor in our intellectual accomplishments.
So what does this mean for you the reader? It means you should embrace your physical side as part of your birth right - as part of your humanity. Find a physical activity you love. Here is some advice, if you look at your exercise or fitness program as a 'workout' and something to be dreaded and to get over with as soon as possible, then choose something else. Exercise should leave you feeling stronger, invigorated, with glowing skin, a clearer mind and a joyful connection to your body and environment. Nothing less than that is acceptable. Swim, run, climb or mimic animals movements in Yoga. And do it with a smile on your face knowing that unlike your ancestors, there is no saber tooth tiger or other predator looking to make you its next meal.
By Kerry Kim, co-owner of Master Kim Wellness Group and Beverly Hills Martial Arts Center. We believe in health through fitness at every age.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Recognising Individuality of Older Person' Care Needs - Policy and Practice

I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness Ecclesiastes (7:25 KJV). Throughout my studies and career, I have continuously searched to uncover ontological issues of why older people are not perceived as individuals, with distinctive needs but to no avail. The perceptions of the national and local governments as well as the wider health and social care organisations have revealed the folly of the widely held societal belief systems against older people. They should be recognised and their contributions acknowledged for laying the foundations and structures of the universal welfare systems in the UK.
In the welfare discourse, older people are seen as one entity rather than individuals who have different care needs. Naturally, humans are individuals with special characteristics and genetic makeups, which is unique to identify their needs from others. However, health/social care institutions and professionals tend to see older people's care as homogenous thus, devising policies and practices that justify the implementations. Practice observations have revealed that such policy/service frameworks can sometimes encourage discrimination and abuses of older people mostly, those who are unable or have no family members to advocate for them. These act of inequality, negligence as well as poor services delivery for older people; who are in care triggered the development and implementation in the UK; the "National Service Framework for Older People" and "Personalization of Services". The aims and objectives of these polices were to eradicate discrimination, so that older people could be seen as persons with individual needs.
In contrast, cuts in services and restructure of human resource in the sector indicated that older people's service have been perceived as a weak sub-system, which could be targeted for savings. The reforms have ignited the debate whether the above policies are political rhetoric or manipulation of ideology. With older people' population expected to increase substantially in the next two decades, politician, physicians, health/social care professionals and managers need to be prepared for the overwhelming challenges they will have to face once they start looking after this user group. In practice, health and social work teams are swept over with referrals from this group, their families and other professionals. Case works are growing daily at an alarming rate and that is an indication of what lies ahead. In most developed societies, nearly one in five will be 65 or older by 2030 (UK census 2011). People in this age group constitute the majority of referrals to health and community welling organisations in the UK when compared with the rest of the population.
Consequently, the austerity measures have affected all parts of the welfare system, but services for older people have been severely embattled and that has led to care support structures been rationed under the umbrella of the "Eligibility Criteria Matrix". This is despite personalization of services ("Cash for Care, Personal Budget"). Unfortunately, this has become the fate of some older people who are in receipt of care; hence care giving and packages of support plan systems are undistinguishable. Most social service departments up and down the country in the UK only assist those with "critical" needs; whilst a significant minority of others provide assistance to those needing "critical and, or substantial" care, whilst those requiring medium and low needs have to fend for themselves. However, the danger is; this policy might indeed be contributing to the users' health by deteriorating conditions that would cost more money in the long-term to care for them. This is a common experience of those users who are unable to buy care privately and, or may not have family members around that are willing to support them. Current policy frameworks are not supporting preventative strategies, which could reduce future costs and admission into hospitals; rather the focus is to make substantial savings in line with the coalition government's ideologies such debt reduction and promotion of "the Big Society" agenda.
In truth, a significant number of older people who are in receipt of care tend to be frail and or, disabled and suffer from hearing deficit or dementia. Based on this understanding, homogeneous or residential care setting appears to be cost-effective for the authorities. The setting offers more environmental friendly services as well as providing a safety net for users and their families if some of their needs were not met in the community. Most users' needs are complex, unpredictable, and intense; associated with challenging behaviours. This means that the individual programme plans might be exaggerated as care giving is offered according to a presented condition at the point in time.
In hindsight, offering standardised care without due consideration for individual needs mean that a considerable number of older people would suffer as a result their care needs and health condition worsens. Practice observation discloses that hospital re-admissions are higher amongst those service users whose needs are not adequately met. Addressing these issues requires a complete change of attitude and perceptions held by the government, professionals and service managers. "Older people should be seen and not heard"; whilst a whole systems approach should foster individual programme approach to later. This has the potential to accommodate older people and their holistic needs within systems approach, which would promote psychosocial wellbeing and assurance that their needs could be met in their own house/community for as long as possible.
Conversely, recent census in the UK as well as the USA and other developed countries highlighted a decline of younger people as the population of older people continues to grow at a fast pace. The question is how could the increasing needs of older people be handled individually? Practice observations have revealed that a high proportion of younger people do not seek employment or train to offer care to older people because of the nature of the tasks involved such as intimate personal care and domestic chores. These observations justify change of government policies and legislation such as the "Immigration and education". Relaxing these have the tendency to promote migration of people from developing nations and it is hoped, this would boost the labour force in care industries within the UK and other developed societies. The caregivers would act as surrogate employees in the host nations particularly in the wider welfare services. The anticipated outcome is that immigrant workers would cover the vacuums in the care sectors, which was created by the declining younger people's population in the counties in question.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Infection Symptoms - Understanding Them

Yeast is present throughout your body at all times, and only becomes an issue when it begins to rapidly grow. This fungus is something that everyone should be aware of, and understand the symptoms behind the infection. Once you understand the different symptoms, you can discover the solutions to this uncomfortable problem.
Discovering the different forms
You may be surprised to discover that vaginal yeast infections do vary and that there may only be a few similarities. Each form of infection will need to be treated in a different way to ensure that the yeast is controlled, and stopped from growing further. Not knowing which infection you have, may cause you to waste time and money on treatments which are ineffective.
If you have found that the symptoms you are suffering from are similar to several yeast infections, you may need to seek professional advice. A health professional will be able to determine the yeast infection that you have, and the best form of treatment. Once you have been correctly diagnosed, you can begin to treat the problem.
What is yeast and how can it affect your body
Candida is the accurate term for the yeast which grows throughout your body, and this yeast is present at all times. Your mouth and vagina provide the ideal environment for this yeast to grow, and thrive in the warm, moist conditions. Over 50% of women will have it growing at all times, which is alarming for some.
Many of these women will have no issues with their yeast, and never suffer with any form of infection. However, a change in diet, lifestyle or environment can cause the yeast to grow rapidly, which is an issue. You may be unaware of the reasons for this excess growth, and the infection can be a shock.
Discovering your symptoms
Everyday medicines such as the contraceptive pill diabetes medicine and antibiotics can cause flareups of yeast growth. You may also discover that some hygiene products, shower gels and soaps can be an issue. There are some clear signs that you are suffering with some form of yeast infection, however, these are similar to other medical issues.
The first sign that you may experience is severe itching in your vagina, and the surrounding area. You may also experience a burning sensation when you go to the toilet. Both of these are typically the first signs that there is a chance you have a problem. You may also find sexual intercourse painful, and the days after you find it difficult to urinate.
Discharge is another symptom, which many women find is a sign that they are suffering with a yeast infection. This discharge is often a cloudy white color, with no odor, but a distinct comparison to cottage cheese. If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be a yeast infection, you need to ensure that you find a treatment as soon as possible.
Will the problem return?
Unfortunately, many women suffer with yeast infections time and time again, and over 5% of mature women will suffer with severe symptoms. You may be unlucky, or have underlying medical issues which need other treatments. Whatever form of yeast infection you have, you need to treat the problem and never ignore the symptoms.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Raspberry Ketones Review

Are you looking for a genuine and in-depth raspberry ketone review? Are you looking for all the ups and downs of this great enzyme? If so, keep reading because I have a lot to share with you guys on this subject.
To start with, let me tell you that this particular review is solely based on my research and my interest in this field. I have not used or tried any of the raspberry ketone products, all the data, facts and figures have been gathered from different primary and secondary sources including internet, interviews and manufacturers. I spoke to several different people who used and are using this compound, recorded their views and analyzed the data to generate something useful for public at large.
Raspberry ketone is an enzyme that naturally exists in raspberries. It has the natural ability to boost metabolism process and thus burns body fat at a faster pace. Not only that it increases metabolism, but it also provides human body with a lot of energy. The basic specialty of this enzyme is its ability to reduce weight.
Here is a list of a few basic benefits of this compound that I have figured out in this study:
- It is absolutely harmless with no side effects. This the reason as to why people are using it without any fear because they know that it will not going to harm them in any way until and unless it is mixed with any other compound.
- If used 200 mg per day, it will result in increased metabolism and results in weight reduction.
- It has the ability to burn fat at a faster pace than any other compound.
- It is extremely good for weight reduction.
As far as fat burning is concern, scientifically it has been proven that it does work on mice. But for humans, it has not been proven as yet. But those who have been using it are pretty much satisfied. Out of 250 reviews, 154 customers were satisfied.
Now let's talk about those who are not satisfied with raspberry ketone products. When it is mixed with other compounds and ingredients, it then proves to be harmful for human health. Most of the weight loss supplements contain raspberry ketone and many other compounds. Using such a supplement may prove to be harmful.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Advanced First Aid Kits

It's good to have your basic first aid kit for minor injuries. Are you ready for a true emergency and are in survival mode. What if you are left stranded for days without food or clean drinking water? Living in California I am witness to people getting stuck in these kinds of situations. You can see these types of events occur around the nation by just turning on the television. The best thing to have is a resource that keeps you safe and alive. You need a pack that has all the necessities.
A good survival kit has a first aid supply. On top of the first aid you need to be ready for anything. Of course the first thing you think about when it comes to survival is food and water. There are various paks designed to feel multiple people for 72 hours. Inside there are things like food bars, water boxes and 30 water purification tablets. The water purification tablets are like magic making questionable water safe to drink. Even if you get caught away from shelter this food in water should keep you a bit at ease. What if you get caught away from home?
You can find a kit with a tent, plastic sheeting, a roll of duct tape, and 10 emergency blankets.With these emergency blankets 90% of body heat reflects right back you. This is key if your caught out doors or in a cold city. No matter where you are this kit has information on how to survive any disaster inside the er survival guide. If you need to signal help you a whistle and light sticks are good ideas. There are also solar and hand crank powered NOAA weather band am/fm radio, flashlight, and charger. In this day in age the charger is really a difference maker. This charger is special because most of them never need batteries. You charge it by using the hand crank or solar panel. Whether you have a iPhone, blackberry or droid it doesn't matter. Your phone charges and can be ready use for communication. The emergency candles and waterproof matches may also come in handy during survival mode.
A clever item I have noticed inside first aid kits are pry crow bars. Not only may you need to pry something open you may need to pound something or defend yourself. Another good resource inside First aid kits are the potassium iodate pills that are included. These pills help shield the thyroid from radiation damage after an emergency. If there is an emergency and no toilet, you can utilize buckets with snap on toilet seat and sanitation bags. Certain kits really have what you need.
There are many kits out there. Targeted toward different tragedies. A brand that has all the different types of kits is Quake Kare. They are a leading brand for equipment. They have been the industry leading manufacturer and supplier of emergency preparedness kits in the U.S. If you are going to spend your money on a kit you might as well get the leading brand. With the quality items you get inside you can increase your chances of survival.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dangers of Humid Temperatures At Home

It is important to have a clear understanding of your home's temperature. Varying temperatures can affect you and your home's condition. Humidity is one among many problems people suffer from. The hot sun, together with humid temperatures can cause plenty of indoor issues such as mould, mildew, condensation damage, and health risks.
Mould and mildew thrive in areas with high humidity. The indoor environment of your home can sometimes be the perfect place for moulds to grow. Prevention of mould growths is unachievable without the proper control of moisture. This can also be the perfect breeding ground for cockroaches and other insects.
Another important issue you should be aware about is your health.
Moulds and dust mites can trigger serious allergies, asthma attacks, and other respiratory ailments. Extreme humid conditions can also affect your body's temperature causing you to sweat and feel uncomfortable. People sensitive to heat and humidity may suffer dehydration, heat stroke and hamper the body's cool down mechanism.
For these reasons, it is important to buy a house appliance that can control room temperature levels. A dehumidifier is an ideal device that helps reduce the level of humidity in the air. It works by removing air and condensing water onto a cold surface. The built-in fans pull the humid air in the room and let it pass through a set of cold coils for a cooling effect. The humid air passes through and the moisture accumulates onto the cold coils.
The cold air then passes through the warm coils to bring back the room temperature.
A dehumidifier provides many benefits. Below are some of the advantages you can have if you start using one.
Reduce Humidity
The dehumidifier can control room temperature and reduce humidity levels up to 50-60 per cent. Enjoy a comfortable and relaxing home environment with this effective cooling device.
Remove Mould and Mildew
Moulds can easily damage some of your house properties causing you to spend for maintenances and repairs. They also produce allergens that can be harmful to your respiratory system.
Eliminate musty and bad odours
The lack of air circulation in closed rooms can cause unpleasant musty odours. The cooling system can add more airflow and eliminate bad odours caused by humidity.
Prevent Health Issues
Moulds and mildew cause harmful allergens that may affect your health. A dehumidifier can regulate temperature and eliminate them.
Protect your House and other items
Excess moisture can cause potential damage to certain parts of your home. They also damage certain items such as electronics, books, and clothes.
Water Treatment and Condensation
You can avoid excessive damage on your carpets, walls, and other items under effective water extraction.
Energy efficient
Dehumidifiers are environment-friendly. They do not use up too much electricity and can help you cut costs.
Economical Clothes Dryer
They help dry your clothes effectively in proper room temperatures. You will no longer need expensive dryers that consume a lot of your electric energy.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Workers Provide Love and Care

These days, it may seem hard to find compassionate people in this world during times of need. A hospice program will employ many caring individuals who are happy to provide comfort and love to individuals in their last days of life. This helps many terminally ill people around the world make end of life arrangements. Although death is expected, these people still face a hard time. Illnesses can mean unbearable pain and grief. And some of these folks are not even provided with friendly service that they need. Doctors and nurses can be cold and uncaring. Luckily, there is a service that can provide emotional support, smiles, and so much more during this important time.
Hospice workers or volunteers will travel to a patient's location and provide all the medicine and supplies that are needed. Medications, wheelchairs, clothing, and other items will be provided, and no one will be left alone when they need someone to talk to or some companionship. Only the friendliest and most understanding people will work for this company. Patients in the end stages of their lives do not need people treating them rudely or coldly. Instead, these people need caregivers who will tend to their every need. They need someone who will try to cheer them up during a dark time in their lives. Positivity can make a difference in the overall experience of patients.
People of all ages around the world suffer from terminal illnesses that shorten their lives. The final stages are times of great grief and stress, especially for family and friends. When patients are comfortable and feeling good, they are able to spend more time with the ones they love. This is why hospice workers are available. These workers will even work closely with the family of a patient to ensure that support is available during this sad time. It is hard to find someone to trust in this world. However, there are people who genuinely care for the well-being of others.
No matter the ethnicity, color, or creed of a patient, hospice workers do not discriminate. All life is precious and each individual should be treated to respectful care. The patient's every request will be granted. This includes prayer requests. Volunteers can indeed pray for and with the patients and their families. Counseling will also be available to the loved ones after the patient has passed away.
Because hospice services are so helpful, organizations contribute to them all the time. As a result, individuals are able to continue providing love and care to people in their last days. There are some healthcare professionals who show absolutely no compassion for those who are dying. As long as a person is living, he or she is entitled to the best possible care, even in the final stages. It's a good thing that this kind of care can be found.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Get Rid of That Belly Fat and Get a New Lease on Life

Has anyone ever made the comment that getting in shape is like working a full time job? It may seem like the older you get, the harder it becomes to get rid of the excess fat and skin that seems to hang around your midriff. There is no reason for you to continue to push yourself to endless lengths with no results. You can stop throwing money away on those dieting programs and use it to pay for something that works. Stop making excuses about how you will get the body you want if you work harder. Sometimes your body needs help and that help can be found by getting a tummy tuck.
Did you know that you can get rid of the excess tissue and stubborn fat that won't go anywhere from your midriff area. Are you tired of looking in the mirror only to become depressed or unhappy about how your stomach and waistline seems to distort your figure? Do you long to have a more attractive body that has enough curves to make you look and feel more like a woman? If you can answer yes to any of the previous questions, it is time for you to start looking for a tummy tuck specialist.
If you have never had surgery before, you may be a bit nervous and apprehensive about the procedure. Thanks to the many advances in technology and medicine, it is now one of the safest operations you can ever have. The procedure involves the surgeon removing excess fat from the area with a suctioning device. Once the desired amount of fat has been removed, any excess skin tissue that remains will be removed. Instead of having a flabby stomach and waistline, you will have a tighter and more in shape appearance.
The tummy tuck is a great idea for people who have a decent amount of fat that lingers around their midriff area. If you happen to have a lot of fat that you want removed from the area, you will need to discuss that with your surgeon. You may find that your doctor will only be able to remove a certain amount of fat per operation. This means that you would have to undergo subsequent operations with the approval of your specialist.
The tummy tuck is not to be used as a replacement for exercise and healthy eating. People that tend to have frequent fluctuations in weight are not considered very good candidates for the procedure. There are also some other risk factors that may affect your ability to have the procedure. That is why if you are interested in learning more about how this procedure can transform your body and life, you need to have a consultation with a specialist. They can take an in depth assessment of your situation and provide you with the help you need to get your body back in shape.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Benefits of Going to Beauty School

Did you know that going to beauty school can help get you on the path to a very rewarding career? If you are ready to make a change in your life and in search of the right institution to go to, you need to start finding out what your choices are. You need to be aware that not all cosmetology facilities are the same. You need to first decide what career path you want to take. Are you looking to earn your license or an associate's degree in cosmetology?
This is one career where after you graduate, the education doesn't stop. In order for you to keep a competitive edge and stay in loop of the latest techniques, you will need to take continuing education courses. This will help you stay abreast of the latest trends, and help you keep your clientele satisfied with your work. Keep in mind that going to school has a ton of benefits that you won't find at many other places. At the end of the day, when you finish schooling, you can work in a fun filled and very social atmosphere that will help motivate you throughout the workday. You get to continuously meet new people. Since you will be a stylist, you can also create a flexible schedule that allows you to make a living by working as many or little hours as you want.
As a beauty school student, you have a lot of different career opportunities available to you. You don't have to be a stylist. You could be open up and run your own spa or massage business. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what you want to do. Going to beauty school gives you the education, the foundation and the knowledge you need to make it in this world. If your dream is to be your own boss, then this is one of the best career paths you can choose.
You can help make a big difference in the lives of your clientele. You get to help them look their best. Many people don't have the time or the creativity to transform their appearance into something that is extraordinary and appealing. This is where you come in. With your talent, creativity and the education you received at beauty school, you can help give people a reason to feel beautiful each and everyday. When there is a special occasion like a wedding or a party, your clientele are going to come to you to make their look complete.
Going to beauty school means that you will be able to put your talents to work much sooner than if you were to major in another discipline at a more traditional educational facility. You can start earning money faster. You can earn more money by developing your skills and using your creativity to enhance your clientele's appearance. You have a whole world of opportunities just waiting for you in the field of cosmetology. All you need is the foundation to give you a good start.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Important Things to Carry Along

It's common to feel anxious before stressful events in life, and a surgery in a hospital is no different. Your goal should be to make your experience as seamless as possible. Nevertheless, the whole process including the surgery and its recovery could take a toll on your mind as well as body. Therefore, it is best to plan the event ahead of time.
You would indeed prefer to get back home as soon as possible after the surgery, but this is often not possible for major surgeries. It is always recommended to spend a few days in hospital recovering in the presence of qualified doctors. This makes it even more important to plan upfront on what all you might need during your stay in the hospital premises.
Here is a list of few important items you should keep with yourself. This will make your stay lot more comfortable -
1. A novel or any of your favorite puzzle books to keep you occupied with brain-teasers.
2. A pen and a notebook to take notes e.g. doctor's suggestions.
3. Toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, perfume, deodorant, body lotion and nail clipper.
4. A tiny bag containing current medications. You can use it to keep all your medicines in one place.
5. Personal documents such as Insurance Id, Driving License etc. as quick identification proof.
6. Records for past health check-ups for quick reference.
7. Ear plugs to filter away outside noise for a peaceful sleep. You can also consider noise-cancelling headphones if there is enough space to carry it along.
8. Eye mask to cover your eyes in case you get a common ward. This is to ensure that you sleep comfortably even when tube lights are turned on.
9. iPad - An iPad is a wonderful companion as a means of entertainment.
10. Phone numbers of your best friends. You would love to have them handy for these times.
11. A family photo to place on your bed side.
12. Casual sleepers and socks to keep your feet comfortable.
13. A set of glasses including a spare one. It is important to carry a spare one, as it won't be easy to get a new one during your stay there.
All these things mentioned above will make ensure you a safe and pleasant recovery. You should put all these items in bigger bag so as to keep them safe and easily transportable.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Helping Kids Deal With a Hospital

Admitting your child to a hospital could be quiet overwhelming for both you as well as the child. To ease the stress, it is important to take care of certain procedures ahead of time as mentioned below -
1. Get your child familiar with the hospital ambiance - If the know the admission dates upfront, you should spend time to take your child to the hospital few days in advance for a short visit. The goal of the visit is to make him gel with the hospital staff in the pediatric unit. If the exact room/ward for his treatment is decided, you should definitely take him there too.
2. Bring your child's favorites to the hospital room - This should include his or her favorite board games, personal photos, family photos, wall posters, stuff toys. You might have to prioritize as the hospital staff may now allow you to bring in everything.
3. Research books on how to make your child's stay pleasant in the hospital - These should be available in any general books store in the locality, as well as in the shops inside hospital.
4. Inquire about the existing facilities in the hospital for children's stay - Hospitals would usually have certain activities specifically for young children so that they feel at home. You should inquire about such facilities with the hospital staff.
5. Inquire about the possibility of you sleeping overnight in your child's room - Many hospitals have this provision, especially for kids, and may allow their parents to sleep in their room. You should check this with the staff in the hospital and plan your stay accordingly.
6. Make your child participate in various discussions - You should keep him involved in all decision-making discussions appropriate for his age. You should also encourage him to ask questions about the status of his/her health or about the feedback on the recovery from the hospital doctors. This awareness would make him/her feel at rest.
7. Invite your child's friends to visit the hospital - Meeting friends will make you child feel good and will help him/her in the recovery process. In addition to your child's friends, you can also approach your family friends and relatives to visit the hospital.
Most of the patients, especially children, are apprehensive of treatment in a hospital. With proper planning and subsequent efforts, you can make your child shrug off this apprehension and make his/her stay as less stressful as possible.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tips on Selecting a Hospital Bed

It is important to have a sophisticated hospital bed if you intend to have a patient recover at home. You could either purchase the bed or get it on rent. It would be wise to consult a healthcare professional as they will carefully evaluate the condition and needs of the patient. The decision on which bed to get also depends heavily on whether a family caregiver or a trained professional will take care of the patient.
Beds come in different sizes, and with different kinds of mattresses and accessories. Furthermore, it could be electric or manual. Electric beds work great for immobile patients, but might be overkill for others. For normal patients who don't expect to remain bed-ridden for long, cheaper manual beds are a better alternative.
Size and placement of the bed - It is extremely important to measure the size of the stairways and doorways in order to determine the possible range for the size of the bed. This is to ensure that the chosen bed can be easily brought home and comfortably placed in the desired room. It would be wise to not keep the bed in a corner room so as to make the patient feel less isolated. Placing the bed in the central room easily approachable to all other rooms is a good choice. In case of an electric bed, it should be placed in proximity to an electric outlet.
Types of Mattresses - The choice of a mattress will depend upon the user's particular needs in addition to kind of bed frame used. The mattress should ideally be designed to bend with the bed's positioning. A standard bed mattress won't do so; therefore, you require a special mattress designed for Medicare beds. Inner-spring mattresses, the most common and cheapest ones, are used primarily with rental beds. A better alternative is a Foam Mattress which is not very expensive, yet provides excellent comfort. In fact, obese patients should almost always go for beds with foam mattress as against inner-spring mattress. Another variety of mattresses is an Air Mattress, an inflatable mattress. However, this should not be used for patients with problems in their spine. Lastly, there is another version in the form of Pulmonary Therapy mattress, which is useful for tetraplegic patients with weak lung function. It is specially designed to help patients with easy lateral rotation automatically.
It is recommended to have bed rails for adult patients so that they don't fall off the bed and get themselves injured further. The quality and type of hospital bed makes a significant impact on how fast a patient recovers.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Make A Natural Cleaning Product That Kills Mold

Mold is a fungus that can invade a home in any area where moisture accumulates. Humidity, water leaks, condensation and liquid spills provide an environment where molds can develop in as little as 24 hours and become a threat to the surface they grow on as well as human health. Homeowners who want to avoid using chemical compounds to remove this organism can make a natural cleaning product instead.
The biocide chemicals typically used to eradicate this fungus can be just as harmful to users and household surfaces as they are to the mold itself. The biggest challenges include eliminating stains and odor. Using bleach may effectively remove stains but the user must wear a mask while cleaning and the bleach is likely to result in irreparable surface damage.
Individuals who inhale the spores usually develop an allergic reaction as the immune system reacts to the foreign particles in the system. Symptoms include sneezing, wheezing, coughing, sore throat, itchy nose and watery eyes. Some molds produce dangerous mycotoxins that can damage internal organs, cause mental impairment and lead to cancer. Someone with a suppressed immune system can develop deadly infections in the lungs, sinuses or digestive tract.
A simple solution of equal parts white vinegar and water is an organic mixture that simultaneously kills the mold and disinfects any type of surface. Spray directly on the affected area and repeat as necessary until clean. The solution has a strong smell when first applied but dissipates as it dries and eliminates any foul odors.
Tea tree oil is another organic ingredient that has the ability to kill spores and remove odor. Mix two teaspoons with two cups of water in a spray bottle. Apply daily until the area is clean. This mixture has a clean scent and is an effective deodorizing agent.
Twenty drops of grapefruit seed extract mixed with two cups of water is another organic solution that safely removes mold. Users can spray the affected area daily until the surface is clean without worrying about damage to carpet, fabrics, drywall or wood.
Molds pose a big enough threat without introducing harmful chemicals to the environment and making the situation worse. Using natural cleaning products to eliminate this damaging and dangerous fungus is better for the environment as well as the home's occupants. With a few simple ingredients, homeowners can stop further growth and eliminate the health problems associated with mold.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

3 Strategies for the Best Men's Health and Fitness

These days, increasingly more men are interested in health and fitness programs. This is not surprising since most people are concerned about obesity and health conditions today such as diabetes, heart disease, prostate cancer and more.
These are more than enough reasons to motivate anyone to get into good shape. I'm going to show you three strategies for successful men's health and fitness.
There is no easy and quick way for you to get in good shape, so you must be prepared to put in the time and effort to achieve the desired results. A combination of a healthy diet, strength training and cardio exercises will go a long way towards your overall fitness.
Just follow these three suggestions for a healthy and strong body:
1. Record Everything: You want to write down what you are doing in your exercise routine so you can see how you are progressing. First, write down your weight loss goal. Then write down each exercise for your exercise routine.
How many repetitions of each exercise did you do that day? Write it down in your log. You will then be able to see where you need to change things for the better and how well you can do. When you have achieved your weight loss goal, this is a good time to add weight in your weight lifting routine.
2. Each Session: Make sure you include weight lifting three times a week in your routine. This will help you to get the best results from your training sessions.
You will now be growing your muscles. As you weight lift three, maybe four times per week, you muscles have time to increase and rebuild. If you don't continue to push those muscles, they just go back to where they were.
3. Eat Lots of Protein: When compared to women, it is much easier for men to lose weight. Men's health and fitness programs always recommend protein to grow your muscles and to help you recover.
In general, men who are working out 4 or more times each week must eat about one gram of protein on those days for each pound of body weight. It's also important to eat meals with 0.25 grams of protein right after each workout.
If possible, try to eat thirty minutes after a rigorous workout because your body will need some high-quality protein to recover fully. Build your muscles by breaking down amino acids. The best way to do this is by adding proteins. You can have a protein shake, a chicken breast, or maybe some eggs to add protein.
Hopefully, these simple men's fitness tips for will help you achieve your goals. Remember that by using a regular exercise routine, you improve not only your body's appearance, but your overall health.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Safeguard Yourself During Your Hospital Stay

Research shows that hospitals expose visitors as well as patients to infection from a variety of sources. If you should find it necessary to undergo treatment or an operation, take some informed steps to safeguard against infections, wrong medication and similar threats.
Knowing these will help:
  • While being admitted, keep at hand your current medical history and records. If you will undergo surgery do not hesitate to ask about procedures, safeguards against secondary infections and hygiene procedures in place.

  • Insist on knowing all about tests a doctor asks you to undergo and question their necessity. Ask another doctor's opinion if you have doubts.

  • If you have to take medicines regularly, know about them and the effects each one and the combination is likely to have on your body. If the nurse or the doctor changes your medication, ascertain the reason. Have they checked your complete medical record and are they aware of your condition? If not they could easily prescribe the wrong medicines or arrive at an erroneous diagnosis. Public hospitals have student interns and you are vulnerable at their hands. If you doubt, do not hesitate to have a family doctor check your record and medicines.

  • If a doctor or a nurse or hospital staff is treating you, discreetly check that their hands are cleaned with an antiseptic. Do not agree to being given injections with used needles or from opened vials.

  • If you have just undergone an operation or are recovering from an ailment, ensure you have family members, an attendant or friends to help you go to the toilet. Loss of blood, lack of nourishment and medications can give you a dizzy spell and you may slip or fall down. Your friend or family member should be an informed person who understands your conditions and a little bit about treatments and medicines.

  • Nurses and medical assistants may not care to go into details of your condition in their hurry to attend to all patients and could make a mistake such as giving you food or medications not recommended in your condition. Never hesitate to question and demand attention from a senior if the person immediately attending to you ignores your requests.

  • When it is time for your discharge the doctor in charge will give you instructions and contact details. If he does not ask for post operative care procedures and medications as also for regular check up. Know about the permissible diet and routines to follow.
Given the fact that most hospital staff are overworked and the ever-present risk of secondary infections, you can never take too much care and precautions.