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Category Archives: Health

Increase Energy and Productivity

GET PLENTY OF SLEEP:

Well heck, you say… that’s a no brainer, you say. Sure, everyone knows you should get plenty of sleep, but how many of us actually make it a priority to get the rest we need to be productive and energetic the next day?

Your body requires 7-8 hours a night for you to be your most effective self the next day. Sleep reduces cortisol levels which kills energy and makes you better able to handle stress. It also reduces depression caused by lack of rest. Sleep clears toxins from your brain and gives you better cognitive abilities, such as better decision making, reasoning and deduction capabilities, as well as better short term memory recall.

EXERCISE:

Yes, you do have time to exercise. Make it a priority. I find the best time to exercise is first thing in the morning, rather than waiting until you get home from work when the last thing you want to do is exercise. You don’t even need to go to the gym, you can do a 25-30 minute workout at home at least 3-5 times a week.

Exercise increases your energy levels and increases your feel good hormones, serotonin and dopamine, which in turn decreases depression. Exercise increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain which is very important for healthy brain function and regeneration of brain cells. As you grow older your brain mass decreases and exercise can actually reverse that and increase brain mass by generating new brain cells. And of course, the more oxygen and brain cell regeneration your brain has, the better reasoning, decision making and memory recall abilities you have.

QUIET TIME:

It is very important to take time to just be silent. Turn off the television, take your head phones off, find a private spot and just let your mind drift. You will be surprised at the amazing restorative calm this practice gives you, if you have never tried it.

Take time everyday to try this essential restorative technique. Silent time releases tension in your body and reduces cortisol levels. It restores your brains ability to focus and concentrate and to make decisions. Taking time to be silent can actually regenerate brain cells. When you give your mind the opportunity to rest from the noise and to just drift, you’ll discover that this can be the time when you have ah ha moments and when you get your best creative ideas.

DITCH THE COFFEE:

Whaaaaat, you say?! Before you circle the wagons, hear me out. Coffee is a roller coaster of highs and lows and after time you find you may drink it all day long just to keep you going. It affects your ability to focus and concentrate and your mind will hop around from thought to unrelated thought.

Coffee causes anxiety. The caffeine increases your cortisol levels and blood pressure, which increases stress and kills energy levels. And then what? You need more coffee right?

Try taking Ashwaghanda, an adaptogenic herb that increases energy levels naturally and gives you focus and balances hormone levels. Take Siberian Ginseng which is also an adaptogenic herb which helps to increase energy, focus and concentration and helps to reduce stress.

Neurology Surgery

General neurosurgery includes most of the conditions that are associated with neurological trauma or emergencies. One example is intracranial hemorrhage.

Vascular and endovascular neurosurgery

This kind of surgery is generally associated with the diagnosis and treatment of aneurysms, carotid stenosis, strokes, vasospasms and spinal malformations. Many a times, surgical treatments of these conditions are conducted using minimally invasive techniques such as angioplasty or embolization.

Spine surgery

Spine surgery includes the treatment of disorders affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spines. The most common conditions include arthritis in the spinal discs, spinal cord compression that may be caused by trauma or spondylosis. The symptoms seen are usually balance deficiency or numbness and tickling in the hands and feet.

Peripheral nerve surgery

The most common peripheral nerve surgeries include carpel tunnel decompression that treats the carpel tunnel syndrome as well as the peripheral nerve transposition. This branch of neurosurgery also treats a number of nerve entrapment conditions:

Stereotactic, functional, and epilepsy neurosurgery are some of the other important parts of neurosurgery.

Apart from these specialized branches, neurosurgery also includes various surgical methods for diagnosing and treating neurosurgery conditions. In the recent years, more modern alternatives have emerged and surgeons prefer using them as they are less invasive and effective. The conventional methods require open surgery where the skull is open to access the brain. The newly developed methods allow specialists to surgically treat the neurological conditions through smaller openings or minimal invasion by making use of microscopes, endoscopes and such other methods. Open surgeries are reserved for traumatic cases and emergencies.

Microsurgery – makes use of microscopic technology so that the surgeons can treat affected areas of the brain through smaller openings. The treatment area in this case is magnified. Today’s advanced equipment allows surgeons to perform complex procedures through this type of surgery. It is overall less invasive and convenient for the surgeon too.

Endoscopic neurosurgery – is widely used in the treatment of pituitary tumors, cerebrospinal fluid leakage, hydrocephalus, colloid cysts and many others.

Neuroradiology – is also a part of modern neurosurgery and plays a huge role in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions. Some of the neuroradiology techniques include:

· Computer assisted imaging – more commonly known as a CT scan.

· Magnetic resonance imaging which is popularly known as MRI.

· Positron emission tomography or PET.

· Magnetoencephalography or MEG

· Stereotactic radiosurgery

Steps by steps Bone Marrow Transplantation

Step 1: – Planning Ahead

You will have to manage your personal issues and plans simultaneously so that you can pay full attention to your recovery.

Step 2: – Preparation

The primary element of development is that you will have to prepare the donor for a transplant, whether you are or someone else is the donor.

Step 3: – Conditioning

When you and your donor are ready for the transplant, your doctor will begin with your conditioning regimen. That means you will receive chemotherapy, total body irradiation, kill your cancer and unhealthy marrow.

Step 4: – Transplant

Your transplant will take place only after your conditioning is fully complete.

Step 5: – Waiting for Engraftment

Engraftment is the process in which the stem cells that has been received from the donor starts growing and developing. That means the marrow of bone and immune system are recovering. You will be closely monitored and treated for any side-effects or complications that arise. Your transplant team and the caretaker will support you emotionally.

Step 6: – Recovering After Engraftment

After an allogeneic transplant, the initial recovery period is for about three months only and for autologous it is only one month. You will be under strict observation, and regular blood tests will be scheduled for you.

Step 7: – Long-term Recovery

There is an extended recovery period after allogeneic transplant in which you may meet the hospital staff for a long-term follow-up program. You will be provided with life-long resources related to your operation. They will sit and work with your team to give you discharge evaluation. If it were to be an autologous transplant, there would have been no long-term issues.

Influenza In Children

In most cases, parents simply treat their children for a cold and do not bother to consult with a pediatrician. However, if left undiagnosed and untreated, the symptoms can become more severe and can result in other complications. Every year thousands of people of all ages are hospitalized because of the flu related complications. Smaller children are particularly susceptible.

In smaller children, flu that is not treated in time can lead to croup, barking cough, hoarseness and noisy breathing. As the condition becomes more severe it can even lead to lung infection or pneumonia. A child’s tiny airways can also get infected making it difficult for them to breathe and causing wheezing.

When To Take Your Child To The Doctor

Influenza can worsen very quickly and it is important to take your child to the doctor right in the initial stages itself. A visit to the emergency room is warranted if your child:
• Is finding it difficult to breathe and gasps for air
• Is coughing so violently that she is choking
• Complaints of severe chest pain
• Seems to be sleepy all the time and is too tired to go out and play
• Is drinking very little fluid

All about Pine Pollen

Beauty

The product is not only ideal for men-it’s also ideal for women. Experts have found out that the pollen supports elastin and collagen. To take advantage of this, you should apply it externally on your skin. You can also take it internally where you get to benefit from the vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and antioxidants that it contains.

Hotbed of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals

Pine pollen is a complete protein source as it contains all of the essential amino acids and many others. Some of these amino acids include: Alanine, Arginine, Asparic acid, Histidine, Serine, Proline, Phenylalanine, Leucine, threonine and many others. It also contains plenty of vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6 B9, beta carotene, and many others. When it comes to minerals, it contains magnesium, potassium, calcium, manganese, selenium and many trace elements.

How to take pine pollen

There is plenty of information on how to take the pollen. Some people advise that you place the pollen under your tongue so that it gets absorbed directly into your system. While this method is effective, experts have reported that it puts you in great danger of developing cancer of the digestive system. According to scientists, the best way of taking the pollen is diluting it in one or two cups of water and drinking it. This way you don’t put a lot of pressure on your tongue and still get some of the pollen absorbed directly into your body without going through the digestive system.

Detox With Food

Detox With the Right Foods

With the tips out of the way, it is time to look at a few foods that are good for detoxing. These foods are highly recommended for your food detox.

Artichokes. Artichokes are a powerful antioxidant that help to cleanse your liver and help your body digest fats better. You will experience less inflammatory responses from the fats you eat.

Watercress. This is a type of vegetable that goes great on noodles or in a salad. Watercress is not only good for you, but it can help to clean the enzymes in your liver.

Lemon. The vitamin C you get from lemons is perfect for a detox since it helps to improve your digestion and cleanse your system.

Functional and Integrative Medicine

For some time now modern medicine has sought to treat the presenting symptoms. This might mean treating a fever or a cough, for example, or addressing pain or other discomforts. Sometimes this approach is entirely appropriate, however more often this approach misses the underlying cause and the person is never completely restored to health. Think of lingering health conditions such as acid reflux, chronic fatigue, and headaches, just to name a few. Drugs are often prescribed and the patient is sent on her way, but the symptoms persist if the drugs are discontinued.

Additionally, there is very little discussion with the patient as to how their condition came about. Unfortunately, and not the fault of our doctors, there is limited time available to spend with patients and so remedies must be delivered quickly. Without more in-depth dialogue there is little chance the practitioner even has the opportunity to see below the surface of what is really going on.

From a dietetic perspective, a conventional approach to diet intervention would be something like prescribing the same diet to everyone with the same disease. Everyone with heart disease would get guidance on the exact same heart healthy diet, for example, with no consideration given to their culture, preferences, cooking ability, or genetics. Similarly a person seeking to lose weight would be advised on the same general diet as another without consideration given to what they’ve tried in the past or an understanding of what foods work or don’t work for them. These would be examples of conventional approaches.

Now let’s flip to the functional side. Functional practitioners are looking less at masking symptoms and more at how the body is functioning as a whole. They are attempting to uncover where the body is malfunctioning and how can we restore it to its normal, healthy state. Symptoms are just clues to lead us towards the underlying cause.

In addition to symptomatic clues and obviously a physical exam, if appropriate, functional medicine practitioners are also looking in-depth at a person’s unique health history to find more clues as to how and why the body is not functioning as it should. This means sitting down with someone for a significant length of time (often 45 min to an hour) and asking a series of pertinent questions to paint a picture of the person before them. What might seem off-topic to the patient is often valuable information to the practitioner, as random side notes about vacations, new pets, change of jobs, or significant loss can give further clues into a person’s current state of health. These are topics rarely discussed in the conventional model.

Additionally, if necessary, laboratory tests can be conducted to give further insight into treatment options. These might include not only standard blood work but also food allergy tests, digestive stool testing, hormone testing, etc.

The goal then, after this information is obtained, is to determine how to best gently nudge the body back into an optimum state. Pharmaceutical options are a last resort as we know these only mask symptoms and leave the original condition unresolved. Potential nutrient deficiencies are often addressed, exercise recommendations may be made, and stress reduction techniques might be employed as well. Some may go further and prescribe other treatment modalities such as massage, acupuncture or chiropractic care to complement their recommendations. Once initiated these treatment plans often need time. Patients do not develop chronic health conditions in a day or even a week. Likewise these treatments need weeks if not month to restore the body to proper function and balance.

So how does this model work for the dietitian? Thankfully, we already have the immense fortune of being able to sit down with someone for a good hour or more to delve into health and diet history. This gives us a solid place to start when it comes to tailored diet advice. While we are not credentialed to prescribe or “treat” per say, this time allows us to get a full picture, both past and present, of what clients are dealing with; therefore we can devise and educate on an appropriate diet strategy. Often we suggest helpful supplements as well, especially where nutrient deficiencies are apparent. We can also advise on exercise and stress and provide additional referrals when needed.

Stay Gluten Free

Many people have no idea what or how this gluten actually works but it is a healthier option that one should go for Gluten free products. Even every nutritionists and experts would actually suggest you to put this thing and agree that gluten makes the dough elastic. As the world is turning fitness frenzy, it is meaningful to go with the current trendy fed and check out for reasons that help people produce weight loss as they go gluten-free. Few of the reasons are listed under:

– Gluten free makes the people go on a strict special diet.
– They avoid taking high calorie junk food.
– They even avoid eating cereal, biscuits, pasta, bread which is the staple gluten product.
– Prefer the gluten free low calorie food like fresh vegetables and fruits that are easily available and also been inexpensive.
– For people either or not suffering from Celiac disease, reducing the amount of gluten in diet improves the general digestive health.
– Many advocates claim that it helps to improve their mood that is perfecting their lifestyle and assisting to them to focus and concentration span as they suffer less from headaches and therapeutic diseases. This has been evidently proven through the scientific study.
– As the body absorbs lot more nutrients and minerals, it provides all these natural boosts to increase the energy.
– Once you start to go gluten free that means you’re avoiding all its content that include avoiding calorie-rich, carbohydrates and so there is a high chance that you will lose your weight.

Random Drug Testing

Enhance Workplace Safety
When you take advantage of random drug testing, you have the ability to enhance safety at the workplace. Various drugs have various side effects, and can be extremely dangerous. People may not have the fastest reflexes, which can be a problem if they are out on the road or operating heavy equipment. They may experience blurred vision, hot sweats, hallucinations, and much more.

Even with some of the more recreational drugs that are out there, it can result in reduced productivity. This can also cause accidents because people are not going to be paying close attention to what they are doing.

When safety issue start to rise, you are going to have more injuries. This is going to start costing you money, and the cost of your workers compensation is likely going to increase dramatically as well.

Improve Morale
Employee morale is not something you ever want to see drop. When morale drops, can be difficult to get it back up. It affects your entire culture, and impacts the decision as to whether employees want to continue working for you or not. Random drug testing can be a great way to boost morale, especially for those who don’t do drugs. They don’t want to work with people who are abusing the system, not being productive, and who are breaking the law.

Your employees you don’t do drugs are likely looking at the ones who do and getting upset with you as a business. The random drug testing can be the ultimate morale booster because those who are on drugs are likely to test positive, and be forced to find a new job.

Health and Fulfillment

  • Remove gluten from your diet. There are five primary reasons why gluten is dangerous. One: Celiac disease is on the rise and most people are undiagnosed. Two: Gluten sensitivity is common and can ave serious effects. Three: Gluten can cause brain disorders including depression, schizophrenia, and autism. Four: Gluten can be addictive and can lead to other addictions. Gluten can cause problems with the cerebellum, with speech, and with brain ataxia, resulting in mental decline.
  • Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Some of the benefits of exercise include: weight control, reduction of heart disease and high blood pressure, elevated mood and energy levels, increased libido, and having fun
  • Take up the practice of tai chi. Benefits of tai chi include increased balance, strength, and aerobic capacity. relief from fibromyalgia, and stress reduction.
  • Do balance exercises daily. Balance can become an issue especially as we age. Doing a daily ten to fifteen minute balance routine can pay off in terms of reducing the chance of falling and fracturing a hip.
  • Do some aerobic exercises daily.
  • Make your diet mostly alkaline.
  • Maintain a cheerful attitude.
  • Be tested for allergies and remove all allergens from your home and from your diet.
  • Eliminate all dairy.