• April 14, 2017 /  Vitamin & Supplements

    We all know that vitamins and minerals are compounds necessary in small quantities for the normal functioning of the human body. They are essential for all of us if we want to live a health life. Most vitamins are obtained from our foods, but most of us don’t eat a perfect diet. If that sounds like you, you should consider vitamin supplements. And if you are considering homeopathy, a good vitamin plan should be an ongoing part of your life. More information on vitamins can be found at .

    When you are not well, your body shows symptoms of your sickness. This is how we know that the body has recognized that something is wrong and is trying to fix itself. Or, to put it plainly, your body is striving to achieve what is called “homeostasis”.

    Homeopathy is a natural approach to your health that works without the side effects that you can get from some forms of traditional, Western medicine. In other words, homeopathy gently urges your body to heal itself. But a word of caution: the body needs certain nutrients. That’s why a good vitamin and mineral plan should be part of your everyday regimen.

    Homeostasis is the another word for the body keeping itself in balance. We all have this “natural regulator” in our body whose sole job is to maintain the body and it’s components, (organs, joints, bones, etc) so that everything is working together. But, if you’re sick and the body is trying to heal itself it may lack the necessary nutrients to do so. That’s where vitamins and diet enter the picture. Vitamins and minerals are very essential for all of us, especially if you’re are trying to facilitate homeostasis.

    Homeopathy is different from conventional medicine in that conventional medicine considers us to be healthy if we lack symptoms. But if we do have symptoms, for example a runny nose and we go to the doctor and he gives you some drugs which dry up your nose, you’re considered healthy. Homeopathy, on the other hand, defines health as lack of disease. In other words, if you get rid of the source of the runny nose, you are well. Big difference. Just because you’re nose isn’t running doesn’t mean the source is not still there. did you ever have a cold that went “away” for a few days and then came back? That’s an example of your body not being in a state of homeostasis.

    If you eat a healthy diet, do you need to take vitamins? Well, maybe not. But, are you really eating a healthy diet? Most people do not. Good nutrition is vital to health and to maintaining homeostasis. Do you need a vitamin program to achieve homeostasis? We recommend doing your research and discuss your situation with a health professional who is knowledgeable about diet and vitamins and the effects on your body.

    In the meantime, live healthy!

  • April 14, 2017 /  Vitamin & Supplements

    You may wonder if vitamin supplements are really necessary. Some healthy individuals who adopt a wholesome diet and stick to healthful eating habits have no need for vitamin supplements. However, these days that is exceedingly rare and there are so many instances in our lives when vitamin supplements are essential to good health.

    Conditions Warranting Use

    Here are just a few of the more important conditions that warrant the use of vitamin supplements. Take note that you should ask your doctor for specific vitamins and the dosages that best fit your circumstances. After all, there are such things as overdoses, misuses and abuses of even the most beneficial of vitamin supplements!

    First, children need vitamin supplements especially if they are picky eaters. They tend to miss out on the important nutrients necessary for proper growth such as calcium, fluoride and iron. Even when you present foods in imaginative ways, they may still favor less healthy foods. There are also children who are on special diets such as vegetarian and hypoallergenic foods. They also need to bridge the gap between what foods are allowed for them and what their growing bodies need, and vitamin supplements are what will do the job.

    Second, pregnant women require vitamin supplements both for themselves and for their unborn babies. When youre expecting, your diet may not be sufficient for your increased needs, not to mention that there are certain vitamins necessary to ensure that your baby does not develop congenital defects.

    For example, folic acid is necessary to lower the risks of congenital defects while vitamin C is good for increased resistance especially against colds and flu. Third, there are diseases and genetic disorders that adversely affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food sources. Thus, vitamin supplements are necessary to fill in the resulting nutrient deficiency.

    For example, all types of cancer, stomach problems like Chron’s diseases and even liver diseases require some form of supplementation to replace the vitamins and minerals lost due to the weakened immune system. Also, after-surgery care requires the consumption of vitamins, like ascorbic acid, proven to speed up the healing of wounds.

    Things to Remember

    No matter your reason for taking vitamin supplements, certain guidelines must be adhered to, namely:
    Always consult your doctor before taking any vitamin supplements.
    Follow prescriptions to avoid overdosing. Keep in mind that toxicity is always hazardous to your health.
    Vitamin supplements are not substitutes for a healthful diet and wholesome eating habits. You must still adopt a salubrious lifestyle so as to secure maximum benefits out of supplementation.
    Always check the labels to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients, that you are not just taking fillers and binders and that you are getting the right amounts of the desired nutrients.

  • April 14, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy

    What CBT & ERP is and How They Are Used in Today’s Health Field to Treat OCD

    CBT and ERP are two different treatment options available to treat OCD. CBT is short for cognitive behavioral therapy. This therapy is a talking therapy that aims to solve problems by focusing on identifying the thoughts, emotions and habits that lead to a person repeating the same pattern that leads to the problem.

    ERP is short for exposure and response prevention. This is a treatment method that has the subject confronting their fears. It also identifies the thinking process and emotional patterns used that leads to the subject repeating a habit. It then attempts to get the person to respond differently to the way he or she used to respond by refraining from the previous behavior.

    Both therapy methods are used to treat OCD. It all begins with cognitive behavior therapy. The therapist will talk to the patient. The focus will not be on the events of the past but rather more on the current problems. The goal here is to learn about the patient and even develop a relationship with the patient.

    Trust is very important to the treatment process as patients need to have confidence and feel comfortable about the treatment process. After some trust has been established, the therapist will give the patient advice on how to think as well as suggestions on how to deal with their OCD.

    An example is helping patients understand that they can make their own choices. Rather than submit to OCD, they can strengthen their ability to make a decision with beliefs such as “I washed my hands because of my anxiety.” This allows patients to see that they have options rather than succumbing to the thought process of something like “I have to wash my hands.”

    The next step is the exposure and responsive prevention therapy. The patient will have to face their OCD over and over again. For example, if the patient has the compulsion to wash his hands repeatedly, he should just go ahead and do it. Over time, the patient will have to refrain from repeating the habit while being in the state of anxiety.

    This process repeats so that the patient practices how to refrain from the compulsive habit. What this does is that it gives the patient confidence and practice in withholding from the habit. With the therapist’s help, the patient will be able to get rid of the anxiety that causes him to going through with the compulsive action.

    So that is an overview on how cognitive behavior therapy and exposure and responsive prevention are used to treat OCD today. These two treatment options are proving to be effective and the success rate is quite high. These two treatments work best when they are used together. The exposure and responsive prevention therapy in particular really helps solidify positive habits and get rid of the anxiety that causes the obsessive and compulsive behavior.

  • April 14, 2017 /  Hospitals & Clinics

    One of the things I worry about when a foreign patient comes to town is accommodation.
    Singapore offers a wide variety of accommodation types to suit different budgets, needs and preferences. These range from budget and boutique hotels, to 6 stars hotels and fully furnished serviced apartments in good locations.
    Despite these choices, it is sometimes a challenge to find the right combination that pleases a fussy patient.

    However this problem may be alleviated when a new integrated hospital complex is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2010.
    This 19 storey Mediplex comprises a medical centre with specialist suites, hospital, and a hotel. This concept is believed to be the first in Asia and the objective is to capture a big slice of the estimated S$100 billion medical tourism market.

    The medical centre has 189 consultation suites to house a wide spectrum of medical specialists. The hospital next door has 11 operating theatres, three day surgery units with 60 attached beds, an intensive care unit with 23 beds, radiotherapy unit, clinical laboratories and a full-service pharmacy.

    Connected to the hospital is the hotel and guests have a choice of standard hotel rooms, serviced apartments and villas. All accommodations feature large bathrooms with rain showers, bay windows presenting floor to ceiling view.
    The hotel is designed to offer a lush tropical garden ambience, with large spas, gymnasiums, six pools, ballroom, banquet hall, seminar and conference rooms, and a floor dedicated to retail food and beverage outlets.

    A patient can check into the hotel in the morning and walks over to the medical centre to consult the doctor. Then he goes for lunch in one of the many restaurants and proceeds to do some investigative tests in the afternoon. He returns to the hotel a few steps away, does some window shopping in the evening after which he has the pleasure of a good massage in the spa. The next day he goes to the hospital next door for surgery and returns to the hotel to recuperate. All these activities are done in the same medical complex without leaving the building.

    Family members and companions can stay in the same hotel, and enjoy the comfort and convenience of world-class facilities and at the same time provide emotional and physical support to the patient. This is healthcare and wellness at its best.

    I am eagerly looking forward to the pleasure of showing this new integrated medical complex to my next patient.

  • April 13, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy

    There is only one effective way to get children actively involved with speech and motor Apraxia, and this is by engaging them in fun speech therapy activities. However, before you even begin to help your child with language articulation activities, you have to be in the right frame of mind.

    It would be counter-productive if you are stressed, impatient, and thinking of other things at the same time. Thus, for the language activities to work out well between you and your child learn to set aside a specific time that’s just for this purpose. Make it a date between you and your child and treat the time as special bonding hour that will create beautiful memories for you and your child.

    Here are some fun language therapy activities that you can start under the supervision of a qualified therapist, and then branch out on your own at home. Remember what the purpose for the language activities are, focus on that, and not just having fun. Also do not be a stickler for how long your child should be doing the activity, otherwise it becomes a chore instead, and he will not be motivated to do it again.

    Speech Therapy Activities Part 1

    Using PECS or Picture Exchange Communications System uses pictures as an alternative way of communicating with your child. Naturally, you will need some practice with this because for a child, a picture of a sandwich could mean he’s hungry but not necessarily for a sandwich.

    You can go around the house tagging items with a picture and the word spelled out. Eventually, from practice, your child will recognize the word and not just the picture. By then you can take away the pictures and just have word tags.

    Speech Therapy Activities Part 2

    Use of music to teach pacing and pauses between words. The music therapy is a great way to introduce sounds and how they can be used. It works in conjunction with language therapy activities in many instances because of its universal appeal. There are special CDs for young children with Apraxia that you can buy as part of your language therapy activities at home.

    With singing, children with Apraxia can enjoy speech therapy activities by learning how to elongate their vowels.

    Speech Therapy Activities Part 3

    Why not play Go Fish or the Memory Game using cards as your game tools. Cards are very good as part of your speech therapy activities as well as in helping develop dexterity and hand-eye coordination. These are just 3 language therapy activities that you can do without special tools. It will not work though if you do it a couple of times a month.

    There has to be some form of schedule, 5 to 10 minutes a day, to make it work.

  • April 12, 2017 /  Vitamin & Supplements

    People today are concerned with their health overall. When searching for the best workout supplements, there are a few things that one needs to consider. First, bodybuilder supplements are different than those for the average person of course.
    Finding the best creatine supplements will depend on your fitness goals. Getting the best workout supplements means that they will support your body and provide the needed vitamins and minerals for the body to build muscle and burn fat.

    Bodybuilder supplements need to add more than the average person will need.
    To build muscle, you need to work hard of course. The object of exercising is to burn excess calories and increase muscle mass. To do this you must have the proper level of vitamins and minerals as well as creatine and other chemicals that are naturally produced in the body.

    By increasing your supplement intake you can build muscles faster. However you will still need to work hard to reach the fitness level you wish to achieve. Every person has a different level that they must work at as they build their fitness level and improve their muscle tone.

    By working out you will improve your overall health. However it is important that you do not over indulge in supplements and minerals. While it may help you to improve your muscle mass, it can damage your health in other ways. When considering the various supplements you should work with a personal trainer to determine the levels that you need.

    At the same time, bodybuilders and others will learn that they have choices of providers of their supplements. There are many different manufacturers that promise to provide you with the best choices. In order to avoid the confusion of which to take, you want to read the actual ingredients to ensure you are getting natural ingredients and not a lot of excess chemicals.

    The more natural the ingredients are, the better results you are likely to see. There are many synthetic options available for chemicals that would be naturally produced in the body such as creatine. Many bodybuilders add this to their supplement routine to get results faster.

    It is important that you check with your doctor before adding supplements to avoid any possible health problems. There are some that will interact with medications that you might be taking and result in serious health conditions. Being healthy and fit is important of course.

  • April 12, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy

    Employment opportunities for physical therapist, assistants and aides are numerous in today’s challenging job market. Medical and scientific research has created the need for many rehabilitation services. Our population is growing older at a rate that will require the support of many health care personnel. These are just a few of the reasons that make the choice to pursue a career as a physical therapy assistant or aide a good decision.

    Assistants work directly under the supervision of a physical therapists. The majority of their work involves direct patient care. They work with patients to restore or improve mobility or assist patients with pain management issues. They may use techniques such as exercise, electrical stimulation, massage, hot and cold therapy, ultrasound or traction to achieve these results. Orthopedic procedures such as hip and knee replacements are becoming increasingly more common. Assistants will often provide rehabilitation services to these clients. Individuals involved in trauma-related accidents also require the services of physical therapy for recovery. Therapist sometimes rely on assistants to offer teaching related to exercises that can be performed at home or to deliver instructions on how to use crutches or rolling walkers. Physical therapist assistants are typically required to document and report patient responses to treatments and patient progress.

    Most states in the United States require a assistant to hold an associate degree. In addition, some states require licensure. The American Physical Therapy Association reports that in 2009 there are currently 224 institutions supporting 237 accredited physical therapy assistant programs. There are also an additional 44 programs in development for this educational program. Completion of a state or national examination may be required for licensing as a physical therapy assistant as well.

    Compensation and Duties

    The average annual salary for assistant and aides according to Indeed.com is $65,000. The U.S. Department of Labor indicates that the median annual earnings of physical therapist assistants were $41,350 in 2006. Payscale.com reports, however, that the starting annual median salary for a physical therapist is $38,118. Many factors such as geography, company size, and type of employer can effect wage indicators.

    Aides work under the supervision of a physical therapist or an assistant. Their job duties are varied. They essentially are responsible for ensuring that therapy sessions run smoothly. They may transfer patients to and from therapy sessions. They maintain the therapy area with supplies and keep things clean and organized. Aides may also perform clerical duties such as scheduling appointments, ordering supplies, and filling out insurance forms. They may assist patients with dressing or undressing. An aide may weigh patients. Aides are not licensed so they do not provide any type of physical therapy with patients.

    Educational requirements for an aide are a high school diploma or GED. Many facilities provide on the job-training for this position. Previous experience as a certified nursing assistant or home health aide could be beneficial when searching for this type of job.

  • April 12, 2017 /  Hospitals & Clinics

    When you are going to a hospital, you will find that every room is equipped with a hospital bed. However, have you ever noticed that the beds come in different types? Basically, the type of the bed depends on the condition of each patient. So, if you want to know more about several types of hospital beds, you can take a look at the following information.

    The first type is called stretchers. Stretchers are commonly used in the emergency room unit in a hospital. Stretchers are specially designed for mobility. Also, this hospital furniture is equipped with folding legs so that patients will be easier to be transferred from the home to the ambulance or from ambulance to the emergency room.

    The second type is called low air loss beds. These beds are made with special cushions and are designed with a system to blow the air into sacs within the mattress. These hospital beds are specially made for patients with skin grafts and for burn patients by keeping them dry and cool.

    Low beds are the third type of hospital beds that you can find on most of hospitals. These beds are specially designed for patients who are likely to fall off beds and can potentially cause injury. The low beds are commonly set from approximately eight inches to less than two feet from the ground at the highest setting. You will also find that some of these low beds are made with a high or low maneuvering setting.

    The last type is called electric bed. This is actually the basic modern bed that is used in hospitals. You will find this hospital furniture in almost all major town hospitals or city hospitals. The electric bed is equipped with the buttons on the side rails that makes it easier to raise and lower the bed.

  • April 10, 2017 /  Hospitals & Clinics

    When picking your health care center, it is essential to look at various different factors – after all, your local physician will be there to care for both you and your household in years to come. Discovering a top health care clinic is simple if you just know exactly what you are trying to find!

    The first and most apparent thing to seek is skill and credentials – you wish to be able to trust the person who is handling care for your wellness. A top health care clinic will not be a top health care clinic unless the personnel is extremely certified.

    An additional indication of a top health care clinic is that the medical equipment depends on date. Once more, if you are putting your life in someone’s hands you want to make sure that they have the best feasible technology at hand to help them detect and treat you.

    Technical and medical ability aside a top health care clinic is expected to be friendly and welcoming – the properties and the staff should make you feel right in the house. Going to the health care providers can be testing for some and the last thing you require is unhelpful, or unfriendly staff. Visiting the medical professional’s must really be thought about a good thing as it’s something that is expected to help you have much better health.

    Going to the doctor is a personal thing, so it’s important you feel you can completely trust you medical professional. A top health care clinic ought to have doctors who care about you and respect your thoughts and sensations, whilst at the same time remaining professional. You should also be explained anything you have to understand in a friendly way, rather than being read a text book description. And if you have youngsters a top health care clinic should have health care providers that can effortlessly interact with them and make them feel at ease. You go to the health care providers to feel much better, not to feel even worse.

    Naturally the properties, apart from being welcoming, must also be clean. A top health care clinic must be promoting tidiness and hygiene, not the reverse.

    A doctor apart from existing when you are ill, is also the one who will exist to see your youngsters, or grandchildren being born and grow up. It’s someone who exists to improve your wellness throughout your life and whom you must be able to resort to in confidence about any type of health, or psychological health issues you could have – even to help you manage being stressed and burnt out as that’s part of your wellness. So select your physician sensibly, as they will be there with you throughout your life!

  • April 9, 2017 /  Yoga & Meditations

    As we practice yoga poses we want to do also inversions. Most common inversions are the Headstand and the Shoulderstand. But there are not only those two poses which are the inverted asanas.

    Any posture in which the head is below the heart is called an inversion. Whether you stand on your head, bend forward or bend back, if your head is below your heart, you are performing an inversion.

    This also means that Downward Facing Dog, Standing Forward Bend and Fish pose are also inversions; although those poses are mild in comparison to a Headstand. The Camel pose can also be an inversion if you bend back far enough.

    Remember – inversions are not for everyone!

    Your intentions should be clear when you perform any yoga posture. If the risks may outweigh the benefits there is no logical reason why you should practice any pose which can harm you.

    Contraindications for practicing inversions:

    If you have any of the following conditions, please omit inversions or work with a qualified and experienced teacher who will never put you at risk and tried to modify your practice.

    Anyone who has high blood pressure, heart related problems, eye issues, neck problems, epilepsy, previous stroke or sinus problems should never practice Headstand or Shoulderstand, and omit other mild inversions or be adjusted by the yoga teacher.

    During any stage of pregnancy yoga should be practiced in a prenatal yoga classes specifically designed for that purpose or privately with a qualified pregnancy yoga teacher.

    During menstruation Headstand and Shoulderstand preferably should be omitted and other milder inversions should not be hold for long, but because of the controversy about the inversions during menstruation it is your personal choice. Let your body guide you.

    If you are a yoga teacher explain to your students why the inversions can be dangerous for them if they have any of the condition mentioned earlier.

    Why not stand on your head when you have pain in your neck or neck injury? What first thing will come to your mind as you there? Ouch … my neck! Can my small neck carry my whole weight as I am inverted?

    Most students put lots of weight on their head and neck instead of shoulders. Use your common sense and listen to your body. Intuition will never let you down.

    Why omit headstand if I have high blood pressure? Because the danger is when your blood pressure increase from 100/60 mm Hg while standing on your feet to 150/110 mm Hg or even higher when you go for headstand.