Truth About the Healthcare System

Despite of political influence, there are a number of facts about the healthcare industry of USA that are not unveiled to the general public. There is a need of realization that there is a desperate need of change.  You might have heard few stories unveiling the truth of the healthcare system in USA. In this article I’ll unveil the facts that may start you to wonder.

  1. The Health Care System Cost Americans around 2.8 Trillion Dollars in 2013

Under the current reforms regarding health care system in US, it costed US 2.8 trillion dollars last year. The cost is still not settled and is expected to increase every year. The ever-increasing costs of health care system and the rising profits of health are corporations have all lead to bankruptcy and personal debt.

US spend more than twice as much per person on healthcare than any other developed country, but still, the quality of treatment is well below its level.  The control of US healthcare system continues to spiral downward. With reference to a report by Health Care for America Now, five biggest United States health insurance companies ended up with a combined profit of $12.2 billion in the end of 2009 year. It is a frightening scenario to even imagine the cost being spent in the healthcare industry in the coming years.

  1. 50 million people with no health insurance

Although, US spends highest recorded budget on healthcare than any other country in the world, there are still approximately 50 million people with no health insurance at all. Many people on salaries are not able to bare the health insurance cost. According to a middle-class American Citizen, Julie Shay, the insurance firms do not realize or care about what patients are going through.

They care more about their profits rather than providing cheap treatments to the patients. There are numerous patients who do not get care and are falling through the cracks. Too much money is spent by doctors on carrying out tests which are not needed. Lot money is wasted on inefficient claims processing as well.

Continue reading “Truth About the Healthcare System” »

Intro to Natural Disasters

Intro to Natural DisastersNatural disasters are the effects of a natural hazard. It negatively affects the lifestyle, the land, the economy and has long-term consequences. Natural disasters can be caused by naturally occurring events. They usually occur when the earth’s natural processes concentrate energy and then release it. In reality, they are just internal process of earth’s energy flow but when they occur, these natural processes becomes natural disasters.

They are events that lead to hardships, sufferings and awful tragedies. The consequences can be critical damage to infrastructure such as destruction of roads, bridges, buildings, houses etc. It can also result into limitless injuries and even deaths. They have negative influence on businesses as well. The cost of rebuilding the business and infrastructure is a solemn problem for the sufferers of natural disasters. The adverse effects of economy leave some of the longest-lasting trauma.

The areas affected by natural disaster are beyond repair or takes a lot of time to become liveable again. Scientists and geologists put together a lot of effort in predicting major disasters, with all the technology available, and prevent as much damage as possible.

Continue reading “Intro to Natural Disasters” »

What to Expect while Travelling to Africa

What to Expect while Travelling to AfricaSometimes it can be a challenge to know what to expect while travelling to Africa. Africa is a beautiful and amazing continent with the friendliest and warm-hearted people. It offers some of the most attractive land, scenery, food and people. You might be scared of myths and misconceptions heard in the West but it is quite other way around. In Africa, try not to compare the things with your homeland and be a bit liberal about the things here. This will eventually help you have a care-free and pleasurable tour.

One of the things most common things you face in Africa is the unwanted attention. Local people there stare you as you are some kind of aliens to them. Although, there are places where many tourists visit quite often, but still, people will stare at you. By staring they certainly mean no harm to you and it is just the curiosity for the most part. If you are a woman, you might be naturally frightened when a group of men stare at you, but in Africa, it is not like that. Just try to ignore the stares and enjoy the tour.

Continue reading “What to Expect while Travelling to Africa” »

Stitching for Fun

Stitching for FunThese days, I tend to stitch up torn socks and other garments more than I stitch shut wounds in people. When I think about it, it’s kind of nice to still be doing some of the things I used to do more than 20 years back, even if I’m working with cotton and clothes instead of injured people as of late. For one thing, I don’t have to worry about anyone bleeding out or thrashing about while I’m sewing. That might sound a little morbid, but once you work around the stuff for long enough, you get pretty used to it. People can get used to anything, it seems.

Well, I’ve gotten pretty used to sewing, so even when I quit taking care of people, I knew it was something I would want to keep doing. I found myself a nice serger style sewing machine, a review for which you can find right at this place. Brother is actually a pretty famous manufacturer of sewing machines, and I still have one of their old desk models where it looks like a small table when not in use, and the whole machine just folds up and out of the inside when it’s time to start sewing. This newer model isn’t like the older one, but then many of the things of today look an awful lot different from how they used to appear.

I mentioned stitching for fun, but most of the stuff I do with my sewing machine is still work of a sort. Though it may not be mending skin, darning socks and sewing up sweaters is still work and not exactly what I would call fun. I think the real joy in sewing is teaching it to other people, so they can make things they need and extend the lives of their goods by replacing popped stitches as the need arises. I’ve always gotten a kick out of helping along less educated people like this. Not to say I know everything there is to know, but I do know plenty about sewing.

Like in many other activities, a seamstress is only as good as the tools she’s using, which is why it’s important to get a decent sewing machine if you find yourself wanting to sew. I’d check http://sergerpro.com if you wanted a serger like my own, but they aren’t for beginning sewers so much. See, standard sewing machines operate with a single thread at a time, which makes them easy to load and use. Because sergers sew using several different threads simultaneously, they are great for making interesting and colorful designs which hold together well, but not so good for novices.

Sergers can be fairly complicated, which is another reason they might not be much fun for the average person. I love them though, really. Not only do they allow me to do the same amount of sewing in significantly less time, but the work from a serger is usually more solid than the work from a single stitching machine. I’m already sewing up things which are torn and damaged, so I don’t want them falling apart again, you see?

Dangers of Longboarding

Dangers of LongboardingI may not be working healthcare anymore these days, but I’ve still got the eyes for it, and I see people making stupid mistakes that could get them hurt more often than you might think. Though I mostly just travel and enjoy photography these days, I still can’t help but worry about people when I see them doing dangerous thing, like longboarding down massive and steep hills with little or no protective gear at all. The sport is great fun for people who like to move fast, but just like every other sport, longboarding has its share of dangers too. Again, just like any sport, these dangers can be minimized with care.

First, and this is perhaps the most important step to preventing longboarding injuries as well, you need to get yourself a high quality board. I recommend checking out a site with the superb longboard reviews to get a better idea of what makes a top end longboard. I don’t board myself, but I’m sure you’ll want equipment that doesn’t crack or snap under the pressure of regular use. The board needs to be good, but so do the wheels, the fittings, the bolts and everything else, for that matter. Be sure to pick out a board that is unlikely to injure you due to poor craftsmanship.

The high speeds of lonboarding downhill can also lead to serious injury, if a boarder falls off and ends up rolling against the pavement. Remember what Isaac Newton said about objects in motion staying in motion? Well, besides a good board, the next thing riders should be using is a sturdy helmet. A helmet should fit tightly, but it shouldn’t be painful to wear. One which secures with straps hooked under the chin is preferable to one which secures behind the ears of neck. The entire top of the head should be covered, with a ridge or ridges which extend to cover some of the back, sides and forehead.

Likewise, you’ll want pads for your elbows and knees, maybe even your shoulders if you plan to board on your back rather than upright, on your feet. Some people like to luge, I think the term is; that’s lying back on a longboard and just flying down a hill like a rocket. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get more pads than you would normally wear, when you perform activities which are more dangerous than normal riding. If you check here for longboard brands, you should be able to find protective gear too.

Blunt force trauma, road rash, lacerations caused by rolling through gravel; these are just a few of the injuries which can occur while longboarding, and only a handful of the dangers to look out for when doing the same. If left unchecked, the dangers of longboarding can lead to serious physical harm, and not necessarily just for the boarder. However, with the right equipment and a mind conscious of safety concerns, it’s possible to make longboarding an activity which is more enjoyable than dangerous.

Healing Hardcore Fighters

Healing Hardcore FightersYou may think that my 20 years working in the healthcare field have acquainted me with a number of illnesses, sicknesses and other physical woes which can befall a person. You would be right. I must say though, I’ve dealt with a surprisingly high number of players of various sports and the injuries they get while playing those sports. Maybe it has something to do with the area in which I used to work, but I think the most common sports injuries were related to boxing – broken jaws, overextended arm muscles, bruised diaphragms, and injuries of that nature. There sure were a lot.

I think the main problem here is there are just so many amateur athletes in any given city, as opposed to the number of professional level competitors. Those who have been boxing for longer are more apt to know the dangers of the sport; that’s just a given, and not unique to boxing at all. Even just training with tools and not actually boxing against another person can cause serious injuries. I have seen too many people wailing on punching bags and they end up breaking their wrists because they’re doing it all wrong. Check http://fightasf.com for more information about boxing and proper training methods.

The thing about injuries sustained while boxing or training for boxing is that they are spread throughout the body, but still focus on particular areas. Fingers, wrists and forearms are all often hurt, but I don’t think I ever saw one torn or overextended pectoral, and I’ve never seen any bad injuries to the midsection, though a bruised diaphragm can feel pretty horrible for the person experiencing it. That makes every moment of breathing difficult and painful, but it really feels much worse than it actually is. Some NSAIDs to cut down the swelling and a bit of rest is often enough to cure this particular injury.

Whether you find yourself boxing against a live partner or just wailing on a training dummy, I want to stress that proper protective gear can stop many injuries from happening in the first place; preventing them from occurring is often easier and less expensive than treating them once they have, so keep this in mind if you please. FIGHTASF features a slew of different boxing glove types, as well as reviews for many of them, making it a valuable resource for anyone seeking the perfect glove. A boxing glove should be tough and durable, but not so heavy it makes hand movements uncomfortable.

I’m not saying I’m a professional boxer or anything – that’s why I’ve supplied the links. I’m much more knowledgeable about injuries related to boxing, as well as how to prevent them, and that’s what I wanted to get across here today. Do you have any techniques for preventing injury when boxing? I’ve heard about wrapping tape around hand and some other tricks, but I don’t really know how well they work. Feel free to leave any comments you might have about the topic and I’ll be sure to respond in short order.

Keys to Healthy Aging

Keys to Healthy AgingIn my career I’ve nursed many older people and seen how they battle medical conditions. Taking care of your body at younger age can prevent problems when you get older. Aging does not necessitate that you should be afflicted with various medical conditions. A healthy lifestyle will certainly help you out when you age. Getting older includes lots of changes both of the positive type and negative category too. From the healthy older people I‘ve seen, it is possible to enjoy aging, if you listen to your body and take the needed steps to keep your health.

Changes you notice as you age

When you age, there are several changes that happen to all parts of your body. While the positive changes are good, don’t let the negative ones catch you unawares.

For instance, the bones are the most commonly affected part as you age. They become brittle as you age and this is more pronounced in case of women. The thinning of bones is called as osteoporosis. You get decreased bone mass, which can lead to increased risk of fracture, if you fall. You need to consult your physician to prevent this condition.

The heart is the next in line of parts that see the most changes. A regular diet and exercise keeps the heart ticking happily. As you age, the size may increase with a lowered heart rate, and you can also see thickening of the walls in the heart.

Brain and the nervous system are also affected by old age. There are changes in reflexes and senses. Dementia is a commonly seen condition in old age. Some people experience a mild amount of memory loss as they age. This is due to the damage in the brain cells and the nerves, which leads to tangles or plaques forming in the cells.

Digestive system turns more rigid and firm, which makes it less flexible and there are reduced contractions, which can lead to stomach pain, constipations and nausea. Changing your diet to a fiber rich one and refraining from refined foods and foods with high starch content should be followed to prevent this.

Senses, particularly hearing and vision dull as you age. You will not be able to see or hear as clearly as you did before. You can start losing your taste sense, sense of touch and smell too. Your body takes more time to react and also needs more stimuli for activation.

Your teeth too experience the effects of aging. The enamel or outer covering of teeth wears away as you age, leaving you more susceptible to cavity formation; Gums are also more prone to diseases. A good dental hygiene will take care of your teeth and also prevent gum disease. Dry mouth is a condition that affects people when they take some medications.

The skin is the organ that shows visible signs of aging. It will lose its elasticity and start to wrinkle and sag. By protecting your skin from the harmful ultra violet rays and abstaining from habits like smoking will keep the skin young and glowing. Also proper protection from sun can prevent occurrence of skin cancer.

Sexual experience also wanes as you age. Especially in women after they attain menopause there are physical changes like reduced vaginal lubrication. For men, the most common problem with aging is erectile dysfunction. But both problems can be treated effectively.

As you can see there are several changes that take place, but you should not that these changes need not slow your pace. By keeping your body healthy and protected, you can avoid most of the problems that are associated with aging.

What you should practice

It is important to look after your physical health to age in a healthy way and also to enjoy the maturity you get with aging. I know certain ways on how to stay physically fit.  I recommend strength training for increased muscle tone.  By taking up good activities and diet, you can reap the benefits of a healthy life.

Here are some tips that will help you out

  • Regular exercise is must for all age groups and particularly when you age. I recommend exercising martial arts, as it helps you to stay strong both physically and mentally too.
  • An active social life with family and friends and also within the community will help you keep you mind active and also get the inspiration to stay healthy.
  • A healthy, nutritious and well balanced daily diet can bring about great changes to your body. Junk food should be avoided totally. Low fat, low cholesterol and high fiber foods are the best foods that keep you hale and hearty.
  • Regular health checkups are must. You should make regular appointments with your physician, dentist and ophthalmologist as you age. Taking the medications prescribed regularly will keep you from debilitating conditions.
  • Quit smoking and restrict alcohol to bare minimum, so you avoid risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Proper sleep is must as most old people suffer from insomnia. Check with your physician on getting a good and peaceful sleep, as it can make great difference in how you are feeling.

Taking care of what you eat is also important. I’d recommend living a green lifestyle to stay healthy. While you take up physical exercise and a good diet, you should also tend to your emotional health. Enjoying each and every day and savoring your good health is what you will do, if you plan out on your activities early in life.  Regular physical activity and a well-planned exercise routine is one of the healthiest things that you can do for your body and mind.

Even moderate amount of physical activity or exercise can bring about a change in the health of people who are weak or have debilitating aging conditions. Improved health and being independent in your old age is possible, if you take up regular physical exercise. Studies have found that regular exercise can retain the cognitive functions like being able to shift between tasks or planning a particular activity or ignoring information that is not needed. Improved mood and less stress is also a benefit when you take up a healthy lifestyle.

The Power of Encouragement

The Power of EncouragementLife does throw some really hard challenges at us, when we are not up to facing them. But still we do get help from the least expected sources, which I think is how God had meant it all to be. I chanced upon this quote of Alexander Graham Bell, “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us” and thought how true it is. Some time ago I had to nurse a patient (John) who had hurt himself, while at work. He was a construction worker and had a hard and back breaking job. He had torn apart nails and a few other injuries in his hand and legs from the accident.

While tending to him, I found out that he not only had physical injuries, but had some emotional issues that were plaguing him to no end. He would often stare out aimlessly and not respond to my queries. Slowly he started to change after several attempts on my part. I used the power of encouragement to bring him to a stage where he started to come out of his deep depressed state.

I always make it a point to appreciate and understand the immense value encouragement can bring to an individual. Words are so powerful that they can break you easily or drive you towards success easily. But one thing is for sure. Words uttered in hatred cannot be got back and can cause more pain than any physical injury.

When we voice our positive thoughts, it gives the receiver a big ray of hope and inspiration. This is what happened in case of John. He fortunately was ready to listen to my words and maybe needed it desperately at that time. He realized that in time things will change for better and that he’d bigger and greater things were lying in wait for him eagerly.

I know that all of us need encouragement and support in our work, personal life and whatever we do, how small a task it may be. We need someone to appreciate our effort and encourage us and console us saying that everything would turn out right. And there are times of depression that we need a helping hand to pull us out from the dark and ugly dungeons of our negative thoughts.  When you’re surrounded by people with positive thoughts, you can feel you’re stronger than what you really are and can take on the world single handedly. It certainly makes you a better person all around.

Sometime later, I’d a letter from John. He was full of gratitude and said that I’d done a great deal of help to him and that he’s going to marry a girl he had just met – professional nail technician, Lucy. After reading the letter, I was happy for him and glad that everything had turned out well. Fate does have its own ironical ways to people’s hearts.

Strength and Conditioning Training

Strength and Conditioning TrainingThere are thousands of ways to exercise but a good workout routine should strengthen your muscles and condition your body to be ready for anything. CrossFit is one of the few programs out there that can offer you both of those things in one fast and efficient workout.

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit combines speed and strength training with plyometrics (or, jump training). It also includes weight lifting, gymnastics, endurance training, kettle bells, and much more to get your body in its peak condition. The goal of a complete CrossFit program is to improve cardiorespiratory health, endurance, strength, stamina, speed, flexibility, balance, agility, accuracy, and coordination.

The basic program requires between three and five workouts per week. However, due to their high intensity, one workout only takes about 5 to 15 minutes to do. This makes it ideal for those with a tight schedule that doesn’t allow for hours and hours of exercise. As long as you can find 15 minutes to spare somewhere in your schedule, you can successfully complete a CrossFit program and gain all the benefits it provides.

Health Benefits of CrossFit

There are so many amazing benefits of CrossFit training that it’s hard to know where to begin talking about them. First of all, there are so many different exercises and many of them don’t require any sort of equipment. So, you can do CrossFit even if you don’t have the time or money to go to the gym or invest in a bunch of equipment.

Plus, there are variations of the CrossFit program that are designed specifically for specific sports so if you are an athlete (or just enjoy doing a specific sport in your free time), you can find the perfect CrossFit program to add to your training routine. To read more about all the health benefits you can gain from CrossFit training, and also some info about crossfit apparel, I recommend you to check out this website.

CrossFit Exercises

There are a number of different exercises included in the program and it’s this variety that helps keep you motivated and excited about your workout. Below, you can read about a few of the possible exercises you can do but to learn more about the full program, you should check out the original source.

One of my favorite CrossFit exercises is the Snatch. This is a weightlifting exercise where you start with a weighted bar on the ground and then rapidly pull it off the floor and up over your head until your arms a straight (but your elbows are not locked). Do a few repetitions of this and you will be surprised how quickly you build up strength.

Another staple exercise of the program is known as Burpees. This exercise uses only your body weight so you can do it anywhere. You begin in the standing position and then quickly drop to the floor to do a push-up. After you complete a full push-up, get into the squatting position and jump straight up into the standing position again. This gets your blood pumping quickly and it’s perfect to do in the morning before you take a shower.

Health Benefits of Martial Arts

Health Benefits of Martial ArtsAs a nurse I heard stories from patients who are stressed out and who also want to lose weight and improve their moods. I’m not the biggest fan of using mainstream prescription drugs and therefore I try not to recommend them to patients. One thing I recommend is martial arts because it makes for good cardio and it is a great way to relieve stress in your life.

My son attends Brazilian jiu jitsu training and based on pictures of him, he looks and feels healthy all around. He looks so manly in his bjj apparel – I can definitely say that attending martial arts made him the look and act like the Man should. Here are some health benefits of martial arts:

Your Heart Health Improves

Exercise is important in improving your heart health and martial arts are great in doing this. When your cardiovascular system doesn’t operate properly you experience weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath and possibly heart failure. When you do a few martial arts exercises you get the blood pumping through the heart.

Weight Loss And Better Muscles

Did you know that by engaging in regular martial arts you can burn 500 calories each day? This makes martial arts just as helpful as brisk walking or getting on the treadmill. Since martial arts requires heavy use of your muscles, you also build strong muscle mass over a period of time.

You Just Might Save Your Life

There will be times when you’ll have to defend yourself in a fight on the street against someone and you can use some of the same techniques in martial arts to defend yourself provided that the other person does not have a weapon on hand.

You’re In A Better Mood

On the days when you’re upset about problems at work or with your spouse, it would be a good idea to visit a martial arts center and do some kickboxing and other exercises because martial arts improves your mood. By doing this you let off a lot of inner steam and you’re less likely to lash out in a bout of frustration.

My Visit To Hospital Promoting Healthier Lifestyle

My Visit To Hospital Promoting Healthier LifestyleI visited a hospital after my toes were hurting really bad due to arthritis and one of the nurses gave me some medical herbs. Well I was surprised and got curious where she got that fresh looking herb. The nurse said that they are grown in the hospital using power efficient LED grow lighting. I asked her how this idea came about and she said that the hospital director decided to radically change hospital’s philosophy.

First of all, he read a few articles about the topic on specific website. He compared LED grow lights with HPS and decided that LED will do better. The nurse mentioned that in order to cut down on hospital food waste, they scrape off and save as much food as possible so that they can send it to the local compost to be used as plant fertilizer. This hospital also uses reusable and washable needles in place of the regular ones.

Medical Equipment Gets Reused

The amount of machines that are thrown out of hospitals turn to unnecessary waste and the nurse at the hospital mentioned that for the past year the hospital has been repairing and reusing their medical equipment instead of purchasing the latest models which may not be any better than the older models. This saved the hospital tons of money and it’s an example of how the medical field is catching on to sustainable living.

Growing Medical Herbs

This hospital’s staff believes that sustainable living goes beyond just cutting out excess waste; they also believe it means promoting holistic health for all of its’ patients. For this reason they grow all kinds of medical herbs such as garlic, ginger, mint, basil, thyme, burdock root, ginseng, St. John’s wort, garcinia cambogia and numerous others in the yard behind the hospital. Naturopathic doctors tend to the garden and they offer counsel for patients seeking medical advice.

Recycling As Way Of Life

As I spoke with other doctors at the hospital, they talked about how recycling is a major part of going green and that they recycle all plastic products, cardboard, glass products and blank sheets of paper so that they can bring it to the local recycling center.

Additional Ways Hospitals Are Going Green

Most hospitals are now seeking ways to cut back on waste and promote healthier lifestyles and they’re doing it by cutting back on water usage, using only green friendly products, and installing green friendly fixtures in the hospital. Some hospitals have motion sensor lighting that goes off when someone walks in the hospital.

Benefits of Hospitals Going Green

One benefit of hospitals going green is that it saves them money because the money is not going towards equipment and other items that will end up a waste in the long run. Another benefit is that it promotes alternative ways to get and stay healthy as seen in the hospital that grows medical herbs. When hospitals become sustainable they can maintain medical records thanks to the use of an electronic database to store patients’ medical information.

Conclusion

I’m glad to notice that more hospitals are becoming sustainable and they’re offering patients medicines that go beyond the usual prescriptions. This is probably going to be a part of hospitals for years to come.