Cancer – Types of Treatment Available Today

There are various options available for the treatment of cancer. Your Doctor decides on the right treatment for you depending on the type of cancer you have developed, and at what stage your cancer has been detected. Doctors also take into consideration the possible side effects you suffer as a result of the treatment and your physical ability to deal with these.

Treatment ranges from a single form to a combination of two or several forms. Patients and their families are involved in the decision about the treatment options your Doctor advises for your treatment. While you feel anxious and overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenge to overcome the disease, the task becomes a little easier once you know about the treatments.

Treatment Options

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Stem cell transplant
  • Medication

Surgery

This is a surgical procedure to remove the cancerous cells from your body. It is performed by trained surgeons. Your surgeon opts for either open surgery or minimal invasive surgery as required. Open surgery removes the cancerous growth along with adjacent healthy tissues and lymph nodes. Laparoscopic surgery involves inserting cameras and apparatus through holes drilled in the body to remove the growth with less impact on surrounding tissues.

Radiation therapy

This treatment uses high doses of radiation to cauterize and shrink cancer growths and stop them from spreading. External Beam Radiation uses machines to direct rays towards your cancer growth without touching the body. Internal Radiation puts radiation source in solid form close to the growth for targeted release or liquid form in the blood stream enabling it to travel through tissues and target random cancer cells.

Chemotherapy

This entails use of specific drugs to kill cancer cells to stop or retard cell growth. It is useful for cancer cure, preventing recurrence, stop or shrink growth of cancer cells.

Immunotherapy

This is a biological therapy that aids the immune system to fight cancer. It uses living organisms to improve the functioning and impact of the immune system. Monoclonal antibodies bind to specific targets and trigger immune responses to kill cancer cells. Adaptive cell transfer increases the natural ability of T cells to resist cancer. Cytokines are the body’s own protein products used to enhance the response of the immune system. Treatment vaccines work against cancer cells by triggering opposition to their growth.

Targeted Therapy

This challenges the changes of cancer cells and affects their ability to divide and grow. This is done by the use of small molecular drugs or monoclonal antibodies.

Hormone Therapy

It is particularly useful for breast cancer. It stops or slows down the production of hormones that encourage growth of cancer cells. They work in two ways: by blocking the production of the hormone in the body or by changing the behavior of these hormones.

Stem Cell Transplant

This procedure replaces blood producing stem cells in patients whose blood cells have been damaged or destroyed due to the disease or therapy.

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Medical Transcription

This is a process whereby dictation from physicians and other healthcare providers is transcribed and formatted into a medical document. The dictation occurs after a patient has seen a physician and then he dictates the results of that visit. A medical transcriptionist (MT) listens to the dictation and transcribes into a word processor (such as WordPerfect or Word), or in some cases using a typewriter (very few, if any, still use typewriters now). Types of reports include history and physicals, consultations, clinic notes, psychiatric evaluations, discharge summaries, x-ray reports, laboratory/pathology reports, and emergency department records. This document then becomes part of a patient’s medical record.

A medical transcriptionist can receive dictation several difference ways. Sometimes tapes are used (micro, mini or regular sized) and can be played back on a transcriber machine with a foot pedal (which rewinds or forwards the dictation). Some physicians use a call-in digital system to do their dictation and then a transcriptionist uses a special phone (C-phone or similar) to call in and retrieve the dictation. Another method of receiving dictation is with use of voice files using a digital recorder and then the transcriptionist receives the voice files to transcribe.

A medical transcriptionist has to have excellent medical terminology skills, computer and word processing skills, excellent listening skills, and must have a good grasp of the English language as well as excellent grammar skills. Training includes medical terminology, diseases processes, systems review, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, legal issues/confidentiality guidelines, etc.

Medical transcriptionists can work in hospitals, medical clinics, physician offices, transcription services or at home. Most transcriptionists require anywhere from 2 to 5 years of MT experience working in a hospital setting/clinical setting before they can work at home. Starting off working from home can be done but it is very difficult and most hospitals/services prefer 2 to 5 years of MT experience.

What equipment is needed?:

Medical transcriptionists need a computer to transcribe, to include a word processing program (usually WordPerfect or Word, although some companies have designed their own word processing program), headphones, wav player program, transcriber or special phone for call-in dictation, and resource books including medical dictionary, drug index, lab word book and other specialty books (i.e. pathology, cardiology, medical/surgical equipment, etc.). Also with use of a word processing program, a medical spell checker is a necessity. Some transcriptionist use short cut programs (to create abbreviations for longer words), which may include Instant Text, Speedtype, Shortcut or others.

How to Become a Medical Transcriptionist:

A transcriptionist can be trained on the job but it requires a lot of training, including medical terminology, computer skills, word processing skills, etc. Most transcriptionists are trained through smaller local colleges or on-line MT courses. Learning to become a medical transcriptionist takes a lot of time and is not something that can be learned over time. In fact, it is an ongoing learning experience as new drugs are always coming out, equipment changes, etc.

Recommended On-Line Training Courses:

Over the past 10 years, I have communicated and socialized with many MTs. Below I have listed some reputable on-line courses available for transcription training:

MTEC – mtecinc.com

Career Step – careerstep.com

Andrews School – andrewsschool.com

There are many more training courses available and a lot of small colleges even offer MT training. Again, these are courses that have a good reputation by many MTs whom I have interacted with over the years.

Transcription Pay:

Transcriptionists can be paid different ways, by the line, by the page, by the hour, or salary. Most independent transcriptionists working at home are paid by the line or page. Most MTs working in the hospital are paid by the hour. Salaries can fluctuate depending on many variables. Independent transcriptionists sometimes make more because they are paid by the line and thus with increased speed, they produce more lines, thus earning more. However, independent transcriptionists have to pay all of their taxes. Transcriptionists can also be a statutory employee, which is basically an independent contractor except that the company pays a portion of the taxes.

Visit this link to get a general idea of the pay scale for MTs:

http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Medical_Transcriptionist/Salary/by_Employer_Type

Transcriptions do not start out making a lot of money as some advertisements suggest, especially if you are paid by the line. It takes time to learn terminology, get used to different dictators, and lots of time is spent researching. Transcriptionists have to be very disciplined due to the amount of time spent at the computer and because of deadlines for the work to be returned.

Basic Recommended Books for Medical Transcriptionists:

Medical Dictionary

Drug index (i.e. Quick Look Drug Book)

Abbreviation book

Pathology and Lab Word Book

Med/Surg Equipment Word Book

Where to Find Medical Transcription Jobs:

Hospitals

Medical Clinics

Physician Offices

mtjobs.com

medicaltranscriptionjobs.org

Where to get books and equipment:

amazon.com – …

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Taking the National Debate Local – Health Insurance in Columbus, Ohio

Dominating the news, lately: the Republicans vs. the Democrats, determining the fate of the health care system of our country, and debating the President’s signature issue of universal health care for all Americans.

Ohio voters have a strong-spoken advocate, Republican John Boehner, who is arguing the Republican position that the Democrats’ suggested reforms will be too expensive, not economically sustainable, and will equate to a massive government-controlled bureaucracy.

But how does this affect workers at a local level?

In Columbus, Ohio, some of those who are most affected are middle-aged men. Studies and research show that these men are facing levels of unemployment that they haven’t seen before; these men, aged 50-60, are being laid off at a time when they are often major breadwinners for their families, who depend on their employer-sponsored benefits.

Rates of unemployment in Columbus are similar to the national average, but with employers such as GM closing plants (in Ontario) statistics can “hit home” as educated and skilled workers are laid off. Even more difficult, these men are fighting younger workers, often willing to accept lower salaries, in the job market. The consequences can be very difficult for both these men, searching but not finding jobs, and for their families.

So are there any solutions for affordable health insurance in Ohio? There are; some of these families are benefiting from the government’s program that extends unemployed workers’ health benefits an additional nine months, through COBRA. In fact, this extension of benefits is one of the issues that is currently up for debate in Congress; it’s one Ohio voters should pay attention to, and anyone who has lost their job since September of 2008 should be sure to inquire of their employer about the benefits still available through the company.

Columbus is actually the home to the Ohio Department of Insurance, a government agency that provides regulation and education to consumers regarding their options for insurance; they give the approval for every Ohio health insurance plan and regulate Ohio state health insurance quotes. The good news: the list of insurers, for Ohio citizens, available for download through this department’s website, includes over 2000 companies. But consumers looking for low cost Ohio health insurance (especially if they are between jobs) need not do all the comparison shopping for these companies on their own.

The first step laid-off workers should take, if they do not have the option of employer-sponsored coverage, is to determine what is most crucial for their family or situation: prescription drug coverage, network doctors, or at the minimum, coverage for catastrophic illness or accident. A simple internet search provides fairly comprehensive results (try typing in “Ohio Health Insurance Quotes” or “Health Insurance Columbus Ohio”). Keep in mind that by keeping the search local, you are more likely to find doctors in the network whom you’re already familiar with, and in-network doctors almost always mean cost savings.

One positive that the national debate has created: insurance companies and agents today understand the importance of providing a range of affordable health insurance options. A good agent or site can provide side-by-side comparisons, ranking the items most important to the consumer.

Until the economy improves, this do-it-yourself researching opportunity (with the help of the sites who have sprung up to help) may be Columbus residents’ best option.

Source by Tracy McManamon

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Health Savings Accounts – An American Innovation in Health Insurance

INTRODUCTON – The term “health insurance” is commonly used in the United States to describe any program that helps pay for medical expenses, whether through privately purchased insurance, social insurance or a non-insurance social welfare program funded by the government. Synonyms for this usage include “health coverage,” “health care coverage” and “health benefits” and “medical insurance.” In a more technical sense, the term is used to describe any form of insurance that provides protection against injury or illness.

In America, the health insurance industry has changed rapidly during the last few decades. In the 1970’s most people who had health insurance had indemnity insurance. Indemnity insurance is often called fee-forservice. It is the traditional health insurance in which the medical provider (usually a doctor or hospital) is paid a fee for each service provided to the patient covered under the policy. An important category associated with the indemnity plans is that of consumer driven health care (CDHC). Consumer-directed health plans allow individuals and families to have greater control over their health care, including when and how they access care, what types of care they receive and how much they spend on health care services.

These plans are however associated with higher deductibles that the insured have to pay from their pocket before they can claim insurance money. Consumer driven health care plans include Health Reimbursement Plans (HRAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), high deductible health plans (HDHps), Archer Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Of these, the Health Savings Accounts are the most recent and they have witnessed rapid growth during the last decade.

WHAT IS A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT?

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged medical savings account available to taxpayers in the United States. The funds contributed to the account are not subject to federal income tax at the time of deposit. These may be used to pay for qualified medical expenses at any time without federal tax liability.

Another feature is that the funds contributed to Health Savings Account roll over and accumulate year over year if not spent. These can be withdrawn by the employees at the time of retirement without any tax liabilities. Withdrawals for qualified expenses and interest earned are also not subject to federal income taxes. According to the U.S. Treasury Office, ‘A Health Savings Account is an alternative to traditional health insurance; it is a savings product that offers a different way for consumers to pay for their health care.

HSA’s enable you to pay for current health expenses and save for future qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis.’ Thus the Health Savings Account is an effort to increase the efficiency of the American health care system and to encourage people to be more responsible and prudent towards their health care needs. It falls in the category of consumer driven health care plans.

Origin of Health Savings Account

The Health Savings Account was established under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act passed by the U.S. Congress in June 2003, by the Senate in July 2003 and signed by President Bush on December 8, 2003.

Eligibility –

The following individuals are eligible to open a Health Savings Account –

– Those who are covered by a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).

– Those not covered by other health insurance plans.

– Those not enrolled in Medicare4.

Also there are no income limits on who may contribute to an HAS and there is no requirement of having earned income to contribute to an HAS. However HAS’s can’t be set up by those who are dependent on someone else’s tax return. Also HSA’s cannot be set up independently by children.

What is a High Deductible Health plan (HDHP)?

Enrollment in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) is a necessary qualification for anyone wishing to open a Health Savings Account. In fact the HDHPs got a boost by the Medicare Modernization Act which introduced the HSAs. A High Deductible Health Plan is a health insurance plan which has a certain deductible threshold. This limit must be crossed before the insured person can claim insurance money. It does not cover first dollar medical expenses. So an individual has to himself pay the initial expenses that are called out-of-pocket costs.

In a number of HDHPs costs of immunization and preventive health care are excluded from the deductible which means that the individual is reimbursed for them. HDHPs can be taken both by individuals (self employed as well as employed) and employers. In 2008, HDHPs are being offered by insurance companies in America with deductibles ranging from a minimum of $1,100 for Self and $2,200 for Self and Family coverage. The maximum amount out-of-pocket limits for HDHPs is $5,600 for self and $11,200 for Self and Family enrollment. These …

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Benefits of Losing Weight

Introduction

Weight Loss has obvious advantages and for the most part, staying healthy and within your comfortable weight scale converts into a longer life. At times it does appear that many are trying to lose weight around the same time, typically leading into the summer.

Actually, there are a number of reasons why a person may want to lose weight, and most of these reasons are justified. Weight loss does not have great advantages, assuming the reasons are related to good mental and physical health and overall wellness.

However, in some cases, peer pressure, typically in females may drive a person to fall into the traps of eating disorders and suddenly drop body weight to unconventional levels which require intervention and professional help.

Body Mass Index

What defines a person as overweight? Currently, the medical rule of thumb is to apply a person's actual weight over their height. The BMI Chart is used to represent a person's risk level as it relates to possible overweight issues. BMI is the measurement tool that plots a person's weight against their height. Once your BMI is established and secured on the chart, you can easily determine your levels of risk; underweight, normal, overweight and obese.

Factors Of Risk

The most obvious plus to weight loss is you will optimize your bodies overall health and immunity to disease and viruses. Once you can determine your Body Mass Index, this will swiftly isolate your risk factor. People who are high risk tend to develop a number of disease and conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and intestinal disease.

These symptoms can be preceded and more easily treated if you're at an optimum physical and mental condition. Maintaining a healthy weight is something that you and your doctor should talk about in order to optimize your body's immune system. Ultimately, with good council from your doctor, you can make good choices for your body's overall health.

Energy

Your body is like a car. If you fill a tank of gas with cheap low octane gas and then fasten heavy baggage on the roof and inside the car so your viscosity is poor and then start the car and drive, how is the car going to perform? Firstly, the wheels will somewhat flatten due to the excess weight, the car is going to struggle down the road, make unnatural noises and stop running very quickly.

We've seen this before and if this scenario continues the result is the car breaks down and stop running far faster than its warranty expires. Imagine now if you will, a lifestyle of eating junk food, no working out, minimal sleep, overworked, and taking care of three small children, handing them off to your spouse as you see each other through the doorway on the way to work or coming home from an 10 hour day. These realities in life require one to pay attention to their bodies and increase your body's capabilities so you can physically and mentally handle all the tasks required in raising a family and maintaining your own personal well being.

This applies to everyone regardless of marital status, age, culture, race, ethnicity, etc. These are global issues and concerns that share one common goal – lose the weight, get healthy and enjoy life!

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All About Affordable Health Insurance Plans

While consumers search for affordable health insurance, they have price in their mind as the top priority. A general conception among the consumers is that cheap health plans should not be costly-the cheapest health plan available in the market is their target. However, this approach is not good. Sometimes, paying for a cheap health insurance plan but still not getting the required level of coverage results only in wastage of money.

With the implementation of the affordable care act, the reach of affordable health plans is set to increase. Or at least, this is what is believed to be the objective of healthcare reforms. However, lots of consumers are still in confusion about how things would work. In this article, we will discuss some detailed options that consumers can try while looking to buy affordable health plans.

To get a hand on affordable health insurance plans, consumers need to take of certain things. First among them is about knowing the options in the particular state of the residence. There are lots of state and federal government-run programs that could be suitable for consumers. Knowing the options is pretty important. Next would be to understand the terms and conditions of all the programs and check the eligibility criteria for each one of them. Further, consumers should know their rights after the implementation of healthcare reforms, and something within a few days, they may qualify for a particular program or could be allowed to avail a particular health insurance plan. If consumers take care of these steps, there is no reason why consumers can’t land on an affordable health plan that could cater to the medical care needs.

Let’s discuss some options related to affordable health insurance plans state-wise:

State-run affordable health insurance programs in California

While considering California, there are three affordable health insurance plans that are run by the state government. Consumers can surely get benefitted by these if they are eligible for the benefits.

• Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP)

This program is a very handy one offering limited health benefits to California residents. If consumers are unable to purchase health plans due to a preexisting medical condition, they can see if they qualify for this program and get benefits.

• Healthy Families Program

Healthy Families Program offers Californians with low cost health, dental, and vision coverage. This is mainly geared to children whose parents earn too much to qualify for public assistance. This program is administered by MRMIP.

• Access for Infants and Mothers Program (AIM)

Access for Infants and Mothers Program provides prenatal and preventive care for pregnant women having low income in California. It is administered by a five-person board that has established a comprehensive benefits package that includes both inpatient and outpatient care for program enrollees.

Some facts about affordable health insurance in Florida

While talking about affordable health insurance options in Florida, consumers can think about below mentioned options:

• Floridians who lost employer’s group health insurance may qualify for COBRA continuation coverage in Florida. At the same time, Floridians, who lost group health insurance due to involuntary termination of employment occurring between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009 may qualify for a federal tax credit. This credit helps in paying COBRA or state continuation coverage premiums for up to nine months.

• Floridians who had been uninsured for 6 months may be eligible to buy a limited health benefit plan through Cover Florida.

• Florida Medicaid program can be tried by Floridians having low or modest household income. Through this program, pregnant women, families with children, medically needy, elderly, and disabled individuals may get help.

• Florida KidCare program can help the Floridian children under the age of 19 years and not eligible for Medicaid and currently uninsured or underinsured.

• A federal tax credit to help pay for new health coverage to Floridians who lost their health coverage but are receiving benefits from the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program. This credit is called the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC). At the same time, Floridians who are retirees and are aged 55-65 and are receiving pension benefits from Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC), may qualify for the HCTC.

Some facts about affordable health insurance in Virginia

While talking about affordable health insurance options in Virginia, consumers need to consider their rights:

• Virginians who lost their employer’s group health insurance may apply for COBRA or state continuation coverage in Virginia.

• Virginians must note that they have the right to buy individual health plans from either Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield or CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield.

• Virginia Medicaid program helps Virginians having low or modest household income may qualify for free or subsidized health coverage. Through this program, pregnant women, families with children, and elderly and disabled individuals …

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3 Great Health Tips to Prepare for Pregnancy

Before you decide to conceive it's an excellent idea to prepare for pregnancy. If you're looking for health tips to prepare for pregnancy this article is for you. How can you be prepared? What's your best plan for a healthy and successful pregnancy?

Preparing one or two years ahead of time for both male and female is a great start. It's important to identify strengths and weaknesses in your health. You may feel pretty OK health-wise but if you're not a parent and you want to be – you have no idea what's coming your way. Several months or even years of sleepless nights are just the tip of the iceberg. It's best to be prepared. A health care provider who has experience can make the best plans to support your health. An Ob / Gyn (Obstetrician Gynecologist) is a great start especially for women's health. In addition an acupuncturist also trained in herbal medicine who has experience with fertility can be highly supportive, especially in the early stages before conception where conventional medicine falls short.

You're making very important plans to bring a new life into the world. Pregnancy is a major challenge on Mom's health so it's best to be preventive instead of reactionary. Often times I get infertility cases that are unexplained by conventional medicine but under a Traditional Chinese medical diagnosis and the therapeutic practice of acupuncture Many imbalances can be identified and treated. Success always depends on how deep the imbalance has taken hold and early intervention.

Planning ahead of time means contacting a health professional who understands how to optimize health and support fertility through all stages of care – before conception, and pre- and postnatal meaning before birth through pregnancy and after your child is born.

After your child is born, support of Mom and baby continues specifically by supporting Mom's health through nursing. Let's not forget Dad. Optimizing health prior to conception also ensures healthy sperm and maximizes Dad's health. Support for Mom through pregnancy and the fathering of a family that follows is another important piece of the complex health puzzle.

Anything new presents additional levels of stress that can challenge health and needs to be supported. There will be lots of sleepless nights in the coming years and a healthy body does better going into pregnancy and parenthood than a body already compromised health-wise before conception. Making sure your diet is optimized for your health is important to ensure you're getting the right nutrition. What is commonly accepted as the right nutrition is not necessarily what you need to support your health concerns. Consider a diet and nutritional consult to discover any imbalances. Put yourself on the path to optimal health the natural way. It just makes good sense.

Here are 3 tips to practice before conceiving for both men and women.

  1. Address untreated health issues – Any health issues not being cared for or not raised needs to be looked into such as anxiety, depression, poor digestion, migraines, diabetes, high blood pressure, insomnia, low energy and more. Learn how your current health issues could affect pregnancy. Consider a consult and evaluation. Talk to a health professional. See if you can optimize your health ahead of time instead of going into conception blind.
  2. Optimize Sleep – if you have poor sleeping habits this is an area of ​​great concern for your health over the years and needs to be addressed. Your body repairs, rejuvenates and restores itself during sleep. Make your bedroom a dark, quiet place of peace and relaxation. Avoid watching TV in bed. Maintain a regular sleep schedule going to bed and waking at the same times. Get 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night – your body will tell you if you need more or less. If you wake feeling tired or you tend to have low energy patterns, improving your sleep is important. If you struggle with sleep problems acupuncture and a diet or supplement consult is definitely a natural therapy to consider.
  3. Optimize Diet – there is a "general healthy diet" for everyone to follow and there are specific diets for individuals to maintain and restore balance in health. A diet consult can help you. In general sugar and carbs are a big problem in our society leading to weight gain. Sugar and carbs that break down into sugar in abundance can unbalance the endocrine system responsible for hormone production. The endocrine system includes the following glands: pituitary, pineal, thyroid, thymus, pancreas, testicles, and ovaries. This system can be a major source of health problems when out of balance and not supported properly. In addition, it is necessary to make sure you are making health fat choices. Fat is an essential nutrient and a precursor for hormone production. Bad fats are hydrogenated oils, trans-fats,
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Facts – Erectile Dysfunction Supplements

To state it simply, erectile dysfunction refers to the inability to get enough erection for a satisfying sexual intercourse. Around 90% men suffer from male ED at some or the other point in their lives. But, the fact remains that it is indeed very easy to treat erectile dysfunction. A lot many men go in for prescription, synthetic pills. But it generally comes with a host of side-effects. The best bet would be to go in for something completely natural as you do not have the fear of suffering from side-effects and you are assured permanent relief from the ailment. The reason for a surge in the popularity of such pills is that they contain ingredients that are known for their sheer effectiveness to cure Erectile Dysfunction. They are time-trusted remedies that have been used for centuries by people in ancient times to get rid of the sexual problem.

The most commonly preferred and superbly effective herbs would include Horny Goat Weed, Macuna pruriens, Gingko, L’arginine to mention a few. These herbs are known to increase the blood flow and improve blood circulation to the penile area. They also increase the testosterone level. Testosterone is a male sex hormone that is associated with increasing sexual prowess. Greater influx of blood towards the penile tissues will ensure better erection and intense orgasms.

Therefore, natural herbal products are certainly the way to get ED cure in a safe and natural way. CaliPlus is known for its safe and effective Erectile-Dysfunction Cure. It is 100% herbal also.

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Better Nutrition Increases Overall Health

Many people lack the nutrition that they need to sustain their proper levels of health. While eating health foods helps there are still gaps in the vitamin and mineral nutrients that are needed for a healthy body. However, through the introduction of daily nutritional supplements people of all ages and walks of life can receive the proper balanced amount of nutrients that they require. Because it is essential to keep each organ and tissue within the body operating at its optimum level the inclusion of vitamin supplements allows people access to the vitamins that they miss out in their diet.

For the best care of the heart, organic folic acid tablets are available that promote healthy cardiovascular function as well as helping to tone muscles. Made up of 100% whole lemon peel The folic acid supplements for the body are harvested from citrus growers that do not use chemicals or preservatives in the growing process, which ensures that the supplement is providing the nutritional value that consumers want without any side effects .

An essential nutrient in the development of a fetus, organic folic acid can be found in orange juice and other citrus fruits, however, many people, including pregnant women do not receive enough of the vital substance in the regular meals. For this reason finding additional sources of folicacid that are high in nutritional value is important for every person that is concerned about their health and well being. Giving individuals better heart function and providing them with the necessary building blocks of life the inclusion of organic folic acid as a dietary supplement ensures that a person gains the benefits of proper nutrition.

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Amazing Body Facts

Your body is the most amazing machine ever built. Highly adaptive and resistant. No man-built systems can be compared to human body in its complexity and perfection! Here are some amazing facts you may find interesting:

* You lose everyday around 50 to 100 hairs from your head, which are replaced the same day.

* An average human has 100000 hairs on the head

* The air from a sneeze can reach the speed of 100 mph; from a cough – 60 mph

* An average person drinks around 16000 gallons of water in his lifetime.

* A nail takes around 6 months to grow from base to the most tip.

* Around 45 miles of nerves run through our body. The electric impulses travel at a speed of almost 250 mph!

* Babies have 94 bones more than an adult, in total 300.

* An average human blinks 25 times a minute, that's over 6.205.000 times a year!

* By the age of 70 your heart have beat 2,5 billion times and pumped around 48.000.000 gallons of blood.

* In a tiny drop of water there are 5 million red blood cells, 10,000 white cells and 300.000 platelets

* A square of human skin contains 20 feet of blood vessels, 1300 nerve cells, 100 sweat glands and 3 million cells.

* The average human body contains enough: Sulfur to kill all fleas on an average dog, Carbon to make 900 pencils, Potassium to fire: a toy cannon, Fat to make 7 bars of soap, Phosphorus to make: 2,200 matchheads, and enough Water to fill a ten-gallon tank.

* The microorganisms in and on your body make up 10% of your bodyweight (dried, without water).

* You produce a quart of saliva daily, 10,000 gallons in a lifetime

* A square of human skin has 32 million bacterias on it!

* Each second 10.000.000 of cells die and are replaced in your body.

* You create a new skin every month and a new skeleton every 3 months!

* Ears and nose do not stop keep growing during the whole life!

* The liver is the body's chemical factory. It has over 500 functions!

* You lose 600.000 particles of skin every hour that make up 1.5 pounds a year!

* You spend one third of your lifetime sleeping. 20 Years in an average lifetime!

Source by Witaly Semko

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Do You Know Which Omega 3 Fats Are the Best For Your Health?

It’s unbelievable how much misinformation is out there when it comes to omega 3 fats. There are so many different products based on them, each one claiming to be the best one, its difficult for the average consumer to pick the best one out of them. Let’s see now how we can make this process simpler.

There are four main omega 3 fats you should be aware of – DHA (Docosahexanoic Acid), EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid), DPA (Docosapentaenoic Acid) and ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid).

DHA, EPA and DPA – these are all animal fats and are mainly derived from fish sources. ALA is a plant based fat and is extracted from Flax seed oil.

Out of all these fats, DHA and EPA are the best and the most beneficial ones. They are responsible for the numerous health benefits that fish oil is attributed with – Cancer prevention, protection against heart diseases, arthritis relief, brain development, and even protection against AMD – all these are the health gains you can get by taking these two fats.

DPA plays a supporting role to these two fats and is required in lower quantities in the body.

ALA is taken more as an alternative to DHA and EPA by those who are pure vegetarians and cannot take fish oil. Keep in mind though, ALA is actually converted inside our body into DHA and EPA only. This process requires some specific enzymes which may not be present in everyone. It’s also an inefficient process with a success rate of only 5% to 25%.

So it’s much better to directly take DHA and EPA instead.

Now, one way to get these beneficial fats is to make fish a staple part of your diet. While good in theory, this is a bit difficult to implement.

Unless you are a fish lover, eating it day in and day out may quickly become tiresome. Not to mention the contaminants the fish may contain that it would have ingested from the polluted ocean waters.

A simple way around this is to take a fish oil supplement rich in omega 3 fats. Taking just a couple of pills daily would give you all the DHA and EPA your body needs without needing to eat copious amounts of fish.

A good supplement will contain highly refined oil purified by techniques like Molecular Distillation which removes all impurities from the oil. You can take such purified oil without worrying about any contaminants.

So there you have it. All the information you need to make these beneficial omega 3 fats a part of your health regimen.

Source by Kevin Jonas

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Which Health Insurance Plan Is Best for Me?

Health insurance has proven itself of great help and financial aid in certain cases when events turn out unexpectedly. In times when you are ill and when your health is in grave jeopardy and when finances seem to be incapable to sustain for your care, health insurance is here to the rescue. A good health insurance plan will definitely make things better for you.

Basically, there are two types of health insurance plans. Your first option is the indemnity plans, which includes the fee-for-services and the second is the managed care plans. The differences between these two include the choice offered by the providers, the amount of bills the policy holder has to pay and the services covered by the policy. As you can always hear there is no ultimate or best plan for anyone.

As you can see, there are some plans which may be way better than the others. Some may be good for you and your family’s health and medical care needs. However, amidst the sweet health insurance plan terms presented, there are always certain drawbacks that you may come to consider. The key is, you will have to wisely weigh the benefits. Especially that not among these plans will pay for all the financial damages associated with your care.

The following are a brief description about the health insurance plans that might be fitting for you and your family’s case.

Indemnity Plans

Flexible Spending Plans – These are the types of health insurance plans that are sponsored when you are working for a company, or any employer. These are the care plans inclusive in your employee benefit package. Some of the specific types of benefits included in this plan are the multiple options pre-tax conversion plan, medical plans plus flexible spending accounts, tax conversion plan, and employer credit cafeteria plans. You can always ask your employer of the benefits included in your health care/insurance plans.

Indemnity Health Plans – This type of health insurance plan allows you to choose your own health care providers. You are given the freedom to go to any doctor, medical institution, or other health care providers for a set monthly premium. The insurance plan will reimburse you and your health care provider according to the services rendered. Depending on the health insurance plan policy, there are those that offers limit on individual expenses, and when that expense is reached, the health insurance will cover for the remaining expenses in full. Sometimes, indemnity health insurance plans impose restrictions on services covered and may require prior authorization for hospital care and other expensive services.

Basic and Essential Health Plans – It provides a limited health insurance benefit at a considerably low insurance cost. In opting for this kind of health insurance plan, it is necessary that one should read the policy description giving special focus on covered services. There are plans which may not cover on some basic treatments, certain medical services such as chemotherapy, maternity care or certain prescriptions. Also, rates vary considerably since unlike other plans, premiums consider age, gender, health status, occupation, geographic location, and community rated.

Health Savings Accounts – You own and control the money in your HSA. This is the recent alternative to the old fashioned health insurance plans. These are savings product designed to offer policy holders different way to pay for their health care. This type of insurance plan allows the individual to pay for the current health expenses and also save for untoward future qualified medical and retiree health costs on a tax-free basis. With this health care plan, you decide on how your money is spent. You make all the decisions without relying on any third party or a health insurer. You decide on which investment will help your money grow. However, if you sign up for an HSA, High Deductible Health Plans are required in adjunct to this type of insurance plan.

High Deductible Health Plans – Also called Catastrophic Health Insurance Coverage. It is an inexpensive health insurance plan which is enabled only after a high deductible is met of at least $1,000 for an individual expense and $2,000 for family-related medical expense.

Managed Care Options

Preferred Provider Organizations – This is charged in a fee-for-service basis. The involved health care providers are paid by the insurer on a negotiated fee and schedule. The cost of services are likely lower if the policy holder chooses an out-of-network provider ad generally required to pay the difference between what the provider charges and what the health insurance plan has to pay.

Point of Service – POS health insurance plans are one of the indemnity type options in which the primary health care providers usually make referrals to other providers within the plan. In the event the doctors make referrals which are out of …

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Some Fun Exercise Facts

Exercise fun? You have got to be kidding! Actually, I’m not. While I may not be a big fan of getting off my duff and hitting the gym, I do know how important exercise can be to my overall health, as well as its ability to boost my metabolism and burn calories faster. Without exercise most of us either can not lose the amount of weight we want; or it takes us longer than we expected. This is because exercise helps to increase our heart rate and build muscle, which helps us to burn those calories at a faster rate. This all contributes to how much weight we will eventually lose.

Understanding the role exercise plays in our weight loss can help us to stick to a plan better. Still, wouldn’t it be nice if there were some fun things about exercise? Well, there is! Even if regular physical activity does not thrill you, there are some fun facts about exercise that can help motivate you. Here are just a few to consider:

  • Breathing can actually help you to lose weight. The more oxygen you get filtering through your body, the higher your metabolism will be; the more calories you will be able to burn; and the less hungry you will feel throughout the day.
  • It isn’t necessary to hit the gym in order to get in a good workout. Raking the leaves; painting a room; shampooing your rugs; pulling weeds; even mopping the floor are all physical activities that can help you burn as many calories as a medium intensive aerobics class. Even getting down on the floor and playing with your kids (hard) can give you as much of a workout as any exercise class can – and does.
  • Want to boost your calorie burning ability? Eat spicy foods an hour or two before exercising and you will burn 50% more fat and calories. No one knows for sure why this works, but research study after research study proves that it does.
  • Want to indulge in your favorite treat? Do so within 2 hours of exercising while your metabolism is still running high. It will have less of a negative affect on your waistline.
  • Stop drinking sugared drinks and you could lose 21 pounds in a single year. That’s how many calories the average American downs in soft drinks every year.

None of these trivia facts will alone will make a huge difference on your waistline, but added together (and used to motivate you) and they certainly can over the long haul. Just remember, whether you like exercise or not, it is an essential part of any winning weight loss program. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a lot. There is no need to hit the gym hard every day. Something as simple as taking a walk can be very beneficial to your weight loss plan. When it comes to exercise a little can go a long way. Just be sure to get in at least 30-60 minutes of some form of exercise three times a week for the best results.

Source by Lee Guini

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The Importance of Omega 3 Fish Oil for Good Health

It is widely known that Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial to good health. Enzymatic Omega 3s is the name given to a processed Omega 3 product is very pure and effective.

It has long-term health benefits including strengthening the immune system and making it healthier.

Enzymatic Omega 3 products contain 60% to 70% Omega 3 fatty acids. This concentration meets the recommended daily allowance for healthy people. The process is used by other manufacturers to make monoglyceride and triglyceride nutritional supplements.

Enzymatic Omega3 fish oil is fit for human consumption. These products can be used to reduce the risks of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer, degenerative diseases, and other related joint problems. Fish oil is beneficial for brain health and as has been mentioned a healthy heart.

Enzymatic fish oil supplements can be used by people who want to lose weight also. Omega 3s reduces triglyceride levels, high cholesterol levels, and they also help to reduce high blood pressure. Omega 3s also relieves inflammatory diseases including prostatitis, arthritis, and cystitis. They have been linked to the reduction in the occurrences of prostate cancers, breast cancers, and colon cancers. There is evidence that shows adequate consumption of Omega 3s will prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Elderly people require Omega 3s to support good memory and over-all good health.

Pregnant and nursing mothers are strongly urged to increase their intake of fish or to take Omega 3 fish oil supplements. DHA is important for proper brain development and proper cellular division, as well as over-all proper development of the baby.

Omega 3 fish oil also can benefit psychological and emotional conditions including depression, anxiety, and post-partum depression. They have also been known to reduce or eliminate hyperactivity in children. These conditions have all been linked to a deficiency of DHA.

The best Omega 3 fish oil supplements are made with pharmaceutical grade fish oil. This oil has been put through a process called molecular distillation. During this process the fish oils are heated to very high temperatures to remove all toxins and impurities that may be in the oils. Not all manufacturers use this process. Oils that are not process through molecular distillation could still contain toxins and impurities and can cause adverse reactions including infections that can be hard to treat. Look for Omega 3 fish oil supplements that meet pharmaceutical grade standards.

Source by John Collins

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Bipolar Research – Relying On Facts

The term “bipolar disorder” has only been included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association since the DSM III version in 1980. While early research concluded little more than the fact that there are indeed significant differences between mania and depression, more recent bipolar research characterizes the condition in terms of the polarization of those two particular states.

Unfortunately, the emphasis on this main fact has been dwindling, both amongst the American populace and as well as many mental health professionals, failing to acknowledge that this condition is characterized by such polarization and extremes. In other words, it has too frequently become a convenient label, even when it is inaccurate.

Contradictory Results?

This problem is evidenced by the fact that research and statistics often contradict themselves. Research shows two main points: the prevalence of bipolar disorder, and the risk factors which contribute to it.

On the first point, the most current research shows that the prevalence of bipolar disorder is only 1%, but with both contributing risk factors and considering the entire scope of all forms of bipolar disorders, the range is closer to approximately 4.5%. On the second point, research states heredity or genetic predisposition, environmental influences, and drug abuse, to be this condition’s causal or contributing factors.

While this extensive and relatively conclusive research makes sense, the statistics of bipolar conditions in the American public do not. For example, in one particular state a recent study has shown that more than 30,000 of its adult population has been diagnosed as being bipolar.

When you take into consideration that this study only reflects adults, and only reflects those who have received this diagnosis, it is reasonable to conclude that it is unlikely that such a disproportionately-large segment of one state’s population actually has this condition.

Inaccurate Diagnosis

The bottom line is that too many are too quick to use the label “bipolar,” resulting in many people being inaccurately diagnosed. This point is also evidenced by the fact that while some research has concluded that symptomatic bipolar conditions do not appear until adolescence, studies reveal that children are being diagnosed with this condition based on adult diagnostic criteria.

This form of “diagnosis” currently runs the range from urging parents who have no qualifications to “assess their child’s symptoms,” to incompetent mental health practitioners attempting to apply adult-range symptom assessment to children. As a result, one recent study has stated that approximately 800,000 children have been given this diagnosis.

Children And Psychotropic Medicine

And, as one might logically conclude, one result of this is that many children are being given psychotropic medication which is not only inappropriate but potentially dangerous, as there has not yet been enough research to show its effects on children.

The main point that should be kept in mind when there are such discrepancies between research into a specific condition and statistics of its prevalence in the American population is that mental health practitioners should rely a little more heavily on the facts of conclusive research and far less on hastily jumping on the bandwagon of America’s current “pop trend” in mental illnesses.

Source by Flor Serquina

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Exercise Routine for Women – Better Health in 15 Minutes

For many women, finding time to exercise seems to be impossible. They are often caught busy taking care of children, working in the office or trying to create a comfortable home atmosphere. 30 minutes of spare time for exercise would be very difficult to get. Even so, who says you have to do all your exercise at one time? Sometimes it’s easier to steal 5-15 minutes here and there, on the sidelines of your everyday activities. Let’s look at your schedule and see where you can enter your exercise routine schedule.

Try to consider making changes in your routine. When you wake up in the morning, do a little warming up and start training so you do not lie back in bed. You can do crunch or leg lifts. For you who want to burn the extra fat in your body, you can do cardio exercises, such as jogging and aerobic, soon after you wake up. You will feel fresher, fitter and more energetic throughout the day.

At noon, you can walk outside or around your desk. You can also use the stairs in your workplace. You can talk on the phone while walking. Take a walk after lunch with a friend is also a good way to train your muscles. You can combine it with weight training using those heavy books or a bottle full of water. The key is that you should be able to move your body parts as much as possible.

In the afternoon, instead of spending a little time to watch gossip on TV, you can take time to do some strength trainings. Alternatively, you can also take the time to brisk walking around your neighborhood or do other cardio exercises. By filling your evening with sports, you will get a fresh body for the rest of your day.

If you are a married woman, you can do exercise while preparing dinner. Cleaning the table and all utensils after the dinner is an alternative to burn calories. You can also steal some time here. By incorporating these ideas, you will add up 20-75 minutes of exercise throughout your day. So, there are no reasons to stop working out.

Source by Mario Marques

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The Facts About Facial Peels

Being able to look as young as we feel is important to men and women from all walks of life. We want our physical appearance to be reflective of the volume of energy we have inside. When we are young, we tend to take healthy skin for granted. Then one day you start to see signs of aging including sagging, lines, and wrinkles. It is hard to forget that they exist because they are starting back at you each time you happen to view your reflection.

This is why facial peels, which are also known as chemical peels, have become so common. They are a type of procedure offered to help remove the signs of aging. While they can be effective, they have some negative aspects about them as well. I would never get one as I can get the same results from using the right anti aging skin creams. I use those that have the right ingredients backed up by scientific research and clinical trials on people that they do work.

However, you have to decide on your own which route you would rather take. I am going to present you with information about facial peels so you can make a well informed decision. Let's talk about the positive aspects of facial peels first. If you need a quick fix for your aging, then this can be a good option. You will see dramatic upgrades in your skin including removing lines, eliminating wrinkles, and even getting rid of age spots.

However, you do need to know the other side of facial peels as well. First, you are going to need some time for your skin to recover afterwards. This can be several days or several weeks. It is going to be painful as well as expensive. Your insurance will not cover such optional procedures either. The results of facial peels are temporary so you will have to do it at least once a year. The procedure can result in the pigment changing on your skin or scarring as well.

When you look at both sides of the issue with facial peels, it is my impression that there are more negative aspects than benefits. This is why I encourage you to focus your efforts on anti aging skin care products. They can offer you the chance to make more collagen and elastin naturally in your body. As a result, you will have skin that looks better, retains moisture, and does not sag.

The only downside to using such products is that they are not going to give you results over night. It is going to take at least a couple of weeks for you to see significant improvements in your skin. However, if you are diligent in the use of them, you will definitely see substantial benefits in a short period of time.

Yet, when you consider that these products are not expensive and that they do not come with any pain or risks to you that time frame is well worth the trade off. Natural substances that are good for your skin will help you to get rid of the signs of aging. You do not have to commit to chemical peels or other harsh alternatives.

My website offers plenty of terrific information too about how these natural substitutes can get you the skin you want.

Source by Amanda J. Lawson

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