By Michael Sweet
Powerful Suggestions Can Cause Real Issues
Whether it’s an ache or pain, an itch or a twitch, most people’s first port of call is the doctor. But what happens when a small phantom pain becomes a more long-term issue?
Health is only a thought away
Whether you like it or not, a suggestion from an authoritative body or person can manifest itself into a real life problem for you. It is very possible for a person to visit the doctor with a headache caused by the effects of slight dehydration. This is something that could be easily rectified by rehydrating correctly and staying more relaxed and calm. However, if the doctor suggests that you may be suffering with migraines, then the unconscious mind can take up that suggestion and actually cause the person to suffer the symptoms of a migraine.
Just like the placebo effect and the old saying “be careful what you wish for”, we humans really do need to have our wits about us and about what we think. [click to continue…]
Why Mesothelioma is the Deadliest of All Cancers
The common cause of mesothelioma is being exposed to asbestos while at work. Mesothelioma is especially prevalent in people who worked in heating and construction businesses and on the railroads. Specifically, it is exposure to asbestos fibers or particles of asbestos which are inhaled into the lungs.
Why are workers in these industries particularly affected?
Because these industries forced workers to be exposed to high levels of asbestos, either due to ignorance or deliberate disregard for worker safety. However, persistent direct exposure to asbestos is not the only way to develop mesothelioma. In fact, mesothelioma has developed in individuals who were only exposed to asbestos for a brief period or intermittently. For example, people were exposed to asbestos while walking by factories, ship building yards, and asbestos mines and mills. Other people were exposed because their spouse worked around asbestos and came home covered in asbestos fibers. [click to continue…]
As you know, insuring your life, your home, your car, and more is very important. Life insurance is important so that your family can reap the benefits after you pass away. On the other hand, if you buy the right health insurance, you will be able to benefit from it during the “gap years” – the time between when you retire and when you become eligible for Medicare.
These years are important because, as you turn 60, your health often starts to deteriorate. The cost of medical treatment is high and it can become almost impossible to manage such expenses after retirement – especially if you are living on a fixed income, as so many of us are after retirement. So, finding affordable health insurance is important for the pensioner.
Finding the Right Health Insurance Policy
Finding the right health insurance policy, one you can afford to make payments on, is important. The cost of health insurance is high, but can be crucial to have during times of medical emergencies. Some of the options you can try are: [click to continue…]
Selecting the right career path is crucial to achieving success in today’s highly competitive job market. If you’re not sure about which career avenue you should avail yourself, then consulting a career counselor should be your first step.
On the other hand, if you’re passionate about social service and wish to serve the needy, joining a registered nursing course could be your prime objective. Like any other career, there’s much study and practical experience involved in nursing education. Healthcare education and training are considered as one of the best avenues to impart knowledge and skill to individuals who are passionate about offering their service to the society. And, not only that, nursing is a rewarding profession in terms of the monetary benefits involved and the social security it offers to health care professionals.
One of the foremost nursing certifications available to aspiring nurses and caregivers is the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) course. The RPN program is aimed at educating nursing students with the basics of health care and medication administration. Besides, it equips a learner with all practical skills needed to develop functional expertise as an aspiring nurse or a health care professional. [click to continue…]
As a first-time parent to a little boy, there were two things I heard a lot from others. The first was that first-time parents are too anxious and nervous about everything. The second was that boys always develop later than girls and boys were often “lazy” about things like talking. However, I thought I was prepared. I had read all of the books on attachment parenting and raising boys. I grew up with several siblings and also did a lot of baby-sitting. I worked with children in college. Looking back though, I know that none of that truly prepared me for raising my son.
The First Year
After a couple of days, I was able to bring my beautiful son home. All of the pregnancy and labor complications were worth just getting to hold this perfect, sweet little bundle. I was in love with him almost instantly. Soon though, I began to feel like maybe the feeling wasn’t mutual. It only took weeks before the intense crying set in. It was so intense that the pediatrician diagnosed my son with colic. The doctor said it would last a month or two, but it continued for several hours a day for months. The only thing that ever soothed him was not breastfeeding or being rocked, but the sound of running water. For hours, we would sit with him in the bathroom with the faucet running just to get him to stop screaming long enough to eat and sleep. When he was eating and sleeping, he was the cutest and most darling thing I had ever laid eyes on. [click to continue…]
Did the Ancient Egyptians Invent Modern Dental Care?
The Egyptians have been credited with many inventions, but perhaps their most important innovation is in dentistry. When people moved from hunter-gatherers to farming cultures, they were able to find more nutritious and reliable food sources, but these foods were not just nutritious for humans, they were nutritious for mouth bacteria, resulting in a shift from symbiotic mouth bacteria to pathologic mouth bacteria. About 10,000 years ago, people began to suffer from dental decay, and they were unsure of how to deal with the problem, until, of course, the Egyptians arrived.
The Egyptians had phrases for dentist, irw ibh, “he who deals with teeth,” and wr irw ibh, “master dentist”.
Dental Disease Was Common
According to a recent survey of over 3000 mummies studied, dental diseases were common among the Egyptians. This was due to a combination of many factors, including the ingestion of grains, but also because the stones used to grind grain led to the presence of numerous small rocks in the food, which led to extensive wear. [click to continue…]
The neuro-psychological condition that was once called “autism” is now known as “autism spectrum disorder.” The name of the condition was changed to better include the broad range of symptoms that people with the disorder may exhibit. People with ASD show a number of distinct problems that may prevent them from participating in common conversations and activities.
Classifications of Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASD can vary in the severity of its symptoms. The National Institutes of Health recognizes a number of designations of autism spectrum disorder.
- Autistic disorder – the classic form of autism.
- Asberger’s disorder – a form of high functioning autism.
- Pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified – often called atypical autism.
- Rhett’s disorder – autism with anatomical and motor degeneration.
- Childhood disintegrative disorder – a form in which fairly normal development is followed by progressive disintegration of mental and motor capability. [click to continue…]
Plaque. Since you were a kid, you’ve been hearing that this pesky bacteria is the archnemesis of healthy teeth. Plaque is a sticky mix of lingering food particles, bacteria, and bacterial secretions. An adhesive chemical referred to as mucopolysaccharides makes plaque so effective at sticking to your teeth, and creates a biofilm where the bacteria can thrive in the mouth. Initially, this layer of biofilm is easy to remove from your teeth, but it quickly hardens into a more resistant form of plaque called tartar if not brushed away. Over time, tartar builds up along the gum line where it can cause tooth decay and gum disease to develop.
Fortunately, brushing and flossing regularly can remove plaque from your teeth before it transforms into tartar, and will help maintain your oral health. However, despite the relative ease associated with the removal of plaque, it’s easy to find yourself engaging in a number of bad habits that allow plaque to build up and thrive in your mouth. To help keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy, here are a few of the most plaque-building bad habits you will want to avoid. [click to continue…]
The Mental Health Act 1983 is one of the key pieces of health law in the UK. It covers a lot of matters relating to the care and treatment of people with mental health problems and how their property should be handled, but it is perhaps most well-known for providing the legislation that enables hospitals or the police to section people without their consent. The later Mental Health Act 2007 amended this legislation, including the criteria needed for the involuntary commitment of people.
Most people in psychiatric hospitals are there voluntarily, but approximately one-quarter of them have been sectioned. While those who are there voluntarily are free to leave at any time, those who are not will not be able to do so as a result of this mental health law. [click to continue…]
It used to be that getting to middle-age was pretty much what happened when you hit 50. However, in the current climate, where the generational overlap is far more evident than it used to be, you may be shocked to find that you’ve reached this landmark way before your half century.
Below are 10 pretty good indicators that you are in fact middle-aged – and before you start to deny such an accusation, just ask yourself what you prefer: a good night out or an evening curled up with a good book? Hmmm, the clues are all there - it’s just up to you to embrace them and move on. [click to continue…]