Getting Well on the Way to the Doctor

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Did You Know… … that a LOT of people get well on their way to the doctor?

We have two different minds: the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.  Some of us have learned how to control our conscious minds, but our subconscious minds are a bit more difficult to manage. Continue reading

Doctor Claims He Has Evidence of the Afterlife

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In new book, he says that near-death accounts transcend cultures and ages

The near-death experience story is so common that it has become a bit of a cliché: A medical patient, hanging in a murky limbo between life and death, is drawn through a tunnel of bright light, meets their maker, and is told they must return to the land of living. Continue reading

Getting a Grip on Childhood Obesity

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American adults are overweight and obese, which is a huge problem for our healthcare system, tax dollars, productivity and quality of life. But the fact that our kids are increasingly obese means we may be dooming the next generation to an unhappy lifetime of chronic disease. We have to take action now to halt the juvenile obesity epidemic, or the consequences will be tragic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States — triple the rate from just one generation ago.” That 17 percent equates to 12.5 million obese children, ages 2 to 19.

In its 2011 “Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report,” the CDC blames a good part of this problem on the serving and advertising of “sugar drinks and less healthy foods on school campuses.” Ads sell junk foods to kids, while parents feed their children what they ask for instead of providing balanced meals. Added to that, kids are eating supersized portions of foods containing too much sugar and fat.

If we consider the alarming numbers of inner-city children with weight problems, it’s obvious that kids don’t get enough exercise and don’t have access to safe places to play. Even for those interested in outdoor activity, finding a safe place or even getting to one is an issue. In its “State Indicator Report on Physical Activity,  Continue reading

Beautiful Skin on Wedding Day

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Weddings are major beauty events.  That is the day brides want to put their best faces forward. The key to radiant skin and a clear complexion requires planning.  A visit with your dermatologist two months before your wedding is the perfect place to start.

As a rule of thumb, you don’t want to try anything with potential side effects too close to your wedding day. A great way to get your skin on track is to start seeing an aesthetician few months before the wedding so you can get on a regimen that will deliver the results you’re looking for.

A trip to the dermatologist two weeks before the wedding serves as your last big beauty push. Your doctor can give you an intense retinoid treatment where a thick layer of Retin-A is applied. You’ll peel in about four days, but you’ll be left with gorgeous, glowing skin in a week. (But if you’re tempted to tan before slipping into your gown, this is a big no-no). Continue reading

Tips on Staying Actively Involved in the Health Care of Someone You Care For

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When you care for someone in the home, you must also manage that person’s health care. This means choosing a good medical team, keeping costs down, arranging for medical appointments, and getting the best, least expensive medicines. It also means knowing what the insurance rules are and, most important, being an advocate for the person in your care.

Doctors and nurses can focus on physical diagnosis and may ignore the emotional aspects of care. Sometimes they have little time to consider the spiritual aspects of healing. Although you should consult with professionals about the levels of therapy and support needed for the person in your care, you do not have to accept what they suggest or order. Keep asking questions until  Continue reading

The Best Way to Treat a Child’s Fever

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If your child’s temperature was 100.3 degrees, would you consider that a fever? Would you wake him or her to administer an anti-fever medication? If you answered yes to both questions, you have a lot of company. You are also wrong.

A study published in the March issue of the Journal Pediatrics found that roughly half of all parents erroneously believe a body temperature of less than 100.4 degrees is a fever and about 85 percent say they would wake a sleeping child to give medication to lower his temperature. Another one-quarter said they would give OTC anti-fever medicines to kids with temperatures below 100 degrees.

Not only does the study suggest that Dr. Mom and Dr. Dad overreact when they think  Continue reading