Easy Ways To Stay Healthy

Everyone has a unique medical history and different physical ailments however, there are a few things everyone can do to keep themselves healthy. For starters, make sure you get an annual physical examination and stock and maintain your medicine chest.

Today the “annual physical” is becoming more and more routine. Every year more people see the wisdom of “seeing your doctor before you get sick.”

Most health authorities are in agreement that a good physical examination should include, first of all, a complete medical history of the patient and pertinent medical information about his family. Usually your personal physician – or the group or clinic to which you go – takes such a history on your first visit.

The physical examination itself may vary from doctor to doctor or group to group. Sometimes the complete examination is given at one time. Other doctors may prefer two or three visits to complete the checkup.

The following routine is frequently recommended for a complete annual checkup:

The medical history; blood pressure, pulse, temperature; examination of body for growths and swellings; ear, eye, nose, throat, and mouth examinations; heart and lungs (by stethoscope and tapping); examination of male organs; rectum check; examination of female organs and Pap smear (to check for cancer), breast examination; check of reflexes (hammer test); blood tests; urine analysis; chest X-ray; electrocardiogram; stool specimen.

Such an examination generally covers the general health of the patient and checks for heart and circulatory disorders; cancer and other abnormalities; nervous defects; infections; tuberculosis, diabetes, ulcers, anemia, and other diseases that may be present.

You medicine chest is also very important. The adequately supplied home medicine chest actually is composed of two segments. One consists of equipment and supplies usually pertinent to first-aid treatment. The other segment usually consists of a few household aids for treatment of illnesses.

Check lists for medicine chests are numerous. Most of them are carefully researched and authoritatively recommended. All of them are similar to the point of being almost identical.

A survey of the many lists and the suggestions of doctors and other sources of authoritative information will yield most of the following check points for your medicine cabinet.

However, as a general rule your medicine cabinet should include absorbent cotton, adhesive bandages, adhesive tape, antiseptic cream (for scrapes, burns, cuts), burn ointment, cotton swabs, roll bandages, spirits of ammonia ampules, S-shaped airway (for artificial respiration), sterile gauze pads, Universal antidote (for poisoning – from your druggist.)

To keep your medicine cabinet in good shape, check out these words of wisdom:

- Check prescriptions you keep.

- Tablet preparations usually are good until they show signs of disintegration.

- Solutions usually are usable as long as they remain clear, unchanged in color and free of residue.

- Suspensions last a long time. Always shake well before using.

- Vitamins and wonder drugs are better off in the refrigerator. Keep all these drugs in a dry, cool place and out of bright light.

- Throw away any bottle with the label missing. Date labels when purchased, note what the medicine is for, and for whom.

- Check with your druggist about stability of medicines about which you may be doubtful.

- Keep the medicine cabinet out of reach of children.

Neglecting good medicine cabinet maintenance could result in you or one of your family members getting sick. Since the entire point of having a medicine cabinet is wellness, pay attention to what’s sitting on your bathroom shelf.

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Alternative Medicine: Weighing The Risks

Those of you who are considering alternative medicine for treatment, please ensure that you are well aware that there are certain risk areas. These areas of risks sprang from the many criticisms of alternative medicine. They range from mere sceptism that this form of medicine does not work to the more extreme warning that they are highly dangerous and can kill.

Here are 6 main criticisms and risks of alternative medicine:

1. Alternative Medicine is difficult to prove.

Some of the therapies used in alternative medicine are really difficult to prove. For instance, in the case of energy healing for the mind and spirit, proponents of alternative medicine may report increased sense of wellness after a treatment session; but really, how to really prove this result?

2. Results from testing Alternative Medicine are not conclusive”.

Very often, skeptics say that there is no proof that alternative medicine works. Studies done so far are largely on a smaller scale and therefore, skeptics claim that results are inconclusive. This is compared to the randomized, double-blind studies on a large group basis usually done for new pharmaceutical products and surgery.

3. Natural” does not equal safe”.

Not many people realize that herbs are not necessarily non-toxic. They think that just because herbs are natural products, they are safe. However, this misconception is dangerous. Although natural, herbs can have very powerful effects. Take for instance, the Chinese herb Ginseng. While ginseng helps to build up immune system and helps to warm” the body, it is not advisable to overdose on ginseng. An overdose can cause an imbalance to the body, which can result in illness.

4. Improper diagnosis by unqualified alternative medicine practitioners.

As alternative medicine is not properly regulated, there are many practitioners who are not suitably qualified or experienced enough to treat a patient. Improper diagnosis is dangerous especially if he or she is critically ill and needs the appropriate medical attention straight away.

5. Some patients of alternative medicine do not seek the right treatment until it is too late.

This has partly to do with improper diagnosis. In addition, overzealous patients of alternative medicine may postpone the decision to seek conventional medical treatment until it is too late for recovery.

6. Insufficient regulatory requirements by government bodies.

The case of nutritional supplements, which are not regulated by the US government, is often quoted as an example. As long as manufacturers do not make a claim about the ability to cure or treat a disease, nutritional supplements are considered food products”. If these supplements are classified as food products, manufacturers do not have to prove that they are effective. What is only required is a basic safety test and a truth in labeling” qualification the bottle must contain what it says is in it.

This can have disastrous consequences. A prime example is Ephedra, a nutritional supplement sold as an energy booster and weight loss aid, but resulted in deaths.

Laying out the risks in this article is not meant to have the purpose of stopping you from seeking health and wellness solutions. Rather, because of the risk areas, it is to highlight to you that you have a responsibility to research and find out more about the particular alternative medicine treatment method that you are considering.

You also need to keep your doctor informed. There may be a need to adjust the dosages or timing of other medications based on any other supplements that you’re taking. Also, be aware that there is little or no regulation of the outrageous claims that can be made by practitioners of many alternative therapy methods. So, it is also important to choose a practitioner wisely.

There are benefits to alternative medicine. Although I can’t prove anything, I speak from first hand experience. Highly recommended, therefore, is to know enough of what you intend to do and weigh the risks.

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Is Alternative Medicine Helpful For Children?

There are many diseases and illnesses that children have which are difficult to treat. They are difficult to treat because it may be harder to administer the conventional treatments to a child or they may refuse to take their medication. This is where alternative medications and treatments come into place. Children easily accept these alternative treatments because they do not associate these treatments with medicine. These treatments are something new and exciting in their eyes. Asthma is one disease in particular that is difficult to treat children for. The children do not enjoy using their puffers or any other type of treatment that is given. Before you begin choosing the alternative treatment for your children or child, you must remember to keep in mind that these treatments have no scientific research and are not equal to conventional medications. These treatments do work to an extent however.

Acupuncture is a technique where needles are placed into key points of the body. Evidence suggests that these needles release endorphins in the brain, which help reduce pain. Children with asthma who endure this treatment may find it easier to breathe more calmly and relaxed. Hypnosis is a treatment that may give children more self-discipline to continue on with their medicine in a more regular manner.

It has been suggested that stress or anxiety can constrict the airways even more for children or even adults with asthma. Massage helps reduce this stress, therefore making it easier for the child to breath. You can also learn great techniques to do on your own to help control your own breathing patterns. This gives the child confidence that they are in control of their asthma. There are many other diseases that children have where alternative treatment can be used. Perhaps used with conventional methods as well. Children with serious diseases such as cancer or diabetes may need to take advantage of massage or meditation techniques. Children with life threatening disease are prone to bottle up their stress and this can sometimes make their disease that much worse. By using alternative treatments along side of your doctor prescribed medications can be a great combination! Children with diseases need as much help as they can get.

As a parent a great deal of research and doctor’s opinions are necessary. Depending on what your child has you must research carefully any alternative treatments you are considering. You want to ensure that the treatments will do something for your child and not harm them in any way. You may find with treatments such as acupuncture that your child will be reluctant to try it. That is why research for something that the child will want to participate in. These treatments are more about relaxation and making your child feel like they are in control and not helpless to their illness. Children are more prone to need alternative treatments because they are more reluctant to follow through with their prescribed medicines. Children are hard to treat, but if they like the treatment, then it becomes that much easier! A great way to make your child excited for their new treatment is to describe it like it is a treat. Get them excited to go. The more excited they are to try something new the more willing they will be to make it part of their weekly or even daily routine. As a parent you know, that children need to enjoy what they are doing otherwise you will be defeated! Take the advise from this article, but always ensure that you run your ideas past your family doctor just to be safe. Alternative treatments can make all the difference in your child’s health and attitude!

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