16 Tips for Controlling Blood Sugar

We can control type 2 diabetes by following a diet that is low in fat, low in sugar, low in salt, and high in fibre. It should consist mainly of plants and other foods with low glycemic index numbers, and be washed down with lots of water.

There are times however, no matter how successful we are at controlling our diabetes, that we experience ‘unexplainable’ swings (up or down) in our blood glucose levels.

The reason is simple: we all have slightly different reactions to various foods, ie some foods will increase (or decrease) blood glucose levels for some people while others will experience no effects, adverse or otherwise, from eating these foods.

To become adept at controlling our diabetes we need to know how we are affected by particular foodstuffs and drinks. We can only find this out by keeping track of our responses to them.

To help, here are some notes on various foodstuffs and drinks that may affect your blood glucose levels in various ways. You should check these tips for controlling blood sugar against your own experience of how these particular foods affect you.

Coffee

Your blood sugar may rise after you drink coffee, even sugarless black coffee, due to the caffeine it contains.

The caffeine in black and green tea or other drinks can have a similar effect on your blood glucose.

Strangely, there are other compounds in coffee that have beneficial effects on your health. These include antioxidants such as chlorogenic acids and melanoidins, as well as N-methylpyridinium, which can boost cell defence mechanisms.

So how does coffee, green tea etc affect your blood sugar levels?

Refined bread

The refined flour in white bread gives it a high value on the glycemic index, in excess of 70. Thus it is digested quickly and produces a rapid high spike in the level of your blood glucose.

So you should eat bread made from 100% wholemeal flour.

Bagels are often touted as a healthy alternative to white bread. Not so, if you are diabetic. Bagels contain more carbs and calories than a slice of bread… even the wholemeal ones.

What is the best bread for you?

Sugar-free foods

These seem like a safe bet when you are diabetic. But this is not always true.

Many sugar-free foods contain oodles of fat added to impart flavour. If you are a type 2 diabetic you need to rid your diet of fat as far as possible in order to unblock the glucose receptors in your muscle cells.

Sugar-free foods may also contain a lot of starch, the main form of carbohydrates. You can only find out by checking the labels.

Sugar alcohols, such as sorbitol and xylitol, are often added to sugar-free foodstuffs to make them taste sweet. While these compounds have fewer carbs than sucrose (table sugar), they may still have enough to boost your blood glucose levels. Again, check the labels.

Eating out

Going to restaurants always presents problems for diabetics. Trying to decide whether a dish on a menu meets your low-fat, low-sugar dietary criteria can be difficult.

Food based on Chinese, Japanese and other Eastern cuisines is, in the main, quite healthy.

However the white rice served in these restaurants contains lots of carbohydrates. It also has a relatively high GI value which means that the carbs are digested quickly and thus can give rise to a rapid spike in blood glucose levels.

Some Eastern foods also have a high fat content. You need to avoid these foods.

You need to be cautious when eating out in other Western restaurants. Pizza, French fries and other foods contain lots of carbs and fat.

No matter where you eat, you should note the foods you have eaten. You should then check your blood sugar about 2 hours later. After a while a pattern will emerge and you’ll be able to see which foods have an adverse affect on your glucose levels and what foods are safe to eat on a night out.

Colds and flues

Your blood glucose levels will rise when your body is trying to fight off an illness. There’s not a lot you can do about that except to make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.

Note that some medicines can increase your blood sugar levels even further. These include some antibiotics and decongestants for clearing your sinuses. For example, decongestants containing pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine are known to raise blood sugar.

Cold medicines also sometimes have a little sugar or alcohol in them, so look for products that do not contain these ingredients. Antihistamines, however, don’t cause a problem with blood glucose.

You should ask your pharmacist about the possible effects of over-the-counter meds before you buy them. You should, of course, attend your doctor if an illness persists for more than two days or so.

Other medications

Several medicines in common use can have an adverse affect on blood sugar levels.

Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, are used to treat rashes, arthritis, asthma, and many other conditions. They are known to boost your blood glucose levels.

Diuretics (or water pills) that help regulate high blood pressure can also affect blood sugar levels adversely.

Antidepressants can go either way… some raise, others tend to lower blood glucose.

Birth control pills containing oestrogen can affect the way a woman’s body handles insulin. Birth control injections and implants are known to raise blood sugar levels. However oral contraceptives are considered safe for women with diabetes. A combination pill containing norgestimate and synthetic oestrogen is recommended, though your doctor’s advice should always be sought.

Female hormones

When a woman’s hormones change during her monthly menstruation, her blood sugar levels change also. During menopause, the hormonal changes can make blood glucose even harder to control.

You should keep a monthly record of your blood glucose levels to get a better idea of how they are affected by your menstrual cycle.

Stress

When you are stressed your body releases hormones, such as cortisol, that raise your blood glucose levels… no matter what the source (work, domestic, financial etc) of that stress.

Blood sugar rises due to stress are more common among people with type 2 diabetes than more healthy persons.

You need to change the things that are stressing you if that is possible.

If not, you should train yourself to relax using deep breathing and physical exercise.

Dried fruit

Fresh fruit is always a healthy choice for a snack.

Dried fruit is just as healthy. However, as the water has been taken out, it will contain on average about three times the amount of natural sugars and carbs by volume as fresh fruit.

For example, one tablespoon of raisins, dried cranberries or dried cherries will have the same amount of carbs as three tablespoons of these fruits.

Thus you should only eat a third of what you would eat if the fruit were fresh.

Probiotics

Probiotics are foods such as fresh yoghurt that contain healthy bacteria. These can improve your digestion. They may also help you control your blood glucose levels.

But be cautious. Some yogurts contain added sugar and fruit. You need to check the labels and note the amount of carbohydrates. Your best bet is plain or light yogurt without added sugar.

Vegan diet

Several studies have found that people with type 2 diabetes who switch to a vegan (all vegetable-based) diet have better blood glucose control. Most are able to reduce or give up their medications. A few have actually reversed their diabetes.

It can be difficult at first but if you follow a pure vegan diet you are guaranteed to experience very positive effects on your diabetes.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is definitely one drug that helps reduce blood glucose levels two hours after a meal. It is also a handy way to add flavour to dishes without adding salt, carbs or calories.

In this writer’s experience a sprinkling of this spice on his oatmeal in the morning is worth between 0.3 and 0.5mml/L (5.4 to 9mg/L). This is a significant drop (almost 7% on average) when your are aiming for a target of 6mml/L (108mg/L) two hours after breakfast.

Exercise

Physical activity will boost your overall health. It will also contribute to keeping your blood glucose levels under control.

However, as a diabetic, you need to tailor your exercise to suit your needs. If you work out hard enough to sweat and raise your heartbeat, your blood sugar may increase rapidly and then drop.

In fact, intense or endurance-type exercise can reduce you blood glucose to a dangerously low level and keep it down for 24 hours or more afterwards. A snack before you begin could help prevent it dropping too low.

You should check your blood sugar before, during, and after you exercise.

That said, moderate exercise can have a very positive effect on blood glucose levels. For example, cleaning the house or mowing the lawn can help lower your blood sugar.

There are many ways in which you can boost the amount of exercise you do. For example, walk up stairs instead of taking the elevator or park on the far side of the parking lot near your office or at your local supermarket. Small bits of moderate exercise all add up.

Sports drinks

The fact of the matter is that all you need after a workout is plain old H2O. Indeed unless you have had an extreme workout, plain water will replenish your fluids adequately.

Sports drinks are usually full of sugars, calories and carbs, so if you must imbibe one, read the label carefully. Some of them contain as much sugar as a soda drink.

Alcohol

Alcohol, the world’s most beloved recreational drug, is low in nutrients but high in empty calories, ie calories that have little or no nutritional value.

Alcoholic drinks contain plenty of carbohydrates so drinking moderate amounts of alcohol will cause your blood sugar to go up. This initial rise soon wears off and the level of glucose in your blood starts falling.

If you continue drinking then your blood glucose can continue to fall until you end up with hypoglycaemia (dangerously low blood sugar levels, aka a hypo). Even if you don’t experience a hypo, your glucose level can stay too low for up to 12 hours after drinking.

It’s best to take your booze with food and to check your blood sugar two hours afterwards.

Heat

Heat makes your blood sugar harder to control.

You are better off inside with the AC on when it’s hot outdoors. You should drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and test your glucose levels from time to time.

High temperatures can also affect your medications, glucose meter and test strips, so don’t leave them locked in a hot car.

What to Limit in a Kidney-Friendly Diet

Fluid and waste soon start to build up in the body when the kidneys aren’t working as intended. Over a period of time this can lead to a variety of health problems, including putting more stress on the heart. A practical course of action to minimize this type of problem is to change the daily food intake to make it more kidney-friendly. In the early stages of this disease, the diet can stay relatively unchanged, but when the disease becomes more advanced, it will be necessary to make appropriate changes. For instance, it will benefit to limit the intake of fluids, phosphorus and potassium.

Potassium

Potassium is a very common mineral that features in many different food types. This mineral is beneficial for its ability to help the muscles function properly. However, eating a diet that is too rich in potassium can lead to a variety of problems, such as muscle weakness and cramps. There is no set limit on how much potassium is acceptable to the patient with kidney problems, so it will be necessary to get guidance from your doctor to match the specific needs.

However, there are plenty of very acceptable foods with low potassium content. They can include chicken, white breads, lettuce, peppers, cauliflower, pineapples, cranberries and apples.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a very common type of mineral. It combines with vitamin D and calcium to help maintain the strength of the bones. However, the level of phosphorus is controlled by the healthy kidneys. In the event of the kidneys becoming less effective, there is a risk of phosphorus building up in the blood. Over time this can lead to low bone density.

A simple change in the diet can help to limit phosphorus, but there is also the option to take a phosphate binder which is prescribed by your doctor. When combined with a healthy diet, this is a great option to prevent the phosphorus build up.

Fluids

While a regular intake of fluids is essential to live, the person suffering with kidney disease may benefit from taking proper control on how much is consumed. The less effective kidneys aren’t so useful at clearing excess fluid so drinking less can be helpful. Heart failure, swelling and high blood pressure are a few of the issues associated with too much fluid. Also, there is the risk of the fluid building up in the region of the lungs which makes breathing more difficult.

The need to cut back on fluids can vary with the stage of the disease. Additionally, it would be necessary to limit the intake of foods with a lot of fluid.

3 Effective Weight Loss Methods to Lose Your Belly Fat

Weight loss can be difficult to attain. So I will discuss the most kept secrets to weight loss in the next few paragraphs. Imagine how you would feel if you were 20 pounds lighter.

Learning how to lose belly fat fast can be tricky. Fortunately there are some methods that work quit well in shredding that belly fat. Losing weight does not require hard work. It requires consistent smart work. Never push yourself too hard. This will lead to burnout. Keep a consistent pace and slowly increase your training sessions. You have to build a foundation before you can construct a strong lean body.

Look for foods high in fiber. Fiber is the key ingredient to burning fat. Make sure to consume lots of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber. The more fiber you consume, the more weight you will lose. Fiber will also play a huge role in toning up your abs. People forget how important fiber really is. Make it your goal to consume large amounts of fiber.

Make sure you drink lots of water. Water is very important for your health. Water plays a big part in toning your body and getting those six pack abs you have always dreamed of. If you do not drink enough water you can damage your muscles severely. Drink at least three glasses of water every day.

Flexibility is crucial for the toning of your body. It is proven that stretching will tone your body faster than most methods. Try to stretch every morning. This will help you lose that belly fat quickly.

The Importance of CPR Training

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is also known as Basic Life Support. It is a method that includes providing artificial circulation and respiration to sustain life in a person which heartbeat and breathing has ceased. CPR is commonly performed to a collapsed or drowned person, especially if respiration and pulse is absent.

Having CPR training will enable you to save lives. When blood flow in the brain is diminished, it will be moved with oxygen. Without oxygen, brain cells may die and death will occur. If one has CPR training, he will be able to support and continue the oxygen supply to the brain by giving rescue breaths and chest compressions. Experts say that 50% of heart attack victims are saved if an early CPR is started.

Who Can Give Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation?

Do you know that you can give CPR during emergency cases? You do not need to be a medical professional to provide a CPR. Actually, anyone can provide CPR as long as he received formal education of standard first aid course or if he had undergone CPR training.

Quick Actions Prior to Giving CPR

1. If you came across a collapsed victim, survey the scene first. Inspect the area. If the area is unsafe, move the person to a safe place.

2. Assess the victim. Tap the victim's shoulder. Check if he is conscious or not.

3. Before you decide for a CPR, assessment for the victim's Airway, Breathing and

Circulation (ABC). Observe the victim's chest – does it rise and fall? Feel for his pulse. Inspect his mouth for obstructions. If pulse and breathing is absent, this is the time to initiate CPR.

How is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Done?

1. Perform head-tilt-chin-lift maneuver. First, you need to do the head-tilt-chin-lift maneuver. To do this, tilt the forehead of the victim using your palm, and then pinch the victim's nose using your middle finger and thumb of the same hand. Using your other hand, perform chin lift maneuver. To do this, pull the victim's chin using your index and middle finger, and thumb to open the victim's mouth. Then do a mouth seal. Blow two breaths into the victim's mouth – an indication of a correct mouth seal is that the chest of the victim rises with every blow.

2. Start chest compressions. Position the heel of your palm to the middle of the victim's chest. Start 30 compressions with alternates of 2 rescue breaths.

3. When the first cycle is completed, check for the victim's breathing and pulse. If present, stop the compressions and position the victim into a recovery position. If still absent, the cycle should be repeated.

Note: chest compressions should never be stopped. It can be stopped when the victim has regained his breathing and pulse or when emergency medical help has arrived.

Physical Rehabilitation Centers and Nursing Homes Night Mares

*The reader decides what is good in each individual case. If any suggestion or advice is not helpful in your case, the authors suggest that you do not use it. Each case is individual; each case is different. Be your own judge of what is good in your particular case.

WOW! So you have a complaint! So, you have a serious complaint! What do you do? How do you pile through all the red tape of dealing with nursing homes and physical rehabilitation centers? Have you been given the run-around by a physical rehabilitation center or nursing home. Do they ignore your questions or requests? Does it seem like you are invisible to them? Have you made legitimate requests and been ignored at every turn? Does it “seem” like the corporate persons or people in charge or the licensed social workers are taking advantage of the situation?

Is the center or nursing home ignoring bedsores that were acquired right there in the center or nursing home. Those are questions to ask yourself when you feel like you are getting the run-around when dealing with health or financial issues in relation to physical rehabilitation centers and nursing homes in this world.And there are more questions; you probably can think of hundreds of questions yourself. How about these questions? Do they wait days or even weeks before the patient or resident is given proper care? Does it “appear” that the physical rehabilitation center or nursing home is doing “more bad than good”? And are they covering this up with avoidance or fabrication? Do these sound like the same complaints that you have about a particular rehabilitation center or nursing home? If they do sound similar or the same, your first steps in protecting the patient, resident and family can be found here in this self-help article.

Have you caught the place in outright lies? What has been your experience in dealing with physical rehabilitation center s and nursing homes? Everyone has a different experience. And while some might have a good experience, there e are possibly dozens or hundreds of others who are having bad experiences or terrible experiences inside physical rehabilitation centers and nursing homes.So, what is your experience? And If you have a bad experience, how do you handle it; How d o you react and how do you act in order to benefit the patient or resident inside the home?

First, build a solid base of honesty, and if there is no honesty inside the nursing home or rehabilitation center, if there is no honesty coming from the staff or supervisors, then build a case for proving their dishonesty. Once you have seen that staff or supervisors or administrators have lied about circumstances, and then you need to protect yourself from happening that happen again.For example, if the rehabilitation staff is claiming that something happened or is happening and you know for a fact that this is not true, then any future contact that you have with them might end up the same way. So how do you protect yourself under these circumstances?

Put It In Writing!

WRITING! Yes, a simple thing like writing changes all perspectives of a particular situation. Writing can bring a situation around to having more honesty, to having the staff and social workers and administrators “become” more honest. Once they see that something is in “writing” –in “print”, they might think twice about compromising their honesty and integrity. So, if anyone at any of those places has lied or fabricated, made up a story or ignored any of your verbal requests, it would be just common sense to have future dealings with them in “writing”.

Once a physical rehabilitation center has lied or misconstrued something or ignored your serious verbal complaints, it might be time to hit the typewriters and computers and compose a letter -IN WRITING– to the administrators or supervisors that are responsible in the corporate setting. If you have serious complaints and your complaints are being ignored, it might be the time that you put your serious complaints in writing and it might be the time to send such complaints by certified mail or by express mail or by priority mail.What? What if you cannot afford these types of mail services? Have no fear! You can properly complain in writing and still have proof that you sent your letter -by asking the post office for a “certificate of mail”. This is a small white receipt that is postmarked by the Postal worker, and then your letter is “on record” for being mailed at the US Post Office. This service is under two dollars per letter. (It might be under one dollar and fifty cents; check with your local post office). ALWAYS put your complaints in writing once your verbal complaints have been ignored or once stories have been fabricated by any staff or personnel at any physical rehabilitation centers or nursing homes.

Staff who are honest and personnel who are honest will not resent or be bothered by any complaints that are put in writing. It is only dishonest staff and dishonest personnel and dishonest licensed workers at physical rehabilitation centers and nursing homes that would be upset about any complaint put in writing. If staff is honest, they will respond professionally; if they are dishonest, they will dig their own hole deeper. Be forewarned that the battle gets tougher and the steps get deeper once you decide to register your formal complaints, so it might help you to have a few others on your side.

Helpful Hints:

Keep a Journal.

Begin a journal book and record EVERYTHING that happens -time, date, place, day, occurrence and the person’s involved. KNOW that this corporate place is doing that so, you get on board and keep your own records, your own journal book/diary, regarding all issues and applicable communications, calls, visits. This is vitally important for your own protection from unscrupulous rehabilitation centers and nursing home

Keep records and copies.

Make a record of every phone call and every conversation, topic, date, time, day, and topic of conversation with details -every time you speak with someone regarding the rehabilitation center or nursing home. Some individuals make tape recordings of their phone calls. As long as “you” speak during that conversation, and you are “present” in that conversation, then this is not “eavesdropping” but simply a recorded conversation

Document everything.

Document everything that is done, everything that is said, everything that is not done and not said, to have accurate records of what is happening. Your documentation can mean the difference between success and failure, so document NOW- even before you have need to document things.

Have Everyone Join In and Check licenses:

Bring your entire family into the picture. Instead of one person doing all the work and making the complaints, ask all the family members who are available to help out and file their own complaints, either with the corporate place or with outside complaint agencies. The more participants the better. Consider, that’s consider, reporting any unscrupulous “licensed” individuals to the appropriate “licensing” bureaus. In some states the places that give licenses is the Department of Education, in other states, it is another department.

Research online and be persistent:

Go online and do a search of any and all organizations that are there to help you with complaints against physical rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. Do a thorough search and you will come up with, maybe, more help than you need.Be persistent in your complaint. KNOW that so many others have been successful in battling bad nursing homes. Check out the article about a Southern California lawyer who successfully is getting settlements of more than a few million dollars from unscrupulous nursing homes who “lied about the quality of care inside the nursing home. Now, nursing homes are going to be more careful about what they “advertise” because if they do not produce what they advertise, they just might end up in some million dollar lawsuits -against them. One nursing home that has recently settled because it decided that it was better to settle than to go through a lawsuit for false advertising. It’s tempting to give up when a large corporation is battling against you, especially when they are battling with illegal or unscrupulous tactics, but always have hope. Always know that all throughout history, eventually good conquered evil. Even when things looked worse in history and in life, good always survives and the truth always comes out. So have hope knowing that you are in good company and you will prevail with your honest reports to the appropriate places.

Stay connected to win!

You cannot underestimate the power of being connected. Talk with everyone you know, everyone you trust about the situation but without mentioning names. Ask for any and all help that you can get in fighting the red tape, the fabrication, the lies, and the unscrupulous dealings of any happenings inside of bad nursing homes and bad physical rehabilitation centers. If you are staying in a nursing home for rehabilitation, ask everyone you know if they know about your particular residence. Always listen to your gut instinct, no matter what anyone says. You can do whatever you set out to do, just make sure that you always listen to yourself.

Now, gather your evidence.

Gather the rest of your evidence. Who would think that nursing home advertisements would be helpful in bringing down a nursing home which is giving inadequate care or bad care? Well, think again. Read the news articles, and go at once to gather any and all of the advertising that any offending nursing home or any offending rehabilitation care center is giving out. Do you have a brochure? Look in your newspapers, where local places advertise. Tear out and save any and all advertisements that those places offer. Buy the newspaper or get the newspaper at your library and read about all the things that these care centers “offer” to their patients and residents. SAVE EVERYTHING! If a nursing home or care center is offering a certain kind of care, certain kinds of rooms or certain kinds of services ONLY in advertising but not in reality, then perhaps that particular corporation can be brought to law to be accountable for all of its false advertising. Be persistent. Study , research, and keep your research and keep your evidence. Then and if you decide to sue, you will have enough physical evidence to present to your lawyer. You just might win your case.

Value trust and guard it.

Forget trust? Wow. How can we say such a thing and be serious? Here’s how. If you are dealing with a rehabilitation center or nursing home and some or any of the staff has already fabricated stories, withheld or lied or ignored your legitimate requests perhaps this is time that you should remember that these people should not and cannot be trusted. Why? Well, if they lied to you once, what stops them from fibbing to you or withholding vital information from you twice or three times or even all the time? If they have already thrown your trust in the garbage, how do you get that trust back and protect yourself? Usually, once staff lies to you, you can ALMOST be sure that they will lie again. After all, how do they cover up their first lie? They can only do that by either apologizing for their first lie – which won’t happen- or by continuing to lie to you again and again. So, if this applies to you, the “forget trust”. We are not claiming that everyone inside a nursing home lies; what we are stating is that sometimes “SOME” staff at some nursing homes cover up the truth simply because they are afraid of losing their jobs. After all, if a nursing home lets someone wait for hours and hours to go to the bathroom and if a staff member complains about this -what happens to that staff person? So when bad things happen inside of good or inside of bad nursing homes, the staff is pressured to cover up the lacks and to cover up the bad things that are happening –under the pressure of losing their jobs if they speak out.

Remember the eight nurses who walked out.

Look at what happened to those eight nurses who walked off the job due to bad conditions. That was in the news. EIght – not one, but eight nurses walked off in unity, yet even they had the tables turned on them. So, good employees are pressured to be silent and this makes the nursing homes and rehab centers worse than they should be.

If you are a nurse or social worker or supervisor in a rehab or nursing home, you need to SPEAK OUT against the bad practices that are happening inside these places. With your help, society will be successful in changing things for the better. (If you are afraid to speak out because you might lose your job, speak out to us. We will keep your confidentiality, and through a unity, YOU can help save lives. You can help give better care.

Complain to Agencies.

About complaining: Do your complaining (to other agencies and departments regarding these issues) in writing. It’s tempting to get on the telephone and complain verbally because that is easy, however, only the true complaint prevails if you put things in writing. You put things in your own words-not in the words of the person taking the complaint.

Be Knowledgeable and consider suing.

Realize! Yes, realize what really happens once you initiate a complaint. First know whom you are speaking to if you complain by phone Know that most or some agencies are staffed by volunteers and even some are sympathetic to the corporations that you might be complaining about. (So consider suing if you have a good case). Complain to the agencies that issue licenses -whether the person you are complaining about is a doctor, nurse, home health aide, or social worker, complain to the proper parties. Ombudsman complaints are, well, okay, maybe, but sometimes even these ombudsmen are volunteers and sometimes you might get one who is not “impartial”. However, when you complain to a licensing agency, they must check into every allegation, so much more than an ombudsman can and or will. Thinking about suing? Well, half of the work is done for you if you have followed the proper steps and taken the proper records. Your journal can probably be used in court to help your case. (Only your lawyer would know this). Persist! Don’t let anything negative that the “red-tape builders” say to you; discourage you from being persistent in your honest reporting to the proper agencies and possibly lawyers also.

YES, build yourself up; strengthen your position and protect your family members and patients and residents by using the best resources that are available to you both in print and online. We make some recommendations about helpful books and helpful resources tools that you might be able to locate online or in your home town. Why not check out Mark Green’s publications, such as THE CONSUMER BIBLE, or other consumer books by Mark Green.

Never “threaten” to sue, just do it

Locate a lawyer.

Finally? Finally, if nothing else helps the case and you are still getting nowhere and the corporate and staff are still fibbing, fabricating, or withholding vital information, seriously considering suing the place. Yes, a lawsuit might be quite appropriate in some cases. In no matter what state you live in, there are usually competent lawyers who will take your case without taking any upfront money from you. (Check with friends and relatives who may have used lawyers or check the yellow pages).

Search the net.

Know the net. Be aware of how the net works and be aware of how advertisements pop up on the net and what they mean and what they stand for. For example, you are now reading an article about rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. So, the way the net works is this – you might look to the side there and see many advertisements for nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. KNOW that this does not mean that this article is about those and this does not mean that we recommend any of those places. The way the advertisements get there is purely random. Somewhere in the net, the words “rehabilitation center” and “lawyer” and “nursing home” are picked up by the net and the advertisements are almost automatically generated. So know that we have no affiliation or recommendation of any persons or companies that are mentioned on this web page or in this website. In fact, we have no way of knowing which or if any of these corporations will appear on the same web page that our article is on. So beware and do your own “checking” when it comes to businesses.

Believe in yourself.

Believe in yourself and in your own inner instinct. Know that most staff or personnel that are connected with the physical rehabilitation centers and nursing homes probably would advise you not to put anything in writing. Why? Once you put your complaint in writing, they actually have to DO something about it, instead of being able to ignore your complaint the way they might be able to ignore a verbal complaint. So by putting your complaint in writing you make them accountable; you make “more work” for them, and you protect yourself and your family member. So, if you want to protect yourself and your family members, it would seem that it makes sense to put things in writing. (After all, what’s more valuable, a verbal contract or a written contract? Correct!)

Always stay connected.

Connect! Yes, yes, yes, connect! Connection is a tool that has helped people throughout centuries throughout the world. You have seen evidence of this yourself. Don’t “unions” get more benefits for employees? Aren’t union members usually more protected than those that are non-union? Well, that’s the connection theory at work. The more people you have on your side, the better protection that you have. So, if you can be connected with others that have the same problem as you have, that is protection for you and protection for them. SO, connect! I f you are seeking connection with others who are complaining about rehabilitation centers and nursing homes write to us and we will do our best to put you in touch with others having the same problems. ALL through history the ones who are and were the most successful are those who enlist the help of others and the ones who have a group behind them. That is why or how many unscrupulous rehabilitation centers and nursing homes get the upper hand, because there is more “staff” than “you”. Once you join with others that are when you might begin to be successful in your journey towards truth, honesty, and integrity in rehabilitation centers and in nursing homes. Connect with us and join our worldwide project that will put the spotlight on nursing homes and physical rehabilitation and care centers across the world, and more specifically ones right in your own neighborhood. You can make this happen. Join us by emailing us with your facts, research, photos and your true story. Include a confidentiality statement with your work and you can be in consideration for joining our worldwide project.

SKEPTICS? :

Ahh, there are skeptics reading. Yes, we hear you. You are reading thinking that there are great nursing homes out there and there are wonderful people working there too. There are many giving wonderful and great service. YES! That statement is true, but in reality, the better truth is that there are probably MORE unscrupulous, offending, and damaging rehabilitation centers and nursing homes out there, throughout the country and throughout the world than there are good ones. If you doubt this statement, just do this, use the “Google” tool and set up Google alerts on your email account.

Put the words nursing homes or nursing home in there. You will probably get HUNDREDS of emails -Google alerts – in your box daily, about the negligent and malpractice nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. You will get emails about staff committing crimes, staff being negligent and emails about people dying all over the country of unnecessary deaths. Just check out a few of those Google alerts and see what happens. Yes, Virginia, there are good nursing homes in the world, but this article is about the bad ones. That’s the difference. Our purpose in writing this article is to bring world attention to the deficiencies and the malpractices and the negligence’s and the crimes being committed inside of unscrupulous rehabilitation centers and nursing homes.

REHABILITATION CENTERS

Why rehabilitation centers? You’ve asked why we use this term, and we have the answer for you here. For many, many years, there have been so many deficiencies in some nursing homes that the term “nursing home” leaves a bad taste in the world’s mouth. Lately, we have come to connect the word nursing home with something bad -due to all the bad publicity that has been in the news and on television. So, what’s the solution when a nursing home wants to advertise yet doesn’t want that bad connotation to its name? Well, name it something else. Most all nursing homes have always had a floor or two for “rehabilitation” for many years. But now, some have changed their names so as to exclude themselves from the ‘bad news’ that might generate from searches about “nursing homes’. So, throughout our country, and throughout the world, “rehabilitation centers” are popping up all over, trying to not be classified as “nursing homes’ in an effort to divorce them from any and all bad publicity. There actually are legal definitions of nursing homes and physical rehabilitation centers for the purpose of Medicaid and other agencies. The definitions have to do with how long people stay in a facility.

For example, if a place names themselves a “rehabilitation center” instead of a nursing home, then when people Google “nursing homes” their place might not come up in the search -even if there is bad news about the place. So, don’t be fooled by name changes of places. (There is an actual legal clarification and definition between “nursing homes” and “rehabilitation centers” and you can find that online in one of the government sites). Google both names and read them all. These are terms you can Google to get news: “nursing homes, nursing home, rehabilitation center, rehabilitation and care centers, care centers, long-term care centers, aging, and things like that. But to begin with Google nursing homes and rehabilitation centers -two separate terms.

THE GOOD ONES: Yes, we acknowledge there are many helpful, good and law-abiding nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. This article is about the opposite. This article is written about the bad ones, the unscrupulous ones and the ones that violate personal and civil rights of human beings.

I f you are in a good one, we are happy for you. If you have a family member in a good one, we are happy for you, and we still ask you to JOIN US, yes join us, in stopping the corruption or the lack of care and non-care in the bad facilities. Join us and together , nursing home service will improve.

WRITE TO US:

(If you have a good comment about nursing homes and you do not understand this article, you are welcome to write to us also). We write, these articles regarding nursing homes and physical rehabilitation centers in an effort to band together with others who have been bound by red-tape, the run-around, and by unscrupulous nursing homes and physical rehabilitation care centers. We hope that you spread the word, and ask others to join us as soon as possible. TOGETHER, we can make progress; together we can be successful in making all nursing homes and all physical rehabilitation centers –better, and healthy for all of our people.

Footnotes below this line

By “dig their own hole deeper”, we mean that if staff has already been dishonest, once approached in writing, they probably will continue to lie or fabricate or ignore your requests. Either way, you go on record with all your communications. That is your protection against future fabrications by staff.

This article, for the most part, is concerning dishonest staff at rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. When we advise “steps “, suggestions or advice, it is for the offending places and personnel. We do realize and recognize that there are “some” nursing homes that offer good service.

When recording on answering machines, sometimes a “timed beep” is necessary; check with your local statutes or check with your lawyer for details. Do an online search for help in that area.

If a licensed social worker or a licensed doctor has been unscrupulous or if they have been allegedly guilty of malpractice or negligence, you might want to consider seriously complaining to the licensing agencies about this. Pull up a good search engine on your computer and put in a search for “department of education licensing division” or “licensing agencies” . Keep searching until you find what you you are looking for.

While there are some centers that do “just’ rehabilitation and or therapy, the places that we are speaking of are the centers that used to be nursing homes and those that have just changed their names to cover themselves up. The places we speak of are those that have nursing home ability or capacity -have people “living” there as permanent and temporary residentsWe strongly suggest putting your complaints into a type-written or computer-composed letter instead of verbally complaining to agencies.

If you think you have good cases, go right to a lawyer and ask for the free consultation. MOST lawyers have free consultations. You can even have a free consultation on the phone sometimes. Check the net and yellow pages.

Our Recommendations: If you would like our own recommendations (not a scientific study but our own personal recommendations). We can offer a list of homes and rehab centers that we approve of and offer a list of nursing homes and centers that we would never recommend. This list is only our opinion. But you are entitled to our opinion, so feel free to write to us. Contact us through the email section of this articles website. We do not work or volunteer in any nursing homes or rehab centers, but we have visited at great length in some and have shorter visits in others. A visitor’s opinions are valuable when choosing nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, so feel free to write to us.

CLUE: People are under the mistaken impression that if a center is not on the LIST of worst nursing homes, then the center is good. WRONG! We have discovered that one of the worst nursing homes around is not on the LIST of the worst homes. They use illegal tactics, hide things and cover up their errors to stay off the “worst ” list. So far they have been able to do that. But now, consumers, residents and families are making their own LIST of worst nursing homes and rehabilitation and care centers. Wouldn’t you lik e to see the list that residents and families made?

I know for a fact that there is at least ONE rehabilitation and care center that is one of the worst going, yet this place is not on the government’ s WORST list. So be careful when viewing the homes. Ask to see the ENTIRE home, all floors of the nursing home , before making a decision.

Updated May 2008

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.

Stages of Colon Cancer and Treatment Options

Colon cancer is a very fatal disease, in particular, if diagnosed too late. However, treatment success for those who suffer from disease has increased, as has the survival rate. This is due to early prevention along with the development of new therapies for colon cancer. In fact, many early diagnosed colon cancer patients, if treated promptly, are reported to achieve a full recovery from the disease.

The course of therapy varies in different patients regarding the treatment of colon cancer. There are a number of factors that are considered including the state of health of patients and the location and the size of the tumor as well as the severity of colon cancer that are considered by Oncologists (doctors specialized in cancer diagnosis and treatment) in choosing a therapy. The three primary colon cancer treatments include surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. As the case may be, a combination of these treatments may be employed for the patient.

For early stages of colon cancer (Stage 0 & Stage I), surgery is the treatment of choice. These are the stages wherein cancer is confined locally and has affected a small portion of the colon only. The procedure may range from polypectmy to partial colectomy. Polypectomy is the surgical removal of a polyp in the colon and it is even possibly done during colonoscopy as long as the tumor (polyp) is small enough. On the other hand, partial colectomy is the resection of the affected portion of the colon and adjacent lymph nodes. The two procedures discussed do not require any other additional treatment like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The surgery alone can successfully eradicate the disease with a good prognosis as long as the malignant tissues were completely removed.

Regarding Phase II colon cancer treatments, surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy is recommended by doctors in most cases. At this stage, where cancer has penetrated the wall of the colon and affected adjacent tissue but has not yet infected the lymph nodes, or spread (metastases). At this point, an operation is generally required to removed the tumor tissues and lymph nodes. chemotherapy can also be performed, according to the presence of certain circumstances caused by cancer such as:

1. Perforation, or the presence of a hole or holes in the wall of the colon;

2. The presence of a high degree of malignancy;

3. No more than 12 lymph nodes removed surgically;

4. In the case of malignant cells that were removed from the colon show activity micro satellite instability (MSI);

5. Adjacent organs also infected by cancer.

6. The obstruction of the large intestine.

For stage III colon cancer, the malignancy typically involves the colon, nearby tissues and lymph nodes but not the distant parts of the body. The standard treatment recommended for this stage is partial colectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy as well as possible radiation therapy as the case requires. However, the surgical treatment can only be indicated for patients whose general health status can still tolerate the procedure. Otherwise, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are more likely the treatment of choice.

In the stage of colon cancer known as phase IV, operation is typically is the least favored option. Usually the best option in radiation therapy and chemotherapy. At this point, the malignancy is generally spread from the colon and lymphatic nodes and has distributed itself among other organs of the body. For cancer can often be detected in the lungs, liver, organs of the organs and peritoneum and the ovaries. Chemotherapy administered intravenous drugs or by mouth. These drugs are intended to destroy cancer cells. Metastases of other organs, malignant cells, not colon cancer tissue if heavy together with the operation. But if sufficiently large, chemotherapy drugs to reduce the size of the tumor prior to surgery. On the other hand, ionizing radiation and radiation therapy also be taken to reduce this tumor. But most often the procedures are performed in the interest of the comfort of the patent and does alleviate some of the symptoms of cancer, but certainly. Unfortunately, there is a very poor prognosis at this stage of cancer.

Overall, there are several options for colon cancer treatment. However, the best time to undergo such any of the treatment is during the earlier stage of the disease. It is significant that any individual risk for colon cancer undergoes certain diagnostic exams regularly for early detection because definitely cancer has a treatment and a good prognosis is possible.

Pursuing a Pharmacy Career Nationwide

Many people in these economic times are pursuing a pharmacy career. Some benefits of learning to be a pharmacist are:

1) Entry Level salary is usually anywhere from $ 70,000 to $ 149,000 depending on location and need.

2) Being a pharmacist, your work hours are random. You often work 7 on and 7 off, work during the evenings or work the usual 9-5 retail hours.

3) Pharmacists generally will come out of their schooling with a reduced debt compared to other health care professional schools.

4) Pharmacists generally can become a fully licensed pharmacist in your early 20s, allowing you to enter the workplace at an age earlier than some other jobs that pay this much.

5) Pharmacists get to work very closely with patients who are fulfilling their prescriptions. They are a very trusted source of information relating to the side effects and interactions of the various drugs they are on.

6) Pharmacists who are in a retail pharmacy get to interact very closely with patients, or if they are in a clinical or hospital setting, with the staff of those facilities and they help individuals out a lot when they are going through serious issues in their lives. This can be very rewarding to most people.

Above are just a beneficial of the advantages to trying to become a pharmacist.

If you are a pharmacist who is looking for help finding an opportunity, The Healthcare Staffing Group , LLC can help you find a placement with one of our nationwide clients. We have full-time, part-time, temporary and permanent positions available nationwide!

Educate You Self With The Drug Addiction Treatment

One of the most important decisions you will make in your lifetime is selecting a drug addiction treatment for you or one of your love ones. Only few of us know about the most important drug addiction treatment center for you as they are not all the same, you want quality and trust. You will find that each drug addiction treatment program or center will have its own option, cost, effectiveness of them.

Let’s face it. One of the perennial societal problems the whole world is facing right now is drug addiction. It seems like we are losing every one of our people, youth especially, to substance abuse that continuously destroy lives, damage the future, and hurt our economy. Yet along with this dilemma is the never-ending search for the possible–and the best–form of cure or prevention to such vice. Thus, we are now currently introduced to what is known as drug treatment.

Though addiction to drugs like opium has been common since historical times it is in recent times that the problem has been exacerbated significantly. This is mainly due to the cultivation of plants yielding drugs, advancements in biochemistry and improvements in means of getting access to drugs. The introduction of purified forms of active biological agents and the synthesis of new substances like methamphetamine has made drugs more widespread. Clinically, the word addiction has been replaced by the word dependency in relation to drugs.

Various Treatments:

Treatments for alcohol abuse are quite varied in keeping with the multiple perspectives of the condition itself. Counselors approaching the condition as a medical disease will recommend different treatment processes and goals than, for instance, those approaching the condition as one of social choice. Most treatments focus on helping abusers completely discontinue their alcohol intake, as well as providing life training and/or social support to help them resist a return to alcohol use. Since alcohol abuse involves many factors which encourage a person to continue drinking (psychological/social, physical, and petrochemical), all of these factors must be addressed in order to successfully prevent a return to active alcohol use.

Drug treatment typically involves steps to help you withdraw from using drugs, followed by counseling and attending self-help groups to help you resist using the addictive drug again. Drug treatment for individuals who abuse drugs but are not yet addicted to them mostly consists of behavioral therapies, such as psychotherapy, counseling, support groups, or family therapy. But drug treatment for drug addicts often involves a combination of behavioral therapies and medications.

It may be noted that not all persons are equally prone to addiction. Some persons are psychologically or genetically more predisposed to drug addiction. Again, some kinds of drugs get the better of some particular types of persons more easily. Similarly, the manner of treatment and method of recovery from addiction vary widely according to the types of drugs, amount of drugs, duration of drug addiction, medical complications and social necessities of the patient.

The Only Solution:

Here are the most common treatment options for alcohol abuse: Detoxification (commonly referred to as ‘detox’) is the process of eliminating alcohol drinking and giving the drinkers bodily system time to re-adjust to the absence of alcohol. Drugs that have similar effects to alcohol are used to ease the withdrawal symptoms, which can actually be deadly in extreme cases if left untreated. The most often used drugs are sedative-hypnotics, such as diazepam or clonazepam. Less frequently, barbiturates such as Phenobarbital are used. Many weeks after alcohol intake has completely stopped individuals may still suffer from milder withdrawal symptoms; sleep is generally the last function to return to normal.

Detoxification is not a treatment for alcohol abuse itself, but is simply a treatment of the physiologic effects of ongoing abuse of alcohol. It provides an initial path for an abuser to stop drinking in the first place. Detoxification treatments without supplemental help for the patient to continue abstinence have a very high rate of relapse. Detoxification often takes place within an inpatient environment, but some programs do offer outpatient detoxification.

Pain Relief – The Real Value of Alternative Medicine for Endometriosis Pain

Over 5 ½ million women in the United and Canada, the pain from endometriosis is all too real. Because the tissue that n lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, these women suffer through many various pain symptoms. Whether they experience excessive bleeding, lower back and abdominal pain, or infertility (inability to become pregnant), most women with this disease seek endometriosis pain relief treatments and products that provide effective pain relief.

Endometriosis pain treatment is available in many forms, such as over-the-counter medication, hormone therapy, and surgical options.

However, for some women, the side effects of these manufactured medicines are not worth the end result. Many women tend to find relief using a more natural method of endometriosis pain treatment.

Natural Endometriosis Pain Treatment Options

Speak to your doctor before you try a natural method of endometriosis pain treatment to make sure what you have is truly endometriosis. If your doctor agrees that a natural method of endometriosis pain treatment is right for you, begin treatment. Some of your alternative endometriosis pain treatment options include:

o Acupressure. Acupressure is a Chinese method of pain relief that relies on pressure to stimulate channels of energy. Acupressure is a successful endometriosis pain treatment for women experiencing painful cramps. Find a doctor who is accredited to practice both conventional medicine and acupressure.

o Acupuncture. Chinese medical practitioners believe that acupuncture is a very effective endometriosis pain treatment. Combined with herbal therapy, acupuncture regulates stagnant blood, which causes much of the inflammation and pain of endometriosis. It will require a few treatments before you experience any material results. If results are not apparent by the 3rd treatment, discontinue or find another practitioner .

o Herbal Medicine. Many believe that specific medicinal plants can heal a patient naturally. For endometriosis pain treatment, herbs are first taken to rebalance the hormone levels in the body. Then, other herbs are used to strengthen the immune system. These herbs will eventually lead to the elimination of the disease. One of the most effective herbal formulated products on the market is a product called Menastil, with its penetration agent derived from the Calendula flower. Menastil is a topically applied, non-addictive, non-narcotic pain relief solution that has proven very effective for endometriosis pain relief.

o Exercise. Do not underestimate the amazing health benefits of exercise. Simple exercises, such as aerobics, walking and swimming, can help prevent cramps, improve circulation, and relax the uterus.

o Aromatherapy. Essential oils, like chamomile, lavender, and jasmine can reduce endometriosis adhesions. These oils along with massage therapy can strengthen the immune system, help with sleep issues, and heal muscles and tissues.

The focus of alternative medicine is to help the body heal itself naturally. Who knows? Alternative medicine used as endometriosis pain treatment may be able to help you cope with your painful symptoms.

For more information about alternative medicine used as endometriosis pain treatment, check out The Institute for Female Alternative Medicine.

How Vitamin Supplements Can Be a Gray Hair Remedy

Everyone wants to look younger, and as a result gray hair remedies abound. Hair coloring is probably to most popular simply because it’s easy to use (but messy), and fast. However, it obviously doesn’t offer any kind of long term benefit or preventative measure. And in the worst case scenario dye ends up looking unnatural.

Next in line would be topical scalp treatments like serums or shampoos that “deliver nutrients to the hair follicle”. Certainly there could be some benefits there, but probably not much more than simply dying the hair. This is due to graying hair being a symptom of unhealthy cell function in hair follicles, or, more specifically, the lack of melanin (hair color pigment) production.

While there is no magic cure for graying hair, vitamin supplements can provide the possibility of a more far reaching solution than simple hair colorings or topicals. There are several compounds found in specialized gray hair vitamins that have the potential to slow or halt graying hair.

He Shou Wu (Fo Ti)

A widely used Chinese herb, He shou wu translates to “black-haired Mr. He” in Chinese. This name refers to a legend of an older villager named Mr. He who took he shou wu and restored his graying hair back to its youthful appearance. He Shou Wu is considered to be one of the most important of the Chinese herbal tonics and is widely used to help combat a number of common ailments, including thinning, graying hair. It is especially effective at normalizing liver and kidney functions which in turn can help treat prematurely gray hair.

Tyrosine

An amino acid (protein) that that generates melanin. It is crucial in the formation of eumelanin and phaeomelanin which give the hair its color.

Beta Sitosterol

A phytosterol, ²-sitosterol reduces blood levels of cholesterol. Its close chemical resemblance to cholesterol enables it to block the absorption of cholesterol by competitive inhibition. Although beta-sitosterol is not well absorbed by the body (5-10%) when consumed with cholesterol it effectively blocks cholesterol’s absorption, resulting in lower serum cholesterol levels. Beta-sitosterol has also been shown to improve lipoprotein (HDL, LDL) profiles.

PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)

A form of folic acid, PABA’s primary benefit is improving how protein is broken down and used in the body. Since protein plays such a key role in healthy hair growth, PABA has recently been counted as a vital hair nutrient.

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Niacin is a water-soluble vitamin that assists in the functioning of the skin. Niacin works synergistically when combined with biotin. Niacin helps dilate blood vessels in the scalp increasing the blood flow (circulation).

Biotin

Biotin is essential for hair growth, and sometimes called vitamin H.

Nutritionist Education Requirements and Job Opportunities for Nutritionists

If you are interested in health and fitness, you can start a career in a field which has numerous opportunities by getting a nutritionist education. With a nutrition degree, you will be qualified to help people prepare healthy diets, overcome illnesses and physical ailments through proper dieting, and live healthy lives.

The Demand for Nutritionists
More people than ever before are getting actively involved in managing their own health. They are placing more of an emphasis on being proactive by eating healthy and taking an interest in self-healing. This is creating more of a demand for qualified nutritionists. By getting a nutritionist education, you will have the skills necessary to organize meal plans for people who are facing a variety of health challenges.

Nutritionist Education
Students can get their nutritionist education by attending a college or university and meeting an associate, bachelor or master's degree. Online nutritionist education courses are also available online. Make sure to get your nutritionist degree from an accredited institution.

After graduating from a nutrition program, a graduate can always work as a clinical dietician. Clinical dietitians work with clients in hospitals, schools, medical centers, clinics, physician's offices, and nursing homes. In these settings, nutritionalists assess the dietary needs of people who will be eating at these places regularly.

Another aspect of the job may include consulting with doctors and other healthcare professionals to organize a meal plan for a patient. This can include meeting the health needs of people who are obese, diabetics, patients with high blood pressure, or vegetarians.

Other Opportunities
A nutritionist education can lead to numerous opportunities in the healthcare industry. Nutritionists assist clients in a variety of settings. They can work in restaurants and exceed the preparations of the menus. It is important to carefully choose your nutrition courses because this will help determine which jobs you are most qualified for.

Local Healthcare Systems in Kenya

The public health system in Kenya is in dire state often marred with cartels, corruption, strikes by doctors and nurses, inadequate medical supplies, high maternal and child-mortality rates, long waiting times and poor access especially in marginalized areas in northern and eastern Kenya . Despite efforts to transform the healthcare system, no significant progress is evident with the exception of a vibrant private health sector.

Although you may need to dig deeper into your pocket, you are better served in private health facilities than in public ones in Kenya. The Kenyan government needs to get its act together to not only provide universal healthcare for all, but to ensure accessible, affordable and acceptable quality healthcare in its public sector.

Structure of Health System

The structure of health systems is designed in such a way that basic primary care is offered at lower levels while complex cases are being referred on higher levels. From the lowest level, the structure includes:

  • Health dispensaries and private-owned clinics – Offering outpatient services for minor ailments like colds
  • Health centers – Catering to cases referred by clinics and dispensaries
  • Nursing homes and sub-district hospitals – Offering secondary care
  • District and private hospitals – With resource capacity to offer comprehensive medical services
  • Provincial hospitals – eg, Rift Valley Provincial Hospital, etc., with capacity to offer specialized care such as life support
  • National Hospitals – Such as Kenyatta National hospital and Moi Teaching and Refferal Hospital-offers third level care
  • Privately-run and mission hospitals – Function to fill in gaps left in the health system

The highest percentage of resources and time in the Kenyan health system is spent treating:

  • HIV / AIDS
  • Tuberculosis
  • Malaria
  • Pneumonia
  • Road accidents
  • Diabetes

Options of healthcare for locals and foreigners

Other than the public health system, varied healthcare options are open for locals and foreigners.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine, a form of alternative medicine, has played an important role in promoting health among Kenyans in rural and urban areas and across the social classes. From treating flu and acne, to complex diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure, etc., herbal medicine is central in health promotion in Kenya. Although issues of safety and efficacy have been cited, herbal medicine remains a major healthcare option for locals and foreigners.

Private Health System

This joins the largest percentage of patients and clients given the deplorable state of the public health systems. Despite the high charges, many even those who can not afford prefer this system because of:

  • Ease in accessibility
  • Quality health services
  • Availability of adequate medical services
  • Limited delay and waiting times

Dental Health

Dental health in Kenya is in poor state given the limited number of dental specialists and limited public awareness about the importance of oral health.

  • A mere 0.0016% of the health budget is allocated to oral health
  • More than 90% of adults have a gum condition
  • Decayed, filled, broken and missing teeth is a norm among Kenyans
  • Less than 5% of Kenyans access dental health
  • Dental health is a privilege of the middle and upper classes, and the fact that dental health insurance is costly, and that a major of dental clinics and specialists are located in urban areas, does not help matters

Cosmetic Coverage / Aesthetic Medicine

A third-world nation it may be but Kenya is not left behind in embracing aesthetic medicine. Often offered by private hospitals, procedures in aesthetic medicine are registering increased number of clientele. From BOTOX, liposuction and facial chemical peels to mesotherapy and breast implants, cosmetic coverage in Kenya is sizeable and growing.

DAN! (Defeat Autism Now)

In 1995, a group of thirty scientists and physicians were selected to try to get together and defeat autism. These forward thinking researchers were chosen due to their experience working with autism and hailed from the United States and Europe. Not satisfied with the available treatments for autism, this meeting of the minds was created to embark on a new pathway to understanding autism and finding different ways to treat it. Today the group still meets to share what they have discovered and further our understanding of autism.

It took them a year but the DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) conference produced some sterling results. What they were able to come up with was a 244-page manual entitled Biomedical Assessment Options for Children with Autism and Related Problems. This manual was a progressive and cutting-edge approach to the treatment of autism and did not rely on using various drugs to treat autism. It was a more holistic approach that involved various components including diet, intestinal function, vitamin deficiencies, excess proteins, viruses, vaccinations, antibiotics, probiotics, amino acids, and more. Nearly every possible angle was researched in order to come up with the answers that had been obscured by conventional treatment for so long.

Autism is not a well-understood condition. According to research it is a biological disorder that affects the brain. However, the causes of the disorder are not fully understood. There appears to be a variety of causes that are in someway related. Autism usually has a strong effect on social functioning. Cases can range from mild to severe and over the years more and more autistic people, children especially, have been able to attend school in regular classes and thrive in such environments.

DAN! was created in order to address the limitations of available treatments and the understanding of the disorder. The participants wanted to move away from traditional thinking and invent their own paradigm. It seems to have worked! If this approach to the treatment of autism interests you, then you can find out information about how to contact a DAN! practitioner quite easily. The first step is to visit [http://www.autismwebsite] for information on DAN! and access to scientifically-researched information on autism. Within the website you will find tons of resources that will give you a better understanding on the mechanizations of autism. There are also a variety of scientific papers and studies that you can review. In addition, there are helpful links to detailed lists of DAN! practitioners in the United States and around the world. There are not just thirty anymore! Since the revelations from the DAN! conference have become public more and more medical professionals around the world have adopted the suggestions the original doctors and scientists discovered.

Not every DAN! practitioner is a medical doctor, although the lion’s share are physicians. However, since the treatments are fairly new there is no information about the competency of the DAN! practitioners. In the future this may become a reality, but the best way to go about finding a DAN! practitioner near you is to do your own research. Ask around. Read up on the topic. This is an important step in helping a loved one with autism and your own education on the topic should come first and foremost. The list of DAN! practitioners can be found at [http://www.autismwebsite.com/ari/dan/dan.htm].

If you want to find out more information about DAN! don’t fret. There are a ton of resources on the web that discuss the effectiveness of DAN! and how to go about finding someone who understands the group’s findings and can help you apply it to your loved one. You can find personal stories and testimonials, journalistic articles, and many other resources that stand as a testament to DAN!

Understanding Diabetes

Insulin is a hormone in our body produced by the pancreas that transfers glucose from blood to the cells. When cells do not respond to insulin or the pancreas do not produce enough insulin, the condition is called diabetes. During digestion, food is converted to glucose or sugar, which in turn is converted into energy. This is transported through blood to the cells for growth and energy. It is insulin that allows the body to use the glucose. Due to diabetes, glucose is not used and excreted from the body as urine. The Body is left with no source of growth or energy and extremely it affects your health adversely.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common and its symptoms include fatigue, thirst and appetite, weight loss or gain, dry mouth, nausea, blurred vision, yeast infections, itchy skin in the groin area and slow healing of cuts or abrasions. If you have any of these symptoms, you must visit a doctor; and he would send you for a glucose fasting test. This test needs to be done on an empty stomach and your blood is drawn to test for glucose levels. If the results of the test indicate increased glucose levels, you will be starting on a diabetes treatment plan.

Diabetes if left unchecked can lead to a number of complications. Heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and nerve disease are some of the issues with diabetes patients. It could lead to loss of vision, kidney disease, limb amputation and gum diseases leading to loss of teeth.

If detected early, you can control diabetes and avoid medication. You must however, change your diet habits and increase the amount of exercising. You must keep a check on your health with regular check-up from a doctor as well as self-assessment of glucose levels. You must also regularly get eye check-up and take dental care.