Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Understanding the Importance of Your Health

Welcome back !

We should have a lot of healthy people in our
society. We live in a time where medical research
is abundant and new advancements are being made
every day. There is more knowledge than ever
before and more medications and treatments to help
with any health condition. So why is it that we
have so many cases of ill health?

Each generation learns new and better ways to care
for their bodies and their health. We learn new
ways to improve our health and take care of
ourselves. So why is it that health costs are
rising and more and more people seem to be getting
sick? It seems that with all this knowledge, we
would have smarter and healthier people but still
almost every person you meet has a health problem.

Why is it that it seems people are so much more
concerned with their health today than they were
in the past? Most of the same diseases and
conditions exist but people have only in recent
years become more aware of them and how important
taking care of your health is. This new boom in
the health craze has led to more people being
concerned with the condition of their health.

There are different reasons why we hear so much
about health these days. One reason is because the
public is much more informed about health issues
than ever before. Researchers make their findings
available to the public and more people can stay
up to date on current health issues. There is
easily information available on every health topic
that exists. There are books and there is a wealth
of information on the internet. You can look up
web pages on any common health topic that exists.

Another reason is because the population is much
larger than it once was. More people means higher
statistics. It only makes sense. There is more
concern in regards to preventative medicine and
people having a healthier lifestyle. More and more
people are living longer and having healthier
lives and you can as well. It all involves paying
closer attention to your lifestyle and those
things that affect your health. In the past,
people only went to the doctor when they were
sick. Now people go for checkups and also for
preventative care. This makes it easier to spot
certain conditions and illnesses before they begin
or in the early stages. This make it easier to
cure or treat.

With the positive change in health care, has come
a better-educated society. While most of the
information you hear is good knowledge relating to
your health, don~t let it create a panic about
maintaining your health. There are however, two
items which if we all took more seriously, we
would have fewer health issues. Simply put, what
we eat, and the level of our activity play a
major, major, role in the quality of our health.
Properly maintaining these two health issues in
your life will go extensively help to provide
yourself with a long and healthy existence.

Morag Bevan is the owner of RH Health, Inc. which is a premier source of information about Health. For questions or comments about this article, please visit:

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Getting Ready For Surgery

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Surgery of any kind is scary. If you think about going to
sleep, having a doctor make an incision, and then the
recovery portion, it is a very unnerving thought.
Regardless if having your tonsils out or open heart
surgery, feeling uncomfortable about the experience is
perfectly normal. To ensure you have a safe and smooth
surgery, you do have some options.

The most obvious is to make sure your surgeon is board
certified, reputable, and that you feel 100% comfortable
with him or her. Before you agree to any surgery, you
need do your homework first. That means checking out the
license of the surgeon, following up with other patients,
talking to the hospital professionals, and asking tons of
questions. After all, the body is yours and you have not
just the right but the responsibility to choose wisely.

Will you get nervous a few weeks before surgery? Pretty
much everyone does and if you don~t you~d have to be a
psychopath! It~s a natural reaction to the stresses and
strains of having surgery, but just don~t forget that your
family will be experiencing the same emotions too.

If you~re feeling stressed out chat to your surgeon as
many times as you feel necessary and don~t be afraid to
call them if you think of something else. If you don~t
like their attitude towards you, seek a consultation with
another surgeon. You need to feel comfortable that either
your doctor or one of his nursing team will phone you to
provide you with responses to any queries you have.

Also don~t let yourself get too heated about your kids or
your animals if you have any. You will be in the hands of
a professional whilst you undergo surgery, so don~t fret.
It is wise to have a relative or a buddy on standby to
help in any eventuality. Understanding that all of this is
in place normally helps people to chill out at the thought
of their impending surgery.

How prepared should I be? Planning ahead is they key to
maintaining a level head. Go shopping for things you will
need whilst in hospital two weeks before the day of
surgery. Also, don~t create more stress by packing the
night before. Pack a week before then you~ll have time to
make sure you~re taking everything you want and that you
won~t leave any items behind.

If you have children at home that will go to stay with
family or friend, you will need to talk honestly with
them. While you do not need to go into detail unless they
are older, let them know where you will be, who will be
caring for them in your absence, and when you will be
home, emphasizing that you will be home. Most children do
quite well and if they know, they can come see you at the
hospital that will eliminate some of their fear. Remember,
good planning, good communication, and a good doctor make
for a successful surgery.

Wendell James is an expert on all types of surgery, and
is owner and operator of Surgery Point.
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Monday, September 19, 2005

Caring for your teeth between dentist visits

Welcome to Your Health & Fitness Report !

Dental care is a highly personalized health service that
varies from patient to patient. As a result it is difficult
to give hard-and-fast rules about what constitutes a "good
quality" dentist. For optimum dental care it is important to
find a family dentist who takes a sincere interest in the
patient's general health and well being. In order to locate
qualified dentists in your area the first thing you should
do is to call or write to your local dental society seeking
a list of dentists in your area. You can also speak to your
family doctor or local pharmacist or ask members of your
extended family, friends, neighbours or co-workers for their
recommendation. Other possibilities are to speak to the
dental school in your area or call your local hospital that
has an accredited and attached dental service.

After completing your research, call a dentist and make an
appointment. At this first visit you should be able to learn
a lot about whether the dentist is right for you and your
family. Keep in mind the following questions: What is the
general appearance of the office and the dentist? Is
everything neat, clean, and orderly? How available is the
dentist? Is the appointment schedule convenient for you? Is
the office easy to get to from your home or place of
business? Does the office provide dental health instruction
and is the dentist skilled in the treatment and prevention
of dental based disease? Does the dentist seem genuinely
interested in your health and well being in a holistic
sense? What arrangements can the dentist offer for outside
of office hours emergencies? Then don't be embarrassed to
ask the dentist about fees.

Regular dental checkups are an essential part of any oral
health program. If you see your dentist regularly, any oral
health problems you have can be treated in their early
stages preventing considerable health problems and expense.
If you see a dentist only in an emergency, or when you
already have a serious problem, treatment may be much more
costly and the problem much more extensive.

Periodically, your dentist may ask you to have an x-ray
examination. X-rays help your dentist find hidden conditions
that can threaten your dental health. X-rays can usually
pick up dental health issues early and treating such
conditions at an early stage often prevents more serious
damage and the need for more expensive treatment later.

But there are also things you can do at home. Brushing and
flossing the teeth thoroughly at least daily will ensure
that you remove plaque. Plaque is a thin film of bacteria
that forms on the outer layer of your teeth and without
treatment causes tooth decay and gum disease. By using a
fluoride mouth rinse and toothpaste you will help to make
your teeth stronger and more resistant to decay. Eating
nutritious meals and limiting the number of sugary snacks
you eat on a daily basis is also important for maintaining
your oral health and hence minimising your level of dental
treatment required.

Layla Thornton is the webmaster of About Dentist which
is a premier source of information about Dentist. For questions or
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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Alternatives in Health Care

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Today's fast pace of life can be incredibly
stressful, and that stress can be detrimental to your
health. It's no wonder that drug companies are
making all incredibly profits, as we turn to more and more
medications. Of course, there are a variety of life saving
drugs, or medicines that have greatly improved the quality
of life and the health of many people. But drug therapy is
not the only option to having good health. There are many
debates about the wisdom of choosing conventional medicine
or alternative medicine.

One of the main components of conventional therapy is a
reliance on drug therapy. These medicines usually are high
quality, and are often given to address specific conditions
or symptoms. Unfortunately, treating the symptoms
doesn't treat the entire body. Often conventional
medicine offers treatments that are invasive, only target
the symptoms, not the underlying causes. Frequently,
conventional medicine treats the human body in parts, not as
a whole.

One of the other common approaches is to try an alternative
medicine. Alternative medicine differs from conventional
medicine its approach to treating the condition, not just
the symptoms. Not only can this approach be more effective
and gentler to the body, but it's also sometimes more
cost effective. Because the treatment targets the whole
body instead of specific parts, the treatment doesn't
just cover up symptoms and require lots of future
treatments. The diagnosis is of the whole body, not just
the parts.

There is an increasing variety of alternative medical
therapies that gaining in popularity especially in the
United States, one last centers of traditional medical

The growing number of people turning to alternative
therapies is growing stronger and is becoming more and more
the chosen form of medical treatment among Americans. Just
consider these statistics: - One out of every three
Americans uses some kind of alternative medicine. - There
was a 47 percent increase in visits to alternative
practitioners between 1990 and 1997, from 427 million to 629
million, bypassing the estimated total number of visits
made to all conventional primary care doctors in 1997.

Alternative medicine is not only becoming increasingly
popular in the United States. It's estimated that
Australians spend more than $100 million (Australian
dollars) yearly on alternative therapies. In Taiwan, the
majority of the population, more than 80%, seek alternative
therapies, plus the huge amount of Chinese herbal stores.

Now W.H.O. and F.D.A./USA begin to pronounce the therapy.
They even set hundreds of millions of yearly expenditure in
research institutes and required credits in medical schools.
Before the main medical stream solving the modern healthy
problems, the alternative therapy that aims at prevention
and radical cure becomes a new star in medicine. The medical
institutions in many countries have recognized its
concepts, principles and philosophy.

Jaynne Nicols is the webmaster and operator of Health which is a
premier resource for Health information.

How To Choose The Right Fitness Club For Your Needs

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Joining a health and fitness club can be a fun way to make
sure that you get the exercise that you need to stay fit and
healthy. Making the most of your resolution to get fit means
finding the right club for you, though. A fitness club will
do you no good if you don't use it, so making sure that the
club you join is the one that you'll visit often is one of
the most important decisions that you'll make.

Attractive prices and promotions can be a tempting draw when
you're looking for a club to help you get fit and stay fit.
Price is only one factor in your choice, and it should be a
minor one. To help you decide which fitness club is the
right one for you, consider the following points.

Where is the club located? The club's location and its
convenience for you is a major factor in whether or not
you'll use it. Your best choice is one that's near either
your home or office - or better yet one that's on the way
between the two of them. The more convenient it is for you
to use, the more you'll use it.

Is the club clean? Once you've narrowed your choices to a
few, make some visits. Don't feel like you're 'wasting their
time' -membership in a fitness club can cost hundreds of
dollars. You have every right to make sure that your money
is being invested well. Cleanliness is important, especially
in common areas like showers and changing rooms. Equipment
should be wiped down regularly with a good antibacterial to
prevent the spread of any germs.

Is the atmosphere congenial? This can have as much to do
with the gym's clientele as it does with the staff. Ask for
a couple of guest passes and visit to make sure that you'll
feel comfortable there. If you feel out of place, chances
are you'll avoid showing up to exercise.

Are you looking for a fitness club for your whole family?
The requirements in a fitness club for just you are
considerably different than those you'll want if you're
looking for a family membership. Is there a wide variety of
age appropriate activities? Is the staff comfortable and
trained to work with children of your kids' ages? Will a
family membership save you money? What kind of restrictions
are there on use of equipment for your children?

Is child care available when you need it? Ask what hours
child care is available if it's offered at all. Make sure
that there will be child care coverage when you can work

Do they offer the activities that you want or need? The more
activities and options there are for recreation the more
likely it is that you'll get out there and use that
membership. Look especially for the healthiest options for
you. Having choices like low-impact aerobics or water
aerobics can make a big difference if you have arthritis or
joint problems, for instance.

Will you be able to use the things you want? Don't make a
choice based on one visit during your lunch hour if the only
time you'll be able to work out is after work. Stop in
during the hours that you'll usually use the equipment to
make sure that you'll be able to. If you have to wait an
hour to get on the treadmill, you may prefer a less crowded

What kind of deal can you get on membership? You can almost
always get some kind of special deal or discount on
membership. Find out if your health insurance or employer
have a special arrangement with a local gym, and check them
out first. Other options include 2-for-1 memberships, extra
months or lower rates for longer terms of membership and
introductory offers. If you shop around a bit, you can find
a fitness club you love at a price you can afford.

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