Medical Information Videos Can Provide That Push

Watching an informative video on any topic like medical information, dental information or alternative medicine information can provide you with that much-needed push. It can give you enough entropy and facts to help you make a correct decision.

When you are in distress, there is no reason to extend it when you can actually do something to feel better. Educating yourself about your medical condition is an incredibly good initial step to take.

You can watch medical surgery videos videos on surgery and remove fear of pre-surgery syndromes. Men and women who are about to undergo surgery suffer from anxiety and it affects men and women both in different ways. Some women may not even know its started, while others will go through agony, physically and emotionally.

This can also reason them anxiety and even be a trigger for panic attacks. Watching informative medical surgery videos will help you learn better since you can play them again and because its visual, you remember better.

There are also videos pertaining to children. Children can be taught about basic oral care by allowing them watch dental information videos. A concerned parent can learn and gain confidence by watching a quality video.

These medical information Videos Are for Everyone. Another tip worth citing is that these videos don’t have to be for the victim. They can be for anyone looking for quick, correct information, or someone who knows of someone who is suffering. Someone who is in distress will take particular interest in these videos, but due to its short length, its not an imposition or a ‘chore’ for someone who is not a sufferer.

These health videos are only a few minutes long but provide quality information. Sometimes, watching something can be better than reading it. This is true in the case of these video clips.

One of the most frustrating and helpless feelings as a parent comes when your child is sick and blatantly refuses to take the medicine that you know will help make her better. If you’re one of these parents and have a fickle child who will not take medicine of any kind, don’t panic. There are some creative methods that work.

My daughter is extremely sensitive to tastes and smells. It has always been difficult to get her to take any medicine orally, or even topically if it has any kind of odour. The only medicine she would take orally as a baby was gripe water because she loved the taste of it. Gripe water is given for the relief of minor stomach upsets such as colic, cramps, flatulence and hiccups and can be purchased at most pharmacies and health stores. I have taken advantage of this through the years and used it as an aid in administering some medicines to her such as an anti-nauseant or acetaminophen. Most medicines for children do come in a variety of flavours and forms including liquid, chewable tablets and suppositories. If you find one is not working with your child keep switching flavours and forms until you find one that he/she will consider taking. Here are some ideas that worked for me plus more great suggestions from other mothers I spoke to.

Liquid Medicine:

If your children run every time they see the medicine dropper try giving the liquid on a fun spoon that has their favourite character on it. Measure the medicine first in the medicine dropper and transfer it to their favourite spoon. If you don’t have a favourite spoon yet go on a special shopping spree and have them pick out the spoon they like. This puts an element of fun into taking the medicine.

If you are using the dropper, squeeze the liquid into the side cheek area where they won’t spit it out so easily. The roof of the mouth or on the tongue is highly sensitive to taste and touch which may cause the child to gag or spit it out.

Sandra, a mother of two children under the age of six, had this idea to share.

“My son always takes his medicine through a straw,” she says.

Sue has three children and has a hard time convincing her 10 year old son to take pills.

“He still refuses to take pills and will only take medicine in liquid form. This can get quite costly since he needs to take more of the liquid according to his age and weight.”

Suppositories:

Suppositories are soft capsules which melt when inserted into the rectum. These can be a successful alternative if your child is unable to keep anything in the stomach. If your child is afraid of the suppositories try inserting them while he is asleep. If he is a heavy sleeper he won’t feel a thing. If he wakes up it’s usually after the suppository has already been inserted and the only thing left to do is to comfort him.

Chewable Tablets:

Chewable tablets are popular for the 2 – 12 age group. They come in different flavours and forms such as “softchews” that dissolve quickly in the mouth so the taste and texture doesn’t linger (or before the child has a chance to spit it out!). To help with the regular chewable tablets try giving your child a bit of fruit such as banana or strawberry to chew with the tablet. For older children who are learning to swallow pills eating a banana or taking a teaspoon of mayonnaise afterward will help slide it down.

Mixing Tablets With Food or Liquid:

If you cannot find a flavoured chewable tablet that your child will take try crushing the tablet and mixing it with a favourite food or liquid. Before doing this confirm with your doctor that the food/liquid and medicine can be mixed together safely and effectively.

Using a pill crusher (a garlic presser works just as well) crush the tablets and mix them into a desired food such as applesauce, ice cream, jello or pudding. If the colour of the crushed tablet mixed with the food makes your child suspicious, sprinkle some rainbow sprinkles (used to decorate cakes) on top for camouflage, or try crushing the tablets and mixing with a few drops of water first to dissolve. This mixture can then be added to a liquid such as gripe water, juice or water. When using a syringe, squirt the liquid into the side of the mouth and follow up with a favourite treat.

Treats & Sweets:

Children need to know there’s something good coming after the anguish of taking medicine. Theresa, mother of three, is thankful her children are quite cooperative when it comes to taking medicine.

“My oldest daughter, age 7, needs only a drink of juice or water as a chaser after taking her medicine,” she says.

Here are some ideas for chasers, providing of course there are no allergies:

* Teaspoon of honey (never give honey to a child under age two)
* Water or juice
* Gripe water
* Tsp. of chocolate sauce
* Tsp. of ice cream
* Chocolate milk
* Popsicle or freezie
* Ice cube (can also be used before to numb the taste buds)

Medicinal Information:

As a safety precaution, always check with your doctor on the name, dosage and strength of a prescribed medicine for your child before you give the prescription form to the pharmacist. Doctors’ prescriptions are often illegible so when the pharmacist fills the prescription, you can check the label yourself to make sure it’s right.

Acetaminophen
– relieves fever & pain
– comes in various forms including liquid, tablets (chewable & regular) and suppositories

Antihistamine
– relieves hay fever symptoms, itch due to allergic reactions

Antibiotics
– prescription medicines that kill bacteria

Ibuprofen
– relieves fever & pain
– nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
– comes in tablet or liquid form

Anti-nauseant
– prevention & treatment of nausea and vomiting
– comes in various forms including liquid, tablets (chewable & regular), and suppositories

Decongestant
– relieves nasal congestion
– sometimes used in combination with antihistamines to combat colds and allergies

Oral Rehydration Solution
– liquid containing water, sugar & mineral salts
– used during bouts of diarrhea and vomiting

Talk in Children’s Language:

Make the medicinal process into a game or story. One mother wisely used this method to her advantage when she told a story to her son about what was happening inside his body when he was sick. The story was about how a superhero (the medicine) used his mind and weapons to fight against the enemy (the virus) and won.

The 1 2 3 counting method can also be useful. Counting gives a child some time to get mentally ready to take the medicine. By the time you get to “3”she knows it’s time to take the medicine.

Another mother tells about the playful way she gives medicine to her son. “I tell him to hold his nose, open his mouth and close his eyes. It works every time!”

Finally, don’t forget that timing is everything. Avoid giving children medicine when they’re over-tired. Children become very unreasonable when they’re tired and administering a medicine they dislike may become an impossible task. Matching up good timing with some of these creative methods, and lots of love and patience, will help the medicine go down and give you peace of mind.

Cancer cure medicine – is there such a thing? Well not being a doctor, I can’t give you the medical facts, however haven’t you ever wondered how people you hear about have managed to beat their illness? And what about those people you hear about who have only been given months to live, and are living illness free years and years later with a doctor unable to explain how the illness went away? You know there is more to the story than what meets the eye.

As I see it, there are two roads a person can take. The first is the road where the doctor says “this is the way it is etc etc”, and you accept it without questioning it. The second is to open your mind to the possibility that maybe there is another side to things that your doctor has not told you about, and quite possibly does not even know about. Imagine if there was such a thing as cancer cure medicine (and I’m here to tell you there is such a thing) but you chose to just accept whatever you were told and went off to curl up somewhere with your illness and whatever consequences the illness brought upon you. Don’t be a victim here. Know there are options.

I have seen first hand, two such methods that could be described as cancer cure medicine. I watched someone close to me with a terminal disease called bell’s palsy who was given only months to live, defeat the disease, and go on to live a very happy life. That was over 10 years ago. Her doctors have no idea why the tumor in her head shrunk “for no apparent reason” and one day just disappeared completely.

I also have a relative who was given 2 or less years to live with cancer. He in fact went down the road of what I call the other cancer cure medicine that I have seen work first hand. He is now cancer free, and his doctors are bewildered by “how he did it”.

I know from what I have seen and witnessed, that there is such a thing as cancer cure medicine. The two methods I have mentioned were used independent of each other by two different people who do not know each other at different points in time. They do not have to be used in conjunction with each other. Let me explain.

Before I reveal these methods, let me just remind you that pharmaceutical companies make millions upon millions of dollars every year. The cost of conventional cancer treatments is enormous. The government also benefits along the way. You may have even heard stories about alternative cancer cure medicine information being suppressed from the general public. You can decide for yourself why that may be, or why clever people with such information can just “disappear” overnight and never be heard from again as far as their info goes.

I believe if you or a loved one have cancer, you owe it to yourself or to that person to at the very least, investigate every possible cancer cure medicine report available, then you can make an informed decision. There would be two outcomes. Outcome one would be it didn’t work and you are no worse off than before. Outcome two would be that it did work and you are now the happiest person alive, and determined to make sure other people who are suffering know about it. Now imagine if you didn’t even bother investigating further, and you found out later that the information and proof hidden from public knowledge did in fact work, but it was all too late for you. You know you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to at least open your eyes and mind and investigate further.

The first cancer cure medicine I mentioned is nothing more than something you can most likely buy at your local shopping mall. It can be quite dangerous if not used correctly, so for this reason, I will not mention the name of the product, however it is something most people would never usually use for this purpose. I would not want anyone racing out, buying it and using it incorrectly, which could easily lead to a death. I will leave it to the experts to describe it’s use correctly. The point here though, is there is an alternative. There always is.

The second cancer cure medicine I talk about that I have seen work beyond all doubt, is the use of belief. Now I’m not talking about belief in God or religion or anything like that. Do you know that your subconscious mind accepts blindly whatever your conscious mind tells it. Haven’t you ever wondered how people who believe they have split personalities’ eyes can change colour as they “become” the other person? Or how people under hypnosis when their subconscious mind is being accessed directly can love the taste of an onion when they are told it is a lovely apple, or how their blood pressure can be lowered when they are told they do not suffer from high blood pressure. There are so many examples like these out there. The proof is there. Your body can heal itself if your subconscious mind believes it can. The trick is getting it to believe it. Once again, not wanting to wander into dangerous waters as a non-expert in the field, I will leave it to the experts to explain further if you wish to know more.

What is Tele-medicine?

It is defined as “the use of medical information exchanged via electronic communications to diagnose or improve a person’s health status. The transmission of information may happen over the internet via video chat, web chat or telephone routed through call centers. Patient queries are attended by qualified medical practitioners and information is protected by the same laws that protect in-person doctor-patient consultations.

Benefits of tele-medicine for patients

Perhaps the greatest benefits of tele-medicine or tele-health are cost efficiency and convenience. People in rural areas and who are traveling a lot and are away from home and their doctor will find virtual doctor consultations or tele-medicine useful. It also serves as a platform to learn and share information ranging from primary health care to specialist health care issues. This means that people who consult tele-health practitioners can expect more than just a physical exam. They will end their session with information about whatever ails them, prescribed and detailed information about how to deal with their condition and what measures they need to take to prevent recurrence. Patients can access laboratory results and electronic health records which they can use to seek second opinions. Patients get as much time as they need to understand more about their health because most online consultations aren’t timed and therefore they can ask as many questions as they want and have lengthy discussions with the online medical practitioner. In short, tele-medicine has made our lives easier by providing more facilities in a very limited cost.

Benefits that Tele-medicine offer to medical practitioners

By doing things electronically, tele-health service providers are able to manage and organize information efficiently. Keeping electronic patients’ records allow service providers to share information easily when they need second opinions from other doctors who either specialize in a particular field of medicine. Information can also be easily shared for research purposes or for in-depth discussions on medical forums. In this way, whole of the activity is done efficiently and effectively.

How Tele-medicine empowers patients?

The increase in the number of patients who spend a great deal of their time online has prompted medical service providers to improve their own accessibility online. Information is now more easily available online. Tele-medicine providers foster personal relationships with patients and help them feel more empowered because they get information they wouldn’t normally get in one-on-one consultations. Doctors can subscribe to tele-health network providers to offer their services to more people. Even though the interaction between patient and doctor happens on a virtual platform, it can be more personal than an actual in-person relationship.

Are we are all “medical citizens,” embedded as potential or actual patients, with our physicians, insurer’s, pharmaceutical companies, government bodies and others in a system of societal, moral and organizational stakeholders?

Today, with the advent of the Internet, High Speed Bandwidth, Social Media, Support Groups and Self Care Protocols, patients for the first time in the history of medicine have the ability to alter the outcome of disease and illness for themselves, family members, friends and significant others.

This essay attempts to address a most compelling issue of our time. Are medical self-help groups and self-care methods helpful or are they challenges to the delivery of traditional medical care? How do they differ and what consequences arise from this debate?

Also, how has the advent of the Internet and Social media transformed the landscape of medicine? What limitations may exist in this new era of information technology and social communication? And to what degree do they challenge traditional care models? Can a patient or their advocate become more of an expert on their own medical conditions than their own physicians? The answer to this question is a resounding yes, if the patient uses all the tools now available to them.

Various published estimates unanimously indicate that hundreds of thousands of patients die and millions more are injured by medical procedures gone wrong, medication errors or their side effects and by medications improperly prescribed or not taken as directed by patients. And it is not just the infirm that suffer, but their families, their loved one’s, friends and employer’s who must suffer with the grief and change of lifestyle that so often comes with these mistakes.

Furthermore, on May 8, 2013 National Center for Policy Analysis, in a release, stated that first diagnosis error rates are increasing at an alarming rate:

• An estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of cases are misdiagnosed, which exceeds drug errors, and surgery on the wrong patient or body part, both of which receive considerably more attention.

• One report found that 28 percent of 583 diagnostic mistakes were life threatening or had resulted in death or permanent disability.

• Another study estimated that fatal diagnostic errors in United States intensive care units equal the number of breast cancer deaths each year — 40,500.

Therefore, second opinions are often necessary precautions, as are third opinions when the first two differ. In fact, Medicare and insurers often pay for third opinions under these circumstances as it saves them billions in the long run.

Prudence dictates that the “medical citizen” must beware of these pitfalls, as their lives may depend on it.

Also, with patient reviews and rating systems available right on our own smartphones, we must question whether or not physician decision making is being compromised as well. For instance, a surgeon knows that his or her treatment decisions can possibly either result in either saving a life or ending it resulting in damning social media judgements, whether legitimate or not, which can then hurt their medical practices? Does this introduce a bias that may alter or cloud a doctor’s judgement? There is no data to provide an answer as of yet.

So, are doctors becoming more risk adverse as a result of this new landscape? Physicians are now being compensated more and more based on better outcomes, lower costs, reduced re-admission rates and other variables – not staff friendliness or less waiting room times which many doctor review sites measure.

Often 5 star rating systems get few patient reviews despite the fact that the average doctor has some 2,000 patient charts (most healthy) and while it is human nature to complain when we don’t get the outcome we want, consumers are less likely to praise a positive experience because we naturally expect top service and thus neglect to post a positive patient review yet are rather far more likely to post a negative review to retaliate against the provider. So patient reviews are not a very good or objective source of fair and balanced overall rating of a doctor’s performance.

How can this dilemma be resolved especially when a surgeon does everything perfectly but the patient becomes a victim of medication errors, poor nursing compliance with medical orders or perhaps contracts a hospital born infection, or some other adverse event out of the doctor’s control even if the doctor’s work is excellent? Nevertheless these doctor review sites often blame the physician. So Patients need better tools to make judgements about their own healthcare whether it be which plan to select or which treatment option to go with given a choice.

If a patient does utilize a rating site, they should make sure it is a government site based on huge amounts of data or a private site wherein doctors nominate other doctors for their excellence and would use these “doctor’s doctors” to provide care for their very own friends and loved ones.

Doctor reviews by other sites using stupid criteria like waiting room times, friendliness of staff, waiting room decor and other questions that have nothing to do with best outcomes accomplish nothing but make money for their operators.

In modern day, it is not unusual for patients to challenge doctors when it comes to illness and disease. After all, according to Tejal Gandhi, MD, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation and associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, “Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year, at a cost of over a trillion dollars a year””.

Self-help groups and self-care probably date back to the dawn of civilization when people lived cooperatively in tribal settings. These groups dealt with all life issues related to the survival and political stability of the group. The dawn of medical ethics probably dates back some 2300 years with the publication of the Hippocratic Oath.

But now the game has dramatically changed due to major technological advances in medicine and with the great advances of the Internet now being the primary source of medical information for medical consumers. And with the explosion in social media, people have the ability to communicate and share information on a scale never before foreseen or imagined.

Add to this all the new stakeholders that have entered the fray such as insurance companies, employers, managed care organizations, Obamacare, biotech companies, governments and, of course, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare policy makers. The challenges faced by the medical citizen and social policy planners have never been so daunting.

Postmodern Medicine probably arose after the institution of Medicare in 1965 when Medicare was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson and third party payer insurance companies soon appeared thereafter. By the 1970’s the practice of medicine became the business of medicine and third party payment systems caused a surge in demand for services and the costs of healthcare delivery soared. Also, the debate over what is a disease and what is an illness now must be addressed in a sociological manner more than ever as it affects whether treatments are made available and what costs are covered by third party payers.

Self Help Groups are usually a group or set of people who all share or suffer from a similar malady which involves great personal cost and suffering for themselves and those who care for them.

Self-care is seemingly clear in meaning. We get a cut and we put a band aid on it. Have a headache, take an aspirin. But is it really so clear as pharmacy shelves that are now filled will medications that used to be available only by prescription and medical devices one can use for self-diagnosis and self-care which measure bodily functions and vital signs such as blood sugar levels, blood pressure, pulse oxygenation, etc. have resulted in patients self diagnosing and treating themselves, often without medical advice. Defibrillators are now a fixture in most large organizations where non-medical designated company personnel are trained and authorized to shock a worker’s heart in addition to CPR.

Supplies such as instant blood clotting powder, specialized bandages, diabetic compression socks that were not previously available in pharmacies, are now commonplace. But many of these products may do as much harm as good, if not used properly.

Self-care at least in many of its versions, usually includes some connection with the health care system, teaching people when they need a professional, how to do a self-examination and care for a condition without medical supervision. e.g. Changing wound dressings and bandages without the presence of a home care aid.

And with the advent of new and off-label use of FDA approved medications, televisions are awash with commercials advertising new drugs and therapies which espouse incredible benefits such as Viagra, which resulted in a stampede of male patients running to their doctors demanding buckets of the stuff, making Viagra one of the most profitable elective medications ever.

Television ads by pharmaceutical companies now target the consumer directly in order to create demand for their products, which can only be prescribed by a physician, are commonplace as well. Also, in fine print and muffled high speed speech, pharmaceutical companies attempt in these ads to disclaim liability for the fact that the medications advertised directly to consumers may have side effects that could seriously mess a person up or even cause death, while at the same time they are trying to get consumers to ask their doctors for these medications. This is a radical change in the supply chain and distribution of new pharmaceutical products and protocols.

So, what is a medical citizen to do? Turn to the Internet of course for information and Social Media discourse. The Internet is after all now the primary source of health and medical information as well as social communication.

Today, with over a hundred million American’s online with their computers, tablets, cellphones, and smart watches along with highly specialized apps, finding support is like reading a menu in a Greek diner. If can be hard to choose wisely.

The problem in discerning useful and credible information from garbage in, garbage out, or from commercial sites looking to sell goods and services targeting specific users based upon searches performed by the user and transmitted to advertisers via cookies and Flash Player LSOs.

Most people probably do OK and, undoubtedly, are using this resource responsibly. These resources can improve and maybe extend patient’s lives and allow them to find communities of other’s suffering from the same malady as them and can assist health care outcomes and help contain health care costs to society. We are now entering the world of virtualization, telemedicine, doctor and hospital rating websites and long distance robotic surgery as well as even fields like quantum medicine which seems like it comes right out of a sci-fi novel.

Where this will lead us in the future remains to be seen and cannot definitively be addressed in this essay.

This also leaves us with the issue of contested illness. As opposed to a disease, like a clogged artery that must be repaired with a stent in a catheterization laboratory by an interventional cardiologist, or an infection that must be treated with antibiotics by a physician, many illnesses are unexplained by traditional medicine, as opposed to diseases which are clearly recognized by healthcare providers. Illnesses are often easily dismissed by formal medicine resulting in denial of treatment or refusal of insurers to pay.

But the collective description of the same array of similar symptoms occurring among many thousands of individuals communicating with each other using self-help groups can lead to a change of heart in the medical establishment. Not to mention diseases that carry a social stigma with them where the patient is blamed for their own symptoms, like obesity, even though there are in fact diseases that cause obesity or depression, addiction and a host of illnesses that have not as yet been classified as diseases and for which there is no biomedical solution.

Online support groups can and have brought these conditions to the forefront, as in the case of fibromyalgia which is now recognized as a treatable disease, but for a long time was a contested illness dismissed by professionals as people too lazy to work or just seeking pain medication. What is certain is that online support groups provide people with opportunities to exchange information with each other and become experts on their medical problems.

Internet self-help groups are cost free and very effective. People helping people. It is a simple concept, especially in the age where the nuclear family is nearly extinct in western society, so people now seek out extended families. But self-help groups which are self contained and autonomous in theory are still predisposed to traditional group problems such as rivalry within the groups, inappropriate members, etc. They are also targets of commercial interests, for example when a user who does not know how to surf anonymously gets hundreds of cookies on the device they are using and then they start to receive unwanted ads by commercial interests or worse, spam and theft of private information.

Self-Help groups offer other benefits such as “Improved coping with Chronic Illness and Life Transitions, Friendship and Belonging, Spiritual Renewal, Increased Political Activism, Enhancing Civil Society and Reduced Healthcare Resource Use” (Humphreys, Keith, Social Policy, Spring 97, Vol 27 Issue 3 Pages 2-5)

That said, “social movements that consider themselves omnipotent and omniscient are often dangerous”. (Humphreys, Keith, Social Policy, Spring 97, Vol 27 Issue 3 Page 5)

You can bring a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. Many people are too set in their ways, too judgmental and have ulterior motives which can corrupt or disrupt the best intentions of the many.

Many medical professionals feel that patients playing doctor carries potentially serious risks as patients are not doctors or trained medical professionals. On the other hand, many would argue the same about professionals and professional groups which previously enjoyed unquestioned stature and in many instances took offense to being questioned or challenged.

But for a patient with a complex disease possibly accompanied by other co-morbid conditions, The Internet affords them unlimited access to research the latest medical treatments, pharmaceuticals and lot of other research that their internist may not be aware of.

With heavy patient loads a physician does not have the time to spend researching all of the worlds medical literature on new FDA approved medications and procedures. After a doctor sees a patient, often they don’t give that person’s situation another thought as they have 30 more patients to see that day plus hospital rounds.

But for the sick, if they have reasonably good intelligence and most likely they have much more time on their hands to research their specific disease or diseases that have devastated their quality or life, ability to work or career advancement, relationships all of which suffer, it is a logical assumption that with enough time and perseverance, the patient can find better treatment modalities or better doctors that can relieve most of their symptoms or possibly cure them completely.

If a patient remains docile, asks no questions, fails to review complex bills which even medical auditors cannot understand the billing codes used, then the patient will likely not receive the best possible outcome.

This issue has been thoroughly researched by the Institute of Medicine and the data resoundingly shows that informed patients consistently have better medical outcomes than patients that suffer in silence. The data is irrefutable!

So common sense dictates that patients should be proactive and learn as much as they can about their diseases or illnesses and work collaboratively with their doctors as a team, the goal being better medical care. Often physicians resist this in which case, a change of doctor may be in the best interest of the patient.

For example, mortality related to cardiac catheterization and angiography are significant enough that patients should be informed of the risks of death or major complications from the procedure or that there is an alternative called computed tomography angiography which can replace conventional coronary angiography in appropriate patients and is half the cost of the traditional procedure which is very lucrative for interventional cardiologists whereas computed tomography angiography is not. It is also a non-invasive procedure which will benefit those eligible at much less risk and a lower cost as well.

I am now speaking from personal experience because my own father, who died on Jan 26, 2006, suffered from complications that arose after a cardiac catheterization and angiography procedure that was unnecessary. A year prior to my father’s passing he had a stent placed in his left descending coronary artery which went flawlessly. Because my father was retired and living in NY he would visit all of his doctors prior to making his annual trip to Florida where he spent the winters in the sun.

This procedure was elective because his cardiologist suggested that the stent be checked before the trip. I should have known better and stopped him, since I was a patient and medical consumer advocate and researched and published reports for consumers and researched diseases for medical professionals for a living. The name of my company at the time was “Health Reports” a service of Multimedia Solutions Inc. a NY company I founded but due to later disability had to stop.

I accompanied my father on all of his doctor visits and when he went to the hospital he for this ambulatory procedure he was fine and he drove his own car to the hospital anticipating go home the same day.

His Interventional Cardiologist that did the procedure afterward said the stent was in beautiful condition but something went wrong because after the procedure my fathers extremities started turning blue from cyanosis. The doctor of course denied any relationship between the two events that happened within hours of each other.

The only possible conclusion that I could draw was that the catheter wire chipped of a piece of calcified plaque and lodged most likely in his lung as an embolism as he developed severe respiratory distress immediately after the angiogram. Now that had to be the greatest coincidence ever or a terrible medical mistake.

So a routine preventive screening where I was going to drive my dad home the same day turned into a week in the hospital after which he was moved into a step down rehabilitation facility and was expected to recover and go home.

On the evening before he was supposed to go home to continue his recovery at home, I visited him with my daughter and immediately saw something was very wrong.

Since there was only one doctor on the floor for about 50 adult residents, I practically had to physically drag the doctor to his room where his only suggestion was that he go back to the hospital. It took the ambulance 30 minutes to arrive to take hime to a major trauma hospital that was literally only a couple of hundred yards from where he was. I could have wheeled him over to the ER faster.

He died around 2 a.m. the next morning. They said he died from mesothelioma. I knew that was impossible because I never even heard the man cough once in his life or present with any of the symptoms of mesothelioma and I was in business with him for many years as well as his son.

Then, recently, when I was hospitalized in a Florida hospital for severe low potassium which was easily resolved over a few days of IV potassium infusion, a cardiologist walked into my room and said he wanted to do an angiogram just before my discharge, to check my stent that I had done a year earlier and I knew was fine and it literally became an argument because I questioned his authority. He finally admitted that the risk of death or complication during a cardiac cateterization were not insignificant. I finally agreed to a non-invasive Cardiac Ultrasound which showed absolutely nothing wrong.

And it had no relationship to why I was even in the hospital. I was released later that day and when I saw my regular cardiologist in New York, he called the other doctor a name I would rather not repeat and told me I may have saved my own life by contesting this man who I never saw before or since.

The odd thing is I only know this because I am an experienced Medical Literature Researcher but disabled.

Because too often patients are not informed of other treatment options for what ever ails them or for that matter the risks associated with many procedure options, because their doctors are simply unaware or don’t care or want to make the most money. Today, hiring an expert medical literature researcher is not a bad idea. And even a personal Patient Advocate which is a growing field for which no professional certification is required is a good idea if you can afford it because if your flat on your back and not in control and perhaps don’t even have family to help you, a personal Patient Advocate can be a good idea.

This is the new reality of healthcare. Its hard to be a practicing physician these days because of the rate of innovation, the problems of being a businessman, dealing with regulatory bodies, covering your hospitalized patients, litigation, etc. Many doctor’s can’t deal with it and quit medicine. And its getting harder.

Common sense also dictates that there is no longer a monopoly on medical information in this new era of instant information and mass communication and that transparency like revolution is a good thing once in a while.

In conclusion, as this essay attempts to address whether or not medical self help groups and self care alternatives are positive adjuncts or harmful challenges to medical care and how they contrast with one another as well as what consequences arise from such analysis, we can conclude with certainty that since the advent of the polio vaccine which brought about a tidal wave of medical advances available to help physicians cure disease, we are now in a new and ever evolving era of unprecedented advances in medicine, information and transparent social communication.

The costs of medical research and care have as a result of these advances skyrocketed to the point that medical resources have to be used in a more cost effective manner. Also, the issue of rationing medical care is one that social policy makers must give great weight to in their deliberations going forward since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The issues are so complicated that consumers have a very difficult time making decisions as to how to best care for themselves and their families. Just picking a health plan can be a nightmare for families and professionals as different plans at different prices can work towards a families’ benefit or detriment depending on their socio-economic status, health history and lifestyles.

If these developments aren’t enough to contend with, the current power of the Internet as a source of both information and now also a powerful social medium in which people can connect with one another on a mass scale must be viewed as a benefit in a system that needs checks and balances due to the entry of so many stakeholders some of whom do not have the patient’s best interests at heart but instead are motivated by greed or are simply incompetent in their professions.

Self help groups, self care and the ability of a patient, or a loved one or an advocate to be involved in the management of illness and disease must work dynamically and cooperatively with their physicians, within this new medical landscape because the genie is now out of the bottle and we can’t look back but must look forward to a system of patients and caregivers working as a team towards the goal of healing and improving the quality of life of our citizens.

So what does the future hold. The last 30 years have seen an evolutionary leap more like one would likely see in a century or more. Now with new technologies such as 3-d copying and printing, and computer aided manufacturing and new medical fields like quantum medicine which uses the principles of quantum physics to better understand biology the future possibilities are mind boggling. The Civil war was only 152 years ago. Since then mankind has progressed from a way of life that sustained civilization for some 200,000 years at an astronomical rate. Can we absorb so much change so fast?

Gene Roddenberry foresaw a future beginning in 2236, 220 years from now with the release of Star Trek which has creating a self perpetuating movement. So what is our destiny, the view of Gene Roddenberry or perhaps, James Cameron’s “the Terminator” where mankind sparks an extinction level event by accident or by terrorism. Only time and man’s ingenuity will tell.

Plugged follicles can take the form of either whiteheads, where the plugged follicle remains beneath the skin’s surface, or blackheads, where the plug in the follicle extends to the skin’s surface and becomes visible. Once a follicle becomes plugged, it creates an ideal environment for a common sebum-eating skin bacterium, Propionibacterium acnes (or just P. Acnes), to multiply. This bacterium produces enzymes and chemicals that irritate and inflame the skin around a clogged follicle. Pimples, breakouts, or zits are common names for the lesions that result from this type of skin irritation and inflammation, though doctors have more precise ways of classifying acne lesions. For most people, acne is a generally mild condition. Of course, a pimple at the wrong time is never desirable, but in truth, there are far more concerning issues than acne. For some people, however, severe cases can result in permanent scarring if left untreated.

What Causes Acne?

The precise cause of acne is not known, but its onset is usually linked to a few key factors. One of the most important of these factors seems to be the increase in the production of androgen hormones that occurs in both men and women during puberty or adolescence.

Increased amounts of androgens in the body cause the sebaceous glands to become enlarged and to produce greater quantities of sebum (oil).

Other factors that are thought to contribute to acne include:

o Use of oil-based, pore-clogging cosmetics (look for non-comedogenic products).
o A family history of acne.
o Abrasion caused by over-vigorous scrubbing or frequent shaving.
o Exposure to high heat and humidity.
o The use of certain drugs, such as glucocorticoids, iodides, bromides, lithium, artificial androgens and others.

Treatment & Prevention

o At the surface…Since acne develops in clogged pores, use a keratolytic ingredient like Salicylic Acid to unclog pores.
o Deep down…Use an antibacterial ingredient like Benzoyl Peroxide to eliminate the P. Acnes inside the pore.
o Treat your skin everyday…Dermatologists agree that regular, consistent use is the key to a clear complexion.

Since normal changes in the body during puberty are the main contributors to acne, it’s no wonder virtually everyone experiences breakouts. Remember, your friends experience it, your parents probably experienced it, and it’s not a sign of personal failure when you experience it. Yes, even models and movie stars experience breakouts…of course; they have a lot of help hiding them!

Imovane is a drug specially prescribed for persons who are suffering from insomnia. However, some take this drug as an antidepressant. Zopiclone is sedating and as such it is used as a sleeping pill. It works by causing a tranquilization of the central nervous system of the human body.

This article will answer some general questions about Imovane. It does not include all the available information and therefore it is not practical to replace your doctor or pharmacist. Since all medicines have risks and benefits, your doctor will weigh the risks of prescribing Imovane against the benefits it will have to you.

What is Imovane used for?

Imovane can be used by people who have trouble sleeping. This disorder is known as insomnia. Imovane can help you fall asleep and reduces the number of times you will wake up during the night. It is used for short term treatment of insomnia, such as 2 – 4 weeks. However, your doctor might prescribe Imovane for other purposes. Ensure to ask your doctor about the uses of Imovane if it is prescribed to you.

When not to take Imovane

Do not take Imovane if you have:
• been drinking alcohol or there is alcohol in your bloodstream
• sleep apnea
• myasthenia gravis
• severe liver problems
• acute and/or severe lung problems
• had a stroke

Moreover, it is recommended that you do not take Imovane if you are allergic to it or any of the ingredients in contains, such as; calcium hydrogen phosphate, starch-wheat, sodium starch glycollate, lactose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, and macrogol 6000.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction include skin rash, itching, shortness of breath, swelling of the face, lips or tongue, which may cause difficulty swallowing or breathing. Also, do not take Imovane if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, after the expiration date printed on the pack or if the packaging is damaged or has been tampered with.

How to Take Imovane

Imovane should only be taken when you are able to get a full night’s sleep of 7 to 8 hours, before you need to be active again. The standard adult dose of Imovane is one tablet just before bed. If you are over 65 years of age, the dosage would be a half of a tablet taken before bed.

Ask your doctor about the uses Imovane if you are unsure of the correct dose you should take. He will tell you exactly how much to take, as taking the wrong dose may not work. Also, Imovane should be not be given to children or adolescents less than 18 years of age.

Lastly, Imovane tablets must be swallowed with a full glass of water.

When to Take Imovane

Take Imovane immediately before bed. It helps to put you to sleep quite quickly. Note however, if you take Imovane on an empty stomach, it might work quicker.

Side Effects of Imovane

All medicines have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but sometimes they are not. You need not be alarmed, as you may not experience any of them. The list of possible side effects includes headaches, dry mouth, a bitter taste in your mouth, drowsiness, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, change in appetite, stomach pain, rash etc. Consult with your doctor about the effects before using Imovane.

Once you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you have a couple choices. Change your diet, exercise, take medications, or some combination of all three. It can depend on just how high your level is and what the doctor recommends.

Many people are simply too busy to exercise in today’s hectic world so the use of cholesterol medicine has grown tremendously in the past 10 years. Some of the most common cholesterol medicine types are:

Statins

Statins work to prevent your body from creating very much cholesterol at all and also can help reduce its presence in your bloodstream and arteries.

Fibrates

Fibrates reduce the overall amount of fats in your body while at the same time raising your good cholesterol levels (HDL).

Inhibitors

Inhibitors actually block the absorption of fats as they pass through your digestive system. These are some of the more common cholesterol medicines that your doctor will prescribe and more often than not you’ll be taking a combination of them. As with any prescription medications, these may have side effects that can be a nuisance. Statins can cause muscle aches and inhibitors can give you some terrible diarrhea if you eat a lot of fatty foods thinking you won’t absorb them anyway.

Natural Alternatives Without Side-Effects

Supplements are catching on as great cholesterol medicine alternatives because many of them are all natural, have no side effects, and really work. A good supplement will raise your HDL levels while lowering your LDL levels which will put you right where you want to be.

Your doctor could be amazed at the difference he sees simply by adding a supplement to your diet. Using a proven supplement with a healthy diet and exercise can make huge differences in your health. The catch is that you have to use them consistently, which shouldn’t be a problem if you want to stay healthy, right?

Herbal medicine is the oldest form of health care known to mankind, and is also called botanical medicine or herbalism. Herbal medicine began with primitive cultures using different plants for shelter, clothing, and medicine. Herbal medicine is a complementary therapy that uses plants or plant extracts to treat illness, and is an important part of keeping healthy holistically and naturally. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as many as 4 billion people, or 80 percent of the world’s population presently use herbal medicine for some aspects of primary health care.

History of Herbals

Nearly every people, including ancient cultures dating back thousands of years, has used herbs. Medicinal herbs were found in the personal effects of an “Ice man” whose body was frozen in the Swiss Alps for more than 5,300 years. They appear to have been used to treat the parasites found in his intestines. In the written record, the study of herbs dates back over 5,000 years to the Sumerians, who described well-established medicinal uses for such plants as laurel, caraway, and thyme. The continuing importance of herbs for the centuries following the Middle Ages is indicated by the hundreds of pages of information on herbs published after the invention of printing in the fifteenth century.

How To Use Herbs

Herbs can be prepared in a variety of forms depending on their purpose. They have been used in all cultures throughout history to restore balance by nourishing the body and have provided humankind with medicine from the earliest beginnings of civilization. Herbs contain a large number of naturally occurring chemicals that have biological activity. They help the body strengthen its own resistance to infective organisms and throw off illness. Herbs can act on the body as powerfully as pharmaceutical drugs and should be treated with the same caution and respect.

Herbs can also have undesirable side effects just as pharmaceutical products can. Herbs may be harmful if taken for the wrong conditions, used in excessive amounts, combined with prescription drugs or alcohol, or used by persons who don’t know what they are doing. Most herbal traditions have accumulated knowledge without modern scientific controls to distinguish between the placebo effect, the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and the actual benefits of the herbs themselves.

Who Can Use Herbs

Medicinal plants can be used by anyone, for example as part of a salad, an herbal tea or supplement. Many of the herbs and spices used by humans to season food yield useful medicinal compounds. To use an herbal product as safely as possible consult your doctor or a trained herbalist before you begin. Do not take a bigger dose than the label recommends. Take it under the guidance of someone trained in and experienced with herbal use. Be especially cautious if you are pregnant or nursing.

While herbal medicine is older than any other type of health care, it continues to influence the medicines of today. Herbal medicine has proven to be a huge benefit to mankind and has never been more popular than it is today.

There are numerous research journals of sports medicine that cater to an international readership. Sports have become professional and more and more people are taking it up as a means to earn a living, as well as fame. As a result of the competitive nature of sports, there is more practice involved and consequently more injuries are also being suffered by the sports persons. The demand for medicine especially applicable to sports has therefore catapulted. New research and the number of studies that are being conducted in this field has increased manifold.

Sports Medicine Articles

As there is vast amount of research information available nowadays, the research publications have also gone up in number. The print media, online media
(both free to use and paid subscription) as well as specialised books, all have started providing increased coverage to research journals of sports medicine. Research in Sports Medicine is a known name in the sports medicine field, since several years. Professionals practising sports medicine find a platform to discuss their research in this publication. International sports medicine practitioners share their research work in prevention as well as management and also rehabilitation of sports injuries; injuries that occur due to exercises and physical activities and also injuries because of occupational problems.

Among other reputed research journals of sports medicine, the official publication of American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) has pride of place. American Journal of Sports Medicine as it is called is a scientific publication wherein the research work is reviewed by peers.

Research journals of sports medicine have a key role to play as they are also a forum for practitioners to learn about unbiased opinions on research pertaining to orthopaedic sports medicine. As the information available is scientific and correct, they are able to update their knowledge and make well informed decisions.

Science and Sports is published by the French Society of Sports Medicine. This research journal is a reliable source of information for work being conducted not just in scientific, and medical but also applied technical research, related to internal medicine, psychology, biomechanics, traumatology, sociology and technology; as applicable to sports and on a broader level all physical activities.

Research journals of sports medicine are an important part of the medical field to disseminate information. New developments come up practically each day and new techniques emerge; the research journals of medical information provide the right platform to present them before the world. The sports medicine practitioners do not have to search for the information all over as they know it is available in these reputed research journals of sports medicine.