Medical treatment this day and age has become quite complicated. There is a ton of information out there. Doctors are expected to wade through new studies and information on a moment-to-moment basis AND see an overwhelming number of patients on a daily basis. That makes for frustration on the part of doctor’s and patients.
Adding to this is a pervasive attitude that if something goes wrong it is someone else’s fault. If a patient is overweight or obese, it is the fault of the food industry, which has gotten them addicted to sugar and fat. If someone is injured on the sidewalk, it is the city’s fault. If medication doesn’t work, it is the doctor’s fault.
It is time that we all stop blaming everyone else and start looking at ourselves. When it comes to your own health I have some suggestions. If you have a weight problem, it is time to start eating healthier foods, eating less and moving more. No excuses! If you have a medical condition, become knowledgeable about it. There are some excellent academic websites on the Internet. Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, and the Cleveland Clinic are great places to look. Once you know what you have, find ways to improve things. It could involve changes in diet and exercise patterns and/or taking medication.
If you are prescribed medication, know the name and the dosage. Keep a list. It always amazes me when patients have no idea what they are taking or how much. Take your medication as prescribed. If you have side effects or it is not working let your doctor know.
Think about how you got into your health situation and change it for the better. It is estimated that 80% of medical illness is due to lifestyle choices. You can take your statin drugs to lower your cholesterol and keep eating donuts or you can eat a healthy Mediterranean style diet and exercise. You can use your inhalers for asthma and COPD and/or you can quit smoking. You can wait for the miracle weight loss pill to come on the market or you can start taking care of yourself. It is amazing what a few simple changes can do.
It is time to be accountable for you health. You and you alone are responsible. It is time to stop finding blame and start looking for solutions. Take control of your health. The time is now.
There are many ways that you can improve your immune system and ward off colds and viruses. It can be as simple as eating the right foods and exercising!
Foods that Boost your Immunity
Omega 3 fatty acids that are found in fish, flaxseed, and walnuts reduce inflammation and help strengthen the immune system. You might want to shoot for at least two servings a week.
Zinc is important for white blood cells to function properly. The white blood cells are the cells that fight infection. Zinc is found in protein such as lean meats, chicken, eggs, and tofu. It is also found in fortified foods. It is important to eat adequate amounts of these zinc containing proteins.
Fruits and Vegetables
Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are loaded with phytonutrients. Phytonutrients improve the immune system and can help to fight cancers as well. Not to mention, they are just plain good for you!
Citrus fruits contain vitamin C. This vitamin can help ward off colds. Although you can find it in supplements, it is probably more effective if you can get it in food such as oranges and grapefruit.
Nuts contain vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin that helps to fight colds and upper respiratory infections. The best nuts for vitamin E are sunflower seeds (1/4 cup), almonds (1/4 cup) and 2-3 brazil nuts (they also contain selenium).
Garlic has immune boosting properties that fights bacteria and viruses. If you have a cold, the best way to use garlic is to chop it up and swallow it. You can use it as a paste on bread or mixed in applesauce. Don’t chew it if you don’t want your breath to smell!
The hot liquid of chicken soup clears the nasal passages. However, something about most chicken soup helps boost the immune system and helps to fight colds. Whether it is the soup or the love with which it is cooked, chicken soup works!
Mitake, shitake, and reishi mushrooms are among the mushrooms that help boost the immune system. You can stir fry them or get them in capsules (fungi.com). Better yet, put them in your chicken soup!
Regular, moderate exercise allows the cells that fight viruses and bacteria to circulate more quickly throughout the body. While they are getting an energy boost, they give your immunity a big boost. The more you exercise, the longer lasting the immune effect. That is another reason why exercise is so important.
By eating well and exercising, you can increase your odds of having a healthy cold-free winter!
Everyone has his or her reasons for being on Facebook. For me, I like to use it to post funny or inspirational sayings or medical information. Over the holidays I noticed that there were many posts of families all together, fun and happy occasions, parents cuddling with their cute little children and everyone looking so happy and well behaved. People can portray their lives however they like whether it bares any resemblance to reality or not.
There are anecdotal reports and an occasional study that have shown there is a phenomenon called Facebook depression and Facebook fueled divorces. These may be due to seeing the grass as always greener on the other side. People may feel that their lives pale in comparison to those on Facebook and their relationships are lacking.
Recent studies have found that there may be an upside with some positive aspects to Facebook. Researchers at the University of California San Diego found that social media may spread happiness. Those who put up happy status updates encouraged others to do the same thing. So, using Facebook can be OK.
Here are some tips to keep you from letting Facebook rule your life:
Facebook can be fun, but don’t stop enjoying the activities in your life and what is going on in front of you. If you see yourself becoming obsessed, it may mean that you need to step away from the computer and the phone and step away from Facebook all-together.
Weight loss is in the top five resolutions for each New Year. Unfortunately, 60% of those who commit to losing weight fail. There are many things that can improve success of a weight loss commitment. First and foremost, it is important to set a reasonable goal. Expecting to lose 50 pounds right off the bat is unrealistic, but 5 to 10 pounds is do-able.
Here are my top five tips for success:
If you have resolved to lose weight this year be realistic and be reasonable.
Follow these simple tips to successfully lose weight and maintain your weight loss for life. These are just good principles to follow. Have a happy and healthy New Year!