Time to Implement a Sensible Healthcare Strategy

With the declining birthrate, healthier lifestyles, and life-prolonging medical discoveries, the percentage of older people in our society is set to increase astronomically. Currently about 32% of the population falls into the 50+ category; a number that is expected to increase by 33% over the next two decades, at which point the 50+ cohort will be the largest single age group. An aging population will bring about a tremendous demand for healthcare services, which will drive up the cost dramatically.

The situation gets even more complicated when one considers that an aging population means a reduced work force. Fewer workers will be contributing to social security funds to care for those no longer working. And, with improvements in healthcare, particularly in geriatrics, the demand for these services will skyrocket, resulting in a shortage of services and a dramatic increase in costs.

A new strategy is needed that anticipates this increase in demand and lays some solid groundwork to avert a disaster of major proportions.

Many experts advocate a Canadian-style government healthcare monopoly

The Importance of Healthcare in Our Life

In our day to day life, it’s our health that gets completely neglected, because we don’t have time for ourselves. We feel that we are healthy and taking proper healthcare measures, but at times this belief turns out to be an illusion. This happens, especially when our hectic lifestyle takes a toll on our health and we fall ill. Sometimes we get diagnosed with such diseases that make us wonder if that could actually happen to us. But then, illness comes unannounced, and this is why we should always be prepared for worst of all situations.

Taking proper healthcare measures is important and that is why it is advisable to take health insurance. Being covered with health insurance proves to be helpful when there is a need of any sort of medical assistance. Health insurance helps in saving a little amount for an individual’s unforeseen future illness. But, people don’t usually think like this when it comes to insurance.

One needs to understand that good health is the real wealth, and this is why it

Immune System Development

Your immune system is your body’s defense mechanism against harmful pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasitic worms, etc. The system is an interactive combination of various ways in which the body recognizes foreign cells, tissues and organisms and proceeds to fight them. The body system is your own, silent intelligence network and private army that identifies harmful organisms and destroys them throughout your life.

The immune can be of two types: Innate and Acquired. All livings beings are created with an auto-immune system or innate immune system. However, while some people are born with a strong immunity, others have to develop it. This is acquired or adaptive immunity. If you need to acquire better immunity, the following practices can strengthen and reinforce it.

1. Good Diet

All things related to the body start with healthy nutrition consisting of a well-balanced diet. Your immune system is also directly affected by the food you eat. Making some foods part of your staple diet can work wonders for your immune system. Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruits); berries, particularly strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries; papaya and kiwi are very potent immunity boosters.

Certain vegetables have ingredients,

The Office Visit Ritual

The office visit is repeated in the clinics of millions of practitioners every day across America. In some offices 15 minutes is allotted, in others 20. Doctors who see fifty people a day must schedule about 8 minutes. If anything slows down the process, an elderly person, a talkative person, someone who needs translation or just needs to go to the bathroom the delicate mechanism is smashed as if by the fist of a storm giant. Somehow she must catch up; there are people in the waiting room getting mad and if something isn’t done the physician will face a whole day of angry patients forced to wait too long. No matter how she looks, in her head a little voice is whispering”hurry up hurry up”. Last month she did not meet her RVU target and she is facing a big salary cut.

In the first part of the visit, the caregiver stands outside the door and tries to confirm where she is on the computer schedule to make sure she clicks the right patient. Theoretically she knows him as this is not a “new patient visit”, but if the wrong computer chart is entered it can

5 Tips That Can Help You Choose A Good Family Doctor

Choosing a good family doctor is not easy. You need to see a doctor who can perform the right diagnosis based on the symptoms of the patient. So, we suggest that you take your time while doing research before choosing a doctor. Given below are 5 tips that may help you make the best choice.

1) Consider an In-Network Specialist

If you have a health insurance policy, you may be able to avail the service of a doctor at discounted rates. Seeing these doctors won’t cost you an arm and a leg. These are in-network professionals. This type of pro can help you avoid any additional fees or surprise co-pays.

If you don’t know any of these doctors, your insurance provider can give you a list of a few good names. Alternatively, you can check online or ask the doctor that can accept your insurance.

2) Opt for Specialized Care

While choosing a doctor, make sure you take into account the needs of your family. In other words, if a family member is in need of special care, your chosen doctor should be able to offer it.

If your doctor can’t

Mom! Do I Have To Eat That?

Vitamins and Minerals

You know, I may be barking up the wrong tree but if you are a type B personality (more on that later) then chances are you need to take the vitamins and minerals given to you. But will you take them? Probably sporadically at best! That’s just your nature. You’re so calmed, cool and relaxed that nothing seems to stress you out. You’re also probably one of the more well liked people out there.

These are the building blocks for any man or woman. As such, they need to get re-balanced. Type B people need this re-balancing more than type A people.

To determine if you are a type A or B answer the following question: If you had three things to do, all at the same time, all the same priority, would you do one to completion, do the second to completion and do the third to completion or would you start one, think about the other one, start one and two together and then think about the third one as well, and go ahead and start all three at once? If you answered option one where you do one at

Neuroplasticity: How to Improve It?

Neuroplasticity is the ability of human brain to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. It allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease, and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.

Our brain does this by axonal sprouting, in which undamaged axons grow new nerve endings to reconnect neurons whose links were injured or severed. Undamaged axons can also sprout nerve endings and connect with other undamaged nerve cells, forming new neural pathways to accomplish a needed function. For example, if one hemisphere of the brain is damaged, the intact hemisphere may take over some of its functions by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons. In order to do so, the neurons need to be stimulated through an activity.

Neuroplasticity is also called brain plasticity or brain malleability.

Its Characteristics

  • Neuroplasicity is at work throughout our life.
  • Most of us have very different behaviors and thoughts today than we had 25 years ago. This is because of action of neuroplasticity resulting in changes in brain structure and organization as we experience, learn, and adapt.
  • It is the

Are You Getting Enough Probiotics?

Probiotics are the “good” or “healthy” bacteria that live in our gut and keep our gastrointestinal tract in optimal health. It’s estimated that this nice mix of microflora growing in our intestines amounts to some 100 trillion bacteria–10 times more than the 10 trillion total cells making up our bodies.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations define probiotics as “microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer health benefits to the host.” But just how much probiotics is “adequate,” and how can you work them into your diet?

How much–or many–do you need?

You may have seen TV ads featuring Jamie Lee Curtis touting a particular yogurt for its “healthy bacteria”–but is eating an occasional carton of yogurt going to be enough? Hardly–research suggests that in order to ingest a “therapeutic” amount of bacteria, we need to eat a dollop of yogurt that contains around 10 billion “colony-forming units” or CFUs (aka “bacteria”). And since many of the yogurts you can buy in grocery stores, including the one Jamie is holding up for the camera, contain bacteria “only” numbering in the millions, that’s not going to be nearly enough.

Benefits even from run-of-the-mill yogurts

The Health Benefits of Biophilia

Biophilia refers to the love that a person may have for nature and all the natural processes that take place in nature. Biophilia suggests that all individuals are connected to nature as a result of their genetics. The connection between individuals and their natural surroundings is created as a result of thousands of years of surviving in an agrarian setting.

Biophilia was first brought to the scene by psychologists Edward Wilson in the 80s after observing how modernization and urbanization were causing people to lose their connection to nature. As technology continues to become commonplace in today’s contemporary society, the importance of Biophilia today cannot be overemphasized.

Why is Biophilia important and relevant today?

Stress-related diseases such as anxiety and depression, as well as other health disorders such as stroke, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases can be diminished if individuals increase their connection to nature. The increasing pressure brought about by technology leaves us little time and opportunity to recuperate the mental and physical energy that we utilize throughout the day.

Incorporating elements if nature directly or indirectly to your physical environment has demonstrated through research to have a considerable effect in helping to