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Stress Management – Medication is Not a Long-Term Answer!

Posted on June 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

If you find your health affected by long-term stress, you may be suffering physical, mental and emotional symptoms. It is safe to say that your stress did not begin yesterday, nor did your condition develop overnight.

Yet, if you consult your physician, the two of you may decide that medication may be just what you need to give you some quick relief from the symptoms you are experiencing.

Perhaps you are anxious, or you may find it hard to sleep. Maybe you are having problems with your stomach; an ulcer or digestive problems. However stress expresses itself in your life, your doctor can probably find a way to medicate the symptoms so you will feel better.

And there is no problem with that, IF THIS SOLUTION IS TEMPORARY and meant to tide you over until you can find a longer term answer to your stress.

Unfortunately, most people take the medicine prescribed and change nothing in their lives…and the stress continues. You may feel better because you are taking the medicine, but the stress may appear in other ways. You may begin to get headaches or feel fatigued all the time.

NOW WHAT?

Yes, you can probably take medicine for those symptoms too, but the fact is that you will not be addressing the root of the problem, and if you do not find a way to get rid of the stress or mitigate the damaging results, you can suffer long-term damage to your physical, mental and emotional health.

Medication can ease or mask the symptoms, but it cannot take away the stress, and that is the problem.

If your stress is long-term, because of a bad situation at work, or a relationship that is plagued with arguing, mistrust or other problems, you must face and resolve the issue to get rid of the stress.

Or perhaps your stress is because of long hours at work or too much work. Maybe you are responsible for the care of a sick relative. Whatever it is, you must assess the cause of your stress and try to relieve it by changing your situation if you can.

If you can’t change the situation (perhaps you are in a family business and you can’t quit your job, or there is no one else to take care of your ailing mother), then you must come up with a plan to mitigate the effects of stress on your body.

An exercise program is valuable in relieving stress, as are meditation techniques, yoga and other activities that allow the body and mind to ‘work off’ or ‘process’ the stress in a different way.

If you need medication to get through the first phase of your plan, by all means, you can use it, but the long-term goal should be to find the source(s) of stress and either get rid of them, reduce them or learn to handle them better.

Achieving this balance will improve your physical, mental and emotional health and stop the stress ‘breakdown’ you are likely to experience if you merely mask your symptoms with medication and continue doing what you have always done.

Vital Pre Vacation Health Checks

Posted on June 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

The most carefully planned holiday, business trip or expedition may be ruined by illness, much of which is pre­ventable. It is logical to put as much effort into protecting your health while abroad as you have into planning your itinerary and obtaining the necessary equipment and travel papers.

Unfortunately, it is not in the best commercial interests of travel companies to emphasise the possible health hazards of destinations that are being sold to potential customers: most holiday brochures limit health warnings to the minimum legal requirements, and some travel agents are woefully ignorant of the dangers of travel to more exotic climates. Our doctor recently treated a travel agent for life-threatening malaria caught on the Kenyan coast. He had not taken malaria prophylaxis, despite the long and widespread recognition of the dangers of malaria in this area.

Happily, travellers’ health problems are usually more mun­dane. Fatigue from overwork before a business trip or much-needed holiday, the stress of travel itself, exposure to new climates and over-indulgence in rich food, alcohol and tobacco, all contribute to increased vulnerability to illness. Short-lived episodes of diarrhoea affect up to 50 per cent of travellers, and up to one fifth of tourists on some Mediterranean package holi­days will have mild respiratory problems such as head colds, ‘flu-like illnesses or, rarely, more severe pneumonias such as Legionnaires’ disease.

Sunburn or heat exhaustion are common, and accidents associated with unfamiliar sports such as skiing are an obvious hazard. But the most common cause of death among expatri­ates is road traffic accidents, and not exotic infections.

It is sensible to get yourself organised well before you travel and the following pre travel health check-list might be useful. Starting three months before you travel, consult your family doctor and specialist agencies, as necessary, to obtain information about specific health problems at your destinations. You need to consider your own and any travelling companions current health, medical and dental fitness for travel and current medications. You must get adequate health insurance. Plan and obtain necessary immunisations and malaria pro­phylaxis. Plan and obtain other medications, first aid items,and any necessary documentation. Consider whether you should attend a first-aid training course if you are going on an expedition.

When travelling outside Europe, it is wise to obtain informa­tion about compulsory immunisation requirements from the appropriate Embassy, Consulate or High Commission of each country that you plan to visit. However, do not expect their per­sonnel to be able to give you general medical advice, and their information is not always as up to date as it should be. British travellers to exotic locations should also consult their District Public Health Department or one of the centres of specific ex­pertise for the latest information on im­munisation requirements and malaria prophylaxis.

Natural Health Remedies – Debugging the Myths

Posted on June 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

The modern world is endlessly being turned by newly discovered treatments and medicines and sometimes seems to have forgotten the natural health remedies. The world of medication is being dominated by large pharmaceutical and research companies which have literally obliterated the other types of medicinal treatments over last few centuries. However, natural health remedies are currently experiencing a resurgence as the world takes a look back at its roots.

Natural remedies are often referred to as “alternative” medicine, alternative to the modern Western mode of medications that is. However, if we go a few hundred years back, these remedies are actually the mainstream remedies. Of course, one cannot argue that modern ways of treating ailments are effective, thus, the total disappearance of natural health medications and remedies seem inevitable. But it is also a fact that there are natural remedies that really works, and more and more people are starting to realize that.

There are many reasons why people are going back into using natural health remedies. The natural ways of treating certain ailments can come as a first aid treatment, whenever modern medicines are not available. First of all, natural health remedies are becoming more popular because of the expensive cost of Western medicines. The oligopolies that consist of the big pharmaceutical companies have jacked up the prices of medicines, leaving many people to resort to other alternatives. Secondly, more and more people are becoming aware and wary of the side effects of some medicines. Bodies react differently to medicines.

Some people just don’t believe in the power of natural remedies, thinking that these are lame attempts to address a certain ailment. That’s unfortunate because the empirical evidence shows that natural remedies and natural medicine works.

Debugging the Myth about Natural Health Products

The concept of health promotion has evolved because of the changing definition of health and an awareness that wellness exists at many levels of functioning. The definition of health as the mere absence of disease is no longer accepted.

Today, health is viewed as a dynamic, ever-changing condition that enables a person to function at an optimum potential at any given time.

The ideal health status is one in which people are successful in achieving their full potential regardless of any limitations they might have.

Wellness, as a reflection of health, involves a conscious and deliberate attempt to maximize one’s health. Wellness does not just happen; it requires planning and conscious commitment and is the result of adopting lifestyle behaviors for attaining one’s highest potential for well-being.

Wellness is not the same for every person. The person with chronic illness or disability may still be able to achieve a desirable level of wellness. The key to wellness is to function at the highest potential within the limitations over which there is no control and to obtain the most natural health products that will help supplement the much-needed boost in an individual’s total well being.

A significant amount of information has shown that people, by virtue of what they eat or drink, influence their own health. Today, many of the major causes of illnesses are chronic diseases closely related to the kind of food that they eat.

Hence, health experts highly recommend the intake of natural health product to ensure optimum health promotion.

Since the 1950’s, many health promotion models have been constructed to identify health-protecting behaviors and to help explain why people need to consume natural health products everyday.

Natural health products are among the highly recommended products by the health experts in promoting wellness without the harmful side effects.

According to the Natural Health Products Regulations, the items classified as natural health products include homeopathic medicines, minerals, vitamins, probiotics, herbal medicines, different kinds of products such as essential fatty acids, and traditional medicines.

In essence, natural health products are considered safe and effective. The government does not require prescriptions because they are not prescription drugs.

Considered as OTCs or over-the-counter medications, natural health products can be administered alone and the option to consume the products can be a matter of personal choice.

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