Women’s Health: Care Should Be the Concern

The most important thing in life is happiness. Happiness comes from both physical and mental wellness. Therefore, it is said that health is the real wealth. When it comes to women health, maintaining a good health is very important, as they have to perform so many tasks in their daily life. There are a lot of women who have been suffering from various kinds of health diseases due to lack of proper vitamins and minerals in their body.

Vitamins are very much essential for the body, as they help in proper functioning of the body organs and thus, keep you in good health. Quality vitamins for women actually help in slowing the aging process, make strong the immune system, improve energy levels and support the female hormones. However, before going to take any vitamins, consulting with a medical professional that has better knowledge about it, would be great. As doctors or medical professionals have extensive knowledge about human body and the functioning of all the organs, therefore they can guide towards the right direction when it comes to women health care. A lot of clinical studies have proved that a woman’s body needs a lot of anti-aging natural substances for specific health benefits.

In order to remain in good health condition, a lot of women prefer to take high quality anti- aging daily supplements. It helps them to fulfill their dietary gaps that almost all women are having. Moreover, having fresh fruits and vegetables also helps in getting the much needed vitamins to the body. Apart from it, women need nutrients, for example amino acids, antioxidants etc. Nutrients are essential for supporting the mental health, while enzymes and other substances like resveratrol are essential for heart health, and lutein and zeaxanthin for eye health.

Though nutrients are equally important for both men and women, but certain nutrients are there that are required especially required for women health as they are important for balancing the female hormones. It is said that women in their 30s and above 30 years of age required extra care for maintaining a good health. Osteoporosis is a very significant condition in women that usually begins in the age of 30. Therefore, regular dietary calcium and magnesium supplements along with other necessary nutrients are recommended to the women of above 40 years of age.

With aging, women need to take care of themselves a lot, as a lot of disease or disorder may occur to them with age. Though many women don’t give that much importance to their health conditions until it make them suffer, but it may cause a lot of complications in the near future regarding their health. Therefore, regular checkup is recommended by the medical professionals for the women to keep themselves away from any kind of health complications.

Your Best Health Care Services Through the Medical Facilities BSC

Health is basically defined as a complete state of well-being: physically, mentally, and socially. Good health is not merely achieved by the absence of illness or infirmity. Health facilities are an integral necessity in any community. It serves not only as a treatment facility but also, as a watchdog for diseases and other major issues that would affect health. The quality of service provided by these facilities should be non-negotiable. The medical facilities BSC or balanced scorecard provides us a guideline on how to gauge the quality of services in a medical facility.

In its most basic form, the scorecard measures the performance of medical facilities. It is very important for a medical facility to have good financial performance and financial progress. A medical facility is actually measured by its receivable accounts and operating profit. It must be able to afford the cost of building new sub-facilities, developing or buying new medicines, and purchasing new medical apparatuses. Financial stability is very important for a medical facility since it would ensure smooth operations if all needs are attended to.

Customers, in this case, the patients, must have good perception of the medical facility and this is generally possible if their expectations are met or even surpassed. Medical facilities should be accessible to as many patients as possible. It should be easy to locate and near areas where population is dense. The cost of medicines and treatment must be well within the means of the general populace. Costs should be adjusted according to the paying capacity of most people in the area. Although customer perspectives are second only in the scorecard, it is still of equal importance to financial perspectives since this directly affects the patients.

There are processes involved in the implementation of services in a medical facility. A good facility will ensure that the processes are easy to understand and follow. Patients should not be made to wait in queues. The facility should have a good outpatient program and inpatients should be given full medical attention. The facility must constantly upgrade their equipment and frequently replenish used medical supplies. The development of new facilities should be fast and they should be made available for use as early as possible. Even the average duration of a patient’s stay is used in the scorecard to measure a facility’s effectiveness.

Health care facilities have social responsibilities, too. Charity applications are very important for patients of average income. Medical wastes should be properly disposed or recycled so as not to cause environmental problems. The facility should provide its medical personnel a happy and productive working environment. More importantly, good health is better maintained by prevention than treatment. Health care initiatives should be shared and discussed with the public. The facility must provide a good, solid, and sustainable health education program.

The medical facilities BSC is very useful for administration personnel in a facility since it would pinpoint areas that would need improvement. It is a valuable guide to provide the best possible quality of services a facility can provide.

Dentists – How to Find The Finest in Oral Health Care

Finding dentists is not a task to be taken lightly in terms of its importance. However, this is not to say that this is a hard task or even a challenging one. Bear in mind that you only have one set of adult teeth to last you the rest of your life, so it is wise to go a little out of the way to ensure that they are in good hands. Finding a solid practitioner and/or clinic to either provide you with a complicated surgery or a routine checkup can be done simply enough, by just following some easy steps. To find out more, read on.

First and foremost, it is smart to start looking for the best in the field. Start with references, reviews, online ratings, and recommendations from friends and/or family. Looking online on various local and nationwide medical rating sites is a great source for input from past patients. There are plenty of write-ups on practitioners from all over, so be sure to take full advantage of available opinions on professionals you may be considering.

When gauging a quality dental office, make sure to ask about the overall experience of the practitioners as well as the hygienists that may end up treating you. If you are in need of a fairly complex procedure, such as a type of oral surgery, there is no shame in asking as many questions as you need to feel sure about your decision. Ask for details regarding any malpractice records.

Furthermore, discussing issues concerning insurance should definitely be covered. Most clinics accept various kinds, but work out all financial questions you may have prior to scheduling an appointment. Do not make a final choice on dentists based solely on a good deal. It is true that most forms of dental are expensive and that affordability needs to be a consideration, but you should not let this alone guide your ultimate decision.

Scheduling an initial consultation is not a bad idea in regards to your needing a more complex procedure. Make sure that the dentist you think might be right for you is in fact, just that. You will want to make sure that this person answers any questions you may have with your treatments and that they are comfortable and easy to be around/communicate with. Be sure to get to a clear understanding of who will be taking care of you during your appointment.

It is not terribly difficult to seek out a reputable dentist. In fact, it is a very simple task to take care of. All you need to do is follow some of these guidelines, take your time, and use good judgment. Many dentists out there are ready to help you, as all you need to do is look them up and give them a call. You can start looking now and find the best practitioner in your area. That way, you will know exactly whom to see when you are in need of dental care.

Teaching Your Doctor – Health Care Tips You Need to Know

As patients, we all like to think our doctors are on top of their game — they know everything there is to know about our particular health problem. We like to think this because we are putting our health and our lives in their hands.

However, what we really should be thinking is how can doctors stay current on all the new developments, knowledge and recommended treatments available? After all, there are so many new medical findings/reports given everyday it is impossible for any one doctor to stay current in all areas of medicine. It is even a challenge for a doctor to stay current in one specialized area of medicine.

Yes, doctors are required to take continuing education classes, but the number of hours required per year is minimal compared to all the new medical information available each and every day. To stay current, doctors need to make a concerted effort to learn what is new in their particular practicing area. Doctors who are expert lecturers even hire full-time staff to review all the available new medical information. That is how they stay current and can be considered experts.

The point of sharing these thoughts with you is, no matter how good your doctors are there may come a day when they cannot answer your specific questions. They may not know about a particular new treatment, may not know about a change in the current standard of care. You, the patient, may find yourself educating your doctors about something you have read. Think this is not likely to happen, then think again! This happens much more often than we like to admit. Here is an example of a real-life situation a friend recently shared with me . . .

Sarah (not her real name) recently told me she had been feeling very tired and was gaining weight. Her doctor was running some blood tests and was checking her thyroid function. She would know about her test results in a few days. A few days later she told me her blood tests came back fine, within the normal lab ranges. I asked her what her TSH value was and she said it was 4.8. Her doctor thought they could repeat tests in about 3 months.

I was shocked to hear her doctor thought a TSH of 4.8 was normal. I thought she was probably becoming hypothyroid. I explained to her that the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) established new guidelines in 2003 for the TSH range and the new normal range for TSH is now 0.3 to 3.04. Using this narrower range, Sarah would be considered hypothyroid (not enough thyroid hormone) and would be given thyroid supplements.

I suggested Sarah visit the AACE website [http://www.aace.com/newsroom/press/2003/index.php?r=20030118] or Mary Shomon’s thyroid column at http://www.about.com to learn more. (Mary Shomon is the guide for thyroid issues and she provides patients with a great deal of helpful thyroid information.) I encouraged Sarah to speak with her doctor now and not wait three months. Sarah’s doctor was following old standards and most likely did not know about the narrower TSH range. Her doctor was just reading the range the laboratory provided instead of following the new guidelines.

Sarah’s situation is just one example of a doctor not knowing the latest information. In case you find yourself in a similar situation, here are some helpful tips when educating your doctor:

  1. Do your health homework. No matter what doctor you see, you need to verify and discover information yourself. Go to reputable medical sources on-line and print out copies of information you want to discuss with your doctor. Reputable medical sources are sites run by well-known doctors, organizations, or universities like http://www.webmd.com or http://www.americanheart.org. Avoid sites written by unknown individuals merely express an opinion and not verifiable facts. For rarer medical information, visit medical libraries and ask the librarian for assistance in finding answers to the questions you have. No matter how you do your homework — have a hard copy to show your doctor.
  2. Ask your doctor for some time to answer your questions and show him or her printed material. They may want to see the specifics for themselves before they can comment. One of several scenarios should then follow: The best scenario would be for your doctor to already be aware of the information you are providing and for you both to have a thorough discussion about it. The next best scenario would be for your doctor to be unaware of the information and for him or her to be willing to look into if further for you or refer you to someone who is more knowledgeable in that area. Perhaps the worst scenario would be for your doctor to be unaware of the information and be unwilling to take the time to discuss it with you.
  3. Smart doctors will react to information a patient presents by either already knowing the information or by wanting to know more about the new information. Smart doctors know they can always keep learning and they are not offended by patients asking questions and providing information. They are often grateful for patients who bring important issues to their attention because it may help them treat other patients better in the future. You should seek out doctors who are willing to discuss information with you and have a true partnership relationship when it comes to your care.
  4. On the flip side, you should avoid doctors who are unwilling to discuss new information with you. If they are too busy to answer your questions, then you don’t need them. Stay with them only long enough to find a new doctor who will have a quality doctor-patient relationship with you. You need a doctor who has your best interests in mind. Remember in the end, it’s your or your loved one’s health at stake.
  5. Doctors are human beings too. They genuinely want to help people. That is why they went into medicine in the first place. Just like you, they have many time pressures on them and in this fast-paced world it is not easy to keep up on everything new in medicine. Give your doctors the opportunity and flexibility to help you before you decide to move on. If they are willing to spend time answering your questions, but ask to do so at an alternative time or by an alternative means, then try being understanding and work with them. Some doctors have a time during the day when they are more easily able to speak with patients by phone or some will even communicate with patients via e-mail. The best solution is to find a way to get your questions answered that works for both you and your doctor.

Mature Age Students: The New Generation Our Health Care Sector Needs?

The mature age student is studying because they choose to. Often they have come to a point in their lives where, through experiences both good and bad, they have found themselves, their passions and desires and are now ready to commit to doing something with those drivers. Generation X is not your typical mature age student. They are commonly men and women who are no longer under their parent’s roof, and are making a life for themselves with little assistance from common avenues of support. Many are raising children single-handedly.

The mature aged student frequently juggles multiple jobs, children, a standing in their community, a social life, their studies, and a never ending thirst to be better, to do more and to make their lives worth something greater than the individual.

The women are not pursuing marriage as a mechanism for material security and well being. They are out there doing it for themselves and often alone. The men are also doing it hard, trying to find their place in a society which has emasculated them since the feminism movement took root. They have kids, but not necessarily living under the same roof.

So where is the support for the mature aged X Gen who have played hard, defined themselves through experiential means, who have burned themselves out on striving for achievements, money, fame, fortune, professional prowess, and recognition. These ‘X-Genners’ have risen like the proverbial phoenix out of the fires of oppression known as the traditional husband/wife scenario and into the world of self support and fierce independence. But with this independence there comes a price. Our freedom has set us loose from our support networks of parents, wives, husbands, partners and we find ourselves disconnected from each other and more problematic, from ourselves.

Often our gypsy-like nature has resulted in unstable living arrangements, high debt and little assistance to help facilitate a life change into the next phase of self development. Our quest has been to live hard, learn much and at the end of it all, we find ourselves thinking… there has to be more to life than this. We are ready to step into our power and pass on what we have learned to our communities.

The X Generation is the new movement in health care of this nation. In recent years there has been a massive influx of X-Genners returning to formal and informal studies, many of us have not before completed an undergraduate degree, and we are commonly turning to fields of studies that are completely unrelated to our previous lives. Amongst the students I cross paths with through my mindfulness and meditation training is aspiring nurses, social workers, psychologists, bio-med and education. These progressive and open minded students are intent upon affecting healing change upon the world. They are the souls that will guide our next generation of children and teens into a peaceful, healing and authentic society. Interestingly, their drive to healing pursuits comes from their own direct experience with trauma, illness and major life disruptions that have forced a different view, a new way of being.

And what a great place for them to direct their attentions. They are perfectly suited to the health care industry. These students are well traveled, have a wealth of personal first hand experience of how tough the world can be if in a weakened or dis-empowered position in society. They have developed a deep emotional intelligence, understanding and compassion for their world and they have grown to know themselves intimately. Many of them have moved from being cared for, to being the carers of children, parents and grandparents.

Yet, the admirable qualities of tenacity, resilience, motivation and passion that the mature aged student possesses along with their multi-skilled and learned talents seem to have no support from government or other organisations to support their transition into this new era.

The government desperately needs the mature age student. The severe shortage of health workers is becoming an epidemic of mythic proportions. Government is throwing money at education facilities in the form of scholarships and bursaries, discounted health care programs, commonwealth supported undergraduate degrees and Austudy. And yet, we are faced with a post-study debt that continues to make study a financially debilitating endeavour.

Most of the Government subsidies such as Austudy are aimed at school leavers, many whom are still living with parents or have financial support from family members, This subsidy doesn’t even cover the rent for most mature aged students, in fact moving from Newstart allowance to Austudy in order to study full time, rent assistance is removed entirely. Why is it assumed that if you are an older student you no longer pay rent?

Centrelink Newstart offers marginally more financial support, but only if you are looking for full time work whilst studying. Working full time precludes full time study if either is going to be of any worthwhile quality. Part time study requires part time work, but this is no-mans land and there is no support at all, and yet this is the reality for the majority of mature aged students with family commitments thrown in.

The Commonwealth supported placements in health care have helped, certainly, but does the government understand how expensive the educational costs such as books, equipment, uniforms, extracurricular requirements such as vaccinations, CPR certificates, travel to placements, etc. are for the student in a health related undergraduate degree, not to mention the ancillary costs like day care and days of work lost due to placements, residential schools, lectures and tutes. It’s astronomical.

Educational Institutions are trying, but still falling short in helping mature aged students to make ends meet and raise their families whilst noses are in the books. Many Universities have grants and equity funding for financial hardship situations, but these programs are not promoted. Flexible, online and distance education is becoming a very efficient and do-able method of learning offered by many Universities and this intelligent use of technology is to be commended. I would like to see more educational institutions offering crèche or day care services with government or student services subsidy to assist parents to get to lectures, libraries and allow study time on campus. This would greatly ease the pressures of juggling commitments around family responsibilities.

In these trying financial times, when managing the cost of living has raised beyond the reach of most single income families, it seems remiss for the government to leave the financial assistance to independent charities and welfare organisations such as the Salvation Army and the Smith Family. But for many, turning to welfare assistance has become a depressing and humbling reality… ‘Thank God for the Salvos’ has become a common catch cry.

I am a single, white, female who doesn’t own my own home, who stands independently from her parents, with two toddlers who require full time focus and attention, and who has experienced the pain and suffering of the world alongside the wondrous and exciting. I have trialed all that life has to offer, and now I wish to give back via the health care industry. Am I a minority? No. I am the archetype of the next generation of health care workers. I am an example of the type of student the education system needs, the type of worker the health system needs – desperately. I am at a point in life where, through first hand experience, I have learned what it is to care for self and others, and I have honed the skills of commitment, self motivation, compassion and responsibility with which to succeed at my goals.

There is a myriad of support for the under-privileged, uneducated and inexperienced, but virtually nothing for those in the world who are older, and trying to do it for ourselves, who are following our passions despite the challenges and road blocks… and we are ready to help others. We have paid our taxes, we have worked hard, and we are now changing directions. The government and educational institutions need to keep up and lend a greater hand.

By Kristy Lee Rackham©2011
Author of Head Space-Meditate Your Way to Study Success