Blow Winter Worries Away!

Winter Worries

As a carer, I know all too well the extra care we need to take to keep our families safe and healthy during winter. Here are a few tips from my family to yours. Blow winter worries away with vitamins and minerals too!

What’s the difference between cold and flu symptoms? Blow Winter Worries Away

Can you stop yourself from getting sick this winter?

Here are some tips to help with the answer to these questions.

Staying Well 

We prioritise sleep and regular exercise to help keep our immune systems strong,

To stay hydrated we always ensure our kids take a full bottle of water to school so they can avoid sharing cups or using water fountains which are easy ways germs can spread.

A well-balanced diet with plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables will also help. Whilst vitamins should never replace a healthy diet. they can be a great way to support it.

Probiotics may help give your immune system a boost. We sprinkle a Probiotic Immune Kids powder on cereal or mix into a glass of milk.

Check with your Pharmacist about what could work for your family.

Hand Hygiene

Encourage kids to wash their hands with soap and water before eating and after using the bathroom. Not sure how long for? Singing Happy Birthday twice through is the perfect length! Hand sanitiser is great for when washing hands isn’t possible.

You can attach a small bottle to our kid’s school bag so they can use it before recess and lunch.

Blow Winter Worries Away

Asthma 

Children can be prone to asthma attacks in winter so if you have a child who suffers from asthma, be sure to check their Asthma Action Plan.

How do you recover quickly from a cold or the flu?

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National Diabetes Week 12 July – 18 JulyStay on top of your Diabetes this National Diabetes Week with a visit to your Pharmacist.

They can support your diabetes management with a medicine review and give you advice on self-monitoring, foot care, and managing your diabetes under stress.

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PREVENTION

Get Vaccinated

Annual flu vaccination is the best defense to help you fight the flu.

Live Healthily

Ensure you eat well, drink lots of fluids, and get plenty of sleep.

Blow Winter Worries Away

Boost Your Immune

Speak to a Wizard Pharmacist or Naturopath about what supplements can help you.

Practice Good Hygiene

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when sneezing.

TREATMENT

Pain Relief

Help reduce fever, headaches and body aches by using pain relief such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol as directed by your Pharmacist

Nasal Spray

Using a nasal spray may provide relief from a stuffy or blocked nose,

Chesty Cough Liquids.

A constant cough can stop you in your tracks. A chesty cough liquid can provide relief from this common cold and Du symptom and reduce phlegm build-up.

Sore Throat Lozenges

Help soothe your throat with lozenges that ease discomfort and reduce inflammation.

RECOVERY

Stay at Home 

Help prevent the spread by staying at home and limiting contact with others for 14 days.

Rest

Be sure to get plenty of rest. This can help boost your immune system to get you feeling better

Hydrate

Stay well hydrated with water and electrolytes to replenish fluids and help your breathing.

Blow Winter Worries Away

Ease your breathing with a humidifier or vaporiser. Head over to the Shop on this website to see humidifiers.

Please discuss any concerns you may have with your GP or Pharmacists. Stay Safe and Well with a quality product such as Blackmores.

Stay Healthy This Winter – Blow winter worries away!

The immune system is our most important defender against foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria,
It is only when we begin to feel run down or can’t shake a cold that we give the immune system the attention it deserves. Herbal and nutrient supplements can help improve your resistance to infections, and help you recover should you suffer winter ills and chills.
Essential ingredients during winter:
  • Andrographis
  • Olive leaf
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Probiotics

In conclusion, this winter we have had to cope with a pandemic and flu season at the same time. With a little bit of extra planning, those contagious viruses will be minimalized with a little extra thought. Stay Safe and well.

Jennifer

 

 

 

5 Goals For Better Mental Health

With the support of your doctor or naturopath, better mental health can be achieved. You can develop strategies to help you feel in control of your situation. Stress does not discriminate on age or gender, with both men and women of any’ age feeling the effects of stress at some time or another.

However, what is stressful for one person may not be’stressful for another, as everybody reacts to stress in different ways. In fact, stress can be so ingrained’ in your daily life, that it may feel ‘normal’. Nevertheless, it is important not to underestimate the impact that stress may have on your physical and mental well being.

Working with a Natural Healthcare Practitioner who understands the effects of stress, and who can identify and provide strategies for your specific needs, will help you increase your tolerance to stress and reduce its impact on your body and mind.

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Setting Goals to Improve Mental Wellbeing

Setting goals gives life direction, boosts motivation and increases self-confidence. Goals, whether big or small, set to be achieved in a week or a year, are significant signposts on your way to health and well being. That said, goals should be set to give you the greatest chance of success.

Your Practitioner may have a system to help you set some weekly personal goals. Alternately, you and your Practitioner can use the tips below to formulate some achievable goals that will help you to reduce the impact of stress on your well being. Once agreed upon, write these in a Personal Wellbeing Journal.

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A commonly used goal-setting method uses the ‘SMART’ approach:

  • Firstly, find you’re ‘why’– why do you want to achieve your goal? Then ask yourself What? Where, When, Who, Which. Detailed specific goals are more likely to be achieved. Your goal and so know you have achieved it?
  • Measurable: Make your measurement something you can write down each day in your journal to track your progress.
  • Attainable: Once you identify what is important to you, consider what your challenges might you find? How will you overcome them? Do not shrink your goal to accommodate your attitudes. Aim to grow and expand your attitudes and beliefs to achieve your goal.
  • Realistic: Goals Need To Be Realistic. Be sure you are both willing and able to achieve your goal, even if it will take time.
  • Timely

What Does Stress Feel Like to You? The Many Faces of Stress

Stress can manifest in many ways and is different for each individual. You may identify with one or a combination of these different presentations.

Nervous tension and anxiety: Frequent and persistent tension and anxiety may manifest as excessive fear and worry, restlessness, tightening of the chest, racing heartbeat, and in extreme cases panic attacks. This negatively impacts the quality of life and normal day-to-day functioning.

Wired and tired: When stress is ongoing, your brain may perceive this as an ongoing threat, mounting a stress response to keep you alert or ‘wired’. This can reduce your ability to relax and wind-down, resulting in feeling not only wired but tired too – a sensation of being unable to switch-off in spite of being exhausted.

Exhausted and flat: In some individuals, exposure to ongoing stress may physically change the way their brain is able to respond. In these circumstances, the person is left feeling both physically and mentally exhausted, affecting performance at work and in everyday life.

Low mood: Ongoing stress can lead to structural changes to brain tissues, changing the way the brain functions. This can affect the activity of brain chemicals leading to feelings of poor mood.

Emotional: In many people, the effects of ongoing stress impacts their resilience. This may manifest as feelings of overwhelm, vulnerability, and lead to teary, weepy moments.

Insomnia: Stress can negatively impact sleep quality and quantity. This may manifest as an inability to unwind and fall asleep due to ruminating thoughts about your day, frequent waking, and/or feeling unrefreshed upon waking.

What Drives Stress?

Stress acts to motivate and sharpen your focus in situations where immediate action is required. The greater the intensity or urgency of the situation, the greater your stress response will be. For example, if you are faced with danger, your body switches on your acute stress response (also called the ‘flight or fight’ response) to give you a burst of energy and to help you deal with the danger by either running away or fighting back.

However, in the modern world, with emotional triggers seemingly around every corner, many people are faced with ongoing stressors, such as work deadlines, being stuck in traffic, endless emails, and negative news stories. In response to stress, your body releases the hormone cortisol – a chemical that allows you to stay in an active, attentive state for long periods of time in order to handle the stress at hand.

Chronic stress strongly affects every system in your body, with ongoing or poorly managed stress increasing the risk of experiencing potential health consequences.

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Stress may affect:

  • Mental well being and mood
  • Sleeping patterns (e.g. your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep)
  • Energy levels
  • Digestive function
  • Cardiovascular function, such as your heart rate and blood pressure; and
  • Reproductive hormones

It is important to manage your stressors in addition to your physical response to stressful situations in order to ensure balance and health are maintained.

Everyone is unique in how they respond to snd experience stress. Your practitioner will help you to identify the causes of your stress. but also the impact stress may be having on you physically and/or mentally that may not be obvious. This may include;

  1. Inflammation and infection
  2. Oxidative Stress  – stress can destroy brain cells.
  3. Gut disturbances
  4. Weight Management
  5. Poor Sleep

Your doctor can assess and prioritize all the above stress contributors and may recommend nutritional and herbal support, detoxification and weight management programs, diet, and lifestyle intervention specific to your needs.

Here is another great article in care services at home. 4 Key Factors For Home Health Care Services

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Specifics Needed For First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

What is your first aid kit going to be used for? Whether the first aid kit is for travel, hiking, overseas travel, or just for the medical supplies at home, it is best to pack items that are going to be needed for specific functions.

You can design a first aid kit for different situations. The bottom line is to decide which medical problems you will most likely be facing in the situation you are concerned about.

The kits may be packed in such a way that you will find the exact item you need for a particular injury easily and quickly. Here are some examples.

Hiking First Aid Kit

  • Should be lightweight pack to carry
  • Bandaids for blisters, and be able to treat sprain and strains.
  • Compact first aid manual
  • Pressure immobilisation bandages
  • Compression bandages
  • Snake Bite Bandage
  • Regular roller bandages
  • Triangular bandage for breaks
  • Gauze or cotton pads for wounds
  • Assorted bandaids for blisters and cuts
  • Moleskin and/or blister kit
  • Trekkers Wool (for hotspot and blister prevention)
  • Ointment for insect bites
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Saline solution
  • Soluble pain relieversFirst Aid Kit
  • Electrolyte replacement‎
  • Antihistamine
  • Insect repellent
  • Salt, for leeches
  • Matches and Flint
  • Personal medication, with instructions
  • Tweezers and splinter needles
  • Small scissors or nail clippers
  • Notepad and pencil
  • I highly recommend that you always carry a personal survival kit.

Disaster First Aid Kit (tornado, flood, cyclone, fire)

  • If this is the case, you can concentrate on supplies of trauma,
  • blood clotting agent
  • probably malleable splints such as these
  • mobile stretchers, Israeli dressings and
  • other things that can help you care for the wounded at the other end of the spectra.

Survival Group  or Mission Work

In a third world nation and or living off the grid, First Aid Supplies need to include

  • protective mask and gloves for disease control
  • anti-diarrheal medicines for injuries and
  • aseptic, water,
  • sterilization,
  • supplies,
  • antibiotics, and even
  • SWAT tourniquet
  • blood clotting agent
  • dental supplies become more important.

Conclusion

You can never get enough information for those with little or no medical training in these environments.

Taking a course and training on how to use the first aid products is always beneficial.

It’s best to include intuitive products like the compact SWAT tourniquet, simple to use, and the instructions are actually on the product.

This can be used for pressure dressing or even to protect the splints.

In summary, it is important to decide which medical problems you will most likely be facing in the situation you are concerned about.

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3 Tips For Self Management Of Diabetes

Self management of diabetes

Self management of diabetes and glucose levels can be challenging sometimes. If you are frail, or if you take other medicines or have other health problems, you may be at greater risk of hypoglycemia.

It is recommended that your doctor reviews your targets on a regular basis.

They can help set blood glucose targets that will keep you safe.

The target blood glucose levels for people over 65 who are living independently is generally between 4 and 10 mmol/L. This range may increase to between 6 to 15 mmol/L if you take medication for your diabetes, become frail, have other health problems, or are at risk of falls.

Ask your doctor what targets you should be aiming for. Blood glucose meters and other devices used to help manage your diabetes need regular review, testing, and upgrading. Your diabetes educator or pharmacist may be able to help you with this.

Self management of diabetes

Healthy Tip – 1

Once you turn 65, ask your doctor to review your blood glucose targets regularly.

It is not uncommon for people with diabetes to have a high blood glucose level. Generally, a blood glucose level over 15mmol/L is considered hyperglycemia and should prompt you to think about why it could be high.

A high blood glucose level now and then is not a problem. However, if you get symptoms of hyperglycemia or your blood glucose levels to remain high for a few days, it is really important to contact your doctor.

There are several causes of hyperglycemia in people:

• too little insulin or diabetes medicine

• food intake not being covered adequately by insulin or medication

• decrease inactivity

• illness, infection or injury

• severe physical or emotional stress

• taking certain medications, in-particular oral steroids or steroid injections

• insulin pump not working properly.

If you have a blood glucose level over 15mmof/L and you are not sure what to do, or if you are becoming unwell, contact your doctor.

Healthy Tip  – 2

Self management of diabetes

As you get older you may find your hyperglycemia warning signs change. When you were younger, early warning symptoms of hyperglycemia may have included increased thirst, passing lots of urine, nausea, blurred vision, or dry mouth. As you get older your warning signs may become less obvious feel tired or confused or you may feel nothing at all. If you think that it might affect you, it is strongly recommended you discuss it with your doctor or diabetes educator.

When you are unwell, you need to take extra care. Your diabetes may become harder to manage when you are sick.

It can be really helpful to talk to your doctor or diabetes educator about what to do if you become sick before it happens. How you manage will depend on whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Your doctor or diabetes educator can help you write a plan for what to do if you become unwell. Make sure you give a copy of the plan to your family and friends, so they also know what to do.

Healthy Tip 3

If you talk to your doctor or diabetes educator now about a sick day plan, you will be prepared.

Keep your plan handy and make sure you give a copy to your family and friends.

Managing Your Physical Activity As You Get Older

The aging process, the complications of diabetes, and other health issues can result in physical limitations that have an impact on our lives. You may experience vision problems, hearing loss, have less physical energy and flexibility or be in pain.

Self management of diabetes

It is important to:

                        • have your feet checked every six months
                        • have your hearing tested every year”
                        • have your eyes tested every two’
                        • (or more often if advised), and

Let your doctor know if you have pain or feel sore or are uncomfortable in any part of your body.

Sometimes people think they are too old or frail to exercise but any increase in activity can make a difference to your health and well-being.

It is recommended that people over 65 years do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most preferable days.

If you are already this active, keep going!

If you have not been this active or you have not exercised for a while, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor before you start.

Begin slowly and build up: for example, if you are aiming for 30 minutes of walking per day, start with 10 minutes once or twice a day. After two weeks, make it 15 minutes twice a day and you will have reached your goal of 30 minutes a day.

There are many ways you can keep active such as walking, gentle swimming, working in the garden, washing the car, dancing, or Tai Chi. Being physically active in the company of other people can be very enjoyable, and can help you to keep motivated and committed.

Try walking with a family member, friend, or neighbor, or see what senior classes your local council offers.

It is important to do a range of activities that include fitness, strength, flexibility and balance.

If you are not sure how these ”types of activities” or you are not sure what activity or how many days is preferable then it’s best you talk to your doctor or an exercise physiologist. They can help tailor a program just for you.

Managing Your Emotions

Significant life changes can put them at risk of anxiety and depression.

The future and bereavement can contribute to feelings of helplessness and depression.

Living with diabetes can also be tiring and worrying about you and your family .

Diabetes means you look after yourself every single day, with no breaks.

This constant pressure can take its toll and you may feel anxious or depressed.

Symptoms of anxiety and depression in older people are sometimes is not recognised because this can be seen as part of ‘growing old’.

It is important for you to talk to your doctor or other health professions about getting the right advice and support.

You can read about the kinds of issues that support services can help you in Key Factors For Home Health Care Services

Seek help if you:

  • feel sad, feel tired, sleep a lot or have daytime sleepiness
  • have trouble falling or staying asleep
  • have unexplained or aggravated aches and pains
  • are reluctant to be with friends, participate in activities or leave your home
  • lose weight or your appetite
  • Jack motivation or energy
  • have slowed movement or speech
  • neglect your personal care (such as skipping meals, forgetting your medicine or neglecting personal hygiene)
  • are frequently worried or have concerns about a number of things in your life including your health
  • have feelings of worthlessness or self-loathing
  • fixated on death or have thoughts of harming yourself or suicide.

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Finally, I will summerise this article for you. Ask your doctor what targets you should be aiming for. Blood glucose meters and other devices used to help manage your diabetes need regular review, testing, and upgrading. Your diabetes educator or pharmacist may be able to help you with this. Keep active, maintain a healthy diet will a lot of fresh veggies. Keep active at the level you are comfortable with and aim for good mental health and balanced relationships.

10 Key Steps to Eating Healthy

General Nutritional Guidelines

10 key steps to eating healthy include small and simple steps we can take with our diet that can help us feel more alive with energy and life. Whole, unprocessed food provides our bodies with the nutrients it requires to function at its best for the healthiest life possible.

10 Key Steps to Eating Healthy

1. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables is included in the key steps to eating healthy. Try to eat 7 serves of different fruits and vegetables each day and aim for 40 or more different plant foods each week. This includes nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and healthy seed grains like quinoa and buckwheat. The more plant food variety we have in our diet, the better the health of the microbiome, and the more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals we have to keep our cells fully functioning. Eat fresh organic produce as much as possible.

If you can’t afford organic foods then wash your fruit and vegetables well with a fruit and veggie wash or scrub with water and vinegar to remove the pesticide residue. Testing has shown that organic foods are more than 50 times higher in vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants’. Eat mostly raw or lightly cooked vegetables.

Either eat raw or steam, aiming to maintain the crispiness and color. When the weather is cooler, it is important to include more cooked foods as raw foods are very cooling on the body and can cause fatigue.

2. Eat wholegrain grains and cereals. If you want to eat bread, limit to 1-2 slices per day and make sure they are whole and unprocessed such as rye, spelt, Kamut, and pumpernickel bread. Try using brown rice or quinoa instead of refined white rice or cook half and half. Eat cereals made from whole grains, nuts, and seeds, high in fiber, and no added sugar.

Steps to eating healthy

3. Include a variety of lean meat, fish, poultry, or vegetarian alternatives in your steps to eating healthy. Free-range, grass-fed meat is more nutrient-dense and better tasting. Free-range roaming chickens are healthier as they are lower or free from chemicals. Eat large ocean fish only 1-2 per week (as they can accumulate toxins and heavy metals), focus more on smaller fish such as mackerel and herring 3-4 times per week. Include at least 5 vegetarian meals per week eg quiche, veggie burgers, quinoa salad/bake. Choose organic animal foods as much as possible as it will be free from chemicals.

4. Dairy foods and alternatives (optional) a Use natural yogurts with probiotics eg vaalia (not Yakult, too much sugar), you can add the fruit yourself if you want, for flavor. When selecting soy milk choose those made from non-GM, whole soya beans, and use in moderation. If you don’t have an intolerance to dairy small amounts of milk, cheese and yogurt are okay in your diet.Steps to eating healthy

If you do have an intolerance to dairy substitutes with goat’s milk, coconut milk, calcium-fortified soy, and rice milk, or nut and seed milk e.g. almond and oat milk.

5. Drink plenty of water. Water is required to keep your body hydrated and to flush water-soluble toxins from the body.

You should drink at least 3 liters of filtered water each day, plus an extra half to one liter for every hour of exercise/heavy sweating.

Water keeps our cells healthy and fluid, which means nutrients can enter efficiently and waste products can leave the cell properly.

Keeping hydrated also helps with brain function and hormonal balance and protects our kidneys.

Filtered water is a better option to reduce the exposure to chemicals that are often added to our water.

These chemicals in the water can bind to vitamins and minerals in our blood and excrete them, which can lead to deficiencies.

6. Limit unhealthy fats including foods that have been deep-fried, a packet of chips, cheap chocolate, vegetable oils such as canola, and rice bran.

7. Use healthy oils every day. Use cold-pressed virgin olive oil or coconut oil for cooking. Flaxseed, avocado, and nut oils make great oils for salad dressing, these oils can’t be heated. Increase intake of Omega 3 oils eg fish oils, flaxseed oil, hemp seed oil, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. Add the oils to your breakfast, salads, veggies.

Omega 3 fats are important for hormones and brain, skin, and User health and are naturally anti-inflammatory.

8. Limit alcohol intake. Studies have found that no amount of alcohol is actually okay for the body. If you would like to enjoy alcohol, limit your intake to 3-4 standard drinks/week.

9. Divide your meal up to get a balance of macronutrients. Divide your plate with a palm-sized portion of protein plus 3 handfuls of vegetables or salads. If you want a larger meal, add more vegetables.

A vegetarian meal could include a combination of eggs, beans, nuts, seeds, lentils, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh, cheese, grains, seaweed, sprouts, quinoa, hummus, and miso as well as vegetable and salads.

Steps to eating healthy

10. Eat small and regular meals if you have a blood sugar issue. If you get dizzy or irritable between meals try eating more fat and fewer carbohydrates such as potato, rice, pasta, cereals. Eat 4-6 small meals rather than 2-3 large meals. When we eat more fat, fewer carbohydrates, and moderate protein, we should be able to go from one meal to the next without snacking. This is a sign of a good blood sugar balance.

Other Steps To Include In Eating Healthy

11. Food breaks. Ideally, our bodies need 3-4 hours break between meals and 3-4 hours break between dinner and bed. Studies show this improves sleep, mood, digestive capacity, immunity, and general wellbeing.

12. Minimize your toxic load a toxins/chemicals in our environment, in our food and drink and what we put on our body affects our hormones, the quality of our cells (therefore our whole body), and can compromise our energy, focus, and mood. Take care to choose chemical-free shampoo, toothpaste, and moisturizer in particular.

Steps to eating healthy

When our skin is hot ie in the shower and we create friction ie brushing our teeth, our pores are more open and can more readily absorb toxins. You can start by replacing 1 item at a time as you finish with them. Also, avoid heating food in plastic as when it is warm, the plastic will release hormone-disrupting chemicals into the food. Try heating in glass containers.

13. Detox! Everybody needs a cleanse and detox 1 -2 times per year to keep our body healthy and clean so we can lead the best life possible.

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by the Australia Government Site https://www.health.gov.au/news/launch-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-campaign

A national campaign has launched to inform all Australians about the corona virus (COVID-19).

Date published:
14 March 2020
Type: News
Intended audience: General public

A national campaign has launched to inform all Australians about the corona virus (COVID-19).

The campaign aims to reduce the risk to individuals and families by enabling them to make informed decisions and to take up health recommendations.

The following communication material provides more information and tips to help you be prepared:

Videos

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Early reports suggest person-to-person transmission most commonly happens during close exposure to a person infected with COVID-19, primarily via respiratory droplets produced when the infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Droplets can land in the mouths, noses, or eyes of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs of those within close proximity.

Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. The contribution of small respirable particles, sometimes called aerosols or droplet nuclei, to close proximity transmission is currently uncertain. However, airborne transmission from person-to-person over long distances is unlikely.

In the Health Care sector the following recommendations are made.

Updated PPE recommendations for the care of patients with known or suspected COVID-19:

  • Based on local and regional situational analysis of PPE supplies, facemasks are an acceptable alternative when the supply chain of respirators cannot meet the demand.  During this time, available respirators should be prioritized for procedures that are likely to generate respiratory aerosols, which would pose the highest exposure risk to HCP.
    • Facemasks protect the wearer from splashes and sprays.
    • Respirators, which filter inspired air, offer respiratory protection.
  • When the supply chain is restored, facilities with a respiratory protection program should return to use of respirators for patients with known or suspected COVID-19. Facilities that do not currently have a respiratory protection program, but care for patients infected with pathogens for which a respirator is recommended, should implement a respiratory protection program.
  • Eye protection, gown, and gloves continue to be recommended.
    • If there are shortages of gowns, they should be prioritized for aerosol-generating procedures, care activities where splashes and sprays are anticipated, and high-contact patient care activities that provide opportunities for transfer of pathogens to the hands and clothing of HCP.

Innovative Cupping Device

Here’s a popular saying about the meridian system in traditional Chinese medicine ( TCM): “If free flow, there’s no suffering; if there’s suffering, there’s no free flow.”

Intra-traditional medicine is commonly used to encourage circulation, particularly in the case of moderate loss of local blood microcirculation. For healthy individuals, meridian therapy encourages local metabolism and wellbeing recovery.

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Cupping entails applying heat stimulation to body acupoints to facilitate unblocked meridians and qi and blood flow, thus eradicating illness and improving health.

The oldest known cupping technique was fire cupping, where heat was used to induce adsorption of cups placed on the skin for localised hyperemia or swelling.

This may lead to capillary breakdown, resulting in the loss of red blood cells and hemolysis, and constant relaxation and body health protection.

TCM maintains that cupping therapy improves blood supply and prevents blood stasis. This form of therapy ‘s advantages include non-invasiveness and operational ease.

Therefore, a form of physical therapy has long been used in healthcare. Cupping is an effective treatment.

It has broad and deep ramifications and has been practised continuously for 1,000 years. Yes, cupping can become a precious legacy of human civilisation creation. Technology and research should be incorporated into cupping therapy to help and preserve its value. Cupping is an alternative heat-based treatment in TCM.

Duration and temperature can not be adequately controlled during surgery, however, which can cause skin burns. Inconveniences and complications of conventional cupping therapy have limited its use. This dimension of traditional medicine is at risk of being forgotten to future generations, becoming a big concern.

Cupping is a form of thermal stimulation in which a certain degree of heat needs to be obtained and error is not allowed because the procedure would not be suitable for outdoor heat and indoor cold.

Cupping therapy uses various cups. They contain bamboo pots, terrines, glass bowls, bottles with smooth bottlenecks, tea cups, and bamboo cords. In addition to conventional cupping techniques, several new devices have been developed, including glass cups, rubber cups, plastic cups, and suction aspirators.

Glass and plastic cups are most commonly used as replacement cupping materials. Many jars and cups are usually made using translucent acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS); the benefits include compressive power, corrosion resistance and non-toxicity.

Transparent cups allow easy observation of colour changes, blisters and blood blisters on the skin under the cupand help determine the severity of symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, providing a basis for diagnosis

Heat is helpful to the operation of the body, but it can do irreparable harm to the human body unnecessarily or over-used. Heat will enter the skin and increase tissue temperature to 42 ° C, causing cells to die naturally.

Besides temperature , thermal therapy duration is an important factor that can cause thermal damage. Due to the fact that cell tissue can tolerate temperatures of up to 58 ° C for just threeminutes, sustained thermal therapy can destroy the cell membrane’s lipid layer and induce protein changes in cells that can lead to cell coagulation necrosis.

Depending on the depth of body tissue penetration, heat therapy can be classified into superficial heat therapy and deep heat therapy. Penetration depth is less than 1 cm in superficial heat therapy and can reach 3-6 cm in deep heat therapy.

Although technologies using heat in medical treatment are already relatively advanced, recent studies have succeeded in developing medical cupping equipment. During therapy, the amount of heat used to better serve patient needs is dictated largely by the physician’s expertise. This study developed a heat-cutting therapeutic device capable of time and temperature control, an innovative device for product type and basic functions.

Main Considerations.

The exterior design of the controlling device is illustrated in Figure 1. The appearance is solid andrefined; modern technology is used inside combined with the Bagua and Taiji designs used on the outer casing.I

n Taoism, Bagua and Taiji have many implications and are believed to suppress discomfort and give the patient piece of mind while expelling any discomfort during medical treatment.

A temperature controller and other elements were integrated into the controlling device. With regard to design, the main consideration was given to the efficiencyof the electronic components and dissipation of accumulated heat.The dimensions of the controlling device are 250mm.

The developed controller can easily set heating and temperature values. When the temperature is above or below the set temperature, feedback signals from the temperature sensor device allow adjustments to be made at any time. In the experiment below, Was a second temperature control unit

CONCLUSION

Cupping is a healthy and easy form of therapy. However, many people buy at-home cups that can lead to burns due to lack of any restrictions in cupping application. Moderncupping mainly switched away from heat and chose to use vacuum cups to improve the consistency of cupping therapy.

Although technologies using heat in medical treatment are already relatively advanced, recent studies on heat transfer in cupping have succeeded in developing medical cupping equipment. During treatment, the amount of heat used to best meet the needs of the patient is determined primarily by the experience of the physician.

The developed device provides traditional medical treatments use electricity with a form of heating that can improve treatment efficiency. Empirical results showed that , despite temperature fluctuations, temperature control achieved stability. The temperatures in each test were within 60-120 seconds

Prepared Meals Delivered Home

Prepared Meals Delivered Home

When you are recovering from illness or have a disability that prevents you from shopping, there are healthy meal options.

I have discovered a dynamic company called Youfoodz.

Youfoodz is a home delivery service in major metropolitan areas throughout Australia.

Youfoodz also stocks great nutritional meals in many stores including IGA and major supermarkets like  Aldi, Coles and Woolworths.

Nutrition is essential to your recovery and Youfoodz serves you well in that way.

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Prepared Meals Delivered Home

There are so many fade diet, it become quite an exercise to find what’s right for you, your body, you likes and dislikes.

Youfoodz offer nutritional meals for busy people and for weight loss.

Youfoodz started in Australia in 2012. From it’s inception, the emphasis was creating prepackaged meals that were nutritous and healthy.  The fresh ready made meals can also include healthy snack and drinks. The company now has over 3000 stockists and continues to deliver at homes in major metropolitan areas in Australia.

If you are wondering how does the food stay fresh, then you can relax, as the company sources local fresh produce. The food is cooked packaged and delivered straight to your door.

The food is vaccum sealed via “Modified Atmosphere Packaging” system which removes oxygen from the meals allowing the food to stay fresh. Meal expiry is  inclusive of the day of delivery.

Only the ready to eat meals can be frozen for up to 3 months. It is recommended not to freeze the fish or salad meals.

There are vegetarian prepared meals delivered home  too.

If you are ever unhappy with the service you can compain through the online form.  The company takes pride and the utmost care when it comes to safety with food and health. From personal hygiene for food handling to packaging and delivery, the company’s safety standards at maintianed.

Youfoodz commit to taking your complaints seriously.

Unfortunaley, the company does not do custum made meals, due to the large volume of production.

However, one great feature of this service is that packaging is 100% recyclable including meal sleeves, snack packaging and drink containers.

Prepared Meals Delivered Home

More recently Youfoodz is marketing and catering for larger meals. They usually take about 2 minutes to heat.

Another service that YouFoodz offers is Grocery Essentials.

This program offers seasonal selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. This is subject to change without notification so they can provide the highest quality produce.

Meat, dairy and egg product are Australian made. However some fruit may be imported if not supplied in Australia.

Minimum Oders are $49.

If you wish to order head straight to the menu page at their website, select what you like on the menu. Then you just can head to the online checkout to complete the order.

The company currently takes Credit Cards, Afterpay, Zip and Paypal.

You can set up recurring orders and you do not have to even sign a contract.

The Weight Loss Refresh program has been successful since inception.  Its not a diet, challenge or cleanse. These meals are potioned controlled and made simple with fresh, delicious and convenient meals under 350 calories per meal. There is is no lock in contract. You can order each week or set up a recurring order for week, fortnighly or monthly deliveries.

The company has a motto “Best meals delivered or its free”.Prepared Meals Delivered Home

Youfoodz has been crowned Australia’s #1 Healthy Meal Delivery Service from Canstar Blue + Australia’s Best Food Delivery Service from ProductReview 3 YEARS in a row!

Forget frozen – Youfoodz uses nothing but fresh-picked produce & top-quality protein for our ready-to-eat classics, next day delivery for metro areas, fresh sandwiches & more.

Youfoodz offers variety as well via an ever-changing menu of 100+ meals, snacks & juices can be delivered to your door or found at ~3000 stockists Australia-wide, including Coles, Aldi, Drakes, IGA, Night Owl, BP, FoodWorks, Good Life & so many more.

Nutrition and Mental Health

In the past, research on dietary nutrition was often focused on adults and mental health.

We recognise that adequate eating is related to improved mental health effects, whereas a bad diet highly likely lead to a depressed mood and anxiety.

Emerging studies focused on children and young people has, however, also established a link between deficient diets and suicide. Regional Australia has some of the highest rates of youth suicide in the world.  It also has low socio economic levels and significant social problem.

Lets look at dietry requirements for children and mental health.

Poor nutrition can lead to;

  • poor concerntration and memory
  • low mood
  • hyperactivity and agressive behaviour

Mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, are associated with nutrient deficiencies (we know that fruits or vegetables , grains, fish, lean red meats and olive oils are rich in important nutrients, including folate, magnesium, vitamins and zinc, all of which influence body and brains and mood regulations).

Dietary choices is not always a option. Sometimes there is not enough food for many Australian households due to issues like joblessness and hunger. Food deprivation can cause lower academic success, stress, depression , anxiety, violence and conflicts with other people. Insecurity of food can contribute to eating disorders.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend that we all increase our intake of fruit and vegetables and reduce foods high in sugar, salt and fat.

However, changing lifestyles and increased access to processed foods mean many children and young people fail to meet these recommendations. Less than 1% of children and young people aged two to 18 years consume the recommended amount of vegetables each day.

Here are some references for further reading on this topic.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). (2017). Australian Health Survey: Consumption of Food Groups from the Australian Dietary Guidelines, 2011-12. Canberra: ABS. Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/
4364.0.55.012main+features12011-12.

Jacka, F. N., Kremer, P. J., Berk, M., de Silva-Sanigorski, A. M., Moodie, M., Leslie, E. R., & Swinburn, B. A. (2011). A prospective study of diet quality and mental health in adolescents. PloS one, 6(9), e24805.

Jyoti, D. F., Frongillo, E. A., & Jones, S. J. (2005). Food insecurity affects school children’s academic performance, weight gain, and social skills. The Journal of Nutrition, 135(12), 2831-2839.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). (2013) Australian Dietary Guidelines. Canberra: NHMRC. Retrieved from https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/n55.

Tomlinson, D., Wilkinson, H., & Wilkinson, P. (2009). Diet and mental health in children. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 14(3), 148-155.

Townsend, N., Murphy, S., & Moore, L. (2011). The more schools do to promote healthy eating, the healthier the dietary choices by students. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 65(10), 889-895.

 

What Are You On?

What are you on

The phrase “What Are You On” refers to prescribed medications.

It is an significant issue for the global health-care sector. Drug protection is an area of concern and is high-risk.

This post is part of a series of posts relating to taking good care of our health at home. Please read 4 Key Factors For Home Health Care Services if you wish to find out more information about what to expect from care givers.

Maintaining drug safety depends on a variety of factors, errors in assessment, prescribing, dispensation and observations that may lead to adverse effects and harm.

What are you on

Specialists and the health care community are fallible.  The system of health care and drug related services for doctors, health care professionals and health insurance sectors are costly.

Up to 30 per cent of seniors in the United States had a adverse response to their prescribed medication in 2017, according to the American Geriatrics Society. These reactions are most often triggered by skipping doses of medication or inadvertently doubling over drug doses. To avoid these complications and to reduce the risk of adverse reactions with prescription drugs, it is important that seniors establish and sustain a strong drug management programme that will allow them to handle each of their various prescription medicines effectively.

Clearly, medical professionals need to be involved in the research and improvement of drug health, Carers add to this agenda by taking a collective approach to investigating the complexity and protection of prescription control for chronically ill patients.

History.

Few individuals also handle more than one medical condition, a diverse menu of pharmaceutical items and other treatment needs.

What are you on

However, medication protection research to date has concentrated largely on hospital conditions and may have no applicability for home care. For example, unregulated staff, families and unpaid carers receive most healthcare in private homes not planned for such practises.

It is now widely understood that traditional approaches to identify drug-related problems, including labels such as ‘labelless therapy,’ ‘drug-free diagnosis,’ ‘fake medication,’ and ‘false dosage,’ are not acceptable and practical to home care.

Economic , cultural and neighbourhood concerns need to be addressed when evaluating the difficulties associated with medicine. This includes: whether the person can afford to fill the prescription with medication and transportation; anxiety about the side effects; confusion over the purpose, dose or pacing of the drug; and coping with an overwhelmed caregiver with their own health concerns.

It is difficult to provide for any family member who has chronic health problems. Increased number of patients discharged from hospital earlier in recovery process may create uncertainty about new drug regime.

Mobile equipment (i.e., peritoneal and haemodialysis, long-term intravenous catheters, and oxygen / inhalation therapy) has seen a significant rise in home hospital treatment. Both factors, including physical environment, social dynamics, and client and caregiver cognitive and physical skills, must be considered in providing home treatment.

What are you on

Doctors do their utmost to provide the right dosage, but prescription medicines also cause unforeseen reactions. And keeping in good touch with the doctor is smart.

Do not hesitate to call if you think you have an adverse drug reaction or if you are afraid the drugs don’t play together well. The doctor can prescribe another drug or try alternatives to alternative therapies to help you feel better.

Many people are apprehensive about discussing all of their prescription medications with their doctor. Keep in touch with the doctor to make sure the prescription is as safe and effective as the day it was administered.

Many elderly caregivers face their own health issues and can lose sleep as they work almost 24 hours a day. Inside the institutional scenario of carers, there are two to three shifts a day.

Family members and carers often feel a sense of duty in trying to keep the client home without fully understanding that this goal could be unattainable or unrealistic.

Providers work with clients, families and their unpaid caregivers to reduce risks, but the complexity of home environments allows clients and caregivers to routinely exercise independent decision-making in the light of limited professional oversight and often stressed or absent support from home and the community.

In fact, the reporting and communication challenges that are heightened across industries at transition points also raise the potential for inadequate drug resolution and related risks.

However, it is not possible to ignore the vulnerability of home care workers employed mainly without adequate management assistance, and the heterogeneity of each home environment. Consequently, customer service and drug management protection can not be discussed without involving family members, unpaid caregivers and paying providers in the equation.

Our point of view is that the unique life of private homes and communities as well as the various interrelationships between individuals, households, unpaid caregivers and home care staff is a complex socio-ecological issue in terms of healthy handling of drugs.What are you on

Implicit in this perspective of health is the assumption that interactions between human beings and the world are mutual. To elucidate this dynamic relationship, this approach integrates several ideas from machine theory.

Another ecological perspective principle is that people can be represented at multiple aggregation levels in environments: person, family, organisation, society and population.

The need to both explain the multiple levels of problem determinants and recognise opportunities for improvement under this assumption.

Because medicines can interfere poorly with each other, creating a plan for handling medicines does more than just help you stay organised: it also helps you stay healthy.

By knowing which medicines you are taking, you can take responsibility for your own health care and help ensure you remain at low risk for adverse drug interactions.

If prescription medicines are taken properly, they can help us lead happier lives and when you build a medication treatment plan that works for you, it can take a huge stress out of your life and free you up to think about more important things – including spending time with friends and family.

What are you on
What are you on?

If you use a timer and pill dispenser you can not stress about missing your medication. If you get confused about when you take your medication or you feel that there has been a dispensery error please contact the chemist or doctor’s surgery as soon as possible. It is better to be safe than sorry.