The Mental Health Debate

We have two sides of a debate: One says the mental health drugs are the only option and the other says the drugs cause mental health problems.

The drugs’ side gives lots of false information to the public.

The other side gives lots of facts to disprove the falsities.

Yet, the public, largely, goes for the drugs’ side. Despite the facts that show there is no basis in science for the use of the drugs and despite the facts that show the financial incentives for why people are being given drugs they don’t need, the public goes for the “experts”.

There is even a test to evidence how poor someone will metabolize the drug and yet the drugs’ side is using that test to apparently adjust the drug dose or choice of drug so the person “has the best chance they can get”.

When in reality the most important facts are that it is normal to experience anxiety, sadness, grief and an entire list of emotions in response to life’s stresses. Additionally, if one wants to introduce science and medical evidence to the list of options, there are medical ailments that cause mental health problems and those ailments can be tested for and can be treated with non-mental health treatments that effectively cure the person of the cause for those symptoms and behaviors.

Why dose a drug; why test to see the metabolic rate for a drug that is not medically needed; why not simply find the medical ailment and cure it. Why live a life of mental health drugs and adverse consequences?

The subject of drugs (pharma) and genetics (the study of inherited characteristics) is called “Pharacogenomics”.

Pharmacogenomics looks at how specific genetic characteristics influence medication response. The medical community has had a medical test, for years, which can evidence the inability of a person’s body, to assimilate and utilize a drug.

Individual differences in drug metabolism are due to differences in the activity of enzymes (electron transfer agents in metabolic pathways) that metabolize the majority of drugs.

The enzymes are affected by and will produce varying behaviors by over 50 different genes and these genes and the varying behaviors have been studied and evidenced by medical science, yet the public is not made aware that this test exists. This includes testing for drugs that are prescribed for physical ailments as well as mental health symptoms

In addition to the 50 different genes that affect whether someone can utilize the drug, without having adverse reactions and potentially fatal consequences, there are a group of enzymes that have several different versions of each enzyme due to one’s genetic make-up. There are, also, proteins, within the body that play a role in whether the body can break down and assimilate a drug or whether the drug will simply act as a toxin. This adds up to a lot of variables that determine whether an individual can predict that they are likely to experience the FDA adverse effect warnings of mania, psychosis, hallucinations, sudden death, paranoia, delusions, suicidal thoughts and homicidal thoughts and more.

The absorption, distribution, metabolism or elimination of the drug is all influenced by hereditary factors.

In summation, genetic variants can occur at any step in the drug metabolism pathway, in both the genes that make receptor proteins and the genes that make various drug-metabolizing enzymes.

Health, Drugs, and Rock and Roll

Next time you see a cancer patient banging his head to the mammoth-beats of Led Zeppelin, do not ever ask why. He might just be channeling the music’s healing property to his ailment and health as a whole.

Does it sound ridiculous? Wait until you hear about Music Therapy. Music therapy is a budding field in personal well-being and health care that uses music as a healing medium. Practitioners on this field believe in the profound impact of music on people’s health and psyche. No wonder there are more and more medical institutions that utilize background music to help heal their patients.

Music, according to music therapists, is an effective way to calm the nerves of patients who are traumatized by a disease. It has a huge role in the success of the pain management stage of the healing process. Music also helps ease muscle tension and it keeps the patient more focused.

Music has a direct effect on our brain waves. Music with harder beats keep the mind alert and more focused, while those with sluggish tempos promote a calm meditative state-of-mind. This may explain why kids who listen to The Ramones are more hyperactive and their elder brothers who dig dirge-y stuff like Sabbath are more laid-back. Well, we can point out the possibility of other extra-musical inputs that these people might be taking, but that would be dwelling far off the topic.

Let us go back to the main issue. Music, including its beat and structural changes, can also reduce stress via altering the heartbeat rate and breathing to a much calmer state. This explains why musical therapy can effectively aid the treatment of a patient with chronic stress.

If there is one area of physical well-being that music really hits good, it is our mental health. Music can function as an agent that promotes a more positive mental state. Through soothing music, depression and anxiety are kept off our mental territory. The result of this is very advantageous. A positive state-of-mind thwarts the body’s tendency to give in to stress. When the body gives in to stress, physical and mental health will break down next.

There are more benefits that music brings to our health. In fact, experts can write a whole treatise on the subject. These include the effect of music to a person’s blood pressure, sickness immunity and other varied physical problems. In time, this field in health care will be common to all medical institutions. For the meantime, let us bang our heads to the beat for health!

Hiring a Home Health Care Employee

Providing the primary care for an elder loved one can be difficult. When you cannot deliver all the elder care yourself and support from friends, family, and community organizations is not enough, it may be useful to hire a home health care worker. He or she can offer care from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day, and can provide many other helpful services. Types of in-home health care services include:

General Health Management like administration of medication or other medical treatments
Personal care such as bathing, oral hygiene, dressing, and shaving
Nutrition help like preparing meals, assisting eating, and grocery shopping
Homemaking services including laundry, dishwashing, and light housework
Companionship for example reading to the senior or taking them on walks

Recruiting and Interviewing Applicants

There are many avenues for hiring a home health care employee. Generally, home health care workers can be hired directly or through an agency. Home health care agencies often have a staff that includes social workers and nurses that will manage your care. However hiring an independent home health care worker is generally more cost effective, it will also give you more control over the type of care you receive.

Senior home care workers should be carefully screened for proper training, qualifications, and temperament. Fully discuss the needs of the elder care recipient during an interview with a prospective home health care employee. There should be a written copy the job description and the type of experience you are looking for.

References

Have applicants fill out an employment form that includes the following information:

Full name
Address
Phone number
Date of birth
Social Security number
Educational background
Work history

Before hiring, you should ask to see the senior home care worker’s licenses and certificates, if applicable, and personal identification including their social security card, driver’s license, or photo ID.

References should be checked out thoroughly. Prospective employees should provide the employer with names, dates of employment, and phone numbers of previous employers and how to contact them. It is best to talk directly to previous employers, rather than just to accept letters of recommendations. Also ask the applicant to provide or sign off on conducting a criminal background check

Special Points to Consider

Make sure the person you are considering hiring knows how to carry out the tasks the elder care recipient requires, such as transferring the senior to and from a wheelchair or bed. Training may be available, but make sure the worker completes the training successfully before hiring him or her.

No one should be hired on a seven-day-a-week basis. Even the most dedicated employee will soon burn out. All employees need some time to take care of their personal needs. No worker should be on call 24-hours a day. If the elder care recipient needs frequent supervision or care during the night, a family member or second home health care worker should be able to help out or fill in.

Live-in assistance may seem to be more convenient and economic than hourly or per-day employees but there can be drawbacks. Food and lodging costs must be calculated into the total cost of care, and it could be difficult to dismiss someone without immediate housing alternatives. If you decide to utilize a live-in arrangement, the employee should have his own living quarters, free time, and ample sleep.

Job Expectations and Considerations

Before hiring a senior home health care worker, you should go over the tasks you expect them to perform and other issues, such as promptness, benefits, pay scale, holidays, vacations, absences, and notification time needed for either employer or employee before employment is terminated. If you work and are heavily dependent on the home health care worker, emphasize the importance of being informed as soon as possible if he or she is going to be late or absent so that you can make alternative arrangements. Be clear about notification needed for time off, or what to do in the case the home health care worker experiences a personal emergency that requires them to abruptly leave work. It is important to have a backup list of friends, family, other home care workers, or a home health care agency you can call on.

Be clear about issues concerning salary, payment schedule, and reimbursement or petty cash funds for out of pocket expenses.

You should spend the day with the home health care worker on his first day to make sure you are both in agreement over how to carry out daily tasks. It would also be helpful to supply the home health care worker with a list of information on the elder care recipient such as: special diets, likes, dislikes, mobility problems, health issues, danger signs to monitor, possible behavior problems and accompanying coping strategies, medication schedule, therapeutic exercises, eye glasses, dentures, and any prosthetics.

You should also provide the following information to your home health care worker: your contact information, emergency contacts, security precautions and access to keys, clothing, and locations of washing/cleaning supplies, medical supplies, light bulbs, flashlights, fuse box, and other important household items.

Transportation

Another big consideration in hiring a senior home care worker is how he or she is going to get to work. If they do not have a reliable car or access to public transit, then you might want to consider hiring someone to drive him or her, which might be more economical than using taxis. Inform your insurance company if the home health care worker is going to drive your car when caring for the senior. Your insurance company will perform the necessary driving background checks. If the home health care worker is using his or her car to drive the elder care recipient, then discuss use of her or his car, and conduct a driving background check.

Insurance and Payroll

Check with an insurance company about the proper coverage for a worker in your home.

Make sure all the proper taxes are being drawn from the employee’s check by contacting the Internal Revenue Service, state treasury department, social security, and the labor department. If you do not want to deal with the complexities of the payroll withholdings yourself, than you can hire a payroll company for a fee.

Even if your home health care worker is working as a contractor, you are still obligated to report the earnings to the IRS. Talk to your accountant or financial adviser about making sure you are following IRS rules.

Ensuring Security

You should protect your private papers and valuables in a locked file cabinet, safe deposit box, or safe. If you are unable to pick up your mail on a daily basis, have someone you trust do it, or have it sent to a post box. You should check the phone bill for unusual items or unauthorized calls. You should put a block on your phone for 900 numbers, collect calls, and long-distance calls.

Keep checkbooks and credit cards locked up. Review credit card and bank statements on a monthly basis, and periodically request credit reports from credit reporting agencies. Lock up valuable possessions or keep an inventory of items accessible to people working in the house.

You can help to prevent elder abuse to your loved one by:

Make sure the home health care worker thoroughly understands his or her responsibilities, the elder care recipient’s medical problems and limitations, and how to cope with stressful situations.
Do not overburden the home health care worker.
Encourage openness over potential problems.

The following are possible signs of elder abuse or neglect:

Personality changes
Crying, whimpering, or refusing to talk
Sloppy appearance
Poor personal hygiene
Disorganized or dirty living conditions
Signs of inappropriate sedation, such as confusion, or excessive sleeping
Mysterious bruises, pressure sores, fractures, or burns
Weight loss

If you suspect abuse, act immediately. Do not wait until the situation turns tragic. Investigate the situation by talking to the elder care recipient in a safe situation, or install monitoring equipment. Examples of abusive behavior include yelling, threatening, or over controlling behavior that could involve isolating the senior from others. If the situation is serious, you should replace the home health care worker as quickly as possible. If you fear the elder care recipient is in danger, he or she should be separated from the home health care worker as soon as possible. Place the elder care recipient with a trusted relative or in a respite care facility. Make sure your loved one is safe before confronting the home health care worker, especially if there is concern about retaliation.

Report the situation to Adult Protective Services after ensuring the safety of the elder care recipient. The police should be contacted in the case of serious neglect, such as sexual abuse, physical injury, or misuse of funds.

Supervising a Home Health Care Worker

The most important thing to remember after hiring a home health care worker is to keep the lines of communication open. You should explain the job responsibilities clearly, and your responsibilities to the home health care worker. Do not forget that the home health care worker is there for the elder care recipient and not the rest of the family. For live-in arrangements, the maximum amount of privacy should be set up for the home health care worker’s living quarters. Meetings should be set up on a regular basis to assure that problems are nipped in the bud. If conflicts cannot be resolved after repeated attempts, than it is best to terminate the employee. In such a case, you may have to either place the elder care recipient in a nursing home temporarily or hire a home health care worker through an agency. Reserve funds should be kept on hand in the case of such an emergency.

General Eligibility Requirements for Home Care Benefits

Hiring a home health care worker directly is usually less expensive than hiring through a home health care agency; but if the elder care recipient is eligible and you wish to use assistance from Medicare, you must hire someone through a certified home health care agency. For the senior patient to be eligible, three or more services must be ordered by a physician. Other factors or eligibility are the required need for skilled nursing assistance, or one of the following therapies: physical, speech or occupational. The elder care recipient’s medical needs will determine asset and income requirements.

Hiring Home Health Care Workers through Home Health Care Agencies versus Independently

Different health professionals can assess the elder care recipient’s needs. A nurse or social worker can help with design and coordination of a home care plan. Your care manager, doctor, or discharge planner can help with services being covered by Medicare. They generally help make the arrangements with a home care agency.

You should ask the home health care agency how they supervise their employees, and what kind of training their employees receive. Find out the procedures for when an employee does not show up. Also ask about the fee schedule and what it covers, there may be a sliding fee schedule. Furthermore, find out if they have a policy for minimum or maximum hours. Ask the agency if there are any limitations on the types of tasks performed.

Especially if you have to pay for the care services yourself, find out if there are any hidden costs such as transportation. If all the costs for hiring a care worker through an agency become too much, you may want to consider hiring directly.

Hiring independent home health care workers is not only more economical than using an agency, but it also allows more direct control over the elder care.

Mens Health For Longevity

A lot of men feel that if they just take two aspirin and a Centrum every day, get their prostate checked out annually after the age of 40, don’t smoke, and walk the dog, they’re doing just fine with their health. But that’s not so.

A lot of these same men feel that they have something “wrong with them” if they have to pay too much attention to their health. That’s an attitude that just needs to be thrown in the garbage. All human beings, and not just professional athletes and not just women, need to pay strict attention to the state of their health and do things to maintain it–and the younger they are when they start, the better.

In fact the first tip for men’s health is get over your fear. Fear prevents you from doing the things you really need to be doing, like getting plenty of heart-rate-increasing aerobic exercise, breathing deeply, and eating a balanced diet. You’re not a failure if you’re out of shape–you’re just out of shape, and you need to get back into shape for the sake of your self-esteem as well as your physical and mental health. Weak health makes for a life of lesser quality.

Speaking of eating right…Get rid of a lot of the fast food, the “quickly grabbed bites”, and the refined sugar. Those things are all fine in a real pinch or as a once in a while treat, but you can’t live off them. You have to fuel your body right, and that requires the right foods. Everyone’s metabolism is a little different, so it’s wrong to suggest a universal diet; and contrary to a popular modern delusion, most people are not better off being vegetarians–they are worse off if they try that.

However, with those things said, generally we eat too much red meat; too much fried food; too much starch; and too much refined sugar (white sugar, high fructose corn syrup). This means that at the same time we are eating too little: seafood; poultry; fruits; vegetables; nuts; and whole grains. Red meat is the “complete protein” and is good for you, fried food is very tasty, and the brain lives on sugar, so it’s not as if those things have to be done away with.

But the key here is balance. If you’re like the typical man, you should replace at least two of your current weekly red meat meals with fish or chicken–and neither one should be fried. Cut your french fry consumption in half, and replace them with beans or squash. Pour out the contents of the candy dish into the trash can and start buying or growing fruits and nuts to munch. And, throw out all your white bread and eat whole grain bread such as Roman Meal.

You should also be jogging, running, playing racquetball, or something significantly cardio at least every other day for at least a half hour a time (although to start off with if you’re flabby you might want to sustain it for just 15 minutes). Walking the dog doesn’t count.

In your work life–cut out the stress. For a man, that usually means compete against yourself, not against everyone else, and be honest with yourself about whether or not you really love your work–and if you don’t love it, try to change into something else. Oh, and don’t bring your work home with you–even if you work from home. Recreation time is just that.

Health & Fitness from Rope Skipping

I’m a little bubble car, number 38, whizzing round the corner, JUST – IN – TIME – TO – SLAM – ON – THE – BRAKE! Sorry about that, I was just reminiscing about skipping game we used to play as kids. It’s all computer games and joy sticks these days, but just a generation ago, you couldn’t keep the kids indoors if you tried. We were always running around, or running away, burning off the calories in aerobic games and mischief.

Why is it that many men look at rope skipping as effeminate, or a fluffy form of exercise as my father always used to put it? I mean, the great boxers of the world use skipping as part of their rigorous exercise regime, and I don’t think anyone would dare to call them effeminate. I guess the problem is because we don’t see men skipping in public places, only girls, and kids at that.

Well, there are many health benefits to be had from skipping. In fact, rope skipping is a brilliant cardiovascular exercise and that’s according to the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Council. You’re probably wondering what can be so great about skipping right? Ok, let’s outline the benefits of this underrated form of exercise.

I’ll start by comparing it with other, more common exercises. Take running or jogging for example. Each foot absorbs up to 5 times the body weight from the force of the impact as the foot hits the ground. Over time, this impact can cause reversible and irreversible damage to the feet, ankles, knees, and hips. We’re kind of used to seeing athletes suffering such injuries. The only difference between them and those of us that jog for fitness, is that their extreme fitness regimes speed up the process due to over exertion.

Now with rope skipping, the shock of hitting the ground is absorbed by both feet. This is much better for the exerciser as it allows the calf muscles to control and absorb the impact, so you can see that it puts much less strain on the bones and muscles that jogging or running.

Aerobic exercise, that it any kind of exercise that increases the need for oxygen, has skipping included among its recommend activities. To get any benefit out of skipping, or any other form or aerobic exercise, it must be performed between 3-5 times a week for about 20 minutes per session. You don’t need to do all twenty minutes at once though, as 4 sets of 5 minutes or whatever you’re comfortable with will suffice. Mind you, you must exert yourself as you need to get that heart racing and show a bit of sweat to show for you efforts.

Additionally, aerobic exercise is great for improving heart and lung health, not to mention shedding a few pounds in the process. I’ve outlined below a well known formula for working out your training range:

220 – (your age) = Max HR (in beats per minute)

Max HR x (.55 to .85) = 55% to 85% of Max HR

For example:

220 – 35 (years old) = 185 (beats per minute)

185 x .55 = 101.75 (beats per minute)

185 x .85 = 157.25 (beats per minute)

Now round off these numbers.

So, 102 to 157 beats per minute is the training range of the 35 year old in this example.

Here are a few more useful tips on the benefits of rope skipping:
By jumping through a rope at about 130 revolutions per minute is about the equivalent of running at 6 miles per hour or cycling 12 miles per hour. Just 10 minutes of rope skipping is equal to a one-mile run.

How to choose the right skipping rope?

Hold the rope and stand with your feet on the middle of it. If the length of the rope is correct, then the handles should just about reach your armpits. Also, make sure the handles are thick and feel comfortable when you grip them.

When skipping, you should look for a cushioned surface to skip on. A good sized carpet remnant is perfect. Try to avoid hard surfaces like concrete whenever possible, as hard surfaces can increase the impact on joints.

Make sure you have well-cushioned athletic shoes just as you would for walking or running.

As with all new exercise make sure you start slowly and gradually increase session time over the course of a few weeks. It’s important to allow your leg muscles get accustomed to the exercise.

12 Health Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is usually recognized as a largely spiritual practice, particularly in Eastern philosophies and religions. In the past few decades, as Western culture has been exposed more and more to meditation through the martial arts and some popular Eastern philosophies, it has also been found to have many health benefits. Westerners are also discovering that meditation is not as mysterious or difficult to do as many of us may have thought. And given the long list of benefits that a little meditation can produce, it may be worth it for you to look in to this ancient practice.

Some health benefits of meditation may include:
Lowering oxygen consumption.

Decreasing respiratory rate.

Increasing blood flow and slowing the heart rate.

Increasing exercise tolerance in heart patients.

Leads to a deeper level of relaxation.

Good for people with high blood pressure because it helps bring the B.P. down.

Reducing anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.

Decreasing muscle tension ( and any pain due to tension) and headaches.

Building self-confidence.

Helping in chronic diseases like allergies , arthritis, etc.

Reducing pre- menstrual Syndrome.

Enhancing the immune system.

How to Meditate:

You don’t have to sit in some pretzel like position in a secluded monastary to do good meditation. Meditation involves sitting in a relaxed position and clearing your mind. You can do this on the floor or on a bench, or in a chair. Just don’t use a chair that is too comfortable or you may fall asleep. You may focus on a repetitive sound, or by counting your own breaths, or by concentrating on nothing at all. It’s necessary to have 5-20 distraction-free minutes to spend. It is helpful to have silence and privacy.

If you haven’t tried meditation before you might find it useful. Give it a try and see what you think. Or, in the case of meditation, it’s actually what you don’t think that counts.

Natural Health Online

Natural health online tips, suggestions, cures, treatments, remedies are running wild like an out of control fire. It’s good we have the type of access to health tips online then we did 20 years ago. I know when I’m feeling ill in any way I look for natural health tips that can help me out. I was tired of going to the drug store for every little problem. There are many home remedies that can be purchased at health food stores and sometimes even at your own local grocery store.

Whatever problem you may have a natural health online treatment should be available a few clicks away. You still should go to the doctor because not everything can be treated from home remedies you found online. Health suggestions online are suggestions for the most part, and while they might help 95% of the people who try it there is the 5% of people who will need further more professional help.

The ironic thing when you do feel sick many people don’t feel like searching for cures online, I know I don’t. So what I’m thinking is stock piling home remedies with vitamins and supplements for just in case. When I do feel like im getting a cold I will be prepared and won’t have to muster the energy to look for treatments. A natural health online tips are out there for any ailment you can think of which is very convenient because many of us can’t run to the doctor every time something si wrong with us.

The Significance Of Men’s Health

Men’s health is something that men have to take care of for their survival. Yet men are least likely to visit their doctor if they are worried about their health. Men’s health refers to health issues specific to the human male anatomy. These often relate to structures such as male genitalia or to conditions caused by hormones specific to males.

Men need to pay more attention to their bodies. There are several men’s health issues that affect their lives. They tend to smoke and drink more than women do. They don’t seek medical help as much as women. Some define themselves by work, which can cause stress.

Here are some related topics on men’s health that males should be aware of:

Fitness

Fitness plays a big role in men’s health. Men are advised to perform routine exercise activities. Cardiovascular exercises are good measures to reduce the risk of heart diseases. Coupled with the right diet, this will make your heart become stronger and enables it to pump blood efficiently. Furthermore, keeping the body strong supports faster production of growth hormones and testosterones.

Prostate health

Prostate health is an essential factor for men’s overall health, especially to those approaching their 40s. Upon reaching this age, they have to undergo a routine prostate examination. Lycopene-rich foods can give natural benefits for prostate health such as tomatoes, pasta, and fruits. Certain herbal supplements may also aid in overall prostate health.

Among the disorders that affect men’s health are erectile dysfunction and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

The prostate is a gland that is only present in men. As they age, the gland may begin to grow and may eventually cause problems with urination, because the gland pinches off the urethra as its size increases.

Some problems that may be caused by a benign prostatic hyperplasia are a weak or interrupted urinary stream, difficulty starting the urine flow, even when the bladder feels full, and a feeling the bladder is not completely empty.

Erectile dysfunction

Penis health is very important for men. However, some may tend to neglect this part by not taking care of their most valuable organ. Men should make sure that they have erection everyday.

It is essential to keep stronger erections in men’s health. If your penis greets you in the morning, then that’s great! This is one thing that gives you pleasure.

Erection can be negatively affected by diabetes, smoking, and obesity. Stress, depression, alcohol, physical injury and certain medications may also affect your penile erection. If you are on medication, consult the doctor for the side effects. You must also examine your testicles at least once a month for any changes.

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