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Top Ten Health Benefits Of Green Tea And Its Effect On Chronic Disease

Posted on May 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

Having become more health-conscious nowadays, many people have bypassed traditional medicine and have gone the natural route. What this means is that instead of just taking drugs that only treat symptoms, people are utilizing diet, vitamins and minerals, and herbs to treat the body as a whole in hopes to obtain better health. One of the easiest changes that you can make to obtain better health is to switch to drinking green tea instead of coffee or soda. Here are ten health benefits of green tea and their effect on chronic disease. It can:

  • Act as an antioxidant which may help treat and/or prevent cancer — Free radicals in the body have been proven to cause cancer as well as other chronic diseases. It can help your body fight the free radicals because it contains large amounts of antioxidants and other beneficial substances like EGCG, catechins, carotenoids, tocopherols, as well as regular old Vitamin C.
  • Help you to lose weight and may help you live longer — By regulating blood sugar levels, reducing food cravings, helping the body absorb less dietary fat, blocking the conversion of excess calories into fat, and increasing your metabolism, green tea can help your body burn fat and help you lose weight. It is also a great way to re-hydrate the body, maybe even better than water, which is vital as dehydration has been proven to be one of the major causes of chronic diseases.
  • Reduce stress and boost the body’s immune system — Green tea has the ability to calm the body and elevate your awareness which gives your body the ability to reduce its stress level. It does this with the help of a chemical called theanine, which can also help to boos your body’s immune system, according to scientific studies.
  • Protect the body from heart attack and stroke — With an amazing ability (that is still not completely understood by scientists) to speed up the recovery process in heart attack and stroke patients, green tea can also prevent future relapses.
  • Improve heart health and may help to reduce high blood pressure — By reducing the hardening inside of the arteries, green tea has been proven to lower high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood clots which can greatly improve your heart health.
  • Treat and/or prevent diabetes — A known anti-diabetic, green tea can treat and/or prevent diabetes by regulating the blood sugar levels in the body. It does this with the help of theaflavines and EGCG, which also promote glucose metabolism, increase insulin activities, and block glucose absorption.
  • Treat inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis — It has been shown to have great anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce the effects of several different chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, acne, and colitis.
  • Protect lungs from smoking and liver from alcohol — Green tea has been shown to reduce cellular damage in a smoker’s lungs and also to reduce liver damage caused by alcohol and other toxins. While not supporting either of these activities, this may very well explain why Japanese people tend to have a lower rate of lung cancer.
  • Prevent tooth decay and bad breath — Green tea helps to fight the germs and mouth viruses that cause bad breath, and is not erosive to the teeth like soda which helps to prevent tooth decay.
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis — With the help of a high phytoestrogen, flavonoid, and fluoride content, green tea helps to build bone and preserve bone density, thus reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

What Doctors Need to Know About Treating Overweight Patients

Posted on May 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

A recent article on Health.com, The Surprising Reason Why Being Overweight Isn’t Healthy by Ginny Graves, has spurred a lot of reaction. The focus of the article is pointing out how the medical profession can tend to be biased against overweight women to the point of misdiagnosing or not diagnosing them at all.

The article was also posted on CNN. Just reading through the endless comments will give anyone an accurate picture of how biased the general population is against overweight people. Doctors are people too. Just because they have obtained a level of education only a minute portion of the population is smart enough and determined enough to achieve, doesn’t remove their personal opinions and biases.

Doctors are human. Receiving the degree, certification, licensure, or reciting an oath, does not automatically remove the person’s opinions, values, paradigms, or biases. Most people can intellectually agree to a doctrine and accept it on an intellectual level. Unless the person can honestly accept the doctrine on a core spiritual level and change their paradigms, their personal biases will not change. This is true for any medical practitioners, including doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, chiropractors, etc.

Doctors are human and have personal biases just like the rest of the population. To effectively address the problem of Overweight Patients being discriminated against, we must recognize this aspect of our doctor’s personal perceptions. Health care practitioners need to recognize their own biases and paradigms as well. They also need to be aware of the frustrations they feel when treating overweight patients for complaints that are typically a result of weight.

Doctors and other practitioners are held to a higher standard because of their profession. Because the main part of their job is working with people, they have to understand overweight people’s paradigms and feelings.

First thing, we already know we are fat! Most overweight people also are aware of the long list of health problems and diseases associated with being overweight. We usually are already well educated on the topics before a doctor ever brings them up to us. Any overweight person who has searched the internet, read a magazine, or been on an organized diet, will already have at least a basic education in the health risks of poor diet, inadequate exercise and obesity.

When a health practitioner needs to talk to his overweight patient about health risks or weight loss, he will only be effective if he approaches the patient with dignity.

o Don’t make any assumptions! Just because a person is fat does not mean they eat a lot of fast food or candy or are couch potatoes.

o Do directly ask your patient specific questions about her lifestyle and habits in a non-judgmental manor.

o Don’t assume an overweight person is lazy, weak-willed, or doesn’t care. There are many different factors at play in an individual’s life, health, genetics and past that contribute to their weight problem.

o Do act with compassion and open-mindedness. Objectively evaluate all of the factors at play in each individual patient’s case. Understand that people who are overweight can be extraordinarily sensitive about their weight. This is especially true if the person has failed at dieting or has past emotional traumas.

o Don’t dismiss your patient’s needs because of their weight. Even when some patients are so overweight that diagnostic tests and evaluations are difficult, it is the practitioner’s responsibility to insure that the patient gets the care necessary even if it means referring the patient to a different provider.

o Do be objective when treating your overweight patients. If there is a problem with appropriately sized exam tables or diagnostic machines, be sensitive and actively find an alternative place to have your patient examined.

o Don’t use guilt, shame or cajoling to talk to your patient about her weight problems. It is disrespectful, insulting, and hurtful. Many overweight patients who are highly sensitive about their weight problem will withdraw and cope by binge eating.

o Do set in place an effective, sensitive, and comprehensive method to treat your patient’s obesity. Create objective, non-judgmental questionnaires to learn what issues are behind your patient’s weight. Do not simply pass off your patient to someone else. Follow-up with them and be an active participant in the team who is treating your patient’s weight (dietician, therapist, support group, diet plan, etc).

When health practitioners can be sensitive and respectful of their overweight patients, they can actually make progress in their care. Check your attitudes. If you are a physician, make a commitment to treat your overweight patients with the same care and concern you treat your patients who smoke, drink alcohol in excess, abuse drugs, or do anything else that is destructive to their health.

Choosing a Healthcare Provider to Help Treat Your Candidiasis

Posted on May 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

Choosing a capable, trustworthy, supportive, kind and caring healthcare provider is very important. It is even more important when you are experiencing chronic health problems, as chronic conditions usually require you to be in constant contact with your healthcare provider. Many individuals with chronic healthcare conditions such as candidiasis are not under the care of such an individual, which becomes extremely frustrating for the patient and leads to poor health outcomes.

If you suspect that you have candidiasis finding a healthcare provider that is supportive and understands your condition is imperative. Candidiasis is a chronic medical condition characterized by an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a typically benign type of yeast present in our digestive systems. Candida albicans is present in all of our bodies in small amounts and ideally will work in conjunction with beneficial types of bacteria to create a unique microflora to help keep our bodies healthy. Unfortunately, external factors such as overuse of antibiotics, birth control and diets high in processed/sugary foods can create an imbalance in this microflora. When this balance is disrupted Candida albicans then morphs into an opportunistic organism and begins to release toxins throughout the body. These toxins then create a wide array of seemingly unrelated health problems such as, chronic yeast infections, chronic bacterial vaginosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), depression, joint pain and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Most healthcare providers unfamiliar with or who doubt the validity of candidiasis will only treat the symptoms rather than the underlying conditions. A supportive healthcare provider will not only treat the symptoms but attempt to treat what is causing the symptoms in the first place.

Candidiasis is very difficult to treat. The cornerstone of treatment is typically extreme dietary changes often referred to as the candida diet, anti-candida diet or yeast free diet. The candida diet seeks to cut off the food supply to Candida albicans therefore forcing it to die. This process can take quite a while and requires giving up numerous foods and ingredients such as, glutinous grains, vinegar, sugar, processed foods, fermented foods and even fruit. Making these dietary changes are the most important component of candidiasis treatment. Adhering to these dietary changes depends solely on individual efforts but the right healthcare professional can help with other aspects of the treatment.. Testing for food allergies, prescribing anti-fungals and recommending what supplements in which doses are all parts of the candidiasis treatment that will require the help of a health care provider. There are a few different types of healthcare professionals that will help treat candidiasis. Try to find one that specializes in the treatment of candidiasis so you can avoid those that will only demean your concerns.

There are some MDs and DOs that believe in the validity of the candidiasis and are interested in treating patients who suffer from this condition. Do a quick Google search for doctors that treat candidiasis in your area. This is just a warning that many of the doctors do not take insurance so out of pocket costs may be high.

Naturopaths sometimes have MD or DO credentials but they choose to practice alternative treatments not always recognized by mainstream medicine. Most naturopaths do treat candidiasis and are very familiar with the condition. There may also be some insurance issues here as many of there services are not covered by insurance companies.

Chiropractors are a great resource for people suffering from candidiasis. While they do not prescribe medication many of them have vast knowledge about and may even been certified in nutritional medicine. If you see a chiropractic for regular spinal adjustments anyway this may be a good resource for your candidiasis.

For more information on treating candidiasis and living yeast free by following the candida diet visit Yeast Free Living.

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