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Drug Detox and Rehab Alone Will Not Handle the Prescription Drug Problem

February 21, 2015

If one were to create a list of the prescription drugs most
likely to cause addiction and dependency, OxyContin, morphine, and
methadone would be right at the top. In fact, these drugs are also among
those responsible for the alarming increase in ‘accidental poisoning
deaths’ – 20,950 in 2004, up from 12,186 in 1999, according to the
Centers for Disease Control, and there’s no sign it letting up. Drug
detox and drug rehab centers are also seeing an increasing number of
people seeking help to get off these drugs. Why, then, did the DEA, on
December 19th, relax the prescribing rules for these and other dangerous
drugs?

On September 6, 2006, the DEA proposed to amend the
regulation on prescribing Schedule II drugs – doctors used to be limited
to giving 30-day prescriptions and these are now extended to 90 days.
The ruling was motivated by over 600 comments from “physicians,
pharmacists, nurses, patients, and advocates for pain treatment,”
according to the DEA press release of the same date. DEA Administrator
Karen P. Tandy said the proposed ruling “reiterates the DEA’s commitment
to striking the proper balance to ensure that people who need pain
relief get it, and those who abuse it, don’t.”

The DEA press
release also included information about these drugs and said that
prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic that requires everyone’s
vigilance. Here are the statistics they presented.

* Nearly 1 in 10 high school seniors admits to abusing powerful prescription painkillers.

*
Today, more new drug users have begun abusing pain relievers (2.4
million) than marijuana (2.1 million) or cocaine (1.0 million).

* 6
million Americans are currently abusing controlled substance
prescription drugs – that is more than the number abusing cocaine,
heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants, combined.

* Researchers from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that opioid
prescription painkillers now cause more drug overdose deaths than
cocaine and heroin combined.

* Admissions to treatment (whether it
was for drug detox, drug rehab or some other type of treatment was not
specified) for prescription opiates swelled by a third in just two years
(from 46,972 in 2002 to 63,243 in 2004).

September 6, 2006 also marked the beginning of the
60-day public comment period during which any member of the public is
invited to support the ruling, protest it, and so on. Comments were made
and reviewed, and the proposed ruling became final on December 19,
2007.

How, in light of the devastation caused by these drugs, could such a ruling ever have passed?

The
answer lies in the public comments – not in the comments themselves,
but in the number of comments that actually reached the DEA. According
to the DEA release about the final ruling, there were 264 comments.
That’s right, 264: Less than 1.3 percent of the number of people who
died from ‘accidental poisoning deaths’ caused by prescription drugs in
2004 alone. And an infinitesimal percentage of those who have sought
drug detox or rehab for themselves, a friend of a family member.

Why
didn’t the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters and
friends of those who died from ‘accidental poisoning deaths’ speak up?
Why didn’t the DEA hear from the 63,243 people who sought drug detox and
rehab for prescription drug addiction and abuse in 2004? Why didn’t the
DEA hear from the millions of people whose lives are negatively
affected by prescription drug addiction and abuse?

I would bet
that the underlying reason is simply that they didn’t know about it. The
DEA advised vigilance, advice heeded by far too few, but now that the
ruling has been finalized, individuals and groups are coming out of the
woodwork to protest it and get it rescinded.

Lesson learned? With
drug addiction and abuse, as with most other things in life, you can’t
just sit back and wait, or hope that someone else will do the right
thing. While getting someone into a drug detox program and rehab is
vital, staying abreast of situations like the proposed DEA ruling and
taking action is your only hope of real control. When opportunity knocks
– open the door for crying out loud.

Smoking and your dental health

February 21, 2015

So you brush your teeth every morning and night without fail. You floss when you get the time, and also remember to eat healthy, and still you are plagued with bad dental health. You feel you are doing everything right but still you get problem after problem pouring out of your oral cavity. Have you considered that the reason for this might be your smoking habit? You have not, well its time that you did.

As the messenger of bad news is usually ignored, try and pay attention to what comes next. Smoking is bad for your dental health. It is not a new discovery, you already know that its bad for your lungs and your full respiratory system is in turmoil over it. Now understand the fact that your dental health is also affected by this demon. It causes the breath to go foul. Okay, you will chew some extra strong mint to take care of that problem, but that is just cosmetic. The real damage is already done.

Your teeth have gone yellow since you started smoking as the very smoke you inhale stains it. Your dental health plan of brushing and flossing will not help avoid this, it might delay the process for a while, but stains and discoloration will win in the end. Smoking might help calm your distraught nerves but in the long run it is going to take a heavy toll on your health. Get wise about your general and in particular your dental health today. Quit Smoking.

Home Remedies For Cold Sores – Fever Blisters Treatment

February 20, 2015

Cold
sores also referred to, as fever blisters are a type of sores, which
are contagious. These occur mainly inside the mouth of a person and the
skin around the mouth, but can also occur on fingers, genitals, around
the chin etc. The symptoms that a person suffering from cold sores shows
are quite similar to the symptoms a person suffering from any other
form of infection or blisters might show. However, it is important to
note that once the problem has been diagnosed then you must take as much
as care as possible to treat these sores, in order to make sure that
the condition does not worsen, and that nobody else around the patient
catches the infection. For this reason, it is advisable to not share any
personal hygiene products such as soap, bed linen, towels etc. of the
infected person. Even sex with an infected person, especially oral sex
can cause the spread of the infection.

Luckily,
there are some home remedies for cold sores that one can make use of,
in order to speed up the healing process. One of the safest home
remedies for cold sores that you can try is to soak a cotton ball in
cold milk, and then dab it over your sores. The cold milk will provide
instant relief, and will also aid in the healing process.

Next,
you can also try using a wet tea bag and applying it on your sores for
around 30 minutes. It is one the safe home remedies for cold sores.

Aloe
Vera, as we all know is useful in curing many kinds of infections.
Hence, Aloe Vera gel or oil can also be applied on the sores to get some
relief and speed up the recovery.

One’s diet plays a very
important role in curing cold sores. Excessively salty and spicy foods
have a tendency to irritate the sores more, and can also cause them to
spread. Therefore, it is very important to avoid all foods with high
spice and salt content. Keep drinking a lot of water as well to
constantly clean your internal system.

It
is believed that being in sunlight for too long can also cause further
outbreak of sores in your mouth. So it’s best to avoid going out. In
case you can’t avoid going out, then at least make sure that you have
applied a lip balm with sun protection. If at any time you feel that
your sores are hurting too much, then an instant home remedy for cold
sores is to apply ice on the sores.

If you manage to get your
hands on either lemon balm or olive leaf extracts from somewhere, then
you can use these too to cure your sores. Or you could probably just get
natural creams or lip balms, which contain these elements, and use them
on a regular basis to get rid of cold sores.

For some people,
cutting a piece of garlic and placing it on the sores for sometime also
does wonder. It may hurt a lot, but will probably be the quickest of all
other remedies.

Always remember that each person has a different
rate and speed of recovery, and a different level of immunity. So the
amount of time you take to recover will be different from others. Be
patient, and with proper care, your sores will go away soon.

Healthcare Application Development- Benefitting Healthcare Industry

February 15, 2015

To improve the delivery of lower-cost service and high-quality care, an integrated health care system has now become an absolute necessity. However, healthcare industry faces a unique set of challenges when developing an EHR or HIE system. This comprises Healthcare application validation, Health care system that will promote freedom of choice, reduce operational cost and optimize energy efficiency, and High level of architecture security for privacy law compliance and many more.

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By aligning your health care application development strategy with your overall business goals and strategies, SugarCRM developers will develop successful healthcare application from patient management systems to electronic health records (EHR) on SugarCRM Platform. They are expert who know that healthcare projects have a host of industry-specific requirements and that demand healthcare domain expertise combined with software best practices in order to build a flexible, timely and cost effective solution.

Customized Healthcare SugarCRM

Utilizing SugarCRM developers unique domain expertise, project methodology, and software architecture patterns, you can build healthcare applications in a customized fashion that address your business needs. That is, your healthcare organization can use the versatility of open source technology to adjust to variations in business needs or volume. To illustrate, consider a leading hospital that may need to increase customer relationship management (CRM) needs because of a peak in business activity. Instead of investing in additional software, staff, and maintenance, application platform resources can be customized to cope with this increase in business. Therefore, a company has a completely customizable business support tool that can grow alongside the business, which can save the company money by just paying for what is needed at a specific point in time.

Custom Application Development

SugarCRM professionals carries extensive experience of custom developing CCHIT compliant EHR / EMR software, Hospital Information System (HIS), Practice Management Software & Health Business Intelligence software using Open Source Technologies. They are expert in CCHIT Ambulatory EMR / EHR Software Production, CCHIT Consulting, CCHIT Inpatient EHR / EMR Software Enhancement, CCHIT Emergency Department Software Development, Integration of Drug Database with CRM, Practice Management Modules (PMS) in Sugar, Patient Portal System and complete EHR application on SugarCRM Platform, Nurses Training System in Sugar, ,Cardiovascular EMR software Consulting, Surescript integration, HL7 consulting and customization, and HIE compliant development.

The benefits of having access to the application development technology have significant implications for an organization of any size. These technologies allow a company to connect more efficiently and more economically with patients , customers, and suppliers. As a result, the ability to do business at greater efficiency allows for growth and profits.

In a nutshell, Healthcare industry is a quickly growing sector with huge opportunities and increasing competitive pressures. This is why, to keep up with an ever-changing technology, healthcare application development services has now become an absolute necessity for growing organizations.

Allergy Effects On The Kidneys, Respiratory System And Stomach

February 14, 2015

The kidneys:

The two kidneys are responsible for many vital functions. Briefly, they perform the complex task of extracting from the blood, used up proteins, minerals and other elements making up the toxic waste of the metabolic process. This residual material, together with waste water, is then passed in the form of urine, through to the bladder before being finally expelled from the body.

Allergy-caused overloading may cause the liver to deteriorate and lose its capacity to cope fully with its detoxifying duties. As a result, the toxins, left to circulate in the blood, will poison the body and cause damage to the kidneys. Recent studies have shown that kidney failure can be caused by overloading with food toxins. Since undetected food allergies are known to overload the body with toxins, it follows that the kidneys will indeed suffer and may become a ‘target’ organ.

The respiratory system:

The respiratory system comprises the trachea (windpipe), the bronchials and the lungs. Air that we breathe passes through the trachea and bronchials into the lungs where it is used to oxygenate the blood. At the same time, carbon dioxide is extracted from the blood and expelled from the lungs into the atmosphere.

Victims of ecological allergies invariably suffer from chemical as well as food intolerances. Some of the more common chemical allergens are the hydrocarbon products, such as petrol and diesel fumes, pressure pack propellants, etc. When these substances are inhaled into the lungs they are absorbed along with oxygen into the bloodstream. To the allergic person, this ingestion through the lungs sets up the same allergic process as an allergy reaction, caused by eating an allergenic food. Consequently, the person becomes ill but often does not realize the cause, since chemical allergies, like food allergies, can be masked, with resultant symptoms that are seemingly unrelated to the chemicals concerned.

An example of food allergies causing respiratory symptoms is found ‘in a report from Dr Elmer Cranton, of Virginia, who says that recurrent coughs are due to food allergies, not colds. This view was also recently supported by the British Medical Journal. Dr Cranton said that the most likely causes were dairy products, yeast, wheat products, eggs and citrus fruit. He has found with people allergic to these foods, that once they have been removed from the diet, the coughing stops.

Milk and milk products are one of the commonest causes of food allergies. Often, the reaction is a general tendency for excessive mucus to form in the nasal and other respiratory passages. This, in turn, can lead to constant colds, sore throats, nasal catarrh and asthma – all by-products of an ongoing and debilitating food allergy.

The stomach:

The stomach is a simple, bag-like organ and is part of the alimentary canal. It lies between the esophagus and the small intestine. The upper end of the stomach connects with the esophagus, whilst the lower end opens into the doudenum, which is the upper part of the small intestine. The stomach serves as a storage place for food, enabling a large meal to be eaten at one time. It also produces hydrochloric acid and the enzyme pepsin, to digest the food partially.

There are a number of different foods that will irritate the mucous membrane lining the stomach. Highly spiced foods, extremely hot foods and alcoholic drinks can cause ulcers to develop in the stomach or duodenum. Another cause of stomach ulcers can be the regular ingestion of foods to which the person is allergic. It is interesting to note, that the Japanese have the highest rate of stomach cancer in the world, due to the high salt content in their diet.

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February 13, 2015

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Health Benefits of Body Detoxification or Colon Cleansing

February 12, 2015

Body detoxification or colon cleansing has many known recognized health benefits. Colon cleansing and body detoxification are closely related except that body detoxification encompasses the whole body unlike the centered approach that cleansing the colon provides. Because it focuses on the colon itself it has a tendency to give faster results.

Colonic irrigation is a phrase that should not be blurred with cleansing the colon, although many people mix-up the two. These days the harmful toxins can be eliminated using home based interventions that are readily obtainable.

The majority of specialists would propose that a high quality cleansing the colon product should be engaged at least once or twice every year. The body’s digestive system takes in toxins, and detrimental fecal waste accumulates which can be got rid of when the colon is cleansed.

Loss of vitality, headaches, irregularity, acne and bad breath are just a few of a number of symptoms that suggest a toxic buildup. The increase of these toxins and fecal matter is very detrimental and could lead to fatal diseases such as the cancer of the colon.

The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention proved that cancer of the colon is the second largest cause of cancer deaths in the US and this can be attributed to bad food intake, harmful eating and food practices.

Another essential benefit is reducing excess weight and getting rid of unnecessary body fats. The normal colon measures around five or six feet long and can furnish room for around 20 lbs of fecal matter. Nevertheless, as the years pass by without intervention and a specific fiber diet program, some of this fecal matter becomes amassed in the colon and intestinal lining, increasing the total body weight of the individual by several pounds.

It can also add to the bulky midriff of a person or frequently known as apple corpulence or simply the dreaded beer belly. By going through a colon cleanse regimen, you can easily get rid of these situations and you can shed about 5 pounds from your body.

While there are known natural methods of cleansing the colon such as drinking salt water, none of these processes are as effective as other natural products such as licorice root, whole grains and acai berries. The majority of organic products are made up of a natural selection of herbs that assist in cleansing the colon and get rid of those harmful toxins from the body. The result is regular bowel movements, in addition to a more healthy body and appearance.

Alternate Medicine VS Conventional Western Medicine

February 7, 2015

One day while surfing the net, I came across this website called
AltMedAngel, stands for Alternative Medicine Angel. The article was
explaining the differences between the two medicine worlds which I find
so confusing these days. After all growing up with the notion “doctor
knows best” has a whole new twist in our century.

From my
understanding of what AltMedAngel was explaining is that there are two
systems of medicine today, Conventional Western (Allopathic) and
Alternative medicine.

Conventional medicines target one area of
disease by suppressing the body’s natural immune system. They are
aligned with the pharmaceutical industry and claim that there is no
better medicine when it comes to surgery, emergency and trauma. Many
mainstream doctors are so specialized that they treat the body parts
without treating the whole body.

As stated that this is the best
medicine for surgery, emergency or trauma, it doesn’t aid in
perpetuating overall good health. One reason for this specialization is
that medical schools are organized into organ-specific categories with
no link between them. As disease appears as a local symptom, it is
always related to the entire system therefore you must treat the whole
body to cure the disease otherwise you are just treating the symptom.

Alternative
Medicine works better for everything else including diseases like
cancer, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, headaches, sinusitis,
gastrointestinal disorders, etc. It states that Alternative methods work
by assisting your body to heal itself instead of introducing strong
drugs. They emphasize prevention and attack causes rather than symptoms.

It is recommended that it is best to seek a
practitioner who has trained in different modalities. You may want
someone who is capable of determining exactly what must be done to help
you regain your health. We need to learn to use health practitioners as
educators, to find the right therapies.

They go on to say that the
important truth is ignored, it is not the doctor’s job to fight the war
on disease, and it is the patient’s own immune system that must win.
The doctor’s job is to help the immune system and provide the tools with
which it can fight. The majority of cancer patients who are given
treatment for the disease but no attention is given to the immune system
as this area is out of the realm of drugs and modern medicine.

The
pharmaceutical industry provides a large amount of funding for medical
schools with the intent of marketing their medicines. There is a great
deal of pressure from this industry to keep alternative methods from
being recommended but due to consumer awareness some alternatives are
now offered. As educated consumers, we need to be aware of the politics
of conventional medical care.

Our focus should be on good health.
Medicinal drugs used over a long period of time may affect the immune
system therefore instead of treating the symptom, treat the cause, and
then the symptom will disappear. We will then experience a true cure.

Acne Treatments For Women

February 7, 2015

If you are an adult woman who suffers from acne outbreaks, you have probably often felt frustrated or embarrassed by this condition. Rest assured; you are not alone. Millions of women worldwide who have long since past their teenage years now continue to go through the trials of adult acne today. If you are a woman who feels that all is lost, know that regardless of your situation, there is an acne treatment available for you.

Women go through hormonal changes many times in their lives. If you are suffering from a recent acne outbreak, it may be because of hormone changes going on in your body. When the body has a high androgen level, the hormone known as testosterone, it can cause acne outbreaks in the female body.

For mild cases, a number of over-the-counter products are available such as Clearasil or Oxy 10. These products often use benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or a combination of both. These act as an antibacterial cleansing agent and can be effective for less severe cases of adult female acne.

For severe or prolonged hormone imbalances, you may consider talking to a physician about hormone treatments. If hormonal imbalance is the cause of your acne, a doctor can help identify and diagnose the problems. Hormone treatments can be effective against even the most severe cases of acne found in women. The treatment inhibits the androgens from stimulating the oil glands, thus cutting down on excessive oil that can cause clogged pores and hair follicles. A blood test and often a prescription for oral medication are required for hormone treatments, so it is only available through a doctor. They can be very effective treatments, however, even to the point of stopping the acne before it even occurs.

One last-resort option is a prescription medication called Accutane. It is a concentrated form of vitamin A. Vitamin A is an effective nutrient that strengthens the protective tissues in the skin. It helps repair and maintain the cells that mucous membranes are made of. It also inhibits the body’s production of sebum, a kind of oil that the body produces in the sebaceous glands. When the body produces too much sebum, the pores and hair follicles can become clogged. Accutane should be used when other treatments have been tried and failed because it has some side effects such as possible complications during pregnancy or birth defects.

Another option may be birth control pills. Hormonal pills such as OrthoTryCyclen and Estrostep are standard prescriptions that often help prevent acne outbreaks. They are not always totally effective in clearing up blemishes and at times must be used in combination with other forms of treatment. Again, a physician is the best person to consult with in helping to determine what the best options may be. When taking any kind of hormonal birth control pills, women must remember to follow health restrictions that come with use of the pill, such as not smoking cigarettes.

Remember, whatever level of acne a woman has can be treated and helped. The first step in acne prevention is to consult a doctor or dermatologist. If you are ready for beautiful skin, it is very attainable with some effort and care.

Jane used to fight acne for years until she found this natural cure for acne.