Emotions and Health

For many years conventional medicine believed that your health was a matter of genetics, infection exposure, and lifestyle. It was a rare exception when emotional experience also played factor to your health condition. There is now solid science behind the correlation of emotional experience and a host of diseases and health conditions including heart disease, depression, obesity and chronic pain. When looking at the body as a whole, emotional experience now plays a significant part in your overall health. Fatigue and stress have been seen as culprits in hindering your health.

Without dealing with their emotional health, no one can be really well. Little progress can be made curing a physical condition, no matter what therapy is used, until there is progress at the emotional level.

Unresolved emotional issues contribute to failing physical problems. They might be emotional experiences that happened many years ago in your childhood, hidden and festering inside the body that come out later in life in the form of an adverse health condition or disease. Often for women, menopause is a time when your body is telling you it is ready to resolve emotional issues and needs healing. Both your emotional and physical health can be healed together. It can be a time when you can reclaim your self.

The most insightful place to explore the emotional roots of disease may be the breakthrough ACE Study. In the 1990’s over 17,000 patients of a large health plan were enrolled in a study to assess the link between emotional experience and adult health. The results were stunning which gave reason to reconsider the structure of primary care in America’s medical practice.

Participants were asked whether they had experienced any of eight forms of personal abuse or dysfunctional family behavior before the age of 18, each called an “adverse childhood experience” (ACE). More than half of the patients had one ACE or more. Even more surprising was the correlation to health outcomes. Those who had experienced an ACE were more likely to have an adverse health condition or disease as an adult. The health outcomes covered a wide range including heart disease, fractures, diabetes, obesity, alcoholism, and more.

The truth is that all emotional experience affects our health, whether positive or negative, and whether it occurs in the past or the present. Negative emotional experiences appear to have more lasting health effects, perhaps because we tend to ignore dealing with them.

Some psychologists and scientists believe we have five basic feelings: joy, fear, anger, grief and love, with other feeling states being variations on these five. An emotion is what your body does with one of these feelings.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 90% of all visits to the doctor are stress-related. There are hundreds of medical studies linking stress to a host of diseases. Stress is personal. Something that is stressful to one person is not necessarily to another, because of each person’s emotional history. Our biography becomes our biology, in a sense. People develop patterns to dealing with stress. It is important to be aware of your personal patterns and to learn to control them for your emotional wellbeing and your physical health.

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Online Health Information – Should You Trust It?

You or a loved one is newly diagnosed with a serious health condition. Or maybe your doctor has prescribed a new medication and you’re concerned about side effects. Or you need surgery and want to know what to expect. Where do you turn? According to the Pew Research Center, if you’re like 80% of the Internet users out there, you’ve looked for health-related information online. But type “cancer” into a search engine and you’ll get over 306,000,000 (yes, million!) results. Where do you begin? And can you trust what you find? Here are some guidelines to help you.

Things to Look for in a Legitimate Health Site

  • First of all, what does the URL or website address end in? If it’s a.gov (government site),.org (organization’s site), or.edu (educational site), the information there is most likely to be trustworthy. If it’s a.com, you’ll have to look closer. The site may be legitimate, but it may also be trying to sell you something, or contain inaccurate information.
  • Is there an author or organization associated with the website? If an author is listed, what are his or her credentials?
  • Is there “contact” information available — an address, phone number or email? Is there an “about us page?
  • When was the site last updated? Is the information current? (You may find this information near the bottom of the page).
  • Look to see if there is an HONcode or similar indication of accreditation. These sites must go through an approval process and follow certain ethical guidelines.

Be Very Cautious…

  • Be aware that the highlighted links that appear at the top of the page or over at the right after you’ve typed in a search term are “sponsored” or paid ads. They may be trying to sell you something.
  • Are there a lot of misspellings or poor grammar on the website? Look elsewhere.
  • Does the site promise a miraculous or quick “cure”? Is it the only site making these claims? Does it put down traditional medicine? If the claims made seem too good to be true — they probably are.
  • Are there a lot of advertisements on the page? Or is it, in fact, a blatant sales page itself? That alone may not disqualify it. But proceed cautiously nevertheless; and verify what you read there.
  • Do they post a privacy policy? You may have to look around for this. But if you’re asked to provide an email address, fill in a registration form, or take a survey, make sure they have one. If they state that they share information with companies that may send you “useful” information or products, then be aware that your personal information is not private.
  • And finally, don’t use the information you find on the Internet to diagnose or treat a disease or condition! Internet information is not a substitute for your doctor’s care, but should be used simply to educate yourself and supplement information provided by your doctor.

So Where Should You Begin?

The National Institute of Health, along with the National Library of Medicine (which is the world’s largest medical library) have produced a website designed specifically for patients and their families. You’ll find information on over 800 diseases and conditions, clinical trials, drugs and supplements, interactive tutorials, and “cool tools” like health calculators. There are also directories to help you find doctors, dentists, and other health care providers, hospitals, organizations, support groups and much, much more. You’ll find easy-to-understand information that’s current and totally reliable. So the next time you have a health-related question, you might want to consider visiting MedlinePlus first. You may not have to look anywhere else!

Medical Health Care Information – Preventing Hospital Infections

Hospital spread infections are on the rise. There are many reasons for this ever increasing epidemic, and it is going to be up to each one of us to protect ourselves.

Let’s face it, many hospitals are under staffed, making it harder for the nurses and doctors to perform all of their duties in a safe and practical manner.

Sure, you will always have those that do not perform their duties to the fullest making neglect another reason it is imperative that you take charge of your healthcare. You need to have some say so in how your treatments are managed, especially when mistakes could cripple or even kill you or your loved one.

The Centers For Disease Control reports that 2,000,000 patients will be affected by hospital spread infections. The sad part is that over 90,000 will die. You go to the hospital to get well not to get sick.

Awareness of the problem is the key to defending yourself. Once you are aware, then you need to act. Act by gaining knowledge on how to protect yourself or your loved ones.

You must know the basic methods for maintaining the proper care of your I.V. It all starts with proper hygiene. Proper handwashing is mandatory if we are to fight these infections. Do not, let any one at all come into your hospital room without first washing their hands. This must be done with an alcohol based cleanser or one approved by the hospital, and hands need to be washed for at least 30 seconds. This may sound like unnecessary precautions, but if it will keep you from extra days in the hospital or crippling side effects, it is worth it.

Did I mention that you must take charge? Do not go to the hospital and feel intimidated. Who pays if you get an infection that makes you miss work, keeps you away from your family, keeps you from getting on with your life? You do, your employer does, your family suffers, insurance companies will raise rates to make up for the extra expenses, which means we all pay in the long run.

Make your I.V. your lifeline not your deathline. Sterile technique must be used before and I.V. is installed and anytime it is accessed. Have your doctors and nurses write in your chart to use sterile techniques. Hang signs on your door telling all who enter to wash their hands first. These are very simple measures to insure that you get in, get out, get on with your life.

Take charge now before it is too late. Your actions may reduce pain and suffering, and most of all may save a life.

Arm yourself with the necessary weapons needed to fight infections. Discover how to help your child through the traumatic experience of getting an I.V. Learn how to take charge and have some say so in your health treatment. You have been made aware of a serious problem, how will you react? React now to avoid becoming a victim.

Fight back do not lay down. Stand your ground, do not let infections ruin your life.