Caffiene…A LOVE hate relationship

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Posted on 28th July 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

Why do we drink so much caffeine in the world?  I quit drinking coffee and have had a headache for three days straight.  The first day I felt like I had a horrible flu along with the headache….zero energy.  Day 2 found me with an insatiable appetite for sugar, and fatty foods….now I am on day 3.  Caved in at lunch and had some iced tea, but seriously….three days of headaches?  Maybe you do It for energy, maybe because you’ve heard that caffeine enhances your workout performance and helps burn fat.  Its true that caffeine in moderate doses can elevate the metabolism, but non-organic coffee isn’t going to give you any fat burning effects.  It also doesn’t apply to caffeine that has been paired with pesticides and other chemicals….or sugar….or milk…..its funny how addiction works.  I was thinking to myself offhandedly today how I just have to get over the addiction and then I can start drinking it again….WHAT????  I yelled at myself…….I never want to go through this again!  NO MORE COFFEE, RED BULL, DIET COKES…..
When Caffeine is abused (like how I do it),  it damages your metabolism and hormone balance.  Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, which makes your endocrine system think that you are threatened in some way.  With that third cup of coffee at your desk each day, you kick your body into fight or flight model while you’re just checking that days e-mails.  Your adrenals pump out epinephrine and non-epinephrine.  These two stress hormones set into motion a cascade of fattening hormonal actions:  Your liver releases blood sugar for quick energy, your pancreas spits out insulin to counter the sugar, your blood sugar dips because the insulin’s actions.  Also your blood vessels constrict making you feel like your blood sugar is dipping even further so you head for the vending machine.  Ever notice how you crave something sweet between the first and second cup of coffee?  That’s your body reacting to this sudden feeling of blood sugar shortage.  The acids in one cup of coffee will elevate your cortisol for up to fourteen hours.  Now, if you sip caffeinated drinks all day, you switch on your stress reaction over and over – your short term energy burns out, you grab another cup of coffee repeat the hormonal cycle again, and effectively turn yourself into an addict.

Dr. Oz and Oprah: Diabetes Prevention

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Posted on 20th July 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

6 million Americans suffer from Diabetes and it is the fastest growing disease in America.  It appears to be most prevalent in the African American community, and claims 100 lives per day.  The United States spends 174 billion dollars per year treating this disease which happens to be more then AIDS and cancer combined.  In fact 25% of the patients Dr. Oz works on have diabetes.  Diabetes is preventable and reversible.

First of all for a little recap:

There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 Diabetes – Affects 10 percent of Americans are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes means you are not making enough insulin. That’s generally for genetic reasons “because your pancreas just doesn’t work correctly,” says Dr. Oz. He continues, “type 1 has nothing to do to prevent it from happening. There’s a lot we can do to treat you once it happens.”

Type 2 Diabetes – Develops from lifestyle issues. “[Patients] have a lot of belly fat and the like, and they have enough insulin,” says Dr. Oz. “But it’s not listening anymore because the belly fat has poisoned the ability of insulin to work, so the sugar is still floating around because it can’t find a partner to get into your tissues.”

Though type 2 affects most of the population, Dr. Oz assures us on Oprah that it is the most treatable. If patients start making better lifestyle choices like With exercising and choosing to eat better nutrition, we can reverse and prevent Type 2. ”Ninety percent of type 2 diabetics can actually reverse their problem,” he says.
Diabetes is the fastest-growing disease in history because of the amount of sugar we consume on a daily basis. The average person eats 150 pounds of sugar a year. “That’s 40 pounds of extra sugar that we’re eating every single year as opposed to just a generation ago,” says Dr. Oz “It is impossible for our body to keep up with that. There is no way we can adapt this quickly.”

Sugar can often become an addiction because it actually affects the same receptors that crack cocaine does.
Unfortunately, even if you try to control your intake sugar can be hidden in products you wouldn’t expect it. It’s hidden in our condiments such as ketchup and in our salad dressings.

Allied Health Schools

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Posted on 16th July 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

Allied health schoolsBesides cultural differences, there are also ethnic and racial differences in the physiological response to drugs.  Pharmacology studies the influence genetics have on drug response. When studying at allied health schools, these should all be considerations regardless of what your professional specialization is.  For example, children with Reyes syndrome, which is liver disease, cannot metabolize aspirin because of genetic defect.  Likewise, a genetic factor in African-Americans makes them less responsive to beta-blocking agents used in cardiac and antihypertensive medications.  Asians have a genetic factor that causes undesirable side effects when given the typical doses of benzodiazepines (diazepam valium) alprazolam (Xanax), tricyclic anti-depressents, atropine, and propranol.  Therefore, a lower dose must be given.  The cultural background of the patient and the patient’s family can impact the administration of medication.  Cultural influences are learned values, beliefs, customs, and behavior.  These influences include a patient’s belief about health.  Some of these beliefs may be in connection with what healthcare can do for the patient, the patient’s susceptibility to disease, the benefits of taking steps to prevent disease, what makes a patient seek healthcare, and what makes a patient follow healthcare guidelines.  Some cultures and religions have their own beliefs about how to prevent and cure disease.  Herbal remedies are preferred by some cultures over traditional Western medicine and some patients continue herbal treatment even when a mild illness progresses to a critical level.  Healthcare providers can have different beliefs than their patients.  A patient may refuse any treatment because of the sole belief in the healing powers of prayer.  Cultural beliefs can also influence who makes the healthcare decisions for the family.  In most cultures, women are typically responsible for managing the family health.  However, in some cultures, although the female is responsible for providing and obtaining care, the oldest male is seen as the head of the family and the authority figure.  These things should all be considered when delivering health care to a patient.

How to Become a Massage Therapist: Stroking

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Posted on 13th July 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

Yesterday we talked about stroking and began with fan stroking.  We talked about the importance of touch, breathing and relaxing while you apply massage therapy.  Stroking is a good way to transition from one part of the body to the next….and also can be used on almost all parts of the body.  Today we will cover two other types of stroking called circle stroking and cat stroking.  Circle stroking is the continuous circling movement and gives a lovely flowing sensation.  Place both hands on one side of the body about 6 inches apart then stroke around in wide curves, making a circle.  Press firmly on the upward and outward stroke, and gently as you glide down and in.  Your arms will cross as one hand completes the circle.  One hand does a whole circle, while the other does only half a circle.  Finally, to complete the circle stroke, lift one hand over the other arm, and continue stroking with the other hand.  Place your hand gently on the skin and repeat.  The other kind of “stroking” is cat stroking.  this is a very soothing, soporific movement.  Stroke slowly down the body, one hand following the other.  Apply virtually no pressure so your hands barely touch the skin.  Next, lift the first hand off and return it through the air to start again.  The return movement should be as smooth as the stroking to make the whole stroke rhythmic and continuous.  Learning to be a massage therapist is a rewarding profession to help others.  Tomorrow we will learn about the techniques behind kneading.

How To Become a Massage Therapist: Basic Techniques

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Posted on 12th July 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

The wonderful thing about massage is that it is an easy technique to helping someone feel good, and once you have mastered a few basic movements, you can give a complete body massage.  Most other techniques used in a massage are simply variations on the movements I will describe in the next couple of blogs.  The first movement is called stroking.

Stroking – The rhythmic, flowing movement of stroking form the basis of a massage and establish the initial caring contact.  Stroking is used on almost all areas of the body.  It is the technique you will most likely use the most.  There are many types of stroking and we will outline all of them as well; but use stroking to apply the oil and to link together the other movements.  If ever you can’t think of what to do next in the massage….just pause while stroking.  You can do a whole body massage just using stroking movements and creating a variety of interest simply by changing the speed and pressure of the strokes.  Slow movements are calming and brisk movements are stimulating.  Stroking improves the circulation, relaxes tense muscles, and soothes jangled nerves.  Accompanied with the most basic massage technique of stroking, be sure to relax yourself so your movement and hands can pick up a flow.  There are different types of stroking that will be covered tomorrow; namely fan stroking, circle stroking, cat stroking, and thumb stroking.  Massage is one of the oldest quickest ways to feel good.  In fact, I wish I had someone to massage me after writing this blog!

Massage Therapist: How to Give a Good Back Massage

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Posted on 7th July 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

A good back massage can be one of the great delights of life.  It can have a profoundly relaxing effect, lowering stress levels, easing pain, and inducing a blissful state of repose.  The spine is built of small bones called vertebrae which are stacked up in a column.  Between them are spongy pads known as discs.  The spinal cord, a bunch of nerve fibers, runs down a channel through the spine.  The neck vertebrae are small and this area of the body is very flexible.  On the mid back, each vertebrae is attached to a rib on both sides so movement is more limited.  The lower back vertebrae are large and strong; the spine is very flexible.  Lastly is the sacrum where the vertebrae are fused into a solid triangular base which attaches to the pelvis.  The spinal cord is a bunch of nerves that branch out between the vertebrae to the spinal cord, which is encased in the spine.  Most of  us get the occasional backache: we slouch our shoulders and stand badly, all of which may result in tense knotted muscles.   Massage can help to relax these muscles and alleviate the aches and pains they so often cause.  The benefits of a back massage go beyond simply relaxing the back muscles.  A good back massage enhances the well-being of the whole body.  Nerves branch out from the spine to reach all parts of the body, and through its direct effect on them, massage can benefit the entire nervous system.  You can calm the nerves with slow, rhythmic strokes, or invigorate them with fast brisk movements.  Its good to finish with soothing strokes to leave the person with a relaxed feeling.  Tomorrow we will go over the techniques of stroking which consist of stroking, fan stroking, and alternate stroking.