HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS HAVE known for a long time that preventive healthcare is vital for their patients’ health and well-being. Perhaps what has been lacking is a blueprint for healthcare professionals to collaborate with each other and with their patients; a guide to help them achieve quality preventive healthcare for the well-being of patients. Preventive healthcare is not a service that a physician can provide to a patient in the same way that treatment is provided. It requires more touches, a different mind-set, and a different set of tools than the treatment model. In addition to being dependent on genetic, environmental, social
If ‘you’ve got guts’ you have the courage to take on the world. But courage is a state of mind, so what do your guts, located in your belly, have to do with the daring in your mind? Quite a bit, actually, as science is showing us. Would it surprise you to learn that you have more bacteria in your body than you have cells. The trillions of bacteria in your body, most of them in your gut, make up a system called your microbiome. And now research is showing that the state of your gut may affect your state of
We don’t all respond the same way to the same medication. Codeine, which is prescribed for pain, is a good example. For codeine to relieve pain, it must first be metabolized in our bodies. In this process, the codeine is turned into morphine, which provides pain relief. But because of their genetic make-up, some people metabolize codeine very fast, resulting in a morphine overdose, while some people metabolize it too slowly, so they don’t get enough morphine. Codeine is not appropriate for either the ultra‐rapid metabolizers or the poor metabolizers. Codeine is also not appropriate for children who have just had
Do you take a prescription medication for a chronic condition, or have you been prescribed one recently? Did you know that many medications we take may deplete our nutrients by increasing our excretion of nutrients or impairing digestion, absorption and storage of nutrients? To remedy this you may need to supplement the depleted vitamin/mineral under your doctor's or pharmacist’s guidance, or eat more foods rich in the nutrient you need. Here are a few examples and food sources… Metformin, commonly prescribed for diabetes Depletes Vitamin B12 Food sources: beef liver, sardines, nutritional yeast, feta cheese Anticonvulsants (Seizure meds e.g. Diazepam, Gabapentin, Levetiracetam) Depletes Calcium Food sources:
Intro Did you know that one in 11 Americans has diabetes. Keeping your blood sugar levels under control by taking your meds, eating right and exercising makes a huge difference. Over time, diabetes can cause us many health problems, from head to toe! But the good news is, you can prevent, delay, or manage these complications. Here are some of the complications to look out for and some tips on how to deal with them… Brain Our brains are our most complex organs and the command center of our lives. Our slightest movement, the simplest thought, the deepest emotion, depends on our brains.
The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is attributed to Benjamin Franklin. He was referring to the then common practice of carrying live coals from room to room and up and down stairs. His concern was that scraps of fire might fall into cracks and flare up in the middle of the night. This makes sense and most of us would not carry actual live coals around our houses. Yet when it comes to our health, many of us have live coals that we are not taking care of and carry around with us until we