Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Back Pains

Have you been experiencing severe back pains this winter? Well, let us explain why this may be. 2012 was a very strange year climate-wise. The summer saw extended warmth, not so much heat waves, but a steady warmth. As summer passed into winter -- through autumn -- there was never a single moment when temperatures really snapped to lower temps quickly. This slow turn of the seasons could be to blame for the extended periods of time when you experience joint aches or back pain.

Pittsburgh Chiropractic practice, Grice Chiropractic has noticed the trend this winter of many patients stating that they have always had mild pain, but this year it is simply unbearable. This is likely due to the fact that the colder temperatures have slowly entered the US this year, leaving a painfully long term for the body to adjust to the cold. These pains we feel are indicators of wear, past breaks, or deficiencies in parts of the body. In-short, the pains are your body telling you that there is a problem right here, and the cold is flaring it up.

This initial signal is meant for the body to warn the brain to be careful of these areas in its daily activities. What patients should take from this, is that no matter what the weather looks like, those problems are existent, and need treatment. Scheduling an appointment with your chiropractor can help to investigate these pains and fully diagnose the problems.

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A Holiday Gift For Your Health

Organic fruits and vegetables really are -- an opinion doctors have voiced -- much better for you than genetically modified or processed products. The levels of raw nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins in naturally grown organic produce trumps the levels found in chemically treated produce. Though the fruit of a "treated" plant may be much larger in size and have a much more pleasant appearance, this is mostly due to chemicals and antibiotics, and is no indicator of the health benefits and values of the plants fruit.

The best thing you can do for your body and health is to start eating more organic fruits and vegetables. But, with prices of organic fruits and vegetables being sometimes up to 10x the price of treated produce, it can be difficult -- financially -- to keep these products in your refrigerator and/or kitchen shelves. One great way to avoid the expenses of purchasing organics, is to simply grow them yourself.

Now, don't get nervous, growing organic vegetables and fruit trees is actually quite easy. Willis Orchards is an online purveyor of fruit trees, accessories, and a reference for keeping them alive and healthy. Willis Orchards makes owning and caring for orchard trees simple and effective. The trees themselves -- whether you decide on an apple, orange, or fig tree -- can be purchased as seeds, seedlings, or adolescent trees. The trees can then be shipped to any place in the United States, and planted in what space you have for plants.

To get a jump start on your health for 2013, visit Willis Orchards and start browsing through their selection of fruit-bearing trees. Jump on the organic bandwagon, and visit them online at:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Painkiller Sales Soar Across the Country

According to recent studies, the overall sales of prescription painkillers have increased shockingly from the year 2000 to 2010. The prescription drugs involved are all opiates.

The Associated Press analyses state that the highest increases were seen in Appalachia and in suburban communities. This is significant, as the epidemic abuse of prescription drugs originally saw their highest figures in urban areas, poor Appalachian communities, and near the Mexico and Canadian borders; now, new data shows that the trend is migrating outward from these epicenters at an alarming rate. Drug rehabs in California are seeing many more patients suffering from addiction to painkillers entering their 12 step treatment centers, than from heroin, cocaine, or any other illicit drugs.

In 2008, terminal overdoses from oxycodone and hydrocodone rose to a staggering 14,800 deaths. This, coupled with sales of the drug raking in more than a billion dollars per year, is evidence of the obvious epidemic.

While pharmacies are literally on every single corner, there simply aren't enough drug rehabs to counter the rampant availability of these drugs, so the war against them is a losing battle. Doctor-shopping is often the way that addicts get their drugs. Going from one doctor to the next, and one pharmacy to the next. This makes it easy for addicts, as if they are red-flagged as a possible abuser of the prescriptions, they simply move on to the next doctor or pharmacy.

If you or one of your loved ones is suffering from an addiction to prescription drugs, there is hope for them. Above It All Treatment is a drug rehab in California that knows how to treat those with severe addictions to prescription drugs. To learn more about how a 12 step addiction recovery program can help those abusing prescription drugs, visit us online at:

Friday, December 14, 2012

Medical Device Store For Medical Supplies

There are many things that you, as a physician, must plan for when you finally are preparing to open up your own practice. Aside from having to staff your office, take care of liability insurance, work with bonds, and then finding patients; you also need to make sure your office is stocked with all of the essential medical devices that you will need, either for standard, or emergency procedures.

Whether it be surgical instruments, basic instruments for non-invasive procedures, or even simply tongue depressors, you can get all of these instruments in one place:

The Medical Device Store has devices from numerous brands in their online store, and users can search for and order products based off of types of practices such as:

  • Plastic Surgery  
  • Anesthesia  
  • Cardiac Surgery  
  • Thorax  
  • Gastroenterology  
  • Laparoscopy  
  • Gynecology  
  • Urology  
  • Proctology 
Whether you are a practicing surgeon, general physician, or a specialist, the Medical Device Store has all of the essentials to get your practice off the ground and soaring. Featured products include:

 So visit The Medical Device Store today and get your practice supplied!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Americans Live Longer, Unhealthier Lives

The United States has a reputation around the world that is less than flattering. Many in other countries have a discriminate view of Americans; caricaturing them as fat, lazy, and unhealthy. While this may sting for an American to hear, new studies prove that as a whole, Americans are overweight, under-exercised, and very unhealthy.

This stigma is clearly supported in the recent reports, as many of the epidemic diseases Americans face are nearly completely avoidable. Diabetes, Obesity, and high blood pressure -- when not tied to an inherited trait -- can all be avoided altogether through healthy diet and exercise.

With an 18% drop in the rate of premature deaths in our country, the U.S. life expectancy grew to 78.5 years in 2009, the highest it has ever been. So why the epidemic of chronic and persistent -- avoidable -- diseases? The answer is: though our medical practices and treatments are saving lives and extending lifespans, Americans live unhealthy lifestyles throughout those long lives. These longer lives are filled with more and more treatments and diagnoses throughout individual's lives, however our medical practices are sufficient in keeping people alive and on treatments for extended periods of time.

The top two unhealthiest states were revealed today to be Mississippi and Louisiana. These states took the top spots due to their unreasonably high prevalence of  diabetes, obesity, and low birth weights; all diagnoses with definite links to poor diet and health choices.

The announcement that we as Americans are living longer than ever is a bittersweet announcement, as its bottom side states that American's health, in general, is on a shocking decline. Experts insist that the overwhelmingly bad bill of health for our country is undeniably attributed to poor health choices, and persist that these recent bad numbers are 100% reversible, if only we make the choice.

Military Cracking Down On Alcohol Abuse

In recent months, the top military brass have been adamant about putting into place restrictions against the abuse of alcohol by its soldiers at home and abroad. Stemming from the October accusations that two soldiers sexually assaulted a woman in Okinawa while intoxicated, The Department of Defense found that the rate of binge drinking and alcohol abuse amongst its soldiers was "epidemic," and called their findings "a public health crisis."

In an act to not only cut down on the rates of binge drinking, but also to support those soldiers with alcohol addictions and severe dependency problems, lobbyists are trying to reorganize the benefits offered by the military's health care system TRICARE. Currently, TRICARE does not offer sufficient benefits for those needing to enter chemical dependency treatment programs, or require anti-addiction drugs such as Suboxone.

New Dawn Recovery Center is a drug treatment and eating disorder center in California; New dawn has seen a large influx of returning vets and active military seeking treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. As a dual diagnosis residential treatment center, New Dawn is used to dealing with dual diagnoses. Many of the returning vets that enter treatment also have underlying conditions, such as post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), that strengthen the addiction and make it more severe.

The biggest concern to military leaders is the trend of binge drinking among its active military. Binge Drinking entails consuming extremely large amounts of alcohol over a short period of time in order to sate the need for alcohol before extended periods of time when the soldier is not allowed to drink. Statistics collected state that 47% of active military personnel admit to participating in this binge drinking ritual regularly; a statistic that shows a huge negative threat to the health of U.S. troops.

The Department of Defense states that its policy is: [to] "prevent and eliminate drug and alcohol abuse and dependence from the Department of Defense." Still, the hangups with coverage for treatment through TRICARE is more or less at a standstill at the moment, and many of the soldiers most in need of treatment do not have the option of seeking it.

Until reform can be made through TRICARE and at the department of defense, policies have been put in place to try and curb the out-of-control drinking by soldiers, yet putting a policy in-place to treat these individuals is held back by red tape. In the meantime, New Dawn Recovery is still accepting and treating patients from a military background, and has openings in its New Dawn Recovery programs for any and all of the Armed Forces personnel.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Childrens' Martial Arts Builds Stronger Adults

We all have heard of the benefits that have been touted, insisting that karate and martial arts classes instills values and lessons in those participating that are unmatched in other outlets. Many martial arts movies show this in scenes of the young apprentice learning life lessons from the old master. In this case, Hollywood didn't have to stretch the truth.

Karate classes not only teach essential self defense techniques that build and tone muscle, but also it also teaches mental patience, calming techniques, and control. Elite Defense Systems  -- located in Rockford, Illinois -- knows very well the value of the teachings of their various art-forms. Elite's Rockford Krav Maga classes, kickboxing, and MMA training draw pupils of every age, but it is the children who tend to absorb the most benefits from these holistic programs.

The younger entrants attain regular exercise, strength building, and muscle control skills through Elite's Rockford martial arts classes, and the positive effects of this program can be seen at home and in school as well; with the better focus and concentration that can be developed through martial arts, many students begin to excel in other aspects of their life as well.

To learn more about the benefits children enrolled in martial arts classes can expect to see, visit, or view their Rockford martial arts location HERE.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What to Expect from Outpatient Drug Rehab

Of all of the many different drug treatment program options available today, some may choose the outpatient drug rehab option. There are a few reasons why one would choose outpatient care as opposed to inpatient care, one of them being work commitments. Often in cases when work is keeping an individual from seeking the best drug rehab that suits their needs, the only option is to attend an outpatient program. In these cases, it is good that the individual is seeking treatment in some form or another, but they must realize that outpatient programs require all lot more willpower and hard work for the treatment to be successful.

When choosing an outpatient drug treatment course, one should find out what exact strategy they use during the treatment. Treatment types could be for a specific drug only, such as heroin rehab, or it could be that the main focus is as a holistic drug rehab; the strategy of the program can have a major effect on the success of your tenure in it.

There are a great number of outpatient facilities and programs around, you simply have to do your research and make sure that the program you decide upon fits all of your own specific needs. If you find a program that you are comfortable in and are comfortable with their strategy, you will likely have a successful treatment.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Great Resource for Medical Professionals and Parents Alike

There is a relative new-comer to the world of online publishers that is making a quite a splash in the medical and behavioral health industries. Providing informational and educational content and articles on subjects ranging from opiate abuse to addiction recovery programs, Addiction Treatment Magazine is a wealth of information for those in the behavioral health industry as well as parents that worry about their children's exposure to drugs and alcohol.

The main item that sets Addiction Treatment Magazine apart from many other informational resources around the web, is the quality and variety of their content and articles. Focus is put on the educational aspects of these articles rather saleability of adjacent products and/or services, so that the intent of the articles is the true destination for readers and browsers.

While the magazine is still in its infancy, their approach to the tough subjects of treatment for drug abuse and alcohol sets them apart from anyone else in this niche. As the magazine and website grow, we are sure to see some more impressive articles from them.

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