LDS missionaries live by a very intense and rigorous schedule that begins early each morning and does not stop until late each night. The day usually begins at 6:30 am and does not stop until 10:30 pm. Each day is cram packed with a slew of activities that involve multiple things including meetings, performing service, proselytizing, instructing other missionaries, preparing for meetings and appointments, teaching investigators, personal development, interviews, leadership experiences and in personal and companionship study.
This demanding schedule, day-in and day-out for two years is intense and can take its toll on the missionary and his health. Since the missionaries rigid schedule is not what most young men are used to when they leave for their mission it is very important that they be prepared not only for the spiritual challenges that await them but also the physical challenges that await them. In order to handle the real stressors of mission life it is imperative that all prospective missionaries begin as early as possible in preparation both spiritually and physically.
Complete fitness for missionaries, therefore, is about being both spiritually fit and physically fit. Most missionaries understand the importance of the spiritual fitness and are usually somewhat prepared for the spiritual challenges but what about the often-neglected physical fitness. This component is just as important if not more important because if your body can not withstand the physical challenges you will not be able to withstand the spiritual challenges.
Each of these components – both the spiritual fitness and the physical fitness must be developed through a systematic process of hard work, sacrifice and determination. The spiritual fitness preparation should begin with studying the Gospel and the scriptures, praying, attending seminary and / or institute and serving others on a regular basis. The physical fitness preparation should include daily exercise about 4-6 days a week, a well planned, whole-food based nutrition program and sufficient rest and recovery each and every day.
Neglecting one or both of these components will result in a less than ideal experience once out in the mission field. Poor fitness with any of these two components will make serving an LDS mission more difficult and limit any missionary from reaching his full potential. By exercising and preparing both spiritually and physically a missionary will have the necessary knowledge and strength to share the Gospel message and will have a better chance of maximizing their full potential and magnify their calling as a full-time missionary . …Read More
As cosmetic dentistry has risen in popularity recently, cosmetic dentists have correspondently upgraded our patient comfort. No more do we have to sit in a hard chair in a dim room with last year's magazines on the table and one dusty plant in the corner.
Cosmetic dental offices have given them a smile makeover
We can enjoy well-constructed, comfortable chairs while we wait (a short wait too). Well-cared for plants abound, pleasant color schemes create a relaxing atmosphere; paintings or weavings soften the walls; and we can enjoy coffee, tea, juice, bottled water, and snacks. This is just the introduction to our comfort.
Instead of the big old needle of yesteryear, our modern dentists can begin the anesthesia with a type of swab, which numbs the area to be treated. Then an electronic unit can gradually administrate the right amount of anesthetic for your dental procedure. You will not feel this as a needle or syringe injecting something into your gums. It's comfortable and gentle.
For those who are extra sensitive, extra anesthetic is available for the asking. Your cosmetic dentist will not proceed with the work until you're completely comfortable and relaxed.
If you've been avoiding dental visits because of anxiety or fear, sedation dentistry is for you. There's a variety of ways to induce a relaxed or drowsy state of mind, such as:
· A prescription sedative – which you can take before you go to the dentist's office. You'll need someone to drive you there and home again afterwards. You'll be sleepy, but not completely unconscious, and the dental staff will monitor you through your procedure. You'll have little or no memory of the visit.
· A sedative given after you arrive at the office – this could be done orally or intravenously. You'll be drowsy but not entirely unconscious, and the staff will monitor you closely. Again, you'll have little memory of your dental procedure (s).
· Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) – which leaves you calm but alert to comments or requests from the dentist. This is usually offered in conjunction with local anesthetic done in a pain-free way.
With sleep dentistry, you're given general anesthesia, either orally or through an IV. You'll be completely asleep through the whole visit, and afterwards will have no memory of having been to the dentist. Many procedures can be done in one visit with sleep dentistry. An anesthesiologist will monitor you through so you'll be completely safe.
At last you can let go of your dentist phobia! Find yourself a good cosmetic dentist and you'll be enjoying warm blankets, music or videos of your choice, massaging chair pads, heated neck pillows, and a dental staff that's kind and highly trained to look after you. …Read More
I never thought that I would have to take bad breath medicine, but my husband finally sat me down and told me that we should look into what our options were. I was upset and found it hard to talk to people because I was scared that my halitosis would turn them off.
I tried to stay positive and determined that I was not going to let this situation affect my life in a negative way. I jumped online and started doing a lot of reading in order to learn the causes and cures so that I could get rid of bad breath. The studying paid off and soon I was putting what I learned into action. Soon both my husband and I started noticeing a difference and I am no longer living in fear of my halitosis!
If you think that you need to start using bad breath medicine, you need to realize that there is more to beating this than that. Yes, the remedies help a lot. But the most important thing that you should do is to make a few lifestyle changes in order to prevent the halitosis from ever coming back. Here are the steps that I took and that you can test out also:
- Have lozenges and gum near you at all times. Chewing on these will bring more saliva into your mouth and saliva is a natural mouthwash.
- Please stay away from cigars and cigarettes. You may think that this is common sense, but many people who have halitosis continue to smoke and this will only make things worse.
- Watch the food you eat and stay away from spicy and high protein foods. At the same time, do not drink soda or alcohol and substitute it with water instead.
- Brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
- Start using an all-natural bad breath medicine. Look for in the form of a supplement because these work best.
These five steps will clear up your condition and soon you'll forget that you ever had to deal with bad breath! …Read More
One of the largest glandular organisms, the liver is very important in the vital functions within the body and is thought in Ayurvedic medicine to be the center of the dosha, or constitution, known as Pitta.
Essentially, the liver performances important functions such as changing plasma to blood and storing energy to be released into the system as glucose for maintaining blood sugar levels. Harmful toxins are recognized by the liver and are eliminated prior to entering the bloodstream. There are natural detox remedies available that may help to improve basic liver functioning.
Whenever the liver becomes overrun with toxins it loses the ability to recognize and then remove them from the body. Several factors may contribute to a build-up of toxins in the liver, for example eating a high fat diet or consuming too much sugar, alcoholic beverages and processed foods. Additionally, food items containing pesticides, preservatives and chemicals may also lead to toxic overload within the liver.
In order to function well, the liver must be able to process toxins properly and effectively every day. Not only are toxins derived from the foods consumed, but additionally from the various products used on the skin, and the actual air that is breathed. Although consuming alcohol excessively frequently is to blame for liver damage, many medications, both over the counter and prescription, can have harmful effects as well.
The liver is vital in processing toxic substances as cellular waste such as urea synthesis; a by-product of metabolized proteins that the liver sends into the bloodstream.
A Healthy Liver
The Pitta dosha controls the liver with the element of fire being the principal component. When the Pitta dosha in the liver becomes imbalanced, many issues such as skin irritations, infection or surplus acidity can result. Scientific studies have proven the liver to be vital for the proper processing of digested foods into a more effective form. Similarly, Ayurveda contains the enzymes needed for digesting the five elements contained in foods. These five sense organs-eyes, nose, ears, skin and mouth are nurtured by the five elements.
Toxic substances may be recognized by the liver not just for their potentially harmful effects, but their ability to heat the body as well. Ayurveda indicates that alcohol, along with greasy and processed foods, has the ability to heat the body.
Everyone may find helpful benefits when using natural detoxification supplements and other remedies to maintain a healthy liver. Additionally, keeping a well balanced Pitta dosha by consuming a limited amount of foods that may irritate the Pitta is beneficial. People who are Pitta predominate should try hard to balance their Pitta dosha given that they naturally tend to burn hotter than other dosha categories. When Pitta requires increasing for other types, the introduction of healthy Pitta fire sources such as cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, or black pepper may help.
Ayurveda strongly suggests performing a natural detox remedy after each season change; spring being considered the best time. When the liver is detoxified during the spring, the …Read More
Employer-based retirement health care insurance benefits continue to decline, according to recent industry reports.
Many retirees have been able to rely on private or state employer-based retirement health benefits for supplemental health care coverage while on Medicare in the past, but this is becoming less common.
Employer-based health-related benefits can provide important coverage for the gaps that exist in Medicare programs. Additional coverage benefits can alleviate the cost-sharing requirements and deductibles associated with Medicare. Caps on the amount that can be sent out-of-pocket, often associated with supplementary coverage, are also often helpful for retirees.
Overall, supplemental retiree health and medical benefits sponsored by a private or municipal employer have helped many retirees cope with high medical costs often incurred in retirement.
The Kaiser Family Foundation recently reported, however, that the number of large private employers-considered employers with 200 or more employees-offering retiree healthcare benefits has dropped from 66 percent in 1988 to 23 percent in 2015.
Companies that do continue to offer retiree health benefits have been making changes aimed at reducing the cost of benefits, including:
- Instituting caps on the amount of the provider's financial liability
- Shift from defined benefit to defined contribution plans
- Offering retiree health care benefits through Medicare Advantage plan contracts
- Creating benefit programs through private health insurance changes
State employers have also not been immune to the trend, but the type and level of coverage being offered by most states is significantly different from retirement health care coverage being offered by large companies.
Unlike many private employers, state Governments continue to offer some level of retiree health care benefits to help attract and retain talented workers, according to a report titled "State Retiree Health Plan Spending," published by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in May, 2016.
With the exception of Idaho, all states currently offer newly-rented state employees some level of retirement health care benefits as part of their benefits package, according to the report. Of the states offering retiree medical benefits, 38 have made the commitment to contribute to health care premiums for the coverage being offered. State employers are, however, also making changes to the retirement health care insurance benefits that they provide to state workers.
Significant among these changes for the states is at least one driving force-the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) now requires states to report liabilities for retirement benefits other than pensions in their financial statements. The changes were required from all states by the end of 2008. As a result, the increased financial transparency forced states to review the cost of their other post-employment benefits (OPEB) and address how they plan to pay for them.
Because retirement health care benefits account for the majority of the states' OPEB obligations, many states have made policy changes to address the emerging obligations. Factors such as date of hire, date of retirement or vesting eligibility, including minimum age and minimum service year requirements, are now being used by states to vary or limit …Read More
There are two main times of year when people contemplate their physical fitness: in the new year after the standard Christmas over eating and at the start of summer when people want to look their best on their beach holiday.
Starting out on the path to improving your physical fitness is a fantastic thing. You will look better, feel better and have better health. However you need to find a way to make a lifestyle of including exercise in your day-to-day routine.
The first port of call is usually to look into a gym membership. You will then most likely have to pay for direct debit for a yearlong membership. Gyms don’t like you paying according to how much you use the facilities because the best way to retain people is to tie them into a long-term membership.
If you find that the gym isn’t for you then you will end up paying for a year of membership you hardly use and not getting any further forward with your goals.
Some people prefer to do exercise at home and it may surprise you to know that trampoline exercise or rebounding provides a very effective method of cardiovascular fitness.
Research into trampoline exercise in a 2006 NASA research in the journal “Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine” supports says that rebounding is almost 70 percent more effective in fitness training than jogging for a same amount of time on a flat track.
People who have busy schedules can definitely use doing a more efficient form of exercise as they can get create a great caloric expenditure working on their fitness for the same amount of time and thus lose more weight.
Trampoline exercise is also a lower impact exercise on joints. This is because the impact of the acceleration and deceleration is absorbed by the bounce mat of the trampoline. If you are running on a hard surface like concrete then your joints will absorb more of the impact because there is less give. This means that if you exercise regularly on a trampoline as opposed to jogging it will cause less long-term damage to your joints and bones.
You will find that an 8ft round trampoline is the best option for families with young children. This is due to the fact that the kids can use it for play as well as the parents being able to perform their rebounding exercises.…Read More
With all due respect to Greenwich Village Time, work buzzers, agendas and time clocks – they really have little influence on how our bodies keep time. The secret, omnipresent timekeeper governing how we feel and when, is a physiological process called circadian rhythms, and it's on this watch we need to map out our activities.
Circadian rhythms, and there are over 100 of them, lay the grooves for 24 hour sets and regulate every function of our bodies. Heart rate, body temperature, energy levels, quantity and quality of sleep, pain tolerance and so forth, are connected by these overlapping and on going rhythms like a rave party.
The disc jockeys mixing these phat bass-lines is found in a minuscule section of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nuclei. It receives and processes internal and external clues such as light, dark, food and energy, and keeps body functions synchronized with these events in a synergistic manner. When we're synced with our environmental stimuli, we feel alive and ready for action. When our rhythms skip a beat, the repercussions can be profound and long-lasting. We can not sleep properly, our energy levels suck and we feel vulnerable.
24 Hour Circadian Cycles:
Here's the typical circadian play list and how you can keep it locked all day long.
5am – DJ Fahrenheit drops the body temperature to it's lowest point of the night, and as a result we sleep better.
6am – As your body temperature starts to rise, you wake and start your day proper. Rhythms that govern sleep stop and other rhythms, triggered by outside effects called "zeitgeber", initiate other cycles. Light and darkness are big ones. Blood pressure also increases in the morning (and maybe even your temperature when you realize it's only Tuesday). Also: Drivers are 20 times more likely to nod off at the steering wheel at this time, so avoid driving if at all possible.
8am – Cortisol levels are highest in the mornings and this is not necessarily a good thing. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal cortex as a response to stress and increases blood pressure. Cortisol also wastes muscle tissue, so if you're keen on keeping your hard-earned muscle, 8am is a good time to reverse it's affect by downing a protein shake.
10am – Heart attacks are three times more likely around this hour than any other time of the day. This may be due to a) caffeine and other stimulants people use to wake and and get the motor running, b) the reliably sudden physical and mental activities from the dormant, ultra-relaxed state of sleep, and c) increases of cortisol in the blood.
12pm – Lunch is another zeitgeber that gives the brain hints as to whether active circadian rhythms are on the beat. Noon is typically when we are in the best mood of the day (provided you avoided the 10 am heat attack). Go hither and make friends and influence people.
1pm – Medical studies suggest meds are best …Read More
You ever heard of muscle and fitness gurus? They for the most part today are coming to believe in mindfulness and mental health leading the way. It’s the benefits of mindfulness meditation.
You may be like many who say, I just don’t have time in my life to master mindfulness training. My gosh, “meditation” techniques!
You may think it literally takes HOURS, and Weeks and months and YEARS to master this skill!
Not any longer!
Now, I got to be honest with you… that both surprised me… but also ticked me off.
In some long interviews, I discovered through some muscle and fitness gurus found ONE practice that just about every single one of these top athletes shared.
It makes it stupid easy.
Because the ego- based mind is insanely difficult to intentionally re-program!
Doubting Thomas aspect in us all that the Course in Miracles helps us to undo the ego– that fearful side to us.
The Course in Miracles teaches that, “The ego may see some good, but never only good.”
One guy I spoke to at my local gym has one of the most popular fitness-oriented ideas and mindsets around.
What’s this ONE foundational practice that even fuels the world’s TOP performing muscle and fitness athletes?
It makes sense, doesn’t it?
Much of muscle and fitness peak performance is “mental,”?
One pro recently wrote a few things he learned after interviewing many other muscle and fitness performers… athletes who DOMINATE their sport.
A brand new technology in mindfulness and mental health muscle and fitness is REVOLUTIONIZING the connection between fitness and mindfulness.
In a previous discussion involving details on being a better leader with a richer life through yoga and mindfulness meditation techniques, it was discovered how many people rich peak performance.
It’s called it a meta-skill that’s a “force multiplier” for every other skill you might master.
It’s revolutionized my own workouts!
Others as well are manifesting success like I never thought possible.
You’ve GOT to look deeper into mindfulness training and/or other mind, body, spirit techniques, if you do nothing else for muscle and fitness in this coming year, at least do THIS.
Seriously, it’ll help take your performance to the next level.
Remember, if you’ve spent ANY money at all on your fitness: gym memberships, trainers, fitness programs, supplements, equipment, competitions, etc., meditation multiplies the effectiveness of every single one of them.
I’ve NEVER experienced gains like this… because in my routine, a simple pair of headphones, and a few minutes, and it’s taken my performance to a whole new level.
I’m finding it gives us more self-confidence in reaching within for our full potential.
(As always be sure to investigate and research the web on how many may come to improve life in an instant by your power of choice.)
To peak performance!…Read More
This article gives an overview of the systems and processes that must be followed by cosmetic clinics when supplying prescription medicines.
A prescription medicine or drug legally requires a qualified doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist to write a prescription for a named patient. The list of drugs and prescribing qualifications may vary in different countries.
A cosmetic clinic must ensure that all medicines are ordered, stored and supplied within the legislative and other relevant pharmaceutical guidelines available.
Therefore ordering, storage and supply of medicines for use within the practice must be undertaken according to appropriate procedures and guidelines to ensure all relevant legislation and pharmaceutical information is adhered to.
Any medicines stored within a typical cosmetic clinic are those used for aesthetic purposes, this includes drugs such as Botox ® and Hyaluronidase. These must be stored according to manufacturer’s guidelines in a locked refrigerator or locked cabinet as appropriate. The temperature of the refrigerator should be monitored and documented daily. If the temperature is found to be outside the recommended range the pharmacy supplier must be informed as soon as possible and if necessary the medicines are returned to the supplier and a new supply obtained.
Supply of Medicines and Maintaining Patient Records for Cosmetic Clinics
The Medical Practitioner is responsible for maintaining a record of medicines obtained from the supplier for use during treatment. A copy of the prescription is retained in the patient’s notes and the following information is noted in the Medicines IN register. The Medical practitioner must include the following details:
– the name of the medicine (generic)
– the dose provided by the pharmacy
– the amount provided by the pharmacy
– the format of the medicine (oral I IM etc)
– the batch numbers and expiry dates
The Medical Practitioner is responsible for ensuring that details of the medicines administered are recorded in the patient notes, including:
– the name of the medicine (generic)
– the dose provided
– the route of administration
– the batch number and expiry date of the medicine
– the date and time of administration
The Medical Practitioner must also document in the Medicines OUT register the name of the patient the medicine was administered to and the date and time of administration. This will ensure an audit trail is available for each practitioner.
All medicines not used or expired must be returned to the pharmacy.
In conclusion only a medical professional should be accepted on a cosmetic training course. This will ensure all practitioners have experience with the use of prescription only medicines and record keeping. The medical practitioner who facilitates a cosmetic intervention should be a qualified doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist. These specialists have the prerequisite medical experience plus understand their legal and ethical requirements in prescribing, dispensing and administration of such drugs.
Any errors with the medication must be recorded and reported.
Reporting a Medication Incident
A cosmetic clinic must ensure that all medication incidents follow local legislative and other guidelines for your country …Read More
Black pepper has been used for thousands of years and although this may not appear pertinent to the question "Is black pepper good for you?" we should possibly remember that some clinical trials of natural substances are speeded up because they have been consumed for centuries without any (or hardly any) reported deaths.
Black, white and green peppercorns all cone from the same plant Piper nigrum with black pepper being the dried whole unripe fruit of the plant and white pepper being the ripe fruit with the outer skin removed. People tend to prefer the taste of black pepper to white and there are far fewer culinary opponents due to the overuse of black as opposed to white pepper.
The oil from black pepper has been given to patients who have suffered strokes to inhale so that they can swallow better. Alzheimer's sufferers have also been given it to inhale with beneficial results reported, although more trials are needed to ascertain how this works precisely. Other studies have shown that the oil when inhaled has improved withdrawal symptoms in people who are trying to stop smoking cigarettes.
Black pepper has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and so helps to prevent the risks of cancers. It also may have anti-microbial properties, and it contains vanadium which is being researched for its potential benefits in improving insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels in people with Type -2 diabetes.
Both black and white pepper can be applied directly onto the skin as a counter-irritant to scabies and for the relief of neuralgia. In the Asian subcontinent the black variety is used in food for those with weak stomachs who have digestive disorders, as it is thought to increase the flow of digestive juices. However it can cause dyspepsia (upset stomach) in some people. It has also been used in the treatment of bronchitis and cancer. Modern medical studies have found that black pepper may protect against colon cancer, but there is the possibility that it may on the other hand promote cancer of the liver. It is also believed that there may be a link between ingestion of black pepper and esophageal cancer.
Inhalation of the pepper (not the oil) can result in respiratory irritation, oedema (swelling), respiratory arrest, severe anoxia and even death-so do not inhale it.
Black pepper has been approved in foodstuffs by the US Food and Drink Administration in the Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) category. Using it as a medicine is not to be recommended. However, using it in food should not cause a problem. Inhaling it would seem to be a rather strange thing to do and given the results, best avoided.
If you use this pepper in the usual way then you should not have any worries. In the traditional forms of medicine in the Indian subcontinent it is not used when frying food, only in sauces and stews, or sprinkled over salads. Red chillies are used for medicinal purposes rather than other types of pepper, and …Read More