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1. Museum HR Giger Bar-Gruyeres, Switzerland- This dreamlike restaurant looks like it was taken right from a book. the decor makes you feel as though you are sitting inside Jonah the Whale with its double vertebrae arches across vaulted ceilings. Be equally disturbed and amazed by this extraordinary castle that gives the sensation of being trapped in inside the  belly of a prehistoric beast while enjoying a stiff drink. Click here to view the website.

2. Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico- This subtropical rain-forest paradise, located in Mexico, was created by Edward James. The natural waterfalls and pools span over 80 acres and sits more than 2,000 feet above sea level. this “Garden of Eden” is full of concrete sculptures, full beds of tropical place and flowers and a few small homes.  This is an ideal place to truly escape the monotony  of reality.

3. Free Spirit Shperes, Quallicum Beach, BC, Canada-For fantasy lover, being suspended in a budding forest is a dream come true. let your imagination and creativity reawaken as you suspend above the ground in this spiritual environment.

4. Moroccan Sky Raid, London, England-Located at the top pf The Gherkin in London England, The Moroccan Sky Raid is located on the 39th floor with 360 degree views. Although only open for the summer, the delicious traditional Moroccan cuisine is the heart and sold of the new pop up.

5. El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas-On the 21 acres “nomadic” hotel, the balance of adventure and serenity on the desert plain gives a temporary oasis of the real world. Experience safaris, Sioux-style tepees, as well as hammock groves, outdoor kitchens and wood fired hot tubs.

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1. Eat yogurt for breakfast: the cultures that live in yogurt help ease digestion and help stave off a cold. a 2011 study found that people who consumed probiotics had 12% fewer upper respiratory infections.

2. Crack open a window: Staying in a stuffy room while slightly under the weather raises the risk of catching a cold. letting in fresh air and letting it circulate keeps airbourne viruses move and are harder to pick up.

3. Mushrooms: Research publishes in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that mushrooms has immune-boosting powers. those who ate cooked shiitake mushrooms showed higher T-cell numbers and less inflammation.

4. Turn away from sneezes: Moving away from a sneeze or a cough is important because sneeze particles can travel up to 20 feet.

5. Touching your face: touching your lips or face puts you in greater danger of getting sick. on average, a person touches their mouth or nose more than three times an hour.

6. Regular Sleep: The Archives of Internal Medicine found that those who get less than seven hours of sleep are 3 times more susceptible to colds than those who slept for more than eight hours.

7. Flush Your Nose: The use of a neti pot is an important routine to add during the cold season. with boiled slat water or a nasal saline solution, a neti pot clears out viral particles that may have been taken in during the day.

8. Zinc Lozenges: When you begin to feel a cold coming on, taking zinc helps reduce the duration of the cold or illness.

9. Plenty of Liquids: Fluids helps thin out the mucus that causes illness. When mucus is thinner, it is easier to clear out of the system. it is recommended to drink at least 2 liters of water per day.

10. Elderberry Extract: This syrup is made from small black berries and used as a remedy for viral infections. This solution offers relief from congestion, aches and pains.

11. Use a humidifier: A sore throat is caused by dry indoor air and can lead to a cough. A humidifier fills the air with moisture, making it easier to breathe.

12. Essential Oils: An interesting trick to avoiding flu symptoms is to add a few drops of thyme or eucalyptus oil to boiling water and breathe in the steam. the menthol-like small opens airways and coats the mucus membrane lining the nasal cavity.

13. Gargle with warm salt water: a ½ teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water coats the throat to   ease inflammation and loosen mucus to flush out germs and kill pathogens.

14. Good old-fashioned chicken soup: Heating up this classic comfort food actually helps slow the movement of infection-fighting white blood cells which allows them to work more efficiently. The steam helps open stuffed nasal passages, plus, it takes away the chill of a cold.

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Coloring for adults has been proven to be beneficial to adults for its “de-stressing power”. This idea has been around for some time, specifically during the time of Dr. Carl Jung who was one of the first psychologists to use coloring as a relaxation technique. Coloring forms and mixing and matching colors, actives 2 parts of our brain: logic and creativity. The relaxation that coloring provides us with  lowers the activity of the part of the brain that controls emotion and that is affected by stress. Focusing on a particular activity like coloring, concentrating on the lines and the shapes, forces our minds to focus less on our worries and brings out our imagination. Our minds revert back to our childhood when we certainly did not have any worries.

            While coloring, concentration and imagination occupy the brain simultaneously. This leaves little room to think about stress and other trivial matters. although it cannot cure cancer, art has been proven to have many therapeutic qualities to help people express themselves in a time of personal crisis.

A 2006 study of women with cancer, found that the mindless therapy of coloring helped to decrease symptoms of physical and emotional distress. Another study showed that  after one hour of coloring, cancer patients were more willing and comfortable with continuing their treatment. According to Joke Bradt, a music therapist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, “to be able to engage in a creative process…that stands in very stark contrast to sort of passively submitting oneself to cancer treatments”. However, coloring can also benefit those dealing with mental illness such as depression, dementia, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder.

 

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As a society, sometimes,  we devote an unnecessary amount of time and energy in experimenting with health fads we know nothing about. In a world where knowledge is at our fingertips, we seem to have a lack of research capability when it comes to our health and wellness.  The social pressure to have the “perfect” body and to emulate the celebrities and personalities we see has turned from an admiration to an obsession. It seems that now, individuals will try anything and everything to look the way they think they should. This includes “health fads” that can be harmful to one’s body. I can attest from personal experience that these health fads are not all they live up to be.

I was reading an article that mentioned drinking apple cider vinegar every day helped to suppress appetite. I did some research and saw there were many people who found drinking apple cider vinegar to be effective, so I tried it for a few days. I mixed it with water and drank it after I ate so I would not be hungry late at night. While it did suppress my appetite and I wasn’t hungry as often, it did not produce fast results; it just made me less hungry.

However, I did fear that the acid in apple cider vinegar would upset my stomach and would not be very good for the insides. I was drinking two a day and after a while, it just became too much to ingest. I felt bloated when I drank it, and I didn’t think I was something I should do every day. I still ate regular meals and exercised, but I would recommend this method to those who are having trouble controlling their food intake and appetite.

After this experience, I wondered what other weight loss tricks involve simply mixing something in water. I came across chlorophyll water as being one of the best liquids for your body because of all the nutrients,and its positive affect on the body. According to the Global Healing Center, chlorophyll is considered a super food which has antioxidant properties that help control hunger and cravings, promote healing and cleansing, and relieve systemic redness and swelling.

Coloring your water, whether it be with apple cider vinegar or chlorophyll, is one of the many ways to control weight. There are methods out there that can be dangerous to your health and it is important to keep that in mind.

 

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What are doctors doing to raise awareness for service members, and how can we help them transition to civilized life?

Brian Baird is a former Democratic member of Congress and a licensed clinical psychologist who has helped bring awareness to this issue. He first noticed this when more and more patients were service men and women. More and more professionals have become aware of this issue and have helped to raise awareness in other medical groups and practices. Most medical doctors fail to ask if their patients or loved ones have been overseas. This is a crucial oversight that has the potential to save many lives if it were simply paid a little more attention.

It is no secret that most of the service men and women who return from overseas experience a wide range of medical and mental backlash. Unfortunately, many of these conditions go undiagnosed and untreated. With the number of suicides and diseases among the population, it would only be fitting to begin to ask patients if they have been in the service or if they know anyone who was in the service overseas. According to the Disabled American Veterans Charity, DAV,  here are eleven changes veterans make after returning home:

  1. From need-to-know to need-to-talk

  2. From the bond of soldiers to the band of family and friends

  3. From being serious to social

  4. From a mission to no clear orders

  5. From serving to recovering

  6. From earning benefits to learning how best to use them

  7. From emotional control to open feelings

  8. From guilt to acceptance and peace

  9. From a regimented schedule to lighter commitments

  10. From controlling to sharing

  11. From alert to relative calm

Readjusting to civilian life presents many challenges for service men and women. It is important for medical personal to be aware of these changes and to make sure they are asking the right questions.

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Just as chicken soup is good for the soul, gratitude is good for the heart, literally. With the hyper awareness of heart risk and diseases, a common explanation for heart condition is “you have too much stress”. Professor Paul Mills of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California San Diego School Medicine conducted a study in order to see if feeling gratitude made a difference to at-risk heart patients.

Mills conducted his study with 186 men and women with an average age of 66 who already had some damage done to the heart. To begin, each person filled out a questionnaire on how grateful they felt for everything in their lives. He then asked half of the patients to keep a journal a few days out of the week and write two or three things they were grateful for, from family and friends, to work and home life. Mills followed up with the 40 tested patients and found that those who wrote in their journals had reduced inflammation levels, improved heart rhythm and had a decreased risk of heart disease.

Based on the report, it can be concluded that expressing one’s gratefulness for family and life, etc., puts at risk patients in a less stressed state of mind. Specifically, the act of expressing gratitude through language is relatively proven to be therapeutic and yield positive results in heart health.

Having an open heart, meaning opening yourself up to others, leads to positive effects of health. According to Dr. Peter Norvid at Adventist Hinsdale and La Grange Memorial hospital, “Optimistic people live longer, have closer personal relationships and are able to deal with the negative things that happen to them in a way that allows them to continue to be able to be there for others so that others can help them”.

In a study published by Mayo Clinic researcher Toshihiko Marvta, MD, 839 patients were observed over 30 years to test whether pessimism is a risk factor for early death. It was tested that those who were considered pessimists had a higher mortality rate and their negative outlook related directly to their mortality.

 

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The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems has released its 10th revision in October of 2015. The code set has been through nine revisions so far and with the 10th revision out, medical practices can expect significant improvements such as care management, public health reporting, and research and quality measurement.

The ICD is the standard diagnostic tool for the analysis of the general health situation of population groups. Basically, it is a system that helps monitor incidences and prevalence of diseases and other health problems. With the new revision of the code available to doctors, they are trying to get used to the adjustments. Some of the most common adjustments that doctors are experiencing is making sure they have chosen the most accurate ICD-10 code to replace the previous ICD-9 code. However, it seems doctors are spending more time doing this than they feel they should. Investing in training of ICD-10 is extremely beneficial to eliminating any questions and potential setbacks in practice functionality. The most notable issue seems to be transitioning from the ICD-9 codes to the ICD-10 codes because now, doctors have to make sure they are processed correctly.

In order to remedy these issues, CMS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has implemented a few short term solutions to the errors. Coding refinements and claims processing instruction updates should be in place by January 4th 2016, according to the CMS. However, some of these errors occur because the Medicare Administrative Contactors have not updated their LCD criteria. Once this is done, their claims will be reprocessed without any cost to the provider.

CMS recognizes the long process health care providers endure in order to transition to the new code set. The CMS were fairly confident in their preparedness for the transition but also recognized it would take several cycles in order to get a handle on how the transition went.

Many departments who thought they were prepared with solutions to translate one code set to the other code set. However, most departments used GEM’s to match I-9 code to the ICD-10 code. The CMS recommended to not use GEM’s because there are many deficiencies as a coding transition tool for coding.