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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.

 

How to Find a Work-Life Balance that Works for Your Family
03 Aug 2015

Working parents often feel like they are trying to juggle five plates, but can only keep four plates up in the air, so one is always crashing down. Many parents have found that the one falling is not always the same one, and they find themselves experiencing success in four areas of their lives, while one breaks on the floor.

So how do you fix the problem? Can you keep all the plates spinning at once? Or do you choose one plate to focus on at one time or another? Parents try to put the kids first most of the time, but it may not always work. One mother, Rena Seltzer, ACSW, has listened to advice she received from her mentor. “I think about the kids being in childcare as sharing my children with the universe,” she said. When she sees the loving relationship between her two year old and his daycare provider, Seltzer feels good that she can share the joy of her two-year-old with another warm and caring person.

It is important to note that there is no one way, no correct way, to achieve an artful balance in your life. You should figure out what works best for you and your family and use that method to your benefit. What are some of the strategies you might be able to adapt and work in to your life?

1. Build a Support Network

Ask for help and allow yourself to be helped and contributed to. Get your children involved–work together as a team. Between work and family, surprises are inevitable. Be prepared by creating back-up and emergency plans and always have a contingency.

2. Let Go of Guilt

Guilt can cause you to become immobilized in the present because you are dwelling on the past. Guilt can be very debilitating. By introducing logic to help counter-balance the guilt, you can avoid sabotaging your efforts toward balance and stay better on course.

3. Establish Limits and Boundaries

Boundaries are an imaginary line of protection that you draw around yourself. They are about protecting you from other people’s actions. Determine for yourself what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior from other people. Boundaries and limits define how you take charge of your time and space and get in touch with your feelings.

4. Determine Your Own Standards

Get rid of the notion of being a perfectionist. Make compromises. Figure out where the best places to make the compromises are without short-changing yourself, your spouse, your children, your boss, etc. Live by your own standards rather than someone else’s.

5. Be Flexible

Forgive yourself when things don’t get done. Understand that with children things change at a moment’s notice. Be ready and willing to assume responsibility for any of the tasks that need to get done at any time. Never get too comfortable, because as soon as you seem to get things under control, they change!

Natalie A. Gahrmann, a life coach, recommends that families begin this process by spending quality, focused time with your family. “Give them your full attention and develop rituals you can all look forward to,” she said. “Create relationships with your spouse and children that are not incidental, but rather, instrumental to your family’s success.”

One physician, who worked in public health, was attempting to reach an ideal work-life balance and faced a challenge one day when she was investigating an outbreak of food poisoning. The physician purchased some fast food, as a test, to search for the source of the outbreak. Then, she got a call from her kids’ school. The school was closing early; she needed to go pick up her children. The physician stopped to do an errand on the way home, leaving the kids in the car for a few minutes, and when she returned to the car, her kids had been chowing down on the test food. Since her kids did not get sick, she was able to rule it out as the source of the outbreak.

Overall, finding your ideal work-life balance is a continuous process. There will be some days when you test the food and forget to pick up the kids, and there will be other days when you stay home with your kids and put off testing the food.

Living a balanced life is about integrating those components of your life that are truly important to you and realizing that sometimes you need to make choices about what has to come first. Making choices is powerful and allows you to live a balanced life that makes you and your family feel happy and content. 

Learn more about balancing career and family life: http://www.mommd.com/balance.shtml

Walking and Running. Do You Get the Same Workout?
03 Aug 2015

There are many reasons why people start running: Busting stress, boosting energy, or snagging that treadmill next to a longtime gym crush are just a few. What’s more, running can keep your heart healthy, improve your mood, stave off sickness, and aid in weight loss. But depending on your personal goals, going full speed isn’t the only route to good health.

While walking can provide many of the same health benefits associated with running, a growing body of research suggests running may be best for weight loss. Perhaps unsurprisingly, people expend 2.5 times more energy running than walking, whether that’s on the track or treadmill. For a 160-pound person, running 8 mph would burn over 800 calories per hour compared to about 300 calories walking at 3.5 mph.

And when equal amounts of energy were expended, one study found runners still lost more weight. In this study, not only did the runners begin with lower weights than the walkers—they also had a better chance of maintaining their BMI and waist circumference.

Running may also regulate appetite hormones better than walking. In another study, after running or walking, participants were invited to a buffet, where walkers consumed about 50 calories more than they had burned and runners ate almost 200 calories fewer than they’d burned. Researchers think this may have to do with runners’ increased levels of the hormone peptide YY, which may suppress appetite.

However, aside from weight loss, walking has definite pros. Researchers looked at data from the National Runners’ Health Study and the National Walkers’ Health Study and found that people who expended the same amount of calories saw many of the same health benefits. Regardless of whether they were walking or running, individuals saw a reduced risk of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and improved better cardiovascular health. And running does have downsides: It puts more stress on the body and increases the risk for injuries like runner’s knee, hamstring strains, and shin splits.

When running isn’t in the cards, walking with added weight might be the next best bet for an effective workout. Research shows that walking on the treadmill while wearing a weighted vest can increase the metabolic costs and relative exercise intensity. Similarly, increasing the incline on the treadmill makes for a more effective walking workout. A study showed that walking at a slow speed (1.7 mph) on a treadmill at a six-degree incline can be an effective weight management strategy for obese individuals, and help reduce risk of injury to lower extremity joints. Picking up the pace slightly almost always helps. One study found speed walkers had a decreased risk of mortality over their slower counterparts.

Regular cardio (at any speed) is part of a healthy lifestyle. But, lap for lap, running burns about 2.5 times more calories than walking. Running may also help control appetite, so runners may lose more weight than walkers no matter how far the walkers go. Overall, the best possible workout for anyone would be a nice run, whether outside during nice weather, or inside at the gym while watching a favored television show.

Read more about walking vs. running: http://greatist.com/fitness/walking-good-workout-running

The 10 Best Gadgets of 2015
03 Aug 2015

10. Typo iPad Air Keyboard

This keyboard is something that can finally compare with a Microsoft Surface product. The keyboard is clicky and sized well, feeling much more like a solid laptop then a junky tablet accessory. It’s expensive, at $189, but if investing some money in turning your iPad into more of a work machine, it’s worth the cost.

9. Surface 3

Microsoft finally released a cheaper Surface product that doesn’t feel like a waste of your time. The original Surface and Surface 2 suffered from a processor that kept it from being anything more than a confusing mess of operating systems and features. The Surface 3, however, was finally given the processing power to make it a true tablet/laptop hybrid. At $499, it’s a pretty fair competitor with the iPad Air 2—and is even good enough to win over some who are looking at buying a Windows laptop. The best part is that with Windows 10 coming, the Surface 3 will finally get software worthy of the great hardware.

8. LG G4

The G4 doesn’t have the same jaw-dropping design that the G3 had, but the G4 still has the goods where it really counts. More specifically, it’s got one of the best smartphone cameras on the market and one of the highest resolution displays you’ll ever see. Furthermore, it’s really the only flagship smartphone worth buying that still has expandable storage and a removable battery.

7. Dell Venue 8 7000

Though it’s admittedly a little odd-looking, the tablet is one you’ll quickly get used to. Once you realize even the chunky bottom piece is being used, thanks to the front-facing speaker grill, it’s easily the best Android tablet of the year.

6. Pebble Time

The Apple Watch isn’t the only smartwatch in town. Pebble was one of the very first on the market and its latest device, the Pebble Time smartwatch smashed Kickstarter records for its crowdfunding campaign in March, reaching millions in days. The battery life and lower price are two things that truly set it apart from the host of other smartwatches out there and make it far more than just an Apple Watch alternative.

5. Dell XPS 13

Dell has created one of the most beautiful laptops ever. Other than that, the XPS 13 is a fairly standard, though high-powered ultrabook—though you should probably go for the $1,299 Touch version to get the QuadHD 3200 × 1800 display.

4. Amazon Echo

The Echo is essentially Siri for your home—you can ask it pretty much any question and can perform a variety of Siri-like functions with just its microphone and speaker. In many ways, it’s still very much an experiment (and it’s honestly a little weird how disconnected it is from your smartphone), but the technology really is there to make for a truly exciting piece of home technology.

3. MacBook

It’s a laptop so thin that it’s almost hard to believe they squeezed everything into such a tight package. The truly spectacular thing about the MacBook’s size, though, is how it forced the people at Apple to re-engineer and re-design so many aspects of a functioning laptop. It might be a bit expensive for what you’re getting spec-wise right now, but there’s no question that the MacBook is the future of laptops.

2. Galaxy S6 Edge

The Galaxy S6 Edge has one of the most interesting smartphone designs you’ll ever see. Unlike so many of Samsung’s failed design experiments, the curved display on the S6 Edge actually enhanced the experience of using it. Because it wraps around the edges of the front of the device, the S6 Edge really feels unique in one’s hands.

1. Apple Watch

No other device is going to gather a crowd of people around when worn in public—and it’s not just due to the hype. The design of the Apple Watch is fantastic and immediately iconic, not unlike what Apple has done time and time again with its new product launches. The Apple Watch has a long way to go in terms of realizing the dream of a smartwatch that actually earns its spot on your wrist, but it will in a few years. 

Learn more about tech gadgets: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/07/the-10-best-gadgets-of-2015-so-far-1.html

Telemedicine Can Help Our Ailing System
03 Aug 2015

Between 2008 and 2020 the number of Americans older than 65 years will have increased by 36%, while the physician supply will hardly keep up with a corresponding 7% increase, according to a report published in 2010 by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Workforce Studies.

Using the latest modeling methods and available data, AAMC projected a shortfall of between 46,100 and 90,400 physicians by 2025, most in primary care. All Americans are likely to be affected, but the shortfall may have the greatest effect on the approximately 20% of our population that lives in rural and underserved areas. As a medical community, how do we address this evolving health disparity?

One solution that has begun to be met with great success is telehealth. According to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), “Formally defined, telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology.” A 2012 systematic review of the telemedicine program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) found that sites using telemedicine resources had lower medical and pharmacy costs, delivered services more efficiently, and had lower rates of hospital admission and readmission.

Telemedicine also may help reduce costs associated with unneccesary hospitalizations of nursing home residents. In a controlled study, use of telemedicine instead of an on-call system for physician coverage in nursing homes was found to generate cost savings for Medicare that exceeded a facility’s investment in the telemedicine service.

In addition, telemedicine has been shown to improve self-management of diabetes by facilitating management of symptoms, diet, body mass index, and blood pressure and glucose levels. It also has been used as an effective mental-health tool: Psychiatric interviews conducted over videoconferencing have been found reliable for making a diagnosis and offering treatment recommendations.

With respect to management of chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, telemedicine has proven to increase the quality of long-term monitoring and decrease or prevent complications. There have been many advantages of telemedicine that medical practitioners have been able to quantify.

But is telemedicine really ready for prime time? UnitedHealthcare, the country’s largest insurer, seems to think that it is just as valuable as a traditional doctor’s visit. UnitedHealthcare recently expanded coverage options for virtual physician visits, giving patients enrolled in self-funded employer health plans secure, online access to a physician via mobile phone, tablet, or computer 24 hours a day. Other insurers such as BlueCross BlueShield, Wellpoint, and Oscar also have adopted telemedicine coverage.

However, coverage and reimbursement rates for telemedicine significantly vary by state. Twenty-four states mandate some type coverage for telemedicine by private insurers. Forty-eight states have some degree of coverage in their Medicaid programs. On the flip side, some states—such as Texas, with support from the Texas Medical Association—still do not support coverage of telemedicine programs.

In addition, there are many legal hoops physicians and patients must jump through. With telemedicine, the physician and patient may be physically located in different states. When this happens, in which state or states is medicine being practiced? Practicing medicine always requires licensure by the state in which the provider is working, but a valid license in the state where the patient is located also may be required.

Although telemedicine cannot replace the sensitivity and specificity of a doctor’s touch, it is reassuring to know that there is scientific evidence to demonstrate that the technology is a viable solution for our widening physician deficit. How will telemedicine will change our practices? Will physicians become stay-at-home “telemedicine-based” practitioners? Is it possible to have an entire medical career that is solely online? Only time will be able to provide effective answers to these questions.

Read more about telemedicine: http://contemporaryobgyn.modernmedicine.com/contemporary-obgyn/news/can-telemedicine-boost-our-ailing-healthcare-system-1?page=full