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Why Let A Disability Limit Your Mobility?

| Articles | May 31, 2014

For those of use who are able to walk around on our own, it’s difficult to imagine the challenges facing those with a disability. We take for granted the simple act of traveling by car. Unfortunately for those with a disability, getting in and out of their vehicle is not their only challenge. Storing the wheelchair in their car becomes an immediate concern.

For those with limited mobility, and a van, wheelchair lifts and ramps help to ease wheel chairs in and out of your vehicle. This will increase your freedom, allowing you to go out more, and enjoy more of life’s opportunities. You can store your wheelchair by attaching it to the ramp. The ramp that you choose may also be easily foldable and allow you to store it safely inside your van while you are away from the vehicle.

Depending on your needs, a manual or power wheelchair lift will give you the assistance you are looking for. Prices start between $350-$450, and in some cases, may be covered by your medical insurance plan.

Manual wheelchair lifts normally work with any folding manual wheelchair and require a Class I hitch. The spring loaded platforms on many of these models helps to make lifting the wheelchair easier. The weight capacity can differ from model to model, so it’s important to do some research.

Power wheelchair lifts literally lift your wheelchair into your vehicle. Although more expensive than their manual counterparts, the power lift can handle heavier types of wheelchairs, and for the most part, is easier to use.

When choosing a wheel chair lift, make sure that you determine that you are choosing a model suitable for your chair. There are many different sizes and models of lifts that will accommodate different styles of chairs, so just make sure that your chair is suitable for the lift.

Another feature to note when purchasing your chair lift is weight. Different lifts will hold various weights. Typical weights range from 300-500 pounds, so choose a lift that will handle your needs best.

Wheelchair Lifts: Inside and Outside Loading and Options

Wheelchair lifts come in both inside and outside loading models. The inside models will fit inside trunks and when they are not in use will disassemble for easy storage. You should determine your lift based upon your basic preference and choice. Whether you purchase an inside or outside loading, you should ensure that the model you purchase comes with a warranty.

Purchasing a wheelchair lift can be done through financing if you want to purchase a brand new one, or you may find great savings by searching for a used one. Remember, as mentioned earlier, to see if your purchase can be covered under your insurance.

Another option available is to have your vehicle or van modified by a professional company to accommodate your wheelchair. While expensive, it does provide a perfect solution for someone who wants to travel, and is not going to let their disability hold them back!

Wheelchair Lift: Construction

Your wheelchair lift needs to be sturdy and the material of choice is solid aluminum, though you may also purchase a solid steel model as well. Your lift should also be rust proof, easy to install, and require little or no maintenance. Make sure that you have an experienced professional install your lift, this is too important to be left to “want to be” handymen. As soon as you begin to think there may be a problem with your lift, have a professional come and look at it right away. Make sure to keep all warranty and guarantee paperwork, in case there is a problem with your lift.

Wheelchair Ramps: Who Needs Stairs

Stairs have always provided a challenge to disabled persons and office buildings often were never built to accommodate someone with a wheelchair. Fortunately, that is no longer a worry with portable wheelchair ramps.

Many of these ramps can be extended to reach 3 meters (9ft) and can be used to conquer stairs or to assist with getting into a van. An added bonus is that many of the wheelchair ramps that are designed today are lightweight and can be carried literally anywhere and stored anywhere.

Life is too short not to be enjoyed! There are plenty of solutions available to disabled persons to allow them the mobility they deserve. Get out there and enjoy life to its fullest.

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Why Is It So Important For a Heroin Addict to Detox?

| Articles | May 30, 2014

Heroin addiction has been around for a very long time. It is initially very often used to deaden pain in the form of morphine. The nasty consequences of morphine are addiction. Many people who use it initially for pain become addicted to it and cannot thereafter stop using it.

Heroin has been around for centuries. It’s not a new addiction at all and is fast becoming more and more prevalent as the drug of choice amongst our youth. Anyone who has watched the many movies on heroin addiction will know that they may left that movie theater feeling somewhat upset about it. How dare those devils get our loved ones hooked onto such devastating drugs?

The typical “drug” movie leaves me feeling very incensed that such a thing could happen and, then to compound the destruction of the drug dealer on the street, many rehab facilities use derivatives of the very same drug to give the addict a heroin detox. In many cases, methadone is the drug of choice for this. The heroin addict is now set up to become addicted to a legalized drug. Not any different to the heroin except its more addictive, but it’s an approved drug.

Anyone who has a loved one they desperately want to help may go hunting all the net to find solutions and there are millions offered up to view. The problem is how do you know what to do? Which one? This can stick you in a very serious maybe. Maybe this one will work, maybe that one will work. Indecision, indecision.

The problem is we don’t always know someone who has had to get a loved one through heroin rehab or heroin detox and we very often turn to our local doctor for advice. This may or may not be a good idea, depending on that doctor’s experience with heroin addiction. Most often, the recommendation may be a medical “think” and off the heroin addict goes to get his new fix, methadone or a similar heroin derivative.

Other people turn to the psychologist’s solution that it’s all mental. Or even the psychiatrist’s solution and evaluation that you have an “addictive brain” and nothing will work except some or other chemical restraint.

The medical and psychologist solutions have but an inkling of the problem and their success rates probably measure less than 10 risk. So, this solution is dubious.

The real solution is a heroin detox. A key factor in getting a heroin addict rehabilitated is getting the heroin or methadone particles out of their body. Well, that means we’re back to the medical modality, doesn’t it?

Absolutely not. How about a heroin detox program that follows an exact science and that has a 70 – 80% success rate? Heroin detox is vitally important for any heroin addict as the heroin particles lodge in the fatty tissue of the body. In order to dislodge and eliminate them, the heroin addict needs to literally sweat it out BUT without the additional stress of further drugs.

This is so key to their rehabilitation, that I cannot emphasize enough its importance. The program that helped me recover does exactly that. Utilizing very exact vitamins and minerals, along with good protein, lots of salads and oils, heroin addict is put through the program to arrive at the other end without the drug residues. This is very important as those very residues can spark off later addiction if left in the body.

The heroin addict now feels fresh and bright, like a young kid again. Energetic revitalized and ready to continue with the rest of the program, which deal with the reasons why addiction became an option in the first place – the mental aspect.

The addict is now on the road to recovery. With the rest of the program completed, you will have your loved one back again, intact with a bright and happy future.

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Why Is It Important To Learn The Circulatory System?

| Articles | May 29, 2014

The importance of circulatory system learning certainly is important and the reasons vary but are very similar-chiefly that people would be able to save their own and others’ lives by being able to recognize the signs of circulatory compromise and the importance of getting help quickly. Fortunately this system of oxygen and nutrient transport is one of the most logical and easiest to understand systems that there are in the realm of human biology/physiology/pathology and so it is easy to teach and learn this important knowledge.

The circulatory system consists of the heart and blood and the vessels that transport this blood as well as the hormones and nervous system that affect the flow of the blood. Another huge part of this system is the transport of oxygen into the blood and the transport of carbon dioxide out of the blood, something called respiration and involving the lungs.

Oxygen and glucose are key ingredients in the giving power of the cell that allows it to carry out all of the metabolic processes that it carries out to maintain life. So in an indirect way the digestive system is a part of the circulatory system by providing the glucose ingredient. However the body, especially in populations like ours that have an overabundance of “fuel” in our diet, store energy and thus this is not as critical as oxygen to the life of an organism.

Blood is a specialized transporter of oxygen and carbon dioxide and the flow of blood is essential in maintaining the proper gradients of these gases in order for the proper exchanges to take place. Depending on the tissue the amount of time that it can function without a fresh supply of oxygen without irreversible damage is seconds (for nervous tissue) to minutes and even hours for tissues that are more able to carry out anaerobic respiration.

The two most important injuries caused by circulatory system compromise and lack of oxygen are heart attacks or myocardial infarctions and strokes or cerebral vascular accidents. Much has been done to decrease the time from initial symptom to life preserving attention at a fully equipped hospital and this has resulted in dramatic improvements in mortality and morbidity from these injuries.

To learn more about the circulatory system and how you can recognize early signs of compromise and save your or your loved one’s life check out all of the great information on the web from associations like the AMA, and the ACA, and the ANA.

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Why is it Hard to Quit Smoking?

| Articles | May 28, 2014

Smoking is emerging to be one of the major causes of death in the modern world. This is attributed to the growing consumers of tobacco. Tobacco is responsible for the death of 1 in 10 adults all over the world, which translates to around 5 million deaths every year. It is because of this fact that cigarette smoking is now a public health priority.

Smoking poses dangers directly and indirectly to the public. An indirect public health concern that cigarettes may pose is accidental fire. As for the health risks in smoking tobacco, the disease mainly strikes the cardiovascular system, resulting to heart attack, respiratory tract diseases, and even cancer.

In spite of these risks, the number of cigarette smokers all other the world has not dropped considerably. Though several smokers claim to have been meaning to quit this habit, they just find it so difficult. The fact is that after smoking for quite sometime, quitting smoking will prove to be very hard, but not impossible.

Why is it hard to quit smoking?

Foremost, this is because the majority of smokers become addicted to the nicotine contained in tobacco products. Nicotine has a deadly addictive power. How? When a person puffs a cigarette, nicotine particles find their way to the lungs through inhalation. From there, nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream just like the oxygen people breathe. It travels with the blood to the brain where it locks onto certain receptor areas. Dopamine is then released into the brain. This is the chemical that makes the smoker feel a euphoric sensation. Smokers find it difficult to quit because they come to be dependent on this good feeling. And in wanting to experience this repeatedly, this leads to dependence a sign of addiction.

A person who attempts to quit may experience withdrawal symptoms. Topping the bill of withdrawal symptoms is depression. With the absence of the chemical that produces the relaxing feeling, the brain becomes distressed without it. Other withdrawal symptoms from smoking include:

-Headaches, dizziness, and nausea

-Shakes, chills

-Cough, dry throat nasal drip

-Hunger, fatigue

-Constipation, gas or stomach pain

-Insomnia, troubled sleep

Not knowing what to do with their hands is another common complaint among ex-smokers while quitting. Once people get hooked, smoking becomes a big part of their lives. They seem to enjoy holding on a stick of cigarette and puffing on them. And after a long period of lighting up, it becomes a routine. As a fact, humans are creatures of habit. By some force of habit, smokers find themselves reaching for a cigarette and lighting it up automatically without thinking about it.

Certain “triggers” in the environment may also hamper a smoker’s desire to quit. Things may turn on a smoker’s need for a cigarette. These may be feelings, places, and moods. Even the things done routinely may trigger this craving for a smoke.

For those who have been smoking for quite a while already, they may not realize it but they form some emotional attachment to cigarettes. They find the cigarette calming and comforting during those stressful times. Cigarette smoking somehow becomes an extension of their social life, particularly when they are emotionally at the highest or lowest. Giving the smoker a feeling that giving up smoking would seem like giving up a trusted friend.

These are only some of the major reasons why it is hard to quit smoking. But there are also several strategies and quitting techniques that may aid smokers to finally give up on this tenacious habit. Quitting smoking all begins with one’s intention to stop. They must have the will power to overcome the craving for smoke. There are also a lot of quit smoking products in the market. These may also be worth trying. Support groups are proved to be very helpful, too.

Smokers must understand that to quit smoking may take more than one attempt. They must also try several methods before they can finally succeed. Smoking is a stubborn habit because it is closely tied to the acts in the course of people’s everyday lives.

Just pay a serious concern to a few issues.

1.The first thing you must consider is your body; you must take care and keep it healthy.

2.Secondly, decision to kill your enemy who is killing you.

3.Thirdly, cost that smoking has caused for you. You have spent a lot on this poison.

4.Lastly forget the past that will help you in quit smoking. Just remember that nicotine is my enemy and is killing me slowly.

With determination, will power and a strategy, quit smoking is not out of the question.

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Why Is Clenbuterol Mistaken For A Steroid?

| Articles | May 27, 2014

Clenbuterol is a very remarkable and amazing compound, which is not a steroid hormone but a beta-2-symphatomimetic. Clenbuterol is prescribed to those suffering from breathing problems. Clenbuterol is recommended as a decongestant and bronchodilator. People with unrelieved asthma make use of Clenbuterol as a bronchodilator to make inhalation easier. Normally, it is available in salt form as Clenbuterol hydrochloride. Due to its illegitimate utilization in athletic competition, it is often mistaken for a steroid.

Clenbuterol is close to ephedrine, but its consequences are stronger and enduring as a stimulant plus thermogenic drug. The other benefits of Clenbuterol include CNS stimulation, enhancement in aerobic capacitance and an increase in blood pressure and oxygen transportation. Clenbuterol also boosts up the rate at which fat and protein is consumed inside the body simultaneously as slackening the glycogen storage. People use Clenbuterol because of its muscle relaxant properties, which mean it’s a bronchodilator and tocolytic.

As it is a bronchodilator, Clenbuterol is also used for treating allergic respiratory infection in horses. Ventipulmin is a well-known brand name, which can be taken in oral or injection form. Its capacity to tempt weight increase and a greater proportion of muscle to fat makes its illegal use in livestock popular.

Possible side effects of Clenbuterol comprise fidgetiness, quivers, hand tremor, vexation, increased sweating, sleeping troubles, possible muscle spasms, amplified blood pressure, and nausea. All these side effects are temporary and habitually lessen after 8-10 days, even with continuation of the product.

Several athletes use Clenbuterol after steroid treatment to balance the ensuing catabolic stage and therefore attain maximal power and muscle mass. An additional facet of Clenbuterol is its distinctive fat-burning upshot. Clenbuterol burns up fat without dieting as it raises the body temperature to some extent, coercing the body to blaze fat for this course of action. Due to the higher blood heat Clenbuterol amplifies the outcome of anabolic/androgenic steroids taken at the same time.

Jocks, runners and body-builders normally take 100-140 mcg of Clenbuterol in a day. In case of women, a quantity of 80-100 mcg per day is sufficient, but it is significant that the jocks start by taking a single tablet on the first day and then mounting the quantity by one tablet each of the following days until the desired maximum amount is achieved. Clenbuterol is frequently taken over a period of 8-10 weeks. Clenbuterol is also liked by women because it is not a hormone compound and has no fallouts typical of anabolic steroids.

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Why Is Deca-Durabolin The Most Popular Of All Steroids?

| Articles | May 26, 2014

Deca-Durabolin is the name given to Organon’s injectable steroid medication instigated in 1962. Deca-Durabolin is an extremely long acting compound, and a derivative of 19-nortestosterone. It is a high anabolic steroid with low androgenic properties. In higher quantities, it aromatizes, but not at the rapidity of testosterone’s or other high androgenic compounds. The drug itself is effective for about two weeks.

For a long time, Deca-Durabolin has been the drug of choice for muscle-builders and power athletes due to its capability to swiftly add muscle, lessen body fat levels and alleviate joint troubles. Deca-Durabolin is also believed to have less uninvited fallouts as compared to the other anabolic steroids. Also called ‘Deca’, Deca-Durabolin works by causing the muscle fiber to augment retention of the nitrogen element. The productive nitrogen stability is necessary for augmented muscle development as muscle cells make use of nitrogen to boost muscle tissue synthesis.

The highly anabolic effect of Deca-Durabolin is related to a quite androgenic constituent with the intention that a good gain in muscle mass and power is obtained. Simultaneously, the majority of athletes notice significant water retention that, no doubt, is not as distinguishable as that with injectable androgenic hormones but which in large quantities can also cause a smooth and watery appearance. This is particularly suited to those jocks who complain pain in different parts including shoulder, elbow, and knee. Deca-Durabolin also blockades the cortisone receptors therefore letting less cortisone to arrive at the muscle cells and the connective tissue cells. Musclemen use Deca according to their needs for muscle increase and in preparation for a competition.

Deca-Durabolin is believed to be the most popular of all steroids. It is an oil based injectable, which is available in 100 mg/cc containers.

It produces very few side effects. The common fallouts include minor acne, higher blood pressure levels that causes a longer time period for blood to clot, headaches and increased libido. The other effects include leukopnia, nausea, symptoms resembling a peptic ulcer, skin problem, edema (water retention), fervor, wakefulness, quivers, vomiting, diarrhea, high blood pressure, extended blood clotting time, increase in libido. Females may suffer menstrual irregularities, post-menopausal bleeding, breasts swelling, hoarseness or deepening of the voice, enlargement of the clitoris, and water retention. In case of men, the common side effects are impotence, chronic priapism, epididymitis, inhibition of testicular function, oligospermia and bladder irritability.

Deca-Durabolin is suited, even above average, to increase muscle mass since it advances the protein synthesis and concurrently leads to water retention. The most favorable quantity for this purpose lies between 200 and 600 mg per week. Scientific investigation has revealed that best results can be attained by the ingestion of 2 mg/pound body weight. Those who take a quantity below 200 mg/week will typically feel only a very light anabolic effect which, however, step-ups with a higher quantity.

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Why I Hate An Ear Infection

| Articles | May 25, 2014

Anyone who has experienced the privilege and the fear of bringing a new baby home from the hospital knows what a mixture of emotions you experience as a new parent with the responsibility and joys of having a new addition to your family. Only new parents know what it is truly like to have a lack of sleep and what it feels like to know that you were directly responsible for bringing a new life into the world. There is no greater joy in all of life than having a new baby, and yet there is perhaps nothing that is scarier as well. One of the things I hate the most about having an infant in the house is the inevitable ear infections that come with it.

I have brought five children home from the hospital in the past ten years, and I have also been around when many friends and my sisters have brought their new babies home to stay. We have all experienced the unmatched joy of adding a new life into the family, but we have also experienced the fears and the frustrations that come when our precious babies get sick and we aren’t sure what to do about it. My first experience with an ear infection came just a month after my oldest daughter was born.

I wasn’t sure that she had an ear infection at first, but all I knew was that she was more sensitive than before and that she cried way more than just when she was hungry. I let it go for a couple of days, thinking perhaps this was just a stage she was going through. When the crying became worse and more consistent and she seemed to be getting even more sensitive with each hour, I made a few calls to my mother, my sisters and then finally my daughter’s doctor. I got the same response from all of them: it sounded like my little daughter was experiecing her first ear infection.

I made an appointment to bring my daughter Ava into the doctor’s office that afternoon. Until then, I tried everything possible to soothe what I now knew was a cry caused by great pain. We walked, I sang, I gave her massages, but nothing seemed to help her pain now. Our doctor’s appointment later that day confirmed that she had not just one ear infection, but that she had in fact a double ear infection in one ear and a single ear infection in the other. Of course, being a new mother I wondered what I had done to cause this problem. When the doctor and later my mother assured me that I had done nothing wrong, I began to feel better as my little girl began to feel better with the help of her meds.

I’ll tell you, having a child with an ear infection is one of the scariest things as a parent. Get good information about the warning signs from your doctor and monitor your children carefully from the beginning.

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Why Having A Weight Loss Plan Make Sense

| Articles | May 23, 2014

America is now in the middle of a health crisis of tremendous proportions. Millions of Americans are now overweight and a very significant number had already been classified as obese. Obesity is now a major health concern in America, which has already become a fast food nation.

The saturated fat intake from processed meat and packaged foods has caused major health problems that include diabetes, stroke, hypertension, and cancer. Other negative effects brought about by obesity and being overweight include low-self esteem, depression, and discomfort in being in middle of situations where there is a need for social interaction.

Needless to say, losing weight must be seriously considered by millions of Americans if they still want to maintain their health and avoid the various illnesses associated with weight problems. Perhaps, one way to convince overweight and obese people to lose those extra pounds is to emphasize the following remarkable benefits of losing weight:

lWeight loss helps lower blood pressure in overweight persons.

lWeight loss helps lower elevated blood glucose levels in obese persons with type 2 diabetes.

lWeight loss helps lower the individual’s chances for developing diseases such as stroke among others.

lWeight loss helps decrease inflammation in the body.

Now that the benefits of weight loss have been identified, the next question is: “How do I lose weight?

One of the very basic things to do to lose weight is to engage in regular physical activities that will help you burn fat. Physical exercise that lasts for 30 to 45 minutes a day, done three to five times a week is sufficient. Having a sensible eating plan that consists of low-fat, low calorie meals is a must.

Getting help from health professionals is also highly recommended. With the help of a nutritionist-dietitian, you can get your body mass index (BMI) or waist circumference measured. The weight and waistline are two of the priority measurements to determine a person’s physical fitness level.

But since most weight watchers have problems with keeping themselves in the program, it may be useful to take note of the following recommendations that would help you to effectively manage your weight:

1.Write it down Keep a diet diary, write your progress. Take note of every meal that you eat.

2.Exercise Exercise burn calories and fat. Focus on exercises that target the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks — which are body parts that are most prone to fat accumulation.

3.Schedule your workouts – Set aside time for an exercise program and stick to it. Once you have a routine, it’ll be hard to kick the habit.

4.Watch what you eat -Don’t eat too fast and don’t think that all “non-fat” food is good for you. Aside from making sure that your meal is non-fat, it is also recommended that you make sure that the caloric content of the meal is within your limit.

5.Stick to mini-meals Instead of eating three big meals a day, choose to take small but frequent meals. Small, frequent meals help normalize your blood sugar level.

6.Drink lots of water- Drink at least eight glasses of water a day which is important for keeping your body hydrated. Water also helps in flushing out the body’s toxins and impurities.

7.Take the stairs – As much as possible, use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Climbing the stairs is good workout for your heart.

8.Make a commitment It is important to be committed to do regular exercise and follow a low-fat, low-calorie eating plan. Lack of discipline is almost always at the root of weight problems and other health concerns.

9.Keep your emotions at bay – Most of us tend to eat a lot when we have emotional problems. Maintaining a positive attitude and avoiding food binges as a means of coping with anxiety.

10.Eat low-calorie alternatives- When making a food choice, it is important to check for the caloric content and other ingredients that may pose adverse effects on your weight loss plan. Avoid the temptation of buying food just because they “taste good.” As a weight watcher, you should consider the health benefits that can be derived from the food you eat.

At this point, it is vital to emphasize that the most effective weight loss program is the one that is ingrained in one’s brain. The mind plays a major role in getting rid of negative thoughts that affect your health, including the self-defeating messages that somehow make you feel that you’ll never succeed in following your diet and exercise plan.

Like everything else in life, losing weight takes a lot of effort and commitment. Sometimes, losing weight also entails the use of medications like Orlistat, a popular weight loss pill that is commonly marketed under the brand name Xenical.

Indeed, we can never wish away those extra pounds. It takes exercise, diet, and if necessary, the use of weight loss pills in order to get back on the road to health and fitness.

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Why Does The Cost of LASIK Eye Surgery Change?

| Articles | May 21, 2014

As far as the cost of LASIK eye surgery is concerned, the only worldwide standard is that prices are quoted per eye. However, the cost depends on several factors and varies from one provider to another. A strong reason behind such a variation is that different providers perform different levels of pre-operative testing. A thorough pre-operative examination can avoid LASIK complications, and hence it’s imperative to determine if appropriate pre-operative testing is included in the quoted price.

The cost of equipment used for pre-operative testing and surgery also varies, and this reflects in the overall procedure fee. Computer-controlled scanners to determine the exact shape of the cornea, eye tracking device, tear film analysis, the laser used to make incisions, and all other pertinent equipment vary in cost from one medical center to another.

A few unscrupulous practitioners may advertise their services at a discounted price. Don’t be fooled if an ad says, “LASIK for $500 per eye”. The truth is that not all patients are eligible for a discounted price. A particular patient may require an extensive refractive surgery in the first place, or frequent follow ups after the surgery. Furthermore, it is typically the case that a discounted price does not include the essential pre-operative testing. Hence, make sure what features are being offered for the quoted price. Cases have been reported where medical institutes have been found guilty of misrepresenting the actual cost of LASIK eye surgery.

As the popularity for LASIK eye surgery rises, so does the incurred cost. A leading refractive industry newsletter reported that the average cost for LASIK eye surgery in the second quarter of 2005 was 1,965 USD. The study was based on a comprehensive research of various medical facilities, ranging from regional practitioners to nationwide networks. Most insurance companies do not cover LASIK eye surgery, since they consider it as a cosmetic procedure.

People are tempted to choose a surgeon that offers a discounted price. But that may be an act of foolishness. The smarter thing is to choose the best surgeon available who has experience of this procedure. There is no point risking your vision for the sake of a petty few dollars.

If in doubt you should seek further information.

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Why Doctors Drill Their Patients On Their Medical History

| Articles | May 20, 2014

The ultimate point of taking medication is to fix problems in the body, whatever those problems may be. Human technology has gotten to the point where we have at least one drug for ailment that affects every system in the body. We have muscle relaxants for the muscular system, as well as variant formulas for those muscle relaxants which are designed to target the skeletal system. For mental disorders, we have a host of psychoactive drugs that affect the central nervous system and the neural chemical receptors it uses. We have medications that help provide relief for problems with our digestive and excretory systems. There are medications dedicated to solving problems with sexual health. Walk into any pharmacy and you’d see migraine remedies and skin treatments galore. However, in this weird, drugged world we live in, we are never allowed to mix medications, to avoid negative drug interaction.

This is, of course, a perfectly reasonable stipulation to our current situation. Certain drugs have certain compounds in them, and said compounds can interact rather poorly with other compounds, which may be present in other drugs. Basic chemistry tells us that some compounds, when put together, do not react in very pleasant ways. An example of this would be when an acid and a base are combined, which can generate a wide range of effects, depending on the pH levels of the two. For other compounds, they simply cannot be made to mix with each other unless you throw in some sort of catalyst. However, in some cases, something in the blood can act as a catalyst, resulting in some unpleasant side effects for your body.

The fact is, doctors like to grill you on your medication history to determine whether or not the drugs he’s planning to prescribe for you might cause side effects when mixed into your bloodstream. Certain drugs can react poorly with others, though the two do not always have to be the same type. For example, muscle relaxants that target the central nervous system might react poorly with migraine remedies that works in the same manner. Medications for heart conditions can sometimes cause trouble with sexual health and erectile dysfunction treatments.

Drug interaction problems can range from being mild annoyances to being potentially lethal.Pain killers and muscle relaxants, for example, work in very similar ways and combining the two can potentially cause permanent loss of mobility. The same is generally true of any psychoactive medications, such as anti-anxiety medication, some migraine remedies, and anti-depressants. Anything that affects or alters the heart rate of the body can also cause problems when combined with heart medication, for obvious reasons. The skin can also experience negative drug interaction scenarios, such as when benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (two of the many common ingredients of acne treatments) are applied at the same time.

Doctors are generally well aware of the potential dangers of negative drug interaction scenarios. That is the reason for them drilling their patients on their medication history, as it will provide the doctor a better idea of what might be in your bloodstream. The better informed your doctor is of what your prescription might encounter inside your body, or even on the surface of the skin, can it easier for him to find medicine that will minimize the chances of side effects.

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