Longevity Only for the Wealthy? Why?

“The biggest healthspan concern is Alzheimer’s, which strikes at a 47% rate among the over 85 population.
 
“If we just keep living longer, but we don’t knock out this horrible disease, it will be the sinkhole of the century,” Dychtwald says. “It will take us down – every country. It will be a horror beyond horrors. And how much do we spend for research on this disease? Hardly anything.””
 
Learning first hand what a tough & invisible disease this is. . . and, to my perspective, seems very preventable. I hope you do not have to go through this with one of your loved ones, but chances are very strong (47% see quote above) that you or your loved one will! So WHERE exactly are our funding dollars going? Jus’ sayin’….
Hipster LucyBear
….more on this to follow….

The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC)

The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC).

Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts, concepts, ideas, and/or needs with the Department of Health and Human Services on the drafting of the first National Pain Strategy. list

The purpose of the National Pain Strategy is to address treatment and management and, most especially, prevention of! chronic pain across all causes. If you feel that the NHHS is not addressing that, then please speak up. This is a long overdue step. Many of us have been decrying the lack of any cohesive or comprehensive strategy to begin a new day on a now HUGE problem… chronic pain.

Follow the link to get started. And thank you, whatever your reasons for participating, we need a discussion to begin.

Research smee-search, what does it mean?

¬¬¬¬¬  I’ve written this description of research in answer to the oft repeated statement of friends and family that they do not know what research really is. In healthcare forums, some reveal their lack of awareness regarding research’s place in science and in healthcare by the nature of their comments. Sharing this description also emphasizes the standard which I strive to match or exceed in my written discussions. Rationality and objectivity are valuable tools, especially when the well being of others is relying on conscious leadership. Though research/science is imperfect being of the physical world; we nevertheless must make some standard by which to provide the highest possible action in the given moment. ¬¬¬¬¬    

by Janet Still MSN FNP

Research is a diligent, controlled study that validates and refines existing knowledge and develops new knowledge. The ultimate goal of research is the development of an empirical body of knowledge for a discipline or profession.  Research is essential to develop and refine knowledge that can be used to improve clinical methods of care, for example.  Young, smiling female doctor in a white coat. What some simply call “science” is the practice of this type of detailed and recorded observation, which is then analysed and compared to many (hopefully) other studies to draw a yet newer overall picture of the studied method/practice.

Critical thinking, developed and practiced, is essential to analysis of research results. So, setting up a formal study of a treatment or methodology for giving care for specific illness must consider carefully how to prevent “noise” Continue reading Research smee-search, what does it mean?

What The Color of Your Urine Says About You

What The Color of Your Urine Says About You (Infographic)

By Urinary & Kidney Team | 10/31/13 11:01 a.m.

Human urine has been a useful tool of diagnosis since the earliest days of medicine. The color, density, and smell of urine can reveal much about the state of our health. Here, for starters, are some of the things you can tell from the hue of your liquid excreta. Continue reading What The Color of Your Urine Says About You

The Age Old Debate

The Age Old Debate

by JStill

“Old age is mostly genetics according to latest findings, but what condition one arrives to old age is the difference between thankful for your genetics or very sorry,” I imagine telling my offspring. No, that is not going to come across …gently. How to say it? “Having the genes for living long does not infer enjoying the late years…” Blek! Why would they listen? What has this bug under my skin now anyway? Long and short of it is that I have been living 24/7 with a 92 year old for the last four and a half months… and this has been a very sobering experience. hats in Devon

Here is the scoop: I am a medical provider by trade and formal education, a holistic advocate and educator by cultural tradition, and a conscientious survivor of a number of serious illnesses, conditions, and injuries. Continue reading The Age Old Debate

Happy Heart Know Your Heart Healthy

Happy Heart … Know Your Heart Healthy

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Someone very dear to me is being harangued about their blood pressure by a well meaning provider who must stick to their clinic’s guidelines regarding testing, diagnosing, and procedural prescription. This beloved person has come to me questioning the whole picture and more natural ways to lower blood pressure rather than a single chemical medication, which is known to have uncomfortable side/adverse effects. I have sent this initial share of information to her and decided why not initiate the conversation with those of you following this blog. This is a direct copy of my message to her.

Continue reading Happy Heart Know Your Heart Healthy

What Food Manufacturers Don’t Want You To Know

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/what-food-manufacturers-don-t-want-you-know-pantry-principle healthy family 3

GreenMedInfo reviews a few of the dangerous ingredients commonly used in processed food today and described in the book, The Pantry Principle, by Mira Dessy (2013). If you are like some folk, the term “processed foods” has little meaning. Let me be specific: processed food refers to convenience food or as wikipedia writes, “tertiary processed food”…in other words, someone else made it and sold it to you in a package usually, and/or often made the item from packaged ingredients. The idea became popular, in the 60s pretty much, when women started “leaving home” to add to the income of their families by taking work outside of housework. Nowadays people have come to prefer food made by strangers, as I call it.  There is an insidious reason for that preference. Continue reading What Food Manufacturers Don’t Want You To Know

– One Billion Rising Revolution

– One Billion Rising Revolution.

Guess what I am talking about again?One Billion Rising!

Get Up! Stand Up for Ending Violence Against Women!
Dance and Sing and Celebrate our right to joy and self-empowerment…
to speak of our right and to use the fullness of our power in speaking.
Please check out the site and watch the top video
and any/all the videos on the site. The music and the beautiful faces
telling their story is inspiring and promising…joyful truly.

www.onebillionrising.org

One Billion Rising was the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.

The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.

With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.

~One Billion Rising for justice. Join the world in rising up.

Janet Still, MSN, FNP