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We may be required to buy medical insurance, but what we really need is health insurance
The Affordable Care Act was intended to make insurance coverage more secure and affordable, and insure millions of uninsured Americans. The Supreme Court has now deemed the individual mandate portion – the requirement that everyone purchase health insurance – to be constitutional.
Certainly, some aspects of medical insurance coverage are in need of reform. But a much greater need exists – the need for Americans to reform their health by reforming their diets.
Of course there will be continued debate on this subject, but when we look at the big picture (the overall health of the American people), the Supreme Court’s decision and even government involvement is irrelevant. Regardless of the government’s involvement, the health of Americans will not improve unless the eating habits of Americans improve.
The U.S. per capita health costs are the highest in the world. Health care made up more than 17% of the GDP in 2010. Health care costs rose 5.8% in the year ending February 2012, and costs are predicted to continue rising. As health care costs rise, so will insurance costs. Over consumption of medical care (for example, overuse of diagnostic tests) is a significant driver of health care costs.1
These high costs do not bring about better outcomes than other developed countries. In the U.S. life expectancy is lower than in similarly developed nations whose per capita costs are lower.2 The U.S. is ranked 38th in life expectancy, 37th in infant mortality, and 37th in overall health outcomes, according to the World Health Organization. We cannot expect the Affordable Care Act to significantly improve the health of Americans – its aim is only to increase access to care, which also mean more needless drugs, radiation exposure and surgeries. More medical care does not translate into better health, as much of what doctors do is harmful, such as prescribe antibiotics for viral infections, perform angioplasties and bypass surgeries on stable CAD, or perform CT scans, prostatectomies and other worthless, expensive invasive interventions that serve to protect the doctor, not the patient. Actually interventions that do not extend life are worse than worthless because they create harm. People should not be denied access to care in emergencies, but overall our population (including lower income people) need less medical care, not more.
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1Brawley OW. The American Cancer Society and the American Health Care System. Oncologist 2011;16:920-925.
R & R Time Aromatherapy Cleaning takes the natural cleaning process to an entirely new level. For owner Kathy Starynchak it’s all about the fragrant details.Mimi Vanderhaven 4/23/2010
by Amy Bulger
Photos by Benjamin Margalit / Margalit Studio
Is it really possible for fragrance of an essential oil to influence mood, feelings, state of mind, and even behavior? Fragrance researchers are discovering that odors can and do influence mood, evoke emotions, counteract stress, and reduce high blood pressure. At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York, researchers have found that use of fragrance reduces anxiety during medical testing.
If you are looking to live a healthier lifestyle, you will appreciate R & R Time Aromatherapy leaning’s thoughtful, socially responsible, and high quality aromatherapy cleaning products and services, designed to support and enhance the quality of life in your home, workplace, and on the planet.
What started as a part-time business has expanded into a full-time residential and commercial cleaning business for R & R Time owner Kathy Starynchak.
With my increasing interest in natural alternatives, I decided to add another dimension to green cleaning by adding the benefit of aromatherapy.”
R & R Time “aromatherapy cleaning” refers to the use of natural and plant-based products combined with essential oils that yield powerful cleaning and an atmosphere of well-being. While a natural clean is a wonderful idea, does the R & R team really put its muscle into each job? You bet. “We do a detail clean.” Kathy stresses. “The first time we’re in your business or home, it’s a top-to-bottom-in-the-corners experience. After that, regular routine maintenance cleanings can be scheduled.”
New clients who contact R & R Time talk with Kathy to determine which fragrant essential oils they would like incorporated into the cleaning process. It’s a way, she says, to customize their cleaning experience. R & R Time is currently introducing its “Scent of the Month.” April’s cleaning products are scented with grapefruit oil; May’s are scented with peppermint oil.
As part of every cleaning, the team leaves a fresh bouquet of flowers behind. “Our clients love the extra touches we offer,” she beams. “And our families with children and pets really appreciate the fact that we’re not only freeing up valuable time, we’re also helping to create a healthier environment.”
Many of us spend most of our waking hours at the workplace. R & R Time’s cleaning practices are every bit as effective as traditional services, yet its cleaning products leave behind no toxic vapors. Instead, aromatic essential oils are added to invigorate the spirit, calm the mind, and make the workplace and office experience more pleasant.
Aromatherapy in the workplace is used in Japan with excellent results. Oils of peppermint and lemon, in dosages so low as to be undetected to the human nose, are being used in the working environment to increase productivity and enhance harmonious working relationships.”
Kathy says commercial clients of R & R Time find that using a company that specializes in cleaning with natural products is an excellent way to show customers, clients, patients, and co-workers that you care about their well-being as well as your commitment to saving the environment.
Aromatherapy Beneficial in Complementary Cancer Care
By Jack Bleeker
Nearly all of us have been touched at one time or another by a personal or loved one’s battle with cancer. In recent years, trends in cancer treatment have increased the utilization of what is known as integrative oncology. This practice stresses the use of alternative influences, such as aromatherapy, in conjunction with traditional cancer treatments. In many cases, the most debilitating effects of cancer are those side effects of traditional cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Those patients who are best able to manage symptoms of traditional treatments are those who are most likely to experience overall efficacy in their specific treatment regimens.
Aggressive cancers, such as mesothelioma, are among those most commonly treated using the techniques of integrative oncology. These types of malignancies often require extremely toxic dosages of chemotherapy and radiation to effectively manage the tumor. Patients enduring the stress of such treatment will often find comfort and solace in aromatherapy and other alternative therapies. That which can induce a sense of calm and relaxation can effectively assist the patient in their battle against cancer.
What’s important to remember is that no alternative therapy, including aromatherapy, can be used as a curative treatment for mesothelioma disease or other malignancy. What has been encouraging however, is an extended mesothelioma survival rate in patients practicing integrative oncology techniques while undergoing treatment. For patients battling restlessness and nausea, essential oils like Lavender Highland (Lavandula Vera) can be utilized to create a peaceful, calming setting to encourage a good night’s sleep.
For patient’s battling immune system deficiencies associated with cancer care, essential oils like Bergamot and Eucalyptus can boost the body’s internal organ’s ability to defend and strengthen immune responses. Some patients will couple aromatherapy with massage or other therapy to make their own personal experience more complete and comprehensive.As with all integrative therapy techniques, personal preference is unique to each patient and nearly everyone’s experience will be unique to them.
It is important to remember that each patient’s needs and comfort levels are different with alternative therapies, but that all patients are encouraged to consider their utilization within their greater treatment plan. Patients undergoing cancer treatment should not commence the use of external or alternative therapies without first clearing their use with their oncologist or cancer specialist. While therapies such as meditation or aromatherapy will likely not be harmful to the patient, more aggressive integrative techniques like yoga or exercise may not be in their best interest. The practice of alternative treatment depends entirely on the patient’s overall health and their willingness to explore these non-traditional areas.References:
American Cancer Society: Aromatherapy Overview
National Cancer Institute: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils