To Many, Aging Means Loss

Loss of respect, mobility, and choice.

In Australia where I have spent most of my life, aged care centers are full and overflowing with people. The future looks bleak to many.

A culture that focuses on “trying to get ahead” usually means trying to get ahead on the mortgage, school fees and having a car that stays on the road efficiently.

These are all good things, and necessary, but what about our older parents.

There is a growing trend for young people to stay at home longer, sea cucumber for sale in an effort to save for a home and family, and many grandparents are directly involved in caring for their grandchildren. Do these same grandparents have the comfort and assurance that they will be cared for by their children as they are less able to care for themselves?

I am a Nurse, I am not young, and there are a number of things that concern me.

Although I have worked in the Health Care System since I was 17 years old, fullhdfilmizleyin it is only recently that I have been re-thinking what I have been taught about health care.

In a world where material comforts are considered necessary, we work hard to provide education and technological advantages for our children. We follow what professional advice we are given for our health, often without question.

We go to the Doctor when we are sick, take the medication and go on our way; got to get back to work right? The Doctor knows best right? But let’s take another look; For more info please visit these websites:- some doctors in our doctor-sparse land start work at 7am and don’t stop until 10pm. There are many hospitals and nursing homes that have patients that need to be seen.

When do these dedicated medical professionals have time to catch up with true advances in knowledge? They have Medical Journals and seminars, and of course the drug companies to educate our doctors about the newest drugs available. Many drugs to treat the many diseases that abound, but are doctors allowed or encouraged to look for, or to even suggest natural alternatives? How much emphasis or training in preventing diseases is given to Doctors during their training?

As a mental health nurse, I relied on drug companies educating us on the latest medication, use of and side effects, and I thought it was good to have a representative to ask questions directly to, but now, I ponder a little.

Drug companies have a lot of power in educating doctors and nurses.

Medication trials may promote a particular drug as being safe and effective to use, but how many drugs are pulled off the market when their use either over time, or over a large population proves some to be dangerous, and even fatal. The drug Viox springs to mind, and recent publicity over Stillnox is another.

We all have seen what damage Thalidomide has done, and we place supreme trust in our medical profession in what we put in our mouth, and have injected into us.

When we are sick is not the time to research, when we are sick, we just want to take anything to make it better!

When we are healthy is the time to stop and think about what we take for granted; our health, and how to keep it.

40 years ago, information was presented in books newspapers, and magazines.

Today, there is the Internet! Sure there are many sites for entertainment, but there are also many sites for information, traditional and alternative, so that you can get information from both sides, then come to your own conclusion.

Many issues are discussed on the Internet, and a lot of conflicting evidence is presented. It takes a lot of time to sift through it all; now is the time to research, and determine where we individually stand on health subjects, and I mention a few issues to think about and research yourself.

Cholesterol; it is made by our bodies, and is vital for cell function. What are the dangers of cholesterol lowering drugs, and how can I lower cholesterol without them?

Flouride ; just what exactly is being put in our water?

Vaccinations and flu shots; what is in them? What is the debate on vaccinations and autism?

Why so much ADD and behavior problems in recent years with children?

What is it about the organic food debate, why get expensive food when there is plenty in the supermarket?

What is “table salt”, and are there healthy alternatives?

Why is organic milk better?

What foods do I need to stay healthy?

Have a look at your local supermarket; how much room is devoted to “fresh” and “healthy” foods, and how much more to snack, soft drink and processed foods?

How fresh is the meat offered for sale? The frequent after news programs tell of processes to keep meat looking good, how do we really know what is truly fresh and healthy. Depressing isn’t it?

In looking for natural alternatives to stay healthy, we can go to the “health shop” and pick up a “prescription” for arthritis, or sleep, or even prostate health, but is there another way?

Can we prevent sickness in the first place by paying attention to what we eat, and where it comes from?

When we are young, we are invincible, follow basic stuff like low fat, plenty of salads, but should we teach ourselves and our children a little more?

What about the additives in foods, preservatives like nitrates. How about bacon and hot dogs? Baby food should be safe shouldn’t it?

The time spent in supermarket isles looking for things to fill our cupboards that will last a while may actually cost us more in days off work, stars77slot and trips to the doctors.

I have found a few tips for good health;

Laughter is a good medicine! Laugh often!

Develop a network of friends, if you are isolated by distance try the Internet and join interest groups that fit with you.

Cherish your family, it is a treasure not found anywhere else on earth.

Give to those around you, not things, give of your-self. Community spirit starts with one.

Cherish your health, and treat yourself kindly.

Get some natural Vitamin D several times a week from the sun, necessary for our health, but don’t get burned. Vitamin D is said to strengthen bones and the immune system, provide pain relief, and help depression.

Continue to learn ; because the more you know, the more you will realize that you have the power to impart positive changes in your life, and the lives of those around you.

Ultimately, living a positive life is really what it is all about.

Grow some fresh food; it is surprising what will grow well in tubs if you are renting in a small space.

Find a local fruit shop, and buy seasonal fruit and veg that has not been cold stored.

There are local growers markets around, and I would love to see more.

Buy from the local butcher, and look for a chemical free butcher. Their specials are often cheaper than supermarket prices as well as being fresh.

Try some new foods, there are heaps of recipe sites around!

Find out just how good nuts and seeds are!

Eating fresh whole foods gives us an abundance of individual nutrients but also the variety necessary for their optimal function.

Here are some information on food groups that help us stay healthy.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs); Salmon, flax seeds and walnuts are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids. scallops, cauliflower, cabbage, cloves and mustard seeds, and halibut, shrimp, cod, tuna, soybeans, tofu, kale, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts.

Manganese activates the enzymes for key nutrients including biotin, thiamin, ascorbic acid, and choline. It is a catalyst for fatty acids and cholesterol, and also protein and carbohydrate metabolism. It also has a part in the production of sex hormones and reproductive health. It is a trace element found in egg yolks, leafy greens, legumes, nuts, pineapples, pumpkin seeds, and whole grains

Fiber; soluble and insoluble Excellent food sources of dietary fiber include: turnip greens, mustard greens, cauliflower, collard greens, broccoli, Swiss chard and raspberries, romaine lettuce, celery, spinach, fennel, green beans, eggplant, cranberries, strawberries and flax seeds.cucumber, apricots, navy beans, grapefruit, rye, sweet potato, beets, buckwheat, shiitake mushrooms and oats.


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