Sunday, July 20, 2008

Take Charge of Your Health Care Carnival July 20, 2008

Welcome to the July 20, 2008 edition of take charge of your health care. This being Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, our authors’ beauty and fitness tips should help you look your best at the beach or pool.

This month we have some interesting articles on women’s health issues. A number of new author’s have contributed to this Carnival. As always, be a questioning and knowledgeable health care consumer. This will save your health and your money.

Alternative Medicine

Amy S Quinn presents 50 Online Tests and Tools to Calculate Your Health & Wellness posted at Nursing School Search Blog, saying, “While going to the doctor is the only real way to ensure you have a clean bill of health, these online calculators and tests can help you determine if you’re at risk and should consult a physician or just help you determine some fitness and health goals for yourself.”

Dean Moyer presents Back Pain posted at The Back Pain Blog, saying, "Dean Moyer of The Back Pain Blog explains the advantages and disadvantages of water-based physical therapy in his post Aquatic Therapy for Back Pain."

Leisa Wheeler presents Breast Cancer and HRT posted at EmbracingHealthBlog Alternative Health and Lifestyle Views. Editor’s note: the author cites an Australian study that shows a correlation between the reduction in the use or Hormone Replacement Therapy and a reduction in the number of breast cancer cases. This is good news indeed.

Helene Zemel presents Hormone Replacement Therapy - Part 2 Estrogen Dominance and Natural Progesterone posted at Health Plans Plus, saying, "Estrogen dominance can be a problem even for younger women who experience PMS, painful menstrual cramps or long, heavy periods. Natural forms of progesterone can prove helpful in alleviating symptoms caused by estrogen dominance."

Helene Zemel presents Hormone Replacement Therapy - First Do No Harm Part 1 - Estrogen Replacement Therapy (EST) posted at Health Plans Plus, saying, "It has long been known that estrogen (both natural and synthetic) can increase the risk of certain cancers, yet these hormones continue to be prescribed by physicians. Fortunately there are natural products that act like estrogen without the dangerous side effects."

James Chambers presents Hyperhidrosis Causes posted at Hyperhidrosis. Editor’s note: Good information on a problematic condition.

James Chambers presents Heavy Sweating Due To Anxiety posted at Hyperhidrosis, saying, “Call it what you want but heavy sweating due to anxiety is a common condition that affects more people than you know.”

Consumer Driven Health Care

Shaheen Lakhan presents Should Doctors be Paid by Drug Companies for Research? posted at Brain Blogger, saying, "Though the Research Ethics Boards exists to protect research subjects in clinical trials by providing guidelines, sometimes healthcare companies and doctors find a way around them. Is money that big a draw that a doctor could go against his own ethics?"

Alvaro Fernandez presents Brain Age, Posit Science, and Brain Training Topics posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution, saying, "In summary, the great news is that there are more tools available than ever before to assess and train a variety of cognitive skills. The bad news (is this really news?) is that we shouldn't be expecting magic pills and that "brain age" is a fiction."

Ginni Eyes presents Second Opinions posted at Circle of Healing, saying, "Sometimes you have to rely on your own "expert" opinion when managing your health care, even if it means going against your doctor's."

Dental Care

Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips - Treating TMJ Pain posted at Tip Diva, saying, "If you suffer temporomandibular joint disorder (commonly referred to as TMJ) like Tip Diva, you may have trouble getting your medical and dental insurance plans to cover any treatment. But there are at-home remedies you can use to reduce, or even get rid of, the pain."

NAOMI presents BAD TEETH BRITS EMBARRASSED TO SMILE posted at Diary From England, saying, “It’s not surprising many Brits have bad teeth as trying to find an NHS dentist in most areas of the country is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.”

Alex Bo presents Dental Tourism Call To Travel For Healthy Smile posted at Worldental - world dental treatment guide. Editor’s note: more and more people from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, are traveling abroad to take advantage of the much lower cost of dentistry in foreign countries.

Diet & Fitness

Aparna presents Hip fat is actually beneficial posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming. Editor’s note: This is an interesting perspective on body fat.

Heather Johnson presents Forced to Rest? Watch your Weight! posted at Mark Corner. Editor’s note: Some excellent advice for those who must restrict their activities due to an illness, injury, or surgery.

Ellen Landauer presents Natural Alternative Health CoachingHealth Freedom Coaching: dandelion recipes posted at Health Freedom Coaching, saying, "Dandelion greens are a great health (and beauty) food, a time-honored liver-cleanser and awesomely nutritious! They are still in season if you know where to find them. In this article I so enjoyed writing, some personal dandelion lore, unique recipes for dandelion greens and hints on where you can still find succulent leaves. As well, storage suggestions and a special ‘dandelion detox’ procedure to rinse away environmental toxins."

Joshua Seth presents Summer Weight Loss Tips posted at Joshua Seth Blog, saying, ""It's swimsuit season and chances are if you're like most people your old New Year's Resolution is about to become your new summer weight loss program. Oops! Here are 3 simple things you can do today to start losing weight this summer..."

Ralph Jean-Paul presents posted at Potential 2 Success, saying, "Get your hands on these foods and begin to experience the powerful health benefits they provide"

Dan Taylor presents The Truth posted at The 45-Year Old Six Pack, saying, "Do you really want to know what's holding you back?"

James Brausch presents Diabetes posted at Weight Loss Dude. Editor’s note: The author makes some interesting observations on the medical establishment. Is diabetes truly incurable if you get blood sugar levels to normal?

Joshua Seth presents How To Double Your Weight Loss posted at Joshua Seth Blog, saying, "A study came out yesterday that discovered a key difference between people who are successful at losing weight and those who are not. The simple act of keeping a..."

Victoria E presents WANTED: Women and Men Who Adore Yoga posted at Victoria Everman :: Sustainable, Creative, Enlightened Living :: San Francisco. Editor’s note: If you are a serious practitioner of yoga, this blogger is looking for contributions for Yoga Journal Magazine. You will want to read this article.

Victoria E presents VE on Gaiam Life: Yoga-on-the-Go Guide posted at Victoria Everman :: Sustainable, Creative, Enlightened Living :: San Francisco. Editor’s note: some products and advice to help you continue your yoga practice while traveling on the road.

aruntheace presents ?What is there to Know About Diet Pills?? posted at HealthyBitz. Editor’s note: Some good advice for those considering taking diet pills.

Health and the Environment

http://www.powerfull-living­.biz/blog/2008/05/21/10­-qualities-that-foster-trust­-safety-in-business-personal­-relationships/trackback presents 5 Tips to Be At Your Best posted at Powerfull Living, saying, "Striving for excellence rather than perfectionism invites you to be at your best day-to-day. Learn 5 tips to help you help you shine."

Joanne presents Accept Both Positive and Negative Emotions posted at Open Mind Required, saying, “Why are we so obsessed with feeling good and so afraid of feeling bad that we take drugs and food to elevate our mood?.”

Mike Remer presents Is STRESS Real? My Path To Fitness Blog posted at My Path To Fitness Blog. Editor’s note: The author discusses stress and gives some tips for dealing with it.

Save Money on Health Care and Health Insurance

Adam Zekmueller presents Comparison of top discount online eyewear retailers posted at Get Better Glasses!, saying, "Save money on prescription eyeglasses by purchasing them online! This post compares the top online retailer so you know you are getting just what you need and at a price you can probably afford."

Swiper presents How Aggressive are Insurance Companies? posted at Boston Personal Injury Lawyer, saying, "This article explains insurance companies aggressive tactics when it comes to personal injury cases."

Jose DeJesus MD presents Declare Your Financial Independence! posted at Physician Entrepreneur. Editor’s note: This post raises the issue of the reduction in Medicare payments to physicians and the probability of insurance companies following suit.

Alvaro Fernandez presents Computerized Cognitive Assessments: opportunities and concerns posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution, saying, "You know your weight, and your physical fitness, and a variety of health-related metrics. What about your brain fitness?"

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of take charge of your health care using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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