Five Rules for Healthy Eating

Smiling-veggies

American’s are some of the fattest people on the planet. Why is this? Simply put it is because our food is so cheap. Our food is so cheap for many reasons. The government subsidizes farmers to grow corn. So much so in fact those farmers sell corn for less than it costs to produce it. Where does all this corn go? We make gas, and of course high fructose corn syrup, and corn goes to feed lots to fatten the cows up before slaughter. Since we can produce corn for less than it costs to produce it that makes it cheaper to feed the cows, which in turn makes it cheaper for us to buy that food. Let’s not forget the government also subsidizes soy beans which are in the majority of all processed foods we consume, of course at a very low cost to us.

All of this high fat, cheap food is hard to get away from. So what then in today’s culture can we do to make sure our kids grow up eating healthy? There are five rules that are easy to follow that will help you to raise up a healthy family.

1. Eat at the table as a family as often as possible.

Even if you have a very busy schedule and can only manage to get everyone together once or twice a week, make sure to do this. It is documented that families that sit down and eat as a family four times a week have teenagers that perform better in school, are less likely to be depressed, have better social skills, and are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. It doesn’t really count if you have the television on. Turn it off and spend some time getting to know your family better. It is Important.

2. Be a good role model.

If you hardly ever exercise, and eat nothing but junk food, then your kids will follow suit. Most children have a fast metabolism so they can “handle” eating horribly and usually won’t be overweight, but the habits you are teaching them will bring a lifetime full of difficulty with weight struggles. Don’t expect your children to be active if you aren’t. By taking control of your own diet and exercising more you will find the added benefit of having more energy, you will feel better about yourself and start to lose weight as well. Being a good role model for your children is a ticket to a better life for yourself.

3. Get rid of the junk food

If you know there is some food that you children should not be eating, get it out of the house. Don’t make excuses like “oh we keep that for guests” or that is just “adults only” no excuses get rid of it. The fact is when you keep low quality, high calorie, and high fat foods in large quantities in your home, essentially means that your family is going to eat them. Simply put if you don’t want you children to eat something don’t buy it.

4. Be an active family

It’s OK to go to shopping malls and take in a movie at times, but do your best to take part in outdoor activities. Outdoor activities usually require moving around a lot more. And another benefit to being away from shopping malls and movie theaters is that when you are outside, it is not as easy to get access to all that bad food in the food court or at the theater. Most likely you will have to pack a lunch. By preparing your own food you can get in some nutritious meals while spending time with the family outdoors. Spend some time in nature, and teach your children to appreciate nature themselves so that one day they can pass on that love to their own children.

5. Be a parent, not a friend.

It may seem cruel to institute a take it or leave it philosophy with your children when it comes to eating, but this will insure that your children get the essential nutrition they need for optimal growth. Prepare one meal for the family and everyone must eat that meal. If the child refuses to eat what is prepared they must go without. No negotiation for pasta or chicken nuggets or hot dogs. The child might go to bed hungry but instinct will take over sooner or later and that child will eat what is given to them. Through time they will learn that when it is time to eat, you must eat what you are given or go without. This type of discipline will be accepted over time and the children will learn what is expected of them. This makes for a more balanced diet even for the pickiest eaters.


Best Fitness Apps for iPhone

Chances are if you are thinking about trying to get fit and you have a smart phone you have downloaded a fitness app or two and tried them out. But when there is a 25 Billion dollar market out there, there is going to be a lot of competition. What does this mean for you? This means choices, lots and lots of choices. This can be a good thing because variety is the spice of life. It can also be a bit disorienting and troubling as you struggle to find which one is best.

I am a 2 time Ironman finisher. This is a long distance triathlon, (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) Not that this makes me an expert, but I can say in my hours of training I’ve given a number of Apps a whirl and these are the ones that in my opinion come out on top. This article is intended to go over a few of the Apps that I have found to be very beneficial in my goal to fitness.

Before we begin let’s briefly discuss the three body types:

  1. Ectomorph – Typically long thin limbs with lean muscle, those with this body type typically have trouble gaining weight with a very fast metabolism.
  2. Mesomorph – Usually have large bone structures, with large muscles and have athletic body types.
  3. Endomorphs – Mostly consists of a body type that is thick and soft. Endos put on fat very easily and have a difficult time getting rid of it or keeping it off.

Now that we have the basics covered let’s talk about what makes it all work. Diet & Exercise, this is the key. But let’s break it down to how important it is to your specific body type. If you are an Ectomorph probably 30% is Diet and 70% is Exercise. For the lucky few Mesomorphs it is 50% Diet and 50% exercise. For the Endomorphs it is 70% Diet and 30% Exercise. So use these numbers as a baseline for what you should be targeting most to get the biggest bang for your buck. This should make it clearer which Apps you should use most.

For ease of understanding I will break these Apps down into categories.

Category 1: Motivation

App: MyFitnessPal

myfitnesspal

Based on your body type, and how easily you gain weight This App can be very beneficial especially for the Endomorphs. Why? This App employs the use of integrated Social Media and a really active community to support you in your goals. The App is essentially a calorie counter. The beautiful thing is that when you start to set the App up all you have to do is enter in some key data, and it does the rest for you. Conveniently when you go to enter in a food item if you type in McDonald’s for instance, the entire menu comes up and you just click the food you eat.

Simply by seeing what you are eating and how many calories that favorite bag of Doritos is adding to your diet, it is life changing. When you add to this the integration of Social Media and allow the App to post your daily food diet so that people on your friends list can encourage you or comment on how maybe eating that half gallon of Ice Cream was a bad idea, this is one powerful tool to help you stay on track. Simply put, Peer Pressure works wonders.

Category 2 Activity Trackers:

App: Runtastic Pro

runtastip pro best fitness apps iphone

runtastip pro best fitness apps iphone

This is a Great App for tracking and logging your miles. There is a setting where you can run the same course you have previously recorded against a ghost. This is essentially the pace you ran the course the last time. In this way you can compete against yourself and work on getting faster.

App: Strava

Strava

This App is used for cyclists. The interesting thing here is that you can create courses. For instance in my home area there is a rather long steep hill, and many of the local cyclists use the App to compete with each other. They will log into the App, their GPS shows them that there is a course nearby, they will select the hill and attempt to be the fastest up it. If they win, they become king of the hill. The previous record holder gets a message telling them that they have been beaten. Simply put, competition works for a lot of people.

I am sure there are a number of other Apps out there that are beneficial. But I can tell you first hand that these Apps are very good, and well worth the while. Remember the shortcut people. Diet & exercise.


6 Week Beginner 5K Training Program

beginner 5k programThis Program is designed for beginners. By the end of the 6 week program, even if you have never ran a step in your life, you should be able to run for 30 minutes straight. Depending on your pace this should be enough or close to finishing the 5K running the entire time.

Week 1

Day 1: At a fast pace Walk 1 mile. Then go 3.5 miles, Run 2 minutes at the beginning of every half mile. Finish by Walking 0.5 miles.

Day 2: At a strong pace Walk 3 to 5 miles.

Day 3: Rest

Day 4: At a fast pace Walk 1 mile. Then go 3.5 miles, Run 3 minutes at the beginning of every half mile. Finish by walking 0.5 miles

Day 5: Rest

Day 6: At a strong pace Walk 3 to 5 miles, Add 10 run/walk intervals into the session. This should be done by running for 30 seconds, then walking for 1 minute. Do this for the last mile.

Day 7: Rest

Mileage for the week: 16 to 20 miles

Week 2

Day 1: At a fast pace Walk 1.5 miles. Do a 50/50 Run/walk scheme in the form of Running 5 minutes, then walking for 5 minutes. Do this 3 times during the session. Finish by Walking 1 to 2 miles.

Day 2: At a strong pace Walk 3 to 5 miles.

Day 3: Rest

Day 4: Repeat the session from Week 1, Day 4.

Day 5: Rest.

Day 6: Repeat the session from Week 1, Day 1.

Day 7: Rest

Mileage for the week: 18 to 20 miles

Week 3

Day 1: At a fast pace Walk 1.5 miles. Then do a Run/Walk scheme consisting of Running for 10 minutes, followed by Walking for 5-7 minutes. Do this twice.

Day 2: At a fast pace Walk 3 to 5 miles.

Day 3: Rest

Day 4: At a fast pace Walk 3 to 5 miles.

Day 5: Rest

Day 6: At a fast pace Walk 1.5 miles. Then do a Run/Walk scheme consisting of Running for 10 minutes, Walking for 5 minutes, Running for 5 minutes, Walking for 5 minutes, Running for 10 minutes, Then Walk for 5 to 10 minutes.

Day 7: Rest

Mileage for the Week: 16 to 20 miles

Week 4

Day 1: At a fast pace Walk 1 mile. Run for 3 minutes. Then Walk for 2 minutes. Repeat this 10x Cool down with a 5 minute Walk

Day 2: At a fast pace Walk 1 mile. Run for 15 minutes, Then Walk 5 minutes. Repeat this 2x

Day 3: Rest

Day 4: At a fast pace Walk 1 mile. Run for 5 minutes, Then Walk for 2 minutes. Repeat this 5x Cool down with a 5 minute Walk

Day 5: Rest

Day 6: At a fast pace Walk 1 mile. Run for 10 minutes, Then Walk for 5 minutes. Repeat this 3x

Day 7: Rest

Mileage for the Week: 17.5 miles

Week 5

Day 1: At a fast pace Walk 1 mile. Run for 3 minutes, Then walk 2 minutes. Repeat 10x Cool down with a 5 minute walk.

Day 2: At a fast pace Walk 1 mile. Run for 20 minutes, Then walk for 5 minutes. Repeat 2x

Day 3: Rest

Day 4: At a fast pace Walk for 1 mile. Run for 5 minutes, Then Walk for 2 minutes. Repeat 5x Cool down with a 5 minute Walk

Day 5: Rest

Day 6: At a fast pace Walk for 1 mile. Run for 15 minutes, Then Walk for 5 minutes. Repeat 3x

Day 7: Rest

Mileage for the week: 20 miles

Week 6

Day 1: At a fast pace Walk for 1 mile. Run for 3 minutes, Walk for 2 minutes. Repeat 10x. Cool down with a 5 minute Walk.

Day 2: At a fast pace Walk for 1 mile. Run 25 minutes, Then Walk for 5 minutes. Repeat 2x

Day 3: Rest

Day 4: At a fast pace Walk for 1 mile. Run for 5 minutes, Then Walk for 2 minutes. Repeat 5x Cool down with a 5 minute Walk.

Day 5: Rest

Day 6: Last Day of Training! At a fast pace Walk 1 mile. Run for 20 minutes, Walk for 5 minutes. Repeat 3x

Day 7: Rest!

On Day 6 of week 6 you will run for a combined time of 60 minutes, taking only three 5 minute breaks. This should allow you to easily run for over 30 minutes unbroken which should enable you to finish the entire 5K without walking! Go out and get your first PR!


Loving Yourself Makes Loving Others Easier

Happy-Living-TipsMany people go through life as a passenger in their own lives. What I mean by this is that they are just along for the ride. They go where life takes them. If the vehicle is going down an unfortunate bumpy road they just grit their teeth and bear it. It is as though they have no choice as to the path the vehicle of life is taking them on. They are a victim of their own circumstances.

By living life as a victim of circumstance many people just accept the situations they are in as immutable. The problem with being a passenger in your own life is that you don’t have to be. Get in the driver’s seat, what I mean by this is that you may not be able to drive your life down smooth roads every day, but by realizing that you are in control even when on a bumpy road you can get through the situation in an empowering way.

Many people aren’t even aware that they are in the vehicle, passenger or driver. While one of the characterizations that make us humans is the ability to be self aware, most people go through life blissfully unaware that they have the ability to treat themselves well.

It may sound exceedingly selfish to value yourself above all others. In a way that type of behavior can be very destructive. Yet many people have little to no value in themselves. One of the easiest ways to pour love into others is to have a cup that is running over with love.

The easiest way to have a cup that is running over with love is to pour love into yourself. I for one spent decades repeating this phrase over and over, “I hate myself” Due to this fact, I often found my preverbal cup empty when it came time to pour love into others.

When you realize that no matter what room you are in, there is at least one person there that thinks you are pretty awesome, one person at least that loves you, it makes facing difficult obstacles that much easier. That one person that loves you or course is yourself.

By loving yourself, and the things you do, you will find it easier to smile, easier to give to others, it’s easier to be a good parent, or a friend that understands.

Imagine a world in which everyone loved themselves. Not a world filled with Kardashians. I’m sure Kim loves herself more than anyone on the planet, but I don’t really want to hang out with someone like her. Rather a nurturing love that begets a nurturing spirit.

There are a few things we can do to help nurture our health along. And by health I mean mental, spiritual, and physical health. These few things can help build a satisfying and holistically healthy life:

  1. Practice Forgiveness – Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves. The moment we decide to either forgive someone that has wronged us, or to hold onto the anger eternally, the person that wronged us feels no different. Their day progresses on just as they planned. Their world didn’t change. If you choose to forgive and let go of the anger, your world has changed. Give that gift to yourself, you deserve it. It’s not for them, it’s for you.
  2. Exercise regularly – Do something that challenges your, muscles, heart and lungs, trust me you will feel better about yourself. And if you are having trouble keeping up with the kids or grand kids at the park, the enjoyment of chasing them around and feeling great afterward is a tremendous reward. The smile you will have when you get home won’t go away easily. Do it for yourself.
  3. Get plenty of sleep – When we are down and out on ourselves we tend to over or under sleep. Get a good 6-8 hours of sleep regularly. Allow your body to heal itself. You will feel better over time.
  4. Make sure to get plenty of Sunshine and Fresh Air – The Vitamin D will do your body good, and sometimes just closing your eyes and breathing in some fresh air is enough to make you smile from the inside out.
  5. Look for the solutions not the problems – Sounds easy enough. It is. A man ALWAYS finds what he seeks. Ask better questions. After a fender bender think, “I can finally get that paint job I’ve been putting off”, rather than, “My insurance might go up now, oh no!” Focus on what you can control, handle with grace what you can’t.
  6. Manage your stress – If you are a bundle of stress, and you enjoy going to the spa, but you don’t have it in the budget to make the trip. You may be thinking, “I want to go to the spa but I can’t afford it!” I submit to you this argument; Can you afford NOT to go? Take the time to do the things for yourself that ease your stress, put some comfort in your own life so that you are free to add some to countless others in your life.
  7. Give and receive copious amounts of love and laughter – Start with yourself, move on to others, the more you practice, the more natural it becomes.
  8. Realize that the things you say and do to yourself have a deep impact on the person you will become. Realize that the things you say and do to other people have a deep impact on them as well. Treat yourself with respect and love on a regular basis; this will become the practice that you can put into action to change others lives for the better.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

High Intensity Interval Training is a simple concept. Using short intervals of MAXIMUM EFFORT, followed by intervals with low intensity or all out rest, then repeating the process is the key. These exercise sessions can be accomplished in as little as 4 minutes. HIIT is a good alternative for a person with a busy schedule, because it doesn’t take as much time as traditional exercise routines do. Notice I did not say it would be easier, it just doesn’t take as much time.

Let’s take Two different athletes, and the way they train to get an idea of what HIIT can do.

 

 

 

 

The Marathon Runner: Training at a long and steady aerobic pace will burn calories, but at some point the body starts to consume itself, and muscle loss occurs as well. The majority of the caloric burn takes place during the exercise phase.

The Sprinter: A Sprinter’s sole method of training is HIIT because, well that is what sprinting is all about. As the Photo shows, the sprinter does not seem to be eating his muscle away, if anything he is piling muscle on top of muscle. The benefit of this is that his body will burn fat long after the exercise phase has ended, his metabolism is increased due to his HIIT

 

So all of this sounds good. Is it too good to be true? Can it really be that I can exercise for 4-20 minutes a session for just 3 times a week and see dramatic results? That is absolutely true. So what is the catch, is there a catch? The only little snag is that it is HARD WORK! If you have cardiovascular problems, or other health problems that limist your ability to exercise at very intense levels, or you are not already i pretty good shape, the HIIT may not be for you. That is at least for now. Speak with your doctor, start getting ready for HIIT and once the program starts the benefits are truly amazing.

Benefits of HIIT:

1. Efficient – The low amount of time required is appealing for HIIT, and the work produces superior results.

2. Burn More Fat – A traditional diet and exercise program shows weight loss quicker as the fat and muscle starts to melt away. With HIIT the scales may move slower but the fat percentage shifts very quickly, and all that muscle you are keeping is hungry to burn more fat.

3. Healthier Heart – After 6 weeks on a HIIT test subjects could bike twice as far as they could before starting the program at the same intensity. Resting heart rates had dramatically fallen as well.

4. No equipment necessary – Simply doing calisthenics at a very intense level can do the trick, no need for gym memberships, this can be done on lunch break, or in the back yard.

5. Increase Metabolism – HGH levels rise as much as 450 percent, this hormone is key in aiding the consumption of fat for fuel in the body. You will be burning fat while at rest.

6. Challenging – The variety is unending with HIIT. There are bootcamp programs and CrossFit programs all over the country. Both are HIIT based workout regimes.

Start hitting the HIIT and you won’t regret it. Well you WILL regret it the first few times, but then….you won’t regret it.


Cure for Type II Diabetes: Vegan Diet

In many cases Type II Diabetes can be controlled and even cured by diet. The old saying is true, you are what you eat. Let’s take a look at some of the things this diet can do.

1. Increased energy – Bill Clinton is a Vegan, and has been quoted as saying he has a tremendous amount of energy. The thing about having more energy is that it tends to make you want to do more, it makes you want to be active. This is one of the keys to the two part magic formula; diet AND exercise.

2. Better control of blood sugar levels – Since the Vegan diet is mainly plant based, there are less up and downs in blood sugar that can be associated with the traditional north American diet. Even with the Vegan diet though it is essential to stay away from white starchy foods such as potatoes and white bread since the simple carbohydrates quickly turn to sugar in the blood. The real key is to stick with complex carbohydrates from vegetables and fruits. Once a stable blood sugar reading takes shape from following the diet, often times medications can be reduced, and seemingly miraculously they can be stopped altogether.

3. Reducing the risk of heart disease – Since the Vegan diet is naturally high in soluble fiber, cholesterol free and low in saturated fats, it is one of the most heart healthy diets a person can enjoy. This is key for sufferers of Type II Diabetes because of the increased risk of heart disease associated with the condition.

4. A healthier BMI – Putting all of these plant based foods in your body, typically carries a drastically reduced caloric payload. This in turn generally means over time your body percentage of fat will go down, losing weight is a side effect of the diet, gaining energy, healthier skin and hair are also well documented side effects of the diet.

As with any diet or exercise program it would be wise to consult with your doctor, I would recommend however also consulting with a dietitian. Some doctor’s look at treating ailments with diet alone a bit to “alternative” Take the advice of your PCP with a grain of salt, not literally though salt is bad for you. Seriously though your health is simply that, Yours. No one else will take your health more seriously than you. Do the research, do the work, make it a lifestyle rather than a diet and you will be more likely to succeed.


Does Homeopathy Work?

homeopathy works well

First let’s start by defining homeopathy. Essentially this form of medicinal treatment involves using extremely diluted substances to form a remedy. The intent behind these remedies is to illicit the body’s natural mechanism to heal itself. The real art of homeopathy comes in identifying the symptoms and then correctly pairing up the appropriate remedy.

The core concept behind homeopathy is the concept of treating a “like with a like” This concept has long been understood and practices to this day in modern medicine. For instance a traditional modern medicine treatment for certain cases of severe allergies is to introduce small amounts of pollen to the patient, and slowly over time to increase the levels of pollen. By using this technique the body naturally starts to grow a tolerance and thereby the severe allergy patient suffers no more. In the same vein of treatment via “like with a like” Doctor’s commonly prescribe a stimulant Ritalin for children with ADHD. A stimulant for a child that is hyperactive. Like with a like. The key difference in homeopathy and modern medicine is that the dosages are highly diluted to the point that the medicines are non-toxic.

Let us now look at the homeopathic approach to treatment. First the homeopath must identify the symptoms. For instance if a patient is suffering from sleep deprivation and agitation, the homeopath must then decide which remedy causes these symptoms. Coffee in high doses can cause both of these symptoms. In this case using small doses of caffeinated coffee is just what the homeopathic doctor orders.

The treatments known as remedies are created by pharmacists that practice homeopathy. By using dilution and succession, which is a vigorous form of shaking, the pharmacist separates the original material into tiny particulates which then bond with the water and alcohol. It is believed that this succession forms nanostructures, which are the active ingredient in the remedies.

Although modern science can not yet explain how homeopathy works there are empirical data to back up the efficacy. In one study a homeopath created a remedy using thyroxine, a hormone produced by the thyroid that is responsible for maintaining normal growth. With extremely diluted levels of thyroxine, tadpoles were administered the remedy. The metamorphosis process was dramatically slowed and the time it took the frogs to reach adulthood was recorded. This process was repeated and measured using the scientific method. Although the results can not be explained the efficacy is in black and white.

A German doctor Samuel Hahnemann is the father of homeopathy. He did not approve of many of the medical practices of the time, such as using poisons like arsenic and mercury. He found the practices of blood-letting and purging to be of little use as well. Additionally he notices that often time the cures were causing more harm than the disease. This led him to start experimenting with the dosages. He would dilute the medicines more and more. He found that the more diluted the medicine, the better the results and the side effects were fewer. He also drew the correlation that the most effective drugs of the time caused the same symptoms as the disease. From all of these studies he laid the groundwork for what is today modern homeopathy.


Our bodies can heal disease

our bodies can heal disease if given enough time

Our bodies can heal disease. From the smallest to the greatest our bodies are designed to heal themselves. Contrast to this is the way that modern medicine practices their craft. In today’s hospitals and doctor’s offices they are more focused on eliminating the symptom than they are interested in finding what cause the disease in the first place. The old saying holds true treat the patient not the disease. Why is this? This is most likely because honestly there is no money in well people. If you aren’t diseased or sick you aren’t worth very much money to the medical profession.  So why then aren’t more doctors focused on helping us stay healthy? Greed.

This brings me to my next point, the marketing of health products. I heard an advertisement on the radio telling all about this magic pill that targets belly fat and will help you lose that belly fat. I am sorry but that can’t happen you can’t target an area to lose fat. You lose fat everywhere and eventually you will get to the belly. Also beware of any food that says oh yes this food is good for your brain, or this food is good for your eyes, or this one will help your libido. You can’t have a food target any one area while doing harm to the rest of the body. If a food is to be beneficial to any single part it must be beneficial for the body itself. Hence the saying “ The ankle bone is connected to the leg bone

Although at this time some credence must be given to the power of the Placebo Effect. In one study a terminally ill man with cancer that was days away from dying with orange size lymph nodes in his neck chest and arm pits was given a round of experimental new cancer drugs. Within three days he was out of bed and the tumors had all shrunken to about half the size, within weeks they were all the way down, and the man went into remission. The experimental injection was salt water. Of course he didn’t know that.

I am not advocating giving up on supplements or eating healthy foods. The point is simply that our bodies are connected. You can’t take care of one part of your body and neglect another. This is what today’s doctors try to do with medicine. Often times by doing this treating the symptoms technique more harm than good comes to the patient.

For instance, A grandmother from Seattle was admitted because she had sever asthma and was having an attack. The attending physician subscribed steroids as the treatment for the attack, which worked but also elevated her blood pressure to the point that it gave her vertigo. In order to treat the new condition she was put on blood pressure medication, unfortunately these made her dizzy. Now unable to walk for fear of falling from the dizziness she was bed ridden and her ankles began to swell. So the doctor prescribes her a water pill, which subsequently caused her potassium levels to plummet. So clearly she needed to go on potassium supplements. Fortunately the doctors were able to detect that she had Osteoporosis and administered a treatment for the condition, but unfortunately the medication eventually caused gastric bleeding. After leaving the hospital the lady was quoted saying “I came out sicker that I went in”

In all fairness, doctors can prescribe a medication to help with a condition that may need the treatment. However sometimes an overzealous doctor will tend to over medicate. Be wary and caution when taking medication and if you are taking more than one type get a consultation and ask your doctor if you can stop any of the medications.

The body has a natural ability to heal itself. Often times all it needs is the chance to do so.


Do Our Smartphones Spread the Flu

phone and earth

Smart Phones and why we never clean them

If everyone in the world would wash their hands frequently, a large part of disease, infections, and illness on this planet would vanish almost overnight. In addition if you the reader would wash your hand more frequently your chances to pass on or fall prey to the dangerous micro-organisms that cause illness would GREATLY decrease.

On average we humans touch our face 16 times every hour. The Flu virus can remain on a surface for up to 3 hours. It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out how that math equals an epidemic.

Health professionals recommend vigorously scrubbing objects that we frequently touch. These surfaces should be disinfected with cleaners or solvents, like ammonia, bleach, or alcohol. The problem is that in this day and age the Smartphone is THE object that we touch more often than any other. The other part of the problem is that the manufacturers all but tell you not to disinfect your Smartphone.  The following is taken from Apples support page:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, and similar items may cause damage to the item.

(This way we can smear the virus and bacteria to a nice glossy coat all over the phone)

  • Disconnect your Apple product from any external power sources.

(No arguments here)

  • Disconnect any external devices and other cabling from the product.

(This means you may have to unplug the AppSpeed Monster Truck controller to smear the Mocrobials around properly)

  • Keep liquids away from the product.

(The phones performance is greatly decreased when underwater)

  • Don’t get moisture into any openings, and don’t use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives.

(No Lysol, No Bleach, No Alcohol, No Lysol wipes, No Ammonia, Hmm)

  • Do not spray cleaners directly onto the item.

(Correct)

Now that we have figured out that the device we most often touch cannot be cleaned or sanitized properly, what can we do? Is there anything? Yes. These things can be done to reduce your risk of spreading harmful microorganisms that are responsible for numerous illnesses including the Flu.

children are germ magnets

Children are germ magnets

  1. Do not share your Smartphone. While it may be fun to show your pals that awesome video of your cat in the swimming pool, you might get back a Smartphone full of bacteria. When most viruses are removed from the host they can stay highly active and are very contagious for a 15-20 minute window. After this time they are less likely to cause a problem. MRSA on the other hand will remain active for up to 9 days. *If you have to share your Smartphone, sanitize it, or don’t use it again for several hours.
  2. Place your device in a case that can be sanitized. For example an iphone in an otterbox can be wiped down with an alcohol wipe. While this is not good for the case it will help keep the bug count down.
  3. Do not use the phone in the restroom. Restrooms are typically teaming with bacteria and microorganisms; reduce the chances that you are putting them on your phone.
  4. Do not share your phone with children. Children are rich sources of bacteria and viruses as they typically do not have particularly great hygiene.
  5. Use a headset so that the phone does not have to come in contact with your face.
  6. Wash your hands. Often.

Malpractice Suits are Raising the Price of Healthcare and Lowering the Quality

Doctors make mistakes

There is a reason it is called “Practicing Medicine”

Depending on the specialty of a doctor, they can spend up to 27% of their careers with open malpractice cases pending. This stress, and the amount of money needed to defend against these claims is staggering. The majority of claims are unfounded and no payout is ever rewarded to the plaintiff. The fact remains however that the Doctors need to spend their time and money in an effort to keep their name clear. Often times the stress of these pending malpractice cases can cause poor work performance, and may cause the physician to second guess themselves more often than they should. By profession it is understood that a physician is practicing medicine.

Of all medical mistakes that happen less than 5% are ever pursued in a malpractice case. In addition the cost of medical malpractice insurance is constantly going up. Therefore the cost for the doctors to operate is increasing. Meanwhile, Obamacare and other government sanctions are resulting in the doctors getting paid less per patient. This in turn drives the doctor to see more patients in order to maintain the same standard of living. Author Thomas Sharon covers this in his book “With Liberty and Coverage for All

All of these factors combine for fertile ground for the stressed out doctors to have even less time to prepare for surgeries, or to properly prepare for their patients procedures, checklists are skipped, and ultimately lead to mistakes. Some mistakes can be as small as a nurse forgetting to wash her hands before inserting an IV. The chances are nothing will happen. If something does happen, say a mystery infection manifests itself shortly after the hospitalization; it is unlikely the cause will be traced back to that one nurse that didn’t wash her hands that one time. In all likelihood the patient suffers as the result of the carelessness of a medical professional tasked with our well being.

There are thousands of seemingly insignificant events that can cause grave results. Doctors are trained in a way as to minimize these results, it is however still called medical practice for a reason. In this case practice will never make perfect.

As patients it would do well for us to realize that doctors are only human. As a society we would be better served to accept the things that happen as a result of medical professionals caring for our loved ones and ourselves. This does not me we should dismiss claims in which retribution is called for. EX: Cutting off the wrong leg. Clearly something has to be done here.

The change is in the mindset of basically going for it all. I understand that the legal jargon “For Pain and Suffering” has some merit to it. I also believe there needs to be some cap on that amount. In our “sue happy” culture we will jump at the opportunity to sue if it presents itself to us. Embrace the person you want to be, not the person your lawyer wants you to be.


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