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Does the Pink of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Make Women With Cancer Feel Worse?

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October is the traditional month for Breast Cancer Awareness. You’ll see pink ribbons, pink t-shirts, pink clothing of all types worn by both women and men.

In fact, this year of 2010, the professional football teams of the National Football League have included pink in their football uniforms. Burly lineman and linebackers put pink cleats on their football shoes; quarterbacks and receivers wear pink wristbands and carry pink towels as part of their gear.

Why pink? How did the pink ribbon movement start? And most importantly, does it really help women who already have breast cancer? Or make them feel worse?

How Pink Got Into the Cancer Business
Ribbons have been used to express solidarity on the part of the wearer with the identified cause since the early to late 20th Century. Yellow ribbons are used for troops at war. Red ribbons for those with AIDS. Pink ribbons (and the color pink) express support for those who are diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

In the fall of 1991, Alexandra Penney, editor-in-chief of Self, a woman health magazine and Evelyn Lauder, of the cosmetic company Estée Lauder, got the idea to create a ribbon. The cosmetics giant distributed those ribbons stores in New York City.

Charlotte Hayley, who battled the disease, produced peach colored ribbons. She sold the ribbons to support cancer prevention. After discussing opportunities with Lauder, Hayley and their lawyers, they a “new” color, pink, was chosen, which became an international symbol for awareness.

Does Pink Really Help Women Who Have Breast Cancer?
There are loud voices of criticism about “Pink Month” and its long term effects for battling breast cancer.

Critics say that promoting pink ribbons as a symbol has not been credited with saving any lives. Others believe that the pink ribbon will fade from popular use and become only a fad. October has become a month when “pink” sales explode. Companies that sell pink merchandise and give a token donation to related charities.

Gayle Sulik, a medical sociologist wrote Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health. She found that while “pink ribbon culture” has brought the illness much attention in the United States, did not improve women’s health. Based on eight years of research, analysis and hundreds of interviews with women who had the disease, Ms. Sulik found that cancer rates rise, the cancer industry thrives, corporations profit from the disease, and those with this cancer are stigmatized by the pink ribbon.

How Does Seeing Pink Make Women with Cancer Feel about Themselves?
How does any woman feel when she has a serious illness and everything around her says, “Be Aware of Breast Cancer.” In October, 2009 after Cheryl had been diagnosed with DCIS, a Stage 0 level. That October was a difficult month. Pink was everywhere and she was very aware of cancer. She had been diagnosed with it.

Yes, early detection was very important because we had less severe symptoms to deal with. Yet, the awareness month itself did little to support her. Whenever Cheryl went shopping, pink was everywhere. She felt horrible, like she couldn’t get a break to live a normal life. Reminders were everywhere, that she was not normal – she had this cancer. She just wanted to hide.

Writing notes of support, using affirming words and spending more time together did a lot more for her spirits than pink ribbons and t-shirts did. Using the Treasuring mindset and approach helped Cheryl feel loved, appreciated and valued on the inside.

So, my questions to you, dear reader, are: What does October Breast Cancer Awareness Month mean to you? How do you treasure women with with illness? What do you write or say to them? And if you have breast cancer yourself, what would you want the important people in your life to write or say to you?

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Gear Up for a Safe and Fun-Filled Holi

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The festival of colors is just around the corner and as every colour has different hues, Holi has its own hues. Amidst enjoyment, we only look at the positive side of the festival and ignore the negative one. Like other festivals, Holi too has been commercialized by various synthetic color manufacturing companies. These companies produce Holi colours that are extremely harmful for our health and environment.

Holi colors contain hazardous ingredients like lead oxide, mercury sulphide, aluminium bromide, copper sulphate, Prussian blue, and many more. Such harmful contents in Holi colours can cause many health related problems including skin rashes, eye allergies, temporary blindness, and so on. This article will help you find some great tips on how you can save your skin and hair from the harmful effects of synthetic Holi colours.

Quick tips to protect your hair from artificial colors

To avoid your hair from being frizzy, unmanaged, and dull after playing Holi, just follow these tips.

  • Massage the entire length of your hair with coconut, olive or any oil that suits your hair. Oil will create a protective layering on your hair against artificial Holi colours and dust.
  • Cover your hair with a cap to keep them safe against harmful colours.
  • Wash off your hair properly with a mild shampoo and a good conditioner.
  • You can make up for the damage by applying a natural hair pack.
  • You can make your own hair pack by mixing henna powder, lemon juice and curd. Apply it on hair and wash after an hour.

Quick tips to protect your skin from artificial colors

  • Apply a layer of body care oil on your face, arms, legs, and so on to keep it protected against chemicals.
  • Wear full length clothes that cover the maximum part of your skin.
  • Apply a waterproof sunscreen that suits your skin tone.
  • Apply a layer of lip balm on your lips.
  • Apply a transparent nail polish to save your nails from getting colored with harsh Holi colours.
  • Do not use hard soaps to remove Holi colours off your skin.

Quick home remedies to remove harsh synthetic Holi colours

  • Make a face pack with one spoon of masoor dal, one spoon of flour, rose water and a pinch of turmeric. Apply it on your face and let it dry for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with water.
  • Apply a face pack of soya bean flour or besan with milk. Add a little sea salt, glycerine, and a few drops of aroma oil. Apply this face pack to wash off Holi colours.
  • Simply wash your face with warm water and then apply aloe vera and lemon to get off the color.
  • Don’t scrub your face harshly with water and always wash it after applying a little amount of oil on the skin. This will help in removing the color easily and will also make you get rid of itchiness and dryness.

So this Holi, keep all the above tips in mind and splash colors without any fear. Wishing you all a safe and fun-filled Holi.

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Loofahs and Flannels – All You Need To Know

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We are quite happy with the use of loofah as our essential bath accessory. But, do you know how loofahs originated or how must you can use them to extract the maximal benefits? Needless to say, the bath experiences wouldn’t have been the same with loofah sponges. You would be really surprised to know that sponges hailing from the Demosponge class have been used to add the helmets of soldiers, as cleansing aids and for decorating and painting as well.

The natural loofahs might look exactly like the bathroom counterparts but they aren’t the same. The loofah that we use to scrub our bodies is actually a subtropical gourd belonging to genus Luffa. The plants resemble giant cucumbers and are harvested all throughout the year in tropical countries.

Know the Using Techniques of a Loofah

Face

  • It goes without saying that regular exfoliation of the skin with loofah helps keep the dirt and bacteria away, thus bringing about a fresh and supple look. Loofahs are mostly stiff and quite fibrous for use. So, choose the loofah that is a little soft (not harsh) for your face. In case the loofah is still rough, soak it in warm water till it softens.
  • Squeeze the excess water from the loofah after soaking it in warm water. Apply your favorite soap or facial wash on the loofah and rub it thoroughly with hand.
  • Rub your neck, face, and nape gently with the loofah, applying little pressure wherever necessary to remove the dead skin cells. Avoid loofah use around the eyes or nose.
  • Rinse with cold fresh water and pat dry for a fresh and glowing facial skin.

Body

  • Apply shower gel or body wash on your loofah and scrub the body in a circular motion. Press mildly to get rid of the dead skin cells.
  • Pay special heed to places which have rough skin patches. Regular and repeated use of loofah on rough and coarser skin areas would just help it to become smooth and soft.
  • Rinse your body with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Try the Bamboo Loofah Full Body Scrubber. It’s quite gentle on sensitive skin.

How is Loofah Good for Your Skin?

  • Loofah helps with deep cleaning and helps you to get rid of clingy and uninvited guests like germs, bacteria, and dirt particles on a regular basis. Thanks to the net like structures of the loofah, the grime and dirt are all rubbed out leaving your skin to glow.
  • Loofah assists you getting an effective exfoliation by removing all the dead skin cells successfully. The loofah unlike the myths is quite soft and gentle on your skin and helps bring about that young feel to it.
  • A softly rubbed loofah would help you to clean all the sweat pores, thus making your skin soft and smooth just like the ones are shown in the commercials.
  • A good loofah massage is also known to drain out all the stored anxiety and stress. Also, the loofah use and rubbing the skin is believed to accelerate the blood flow and circulation giving you an amazing and enviable skin.

How Do I Take Care of My Loofah or Flannel?

  • Hang the loofah and flannel after you have thoroughly washed it under the running water, and make sure it dries well.
  • In case you have you shaved your legs and hands, try avoiding the use of loofah or flannel as the bacteria might freely enter your skin through cuts and bruises.
  • Avoid using loofah or flannel on your genitals or face.
  • It doesn’t matter what loofah or flannel you are using, but clean it every week and keep it soaked in a diluted bleach solution for about 5 minutes.
  • In case you are using a natural loofah, replace it every month, but if you use the plastic ones, you can keep it for two months. If you notice mold growing on the loofah, get it replaced right away.

With the right tips and guidelines, loofah and flannels can really prove to be effective for skin care.

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Fight Wrinkles With Home Made Tips

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Naturally after the age of 30 the skin starts to sag, due to lose of moisture, and due the decrease in the secretions of oil it becomes dull and dry. It is therefore that wrinkles appear on oily skins at a later date than on dry skin.

Dry skin needs special care from an early age itself, every night before going to bed, massage your face with olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes and wipe your face with a soft tissue paper. If not you can also use a vitamin enriched cream or a herbal cream, but during the day use a wholesome nourishing cream.

If wrinkles have already invaded your skin, you can fight them or at least make them less prominent by the following methods:

Wipe the white of one egg and apply on the skin, when it dries up apply another coat of the egg white. when the skin begins to contract wash it with cold water and sprinkle the face with rose water. This will help in tightening the loose skin naturally.

Mix equal quantities of lemon juice and milk fat. Massage into the face gently in the direction opposite to the wrinkles. Do this before going to bed at night.

Prepare a face pack with 1 tablespoon Multani mitti(fuller’s Earth), one tbsp of sulfur powder and the white of one egg and apply on the face and neck. Let it remain for at least 30 minutes and do not laugh or speak during this period. Then wash it off with warm water, repeat it once in 10 days.

Make a paste of dried and powdered orange peels and milk. Apply on the face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it with warm water.

Prepare an anti-wrinkle lotion with the following ingredients, mix one tbsp apricot oil, 2tbsp almond oil and warm it slightly. When it cools down, add one tbsp of lemon juice, a few drops of grycerine and 2 tbsp of rose water, mix this thoroughly and store in a glass jar. Apply this home made lotion regularly on face and neck.

Get a facial done once every fortnight.

For more tips read my blog on skin care.

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6 Types of Health That Make Up You Part III

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“Take Control Of Your Health Naturally”

Emotional Health

Emotional Health is one of the most affected yet neglected aspects of our health. It can be easily confused with mental health. Emotional health is explained by the degree in which a person feels secure and relaxed in everyday life. An emotionally healthy person has an open mind, an open heart and a relaxed body. They will have a high self-esteem and will not react with quick off the cuff responses, and with anxiety or panic to events that occur in everyday life.

Emotionally safe people are calm and patient with others because they are emotionally safe with themselves and are not quick to judge or criticize. Feelings are not something that an emotionally healthy person avoid or control because they are secure with them. Instead they are expressed in an assertive healthy manner.

Well, sounds really good huh? Don’t feel bad! Most people are not emotionally healthy. Too much life has hit them and there you have it; trash in, trash out. Nevertheless, you want to strive to be emotionally healthy.

If you want to improve your physical and mental health you need to achieve emotional health. A lack of emotional health is often the cause of physical disease and mental illness.

How to Improve Your Emotional Health Naturally?

The way to improve your emotional wellness is to learn to feel your authentic emotions and feelings and express them in assertive ways.

Steps to resolve conflict and find healthy emotions:

1. Step back – take a deep breath

2. Be honest – Identify your feelings

3. Own your role – It takes two

4. Do not accept other’s responsibility – It takes two

5. Find a confidant – Professional therapist

6. Deal with it – Do not obsess

7. Time for action – Decide a plan of action

8. Forgive – For you not for them

Taking time to heal and take care of your emotional wellness is a must. It is just as important as the rest. Finding the balance between all six is the difficult part.

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The Benefits of Wearing a Moisturizer for Combination Skin

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Your cheeks are most likely dry, tight and in need of some intense moisture but your forehead, nose and chin are probably oily with enlarged pores and a blemish or two. So, how do you make your whole face happy without applying two products? Wear a moisturizer that has been specifically designed for you.

Why do You Have Combination Skin?

When the sebaceous glands in specific areas of your face become overactive, you end up with combination skin. Unfortunately, this causes your T-zone to be extremely prone to blackheads, whiteheads and acne breakouts.

You will probably never exactly be able to pinpoint the cause of your combination skin. It can be a result of many influences including improper diet and lifestyle choices, lack of sleep or exercise, stress, anxiety and poor health. Thankfully, regardless of the cause of your skin being the way it is, there are products such as Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Moisturizer Oil-Free that will effectively nourish your skin without clogging your pores.

Daily Care

It is essential that you only apply a moisturizer to a freshly washed face. As a side note, always choose a gentle cleanser. You may assume you need a harsh product to eliminate oil but all you are doing is robbing your skin of oils so it feels as though it needs to produce twice as much to compensate.

After you wash your face, gently pat dry with a clean towel. Apply your moisturizer beginning at the neck and working upward. You never want to start at your forehead and use downward motions! You may feel the urge to skip your T-zone and apply only to your cheeks but this is not a wise decision. Most combination skin products are oil-free so you don’t have to worry about them making your skin more oily.

Additionally, if you do have a problem with your T-zone becoming ridiculously shiny during the day, a product such as Billy Jealousy Combination Code Face Moisturizer will remedy that problem for you. This is a remarkable moisturizer for combination skin that not only nourishes, protects and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it also provides you with a matte finish all day long whether you wear makeup over it or not.

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See Nutrition From the Eyes of a Wellness Trainer

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I was introduced to vitamins when I was just a kid and my dad has been taking vitamin supplements his whole life and has the health of a young man at 74 years old. So naturally I followed his steps and have been taking vitamins and minerals myself for the last 20 years; I have always been healthy and am a good example.

I have studied 2 years with Swiss nutritionist and have taken courses with some of the best specialists in Europe and have a good outlook of peoples lives and nutrition.

Through the years of working with patients that have had health problems I have found that most people have a lack of nutrients, and that is very ironic because of our excess in eating; in the past there was malnutrition because there was a lack of food varieties and today we still suffer from malnutrition because of too much food that contains little nutrients. From fast to prepacked and even store bought food there is just not enough nutrients in food to cover our needs. With far more agents that oxidize our bodies it is important to replenish antioxidants in our body. I am all for supplements that can replenish our body with what it lacks, and today I introduce you to new nutrients of grand quality and practical to use.

There is a better way of taking vitamins and minerals that is far more effective and great tasting. With up to 98% absorption rates and the best ingredients on the market… Let’s take a quick view of these next generation products.

The Anti-Aging Spray provides cell protection with its main ingredient that everybody is talking about Resveratrol and many other ingredients like: Goji, Noni, Mangosteen, Acai, Amalaki, Aloe Vera, Pomegranate, Maqui, Black Currant, Grape Seed Extract, Pine Bark Extract.

The Multi-Vitamin Spray will nourish your cells and strengthen your immune system that is so important to fight against sickness that challenges our body constantly. This product contains: Hawaiian Spirulina, Chlorophyll, Ionic Minerals, Multi-Mineral Blend.

The Vitality Spray will increase your energy levels and stamina and libido performance in men and women. This product contains: Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola Rosea, Schizandra Chinensis, Gotu Kola, Maca, Yohimbe, Damiana, Horny Goat Weed.

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Ten Ways To Defrizz The Hair Of Your Full Lace Wig

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1. Properly moisturize hair is less likely to be affected by static, so deep condition regularly. I recommend you use a deep conditioner about once a week. You can leave the conditioner on for anywhere from ten minutes to all night long while you sleep!

2. Since moisture is tantamount in keeping hair smooth, avoid products that include drying ingredients like alcohol or sodium lauryl sulfates. (Beware of most generic hairsprays, which contain drying alcohol, and try for example DeMert hairspray, for wigs.

3. What lots of ladies do not know is that towel drying your hair can actually create more static than blow-drying if it is not done properly. Here is a trick: instead of rubbing or wringing hair out, blot dry with a thin towel made for drying hair. (If you do not have one, an inexpensive hand towel will do fine.)

4. Stop washing your hair every day. No, really. It dries the hair of the full lace wig to the utmost and therefore adds both frizz and tangles (which can cause breakage and lead to more frizzing). Also use an appropriate shampoo like for example, Vapon Wig Care Shampoo & Conditioner.

5. Contrary to popular belief, blow drying can be done without creating frizz if hair is properly finished; to do this, apply a leave-in conditioner that is made to prep hair for heat styling and comb through damp hair with a wide-toothed plastic comb. Then, use the concentrator attachment on your blow-dryer and dry downward so that the follicle is smoothed flat toward the ends of your strands.

6. The appearance of frizz is often caused by split ends and breakage, which create weaker, larger ends of the hair strands that reflect sunlight particularly well and are very noticeable. Combat this effect by regularly trimming hair to keep ends healthy and smooth.

7. Brush your hair with a plastic-bristled hair brush rather than horsehair or other fiber bristles. Plastic bristles create less static and help the top of the hair to lay flat, avoiding further damage.

8. Run a fabric softener sheet (like the ones you use in your clothes dryer) over the hair of your full lace wig and watch static frizz and fly-away disappear.

9. You probably know to use an anti-frizz serum or glossing serum to finish your style; however, instead of applying it directly to your hair first or rubbing it between your palms, try smoothing the serum through your comb and then combing your hair to apply. This ensures an even application and dispels any frizz-breeding effects your brush bristles might impart on your hair.

10. In a hurry? A dab of any generic moisturizer can double as an on-the-go de-frizzing cream. Simply rub the moisturizer between your fingers, and then run your hands over and through the most frizzy parts of your hair. You are now so smooth!

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Fabulous and Super All-Natural Skincare Tips for Women With Dry Skin

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Girlfriends, you know how much dry skin bothers me? No matter what I do, I can’t seem to escape my dry, dry elbows, my dry knees and my face drying out! If you are having similar problems and have no idea what all-natural skincare tips are out there for us women with dry skin, take a look below!

Avoid Lengthy Sun Exposure

While I absolutely love the sun, that doesn’t mean that I need to be out in it all of the time! Lengthy sun exposure might seem like a great idea when you are on the beach, but girlfriends, bring that umbrella with you! Staying out of the sun is imperative to keeping your skin hydrated, moisturized and all around beautiful looking. When you are going out in the sun – slather on a bit of sunblock (the higher the SPF the better!) so that the rays don’t get you too bad and that you are protected!

Changing of the Seasons

As the seasons change up, so will your skin! In the winter you might experience your skin becoming drier than normal, where in the summer, it could be caked in sweat and sunburned. That means that you can’t take on the same skincare for all of the seasons! Switch it up ladies and really show your skin some love, no matter what season it is! Whether you have to invest in a humidifier during the winter to kick the dry skin out or slip into SPF and drink plenty of water during the summer to keep it from drying out.

Don’t Over-Apply or Over-Wash

Girls, you gotta listen – the biggest mistake that we all make is the fact that we over-apply, we over-work, we over-wash our skin and that could be the biggest reason why you are drying it out! Keep it simple and don’t over-work your skin! Instead, go with a cleanser that isn’t too harsh, go with a moisturizer that is right for your skin and don’t forget that SPF-infused makeup that will keep your skin beautiful when you are in the sun!

All Natural Facial Masks

Finally, once a week you should be using an all-natural facial mask that will lock in the moisture for your skin and that will keep it looking plump and oh-so-delicious! I use a honey and yogurt face mask and girls, let me tell you, it works wonders! These two products mixed together will create a beautiful mixture that will leave your skin glowing, smooth and all sorts of soft!

While these are just a few of the tips that I use to keep my skin oh-so-beautiful in the hot, hot heat of the summer and the bitter cold of the winter (and every season in between!), do you have any more tips you use? Tell me ’bout ’em girls, I want to know!

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Is Perfume Safe for Pregnant Women?

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You’ve probably already started making healthy choices in your diet since you found out you were pregnant. But did you ever wonder if some of your toiletries or beauty products are unsafe for your unborn baby? Surely pregnancy is a time when you want to take extra safety precautions.

Everyone knows pregnant women are famous for their heightened sense of smell. When I was pregnant with my son, I had a few weeks where I would have to cover my nose wherever I went. It wasn’t just bad smells that bothered me, but also normal smells and fragrances that I normally liked. I also could no longer tolerate my regular perfume — it gave me headaches and even made me nauseous sometimes. I wondered if there was anything in perfume that could be dangerous for me or my baby?

I was surprised to find that studies have shown that some of the artificial chemicals in perfume may cause birth defects in male fetuses. After discussing this with my doctor, it was advised that I cut down on perfume at least between 8 and 12 weeks, which is when the fetus is the most defenseless.

After the 12 week period, I found that the nausea subsided a bit, and with my doctors approval, I was able to use perfume once more. At this stage in my pregnancy, I found myself craving different kind of fragrances than the perfume I normally used. I found many perfumes overpowering, but fragrances that had strong citrus scents made me feel refreshed and seemed to calm the nausea when it did occur. I found that Calvin Klein’s One Summer to be the best perfume for pregnancy. It’s a very clean smell and not over-powering, and has a perfect amount of citrus. I also found that light and flowery scents helped when I didn’t feel well. Eternity Moment by Calvin Klein is recommended for this. It is very floral, but not too overpowering.

Something else that’s highly recommended while pregnant is to use lotions and oils. You can use them even during the 8 to 12 week gestation period without worrying about any harm to your baby. During this period I liked to use the lotion that matched the perfume I liked. Many perfumes also have lotions, oils and bath gels of the same scent. Don’t wear all of those things at once though, or you may have a sensory overload.

Although perfume has been found to be safe for pregnant women, always err on the side of caution. During that sensitive 8 to 12 week period when your fetus is very susceptible to all kinds of things, stick to oils and lotion. If you decide to use perfume after this period, it’s best not to spray it directly on you. Instead, spray the perfume in the air, walk forward, and let the perfume fall on you. Another idea is to lightly spray your clothes about 10 minutes before putting them on.

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Days Gone By – Adapting to a New Reality in Health and Wellness

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Success: A Challenge to Change.

Western medicine systems based around hospitals, highly trained professionals and high-tech equipment with little role for patients and care-givers has been remarkably successful. Indeed, science and technology are continuing to revolutionize healthcare: who would argue many infectious diseases have been controlled, maternal health (mother/newborn mortality) improved and that vaccine development has curtailed large-scale viral epidemic.

However, as our populations grow older and they suffer more from long-term conditions such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer treatment/care and coronary disease — they can’t simply be treated with a system of diagnosis and control set up to fight the diseases of a half century ago.

The basic problem in all wealthy countries is diseases have changed but health services haven’t really. The health problems of the early 21st century are not the same as those of the middle of the 20th century — when current western healthcare systems were formed.

They require services in the home and community as well as in the hospital and, critically, the involvement of patients and care-givers.

Larger Effect on Disease than Smoking

As reported in 2010, an analysis (of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from1993 to 2008 of 3.5 million adults) by researchers at Columbia University and The City College of New York showed that obesity now had a larger effect on disease, while smoking had a greater impact on deaths. Why? The number of adult smokers decreased 18.5 percent over that time, while the proportion of obese Americans increased 85 percent.

Findings like these now account for an increasing majority of illness and healthcare costs in richer countries.

Of course, as witnesses by highly publicized healthcare reform last year, changes are trying to be made. Yet, reimbursement systems reinforce the old model, institutions and professional training are largely constructed around it, commercial interests promote it and the public see hospitals as the bedrock of healthcare.

Dread Cost of the Clinic; Fear Change Even More

As we’ve seen most challenging of all are questions about resources. What should someone do if they can’t afford the system but fear approaching (generally) more affordable alternative or complementary medicinal techniques?

The answer appears to lay in grassroots wellness training of health workers and introducing technology that is “translatable in education and practice” to the mainstream. Today many emerging health professionals are very interested in global health and eager to experience and learn from cultures and countries unconstrained by our healthcare history.

Competence, Professionalism and Cooperation in Holistic Healthcare

For example a small but vibrant educational institution in the Pacific Northwest of the USA is training people differently, creating new sorts of viewpoints, engaging families and communities and concentrating more on promoting health rather than on just tackling disease. The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) fosters competence, professionalism and cooperation in holistic healthcare. Graduates build a holistic foundation for personal health care and rely on finding ways to use, preserve and share knowledge in natural medicine to provide for patients. ACHS students are gaining the all-round expertise that will help them to become the health professionals we need for the 21st century.

And governments can do much more to support efforts such as these, just as the US Department of State relies on a “3-D” philosophy to advance their mission: defense, diplomacy and development. Governments can promote the exchange of ideas and people and help health and wellness workers from richer countries to work in poorer countries. In doing so they will learn for themselves the subtitles of cultural and social health practice and, at the same time, help to repay a debt for the many professionals who have migrated to richer countries. As the Department of Defense has shown it can be a win-win situation from which we will all gain. Security can beget peace which can lead to even greater sustainable development.

As Lord Nigel Crisp, former chief executive of the NHS and Secretary of the Department of Health in England notes in his new book Turning the World Upside Down: The Search for Global Health in the 21st Century: “when old methods no longer work, are we willing to look outside the mainstream for new ideas? Or are we content to stick with professional structures and working arrangements created 50 years ago?”

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