Recently, I read an article in this publication, “The Middle-Class Struggling with Health Insurance.” Health insurance costs are certainly an issue for everyone today, especially the self-employed and those working for small companies. Many companies are trying to cut costs and those cost-cutting measures may eliminate employee health coverage, forcing employees to find coverage on their own. Consequently, many employed individuals and families are now facing the same challenge small business owners have been facing for years–finding affordable insurance.

The nation’s uninsured population of approximately 45 million has risen dramatically in recent years. According to Todd Stottlemyer, president of the National Federation of Independent Business in recent testimony before Congress, nearly 63% of the uninsured are small business owners or employees of small businesses.

Many uninsured are unaware of an alternative to costly individual health polices. Individual policies, unlike group health insurance, have premiums based the risk factors of the particular individuals covered by the policy, meaning the risks are not shared by a large group, making the polices much more expensive than group insurance. Without knowing about alternatives to individual polices, many will simply elect to forgo health insurance once confronted with the enormous costs of individual health coverage.

Individual polices not only are expensive, they limit the insured’s ability to design a plan that meets their needs. Individual health polices are usually “off the shelf” polices that have set coverage.

In addition, many who leave a corporate position and enter business for themselves are shocked at the real cost of health insurance. While in their previous position, their employer was paying a portion of their premium. What they paid wasn’t the premium for their insurance, but a percentage of the premium. When faced with the reality of having to pay the full premium themselves, many refuse, leaving themselves and their family uninsured.

Health insurance costs are undoubtedly rising. The cost of healthcare continues to increase, from the cost of visits to the doctor, hospital costs, pharmaceutical costs, emergency care, and all other aspects of healthcare.

Yet, perceptions about healthcare and insurance have not changed. People want the freedom of self-employment, or to work for a small company, but they want the same benefits and costs they have become used to when working for a major corporation.

The self-employed and those working for small companies must rethink their concept of health insurance. Health insurance, like auto insurance and home insurance, is designed to protect against catastrophic loss, not for every sniffle. Rather than viewing health insurance as a go to the doctor free card, health insurance should be viewed as protection against disaster.

Home insurance doesn’t protect against losing a single shingle or two. It protects against catastrophic roof damage. Auto insurance doesn’t protect against dings, minor dents and flat tires, it protects against significant loss due to accident, fire, theft, or other damage. Health insurance should be viewed no differently for the self-employed. It is protection against major loss, not minor dents and dings.

In addition to a change in the way health insurance is perceived, uninsured people, whether self-employed or working for a company that

We propose that human rights indicators related to women’s health be developed. First, we present two published examples from Burma and Afghanistan that illustrate how specific violations of human rights have been related to women’s health outcomes in the literature. We then review the state of current human rights measures relevant to women’s health, propose a process through which new indicators can be developed, and discuss potential challenges. An instrument that can be incorporated into household epidemiological surveys could be used to identify human rights violations pertaining to the health of women, with the ultimate goal of improving health and realizing rights for these populations.  (more…)

Mental health conditions are quite tricky to recognize specifically when you are unaware of their symptoms. Just like any bodily diseases, they can lead to an incurable state if not addressed early. As these affect the personality of the individuals concerned, their families also get hurt in the process. This is because memory loss and hostile behaviour may be evident among them. Thus their social function is affected and their family names could be dragged to embarrassing situations.

Anxiety disorders are the most common of these syndromes. People who suffer from these are usually fearful of different things. For one, thoughts about death do not only send shivers down their spine. (more…)

Do you remember the slogan four of five perfectly healthy nutrition? The sentence seems to no longer be the focus of attention. Though the two in between, namely fruits and vegetables can provide tremendous impact on health.

According to WHO, as many as 93.6 percent of Indonesia’s population aged over 10 years, in the category of eating less fruit and vegetables.

“Most people still view that the role of fruit and vegetables only as a complement. This then causes people often do not eat regularly,” says clinical nutrition specialist, Dr.dr. Fiastuti Witjaksono, in the event Zespri Media Workshop held at Ecopark, Ancol.

Fact: fruits and vegetables rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, and water that is not found in food products or supplements. If these two nutrients consumed regularly, can prevent and reduce the risk of developing the disease.

“Lack of fruit and vegetable intake can lead to the risk of gastrointestinal cancer deaths by 14 percent, coronary heart disease by 11 percent, and deaths from stroke by nine per cent,” said Fiastuti.

Therefore, to avoid or prevent undesirable, it is better if you start eating two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables each day on a regular basis.

The Twenty Four Hour fitness center is like your one stop shop to everything about fitness and your well-being. Imagine it as the Walmart of the fitness industry. Twenty Four Hour fitness centers are located in a number of areas in the state. All of them have equipments which cater to weight training as well as cardio vascular equipments. A variety of fitness gear is also available. Twenty Four Hourfitness centers all have locker rooms and – believe it or not – baby sitting accommodations. Over all, the Twenty Four Hour fitness center is a complete, clean and extremely well maintained facility that especially caters to all your fitness wants, needs and preferences.
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It is very easy to get started on your path to fitness. Twenty Four Hour fitness centers have over three hundred clubs located in the whole nation and is open for twenty four hours. There is no long term contract to sign up in. You have the option to pay monthly, but you are offered a complete personal training package that suits your body type, body weight and built so you are ensured with a service that is truly personalized.

Which club do you belong in?

Twenty Four Hour fitness center gives you the option to choose the specific type of club that you desire. The active club involves a group exercise as well as free weights and cardio machines to work off that fat. The sport club also includes everything in the active club but with additions such as basketball, heated pools and whirlpool. The super-sport club also includes the amenities found those in the active club and the sport club but with more additions such as massages, a sauna as well as a steam room. The ultra sport club is the works. It includes most of the amenities found in the active, sport and super sport club, plus a day spa, courts for racquetball as well as an executive locker room.

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It all depends on what you want to achieve. In Twenty Four Hour fitness centers, a uniquely specialized fitness program is available to anyone who simply wants to improve their performance in a specific sport or is seriously training for competition. The program is designed by athletes.

The Performance program includes a menu plan specifically customized for those intense workouts. A resistance training is also available as well as a full cardio workout. After your exercise, a metabolic rate test is conducted.

This program is designed for those who wants to get started as soon as possible but has no clear and specific idea how. This is clearly the best option for them because all the information on nutrition, resistance training is learned through this program. This is the foundation one needs in order to have results that would last your body a lifetime.
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A regular exercise, an intense workout is just part and parcel of your path to health, fitness and well-being. There are other factors that should just as well play a part and which Twenty Four Hour fitness center

Health has no precise definition. It is a state of the body which functions well both physically and mentally. Health differs from person to person. While for some being healthy being perfectly fit physically free from all kinds of diseases. In the same way health for somebody means carrying a positive attitude in life. A positive attitude does not mean defining the objective of your life and then chasing it, it rather means making full use of the personal and social resources around you to find peace in life.

Good health has always been much harder to explain when compared to a bad health. Bad health is simply associated with some disease or sickness while good health is a connection that you have with your mind and body whether with a disease or without a disease. A health of a person depends on several factors namely medical care, behavior the person carries and the environment the person dwells in.

For a diseased person health care is extremely important. Health care mainly means taking care of the sickness and preventing it from spreading it further. The sickness can be either mental or physical. You can take care of your health by utilizing the services offered in hospitals or health professionals such as doctors. Apart from this health of a person takes form according to the experiences he gains from life, the company he keeps, the values he carries and the education he receives. An individual is said to be health if he makes the most use of his mental, physical and spiritual resources to make his life better. A healthy person will only be happy with his life but will also strive to keep others happy around him.

Keeping your both mind and body health is a process that you need to undertake a bit by bit. You basically need to focus on having a good diet, regular exercise and keeping a control on your emotions. Often people thinking they are in good shape start ignoring these factors which is not good.

A good diet is really important. You need to have a balanced diet which should consist of minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and fats. Apart from this plenty of water is essential to keep your body healthy. 20 minutes daily walk and fifteen minutes stretch is extremely important to keep your body in shape. You need to control your emotions by staying calm while facing different life situations. Avoid taking any kind of prolonged stress and keep your temper down.

AS is known that more varicose veins in women during pregnancy. Apparently, the possibility that the risk of getting many times when a pregnant woman three times.

This, as explained by Dr. R. Suhartono, MD, Chairman of the Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon Indonesia. He explained that a woman who suffered three times more at risk of pregnancy affected by varicose veins compared to previous pregnancies.

“The effect of varicose veins in pregnant women is very high, especially women who experience pregnancy third. Recorded, the percentage of women at risk of the effects of a first pregnancy as much as 15 percent, then 30 percent in the second pregnancy, and the last increase, at 57 percent in women who had a third pregnancy, “he said when met at an event themed Educate People About Dangers of Impaired The vein in 3 House, Kuningan Village, Jakarta.

He explained the reason pregnant women are often the greater the risk due to the pressure of gravity and womanly things.

“Trigger greater risk of varicose veins in women in the third pregnancy, among others, the influence of hormonal and crush the veins due to enlarged uterus. In addition, the pressure of gravity that makes it difficult to move pregnant women, not to mention the third pregnancy was at the age that is too old. This is the main cause of the higher risk of varicose veins. Of this condition could explain that the pregnancy is going to four or five times closer to varicose veins, “he explained.

Handling first joint injuries, known as sprains can be done by using ice cubes, the orthopedic surgeon, Dr Lukman Shebubakar, SpOT.

“Avoid massaging the injured joint, muscle or ligament tissue, but give an ice pack on his part,” said Lukman in South Tangerang, on Thursday.

According to Lukman, the injured body part should be rested and compressed using ice cubes.

“Ice cubes serve to reduce the inflammation that triggers the inflammation or swelling of the conditions,” said Lukman. Lukman said that this also applies first aid for bruises and usually done by athletes.

Lukman added further compressed at the rocks, the body should also sustained injuries that keep normal blood circulation and swelling is not getting bigger.

“Do not forget the ice cubes are used to compress wrapped or coated fabric evenly so cold,” said Lukman.

Health is wealth. By being physically fit, it can make a person look lean both inside and out.
There is a lot a person can do such jogging or walking in the morning, playing basketball or any other sport with friends but if a person wants to have muscles and look lean, the best thing to do will be to sign up and workout in a gym.

Just like taking any medicine, one should first consult the doctor before undergoing any form of exercise.

Physical exercise is beneficial because it helps maintain and improve ones health from a variety of diseases and premature death. It also makes a person feel happier and increases ones self esteem preventing one from falling into depression or anxiety. It has also shown to make a person with an active lifestyle live longer than a person who doesn’t.

The best exercise plan should have cardiovascular and weight training exercises. This helps burn calories and increase the muscle to fat ratio that will increase ones metabolism and make one either gain or lose weight.

A person who has never worked out before should do it gradually. Doing it too much for the first time can make one pull a muscle or have an injury making it worse. Endurance will never be built in a day and doing it repeatedly will surely be good to the person.

Focusing on certain portion in the body can help make it improve. A good example is going to the gym and doing a workout more often in a specific area such as the abs can give one a chest pack.

But beauty is not only about having muscles which is what people can see. It is also about enhancing the beauty within.

Here are some things one can do everyday to stay beautiful and healthy;

· Reading books and other reading material more often keeps the mind sharp just like working out keeps the body in shape.

· Work no matter what kind it is produces stress. One can reduce this by taking the time out to do something special like lying in a hot tub, shopping or watching a movie. Studies have shown it is reliever and helps one from looking haggardly.

· Pollution is something people cannot control given the size of the problem. When one goes out, it is best to put some form of protection such as beauty products that contain antioxidants that protect the skin from damage. There are also other beauty products available and choosing the right one with the help of a dermatologist can help the person.

· Another way to stay healthy is to give up some vices. Most people smoke and drink. Smoking has been proven to cause lung cancer and other diseases as well complications for women giving birth. Excessive drinking has also shown to do the same.

· For people who don’t smoke, it is best to stay away from people who do since studies have shown that nonsmokers are also at risk of developing cancer due to secondary smoke inhalation.

· Lastly, it is best to always start the day with

IF ever have trouble sleeping, it will make you frustrated. You should know that the solution is in the food consumed daily.

So, what foods help us fall asleep faster? Here’s the answer, as reported by SheKnows.

Cherry is a fruit that is packed with antioxidants and the only significant food source of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. Try eating some fruit, one or two hours before bedtime.

chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is known to relax the mind and body, and help soothe you to sleep. Chamomile itself has been used for centuries to help treat sleep disorders, although it can not completely cure. Drink a cup, 30 minutes before you sleep. That would make you quite relaxed and helps sleep.

Oatmeal is a type of breakfast food, but if you eat at night, it’s easier to get a good night’s sleep. Oatmeal triggers your brain to release chemicals that induce sleep, as well as containing melatonin. If you want to try it, try not to add sugar because it will have the opposite effect.

The bread will help you fall asleep. Simply put, bread triggers the production of insulin that helps you fall asleep. After eating carbohydrates, your body usually get power, accompanied by drowsiness. Please use this sleepiness to sleep right away.

Yogurt is full of calcium and some experts believe, is the cause of low calcium a person has trouble sleeping. The recommended amount for you is 1,000 mg per day, after which we see whether it can help your insomnia habit.

Almost everyone knows that smoking is more injurious to health than bring benefits. Smoking also has been known to cause a variety of health problems, ranging from heart problems, impotence and cancer. One of the cancers that can be caused is cervical cancer.

“Smoking is a risk factor because mutagenic substances that can accumulate in the cervix that can lead the process easier. Process to become infected with cancer are generally long, from 3 to 17 years,” said Dr. Laila Nuranna, SpOG (K) Onk, of the Division of Oncology Gynecology Faculty of medicine / RSCM, the talk show The 5th Annual Women’s Health Expo (WHE) 2013 Grand Sahid Hotel, Jalan Sudirman, Jakarta, as quoted on Sunday (10/03/2013).

Cervical cancer is one cancer that claimed many victims other than breast cancer. This cancer attacks the cervix caused by infection with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). In addition to causing cancer, HPV can also cause genital warts, it’s just different types of HPV cause cancer.

Transmission of HPV largely due to genital contact, including sexual risk. Unfortunately, most HPV infections are asymptomatic. Most people who are infected do not know they have been infected and transmit HPV. In addition to smoking, the risk of cervical cancer could also be due to marry young.

“In addition to smoking and risky sex, marriage at a young age is also one of the risk of cervical cancer. Genitals reason might not mature enough so that changes in the cells become vulnerable,” said Dr. Laila.

HPV are of different types. HPV types 16 and 18 are the main cause in 70% of cases of cervical cancer in the world. While HPV 6 and 11 are the main cause of genital warts. Genital warts can affect both men and women and do not necessarily develop into cancer.

Most people associate the harms of smoking with lung damage and cancer, but the tobacco habit’s negative effects on your health go much deeper-did you know that smoking can also damage your bones? The bones are rigid organs that protect the rest of your body, provide your body with structure, and allow movement. Damaging your bones means damaging our ability to move and take part in activities. Let’s take a look at some of the ways smoking harms your bones in order to keep you alert to the harsh reality of how dangerous the tobacco habit really is.

Smoking wreaks havoc on your hormonal system which in turn wreaks havoc on your bones. Your bones need hormone balance in order to stay strong and the hormone imbalances caused by smoking cause the liver to produce hormone destroying enzymes (for example to balance estrogen levels) and this leads to bone loss-these enzymes damage the bones.

Another way that smoking damages the bones is by way of the generation of free radicals. Smoking infuses the body with an overload of harmful free radicals that kill osteoblasts which are the cells that make bones. People commonly make the mistake of misunderstanding that bones are constantly growing and continuous nourishment. Disrupting the bone growth and nourishment process by damaging and killing osteoblasts can lead to increased risk of fractures and osteoporosis.

Second hand smoke can be just as damaging to the bones of non smokers. It is especially vital to zone in on the damages of second hand smoke because many second hand smokers are children and they are in crucial bone development stages. Being around tobacco smoke can seriously hamper their ability to grow the strong bones they need for a healthy adulthood.

One good reason to put out that last cigarette is your bone health. Unlike many of the other damages the body incurs from smoking, healing the damage done to bones is a very slow process and some of the damage may even be irreversible. Bone density is not something that you can improve in a week with calcium supplements.

Smoking is abusive to your body. There is nothing about the habit that is good and nothing about it that is healthy. No matter how good you think cigarettes make you feel, they are really destroying you from the inside out. From your bones to your lungs, cigarettes are contributing to a shorter, less enjoyable life. If you are a regular smoker then it is time for you to seriously consider getting rid of your tobacco habit for good.

When giving up smoking there are a lot of different ways you can go about it. You can decide to go it alone, or go “cold turkey” or you can choose any number of stop smoking aids to help you quit smoking. Some techniques are more successful than others but one stands out above all the others.

Let’s first rule out going cold turkey if you are serious about quitting smoking. Those that choose this method to stop smoking only have a 5% chance of being successful. Those odds are not very high. If you really want to break the smoking habit you are better off choosing some method to help you increase your chances of being successful.

Most of the options available to you address the physical addiction to nicotine. Nicotine replacement therapies like the patch, or stop smoking prescription medications help to break the body’s addiction to nicotine. They can increase your chances of quitting smoking but still do not give you a better than 50% chance to quit smoking.

The reason is that they do nothing to address the real reason why most people are not successful at quitting smoking. Most smokers who try to quit end up lighting up again because of the mental cravings they feel to smoke.

Cigarettes are a very big part of your life. As a smoker most everything you do or feel you associate with having a cigarette. Once you give up smoking you will find yourself in situations, or feeling emotions like stress, anger, or even happiness that will make you want to smoke.

You need to break the emotional attachment you feel for smoking. This attachment leads to strong cravings to smoke when you encounter situations or emotions you associate with smoking.

There is a technique that is designed to address the cravings and emotional attachment smokers feel for cigarettes. It is called Neuro Linguistic Programming, or NLP for short. It is an extremely successful technique to quit smoking because of the fact that it targets and removes the mental cravings to smoke. A recent test showed NLP had a 97.2% success rate.

NLP is a therapy technique somewhat like hypnotherapy in that it addresses the subconscious urges to smoke. But unlike hypnotherapy you do not need to see a professional to stop smoking. NLP benefits can be gained by listening to an NLP audio recording in your own home. Many people quit smoking after just one listen.

When giving up smoking you may also like the fact that NLP is a natural product. If you choose NLP to help you quit smoking you will not have to deal with the cost or side effects of prescription medications.

WORKING at night not only affect productivity but also your health. One is an attack that threatened disruption prediabetes.

A new study suggests that working through the night can lead to impair glucose tolerance (IGT) or pre-diabetes is elevated blood sugar levels but can not be called diabetes, but it can lead to type 2 diabetes risk.

The results showed that the highest glucose levels were 16 percent higher during the night shift compared with one day of simulated daytime schedule. Compared with the simulation during the day, insulin levels during simulated night shift is 40 to 50 percent higher at 80 minutes and 90 minutes after eating.

“It was quite surprising, with only a change in one night can lead to pre-diabetes and improve insulin levels,” said study leader, Christopher Morris, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at the Medical Chronobiology Program of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston who told ScienceDaily.

Furthermore, Morris said the findings under the supervision of highly controlled laboratory is very important, because the results of work on the late-night shows may cause prediabetes and will likely lead to type 2 diabetes

“This finding is very important, this is because research shows that working late at night can cause prediabetes and will likely lead to type 2 diabetes,” he said.

Habit of eating processed meat can increase a person’s risk of dying prematurely by 20 percent. The cause of death was a risk of heart disease and cancer.

Thus the conclusion of a long-term study conducted in the United States of more than 120,000 people. The study was conducted to 28 years for the female respondents and 22 years for male respondents.

Every four years, the respondents filled out a survey about their diet. It turns out those are not hobbies mengasup processed meat, processed meat itself ie, the risk of premature death increased by about 13 percent. Meanwhile, fans of processed meat such as sausages or nuggets, the risk of death rose 20 percent.

To reduce the risk of meat consumption, the researchers recommend to replace meat with fish or poultry and nuts. Those who like mengasup fish, the risk for a disease that can make the young die down to 14 percent.

Processed red meat is considered dangerous because they contain saturated fat, high sodium, nitrites, and some carcinogenic substances.

“More than 75 percent of the state’s health costs in America is spent to fund chronic disease. Fact, the disease can be prevented by reducing the portion of red meat consumption,” says Dean Ornish, a nutritionist from the University of California, San Francisco, USA.

Separate study published in the journal of the American Heart Association revealed men who like sweet drinks mengasup high risk of heart disease.

A study of more than 42,000 men for 22 years it was revealed that sugary drinks will increase blood fats (triglycerides) and inflammatory risk.