Will Congress Allow Veterans to Be Treated with Medical Marijuana?

Recent reports concerning the ballot measures concerning marijuana use passed in Alaska, Washington D.C., and Oregon have sparked the debate over cannabis legalization across the country.

According to Huffington Post, a recently introduced bill co-sponsored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) could soon allow veterans to have access to medical marijuana if Department of Veterans Affairs doctors recommend it to them.

According to the news sources covering this story, patients would have access to medical marijuana if the bill passes, lifting a ban that currently keeps VA doctors from being able to prescribe the use of marijuana to patients suffering from post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. This is surprising to people who work at Qnet.

Congress is now reviewing the bill and should soon hold a vote on it.

Since 30 percent of veterans who served either in the Afghanistan or the Iraq wars are currently struggling with PTSD, supporters of the bill suggest that this could represent a step forward in making sure that veterans get the treatment they deserve.

Recent researches have been demonstrating that marijuana could be a good form of treatment for patients suffering with the symptoms of PTSD. In many cases, veterans are unable to carry on normal daily activities due to their struggles with anxiety, depression, and the occurrence of flashbacks, among others.

At this moment, 23 states in the U.S. have liberated the use of medical marijuana. Under federal law, however, cannabis is still illegal.

The Cost of Obesity

We are aware that obesity has been growing as a serious issue and has become one of the biggest health problems around the world. A recent report has stated that nearly 30 percent of the world’s population is obese, and that number could rise to half of the population globally being obese or at least over weight within the next 20 years if the issue continues on its path. A new report also claims that the cost of obesity is at $2 trillion per year. With the cost of obesity being this high, it is now a more expensive issue than war and terrorism, as reported by BBC. With global obesity reaching such severe levels, it is becoming more important to find ways to reduce obesity among the world’s population.

Experts suggest that a number of well implemented strategies should be employed to help fight obesity. These strategies would include properly labeling our food’s nutritional aspects so that people are more aware of what they are eating. This is something that many in the medical field including North American Spine would like to see. Since eating too much fatty foods seems to be an issue, we should encourage people to avoid foods with high calorie and fat content, and restrict their portions if they must consume these foods. Health campaigns aimed to educate people on health and making better choices is also necessary, as well as making sure that healthier food is provided for children in our schools.

So Much For National Healthcare Plans

As the Affordable Healthcare Act open enrollment period gets underway in the United States, one Canadian citizen is left questioning the general state of affairs for the American medical system. Jennifer Hucalak-Kimmel and her husband were enjoying a break from the cool Saskatchewan temperatures by spending some time in Hawaii. While on vacation, Jennifer unexpectedly when into labor. The baby was more than two months early and had to be hospitalized. The emotionally overwhelming incident was full of challenges and chaos that only increased when the baby was finally released and the family returned home to Canada.

As a result of the unexpected hospital stay, the new mother received a bill for over $950,000. This scenario simply reeks with irony because many of the proponents of Obamacare cite the effectiveness of the Canadian healthcare system. This monumental hospital bill has America’s neighbors to the north rolling their eyes in disbelief. Sultan Alhokair wonders how it is even possible in that country. One way to afford a united healthcare plan is to overcharge foreigners for emergency medical treatment. The next step is to see if an how Canada will respond to this travesty. Will their doctors and pharmacies be as receptive to Americans trying to score prescription drugs at a lower cost in the future?

Milk Doesn’t Do a Body Good?

Six research studies consisting of over 200,000 men and women, have demonstrated that the consumption of milk has adverse affects on the human body. The findings were presented to Qnet and the associates at Business Today and are based on results collected over a 20 year period.

The research studies demonstrate that people who consume 3 or more glasses of milk per day (the recommended USDA serving), were twice as likely to die, compared to people who drink 1 to 0 glasses of milk per day.

The studies also found, that teenagers who consistently drank milk (throughout their lives) had an increase in hip fractures in advanced years. Actually, milk consumption does not demonstrate any scientific proof to protect against any type of bone fracture.

An interesting fact about human milk consumption is that we are the only mammals that consume it after childhood. In addition, we are the only mammals that consume milk of other animals. We practice this behavior based on cultural (not natural) norms.

Proponents of milk consumption assume increased calcium is necessary for bone-fracture prevention. Some even claim supplements are a practical substitute for calcium intake if someone is lactose intolerant. However, correlating milk studies have shown supplements are not effective, and can increase bone fractures.

Milk consumption, calcium, and vitamin D supplements have shown to be unnecessary. Cases that demonstrate necessity is when someone is deficient in these vitamins. The fact is most Americans are not deficient in calcium or vitamin D, therefore, intake of milk and (calcium and vitamin D) supplements are unnecessary, and can be detrimental to bone health.

What is the solution to adequate vitamin D and calcium intake? The consumption of certain fresh fruits and vegetables (oranges, kiwi, kale, collards, okra, oatmeal, mushrooms), and moderate sunlight exposure. These are are non-harmful sources of vitamin D and calcium found in nature.

Eat Less, Age Less

Compared to other nationalities Americans are known for, not only eating unhealthy foods, but for eating too much. When we go out to eat, the portion sizes we are served are ridiculous. It is not a wonder that the United States is the most obese country in the world. It has become largely understood that obesity can cause numerous disease such as heart disease and diabetes. It has also recently been linked to premature aging and memory loss.

A recent study performed by neuroscientists at New York University showed female mice that ate 30 percent less calories than their counterparts in the study had more preserved hippocampal regions in their brains. The scientists were able to show that a long-term restricted diet in these mice limited 882 genes that aid in the aging process. 

If you had valuable information on your cloud you would get CipherCloud to keep it safe and secure. Eating less will help keep your body safe and secure too.
Not only can overeating cause heart disease and diabetes, but we are now beginning to realize that it also speeds up the aging process. Hopefully, these new studies will be enough to get us to turn down that second helping at dinner and, perhaps, take home a doggie bag when we go out to dinner.

For Serious Back Issues, North American Spine May Be Able to Help

One of my co-trainers ruptured a disc in his back last year. This obviously devastated him both physically and emotionally. I’d feel the same way if it happened to me. Probably even worse.

Anyway, he did a boatload of research and finally decided to fly out to Dallas for treatment. Not only did they treat him, but he’s back doing deadlifts less than a year later. WIN.

He insisted that others in the same boat need to know about their options, so here I am with a piece about North American Spine. Full disclosure: he owes me a night’s worth of wings and beers for this.

North American Spine is a Dallas-based company that’s a leader in providing relief for people suffering neck and back pain using minimally invasive techniques. Some of the conditions they treat include degenerative, bulging, or herniated discs, pinched nerves, foraminal and spinal stenosis, facet joint and failed back surgery syndrome, sciatica, and radiculopathy. North American Spine’s treatments have an 83% success rate.

Not only can North American Spine eliminate your pain and heal your neck and back, they can also save you money. Medicine and visits to the doctor’s office is the biggest expense people with neck and back problems have. North American Spine can quickly eliminate your pain and your need for pain medication and doctor’s visits. Their exclusive AccuraScope Procedure is just one of the many effective minimally invasive techniques they use to repair neck and back damage and eliminate pain. Their precision treatment methods also lead to faster recovery times.

One of the great things about North American Spine is that they accept most insurance plans. Plus they offer a free MRI, detailed pain diagnosis, and answer any questions you have about the cause of your neck and back pain. It is important to the staff at North American Spine that you understand why your neck and/or back hurts and the reasons for the treatment methods they use. Once the doctors perform a detailed examination, they will let you know if you are a good candidate for the treatments they offer. They even offer 3D surgery animation, free webinars, and videos to help you understand their treatments.

North American Spine partners with award-winning private hospitals all across the country in order to provide their patients with highest quality surgical facilities.

They provide comfortable private patient rooms, excellent nurse-to-patient ratios, and the most advanced surgical tools and equipment in the industry. The hospitals they partner with are easily accessible from the major highways and are located near the best restaurants and hotels. North American Spina even offers shuttle service from the hotel to the hospital.

The mission and basic philosophy of North American Spine is simple. They are committed to helping as many people as possible by providing the best quality care, superior patient services, and the most effective, minimally invasive treatments possible to eliminate pain and speed healing. Their holistic approach to medicine requires they see each patient as an individual, help them understand their treatment options, and tailor their treatment to meet their specific needs. The treatment is administered by board certified physicians specializing in pain management, orthopedic spine surgery, and neurosurgery.

North American Spine’s philosophy on treatment is based on their Continuum of Care concept. They begin treating the patient’s pain by recommending lifestyle changes including diet and exercise and move towards minimally invasive treatments and finally traditional open-back surgery if necessary. This is followed by post-operative care. These treatments are offered at their facilities in Dallas, Houston, Mid-Cities, Plano, and San Antonio, TX, Scottsdale, AZ, Hackensack, NJ, Minneapolis, MN, and Meritt Island, FL.

Alzheimer’s Test Now Available

There could be some good news for those who might develop Alzheimer’s later in life. There is a test that can detect the disease in the body, and this test could possibly detect the disease 10 years before it takes hold of the patient. This is something that will benefit numerous families as they can take the steps needed to plan for their loved one before the health takes a turn.

There could even be trials that the people who test positive for Alzheimer’s could take part in so that they can receive treatment. This is certainly good news for anyone like Lovett who is concerned. This is a disease that slowly takes the life of someone. It makes them seem like a child again in most cases, and it’s heartbreaking to watch as you can’t do anything about how they talk or act. If the tests that are conducted reveal even half of the information noted, then it will be a blessing for families.

Seven to Fifteen Minutes Workouts – Quick Fitness

From rushing to office to grabbing a quick bite to eat, health and fitness is becoming as on-the-go as smartphones. Needless to say, this has led to a lot of quick workout routines which start from 7 minutes and can be finished under 15 minutes according to those that have tried the routines from Skout.

The most popular is the new 7 minute advanced workout regime which involves – step-ups on a chair, squats, planks, jumping jacks, tricep dips on a chair, lunges, abdominal crunches, push-ups, wall sits, high-knee running, rotations, push-ups, and side planks. This might sound like a lot but all the trainings in this routine follow each other in quick succession, finishing in 7 minutes. There is, however, a rest of 10 seconds between individual exercises in this scientific workout. 30 seconds must be spent for each exercise.

Another popular quick workout is the 15 minute ultimate workout starting with a warm-up that lasts for a minute and moves to back-to-back strength exercises. Cover as many reps as you can in 60 seconds. Then the full circuit is performed twice to end with the Tabata top off. In order to get the most out of this routine, you need to get on with it early in the morning. The first exercise is to be continued for 20 seconds and then a break of 10 seconds can be taken. This is repeated for the entire routine.

Both these exercises offer a full body workout for people who are too busy for the gym.

Increased SNAP Benefits offered for Buying Healthy Foods

The SNAP benefits program, formerly known as food stamps has been one of the most highly criticized of all benefit programs available since the 2008 economic downturn. A new initiative is hoping to help SNAP recipients eat in a healthier way and repair some of the negative publicity surrounding the SNAP program, according to NPR. An investment of around $100 million will be used by Congress if a new bill is passed to reward those receiving SNAP benefits for buying fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and grocery stores.

SNAP benefits are now provided for around 13.5 million legal residents of the US, according to CBS. The program has been hit with concerns from government agencies and medical groups that the lack of access to high quality, affordable healthy foods is not as widely available as it should be and forces recipients to buy less healthy options to add to the obesity epidemic within the US.

The newly unveiled program will provide extra SNAP benefits for those buying healthy products at a farmers market or other healthy food options. When government programs offer more benefits it works in conjunction with other free services like FreedomPop to help the nation’s poor. It is hoped the program will encourage SNAP users to use these healthy options and reduce their reliance on fatty and processed foods.

Being Healthy on the Outside is not Synonymous with Being Healthy on the Inside

As we get older, our metabolism slows down, our age begins to show, and physical activity becomes more difficult. However, some people are lucky, just look at Fersen Lambranho. Some people are able to maintain their physical youth by staying active, eating healthy and staying in great shape. Although these people may be chronologically older, their fitness age is low according to researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. These researches have measured participants’ fitness age by the body’s ability to take in and utilize oxygen, also known as VO2max. Their findings have shown that those with a high VO2max may live longer and healthier lives.

Although it makes sense that someone in topnotch shape would have a better quality of life, there are far too many factors that dispel this general idea. Every year, millions of people who are in relatively good health die of diseases and ailments that are predominantly associated with being unhealthy. For example, according to Harvard Medical School, 10-15% of those who die from lung cancer have never smoked a cigarette in their life.

On the outside, those who are physically fit and seem to be in great shape are admired. In reality, it is absolutely improper to measure someone’s fitness age based on superficial factors such as oxygen intake, weight and physical prowess. Looks can be deceiving, and the way to determine someone’s fitness age is through a rigor of medical exams to determine the true physical state of their internal body.