On the 5 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we'd like to republish a blog about emergency preparedness. Although the storm itself hit land on August 29, 2005 there were several days of chaos, which augmented the personal and psychological damage to the city of New Orleans and its people. When you see those ads about 5 days-5 ways, they are definitely on to something. It was 5 years ago, but New Orleans still needs our help and will for a while. You can donate money or volunteer to help rebuild houses by visiting Habitat for Humanity and Brad Pitt's Make It Right or visit FIXNOLA for other volunteer opportunities around the city. Any bit of time or money you can donate will make a difference in someone's life.
In Washington state, where QuickMedical's fine facility is located, April is Disaster Preparedness Month. I've been thinking quite a lot about natural disasters since Haiti, the string of earthquakes that followed, the tsunami warnings and now the more recent volcanic activity. I've come to realize no one is safe and living in earthquake prone Washington and seeing Mt. Rainier everyday on my drive to work is an everyday reminder that I need to be prepared for a disaster. Maybe you believe geologically, you are in a safe area, even though that's highly unlikely, there are still other disasters like pandemics and terrorist attacks to think about. I apologize for being such a downer, but being prepared for a disaster is something everyone should consider, no matter where you are.
Dartmouth Professor Heinz Valtin found out in 2002 that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is more urban myth than science necessity. But in a randomized Virginia Tech experiment this year, research proved that dieters who drank water with meals lost more weight, on average than dieters who did not. Conventional wisdom has always been that drinking water helped diets because it made you eat less, but the Virginia Tech study seems to prove that there's something to the water hype.
Mona had a strange rash. She had just returned from the beach and thought maybe it was a reaction to the sun or the shellfish she ate. That week, every morning the welts on her legs multiplied. She applied ointment; it didn't help. When she finally went to the doctor, she found out it wasn't a rash; it was bedbugs.
Is it a marketing move or a genuine attempt to change the hectic conditions in already stressed out emergency rooms? According to the AP wire, several large suburban hospitals are advertising their wait times by billboard and even text message, to encourage less urgent patient emergencies to visit emergency rooms with lower volumes and quicker wait times. "If you're in a car accident, you're not going to flip open your iPhone and see what the wait times are," says Dr. Sandra Schneider, President-Elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Sassy note to the doc: iPhones don't flip. Also, I don't think it's such a bad idea.
I've tried many ways to barbeque salmon, but my favorite way is to place the salmon skin down on aluminum foil, sprinkle Lawry's Lemon Pepper on top, pour some butter over it and lay fresh lemons on the surface. Then place the salmon on the grill, baste with butter and watch it carefully. The key to good salmon is... don't over cook it. Use a fork to spread open the meat, you'll see the meat change to a light pink color and the meat will be moist and flaky, if it's dry you over cooked it.
You have a blood pressure monitor and you've taken your blood pressure. Or maybe your doctor has taken it and given you blood pressure numbers. But what do the numbers mean? Every patient is different, and everyone needs to consult with their physician to know what the numbers truly mean for them, personally. That being said, click ahead for a rough guide so that you can understand what your physician is talking about.
Scott Hanna isn't just CEO of QuickMedical-- he's also an avid fisherman, and recently returned from what he calls, "the best fishing trip south of Alaska," at Black Gold Lodge, in Rivers Inlet, Canada. Family owned and operated by Jim Rough, Black Gold Lodge is located in one of the most scenic and unspoiled places left on the earth. Located 300 miles north of Vancouver along the rugged Central Coast of British Columbia, it is accessible only by boat or sea-plane. The nearest road is 80 miles away.
After driving up Vancouver Island to Port Hardy, in the Northern part of the island, Scott and his wife then took a seaplane to the remote lodge in Rivers Inlet, where the majority of British Columbia's largest salmon congregate on their way to the spawning ground.
In Hong Kong, mice with cancer were treated with a chemotherapy that has been known to harm the digestive tract of animals when used. After the cancer was healed, the lucky mice were given an ancient Chinese remedy called Huang Qin Tan. The Huang Qin Tan healed the mice from the chemo damage. What is Huang Qin Tan and could it work for humans?
What you eat effects how your body operates. Just how certain foods can do things like help prevent cancer, act as an aphrodisiac, diminish psoriasis, or give you energy, there are also a group of foods that can help lower, high blood pressure. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends a daily eating plan called DASH. DASH was developed by Dr. Dean Ornish and stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension."