Friday, August 27, 2010

Your Doctor's Values Vs. Your Values


I've written in the past about recognizing that your risk tolerance and values may be different from your doctor's (but you also need to recognize that he/she has the medical expertise you don't have.)

Here's a good blog entry from Kaiser about knowing that your doctor's values (including religious and cultural values) may be different from yours and could affect your treatment (taking it in the direction that you don't want).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2010/August/27/End-of-life-care-issues.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+khn%2Ffulltext+%28All+Kaiser+Health+News+%28Full+Text%29%29



My past blog about being conscious of the difference between your doctor's risk tolerance and your risk tolerance (in addition to recognizing the doctor's expertise) can be found at:
http://spirfit.com/2009/12/decisions-for-medical-treatment-risks.html


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Shu Chan 陳樹中 University of California, UC Davis, Brooklyn Tech

Terence Chan LIU Long Island University

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Bacteria Resistant to Most Antibiotics


In recent months, bacteria resistant to almost all antibiotics have been discovered. It contains NDM-1, an enzyme making it a "superbug" resistant to almost all antibiotics. There is one case in Hong Kong where a patient was successfully treated with "oral antibiotic agents commonly used to treat urinary tract infection." (CHP)

Origin of NDM-1 Bacteria
This superbug seems to have originated from Pakistan and/or India. (This NDM-1 bacteria were first discovered in patients who have recently received medical treatment in India or Pakistan.) Health departments in countries all around the world are concerned about the spread of this NDM-1 bacteria (including the British Department of Health, the CDC in the U.S., and the CHP in Hong Kong.)

What You Should Do
At this point (I must say), we shouldn’t be too worried, but we should be proactively vigilant by being conscious of our health and fitness (as I’ve been teaching in this blog), as well as our sanitary practices. Here is a list of suggestions:

1. Pray. We need to recruit the power of collectively praying to God, to not let this antibiotic-resistant bacteria situation to get worse.
2. Follow the guidelines of proper antibiotic use at http://www.chp.gov.hk/en/content/9/460/13039.html and http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/AntibioticsandAntibioticResistance/default.htm
3. Follow the advice of managing stress and maintaining good health at: http://spirfit.org/Published/StressMgtClip.pdf
4. We need to practice prevention – which includes habits that we should have anyway to be healthy and fit:
- Eat healthy and get enough sleep.
- Exercise and stay fit. (Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you use a public gym.)
- Wash your hands with soap and water whenever you have a chance (especially before you eat, before and after you use the bathroom, and after you’ve used any public facilities where you’ve come in contact with surfaces that are touched by many (such as poles in a public bus).
- Do not touch your ears, nose, or mouth.

For More Information From RELIABLE Sources:

http://www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/21633.html
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5924a5.htm
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/MediaCentre/Statements/DH_118544
http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.aspx?docID=642029

Disclaimer
Please check with your doctor before taking advice from this blog.


Copyright: © 2010. This document is the sole property of Amadeo Constanzo. You may use this article for free on your web site, blog, or other publication if and only if you include this entire copyright notice including the following links and statement. Other free teachings from Amadeo Constanzo can be found at SpirFit.com and SpirFit.org

Shu Chan 陳樹中 Terence Chan LIU

Terence Chan LIU Long Island University

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Your Health Insurance


A few months ago, I wrote an article summarizing the health reform bills that President Obama signed, including key points that may affect you. I forgot to share it here. Here it is - http://www.baycurrents.net/key-features/item/217-what-the-new-health-reform-means-to-you

Not all the changes from the bill will take place immediately.... Some have taken place already such as your insurance company’s requirement to allow you to include your son/daughter (upto age 26) in your insurance plan. Other changes will take place later.

Copyright: © 2010. This document is the sole property of Amadeo Constanzo. You may use this article for free on your web site, blog, or other publication if and only if you include this entire copyright notice including the following links and statement. Other free teachings from Amadeo Constanzo can be found at SpirFit.com and SpirFit.org

Shu Chan 陳樹中