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It’s Not Too Late to Make Good on those Resolutions! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:28
Let Your Spirituality Be Your Guide, Says Noted Doctor

The new year is already well under way. Job deadlines – or job searching – has begun anew, and the stresses of bills, kids in school again, and the sometimes endless treadmill of daily life can make us forget those New Year’s resolutions we made not so very long ago.

Physician and healer Amnon Goldstein, who has earned an international reputation for his practice of both Western and Eastern medicines, says it’s time to slow down and re-evaluate.

“You’ve heard it said before and you know it in your heart, but it’s the external pressures  that leave us feeling stressed, depressed, disappointed and overwhelmed,” says Goldstein. “Add to that the lingering economic troubles, families in flux and all of us working harder just to maintain our standard of living and it’s easy to forget the most person to take care of first is – you.”

Those resolutions to exercise more, eat healthier foods, meditate or otherwise tend to spiritual needs, they should be priorities, Goldstein says. They will ensure you’re stronger, happier, and better able to manage the external pressures, maybe even with a smile.

Quiet contemplation and a focus on spiritual growth – no matter one’s religion or beliefs – will lead to a clearer vision of how to accomplish the goals set for this year, Goldstein advises.

“Spirituality is no longer linked only to religion,” says Goldstein, the author of the recently released book Screwed: The Path of a Healer (www.iuniverse.com), a title that reflects the twisting nature of his global journeys as a healer and his own experiences with depression, divorce and illness.

“More and more people understand that they must nurture both body and spirit, which is why they make the sorts of resolutions they do. No matter how difficult your life, it will become easier and more joyful if you keep to those goals.”

Israeli-born Goldstein has practiced medicine around the world using conventional Western, traditional Eastern and less-familiar spiritual and mystical methods. In Screwed, he chronicles the path to wellness, understanding and enlightenment, a journey that takes the traveler to unexpected places.

Goldstein has known the horrors of war, witnessed the birth of new nations and experienced the mysterious healing powers of unconventional medicine. As a physician he has explored unconventional approaches to age-old physical and mental health challenges, embracing an over-arching philosophy that a life well-lived is not one which follows a straight or uncomplicated path.

Goldstein advocates proper nutrition as the basis for good health (no overeating, no dairy, no sugar), and exercise and meditation as the foundation of healthy living.

“We can live healthier and more fulfilled lives by looking inward,” Goldstein says. “Most of us will find that we have everything we need to celebrate the holidays in one form or another - either a healthy family, a warm home or some aspect of our lives that brings meaning. Expectation of perfection at this time of the year is toxic to our minds and spirits. Every healing is self-healing, but we need to take the time in the midst of our busy lives to take care of ourselves.”

About Amnon Goldstein, M.D.

Amnon Goldstein is a physician with more than 40 years of experience in conventional Western medicine and holistic and Eastern medicine. He has specialized in trauma care, vascular surgery and hypnosis, and has done in-depth study into the evolution of HIV and cancer research and treatments. A resident of Florida, Dr. Goldstein retired from medicine but continues to travel the world, learning, teaching and sharing with others the healing powers within each person. He is the father of three grown children.

 
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Funding to Improve Nursing Home Safety PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:08

Funding Will Support Landmark Nursing Home Reforms 

CHICAGO – January 24, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $110 million in additional federal funding for enhanced safety, increased staffing and quality standards in nursing homes. Federal authorities approved a federal Medicaid funding match that will allow the state to fully implement the reforms designed to protect frail older adults and persons with disabilities living in long term care facilities. Today’s announcement is the next in a series of steps to improve quality of care at Illinois nursing homes stemming from the work of the Governor’s Nursing Home Safety Task Force.

Under the funding mechanism approved by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, nursing homes will pay a provider tax that will be pooled, generating the $110 million in federal Medicaid matching funds. The bulk of these funds will be redistributed to nursing homes to enable the homes to pay for the increased staffing and quality standards that are required under the state’s nursing home reform laws.

“This is positive news for people who live in a nursing home or have a loved one living in a nursing home,” Governor Quinn said. “It means that our nursing homes get the funds that they need to continue improving safety and the quality of services that I signed into law as part of our nursing home reforms.”

The funding mechanism is being administered by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. It will also generate $20 million that will go toward increasing staff at the Illinois Department of Public Health, which will inspect and regulate nursing homes. A portion of the funds will also go toward expanded home and community-based services that serve as an alternative to nursing home care.

“Under the Governor’s leadership, we partnered with state agencies and other interested organizations to bring this policy to fruition,” Pat Comstock, executive director of the Health Care Council of Illinois, said. “Adequate funding for nursing home care will continue to be an important issue, and we must continually look for fair, creative solutions to ensure all nursing home residents in Illinois have proper care and a good quality of life.”

Governor Quinn formed the Nursing Home Safety Task Force in October 2009 to respond to concerns about the safety and regulation of nursing homes. The Task Force held a series of public meetings and recommended legislation to address these concerns. This led to the passage of Senate Bill 326, sponsored by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago). The legislation signed into law by Governor Quinn authorized the increased staffing and safety provisions, as well as revisions to the screening process for nursing homes to protect older adults from residents with a record of criminal violence.

A second law generated by the Task Force, Senate Bill 2863, sponsored by Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) and then Rep. Harry Osterman (D-Chicago), was designed to crack down on fraud, abuse and neglect in nursing homes.

For more information about the Governor’s Nursing Home Safety Task Force, please visit:  http://www2.illinois.gov/nursinghomesafety/Pages/default.aspx.

 

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Nurse Anesthetists Celebrate National Nurse Anesthetists Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Armentia Snyder   
Monday, 23 January 2012 14:12
Park Ridge, Ill., -- This week (January 22 – 28, 2012), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) and student nurse anesthetists, will honor the nurse anesthesia profession during the 13th annual National Nurse Anesthetists Week observance.

Touting the theme of this year’s campaign: “Quality and Excellence in Anesthesia Care,” nurse anesthetists and student nurse anesthetists across the country will organize educational programs and charitable events within their local communities as part of this year’s promotional activities.

“Each year we look forward to taking our messages to the masses during National Nurse Anesthetists Week. Whether it is through hosting an information session about the quality of care CRNAs provide their patients, or hosting a food drive within nearby underserved communities, our goal is to make a contribution collectively to the lives of others both inside outside of the operating room,” said Debra Malina, CRNA, DNSc, president of the 44,000-member American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

National Nurse Anesthetists Week was created by the AANA to encourage CRNAs to take the opportunity to educate the public about anesthesia safety, and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from nurse anesthetists.

Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice nurses who administer approximately 32 million anesthetics in the United States each year. Practicing in every setting where anesthesia is available, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in more than two-thirds of all rural hospitals, and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. service men and women on the front lines since World War I.

“This week serves an opportunity to emphasize the high standards in which CRNAs adhere to and the quality of care we provide when administering anesthesia,” said Malina.

About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA):  Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., the AANA is the professional organization for more than 40,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).  As advanced practice nurses, CRNAs administer approximately 32 million of the anesthetics delivered in the United States each year.  CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is available and are the sole anesthesia providers in more than two-thirds of all rural hospitals. To learn more visit www.aana.com.

 
IHT World Launches Medical Tourism Services Low Cost Health Care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pam Brammann   
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:23

IHT World introduces medical tourism services to empower Americans with an alternative to the high price of health care, including non-emergency surgery.

Although many people have never heard the term “medical tourism”, a growing number of Americans are finding it highly valuable to travel outside the United States for health care services. While medical tourism has been popular in many countries, Americans have only recently begun to understand the benefits of the medical tourism option.

Pam Brammann R.N., President and Managing Director of IHT World said, “As a nurse, I became extremely frustrated with our health care system. Upon discovering that American quality care can be obtained in other countries for a fraction of the cost in the United States, I decided to offer medical tourism as an option to save Americans a great deal of money on their health care costs.”  Typical savings are 50 to 80 percent compared to medical costs in the United States – including travel expenses for two.

Individuals, employers and insurance companies are all experiencing the financial burden of American health care.  IHT World offers customized medical tourism services that will help reduce health care costs without compromising quality.

To discover more go to www.ihtworld.com

 
IHT World Launches Dental Tourism Services For Low Cost Quality Dental Treatment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pam Brammann   
Thursday, 19 January 2012 08:34

IHT World announces the addition of dental tourism services as a practical alternative to the high price of dental care in the United States.

LeClaire, IA (PRWEB) January 18, 2012

Dental Tourism services are now available as an option that gives Americans the opportunity to have expensive dental services completed outside the United States, at a much lower cost.

Americans can potentially save thousands of dollars, yet enjoy the same high quality dental treatment they would receive in the United States.

There is no question that a multitude of Americans cannot afford the high cost of major dental services. That’s why IHT World is adding customized dental tourism services that will help reduce treatment costs, without compromising quality.

For example: The average cost for a dental implant in the United States is around $2,800. If you needed four implants, the total price will be approximately $11,200.

Using the dental tourism option, the cost is reduced to an average of $1,000 per implant. If you add in the cost of airline tickets for two and hotel cost for four days, the total cost is approximately $5,700. This produces an estimated savings of more than $5,000 from what it would cost in the U.S.

Due to the growing popularity of dental tourism, IHT World expects many Americans who have inadequate dental insurance to take advantage of this cost saving opportunity.

For additional details go to http://www.ihtworld.com/dental_tourism.html

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