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Take Care of Your Body

Jim Rohn once said, “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live”. Taken at face value you might be tempted to think that all you have to do to stay healthy is to worry about your physical body and everything will be alright. However, as a firm believer in the phenomenon that what happens to us physiologically results from what’s going on inside of us (mentally and spiritually) good health is more than just looking after our physical frame.

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This blog is about health: physical, mental and spiritual. We will explore and discuss the different mind-sets that individuals have concerning what it is to be healthy and how to become that healthy person we all crave to be. We will talk about what we put inside our body; how we treat it; and how the values & beliefs we have shape us and impact upon our mental & spiritual wellbeing.

When we meet someone for the first time, we often only consider what we can observe of that person’s looks, mannerisms or body language. We seldom stop to think that, here is an individual who is more than just flesh and blood but a spiritual being with a lot more going on than meets the eye.

As human beings, we have the ability to think what we like and those very thoughts determine whether we sustain good health or fall prey to injury, sickness and disease. Because we cannot directly and readily see the impact our thoughts have upon our world, we fail to conceive that there is a relationship between what and how we think and the outcomes that manifest in our lives.

This not only includes issues which are clearly seen, such as your or your family’s attitude towards education and the qualifications you achieve. It also encompasses your thoughts about nutrition, healthy eating and exercise, for example. If you believe your “body is a temple”, you treat it with respect and watch what you eat, what and how much you drink and what you do in your leisure time.

Nowhere than in the realm of research, into the impact of placebos on the treatment of disease, has the relationship between what goes on in the mind and the physical manifestations, been more clearly demonstrated. Studies have been carried out all around the world with many different groups of people with varying ailments to try to establish why and how this works.
In these controlled experiments, one group of people is given real drugs which treat their condition whilst another group is supplied with placebos (fake drugs that have no ingredients to affect their condition).

In one ground-breaking experiment carried in 1999 at the Karolinska Hospital in Sweden, 88 patients who needed pacemakers were separated into two groups. Both sets of people were fitted with pacemakers but only one group had their devices switched on. To everyone’s astonishment, both groups showed a marked degree of recovery.
Why the placebo effect exists is purely down to psychological conditioning or the “power of expectation” as some would put it. You expect the medication you receive to be effective in treating your condition and no surprise, it does.

In the same way that a positive outlook can have a favorable effect on your life, it is of little wonder that the opposite is also true. If you live in fear: fear about the future, anxiety about your circumstances, hang-ups about your past and so forth, these things will have an adverse impact on you.

There are those who believe that since you only have one life you should live it fast & live it hard, “empty the tank” and never mind the consequences. Whilst there may be some sympathy with this perspective, one crucial factor comes into play. Although people are living longer than the previous generation, they are not necessarily living healthier lives.

Better hygiene, public health, medicines and nutrition have contributed to this increase in longevity but more and more people are struggling in old age with chronic disorders such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Not only do these conditions have a huge effect on the public purse but it also means that people are being kept alive in ill-health by medicines. Find out more information about health and old age at the National Institute on Aging.

Our interest at Borobudur Health is to keep at the top of our readers mind the fact that we don’t have to go through life suffering the effects of ill-health. How we view ourselves, what we eat and drink, how we treat other people, all of these things have an impact on our health.

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We all have a good idea of what a successful person looks like. When you see an individual who you would consider to have accomplished more than most, it usually follows that that person, generally speaking, is enjoying a greater level of good health than the average person. We need good health in order to achieve success in other areas of our lives.

I believe that, for the most part, the things we experience in life come to us because we attract them. Although it may not be easy, a healthy mind, body and spirit is a state all of us can reach. We need to cultivate personal discipline and learn to expect good things.

 

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Should We be Panicking Over Ebola?

There Are Several Ways To Control An Ebola Outbreak

Many now know the story of Thomas Duncan, who was the first Ebola patient to die in the USA. Thomas was in Liberia, when he helped a pregnant woman who was very sick and was throwing up, get to the hospital. The woman was turned away from an Ebola treatment center that was overfilled, so she went home. This woman died a few hours later. This incident happened five days before Thomas flew back to the United States. Thomas filled out paperwork at his port of exit, stating that he had no close contact with anyone infected with Ebola. Days after he arrived in the United States, he began to have flu-like symptoms that stayed with him for some time. Thomas went to see a doctor, but they thought that he was suffering from an infection so they prescribed him antibiotics, and sent him home. He returned to the hospital days later, and he was diagnosed with Ebola.

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Thomas Duncan has set off a chain of events that has now brought disease control under the spotlight. After Thomas was diagnosed with the disease, he was quarantined, along with his fiancee and their children. Although Thomas Duncan had come to Texas to meet the son he had never known, he would never be able to complete this task as he died 10 days after being diagnosed with Ebola. Not only is this an unfortunate incident but it brings to light the need for a more rigorous disease control process in America. Many thought that because Ebola was a half a world away, it wouldn’t affect anyone here in the US; this proves to be incorrect. By Thomas Duncan getting on that plane, and the coming to the United States, he has put many who cared for him at the hospital, as well as family members, in danger. Those quarantined for close contact with Duncan, have recently been released and are Ebola free.

The unfortunate circumstances surrounding Thomas Duncan’s contraction of Ebola did not die with him. Sadly, two nurses who had treated Duncan at the hospital, later contracted the disease as a result of their contact with him. This came to light sometime after his death. One nurse traveled to Ohio from Dallas, Texas, carrying the disease with her. She was in the vicinity of family members, those on the plane, and even people in a wedding boutique. There are hundreds of persons that are thought to have been exposed to Ebola through this nurse, Amber Vinson, while she was traveling. The other nurse who was the first to be diagnosed with Ebola was quickly isolated and treated. She was given blood by a previous survivor, in hopes that the antibodies would help her to get over the disease. Overall, this has been a success as claims are that she no longer has the Ebola virus.

Thankfully, Ms. Vinson has also recently been declared Ebola free. Although this is great news for those fearing for the lives of both of these nurses, disease control is an extremely popular subject now. Ms. Vinson was able to travel from one coast to another and possibly infect others while not even showing symptoms of the disease. She may have even had symptoms sooner than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had initially thought was possible. It’s obvious that this disease is a force to be reckoned with. The incubation time is 21 days and the fatality rate is extremely high. More people die from it than those that survive. The disease can easily be passed from one person to another through fluids. What’s disheartening to know is that the two nurses were in full protective gear at all times around Thomas Duncan. How could they possibly catch Ebola, with all possible precautions being taken?

These concerns have ignited fear that the current disease control and prevention methods are not effective. Thomas Duncan should never have been allowed in the country. Liberia had even spoken about prosecuting Thomas for lying on his paperwork about his contact with an Ebola patient. Although it’s impossible to tell if he knew the woman he helped to the hospital had Ebola, it is reasonable to assume Thomas probably was aware that she had died. He was still in Liberia five days after her death. With this knowledge, it’s safe to say that Thomas thought he was fine to travel, as he was not sick yet, but he was sorely mistaken. The further delay in treating him with antibiotics also, ultimately, led to his demise. If the link was made to the Ebola virus, he might have had a chance to be saved. His family members dispute that he was given all the options needed to save his life, such as having blood donated to him from an Ebola survivor.

The Thomas Duncan story is a sad one, as he was doing a good deed to try and help the pregnant woman, but unfortunately he caught the disease from her unknowingly. He further did not give the information, about his possible exposure, to those who needed to know. It’s unlikely that he knew he had Ebola, even while in the USA. Common sense would dictate that the right thing to do would be to go to the hospital and state that he has Ebola and save his life.

There are many ways to control diseases from breaking out in any area. The biggest problem with Ebola right now, is that those who have it can feel no effects from it for up to 21 days before they are show symptoms. This allows for many to travel back and forth, and possibly spread the disease without knowledge. Many have suggested that restricting travel from areas stricken with Ebola is a possible solution. This however, can provide no guarantee to halt the disease because of the nature of global commerce nowadays.

How can you control a disease that is so hard to detect. Ultimately, there is no best way. The Government will need to put in place a number of measures including the distributing information, controlling travel, monitoring those exposed to others with the disease and keeping large stocks of medicines to fight the disease.