Thursday, 7 May 2020

Give your mind freedom to explore possibilities

6mm to 6mm. Further research in 2007,16 looked at whether there was any danger of silver, when utilised as a wound dressing, leading to bacterial resistance. The researcher evaluated other people's research procedures and measurements, and noted that different silver products released silver at different rates. He concluded, 'the clinical incidence of silver resistance remains low, and emergence of resistance can be minimised if the level of silver ions released from products is high and the bacterial activity is high'. Recent research17 with nanoparticles of silver looked at the potential for toxicity in the human body. Nanoparticles of silver work by releasing silver ions and by penetrating bacterial cells, which is exactly what an effective antimicrobial agent should do. The research team was able to demonstrate that nanoparticles of silver also penetrate mammalian cells. Just a little bit can mean he has colon cancer. It can be cured if he goes to the doctor and it's found and treated right away. If he doesn't, it can kill him. A woman notices that her nipple is inverting slightly, or it has a small area of dryness. She thinks it's probably nothing. But an underlying aggressive breast cancer may be there. Similarly, irregular menstrual bleeding or spotting at odd times can mean uterine cancer. People with constant indigestion self-treat for an ulcer or heartburn, when they may have gastric cancer or esophageal cancer. Sudden personality changes can mean brain cancer. It's important to make clear that people should be aware of the symptoms to look out for and make an appointment with a doctor. Unfortunately, though, while the last few generations have made remarkable strides toward equality in parts of the world, the primal impulse for women to expect less remains. It is pretty hard-wired in us already but is further reinforced when we experience things like gaslighting, which has become, shockingly, somewhat of a social norm. What is gaslighting, you might be wondering?

Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. Darlene Lancer, in an article for Psychology Today called it a hidden form of mental and emotional abuse designed to plant seeds of self-doubt and alter your perception of reality. Someone benefits when you don't even believe you are worth good things, but a woman is unstoppable once she believes she deserves goodness. So don't expect this one to go down without a fight. Compassion is aimed at the alleviation of suffering--that of others or ourselves--and can be ferocious as well as tender. These two poles are represented by the dialectic of yin and yang. Yin compassion is like a mother tenderly comforting her crying child. Inside the cell a process of oxidisation takes place whereby silver nanoparticles release silver ions, increasing toxicity. The silver nanoparticles are being incorporated into creams, deodorants and wound dressings, leading to concerns by some scientists that further research is needed before product safety can be established. Nanotechnology is a controversial subject, not only in medicine, but in many industries. Several large pharmaceutical companies are looking for novel molecules to help mankind in its quest to combat infectious diseases. At the same time, some chemicals that were thought to be effective are now being re-evaluated in the light of fresh research. Triclosan was hailed as a cheap and effective antibacterial agent and although it can be effective in killing bacteria on tabletops, chopping boards and other surfaces (including the surface of the skin), some researchers have found that it leaves a residue. Some bacteria, including MRSA, survive in this residue and build a resistance. There is also an environmental concern as 60% of US rivers and streams contain triclosan in their sludge. The manufacturers18 of triclosan are now investigating a selection of Australian essential oils as potential antimicrobials. Essential oils were used to combat infectious diseases long before the introduction of antibiotics. We also need to invest in strengthening and incorporating health services and training for our health care workers, so they can conduct accurate and timely diagnostics. Ensuring access to cancer-screening programs like mammograms and colonoscopies is key. We also need to make sure people living with cancer receive effective treatment, including pain relief and social support services.

Challenges to accessing these services are significantly greater in low- and middle-income populations and in rural America, where there may be fewer physicians and radiology services available. Although rural America is seeing more accessibility through telemedicine programs and in-home services, its access to screening programs still needs improvement. If we want to decrease the overall cost burden of cancer for society, it is essential that we focus on early detection and treatment services in these vulnerable populations. As time has passed, our cancer treatments and detection methods have evolved. We've come a long way from the inception of cancer screening. The cancers we most commonly screen for are breast, cervical, colon, lung, and skin because these are the most common cancers and are cancers for which, when found early, the survival rates drastically increase as the overall cost of care decreases. When a novel technology is introduced to the market, despite the testimony of physicians and patients as to how essential it is, insurance companies often do not want to cover the costs. Yang compassion is like a mother bear ferociously protecting her cubs from harm. Traditional gender roles allow women to be yin, but if a woman is too yang--if she gets angry or fierce--people get scared and often insulting. Men are allowed to be yang, but if a man shows vulnerability he risks being kicked out of the boys' club of power. In many ways the #MeToo movement can be seen as the collective arising of female yang. We are finally speaking up to protect ourselves, our sisters, our daughters and sons. 2 We understand the yin side of self-compassion, which looks like loving, self-connected comfort, validating our own pain in a nurturing manner. Taking gentle, mindful care of ourselves toward healing. This is more acceptable for women and less challenging, as it is subdued and largely internal. On the other hand, yang self-compassion looks like empowered truth, which fiercely protects us. Garlic, honey, silver and phage therapy were also employed to promote health and to combat infectious diseases. Throughout history anyone wounded in battle or through an accident, would be vulnerable to infection setting in. Although dangerous, having an infected wound was not necessarily a death sentence, nor should it be now.

Back then many natural products were found to be effective. What differentiates the two eras is that we now have laboratory evidence to prove why and how these products work against bacteria, whereas in the pre-antibiotic era there was scant scientific evidence. In general, antimicrobial products were used empirically, as knowledge of observable effects was passed down from generation to generation, or written up in herbals and medical compendiums. Then, as now, the key to a successful outcome was to treat early, not to wait for the bacterial growth to reach critical mass and invade the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream MRSA is so much more difficult to treat, needing intravenous antibiotic treatment in order to save the life of the patient. Seventy years ago the old saying 'a stitch in time saves nine' would have been quoted. Today we would interpret this as 'prevention is better than cure'. Take breast cancer screening, for instance. For decades we used standard 2D mammography, which was shown time and time again to detect cancer earlier, yielding lower mortality rates from breast cancer. Better technology was then developed, including 3D mammography, whole-breast ultrasound, and MRI, which all improve cancer detection at the earliest stages. Yet medical professionals have to hire lawyers and billing experts to fight with the insurance companies to cover these updated (and improved) cancer detection modalities. I myself have spent countless hours talking to legislators and arguing with budget committees about the need to incorporate such technologies into covered cancer screenings. When insurance companies refuse to listen to reason, despite evidence of long-term cost savings, I feel we have no choice but to enlist the help of lawmakers. Asking the government to mandate coverage by private companies need not be in conflict with a belief in limited government and free markets. There are times when government regulation is required for the public good. A major problem in US health care is the insurance industry's resistance to cover state-of-the-art cancer screenings. Ironically, insurance companies are a barrier to successfully detecting early, treatable cancers, which reduces costs for all. It says no to harm and marginalization, refusing to accept anything less than goodness. We no longer avoid seeing or telling the truth in order to keep the peace, which is, as Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, a negative peace which is no peace at all.

When we hold our pain with fierce empowered truth, we can speak up and tell our stories to protect ourselves and others from being harmed, wrote Dr Neff, but it is challenging to hold loving, connected presence together with fierce empowered truth because their energies feel so different. In other words, we tend to be inwardly tender or outwardly assertive, but not both. And yet the woman who believes she deserves goodness must exhibit each. We need love in our hearts so we don't become angry and hateful, but we need fierceness so harmful paths are disrupted. Fierce self-compassion says unequivocally, I deserve goodness, and so does everyone else. In my best dreams, you are surrounded by men and women who believe this for you too. Who would never reap the benefits of your losses or keep you low so they can remain high. A very important factor in the treatment of MRSA colonised wounds is the correct disposal of wound dressings and contaminated items. This is a article about being sociable -- intelligently sociable. Mastering this skill is the key to opening up your entire life. Think about it - all of the best things in our lives are born from social interactions. The dream job offer landed in your lap because an acquaintance gave you a tip and then you killed it at the interview. The wonderful relationship blossomed from a friend's introduction and you followed up with a series of amazing dates. Your oldest friend was drawn to you back in college because of a joke you delivered in just the right way. We often look at these situations as chance happenings -- but I disagree. In this article I will show you, very clearly, how to take control of your social life so that you can create these beautiful moments at will. Ten years ago, I founded two dating advice companies -- one for men, one for women. But if you think Canada's single-payer system is better at covering cancer screenings, it actually covers less than our system does. The concept adopted by the insurers is why I didn't become an economist: insurers bet on you not developing cancer, but if you do, they will then cover treatments. I have a hard time wrapping my head around the notion of saving money up front by refusing to cover screenings, thereby leaving people to be diagnosed with late-stage cancers that will cost much more to treat--not to mention the increased suffering for the patient.

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