Prescription Drugs from International Pharmacies Save Elderly Money

As pointed out by *Jack Shapiro, an internationally-known healthcare marketing consultant “For the first nine months of this year, the U.S. imported $40 billion in pharmaceuticals and exported only $21 billion. In 2003, we imported $50 billion and exported $23 billion.” So what makes buying from your local U.S. based pharmacy any safer then purchasing from Mexico or Canada?

Many of today’s elderly (U.S.) cross the borders of Mexico and Canada in order to get their prescriptions filled at a huge discount. For some it has become a necessity because they simply can’t afford necessary drug treatments any other way.

But what about those who don’t live near the borders; how can they take advantage of these savings? Fact is there are a lot of prescription drugs that can be purchased online from international locations for a fraction of the cost people pay here in the United States. A good example of this is http://www.rxmex.org where many of today’s best known brand drugs can be found such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Zocor, Zoloft, Propecia and more. However they not only offer name brand drugs at sharp discounts they also give seniors the opportunity to buy generic versions of most of these name brand drugs for savings that can reach up to 80% less then their name brand counterparts!

When a drug company first invents a drug (eg. Prozac) that company is the only one allowed to make that drug for a certain number of years (approximately 10 years in the US). After this time period, other companies are allowed to make the same drug. These drugs are called generics. The original drug (eg. Prozac) is called a brand name drug. Brand name drugs and their generics are IDENTICAL in terms of active ingredients. The generic pills may look different (because they are made by a different company) but inside is exactly the same active ingredient which works in exactly the same way. The only difference between brand name drugs and generic drugs is that generics are always less expensive.

Most all drugs found at http://www.rxmex.org require a prescription so this licensed pharmacy can fill most orders by having the purchaser fax them their prescription and the shipped order can be tracked online. Another benefit to ordering this way is that there is no tax to be paid and orders are shipped internationally.

While some headway has been made in the last year or so in regards to reducing prescription drug costs for seniors, for now it’s simply not enough for so many of our elderly. With the political clout of today’s drug companies who converge on Washington D.C. like vultures I’m not sure the costs will ever get to the point where it should be. Until then places like http://www.rxmex.org with their name brand and generic low cost versions of many prescription drugs will continue to be another excellent low cost source for today’s seniors.

Understanding The Parts Of A Drug

Drugs are made up of two main parts: active and inactive parts. The active part is essentially the drug that you are purchasing and it varies depending on the condition that you are looking to treat. For example, if treating pain, the active ingredient is acetaminophen. The active ingredients come in different dosages depending on the extent of the condition and the age of the person that the medication is designed for.

Inactive parts of a drug

The inactive part of the drug makes up the largest portion of the drug and often don’t cause interaction with the primary ingredient. Just like with the active ingredients of the drug, the inactive ingredients vary depending on the drug. There are many types of these ingredients with the most common being:

Artificial sweeteners: These are designed to make the drugs sweet to take. There are many types of artificial sweeteners in the market but the most common are: aspartame and saccharin. Aspartame is heavily used in chewable tablets and sugar-free formulations. Saccharin, on the other hand, is used in almost all oral drugs both solid and liquid. It is usually not included in the drug labeling thus it’s difficult to tell when present.

Benzyl alcohol: Benzyl alcohol is used as a preservative in many injectable drugs and solutions. While there are some people that are allergic to benzyl alcohol, studies show that small doses of it don’t have any effect on both adults and children.

Coloring agents: These are dyes that are meant to give the drugs a distinctive and identifiable appearance. The most common dyes used are: azo dye tartrazine, neutral red dye, and many others.

Lactose: It’s widely used as a diluent or filler in capsules and tablets. It’s used to give bulk to the powders.

Propylene glycol: Glycol is used as a drug solubilizer in oral, topical, and injectable medications.

Guide to buying the ingredients

If you are a drug manufacturer you need to be cautious of where you buy them from. As rule of thumb ensure you buy them from a reputable store. The store should comply with the regulatory guidelines in all areas of drug manufacture. This includes: labeling, packaging, repackaging and others. The store should also have strict client confidentiality where it shouldn’t disclose the information that you give.

To find a reputable store you need to take your time to research. Before getting into a contract with a given company, take your time to read the reviews given by previous customers.

Antioxidants, Acids, Alkali and Cancer

In my previous articles on cancer, I did not discuss the role of acids, bases and antioxidants in detail. But with the current hype about the miraculous nature of basic water, antioxidant foods and drugs, I feel compelled to step in and set the records straight with currently available medical literature.

The efficacy of acids, bases and antioxidants in cancer therapy is not a myth. It has biochemical basis informed by modern research (SS Kim et al, 2004; Ian F. Robey & Lance A. Nesbit, 2013). The apparent controversy surrounding this subject emanates from poor coordination of research findings.

I have read articles (Bradley A. Web et al, 2011; Shi Q. et al, 2001; Silver M. et al, PubMed 2011) supporting systemic alkalosis or systemic hyperacidosis as the dominant toxic factor in cancer development. I have also watched video presentations claiming that cancer development is just a natural cellular adaptation to toxic environment, which is corrected by normalizing the environment.

These claims are to say the least, unbalanced truths. By the end of this discussion it would have become obvious that there is no basis for undue generalizations in the management of cancer. There still remains the need for expert judgement in formulating a cancer treatment protocol.

BEFORE CANCER

First, let me state that the human body will literally rust away like a nail left under the rain over time without inbuilt natural protective mechanisms. To prevent rust or oxidation, most macromolecules essential for human existence are shielded from molecular oxygen or oxygen equivalents with hydrogen molecules (reduction). Oxygen equivalents are those compounds that remove these protective hydrogen molecules from other compounds.

They are also called oxidizing agents. Compounds that restore these hydrogen molecules are called reducing agents. The two most important organic reducing agents in human body are glutathione and ubiquinone, while the two most important oxidizing agents are molecular oxygen and free oxygen radicals.

APOPTOSIS AND GROWTH SUPPRESSOR GENES

The human body cells are normally continuously moving from resting phase, to growth phase and then multiplication phase. This continuous state of growth and multiplication means that any organ can potentially grow to any size, depending on its natural growth rate. By inference all human beings may also grow into giants. It even suggests immortality of human beings.

Thankfully, every cell has an inbuilt apoptotic clock that ensures that it dies after a specified number of days, making room for incoming cells. Thus red blood cells, for instance, are recycled every 120 days. The size and shape of the cells of individual organs are equally limited prior to their date of apoptosis, by growth suppressor genes (notably p53, AP1, NF-kB) located in the nucleus.

Anything that hinders the functions of apoptosis and growth suppressor genes would obviously be expected to unleash uncontrolled growth and multiplication of cells in any organ of the body. This rapid growth of disorganized and poorly differentiated cells is called cancer.

All anti-growth suppression and anti-apoptosis agents are called carcinogens. They may be chemicals, radiations, biochemical molecules, acids, bases, free radicals, heat, cold, etc. But they all exert their effect by in activating apoptosis gene or growth suppressor gene. They accomplish this by corrupting the gene coding system in such a way that the codes are wrong (missense) or mean nothing (nonsense).

The code is corrupted due to the insertion of the wrong amino acid code into a gene sequence or the excision of the right amino acid code from the sequence. Consequently the t-RNA misreads or miss-senses the expression of the right apoptosis or growth suppressor protein.

TOXINS, FREE RADICALS AND CARCINOGENS

Toxins are basically those compounds whose activities will directly or indirectly lead to human rust and death by causing catabolic or destructive oxidative reactions in body tissues. The high powered toxic tissue oxidizing agents are called free radicals (ROS and RNS), which are basically free ionized oxygen or Nitrogen atoms (O2- and N2- )

When a toxin causes a gene altering damage in the nuclear region of a cell (oxidative nuclear damage) it is then known as a carcinogen. As such not all toxins are carcinogen. Aflatoxin (from mold) is not only toxic to liver cells, but ultimately causes liver cancer, making it a carcinogen.

The detoxification process mainly converts lipid soluble toxins into excretable water soluble glucuronides in three steps. In step one the toxins are aggregated and isolated in the specific organs that neutralize them.

Then glucuronic acid is attached to them in the presence of glutathione which the protective hydrogen molecules. (Note that in fighting oxidants hydrogen (non-ionized) carried by reduced NADPH is a friend, while in acid-base balance ionized hydrogen is the enemy).

Free radicals can also contribute to cancer development by inducing genetic mutation through oxidative nuclear damage, or suppress cancer growth by promoting apoptosis. Step three is the excretion of the toxins.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Compounds use to replenish hydrogen molecules in glutathione and other endogenous reductase enzymes are called antioxidants. A lot of these reducing agents occur naturally in fruits and vegetables. Others are available as drug extracts from plants and animals.

Individual antioxidants target different steps of the detox process. This is why balanced nutrition by itself goes a long way to keep our bodies toxin free. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the environments we live in are all full of toxins, including heavy metals. To survive as human beings, an extensive detoxification mechanism has to exist.

Every body tissue has detox ability, but the liver, gut, and lymphoid tissues and kidneys play the dominant role. Thus most toxins are trapped, neutralized and excreted through feces, urine or bile. Stagnation or obstruction of flow in any of these three organs, generally leads to a toxic state.

Stressors and nutritional insufficiencies that weaken the immune system also contribute to toxic states allowing micro-organisms to multiply and generate additional toxic substances that must be removed.

Successful detoxification requires a lot of energy, which comes from glucose metabolism. Biochemical energy is not measured in Joules, but in ATPs (Adenosine Triphosphate). The metabolic process for converting glucose to ATP is called glycolsis.

During aerobic glycolysis one molecule of glucose combines with two molecules of ADP3- (Adenosine Diphosphate) and two ionic phosphoric acid molecules to yield two ionic ATP4- molecules and two lactate molecules. The ionic ATP4- molecule gives up one Hydrogen proton (H+) to yield one molecule of ionic ADP3-, which is reused in glycolysis.

Under anaerobic (low oxygen) conditions, ATP is generated differently. One molecule, each, of ADP3- and ionic phosphoric acid accumulated from aerobic glycolysis recombine without glucose to form one molecule of ATP4+ and one hydroxyl molecule. Two hydrogen protons combine with two bicarbonates to end up as carbonic acid inside body cells.

TOXIC ACIDOSIS

Glycolsis can be aerobic when it consumes molecular oxygen, or anaerobic when it consumes oxidizing agents. Both the detox reactions and glycolsis are driven or catalyzed by enzymes, which depend on the availability of specific micro-molecules, proteins, amino acids and vitamins as cofactors for their functions.

By the time enough ATP is generated to keep the body toxin safe, enough carbonic acid hydration of respiratory carbon dioxide (CO2) has accumulated to keep the inside of every cell perpetually acidic. In a highly toxic state, which includes rapid proliferation of cells, this intracellular acid builds up exponentially beyond survivable limits.

Cancer cells are known to rapidly outgrow their blood supplies and go into severe hypoxic states. This is why the cancer cell nucleus has to rapidly increase the expression of sodium driven proton extruding proteins and enzyme proteins through nuclear sensing of sharp rise in HIF.

Thus, by default, the Intracellular fluid (ECF) of every cell is acidic (low pH) while that of the extracellular fluid (ECF) is alkaline (high pH). It is important to note at this point that while intracellular fluids exist in compartments inside the cells, extracellular fluids coalesce to form a pool in which all body cells submerged.

This ECF pool is represented by intercellular fluid, lymph, blood, and glandular secretions, all of which feed into the circulatory system of the body. ECF acid or base build up in any part of the body is ultimately dissipated into the circulatory system, which centrally maintains a mildly basic pH of 7.20 -7.40.

In addition to mobilizing ammonium and bicarbonate ions the central buffer system has the ability to move chloride ions in and out cells (chloride shift) to maintain acid-base balance.

MEMBRANE SENSORS AND TRANSPORTERS

To keep intracellular acidity below lethal level, the inner surface of the cell membrane has acid sensors and transporters that detect abnormal rise in intracellular acidity and trigger increased extrusion of hydrogen and retention of alkaline bicarbonate ions.

This trigger is mediated by the rise in the blood level of hypoxia induced factors (HIF) and probably acidosis induced factors (AIF). On detecting this rise in HIF, the nucleus temporarily increases the expression of Na-driven proton transport proteins and histidine rich basic proteins.

The ammonium radicals on the amino acids of these basic proteins (especially histidine) serve as physiologic buffers for organic acids.

“Protonation and de-protonation has been experimentally shown to change protein structure and thus, alter protein-protein binding affinity, change protein stability, modify protein function, and alter subcellular localization (Schonichen et al., 2013b).

Evolutionarily, histidines must confer some selective advantage for cancers, as 15% of the 2000 identified somatic mutations in cancer involve histidine substitutions, with Arg-to-His being the most frequent (Kan et al., 2010)”.

The nucleus also temporarily steps up the expression of important enzyme proteins that catalyze the buffer reactions, namely mono-carboxylate, carbonic anhydrase, and aminotransferase enzymes.

In a similar manner the external surface of the cell also has alkaline sensors made up of G-protein coupled surface receptors, which also communicate with the nucleus to increase or decrease the expression of relevant proteins and enzymes. As tissue hypoxia decreases, the level of HIF decreases along with nuclear expression of proton extrusion proteins and enzymes.

Failure of this return to normalcy has been observed as one of the hallmarks of early cancer. What started out as a normal adaptive change becomes persistent because of irreversible genetic modifications that triggered it.

CELLULAR SURFACE ACID/BASE REVERSAL

The central physiological buffer system has a maximum capacity to neutralize up to 30 micromoles of acid/gram tissue/min in systemic acidosis or 5-10 micromoles of base in alkalosis.

Beyond these levels, normal body cells are unable to continue their buffer functions because the enzymes are deactivated. At this point there is a reversal of the normal acid-base distribution on either side of the cell membrane, which is lethal to normal issues. In some critical situations, chloride ions are shifted massively into all body cells (chloride shift) to urgently dilute the extracellular acidity.

But the gastric cells have the natural ability to survive in the presence of high extracellular acidity (HCl at pH of 6.6). How they manage this high extracellular acidity then becomes very important in understanding how cancer cells survive high extracellular acidity with normal intracellular acidity for their survival and proliferation. Some cancer cells are known to have accumulated genetic adaptations that enable them to survive extreme pH conditions (carbonic acid at pH of 6.6).

Gastric cells are shielded from concentrated HCl secreted into the stomach mainly by structural barriers (thick basement membrane, thick mucosal layer and thick mucous layer). There are no natural inhibitors of hydrogen potassium ATPase enzyme that catalyzes the final phase of acid excretion.

In severe cases of Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD), Gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD), or Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, when this natural barrier is ulcerated by concentrated HCl, some gastric lining cells undergo goblet intestinal metaplasia (transformation into ectopic intestinal epithelium in the stomach) to secrete neutralizing alkaline fluids into the stomach.

While there is no natural attempt to control the hydrogen potassium ATPase enzymes, pharmacological intervention with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like omeprazole has been successful in reducing gastric secretion in severe cases of chronic gastric hyperacidity.

Similarly some esophageal epithelial cells undergo gastric metaplasia to become gastric cells in the face of chronic exposure to reflux gastric acid (Barrett’s Esophagus). Acquisition of this missing ability to control hydrogen potassium ATPase and sodium driven proton extrusion by monocarboxylate enzyme appear to be critical to the survival of cancer cells

IN EARLY CANCER

It is important to note that the natural response to extracellular hyperacidity in the GIT depends on the stage and localization of the acidity. Both goblet metaplasia and gastric metaplasia have been recognized as precancerous lesions (carcinoma in situs). At the early stage of Barret esophagus, the response is only structural to prevent cell wall damage.

But when the barrier has failed in the stomach, the response is alkaline secretion. A person on preventive alkaline water will be helping to neutralize the added hypoxic acidity of early cancer in Barret’s Esophagus and chronic PUD, but not in any way preventing the occurrence of cancer itself, since proton extrusion in cancer is irreversible.

Any cancer caught at the in situ stage is usually best treated with surgical excision and radiotherapy, rather than alkaline water.The question then is: “Why did prophylactic alkaline water not prevent the metaplasia?”

The answer to that is that while oral alkali intake may cap out at micromoles of alkali per gram tissue, cancer proton extrusion acid build up ranges in nanomoles per gram tissue (a thousand times more). Also intracellular hypoxia and hyperacidity are not the only risk factors for cancer.

Radiations are known to be commonly responsible for skin cancers, even as HPV is known to be responsible for cervical cancer. Prophylactic alkalosis has not been reported to prevent any of them. Sticking to the hype that alkaline water is the best way to prevent and even cure cancer, puts people at risk of missing early opportunities to truly cure cancer.

Alkaline water intake will help the body maximize the physiological adaptive response acidosis. Unfortunately, even at maximum physiological capacity, extracellular buffers are no match for cancer intracellular proton extruders.

As the well adapted cancer cells grow and multiply freely their neighboring non-cancerous cells are rapidly destroyed by ECF hyperacidity creating more space for them to occupy. Thus cancer invasiveness has been shown to correlate with the degree of acid-base reversal across the cancer cell membrane.

At the advanced stage of cancer with ECF acidity readings in nanomols compared to orally boosted alkalinity readings in micromoles, buffer therapy has been shown to be resisted by cancer cells. One such reported example is the inefficacy of a basic drug doxorubicin used in the treatment of Leukemias and lymphomas.

Going by what has been discussed so far, it is obvious that externally sourced acids and alkali cannot be safely loaded to outweigh tumor generated levels in ECF and ICF. It is also understandable that no single pH balancing agent, can be used to treat both acid sensing and alkaline sensing cancers.

Preventive or prophylactic intake of acidic or alkaline liquids or foods remain relevant only within the physiological buffering range, when adaptive changes are still reversible. Unfortunately at that point the tumor generated acidity would have risen to resistant levels. Preventive alkaline water intake in a person with undiagnosed acid sensing cancer is not likely to retard the growth of the tumor.

Similarly preventive intake of alkaline water in a patient with undiagnosed alkaline sensing cancer will encourage it to grow and establish faster. Patients receiving treatment for emesis gravid arum (vomiting in pregnancy) for instance, cannot be on preventive alkaline regimens in the face of systemic alkalosis from heavy loss of gastric acid through vomiting.

However, it is possible that some people are unable to fully optimize the natural buffer system, due to genetic predisposition or problems related to amino acid metabolism. In such situations, preventive acid or base intake supplements the patients effort to achieve maximum physiological buffering. This can easily account for some of the spectacular results observed in some patients whose cancers were caught early.

In conclusion, the management of cancer remains complicated. When there is a strong family history or occupational predisposition for cancer, cancer screening needs to be done early to search for risk factors and genetic markers.

Where there are suggestions of cancer predisposition, full blood tests, scans, biopsies, endocrinological tests, and radiological test should be done by a primary care provider and reviewed by a team of experts in radiology, hematology, pathology, oncology surgical oncology, gastroenterology, and international medicine.

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Types Of Gelatin Capsules Provide By A Capsule Manufacturer

Gelatin is a purified protein that is obtained from the collagen of animal bones, which is further classified into different categories that depend on the strength of the gel it forms. It’s main function is to manufacture the shell of the capsule, which is known as Gelatin Capsules. It is a simple and most preferable way to dispense the appropriate dose of a drug for the formulation. These are demanded because of its easy to swallow shell that masks the unpleasant smell of the drug filled inside it. With thousands of options to choose from making a decision is hard, but don’t worry. Here in this article, we will discuss common and most demanded of its types offered by the Capsule Manufacturer, so, you can pick the ideal one that suits your need.

Hard Gelatin Capsules: It is one of the basic types, which contains dried or powdered Gelatin. These have thinner and strong structure. It is also recognized as dry-filled and two-piece capsules because it has two sections. One is its body in which drug gets filled as per the need and other is cap in which oil or water is already mixed, which helps to cover the body by slipping. These are mainly used to fill powdered drug in it.

Soft Gelatin Capsules: Another basic of its type offered by a Capsule Manufacturer is soft gelatin capsules, which are soft, elliptical or spherical in shape. This is mainly used to contain liquids, oils, pasty material etc.

HPMC Capsules: It is a perfect option for the vegetarians or you can even call it a substitute of Gelatin Capsules. These HPMC Capsules are made of 100% natural products and doesn’t contain any animal matter that makes its consumption easier for the vegetarians. It is a safe option for them and the best part is that it never harms their religion anyhow.

Flavored Capsules: These are widely demanded in the market because of its different flavor. It is very much helpful in consuming the capsule because it masks the unpleasant smell and even the taste of the drug in it. It gives a party to your taste buds; therefore these are available in a number of flavors, so, one can choose it as per their preference. It makes medication easier for the children and old people.

All in all, a capsule manufacturer has a wide range to offer in every shape, size, color and even flavor. It gives you a freedom to pick the one as per the need of your industry that too at an affordable rate. For sure, this article may solve your confusion among its different types and help you to make a wise decision.

Clinton on South Beach Diet

Clinton’s recent quadruple bypass surgery has been largely debated. Being on the South Beach Diet made everybody wonder how the former president’s illness advanced so much as to need to be surgically corrected. Some even blame it on the diet. Some wonder why the diet didn’t help avoiding surgery.

Fact is that, first of all, being on the South Beach Diet for a relatively short time or being on any other diet couldn’t work miracles and suddenly reverse atherosclerosis. It is true that recent clinical trials have indicated that with a reduced cholesterol level, reduced weight and regular exercise heart disease may regress but a longer period of time is required to restore what was built in decades. Studies show that coronary artery disease starts as early as childhood progressing throughout adolescence and childhood.

Then, there were other factors sure to worsen Clinton’s condition. In heart disease there are several risk factors that cannot be changed: age, heredity, gender. Older males with a family history of heart disease are more likely to suffer from it, and Bill Clinton fit the profile.

Stressful life contributed to a great extent to his illness, although he is known to exercise regularly. Among other benefits, exercise helps relieving of stress. But the former president overlooked other important aspects. His fondness for smoking and unhealthy foods worsened the situation. Since he started the South Beach diet he lost weight. Probably if dieting had been one of his priorities earlier in his life, his health would have improved substantially. Unfortunately, it seems that his doctors were not that persuasive! The result was that surgery was needed to prevent a heart attack.

Following the South Beach Diet (in a low-sodium version) on a long term basis, accompanied by an exercise routine and quitting smoking would be likely to help the former president to improve his health after his release from the hospital.

What Is Red Raspberry Leaf Tea and What Are Its Benefits?

If you are pregnant, you have possibly heard about red raspberry leaf tea. The benefits of red raspberry leaf tea as a uterine tonic is unmatched. If you do not know more about this tea, then continue reading this article, you will come to know about read raspberry, its benefits and other important things that work amazing during pregnancy.

  • What exactly the raspberry leaf is?
  • What are the benefits of this tea?
  • What are the benefits of drinking it during pregnancy?

Here we will give you answers of all the questions that you must know about the benefits of raspberry leaf tea and especially if you are pregnant.

As the name suggests, red raspberry is herbal product; the leaves are derived from red raspberry leaves. It has been widely used as medicine for hundreds and thousands of years, including among the indigenous Australian cultures. They use this herbal tea as nectar for relieving various health issues. In the year 1940s, when Western Medicine practitioners found the benefits of raspberry tea leaves and started using this tea as a tonic for uterus during pregnancy as well as childbirth, it has started getting popular all around the world. So, what are the benefits of drinking this tea during pregnancy? Is it safe for pregnant women? Here is everything, you should know about this tea and its benefits, especially during pregnancy.

Health Benefits of Drinking Red Raspberry Tea

This tea contains a rich assortment of Vitamins, combing Vitamin-B complex, calcium, iron, fragraine as well as magnesium that are very important for pregnant women. Around the world, the benefits of red raspberry leaf tea are accepted.

  • This herbal tea is used for treating flu, diarrhea, acne etc.
  • This tea is especially good for women suffering from high blood sugar.
  • The tea is good for diabetic women.
  • The tea is good for women suffer from irregular menstrual cycles.
  • Red raspberry tea helps decrease heavy periods and lowers the blood pressure.
  • Women take this tea during pregnancy is said to aid the immune system.
  • The tea can ease your morning sickness and promote better circulation.
  • Taking raspberry leaf tea is believed to help strengthen your uterine muscles, tone your pelvic floor which is essential for childbirth and increase the breast milk.

Who Can Avail the Benefits of Raspberry Tea?

There are many confusion and contradictions spread out among the general people about raspberry leaf tea. Naturopaths say, the tea is safe, when a pregnant woman drinks in the third trimester at an appropriate dose. To avoid the unnecessary headaches you should consult with your doctor prior to take red raspberry leaf tea. You can also ask your naturopath or herbalist about the benefits of red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy.

Medical Coding Information in the United States of America

Medical coding is the translation of health records into a single, universal system of coding. The coding system is a vast system of codes that put a number to everything from health equipment to medical diagnostics. These codes are a uniform way to submit insurance claims, and the submission of insurance claims has often been a problem.

For a long while, it was more common for insurance claims to be submitted incorrectly or late than correctly and on time, and submitting insurance claims wrong or late, means that they have to be returned to you, and you have to resubmit them, hopefully correctly, before you can get your reimbursement.

Coding for a physicians practice is a very extensive system, with over 75,000 codes. Without a specialized medical coder to take on the task, it can become very difficult to maintain and manage, and can be easily messed up.

It is common for health practices to outsource their coding and billing to a medical billing and coding company. In doing this, they alleviate the stress and cost of managing their medical billing and coding for themselves, and getting the specialized services of a coder.

In outsourcing medical billing and coding, health practices can save money on staffing full-time medical coders, and instead pay only monthly percentages to a medical billing company for their services.

Medical coding can be done at home as well as by a company, but it is suggested that in order to do medical coding, you have earned a CPC certification in a medical coding course. Medical coding courses teach on medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. These things are pertinent for doing medical coding, as all of these things need to be understood in order for them to be dealt with and encompassed by the proper coding.

Learning how to do this properly is tedious, and time-consuming, but vital to the medical world. Medical coding uses medical terminology so that it is understandable by anyone who has knowledge of medical coding, and this makes it easier for insurance companies to better process the claims submitted to them more quickly and efficiently, and this means medical practices get their reimbursements back sooner for their services rendered to each individual patient.

It is exceedingly more likely for a medical practice to get their money back sooner if they use a billing and input service than if they took on the task in office, so having a medical billing service not only can save you money in the long run, but it can get you the money that is already yours sooner.

Medical billing and coding is extremely extensive and a very specialized field, and taking on this task and coding oneself without the proper education can be a huge task, but medical billing and coding is important and unavoidable, so finding a medical billing service can be exactly what your medical practice may need in order to maintain your financials and focus on the more important aspect of your company: your patients.

The Pain Factor

Last year I told an acquaintance that at the age of 46, I had taken up running. The reply was, “Oh, that’s awfully hard on your knees.” At first I was taken aback. Yes, I knew if I didn’t stretch, warm-up or wear properly fitted shoes, I might experience pain or an injury. But the person telling me this was overweight, had borderline high blood pressure, and never worked out. I wondered if this friend realized by living a sedentary lifestyle, the odds of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and some cancers had substantially increased. Not to mention that being overweight actually placed this person at a higher risk than me for developing knee pain from osteoarthritis and heel pain as a result of plantar fasciitis.

I’m no spring chicken and sometimes my running resembles a dawdling old hen. But I do know it’s necessary to take precautions at any age to guard against injury when participating in physical activity such as running. Because the truth is, sometimes pain happens. When it does, you can either use pain as an excuse or you can use it as a diagnostic tool to help improve and go forward with your performance.

There are three classifications of pain. In simple terms, these can be described as the following:

Nociceptive Pain: felt after an injury to body tissues such as cuts, sprains, broken bones, bruising, surgery, and sometimes cancer. Most pain is of this type.

Neuropathic Pain: resulting from an injury to nerves, the spinal cord or the brain, examples being Phantom Limb Pain and shingles – which affects nerve tissue.

Psychogenic Pain: is related to a psychological disorder where the type, intensity or proportion of pain experienced is greater than the injury. Some chronic ailments may be related to this type of pain.

Pain can also be defined as acute (an immediate response to an injury) or chronic (a pain lasting more than six weeks). The majority of injuries from physical activity fall into the category of acute nociceptive pain. Although some overuse injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis or Runner’s Knee can become chronic if not properly treated or allowed enough time to heal. Most injuries to body tissues are minor and can be treated with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, and ice therapy or R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation) to decrease pain.

Cuts, bruises, strains, sprains, swelling and inflammation can generally be treated in this way. Severe acute injuries, such as fractured bones and ruptured tendons, should always be treated by a medical professional, as is the case with injuries resulting in chronic, neuropathic and psychogenic pain. If you experience minor pain or inflammation during an activity, this is a good time to evaluate what your body is saying and respond in a positive, strengthening manner. Try asking the following questions:

  1. What particular part of my body is affected?
  2. Does the pain happen only during a certain activity or is it constant?
  3. Am I experiencing pain when running or walking on a certain type of terrain?
  4. Is this a new pain or one that has happened before?
  5. What measures can I take to correct or strengthen the affected body area?

I used this list of questions to understand a reoccurring pain on the outside of my legs. After a little research and a trip to my local running specialty store, I learned the pain was IT Band Syndrome. The IT Band is a long fibrous muscle, located on the outside of the leg. When it becomes inflamed, pain is felt at a point near the knee joint. I knew the pain usually happened when I was hiking downhill for long periods of time and it went away after a few days of rest. This signified several areas of my body that needed work: weak leg muscles, a tight IT Band, and not enough arch support to stabilize my knee during an activity. I have incorporated the following positive measures to help strengthen my body’s weak points:

  1. Wearing well-fitted running and hiking shoes with strong arch support.
  2. Adding leg strengthening exercises to my daily routine.
  3. Wearing neoprene knee braces on a long hike with a lot of downhill climbing.
  4. Increasing my daily stretching routine, with particular stretching for the IT Band.
  5. Doing stretching and warm-up exercises before a strenuous hike or run.
  6. Cross-training: running, walking, hiking, biking, weight lifting and using the elliptical trainer to provide a variety of exercises to all leg muscles.
  7. Using ice therapy immediately after a hike if I feel pain.
  8. Working up to a strenuous hike by doing shorter hikes on hilly terrain weeks before the big day.
  9. Maintaining a normal weight so as not to place added stress on my legs.

Don’t let pain, or your fear of it, be a factor in whether or not you are an active person. Not exercising will result in far worse consequences. Use pain as a guide to become a stronger, more aware and healthier person.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical treatment or consultation. Always consult with your physician in the event of a serious injury.

Products Enjoying Maximum Popularity Among Buyers at Online Medical Supply Stores

Online medical supply stores have become extremely popular these days. The buyers’ list of these web shops includes caregivers, doctors, nurses, and health conscious people. In this article, we will be discussing about products that are purchased most frequently from these online shops.

Digital thermometer: Digital thermometers are used for taking an individual’s oral temperature. They are basically petite handheld units boasting a miniature window for showing your oral temperature in numbers. People nowadays prefer using digital thermometers instead of the traditional ones as reading temperature accurately on the traditional models were quite difficult. In addition, unlike the traditional thermometers, their digital counterparts can measure an individual’s oral temperature with seconds.

The main reason why digital thermometers are sold so frequently is that almost every single person needs to have one in their home for detecting fever. In addition, this equipment is also used at hospitals and doctors’ clinics.

IV stand: Although IV stands are not sold very frequently to common people, they are among the most widely sold medical supplies online. They are primarily purchased by hospitals, clinics, and care-giving facilities. The types of IV stand these organizations purchase include models meant for intensive care or ICU, models meant for operation theaters, models meant for urology department, and models meant for pediatric use.

There are some patients who cannot be admitted to a care-giving facility or a hospital. For them, some companies make IV stands meant for home care. There are also companies that make foldable IV stands.

Backrest: Backrests are most commonly purchased for household use. The majority of the care giving facilities also keeps on buying these products. The online medical supply stores usually sell two different types of backrests; they are: units meant for beds and units meant for chairs. Some shops also have impressive collections of back rests designed for car seats. In addition, you can categorize them even based on the kind of material they are made of.

You should pick the backrest design depending on the kind of back problem you have. Ideally, you should speak to your doctor before placing an order.

Cervical collar: Cervical collars, which are also often referred to as neck braces, are medical devices used for supporting our neck. These collars are primarily worn by individuals suffering from cervical spondylosis, a condition that affects the joints of our neck. Emergency personnel, however, are often found to use cervical collars even for people experiencing traumatic neck or head injuries.

Walker: Walkers are tools meant for allowing elderly or disabled people to move around without others’ support. These tools helps people in maintaining body balance while walking. They are available in different designs, shapes and sizes; your doctor is the best person to tell you which walker model will suit you best.

10 Tips for Responsible Medication Use

All medications, which include prescriptions, over-the-counter preparations, vitamin and mineral supplements, and herbal preparations, are potentially dangerous. Following some simple rules will not only reduce your chance of having a problem, but should reduce your cost as well.

  1. Always shop around for medications – there is a significant difference in cost from pharmacy to pharmacy. Check both online and offline sources. For example, several of my patients have realized a significant cost savings by using the Costco pharmacy as well as online Canadian pharmacies. Should you choose to use a Canadian pharmacy, please keep abreast of any laws that may affect your purchase.
  2. Always check to see if a generic equivalent is available. Today, there are very few medications on the market where generics are not acceptable.
  3. If you can, have your prescription filled for 90 days. It will cost less than if you bough 30 days worth over 3 months. One of the reasons is that pharmacies charge a filling fee for each prescription filled.
  4. Will you medication allow you to take a half-tab? For example, if you are taking lisinopril 20mg, you can purchase 40mg tablets and break them in half – a savings of 50%. Always check with your health care provider and/or pharmacist first…not all medications can be broken. Also, consider those nifty little pill cutters…they work wonderfully.
  5. Do you really have to take all that medication in the first place? The best advice I can give you is to put everything into a bag and take it with you to your appointment. Make sure that you and your provider are on the same page when it comes to medications/supplements that you are taking. This is especially true when you are seeing more than one prescribing provider. You may have duplicates that you are unaware of. Always ask…”do I really need this”?
  6. Keep an up-to-date list of your medications with you at all times.
  7. It is your responsibility to learn the names of your medications and why you are taking them! Most likely, your provider does not know what you mean by the “little pink pill” or the “white capsule”. There are literally dozens of each.
  8. Check your medications before you leave the pharmacy. If something does not look right, ask about it right then. DO NOT take something you are unfamiliar with.
  9. Follow label directions. If you are taking something for osteoporosis, chances are you were told to take it with a full glass of water, sitting upright while avoiding any other food or fluids for 30 minutes. They were not making it up! This goes for the labels on over-the-counter preparations. This is one time that “if a little is good, a lot must be better” can be a dangerous thought.
  10. Another very important tip. If at all possible, it is in your best interest to have a primary care provider. Ideally, he or she will coordinate your care with specialists, and keep track of all the medications you are on. If you have a complete profile on record, then between your one primary provider, and your one pharmacist, any problems in your medications should be picked up.
  11. This bonus tip comes from a lesson taught to me by a wonderful patient of mine…If you and your partner both take medication, do NOT mix them up. It can have serious consequences!

While proper nutrition and exercise are the mainstays of treatment for most health challenges, medication use is sometimes unavoidable. Make sure you need them; know what they are and how to take them. Follow directions, and don’t share! Most of all, always seek to understand what you are taking and what it’s suppose to do for you.

Your body will thank you.