Resources fo New Health Professionals

Diego Blake, from Sum Up Everything, shared with Healthy Lombard the following advice for new healthcare graduates.  He asks, “Now that you have completed your education and your practice what’s next? How can you get your desired job? A health recruiting firm may be the answer. As the healthcare industry is changing with time. Most importantly recruiting standards are changing rapidly. For hospitals, specialty groups and private practices prioritize highly qualified professionals who can adapt. The procedure is pretty simple. You drop your CV and your requirements and the firm matches it with attributes a client has requested.

Here are some of the top 10 job boards and recruiting agencies for healthcare professionals.

Health eCareers

Health eCareers is not just a job board but also offers a variety of career resources, information for all types of professions, and news coverage about current affairs in the medical field. For those seeking a job, Salary Calculator and Salary Guide are sources to determine how their pay stacks up as compared to others in the field and also offers to measure factors such as specialty, experience, and location.

For those who want to remain updated with the current and future of healthcare, Health eCareers site offers a variety of articles, posts, and insightful discussions aimed mainly at medical professions.

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How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

The Ultimate Guide: Vitamin D

Dr. Morgan Crowley, BS, DC, BCAO is one of three hundred people in the world trained in the atlas orthogonal upper cervical technique.  She also spends a great deal of time researching other areas of health and fitness.  Her bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo is in Exercise Science which was the result of a passion for all things fitness. related. Dr. Morgan shared the following article with Healthy Lombard.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that comes from cholesterol.  Since I was a young child I have heard that you must go outside to get your daily dose of vitamin D.  So does it come from the sun or does it come from cholesterol?

The answer is both-

Vitamin D is not naturally occurring in many foods, so our bodies came up with an ingenious plan to harness the sun for our own benefit.

Once our skin is exposed to ultraviolet B light we begin to synthesize the vitamin D that we can use.  If you are a sun worshipper and feel recharged by the sun, this may be why.

Key point- the biologically inactive version that starts the process only has a half-life of 12-16 hours.  That means that our liver must make great use of what we provide before it’s gone. Read more

Shotokan Karate – An Organic Approach Towards Holistic Youth Development

Pratik Dalal, an instructor at JKA WF Chicago Karate Institute, Inc., shared with Healthy Lombard that are different styles of traditional Karate, ‘Shotokan’ is a very popular style developed from various martial arts by its founder and the father of modern-day Karate, Sensei2 Gichin Funakoshi. For Sensei Funakoshi, the word ‘Karate’ eventually took on a deeper meaning than just martial arts training. He was to modify the Okinawan art by taking inspiration from traditional Japanese budo (kendo, judo, etc) and integrated their philosophical aspects into his training and teaching methods.

This became a total discipline, which represented a synergy of Okinawan and Japanese schools and in 1936 he established the ‘SHOTOKAN’ style of Japanese Karate which was to be greatly influenced by his son Yoshitaka (Gigo) and Masatoshi Nakayama, the first headmaster of the Japan Karate Association. There are no weapons used in Shotokan Karate and literally speaking, it is indeed the way of the empty hand.

Said differently from purely a self-defense perspective, the Karateka3 undergoes rigorous physical and mental training to develop his/her own body and mind into a weapon, thereby increasing one’s chances to better defend against the unforeseen ‘threat’. However, Karate-do is not just about punching and kicking. The Budo4 aspect, i.e. the martial arts way of Karate aims towards perfection of one’s character, and this aspect of Shotokan Karate is what I intend to focus on in this paper.

Some important questions I have pondered over for years during my training of Shotokan Karate: ‘Can a traditional martial art like Shotokan Karate be a potential solution to address some of the grave issues experienced by our youth today? Can it treat such issues at the grass-root level organically? If so, how?’ Read more

Nutrition and Oral Health

Adam Reeve, a professional personal trainer and fitness instructor for over 10 years as well as a life coach, wellness writer, and low carb diets, enthusiast, shared with Healthy Lombard that on the one hand, your diet decides your oral health, and on the other hand, your oral health is responsible for the value provided by your diet. Therefore, it is very important to maintain both a good diet and good oral health to ensure overall fitness.

Oral health is highly influenced by diet and nutrition. By nutrition, we refer to the macro- and micronutrients consumed by our bodies, whereas by diet, we mean specific foods consumed. Both nutrition and diet affect oral health. Poor oral health can lead to diseases like caries, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and so on. Sometimes, there can also be other reasons that lead to poor oral health, like the age of the person, pH constituent of the body, and so on. Even babies need proper care for strong oral health; therefore, we suggest you invest in the proper baby toothpaste to keep your baby’s teeth healthy. To know more about how oral health and nutrition are interlinked, keep reading the article.

Nutrition and Oral Health Connections

Dental Caries 

Dental caries is a sugar-driven disease, which damages the tooth cavity and causes tiny holes in it. Dental caries depends on the carbohydrate and vitamin D content of the diet. Let’s have a closer look at how each of the diet factors determines the chances of dental caries.

  • Carbohydrate: Dental caries and carbohydrates have a very simple relationship to understand. Dietary carbohydrates initiate the growth of bacteria that, in turn, increase the production of acid by-product. This acid by-product causes demineralization of the dental hard tissues. Consuming excess carbohydrates not only causes demineralization of the hard tissues but also initiates a fall of pH in tooth biofilm. The oral health does not just depend on the carbohydrate, but also on the type of carbohydrate intake. Between the two types of carbohydrate – sugar, and starch, sugar is said to have more impact in causing caries. Therefore, do keep a check on your carbohydrate consumption for good oral health care.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D is known to have positive effects on the metabolism of calcium and phosphate. Higher consumption of vitamin D helps to lower the risk of dental caries by boosting your oral health. Vitamin D is more effective in kids and infants for preventing dental caries.

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How COVID-19 Ends

5 Recipes for Healthy and Delicious Food for Kids

Randolph Ray, a nutritionist shared with Healthy Lombard that the one thing that’s common in kids all across the world is that they are fussy eaters. Serve them a bowl of porridge or green vegetables, and they receive it with a cringe on their face! Here are some fun recipes to make your kids love healthy food.

George Pig does not like his veggies. But he likes dinosaurs! So Daddy Pig cuts and tears the greens on his plate, and shapes them in a way that it looks like a dinosaur. And then, George Pigs finishes all the veggies from his plate in a jiffy. 

It’s the same story at every dining table, at every meal, – be it Tokyo or Ohio! Parents are always concerned about providing proper diet and nutrition for that their little cherubs. Innovative plating, stories, and many other playful methods are used to help finish a healthy and nutritious meal. Appreciating the parent’s relentless efforts, we have put together some fun and innovative recopies that will help develop the taste for healthy food in kids. 

1. Broccoli Crust Pizza

Filled with nutritional benefits, a perfect blend of carbohydrate, fiber, proteins, and vitamins, this is one healthy food for kids loved by the parents. This is a wonderful way to make sure that the vegetables do not end up being left on the plate.

The recipe contains broccoli which is a storehouse of nutrition essential for kids in their growing years. It is rich in carbohydrate, fiber, and other vital minerals and vitamins including Vitamin C, folate, carotenoid, potassium, and calcium that are good for the eyes, prevents cell damage and enhances the immune system.  

This healthy food recipe for kids also contains pepperoni and cheese that add to the nutritional value while making it palatable. You can serve this dish for breakfast or as an evening snack. The kids are sure to love it as much as the parents.

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Decreasing Inflammation and Oxidation After Meals

Repeat that three times a day, and you can set yourself up for heart disease. You may not even be aware of how bad off you are because your doctor is measuring your blood sugar and fat levels while you’re in a fasting state, typically drawing your blood before you’ve eaten. What happens after a meal may be a stronger predictor of heart attacks and strokes, which makes sense, since this is where most of us live our lives—that is, in a fed state. And it’s not just in diabetics. As you can see at 1:30 in my video, if you follow non-diabetic women with heart disease but normal fasting blood sugar, how high their blood sugar spikes after chugging some sugar water appears to determine how fast their arteries continue to clog up, perhaps because the higher the blood sugars spike, the more free radicals are produced.

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HOW TO SAFELY AVOID BUG BITES

Meagan Van Assche, NP, a pediatric nurse practitioner with Children’s Pediatricians and Associates Foggy Bottom/Capitol Hill, shares recommendations for how you and your child can prevent getting bit by mosquitos and other itchy bugs this season in the Rise and Shine newsletter.  She writes that it’s backyard barbecue season, but that doesn’t mean you have to be the feast! Here are some ways to safely avoid bug bites:

  • Avoid outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active
  • Avoid playing in or around standing puddles of water or flowerbeds
  • Wear thin, long-sleeved shirts and long pants to minimize skin exposure

What about bug spray?

Yes, bug spray is okay to use. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET (N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide). Pregnant women and children older than 2 months old should use sprays with the lowest available concentration of DEET, but no more than 30 percent. If you plan to be outside for only a few hours, a lower concentration of DEET is recommended. If you plan on being outside for a full day, higher concentrations are recommended, but no more than 30 percent. Once inside for the day, wash bug spray off of your child’s skin. Newborns and infants younger than 2 months old should be dressed in long clothing and covered with lightweight blankets or mosquito netting. Always use insect repellent as directed. Read more