Health Care Advancements in Gulf Countries

Health Care Advancements in Gulf Countries

The reports revealed that the ruler was suffering from pneumonia and has to make use of breathing tubes for short span of time period. The authorities also revealed that he will be taking rest for a week along with his medical course at the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh under the surveillance of local doctors.

It is expected tendency of gulf leaders to opt for foreign medical treatment rather than preferring their own nation. Some of the instances are King Abdullah himself and Sultan Qaboos of Oman to prefer Morocco and Germany respectively

But this current decision of the ruler has set a patronage alarm to consider health care sector of the kingdom.

The case of malfunctioning of MERS

The nation has recently obtained a non positive perusal in the field due to eruption of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) during which eruption has been found in 11 MERS including two health workers in the cases. As a result King Fahd Hospital had been terminated for a week.

The act didn’t halted there but also culminated when the entire department has been dismissed and replaced without any corrupted staff. The health minister had also been expelled and replacement has been called for in Saudi and Swedish research experts. This is to examine and study the health systems that will be introduced in health care system in is short period.

Budgets, Figures and planning of health care sector:

This movement to advance the health facilities of the nation is not rumor or myth. But this has been seriously taken by the government which encouraged sources to advance the health sector instead of budget losses due to decrease in oil prices in the year of 2011.The budget plan of 2015 is expected to have a plan of about SR860bn ($229.3bn) in the direction of education and health as the strong beam in the same direction. Thus government is concentrating truly to improve and advance the medical needs which are quite clear from the figures. Also this investment is about 44 percent of the total budget of the year. Similarly health and social affairs occupy 18.6 percent of the share in the budget plan of 2015 and is assumed to have hiked of all the other plans by the government to rise by 48 percent on every year up to SR160bn ($42.7bn).

Adding amazement to all this, the announcements of 27 new hospitals and health care centers in addition to 117 extending construction of hospitals, establishment of about eight medical cities have no bounds. Last year 4500 bed services has been extended in hospital construction and it is expected that by the end of construction of all the projects of huge health service centers and hospitals there will be more than 24000 bed services in the country capital.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treating Autism

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treating Autism

Several behavioral therapies have been tried from time to time for treating children with autism. Pivotal response training and applied behavior analysis are two of the most commons. But adults, older children, and teens are likely to benefit more from cognitive behavioral therapy, another major intervention to treat autism.

There have been many attempts to adapt cognitive behavioral therapy for teens and older children having autism. The target has usually been on those who suffer from anxiety as well, because this is a common trait in autism. The challenge has been to find out whether autistic children have skills that are required for cognitive behavioral therapy to be a success. The response, fortunately, is in the affirmative. A 2012 study, evaluated cognitive skills of older children with autism and compared them with those of non-autistic children. Almost every child in the former group had cognitive behavioral skills and they could distinguish feelings, behaviors, and thoughts. They only found difficult to recognize emotions.

Traditional cognitive behavioral therapy calls for strong language and abstract thinking capabilities, and this is often a challenge for those having autism. Researchers have realized this and have modified the therapy to suit autistic people, like making it more visually appealing and concrete, and repetitive. For instance, merely asking the children to orally rank their anxiety on a scale of one to 10, a therapist may have a thermometer that shows the anxiety level from low to high, and ask the participants indicate the prop for illustrating this. Another strategy in cognitive behavioral therapy for autism involves focusing on a child’s talent and special interests that help to keep the children motivated and engaged, and build frequent sensory activities and movement breaks for those who may have attention deficit problems with under or over-reactivity.

The researchers noted that cognitive behavior therapy must address social skills among those with autism, because core social deficits among young persons with autism contribute to anxiety which then goes on to intensify the teen’s social problems.

The therapy can be delivered in several ways, like family, individual, groups, and even both families and groups. Group therapies have the advantage that an individual with autism can see similar other people struggling with the same difficulties and trying to overcome them together. Social support and friendship gained through the process could be healing in themselves.

A family behavioral therapy for autism often involves parents who educate themselves about their children’s challenges. It also involves teaching them to encourage using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques when a real life situation confronts the child. This will make them feel confident and hopeful for contributing a positive change in a child’s life.

Researchers have found that the issue of protecting children from a potentially negative experience, is often a tough call for most parents. Autistic children usually have a history of behavioral and emotional challenges and of painful real failures in the world. Their parents are often reluctant to expose the child to further failures, and inadvertently limit the exposure to experiences necessary to become less anxious and more independent.

Vitamin B6 in the Treatment of Autism

Vitamin B6 in the Treatment of Autism

Scientists have often considered vitamin B6 as an effective treatment for autism. While many drugs have shown positive effects sporadically, B6 is the only drug that has produced consistent results. When a drug shows positive results, in over half of the studies, it’s considered successful and can be administered to autistic patients. But despite the remarkably consistent findings of various studies, safer than most other drugs, very few practitioners use it for treatment of autism.

Research on vitamin B6 to treat children with autism began in the 1960s. British neurologists AF Heeley and GE Roberts, in their research, claimed that abnormal metabolites were detected in the urine of 11 of the 19 autistic children observed, after a tryptophan load test. A single 30mg vitamin B6 tablet normalized their urine. No behavioral studies, however, was conducted. Then, in 1968, German investigator VE Bonisch reported that 12 out of 16 autistic children studied, showed considerable improved behavior when administered a high dose of (100-600mg) vitamin B6. Three of his patients, in the open clinical trial, spoke for the first time after the medicine was given.

Latest clinical trials have revealed that 30-40% of autistic children showed significant improvement when vitamin B6 was administered to them. Some minor side effects, like sound sensitivity, irritability, and bed-wetting, cropped up. But they were quickly alleviated by administering additional magnesium.

Over the decades, children have shown a wide range of benefits from vitamin B6. These include, improved eye contact, more interest in the world around them, better speech, and fewer tantrums. They showed better overall improvement, though they weren’t completely cured of the ailment. Recent studies by US investigators at the University of North Carolina, Thomas Gualtieri et al, and by George Ellman et al, at California’s Sonoma State Hospital, have revealed positive effects of vitamin B6 on autistic children.

While no autistic person has been entirely cured after administering vitamin B6, several instances have been reported where there has been a remarkable improvement in the conditions. In an interesting case, an 18-year old autistic person was evicted from a leading mental home. Massive amounts of drugs had no effect on him. The guy was considered too much violent and even assaultive at times to be kept in a hospital. Psychiatrists and physicians then administered vitamin B6 and magnesium as the last resort. The person calmed down soon after a period of treatment. One of the psychiatrists in the team, later informed that she recently visited the man and his family, and was pleasantly surprised to find that he was now an easy going person who plays the guitar and sings songs.

The need for vitamin B6 varies widely. Scientists haven’t ruled out that vitamin B6 may not come of much use if administered in the later stages of life. Diagnosing the ailment early and starting the medicine course is imperative for better treatment. But vitamin B6 has emerged has a rational and safe approach to treat autism. But singular administration of vitamin B6 is in the early stages of study. It is usually given with a combination of other drugs.

When Healing Traumatized Persons

When Healing Traumatized Persons

“For the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.”
• Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

One of the key ideas-that is integral to the philosophy of naturopathic medicine-is the importance of treating the causes of disease and not just the symptoms. In the case of treating mental-health conditions like PTSD, depression, anxiety and addiction, we are forced as practitioners and patients to address trauma as a primary cause.

Trauma is at the heart of much of what I treat. And in the case of someone in recovery from drug and or alcohol addiction, trauma is often one of the leading contributing factors in the progression of the disease. Consequently, in order for drug addiction recovery to be successful, we must first lay bare and acknowledge that it is always accompanied by profound pain of some sort or another.

There are two physicians whose works inspired me when I began learning about addiction studies and recovery. The first was Dr. Victor Frankl, who authored Man’s Search for Meaning, and the second is Carl Gustav Jung, a contemporary of Sigmund Freud and an early contributor to many of the ideas that later came to influence Alcoholic Anonymous.

I first learned about Victor Frankl when I was just 21 years old. I had been living in Europe at the time, and my Rabbi’s wife had loaned me a copy of Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl’s most famous work. I never forgot the book and I have read it several times and referenced it many times. Frankl, a holocaust survivor, wrote extensively on his theory that the primary drive in human beings was the drive to meaning. He believed that a human being could survive even the most heinous suffering if he felt his life had meaning and purpose. Frankl felt that the greatest meaning of all lie in our ability to be people capable of giving and receiving love, and credited the love he held for his wife Tilly, with helping him survive his time while an inmate at Aushwitz concentration camp.

I wholeheartedly agree with Frankl’s theory, and have found that those patients who come to see me-that have found some measure of meaning in their lives-are usually the most successful at maintaining sobriety. I have also found that when that meaning is lost, even briefly, their is a real risk of relapse, depression, and even suicide. In those instances, part of my approach is to gently help the person seeking treatment turn their attention back to what their core values are; so that they can begin to live a life driven by purpose and meaning.

My introduction to Carl Jung (often referred to as C.G Jung) came much later. I had heard about how Jung’s philosophies had influenced the early formation of Alcoholic Anonymous while a student in medical school. His general theory of alcoholism has remained very intriguing to me. Jung believed that alcoholism was a spiritual crises. And that sobriety could only be maintained in the presence of a type of spiritual awakening. Jung was not specific in how this spiritual transformation might take place. Rather, he believed there were many ways in which a person might become spiritually “awakened.” And even proposed that the act of becoming educated might be a type of spiritual path. He also spoke about awakening as a process that might happen within the context of a deep friendship or other meaningful relationship. He did not propose how this process should happen, only that it was a necessary component of sobriety.

Because much of the underlining cause of drug and alcohol abuse is due to trauma, our nations “war on drugs” has been a further assault on people that have already been deeply wounded. What I believe is that trauma can only be successfully treated when it is acknowledged and the primary drives and inherent “spiritual” natures of human beings are addressed and encouraged.

You cannot put a band aid on an addicted person and call them “recovered”. Granted, there are some medications that can help (because there are real things happening inside the brain of an addicted person that need to be addressed) and pharmaceutical, and or nutraceutical medications, can offer a great deal of relief. And I certainly prescribe those to people who come to me seeking relief from addiction. However, that is by no means the end of treatment. And I do not believe that-in the absence of the spiritual and or psychological components inherent in addiction-long-term recovery is likely.

3 Powerful Tips to Overcome Depression

3 Powerful Tips to Overcome Depression

Being depressed is like being in a dark pit with no way out, along with an intense feeling of hopelessness, but thankfully there is a way out of that pit, and since I’ve been delivered from that seemingly hopeless pit, I wanted to share 3 tips that will help you overcome depression.

Change The Way You Think

Something that needs to take place in order for you to overcome depression is the renewing of your mind, and that is achieved by meditating on God’s promises. Depression makes you feel alone and hopeless, but really you are neither of those things. Before Jesus left he said he would ask the father to send us the Holy Spirit, and that he will be with us forever (John 14:16).

Even though it may not feel like it, God is with you and he knows what you’re going through, knowing that the God who loves you is with you through everything is very comforting. Another powerful promise from God is that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all (Psalm 34:19), which means that yes you may be battling with depression right now, but sooner or later God is going to deliver you, and you will overcome depression.

So that scripture completely destroys the lie that you will never be free from depression. There are so many more promises that will encourage you in your battle with depression. Find them and dwell on them.

Get Up And Active

When you are depressed you feel very drained and don’t want to do anything, but you need to get up and active. Sure it would be easy to just stay in bed all day, but doing that is a sign of defeat. Being alone feeling sorry for yourself is not going to help your situation, in fact it makes it worse because you’re just going to over think and dwell on the lies of depression.

Even though you don’t feel like it, go be with your family or friends, go outside, just get up and do something. Trust me, you will feel a lot better when you do.

Get In The Presence Of God

Your greatest weapon against depression is the presence of God. Psalm 16:11 says “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence is FULLNESS OF JOY; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Go in your room, lock the door, and prepare to overcome depression.

Just close your eyes and picture Jesus standing in front of you. Picture his burning eyes locked on you because he loves you past understanding. Think about the sacrifice he made for you personally. Just stick your hands out and picture Jesus holding them. It’s not about telling him how much you love him, it’s about dwelling on how much he loves you and receiving from God.

His love overpowers depression. Jesus said “come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. I can’t stress enough the importance of getting into the presence of God. If you want to overcome depression, God’s presence is where you need to be.

Essure Permanent Birth Control

Essure Permanent Birth Control

Essure is intended to provide women with permanent birth control. Essure is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the fallopian tubes. The procedure does not require a skin incision or general anesthesia.

Essure is not right for anyone if anyone is uncertain about ending your fertility, can have only one insert placed, are or have been pregnant within the past 6 weeks, have had one’s tubes tied, have an active or recent pelvic infection, or have a known allergy to contrast dye.

A health care provider inserts soft, flexible coils into the fallopian tubes – the tubes that carry the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Over a period of about three months, tissue forms around the inserts. The build-up of tissue creates a barrier that keeps sperm from reaching the eggs, thus preventing conception. Essure is considered a permanent form of birth control and therefore is not intended to be removed.

Two economic studies, one of which implemented Essure as an in-office procedure, suggest that Essure could be more cost-effective than laparoscopic (an operation performed in the abdomen or pelvis through small incisions (usually 0.5-1.5 cm) with the aid of a camera. It can either be used to inspect and diagnose a condition or to perform surgery) bilateral tubal ligation.

Since 2013, the product has been the subject of controversy with women complaining of severe side effects leading to surgical extraction, and campaigner Erin Brockovich hosting a website where women can share their stories after having the procedure.

Procedure:

The procedure takes about 10 minutes,[citation needed] for a trained physician to perform and can be performed in a physician’s office.[citation needed] General anesthesia is not required. Despite this, some women have reported considerable pain during the procedure.

Small, flexible inserts are placed into the fallopian tubes by a catheter passed from the vagina through the cervix and uterus. The insert contains inner polyethylene terephthalate fibers to induce inflammation causing fibrotic reaction and is held in place by flexible stainless steel inner coil and a dynamic outer nickel titanium alloy coil. Once in place, the device is designed to elicit tissue growth in and around the insert over a period of three months to form an occlusion or blockage in the fallopian tubes; the tissue barrier formed is supposed to prevent sperm from reaching an egg.

Unlike other forms of tubal ligation, no general anaesthetic nor incision through the abdomen is required. Similar to some other methods of birth control, initially additional forms of birth control must be continued for 3 months to prevent pregnancy until the method’s effectiveness can be confirmed.

Benefits:

Essure is intended to provide women with permanent birth control. Essure is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the fallopian tubes. The procedure does not require a skin incision or general anesthesia.

Essure inserts do not contain or release hormones.

Essure insertion is typically performed in a doctor’s office and can be completed in 10 minutes. The recovery period is not long. Most women return to normal activity within one to two days after the procedure.

Essure is currently the only FDA-approved or cleared, non-surgical sterilization device for women who want permanent birth control in the United States. To see how Essure compares to other forms of birth control, you may refer to the product labeling.

Risks:

Short-term risks to patients include:

During the Essure placement procedure and immediately following, patients may experience mild to moderate pain. Immediately following the procedure, patients may also experience cramping, vaginal bleeding, pelvic or back discomfort.

Long-term risks to patients include:

1. Unintended pregnancy, including ectopic pregnancy.

2. Pelvic pain

3. Migration of Essure inserts through the fallopian tubes into the lower abdomen and pelvis

4. Perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes

5. Rash and itching associated with possible nickel allergy

While scientific evidence shows that Essure is a highly effective means of sterilization when health care providers and patients follow the appropriate instructions for use, no form of birth control is 100% effective.

The Agency has received reports of fetal complications including miscarriages in women who became pregnant following Essure placement. Women who have had the Essure placement procedure are more likely to have a pregnancy outside the uterus (ectopic pregnancy). At present, clinical studies and individual cases of Essure sterilization failure reported in the scientific literature have not demonstrated an increased risk of neonatal or pregnancy complications when pregnancy is in the uterus following Essure placement. The FDA will continue to monitor the safety of Essure to make certain that its benefits of providing women with a non-incisional sterilization choice continue to outweigh its risks.

Why I Want to Get My Tubes Tied

Why I Want to Get My Tubes Tied

This Monday I am getting my tubes tied. I’m 29 and I’m getting my tubes tied. It’s happening. I’ve had some mixed reactions from people so I thought I’d explain my reasoning behind this decision.

1. My Mental Health:

I struggle with some serious mental health issues that have plagued me since I was 15. I just found a medication combination that keeps me stable, happy and able to live my life. When I don’t take my medication, I’m crying all the time, I’m angrier, much more impatient and generally an un-fun person to be around. When I get pregnant, I get crazier. Medications need to be adjusted and hormones need to be dealt with. Then after the pregnancy, I’m prone to Postpartum Depression which makes that 6 months of my life a roller coaster of nonsense. It’s a whole lot of crazy that strains my relationships with others and makes my life miserable. That was the main reasoning behind my decision.

2. I Was Failed By Birth Control Once:

I was ON birth control when I got pregnant with baby Wallace. He must have really needed to come into the world. So now I’m much more wary of traditional birth control. I know the chances of it happening again are probably mind-numbingly slim, I’d just rather not take that chance.

3. The M Word:

We can’t afford any more children. Money is a factor in most of our life decisions and we honestly do not feel it would be fiscally responsible for us to have another child. That’s just our situation. I am sure it would probably work out if we felt strongly we needed to have another one but, as you might already assume, I have not had that strong feeling.

4. It Feels Right For Me:

I’m not saying every 29 year old should run out and get this procedure, I’m saying that it’s what I feel is right for me and my body. Pregnancy is hard for me, mentally and physically. None of my pregnancies have been easy ones and this last one was especially difficult. I wanted smooth pregnancies so badly, but they just weren’t in my cards.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my children. I’m grateful every single one is in my life, both here and in heaven. I wouldn’t give them up for the world. But I feel like they are my world now and our family is complete. I don’t feel any angst or stupor about this decision. I feel relieved and excited for the next chapter of my life. I feel like I can jump into parenting with both feet knowing I don’t have to wonder if someday I will have to go through the pain and stress of another pregnancy. It’s actually a pretty liberating feeling.