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As a child of deaf adults (CODA), and today, a sign language interpreter, I had the first-hand experience of the blisses and struggles that the deaf faces.
In my previous article, I gave my view on the somewhat sensitive issue of obesity, highlighting the effects of ‘fat shaming’ on people’s mental states and their probable resulting behaviour from such humiliation. I want to continue a bit down that path today. Let us talk about the importance of behaviour change, using obesity as the primary example.
With employees spending longer hours at the job and health issues taking a toll on corporations’ bottom lines, corporate wellness programmes are an important prescription for this growing global problem. We know the diseases that account for the majority of healthcare costs such as, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, can be prevented by a healthy diet and lifestyle, hence the term ‘lifestyle diseases.’ Yet the incidence of these chronic conditions continues to rise. That is why it can’t be “business as usual” for corporate wellness.
You may have heard many persons saying that it is an honour and blessing to care for a parent or someone else. Although it is a rewarding experience to be a caregiver, there are also many challenges that come with it; some that may lead to extreme health conditions, not for the Caree in this case, but for the Caregiver.
Dry eye syndrome or dry eyes occur when eyes are unable to efficiently produce natural tears. Tears play important roles in ensuring healthy eyes. An adequate and consistent layer of tears on the surface of the eye is vital to keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and seeing well. Tears keep the eye’s surface moist and wash away dust, debris and microorganisms that could damage the cornea and lead to an eye infection.
World Immunization Week—celebrated in the last week of April—aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunisation saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world today. The theme for World Immunization Week this year as selected by the World Health Organization (WHO) is Protected Together: Vaccines Work! The campaign will celebrate ‘Vaccine Heroes’ from around the world—from parents and community members to health workers and innovators—who help ensure we are all protected through the power of vaccines.
This weekend is Easter, which means most of T&T has from Holy Thursday to Easter Monday off (from work). Most people use the days off to go on a mini vacation or spend time with family, but if there are no plans on your agenda, here are a few tips to help you use it wisely.
“For just as the body is one and yet has many parts, and all the parts, though many, form one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12 (AMP)
Stress and anxiety are huge issues for a lot of people, but one of the biggest stressors for many, is the belief that they do not have enough time to get things done. I am sure you have thought about how much more you would achieve if you only had a few more hours in the day. Doesn’t it seem that if you had more time, you could accomplish more every day and move toward larger goals even sooner?
Mornings are usually a rush and because of that, many people eat the same thing every day for the week. While eating the same foods every day makes meal planning simple, when you eat the same foods repeatedly, you are missing out on other important nutrients in all the foods you are not eating. If you are stuck in a rut when it comes to breakfast ideas, here is a week full of options to keep the variety in your first meal of the day.
The feeling of being caught between a rock and hard place, is so real when you are a caregiver. The exhaustion and feelings of helplessness, and hopelessness bring with them negative thoughts. It is important to understand and realise when these negative thoughts occur, it is a sign of depression and may not accurately reflect the situation.
Why did my child develop autism? It’s a question often asked by parents who have a child with the developmental disorder. As physicians, we try to address that question throughout our practice, but autism, in fact, is not a single condition; it is a spectrum of disorders. At one end we have a child who is non-verbal and cannot speak, so he uses technology to communicate his thoughts and his concerns, and if he gets upset enough, can become violent towards others or him/herself. At the other end of the spectrum, we have a child who is quite remarkable and gifted in mathematics, yet, when it comes to trying to have a conversation or being social, these things are for more difficult to him than others. What becomes confusing to many parents, is that both of these children have the same diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
For someone who isn’t looking to get a sugar high for Easter, a basket filled with a variety of teas may be a better option. Get a range of teas with a purpose such as sleep assistance and improvement in gut health or digestion. You’re not only assisting with the receiver’s health, but giving them a means to relax and enjoy a soothing sip.
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