White House Releases Plan to Reduce Asthma Rates Among Latinos

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A blueprint for a plan to reduce the rates of asthma among low-income and minority children was released Thursday, an effort taken on by several federal agencies.

The suggestion is to develop a multi-pronged approach to reach patients who seem to be consistently alienated from asthma care. Minorities would best be served if barriers to care were reduced, ways to deliver care were enhanced, interventions were instituted and communities most likely to have asthma were targeted, according to the plan that will be carried about by the Environmental Protection Agency and Health and Human Services, among other federal agencies.

The timeline for delivering on these suggestions is 3 to 5 years.
“Low-income and minority communities often face an unacceptable burden of pollution in this country, diminishing their economic potential and threatening the health of millions of American families,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Minority and low-income children suffer from the disease most, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. About 16 percent of African American children have asthma, while the rate for Hispanics is 8 percent. Of Latinos, Puerto Ricans are hardest hit with 16.5 percent showing signs of the affliction. Mexicans reported 7 percent. Blacks and Puerto Ricans have asthma at rates more than double that of Caucasian children in the United States.

Continue reading this story at Fox News Latino.

Healthy Mexican Recipes

Healthy mexican RecipesEthic food can often be filled with unfamiliar sauces and spices. Sometimes this can make it hard to count calories. But have no fear! Eatingwell.com has created a collection of healthy Mexican dished you can make yourself!

The dished include:

  • Blueberry-lime Margarita
  • Chilaquiles Casserole
  • Easy Fiesta Beans
  • Tacos
  • Avocado Ice Cream
  • Roasted Garlic Guacamole
  • Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Healthy Mexican Recipes

Healthy Mexican Recipes

Cancer Treatment in Mexico: Things You Should Know

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Millions of medical tourists flock to Mexico every year to avail cheap, yet world class health facilities. From skin cancer treatment in Mexico to alternative cancer cures, the Mexican cancer centers offer treatments that are a boon for patients who are uninsured and cannot afford the costly self-paid treatments in their own countries.
However, there are a few things to do before one embarks on a journey for cancer treatment in Mexico:

  • Make sure your physician back home is informed of your decision to avail treatment for cancer in Mexico. You may need her or his assistance when you reach back home.
  • Thoroughly check the credentials of the cancer clinics in Mexico before you undertake the journey. Ask them to send you the necessary documents and testimonials via the net.
  • Make sure you check the references of the cancer doctors in Mexico you wish to consult.
  • Certain cities in Mexico have reported sporadic incidents of violence. Exercise caution and avoid traveling alone in Mexico.
  • Many cancer clinics in Mexico offer alternative cures for cancer that are unproven and unauthorized. Consult people who have undergone such treatments before you decide to try out an alternative cure for cancer at your own discretion.

Types of alternative cancer treatment offered in Mexico

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There are many different types of alternative therapy clinic in Mexico. A few examples of the therapies in Mexico include:

Health Benefits of Ginger: Ginger as Medicine

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Ginger Root is known as the universal medicine in Ayurveda. It aids digestion and, and is one of the best herbs for nausea. It relieves spasms and menstrual cramps, and promotes menstruation. Ginger helps to regulate blood sugar both by stimulating pancreas cells and by lowering lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides) in the blood. Historically, it was one of the most respected herbs for joint health, especially for aging joints. It has relatively high calcium and iron content. Ginger increases peripheral circulation, so is used clinically for cold hands and feet. Being diaphoretic, it treats some symptoms by promoting sweating.

Ginger is known for its health benefits as it can help prevent cancer because of the chemical properties that make up the plant and root.  It is noted medicinally in modern and ancient cultures as being a very healthy and positive additive to your diet.

Uses of Ginger for Health:

Car Sickness – If you are prone to having car sickness, air sickness, or are planning on taking a cruise, bring along tablets of ginger which will settle the stomach and relieve the symptoms. In general, if you have an upset stomach take a ginger tablet or drink real ginger ale; it is proven to be most effective in treating this ailment. Another thing to note is if your diet is prone to cause you indigestion from possibly drinking too many cups of coffee or sodas, drink a cup of ginger tea a day to promote a healthy digestive system.

Balancing the body systems – In India they practice a form of medicine known as Avurvedic; it prescribes ginger as a key ingredient to put in foods or drink as a tea to keep the body system regulated. It is recommended to help treat and reduce the symptoms of a cold. It works by, as those who practice this Indian medicine, to balance the energy in your body looking for changes in your systems such as hot and cold. If the ginger finds something that is out of the normal range it will help to balance it. It is further noted that mixing honey, lemon and ginger together is one of the healthiest drinks your body can utilize. Honey is said to be a natural antibiotic and has been used for thousands of years in this aspect. Please note, however, young children should not be given honey; there are risk factors that a young body cannot be subject to until their immune system is working at full capacity.

For more information on herbal medicines check out this story on, Plants – The World’s Medicine at Fox News Latino.

Healthcare Solutions in Mexico

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Health Care Basics of Mexico
The current healthcare system in Mexico is a pluralistic health care system which is a combination of public and private programs. The country spends 6.6% of its GDP on health that provides only health insurance to 40% of the population.

People who plan on moving to Mexico are very lucky since health care in this middle-class country is never a problem. Generally, the health care in Mexico is really excellent, and in most places, is positively exceptional. Most of the health care practitioners in Mexico, like the doctors and the dentists are trained in western countries like the United States. And consequently, there are also some American doctors that have their trainings in Mexico, most particularly in Guadalajara.

Mid-sized and large cities in Mexico have one first-rate hospital at least. What is good about health care in Mexico is that the costs are generally lower than one might expect to pay in the US. The same thing also applies for those prescription drugs. Those prescription drugs that are manufactured in Mexico are about fifty percent less on the average, compared with similar drugs manufactured in the United States.

Aside from affordable costs of services and prescription drugs, larger centers in Mexico offer first class restaurants plus full ranges of health care. In fact, a lot of Northern Americans travel in Mexico for some simple dental work or minor surgeries since rates are considerably more affordable. Pharmaceuticals are also widely available at prices relatively lower than those in Canada or in the United States.

Healthy Vacations in Mexico

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Your Mexican vacation doesn’t have to be all about tequila shots, high-calorie meals and sleeping off hangovers. There are plenty of ways to have a healthy vacation in Mexico whether you’re looking to kick-start a fitness plan, enjoy rejuvenating spa treatments, relax and recharge your batteries, or just spend some quiet time reconnecting with nature.

1) Bikini Boot Camp at Amansala: The bikini is not mandatory, but if you want to get into great swimsuit shape, the bikini boot camp at eco-chic resort Amansala in Tulum may be just the thing. Start your days with a stretching session on the beach, then participate in yoga classes, cardio workouts, body sculpting, and biking excursions to nearby ruins or a cenote. The diet at Amansala consists of fresh, local, low-fat dishes with an emphasis on fresh fruit and veggies, and grilled fish. Pampering beachside massages and a Mayan clay treatment will soothe sore muscles and leave you feeling relaxed and renewed.

2)  My Destination Wellness at El Dorado Royale: Funjet Vacations and El Dorado resorts have partnered to bring you this vacation option, (one of a menu of Vacations Your Way offered by Funjet) with customized exercise and gourmet food plans to help you reach your goals. Upon arrival at the resort you will have a consultation with a wellness concierge who will assist you in formulating your personalized meal plan and fitness plan based on your goals, fitness level, and dietary needs. All this while enjoying the beautiful surroundings, luxurious amenities and gourmet all-inclusive dining at the El Dorado Royale or El Dorado Casitas Royale.

3) Rancho La Puerta Destination Spa: Named the world’s best destination spa in 2010 by Travel + Leisure’s readers poll, Rancho La Puerta opened as a health camp in 1940 and has been offering guests a healthy vacation option ever since. The original precepts of adequate movement and proper nutrition remain the same, but now guests choose from a vast array of activities, and are housed in comfortable and attractive casitas with fireplaces. The ranch is located on nearly 3000 acres of valley and mountainsides, with lovely landscaped gardens and full resort facilities. The nutritious food served is grown on the on-site organic farm. Read a review of Rancho La Puerta by Anitra Brown, About.com Guide to Spas.

4) Hostal de la Luz Spa & Holistic Resort: An ideal place for reflection and meditation, Hostal de la Luz is set in the foothills of the Tepozteco mountain in Morelos state near Tepoztlan. Guests here may take part in a temazcal, a purification bath, walk a labyrinth, enjoy any of a full range of spa treatments, or simply sit quietly in one of the many tranquil spots throughout the property. This resort was designed as an oasis of peace and harmony, and was recognized by the Dalai Lama as a place of peace during his visit to Mexico in 2006. Accommodation is in twenty three suites, each with its own meditation space, and many with private terrace.

5) Sagrada Wellness: Located on a 15-acre sanctuary just outside San Miguel de Allende, Sagrada Wellness is a boutique resort specializing in yoga retreats, Pilates retreats, and restorative vacations. Accommodation is in adobe cabañas, each situated so as to take advantage of panoramic views of the surrounding natural areas as well as offering privacy. Meandering cobblestone paths connect the cabañas to the hotel facilities. All-inclusive guests enjoy a daily yoga class, three gourmet meals per day, and quality time in the mesquite-fired sauna.

(Via gomexico.about.com)

Duodenal Switch Surgery in Mexico

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Duodenal Switch is a powerful and permanent weight loss surgery, it can help you regain your life back.  The Duodenal Switch (DS) also known as Biliopancreatic Diversion (BPD) with Duodenal Switch is a form of weight loss surgery that is not as frequently employed as the other forms like gastric lap band, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass surgery.

Though there are both pros and cons to the Duodenal Switch Surgery as with any other surgery, it is generally agreed now that DS results in quicker and greater weight loss than the other two procedures (This surgery is also recommended for some patients with Type 2 Diabetes.)

How is the Duodenal Switch Surgery performed?
The surgical procedure of a duodenal switch includes cutting away a part of the stomach, leaving behind a banana-shaped stomach. The rest of the stomach is discarded. This partial Gastrectomy divides the stomach along the greater curvature, and the part that is removed is nothing more than a mass of acid-producing tissue. This is the restrictive aspect of the procedure. One of the important things that happen because of this partial Gastrectomy is that the hunger-inducing hormone ghrelin is produced in much lesser quantity. Continue reading

A Train that Cures

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Fundación Alma, a non-profit NGO, uses a train as a makeshift doctor’s office to treat children in poor villages of Argentina.

Mónica Carrizo, a volunteer radiologist doubling as a clown, entertains dozens of children who visit the Alma Train for free medical treatment. Known as a “payamédica,” or clown doctor, Mónica keeps the children coming for doctor’s visits entertained. Children are seen by dozens of medical volunteers who work from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for seven months out of the year.

Volunteer biochemist tends to the children who showed up to the train for treatment. The medical workers give each child/patient a check-up, lab work, dental work and X-rays during his or her visit.

Volunteer pediatricians help children who sometimes show up first thing in the morning. “Some of them took many hours to arrive because they come walking,” one volunteer said.

The train has three wagons but no traction; it’s pulled by a cargo train. In one wagon they have a laboratory, X-Ray Equipment, a nursery and a basic-care room. Another has a cabin and meeting rooms, while the third has a kitchen and maintenance shop.

Since it was created in 1976, the Alma Train has made 176 overnight trips and assisted more than 80,000 children. For complex diseases, the patients are transferred to regional hospitals, and all their expenses are paid by the foundation.

Families show up early in the morning with five or six children in tow, some of whom are seeing a doctor for the first time. “Children are very grateful and they give us what they have: an old toy, home-made bread or a drawing,” one volunteer said.

How to Beat a Heart Attack

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Since the sixties, we have been learning more and more that we have control over our health. Thousands of studies confirm other studies.  Even a fascinating new one proving once again, “Be Happy, Don’t Worry.”  — even if you don’t want to, do it for your own good.

Wayne State University researchers studied the smiles or lack of them from 230 photos of baseball players before the 1950s.  Those with no smile lived to an average of 73 years, partial smile, 75 and full smile to 80.  A not so scientific study, but it’s believable because it’s just so consistent with most all health studies over the years.

A Duke University study of 255 doctors found that 14% of the physicians rated most hostile in the study had died 25 years later compared with only 2% in the least hostile group.  Yes, you should be active–walk fast or run or some other exercise for 30 minutes a day, but if you claim you don’t have time for that, a Mayo Clinic study shows even 10 minutes a day cuts your risk of a heart attack in virtually half, 47%.

University of California, Davis, cardiologist Amparo Villablanca says we should think of mud when we put processed foods in our bodies.  “Get people to think of their bodies as finely tuned machines,” she encourages.  Get rid of the calorie-dense salty, sugary foods, and eat 8 or 9 unprocessed fruits and vegetables a day.  One international study has just shown that 90% of the risk of a heart attack is in a person’s control through physical activity, smoking cessation, diet, and don’t forget good thoughts.

Also check out this article on “100 Ways to Live Forever” on Men’s Health.