Deciding to Start a New Career in Allied Health

The term ‘allied health’ is generally used to indicate a cluster of health care professions that covers more than 100 occupational titles, exclusive of physicians, nurses, and a handful of others. Generally, this profession is categorized into two broad categories, mainly – therapists/technologists and technicians (assistants). While technicians perform their duties under the direction of therapists and their education takes less than two years, the educational course of technologists on another hand is more strenuous and their responsibilities primarily revolve around technical skills. They are actually the key personnel who play a vital role in identifying the grounds behind different healing methods that can help them in evaluating the side effects of any therapeutic procedure.

Today allied health is one of the few professions that offer enough room and ample opportunities for career advancement. Talking about the scope of this profession, there are some of the most promising statistics that certainly define the growing popularity of this profession. In fact, it is estimated that there are near about 5 million allied health care professionals who are working in more than 80 different professions. Adding to this, as per the recent study made by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is expected that in the next few years almost 36% more health care professionals will be required in the allied health fields. All these facts and studies clearly indicate about the rising demand for allied health workers.

These days, there are even many specialized areas in health care that have been very little to do with being a doctor or a nurse. The key point to note is that these careers like Recreational Therapist, Clinical Laboratory Technicians, Health Information Technician and many more suitably fall into the allied health class and collectively make the health care system succeed. Perhaps, looking at the current situation, it won’t be wrong to state that this field in health care is varied and there is something for just about everyone. However, if we talk in terms of salary then the salary in this field differs largely depending on the kind of employment setting, years of experience, region of the country, occupancy and designation.

Apart from this, the greatest reward of a job in this field is that it is one of the few professions that actually allow you to bring a positive health change directly, which can be both empowering and satisfying as well. At times the change can be immediate, or even the one with the lasting result, but depending on your area of expertise, it can offer a variety of opportunities and avenues in which you wish to practice. It is one of the few fields that can bring a difference to not just your life but other life as well. So, by now if you have made up your mind and planning for making a career in this allied health care field then to get started all you need is the right training and degree from accredited school.

An allied health care education can help you develop your talents and knowledge in the areas in which you are planning to work. In addition to this, the program supports you, through supervision that further ensures the progress of a personalized learning plan. However, the important point to note is that the program you choose must be an accredited one, because graduating from an accredited educational program has an essential knowledge foundation that helps the graduate in updating with the skills required as an entry-level professional within that given field.

There are even different degrees like Master’s Degree or Doctorate (PhD) degree available in the allied health field. While a Master’s degree refers to the concentrated study in a specific field, a Doctorate degree mainly refers a research degree that demands an intensive study on a specific subject. Nevertheless, whatever Allied Health career you are interested in, attaining a degree in health care can help you gain success in your career and give you greater job security along with extra financial and personal satisfaction.

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Health For the Soul and Spirit

The human being is essentially a spirit being, having a soul and living inside a body. Little has been known about the human body but the human soul and spirit are like no go zones. For humanity to assert total health in the 21st century, humanity must muster the courage to go beyond the average. Breaking new grounds, championing new ideas and venturing into the unknown.

No one can discover new lands without leaving the shore. Our shallow efforts and knowledge cannot guarantee our triumph over sicknesses and diseases. Venturing into the unknown for the truism of human existence and functionality is the way forward to human triumph over sicknesses and diseases. We are going to venture into the science of the human soul in order to acquire insight on health.

The human soul is an invisible dimension of the human being; though tangible; invisible in the sense that, it cannot be accessed through any physical means. This invisible nature of the human soul is what has contributed to its neglect by scholars. Though the human soul is physically un-reached, its influence and impact on human functionality cannot be overemphasized.

The human soul principally embodies the human mind, will and emotions. Thus, the health of the soul is determined by the condition of the human mind, will and emotions which are the constituents of the human soul. We have to consider the constituents of the human soul and their impact on health.

Human mind: The human mind is the largest component of the human soul. From my mental laboratory, I consider the human mind to be the real heart of the human being. Its centrality in the human life permits it to function as the regulator of the human physical and supernatural operations. Minus the human mind, both the human spirit and body will lack sight and light.

The mind is the central control counter where exchange between the body and spirit takes place. It has four functions or faculties: the reasoning, thinking, creative and imaginative faculties. With respect to health, the human mind needs to be sound, having its four faculties in relative soundness and functionality. This condition permits the mind to impart the human intellect with positive influences which are transferred to the human brain for coordination to affect body condition.

For the mind to have soundness, it must be exposed to positive and quality influences. Such influences can be in the form of positive and quality information or positive and quality music. Most individuals are having unsound minds and sick bodies because of the kind of information and music they exposed their minds to. The world is more corrupt today than in any other time in history. A lot of negativity beam through the media and other communication mediums.

Information and music which only pervert the mind with thoughts of immorality, drugs, violence, suicide and death etc. With such thoughts, the positive functions of the mind are hampered; leading to disequilibrium in the relative functioning of the body, soul and spirit. Such disequilibrium creates health conditions which are completely unexplainable by medical sciences. A perverted mind creates an unhealthy soul which goes a long way to affecting the body health condition.

The human mind is naturally imbued with positive instincts which are allergic to negative influences. When exposed to negative influences, the human mind immediately shrinks inwardly, creating an internal unhealthy mental state

This state leaves the human being vulnerable.

Human will: Humans are the only species in existence with a soul which possesses the will. The human will is the wheel of the human life. Its function permits humans to determine their destiny; whether sickness or health, failure or success, prosperity or poverty, death and life.

The human will is intended to reinforce the human spirit, soul and body. It is to provide the tenacity needed for humans to decide what they want, why, how, and when. No physical condition can withstand the might of the human will. The human will when exercised in its fullest efficacy and potency, has the capability to make impossibility possible, this confirms what a great mind once said “when there is a will there is a way.” For health to be possible, the human being needs the will to be healthy. Without a strong will, a human being will be a victim of all external factors.

The human will can wheel the human body and spirit to the right direction. For this to be possible, the will must be empowered by the knowledge of the truth. This is the knowledge which unveils the truism of human supremacy over external factors. Such truth can be accessed in the universal lab manual (the divine constitution).

When a human being becomes conscious of the truth about his supremacy and ability to violate the laws of nature, the human being by his will becomes strong and resolute against unpleasant external factors. In such a moment, powerful stimulus are projected from the realms of the human soul to the human spirit and body, reinforcing and empowering human defense mechanism against any prevailing external condition.

Many who are dying today of sicknesses and diseases, are dying for their lack of will to live. It is said in the universal lab manual “If you are willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land.” The good of the land speaks of the pleasantness which can be attracted when our human will is released in its full efficacy and potency. The human will can break any barrier, it can violate the laws of nature to establish its counsel. The human will makes the human being a participant in life and destiny. When the human will is weak the human being becomes vulnerable to any physical assault. When we talk of resistance, persistence, insistence; these are all effects of the human will. The human will generates resistance, persistence and insistence which are all vital requirements for human survival.

For so long, humans have accepted so many negativities as a sort of human fate. Some of these can be changed if humanity will have the will to change them. No condition is permanent if the human will is put to work. What one tolerates cannot change. What one refuses to tolerate must change. The human will makes this possible. Show me anyone who has made it through tough situations and circumstances; I will show you someone with a will power. Empower your life by empowering your will.

Human emotions: The human emotion is that area of the human soul responsible for the expression of human feelings with respect to different situations and circumstances. Human emotions may be positive or negative. While positive emotions contribute to the quality of the human soul and the general health condition of a human being; negative emotions affect the soul condition and the general health situation of a human being negatively. Positive emotions are as follows; emotions of love, joy, peace, satisfaction, gratitude and gratefulness, etc. Negative emotions are emotions of hate, sorrow, agitations, dissatisfaction, disappointment, anger, etc.

Harboring negative emotions for a long time creates tension within the human soul. This tension is communicated to the human brain through the intellect, leading to a change in the dynamics of the body operation. Diseases like high blood pressure are caused by negative emotions like anger, bitterness and sorrow etc. Expressing positive emotions helps in enhancing our health condition. It has been proven that joyful people recover faster than those who are sad, depressed and disgusted. That’s why the universal lab manual instructs us to be joyful irrespective of the situation. For a merry heart does well as medicine.

For an individual to build a stable emotion, such must invest to acquire quality knowledge with respect to crises management. Sometimes quality music can be helpful and also the services of a good counselor.

Health habits for the soul: The health of our soul like our body equally depends on our attitudes and actions, though the health habits for the soul are different from those of our body. The human soul being a non physical dimension of the human being requires a more diligent attention. Health habit for the soul involves the following;

Quality time to acquire quality information on human existence and functionality is an important health habit for the soul. Information on human existence and functionality is to the soul as food is to the body. Quality time to sing and to equally listen to soul touching music on a daily bases is equally a health habit for the soul. Music to the soul is as water to the body.

The combination of quality knowledge on human existence and functionality and quality music forms the core health habits of the soul.

The human spirit: The human spirit is the ‘real estate’ of man, containing secret information about each human being; information which can only be known by each individual as consciousness. The human spirit is the seat of human potential, consciousness and life. The human body dies immediately in the absence of the human spirit.

The human spirit is a personality with full consciousness. Its soundness is imperative to the general health condition of the human being. For the human spirit to be sound, it must be supernaturally connected to the universal source of existence and life for continuous infusion of energy and vitality. When the human spirit lacks this connection, it shrinks and dies gradually, depriving the human being of divine energy and life.

It is virtually impossible for the human being to enjoy absolute soundness without divine energy and vitality which stems from within the human spirit. Divine energy and life is only possible when the human spirit is connected to the universal absolute source of life and existence. This is an absolute need for every human being.

We are not on earth as a result of a universal accident; we owe our existence to a higher power. As we connect with our source of existence, which is perfect divine life, health and strength, we attract to our consciousness these divine virtues capable of influencing our whole being. This is the greatest breakthrough humans need; attracting divinity into our humanity.

Until our humanity becomes infused with divinity, we can’t talk of real freedom from sicknesses and diseases. Divine life and energy is the highest potent force which can empower humanity to transcend all what challenges us in the natural with respect to our health.

Health habits for the spirit: The human spirit just as our soul and body depends on our actions for its health. The health habits for the spirit are quite different from those of our body and soul. The health habits of the spirit are as follows: sanctity, meditation.

Sanctity: There is relativity between our human life style and the health of our human spirit. Our human spirit by nature is full of all goodness, righteousness and purity. We were to reflect the virtues of our human spirit in our day to day life. When human life style fails to correspond with the virtues and values of the human spirit, there will be a negative reaction within the human spirit. This reaction is a state described as the grieving of the spirit.

The grieving of the spirit creates an unhealthy spirit, which may go a long way to affect the human being in his soul and body. For a human being to have a healthy spirit, such must practice sanctity. Most of what humanity is suffering from today is due to the evil life style of individuals. As humanity grows in evil and negativity, humanity increases unhealthiness.

There is no health to those who violate the moral and righteous demands of life. Those who care about the health of their spirit must accept sanctity as a reasonable service to oneself. What we sow is what we will reap. If we sow evil and unrighteousness, we should be ready to reap the fruits of an unhealthy spirit.

Meditation: A human being is a mixture of humanity and divinity. The divinity in humans can only be accessed through meditation. The universal source of life and existence resides in the human spirit as consciousness. This consciousness is the sum total of all health, perfection, strength, power, wisdom, etc. The question is, if the universal source of life and existence resides in humans as health, perfection, strength, power, and wisdom. Why are humans sick, weak and victimized? This is where health habits for the spirit come in.

Humans are dying in their misery while the source of all life and health lies dormant within them as a result of ignorance. With meditation, humans can reach down and tap from within their being, life, health and strength for every day’s challenge etc.What is meditation? These is a moment of serenity and focus which permits humans access inspiration, health, strength, etc. from the universal source of life and existence which lies within humans as consciousness. Meditation is abused when it is reduced to satisfying religious rituals and ceremonies.

Meditation should permit humanity tap from the divine within them. Anything out of this is just an aimless and useless ritual. Meditation is a health habit for the spirit because it allows humans to have communion with the source of life within for empowerment.

NB: Sanctity comes before meditation. Meditation begins with a silent reflection and deep thoughtfulness on the universal source of life and existence, his providence toward all his creation. This should equally be accompanied with words of gratefulness and thanksgiving which permit our mental consciousness to open up to our human spirit from where we can access divine consciousness.

When the above is carried out with all seriousness, the human being receives the confidence to make petitions and a supplication as one is disposed, accessing the divine into our humanity.

When meditation becomes a habit, it assists to empower the human spirit, which goes a long way to influence the human being in his entirety. Meditation is also possible with the aid of the universal lab manual, the divine constitution.This is possible by reading through it, asserting every word, phrase and sentence, appropriating it into our inner self through deep thoughtfulness, belief and vocal confession. The words and stories found in the divine constitution are inspired to lift up our spirits and to equally empower our souls and bodies.

Sometimes the psalms could be a good point to start from. There is so much to also learn about meditation from the lives of great saints. Some of them lived on earth for several hundreds of years in total health. They knew what we don’t know. The difference between two individuals is in their knowledge and understanding.

The end result of meditation as a health habit is access into the divine, for a healthy spirit, soul and body.

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Health Care Services

There are many health services and a proper range of health care services needs to be provided under a proper healthcare system. The United States does not have the best health care services in the world but it can be said that it has the best emergency care system around the globe. The fact behind this is that America is having highest level of poverty and income inequality among all the rich and developed nations and it affects the reach of the people to the proper health services.

Health systems are designed to fulfill the needs of the health care of some targeted nation or population. Health care planning and its proper system implementation are much more necessary for any country or government. According to the World health report 2000 “Improving performance are good health, responsiveness to the expectations of the population, and fair financial contribution.” Duckett (2004) proposed a two dimensional approach to evaluation of health systems: “quality, efficiency and acceptability on one dimension and equity on another.”

To have a best health care facilities UNICEF advises that there must be three primary steps which can then systematically improve the health services and to complete a health system.

1. Standards
2. Assessment and Accreditation
3. Support Materials

Seven years ago World Health Organization made the first major effort to rank the health systems of 191 nations. The following parameters were taken in consideration for the best care services;

· Insurance Coverage
· Access
· Fairness
· Health Lives
· Quality
· Life and Death
· Patient Satisfaction
· Use of IT
· Top of the Line Care
· Walk in clinic

Health is a state of well being, physically, mentally, socially and psychologically. Health services are fundamental part of any community, therefore financial stability and proper coverage of medical through insurance or some other way is very much necessary for a human to live and stay normal. There is a proper process oriented structure is required, implemented by the government to provide the health services to each and every of their citizen. The health care industry is responsible to provide the proper health care services to the people with their arm namely health services providers. These health services are paid and could be paid by the patient, by insurance plan, or by the government. Charities and volunteers also play their role to provide the health services to those who are unable to afford. There could be various ways to provide health services to the patient, normally can be categorized into two main;

· Face to Face:

This is the most common way, where the provider, interacts with the patient physically and after having the checkup and understanding of the issues, diagnoses the problem or suggests some tests or medication.

· Non -Face To Face:

Telecommunication is the latest emerging facility, which is now in use to provide healthcare services as well. The practitioner can interact with the patient using, phone, email, text message, or video conferencing and then can provide further suggestions to him / her.

Health services are also provided at schools where the children could be taken care of. UNESCO has published a set of tools to provide the guidance to school healthcare services providers. Following are the basic parameters which must be catered;

· HIV/AIDS
· Food and nutrition
· Helminthes and hygiene
· Malaria
· Violence
· Drugs, tobacco and alcohol

In any health services providing system there could be the following three types of health services.

1. Primary Health Care Services:

Whenever someone needs a health care service in normal and routine life, who could be a family doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, physiotherapist, pharmacist, etc. Primary health services often include prevention and treatment of common diseases and injuries.

2. Secondary Health CareServices:

Whenever someone needs a special care he/she is referred to a specialized care unit, like hospital, or nursing home to provide secondary level of health facilities.

3. Additional / Supplementary Health Care Services:

The services which are normally provided to the senior citizens, children or to whom which do not have their proper medical coverage or paying capabilities and the expanses are covered through government funds or through some volunteer or charity organization.

Instant Medical Care is one of the good providers which are providing health care services to people in distress.

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Health Education Jobs – 4 Competitive Secrets You Must Know

The value of health education jobs is the correct step to improving our communities and improving our individual health. The main objective is to provide people the means in which they will take better care of themselves as it relates to basic health care issues. Such jobs can be anything from public health education to health science and lab work. By promoting public health education, the underlying premise is that it will help people to practice and maintain what they have learned and pass it on for the future.

The Bright Future of the Health Care Industry

With the growing discovery for the need in the health care industry, there has begun large movement to fill the demand in health jobs. The jobs referred to in the health care industry are coming from such areas in science educational fields like physics, medicine.psychology, environmental science and biology.

Health careers involve teaching the general public, including students, and their parents, as well as institutions and communities about proper health care and maintenance. The idea is not just to equip people with the knowledge but also to generate and encourage an attitude for healthy behavior.

The Importance of the Health Educator

The role of health educators is to disseminate the health education knowledge and foster a promotable mindset to raise the health standards in their communities. Good health, injury prevention and disease prevention are the focus of health education. This specialized education cover a wide variety of jobs. Many are in schools, with school districts having many health teachers, coordinators, counselors, advocates and researchers. These educators could specialize in implementing actual health programs in schools, or in writing grant proposals for health project funding.

Here Is the Type of Education That is Needed

With a degree in public health you will be working in hospitals or clinics along with doctors full filling various administrative positions and functions. The potential for healthcare education careers exist at all grade levels starting at pre-school on up to university level. Whether in the private or public school sector, health education programs exist. Other areas needed for health education professionals can be found in classroom laboratories to research, prevention and treatment.

The Education Blueprint To A Career in Health Care

The first step in achieving a career in this educational field is to specialize in a four year study program. Most colleges and universities in the US offer undergraduate as well as graduate degrees in health education, and related fields. To expand your credentials you can inquire at National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc (NCHEC). Once you have been trained and have become properly qualified, you can get any numbers of jobs in the health care industry.

Will You Be a Leader?

Health education jobs and careers are not only a way of building a fulfilling professional life, but also a way of achieving personal fulfillment. The mere fact that you are helping to create a better world, a more healthy and cleaner environment is a gratifying personal achievement. For an excellent resource for more information about jobs and career options in the health care industry visit the American Association for Health Education website.

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Everything You Need to Know About Dog Health – Discover the Secrets of a Healthy Dog

Dog health – What is it all about?

Providing shelter and food for your dog is not your only duty as a dog owner. You need to take care of a whole lot of things to make sure your dog stays hale and hearty and enjoys a long, happy life. Basically, it is all about knowing what is good and what is bad for your dog’s health.

The need to know about canine health

As a dog owner, the last thing you want to see is your dog suffering from various health problems. Unfortunately, pet dogs are vulnerable to a lot of health problems – right from bacterial infections to cancer. Given below is a list of things you can do to prevent these health problems and keep your dog healthy for a long time.

Healthy Dog Diet

Feeding your dog a healthy, balanced diet is the simplest way to prevent most dog health problems. Be sure to provide your dog with an AAFCO certified food. According to Consumer Reports, who interviewed many veterinarians, price is less important than certification. If you dog is healthy and doesn’t require any sort of dietary restrictions, then a commercial diet from a known company is fine. In general, the average companion dogs need the following nutritional profile per pound of body weight.

Nutrient
Energy 10 kcal
Water 10 ml
Protein 1 gm
Sodium 10 mg
Phosphorus 20 mg

Water

Like people, have a constant supply of clean water to drink is essential. Give your dog the same water you give yourself (filtered etc.). To encourage drinking and urination, consider providing more than one water bowl in the house and take your dog for frequent walks if possible. Urination is natures way of cleansing the urinary tract and for keeping infection and stones from taking hold.

Exercise

Do not let your dog stay dormant all the time. Physical inactivity tends to affect its physical and mental health badly. So, make sure it gets enough physical exercise. There are plenty of good exercises for dogs like walking, swimming, fetching, and stairs climbing. Regular exercise prevents stress, makes your dog active, increases its metabolic rate, strengthens its joints, and improves its overall health. So, if you want to prevent dog health problems, make sure your dog stays active. Activity can be enhanced with a fetch ball or a kong toy that causes your dog to solve the puzzle of how to release food that is hidden inside.

Grooming

Contrary to what most people think, grooming is not just about making your dog look good. It helps prevent bacterial and viral infections that commonly affect dogs. So, make sure you bathe your dog regularly. Clean its ears from dog ear wax and teeth on a regular basis. Brush it at least twice a week and clip its nails regularly.

Cleanliness

According to pet health experts, exposure to harmful chemicals is one of the main causes of canine health problems. So, limit the use of pesticides, herbicides, and weed killers to the extent possible. Second hand smoke is harmful to your dog’s health as well. So, make your home a no-smoking zone.

Health supplements

Consider giving your dog a natural health supplement. According to homeopathic veterinarians, these types of products can be a helpful was to strengthen the body’s natural immune response to disease. You can give supplements that contain herbs like Huang Qi, Mistletoe, Milk Thistle, and Indian Ginseng that are known for their ability to treat and prevent various dog health problems.

These herbs can boost your dog’s immune system, improve the functioning of its vital organs, keep its blood pressure levels under control, increase its energy levels, and support a healthy appetite and vitality. Since these canine health supplements are 100% natural, there are no risks of side effects at all. To get the best results, you can make them a part of your dog’s regular diet.

Love and care

You didn’t think I was going to finish this article without mentioning this, did you? Dog health does not mean just physical health. It also means mental health. It is about keeping your dog happy. How do you keep your dog happy? It’s simple – by loving him. Your dog needs your love and attention more than anything else. Pat your dog. Reward him whenever he does something good. Make him understand that you love him. Pamper him and make him feel good. It is one of the simplest ways to keep your dog happy and active

Jeff Grill is an editor of the Pet Health Guide which has more information on canine health problems.

If you are interested in disease specific conventional and natural treatment approaches, the author recommends that you visit the Dog Health Handbook.

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