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Florida Medical Spas Regulators Look Beyond the Surface

There is no such thing as a -medical spa- in Florida. True! They are not uniquely licensed. In fact, they are usually not licensed at all because (1) they are owned and operated by licensed healthcare professionals, and/or (2) they do not file claims for reimbursement with health insurers. And they are not a regulated entity.

What then is a -medical spa-? It’s simply a place where people receive traditional spa services (e.g. facials), plus many other medical procedures, typically focused on cosmetic services (e.g. hair removal, Botox). It’s -medical- because of the nature of the services provided. It’s -medical- because (ideally) physician supervision is woven into the business model.

The trickiest part of medical spas for owners/operators is ensuring just two things: (1) that the professionals providing the services are doing so in a manner that doesn’t violate their licenses, and (2) those professionals have proper physician supervision. Each licensed person who typically works in a med spa is bound by statutes and regulations that govern what they can do and the degree (if any) of physician supervision required. The -scope of practice- regs applicable to PAs are different that those which apply to NPs or MAs for instance. The level of physician supervision is dictated not only by the license of the supervised professional, but also what the professional is doing. Rest assured, however, that the belief that such -formal- things do not apply because the patients pay in cash is not only untrue, but also a recipe for being shut down and prosecuted.

Other big challenges for med spas tend to be-

?Fee splitting arising in connection with how the professionals are paid (especially when they are paid on a percentage of collections basis)

?The Florida Patient Self Referral Act, which in part may limit to 50% the amount of physician ownership if the physician is in a position to refer to the med spa.

Regulatory scrutiny can be expected to increase in coming years, especially as the media shines light on client injuries (typically burns from laser services) and the scope of services expands to include things like hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which traditionally involves telemedicine related issues. Med spa owners would do well to take seriously the many intricate (and disconnected) regs applicable to the licensed professionals who work in med spas and the physicians who supervise them.

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Religion And Yoga

A religious rights leader in the US recently sparked off a debate with his comments on the inappropriateness of Yoga for those of the Christian faith. Arguments have since flown fast and thick on all sides over the linking of Yoga with specific religions.

As a proponent of Yoga as the ultimate challenge for the attainment of holistic wellness, I have been extremely pained to read all things related to the matter. For one, I havent been able to fathom the reasons as to why this should even be thrown on the table.

It is true that Yoga originated in India, the same country which produced great religious systems such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Indeed, India is one of the two regions of the world which has been the cradle of religious thought, the other being the Middle East which produced Christianity, Islam, Judaism et al.

However, Yoga at its best is a philosophical system which is thought to lead to self-realization. For as long as it has existed, there have been no religious incantations associated with the practice, nor does it propagate the worship of any one supreme figure. It is infact philosophical and not iconic in any way.

The Yogic systems prevalent today are a fragment of an entire pristine system, and are mostly only corporeal; they strive to keep the body healthy through various poses and breathing techniques. The only Hindu connotation I have found evidence of, is the sounding of the syllable Om while breathing, which is also equally construable as a shortening of Amen. Interestingly, Om and Amen have similar meanings and origins as well.

I personally know scores of people of various religious beliefs following Yoga, and who have found no conflict between their religion and the practice. Yoga, which is devoid of any religious connotations is even widely practiced by atheists who would have otherwise shunned it in the name of religious circumvention.

My personal experience tells me that one neednt even go deep into research, because a quick online search will point to the fact that Yoga is linked with environmentalism, healthy food habits, exercise, fitness and mostly good health, but definitely not with any strong religious associations. Even specifically searching for a link did not yield any results to indicate the gentlemans concerns that Yoga is a symptom of postmodern spiritual confusion.

I came across an interesting and relevant blog here which I understand to be a product of a mature and analytical mind.

I would be happy to understand just how practicing Yoga is a shameful act as the US Baptist has claimed. Looking forward to your thoughts, as usual.

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The History of Hospital Food

Food within hospitals has for centuries played an important part in healing and recovery. Today, catering systems can be highly advanced mobile units which allow staff to prepare and feed patients right by their beds although this was not always the case.

In fact, however dubious the medical practices, in medieval Europe the value of hospital food was well understood by practitioners. Hospitals at this time were rarely operated by secular members of society and instead were the mainstay of the church, with many doctors doubling as clerics and many of the support staff being monks. It was these monks that usually prepared meals for patients.

In other parts of the world hospital food also played an important role, in some Islamic countries chroniclers speak of food which would have been suitable for nobles and kings. Many historians have argued that the high quality of care in the secular hospitals that were built in urban areas were a considerable achievement with medieval Islamic society.

Within Europe in later centuries the function of hospitals and those offering the care also changed. This was particularly the case in the eighteenth and nineteenth century where the monastery hospitals began to be replaced by more professional hospitals run by the military. Once again hospital food remained and important element within the recovery process although most hospital diets consisted of bread, beef and beer, although the serving of alcohol did diminish in the latter stages of this period.

Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries a greater understanding of the role that food played in healing was gained. Termed nutritional science hospitals now comprehended that there was a direct correlation between the food given to a patient and healing times and meals had to be carefully planned to ensure patients received all of the nutrients they needed.

Today hospital food is as important as ever although tight budgetary restraints and pressures on staff mean that hospitals are now looking for evermore advanced and efficient methods of food preparation which do not sacrifice taste, presentation or nutritional value.

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Massage Therapy Program Ensures Graduate Success

The Massage Therapy program is excellent and encompasses all aspects of massage from the relationship between therapist and client to the structure and function of the human body,” says graduate Amanda Baskwill of Centennial College’s three-year Massage Therapy training. “It is an exceptional program taught by professionals and leaders in the field of massage therapy in an encouraging and enjoyable atmosphere.”

As Amanda explained, the program does an excellent job of covering multiple bases. As such, Centennial College’s Massage Therapy training emphasizes learning and implementing a variety of techniques including: Swedish massage, fascial and rhythmic techniques, trigger point therapy, remedial exercise, stretching techniques, wax baths, whirlpools and steam cabinets. It, however, also covers business aspects of the industry.

Massage Therapy program applicants must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also have finished the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent; Biology 11C, M or U, or 12C, M or U or equivalent and one of the following sciences: 11C, M or U, or 12 C, M or U Chemistry or Physics, or Exercise Science or equivalent. After receiving an offer of admission, students will receive a document to be completed by a doctor or a nurse who will confirm that the student meets the health requirements of legislated acts, ministry guidelines and agency policies.

Once they are accepted, students study from Morningside campus, which is the most technologically advanced of Centennial Colleges four locations and offers a clinical setting. In Centennial’s on-site massage therapy clinic, Massage Therapy program students interact directly with clients while having the guidance and support of an experienced faculty member.

In addition, thanks to their studies, students become comfortable with: consulting patients about their medical histories and any stress or pain-related problems to determine whether massage would be helpful; developing treatments that specify which types of massages are to be used, as there are many modules; assessing clients’ soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength and range of motion; and implementing a variety of techniques including maintaining treatment records and consulting with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians and psychologists in order to develop further treatment plans for the client.

Qualified graduates of the Massage Therapy program may write the registration examinations administered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to qualify for Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) designation. Graduates of the Massage Therapy program may then be self-employed or work in multidisciplinary healthcare facilities or hospitals. Sports rehabilitation clinics and health spas represent a growing service sector in North America that will employ graduates. On-site therapy, typically provided in the workplace by large companies as a health benefit to employees, is also growing in popularity.

Alternatively, should Massage Therapy program graduates wish to further their education, they can do by attending a program at the Massage Therapy trainings educational partner, Athabasca University.

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Best Hospitals For Liposuction In India

What is liposuction treatment?

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty (fat modelling), suction lipectomy (suction assisted fat removal), and liposculpture, is a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure that is used to remove excess fat from many different areas of the human body. Liposuction treatment can sculpt and shape the body by removing unwanted, localized fat deposits from areas like the chin, neck, cheek, hips, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, calves, knees and ankles.

Liposuction surgery is an outpatient procedure which is performed under the effect of general anesthesia or intravenous sedation or local anesthesia. Liposuction procedure approximately lasts for about 1 to 2 hours time depending on the target area. No matter what your problem spots, liposuction treatment is a safe and effective solution in the battle of the bulge. With India fast becoming the favored destination for medical tourists, many hospitals are now offering liposuction treatment.

How much does liposuction cost in India?
On an average liposuction cost in India would be approximately around Rs. 24,000 to Rs. 40,000. Cost of Liposuction in India would be 30% of the cost of a similar procedure in America and UK, which converts to huge savings. Liposuction surgery can be easily handled in India, as the quality of healthcare available In India is now on par with the top hospitals in the world.
Many top hospitals in India offer cosmetic surgery packages which are very affordable, as the surgery rates are almost half the rates as compared with US and UK. Our liposuction surgeons are USA/UK trained and the hospital facilities as good as any 5 star hotel.

Best Hospitals for liposuction in India

Equipped with the latest treatment facilities and some of the most experienced liposuction surgeons, here are the Best Hospitals for liposuction in India.

Wockhardt Hospitals, with over 40 years of experience in the health care sector in India, is one of the most preferred destination for global cosmetic surgery holidays. Our advanced surgical and medical techniques can restore and enhance the shape of your face and body. We have special cosmetic surgery pricing at NUSI Wockhardt Hospital, Goa, for International customers.

Max Healthcare is one of India”s leading provider of comprehensive, seamless and integrated world-class healthcare services. Max Healthcare now offers Vaser Liposelection Procedure, which is much better than the traditional Liposuction.

Apollo Hospitals is among some of the leading hospitals offering medical assistance to tourists in India. Apollo hospitals with the help of latest technology and exceptionally committed medical practitioners provide outstanding cosmetic surgery facilities at substantially low cost.

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Physiotherapy hospitals in Mumbai- opening doors of success

MBBS is not only option for the students of medicine. Today, there are many promising branches of medicine that hold excellent scope for growth and expansion in the near future. Medical tourism, healthcare management, clinical counseling etc are some lucrative alternative career options for medical students. However, physiotherapy is one field that has drawn the interest and attention of many science graduates and undergraduates. Physiotherapy hospitals in Mumbai are open to hiring competent physiotherapist on regular basis.

A physiotherapist is a qualified practitioner who helps to treat physical problems that occur due to illnesses, accident or old age. They offer assistance through manual therapy, therapeutic exercise or electro-physical modalities to heal any disturbance in the physical well being of the patient. A physiotherapist can work in different areas that include, occupational health, old age care and women’s health. These professional practicing experts can be found in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Some physiotherapists also practice independently in their local community. They are also required in other areas of work like the schools, corporate offices etc.

A physiotherapist, like any other medical practitioner is supposed to build good rapport and interpersonal relationships with his patients. There is need for requisite qualification and knowledge of various physical diseases and their diagnosis. They should have the ability to treat the ailment with confidence and provide complete satisfaction to the clients, thus assuring them of a safe and sound professional treatment. Physiotherapy hospitals in Mumbai are in constant search for such skilled and efficient healthcare professionals who can keep up the principles of the hospital with holistic service in physiotherapy.

Study in physiotherapy is in huge demand amongst aspiring medical students across the globe. This profession promises immense growth and success in the near future. There are many colleges and courses for acquiring academic training in physiotherapy. The curriculum is simply understandable and comprehendible. Physiotherapy is a practice-based study of medicine and physical ailments. One with a heart to cure and commitment to heal is best suited for a potential career in physiotherapy. Wherever people are at risk of injury, there will always be a need for physiotherapists. That is why it is a very sustainable career which can bring you work in various different settings and specialties.

Kick start successful careers at physiotherapy hospitals in Mumbai.

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Business Success and High Quality from Private Label Nutritional Supplements

Expanded consciousness about fitness and health has brought about more amazing deliberations to stay sound and fit. With normal practice, right consuming propensities, sound nourishment, fitting rest, and satisfactory amusement numerous people have had the ability to accomplish their fitness objectives, however to keep up a persistent standard of solid propensities is not dependably conceivable. Eventually the substances of up to date life irritate the normal. The wild nature of advanced lifestyle with requesting due dates, assignments, gatherings, voyaging and other partnered substances makes it extremely troublesome to tick all the cases of solid living. In such a situation, the need to accuse the collection of the right supplements is of incredible need and it is a favoring to have nourishing health supplements to satisfy the healthful needs of our forms.

There is an extensive variety of items on health supplements, weight reduction, nutritious drinks, vitamin items, items for compelling physical exercises, so on et cetera. The incomprehensible assets on the web demonstration as a mine of data on health and nutritious items, and consequently, today the client is generally outfitted to pick the items which satisfy their health and dietary necessities. In the extensive variety of decisions, the client needs to pick the right items and make the last decision. After a client limits down the hunt, the following step includes the buying of the items that satisfies the quality parameter and the value parameter of the client.

private label supplements make the undertaking of clients extremely simple in light of the high caliber of the items offered by them at exceptionally aggressive costs. Truth be told it could be said that private mark items are an aid to the merchant and the client besides. Regarding quality as well as far as value, clients profit from private label nutritional supplements. The extra costs that organizations cause while assembling supplements is eventually passed on the clients, along these lines expanding the last require for the clients. Anyway on account of private mark dietary supplements, the producer of items permits little organizations to utilize their own mark name for the buy of even a modest amount of items. The modest organizations don’t need to manage the cost of assembling despite the fact that they get the finest nature of supplements. These little organizations append their mark name to the items, make their own customer base and offer items at engaging costs to clients.

In the past private mark supplements were not held in high regard, however now with additional data on the web, Private label supplements have picked up their legitimate put in the business and now organizations and in addition purchasers are procuring the profits offered by Private label wholesome supplements.

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Panchakarma Therapy

Ayurveda treatments have four basic forms of therapies, which are medicine or drug therapy, Panchakarma, ayurveda diets or nutritional therapies and rejuvenation therapies. In these basic forms, Panchakarma is the most important and effective therapy to rebuild the healthy lifestyle. Generally, Panchakarma therapies are done in a natural environment under the guidance of good and experienced ayurveda practitioners.

Panchakarma is an ancient form of therapy originated in India. The word panchakarma stands for five actions or techniques. It is a purifying or eliminating therapy to enhance the metabolism of the body and mind by these five actions. Generally panchakarma is done in two ways:

Treating the doshas (toxic materials) in the by natural herbs and medicines.
Eliminating the complete doshas from the body.

Unhealthy lifestyle, stress, strain and changes in climate are the main reasons for various toxins in the body. These toxins have to be removed from body in order to keep the well-being of the body. Ayurveda therapies, especially panchakarma can completely remove these toxins from the body and can keep it healthy and powerful.

The five types of treatments in Panchakarma therapy include:

Vamana Karma (use of emetics) – Vamana Karma is used for ‘Kapha’ disorders like Asthma, Cold, Bronchitis and sinus. It is a medicated therapy which removes Kapha toxins accumulated in the body and the respiratory tract.

Virechana (use of laxatives) – Virechana Karma is used to treat pitta disorders like Hyperacidity, skin disorders, Digestive disorders, ulcer, and Constipation
Basti Karma (medicated enema) – Promotes emission in the colon and thus ensures a good health. It is highly beneficial in cleansing and detoxifying the body.

Nasya Karma (Nasal administration) – Inhalation of herbal steams through the nose, which clears the nasal passages and lungs. It cures the diseases related to head, eyes, nose, etc.
Rakta Mokshana (blood-letting) – In this treatment impure blood from the body is removed by using surgical instruments. This will help to remove the toxins from the blood.

The duration of Panchakarma therapy is typically three to seven days. The physical and mental conditions of a person are considered before prescribing this therapy. Panchakarma is a vital Ayurvedic treatment thus it requires proper guidance and administration and it should not be advised to do with information from a book or article. Sometimes not everyone requires all five forms of panchakarma. So it is recommended that this therapy should undertake with proper observation and supervision by a trained ayurvedic practitioner.

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Boosting Your Dog’s Immune System by Giving Him Herbal Supplements

Supplements are generally for humans, but your dog has an immune system also, so, the same principle applies. They get colds, they get rundown, and all the feelings we have whenever we need a boost of supplements in our bodies, and they do also.

Herbal supplements are everywhere; they can be had from your general store, your pharmacy, your drug store or in the health food store. What to give your dog, now that is the question? Some dogs may have an allergic reaction to certain foods as we do, so the same applies to your dog.

Natural foods that you eat can help to boost your dog’s immune system. He needs Vitamins A, C and E; he needs minerals like Zinc that can also boost his immune system. Natural foods when eaten in right proportions, can supply your dog with these nutrients. He can have carrots, potatoes, bananas, barley, apples, watercress, mangoes, for protein as they are carnivores he can have fish, ground beef, and chicken.

If you make your own dog food, then adding these ingredients to his diet will be easy. You can monitor his intake. If you feed him commercial dog foods, then you need to read the ingredients label carefully to see if there are any supplements in them. There are commercial formulated herbal supplements you can give your dog also; there is Echinacea which many people use to enhance their immune system. This is good for his immune system also. There is Ginseng which will help to nourish the blood and to help in flushing out any toxins there maybe. It also works as an energy booster.

Lots of water is always recommended for anyone, so this is always a good part of your dogs’ diet. Swimming and lots of exercise will also help to maintain your dogs’ well being. They like to be kept active so the more exercise the better. This will help in lots of ways to improve the relationship between you and your dog. They do get depressed at times, so maintaining a healthy relationship will do you and your dog good.

Regular visits to his veterinarian must be a part of his routine. He needs to see the vet as there maybe things you may not easily pick up on where your dogs well being is concerned. The vet will be able to tell you what to do, and how to take care of your dog if or when he needs attention. The rule of thumb is; the same treatment you would give yourself where your nutritional health is concerned, the same thing, goes for your dog.

For more information about dog supplement please follow this link or visit www.dinovite.com/blog/category/dogs-2/dog-food-dogs/

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Liquid Vitamins vs. Pill Form-Which is better

Liquid vitamins vs. pill form can be asked from several different positions, some of which are inter-related. The most notable consideration is quality followed by absorption ratio. Not unimportant is the cost of each. We view these variables all important but in my opinion nothing is more important than quality so the discuss that first.

From a quality standpoint concerning liquid vitamins vs. pill vitamins the winner in this arena is “liquid vitamins”. Vitamins in pill form, to preserve the nutrients for shelf life, must be dried in a way that requires heating which is often times detrimental to the preservation of nutrients. The heating process is always a challenging aspect of preserving nutrients for shelf life of nutritional supplements. In 2000 I attended a conference where a keynote speech was given by the economist Paul Zane Pilzer who was giving a speech on the soon to be trillion dollar wellness industry. In his speech he cited the dismal quality record of vitamin manufactures with only 6 of the top 18 companies actually providing the nutrients that they claim on their packaging. These vitamin producers are rated by the NSF and 2/3 of the top 18 failed to measure up. We have had, until recently, few choices outside of pill form vitamins as they are easier to produce.

It is, obviously, much easier to produce vitamins in pill form than liquid vitamins. The problem is, again, the drying process, which destroys important nutrients. Nutrient potency almost always suffers from the transportation process, whether by rail or truck, both of which expose the product to decay and environmental pollution. One of the down sides of farming and production is the time required to transport the raw form product to the manufacturer and this has a direct impact of the preservation of the important compounds used in nutritional supplements. A manufacturer also owns the fields where plants are harvested and has an onsite manufacturing facility this can minimize this problem with the “field to factory” system.

One of the most notable challenges with pill form nutritional supplements is that their absorption rates are greatly affected by the amount of fillers in the product. The absence of fillers in liquid vitamins or nutraceuticals make them a more appealing choice over pill vitamins. In liquid vitamins vs. pill form debate there is no question that the liquid nutrients are much more easily absorbed by the stomach and intestinal tract and assimilated more rapidly as these products are often in their natural and raw states. My suggestion is that you seriously investigate liquid nutrients or nutraceuticals and come to you own conclusion. I highly recommend liquid vitamins to those on weight loss programs due to the lack of nutrient dense foods and poor absorption rates of pill vitamins.