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Importance of National Health Center Week

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Image is from North Carolina Community Health Center Association

More Healthy Communities

One of the most important things for proper health in a given community is education. People must know which activities are healthy, and which can be potentially harmful. According to the National Health Center Week (NHCW) 2017 website, more than 25 million in the United States are served by health centers. The site goes on to point out that throughout the fifty states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and outlying U.S. territories, there are some 9,000 sites of delivery. That is quite a few options.

Now there are a little over 19,000 incorporated places in the United States, which means almost every other town or city has some kind of health center–statistically. Though many Americans aren’t aware of the available services which can be attained at a health center, it should be no surprise that a large number of U.S. citizens rely on health center services to survive.

Crunching Numbers

You may not have thought about this, but what an economic indicator! An ill community won’t be able to labor at the same quality as a healthy one. Furthermore, if the illness besetting a given community has a communicable quality, passerby could spread infection. Think about catching a cold and being knocked out for a week. You would work, but can’t. If you averaged $100 a day, you’re out at least $500. The business is out at least three times that; because if you’re making $100 a day, be assured whomever you’ve allied with in an employment capacity is making thrice that.

If a local health center can cut illness down ten percent, it’s likely that a 30% or higher economic stimulation feeds the community hosting the health center. When you consider that health centers in the U.S. provide for all individuals, regardless of economic or insurance affiliation, the picture becomes even more clear.

Communal Economic Energy

Another thing to consider is longevity of service. If you go onto the NHCW website, you’ll find health centers in the United States have been serving the country some fifty years. That’s half a century, and worth a whole lot of accolade.

For those attending NHCW events, there are quite a few very interesting features worth considering, too. Technology expands at a predictable, regular pace. This means medical solutions available to all through a health center are often paraded past the public during NHCW events. There are some truly innovative services designed to provide for the community, and worth exploring. Also, each health center presents itself to the community in its own, unique way.

The healthier a community, the more productive that community is. Greater production leads to greater economic growth, which leads to better jobs. Better jobs mean more economic growth for a given community. A good health center acts almost like an economic mitochondrial fulcrum–if you want to wax medical. The mitochondria is basically the energy center of a given cellular structure. A fulcrum is the “support” around which a given lever “pivots”.

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Health generally acts in this capacity: the economy can positively pivot when good health silhouettes a community. But not everyone can afford top-tier health solutions. Especially when you consider low-income families and single mothers, health center solutions are integral to proper community functionality.

As NHCW approaches, it makes sense to take a moment for appreciation and reflection. For the last fifty years, these areas of medical care have helped keep America’s economic engine functioning. Additionally, there are many services you may not have realized were available. Be sure and look into your community’s NHCW events. You may just learn something that changes your life.

 

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Myths About Vaccinations

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Myths about vaccination

Recently, there has been a significant reduction in the number of children getting vaccinated. While you make think it is no good, vaccination combined with clean water and sanitation, are among the most effective public health measures saving millions of lives. Those who claim they have demerits and serious downsides will often design canards which they use to scare away individuals from letting their children be vaccinated. If you are not familiar with the claims, you could easily fall into their anti-vaccine rhetoric campaign. It is, therefore, vital to discern the information out there and know what is true and what is not. Here are a few of the myths

  • Vaccines cause autism

Back in 1998, the publication of the Lancet paper was the first instance of the suggestion that measles mumps rubella vaccine was associated with autism. The piece has since been discredited as a result of procedural errors as well as undisclosed conflicts of interests regarding finances. Andrew Wakefield, the publisher of the article, had his license withdrawn and the piece retracted from the Lancet. Nonetheless, the hypothesis was not taken for granted and a series of studies followed theater. None of the studies found a link between the vaccine and the potential of developing autism.

Today, many studies have been set to try and find the origin of autism with the aim of discrediting the autism-vaccination link theory. Many of the studies have identified the autism symptoms in children properly before receiving the MMR vaccination.

  • The immune system of infants can’t stand many vaccines

You may think otherwise, but infant immune systems are considerably active. Considering the number of antibodies available in the blood, an infant theoretically has the ability to respond to more than 10,000 vaccines at a go. It doesn’t matter if the fourteen scheduled vaccines were administered at once. The truth is that it would only use 0.1% of the baby’s immune capacity. The infant’s immune system could just never be overwhelmed since the cells of the body are constantly getting replenished. In essence, the number of bacteria and disease causing organisms the baby is exposed to every day is nothing compared to the vaccines. There may be more vaccines today than some time back, but again, they are more efficient. Infants are exposed to less immunologic components overall compared to children in the past.

  • Natural immunity is better than immunity received through vaccination

In some instances, natural immunity, which involves actually contracting a disease and getting ill leads to a stronger immunity to the infection. Nevertheless, the demerits of this approach outweigh the relative benefits by far. If for instance, you want to gain immunity to measles by falling sick first, you’d be facing one in five hundred chances of death from related symptoms. Conversely, those who have had a severe allergic reaction from the MMR vaccine is not more than one in a million.

  • Here are unsafe toxins in vaccines

There has been a concern over the use of mercury, formaldehyde, and aluminum in vaccines. These elements, for sure, are harmful when introduced into the human body. However, only trace amounts of these elements are used in vaccines approved by the FDA. Actually, according to CDC and the FDA, our metabolic systems produce higher rates of formaldehyde, and there has been no scientific claim that moderate amounts of mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde can be detrimental to general health.

The above are some of the misinformation spread by the anti-vaccines campaigners.

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Difference Between Antiviral Drugs and Antibiotics

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Image is from Discover Magazine

There is a wide difference between antiviral drugs and antibiotics, and you should know the difference and the effects of these two drug classifications on your body. The range of antiviral medications is narrow while the range of antibiotics is quite full.

Antiviral Drugs

The doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication for you if you suspect you recently were around someone displaying a viral illness such as flu symptoms. If you have good reason to believe you contacted a viral disease, but you are not yet showing signs and symptoms an antiviral medication may prevent you from coming down with that illness, or at least minimize the effect of that disease before it occurs.

An antiviral drug is effective, but only when administered at the first signs of contact or symptoms. An antiviral diminishes the development of the illness.

A few virus includes,

  • Standard coughs
  • Sore throats except for strep throat
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Flu

There are a few drugs in the antiviral category. These drugs used short-term, are not profitable for pharmaceutical companies to research or keep to a high supply.

The antiviral drugs used in the treatment of HIV are in high supply and demand, because of the many people using them and the fact that this particular antiviral drug takes the HIV infection and turns it into a chronic, not terminal condition you can manage.

HIV is not necessarily a life sentence since these antivirals came onto the drug market. Pharmaceutical companies need to put more research into a larger variety of medications to fight other viruses.

If you develop a secondary infection from a virus such as you have the flu, now you develop pneumonia is the flu many times does, you need an antibiotic to fight pneumonia.

Powerful Antibiotics

If you contact a bacterial infection on the outside or inside of the body, the doctor may prescribe for you an antibiotic. There is a broad range of antibiotics on the marketplace today, each offering different targets of healing. Antibiotics kill the bacteria in your body that is making you ill. Antibiotics also stop these bacteria from multiplying and growing.

Doctors today are taught to use extreme caution in ordering patients antibiotics because research is finding more and more people becoming resistive to the usefulness of appropriate antibiotics because people are taking too much of a particular antibiotic and building up a resistance, thus, the antibiotic becomes useless in fighting off bacterial infections for you.

You may go to the doctors when you have a bad case of the flu, and you feel you need an antibiotic. However, the doctor will not prescribe an antibiotic for you because it will not help you get over the flu and in the end, the antibiotic makes your body more harm.

There is an extensive list of reasons why your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic such as but not limited to,

  • Ear infections
  • Strep throat
  • Sinus infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Wound infections
  • Diverticulitis
  • Colitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia

Antibiotics also put up an invisible protective barrier between you and others around you once you have taken the antibiotic 24-48 hours.

Resistance to Antibiotics

  • Do not demand any antibiotics from your doctor if he or she feels you do not need them.
  • Never take antibiotics for viral infections.
  • Never demand an antibiotic every time you get the sniffles or a cough.

Antibiotics are powerful drugs and when used for the right reasons save lives. Take your antibiotic, according to your doctor’s orders. Never skip doses or incomplete an antibiotic because you feel better and think you are over the infection.

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