Why Doctors Drill Their Patients On Their Medical History

Some people fail to understand why doctors ask for detailed information from their patients before prescribing medication. The reason for this is for the doctor to minimize the chances of side effects due to mixing medications.

The ultimate point of taking medication is to fix problems in the body, whatever those problems may be. Human technology has gotten to the point where we have at least one drug for ailment that affects every system in the body. We have muscle relaxants for the muscular system, as well as variant formulas for those muscle relaxants which are designed to target the skeletal system. For mental disorders, we have a host of psychoactive drugs that affect the central nervous system and the neural chemical receptors it uses. We have medications that help provide relief for problems with our digestive and excretory systems. There are medications dedicated to solving problems with sexual health. Walk into any pharmacy and you’d see migraine remedies and skin treatments galore. However, in this weird, drugged world we live in, we are never allowed to mix medications, to avoid negative drug interaction.

This is, of course, a perfectly reasonable stipulation to our current situation. Certain drugs have certain compounds in them, and said compounds can interact rather poorly with other compounds, which may be present in other drugs. Basic chemistry tells us that some compounds, when put together, do not react in very pleasant ways. An example of this would be when an acid and a base are combined, which can generate a wide range of effects, depending on the pH levels of the two. For other compounds, they simply cannot be made to mix with each other unless you throw in some sort of catalyst. However, in some cases, something in the blood can act as a catalyst, resulting in some unpleasant side effects for your body.

The fact is, doctors like to grill you on your medication history to determine whether or not the drugs he’s planning to prescribe for you might cause side effects when mixed into your bloodstream. Certain drugs can react poorly with others, though the two do not always have to be the same type. For example, muscle relaxants that target the central nervous system might react poorly with migraine remedies that works in the same manner. Medications for heart conditions can sometimes cause trouble with sexual health and erectile dysfunction treatments.

Drug interaction problems can range from being mild annoyances to being potentially lethal.?Pain killers and muscle relaxants, for example, work in very similar ways and combining the two can potentially cause permanent loss of mobility. The same is generally true of any psychoactive medications, such as anti-anxiety medication, some migraine remedies, and anti-depressants. Anything that affects or alters the heart rate of the body can also cause problems when combined with heart medication, for obvious reasons. The skin can also experience negative drug interaction scenarios, such as when benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (two of the many common ingredients of acne treatments) are applied at the same time.

Doctors are generally well aware of the potential dangers of negative drug interaction scenarios. That is the reason for them drilling their patients on their medication history, as it will provide the doctor a better idea of what might be in your bloodstream. The better informed your doctor is of what your prescription might encounter inside your body, or even on the surface of the skin, can it easier for him to find medicine that will minimize the chances of side effects.

Are Home Diagnostic Kits Reliable As A Substitute For Professional Medical Opinions?

Thousands of Americans are making important decisions about their health based on results obtained from tests administered in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Let?s face it. A trip to the drugstore is a whole lot easier than a costly and time-consuming trip to the doctor?s office. No time wasted waiting for the physician; no embarrassing questions to answer; and no sticker shock when the bill comes. Just head for the section of your pharmacy with all of the gadgets and home test kits and you are ready to ?play doctor.?

With skyrocketing medical costs and increased concerns about privacy, more and more Americans are taking advantage of products designed to help monitor existing conditions or to help diagnose new ones. Blood glucose monitors help diabetics manage their condition, blood pressure kits help monitor hypertension while those with cardiovascular concerns can track cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Of course, home pregnancy kits have been available for years. But now it is possible to go well beyond health management with these off-the-shelf products and individuals can now perform diagnostic tests in the comfort and ?safety? of their homes.

But is this trend really safe?

Health care professionals have expressed concerns that the use of home test kits may cause users to delay or avoid proper medical care. Misinterpreting the results of self-administered tests can lead to decisions that are based on false assumptions. For example, there have been reports of people changing their medication dosage based on results of blood pressure readings at home. Decisions about any treatment based on self-administered tests should be deferred until a physician confirms them.

The list of conditions for which home diagnostic products are available is expanding rapidly. It is now possible to test for drug use, alcohol use, HIV, prostate cancer, hormone levels, diabetes, blood type, anemia, allergies, hepatitis, cholesterol levels, fertility and even certain strains of flu.

The opportunity is always present for a user to improperly administer a test or to misunderstand the results. Delaying treatment based on these results could have serious consequences. Now that the number of tests available is so large, and the conditions so potentially serious, it is absolutely critical that these test results be validated by a doctor.

Given this diverse menu of tests, users are sure to get results for which they may be unprepared. A positive reading for HIV could be devastating. Health care professionals are trained to address the concerns and possible psychological issues faced by a patient receiving bad news from a test. Individuals trying to cope with a similar result at home may find themselves alone and unable to cope.

Home health tests should be used with great care and should never be considered as a replacement for proper medical care. If you are seriously concerned about your health and well-being, it is fine to practice a bit of do-it-yourself medicine? as long as you get a second opinion.

Inflammation: The New Medical ?Bad Guy?

Inflammation is ?one of the bad guys.? You need to get it under control, but don?t jump from the ?frying pan into the fire? by treating your condition with a ?badder guy.? Eat right, exercise regularly, have your blood work done once a year, and listen to your doctor?s advice. May I also suggest you find a natural food supplement to treat your inflammation, rather than just reaching for the pill bottle?

According to the latest medical theory, chronic inflammation is the root cause of almost every disease suffered by human beings.

That?s right. Many doctors believe persistent, low-level inflammation paves the way for chronic disease, including those we usually experience late in life, e.g. arthritis, heart and kidney disease, and cancer.

As a part of our immune response system, inflammation occurs when the body is fighting germs that enter the body through a variety of ways, e.g. injury or inhalation. When you experience redness, swelling, heat, infection, and pain from a variety of ailments, it?s a sign of inflammation. Normally, the inflammation goes away when the body has conquered the infection or injury, but if the body fails to shut off the inflammation process, a more serious condition can occur.

It is generally recognized that heart attacks occur when the blood vessels become clogged with ?plaque? (what we usually refer to as the bad LDL cholesterol) that is deposited on the vessel walls. This bad cholesterol also gets embedded inside arteries and our immune system “attacks” it. Persistent inflammation in the arteries can eventually cause plaque to burst. Now many doctors use a simple blood test for inflammation called CRP (short for C-reactive Protein) to help assess a person’s cardiac risk. CRP is an index of inflammation in the arteries and the CRP increases as inflammation increases. For example, test have shown that middle aged men with high CRP levels in their blood were three times more likely to suffer a heart attack in the next 6 years than men with normal levels. Medical experts say that a CRP of 3.0 mg/L or higher triples your heart attack risk. People with CRP less than 0.5 mg/L rarely have heart attacks.

The good news is that we can do something to reduce the risks of persistent inflammation, including losing weight, exercising regularly, and eating the right foods. According to the Center for Human Nutrition at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, some foods can cause inflammation while others can decrease it. Diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables, and foods that offer lots of Omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and walnuts) are best. Further, a diet of such foods has been shown to be instrumental in weight reduction, and lowering CRP and insulin resistance.

You can also take prescription or over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Vioxx, Celebrex, and Bextra), which reduce inflammation but can have dangerous side effects. While these drugs are effective COX-2 inhibitors, the life-threatening side effects from prolonged uninterrupted use (such as gastro-intestinal hemorrhage and kidney and liver failure) make them both dangerous and controversial. One has only to read the literature produced by the companies manufacturing these drugs to know how dangerous they are. In fact, in the United States in the year 2000, more people died from the complications of NSAIDs than died from AIDS! Further, Vioxx was recently withdrawn from the marketplace because it caused heart attacks.

Inflammation is ?one of the bad guys.? You need to get it under control, but don?t jump from the ?frying pan into the fire? by treating your condition with a ?badder guy.? Eat right, exercise regularly, have your blood work done once a year, and listen to your doctor?s advice. May I also suggest you find a natural food supplement to treat your inflammation, rather than just reaching for the pill bottle?

Bruce Bailey, Ph.D.

Laparoscopic Surgery ? A New Approach in the Medical Treatment for Morgagni Hernia

Morgagni hernia is a type of hernia that occurs due to congenital abnormalities at the level of the retroxiphoid area. The congenital abnormalities presented by people with Morgagni hernia involve an unusual positioning of the diaphragm. In patients diagnosed with Morgagni hernia, the diaphragm takes the shape of a triangle, and this triangular region has been called ?the foramen of Morgagni?. Morgagni hernia commonly occurs in the right side of the lower abdomen, although the congenital diaphragmatic defect is sometimes bilateral.

Morgagni hernia is a type of hernia that occurs due to congenital abnormalities at the level of the retroxiphoid area. The congenital abnormalities presented by people with Morgagni hernia involve an unusual positioning of the diaphragm. In patients diagnosed with Morgagni hernia, the diaphragm takes the shape of a triangle, and this triangular region has been called ?the foramen of Morgagni?. Morgagni hernia commonly occurs in the right side of the lower abdomen, although the congenital diaphragmatic defect is sometimes bilateral.

The process of diagnosing Morgagni hernia can be very problematic for doctors, as most patients with this type of hernia don?t always have specific symptoms. In some cases, the hernia can generate gastrointestinal or respiratory symptoms, rendering doctors unable to promptly establish a correct diagnose. Sometimes, Morgagni hernia can involve obstruction of the bowel, in which case the disorder is easier to identify. The most common symptoms of hernia in both children and adults are: abdominal pain that intensifies with movement, swollen abdomen, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting.

When doctors suspect the presence of Morgagni hernia in patients, they can reveal additional signs of the disorder by performing X-ray tests, computerized tomography, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), or laparoscopy. In the last few years, laparoscopy has proved to be a very reliable medical procedure, suitable for both diagnosing and treating Morgagni hernia. Laparoscopic surgery is performed via a laparoscope, a thin, tube-shaped medical instrument that has a small camera attached to its lower end. The laparoscope is introduced inside the body through the oral cavity and down the esophageal tract, until it reaches inside the abdominal cavity. The doctors are able to observe the progress of the procedure on a TV screen, receiving real-time images captured by the laparoscopic video-camera.

Laparoscopic surgery has revolutionized the medical treatment for many types of internal disorders and nowadays this modern medical procedure is preferred by surgeons over traditional surgery. Traditional surgery, also referred to as open surgery, requires wide abdominal or thoracic incisions. Open surgery has a high morbidity rate, as patients can develop a wide range of post-operative complications (internal bleeding, infections, etc). People who suffer traditional, open hernia surgery recover slowly and need to remain in the hospital for a few weeks after the operation. Also, patients who suffer traditional surgery remain with large, prominent abdominal scars.

Laparoscopic surgery is much safer than the traditional approach, as the procedure can be performed a lot faster and requires smaller incisions. Laparoscopic surgery minimizes the risks of complications and hence, has a very low morbidity rate. Patients who suffer laparoscopic surgery recover a lot faster and they need a shorter period of hospitalization. Furthermore, thanks to the small incisions required in laparoscopic surgery, patients remain with minimal abdominal scars. Laparoscopic surgery is a reliable medical procedure in the treatment of Morgagni hernia. Due to its various advantages, this modern form of surgery is preferred both by surgeons and patients.

Is Depression Always a Medical Problem ? Another View

It is commonly accepted that depression is caused by some medical or emotional problem. Here is a viewpoint that questions this assumption.

Advertisements for anti-depression drugs are constantly smattered across the tube today. They are accompanied with the possible advantages of taking one drug or another to relieve this common malady. By law such ads are followed with a list of contraindications (possible side effects) some which sound much worse than the depression itself.

Along with these ads is a little noticed disclaimer or shall we refer to it as a simple honest statement about depression. That statement is that the cause for common depression is not fully known. I use the word common here for an important purpose. Surely some depression is in fact caused by chemical imbalance or emotional shock of some kind. No one could argue that point.

It is said that up to twenty million Americans have some sort of depression. It seems to be a modern phenomenon in our history as a nation. There are few records of this malady prior to the early twentieth century. Depression prior to the modern era was often referred to as melancholy. Abraham Lincoln was said to suffer deep bouts of melancholy that were offset with times of joviality and levity. Perhaps a change in his attitude was his own way of making adjustments or a behavioral self medication of sorts.

Few studies conducted on depression include a side by side comparison with other countries or cultures. Some countries have virtually no sizable number of reported cases of depression. Often these are the poorest countries in the world. A lot could be deduced from this about how much money; affluence and materialism have to do with making Americans happy and well balanced.

In thirty five years of studying the Bible I have never heard one preacher or theologian worth his salt ever approach the causes for depression based on a biblical view. Not only does the Bible explain the cause of depression but it provides a complete answer to it as well. No, it is not a miracle or a divine healing it is simply a profound change in a life that pushes the depression out sometimes instantly and in some cases more slowly. First let?s look at the cause for most general depression in people according to the Bible.

Contrary to the general consensus God doesn?t just wink at unbelief but he is actively engaged in convicting the unbeliever to answer his call to salvation. His dogged pursuit is fired not just by the fact that they are sinners but because he loves every human being that is born in a way that is beyond our imagination. God is trying to love people into his kingdom not drag them into it. To do this he has to make them fully aware of their separation from him. It is a present pressure applied by God?s Holy Spirit.

Jesus spoke of this matter and he said in no uncertain terms that it is one of the Holy Spirit?s primary works while he is in the world. He said in John?s gospel ?Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove (convict) the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.? Jn. 16:7, 8.

Believers often say they came under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and that is what finally brought them to pray and accept the salvation God is offering. Unbelievers say they?re depressed, moody or in some inexplicable state of mind. That the conviction described by the believer and the depression felt by the unbeliever is one and the same thing is verified by the countless millions over the centuries that ceased to experience the depression soon after they yielded to God. I have seen this result countless times in the past more than three decades. This first hand experience and the scriptural support have convinced me beyond doubt that millions of people are suffering needlessly.

I would never advise anyone not to see their doctor for a complete examination of their depression. If it does happen to be a chemical imbalance or related to an emotional experience then the question is answered. If this does not answer the question then seeking God for his salvation should be the next move in their lives. In fact it should be the first move in their lives.

Speaking for myself I think living apart from Jesus? love and having no certain hope of the future would indeed be very depressing. I?m glad I answered that question many years ago.

How To Choose A Medical Billing Specialist

When considering how to choose a medical billing specialist, you must consider the skills and abilities of a good one. If you know what you are looking for, making the right decision as to which billing specialist to use becomes fairly obvious. Take a look at what a medical billing specialist should be familiar with and what they have to do so that you can choose the right medical transcriptions

When considering how to choose a medical billing specialist, you must consider the skills and abilities of a good one. If you know what you are looking for, making the right decision as to which billing specialist to use becomes fairly obvious. Take a look at what a medical billing specialist should be familiar with and what they have to do so that you can choose the right medical transcriptions

First of all when considering how to choose a medical billing specialist, you should make sure you find one that understands medical transcription. Medical transcription is the transferring of medical information from audio recordings to either paper or electronic format. Your billing specialist should be aware of this because of the information contained in the transcripts. The transferred data becomes an electronic medical record, which just shows how much everything the billing specialist works with is interconnected.

The job of medical transcription is usually outsourced to a third party company or done through the use of medical transcription software. Each part of the process, though, must be overseen by someone with training to do the transcription so as to catch all potential errors.

Secondly, you want your medical billing specialist to be familiar with the various medical codes. Additionally, he or she should know about governing record keeping, billing, and certification. This allows the billing specialist to be familiar with the important standards that control how a medical billing specialist actually performs his or her job. Knowing how the codes function and what they say is crucial to being a good and an effective medical billing specialist.

When you look at how to choose a medical billing specialist, you should also make sure he or she is familiar with electronic medical records (EMR). The information in such records is coded and means that a billing specialist must be able to decipher the information in order to make sure billing is done correctly. Additionally, the specialist must be trained due to the fact that all EMR?s must be managed, backed up, and stored with great care so that everything is kept secure. The information is very sensitive.

In an age of software and computers, it is vital that your medical billing specialist knows how to use medical practice software. The software is made to allow a database of EMR?s to go along with access to medical codes with which your billing specialist should also be familiar. The software helps practices to cut their IT expenses by only forcing them to pay monthly secure hosting for the system. Medical billing specialists are some of the people authorized to use the programs to get information via computers or PDA?s off the server.

Deciding how to choose a medical billing specialist is not easy. You must have an understanding of what all a good billing specialist knows and understands. The information above helps you get a feel for what you should look for when choosing your medical billing specialist.

Could Virexx Medical?s ‘Linked Recognition’ Research Lead To A Cancer Vaccine?

A SCIENTIST’S 20-YEAR UNFINISHED JOURNEY TO TREAT HBV MAY OPEN THE DOOR TO A NEW CLASS OF FLEXIBLE VACCINES

A SCIENTIST’S 20-YEAR UNFINISHED JOURNEY TO TREAT HBV MAY OPEN THE DOOR TO A NEW CLASS OF FLEXIBLE VACCINES

While preparing a lecture in biochemistry and virology for his graduate students at the University of Alberta in the early 1980s, Dr. Lorne Tyrrell ran across a study just published in the medical journal, Cell. The research by William Mason and Jesse Summers, entitled ?Replication of Hepatitis B,? discussed their study of the hepatitis B virus in infected duck liver.

After studying their duck model theory, Tyrrell speculated if the hepatitis B virus (HBV) might be susceptible to antiviral agents, and consulted with a colleague, who specialized in nucleoside chemistry. Both medical professors became excited about the possibility of inhibiting the HBV virus with nucleoside analogues. Thus began the infectious disease specialist?s first leg of a journey, which led to the use of lamivudine as a therapy for chronic HBV infections.

More than 350 million people across the world, especially in Asia, now had new hope, some for their lifelong infections contracted vertically at birth from their mothers. In 2003, the Center for Disease Control estimated 73,000 Americans were infected with HBV, and about 5,000 die each year from sickness caused by HBV. It is reportedly 100 times more contagious than the AIDS virus. Many in North America, who had been infected with the virus from sexual transmission or intravenous drug use, were offered a potentially life-saving therapy.

Licensed in 1998, lamivudine is now used in 120 countries as a standard therapy for chronic HBV carriers. The compound is also used in combination with other drugs, such as protease inhibitors, for HIV therapy. Development rights were licensed to Glaxo Wellcome in 1990, which is now sold under the brand name Epivir?. For his pioneering efforts in developing the antiviral agent, Dr. Tyrrell was awarded the gold medal by the Canadian Liver Foundation and the Canadian Association for the Study of Liver in 2000. In 2005, he won the prestigious EnCana Principal Award for his development of the first effective oral medication for Hepatitis B.

HIS UNANSWERED QUESTIONS LAUNCHED A NEW HBV INVESTIGATION

Despite the awards and recognition, questions remained for Dr. Tyrrell about the shortcomings of lamivudine. He was troubled that some viruses would develop resistance to the compound. ?I was disappointed the sustained viral response was not complete,? Tyrrell told us. In April 2003, the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy published a study in Japan showing, ?long-term (lamivudine) therapy is associated with increased emergence of lamivudine-resistant strains of HBV.? Researchers concluded in this study, ?The therapeutic challenge to effectively treat chronic HBV infection continues.?

Having screened lamivudine for use in Hepatitis B at Glaxo?s research lab at the University of Alberta, Dr. Tyrrell was able to observe the immune response of various HBV patients. ?What really got me interested in doing more work in this area was that we noticed patients, who have an immune response to the virus and take lamivudine, will have a better sustained response rate,? Tyrrell explained. ?A patient with elevated liver transaminases taking lamivudine had a higher probability of a sustained viral response,? Tyrrell said with excitement in his voice. ?In a patient with normal liver enzymes, who gets lamivudine, the virus will go down, but as soon as you stop the therapy, the virus comes right back up.? He told us the sustained viral response is only about two to three percent. Only about 30 percent remain free of the virus, about one year after patients have stopped taking lamivudine.

?How do you break tolerance?? Tyrrell asked himself, hoping to develop a way to stimulate an immune response. All of the patients, he had observed, seemed to be tolerant of the hepatitis B virus. He pondered the dilemma, ?Was there some way to break tolerance to hepatitis B by stimulating the immune response?? Tyrrell studied what others were attempting and wasn?t satisfied with the approaches others were taking to stimulate immune response. His ViRexx Medical research team brainstormed about different ways to target the antigen into the dendritic cells.

?That?s where we came in with the Chimigen? technology,? Tyrrell said. ?The dendritic cells have receptors on their surface that will bind the Fc portion of an antibody.? He pointed out a key feature of the Chimigen? platform, ?We used the Fc portion of a murine (mouse) antibody to hook onto our hepatitis B antigens. This would direct the viral antigens into dendritic cells in vivo.? Because the dendritic cells are the sentries of the immune system, they guard what comes in. Recognizing a ?foreign situation? in the murine antibody, it treats the whole molecule including the virus antigen as foreign.

LINK RECOGNITION MAY HOLD THE KEY

Dr. Rajan George, ViRexx Medical?s vice president of research and development, told us, ?The dendritic cells chop up this protein into small pieces called peptides, also known as epitopes. The dendritic cells have a system where they put the T-cell epitope on another protein, MHC Class I, and bring it to the surface of the dendritic cell. They are presented as a complex on the surface of the dendritic cell to attract the T-cells.? When the T-cells arrive to inspect the foreign entity, the cytotoxic T-cells are activated. Then, they begin attacking and killing the virus-infected cells.

Research at Tokyo?s Cancer Institute Hospital, published in 1987 in Nippon Sanka Fujinka Gakkai Zasshi, suggested a feasibility of linked recognition of a virus antigen as a helper in tumor immunity with a target antigen. In the case of ViRexx Medical, Tyrrell?s team has created a new molecule, called ?chimigen.? The term is shorthand for a chimeric antigen, meaning it is an antigen created from two different sources, part virus and part murine monoclonal antibody.

Dr. Tyrrell?s work at ViRexx Medical with Dr. George suggested the linked-recognition theory might be the key to breaking tolerance. Dr. George emphasized, ?The new ?chimigen? stimulates an immune response to the antigen as well as the viral antigen. This is very important because the virus antigen was previously being ignored.? That brings us back to why lamivudine had limited success. The immune systems of some HBV carriers failed to recognize the viral infection as a threat to the body. Tyrell?s ViRexx Medical research team hopes the body?s immune system sees the threat, thus stimulating the immune system, and breaking tolerance. It appears Dr. Tyrell may soon find out whether or not the questions he asked will bring the answers he hoped for.

END OF PART ONE

An Easier Type Of Medical Care

Patients undergo fewer exploratory surgeries with newer and more sophisticted imaging procedures.

More and more, medical advances are cutting down on cutting people open. Improved imaging procedures make diagnostic and even surgical procedures less invasive.

Medical imaging enables a range of less-invasive, highly targeted medical therapies that translate into better and more comfortable care for patients. Because they are less invasive, these treatments mean fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and, in many cases, no incisions or surgery.

Physician specialty groups, independent organizations and peer-reviewed journals agree that medical imaging is one of the most important parts of modern medical care. In fact, many renowned medical experts believe that without imaging to guide diagnosis and treatment, patient safety would be compromised and quality of care diminished.

Doctors have long used surgery for diagnostic as well as therapeutic purposes, looking inside a patient to see what’s causing his or her symptoms. Now, improved imaging procedures mean this is often unnecessary, saving patients discomfort, time and money. Here are some of the ways imaging has improved health care:

• Image-guided biopsies allow doctors to remove a small piece of tissue for testing through a tiny incision, while still being able to see exactly what they’re doing.

• CT scans can reduce the need for invasive procedures and additional imaging tests in helping physicians diagnose pulmonary embolism.

• Microcoil stents are used to repair brain aneurysms, reducing a patient’s chance of death by almost a quarter. Placing stents would be impossible without the use of video X-ray imaging technology.

• The preferred therapy for reopening blocked arteries and permitting blood flow to the heart is a procedure called coronary angioplasty. Again, only through the use of imaging technology can doctors see where the blockage is and how to get there.

5000 Year-Old Medical Secret Unearthed!

When you get sick, you go to the doctor. And the doctor will, of course, prescribe medicines. You will go and buy medicines. You take them, and hopefully, you get well.

When you get sick, you go to the doctor. And the doctor will, of course, prescribe medicines. You will go and buy medicines. You take them, and hopefully, you get well.

This is how the health profession goes on nowadays ? a cycle of diagnosis and prescription.

If anyone were to give you herbs for medicine, you would probably say that that person was a quack.

But nowadays, studies are being conducted to see if there are really is any merit to what is called natural medicine.

Natural medicine is the use of natural methods, herbal medicines, and traditional practices to heal ailments. Every culture has a form of natural medicine. In ancient cultures, village medicine men served as the doctors of the community, passing on medical knowledge to the apprentices that followed them.

Many categories of the healing methods fall under natural medicine. Among these are traditional medicine, complementary medicine, and alternative medicine.

Usually, natural medicine refers to medical practices that were in place before the advent of modern medicine.

This includes herbal medicine, or phytotherapy, which is prevalent in Chinese, Ayurvedic(or Indian), and Greek medicine.

Upon the advent of modern medicine, many professionals discarded the use of herbs in favor of man-made medicine. The fact that these treatments are based on the healing properties of some herbs was forgotten.

For example, opium, digitalis, quinine, and aspirin all have their roots in traditional medicine.

Natural medicine can be considered as a lost art. This does not mean that it has lost efficacy over time. In some cases, natural therapy is actually better than modern medicine. This leads some doctors to seriously consider and study the possible uses of natural medicine

Before we continue, it is important to stress that not all the natural remedies are legitimate. It would help to only try those remedies which have been thoroughly studied and are relatively risk free.

Take herbal medicine for example. There are many well-documented and studied herbal remedies available. However, only those that deal with minor ailments such as cough, colds, fever, skin rashes, and its ilk are likely to be recommended by health professionals. These remedies are sometimes superior to synthetic medicine. This is because herbal medicines are less likely to cause negative side effects.

Currently there are numerous organizations that study the effects and advocacy of natural medicine ? among which is herbal medicine. Some governments and health agencies openly advocate the use of natural methods since they are inexpensive and relatively risk-free.

As their studies compile, more herbs and treatments are added to the list of accepted medicines. However, many herbs and treatments have been proven to be bogus medicine. This represents a challenge for both the user and the agencies because they have to ascertain that the treatments they either use or advocate are legitimate.

There exist today many alternative medical treatments that fall under natural medicine. However, not all of them have been proven to be effective. You could mention homeopathy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, and other alternative medical treatments. It would pay to consult the experts as to the legitimacy of these treatments.

Natural medicine should also be thought of as an accompanying medicine. Right now, the current collective medical thought suggests that natural medicine be used only to supplement accepted modern medical practices. In that case of minor ailments your expert we actually advise you to take natural therapies instead.

The practice of modern medicine revolves around diagnosing an illness and prescribing treatments for such. Natural medicine is helpful because it suggests that treatment be not necessarily given only when sick. Natural medicine strives to make each patient practice good health habits. These habits include good diet, healthy living, and the regular natural treatment.

It is this same line of thought that leads our parents to tell us to eat our vegetables. Yes, a healthy lifestyle and will do no harm to our well-being. And this is the foundation of natural medicine ? may it be massage, herbal medicine, aromatherapy or others.

It is funny but true that science, in its quest for excellence, is studying the knowledge of sages past. This, surprisingly, leads us back to the remedies nature offers. The possibilities of finding remedies to everyday illnesses in natural medicine are encouraging. So staying tuned to studying these remedies is worthwhile until we can verify that these therapies are truly helpful to our health and our society.

A Look at Medical Billing Services

Medical billing services cover a wide range of activities but the main goal of any medical biller is to process physician super-bills (treatment description) and file claims with insurance companies to ensure that their clients are paid the proper amount in a timely fashion.

Medical billing services cover a wide range of activities but the main goal of any medical biller is to process physician super-bills (treatment description) and file claims with insurance companies to ensure that their clients are paid the proper amount in a timely fashion.

A typical medical billing business, working independently from a hospital or clinic, uses medical billing software to input clients? new billing data and send it to the appropriate insurer, while also adhering to all the appropriate laws and standards. Medical billing services also include answering patient and insurance company questions and concerns, and follow-up in the case of overdue payments. Using the medical billing software at their disposal, medical billing companies often generate reports for their clients so they can see a cash flow analysis and discover what insurance contracts are making them money and which ones are not.

Medical billing services combine the skills of interpersonal communication, bookkeeping, office and computer skills, with basic medical knowledge to provide clients with an accurate and efficient method to be reimbursed for their services.

Other medical billing services can be to provide information to a client on how to more effectively manage their practice. Physicians and hospital/clinic staff often find themselves at odds with one another over billing issues, especially when it comes to how to process billing information. Medical billing businesses sometimes offer training to teach hospital and clinic employees how to more efficiently and correctly process claims and follow-up on collections.