How to Choose a Doctor

How to choose a doctorIf you do not already have a doctor you trust, finding one can be quite an undertaking. Many people have questions about how to choose a doctor. Sometimes their questions can be answered by looking to family or friends. Sometimes it is not quite so simple. Because finding the right doctor is not merely about finding a good doctor, choosing one can involve a number of steps. First, you need someone with whom you feel comfortable, someone who will listen to your needs. Additionally, you need a doctor who will work with your particular insurance. And, obviously, you must find someone whose experience, education, and expertise will afford you the optimum level of care you deserve. Choosing the right doctor can also be about finding a good doctor near you, reason being not everyone has good transportation that will take them right to their physician’s door. Following are some valuable tips on how to choose a doctor that will help you make the decision that is right for you and your family.
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Health Benefits of Weight Training

Benefits of Weight Training
You can follow a healthy diet and exercise until you are blue in the face (please don’t do that though – it’s just an expression), and your body will never achieve that sinewy, conditioned look you see in the pages of fitness magazines.  Before you assume those chiseled-looking bods of the men and women who grace the magazines’ pages is the result of Photo Shopped images, you should be aware that the look that you admire, and perhaps covet, comes from weight training.

“Oh… weight training” you say glumly.  But… wait a minute – before you stop reading and go no further, because, although you know you’re interested in looking good and getting a primo workout to your muscles and lungs, you may shudder to think that you will end up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Well this article will dispel that myth right now.
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How to Live a Healthier Life

Live a Healthier Life
Living your life is like saving money in the bank – the more you contribute to the end goal, the better off you are.

Whether you are a young athlete or an older sedentary secretary, you can start today – right now – to live a longer and healthier life.

Secrets to a healthier life

We don’t have to read the “New England Journal of Medicine” or be a doctor to know that moderate exercise and a good diet are fundamental principles for a healthy lifestyle.  But interestingly, if we scan the headlines in the newspaper, or follow social media, the list of foods that are good for us seems to change all the time, as does other behaviors.  For example, for years the public was told to drink skim milk, or very low-fat milk instead of whole milk.  Obediently, most of us followed that suggestion, and eschewed the rich creamy taste of whole milk and opted for skim, which tastes like white water.  Likewise, the consumption of more than a few eggs a week was considered bad for you for years.  And everyone knows the expression “move it or lose it” which encourages us to exercise.  But in the last few weeks, the media has informed us that dietary guidelines have changed… whole milk is being embraced one again and eggs are back on top, even on a daily basis, thanks to the trending protein diet.  And in the last few days, experts tell us that a sedentary lifestyle won’t kill us… so you can feel free to be a couch potato… sometimes anyway.
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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Improve Indoor Air QualityIt’s no secret that air pollution has increased since the Industrial Age began more than a century ago. But did you know that indoor air pollutants can cause at least as many health risks as outdoor air pollution? Indoor air pollutants such as chemicals, mold spores, and carbon monoxide can cause myriad health problems, and some can be fatal. The good news is that there are ways to detect indoor air pollutants. There are also effective methods of preventing these pollutants from contaminating indoor air, as well as ways to get rid of air toxins once they’ve been introduced into your home.

How to test your home for indoor pollutants

There are several means of testing for indoor pollutants. Which is the proper testing method to use typically depends on the contaminating substance. Carbon monoxide, radon, mold, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) each has its own proper method of testing.

Carbon monoxide

Often called the ‘silent killer,’ carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless, and invisible. It is an extremely dangerous contaminant that must be aired out of a home immediately if detected. Carbon monoxide test kits are available for purchase for minimal cost. Carbon monoxide detecting alarms also can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores. These sound an alarm if carbon monoxide is detected in a home reaching a dangerous level. It’s a good idea for every homeowner to purchase, at a minimum, one carbon monoxide detector. Even better, purchase one for each level of your home.

Radon

Radon also is impossible to detect without a radon testing kit or a professional who tests homes for radon and other dangerous substances. Radon test kits can be found online or at various hardware and home improvements stores. The test involves placing the detector in the home for as little as one or two days or up to 3 months. It’s important to note that home testing kits only detect radon on a short-term basis. Because radon levels can vary depending on the time of year, or even from day to day, hiring a professional to detect radon may be a better idea.

Mold

Mold testing kits also can be purchased online or in hardware or home improvement stores. Many of these kits are capable not only of detecting mold, but also in identifying molds. However, rather than testing for mold yourself, it’s often a better solution to hire a professional. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends sending samples of mold to professional mold testing companies for accuracy.

VOCs

Volatile organic compounds are chemicals and organic compounds that evaporate easily, causing buildup of dangerous substances in the air. The list of VOCs is long, including most cleaning products, pesticides, and even many paints and varnishes. There are a number of inexpensive USB sensors that can be plugged into the computer in order to detect levels of VOCs within a given area. These sensors display a graph on a computer monitor with a light that indicates if air quality is good, fair, or poor.

How to improve your home’s air quality

There are a number of steps you can take to improve the quality of your home’s indoor air quality.

Air filters

There are many different types of air filters available on the market today, ranging in size, price, and ability to remove pollutants. Air filters can help eliminate pollutants by working to purify air.

HEPA vacuums

A vacuum with a HEPA filter is a better idea than just a regular vacuum because it not only cleans the floors, but helps to clean the air as well.

Organic cleaning products

Whenever possible, you should use natural cleaning products rather than those that contain dangerous chemicals, especially if you have small children and/or pets.

Air quality systems

Home air quality systems are capable of filtering out airborne pollutants, eliminating these contaminants and purifying indoor air. Whole home air quality systems typically are easy to clean and require little maintenance. The benefits of a home air quality system are many, as they keep toxins from being released into the air, building up, and causing serious effects such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, abdominal cramping, and even death.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air QualityThe interior of your home can present special challenges when it comes to air quality. Because there are only so many ways to get whatever is polluting the inside your home on the outside of your home, it’s important to learn about indoor pollutants and how to determine if your home contains them. Indoor air pollutants can cause serious health problems, including fatalities, if toxins such as mold spores or carbon monoxide exist inside your home. Indoor air quality experts in New Jersey recommend education as well as home air quality testing in order to determine if your home contains pollutants that can cause health risks. Following is information concerning indoor pollutants and how to determine if your home contains the right indoor air quality. Continue reading “Indoor Air Quality”