8 Ways to Exercise While You Commute

Exercising is something many people look forward to, but may have no time for. It does not have to be a chore you can make it interesting and enjoy it while you commute. Health and fitness experts recommend performing exercise as you travel in the car, bus, train or plane.
Many people commute for 30 minutes to several hours every day. Some people spend time in reading the newspaper or a book on the road, while others watch the same scenery they are used to, every day.

This can change as you adopt the following 8 ways to exercise while you commute.

Walk to the workplace or park a distance away
If you work near your home, you are lucky because you can walk 2 or 3 days a week if it is safe for you. Walking strengthens your whole body and lets you enjoy the fresh air as you walk.

Strengthen your muscles
At times you may have a busy schedule that makes it hard for you to find time to visit the gym or take your regular workouts as planned you can strengthen your muscles while you commute. Sitting in the car, bus or train every day to and from work can leave you exhausted to say the least. You can strengthen your muscles by tightening and relaxing them as many times as possible, without leaving your seat.

Stand in the bus or train
You can stand in the bus or train for half an hour or decide to do so all the way, depending on the distance. This will tone your muscles, joints and blood vessels as well as strengthen your bones. Hold onto the rail and enjoy the ride. If you feel fatigued take a seat.

Take the stairs
Instead of taking the elevator at your workplace or residence, take the stairs instead of. This will increase the strength of your muscles and make you fit and healthy.

Walk around as you wait for public transport
Waiting for public transit can take long. You can utilize this time by walking around. Keep repeating the exercises and it will not take long time before you notice the changes.

Try to put more weight on one leg at a time as you lift the other leg.
Flex your wrists by clasping your hands and relaxing them. Strengthen your calf muscle by standing on your toes and holding on for a few seconds at a time before bringing them down. Start with 20 exercises and keep increasing until you hit 100.

Squeeze your hands against the steering wheel
When you are held up at the traffic lights or you get caught up in the traffic jam, squeeze your hands against the steering wheel and alternate by pushing them away. Keep repeating. This will tone your fingers, wrists, arms and shoulders.

Inhale deeply and then exhale
Oxygen is vital for your body metabolism. By breathing in deeply and out, not only do you supply your body with oxygen, it also helps you to relax.

The Importance of Healthy Habits at Work

Developing lifestyle routines to positively benefit one’s health are necessary to ensure wellness through all aspects of life. Most individuals have the belief that a healthy lifestyle can only be achieved through optimum nutrition and exercise. Though these behaviors do have a strong correlation with your physical, mental, and social well-being, they are not the only factors that can affect your behaviors.

 

On average, the typical full-time employed worker spends between forty to fifty hours away from home, on the job each week. As a full time employee, many workers have multiple obligations they must meet in order to support themselves, as well as their families. Having a full time career can ensure you are meeting the requirements to fund the well-being of your entire family.

 

Workplace Habits

 

Since we spend so much time at work, it’s important to develop healthy habits to ensure you are maintaining optimum health at all times. Below are a few examples of workplace habits that you should develop into your typical workday, that are commonly overlooked.

 

Hydration- For physical jobs that require a lot of movement and/or heavy lifting, it’s important to stay hydrated at all times. Especially during the peak hours of summer, when the sun can produce temperatures well into the 90’s throughout much of the United States, keeping a water bottle handy is important. Additionally, staying hydrated even when you are off the clock- while at home after work or on the weekends, you should still remain hydrated. It’s recommended to consume at least 64 oz. of water each day, to allow your body enough fluids to complete your physical tasks at work. If you become dizzy, have frequent headaches, or become nauseous while at work, these may be early signs of dehydration. Be sure you are carefully monitoring your water intake levels.

 

Posture- Many individuals spend a lot of time in an office space or cubicle when at work. Though this work drastically differs from physical jobs as discussed above, there are important things that we should consider when at an office job. Posture is one of the most important things to consider while spending a great deal of time on the computer. It’s easily to become relaxed and slouch over the computer screen. As a result, this can quickly lead to back and shoulder problems as you experience curvature in your spine for an extended period of time. It’s important to always ensure you are sitting up straight in your chair, with your entire back against the back of your chair. Make sure when you get up to take a break, you are practicing your straight posture as well, and try to develop the habit into a routine even outside of your office.

 

Focus- Most all jobs require employees to remain focused on the task at hand. You focus level can easily be depleted if you don’t have enough sleep at night. As a general rule, ensure you are sleeping for at least 8 hours each night and taking time away to refresh your mind from your daily work tasks. If you spend a lot of time indoors while at work, be sure to take a jog or run after work to replenish your mental state, and keep your blood flowing. It’s important to have a steady balance between focus while on the job, and down-time after work or on the weekends. The brain simply cannot remain focused for too long of a time.

 

Analyze your Habits

 

What are some typical workplace habits you have? There are other aspects in which many can improve their overall health and well-being. One common workplace habit that many employees have is going out to eat on their lunch breaks. Though this can provide an easy way to grab a bite to eat while on your break, it can also affect your health. Eating too much processed foods just for the ease of convenience should be avoided. Consider your other typical workplace habits that can be broken to uphold your health and well being.

 

In what ways will you strive to make healthier choices at your place of employment?

Medical Malpractice: Where Is It Common and What Can You Do to Avoid It?

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In the imperfect world we live in, mistakes are likely to be made at some point. Though everyone should know how to perform their jobs properly, humans are not perfect – even medical doctors. Medical errors can occur in any of kind of health care setting such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, or pharmacies. They can also involve things like medicines, equipment, surgery, or diagnosis.

With so many different branches, there is much room for error. What’s worse is that errors in the medical field can be fatal. Medical malpractice cases surface when a patient is harmed during their care from a doctor or nurse or if improper treatment is given. As a patient, you want to put trust in your doctor, but it’s also important that you do all you’re able to do in order to help prevent any kind of mistakes from being made. According to Delayed Medical Diagnoses, Catastrophic and Fatal Injury Attorneys, Powers & Santola, any delay in health care when it’s needed can worsen a medical condition or even lead to death. In what situations can medical malpractice often be found, and what can you – as a patient – do to avoid it?

Where Is It Often Seen?

Medication

In prescribing medication to patients, errors can occur in more ways than one. If there is a misdiagnosis, it’s possible that a doctor can prescribe a medicine that is completely different to what it is the patient actually needs. A doctor can simply prescribe the wrong medication altogether, or medications can get mixed up among patients in a hospital setting. Most commonly, a patient could get prescribed the wrong dosage – whether it’s too little or too much.

Surgery

If a doctor is negligent during an operation, he or she could accidently puncture an organ, leave an instrument inside the body or even operate on the wrong area. Negligence can occur after an operation as well, which could lead to infection.

Childbirth

Failure to diagnose a medical condition of the mother or a disease that could be contagious to the mother’s fetus can happen when prenatal care is lacking. During childbirth, there can be failure to recognize potential complications due to the size of the baby or a tangle umbilical cord, or possibly a failure to recognize when a cesarean section may be needed.

Anesthesia

Mistakes made by anesthesiologists can be even more life threatening than a surgical error. The improper amount of anesthesia can lead to permanent brain damage or even death. This can result from lack of research into a patient’s medical history or failure to check their vital signs before surgery.

What Are Some Tips to Prevent It?

Make sure your doctor knows which medicines you take.

Give your doctor all the information you can. If he or she is aware of what you’re already taking, they can better prescribe other necessary medications. This includes everything from vitamins to herbs.

Make sure your doctor knows about your allergies.

If you’ve had any kind of adverse reactions to medications, make sure you’re doctor is aware. In doing so, you help him or her avoid any medications that could harm you.

Ask about the medication your doctor prescribes.

Be sure that you can read what the prescription says. Ask both your doctor and your pharmacist about possible side effects. The more information you can get about the medicine – in terms you’ll understand – the better off you’ll be.

Come to an agreement with your doctor and surgeon.

It might sound obvious, but if you’re having surgery it’s so important to make sure you, your doctor and your surgeon all agree on what will be done.

Bring someone with you.

When you go to doctor’s appointments or into surgery, bring a family member or friend. Not only can this be comforting, but it will also provide a second set of ears. They may think of an important question that you might have forgotten or overlooked.

 

Outdoor Summertime Activities – Tips for Staying Healthy

Summertime is filled with a number of outdoor activities. Especially for families with children, the summertime is the perfect chance to kick back and relax. It’s a time when we can enjoy much needed time with our loved ones, children, immediate family members, and close friends. Summertime can easily become one of the most enjoyable times of the year, but there are a few things we should keep in mind this year, especially if you have children.

 

Sports and outdoor activities are among the highest and most popular activities for children to engage in during the summer. It’s the best time of year to ensure your children are engaging in physical activity, and getting out to enjoy the best weather conditions of the year.

 

Playing it Safe

 

Whether it’s 70 degrees, or pushing 90 degrees, it’s important to remember a few simple steps to ensure your children are safe while outdoors:

 

Stay hydrated– dehydration can occur quickly if enough water is not consumed during the daytime. Excess sunshine and heat can cause bodily fluids to escape quicker, and easier. It’s important to ensure the maximum amount of water is consumed during the hot, summer months. At least 64 ounces of water, minimum, should be consumed on a daily basis.

 

Wear the right colors– Dodging the outdoor heat can sometimes become an extremely difficult task. When the sun is fully exposed, its rays can cause our bodies to heat up much faster than usual. If you are spending more than an hour outdoors, you should avoid dark clothing and colors, like black and dark blue, that absorb more sunlight than light colors.

 

Wear the right gear– Despite the fact that the sun’s rays might be scorching, always ensure your children are protected from potential injury. If riding a bicycle, ensure your children are always wearing a helmet. If running in the backyard, or tossing the football, ensure proper knee pads and protective equipment are being utilized at all times.

 

Protect yourself– Overexposure to the sun can damage, and burn skin cells if they are not properly protected. Be sure your children are applying sunscreen at all times while outside. Its best to apply a new layer of protective sunblock every hour to hour and a half to ensure maximum protection is enabled.

 

Your Eyes too– Sunglasses aren’t just trendy, but they are extremely useful during the summer months. Make sure you are protecting your eyes from the harmful UV rays the sun emits during the summer months.

 

Keeping your family, and your children safe during the warm summer months can sometimes pose a challenge to many families. Remembering a few simple steps can keep your children safe from potential injury or harm that can arise from overexposure to the sun, or protection steps that were not properly followed. There are many other tips and tricks that can help to keep your family safe during family activities this summer. What are some ways in which you practice safe behaviors during the warmer months?

Summer Activities for Individuals of All Abilities

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Summer is the season for taking advantage of the great outdoors and to get moving after a long winter. Whether you enjoy water sports, taking in the sights and sounds of a nature hike, or even like to spend the weekend camping, there are many fun summer activities that individuals of all abilities can enjoy. Put on your sunscreen, grab a water bottle, a pair of sunglasses, and try some of these quintessential summer activities:

Gardening and Grilling

 

Nothing says “summer” like getting a little dirty or gathering with friends in the backyard for some food and fun. Traditionally, gardening can be labor intensive, but there are so many ways to garden that one does not need to get down on his or her knees or use heavy garden tools to be a successful gardener. Gardening is activity that can be done as a group or as a solo project, all one needs is soil, seeds, water, and a sunny spot. Container gardening is an easy way to garden for individuals with disabilities who have limited space or have limited mobility. For example, if someone is bound to a wheelchair, he or she can tend to a container gardening if pots (or other containers) are at level within reach. Another great way to garden is by joining or helping out at a community garden. Not only can you reap the benefits of fresh food, but meet other individuals of all abilities in your community.

 

Another summer activity that is suitable for individuals of all abilities is a backyard grilling party. Who doesn’t love to gather around a campfire or grill, share delicious foods with good friends, and even enjoy a few backyard games?

Water Fun

 

Cooling off in water during a warm afternoon is one of the best ways to enjoy summer. While some individuals like to take the plunge at the waterpark or pool, there are several other water activities that all abilities can enjoy. If you enjoy boating and swimming, check with your local community education and recreation department to see if they offer adaptive water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and sailing. Want to hit the pool? Check to see if your local pool has an accessible pool.

Summer Camps

 

Attending a summer camp seems to be a rite of passage for many individuals. These days, there’s a summer camp for almost every interest and ability. Summer camps can be an invaluable experience for young and old, alike, and can be beneficial in many ways including: meeting others with similar interests, enjoying a nice getaway from everyday life, learn new skills, discover certain talents, gain self-confidence, and enjoy some independence.

 

If attending a summer camp isn’t your thing, camping in a campground can be a fun way to get away for a night or two. Many campgrounds have accessible camping cabins if pitching a tent isn’t an option and during the day, you can enjoy a nice nature hike on accessible trails or partake in other activities in the area.

 

The Truth About Weight Loss Supplements

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In today’s society there is so much emphasis placed on the weight loss industry and all these diet fads. Commercials are constantly recommending the newest product available or the next big secret. There is one thing that these big diet companies hide from you and I’m here to tell you what it is. They are hiding the truth.

There are very limited amounts of actual supplements that make a difference in our bodies. There have been studies done that the most beneficial supplements for our bodies are simply just whey protein and creatine.

Whey protein is the most beneficial to our body because it is just food in a powered form. We are all supposed to hit a certain amount of macro nutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates) each day. All protein does is help us to reach that certain amount to build muscle.

There is another type of protein called Casein protein. Casein protein is different because it is not digested as fast as whey protein. What a lot of people will do is take it right before bed so that they will have an adequate supply of protein throughout the night.

I’m not saying that casein protein does not work, because it does. I would not recommend it though because it is harder on your kidneys than regular whey protein.

If you are wondering if all whey protein powders are the same, they are not. Different protein powders have different amounts of protein per serving ratio. You want to aim for a protein that has at least 25g of protein per serving.

Also, to go along with just protein. You should also consider the actual ingredients of protein itself. This is important because not all proteins are as absorbed by your body. What some of these diet companies do is fill their proteins will fillers that is not absorbed at all by our bodies. However, whenever they do the testing on it, it appears as more. In all honesty, the more you pay for protein the better it will be.

Creatine  is just a supplement to help you get stronger. This is the number one tested supplement that there is. The reason for this is because it has received so much hype in the fitness industry in the last twenty years. Create promises to make you stronger like steroids, without the negative side effects. However, the difference between steroids and creatine is huge. All it does it take the water that you drink and put it in your muscles.

Even though scientists have done rigorous amounts of testing on creatine, they cannot prove two things. First, they cannot disprove that creatine cannot deliver what it says it will. Secondly, they cannot find any negative side effects to it.  There are different types of creatine available. Almost all studies have been done on creatine monohydrate. However, most fitness buffs will recommend that you take a creatine blend. That way, you can get all the different sources of creatine in a single serving.

Don’t let these big diet companies fool you. These are the most beneficial products that our body can handle.  There are different forms of each, so it is really important to just stick to the basics that I have mentioned. If you just follow what I have told you then you will make a huge difference in your fitness journey.

Is A Water Filter A Good Option For Your Home?

Are you sure your tap water is pure and healthy? Are you sure your children drink water which is best for their health? If to all of these question the answer is no, you have to make some changes. For example, you should buy a water filter. In addition, a water filter is an eco-friendly solution to your home and we will tell you why.


Benefits of a water filter

Water filters remove bacteria and chlorine. Because of that, water from a water filter has better taste and smell. Another good thing about water filters is that they remove lead from water. Lead is dangerous for your health. If you are exposed to lead in your drinking water, there is a strong possibility you develop high blood pressure or kidney problems. Apart from these problems, if your children drink this water for a long time, they can develop problems with attention span and problems with learning abilities. So, water filters remove all dangerous contaminants from your drinking water. And lead is only one of them. Other dangerous contaminants are hormonally active chemicals, fluoride and rocket fuel. In other words, a water filter is what you need. By removing chlorine, you have less risk to develop rectal cancer, colon cancer and bladder cancer. If you have children, unclean water can have bad influence on their immune system. Furthermore, water filters can lower the risk of gastrointestinal disease. If you drink impure tap water, you drink toxins present in this water. Pregnant women should pay special attention to what type of water they drink.

Eco-friendly solution for your home
Now, we will tell you why a water filter is the perfect solution for your eco-friendly home. First of all, a water filter will reduce home energy consumption. Second of all, by using a water filter you will reduce use of cleaning products such as soaps and detergents. Have you considered huge negative impact of plastic bottles on the environment? Plastic bottles are made from petroleum. In order to produce a plastic bottle, it requires huge amount of fossil fuels. Even though some plastic bottles are recyclable, plastic tops are not. Because of that, plastic tops end up at the bottom of the ocean taking its toll to animal life. Did you know that every square mile of the ocean has over 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it? Additionally, it is not true that all plastic bottles are recyclable. Only PET bottles get recycled. And what about these bottles which are not recycled? Eighty percent of the water bottles end up in landfills. In order to manufacture bottled water, it takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to do that. Also, the delivery of bottled water to our homes has a negative impact on the environment.

Types of eco-friendly water filters
When we talk about leading an eco-friendly life, we should mention water filters that do not use electricity.

Water filters using coconut shells
This may come as a surprise, but a coconut shell is the natural source of carbon. In addition, coconuts are valuable for water filtration because coconuts can remove contaminants and odours from drinking water. Coconut is a very sustainable plant because it produces fruit three times per year.

Reverse osmosis
Reverse osmosis water filter is a type of filter which removes contaminants by water pressure pushing the tap water through a membrane. The membrane is semi-permeable which means that it allows only water to pass through, not contaminants. Reverse osmosis water filter can remove iron, zinc, mercury, lead, fluoride and many other elements.

A water filter that uses the Sun’s rays
This eco-friendly water filters alters the Sun’s rays into UV frequency. UV rays then kill all bacteria.

A water filter which uses sedimentation
This water filter is made of porcelain, glass and metal. This eco-friendly water filter uses gravity to remove contaminants instead of electricity.

A water filter that uses wave energy
This device floats on water and uses wave energy in order to remove contaminants. This water filter converts seawater into potable water.

To sum up, using water filters is an eco-friendly option. Also, by using a water filter you are sure that you and your family drink clean water, free from any contaminants, bacteria and metals.

5 Tips to Prepare Yourself For Your First Triathlon

You started out as a runner. Running is a great form of stress reliever for you so your developed it from a simple hobby and exercise into sports. From your first 2km run to longer, tiring yet accomplishing kilometer run.

Running seems to be a much easier sport for you so you find something to push you on the edge. And then one day you thought of joining triathlons. The challenge seems to tickle your determination and push your motivation. It’s a step towards pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and breaking your limits.

But how do one prepare for it especially if you’re only a master of one or none among all three: running, cycling and swimming? How do you prepare for your first triathlon?

Training and preparing yourself physically would not be enough. You would also have to prepare your overall mentality for the best race of your life. Being a first-timer can be intimidating but if you’re really determined to race past the finish line, you must remember these tips to prepare yourself for your first ever triathlon race (and become a triathlete!).for your first triathlon

Schedule your training

This is especially important if you work 8 hours a day, 5 times a week. With suchlike work schedule, it would hard to find free time for you to train.

Allocate sufficient time for each disciplines. But before that, focus on your strengths and weaknesses so you know which discipline you need to work out more. If you’re already great with running, spend more hours training for cycling and swimming. Again, plan your training and ensure you devote all your time during training hours. Have your friends tag along in your training sessions to stay motivated.

Invest in your race gears

A flexible and comfortable suit plays a major role in your marathon success so make sure that you find yourself a great triathlon gear. Chaffing while your in the middle of running won’t be a great feeling so better find a suit that is breathable and suitable for you.

In addition, before the day comes, ensure that your bicycle is as ready and prepared as you are so you can avoid extensive malfunctions. Also, make sure that you bring your repair kit with you in case your tires succumb. Do take a test for your swimming essentials as well so you’ll know early if there’s anything you need to replace. For instance, if your goggles clouds up and blurs your vision while underwater, buy something better. Always find the best equipment you’re comfortable in and works for you so during the race, you’ll only worry about you and the finish line.

Do proper workout routines

Do you think you’ll need a thousand crunches to train for the race? Work the right parts of your body and figure out methods that could be beneficial for you.

Most of the time, coaches would train their athletes to focus on their endurance, speed and technique. As mentioned in the first tip, you have to schedule and plan your training carefully and it needs to be specific.If you’re unsure (you definitely are), consult with a professional coach to help you structure your training and give you advice to survive and conquer your much-awaited race.

Prepare your mental state

Aside from training your physical capabilities, you would also have to prepare your mental health as well. If you are unaware, there are people who die in triathlons due to various reasons.

This is especially important during the open-water swimming. You will be paddling and stroking in the water along with other racers so you should expect physical contact during that phase. You need to swim in a defensive manner. Aside from that, you would also need to prepare yourself for the water temperature. Most likely you’ll be splashing in cold water that can cause a shock to your body.

Practice. Relax. Enjoy

Signing up for a triathlon race is easy. Although getting through it is difficult, finishing off the race and granting you the medal is the best part of the long journey.

All the same with other kind of sports and other adventures; boxing, running, swimming, trekking, hiking, etc., triathlon needs prior training and extensive practice as well as preparation. There’s no way one can finish this race without training beforehand. Train each day so when it comes to the most-awaited time, you’re less nervous and more ready to tackle the race.

Most importantly, relax and enjoy the race. It’s your first time so enjoy each moment. Be dauntless for this sport and enjoy the whole process; even the cold water. It’s your first time so don’t bother coming off last, finish the race is a success itself. So don’t pressure yourself too much and enjoy the atmosphere.

About Chie Suarez

When you can’t find her watching the latest films in the cinemas eating popcorn, she’s probably writing for SWIMSHOP — the Europe’s premier swim specialist. They are both recognized nationally and internationally for providing the essentials for every swimmers of all levels.

The Road to Recovery: How to Deal with Injuries

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Working out regularly and having a constant exercise routine is very good for both your body and your mind but it also carries with it the constant risk of getting injured. This happens quite often, and some injuries are more severe than others but it is crucial to know how to deal with them. It is very important to know when to stop and how to properly recover. These are a couple of tips and trick on how to properly recover when you get hurt.

Consult With Your Doctor
If you experience an injury, it is very important not to make assumptions and visit your doctor as soon as possible. Don’t try to self-diagnose yourself and use internet to search for your symptoms. And, most important of all, don’t try to play doctor and cure yourself by prescribing a therapy you think will work. Getting an expert opinion is crucial as you never know how severe the injury really is. Your doctor or physical therapist will surely know how to treat your injuries with care and what to prescribe you. This is especially important with torn muscles. Make sure to follow their instructions carefully, as they are professionals and deal with these kind of injuries every day.

Alternatives
Most athletes and people who practice sports on regular basis find themselves overwhelmed when an injury occurs. It can happen that they feel depressed as they can’t exercise as they are used to. The trick is to try to maintain a positive attitude and try to recover as best as you can in order to get back to your regular activities. Also, consider some alternative workouts. For instance, if you have suffered an injury to your leg, perhaps you should focus yourself on working your upper half of the body during that period of time. But don’t try to push yourself or overdo it, as this can only lead to more possible injuries.

Rest
No matter how long you have been practicing sports and how experienced you actually are, keep in mind that you are not a machine but just a human being. And as every normal human being you need to take your time to stop and rest. This goes both for already injured athletes but also as a precaution for those who aren’t. If you already suffered an injury, make sure to listen to your doctor or physical therapist and take your time to heal. Resting is a crucial part of the recovery. Don’t try to cover up the pain or act like you are doing better if you aren’t. This can only lead to more issues.

Know Your Limits
This is perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind. Knowing your limits and knowing when to stop and relax is crucial if you wish to practice sports regularly. Professional athletes listen to their bodies and know when it is enough. If you are recovering from a severe injury you need to learn how to be patient and not to force yourself. Don’t push yourself more than your body allows it, taking it step by step is very important. There are lots of things that may help you in your recovery, rocktape being one of them. Its aim is to stabilize the injured muscle and lower the risk of getting injured again. It promotes blood flow to the muscles ad assists in the removal of lactic acid.

Keep in mind that these kinds of things sometimes just happen, but try your best to carefully practice sports and not to push yourself too much. Use proper gear and train smart. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Why You Shouldn’t Trust The Internet More Than Your Doctor

What is your initial reaction when you start feeling ill? Do you rush to your GP? Do you call your friend at med school for advice? There seems to be an ever growing number of people who impulsively turn to the biggest source of information for medical assistance – the Internet. Googling your symptoms and browsing for the most obvious cause is a common self-treatment technique used by people of all ages, but mostly teenagers and adolescents. The question is: is this the best and most efficient way of addressing such a serious issue?

Familiarize the risks

The most important thing we need to keep in mind when seeking answers online is where does the information come from. The web is a dangerous place to be looking for facts since only one click can determine if you end up reading a scientific research paper or some blogger’s very personal opinion on a hot topic. Bear in mind that there is always going to be a study to support any kind of agenda. There is a high likelihood that the person who published the so-called study is actually funded by an organization that has certain benefits from such results.

Unfortunately, health and proper nutrition are the core industries of many large international companies who need to control the flow of information and manage the ‘trends in lifestyle choices’. That’s one of the reasons today you may find that the best cure for a cold is homemade chicken soup, while the next day it’s going to be the latest flu-drug just released in local pharmacies.
Explore alternatives

So, what is the alternative? Waiting for the hospital to schedule your appointment and the first vacant slot is in 6 days? Or going to a private clinic to do all the expensive lab analysis? These may be the reasons why more and more people turn to the web for answers. FrontlineER reports a survey conducted by the British Medical Journal which identified more than 20 different applications that served as symptom checkers. Their overall success rate at pointing out the correct diagnosis and treatment was under 50%. This goes to show that smart phones are, in fact, not smart enough to be able to replace the human factor when it comes to resolving illnesses.

The human factor may be found on the internet, however, it should not be taken for granted. If you are confused by the symptoms your body is giving away, you could search for similar cases on public forums and chat rooms. It is a good way to get in touch with people who have had experience in solving their health problems, but keep in mind that everyone is a unique organism and your metabolism may not react the same way to a treatment someone else has gone through.

Always think twice

To sum up, although it is plausible to get useful advice online, you should do proper research in order to get as much information as possible before you make a decision on how to treat your current condition. Make sure you are able to decipher what your body is trying to tell you and take other people’s advice only if you are sure they know what they are talking about. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true – it probably is. A licensed doctor is your best choice, anyhow, even for a second opinion.