Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

“There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love.”

George Carlin

““Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice”?”.”


““Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.”

George Gordon Byron

““Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” ”

Thomas Jefferson

““If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny.””

Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

““After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.” ”

Fernando Lachica - The Game of Life

“"You love is the medicine for my injured soul."


"“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”

Erin Hunter, Rising Storm

““A medicine cat has no time for doubt. Put your energy into today and stop worrying about the past.” ”

Tamora Pierce, Tris's Book

““Frostpine made a face. Lifting the cup, he dumped its contents down his throat. “Auugghh!” he yelled, his voice stronger than it had been since his return from the harbor. "Are you trying to kill me, woman?"”

Anton Chekhov

"“Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other” "


““Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.” ”

Atul Gawande, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

““We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, an enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line.”

Brad Pitt

““Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have.”


““Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future.” ”

Paul Farmer

““It is very expensive to give bad medical care to poor people in a rich country.” ”

Mario Puzo, The Godfather

““It was a lie but he believed in telling lies to people. Truth telling and medicine just didn't go together except in dire emergencies, if then.” ”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

““Doctors most commonly get mixed up between absence of evidence and evidence of abense””

Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

““The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again.””

Diana Gabaldon

““One dictum I had learned on the battlefields of France in a far distant war: You cannot save the world, but you might save the man in front of you, if you work fast enough.”.”


““The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it” ”

Kevin Alan Lee, The Split Mind: Schizophrenia from an Insider's Point of View

““In my opinion, our health care system has failed when a doctor fails to treat an illness that is treatable.””

Ben Goldacre, Bad Science

““You are a placebo responder. Your body plays tricks on your mind. You cannot be trusted.” .”

Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal

“To watch the dawn emerge from the night undoubtedly gives a heavenly feeling! The fresh sun rays entwine with the dark horizon and peep out of the creek with tranquil grin.”

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

“The varicolored cloud dust that the sun has stirred up in the sky was settling by slow degrees.”

Coloured Money - Mervyn Peake, Collected Poems

“I am too rich already, for my eyes mint gold."

Robert Kaplan

“In autumn velvety shawls of maroon and sienna drape hillsides that fold down upon willow-braided streams.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The town itself is disagreeable; but then, all around, you find an inexpressible beauty of nature.”

Nicholas Sparks

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that's what you've given me. That's what I'd hoped to give you forever”

Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“Every great love starts with a great story...”

Jarod Kintz, It Occurred to Me

“If loving someone is putting them in a straitjacket and kicking them down a flight of stairs, then yes, I have loved a few people.”

Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor

“My soul will find yours.”

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How to Combat Mental Fatigue #MedicalHealthWorldwide

Getting the right brain to work in harmony with your left brain is quite a challenge.

I have this mental picture of my brain as a lion tamer. My left brain is cracking the whip, forcing my right brain to perform artistically as it roars loudly, but complies nonetheless. Needless to say, this tug-of-war between cranial regions can produce mental fatigue. And prolonged mental fatigue is the preface of burnout, which must be avoided at all costs.

There are few things you can do to relieve the pressure on your gray cells, and taking these precautions will quickly extinguish the flames of burnout before you are charred beyond recognition. When you start to feel a little crispy, remember these things:

1) Keep your sense of humor. Laughter, seeing the humorous side, will always relieve your mental strain and brighten your outlook on life.

2) Make to-do lists. When your head becomes filled with the minutiae of all the billions of details you need to remember, take time to write it all down. Make a list of everything that is bothering you. The physical act of writing lets your left brain stop nagging you long enough to allow your right brain to get down to the business of creating.

3) Take a nature break and spend some time out of doors, no matter what the weather is like. Just a few minutes to breathe fresh air, feel the sun on your skin, study the sky and cloud formations, watch a bird fly past, make a snowball, pick a flower or go barefoot in the grass will renew your energy level and refresh your spirit.

4) Exercise daily. Even a short walk will help get oxygen to your brain, and the brain chemicals (endorphins) released during aerobic exercise help the brain to function better.

5) Eat regularly. A brief interlude to have snacks and perhaps some chocolate will give your painting a fresh new perspective.

6) Stay organized. Take the time to straighten out your paperwork, materials and other undertakings which relates to your professional job.

7) Seek assistance, gather support and rally the troops during the busy spells. Delegate as much responsibility as possible, and pass on every task that you do not have to do yourself.

8) Take a holiday. This is a variation on the theme of the proverbial mental health day. Go to a place of your choice that could allow your thoughts to assemble peacefully with your motivation.

9) Reward yourself. Pat yourself on the back often, and indulge yourself with a little treat when you’ve accomplished something on your job.

If the quick fixes don’t seem to douse the flames of burnout, you probably have a more serious case. True burnout is the hopeless feeling you get when you have too much to do, with too many responsibilities and not enough time to get everything completed in the manner you want. If you function this way for too long, you will begin to feel like blackened toast.

Beware of the symptoms of burnout: the fleeting desire to go get a “real” job; being totally exhausted even after a full night’s sleep; suffering from recurring or chronic illness; or finding yourself short-tempered and overly cranky. There are other dreaded symptoms of burnout: Procrastination, Pessimism, Peevish Perfectionism. If you can use any of these four words to describe your current frame of mind, it is time to perform triage and salve the blisters.

Friday, January 17, 2014

About Human Skin and Hair #MedicalHealthWorldwide

Human Skin and Hair

Not many people have perfectly proportioned faces and bodies, but practically anyone, at any age, can present an attractive appearance if skin is healthy-looking and glowing and hair is clean and shining. Healthy skin and hair can be achieved through good health habits, cleanliness, and personal grooming. Expensive skin-and-hair products may boost self-confidence., but they are a poor substitute for proper diet, exercise, enough sleep, and soap and water or cleansing creams.
The condition of skin and hair reflects a person’s physical and emotional health. Of course, general appearance is determined not only by what is going on inside the body but also by outward circumstances, such as extremes of temperature or the use of harsh soaps. Appearance can also be altered temporarily by cosmetics and permanently by surgery.

The skin is one of the most important organs of the body. It serves as protection against infection by germs and shields delicate underlying tissue against injury. Approximately one-third of the bloodstream flows through the skin, and as the blood vessels contact or relax in response to heat and cold, the skin acts as a thermostat that helps control body temperature. The two million sweat glands in the skin make it a sense organ responsive not only to heat and cold but also to pleasure, pain and pressure.
Certain cells in the skin produce a protective pigmentation that determines its color and guards against overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. By absorption and elimination, the skin helps regulate the body’s chemical and fluid balance. One of the miracles of the skin is that it constantly renews itself.

The skin is made up of two layers. The outer layer, or epidermis, has a surface of horny, nonliving cells that form the body’s protective envelope. These cells are constantly being shed and replaced by new ones, which are made in the lower or inner layer of the epidermis.

Underneath the epidermis is the dermis, the thicker part of the skin. It contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The sweat glands are located in the dermis, and they collect fluid containing water, salt, and waste products from the blood. This fluid is sent through tiny canals that end in pores on the skin’s surface.
The oil or sebaceous glands that secrete the oil that lubricates the surface of the skin and hair are also located in the dermis. They are most often associated with hair follicles.

Hair follicles and oil glands are found over most of the body, with the exception of the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

The layer of fatty tissue below the dermis called subcutaneous tissue acts as an insulator against heat and cold and as a shock absorber against injury.

Monday, January 13, 2014

How the Bones of the Skeletal System Work Together #MedicalHealthWorldwide

How the bones of the skeletal system work together.

A newborn baby normally has 33 vertebrae making up its backbone; but by the time a person reaches adulthood, the number of individual vertebrae has shrunk to 26.

The explanation is during the growth process, the nine bottom vertebrae fuse naturally into just two. In like fashion, we “lose” some 60 bones as we grow up. Some otherwise perfectly normal adults have “extra” bones or “missing” bones. For example, although the normal number of ribs is 12 pairs, some adults may have 11; others may have 13 pairs.

Even a practicing physician might be hard-pressed to identify each of our 200-plus bones and describe the function. An easier way to gain a general understanding of the various functions, capabilities – and weaknesses, too – of our bones is to visualize the skeletal system as a standing coatrack, say, about six feet high.

Call the central pole the backbone. About ten inches down from its top (the top of your skull) is a horizontal crossbar (your shoulders – collarbones and shoulder blades), approximately a foot-and-a-half across. Sixteen or so inches below the bottom of the top crossbar is another, shorter, crossbar, broader and thicker – the pelvic girdle. The coatrack with its two crossbars is now a crude model of the bones of the head and trunk, collectively called the axial skeleton. Its basic unit is the backbone, to which are attached the skull at the top, then the bones of the shoulder girdle, the ribs, and at the bottom, the bones of the pelvic girdle.

By hanging down (or appending) members from the two ends of the top crossbar, and doing the same at the lower crossbar, we would simulate what is called the appendicular skeleton – arms and hands, legs and feet.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Guide to Selecting a Steel Toe Shoe for your Broken Toe #MedicalHealthWorldwide

Sean Thompson. National Brace and Splint. Article City

A Guide to Selecting a Steel Toe Shoe for your Broken Toe

A broken toe will take about 6 weeks to heal. If the toe is still hurting after 6 weeks, you will need another X-ray to see how the toe is healing and to take further action. There are several treatment options when it comes to treating a broken toe. Some of the most effective treatment options are foot surgery by an orthopedic surgeon, elevating the foot, application of ice, and then resting the foot, the use of antibiotics, a tetanus shot, the process of reduction where the broken parts are lined up so that they heal normally, and by buddy taping whereby a small bandage is placed between the broken toe and the next one.

One of the most effective broken toe treatment options is however the use of a special shoe. These shoes are advantageous over casts in broken toe treatment in that they offer flexibility because you can remove them whenever you want such as when you want to take a shower. These shoes are advantageous in that they can be used after the injury heals and they can be used by another person. Using the shoe for broken toe treatment means you are not exposed to the risks characteristic of surgery such as the risk of infection.

You should however not go for the first special/medical shoe for broken toe treatment you come across. There are several considerations that you should make if you are to make the right choice. One of the most important considerations is the fabric used in the shoe. You will be wearing the shoe for about 6 weeks and it should therefore be as comfortable as possible. The best materials in the market today are suede, canvas like fabrics, gortex like rubber, and leather. Leather is particularly effective in that it is easily broken into a few days after you start wearing the shoe and this means the shoe will adapt to the shape of your foot. Other advantages of leather are that it will not burn or melt easily, it has great aesthetic value, and it is easily polished.

Another important consideration should be durability. The shoe should not only last the 6 weeks it takes for the broken toe to heal, go for a shoe that can be used for another broken toe in the family. Go for a shoe that has a steel shank and this will increase its durability. Scrutinize the shoe critically for obvious design flaws, paying particular attention to the stitches and the padding.

Consider the sole of the shoe. Dig your fingers into soles when doing your comparisons and avoid the shoes where the sole bends easily and you feel the air. You should however not go for tougher and thicker rubber since this will not be comfortable. Walk in the shoe for a while to find out if it is comfortable. When buying a special/medical shoe for broken toe treatment, consider its flexibility. Consider how the contours of your foot will feel after an 8-hour day and consider the ease/difficulty of removing the shoe. Cost considerations are important, as are the features of the shoes such as electrical hazard, well insulated, and waterproof.