The numbers speak for themselves: it is estimated that two out of every three American adults is overweight or obese. This epidemic of weight problems has led to a rise in diabetes, joint problems, heart disease and certain forms of cancer and is one of the biggest challenges facing the health of the nation today. To make this problem worse, anyone who has tried to lose weight knows just how difficult this process is. The good news is that apart from a healthy diet, exercise and good hydration, there are other natural ways to help shed those unwanted pounds.

Herbal Remedies for Weight Loss

While there are plenty of over-the-counter and prescription diet aids out there, many of them can cause problems like jitteriness, dizziness and sleep disturbances, just to name a few of the possible side effects. However, nature has provided those wanting to lose weight with many safe and healthy alternatives, such as the ones discussed below.

  • Cinnamon
    Drinking cinnamon tea or adding cinnamon regularly to foods like oatmeal or even coffee can help with weight loss. This is because compounds in cinnamon help to stabilize blood sugar levels and keep them on an even keel. This, in turn, prevents extreme hunger and cravings that make it harder to stick to a diet plan.
  • Ginseng
    Ginseng is a valuable part of a weight loss plan because it can boost energy levels. Increased energy makes it easier to exercise regularly and overall raise the level of physical activity, which is crucial to weight loss.
  • Dandelion
    Dandelion tea is excellent for weight loss because it helps to support a healthy liver. This is important because the liver helps to regulate blood sugar levels, break down carbohydrates and also affects the metabolism. In addition to this, dandelions have diuretic properties, which can also help with the weight loss process.
  • Sage
    Stress is a big factor in weight gain, since it can increase levels of a hormone called cortisol which, in turn, can make it easier for the body to pack on pounds – especially in the abdominal region. Drinking sage tea can help with weight loss because it is a natural relaxant, thus lowering cortisol levels.


In combination with these lifestyle changes however, the above natural remedies for weight loss can be very effective indeed. For more natural remedies visit Medicine Today website.
Other Natural Remedies for Weight Loss

In addition to the herbal remedies listed above, there are other natural remedies that can make it easier to achieve a healthy weight. These include:

  • Green tea
    Green tea – and more specifically, catechins like EGCG that green tea is so rich in – are extremely popular in natural weight loss supplements. This is because EGCG is known to have a stimulating effect on the metabolism, making it easier to burn off excess fat. It also provides an energy boost, which makes it easier to follow a regular exercise program.
  • Probiotics
    Many studies have shown a link between obesity and poor gut health. This is likely because probiotics are needed for good digestion and absorption of nutrients and regular bowel movements, all of which are helpful when trying to lose weight.
  • Vitamin D
    While the relationship is not fully understood, there is strong clinical evidence to link obesity with low levels of Vitamin D. Supplementation with this vitamin, then, can help with achieving weight loss goals.
  • Chitosan
    Chitosan is a natural supplement but is not plant-based: it is, instead, made from chitin, a substance found in the shells of crabs, lobsters, shrimp and other shellfish. It is known as a weight loss aid because chitin has the ability to bind with fat and eliminate it from the body before it can be absorbed.

So don’t try the weight loss journey unaided! The natural supplements listed above can truly help to make weight loss goals a reality. Keep in mind, however, that none of these remedies work unless they are part of a larger, holistic plan of action which includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, good hydration and stress management.


To provide patients with a higher level of care, staffs at 20 of the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children are investing a great deal of time, energy and patience in learning a new software system, called Shriners Hospitals for Children Information System (SHCIS). The ultimate goal of SHCIS is to provide a complete computer-based, digital electronic medical record (EMR) for every patient at Shriners Hospitals.

The magnitude of the new system’s capability is enormous, providing complete, comprehensive, secure medical information in one location, available when and where it’s needed. It allows users secure access to a patient’s EMR from computers at the hospital, including those in a physician’s office, physicians’ lounge, outpatient department or an inpatient unit. Plans are under way to provide authorized users remote access from outside the hospital, as well. The system also assists hospital staff in a variety of functions, including patient registration and scheduling, physician order entry, clinical documentation, medical record tracking and more.

“Once SHCIS is fully implemented, patients and staff will realize significant benefits in service, care and work processes,” said Shriners Hospitals Corporate Chief Information Officer Gene D’Amore.

How will it help Shriners Hospitals patients?

• Increased accuracy-Easy-to-read, organized and comprehensive patient information is available at the point of care, reducing repetitive questions and duplication of tests and services.

• Enhanced patient safety-Eliminates handwritten patient records, improves alerts for drug interactions and allergy conflicts, and allows verification of orders generated through the creation of task lists.

• Enhanced patient security-Secure access to EMRs is available only to authorized users.

• Increased time efficiency-Complete EMRs are available in real time from every terminal in every hospital, eliminating time spent waiting for staff to locate paper records.

How will it help Shriners Hospitals staff?

• Speedier and more comprehensive access to patient records-EMRs are available in real time from every computer in the hospital.

• Better communication between care providers and other team members-Chart review, order entry and documentation of work performed can be entered simultaneously by multiple staff members, eliminating time spent vying for one paper chart.

• Simplified daily routine-Ability to create patient, task and assignment lists.

The program is being implemented over the course of two phases. The rollout of Phase I, which included the bulk of the work required to bring this project to life, began in January 2004. Every hospital, with the exception of the Canadian and Mexico City Shriners Hospitals, has completed Phase I.

The rollout of Phase II-now officially called eMERGE, the winning entry of a naming contest held among all Shriners Hospitals employees-began in early 2007.

“This step will provide enhanced documentation capabilities,” said Shriners Hospitals Chief Medical Information Officer Bill Bria, M.D. “It will also include specialty applications that will impact surgery, radiology, pharmacy, clinical lab, critical care and other departments.”

Establishing SHCIS in 22 unique hospitals in three countries across six time zones is a gigantic undertaking. The training process requires a steep learning curve, but the diligent staffs at Shriners Hospitals have admirably taken on the new responsibility and are forging ahead.

Singapore has many aesthetic doctors but one of them sticks to mind – thanks to her glamourous appeal, celebrity friends and cutting-edge fashion style. Her clinic at Holland Village is a mecca to celebrities who zip in for skin rejuvation and botox treatments. It is also a tome and showcase for the celebrity doctor with media features of her plastered on walls and in the magazines available for browsing there.

Dr Georgia Lee is one of the most renowned aesthetic and skincare doctors in Singapore and patients wait up to three months to see her!

She spent six years working in a few hospitals after graduation and opened TLC Medical

Center in Holland Village, in 1999, with $300,000 capital from her husband. Dr Georgia Lee started out as a general practitioner but it was a bad allergic reaction that kick-started her interest in aesthetics. “A contraceptive that I took made me develop ugly blisters on the left side of my face. The blisters went away but I was left with pigmentation that was so bad that I hid at home and people thought I was either beaten up by my husband, had herpes or had Aids.”

She spent the next six to nine months researching on lotions and managed to heal her scars. “That unfortunate incident was a blessing in disguise as it got me interested in aesthetic treatments and made me want to help other people with skin ailments,” shares Dr Georgia Lee.

A stickler for high quality and cost-effective aesthetic practice backed by the most up-to-date technology and pharmacy, she will fly up to the factories to talk to the engineers and meet the doctors who are using the machines before making a purchase.

Besides her winning personality and state-of-the-art treatments, Dr Georgia Lee is also renowned for her generosity. Not in the material sense, but in her genuine desire to help people. “I always give more than I get, that’s why my husband says I will never be rich,” she says with a laugh. She frequently organises ‘self-improvement’ parties for her customers – most recently, she held a make-up class conducted by famous make-up artist, Andy Lee. She pays for these parties out of her own pocket. “I also told one of my clients, a stressed-out housewife, to take time out daily for herself, and if she succeeds, her next treatment will be on the house!”

She also travels frequently around the region to offer consultations to other aesthetic practitioners and give talks. Not one to rest on her laurels, Dr Georgia Lee has just launched her own brand of medical-based beauty and make-up products, called drgeorgialee skincare.

Actinic Keratosis can be the first step in the development of skin cancer. Thus, it is considered as a precancerous skin condition. Aldara cream is an effective treatment for actinic keratosis, a condition that occurs from overexposure of the skin to the sun.
Initially approved for the treatment of genital warts, the medicine stimulates a body’s immune system by activating anti-tumor factors that can be recalled by immune memory. So, buy Aldara if you have been diagnosed with actinic keratosis and your physician has prescribed it as a treatment. The cream is a particularly effective in extensive areas of actinic keratosis, a condition that cannot be easily treated by cryotherapy.
Buy Aldara and Follow Some Important Safety Precautions
One can buy Aldara, an immune response modifier, if prescribed for the treatment of:
Genital warts
Actinic keratosis
Superficial basal cell carcinoma which is a type of skin cancer, on the trunk, neck, arms, hands, legs or feet
However, before you buy Aldara, you should know that the cream is prescribed only for patients aged 12 years or more. Some other points should be noted and remembered after you buy Aldara:
The cream is not for oral ophthalmic or intravaginal use.
Patients should wash their hands before and after applying the cream.
Before applying the cream, the treatment area should be washed with mild soap and water and than allowed to dry thoroughly.
Local skin reactions in the treatment area are quite common
Buy Aldara and use it immediately. The cream comes in single-use-packets that should not be reused. Partially used packets should be discarded.
The cream should be applied prior to the normal sleeping hours and left on the skin for approximately eight hours. After eight hours, the area should be washed with mild soap and water.
The cream should be rubbed into the treatment area until it is no longer visible
Aldara should be applied for the time period advised by your physician.
The medicine is generally applied three times per week for genital wart treatment, two times per week for actinic keratosis and five times per week for skin cancers.
Some common side effects of using Aldara cream are redness, swelling, blisters, ulcers, peeling, burning and itching in the application area.
Do not cover the treated area with bandages or other waterproof coverings. You can, however, cover the treated area with cotton gauze or cotton underwear if treating the genital area.
Some other side effects of this cream are fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, cough, headache and diarrhea.
This medicine may make you more sensitive to the sun

If you’ve been to a new doctor’s office lately, you may have had the experience of having the medical assistant use a computer to record all of your symptoms and complaints. It’s also quite likely that the doctor also used a computer to make his or her notes, order tests and perhaps even fax your prescription directly to your pharmacy. Welcome to the world of electronic medical records, also known as EMRs.

As we begin to rely on technology more and more, it seems inevitable that we’d eventually develop electronic medical records. Some organizations have embraced them wholeheartedly, while other doctors resist using EMRs. In addition, patients are divided between loving the convenience of these new systems and worrying about their privacy. But what are the pros and cons of using EMRs?

In theory, EMRs would reduce medical errors. Doctors have infamously horrible handwriting, and an electronic record would eliminate any problems due to legibility. An error could still be made by checking the wrong box in a form for example, but EMRs have programs in place to help catch these types of errors. On the other hand, EMRs can be too limiting in the case of patients who have multiple conditions or whose conditions don’t fit neatly into the record’s pre-established criteria.

In addition, the volume of paper medical records can grow considerably over time until they becomes quite bulky. Paper degrades and there’s the ongoing problem of increasing storage requirements. EMRs, on the other hand, can always be stored in a small amount of space.

Paper medical records are also subject to loss from fire, flood damage or other emergency. While EMRs may also fall prey to such hazards, it’s easier to backup electronic data and store it off site so that it can be recovered in the event of a disaster.

When a patient’s records are in paper form, it can be harder to get copies of all documents to the various sites where they are needed. When the records are contained in an EMR, the information can be more easily accessed. On the other hand, there is, at present, no standardization among EMRs. If you use providers who aren’t part of the same system and use different EMR formats, it can be hard to transfer information from one record to another.

Access to an EMR is also a major privacy issue. Patients worry that computer systems can be hacked and wireless networks aren’t always secure. For this reason, it’s far easier to steal information from an EMR than from a paper medical record. Patients also worry that sensitive medical data could be used inappropriately, such as when applying for a job or admission to college. While it’s against the law to discriminate, when it comes to this type of information, once it’s been seen, it can’t be forgotten. As medical information becomes more advanced – including genetic information, for example – people have even more reason to worry that the information will wind up in the wrong hands.

Finally, when a health care provider is busy entering information into an EMR, it can be easy to ignore the patient or reduce the patient interview to a series of questions designed to allow the doctor to tick off the appropriate boxes. The practice of medicine is still an art, and some patient advocates argue that EMRs could detract from the human side of the equation.