Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

**Pamphlet: Tobacco and Stress

Many people who smoke or use tobacco, do so because of the stress reduction.  However much of this is a false benefit.  For many, the nicotine addiction causes the stress, so of course using nicotine relieves this temporarily, however the long term effect is just the opposite.  Sometimes the stress reduction is related to the activities you might do with smoking, such as taking a break from work.
The exciting part about this pamphlet is the list of alternative suggestion to reduce stress.
I really like the idea of playing with your pet.  You can relax without the cigarette.  Stress reduction can become a life style which includes reading, enjoying music, gardening, meditation, exercise, eating well, getting plenty of rest, and talking over your problems with someone.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

**Public Health: Peaceful Community

Because a peaceful community is a more healthy community, public health has created this pamphlet and website.  The website allows people to tell their stories of how they are promoting a peaceful community.

**Domestic Violence: Leading Cause of Injury in Adult Women

This little flyer is presented by AACI Asian Women's Home in San Jose.  It includes resources for victims of domestic violence in Santa Clara County.  It says, "If you or someone you know is being abused help is available!  You are not alone."  It also makes this statement, "Domestic violence is the leading cause of injurt to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the U.S. (more than car accidents, muggings and rape combined).
If you can't see the numbers try clicking on the picture or you can get a copy of the flyer at (408) 975-2730 ex 222.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

**Danger of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Came across a pamphlet which offers a few hints with regards to carbon monoxide gas.  300 people die annually in the United States due to carbon monoxide poisoning.  Well insulated homes lack ventilation, if you get bad gas in your home it is likely to stay.  A carbon monoxide detector may be helpful.  Never use the barbecue in the house, nor a kerosene heater or gasoline powered engines.  Maintain you fuel fired appliances.  If your detector goes off, get out of the house.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

**Diabetes and Sharps

A major problem for diabetes is what to do with you testing materials, and if you are using insulin what to do with the sharps  The trash is not the correct answer as they are considered biomedical hazards.

I have found I can get the container at a local pharmacy and they are inexpensive.  I could probably ask my pharmacy for one but that is a pain.  The Valley Medical pharmacy does have a sharps return bin such as seen here.  It is a pain to carry them from home, but I have a sharps container at home and one at work, which is at Valley MediCal Center.