How Often Should You Check Your…?

You probably know how often you can go between manicures, hair cuts, and bikini waxes, but it’s harder to remember when you’re due for certain health screenings. Plus, it seems like the suggested guidelines for common medical check-ups are constantly up for debate. Case in point: A recent study found that getting your blood pressure checked at every doctor’s visit may result in an inaccurate diagnosis for hypertension—not to mention unnecessary stress.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic looked at records for 68 patients with hypertension and 372 patients without high blood pressure. When they looked at the readings from every single appointment, they identified all 68 cases of hypertension, along with 110 mistaken diagnoses for people without high blood pressure. But when they just took one annual reading, the doctors still caught all but five cases of hypertension—and they cut the number of false positives by almost 50 percent.

So should you turn down the test the next time you see your doc? Not necessarily. After all, it’s a free, quick, and painless part of your check-up, says Donnica Moore, MD, author of Women’s Health For Life. That said, she stresses that guidelines should never be set in stone and that you and your doctor can make the best decision about scheduling certain tests more or less frequently than recommended. “That will be based on the guidelines, but also on your personal medical history, family history, and lifestyle and behavior choices,” says Moore.

Need a refresher course on your recommended screenings? Check out our fool-proof guide to help you remember what needs to be checked and when:

Once a Month Breast self-exam: Check your girls for unusual lumps or bumps monthly so you can stay on top of any changes, says Moore. The best time to do it is a few days after your period ends.

Skin self-exam: The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly recommends that you check out your body once a month for any new or unusual spots or marks. Just remember your ABCDEs: asymmetry, border irregularity, uneven color, diameter bigger than 6 mm, and evolving shape and size.

Every Six Months Dental check-up: Make sure to hit up the dentist’s chair twice a year for cleanings and other preventative maintenance, but you should only get dental X-rays on an as needed basis to prevent unnecessary exposure to radiation, according to the American Dental Association’s recommendations.

Once a Year Full physical exam: This annual check-up should include a height and weight check, a blood pressure screening, a clinical breast exam, and any blood tests your doctor deems necessary, says Moore. These may include tests for blood sugar, blood count, hormone levels, and other crucial markers.

Pap smear: If you’ve had three consecutive normal pap smears, are in a mutually monogamous relationship, and have no other risk factors, you could technically go three years between screenings, says Moore. However, most doctors still suggest women see their gynecologist once a year and get a pap smear while they’re there. Your pap tests for any changes or abnormalities in the cells in your cervix, which is a way to screen for cervical cancer, says Alyssa Dweck, MD, co-author of V is For Vagina. For women 21-29, any mild irregularities in the pap test will prompt an HPV test to check for the high-risk strains of the HPV virus, says Dweck. Other than that, you probably won’t get an HPV test until you’re 30. (See below for more info on HPV testing)

Pelvic exam: Even if you aren’t getting an annual pap smear, it’s important to visit your OB/GYN annually for a routine pelvic exam, where she’ll feel around for your uterus and ovaries, says Dweck. This is a way to check for fibroids, cysts or any pain or swelling that might indicate an infection.

HIV tests: Get tested annually at your doctor’s office or a health clinic, says Dweck. The most accurate screening is a still a blood test, though you may get a mouth swab in some cases.

Other STD tests: It’s recommended that sexually active women get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea annually until age 25, says Dweck. These can be run off your pap or with a separate swab of your cervix. After age 25, it’s still recommended that you get tested regularly for the range of STDs—including hepatitis b and c, syphilis, and the lesser-known trichomoniasis—based on your own risk factors, which you should discuss with your doctor. Of course, it’s also a smart idea to get tested before you have a new sexual partner or if you have any usual symptoms.

Eye exams: The American Optometric Association recommends eye exams at least once every two years, though annual exams are suggested for anyone with current vision problems (if you wear glasses or contacts, that includes you).

Every Other Year Skin cancer screening: Skin cancer is a huge issue for women in their twenties, so see your dermatologist before your biennial appointment if you notice any suspicious marks, says Moore.

Slightly Less Often HPV test: At age 30, women should start getting an HPV test with their pap every five years, says Dweck. Luckily, it’s relatively quick and painless since the test uses the same cervical swab as your pap. Prior to age 30, you should not be getting tested regularly for HPV unless you have an abnormal pap, since strains of the disease are so common in younger woman and they typically go away on their own, says Dweck.

Cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood count: Your doctor will want to check these at least once in your twenties and once in your thirties, though some physicians give a guideline of testing them once every five years, says Moore.

Thyroid test: Starting at age 35, it’s recommended that you check your thyroid levels via a blood test and have them re-tested ever five years after that, says Moore.

Down the Road* Colonoscopy: This test should come right around your 50th birthday, unless your family history warrants an earlier screening, says Moore. If you have a first-degree relative with colon cancer, it’s recommended that you start your screening 10 years before their age at diagnosis.

Diabetes screening: Routine diabetes screenings (which involve a blood sugar test) start at age 50 and should be done once every three years, says Dweck.

Mammograms: At 40, you’ll want to start scheduling annual mammograms, though your doctor may recommended screening earlier if you have a family history, says Dweck.

*For women in their 20s and 30s

Only As Needed Don’t be shocked if your doctor orders a blood test outside of these general guidelines, since many health checks are done on an as-needed basis. Things like your hormone levels, blood sugar, vitamin D levels, and iron deficiencies can all be seen in a blood test and may be ordered if you come in with certain symptoms, says Dweck.


Sore throat: what you need to know

Sore throat is very common and is usually caused by infection with any one of a large number of viruses or less commonly bacteria.

Occasionally, sore throat can have other causes such as allergies, excessively dry air (e.g. from air conditioning), irritants (e.g. tobacco smoke, pollution), voice strain or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (where acid from the stomach rises into the gullet).

Many illnesses ranging from the common cold to glandular fever cause sore throat as a symptom.

A sore throat may be accompanied by sniffles, a cough and feeling weak and feverish.

If bacteria or viruses infect the tissues at the back and sides of the throat, the body produces antibodies to fight off the infection. This process may cause the lymph nodes (‘glands’) in the neck to swell and become tender.

Most people are over the infection within 7 days; many people find that their sore throat goes away much sooner than this.
Sore throat treatments

Give your body a hand to heal itself by trying the following.

  • Resting as much as you can. Take time off work and do not send your child to school or pre-school if they have a sore throat.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids (don’t worry if you don’t not feel like eating much for a couple of days). Children and adults may find ice-blocks refreshing.
  • Drinking warm water with honey and lemon can be soothing for a sore throat.
  • Gargling with a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of salt in it at least twice a day (older children and adults only).
  • Taking medicines to control the pain and fever.

Pain relief for sore throat

Pain relief for sore throats should be considered. Pain relief will allow you to eat and drink more comfortably and has the added benefit of reducing fever if this is a problem.

Paracetamol, paracetamol combined with codeine, or codeine combined with aspirin, or aspirin alone can help relieve the pain of a sore throat. Medicines containing aspirin must not be used by children under 16 years who have a fever, especially if the child also has symptoms of influenza or chicken pox. This is because aspirin can cause a serious condition called Reye syndrome in children.

Your doctor may also recommend ibuprofen, a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). People with peptic or duodenal ulcers, bleeding conditions or who are taking anti-coagulant medicine should not take ibuprofen or aspirin.
Antibiotics and sore throat

Most people do not need antibiotics for sore throats, as the majority are caused by viruses (which are not affected by antibiotics).

Antibiotics can help shorten the duration of symptoms in certain cases, for example if it’s suspected that you have a specific bacterial infection. However, antibiotics are associated with side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea and rash. Your doctor will weigh up the pros and cons of antibiotics in your particular case.

If your doctor does prescribe antibiotics, make sure you complete the whole course, even if your symptoms clear up before you have finished the antibiotics. This reduces the risk in the community of bacteria becoming resistant to the antibiotics.
When to see your doctor

Seek immediate medical attention if you or your child have any of the following symptoms, which could indicate a life-threatening condition:

  • difficulty breathing or noisy breathing;
  • neck stiffness rather than throat pain;
  • a lot of difficulty swallowing water or saliva;
  • a muffled voice;
  • drooling;
  • a rash or bruising; or
  • signs and symptoms of dehydration, such as sunken eyes or passing less urine than usual.
  • You should also see a doctor if you or your child have any of the following:

    • a high fever for 48 hours or longer;
    • no easing of the sore throat after 7 days (adults) or 2 days (children);
    • ear pain; or
    • other medical problems which affect how your body can heal itself, such as diabetes or immune disorders.

    In these circumstances, your doctor will examine you and may do blood tests or a throat swab (a cotton swab is brushed over the back of your throat and examined for bacteria in the laboratory) to establish whether antibiotics may be necessary.


    Health And Zen Shiats Part 2

    Our Shiatsu treatment :

    Shiatsu can bring relief from currently existing headache complete freedom from pain and migraine headaches. In addition, Shiatsu can be used preventively, especially in bracing headaches order not to allow complaints of goal. In acute headache is to clarify for the Shiatsu practitioner, whether a lying position is possible and desirable, if the head has to be stored increases, or whether a sitting position is preferred.

    The treatment begins, of course, always only in the center ( Hara ). Referring to the energy distribution as the first is the issue of the main working direction of importance that energy carried away from the head, or it has to be supplied.

    In energy – wealth and stagnation in the head, it is important to draw the energy down.

    In energy – emptiness, it is recommended to work upwards and towards the hands and even toning the head, ie to work stimulating and invigorating.

    Especially occiput, neck, shoulder and neck area are often areas where the energy flow is interrupted. Are these transitions blocked, head and body, thinking and feeling are no longer optimal in combination. It is necessary to work in these areas with a oöffnenden and space imaging focus. It is supportive, ” model ” to be in this work, ie simultaneously to open the corresponding zones in your body and relax.

    The full body treatment is the inclusion of other problems safely, associated with headache. This can, for example, stresses in the chest / heart area (eg not allowing emotional touches, make tight, have too little room to breathe, in a figurative sense). Also, shoulders, arms and hands may be associated with headache.

    The treatment of the feet is very soothing and analgesic in aktuen stage. The foot treatment draws the energy down. When working on the feet of the focus can be placed on a specific unblocking and opening in the neck area, for example, or energy can be drawn from the head toward Earth.

    If causes of headache exist in tension, compression and contraction, then shiatsu can offer as an overall focus relaxation, length and maximum aperture.

    The treatment of the head in the acute stage is delicate. When Jitsu pain the touch of your head is often not or only towards the end of the Shiatsu treatment possible. Sometimes sedating work may well be down. When Kyo – pain a deep, stimulating work on the head is usually very beneficial. The epoxy products of feedback to direct pressure on head points is advisable. Of course it is in Shiatsu (eg jammed anger) perceive the emotional vibrations and to respond to needs.


    Health And Zen Shiatsu

    Proper way of life is not detached from the world – ascetic nor substantive self-serving. The Buddha’s message was that we must learn to live together in joy, peace, happiness and harmony.A prerequisite for this is that we are suffering and its conditions and the possibilities of overcoming it really put us.For this purpose, called Buddha a number of essential prerequisites such as the following:

    As a daily exercise :

    The liberation from suffering is a way that requires daily practice. Negative habit energies that have impressed for many years in our thinking, feeling and acting are to transform. Fixed pattern ( biased viewpoints, harmful acts ), it is by self-observation to detect and replace with new, salutary. This requires will, attention, commitment and perseverance.


    Happiness is not a remote destination. Happiness is the way. Mindfulness is the key to happiness. This means our habit and to do everything quickly many things at once, give up and to free ourselves from constraints. We need to slow us down and get involved individually and intensively on any action – as in Shiatsu.

    Everyday activities such as eating, making phone calls and go become a daily mindfulness practice. It is true, they consciously and joyfully to make at leisure and celebrate like a ritual. If we succeed, every moment of eternity and a step towards spiritual healing.


    We need to keep coming back into the silence, calm the mind and to give yourself the space for peaceful and joyful serenity and introspection. Only in peace, it is possible to identify underlying causes clear and not to remain on the surface of the phenomena and the emotions. The silent contemplation leads to a broader understanding of the world and of their own circumstances.

    Con quale criterio bisogna scegliere il futon per praticare Shiatsu? Il futon non deve essere mai troppo morbido, e c’è chi consiglia di lavorare addirittura sui tatami per avere un supporto molto rigido. La cosa più importante è che il futon sia abbastanza largo da porte accogliere il cliente a braccia spalancate, e che protegga nel contempo le ginocchia dell’operatore. Un futon troppo leggero spesso è troppo sottile, per questo su viverezen ci sono dei futon professionali con inserto in cocco per massaggi.


    Proper healthy food for the fall

    Salad with orange segments

    The autumn has irrevocably taken hold. Suddenly colder and grayer, it is particularly important to gain energy naturally. Therefore, the correct and appropriate to the weather nutrition is especially important in these times. So how do you come with a lot of energy by eating right through the cold season and also avoid the Anfuttern of Herbst/Winterspeck.

    The energizers and autumn bacon Repeller

    In order to simultaneously take enough food energy, vitamin and zinc-rich foods are especially recommended. In addition, this protects our immune system and therefore our defenses. In addition, we retained the enjoyment of adequate vitamin-rich foods also before applying annoying autumn and winter pounds.

    Of vitamin C rich foods: currants, kiwis, oranges, grapefruits.
    On zinc -rich foods: shrimp, peanuts, corn, parmesan, beef.
    The holding room and diet after TCM – type

    When it is cold outside, it is more important to warm his body from the inside. The white and the TCM, which prescribes a diet according to the seasons. So is increasingly hot meals are brought to them in order to create the balance, highly recommended are for example soups in the cold season. But even against the frequently occurring diseases in October, such as sore throat or dry cough, the TCM has advice. Leberbefeuchtende and acidic, liver tonic foods should be consumed. These include oranges, lemons, plums, mushrooms, kiwi or chicken liver.

    The good-mood maker

    Not to our physical, but rather our mental constitution are these foods. If, in the autumn already times the risk in bad mood, called “Autumn Blues” to decay, for example, with the consumption of exotic fruits or foods that we associate with the summer in conjunction, the good humor returned. But even those that contain the happiness hormone serotonin, and stimulate its production by the substance tryptophan, have such a feel-good effect.


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