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77 Health Benefits to Yoga

Syndicated from NursingDegree.net
Photo by Federico Stevanin

Yoga is an ancient practice that connects the mind, body, and spirit through body poses, controlled breathing, and meditation. The practice of yoga has many health benefits associated with it, so read below to discover 77 benefits of incorporating yoga in to your or your patient’s fitness program.

Health Benefits Within
**From lowering blood pressure to increasing pain tolerance, the following health benefits can all be discovered within the body.

1. Decreases Blood Pressure.
2. Slows Pulse Rate.

3. Improves Circulation.
4. Lowers Respiratory Rate
5. Improves Cardiovascular Endurance.
6. Massages internal Organs
7. Improves Gastrointestinal Functions
8. Strengthens Immunity.
9. Increases Pain Tolerance
10.Balanced Metabolism.

Health Benefits Without
**Just as many health benefits occur within the body, there are many benefits that can actually be experienced from without the body. From better sleep to more energy and strength, this list provides several benefits found on the outside of the body.

11. Slows Aging.
12. Improves Posture.
13. Improves Strength.
14. Increases Energy.
15. Maintain Healthy Weight.
16. Better Sleep.
17. Improved Balance.
18. Integrated Function of the Body.
19. Better Body Awareness
20. Increased Core Strength.
21. Better Sex

Emotional Health Benefits
**Due to the strong mind-body connection of yoga, there are many emotional benefits to be gained from a consistent yoga practice. Find out how yoga can help improve emotional health with this list.

22. Enhances Healthy Moods.
23. Stress Reduction.
24. Lessen Anxiety.
25. Wards off Depression.
26. Improves Self-Acceptance.
27. Aids in Self-Control.
28. Creates a Mind-body connection.
29. Creates a Positive Outlook on Life.
30. Reduces Hostility.
31. Enhanced Concentration.
32. Increased Memory.
33. Focuses Attention.
34. Better Social Skills.
35. Instills Calmness.

Body Chemistry
**Several aspects of body chemistry such as glucose levels and red blood cells are affected by yoga. Learn how you can improve your body chemistry through yoga.

36. Lowers Cholesterol
37. Strengthens Lymphatic System.
38. Lowers Blood Glucose Levels.
39. Reduces sodium levels
40. Improves Endocrine Functions.
41. Lowers Triglycerides.
42. Increases Levels of Red Blood Cells.
43. Increases Bodies Vitamin C.

Exercise Health Benefits
**As a form of exercise, yoga offers benefits that are sometimes not easily found among other exercise regimens. Check out these reasons to include yoga in your or your patient’s health program.

44. Lowers Risk of Injury.
45. Stimulates the Parasympathetic Nervous System.
46. Increases Muscle Tone.
47. Enhances Subcortex Brain Function.
48. Reduces Oxygen Consumption.
49. Improves Breathing.

50. Is a Balanced Workout of Opposing Muscle Groups.
51. Non-competitive.
52. Increases Joint Range of Motion.
53. Enhances Eye-hand Coordination.
54. Helps Dexterity.
55. Increases Reaction Time.
56. Improves Endurance.
57. Increases Depth Perception.

Disease Prevention
**Doctors and nurses love yoga because studies indicate that it can help prevent the following diseases.

58. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease.

59. Helps Prevent Osteoporosis.
60. Slows Alzheimer’s.
61. Can Help Prevent Type II Diabetes.

Symptom Reduction or Alleviation
**Medical professionals have learned that the following diseases or disorders can all be helped by maintaining a yoga practice.

62. Helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
63. Reduces Asthma Symptoms.
64. Relieves Arthritis Symptoms.
65. Helps Manage Multiple sclerosis.
66. Aids in Cancer Prevention.
67. Lessens Symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy.
68. Relieves Migraines.
69. Improves Scoliosis.
70. Lessens Chronic Bronchitis.
71. Helps Epilepsy.
72. Alleviates Sciatica Pain.
73. Reduces Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
74. Relieves Constipation.
75. Reduces Allergy Symptoms.
76. Reduces Side Effects of Menopause.
77. Lessens Back Pain.


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Doc on Call- iphone app

iTriage is a free app that uses a phone's GPS signal to generate a list of nearby physicians, pharmacies, urgent-care clinics and hospitals.

It also comes with a comprehensive symptom checker.

Also later this year the app is going to include a preregistration feature that will alert a hospital that you are coming.

How Cool is that!


Top 10 Annoying Things Doctors Do

Syndicated from GirlVet over at madness-tales of an ER nurse

And here it is the 15th annual top ten annoying things doctors do:

1) Write a nursing communication order: Give patient water. Give them water yourself you ^#^$^$!

2) Order a tap water enema at all, but especially on someone over 80. Could your grandma hold that you @*&#^#^?

3) Orthostatic vital signs.

4) Order some tests, then an hour later more tests, an hour later more tests...just admit the damn patient!

5) Come to the nursing area and ask: "Who has so and so?" Look on the computer - all of our names are there next to the patients we have. $@$#$5!

6) Order a banana bag on every frickin' drunk who comes in. Yeah, thats really gonna prevent problems on someone who is .4 daily.

7) Urine tox. Stupid. Waste of time.

8) When we have a critical patient, have us try an IV ten times, rather than do a central line.

9) Sign up for the patient and then don't see them for an hour.

10) Avoid confrontation by giving out unnecessary narcotic prescriptions.

Feel free to add your own.


TGIF- Sorry, I Just Had To Share

Sorry, just HAD to share this. It was posted over at People of Walmart. And like they said, we never make fun of people with medical issues, but seriously, this is inconsiderate.


Emotional Healing Arts and Meditation Workshop

photo by markuso

For those of you who don't know, Deepak Chopra is an Indian American public speaker, and writer on Ayurveda, spirituality and mind-body medicine.

Chopra began his career as an endocrinologist and later shifted his focus to alternative medicine. Chopra was a top assistant to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi before launching his own career in the late 1980s by publishing self-help books on New Age spirituality and alternative medicine.

He has a workshop coming up on April 9th in Edison, NJ.

You can visit his site at
Deepak Chopra.


Sleep Deprived? Read this before taking that extra shift.

photo by: Filomena Scalise

No one is depriving me of sleep except myself, but that doesn’t mean my body accepts it any better. Like many nurses I work five days in a row, start early, grab just a bite for lunch, and stay late to finish my charting. Add on three to four hours of commuting time each day, family demands, and a bit of time at the gym once in a while to try to stay healthy — what seems most easily cut out? Sleep.

But routinely sleeping less than eight hours a day has it consequences. For me, it’s what’s called “driving drowsy.” At a red light on my way home I decided to just close my eyes for a second, and suddenly the driver behind me was blowing his horn because the light had turned green and I was sound asleep. New Jersey has passed “Maggie’s Law,” which recognizes that lack of any sleep in 24 hours is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

Besides driving, how about all the other nursing functions that require our full attention, such as passing medication? The aviation industry has recognized that lack of sleep decreases critical thinking ability and has sleep standards for employees. In nursing, we pride ourselves on our ability to cover extra shifts when a colleague is sick or take on overtime work for extra pay. Is it a good idea?

A study done at the University of Pennsylvania reported in the National Institute of Health News showed that for 48 individuals between the ages of 21 and 38, getting only four to six hours of sleep each night for 14 consecutive nights was the equivalent of getting no sleep at all for three days in a row. We would consider that torture. A National Science Foundation study shows that 15 percent of all Americans now get less than six hours of sleep a night instead of the eight hours considered necessary.

Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein, medical director of the Harvard-affiliated Sleep HealthCenters, states that it may take months to get back into a natural sleep pattern for the chronically sleep deprived, not just a weekend of sleeping in.

What does that mean for you? Repeat the mantra, “Sleep is important to me,” and recognize that without a sufficient amount, you are doing everyone, including your patients, a disservice. Work with your facility to develop policies that reinforce the goal of employee health, forego that evening caffeinated beverage, and find the sleep pattern that works for you.

Synidicated from The Working Nurse by, Christine Contillo, RN, BSN


Compact Nursing License & Walk Throughs

The Nurse Licensure Compact allows any nurse who resides in one of the 22 participating compact states to practice nursing in any of the states forming the compact state alliance. In order to work in a compact state, a nurse must have proof of residence in a compact state in the form of a government issued ID showing an actual street address (current driver's license) as well as a current, active RN license in said state. This nurse does not need to obtain licensure in any of the other participating compact states. States participating in the NLC include:

Arizona.....................New Hampshire
Arkansas..................New Mexico
Colorado..................North Carolina
..................North Dakota
........................Rhode Island Iowa..........................South Carolina
Kentucky..................South Dakota

Walk-through states allow a nurse to be issued a temporary license within one hour to one day's time. This temporary license is used to practice nursing while awaiting permanent licensure to be processed. These temporary licenses obtained in walk-through states are usually valid for 30 days to six months depending on the state issuing the license. The following states allow licensure through "walk-through".


District of Columbia.............Nebraska

Idaho.......................................NewYork For reinstatements only

Illinois for reinstatements only.......South Carolina Wednesdays only

Indiana...................................South Dakota


For reinstatements only

For more info about compact licenses you can visit the NCLA Website


Should there be a tax on sugary drinks?

The latest PSA, that debuted on Jan 31, 2011, warns New Yorkers about the side-effects of excessive soda consumption.

The Health Department insists the graphic new ad is necessary to scare New Yorkers straight, because diabetes results in more than 22,000 hospitalizations, approximately 2,800 amputations and nearly 1,700 deaths every year. "Too many sugar-sweetened drinks are fueling the obesity epidemic," said NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, in a statement. "Obesity and the serious health consequences that result are making hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers sick or disabled. This new campaign shows how easy it is to drink a staggering amount of sugar in one day without realizing it."

Does This Graphic Anti-Sugar Ad Go Too Far????

Should there even be discussion about taxing soda and the like? If I want to drink it isn't it MY opinion?

What are your thoughts?