Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mens Health and Wellness

Mens health is a very important issue that needs more focus in the media and medical community. Although a lot of progress has occurred over the past twenty years there is still much to do. We need to distinguish real health issues from cosmetic needs and assumptions. All too often when you hear Mens or Womans health it tends to lean towards beauty topics versus wellness as we are advocating here. Internal health needs and trends are where we will attempt to focus our research and provide feedback in the future at Planet Berry.

This is the sort of mens health issues you should be thinking about. Mens health is crucial to learn about and to keep up to date on. We as a society should never fall short in communicating new research and findings throughout the medical community that help the greater good. This is our goal. Today’s topic is health and wellness for men.Health and wellness is the twin issues you can never afford to ignore. An annual plan to conduct proper physical fitness tests and measurements is a good foundation once you reach the age of thirty.

Yes we are all living to much older ages on average but are we doing so with a better quality of life and thus wellness? Modern medicine is truly a miracle but at times it too can restrict natural remedies for fear of lack of support from the government or as we all know the FDA. FDA is not evil. It exists to protect the population as best it can by forcing companies to certify their claims and thus products through detailed analysis and clinical testing. In such and environment speed to market is sacrificed for the greater good. Mens health as well as Womans health is, at times, forced to pioneer natural supplements such as the acai berry of the Amazon rainforest to see if they benefit from the state advertisements. The Acai is just one example as you have many natural supplements found in all four corners of the world which add great value to our overall health and wellness.

Mens health is not about just being athletic. Everyone wants to look good. Athletes tend to set the bar and role models are easy to find. However, realistically the commitment to an athletes physically toned body takes much more of a personal commitment than most want to believe or invest in. No short cuts unless you take an illegal route perhaps with unauthorized steroids. We never recommend this route and highly discourage its practice. A balance between the top and bottom (obesity) is a more comfortable expectation. So much can be done for mens health with simple steps like a change to your diet which you can view samples of and gain insight to at Planet Berry.

In summary, we believe a well rounded diet monitored by a nutritionist to start you off and reviewed with your medical professional is a great first step. The cost of doing this initial step is well worth the investment for the long term health and wellness you will achieve. Do your research and study current trends and topics that interrelate to this subject. Be as active as you can on a daily basis. Don’t fall prey to the 3 times per week attitude. Its every day or else! We highly recommend pedometers as they will keep track of your steps per day and in most cases trigger that competitive spirit in all of us to reach the 10,000 steps per day as recommended by leading physicians throughout the country such as Dr. Perricone. Change your mind and you will change your health and thus wellness overall. Be open to new ideas but always consult your physician first before adding new supplements or therapies to your normal routine.

Hospital and Medical Tourism in Singapore

‘Singapore’ is the next big buzzword in the ever evolving global medical tourism industry

Singapore is no longer just the leisure or business destination. With a population of 4.5 million, strong workforce of skilled doctors and some best state-of-the-art hospitals Singapore is fast positioning itself as a global medical tourism hub. Approximately 200,000 overseas patients visit Singapore every year and the hospitals are targeting to increase the numbers manifold, to serving one million foreign patients annually by 2012 and generate USD 3 billion in revenue.

Medical tourism can be broadly defined as the service of providing of cost-effective private medical care in collaboration with the tourism industry for patients requiring surgical and other forms of specialized treatment. Singapore’s healthcare services are built on a foundation of world class quality, safety and trustworthiness, coupled with advanced research and international accreditation, and is Asia’s leading medical hub.

Eleven hospitals and medical centres in Singapore have obtained Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. Quite a few of them are ISO-9001-2000 certified as well.

Patients mostly come from neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, etc. However, patient numbers from India, China, the Middle East and Africa to Singapore is witnessing fast growth. Over the past few years patients from developed countries such as United States and Europe also have been choosing Singapore as their medical travel destination for relatively affordable quality and yet hassle free healthcare services in a clean cosmopolitan city.Singapore made news for many complex and innovative procedures such as the separation of conjoined twins and tooth-in-eye surgery. The successful separation of the

10-month-old Nepalese conjoined twins in 2001 puts Singapore’s medical expertise onto the World’s headlines. Singapore has since accomplished many more milestones both in Asia and in the world arena.

In the year 2006, many Singapore Hospitals have got accredited themselves through Joint Commission International (JCI), a US-based organisation. This could be a reason why JCI has chosen to set up its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore in 2006. Singapore Hospitals may look towards other European or Asian-based systems of hospital accreditation in an attempt to enhance their brand equity.

Some top Singapore based hospitals are:

1) Alexandra Hospital

Established in the year 1938, this hospital served as one of the prime hospitals for the British Empire in the Far East and was known as the British Military Hospital. Once the World War II ended and even till the 1970s, Alexandra remained to be one of the most modern and well maintained hospitals. More information..

2) Changi General Hospital

Is one of the largest hospitals in Singapore. Its present facilities at Simei were started in the year 1998. It was formed as a result of an amalgamation of two well known hospitals, the Changi Hospital and the Toa Payoh Hospital. The hospital can therefore trace its roots back to the year 1957, when the Thomson Road Hospital began construction More information..

3) National University Hospital

Is a hospital in Singapore that is located next to the medical faculty of the National University of Singapore at Kent Ridge. Besides being a teaching hospital for the university, it also acts as a research centre. This hospital specialises in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Ophthalmology among others. More information..

4) National Cancer Centre Singapore

The National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) is a national and regional centre directed at the prevention and treatment of different cancers including those involving the breast, stomach, lung, liver, pancreas, lymphomas and head and neck cancers. More information..

5) eMenders Singapore

eMenders is a group of Singapore-based Physicians and surgeon representing more than 25 different branches of medicine and dentistry

A top medical tourism provider which facilitates patient treatment and travel is:

MedicalSingapore is one of Singapore’s top health tourism service provider. MedicalSingapore links the space between patients in UK, Europe, USA, Middle East and the health service providers in Singapore. They arrange for treatment, stay and travel in Singapore.

Health and Wellness Product, are YOU a Chocolate Mess?

Are you a chocolate mess? Health and Wellness Product has uncovered some fun and interesting information on one of the most popular confections.

Chocolate comes in many forms depending on what the manufacturer does with the cocoa beans and the chocolate liquor. Dark and bittersweet chocolate, to the yummy, but not as good for you milk chocolate, to white chocolate which seems to have none of the chocolate benefits, except maybe raising your caloric intake.

Studies are being done as we speak to investigate the health benefits of dark chocolate. The German research is revealing that a small amount of this tasty treat can lower your blood pressure significantly if eaten correctly and not with overindulgence. In other words, it is not a license to go crazy eating chocolate in an attempt to stabilize your BP, but to substitute another yummy treat that normally fits into your diet with a bit of dark chocolate. In addition, the Japanese have done some research on blood sugar levels and insulin with mice. I know, we aren’t mice, but these are some of the first studies regarding dark chocolate and blood glucose levels. I am looking forward to their further studies! Over twenty million people in the United States have diabetes and that is a whopping seven percent of the population. Billions of dollars are spent on medical care and prescription drugs, would it not be funny to find out that a tasty bit of healthy chocolate could help save the day?

Some of the fun myths and facts of chocolate are:

Chocolate is known for giving a person quick energy. A single chocolate chip provides sufficient food energy for an adult to walk 150 feet. It has been said that Napoleon carried chocolate with him on his military campaigns for a quick pick me up.

Chocolate is an aphrodisiac for women. The jury is still out on this one. It has not been medically proven that this is the case, but chocolate sure does make me feel good all over just like my other friends who are chocoholics. Chocolate contains hundreds of chemicals including the feel good stimulants like Caffeine, Theobromine, and Phenyethylamine. I know that if I feel good then who knows what could happen in the romance department!

Remember the famous shower scene in the Alfred Hitchcock movie Psycho? The scene with all the blood was actually chocolate syrup, YUM! No wonder it took seven days to shoot the forty five second scene!

Cacao beans were so valuable in ancient Mexico that the Maya and then the subsequent Aztec and Toltec civilizations used them as a means of currency. WOW! Just think, you could pay for your next phone bill with Hershey kisses!

Chocolate is addictive. Hog Wash! Even though it may feel like my head is going to spin around like Linda Blair in the Exorcist, chocolate is not addictive in the way that cocaine or heroin is. Chocolate is simply not a habit forming drug, no matter how overpowering the desire is!

Health and Wellness Product wants bring forth all the important information on products that have come out on the market touting health benefits, and healthy chocolate is one of these. Information is the key. Be informed, we will continue our research.