We have seen, in the recent days, a huge increase in the number of people doing Internet-based research on the workings of infrared-light therapy. This is to be expected, in an increasingly health-conscious world; where people are looking for ways through which they can go the ‘extra mile’ in ensuring their own well being. Of course, that desire to go the ‘extra mile’ in ensuring one’s well being is age-old. But it is only recently, with the huge mass of information the Internet has brought into people’s fingertips, that they can actually take proactive steps in that direction of ‘going extra miles’ towards ensuring their utmost wellbeing.

It is from such a background, then, that we see many people conducting Internet searches on the subject of infrared light therapy. Their basic desire, in doing so, is to understand where such therapy can be of help to them as individuals (if anywhere), what the suitability of such therapy to them is, and what the potential side effects of such therapy (if any) are. For the purposes of this discussion, we will not go into too many of these issues – but we will restrict ourselves to the question as to what infrared light therapy is, and how it can be of help to the people who undertake it.

Now as the name strongly suggests, infrared-light therapy is simply a type of therapy that is carried out using infrared-light. This infrared light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, to which, among other things, the light that we see with, the radio waves through which we communicate and the heat that we cook with belong. As such, infrared light is some sort of electromagnetic energy. In the electromagnetic spectrum, it belongs somewhere towards the center, in between the light that we see with (visible light, which has a shorter wavelength) and radio waves (whose wavelength is longer than that of the infrared light, which is the subject of our discussion here).

Infrared-light therapy is an example of the so-called photo therapies, where it is light alone which brings about the therapeutic effect. It is a drug-free sort of therapy. Exact implementations vary, but what happens in all cases is that the direct application of light to the body brings about the betterment of the user’s health.

There are many areas where infrared-light therapy has been seen to be helpful. One of those, which probably accounts for a very huge percentage of infrared light therapy applications, is the treatment of acne. That is an area in which infrared-light has shown good treatment efficacy, leading to a situation where many people who suffer from acne and who can afford this sort of therapy opt for it.

People suffering from diabetic wounds (which have a tendency to fester when treated using conventional approaches) have also tended to benefit a great deal from infrared light therapy.

People with bad cases of chronic pain have also found relief in infrared therapy, as have people with high blood pressure and who are always at risk of falling victim to other scary conditions like heart attacks and strokes if measures to mitigate their condition are not taken.

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The Fat Flush Plan, was a New York Times bestseller. Written by Ann Louise Gittleman, this was the diet plan that revolutionized weight loss across America. When first introduced to America it was a unique and groundbreaking diet that targeted liver cleansing. It is now well documented that to obtain and keep an optimal weight, that the function of the liver is critical. So what are some benefits of the Fat Flush Diet and what does it involve?

The main aim of this diet is to get the liver functioning properly. Without this it is almost impossible to lost weight in a healthy way. The liver is an essential part of successful weight loss, so this diet helps the liver by supplying your body with high-quality essential fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. This has the effect of accelerating weight loss while at the same time improving your health.

The Fat Flush Plan has the following great benefits:

• It helps you to follow a healthier diet

• It helps you get to and maintain an optimal weight

• It trims fat from hips, waist and thighs

• It helps remove cellulite

• It gives you an energy boost

With many diets it’s possible to lose weight, but as many have found out, the weight soon gets added back on. The Fat Flush diet differs because it aims to get your body working normally again, which means that fat you lose will stay off.

As well as accelerating your weight loss, this diet will also control your hormones. This is great for both your physical and mental health. A sluggish liver has many causes, and putting this right will have you feeling radiant, energetic and slim. So it can be seen as a way to get healthy and at the same time lose weight.

Other benefits:

• Promotes restful sleep

• Stabilizes moods

So what does this diet involve? It’s quite simple to follow and has three distinct phases.

Phase 1 – 2-Week Fat Flush

The first phase lasts two weeks and this is where you will see some big weight loss. This part aims to kick start your liver, and set you on the path to better health, and a more optimal weight. You will be impressed by the results and this will encourage you to continue to the second phase. Some people have lost up to 12″ off their waist during the first phase.

Phase 2 – Ongoing Fat Flush

This phase adds in some foods that you couldn’t eat during the first week, and is therefore less strict. The idea is to continue the good work but at a slower rate. You will still lose weight and build health, but this will seem a lot easier.

Phase 3 – Lifestyle Eating Plan

This part is essential if you want to maintain what you have already achieved. It shows what you need to do for the rest of your life. It’s easy to follow, and after the great results so far, you will probably want to do this

So that’s it in a nutshell. The Fat Flush Diet certainly works for lots of people. And many are impressed by the added benefit of great health. It’s not just about weight loss.

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A skilled nursing home is a medical facility providing services similar to a hospital. The homes are staffed with licensed nurses, shared rooms, hospital beds, regular scheduled doctor rounds, meals and housekeeping. Skilled nursing homes often provide a more pleasant setting with optimal nurse to patient ratios and relaxed atmospheres.

Skilled nursing homes provide both long-term and short-term care solutions for seniors. Unlike Assisted Living or Board and Care homes, skilled nursing homes provide solutions for patients with complex medical issues that require 24-hour supervision. These issues can include mental issues such as dementia and physical issues such as major infections, wound care, IV therapy, tube feeding and physical/occupational therapy. Skilled nursing facilities are also a common solution for seniors that are unable to care for themselves on daily basis such as those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

A skilled nursing home typically provides a team approach when providing medical care to patients. A licensed individual, usually called the “administrator”, oversees the departments comprising the skilled nursing home. A licensed Director of Nursing [“D.O.N.”] is then responsible for the administration of each department providing care to residents. Each D.O.N. is directly involved in the medical care of each patient. Their duties include overseeing nurses, interacting with physicians and resolving any patient-related issues. In essence, the D.O.N. is the person overseeing the day-to-day medical care of the patient.

In addition to the Director of Nursing, a skilled nursing home will customarily have other professionals on staff to assist patients. A med nurse is always assigned for the sole purpose of administering medications prescribed for the patients. Physical and occupational therapists also work within the structure of care, coordinating specifically ordered therapies and reporting progress to doctors. An activities director is in charge of all social interaction and planned activities. Finally, a social worker is typically on staff to assist patients with emotional issues and arrangements for their care after discharge.

With the emerging global community and an internet presence even in remote jungles and mountain villages, we all live in an age of exponential changes. It is no surprise that there has been a corresponding pressure on the psyches and equilibriums of just about every living human being.

In response to that pressure, the field of psychotherapy has grown itself up, from the seemingly narrow minded Victorian context of Freudian analysis to more recent scientific advances in mapping brain function. Techniques have ranged from passive and remote interpretation to more active interventions such as EMDR and DBT.

Baby boomers have played a large role in turning psychotherapy into a household word; a term reserved not just for the mentally ill, but also for the “worried well”. And managed care has capitalized further by applying the medical, disease-based model onto the practice, requiring any and all users of health insurance to declare a diagnosis worthy of treatment. That is to say, it is a model of treatment provided by licensed and credentialed practitioners who must authorize and frequently request sessions through a complicated and laborious set of rules in order to be reimbursed–and only then, at a discounted rate.

Because of this co-opting by the managed care industry, psychotherapy has become a practice relegated to those clinicians who oftentimes do not charge “full fare” and only see clients within the insurance industry.

This climate of medically based, devalued care has therefore spawned a whole new breed of helping professionals– executive coaches, life coaches, or personal coaches.

So what are they really? And how are they different from psychotherapists? What do they offer and who can they help?

Perhaps the easiest way to explain this is by way of example. Let’s consider a typical presenting problem, but taken from the two different perspectives.

Amy is a 50 year old mother of 3, one of whom is in college and the other two in high school. Married 25 years and a part time executive assistant at a local widgets factory, she has begun to feel bored, antsy, sometimes irritable and a bit lost.

It’s not that she is unhappily married really, or that she doesn’t like her job really, or that she is fed up with the adolescent attitudes of her 3 kids. She doesn’t feel depressed, in the sense that her appetite is off, or her concentration impaired. It’s true that she has put on a few pounds lately, and she tends to forget things more often, and her moods are not exactly happy.

She just doesn’t feel good; she literally doesn’t know what to do with herself anymore, and so she asks friends and her minister for referrals.

If Amy made an appointment with a psychotherapist, she would have presented her insurance card, called for an authorization herself, and paid a copay of $10 to $25. Upon intake, she would have been directed through a series of questions aimed at uncovering the source of her unhappiness, delving into early childhood memories of outstanding events, achievements, losses, and traumas. She would also recount the details and qualities of her relationships with her parents and her siblings, significant caretakers and significant others.

Over the ensuing weeks, she would have begun dwelling on the pain of her past and the possible ways that such pain, if repressed all these years, might be affecting her now. Through awareness and abreaction, a breakthrough of raw and intense emotion, she would begin to integrate previously split off aspects of herself and her memories.

Amy also discovered that her therapist had applied a diagnosis of adjustment reaction with mixed emotional features, which, after six months became dysthymic disorder, a milder form of clinical depression.

In many ways there is overlap in the different approaches to this client, especially when a therapist, like myself makes the transition to life coaching.

As a coach, I also would want to know the details of her upbringing, but with more of a focus on what has “worked” rather than on what hasn’t. Rather than charting her life in terms of a genogram (a graphic tool used by therapists to illustrate the relationships and dynamics among nuclear and extended family members), I would help Amy create a life balance wheel or mandala (a graphic tool used by coaches to illustrate core values and beliefs, and the ways they are manifested in various relationships to one’s environment). We would focus on her future goals as related to being an empty nester, and in terms of her career, her spirituality, her marriage and her friends. As a therapist these things would also be discussed, but with more of an eye to the past, and the ways that previously unresolved psychological conflicts might be blocking her from feeling happy.

Instead of meeting weekly for 50 minutes with the onus of responsibility on the client to produce “material” for the therapist to listen to, and respond when indicated, the coach would give assignments based on a careful listening to the client’s stated goals. The work with a coach could be done in person or over the phone, with between-session email and brief phone contact. With a coach the power is more equalized and the relationship a partnership. In therapy, it still carries the mantle of one up, one down, expert and client, doctor and patient.

Overcoming blocks would be a major focus of both approaches. With psychotherapy it is more emotion based, however; “working through” or peeling away layers of the onion, so to speak. In coaching it could be accomplished by finding a way to make the block useful, or at least recognized as a weak link (like in a team) that needs to be tamed and supported in order to act effectively.

Obviously many therapists already employ many of these coaching techniques in their practices. Indeed, Internal Family Systems Therapy, is one school which actively engages the client to embrace and integrate various aspects of self, as opposed to letting go, or working through and leaving them behind.

No matter what, being coached by a professional already trained in psychotherapeutic techniques, can add a richness and depth to the work, and an outcome that allows for true happiness and success outside of the managed care industry, and relevant to the emerging global community.

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