Achieving Genuine Health In Two Steps

The story of Adam and Eve sent down to earth from heaven quickly raises concern about their health and survival. How would two people — who had been living in luxury throughout their lives — fare in the wilderness — without any food or supply — not even proper clothing? The possibility of their survival is almost zero.

That was the situation when Adam and Eve were sent down to earth. The earth was reigned supreme by wild beasts and poisonous snakes — and dominated by extreme weather and diseases. This was an extreme contrast to the situation in heaven.

What Adam and Eve needed at that time was a lot of support — in terms of logistics and technical know-how. And those were exactly what they got.

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In the scriptures of one of the major religions of the world there is a verse that describes the preparation for Adam’s journey to earth: “And God taught Adam the names of ALL objects and their uses.”

The verse may be short but it contains an important point. It says that for whatever mission and purpose man was sent to earth, he was provided with good logistics and a complete and comprehensive manual of life.

Basing their arguments on the verse, scholars say that man was already given the knowledge of all the sciences pertaining to the earth and the universe long before he was sent down to earth. He already knew how to build a fire, grow crops, tame animals, make clothes and erect buildings long before he came down to earth. More importantly, this knowledge included a very important aspect of life — natural health care and natural medicine.

They argue that Adam already had the knowledge about herbs, roots and plants before he was sent down to earth — and all the plants on earth were created as part of his logistics.

Adam and Eve might not need all this knowledge. Even we, in the midst of constant emergence of weird and unexplainable new diseases, do not need to know about all the herbs that exist — much less Adam and Eve.

Being the first human beings Adam and Eve had the purest and uncontaminated genes. They were the most beautiful human beings. They had the best and most beautiful features. They had the strongest physical and mental. They had the strongest defense against all diseases. Nonetheless the knowledge on the cure of every disease was imparted to them. This is as if it was not meant for them but for their generations — for us.

Genuine Health — First Step

The first step towards achieving genuine health is to take advantage of the logistics. Eat these divine foods — that are created by the Creator Himself — and stay away as much as possible from foods modified by human beings.

Natural foods are the best for the human body. They are not second best. Moreover, they are a gift from Him and thus deserved to be treated like one. So use them appropriately and with gratitude.

Genuine Health — Second Step

There is one query though. Why do people still suffer from ailments even though they have been eating good natural foods? If you have been eating correctly but the ailments still do not go away then there is something you need to do. Check the level of toxin that you are exposed to. Toxin acts against good health.

These dangerous substances could be in the food that you eat — in the form of coloring, flavoring, preservative or taste enhancer. They could be in the medicine that you take. Another familiar source of toxic matter would be fragrances — found in many soaps, shampoos, detergents and deodorants.

When these substances get into the human body then the normal body reaction would be to quickly dispose of these substances. Heartbeat and blood pressure as well as other bodily functions would increase.

The body is a superb machine. If left to itself, it can rebuild itself from the inside. But to be able to do so effectively the body has to be clear from poisonous materials.

Conclusion

There is no secret to getting a healthy body. Your body already knows how to stay healthy. Just supply it with high quality raw material it wants. Give your body good food and keep it away from toxic substances.

Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act 101

Healthcare is, perhaps, the most highly regulated industry in the United States. Healthcare compliance is a multi-faceted beast. When considering the issue, it includes complex statues, judicial decision, lots and lots of federal rules, United States Department of Health and Human Services guidance documents, individual state’s Departments of Health regulations, and different standards of accreditation.

Yet the specter which looms the largest in the minds of hospital executives and General Counsel is the set of Privacy and Security Regulations known as HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). Billions of healthcare compliance dollars have been spent on HIPAA consulting entities and more, perhaps, on HIPAA lawyers. HIPAA is incredibly cumbersome, outlined in the better part of 800 pages. Penalties for not being in HIPAA compliance can be up to $1.5 million. So, ensuring compliance is amazingly important. As the first rays of daylight often chase away the monsters children are sure they have seen lurking under their beds all night, comprehension of these basic HIPAA tenets can dry the organization’s night sweats by providing clear focus for this healthcare compliance initiative.

The HIPAA regulations are divided into two Rules: HIPAA Privacy and Security. HIPAA Security’s goal is to ensure that HIPAA privacy is in compliance by mandating standards that protect electronic health information of all types. HIPAA Privacy Rules were put together in an effort to keep disclosure or unauthorized utilization of Protected Health Information (PHI). PHI covers both paper and digital medical information. The Privacy Rule states that PHI is any information regarding an individual’s treatment or treatment requests. Privacy covers the dissemination of such information in a way that allows for an individual person to be identified by one or more of 18 ways (photographic likeness, medical record number, etc).

Privacy is a regulation of exclusion; it ensures a patience right to privacy by not allowing PHI from being disseminated for things other than for the purposes of treatment, payment or operations of a healthcare provider or plan, unless it is explicitly authorized by a patient. Exceptions include emergencies, as defined, uses or disclosures required by law, and provision of PHI to third-party contractors whose work requires access to PHI. These contractors are known as Business Associates, and the Privacy Rule requires that they sign contracts known as Business Associate Agreements, in which they agree to follow the precepts of HIPAA in keeping the information confidential. After February 1, 2010 however, these Associates are required to abide by HIPAA, which means that even they must comply with the law’s requirements as though they were healthcare providers or plans.

Healthcare consulting groups and HIPAA lawyers are able to prepare Gap Analysis Reports that help to bring organizations into HIPAA compliance. At their root, the heart of compliance is not complex: only use and disclose patient information for its proscribed purposes. A culture of privacy is already a pervading theme within the cultures of a majority of hospitals. As such, bringing organizations into compliance with these regulations can usually be done without greatly affecting the culture.

Taming the Paperwork Beast – Steps to Help You Control and Organize the Paper in Your House

Does all of your paperwork end up in a huge pile that’s taking over your space? Do you have trouble finding every bill before it’s due? Are you unsure where to find all the receipts and forms you need for paying taxes? If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are being overtaken by the Paperwork Beast! Fortunately, there are several easy steps to tame it.

Many people who are otherwise organized and neat have trouble with paperwork overtaking their home or office. It is a very common thing, and it happens almost without you knowing it. Let’s say you come home after a long day at work, grab the mail from the mailbox, and when you come in the door, you’re immediately greeted with “MOM! What’s for dinner?” or “Honey, we have to leave in 30 minutes for the concert – help me find something to wear”. You certainly don’t have time to sit and logically go through the stack of mail you just brought in, so you dump it onto the pile you already have (on the hall table, the kitchen counter, the office desk, etc.), with a promise to get to it tomorrow. Yet – tomorrow brings a repeat performance, with slightly different details, and you simply don’t have time to deal with it then.

When you finally DO get a free Saturday afternoon, you sit down with the pile, and discover 2 overdue credit card bills, an invitation to a party – for last week, a letter from your tax preparer telling you he needs the property tax receipts, and a ton of restaurant fliers, free carpet cleaning ads, and other pieces of junk. Rather than delve in and begin to tackle this stuff, it’s easier to put it back where you found it. You think to yourself “as soon as I have a nice, neat desk and a filing system, I can begin to keep up with stuff”.

Well – what’s stopping you? There is a simple 4-step process to dealing efficiently with paperwork – PLAN, SORT, FILE, and MAINTAIN.

PLAN – Get up, go directly to the closest supercenter or office store, and get yourself just a few simple items that will help you put an end to the excuses and frustration of the Paperwork Beast. Here’s all you need to get started:

  • 3 stackable letter-trays OR 3 baskets/bins
  • 10 hanging file folders w/tabs
  • 20 file folders w/labels
  • 1 expandable file folder with 30 slots (may be prelabeled with numbers 1-30)

That’s it! You can certainly go as fancy or decorative as you wish to suit your decor. Sometimes actually having something that is pleasing to YOUR eye will inspire you to utilize it more frequently, so go ahead and splurge on a wicker fabric-lined basket if you wish.

SORT Sit in a comfortable spot with plenty of space around you for this step. You will need 3 boxes, bins, or bags that you will use for the sorting. One will be for TRASH/RECYCLING, one for FILE/USE, and one for SHRED. The items to trash/recycle will be the easiest, and you will recognize them immediately. Any fliers or junk mail, or expired items (like that old invitation or the envelope from a card) can be put in this bin. Do NOT put any documents with sensitive information in this bin. That will go in the SHRED bin. Anything with your address or account information on it, that is not something you need to file or use, should be shredded. Finally, you are left with a pile of things to FILE/USE.

Get the other 2 bins out of your way, and sort the remaining items into piles like BILLS DUE, BILLS PAID, RECEIPTS, etc. You may have letters from your Insurance company or bank statements that will just need filing. Set those aside as well.

FILE Set aside things that need to be handled immediately, such as bills to be paid or letters to be answered. You should be left with things that just need a good home. If you don’t already have a home filing system, you should begin now. It’s crucial to be able to lay your hands on important documents in a moment’s notice. If you don’t have a filing cabinet or desk drawer, you can purchase an inexpensive filing box or large expandable folder.

You purchased 10 hanging file folders, and now you are going to create some main categories. You can add others to these as fit your needs, but all families should have at least 1 file for each of these: Medical, Insurance, Taxes, Legal Documents, Warranties, Financial, and Bills Paid. Go ahead and make those hanging files now, and lay them out on the floor or table where you’re working. Sort the pile of papers you have left by placing them with the appropriate folder that they belong to.

Now take the regular file folders that you purchased (these come in colors, which can be helpful, too) and create sub-categories of the large ones above. For instance under Insurance, you should have folders for Home, Auto, Health, and Life. Under Legal Documents, you may want one for Wills, Licenses, Medical Directives, etc. As you did with the hanging files above, create whatever fits your need. You’ve already pre-sorted your paperwork into the main categories; now file them into the appropriate subcategory and put in each file folder.

Hopefully you have a place for everything. Of course everyone’s circumstances will be unique, and you may find that something just doesn’t fit anywhere. Create a MISCELLANEOUS file for this, and label the outside of the folder with the contents and the date you added the item. That way, when you go to look for something, you will be more likely to find it.

MAINTAIN This last step is almost as crucial as the ones above. In fact, once you’ve done the sorting and filing, it will be the most important one to keep the Paperwork Beast out of your hair for good! You’ve established a filing system for your paperwork, but if you don’t have a way to keep up with it from the start, what good will that do?

Decide on a central, logical place to keep your daily incoming mail. Many people dedicate a small table somewhere in the living room or kitchen for this purpose, or perhaps a corner of their desk. You just need to make sure it’s someplace that you see immediately, and consistently! Here you will place the 3-tray stackable letter trays or 3 bins that you bought earlier. Find a way to label these items into these categories: TO BE FILED, TO BE PAID, and TO BE DONE. You don’t need a basket for trash/recycle, because those items should immediately go away! If something needs to be shredded, put it in the FILE bin, and shred it while you’re handling those items.

You purchased an expandable file folder with 30 slots. Many of these come already labeled with the numbers 1-30. If yours doesn’t, just label it yourself. Here is where you will file your bills to be paid. This is a crucial file, and one you must deal with on a regular basis – weekly, if not daily. File each of the bills in this folder, but do NOT file them by the DUE DATE. They will be late when you finally get to them! For bills that you pay by mail, file them at least 10 days before the due date. For bills you pay electronically, file them at least 5 days before the due date. Once you’ve paid the bill, file the statement in the appropriate folder you made for it. You will make it a regular task (weekly or daily) to go through this file and pay the bills before they are due.

All that’s left are things “to be done”. This could be something like a magazine that needs to be read, an invitation you need to reply to, or a reminder letter about a doctor’s appointment. While not as critical as the bills, you should have a plan to do these things within 5 days.

Keeping ahead of these tasks may sound daunting when you are reading it on paper, but once you’ve cleared out the clutter you started with, it can actually be an exciting challenge to maintain the organization you’ve created. If it no longer overwhelms you, you will be more likely to stay motivated and on top of things. You should actually make an appointment with yourself for dealing with paperwork. Set aside a certain day or night of the week, and block off 15-30 minutes that is dedicated to keeping it under control. You will find that the more you do it, the quicker it will go.

Having peace of mind about these important tasks is worth the small cost you will incur in supplies. You may in fact already have items in your home that you can use – it doesn’t need to be anything fancy, but it does need to inspire and motivate you. Don’t let the Paperwork Beast overwhelm you – you have the tools to tame it once and for all!

Coping With Illness – Are You Starring in Beauty and the Beast?

Are you your illness? How do you differentiate between who you are as a person and the diagnosis? It’s not uncommon for those facing a chronic or life-threatening illness to super-impose one identity on another. Too many people walk around feeling they are their illness creating their own version of “Beauty and the Beast”.

When revising your “beauty and the beast” script it’s important that you divorce the illness from who you are, and shift it to something you have. You’re a multi-dimensional being. Acknowledging that you are greater than the sum of your parts will empower your to act more definitively on the behalf of health.

So how do you tame the beast? Recognize that the diagnosis means that something in the body is out-of-control. Think about what soothes you. Proper nutrition and rest will calm the body by reducing irritants to your system. This isn’t like lion taming where you walk into a cage with a chair and whip expecting the body to respond because you give it a command. Taming the beast requires laying a foundation of trust. Trust that you won’t purposely harm your physical, emotional or spiritual being. Your mind, body and spirit must believe your intention. If you are trying to seduce the body to respond but you’re not being truthful, the body will turn on you.

They say that music calms the savage beast. Studies have shown that music can impact the physical body. You can read the work done by Don Campbell in The Mozart Effect for a greater exploration of the studies. The art and healing movement has shown that the creative process allows you to reveal your true self and that’s your “Beauty”. There is nothing more beautiful than authentic self-expression.

Being diagnosed with an illness often brings out one’s insecurities and vulnerabilities. You may have prided yourself on your strength and now you think that’s in question. Taming the “beast” within shows your strength, your integrity and your inner and outer beauty.