Analyzing The Effectiveness Of Current Healthcare Policies

The domain of child nutrition remains a sufficiently ignored area in the current times. Despite the stringent focus on regulatory policies and newer programmes introduced by the government, too many children suffer due to improper nutrition. A sad reality of our times is that the government now promises greater access to free doctor visits than nutritional education and educating the parents regarding this important subject. Survey suggests that way too many children suffer from basic nutrient deficiency including iron and folic acid. At the school level, we are seeing a number of students fall victim to viral illnesses and flu, diseases that are often the byproduct of nutritional deficiencies.

Ofcourse the most logical and also the most commonly observed factor responsible for this declining health of our young is their growing fondness of fast food and sugary substances. We belong to a generation where a majority of children have not seen their parents and particularly mothers prepare food at home. This is coupled with major lifestyle changes such as increased inclination towards frozen and junk food items and the absence of habitual grocery shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables. The combination of all this has resulted in poor nutritional habits particularly among pre-adolescents and pres-school children.

As a remedy the government has now promised that children who are under the age of six will be given free healthcare visits to the doctors’ office. This initiative however fails to address the core issue at hand. A number of health experts advocate that children who are fed a healthy diet based on fresh fruits and vegetables tend to be at a greater risk for various diseases. This trend is highly disturbing and in the absence of adequate educational programmes designed exclusively for the parents, there is little hope.

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Ensuring Student Motivation in Classrooms

Student motivation is a growing challenge for educators and for institutes across the globe given the rapid increase in distractions and changing behavior patterns of young-adults. Despite the application of various educational theories to a particular classroom setting, it is worth mentioning here that student motivation is a skill that requires adequate planning, thought and effort. Teachers have learnt to improve the interest of their students through the application of various techniques and strategies but too often the challenge seems too big to be ignored at a classroom or institutional level.

While teaching a particular subject, one of the most common errors that are observed in classrooms is the one-way communication process that seems to flow from the teacher towards the student. High school education must not comprise solely on essays and assignments.  A classroom that integrates teaching, research and cross-communication is able to foster a better environment of learning and confidence building, thus motivating the students to participate. It also sets a certain demand for excellence in their assignments and submissions thus raising the education bar. Instruction methods in educational institutions need to reflect practicability. As a teacher, it is important to realize that teaching is profession that is not merely concerned with giving information but also to ensure learning as well. This can be made possible by allowing students a chance to gain a set of experiences that can help them generalize the information they have learnt from their textbooks.

Too many psychologists have argued that it is nearly impossible for one person to motivate another. In teaching however, many teachers have successfully made positive impacts on their students by helping them experience new things and by incorporating new strategies into their careers. A teacher who knows his/her students will be able to arouse interest in them while also explaining his expectations in terms of the subject. Making use of illustrations and personal examples is also an excellent idea in order to capture the attention of the class. Mixing up techniques will surely lead to a more exciting experience for the pupils.

Anger Management Tips: Maintaining Composure At All Times

Anger is a natural feeling. There is nothing wrong with feeling angry, what is wrong is the way in which one expresses or releases their anger. For example, by no means is it reasonable or acceptable that a person who is angry goes ahead and throws cutlery on the floor, or screams at others in a derogatory tone.

If something has upset an individual, it is best to wait for the anger to subside and then express one’s concern in a calm, composed and calculated way. What is important is that a person takes care of themselves too. “Suppressing” anger is not the solution. Anger should be released in an acceptable way.

Here are a few tips which will help an individual manage their anger better:

  1. Instead of breaking something or screaming try to indulge yourself in a less harmful way of releasing your anger, for example ripping a piece of paper to bits or punching a punching bag.
  2. Find constructive ways to utilize the energy that you have as a result of being angry; for example, instead of throwing a tantrum, maybe spend time in the kitchen furiously beating eggs in order to make pancakes.
  3. Consciously avoid the source of your anger until it has subsided. Instead of confronting the person you are angry at while you are feeling enraged, wait till your anger has subsided and then talk to him/her calmly.
  4. Before sitting down to talk to the person that upset you, always try to figure out exactly why you are upset. It is important to communicate effectively. That in itself will release a lot of the anger that you felt before talking it out.

Aromatherapy: Description, Procedures And Health Benefits

Aromatherapy is a therapeutic massage procedure in which a masseuse or masseur applies pressure to all the pressure points of the body, while the client lies back in a room with dim lighting and soft music along with soothing scents. The entire procedure is meant to calm the mind and body.

A trained aroma-therapist manipulates the soft tissue to have a therapeutic effect; the act of doing so is called massaging and since there is a use of essential oils this procedure is known as “aromatherapy.”  The essential oil(s) chosen for the massage are very important as the therapeutic effect is a result of the therapeutic properties of the oil and not the fragrance as such.

Aromatherapy makes use of reflexology as well. Reflexology is an alternative medicine according to which pressure is applied to the pressure points on the ears, hands and feet. Reflexologists believe that specific points on the hands, ears and feet have nerve endings of various organs of the body and that massaging these points has a positive effect on the overall health of the client.

Aromatherapy has a holistic approach as it incorporates various methods of massage such as Swedish, Neuromuscular Massage, Lymphatic Massage, Acupressure Massage, Shiatsu, and Rolfing.

Aromatherapy is beneficial for the treatment of many ailments. For example, it is used for the treatment of pain, nausea, muscle spasms, soft-tissue problems, anxiety, depression, insomnia, emotional stress, helping premature infants gain weight, helping elderly patients relax, helping to improve the immune system, asthma, eating disorders, hypertension and recovering from surgery.

Although aromatherapy helps in the treatment of many ailments, it is not a substitute to medications or other treatments. Additionally, if one is seeking treatment for a certain ailment, it is best to first consult one’s specialist/doctor before going for aromatherapy.

Systematic Desensitization: An Effective treatment for Phobias

Phobias are irrational fears of specific situations, objects or creatures. A phobic person has usually had certain childhood experiences that caused him/her to fear the object in question. Each phobia has a complicated medical name but to keep things simple, a few examples of common phobias are: the fear of cats, spiders, cockroaches and even a fear of men (some of them can be pretty intimidating!).

However, people who are phobic will find reassurance in the fact that almost every phobia can be cured. However, before discussing how to cure a person of their irrational fears, it is important to state that the person who is phobic must actually WANT to cure his/her phobia. The treatment of such states of mind requires active involvement of the person, and unless he/she is committed to the cause of fighting off their feelings of terror, there is no way those feelings could be banished.

Having said that; the most popular treatment, which is effective in the case of most phobias is called systematic desensitization, which simply means that the individual is gradually desensitized in a systematic way. Desensitization involves slowly making the person develop an acceptability of the existence and/or presence of object that they fear.

To explain the process let’s take the example of a person who has a very extreme phobia of cats. This phobia is also known as “Ailurophobia”. In order to help a person overcome their irrational fear of this animal, which is generally perceived as cute and harmless, one must begin by simply talking to the individual; not just about their fear and what seems to have caused it, but also about cats. Just bring up the subject randomly, and be descriptive.

At first just talk about cats: what they look like (of course everyone already knows but this helps reduce the fear at a subconscious level) and how they feel or about their purring sounds; then after a few such discussions (that took place on separate occasions), speak about holding and petting cats or letting them sit on ‘your own’ lap. Initially do not speak of the cat being in the lap of the phobic person, as that too may be stressful and intimidating. Each of these stages should take place after considerable time has elapsed (let’s say a week or so).

Eventually, introduce a “stuffed cat” into the scenario. Do not push the person to hold or touch it. Just let it sit there as you speak of anything and everything under the sun. Next step: a real cat is brought in, but held by you at a distance. The phobic individual will see how you have not been harmed in anyway because of the cat.

Slowly and gradually, after a number of such sittings in which the individual is not required to hold or touch the cat, you will find that they themselves may start taking an interest in the cat. Eventually, there will come a time when they’d like to pet the cat, perhaps surreptitiously and/or cautiously at first. With time their courage will increase and they would be willing to hold the cat and pet it at length. Mission accomplished!

At all times during the process of systematic desensitization, be aware that a situation may arise in which the phobic individual insists upon abandoning the attempt to eradicate their fear(s); temporarily or permanently. In either case, it’s their call, so do not try to be pushy. If they seem too disturbed, do not even insist once. After all, living with a phobia could perhaps be better than experiencing further psychological problems.

Fantasizing About Time Travel: Influencing the Past and Future

Fantasizing about time travel is a popular hobby of youngsters and adults alike. There are a multitude of fictional stories and novels which incorporate time travel as the central theme or as an idea that runs alongside the main concept.

When circumstances do not seem to favor us, we wish to go back to the past and relive the entire scenario in a way that will alter the outcome of the events. Historical analysts have been heard commenting on how they would like to travel to the era of World War I and murder Hitler before he could perpetrate the holocaust. Then there are people who do not want to revisit the past with the intention of influencing or changing the course of events but only to re-experience memorable events or indulge in meeting people who have passed away.

The past is not the only time zone which seems alluring to those who dream of being able to travel in time. Of course there are many reasons why we wish to jump into the future. The most common reason is to take a sneak peek into how the world would be a number of years from today.

Curiosity is an innate characteristic of most people and sometimes we just want to know what the future holds for us. A mother may wish to see what her child will grow up to be. A man may wish to see if he will be able to actualize his personal and professional aspirations. Many young girls wish to see what their life partner would be like, only because they do not have the patience to wait.

Sometimes one wishes to leap into the future, make a few changes that will make present circumstances more relevant and then return to living in current times, with the surety that their actions today have a relevance to the world of tomorrow. For example, an author may want to step into the future and ensure that future generations still enjoy reading. This will ensure that the books the author writes today will continue to be valued in future.

Irrespective of whether one has righteous or evil reasons to time travel; even in fictitious references, time travel has been portrayed as tricky business which requires an individual to be cautious about his actions in other time zones. Being too meddlesome can cause damages beyond our imaginations.  However, in reality, time travel is not exactly a possibility, at least not yet!

Killing an Albino makes you rich!

No matter how brutal it might sound, Tanzania is a land which holds enormous and atrocious massacre of albinos every year. Thousands of local ‘witch doctors’ ferociously kidnap and murder albinos, to use their body parts in efforts to bring wealth to others. It is indeed mind boggling to see how these witch doctors have successfully convinced Tanzanians to believe that the body parts of albinos bring wealth and good luck. However superstitious belief of the people of Tanzania makes these witch doctors rich.

Although the Tanzanian government has already banned witch doctors and over 200 doctors have already been arrested but it seems that the deluded concept of faith has made people of Tanzania quite merciless. What remains most ironic is that people in their pursuit of wealth, have turned callous and cold blooded.

Albinos are now seen only as a means to money and prosperity not through labor, slavery or employment but through blood. Their right to live is undermined or out weighted by someone else’s right to wealth. The cold blooded murder of albinos, including children, women and men alike, has reached a staggering figure of 80 per annum. The witch doctors are openly seen practicing black magic and casting spells which can literally destroys one’s life.

What is now a cause of shame for the entire nation also reflects the level of ignorance and illiteracy present in the region. The value of human is surely undermined and those who need care are being subjected to cruelty Police authorities are committed to bring the culprits to justice by pacing their operation and stopping this carnage once and for all.