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Advantages and Disadvantages of Health Spending

Nowadays, a lot of people are more concerned about their health than anything else. They are more careful in choosing the foods they eat because of the fact that most diseases nowadays involve in the lifestyle of man. Well, some people are also practicing a work-home routine to avoid any accidents that might happen to them when they are outside of their house. But sometimes, some unexpected things really do happen and having a health spending account is the best option that you could get.

Sure you can get a traditional health insurance plan where you pay each month and your employer may even cover some or all of this type of plan. With these traditional health insurance plans there are certain requirements and restrictions. For example, there are certain requirements that you need to follow for you to become eligible. A qualified applicant must be 65 years old and below and have a high-deductible health insurance plan. The plan should only be your insurance coverage as well, if you are covered by any other health insurance plans, then you do not pass their requirements. That includes health insurance plans for vision, dental and long term care. These plans typically only cover 80% of traditional health expenses, such as medical and dental visits. You are responsible for paying out of pocket for the rest. Non traditional health expenses such as massage therapy, Chiropractic care, dental surgery, private health clinics, etc are not even covered.

As an employee, the advantages of having a HSA are that you have full control to the money that you will be spending. A certain amount of money is set aside by your employer in your HSA to be used as you deem fit to cover a large variety of routine health care expenses for you, your spouse, or your dependents. From the employer perspective this is a valued and economical way to provide tax free health benefits to employees, and all the money invested by the employer is 100% tax deductible (including any fees). With this result, still a lot of people prefer to have HSA because everyone has different health needs and no one should be able to dictate that only traditional types of health treatments are right? Owning or managing a business sometimes means you need to travel to other provinces in Canada, or to other countries to do business. An HAS gives you the flexibility to travel and still obtain coverage for the type of health treatments that are most relevant for you. As long as the health practitioner is licensed in the location you happen to be in, you can rest assured things will be covered. An HAS is an ideal small business health plan. It doesn’t matter what type of business you own, as long as you are a Canadian incorporated business, Although an HSA is good at covering a large variety of routine health care costs, it is not provide an insurance component to cover accidents or medical emergencies, although you can purchase a fixed term travel insurance plan and run this through your HSA. If you require true accidental or emergency coverage then there are plenty of options out there to investigate, including a stripped down traditional health insurance plan, or visiting one of many financial institutions who provide this type of emergency coverage.

Dental Health Includes Your Oral Health

Regular dental check-ups are conducive to a great smile and optimum dental health. In addition, regular visits tell a dentist about your general health and whether you might be developing certain diseases like diabetes. Current research states that the health of your mouth is an indication of the condition of your overall bodily health.

For instance, when your dental health is up to par, chances are your general health is good as well. Alternatively, if your dental health is poor, there may be underlying problems. Studies show that good oral health can actually prevent specific disease from occurring. Dentists can detect clues to your general health while examining your mouth and gums.

Gum Disease and Health Problems

The AGD, Academy of General Dentistry, believes there is a correlation between periodontal disease and health difficulties such as heart disease and stroke. In fact, women afflicted with gum disease appear to have increased rates of pre-term, low-birth weight infants.

Other studies indicate that over 90% of all diseases concerning multiple organs or the whole body have oral symptoms, including mouth ulcers, extreme gum problems, dry mouth, and swollen gums.

These dental health symptoms could be symptoms of heart disease, kidney disease, pancreatic cancer, oral cancer, leukemia, and diabetes. Because most individuals have regular oral health examinations, their dentist may be the first to notice and diagnose any health problems in their early stages.

Dental Health and Bacteria

The mouth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria; however, most are not detrimental. Nonetheless, too much bacteria could lead to various health issues. Keeping the mouth clean and brushing and flossing, is the best way to decrease and control the amount of bacteria in the mouth.

If harmful bacteria are not kept under control, your dental health will suffer by paving the way for tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist will see if there is any indication of decay during your visit. Excessive bacteria inside the mouth can lead to oral problems along with getting into the bloodstream where further damage can ensue.

What You Should Do

Seeing your dentist regularly will assist with keeping your mouth in good health. In addition, this permits your dentist to look out for developments that could lead to other health complications. A dental health exam can also spot poor hygiene and nutrition, incorrect jaw alignment, and development problems. By supplying your dentist with your entire medical history and letting them know of any current health developments, even if there seems to be no connection to your oral health, you are helping to keep your overall health in check.

Here Are Ways You Can Perform Good Dental Hygiene:

-Schedule regular dental check-ups

-Avoid smokeless tobacco and cigarettes since both have been linked to oral cancer and gum disease

-Provide nutrients to your body by eating a healthy diet especially vitamins C and A, to thwart gum disease

-Brush with fluoridate toothpaste at least twice a day for two to three minutes

-Floss your teeth every day to remove plaque from areas your toothbrush cannot reach

Good dental health can help prevent other health issues from happening. A dentist is not merely examining the condition of your mouth, but also checking for any other impending problems.

In Reviewing the Health Definition by the WHO in Research in the Field of Parapsychology

The current definition of health by World Health Organization includes physical, mental and social dimensions of health. But even a cursory look at the current state of the world reveals that social health is conspicuous by its absence. There is severe unrest in almost every country.

Crime rate is increasing in almost every country. There is steady increase in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, human trafficking, child abuse (physical, psychological and sexual), terrorism, rampant corruption and breakdown of families. Not a day passes without reports of murder and rape.

All the advances in science and technology have not helped people to enjoy peace of mind and happiness. The reason is the neglect of spiritual development. Today’s average man is running without knowing where he is going.

Leading psychiatrists while trying to manage problems like anxiety, depression and phobias have realized that man is not just a combination of body and mind but has a soul as well which survives the death of the body. Specialists in other fields have also realized that man has a spiritual dimension as well. Many reputed scientists including a few Nobel Prize winners are convinced about the existence of soul. Hence there is a need to redefine health and include the spiritual dimension of health.

We still do not know the exact cause of many diseases. Extensive research in the field of past life regression has revealed that many health related problems have their roots in our previous lives. Reincarnation is not a myth but a fact. Searching for reincarnation research or reincarnation proof will yield a long list of results.

Mere redefinition of health by itself will not solve all the problems. But if more and more people understand the cosmic law of cause and effect and realize that their actions come back to them they will certainly try to reform themselves. When leading doctors in every country start organizing seminars, radio talks and TV shows about the scientific evidence for the existence of soul and reincarnation people will certainly take interest in the topic. People will begin to understand that the purpose of human life is to grow spiritually and realize our true nature.

WHO should encourage every member country to accept the new definition of health which includes the spiritual dimension and modify the medical education accordingly. Doctors have to play an important role in helping people to enjoy sound health. In order to do this effectively doctors should first have comprehensive understanding of health.

Physical health cannot be maintained without taking care of psychological health and psychological health cannot be protected without tackling spiritual ignorance. Needless to say psychological disturbances lead to social problems.

Modern medicine has been a predominantly disease centered and treatment oriented system. There is a need to change this approach and give primary importance to prevention of disease and maintenance of health.

It is also desirable to combine modern medicine with Ayurveda in order to promote holistic health. Ayurveda which is at least five thousand years old gave the most comprehensive definition of health incorporating physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of health.

Ideally everyone should have some social responsibility. Doctors perhaps should have it to a greater extent as they are responsible for health. We are affected by what happens in our society. No one can be safe in his house if his neighbor’s house is on fire.

Humanity has paid a heavy price for neglecting spiritual development. Another equally serious threat to world peace is religious fundamentalism. By promoting scientific spirituality we can counter both the threats and establish a new world order based on Truth, Right conduct, Peace, Love and Non-violence.

Overall Body Health

If our eyes are the windows to our soul, then our mouth is the front door to our body and the teeth may well be the windows to our health, according to mounting evidence that suggests there is a strong link between them. Which is something I have been saying as a holistic dentist for many years.

If the scientists are right – and the evidence is becoming hard to ignore – our oral health can play a big part in our risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even the health of a newborn child. And this may be only the tip of the iceberg.

“There’s a whole lot of research out there at the moment trying to focus on the links between oral health and general health in both directions – poor oral health affecting general health and poor general health affecting oral health,” says Dr Matthew Hopcraft, president of the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch Inc.

It’s not surprising really. The whole body is connected, but for such a long time people and medicine have thought about the mouth as being a separate part of the body and that dentists work in isolation from the rest of the body. That clearly doesn’t make any sense anymore, anatomically or physiologically as the mouth and teeth are a part of you and are connected to the body by a vast myriad of blood vessels and nerve supply, plus all our food and drinks enter the body via the mouth.

ORAL HEALTH AND HEART DISEASE

It appears that poor oral health, and in particular the presence of inflammation in the form of gum disease, increases your risk of heart disease as well as stroke. A study conducted by the University of Queensland found that it was the bacteria found in the mouth, and more specifically in infected gums, that are so damaging. The group was able to locate T cells that are reactive to oral bacteria in the arteries of people with atherosclerosis, where damage to the arteries is caused by a build-up of fatty deposits.

Finding oral bacteria inside coronary arteries in people with heart disease is not something you would expect to find but bacteria from the mouth sitting in a blood vessel in the heart suggests that this is where the link between gum disease and heart disease is coming from. As the mouth acts as a kind of portal, allowing bacteria to travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body especially in a person with gum disease as the blood vessels become more swollen and more permeable, and more likely to allow bacteria or bacterial toxins from the infected gums into the bloodstream where they travel to other parts of the body.

Our gums are too often neglected, despite the fact that the health of your gums can be just as important as the health of your teeth. In fact, it can be hard to have healthy teeth without healthy gums.

DIABETES LINKED TO GUM DISEASE

Less is known about the link between gum disease and diabetes, but the evidence is mounting. People are now starting to do the research and understand the links much more closely and it appears there may be a link between gum disease and diabetes, but it’s probably more the other way around. Thus people with diabetes are more at risk of developing gum disease or gum disease becoming more aggressive and causing more problems due to the altered immune response experienced by people with diabetes that makes them more susceptible to the bacteria that cause gum disease. Poorly controlled diabetics often have problems with the microvascular system, so the small blood vessels tend not to work so well, which affects the way the gums respond and heal to gum disease.”

Treating gum disease can help with diabetes as if you can control gum disease, the diabetes becomes easier to control. Diabetes is much harder to control if there is an ongoing connection.

FROM MOTHER TO CHILD

The effects of dental health can even be carried from the mother to the child. Gum disease or gingivitis is associated with increased rates of premature birth so it is important to make sure very early in pregnancy that expectant mothers have a dental visit to treat any issues. Around 18 per cent of premature births are related to gingivitis. Pregnancy itself can also affect dental health; there is an old folk belief that you lose a tooth for every child. The idea is that pregnancy can affect your general health and certainly tooth problems can become worse during pregnancy, so it’s even more important to stay on top of any potential problems with regular dental visits during this time.

DRY MOUTH SYNDROME

A dry mouth can indicate a number of conditions and lifestyle factors, which can have a big impact on both oral health and overall health.

Dry mouth is a fairly common side effect for people taking a wide range of medications, particularly if when someone is taking a lot of different medications as they tend to all work together to impact on saliva flow. Saliva is really important to be able to talk and chew and gives lubrication, which protects teeth from decay. It helps to wash away food and acid and provides a buffer against harm. People with low saliva flow are often at much higher risk of tooth decay.

Alcohol and illegal drugs can also produce dry mouth syndrome. A person’s mouth gives you a lot of clues straight away as alcohol and drug use can affect the teeth. Cocaine, ecstasy, heroine, amphetamines can cause a lot of damage. Then there are some medical conditions which can lead to dry mouth, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Also as the mouth is a part of the gastro-intestinal system it also gives you some clues as to what’s going on in other parts of the gut and with digestion.

The state of the mouth and gums and oral health can paint an even broader picture of where a person is at. People with oral problems often report lower overall quality of life, lower self esteem and psychological wellbeing; and because of pain or the appearance of their teeth, they don’t feel so great about themselves.

LINKING GPS TO DENTISTS

With links being drawn between oral health and the rest of the body, there has been a concerted push to link GPs and dentists more than they have been in the past. GPs need to be able to detect abnormalities of the mouth and oral health. Doctors don’t necessarily need to know how to treat these conditions but should at least be able to detect them and then refer to the appropriate dentist or specialist.

The AMA agrees saying: “Part of what we do is to educate GPs and nurses. The doctor should know, for instance, that their diabetic patients are more at risk of gum disease and should be telling them that part of their management should be regular dental checkups.”

So simplistically if we can improve someone’s oral health we can potentially reduce their risk of other significant health problems they may have and this is the main focus of holistic dental practice.