Saturday, October 30, 2010
Dr.Syed can be contacted at : 90524 27456
Modern medicine treats illness using science and technology; it focuses narrowly how the doctor can solve the problem when the patient is ill. Alternative medicine, in a radically different approach, emphasis's the importance of staying healthy and requires individuals to take more responsibility for their own health. Traditional medical wisdom (for example, ayurveda in India) linked health to a state of harmony and disease to a state of imbalance, and focused on well-being and remaining well, and not on just 'fixing' the problem after one fell ill!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Rather than focusing on a person's medical problems in isolation, alternative medicine treats the patient as a whole; hence the popular term, holistic medicine. Doctors practicing alternative medicine sit down and talk to the patient; they touch and feel him and ask many questions. And such attention feels good, in refreshing contrast to the modern doctor who rarely has even 15 minutes to spend with the patient. (Often, tender loving care and personal attention are all that alternative medicine practitioners have to offer, but they offer it very well indeed!) There is no doubt of the efficacy of the placebo effect, and many ailments will get better when the patient has someone he can talk to. Also, the simple act of touching the patient can have a therapeutic effect. Alternative medicine doctors are very good at reassuring patients, as contrasted with the coldly scientific approach of western medicine.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Patients increasingly feel that medicine has become too commercial and that doctors are too busy to spend time with them. They are unhappy with the impersonal nature of modern medicine, especially when the doctor spends more time looking at their reports and scans, rather than with them. While it is true that patients need technology, they also need tender, loving care; after all, doctors need to look after not only their medical problems, but also their emotional needs! Moreover, while modern medicine excels in certain areas (such as complex surgery for the repair of birth defects and the use of antibiotics for serious infections), it has failed miserably in the areas of disease prevention and the management of the myriad chronic illness (such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease) to which modern human beings are prone to, because of their lifestyle.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Modern medicine often inspires awe. The huge gleaming hospitals, expensive computerized equipment and sophisticated scanning machines appear very impressive and reassuring when you are afflicted by a disease. However, paradoxically, even though the effectiveness of medical technology has improved dramatically, more patients than ever before have become dissatisfied with their medical care today. This situation has resulted in a move towards 'alternative' medicine, which has become increasingly popular all over the world. Even in the United States of America (the bastion of high-tech scientific medicine) more than 50 per cent of the patients have consulted an alternative medicine practitioner, mainly because they were unhappy with modern medical care.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Mr.Digant Desai can be contacted: 98200 31931
Monday, October 25, 2010
HELP TALKS - Dr.Chaitali Bhide on Overcome Emotional Problems with Music Therapy and Electro-therapy
Dr. Chaitali Bhide can be contacted: 97731 88485
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Dr.Sonal Motta can be contacted at 99300 99110
Friday, October 22, 2010
Dr.Devanshi Gandhi can be contacted at 99300 89455
This book provides a basic understanding of the diagnostic procedures and tools used by physicians, hospitals, and commercial laboratories. Organized alphabetically, this comprehensive guide presents information on more than 1,000 commonly prescribed tests and procedures.
Each entry includes a description of the test,patient preparation required, a description of the procedure itself, the reference range, what abnormal values may signify, and the approximate cost of each test.An extensive glossary of medical terms translates professional terminology into accessible language, as does an appendix of medical abbreviations and symbols.
Author: Joseph C Segen,M.D., And Josie Wade, R.N.
Publisher: Checkmark Books
No.of pages: 418
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Ms.Kavita Mukhi can be contacted at 98198 52266.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Ms.Reis Woollen can be contacted at 90040 91868
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Dr.S.V.Nadkarni can be contacted at 93200 44525
Friday, October 15, 2010
Dr.Ravindra Kapadia and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and 9820227924
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Dr.Rohit Bartake is an Ayurvedacharya and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and 98196 89024
A shift in mindset
Dr Shalini Ratan
Healthcare today is unlike that of yesterday. Today, a medical professional has to face
various challenges like coping with the demands of evolving healthcare services, difficulty in achieving patient satisfaction who are evolving as consumers and overcoming hurdles in practice. Professionals now need to re-think the effectiveness of doctor-patient relationship, be able to understand basic principles of medical practice management, familiarize themselves with healthcare marketing techniques and also acquire soft skills to effectively manage the current situation. All of these therefore require a shift in the mindset of the healthcare providers.
Healthcare professionals face a number of challenges in today’s evolving healthcare environment. This can be attributed to the introduction of new techniques, corporate hospitals, changing mindset of patients and current medical practices. The healthcare market is growing at a rapid pace. Moreover, various hospital projects are slated to begin this year. These changes bring in the need for increasing enrollment of doctors & nurses in medical colleges and nursing schools in the coming years. In this scenario of emerging healthcare, doctorpatient relationship is becoming a transaction oriented practice. Media awareness has increased among patients with regard to medical malpractices, along with the rise in the number of internet-savvy patients who have started questioning the healthcare providers. Further, the corporate hospitals are now presenting a challenge to individual practitioners. At the same time, the potential recipient of healthcare, ie the patient, is evolving as a healthcare consumer and is not just an individual in a disease state. They have demands similar to those of any other service industry consumer. Therefore, the management of the current healthcare environment requires a
‘mindset shift’. Healthcare professionals invest almost a decade to become professionals through rigorous studies & trainings in technical education & internship. However, during the course of this training, the formal medical education system fails to train the doctors in some key skill areas. In order to be highly effective, a doctor needs to learn the art of communication with patients, build a compassionate doctor–patient relationship and be highly efficient in operational skills. Again, since doctors are not groomed in a corporate environment, they need to refine their skills to become Medical Entrepreneurs.
Role of doctors as clinicians Enhancing a doctor-patient relationship is an area of importance today, as it needs to move on from a ‘disease-centric approach’ to a
‘patient-centric approach’. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and does not consist only of the absence of disease or infirmity.” According to this definition, for a doctor to be referred to as a ‘Healthcare Provider’, he should provide care for the overall health of the patient rather than addressing only the disease. It is more about managing the patient as a ‘whole’.
As an adage goes, ‘Curing disease needs knowledge and treating a patient needs wisdom’. Therefore, there is a need for a transformation from knowledge to wisdom.
Good communication with patients, family members, caregivers, consultants and referring physicians is absolutely crucial for a sound patient care. According to various studies, byproducts of enhanced communication include improved health outcomes, better patient compliance, reduction in medico-legal risk and improved satisfaction for both clinicians and patients. Failure in providing excellent healthcare communication can lead to an undesirable effect on patient outcome, patient loyalty and reputation of the treating physician. Effective empathetic communication enhances the therapeutic effectiveness of the doctor-patient relationship. It is a learnable skill that has tangible
benefits for both the clinician patient.
Obtaining the knowledge and skills required to perform psychosocial counselling and diseaseprevention, patient interventions is another important area for consideration. Doctors are in an ideal position to offer education and counselling to patients, with
the purpose of preventing and/or controlling disease, better compliance and understanding of the mindbody connection of patients. Patient evolving as a healthcare consumer. Knowledge & understanding of the needs of patients and their families is now more crucial than ever for providing exceptional patient service. Today, medical practice is driven by the combination of patient experience and perception of services provided
to them. This would ultimately help in winning patient loyalty, which indicates commitment to consult a particular medical service provider. Today, a patient demands basic & value-added services from a medical practitioner. Basic attributes like medical expertise of the doctor, modern equipment and procedures are required to retain a patient. Valueadded services providing personal care for a patient’s physical and emotional needs, comfortable stay, communication with the patient, etc, are highly valuable
to create a bond between the doctor and patient. For a patient to become loyal, the ability of the doctor to treat the ailment becomes a basic requirement, while physical & psychological comfort becomes value issues. Therefore, the role of a medical
practitioner today is not only of a clinician and an academician but also of a manager and
executer of excellent medical services.
Role of doctors as practice managers
Now is the time to create clinical leaders who besides having an ethical and moral duty to
the patient also have essential management skills. Doctors should adopt medical practice
management systems to excel in today’s competitive world. It has now become a
matter of being able to integrate managerial and clinical responsibilities in the most
Providing quality care: The leaders must focus on providing quality service.
Quality involves building core competencies of healthcare professionals, patient-centric care, working in team to ensure that care is continuous & reliable, managing processes and systems of healthcare delivery.
Managing the healthcare team
Healthcare is driven not only by the clinicians but the entire healthcare team. In order to
provide complete quality care, the healthcare team comprises a number of other skilled
personnel, eg nurses, secretaries, staff, therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, various technicians and sometimes even family members.
The doctor is the main decision-maker with required leadership qualities.
For becoming efficient, the medical staff would require training to develop good interpersonal skills, self-initiative, sensitivity and the ability to work with very ill patients. There is a need to equip the staff with an understanding of hospital protocols and processes, infection prevention techniques and managing highrisk patients. Empowering the staff would give them an opportunity to realise their full potential.
Doctors and other healthcare providers generally misunderstand the concept of marketing in medicine, often mistaking it with advertising. Information-based marketing describes the capabilities, policies and procedures of medical practice. It gives a perception of professionalism, recognition for the practice and increased visibility, leading to increased customer satisfaction and referrals.
Marketing implies creating a place in the minds of patients with regard to the uniqueness
offered by the medical practice.
Understanding technological change
The Internet age is bringing a transformation in the doctor-patient relationship. There is a
need for empowering and engaging patients in this technology-driven era. This is for
assisting patients in the information gathering process to obtain accurate and valid medical information. Doctors need to become counselors to help patients take care
The role of technology in healthcare is increasing not only in the area of medical diagnosis and treatment, but it has also been documented that information technology
effectively contributes to cost saving by ways of administrative & clinical data processing and health information systems.
Today, a doctor needs to have the knowledge and expertise of medicine as well as equip himself with information and tools that help him in managing his clinic. This would give an overall healthcare experience to patients and enhance the professional image of the clinic.
The bottomline is that, today, a doctor requires the mastery of a complex body of knowledge, patient service skills as well as the art and humanism of medicine. This can be achieved by revamping the doctor–patient relationship, from being a healthcare advisor to the patient and not just a provider, to developing corporate thinking by opening to new learnings and branding medical practice by using avenues to promote themselves in an ethical manner.
Mr.Ravindra Junagade can be contacted at 2173 3059
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
- Forget about 'secret cures'. True scientists share their knowledge as part of the process of scientific development. Quacks often keep their methods secret to prevent others from decisively demonstrating that they don't work. No one who actually discovered a cure would have reason to keep it secret. If a method works - specially for a serious disease - the discoverer would gain enormous fame, fortune and personal satisfaction by sharing the discovery with others.
- Remember that quackery often garbs itself in a cloak of pseudo-scientific respectability and its promoters often use scientific terms and quote (or misquote) from scientific references. Be equally wary of pseudo-medical jargon. Instead of offering to treat your disease, some quacks will promise to 'detoxify' your body, 'balance' its chemistry, release its 'nerve energy' or 'bring it in harmony with nature'. The use of concepts that are impossible to measure or quantify enables success to be claimed even though nothing has actually been accomplished.
- Ignore any practitioner who says that most diseases are caused by faulty nutrition or can be remedied by taking supplements. Although some diseases are related to diet, most are not. Moreover, in most cases where diet actually is a factor in a person's health problem, the solution is not to take vitamins but to alter the diet.
- Be wary of catchy anecdotes and testimonials. If someone claims to have been helped by an unorthodox remedy there is often a rational explanation. Most single episodes of disease which affect patients lead to recovery with the passage of time, and most chronic ailments (such as arthritis and psoriasis) are marked by symptom-free periods. Many people who give testimonials about recovery from cancer have undergone effective treatment as well as unorthodox treatment, but give credit to the latter. Some testimonials, of course, are complete fabrications!
- Be skeptical of any product which claims to be effective against a wide range of unrelated diseases, particularly serious diseases. There is no such thing as a panacea or 'cure-all'.
- Ignore appeals to your vanity. One of quackery's most powerful appeals is the suggestion to 'think for yourself' instead of following the collective wisdom of the scientific community. A similar appeal is the idea that although a remedy has not been proven to work for other people, it still might work for you. Remember that all humans have the same anatomy and physiology, and scientific rules apply to all of us.
- Don't let desperation cloud your judgment! If you feel that your doctor isn't doing enough to help you, or if you have been told that your condition is incurable and don't wish to accept this fate without a struggle, don't stray from scientific health care in a desperate attempt to find a solution. Instead, discuss your feelings with your doctor and consider a consultation with a recognized expert.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Mr.Sudhir Pai can be contacted at 98200 73993
First, is the loss of a tremendous amount of money which patients invest in pursuing this treatment, and many unscrupulous practitioners can bleed patients and their relatives dry - a little at a time. (There is an old saying: "The highwayman demands 'your money OR your life', but quacks demand "your money AND your life!") Also, many of the quack therapies can cause direct harm. It is a common misconception that 'natural medicines' have no harmful side- effects - but anything which can have an effect, by definition, also has the potential to cause harmful effects (after all, the desired effects of a medicine are what we call its therapeutic action and undesirable effects are labeled 'side-effects'!). The indirect harm they cause can also be enormous: for example, patients may pursue 'alternative medicine' for treating their cancers and may deprive themselves of the opportunity of getting effective state-of-the-art medical treatment.
Quackery flourishes even in the USA where people are much more sophisticated, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides effective policing. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that in India this menace is rampant, and there are far more quacks than regular medical practitioners. Faith healing, for example, is an integral part of Indian traditions, especially in villages where educated priests take advantage of people's ignorance and blind faith.
Many of us believe that we are far more sophisticated than the illiterate villager, and are above falling prey to quacks, but we need to realize that modern health quacks are supersalesmen, who play on fear and cater to hope. Who amongst us has not clipped at least one ad or bought at least one product which promises to either make you grow more hair, make you a better lover, remove your wrinkles, make you lose flab or improve your memory? While the cold scientific fact remains that there is not a single effective way of fulfilling the aforementioned claims, the fact that ads for these products are so prevalent obviously means they have a ready audience and are pulling in the bucks for their manufacturers!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Dr.Sadhana Nayak can be contacted at email@example.com
Those consistent with scientific concepts may be considered to be experimental, but legitimate practitioners do not go around promoting unproven procedures in the marketplace. Instead, they engage in responsible, properly designed research studies to prove or disprove their claims. Methods not compatible with established scientific concepts should be classified as nonsensical or disproven rather than experimental: for example, 'fish cure' for asthma which draws huge crowds to Hyderabad.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
All of us would like to become younger, sexier and thinner, and to live longer! Given these universal needs, it is hardly surprising that quackery flourishes all over the world. 'Quackery' is derived from the word quacksalver (a throwback to the days when travelling salesmen would boast about the healing powers of their salves). Since quacks quack, quackery's paramount characteristic is hype and promotion rather than simply fraud, greed, or misinformation - though these qualities often go hand in hand! Much quackery is involved in informing people that something is bad for them (such as food additives) and selling a substitute (such as 'organic' or 'natural' food). Quackery is also involved in misleading advertising of dietary supplements, homoeopathic products, ayurvedic medicines and some non-prescription drugs. In many such instances no individual 'quack' is involved - just deception by manufacturers and their advertising agencies. Remember that quackery is not an all-or-nothing phenomenon. Some products can be useful for some purposes, but worthless for others. For example, vitamin BÙ12 shots can be life-saving in cases of pernicious anemia, but giving them to 'pep you up' is a form of medical fraud. Similarly, while certain ayurvedic herbs can be very useful, often the mass-manufactured ayurvedic medicines available in chemists' shops are completely useless, because they do not contain what they are supposed to! While there is no doubt that homoeopathic medicines can be helpful, the concept of a standard homoeopathic remedy for common illnesses such as headaches and colds flouts a basic homoeopathic principle, which states that remedies need to be tailor made for a particular person and only a skilled homoeopathic physician can identify the required medicines properly.
Mr Uttam Dave(MPhil in Counseling & Guidance) conducts workshops on mental health,relationships, marriage skills,parenting skills, business skills and human sexuality.He also conducts Pre-marital counseling and advanced sex counseling at Pragat Vidya Mandir , Andheri(w)
Mr Dave also holds talks at HELP library on subjects of human interest and those which enhance the quality of our lives. Mr Dave can be contacted on 9920655464 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr.Kishore Kuvavala is the President of the Priyadarshini Laughter Club & can be contacted at 9323273127. His Website address is www.essenceoflaughter.com
Friday, October 8, 2010
She can be contacted at email@example.com
In case you do fall ill during your trip, or after you come back, don't forget to let your doctor know about your journey, as this information can help him in making the correct diagnosis.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Dr.R.C Shah can be contacted: 9769082137
Mrs.Asha Garekar can be contacted at 98692 04701
Motion sickness can pose a major problem for some people, especially on a ship, or on long car journeys. There are many effective products available to prevent and treat this problem (including prescription drugs such as cinnarizine and promethazine) and you should start taking them at least one hour before starting your journey. Recent studies have shown that ginger root may be as effective as drug treatment, and is associated with fewer side-effects.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Being forced to sit for long periods in an uncomfortable airplane seat just adds to your woes (unless you are flying executive class!).
Simple tips to help you cope with the travails of intercontinental flight are as follows:
- The dry air in aircraft causes dehydration. Therefore, drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic only!) to counter water loss. Water is better than coffee, tea or fruit juices. Alcohol is not only useless in combating dehydration, but also brings about a markedly greater intoxicating effect when consumed in the rarefied atmosphere of an airliner than it does at ground level.
- Blindfolds, earplugs, neck rests and blow-up pillows are all used in helping you get quality sleep while flying.
- Get as much exercise as you can in the plane; for instance, by walking up and down the aisle, standing for spells and performing small twisting and stretching exercises in your seat. All of these help reduce discomfort, especially the swelling of legs and feet. If possible, get off the plane at stopovers, and perform some exercises or take a walk.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Dr.Sunny Sandhu can be contacted at 9811996670
Adjusting to a new time zone can take up to a week and the more time zones you cross, the longer the adjustment period. Symptoms include daytime fatigue, nighttime insomnia, headache and disorientation. Lengthy travel may upset your circadian rhythm which controls various body cycles, including the production of a hormone involved in sleep patterns (melatonin). One strategy to prevent jet-lag is to change your sleep time closer to the new time zone over a period of several days; adjust go-to-bed and get-up times appropriately, so that you will be only slightly out of sync when you arrive at your destination.