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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Complementary Medicine for Mental Wellness in Diabetes

I must warn you, at the outset of this post that I am in an anecdotal mood today!

Here is a bit of unscientific advice for staying cheerful and optimistic about life with diabetes.

It is something you can do on your own, though your physician’s prior permission is a must.

Try aromatherapy with lavender to keep anxiety and depression at bay. I can help you with a supply source if you let me know where you live. It is best to mix a small amount of a concentrated extract with carrier oil, and to inhale the vapors from warm water.

It is best to use lavender before retiring for the night, as it is normal to feel drowsy after inhaling the vapors.

Friends and family without diabetes can also try lavender for mental wellness.

Lavender is also available as a cream and in oral forms, but it is best to stay away from such things, as reactions and effects on digestion are possible.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Disclosure Laws and Diabetes Care

Disclosure rules about payments by pharmaceutical and other health care companies to medical practitioners are not uniform everywhere, and may not even exist in some countries. Implementation of the rules may also be less than complete, with companies making excuses about trade secrecy and individual privacy to avoid making full and transparent disclosures.

Most physicians do not allow monies that they receive for their professional services to commercial organizations, to affect their decision-making regarding their prescriptions for tests and for medicines. However, patients may have doubts in this respect, so it is best to avoid misunderstandings.

Most medicines used for diabetes management have side-effects, interactions with other drugs, and have to be used with care. The number of tests available to monitor patients keeps expanding, and generic versions of drugs come to market in relentless waves.

Doctors should always inform their patients if disease management involves some form of payment from a commercial health care enterprise. Patients should also ask questions about this: it is best for all concerned to clear the air!