GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: You are who you become; this applies to all aspects of your life especially your health.
Holistic - Your health is only as strong as the weakest link. Focusing on only one area of your health could work for a time but it’s not sustainable, eventually some other health area will block your progress.
Cooperative Medicine vs. Siloed Medicine - Cooperation between health team members including professional care providers, is critical, and must be based on a clear and elevating goal. The Team Lead must have P&L responsibilities. Usually the Team Lead is the Health Guardian and not a single professional.
Aging is not Disease - With aging comes change. Just because you get older doesn’t mean you have to become ill. You can develop good health habits now that strengthen your body’s organ systems to prevent pathologies now and in the future. You should experience increasing wellness as you age.
Chronic Disease Is Preventable - At least 80% of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and over 40% of cancers could have been prevented. These health conditions and other chronic diseases can be prevented and managed through pathology prevention practices.
Mental Attitude - If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, it will impact your health. Positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles. Having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. Positive thinking means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way.
Regardless of your socioeconomic status, an improved quality of life impacts those around you; families, friends, religious communities, neighborhoods, towns and cities, states and even countries, one person at a time.
ISSUES: When preventing pathologies, you have some choice of how debilitating any health condition becomes and the effect it has on your quality of life. You can have control over your health status. There are some leading factors in how people react to disease and illness.
Personal Behavior & Lifestyle - is a key contributor to deadly diseases from pathologies. Most of the time you have no one to blame but yourself. The cause and consequences are, that if you don’t change your current behavior, chances are you will develop a chronic illness that will lead to death.
Environment & Genetics - there are some factors that are out of your direct control, like an unhealthy or dangerous work environment, city or community. These can be contributing factors to pathologies and diseases. Because of your DNA, you may be predisposed to certain types of pathologies, diseases and autoimmune issues. Even though heredity sometimes isn’t fair, you still have a choice of how debilitating your condition becomes.
Access to Health Care - you may have low access to health care because of financial constraints or where you live. If you do even some the practices of pathology prevention, you can keep yourself healthier, so you won’t need access to health care quite as often or at all.
Lack of Health Management and Leadership - how can you achieve your health goals if you’re not managing your health? Marketing folks seldom have the same goals as you do. Changing your health requires monitoring your diet, exercise, sleep etc. in order to take control. Your health impacts every area of your life. Unhealthy lifestyle choices brings down the quality of your life and hurts your ability to lead, and enjoy the benefits of self-reliance.
Spiritual Weakness - Some research shows a connection between your beliefs and your sense of well-being. Positive beliefs, comfort, and strength gained from religion, meditation, and prayer can contribute to well-being. It may even promote healing. Improving your spiritual health may not cure an illness, but it does prevent downward spirals.
Human Anatomy and Physiology Ignorance - no one knows how you feel better than you do, but not understanding how your body’s systems work together holistically hinders your progress towards better health. The more a Health Guardian’s’ understanding of human anatomy and physiology become, the more significant gains are found in communication comfort, health goals and compliance intent.
Nutritional Misconceptions - a nutritional diet is a long-term lifestyle change, not a short-term quick fix fad. Don’t let yourself go through life not thinking about the food you eat. Is your plate colorful, with only one or two drab colors? Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, but don’t leave out grains, protein and dairy, they are all needed to have a balanced diet.
Poor Mental Perspective - you’ve heard, “you are what you eat,” but “you are what you think,” also applies. Avoiding difficult emotions, keeping feelings to yourself, or stewing over problems reduces well-being. Those not able to process their emotions well typically experience poor mental health, increased stress, and cellular inflammation.
Every one of these factors, that could lead to chronic illnesses, disease or death, can be moderated or eliminated by using pathology prevention practices.
STRATEGIES: These 7 steps to Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) are important to the Health Guardian’s pathology prevention efforts, because they help you make better health care decisions that affect yourself and others. The seven steps of EBP are:
Step 1: Cultivate a spirit of inquiry refers to an ongoing curiosity about the best evidence to guide your health practice decision making. Maybe you’ve read an article that causes you to question a health practice. Perhaps you’ve wondered if an intervention is really necessary, why you should do it, what evidence supports it, if it benefits you or your family, or is there another way to do it better.
Step 2: Asking compelling clinical and health practice questions (The PICOT format) takes a priority health problem and asks searchable and answerable questions about it. EBP does not seek to generate new knowledge through conducting research but uses existing evidence to assess the need for health practice changes.
The PICOT format: to guide the search process:
P=Population: What is the group of interest? (e.g., patients, community, demographic, diagnosis of an illness or disease etc.)
I=Intervention: What procedure or process is planned? (e.g., therapies, medications, herbal infusions, behavioral program or educational program, etc.)
C=Comparison: Is there an alternative to the planned intervention? (i.e., may compare to no treatment/program, a different type of treatment/program, or have no comparison)
O=Outcome: What is the desired outcome? (e.g., fewer symptoms, no symptoms, increased knowledge, wellness, improved quality of life, self-reliance)
T=Time: What is the time frame? (e.g., within a specific period, no time period, while under your care)
Step 3: Finding relevant information search for and find external evidence that addresses your question. YouTube is not evidence, at best it refers you to evidence. A well-planned search increases the likelihood that you will find relevant evidence that answers your PICOT question. Ask yourself, what type of evidence is needed to answer your question and where should you search?
Step 4: Critically appraising evidence assess the reliability, importance, and applicability of the external evidence. Critically appraising the evidence can help you determine if the conclusions from one or more studies can help guide your health practice decision. Appraise the validity of the evidence you have found.
Step 5: Implementing sustainable practice change research evidence alone is not sufficient to justify a change in your health practices. Good judgment integrates your accumulated wealth of knowledge from your Health Guardian experiences as well as your research and educational background. You learn quickly as Health Guardian that one size does not fit all. What works for one person may not work for another. What you can do, is draw from your past experiences and expertise as a Health Guardian to make informed decisions going forward.
Step 6: Evaluation the outcomes of changes it's important to monitor and evaluate any changes or outcomes, so that positive effects can be supported, and negative ones remedied. Monitoring the effect of the change had on wellness, quality of life and self-reliance can help you as a Health Guardian to spot flaws in implementation and identify more precisely how you or your family can benefit. When results differ from those reported in your research, monitoring can help determine why.
Step 7: Disseminating implementation outcomes As a Health Guardian you can achieve wonderful outcomes through conducting an EBP, but often you fail to share your experiences with others. This leads to needless duplication of effort and perpetuates health practices that are not evidence based. Some ways to disseminate your successful health practices initiatives is on social media, writing reviews on products and practices, commenting on related blogs or suggestions.
INTERACTIONS: Pathology Prevention efforts must address change. Change causes movement, which causes friction, which is managed with good conflict resolution plans if the change is going to be sustainable. Your conflict resolution plan should include addressing these potential interactions.
The Primary Care Interactions – The typical primary care team is dysfunctional at best. The nutritionist may not consult your health record at all. Other primary care specialists such as the dentist, physical therapist, optometrist, and yoga coach have survived a long time by compartmentalizing their separate practices. A holistic approach to pathology prevention requires each Health Guardian to bring these different disciplines together through common record keeping, integrated goals, using strong orchestration and communication, while considering and leveraging their various interaction points in a broader sense than what is normally perceived.
The Nutritional Interactions – What you consume as food is more than a social experience and sensory stimulus. It should be thought of as a drug that either helps or destroys your organ systems and can be abused either knowingly or not. Nutrients work together in many different ways to produce and support the human physiology. There exists typical actions you come to expect, but each time you eat a bowl of peas, the micro-nutrients delivered to a cell could be different, depending on what the body needs at that time. Just how these nutrients interact with your organ systems can be influenced by the Health Guardian’s pathology prevention efforts.
The Management Interactions – These practices impact every other pathology prevention practice. Pathology prevention is about change management. These management efforts focus on either encouraging, resisting, or guiding change direction. Baselines, strategies, roadmaps, thresholds, budgets, and projects are all some of the methods used to influence the Health Guardian’s practices, eventually increasing personal wellness and quality of life through successful pathology prevention activities.
The Mental Health Interactions – Where the Head goes, the Body follows. You still don’t know specifically how mental health contributes to the success of pathology prevention efforts. But your mental health status has been proven over and over again to interact with pathology prevention activities impacting, but not limited to, stress reduction, anti-inflammation, and autoimmune responses. Recall the early experiments of the 60’s and 70’s that demonstrate these principles. The Health Guardian knows that there are few things more powerful toward warding off and curing disease, than good mental health and attitude.
The Physical Health Interactions – The interactions between physical health and personal wellness is so complicated and intertwined that you sometimes have a hard time differing between them. However, a person may do 30 push-ups, but still have cardiovascular issues that can become life threatening. The Health Guardian must work with the rest of the primary health team to assure that wellness goals and strategies are aligned with capabilities and reason. In general, good physical health is correlated to pathology prevention effectiveness, and is one of many causes. A good understanding of how the organ systems work together as a system of systems to produce good physical health and strong pathology prevention capability is the work of every Heath Guardian.
The Spiritual Health Interactions – What happens when you have a purpose in your life? What does it take for you to be fulfilled? In this condition, regardless of your physical strength, with just a little effort, you will impact the lives and wellness of others. You will gain world balance, and emotional courage. This is a positive feedback loop, that will provide opportunity for stress reduction and meditation. In turn, this will build a deeper purpose of life, and so on. If ever facing life threatening attacks, and each of us do, you want to face the attack in a position of spiritual strength. In this position the Health Guardian can generate mental strength, then physical strength … no, you won’t be immortal, but you will have joy, experiencing improved wellness, and higher qualities of life. Start today, it’s free.
The Environmental Interactions – Those who experienced the Covid-19 pandemic can understand the importance of managing the environment in pathology prevention activities. The epidermal system creates a boundary between your internal bodies and the external environment. This is your first line of defense in pathology prevention. Your healthy skin, being well cared for, and washed frequently, combined with good habits and self-discipline will defend against 90% of what this world can through at us. From there, your bodies depend on internal systems, tissues, and cellular constructs for defense. With each of these smaller hierarchical systems, there exists an environment defined by boundaries. Pathology prevention efforts have an opportunity to impact the inter-connections and dependencies between these systems and sub-systems.
The Lifestyle Interactions – When pathology prevention practices begin to work, they impact your wellness and quality of life. Pathology prevention is both impacted by and impacts your social wellness. Be ready to adjust your social activities. Your cultural wellness is also inter-dependent on pathology practices. Together social and cultural health becomes an integral component of your lifestyle directly impacting chronic illness as much as any pharmaceutical approach to treatment.
What is really important to you? Think about your motivation. Maybe you want to set an example for your children. Maybe a spouse or parent depends on you. Maybe you still have something you want to accomplish in this life. Whatever it is, you need to ask yourself if it is important enough for you to change and use pathology prevention practices.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: Physical distancing is nothing new. Historically, it was the reason for Leper colonies. From our point of view, it’s a pathology prevention method, that’s been used to control our external environment from almost the beginning of time. We’ve found that some common drawbacks of social distancing can include loneliness, stress, the development of poor habits, and loss of personal drive linked to mental and social wellness. During short periods of time, this method can slow the spread of certain pathogens, but care must be made in avoiding other diseases due to bad personal hygiene, while maintaining physical distances from others. The objective is to maintain and even improve your wellness, not to isolate yourself, or diminish wellness due to other unhealthy habits. By keeping our eye on the big picture of increased wellness, physical distancing can become a good thing while avoiding its drawbacks.
ISSUES: Physical distancing is often an unpleasant experience for those who undergo it. We are social animals, some more than others. Successful use of physical distancing as a health measure requires us to reduce, as far as possible, the negative effects associated with it. These negative effects include:
- Spiritual health decline, and a sense of hopelessness, and loss of purpose
- Social health decline, loneliness, and decreased self-image
- Physical health decline, overeating, and a feeling of lost control
- Mental health decline, loss of perspective, defensiveness
- Dissatisfaction with current lifestyle, restlessness, lack of commitment to personal goals
STRATEGIES: Don't settle with survival or maintaining current health, but strive towards increased wellness.
- Conduct a lifestyle assessment. This doesn’t need to be anything fancy. Just take a moment and reflect on your current lifestyle in terms of pathology prevention. Look at each of the 8 Health Guardian’s practices listed on our homepage. You may eventually want to dig deeper and consider every pathology prevention practice, but first only consider the 8. Are you doing everything you can at that level? If not, drill down into and get some ideas for improvement.
- Create a check list, and try to view yourself through the eight perspectives of psychology. Remember to claim extra sleep during time of emotional stress.
- Go for walks, wave to people, participate in your community, cherish your humanity.
- Leverage technology where you can, and when you need to, but put extra effort into visiting people from a distance.
- Practice caregiving, serve others.
INTERACTIONS: Expect seemingly unrelated difficulties. We live in a complex system, when we make changes, we’re bound to cause unexpected results. Make time to deal with these changes. Other people may not understand, you may have to explain your behavior to people that you’d think new better. Stay calm, soon, the correct expectations will evolve into status quo and your social norm.
WARNINGS: Physical distancing is about change for most people. You may receive resistance; the clearer you can be with your expectations, the more success you'll be. However, there are times you may run into difficulties. Don't be afraid to get professional help if you need to.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: The strength and effectiveness of your immune system isn't determined by your red and white blood count. The counts are indicators of neither strength nor effectiveness, but are used to help diagnose current conditions. Counts are correlations to, not causes of, a good defense system.
The main job of red blood cells, is to carry oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues and carbon dioxide as a waste product, away from the tissues and back to the lungs. In the case of Covid-19, your survivability depends on the percentage of your lungs required to put enough oxygen in your blood to support cellular respiration, or life. One strategy might be to increase the number of red blood cells. However, an alternative strategy would be to make your existing red blood cells as effective as possible.
Red blood cells also play a part in the body's immune response: their hemoglobin releases free radicals, which break down the bacterial pathogen's cell wall and membrane, killing it. This isn’t effective on the Covid-19 virus directly, but very important in the defense of secondary infections resulting from the damage it may cause. When it comes to Covid-19, your healthy red blood cells play an important role in your survivability; carrying oxygen to the body and reducing the inflammation response, particularly within the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Among your white blood cells, there are:
Monocytes- They have a longer lifespan than many white blood cells and help to break down bacteria.
Neutrophils- They kill and digest bacteria and fungi. They are the most numerous type of white blood cell and your first line of defense when this type of infection strikes. Not real helpful in the case of Covid-19.
Eosinophils- They attack and kill parasites and cancer cells and help with allergic responses.
Basophils- These small cells seem to sound an alarm when infectious agents such as Covid-19 invade your blood. They secrete chemicals such as histamine, a marker of allergic disease, that help control the body's immune response. Healthy basophils produce a quick immune response and are a critical component of the viral vaccination strategy. In the absence of a vaccine, a quick alarm can determine the effectiveness of your lymphocytes.
Lymphocytes- They create antibodies to fight against bacteria, viruses, and other potentially harmful invaders. These are your warriors in the fight against Covid-19. They reside locally throughout your body, strategically placed in your lymph nodes.
The Lymphatic system is a subsystem of both the Immune and Cardiovascular system, somewhat of a bridge between both. Covid-19 produces an interesting situation, where the Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Endocrine, and Immune Systems must come together to provide an adaptive immune response. Any vaccine treatment must be part of a larger, more holistic approach to the treatment and prevention of Covid-19. The more time you have to strengthen your systems prior to infection, the stronger your shield becomes. When exposed to the Covid-19 virus, you’ll be glad you have the healthiest systems possible. Regardless of your current health status, any existing autoimmune issues, chronic diseases, or poor lifestyles; the Immune System Shield® is your best fighting chance beyond a healthy, responsible, lifestyle. You can have both!
ISSUES: Your epidermal system, is the defensive wall between you and the virus.
- This defense system begins with the distance between your skin and the virus, hence the importance of physical distancing.
- Next, is the amount of care you spend on keeping your skin clean and undamaged.
- Next, consider the biochemical health of your underlying skin, which depends on nutrition and available vitamins and minerals.
Next, beyond maintaining this exterior shield, lies the defenses at your body’s entry points. With poor hygiene, these entry points become principle points of defensive failure. You can build up artificial walls such as distance, face masks and clothing, but when this fails, your body’s other organ systems which when functioning properly, presents an extremely effect defense against the microbial enemy, and in the history of mankind, it seldom loses. It's only when these organ systems aren’t functioning optimally, that diseases such as the Covid-19 virus, make us vulnerable.
The immune system’s response to physiologic and metabolic stress is to produce pro-inflammatory molecules such as adipokines and cytokines cell-signaling molecules that aid cell-to-cell communication and stimulate the movement of cells toward sites of inflammation in conditions of infection and injury. Thus immune system responses and the resulting inflammation are intimately connected.
The Immune System Shield® was designed to strengthen the body’s immune system, while synergistically complementing the Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Endocrine, and Lymphatic systems to aid in your pathology prevention efforts.
STRATEGIES: The two commonly used categories of white blood cell disorders divide them quantitatively into those disorders causing excessive blood counts and those disorders causing insufficient counts. Another way to categorize disorders of white blood cells is qualitatively. There are various disorders in which the number of white blood cells is normal but the cells do not function normally. Taken holistically, our strategy includes both approaches. A healthy lifestyle, clean environment, pure air and water, proper nutrition, exercise, and restorative sleep can all contribute to a healthy balance of blood cell quantity and quality.
The three major types of lymphocyte white blood cells (mentioned under general considerations) are T cells, B cells and natural killer (NK) cells. T cells (thymus cells) and B cells (bone marrow) are the major cellular components of the adaptive immune response. T cells are involved in cell-mediated immunity, whereas B cells are primarily responsible for humoral immunity (relating to antibodies). Our herbal infusion strengthens the T cell objective with Adaptogen, Anti-inflammatory, Antibiotic, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Detoxifier, Immuno-Modulator, Immuno-Stimulant, Lymphatic and other specific actions designed to support cell-mediated immunity.
Our herbal infusion also strengthens the B cell objective with Adaptogen, Adrenal Restorative, Adrenal Tonics, Immuno-Modulator, Immuno-Stimulant, and Lymphatic actions designed to support humoral immunity functions. The function of T cells and B cells is to recognize specific "non-self" antigens, during a process known as antigen presentation. Once they have identified an invader, such as Covid-19, the cells generate specific responses that are tailored to eliminate the specific pathogen, or pathogen-infected cells. B cells respond to pathogens by producing large quantities of antibodies which then neutralize foreign objects like bacteria and viruses.
NK cells are a part of the innate immune system and play a major role in defending the host from tumors and virally infected cells. NK cells distinguish infected cells and tumors from normal and uninfected cells by recognizing changes of a surface molecule called MHC. NK cells are activated in response to a family of cytokines called interferons. Activated NK cells release cytotoxic (cell-killing) granules which then destroy the altered cells. They are named "natural killer cells" because they do not require prior activation in order to kill cells which are missing MHC. Our Infusion delivers cytokines and cytotoxic granules gained from herbal plant compounds to support the needed actions of the innate immune system.
Optimally, the immune system’s function is to keep the body healthy, responding appropriately with an inflammatory response to environmental influences, such as short-lived infection and injury, and then returning the body to an alert system of defense. This function depends on the body’s ability to recognize “self” and “non-self.” When the immune response is successful, the tissue returns to a state of wellness, or metabolic stability described as allostasis.
Our Immune System Shield® helps keep the immune system healthy and performing optimally, in short, it helps prevent typical system constraints, assuring optimal performance of the world’s most robust defense system. It also works in synergy with our other system infusions, and holistic practices of the Health Guardian to provide a holistic strategy for resisting Covid-19 and other pathogens we may encounter.
Take a look at these pharmaceutical grade herbs below, and discover what they can do for you when given a chance. I think you’ll agree that these ingredients, offer a very competitive solution to the issues produced by the Coronaviruses such as Covid-19. To learn more about the biomedical reagents, and the actions caused by these plant compounds review our Product Indications of this herbal infusion.
Burdock Root supports healthy liver & kidney function; flushes toxins; promotes healthy skin; supports a healthy lymphatic system and gently supports fluid balance. While also supporting bowel regularity and the elimination of heavy metal toxicity.
Wild Indigo Root used for against infections such as diphtheria, influenza (flu), Swine flu, Coronavirus, the common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections, lymph node infections, scarlet fever, malaria, and typhoid.
Barberry Root Bark supports healthy liver & gallbladder filtering and elimination functions. It promotes blood cleansing, supports digestion, soothes gastrointestinal distress, promotes bowel regularity, enhances natural resistance, and promotes healthy skin needed as a barrier against the virus attack.
Calendula Flowers helps maintain gastrointestinal health; promotes healthy digestion; supports bone, joint and connective tissue health key in the production of bone marrow and white blood cells used in defense of the Coronavirus.
Cayenne Pepper won’t let your immune system be caught off guard. It is a stimulating circulatory tonic which supports cardiovascular and arterial health needed in the support of other systems such as the respiratory system as well. The Cayenne Pepper’s biochemical mechanisms when combined with the rest of the infusion helps the body mobilize defense components early, before the virus has strength, and provides time needed for the immune system to build its own defense tailored to this specific pathogen strain. Think of it as an early warning system.
Codonopsis Root is used to treat HIV infection and to protect cancer patients against side effects of radiation treatment. In our case it is an excellent blood tonic and immune system tonic. It is extremely effective at boosting vitality and relieving a sense of general fatigue resulting from the Coronavirus.
Echinacea Root is well known for supporting healthy immune function. It also strengthens the lymphatic system as part of the war against the Coronavirus by cellular binding and elimination out of the blood stream. Echinacea promotes glandular health, and respiratory tract health needed in the case of Coronavirus attacks.
Cleavers promotes a healthy lymphatic system function; helps facilitate removal of toxins from the body. It is a traditional blood purifier and promotes healthy skin as a primary defense in pathology prevention.
Goldenseal Root supports a healthy immune system response. It is well known for the support it provides to bronchial, sinus & respiratory tract health.
Chaparral is an herbal antioxidant. It supports cleansing of blood, kidneys and the lymphatic system. It also helps eliminate heavy metal toxicities. Chaparral provides general immune system functional support while promoting both skin and joint health as well.
Thuja leaves supports the bronchial and respiratory function. They provide support for mucus tissue, such as the throat and respiratory tract. They are a mild respiratory diuretic assisting in the resistance to pneumonia.
Cat's Claw Bark supports immune health. It helps to maintain joint comfort & mobility aches and pains produced by flu like pathogens. It fights against environmental allergies; promotes skin health (ointment).
Tree Lichen is used for weight loss, pain relief, fever control, and tissue healing caused by flu viruses. It makes phlegm easier to cough up and reduces both upper and lower respiratory congestion. It maintains a healthy microbial balance within the urinary and immune systems.
Mistletoe is used for joint & muscle discomforts caused by the fevers associated with virus attacks. It provides support to the circulatory system, relaxes nerves; and relieves head discomforts.
This herbal blend consumed as an specially designed infusion, will strengthen your immune system and enhance all your pathology prevention activities. The Immune System Shield® can be PURCHASED online from our pharmacy. It is also complementary to the other system infusions. We recommend considering the respiratory, cardiovascular, and endocrine system infusions found in our pharmacy as a next step to further strengthen your Covid-19 defense accompanied with improved nutrition, exercise, and sleep for a holistic approach to pathology prevention.
NOTE: This product and information about the product, are not intended to diagnose or treat any specific illness or disease. For diagnosis or treatment consult a health professional. Information provided on this site is for decision enablement, lifestyle change, and pathology prevention efforts only. This product has not been evaluated by the FDA.
INTERACTIONS: Please review this herbal infusion’s possible interactions on its product page, under the ‘SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS’ tab.
WARNING: These are pharmaceutical grade herbs, please read the 'Safety Considerations' on the product tab before purchasing.
The Health Guardian is a challenging role, but caregiving in context of pediatrics, the word “challenging” has a whole new meaning. To begin with, it must be stated, “There is no perfect Pediatric Health Guardian.” Every Health Guardian has many plates spinning at one time. We just do our best. One day we wake up, and it’s all over.
It’s the role of every Pediatric Health Guardian to understand the children they care for. When a child feels they’re understood, he or she learns to trust the Health Guardian better. Listening is crucial to understanding. Therefore, it is very important that Pediatric Health Guardians learn to really listen to their children.
Pediatric Health Guardian involves promoting a child’s well-being (holistically), by supporting his/her physical, nutritional, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, mental, and social development. They must be sensitive with their children. They must read ‘the signs’ instinctively – right from the time their children are born. There should be a strong emotional connection between a Pediatric Health Guardian and a child, that a professional pediatrician cannot simply emulate.
As Pediatric Health Guardians, you need to keep your eyes open and observe the children for any emotional, physical or behavioral changes. This way we can recognize any problem early on, without waiting for it to turn into a “situation”.
A baby starts recognizing a mother’s scent and face merely days after birth. From that moment on, the mother’s presence, her touch, her voice, are all a secure base for the child. “I want my mommy” is often the first reaction to anything that upsets the child. This is why it is important for the Pediatric Health Guardian to work on strengthening a trust bond between them and the child. Unreasonable anger and impatience, negative discipline, and public shaming are some of the ways you can lose this trust easily.
As a Pediatric Health Guardian, you have to make your child feel safe and secure – this is often a taken-for-granted role, but it is nevertheless important as insecurity can lead to many emotional and psychological problems in children.
Just as easily as a mother can read her children from their expressions and body language, the Pediatric Health Guardian can also easily talk to their children about what the children are going through. Even if there are no problems brewing, the Pediatric Health Guardian is always interested to know more about their children. They ask probing questions, and they are good at getting answers. As a Pediatric Health Guardian, you need to keep this communication channel open and live, until children become adults. As they grow, children tend to confide more in their friends than parents. This is why you need to be their friend, have daily interactions and share a good laugh – not just start talking when there is trouble.
In order to validate learning and development, it must be documented. There are several creative ideas the Pediatric Health Guardian can use in order to keep valuable records for each child. A favorite method is based on the “minit-book” approach. Through minit-health books, children are taught to comprehend and condense large amounts of material in creatively designed little booklets.
Children are also motivated to better achievement by meaningful charts, graphs, and records. These can be started by the Pediatric Health Guardian and continued by the older children, eventually becoming a part of the health record. In the process, good penmanship, neatness, accuracy, thoroughness, creativity, health awareness, hygiene and other qualities can be developed.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: Regardless of the pathogen, there are pathology prevention practices that we all can use to one degree or another, regardless of our current health condition. We are not hopeless, even if you have multiple chronic diseases. Even in a time when super strains of bacteria that are resistant to known antibiotics exist we can address it. When aggressive viruses are mutating at alarming rates, and fungi evolving all over the place, which are creating new threats to destroy us every year, we can reign supreme, without turning our freedoms over to others. We can be self-reliant. We can enjoy increasing wellness, maintain and increase our quality lifestyle, and engage with others at a healthy level. This is what being a Health Guardian is all about.
ISSUES: Effective pathology prevention practices exist and should be followed regardless of the type or strain of pathogen you’re currently being threatened by.
- In some cases, these pathology prevention practices are the only things we CAN do to avoid illness and even death.
- The Health Guardian accepts the responsibility of self-care and learns how to effectively engage with other health care providers early on, before they find themselves in life threatening situations.
- Every Health Guardian needs to understand the importance of holistic health, especially when it comes to being prepared to fight against this season’s next virus or global threat such as Coronaviruses, Avia and Swine flu.
STRATEGIES: There are three defense strategies used by the Health Guardian against pathogens:
- System Wellness, is the foundational strategy for all pathology prevention efforts regardless of what the World Health Organization and others would have you think. They promote vaccination as the most effective way to prevent diseases, e.g., “A vaccine helps the body’s immune system to recognize and fight pathogens such as viruses or bacteria, which then keeps us safe from the diseases they cause.” This is only half true, they fail to point out that once the body detects a foreign pathogen, it must be healthy enough to win the fight caused by the pathogen.
- Hygiene, This includes activities from washing our face and hands, brushing our teeth, to cooking practices, surface wiping, physical distancing, and even isolation when needed.
- and Vaccination. In a healthy, well-functioning body, vaccination is not a requirement, but even in this case, vaccination can reduce the severity of your fight against foreign pathogens. In cases when the body isn’t functioning optimally, such as with existing weakness, elderly or chronic disease, and in other times when your systems are compromised, vaccination can be the difference between life and death.
INTERACTIONS: A holistic systems response from our entire body can be over 51 times stronger than a single response from a solitary system such as the immune system alone. This compartmentalized thinking is common in the medical industry. 51 times the response illustrates just how effective a holistic approach to wellness can be. When all organ systems are functioning properly, our body’s defenses are extremely powerful against pathogens.
Our mental and spiritual health is used to reduce stress and inflammation as well as provide diagnostic indicators to help identify system constraints and prioritize pathology prevention practices. To increase practice effectiveness and efficiencies, the Health Guardian also uses standardized Management and Caregiving practices that can help make pathology prevention a continuous, and sustainable strategy against viruses, bacterium, and fungus.
As a visitor to this website, we welcome you to study and put to use these pathology prevention practices and herbal infusions to increase your own self-reliance, wellness, and quality of life.
WARNINGS: Failure to commit to a set of pathology prevention actions is an action itself. Are you sure you want to take that action?
In the human body there are eleven organ ‘systems’ working together to make up one whole, a system of systems – our body. It should be kept in mind that these divisions are somewhat arbitrary as to which organs are included and which are excluded in any one system. It also bears remembering that no one organ system ever functions independently of the others.
The nervous system sends instructions to the muscular system as to when to move particular muscles. The cardiovascular system delivers nutrients and removes wastes from the muscle fibers of the musculoskeletal system to allow them to continue to function, etc. Dividing the human body into eleven organ systems is simply a way for the Health Guardian to organize information about what parts do what. In the body itself, the parts that need to interact do interact, regardless of which system they have been grouped into.
The maintenance of homeostasis is pivotal to any experience of wellness within the urinary system. The kidneys are major organs of elimination. They work in conjunction with the liver, lungs, the skin and bowels to help ensure a clean internal environment. The Kidneys are responsible for maintaining the water balance of the body, the pH of the blood, regulating blood pressure, and eliminating drugs or their metabolites. The kidneys also release the protein erythropoietin, which stimulates the bone marrow to increase the formation of red blood cells.
As people get older, the bladder changes, including bladder infections, urinary incontinence, and urinary tract infections. Elastic bladder tissue may toughen and become less stretchy. A less stretchy bladder cannot hold as much urine as before and might make you go to the bathroom more often. The bladder wall and pelvic floor muscles may weaken, making it harder to empty the bladder fully and causing urine to leak. Bladder problems can disrupt day-to-day life. When people have bladder problems, they may avoid social settings and have a harder time getting tasks done at home or at work.
Common bladder problems include:
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)— UTIs are the second most common type of infection in the body and can happen anywhere in the urinary system. More than half of women will have at least one UTI in their lifetime. Older women are more likely to get UTIs because the bladder muscles weaken and make it hard to fully empty the bladder. This causes urine to stay in the bladder. When urine stays in the bladder too long, it makes an infection more likely.
Types of UTIs include: Bladder infection— This is the most common type of UTI, in which bacteria enter the bladder and cause symptoms such as strong and sudden urges to urinate. Kidney infection—Infections in the bladder can spread to the kidneys, which can lead to severe problems. When kidney infections occur frequently or last a long time, they may cause permanent damage to the kidneys.
Urethra infection — A UTI can also develop in the urethra, but this is less common.
Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)— a group of symptoms such as trouble urinating, loss of bladder control, leaking urine, and frequent need to urinate. LUTS are caused by problems with the bladder, urethra, or pelvic floor muscles.
Bladder cancer— Bladder cancer occurs in the lining of the bladder.
Everyone’s bladder behaves a little bit differently. But certain signs may mean a bladder problem.
Signs of a bladder problem can include: Inability to hold urine or leaking urine (called urinary incontinence), Needing to urinate eight or more times in one day, Waking up many times at night to urinate, Sudden and urgent need to urinate, Pain or burning before, during, or after urinating, Cloudy or bloody urine, Passing only small amounts of urine after strong urges to urinate, Trouble starting or having a weak stream while urinating, and Trouble emptying the bladder. Signs of Urinary Tract Infection: In some elderly people, mental changes and confusion may be the only signs of a UTI. Older adults with a UTI are more likely to be tired, shaky, and weak and have muscle aches and abdominal pain.
Symptoms of a UTI in the bladder may include: Cloudy, bloody, or foul-smelling urine, Pain or burning during urination, Strong and frequent need to urinate, even right after emptying the bladder, A mild fever below 101°F in some people. If a
UTI spreads to the kidneys, symptoms may include: Chills and shaking, Night sweats, Feeling tired or generally ill, Fever above 101°F, Pain in the side, back, or groin, Flushed, warm, or reddened skin, Mental changes or confusion, Nausea and vomiting, Very bad abdominal pain in some people, Some people may have bacteria in the bladder or urinary tract, but not feel any symptoms.
While you can’t control everything that affects bladder health, there are some steps you can take to improve bladder health.
- Don’t wait too long to use the restroom. Withholding urination can put added pressure on your bladder which can lead to infection.
- Pay close attention to hygiene – avoid harsh soaps and make sure to shower thoroughly after swimming in pools or lakes.
- Avoid foods that may irritate the bladder. If you have an overactive or sensitive bladder, avoid carbonated and caffeinated drinks and alcoholic drinks.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day in order to keep a normal urinary pattern. This works to remove any waste products in your system.
A common concept among holistically orientated practitioners such as the Health Guardian, is that a human being is a self-healing individual, and at best, all a medical practitioner can do is facilitate this profound inner process. Addressing pathology prevention is relatively straightforward, but health is much more an active state of well-being than the absence of disease.
Health Guardians use herbal remedies to help prevent or cure disease. However, some warnings are in order, there are many unscrupulous sellers out there. Herbal remedies are not regulated like medicines. Herbals may not be tested before they are sold. Herbals may not work as claimed due to the variance in potency and many other uncontrollable factors and agendas. Labels do not need to be approved. Labels may not list the correct amount of an ingredient. Some herbal remedies may contain ingredients or contaminants not listed on the label.
Cooperation among health practitioners of different therapeutic modalities can create a geodesic relationship of extraordinary potential and strength. In such a scenario, differences lead to a celebration of the richness of therapeutic diversity and are no longer a cause for angry, bitter debate and conflict.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: Food provides energy and building material for countless substances that are essential for the growth and survival of every human being. To address nutrition, we must consider at least an overview of digestion, absorption, transportation, and excretion of nutrients at every system's level. These processes convert complex foodstuffs into individual nutrients ready to be used in metabolism. Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates each contribute to the total energy pool, but ultimately the energy they yield is available for the work of the muscles and organs of the body. The way nutrients become integral parts of the body and contribute to proper functioning depends heavily on the physiologic and biochemical processes that govern their actions. It is now known that these metabolic processes are altered in the presence of acute and chronic inflammation.
ISSUES: The type of nutritional care provided for an individual varies depending on the findings of the assessment process. The environment, surgery or trauma, food allergies, inadequate access to safe or sufficient food, stage of growth and development, harmful beliefs, lack of knowledge, and socioeconomic issues can all effect whether the individual has an adequate diet. In the healthy individual, omission of a specific food group, or intake of high-energy, nutrient-poor foods does not lead to failed nutritional status overnight. It is the prolonged imbalanced intake that leads to chronic disease.
STRATEGIES: Nutritional care includes four steps, and is the responsibility of each of us, as our own Health Guardian:
- ASSESSMENT- Conduct, record, and maintain a nutrition assessment. To implement a successful nutrition plan, the assessment must include key elements of your clinical or medical history, current situation, anthropometric measurements, biochemical and laboratory values, information on medication and herbal supplement use for potential food-drug interactions, plus a thorough food and nutrition intake history.
- ANALYSIS- Analyze the record data and diagnose constraints. Focus on the biggest nutritional constraint affecting current nutritional intake and overall nutritional status. Analyze factors contributing to the strengthening and weakening of these constraints to determine intervention direction.
- INTERVENTION- Plan and manage a nutrition intervention when needed. This step requires planning and goal setting followed by the selection of interventions that deal with the cause of the nutrition constraint.
- MONITOR- Monitor and evaluate nutritional status, and adjust. This final step is specific to the individual and is related to the signs and symptoms identified in the assessment. This is developed according to the nutrition diagnoses, assessment factors, and outcomes for the individual.
INTERACTIONS: The Health Guardian’s nutrition practices are inter-dependent, while also depending on the proper functioning of the body’s organ systems. Your ‘diet’ is the nutritional “Big Picture”, which conceptually is made up of menus and recipes. These recipes could be thought of as medical formulas, consumed as nutritional “Medicine” for the body over a long period of time. These medical recipes, (RX Recipes) or formulas deliver specific amounts of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients to the body. Herbals play a critical role in facilitating the biochemical mechanisms of our systems, ensuring we get the optimal nutritional values from what we eat. The Nutritiona Database provides nutritional information needed to diagnose, analyze, and manage our nutritional health.
WARNINGS: Sophisticated feeding and nourishment procedures place an increased responsibility on those concerned with providing nutrition care. The nutrition-related disorders can be managed by changes in dietary practices based on current knowledge. The goal in all cases is to move the individual along the continuum of disease and health management toward better nutritional health and overall well-being without becoming overly reliant on others for our health.
The nervous system collects and processes information from the senses via nerves and the brain and tells the muscles to contract to cause physical actions. The central nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system consists of nerves that connect every other part of the body to the central nervous system. Together with the endocrine system, the nervous system is responsible for regulating and maintaining homeostasis. Through its receptors, the nervous system keeps us in touch with our environment, both external and internal. Millions of sensory receptors detect changes, called stimuli, which occur inside and outside the body. They monitor such things as temperature, light, and sound from the external environment. Inside the body, the internal environment, receptors detect variations in pressure, pH, carbon dioxide concentration, and the levels of various electrolytes.
Some serious conditions, diseases, and injuries that can cause nervous system problems include: Blood supply problems (vascular disorders), Injuries (trauma), especially injuries to the head and spinal cord, Mental health problems, such as anxiety disorders, depression, or psychosis. Problems that cause a gradual loss of function (degenerative); Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, Peripheral neuropathies. Infections that may occur in the: Brain (encephalitis or abscesses), Membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis). Overuse of or withdrawal from prescription and nonprescription medicines, illegal drugs, or alcohol, and A brain tumor. Other Organ system failure: Respiratory failure, Heart failure, Liver failure (hepatic encephalopathy), Kidney failure (uremia). Other conditions; Thyroid dysfunction (overactive or underactive thyroid), High blood sugar (diabetes) or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), Electrolyte problems, Nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin B1 (thiamine) or vitamin B12 deficiency and Guillain-Barré syndrome.
A sudden (acute) nervous system problem can cause many different symptoms, depending on the area of the nervous system involved. Stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) are common examples of acute problems. You may experience the sudden onset of one or more symptoms, such as: Numbness, tingling, weakness, or inability to move a part or all of one side of the body (paralysis), Dimness, blurring, double vision, or loss of vision in one or both eyes. Loss of speech, trouble talking, or trouble understanding speech, Sudden, severe headache, Dizziness, unsteadiness, or the inability to stand or walk, especially if other symptoms are present, Confusion or a change in level of consciousness or behavior or Severe nausea or vomiting. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical advice.
Following the Prevention Guidelines Can Help Keep Your Nervous System Healthy:
- Exercise regularly. If you have medical or health issues, talk to your doctor about an exercise plan that will be right for you.
- Do not smoke or use other tobacco products.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Take care of health conditions that may cause decreased nervous system functioning, such as: Diabetes and High blood pressure.
- Eat a balanced diet. A balanced, low-fat diet with ample sources of vitamins B6, B12, and folate will help protect the nervous system. Make sure that your diet contains lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids. This helps prevent dehydration, which can cause confusion and memory problems. To prevent dehydration during hot weather and exercise, drink water, rehydration drinks, or other fluids each day. Drink extra water before, during, and after exercise. Take a container of water or sports drink with you when you exercise and try to drink at least every 15 to 20 minutes. Limit your intake of caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and colas, which increase dehydration and can affect sleep.
- Do not use alcohol or illegal drugs, which can affect functioning long after use.
- Have your hearing or vision tested. When you do not hear or see well, it is hard for your brain to record information.
- Set priorities and concentrate on one thing at a time. Older adults have a harder time than younger people giving their attention to more than one activity.
- Increase your attention span and ability to focus by learning new skills.
- Keep written notes. Write all your plans on a calendar where you can look at them often.
- Use a medicine box with spaces for each day. This will help you remember when to take your medicines. Take your medicines exactly as they are prescribed.
- Decrease your use of nonprescription medicines. Overuse of medicines may be the single biggest cause of nervous system problems in older adults.
- Develop a positive attitude about your abilities. Reject the notion that nervous system (neurological) functioning declines with age.
- Protect yourself from head injuries and prevent falls in your home.
Preventive medicine can be categorized as primary, secondary, or tertiary. Primary prevention aims to remove or reduce disease risk factors and is the principle activity of the Health Guardian. Secondary prevention techniques promote early detection of disease or precursor states normally beginning with a holistic health assessment. Tertiary prevention measures are aimed at limiting the impact of established chronic disease through strategic lifestyle changes.
The steps of a Evidence Based Practice, which the Health Guardian masters, centers around cultivating a spirit of inquiry. They must ask compelling and provoking clinical questions. The objective is the finding and identification of relevant evidence used to answer these clinical questions. The Health Guardian must critically appraise the gathered evidence, become an expert in the art of moving evidence to a sustainable effort of change. Many times, success revolves around the ability to create and sustain a culture and environment for long-term evidence-based caregiving.
Extensive skeletal and muscular misalignment can impair the function of the neurological system and other organs and disrupt the harmony of the whole body. The health and wholeness of the musculoskeletal system can be maintained only as long as the inner environment and metabolism remain in harmony. Musculoskeletal diseases include tendinitis, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Fibromyalgia, Bone fractures, Arthritis, Bursitis, Osteogenesis imperfections, Rickets, Osteomyelitis, Osteosarcoma, Hip dysplasia, Bone disease, Metabolic bone disease and Bone cancer, muscular dystrophy, mitochondrial myopathy, myasthenia gravis, and tetanus and others. Primary symptoms of the musculoskeletal disease include pain, stiffness, swelling, limited range of motion, weakness, fatigue, and decreased physical function.
The most common disease or disorders of the male reproductive system are; Prostate cancer, Testicular cancer, Enlarged prostate or BPH, Prostatitis, Erectile dysfunction, Male infertility, Testosterone deficiency, Undescended testicle, Varicocele or dilated veins around testicle, Hydrocele or fluid around testicle. Male reproductive system health challenges also include genital ulcers, testicular disorders, or sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STDs.)
Among all the problems that can affect the musculoskeletal system, herbal medicine has the most to offer in treatment of chronic and degenerative ailments. In most cases, successful treatment of musculoskeletal illness with herbal medicine will be based on supporting the whole body, because systemic factors so often lay the foundation for degenerative musculoskeletal conditions.
How to Protect your Musculoskeletal System
- Don’t Smoke- Smoking creates a greater risk of heart attack and stroke, causes coronary artery disease, increases blood pressure and blocks arteries. It alleviates the LDL “lousy” cholesterol and lowers the HDL healthy cholesterol. Smoking destroys the musculoskeletal system by decreasing exercise tolerance due to the reduced amount of oxygen available to muscle tissue. Avoid smoking to keep you healthy.
- Stretch Often Throughout the Day- Maintain muscles, tendons, and ligaments by doing routine stretching and stretching movements throughout the day. If possible, primarily focus on strengthening your abdomen, quadriceps, shoulders, and hamstrings while also staying limber.
- Keep an eye on your blood pressure- Just because you don’t show symptoms right away doesn’t mean your blood pressure is at a healthy standing. Check your levels regularly, a considerable amount of damage can be done before you realize your blood pressure is elevated.
- Watch your cholesterol- Try to maintain a good ratio between your LDL and your HDL, studies show risk factors associated with chronic low back pain, are smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. People with these conditions were twice as likely to have back pain. The theory is that these conditions may slow the blood flow to the lumbar spine, causing pain.
- Manage your weight- Try to keep your body at a healthy weight. Stationary lifestyles and aging cause the body to lose muscle tone. Added weight and gravity combined with muscle resistance cause the body to fall out of alignment. This deficiency of alignment causes stress on discs, bones, ligaments, and tendons, resulting in micro tears in fibers with ensuing pain.
- Live a balanced life- Nowadays life is filled with deadlines, noise, interruptions, and stressors that put us out of balance. Take a few moments to try and collect your thoughts and balance your day with healthy outlets that give you a chance to rest and enjoy your life. Physical activity, like going for a 30-minute walk outside, can help reduce the stress of everyday life.
- Be sure to consume enough water- Drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily. Water flushes toxins and waste products out of the body. -Get enough sleep at night- Getting sleep adequately protects the immune system, rejuvenates cells and makes us feel better.
- Practice good posture- Whether sitting, standing, lifting heavy equipment, kneeling, bending, good posture is vital. Good posture, when sitting or standing, keeps the body in proper alignment. It reduces strain on the bones structure and individual muscle groups plus keeps muscles toned. Try to keep your feet flat on the floor while sitting instead of crossed or straight out in front of you. While standing, picture a straight line that drops from the ear to the shoulder to the hips.
- Inhibit osteoporosis- Risks include smoking, excessive alcohol use, low calcium intake, and lack of exercise. Although men have a lower risk than women, they are still at risk, with white men holding the highest risk of all ethnic groups. Additional risks include prolonged exposure to certain medications, such as steroids, anticonvulsants, and certain cancer treatments. Regular weight bearing exercise, like lifting weights, help increase bone density.
Heath Guardian's train to diagnose conditions that often present differently in older adults; develop care plans that address the special health care needs of older adults; communicate with families and other caregivers; be responsible for care coordination across settings; and to take a patient-centered, evidence-based holistic approach to maintaining older adults’ functional status, independence and quality of life.
The Health Guardian providing primary care for the elderly act as a point of contact on a team of healthcare providers, keeping track of complex drug interactions and prioritizing treatments for people who may be dealing with several conditions and chronic illnesses.
The steps of EBP, which the Health Guardian masters, centers around cultivating a spirit of inquiry. They must ask compelling and provoking clinical questions. The objective is the finding and identification of relevant evidence used to answer these clinical questions. The Health Guardian must critically appraise the gathered evidence, become an expert in the art of moving evidence to a sustainable effort of change. Many times, success revolves around the ability to create and sustain a culture and environment for long-term evidence-based caregiving.
In providing caregiving services, it is necessary to describe the nature of services provided to patients, as well as to identify who are the care providers. The domain of caregiving includes the Health Guardian, Primary Care Physician, and other non-physician providers when called upon. However, central to the concept of caregiving is the patient.