In the past, medics tried to paint clear borders around their role in society. They were the people you went to for treatment when you got sick. You hoped that they would put you back together and allow you to continue living your regular life.
With the changing nature of diseases, however, that old approach seems a little outdated. The conditions that most people have today are nothing like those of the past. In the 19th century, the biggest killer was tuberculosis and cholera. Today, its heart disease and stroke.
The nature of the causes of these diseases has changed too. Nasty bugs were responsible for the majority of human illness in the past, cutting lives short wherever they struck. Today, though, it’s mainly lifestyle factors, like diet, which determine long-term health. Medics know that merely treating the problems is only half of the solution. If they want to be really effective, they need to prevent them too.
Medicine is changing. It is becoming more holistic. As the following infographic shows, the focus is now much more on tackling the issues related to poor health, such as opiate addiction, housing insecurity, and social isolation. Public health professionals know that if they can address those issues, they can get one step ahead of disease and prevent people from making damaging lifestyle choices.
If you’re interested in how public health in America is changing, check out the facts and figures in the infographic below. It shows just how much our medical system is adapting to the new knowledge we’ve gained about how health works.
Being a parent means you become many things. You become a nurse, a counsellor, a teacher, a financial advisor, a bank account. The list of things that parents become could go on and on. It’s one of the best jobs in the world, no matter how much it requires us to do. It allows us to have this unconditional love for a little human that we managed to grow inside of us. But there are definitely times where being a parent is everything that’s cracked up to be. By that we mean it’s tiring, stressful, lonely, and everything else I between. Although we know that we’re going to have that unconditional love, we’re also fully away of the struggles of being a parent before we sign up for it. One of the biggest ongoing struggles we think, is the worry a parent has for their child. You want them to grow up to be the best that they can possibly be and to have the best health possible. So when your child begins to get ill it’s easy to go into full panic mode. You think that the world is crashing down because they’re not this healthy perfect child anymore and the care of them is either totally in your hands which is stressful, or in the hands of doctors and nurses, which is even more stressful. So, we’re going to go through some of the worries a parent has when their child is poorly, and hopefully ease a few that you might have had.
Dealing With The Small Issues
There will be so many small issues that go wrong with children’s health. They’re going to go through years of having to build up some sort of immune system to be able to function like a normal adult who doesn’t get ill every time they go into a building. Because we can walk around every day and we’re not likely to get ill that often. All children have to do is go back to school after having a break for Christmas for example, and they’ll eventually end up with some sort of cold or sickness bug within a week or two. So throughout their life, you’re going to have to deal with runny noses, and vomiting in the early hours of the morning. To manage it, you simply have to do what you would do for yourself if you were ill. Make sure they’re drinking plenty of fluids, eating only when they can if they’ve had a sickness bug, and generally keeping them in bed until it passes. We don’t have sickness bugs really as adults, so it’s easy to forget how terrible they are. Trying to build up an immune system is also important. Kids can take daily vitamins that will help them to do so!
Dealing With Their Fears
Every kid is going to have fears when it comes to visiting at least one healthcare professional. For a lot of kids it’s the dentist, but there are bigger worries about what scary health professionals are going to do to them. For example, a lot of children have to make trips to the audiologist for pediatric hearing tests. Some children are either born with hearing problems, or might be developing them due to gromits, infections, and many other things. But children seem to be particularly funny about people trying to put things in their ears. To manage any sort of fear like this, you have to use distraction and bribery. Their fears are justified, because who does like having something put in their ears! So tell them to sit there and get on with it might not be that effective! Take a tablet with you for them to play on, and promise them something they’re going to love afterwards!
Stays In Hospital
Stays in hospital are hopefully not going to come around too often. A stay in hospital can be so traumatising for both you and your child. But the best thing that you can do is try to make it as fun as possible for them. Playing, watching films, whatever you can do it make it enjoyable so they don’t start associating the hospital with nasty things. The more you can get them to come to terms with a hospital helping and healing, rather than hurting, the easier it’ll be for them to engage as they get older. Some people go into their adult life not wanting to go to the doctors about anything because that’s how they’re grown up!
We all know that getting older means looking after our minds and bodies that bit more. We need to have a bit more care and attention with regard to what we are putting into our bodies and how much exercise we are doing. But while we need to achieve optimum health we don’t necessarily know what this consists of. As we get older, we want to be functioning at an optimum level for the sake of our loved ones, but what does this mean and how can we check that we are?
Your Senses Are As Good As They Can Be
Fixing your senses is easier than ever with glasses and hearing aids. But it’s important that as we get older that we don’t shy away from getting a hearing test or having our eyes checked regularly. As we get older we need to have our wits about us more, especially if we’ve got grandchildren that we need to chase after! Ensuring that our sights, sounds, and smells are all functioning at their best will make everything else that much easier.
You Have A Stable Weight
We all know that we need to exercise, but while we may not necessarily have the opportunity to go running around or hitting the gym as much as we’d like, if we know that we have a stable weight for our height and build we can rest easy. If your weight fluctuates, there could be something wrong with your hormones or inflammation levels. Inflammation is one of the main buzzwords with regards to a healthy lifestyle now. Minimizing inflammation is something that you can do through various means.
You Sleep Well
Sleep is a big problem now partly because we don’t eat the right things to encourage us to sleep but we also feel that we’ve got to burn the candle at both ends in order to keep abreast of significant changes in life. But we need to prioritize our sleep. There are so many people that feel a sense of pride in waking up before everyone else and going to sleep later. But this will cause various health issues and could lead to very serious conditions later in life. It is important to make sleep a priority if you don’t already.
You Know How To Tackle Stress
Stress is one of the most common problems we hear about in the modern-day. Tackling stress is partly to do with the right tactics but it’s also about making sure that we have our perceptions of life in check. As we get older we can start to stress about our mortality and we could start to retreat into our shell, especially if we hear stories about people that we grew up with passing away. But with regards to getting older and realizing that stress is something that we need to treat as importantly as our health we can age healthier and happier. Tackling stress is partly to do with our individual stress triggers but it’s also about making sure that our general health is in check. Feeling stressed could very well be your body’s reaction to inflammation.
Detoxifying is not just about making sure we sweat on a regular basis but it’s also about understanding that there are so many things in the modern world that aren’t necessarily good for our minds and bodies. As we get older and we start to see the gap between the older generations and young, especially with regards to social media, we could feel that we need to catch up. But the big problem in doing this is that we are exposing ourselves to things that we may not feel prepared for. Overstimulation is a very big problem, not just in older people, but in the youth of today. This is something that can cause a lot of stress so we have to think about detoxifying our minds and bodies in the right way. Some people undergo things like a social media detox, whereas others start to become more aware of mindfulness so they are able to listen to their bodies.
Ensuring that we are functioning at an optimum level is crucial as we get older but it’s also something that we can pass on to younger generations. It’s so easy for us to think that when we were young we were invincible but now the generations after us are born with a deficit in terms of energy and health. Partly this is due to diet but it’s also due to the modern stresses that we just didn’t have all those years ago.
As we get on in life, we sometimes have to face the fact that we may need the help of a wheelchair to get around. While it can feel like an interruption in independence, it doesn’t have to be. Many public places today are friendly to those with wheelchairs, with accessibility being easier than ever before in a lot of places. However, the one place that never seems to be wheelchair-friendly is your house.
If you are new to using a wheelchair, then the likelihood is that your house will need to be adapted to suit your new wheels. It’s one of the essential things to do to make life as easy and comfortable as possible. So, if you are dealing with physical limitations and you want to make improvements to your home to be more accessible, take a look at some of our tips below.
Move Things Around.
The best place to start is with your furniture. Move things around to accommodate the size and shape of your wheelchair. You may have negotiated tight spaces when walking, but it’s a little different when you’re in a chair. Make the gaps between furniture bigger to fit the chair and adapt what furniture you have in each room to suit.
Make Entrances Accessible
You need to ensure that your entrance to the house and your back door are lined with a handicap ramp to get you in and out of the house safely. You want to avoid using any steps if possible, otherwise you’re going to struggle to get in and out! It shouldn’t be hard to get in and out, and you can give yourself much-needed independence when you add ramps.
Aim For Low Shelves
When you’re sitting in a chair, you don’t want to have to try and act dangerously by reaching up too high and falling over. So, start adding your most important items to lower shelves for ease. Independence is gained when you don’t have to ask for help, so don’t be afraid to adjust as you need for your benefit.
Add A Stairlift
If you have an upper level of your house, then think about adding a stairlift to get you to bed every night. You may not be in a position to move house or move your bedroom downstairs, so this is the next best thing for you.
Widen The Doors
You may not be able to adapt every house you go into, but you can adapt your own house. You can have builders come in and widen the doors for you so that you are able to get in and out comfortably. By widening the doors, you can get in and out whenever you need to without worrying about crashing and damaging the wood.
You might feel frustrated in the very beginning when you first get into a chair, but you can increase your independence and feel more secure when you get some practice. It isn’t easy to get around in a wheelchair as it is, but you can make it so.
Every family has their favourite Christmas veggie side dishes – from citrussy carrots and braised red cabbage, to cauliflower cheese, roast parsnips, and infamous brussels sprouts, we have all the recipes you need for Christmas dinner
Try our best Christmas vegetable side dishes. Here are our top Christmas dinner side dishes, from Brussels sprouts to red cabbage and roast parsnips. Plus winter greens and some indulgent gratin recipes. We also have plenty of Christmas trimmings ideas here, from pigs in blankets to the perfect gravy.
We have made Christmas side dishes easy to make, and here’s our turkey guide to cook the perfect turkey.
If you’re going all out vegetarian this Christmas, try our Christmas vegetarian recipes here.
Our veggie sides use Christmas ingredients such as orange peel, cinnamon and more to add a festive touch
Using a medium-coarsely ground cornmeal for this dish leaves some texture in the polenta while getting it as close to the consistency of soft, fluffy mashed potatoes as possible. (If using a more coarsely ground meal, increase both the cooking time and quantity of stock accordingly.)
What You Will Need
Medium Roasting Pan
1 medium head of garlic (1¾ oz.)
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup cornmeal (ground to a medium coarseness)
1⁄4 cup (2 oz.) mascarpone
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp. fresh sage, finely chopped
1 tsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped
1⁄2 tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Drizzle the whole garlic head with olive oil and wrap it tightly in a sheet of foil. Roast for until the cloves are very soft and fragrant, 30–35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at room temperature.
Once the garlic is cool enough to handle, separate each clove from the head. Peel and discard the skins. Transfer the cloves to a small bowl, mash them well with a fork, and set it aside.
In a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the stock to a boil. Slowly pour the cornmeal into the boiling stock, whisking constantly. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook, whisking continuously until the polenta starts to thicken slightly, 2–3 minutes. Cover the pot and continue cooking, stirring every 5 minutes and scraping the bottom well to ensure that the polenta does not clump, until the polenta is creamy and lightly bubbling, but still falls off the spoon in ribbons, about 30 minutes. Stir in the mashed garlic, salt, pepper, butter and mascarpone. Continue cooking, while stirring, just until the butter and mascarpone are completely melted and the garlic is incorporated, about 5 minutes more. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more kosher salt or pepper as needed.
Immediately before serving, stir in the sage, thyme, and rosemary. Transfer to a large serving bowl and serve hot.
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Roasted Garlic Polenta “Mash” with Herbs and Mascarpone