Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How do you make small changes?

Do things that make you feel good instantly, such as spending more time with understanding friends, If they let you talk out your problems and are warm and caring, even if they aren’t in the best shape themselves, such a sympathetic attitude will reduce your stress and make it easier for you to follow other healthy strategies.
Prayer, worship and belief in God are an important part of life for many people, and spiritual beliefs and practices can actually enhance your health and well-being as well. Keeping a pet is also a beneficial activity, and has been shown to improve life expectancy according to many studies.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

How do you become a Smart Patient?

How do you get started?

For one, start out by trying to make small changes before going in for big ones.

Also, begin by adopting a new behavior pattern rather than giving up an old one, because the former is easier. For example, it’s hard to stop smoking, but it’s pretty easy to add fruit to your diet every day. If you’re successful in introducing small changes, the resulting benefit will motivate you to undertake the required big changes.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Are you a Smart Patient?

One factor which galvanizes many people to get serious about living healthily is confronting a serious illness, either afflicting them, or a friend or a relative. This realization usually acts like a kick in the pants, and makes them reform quickly! Many patients, after having been through the rigors of a heart attack, for example, are so thankful to be alive that they’re very willing to make serious changes in lifestyle. However, a smart person learns from others, and you don’t have to wait for an agonizing incident to jumpstart a change in your life!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Do we really need a doctor to keep us healthy?

The dismal fact is that most doctors know a lot about treating ailments, but they know precious little about how to remain healthy! (Unfortunately, medical colleges do not teach doctors how to specialize in keeping people healthy!) In fact, since doctors are so used to treating patients who are ill, many of them really wouldn’t be of much use in teaching you how to remain healthy! Fortunately, you do have a remarkable teacher, who can help you to remain healthy — the wisdom of your own body!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How To Get The Best Medical Care

When we fall ill, we expect our doctor to treat us and help us to get better.
However, patients are getting increasingly dissatisfied with the
medical care they receive.

Many feel that doctors are too busy to give them the personal attention they
need, while others feel that the medical profession has become commercialised
and uncaring, leading to increasing tension between patients and doctors.

Putting Patients First

From Dr.Aniruddha Malpani

20TH OCTOBER 2010 - 9.30AM - 1.30PM

Traditionally, Indian patients were passive and were quite happy to leave all medical decisions to the doctor . However , times have changed, and internet positive patients are hungry for information and want to work in partnership with their doctor. This is a huge challenge – and a great opportunity as
well . We feel patients are the largest untapped healthcare resource and that Information Therapy is Powerful Medicine !

In partnership with the Patient Information Forum, UK, HELP is organizing The Empowered Patient Conference. Our keynote speaker will be Mr Mark Duman, President of PiF


Information Therapy can help patients (and health insurance companies !) save money on

medical care by:

1. Promoting SelfCare and helping them to do as much for themselves as they can

2. Helping them with Evidence-Based Guidelines , so that they can ask for the right medical treatment that they need – no more and no less

3. Helping them with Veto Power, so they can say No to medical care they don’t need, thus preventing overtesting and unnecessary surgery .

Information Therapy is good for doctors and hospitals as well, as patients who are well-informed have realistic expectations of their treatment. They are much more likely to have a good medical outcome and much less likely to sue.

How can we all work together – doctors, patients, hospitals, health insurance companies and IT companies , to ensure that patients are at the heart of everything we do in healthcare ?

After having received your confirmation to present your views at the conference, we now invite you contribute your articles, blog posts, views and opinion on this subject. These articles will be put up on a brand new website being created by us to project your thoughts and perspective.

Please email your contributions to