AWARD WINNER: 2016 BEST BOOK AWARDS HEALTH: GENERAL
Persistent pain affects one-fifth of adults in the U.S., according to a National Health Interview Survey. But those burning pains or stabbing pinches that seemingly come out of nowhere and plague day-to-day life are sending out an important warning signal. Something needs to change -- now. Author Ya-Ling Liou, DC, sheds light on why pain develops, how to make it stop, and how to keep in from reoccurring in her new book, Every Body's Guide to Everyday Pain (Return to Health Press, 2015). Liou warns that people need to take action when pain first flares up, before it becomes entrenched.
Liou applies her 20 year's experience as both a chiropractic physician and teacher to transform complicated anatomical processes into easily understood concepts. Using cartoon-style illustrations and accessible analogies, she helps readers grasp the interplay between mechanical, chemical and emotional causes of pain. Liou compares pain caused by inflammation to "the body on fire," and guides readers through the processes of "cooling the fire" and "fire-proofing the body."
Witnessing the frustration and desperation of patients coming to her, often after exhausting both mainstream and alternative health care options, compelled Liou to give those in pain the means to move beyond their pursuit of the quick fix, and begin thinking "big picture." She assures readers, "Our pain makes sense," and inspires confidence that, by tapping into the body's innate commonsense, everyone can experience a more pain-free existence.
Every Body's Guide to Everyday Pain leads readers through an investigation that pinpoints the sources of pain, and how best to rehabilitate their over-stressed bodies. Liou reveals ways to deal with:
Mechanical stresses, such as daily repetitive movements, and ways to identify risks that can result in the strain of over-worked muscles and ligaments;
Chemical stresses, such as internal and external (environmental) irritants that cause inflammation, and the three ways to aid the body in flushing them away;
Emotional stresses, including poor self-image, and how befriending your body through knowledge and awareness can shift your outlook and help alleviate everyday pain.
Liou clearly spells out the functions of the systems involved in pain so that people can become their own experts on healing what ails them. Her invaluable advice, based on sound medical science, offers hope to people who have been living with chronic pain.
This book is a portable support system that helps you navigate through the medical system effectively. Whether you are going through a medical crisis, enjoying good health, or are a caretaker advocating for a loved one, you need the book you are now about to read. This isn’t your typical medical-advice book that will just tell you to ask questions during your exam, record your session with the doctor, or take notes. While this is sound advice, self-advocacy involves so much more. Through my personal story and advice, you will learn how to distinguish good doctors from inadequate ones and how to fire the latter. This guide will also teach you the many roles you must play to make the medical system work for you. These roles include being a savvy manipulator, listener, gambler, observer, letter-writer, courageous warrior, diplomat, leader – and your own hero. You already have these qualities. You are the best advocate for yourself. After all, if you don’t stand up for yourself, who will? You call the shots in your medical care.
You know when you've had a great nurse ... you can feel it!
Juliana Adams has lived her dream of being a nurse for 50 years. Her stories are stunning and startling; raw and revealing; heart wrenching and heart soaring. In her eye-opening experiences, she provides a deeper perspective ... to always look beyond the diagnosis ... because every nurse is more than just a nurse!
The Joy of Nursing: Reclaiming Our Nobility is provocative and riveting as the stories from new nurse to intuitive experienced nurse unfold. Far more than a memoir it is a rich journey from novice to expert, a concept with historical roots for all who enter this profession.
Are you a nurse or exploring nursing as a career?
Are you wondering what is true about being a nurse?
Does your nursing reality match the dream you once envisioned?
For the currently practicing nurse, The Joy of Nursing will resonate with you. What Juliana learned about herself and her profession created a foundation of practicing nursing that resulted in a far deeper sense of joy.
This book’s message is rooted in the belief that people inherently possess the wisdom necessary to make healthy choices and live in balance. It emphasizes that self-love, acceptance of genetic diversity in body size, celebration of the unique beauty of every individual, and intuitive self-care are fundamental to achieving good physical and emotional health.
Embody guides readers step by step through five core competencies:
Practice Intuitive Self-Care
Declare Your Own Authentic Beauty
Anyone can practice these fundamental skills on a daily basis to honor their innate wisdom and take good care of their whole selves, and research indicates that this work significantly improves people’s ability to regulate eating, decreases depression and anxiety, and increases self-esteem.
Rather than receiving a prescriptive set of rules to follow, readers are guided through patient, mindful inquiry to find what works uniquely in their own lives to bring about — and sustain — positive self-care changes and a peaceful relationship with their bodies.
While many health care organizations need to improve health care quality and lower costs, most lack specific strategies and tactics for implementing these changes. Baylor Scott & White Health has established and continues to develop an accountable care organization (ACO) called the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance (BSWQA) to improve the quality of care and decrease health care costs through clinical integration.
Accountable: The Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance Accountable Care Journey tells the story of the BSWQA and its clinical network and payers who are committed to delivering accountable, value-based patient care. It describes the need for ACOs in today's health care environment and details the framework and requirements needed to establish one.
The book provides readers with essential background information about accountable care, including the Triple Aim and population health management. It outlines the infrastructure and governance framework needed to establish a successful ACO and supplies real-world examples from the ACO owned by Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas.
The book explores the concept of accountability for all stakeholders in today’s complex care systems, as well as the role of personal and organizational accountability in managing patient populations. It also includes detailed outlines to guide you in developing your own accountable care organization?from step-by-step details of legal requirements to an outline of the role of payers in this model.