Family Practice Examination: How A Good Board Review Helps

Are you panicking about the family practice examination? Wondering how to plod through mounds of information and case studies? With some basic preparation, you can easily sail through the family practice examination.

The first thing to do is to brush up on your basics. It seems like a trifle, but a good theoretical grounding in the basics of family practice means you are already one step closer to cracking the examination. Learn all the important points and take into reckoning all the probable questions that can come in the examination. Make lists of answers, and keep your question and answer list ready for easy reference while you study. The information is too vast and varied for you to know it all, so it makes sense to remember the crucial points. Try using mnemonics and other memory aids to help you memorize information.

Supplementing what you are learning with visuals is useful. Diagrams and illustrations help to visually support what you have learnt only through text. After all, medicine is all about practical application so the more you know about the human body, it prepares you better for the family practice board review examination.

It is a good idea to take a mock-test before the actual examination to check if you have assimilated all that you studied. And, if your mock-test does not go too well, you always know that you have time to prepare. You also get a fair idea of which topics you need to revise more. Taking a test in the simulated environment of an actual examination can go a long way in helping calm your jitters on the d-day.

Several institutes offer family practice board review courses. Check them out to see if they contain all that you need to pass the examination with confidence. A good family practice board review course not only presents all the information you would need in a structured manner, it also offers dynamic lectures, audio CDs and visual aids to help you prepare easily. While self-study is always useful, systematic study under good instructors can help clarify any doubt about a topic. Plus, the courses have case-studies to help you understand how the theories that you read of have been applied in practice.

The Ostler’s Institute in Indiana offers an array of family practice board review courses designed to help you face the examination with confidence. Their courses feature interactive lectures, visual aids such as picture quizzes, and auditory aids in the form of MP3s.

Holistic and Effective Alternative Health Care

Alternative health care is a holistic way of caring for our body, mind and spirit. It is called alternative because it offers a way of caring for our health that is not conventional or what we are used to in the Western world. In the Western world caring for our health is done mostly by the administration of medicines, many of which are synthetic, produced from sources which are derivatives of nature, not natural in the direct sense. A simple example will make this clear.

Most of us in the older bracket of age are familiar with aspirin. I remember when I was a child, if I had a headache my father gave me aspirin to drink. When I had a fever, he would give me also aspirin. Aspirin is a drug in conventional medicine. Aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid. It is a synthetic drug, meaning, it is a drug synthesized from certain acids, principally salicylic acid. The natural source for this is the willow bark. But the willow bark itself is not used, only a derivative from this, the salicylic acid.

In alternative health care we do not administer aspirin. The person who has a headache may just need rest. So, we tell him to rest. If he has fever, this may be a result of something that he has eaten. So we tell him to drink plenty of water to clean out what he has eaten.

Secondly this alternative health care is holistic. It does not deal with the body only, but also with the mind or soul, and the spirit. In conventional health care people think that sickness is a physical condition. So the sick person needs a material medicine to cure his physical condition. He feels pain in his joints, so he is diagnosed to have flu. And he is given a medicine to counteract this flu, usually an analgesic, any synthetic drug which relieves pain.

In alternative health care we do not just look at the body, but we also inquire into the mind of the patient and consider his or her level of spirituality. We do not just take care of the sickness when it strikes already but we also take precaution that it does not strike at all. When a person experiences headache we ask that person whether he has current anxieties and worries, whether his or her religious belief is strong enough in a God who cares and who can be depended upon at all times.

Actually we had alternative health care from the beginning of our race, since there were no synthetic drugs then. But with the advent of these drugs we gradually forgot alternative health care in favor of conventional medicine. One reason was that conventional medicine was fast and predictable. You do not have to search for the herb and boil it and make a concoction out of it. You just go to the drugstore, present the prescription your doctor gave you, receive the medicine from the pharmacist or his/her aide and pay for it. Upon reaching home, you just take the medicine. It is so convenient.

But the recent experience of people taking conventional drugs is that they may lead to dependence on these drugs and larger doses may be required upon subsequent intakes. Furthermore there are bad effects in taking these drugs. These happen especially with antibiotic drugs. So people began to look for alternative ways of healing, one that is not heavily dependent on synthetic drugs and one that heals body, soul and spirit so that the person really become whole.

Some of the methods of alternative health care may be enumerated thus:

1. Rest

2. Water Therapy

3. Pranic Healing

4. Hypnosis

5. Acupuncture and acupressure

6. Herbs

7. Magnetic Therapy

8. Chiropractic medicine

9. Reflexology

10. Biofeedback

11. Dieting

12. Massage therapy

13. Aromatherapy

14. Carmenbees Synchrotheraphy

15. Mind healing

16. Spiritual healing

Simple and Inexpensive Alternative Health Care For the Whole Family

Here is a story to illustrate how modern medicine often works. A man had some weeds in his lawn. A gardener was called to remove them. He came with a bazooka, some grenades and a machine gun and proceeded to annihilate the lawn. After the job was done, the owner was all upset. “What have you done with my lawn. All I wanted was a few weeds removed.” The reply was, “Well, I got rid of them didn’t I?” Our health care systems often do something like this – costly and difficult fixes instead of relatively non-intrusive, simple and inexpensive body aids.

Until “modern” medicine came about less than 150 years ago, people mostly looked after themselves from a health care point of view. They trusted natural products and approaches for ills and ailments. The idea was to help the body help itself instead of introducing chemicals and products that are highly invasive and in many cases weaken the body further. Ancient wisdom and remedies were passed on to next generations. We have lost much of that ancient wisdom and it is under constant attack by the “modern” medical world. We are told we need to use the gardener’s “kill at any cost” approach instead of something gentle, simpler and less expensive.

Our family members go to a modern-medicine doctor only if absolutely necessary and as a last resort. We learn about our problems and try to fix them ourselves first. This knowledge about how our bodies work can then be used in future situations. I think I know my body pretty well by now and I’m pretty sure I will keep fairly healthy in future years. To be honest, I wonder if modern medicine often causes greater harm than what it should and nobody says or does anything about it.

Our family relies on only a few simple things to maintain control of our health. I want to pass on what we have used for years. We have also saved much money and lost very little “down” time because of them.

I offer no medical claims or scientific proof for these easy and inexpensive self-care methods that work for us personally:

Colds
Instead of buying medicines and syrups containing questionable chemicals, we use a strong salt water or diluted food-grade hydrogen peroxide gargle to kill cold germs in the throat and it seems to prevent them from spreading. At the first signs of a cold, we also use a hot water bottle on the chest and throat while sleeping. Germs are killed easily in the body by the heat and you use less energy producing the fever because of the external heat source. Simple, natural and inexpensive.

Body Toxins
A white coating on the tongue can be a good indicator of toxins. Scraping and mouthwashes to cover the smell are not the solution! Tongues should be pink and uncoated. Check your diet. The color of urine also indicates the level of toxins-the lighter the better. Drink more water to dilute and flush toxins. As you detoxify, two things will be evidence of successful detoxification: clearer urine and a fresh, pink tongue.

Dehydration
Many people are dehydrated and don’t even know it. Headaches can often be warning signs of not enough water in the system. Frizzy skin below cuticles, dry and lifeless hair, and dry flaky body skin are also indicators. Don’t just drink a whole glass of water all at once several times a day, sip continuously throughout the day.

Iron Deficiency
I didn’t believe this one until I saw it with my own eyes when we tried it on our daughter. Rub a gold ring on a cheek. An obvious black streak indicates there is an iron deficiency. We tried the same thing on others in the family. It showed only on her.

Lack of Energy
Low energy is very often caused by poor diet. Many people think they need more sleep because they are always tired. Sleep is not the solution because it is repair time, not re-energize time. If the body doesn’t have the tools and raw materials to repair, it will still be tired when you wake up. Energy comes from nutritious food. Check your diet if you have low energy. Unprocessed foods are best. Cook at low heat to keep needed vitamins and minerals. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. Learn relaxation techniques to improve depth of sleep.

Pro-active Disease Prevention
Dentists will tell you that many physical ailments start with germs and bacteria entering at the gum lines. Brush and floss your teeth regularly. Many diseases develop as a result of stress which compromises the immune system. Learn formal relaxation techniques. Also exercise regularly to aerate your body and keep the pipes clear of “sludge.”

Miscellaneous Inexpensive and Safe Self-Care
a) exercise, flex and tense face muscles each day to reduce sagging skin. Save money spent on facial creams.
b) eye exercises help keep stronger glasses away and eyes strong. Look them up on the internet
c) get rid of warts by rubbing crushed garlic juice on them
d) rub your hands on any stainless steel to get rid of garlic odor
e) for athletes’ foot, soak your feet in a hot, strong ordinary salt and water solution each day until eliminated

Looking after your own health care is not easy. It takes time, observation, analysis and talking with people that know. Over the long term, you will get to know yourself far better, appreciate yourself more and feel more in control of your life. As well, your body will be healthier and thank you by working properly because you have helped it help itself.