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  • Health check-ups: MOTs for human engines

  • Detox from your mobile and laptop

  • Summer potpourri

  • High blood pressure – facts and myths

Detox from your mobile and laptop

Holidays are a wonderful thing but not only that.

The alternation between periods of tension, pressure, hard work and total relaxation and recovery are crucial for the right energy balance. What sounds a bit complicated here is something we know instinctively already. At some point we feel really ready for a holiday. The signs are that we do not enjoy our work anymore, wake up in the morning already tired, can’t concentrate, become irritable and find it difficult to cope with the pressures of our tasks and agendas.

Even short periods of ‘time out’ can be a magic cure. It is not important to be very far away or in a particularly exotic or luxurious place. What makes the holiday ‘efficient’ is the freedom from mobile phones, laptops and the opportunity to totally relax and just be. That way we can recharge our batteries and start fresh and revived with our day to day tasks.

Stress related illnesses and burnout

We now know that the effects of continuous pressure and tension are indeed detrimental to our health. High blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, depression and even a complete burn out can be the consequence. It is also obvious that one can enjoy the job much more if you don’t have to do it 12 hours a day, seven days a week without a break. Even the most fascinating profession can become a bit tiring and boring if you have to do it all the time.

The term ‘burnout’ has recently been ‘promoted’ to be a real medical diagnosis – meaning the complete flatness of our batteries. It is more than being very tired. You can compare it literally with those rechargeable batteries that have been discharged totally so that it becomes very difficult to recharge them again.

Patients with ‘burnout syndrome’ are often depressed, unable to cope with the easiest task, have high blood pressure and low libido. They need more than a good holiday, often even psychotherapy. The ‘burnout syndrome’ has become one of the more common illnesses doctors see daily in their surgeries.

What is the ideal holiday?

The best holiday for you is the one that is suitable for you and your family. If you are single and independent, you may well enjoy an exciting big city trip with lots of cultural events or camping in the desert. That kind of holiday is not the right type if you have a young family with children under 10 or a partner who hates big cities. What I am trying to get at is that you will only have a good break if the ones who are joining you can also have fun. Otherwise the long desired trip can easily turn into a stressful nightmare.

I would also advise you not to expect too much. A holiday is not meant to be perfect to be a good experience. Often conflicts in the family, which have been put on hold because everybody has been too busy to deal with them, will surface and finally be discussed. Rather expect that and be prepared and not disappointed. It can also be useful if the accommodation is not five star, the shower with too little pressure and the breakfast not exactly the perfect English kind. That way we can appreciate the good things we have at home much more.

The purpose of a good holiday is also just of a change of scenery. We need change in our lives and variations. We can only see that the grass is not always greener on the other side if we get a chance to take a look there.

De-stress illnesses

What I do observe a lot in my daily practice are acute infections like tonsillitis and bronchitis that occur in the first days of a holiday. They often occur in the hard working, who sent the last e-mail just two minutes before takeoff.  As soon as they finally can relax, their immune system can also do so and the virus that has been trying to catch them during the past stressful month finally succeeds. This situation is particularly unfortunate because it mostly hits those hard working guys from the city who had been looking forward to seeing more of their families and now end up in bed with a fever and not in the pool with their children. You can prevent this by using a high dose of an immune booster and by stimulating your immune system mentally. I recommend, and use myself, ‘Sambrosa’, a special juice from ‘Nature’s own sun’.

So, as you can see, a good holiday takes a bit of planning and requires that you detox from your mobiles and laptops. Take the good old collection of board games instead. It does not have to be the Bahamas either, you can have the same fun on the Ilha de Tavira.

On a final note, I have good news for you. In a clinical study by The Keele University in Britain, it  has been proven that humans can tolerate pain better and longer if they swear during the painful period. You can read the study in ‘Neuroreport’. Since then we encourage swearing in my practices during manipulations or minor ops. Sometimes things get a little out of hand and you may have heard quite rude language in the Vale do Lobo medical centre recently, but this is all for the purpose of painless medicine.

I would like to wish you a good  holiday.

For more information, please call Dr Kaiser on 289 398 009.

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