If we as policy writers of our daily habits and our business "Policies and Procedures" take more care to first understand our human nature, our individual and group tendencies and preferences, then we may end up with a plan that is doable in the real world of a busy daily life; & one that doesn't annoy staff so much they retaliate in some slight or significant way, such as striking because the policy was impossible or illegal or unethical enough for the group to fight it.
We cannot all be wise in all topics so seeking the guidance of experts and asking what they recommend can save time, money, and possibly prevent tears. I have made mistakes and I have helped others change when their choices weren’t helping them to live as healthy a life as possible. "Effective Care" and "Best Practices" are the recommendations from the healthcare and business sectors for strategies that help most people most of the time, for that particular issue.
The website is organized as two sections, an overview of what might be required for developing effective care policy and procedures that will be helpful and achievable for the employees, instead of being ignored or become a burden of oversight and punitive enforcement for the management staff.
The document is available in a tabbed text format. It has the advantage of having a scrollable index of the section titles - the "tabbed" format, however it doesn't have the images available on the website. Providing information in a variety of formats can help make it more easy for users to access as they are able or interested.
This is the current draft of the document which is updated as I work on it:
Effective Care & Best Practices for Promoting Health and Preventing Harassment & Discrimination.
“Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise.” - Paul Engle, (p 1062, I.1)
For convenience, a Glossary and Resources section combines terms and definitions and a few additional topics in one area, and Nature images are included as examples for stress relief.
Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a service for locating a nutrition counselor near you at the website eatright.org: (eatright.org/find-an-expert)
Effective care is a term used in the healthcare industry to describe healthcare strategies that have proven to be helpful for most patients with a certain condition most of the time. It can save time and money for patients and help improve their quality of life. It can also save time and cost of ineffective treatments for the health care system when the most effective treatments are used.
“Effective care refers to services that are of proven value and have no significant tradeoffs — that is, the benefits of the services so far outweigh the risks
that all patients with specific medical conditions should receive them.”
-The Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare – (1.effective_care.pdf)
“The Dartmouth Atlas Project has found that there is no correlation between higher spending & more widespread use of effective care. The causes of underuse include fragmented care (which tends to grow worse when more physicians are involved in the patient’s care) and the lack of systems to ensure that all eligible patients receive these treatments.” – (1.dartmouthatlas.org)
Learning to do the things on our own that are necessary to help us survive and thrive is the key to effective self care. Having adequate food, water, and a warm shelter with clean air to breath is necessary for basic survival, and having caring social connections and a sense of purpose can be necessary for thriving emotionally
In the 1800's it took twenty years for hand washing to become a widely accepted practice within the medical community.
Sharing effective research can be rapid in our modern times, but a fast internet connection wouldn't help someone who is resistant to changing their habits.
Equal Opportunity Programs and businesses are not supposed to discriminate against employees based on race, gender, age, religion, place of origin, or physical ability. They are also supposed to provide services in a non-discriminatory manner.
Translators should be available if understanding English is a problem.
When is it time to report a bully?
Especially if it's your boss? and how?
Document first. Get witnesses if possible.
And why do we tend to harass or discriminate against others?
Our early childhood experiences can affect our later trust in others or even in the products we buy.
How secure we felt with early caregivers can leave us more or less trusting as adults.
A friendly work environment can help prevent stress and anger in workers, and anger can be a precursor for violence.
A hostile environment can also affect the trust of customers for the business.
Staff or customers who become overly hungry and tired may be more prone to anger or violence, especially if alcohol is available. Water and food protect against dehydration and irritability.
Harassment and discrimination are similar but different. Harassment may involve teasing or bullying while discrimination involves unfair employment practices such as hiring or pay inequality based on gender.
We can't change human nature, however the better we understand ourselves as individuals and groups, the better we can develop policies that enhance our strengths and work around our weaknesses.
Definitions of terms and the resources and therapy techniques from the various sections are gathered together for convenience,
along with some additional topics and material provided for background detail that is not covered elsewhere.
Welcome, a site dedicated to helping put effective care resources in the hands of patients and healthcare providers, and businesses and policy writers, in order to help promote better quality of life in a more economic and timely manner.
Addictive behavior with alcohol, other drugs and food can involve a genetic difference in metabolism for some individuals. Use of foods or supplements that contain phospholipids or cannabinoids may be a safe way to help stop abuse of opioids or alcohol.
Time for a little rest and relaxation. Art can be therapeutic for its relaxing and meditative benefits and as a creative outlet. Art therapy can also be a useful tool for reaching the nonverbal feelings and ideas that might be troubling or exciting you - but wordlessly.
Information about Relaxation and Stress and oxidative stress is included in this very long section. It may be helpful if you suffer from an unresolved problem with chronic itch or other negative symptoms of inflammatory stress including migraines, psoriasis, IBS, TMJ, PTSD, and Dissociative Disorders.
"What does stress have to do with autoimmune disease? or vitamin D? You want me to take a bath? Are you kidding me?" Answer: "No."
The body needs vitamin D and magnesium in order to protect against allergic sensitivity. "Tolerance" of immune cells helps them to be less allergic and the active form of vitamin D is needed to let mom & baby both know the others DNA is safe, rather than an allergen.
"Baby on board," - words to treasure and sometimes to fear. Pre-eclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that can be life threatening for mom and baby. The condition can affect up to 8% of pregnancies and yet is not well understood - overactive TRP channels may hold answers and solutions for preeclampsia, IBS and other chronic conditions. This discussion of TRP channels is continued from G3. Relaxation & Stress.
Music may soothe the savage beast and movement has been found by research to help reduce the negative effects of oxidative stress - the inflammatory condition that results from emotional or or other physical stress on the body. Add music & movement together for a fun way to reduce stress. Rhythm that includes binaural beats can add to the therapeutic value by helping the listener reach a meditative state more easily.
“Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?” Fear is a warning and so is pain. Explore your inner child and discover what childhood or more ancient fears may be lurking in your imagination and possibly holding you back from succeeding as an adult
How could a book about gender roles and policy not include a chocolate chip cookie recipe? Comfort food can be made with more nutritious ingredients and are best eaten in moderation, but comfort sometimes needs an extra helping.
Iodine is an essential mineral for the entire body and all of the endocrine glands, however it is so essential for the thyroid that the gland can preferentially take up iodine - so if there are thyroid symptoms there may be low iodine, or excess halides. (G9.halide)