Why Healthcare Professionals Might Want to Try the Danish Clapping Game!

I’m always looking for Improv ideas that can help us with various ‘pain points’ in healthcare.  I think the Danish Clapping game can improve teamwork, decrease stress, and engage staff in organizational initiatives.  Yet this activity is so playful and fun, maybe that is enough reason to watch this 4 min youtube and try with a colleague.! You can practice teaching it with one person or a whole group.  It only takes a few minutes to teach and play and you will hear lots of laughter and see lots of joy if you do.

By the way, I’m not quite as competitive as the guy in this video!  When I play and someone ‘looses’ we just start again! 🙂  Have fun and let me know if you use it with your team!

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My Primitive Research on Benefits of Cranberry Supplement

untitled-design-26by Suhail Ajmal

Being a diehard cranberry fan, I am always interested to know more and more about it and its benefits. Today, I will share my primitive research about the benefits of Cranberry supplement. Before you start taking this supplement, it will be wise to consult with your doctor. The supplement can give birth to undesired effects at times.

Benefits of Cranberry Supplement

The supplement is primarily made up of tart berry and usually comes in powder, extract or tablet form. It contains high amounts of anti-oxidants, which are being used for centuries to cure a number of ailments.

Prevention from Urinary Infection

A research conducted by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has shown that cranberry supplement is very effective in combating urinary infection. Major cause of urinary infection is multiplication of bacteria in urinary tract that in turn causes inflammation of bladder, a condition known as cystitis. Here comes the role of cranberry. It boosts urine acidity and prevents bacteria gluing on the walls of the uterus.

Suppresses Gastric Ulcer

Cranberry supplement also plays an important role in suppressing infection caused by bacteria ‘Helicobacter’ that leads to the formation of stomach ulcer. The same fact was confirmed by a journal by the name of the bacteria ‘Helicobacter’. It was highlighted in the journal that people who consume cranberry daily or on regular basis are less prone to stomach ulcer. To stimulate a healthy gastro-intestinal environment, some experts also suggest Probiotic America.

Dental Hygiene

Another potent advantage of cranberry supplement is prevention of plague amassing around your teeth. It decreases bacteria’s ability from adhering to one’s teeth, and in turn, the chances of formation of cavities as well as tooth decay lower. Although cranberries are for sure no replacement of a tooth paste, yet researches are considering their positive impact on teeth.

An Excellent Detoxifier

Cranberry has been termed as an excellent flat flusher and detoxifier by Ann Louise, renowned Idaho nutritionist and author of the book, “The Fast Track Detox Diet”. According to Louise, cranberry possesses certain nutrients that are beneficial for liver, and in turn, liver filters toxins from the body. Consuming cranberry also helps liver in fat metabolism.

Improves Skin Condition

It is also known for improving skin condition and healing acne, pimples, dry patches, dermatitis, aczema and psoriasis. Furthermore, its intake strengthens immune system, hence, your body becomes strong enough to combat any disease; be it skin related, or any other.

Potential Side Effects

Although you can easily get lured by any of these benefits, yet there is a potential side effect to non-prescribed intake of the supplement. Though people suffering from an ulcer or any other ailment might be interested in the cranberry supplement, be sure to check with your doctor first.  If it interacts with any other medicine, or you need more urgent care, it might be hazardous to your health.

Cranberry, be it fresh, in the form of juice or supplement, are beneficial for health. Its daily intake in advisable proportions has innumerable advantages for mind and body, but should not be taken in excess and must be taken under physician’s advice.

Suhail Ajmal  is a health journalist who writes for multiple health blogs regularly.

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Portsmouth Improv Learning Lab (PILL) Launched!

Last Sunday (9/18/2016), I facilitated the first ever PILL in the lovely seacoast town of Portsmouth, NH!  It is a fun name don’t you think?  Ten friends and colleagues came together to discover, play, connect, and learn how improv activities can help us develop ‘soft skills’!  It was fantastic!  Teachers (elementary, undergrad and graduate levels), psychologists, a nurse, reiki master, yoga instructor, mindfulness trainer, author and bully prevention specialist, mom, and others gathered to discover, play, connect and learn!  This was a two hour session and 3 more are scheduled with the same group.

It is a pilot that can be adapted for many groups wishing to improve communication, engage and empower others, and much more!  (Let me know if you’d like to discuss possibilities!)

PILL dovetails with the Improvoscopy project!

Improvoscopy logo draft NO wordsRemember the Improvoscopy:  Serious Play for Safe Care crowdsource funding project from last Winter?  We raised over $2,000 dollars to help build a website that would have teaching materials with the same idea.  While not enough for the entire project right away, this money is helping to fund both of the above projects which ultimately feed into the same concept of using improv to provide safer care, create healthier workplaces, and decrease burnout among healthcare professionals.  The people participating in PILL will become part of a pool of talent who will be invited to participate in a workshop where teaching and playing fundamental activities is filmed!  This will provide video bites to help others teach fundamentals!  And THIS project will dovetail with another project that I’ll tell you more about next month!


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