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If Health Care Worked Like Amazon

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It's been a busy Holiday season and I've been using Amazon a lot!  The experience is so good and effortless it made me wonder how great it would be if Health Care could be run like Amazon.  Imagine this:
Log into your secure doctor's office website and you are recognized..."Hi Toni".The web screen has easy navigation and point and click for "recent labs", "immunizations due", "make an appointment", "email the office", "update insurance info/address/credit card". etc.The web screen provides a link for pricing of office visits, procedures and immunizations with your copay amount depending upon your personal insurance and deductible.The web screen has links for information on how to stay healthy and timely messages from the office that relate to your personal health issues.  (healthy recipes, workout tips, managing high cholesterol or diabetes, exercises for arthritis etc)After a visit or encounter an email arrives w…

Probiotics - They Actually Work

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Probiotics are live bacteria and eating or drinking them can have a profound beneficial effect on your health.  Before you say "ewww", let's look at the science and why the right bacteria is essential for our well-being.

The human gastrointestinal (GI) tract is filled with millions of microbes known as microbiota.  Your microbiota is specific only to you and was started at birth when you acquired the bacteria from your mother.  Over the years it continued to evolve depending upon your gender, geography, health and diet.  If you took antibiotics, it probably knocked out your good intestinal microbial environment for at least a month.  Some strong antibiotics affect the gut for up to 4 years.

Probiotics are bacteria found in foods and a number of digestive illnesses are helped by taking them.  They prevent the growth of bad bacteria, they lower intestinal pH (thereby preventing  bad bacterial growth) and they increase the production of mucin which acts as a blockade and p…

Healthy New Year

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You only need three resolutions for 2015 to become healthier.  Only three!  And research shows that these three are the most important for healthy aging, longer life and feeling better overall.
Are you ready?  (Insert drum roll here)

1.  Quit smoking.  No more excuses. Throw those packs and ashtrays away and become a non-smoker.  Need help?  Go here.
I don't need to tell you why or coax you more.  You already know it.  If you don't smoke, yippee...you only need two resolutions.

2.  Plan your meals and eat more plants.  I didn't want to say the diet word because it is loaded with meaning for everyone.  We've all tried diets that fail.  We are told confusing things about what to eat and what is a healthy diet.  But planning meals and eating more plants at every meal will automatically mean we are eating healthier.  The worst way to eat is on the fly, eating quick fast food or grabbing what's most convenient.  Because without planning, what is most convenient is proc…