It Feels Good to Be Working out the Way I Want to Again

Back in my twenties, I was a big couch potato. I was in college and doing well, but I was often drained at the end of the day after classes and homework. So, I laid around a lot during my free time. I gained a lot of weight, and found it hard to get around, and I was often out of breath. It was then that I started actively working out, and I love it. I can’t live without it. So, when back and knee troubles started up, I struggled until I found a good chiropractor in San Jose CA who got me back to feeling normal.

One of the things that I fell in love with is running. I do lift weights, bike and even do aerobics. But running is where my heart is at. Continue reading →

Qualified High Deductible Health Plans and HSAs – The Secret to Saving on Health Insurance Premiums

The combination of health savings accounts and qualified high deductible health plans is an unmatched financial solution to high health insurance and medical costs. Here’s why it can’t be outdone…

Since health insurance premiums have nearly doubled over the last decade, there hasn’t been a solution as attractive an innovative as high deductible health plans (HDHP’s) and health savings accounts (HSA’s). The solution comes in two parts:

The Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (The Health Insurance)

Best of all, moving you or your family to a high deductible health plan will lower your premium drastically. Different companies have different rates for their plans, so be sure you do your research. HDHP’s require you to pay for most of your everyday medical expenses out of your own pocket. The deductibles for the plans are usually between $1,500 – $5,000 per person and $3,000 – $10,000 per family. So, in addition to taking on some everyday expenses yourself, you are also agreeing to cover the first few thousand dollars if there is a major medical event.

These plans work great if you or your family are healthy and don’t go to the office, urgent care, or hospital excessively, or have multiple expensive prescriptions. If you remain healthy throughout the year, you get to pocket the premium savings, unlike full benefit plan where you pay a high premium whether you are healthy or not. This way you have the opportunity to save a lot of you premium dollars. Many plans will allow you to have preventive care coverage and accident coverage before you are required to pay the deductible, which is a nice benefit.

The Health Savings Account (The Financial Account)

Health savings account are a fringe benefit to owning a qualified high deductible health plan. They allow you to deposit money pre-tax into your HSA. You can use your HSA balance to pay for office visits, surgeries, hospital stays and a whole lot more, tax free. If you are in higher tax bracket you may save hundreds or thousands in taxes, on top of your health insurance premiums.

The powerful combination of HDHP’s and HSA’s is an excellent solution to high health care and insurance costs that is underused because many people don’t understand how they work, and how easy they are to setup and use.

Staying Healthy With Natural Health Care

With the growing number of medical issues surrounding the current health care system, people are becoming increasingly frustrated with treatment results and the expense of maintaining personal health. Are you concerned about or wondering if it’s possible to naturally treat health issues without killing yourself? A growing number of people are turning to alternative medicine and natural health care and doing so very successfully. Natural, everyday, common sense methods of preventing illness and maintaining optimal health do exist.

What does your body need to maintain proper health?

This is a question that continues to be asked, why, I don’t know, because there are no hidden secrets about this. In fact I’m sure you probably already know the answer.

o Proper diet

It is known that many health problems (heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and others) are exasperated by improper and poor diets. We live in a fast paced world driven by extreme commercialism that bombards us with images of super sized hamburgers, fries and extra large sodas. Many of our foods come in boxes loaded with artificial ingredients and real, un-natural, man-made chemicals to help us exist in our fast paced life. The first thing we need to do in maintaining our health is to get back to a healthy natural food based diet.

o Moderate exercise

Sitting on the couch watching TV or driving the car to the mailbox is not moderate exercise. Walking, bicycling, swimming, tennis, hiking, gymnastics, dancing and weight training are forms of exercise that we need in our daily lives. Achieving 30 minutes of some form of cardiovascular activity several times a week has a huge payback in maintenance of health, appearance, and well being.

o Excess avoidance (drugs, alcohol, fast food, smoking)

There is no mistake that excessive use of drugs, alcohol, fast food and smoking have a detrimental effect on health. If you are using any of these substances in excess you can expect to live a much shorter and unhealthier life. Even if you use these substances in moderation you may experience a shorter and unhealthier life.

o Good genetics

Now here’s something you cannot control. We’ve all heard of the guy that smoked 2 packs of cigarettes’ a day until he was 92 then got stepped on by an elephant while dancing with his 38 year old girl friend. There are those that are fortunate to be born to parents and grandparents that took care of their health. Then there are those that are born to parents/grandparents that did not enjoy healthy lifestyles. And let’s face it; Mother Nature can be quite cruel at times as well. No matter what the case, your life and health can be improved by proper diet, exercise, and excess avoidance.

Other methods and forms of natural health care

While the things mentioned above are fundamentals of natural health care, there are other methods and forms of natural treatment and care that complement healthy living. We know that even healthy people are going to become ill with common ailments and diseases from time to time. However there are things that can be done to minimize the effects and duration of the inevitable cold, flu, pain, rash, and other common ailments or diseases that are sure to come from time to time.

Herbs and vitamins

Many natural herbs and vitamins can be obtained from health stores that strengthen our natural immunity to health issues. If you are experiencing a particular health issue, a trip to the health store should be considered, there will be a supplement that can help you overcome your health issue.

Holistic Medicine

Holistic medicine focuses on how the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of the body are interconnected to maintain wellness (holistic health). When one part of the body or mind is not working properly, it is believed to affect the whole person. Holistic approaches focus on the whole person rather than just on the illness or part of the body that is not healthy. There are many holistic practitioners available to help you with your health and well being.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of TCM is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced “chee”) flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Many ailments and health problems are treated with acupuncture by inserting a set of tiny needles at points along the meridians.

For those that cannot tolerate the thought of needles poking their skin, there is a form of needless acupuncture available. Check out the resource box below to get more information.

Acupressure

Acupressure is often called acupuncture without the needles. Instead of needles, acupressure involves the application of manual pressure (usually with the fingertips) to specific points on the body. Acupressure is typically used for:

Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy/ morning sickness
Motion sickness
Nausea after surgery
Nausea due to chemotherapy
Cancer-related fatigue
Headache
Menstrual cramps
Muscle tension and pain

Magnetic Health Care

Magnetics have been around for several hundred years and has found a place in natural health care. There are many products available using static magnetic fields that offer relief of pain and reduction or elimination of many health ailments. One of the most common type of magnetic health care products is the magnetic bracelet. There are other products that emit electromagnetic pulses that have greater potential of providing natural health care treatment than products offering a single static magnetic field.

Chiropractic Health care

Believe it or not Chiropractic health care is a form of natural alternative health care. Chiropractic health care is based upon the fact that all organ, tissue, and gland functions are controlled via nervous system input starting from signals in the brain cascading downward via the spinal cord and peripheral nerves. On some occasions, the spinal bones (vertebra) which protectively surround the spinal cord can misalign or subluxate creating increased pressure upon the nerve roots that pass between the vertebrae. This increased pressure strangles or pinches the nerve roots, thus decreasing the impulses to the end organs. Prolonged pressure upon these nerves causes disease states to develop, whether it be muscular or internal. Spinal adjustments are high speed, low force procedures that restore the spinal bones into their correct alignment, thus relieving stress upon the spinal nerves. Once the stress has been relieved upon the nerves, the body can naturally be restored to 100% of its healing capacity.

There has been a real shift in the way people think about their health. Rising health care costs as well as inherent risks that come with medical treatments and pharmaceutical drugs is becoming a legitimate concern. You can take charge and responsibility of your own health care and live a long and healthy life. Of course there will be times when a doctor is needed for your health care, but with self administered natural health care those times can be minimized. To your health!

Who is Responsible For Our Health Care Problems?

Prior to the passage of the new Health Bill the United States was spending $2.1 trillion a year on health care, a cost of $7,026 for every person in the country. Health care represents 16 percent of the national economy and these costs are still rising. One of the biggest problems is that heath care is a maze of paperwork, you stay two days in the hospital and you get this bill that looks like the Kansas City Star Sunday Newspaper, if you are insured all we see is how much you have to pay and never question any charges. Too many times there are unnecessary tests, inflated prices attached to products, and unnecessary services as part of this itemized maze. At times a particular cost may be a point of discussion with our friends “they charged me $10.00 a piece for sanitary napkins” but we never pursue these charges. “The insurance company will catch that”, we say and nothing more is said, but then the insurance company raises your rates and you protest.

This is too often the scenario and it has caused our rates to sky rocket, we never blame the health providers its always the insurance company as being the bad guys. A friend of mine was pregnant, she had complications, and the baby was born three months premature. It was a long stressful time for the family because the baby required a heart monitor and a 24-hour watch. After several weeks of pure hell the baby was out of danger, but the hospital and doctor bills overwhelmed them and they had to file for bankrupt. They tried to negotiate a payment program, but the payments were impossible. During the negotiations they questioned some of the charges, one test had a price tag of $1200.00 dollars. The hospital accounting clerk told them that if the hospital knew they did not have insurance they would have never performed that test.

Being cognizant of charges is a responsibility of all of us and it has been neglected and consequently hospitals, clinics, and health care providers have been given free reign to charge whatever they choose. We are now faced with costs that are totally out of control and we shamefully lead all industrialized nations on money spent for health care and those nations provide health care for all of their citizens.
In the past 20 years health costs have been:

· The major factor in deterring small business start ups. Potential small businesses cannot afford to pay for employee health insurance.
· The main reason for family bankruptcies. An emergency in the family can totally deplete a family’s financial reserve and even payments become impossible.
· Larger companies have relocated to Canada and other countries, simply because they cannot pay insurance costs and be competitive, America is loosing a tremendous amount of revenue in the way of lost taxes as well as loosing jobs.
· Even though America pays the most for health insurance of all the industrialized nations we have the highest mortality rate of newborns.

So who exactly are the bad guys? We always want to blame the insurance companies, probably because they are the most convenient, but we all have had a hand in rising costs. The hospitals claim that their costs are too high so they inflate their bill, the doctors claim that their liability insurance is too high so they charge higher rates, the insurance companies claim they have to pay out too much for claims so they have to charge higher rates, but
When it comes down to the bottom rung on the ladder we, the U.S. citizens, are the main problem. We allow all of these situations to go unchecked. We never:

· Protest inflated hospital bills or bills from Physicians. It is called being lazy “let someone else protest, I am just too busy” and when someone does protest we look at them as idiots because they want to tie up the system for a few dollars.
· And we will sue at the drop of a hat.

Can it change? I wish there was a quick fix and I applaud the efforts of our government in attempting to find a fix, but is more government the answer? Nancy Pelosi said and I quote, ” now we have a new health program lets get in there and see what its all about”. Maybe that’s the answer just let the chips fall where they may.

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Obama Health Care Proposal and AMA

All around America people are having to choose between health care and their most basic necessities. As the prices of health care continue to mount, a sickness in one’s family means, for more and more people, financial ruin. This is not only true for people who are poor or for people who live unhealthy lifestyles. This has been happening more and more to the people who’ve worked hard all their lives, taken care of their health, and did major things for their country.

The main claim against President Obama’s health plan is that government should not be in business of regulating the market. That may be true for businesses such as computers and clothes, where what is sold is products; but it cannot be true in the case of the business of life and death. The present system has shown that it is incapable of containing the costs, and has resulted in ruin for millions of American families. Where the system fails, at such a grand scale, and with such disastrous results for people, there legitimately comes in the government.

As baby boomers retire and demand for medical services grows, the costs are going to continue to rise. The shortage of doctors ensures that the growing demand will meet the limited supply at a price that is exorbitant and that will ruin millions of American families, including many who are middle class or even wealthy, with results being worst for small business. The market-based solution is to increase the number of doctors by at least the factor of two or three, and in a true market environment that’s exactly what would happen. There is a problem however, and it is as follows:

American medicine is ran by the AMA, which operates as a cartel: A collusion among producers to limit supply in order to drive up the prices and profits for one another. The AMA cartel has created this artificial shortage by failing to graduate enough doctors and by making requirements for licensing of foreign professionals exceptionally difficult. It can, and it should, be taken to court for these practices. In the meanwhile, everyone needs insurance.

Even if the medical schools triple their admission rates now – something that is definitely not happening – we will not see the results until about 2018. Until then, people need to be able to have the health coverage that they need, and sickness in the family must not mean ruin for its members.

The Obama plan will make it possible for people to live even in case that someone does get sick. Families will not have to choose between caring for the mother and sending the son to college, or between having medicine and having food. It is a matter of basic decency to make sure that American people do not have to make such choices. No First World country citizens should have to put up with conditions that aren’t even seen as acceptable in much of the Third World.

Affordable Health Care – Protect Yourself and Your Family Before it is Too Late!

What would you do if your child ended up needing to go to the doctor, but you could not take him because you don’t have the money or insurance to go? Would this be a tragedy and would you be able to live with yourself? What if you had affordable health care and could actually get the medical attention you need and your family needs? This could change your life for the better and you need to read on to learn more.

First, you should know that if you do not have insurance and something happens to you or one of your children there are going to be consequences. You will end up either not being able to get the medical attention you need, which could be fatal, or you will end up getting treated and running up such large bills that you will never get them paid off in this life time. Medical procedures are not cheap and you need to know that they can really make you struggle.

Second, you can avoid all of this with affordable health care and it is out there if you look hard enough. You can get as many quotes as you need for free right online and this will make life much easier for you. You can compare and save money by shopping for affordable health care online and getting quotes from multiple companies on different levels of coverage for you and for your family.

Last, if you do anything for your family other than put a roof over their head and food on the table it needs to be providing health insurance for them. This will guarantee that they are protected and that you are going to be safe and sound with them. This will make prescriptions cheaper and doctor visit might even be free. At least you need to make sure your family is protected in the case of an emergency.

The Ultimate Guide to Experts

What to Consider When Looking for a Dental Implant Specialist The implant specialist you choose can determine whether your implant procedure will be successful or it will fail. Your choice can also determine the fate of your gums and teeth given than an unsuccessful impact can damage your jaw bone severely. When you need dental implants in Arlington, VA, there are different dentists you can consider. However, be careful before choosing a specialist. Carry about a background check and research the professional histories of the specialists. To know whether you are about to hire the right dental implant specialist, ask the following questions: Is the Specialist Certified?
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Not all dentists in Arlington, VA have the right qualifications required to perform implant procedures. To find out whether the dentist is qualified, check whether he or she is specialized in prosthodontics. Most cosmetic dentists and implantologists carry out implant procedures but are not recognized prosthodontists. Prosthodontics is the only dental specialty the deals with restoration of implants.
Lessons Learned About Dentistry
What Kind of Training Did the Dentist Receive? Some of the dentists you will come across may have started carrying out implant procedures after going through a couple of courses over the weekend. Even with the short training, the dentists may be able to carry out implant procedures. However, the best dentist to go for would be one that has been trained for years. For one to become a qualified prosthodontist, he or she has to undergo training for three years. An implant dental specialist that has been in training for many years can know the challenges likely to be encountered in your case and prepare adequately for them. On the other hand, dentists that have not specialized in prosthodontics can have a difficult time overcoming some challenges during complex procedures. Is the Dentist Suggesting You Buy Cheap Implants? Most people think of price when they have to undergone any dental procedure. For implants, a cheap price may mean you are getting substandard implants. Moreover, you should not base your selection of a dentist solely on being cheap. The best dentist to choose for your procedure would be one that understands you needs and offers quality care. The dentist should come up with a treatment plan that will be best for your oral health and also affordable. One of the reasons why you don’t want to go for cheap implants is that some of the companies that make them may be out of business when you need replacements. When this happens, what will you do? You can contact different dentists in Arlington, VA to carry out a dental implant procedure. However, make sure you first carry out a background check on the dentists. Asking the above questions will help you find a good dentist.

Short Course on Chiropractors – What You Should Know

Know How the Chiropractor Can Help You There can be different reasons why you must see a chiropractor. Well, they can treat and manage so many conditions, health conditions and ages. Even if you don’t have a back pain at present, then you can still go to a chiropractor since one can provide you with a range of benefits such as preventing future back pain. Here are other things that you must know about visiting a chiropractor. This professional will be able to help you in improving or maintaining your posture. One knows the importance of posture because this is a part of a healthy lifestyle. Probably, you are spending so much time driving, twisting, bending, sitting or standing and you should remember that your well-being depends on your posture. If you keep on doing these things, then there can be additional stress placed on your ligaments, nerves, tendons or muscles. You may not be able to notice this regularly but when your posture is deteriorating and your tiredness begins to kick in, then you can notice painful implications when you don’t correct your posture. You should always remember that you can get neck and back pain because of bad posture. Before the postural habits become a problem, it is a great decision that you see a chiropractor to check the spine and also evaluate any issues that may be caused by having a bad posture. Other than pain and discomfort, when you have a good posture, then you will have a great self-image and energy. The chiropractor can provide a valuable advice on keeping a good posture at work so that you will feel less tired and be more energetic.
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There are some of those who have chronic pain but this may not be enough to cause severe discomfort but such also have an effect on one’s productivity and well-being. This pain is bothersome and can sometimes be bad that it can also affect your psychological health.
Learning The “Secrets” of Chiropractors
Other than the usual medical treatment, you may have relief through visiting a chiropractor. One is aimed in dealing with the underlying cause of the pain rather than the symptoms alone. This means that you will be able to get a longer lasting relief. For improved results, they are not doing this with surgery or drugs but they use mobilization techniques, acupuncture and specialist massage. You should also see a chiropractor for an improved performance. One can help you in achieving a better physical performance and this is useful when you are an athlete or in a stressful workplace. You can surely get an improved strength and flexibility with this. Moreover, the chiropractor can also help you with ROM exercises and providing a good massage for the mobility of your joints as well as the flexibility of your muscles.

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Vaporizers – Satisfying Your Needs By Finding The Best Ones

Choosing the best vaporizer for you is one of the most difficult decisions when it comes to vaporizer because of the overwhelming number of them available on the market. When it comes to vaporizer comparison, you will find that it is a lot like buying any other things where some of the most important factors are warranty and price. Of course, there are more than those factors that should be taken into account before you actually make the purchase. In order to help you find the best vaporizer to satisfy your needs, you will find some valuable information in this article that will help make things easier for you in your search of the best vaporizer out there.

There are two kinds of vaporizer namely portable and desktop and determining your need is one of the first important things you need to do. It won’t really be difficult to make the decision if you only need a vaporizer that you can use while you are out of the house. However, making the decision becomes a lot more difficult when you are also someone who wants to be able to vape at home. The functionality difference is the main factor when it comes to this.

One of the things you should know when it comes to portable vaporizers is that you would naturally have to refill and recharge more often. If you vape more often, then the desktop vaporizer is a better choice for you.

The desktop vaporizer also offers other advantages like versatility when it comes to their intake. The intake methods when it comes to desktop vaporizer are better as compared to the portable ones.

The power source is also one of the most important things you need to consider when it comes to vaporizer selection. This is one of the things you should really think about if you are planning to get yourself a portable vaporizer.

You should know that most of the portable vaporizers on the market have rechargeable batteries but there are some that are powered by butane. Among the things you should know is that each kind of vaporizer has its own level of durability. The only downside when it comes to knowing the quality of battery of vaporizers is that you can’t know for sure without owning one. In this, the warranty becomes really handy so don’t forget to check if it also covers the replacement of battery.

Last but not the least is for you to consider what kinds of accessories you need for your vaporizer. It’s also important that you take into account the maintenance parts. You may be spending more money when you buy them separately so try to get them altogether. You will be able to find the best vaporizer the market has to offer with these tips.

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A Brief Rundown of Pills

What to Look for in Over the Counter Pain Relievers Most pain medications are sold over the counter, which means you do not need a prescription in order to purchase them. Regulations for these medications are regulated by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA). Be sure that you read and understand the label on these over the counter drugs, this is because you are taking it into your own hands, instead of getting help from a physician. It is very important that you read all of the information about the drug itself. You will need to find out the active ingredients, these are the components that will be relieving your pain. A drug can have multiple active ingredients, so pay close attention to this. You will also need to look for the recommended dosage, as this will keep you from overdosing on a particular drug. Pain medications will usually contain one of the following: aspirin, acetaminophen, mefenamic acid, or naproxen sodium. Other information that you should be made aware of is the use of the medication. Some meds are meant to relieve pain along with fevers and colds. Some medications do not go well with others or with certain pre existing medical conditions, if you are taking a lot of other drugs, be sure to seek professional assistance before taking any kind of pain killer.
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Medications come in a variety of forms. Medications can come in tablets, capsules, syrups, suspensions and more. You should pick the one that works best for you, the one that is most convenient and comfortable for you to take and carry with you.
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When reading a label you will find that there is other information that you should also pay attention to. Some meds are meant to have rapid or even immediate effects where other are meant to have more gradual effects. Next we will look at a few terms that you will come across when reading the labels of over the counter medications. People experiencing stomach issues should look for enteric coated medications, these will dissolve in the intestines instead of the stomach to reduce side effects. Buffered medications are designed and used with antacids, this prevents discomfort in the stomach which is often caused by acids. Sustained release drugs will take time to disintegrate, this will result in a gradual but long lasting effect. Your body will have sustained pain relieve, which means that you will not have to take as many medications throughout the day. Do not crush any medication, unless instructed, this could negate all effects of the pain killer, or could harm your body.

How to Achieve Maximum Success with Schedules

High-Quality Physician Scheduling Software It is quite agreeable that the medical profession requires some very clearly followed schedules in order to effectively attend to their many clients, whereby they are able to provide first class services that enable them to compete squarely with their competition, owing to the fact that an institution is able to manage all its staff properly ensuring effective service delivery. It is unfortunate to note and observe that a medical institution that will not manage their staff accordingly through creation and follow up of well-orchestrated schedules, will definitely suffer the consequences which will include poor service delivery, ineffective services that will anger all their clients due to the fact that proper prior planning was not adhered to. The medical institutions with a zeal for success are lucky because there are some amazing physician scheduling software providers who have dedicated themselves to designing the best scheduling software available in the market, whereas they assure a medical institution of being able to manage their staffing issues on the go with an easy to use software, in addition to which this software can be installed on mobile devices such that it is easy to manage from any location. It is impressive to note that whenever a medical institution decides to purchase this physician scheduling software, they are assured of being given impressive personal support from the implementation stage of the software and thereafter, in addition to which clients are updated on new innovative platforms available in the market thus creating amazing relationships with the client all through the tenancy of the software. The best physician scheduling software that is made by the best in the industry will be made in such a manner that it is easy to customize, meaning that they understand the different operations of different institutions and as such they will assist their clients to customize this software in such a manner that it fits their particular needs and preferences. Having considered all the many benefits of the best physician scheduling software mentioned above, it is also worth noting that this amazing physician scheduling software is usually designed by physicians themselves, meaning that they put all important aspects into consideration as they understand all the needs of their fellow physicians, whereby they put into consideration all the complex and critical scheduling needs.
5 Key Takeaways on the Road to Dominating Physicians
Last but not least, it is important to note that the ability of any medical institution to remain relevant among its competition is by the adoption of innovative ways by which they manage their schedules in a manner that they are able to provide effective services to their clients, this is enhanced by purchasing the best physician scheduling software available in the market.22 Lessons Learned: Doctors