I haven’t indulged in the industry-recommended gynecological “well visit” for almost 6 years. Insert audible gasp here. I am a college-educated, healthy woman and have made a concerted effort to live my healthy lifestyle and avoid the medical industry’s overly generalized recommendations. I'm of the “I control my own health and no one else knows my body like I do” mentality. Bonus: my body vigilance which ensures I feel my blood coursing through my veins and would likely feel and be able to identify the exact vein if it were to get clogged.
The Merriam-Webster medical definition of heath care is: the maintaining and restoration of health by the treatment and prevention of disease especially by trained and licensed professionals (as in medicine, dentistry, clinical psychology, and public health)But to dig deeper, consider the etymology of the word health. From Old English: wholeness, a being whole, sound or well. And even more relevant to a comprehensive discussion of health, consider the usage from Middle English: wholeness, but also prosperity, happiness, welfare; preservation, safety....more
When it comes to healthcare people have issues with their healthcare provider. The dynamic of patient to doctor varies on how well your doctor knows you. Doctors either listen to you or they do not. I have plenty of doctors for plenty of different things. Neurologist, hemotologist, internal medicine doctor, as well as a allergy doctor. That just a small list of the type of providers I need to be able manage my health at this time. ...more
Consumers really get stiffed when there’s a data breach, having to change their passwords, replace credit cards, and other bothersome tasks, not to mention the grief over stolen personal information.Healthcare organizations (a prime target of cyber criminals for several reasons) need to think beyond the approach of, “Here’s how we’re protecting your data,” and shift their way of thinking to, “We are dead serious about our customers’ security.”...more
My cousin will graduate from the nursing program at Ball State University today. Last night I went to the pinning ceremony and was the first to stand in ovation when the audience was invited to acknowledge the accomplishments of the 2008 baccalaureates. I stood because she is one of the dearest people in my life. I stood because she has overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, and despite all, she has achieved her dream. I stood because she is graduating with honors at the top of her class....more
“To keep the body in god health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear,” wrote Buddha several centuries ago.Today, many people search out holistic treatment for the same reason. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) offers a total focus on wellness and prevention as well as healthy cures for the entire body. TCM works to optimize health, wellbeing, and sustainability in life....more
With the deadline for open enrollment for healthcare coverage looming on March 31, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius took the time today to speak with a small group of bloggers with questions to ask—and compelling stories to tell—about health insurance.
Social media is increasingly changing the way people see healthcare. The progression of the online interactions between patients and health-related organizations can be seen for quite some time now and actually, this trend is not a bad thing. In fact, if it is done right, these new associations can be highly beneficial for the health care of patients....more
I'm getting increasingly tired of healthcare professionals randomly and trendily demonizing certain drugs or groups of drugs. Which they totally do, just the same as they randomly and trendily push others forward. The addiction and "drug-seeking behavior" buzzwords damage people who could be helped, both by labeling not-so-bad drugs as bad and not-so-good drugs as good. We need more common sense and less knee-jerking here....more
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