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2014: An Empowered Patient’s Guide to Health Care Reform - FREE Report

In a quest to actually understand the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), I researched and then wrote an easy to read report that I am offering to you for FREE. It’s called, 2014: An Empowered Patient’s Guide to Health Care Reform. I personally wanted to get past all the hype and hysteria and I wanted to help patients and consumers understand it, too.

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Symptoms and Causes of Diabetes

Insulin resistance is a silent condition with no symptoms that, because it goes unrecognized and untreated, causes diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 57 million adults are estimated to have insulin resistance – also known as (AKA) “impaired glucose tolerance”, “impaired fasting glucose”, “prediabetes” and “metabolic syndrome”.

And you know what? You have more power over this condition than your health professional does. A diagnosis of diabetes is a life changing event. Read this post to see what you can do to head diabetes off at the pass and prevent it.

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Diabetes Diagnosed - Now What?

When you are diagnosed with diabetes for the first time, you get a whole lot of information pushed at you in a very short time. I strongly encourage you to attend formal diabetic education classes. If you are a newly diagnosed diabetic, here’s a checklist of things it’s important to learn about and understand. Once you know this stuff, you’ll find handling your diabetes isn’t such a big hairy deal after all. Everything will start to fall into place.

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Why NPs Need Full Practice and Prescriptive Authority

The following is an article I wrote for NP World News in June of 2009. The topic becomes more and more relevant with every passing day so I have dusted it off and brought it forward for everyone to reread and reconsider.

The Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court but organized medicine and lawmakers continue to hold NPs down. Not a shred of evidence has ever been brought forward to show that NP care is not safe, sound and well liked by millions of American patients. So why have these archaic restrictions not been lifted? Why aren’t health care consumers allowed to decide for themselves? Hmmmm?

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Osteoporosis Risk: Keeping Bones Dense

Are you confused about osteopenia and osteoporosis - what are they and what’s the difference? Do you wonder whether you are at risk for a fracture? Do you want to know what steps you can take to prevent it? And whether you need medication?

Note: This post was updated with new information on November, 21 2008. After reading this, click here, for more information about medicaions and how long you should take them.

This is a picture of osteoporetic bone. See how thin and fragile it is? This bone would fracture easily if enough force were exerted, from a fall for example. But there are steps you can take to prevent this so read on.

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About Bisphosphonates - When to Stop Them

Medical treatments are continually studied and recommendations to medical professionals are regularly revised. In this post I will update you on the latest recommendations related to the drugs used to treat osteoporosis and osteopenia (pre-osteoporosis). Click here if you would like to review an my post about the risk factors, detection and prevention of these conditions.

If you take Fosamax, Atelvia, Actonel, Boniva or Reclast (or if your health professional has recommended you take one of them) read this post to learn how get the most benefit from them.

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Democrats and Republicans Should All Be Mavericks about Health

Four years ago, before the last presidential election, I wrote this post. I think it’s worth revisiting again. The media branded the last Republican presidential candidate a “maverick” and it made the word suddenly popular and in vogue. But the politics obscured its meaning - as politics so often do. Being a maverick means a lot more than simply not always voting with one’s own political party.

Being a maverick means you make up your own mind about everything, you don’t “run with the herd”, you determine your plan of action and you then have the guts to follow through on your plan. Maverick Health was founded on these principles. Here are some thoughts on why – whether you are a Democrat or a Republican – you should absolutely be a maverick about your health.

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Do You Take Omega 3 Fish Oils? Are You Taking Enough?

The American Heart Association recommends that patients with elevated triglycerides take 2 to 4 grams (that’s 2000 to 4000 mgs) of omega 3 fish oils a day. In my practice, I recommend 4 grams per day for almost everyone – particularly those people with abnormal cholesterol profiles, Metabolic Syndrome, diabetes, and/or cardiovascular disease.

That’s the dose I take myself - for prevention - even though my cholesterol profile is normal. But when I ask my patients how much they take, most of the time they say “one a day” – and that is not enough. Read here why more omega 3s are better than not enough.

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The Vytorin Controversy: What’s a Patient to Do?

Note; This post was originally published on May 15, 2008 and updated updated on January 16, 2009. Click here to read the update. This has remained one of the most frequently read posts on this blog.

When all the controversy about Vytorin hit the popular press in January 2008, patients immediately began calling my office for more information. They are asking a lot of good questions. They want to know whether they should stay on the drug or stop it; whether it is doing them any good – or more importantly, whether it is doing them any harm. I’m going to try to explain what the controversy is all about and give you some information that will help you figure out what to do.

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The Vytorin Controversy One Year Later - An Update

On January 8, 2009, the FDA issued the following safety review of Vytorin and concluded: “patients should not stop taking Vytorin or other cholesterol lowering medications and should talk to their [health provider] if they have any questions about these medications.”

Dear patient, you have been drawn into a medical slugfest that is being fought among leading cardiologists, so what are you to do? Read my prior post to get some background on the Vytorin controversy and then read this post to see where we are one year later.

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