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Better Health Tomorrow Begins by Making Better Choices Today


I am an efficient person. When I was deciding on a series of articles intended to be both informative and practical, I realized that one of the missing factors in people being more healthy than they currently are is that they don’t know how to make proper choices in their lifestyle. I have written a series of articles to help you in your quest to achieve and maintain optimal health. Better health tomorrow begins

Understanding what changes to make in your lifestyle and then making better choices in what you do and eat daily. Where we are in the future is determined by the small changes we make each day. Applying these changes consistently over time will take you virtually anywhere you would like to go in your health and future.


How healthy you CAN be is determined by factors such as genetic limitations, your history of childhood diseases, and many other things beyond your control. But by far, the NUMBER ONE reason that people are not in their best state of health is that no one has taught them how to make better lifestyle choices. Things like smoking or not, whether you choose to drink alcohol, what you eat, how much sleep you get every night, and more.

I have been practicing in health and health care for over 30 years, and it never ceases to amaze me how little the average person knows about how the choices they make affect their health and their future. “You are today the product of all the choices and decisions that you have made in your life up to this point.” Does that make sense to you? If that is true, and it is, then where you are in your life and health 5 years from now will be determined by the choices that you begin making starting TODAY. It is NEVER too late to start making better decisions regarding your health, and it WILL determine your future.

In these articles, I will span a wide variety of topics all designed to provide practical steps toward achieving the best state of health that you can achieve. Regardless of your personal limitations that are beyond your control, you CAN be more healthy than you are today. Small changes in the choices you make consistently over time will help you more than you can possibly imagine at this point in time. In this articl,e I will discuss the importance of exercise and its role in becoming as healthy as possible.

Remember, you don’t have to start training for a marathon by tomorrow, but you must begin MOVING. Our bodies were designed to move and be active, and I will do my best to help you make better choices about what you do during the day, the activities you participate in, and how to exercise and effectively on your way toward better health.


Our state of health is not a “static” thing. In fact, it is just the opposite. It is a dynamic, constantly changing, sometimes elusive entity that requires constant attention. Health and your quality of life begin with choices that you make. If you make bad choices over a period of time, you will pay the consequences. On the other hand, good choices in matters that affect your health can turn around what appears to be a hopeless situation in a reasonably short period of time. One of the most important choices with regard to health is the inclusion of some form of exercise in your daily routine.

You must make this a priority because research has proven that exercise daily is even more important to your health and future than what you eat! The general populous pays way more attention to their diet than they do whether or not they exercise, so by applying this to your life, you will be ahead of most of the people you know regarding your state of health in a relatively short period of time.

I can hear some of you now saying things like “I’m too old to begin an exercise program” and “If I don’t have any energy now, how can I possibly muster enough extra strength to exercise.” “I’m already tired. Won’t exercising just make me even more tired?” Other excuses include “I don’t have time” and “I can’t afford to join a health club or a gym”. All I can say in response to all of these excuses is GIVE THEM UP! Everyone can exercise effectively as early as 3 and 4 years old, and no one is too old or too out of shape to begin a program of improving your level of fitness.

You can be just as effective in your quest for getting into better shape in your living room, family room, or den than you can in a health club, so you can’t use the lack of money as an excuse. You don’t even need to buy many weights and additional equipment but can use what is available in your own home.

By setting aside as little as 15 minutes per day, you can be on your way to experiencing the benefits associated with consistent exercise. Everyone can find 15 minutes per day- roll out of bed 15 minutes earlier, don’t go to bed until you have completed your exercises, use a portion of your lunch hour instead of talking, give up part of one TV show or perform your exercises while watching your favorite show! The payoff far outweighs the “sacrifice.


The Ayurvedic Approach to Breast Health


Like all tissues and organs in the human body, the female breasts are multidimensional in function. Their most recognized part is as exocrine glands, producing breast milk for the newborn, a process common to all mammalian species. Given the multidimensional functions of the breasts, a discussion of breast health approaches could be complex. Therefore, this article will limit our discussion to what women can do from the Ayurvedic perspective to reduce their chances of developing the most dangerous breast disease: breast cancer.


First, let’s briefly review some simple breast anatomy. Mammary glands are highly modified and specialized sebaceous glands which derive from embryonic ectoderm. The adult breast consists of glandular tissue, adipose tissue (fat cells), nerves, blood vessels, and lymphatics. Anatomically it overlies the pectoralis major muscle and is anchored to the pectoralis fascia by suspensory ligaments known as Cooper’s ligaments (not shown).

The breast contains about 15 to 25 lobes formed by “milk glands,” or lobules. Each lobule is composed of hollow milk-producing acini (also called alveoli) and feeds into a milk duct leading to the nipples. The ducts converge near the areola, the darker area around the nipple, to form ampulla or milk storage cavities. Around the areola are small glands known as Montgomery’s glands which secrete an oily substance that protects the nipples during nursing. Lymph nodes within the breast drain into the axillary lymph nodes in the armpit, the first place to which breast cancer will typically metastasize.

What Is Breast Cancer? The Western View

Cancer is fundamentally a disease of failure of regulation of tissue growth. For a normal cell to transform into a cancer cell, the genes which regulate cell growth and differentiation must be altered. A gene is a specific sequence of DNA at a particular location of a specific chromosome. Only 5-10% of breast cancers are inherited; the vast majority is due to sporadic, acquired mutations Yarlesac.

The affected genes are divided into two broad categories. Oncogenes are genes that promote cell growth and reproduction, and tumor suppressor genes are genes that inhibit cell division and survival. Malignant transformation can occur through the formation of abnormal oncogenes, the inappropriate over-expression of normal oncogenes, or by the under-expression or complete arrest of tumor suppressor genes. Typically, changes in many genes are required to transform a normal cell into a cancer cell.

Large-scale mutations involve a deletion or gain of a portion of a chromosome. Gene amplification occurs when a cell gains many copies (often 20 or more) of a small chromosomal locus, usually containing one or more oncogenes and adjacent genetic material. Translocation occurs when two separate chromosomal regions become abnormally fused, often at a distinct location. Disruption of a single gene may also result from integrating genomic material from a DNA virus or retrovirus and resulting in the expression of viral oncogenes in the affected cell and its descendants, but this is not the case in breast cancer.

The transformation of normal breast cells into cancer is akin to a chain reaction caused by initial errors, compounding into more severe errors, each progressively allowing the cell to escape the controls that limit average tissue growth. This renegade-like scenario causes an undesirable survival of the fittest, where the natural forces of evolution become distorted and work against the body’s design and harmonious order. Suppose the rate of DNA damage exceeds the capacity of the cell to repair it. In that case, the accumulation of errors can overwhelm the cell and result in early senescence, apoptosis, or cancer. Once cancer has begun to develop, it uses the body’s design to serve its own destructive and invasive purposes.


Principles of Health for a Joyful Long Life


We are very excited to impart to you the seven principles of health. We are looking at what can allow you to live a vibrant, happy, fulfilling, and healthy life. Of course, any information we will share with you is purely information, not medical advice. You are, however, most welcome to go and seek your own medical advice, specifically from your own health professional. But this information tells about proven methods against the test of time.

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So you’ve heard a lot of talk about my health and living as well as the seven principles of health. There are a lot of different thoughts about these principles. In general, we are talking about the health principles that really matter. Sure, there might be a couple you could apply in your life, but these are essential ones that you should definitely have to include in your lifestyle. In fact, the whole aim of this article is to get a good appreciation of them so that you too can live a healthy life for yourself.

We don’t want people to be sick, and we certainly don’t want people to be taking mostly prescription drugs when they don’t have to. Now, is there any reason why we think that way? Because there are many natural health measures that you can do to prevent ailments in the first place. You can certainly take alternative health measures. For instance, you can take a look at your diet, consider what you really partake of every day.

Is it really toxic to your body, or is it good for you? Are you unknowingly building things or destroying things in your body? These are what the seven principles of health really build upon. It really gives you an idea that you can move forward positively for your body, not in a negative way. If you stifle your own growth and the cleansing processes of your body that are naturally set up, then you’re really preventing yourself from being healthy.

We’re only going to touch the surface, only looking at the concept from a general point of view because there is vast information available out there for this topic, and there’s only so much that we could share. But we’re certainly excited to talk about these things, which you can apply in your everyday life, and that’s the beauty of it. Helping you take care of yourself every day using health principles.


Now let’s have a look at the first one, Whole Foods. These include natural whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, herbs, and other naturally grown and unprocessed things. You can literally grab them off the tray or consume them without any preparation at all. So how is it that for several millennia, people have looked after themselves and have not gotten themselves into the same troubles that we are into now?

It seems like we’ve gotten a lot sicker and a lot frailer. That is because of the processed foods that we have been consuming nowadays. We’ve upset our balance of the natural foods that we should be partaking in. If you look at today’s Western diet, we can see that we have way too much sugar, saturated fats, and we substitute water for sodas or colas. It’s just not right because our whole body is being thrown out of what it’s used to.

Our bodies expect some sort of natural foods or sustenance to build and repair themselves, and it’s not getting it most of the time. So if our bodies are getting something different from whole foods, we would be expecting different results, of course. That is why people get a lot sicker nowadays than those who lived many centuries ago. The processed food revolution of the last hundred years has really changed our health and brought it downhill.

If we go back and embrace the principle of natural health food the way they used to do many, many years ago, where the people did not experience the health problems that we are experiencing today because they haven’t been laden with chemicals or impurities in their bodies, we could look at whole foods as real eye-openers. This is one of the basic principles of good health, just like taking fruits alone, with their healing properties and ability to provide energy and vitality to our bodies.

It is just a matter of taking in fruits, which will really help boost our energy to keep us healthy and stable. We won’t have to worry that much about viruses, bacteria, and other harmful agents that will enter our body because they will be removed fairly quickly. Vegetables are also good food sources to strengthen our bodies and keep us strong and healthy. That’s especially true if you consume those with low GI, such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, beetroots, carrots, and the like. They will really help strengthen our bodies.


Small Business Health Insurance – The Best Policy Is A Great Agent


I have been a health insurance broker for over a decade. Every day, I read more and more “horror” stories posted on the Internet regarding health insurance companies not paying claims, refusing to cover specific illnesses, and physicians not getting reimbursed for medical services. Unfortunately, insurance companies are driven by profits, not people (albeit they need people). If the insurance company can find a legal reason not to pay a claim, chances are they will find it, and you, the consumer, will suffer. However,


Most people fail to realize that there are very few “loopholes” in an insurance policy that give the insurance company an unfair advantage over the consumer. In fact, insurance companies go to great lengths to detail the limitations of their coverage by giving the policyholders 10-days (a 10-day free look period) to review their policy. Unfortunately, most people put their insurance cards in their wallets and place their policy in a drawer or filing cabinet during their 10-day free look. It usually isn’t until they receive a “denial” letter from the insurance company that they take their policy out to really read through it.

Most people who buy their own health insurance rely heavily on the insurance agent selling the policy to explain the plan’s coverage and benefits. This being the case, many individuals who purchase their own health insurance plan can tell you very little about their plan, other than what they pay in premiums and how much they have to pay to satisfy their deductible. For many consumers, purchasing a health insurance policy on their own can be an enormous undertaking. Purchasing a health insurance policy is not like buying a car.

The buyer knows that the engine and transmission are standard and that power windows are optional. A health insurance plan is much more ambiguous. It is often tough for the consumer to determine what type of coverage is standard and what other benefits are optional. In my opinion, this is the primary reason that most policyholders don’t realize that they do not have coverage for a specific medical treatment until they receive a large bill from the hospital stating that “benefits were denied.

Sure, we all complain about insurance companies, but we do know that they serve a “necessary evil.” And, even though purchasing health insurance may be a frustrating, daunting, and time-consuming task, there are certain things that you can do as a consumer to ensure that you are purchasing the type of health insurance coverage you really need at a fair price. Dealing with small business owners and the self-employed market, I have realized that it is tough for people to distinguish between the type of health insurance coverage they “want” and the benefits they really “need.

Recently, I have read various comments on different Blogs advocating health plans that offer 100% coverage (no deductible and no coinsurance) and, although I agree that those types of plans have a great “curb appeal,” I can tell you from personal experience that these plans are not for everyone. Do 100% health plans offer the policy holder greater peace of mind? Probably. But is a 100% health insurance plan something that most consumers really need?

Probably not! In my professional opinion, when you purchase a health insurance plan, you must achieve a balance between four important variables; wants, needs, risk and price. Just like you would do if you were purchasing options for a new car, you have to weigh all these variables before you spend your money. If you are healthy, take no medications and rarely go to the doctor, do you really need a 100% plan with a $5 co-payment for prescription drugs if it costs you 300 dollars more a month?

Is it worth $200 more a month to have a $250 deductible and a $20 brand name/$10 generic Rx co-pay versus an 80/20 plan with a $2,500 deductible that also offers a $20 brand name/$10generic co-pay after you pay a once a year $100 Rx deductible? Wouldn’t the 80/20 plan still offer you adequate coverage? Don’t you think it would be better to put that extra $200 ($2,400 per year) in your bank account, just in case you may have to pay your $2,500 deductible or buy a $12 Amoxicillin prescription? Isn’t it wiser to keep your hard-earned money rather than pay higher premiums to an insurance company?


Health Care Fraud – The Perfect Storm


Today, health care fraud is all over the news. There undoubtedly is fraud in health care. The same is true for every business or endeavor touched by human hands, e.g., banking, credit, insurance, politics, etc. There is no question that health care providers who abuse their position and our trust to steal are a problem. So are those from other professions who do the same. Why does health care fraud appear to get the ‘lion’s share of attention? Could it be that it is the perfect vehicle to drive agendas for divergent groups where taxpayers, health care consumers, and health care providers are dupes in a health care fraud shell-game operated with ‘sleight-of-hand’ precision?


Please take a closer look, and one finds this is no game-of-chance. Taxpayers, consumers, and providers always lose because the problem with health care fraud is not just the fraud. Still, it is that our government and insurers use the fraud problem to further agendas. At the same time fail to be accountable and take responsibility for a fraud problem they facilitate and allow to flourish.

1. Astronomical Cost Estimates

What better way to report on fraud than to tout fraud cost estimates, e.g.

– “Fraud perpetrated against both public and private health plans costs between $72 and $220 billion annually, increasing the cost of medical care and health insurance and undermining public trust in our health care system… It is no longer a secret that fraud represents one of the fastest-growing and most costly forms of crime in America today… We pay these costs as taxpayers and through higher health insurance premiums… We must be proactive in combating health care fraud and abuse… We must also ensure that law enforcement has the tools that it needs to deter, detect, and punish health care fraud.” [Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE), 10/28/09 press release]

– The General Accounting Office (GAO) estimates that fraud in healthcare ranges from $60 billion to $600 billion per year – or anywhere between 3% and 10% of the $2 trillion health care budget. [Health Care Finance News reports, 10/2/09] The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress.

– The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) reports over $54 billion is stolen every year in scams designed to stick our insurance companies and us with fraudulent and illegal medical charges. [NHCAA, website] NCAA was created and is funded by health insurance companies.

Unfortunately, the reliability of the purported estimates is dubious at best. Insurers, state and federal agencies, and others may gather fraud data related to their missions, where the kind, quality, and volume of data compiled varies widely. David Hyman, professor of Law, University of Maryland, tells us that the widely-disseminated estimates of the incidence of health care fraud and abuse (assumed to be 10% of total spending) lacks any empirical foundation at all, the little we do know about health care fraud and abuse is dwarfed by what we don’t know and what we know that is not so. [The Cato Journal, 3/22/02]

2. Health Care Standards

The laws & rules governing health care – vary from state to state and from a payor to payor – are extensive and confusing for providers and others to understand as they are written in legalese and not plain speak.

Providers use specific codes to report conditions treated (ICD-9) and services rendered (CPT-4 and HCPCS). These codes are used when seeking compensation from payors for services rendered to patients. Although created universally to facilitate accurate reporting to reflect providers’ services, many insurers instruct providers to report codes based on what the insurer’s computer editing programs recognize – not on what the provider rendered. Further, practice building consultants conduct providers on what codes to report to get paid – in some cases, regulations do not accurately reflect the provider’s service.

Consumers know what services they receive from their doctor or another provider. Still, they may not know what those billing codes or service descriptors mean on an explanation of benefits received from insurers. This lack of understanding may result in consumers moving on without understanding what the regulations mean or may result in some believing they were improperly billed. The multitude of insurance plans available today, with varying levels of coverage, add a wild card to the equation when services are denied for non-coverage – especially if it is Medicare that denotes non-covered services as not medically necessary.

3. Proactively addressing the health care fraud problem

The government and insurers do very little to proactively address the problem with tangible activities that will detect inappropriate claims before they are paid. Indeed, payors of health care claims proclaim to operate a payment system based on trust that providers bill accurately for services rendered. They can not review every claim before payment is made because the reimbursement system would shut down. They claim to use sophisticated.

Computer programs to look for errors and patterns in claims have increased pre-and post-payment audits of selected providers to detect fraud and have created consortiums and task forces consisting of law enforcers and insurance investigators to study the problem and share fraud information. However, for the most part, this activity deals with activity after the claim is paid and has little bearing on the proactive detection of fraud.


A Prescription For the Health Care Crisis


With all the shouting going on about America’s health care crisis, many are probably finding it difficult to concentrate, much less understand the cause of the problems confronting us. I find myself dismayed at the tone of the discussion (though I understand it—people are scared) as well as bemused that anyone would presume themselves sufficiently qualified to know how to improve our health care system best simply because they’ve encountered it when people who’ve spent entire careers studying it (and I don’t mean politicians)


They aren’t sure what to do themselves. Albert Einstein is reputed to have said that if he had an hour to save the world, he’d spend 55 minutes defining the problem and only 5 minutes solving it. Our health care system is far more complex than most who are offering solutions admit or recognize. Unless we focus most of our efforts on defining its problems and thoroughly understanding their causes, any changes we make are just likely to make them worse as they are better.

Though I’ve worked in the American health care system as a physician since 1992 and have seven year’s worth of experience as an administrative director of primary care, I don’t consider myself qualified to thoroughly evaluate the viability of most of the suggestions I’ve heard for improving our health care system. I do think. However, I can at least contribute to the discussion by describing some of its troubles, taking reasonable guesses at their causes, and outlining some general principles that should be applied to solve them.


No one disputes that health care spending in the U.S. has been rising dramatically. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), health care spending is projected to reach $8,160 per person per year by the end of 2009 compared to the $356 per person per year in 1970. This increase occurred roughly 2.4% faster than the increase in GDP over the same period. Though GDP varies from year to year and is, therefore, an imperfect

Way to assess a rise in health care costs in comparison to other expenditures from one year to the next, we can still conclude from this data that over the last 40 years, the percentage of our national income (personal, business, and governmental) we’ve spent on health care has been rising. Despite what most assume, this may or may not be bad. It all depends on two things: the reasons why spending on health care has been increasing relative to our GDP and how much value we’ve been getting for each dollar we spend.


This is a harder question to answer than many would believe. The rise in the cost of health care (on average 8.1% per year from 1970 to 2009, calculated from the data above) has exceeded the rise in inflation (4.4% on average over that same period), so we can’t attribute the increased cost to inflation alone. Health care expenditures are closely associated with a country’s GDP (the wealthier the nation, the more it spends on health care), yet even in this, the United States remains an outlier (figure 3).


Is it because of spending on health care for people over the age of 75 (five times what we spend on people between 25 and 34)? In a word, no. Studies show this demographic trend explains only a small percentage of health expenditure growth. Is it because of monstrous profits the health insurance companies are raking in? Probably not. It isn’t easy to know for certain as not all insurance companies are publicly traded and therefore have balance sheets available for public review. But Aetna, one of the largest

Publicly traded health insurance companies in North America reported a 2009 second-quarter profit of $346.7 million, which, if projected out, predicts a yearly profit of around $1.3 billion from the approximately 19 million people they insure. If we assume their profit margin is average for their industry (even if untrue, it’s unlikely to be orders of magnitude different from the average), the total profit for all private health insurance companies in America,

Which insured 202 million people (2nd bullet point) in 2007, would come to approximately $13 billion per year. Total health care expenditures in 2007 were $2.2 trillion (see Table 1, page 3), which yields a private health care industry profit of approximately 0.6% of total health care costs (though this analysis mixes data from different years, it can perhaps be permitted as the numbers aren’t likely different by any order of magnitude).


How is Digital Workplace Transforming the Way Companies Work?


In many firms, the digital workplace has become an integral aspect of the professional experience. You may question, “What’s in it for me?” when considering a building or upgrading your company’s digital workplace. To what end does a digital workplace contribute? Find out how firms are adapting to a digital workspace. Such workspaces that allow expertise teams to interact and are well-designed can help workers get their hands on whatever they need. There are no limits when it comes to working in the digital world. Working in today’s digital world is a need.

Employees are more engaged and agile because of the digital workplace’s consumer-oriented methods and systems. Employees in today’s digital world require new technologies, portals, and tools to succeed in their jobs. It is where digital workplace solutions come into play. You can choose Builder.ai to build an app and establish a digital presence for your business.

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1. Improved Recruitment and Retention of Employees:

Top job seekers have grown to anticipate work environments that are both progressive and technologically advanced. Attracting qualified and creative applicants will be easier if you can meet their expectations through a digital platform.

Companies implementing a digital workplace have also witnessed reduced turnover rates, suggesting that bright individuals are more inclined to stay with the company that provides digital chances.

2. Enhanced Contentment among Workers:

When you’re in the ideal digital workplace, you’ll be able to interact with colleagues, collaborate, and share ideas. Allowing employees to express themselves and feel valued is a great way to increase employee happiness and satisfaction.

In addition, people who work remotely even once a month say they are 24% more likely to be pleased with work. The digital workplace makes it easier for employees to work from home and more attentive to the requirements of their co-workers.

3. Boosted productivity:

Productivity is all about getting more done in the time allotted, and getting more done in the time allotted is only possible with the help of digital tools like collaboration and seamless communication.

Since these workplaces cut down on travel time, administrative procedures, and more, they help boost productivity. But most significantly, they eliminate the terrible email chains and allow you to turn your designs to life quickly.

4. Enhances Communication and Cooperation:

Because we live in an increasingly fast-paced society, many prefer solutions that allow for cross-functional and real-time collaboration.

With the help of tools such as digital workspaces, your employees can have genuine, meaningful interactions with one another at any given time – regardless of where they are positioned on the planet.

5. The Advantage in the Competitive Playground:

After reading through the information presented above, it’s easy to state that firms that use digital workspaces have an advantage over those that don’t. As a result of their digital transformation, businesses can now:

  • Moving from paper records to digital ones saves funds and effort.
  • Employees will save time and effort by being able to obtain information quickly and easily.
  • Ensure that all employees have access to the company’s expertise.
  • Employing more people can improve customer service and turnaround times.
  • Artificial Intelligence and machine education can help firms make better marketing, sales, and product improvement decisions by providing more accurate information.
  • Internal as well as inter-organizational communication and collaboration have been improved.
  • It’s an excellent tool for remote workers and more!

With the support of digital workspaces, employees can devote more of their time and resources toward the things that count and contribute more to the company’s overall success.

6. Intuitive Cloud-Based Applications:

With cloud-based services, sustainability and cost savings cannot be overestimated. As a result, companies will be able to pick and choose the offerings that better match their need. In turn, companies can save money on IT and support costs.

The adoption of these systems and office networks can have a substantial impact on the productivity of employees. Company operations are more easily accessible and better managed as a result. It is a critical component of digital transformation. It is a vital component of digital transformation.


An ever-changing world necessitates a fresh, modern, and reliable approach to working, such as a digital workspace that is powerful and connected. Despite how difficult it may be at times, we can promise you that converting to a digital office is a worthwhile endeavor!

Since a digital workspace may speed processes, enhance communications and collaborations, foster knowledge sharing, and boost productivity. It also improves productivity, customer service, and employee engagement and empowerment by providing a digital workspace for employees. Build an app using Builder.ai to digitize your business.