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The Apple health app and the future accessibility of your health records on your phone according to the NY Times.

The Apple health app and the future accessibility of your health records on your phone according to the NY Times. I love my Apple IPhone.  Many users of their phones love them as well and once you have entered their ecosystem of integrated apps, music, etc, most of us never leave. If you have used Apples health app to find out how many steps and calories you have used up during the day, as many of us have done, you may soon find that you can access your health information as well. A dozen large medical institutions across the country Read More »

Long term C-section risks; more concerns from the NY Times.

Long term C-section risks; more concerns from the NY Times. Most of us know people who had their children via C-section, a potentially lifesaving procedure for both mother and child during a problematic birth. C-section rates in the USA are about 32% of all live births, and according the WHO (World Health Organization), the international rate that is expected should actually be 10-15%.  Consumer Reports earlier this past year suggested that higher rates of C-section may depend on the hospital you use, and profit which can offer a reimbursement level that is 30% more for a c section than a vaginal birth. Of Read More »

Exercise and your gut health; there is a connection according to the NY Times and a new study.

Exercise and your gut health; there is a connection according to the NY Times and a new study. New research is suggesting that exercise and gut health are intertwined, and may give us a better understanding of why athletes are often healthier. Most naturopaths and other natural healthcare providers understand that the research indicates that inflammation is the number one risk factor behind many of the diseases people are treated for medicinally.  Their approach often includes treating the gut, recommending appropriate dietary changes and reducing inflammation in the body. Often the biome in the gut can make the difference between Read More »

Junk food in schools and obesity; One man’s quest to reduce the incidence of diabetes in India

Junk food in schools and obesity; One man’s quest to reduce the incidence of diabetes in India Multinational companies have developed strategies to increase sales in different countries with their junk food offerings. Our blog reported on the growing problem of growing waistlines in Brazil as Nestle developed their junk food offerings in the country.  Brazilians on average were 20% heavier as more people consumed their products that were low on nutrition and high in calories.  Diabetes was becoming a problem as well in a country that for years had a diet that was based on meals rather than prepared or Read More »

Generic drug prices and insurance; some drugs cost more when you use your insurance according to a NY Times investigation.

Generic drugs and insurance; some drugs cost more when you use your insurance according to a NY Times investigation. In our very complicated healthcare system, we rely on insurance companies to pay a portion of our bills for us and to negotiate fees. Currently, drug prices continue to escalate due to drug manufacturers price hikes as well as wholesalers and PBM’s (pharmacy benefit managers) such as express scripts. Their business model of rebates and profits are inflationary, confusing and are not necessarily helpful in today’s health environment. The cost of tests such as an MRI are maintained by insurance companies through their negotiated contracts, Read More »