Four Ways To Save On Prescription Drugs From Harvard Women’s Health Watch

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pillsNavigating the annual health plan changes, figuring out insurance copays, and finding the pharmacy with the best buys can be daunting. Dealing with Medicare’s medication coverage gap, the so-called donut hole, adds to the challenge. Four basic strategies can help save money on medications, according to the November 2014 Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

Go for Generics – “Generics are just as good as brand-name drugs,” says Dr. Jerry Avorn, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and they are less expensive than brand-name drugs. Can’t find a generic version of a particular drug? A prescription for a generic in the same class of drugs may do nicely. For example, there isn’t a generic version of Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering statin. But there are five other generic statins that might work just fine.

Periodically re-evaluate drugs. Every year or so, dump all pill bottles in a paper bag—including over-the-counter medications and supplements. Ask a trusted doctor or pharmacist to review them. Some of the drugs may duplicate the actions of others, have harmful interactions with one another, or aren’t needed any more.

Forget about Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements – These are almost always a waste of money, and can sometimes jeopardize health.

Compare Drug Prices – Different pharmacies pay different prices to manufacturers and wholesalers. They also use different systems to mark up drugs. That can lead to big differences from one pharmacy to another. Several websites make it easy to comparison shop for medications. But trying to get the best deal on each and every drug could mean losing the advantage of having a trusted and knowledgeable pharmacist. A compromise: fill prescriptions at the pharmacy with the best price for the costliest drug.

Read the full-length article: “Four easy ways to save on prescription drugs”

Also in the November 2014 Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

* How to tell if palpitations signal a heart problem

* Tips for exercising in cold weather

* What to do about stiff, painful hands

* Dealing with the holiday blues

Harvard Women’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/womens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Four Ways Your Darkest Moment Could Be The Beginning Of Your Life Change – Part 2

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By Mark Bowness

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

Blank canvas opportunity

stressWe absolutely take life way too much for granted. Trying to end my life was my awakening moment to this truth. I truly recognized with my head and my heart that we live life only once and so I made a decision to view my life as a blank canvas, to start again and paint whatever picture I so desired for my future. The result was that I created an eco-island business in Fiji that gained worldwide media attention, was filmed for 18 months and became a TV show that aired in the UK, Australia and America on BBC. My darkest moment became my catalyst to pursuing life in all its fullness, and as a result I embarked upon a crazy adventure.

Benchmarked experience

When we experience a powerful life situation and nothing feels as though it could get any worse, we have then built a foundation of experience on which to construct the rest of our lives. Nothing could be any worse than trying to take your own life, and so I launched a bold and daring business idea – if I went bankrupt it could never be as bad as non-existence. The tough times that we endure give us a place of reference and offer the motivation to continue. When we realize that we have endured ‘X’, and ‘X’ was horrific and terrible, yet we are still standing–then we are filled with the hope that we can get through the smaller battles each day.

A moment of awakening

There are times in our lives when everything piles on top of us, and as a result, we make decisions for our lives that are not healthy, nor wise – wrong relationships, poor choices in behaviour patterns, addictions and more. Friends and loved ones may tell us we are on a destructive path, but we don’t listen, as it is a path that brings us comfort in the moment. I truly believe that there are times in our lives that we are given a place to breakdown. It is through this “breaking down experience,” we undergo a powerful transformation, letting go of all that no longer serves us, arriving at a moment of awakening. Now we rebuild ourselves, truly discovering who we are, what we are about and everything that we stand for–from the ground up. These are the powerful moments of true awakening.

During my darkest moment in my life, the only person who may actually have experienced much of what I was going through, was the poor guy who wrote that post on Google. If you are on the precipice as we approach the dawn of this new year, I encourage you to not simply endure your life, but to embrace it.

In fact, so you won’t need to go through this alone, I’ve created a free online community called New Year’s Revolution where you can find the support you need from experts and other people just like yourself who are working to get over the hump! You’ll find a community of people, a life-changing ebook, webinars and plenty of encouragement to start your new life. It was a New Year’s resolution which changed my life!

So don’t wallow…grab life by the horns, wrestle it to the ground and overcome your demons. I truly know that you will look back and be able to say that this moment, right now, was the best thing that ever happened to you. I believe in you.

– Mark Bowness is passionate about changing people’s lives. After trying to take his own life, he made a New Year’s Resolution to totally turn his life around, and only three months later, he had created an international business which was featured in media around the world and became a five-part time series that aired in the UK, America and Australia on BBC. This year Mark has brought together 31 life-change experts who have created a FREE eBook, Webinar and community that will empower YOU to radically transform your life in 2014. Register for free NOW: www.joinanewyearsrevolution.com

Four Ways Your Darkest Moment Could Be The Beginning Of Your Life Change – Part 1

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By Mark Bowness

womanCrash. Bang. Reality. As I woke up, a dark misty haze was swirling around my mind. The moment that I recognized that I was in a hospital bed, the events of the past 24 hours came flooding through my mind. I had tried to take my own life. At the age of 26 years old, my marriage had ended, and along with it, the non- profit organization that I had worked so passionately to grow, was pulled from under me. At that moment in time, living ceased to be an option.

After a seven-year relationship, my wife had walked out of the door, never to return–and as I sat in our apartment surrounded by everything we had built together, the future looked dark and overwhelming It was a future that I was certain I was not willing to endure. I turned to Google and keyed in the words “most painless and quickest way to kill myself.”

I will always maintain that my attempt at wiping my existence off the face of the planet was the best thing to happen to me; it totally changed my life. Whether it’s the end of a relationship, the struggle to get a job, or an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and lack of direction, we all experience “dark moments” in life. It is these most difficult times that can turn out to be the most profound.

Let me share with you four ways that your darkest moments could be the making of your life, should you choose to see this as a new doorway.

Forced self-intimacy

When life takes you to the darkest places, absolutely no one around you can understand how you feel or what you are going through. Others may have had a similar experience, but only you can react to your situations the way that you do. During our tough times, we are forced to stare at ourselves eye-ball to eye-ball, as though we are standing in the mirror and gazing deep into our very soul. As we engage in these moments of forced self-intimacy, we make crucial decisions that redefine who we are, what we want and what we are willing to accept or not accept for our lives. It is the choices that we are forced to make, during this dark period, that lay the foundation of our powerful life change.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Mark Bowness is passionate about changing people’s lives. After trying to take his own life, he made a New Year’s Resolution to totally turn his life around, and only three months later, he had created an international business which was featured in media around the world and became a five-part time series that aired in the UK, America and Australia on BBC. This year Mark has brought together 31 life-change experts who have created a FREE eBook, Webinar and community that will empower YOU to radically transform your life in 2014. Register for free NOW: www.joinanewyearsrevolution.com

Four Ways That Watching TV Can Kill You Prematurely

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By Dr. Michael Wald

familytv1. The average American wastes years in the seated position. This can lead to increased death risk from heart attack and stroke. People should be mindful of standing periodically when watching TV; doing jumping jacks; push-ups; sit ups; stationary bike – anything that promotes circulation and involves increasing ones heart rate.

2. Sitting increases the risk of developing clots in the legs called deep vein thrombosis or DVTs – a condition that can result in death of lung tissue (pulmonary infarction), cerebral stroke and death. While sitting raising ones heels off the floor (both feet), either at the same or alternately, promotes venous drainage of blood in the feet and legs improving blood flow towards the heart; sluggish or pooled blood in the lower extremities can cause blood to coagulate (stick) forming clots (DVTs). These clots then can go to the heart, lungs and brain and cause life threatening health problems. Sitting with the feet elevated also decreases the risk of developing potentially deadly DVTs.

3. Sitting also promotes weight gain from a slowed metabolism. If one must sit, raising the arms above head alternately, or each arm one at a time, will speed up metabolic rate, burn calories and reduce all causes of premature morbidity and mortality. Sedentary living leads to increased cardiovascular risk; loss of muscle mass and tone; fat and water retention and even memory loss just to name a few hazards.

scale4. Prolonged sitting while watching TV promotes weight gain associated with increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels by increasing insulin levels. Hyperinsulinemia is a major cause of cardiovascular disease when associated with blood sugar problems. Eventually, prolonged inactivity such as TV watching will fatigue the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin, causing hypoinsulinemia (low insulin levels). This raises blood sugar and causes diabetes. Diabetes is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

If You Could Live Longer By Doing Four Things, Would You?

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

seniorcoupleexercisesmallWhat do supercententarians (people who live to be 110 or older) have in common that makes them live longer (1)? We can narrow it down to four things.

1) Body: They are physically active. The simple act of walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, participating in activities that involve exercise such as tennis, gardening, hiking, and other sports. (Riding in a golf cart for 18 holes does not qualify as a sport!) One women at 105 walks in place and lifts light hand weights when she watches television. Another 103 year old walks his dog twice a day rain, sleet or snow. Not keeping the body active and engaged in exercise allows the internal systems and organs to weaken and atrophy from lack of stimulation. Your heart, for example, is a muscle and a pump. If you don’t work it, it will lose its strength and you will be a prime candidate for cardio vascular disease – something that is 90% preventable through exercise and diet.

2) Attitude. Optimism, smiling, laughing, letting things roll off your back, being grateful for all that you have, forgiving those who have hurt you… you know, the easy stuff! (Laughter.) Actually, it is easy. Our attitudes are formed based on our beliefs. What we once learned, we can re-learn and unlearn. If you are willing to teach yourself a new way to look at life, you can increase your lifespan and the enjoyment of your life. Next time you have a negative thought, flick yourself on the wrist and change your thought, comment, expression from a downer to an upper in an instant.

3) Social Networking. This doesn’t mean Face Book, Twitter, or Pinterest. It means having and making real, live friends that you can share activities and interact with. It means you will have to come out of hiding behind your work, computer, isolation and reach out into society. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and share a common bond.

In one study, for example, researchers found that people who had no friends increased their risk of death over a 6-month period. In another study, those who had the most friends over a 9-year period cut their risk of death by more than 60% (2).

4) Spirituality. Having a belief in something bigger than ourselves accounts for added years and happier feelings says a study from the University of Toronto (3). When you have a balanced set of beliefs, share common values of family, friends, community and the environment you are going to live longer. This doesn’t mean you have to belong to an organized religion, but the study does suggest regular attendance within a social atmosphere filled with inspiration and common bonds is a prominent key to long life.

There you have it. Four steps to a longer life. It’s free, it’s easy and it’s yours for the taking. If you are starting fresh, begin with step one and work your way through the steps one at a time. If you dedicate one half an hour each day to improving your life and integrating the four steps, you will begin to see and feel an improvement in your health within three weeks.

Maxwell Maltz says it takes twenty one days to change a habit. You’re only three weeks away from a healthier, happier and longer life. Why not start today so you can see many more tomorrows.

(1) http://www.econ.ucla.edu/costa/genusreviewessay.pdf
(2) http://www.anapsid.org/cnd/gender/tendfend.html
(3) http://www.thirdage.com/spirituality/spirituality-longevity

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books and a crusader for a happy healthy life and heart. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the cook book sound nutritional advice is followed by traditional recipes that have been turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make and everyone will love. Learn more: HeartEasy.com

A Four Letter Word That Can Help Prevent Heart Disease: “WOOF.”

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by Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

walkingdogThe American Heart Association issued a scientific statement on Thursday May 9, 2013 that owning a pet may help to decrease a person’s risk of suffering from heart disease and is linked with lower levels of obesity, blood pressure and cholesterol. Get a dog to help your heart? Now there’s a novel concept.

Glenn N. Levine, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston recently commented, “Pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.” A study of more than 5,200 adults, cited by the AHA, showed dog owners were more physically active than non-owners because they walk their pets. Other research has revealed the calming effects of pets, which are also used in animal-assisted therapy programs.

This is a win-win for the AHA, the ASPCA , animal shelters and you. Approximately 3 to 4 million animals (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats) are euthanized each year according to the ASPCA. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home. You can make the difference between life and death for a dog, and maybe the dog will do the same for you. Join the 78 million dog owners in the USA and help your heart at the same time. It’s a heart healthy thing to do on two levels: It provides a companion for taking walks and getting needed exercise and it offers you a friend, a pal and a best buddy from whom you can receive unconditional love. This is all good happy heart making stuff. Combine dog walking exercise with a heart-healthy diet and you’ll be on your way to a longer, happier life.

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy cook book sound nutritional advice is followed by traditional recipes that have been turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make and everyone will love. Learn more: HeartEasy.com