How To Prepare For World Immunization Week

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By Monica Mendoza

doctorAround the globe, doctors and healthcare professionals continuously battle deadly diseases that negatively impact the lives of millions of people, and one tool that they effectively use toward that goal is vaccines. Immunization is perhaps the single most important healthcare decision a person can make that can save his or her life from vaccine-preventable diseases such as cervical cancer, hepatitis B, pneumonia, polio, tetanus, rubella, mumps, measles, and whooping cough.

While the act of immunization may seem simple enough, there is still a need to drive awareness and education on it. According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), the level of global immunization coverage has seemingly reached a plateau at 86 percent, with no significant increase in the past year. It is estimated that as much as 19.5 million infants are still left out on basic prescribed vaccines.

The good news is that the annual celebration of World Immunization Week by the WHO is a great opportunity for all stakeholders and the general public to do their part, no matter how small, in increasing awareness and spreading information about the importance of vaccines in saving lives. There are many ways that you can do your share in preparing for World Immunization Week:

  • Promote it with a custom wristband in your local schools and communities. A custom wristband reminding people of World Immunization Week is a simple but effective way to encourage more and more individuals to get vaccinated against some of the most common healthcare conditions. It can also be a great fundraising activity for your local charity or organization. Other ways that you can promote World Immunization Week is through posters, flyers, and events in your own community or locality.
  • Spreading the news on social media is another way to help without even costing you anything. Your social media network alone is a great place to start to discuss the importance of immunization, especially for infants and children. Be sure to check out official articles, announcements, and thought pieces from reputable sources such as the WHO and share them responsibly on the Internet so that the spread of fake news can be prevented. There are numerous misconceptions or misinformation about vaccines and immunization, and they need to be countered with facts and data from official scientific reports and studies.
  • Check with local legislators on how you can help support any laws, bills, or resolutions related to healthcare and immunization. There are many proposed healthcare measures in terms of government legislation that need the active voice of citizens. Lend some time in attending hearings and sessions where you can learn more about issues and how you can contribute positively in effecting legislation for the good of the general public.
  • Visit your doctor and see how you or your family members can benefit from vaccination from dreaded diseases. There are different vaccines prescribed for various life stages, and it’s a good idea not to miss out on the opportunity to get yourself protected from diseases. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is why healthcare experts and governments are adamant in promoting immunization because deaths from certain diseases can absolutely be avoided if only for the simple act of vaccination.

As science and technology steadily progress further in the field of medicine, more and more vaccines are being effectively developed against a bigger number of diseases and health conditions. Vaccines are perhaps one of the most important medical innovations in modern history, and by all indications, it will definitely continue to play a vital part in global healthcare in many more decades to come.

Getting A Nursing Degree Will Change Your Life And Maybe the World

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Submitted By Katherine Smith

nurseIf you’re thinking of a career change, getting a nursing degree can transform your life. What’s more, it doesn’t have to take as long as would think. As a career, nursing is a rewarding option, pays really well and is a profession where demand far exceeds supply.

Rewarding Career

Economic philosophers like Tai Lopez say that there are three levels of business. Level one businesses make the human race worse. Level two businesses are neutral, neither helping nor hindering our species. Level three businesses benefit humanity. The work of the medical practitioners falls into level three work because the world is far better off with more caring people.

Nursing provides an invaluable service to humanity, and, as a nurse, you will feel good about your contribution to human welfare. Essentially, your job is to ease the suffering of people in distress and help to restore their well-being.

Compensation and Demand

According to, the average salary for a nurse ranges from $60,934 to $96,582. Numerous factors determine pay, like level of education, years of experience, and the state you live and work in. However, even those just starting out get paid much more than beginners in other careers. In addition, profit sharing bonuses can be about $19,866 a year.

Considering all these factors, it will actually be quite realistic for you to be making six figures a year within a relatively short time. Moreover, with older nurses retiring, there may be even more opportunity for higher compensation due to a potentially huge shortage of nurses in the future.

What’s more, from a career perspective, things get even better. shares some startling facts and statistics about career opportunities for nurses:

“The job outlook for family nurse practitioners is very good. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected growth in demand for FNPs [Family Nurse Practitioners] is 19% by 2020, which is well above the national average. Furthermore, salary growth over that same period of time is believed to be 22%, again above the national average. This is mainly due to the fact that the world of primary health care is changing due to a significant shortage in physicians. In addition, the shortage becomes more acute because of the aging population.”

Accelerated Programs

The fastest route to become a registered nurse (RN) is to enroll in an accelerated nursing program. If you have already completed either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in another discipline, then you will have to take the accelerated baccalaureate in nursing. This can take as little as 11 to 18 months to complete, which includes taking prerequisites. If you’re already a nurse and want to advance in your career, you may want to take the fast-track master’s degree program, which will take an average of 3 years.

What It’s Like

Accelerated programs work as fast as they do because they are designed for older adults rather than young adults. Consequently, you can get credit for prior undergraduate education or work experience.

However, these are not leisurely courses and are only designed for those prepared to commit fully toward their career goal. Classes are often long and intense, sometimes with few or no breaks between sessions. This rapid pace is necessary because the same amount of clinical hours is packed into a shorter time frame, and students learn as much as those in slower-paced traditional, entry level nursing schools.

Since the work requires academic rigor, admission standards are naturally high. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to get through the strict pre-screening process. Administrators only select those students they believe will be able to do well in a fast-paced academic environment. While there is no restriction on working while studying, this is not really encouraged because it will take a tremendous amount of focus and discipline to graduate.

Employment after Graduation

Usually, students who go through an accelerated program tend to be older in years, more mature in attitude, and much more motivated than traditional college students fresh out of high school. These students also tend to have higher academic expectations of themselves than students in a traditional, entry-level nursing program. Consequently, they not only tend to excel in class but appear more eager to get clinical experience.

Employers recognize these attributes and accelerated program graduates are highly prized in the workplace. Past experience with graduates has shown that they are more responsible, possess a higher level of clinical skill, and are quick studies during job training.


Many employers are so impressed by the quality of nurses that come out of accelerated programs that many hospitals may offer tuition repayment to graduates as a strategy to recruit tap-caliber nurses. In addition, state and federal legislators are seeking ways to increase grants and scholarships to candidates willing to enroll in an accelerated nursing program because of the perceived shortage of nurses in the coming decade.

Cancer Treatments From Around The World

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qaQ & A With Dr. Michael Wald

1. Coffee enemas are the best single method of detoxification for a person with cancer.

ANSWER. False. Although they possess detox ability, coffee enemas simply do not contain the necessary nutrition to support specific detox pathways, which are dependent on the toxin or toxins in question; this must be determined based on clinical interview and lab testing.

2. A macrobiotic, vegetarian or raw diet is the best dietary approaches for one with cancer.

ANSWER. Regardless of the type of special food plan in question, the very best plan must be based on the needs of the individual. A raw diet may over tax an individual’s ability to produce natural enzymes and a particular diet may be deficient in one or more nutrients that are required by the specific patient who has cancer.

3. Intravenous vitamin C, as opposed to oral vitamin C, produced anticancer effects such as tumor killing through by being an antioxidant.

ANSWER. False. Intravenous vitamin C has been proven to work in cancer because it is an oxidant and NOT an antioxidant.

4. Hydrogen peroxide is a potential cancer-killing agent.

ANSWER. Yes. Hydrogen peroxide is produced by white blood cells in the body and does have cancer cell killing effects.

5. Apigenin is an herb that has proven ovarian cell cancer killing effects.


6. According to the American Cancer Society, green tea drinkers in East Asia have a lower risk of stomach, breast and colon cancer than non-tea drinkers.

ANSWER. True; however, the amount of active elements in green tea consumed by Americans cannot be expected to be the same. Also, it is best to take the active ingredients of green tea when one has cancer as opposed to drinking tea only.

7. The form of vitamin D currently available in health food stores is the type that has been used in most medical studies for cancer prevention and treatment.

ANSWER. False. The active form of vitamin D3, known as 1, 25-D3, is the major anticancer form of vitamin D. This is a prescription item.

8. The optimal level of vitamin D measured on blood work is between 20 and 100 mg/dL.

ANSWER. False. Although the accepted clinical range of vitamin D tested on blood is between 20 and 100, optimal levels are approximately 75 and are associated with the lowest morbidity and mortality.

9. The evidence for toxic levels of vitamin D is when blood vitamin D is high.

ANSWER. False. The level of vitamin D in the blood can be high, but this does not mean it’s toxic. High calcium levels, known as, hypercalcemia is evidence that too much vitamin D is present. The treatment is to remove the vitamin D until the calcium levels come down (in a few days) and then restart vitamin D at a lower dose. Simple as that!

– 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: or or by calling: 914-242-8844.

How Exercise Can Change The World: Discovering Your Hidden Self – Part 2

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By Bob Livingstone

Continued from part 1 of the article…..

ontopI remember my father turning away from me with a blank look that told me what an utter disappointment I was to him. I remember him dying shortly after that.
I could relate to my client’s feeling that nothing was ever going to change and despite how hard they worked to improve their situation; they were still feeling bad about who they were and lost faith that their lives would get better.

This was how I was feeling when I began my run and now that I had a clear sense of what was troubling me, in spite of the seemingly many obstacles blocking my path, I was ready to face it and see what I could do to make myself feel better.

Then the Promised Land came through the headphones. This is a song about believing in the power of redemption, faith and no matter how distraught your life seems; you will find a way to the light.

As the sweat poured down my face and fogged up my sun glasses, I knew I was onto something and could feel the intensity of the music as I pounded my legs up and down hills. I marveled that at age 62 I was running faster than most Americans of any age could ever hope for.

I thought about those people who have inflicted emotional and often physical pain upon others. I was reflecting on the new found knowledge that one out of every three women suffers from domestic violence mostly at the hands of her male partner.

I know I have helped transform many of these victims into warriors who learned to hold their ground and stand up for themselves. They learned to stay out of abusive relationships and to take control of their lives. I feel very proud of my work here.

runnerAs I continue to run and notice that my muscles are loose and thoughts are coming out fast and furious. I seem to be able to face the most difficult of emotional pain while I am exercising and at this moment I am seized by the moment.

Most people my age are thinking about closing shop and heading to retirement: not me-I am focusing on my dreams and how I can make them come true.

I have images of men and women who have really hurt others. They come across as predators, but deep inside they are terrified children. This is a part of them that is hidden. I hope to help the woman who pushes everyone away with her rage. I hope to help heal the man who batters and belittles those physically weaker than him.

I imagine teaching these people how to do what I am doing today; to face and work through their emotional pain while exercising. Many will say that these folks cannot and will not change. I say that we should discard these beliefs and build a new model for discovering and working through hidden pain.

If you would like to learn more about how to heal your emotional pain through exercise while listening to music, please check out my book The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise.

Bob Livingstone is the author the critically acclaimed Unchain the Pain: How to be Your Own Therapist, Norlights Press 2011, The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise, Pegasus Books, 2007 and Redemption of the Shattered: A Teenager’s Healing Journey through Sandtray Therapy, Booklocker 2002. He is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker in private practice in The San Francisco Bay Area and has nearly twenty five years experience working with adults, adolescents and children.

How Exercise Can Change The World: Discovering Your Hidden Self – Part 1

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By Bob Livingstone

sunI awoke to a sunny San Francisco morning and miraculously fog was nowhere to be seen. The day looked bright, but I was not feeling it. Pessimism and self-doubt ruled my world today.

I was feeling tired, uninspired and fed up. I wasn’t sure what was troubling me and I knew damn well I wouldn’t figure out what is wrong by staring at a computer screen, playing with my phone or some other mindless activity.

I knew from experience that moving my body while listening to music would bring me relief and quite possibly I could understand what was bothering me and be on the toad to resolving it.

I put on my running clothes, tied my shoes and turned the music on. I was listening to Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town album. This record is filled with anger, bitterness, regret and after all that; hope.

I opened the apartment door and started slowly running down the street moving to the rhythm of the drums and guitars.

I asked myself “what do I feel and why do I feel this way?” I was patient (which was unusual for me) and I waited until the answer revealed itself.

My pace was quickening and I could hear the sound of my feet hitting the concrete along with Bruce singing Something in the Night. He sang about losing all that he had and how people will take advantage if they perceive you as weak.

joggingI was feeling numb, sad and frustrated. I am a psychotherapist in private practice and I work with clients who have been traumatized. They may have lost a loved one through death. They may have experienced horrific abuse at the hands of another. They may be victims of domestic violence. They may be children in the middle of a protracted hostile divorce.

I hear stories of utter anguish nearly every day and sometimes my client’s pain really overwhelms me.

As therapists, we are trained to be aware of what issues from our childhood are being stirred up while working with those who have been traumatized. We are supposed to use this awareness as a tool for helping our clients. Sometimes the issue that is being brought to the surface is utter powerlessness and helplessness. I sense this state of being in my clients and I have memories of feeling like I have no influence in improving anything.

I remember several of my grade school teachers criticizing my handwriting and telling me that I was stupid and my guidance counselor in high school saying that I was not bright enough to attend college.

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

If you would like to learn more about how to heal your emotional pain through exercise while listening to music, please check out my book The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise.

Bob Livingstone is the author the critically acclaimed Unchain the Pain: How to be Your Own Therapist, Norlights Press 2011, The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise, Pegasus Books, 2007 and Redemption of the Shattered: A Teenager’s Healing Journey through Sandtray Therapy, Booklocker 2002. He is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker in private practice in The San Francisco Bay Area and has nearly twenty five years experience working with adults, adolescents and children.

How To Keep Kids Active In A World Of Video Games

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By Sandra Goldstein

boyvideogameIt’s tough to match the appeal of today’s video games when it comes to keeping kids engaged. The action is fast paced, the challenges are thought provoking, and the sound and visual effects are unparalleled. But when children and teens spend the bulk of their time in front of the TV, computer, or hand-held devices – they develop an increased desire for immediate entertainment. This can cause a significant decrease in their attention span and ability to retain information elsewhere (school for instance). The concerned parent will often find themselves frustrated, and feeling helpless when it comes to encouraging a balance between video games, and physical fitness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get at least sixty minutes of physical activity everyday. Finding creative ways to get your child out and active – can be the tricky stitch!

Why Not Start By Playing A Video Game With Your Child?

This will take away the defensive barrier between you and your child that so often prevents effective communication. When your son or daughter feels that have taken the time to relate to their interests, they will likely be more receptive to other ideas and suggestions you may have regarding extra curricular activities. Playing video games with your child from time to time, also helps you keep a keen eye on the types of games they are playing, without invasive to their privacy. That, and there’s nothing wrong with upping the ‘cool factor’ just a bit as a parent!

boyssportsPlan Engaging Indoor & Outdoor Activities For Your Child And Their Friends!

There are literally hundreds of things to do that will encourage your child to get outside and be physically active, without it feeling like a chore. We forget that in our communities, there are activities just as challenging and thrilling (more so in fact) as any video game on the market. Consider Go Karting, paintball, laser tag or wide game activities like capture the flag in your community parks. If you live in a community with accessible water activities like canoeing, knee boarding, scuba diving or parasailing, take nature up on its opportunity. Sometimes it’s not that our kids aren’t interested in living active lifestyles, it’s that they don’t actually realize all the cool things that an active lifestyle could entail!

Get Your Child On Board With An Organized Sport

According to the NYU Child Study Centre, organized sports help build physical, psychological, character, cognitive and academic development in children. Sports will help your child build muscle and bone while improving memory capabilities, the ability to focus and reduce any stress or anxiety your child may be experiencing. Organized sports also build self- esteem, assist with cognitive problem solving abilities, teach children the value of working together, build leadership skills and encourage kids to set and achieve personal goals. Getting your child involved with sports will also expose them to people from other cultures, which encourages empathy from an early age.

The benefits behind encouraging your child to be physical active and involved in his or her community are really boundless. The important thing, is to make sure your they know you are on their side, and want to get, be and stay engaged right along with them. So, while you’re encouraging your kids to be active, make sure you’re ‘walking the walk’!

– Article supplied Sandra Goldstein.

Imagine World Peas

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by Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

greenpeasThere is a surprising amount of incredible nutrition in a green peas. Peas pack a lot of nutrition in a tiny pod. They come from the legume family, like cannelli or navy beans and share the same nutritional payloads of fiber, protein and vitamins.

Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables, rich in health benefiting nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Peas are also relatively low in calories in comparison to beans, and cow-peas. 100 g of green peas contains only 81 calories, and no cholesterol. These legumes are a good source of protein and soluble as well as insoluble fiber.

One half cup of peas has just as much protein ( 5 grams) as an egg or one tablespoon of peanut butter, but without the fat or cholesterol. Fresh peas are generally available from April to June, yet frozen peas retain all the taste and nutrition of fresh peas and are available all year long. Canned peas miss the mark. They lose most of their vitamin content and are packed with unhelpful salt and sugar.

In cooking peas, some people pulverize them (no offense Brits) and some people make them an afterthought. I say we start giving peas the respect they deserve and elevate them to higher place on our list of food choices.

You can use peas in a variety of different ways. I love to use them in low fat pasta salads, as a side dish with pearl onions, in green salads, stirred into a rice dish, paired with sautéed mushrooms or even added to freshly made guacamole. Try Heart Easy™ Peas Francoise alongside a rotisserie chicken for a delicious and heart-healthy meal. Or make up Heart Easy ™ Pasta, Tuna & Pea Salad which you can use as a meal or a side dish. Learn to love peas and take them to heart.

beanfranHeart Easy ™ Peas Francoise


8 ounces frozen peas, 1/4 cup water, two scallions slivered into one-inch pieces, 2-3 thin slices of fat free ham, julienned, 1 low fat butter substitute like Smart Balance Light, 1/2 cup of Boston lettuce slivers.


Combine all ingredients, except ham and butter substitute. Cook peas, scallions and water for 2-3 minutes. Pour off any remaining water and fold in the ham strips and butter substitute. Cook until butter substitute melts and ham is heated through. Add lettuce slivers at the last minute and serve.

(Traditional Peas Françoise includes the slivers of Boston lettuce. The lettuce adds both flavor and texture but you can omit if you choose.)

beanspastatunaHeart Easy ™ Pasta, Tuna & Pea Salad


1 (8 oz.) bag whole grain pasta (macaroni, penne, twists)
2 (5 oz.) cans chunk light tuna in water, drained
4 celery ribs, diced
1 package (15 oz.) frozen peas, thawed
1/3-1/2 cup low fat Best Foods Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4-1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper to taste


Cook pasta according to package directions, but don’t overcook. Drain and allow to cool.
In a large bowl, combine pasta, celery, peas, mayonnaise. Stir until well-combined.
Add cayenne pepper and salt. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Top with fresh ground pepper.

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 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

Vegan Food Choices For A Healthier World

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By J.J.Brown, Ph.D.

Reasons to Go Vegan

fruitswhiteFor people who grow up in a family where eating meat is a tradition, giving it up for a diet exclusively of fruits, vegetables and grains is a big step. How does this change happen? Paul McCartney of The Beatles stopped eating meat 30 years ago. The decisive moment came when he was watching a lamb run through a field in front of him, and he realized he could not eat the same creature he adored. “Meatless Mondays” is a way to start, with his new project for schools. He encourages school children and schools to have meatless meals on Mondays for a healthier diet with more variety.

Michael Natkin, who created the cookbook “Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes”, is a vegetarian. He has been since 1984. When people ask why, Michael Natkin says, “because I wouldn’t like to kill an animal, and it doesn’t make sense to me to have someone else do it for me.”

Throughout history, many of our genius leaders and achievers were vegan, including artist inventor Leonardo Da Vinci, the leader Mohandas Ghandi, and Apple’s inventor Steve Jobs. Today, more and more people in the public spotlight are adopting a vegan diet, like actors Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire.

Strong Vegan Choices

saladplateTreading lightly on the planet doesn’t mean giving up strength. The vegan choice is a strong choice. Many athletes are turning to a vegan diet, and maintain that plant based diets keep them stronger and healthier, including track star Carl Lewis and tennis star Venus Williams, and pro athlete Brendan Brazier. When making choices for each meal, keep good protein sources out in front, like beans, nuts, and whole grains. Sample new high protein ingredients like tempeh, which has 30 grams of protein in one cup. Quinoa includes 9 grams of protein in a cup, and has an interesting texture for adding variety.

Our Healthy World

A vegan diet can go a long way toward creating a healthier world. In the inspiring book, “Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating,” biologist author Jane Goodall gives a big dose of hope. Eating plants, which are lower on the food chain than animals, means there is more food for everyone. Considering how fast the human population grows, feeding everyone in the sustainable future is a challenge. Being mindful of each food choice, and eating plants instead of animals can be a gradual change that helps everyone. And in a world where too many people go hungry, this kind of change is a welcome one.

J.J.Brown, Ph.D. was born in the Catskill Mountain region of New York and has lived in New York City for two decades. She completed a Ph.D. in genetics and her research is published in leading clinical and education journals. She worked as a research scientist before turning to fiction writing, publishing short stories, novels and poems.

Wellness In A Complex World

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exercisepartnersFrom Your Health Journal…..”I love the Huffington Post, and always try to draw traffic their way, as the cover so many great health topics. Today, I found an article called Wellness In A Complex World, written by Monica Weinberg. This is an excellent article, which nails health on the head. The author starts by discussing how in our technological age, we have become very sedentary, with food available at our fingertips, but less time to take care of ourselves and live a healthy lifestyle. So many people face a rough road ahead, as they suffer from many chronic illness due to this lifestyle, whether heart disease, obesity, cancer, weak joints, type 2 diabetes, and low self esteem. The number 1 reason people give for not staying healthy is ‘I just don’t have the time.’ Change (a movement) is needed. As a society we could benefit from a movement that would enable employers to be more engaged in creating opportunities and incentives at the work place for people to get more activity, to eat better, and to provide escapes for mental relaxation (such as napping or meditation rooms). Please visit the Huff Post web site (link provided below) to support and read Ms. Weinberg’s complete article. It is a good one!”

From the article…..

As we live in a more complex, dynamic world, which is constantly changing with technological innovations, we are increasingly more interconnected. While technology continues to advance our society with better communication, efficiency and productivity we need to step back and reassess what is happening to the state of our health and wellness in this new world. Work is increasingly more sedentary as we sit in front of computer screens all day. Food is readily available. We are facing an obesity epidemic, and as a result a rise in chronic disease including diabetes and heart disease, which is shortening and decreasing the quality of many lives.

Why do we allow this to happen? Why is it so difficult to incorporate healthy lifestyle choices into the way we live? Although many of us know what the right choices are with regards to diet and exercise, many people find it challenging to adhere to healthier behaviors.

As an internist at NYU Medical Center, I am on the forefront of treating chronic disease and prevention. In most cases it is easy to determine what is wrong with a patient, but behavior modification is a huge challenge. I counsel patients daily on weight loss, exercise, better sleep practice and diet modification, but despite patients being well aware of what needs to be done, successful behavior change is the exception rather than the rule.

Patients offer many reasons for why it is difficult to exercise and maintain better eating habits including: “I don’t have time,” “I work too hard,” “My kids keep me busy,” or “l’ll work on this after I finish my next project or my next deadline.” I often discuss with my patients, that if they were to prioritize their health as much as they prioritize their success at work or their success as a parent, then likely they would find the time and motivation to make a healthy lifestyle change.

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Should The U.S.–The Sickest Country In The Developed World–Shred Its Safety Net?

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From Your Health Journal…..”A great article today on MSNBC by Geoffrey Cowley regarding the health of Americans stating if federal health spending continues to expand at its recent pace, it will eventually swallow the economy. For many years, Americans have been dying at younger ages than people in almost all other high-income countries. The warning signs have been here for years, as many have warned us that obesity (and being overweight) will have a major impact on the economy – and the country cannot afford this right now. Please visit the MSNBC site (link provided below) to read the complete article. Mr. Cowley is an excellent writer, and nails this on the head.”

From the article…..

As we careen from the fiscal cliff toward a dispute over the debt ceiling, even moderates have been adopting the spirit of austerity. “Entitlement reform” is the slogan of the season, and health care programs are high on the list of likely targets. The case for action is compelling: if federal health spending continues to expand at its recent pace, it will eventually swallow the economy. But there’s more than one way to approach the challenge. Should we focus on cost (cut payments and eligibility to balance the books)? Or should we set our sights on value (finding ways to buy more health for our money)? That’s a big question, so we’ll chip away at it between now and the next congressional mêlée. Let’s start with a more basic question. Is the U.S. over-committed to social welfare? Is the government doing more than it can afford to support public health?

A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) puts the question into context by comparing U.S. rates of death and disability to those of 16 “peer nations” including Canada, Australia, Japan and the countries of Western Europe. Despite our top-tier medical expenditures, we trail the rest of the developed world on virtually every measure of health and well-being. “For many years, Americans have been dying at younger ages than people in almost all other high-income countries,” the authors observe. “This disadvantage has been getting worse for three decades, especially among women.”

By international standards, our lives are not only short but also brutish–marred by higher rates of injury, homicide, teen pregnancy and drug overdose, not to mention obesity, heart disease and chronic lung disease. The report notes that our “longstanding pattern of poorer health…is strikingly consistent and pervasive over the life course–at birth, during childhood and adolescence, for young and middle-aged adults, and for older adults.”

The problems extend far beyond our health care system. True, 49 million Americans lack basic health coverage, and suffer demonstrably for it. “Compared with people in other countries, Americans are more likely to find care inaccessible or unaffordable and to report lapses in the quality and safety of care outside of hospitals,” according to the report. But the research implicates a host of other factors as well. Our fast-food cuisine makes over-eating the national default. Our car-centered communities discourage physical activity. Our gun laws foster lethal violence. And our high rates of poverty, especially among children, leave millions feeling hopeless and excluded.

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