Here’s a New Prescription for Finding Dr. Right

TheRightDoctorCFinding the right doctor isn’t always easy, but when you do, it can mean living a healthier life, or the difference between life and death.

In fact, until now, consumers have not had access to information that would allow them to find the right doctor for their individual needs. Instead, Americans have had to rely on word of mouth to find a physician—either from friends, family members, their doctor or their insurance provider. While a reference can be helpful and well-meaning, the problem is that the referral is not subjective and only gives a snapshot of a particular doctor—one who may (or may not) be the best fit for your needs.

Got Water? 4 Reasons to Drink More H2O

WhyWaterWe all know water is good for us and that we should probably drink more of it. So why, then, do Americans find it so difficult to sip from what is arguably the fountain of youth?

Answers vary, but the fact is, one in 10 Americans drinks zero cups of water per day, according to a study by Dr. Alyson Goodman, a medical epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Zero. She suspects that those who don’t drink any water (or very little) are getting it from other sources such as food and coffee, but warns this may not be enough.

Finding Answers to Growing Concerns About Water Fluoridation

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Up until the mid-1940s, tooth decay plagued the nation. Case in point: in 1942, almost 10 percent of the 2 million men examined by the Army were rejected for service because they didn’t have 12 solid teeth out of 32.
Then came fluoride — a mineral added in small amounts to tap water that would harden teeth and protect people’s pearly whites from cavities.
Since then, the debate over fluoride has escalated to become one of the country’s most contentious health issues and concerns.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) insists there is no verifiable link between fluoridated water and illnesses such as tooth discoloration, hip fractures and bone cancer as some suggest, opponents of fluoride, aren’t convinced.
“Our job is putting out safe water. We’re not in the business of medicating people,” Kevin Cridge, water quality supervisor at Hampton Shaler Water Authority, told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. “We shouldn’t be doing anything that actually doesn’t treat or purify the water.”
Fast-forward almost 70 years, and now there are options for those who prefer to know what’s in the water they’re drinking. Bottled water can be a better option, but which brand? The choices can be mindboggling.
To get the most from the water you’re drinking, you may want to opt for purified, enhanced water, such as Alkame Water. While other waters might satisfy your thirst, Alkame includes a distinctive alkalinity, as well as high levels of stabilized, dissolved oxygen that help maintain the natural pH balance in the body. In short, that means that a more balanced pH can help your body resist and fight illnesses. In addition to hydrating your body more effectively, Alkame can improve your metabolic function, boost your immune response and neutralize cancer-causing free radicals.
Better yet, there is no fluoride in Alkame Water.
“If someone were to ask me, ‘What is the one thing I can do to have better health?’ then the answer would be simple: ‘Start drinking alkaline, ionized water,'” says Robert O. Young, PhD and author of the “The pH Miracle.”
Alkame Water is based in Las Vega, Nevada, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alkame Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: ALKM). For more information about Alkame Water, including how to have it delivered to your home or office, visit www.alkamewater.com.

Empowering People to Regain Their Mobility

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – What is your everyday routine? Now, consider what it would be like if you had an accident or health condition that changed or prevented your daily activities.
When you sustain an injury to a bone or joint in your body, the things that are inherently second nature can be temporarily disrupted and inhibit you from doing those things you truly enjoy. That is, until you restore your mobility with orthopaedic care and rehabilitation.
Many people, of all ages, in the U.S. are faced with mobility limitations that require orthopaedic intervention. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), one in four Americans suffers from an impairment that impacts their ability to move.
To inspire patients to fight for their mobility and promote the value of orthopaedic care to society, the AAOS started the “A Nation in Motion” campaign. This initiative focuses on stories of patients who have experienced a “Second First,” the point in time when a patient, who had lost the ability to do something because of his or her orthopaedic condition, can do the act once again. Patients who are looking for advice to help restore their everyday lives can find a surgeon close to their location, research bone and joint health procedures and risks, read other patients’ experiences and peruse pain management tips.
To help patients develop realistic goals about their recovery, Dr. Elizabeth G. Matzkin, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and chief of Women’s Sports Medicine, prefers to assess her patient’s surgical recovery and rehabilitation expectations with in-depth interviews.
“Sometimes I tell people: ‘I’m so glad you’re not in any pain or that you’re not uncomfortable, but you need to take it easy so this heals.’ A lot of procedures take at least three months to heal,” said Dr. Matzkin.
According to the AAOS, “all surgeries have a minimum recovery time during which the patient will not be able to participate in all of the activities he or she did before the surgery, injury or onset of their orthopaedic condition.”
“I have patients who say, ‘I will work really hard; I’m a fast healer.’ And I say, ‘The recovery is still recovery,'” said Dr. Matzkin.
Visit ANationInMotion.org to learn more about how you can fight for your mobility or reach your Second First.

Are Workers Taking Enough Time to Understand Their Benefits Choices?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – Choosing the right health insurance plan is one of the most important decisions Americans make, yet workers spend more time researching for a car or planning a vacation. In fact, the 2014 Aflac Open Enrollment Survey found many workers spent 15 minutes or less researching their benefits options during open enrollment last year.

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Some Jobs Really Are a Pain in the Back

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – More than 200,000.
That’s the number of nonfatal occupational back injuries — 217,666, to be precise — that resulted in lost workdays in just one year, according to the most recent annual data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. That’s more than the number of work-related head, neck, arm and foot injuries combined.
This has a huge impact on our economy: The World Health Organization has estimated that low back pain alone costs the U.S. between $100 billion and $200 billion annually.
Here’s some of the jobs that were most prone to back injuries:
* Laborers and freight, stock and materials movers.
* Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.
* Nursing assistants.
* Production workers.
Until recently, surgeons could count on a booming business of patient referrals. But these days, given the increasing interest in drug-free, non-invasive alternatives and the reality of the outcomes of surgical care, chiropractic care has become a go-to approach.
“Very few conditions present situations where it is appropriate to proceed directly to the operating room,” Natalie Drake of the Texas Institute of Spine and Neurosurgery recently stated. “In many cases, less-invasive options will provide the desired relief.”
Cost has also played a factor in chiropractic’s rise. As noted in a recent study in the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics, “paid costs for episodes of care initiated with a D.C. [doctor of chiropractic] were almost 40 percent less than episodes initiated with an M.D. [medical doctor].”
Indeed, as Gerard Clum, D.C., of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress says, “We’re noticing that patients who use chiropractic care as a first choice have better outcomes and incur fewer costs.”
To locate a doctor of chiropractic in your area, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Straighten Up if You Want to Help Avoid Back Problems

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Remember how mom always reminded you about your posture? Turns out she was right.
Years of poor posture, we now know, puts undue pressure on the spine and supporting muscles and ligaments that can result in everything from back pain to muscle strain to degenerative arthritis. And many of us make things worse on a daily basis.
How so?
Research has found that common things like stress, obesity, incorrect posture while sleeping, walking and working, and — yes, all you fashionistas out there — wearing high-heeled shoes can contribute to poor posture.
And the back pain alone that often follows hurts us in more ways than one. “Americans spend at least $50 billion each year (seeking relief from) back pain,” notes the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “And it’s one of the most common reasons for missed work.”
If you just read those stats while seated, here’s a quick checklist to see if you’re maintaining the correct posture:
* Relax shoulders and keep forearms parallel to the ground when working at a keyboard.
* Don’t cross your legs.
* Use a footrest if your feet don’t reach the floor.
For those who are past the checklist stage, know that the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research almost twenty years ago recommended spinal manipulation provided by a doctor of chiropractic as a “safe and effective, drugless” treatment for sufferers of low back pain.
“Old habits die hard,” says Ron Kirk, DC, an avid supporter of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and founder of Straighten Up America (straightenupamerica.org). “But a doctor of chiropractic can recommend exercises to strengthen core postural muscles and can help you choose proper postures to reduce your risk of injury during activities.”
For more information, visit www.yes2chiropractic.org.
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Taking a Holistic Approach to Fit Living

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Is the holistic approach the way to go when it comes to your own and your children’s health?
That’s certainly the advice of a variety of experts who say that a more big-picture view of “fit living” — meaning, beyond the usual warnings to, say, exercise more — can actually help improve your overall quality of life.
Among the latest to weigh in: WebMD and Sanford Health, which recently unveiled their “Raising Fit Kids” informational guide that’s replete with ideas on how “families can work together” to make positive behavioral changes in all aspects of their lives. “Being fit is about being healthy,” says Dr. Chris Tiongson, a pediatrician with Sanford Health whose focus is childhood obesity. “It’s a balance between mind, body and spirit, and having everything be in sync.”
That same “balance,” in fact, has long been advocated by doctors of chiropractic — the nation’s third largest primary health care profession — who, along with providing non-invasive relief from things like back and neck pain, are trained in a wide range of conservative treatment and preventive services centered around lifestyle and nutrition.
“A holistic approach to fit living presents a great opportunity to improve overall health and well-being for a lifetime,” says Gerard Clum, DC, of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
High on every chiropractor’s tip list:
* Take steps to manage stress.
* Make time for daily physical activity.
* Emphasize whole grains, fruits and vegetables in your diet.
* Maintain a healthy weight.
Need more convincing? Adopting a holistic strategy that includes chiropractic care, says Dr. Clum, “can help to successfully address consequential conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, which are commonly associated with obesity and poor health.”
To locate a doctor of chiropractic, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Grandparents Encouraged to Keep Meds Up and Away From Grandchildren

GrandkidsMedicationsCGrandparents love to spend time with their grandchildren. Many times, however, tiny fingers can end up in places they shouldn’t, which is why putting precious or breakable objects out of reach of curious little hands is important. Equally important (if not more so) is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.

Consider this: more than 70,000 children end up in emergency departments each year after getting their hands on medicines left within reach. That’s 165 kids—or roughly four busloads of kids — per day. Quite often, that medicine belonged to a grandparent.

Some Jobs Are More Prone to Back Injuries, Study Finds

WorkRelatedInjuriesCMore than 200,000.

That’s the number of nonfatal occupational back injuries—217,666 to be exact—that resulted in lost workdays in a single year, according to the most recent annual data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. This equates to more than the number of work-related head, neck, arm and foot injuries combined.

As a result, this can have a huge economic impact. Consider this: The World Health Organization has estimated that low back pain alone costs the U.S. between $100 billion and $200 billion annually.

Here are some of the jobs that are more prone to back injuries than others: