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You Are the Patient, Not the Customer

Healthcare is personal. When we start seeing the doctor, it is about us, or what is inside of us. These are things we do not go telling the public. Over time we build this relationship with the doctor. There is a comfort zone when it comes to our doctors. The unfortunate thing is, this relationship is one-sided. You are only a good relationship, as long as someone else is paying the bill. Ever try calling a specialist and ask them for an appointment and tell them you are paying cash?…

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Devoted Individuals Battling Inequality Around the Globe

As I read, Mountains beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains both written by Tracy Kidder, I could not help to think of how privileged we are here in the United States of America. These books got me thinking critically and analytically about the desperate situations of the unfortunate all over the world. These books were decisively written to those individuals around the world with the capability and aspiration to help others in dire situations. Paul Farmer, a physician and a medical anthropologist, is the main protagonist in the accredited…

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Clairalience – The Psychic Sense of Smell

Have you ever caught the waft of a scent that was out of place? Maybe the smell of a family recipe cooking while you’re at work, flowers as you drive down the highway in the middle of winter, a camp fire in the cereal aisle at the grocery store? You could be experiencing Clairalience, or the ability to smell odors that aren’t really there. Those who are Clairsentient will often have this ability and many mediums use this ability to help identify loved ones who have passed. The smell of…

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Doctors Are Finding Chronotherapy More Effective in Treating a Wide-range of Diseases

In a recent news piece on ABCnews.com, it was reported that “…..Many of our body’s internal processes are cyclical. There are daily patterns, like waking and sleeping, monthly patterns, like a woman’s menstrual cycle, and even seasonal patterns, like those that cause seasonal-affective disorder (SAD) during the winter months. But doctors are only recently beginning to understand these rhythms’ impact on other conditions well enough to more effectively treat their patients. The idea that medical treatments can be improved based on when they are given to a patient is called…

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Can You Purchase Medifast Shakes in Grocery Stores, Health Food Stores, Or Pharmacies?

From all of the emails I get and from my lurking on many weight loss forums and support groups, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Medifast shakes are the most asked about liquid product out there.  Not only is this product filling, good tasting, and pretty convenient, there’s a certain mystery and misconception that seems to surround it.  I get a lot of questions that ask which stores keep these in stock or routinely sell these items.  I’ll go over this topic in the following article.…

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Best Way to Avoid Crippling Financial Problems in Your Golden Years

I have studied and used hundreds of business systems and inventions, but this one simple idea is the best by far, with a loophole that can save you tens of thousands of dollars starting today. And I’ll prove it to you right now. Barter is a worldwide, multi-billion dollar industry where literally every kind of business you can think of – in almost every industrialized country in the world – does business in a large network called a “barter exchange”. These exchanges are huge buying clubs, where all the different…

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How Retirees Shaped My Attitude About Retirement

The last pharmacy I worked in was the best job I ever had because I was older than many retired customers and what I learned from them forever changed how I felt about retirement. They told me everything about themselves and the world they lived in. I listened intently, asked questions, and observed. It was a priceless education. I soaked it up like a sponge. I heard many comments and ideas with which I disagreed, but I said nothing. After all, I knew I was getting an education about a…

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Why Clinical Trials Are So Important in the Medical Profession

You have probably heard of people who have taken part in clinical trials over the years, some may have found a successful treatment for their life threatening disease, others may not have been so lucky. This may leave you wondering why clinical trials are so important and how they can make a difference in the medical profession moving forward. The first reason why clinical trials are so important is that they identify how new potential treatments work. They are distributed to particular people who have chosen to participate, these people…

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Neo-Melubrina: What It Is and Why to Avoid It

Neo-Melubrina, commonly referred to as “Mexican aspirin”, is an over the counter pain and fever medication sold south of the border in pill and liquid form for adults and children. It is not uncommon for tourists in the region to wander into a local pharmacy looking for quick relief of pain, headache, or fever, and be handed a bottle of Neo-Melubrina. While common in Mexico, Neo-Melubrina has been banned in the United States since 1977. It has been found to cause agranulocytosis, or a marked suppression of white blood cells.…

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Medicare Part D: Advice for Those Who Forgot to Enroll, Again

Open Enrollment ended December 7th, this past Saturday, and unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, you cannot enroll in Part D until next October. I have received calls from Medicare beneficiaries this week who are flabbergasted, no, violent. I have been yelled at, hung up on, and cussed at. Frankly, this does not faze me, but it did make me want to write a blog to help people understand their options if they have missed out on Part D Enrollment. Below are a few ideas on how to…

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