Digital Strategy & Value-Based Care

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Digital Strategy and the Shift to Value-Based Care
by Guest Author, Terence Maytin

The U.S. healthcare system is rapidly transitioning from fee-for-service to value- based care as part of massive and ongoing industry-wide transformation. Digital strategy is evolving to meet new challenges, help drive disruptive innovation, and better engage a large, growing audience of connected health consumers.

Already complex and fragmented, the healthcare sector will look very different over the coming years. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has spurred rapid innovation and disruptive change across the entire ecosystem in the quest for better quality care across the entire population at lower per capita cost. Payers are accelerating rollout of value- based payment models with providers, and the shift to pay for performance arrangements with Pharma companies is increasing as well.

Moving an entire industry from volume-oriented reimbursement requires aggressive, innovative approaches to move from traditional siloed care to collaborative models, with system-wide provider coordination, patient engagement and proactive interventions. Technology will continue to act as a critical change agent, enabling large- scale improvements in process efficiency, automation, connectivity, collaboration, interoperability and advanced analytics.

With the convergence of healthcare and digital technology, industry stakeholders are reassessing their digital strategies to help tackle new business opportunities and challenges. Just a few years ago, digital health efforts largely focused either on acquisition marketing, community aggregation, or customer service portals designed to redirect volume from higher cost channels. However amid the current environment, digital offers much greater and far-reaching impact potential than ever before.

Digital investments are ramping up to support the shift from volume to value, particularly in the areas of care coordination, patient engagement, post-discharge monitoring, measurement, and behavior change. Since 2014, venture capital has provided $10B in new funding for clinical tools, analytics, consumer engagement, mHealth, telemedicine, wearables, and business services. In 2016, firms have raised a record $1.8B.

Two important trends drive home the relevance and importance of having a comprehensive, well articulated digital strategy: the rise of consumerism and nearly ubiquitous web/mobile adoption. Across all age groups, large audiences not only already consume digital services but also expect high quality, omni-channel experiences. In order to deliver on this promise, companies must design optimized, journey-based experiences that balance customer needs, preferences, and behaviors against desired business objectives and outcomes. Companies must embrace the concept of “putting the customer first” throughout the organization and across functions (e.g. strategy, product development, marketing, operations and technology). This also must be accompanied by an insights-driven, decision-making approach.

Essentially, digital strategy will be most effective if viewed as an organizational imperative. Armed with a holistic vision and comprehensive strategy, stakeholders will be better able to leverage and capitalize on digital’s full disruptive potential to help solve some of the most pressing challenges facing healthcare today.

Healthcare Industry Transformation

The transformation of healthcare is multidimensional and complicated. Disruptive innovation, technology and consumer trends are upending traditional business models. The competitive landscape is getting ever more crowded with new entrants while at the same time, insurer and provider consolidation is accelerating.

Consumers are motivated with more skin in the game and greater information access than ever before. Payment models are shifting from volume to value, and payers, providers, pharma, and medtech will need to collaborate and coordinate to a much larger degree within a more integrated care delivery system. These factors along with intense focus on quality improvement and evidence-based outcomes have big implications for the entire care delivery continuum…

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TerenceMartin  Guest Author, Terence Maytin is VP/Director | Head of Digital Strategy and Delivery | Digital Health Business Analytics and Technology  and  Strategic Advisor for First Growth VC.

Stay healthy!

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She can be reached at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com
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7 Keys to Happiness

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Happiness and Health are like fraternal twins.

They are not identical, but they’re born at the same time.

They are interchangeable. If you feel healthy you feel happy.

If you feel happy, you’re more likely to feel healthy.

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So what’s the key to happiness?  I can tell you that if you think it’s a destination as in, “I will be happy when I retire and move to Florida” or “I’ll be happy when I’m on vacation next week” –you will not be happy.

KEY #1:  HAPPINESS IS WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.  If you can be happy living in one room, you’ll be happy living in twenty.  If you’re not happy in one room, that will not change once the novelty of the twenty rooms wears off.

KEY #2:  FIND HUMOR IN TENSE SITUATIONS. Whenever you can’t control a situation, control how you react to it, which is essentially to not react to it. Respond with calmness, kindness, understanding, compassion or humor whenever you can.

KEY #3:  DON’T BE TENSE UNLESS YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE.   Even then, it’s the calm person more likely to get out safe.

KEY 4:  HAVE AT LEAST 1 FRIEND YOU TRUST 10o%.

This isn’t someone who lies, betrays, cheats, gossips or ignores. This is the non-judgmental son you can text: I tossed the garbage out in my robe and now I’m locked out at 3 a.m. friend who laughs first and then helps you figure out what to do next. Ok, maybe you need 3 friends like this.

KEY 5:  SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE.  Refer back to #4. These are people who know life is rarely a straight line. The journey is filled with hills and valleys. Positive people genuinely find the best in every situation and see the best in everyone. They are slow to judge others and they don’t gossip because the other person isn’t there to present their side, and if you’re over the age of nine you know there is another side.

KEY #6:  MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES.   Buy healthy, stock up on healthy food and water, walk daily, drink lots of water, get enough sleep and fresh air and you will feel better.  Replace bad comfort foods with healthier ones.  Remember perfect is the evil of good. Educate yourself on what is nutritious. There is a search button on this blog where you can type in nutrition or food to pull up prior blogs on that.

KEY7:   KNOW THAT NO ONE FEELS HAPPY ALL THE TIME.  Accept the ebb and flow as natural. You’re human and will feel different emotions each day.  You manage your state of mind by managing all the above, so that your dominant state is one of calmness and contentment.  Think of a pleasant thought right now.  Smile to yourself.  Hold that thought. Your brain just registered that you are happy.   You’re the only one who owns your Happiness keys.  Use all your senses to pick up on things to be happy and grateful for: birds chirping, quiet, music, time to be reading this blog, eyesight to be reading this.

Tony Robbins says, “Change your EXPECTATIONS for yourself or others to APPRECIATION.”      Love that.

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7 Tips to Live Agelessly by Dr. Adonis

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1- Hydrate: 1 liter a day for each 50 lbs. of body weight.

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2- Stay Active: Not necessarily the gym but active during the day: use a stand-up desk (500 calories extra a day burned), use the stairs, park far away

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3- Sleep enough and Relax often. Avoid TV before sleeping especially violent movies and negative news. Meditate daily, even for 10 min.

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4- Deep breathing. Yoga Pranayama or simply deep breaths often during the day.

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5- Eat mostly greens. “Blue Zones” longevity communities around the world eat mostly vegetables and sparingly meats. Avoid processed meats (salami, etc). Eat “super foods” like blue-green algae.

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6- Take nutraceuticals, anti-oxidants like Resveratrol and Omegas. Also take Vitamin D and Probiotics.

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7- Replace hormones using bio-identical hormones once they start to be low in laboratory tests (Testosterone, Human Growth Hormone, Pregnenolone, Estrogens, DHEA and others)

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GUEST AUTHOR, Adonis Maiquez, M.D. is Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine*, with a special interest in the neuro-endocrine theory of aging.

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As an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine( http://www.worldhealth.net) he is continually incorporating all the new advances, research and evidence-based medicine available.

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He is also the author of The Function Medicine Handbook, Modern Medicine for Modern Times.

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“Multiple factors influence our health and a combination of aging- oriented diet,supplements,hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with Bio-Identical Hormones,exercise and lifestyle modifications will have an impact on how and when we age.” -Dr. Adonis

Great tips.  For More Information or to Contact Dr. Adonis call:  (305) 624-0009.

 

Stay healthy, everyone!  🙂

  md1    MARIA DORFNER is the CEO and founder of
Healthy Within Network and NewsMD Communications, LLC.  This is her blog.

Medical/Health Stories/Tips?  She can be reached at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

 

Hot Fitness Craze by Maria Dorfner

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Move over Soul Cycle. Make room for KANGAROO JUMP EXERCISES

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Men, women and kids are jumping for joy while getting an intense cardiovascular workout

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It’s easier on joints because the special, patented boots absorb 80% of impact

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It can be done anywhere indoors or out

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The only equipment you need are these BOUNCE BOOTS

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They come in all different colors

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A Jump Master Trainer teaches classes. They’ve already sprung up in NYC, Philly & DC

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And it’s hot in Israel and Dubai

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The cost of classes may not make you jump for joy, but they will make you sweat

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One class cost $90.00 which includes $45.00 for the class and $45.00 for boot rental

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Sometimes the BOUNCE BOOTS are called KANGAROO BOOTS OR SHOES

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Of course it got its name because you’ll hop and jump around like a Kangaroo

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When I was a kid Polo Sticks were big and they were fun. These have carrying bags.

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You can purchase a pair of Bouncing Boots for about $200.00 at Kangaroojumps.com

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When you bring your own boots you pay $45.00 only for the class only.

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Boots go by your weight, not your shoe size. Kids up to 100 lbs. and boots for over 100

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Indoor and outdoor classes have been spreading since 2010

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Owners of boots get extra health benefits even while walking

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You can find out if there are classes in your area at http://www.kjfitnessprograms.com

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ABC NEWS covered and tested them in 2011.  The segment was called BOUNCE INTO FITNESS.  The exercise was given a thumbs up for having fun in fitness, while protecting your joints, knees, hips and spine.

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In the United States 320,000 Bounce Boots had already been sold in 2011.

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[Photo: ABC News with Mario Godiva of Mario Godiva Fitness in NYC]

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As you can see, Bounce Boots look like ski boots with special T-springs attached that flex out and recoil, and are adjusted for your weight.

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They were first devised for rehabilitation in Europe almost 25 years ago, but they continue to get hotter and hotter the U.S.

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The New York Times then covered it in 2012

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The Wall Street Journal did an article about it last Summer, so  it continues to grow

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It usually takes awhile before things catch on. I remember when Health Anchor, Ileana Bravo and I produced the first ever story about something called SPINNING.  I interviewed the founder, Johnny G. The story aired on NBC and took off like wildfire after that.  And it’s still around.

When it comes to fitness, I always say do something with long-term staying power.

That means you have to like it enough to do every day or at least 3 times a week.

For me, that’s walking and swimming.  But I’m a big fan of mixing it up.

That keep things fun and stimulating, even mentally.

So, I can’t wait to try this.  I have a feeling I will love it.  And laugh.  It does look like it would take getting used to so a class with a trainer is the first stop to give it a try.

I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of Kangaroo Exercise classes popping up in 2016.

If you’ve had prior knee injuries or have any other medical issue check with your doctor.

 Health Benefits to Kangaroo Jump Exercising:

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Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes were originally developed for joggers, runners and athletes, to help reduce the impact associated with vigorous athletic activity.

The biggest problem for most sports is the excess strain on joints due to repeated impact. The limits of training are dictated by the amount of strain accumulated on joints due to repeated impact and the capability of the body to withstand it. Athletic competition requires the development of “explosive strength”. Participating in plyometric exercise is the best method to ensure improvements in this area. These exercises can be dangerous because they place the joints under the highest strain (up to 5G, versus 2-3G for running).

High-tech sport shoes with cushioning features, like the latest Nike or Adidas models claim to reduce impact. However, none of these shoes provide significant protection, as they do not lengthen the impact time significantly enough to allow the brain and muscles to react in a timely way to absorb impact energy.

Different scientific studies conducted by the Swiss Federation Institute of Technology compared conventional running shoes and Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes. They demonstrated that the patented Impact Protection System (IPS) of Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes not only helps increase impact time, it also reduces the impact stress by up to 80% while protecting ankles, knees, hips, lower back, and spine.

“The running condition with training shoes displayed peaks between 6 and 10 g at the tibia level as found in previous studies. With Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes, acceleration is 50% lower. The reduction of the force impact is significant”2

The scientific study, “Impact Forces during running in a novel spring Boot”, conducted by Jason Vance and John A. Mercer3, compares individuals using traditional footwear during exercise to individuals using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes and concludes that the differences between both are significant, as it is shown in the chart below:

Plyometric exercise can be performed using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes with a lower risk of injury, providing significant protection to the joints, when compared to traditional sport shoes. Consequently, Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes could be considered the world’s lowest impact shoe.

2  G. Gremion, P.F. Leyvraz, E. Mercier, K. Aminian ” Attenuation of Impact Shock during Jog:  comparison between conventional running shoes and Kangoo Jumps“ Swiss Federation Institute of Technology, Clinical Department of Orthopaedic & Traumatology, Division of Sports Medicine chuv Lausanne

3 Vance Jason  and Mercer John A. “Impact Forces During Running in a Novel Spring Boot” Department of Kinesiology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 PREVENT NEW INJURIES AND RE-INJURY  
Doctors & physical therapists recommend the use of Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes for the safe rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Investigations on impact forces conducted by The Southern Cross, Australian University study1 reported that between 27% to 70% of runners or joggers are injured in the first year after commencement of training, as a result of external forces.

Thanks to the revolutionary IPS, using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes instead of traditional running shoes significantly reduces the impact characteristics experienced during foot contact, which has been reported to result in injuries to the lower extremities.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes may reduce the rate of injury for recreational joggers and can provide a safer environment for the rehabilitation of patients with lower extremity injuries.

1 Robert U. Newton, Brendan J. Humphries, & I. Barry Ward ”Reducing Ground Impact Forces During Jogging : an evaluation of shoes with springs” Center for Exercise Science and Sport Management, Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia. 1995

“I hadn’t been able to run for years because of injuries that never seemed to completely heal. Even casual jogging would aggravate my condition. Running and aerobic exercises using Kangoo Jumps boots has been a blessing. I’m in better shape than I have been in years.”

 

 

For the professional and elite athlete, consistent, continuous training is paramount to retain their strength, stamina, and specific athletic response to their sport of choice.

When these individuals are injured, every 24 hour period without exercise can significantly compromise their athletic training and standing within their sport of choice. Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes, due to their patented IPSystem, reduce impact shock by up to 80%, which means that athletes or athletic patients can begin exercise and training very soon after an injury or surgery.

Practitioners and athletic trainers have found that patients using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes actually reduce the recovery time and enhance their athletic response system due to the inherent action of harmonizing the muscles and the central nervous system.

Many athletic physicians are using Kangoo Jumps boots for rehabilitation purposes due to the reduced impact and “enhanced” recovery aspect of using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes.
On the other hand, recovery time from any aerobic activity is dramatically reduced by using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes. E.G. Jody Luther, an avid Marathon athlete and Personal Trainer states that when she uses Kangoo Jumps boots during a Marathon, she can proceed to her professional activities the very next day of the race. When she uses normal running shoes for her marathons, she needs to allow herself 2 days of rest before resuming to work.

“I hadn’t been able to jog or attend aerobic classes for years due to my knee surgery and excess weight. It really feels great to be able to exercise again and to have so much fun at the same time”
The body contains five times more lymph than blood. Unfortunately, the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system, does not have a pump like the heart to keep its liquid in motion; thus, the body must rely on its natural movements for circulation. If a person does not move sufficiently, excess levels of toxins can clutter and poison the lymphatic system. In some areas, lymph fluid actually crystalizes into cellulite, and can be harder to eliminate. Numerous studies have shown that base metabolic rate, which is the rate at which the body will burn calories, decreases as our lymphatic systems grows less efficient.

In 1995 the University of Lausanne in collaboration with Dr. Gremion conducted a physiological research study1, which showed that a person spends about 20% more energy, or calories, training with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes than with other training shoes. Therefore, exercising with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes is a more effective way to “re-prime the lymphatic pump.”

As the lymphatic system improves, the increased transfer of nutrients and oxygen into each cell helps to increase toxin removal through elimination. Once metabolism has been reset, a person is able to burn more calories at a higher rate, whether exercising or not.

With the regular use of Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes, base metabolic rate will become increasingly more efficient, resulting in noticeable improvements in muscle tone, and weight management. In fact, they actually allow the re-training of each cell to perform as it did, when it was younger.

Once metabolism is re-set, the individual will burn more calories at a higher rate and will not regain weight, if training is continuous, especially using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes.

1 G. Gremion, P.F. Leyvraz, E. Mercier, K. Aminian ”Attenuation of Impact Shock during Jog:  comparison between conventional running shoes and Kangoo Jumps “ Swiss Federation Institute of Technology Clinical Department of Orthopaedic & Traumatology, Division of Sports Medicine

When inactive people start using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes, their heart rate climbs rapidly and exercise can be maintained for only short periods of time. . However, after only a week of use, there is an amazing increase in cardio-respiratory endurance. Athletes experience this same increase in VO2 (volume of oxygen used), making the shoes excellent tools for improving the endurance required for competition sports. Dr. J.E. Taunton and a team of experts from the University of British Columbia, Canada, confirmed this benefit on the scientific study “MaxVO2 Improvements and Injury Prevention”1.A reference group of students utilizing the shoes in exercise increased their VO2 peak by 7.8% whereas the control group, using conventional training shoes, showed only a 1.3% improvement during the same period of time.

Training with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes provides a more effective means of improving VO2, when compared to training with traditional running shoes.
See university study:

Effects of a 12-Week Aerobic Training Program Utilizing Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes

1 J.E. Taunton, FACSM, N.S. Miller, E.C. Rhodes, FACSM, B.D. Zumbo, S. Fraser “MaxVO2 Improvements and Injury Prevention “ University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. Canada – December 11th 2002

According to Dr. Morton Walker1, “Rebounding could practically be described as a “heart exercise,” Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes enhance the physical activity of the legs — the body’s primary limbs. It is easier on the heart to exercise the legs than the arms as the heart works 250% harder to pump the same amount of blood through the arms than it does through the legs”. This phenomenon is known as the “pressor response”. It is the illusion of a higher working heart rate due to a rise in blood pressure. Under normal circumstances heart rate and oxygen consumption are linear. When heart rate rises, oxygen consumption rises, except when performing an activity that has a large amount of upper body movement such as boxing. Activities with vigorous arm movement make the heart work harder to pump blood into the upper extremities. When this occurs, rises in heart rate are due to elevations in blood pressure, not oxygen consumption. This may make running in Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes a better choice for persons with known cardiovascular disease than similar training in conventional sports shoes.

Running with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes will enhance heart health without elevating blood pressure.

1 Walker Morton ”Jumping for Health” Avery Publishing Group Inc., New York

Any kind of exercise will increase your energy level on a long run, because you train your body to work better and develop more mitochondrias, which are the powerhouses of the cells.
However most forms of exercise are strenuous, so that people who lack training will feel exhausted, even for the next day.
Having a non strenuous physical activity with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes the way we recommend, that is only for short sessions and never exceeding your level of comfort, you will enjoy an incredible high level of energy right away and feel relaxed. Guaranteed.
Act as Natural Face Lift

IEach cell of the body is like a balloon filled with water; rebounding puts the cells repeatedly under stress as they resist the increased G forces (when the balloon reaches the maximum elongation). With time, the cell’s membrane gets thicker, thus more firm and elastic.

 

The skin is a community of cells. Rebounding regularly with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes can help firm the skin and increase its elasticity.

Enhance Overall Health
The NASA investigations on how to reverse astronauts’ bone and muscle’s mass loss while in the outer space show that rebound exercise is the most efficient, effective and pleasant exercise ever devised.

“While trampoling, as long as the G-force remained below 4-G’s, the ratio of oxygen consumption compared to biomechanical conditioning was sometimes more than twice as efficient as treadmill running.

For similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running, a finding that might help identify acceleration parameters needed for the design of remedial procedures to avert de-conditioning in persons exposed to weightlessness…1

This statement verifies the fact that rebound exercise is an excellent exercise for senior citizens, those physically handicapped, those who are recuperating from an accident or injury, or anyone else who needs exercise but is hampered by a pre-existing physical condition2.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes are a great contribution to overall health improvement, which includes, but is not limited to:

·      Reduce excess fat/weight rapidly and safely while simultaneously developing all muscles, shaping the body naturally.

·      Reverse or slows the aging process firming the skin.

·      Promote ideal postural alignment and balance.

·      Correct supination and pronation.

·      Prevent cardiovascular problems.

·      Fight osteoporosis, increasing bone density.

·      Induce euphoria (thus fighting depression) and reduce mental stress.

·      Prevent injuries.

Journal of Applied Physiology 49 (5): 881-887 – 1980

2 “Miracles of Rebound Exercise” NASA-Ames Research Center  Biomechanical Research Division,

Moffett Field,  Wenner-Gren Research Laboratory, University of Kentucky

Increase Bone Density (fight osteoroposis)
Rebounding in Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes stimulates osteoblastic bone rebuilding activity in the vertebral bodies and weight-bearing compact and spongy bone structures of the pelvis and lower extremities. This is essential in the prevention of osteoporosis, especially in women.

Within only 2 weeks of stay in outer space, astronauts lose as much as 15% of their bone and muscle mass, as a result of the absence of gravity. Consequently, NASA had to investigate how to reverse the process. Their studies came to the conclusion that “rebound exercise is the most effective and efficient form of exercise ever devised by man”1.Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes may reverse bone loss in individuals suffering 

from osteoporosis.

1“ Miracles of Rebound Exercise” NASA-Ames Research Center  Biomechanical Research Division,

Moffett Field,  Wenner-Gren Research Laboratory, University of Kentucky

See N.A.S.A. study

Strengthen Your Spine. Eliminate most back pain
Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes, by the inherent nature of their design, encourage proper posture to maintain balance, while exercising. The balance involved while using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes is easily mastered. It stimulates the communication between spinal and extremity joint mechanoreceptors thus improving balance and related proprioceptive skills.

Balance is defined as the ability to keep the body in equilibrium; age and/or a sedentary life style can cause deterioration in balance. Consistent movement (practice) with properties identified as “proprioceptive” is necessary to maintain adequate balance.

Chiropractor Dr. David Love, from Santa Cruz Chiropractic & Sport Medicine Clinic in Capitola – California, says: “Rebounding with Kangoo Jumps has a positive influence on spinal and intervertebral disc health by providing maximum spinal imbibition. This, of course, is essential for the proper transfer of nutrients into the disc and the removal of metabolic waste products out of the disc, thereby maintaining and restoring intervertebral health and function.”

Many practitioners report that the majority of their patients have very poor posture due to many factors, including the impact of sitting at computers, TV and other sedentary life style modalities. Poor posture can have a negative effect on an individual’s health. Using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes assures ideal posture by forcing the pelvis to remain in a neutral position while exercising. Neutral pelvic alignment causes the hips, knees and toes to re-align, securing the best possible bio-mechanics for movement execution.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes improve balance for individuals of all ages and activity levels. In addition, the curved nature of the soles helps to re-align the spine for improved posture. 

Help fight depression & stress
“Jump for joy” is not just an expression, it describes the feeling of euphoria, of power and lightness that any person can experience while they are exercising with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes; this altered state of consciousness associated with bouncing can enhance anyone’s life, making it joyful at any age or fitness level.

The therapeutic use of rebounding exercise has been studied by Dr. Morton Walker and presented in his book “Jumping for Health”[1], where he describes up to 30 specific anti-stress benefits of this type of exercise.

Using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes is an excellent remedy for depression and anxiety.  It awakens the inner child, inducing a state of euphoria. This can be explained by the fast release of endorphins by the body, sometimes referred to as the hormones of happiness.

[1]  Morton Walker “ Jumping for Health” pages 82-91, Avery Publishing Group Inc., New York

Promote ideal postural alignment and balance

Many practitioners report that the majority of their patients have very poor posture due to many factors which include the impact of sitting at computers, TV and other sedentary life style issues.

There are also certain postural conditions associated with specific sport activities such as cycling, etc. Poor posture can have a negative effect on an individual’s health. Using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes assures ideal posture by forcing your foot placement to be at the best possible angle directly below the pelvic girdle that ultimately supports the alignment of the whole body. Many customers report that they breathe in such a way to fill their lungs to capacity when using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes providing thus more oxygen for the brain, muscles, etc., to function at an optimal level.

Some benefits that customers report are that they have more energy, faster response time to stimuli, longer attention span and that they feel more vibrant and alive.
Balance is an important issue and has become a frequent complaint from patients while speaking with their practitioner. Again, a more sedentary life style has influenced this issue. Consistent movement with properties that are identified as “Proprioceptive” is necessary to assure proper balance. Proprioceptive activity is defined as stimulating the spine and harmonizing all of the mechanoreceptors located in your extremity. Kangoo Jumps assure that optimum “balance” occurs in a safe and effective manner for individuals of all ages and activity levels.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes correct posture and naturally realign the body
Because of the rounded shape of their soles, Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes naturally prevents you from adopting bad postures. You automatically align your body in order to keep your balance. Wits University in Johannesburg – South Africa, is in the process of conducting the most comprehensive study ever made with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes(testing about 800 parameters!). The section on body posture is already finished. It shows pictures of reference subjects, before starting the KJ fitness program and 3 months after. The differences are amazing! A large portion of the population has chronic back pain, which, in most cases, is due to a bad posture. The  use of Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes will in most cases eliminate (or at least alleviate) the pain and prevent it from recurring.
Correct supination and pronation:
Supination is the turn or rotation of the foot by adduction and inversion so that the outer edge of the sole bears the body’s weight. On the other hand, pronation is the turn or rotation of the foot by abduction and eversion so that the inner edge of the sole bears the body’s weight.

When running, excessive supination or pronation can create a rotational movement in the ankles that can affect the lower leg and knee, creating pain and lesions.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoe’s hard shell boot locks the foot in place and aids in realigning the ankle. In addition, because the shoes are approximately 6 inches higher than normal shoes and the soles are laterally flat, when you do not land with proper biomechanics, you get the impression that you might twist an ankle, making it instinctive to correct foot position.

Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes may help to correct pronation and supination during training, helping to eliminate problems of the lower leg due to ankle mal-alignment.

HEALTH BENEFITS

by Dr. Morton Walker and Albert E. Carter

The action of bouncing up and down against gravity without trauma to the musculoskeletal system is one of the most beneficial aerobic exercises ever developed:
1.    It provides an increased G-force (gravitational load), which strengthens the musculoskeletal systems.2.    It protects the joints from the chronic fatigue delivered by exercising on hard surfaces.3.    It helps manage body composition and improves muscle-to-fat ratio.4.    It increases capacity for respiration.5.    It circulates more oxygen to the tissues.6.    It establishes a better equilibrium between the oxygen required by the tissues and the oxygen made available.

7.    It aids lymphatic circulation by stimulating the millions of one-way valves in the lymphatic system.

8.    It tends to reduce the height to which the arterial pressures rise during exertion.

9.    It lessens the time during which blood pressure remains abnormal after severe activity.

10.    It assists in the rehabilitation of a heart problem.

11.    It increases the functional activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells.

12.    It improves resting metabolic rate so that more calories are burned for hours after exercise.

13.    It causes muscles to perform work in moving fluids through the body to lighten the heart’s load.

14.    It decreases the volume of blood pooling in the veins of the cardiovascular system preventing chronic edema.

15.    It encourages collateral circulation by increasing the capillary count in the muscles and decreasing the distance between the capillaries and the target cells.

16.    It strengthens the heart and other muscles in the body so that they work more efficiently.

17.    It allows the resting heart to beat less often.

18.    It lowers circulating cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

19.    It lowers low-density lipoprotein (bad) and increases high-density lipoprotein (good) within the blood holding off the incidence of coronary artery disease.

20.    It promotes tissue repair.

21.    It increases the mitochondria count within the muscle cells, essential for endurance.

22.    It adds to the alkaline reserve of the body, which may be of significance in an emergency requiring prolonged effort.

23.    It improves coordination between the propreoceptors in the joints, the transmission of nerve impulses to and from the brain, transmission of nerve impulses and responsiveness of the muscle fibers.

24.    It improves the brain’s responsiveness to the vestibular apparatus within the inner ear, thus improving balance.

25.    It offers relief from neck and back pains, headaches, and other pain caused by lack of exercise.

26.    It enhances digestion and elimination processes.

27.    It allows for deeper and easier relaxation and sleep.

28.    It results in better mental performance, with keener learning processes.

29.    It curtails fatigue and menstrual discomfort for women.

30.    It minimizes the number of colds, allergies, digestive disturbances, and abdominal problems.

31.    It tends to slow down atrophy in the aging process.

32.    It is an effective modality by which the user gains a sense of control and an improved self-image.

33.    It is enjoyable!
People who rebound find they are able to work longer, sleep better, and feel less tense and nervous. The effect is not just psychological, because the action of bouncing up and down against gravity, without trauma to the musculoskeletal system, is one of the most beneficial aerobic exercises ever developed.
For more information refer to the following books:

–   Jumping for Health by Dr. Morton Walker – Avery Publishing, Garden City Park, New York –    The Miracles of Rebound Exercise by Albert Carter – American Institute of Reboundology

 

Here’s a few New York City locations:

Complete Body Gym NYC

Mario Godiva Fitness

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Must Read: 5 Hottest Tips to Prevent and Treat Cancer

If you read one article on cancer prevention and treatment prior to seeing a doctor, this is it.    -Maria Dorfner

 

About the Guest Author:  Gary Hyman, MD is Director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, The UltraWellness Center and The Institute for Functional Medicine

A Functional Medicine Approach to Cancer by Gary Hyman, MD

                                                                     

Functional medicine empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working collaboratively to address the root causes of disease. It is an emerging, personalized model of diagnosis and treatment that better addresses the need to prevent and manage chronic disease. In a word, it is the medicine of WHY, not WHAT.

Functional Medicine doctors are like soil farmers. They create a healthy soil, so pests can’t come and weeds can’t flourish. A healthy soil means disease can’t take hold.

So with cancer, a Functional Medicine practitioner would say that yes, we still need radiation and other conventional approaches, but what else can we do? How can we properly cultivate a healthy soil?

Cancer results because of in an imbalance in the system. So many people are walking around with tumors and don’t know it. We can do something to prevent them from growing by maintaining a healthy soil.

Instead of dividing everything into diseases and labels, emerging science points to a different way of thinking about diseases. Rather than divide the body into organs, Functional Medicine approaches disease as a systemic problem, and we have to treat the system, not the symptom; the cause, not the disease. This completely redefines the whole notion of disease. The landscape of illness is changing.

How we label cancer is no longer synced up with what we know about the origins of cancer or the fact that two people who have cancer with the same name—like breast cancer—can have two completely different diseases which require different treatments. Just because you know the name of your disease doesn’t mean you know what’s wrong with you or what to do about it.

Classifying tumors by body site — lung, liver, brain, breast, colon, etc. — misses the underlying causes, mechanisms, and pathways involved in a particular cancer. What’s more, it gives us no information about how it manifested in a given patient. Two people with cancers in different parts of the body may have developed it for the same reasons.

Similarly, two people with cancers in the same part of the body may have developed it for different reasons. A patient with prostate cancer and one with colon cancer may have more in common with each other than two patients who have colon cancer.

We need to look under the hood and find out what caused the illness to begin with.

Cultivating a Healthy Soil

Numerous things can contribute to cancer. Studies show diet, exercise, thoughts, feelings, and environmental toxins all influence the initiation, growth, and progression of cancer.

If a nutrient-poor diet full of sugar, lack of exercise, chronic stress, persistent pollutants, and heavy metals can cause cancer, could it be that a nutrient-dense, plant-based diet, physical activity,changing thoughts and reactions to stress, and detoxification might treat the garden in which cancer grows?

In other words, treat the soil, not the plant. It is a foundational principle of sustainable agriculture, and of sustainable health.

We can enhance immune function and surveillance through dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as nutrient and phytonutrient therapies. We can facilitate our body’s own detoxification system to promote the elimination of carcinogenic compounds. We can improve hormone metabolism and reduce the carcinogenic effects of too much insulin (more on that in a minute) from our high sugar and refined carbohydrate diet.

We can also alter how our genes are expressed by changing the inputs that control that expression: Diet, nutrients, phytonutrients, toxins, stress, and other sources of inflammation. And we can focus on less divisive and more generative thoughts that, in turn, create more uplifting emotions — all good fertilizer for the soil in the garden of our body.

The Number One Thing You Can Do to Prevent or Control Cancer

Diabesity, the continuum of health problems ranging from mild insulin resistance and overweight to obesity and diabetes, is the single biggest global health epidemic of our time. It is one of the leading causes of heart disease, dementia, cancer, and premature death in the world and is almost entirely caused by environmental and lifestyle factors.

This means that it is almost 100 percent preventable and curable.

Diabesity affects over 1.7 billion people worldwide. Scientists conservatively estimate it will affect one in two Americans by 2020; 90 percent of whom will not be diagnosed.

Obesity (almost always related to diabesity) is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world. The link between obesity and cancer is well documented and is driven by insulin resistance. Insulin, the fat storage hormone, also drives more inflammation, oxidative stress, and a myriad of downstream effects including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low HDL, high triglycerides, poor sex drive, infertility, thickening of the blood, and increased risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and depression.

The best thing you can do to prevent or control cancer is to control insulin levels with a high-fiber diet rich in real, fresh, whole foods and minimize or eliminate sugary, processed, insulin-raising foods.

Dr. Dean Ornish showed that after just three months on an intensive lifestyle program including a whole-foods, plant-based diet, over 500 genes that regulate cancer were beneficially affected, either turning off the cancer-causing genes or turning on the cancer-protective genes. No medication can do that.

5 Strategies to Reduce Cancer Formation and Growth

Cancer results from an imbalance in our system where the immune system can’t fight off tumors. We can do many things to prevent that cancer from getting to its full stage, and if you have cancer, you can make your body inhospitable to that cancer.

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Eliminate food sensitivities. In a major study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, hidden gluten sensitivity was shown to increase risk of death by 35 to 75 percent, mostly by causing heart disease and cancer. By just this mechanism alone, more than 20 million Americans are at risk for heart attack, obesity, cancer, and death. Dairy and gluten are the most common triggers of food allergies that are linked to insulin resistance. Cutting them out of the diet allows the inflamed gut and an inflamed body to heal.

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Reduce inflammation. Inflammation is the common thread connecting most chronic disease including cancer. In fact, out-of-control inflammation causes insulin resistance, which, as we now know, is the main factor in all these diseases apart from autoimmunity and allergy. The insulin resistance then creates even more inflammation, and the whole biological house burns down. Besides removing sugar and food sensitivities like gluten and dairy, we want to eat plenty of anti-inflammatory foods, including omega-3 rich foods like wild fish and flaxseeds.

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Improve gut health. Cancer often originates in your gut. Not just colon cancer, but with many cancers. We are currently studying about the gut microbiome and breast and prostate cancers. Beyond avoiding inflammatory foods, adding in probiotics, prebiotics, and lots of phytonutrients, like curcumin (found in turmeric) and resveratrol (found in grapes), can reduce gut-based inflammation.

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Reduce toxic exposure. The average newborn has 287 chemicals in her umbilical cord blood, 217 of which are neurotoxic (poisonous to nerves or nerve cells). The chemicals these infants are exposed to include pesticides, phthalates, bisphenol A, flame retardants, and heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic. These chemicals have a broad range of negative effects on human biology; they damage the nervous system and increase the risk of cancer, and now they have been shown to contribute to obesity. Going clean and green means becoming more aware about how environmental toxins affect your health. I encourage you to visit the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to learn more.

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Change your thoughts to change your immune system. Science is now proving what we all knew intuitively — that how we live, the quality of our relationships, the food we eat, and how we use our bodies determines much more than our genes ever will. There are numerous strategies to combat or prevent cancer, including getting sufficient sleep, controlling stress levels, and exercising regularly.

The important thing is to figure out what works for you and develop a plan to stick with it. That might involve working with a Functional Medicine doctor or a chronic disease specialist.

Conclusion

Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer or have become concerned about family and friends being diagnosed, the most important thing is mindset and not playing into fear.

While we all hope there will one day be a miracle cure for cancer, there are things that we know now will combat cancer or keep our quality of life high while our body is fighting the cancer.

The science of cancer genetics is changing. Two people who have the same cancer could be completely different in terms of how the cancer performs. That’s why I’m very excited about the work that Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is doing in California on the cancer genome and creating targeted therapies to treat the cancer in every patient individually. This and other emerging technologies, combined with the Functional Medicine approach to cancer, give me great hope about our ability to further prevent and treat this disease in the future.

I encourage you to think about cancer differently and more importantly, not lose hope.

Stay healthy, everyone! -Maria

MARIADORFNERBLACKANDWHITEHEADSHOT    Maria Dorfner (formerly Pallante Bianco) is the founder of MedCrunch, covering What’s Hot in Health.

At 24, she helped launch CNBC after working full-time at NBC for two years and part-time throughout college. She then joined Ailes Communications as director of research and producer for TV pilots successfully syndicated. She then co-anchored and senior produced several health series airing on CNBC for three years. She wrote, produced and directed medical documentaries for Discovery Health Channel and helped launch the Cleveland Clinic News Service.  She is the owner of NewsMD Communications, a full-service production company specializing in health content and distribution. She is the author of three books.  Her awards include an Outstanding Leadership Abilities and Commitment to the Advancement of Women in Media award from her alma mater and a Media Recognition Award from the American Heart Association for her “Heart Smart” series and a Medical Reporting Scholarship. Maria is in Who’s Who in American Women, 22nd edition, 2000/2001.  She is a native of Brooklyn, New York.  Her health blog is a division of Healthy Within Network, which is her existing labor of love.  It connects the dots in medicine, media and marketing.  Contact:  maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

How To Tell If You Have A Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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As many as one in five adults are vitamin B12 deficient. 

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Many people don’t recognize symptoms or understand the risk.

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If left untreated, B12 deficiency can cause damage to nerve cells and serious neurological problems, such as memory loss and dementia.

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Those most at risk include:

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  • People over the age of 60 (2 in 5 adults over 60 are deficient)

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  • Women, especially pregnant women on a vegetarian diet

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  • People with gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s and celiac disease

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  • Those with diabetes who are taking metformin

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Vitamin B12 deficiency is a serious medical problem that affects an estimated 48 million Americans.

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If left untreated, this condition can cause irreversible damage to nerve cells and other co-morbidities.

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Most people – even those who are at highest risk like the elderly and those with gastrointestinal problems – aren’t aware of the detrimental effects that a deficiency in vitamin B12 can have on their overall health.

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Here to tell you more is Ralph Green, M.D. Ph. D. and Peter Shaw, M.D. who I had the pleasure to interview here: http://bcove.me/k8m7v1c0

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Ralph Green, M.D. Ph.D., of the UC Davis Health System, is considered one of the top global experts on the topic of vitamin B12 deficiency. Dr. Green discusses in-depth the importance of understanding and managing vitamin B12 deficiency.

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Peter Shaw, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer of Emisphere discusses specifics about a new oral option to manage B12 deficiency without the need for an injection.
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Now, there is a new oral  option to manage B12 deficiency without the need of an injection.

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Ralph Green, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPath, Medical Director and Distinguished Professor in Pathology and Medicine, UC Davis Health System Medical Diagnostics Outreach Laboratory
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Peter Shaw, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Emisphere joins him to answer questions.
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Did you know?
·       It is estimated that 48 million adults/1 in 5 adults may have B12 deficiency.
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·       As many as 25 million or 43 percent (2 in 5) of people over the age of 60 may have B12 deficiency.
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·       B12 is particularly important for pregnant women and the development of a fetus’ neurological function.
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·       B12 deficiency can occur with a range of conditions in which there is an impaired capacity to absorb vitamin B12, including pernicious anemia, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease, which are common in women.
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·       B12 deficiency is often overlooked, yet early detection and management is crucial because, if not treated, it can lead to permanent nerve damage and serious neurological problems, such as memory loss and even dementia.
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Dr. Ralph Green is internationally renowned and considered one of the top in his field in the world. In this satellite interview, he will educate viewers about medical B12 deficiency – what it is, who is most at risk, and why physicians should be more frequently checking for this deficiency. Dr. Green will be joined by Dr. Peter Shaw, Chief Medical Officer, Emisphere, who will discuss recent advances in this area and discuss a new treatment option available that can normalize B12 levels without the need for an injection.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://eligenb12.com/patient/
 
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MORE ABOUT DR. RALPH GREEN:
Ralph Green is a clinical pathologist, specializing in diseases of the blood. Immediate past chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Green serves as Medical Director of the UC Davis Health System Medical Diagnostics Outreach Laboratory. He is internationally recognized for his research, which focuses on studying how deprivation or metabolic disruption of B-complex vitamins, iron, and other micronutrients affect the blood, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and the aging process. He has studied the role of nutrient deficiencies in dementia, coronary artery disease, and stroke. Dr. Green has served as an adviser to National Institutes of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Heart Association.
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MORE ABOUT DR. PETER SHAW:
Peter Shaw serves as Chief Medical Officer at Emisphere. Dr. Shaw has 25 years’ experience as a practicing physician in the UK. He retired from his Primary Care practice in 2007 with considerable experience in many different specialties including; general and orthopedic surgery, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, general medicine, cardiology, chest medicine, and transplant medicine.
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LINK TO INTERVIEW:  http://bcove.me/k8m7v1c0
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Health Enthusiast/Actress, Mariel Hemingway Pens New Memoir

MURIEL2Mariel Hemingway is not only an iconic Academy Award nominated actor from a celebrated family, she is a prolific author, healthy lifestyle brand entrepreneur, and a tireless mental health awareness and suicide prevention program advocate, recently sharing the stage with Hillary Clinton, Patrick Kennedy, and other world-class Keynote speakers.

Mariel’s much sought after purpose-driven presentations entertain, educate, engage and enrich, focusing on topics including: mind-body-spirit optimization, purposeful living, and mental health related issues. She shares her own evocative story about growing up in a home where there were great challenges in order to inspire others to do the same, thereby cultivating compassion and understanding and breaking down the stigma so often associated with the discussion of mental illness.

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In a high-tech world, Mariel is considered an expert in high-touch solutions which facilitate finding one’s authentic voice and experiencing the greatest sense of personal power, life balance, joy, fitness, authenticity and peace of mind.

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Mariel’s on camera film and television accomplishments include starring roles in: Manhattan, Lipstick, Personal Best, Star 80, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and appearances in television shows including Roseanne, Civil Wars and Central Park West. She’s narrated several programs and films including the documentary Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life.

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In 2014, Mariel and Oprah Winfrey executive produced, Running From Crazy, the Emmy nominated documentary focused on the 7 most recent suicides in the Hemingway family. It is available on Netflix.

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With her two daughters, Dree and Langley successful in their own entertainment careers, Mariel is once again considering film and television series opportunities. She’s passionate about the art of acting and storytelling, and thrives in the collective creative energy when working with gifted artists, directors, producers, and writers.

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Mariel’s best selling books include: Finding My Balance, reflecting her life’s journey through the lens of her yoga and meditation practices. Healthy Living from the Inside Out: a how-to guide to finding a greater sense of balance and meaning through self-empowering techniques and strategies. Mariel’s Kitchen is a healthy lifestyle cookbook offering creative gluten and sugar free recipes.

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Running WithNature, co written with her life partner (in above photo on left), provides insights into the import and impact of making good choices based on an awareness of and respect for nutrition, meditation, mindfulness, movement, silence, compassion and connectedness to self and earth.

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Mariel’s 2015 book releases include her memoir: Out Came The Sun: Overcoming the Legacy ofMental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family and INVISIBLE GIRL: a tender engaging book written in diary form for teen and tweens. Mariel and famed children’s book illustrator, Edward Hemingway will collaborate on a children’s book in 2016.

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Recent health, wellness, inspirational, advocacy and entertainment media profiles, features and covers include those in USA Today, LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, in Vanity Fair, the New York Times and Interview Magazines, The Times of London, Pret A Porter and People Magazine. Mariel was also the focus of a one hour interview with Oprah Winfrey’s, on Super Soul Sunday, her book and lifestyle focused program.

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Muriel Hemingway’s books, Out Came The Sun for adults and Invisible Girl for teens are available on-line and in stores April 7, 2015.

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READ HOW MARIEL HEMINGWAY OVERCAME HER PAST TO BECOME HEALTHY AND BALANCED!  https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/how-mariel-hemingway-overcame-her-familys-tragic-115671984803.html

headshotMaria Dorfner is the founder of MedCrunch. She can be reached at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

Why Your Cholesterol Counts

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The first results from the survey Cholesterol Counts reveal how much Americans know about their individual cholesterol numbers and the risks associated with high LDL-C (bad cholesterol).
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Turns out, approximately 71 million Americans have high levels of LDL-C and many remain at risk for heart attacks and strokes.
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This is despite management with diet and medications.

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Cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and strokes, are the leading cause of death in the U.S.

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Cholesterol Counts is a collaboration between Sanofi US and Regeneron and leading patient and professional cardiovascular organizations Foundation of the National Lipid Association (FNLA), Mended Hearts and Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) to gauge how much Americans know about cholesterol.

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Dr. Ralph Vicari and Michele Packard-Milam, discuss the state of cholesterol awareness in the U.S., gaps that exist in knowledge and what every American needs to know about controlling high cholesterol and in particular LDL-C (bad cholesterol).

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Michele is executive director of Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts. Mended Hearts is the largest peer-to-peer heart patient support organization in the world, making more than 215,000 visits to patients each year

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They also provide information on where patients and their families can find information and resources.

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 ABOUT DR. RALPH M. VICARI

Ralph Vicari, MD has been a practicing Cardiovascular Disease specialist for 30 years in Melbourne, FL. He is certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Vicari is affiliated with the Orlando VA Medical Center and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida. He has participated in over 200 studies in cardiovascular disease. He was awarded the Southeast Lipid Association President’s Award in 2013 for community service education.

Dr. Vicari received his medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed an internal medicine residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine, as well as a cardiology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

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ABOUT MICHELE PACKARD-MILAM

Michele Packard-Milam, CAE is executive director of Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts. Mended Hearts is the largest peer-to-peer heart patient support organization in the world, making more than 215,000 visits to patients each year; Mended Little Hearts empowers families affected by congenital heart disease with support and education.

A Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2006, Packard-Milam was previously executive director of Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association and held long tenures with Promotional Products Association International, the American Heart Association and Sara Lee. Packard-Milam brings broad experience in many areas of association and business development, including strategic planning, knowledge-based governance, corporate development, licensing, brand management, advertising and website strategy. She resides in Dallas with her husband of 34 years, three children (26, 23 and 17) and numerous flora and fauna.

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For more information about the program or to take the Cholesterol Counts Poll to get counted, visit www.CholesterolCounts.com.

Click here for interview with cardiovascular disease specialist, Dr. Ralph Vicari discussing the state of cholesterol awareness in the U.S.  http://bcove.me/vcodeqx4

 

 

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Sitcom Sensation Vicki Lawrence Shares Health Challenge

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Vicki Lawrence, comedienne and Emmy® Award-winning actress reveals her struggle with chronic idiopathic urticarial or ICU.

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She joins me with Dr. Beth Corn, Board-certified allergist, Associate Professor and member of AAFA’s National Board of Directors.
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Vicki Lawrence is no stranger to being quick on her feet and playing off improv lines on stage.  In fact, she’s a legend.
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But when the comedienne and Emmy® Award-winning actress was diagnosed with CIU, she was caught off-guard. 
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Vicki, best known as the star of sitcom Mama’s Family…
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And as part of the ensemble cast of the The Carol Burnett Show, known for inducing uncontrollable belly laughs.
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And, more recently, appearing on Hannah Montana. 
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She was diagnosed with CIU four years ago.  It appeared out of the blue and can happen to anyone.
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Vicki wants to help motivate others to talk to their doctors about their symptoms as she did.
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CIU is characterized by hives that spontaneously occur without an identifiable cause and reoccur for six weeks or more.
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Symptoms come and go unpredictably. They include red, itchy hives on the skin which can last months and even years.
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In the U.S., it is estimated that approximately 1.5 million people suffer from CIU.
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Now, Vicki is partnering with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Genentech to share her experience with CIU to encourage people to have a robust and meaningful dialogue with their medical specialist as part of a new national campaign called CIU & You.
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CIU & You is an educational program focused on supporting the specific needs of people who have CIU.
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It aims to empower patients to talk to their doctors to discuss treatment options with an allergist or dermatologist.
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The program also provides a downloadable symptom tracker and discussion guide for patients to use when talking with doctors.
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CIU & You is developed in partnership with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), and made possible by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Genentech. For additional information, visit www.CIUandYou.com.
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For more information, speak with your doctor to better understand the disease and potential treatments.
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 More About Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence is a comedienne and Emmy® Award-winning actress. She is famous for her role on The Carroll Burnett Show and Mama’s Family, and, more recently, on Hannah Montana. In 2010, Lawrence was diagnosed with CIU. For her official bio, please visit http://www.vickilawrence.com/VickisBio2013.html.
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More About Dr. Corn

Dr. Beth Corn is a Board Certified Allergist practicing in New York City and an Assistant Professor of Medicine with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She serves on the national board of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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You may be surprised to learn something new about Vicki Lawrence and your health by watching the interview here: http://bcove.me/vwg0asb5

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And visiting www.CIUandYou.com for more information.

headshot  MARIA DORFNER is the founder of Healthy Within Network.  She can be reached at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

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Do Kids Cause Gray Hair? What Does Plucking One Gray Hair Do?

flu61 Time for some gray hair myth busting. Parents often joke stress caused by their children is to blame for gray hair.

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But Cleveland Clinic Dermatologist, Dr. Wilma Bergfeld says that’s not true.

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Stress actually creates a whole different hair hassle.

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“It does have an impact on hair loss because stress elevates your adrenal gland’s activity and also activates some of the receptors at the hair follicle level, which induce a shed, which is hair falling out by the roots.” :16

NICE.  YOU WON’T GRAY, BUT YOU MAY BALD. THANKS FOR CLEARING THAT UP.

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“Most people will naturally gray as they age.”

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DR. BERGFELD adds hair turns gray when pigment-producing cells die.

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GENES AND HEREDITY WILL USUALLY DETERMINE WHEN YOUR HAIR TURNS GRAY.

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SO, WHETHER YOU HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO GRAY IN THEIR TEENS OR INTO THEIR FIFTIES – YOU MAY AS WELL.

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AND IF YOU’VE HEARD THAT PLUCKING ONE GRAY HAIR, WILL RESULT IN TWO MORE – DON’T BELIEVE IT.

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ACCORDING TO DR. BERGFELD, THAT’S A MYTH TOO.

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“When you pluck the hair it generally returns gray. It doesn’t return in multiples though. ” :05

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DR. BERGFELD SAYS THAT OTHER THAN COLORING YOUR HAIR, THERE’S USUALLY NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT GRAYING.

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SHE ADDS THAT AGING IS BEAUTIFUL AND ENCOURAGES WOMEN TO EMBRACE IT BY KEEPING THEIR SKIN AND HAIR HEALTHY.

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(Broadcast Media: See Pathfire #9923 for SOT and VO)    For more information visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org

I have more questions. If you do too send them in comments and we’ll follow-up.

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  mariawalking5MARIA DORFNER is the founder of Healthy Within   Network.