GPs Continue to Do Battle with Government over Telehealth

engIn the poisonous relationship between the Department of Health and GPs, ministerial support for telehealth is interpreted by some doctors as an attack on their way of working

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt supports telehealth which could be a catalyst for service integration and patient empowerment. Continue reading

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) and Telehealth

accountable_care_infographic_2012_HITCWhy are Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) and telehealth such a great match? First, here is why you should care about ACO’s:

  • Many health care organizations are looking to form ACO’s throughout the US as a result of incentives in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)
  • In order to benefit from the shared savings program, ACO’s need to meet 33 quality metrics
  • ACO’s are monetarily rewarded to achieve (1) being more cost efficient while (2) providing better care for individuals and (3) providing better health for populations.

Telehealth is such a great match for ACO’s because they share the same goal … Continue reading

Eliminate Headaches Fast with these Five Herbs

willow barkAlmost everyone has experienced at least one or two headaches in a lifetime. Some have to put up with several headaches over time, especially those who experience migraine or cluster headaches.

Migraine headaches are often debilitating with their intensity. They also often have other symptoms to accompany the painful head throbbing, Continue reading

6 Bodily Tissues That Can Be Regenerated Through Nutrition

tissue_regeneration(1)It may come as a surprise to some, especially those with conventional medical training, but the default state of the body is one of ceaseless regeneration.  Without the flame-like process of continual cell turnover within the body – life and death ceaselessly intertwined – the miracle of the human body would not exist.

In times of illness, however, regenerative processes are overcome by degenerative ones. This is where medicine may perform its most noble feat, nudging the body back into balance with foods, Continue reading

36 Natural Alternatives for Infection

manuka 2Most people have issues with bacterial or viral infections from time to time. Unnecessary antibiotics ARE dangerous! Antibiotics damage the integrity of the microbial balance in the gut. The healthy gut microflora is 70-80% of the immune system. Impaired immune systems are less effective at healing the body. Plant products have historically been consumed and utilized for their anti-microbial and health boosting benefits. Many plant materials are being researched for Continue reading

Survey: Big Business May Shift Retirees, Part-Timers To Insurance Exchanges

exchangeCorporate America is taking a hard look at moving retirees and part-time workers into health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, suggests a survey by the National Business Group on Health.

To a lesser extent large companies also expect coverage for their full-time workers and spouses to shift to the online, Continue reading

Midwives Improve Pregnancy Care and Birth Outcomes: Study

midwifeThey often get looked down upon by conventional OB/GYNs, family physicians and other mainstream doctors, but midwives may actually be better equipped to safely deliver babies than the labor and delivery staff at your average hospital. This is according to a new review recently published in The Cochrane Library, which found that mothers who choose a midwife as their primary care provider throughout pregnancy are more likely Continue reading

STRIKE: Fast Food Workers Demand ‘Living Wage’ to Keep Serving Food that’s Killing Everybody

fastA series of rolling fast food “walkout” strikes makes it way to the South this Thursday, August 29th. Thousands of workers from Dallas, Houston, Austin, Memphis, Tampa and over a dozen other cities are planning to walk off their jobs to protest the fact that they aren’t being paid $15 / hour to serve GMOs, high-fructose corn syrup, soybean-assisted “meat” burgers and aspartame to their customers.

Yet I say it’s a call for Continue reading

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Benefits of Fatty Fish

fattyEach step on the stairs is like a cattle prod to your knees. Bending over to tie your shoes shoots waves of pain from your fingertips to your spine.

When you’re suffering through a painful bout of rheumatoid arthritis, you stop twirling through your days with the grace of Ginger Rogers, and start lumbering along like a stiff– Continue reading

The Robot Doctor, Dr. Kinect, and the Future of Telemedicine

kinectBomb squads, vacuum cleaners and doctors — what do they all have in common? The answer is iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT  ) , an incredibly versatile company that has created bomb-sweeping robots, Roomba automated vacuum cleaners, and virtual doctors powered by Apple iPads. iRobot’s new product Continue reading

Wal-Mart to Cover U.S. Workers’ Domestic Partners in 2014

costofWal-Mart Stores Inc. said on Tuesday it will offer health insurance benefits to domestic partners of its U.S. employees starting next year.

The world’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., also plans to begin to offer vision care to its eligible employees and their dependents, according to information the retailer Continue reading

Fukushima in Free-fall: Radioactive Water Filters Taken Offline, Tepco in Desperation as Leaks just Won’t Stop

fukusAfter a 29-month cover-up, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is now calling for international help and has all but admitted Fukushima’s radiation leaks are spiraling out of control. In addition to the leaking water storage units that are unleashing hundreds of tons of radioactive water each day, Tepco now says 50% of its contaminated water filtration capability has been taken offline due to corrosion.

The result is that radiation leaks are escalating out of control and attempted remediation efforts are faltering. Continue reading

5 Tips for Recovering from Emotional Pain

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Emotional pain can make it impossible to enjoy life and can manifest as physical disease and pain

Letting go of rejection, avoiding rumination and learning from your failures can all help to heal your emotional pain

Keeping guilt from festering and using self-affirmations to boost your self-esteem are other keys to greater emotional well-being Continue reading

Gokhale Method: Banish Pain by Relearning Proper Posture

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Proper posture and properly using your body to work against gravity is the foundation upon which everything else related to your health is built

The Gokhale Method addresses the root cause of physical pain, which is typically caused by improper posture. The method teaches you to reclaim your primal posture, which is the way your body was designed to stand, sit, and move

Conventional advice tells you Continue reading

Boost Your Memory with This Sweet and Refreshing Treat

pomegranate_boost_memoryAn exciting new study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine confirms the power of a simple dietary change in improving memory problems in middle-aged and older adults.

Thirty-two subjects with self-reported memory complaints were randomly assigned to drink 8 ounces of either pomegranate juice or a flavor-matched placebo drink for 4 weeks, Continue reading