Aon Hewitt Said Users of Private Health Exchange Saw Lower Costs in 2014

$$$Employers and individuals participating in Aon Hewitt’s private health insurance exchange saw reductions in their health care costs for the 2014 plan year, the benefits consultant said Thursday.

Eighteen large Continue reading

20+ Natural Fibromyalgia Solutions Including the Gluten Free Diet

fibro_solutions_naturalFibromyalgia, like most modern day ‘syndromes,’ is considered ‘idiopathic’ – a fancy word for “we don’t know,” and often times used as an excuse for not looking deeper into the root causes of the patient’s suffering. Conventional treatment is palliative at best, and harmful at worst — all the more reason why natural approaches are so greatly needed.

Thankfully, a significant body of research has accumulated on natural approaches to fibromyalgia that focus on dietary modification, avoidance of chemical exposures and the use of orthomolecular nutrition, i.e. vitamins, biological co-factors, minerals, etc. Continue reading

4 Ways to Keep from Loosing your Eyesight (Cataracts)

cataractThe human eye is uniquely equipped to stay young in appearance and health late into life (thanks to the heightened expression of the enzyme telomerase) but not without good nutrition!
The gradual clouding of the lens inside of the eye which leads to a decrease in vision – even blindness – is called a cataract. Continue reading

Voluntary Benefits Could Hold Key to Health Care Reform Excise Tax

taxesSome U.S. employers are beginning to use voluntary medical benefit plans to minimize the prospects of sharp health care cost increases in the coming years as a result of health care reform.

Effective for 2015, Chicago-based cement manufacturer Continue reading

New Health Care Tax Looms for many Employers who don’t Change Plans

hctWithout design changes to their health care plans, nearly half of large employers could be liable for a federal excise tax created by the health care reform law when it takes effect in 2018, according to a new analysis by Towers Watson & Co.

The analysis of health plans offered by employers Continue reading

Making Bone Broth a Staple in Your Diet May Be the Key to Improving Your Health

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Eating a high-quality, nutrient-dense diet is one of the most powerful ways to maintain health and prevent disease. Your gut in particular needs proper nourishment in order to allow your health to really flourish Continue reading

Can Water Go Bad?

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Water could “go bad” if you store it improperly, reuse dirty bottles, or fail to regularly clean your water filtration system

If you use a water filtration system, such as reverse osmosis, you must remember to regularly clean out Continue reading

Coffee, Tea, Tumeric and Beyond:Zero-In on Essential Polyphenols

turmeric_coffee_benefitsArticles appear daily touting the benefits of blueberries, chocolate, red wine, olives, grape seeds/skin and thousands of other herbs, oils, extracts, spices and ferments. These are usually accompanied by strange words like quercetin, anthocyanins, flavonoids and tongue twisters like epigallocatechin that fly over the head of average people just trying to improve their health. Few look any further, much less review the actual chemistry involved.
Science is finally beginning to recognize the role of oxidative stress in all disease (yes, that includes cancers, heart, joint, diabetic and other conditions). Continue reading

HIMSS Asks Congress To Take Action on Health IT Issues

it2The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has outlined three formal requests for congressional action to advance health IT efforts, Healthcare IT News reports (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 9/18). Continue reading

House Approves Bill Defining Full-Time Employees as those Working 40 Hours

ftFor the second time this year, the House of Representatives approved legislation to ease the health care reform law’s definition of a full-time employee by changing it to those working an average of at least 40 hours per week, shielding more employers from a stiff financial penalty imposed by the law. Continue reading

CDC Issues Ebola Checklist: ‘Now Is the Time to Prepare’

cccThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warning hospitals and doctors that “now is the time to prepare,” has issued a six-page Ebola “checklist” to help healthcare workers quickly determine if patients are infected.

While the CDC does not believe that there are new cases Continue reading

The True Story of Oscillococcinum

osciWhenever the flu season nears, prudent consumers get immunized against the most virulent strains of flu that are expected. This is especially recommended for people who are elderly or have chronic lung disease, diabetes, or various other chronic diseases.

In France, however, Continue reading

Health Benefits Costs Back on the Rise: Mercer Survey

oopsFollowing several consecutive years of decline, the average rate of increase in health benefit costs has begun to trend back upward, according to preliminary survey results published Thursday by Mercer L.L.C.

The average annual rate of increase in health benefit costs fell to Continue reading

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud in 2012 U.S. Meningitis Outbreak

menMan Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud in 2012 U.S. Meningitis Outbreak

The first person to face criminal charges linked to a 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened 700 in 20 states pleaded not guilty on Thursday to claims Continue reading

5 Colorful Foods that Help Lower Cancer

colorAn increasing number of studies are showing links between healthy eating habits and the prevention of certain forms of cancer. Moreover, research has found that colorful fresh foods which tend to be high in immune-boosting phytochemicals, are particularly adept at this. Below is a discussion of the different dietary changes Continue reading