Walk or Pay…

walk3If you were paid to exercise, would you engage in more healthy physical activity?  When a health insurance company tried out that kind of program, the results were pretty striking.

Obese people enrolled in Blue Cross in Michigan were given a choice.  Do more walking (measured with pedometers that tracked their steps) or pay 20% more for health insurance.  Some people were unhappy with the program, but 87% of the people complied and took an average of 5,000 steps a day.

“There are ethical debates around the idea of forcing someone to be personally responsible for health care costs related to not exercising, but we expect to see more of these approaches to financially motivate healthier behaviors,” says researcher Caroline R. Richardson.  “Our evaluation of Blue Care’s incentivized program showed a surprisingly high rate of people who enrolled in the Internet-mediated walking program and stuck with it-even among those who were initially hostile to the idea.  Wellness interventions like this clearly hold significant promise for encouraging physical activity among adults who are obese.”

Many people in the program saved about $2,000 a year walking.family-walk

So, let me ask my readers – what do you think of this approach?  I sincerely want you to drop me a line and let me know how you feel about this controversial approach to helping the obese (and remember, as an ex-311 pounder) – The leading causes of illness, disease and ultimately early death is the food we put in our mouths – then we as a society pay.  Now it’s your turn!

dog-walkingAnd that’s why with every blog, I try to remind you of how important you should be to you, and that’s why I close with: Plan for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda

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PLASTIC BAG BAN!

plasticstatsTo date, their dream hasn’t been realized, but it’s certainly not from lack of trying.  In fact, one of the most recent attempts to ban the plastic bags was via Assembly Bill (AB) 298, which was a bill to ban single-use plastic bags statewide at supermarkets, retail pharmacies and convenience stores in California starting in 2014.  AB 298 would have also required retailers to provide reusable bags for sale and to charge a fee for recycled paper bags – all to give incentives to people to remember to use their reusable bags. Unfortunately, AB 298 failed to pass the California State Senate.

But that won’t stop Californians from their bag-ban mission.  In fact, in a little over the past two years, over 50 California cities or counties have voted to ban single-use plastic bags.  When all of those ordinances go into effect, then nearly one-third, or approximately 38 million, of Californians will reside in plastic bag-free communities.  That in itself is a win, but Californians won’t stop until they accomplish the dream.plasticrecycle

Banning the plastic bags is not just a trendy bandwagon to jump on, either.  Plastic bags have serious consequences for beaches and other waters, marine life and other wildlife, and even for the land-based taxpayers.  Truth be told, single-use plastic bags are one of the most common forms of waste found on beaches that make their way into the ocean, becoming a part of what’s called the “Great Floating Garbage Patch” or the “Pacific Gyre.”  (By the way, there’s also one in the Atlantic Ocean – a similar story, but a different location.)

In fact, over the last 25 years, 7,825,319 plastic bags were collected from beaches around the world.  Plastic bags can also clog drains and create mosquito breeding grounds during warmer months, resulting in other health consequences.

tortisebagAdding to the plastic-bag nemesis is that plastic bags nearly indefinitely – since they’re not biodegradable – to continually work their damage.  What’s more is that of the 115 billion plastic bags used nationally each year, only a dismal 5% are recycled.  (California alone uses a whopping 12 billion plastic bags a year.)

Likewise, pollution from those plastic bags directly affects 267 animal species annually, including whales, fish, birds and turtles.  Speaking of turtles … the Pacific Leatherback sea turtle, which consumed jellyfish, can mistake plastic bags for jellyfish.  Unfortunately, one-third of adult turtles have consumed the plastic, which undoubtedly adds to the reason why the Leatherback sea turtle population has declined by 95% in the last 20 years.  Additionally, plastic bags make their way into wilderness areas where they can choke and kill animals.plasticsign

Marine life and wildlife are not the only ones who pay the cost of plastic bags, however.  California taxpayers spend approximately $25 million each year to landfill used plastic bags – money which could certainly be used for better purposed.  L.A. County alone spends $24 million on litter prevention, cleanup efforts and enforcement, with plastic bags weighing in significantly on those costs.

plastictreeGetting rid of those plastic bags could also result in Green jobs in California, as there are currently 15 reusable bag companies based in California.  One of those companies, Green Vets, could see more jobs created for disabled veterans if there could be a statewide plastic-bag ban law.  The bottom line is that there is so much good that can come from getting rid of those plastic bags.

Unfortunately, Californians haven’t seen the plastic bag ban realized – yet!  They will keep trying, however, while the rest of the nation watch expectantly.plastic man

So I have a suggestion that would really help our environment and that is that each month we buy at least one reusable shopping bag, in this way, we are all responsible Americans.  Second, recycle all plastic so that you’re not part of the problem, but part of the solution.

plasticlandWe can’t continue to complain and not do anything.  It’s up to each one to start doing what is right – don’t worry about others – you and your household is all you have to concern yourself with – the others, one way or another, they will catch on.

Do realize that every time we do something like this we’re saving the world for our kids and their kids.  Understand, every small effort becomes really big down the road – so let’s all get started being good citizens.plasticstork

Dr. Rhonda

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4 Benefits of Vitamin B-6

Vitamin-B6

1.      Before you have that surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, try the active form of vitamin B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate, or P5P), 50 milligrams, 2 to 3 times daily.  Although it doesn’t work every time, it does work in better than half the cases – so give it 3 to 4 months before giving up.

 2.      Vitamin B-6 will get rid of “trigger finger” every time, as it has for the last 30 or so years since I learned about this treatment from Dr. John Ellis.  Use for 3 to 4 months minimum.

3.      Men:   Does your wife have PMS?  Have her take vitamin B-6 in amounts of 50 to 200 milligrams daily, it can be a major  relief for both of you!  Once again the P5P form may work better.

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4.      Years ago, Harvard researchers demonstrated that a tiny amount of vitamin B-6, 10 milligrams daily, along with 100 milligrams of magnesium daily could cut calcium oxalate kidney stone incidence by over 90%.

These  2 nutrients should be in most well-made multi-vitamin and minerals!  That means not synthetic, but use only natural bioidentical products.  At it is always best to use a B-Complex which is complete.

 

Dr. Rhonda

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Replace Canola Oil

bad canolaMost people thought canola oil should be healthy, but in fact canola oil is one of the worst foods available.

When you buy any alkaline cookbooks, you’ll never see canola oil in the ingredient list.  And there is a pretty good reason behind it.

The main reason why canola oil is not healthy is because the canola oil found in supermarkets has been heavily processed.  From the website of a canola oil manufacturer, whc-oils.com, they indicated that “The refining process involves degumming, neutralization, drying, bleaching, and deodorization.”  How tasty is this information?  Not!

And this is what really makes it unhealthy.canola-oil

This applies to the rest of the vegetable oils (sunflower oil, corn oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil, flaxseed oil).

Due to heavy processing and refining, it creates a high level of instability in the previously beneficial fatty acids.  These molecules become extremely fragile, causing some of these vegetable oils to go rancid very easily, especially when exposed to heat.

what-are-free-radicalsAnd it’s not just when used for cooking that they’re exposed to heat.  When consumed, high temperatures inside the body are enough to cause fatty acids to oxidize, producing free radicals.

Try leaving canola oil out in the open for a week and you’ll notice that it turns rancid.

Having discuss all the bad things about canola oil, you still can use canola oil when it’s unprocessed.  Look for the organic or “cold pressed” canola oil when you do your shopping.

When the oil is cold pressed, it means that the oil is obtained through pressing and grinding fruit seeds with the use of heavy granite millstones or modern stainless steel presses, which are found in large commercial operations.

Otherwise it’s better to use other cooking oils.  So what should you use?antioxidants-and-free-radicals

 

    *      Extra virgin olive oil –

I don’t recommend cooking with this oil as it has low smoke point.  But it’s suitable as a salad dressing that will make your salad delicious.

   *       Coconut oil –

In my opinion, this is my favourite oil for cooking.  It has higher smoke point than olive oil and it tastes good too.  Besides cooking, it has plenty of other uses as well.

Hey we all like to eat, especially me, but just try to make a few changes, one a week or even a month will start to pay of sooner than you could imagine.  I know you’re worth it!  Do YOU??

Dr. Rhonda

Like anything else, you have to –

Plan for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!

 

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PET PERKS:

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Whether it be Smokie your canine companion, or Mollie, Maygen, and Maxie Boy, my feline kids – or even if you have both – you’re most likely reaping health benefits by having then as your pet. Why?

Studies indicate that having a pet can help:

*      lower stress levels

*      decrease blood pressure

*      support healthy cholesterol levels

*       improve our moods

*       boost our immunity, and more

For example, many studies, including some via the National Institute of Health, say that dogs can offer great social support and stress relief – sometimes even better than family or friends can.  Additionally, some studies even say that having a dog can control blood pressure better than prescription d rugs are able to.  Then there’s the exercise aspect.  Those who own dogs exercise more consistently than those who don’t own dogs.

Some other health benefits from having a dog are:PetPerk1

  • increased longevity after having a heart attack
  • lowered cholesterol and triglycerides
  • improved blood pressure
  • reduction of irregular heartbeats, or arrythmias
  • improved blood vessel function
  • increased physical activity as well as physical functioning
  • reduction of minor health difficulties
  • improved mood
  • boost in self esteem
  • improved alertness and attention in elderly people who own pets

Having a cat as a pet has its perks, too.

A study by the Minnesota Stroke Institute, which followed more than 4,000 cat owners over a 10-year time period, found that owning a cat can greatly reduce a person’s chance of dying from heart disease.  In fact, the study found that those who don’t have cats were between 30 to 40 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than cat owners were.  But were the same benefits found with owning dogs?  Not so, according to the study.

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Other benefits of having a feline friend – some of which mirror the benefits of having a dog as a pet – include:

  • a reduction in heart attack and stroke risk
  • improved immune function
  • decreased chance of children developing allergies
  • helping to prevent asthma in children
  • reduced stress and anxiety
  • reduced blood pressure
  • low triglyceride and cholesterol levels
  • help with autism (in some instances) and depression

Likewise, pet ownership – in general – can reduce stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, can boost your immune system and can aid the management of pain.  Having a furry friend has also been found to reduce aggression, to build empathy and to improve learning, while  fostering a great sense of trust in others.  Additionally, owning a pet can speed recovery following surgery.

I can tell you that I recently had knee surgery and my cats took turns being with me, I was never alone, not for a moment – that’s true love and companionship.  So, if you haven’t thanked your pet lately for being such a wonderful companion, then give him or her an extra dose of appreciation and treats for being a great addition to your overall health.kitty

On a sad note.  I have tried for years to at least have cats in Senior Living Homes because of what I’ve just shared.  I even offered to buy the electric litter box and food.  People need something with a heart beat to hold and talk to.  So often children put their parents in homes and think that’s enough.  NO IT’S NOT!   Often when they’re left in these homes they start having more aches and pains, depression, etc., and what does that bring on – another toxic  prescription.  They don’t have a drug deficiency, they have a broken heart, no family, no visitors, etc., what they are is

human attention deficient.

We could start volunteering and visit a couple of times a month.  I promise, you will get more out of it than you ever expected.   Thinking about others, often takes our minds of ourselves, and that could be a very health move!

Dr. Rhonda

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Trans Fats:

Going, going, but not gone!

 fat-pan

It has been 6 years since the FDA began requiring packaged foods to list trans fats on the label.  Though animal foods like butter contain tiny amounts of natural trans fats, most trans fats in our food supply are synthetic, created when unsaturated vegetable oils are partially hydrogenated.

This gives the oils a semi-solid consistency that’s more suitable for many processed foods.  Synthetic trans fats raise LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and have other adverse effects that increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

In response to the labeling law, many manufacturers voluntarily reduced or eliminated partially hydrogenated oils – and thus trans fats – from their margarines, baked goods, snacks, and other foods.  Sone fast-food restaurants got rid of trans fats in French fries, while California and New York city banned artificial trans fats in restaurants altogether. cigs

Reassuringly, a 2010 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that most reformulated foods do not contain higher levels of saturated fats, as feared.  Instead, food makers and restaurants have largely replaced partially hydrogenated oils with healthy unsaturated oils.

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These government and industry steps seem to be paying off now.  According to a large study from the CDC in the Journal of the American Medical Association in February, blood levels of trans fats decreased nearly 60% between 2000 and 2009, thanks to the removal of trans fats from processed foods.  Such a dramatic drop in blood trans fats “should help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease,” says Dr. Hubert Vesper, the study’s lead author.

That’s good news, but don’t let down your guard.  Some supermarkets and restaurant foods still contain trans fats, sometimes at very high levels.  Here are some examples, cited by the Center for Science in the Public Interest:

*       Jolly Time Microwave Popcorn (some flavors) has 4 grams of trans fat per serving.

*       Marie Callender’s Lattice Apple Pie, 5 grams

*       Long John Silver’s Clam Strips, 7 grams

*       White Castle donuts, as much as 9 grams

Other companies cites include:

Celeste Pizza – Jimmy Dean – Pepperidge Farm – Giant – DiGiorno, and Betty Crocker.trans fat pie_chart

The American Heart Association advises that trans fats provide no more than 1% of your total daily calories (that’s less than 2 grams a day for someone eating 2,000 calories a day.)

Bottom Line:

 

Check nutrition labels for trans fats, but you have to read between the lines.  Because of a labeling loophole, manufacturers can say their products have 0 grams of trans fat if they contain less than 0.5 grams per serving.  That may not sound like a lot, but the numbers add up if you eat several servings.

trans fat labelTo avoid synthetic trans fats in packaged foods, make sure that partially hydrogenated oil is not in the ingredients list.  If you use margarine, soft (tub) margarines are much less likely to contain trans fats, or at least much less of then, than hard margarines.  Keep in mind that products that contain trans fats tend to be junk foods anyway, often high in calories, fat, and sodium.  Life becomes much easier when you eat organic.

ASPIRIN GUIDELINES:

I have been asked over and over about taking aspirin to avoid a heart attack or stroke.  I have never been an advocate for just everyone who thinks they should take it, go ahead, it’s not really a drug.  Really~   So, I went to a preventive cardiologist to give you the facts, as I hope you will digest and assimilate for your own good!

Heart attack“Many of my cardiology patients ask about the value of taking daily aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke.

Recent research has shed new light on this.  Indeed mounting evidence reported in a number of leading medical journals now suggests that if you’re healthy and not at significant risk for a heart attack, you should not be taking aspirin preventively.

That’s because the studies show that aspirin doesn’t reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke in healthy people.  Furthermore, the potential risk of a cerebral hemorrhage, gastrointestinal bleeding, and ulcers outweighs any heart benefits the aspirin might provide.

However, if you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, or if you have been found by your doctor to be at high or moderate risk for heart attack or stroke, the benefits of taking aspirin can trump the risks.  That’s because aspirin acts as an anti-inflammatory and an inhibitor of blood clotting.

For those at risk, aspirin is one of the drugs in our arsenal (along with statins, ACE inhibitors, and beta blockers) that can help keep a coronary event from occurring in the first place or recurring.

As far as what dosage works best in people for whom aspirin is recommended, I suggest you consult your own doctor.  Based on the new research, I no longer recommend aspirin (not even 81mg low-dose, or baby, aspirin) for any of my healthy

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patients, because the risk of bleeding is 2 to 4 times greater than if yo aren’t taking aspirin at all.  I do, however, continue to recommend 162 milligrams daily (2 low-dose aspirin) to patients who already have coronary heart disease,, have already had a heart attack or stroke, or who are at high or moderate risk for one and not at risk for gastrointestinal bleeding.

Remember, if you do take aspirin regularly, you should NOT drink alcohol because it can also irritate the stomach lining.  In addition, because aspirin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), it should not be taken with other NSAIDs, such as ibup0rofen or naproxen.  And because it can thin the blood, avoid taking aspirin with anti-clotting medications, such as Coumadin (warfarin) or Plavix (clopidogrel), unless advised to do so by your doctor.

In addition, I now follow the recently revised American Diabetes Association guidelines for aspirin use in people with diabetes.  Whereas the ADA used to recommend low-dose aspirin for every diabetic patient over the age of 40, their new guidelines suggest aspirin as a prevention strategy only in those with diabetes whose cardiovascular risk is above average.  This includes  men over 50 or women over age 60 with at least one additional major risk factor.  In other words, according the  ADA, younger diabetic patients without associated cardiovascular risk factors appear not to benefit from taking aspirin.

The bottom line here is that if you’re healthy you shouldn’t take aspirin without a cardiovascular risk assessment by your doctor.  If you’re not sure about your risk of heart disease, get tested.  Today there are many advanced tests (such as a heart scan for coronary calcium), beyond the basic lipid profile, that can help you and your doctor determine where you stand.

I sure hoping you’re sharing my blogs with your family, friends and social media gang – I’m trying hard to keep you up-to-date with these and my weekly online radio shows which are archived on my temporary website: www.drhenry.com  – would love to hear from you with comments or suggestions.

Remember, yesterday is gone – but this is a new day to start –

Planning for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda

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The FDA – A Sad Scenario:

In 2010, the FDA put tight curbs on the use of the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia.  Essentially they made it a drug of very last resort.

 

That was a good call.  They had plenty of evidence (and it was mounting) that the drug could increase heart attack and stroke risk.avandia-heart-attacks

 

But leave it to the FDA to put this dangerous drug back on the market at full force.

 

When the agency put the brakes on Avandia, they told GlaxoSmithKline (the drug producer) that they could “convene an independent group of scientists to re-adjudicate” a 2009 study that was just one piece of the evidence against the drug.

 

Judge-with-GavelRe-adjudicate?  That’s a fancy, bureaucratic way of saying, “Take a do-over” – like kindergartners on a playground.  And so the agency put GSK in charge of it!  (there own company)

 

At least the fox had to actually get into the hen house.  The FDA basically tore down all 4 walls.

 

And then GSK’s hand-picked panel decided that the study did NOT show increased risk of heart attacks.   (I wonder how much that cost them?)

 

Poof!  Like magic!  The evidence was there before.  The agency recognized it and acted on it.  But then the GSK experts said, “mo.”  Like the evidence was never there.GSK

 

So FDA officials shrugged and said, “Okie dokie!”  They removed the curbs, and now Avandia can be prescribed normally again by those doctors who aren’t taking into consideration the legitimate research initially offered.

 

That’s a nice little system they’ve got there.  Runs like clockwork.  Except for one thing.  The study that was re-adjudicated is not by any means the only study that exposed Avandia dangers.  Other researches found clear links to heart attack, stroke, and heart failure risk.

 

But never mind all that.  Janet Woodcock, the director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, says, “Given these new results, our level of concern is considerably reduced.”

 

Really?  Considerably reduced?  Well I’d like to test Woodcock’s “level of concern and her bank account.”

 

I give credit to HSI research for being out there in the fire trying to get information out so that people like me can get it out to you and those you love.  Be aware and don’t just take whatever drug your prescribed without knowing about it – do you’re research before you pay for another prescription and it wouldn’t be a bad idea for you to check those that are going into your body daily.  Just a suggestion, because I really care!

Dr. Rhonda

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Lose Weight Naturally – TODAY!

As an ex-311 pounder I think I am qualified to write on this subject and more important, help those who are in the struggle, maybe as I was, for half of my life.

Before & After

Weight loss – everybody talks about it, everybody wants to do it, and many people are dying to achieve it.

*       Why is weight loss so complicated?

*       Why doesn’t one program work for everybody?

*       How can you lose weight and maintain or even increase your overall level of health?

Let’s look at these question a little bit more and find out!

Weight loss, like any function in the body, is a complicated mix of neurological, biochemical and physiological processes that must work together in a specific sequence in order for you to lose weight.  Most diets and dietary programs assume that all you must do is tell somebody to eat less and they’ll lose weight.  Anyone that has tried any conventional diet currently out there knows exactly how non-effective this is!  In fact, less than 10% of people that actually do lose weight keep it off with conventional diets.  No wonder we’re all starving for a real way to lose weight (pun intended).

Because weight loss is so dependent on your unique body chemistry and biochemical make-up, no one diet could possibly work for everyone.  In fact, no one diet will work for any two people with the same results.  That’s a pretty bold statement, but take a moment and think about it.  No two people are alike in their biochemical or physiological make-up, not even identical twins.  So how could a diet possibly have the same results on any two people?  The answer is that it can’t. So how do YOU lose weight?  You must find a program that takes into account your unique body chemistry AND addresses all the root causes that have prevented you from losing weight.

You see, weight loss is not just a physical phenomenon.  Yes, the scale tells a story (an it’s pretty loud sometimes), but there are many other physical and non-physical aspects to losing weight. 

            Our feelings, attitudes, self-esteem, social interactions and emotions,

            all play a role in our ability to lose weight and feel good about it.

And they’re just as important as how much you eat or exercise.

In order to truly lose weight and obtain optimal health you MUST follow a program that addresses your entire being,

*       from eating the correct balance of foods

*       to helping you rebalance your body chemistry,

*       to addressing any pre-formed emotional blocks

*       to weight loss or body-image,

*       to designing an exercise program that you can and will actually maintain.

Weight loss is not difficult if you uncover and  address the root causes that are keeping you from your goal weight and getting the help and guidance you need along the way.  Once you do, you’ll be able to enjoy the journey along the natural path to better health and weight loss.

So, the statement and question usually is:

*       I’ve tried everything, what’s new?

*       What should I do?

Let me suggest just a couple of options that may make things easier.  After all, who would know better than an ex-311 pounder.

My scientifically approved, copywriten, individually designed HealthTest©) may be your first step.  Complete this extensive questionnaire and find out if and where you may be  nutrient deficient.

What Will Dr. Henry’s

HealthTest© Tell Me?

 

   1.      It reveals the possibility of over 50 nutrient changes from normal, with gradation from low to very-low deficiencies.

   2.      It explains in depth how each deficiency symptom can be affecting your current health.

   3.      It reveals foods which have high value in each deficient area.

   4.      You will receive 2 specifically designed food programs, one moderate protein, one high protein.  No counting calories, carbohydrates, fats, protein, fiber, etc.  All the work is done for you – all you have to do is EAT!

   5.      Specific suggestions are offered as to the amount of supplemental nutrients which should be included in your daily regime.  (If your working directly with Dr. Henry, she decides on your needs and balances all accordingly).  Otherwise your personalized computer print-out will suggest supplement needs and amounts that correspond with your answers.

   6.      It will reveal the presence or absence of dis-stress in your life.  Dis-stress brings on illness, pain, disease and often death too early.

   7.      Enzyme deficiencies are easily demonstrated and explained.

   8.      Improper food combining habits are noted and discussed to help increase the nutritional value of the foods you are to eat.

   9.      Excess intake of sugar, coffee, or other deleterious substances are evaluated.

10.     Thus, all vitamin, minerals, enzymes, and protein factors are discussed in an easy to read from your HealthTest© Report, which is all about YOU!

11.     Shopping help, it even walks you through your grocery store and educates you in areas that will help you shop wiser.

And so much more…..

This is an educational approach to finding out what foods you should be eating and why, what supplements you may want to add to your new health program along with moderate exercise suggestions.

How many of you have tried diet after diet and wondered why you can’t lose those unwanted pounds, or you can’t keep the ones you have lost off?  Well, this may not be your fault.  I would suggest you check out my online radio show: :Lose Weight PERMANENTLY By Eating” it will no doubt be an eye-opener, for sure!

You’re probably nutrient deficient and your body is working against you instead of with you to help you reach your health goals.  I would suggest that you take my HealthTest©), and perhaps for the first time as a beginning step, find out what may be going on.

Another option is working directly with me.  Yes, I’m available to personally work with YOU.  I know what it’s like trying to go it alone when you’ve tried so many times before.  Not only do I use my copywriten, scientifically approved, and personalize HealthTest©) in my everyday practice, but I deal with your health issues on a cellular level.  Laboratory work-ups designed with your needs and goals in mind.  After a ninety minute initial consultation, I then suggest a program just for YOU.  No One-size-fits-all programs not available in my practice.

I want you to know something that is vitally important and that is:

It’s Not About YOUR FAT

It is About YOUR HEALTH!

If you’re ready to Invest in YOU

I promise you that there is hope – Look at me!

If you don’t have anyone to help you, know that all my programs are available wherever you live throughout the United States, Canada and Hawaii!  I’ve made sure that you get help if you don’t have the right person already!  Also, I’m more than willing to work with your current healthcare provider.

If you need me – here is my contact information:

 

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WHY MDs ABUSE DRUGS

 

addict DrDoctors who report they abuse prescription drugs cite self-medication to help manage physical pain and emotional problems as the number one reason for this habit, new research shows.

 

In the study, substance-impaired doctors participated anonymously in guided group discussions as part of a monitored state physician health program (PHP).  In addition to helping manage physical and emotional pain, physicians also cited stress, recreational use, and withdrawal prevention as the main reasons for using prescription medications.

 

Opiates and sedatives were the prescription drugs most commonly misused by the study participants.

 

“Substance-related impairment of physicians is a small but serious problem, with significant consequences for patient safety and public health,” write the investigators, led by Lisa J. Merlo, PhD, from the McKnight Brain Institute and the University of Florida in Gainesville.

 

“Prevention efforts targeting prescription drug misuse among physicians should be initiated during medical training, with continuing education requirements through the physicians’ career,” they added.

 

The study was published in the October Issue of the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

 

High Rate of Misuse:

 

According to the research, 10% to 15% of physicians will experience a substance use disorder during their lifetime.  Although this rate is similar to that in the general population, more physicians appear to misuse prescription drugs.

 

“Understanding the reasons … would help educators, administrators, colleagues, and providers more successfully identify, treat, and monitor addicted physicians,” the investigators write.

 

The study included 55 substance-dependent physicians (94.5% men; 53 years, 72% white, 21% Latino, 7% other) who were participants in a Florida PHP.

 

A total of 21,8% of the participants listed their speciality as family/general medicine, 16.4% listed internal medicine, 14.5% listed anesthesiology, 14% listed surgery, and 10.9% listed psychiatry.  Pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and “others” made up the remaining specialities.

 

All participants in guided group discussions between December 2008 and March 2009.  Beforehand, they filled out a questionnaire, which also asked about substance use patterns and work history.

 

Results showed that 69% of the physicians had misused prescription drugs sometime in the past.  The other reported only using illicit drugs and/or alcohol.  Interestingly, all of those who      reported misusing prescription drugs also had a history of using illicit drugs or alcohol.

 

Those who cited managing physical pain as the main reason for prescription drugs misuse commonly reported having severe chronic pain due to trauma or surgery.

 

doctorTo all those I care about: if you or a loved one is having surgery, I would suggest that you request (your right) a day of the surgery drug test (urine), and you make sure you get a copy.  To many unnecessary errors in medications and deaths after surgery should be in question.

Don’t ever lose responsibility for your own body.

 

Health Provider Mistrust:

 

Several of the physicians who said that they misused drugs to manage emotional pain and/or psychiatric symptoms reported that it was because they had trouble trusting the recommendations from their treating provider.  Strange, yet they expect us to trust them!   Not I, for the most part!

 

Many of those who listed stressful situations as reasons explained that included work and person problems, including malpractice suits, financial problems, and juggling work-child responsibilities.

 

The researchers note that recreational use was also an important factor for many of these doctors, with most reporting using prescription drugs to enhance the effect of another substance.  Great!

 

Finally, other participants reported using prescription drugs as a way to prevent or alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

 

“Indeed, the issue of withdrawal seemed to become more salient to the physicians as their addiction progressed,” write the investigators.

 

They note that although the study population was small and was composed mainly of men and so may not be representative of all clinicians who abuse prescription drugs, “there is inherent value in obtaining such in-depth data from physicians.”

 

As reported at the time by Medscape Medical News, Dr. Merlo presented part of this research at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

 

“We know that (PHPs) work, and we know that monitoring is associated with really good outcomes.  It’s just getting people into the system that’s been the challenge,” she told meeting attendees at the time.

 

“And the most important reason for research into this area is that it’s showing that these professionals can be helped and shouldn’t just lose their license,” she added.

 

Disease of Denials:

“This was really interesting,” David O.

 

Warner, MD, professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Medscape.

 

Dr. Warner was not involved with this research but recently published a study is JAMA examining the incidence of substance use disorder (SUD) among 44,612 anesthesiology residents between 1975 and 2009.  Results showed that 0.86% of these residents had a confirmed SUD during training.

 

“We don’t really know among the anesthesiology folks why they do this.  Anecdotally, many of the stories revolved around, “Well, I’m around these drugs every day and just wanted to see what it was like.”  Whether that’s actually accurate or not, no one knows,” he said.

 

overmedicated-pharma“Addiction is a disease and is characterized by denial and evasion.  So I think what the real reasons might be is a very interesting question.  Certainly self-medicating for pain or for stress is quite plausible.”

 

The study was funded by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and by the Professionals Resources Network, “an integral arm of the Florida Medical Association.”  The study authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

 

Most reading this don’t get the news on health that I do, but I felt obligated to sound the alarm on this one.

Dr. Rhonda

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