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Weekly Wellness: Spinach Salad for Spring and Summer

Today is National Picnic Day #NationalPicnicDay. Consider this fresh spinach salad for a picnic lunch. This recipe provides 2.5 fruit and vegetable servings per person. Ingredients 3 cups baby spinach leaves, well washed and dried 1 cup seasonal fresh vegetables or fruits of your choice such as raw sugar snap peas, strawberry halves, blueberries, or …

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The Costs of Medical Care & The Future of Medicine – PART 4

America’s High Cost of Pharmaceuticals Compared to Other Countries BY:  Stephen C. Schimpff, MD Some, including many of our political leaders, advocate for re-importing drugs from Canada that were made in America. But we need to focus on the real issue and deal with that. Drugs are very expensive to bring to market. The pharmaceutical …

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The High Cost of Not Taking Care of Ourselves

Excessive Weight, Lack of Exercise, Poor Nutrition and Diet and High Stress – We are a country of people who are overweight –one-third are overweight and one-third or more are frankly obese –, under-exercised, poorly fed from a nutritional perspective and highly stressed. And it gets worse each year. This is the major reason that medical costs will rise in the future. Diabetes will accelerate to epidemic proportions, heart disease will follow, arthritis will be exacerbated by obesity, life spans will be shortened and along the way there will be enormous medical bills to pay.

The Costs of Medical Care & The Future of Medicine – PART 2

The Cost of an Aging Population BY:  Stephen C. Schimpff, MD We are all getting older and like an old car our parts start to wear out. That will not change but we as individuals can delay the effect of aging with physical and mental exercise. Our organs lose some of their function at a …

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Talking With Your Doctor – Make the Most of Your Appointment

Patients and health care providers share a very personal relationship. Doctors need to know a lot about you, your family, and your lifestyle to give you the best medical care. And you need to speak up and share your concerns and questions. Clear and honest communication between you and your physician can help you both …

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10 Actions for Great Bedside Manner

By Neil R. Hoyt, Sr. – Vice President, Paragon Private Health Increasingly, patients are complaining about physicians with poor bedside manners. This leads to an erosion of trust – the foundation of establishing and maintaining a positive doctor/patient relationship. We all recognize this type of physician – they always seem rushed, don’t provide a proper …

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The Costs of Medical Care & The Future of Medicine – PART 1

The High Cost of New Technology BY:  Stephen C. Schimpff, MD The cost of new devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, stents, ventricular assist devices, insulin pumps, laparoscopic surgical instruments, etc. are high. Just like in the development of drugs, our patent policy allows the company to recoup its expenses and then some for a good …

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