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Showing posts from September, 2016

WSJ: For Hospitals, a Lot of Information Goes a Long Way

Unfortunately, now-a-days it is becoming pretty commonplace for hospitals to rush to develop ways to determine whether or not people will potentially develop diabetes, heart disease or other looming critical conditions. 
Interestingly enough, the true need for the development of complex algorithms which would pre-determine the patient's medical future is indeed on the rise. Such predictions would serve to learn more about the patient's behaviors, consumer and financial information for instance. In fact, upon further progress into learning how people live -- from personal interests to income levels -- much can be learned by doctors about how to intervene for patients and potentially assist patients to improve their medical outcomes. 
In fact, "So much of what determines a person's health and well-being is independent of medical care," says Rishi Sikka, senior vice president of clinical operations for a 12-hospital Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove, Ill.

The Genius of a Walk-and-Talk

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal published a very sound article on getting in a good workout while working at the same time! Yes, having a meeting with your boss or your work associate while walking and talking can not only be surprisingly productive, but also can become a healthy habit to keep.

Imagine starting a simple little habit of getting up 15 minutes earlier to stretch, meditate, review your presentation for work or whatever -- it is uniquely and justifiably "YOU" time. This begins to lay down the foundation of a good habit, which can and usually does have a domino effect of good stuff happening in your life if you simply keep up with it. Then, what if this becomes a healthy habit at work -- like walking and talking -- that is genius!

"If corporations were to adopt this ubiquitously, you just start to think of those health benefits adding up," says James Levine, co-director of obesity solutions at the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University. "It…

Good vs. Bad Carbohydrates

While I agree that eating carbs can be detrimental to keeping the weight off, it depends on what carbohydrates you are talking about. I've heard so many people talk about how they have lost weight by "just not eating carbs"! The thing is -- we need carbohydrates to keep our body functioning properly. In fact, carbohydrates are our body's preferred source of the energy we need NOW and are the ONLY source of energy for our red blood cells and brains!

To clarify, the "bad" carbs or "simple" carbs are the ones to most definitely avoid and here are some key reasons why:

Simple carbs add little to no nutritional value to our bodiesSimple carbs that contain lots of sugar and little to no fiber should definitely be avoided as they are also fattening.Yes, while fruits and veggies are made up of simple carbs they also contain fiber -- which our bodies need to slow down digestion and in fact act more like complex carbs.Simple carbs to avoid or minimize includ…