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Acupuncture helps man with ankle pain to avoid 3rd surgery

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A man limped into Dr. Lily Wu’s office with a history of two prior ankle surgeries . . .

“When he came to see me the first time, he told me he had two prior surgeries on his left ankle. He had metal screws in his ankle. He was feeling good for a couple of years, but the pain came back,” Dr. Wu said. “Eventually, he was in pain again every day. The pain was affecting his daily life so much that he was considering a third surgery. He said he only noticed when he wasn’t hurting because he was in pain most of the time.”

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“After the first acupuncture treatment, he was able to go dancing that same night without being bothered much at all by the pain. The next time he came to see me, he was so excited with how much the treatment helped him,” Dr. Wu said.

“In about 6 treatments, he only noticed when he did have pain. This was the opposite of how he felt before he started treatment when he was in pain most of the time. After about 10 treatments, he went on a long bike ride and had no ankle pain,” Dr. Wu said.

This 53-year old man had an active lifestyle. After he started the treatments, he remained active in all kinds of sports such as skiing, hiking, playing basketball, beach volleyball, soccer, and more.

“He was typically coming in weekly unless he was out of town,” Dr. Wu said. “He was totally recovered after about 30 treatments over a period of 8 months.”

“During this time I also treated him for back pain. He used to have back spasms, but after a number of treatments, the back pain stopped as well,” she said.

Dr. Lily Wu

Dr. Lily Wu

 

Dr. Wu earned her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She’s a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She is on the Palo Alto Medical Foundation doctors’ referral list of qualified acupuncturists.

She practices in San Jose, CA. For more information, visit her website at Lily Wu Acupuncture. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

 

Chinese Medicine doctor halts man’s chronic stomach problems 

7 Tips on drugs from a personal medication consultant

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Are you busy taking care of your elderly parents? You may not understand everything that’s going on with their medications and the potential errors that might be happening. Do you want to help keep your parents as healthy as possible, but you feel confused with all the information and don’t have enough time or expertise to find all the answers?

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More than half of Americans 65 and older take five or more prescription medications at any given time APhA. If you, or someone you know, is taking multiple prescriptions, you’ll want to read on. Getting advice from a personal medication consultant could help you reduce your risk of adverse drug interactions or possibly even save your life!

Dr. Carrie Fu is a personal medication consultant who has a passion for senior medication wellness and healthcare management.

“I help people set goals to manage their health and embrace life without being dependent on drugs. I also help people avoid risks that result from medication errors and oversights.” Dr. Fu said.

Here are some general guidelines from Dr. Fu:

1. Stick with one pharmacy.

This way, all your drug information is based in one place. When you go to multiple drug stores, they don’t have your complete medication history so they can’t check for drug interactions.

2. Keep a list of all your medications.

Each person should have a personalized medication list, not only their current medication, but also their past meds. You can type up a document or just write it down. You should give your medication list to all your providers, including your pharmacist, dentist, acupuncturist, primary care physician, or anyone who is providing your health care. Dr. Fu recommends that you check the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists website for an online form to record your Medicine List. For additional tips, refer to Helping patients keep and up-to-date medication list from the American Pharmacist Association.

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3. Get a consultation every time you pick up a prescription.

Ask for a pharmacist consultation before you take your prescription. Find out how to best take it. It’s always a good idea to ask the pharmacist if there’s anything in particular you need to watch out for.

  • Are there any side effects?
  • How long do I need to take this?
  • Should I take it with or without food?

4. Take into consideration over-the-counter drugs and vitamins.

A lot of people don’t realize that vitamins are like medicine. If you take too many vitamins you could get a kidney stone, for example. Or if you’re taking a thyroid medication you need to know that you shouldn’t take calcium supplements within four hours NIH MedLinePlus.

5. Don’t abruptly stop medications for chronic conditions.

If you want to taper off or discontinue your medication, it’s critical that you consult with your doctor, pharmacist or a specialist. If you abruptly stop taking your blood pressure medication, for example, you increase your risk of having a stroke.

6. Have one medical professional who has access to all your medication history.

Medication errors can happen when a patient moves from one location to another. Problems often arise when patients change care between a hospital and a retirement home.

7. Know your rights, resources and benefits.

It’s important to get more involved with your own healthcare. You can start by going to AHRQ for suggestions on how to ask questions and talk to your clinicians. It’s also important to understand your drug prescription benefits under Medicare Part D.

Dr. Carrie Fu

Dr. Carrie Fu

Dr. Carrie Fu is a consulting pharmacist who specializes in personal medicine and Medication Therapy Management (MTM). As a medication consultant, she helps her clients understand their medication and feel well.

Even if you have a chronic condition, you can still be well. She helps people to be as healthy as possible from a medication perspective. She wants to help her patients be in the best health by taking the least amount of medications. Whether you have diabetes, high blood pressure or another chronic condition, Dr. Fu can help improve your medication regimen.

Health is your #1 asset. She helps people to embrace life without being dependent on medications. There’s no magic bullet, but there are always options. She’s a health coach who focuses not on your illness, but on creating more wellness in your life. She is also on the provider panel at Doctor Quickly. To set up your own personalized medication consultation, contact Dr. Carrie Fu.

Chinese Medicine doctor halts man’s chronic stomach problems

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Dr. Lily Wu met a young man at a store when she was returning a purse that she had purchased. When he noticed on her account that she was a doctor, he asked what kind of doctor she was.

After she told him that she was a Chinese Medicine doctor, he proceeded to tell her about his severe stomach problems that he had been having for the past five years. He had no appetite and didn’t want to eat at all.

“Can you help me?” he asked. “I’ve tried everything, but nothing worked. But I haven’t tried Chinese medicine.”

“What are your symptoms?” she asked.

He told her that he woke up every morning feeling nauseous. He had no appetite and couldn’t eat breakfast. Sometimes he couldn’t even drink water because he felt like his stomach was closed up. His also mentioned that his mother had similar chronic stomach problems.

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He was about 5’10 and only 140 pounds. He usually couldn’t eat until around lunch time when he felt he had to force himself to eat even though he didn’t feel like it. Sometimes at lunch he would eat and then have stomach pain afterward.

Because he was a 23-year old business student, his digestive issues also had a negative affect on his social life. He couldn’t go out to eat with friends. And he couldn’t take vacations because his symptoms would get worse.

Dr. Wu told him to come to her clinic. There, they talked more. She diagnosed that it was a liver and spleen energy imbalance issue. After diagnosis, she gave him a treatment and prescribed an herbal supplement for him to take.

In the first week he didn’t have any improvement because he had a hard time swallowing the pills. He didn’t take the full dose as she recommended. But after about 10 days he started feeling some improvement. He woke up with an appetite and wanted to eat. He used to have constipation and night sweats, but now he doesn’t.

Before he saw her he had been to many doctors and he also tried meditation. But nothing worked.

“You saved my life!” he told her.

“It makes me feel so good when I can help my patients like this,” Dr. Wu said. “When people have chronic conditions like this, the symptoms can go back and forth. It’s important to know how to take good care of your stomach.”

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The main causes of stomach aches are poor eating habits and stress. Here are some tips from Dr. Wu on how to avoid stomach issues:

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Dr. Lily Wu

  • Eat warm foods. Ice cold drinks and foods put extra stress on the stomach.
  • Drink plenty of water (warm water is best). Sometimes when the body is dehydrated, people mistake it for hunger and end up overeating.
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently.
  • Avoid overly sweet, salty, oily or spicy foods.
  • Stop eating when you feel about 70% full.
  • Wait 30-60 minutes after meals before doing any strenuous exercise. It is helpful, however, to take a walk after a meal.
  • Don’t eat about two or three hours prior to going to bed.

Dr. Wu earned her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the University of East-West Medicine. She’s a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She is on the Palo Alto Medical Foundation doctors’ referral list of qualified acupuncturists.

She practices in San Jose, CA. For more information, visit her website at Lily Wu Acupuncture. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Acupuncture helps man with ankle pain to avoid 3rd surgery

How to find a trustworthy doctor for a dental implant

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Your smile is one of your greatest personal assets. If you’re looking for a way to replace missing teeth and restore your beautiful smile, implants are a terrific solution. Regardless of which tooth (or teeth) you lost, implants can be a great way to create natural-looking replacements that are customized to you.

Vietnam granny with the playful spirit of a child. Photography by Heward Jue

Vietnam granny with the playful spirit of a child. Photography by Heward Jue

The most important step in getting a dental implant is finding a doctor who’s right for you. It’s equally important that you find a doctor who will help you understand the process and what to expect along the way. Dr. Wen Fan, an oral surgeon practicing in Silicon Valley, provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on dental implants:

Who do I go to?

Dental implants typically involve two doctors: your general dentist and an oral surgeon. The surgeon removes the non-restorable tooth (if necessary) and places the dental implant. Your general dentist places the dental crown on the dental implant to make sure it has appropriate esthetic form and function.

The best way to find a surgeon is to have your dentist recommend a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon or find one through the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

How long does it take?

Typically, the oral surgeon will first remove the bad tooth and and place a bone graft. The bone graft helps to strengthen the area so that your dental implant will be secure. The average bone healing time is about 3-6 months. After the bone has healed, a the oral surgeon can do the dental implant. The newly placed dental implant will need 3-6 months to integrate or “fuse” to the bone. Once this is complete, you go back to your general dentist for the crown.

Can I get a “tooth in a day?”

In some cases, dental implants can be placed at the same time as removing the bad tooth. This is considered an “immediate” implant. For front teeth that affect your smile, temporary crowns can sometimes also be immediately attached to the dental implant as well. This technique works very well in the right situations. This type of temporary crown is short-lived and needs to be replaced with a permanent crown once the implant has integrated. Be aware that this technique should only be used in very specific situations.

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Most people have some mild soreness for a few days after the tooth is pulled, but most surgeons prescribe some pain medications to help ease the discomfort.

Surprisingly, most people have less discomfort after the dental implant placement than their initial extraction. Most patients will have some mild soreness for 1-2 days that is relieved with over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen.

How long do dental implants last?

Everyone’s biology is different so there is not guarantee on the longevity of dental implants, but many believe that a healthy dental implant will last a lifetime. Since our current form of dental implants was not introduced until the early 1980’s, there really isn’t enough data to make a blanket statement that implants last a lifetime. A lifetime can be 20 more years for some, but 50 or more years for others. We do have good data that shows healthy implants can last 20-30 years, but will they last longer? Probably, but we just don’t have good long term studies yet.

What should I watch out for?

If you feel that the doctor is pressuring you to get an implant . . . be wary. Successful, established and experienced surgeons love providing their patients with dental implant care, but never pressure them. Choose a doctor who takes the time to educate you and allow you to make an informed decision. Make sure you find surgeon who’s willing to take the time to communicate and allow you to digest the information.

Be wary of dentists (non-surgeons) who claim to have “implant certificates” or “special training” in implants. These “implant training certificates” or special implant training are not recognized by the American Dental Association, and often times consist of a few weekend classes that practice on an animal jaws in a classroom.  Your best bet is to seek out a Board Certified Surgeon.

Be wary of any doctor who tells you that implants are free of complications or that they have not personally had complications. Any surgeon that works with implants routinely will have complications. Granted the complications may not be significant, but they do happen from time to time.

Be aware of discount pricing that’s routinely advertised. Practitioners who offer discount prices may be using knock-off or generic implants. These lesser brands have issues with quality control and long term stability. Find out if the surgeon is using a reputable implant system. The three most popular and reputable implants are: Nobel Biocare, Straumann and BIOMET 3i.

Dental implants are an investment in both your health and appearance. If you don’t feel quite right or comfortable with your surgeon for any reason, get a second opinion. Not all patient-doctor relationships are a good fit, so there is no need to force it. Before making your final decision, you may also want to check for reviews on Yelp or other sites specifically designed for doctor reviews.

Why we need to do doctor reviews on our last doctor visits

A patient sat in a dental chair with a broken front tooth. After discussing the restoration procedure, the patient said, “Before we begin Doc, I gotta know if I’ll be able to play the trumpet when you’re finished?”
“Of course you will,” the dentist said.

“Great! I couldn’t play a note before.” Dental India

Wen S. Fan, DMD, MD

Wen S. Fan, DMD, MD

Dr. Wen Fan obtained his DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and his MD from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has special interest and expertise in the field of dental implant surgery, orthognathic/corrective jaw surgery and pathology. He practices in both San Jose and Cupertino, CA. He’s fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. He’s also a diplomate on the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

 

 

When’s the last time you did a check up on your dentist? 

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9 Ergonomic tips from a Silicon Valley chiropractor

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My neck and right shoulder were really bothering me, especially on days when I spent a lot of time on my computer. That’s when I finally decided to seek professional help and get an ergonomic assessment from Dr. Jackie Casab.

“What kind of computer do you use?” she asked.

“A Mac,” I said. “I often work remotely using my laptop.”

Apple products are all about style and looking pretty. They have nothing to do with ergonomic correctness at all,” she told me. “When you’re looking at products, don’t pay attention to the brand name. Pay attention to what will work best for your health, especially if you’re working on a computer every day.”

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“Many products are interchangeable these days. Just because you use a Mac doesn’t mean you need to use their mouse or keyboard,” she said. Then she continued on with a number of suggestions on how to improve work posture. Here are the ergonomic tips she recommends for anyone who feels achey or stressed after working on a computer all day:

1. Trash your stylish mouse.

Put the palms of your hands flat on your keyboard. This is called pronation. It’s an unnatural position for your hands and wrists. Now put your palms together. This is a natural position for your hands. It should feel better.

Are you attached to your mouse much of the day? If so, use a mouse that requires as little pronation as possible. Pronation causes irritation to all your wrist and arm muscles.

It can be especially irritating if you rest your wrist on your computer or desktop. Your chances of causing carpal tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome, extensor tendonitis or rotator cuff tendonitis are all increased. If you mouse a lot, trade your stylish mouse in for one that’s more ergonomic, such as the Anker wireless vertical ergonomic optical mouse.

2. Make sure your arms are as close to your side as possible.

When you hold your arms out too far, you put stress on your rotator cuffs. This is most likely to happen with your dominant mousing arm.

Holding your arms out can cause shoulder irritation, pain and disfunction. Eventually it will cause numbness and tingling into the fingers. It can also bring on carpal tunnel-like symptoms. To avoid this, try one or all of the following:

  • Use a keyboard without a 10-key pad on the right side of the keyboard.
  • Alternate your mouse back and forth equally between your dominant and non-dominant hand. Only about 1 in 100 people are ambidextrous. If you’re one of them, this solution may work well, but if not, just realize there can be a learning curve involved.
  • Add a Humanscale keyboard with a clip mouse to your desktop so that you can adjust your keyboard and mouse for custom support and comfort.

3. Relax the angle of your elbows.

Keep the angle of your elbows between 100-120 degrees. If you don’t, you’ll constrict nerves causing increased muscle tightness and irritation which leads to some of the symptoms such as muscle ache or elbow pain that may be construed as carpal tunnel.

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How not to sit when working at a computer. See how the angles formed by the joints in her arms, legs and hips are too small.

 4. Sit straight with your shoulders rolled back and down.

When you lean toward your computer, you automatically hunch your back. This increases the tension and irritation in your shoulders.

When your shoulders roll forward, you’re automatically raising them. This tightens the muscles along the tops of the shoulders and increases symptoms such as lower neck pain, fatigue, headaches and other common stress symptoms.

Next time you feel stressed at your desk, lean back and relax your shoulders. It will go a long way in helping to reduce the tension in your body.

5. Relax the angles of your lower body.

Have a slight downward angle in your seat so that your hips form an angle that’s greater than 90 degrees. Let your feet sit flat on a surface below your chair. Your knees should be at an angle of 90-100 degrees.

Your knees work the same as your elbows. If you close the angle too much, it causes constriction of your nerves and blood flow. This can lead to decreased blood flow throughout your lower limbs which may make you feel cold. It can also cause muscle tightness or cramping.

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6. Hold your head up and back.

Dropping your head angle more than 30 degrees is considered excessive flexion of the neck. This increases the tension across the top of your shoulder and in the muscles in the back of your skull.

It also greatly increases your chance of sprain, strain, fatigue and the likelihood of getting tension headaches.

7. Make sure your eyes land in the upper third of your screen.

“Laptops are never ergonomic,” Dr. Jackie says. “You can’t possibly have your screen and keyboard in the right place at the same time when using a laptop.”

Make sure your main screen is sitting high enough so that when you’re looking straight out, you’re looking at the upper third of the screen. This works easiest if you have a second screen at your desktop or a detached keyboard.

If your desktop is high, use a keyboard on your lap. Choose a tent keyboard or one with a bit of an ergonomic wave, such as the Microsoft natural ergonomic keyboard.

8. Use the 20-20-20 rule.

Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes when working on a computer. One of the reasons people have sight problems is that their eyes get fatigued from staring at screens too long.

When you look at least 20 feet away it allows your eye muscles to completely relax. This decreases your amount of eye fatigue and your chances of vision degeneration. Set a timer to help you remember to do this every 20 minutes or download a 20-20-20 app.

But what if you work in an office with no window? Plan reasons to get up: take a bathroom break, walk to lunch, take a water break, walk while you’re taking a phone call, schedule meetings outside your office. Keep your eyes and your body active throughout your workday.

9. Get up and move at least once an hour.

If you sit too long, the ligaments in your back and spine start to stretch. They’re like rubber bands. Over time, they can’t recoil as easily. This can cause instability and lower back pain. A lot of people resort to pain medications, anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants which mask the symptoms. But because these drugs don’t solve the problem, their physical condition continues to go downhill. Get up every hour to do some stretches, even if you work in a cubicle.

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If your concerned about the cost of purchasing products to support good ergonomics, be sure to ask your employer. In many cases companies will pay for these tools. In the long run, they’ll have more satisfied employees with fewer sick days. For more information on employer responsibilities and worker rights on ergonomics, see the OSHA guidelines for prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

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Dr. Jackie Casab of Casab Sports & Wellness Chiropractic

“Keep in mind that you can’t put a price on your long-term health,” says Dr. Jackie. ” If you ignore your body and its symptoms, your aches and pains will only get worse.”

You don’t need to change everything at once. It takes time to adjust to new habits. There’s a bit of a physical learning curve. It’s better to make small adjustments over time until you reach a point of feeling comfortable at the end of each workday.

After the initial adjustment with Dr. Jackie, I felt a lot of relief in my neck and back. In the following days, I also began to incorporate her recommendations in my home office and I started feeling immediate benefits.

“Be proactive and health will follow,” Dr. Jackie says.

After years of unexplained spasms and back pain, chiropractics gave Dr. Jackie relief she hadn’t felt in years. And it all happened practically overnight! Her personal experience, along with the amazing benefits that chiropractics had on her horses prompted her to pursue a career as a chiropractor. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

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Dr. Jackie Casab

“That sense of how amazing the world can be when things are working correctly in our bodies is what I want to return to all my patients,” says Dr. Jackie.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of stress and overall tension at the end of each workday, call or text Dr. Jackie Casab at 408-372-8469 for an adjustment and personal ergonomic assessment at Casab Sports & Wellness Chiropractic.

 

 

“In addition to these tips, there are many other solutions to consider such as: foot rests, document holders, chair ergonomics, desktop height, rounded edges on desks and more,” says Dr. Jackie.

So I started looking for a new office chair. Next time I visit Dr. Jackie, I’d like to get her opinion on the Hawaii Hula chair.

Meditation: The answer to all your problems

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Most of our daily lives are dominated by a busy outer world, much of which we can’t control. This causes us to miss what’s going on inside of us. We become disconnected with who we are and what makes us truly happy and fulfilled. Many people try to find prosperity in the outer world by striving for more and more things or experiences which only drains them even more.

Change begins from within. If you’re unhappy with some aspect of your life, you’ve probably been searching for the solution in the wrong places. Chances are, the answer has been within you all along, but you’ve never been taught how to get to it. When was the last time you thought about your thinking?

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Meditation is a simple mental technique from Hindu tradition. Here’s what you do. Get into a comfortable seated position. Then close your eyes and repeatedly think of a word, sound or phrase, your mantra. Many practitioners recommend that you do this twice a day for 15-30 minutes or more.

During this time you allow all thoughts and distractions to pass through your mind like clouds passing by in the sky. Let them flow without passing judgment or allowing them to destabilize your emotions or sense of balance. As you do this, you’re fully aware of your body and surroundings in the present moment, yet you let everything pass through you.

Meditation promotes deep relaxation resulting in greater inner awareness. Some people say it helps them to feel centered. David Lynch is film director, musician and actor who has been practicing meditation since 1973. He says that it’s like being in an elevator that takes him up.

“It has given me tremendous effortless access to unlimited reserves energy, creativity and happiness deep within.” says Lynch.

Not only does he get tremendous personal benefit from meditation, he saw how much it could help anyone regardless of their age or life circumstances. In 2005 he started the David Lynch Foundation for consciousness-based education and world peace. Today the foundation teaches meditation to children and adults in countries all over the world with sometimes astounding results.

You can meditate almost anywhere. The more you do it, the more creative you can become in finding new ways to incorporate it into your everyday life. Sogyal Rinpoche

Deep breathing can help to enhance your experience. When you become consciously aware of your breathing, it has an immediate calming affect.

You can also experiment with candles, incense, sunlight or other natural relaxants. Go out into nature whenever possible for even greater benefit. If you want to get some exercise at the same time, try meditating while breathwalking. Huffington Post

Some people incorporate yoga with meditation. When you begin by doing yoga to stretch out your body, it may help you to reach a more intense state of relaxation. Some people like to sit in a lotus position after stretching, while others prefer to lie down. It’s completely up to you. It’s best to do yoga on an empty stomach, so the combination of yoga and meditation can be a great way to begin and end your day.

Meditation has a way of removing filters, blocks, fears, doubts, torments and pains from within. Some say it helps to ward off their depression, anxiety, stress and more.

Meditation cartoon catsMeditation isn’t a religion, but it may help you to tap into your spirituality. Meditation isn’t a formal treatment, but it may improve your sense of well-being. Meditation isn’t a science, but you may get measurable results. BBC

Observe animals and toddlers. They live in the moment without passing judgment. Their bodies and minds are free. Meditation helps you free your body and mind as you move into a higher sensitivity to your surroundings. It recharges your mind and body in a powerful way that you can only discover over time.

Many people tout the benefits of meditation, saying that once they started, they wanted to continue every day. A surprising number of successful people practice meditation: Mahatma Ghandi (Indian nationalist leader), Rupert Murdoch (one of the richest people in the world, Dr Andrew Weil (holistic doctor, naturopath, author and professor), Dalai Lama (spiritual leader) and many other successful celebrities and executives. Business Insider

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Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons says that meditation promotes happiness. “It teaches you to appreciate now. It brings you close to your power. Meditation is for any one of us who want the cycle of good to happen, want to be optimistic, want to be an inspiration, want to make everybody else’s lives better so they can be better. Meditation promotes stillness. When you’re still is the only time you can think.” YouTube 4-minute clip.

Meditation “transformed me and many of my friends,” said Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. “It was profound.” In his younger years, he created a meditation space in his attic complete with Indian prints, candles and meditation cushions. He read books like Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa and Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda (a book he read once a year ever since he was a teenager).

Challenges and difficulties can come at you at anytime day or night in the form of thoughts, physical symptoms, or other human or technological interventions. This sludge can cause you to lose clarity and focus. Meditation gives you a release valve to understand what’s most important now. That’s why companies like Google,  Twitter, Facebook and many others in Silicon Valley are also embracing Eastern traditions such as meditation. Wired

Meditation helps you to become more attached to the present moment, while become detached from worldly things and thoughts. Some find meditation so effective, even more powerful than the effect of drugs. It’s easy to get hooked on meditation because of its profound benefits. In the beginning, you might want to keep a journal to note your experience.

You can begin practicing meditation on your own now. If you’re looking for a layman’s guide to getting started, check out Meditation for Beginners 22-Day Course by Vern Lovic. He provides simple steps to calm the circus in your mind. I like this book because it’s a casual description of one man’s journey. Yours may be very different. 

As is true with any good habit, you get the most benefit with regular practice over time. You can’t expect meditation in itself to solve your problems right away. But it may become one of your most valuable habits in maintaining a more satisfying and balanced life.

Once you experience the benefits of meditation, you may want to get some training. Look for practitioners or a Meetup in your area. Some centers charge for their services, while others are nonprofit faith-based organizations. 

There are many different meditation techniques, so if you decide to get some instruction, don’t hesitate to experiment with different methods until you find one that’s right for you. David Wants to Fly

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One day a student at the went to meditate with two monks as part of his education. They went to the opposite side of the lake from a monastery and were about to start their morning meditation when the first monk said, “oh no, I forgot my mat.” So he walked calmly across the surface of the water to the monastery and returned with his mat. Then the second monk said, “I forgot my sun hat,” so he ran across the surface of the water to the monastery and returned with his hat.

The student was astounded by this and at the end of the meditation he tried to walk across the water. He fell straight in and emerged soaking wet. The two monks watched his failed attempts for a while. The first monk said to the second, “do you think we should tell him where the stones are?” Metta

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Please get back to me later to let me know what meditation is doing for you.
Telling someone about meditation is one of the greatest gifts you can give.
Pass it on.

Namaste

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How To Live Forever: Laugh More, Eat Less

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Buster from How to Live Forever filmWould you like to see rare places where age is enjoyed, admired and studied? Places where people are old or looking for ways to extend their lives? Then you’ll enjoy seeing How to Live Forever and meeting stubborn characters like 101-year-old London resident, Buster Martin, a chain-smoking, beer-drinking marathon runner.

In this film, Mark Wexler takes you on a fun whirlwind of visits giving you insights on how to extend your life. Being stubborn, by the way, is probably more likely than smoking to extend your life.

The following tips represent some of the many interesting topics highlighted in the film. I don’t necessarily endorse all of them, but I like to keep my options open. Sometimes a girl changes her mind you know . . .

Participate in contests. A contestant at the Ms. Senior American Beauty Pageant says, “I might be 75, but I’m still hot. It just comes in flashes.” Have fun staying active.

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Dr. Madan Kataria

Laugh at least ten minutes every day. Dr. Madan Kataria is a medical doctor from Mumbai, India, where he’s known as the guru of laughter. He’s the founder of Laughter Yoga, a club he began in 1995 with five people in a public park. Today this movement for health, joy and world peace, has grown to more than 6,000 clubs in over 60 countries. Follow these instructions for your daily laughter yoga practice: Laugh for no reason. Laugh louder. Laugh more. Start over.

Learn from older people. If you have a 90-year-old or centenarian in your immediate family, that’s good news for you because you may have inherited some of the same longevity genes. If you don’t, ask your friends if they know an elderly person or volunteer at a retirement home to find some old friends. VolunteerMatch

Dear Diary, This is the Day I Decided to Drink Distilled Water

Live Young Forever by Jack LalanneStay active and set big goals. In 1984, at the age of 70, Jack LaLanne handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents towed (with his own strength) 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1-1/2 miles.

“Anything in life is possible if YOU make it happen . . .  and YOU CAN,” says Lalanne.

Learn more of Lalanne’s secrets in one of his many books such as: Revitalize Your Life After 50 (1995), Live Young Forever (2009), Celebrating 90 Plus Years of Healthy Living (2009). Lalanne, who started off as a weak and sickly bed-ridden boy, died strong at the age of 96 in 2011. Huffington Post

Work out (your brain) every day. A common quality among centenarians is that they’ve kept their brains active throughout their lives. It doesn’t matter whether you work, play games or participate in mentally stimulating hobbies. They’re all beneficial.

Suzanne Somers Im Too Young For This

Take hormones. Suzanne Somers touts the use of Bioidential Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). In fact, she’s written several books which encourage women to take hormones to remain youthful: The Sexy Years (2004), Ageless (2006), Bombshell (2012) and her latest book, I’m Too Young For This (2013).

Go on a calorie restriction diet. Calorie Restriction (CR) has been scientifically proven to extend life in animals and many researchers believe CR extends human life as well. FightAging.orgCheck out CR Society International for more information. You can probably get by just fine eating a whole lot less than you have in the past. Eat less.

Don’t retire. The Japanese associate negative images with the word retirement. This, along with their healthy diet and active lifestyle, are probably some of the reasons why they tend to live longer than people in most other countries, particularly in Okinawa. There is no retirement age in Japan. I personally witnessed this earlier this year when my husband and I visited Okinawa. We met countless people in their 70s, 80s and even 90s still working. Okinawa Centenarian Study

Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller

Treat your troubles with jokes. In her autobiography, Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy, Phyllis Diller shares her struggles and shenanigans as the first woman of her time to rise to the top of the male-dominated comedy scene, a feat she accomplished while caring for five children and an unemployed husband. Despite the many challenges she faced throughout her life, she found a way to laugh every day. “Some people say ‘who would want to be 90,’ and I say ‘anyone who is 89,'” says Diller, who died with a smile on her face at the age of 95.

Write your autobiography when you’re in your 90s. Eleanor Wasson believes that the best part of life begins when you get past 50. She believes in free will and free choice–that we let things happen by the choices we make. She wrote her autobiography, 28,000 Martinis and Counting, in her 90s and later passed away in 2008 at the age of 100. Santa Cruz Sentinal

Set a goal to be the oldest person somewhere. Everyone gets a nanosecond of being the youngest person on earth, but very few get the chance to be the oldest. In this film, you’ll get to see Edna Parker who, at the time of filming, was the oldest person in the world at 115. Perhaps you can live to be the oldest person in your family, your city, or even the world . . .

Embrace technology. In his book, The Singularity is NearRay Kurzweil spells out his belief that we’re moving into an age of a “new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.” Technology is used in medicine and many other industries to enhance and extend life. Soon it will be doing much more.

Say no to ice cream. John Robbins is the only son to the founder of the Baskin-Robbins empire. Instead of following in his father’s footsteps, he chose to walk away from ice cream and wealth to pursue his own dream of living in harmony with all life forms. He is the founder of EarthSave International and Board Chair of Yes! Robbins is also the author of numerous books including Healthy at 100.

Freeze your body and come back to life later. At Alcor Life Extension Foundation, cryonics is happening now. Alcor believes that “lack of legal status as a person does not imply lack of moral status as a person.” They welcome you to tour their facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, and walk among stiffs who are waiting to come back to life. If you don’t want to do business with a funeral home director, Alcor might be the alternative you’re looking for. You just might be one of the first to learn How to Live Forever.

Live until the day you die. “My boyfriend is older than me, but he can still drive at night,” said an elderly woman who still enjoys dating older men. Stay active. Get out there and keep doing the things you love to do. Laugh more, eat less.

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Got a Virtual Doctor Yet? If Not, Now’s the TIME.

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Dr Andrew Weil TIME magazineThe best TIME to search for a doctor is when you’re in relatively good health and don’t feel the need to see one. Many people ignore signals from their bodies repeatedly in order to avoid the inconvenience, expense and undesirable recommendations they often experience with doctors. Doctors are humans. They make mistakes like the rest of us. It can be equally unsettling when you think about the fact that doctors literally call their work “practice,” as if doctoring were a sport complete with physical risks and injuries. SW 

A headache, rash, itchy scalp, wart, hemorrhoid, digestive issue or any other nagging health concern is a warning sign. It’s your body letting you know that something isn’t quite right. Don’t let your mind ignore your body.

Pay attention to your body when you feel a symptom coming on. What do many of us do when we have a question about anything? We Google it! But don’t wait until you’re sick to decide who you want to trust. Find a healthy doctor so that you know where to turn when you want quick trustworthy answers. That way, the next time you need to rest and recover, you won’t have to waste a lot of time searching for advice from dubious sources.

My #1 virtual doctor of choice is Dr Andrew Weil. He provides down-to-earth advice about lifestyle, diet, nature, mind and more. I never feel like he’s trying to scare me into buying his specific vitamins or gadgets to improve my health, as many other health sites do. I trust him. I sense that he genuinely wants to help people avoid illness, pharmaceuticals and drastic treatments as much as possible. He has a comforting demeanor that’s calming. In case you haven’t already met him, may I introduce you to Dr. Weil?

He believes the primary role of doctors is to educate people about how to maintain good health. That’s the kind of doctor I want! Here are several more reasons why I search for answers from Dr. Weil:

      • He has written a number of books on the subject of health. His books are easy to understand even if you’ve never taken a class in nutrition or medicine. Invest in his books instead of over-the-counter drugs. You’ll be a lot better off in the long run. If you aren’t sure which one to read first, I recommend Natural Health, Natural Medicine since it provides a good overview of preventive maintenance as well as natural treatments and home remedies.
      • He offers a Q&A section on his website. Click on the Ask Dr. Weil tab on his website and search for answers to your health concerns. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, you can submit a new question.
      • He’s more likely to recommend medicinal plants rather than prescription medications. In addition to medical school, he was also trained in botany, and he traveled extensively while learning about healing practices from around the world. Most doctors have little to no training in botany, nutrition or healing practices in other cultures. They’re limited to their own specialty inside Western medicine and are not necessarily trained to look at the whole body, the bigger picture.
      • He offers a number of videos to help you learn habits which promote a healthy lifestyle. You can get to know him and pick up health tips by subscribing to his videos at YouTube/user/DrWeil. If you want more in-depth information, watch some of his videos. I recommend starting with Dr. Andrew Weil’s Guide to Eating Well. This is a “shopping cart guide to the healthiest foods.”
      • He’s over 70 and still doing what he loves to do. When I lived in China, I learned that the most respected Traditional Chinese medicine doctors are those who are the most experienced. I prefer get advice from a doctor with decades of experience (and in still in good health) rather than from someone just out of medical school.

Western medicine is set up to treat symptoms after you fall ill. It’s a sick-care system. If you want to do your best to avoid illness, focus on living a healthy lifestyle that may help you to prevent or delay the onset of disease or degenerative illnesses. Dr. Weil’s advice may help you do this.

If you feel you need to speak with a specialist, you may want to make a call before you head to a doctor’s office. Check your health insurance plan to see if they have a nurseline. Each time you visit your doctor or check in at a hospital, you put yourself at risk of picking up germs, being coerced into taking prescription medications, being uncomfortable for hours in an emergency room, or going through procedures you could delay or avoid. Wouldn’t you rather avoid all this whenever possible?

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When you’re not feeling well, wouldn’t you rather get some advice online or make a phone call from the comfort of your bed rather than journey out to a doctor’s office? As healthcare continues to evolve, we’re more likely to see an increase in remote doctor-patient visits through innovative institutions such as FreeMD.comDoctorOnDemand.com or CallDoc.com. One thing I especially like about CallDoc is that they offer discounts to natural therapy professionals.

Make sure you find a reputable doctor that suits you. One of my friends recently did some self diagnosis after she was injured. She called a doctor and told him that she broke her leg in two places. The doctor told her to quit going to those places. Gwiz

Click here for more Jokes for Your Friends Who are Sick and Tired

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What if You Come Down (to Earth) With Symptoms of Sustainability?

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If you or someone you know has some of the following symptoms, you may be coming down (to earth) with sustainability. It can be contagious, but some people have strong resistance. Scientists believe that it may have something to do with a jean mutation. The jeans can be modified or removed, but some people don’t like to change because they’re comfortable just the way they are.

Sustainable World PeopleJust as a person who has obesity may begin to rely on a wheelchair to get around, a person who has sustainability may begin to rely on a bicycle to get around. Physical and mental conditions shape the surrounding environment.

Although some people feel uneasy about sustainability at first, they quickly begin to adapt to the condition. Some people do really crazy things like take up gardening or sell their cars. Once you catch sustainability, don’t be surprised if people with the mutated jeans call you crazy.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with sustainability, it’s helpful to join a support group with like-minded people who prefer trees over traffic and borrowing over buying. As the symptoms of sustainability increase, you may fall deeper into a wishful state of Utopia-euphoria wanting more people to contract your enthusiasm. Webweaver Earth

Here are some of the symptoms of sustainability:

Air. You go to parks and into the forest where the air is fresh and trees are plentiful. AIRNow

Banking. You closed your bank account and opened an account at a local credit union. Credit Union National Association

Whenever you go near a bank, you get withdrawal symptoms. PunOfTheDay

Bathroom. Your bathroom has a window which provides natural light and ventilation. American Restroom Association

Why are environmentalists bad at playing poker? They avoid the flush. Jokes4Us

Biking. Your bicycle is one of your main modes of transportation. People For Bikes

This CAR Game Will Drive You Crazy

Charities. You give generously to a local nonprofit or faith-based organization and they give back to the community. Charity Navigator

Cooperation. You quit your corporate job to work for a co-op. National Cooperative Business Association

Energy. Your home is drawing power from renewable energy sources. Renewable Energy World

Food. You have access to organic fruits and vegetables within walking distance of your home. GMO Inside

Gardening. You have fun working together with your neighbors in the community garden. American Community Gardening Association

Healthcare. You have access to affordable healthcare. Michael Moore’s Health Care Proposal

Housing. Your home is affordable and you help others who need housing. Habitat for Humanity

Laundry. You hang your laundry out to dry. Project Laundry List

Laundry Study Shows Americans Have Few Hangups 

Leaders. You’re a good communicator and leader. Toastmasters

Library. You enjoy going to your local library on a regular basis.

Lighting. The sun is your main source of light all day. VELUX

Music. You hear nature sounds or appropriate tunes that enhance your home, workplace and other public spaces. American Music Therapy Association

Names. You’re on a first-name basis with your neighbors and workers in local businesses. NeighborWorks

Organics. You buy organic foods in the local farmer’s market and grocery stores. CCOF

Outdoors. Your home and workplace outdoor spaces are green and welcoming. Alliance for Community Trees

What did the activist get when he sat on the iceberg too long? Polaroids. Jokes4Us

People. You treat everyone with respect, regardless of their age, race or social status. Grassroots International

Pets. You often take your dog along wherever you go. Go Pet Friendly

Plantscaping. You have plenty of indoor plants. Plantscape Industry Alliance

Prevention. Your healthcare provider incentivizes doctors for prevention. American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Why We Need to Do Doctor Reviews on Our Last Doctors’ Visits

Recycling. You have a donate box, a recycle bin and a compost pile, but you don’t have a garbage can. SCARCE

Sustainable Communities IndexSalary. Your boss doesn’t make too much more than you or your colleagues. Salary

Schools. Your kids attend schools which teach them how to create a sustainable future for themselves and the community. Edible Schoolyard

Seeds. You trade seeds and plants with your neighbors. Seed Savers

Sharing. You borrow stuff and lend a hand. mesh

Steps. The staircase in your workplace is more attractive than the elevator. StairPorn

Your Best Excuse for Not Going to the Gym

Students. Your kids are participating in solving real issues in the community. Youth Service America

Transportation. Your community is investing heavily in public transportation, bikeways, sidewalks and pathways. American Public Transportation Association

Volunteers. Your neighbors are engaged in making the community a better place to live. Volunteer Match

Water. Your drinking water is pure and safe. Local waterways are full of healthy marine life.  American Water Works Association

Weight. You’re healthy, not malnourished or obese. Weight of the Nation

Sick of Diets? Film Diet Plan Will Help You Escape the Fat Trap

Work. It’s easy for you to find work opportunities near home. Smart Growth America

If you’re experiencing several of these symptoms, stay calm. If you generate too much excitement, the zombie police with mutated jeans may try to attack. They are known to be mindlessly unreasonable, doing raids on people who sell fruits and vegetables, for example. Check out this raid on an organic food store in California.

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What’s the difference between zombies and patched jeans?

Zombies are dead men. Jeans are mended. JokeIndex

If you or your loved ones are coming down (to earth) with sustainability, the best thing you can do is band together with other level-headed people and come up with a smart plan to protect yourselves in the event of a random zombie invasion.

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Why we need to do doctor reviews on our last doctors’ visits

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doctor illustrationWhen was the last time you made a decision about where to eat based on a personal or online customer review? Billions of restaurant and hotel reviews are readily available in multiple languages throughout the world. It’s nice to know where to enjoy a tasty meal or a comfortable bed, but isn’t it much more important to let people know about a doctor helped you heal, saved your life or killed your father?

Did you see this review? “My doctor gave me six months to live. I couldn’t pay the bill, so he gave me another six months.” Funny2Watch Sicko to learn more about how the highly profitable American healthcare industry stacks up to other countries.

US doctors are more stressed than ever. They’re overburdened with increasing demands of medical bureaucracy, leaving them less and less time to provide quality patient care. Check out this clip on Andrew Berkowitz‘s recent visit to his doctor:

As healthcare professionals begin to implement ObamaCare “improvements,” it’s important that we all take time to give kudos to the those who are providing great care and to point out those who aren’t. When you rate your experiences, either good or bad, you’re doing your neighbors a big favor.

Here are some tools you can use to search for doctors and write up reviews after your next appointment:

HealthGrades logoHealthGrades.com

This is a great tool to find ratings on specialists. Whether you’re looking for a family practitioner or cardiologist near your home or office, this tool can help you find one within 1 mile, 5 miles and so on. If insurance is the main factor, you can use the insurance filter. Let’s say you’re looking for a second opinion on fibroids and you prefer a female gynecologist. You’ll be happy to know they also have a sex filter. They claim to have more than 3,000,000 free online physician profiles. It seems to have more data than most of the other sites.

RateMDs logoRateMDs.com

Here you can find ratings on more than a million doctors throughout the US. After doing a few random searches, I noticed that lots of doctors only have 2-3 reviews, so they seem to be lacking in content. They don’t have an About page on their website or a description of the people behind the scenes, yet they want their users to login. This sort of thing always makes me suspicious.

vitals-logoVitals.com

When I searched for Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and chiropractor on Vitals, for each one I got a “we’re sorry, there are no results for that search” message. Because of their narrow-minded approach to healthcare, I don’t recommend this tool. One thing I do like about this site, however, is that they list their executive team and business leaders along with their profile pictures, so it seems that there are some legitimate people working behind the scenes.

Yelp logoYelp.com

Here you can find reviews on just about anything: restaurants, hotels, hair salons, financial services, churches, doctors and more. You can search by distance and by category, but it doesn’t offer as much granularity on doctors as other sites that specialize in reviews on medical professionals. Yelp’s biggest strength is that it’s a one-stop shop for people who like to give reviews. After you’ve narrowed your search on other sites, it never hurts to check Yelp before you pick up the phone to schedule an appointment.

ZocDoc.com

This is the place to go when you want to book an appointment online instead of by phone. This can be helpful if you’re searching for a doctor who has extended hours or if you don’t have the patience to make a phone call. You might like this if one of your loved ones has multiple health issues, you hate waiting on hold when calling a doctor’s office, or if you’re a hypochondriac. One thing I did like about ZocDoc is that it doesn’t have advertisements. Most of the others do. On the “About Us” page on their website, they mention that $95 million has been invested in their site, but as a potential user of their site, I wasn’t convinced that it was any better than the others. Perhaps doctors are benefiting more than patients?

DrScore.com. This site claims to have more than 340,000 reviews, so you might want to keep it in mind, but others seem to have more data.

HealthcareReviews.com. This site is up and running, but when I did some sample searches, it didn’t seem to have much data.

Angie’s List.com. This site is for paying members only. Reviewers waive the right to give anonymous reviews. The upside about this is that you have assurance that real customers are providing the reviews. The downside is that lots of people don’t want to announce their personal health issues so they’re less likely to do so on a tool that limits privacy, especially in a country that has a history of penalizing people for pre-existing conditions. Angie’s list is similar to Yelp, but paying members get discount perks and assistance with complaint resolution.

Some of these sites might be more or less popular depending on where you live. Use the one that best meets your needs. Some allow you to search for dentists. But before you search on one of these sites, I recommend that you read my blog post entitled:

When’s the Last Time You Did a Check Up on Your Dentist?

If more people took the time to say as much about their physicians as they do about restaurants and hotels, we’d all have more information to help us make better choices. Healthcare professionals agonize over poor reviews as much as restaurant owners and hotel managers, but no one can deny the benefits to the consumers who become better informed.

Doctors are fighting every day to figure out ways to provide good care despite the ludicrous US medical system. Doctors who care about their patients want feedback from them. They don’t see what you see as a customer. Your reviews give them that insight. Watch The Doctor to see a true story of a doctor who comes down with cancer and goes through a paradigm shift on how patients should be treated.

In a recent blog post by Dr. Douglas Farrago entitled, “Brilliant Analysis of Healthcare, Dr Farrago shares David Goldhill’s story about his father’s LAST visit to the doctor (at a hospital) and his discussion on “How American Healthcare Killed My Father.” Goldhill is also the author of Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know About Healthcare is Wrong. Goldhill’s insights are priceless!

One review might not mean a lot, but when you can see cumulative ratings and reviews by 101 or 1001 people who were doctored by a particular doctor, some trends start to show up. It may be a coincidence that 1 in 10 people get sick after eating at Mon Santo’s Diner, but maybe it isn’t. The same logic applies to doctors and hospitals. We need to work together To Make Hospitals Less Deadly.

Jokes for Your Friends Who Are Sick and Tired

A woman went in to see her doctor.
“Your last check came back Mrs. Wise,” the doctor told her.
“Right,” she said,”and I scheduled today’s appointment to let you know that my arthritis has come back as well. Funny2

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When’s the last time you did a check up on your dentist?

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If you visit your dentist once or twice a year, then you know the drill. PunOfTheDayYou get your teeth cleaned by a friendly hygienist and the dentist stops by for a few minutes to poke around your mouth and give you a brief report on your teeth.
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If you’ve been going to the same dentist for several years and haven’t had any really bad experiences, you probably keep going back without even thinking about your other options. But you should. Here’s why.

Disease prevention begins in the mouth. Each dentist has his own flossify about how to care for his patients. PunOfTheDayIt’s up to you to make sure you’re seeing the best dentist in town.

In the past two years, I’ve had to find new dentists twice, once when I moved to China in 2012 and another when I moved back to the US in 2013. Searching for doctors in a foreign country can be a challenge when you can’t read or speak the language, but that’s another story.

United Nations mercury warningAfter we moved from China to California, looking for a new dentist felt so easy. I could search on my own and read reviews. I knew I wanted an amalgam-free dentist, so I started there. One of the sites that came up was Dr. Tom McGuire’s Mercury-Safe Dentist Directory. This is how I found my new holistic dentist a few months ago.

I was so impressed when I went in for my first visit. She spent about an hour with me asking about my prior dental experiences, and examining my mouth, bite and teeth. She had some special tools to look at the health of my teeth without doing X-rays. She reviewed X-rays sent from my prior dentists and asked about my dental hygiene habits. She’s the first dentist who ever asked me if I do oil pulling. I was happy to let her know that I do. She invited me into her office to continue talking about my teeth, eating habits and overall health.

When I moved to China, I left my electric toothbrush behind because I wasn’t sure whether or not it would work with their electricity. For more than a year I was only using a toothbrush.

She mentioned that I should start using a WaterPik water flosser to help keep my gums healthier. She believes that the water flosser goes beyond what basic flossing can do. She suggested that I add a little Under the Gums Irrigant by Dental Herb Company to the water. When I do this my mouth feels so fresh and clean.

Instead of standard toothpaste, she recommended that I use Rupam’s Herbals dental soap & tooth elixer. I’ve been using it for a few months now and I love the way my teeth look and feel after I’m done brushing. I was happy to find a dentist who shared my belief about exercising caution with fluoride and understanding of the need for fluoride-free dental care for certain people.

It’s been more than a year since I’ve used standard toothpaste. Now I can’t even stand the smell of it. When was the last time you read the list of ingredients and warning label on conventional toothpaste? Switch to Dental Herb Company Tooth & Gums Paste and you’ll be amazed at the difference.

The last product she recommended was “The Mouth Doctor” by ORA MD. It comes in a little bottle that looks like any other essential oil, and that’s just what this is. It’s a blend of almond, spearmint and peppermint oils. You put a few drops on your toothbrush and then bogobrush it onto your teeth and tongue. It makes your mouth amazingly minty fresh any time of the day. You can also keep a little bottle in your purse or laptop bag and put a few drops in your mouth to refresh your breath anytime.

 

The herbal products she recommended are fantastic. My mouth feels great every evening after I go through this process and I’ve noticed that my teeth seem to be whiter. It’s a refreshing routine.

In addition to searching for a mercury-free dentist, I also wanted someone who offered nitrous oxide. In the past I’ve found it to be quite relaxing at times when I’ve had dental work done. She said that she didn’t offer it, so I was a bit disappointed. But after my first filling replacement with her business partner several weeks later, I found that I did just fine without it. “Why take risks when you don’t need to?” they say. I like their approach.

She didn’t even give me a shot of lidocaine. Instead, I swished with a topical analgesic and she used some type of laser tool that also helped to numb the tooth. It was the best filling experience I ever had! When I left, my tongue was tingling, but I didn’t have that fat-numb-face feeling.

They don’t give out the free mini-samples I was accustomed to getting from other dentists in the US. But that’s a good thing since all those little plastic packages are so bad for the environment anyway.

When I first did a search on their practice, I found several review sites with lots of raving reviews. I suspected that they were asking patients to help market their practice, but when I mentioned it after my first visit, the office manager wasn’t even aware of it. I noticed that one of the doctors had a business card on the counter, but the other didn’t. When I asked about this, the office manager said that the other dentist didn’t have cards.

This partnership is truly succeeding by word of mouth! Everyone here is too busy taking care of patients to notice what’s going on in the virtual world.

How to find a trustworthy doctor for a dental implant

It’s too bad that a great dentist like this doesn’t get a big award. All she gets is a little plaque. Jokes4Us.

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Don’t count on pink to save your hOOters from cancer

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Would you like some milk? Or how about a soft drink, a mixed drink or some dessert? It’s ironic that the Hooters menu features some of the very foods that may be detrimental to bosoms. Many of these foods, along with hamburger buns. sauces and other items on the menu are laced with high fructose corn syrup made from GMO corn.

Not long ago I heard that Hooters was considering starting a home delivery service called Knockers. JB. Surveys consistently show that most men like knockers. And many of them are willing to do just about anything to fit them into their daily routine. Hooters put the idea on hold for now, however, because some of the young women were having trouble getting through the training.

HootersKnock knock.
Who’s there?
Madam.
Madam who?
Madam foot is caught in the door.

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Doris.
Doris who?
Doris locked, so I had to knock. AT

Men gather together to keep their eyes on Hooters. The NFL Shop sells more than 1000 pink products in a category they call “breast cancer awareness gear,” to make sure that all Americans know how bad the problem is. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women, who have about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed at some point in their lifetimes.

But I can’t help but wonder why adults need to pay for gear to prove they’ve been informed of this? Kids get gold stars on their foreheads in kindergarten and that’s cute. But men wearing pink ribbons is like women putting blue balls stickers on their faces. The most common forms of cancer in men occurs in their prostates or on the skin of their heads or faces.

Don’t buy this pink stuff! It won’t do anything to save your boobs or your wife’s, whatever the case may be. Monsanto, cancer centers, pharmaceutical companies and even the NFL are all profiting from this pinkwashing.

cancer posterFootball was an obvious choice for pinkwashers who knew it would be a bad idea to promote pink at the olympics. Why advertise that we have one of highest rates of breast cancer in the world? BBC News Magazine. The pinkwashers don’t want this kind of news to make headlines. If foreigners leak information to Americans about what they can do to help prevent it, it would be bad business for insurance companies, cancer centers and big pharma.

It’s hard enough on women who are told by their doctors and insurance companies that they need annual mammograms. For the men out there who’ve never experienced a mammogram, imagine this. Another man places your wiener between the refrigerator and its door. Then he pushes on the door as hard as he can until you’re sure your wiener has become a sausage patty. Or picture another man maneuvering your joystick on an ice block and then putting another heavy ice block on top, crushing it down on you until you doubt whether you’ll ever experience joy again. CC

What Pink Ribbons founder, Jane Weiner, did to help save her sister is certainly admirable. It’s always nice to hear a success story about someone saving the life of a loved one. But this pink thing has gotten completely out of control. Now you can buy pink just-about-anything or participate in a pink walk, run or bike ride to raise more funds for cancer centers and pharmaceutical drugs that “cure” women through inhumane tortuous treatments.

During football season, millions of Americans tailgate and then sit back to drink and eat junk food while they cheer on the few dozen guys in the stadium who are actually getting some exercise. The next time you see a team sporting pink gloves, socks or shoelaces, here’s what you need to realize. The corn chips, popcorn, candy, soft drinks, and mixed drinks full of high fructose corn syrup sold at these “sports” stadiums are increasing your risk of cancer. And you’re forking out the dollars to put these addictive and GMO poisons into your body! Non GMO Project

Watch this clip to see the effects of eating Monsanto GMO corn . . .

Take a look at the Pink Ribbons website. You won’t find any information about prevention. It’s all about supporting cancer centers and the drugs and treatments they sell.  They’re helping to fund the “cure” side of the issue which is exactly why pink has become so popular. The “cure” industry is big business and it’s fully entrenched in every aspect of American culture.

cure cancer billboard

City of HOPE – City of Hospitals, Oncologists, Pharmacies & Expenses

Angelina Jolie was busted. But thanks to American medicine and places like City of HOPE, she isn’t anymore. Read the signs. Americans build cities around Hospitals, Oncologists, Pharmacies, and Expenses.

Women who face breast cancer certainly need help and much more support than their bras can offer. They need more solutions. And we also need more organizations focusing on prevention for other women who want to keep their breasts along with the rest of their body parts.

If you’re looking for less traumatic cures, contact the Burzynski Clinic, Gerson Institute, Hoxsey Clinic, Cure Naturoli Cancro, or other similar centers in the US or abroad. If you’re aware of others, please let me know and I’ll add them to this list. Chances are, you’ll have to come up with the money on your own. Even if you have insurance, they’re not likely to cover “alternative treatments” since most insurance companies are in bed with the rest of the pinkwashers. Your doctor, cancer center and insurance company wants you to fear anything outside their fortress walls.

Why We Need to Do Doctor Reviews on Our Last Doctors’ Visits

What can women do to reduce their risk of breast cancer? Check out Dr. Mercola’s articles Why Medicine Won’t Allow Cancer to be Cured and Breast Cancer Breakthrough for some great tips. Learn why Evita Ramparte rejected surgery, chemo and radiation, and instead choose to cleanse her body and mind to cure her cancer. And watch these movies:

A flat-chested young lady went to a doctor for advice on enlarging her breasts.

“Every morning during your shower, massage your breasts and say ‘scooby dooby doobies, I want bigger boobies.'” the doctor told her.

She did this faithfully for several weeks and it seemed to be working. But one morning she was running late and forgot her morning ritual. She didn’t want to lose momentum so she began her ritual on the bus. “Scooby dooby doobies, I want bigger boobies.”

A guy sitting nearby said, “Do you go to Dr. Hugh G. Rection by chance?” MBS

“Yes, how did you know?” she asked.

“Hickory dickory dock, I want a bigger . . . ”  TTF

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