Health Matters

Fifty years ago, the landscape of health care in America changed forever when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark amendment to the Social Security Act that gave life to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

A debilitating disease such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease — takes a devastating toll on the people who suffer from it as they lose their ability to walk, dress, write, speak, swallow and breathe.

This disease wreaks havoc on their families. Caregivers crumble under the demands of providing long-term care. The sleepless nights and the stress can end up putting their health at risk as well.

Diabetes is a serious disease. It can lead to kidney problems, glaucoma and other eye disorders, foot ulcers, amputation of feet or legs, stroke, diabetic coma, and even death. If your doctor thinks you’re at risk of diabetes, Medicare covers screening tests for it. And, if you develop the disease, Medicare covers a wide variety of medications, home testing equipment, supplies and self-management training to help you cope with it.

Screening tests are used to detect diabetes early. Some of the conditions that may qualify you as being at risk for diabetes include:

We have all heard the saying, "You are what you eat," but it would be just as accurate to say, "You are what you think." One of the most common issues I encounter with patients is negative self-talk. A judgemental internal dialogue filled with negativity and pessimism is toxic to both mind and body.

A large part of Chinese medicine is diet and lifestyle recommendations, in addition to acupuncture and herbal therapies. This toxic internal dialogue falls squarely in the lifestyle section of Chinese medicine and is well understood.

You don’t have to look far to find a dietary recommendation for almost anything; blood type, body type, gender, race, region, you name it, it probably exists. With all of this "noise" how can you determine the right plan for you and your family? Perhaps asking that question differently is the key. Instead of "the right plan" perhaps the question should be "the plan that makes me feel best and is the best fit for my life."