Advocating for whole foods’ health benefits, this narrative challenges Big Food by emphasizing flavor alchemy with natural ingredients. By using fresh, seasonal produce and herbs, one can create nutritious, flavorful alternatives to processed foods. Whole foods improve physical and mental health, empowering individuals with control over ingredients and nutrition. Resources are provided to inspire culinary creativity and celebrate whole foods’ power.
HHS Wants More Medicare Advantage Services Secretary Azar seems to be pushing for more prevention and better health as HHS wants more Medicare Advantage services. These services are not just more clinical visits or prescriptions or procedures. Secretary Azar wants to keep seniors out of the hospital not just to avoid costs but to “protect
Hospitals To Pay For Housing This may well mark a turning point in the current US sick care system where the Federal Government could pursue a more holistic approach to health and allow hospitals to pay for housing and proper nutrition. For many decades, dollars only went for medical care: hospital stays, physician visits, pharmaceuticals,
Confounding Social Determinants There is poverty in America. There always has been. There probably always will be. It is unfortunate and we must always strive to make a difference in the lives of those who are not as fortunate as most Americans. Poverty cuts across all races, ethnicities, sexes, geographies and whatever other labels we
Consciousness Meets DNA It’s like an off-beat Science Fiction show… Consciousness Meets DNA. One might expect a rogue scientist to buddy up with an ancient kung fu master but this is real research and may fundamentally change how we view health and even evolution. Often described as our “blueprints”, genetics were cast as immutable forces
Whole Person Health In an earnings call with analysts, Cigna’s CEO spoke about the value of whole person health. The connection between whole person health and Cigna’s recent acquisition of pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts remains unclear, however. It is heartening to see a CEO at a major payer make this statement on an earnings call.
Lifestyle Medicine Specialty Should there be a Lifestyle Medicine Specialty in the US? It is interesting that some in the UK see the need for such a medical specialty. After all, there is a global epidemic of chronic illnesses which are rooted in lifestyle decisions. No number of pills or procedures can cure loneliness, harmful
Social Determinants Fad? For something supposedly so rooted in science, it is amazing how many “health care” fads come and go. Eggs were bad for you then good for you. Fats were lethal and now OK. Managed Care and HMOs would save everyone so much money but now we need Value Based Care. Could the
Epigenetic Disturbances Epigenetic disturbances… spell check doesn’t like this already but like the many healthcare experts, spell check will have adapt to knowledge that Environment has a major say in our health. Genes Load the Gun, Environment Pulls the Trigger Pharmaceuticals, however, are not the only agents that can induce epigenetic disturbances. Whether you were
Child Health Inventory Study After decades of clinical studies for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, procedures, etc. it somewhat surprising that a child health inventory study is just now underway. There have certainly been longitudinal studies that examined children’s health. However, the Child Health Inventory for Resilience and Prevention claims to be the first that will look