The Top 10 Health Myths Finally Exposed!

400 years ago it was believed that the sun revolved around the Earth .

And it was only in the late 19th century that the barbaric practice of blood letting (and once believed ‘cure all’ of disease) was finally abandoned.

Thanks to advances in science and medicine, new discoveries have been made that have reshaped old paradigms and changed our way of thinking.

Therefore, we would assume that in this current age of science, medicine and technology, a well established consensus of health information would exist… Sadly that is NOT the case.

In fact, many of the current health recommendations are causing an increase in health problems. Several leading health researchers point to the fact that these recommendations are often driven by certain industries who have vested interests; namely profits, at stake.

As a former student of natural therapies, and having now been involved in the health & fitness industry for over 17 years, it is my intention to shed some light on 10 of the most common health myths – as controversial as they may be!

The Top 10 Health Myths are as follows:

Myth 1: Your genetics determine whether you will get cancer

Myth 2: For good health, follow the recommendations of the food pyramid

Myth 3: The sun causes skin cancer

Myth 4: People are overweight because they have slow metabolisms

Myth 5: Cows milk is a good source of calcium and builds strong bones

Myth 6: Eggs are high in cholesterol and should therefore be avoided

Myth 7: Margarine is a better choice than butter

Myth 8: Artificial sweeteners are a good alternative to sugar

Myth 9: You should eat a low fat diet

Myth 10: I should drink red wine as it’s recommended by my doctor for good heart health

Let’s address these one by one…

Myth 1: Your genetics determine whether you will get cancer.

Fact: Your LIFESTYLE is the single most determining factor, not your genes!

Just because your mother or father died from cancer doesn’t mean you have to suffer the same fate. It all comes down to lifestyle choices.

Unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and poor lifestyle choices, play a major role in the development of many diseases, including cancer.

Dr Rachel Thompson, science programme manager for the World Cancer Research Fund  dispels this common myth and she conservatively estimates that lack of exercise and being overweight, causes three times as many cases of cancer as genetics.

According to her, the evidence suggests that 39 per cent of the most common cancers, including breast and bowel, could be prevented through a good diet, exercising and keeping weight under control.

“It’s important to dispel the myth that cancer is down to genes,” says Thompson. “The evidence shows that an unhealthy diet and low activity levels cause three times more cancer cases than genes. If people do have a family history, then this is important information for them personally, but overall this inherited genetic predisposition is uncommon. In fact those who have inherited genes should pay even closer attention to their lifestyle as there is probably still a lot they can do to reduce their risk.

“It is clear that choosing a healthy diet and being more physically active are important ways to help prevent many cancers,” she added.

Furthermore, a study conducted in 2005 by Dean  and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco, US, tested the effects of a dramatic lifestyle change on gene expression in 30 men with prostate cancer.

Biopsies taken before and after 3 months of healthy eating, moderate exercise, stress management and psychotherapy showed a significant change in the expression of hundreds of genes. Healthy eating and exercise turned crucial genes on and off.

Many, including several genes involved in formation, were down-regulated, or less active. Others, including some disease-fighting genes, were more active.

Not only do these results demonstrate that positive lifestyle changes can slow the progression of cancer, the results may also be significant for cancer prevention.

Conclusion: Many people believe that inherited genes or simply bad luck are the only factors in cancer development and it’s time this myth was laid to rest.

Myth 2: For good health, follow the recommendations of the food pyramid.

Fact: Following the recommendations of the food pyramid is bad for your health!

The original 1992 U.S.D.A. food pyramid was based on the same recommendations and ratios for fattening cattle and other livestock!

According to Harvard Scientist Dr. Walter   the original food pyramid was motivated by food industries rather than valid scientific research. He also states that the food pyramid is “terribly misleading and flawed.”

For example, blanket suggestions are made that all fats are bad and all carbohydrates are the same, which is simply not true.

Moreover, the original food pyramid advocates eating 6-11 servings of carbohydrate per day. Therefore it’s hardly surprising that we have such high rates of type 2 adult onset diabetes and obesity.

Recommendations concerning exercise, alcohol intake and the importance of fruits and vegetables are conspicuously missing.

The New ‘Longevity’ Pyramid!

Ray, author of ‘From Here to Longevity’ advocates a new food pyramid which is based on sound health principles. This new food pyramid has a foundation of 5-10 servings of non-starchy vegetables. The next tier is meat, fish and poultry 2-3 servings as well as lentils, beans, raw nuts or seeds comprising 1 serving. The next level is fruit, 2-4 servings, and the top level (or least amount) is whole grains, breads and cereals with a maximum of 2 servings per day.

Myth 3: The sun causes skin cancer.

Fact: The body needs sunlight! Regular exposure to sunlight can reduce the incidence of cancer by up to 60%

Unfortunately many well doctors and dermatologists propagate the belief that the sun causes cancer, when in fact, the opposite is true.

For example, many studies demonstrate that people who live in sunnier, southern latitudes and who have higher levels of vitamin D (as a result of their increased sun exposure) are much less likely to die from any type of cancer than people in northern latitudes.

There is also strong evidence that sunlight protects against MS and breast cancer.

Contrary to what you may have heard, appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent the fatal type of skin cancer, melanoma. In fact, rates of melanoma have been found to decrease with greater sun exposure. Melanoma is more common in indoor workers than outdoor workers, and melanoma more commonly appears on regions of the body that are NOT exposed to the sun.

To significantly reduce our risk of developing cancer, we need to ensure we have regular sun exposure to keep vitamin D at optimum levels.

Recommendation: Try to obtain 10-15 minutes of sun exposure per day. Cover up with clothing to prevent sunburn, and make sure to avoid using commercial sunscreens as these contain toxic chemicals linked to skin cancer & melanoma (unbelievable but true) AND they block the absorption of vitamin D. If you must use sunscreen, use a natural, chemical free alternative.

Myth 4: People are overweight because they have slow metabolisms.

Fact: Only a very small percentage of people have slow metabolisms.

It’s a common complaint, but studies show you can’t use a slow metabolism as an explanation for weight gain.

In fact, recent studies have revealed that overweight people actually have faster metabolisms and burn off more energy than their lighter counterparts.

Your body composition, specifically your lean muscle mass, determines your basal metabolic rate  or the amount of calories you burn at rest.

The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn, and people who are overweight usually have an increased metabolic rate because they have more muscle as well as fat.

This is why men – who typically have more lean muscle than women do – tend to lose weight faster and gain it more slowly. It’s also why experts recommend strength training to build muscle mass. is also affected by how much you exercise. All physical activity, not just strenuous activity, increases the number of calories you burn.

There IS such a thing as a slow metabolism but it’s very rare.

If you’re concerned that you have a slow metabolism, consult your health professional. Your health professional may recommend a test to calculate your   or resting energy expenditure. Medical conditions that can decrease or alter your muscle-to-fat ratio include hypothyroidism and  s syndrome.

The bottom line: Most overweight or obese individuals do not get that way because of a slow metabolism. They get that way because they eat too many calories and don’t exercise enough.

Myth 5: Cows milk is a good source of calcium and builds strong bones.

Fact: Cows milk is not designed for human consumption. We are the only species on the planet to drink another species milk… cow’s milk is for cows!

People who have grown up believing that cows milk is a good for you, that it is a great source of calcium and produces strong bones, are in for a shock! In fact, many prominent medical doctors are now saying dairy consumption is a contributing factor in nearly two dozen diseases of children and adults.

Our “nutritional education” in school (funded in part by the dairy industry) taught us that dairy products are one of the four basic food groups we all need for proper nutrition. As a result, dairy products became a well-entrenched and major staple of government-sponsored school lunch programs.

Cow’s milk can lead to iron deficiency , allergies,   heart disease, colic, cramps, gastrointestinal bleeding, sinusitis, skin rashes, acne, increased frequency of colds and flu, arthritis, diabetes, ear infections, osteoporosis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, and more, possibly even lung cancer, multiple sclerosis and non Hodgkin’s lymphoma…

And what about the claim that milk is a great source of calcium?

Ounce for ounce, a single head of broccoli has more calcium than a glass of cow’s milk. However, even more important is the finding that the type of calcium found in green vegetables is better absorbed and does not leach from the bones… unlike high protein-containing dairy products.

In short, adequate amounts of green vegetables are much better sources of calcium than milk and cheese.

Myth 6: Eggs are high in cholesterol and should therefore be avoided.

Fact: You can eat 1 or 2 whole eggs per day and not be concerned about increased cholesterol.

There has been a widespread belief that eggs are bad for your heart, however, eating whole eggs on a daily basis may prove to hold numerous health benefits, including a decreased risk of heart disease!




Florida Health Insurance Rate Hikes and Quotes

Florida Health insurance premiums have touched new heights! Every Floridian has the common knowledge that most annual health insurance contracts will endure a rate increase at the end of the year. This trend is not new and should be expected. Every time this issue pops up it seems as though the blame game starts. Floridians blame Health insurance companies; Health insurance companies blame Hospitals, Doctors and other medical care providers, Medical care providers blame inflation and politicians, well, we really don’t know what they do to help the issue… No one seems to be interested in finding the real cause of the health insurance premium rate increase. Most individuals, self employed, and small business owners have taken Florida Health Insurance Rate Hikes as the inevitable evil.JAMB Subject combination

Hard Facts

What are various reports telling us? Why do Health insurance premium have annual rate increases?

Rate of inflation and heath insurance premium rate increase.

America’s health expenditure in the year 2004 has increased dramatically, it has increased more than three time the inflation rate. In this year the inflation rate was around 2.5% while the national health expenses were around 7.9%. The employer health insurance or group health insurance premium had increased approximately 7.8% in the year 2006, which is almost double the rate of inflation. In short, last year in 2006, the annual premiums of group health plan sponsored by an employer was around $4,250 for a single premium plan, while the average family premium was around $ 11,250 per year. This indicates that in the year 2006 the employer sponsored health insurance premium increased 7.7 percent. Taking the biggest hit were small businesses that had 0-24 employees. There health insurance premiums increased by nearly 10.4%

Employees are also not spared, in the year 2006 the employee also had to pay around $ 3,000 more in their contribution to employer’s sponsored health insurance plan in comparison to the previous year, 2005. Rate hikes have been in existence since the “Florida Health Insurance” plan started. In covering an entire family of four, a person will experience an increase in premium rate at every annual renewal. If they would have kept the record of their health insurance premium payments they will find that they are now paying around $ 1,100 more than they paid in the year 2000 for the same coverage and with the same company. The same item was found by the Health Research Educational Trust and the Kaiser Family Foundation in their survey report of the year 2000. They found out that the premiums of health insurance that is sponsored by the employer increases by around 4 times than the employee’s salary. This report also stated that since 2000 the contribution of employees in group health insurance sponsored by employer was increased by more than 143 percent.

One business man predicts that if nothing is done and the Health insurance premiums keep increasing that in the year 2008, the amount of health premium contribution to employer will surpass their profit. Professionals within and outside the field of Florida health insurance, think that the reason for increase in Florida health insurance premium rates are due to many factors, such as high administration expenditure, inflation, poor or bad management, increase in the cost of medical care, waste etc.

Florida health insurance rate hikes affect whom?

Rising rates of Florida health insurance generally affects most of the Floridians who live in our beautiful state. The highest affected   are the minimum wage and low wage workers. Recent drops in the renewal of health insurance are mostly from this low income group. They just can’t afford the high premiums of Florida health insurance. They are in the situation where they can not afford the medical care and they can not afford the medical insurance premiums that are   with adequate coverage. Almost half of all Americans are of the opinion that they are more worried about the high health insurance rate and high cost of health care, over any other bill they have on a monthly basis. A survey also finds that around 42% of Americans can not afford the high cost of health care services. There is one very interesting study conducted by Harvard University researchers. They found out that 68% of people who filed bankruptcy covered themselves and their family by health insurance. Average out-of-pocket deductibles for people filed bankruptcy were around $ 12,000 per year. They also found some co-relation between medical expenditure and bankruptcy. A national survey also reports that main reason for people not to take health insurance is the high premium rate of health insurance.

How to reduce Florida’s high health insurance cost? Nobody knows for sure. There are different opinions and experts are not agreeing with each other. Health professionals believe that if we can raise the number of healthy people by improving the lifestyle and regular exercise, good diets etc. than naturally they will need less medical care services which decreases the demands of health care and hence the cost.( This year in Florida the smoking rate has increased by 21.7 percent) One Floridian sarcastically suggested that there are ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ in health care that are needed to reversed. That the state of Florida is to ‘high’ in cost of medical care compare to other States and ‘low’ in the quality of health care.

Florida Health insurance rate hike has attracted many frauds. These frauds float many bogus insurance companies and offer cheap health insurance rate which attract many people to them. These companies usually through   that are based in other states.

Meanwhile reputable Florida health insurance companies provide different types of health insurance like employer sponsored group health insurance, small business health insurance, individual health insurance etc. to vast number of employees and their families. Still there are many people in Florida that lack any health coverage. Today the employer also has found it challenging to decide how to offer employer sponsored group health insurance to their employees, so that both of them arrive at some point of agreement.

For Floridians it is very important to shop around for a quality health insurance program that doesn’t break the bank.




What to Do If You Can’t Afford Health Insurance

If you                                are an American, and you lack health insurance, you are not alone. In late 2009, it was estimated that almost 46 million people in the US do not have a health plan. Recent high unemployment figures have not made this figure any lower.

Some of these people lost their group health plans when they lost their job. Others are self employed or work for a company that does not offer group health. There are alternative private health plans on the market, but many people just cannot afford them, or they cannot get accepted by one. While politicians haggle over the issues, sick people are having trouble getting treatment.

Are You Sick or Healthy?

If you are very healthy, or if you already have a health issue, you should seek coverage. It will be, of course, a lot easier to find affordable private health insurance if you are healthy. This way you can be prepared in case you do get sick or get hurt in an accident. Even a simple trip to an emergency room for a broken bone can cost thousands of dollars.

If you have already are hurt or ill, it will be tough to get it covered by private plans now. But even people who are already sick should be able to find some help. I hope to present some options for you.


Under federal law, some companies must extend their group medical plan to terminated employees. This can be a good option for those who are between jobs. The only issue with it is the cost. Instead of just paying your employee contribution, now you will probably also have to pay the whole premium amount. Many ex-employees are very surprised when they learn how much this is.

Individual Health Insurance

If you lack major medical, and you are fairly healthy, you may find that a private medical plan is pretty affordable. It is actually a misconception that group benefits are always cheaper than individual plans. Because insurers can underwrite each applicant, they may actually be able to offer lower rates for healthier people.

If you have an option to extend your group benefits (i.e. COBRA) or buy private coverage, just make sure the new plan will accept you, and that it will cover services you need. It is tough, for instance, to get individual plans that cover normal maternity. But if you are accepted, which most people in reasonably good health should be, and the plan satisfies your needs, you may be vary happy with carrying your own health plan.

State Risk Pools

Every US state has some sort of health plan for people who have a  existing health problem that gets them declined for other coverage. In some states, these plans can be very expensive though. This is a good option if you do have income or savings, but just do not have health insurance.

Paying For Prescriptions

If you cannot afford your prescription medicine, consult the Partnership for Prescription Assistance  . Their website is . This   offers a point of access to hundreds of private and public assistance programs. Their website says they have helped millions of Americans get help, and they may be able to help you.

Low Cost Health Clinics

You can find some lower cost health clinics. Many offer health services on a sliding scale. The  website we mentioned about also has a handy search feature. You can enter your zip code and see if you can find a nearby locations. I entered my own zip code for a test, and I was surprised to see that there were several of these clinics within a short drive of my house. I had not been aware that there were any before.

Financial Aid For Health Problems

If you have a serious illness, you may be able to get support from a financial assistance program. These are usually non-profits, and sometimes they are called co-pay programs. Again,  has information on many of these

County Health Systems

Try searching for a county or public health system in your own area. They should provide reduced fee services for patients. You will probably be locked into using their hospitals, doctors, etc., but you should have access to care.

Public Health Insurance Programs

If you have a very low income, and few assets, you may qualify for Medicaid. This is the federal and state program to insure the poor. Moderate income families should look at the   Health Insurance (CHIPS) plan for their state. Income guidelines to cover kids are higher than those for adults, and these plans may also cover pregnant women.

What To Do If You Have No Health Insurance

I would tell anybody to figure out how they can obtain health insurance as quickly as possible. For instance, you should try to apply for a private policy when you are healthy! You are probably not going to find coverage from a private company after you are already sick or hurt. If you do find a plan that accepts you, it will probably be much more expensive That is how insurance works.

It is always better to plan ahead. Of course, this is not always possible.. If you have a current health issue, and no health plan, you should look at some of the alternatives we listed.


Texas Health Insurance And Health Care Quality Are Under Scrutiny

When it comes to                                shortening life spans and allowing premature deaths, Texas represents the national example of what not to do. Although millions are barred from Medicaid, Texas planners are not working to cover more people. More than one-fourths of the state’s population has no Texas health insurance coverage.

Texas continues to neglect higher numbers of uninsured residents than other states. It ranks 44th out of 50 states for health care spending per person, 49th for per  Medicaid spending and dead last at 50th for mental health spending. Only the residents of two states (Mississippi and New Mexico) are less likely to get health insurance through employment than Texans are. It’s estimated that only 44 percent of Texans have access to coverage through an employer, which typically makes Texas health insurance plans more affordable.

Gaps In Health Insurance For Texas Correlate With High Death Rates

Texas may have a younger population than many states, but it still has more trouble with obesity and more people dying from diabetes and heart disease than some other states. At the other end of the spectrum (and the nation), only 10 percent of the people in Vermont need health insurance. With fewer insurance companies and major medical   to confront, this little state has big ambitions. Even though Vermont’s residents fare better than Texans, leaders in Vermont have proposed one of the most comprehensive attempts to provide health care in the country.

Vermont Governor Peter   says that health care is a right and we should stop treating it as a privilege for accumulating wealth. He maintains that access to medical treatment should not be restricted based on your age, your employment or your health.

Speaking out on National Public Radio, responded to critics who claim that providing health care can’t be done and has never been done with a reality check. “And I say, now, wait a minute, slow down. It’s actually being done by everybody else in the developed world except for us. And I see this as an economic development issue,” he counters.

The governor is promoting an idea beyond federal health care reform that even exceeds what Massachusetts has accomplished. He sees a universal, single-payer system to protect all residents that might be funded through a payroll levy on employers and employees. To that end, bills have passed both state houses and  expects to sign such legislation into law by 2014.

believes that by breaking the link between employment and health insurance, they can ultimately create more jobs. Plus,  hopes a single-payer system can save Vermont and providers about 10 percent in administrative costs.

Expanding Health Insurance For Texas Is Not The Only Way To Improve Care

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen shares  vision. She says, “Everybody in America should have better health care and better costs.” Moving from expanding health insurance coverage access,   is now focusing on improving the quality of health care that’s available. Her goal is to cut down on preventable injuries in hospitals by 40 percent. She also hopes to reduce the need for people to return to the hospital after being released by 20 percent in three years. The benefit goes beyond patient needs.

estimates that such health care improvements could save Medicare about $50 billion over a decade. It’s easy to see how lowering spending on health care can translate into more coverage for more people. reminds us that the number of people who “die from harm in hospitals is more than the number of people who die annually as a result of AIDS, breast cancer and car accidents combined.”

A Texas Hospital Is  For Upgrading Care

For the second time, Seton Medical  has been singled out for improving the care it delivers. The State of Texas Seton with a quality award for achieving near zero injuries while delivering babies. Then in May,   visited Seton saying, “I’m happy to shine a light on best practices as I travel across the country.”

also introduced Seton’s staff to her Partnership for Patients initiative. The goal of the initiative is to improve health care, including reducing the number of new infections and injuries like birth trauma.   visited Seton because it has succeeded at keeping patients from being injured and from becoming sicker while  . The staff has also improved how patients transition from the hospital to another type of care.

Seton spokeswoman Adrienne    explains, “We have dramatically reduced the rate of birth trauma and the incidents of hospital-occurring bed sores. The State of Texas recently gave us a quality award for being almost at zero in terms of injuries that occur during delivery.”

There is a big difference in care among providers. One way to improve your own health care is to check the providers that your Texas health insurance covers. Being able to get care from the best providers can be just as important as the price you pay for premiums.




Ten Tips for Comparing Health Care Policies

Australians                                          already know that health coverage can provide security for individuals and families when a medical need arises. Many, however, do not know how to find the best value when comparing health insurance policies.

Below are 10 tips everyone should read before shopping for private health coverage.

1. Choose coverage that concentrates on your specific health needs, or potential health needs.

The first thing you should do before comparing your health plan options is determine which policy features best fit your needs. A 30-year-old accountant, for instance, is going to need very different coverage than a  old pro golfer, or a 75-year-old retired veterinarian. By understanding the health needs that most often correspond to people in your age and activity level group – your life stage – you can save money by purchasing only the coverage you need and avoid unnecessary services that aren’t relevant. For instance, a young family with two small children isn’t going to need coverage for joint replacement or cataract surgery. A 60-year-old school teacher isn’t going to need pregnancy and birth control-related services.

Whether it’s high level comprehensive care you’re after, or the least expensive option to exempt you from the Medical Levy Surcharge while providing basic care coverage, always make sure you’re comparing health insurance policies with only those services that make sense for you and your family.

2. Consider options such as Excess or Co-payment to reduce your premium costs.

When you agree to pay for a specified out-of-pocket amount in the event you are , you sign an Excess or Co-payment option that will reduce your health insurance premium.

If you choose the Excess option, you agree to pay a predetermined, specific amount when you go to hospital, no matter how long your stay lasts. With a Co-payment option, you agree to pay a daily sum up to a  – greed amount. For example, if Joanne has an Excess of $250 on her medical coverage policy and is admitted to hospital, regardless of how long her stay turns out to be, she will pay $250 of the final bill. If Andrew has signed   Co-payment with his provider, he will pay $75 per day for just the first the first four days of his n.

For younger individuals who are healthy and fit with no reason to expect to land in hospital any time soon, either of these options are great ways to reduce the monthly cost of your medical insurance premiums.
Keep in mind that different private insurers have their own rules when it comes to Excess and Co-payments, including how many payments you will need to make annually on either option. It is important to read the policy thoroughly and ask questions in advance in order to have a clear understanding of what you are paying for, and what you can expect coverage-wise in the event that you are . Also, make sure you choose an Excess option greater than $500 if you’re purchasing an individual policy, or $1,000 for family coverage, in order to be exempted from the Medicare Levy Surcharge.

3. Pay your health insurance premium in advance before the cost increases.

Each year insurance providers increase their premiums by approximately five percent sometime around the first of April, a practice approved by the Minister of Health. By instituting these annual increases, your health insurance provider retains the ability to   their obligations to policyholders despite increasing medical costs.

Most private medical policy providers allow policy holders to pay for one year’s premium in advance, which locks them into the previous year’s rate for an additional 12 months – a great way to save money. In order to take advantage of the savings offered, most insurers require payment in full be made within the first quarter of the year, between January and March.

4. Lock in to low cost health insurance at an early age.

The most obvious advantage any Australian can take when it comes to saving money on your insurance premiums is to buy in early to the least expensive rate available. And by early, we mean before age 31. Everyone who is eligible for Medicare will receive at least a 30 percent rebate from the government on the price of their health care premium, no matter what age you are. However, by purchasing hospital coverage before the July first following your 31st birthday, you can be ensured the lowest premium rate available.

After age 31, your health insurance rate is subjected to a two percent penalty rate increase for every year after age 30 that you did not have health insurance. Therefore, if you wait to purchase private health coverage until you’re age 35, you will pay 10 percent more annually than you would have if you had purchased it at age 30



Six Reasons Why Preventive Health Checkups Should Not Be Ignored

Did you                     know that healthcare expenses in India account for 4.1% of national GDP? In addition, private spending on healthcare (which means costs that the government will not bear) increases up to 70.8% of all country’s health expenditure, according to The Guardian. The alternative then for the common people is quite simple – investing in a small amount of preventive health checkups (which could be totally covered by your insurance) than shelling out large amounts during health crises.

A preventive health checkup can help you in many ways. Not only you save yourself from the trouble of having to suffer through the symptoms of the disease, but it also saves money that you would otherwise be spending on hospital expenses. Continue reading to know why a preventive health checkup is worth the effort.

Why Preventive Health Checkups?

Most health experts agree that the best way to watch out for your health is annual health checkups. Here are some reasons to support the fact why this is important:

Even your car is also serviced twice in a year. No one asks why time, effort, and money are spent on ensuring that their car is being serviced with all the necessary checks, on a regular basis. Our body also needs to be serviced regularly and checked for better functioning. Do you value your health as much as you do that of your vehicle?

You are living a sedentary lifestyle. The reality is that today people are so hooked up to the digital gadgets & computers that even when you aren’t at work, you are surfing the web and basically spending both your leisure time and working hours sitting in front of some type of screen. Then there are those who drink, smoke and tremble at the very thought of daily exercise.

Even healthy people can get sick. While we are young we feel invincible. But as we age, it all begins with random aches, pains and progresses to cholesterol increase, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart attack, to list the very few serious disorders. If we soon started caring about our health, most diseases can be prevented before they could even occur.

Early diagnosis could lead to a cure. There are many diseases and illnesses that have a better prognosis when diagnosed early. This is particularly true for chronic and terminal illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer, and heart attack. Regular preventive health checkups help you find the best treatment alternatives as soon as possible, but also give you better chances of quickly recovering back to health.

Family history tells more about your future health. Family history means you have more chances to end up suffering from a disease like your immediate family. For example, if your father has a history of heart problems or your grandmother has a high blood sugar level, you are likely to experience the same conditions sooner or later.

You Get tax benefits. You also get tax benefits for such health checkups in accordance with Section 80-D of the Income Tax Act. In addition to all other benefits, you may get tax deductions up to 5,000 Rs for health checkups for you and your immediate family.

Needless to say, today life is chaotic and stressful, which increases the likelihood of lifestyle disturbances.

Despite the necessary care we take for our better health, uncertainties increase with our age, lifestyle and not to mention the habit to take our health for granted. Regular preventive health checkups can set a guideline for our health and help us keep tabs on how time progresses. For those who have major diseases running in their family, health checkups become crucial to have control or to slow down the progression of the disease and prepare a holistic approach to ensure healthy future ahead.




2018 BC Health Care Awards Recipients Revealed

VANCOUVER –                         Recipients of the 12th annual BC Health Care Awards were announced today at a gala luncheon in Vancouver. Twelve Gold Apple and six Award of Merit recipients were honoured.

Presented by the Health Employers Association of British Columbia   the awards  British   who are providing outstanding care and support. Awards are given in 11 categories to projects improving delivery through innovative and collaborative approaches and to people making a positive impact and inspiring those around them.

“BC’s medical professionals – including support staff – genuinely care about delivering quality care to British  ” said Michael McMillan, President and CEO. “The  Awards are an opportunity to   and celebrate the individual and team contributions made by these individuals.”

New this year – Dianna  -Jones Award of Excellence in Person-Centred Care

Named in honour of Dianna  -Jones, this award is for a team or project that makes use of leading practices to improve care for patients, residents or clients by focusing on the needs of the person rather than the needs of the system or service. Dianna  -Jones, an occupational therapist at  Strong Rehabilitation Centre, was tragically killed, along with her husband Richard Jones, just three months after being named Provincial   Hero at the 2017 awards. Our hope is that this ward will help to keep her memory and legacy alive by   others who strive to deliver care that is respectful of the needs, values and preferences of individuals.

Glenn Jay  is a Paramedic and District Supervisor at BC Ambulance Service,   for providing exceptional emergency response and for his clinical leadership abilities. He’s received several professional accolades for his heroic actions, and his outstanding commitment to patients, colleagues and the broader community.


– Physician Lead, Primary Care Substance Use, Island Health

By passionately and effectively advocating for improved services for patients dealing with substance use and addiction,     has inspired his colleagues to work together to develop new programs and create an efficient, client-centred system of addiction services.

Hero – Affiliate

Dr. David  – Emergency Physician, St. Paul’s Hospital

Hero – Fraser Health

– Pharmacy Manager, Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services

Hero – Interior Health

Lynda   – Registered Speech-Language Pathologist, Coordinator  Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic

Hero – Northern Health

Debbie  – Health Services Administrator,

Hero – Provincial Health Services Authority

Dr. Faisal  – Associate Professor, Radiology, Vancouver General Hospital

Dianna  Jones Award of Excellence in Person-Centred Care

International Seating Symposium – Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Provincial Health Services Authority

The International Seating Symposium has created an international forum that fosters an exchange of ideas and a network of consumers, rehabilitation therapists, physicians, designers, and manufacturers of positioning and mobility equipment. This has inspired improvements in rehabilitation equipment and technology that have improved mobility, comfort and quality of life for people with disabilities.

Dianna Jones Award of Excellence in Person-Centred Care

Residential Care for Me:   – Seniors Care and Palliative Services, Providence

The goal of Residential Care for Me:  is to change the residential care culture from an institutional to a social model of care, and improve quality of life for residents by rapidly testing and implementing changes that focus on emotional connections, allow residents to direct each moment, and create the feeling of home.

Top Innovation

SNIFF: C. Canine Scent Detection Program – Vancouver Coastal Health

An innovative and dedicated team of people and a growing roster of pups known as the C.  Scent Detection Program is pioneering a cost-effective method to improve and enhance C.  surveillance and improve infection control and prevention practices.


Hiring the Right Job Candidate With a Physician Recruiter

A physician                   recruiter is a professional who can assess the needs of your medical facility, and find the right candidate for the job, no matter which field you need to hire in. You will find that the recruiter’s services are more than simply looking for qualifications in a physician, but also include looking to the future to find a candidate that can fill the job on a long term basis.

The Long Term

When you choose to hire a professional physician recruiter, you will find that the main objective is to find a physician who is suitable for the position you have open both presently and over the course of many years. The recruiter is trained to take the physician’s training, family life, and personal preferences into account when hiring someone to fill the position being offered. For example, a candidate who has friends and family in your region may feel more comfortable filling the position than one who doesn’t know anyone in the region.

There are many considerations to think about when hiring a new physician for your facility, but you won’t have to worry when you use a physician recruiter. These professionals have been trained to think about both the physician’s personal needs and those of your clinic when hiring someone to fill the position, ensuring the needs of each party are met for many years to come.

How Does It Work?

A physician recruiter will be knowledgeable in the medical field, but will also have the training needed to interview and assess potential candidates. The first step is finding and interviewing medical professionals qualified for the job opening in your facility. This can be a particularly time consuming task, even for the most experienced recruiters. You will find, however, that persistence pays off when your recruiter finds the person best suited for the job.

Your recruiter will also handle the initial interview process. You will find that other staff members become involved only after the recruiter has verified the candidate’s qualifications and has interviewed the physician extensively to ensure they are interested in, and suited for, the job being offered by your health care network. The next step involves bringing potential candidates to your office or facility for a formal interview and tour. In most cases, the candidates spouse will also attend.

Finding a Recruiter

You can find a physician recruiter using a local or state based firm in your region, but there are also online recruiting companies that work with both health care facilities searching for a new physician and physicians looking for a position in the medical field. One thing you may find to your advantage is that online services offer   recruiters, who have a medical background and fully understand the qualifications required to fill a position in their field.

A physician recruiter is a professional who can assess the needs of your medical facility, and find the right candidate for the job, no matter which field you need to hire in. You will find that the recruiter’s services are more than simply looking for qualifications in a physician, but also include looking to the future to find a candidate that can fill the job on a long term basis.

The Long Term

When you choose to hire a professional physician recruiter, you will find that the main objective is to find a physician who is suitable for the position you have open both presently and over the course of many years. The recruiter is trained to take the physician’s training, family life, and personal preferences into account when hiring someone to fill the position being offered. For example, a candidate who has friends and family in your region may feel more comfortable filling the position than one who doesn’t know anyone in the region.

There are many considerations to think about when hiring a new physician for your facility, but you won’t have to worry when you use a physician recruiter. These professionals have been trained to think about both the physician’s personal needs and those of your clinic when hiring someone to fill the position, ensuring the needs of each party are met for many years to come.

How Does It Work?

A physician recruiter will be knowledgeable in the medical field, but will also have the training needed to interview and assess potential candidates. The first step is finding and interviewing medical professionals qualified for the job opening in your facility. This can be a particularly time consuming task, even for the most experienced recruiters. You will find, however, that persistence pays off when your recruiter finds the person best suited for the job.




Family Practice Medical Coding – Some Significant Updates

Family physicians   bill for injections using an  code (if it is a drug/biological) or a   code (if it is a vaccine). The hydration and injection codes have been changed to make them numerically closer to the codes signifying chemotherapy and highly complex drug or biological agents. The code 90772 has been deleted and now physicians have to bear in mind the code 96372 which is to be used to report “Therapeutic, prophylactic, or diagnostic injection (specify substance or drug); subcutaneous or intramuscular.” The 96360-96379 code series now also includes codes for other hydration,  , and  drug injection and infusion procedures.

for Tobacco, Alcohol and Substance Abuse

A  visit for tobacco cessation lasting longer than 3 minutes and up to 10 minutes is to be reported using Code 99406. Rigorous    that takes more than 10 minutes can be reported with Code 99407.

The new codes 99408 and 99409, the former for services lasting for 15 to 30 minutes and the latter for services lasting longer than 30 minutes, should be used to report structured screenings and brief interventions for alcohol and substance abuse (other than tobacco). In this case, screening tools such as the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) or the   (Drug Abuse Screening Test) have to be used.
Family Practice Coding for Telephone and Online Services

Telephone Services
Family Practice physicians can now code for service and care initiated by an established patient or by the patient’s guardian. These are:

99441 – telephone evaluation and management service provided to an established patient, parent or guardian not originating from a related E/M service provided within the previous seven days nor leading to an E/M service or procedure within the next 24 hours; 5-10 minutes of medical discussion
99442 – just as 99441, except call includes 11-20 minutes of medical discussion
99443 – just as 99441 except call includes 21-30 minutes of medical discussion
Aspects to Take Note of While Billing for Telephone Services

Online Services

The physician has to provide the service personally. o A service provided within the post-operative period that the physician has provided is not to be separately reported since it would be considered as part of the procedure. o When the telephone services are already  99363-99364, they cannot be separately reported. o Whether physician requested or patient initiated, telephone services that refer to E/M services performed and reported by the physician within the previous seven days, cannot be separately reported.

has been deleted and replaced by code 99444 to report online medical evaluations.

is the code to be used for an online E/M service provided by a physician to an established patient, guardian or healthcare provider. The service should not be one related to an E/M service provided within the previous seven days, via the Internet or similar electronic communications network.

The services reported must be the physician’s own, timely response to the patient’s inquiry.

An online service related to and taking place within the postoperative period of a procedure provided by the physician, is considered part of the procedure and cannot be separately

If the online service refers  to an E/M service performed and reported by the physician within the previous seven days, it is not to be separately reported, whether it is the result of patient-initiated or physician-requested follow-up.

The service can be reported only once for the same episode of care in a seven-day period and covers all other communications originating from the online encounter (whether follow-up telephone calls, prescription provision, and lab and imaging orders).

The physician should have the electronic or hard-copy documentation of the encounter for reference.



Diclofenac Potassium 50 mg Tablets

Each film-     coated tablet contains 50 mg of diclofenac potassium

Also contains:

Lecithin Soya E322.

0.150(5.85mg) potassium per 50mg tablet.

0.73mg sodium per 50mg tablet.

For a full list of excipients, see section 6.1

3. Pharmaceutical form
Film-coated tablets

Reddish brown, circular, coated, biconvex tablets, diameter 9 mm

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications
Rheumatoid arthritis


Low back pain

Migraine attacks

Acute skeletal disorders and trauma such as  (especially frozen shoulder), tendinitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, sprains, strains and dislocations; relief of pain in fractures

Ankylosing spondylitis

Acute gout

Control of pain an dental and other minor surgery

Pyrophosphate  and associated disorders

4.2 Posology and method of administration
Undesirable effects may  using the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration necessary to control symptoms (see section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use).

For oral administration

The tablets should be swallowed whole with liquid, preferably before meals, and must not be chewed or divided.


The recommended daily dose is 100-150mg in two or three divided doses. For milder cases, 75-100mg daily in two or three divided doses is usually sufficient.

In migraine an initial dose of 50mg should be taken at the first signs of an impending attack. In cases where relief 2 hours after the first dose is not sufficient, a further dose of 50mg may be taken. If needed, further doses of 50mg may be taken at intervals of 4-6 hours, not exceeding a total dose of 200mg per day.

Special populations


For children over 14 years of age, the recommended daily dose is 75-100mg in two or three divided doses. Diclofenac Potassium Tablets are not recommended for children under 14 years of age.

The use of Diclofenac Potassium tablets in migraine attacks has not been established in children.


Although the pharmacokinetics of diclofenac are not impaired to any clinically relevant extent in elderly patients, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be used with particular caution in such patients who generally are more prone to adverse reactions. In particular it is recommended that the lowest effective dosage be used in frail elderly patients or those with a low body weight (see also precautions) and the patient should be monitored for GI bleeding during NSAID therapy.

Cardiovascular and significant cardiovascular risk factors

Diclofenac is contraindicated in patients with established congestive heart failure (NYHA II-IV), ischemic heart disease, peripheral arterial disease and/or cerebrovascular disease (see section 4.3 Contraindications).

Patients with congestive heart failure (NYHA-I) or significant risk factors for cardiovascular disease should be treated with diclofenac only after careful consideration. Since cardiovascular risks with diclofenac may increase with dose and duration of exposure, the lowest effective daily dose should be used and for the shortest duration possible (see section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use).

Renal impairment

Diclofenac Potassium Tablets are contraindicated in patients with renal failure (see section 4.3 Contraindications).

No specific studies have been carried out in patients with renal impairment, therefore, no specific dose adjustment recommendations can be made. Caution is advised when administering Diclof