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The way we choose to live makes us more or less healthy. Health is largely in your own hands, and is not reliant, for the most part, on doctors or on hospital care.

Creating OUr Own Good Health

Knee Surgery - In most cases you can fix your bad knees - Lose Weight!

P.E. Islanders last year were waiting longer for hip replacement, knee replacement and cataract surgery.

In 2011, only 55 per cent of Islanders received knee replacement surgery within the benchmark of 182 days compared to 75 per cent nationally.

Much of knee surgery has to take place because people are overweight. Imagine putting say 60lbs of bricks in a back pack and carrying that around all day. I too had very painful knees - when I was fat. Robin was worse. She was overweight and had had chemo that had made her knees very painful. Robin was taking very powerful anti inflammatories. We were both making our mind up to go on the list.

We have both lost a lot of weight. We did this by giving up food that causes inflammation - grains. She is off her meds completely and both of us are out of pain and are walking well.

We are not looking to have our knees fixed by surgery. We have done it ourselves.

(More) Original story here.

March 28, 2012

Reducing Health Care Costs - Start with Type 2 Diabetes

State Paid Health Care systems are especially exposed to TTD. PEI has one of the highest exposures to TTD. So if we are to work on the demand side - The Real Science behind the epidemic and a Program that works socially has to become a priority on PEI.

To put the risk into perspective here is the threat to the UK’s National Health System - We are not alone here!

The key is to shift from treating symptons to helping people avoid the disease and to pull them back when they have it.

Report: Rising Diabetes Costs Could Bankrupt NHS

The disease and its complications currently account for 10% (9.8bn) of NHS spending. But this is projected to rise to 16.9bn over the next 25 years, or 17% of the health service’s funds. Researchers at the York Health Economic Consortium also found that up to four-fifths of the cost of treating complications such as kidney failure, nerve damage, and amputation could be avoided by investing in better preventative measures and management of the condition.

(More) Original story here.

April 25, 2012

6 Tips for Living with the Darker Emotions

There’s no question that when we explore global issues, we discover an enormous amount of exploitation, oppression, cruelty, and suffering. Exposing ourselves to this new information often elicits deep and painful emotions that can be overwhelming and paralyzing. How can we make our way through these darker emotions, while still learning about the pressing challenges of our time and finding ways to be joyful, effective changemakers? Here are a few tips:

Recognize that witnessing atrocities is the first step toward stopping them. We can’t change what we can’t see. As our director of education, Mary Pat Champeau, says, "We must learn before we can act, and the learning can be very difficult; but if our purpose is to cultivate meaningful lives and to change the world for the better, then what choice do we have but to keep putting ourselves in the way of new information?"

Find someone else to read and watch with you, and process it together. Shared experiences are easier to bear, especially when you’re able to talk, cry, rage, and discuss together.

Original story here.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Single Payer Doctor Carol Paris Packs It Up

by Russell Mokhiber
Dr. Carol Paris is a psychiatrist. She’s practiced for 13 years in southern Maryland. And she’s fought hard for a single payer system.

Dr. Carol Paris is arrested for disorderly conduct outside of a U.S. Senate office building Tuesday, May 5, 2009 for speaking out at Sen. Max Baucus’ Congressional hearings on health care reform. (Photo/South Maryland News)

She’s even been arrested in Congress for speaking out for single payer. But now, she’s had enough. She’s closing her practice. And moving it to New Zealand.

"I’m so tired and weary of trying to practice sane, passionate, good medicine in this insane health care system in the United States," Paris said last month in an interview at Union Station before walking over to protest in front of the Supreme Court against the Obama health care law and for single payer. "It impairs my ability to practice in a way that is ethical and passionate. I have a few years left in me to practice. And I’ve decided see what it is like in another country. I have a couple of friends who are psychiatrists who have done a sabbatical in New Zealand. And they said they are so sad to be back in the United States practicing because it was so much more sane and caring in New Zealand. I’m going to see what it is like for my own mental health."

Original story here.

Saturday, April 7, 2012 by Common Dreams