15June2012

Marketing an Image. Part 1

Posted by Jody under: Business.

A big thanks should go to theBally/Crunch corporation and ad agency for its January direct mail promotion that undermines the hard work of club operators across the country to improve the image of fitness centers. Maybe you missed it. If so, I’d like to show you just how offensive it is. Read the rest of this entry »

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4June2012

Facts About American Women and Weight

Posted by Jody under: Weight Loss.

About 52 percent of American women consider themselves to be overweight and 40 percent are currently trying to lose weight. We experience greater overall weight gains and more notable weight fluctuations than men. Read the rest of this entry »

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25May2012

Restoring the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. Part 7

Posted by Jody under: Wellness.

Sometimes corporations, in their desire to save a few bucks, unknowingly push their employees into health plans that may or may not be in their employees’ best interest. Having to switch doctors frequently is more than likely not in one’s best interest, health wise. Read the rest of this entry »

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25May2012

Restoring the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. Part 6

Posted by Jody under: Wellness.

In most cases, simple human greed isn’t the motivating factor. Fear is. Doctors may limit care because they’re afraid that if they provide more care, or more expensive care, than their medical peers, they may be cut from managed care panels. Read the rest of this entry »

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25May2012

Restoring the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. Part 5

Posted by Jody under: Wellness.

What’s potentially hazardous to our health as healthcare consumers, however, is the underlying set of financial incentives inherent to certain forms of managed care. Serious gaps may exist between the care you need (and which your doctor deems medically advisable) and the care which managed care is willing to pay for. Read the rest of this entry »

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25May2012

Restoring the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. Part 4

Posted by Jody under: Wellness.

This, in turn, is being driven by employers who want lower healthcare premiums. Corporations used to buy healthcare insurance for their employees as an added incentive for their employees to work for them…and stay with them. But, as healthcare costs increased, those healthcare premiums became an increasing liability to corporations trying to stay competitive. They became, in effect, a real drain on the bottom line. Read the rest of this entry »

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25May2012

Restoring the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. Part 3

Posted by Jody under: Wellness.

One big problem is that, despite a veritable cornucopia of clinical guidelines available to practically every doctor, nurse, physician assistant and other physician “extenders” in the system today, no one really knows at this stage in the game what constitutes under-utilization or over-utilization. That missing bit of information is being worked out by hundreds, perhaps thousands of experts in a burgeoning industry called “outcomes research.” Read the rest of this entry »

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25May2012

Restoring the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. Part 2

Posted by Jody under: Wellness.

Now we’re left with managed care. And managed care is marching forward in most markets throughout America largely unchallenged, largely backed by huge corporate entities with extensive financial resources, and consequently, largely unstoppable. Everyone seems to be buying into managed care, even before we know for sure if it’s good or bad for individual patients or for the health of Americans, collectively considered. Read the rest of this entry »

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25May2012

Restoring the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. Part 1

Posted by Jody under: Wellness.

Restoring the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship

There was a time in this country when patients trusted their doctors completely…trusted them with their lives…and listened to them and heeded their advice and friendly consultation. You could talk to your doctor in privacy behind closed doors and you felt entirely confident that what he or she recommended was 100% in your best interest. Read the rest of this entry »

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25May2012

The Secrets of Star-Quality Skin, Part 2

Posted by Jody under: Health.

Even with all the attention to healthy skin, young models sometimes wake with a pimple or two. “We send them directly to a facialist to get that taken care of right away,” Davies said. Read the rest of this entry »

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