Can you Eat Really Well and Lose Weight?

Fall has finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier.  I love the fall weather the best.  The days are warm and the nights cool off and pretty soon that fall smell will arrive.  You know the one, it happens in the early evenings in fall.  I just took this photo in my backyard just to show you the leaves are just starting to change on my Japanese Maple.  Do you see the hummingbird who shot into the picture? Read the rest of this entry »


Controlling Costs for your Health

Controlling Costs for your Health, yes, my favorite topic, appeared to me in an article in the Contra Costa Times recently about curing diabetes.  A test was done in Britain recently that had great results for reversing type 2 diabetes.  It was a very small group and the diet was quite restrictive but the results were pretty incredible.  The calorie reduction was done to reverse the percentage of fat in the pancreas where insulin is made.

This isn’t the first time a study has been done to reverse diabetes, but it is the first time it made a headline on the front page of the newspaper.

I watched a DVD a couple of years back about reversing diabetes.  This one wasn’t quite as popular since it was done with a raw food diet.  Gabriel Cousens, M.D. operates the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center  in Patagonia, Arizona.  He was able to reverse diabetes for the people in the program in 30 days who were cooperative and went along with the plan.  There were a couple of people that couldn’t hang in with the program but I’m guessing that happens with any kind of program.


If you had a serious medical condition and there was an option to “fix” your condition, would you try it?  Some people will say they don’t have the will power.  But will power is really just motivation.  Would you be motivated enough to follow a program, even if it were strict, that would wipe out or maybe just reduce the symptoms of a serious medical condition.

In today’s world there seems to be a pill for everything.  Have high cholesterol?  Take a pill.  Have diabetes?  Take a pill.  Can’t sleep at night?  Take a pill.  These can all be very serious issues and cannot and should not be overlooked.  But any time you take a medication there are always side affects.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t take medications in any way shape or form, but I am saying you should give exercise and modifying your diet a try too.


This isn’t just about saving money on co-pays or even lowering an insurance premium.  Sure you could save money on prescription co-pays and doctor office co-pays if you were able to change your habits enough to stop taking a medication.  But look at the bigger picture.  If you were able to reverse diabetes, it isn’t just about the cost of medications.  It’s your health.

Diabetes, if you control it and keep it under control (which by the way is a lot of work too) you could probably keep other health issues from popping up.  But diabetes can cause incredible health issues, blindness, kidney failure, amputations.  And the kicker, diabetes is usually preventable.  No, not always, but taking care of yourself and either not getting it in the first place or reversing it once you have it is doable.  You just can’t take no for an answer.

Tell me what your priority is.

Controlling Health Care Spending

Controlling health care spending by taking care of yourself seems to be my number one passion.  I just can’t help it.  I recommend different ideas on how to save premium with your health insurance, but I know in my heart if I help spread the word about taking care of yourself this will help you save money and more importantly save your health. Is there anything more important than your health?  So no more apologies from me.


Enjoy the great outdoors and get healthy

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Health Care Reform and anti-anxiety relief

Zen rocks

Health Care Reform and Controlling Health Care costs can come in many forms.  Do you ever find yourself lost and overwhelmed with work?  Maybe you find email and the internet and social networking a little overwhelming.  You are not alone! Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Eating can control your costs

Healthy Eating can control your costs when it comes to healthcare.  Before I start, I know some of you out there might be rolling your eyes.  Here she goes again, nagging me about taking care of myself.  But this time it’s different.  Okay, not really, but I still like to give you ideas about how to make a few changes and have better health which will control your costs in the end!

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Self Healing can Control Your Healthcare Costs

Self Healing can Control Your Healthcare Costs, and I can prove it!  The middle of last summer, my friend, Donna Buessing, introduced me to a great book called Pain Free by Peter Egoscue.  Donna heard of the book from someone at her gym and told me about it when I told her I had foot pain for more than a year and I was looking for some relief.  Donna had a copy of the book and she let me borrow it.  I didn’t want to keep it long since she was working on her own issue, so I took the book home, studied it and followed the exercises that night.

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Maximus, the wellness program

Maximus the dogWhat is Maximus the wellness program?  I have to give you a little information before I identify this cool idea.  Just finished reading an article in California Broker magazine about Employer Wellness programs.  Wellness programs are designed to help employees become healthier and over time reducing the employer’s cost.  The design is more likely to help larger employers whose renewals are based on their specific plan, plan usage, and prescription drug cost.

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Diet and Excercise can Control Health Care Costs-part 2

Diet and Exercise can Control Health Care Costs-part 2. I just can’t stay away from this subject. It’s my real passion (and you thought it was health insurance!)

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Diet and Exercise can Control Health Care Cost

Diet and Exercise can Control Health Care Cost.  I am positive this statement is true.  People who take care of themselves have less expensive costs when it comes to healthcare.  Take care of yourself and you will see your doctor less frequently, probably reduce medications you’re using, lose weight and sleep better at night.

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Knowing your Cost for Insurance is More than the Premium

Recently I presented a renewal to a client who at my suggestion wanted to look at alternate plan designs.  This client has the Kaiser $50 co-pay in place currently.  I always suggest looking at what else is out there just to make sure you’re aware of the options and current pricing.

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