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Chronic Disease

Health Lunacy and Rocket Science

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We highlight a new celebrity cleanse and fad diet weekly if not daily on the morning shows; and the parade of best-selling quick fixes, each of which maligning all the others, seems never to end. And all the while, we mostly get fatter and sicker...

Overcoming the Overweight We Keep Overlooking

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We can overcome the prevailing threat of obesity, but first, do need to stop overlooking it under our own roofs. We can overcome oblivobesity if we understand the tendency at its origins. When all is said and done, generally more than enough has been said, and not nearly enough has been done.

7 Surprising Ways Your Chronic Disease Benefits You

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 06.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

Surrendering doesn't mean you put on the rose-colored glasses and pretend your life is full of sunshine, glitter and butterflies. It's accepting your current situation and acknowledging the potential benefits and opportunities your chronic health struggles are bringing into your life.

6 Lessons I've Learned While Parenting 3 Young Kids

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

When my children were born, I became aware of how much they needed me to be happy, healthy and present. They depended on me to meet their physical and emotional needs and without prioritizing my health, I couldn't be the mom they needed.

6 Phrases A Chronic Illness Sufferer Would Rather Hear You Say

Chanel White | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

While it is a nice sentiment to point out that we are tenacious individuals that can handle what life throws at us, it is more comforting to us when you acknowledge the times we feel overwhelmed and lost.

Stopping a Silent Killer in Africa

Heather White | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Heather White

So, how can we meaningfully address NCDs worldwide? It must be done through strategic partnerships, where we leverage the skills and expertise of each player. It's only then can we build healthier and wealthier communities.

Who Did I Need to Impress?

Chanel White | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

When you must face the weathered look of chronic illness day in and day out those fleeting glances in the reflection can become quite unpleasant. The ...

My Disease Gave Me the Gift of Motherhood

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

This Mother's Day, I celebrated six years of motherhood and nine years with type 1 diabetes. Though my disease is expensive and exhausting, required 24/7/365 management, without it, I wouldn't be mothering my three children.

Even Though My Body Continues to Fail Me, Every Fiber of My Being Feels Strengthened

Chanel White | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

While I may not get as many years as I was hoping for in this life, I feel my very soul has lived a thousand years. This old soul, enlightened well beyond my 23 years, finally understands the true beauty in life.

To Address Addiction, Start With Words

Yngvild Olsen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Yngvild Olsen

In large part, the misperception of opioid use disorder stems from a failure of language. We are boxed in by an outdated lexicon that reflects the unfortunate view of individuals with addiction as moral failures and criminals.

The Roller Coaster Called Life

Stephen Bell | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephen Bell

Every now and then someone asks me if I wish I didn't have cystic fibrosis. Or if I ever wonder why I have to deal with all the bad? Lately, I've often flipped that question back on them. Well, yes sometimes life does suck, but life is also extraordinary.

Exercise: the Luminous, Latent Potential of a Little Action

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is an enormous benefit from even a little exercise, more benefit from more, and then a threshold past which returns diminish, but don't decline. The take-away message is that there is enormous potential for even a little bit of action to make our health, and lives, better.

A Nutrition Prescription for a Healthier America

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

By establishing nutrition guidelines for Americans that make healthy choices more accessible and affordable, policymakers have a real opportunity to improve the well being of millions of individuals. It's time to promote a culture of health in our nation.

7 Surprising Facts About Food Sensitivities

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

You've heard the saying, "One man's food is another man's poison." In women with chronic disease this couldn't be more true. Often, addressing th...

Dear Colleagues: We SUCK!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I'm not saying we are wrong. In fact, we may all be right, about everything. But we are all right about disparate and seemingly-competing bits of the same, whole truth. The result is that nobody can see that whole truth.

The Case for a True Health Coalition: Who Hears Whom?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With the strength of unity, a signal of what we truly do know can rise above the din and discord.

Modern Medicine, Mired at the Line of Scrimmage

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What if football were more like modern medicine? Perhaps the only way to advance down the field would be to renounce all progress to date and start again each time at the 20-yard line. You never get to build on your prior gains. That seems a dubious game to me.

Just a Lil' Potty Talk

Kevin Swan | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Kevin Swan

Anyone who is familiar with ALS knows that it is tenacious and a master thief. It robs its victims of the physical use of their bodies, but maybe even more damaging is how it rapidly steals away elements of life like privacy and dignity.

The Microbiome Diet: Evolving Past Paleo

Dr. Raphael Kellman | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Raphael Kellman

There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to the microbiome. You could be a vegetarian who eats all those grains and legumes that the Paleo people demonize -- and be extremely healthy. The key is to keep supporting your little friends inside -- your microbiome.

Changing the Landscape for Prevention and Health Promotion

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

It is essential to generate and communicate evidence in a way that enables decision-makers to understand the value of investing in prevention while taking into account their priorities, interests and constituencies.

How To Be A Survivor: Flu Season 2014-15

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

This year, since the flu shot may not contain the proper viral particles, everyone, but especially those with compromised immune systems, needs to be more aware of their risk for developing the flu. Here are five tips to be a flu survivor this season.

6 Questions Your Doctor Isn't Asking You (Which Might Be Keeping You Sick)

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

You haven't felt well in a really long time. You've sat in your fair share of waiting rooms, taken a million tests, and filled more prescriptions than your medicine cabinet can comfortably hold. But you still haven't gotten to the bottom of your chronic health issues. Why isn't anything helping Maybe it's because your doctor isn't asking you the right questions.

Why You Should Never Ask 'Have You Tried...?'

Lottie V. Ryan | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Lottie V. Ryan

I don't need your suggestions because I have all I need already. You see, as well as an innate inability to quickly process the concepts of life-long and incurable I am blessed with the most amazing gift man has. Hope.

Making Progress in Medicare Matters

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

People are fatigued with political staredowns and want Democrats and Republicans to work together to develop solutions. One of our most important domestic challenges involves the Medicare program.

Softer Care For Harder Cases, Of Ebola And Everything Else

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for Ebola containment, holistic thinking is clearly essential. Control of an outbreak is not limited to treating the sick, but managing the social network of every index case.