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Chronic Illness

The Slow Medicine Incentive: Healthy People Have More Fun

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In my case 15 years ago, I wanted to be a better father and raise a healthy son. This motivation empowered me to make a lifestyle change that ended up transforming my life for the better.

Are Those Responsible for Employee Health Appropriately Trained to Make the Right Decisions?

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Dr. Derek Yach

The cost of health insurance in the U.S. is clearly a concern for employers. In 2010, American employers spent a total of $560.9 billion for group health insurance, an increase of approximately 67 percent over the past 10 years.

Slow Medicine Is the Medicine of the Future

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., M.D.(hc) -- clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and professor of public health at the Universit...

10 Ways to Actively Participate in Your Medical Care

Dr. Soania-Mathur | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Soania-Mathur

You must be actively involved in the management of your disease in order to live well with a chronic illness, actively seeking solutions to problems that arise and take on a proactive approach to life in general. Being a passive bystander won't get you the quality of life that you seek.

Why Conventional Medical Doctors Are Opting for Slow Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

I am always heartened to hear the stories of the pioneering doctors of integrative medicine, who were willing to risk their professional comfort and ease, in the interest of helping people truly get better.

Are There Other Options Besides Medications for Gout and Osteoarthritis?

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Obesity and being overweight are linked to higher disease state complications and progression of both gout and osteoarthritis. So getting yourself into target weight is important for joint health.

'I'm Not Looking To Be Saved From Narcolepsy'

Julie Flygare | Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Flygare

I'm not Wonder Woman, far from it. Narcolepsy challenges me daily. I take medication twice a day and twice a night, both of which cause unpleasant side-effects. And I still have sleep attacks and cataplexy every day.

The Point of a Health Challenge Is What We Make It

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Since first encountering his work, I have been a great admirer of Larry Dossey, M.D. -- a New York Times bestselling author of several books, as well ...

Restoring the Heart and Art of Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

After years of frustration churning through this system myself, unable to help patients get truly better, I left the world of conventional medicine and entered that of integrative medicine, which draws from the best of conventional, complementary, and alternative modalities of healing. My own journey led me beyond integrative medicine and into a realm I call "slow medicine."

Do You Have to Be Reasonable When You're Grieving?

Megan Devine | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

I could pretend, but that pretending cost me. I could be reasonable, but telling that lie was exhausting. Now, when I read about grief, when I attend conferences that talk about grief, I think about those early days. I think about being reasonable. I think of how ridiculous that is.

For Optimal Health, Savor Your Life

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In our fast-paced world, we are used to looking for quick-fix solutions to our health challenges, not realizing that these "solutions" in fact may contribute to our problems.

3 Warning Signs That You're Using Your Chronic Illness As an Excuse to Fail

Lottie V. Ryan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Lottie V. Ryan

Your chronic illness doesn't mean you can't be successful. Just keep believing, keep doing and always pick yourself up after every fall. You've got this, and you're not alone.

What It's Like Living With An Invisible Illness

Erin Whitten | Posted 09.15.2014 | Teen
Erin Whitten

Being a teenager is hard enough, but what if you have an embarrassing medical diagnosis?

9 Things I Learned Through 20 Years Of Chronic Illness

Lisa Copen | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Copen

Living with a chronic illness may be a part of who you are. My illness is intertwined with every part of who I am. I barely recall that I was pain-free before age 24. Yet, life is good. I must choose to make it that way each day.

What We CAN Do and What We Can't in the Realm of Health and Wellness to Combat Disease

Ann Fry | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Ann Fry

While I applaud all of the incredible offerings within corporations to help their employees get healthy, I'm flabbergasted by how many people don't take advantage.

The Gift of Forgiveness

Michelle Faulkner | Posted 09.07.2014 | Women
Michelle Faulkner

Dana and I broke up Labor Day weekend when I caught him in a lie. It wasn't the first, but I swore it would be the last. I asked him to leave the hous...

9 Summer Survival Tools When You Have a Chronic Illness

Lisa Copen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Travel
Lisa Copen

It's summertime! And it seems everyone must be playing beach volleyball or experiencing their perfect vacation. It is easy for the chronically ill person to feel left out.

Thriving Through Cancer

Kathy Daniels | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathy Daniels

It is important to understand this is an ongoing process but one that is definitely doable. It's also important to understand there will be some situations in life you will have no control over. The only thing you can control is your reaction to them.

Illness and Dating

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
SidneyAnne Stone

The dating world can be so difficult to navigate -- even on a good day. For someone battling illness, it becomes a whole new kind of challenge. As i...

The Fault In Our Stars and the Truths Behind It

Kendall Ciesemier | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Kendall Ciesemier

Let's be honest, if you're young, you're most likely healthy. Therefore it feels exponentially more isolating to be a young person battling a disease than an old person battling a disease.

The Difference Between Living And Being Alive With Chronic Illness

Ilana Jacqueline | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilana Jacqueline

Life with chronic illness is just like any other -- a life full of obstacles. It's easy to lay down and not get back up. But if you're not moving, you're not living. So even when the obstacles become too great, the treatment stops working, the doctors stop telling you the good news, even when you lose support, you lose sight of what you're moving towards -- you keep moving.

Health Care or Disease Care: Which Would You Choose? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself and Why

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

The new science of "health" care that has emerged in the 21st century is creating the opportunity to be successful in preventing and treating chronic diseases. In a successful therapeutic relationship, practitioner and patient work in partnership to create health rather than treat disease.

The Economics of Solving Chronic Disease

James Maskell | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
James Maskell

If we look at chronic disease from this angle, it is an empowering proposition. It is clear that we need to focus policy and incentives at this level to correct the "market failure" at its source, first and foremost minimizing these negative externalities.

10 Ways to Stay Active While Coping With Illness

Danea Horn | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Danea Horn

When you don't feel well, the motivation to do something active can be nonexistent. It is much easier to turn the TV on, check out and give into your symptoms. However, with chronic illness, this isn't always the best thing to do.

Maybe Technology Adoption in Health Care Isn't as Hard as It Seems

Mark Wagar | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Wagar

With all the talk in the past about how difficult it is to incorporate technology into our health care system, I believe there are too many excuses. M...