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Making It Personal: Why Everyone Should Care About Big Data

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric Silfen, M.D.

For most of us, the term "Big Data" sounds pretty remote from our own experience -- and not particularly relevant. An explosion of data, from millions...

Time for Your Check-up!: How to Get the Most Out of Your Doctor's Visit

Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH | Posted 05.29.2013 | Black Voices
Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH

A visit to the doctor's office can be overwhelming for many of us. There is so much to remember for an appointment slot that may only last for 15 minutes. But it doesn't have to be stressful.

To Thine Own Body Be True

Honey Seltzer | Posted 05.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Honey Seltzer

Recently I have found that walking up a flight of steps can cause me to become breathless. I know that as an ex-smoker my lung capacity isn't what it used to be, but lately I found that little things other than steps have been causing my breathlessness to concern me.

How Digital Technology Can Personalize Health Care

Ralph Snyderman, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Ralph Snyderman, M.D.

Personalized health care on a digital platform can reconstruct our current expensive and inefficient sick-care approach into a cost-effective, health-enhancing system with individuals at the center of their care.

Our Changing Relationship With Our Health

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

For many patients, their naturopathic doctor helps to bridge their medical care and their everyday life. When we take time to understand them, answer questions, and show how things are related, patients feel they are a partner in their health care, not merely a subject.

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect (Part 3)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

One key to an entirely new kind of medicine is suggested by the placebo effect. But for this promise to come true, we need to see placebos as part of a holistic system.

You're What Kind Of Doctor?

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 12.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

"Wait, you're what kind of doctor? A nat-uro-pathic doctor? What's that?" I get this question all the time. It's not so surprising when it comes from someone I meet in a coffee shop or on an airplane, but I still hear it from other doctors, too.

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

You are either preventing or not preventing illness all the time. There is no such thing as benign neglect. The feedback loop is inescapable. Rather than considering that a threat, we can create a new model of well-being that gives you much more control over your health for life.

Science Isn't Magic (It's Better!), Doctors Aren't Omniscient (They're Human!)

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

You get a valuable sense of control over your body by understanding your body. Do this, and you can make your doctor a partner in your health care -- not your guru. It just may improve your health care, and is bound to improve your health.

What Is Health For?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Health readily takes on moral overtones. Those who have it can seem bossy, or boastful, or self-righteous. All of this goes away, I think, when we recognize that health is just a currency. Like any other, it takes some work to acquire it -- but when you do, you can spend it as you see fit.

A Model for Personal Responsibility of Health

Marc B. Levin | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Marc B. Levin

Empowerment grows from an awareness that there are actions we can take, choices we can make, and ways we can relate to life that promote our own health, wellness, and well-being.

Your Health Is in Your Hands

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Think health reform is solely in the hands of politicians, bureaucrats, and giant corporations? It's not. Every time you go to the doctor, you have the chance to help reform our health care system into a more streamlined, effective, and inexpensive machine.

How Active Should We Be in Our Own Medical Care?

Erin Smith | Posted 06.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin Smith

Be a thinking, active, participating person in your family's health care. Do your homework. Trust your gut instinct. Ask questions, even if you feel uncomfortable doing so.

How The Mind Rules The Body

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

One of the most exciting changes that could mean a breakthrough in health centers on the term "mind-body medicine."

Breaking Through To A New Conception Of Wellness

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

America has reached a threshold that will permit us to cross over and reach a state of higher health. We have more than enough proof that prevention should be based on positive lifestyle changes. Compliance remains a problem, with far too few people taking the good advice that surrounds us.

A New Conception Of Wellness: Holistic Health

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Holistic health has become inevitable. A piecemeal approach to wellness doesn't fit how your body works. It is no longer "alternative" medicine that concerns itself with broad issues of holistic wellness.

The Higher Health -- A New Map For Prevention

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

America's obesity epidemic isn't improving because the information about how to reverse it didn't lead to motivation. The government can jiggle the food pyramid, but that won't matter as long as Americans haven't stepped on to the pyramid in the first place.

6 Things Patients Can Do To Improve Health Care

Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld | Posted 03.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld

While we can all agree that there are "bad apples" in every line of work, the "bad apples" in medicine simply are not the reason that we are in the crisis we find ourselves in.

Taking Charge Of Your Own Health Care

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 09.12.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Doctors and other providers can offer tools that help you stave off disease and stay healthy, like medications, surgery and other treatments. But oftentimes, you're the one who has to make sure these tools work.