Today, I have a simple suggestion for those of you who head to the office for work and want to stay on track with healthy eating habits.
As I pen this blog from a hotel room on a business trip to Northern California, I thought I’d continue last week’s thread how to stay on track with healthy eating habits even when work, travel, and family obligations conspire to derail you. Today, appropriately, I’ll offer suggestions while on the road.
Today, I wanted to briefly discuss how diet can positively impact health. It should serve as a fitting conclusion to a series over the past few months on this Manufacturing Peace of Mind™ blog where we’ve covered a broad range of health-related topics from fat and the keto diet to heart disease and the search for unbiased healthcare advice.
Last week, I enumerated my concerns about direct access testing and this week, I’ll explain why my optimism outweighs those concerns. Quick refresh: Direct access testing allows consumers to order their own blood tests without seeing a doctor first. Despite some potentially negative consequences I am excited that Arizona recently passed a law allowing us this access.
Thanks to a law that recently went into effect in Arizona, citizens of our great state are finally able to order their own blood tests without seeing a doctor first. So-called “direct access testing” allows patients to take an active role in their own health care and save them money on doctor’s visits.
I happen to think it’s a great idea, however, there are potentially negative consequences to consider before ordering your own test.
In last week’s discussion on how to reduce our risk for heart disease without resorting to pills, I mentioned the Mediterranean diet as one idea to consider. As you may have guessed, lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, and tobacco use affect our cardiovascular health. Studies have shown those living near the Mediterranean suffer less than most Americans from heart disease. To that end, we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that a Mediterranean type diet is often promoted for health reasons (NEJM).
Last week, we learned there is no statistically significant mortality benefit to taking statins to prevent heart disease, especially if one is at low risk for cardiovascular disease. Yet, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. (CDC) For those of us at low risk, how else can we prevent it without resorting to pills?
Many doctors get their information from the pharmaceutical companies that profit directly from the very treatments they are proposing. Where can one turn to find unbiased healthcare advice?
It is alarmingly common for patients to be prescribed medical treatments that science has shown are ineffective or even dangerous. This might prompt us to ponder a few questions: How can one make informed decisions about medical care? And how should we process non-emergency treatment recommendations?
Here are my own thoughts, when faced with decisions for me or my family. Please note, this is not meant to be taken as medical advice.
A reader asked me if yoga, as I wrote about last week, ultimately fixed my lower back problems. Unfortunately, the short answer is no. While it’s true I’ve come up with ways to alleviate discomfort, retain mobility, and avoid surgery, I’ve been unable to permanently resolve the problem.