David Sanfilippo quit smoking four years ago and lost weight, too. He had lots of help from his wife, Dawn, as well as other family members and friends – but he credits his primary care doctor for providing the key evidence to change his ways. It came in the form of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tests ordered by Dr. Fuad Sheriff. "He yelled at me enough during annual physicals that I dropped 40 pounds," cracked Sanfilippo, 35, of Williamsville. “I don't drink pop anymore. No fast food. It's about maintaining the good stuff." Sanfilippo squares with an Independent Health survey of Western New Yorkers released this week that shows patients have deep faith in primary care providers. The vast majority of those who participated in the survey said they see those providers as gatekeepers for their health care. They value providers who are honest, who listen and are easy to reach, including during off-hours. Most – particularly younger patients – also are … [Read more...] about Embrace the evolving primary care system and improve your health
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Story highlights Some health systems are exploring the idea of using artificial intelligence One doctor worries it could affect continuity of care for patients (CNN)One morning, Charlie Latuske woke up feverish and somewhat delirious in his home in Surrey in the UK, leaving him unable to function and in need of a doctor. He'd endured a sore throat and general malaise for a few days, believing it would get better, but that morning in August 2017, he knew that he had to do something about it. "I was quite out of it," said 27-year old Latuske, who was also due to go on vacation with his wife in just three days. Short on time, he dreaded the idea of calling his local general practitioner only to wait days or even a week for an appointment, or to wait in a queue for an emergency appointment. "I just needed to be seen without messing around with queues," he said. "When you're that ill, that's the last thing you want to do." Read More These days, this solution is somewhat … [Read more...] about Technology is changing the way you see a doctor, but is that good for your health?
Friday, May 04, 2018 by: Vicki Batts Tags: goodfood, goodhealth, groceries, healthy eating, natural is best, nutrition, organics, probiotics, raw food, raw milk, Raw Milk Benefits, whole food (Natural News) Raw milk is increasing in popularity in the natural health community — and for many good reasons. While there are indeed some concerns about the potential for raw milk to cause illness, for many, the obvious health benefits make raw milk an easy choice. One of the chief reasons why raw milk is considered superior to conventional, pasteurized milk is that it is a “live” food, filled with good bacteria, enzymes, immunoglobulins and nutrients — things that can be drastically effected by the extreme heat used in pasteurization. So, what kind of health-boosting benefits does raw milk have to offer? With raw milk, beneficial bacteria abound The bacteria in raw milk have become one of its most prominent and highly regarded health-boosting features. This is in … [Read more...] about Drinking raw, organic milk improves your health
Most of us indulge over Christmas and New Year so why not make a resolution this year to help improve your long-term health and future? Health leaders in Derbyshire are asking patients to think about looking after their liver this January for national Love Your Liver month or take up the Dry January challenge. Liver disease is increasing in the UK with one in five people at risk of liver disease - which is the fifth largest cause of death.There are several steps that we can all take to ensure that our livers are kept healthy, these include:l Drinking water throughout the dayl Eating a healthy balanced diet, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetablesl Reducing portion sizes for your main mealsl Cutting down on your fat and sugar intakel Simple regular exercise, such as a short walkToo much alcohol can cause it serious and lasting damage. Try either drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol per week or taking three days off alcohol each week to give your liver change to repair … [Read more...] about Resolve to improve your health
We also shame big technology users: People who play video games are depicted as zombies. We say, “Go outside! Get your eyes off your phone and do something active! Step away from the computer and improve your health!” But do these two areas of our lives, health and tech, have to be mutually exclusive? Say it with me: “NO!” Internet and cell phone-based health programs give us a way to use tech as a tool to positively influence our health. So good news: This spring, you don’t need to reject the tech to improve your health. Here are four ways you can get healthy with the assistance of digital devices: Quit smoking: When you’re trying to quit smoking, one thing is going to be on your mind: smoking. But something else will likely also be with you this whole time: your cell phone. With the mhealth program, StopMySmoking (SMS), you can receive personalized text messages that encourage and guide you on your quitting journey. SMS helps you pick a … [Read more...] about 4 Ways Tech Can Help Improve your Health this Spring