Health Care Reform – Why Are People So Worked Up?

Why are Americans so worked up about health care reform? Statements such as “don’t touch my Medicare” or “everyone should have access to state of the art health care irrespective of cost” are in my opinion uninformed and visceral responses that indicate a poor understanding of our health care system’s history, its current and future resources and the funding challenges that America faces going forward. While we all wonder how the health care system has reached what some refer to as a crisis stage. Let’s try to take some of the emotion out of the debate by briefly examining how health care in this country emerged and how that has formed our thinking and culture about health care. With that as a foundation let’s look at the pros and cons of the Obama administration health care reform proposals and let’s look at the concepts put forth by the Republicans?

Access to state of the art health care services is something we can all agree would be a good thing for this country. Experiencing a serious illness is one of life’s major challenges and to face it without the means to pay for it is positively frightening. But as we shall see, once we know the facts, we will find that achieving this goal will not be easy without our individual contribution.

These are the themes I will touch on to try to make some sense out of what is happening to American health care and the steps we can personally take to make things better.

  • A recent history of American health care – what has driven the costs so high?
  • Key elements of the Obama health care plan
  • The Republican view of health care – free market competition
  • Universal access to state of the art health care – a worthy goal but not easy to achieve
  • what can we do?

First, let’s get a little historical perspective on American health care. This is not intended to be an exhausted look into that history but it will give us an appreciation of how the health care system and our expectations for it developed. What drove costs higher and higher?

To begin, let’s turn to the American civil war. In that war, dated tactics and the carnage inflicted by modern weapons of the era combined to cause ghastly results. Not generally known is that most of the deaths on both sides of that war were not the result of actual combat but to what happened after a battlefield wound was inflicted. To begin with, evacuation of the wounded moved at a snail’s pace and this caused severe delays in treating the wounded. Secondly, many wounds were subjected to wound care, related surgeries and/or amputations of the affected limbs and this often resulted in the onset of massive infection. So you might survive a battle wound only to die at the hands of medical care providers who although well-intentioned, their interventions were often quite lethal. High death tolls can also be ascribed to everyday sicknesses and diseases in a time when no antibiotics existed. In total something like 600,000 deaths occurred from all causes, over 2% of the U.S. population at the time!

Let’s skip to the first half of the 20th century for some additional perspective and to bring us up to more modern times. After the civil war there were steady improvements in American medicine in both the understanding and treatment of certain diseases, new surgical techniques and in physician education and training. But for the most part the best that doctors could offer their patients was a “wait and see” approach. Medicine could handle bone fractures and increasingly attempt risky surgeries (now largely performed in sterile surgical environments) but medicines were not yet available to handle serious illnesses. The majority of deaths remained the result of untreatable conditions such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, scarlet fever and measles and/or related complications. Doctors were increasingly aware of heart and vascular conditions, and cancer but they had almost nothing with which to treat these conditions.

This very basic review of American medical history helps us to understand that until quite recently (around the 1950’s) we had virtually no technologies with which to treat serious or even minor ailments. Here is a critical point we need to understand; “nothing to treat you with means that visits to the doctor if at all were relegated to emergencies so in such a scenario costs are curtailed. The simple fact is that there was little for doctors to offer and therefore virtually nothing to drive health care spending. A second factor holding down costs was that medical treatments that were provided were paid for out-of-pocket, meaning by way of an individuals personal resources. There was no such thing as health insurance and certainly not health insurance paid by an employer. Except for the very destitute who were lucky to find their way into a charity hospital, health care costs were the responsibility of the individual.

What does health care insurance have to do with health care costs? Its impact on health care costs has been, and remains to this day, absolutely enormous. When health insurance for individuals and families emerged as a means for corporations to escape wage freezes and to attract and retain employees after World War II, almost overnight a great pool of money became available to pay for health care. Money, as a result of the availability of billions of dollars from health insurance pools, encouraged an innovative America to increase medical research efforts. More Americans became insured not only through private, employer sponsored health insurance but through increased government funding that created Medicare and Medicaid (1965). In addition funding became available for expanded veterans health care benefits. Finding a cure for almost anything has consequently become very lucrative. This is also the primary reason for the vast array of treatments we have available today.

I do not wish to convey that medical innovations are a bad thing. Think of the tens of millions of lives that have been saved, extended, enhanced and made more productive as a result. But with a funding source grown to its current magnitude (hundreds of billions of dollars annually) upward pressure on health care costs are inevitable. Doctor’s offer and most of us demand and get access to the latest available health care technology in the form of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostic tools and surgical procedures. So the result is that there is more health care to spend our money on and until very recently most of us were insured and the costs were largely covered by a third-party (government, employers). Add an insatiable and unrealistic public demand for access and treatment and we have the “perfect storm” for higher and higher health care costs. And by and large the storm is only intensifying.

At this point, let’s turn to the key questions that will lead us into a review and hopefully a better understanding of the health care reform proposals in the news today. Is the current trajectory of U.S. health care spending sustainable? Can America maintain its world competitiveness when 16%, heading for 20% of our gross national product is being spent on health care? What are the other industrialized countries spending on health care and is it even close to these numbers? When we add politics and an election year to the debate, information to help us answer these questions become critical. We need to spend some effort in understanding health care and sorting out how we think about it. Properly armed we can more intelligently determine whether certain health care proposals might solve or worsen some of these problems. What can be done about the challenges? How can we as individuals contribute to the solutions?

The Obama health care plan is complex for sure – I have never seen a health care plan that isn’t. But through a variety of programs his plan attempts to deal with a) increasing the number of American that are covered by adequate insurance (almost 50 million are not), and b) managing costs in such a manner that quality and our access to health care is not adversely affected. Republicans seek to achieve these same basic and broad goals, but their approach is proposed as being more market driven than government driven. Let’s look at what the Obama plan does to accomplish the two objectives above. Remember, by the way, that his plan was passed by congress, and begins to seriously kick-in starting in 2014. So this is the direction we are currently taking as we attempt to reform health care.

  1. Through insurance exchanges and an expansion of Medicaid,the Obama plan dramatically expands the number of Americans that will be covered by health insurance.
  2. To cover the cost of this expansion the plan requires everyone to have health insurance with a penalty to be paid if we don’t comply. It will purportedly send money to the states to cover those individuals added to state-based Medicaid programs.
  3. To cover the added costs there were a number of new taxes introduced, one being a 2.5% tax on new medical technologies and another increases taxes on interest and dividend income for wealthier Americans.
  4. The Obama plan also uses concepts such as evidence-based medicine, accountable care organizations, comparative effectiveness research and reduced reimbursement to health care providers (doctors and hospitals) to control costs.

The insurance mandate covered by points 1 and 2 above is a worthy goal and most industrialized countries outside of the U.S. provide “free” (paid for by rather high individual and corporate taxes) health care to most if not all of their citizens. It is important to note, however, that there are a number of restrictions for which many Americans would be culturally unprepared. Here is the primary controversial aspect of the Obama plan, the insurance mandate. The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided to hear arguments as to the constitutionality of the health insurance mandate as a result of a petition by 26 states attorney’s general that congress exceeded its authority under the commerce clause of the U.S. constitution by passing this element of the plan. The problem is that if the Supreme Court should rule against the mandate, it is generally believed that the Obama plan as we know it is doomed. This is because its major goal of providing health insurance to all would be severely limited if not terminated altogether by such a decision.

As you would guess, the taxes covered by point 3 above are rather unpopular with those entities and individuals that have to pay them. Medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, doctors and insurance companies all had to “give up” something that would either create new revenue or would reduce costs within their spheres of control. As an example, Stryker Corporation, a large medical device company, recently announced at least a 1,000 employee reduction in part to cover these new fees. This is being experienced by other medical device companies and pharmaceutical companies as well. The reduction in good paying jobs in these sectors and in the hospital sector may rise as former cost structures will have to be dealt with in order to accommodate the reduced rate of reimbursement to hospitals. Over the next ten years some estimates put the cost reductions to hospitals and physicians at half a trillion dollars and this will flow directly to and affect the companies that supply hospitals and doctors with the latest medical technologies. None of this is to say that efficiencies will not be realized by these changes or that other jobs will in turn be created but this will represent painful change for a while. It helps us to understand that health care reform does have an effect both positive and negative.

Finally, the Obama plan seeks to change the way medical decisions are made. While clinical and basic research underpins almost everything done in medicine today, doctors are creatures of habit like the rest of us and their training and day-to-day experiences dictate to a great extent how they go about diagnosing and treating our conditions. Enter the concept of evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness research. Both of these seek to develop and utilize data bases from electronic health records and other sources to give better and more timely information and feedback to physicians as to the outcomes and costs of the treatments they are providing. There is great waste in health care today, estimated at perhaps a third of an over 2 trillion dollar health care spend annually. Imagine the savings that are possible from a reduction in unnecessary test and procedures that do not compare favorably with health care interventions that are better documented as effective. Now the Republicans and others don’t generally like these ideas as they tend to characterize them as “big government control” of your and my health care. But to be fair, regardless of their political persuasions, most people who understand health care at all, know that better data for the purposes described above will be crucial to getting health care efficiencies, patient safety and costs headed in the right direction.

A brief review of how Republicans and more conservative individuals think about health care reform. I believe they would agree that costs must come under control and that more, not fewer Americans should have access to health care regardless of their ability to pay. But the main difference is that these folks see market forces and competition as the way to creating the cost reductions and efficiencies we need. There are a number of ideas with regard to driving more competition among health insurance companies and health care providers (doctors and hospitals) so that the consumer would begin to drive cost down by the choices we make. This works in many sectors of our economy but this formula has shown that improvements are illusive when applied to health care. Primarily the problem is that health care choices are difficult even for those who understand it and are connected. The general population, however, is not so informed and besides we have all been brought up to “go to the doctor” when we feel it is necessary and we also have a cultural heritage that has engendered within most of us the feeling that health care is something that is just there and there really isn’t any reason not to access it for whatever the reason and worse we all feel that there is nothing we can do to affect its costs to insure its availability to those with serious problems.

OK, this article was not intended to be an exhaustive study as I needed to keep it short in an attempt to hold my audience’s attention and to leave some room for discussing what we can do contribute mightily to solving some of the problems. First we must understand that the dollars available for health care are not limitless. Any changes that are put in place to provide better insurance coverage and access to care will cost more. And somehow we have to find the revenues to pay for these changes. At the same time we have to pay less for medical treatments and procedures and do something to restrict the availability of unproven or poorly documented treatments as we are the highest cost health care system in the world and don’t necessarily have the best results in terms of longevity or avoiding chronic diseases much earlier than necessary.

I believe that we need a revolutionary change in the way we think about health care, its availability, its costs and who pays for it. And if you think I am about to say we should arbitrarily and drastically reduce spending on health care you would be wrong. Here it is fellow citizens – health care spending needs to be preserved and protected for those who need it. And to free up these dollars those of us who don’t need it or can delay it or avoid it need to act. First, we need to convince our politicians that this country needs sustained public education with regard to the value of preventive health strategies. This should be a top priority and it has worked to reduce the number of U.S. smokers for example. If prevention were to take hold, it is reasonable to assume that those needing health care for the myriad of life style engendered chronic diseases would decrease dramatically. Millions of Americans are experiencing these diseases far earlier than in decades past and much of this is due to poor life style choices. This change alone would free up plenty of money to handle the health care costs of those in dire need of treatment, whether due to an acute emergency or chronic condition.

Let’s go deeper on the first issue. Most of us refuse do something about implementing basic wellness strategies into our daily lives. We don’t exercise but we offer a lot of excuses. We don’t eat right but we offer a lot of excuses. We smoke and/or we drink alcohol to excess and we offer a lot of excuses as to why we can’t do anything about managing these known to be destructive personal health habits. We don’t take advantage of preventive health check-ups that look at blood pressure, cholesterol readings and body weight but we offer a lot of excuses. In short we neglect these things and the result is that we succumb much earlier than necessary to chronic diseases like heart problems, diabetes and high blood pressure. We wind up accessing doctors for these and more routine matters because “health care is there” and somehow we think we have no responsibility for reducing our demand on it.

It is difficult for us to listen to these truths but easy to blame the sick. Maybe they should take better care of themselves! Well, that might be true or maybe they have a genetic condition and they have become among the unfortunate through absolutely no fault of their own. But the point is that you and I can implement personalized preventive disease measures as a way of dramatically improving health care access for others while reducing its costs. It is far better to be productive by doing something we can control then shifting the blame.

There are a huge number of free web sites available that can steer us to a more healthful life style. A soon as you can, “Google” “preventive health care strategies”, look up your local hospital’s web site and you will find more than enough help to get you started. Finally, there is a lot to think about here and I have tried to outline the challenges but also the very powerful effect we could have on preserving the best of America’s health care system now and into the future. I am anxious to hear from you and until then – take charge and increase your chances for good health while making sure that health care is there when we need it.

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Male Breast Enlargement Pills FAQ (Part One)

Breast Enlargement Pills is one of the most sought after male breast enlargement methods because popping pills is easy, and you can avoid embarrassing doctor visits and painful surgery. Let’s explore some of the most frequently asked questions on male breast enlargement pills.

What is Breast Enlargement Pills?
Breast Enlargement Pill is an all-natural herbal dietary supplement that will help to increase breast size. Male breast augmentation pills come in two major forms: Herbal and hormonal.

What is Herbal Male Breast Enlargement Pills? Are they the same like what females are taking for natural breast enhancement?

It is the amount of Estrogen in a female or male body which determines the size of her or his breasts. Most of these pills contain Phytoestrogens which mimic the female hormone, Estrogen. males react to Phytoestrogens just as females do because the composition of breast tissue in males and females is similar.

What are the herbs found in Breast Enlargement Pills?
Most commonly used herbs includes Fenugreek Extract, Saw Palmetto, Fennel Seed, Mexican Wild Yam, Damiana.

How do Breast Enlargement Pills work for males?
The herbs used to make the pills are usually traditional botanicals that are specific to female reproductive functions and overall health and balance. The pills help to balance female hormones by causing the proper release of hormones naturally, which enhances and stimulates estrogen-sensitive breast tissue to produce new breast tissue growth. Thus, there will be an increase in breast size and improvement in breast health too.

Is it safe to take Breast Enlargement Pills?
Usually breast enlargement pills are made from all natural herbal dietary supplements containing absolutely no additives, fillers or lubricants. And no negative side effects have been reported so far. The FDA does not evaluate or test herbal products, however it is always good to make sure all of the ingredients in the pills are listed on the FDA’s GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) list.

Does Breast Enlargement Pill really work to enlarge one breast?
Well, Yes and No. Different brands of Breast Enlargement Pills consist of different ingredients. The key is what are the ingredients used, and how are they combined in the right quantity to give the synergistic effect. Of course, the most logical way is to choose Breast Enlargement Pills that have the most ingredients and backed with money back guarantee. The best is they offer a full 100% Lifetime Money Back, so that you can take your time to see and evaluate the results. Most importantly, you should follow the dosage recommended by the company, and give yourself at least 3 months to see results.

What are the side effects of taking Breast Enlargement Pills?
There are no known negative side effects. Of course, as with any dietary supplement, men with special medical conditions are encouraged to consult with their physician before use. Apart from larger, more feminine breasts, pills may induce these feminizing physical changes like softer feminine skin, lesser amount of body hair, rounder hips, etc.

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Making the decision to have cosmetic surgery is not always an easy one. While the possibilities are exciting, you may not know what to expect, or how to go through the process. Here are some tips to help you. The better prepared you will be for the surgery, and everything that goes along with it.

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Confirm with your doctor how long you are going to have to be on antibiotics for after surgery. Antibiotics can make you feel a bit different, and not function properly. So you are going to want to know how long it is going to take, before you fully recover. Then you can live a normal life again.

When you’re looking into cosmetic surgery, you want to make sure that you choose wisely. You don’t want to select the cheapest cosmetic surgeon based on that alone. You want to look at credentials. Check for reviews and such. Make sure you make a well-informed decision when, you’re selecting a surgeon.

One important aspect of surgeon research prior to cosmetic surgery is an investigation of the surgeon’s malpractice history. You want to know if he or she has had any claims filed against him or her. Although any surgeon may end up with a dissatisfied patient, multiple claims would be a big red flag.

Ask about different options for the anesthesia. For major interventions, a general anesthesia is best, but you should know about the risks involved. You have the right to ask for a general or a local anesthesia but do more research so you can make an educated decision. Ask your surgeon to have a qualified nurse assists him or her for the anesthesia if necessary.

Give yourself some time to talk about prices with your doctor. Make sure you both agree on when you should have all the money to pay for it, and maybe have a payment plan set up. Having the payment details worked out beforehand will relieve your mind so that you can concentrate on your surgical procedure and recovery.

You may want to join a support group and attend meeting both before and after your cosmetic procedures. These groups will help you get an idea of what to expect after your procedure and will allow you to speak with others who have had the procedure done before. These groups meet in many areas around the country.

In addition to knowing about the different types of anesthesia available, it is also important to know how it will be applied. Surgeons are allowed to give general or local doses, but for more complicated procedures, a specialist will be brought in. This will affect the overall cost as well as quality of the procedure.

Look at the surgical center to confirm that, it has the appropriate licensing in your state. The proper accreditation assures, that the facility undergoes regular inspections. These standards reduce the risk of post-surgical infection, and other complications. If the facility does not have the proper certifications, have the procedure performed elsewhere.

No matter where you’re having your cosmetic surgery done, you can be sure that there are formal professional requirements for the doctors who handle it. Take the time to confirm if your doctor’s credentials check out. It’s a simple process, and the amount of potential harm that it can help you avoid it is enormous.

Before you even have your cosmetic procedure done, it may be wise to get yourself some stool softeners. Many people experience major constipation when they have any procedure done. Plastic surgeries are no exception. Being constipated is not good for your health, a stool softener can be of great assistance.

Before you go into surgery, know what your options are if things go awry. If you do have a poor cosmetic surgery experience, you may be too emotionally compromised after the fact to effectively research your options. Do yourself the favor and do the research before hand; it can give you the peace of mind that you need to fully relax for the surgery.

If you are planning your surgery for the long-term, then you should fix your diet immediately. If you already have a reasonable diet, you can fine tune it. The important point is to have a healthy lifestyle before, changing your body through surgery. This will allow the procedure to have the best impact possible.

If cosmetic surgery is in your plans you need to be sure to eat well before, during, and after. Eating properly will help you to get through the surgery safely. It will also help you when you are recovering after. Drinking enough water is also important, and should not be forgotten.

Choosing to go through with cosmetic surgery can be a hard decision to make. Hopefully, the tips in this article have made you feel more comfortable about making the decision. Also more aware of the topics you need to keep in mind, when you make a decision like that. Good luck!

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In addition to their usefulness for eating, your teeth are often the first thing people notice about you. A great smile can put others at ease and build your self-confidence. If you take care of your teeth, they can be an asset for a lifetime. Read these tips for the best smile possible.

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Plan on going to the dentist regularly. You should go get your teeth inspected and cleaned at least twice a year. If your teeth hurt or if you notice anything unusual, go to your dentist as soon as possible. Find a good health insurance to cover your visits to the dentist.

Teach your kids proper dental habits from the beginning. When your children get their first teeth in, brush the teeth for them. Once your child is old enough, teach him how to brush teeth on his own. Get a big timer and put 2 minutes on it for your child to make sure he is brushing for long enough, and take him to his first dental appointment when he turns three.

Eat what are known as detergent foods. These are foods that naturally clean your mouth as you eat them. Apples are the most famous example. Other choices include raw carrots, celery and popcorn. Ending a meal with a detergent food is a great way for your mouth to end the eating cleaner.

A healthy diet is one of the best things you can do to make sure your teeth stay health. Avoiding sugary drinks and foods is important to avoid harming the enamel of your teeth. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best choice when it comes to promoting healthy teeth and gums.

Do you have bad breath? You should clean your tongue more regularly. Invest in some tongue scrapers and use them after each meal to remove bacterias from your tongue. Rinsing your mouth with an anti-bacterial mouth wash can help too. If the problem persists, go to your dentist to find out what is causing your bad breath.

Use a mouthwash daily, but make sure it is alcohol-free. Not only do these formulas spare you the burning sensation, but they are also ideal for treating bad breath. Alcoholic mouthwashes can dry your mouth out. Dry mouth can cause bad breath.

If you want whiter teeth, use teeth whitening strips and get your teeth cleaned more often. Always read instructions very carefully before using a teeth whitening product and do not apply the product for any longer than you have to. Don’t use strips too often; this can damage your teeth.

Floss, floss, floss! Sure everyone brushes their teeth like they’re supposed to, but how many of them actually floss. Flossing cleans the area between your teeth where food can get stuck and bacteria can spread. This will also prevent the onset of possible infections that can occur if you don’t floss.

Ask your friends ad family for recommendations if you are looking for a new dentist. It’s hard to tell how good a dentist is from reviews online or from looking at his diplomas, so asking people you trust for a recommendation is often the best way to go if you need to find a dentist.

Be honest with yourself about oral irrigators. They really help with oral health when you use them properly. Using one cannot replace your need to brush your teeth. They also do not help rid your mouth of plaque. If you don’t use oral irrigators the right way they may actually push some of the bacteria into your gums.

Talk to your dentist about what kind of toothpaste you should use. Your dentist has a knowledge base to know what is good and what is just fancy packaging. Not only that, but your dentist can consider your particular teeth and choose one that works best for you and your lifestyle.

You need an effective mouth guard if you engage in sports. Have your dentist make a custom one if you cannot find one that fits you perfectly. Your teeth could become severely damaged if you get hit in your mouth. You’ll save lots of money using a mouth guard.

These tips should help you maintain a killer smile throughout your life. White and healthy teeth take some effort, but there are many products to help you out. For more ideas, talk to your dentist. Your dentist is the expert and knows all the ways to keep your teeth looking their best.

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Have you been thinking for quite some time that you’re not happy with one of your physical features? Have you thought of having cosmetic surgery? There are many people just like you out there. Cosmetic surgery has become commonplace in our society. People love the results they are seeing! Continue reading to find out more about this surgery option.

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Never has moderation been more important than in the world of cosmetic surgery. Just the right procedure can make all of the difference in the world. Having a positive impact on self-esteem. However, it is very common to go overboard. The results of too many procedures are rarely good.

Prior to rushing into any cosmetic procedure, think about other alternatives that may help you achieve the same results. Many times there are steps you can take which are less invasive. Smart application of makeup, a consultation with a dermatologist or a new skin care regimen can make more serious procedures unnecessary.

You need to find out more about your surgeon’s malpractice insurance. If a mistake is made, you want to be able to receive compensation so that you can have the error fixed. If a doctor is not insured, do not use them. They may not carry insurance because of previous problems.

Find out where the surgery will take place in advance. You can do some research about this location. Make sure your surgeon has selected a licensed, and accredited location. Check that his or her office has been inspected, and accredited. If your surgery will be done at the surgeon’s practice.

Cosmetic surgery should always undergone with a sound mind. This means you need to check out as much, as you can about the surgeon beforehand. Don’t worry about being offensive when you ask him personal questions about his qualifications. Include the school, and extra courses that he has studied. This helps give you peace of mind.

Don’t let anyone except a doctor give you botox. These injections are now available at spa and salon locations, where they are administered by aestheticians, not doctors. Going to a cosmetologist instead of a cosmetic surgeon can put your health–and even your life–in danger.

You need to inquire ahead of time about recovery and aftercare. You might need time to recover after surgery. You don’t want to get up and get moving too soon, so make sure your doctor explains to you clearly how long your recovery will need to be.

Of course you will want to see photos of the surgeon’s work, but be aware that they will probably only represent the best outcomes. An honest surgeon will even show you some touch-up or revision jobs that he did. If you aren’t happy with the pictures, feel free to look for another surgeon.

Be realistic in your expectations. Surgery can change your physical appearance, but there are limits to its effects. For example, if you want surgery because you suffer from low self esteem, you are probably going to continue to have low self esteem, even after your surgery. You might want to consider counseling, before you decide on surgery.

While you may want to enhance certain parts of your body, do not look at cosmetic surgery as a way to change the way you look in its entirety. Use it to play up your natural features, and cover up any minor flaws, that you think make you look less than beautiful.

A cosmetic surgery to correct a nose is called rhinoplasty. Many of today’s teens request a nose job to create the perfect nose. You may wish to consider having rhinoplasty for your teen if his, or her nose has been broken. The average cost for rhinoplasty in the United States is approximately $4,000.00. While this procedure seems high, the advantages of your teen’s self esteem is worth it.

Before you have any cosmetic surgery done, you should try to have computer imaging done first. Having a computer determine what you will look like after surgery, can help you to decide on how you would like your nose, lips, or chin done. This can help to prevent a disaster, that you may not be able to have fixed.

People often want to change their appearance, and for many people, cosmetic surgery is right. Surgery can help you look younger, thinner, or even feel more confident. Investigate the possibilities further to make sure you are making the right decision and enjoy your new look!

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Family Health Insurance – Do Your Research First Before Choosing A Provider

There are many different types of family health care insurance that can be purchased to provide adequate health care coverage for you and your loved ones. However, in order to find a suitable health care plan or insurance you really should spend some time researching and investigating the many plans and the different options and benefits they offer to potential customers.

After all, when selecting family health insurance you’re looking to find a plan that will provide medical coverage at little or no cost in the event an accident happens to a family member or someone in your family becomes extremely ill or sick. The main reason for obtaining a family health care plan is to offset or eliminate the expensive costs and huge medical bills normally associated with receiving medical treatment from a hospital or health care specialist such as a doctor.

With so many different types of health care providers finding the right one can be time consuming and a mind numbing and tedious process. One suggestion would be to become familiar with some basic health insurance terms and to write down specific benefits you want to research with each health care company or provider. Items that should be listed can include the health insurance company name, the monthly premium or insurance rate, the deductible for each company’s respective health care plan, whether or not you can get brand name prescription drugs or will only be offered the cheaper generic version and what the maximum coverage amounts are.

Although the cost for any health care plan is major concern for many families, especially low-income families, it shouldn’t be used as the deciding factor when making the final choice for your health care insurance provider. Stick to a health care plan that offers the best amount of health care coverage at the most affordable price, this combination will yield the best results should you ever have a need to utilize your health insurance.

Although many cheaper health insurance plans require a higher deductible and provide little or no choice to the insured on who the medical doctor or specialist will be that provides medical treatment there are some plans that allow the consumer to choose their own preferred health care profession doctor or physician. Naturally these plans have a higher premium or costs associated with them but they are generally preferred more by folks interested in obtaining health care insurance while being able to use the services of their own doctor.

No matter what health care provider or company you choose to administer your family health insurance always be prudent with your research and you will be able to quickly and easily choose the right health care insurance that will provide for your families health care needs.

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Sexual Health of Men!

The sexual health of men is not as complicated as that of women. Show a man a certain type of image and if his brain and nervous system are working properly to produce nitric oxide, then a response will usually occur. That’s not to discount any mental, emotional, and spiritual components but it is the physical component that has the greatest impact on man’s sexual health. This article will focus on what men can do to improve the physical component of their sexual health. The side benefit is that these suggestions can also positively impact your overall wellness and how you age.

In all the information I gathered to prepare for this article, two overriding issues kept surfacing. These two health issues were consistently present. The first is hormone levels. The second is cardiovascular health. Most men would understand how hormone levels could apply but few ever consider cardiovascular health.

Cardiovascular Health!

Your cardiovascular health is as important to your sexual health as it is to your overall health. The reason why centers on the health of the endothelial cells that line the blood vessels of your body. The creation of nitric oxide occurs in these endothelial cells. Nitric oxide researchers believe that nitric oxide can correct up to 90% of all penile dysfunction. When the endothelial cells are damaged by high blood pressure, high sugar levels, cholesterol, and smoking this decreases nitric oxide production. Endothelial cells and their ability to produce nitric oxide are critical to the sexual health of men.

Hormone Levels!

At its simplest level, sex is just a hormone driven function designed to perpetuate the species. With that said, the sexual health of American men is in trouble. Testosterone levels have been decreasing over the last 20 years. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. It plays an important role in maintaining bone and muscle mass. Low levels of testosterone have been linked to lowered libido and diabetes. Diabetes can affect the endothelial cells of the blood vessels compounding the problem of lower testosterone levels.

Over the past two decades, the level of testosterone in American males has decreased by 16 percent. Researchers don’t know why. But there are some clues. The recent Nurses’ Health Study revealed some important truths as they apply to women. Some of those truths also apply to the sexual health of men because they affect both hormonal levels and cardiovascular health.

Additionally, as testosterone levels have decreased this has resulted in reduced muscle mass and tone, reduced metabolism and energy and an increase in body fat. Not a sexy combination! You can accept it and do nothing about it. Or, you can begin to live life by making healthier eating and exercise choices. Choices that will help your body actually be younger physically than your chronological age.

You Have Control Over the Process!

Every day you replace approximately 1% of your cells. That means that 1% of your body is new today, 1% is new tomorrow, and 1% is new each and every day of your life. You choose whether those new cells will be nourished properly or poorly. You choose whether you will have healthy and vibrant cells that act young. Or, sickly and sedentary cells that act old.

The sexual health of your body will be affected by the choices you make. I call it “The 1% Solution!” and it will positively affect the cardiovascular and sexual health of your body.

Choices Affecting Sexual Health!

The Nurses’ Health Study highlighted five critical lifestyle and diet behaviors. They are:

o Carbohydrates – Slow verses Fast!

o Fats – Natural verses Artificial!

o Protein – Animal or Plant!

o Body Weight – Your BMI!

o Exercise – Is It Important?

If you look at this list, three critical components emerge: Diet, Weight, and Exercise! Now you might think that this only applies to women. It doesn’t! Each of these factors will affect your cardiovascular health and hormonal balance. Each of these factors also affects the health of your endothelial cells and their ability to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide production is the most important component to the sexual health of men. Let’s look at how all of these factors impact your sexual health.

The Diet Component!

You are what you eat and drink. The sexual health of your body and the cardiovascular health of your circulatory system will be greatly determined by your food and drink choices. These choices will also impact the potential for disease and how you age.

Your first choice is in the area of carbohydrates. Are you choosing foods and drinks that are high in fast carbs (simple sugars)? If you are, then you need to understand that:

o Fast carbs disrupt hormone levels.

o Fast carbs create the potential for high blood sugar that can lead to diabetes.

o High blood sugar can damage the endothelial cells of your blood vessels reducing the production of nitric oxide which is critical for good sexual and cardiovascular health.

Learn to consume foods that are high in slow carbs (complex carbohydrates). Slow carbs will help to keep your blood sugar levels normal and your hormonal levels balanced. Drink water instead of sugary drinks and diet sodas. Drinking water hydrates your system, helps you balance your hormone levels, and aids in weight management.

Your second choice is in the area of fats. Eliminate all trans fats from your diet and replace them with natural, heart-health fats. The Nurses’ Health Study clearly showed how disruptive trans fats are to fertility in women. As little as four grams of trans fat (the equivalent of two tablespoons of stick margarine, one medium order of French fries or one doughnut) began to disrupt their hormonal balance.

How much of your diet consists of trans fats from fast food restaurants? How many orders of French fries and doughnuts have you consumed at work? Although I can’t give you any hard research on men, it makes sense that we can be as affected by trans fats as women are. It’s time that you incorporate foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as wild, cold-water fish, walnuts, and flax seeds) since essential fats help to balance hormone levels and promote healthy cell function.

Your third choice is in the area of protein. According to the Nurses’ Health Study, women who got their protein from plant sources rather then from animals took a big step toward improved fertility. Animal protein can adversely affect your sexual health. It also has a direct influence on cancer!

If you’re not willing to give up your beef, pork or chicken, then invest the time, energy and extra cost to make sure that these sources of protein are hormone free. This also applies to your dairy products. Much of the industry still relies on hormonal injections into their livestock to help increase food production. Eating meat from these animals and their byproducts will affect your hormonal levels. If you’re not willing to switch to plant-based protein sources, then make sure your meat and dairy sources are hormone free.

The Weight Component!

Like it or not weight impacts the sexual health of your body. Why? Because fat interferes with your hormonal balance! Fat also stresses your cardiovascular system. This additional stress on your cardiovascular system will compromise the sexual health of your body. Currently, 66% of Americans are overweight with at least a third being obese. Diets are not the answer. America has been dieting for the last 50 years. It has had no real impact on slowing down overweight and obesity rates.

You need a paradigm shift from “dieting” to “healthy eating”. Make food choices based on how it will improve your health and wellness, not on how it will impact your weight. Most people who do this see their weight stabilize or decrease.

The Exercise Component!

Exercise is important for both sexual and cardiovascular health. Inactivity saps the body of its ability to respond to insulin and makes you less efficient in absorbing blood sugar. A study from the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality highlighted that people who exercised on a regular basis:

o Feel better about themselves.

o Think they are more sexually desirable.

o Experience greater levels of satisfaction.

It’s always important to check with your physician or health care provider before you start an exercise program. Once you have their OK, than strive to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, biking, and swimming are important and seem to increase circulation to the pelvis and the reproductive organs. But don’t forget about strength training exercises. Strength training exercises will help you maintain bone health and density. Additionally, strength training exercises will increase your spatial awareness. This is a very positive feeling that improves your overall well being.

The Nitric Oxide Component!

You cannot live without nitric oxide. Your cardiovascular system could not function properly without nitric oxide. The sexual health of your body revolves around the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide production is dependent upon the health of the endothelial cells of your blood vessels, and adequate supplies of the essential amino acid L-arginine.

High blood pressure, high sugar levels, high cholesterol levels and smoking all affect your endothelial cells in a negative way. Damage to these endothelial cells will reduce nitric oxide production. This can compromise the blood flow to the sexual organ resulting in reduced sensitivity and/or erectile dysfunction.

Since nitric oxide is synthesized from the essential amino acid L-arginine, your diet needs to include protein sources and/or supplements that contain this amino acid. It needs to be emphasized that L-arginine is not a hormone and it is not testosterone. However, when properly brought into the body it can cross the blood-brain barrier to signal the hypothalamus to naturally trigger the pituitary gland to produce growth hormone. This is the key to eliminating any negative side effects typically associated with hormone supplements like DHEA and HGH.

Please note that L-arginine has a dark side and can cause some serious side effects. Read my article, “L-arginine, Nitric Oxide and Sexual Health!” for more information on this essential amino acid.

Conclusion!

If you continue a life of inactively, animal protein intake, sugary drinks, foods made from refined grains, increased body fat, and inadequate nitric oxide production, then you will become part of the new reality for America. This new reality includes epidemic increases in diabetes, continued high levels of cardiovascular disease and stroke, continued high levels of cancer, and poor sexual health especially for those over the age of 40. As Aristotle said, “We Are What We Repeatedly Do!”

By taking the necessary steps to improve your diet, manage your weight, exercise properly and increase your body’s ability to produce nitric oxide you will experience positive changes in the sexual health of your body. If you repeatedly take these positive steps you will also improve your wellness and slow down your aging.

One Final Thought!

Although the hormonal balance between men and women are different, the process of change is the same. Many of the steps that improve the sexual health of men will also help improve the sexual health of women. Encourage your spouse or partner to implement these changes with you. If you both take the steps to improve your health, then you will both be reward in the bedroom, and in living your life to its fullest.

Until next time, may we both age youthfully!

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Cutting Health Insurance Costs: Strategies for Today’s Families

As the cost of health care increases, so does the strain on household budgets. A majority of today’s families are barely getting by, and an increasing number of households are living with no health insurance at all. In fact, more than 46 million Americans now live uninsured–and that number increases by the year.

Health insurance is designed to protect you and your family from expense in case of accidents or illness. Doctor bills; hospitalization; medical tests and treatments; rehabilitation, and maternity/pediatric care…all fall within these bounds.

So what’s a family to do if it needs health insurance protection but doesn’t have much to spend?

Getting Cheap Health Insurance

The less likely you are to need health care, the less you’ll pay for your health insurance coverage. Therefore, finding ways to reduce your claims risk increases your chances of getting the cheap health insurance rates you deserve.

If your family needs cheap health insurance and you’re not sure how to get it, use these money-saving strategies to reduce your health insurance premiums:

  • Take care of your bodies. Get regular exercise; eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, and see your doctor for routine check-ups and health care advice. Don’t drink or smoke. If you do what’s necessary to maintain your health, you’ll reduce your health care costs in the long run–reducing, in turn, your health insurance costs.
  • Set your deductibles high. What is a deductible? It’s simply the amount you have to pay on your medical bills before your health insurance kicks in and pays the rest. According to experts, it’s not uncommon for families to save up to 25 percent on health insurance premiums with a high deductible plan. The more responsibility you take for the cost of your medical care, the less responsibility your health insurance company has to carry–and the lower your health insurance rates will be.
  • Find a group policy. Group health insurance is always less expensive. This is because the financial risk to the health insurance company is spread amongst the entire group, instead of resting solely on you. Look for group health insurance through your employer, or through community or professional organizations to which you belong.
  • Buy early.The younger you are when you purchase health insurance, the lower your premiums will be. This is because your risk of health-related issues increases as you get older. Buying health insurance early on means your family saves on monthly premiums, as well as over the life of the policy.
  • Coordinate your coverages. If you and your spouse both work and have health insurance available, compare plans–and choose the best parts of each. Sharing expenses between more than one insurance plan makes things cheaper for both health insurance companies–and for you.
  • Your family’s health insurance premiums don’t have to eat into the household budget–or your bank account. Use these strategies to get cheap health insurance protection, and you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way.

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Be Careful When Shopping For Health Insurance Online

Without a doubt the Internet has made life much easier for consumers, especially when trying to obtain the best deals when shopping for health insurance online. The ease of use and the ability to quickly compare the offers from competing health insurance providers makes it almost to fast and hassle free to purchase health insurance online. However, there are some important facts, questions and answers you or any consumer searching for an online health insurance provider should research before quickly making a decision that could lock you into a health insurance policy that may not be right for you.

Health insurance like most other insurance products and services contains a variety or jargon and terms that you should become intimately familiar with prior to signing up for a policy or health insurance plan that you may have found online. Most, in fact almost all, health insurance companies will require you to partake in a physical before they consider underwriting you for a policy. Basically, this underwriting process consists of your taking a physical, which the insurance company then verifies against the information you filled out on their application for accuracy. The reason for this full disclosure is so that the health insurance provider can determine the rate or premium they will charge you for your health insurance coverage and it’s also for your protection so that the insurance company cannot refuse you treatment for a condition at a later time. In some minor cases when obtaining health insurance online you may not have your information verified against the actual physical.

As mentioned above, when searching for health insurance online there is a chance that some insurance providers will not do their due diligence in the beginning (comparing your physical to your completed application or questionnaire) and will instead play the odds that you won’t get sick, injured or suffer some other health catastrophe. In the event that you do get ill and need their services they will then scrutinize your records with the hopes of finding a reason not to pay your health insurance related claims. If for some reason they find what they consider a valid discrepancy they may then attempt to not pay your claim or cancel your health insurance completely. Remember, this is not all insurance companies just a extremely small percentage that may do this practice or tactic to strong arm you into not receiving your proper health insurance coverage.

When shopping and comparing health insurance online make sure any application you fill out contains full disclosure and a complete and accurate assessment by you regarding your health otherwise you may find a future health related claim denied. When filling out your health insurance online application always list every illness, broken bone, accident, operation, medication you have taken and any other ailment you may have suffered from during your life. Failure to do so could nullify your insurance policy should you ever need to make a claim against it.

In some cases the health insurance agent for the company or provider you are considering will fill out the health insurance application for you. In the event he or she does this you must make sure and double check it for accuracy. Remember agents get paid based on the business they provide to the insurance company so always make sure no shortcuts were taken to get you initially covered by the health provider. If your future claims get denied due to an error on your initial application it doesn’t really phase the insurance agent hat helped you in the beginning.

Finally, after you’re approved make sure you double check your health insurance online application for any errors that may have occurred during and after the insurance company accepts your paperwork. The difference between a no and yes answer could prove costly in the future should you ever need to file a health related claim against your health insurance provider.

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Health and Medical Insurance – Comparing Managed Care Health Plans

Health insurance plans have been forced to take action to contain costs of quality health care delivery as health care costs have skyrocketed. Health insurance premiums, deductibles and co-pays have steadily increased, and health insurance companies have implemented certain strategies for reducing health care costs. “Managed care” describes a group of stratgies aimed at reducing the costs of health care for health insurance companies.

There are two basic types of managed care plans; health maintenance organizations, or HMOs, and preferred provider organizations, or PPOs. So which health plan is best? How do you choose what type of health insurance best suits the health care needs of you and your family?

Both HMOs and PPOs contain costs by contracting with health providers for reduced rate on health care services for its’ members, often as much as 60%. One important difference between HMOs and PPOs is that PPOs often will cover the costs of care when the provider is out of their network, but usually at a reduced rate. On the other hand, most HMOs offer no coverage for health care services for out-of-network providers.

Both HMO and PPOs also control health care costs by use of a gateway, or primary care provider (PCP). Health insurance plan members are assigned (or select) a primary care practitioner (physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner). usually a family practitioner or internal medicine doctor for adult members or a pediatrician or family care practitioner for childern. The primary care provider is responsible for coordianting health delivery for plan members. Care by specialist physicians require referral from the primary care provider. This cost containment strategy is intended to avoid duplication of services (for example, the cardiologist ordering tests that have already been done by the PCP, or a sprained ankle being referred to an orthopedic) and avoid unnecessary specialist referrals, tests and/or procedures.

HMO and PPO plans also contain costs by requiring prior approval, prior authorization, or pre-certification for many elective hospital admissions, surgeries, costly tests and imaging procedures, durable medical equipment and prescription drugs. When such services are required, the provider must submit a request to the health insurance plan review department, along with medical records that justify the service. The request is reviewed by the health insurance company to determine whether the services are justified as “medically necessary” according to the health plan policy and guidelines. Review is usually performed by licensed nurses, and, if the reviewer agrees that the service is necessary, approval is given and the service will be covered by the health insurance plan.

As health care costs continue to rise, many indemnity health insurance plans, or “fee for service” plans are being forced to adopt some managed care strategies in order to provide quality health care and keep health insurance premiums affordable. And as long as health care costs continue to rise, the distinctions among PPO, HMO, FFS and other health insurance plans will become blurred. Rest assured, however, that managed health care is here to stay.

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