Health, Medicine & Nutrition
New book shares how type 2 diabetic became insulin-free in 30 days PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Tomlinson   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:01

ELDRIDGE, Iowa – When Iowa author Jason L. McLaughlin was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he knew it was going to be a lifestyle adjustment, but he didn't realize just how much. He quickly got tired of testing his blood sugar levels and injecting insulin. So he decided to do something about it.

After months of research, developing a systematic plan, and actual application, he was free from his dependence on insulin injections. He shares how others can become insulin-free in just one month in his new book releasing nationwide this month, “Diabetes: How I Got Off Insulin In 30 Days.”

The book takes readers through the daily routine, the rules that govern diabetic lifestyles, and the best way to get in control. McLaughlin hopes that, by following the proper eating habits and engaging in a regular exercise plan, readers too can tell their families and friends they are insulin-free in just 30 days.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

McLaughlin lives in Eldridge, Iowa. For more information, visit

Is America Really Dumb About Health – Or Just Incredibly Misinformed? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:54
By: Gordon Filepas

America must seem pretty dumb to the rest of the world when it comes to how we take care of ourselves.  Here’s why:

• America spends more per person on health-care costs than any other country in the world, by a huge margin, yet ranks 29th in longevity and has among the worst health outcomes.
• Americans and their children are still getting fatter and sicker each year.
• American physicians receive less than 24 hours of nutrition training throughout all of medical school.
• 90 percent of what U.S.-educated physicians learn in their careers is either directly or indirectly funded by pharmaceutical companies.
• President Obama’s health-care plan and Mitt Romney’s counter-proposal don’t discuss prevention.

Everyone’s complaining about America’s increasing health and obesity issues and wondering how to solve these problems while also reducing health-care costs. They make it sound like a big, complicated mystery – how could this be happening?  Giving everyone health insurance is the best solution anyone can come up with?  It’s a noble proposition but it won’t solve the problem or do a thing to cure or prevent any disease.

Twenty years ago, I would have thrown up my hands in frustration along with everyone else. Back then, I was in the same place that most of America is today – uninformed, a little bit frantic, and wondering what to do.

But through two decades of common sense study, I’ve learned good health is easily attained and maintained – and it doesn’t require either deprivation or a big change in lifestyle.

I know, now, that Americans aren’t dumb about health. They’re just incredibly misinformed about how to get and remain healthy and lean, and how to extend their longevity.  In many other countries, such knowledge is simply part of the culture, handed down through the generations.

Here’s what I’ve learned after 20 years of intensive research:

• The human cell is essentially immortal and humans should live to, at minimum, 120 years of age while being lean and healthy.
• To achieve this you must give your body what it needs biologically – oxygen, proper nutrition, adequate water and good drainage, freedom from toxins and adequate sunlight:  The same things a plant needs to thrive.
• Genetics has little to do with your weight, health or longevity.
• Humans gain weight or get sick only when their body becomes out of balance because it is not receiving the raw materials to meet its biological needs.
• America can save $600 billion a year with common sense preventative practices that ensure individuals receive the proper nutrients.
• It is impossible to reform America’s health-care “system.” The only way to change the system is to change the health of the people within the system through proper education about health and wellness.  As people become healthier and demand for services is reduced, the system will gradually adapt to reduced health-care needs, much like how the music industry adapted to the introduction of iTunes.

The key is proper education that emphasizes common-sense, time-tested practices focusing on how the human body works. High-tech gadgetry and man-made petrochemicals cannot replace what the human body needs biologically.

Rapid, mass health-care reform in America will result directly from individual self-care reform from proper health education.

Try it America.  You’ll like it.

About Gordon Filepas

Gordon Filepas spent 20 years researching for his book Lean And Healthy To 100 (, interviewing physicians, attending seminars, and reading medical journals and other health-related literature. He is the founder of TGM Partners, a consulting and investment firm. Filepas says he was motivated to learn more about the requirements for optimal health following the deaths of his father and brother from cancer right around the time his first child was born. He hopes to ensure the good health of his family, including his wife of 25 years and three sons.

Statement from Governor Quinn on General Assembly Passage of Legislation to Save Medicaid PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:53

SPRINGFIELD – May 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the Senate’s passage of SB 2194, which raises the price of cigarettes by $1-a-pack to prevent children from smoking, and is the final part of his plan to restructure Medicaid.


"I want to thank the members of the General Assembly who rose to the occasion to save our Medicaid system from the brink of collapse.


"Last week, members of both parties passed legislation to create the necessary savings to save Medicaid. Today the Senate joined the House to prevent children from smoking and allow the state to access vital federal funding to save our Medicaid system.


"Senate President Cullerton and Senate sponsor Jeff Schoenberg, thank you for your leadership to raise the price of cigarettes, which will improve our state’s fiscal health and the health of tens of thousands of smokers who will quit or never start.


"Increasing the price of cigarettes will decrease smoking-related costs to Medicaid, which came to $1.5 billion last year. This legislation will help 60,000 people quit smoking, prevent 60,000 deaths from smoking-related conditions and keep 80,000 kids from taking up smoking in the first place."


“By working together to pass these bills, strong progress has been made in our mission to restructure Medicaid, so that it serves as a health and wellness system instead of a provider-payment system. As a result, our Medicaid system will continue to serve the millions of Illinois residents who rely on it."


"I thank the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos and all who took part in our bipartisan working group to develop solutions to save Medicaid.


“I look forward to signing the bills to preserve and restructure our Medicaid system, as we continue to take important steps to restore fiscal stability to Illinois.”





Stroke and Osteoporosis Screenings Coming to Rock Island, Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joelle Reizes   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:45
Rock Island, Illinois – Residents living in and around the Rock Island, Illinois community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.  First Lutheran Church will host Life Line Screening on 6/13/2012.  The site is located at 1600 20th Street in Rock Island.  John Kost from Western Springs, IL, participated in a Life Line Screening event in April of 2008 and learned he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm.  He writes, "I want to thank you and your organization for saving my life!"

Four key points every person needs to know:
•       Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability
•       80% of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke
•       Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke
•       Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

Packages start at $149.  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at  Pre-registration is required.


Graduating Students Need to Pay Attention to Health Insurance Rules PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:35
Students have 30 days once health plans end to notify their parents’ health insurance company to continue coverage; delay could cause long lapse

DES MOINES — Few students realize that once their health plans ends after graduation they have 30 days to notify their parents’ health insurance company to continue coverage. If students miss the 30-day window, it could be months before they’re able to join their parents’ plan under open enrollment. To help educate students of the rules, Obama for America today released the attached fact sheet detailing the action graduating college students can take to keep health care coverage once they are out of school.  Under the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama in March 2010, students can stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26 – and 2.5 million young adults who would otherwise be uninsured have coverage today because of Obamacare. 

Before health care reform, more young Americans lacked health coverage than any other age group – accounting for more than one in five of the uninsured.  As young people transition to the job market, they often have entry level jobs, part time jobs, or jobs at small businesses – all forms of employment that are less likely to offer insurance.  That is why it is imperative to let students know how to switch from their student health plan to their parents’ plan after graduation.  Once student health plans end, they will have only 30 days to notify their parents’ health insurance company.  If students miss the 30-day window, it could be months before they’re able to join their parents’ plan under open enrollment.





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