Health, Medicine & Nutrition
A Drug-Free Solution for lowering Cholesterol PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Stewart   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:58

Wednesday December 18th at 7 - 8pm, Healing Lotus Acupuncture will be premiering the first of many online presentations focusing on such topics as: health conditions, Eastern medicine, and nutrition.  These free presentations will be featured on the Healing Lotus website (www.HealingLotus.co), and will occur regularly throughout the month.

Wednesday’s presentation will cover the topic of hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), which continues to be a highly mediatized subject; as seen in November with the updated guidelines for cholesterol management.

In this web presentation Scott Stewart, LAc., Dipl. will be explaining the truth about cholesterol, and the misunderstanding of “good” vs. “bad” cholesterol.  You will learn about the dangers of having a cholesterol count that is too low, which can lead to other diseases; the adverse effects of statin drugs, and how the pharmaceutical industry influences the guidelines for cholesterol; how Eastern medicine views hyperlipidemia; and how you can safely manage hyperlipidemia without taking a drug for the rest of your life.

After the presentation there will be an open forum set up for any questions people have.

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AARP STATEMENT ON FINAL APPROVAL OF THE IOWA HEALTH AND WELLNESS PLAN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Black   
Friday, 13 December 2013 16:13

DES MOINES —“AARP is pleased federal officials and Iowa state officials have reached an agreement to provide health coverage to Iowa’s over 100,000 adults, including over 17,000 Iowans between age 50 and 64, many of whom are working poor who lack coverage.  We are pleased state and federal leaders put people first and achieved a bipartisan compromise.  AARP looks forward to reading the important details of the final agreement.”

--Kent Sovern, AARP State Director

 

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP VIVA, a bilingual news source.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

 
Join us in supporting the Tobacco Free Quad Cities Petition! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Plumb   
Friday, 13 December 2013 11:55
Dear QCHI Volunteers,

Tobacco Free Quad Cities, an affiliate coalition of QCHI, has drafted a petition for the advancement of our children's health through limitation of tobacco products at public parks. It is their goal to partner with organizations across the Quad Cities to promote this petition and give our children the present of healthy, clean parks this holiday season. We invite and encourage you to join us in support of this effort. The text of the petition is included below so that you may read it in its entirety.

Anti-Tobacco Petition
Petition for the advancement of our children's public health through limitation of tobacco products at public parks

We, citizens of the Quad Cities along with members of the Tobacco-Free QC Coalition, believe that being able to use tobacco products freely in public locations, specifically parks and playgrounds, is detrimental to the public well-being and health of our community's youth.

Young people should be able to visit and enjoy public facilities intended for their use without the risk of tobacco exposure. Public use of tobacco sets a negative example for the community's young people, as well as exposes them to dangerous chemicals and toxins which can have serious health effects on growing children. Moreover, waste products from tobacco use (i.e. discarded matches, cigarette butts, etc.) hinder the natural beauty of our environment.

Therefore, it is proposed that tobacco use be disallowed on all days of the week within 100 yards of playground equipment and youth-centered events at public parks, through an addition or change to city code. By doing so, public health, wellness and comfort will improve, particularly for our community's children and families.

Ready to sign on?
You can sign the petition using your Facebook or Twitter account, or by entering your name and email address into the online form.  Simply follow this link to sign today!
If that does not work, please copy and paste the following text into your browser: 
Want to help by becoming a sponsor?
Partnering in this effort is easy and free. Simply contact Austin Bird and notify him that you would like your organization to become a supporter of the petition.
Austin Bird
Government Relations Specialist
Genesis Health System
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When you partner with the coalition they will list your organization's name with their other sponsors on the petition website. All that is asked of the partner organizations is that they send an email asking employees to consider signing the petition and share the link on any social media website/page they may have (Facebook, Twitter).

Current partners include: Community Health Care, Genesis Health System, Quad City Health Initiative, Scott County Health Department, Rock Island County Health Department, and UnityPoint Health Trinity. 

We hope you will consider partnering with Tobacco Free Quad Cities in this grassroots effort to give Quad City kids healthy, clean parks this holiday season.

Questions? For more information please contact:
Elizabeth Plumb
Project, Communications and Development Associate
Quad City Health Initiative
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Can Cheating on Your Diet this Holiday Season Help You Lose Weight? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 13 December 2013 11:54

It’s hard to stick to a low-calorie diet day after day to lose weight, but new research shows you don’t have to, says Dr. Susie Rockway, a veteran nutritional and biochemical expert in the U.S. health industry.

“Recent studies show you can lose 10 to 30 pounds in eight weeks through alternate-day fasting,” she says. “Every other day, dieters in the study ate only lunch – no breakfast or dinner – between noon and 2 p.m. The following day, they could eat whatever they wanted. Not only did they not ‘gorge’ as expected on the feed days, most had an easier time sticking with it.”

Dieting is as much about the mind as it is about the body, and most people have a difficult time staying with any sort of very strict regimen, says Sebastien Hebbelinck, a 20-year-plus veteran of the nutraceutical industry.

In the alternate day fast studies conducted by Dr. Krista Varady of the University of Illinois at Chicago, participants on average consumed only 110 percent of their energy needs on feed days, Rockway says. Lunch on fast days was 400 to 500 calories for women and 500 to 600 calories for men.

Hebbelinck, the CEO of Apax Business Development, which produces the water-soluble fat-binding supplement Lineatabs (sold at GNC and www.lineatabs.com), offers these other suggestions for indulging your taste buds while losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight.

• Eat your bigger meals earlier in the day. Avoiding large meals at dinnertime is effective in helping to lose weight, particularly abdominal fat. In fact, another fasting study -- presented at this year’s American Diabetes Association conference – showed that dieters who ate big meals at breakfast and lunch and skipped dinner lost more weight than participants who ate six small meals a day.

• Don’t belly up to the buffet bar. Whether it’s a cheat meal or a cheat day, throw all those studies out the window if you gorge on huge quantities of food. Eat controlled portions of healthy, nutritious foods. You can enjoy a nice lunch with a glass of wine and even a dessert, but don’t go back for seconds and don’t order the Decadent Chocolate-for-Four if you have no plans to share!

Rockway adds the following tips based on her nutritional and biochemical expertise.

• Include plenty of fiber and water (stay hydrated!). Unlike most nutrients in foods, we don’t absorb fiber. It passes through our digestive tract, and if it’s soluble fiber, it can help us feel full since it forms viscous gels. High-fiber foods include legumes, beans, avocados, nuts, whole fruits (versus juice), and whole-grain foods such as whole wheat spaghetti. On a cheat day, you may splurge on    a higher fat hamburger or fries, which case this is the perfect time to take a fiber-rich fat-binding supplement such as Lineatabs before the meal to help prevent some of the excess fats from being absorbed. Rockway likes Lineatabs because, unlike other fat-binding supplements, it dissolves in water and is consumed as a beverage, making the fiber soluble in the stomach and immediately available to bind to fats. It then forms a viscous fiber in the small intestines to form a barrier to reduce absorption. AND you get the fluid your body needs!!

• Healthy eating: Plan meals that are higher in lean protein and lower in simple carbohydrates. This will help you avoid a sugar spike that will leave you feeling hungry soon afterward. It also stabilizes your insulin levels, and protein foods are the most satiating.  If you are satisfied after you eat, you will be less likely to snack later. Some great high-protein choices include turkey or chicken  breast, pork loin chop, tuna and salmon and whey protein shakes. Avoid foods high in simple carbs, such as syrups, soft drinks and jams.

About Dr. Susie Rockway, Ph.D., C.N.S. & Sebastien Hebbelinck

Dr. Susie Rockway, Ph.D., C.N.S., is a veteran nutritional and biochemical expert and decades-long health industry expert. Rockway has worked for multiple companies in executive capacities, including as an executive director of product development, a director of research, and a manager for science developing health and wellness products, where she communicated nutrition and new science updates to consumers. She has also designed testing strategies for clinical efficacy studies.

Sebastien Hebbelinck is an internationally recognized business entrepreneur who has been active in the nutraceutical industry for more than two decades. He is the founder and CEO of Apax Business Development, a 21-year-old company that has experienced major success in Europe with the dietary supplement Lineatabs (sold at GNC and www.lineatabs.com). The product contains Solusitan, an all-natural fat-binding complex contained in an innovative delivery system that dissolves in water, making it immediately available in the stomach to bind with fat molecules in food.

 
Grassley Health Care Provisions Advance in Key Committee Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 13 December 2013 10:10

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today received key committee approval of his measures to increase fair treatment of Iowa doctors in Medicare, improve spending for health care oversight, and increase the transparency of Medicare payments to doctors, among other measures.

“These provisions increase value and transparency in federal health care programs,” Grassley said.  “It’s important to advance bipartisan measures that make Medicare and Medicaid work better for beneficiaries and taxpayers.”

Grassley filed amendments that were accepted during the Finance Committee’s consideration of a Medicare physician payment bill.  Grassley amendments passed by the committee include:

--A provision to provide for the improved use of funds received by the Department Health and Human Services for oversight and investigative activities.  The department’s Office of the Inspector General protects the integrity of HHS programs and the health and welfare of the people they serve.  The inspector general’s office is responsible for providing oversight of nearly $1 trillion in HHS spending oversight, or about $0.24 of every federal dollar. Its responsibilities have grown with expanded programs including the Affordable Care Act.  Grassley’s provision allows the inspector general to receive and retain three percent of all collections pursuant to civil debt collection actions related to false claims or frauds involving the Medicare program.

--A provision to help Iowa providers who are geographically disadvantaged by Medicare compared to those in other areas of the country.   Under current law, the Medicare fee schedule is adjusted geographically for three factors to reflect differences in the cost of resources needed to produce physician services: physician work, practice expense, and medical malpractice insurance.   The Grassley amendment makes permanent the existing floor 1.0 on the physician work index under the Medicare physician fee schedule, which helps Iowa providers receive fair reimbursement relative to their peers in other parts of the country, so they are encouraged to continue serving Iowans.

--An extension of provisions to help rural hospitals.  Grassley and Sen. Chuck Schumer included language to continue the Medicare-dependent hospital program and enhanced low-volume Medicare adjustment for prospective payment system hospitals.  These provisions are helpful for rural hospitals in low population areas that are more dependent on Medicare than their urban counterparts and provide valuable health care to their communities.

--Language that would make Medicare claims data available to the public.  Both the House and Senate versions of legislation addressing the Medicare physician payment formula include the key provisions from Grassley and Sen. Ron Wyden’s Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act (Medicare DATA Act). This would establish a free, searchable Medicare payment database that would be readily available to the public online at no cost.  Today’s action is the first time the legislation has passed out of the committee.

“Transparency draws in the public and invites analysis of policy and spending,” Grassley said. “More transparency has made a difference in accountability in the tax-exempt sector, and it does the same wherever it’s applied in health care.”

--A fix to a provision in the underlying bill that created a potential disincentive for providers to participate in Medicaid.   Doctors are increasingly reluctant to participate in Medicaid, yet their participation is critical to the level of service provided by the program.

--A provision directing a study by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) of individuals whose shifting income and other changing status makes it difficult to track their eligibility for Medicaid or transitional medical assistance.  “Understanding the volatility in income for these individuals will be helpful in informing future policy making,” Grassley said.

Grassley also spoke in favor of an amendment from Sen. Debbie Stabenow to establish criteria for Federally Qualified Community Behavioral Health Centers to ensure the centers cover a broad range of mental health services, including 24-hour crisis care, increased integration of physical, mental and substance abuse treatment so they are treated simultaneously rather than separately, and expanded support for families of people living with mental health issues.

On the underlying bill approved by the committee on voice vote today, Grassley said he supported repeal of the sustainable growth rate and the replacement bill but urged caution and careful analysis of the replacement bill’s effects, especially on certain kinds of providers.

“If it ends up that the formula in this bill hurts mostly rural providers or mostly providers who treat complex patients or mostly providers who are specialists or mostly providers who are already high quality performers, we can come back and fix it legislatively, even though we all know the winners under the formula will fight against any change,” Grassley said.  “The bill does provide the Secretary authority to fix the problem herself if Congress doesn’t act.  Therefore, we could be dependent on the Secretary’s use of her authority to fix problems as they arise.  However, the bill does not allow for judicial review of the Secretary’s use of this broad authority if providers think this authority is being used in an arbitrary manner.  I am supportive of the bill but remain concerned with the uncertainty of how it will ultimately be implemented.”

Grassley is former chairman and ranking member of the Finance Committee, with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid.  He is a senior member of the committee.

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