Be Your Own Advocate!

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I’ve been writing about self-education for a long time.  I truly believe that the more educated you are on a subject, the better off you are.  Do you check out the reviews of a product before you buy it?  How about ingredients on the side of a box at the grocery store?  Do you know what most of those ingredients are?  Are you the type to look something up if you don’t know?  If you are, then you’re definitely ahead of the game.

Knowing what your buying and/or ingesting is a good thing.  Finding about more about a disease you or a loved one may have is another good thing.  Educating yourself is always wise.  If you’ve got a long-term disease, keeping up-to-date on new ways to manage/deal with it is a great thing to do.

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No one is going to take care of you.  Self-care is one of my problems.  I live I the land of denial at all times, and this has been a real challenge in my life. I’m really good at taking care of everyone else, but not so good at taking care of me.   As a quick example of this, my underwear drawer is full of torn panties.  I know what you’re thinking, but unfortunately, they were not torn in a fit of passion, they are just old. In my defense, I’m still losing weight and am waiting to drop some more to replace them with a hopefully smaller size.

Being your own advocate can be hard.  This means that you have to take responsibility for yourself, whether it be at work, at home, in relationships or with your health.  Being responsible is difficult.  However, think of the benefits (besides great underwear), you can influence in your own life.  Wouldn’t it be great to live the life you really want?  This is what being your own advocate can achieve for you.  Let me know what you do to advocate for yourself.  Let’s see if we can inspire each other!

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What is a Pre-existing Condition?

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There has been a lot of talk about pre-existing conditions, what they are and if people who have them can be denied health insurance, or be made to pay more for health insurance.  A pre-existing condition is anything medical that happened before a person’s health care policy went into effect.   In the bad old days, before the ACA, health insurance companies could refuse to sell policies to people who were sick, or who had been sick.  There were companies who did sell policies to these people, however the cost was much too high for the average person to pay.  With the ACA, these people were able to buy policies for about the same price that the average “healthy” person could.  With the advent of TrumpCare, these pre-existing conditions don’t need to be covered by insurance companies.  Here is a list of some of these conditions that no longer will be covered.

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As you can see, a lot of people have these conditions.  For example, I was born of with a heart murmur and I have had asthma in the past.  Heart murmurs, as I understand it, can be a crap-shoot.  It’s a 50/50 chance of needing a medical intervention.  I never even knew I had one until I was pregnant, then I was told that I’d had it all my life – go figure.

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What do you think about these pre-existing conditions?  Are you in danger of losing your health care?  If you do lose it what will you do about it?  Let me know in the comments below.

Health Care?

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Okay, so I’ve simply got to say something about the plan for healthcare under the TrumpCare proposal.  I realize that “they” don’t want us calling it TrumpCare, however, if “they” were allowed to call the Affordable Care Act ObamaCare, then I really don’t see why this proposal can’t be called TrumpCare.

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Actually, the plan is to throw as many people off health insurance as possible.  Does that sound extreme?  Then tell me why, as a fifty-something year-old, under this plan, my insurance would go up 5 times what I’m paying now.  Yes, not 5%, but 5 times the cost.  Are they insane?  My health insurance per month would cost roughly what our monthly income is.  That would leave us with no money for food or shelter.  Oh, and by the way, Jason Chaffetz, I don’t have an expensive phone, instead I probably use one of the oldest flip phones still in use, and have no internet connection on it.  My husband though, has an expensive one that is for work, and therefore is paid for by his place of employment.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/07/if-jason-chaffetz-wants-to-compare-healthcare-to-iphones-lets-do-it-the-right-way/?utm_term=.1801ab53d187

I’m leaving some links below for those of you who want to educate yourselves further.  Please read them, as the proof is in the pudding, as they say.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/07/the-new-republican-health-care-plan-is-awe-inspiringly-awful/?utm_term=.b904f58689ee

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/opinion/how-republicans-plan-to-ration-health-care.html?_r=0

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/health/risk-of-losing-health-insurance-in-republican-plan.html

 

Vitamin B-17 – aka Laetrile

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I have been hearing a few things about Vitamin B-17 also known as Laetrile.  This is a vitamin that I’ve never heard of before, so I was intrigued.  When I looked up information regarding this “vitamin” I found that it’s not actually a vitamin at all, but a substance found in raw nuts, the pips of many fruits (apricot for one), lima beans, clover and sorghum, called Amygdalin.http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancers-in-general/treatment/complementary-alternative/therapies/laetrile

This website was full of information regarding the use of Laetrile as an alternative cancer treatment.  They say that when laetrile breaks done in the system, it becomes arsenic and can poison the person ingesting it.  Also, they point to two studies where there was no discernible positive result for people who did use laetrile as a cancer treatment.

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  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/18/laetrile-cancer-research-cover-up.aspx

However, the above website has a lot of information regarding the Sloane-Kettering trials on the use of laetrile as a cancer fighter.  The takeaway from this research is pointing at a direct correlation between drug company profit vs. actual curing and preventing cancer.  Am I surprised?  No, I’m not.  When people are suffering from high blood pressure, heart attacks and other diseases, oftentimes the only “cure” that is suggested by a doctor is a pill.  No diet or exercise routine is even discussed.  Why, because frankly, there is no money to be made by suggesting a lifestyle change.  What do you think of cancer research?  Do you think it just might be a business designed to make as much money as possible for the pharmaceutical companies?  Let me know in the comments below.

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New Ideas for Health Insurance

     Like most people, my family has to sign up for a new health insurance. When we went through the process, the most important questions had to do with cigarette smoking, and our height and weight. Of course they asked the medical issues questions, but nothing about our lifestyle other than smoking.

     So, my question is, why not? Why didn’t they ask how many times we eat meat and cheese; how many times do we exercise a week; or do we meditate? Why were lifestyle questions not asked? Why are lifestyle choices not considered for pricing of health insurance? If someone lives a lifestyle that keeps them healthier than one where meat is eaten repeatedly during the day, sugar is consumed at astonishing rates, and junk food is inhaled consistently, of course the health care costs are going to be higher.

      I would really like to see a system much like those offered by such stores as BJ’s (I know you get rewarded by receiving money back), but in this case where you get a reward for being healthy. How about if people were able to earn points for losing weight; dropping their high blood pressure; going from too high blood sugar to normal blood sugar; and other such healthy pursuits. We could all get so many points for these actions, and then use the points for classes on how to cook healthier food; classes on meditation; or other healthy pursuits.  Even points to be used for massage; or other stress relief.  How fun would that be?

     This would be a worthwhile endeavor, and wouldn’t it be great to become the healthiest nation, instead of the unhealthiest one?  People love getting rewarded; it’s a great motivational tool and wouldn’t it be fun to get classes, etc. free or for a reduced price?  What do you think about this idea?