If you don’t have a job that offers health insurance

If you don’t have a job that offers health insurance

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Perhaps you work for a small business that doesn’t offer traditional benefits such as health insurance. Perhaps you’re an independent contractor or entrepreneur and are concerned about how to manage healthcare costs for you and your family. Or perhaps the health insurance your job provides doesn’t fit with your values or needs.

There are many things you can do to proactively take charge of your healthcare just as you should your work-life, health, and other aspects of your life. You don’t have to let outside circumstances dictate how you will be spending your days. You can do the same with your healthcare. You don’t have to let government regulations, health insurance companies, or your boss (if you have one) determine how you and your family will get health care when you need it.

Of course looking at your options before you are in a health crisis provides the best possibilities. Here are some things to consider.

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And I also talk a lot more about these options in my new book Dr Carol’s Guide to Women’s Health. Check it out today!

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My List of Recommended Nutritional Supplements

My List of Recommended Nutritional Supplements

You can’t watch TV, search the internet, or walk into the pharmacy section of your favorite grocery store without being bombarded by advertisements and promotions that all but promise that THIS supplement will give you energy, cure whatever ails you, and guarantee a long and healthy life. No wonder the nutritional supplements business racks up billions of dollars in sales every year.

But is all that money doing us any good? The claims for many supplements seem too good to be true. And many of them are. But you – you’re not swayed by all that advertising hype! You’re a savvy buyer, and want the best value for your health dollar.

I often get asked about nutritional supplements by patients and others who want to live healthy and feel better the natural way. And that’s smart. So here’s my list of recommended nutritional supplements. It’s a short list, because I demand strong research before being able to recommend any supplement or product. Some of these recommendations are guarded, as you will see. But you asked, and here’s my list.

The supplements I can recommend to my patients and to you:

Phytonutrient supplements:

Few of us get the recommended 9+ servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily.

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6 Things You Should Never Ask Your Doctor

6 Things You Should Never Ask Your Doctor

When you get healthcare, you ask your doctor questions. But there are some things you should never ask your doctor.

Some doctors still act as though they are God’s gift to humankind. That attitude has become less common in recent years, and that’s a good thing. More doctors are acknowledging to themselves and to others that doctors are people too. That means they have feelings, personalities, weaknesses, and strengths, just as you do. Most doctors do a lot of good, but they don’t have any magic powers.

During nearly 25 years of medical practice I’ve had countless conversations with patients, and developed many priceless relationships with them. I’ve been asked challenging questions, and sometimes had to offer bad news. I’ve rejoiced at the moment of new life and shared tears at times of loss and grief. I treasure the richness of what it means to be a doctor.

Working together with your doctor is the best way to maximize your health in many areas. But there are some things neither I nor any other doctor can do. Here are 6 things you should never ask your doctor:

1. To predict the future. Science and personal experience

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How to Choose A Mental Health Professional

How to Choose A Mental Health Professional

Mental Health ProfessionalPracticing good mental health means choosing what you spend time thinking about, filling your mind with positive things, and learning that happiness is a choice. Spending time in God’s Word and prayer can provide comfort and wisdom in both good times and bad. But each of us can sometimes experience problems that overwhelm our own ability to maintain clear positive thinking. That’s when finding a good mental health professional can be priceless.

If you’ve tried to get better on your own and nothing is improving, or if you feel unable to help yourself, it’s time to get serious about finding help. Connecting with a professional can seem overwhelming; there are so many choices. Here are some ways to make a choice that is right for you and your circumstances.

What Type of Professional Should You Go To?

There are several professions that provide special training and experience in helping people with mental health challenges. Some of them are:

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10 Reasons to Fire Your Doctor

10 Reasons to Fire Your Doctor

It used to be that your family doctor knew everything about you, perhaps even more than you knew about yourself. You felt you had a relationship with him or her, and usually trusted him/her to take you through various stages of life – sometimes from birth to death. Seeing a specialist was unusual. And changing doctors was even more unusual.

The healthcare environment has changed a lot since then, for both doctors and patients. Undoubtedly some of those changes have been for the better, though many of us feel a lot of those changes have been for the worse.

One of the changes is how much easier it is to change doctors if you need to. And sometimes that’s one of the better changes. The demands on doctors are much greater now, but ever-advancing science means the stakes for you and your health are much greater also. You will certainly get the most out of your relationship with your doctor if you take personal responsibility for your health, ask questions, and see yourself as a partner rather than only as a patient.

When the relationship with your doctor is negative, it may be time to make a change.

Fire Your Doctor if:

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