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  • Haggling for Health Care April 21, 2014
    There are new ways to cut your medical costs dramatically. John BenJohn of New York placed a request for nasal polyp surgery on MediBid and had no outstanding bills or hidden charges after the procedure. After placing a procedure request, …
  • Are Eggs Good for You? 30 Reasons to Eat Eggs April 18, 2014
    Eggs have gotten a bad rap in the past and unfortunately, many today still believe the wide spread misinformation. Are eggs good for you? Do they cause heart disease? Do they raise cholesterol? Should I avoid them? Depending on who …
  • The Commercial Gym – A Little House of Horrors April 16, 2014
    by Lee Kurisko, MD I’m was on vacation a week ago in Florida.  I was more than happy to vacate Minnesota that week.  Despite being the first week of April, Minnesota is still getting snow.  My kids are teenagers so …
  • The Difference Matters: Dick Morris Interviews Jan Iverson April 15, 2014
    Jan Iverson speaks to Dick Morris, on April 14, 2014, about citizen-led efforts to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for the Benghazi cover up.
  • Arkansas Surgical Hospital Ranked Among Most Affordable in Statewide Study April 14, 2014
    San Francisco (April 9, 2014) – NerdWallet Health, a website that empowers consumers to make better decisions about healthcare and insurance, has found the ten most affordable hospitals in Arkansas – and North Little Rock-based Arkansas Surgical Hospital ranks sixth. …
  • Costa Rica Vacation & Medical Check-up Special April 11, 2014
    5 Days and 4 Nights Package to Costa Rica is available for $1899! It includes over 25 individual laboratory tests and scans to provide a thorough Biochemical assessment of your health, as well as 2 day tours in the area! …
  • MediBid Safe From Heartbleed Bug April 10, 2014
    As I’m sure most of you have heard, an encryption flaw in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library has inadvertently caused one of the biggest security threats ever seen on the internet. The OpenSSL cryptographic software library is used to secure …
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gallups Interviews Ralph Weber about MediBid April 9, 2014
    MediBid does what the government and politicians have been unable to do — offer low medical costs and choices.  MediBid was initially developed for Canadian patients on medical waiting lists.  Employers were interested in the model to provide benefits for …
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    Episode 2 of “Awakenings” with the Health Ranger reveals the 3 most insidious poisons you should NEVER eat, drink or inject again! Hear more episodes of Awakenings at NaturalNews.com
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    Important tips on how to live a GMO-free life. Get Monsanto out of your food and off your back!This is episode 1 of the Health Ranger’s new series “Awakenings.” See more Awakenings episodes at NaturalNews.com
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Haggling for Health Care

There are new ways to cut your medical costs dramatically. John BenJohn of New York placed a request for nasal polyp surgery on MediBid and had no outstanding bills or hidden charges after the procedure. After placing a procedure request, physicians from around the world bid for the service. Physicians like that the process of bidding is transparent and simple. Patients, many of whom are uninsured or have high deductibles, save thousands of dollars with MediBid.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/video/10022166-haggling-for-health-care/

WLNY-TV. “Haggling For Health Care.” CBS 2. CBS Local Media WCBS. Web. 20 Apr 2014.

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Are Eggs Good for You? 30 Reasons to Eat Eggs

eggsgoodEggs have gotten a bad rap in the past and unfortunately, many today still believe the wide spread misinformation.

Are eggs good for you? Do they cause heart disease? Do they raise cholesterol? Should I avoid them?

Depending on who you ask, you may get very different answers to these questions. Many traditional doctors still would answer that eggs increase  cholesterol and should be avoided. Some are adamant that only the egg white should be used because of the cholesterol in the yolk. Even when trying to research this topic, some articles still push the idea that eggs are harmful and in order to prevent health problems, one should avoid them.

I have to admit that I once believed the propaganda spread in the media and by drug pushing corporations. It wasn’t until I first began seeing a naturopath that I heard that eggs are good for you and the doctors are the ones who have it wrong. Sure, the first time my naturopath said that, I thought he must be crazy, how could doctors be wrong? Sadly, they are and not just about eggs.

Eggs are actually a super-food, they are packed with nutrients vitamins and health benefits!

But don’t eggs raise your cholesterol?

One of the main reasons eggs are avoided is due to fear of them increasing cholesterol. However, several studies have shown that not only do eggs not raise LDL cholesterol, but lower it. According to a recent study, those consuming 3 eggs per day over 12 weeks were found to have lower LDL cholesterol and raised  HDL. Another study showed that those who consumed 4 or more eggs per week had lower cholesterol than those who only ate one egg per week.

Eggs are good for you! Here’s why:

1. Eggs are Full of Vitamins and Minerals-  Including vitamins B, C, D, E, K, and more.

2. Lower High Blood Pressure- The peptides present in eggs were shown to help reduce high blood pressure.

3. Great Source of Protein- Eggs are a great source of protein, one egg contains 6 grams of protein.

4. Omega 3’s- Eggs contain a high level of essential omega-3 fatty acids, an essential nutrient and good for your heart.

5. Nine Essential Amino Acids- Eggs are known as the perfect food as they contain all 9 of the essential amino acids.

6. Can Lower Your Cholesterol- Eggs do contain cholesterol, however as mentioned above, studies have shown that those who consume eggs regularly had a reduced LDL and an increase in HDL (the good cholesterol).

7. Boost Brain and Nerve Health-One egg contains 20% of the daily recommended intake of choline. Approximately 90% of Americans are choline deficient. Choline is essential for phospholipids used in all cell membranes. Adequate levels of choline are essential for brain and nerve health.

8. Contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin- These carotenoids are an essential component for eye health and defend against the damaging effects of free radicals.

9. Contain Tryptophan and Tyrosine- Two amino acids which have great antioxidant properties. Tryptophan is also important as it is converted to serotonin, a mood enhancer and converted into melatonin in the pineal gland, which benefits sleep.

10. Reduced Risk of Macular Degeneration- Eggs protect your eyes from developing age-related macular degeneration due to the lutein and zeaxanthin present.

11. Good Source of Vitamin B12- Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin for the process of converting homocysteine into safe molecules, such as glutathione, an important antioxidant.

12. Eggs Contain Calcium- One egg contains 50mg (5%) calcium. Although not a large source of calcium, an increased intake can reduce the risk of colon polyups and breast cancer.

13. Eggs Do NOT Cause Heart Disease- The choline in eggs is a crucial nutrient to help reduce the inflammation that leads to heart disease.

14. Reduce Birth Defects- Eggs contain folate, a nutrient which studies have shown to help prevent birth defects when consumed prenatally, one egg contains 44μg (11%) of folate.

15. Good Source of Vitamin A- One egg contains 19% of the RDA for vitamin A, which plays an important role in improving the immune system.

16. Promote Healthy Hair and Nails- The sulfur contained in eggs and the additional vitamins and minerals help promote hair and nail growth.

17. Reduce Oxidative Stress- Selenium, an essential macronutrient contained in eggs helps reduce oxidative stress.

18. Reduce Risk of Tumors- Eggs are an excellent source of selenium which has been associated with preventing cancer and in particular reducing tumors affecting the prostate.

19. Eggs Protect Your Eyesight- Not only do they prevent macular degeneration, but the antioxidants in eggs also have been reported to protect eyes from damage related to UV exposure.

20. Reduces Risk of Cataracts- The antioxidants have also been linked to reducing the risk of developing cataracts in old age.

21. Improve Immune System Functioning- The iron contained in eggs helps support a healthy immune system and normal red blood cell production.
 
22. Lose Weight- In a study from Louisiana State University, participants who ate eggs for breakfast instead of bagels, lost more weight and reported having more energy.

23. Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer- A recent study found that women who consumed high amounts of choline, an abundant nutrient in eggs, were 24% less likely to get breast cancer.

24. Source of Vitamin D- The majority of the population is deficient in vitamin D which is essential for boosting the immune system and preventing cancer. One egg contains 41 IU of the 600 IU recommend daily amount of vitamin D.

25. Reduces Inflammation- The choline in eggs aids in reducing inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation has been linked to increasing the risk of osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, cognitive decline, and type 2 diabetes.

26. Beneficial for Fetal Development- The choline present in eggs is essential for pregnant women as it is crucial for proper fetal brain development and preventing neural tube defects.

27. Reduce Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke- Several studies have shown that the nutrients in eggs help prevent blood clots which reduces the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

28. Improved Memory Function- The high amount of vitamins and nutrients in eggs, in particular choline, improves memory function and cognition.

29. Eggs Can Be Inexpensive- Many are able to get eggs for a great price when bought from local farmers. Another option is to raise your own chickens! Not only does this help save money and provide you with more nutritional value, but you could sell eggs to those in the area to cover the cost of caring for them.

30. Egg Variety- There are many ways to prepare eggs, whether you eat them raw, scramble them up in coconut oil, or boil them. You can also add great variety by adding in nutritious vegetables and herbs, such as to an omelet.

Klein, Lori. “Are Eggs Good for You? 30 Reasons to Eat Eggs.” health extremist: healthy living tips and home remedies. Health Extremist, 13 May 2013. Web. 17 Apr 2014.

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The Commercial Gym – A Little House of Horrors

by Lee Kurisko, MD

I’m was on vacation a week ago in Florida.  I was more than happy to vacate Minnesota that week.  Despite being the first week of April, Minnesota is still getting snow.  My kids are teenagers so that means on vacation, it is tough to get them up before the crack of noon.  In the mornings, I cannot do pushups and squats in the hotel room, but instead I have been heading to the commercial gym two blocks from the hotel.

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I rarely set foot in commercial gyms.  With minimal investment, it is easy to set up a home gym that will allow home workouts every bit as good as what you can do in a commercial gym without the inconvenience of travelling to and from the gym and the expense of membership fees.  Furthermore, home exercise DVD’s have undergone a revolution and many of them are extremely good.  Modern gyms may have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, but the results that most people achieve are not proportionate to the expense.

One tenet of productive exercise is to be hard on the muscles but easy on the joints and spine.  The other morning I did about 350 total repetitions of various squats and lunges thoroughly working my thighs, hamstrings, butt and lower back in a little over a half an hour. I was sweating hard, breathing hard and my legs were on fire. Meanwhile a young guy less than half my age was doing squats with 275 pounds loaded on his shoulders.  I am sure that this was good for his ego, but bad for his back and joints.  Unable to do even a single proper repetition with this weight, the power exerted, work performed and even the force production were likely a fraction of what I achieved.  One incorrect move with a load like that and he may suffer an injury that could stay with him for the rest of his life. My maximum weight for the day was a measly 45 pounds and my legs were still barking at me two days later.  My joints and spine felt fine.

On another side of the gym, a “trainer” has a women in her sixties doing bench presses; one of the most orthopedically dangerous of all movements for the shoulder joint.

A little later, a man in his seventies is holding a broomstick behind his back working on the range of motion of his shoulders in a violent movement that could easily tear his rotator cuff; a structure that at his age would more likely than not have at least a small tear already.  I guess he was trying to complete the job and produce a full tear.

It is no wonder that gyms have you sign a waiver releasing the facility of any legal liability if you get hurt.  Understanding productive exercise is not as straight forward as you may think.  Don’t expect to wander into a gym and just do “whatever” and expect to get results.  A good understanding of exercise requires a fairly extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, physics and nutrition.

Sadly, few people have this level of knowledge.  If you are new to getting in shape, my best advice to you is to seek out instruction from a qualified trainer.

Lee Kurisko MD is Chief Medical Officer of  www.medibid.com.  He is trained as a family physician, radiologist, and neuroradiologist. He is author of “Health Reform- The End of the American Revolution?”  He is now pursuing Board Certification in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.”

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The Difference Matters: Dick Morris Interviews Jan Iverson

Jan Iverson speaks to Dick Morris, on April 14, 2014, about citizen-led efforts to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for the Continue reading

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Arkansas Surgical Hospital Ranked Among Most Affordable in Statewide Study

arkansasSan Francisco (April 9, 2014) – NerdWallet Health, a website that empowers consumers to make better decisions about healthcare and insurance, has found the ten most affordable hospitals in Arkansas – and North Little Rock-based Arkansas Surgical Hospital ranks sixth.

A recent finalist in Health 2.0’s Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, NerdWallet Health used its Best Hospitals tool to analyze 100 of the most common treatments at 45 top hospitals in Arkansas. To compile this list, NerdWallet Health sought answers to the following questions:

1) Which Arkansas hospitals offer the highest number of affordable treatments, and where are they located?
2) What are these treatments?
3) How satisfied are patients of these hospitals?

“The goal of our Best Hospitals tool is to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed healthcare decisions,” said health analyst Napala Pratini. “We hope this empowers Arkansas residents to research their options when considering their health care.”

“Arkansas Surgical Hospital strives to provide high-quality, high value care for our patients. One of the ways we do so is by buying our implants direct from the manufacturer, so we can pass along the cost-savings to our patients. This initiative, called ‘Arkansas Surgical Hospital Direct’ started 2 years ago.” CEO Carrie Helm says, “Taking care of our patients-by providing the best possible surgical outcomes at the best price point possible, is one of the advantages of being physician-owned. We are proud to be leaders in this arena.”

Some 92% of patients are satisfied with Arkansas Surgical Hospital, a physician-owned specialty hospital that performs orthopedic, spine, breast oncology and cosmetic surgeries. It also provides pain management treatments and procedures, offers affordable care for spinal fusion surgeries and has an infection rate of less than 0.2%—far below the national average of 3%. Its nursing staff is Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified, and CareChex rated Arkansas Surgical in the top 1% nationally for patient satisfaction in overall hospital, surgical and medical care.

You can find prices for Arkansas Surgical and other top-notch facilities
on MediBid

http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/health/2014/04/07/best-hospitals-in-arkansas/

Pratini, Napala. “Best Hospitals in Arkansas: Most Affordable Hospitals.” NerdWallet Health. NerdWallet Inc, 7 Apr 2014. Web. 13 Apr 2014.

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Costa Rica Vacation & Medical Check-up Special

5 Days and 4 Nights Package to Costa Rica is available for $1899! It includes over 25 individual laboratory tests and scans to provide a thorough Biochemical assessment of your health, as well as 2 day tours in the area!

costarica2Lab Tests Include: Hemogram, Glycemic, Uric Acid, Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, VLDL, AIDS, VDRL, Triglycerides, Coronary Risk Factor, Ureic Nitrogen, Kreatinine, Urine, Hepatic Function.
Medical Imaging Includes: Chest Plate, General Abdomen Ultrasound, Prostatic Ultrasound, and Mammogram.
Gastroenterology IncludesSpecialist Consultation and Gastroscopy.
Cardiology Includes: Specialist Consultation, Echocardiogram, Stress Test, and EKG.
Nutrition: Specialist Consultation.

For one low rate you get:
Airport pick up & drop off
Medical Check-up
Transfers to the Hospital
2 Day Tours
Hotel Room
Breakfast Daily
Free WiFi
Free Calls – Canada & USA

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Choose 2 day tours (included in the rate)
Combo TourCoffee Plantation, Volcano, Waterfalls with Butterfly Park
Adventure Combo
Canopy and Rafting or Canopy and Horseback Ride
Beach Day
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour and Beach
Arenal Volcano -
Tour and Entrance to the Hot Springs
Rainforest Adventure
National Park, Boat Ride, and Aerial Tram Ride

Flight Option: For $200 round trip, you can fly out of Florida with an interpreter/guide during the first two weeks of May 2014.

Note: Signing up for the medical package is NOT REQUIRED to get the airfare deal.

If you are interested in this amazing Costa Rica health vacation,
contact MediBid today at 888-855-MEDI

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MediBid Safe From Heartbleed Bug

Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] FreeDigitalPhotos.net5As I’m sure most of you have heard, an encryption flaw in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library has inadvertently caused one of the biggest security threats ever seen on the internet. The OpenSSL cryptographic software library is used to secure information traffic across the internet, and its vulnerability allows hackers to steal SSL/TLS encrypted information. This vulnerability is being called the “Heartbleed Bug”. A patch has been created and made publicly available by maintainers of OpenSSL.

MediBid’s security has not been breached, but new security certificates were issued to be on the safe side. Some popular websites have been compromised; however, and as such, if you use the same or similar password on multiple sites, it would be wise to change your MediBid password to something unique from all of your other passwords.

Click here to see a list of sites that have been compromised 

Click here for tips on how to create a strong password

 

 

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Dr. Jeffrey Gallups Interviews Ralph Weber about MediBid

Image courtesy of [Salvatore Vuono] FreeDigitalPhotos.netMediBid does what the government and politicians have been unable to do — offer low medical costs and choices.  MediBid was initially developed for Canadian patients on medical waiting lists.  Employers were interested in the model to provide benefits for their employees.  Price transparency is very important.  Many procedures are pre-planned and patients can get better cash prices than what insurance charges.  Procedures requested on MediBid go out to doctors who place bids for the service.  MediBid is used by those with high deductibles, uninsured, employer groups, and foreign patients. Paying more at a hospital does not mean better care, and possibly, lower quality care.  Patients on MediBid can view the education, history, specialty, and techniques of physicians who bid on their procedure before they make a selection based on the qualities they choose.

MediBid volume is up 20% in the past year because of Obamacare.  Businesses are looking for solutions to lower their costs.  Physicians set their own rates and get paid at time of service, rather than wading through insurance paperwork and waiting for reimbursement.  Lack of transparency and lack of competition drive up prices.  MediBid allows for competition, allowing for prices to drop.  People are not putting off procedures due to deductible allowances and getting the treatment they need.  The status quo is not working, so use MediBid as a positive choice when looking for affordable medical care.

Gallups MD, Jeffrey. Interview with Ralph Weber.
Segment 3:”Ralph Weber, president of Medibid talks about doctors bidding for your business.
Segment 4: “Why Medibid could be the wave of the future.”
TalkRadio 640 WGST. ENT Institute, 28 Mar 2014. Web. 8 Apr 2014.

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The three most dangerous poisons to never eat, drink or inject again

Episode 2 of “Awakenings” with the Health Ranger reveals the 3 most insidious poisons you should NEVER eat, drink or Continue reading

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How to live GMO-free – Awakenings with the Health Ranger

Important tips on how to live a GMO-free life. Get Monsanto out of your food and off your back!
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