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When Michelle advised me to take magnesium for my IBS, I listened! now in doing my research I have found that magnesium also helps with diabetes, joint stiffness, spasms, and diabetes. Here's the ...

Megnesium and IBS

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I finally went to a nutritionist who gave me a blood test called the IGC. This test identifies food sensitivities. It found out I was sensitive to dairy -- not just lactose, but ALL the proteins ...

I lost 9 pounds

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After being on LexaPro for fifteen years, I tried very hard to get off it slowly. I thought I did it right, but I ended up with major anxiety attacks and am now back on. Anyone else have this ...

Francine Hardaway commented on Francine Hardaway's post SSRIs

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After being on LexaPro for fifteen years, I tried very hard to get off it slowly. I thought I did it right, but I ended up with major anxiety attacks and am now back on. Anyone else have this ...

SSRIs

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@awhymommy died last night. She was a mother of two young children, a planetary scientist, a blogger, and an activist for more research and awareness of metastatic breast cancer. I encourage you ...

Cancer Activism

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Yesterday I went to my primary care doctor. The physician assistant said, as she looked at my records, ”you haven’t been here in a while.” I agreed, and the next thing she said was “we have to ...

EmpowHER Yourself: Get Your Medical Records

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At lunch yesterday, I was the guest of a group that contained several retired physicians (all male). We listened to a talk by a board member from a large non-profit local hospital system. The ...

The Lost Art of Diagnosis

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A few years ago, my partners in AHITA.org (a non-profit organized to help providers implement EHRs) and I implemented an electronic health record in a physician practice. Along the way, we ...

Why You Will Soon Get Access to Your Health Information

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Next time you go to a doctor and she sends you for X-rays, scans, or an MRI, give some thought to it before you go. My late husband, a radiologist whose wisdom constantly returns to me during the ...

Imaging and Health Care Costs

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Will the obstacles never go away? Now people are fighting the Medicare buy-in for uninsured people 55-64. Leave aside for the moment that, as currently structured, buying into Medicare might be ...

People, What’s Wrong with a Medicare Buy-In?

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I feel compelled to add my voice to all the others talking about mammograms. I spent years married to a radiologist who did nothing all day but diagnose DCIS and other cancers. He prided ...

Another Mammogram Voice

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Francine explains how a woman can find her hip replacement blog.

Francine Shares How Women Can Find Her Blog (VIDEO)

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We knew it all along. One third of the dollars spent on health care are wasted, and 22% of that waste is outright Medicare fraud. I don’t know if you saw 60 Minutes last night, but there was an ...

One Third of Health Care Dollars Are Wasted, Study Says

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Here's what you need to know about worst case scenarios My husband died from prostate cancer, which they are now debating about screening for. He was young too; 65 when he died, 59 when ...

Francine Hardaway commented on Francine Hardaway's post If Your Husband Has Prostate Cancer

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I spent the day at Health 2.0 conference in the Bay Area. This is the third year of the conference, and it has grown from a fringe group of early adopters and application developers to a bona fide ...

Insurance Companies Are Already Courting E-Patients

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About two years ago, after a lifetime of running, aerobics, yoga, tennis, and everything else you can think of to keep fit, I found myself suddenly limping, in a lot of pain, and losing my quality ...

Francine Hardaway commented on Francine Hardaway's post My Hip Replacement Story After A Lifetime of Running, Aerobics, Yoga & Tennis

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About two years ago, after a lifetime of running, aerobics, yoga, tennis, and everything else you can think of to keep fit, I found myself suddenly limping, in a lot of pain, and losing my quality ...

Francine Hardaway commented on Francine Hardaway's post My Hip Replacement Story After A Lifetime of Running, Aerobics, Yoga & Tennis

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My friend has leukemia. She’s laid off. She’s uninsured. She lives alone. She’s scared. But she has been a communications professional in the health care field for 30 years, and writing makes her ...

The Two Faces of American Health Care

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As our health care debate has overheated, myths about the Canadian health care system abound. The Republicans and the media are using the Canadian system to criticize everything from the public ...

Real Canadians Talking Real Health Care

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All summer long I’ve been turning myself into an expert on health care reform. I always knew more about health care in the USA than most, because I did the public relations for the first HMO in ...

Throw in the Towel or Just Throw Up

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How can you argue about a reform plan when you don’t even know what will be in it? And yet, town halls go on and on through the hot and lazy last days of summer. So, as my father used to say, ...

10 Simple Steps to Health Care Reform

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Roger Ebert, famous film reviewer and also a cancer patient, thinks we should enact universal health care because it is morally right. Bill Moyers, 75, is devoting his acclaimed Journal to ...

Health Care Reform: Granny Knows Why You Need a Public Health Care Plan: Opinion

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We’ve gotten away from the notion of real health care reform, I notice, and are just concentrating on insurance reform. But insurance reform doesn’t control costs, and doesn’t make Americans ...

Health Care Reform: Two Terms to Know

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Like everything else in Washington, health care reform discussions seem to have devolved into “left” vs. “right” and talking heads. Attributed to the left is the wish for a public plan. Attributed ...

Is a Public Plan the Answer?

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I just flew East to visit a Vedic scholar from Vrindavan, India who is teaching a summer session at Rutgers. He’s a friend, and I asked him how he found the United States on this visit compared to ...

What Have We Lost In the Recession?

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Here's what you need to know about worst case scenarios My husband died from prostate cancer, which they are now debating about screening for. He was young too; 65 when he died, 59 when ...

If Your Husband Has Prostate Cancer

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As the Beltway postures about health care reform, slowing it down so the vested interests can either be preserved intact or get all their favorite amendments into the legislation, 46 million ...

Health Insurance Premiums Double in a Decade

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This morning, a medical malpractice attorney who had written a book called, “The Life You Save,” appeared on the Today Show. That should be a signal to us how prevalent medical errors have ...

How to Avoid Medical Errors

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The health care industry is spending about $1.5 million a day on lobbying efforts in Congress. Most of those dollars are spent fighting against the threat of “rationing.” That doesn’t count the ...

While Lobbyists Lament Rationing, Patients Sometimes Want It

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Dr. Marty Klein -- A member of EmpowHer's Medical Advisory Board, marriage counselor and sex expert is looking to answer your most intimate sex questions. Dr. Klein will be answering your ...

Francine Hardaway commented on ToddHartley's post Ask EmpowHer's Relationship & Sex Expert Dr. Marty Klein Anything - Post Your Questions Now

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The new Pew study on the impact of the Internet on American life came out last week, and as usual, someone, @mrinaldesai to be exact, Tweeted it and I found it :-) Yes, this is what Twitter is ...

Health Care Reform Will Accelerate Health 2.0

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Single Payer - Not necessarily socialized medicine. Not even necessarily the government. Just means one set of uniform paper work to one entity with common standards. Could be very ...

A Glossary of Health Care Reform Definitions

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We’ve been watching President Obama walk back from a number of his campaign promises lately. And now we are watching the health care industry back off from the premise of the May 11th Summit, ...

Is the Single Payer Option Off the Table?

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OK. I’m officially freaked out by what is happening around health care reform after watching Bill Moyers’ Journal. Link: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/05222009/watch.html Single payer, ...

Time to be Freaked Out About the Direction of Health Care Reform

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The Obama administration is serious about health care reform and about getting support for it. This was in my inbox this morning from Jenny Backus, probably because I held a health care meeting in ...

Health Care Reform for Women, Too

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Senator Merkin from Oregon wrote a piece in the Huffington Post yesterday that deserves your attention. You have to be concerned enough to remember when Frank Luntz, noted Republican pollster, ...

Frank Luntz is Back with Doublespeak About Health Care Reform

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Francine explains if she is concerned about dislocated her new hip since receiving her hip replacement.

Francine Shares If She Worries She Might Dislocate Her New Hip (VIDEO)

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Francine describes how focusing on the breath, learned through yoga, has improved her overall health.

Francine Shares How Focused Breathing Improved Her Health (VIDEO)

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Listen, as Francine provides resources for women interested in learning more about yoga.

Francine Shares Yoga Resources (VIDEO)

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Listen, as Francine explains how yoga has beneficially altered her life.

Francine Shares How Yoga Changed Her Life (VIDEO)

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Francine describes how she discovered yoga.

Francine Shares How She Discovered Yoga (VIDEO)

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Francine explains how water aerobics can help a woman safely get in shape before hip replacement surgery.

Francine Shares Why Water Exercises Are Good Before Hip Replacement Surgery (VIDEO)

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Francine gives advice for women who need a hip replacement, but are scared to undergo surgery.

Francine Shares Advice On Hip Replacement Surgery (VIDEO)

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Francine recalls when her hip replacement occurred and if she still experiences discomfort.

Francine Shares When She Had Her Hip Replaced (VIDEO)

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Francine recalls the post-operative restrictions she was given following hip replacement surgery.

Francine Shares Her Restrictions After The Hip Replacement (VIDEO)

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Francine describes how yoga helped her recover from hip replacement surgery.

Francine Shares How Yoga Helped Her Hip Replacement Recovery (VIDEO)

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Francine explains how she chose a physical therapist after having her hip replaced.

Francine Shares How She Chose A Physical Therapist (VIDEO)

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Francine recalls how she strengthened her gluteus medius, the muscle that rotates the hip, after hip replacement surgery.

Francine Shares How She Strengthened Her Gluteus Medius (VIDEO)

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Francine describes when she was able to walk naturally after having her left hip replaced.

Francine Shares When She Could Walk Naturally After Her Hip Replacement (VIDEO)

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Francine explains how long she had to wait before she was given medical permission to drive after having her hip replaced.

Francine Shares When She Could Drive After Hip Replacement Surgery (VIDEO)