Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Start a Healthy Lifestyle!

January 28, 2011

Some people have trouble getting started on working out or eating right.  It is hard to break old habits, such as eating midnight snacks or sitting around watching television.  Keep in mind that you have control of the choices you make about your health.  For example, exercise is a great way to relieve stress and take some time for you to clear your mind.  There are many ways to begin a work out and eat healthy.  If you have trouble getting up to take a quick walk or have trouble picking out the right foods to eat, here are a few tips for you.  All you need is a little motivation.

Making changes in your life for the better does not mean making abrupt changes.  You can make little changes in your daily routine that, over time, add up to a healthier lifestyle.It’s very easy to be lazy after a long day at work or school.  Instead of turning on the TV, try taking a nice walk with a neighbor or family member.  If you take someone else with you, the walk will seem to go by smoother, especially when engaged in a pleasant conversation.  Also, when you get ready in the mornings, you can squeeze in a few jumping jacks and sit-ups to get your energy flowing before you leave the house.  Add more vegetables to your meals so that you can eat healthier.  Be sure to cook them right so all the nutrients don’t go away.  When you start to crave a snack, try eating some fruits.  You can also add fruit to your cereal, salad and even dinner.  For added motivation, get your family to eat healthier and take walks with you, too.  It would be easier to lead a healthy lifestyle if your family did it together.

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Taylor P.

Homeopathics Explained

March 15, 2010

Eva Clarke, owner of "Health is a Choice" in Santa Clarita, CA, provides homeopathic remedies.I will be honest: I have never tried homeopathic remedies for what has ailed me in the past, be it a seasonal cold or allergy, a headache, or stomach ache.  However, Eva Clarke, owner of “Health is a Choice”, could provide myself and others with different homeopathic remedies for a wide range of ailments or illnesses that may have longer-lasting relief in the long run than conventional, over-the-counter medication, and with fewer side effects.

Please retweetHomeopathic remedies, it turns out, are a system of medicine based on at least three principles:

  • Like cures like – For example, symptoms of a cold that mimic mercury poisoning would call for mercury as the homeopathic remedy.  In other words, a disease that can be cured by a substance produces similar symptoms in healthy people.
  • Minimal dosage – People would consume the remedy in extremely dilute form, usually one part of the remedy to one billionth or one trillionth part water.
  • The single remedy – Only one remedy is taken, the number of symptoms notwithstanding, with the goal that the remedy takes care of all the symptoms.

Additional principles of homeopathy can be found here.

The general goal of homeopathics is to recognize, through the unique expression of symptoms of a patient, the pattern of disturbed energy and identify among the  large number of remedies available the most homeopathic, or most similar to, the patient’s disease.

Why should you turn to homeopathics?  In most parts of the world, homeopathics has been around for hundreds or even thousands of years, such as Mainland China, and its growth in the United States has been significant throughout the last decade.  Several factors has contributed to its success in the U.S.:

  • Its effectiveness, especially when the correct remedy is taken.
  • It is safe, even for babies and pregnant women, and can be taken with other medication.
  • It is natural, with homeopathic remedies based on natural ingredients.
  • It works in harmony with your immune system as opposed to suppressing it.
  • Homeopathic remedies are not addictive.
  • Homeopathy is holistic and deals with the symptoms as a whole.

I have barely scratched the surface of homeopathics, but Eva can take you down a much deeper and eye-opening path towards a remedy that can work for you.  Her company, “Health is a Choice”, provides you with the extra fork in the road you never knew was there.  If your second or third opinion sound too similar to the first, give Eva a call.  You do have other choices about your health.

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Francis M. Unson

How to Cut Your Medical Bills

March 8, 2010

According to a survey by the National Health Care Trend survey, costs for the most popular types of health care coverage are projected to increase by more than 10% in 2010.  National health care expenditures increased from 16.2% of GDP in 2008 to 17.3% in 2009 due to expenditures outpacing GDP growth.  With the cost of health care going nowhere but up, here are some ways you can make the most of your health care.

  1. Given that health care costs go up every year, here are some ways to keep your medical bills down.Stay well
    Obviously, health care costs are almost nil if you don’t get sick.  What does it take to reduce your risks of costly illness?  Unfortunately, I must defer to the advice our doctors tell us during exams: exercise at least three times a week; eat a low-fat, low-carb, low-sodium, high-fiber diet; drink in moderation, and don’t smoke.
  2. Check out free health care
    I went on Google and searched “free eye exams”, “free flu shots”, and “free blood screening”.  I was surprised to find that various universities, drug stores, and non-profit organizations offered free services, especially blood screenings.  On the first page of Google’s search results, there were free blood screenings for glucose levels, blood pressure, birth defects in pregnant women, and celiac disease, among many others.  Going online is worth your time and potentially a big cost saver.
  3. Read your insurance policy
    The lesson about this is: don’t assume what your insurance policy covers and doesn’t cover.  Look online or call your insurance company’s hotline if you have to.  I cannot personally guarantee what your insurance company covers, but anything that they do cover may require submitting a claim for reimbursement.
  4. Ask about assignment
    Doctors may accept the portion that the health insurance company pays as full payment for your bill.  Does your doctor take assignment?  Ask them.
  5. Scrutinize your hospital bills
    Have you ever been under the microscope and hot lights of the IRS?  Neither have I, but if you want to stretch your health care dollar, look over your hospital bill very carefully.  Why?  If you are having surgery, for example, items are placed in the operating room just in case the doctor needs them.  However, following the procedure, you may be billed for the items the doctor didn’t use.  Therefore, once you shake off the anesthesia, talk to the surgeon and ask if they used all the equipment and supplies you were billed for.  Call the hospital billing department and ask for a bill reduction if you find any discrepancies.
  6. Avoid emergency rooms
    Life-savers in true emergencies, but a financial drain during a nonemergency in which you could be billed up to ten times more than for the same treatment at your doctor’s office.  If you can, call your doctor instead and ask for a prescription or home remedy that can save that trip to the emergency room.
  7. Talk to your pharmacist
    Pharmacists can help you find ways to cut prescription costs.  For example, if you buy a 90-day supply of your medication instead of three 30-day supplies, you may be able to pay just one co-payment instead of three.
  8. Mail-order prescriptions
    A prescription usually takes 2-3 weeks to be processed.  Some mail-order firms deal only with patients belonging to specific insurance plans, but a few places sell directly to the general public such as 1-800-Pharmacy and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

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Francis M. Unson

“Health is a Choice”: Interview with Eva Clarke, Owner (Part 3)

February 19, 2010
  1. Please retweetAre you looking to hire in the coming year?
    Yes, hiring is always a possibility as “Health is a Choice” expands.
  2. What have you done to go the extra mile for your client?  Please explain.
    Customers are at the heart of my business.  If they don’t get results, I don’t get results.  Time is such a valuable gift and I really listen to the needs of my clients.  Most of them have been searching for a long time for a healthier lifestyle, so I meet with each client individually to establish a personalized program that best reaches their goals.

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Francis M. Unson

“Health is a Choice”: Interview with Eva Clarke, Owner (Part 2)

February 19, 2010
  1. Please retweetWhat is the niche that makes you stand out above everybody else?
    The niche of “Health is a Choice” is personal service with a strong desire to help educate and guide people with their health goals so they can enjoy the most rewarding life.  The products and services that I offer vary because I focus on the individual.
  2. What products and/or services do you offer?
    Personal services ranging from nutritional counseling diet and/or supplement.  A comprehensive QRA exam, which helps identify key organs and gland points on the body to help address core problems.  Detoxification therapies such as mud packing to clear energetic meridian clearance.  I offer vitamins and herbs tested with the highest quality in mind.  Homeopathics, Iridology (iris reading for whole body health), and Vastu (Electromagnetic field remediation).
  3. What kind of promotions do you have?
    Promotions include 10% off products for first-time clients.  Refer a friend and receive an additional 10% on your next order.
  4. What do you like about working in the Santa Clarita Valley?
    I like working in the Santa Clarita Valley because the people are so friendly and I think that, with the services I offer, I would be able to help the community to a healthier and joyful lifestyle.
  5. In terms of your business, what are you looking forward to in the coming year?
    I look forward to meeting new people and making a difference in the community.

    (to be continued…)

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Francis M. Unson

“Health is a Choice”: Interview with Eva Clarke, Owner (Part 1)

February 19, 2010
  1. Please retweetWhat is your name?
    Eva Clarke
  2. What is the name of your business?
    Health is a Choice
  3. What year did you establish your business?
    1987
  4. How did you go about getting your business started?
    About 22 years ago, I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr, or chronic fatigue.  After searching for relief from the symptoms of low-grade fevers, aches, strange pains, and flu-like symptoms for over three years, I started to look for answers.  My search led me to Judy’s door.  Judy was such a relief to talk to because I could walk away with information and products that would soon make a difference.  Herbs have never been new to me as my grandmother had introduced them to me as a child.  As a young, healthy woman, I have never found the need to use them except for maybe menstrual cramps or an occasional upset stomach.  With the help of Judy and my research, I soon started to see and feel the difference.  I took what I had learned about the intestinal tract, or colon, and went a step further.  I knew that most, if not, all of the problems we experience start in this area, so I found the best colon therapist around and made around a hundred appointments with the therapist.  For anyone that does not know how this procedure works, it may feel a little bit embarrassing at first, but I guarantee you, it will be the most important date you will ever make.  Needless to say, I was cured, and I have been symptom-free for the last 22 years. That’s when I decided to open my company, “Health is a Choice”, and that’s how the business was started.

    (to be continued…)

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Francis M. Unson


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