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Coffee has quickly become the go-to morning caffeine fix for many Americans. Sure, it wakes you up and gets you going, but that boost of energy only lasts for a little while. Then, as it wears off, a mid-morning crash occurs, which leaves a person feeling tired all over again. Instead of continuing this viscous cycle of ups and downs, why not try something new? Read on for four ways to wake up and get going that don't involve caffeine.

 

Eat a Hearty Breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. But, for it to be the most beneficial, it must consist of a balance of nutrients and protein that will sustain energy levels for several hours. Some good choices include eggs, oatmeal, fruit and yogurt parfaits, or fruit and cottage cheese. These are all simple combinations that can be prepared the night before.

 

Morning Exercise

Exercising might seem like the last thing that someone would want to do if they still feel sleepy, but it will definitely wake you up. A morning workout doesn't have to be very long to be effective either. Just ten minutes of crunches, jumping jacks, or walking on a treadmill will do the trick. As an added benefit, exercising in the morning staves off cravings for unhealthy foods, which makes sticking to a diet plan easier.

Don't Change a Thing

Changing up your daily schedule might make your life more interesting, but it is terrible for your sleep schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every single day, even if it is a weekend. Keep your morning routine the same too. Over time, your body will adjust and naturally wake up on its own.

 

Take Your Vitamins

Many non-habit-forming dietary supplements, such as melatonin, help promote restful sleep, so a person can wake up feeling energized and ready to go. There are some supplements that also help wake you up in the morning if you are still tired offered by companies like Rise-N-Shine. Supplements or vitamins containing Siberian Ginseng, Ginger, or Vitamin B-12 are some of the most beneficial.

 

Patience is the Key

It is important to be patient during the process of adjusting to a new morning routine. It will take time to get used to, but the results will be worth it. If you have any serious health conditions, remember to always consult your doctor first before trying any of these recommendations to be sure they are right for you.

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Top 4 Signs of a Doctor You Can Trust

Finding a doctor you trust can be a challenge. Sharing personal details about your body with a stranger can make you feel uncomfortable and vulnerable. Most people don't feel comfortable placing that trust in a random person just because they have a medical practice. Fortunately there are a few signs that can indicate whether or not the doctor you've selected is someone you want to place your trust in. 

Eye Contact

Eye contact is a key feature of positive communication between you and your doctor. Eye contact indicates attentiveness and concern. If your doctor is constantly glancing at the clock, then their primary focus is another engagement and not your health. If they only ever look at your chart, then they're cheating you out of personalized care, and may miss something they would have noticed by paying attention to you. You don't want waste your time going into intimate details about your body to someone who is only half-listening. 

Asking Questions

A good doctor will ask questions to find information that their patients may not think to share. Patients who have never gone to medical school may not be able to describe certain symptoms or they might omit a small detail that might be relevant. A trustworthy doctor will realize this and make it easy for the patient to be forthcoming with details about their symptoms. Asking plenty of questions is a sign that your doctor cares enough to want to get an informed picture of your overall health. 

Being Licensed

Every practicing doctor is legally required to be licensed. These laws vary depending on what state you're in, but it generally involves registering with their state's medical board and paying a fee. These licenses need to be renewed regularly, but there are some doctors that don't. This could be because they want to avoid paying the renewal fee or because they prescribe too many controlled substances and don't want to face a medical review board. A trustworthy doctor will make sure to update their license regularly so that their patients aren't inconvenienced. To verify if certain healthcare providers have their licensing in order, many organizations will use a WebID practitioner license verification system. If you have any doubts about a practitioner’s licensing status, contact your local authorities.

The Atmosphere of Their Office


If you want to gauge the quality of care that you'll receive from a doctor, then take a look at their office staff. A trustworthy doctor will treat his employees with respect for their needs and concern for their well-being. The efficiency and attitudes of the employees are often reflections of the doctor. 

If you don't know how to go about finding a doctor who encompasses these qualities, then do a trial run. Don't wait until you're sick to go to the doctor. Schedule a general check-up with a prospective doctor and look for these features during that appointment. If you feel comfortable that they are competent in their abilities, genuinely concerned for their patients' welfare, and up to date on their paperwork, then you will most likely feel comfortable going to them with serious health concerns.

 

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I am sure most of you have heard of AFLAC and seen the duck commercials, but what exactly does it do?  

I think most people in today's day and age understand the need for a major medical program to pay doctors and hospitals if they get sick or injured. Unfortunately many people fail to realize that illnesses and injuries don't just impact people physically, they also impact them emotionally and financially.

What Aflac does for about 50 million people worldwide is provides them with the peace of mind knowing God forbid something happens, their family will be protected against the financial hardships associated with these illnesses and injuries.

Aflac is unique in that unlike other insurance that pays someone else, like doctors and hospitals, Aflac pays the policyholder directly. We pay CASH to cover the out of pocket expenses such as co-pays, deductibles, experimental treatment and even for going out of network for treatment.

More importantly, however; Aflac provides families with the luxury of not having to worry about the financial repercussions of doing what's in their heart, which is providing their loved ones with the much needed support to get through the physical battles when it gets more serious.

Fact of the matter is that in today's world, most families rely on every dollar that is brought in to the household. Illnesses, injuries and even maternities can disrupt the flow of not just the patient's income, but of the entire family. As such, Aflac's CASH benefits are often used to pay for things like mortgage payments, car payments, grocery bills, utility bills, travel expenses, lodging expenses, daycare and more.

Bottom line: Aflac's programs are unique in that, unlike health insurance that pays doctors and hospitals, Aflac pays policyholders CASH to spend as they see fit.

We can provide both individual and group policies, with groups getting discounts with little as 3 employees signing up for 1 policy each. Ask me on how I can help you today, call or email me. Thank you for reading!  I currently offer plans in Florida but willing to branch out to other states if I have enough interest. God bless you all!

If you are interested in reaching me, my name is Richard Sanders, Independent Insurance Agent, blarn23@gmail.com, 8134077235.

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AFLAC

I am sure most of you have heard of AFLAC and seen the duck commercials, but what exactly does it do?  

I think most people in today's day and age understand the need for a major medical program to pay doctors and hospitals if they get sick or injured. Unfortunately many people fail to realize that illnesses and injuries don't just impact people physically, they also impact them emotionally and financially.

What Aflac does for about 50 million people worldwide is provides them with the peace of mind knowing God forbid something happens, their family will be protected against the financial hardships associated with these illnesses and injuries.

Aflac is unique in that unlike other insurance that pays someone else, like doctors and hospitals, Aflac pays the policyholder directly. We pay CASH to cover the out of pocket expenses such as co-pays, deductibles, experimental treatment and even for going out of network for treatment.

More importantly, however; Aflac provides families with the luxury of not having to worry about the financial repercussions of doing what's in their heart, which is providing their loved ones with the much needed support to get through the physical battles when it gets more serious.

Fact of the matter is that in today's world, most families rely on every dollar that is brought in to the household. Illnesses, injuries and even maternities can disrupt the flow of not just the patient's income, but of the entire family. As such, Aflac's CASH benefits are often used to pay for things like mortgage payments, car payments, grocery bills, utility bills, travel expenses, lodging expenses, daycare and more.

Bottom line: Aflac's programs are unique in that, unlike health insurance that pays doctors and hospitals, Aflac pays policyholders CASH to spend as they see fit.

We can provide both individual and group policies, with groups getting discounts with little as 3 employees signing up for 1 policy each. Ask me on how I can help you today, call or email me. Thank you for reading!  I currently offer plans in Florida but willing to branch out to other states if I have enough interest. God bless you all!

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Medi-Share: Healthcare Reorganization for Christians to Help Christians

Because of the recent governmental healthcare reform act, you may be struggling to find affordable but reliable health insurance. Medi-Share Christian medical insurance is where you’ll find what you’re looking for. Typical health insurance will make you pay a premiums; however, Medi-Share is a Christian medical sharing group. In other words, it is more of a community of Christians who share each other’s medical expenses. Coverage will not handle unbiblical treatments such as abortion or the morning after pill. You can have peace of mind in knowing that your money will be contributed to appropriate medical costs.

Member Exemption

The Affordable Care Act includes significant terms that make the members of Healthcare Sharing Ministries such as Medi-Share Christian medical insurance exempt from the directive to purchase insurance by 2014 or be penalized.Medi-Share Christian medical sharing offer seven programs from which to choose that are flexible, convenient, and fit most Christian families. Medi-Share Christian medical insurance members act as a team and work together by prayer and writing letters of inspiration to one another in their times of need. The organization offers support while providing health coverage and promoting a theological lifestyle.

The Demise of Healthcare Affordability

In this poor economy, we are already in a financial crisis. So, Christians (as well as all Americans) toil over how they’ll be able to afford decent coverage since the cost of private health insurance premiums are mounting dramatically.

Medi-Share Christian medical sharing is the best way to go in regards to your healthcare finances. Each of the seven packages are affordable. Families spend on average less than $300 monthly. Since 1993, Medi-Share Christian medical insurance saved its members over $825 million in healthcare costs through sharing and discounting. The sense of community and shared commitment to Christian values is the best quality Medi-Share Christian medical sharing has to offer.

Medi-Share Christian Medical Sharing Is a…

Guardian of your health. Medi-Share Christian medical insurance allows members to feel assured that their money is assisting others who share in their beliefs who honor God as well as lead a biblical lifestyle and values and service others. With options are available to fit every budget in addition to incentives to their healthier members, Medi-Share is a practical for Christians who do not have anyone in which to turn for help in paying their medical bills.Ministry. Christian Care Ministry in a nonprofit ministry in wherein members make the rules. Their healthcare costs will never go toward those who practice unbiblical choices such as abortion or substance abuse.Medi-Share Christian Medical Sharing is NOT Insurance. It is a new approach to healthcare based on the values Christians possess to bear each other’s afflictions.

How Medi-Share Christian Insurance Works

Medi-Share is a method of bringing together Christians to share each other medical costs. On a monthly basis, your share is matched to a qualified counterpart with medical costs. Christian Care Ministry oversees the sharing of medical costs and offers a secure online method to see exactly to whom your money is going so you can pray for them and provide reassurance and inspiration. And you get the composure of knowing your Christian peers will be there for you should a medical incident occur.

How Do I Join Medi-Share Christian Medical Insurance?

  1. Apply using the online application that can be downloaded and sent to Medi-Share along with a $50 application fee.
  2. Complete a Medical Questionnaire. After your application is received you will be contacted to complete a survey regarding your health. All information will be kept confidential.
  3. The approval process may require additional questions. Remember that the processing time depends on how quickly this information is obtained.
  4. Once you have been approved, you’ll need to open a Personal Sharing Account with ACCU, the partner of Medi-Share Christian Insurance.


Am I Eligible?

The mission of Medi-Share Christian medical insurance is based on the scripture Galatians 6:2 that says that people should take care of each other. Standing by this ideology, biblical values of health and lifestyle are vitally necessary.

Christian Care Ministries have listed the following requirements in order to become a part of Medi-Share Medical Insurance:

  • "Have a verifiable Christian testimony indicating a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and profess the Statement of Faith"
  • "Attend a fellowship of believers, regularly and actively support that ministry, and live under the discipline of that body"
  • "Share the conviction that believers are to bear one another’s burdens according to Galatians 6:2"
  • "Believe the biblical doctrine that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and therefore are to be kept pure"
  • "Must not engage in sex outside of traditional Christian marriage"
  • "Cannot use tobacco or illegal drugs in any form, or abuse legal drugs or alcohol"
  • "Be a U.S citizen (those serving abroad as missionaries may qualify) or a permanent resident with a visa or green card and Social Security number who lives full time in the United States"

Click here for more information regarding Medi-Share Christian medical sharing as well as plan options can be found here:

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Fact #1: With the exception of Japan, America pays more for their prescription medications than any other country. The drug companies have many elected leaders & officials in their hip pocket. Efforts to regulate drug prices are often defeated. No other American industry wields so much political clout.

It can be defeated by educating one person at a time. eDrugSearch.com's goal is to educate consumers on how to make smart purchase choices on their medication that benefit the consumer, not the drug companies.

Online Consumers: According to a recent Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive Health-Care Poll, four out of five (80%) U.S. adults indicate that they favor allowing people to import prescription drugs from Canada and other countries if they are much less expensive. A vast majority (84%) of the public strongly or somewhat agrees that the law banning pharmaceutical imports is intended to protect drug companies’ profits, while only thirty-six percent say this law helps protect Americans from potentially harmful drugs.

Online Pharmacies: It is estimated that there are approximately 140 Canadian pharmacies shipping products to America. Pharmacies in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Israel, and India now have a substantial share of the personal drug important market in the United States. It is difficult to determine the total number of online and mail-order pharmacies.

Fact #2: As early as 2003, drug companies such as Eli Lilly and Pfizer cut supplies to Canadian pharmacies that sold to Americans drug companies which nudged Canadian pharmacies to go global by selling medications online.

Fact #3: It is estimated there are 70 million Americans who lack prescription drug insurance coverage.

Fact #4: Americans spend $125 billion dollars a year on prescription drugs -- that is $430 for every man, woman and child in the country.

Fact #5: Pharmaceutical manufacturers get enormous tax breaks for R&D (research and development).

Fact #6: The profits are recession-proof; drug sales remain locked into a high speed growth pattern. When the economic downturn occurred in 2002, the profits for the top 10 fortune 500 drug companies (35.9 billion) were more than the other 490 businesses put together (33.7 billion) In 2003 their profits dropped to 14.3 percent of sales, the median for all industries is 4.6 percent.

Fact #7: Congress has tried for years to pass legislation for drug price control. The pharmaceutical industry employs a large number of lobbyists; they are larger in number than all the U.S. senators and congressional representatives combined.

Fact #8: Rising drug costs not only affect our finances but they increase the price of our health insurance rates, drugstore services and Medicare.

Fact #9: The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) claims the industry’s pricing is necessary to pay the average $800 million to bring a new drug to the market. PhRMA states drug makers will have no incentive to develop new drugs. The drug industry spends more than twice that amount on advertising, marketing and administration costs. Nearly 80% of the industry’s “new drugs” are not significantly different from the drugs already on the market.  Most pharmacies don’t develop their own drugs, most research done on new drugs is conducted by private firms or universities.

Fact #10: According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data, 20% of newly patented drugs do not offer any significant improvement over those already in use.  In 2002, seventy-eight new drugs were approved by the FDA.  Of those, only seventeen were deemed by the FDA to have new active ingredients, and only seven were found to be improvements over the older drugs.  On top of that, of the seven found to be an improvement over the older drug, not one of them came from America.

Fact #11: Most new drugs on the market are “me too” drugs.  Me too drugs are new versions of drugs in the distant past.  Drug companies almost never do the initial discovery, the National Institute of Health does.  The drug companies just exploit it.  Seventy seven percent of prescription drugs put out by pharmacies each year are re-released versions of an old drug with better marketing behind it.

Fact #12: When a drug is being looked over by the FDA, they are not required to show that the drug is an improvement over what is already on the market. They just have to show that the drug is better than if you take nothing at all.  In there clinical trails they compare their new drugs with placebos instead of the best current treatment.

Fact #13: America is the only modern country that does not have price controls in place for the pharmaceutical companies to follow.  A price control is a limit created by averaging the sale price of a similar product and setting a maximum price that the drug company can charge for a new drug.  The American government states that price controls stifle creativity, and as a result, less innovative drugs are produced.

Fact #14: Alan Holmer, the president and CEO of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America says, “The principal problem with price controls is you have limitations on access to medicines, and you don't have the newest most innovative treatments." But when asked in a report by ABC’s John McKenzie, “representatives of the pharmaceutical industry could only identify eight drugs not available on Canadian shelves, and three of those are contraceptives.”

Fact #15: Between 1998 and 2002 415 new drugs were produced, of those, 133 were actually new drugs with new molecular bases.  Of the 133 only 58 were priority reviewed which averages out to only 12 innovative drugs a year.  In both 2001 and 2002 only 7 new innovative drugs were produced.  Of the 7 produced in 2001 5 came from a Swiss company called Novartis, one from Merk, and one from Allergan.

Fact #16: Research and Development is only 11 percent of sales where as marketing is 36%.

Fact #17: US patent law grants pharmaceutical companies exclusive rights to manufacture and sell their drug for an average of 14 years; that means no one else can produce or sell the same drug.

Fact #18: Most drugs under patent are more expensive because it allows the patent holder to set the price of the drug so they can recoup the costs of “R & D” and make a profit. This is true even if you have prescription drug coverage because most plans make you pay a percentage of the total cost.

Fact #19: Remarketed drugs- once the patent or the right to charge as much as you want for the medication runs out, drug companies invent new drugs to treat the same problem in order to keep the patent (right to charge more).  They just simply switch the marketing over to the new and improved drug.  Examples: Prilosec > Nexium, Claritin > Clarinex, Prozac Sarafem > Proxac, etc...

Fact #20: The prices that drug companies charge have little relationship to the cost of actually making and producing the drug, and could be cut dramatically without coming anywhere close to taking away money for research and development.  Before its patent ran out, the price on Claritin was increased thirteen times over five years, a total increase of over 50%, 4 times the rate of general inflation. 

Fact #21: Until the late 1990’s severe restrictions governed how and where pharmaceutical companies could advertise. In 2000 pharmaceutical manufacturers spent nearly $2.5 billion on influencing doctors, pharmacies and consumers.

Fact #22: Sales of the most advertised drugs increased 25% compared to a 4% increase in sales on all the other drugs combined; No wonder the drug companies spend more on advertising than R&D.

Fact #23: To increase profits pharmaceutical companies must convince doctors to prescribe their drugs. Around 35 major drug companies have hired 70,000 drug reps to visit each of the countries 756,000 doctors to influence their prescribing pattern; that is a ratio of 1 drug rep for every 10.5 doctors. Credible sources say they know a number of doctors and pharmacists who have been guests of drug companies for ski trips, golf outings and luxurious vacations with all expenses paid to learn the “benefits” of the drugs.

Fact #24: In a recent study by the Journal of American Medical Association, it was found that each drug company spends anywhere from 8 to 13 thousand dollars per doctor in advertising. This includes anything from meals and golf with representatives, to all expense paid trips to “conferences” to learn about the new medication.

Fact #25:  Although it is illegal to offer kickbacks to doctors, it is not illegal to offer lavish gifts or free trips as long they throw an “educational” or “research” tag on it. So basically the more severe the kickback laws become, the more doctors will be “educated”.

Fact #26: The number of generic versions of the name-brand drugs that are available in Canada but not in America. Among the 50 most commonly prescribe prescription drugs surveyed, 11 were available in generic form in the U.S., but 18 were available in generic form in Canada.

Fact #27: Why are generic companies allowed to put products on the market in Canada but not in America? Unfortunately drug patents don’t apply everywhere. In order to have its patent honored in Canada (or any other country) the drug company must apply to the government of that country for a “unique patent”. Most countries require that a patent product be manufactured in its own country within at least 3 years of receiving the patent; otherwise it will become void. Hence, most drug companies opt to forgo their patent rights outside the U.S.

Fact #28: The FDA states that they cannot guarantee the safety of drugs sold in Canada. Can the FDA guarantee the safety of drugs sold here? Canada has almost the same safety regulations and system that we use here in the United States. Most of the drugs sold in Canada come from the same source as drugs sold on American drugstore shelves. The FDA says that they cannot guarantee our safety but then overlook the importation anyway.

Fact #29: The single largest importer of foreign drugs is our federal government.  It purchases them for medical experiments as well as to reduce the cost of purchasing of providing medical care to the men and women in the military as well as veterans served by government sponsored programs.  The US also buys foreign drugs when providing humanitarian aid to other countries.  This seems to fly in the face of all the warnings the government gives to consumers about buying drugs from foreign sources. Referenced from the book: Buying RX Drugs Online

Fact #30: Of the 6.6 million Americans that are uninsured, more than half reported having problems paying for there medical bills.

Fact #31: Medicare covers 75% of prescription costs up to $2251 after a $225 deductible.  After $2251, the program pays nothing until expenses reach $5,100.  Once they reach  $5,100, Medicare then pays for 95% of the expenses. According to the Congressional Budget Office, more than 55% of all Medicare beneficiaries are projected to have drug spending that falls in the donut hole's range. The government wanted to provide at least some coverage for beneficiaries with both low and high prescription drug costs.  Although the plan has a $410 billion budget, it is still projected to fall short of the $1.2 trillion the plan will need over the next 10 years. Senate says 7 to 10 million Americans will fall into this gap of coverage. 

Fact #32: According to a report in the Cancer journal, one in five patients miss or delay treatment because of financial complications and if uninsured, nearly 70% miss or delay treatment and 43% went without vital medication.

Fact #33: When a member has financial ties to a company that is up for approval or review, that member is supposed to excuse themselves from the decision.  In the meeting for the approval of Vioxx for of the six members including the chairman, had financial ties to Merk, the maker of Vioxx.  Later after the approval of Vioxx, a clinical trial found that it doubled both the risk of heart attack and stroke, and the drug was taken off the market.  The FDA created an advisory panel to look into the case.  According to the New York Times, on the panel that reviewed the COX-2 inhibitors to determine if they would be placed back on the market, ten of the members that voted had financial ties to one manufacturer.  Oddly enough, the vote was nine to one in favor of Vioxx and the drug was returned to the market.

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Empower Yourself - Spend Less. Save More.

IT'S NO SECRET that prescription drug costs are out of control in the United States. Since 2000, drug costs have risen by an average of 10 percent every year — more than three times the rate of inflation during this period. Today, Americans pay more for their medications than the citizens of any developed country in the world

The unfortunate—and sometimes tragic—results of skyrocketing drug prices include consumers forgoing needed medications because they simple can't afford them. This is particularly evident in today’s struggling economy. As a Kmart pharmacist told a reporter for a New York newspaper: “They come in, they get a price and they say, ‘Forget it!’

The problem of high drug prices most directly affects 65 million Americans who don’t have prescription drug insurance. But even those Americans who have insurance are seeing co-pays and coverage gaps increase dramatically — pushing many to the financial breaking point when an unexpected health catastrophe strikes. Medical crises, in fact, are the No. 1 cause of family bankruptcies in the U.S. Says one health-policy analyst: “It gets to the fundamental question of ‘What is insurance, anyway?” 

EMPOWER YOURSELF TO SAVE! 

We can’t wait for our government to bail us out of this predicament. We can't expect our employers or insurance providers to come to our aid, either. The key to paying lower prices for you medications—prices you can afford—is to empower yourself. Become a savvy consumer. Be an opportunistic consumer. 

Learn how to . . . 

Spend less. Save More. 

eDrugSearch will be your guide to various strategies and resources that can slice hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars from your prescription drug expenses each year.

We hope that our website and online health community will make maintaining your health less of a financial burden.

Sincerely,
Cary Byrd
President
eDrugSearch
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