Anemia of Chronic Disease

When you hear the term “anemia,” you probably immediately picture a vitamin-mineral supplement or a nice, juicy steak, if you picture anything at all. Many people don’t know that the second most common form of anemia is caused by inflammation that arises in a variety of chronic diseases. No vitamins or minerals will correct the…

Coronavirus Fact or Fiction (with free handout)

Skip to the free handout. The rumors about Coronavirus and COVID-19 (the illness caused by Coronavirus) have led to panic, confusion, and frustration for many of us in recent weeks. For example, some people are saying that thousands more have died than we are being told, while others report that they believe the numbers to…

Level Up Your Immunity With Food (free handout)

You’ve probably been giving a lot of thought to your physical well-being and immunity in the past few months. For sure, most of us are willing to dedicate a lot of time and effort to stay well. I want to say something cheerful like, “I’ll show you how a simple fruit salad can guarantee you’ll…

A Healthier Thanksgiving Meal with Grocery List

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American will consume 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving – at dinner alone. Drinks, dessert, and appetizers can quickly bring that total to 4,500 calories (consider that a slice of pecan pie is roughly 450 calories). The meal below, which includes dessert, comes to 1,060 calories. The calorie content…

Polypharmacy: A Growing Problem with Free Patient Handout

A new report has confirmed what many people already know – older adults are taking way too much medication. A study published in April 2016 in JAMA Internal Medicine exposed the fact that 38.5% of adults with an average age of 71 take at least five prescription medications. A total of 67.1% take five or…

Free Handout: The Diabetes Digest

We hear a lot about “plant-based eating,” and for some reason, many people feel the incessant need to make it more complicated than it is. It truly is the simplest and most natural diet in the world. There are no bad vegetables and no criminal fruits. Research has shown again and again that people with…

Pumpkin Spice: Not So Nice? (free handout)

It is my understanding that pumpkin spice is not such a big deal in some parts of the country, but here in the Midwest, it is a big, big deal. Starbucks released the Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 27ththis year. It was 83 degrees here on that day, and cars were wrapped around the building….

Free Handout: The Good Mood Grocery List

Foods That May Alleviate Depression Several B vitamins, including folate, B1 (thiamin), B6, and B12, are essential to emotional wellness. The best source if these vitamins are animal-based foods – meat, poultry, and fish, as well as dairy products.  These vitamins are also found in a wide range of beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and…

Making Sense of Medicare

Medicare is extraordinarily complex, and the rules seem to change all of the time. However, learning to make smart choices can save individuals a lot of money and unnecessary stress, and can mean better healthcare in some circumstances. whatthewell medicare newsletter This newsletter covers basic information regarding Medicare options; for more in-depth knowledge, I recommend…

Free Handout: Understanding Health Insurance

 More than 50% of Americans are unable to understand the complicated materials provided by insurers and the medical explanations offered by healthcare professionals. When people avoid medical care because they don’t know why it’s needed or are fearful of the potential costs, their delay in care leads to the development and exacerbation of chronic conditions. This…