Why Our Kids Are at Risk for Cirrhosis

Fatty liver disease is often ignored or minimized, but this is a big, big mistake. Everyone has a little bit of fat in their liver. However, once someone has enough fat in their liver to account for 5-10% of the organ’s total weight, they have fatty liver disease. There is a fatty liver disease caused…

We Need to Talk About Rural Health

 I don’t believe that anyone can have a well-informed discussion about healthcare policy without first turning an eye towards rural health in the U.S. There are many different ways to define an area as “rural.” Still, it’s fair to say that 15-20% of America’s total population lives in a rural area. I am in that…

When Wellness Died

We took a good idea, chopped it into a million meaningless pieces, and worked it to death. We have this idea that “wellness” on a corporate level comes down to having your blood drawn for lipid and glucose measurement and filling out what is essentially a lengthy survey about what you eat, whether or not…

Defining Wellness

Many people have tried to pinpoint what exactly wellness consists of, but there is no single definition. Dr. Bill Hettler, the co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, developed the Six Dimensions of Wellness model. This is a comprehensive description and includes six components, copied directly from nationalwellness.org below: How a person contributes to their environment and community,…