How Much Will Medical and Drug Price Transparency Help?

The truth is that there is no clear and concise way to explain how hospitals determine prices and negotiate with individual insurance companies. What you end up paying out of pocket has little to do with what price hospitals charge your insurer and more to do with the way that your insurance plan is built…

Pumped Up on Amino Acids or Just Hot Air?

You’ve probably heard people talk about taking amino acid supplements, but what are they, and are they good for anything? Essential amino acids can only be acquired by eating protein; these include histidine, lycine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, leucine, and valine. If you’ve ever heard the term “complete protein,” it means that a food…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging to understand because it often travels with friends – kidney disease, heart disease, neuropathy, etc. How many of the facts below did you already know? By sharing what we learn, we can help others to avoid common complications…

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…

Week Two Menu with Grocery List and Recipes

Have you ever wondered how to plan an appropriate menu for yourself and your family? The best tip that I have is to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which will be revised next year. Now, we could get into a really long discussion about the Guidelines and what we agree with and what we…

One Week Healthy Eating Plan with Grocery List and Recipes

Number one request for many dietitians: “Just tell me what to eat.” There are a lot of reasons why this is a no-win situation. I don’t know all of your food likes and dislikes, and even if I did, I wouldn’t know everyone in your house’s food preferences. I don’t necessarily know what your food…

Head Freeze: What is Going On in the Frozen Dessert Aisle

Ice cream, milkshakes, sorbet, and smoothies have been intermingling lately. Sometimes I can’t even tell what a food product is these days! The ice cream/frozen dessert aisle has also been expanding with everything from custard to gelato and dairy-free varieties of frozen desserts made of almond milk, coconut milk, and even avocado. Making things even…

The Cereal Conundrum

The cereal aisle keeps growing…and growing. Maybe you go straight for the tried and true, or perhaps you’re so overwhelmed that you grab the first box that you see, but it’s worth taking the time to check out some of the many choices available to you. Read these tips to learn how to quickly determine…

Safety Trivia for Your Wellness Program

When people hear the term “safety,” they usually think of dramatic situations or emergency preparedness and many only picture toddlers and older individuals. The truth is that accidents happen at every age; to err is to be human, but a little foresight can go a long way in preventing some of these mishaps. No matter…