Your Personal Affordable Care Act | How To Avoid Obamacare

ebook_6x9_v4 with blue stripe after pixel check (1) The most creative, assertive, and unyielding take down of Obamacare is available now as an e-book in the Amazon.com Kindle marketplace and at Smashwords.com. Read and enjoy!

 From John Irvine, Executive Editor of The Health Care Blog: “If you haven’t met Vik Khanna, you need to. Your health may depend on it. Packed with invaluable advice that will arm you with the tools and the strategies you’ll need to stay as far away from the healthcare industry as humanly possible, you’ll find yourself turning to Vik’s book again and again. Both thumbs up!!

 From Health Economist Al Lewis: “As Vik writes, the only hope we have of fixing the healthcare industry is to fix ourselves, and that is something hospitals, doctors, and health plans cannot do for us. For both the healthcare industry’s long-term sustainability and our individual successes and sanity, we must reacquaint ourselves with the importance of executing the fundamentals well – regular exercise, healthy (or at least healthier) eating, not smoking, and managing our stresses – and doing so repeatedly. Just because you are not paranoid does not mean the healthcare industry is not out to get you.”

Your Personal Affordable Care Act | How To Avoid Obamacare.

Government sues Honeywell over employee wellness program | Star Tribune

Vik Khanna:

Honeywell is in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Originally posted on Surviving Workplace Wellness:

Honeywell joins the illustrious group of companies being sued by the federal government over its employee wellness program, which it likely implemented because these programs are promoted by the federal government. You just cannot make up this kind of stupidity.

via Government sues Honeywell over employee wellness program | Star Tribune.

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Authors retract green coffee bean diet paper touted by Dr. Oz

Vik Khanna:

Study cited by Dr. Oz, the buffoon, withdrawn by its authors, an admission that it was worthless, if not outright fraudulent. Way to go, Mehmet!

Originally posted on Retraction Watch:

green coffee beanTwo authors of a 2012 paper sponsored by a company that made grand claims about green coffee bean extract’s abilities to help people lose weight have retracted it. The study was cited by The Dr. Oz Show, and last month it cost the company a $3.5 million settlement with the Feds.

Here’s the notice for “Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, linear dose, crossover study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a green coffee bean extract in overweight subjects,” a paper originally published in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy:

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How Medicare ‘Self-Referral’ Thrives on Loophole – WSJ – WSJ

More great examples of the sleaze factor in our healthcare industry. You just cannot make this stuff up. Wearing a white coat and a stethoscope has become a license to lie, cheat, obfuscate, and steal. And no one seems to want to do anything about it. I have a solution: get Your Personal Affordable Care Act and avoid the healthcare industry. You think Obama’s going to save you from any of this? Not a chance. Too many campaign contributions at stake.

How Medicare ‘Self-Referral’ Thrives on Loophole – WSJ – WSJ.

Doctor gives chemo to patients who DO NOT have cancer

4 Habits Of Lucky People | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Love this. Luck is basically what you create for yourself through optimism, instinct, expectations, and opportunities to succeed.

4 Habits Of Lucky People | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like – The Atlantic

Love this article on the health benefits of drinking coffee, especially when it isn’t complicated by sweeteners and/or heavy cream. I have believed — and said — for years, that black coffee is good for you. It’s mostly water (which is one reason that it does NOT dehydrate you) with dissolved plant solids, many of which we probably know little about. I was right. Again.

The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like – The Atlantic.

Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job

Harvard Business Review:

An excellent article at the Harvard Business Review Blog on the importance of exercise to doing work. This is a crucial and almost completely ignored business imperative.

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

When we think about the value of exercise, we tend to focus on the physical benefits. Lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, a more attractive physique. But over the past decade, social scientists have quietly amassed compelling evidence suggesting that there is another, more immediate benefit of regular exercise: its impact on the way we think.

Studies indicate that our mental firepower is directly linked to our physical regimen. And nowhere are the implications more relevant than to our performance at work. Consider the following cognitive benefits, all of which you can expect as a result of incorporating regular exercise into your routine:

  • Improved concentration
  • Sharper memory
  • Faster learning
  • Prolonged mental stamina
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Lower stress

Exercise has also been show to elevate mood, which has serious implications for workplace performance.  I’m willing to bet that your job requires you to build interpersonal connections and foster collaborations. Within this…

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American Society of Clinical Oncology Position Statement on Obesity and Cancer

Very important policy position from the American Society of Clinical Oncology on the role of obesity in elevating cancer risk. The best way to keep yourself out of an oncologist’s office is to build and sustain fitness and pursue weight loss to the extent that you can.

American Society of Clinical Oncology Position Statement on Obesity and Cancer.

Who Doesn’t Need a Better Press? | StrongFirst

For those of you who actually understand the importance of physical strength, a great and amusing read by India’s first SFG, Dr. B. Ramana, on how to build your kettlebell press.

Remember, there are no such things as useful weakness or useless strength.

Who Doesn’t Need a Better Press? | StrongFirst.

Things that make me go ARGH: Overuse of antibiotics for pharyngitis | The Incidental Economist

We overtreat even the simplest, self-limited problems. Worse still is the example that this sets for our kids. That you should go running willy nilly to the doctor for every conceivable ache, pain, sniffle, or cough, with no ability to discern the serious from the minor and too few skills to apply even modest self-care for a few days to see if the problem resolves on its own. We are a nation of cry babies.

Things that make me go ARGH: Overuse of antibiotics for pharyngitis | The Incidental Economist.

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