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Money-Driven Medicine: health beat blog
Health Beat Blog

Money-Driven Medicine Book Cover Art(?)Maggie Mahar, Healthcare Fellow at The Century Foundation and author of the path-breaking book Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, writes one of the most up-to-the-minute, authoritative blogs on healthcare reform on the web, the Health Beat blog. Read her most recent posts by clicking below:

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  • How to Beat a Sugar Addiction

    Sugar, we are drowning in it. It’s in the foods we eat, most everything we drink, and if something tastes bad, we add more sugar to it. Good thing it’s packed with Vitamin … oh, wait, there are no vitamins in sugar, no minerals, no nutrients whatsoever – only calories. So why do we need it? At some point in your past, someone you love introduced you to sugar. Maybe it was a cookie, a chocolate bunny or a cupcake, but you tasted sweet sugar and it made your mouth happy, and you wanted more. But sugar also made your brain happy. Sugar is quickly digested and moves rapidly into your bloodstream and travels to your brain where it causes

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  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Never Skip Your Warm Up Before You Exercise

    Think you don’t need to take time to warm up before you exercise? Here are seven good reasons why you should take 3-5 minutes to properly warm up before you hit the gym, the track or the courts.   Warming up before your workout will greatly reduce your risk of injury. It only takes 3-5 minutes and your warm up will prepare both mind and body for for the physical training that is about to follow. Warming up increases the temperature of muscle. Your warm up really does warm up and increase the internal temperature of your body. And warm muscles contract more fully and stretch more easily. Most importantly, warm muscles stretch before they tear and are less likely

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  • 5 Simple Ways To Increase Your Activity Level

    Exercise combined with healthy eating are easily the two most important steps that you can take to improve your fitness and health. For many years, experts have recommended a minimum of 30 minutes at least 5 days a week for a total of 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly. But for many of us, finding an available two and a half hours of free time to exercise is difficult if not impossible. Luckily, more recent research suggests that we should focus on increasing our activity level gradually as even small amounts of exercise each week can produce big changes in our overall health and fitness. In short, any activity is better than none as it produces positive healthy changes. Once

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  • Getting Your Mind Prepared For Weight Loss

    If you have ever tried to lose weight and failed, which just about everyone has, there may have been a variety of different factors that caused you to fall short of your goals. One reason that many people really don’t think about when looking at the causes is the impact that your own mind has on your efforts. The reality is that we all have an internal dialog going throughout the day, and it can be more than a little surprising to hear that voice inside your head telling you all the reasons why quitting is such a good idea. That voice can be silenced, but you have to train it, just as you would your body. The first thing

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  • Health Benefits Of Creating Art

    Creating art is an inspiring way to stimulate your brain, improve your emotional well-being, and possibly get physically healthier as well. Art, when used as therapy, has been shown to be helpful in the healing process for patients suffering from mental, physical, and emotional problems – the creative process promotes healing in the following ways: Art stimulates creativity and imagination. Many identify as either left-brained or right-brained thinking, you are generally more artistic (right-brain) or analytical (left-brain). When an artistic person creates art, he or she enhances already existing creative skills. The analytical person stimulates the creativity and imagination that are often hidden under the analytical left-brain when creating art. Creating art reduces stress. Artistic endeavors like drawing, painting, and

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  • 5 Simple Ways To Increase Your Activity Level

    Exercise combined with healthy eating are easily the two most important steps that you can take to improve your fitness and health. For many years, experts have recommended a minimum of 30 minutes at least 5 days a week for a total of 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly. But for many of us, finding an available two and a half hours of free time to exercise is difficult if not impossible. Luckily, more recent research suggests that we should focus on increasing our activity level gradually as even small amounts of exercise each week can produce big changes in our overall health and fitness. In short, any activity is better than none as it produces positive healthy changes. Once

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  • 10 Unknown Health Benefits of Cinnamon

    We’ve known cinnamon as a common spice, usually added to our favorite, carb-filled drinks and pastries to amp up the musky, sweet flavor. Your favorite apple pie will never be perfect without it; but did you know that other than delighting our taste buds, cinnamon also does wonders to our health? Now pull that platter of cinnamon roll close by, and we suggest you dig in and enjoy its delicious flavors as you read on. Cinnamon has long been used for its medicinal value since the olden times, and many of its positive effects are now backed by modern research. Some of its health benefits may astound you, just like the ten we’ve listed below: It helps control your blood

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  • Fermented Foods Can Boost Your Health and Your Lifestyle

    If you eat these fermented foods it could make a dramatic difference to your health. The process of fermentation involves a metabolic process where micro-organisms like bacteria, yeast or fungi turn compounds into alcohol or acids. Normally, these compounds are sugars and starches. When we consume fermented foods we are digesting microbes that have a positive effect on the ‘good’ bacteria in our digestive system. Diseases such as bowel cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, immune disorders, allergies, diabetes and even mental disorders can occur when these ‘good bacteria’s are unbalanced and not working effectively. Fermented foods, in particular natural yogurt, are bursting with these microbes. Some foods which you might be already familiar with are wine, cheese and salami and sauerkraut.

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  • Best Types of Food to Stay Healthy

    It can be very hard to stay healthy with so many types of food out there, and figuring out how you can maintain a healthy diet can be even harder than that. Because of this, we have created a list that includes all the best types of food that you need to keep in mind if you want to stay healthy and boost your productivity all day long. Black beans Black beans are great because they integrate omega-3 fatty acids, as well as fiber and protein so they deliver many nutrients that are mandatory for your entire body’s complete functioning. Kale Kale is great because it delivers fiber, antioxidants as well as multiple vitamins. You can just add it in

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  • Building The Perfect Workout Routine

    If you are interested in losing weight and getting into shape, you are going to have to spend some time in the gym. This is something that we all know already, but what isn’t totally apparent to everyone is that there is no such thing as a workout that is perfect for everyone. In order to get the best results for your specific body type, you are going to have to spend some time putting together a workout program designed to help you reach your goals. It isn’t as difficult as it sounds, and can in fact be done in a few simple steps. The first thing you need to do is figure out exactly what those goals are. Are

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