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Informed, Self-directed Healthcare (ISH)

HeartHawk Health Guide September 01, 2009
  • I spend a great deal of "electronic ink" harping on the subject of "Informed, Self-directed Healthcare (ISH).  In a nutshell, ISH is about spending a little time studying your personal health concerns (using resources like HealthCentral.com) and working with your doctor as a team to solve them.&...

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  • Micorn
    Apr. 26, 2010

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  • Petite Choux
    Oct. 22, 2009

    Hypothyroidism is a biggie here. Have your TSH tested by your doctor to see if you have an underactive thyroid. I weighed in at 114 lbs when I had my first heart attack and subsequent triple bypass. You do not have to be fat as most of us are led to believe. They didn't find the hypothyroid til after I came home from a week's stay in the unit.

     

    To really...

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    Hypothyroidism is a biggie here. Have your TSH tested by your doctor to see if you have an underactive thyroid. I weighed in at 114 lbs when I had my first heart attack and subsequent triple bypass. You do not have to be fat as most of us are led to believe. They didn't find the hypothyroid til after I came home from a week's stay in the unit.

     

    To really prevent heart disease, quit smoking, don't drink, exercise and eat lots of green vegetables. Cut way down on red meats, do not eat any organ meats (liver, chicken liver, heart, kidneys, etc) and limit your sausage intake to once every couple of weeks if you must have it. Cut out bad carbs, white bread, cake, cookies, any sugar that is not naturally in the food. :-)  Don't eat foods high in saturated fat or any transfats. Learn to read the labels. You'd be surprised at what you find you're eating, even in margarines. NO TRANSFAT would be your best bet. Salad dressings even sometimes contain that and so do cookies. Check the labels, compare and you'll get better results. If you love ice cream (I do) get the brand that only contains milk, sugar and flavor. (you know the one I mean, *ryers,  Do not get cheap brands with a paragraph full of ingredients, even Healthy Choice is not a healthy choice when it comes to ice cream. The less ingredients the better because you will eat less of it. 

     

    Most of all, moderation is the key to anything.

     

    Sorry for the hijack, but these are important too.

  • Virginia
    Sep. 12, 2009

    I think your advice is is very good, but I find it much too long and would like to ask you if you could condense it, so there isn't tons of reading to do on just one subject.

    Thank  you for your consideration.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep. 03, 2009

    I was recently diagnosed as "pre-diabetic". Though my doctor did not "order" it I was sent to a diabetic counselor and requested a meter.  What a great tool!

     

    If you are like me -- I am most rigorously undogmatic and hate the word "should", especially as it relates to that other four letter word, "diet," -- a meter is a great boon.

    It allows me to...

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    I was recently diagnosed as "pre-diabetic". Though my doctor did not "order" it I was sent to a diabetic counselor and requested a meter.  What a great tool!

     

    If you are like me -- I am most rigorously undogmatic and hate the word "should", especially as it relates to that other four letter word, "diet," -- a meter is a great boon.

    It allows me to see almost instantly, through self monitoring, just exactly what the foods I consume and the times I consume them, does for my blood sugar. So rather than dieting, I am experimenting! Works for me.

     

    I have discovered many tricks, like apple pie with cinnamon, and vinager tablets at bedtime, and that rice is a real no-no. I have lowered my blood pressure AND lost 14

    lbs in three months. 

     

    All without doing it because some regimen told me I should!

     

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 03, 2009

      I meant to say lowered my blood SUGAR, not pressure.  Though that is likely to be happening as well.

    • HeartHawk
      Health Guide
      Sep. 03, 2009

      Dear Anon:

       

      Yes, this is exactly why I pound on the point of Informed, Self-diredcted Healthcare (ISH).  The key is tracking and you must have the proper tracking tools.  Who would drive a car without a speedometer.  In fact, doing so most places is illegal!

       

      You know the old saying, "God helps those who help themselves!"

       

      Regards,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Dear Anon:

       

      Yes, this is exactly why I pound on the point of Informed, Self-diredcted Healthcare (ISH).  The key is tracking and you must have the proper tracking tools.  Who would drive a car without a speedometer.  In fact, doing so most places is illegal!

       

      You know the old saying, "God helps those who help themselves!"

       

      Regards,

       

       

      HEartHawk

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep. 03, 2009

    I'd like to print this article for several family members.  However your "print" prompts never work on your particular website.  I have to print from the screen along with all the other advertisements I don't want.

    • HeartHawk
      Health Guide
      Sep. 03, 2009

      Anonymous:

       

      I will pass along your comments to the folks at HealthCentral.  It would be nice to be able to go straight to the printer!

       

      Regards,

       

       

      HeartHawk