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High-deductible Health Insurance Plans May Cost Your More!

Substantially more, as many as 75%, HSA (health savings account) high-deductible health 
plans are being forced upon employees for their health coverage.  This is a substantial 
increase from recent years, and, although it lowers premiums paid or taken out of 
pay-stubs per month it raises out-of-pocket expenses much more than traditional plans.  
To cushion the blow, some employers are paying a part of the high-deductible, but balance 
is the responsibility of the employee.  These pay-out must occur before the insurance 
policy starts.  

Don't be mislead by the lower monthly premium.  For example, for a $5,000.00 deductible 
plan, even if your employer pays for the first $2,500.00, the next $2,500.00 is your 
responsibility before the policy starts to pay.  Once the deductible is met, co-pays or 
percentages-of-payouts remain the responsibility of the employee.

Viruses Contagious for Thirty Minutes

Not all viruses are the same.  Some can survive and remain contagious for up to thirty minutes on the fingertips!  Flu is transmitted from person to person, mainly, by inhaling tiny virus particles that are released into the air when infected individuals cough and sneeze. Direct contact with contaninated fingers is considered an equally important method of transmission.  Do not touch one’s hands to the face and wash hands regularly.

Eye-strain Supplements

We have come to understand that there are two standard distances for testing our vision, near and far, which are commonly associate with reading and driving.  These two distances alone are not sufficient when considering good vision function and eye health.  Between ‘near-vision and ‘far-vision’ add (computer) screen-distance and television-distance.   I recommend when one feels eye-strain frequently change one’s gaze by looking away form the screen through a window to outside the building, apply a drop of eye-lubricant at night and take a natural food supplement bilberry or lutein (my preference).  Respectively, they promote circulation to and within the eye and help to filter light.

Back Sleep With Heals Off the End of Bed

This article, found at my website’s “Health Information” page speaks and is titled “The Importance of Good Sleeping Posture”

If one sleeps on the back which I recommend, without a pillow under the legs which the article recommends because it decreases pressure on the low back, it is best to allow the heals to protrude off the end of the bed!

This will allow more of the weight of the calves to contact the mattress, prevent the legs from not rotating outward and the knees from extending.

For Good Health,

Dr Saracino

The Best Powdered Protein

WNATI recommend a very high quality powdered-protein brand; Jarrow Unflavored Whey Protein.  Try it in cereal milk or oat meal.  A high-protein breakfast is vital for good nutrition in addition to a quality daily-food-supplement (one-a-day type) from either: Twin Labs, Schiff or Solgar.  A few more supplements are recommended, as well, like a joint compound with chondriotin sulfate and glucose amine, which are derived from shark cartilage, and time-released vitamin C and vitamin A.

Walt Whitman Poem

Examining one’s posture and mobility is part of each chiropractic neurologist’s analysis. The following Walt Whitman poem excerpt, from Leaves of Grass, was giving to me by a friend while attending chiropractic school.

The Expression of a Well-made Man
But the expression of a well-made man appears not only in his face,

It is in his limbs and joints also,

It is curiously in the joints of his hips and wrists,

It is in his walk, the carriage of his neck,

The flex of his waist and knees- dress does not hide him….

To see him pass conveys as much as the best poem, perhaps more.

Book Review: You’re Only Old Once! by Doctor Seuss

If laughter is the best medicine, then You’re Only Old Once! is a delightful new defense against aging. I highly recommend it for children from 7 to 70.

Anyone who has even submitted to a battery of medical tests will empathize with Dr. Seuss’ Everyman in this wry book. In it we follow our hapless hero through his checkup with the experts at the Golden Years Clinic, beginning with the waiting room and the atmosphere of tranquility it attempts to create. Once out of the waiting room and into the doctor’s domain, all of us can relate to our hero’s desire to escape:

And if you’re the type that gets finichy-finick
at this point you’ll try to get out of that clinic.
But they will outwit you as quick as a winick!
The Quiz-Does will catch you!
They’ll start questionnairing!
They’ll ask you, point blank how your parts are all faring.

Dr. Seuss parodies diagnostic drudgery, after which Everyman must sign on the dotted line.

When at last we are sure
you’ve been properly pilled,
then a few paper forms
must be properly filled
so that you and your heirs
may be properly billed.

As a prolific writer of children’s books, Dr. Seuss’ satiric social commentaries won him countless adult fans. You’re Only Young Once! was published on his 82nd birthday and is aptly described as a book for “obsolete children.”

In this age of highly technical and scientific methods, medical treatment is often reduced to impersonal finding and cold-handed prescription. My emphasis is to preserve the human element — thus are always willing to laugh at ourselves.

With Good Health,

Mark Saracino, DC, DACAN

Diplomat American Chiropractic Academy of Neurology

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