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    These days, most Americans spend about an hour choosing a doctor, less time than we spend choosing a car or a refrigerator.

    Dr. Archelle Georgiou, Physician and Strategic advisor to HealthGrades.com, says that most times, people confuse convenience with quality. When looking for a doctor, many people just wonder if he or she will be covered by their insurance or if the doctor's office is close to home or work.

    There are, however, more important things to consider when making this critical choice. Dr. Georgiou introduces the five P’s of finding a doctor: Professional, practice, procedure, performance, and personal. Using free online networks, like healthgrades.com, to research your doctors or hospitals will help you make an informed decision for you and your family.

    But, why is it so important to research your doctor or hospital?

    According to Dr. Georgiou, in Chicago, for example, there are 18 hospitals within a few miles of each other and the mortality rate for a heart

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    Acupuncture may be an ancient Chinese practice, but it's only been in the U.S. since the 1970s, and most of us probably don't fully understand what it is or how it works.  In other words, what's the point? (Get it?)

    While it's still considered an "alternative" form of medicine, it's gaining acceptance in the mainstream as a supplemental treatment for everything from back pain to infertility. Jill Blakeway, founder of the YinOva Center in New York City, says that the practice was based on the idea that we all have channels running through our bodies like rivers. The belief is that the ‘rivers’ get blocked up and acupuncture needles open them again to allow a healthy flow of energy in our bodies.

    Today, doctors view it in a less metaphorical way. When a needle goes into a patient, the doctor is accessing the nervous system and it causes the body to release chemicals which will either interrupt the signal of pain or invoke your body’s own healing capabilities.

    But isn't the

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    Somewhere between Edith and Archie Bunker and June and Ward Cleaver you'll find all the rest of American couples.  Not fighting constantly, but not on a permanent honeymoon, either.

    The average couple argues 312 times a year.  Sometimes it's about big things like money and child raising, but most of the time it's probably as simple as what to have for dinner or what movie to see on Friday.

    Psychotherapist Rachel Sussman says it's always a good idea to pick and choose your battles and moments.  Think before you speak, decide if this is the appropriate time to take a stand and if it's worth the fight.  If not, it's usually wiser to hold your tongue.

    At the same time, it's never a good idea to keep all of your feelings bottled up—they could eventually build up to a needlessly explosive altercation.

    When you do vocalize your argument, Rachel says you should use language that isn't accusatory, but helps your partner understand the way their actions made you feel instead. Talk

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