3 Simple Steps For Healthy Choices…Answering Another Listener Question.

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SSHT_1In a world with too much information… where do you start?

Here’s a simple 3 step solution to figuring out how to make your healthy choices.

Some of what we talk about in today’s episode:

School of Fish (and a fascinating Wikipedia entry on shoaling & schooling fish behavior)

White Bears & Thought Suppression:  

And Finally… Command & Control & Locus of Control

Almost forgot!  Here’s the Video Link for the podcast on youtube. 

How Much Do We Need To Move? And Other Listener Questions…

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I ask every person who subscribes at StraightShotHealth.com what their health fears or frustrations are.

SSHT_1I read every response.

Today’s episode was based on questions from Katrina and Curt.

Some of the studies and articles mentioned in the episode are below (all should be clickable links):

Sitting linked to certain cancers.

Sitting too much is as bad…

...and it can be as bad as smoking. 

Healthy towns walk and ride. 

If you want to live long and prosper… stay active.

Sick or in pain?  Then it’s even more important to move!

Just how powerful is Placebo?

 

Think You Want An Annual Exam From Your Doctor? Think Again…

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SSHT_1Annual physicals are supposed to keep us “healthy” but do they really?

Here’s how what you think you’re supposed to do for your health may actually harm you.

Links:

The $50,000 Physical (JAMA)

Overscreening for Prostate Cancer

Overscreening for Colon Cancer

The Danger For Hunting For Cancer (Time article)

Overtreatment is Taking A Harmful Toll (NYT Wellness Blog)

And if Googling your health concerns isn’t enough anxiety for you… here’s a link to the Merck Manual:

The Merck Manual

Change Is Vital For Your Health…Here’s How To Do It

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SSHT_1In 2014 it’s estimated the United States will spend $3,800,000,000,000 on healthcare.

That amount of money is greater than the GDP of Germany ($3.4 Trillion and also the world’s 4th largest economy).

Yet what do we get?

We’re 42nd in the world in life expectancy and our health outcomes are worse than most other countries–including less developed ones!

Why is this and why can you NOT wait for healthcare to be “fixed” before you take action?

In this episode we’ll talk about why hoping your doctor will help you change unhealthy lifestyle behaviors is like waiting for the Tooth Fairy.

We’ll also touch on a useful framework to change behavior.

This episode also has a video companion available on Youtube.

How Time Management And Work-Life Balance Is Harmful To Your Health.

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SSHT_1How often have you heard the term “Work-Life Balance”?  Or seen articles saying how “Work-Life Balance” is getting worse?

 

 

 

In today’s episode we talk about why the entire idea of Work-Life Balance is wrong and how trying to maintain it could worsen health… And what we should be focusing on instead.

 

3 Wise Choices When It Comes To Health

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For today’s episode we talk about “Choosing Wisely” for health.SSHT_1

What is Choosing Wisely?

Well it’s a campaign created by the ABIM Foundation to “spark conversations between patients and providers.”

Does it work?  I’ve got my own opinion for another time…

Instead we’ll go over 3 recommendations:   One for back pain, another for colds & coughs and the last about whether or not you really should get that EKG…

When you get a chance visit the Choosing Wisely website.  I’d love to hear what you think.

Is it easy to understand?  Is it useful?  Does it help you out?

What would you do if you were trying to get people to “Choose Wisely” when it comes to their health?

The First Step To Getting Healthy

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What is the First Step to getting healthy? Knowing this step is the KEY for good health…and a good life!

This episode is probably the most important episode I’ve done to date.

I also HIGHLY recommend reading Dr. Carol Dweck’s book!

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Episode #19 5 Ways To Fight Off Stress

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Stress is the topic of this episode of Straight Shot Health Talk.

What is it?  Why does it matter?  Why should it be your #1 health concern?

But that’s not all…

Stick around until the end for three key ideas about stress management…and five specific techniques to manage it effectively.

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Episode #18 Will I Be Paralyzed By Having An Epidural For My Pregnancy?

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Dr. Dave Draghinas from Anesthesia Myths returns and we discuss the top questions about epidurals for labor.

These are important for both people having babies… and their friends and families who may have LOTS of questions.

Do epidurals for labor cause paralysis?

Or back pain?

What about risks for c-section?

Here are the answers to these questions and more.

AND if you still want more information, Dr. Dave has a kindle book, “The Epidural Blueprint,” available on Amazon.com.

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Episode #17 Understanding Pain Part Two

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How do you change how pain feels?

The answer may be a bit surprising…

This is Part Two of Understanding Pain.

There is also a video companion to this available at StraightShotHealth.com

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