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Healthcare cost reduction

by Mark Lamendola

It is 2008 as I review this article. I was last sick in 1971. People often mistake me for being 15 years younger than I am. 'nuff said.

Whether you are a healthcare professional or a patient, you can use the following tips to reduce both your costs of healthcare and your need for it.

When sick:

  1. Learn your body. Get a baseline physical. Consult with your doctor to know what your body's weaknesses are.
  2. Be an active patient. Think of your doctor as the coach--one who needs 110% from you. It is your job to get well, not your doctors job to heal you.
  3. Become an expert. Always investigate anything your doctor tells you. If your doctor says you have heart disease, get at least 5 books on heart disease and study them.


To stay healthy:
  1. Watch your diet. Keep it simple and basic. The low-fat fad will pass, because such diets do not work. What you need to do, instead, is stay away from foods that are highly processed (your body does not work well with them), deep-fried, or high in sugar. Bear in mind, most flour products are so over-refined, they are almost like sugar pills--and they will drive your insulin level sky-high. See other free articles on this site for more information.
  2. Exercise regularly. This is where many people cut too many corners. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for walks after supper. Stay away from that television.
  3. Sleep regularly. This means no weekend binges. Your body takes a long time to adjust to schedule changes. The bi-annual "daylight wasting" clock change that takes place in much of the world is terrible in terms of health. But, it's not as bad as chronic late nights and sleep ins on weekends and holidays. Stick to your sleep schedule, and you will have more energy and better health--not to mention better job performance. If sleep is a mystery to you, then maybe you should take our course on conquering sleeplessness.
  4. Find a purpose. Many people die from spiritual emptiness--a common event within a year or so of retirement. Spirituality is not an automatic result of participating in religious activities--you must pursue this in its own right. One way is to volunteer some time to a charitable organization and become passionately involved. There are many other ways--seek, and you shall find. If you want to seek more quickly, you can find a book or two on spirituality to get you going.
  5. Be happy. This doesn't happen accidentally. You need to work at it. Take care of the important things in your life. Identify your stressors, and reduce or eliminate them. Look for the good in others. Need a quick laugh? Go see a funny movie. Or buy a funny movie.
  6. Get outside. Walk in a park. Ride a bike. Just don't get too much sun--this ages your skin and can lead to a host of problems later in life.


If you do get sick, do two things:

  1. Learn as much as you can about your illness--ask your doctor for resource information, AND make lots of trips to the library..
  2. Get a second opinion. Compare the two, and find out why each doctor thinks as s/he does.


Some resources:

  • Consider this healthcare site: Dr. Eddys Integrated Medical Clinic & Ayurveda School is an Integrated Medical Clinic and Ayurveda School. This healthcare facility combines the strengths and knowledge of both traditional western and alternative medicine in a holistic manner.

  • Go to to learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnoses and treatments of a broad range of illnesses.

  • Go to It's an online health care guide for family, men, women, child. Information on all diseases with their symptoms, treatment, and causes. Plus info on drugs starting from A to Z.

Here's a special resource for women: Resource for total Women's Health including beauty, skin care, female health issues, pregnancy, baby care, female diseases, and child diseases.



Article Authorship

The articles on this site are authoritative, because:

  • Every contributor is an expert in his or her field.
  • The articles comply with the accepted principles of the bodybuilder literature.
  • The articles comply with the teachings of such luminaries as 8-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney.

 Where an article is not bylined with a specific author's name, it was written by Mark Lamendola (see photos on home page and elsewhere on this site). Mark is a 4th degree blackbelt, has not been sick since 1971, and has not missed a workout since 1977. Just an example of how Mark knows what he's talking about: In his early 50s, Mark demonstrated a biceps curl using half his body weight. That's a Jack LaLanne level stunt. Few people can even come close. If you want to know how to build a strong, beautiful body, read the articles here.

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