Archive for April, 2010

New Medicare Supplements NOW Available

Modernized Medicare Supplements begin June 1, 2010!

Thank Goodness we now have some better choices for your Medicare Supplement Coverage. Many of you are getting rate increases on your Medicare Supplements.  Some of you are losing your coverage with your Medicare Advantage Plans and/or want to get off of them.

There are NEW plans now with NO UNDERWRITING, GUARANTEED ISSUE no matter what your health conditions.  You can still go to any doctor or hospital of your choice with no network to choose from.

Even though they don’t begin until June 1, you can go ahead and get your application.  Just fill out our worksheet online or give us a call today!    866-752-1795   We are so excited to be able to offer this to you!

Please write to me, Karyn Blake, here at My Part D USA’s blog at kblake@MyPartDusa.org. Or you can email this article to a friend.

Published by mypartdusa on April 8, 2010 in Traditional Medicare Supplements.

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What Have You Got To Lose?

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose, Nothin’s not worth nothin, but it’s free….Kris Kristofferson – lyrics from “Me & Bobby McGee”

We’ve all heard this great song time and time again, but I don’t know if many of us ever get to the point in our lives where we have “nothing left to lose.”  I talk to and receive emails from people every day who have come to feel that way about their health, health care and their Medicare coverage.

People these days cannot afford to pay for all their prescriptions, even with the help of Part D plans.  Some folks are taking way too many drugs.  They go to different doctors and do not let each doctor know what the other doctor has prescribed.  Please let ALL of your doctors know every drug you take and ask them if there is a better way.  Some doctors are now also recommending supplements to lower blood pressure instead of drugs, such as garlic and omega 3 oils.  Many times taking one drug leads to another and before you know it you are on 10 different medications all with side effects that make us feel even worse!  Never stop taking a medication without approval from your doctor.

I would encourage those of you who need help to try to improve your health so you can get off some of the medications you are taking.  Sure, it may be easier to just “take a pill”, but what is it really costing you?

Your Good Health Is Never Going To Be Free!

TOP 10 FOODS YOU CAN EAT TO GET OFF MEDICATIONS & IMPROVE HEALTH

1. GARLIC – Lowers cholesterol and raises “good cholesterol”.  Lowers blood pressure.  Reduces the risk of blood clots.  Helps fight Alzheimer’s.  Detoxification. This also includes all the allium family such as onions, leeks, chives and shallots.

2.  OLIVE OIL AND AVOCADOS - Shown to reduce death from heart disease and cancer.  Unlike other oils, olive oil is high in antioxidant activity.  Avocados are high in foliate and potassium which can decreade heart attack risk by 55%.

3.  NUTS – Recent Harvard University research found that eating more that 5 oz. a week cut heart attack deaths in women by over 40% and helped deadly irregular heartbeats in men.  ALMONDS and WALNUTS offer the most help.

4.  SALMON, SARDINES, TUNA - These fish contain high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids – that perform miracles throughout the body, fighting virtually every chronic disease known.  Personally, taking fish oil has helped me feel better, my skin look younger and my joints don’t ache as much.  Please, if you do nothing else, try a good quality fish oil product and stick with it!

5.  GREEN TEA – Drinking even one cup of strongly brewed green tea (you can get Lipton’s in de-caf) cut heart disease risk in half.  Think about drinking it as ice tea and all through the day!  It also helps in appetite control and is very high in antioxidants.  EXTRA HINT – If you drink your first cup of green tea on an empty stomach in the morning with the juice of 1/2 a lemon, it will help your liver and gallbladder function better to cleanse your body of toxins.

6.  BLUEBERRIES – One of the best antioxidant rich foods says Tufts University.  Blueberries are so powerful in retarding aging in animals that they can block brain changes leading to decline and even reverse failing memory.  Eat half a cup of frozen or fresh blueberries a day.

7.  DRINK WATER – You would not believe how many of us are actually de-hydrated.  By cutting out sodas and other sugary drinks and replacing with Green Tea and water, not only will you lose weight, but your health will improve just by feeling hydrated.  Your kidneys will thank you!  NEVER DRINK YOUR CALORIES!

8.  GREEN FOODS - Spinach and other greens are second only to garlic in antioxidant activity.  Rich in folic acid which helps fight cancer, heart disease and mental disorders, it protects aging brains and may help prevent Alzheimer’s.

9.  GREEK YOGURT - This type of yogurt has more protein and calcium and also helps your digestive system with “good bacteria” to keep things running smoothly and calcium to protect your bones and teeth.

10. RED WINE AND DARK CHOCOLATE (AT LEAST 70% COCOA) FOR DESERT – This includes red grape juice, but is not as much fun!  Red Wine or grape juice has 4 times the antioxidants of orange or tomato juice.  Research shows that drinking Red Wine in moderation increases longevity.  Dark Chocolate helps your pleasure center of the brain release serotonin and the endorphins that make you”feel good”, all while lowering your blood pressure.  So, instead of fattening ice cream and sugar laden cakes and pies, have ONE glass of red wine with a couple of dark chocolate covered strawberries dipped in chopped almonds or walnuts!

NOW THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT WAY TO GET HEALTHY TO ME!

Then make an effort to walk or get some kind of activity in each day!  Make a project out if it and begin a journal.  When you look back in 6 months and see how much weight you have lost and how much better you feel,  please write me and tell me your story!  I’d love to share it with my readers.  As you know I am preaching to the choir because I lost 50 lbs last year.  I have to keep myself motivated!  It was hard and it still is hard, but it has been worth it.  I got off my blood pressure medication and I can actually walk around and enjoy myself instead of sitting in pain.  You can do it too!  Let me hear your story soon.

Please write to me, Karyn Blake, here at My Part D USA’s blog at kblake@MyPartDusa.org. Or you can email this article to a friend.

Published by mypartdusa on April 5, 2010 in WELLNESS & HEALTH.

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