Volume 2, Number 4
Monthly News On Products Promoting Healthcare Cost Transparency And Healthy Living Tips
IN THIS ISSUE...

  • SMART HEALTH TOOL INTRODUCED TO HEALTH EXCELLENCE PLUS
  • WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
  • A RECENT STUDY: THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE
This monthly newsletter contains information about medical cost sharing programs as well as health insurance plans offered through insurance companies that promote healthcare cost transparency. It provides information about tools designed to maintain or regain your health, articles on health and wellness, and information on complementary and integrative health. It also contains information on other cost-transparent products and services you can purchase or utilize to supplement either your medical cost sharing program or your insured health insurance plan.
SMART HEALTH TOOL INTRODUCED TO HEALTH EXCELLENCE PLUS
A new smart health tool using artificial intelligence has been introduced as one of the wellness tools available to Health Excellence Plus and Health Excellence Select members. The tool is based on the work of Dr. Joseph Pizzorno. It’s the first and only tool of its kind based on artificial intelligence and took 15 years to develop.

The My AHE wellness platform uses artificial intelligence and a comprehensive risk assessment to identify each member’s underlying health risks based on their medical history, dietary habits, level of exercise, exposure to toxins, lab results and, if available, their genetics. A score of 1 -1,000 is possible, and the member is given a list of recommendations based on rigorous evidence-based physiological research and functional medicine principles. 

Recommendations include lifestyle modifications, dietary modifications, and suggestions for nutritional supplements. The objective is to promote restoration of ideal function while emphasizing personal education and self-care.

The tool:

  • Uses physiology to see illness trends;
  • Uses advanced health risk assessments for deeper analysis;
  • Looks at toxins, nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, blood markers, genomics, medications used, and more;
  • Sometimes sees cellular signals before other tests see anything;
  • Can use natural strategies to prevent illness before drugs and surgery are needed; and
  • Addresses the root cause of illness instead of the symptoms
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Click below to see an excellent video by Dr. Charles Bens that explains functional medicine and compares it against traditional (allopathic) medicine:
A RECENT STUDY: THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE
Research involving nearly 18,000 participants, published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry shows that those who are very physically fit are 16% less likely to develop depression, a risk factor for  heart disease , compared with those in the lowest fitness category. The higher fitness group also has a 61% lower risk of dying from heart disease.

The study highlights the role of fitness and physical activity in prevention efforts to promote healthy aging. 

According to Dr. Madhukar Trivedi (the lead author of the study), “The earlier you maintain fitness, the better chance of preventing depression, which in the long run will help lower the risk of heart disease.” He also says there’s value in not starting a medication if it’s not needed.

The doctor recommends taking these steps to raise chances of success from exercising:

  • Set aside a consistent time to exercise every day, but don’t get discouraged by stretches of inactivity.
  • Exercise with a friend or family member.
  • Keep a log to track your progress.
  • Avoid monotony by varying the types of exercises you do.
  • Appoint someone to hold you accountable.

The research is just one more piece of proof that  exercise  is at least one key to better long-term health.

Read this article that appeared in the September AARP Bulletin for more information about the study.
About Paul Cholak
Paul Cholak is the Principal of Control Your Healthcare Costs, LLC (dba Control Your Healthcare Costs) and is an endorsed vendor of the Free Market Medical Association, which promotes transparency in healthcare costs and programs. He's also a Partner/Supporter of the Direct Primary Care Coalition, which promotes the direct primary care provider concept.

He constantly seeks to find new and innovative products that incorporate transparency and focus on reducing costs of the total healthcare bill.

He's a National Healthcare Advisor for  M Powering Benefits , a Certified Affiliate with Sedera Health, and is also appointed by insurance carriers who offer insured products that promote healthcare transparency (for example Health Indemnity insurance).

He offers or refers you to medical cost sharing and insured healthcare products on either an individual, association, or group basis, as applicable, that promote healthcare cost transparency and can result in significant overall healthcare savings to participants. He guides you through the steps of obtaining membership in the applicable program and is always available to help you both BEFORE and AFTER you've enrolled.
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