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ARE YOU AT RISK FOR COLON CANCER?

ARE YOU AT RISK FOR COLON CANCER?

If you are 45 years old, get checked for colon cancer. Latest guideline now recommends that people consider getting screening test for colon cancer also known as colorectal cancer (CRC) STARTING AT AGE 45, even if they are feeling great. American Cancer Society updated this guideline because of...

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That Walk, Run, or Leg Day at Gym Matters For Your Brain

That Walk, Run, or Leg Day at Gym Matters For Your Brain

Use it or lose it ! We know that physical inactivity is a risk factor for Alzheimer dementia. Medical research suggests that exercise and mobility may help prevent Alzheimer Dementia. Patients with dementia who took up exercise training showed less neuropsychiatric symptoms,  better cognitive...

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Stress, Smoking, Sugar

Stress, Smoking, Sugar

In 2016, the 10 states with the highest probability of premature death among 20- to 55-year-olds were West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Meanwhile, the 10 states with lowest probability of premature death among...

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Beware of Back Pain

Beware of Back Pain

Hundreds of thousands of people with lower back pain across the globe are being harmed, not helped, by the steroid injections, fusion surgery, kyphoplasty, and dangerous opioid drugs they are given, according to a major new report published recently in the prestigious journal The Lancet...

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3000 Steps in 30 minutes

3000 Steps in 30 minutes

The “3,000-steps-in-30-minutes” message should be an important new public health goal. This cheap and measurable moderate to vigorous physical activity-MVPA is great for health. Join a group, motivate each other, and aim to walk 3000 steps in 30 minutes at least 5 days a week. #hearthealth...

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Are you one in six?

Are you one in six?

One in six adults- that is 17% of U.S. adults report binge drinking — defined as four or more drinks for women and five or more for men on one occasion — according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click...

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Lifestyle To Cut Cancer Risk

Lifestyle To Cut Cancer Risk

On #WorldCancerDay, a reminder that Tribal Health Service and self funded health plans designed by #PequotHealth, cover preventive steps such as smoking cessation, vaccinations, and cancer screenings! #CutCancerRisk #lifestylemedicine Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new...

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Resilience and Growth Mindset

Resilience and Growth Mindset

In life, as in health care, the ability to stay optimistic and to be able to keep trying, improving, bounce back is the secret sauce for wellness. Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend. #PequotHealth #HealthTransformers Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to...

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Not so secret formula for happiness

Not so secret formula for happiness

If life is good, but you are still not happy? Let’s do a quick check. Is your brain in harmony? We need at least 4 major brain chemicals in balance for happiness: 1. WORK- hard, move, create, to release endorphins 2. EARN- rewards, money, fame, recognition to get boost in dopamine 3. GIVE...

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GET A JUMP START ON YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

GET A JUMP START ON YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

WHAT IS ON YOUR RESOLUTION LIST? According to the research firm Nielsen, “staying fit and healthy” is our top resolution in America. At Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, we value health and well being of everyone as our number one objective. So whatever you new year resolution is, we are here...

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One Way of Cutting the Risk of Breast Cancer

One Way of Cutting the Risk of Breast Cancer

60,000 women, between the ages of 50-80 were closely studied for over 10 years. 3000 women developed invasive breast cancer during that study presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium December 5-9, 2017. Scientists found that a 5% or greater weight loss after menopause could lower the...

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It is the season of gratitude

During the holiday season, as the year comes closer to the end, we gather. We gather to celebrate, take stock, share and be present. We gather to appreciate the collective work of our team and the individuals who are in it for the long run. We gather to acknowledge the contributions of all that...

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WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM THAT WORKS

WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM THAT WORKS

Weight loss can cure or reverse type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure in a great number of people. Otherwise healthy adults with type 2 diabetes diagnosed within last 6 years, and who were overweight with BMI of 27-45, were enrolled in a weight loss program. The Lancet just published a large...

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GET TESTED: WORLD AIDS DAY

GET TESTED: WORLD AIDS DAY

  About 15 percent of Americans with HIV don’t even know they’re infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] There are testing centers near you that offer free, fast, and confidential testing for HIV, and other infections such as STD, and...

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Should a Health Plan Pay for a Lifestyle Coach?

Should a Health Plan Pay for a Lifestyle Coach?

How The Rhythm of Life Affects Your Health Today, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published two big pharma sponsored research studies for the treatment of migraine. Migraine is a common brain disease and one of the top reasons of disability. Patients with migraine have bad...

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FIND YOUR STRENGTH IN HARD TIMES

FIND YOUR STRENGTH IN HARD TIMES

Congratulations to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation’s Health Service Department for getting national recognition by USET and IHS for improvement in patient care quality. You show resilience everyday by: 1. Focusing on what you have not what you don’t have 2. Learning that...

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Purpose of Life

Purpose of Life

What is important is not so much how long you live as whether you live a meaningful life. This doesn’t mean accumulating money and fame, but being of service to your fellow human beings. It means helping others if you can, but even if you can’t do that, at least not harming them. ~ Dalai Share...

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Is Your Blood Pressure Normal?

Is Your Blood Pressure Normal?

Did you know that even mild elevation of BP doubles your risk for heart disease? High blood pressure is a big risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and even dementia. Heart Disease remains the number one killer in America. You should certainly know more about your own...

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Why People Die Young?

Social inequities lead to higher death rate in young. Research found that the mortality rate is higher in places where: 1. People have less years of education 2. People have more economic distress As Dr. Michael Marmot points out in this Guardian article: The US is doing worse. It ranks 44th on...

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Dinner for Diabetes

Dinner for Diabetes

#DinnerforDiabetes Last night, in spite of the bitter cold, the community came together, even if they were 85 or 18 years young. Tribal Health Services of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation organized this well attended event of learning, sharing, and empowering Native Americans and their...

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Are You Drinking This Carcinogen?

Are You Drinking This Carcinogen?

70% of Americans do not even recognize that drinking alcohol is a risk factor for cancer, according to the National Survey by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Are you one of them? Heavy alcohol drinking certainly has higher risk of cancer of breast, colon, mouth, esophagus, and liver...

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This one step moves people the most…

This one step moves people the most…

The Native cultures have a rich tradition of storytelling. These oral histories were handed down through generations. Around the campfire or in a circle gathering, at occasions that were joyous or sad, the stories were told accompanied by song, drumming, spoken word, and dance. The act of...

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Making Sense of the Executive Order

ARE WE IN THIS TOGETHER OR ARE WE SEPARATE ? Insurance risk pools work better when it is a diverse mix of people with different levels of health and risks. The Presidential Executive Order on Healthcare essentially is about separating the risk pools. Everyone on their own. If you are young and...

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Healing begins with…

Healing begins with…

Healing may begin by cultivating an attitude of gratitude. It is the belief that in spite of current or past trauma, we always have something to be thankful for. Nurturing this mindset of abundance based on the feeling that we are blessed and we have enough. And that we receive more when we...

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Prevention is better than….

The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine recently published the results of the COMPASS trial. 27,000 People with pre-existing heart disease such as coronary artery disease or peripheral arterial disease were studied for over 3 years. One group received aspirin only, the other group...

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Be Kind on this day

Be Kind on this day

Today, October 11, is #WorldObesityDay. You will see and hear many well meaning experts and organizations promote messages of prevention. My request is to acknowledge that we all can do better but start by being kind to ourselves and to others around us who fight the proverbial battle of the...

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

Today 10th of October is the world mental health day. On this day especially, we try to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize efforts to support mental health. We come together to talk about behavioral health challenges we face and the hope that we have in making mental health...

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How is Your Heart Rhythm?

How is Your Heart Rhythm?

As I shared with the audience at the events last week, focused on ‘When Health Meets Tech’, the combination of Small Sensors, Big Data, and Smart Phones is ready to liberate and improve diagnostic testing. Point of care. Just in time. On Demand. Anywhere. Meet Kardia Mobile. I will...

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Health Tech Tools Now In Your Hands!

Thursday evening was spectacular. “When Health Meets Tech ” wonderful things can happen. In my keynote at the event, hosted by the way at the amazing Lake of Isles Golf Resort, we talked about how miniaturized sensors and mobile phones are changing healthcare. The phenomenon of...

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One thing to check if your kid is not doing well at school

More and more children are diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and they often suffer from behavioral issues at school and home. Many of these kids have difficulty learning and socializing. Does your elementary school kid know how to operate the smart TV? Does your kid...

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Flu Shots Save Kid’s Lives

Flu Shots Save Kid’s Lives

Did you know that flu shot could save your child’s life? A new study reported in the journal Pediatrics showed that American kids who died from flu were less likely to have received the protective flu shot. This was a four year study between 2010 and 14 and and they studied flu shot status...

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Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle

As kids we loved to run. As kids we spent time outdoors, walking, jumping, running, and cycling. Some scientists and authors claim that humans were born to run and that gave us an evolutionary advantage over other species. But then in our efforts to get more education and a paying job, many of...

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Can we do it all?

Can we do it all?

Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends: Pick 3 That’s the question that Randy Zuckerberg posed as an entrepreneur’s dilemma. As a busy person with a job, pressures, and family, how do you integrate work and life to be productive and healthy? Whole person wellness is when there is...

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Rowing together

Rowing together

Rowing together in the same boat When the mission is almost impossible, the destination is far upstream, and the current of time is against you, what do you do? You cast aside the fear of failure and row, row, row together. With a ridiculous deadline, and a desirable but daunting task to submit...

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Reaching New Heights

Rising and falling is part of the natural rhythm of life. Stories of rise after a fall are what truly inspire people. It was wonderful to see a community come together for the grand opening of the Thrill Tower at Foxwoods. Incredible acceleration, adrenaline, excitement, built with safety in...

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Welcome Change

Welcome Change

Change is hard. Change is inevitable. It is difficult to change ourselves, let alone trying to change others. It is well known that seven of the top 10 killer diseases in the US are potentially preventable chronic lifestyle diseases. With the rising epidemic of overweight we are seeing the rise...

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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

On September 4, 2017, I started my new mission. As the inaugural Chief Medical Officer of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation ( MPTN), my mission is to help the community achieve better care, and better health, at a lower cost. At the formal employee orientation, I spent time learning the...

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