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Dietary Impact on Health

Meet Jeanette, she has lupus. (A chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs.)

(Jeanette mentions PatientsLikeMe in her video. PatientsLikeMe is a free website where people can share their health data to track their progress, help others, and change medicine for good. It’s an online community with over 2,500+ conditions.)

Now, the rest of the story.

Jeanette says she turned to dietary changes when she stopped taking Plaquenil due to severe side effects, including retina damage. She started logging her food intake for a few weeks, she noticed how some of her favorite foods were causing issues ranging from stomach pains to full inflammation. That’s when she started paying close attention to what her body was telling her and realized she needed to do something about it.

Jeanette didn’t go on any specific diet at first, she started eliminating certain foods like sugar (which was causing major fatigue and pain), garlic (causing major inflammation in her knees), eggplants (fatigue and pain in her feet), bean sprouts (stomachaches) and alfalfa (full inflammation and full flare) — some of the known foods that lupus patients shouldn’t eat [learn more at].

Then Jeanette noticed how meat was causing fatigue and noticed inflammation directly in her knees. She gave up red meat for two weeks, felt good and noticed a reduction of pain. Then she gave up chicken the following two weeks and felt even better. “It was so amazing that I decided to give it up for good.” After the first few months without meat, my doctor started noticing my blood work was improving drastically, so she began reducing her medications since she was no longer flaring or feeling pain. After a full year she reduced all medications to zero and even stopped infusions.

(Everyone is different, so these foods and dietary changes may not affect you the same way. Talk with your doctor or a registered dietitian about finding foods that work for you.)

HealthKOS is Health in Your Hands

With a click of a button, patients have access to their health history from any mobile device and share it with physicians or patient care members.

HealthKos is a solution which shares information via automated interactions, within the patient care network. The processes optimizes medication use and care coordination. Health data points can be recorded and monitored for around the clock assistance. This includes all vital signs, weight and BMI, health wellness activities, and a complete updated medication list. The stored data on the HealthKOS platform allows for automated and timely communication with the health care team and family members to provide critical help in time of need, thus preventing an urgency from becoming an emergency, or even worse, an emergency from becoming a catastrophe.

HealthKOS empowers the patient to monitor their health through Bluetooth enabled devices and empowers the health care team to monitor patient progress outside the physician’s office, leading to timely interventions and preventing unnecessary disease progression and hospitalizations.

“Better Engagement → Leads to Better Compliance → Better Quality of Care”

HealthKOS, developed by doctors, allows the workflow to become patient centric, easy to use and provides lower cost quality health-care.


Employee Benefit Advisors provides employee benefits, tax-advantaged healthcare, compliance guidance for ACA and Health & Welfare DOL Audits, and PEO Advisory & Consulting Services.

Zocdoc: Find & Book Doctors

New to the area and don’t know anyone? Download the app and within 2 minutes find the perfect PCP, Specialist or Pediatrician. Zocdoc is the beginning of a new healthcare experience. Find doctors you love, read real reviews, book appointments instantly, and more with this award-winning app.

• See neighborhood doctors in your insurance network
• Book appointments with over 50 different medical specialties, including dentists, primary care doctors, allergists, OBGYNs, dermatologists, family doctors, urologists, psychologists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, optometrists, pediatrists and more
• Read verified reviews from other patients
• See open appointment times and book instantly and keep track of your medical calendar. No phone calls necessary, even for same day bookings!
• Algorithm lets you search by specialties and conditions, like diabetes, obesity/weight loss, cancer, yellow eyes, bleeding, cysts, sore throat and more.
• Check in on the app to complete your paperwork and save time at the office
• Receive text reminders before your appointments

More Features
• Find doctors near your location with a convenient map
• Read doctors’ professional statements, learn about their education, and see what languages they speak
• Keep track of your physicians and easily schedule follow-up appointments from your Medical Team homepage
• Stay on top of important checkups with Wellness Reminders


Employee Benefit Advisors provides employee benefits, tax-advantaged healthcare, compliance guidance for ACA and Health & Welfare DOL Audits, and PEO Advisory & Consulting Services.

Pill Pack – Helping Employees Manage Medications

Taking multiple medications? Having trouble remembering what and when you took those medications? Looking for a simple solution? Statistics show 40M American adults take more than 5 prescriptions every day, but 50% don’t take their meds as prescribed.

PillPack is a service that can help. No need to sort medications, wait in line at the pharmacy or chase down refills. Every month PillPack will deliver your medications, including vitamins and OTC’s, sorted by dose. PillPack will automatically work with your doctors and process refills, regularly reviewing your medication schedule and manage your bills and claims – directly with your insurance!

You’ll always know what you owe. There are no hidden fees. Each month you’re responsible for your monthly co-pay, vitamins and over-the-counter medications.

Whether for yourself, caring for a parent, child, or friend, PillPack makes medication easy.

Rx Refills made easy!

Don’t like lengthy waits to refill your prescriptions? Prefer to have refills delivered to your door? Prefer someone else troubleshoot insurance & renew refills for you? Let me introduce you to Phil.

Phil is a service that manages your ongoing prescriptions. Phil partners with top-rated, locally-owned pharmacies that are licensed by the Pharmacy Board. These pharmacies will deliver your medications to you on time and answer any questions over the phone. Using the Phil app, you are able to refill on your own terms by scheduling when your medications arrive, ordering vacation refills etc.

Welcome to Phil – Smarter Prescription Refills: same copay, free delivery and a real time saver.


Phil takes 3 easy steps.
Step 1 – Sign Up and add your existing prescriptions to Phil.
Step 2 – Phil does the rest, they contact your old pharmacy and do the paperwork.
Step 3 – Receive your meds. Partner pharmacies deliver meds to your doorstep every month.

All partner pharmacies are rated 4-5 stars on Yelp®

Delivery is free. Phil will guarantee your copay will be the same as what you pay at your current pharmacy. Some rare exceptions may apply; in those cases, you’ll be contacted for approval. If you don’t have insurance, Phil partner pharmacies will quote you the lowest price they can obtain for you.


Employee Benefit Advisors provides employee benefits, tax-advantaged healthcare, compliance guidance for ACA and Health & Welfare DOL Audits, and PEO Advisory & Consulting Services. We can customize a wellness plan for your budget and culture.

Useful App: First Aid

Accidents happen.

The app was developed by the British Red Cross for everyday first aid. It provides expert advice for everyday emergencies with videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice. Its features include an easy to use Spanish language toggle to switch translation directly inside the app and is fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app.

Learn how to treat;

Asthma Attack
Broken Bone
Concussion/Head Injury
Diabetic Emergency
Heart Attack
Heat Stroke
Poisoning / harmful substances
Seizure / Epilepsy
Stings / Bites
Unresponsive breathing
Unresponsive not breathing

Employee Benefit Advisors provides employee benefits. We are a broker helping companies with their Health & Welfare Benefits. We also help companies revaluate PEO Services, deciding if a PEO is a good choice and if so selecting and implementing the PEO.

Useful App: GoodRx

Drug prices vary wildly between pharmacies.

GoodRx finds the lowest prices and discounts. How?

Compare prices – Prescription prices can vary widely from pharmacy to pharmacy. The app allows you to compare costs for every FDA-approved prescription drug at more than 70,000 US pharmacies.

Find free coupons – Show the coupon displayed in the app at the pharmacy.

Shows the lowest price at each pharmacy near you.

The app is 5 star rated and easy to use. GoodRx was rated as one of the 9 Best Shopping Apps in June 2015 by AllYou and has been featured on: CNN, Prevention Magazine, Forbes, ABC News and Good Housekeeping.

How GoodRx Works (1:23)

This app is great for those with or without insurance. – Many insurance policies carry HSA qualified high deductibles. Identifying lower prescription costs is especially helpful for those that do not reach their deductible. App users can identify those pharmacies offering lower costs medications.


Employee Benefit Advisors provides employee benefits. We are a broker helping companies with their Health & Welfare Benefits. We also help companies revaluate PEO Services, deciding if a PEO is a good choice and if so selecting and implementing the PEO.

Dark Chocolate – just what the Doctor ordered!

Just 30 calories per day of chocolate may be enough to help reduce your blood pressure. As far as serving sizes go, that’s about a Hershey’s Kiss worth.

But you have to eat the right kind of chocolate, according to Joseph Maroon, MD, author of The Longevity Factor. He recommends nonsweetened or minimally sweetened dark chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cocoa.

Dark Chocolate: The Benefits
In addition to the chocolate and blood pressure connection, dark chocolate can also help reduce atherosclerosis and blood clotting, aid blood flow, contribute to an overall reduction in heart attacks, and improve cholesterol levels. And it’s all thanks to the powerful antioxidants found in the cocoa bean.

More Good Reasons to Eat Chocolate
As if you need them . . .
• For better blood sugar. Chocolate enhances the effect of insulin and sugar utilization.
• For a finer complexion. Yep, fewer wrinkles and fine lines.

PS – Just to be safe, Employee Benefit Advisors enjoys 60 calories a day.

This article appeared on Sharecare. It is just one of the many fun facts that will draw you back to the site on a regular basis. What is Sharecare? Sharecare was developed by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold as an online health profile, just like you have social, professional, and creative profiles. – An interactive platform that provides expert health information and allows you to ask questions and get answers.

Employee Benefit Advisors provides employee benefits, tax-advantaged healthcare, compliance guidance for ACA and Health & Welfare DOL Audits, and PEO Advisory & Consulting Services.

Pre-Active Medicine – CompanionDx

Anywhere between 40 and 75 percent of drugs are ineffective for individual patients. That means a large portion of patients may not only be wasting their money—but they may not be receiving the treatment or the results they seek.

Pre-Active medicine is a new diagnostic discipline that uses genetic insights to help prevent adverse drug reactions, misdiagnosis or other negative consequences of inadequate medical discovery.

CompanionDx™ is one of the only providers of both pharmacogenomics evaluations and cancer companion diagnostic testing. When used separately or in conjunction, these two types of tests are giving physicians the resources they need for more comprehensive patient treatment profiles—and that means more certainty when it comes to effective therapeutic decisions.

Tests include:
Pharmacogenomics testing
Cancer companion diagnostics testing
Colorectal cancer screening
NextGen Sequencing testing (in development)
You’ll receive easy-to-read test reports within 3-7 days.

Employee Benefit Advisors provides employee benefits, tax-advantaged healthcare, compliance guidance for ACA and Health & Welfare DOL Audits, and PEO Advisory & Consulting Services.

Medical Detectives…Need help with that difficult diagnoses?

Is your doctor having trouble diagnosing your illness? Look into – I first learned about this on the Fox News Medical Report one Sunday morning.  Their doctors gave it very positive reviews.

CrowdMed connects you with thousands of medical experts who have collaborated to solve hundreds of medical mysteries that had stumped individual doctors for years.

How does CrowdMed work?

1 Register and Submit Your CaseSubmit your case anonymously and be instantly connected to thousands of medical experts who collaborate to get you the answers you need.

2 You Get More Attention from the Crowd Crowdsourcing enables anyone with applicable expertise, anywhere in the world, to collaborate on solving even the most difficult problems. Most of CrowdMed’s Medical Detectives are people with professional careers in medicine, healthcare, and science, devoting their time and expertise to help you get answers.

3 Collaborate with Medical Detectives Medical Detectives can access your case once it’s active on our site. Medical Detectives may also use chat and discussion features to ask questions, request additional details, and discuss your case.

4 Get Your ResultsAt the end of this process, you’ll receive a report which includes the top diagnostic suggestions and solutions, along with supporting medical references. You and your doctor will then use this report to help determine your final diagnosis and treatment plan.

Compensation for services?  You can always submit your case without Medical Detective Compensation, but they recommend that you offer a cash incentive to be shared by the Medical Detectives who contribute the most to your case. Many Medical Detectives donate these proceeds to charity. If the top diagnostic suggestions you receive are not confirmed to be accurate by your doctor, you can get a full refund of your compensation offer per the Money-Back Guarantee. In addition to a free case submission option, CrowdMed offers three paid packages: Lite ($99), Standard ($299), and Premium ($499) packages, each providing unique benefits. All are eligible for the full Money-Back Guarantee.

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