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Alternative Methods to Wellness

This week I want to highlight three different articles that revolve around the same theme of there being many alternatives to treating pain and living a healthy lifestyle. The articles discuss the potential benefits of medical marijuana and increasing your overall well-being through mindfulness and wellness. Below you’ll find these articles and my thoughts on …
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So Many Words

If you’re reading this you’ve probably seen some of my daily postings on LinkedIn and/or Twitter. Or maybe you’ve read one of the 227 blogposts I’ve published since May 22, 2015. But did you know that I have had 29 published articles? And that my first one was published back on May 14, 2013? It’s …
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Consistency is Key

This week I want to highlight two interesting articles I came across this past week. While they may appear different, the concepts are related. The first article is about advocacy-based claims and how it is becoming increasingly more prevalent in the industry. The second article is all about continuous improvement; what it is, how it …
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Could We See a Decline in Overdose Deaths?

This week I want to highlight an interesting article I came across about fentanyl and China’s role in production. Below you’ll find this article and my thoughts on its implications. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed below are those of Mark Pew, Senior Vice President of Product Development and Marketing, and do not necessarily reflect …
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Drug Update: LYRICA

Pfizer’s patent on LYRICA, an anti-epileptic drug used to treat fibromyalgia or nerve pain, has been extended until June 30, 2019. For Preferred Medical, LYRICA is number eight in utilization and number one in cost. One reason for LYRICA’s high usage is the search for an alternative to opioids to treat chronic pain. Any claims currently …
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Everybody Can Do Something

I made a new friend in Sacramento on November 8. During that initial conversation and in follow-up he reinforced for me a point I’ve been making for awhile…everybody can do something. Because he’s living proof that it works. Norm Hainlen is a workers’ compensation consultant. But that’s not what defines him. He is an athlete, and …
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Emotions Affect Our Health

The two articles I want to highlight from this past week are both important subjects centered around emotions and health. The first article is about a link between depression and heart disease. The second article is about how meditation could be just as effective as traditional therapy in treating PTSD. Below you’ll find these articles …
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Our Imagination Fuels Success

This week I want to highlight just one topic because I feel it is that important. The image below is about the concept that you shouldn’t limit what is possible by giving up. I feel that we can use this philosophy in many aspects of our lives. Below you’ll find the image that inspired my …
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Resilience Defined

I had the privilege of closing out the annual conference for the Oklahoma City chapter of the Case Management Society of America yesterday. However, I was moved – and motivated – by the lunchtime keynote speaker before I got up on the stage later in the afternoon. His name was Andrew Oberle. In case you …
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The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

The two articles I want to highlight from this past week both have one theme — how dangerous benzodiazepines can be, both by themselves and in combination with opioids. The first article is a story of a young woman and her withdrawal from taking an anti-anxiety medication. The second is the results from a study …
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