Enjoying Parties & Potlucks with Dietary Restrictions
Michelle Riffer

Michelle Riffer

Michelle Riffer is a Talent Resources Manager in the healthcare industry turned Stay-at-Home-Mom. She traded running between corporate meetings and board rooms, for running her 4 kids between activities, appointments and serving on the PTA Board. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6, Michelle has always had an interest in health and wellness, but it turned into a passion when she developed additional autoimmune issues and then struggled to treat Lyme and 3 other tick-borne diseases. After 3 of her children were diagnosed with Celiac, she made it her mission to research her family’s health history, identify food and environmental triggers and keep her family of 6 healthy while squeezing in time to enjoy life.

July 23, 2018

Enjoying Parties & Potlucks with Dietary Restrictions

It’s that time of year again when you find yourself at a meal with extended family, a party, a potluck or if you’re popular, maybe several of each!  As much fun as these gatherings can be, they can be equally stressful when you or your children deal with dietary issues.  As a Type 1 diabetic, I […]

Allergies

Summer Safety Tips When Vacationing With Kids
Michelle Riffer

Michelle Riffer

Michelle Riffer is a Talent Resources Manager in the healthcare industry turned Stay-at-Home-Mom. She traded running between corporate meetings and board rooms, for running her 4 kids between activities, appointments and serving on the PTA Board. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6, Michelle has always had an interest in health and wellness, but it turned into a passion when she developed additional autoimmune issues and then struggled to treat Lyme and 3 other tick-borne diseases. After 3 of her children were diagnosed with Celiac, she made it her mission to research her family’s health history, identify food and environmental triggers and keep her family of 6 healthy while squeezing in time to enjoy life.

June 20, 2018

Summer Safety Tips When Vacationing With Kids

Two examples of summer safety conversations with my husband — Before kids: “Oh! I need to wipe this tanning oil off my hands before I grab my drink… it could get too slippery and poke my eye out with the mini-umbrella!” [Takes sip out of a coconut] “Phew that was a close one!” [Reclines chair […]

Allergies

A Doctor Takes On the Healthcare System
Jerry Elprin

Jerry Elprin
ICmed,LLC

Jerry was born into what Time magazine once dubbed the “Silent Generation,” sandwiched between the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers. From that perspective, he brings his thoughts and observations on living “healthy” in today’s fast-changing, hyper-connected, often “disruptive” digitized world. After college and a hitch in the Army, he’s worked as a reporter, editor, and marketing executive while raising three now-grown children. He says "So much of what’s considered 'healthy' has changed and is often contradicting what I learned growing up."

December 12, 2017

A Doctor Takes On the Healthcare System

Some would say the American healthcare system is rigged or broken. One of them is Dr. Linda Girgis, a board-certified family physician in South River, New Jersey. In a recent blog of hers — titled Navigating the Complexities of the Healthcare System – she maintains it’s not enough to know what a patient needs. Doctors […]

Digital Health

Deprescribing Intervention Improves Nursing Home Care
Jenelle Azore

Jenelle Azore
ICmed, LLC

November 10, 2017

Deprescribing Intervention Improves Nursing Home Care

A study in the Netherlands shows that more collaboration around prescribing medications can help elderly nursing home patients deprescribe from certain drugs, reducing potentially inappropriate and duplicative prescriptions. After only one round of Multidisciplinary Multistep intervention i.e. collaboration, the study shows that 39.1% of the population successfully discontinued use of at least 1 inappropriate drug.  […]

Elderly Care

What’s It Means To Be “Consumer-Centric”?
Jerry Elprin

Jerry Elprin
ICmed,LLC

Jerry was born into what Time magazine once dubbed the “Silent Generation,” sandwiched between the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers. From that perspective, he brings his thoughts and observations on living “healthy” in today’s fast-changing, hyper-connected, often “disruptive” digitized world. After college and a hitch in the Army, he’s worked as a reporter, editor, and marketing executive while raising three now-grown children. He says "So much of what’s considered 'healthy' has changed and is often contradicting what I learned growing up."

November 7, 2017

What’s It Means To Be “Consumer-Centric”?

Healthcare today has become a “product”…or rather an assortment of products and services that like any other have to compete for customers. That means not only having to attract customers, but also earn their trust, repeat business and, hopefully, referrals, all of which require what’s called a “consumer-centric” focus. The challenge in healthcare, according to Oliver […]

Digital Health

What you should know to avoid high cholesterol
Jerry Elprin

Jerry Elprin
ICmed,LLC

Jerry was born into what Time magazine once dubbed the “Silent Generation,” sandwiched between the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers. From that perspective, he brings his thoughts and observations on living “healthy” in today’s fast-changing, hyper-connected, often “disruptive” digitized world. After college and a hitch in the Army, he’s worked as a reporter, editor, and marketing executive while raising three now-grown children. He says "So much of what’s considered 'healthy' has changed and is often contradicting what I learned growing up."

September 27, 2017

What you should know to avoid high cholesterol

Understand your CholesterolSeptember is National Cholesterol Education Month. It was started in 1985 by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The purpose is to remind Americans that controlling cholesterol helps keep hearts healthy and to educate those who already have coronary heart disease (CHD) on how […]

Family History

High Cholesterol: It’s not black and white
Michelle Riffer

Michelle Riffer

Michelle Riffer is a Talent Resources Manager in the healthcare industry turned Stay-at-Home-Mom. She traded running between corporate meetings and board rooms, for running her 4 kids between activities, appointments and serving on the PTA Board. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6, Michelle has always had an interest in health and wellness, but it turned into a passion when she developed additional autoimmune issues and then struggled to treat Lyme and 3 other tick-borne diseases. After 3 of her children were diagnosed with Celiac, she made it her mission to research her family’s health history, identify food and environmental triggers and keep her family of 6 healthy while squeezing in time to enjoy life.

September 25, 2017

High Cholesterol: It’s not black and white

One fad does not fit all with high cholesterol.No one argues the importance of heart health, and you’ve probably heard nutrition advice ranging from “no more than 1 egg per year if it’s a special occasion” to “eat a minimum of 1 pound of grass-fed butter per day.” How are such contradictory recommendations possible? They’re […]

Family

Easily Refocus To Effectively Better Health
Jerry Elprin

Jerry Elprin
ICmed,LLC

Jerry was born into what Time magazine once dubbed the “Silent Generation,” sandwiched between the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers. From that perspective, he brings his thoughts and observations on living “healthy” in today’s fast-changing, hyper-connected, often “disruptive” digitized world. After college and a hitch in the Army, he’s worked as a reporter, editor, and marketing executive while raising three now-grown children. He says "So much of what’s considered 'healthy' has changed and is often contradicting what I learned growing up."

August 29, 2017

Easily Refocus To Effectively Better Health

Your Personal Health = Risky Family BusinessI read an interesting book review the other day of cancer epidemiologist Geoffrey C. Kabat’s “Getting Risk Right: Understanding the Science of Elusive Health Risks.” In it he explains that when it comes to our health, we confront two broad types of risks:“Voluntary risks” – stem from our own […]

Digital Health

Helping Family Members Follow The Doctors’ Orders
Jerry Elprin

Jerry Elprin
ICmed,LLC

Jerry was born into what Time magazine once dubbed the “Silent Generation,” sandwiched between the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers. From that perspective, he brings his thoughts and observations on living “healthy” in today’s fast-changing, hyper-connected, often “disruptive” digitized world. After college and a hitch in the Army, he’s worked as a reporter, editor, and marketing executive while raising three now-grown children. He says "So much of what’s considered 'healthy' has changed and is often contradicting what I learned growing up."

August 25, 2017

Helping Family Members Follow The Doctors’ Orders

Key to medication adherence: familyI recently wrote about revisiting your medication needs with your doctors from time to time to make sure you still need them in the same dosages and frequency. I also wrote on you should may sure that your meds don’t interact negatively with food. Taking the right medications, though, is only part of the […]

Doctor Appointments

A Simple Overnight Stay Turned into a Week in Intensive Care
Michelle Riffer

Michelle Riffer

Michelle Riffer is a Talent Resources Manager in the healthcare industry turned Stay-at-Home-Mom. She traded running between corporate meetings and board rooms, for running her 4 kids between activities, appointments and serving on the PTA Board. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6, Michelle has always had an interest in health and wellness, but it turned into a passion when she developed additional autoimmune issues and then struggled to treat Lyme and 3 other tick-borne diseases. After 3 of her children were diagnosed with Celiac, she made it her mission to research her family’s health history, identify food and environmental triggers and keep her family of 6 healthy while squeezing in time to enjoy life.

August 15, 2017

A Simple Overnight Stay Turned into a Week in Intensive Care

Partnering for Better OutcomesIn autumn 2004, my husband and I had been dating a few months when I begged him to drive me to the ER with unrelenting intense pain in my side. The next thing I remember, a surgeon announces I need an emergency cholecystectomy. I was 23, in agonizing pain, and unprepared. No […]

Doctor Appointments