Why is Medication Adherence So Difficult for So Many?
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.

March 27, 2017

Why is Medication Adherence So Difficult for So Many?

Turn Medication Adherence to Medication Dedication, but How?Looking at my prescriptions lined up on the counter, I realized although they’re written by my doctors for good reason, I don’t always take them as directed on a consistent basis. For whatever reason, I subconsciously assign importance to each based on my perception of the severity of […]

Digital Health

Feeling Better! Ever Considered Deprescribing Your Prescription?
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."

March 16, 2017

Feeling Better! Ever Considered Deprescribing Your Prescription?

Taking too many meds?I take six prescription medications a day (plus two vitamin supplements and a baby aspirin). So when an article in The Washington Post by a professor of family medicine at Georgetown University declared “too many patients are taking too many drugs for too long in too-high doses”, I read on.In it, Dr. […]

Caregivers

Nutrition Fads: know whats good for YOUR body!
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."

February 23, 2017

Nutrition Fads: know whats good for YOUR body!

Eating Healthy! Really?My wife tells me what I should and shouldn’t eat (and lots of other stuff too). She should know. She’s a great cook, former caterer, food service director, and an avid follower of all things culinary.So when she sent me a link to an online “MUST-READ” article from a Certified Nutrition Specialist (and […]

Healthy Living

Curry, Anyone? How you could lower inflammation.
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.

February 20, 2017

Curry, Anyone? How you could lower inflammation.

Autoimmune diseases occur when the body gets confused and the immune system attacks its own organs, tissues, and cells.  According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), there are more than 80 identified autoimmune diseases that affect between 23.5 -50 million Americans and the prevalence continues to rise.  In my immediate family alone we cover type 1 diabetes, celiac […]

Allergies

Your Healthcare Data is Everywhere…Except Where You Need It
Michael McShea

Michael McShea

February 18, 2017

Your Healthcare Data is Everywhere…Except Where You Need It

In a previous blog, Want your health records? Don’t let HIPAA stand in the way, McShea addressed how you can access your health data electronically using resources like http://getmyhealthdata.org/. Consumers who seek their personal healthcare data online may find some of it, but never in one place.How did this happen? After all, you can get all your […]

Digital Health

If you can measure Health, you can manage 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."

February 16, 2017

If you can measure Health, you can manage Health!

Taking Healthy MeasuresEarly in my career l was taught ”what gets measured gets managed” and its corollary: “If you can measure it, you can manage it.” It’s an old saying that some have traced back to the Middle Ages…and others to management guru Peter Drucker. In my case, as a reporter, writer, and editor, that […]

Digital Health

The simplest way for your family to avoid Norovirus
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.

February 15, 2017

The simplest way for your family to avoid Norovirus

Norovirus is hard to killWaiting in the carpool line, I scroll through my FB feed then I see it…Oh no… Glancing up, I see my 2 older girls running from the courtyard through a sea of school kids to my van.  It hits me, what are the chances they aren’t dragging the dreaded stomach flu germs into my […]

Family

5 Steps to Avoid Missed Diagnosis or Misdiagnoses
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."

January 16, 2017

5 Steps to Avoid Missed Diagnosis or Misdiagnoses

Navigate through this Medical WorldEvery Tuesday in the Washington Post’s Health and Science section Sandra Boodman tells the story of a medical mystery. There’s a condition multiple doctors failed to diagnose and treat for years until one finally stumbles on the cause and solves the mystery. She’s been chronicling these cases for some 10 years and […]

Caregivers

Don’t Get a Bad Case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)!
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."

January 3, 2017

Don’t Get a Bad Case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)!

Learning about health is different from actually being actively healthy. Don’t miss out on life!Since I started paying more attention to health-related news and information, I find I’m spending more time than I’d like online, going through emails and Facebook postings (though I rarely post anything myself). I’m mostly retired now, so I have the […]

Healthy Living

When it comes to my baby’s health, I trust my instincts
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.

December 27, 2016

When it comes to my baby’s health, I trust my instincts

This blog is featured in Mother.lyAny parent will tell you that the uncertainty surrounding parental decisions, big and small, begins way before your little bundle arrives—OB or midwife? Home or hospital birth? Medicated or natural delivery? This is true especially if the decision potentially impacts your child’s future health.A few generations ago, parents weren’t nearly as […]

Children