• Stem Cells: The Pinnacle of Regenerative Medicine

    Stem cells are the “building blocks” of our body. They are the foundation of the body’s billions of specialized cells that form organs like the brain, skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones. However, when tissue (especially in joints) is injured, the old cells are not replaced.  This results

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  • Integrative Weight Loss

    Weight loss never seems to go out of style. It’s such an American pastime that more than 60 percent of us attempt at least one weight-loss effort a year. That’s roughly 45 million Americans that annually embark on some form of weight loss. We spend $33 billion a year

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  • PRP Therapy – The Age-Fighter’s Secret Weapon

    Your body has remarkable healing abilities, so why not unleash it against your never-ending battle with aging. All it takes is a standard blood draw and an experienced doctor in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP, once reserved for movie and sports stars, is now available to anyone who

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  • Innovative ED Therapy Restores Natural Function

    You only need to watch television a few minutes or open a magazine to know that Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a highly common condition in men.  ED is defined as the inability to develop or maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse.  ED affects an estimated 35 million men

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  • 7 Expert Tips to Reduce Flu Risk

    Going Beyond the Flu Shot to Stay Well It’s that time of year again – Flu Season. Here are 7 Expert Tips from Dr. Maria Cayelli that can help you reduce your chances of getting that nasty little virus that wreaks havoc on many people this time of year. Top

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  • Quote of the Week – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “The first wealth is health.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • Quote of the Week – Alana Stewart

    “I’ve elected to age gracefully.” Alana Stewart

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  • Quote of the Week – John Wooden

    “The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” John Wooden

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  • Quote of the Week – Bryce Kaspar, CEO

    “When it comes to Health Benefits, focus on what you can control.” Bryce Kaspar, CEO

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  • Quote of the Week – Maria Cayelli, MD

    “In the end, you should do everything you can to take care of yourself. When you nourish your mind, body and spirit with a healthy lifestyle and a nutritious diet, you’re free to pursue all the joys and take on all wonderful challenges life has to offer.” Maria Cayelli,

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  • Treat Hormones with Personal Healthcare

    I believe the doctor-patient relationship is the cornerstone of all hormone treatment options. Since ancient times, doctors have recognized that the wellbeing of their patients depends upon effective communication between themselves and the patient. Because most of us are self-diagnosing symptoms using the latest WebMD post or some other

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  • Testosterone Replacement in Women

    Hear the words low testosterone (or “low T”) and you probably think “men’s health.” But women actually need small amounts of testosterone too.  It’s all part of the mix of hormones that keep mood, energy levels, sex drive, and bodily functions working smoothly. First, some background: After puberty, a

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  • Quote of the Week – Andrew Weil

    “You can’t afford to get sick, and you can’t depend on the present healthcare system to keep you well. It’s up to you to protect and maintain your body’s innate capacity for health and healing by making the right choices in how you live.” Andrew Weil

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  • Holistic Healthcare: More Than Just Managing Symptoms

    In 1927, noted Harvard doctor Francis W Peabody pointed out the “secret to care of the patient is in caring for the patient.” It seems logical – right? But why is it when you go to the doctor they only seem to “care” about your symptoms, not you as a person? 

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  • Quote of the Week – Anne M. Mulcahy

    “Work/life benefits allow companies meaningful ways for responding to their employees’ needs; they can be a powerful tool for transforming a workforce and driving a business’ success.” Anne M. Mulcahy

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  • Menopause is Like Puberty in Reverse

    Menopause is part of the normal aging process. It generally happens naturally to women at the end of their childbearing years. Menopause is a normal stage in life that all women face— it’s like puberty in reverse. The word menopause comes from two Greek words: menos or “month” and

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  • Want Control Over Company’s Health Benefits Costs?

    As a business owner, you know the shtick – your annual renewal comes in for your company’s health benefits plan and you get hit with sticker shock. You look for an alternative health benefits plan that provides “adequate” coverage without breaking the bank.  Unfortunately, you find the same tired

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  • Doctor Cayelli–Why I Put the Patient First

    Doctor Cayelli – Building wellness versus reacting to illness As a doctor I believe in: Stressing wellness vs treating sickness. Treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. Supporting and guiding you every step of the way, so you’re never alone on your quest for better health. Why I chose My

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  • Tiger Properties: Thinking Outside the Health Benefits Box

    A case study in how a small company is enjoying health benefits for 71% less than insurance. Tiger Properties is a full service real estate sales and management company located in Clemson, South Carolina. It is one of the most successful property management companies in the area, managing roughly

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  • Budgeting Health Benefits: 5 Questions You Must Ask

    This year, when budget time rolls around, what’s going to be your approach to budgeting for employee health benefits? Are you and your management team going to roll up your sleeves and get after it; or are y’all going to look at last year’s budget and add a small

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  • Quote of the Week – Suzanne Somers

    “When it comes to losing weight, balancing your hormones is absolutely crucial. Not only will it help you lose weight,, but you’ll look more rested and vibrant, your mood will improve, and you’ll get your libido back! ” Suzanne Somers

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  • 7 Reasons to Check Your Hormones

    Hormones are chemical messengers that allow our cells to communicate with each other. Hormones play an essential role in virtually all vital body systems, and imbalances can produce a wide range of symptoms that can impact your energy levels, mental acuity, intimacy, and overall health and well-being. They’re responsible

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  • Are You Pitting Your Employees Needs Against Your Health Benefits Budget?

    No one likes to pay more and get less. Unfortunately, that’s what many small business owners and HR professionals are getting for their healthcare dollars. But what can you do about it? Until now, there weren’t many options. Today, a new health benefits model is empowering small businesses to

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  • Before Taking Any Natural Medicines, Do This First

    As more Americans are looking for a more natural healthcare approach, the need for a frank discussion with your doctor has never been more important. We know it’s important to discuss all aspects of your health with your doctor, especially prescription and over-the-counter medicines.  However, for some reason when it comes

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  • Quote of the Week – Jane Velez-Mitchell

    “Obesity affects every aspect of a people’s lives, from health to relationships.” Jane Velez-Mitchell

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  • Quote of the Week – Leroy Hood

    “The wellness and prevention market will outgrow the health care market.” Leroy Hood

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  • Signs Your Hormones May Need Testing

    Our bodies produce a plethora hormones that affect every part of our body from head to toe; when they get off kilter, you just don’t feel like yourself. That’s why it’s so important to keep hormones in check, before they can start wreaking havoc on your health and in

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  • IdealMD: The Cure for The Health Benefits Blues

    Frustration was the word he used over and over. He provided health benefits to his employees—at great expense he reminded me—but his employees never appreciated them or worse, never used them. This did not surprise me, after all, a recent Aflac Workforces Report for Small Businesses found only 12%

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  • It’s Called the Silent Killer….and You Might have “It”

    It appears without warning. More than 78 million of us have it. One out of every three American adults is affected by it. Anyone can develop it, including children. It usually has no warning signs or symptoms, and most of us don’t even realize we even have it. The

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  • Procrastination Affects Your Health

    When life gets busy, it’s awful tempting to push off those boring or difficult tasks and take a few minutes to do something a little more pleasurable. But,  your health may suffer for it. Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the

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  • Quote of the Week – Nick Cave

    “If you look around, complacency is the great disease of your autumn years, and I work hard to prevent that.” Nick Cave

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  • Before Starting Hormone Replacement Therapy, Please Do This!

    by Dr. Daniel Tran Hello, I’ll just go ahead and say it – Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is not for everyone. For many, living a healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet and exercise is sufficient to reduce the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. But for some, HRT can bring welcome

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  • Lasting Weight Loss Requires Patience

    I won’t lie and say that making healthy changes to your diet are easy, but I will say it’s necessary for long-term health. Lasting weight loss is tough, especially with today’s on-the-go lifestyles and the proliferation of fast food meals and snacks. But it can be done.  It just

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  • Great Power Lies in a Smile

    A smile is one of the most basic, biologically uniform expressions of all humans. It’s a universal means of communicating. Smiles do more than communicate, they influence your mood and health as well. Although emotions may originate in the brain, many believe a person’s mood can be transformed into

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  • Why Your Company Needs a Wellness Program

    As Co-founder of IdealMD, I have noticed a recent trend in the way companies are approaching employee-based wellness programs. Namely, companies are taking employee wellness more seriously now. They are truly trying to figure out the right solution to combat rising health issues and healthcare costs. Unfortunately, too many

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  • Quote of the Week – J. Willard Marriott

    “Take good care of your employees, and they’ll take good care of your customers, and the customers will come back.” J. Willard Marriott

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  • Lame Excuses and the Misperception of Men’s Health

    One of the biggest obstacles to improving the men’s health is, men. They just don’t seem to make their health a priority. Unless something seems terribly wrong, men rarely seek out the guidance of a physician. A survey, commissioned by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), found 85%

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  • Out-of-Pocket Costs are Preventing Healthcare

    “My insurance thru my employer had a $4000 deductible. I looked thru the Obamacare plans and the lowest was $165 a month and $11,000 deductible. What’s the point of having health benefits if you’re having to pay for every doctor’s visit and testing?” ~ Eric T. “In my employer’s

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  • The Health Benefits of Gratitude

    Just as fruits and vegetables are preferable choices to nourish physical health, so too is gratitude to nourish our soul. Gratitude is an expression of thankful appreciation for the good one has received or will receive in their life. Research has shown that having a positive outlook can improve

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  • Quote of the Week – Dr. Joel Fuhrman

    “The American diet causes disease. It is composed of 25 percent animal products and 62 percent processed foods and only 5 percent of calories from fruits and vegetables.” Dr. Joel Fuhrman Author “Eat to Live”

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  • Quote of the Week – Ann Hood

    “I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.” Ann Hood

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  • Eat the Rainbow – National Fruit and Vegetable Month

    It’s that time a year:  fresh fruits and veggies are popping up in the fields and orchards across the land; better yet, they’re popping up at local farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and roadside stands. With the warmer weather comes a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies. That’s why June

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  • Hugging Can Improve Your Health

    Hugging is powerful tool. Research shows that hugging (and laughter) is effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress. Hugging creates a special bond between two people, even for a few seconds. It allows someone to share in another person’s joy and experience a moment that’s important

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  • A Hidden Cost of Health Benefits: Employee’s Time

    If you count all health care-related activities of the average American worker: traveling to a doctor, waiting to see a doctor, being examined and treated, taking medication, setting up appointments, chasing down lab results and paying bills, it adds up to roughly 1.1 hours a week. Doesn’t seem like

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  • Quote of the Week – Denis Waitley

    “Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” Denis Waitley

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  • It’s Just Calories, Exercise and Willpower – Right?

    Everywhere we turn we’re bombarded with advertisements, TV infomercials, and even radio shows telling us that we can lose weight. All we have to do is have a little willpower to stop eating so much and start exercising more. Unfortunately, many doctors preach this to their patients every day.

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  • Employees Need Convenient, Efficient and Personal Healthcare

    Hello, When an employer provides employees a convenient, efficient and personal healthcare option, they convey to their employees they understand the challenges in balancing health and work. That’s why a Direct Primary Care Wellness program is a valuable tool for employers of all size. A Direct Primary Care Wellness

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  • Quote of the Week – Thomas Jefferson

    “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. ” – Thomas Jefferson

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  • Boost Your Bright Side, Boost Your Health

    By Maria Cayelli, MD In today’s face-paced society, it easy to lose sight of what makes you happy, but evidence suggests that finding happiness and sharing your positive emotions can impact your life in numerous ways. In various scientific studies, positive emotions have been linked with better health, longer

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  • Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

    You exercise, diet, exercise and diet some more but still the scale won’t budge. Let’s face it, it’s no easy feat to lose weight. It’s even harder if you don’t know what you are doing wrong. So, here are some surprising factors that may be preventing you from losing

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  • 4 Dietary Steps You Can Take Today to Naturally Regulate Your Hormones

    Our endocrine system is a complex system that is constantly churning out hormones that control everything from your heart rate, to metabolism, mood, sex drive, appetite, and more. As we age, our body’s hormone production changes. Some of our hormones increase, some decrease, and some remain unchanged. Also, since

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  • Hormone Replacement Therapy: What to Expect

    Hormone Replacement Therapy can play a major role in helping to improve your overall health and well-being. But, it’s not for everyone. For some, living a healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet and exercise is sufficient to reduce the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. But for many others, HRT can

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  • The Cost of Coming to Work Sick

    By Shawn Fox, Co-founder IdealMD Hello, I want to take a moment to talk about a subject that could be costing your company dearly: Presenteeism. Presenteeism is the problem of employees coming to work despite being sick. It’s a growing problem throughout the business world. It’s estimated that $150

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  • Quote of the Week – Marlo Thomas

    “Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits – Laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.” – Marlo Thomas

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  • What are Bioidentical Hormones?

    Bioidentical hormones are man-made hormones that have the exact same chemical and molecular structure as hormones made in the human body. They are natural, plant-based  supplements used to address hormone imbalances or deficiencies do to aging, environmental factors, or disease. Bioidentical hormones are made by a drug company or

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  • Laughter and Your Health

    Laughter is a stress-reducer, immunity-booster, and a heart-helper. A hearty belly laugh, knee-slapper, chuckle, or whatever you want to call it, is great for your health. It has often been compared to a mild workout: it exercises the muscles, gets the blood flowing, decreases blood pressure, aids in stress

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  • What are Hormones and How Do They Affect Me?

    Hormones are special chemical messengers created in the endocrine glands. These messengers control most of your major bodily functions, from  hunger, to sleep, to reproduction. They affect your mood, alertness, body temperature, and many other areas in your life.  Changes in hormone levels contribute to a variety of symptoms and diagnosed conditions

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  • Quote of the Week

    “I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” – Joyce Meyer

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  • Hormone Therapy – It’s Personal

    It’s normal to look for a simple answer and a simple solution – but unfortunately, when it comes to hormones, it’s never that simple. Although recent studies have brought some clarity to the issue of hormones, the subject is still mired in controversy; so that’s why it’s vital for the

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  • Take Charge of Your Health

    You are the only one who can be fully responsible for your health. You simply cannot delegate your health to anyone else and still expect to stay vibrant and healthy. You may choose to believe that this responsibility rests on someone else’s shoulders, but at the end of the

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  • Positive Health Changes

    For many us, making diet and lifestyle changes can be overwhelming – so we don’t. When we do reach the point that something must be done, our first inclination is usually to go to the internet, or worse yet, late-night infomercials for a quick fix. But regardless of what

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  • Do You File Insurance When You Change Your Car’s Oil?

    The Case for Direct Primary Care By Shawn Fox, Co-founder IdealMD Of course, you don’t.  Car insurance is typically for catastrophes, covering injuries and property damage in the horrible case of an accident. It’s not for gas, oil changes, tire rotations, or windshield wiper replacements; these are routine maintenance

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  • A Few Words About Hormonal Imbalance

    One of the most common and agonizing problems women—and men—face today is hormonal imbalance. When we were young, our bodies were full of hormones that helped our physical and mental health running at its peak, but as we aged, our body’s production of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone begins

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  • Reviving the Power of the Doctor-Patient Relationship

    Originally published on Greenville Chamber. “Our new membership program brings us back to the foundation and mission of primary care, which is to help people stay healthy instead of simply reacting to illness,” declares Dr. Daniel Tran.  Tran is a native of Spartanburg, a Clemson University Alumni, and has

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  • How IdealMD Came to Be

    “The biggest challenges present the greatest opportunities” – Bryce Kaspar, Co-Founder of IdealMD The news reminds us daily about all the problems with healthcare: Insurance premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses are skyrocketing… Doctors spend more time on insurance paperwork than patient care… The Doctor-Patient relationship is becoming a thing

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  • Employee Healthcare without Insurance

    By Shawn Fox, Co-Founder IdealMD The New England Journal of Medicine states three-quarters of all healthcare services are linked to preventable, chronic or lifestyle related conditions—all which can be managed by a direct primary care doctor. Direct Primary Care is an approach to healthcare where patients and businesses work

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  • Hormone Imbalance – Maybe it’s not You

    By Dr. Daniel Tran When your hormones are in balance, you experience improved moods, better energy, and life just seems brighter and happier, but when your hormones are out of balance, you just don’t feel right — even when you are eating well, exercising, and getting adequate sleep. Well

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  • Listening, The First Step in Healing

    By Maria Cayelli, MD Since ancient times, doctors have recognized that the wellbeing of their patients depends upon effective communication between themselves and the patient. Today, effective communication plays an even greater role, especially when most of us are self-diagnosing our ailments using the latest WebMD post or some

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  • We Consume Way Too Much Added Sugar in Our Diets, and it Could Be Killing Us

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average American consumes 156 pounds of added sugar per year. Most comes from sugar-sweetened sodas, baked goods, candy, ready-to-eat cereals and yeast breads. U.S. adults consume an average of about 20 teaspoons, or 320 calories of added sugar a day–The

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  • Don’t Let Hormones Get the Best of You!

    By Daniel Tran, MD None of us wants to grow old. We all would all like to keep our youthful looks, our bodies at peak condition, and our brains operating at optimal mental acuity, but the truth is, aging is inevitable. No matter your age, you want to feel

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  • My Employee spent 90 Minutes Waiting to See the Doctor

    That’s a problem: Employees have lives outside of their doctors’ offices. They have jobs to do and things to take care of. Not everyone has the luxury of taking time off from work. For some employees, it’s a choice between doing their actual work (which pays the bills) or taking

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  • A Message to Employers from Co-Founder Shawn Fox

    Hello, I’m Shawn Fox, Co-founder of IdealMD. I was watching a CNBC special on ways small businesses can save on healthcare costs and one of the top recommendations highlighted was to “Explore Direct Primary Care.” They highlighted how a growing number of primary-care doctors are partnering with employers to

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  • Movement is The Key to Life

    by Dr. Daniel Tran We’ve all heard “exercise is good for you,” but what are the dangers of not exercising? Every organ system in the human body functions better with exercise, and on the flip side, every organ can be negatively impacted by lack of exercise. More than 50

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  • Nourish Yourself with Gratitude

    Just as fresh fruits and vegetables nourish our physical health, so too is gratitude the preferable food to nourish our soul. Gratitude is an expression of thankful appreciation for the all the good one has received or will receive in their life. Research has shown that having a positive

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  • Employee Health Benefits:  It’s Super Easy to Make Happen

    Finding a healthcare solution for your employees can be incredibly frustrating, and as a small business owner, you are often put into an impossible situation. You can either:    Provide healthcare at a ridiculous cost Provide nothing and let they employees get their own healthcare insurance Either way, you

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  • IdealMD’s Wellness Programs: The Care your Employees Deserve

    Employee wellness programs are all the rage. With more companies jumping on the bandwagon each day. There’s no denying their popularity is well-deserved. Wellness programs are employer-sponsored initiatives that are designed to improve the health of employees. They aim to prevent sickness, stress and other physical disorders that might

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  • “Direct Primary Care is Working!” ~ Dr. Tran

    Hello, I just wanted to say Direct Primary Care Membership is working for my patients. Members of my practice enjoy: Having a doctor that listens Choosing lifestyle and prevention over pills Spending MUCH MORE TIME with me addressing all their issues Having same or next day in-person office visits

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  • Health is Life in Balance

    There’s no question that life gets chaotic, but it doesn’t have to be chaos. Maintaining a healthy balance in one’s life is incredibly challenging. Between work, family obligations, hobbies, social activities and educational opportunities, we are all spread dangerously thin. But despite the challenges, finding balance in your life

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  • Stress — Just the Word May be Enough to Stress You Out.

    Hello, I wanted to spend a few minutes discussing an issue that impacts our lives daily: Stress. Our lives are full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands; and for many us, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress is your body’s way of

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  • Dr. Cayelli Cooks it up on local Cooking Show

    Watch Dr. Cayelli as she discusses her unique family practice setting in which she combines traditional medicine with holistic approaches, enhancing quality of life by putting the patient’s health first. She highlights a “using food as medicine” approach, while having some fun in the kitchen with celebrity chef Joanne

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  • How to Make Your Small Business Healthy

    Hello, I’m Shawn Fox, Co-founder of IdealMD.  I’m here to tell you making your company’s health benefits healthy is possible. And it’s easier than you may think. It’s called Direct Primary Care. It’s an alternative health care delivery option that not only increases your employee’s satisfaction, but saves your company

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  • What Folks Want in their Healthcare

    Each week, I read countless blogs, articles, reports, etc. about healthcare. I find the articles interesting, but more fascinating than the material, is the comments people leave. That’s where you get the real sense of today’s medicine, its impact on people’s lives, and what they want out of their

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  • Put the Oxygen Mask on Yourself First!

    On an airplane, they always tell you to put your own oxygen mask on first before you assist others. This is a great metaphor for taking care of yourself: If you fall apart, you become someone else’s burden, and if you’re gasping for air, you can’t contribute your gifts,

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  • Are you Healthy?

    Maybe that’s a little too broad a question. I’ll ask the question differently: Are you nutritionally healthy? Are you physically healthy? Are you emotionally healthy? Are your sleep patterns healthy? Are your stress levels healthy? Be honest. Chances are, you probably need some work in a couple of those

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  • Dr. Tran: Your Health is Your Wealth

    Hello, You spend a lifetime focusing on the “health of your wealth”, and you should; money’s important. But do you put the same time into focusing on yourself.  Shouldn’t you also be focusing on the “Health of your Health”? Your health is Freedom.  It’s the means of pursuing all

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  • I Bet You’re Not Getting Enough

    Seventy-five percent of us don’t. And we need it badly, every day in fact. Every cell, tissue, and organ needs it to function correctly. It’s so important that our body has a mechanism to let us know when we need it. Without it, we would die within days. Of

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  • Are You Sleep Deprived? Take the Test.

    Sleep enables our body to function properly and helps to maintain our health and well-being. It refreshes and replenishes our mind, body and soul. It enables us to function at our best. Studies show a good night’s sleep is not only a master regulator of health, it improves learning,

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  • It’s a Simple Question

    Next time you’re at the doctor’s office, ask if they’re happy. It’s a simple, but important question; because research shows unhappy doctors often make for unhappy, anxious, dissatisfied patients. On the flip side, research shows that patients of happy doctors are more likely to show up for their appointments

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  • Hey Small Business: You Do Have Options when it comes to Health Benefits

    In fact, there’s a huge opportunity for you to change the game on health benefits. IdealMD’s healthcare solution helps you ease the pain of healthcare benefits and adds substantial value to your employees benefits program;  all while producing double-digit savings on your healthcare benefits spend. This exciting new model

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  • The Best Way for Healing to Begin

    I wanted to share a quick note about the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. The doctor-patient relationship is the avenue in which data are gathered, diagnoses are made, treatments are discussed, and healing begins. It’s the cornerstone of my practice. In my experience as a family doctor, success hinges

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  • Why You Need a Doctor Even If You Are Feeling Well

    As a young adult, we often viewed ourselves as invincible when it came to our health. Outside the occasional sniffles or cold, we were the picture of health and wellness. There was no need for a doctor. Of course, the reality is that we were not “invincible”— we were

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  • Health Benefits 2017 – 7 Benefits of Direct Primary Care for Employers

    Offering Direct Primary Care as part to your overall healthcare benefits’ package can bring value back to these benefits. Direct Primary Care offers a fixed expense for primary care access (independent of insurance coverage) and resolves many of the issues we all experience with healthcare: long waits, poor access,

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  • The Importance of the Mind-Body Health Connection

    Our physical bodies are highly sensitive to our mental wellbeing. If you’re happy, your body reacts one way and if you’re sad another. This is part of the mind-body connection, and it’s extremely important to be cognizant of. Events such as having a baby, financial problems, death, divorce, or

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  • The Benefits of Benefits

    Health benefits communicate a concern for the physical well-being of employees. They communicate a desire of the employer to invest in the employees’ total well-being, helping them achieve a better work/life balance. They are an important part of most employees’ benefits package and are consistently ranked as one of

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  • Health Insurance is not Health Care

    Here at IdealMD, we receive calls daily asking about our Direct Primary Care program. The conversation generally goes something like this: Thank you for calling IdealMD, how can I help you? Hi, I am looking for a doctor. I have insurance, do they take (insert insurance company name here)?

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  • I Have Great Health Insurance

    At IdealMD we hear this often, but what does it really mean? From what we have gathered, it often means you have a low copay or manageable deductible. What it doesn’t mean is, you have: A doctor who can spend 30 minutes to hour with you discussing your health.

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  • Company Health Benefits: Thanks, but No Thanks?

    “My insurance thru my employer had a $4000 deductible. I looked thru the Obamacare plans and the lowest was $165 a month and $11,000 deductible. What’s the point of having health benefits if you’re having to pay for every doctor’s visit and testing?” ~ Eric T. “In my employer’s

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  • America’s Sick Care System

    Our country has a sick care system, not a health care system. For last 50 or so years, the United States has approached public healthcare in a backwards fashion — it treats people after they are sick rather than focusing on helping them stay healthy in the first place.

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  • Hey Doc, Do I Really Need It?

    No one knows your health better than you, so it’s important that you take an active role in your health by talking to your doctor. Your aim is to be well informed about your options and the benefits or potential harm of suggested medical tests, treatments, and procedures. Here

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  • Your Thyroid Gland

    Your thyroid is a major player in your health. It plays a huge role in our body, influencing the function of many of the body’s most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of

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  • The Side Effects of a Healthy Lifestyle

    Nearly 60 percent of Americans — the highest ever — are taking prescription drugs. That’s 3 out of every 5 American adults that take a prescription drug. Consequently, that’s roughly 200 million Americans that are exposed to the side effects of prescription drugs. Side effects are defined as a

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  • Eric’s Story

    “I just wanted to go home and do nothing.  I had reached the point in my health that I had no energy, didn’t feel good, and just seemed to be stuck in a malaise in life and in health,” said Eric Holland. Eric had reached a weight of 305

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  • 10 Reasons Why You Need a Direct Primary Care Doctor

    Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an approach to healthcare where patients work directly with their primary care doctor without any inference from insurance companies. Having a Direct Primary Care doctor restores the personal touch once considered the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship all while incorporating the best in healthcare,

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  • Healthcare 2017: Small Business is Fighting Back

    According to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, the average premium for an individual health insurance plan in 2001 cost $2,889 per employee, by 2015, that number had ballooned to $5,963, easily outstripping overall inflation and wage growth. Thus, many small businesses can’t afford to offer health coverage. Research by

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  • You’re Never Too Old

    Adopting healthy behaviors—even later in life—can help prevent, delay, and control disease. Did you know that research has shown that a healthy lifestyle matters more than your genes in helping you to avoid poor health? There are many steps that you can take now to help maintain your health,

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    Personal Healthcare
  • January is Thyroid Awareness Month

    January: the month for new beginnings, the kickoff to the new year, and the month everyone decides to go back to the gym, get in shape and get healthy. And what better way to start your quest for better health, than getting your thyroid checked.  After all, January is

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  • Revitalizing the Doctor’s Visit

    Hello, “Let’s take our time and make sure we cover everything on your mind.” – When is the last time you heard these words from a primary care doctor? Sadly, this is becoming a rarity in the typical healthcare setting.  The average visit is around 12 minutes these days, and

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  • IdealMD: Bringing Value Back to Employer Healthcare Benefits

    At IdealMD we recognize the disparity that many businesses face between paying far more in health benefits’ premiums than the value (and cost) of the medical care provided to your employees. So, we offer an innovative approach that brings back the value to your health benefits and addresses the

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  • The Direct Primary Care Revolution

    Hello, Have you noticed? It’s happening in all 50 states. It’s happening right now in our hometown. A revolution is brewing and it’s transforming how medical care is delivered in this country. Doctors and patients throughout the land are ditching insurance-based healthcare practices with its focus on treating sickness

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  • What’s in it for Me?

    Have you ever asked, “What’s in it for me?” It’s ok, we all do. Not because we are extremely selfish, it’s just that we think about our own life, problems and challenges a bit more than we think about other people’s. After all, it’s only human nature to think like

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  • What’s it Worth? Your Health That Is.

    Have you thought how much your health is worth?  Or, how much your time is worth?  Can you even place a Value on them? At IdealMD, our affiliated doctors do.  In fact, they are all about value: The value of your time The value of your health The value

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  • The Importance of “Everything” to Your Health

    During your last appointment, did you and your doctor:    Talk about diet, exercise, nutrition, eating plans, or stress management? Talk about eating too much refined sugar, flour or salt? Talk about natural supplements or lifestyle changes? Talk about more than a prescription, lab test or a referral to

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  • Believing in Direct Primary Care

    Direct Primary Care is where patients work directly with their primary care doctor without any inference from insurance companies. It restores the personal touch once considered the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship all while incorporating the best in healthcare, particularly wellness and preventative medicine. But is it for YOU?

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  • Giving Back

    “I just want to give back for all the opportunity this country has given me,” says Dr. Daniel Tran, an Internal Medicine doctor here in the Upstate. Tran, an immigrant from Vietnam, is living the American Dream.  But getting here to the United States was anything but a dream.

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    Galen Healthcare – Dr. Tran
  • Who are the Half-Million Folks using Direct Primary Care?

    Here at IdealMD we have expounded often on the benefits of Direct Primary Care: More Time with your Doctor More Cost-effectiveness Better Patient Management and Access Better Focus on Care Better Personal Experience Better Disease Management But instead of looking at what Direct Primary Care is, let’s look at

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  • How You can Afford the Affordable Care Act.

    There is good news for those who want to have affordable health care and be compliant with the Affordable Care Act. Direct Primary Care Direct Primary Care is an innovative model for delivering and purchasing health care services that gives patients direct access to their primary care doctor.  It’s

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  • How More Than 500,000 Patients Took Control of Their Healthcare

    Almost every day the media headlines scream: Deductibles and Copays soar! Healthcare is becoming unaffordable and unmanageable! Healthcare costs are climbing four times faster than wages! So, it’s no wonder people are scared about what is happening to their healthcare—who can blame them? But out of any crisis, a

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  • Happy Doctors = Happy Patients

    Too many patients, too little time and too little control in making healthcare decisions are causing a growing number of primary care doctors to opt out of the traditional insurance-based systems and return to the highly personalized medical practices of yesteryear – and they couldn’t be happier. These doctors,

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  • What Patients Want from Their Doctor

    Patients want many things from their doctors, not all of which are possible. However, here at are the top 5 things that most patients agree on: Time — Patients want to spend more time with their doctor: they want time to be able to discuss their health issues without

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  • How Small Businesses Can “Affordably” Comply with Obamacare

    There is good news for employers who want to provide an affordable health benefit to their employees that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act, says Tom Banning, CEO and Executive VP with Texas Academy of Family Physicians. Direct Primary Care Direct Primary Care is an innovative model for

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  • Put Direct Primary Care to Work for Your Business

    Health Benefits 2017 Update – If your business insures your employees, you are most likely paying far more in premiums than the value (and cost) of the medical care provided to your employees. Fortunately, many businesses are recognizing this disparity and transitioning to an innovative model where their employees’ medical costs are paid directly and coupling

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  • The Benefits of Offering Health Benefits

    Employees consider health insurance one their most important benefits. In fact, health benefits consistently vie for the top spot amongst employee valued benefits in survey after survey. Many employees believe health benefits are nearly as important as salary and are a vital part of their benefits packages–this explains why

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  • A Doctor’s Note

    A quick word from Dr. Daniel Tran of Galen Healthcare.   Hello, I wanted to share some interesting information I’ve found on the effectiveness of Direct Primary Care.     Recent research shows: A lower number of patients per doctor has been correlated with better preventative outcomes. Surveys of multiple

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  • Why Men Don’t Go to the Doctor

    Men give lots of reasons why they avoid doctors: “I’m healthy. Why get a checkup?” “It all just feels too awkward.” “I hope it’ll just go away.” “I don’t want a scope up there.” “I’ll tough it out.” “I can’t afford a checkup.” “I don’t have time.” How many

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  • An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor at Bay?

    We have all heard the adage about the apple and doctor, but is it true? First some history. The proverb about eating an apple a day can be traced back to Pembrokeshire, Wales around 1860. The original version is said to be: “Eat an apple on going to bed,

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  • 10 Reasons Why YOU Should have a Direct Primary Care Doctor

    Direct Primary Care is an approach to healthcare where patients work directly with their primary care doctor without any interference from insurance companies. It restores the personal touch once considered the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship all while incorporating the best in healthcare, particularly wellness and preventative medicine. Here

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  • IdealMD Brings Lower Cost Health Benefits to Small Businesses

    Innovative program improves care experience and controls costs IdealMD, LLC announces the expansion of its employer health benefits solution to meet the needs of small businesses. Businesses that are facing rising health benefits costs; or, are avoiding offering a health benefits program altogether due to the high expense now have

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  • How Your Emotions Affect Your Health

    Your body responds to the way you think. When you feel stressed, anxious, or upset, your body reacts in a way that might tell you that something isn’t right. High blood pressure, stomach ulcers, or even headaches might be physical signs that your emotional health is out of balance.

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  • Health Benefits Solutions in 2017 – The Game Changer

    As you know, health insurance is one of the top 3-4 expense line items, and controlling the costs is a top priority. But it is not easy! Often you never know what you’re going to get.  What you do know is healthcare is expensive. Imagine if gas stations worked like health care,

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  • Help for Caregivers

    Being a caregiver can be very taxing – to say the least.  It often affects your life in significant, challenging and unexpected ways. Across the nation, an estimated 90 million Americans courageously step forward to help care for a family member in need; enabling their loved one to stay

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  • Changing the Game on Health Benefits

    If your company offers a health benefits plan, this probably sounds familiar: Each year, you face a steep increase in your health benefits expense. This leaves your company with three options: Why are you left with such poor options? Let break it down to understand why typical health benefits

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  • Preventive Health Care Helps Everyone

    Staying healthy and living a long life starts with preventive healthcare. In medicine, the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true and can save you money and possibly your life. Preventive healthcare can help you avoid illness and detect problems before you notice

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  • What Happened to Healthcare?

    It has been reported (and you probably have experienced) that the average office visit with a primary care doctor is around 10 minutes. So that begs the question:  How can a doctor take a good medical history, do a thorough examination, reach a diagnostic conclusion, plan a course of

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  • The Future of Healthcare is in the Past

    If we listen, our bodies will tell us something is going on. Tight shoulders, a lump in the throat, a pain in the chest – all have stories to tell – they tell us something is just not right. The same holds true for our healthcare. When you sit endlessly waiting to

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  • Inflammation: Friend and Foe

    Inflammation is your body’s response to stress – whether from your diet, lifestyle or environment. It is the cornerstone of the body’s healing response, bringing more nourishment and more immune activity to the site of injury or infection. When it’s a one-time thing, inflammation is nothing to worry about. In

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    Fight Inflammation with a Healthy Diet
  • Trickle Down Effects of Shifting Health Benefits

    Are the choices you’re making today forcing your employees into tough decisions tomorrow? As an employer, you know the bottom line pain of escalating health insurance premiums.  But, have you thought about the skyrocketing out-of-pocket expenses hitting your employees’ wallets above and beyond their insurance premium? Recent research shows

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    Employees are Stressed over Healthcare Concerns
  • Listening – The Foundation of Good Healthcare

    Are you struggling to get your Doctor to listen? Do you feel that you are rushed through your visit without being heard? You are not alone! More Patients = Less Time With the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, health care reform took a giant step by putting

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    Listening is the Key to Good Healthcare
  • 5 Tips to Make Sure You Get the Best Care

    Below are 5 tips to make sure you get the best, personalized care every time you see a doctor. Insist on telling your story. Studies have shown that 80 percent of all diagnoses can be made based on just the story of your illness, so don’t skip the details.

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    5 Tips on Getting the Best Care
  • Tired of Waiting?

    In this video, learn how healthcare can become more convenient and personal – “Like the good old days.” Avoid long lines, wait times, and growing costs with IdealMD.

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  • Is Your House Messing with Your Hormones?

    Exercising—Check Eating Right—Check Enough Sleep—Check Detoxing your House—What? When your hormones are in balance, you experience improved moods, better energy, and life just seems brighter and happier. But what if you are doing everything right, but still not feeling up to par? Well maybe it’s not you. Maybe it’s

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    Hormone Toxins
  • New Health Benefits Model brings Relief to Small Businesses

    If you are like most small business owners or HR professionals, you are likely feeling the pain of rising health benefits costs. It’s estimated that since 2009, the cost of small business health insurance has nearly doubled. And with the impact of the Affordable Care Act, coverage rates for

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    Small Business Benefits
  • An Innovative Approach to Small Business Health Benefits

    President’s Patrol with IdealMD – Greer Chamber of Commerce President and IdealMD’s CEO, Bryce Kaspar discuss an innovative approach to Small Business Heatlh Benefits.

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  • Power to the Patient

    You’re sitting in the doctor’s office. The doctor is physically there, but you sense not all there. Even worse, the doctor doesn’t try to understand what you are going through. After a few yes/no questions, the doctor gives you a quick diagnosis, a prescription, and an order to get

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    A Doctor that Listens
  • Is DPC for Me?

    DPC or Direct Primary Care is where patients work directly with their primary care doctor without any inference from insurance companies. It restores the personal touch once considered the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship all while incorporating the best in healthcare, particularly wellness and preventative medicine. But is it

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    Direct Primary Care
  • Pushing the Health Benefits Pain

    Why Your Company is Paying More and Getting Less for Health Benefits I’m Bryce Kaspar, co-founder and CEO of IdealMD. Prior to IdealMD, I was fortunate to work with some amazing people to build and ultimately sell a national environmental expense management company.  We prided ourselves on attracting “A

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    Health Benefits
  • Your Cure for the Common Doctor Visit

    In a recent survey, Consumer Reports magazine asked Americans about the things that bugged them the most during a doctor visit. The results are listed below. There Is a Better Way At IdealMD, our affiliated doctors have built their practices on thorough communication, easy access, unrushed appointments and highly

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  • “900 seconds, That’s all I get”?

    You took the afternoon off. You arrived 15 minutes early. You waited 25 minutes in the small waiting room before having the opportunity to wait another 10 minutes in a smaller room. When the doctor finally walks in, he “hid” behind his computer screen for another 2 minutes before

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    Doctor Patient Time
  • A Whole New Level of the Doctor-Patient Relationship

    Listen as IdealMD members and doctors discuss the value of their doctor-patient relationship. As you have heard, the doctor-patient relationship is the cornerstone of healthcare, and at IdealMD our affiliated doctors have built their practices upon it. A good trusting relationship benefits both you and the doctor. And a

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  • The Small Business Edge

    As competition for talented employees intensifies in the coming years, small businesses will have to find ways to attract and keep good workers. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than half of U.S. businesses with fewer than 10 employees offer health insurance. Only 15

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  • Holistic Health Care That Feels More Like Home

    Originally written by Diane Irving for Natural Awakenings Magazine – Over-prescribed and under-cared for patients have produced a staggering amount of Americans on meds. Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center researchers found that “nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half

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    Galen Healthcare – Dr. Tran
  • Should You Fire Your Doctor?

    Research shows that patients with a better personal relationship with their doctor are healthier and have better healthcare outcomes: so it’s important that you have a doctor that fosters this relationship. Answer these 10 questions to find out if your doctor is right for you: Yes/No – Is Your

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    Should You Fire Your Doctor
  • The Value of Employee Benefits

    Many employees consider health insurance their most important benefit; in fact many employees believe health benefits are nearly as important as salary. For employers, benefits are equally important; but  it’s a delicate balancing act. Employers must balance employee’s well-being versus cost control and the cost of recruiting and retaining

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    Direct Primary Care Employee Benefit
  • The Power of Treating the Whole Person

    At IdealMD we believe medical care should be personable, convenient and accessible and our affiliated doctors work hard every day to meet and exceed these goals. That’s what we believe; but what about your neighbors here in the Upstate? What are they saying about IdealMD and their IdealMD affiliated doctors?  Well……. Collen

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    IdealMD – Colleen – Dr. Tran
  • A Conversation About Insurance

    At IdealMD we get a lot of questions asking if our affiliated doctors accept insurance. They do not; and that includes Medicare or Medicaid. Although membership fees are not covered by insurance, you can still use your coverage for medications, labs, specialty visits, diagnostics, or for the situations it

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    A Conversation About Insurance
  • Food Allergy or Intolerance Help

    Have you noticed that food intolerances and allergies seem to be on the rise these days? Many believe this is due to our food supply being increasingly altered with preservatives, additives, and genetic modifications. But no matter your thoughts on our food system, physical reactions to certain foods are

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    Food Allergy Tips
  • Galen Healthcare Partners With IdealMD To Provide High Access Primary Care Memberships

    Galen Healthcare announced today its partnership with IdealMD,LLC and the launch of its new direct primary care membership program for employers and individuals. Dr. Daniel Tran is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and completed his medical training at The University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. He

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  • Your Doctor’s Happiness

    It is often said that happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from one’s own actions; but for many doctors, their actions are dictated by insurance company mandates, governmental regulations and large health system’s protocols. As a result, their happiness is suffering. Should the happiness of my doctor be

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    Happy Doctor, Happy Patient
  • What? You Don’t Take Insurance?

    That’s right. IdealMD affiliated doctors do not take insurance or Medicare – and they couldn’t be happier. Today they practice medicine the way it was meant to be; just the patient and the doctor working together for better health. “It’s liberating to practice medicine this way,” says Dr. Daniel Tran. “Now  I

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  • The Cornerstone of Healthcare

    The patient/doctor relationship is the cornerstone of healthcare. It’s the avenue in which data are gathered, diagnoses are made, treatments are discussed, and healing begins. Over the ages the doctor-patient relationship has been defined as a relationship of trust. When you seek a doctor’s help and the doctor agrees to

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  • The Difference

    This article compares the difference between Direct Primary Care (i.e. direct payment via membership) versus doctors whose care is dictated by the insurance system. Patient Management Direct Primary Care doctors: Limits the total number of patients they see to just a few hundred. Allows them to offer a higher

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  • Meet the “Pantry Doctor” Wendie Schneider

    “I love what I do. I’m happy and I feel like I am making a difference not just with people’s health, but in their lives too,” Wendie Schneider says. After all, why wouldn’t she; she’s a doctor – a “Pantry Doctor” that is. What is that you may ask?

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  • Supplement Your Health with a Doctor, Not a Pill

    The Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health reports one in three American adults takes at least one dietary supplement each day. Overall, Americans spend more than $11 billion annually on vitamins, minerals and supplements according to the most recent government figures. In our zeal to live

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  • Direct Primary Care – What’s That?

    Direct Primary Care is where patients work directly with their primary doctor without any interference from insurance companies. Ok, but is it for me? First, let’s look at what exactly a Primary Care Doctor does. Primary care doctors are much more than providers of “simple” stuff. They are specialists

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  • This Spring I’m going to…

    Sound familiar? Every Spring around this time we trot out these five words and every year we fail to follow through on them. Ironically the only exercise we end up doing is making and then breaking our “I am going to get in shape for Summer” promises. Let us

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  • The New Face of Primary Care

    Across the nation, a new face of primary care has emerged to respond to the challenges of our overcrowded healthcare system. Direct Primary Care, where in the doctor and patient contract directly together and eliminate the insurance “middle man” is proving to be a satisfying alternative for doctors and

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  • It’s About Time

    In a recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports magazine, participants were asked: “What bugs Americans most about their doctors?” Interestingly, 87.5% of all “complaints” about doctors involved time. Time waiting for an appointment, time waiting for the doctor, time correcting billing issues, time chasing down lab results, and so

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  • Clark Howard – Concierge Medicine

    JACKSONVILLE, FL – Some doctors are again making house calls, and it could save you money.

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  • Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food.

    We have all heard a variation of this adage at some point in our life, and as we age its relevance becomes more and more important. Food nourishes our body, and being well-nourished means eating a well-balanced diet to get the nutrients your body needs–part of being well nourished

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  • Jumpstart Your Hormones

    Are you feeling tired, moody or stressed? Did you know this could be a result of a hormonal imbalance? Hormones are a delicate balance, and restoring this balance can reduce, alleviate, even completely remove many of the symptoms that you may experience. To jumpstart your hormonal balance and start

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    Balancing Hormones
  • Meet JoAnn Johnson

    Playing around in the kitchen at the age of 5, JoAnn Johnson knew cooking was in her future. “My mom allowed me to ‘experiment’ in the kitchen and despite the mess, encouraged me to follow my cooking instincts.” By the age of 6 JoAnn had created her first recipe:

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  • Ditch the Drugs and Balance Your Hormones Naturally

    Are you struggling with hair loss or thinning? Do you have a low libido? Looking to bounce back from fatigue? These may be signs that your hormones are unbalanced. Unfortunately, an astonishing number of people turn to expensive synthetic treatments in an attempt to balance their hormones. Synthetic treatments

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    Hormone Diet Tips
  • Are You Feeding your Menopause Symptoms?  

    Menopause is not fun. The mood swings and hot flashes can make you wish for nothing more than a second glass of wine or a big piece of chocolate cake; but unhealthy food choices can exacerbate many of the symptoms associated with menopause. Just as a healthy, well balanced

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    Menopause Dieting Tips
  • I’ve Lost 100 lbs

    Unfortunately, it’s the same 10 pounds, 10 times. Have you spent hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars on diet programs and weight loss products?  Not to mention the torture you put yourself through on all these weight loss efforts that haven’t amounted to much. I’m guessing the answer is probably “Yes!”

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    Weight Loss Tips
  • Why Your Doctor Doesn’t Have Enough Time For You

    Are you struggling to get access to your primary doctor?  Do you feel that you are rushed through your visit? You are not alone! Here are some of the reasons why your doctor doesn’t have the time for you. But do not despair – there is an alternative solution.

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  • It’s all about You

    Are “you” a priority? Do you play second fiddle to everyone and everything? Do your friends and doctors tell you to start taking care of yourself? Whether this describes you or someone you care about, it’s imperative to know the importance of self-wellness.  Being aware of your wellness is

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    Staying Healthy
  • Thank You Caregivers

    November is National Family Caregivers Month. A time we salute those individuals who give of themselves to support loved ones affected by illness, injury, disability or age. Across the nation, an estimated 90 million Americans courageously step forward to help care for a family member in need; enabling their

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  • Wash Your Hands of It

    “Don’t forget to wash your hands! Use soap! Wash more than your finger tips!” We have all heard some variation of this sound advice. From our moms, to our school teachers, right up to our wives, it has been drilled into us at every stage of our life. We

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  • More than a Pick-Me-Up

    Caffeine, the world’s drug of choice. Its morning pep helps us start our day and its afternoon jolt helps us get through the day. It’s the most commonly used drug in the world. So common in fact, that roughly 80% of the world’s adult population consume it in one

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  • Take a Breather

    Did you even notice? You just did it 25,000 times yesterday, and the day before that. You took a breath, in fact a lot of them. Breathing is often taken for granted. We pay little attention as we inhale and exhale our way through the day. That’s why October

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  • Value-Based Healthcare

    Across the nation, a new face of primary care has emerged to respond to the challenges of our overcrowded healthcare system. Direct Primary Care, where in the doctor and patient contract directly together and eliminate the insurance “middle man” is proving to be a satisfying alternative for doctors and

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    Personal Healthcare
  • Feel the Burn

    You’re too stuffed to push away from the table. You’ve gorged yourself into a semi-catatonic state, and as that burning sensation starts to creep up into your chest and throat, all you can say is, “ I shouldn’t have eaten that.” While the rest of the family reaches for

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  • Your Health, It is a Laughing Matter

    Everyone knows that laughter makes you feel good and can have a profound impact on your mood, but did you also know that laughter could protect your body from disease and help improve your physical health? No, really this is not a joke. Studies have shown that a good

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    Laughter is the Best Medicine
  • Stress: Friend and Foe

    Stress — just the word may be enough to stress you out. We all feel stressed from time to time. Our lives are full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many us, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress is your body’s

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    Stress and Health
  • What is Health?

    Do you consider yourself to be healthy? Not including those 3 days last winter when you were laid up with the flu, would you say that you are overall – healthy? According to a National Community Health Survey conducted in 2013, 57% of Americans think about health every day and 90%

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    What is Health?
  • Sugar – Not So Sweet

    “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!” We’ve heard this melody over and over since childhood. Now recent research has us singing a new tune: “A spoonful of sugar may make your health go down.” We consume way too much added sugar in our diets, and it

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    Too Much Sugar Can Be Bad for Your Health
  • Too Hot To Handle

    “I didn’t put two and two together when I was experiencing the symptoms of heat exhaustion during a hike last week, but after a friend pointed it out to me, I realized that I’d had a close call. While I’d taken precautions against the sunlight and heat such as drinking

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    Avoid Heat Stroke
  • It’s Picnic Time

    July is National Picnic Month. Time to drag out the coolers, pack up the picnic baskets and fire up the grill! Can you see it now? The checkered table cloth – the children exploring the great outdoors – and Aunt Nancy’s macaroni salad just waiting to be devoured. But no

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    Tips for a Heathy Picnic
  • Making the Most Your Doctor Visit

    As we’ve seen in last week’s blog, time with your doctor is limited in most appointments. When your doctor rushes, you may forget some of your questions, concerns, or confuse what you heard. You end up leaving the doctor’s office feeling like you need another appointment just to clarify

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    Making the Most of Your Doctor Visit
  • A Healthy Relationship

    The patient/doctor relationship, it’s the cornerstone of healthcare. It’s the avenue in which data are gathered, diagnoses are made, treatments are discussed, and healing begins. Since ancient times, doctors have recognized that the well being of their patients depends upon effective communication between themselves and the patient. Today, effective

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    Doctor Patient Relationship
  • Fruit – The Original “Fast Food”

    Fruits are nature’s gift. They are nutritious, delicious and mankind has been enjoying their “fruits” for eons. Some folks even call them nature’s original “Fast Food.” They are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, water, fiber, carbohydrates, and phytochemicals. Most importantly, they are packed full of powerful antioxidants. In fact,

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  • Can You Say “Cruciferous”

    The big C. It terrifies most of us. Especially if you have a family history of breast, prostate or colon cancer. But what can you do? Just sit around until cancer rears its ugly head? No, take control. If you really want to fight the scourge of cancer, and

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  • Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables

    Throughout the land, fresh fruits and veggies are popping up not only in the fields and orchards, but also at local farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and roadside stands. And with warmer weather comes a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies. That’s why June has been designated as National Fruit

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  • How Sunglasses Can Be Essential to Our Health

    Most of us know the importance of protecting our skin from the harsh rays of the sun while playing in the park or hitting the beach. But how many of us realize the importance of protecting our eyes from the same harsh rays? That’s why sunglasses are essential to

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  • Know the Risks of UV Exposure

    The sun’s rays make us feel good, and make us look good too! But exposure to sun is no day at the beach. The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, and tanning beds, can penetrate and change skin cells, accelerate the effects of aging, and increase your risk for

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  • It’s So Simple.

    Seventy-five percent of us don’t get enough. And we need it badly, everyday in fact. It’s so important to our health that our body actually has a mechanism in place to let us know when we need it. Every cell, tissue, and organ in our body needs it to function

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    Water and Good Health
  • May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

    May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and with the warmer weather and abundant sunshine, it’s a great time to shake off the winter and engage in physical activity. To raise awareness of the importance of active living, many business and civic organizations, have joined with the President’s

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