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Everything You Wanted to Know About Regulating Your Thyroid to Improve Your Quality of Life

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Blog, Happy Together

Have you been excessively tired lately? Are you a male or female over the age of 30 who has thinning hair, dry skin, and unexplained weight gain? If you answered yes to all of these questions, you may need to have your thyroid checked. Most people see these symptoms as obvious signs of aging, which is why nearly 30 million Americans have a thyroid disorder and half of those people remain undiagnosed, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland just below the Adam’s apple. Its main purpose is to produce 2 hormones: T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). These hormones are secreted by the thyroid to meet the metabolic needs of the body. T3 and T4 hormones control every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. As a part of the endocrine...

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What Is Celiac Disease?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Blog, Happy Together

November is Celiac Awareness Month. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It is estimated that 1 out of every 141 Americans have celiac disease, but 83% of those individuals who have it are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Although some individuals with celiac disease may show no symptoms, some of the most common symptoms include:• Bloating or Gas • Diarrhea • Constipation • Fatigue • Pale Mouth Sores • Headaches • Discolored TeethBecause these are very common symptoms for a variety of diseases, celiac disease tends to be misdiagnosed. The only treatment available for celiac disease is a lifelong gluten-free diet. Continuing to eat gluten can damage the intestine. A gluten-free diet consists of avoiding foods that contain wheat, rye, and barley. This disease is becoming...

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Navigating Health Care Reform as a Small Business

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Blog, Happy Together

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA for short) includes a very broad array of changes that impact the small business owner. Some changes require immediate action on the part of small business owners, while others will affect the health insurance products available to small businesses beginning in 2014. It’s important to understand these changes and anticipate changes in your processes that will need to occur so that you can remain compliant with new regulations.Health Insurance Plan Changes While it is true that if you like your insurance coverage today, you will likely be able to keep similar coverage, there are new requirements for health insurance plans beginning in 2014. Some or all of these requirements may require changes to your current coverage, whether it be a change of the specific services covered or a change of how...

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Managing Your Medical Claims is Good for Your Health

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Blog, Happy Together

Insurance can be confusing. The more medical care you have, the more there is to keep track of. No one plans to be sick, but preparing and having a system in place will help if you do have claims. If you or your family member becomes ill, the number of bills can be extensive. A simple outpatient surgery could easily generate several bills. You can expect bills, at minimum, from the hospital or surgery center, surgeon, pathologist, and anesthesiologist. Organization will allow you to take care of yourself or your family member and not stress about the paperwork. Managing your medical claims can be easy if you do the following: Start a file at the beginning of each year to keep all of your health insurance documents in one place. As bills come in, avoid paying the bill until...

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Think Pink

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Blog, Happy Together

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages.By being alert to any breast changes and having exams and tests according to American Cancer Society guidelines for early detection, breast cancer can be found at the earliest possible stage, when it is most treatable. In addition, these exams and tests sometimes find certain benign breast conditions.American Cancer Society recommendations for early breast cancer detection: • Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast examination...

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