Is the “Jury Still Out on Saturated Fat”?

2017-12-18T08:52:27+00:00

by Jennifer Sweeney \When I consume fat, I want to know exactly what type of fat and where it came from. I eat saturated fat, and cook with with it, including ghee (clarified butter), bacon fat, tallow, lard, full-fat coconut milk and coconut oil. But I make sure the the sources of these fats are organic and from grass-fed animals and pastured pork. A recent news headline in Medline Plus stated: Jury Still Out on Whether Saturated Fat Is Bad for You, Researchers Say Lona Sandon, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, cautioned against interpreting the study's mixed message as a license to loosen up limits on saturated fat consumption. "Trans fat remains a definite concern," she said. "Saturated fats are a little up in the air. Part of the problem is that we know that there are some saturated fats that are not harmful and possibly even beneficial. However, you cannot separate out the healthy types of saturated fats from those that are not so healthy. They come packaged [...]

Is the “Jury Still Out on Saturated Fat”? 2017-12-18T08:52:27+00:00

What is Patient Centered Care?

2017-12-13T11:46:09+00:00

by Connie Jorsvik The IOM (Institute of Medicine) defines patient-centered care as: "Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions." Based on that definition, of course all health care should be patient centered.  However, it’s not even close and likely never will be.  Patient Centered Care will require ‘buy in’ and change of practice at every level, from governments, health authorities, doctors (a massive stumbling block as they are not taught patient centered care), and nurses (who are taught what it means and how to deliver it but quickly learn there is not the time or money to implement it). In order for patient centered care to work, every health care provider (nursing at all levels to physicians at all levels) will have to be accountable, be willing to give every patient the time they need, be empathetic, be teachers and listeners.  Patients will have to be accountable (wherever possible) and work at improving their own health outcomes and give up the idea of handing over their health to the healthcare [...]

What is Patient Centered Care? 2017-12-13T11:46:09+00:00

Why we need to be Empowered Patients and Families

2017-12-13T11:46:10+00:00

by Connie Jorsvik When we are accessing medical care, we are doing so because something is wrong.  Our bodies, and often our heads, aren’t operating with their usual sharp and intelligent approach to problems because we are sick and hurt.  The very definition of needing healthcare is to seek treatment because something is wrong, and when we are debilitated we just can’t think as straight as we can when we are healthy.  Trisha Torrey – Founder of AdvoConnection and Author of “You Bet Your Life: The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes In the following education series I hope to give you the information and tools so you can get the healthcare you need and deserve within the BC Healthcare System.  Sometimes, to get the care you need, going to the United States or abroad may be an option – but I hope that with these tools, it can be your last option. Our health care system is in crisis.  It’s going to get much worse as the huge bulge of baby boomers really begin to age.  The oncoming tsunami of [...]

Why we need to be Empowered Patients and Families 2017-12-13T11:46:10+00:00