The Threat to Health Freedom Now

As a medical investigative reporter for 28 years, I’ve seen public interest in health freedom come and go. Right now, in 2010, it is at a low point.

In the early 1990s, there was a tremendous fervor in America. Millions of people, perceiving a threat from the federal government, realized they could be cut off from the right to improve their health according to their own wishes, judgments, and decisions.

In practical terms, health freedom has come to mean: the right to have access to the widest possible range of nutritional supplements, health practitioners, and treatments-with no government obstruction.

Back in 1993, millions of Americans believed in that principle, and sent letters to Congress. Rallies were held. Celebrities appeared and supported traditional American liberty.

The final blow was struck with the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health Act of 1994 (DSHEA). It appeared to promise the results citizens were looking for. The FDA would not be permitted to limit access to the full range of nutritional supplements.

Then the furor died down and people went back to their lives. The internet grew into a giant. Millions of pages discussing health issues appeared. More freedom. More access.

But there has been an overall dampening of that spirit of the early 90s. Many people believe the major battle has been won.

To examine whether this is the case, and whether the DSHEA Law is actually keeping Americans safe, I interviewed a widely revered lawyer, Jonathan Emord.

Emord is one of the nation’s leading free speech attorneys. He has defeated the Food and Drug Administration a remarkable seven times in federal court, more times than any other attorney in American history, earning him the title, “FDA Dragon Slayer.”

He is the 2007 recipient of the Cancer Control Society’s Humanitarian Award for “winning and preserving our great civil rights to life, to liberty, and to health freedoms.”

Mr. Emord has practiced constitutional and administrative law in Washington, D.C. for the past twenty-five years. He is routinely consulted by industry, Congress, and the media on regulatory issues that affect health freedom. He is the author of four critically acclaimed books: Freedom, Technology and the First Amendment (1991); The Ultimate Price (2007); The Rise of Tyranny (2008); and Global Censorship of Health Information (2010).

I hoped Mr. Emord would give us real and detailed information on substantive issues facing Americans today. He responded in kind, and went the extra mile. He cleared up a number of popular confusions, and offered several predictions based on his long experience as an attorney in the field of health freedom.

One of the most critical points Mr. Emord makes: The laws Congress passes can be twisted by the federal agencies responsible for overseeing those laws. For example, the FDA has reinterpreted health law to suit its own slanted purposes. This is an extreme violation of the Constitution, and it endangers the American Republic. Federal agencies can, in effect, illegally become legislators and enforcers.

This is not a brush-off interview. Mr. Emord provides a compelling and extensive case that should be read, studied, and acted on by other attorneys, health-freedom advocates, nutritional-company executives, and all citizens who value their freedom.

JON RAPPOPORT: DSHEA is a federal law that was passed in 1994 to protect the public’s right to buy and take a wide range of nutritional supplements. It’s considered our best bulwark against invasive actions by the FDA. Did DSHEA really give us reliable protection? Where do things stand today?
Has the FDA eroded that law over the last 16 years?
Are we in trouble?

JONATHAN EMORD: DSHEA has not given reliable protection against FDA censorship or FDA restrictions on access to products. In certain respects the law itself is to blame because of flaws in its design; in other respects FDA has purposefully misconstrued the law to defeat its plain and intended meaning. Congress has been derelict in counteracting the agency’s abuses-in no small measure because the drug industry benefits from those abuses and has such influence over the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Health Committee that no meaningful reforms ever occur.

I was invited to comment on the bill when it was in draft form. I said then that certain provisions in the bill would enable the FDA to censor health information and restrict access to supplements. I opposed inclusion of those provisions to no avail.

In particular, DSHEA requires supplement companies to file, with the government, notice of use of structure/function claims [statements about the positive effects of a nutrient on the structure or function of the body]. At the time the bill was being debated, I explained that since structure/function claims were protected speech under the First Amendment, there was no sound justification for requiring any company to submit them to the FDA for review, and that forcing companies to do so would invite FDA mischief. I explained that inevitably FDA would use structure/function claim review to redefine claims from the category of structure/function to the category of prohibited drug claims, thus reducing the quantity of free speech available for expression. That has happened.

The DSHEA permits the HHS Secretary to adopt good manufacturing practice guidelines [GMP] for supplements [how supplements should be made in the lab-factory]. I warned at the time the bill was being debated that this provision would invite considerable agency mischief, that FDA would use GMP regulation to put the industry under its thumb and stop the marketing of supplements on technicalities, thereby ridding the market of any product it did not like. That is now happening.

We hired Steve Hanke, the Senior Economist on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors, to evaluate the impact of the GMP rule. He determined that the cost of compliance per year [to supplement companies] would exceed the finances of roughly one-third of all dietary supplement manufacturers, resulting in their elimination from the market. In the GMP rule, FDA put the estimate more conservatively, but admitted that it would eliminate about one-quarter of the market. The evaluation we were provided also concluded that there would be less variety of product available to consumers and that the cost of product would increase. The FDA also admitted these effects in its GMP Final Rule. FDA is vigorously pursuing its inspection agenda. Within the next several years we should see the fall-out. FDA has increased its reliance on direct court action instead of negotiated settlements of disputes with the industry. That too will result in a loss of companies and a reduction in consumer offerings.

The DSHEA adulteration provision included language limiting FDA action to ban supplements to instances where the agency could prove that they presented a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury. Congress intended for this to be a meaningful barrier to FDA, compelling the agency to prove supplements capable of causing harm before removing them from the market. FDA has construed this language to give it virtually unbridled discretion. In its ephedra ban, for example, FDA in effect rejected the Paracelsian model for assessing dietary supplement adulteration (i.e., dose determines toxicity) in favor of the precautionary principle. Under that [precautionary] principle, if a nutrient causes harm at some dose level (a universal fact because everything, including, water, causes injury at some dose level), it would be presumed adulterated until the industry proved it safe beyond doubt at another dose level. That shifted the burden of proof from FDA (where Congress placed it) to the industry (where FDA prefers that it be), enabling FDA to ban any nutrient it wishes on evidence readily available that at some dose level [at preposterously high doses] it causes harm.

The DSHEA included a provision to permit dietary supplement companies to distribute scientific literature on nutrient-disease associations [a nutrient can help alleviate a disease] to the public, including to their customers. At the time, I warned that the provision included ambiguous requirements that FDA could construe to emasculate the speech-protective intent of Congress. FDA has in fact gone farther than I had anticipated. FDA completely eviscerated this provision by taking the position that any scientific publication that associates a nutrient with a [positive effect on a] disease…can still be forbidden by FDA because company provision of the literature to customers would constitute “evidence of an intent to sell the product as an unapproved new drug.”

I also opposed the provision that required submission of a new dietary-ingredient notice to FDA for every nutrient first sold after the date of passage of the DSHEA. Under that provision, if FDA does not object to the notice, the product is legally marketable. I thought that if a product met the definition of a dietary supplement, FDA should have no power to prevent its marketing. I warned that FDA could use its discretion to require a degree of proof for safety that was so high as to make it impossible for any new dietary ingredient to enter the American market. While FDA has not construed it to be absolutely prohibited, it has made it very difficult to market lawfully any nutrient first introduced to the American market after the date of passage of DSHEA.

The dietary supplement industry is in trouble because the FDA harbors an unscientific bias against supplements, principally arising from its desire to protect the agency’s foremost regulatee, the drug industry. I remember when folks were arguing that the GMPs were a good idea because industry leaders had connections with FDA and could assure that the agency would not abuse its power. The dietary supplement industry has never had a very effective lobby and is a Lilliputian compared to the Leviathan drug industry. I have often used the following metaphor to describe the power triangle at work. The drug industry is like an enormous elephant, and the FDA is like a blind jockey atop the elephant incapable of altering the elephant’s course. The dietary supplement industry is like a flea on the elephant. So long as the flea does not irritate the elephant, everything proceeds smoothly, but as soon as the flea causes irritation, the elephant signals its displeasure and the blind jockey whacks about the surface of the elephant with his riding crop until he nails the flea. Some in the trades and in the dietary supplement industry have an inflated view of their influence over FDA. The drug industry they are not, and to the drug industry they are entirely beholden for any regulatory crumb that falls off that industry’s table.

RAPPOPORT: Many commentaries about Codex have circulated on the Web over the past decade.

What is Codex and what is its goal, vis-à-vis nutritional supplements?

Are the American people going to be forced to accept the provisions of Codex? Is this a looming reality?

EMORD: The Codex Alimentarius Commission is an organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization. It is a standard setting body. The standards it adopts each member state is expected to implement or, if not, to explain why it has chosen not to do so. If the failure to adopt a standard caused a member state to discriminate against imports, that state could be challenged for its failure before the World Trade Organization. More commonly, however, the Codex Commission serves as a forum for member states to exercise influence over one another in the adoption of domestic standards governing the availability of dietary supplements and the dose levels in the market. By adopting a standard, as Codex has done, recommending that member states determine whether vitamins and minerals are safe at particular dose levels and ban them at dose levels not determined safe, the Commission places the onus on members to implement regulatory regimes based on dose and, implicitly, on the government-preferred precautionary principle. That has encouraged the development of extensive EU prior restraints on the availability of dietary supplements in the market and has advanced the European attachment to and advocacy for the precautionary principle as the best means to assess toxicity. In short, Codex has become a coercive force in favor of restrictions on dietary supplements and what can be said [what health claims can be made] about them.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration admires the European system of controls and can alter its interpretative construction of existing regulations to “harmonize” the American model more closely with the European model of regulation. U.S. delegates to Codex should be opposing the movement toward greater restrictions on supplements and claims. Instead, they quietly acquiesce in those restrictions and work toward effecting similar restrictions within the United States through reinterpretation of existing agency rules.

RAPPOPORT: During the debate and run-up to the passage of ObamaCare, the national health insurance plan, I heard very little concern expressed in the health freedom community about the future implications of this bill. It’s obvious to me that, with control being vested in the Department of Health and Human Services, we could eventually see the day when alternative health care and nutrition are edged out further and further from permitted treatments. And citizens would be required to accept conventional medical treatments, whether they want them or not.

Along a similar line, I see very little evidence, these days, of action being taken by health freedom groups and nutritional companies to keep health freedom alive. Certainly, we see nothing like the enormous campaign launched in the early 1990s, when Congress received millions of letters protesting the actions of the FDA to limit our access to supplements, and celebrities came out of the woodwork to support health freedom.

What am I missing? Is some back-door deal in place now? Have nutritional companies been given assurances that, if they keep their heads down and their mouths shut, they’ll be allowed to do business as usual?

I’m at a loss to explain the eerie silence from groups that should be continuing to fight VERY VISIBLY for our freedom in this area. I sense a soft attitude.

I was very active in the health freedom movement of the early 90s. My approach was to go after the FDA for their ongoing crimes, to attack. At the time, some people told me to dial it back, we were going to get a good bill passed in Congress, and aggressive actions could injure our cause. Is that the prevailing mood now? Is something on the table we don’t know about? A new bill?

EMORD: There has been a recurrent pattern by supplement trade groups and certain leading companies in the industry (epitomized by the industry move to draft and advocate FDA adoption of GMP rules giving FDA broad discretion) to engage in self-flagellation. In its nascent, more competitive years, the industry more stridently opposed FDA regulation. The movement of consumers away from specialty supplement brands towards less costly generic varieties combined with bad economic times contributed to consolidation of the supplement market, and certain industry leaders have for the last several years moved away from robust contest with FDA to compromise with the agency. There is an economic motive for this, to be sure. Large [supplement] industry players believe they benefit from greater FDA regulation because it creates costly barriers to entry that keep out smaller competitors.

There is also a mistaken view promoted by certain industry trade associations that if the industry confesses fault to FDA and Congress, even when no fault exists, and professes a keen interest in ridding itself of bad practices, even when those practices are unrepresentative of the industry, it will curry favor with the powers that be. Instead, it has provided those powers with more ammunition to use against the industry, compounding the industry’s problems and creating a major public relations problem.

The fact is dietary supplements with few exceptions are the safest ingestible products, far safer than foods and far safer than drugs. That is a remarkable fact that one would think the industry would recite at every turn. Instead, certain trade associations and industry leaders voice grave concerns about supplement safety and agree to greater federal regulation on the notion that greater regulation is either inevitable or will favor the market position of the leading companies. To listen to what Congressmen Waxman or Dingell have to say, you would swear that supplements were fissile materials. It is the rare exception rather than the rule that a dietary supplement causes harm.

By buying into the self-flagellation argument (the argument of supplement opponents that there is something inherently wrong with the market that necessitates extraordinary new regulation lest we all succumb), the industry is inviting its own demise.

Industry leaders who buy into this on the notion that it will reduce competition and shore up their market shares are in fact deluded, however, because, in the end, the FDA is the drug industry’s, not the supplement industry’s, to control. In other words, FDA will be pleased to expand its regulatory power over the supplement industry but not for the benefit of the supplement industry’s leaders. Rather, FDA will invariably use greater regulatory power over the supplement industry to aid its favored regulatee, the drug industry, not to shore up the market share of large supplement companies. The drug industry, not the supplement industry, holds almost all the cards at FDA and in Congress. The supplement industry has relatively little clout by comparison.

Instead of engaging in self-flagellation, the industry ought to refute false representations against supplement safety and efficacy and promote public awareness of the many benefits supplements bring to consumers. Supplements are rarely the cause of human injury. The science concerning their health enhancing effects abounds and grows weekly. The potential for nutrients to reduce the risk of, prevent, and even treat disease is profound. Science is unraveling truths about human biochemistry that support the conclusion that our lifestyle choices very much affect our disease risks and that healthful living in reliance on organic foods, above levels of certain key nutrients, reduction in stress, and faith and hope have a profound impact on our health, our quality of life, and our longevity.

Rather than engage in self-flagellation, the industry should celebrate its strengths, advertise them continually to the public and the government, and act to defend on grounds of principle the freedom to market and sell safe and potentially life-saving and health enhancing supplements.

PPOPORT: This past summer, Congress took up a food safety bill (S.510). What’s its present status? Does its wording really suggest we may be subject to Codex regulations vis-à-vis the sale of nutritional supplements? What are the shortcomings of the bill?

EMORD: This bill is a significant threat to the supplement industry. It contains a provision that permits FDA to charge the hourly cost of its inspections of [nutritional-supplement] establishments if the agency finds a violation warranting a re-inspection. That creates an incentive for FDA to find fault on first inspections and to do re-inspections as a revenue raiser. The bill also includes a provision that encourages FDA to evaluate harmonization between domestic and foreign regulation. That invites the agency to construe its regulations to effect a change in them favoring the EU model. At a time when the FDA is in great disrepute for abusing its powers (approving unsafe drugs, failing to force the withdrawal of unsafe drugs form the market, and censoring health information concerning supplements), the Congress is about to entrust the agency with yet more vast new regulatory powers. That is a big mistake. Congress should be moving rapidly in the other direction, taking away power from this corrupt agency. The problem is that Congress, too, is quite corrupt. Senator Harry Reid said that he would not move the bill forward in the Senate until after the election. The election is likely to result in Republican control of the House and either Republican control of the Senate or a loss of Democratic dominance in the Senate. If that happens, S. 510 could become a casualty of an angry electorate desirous of stopping the regulatory train before it leaves the station.

RAPPOPORT: In a radio interview we did some months ago, you made a number of points that need much wider dissemination. I’d like you to expand on two of those points. First, you said we have a federal government that, actually and disastrously, is run by and through its regulatory agencies, whose employees stay on during one administration after another. And two, despite your string of unprecedented victories in court against the FDA, you have the sense that the Agency is quite prepared to ignore the court rulings limiting its illegal intrusions into our affairs-in fact, the Agency fully intends to carry on without paying one iota of attention to those court rulings…making it, in my eyes, a rogue Agency.

EMORD: In my book, The Rise of Tyranny, I explain how our federal government has been transformed from a limited federal republic into a bureaucratic oligarchy since the 1930s. Under our Constitution, Congress is vested with the power to make laws. We have a separation of powers that prevents any one branch from exercising combined legislative, executive, and judicial powers, and we have a non-delegation doctrine, that forbids those branches vested with those powers from delegating them to other entities. In the 1930’s, the Supreme Court at first held efforts by President Roosevelt to delegate governing power to bureaucratic agencies unconstitutional. In response, President Roosevelt advocated the passage of legislation that would have packed the court, adding a justice for every one sitting who had reached 70 and one-half years, thus altering the composition of the Court to receive jurists who would favor the New Deal agencies. The bill was not passed but caused what the media of the day referred to as “the switch in time that saved nine.” In 5 to 4 majority decisions, the Court switched from defending the separation of powers and the non-delegation doctrines to abandoning them. Since that time, despite the creation of over 183 federal agencies, many with these combined powers, there has not been a single instance in which the Supreme Court has held the delegation of governing power outside the [three basic] constitutional branches to be a violation of the non-delegation doctrine. As a result, today over ninety percent of all federal law is not the product of our elected representatives but regulation promulgated by unelected heads of the bureaucratic agencies. We founded this country on the notion that no American should be taxed without being represented, and yet today we are taxed and those who create almost all laws governing us are unelected. James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington each stated that if ever our country were to reach a point where legislative, executive, and judicial powers were combined in single hands that would be the end of liberty and the birth of tyranny. Sadly, I believe we are there. A bill I wrote for Ron Paul would restore constitutional governance by preventing any regulation from having the force of law until it was passed into law by Congress in the way the Constitution requires. That bill, the Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act, is pending in Congress.

RAPPOPORT: A more general question: From your experience and training as a constitutional lawyer, what is your view on what the Constitution put in place, through word and intent, regarding individual freedom? Constitutionally, what is the meaning and range of freedom?

EMORD: Ours is designedly a Constitution of liberty. It is remarkably unique. The Declaration of Independence perhaps best sums up the legal creed that underlies the Constitution. Just governments are instituted among men to protect the rights of the governed. Just governments are derived from the consent of the governed. When governments become destructive of those rights, it is the duty of the people to alter or abolish them so as to restore governance in protection of, rather than derogation of, those rights.

The Constitution is an extraordinary document precisely because it is a written limit on the power of the state. Before it, no government on earth had such written limits. Under it, no power rightfully exists in the state except that which is expressly given to it by the instrument. It enumerates the powers of Congress; it separates legislative, executive, and judicial powers; it makes law-making the province of an elected branch but only for enumerated purposes; it makes war declaration the province of that same branch, albeit war prosecution the province of the executive. It makes treaty negotiation the province of the executive, but reserves consent to the Senate for treaties negotiated. It makes the individual sovereign by limiting federal powers, preserving state powers as a check on the federal ones, and forbids in the Bill of Rights government from acting beyond the powers enumerated in the Constitution against the reserved rights of the states and the people. Those reserved rights create for us a universe of freedom that is meant to be extremely broad. Its scope is perhaps best conveyed in Thomas Jefferson’s definition of liberty:

“Of liberty I would say that in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”

That ideal, that scope of freedom, we do not presently have because the plain and intended meaning of the Constitution is now largely dishonored.

RAPPOPORT: What is your view of the so-called “living, evolving Constitution” promoted by many, many judges?

I have given much thought to this. My thinking is reflected in my books Freedom, Technology, and the First Amendment and Global Censorship of Health Information.

In brief, the Constitution’s words spring from underlying principles. Those principles are static. Yet, as we progress in science, technology, and knowledge, we are confronted with new facts. That environment, the life of the Republic, is dynamic. The Constitution permits amendment through a precise process prescribed in Article V. Its meaning, i.e., the principles designedly protected by its words, may not be reasoned out of the document or altered, except by amendment in the way the document designates. Consequently, those principles must be preserved in the face of the evolution of our Republic, but that is not to say facts arising from that evolution, because not previously known, justify departure from first principles. To the contrary, the aim must be to ensure that first principles are upheld despite the evolution. So, for example, while the electronic media was not known to the Founders, it is nevertheless media and therefore should be entitled to the same full First Amendment protections afforded the print media. We thus preserve freedom for the message (the aim of the First Amendment) regardless of the medium.

RAPPOPORT: What do you think our best strategy is, here in America, to head off what the FDA is going to do?

EMORD: In my book The Rise of Tyranny I provide a detailed explanation of the changes needed to restore the Framer’s Republic. In short, I urge people to vote out of office those who have not supported deregulation and to press members of Congress to support two of the bills I have written for Congressman Ron Paul-the Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act and the Health Freedom Act. The former would prevent any regulatory agency from enforcing any regulation it promulgated until that regulation is passed into law by Congress in the way in which the Constitution designates. This would prevent the agencies from exercising unchecked power and would restore the law-making function to Congress, preventing a lot of abusive regulation from ever being enforced. The latter bill would disarm FDA of any power to require advance review of claims for supplements. That system of prior restraint violates the First Amendment and should be dismantled. Those who would defraud the public by falsely advertising their products should be prosecuted after the fact but those who wish to tell the truth should not be required to convince the FDA before they are allowed to speak. There are many other reforms we need to institute, including removing from FDA the drug approval power and vesting in universities, through a blinded system, drug reviews so that science, rather than politics and favoritism, determines the outcome of drug evaluations.

Jon Rappoport has been working as an investigative reporter for 30 years. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize early in his career, he has published articles in LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, CBS Healthwatch, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. He has taught in several private schools in New York and Los Angeles, and has tutored extensively in remedial English at Santa Monica College. At Amherst College, where he graduated with a BA in philosophy, he studied formal logic under Joseph Epstein, a revered professor of philosophy. Mr. Rappoport can be reached at qjrconsulting@gmail.com and http://www.nomorefakenews.com

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Are Mental Health Services Covered By Health Insurance?

Does Major Medical Health Insurance Cover Mental Health Services?

Many people are concerned about paying for mental health services. They know that they get these services from health professionals, or sometimes by medical doctors, and so they want to know if their health plan will help cover them. The answer to the question for any particular individual is, of course, it depends.

Group Major Medical From A Job

Many group major medical policies do provide employees with comprehensive coverage. This may include mental health coverage. Other employers may provide these services under another benefit program. If you get your medical benefits at work, you need to consult your policy or ask the human resources department. Some companies will post free, confidential phone numbers for employees who would like to seek help.

If it is not an emergency, it is safer to get an treatment pre-approved. This way you will know how much the group health plan will pay and how much you have to pay out of pocket.

Individual Health Insurance

People with individual or family policies my not have comprehensive mental health benefits. Even though private insurers cannot cancel a policy because a covered person develops a condition, many will refuse an initial application because of mental illness. The new health reform bill should make it so people cannot be refused a policy for pre-existing conditions in the future, but this part has not been implemented yet.

How To Get Low Cost Mental Health Treatment Without Insurance And A Lot Of Money

Mental health services can be very expensive, especially if you need to pay for private treatment. Many people who need help need to return for repeated therapy, treatment, or prescriptions too. But there are many resources to help people get free or reduced cost treatment. The problem is that a lot of people who need treatment may not know how to look for help! One other problem is that many people who need help may fear they lack the funds to pay for expensive therapists or doctors.

Online Mental Health Treatment Lookups

You can find a couple of very good free and low cost clinic finders online. These services can help you find all sorts of medical centers, and this includes mental health centers. Both the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPARX.org) and the US Department of Health and Human Services provide handy zip code searches.

You enter your zip code, and then a maximum distance you would like to travel. The online system will display any free or reduced fee clinics in your area. If you cannot find the right service very close to home, you may have to expand your search a bit.

Get Help On The Phone

If you do not have access to the internet, or if you are trying to get help for another person, there is also a toll free number that can provide help for people who need help. This is the national suicide and emotional distress hot line. This number is: 1-800-273-TALK

This phone number can put you in touch with 24/7, free, confidential phone help. They can also direct you to one of hundreds of crisis centers in the US.

Community Resources

On other place to look for help is at local community centers or charities. Some have social workers on staff or can direct you to other local resources where you can get help. Your local pastor should also have this information, and maybe he or she can draw upon resources from a congregation.

Do You Need To Find Help?

If you are seeking help for yourself, or for somebody you care about, we would like to invite you to take advantage of these resources. Find out what to do if you cannot afford mental health treatment [http://behappyyourself.com/mental-health/how-to-get-mental-health-help-when-you-cannot-afford-it/]. If you are shopping for a new policy, you may want to know if your health insurance covers mental health [http://www.theinsurancerate.com/health-insurance/does-health-insurance-cover-mental-health-services/].

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Christmas Gifts Ideas – Health and Fitness

Health is the foundation of both happiness and success. It is rare and extremely difficult for an unhealthy person to either be happy or be successful.

During Christmas and Christmas gift giving, it is true, we hardly think of health. We, however, do think a lot of love and merry making, which are very necessary for good health. But immediately after Christmas, we think a lot about health and fitness. It is so because New Year follows Christmas closely and when we think of New Year Resolutions health and fitness is our top priority. To go for walking, jogging, swimming, to start playing a game, to join a gym, to be more active and near the nature, to eat balanced food, etc. are some of the New Year Resolutions which people make for good health and superb fitness.

Before we discuss what Christmas gifts we could give for health and fitness, let us see the Fundamentals of Health and Fitness. These are:

1. Decide to Be Healthy!
2. Condition Your Mind to Health
3. Eat Healthy
4. Exercise Regularly
5. Be Active
6. Live naturally and near Nature
7. Fast at least once a week
8. Be Happy
9. Adopt a Regular Life Style
10. Keep away from Bad Habits

So, as with happiness, so with health and fitness also mind plays great role in keeping us healthy and fit.
Christmas gifts relating to health and fitness would be appreciated very much. Some gifts which we could give are as under:

Yoga Books and Accessories: I have put yoga books and accessories at the top because yoga is a health system par excellence. Of course, yoga is not just a health system. It is a complete way of life. But it harmonizes body, mind, and soul and for perfect health and fitness this is very necessary. Yoga can be done indoors or outdoors, singly or in a group, nearly any time of the day, and by persons of any age. So, give the gift of yoga this Christmas.

Games and Sports: I have put games and sports in the second place after yoga as games and sports keep us active and interested. If we play some game, we are to a great extent addicted to it. We will make sure that we go to play. In some other activities this sort of commitment is difficult to maintain. Furthermore, most of the games and sports involve partners and teams and, therefore, it becomes sort of an obligation to be present. In a sense, every activity could be termed as games and sports, and many of the following activities could come under this heading, here by games and sports I mean activities like football, hockey, golf, tennis, badminton, etc.

Outdoor Activities: Most of the games and sports are outdoor activities. On the other hand, nearly all the outdoor activities are sports and games. Football is an outdoor activity as well, and skiing is a sport also. However, by outdoor activity I mean such things as camping, hunting, mountain climbing, fishing, and trekking, etc. Being outdoor means being near the nature. Being near the nature means health and fitness, and also peace of mind. Though nature is free (sun, moon, river, forest, mountain, cool breeze, sky, etc. are free) and one could enjoy them freely, most of the outdoor activities require special equipment which may be little costly. Giving a gift of such equipment to an outdoor enthusiast would be appreciated very much.

Gym/Swimming Club etc. Subscriptions: Gym and Swimming Club etc. subscriptions are excellent gifts. They are long lasting also (they would last, at least, the period of subscription). Personally, I have observed, that it is sometime difficult to keep up with such activities. People lose interest. So, such gifts are to be given to the right person if you don’t want it to go waste.

Home Exercise Equipments: These are gaining popularity now-a-days as people are hard pressed for time. They want to include exercise also in their routine of shaving, taking a shower, and eating breakfast. A jogging machine in the bathroom is very convenient. Here also, unfortunately, people lose interest. However, it is still good as the equipment is at home and sooner or later some family member would benefit.

Health and Personal Care Products: These include diet and nutrition, health and personal care, medicines and household medical equipments, etc. These help in keeping good health and personal care. These are also good health gifts.

Accessories and Clothes: Every sports and game and activity require accessories and clothes. A good jogging suit, sneaker, or swim suit is not only necessary; they also inspire to undertake the activity. Giving such gifts is a signal to the recipient to start the activity. They also motivate.

Books, Audios/Videos, and MP3 Downloads: As with happiness gifts, so with health and fitness gifts also, books, audios/videos, and MP3 downloads are very important to inspire and motivate. They also teach. For example, yoga and exercise videos are very popular and many people do their exercise session following them.

Memorabilia and Allied Products: In games and sports memorabilia and allied products are very important. The possessor of an autographed baseball bat or World Series mascot or cards would be very proud and happy. Such memorabilia is available as gift items and would be appreciated very much.

Sports and Games Items to the Needy: It is true that many would be great sports persons could not realize their potential as they had no money to buy even the bare minimum equipments. In the developing countries the conditions is very pathetic. Only rich and well-to-do persons could afford the expenditure. So is the case with health. What to talk of sports equipments many don’t have even enough to buy medicines or food. Hunger is the greatest enemy of good health. Please also think of in this direction also while giving Christmas gifts of health and fitness.

LIVE THE LIFE BEAUTIFUL!
BE HAPPY! BE HEALTHY! BE SUCCESSFUL!
TODAY, TOMORROW, FOREVER!

The author is working in the field of happiness, health, and success. He is an expert Yoga and Naturopathy practitioner/guru and self-help and motivational writer. He is also a literary writer.

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Natural Heart Health Products

Natural Heart Health Products are totally safe using natural ingredients from Mother Natures powerful garden! Produced over years of studies, testing, millions of dollars of research, many fantastic natural products focused on Heart Disease and other specific human ailments or conditions.

Proven to work as well as, or much better than any Pharmaceutical Drugs available, without having to be concerned about any dangerous side-effects, Natural Heart Health Products are a better and much safer option for your body and your health.

*REASON # 1

~ Natural Heart Health Products consist of 19 Super Fruits which have potent amounts of Plant Sterols, which have been clinically proven to help lower your Cholesterol levels and reduce the amount of bad Cholesterol absorbed by the body. Scientifically formulated to Nutritionally support your Cardiovascular System by reducing your risk of Heart Disease dramatically.

*REASON # 2

~ Natural Heart Health Products can also help you with your weight loss without any effort as well. Due to your body absorbing less bad Cholesterol, these natural products help reduce your bodies fat intake naturally. The Nutritional support for your body also helps restore your metabolism and stabilise it at its optimum functionality, greatly assisting and improving your Digestive Health. While gaining more energy naturally through your diet, it will also reduce your appetite at the same time.

*REASON # 3

~ Natural extracts also contain a natural ingredient called Resveratrol! This amazing ingredient has been studied and tested extensively and been proven to have the ability to improve insulin Resistance, and to reduce weight gain issues, which can be incredibly useful and helpful for Diabetes Sufferers. Resveratrol has Health promoting properties and is a naturally occurring powerful antioxidant known to Prolong your LIFE and fight free radicals causing the Ageing Process. Resveratrol also protects your blood cells and supports your heart by strengthening and supporting your artery walls.

*REASON # 4

~ Natural Heart Health Products fight oxidative damage of your body and its cells caused by our toxic environment; car fumes, cigarettes, alcohol and so on. Also, our bodies are attacked naturally by free-radicals by the simple process of Breathing! Our bodies have the capabilities to cope with the free-radical damage caused by breathing in oxygen, but with all the other contributing factors involved, our bodies desperately need extra Antioxidants in our diets to overcome the relentless attack. Using Natural Health Products, the body and its organs can function better and it greatly reduces the stress on our Heart immensely.

*REASON # 5

~ Natural Products are incredibly Antioxidant rich and offer a wide array of Essential Nutrients which your body needs for Optimum Health. With Super Fruits, beneficial fibre, Vitamins A, C, E and many other natural nutritional ingredients, these products support your WHOLE Bodies overall Health needs and more. These amazing natural heart health products support your bodies Cell Health, supplies potent Antioxidants to fight free-radicals, offers Nutritional and Vitamin support, lowers your Bad Cholesterol intake and improves your Cardiovascular Health, which reduces your risks of Heart Disease.

*REASON # 6

~ The consumption each day of Natural Heart Health Products delivers the Antioxidant capacity and Nutritional Value we all need, and if you include the incredible power of the Acai Berry, these magic natural health products as well, these products can supply so much to the body from one simple natural supplement product every day. Natural Products with all these natural ingredients have been proven to improve your Cardiovascular Health, and can reduce your heart disease risk by 25% or more.

Maintaining Healthy Cholesterol levels is a primary defense against Heart Disease and Natural Products offer exceptional Cardioprotective support by optimising Cell Health and maintaining Healthy Cholesterol levels, all done using safe Natural Products.

Do something good for your Heart and enjoy the exceptional benefits gained by using quality Natural Heart Health Products today! Natural Health is a far better and safer option for your body, with no Dangerous Side-effects at all.

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Thanks for listening and Good Natural Health to you!

Regards Shane Nolan

My main reasoning for article writing is to try to inform as many people as possible about the benefits of natural products for Human Ailments and your Health. After many years of searching for products that work and a lack of information, I found that Natural Heart Health Products and Natural Health Products work just as well as and almost always better than Pharmaceutical Drugs. Prescription and Over-the-Counter drugs KILL PEOPLE every year. Don’t risk your life to these drugs, Try Natural Products today and Enjoy the huge benefits with the knowledge that they will not harm You!

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You and Family Health

The definition of public health has changed throughout the years. Additionally, people define public health from his or her perspective. However, each definition covers a vast range of approaches, concepts, and sectors. According to Dr. Richard Riegelman, public health is “The totality of all evidence-based public and private efforts that preserve and promote health and prevent disease, disability, and death.” Public health takes into consideration a large canvas representing social, economic, and environmental elements while examining many concerns. These issues comprise viewing how health-care delivery systems are formed; how they provide needed care. They also consist of policies; how they affect the public as a whole. A holistic view of 21st century public health takes into consideration a myriad of factors resulting in what is currently referred to as the population health approach.

This new approach embraces the traditional approach. On the other hand, it also reflects and acts on health-care systems, social issues, and home business opportunities. In the last decade people have become increasingly aware of threats to their physical and mental health due to environmental factors, terrorist threats, costs and availability of quality health care, and pandemics such as SARS, AIDS, and H1N1. It has become more apparent to not merely focus on individual care, but to also consider the overall population. Evidently, governments, health-care systems, communities, top MLM companies, and individuals need to focus on the population as a whole in order to protect, prevent, educate, promote, and provide quality health care.

Putting forward public health advances, practices, policies is an ongoing process. Present day approaches entail what is known as the evidence-based approach. First, problems are identified; the cause or etiology of a problem is determined followed by recommendations to eliminate or curtail the health concern; finally, implementation or intervention options are considered and administered. The preceding steps may appear as a simple formula; however it is an ongoing, recycling, complicated process.

Once more, there are many definitions for public health. Nonetheless, the overall consensus is that public health is instrumental in preventing disease and promoting quality health. It is also responsible for providing policies and research to professionals who use this information to educate the public, as well as reduce health care costs, provide accessibility to quality care facilities, and protect the public from harm. For instance, state, local, and city departments implement educational campaigns of the proper way to wash hands to deter the spread of viruses. They also inspect local restaurants to make sure they are within the guidelines of proper food handling, preparation, and storage. Additionally, they ensure water is within safe drinking limits. In addition, agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) work with state and local governments and communities to provide safe public health and to protect citizens from hazardous materials.

There are so many aspects to public health that this article does not cover. Nevertheless, public health has changed throughout the years and will continue to transform as humans and our environments evolve. Natural and unnatural disasters threaten the well-being of people throughout the world; viruses and bacteria also pose dangers to the health of humans. Unfortunately, there are people in the world that involve themselves in terrorist activities extending additional unforeseen dangers to the lives and health of people throughout the world. Those dedicated individuals who practice and administer public health are the eyes, ears, minds, and bodies that search for, work at eliminating, and prevent these potential dangers to the health and livelihood of humans around the globe. In addition to these daunting tasks, they assist in educating the uneducated in order that we live better, healthier lives.

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Massage in Bucharest

Recognize it! You’re busy! And so must be! That’s what life is like! But you want more than that, you want to do more for yourself and massage can help. Because massage makes more than a simple relaxation of the mind and body. It keeps your body in shape and gives you enough energy to make you enjoy a longer life better than you do it today.

Massage releases stress. At the moment, stress is a universal evil. Every time you are late, every time you avoid a car in traffic, every time you have trouble working, stress is doing his job. Each time adrenaline increases heart rate and cortisone levels and organs respond to the measure. You will be in a state of nerves and constant agitation.
When there is no release of stress, serious problems such as an upset stomach, hypertension, sleep disturbances, chest pain, or existing illness may worsen.

Some of the changes that may occur are: Anxiety, lack of concentration, depression, permanent fatigue, muscle or bone pain, sexual dysfunction, excessive sleep or insomnia

All these stress-related problems can be diminished and some can be totally eliminated by massage. The researchers concluded that a massage session can lower heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase endorphin production. The massage also releases serotonin and dopamine and the result is a general relaxation, both physical and mental.
Our body care must be at the top of the priorities.
By adding the massage to your routine you will look much better and you will be much healthier and relaxed. Massage can improve your vitality and mood. Massage can prepare for a long and beautiful life.

Our masseuses personalize each massage session according to the needs of the individual.
Our massage parlors offer a variety of relaxation styles and techniques to help you. Apart from relaxing, massage can be a powerful ally in reducing pain, increasing energy levels, improving mental and physical performance

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After a massage session, you will see how the mental prospects are enriched, the body allows easier handling, better pressure resistance, relaxation and mental alertness, calm and creative thinking.
When you have the impression or force yourself to stay straight, your body is not actually aligned properly. Not only does the posture look bad, but it forces some of the muscles to go muddy all day, while others become weaker. After a long time, the incorrect position may cause other drops. For example, internal organs press on what affects digestion, breathing ability is also diminished, which means that much less blood and oxygen reaches the brain and hence all sorts of other complications.

Massage allows you to return your body to the track. Allowing the body to make healthy and accurate movements is one of the greatest benefits of massage. Massage can relax and restore muscles injured by bad posture, allowing the body to position itself in a natural, painless position.
Apart from posture, there is also anxiety. One of the signs of anxiety and stress can also be heavy breathing. When the body begins to breathe too little and deeply instead of breathing at a natural rithm, it is impossible for one to relax. One reason may also be that the chest muscles and the abdomen get tightened and the air gets harder.

Massage plays an important role in learning the body how to relax and how to improve breathing. Respiratory problems such as allergies, sinuses, asthma or bronchitis are a group of conditions that can benefit from massage. In fact, massage can have a positive impact on respiratory function.

Many of the muscles in the front and back of the upper part of the body are breathing accessory. When these muscles are tight and shorten they can block normal breathing and interrupt effective breathing natural rithm. Massage techniques for stretching and relaxing these muscles improves breathing function and breathability. Massage leads to an opening of the chest as well as structural alignment and nerve dilatation that are required for optimal pulmonary function. A good way to treat respiratory problems with massage is the taping made in Swedish massage. When done on the back, along with vibrations, it can detach the mucus from the lungs and can clean the airways for better later function.

Massage not only relaxes muscles, but helps people become aware of daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what really means relaxation, the mind can rest easily relax before the stress becomes cornice and harmful. This will help you enjoy a balanced life. Massage controls breathing, allows the mind to re-create relaxation before the occurrence of chronic and harmful stress and increases the level of energy.