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RN Patient Advocates, PLC, opened the door to independent, nurse-based patient advocacy in 2002. We are a national community of specially prepared, qualified and experience clinical RNs. Our Mission is to Empower People in Their Healthcare through Advocacy, Education, and Guidance Through the Healthcare System.

Have you or any of your family or friends ever experienced problems in the healthcare system? 12 million patients are misdiagnosed each year (Institute of Medicine, 2015) indicating that it might be true for many of us. RN Patient Advocates help you be safe in the system and also, how to do this for yourself!




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Teaching your brain new tricks! Keep your cognitive ability alive and well. What is this? Neuroplasticity.



NeuroplasticityHow would you like to be better at problem solving, learning a new language, increasing your ability to focus, regaining body function due to a stroke, or recapturing some lost brain function from a brain trauma such as an auto accident? Your brain is capable of all of these things.  The process is called neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity refers to your brain’s potential to reorganize to better meet current needs – to adapt - through creating new pathways that allow it to adapt.   In effect, to rewire your brain.

busy mindHow does this work? When you learn a new skill, engage in activities that cause you to focus and concentrate, your brain adapts by creating new connections to help you sharpen your new skill – this is the rewiring.

The more you focus and practice something the better you become at the new skill that you are learning or tackling an obstacle you are trying to overcome. By doing this, new neural connections are created in the brain as synapses that don't usually fire together start to connect to support your activity.  You are actually rewiring your brain to function more effectively in the manner you most need at the time.  

Let’s look more closely: It was the prevailing wisdom until recently that our brains could develop new pathways of learning for a relatively short time – dropping off sharply after the age of 20 and becoming permanently fixed by the age of 40.  However, studies such as MRIs and PET scans are proving that new nerve cells and new neural pathways are generated throughout our lives!  Even the elderly or those suffering trauma to the brain are capable of creating measurable changes in brain organization through concerted focus on a defect area.


There are physicians who have been educated in this leading edge work.  RN Patient Advocates can teach you more and guide you to these practitioners.

Want to create new new pathways for yourself?  Learn more here . . .



Do you really need a multivitamin? The American Medical Association announced in 2002 that all adults should take a multivitamin to prevent chronic illness.


multivitaminDr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Oz also recommend taking a good multivitamin each day.  This, along with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, will help to maintain you optimal level of health.  Your diet should include at least 5-7 servings of vegetables and fruits each day – preferably fresh ones.  If not fresh, work with frozen rather than canned (lower in nutrients).

What if you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables already?  Isn’t that enough? 
Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows.  Research from the Kushi Institute reveals that from 1975 to 1997 there were significant drops such as:

  • calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27%
  • iron levels down 37 %
  • vitamin A levels reduced by 21%
  • vitamin C levels down by 30%


Consider this: A woman in 1951 would have gotten the RDA (Required Daily Allowance) for Vitamin A from 2 peaches.  Today?  She would need to eat 53 to equal this!

A study led by Donald R. Davis, PhD, at the University of Texas in Austin, demonstrated that farming for a higher yield per acre almost always resulted in lower nutrient levels in the fruits and vegetables – vitamin, mineral and protein levels reduced from 5-40%.

What can we do?  Eating organic produce helps; soil is routinely supplemented at a higher level than in industrial farms. Studies indicate, for example, that organically raised tomatoes high significantly higher levels of lycopene and Vitamin C. 

Take a good multivitamin.  Good vitamins cost more than inferior ones so beware of the low discount brands.  Plant based multivitamins are more readily absorbed than synthetic-based vitamins, though they may cost more.

We will investigate how to pick the best multivitamin for you and your family in an upcoming article.

As always, read on to learn more. . .

GMO food – what is the controversy really about? Are genetically modified foods harmful to our health?

gen_mod_tomato The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. Animal studies indicate the potential for significant health damage from genetically modified foods, such as:
  • Organ damage – liver, kidney, spleen and GI tract especially
  • Accelerated aging
  • Infertility
  • Increasing levels of food allergies
  • Skin damage


What does genetically modified really mean?  Genetic fragments of DNA from one organism are inserted into the DNA of another organism, usually from a different species.  This is done to make the plant resistant to herbicides and pesticides so these chemicals can be freely sprayed on weeds to boost the crop production.  The immune system recognizes the altered genetic material as “foreign” and sets up an allergic response to it.  This can trigger inflammatory changes in many organ systems, leading to chronic conditions such as mentioned above.

top_ten_genetically_modified_foods What crops are affected?  Soybeans, corn, sugar beets (now allowed legally to be called “sugar” and put into foods), cotton, wheat, milk and dairy products from cows injected with growth hormones. 

What is the response?  GMO foods have been outlawed in most European countries as well as Australia and New Zealand.  Japan and Korea have outlawed the importation of genetically modified wheat.  There is a major effort in the US to require labeling of GMO foods so people have a choice.

Best way to protect ourselves?  Buy organic dairy and wheat products, decrease the use of processed/canned/packaged foods, and learn more here. . .

Click here for a GMO Shopping Guide


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Phone: 520-743-7008

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