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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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“In a year’s time after taking the RNPA Learning Intensive, my career, my health, my family, my very life has been transformed. I am forever grateful” — Karen DiMarco, RN, iRNPA

“The way of the future of nursing...an absolute must if you want to make and be the difference in righting the wrongs of healthcare. Kare is a wonderful mentor who has put her soul into this program. Passion, Vision, Perseverance.” — Lana Benton, RN, iRNPA

“The forethought, experience, openness, philosophy and preparation provides all the tools, thought process, and confidence to begin and succeed as an iRNPA.” — Leta Gill, RN, iRNPA

“My experience attending the iRNPA program was a refreshing one, to say the least. This program was packed with life changing information that is not readily taught or available to RN's. This program equipped me with the tools I need to be an iRNPA!  If you are ready for a change after working for many years in the clinical setting, and are driven to help patients and families, this is the program for you!  Karen is a wealth of knowledge that is unmatched in the advocacy process.” — Jamie Long

“Thank you so much for putting together such an incredible RN PA intensive course!  It is truly intensive but so worth it!  I learned a lot and will be using the Medical Time Line and lab spreadsheet with as many clients as i can.  All great information and can’t wait to get my speaking engagements lined up now that I have your fantastic power points!” —  Nan Wetherhorn, Health Care Advisor, www.healthcareadvisornan.com

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Iodine is back in the news! What is in your salt shaker is not enough! So why do most people need more? Breast, prostate and thyroid health to begin…

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saltReverse fibrocystic breast disease?  Many research studies have demonstrated that proper levels of iodine can effectively reverse this condition.

Iodine is critical to human health. It forms the basis of thyroid hormones and plays many other roles in your body: in the salivary glands, brain, cerebrospinal fluid, gastric mucosa, breasts, ovaries and a part of the eye also concentrate iodine. In the brain, iodine is found where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is produced, and in the area associated with Parkinson’s disease.

David Brownstein, MD, a national leader in iodine research, has tested over 4,000 patients in his clinic. His findings have been shocking — 96.5% tested low for this critical substance.

Why?

Perhaps you've never heard of bromine. In the 1980's, bromine replaced iodine in the baking industry. Bakers used to use iodine to condition their dough, but in replacing it with bromine, put the nation at risk of low iodine levels and all the conditions associated with that. Even worse, bromine interferes with the utilization of what iodine we do have in our bodies.

Additionally, due to poor farming techniques, deficiencies of iodine and other minerals in the soil have increased. Obviously, crops grown in iodine-deficient soil will be deficient in iodine.

Iodized salt is a poor source of the compound iodide, because it is not very bio-available for the body.

A simple urine test…   Ask your physician to do an iodine challenge urine test to see if you are low in iodine.  If you are, it is a simple – and inexpensive – fix.

Iodine contains many cancer-fighting and cancer-preventing properties. For one thing, iodine has been shown to cause apoptosis (or cell death) in breast and thyroid cancer cells. Plus, iodine functions as both a strong antioxidant as well as an oxidant in the body. This dual effect makes it a strong anticancer agent.

Iodized salt is a poor source of the compound iodide, because it is not very bio-available for the body. 

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Additionally, due to poor farming techniques, deficiencies of iodine and other minerals in the soil have increased. Obviously, crops grown in iodine-deficient soil will be deficient in iodine.

And iodine deficiency is not only due to inadequate intake.

It's also due to the toxic substances we're exposed to on a daily basis, including compounds such as bromine, fluoride and chlorine. These toxic halogen compounds that have wormed their way into our bodies force iodine to compete for limited binding sites to work its magic.

Perhaps you've never heard of bromine. In the 1980's, bromine replaced iodine in the baking industry. Bakers used to use iodine to condition their dough. But in a flash of poor reasoning, the industry began to question the safety of using iodine in bakery products. So they went with bromine instead. This meant less iodine in our diets.

Even worse, bromine interferes with iodine utilization in the thyroid and other areas iodine concentrates in the body. Plus, it's a known carcinogen.

Learn more here. . .

Let’s talk about bones. . . about types of calcium to build bones. . . about medications used in osteoporosis.

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boneremodelingBones are constantly breaking down bone cells and building new ones (called remodeling).  How does calcium fit in here?  Which medications might be helpful (or harmful)?

Americans take more calcium supplements than any other group on the planet – and we have one of the highest rates of osteoporosis.  Why?

Calcium is only one of many different components necessary to help build and maintain strong bones.  The calcium in your bones accounts for approximately 20% of the entire makeup of bone. That’s it.  The other 80% contains phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and many other minerals, as well as collagen protein.  This is a big part of the reason that taking calcium supplements alone is not the answer.  Taking calcium alone would be like trying to bake a cake with only one ingredient or building a car using only steel. 

There is a calcium based supplement called MCHC (microcrystalline hydroxyapatite) that contains all the elements of bone building that can serve a more effective role in maintaining bone health.  Learn more here. . . 

The medications used to treat osteoporosis have significant drawbacks as clearly defined by the FDA.  They prevent bone breakdown, but do not build new bone.  Old bone becomes brittle and can spontaneously fracture – particularly the jaw and the thighbone and hip.  One in particular has severe potential risks: Prolia.  The FDA’s Division of Epidemiology listed nine “adverse events of special interest” before Prolia’s approval, including:

Osteonecrosis of the jaw (destruction of jaw bone tissue)

Atypical fracture

Fracture healing complications

Low calcium levels

Infections (adversely affects the immune system)

Acute pancreatitis 

New primary malignancy.  Learn more about this here . . .

What to do?  Learn more.  Ask an RN Patient Advocate to teach you about bones:  how they grow, why they decay, all the different approaches.  Then decide what is best for you.

Key to your heart health? The lining of your arteries!

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This lining, called the endothelium, “is the single-celled layer lining the arteries of the body. In fact, it’s the most extensive organ system in the human body. It’s also a recipient of the abuse our bodies receive, a fragile organ that injury transforms into a plaque-lined landmine” explains Dr. J. Cooke of Stanford.

artery“A healthy endothelium is like Teflon, a nonstick surface that enhances the flow of blood. By contrast, an unhealthy endothelium is like Velcro, with white blood cells and platelets sticking to it.   When the lining of the blood vessel in healthy cells don’t stick, clots don’t form, arteries don’t harden, and you won’t die of a heart attack or stroke.”

The ENDO PAT 2000 described in the previous news post measures the health of your endothelium.

So what causes problems here?  High fat foods, frequent fast foods, foods that cause inflammation, high blood pressure, high LDL, high homocysteine levels, prolonged periods of stress, and smoking are some of the main culprits.

Learn more about how to protect yourself. . .


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