Proactive Self-Help Program Can Lower Medical Expenses and Improve Health

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Bio Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne’s Program for Reducing Costs and Taking Responsibility for One’s Own Health

Too many people rely solely on their doctors to make health choices for them, reports water and health advocate Sharon Kleyne. By taking charge of one’s own health and following a daily program of proactive self-help, medical expenses can often be dramatically reduced. At a time of soaring insurance deductibles and health care expenses, says Kleyne, managing one’s own health is increasingly important.

Sharon Kleyne is Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, a water and health research and product development center. Natures Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center’s global signature product for dry eyes, dry eyelids and swollen eyes. Kleyne also hosts the globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes.

When health symptoms arise, Kleyne advises, learn everything you can about them before going to the medicine cabinet or the doctor. Symptoms can often be treated at home through diet and lifestyle changes. If a doctor visit is necessary, go to the office fully prepared. Kleyne suggests maintaining a daily log of sleep, exercise, food intake, medications and physical complaints, and bringing the log to all doctor visits, along with a list of symptoms and questions. Consider the doctor a personal consultant, not as a boss, and full responsibility for treatment decisions.

The good news, says Kleyne, is that beginning each day with an attitude of doing everything in one’s power during that day to become healthier, there should be far less need to run to the medicine cabinet or the doctor, and considerably less will be spent on health care.

Proactive-self help and patient initiative, according to Kleyne, are critical to successful doctor visits. Doctors have no way of knowing, for example, if the patient gets enough sleep, is under high stress, works in an office with poor lighting, can't tolerate broccoli, has adult ADHD, forgets to take medication, or tend to self-medicate excessively.

Nobody knows the patient’s own body – with all its idiosyncrasies - better than the patient, says Kleyne. That's why medical treatment plans should never flow from doctor to patient but should be a joint decision tailored to one’s personal needs.

Proactive self-help, according to Sharon Kleyne, begins when you get up each morning. "I like to view myself as in training for the Personal Health Olympics," she says, "and every morning is the day of the big race."

The first thing Mrs. Kleyne does when she gets up is drink a large glass of warm water because the human body dehydrates during sleep. She follows a daily program of healthy eating, tailored to her own nutritional needs, and drinks at least eight glasses of water per day. Exercise, stress reduction and adequate sleep are essential to the routine. .

The overuse of medication, and excessive self-medication also concerns Kleyne, who considers any medication as a last resort.

There is a wealth of available health information, according to Kleyne. With the Internet, all the health information one might need is at their fingertips. This includes numerous excellent medical websites, alternative medicine websites and diet and exercise websites, plus many fantastic books. In the Information Age, educating one’s self has never been easier.

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