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Reverse Type 2 Diabetes with Effective Meal Replacement Weight Loss Programs

Can you reverse type 2 diabetes with weight loss, diet and lifestyle change and get off medication?  The CDC seems to thinks you can.

What if ‘reversal’ at least means your patients will lose weight and go off medication and maybe STAY OFF medications if they engage in a lifestyle program. According to Ann Albright, PhD, RD, the director of diabetes translation at the CDC, shedding extra pounds and keeping them off can help you better control your blood sugar.  For some people, reaching a healthier weight will mean taking fewer medications, or in rarer cases, no longer needing those medications at all.

Hey doc, do you have a program for that? 

We are so excited to release our first condition-specific PREMIUM wellness plans: The KetoPaleoFast and PaleoFast programs, brought to you by Dr. Sage Haggard. This set of four programs will allow you to get your patients an excellent result at a great price for you and for them.  Please send an email to info@bodysite.com now to add these plans to your BodySite account. Watch the video first. :)

These programs are based on ketogenic and paleo diet principles with specific attention paid to the quality of the ingredients. They are also focused on primarily meal replacement shakes for 2 of the meals per day to make for easier patient compliance for better outcomes.

Please send an email to info@bodysite.com now to add these plans to your BodySite account.

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BodySite Partners with InBody to Make Biometric Data More Accessible to Providers and Patients

West Palm Beach, FL (Health and Wellness Newswire) – March 1, 2017

BodySite.com® , a best in class Digital Health Guidance System™, has announced a strategic partnership and integration with InBody USA, a world leader in body composition technology.

The alliance makes data from InBody Analyzers and the cutting edge InBody BAND™ available to health and wellness providers and their patients inside of the BodySite platform to help providers deliver better care and outcomes to guide patients to optimal wellness.

“By making advanced body composition data accessible with the InBody, we achieve our mission to provide physicians, dietitians, and fitness professionals with the tools to track progress and enhance patient care, ultimately empowering our clients to achieve their health goals. Our new partnership with the BodySite platform perfectly aligns with this mission,” said Meggan Brunette, Regional Manager.

The InBody BAND records essential health and fitness tracking metrics such as daily activity and sleep as you would expect from a fitness tracker. But what’s not expected is that the InBody BAND is a wearable fitness device that for the first time can measure body composition on the wrist.  Being able to track body fat percentage and muscle mass both on the scale and on the wrist means a patient’s progress toward not only optimal weight but also optimal body composition are both readily measurable and available instantly to the patient’s provider.

Integrating InBody BAND and InBody Analyzer data into BodySite’s robust patient content management and guidance platform enables providers to give more comprehensive health guidance based on more complete patient data. Using biometric measurements, providers get a better look at the metrics that matter and allows providers to make more informed recommendations.  According to BodySite founder John Cummings, “BodySite’s detailed wellness plan delivery system gives providers a way to do something meaningful with patient biometric data. Instead of just telling patients to “do better” with lifestyle choices, a provider can use BodySite to give the patient a complete roadmap to wellness that includes detailed and customized daily guidance. InBody data makes that experience more effective than ever.”

Patients can add their InBody data to BodySite for viewing by the provider by simply adding their InBody account to the new BodySite “My Connected Apps” page. When they do, information from InBody is synched instantly to the patient’s account and their provider’s account on BodySite, where a combined view of data from BodySite and other devices and apps, gives providers a broader look at the overall patient.

“There are literally hundreds of apps and devices to track steps and sleep but few devices provide meaningful details about what’s really happening with body composition” said BodySite’s  founder John Cummings .

For more information about how your practice or company can leverage the power of BodySite’s Digital Health Guidance System, leveraging data from InBody devices, please visit http://bodysite.com/inbody and try BodySite for free.

About BodySite:

BodySite is a cloud-based digital health guidance platform that allows providers to easily enroll patients into lifestyle and care programs on a private labeled portal so that patients receive comprehensive guidance, care information and support daily. Patients can track their progress, food intake, activities, keep a journal and interact with providers directly. Providers monitor all of this and guide patients proactively and in real time, enabling more care and support in a fraction of the time. To try BodySite at a special InBody price, visit http://bodysite.com/inbody

About InBody USA:

InBody is the global leader in body composition analysis. By leading the field with cutting-edge technology and a commitment to improvement and innovation, InBody has become the most trusted name in BIA body composition analysis. Recognizing that people today need ways to maintain and improve their health while living an active lifestyle, InBody has developed a new, user-friendly fitness wearable: the InBody BAND. The first of its kind, the InBody BAND is the world’s first fitness tracker that can analyze body composition. Instead of simply counting steps and calories, you can see actual changes happening in your body, like increases in muscle and decreases in fat. For the first time ever, you can see your hard work translate into real world results: anytime, anywhere.

InBody is committed to guiding the world to a fitter, healthier, and happier future. Take the first step with InBody, and see what you’re made of.

Try BodySite at a special InBody price and start doing something more meaningful for your patients, with more meaningful information: http://bodysite.com/inbody

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Gluten Free Dining Out Menu Tips: How to Eat Gluten Free at Restaurants

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So you’re eating gluten free because of gluten intolerance, celiac disease or simply because you wanted to take advantage of the anti-inflammatory benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle.  As it turns out, even though you’ve sworn off foods containing gluten and you’re enjoying the health benefits of gluten-free eating, your co-workers and friends aren’t on the same page.

When they invite you to try the newest pizzeria or bakery in town, you don’t want to decline, but the fear of inflammation, falling off the gluten-free wagon or worse, a problem with your celiac disease flaring up have you wondering what to do or at least has you immediately scouring the restaurant’s menu online to see if there are any healthy options for you.  Or you might be loaded with guilt while secretly loading your gluten-free snacks in your pockets so you can stick to your plan while out to lunch with your friends.

Unlike those following a low-carb diet or a vegan or paleo lifestyle, going gluten free and dining out can be more daunting. To go vegan or paleo or low-carb, the items to toss off the plate or exclude when ordering are fairly straightforward. For gluten free eating, possible challenges can be more indirect and hard to overcome when food is being prepared by someone else in a kitchen with staff that may not understand where you’re coming from.  Availability, cost and safety of gluten-free foods and ingredients make the possibility of cross-contamination more likely when out. And hidden traces of gluten can appear in foods, fillers, sauces and other cooking aids commonly used in restaurants without much consideration — from emulsifiers to fillers to thickeners. Who knows what’s in that salad dressing? Or even that sushi?!

How to Dine Out and Have Fun Even if You’re Gluten-Free

gluten-free-dining-out-help-menu-tips-how-to-eat-gluten-free-restaurants-05Fret not, gluten-free folks! You don’t have to resign yourself to eating at home three times a day for the rest of your life. Home-cooked meals are undoubtedly the best way to prevent yourself from getting “glutened”, you can dine out, treat yourself and simply relax (hurray for no dishes to clean) without fear of gluten, if you follow a few simple guidelines.

Luckily, the increasing awareness of celiac disease, wheat allergies, and gluten sensitivity has prompted restaurants of all sizes to offer gluten-free options. Del Posto, an upscale Italian restaurant in New York, is a good example. In 2013, the restaurant decided to offer a gluten-free option of every pasta dish in their menu. Plus, technology has made it possible to locate gluten-free friendly establishments without calling every restaurant in your area.

Read on to learn how you can master the art of dining out gluten-free.

Finding Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants

gluten-free-dining-out-help-menu-tips-how-to-eat-gluten-free-restaurants-05Find restaurants with gluten-free menus in the area where you’re supposed to dine out ahead of time. These days, it’s easier to do your little homework through the following steps:

1.  Look up a restaurant’s menu online.

Most restaurants’ websites display and update their menus regularly. Here’s a sample menu posted by Senza, a gluten-free restaurant in New York’s Greenwich Village. In Chicago, Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Sisters caters to gluten-free diners by specifically stating the option on their website’s FAQ.

If you don’t have a restaurant in mind yet, consider typing in your location + gluten free on Google Search.

When possible, download restaurant menus online ahead of time and share them with friends and family whom you’re eating with. The iconic Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant, with locations dotted across 16 states, is a good example. You can download their gluten-free menu from their website. For unfamiliar menu terms, the Unsafe Gluten-Free Food list and other names for gluten will come in handy.

2.  Use apps and consult online databases.

Find Me Gluten Free is an app that can can help you find restaurants offering gluten-free menus. Their rating system and reviews from fellow gluten-free folks can help you find the right gluten-free dining venue. You can simply type in a town or city, or allow the app to use your current location to search nearby restaurants. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, you can call these restaurants from the app itself and get directions once you decide where you’re going to eat.

Other helpful apps and resources worth looking into are the following:

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Yoga Poses Guide Patients to Core Strength, Flexibility and Stress Reduction

Our bodies have natural tendency for self-healing and much of it relates to simple actions and mindsets. The practice of yoga is one of the most accessible and helpful ways your patients can core develop and maintain core strength, flexibility and also reduce stress and inflammation.

In addition to physical strength one of the reasons yoga is such a powerful tool in improving health and wellness for your patients is that it creates awareness and harmony in both the mind and body.

With 100 different schools of thought in yoga a typical beginner or basic session typically includes breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures (sometimes called asana or poses) that stretch and flex various muscle groups. There’s no need for your patients to feel intimidated about exercise but it’s one of the reasons for non-compliance and why patients don’t succeed or get on a path to wellness.

Here’s a very basic routine that your patients can accomplish at their own pace to take a few steps towards basic strength, flexibility and relaxation through a simple mind body connection. The connection is a natural result of the presence even basic yoga requires.

Physical Benefits

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Balancing metabolism
  • Reducing weight
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury

Mental Benefits

In addition to physical benefits of yoga, it helps a person manage their stress, which can have deleterious effects in both body and mind.  When people are stressed and not managing it properly, it can then manifest itself in countless ways, including neck or back pain, sleep inefficiency, substance abuse, and failure to concentrate, all of which can create a vicious cycle as daily failures to manage those issues create more stress and so on.  Yoga can be an excellent tool for patients to learn coping skills and break that cycle.

Everyone Can Do It.

All ages and activity levels can try yoga and start small, working their way up to more and more strength, flexibility and concentration to breathing and awareness.

If you want an easy way to guide patients through a plan for wellness that includes yoga, or other exercise and even a full plan for how to eat with lifestyle recommendations, consider using a digital health guidance system like BodySite.com to guide your patients between office visits.   You can try it free at http://bodysite.com
If you’re already using BodySite, simply copy our 12 Days of Stretching Plan inside of your wellness plans templates. Enjoy!

BodySite 3.0 First Look

As a loyalty discount to our existing clients, we want to offer you 4 free months of BodySite as we prepare to release BodySite 3.0.   Pay for 9 months and get 13 months of BodySite 3.0.   Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming in BodySite 3.0 next week.

Email info@bodysite.com and tell us if you want the annual loyalty discount.

Email info@bodysite.com and tell us if you want the annual loyalty discount.

Custom Meal Editor and Meal Plan Creator for Customized Meal Plan Creation

One or our favorite new features in BodySite 3.0 is the lightning fast meal creator which allows you to create recipes in your meals library in about 90 seconds. Watch this 90-second video and be sure to register for Wednesday’s webinar “First Look at BodySite 3.0” to see 101 other features and upgrades in the new BodySite digital health guidance platform.  Register for the webinar here. 

REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR TO SEE ALL OF THE NEW FEATURES.

Blowing Smoke Up Your Patients’ #$% for Better Health Outcomes and More Profit in Your Practice

Do you have any idea how much power you wield over patients to help them achieve optimal health and wellness?  To overcome habits and the habitual conduct that leads to diabetes, cancer, death? Let’s take a walk down to the river and get reconnected to the power of the healthcare provider.

Did you know that there was a time, not so long ago, when a patient found it acceptable for his or her doctor to literally blow smoke into the rectum as a potential cure for apparent drowning? [1][2] Of course, this probably wouldn’t fly in modern times.  And in fairness, the drowning victim may not have had much time for informed consent. But the point of bringing this up at all, is that you, my dear provider, would be surprised what patients WOULD do if you would just take a minute to tell them to do it.  (leeches come to mind).

functional-integrative-modern-medicine-lifestyle-guidance-optimal-wellness-healtI wrote this article because I feel that today’s healthcare professionals (you, perhaps) have forgotten the power they wield over the rest of us, and how easy it is to use that power for good. I recently became aware of the true origin of this phrase (blowing smoke . . .) from a successful functional medicine doctor (thanks Mark Tager, MD) at a functional and integrative medicine conference and just had to share it with you. Because if you stop to internalize the impact of what patients have done at their doctors’ request, time after time throughout our history, you’ll be on your way to getting your own patients better results and healthier outcomes in your current, modern practice. And as a result, you’ll also make  your practice more successful, efficient and profitable.
  
Let me explain. I operate a cloud-based digital health guidance platform that health and wellness providers use to lead their patients to better health. In other words, I provide a tool that makes it easy for doctors, coaches and other providers to give patients the diet, exercise, lifestyle and care information patients need to succeed in reaching their health and wellness goals.  But even with that tool in their hands, practitioners all too often cop out and blame their patients for not taking charge of their health. But let’s not place so much blame on the patient. Until we’re sure the provider is actually doing his or her part.
  
On my platform, doctors can give patients a detailed daily plan for diet, exercise, relaxation and overall lifestyle change of any kind. In literally seconds, the provider can enroll a patient into a program that doles out daily advice to guide the patient and even monitor feedback in real time.  Occasionally, I’m amazed to hear from a doctor or a coach that his or her patients aren’t complying, engaging, succeeding in their weight loss program, recovery, [insert other protocol you can think of here].
  
Here’s an actual cop out from a provider we received recently, “We love the platform but compliance is a major issue.  I ask patients if they want access to a plan at the time of my consult. They say it sounds great but only a handful that tell me they actually used it.  I think a structured wellness plan is a great idea but I don’t want to pester patients to activate their accounts or to be compliant with their weight loss program.”
  
WAIT? WHAT? WHY NOT?
  
My answer is always the same.  “What are you actually TELLING patients they should do? Who is the expert here?”  And what I get back from the unsuccessful provider is eerily consistent.  They aren’t really giving the patient ANY help.  Or if they are, they’re handing them a few recipes, a book recommendation, the name of a personal trainer, and letting the patient decide what they might like to do. And here’s the kicker. The doctor isn’t following up with the patient and has no plan in place to touch the patient again for weeks, months or even until next year.
  
The disconnect is that the provider is underestimating his or her power to actually get the patient to comply (succeed) by simply TELLING the patient what to do – specifically.  So let’s get back to the issue of blowing smoke. Patients will let you “blow smoke”.  They’ll do just about anything you want if you TELL them they need to do it, if you TELL them it will help them and if you TELL them this is part of your PLAN for them.  But if you equivocate and fail to don the mantel of the provider, you’re going to have patients that fail.
  
I know that many in today’s new functional medicine environment will rail against the use of words like TELL, SHOULD, COMPLIANCE because they believe that patients in today’s new paradigm ought to be partners in their care and be fully informed of their options. I agree with that. But the reason they’re coming to YOU, is that they believe that you are the expert, that you have a plan for them, that you have a solution.
  
Give it to them. Put your white coat back on and own it. When you do, patients will succeed and you’ll become more successful in practice too.
  
If you’re still trying to figure out how to give patients a plan, and automate the management of that education and patients’ feedback, try the BodySite digital health guidance system and see how easy it is to give your patients everything they need to reach their health goals.
  
Click here to learn more.
  
References
  
[1] Hurt, Raymond; Barry, J. E.; Adams, A. P.; Fleming, P. R. (1996), The History of Cardiothoracic Surgery from Early Times, Informa Health Care, ISBN 1850706816
  
[2] Lawrence, Ghislaine (2002-04-20), “Tools of the Trade, Tobacco smoke enemas”, The Lancet 359 (9315): 1442, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(02)08339-3, retrieved 2008-11-27

BodySite Sponsors Freedom Practice Coaching San Antonio Quarterly Meeting

Freedom-Practice-Coaching-Chiropractic-Business-Success-Functional-MedicineIt was great meeting hundreds of integrative and functional medicine doctors at the Freedom Practice Coaching quarterly meeting last weekend in San Antonio. We are so excited to be sponsoring a group so focused on efficient and profitable wellness practice. The BodySite.com digital health guidance platform was a great fit for many of you and and we welcomed over a dozen FPC members who subscribed to our platform last weekend!

As we showcased at the quarterly, we have over 60 wellness plan templates built in for you to use turnkey for guiding your patients’ care and we’re adding FPC protocols in the coming weeks so you can overservice your patients with an extra layer of support, information and guidance, effortlessly.  In seconds, you can enroll a patient into weeks of comprehensive information, tools, recipes, exercises, lifestyle guidance, affirmations to support your patient daily.  Here are just a few of the templates we showcased:

Mediterranean Diet with 28 Day Meal Plan

Gluten Free Diet with 28 Day Meal Plan

Vegetarian Diet with 28 Day Meal Plan

Paleo Diet with 28 Day Meal Plan

hCG Weight Loss in 23 and 40-Day Variations with 500-Calorie or 800-Calorie Targets

7-Day Detox Protocol

10-Day Detox Protocol

8-Week At Home Fitness and Exercise Program

42-Day Walking Program

60-Day True Beginner’s Exercise Program for De-conditioned, Overweight or Older Patients

And about 50 more.

And since we’re always building new content by popular demand, we’re adding the following plans over the coming weeks:

  • Freedom Practice Coaching 6-Month Binder (broken out into detox, exercise and other modules for flexible implementation)
  • D.A.S.H. Diet
  • FODMAPS Diet
  • Detoxification Diets
  • and several other Functional Medicine Templates

Exclusively for FPC members, we’re extending our discounted monthly price and our free trial offer if you enroll during this calendar month. The BodySite.com digital health guidance platform is a chance to differentiate your practice, offer more care and automate the things you’re saying over and over again.

Give your patients more care, with less effort. Try it Free now.

5 Things Your Practice is Missing for Better Profitability (And What To Do About It)


Professionals and Experts are Bad at Business Processes: Lawyers, Doctors, Accountants are just not trained to run businesses as entrepreneurs. Why? Because training in these professions is focused on skills and expertise, as it should be, but very little economics is taught, very little management is learned and once you start practicing, a busy practice leaves little time to catch up. Although we expect that our license and our expertise will just bring in the revenue, it’s usually not that easy.
There are some simple things you can do to create a profitable practice that generates more income per patient while giving patients much more care than you’re giving them now:

The 5 Things:

  1. Reduce the number of care offerings
  2. Create simple processes all staff can follow easily
  3. Don’t delegate those processes prematurely
  4. Don’t miss indirect referrals and revenue
  5. Offer care that is holistic to the patient AND your business.

Focus on these things and differentiate your practice with better patient communication to create loyalty, longer patient life cycles, referrals and revenue.

Watch the video above for more detail and if you’re interested in a software solution that helps you implement these ideas, take advantage of a special price on this page only: http://bodysite.com