Posts by Ruthann Russo

YouLab: Researching Yourself

YouLab is a skill that acknowledges you as the research scientist of your own life.  As with any experiment, you are looking for a cause and effect relationship. For example, what happens when I don’t eat sugar for a day? When I opt for the stairs instead of the elevator for a week?   It’s…

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6 Evidence-Based Practices for 8 Common Chronic Conditions

According to the CDC 90% of healthcare dollars are for people with chronic and mental health conditions.  The eight most common chronic conditions linked to high employer spending are depression, increased blood glucose, high blood pressure, obesity, tobacco use, physical inactivity, anxiety, and chronic pain. Self-care, practices individuals take to maintain or improve their health…

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Group Treatments: A Viable Solution for Health Systems?

Chronic conditions are responsible for 86% of healthcare costs in the United States. Stress is at the root of most chronic disease. And, self-care practices, such as meditation, yoga, acupressure, guided imagery, and qi gong can be used to manage both stress and chronic conditions. The problem? These interventions are not covered by health insurance.…

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Chronic Pain is MORE Than the Pain 

The annual cost of chronic pain is as high as $635 billion a year, which is more than the yearly costs for cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  In 2014,  Integrative Medicine Journal published an article I wrote about options for treating chronic pain that complement conventional treatment.  The research supports interventions such as biofeedback, guided…

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What is self-care?

You know how at the moment we become a parent we think to ourselves, no one ever taught me how to do this, no one ever taught me how to be a parent? We’re just supposed to “know” how to be a parent.  The same is true for self-care, it’s something that is assumed to be…

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What is Value-Based SELF-Care?

The concept of self-care can sometimes feel illusive or just so basic that it hardly seems appropriate to use self-care and the current US healthcare crisis and drive for value-based care in the same sentence.  The bottom line? Self-care is the foundation for all care. The cause and effect of a Sustainable Self-Care Initiative If…

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