Making the MOST of your HSA or FSA

Insurance and healthcare have been in the news quite a bit in the past few years. As high deductible plans seem to be on the rise, more and more people are using a Health Savings Account  to pay for their out of pocket healthcare expenses.

There are a few main differences between a Health Savings Account (HSA) and a Flex Spendings Account (FSA.) Either  can be used to pay for qualified expenses, such as co-pays, deductibles, prescriptions, chiropractic care and massage.

Typically with a HSA or FSA, you are given a debit card that is linked to those funds and when you pay for services here, you can use that debit card. There is typically no additional paperwork required, but if your HSA or FSA provider does require any additional documentation, we are happy to provide it.

Any questions? Feel free to comment! 🙂

 

Forks Over Knives: The Unofficial Review

For the record, Dr. Denny and Dr. Mandy do believe that eating meat is good for you as long as it is high-quality meat. (Pastured and happy!) We can connect you with places to source high-quality meat in the Fayetteville, AR area. We are lucky in Northwest Arkansas to have so many wonderful farmer’s markets in the area and CSA’s (community supported agriculture.) Call or come by the office and we will help you out!(479) 422-2755 

 

“Let food be thy medicine.”

                                   -Hippocrates

 

Forks over Knives started out with a great quote and it’s a documentary about food. That just combined my three favorite things! Quotes, documentaries, and food!  At this point, I was thinking this is going to be the best hour and a half of my life. While it might not have been the best hour and a half of my life, it was still pretty awesome. Forks over Knives examines the claim that most if not all chronic illnesses including cancer can be controlled or even reversed by adopting a primarily plant-based diet. There were lots of scary statistics, studies, charts, and graphs about how sick Americans are. Did you know that half of all Americans are on at least one prescription for a chronic illness? Wow.

 

Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn presented a very convincing and moving argument to adopt a primarily plant-based diet. The film showed quite a few inspiring and truly amazing success stories. These were people who had been very sick with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. You get to see them lose weight, give up their medications, and either halt or reverse their chronic illnesses. Amazing! Even more incredible and awe-inspiring is the story of Ruth Heidrich. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40’s. She was a marathon runner and very active. She underwent surgery to have the malignant lump removed, then found out the cancer had spread to her bones and lungs. Instead of having chemo or radiation, she did what most considered unthinkable. She adopted a vegan diet and is now in her 70’s and free from cancer.  She competes in triathlons and has run marathons all over the world!

 

My only critique of the film is the way they use ‘plant-based diet.’ They mean vegan. It felt a little sneaky, but at the same time most people might not watch a documentary that told them they needed to become a vegan. I definitely think anyone who watches this will benefit and learn a little or alot about how they can become healthier. I give it 4 out of 5 FORKS!