Entries by Stephanie Langan

$2.6 Trillion and Counting

The 5% of the population with multiple chronic conditions is by far the biggest cost driver of total U.S. healthcare expenditures. According to KaiserEDU.org, 2010 expenditures were nearly $2.6 trillion for all healthcare, over ten times the $256 billion spent in 1980. While new medical technology has been a large cost contributor, the demand for […]

Who are the 5%?

The Foundation for Complex Healthcare Solutions (FCHS) focuses its resources on the 5% of the population which generates 57% of healthcare costs. But who exactly are the 5%? What health and medical issues cause their costs to be so extraordinary? Who make up the 5%? Young, old, male or female, insured or uninsured? They are, […]

When the doctor isn’t enough

There are times, when it comes to our health, we need help and the Doctor isn’t enough. At such times as these, often what we need is the help of a personal health coach or healthcare facilitator to guide our steps. At the Foundation for Complex Healthcare Solutions, we understand. The Foundation’s experience in developing […]

What is the single greatest cause of disability across the globe?

According to the World Health Organization, low back pain is responsible for more disability across the globe than any other health condition. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders reports that, “About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and […]

Breaking the Cycle: Pain, Anxiety, Depression

One of the most effective methods of breaking or interrupting the cycle of chronic pain, anxiety, and depression is the practice of various relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, and mindfulness training. Researchers once thought that pain, anxiety, and depression were related due to psychological factors. Researchers now know that pain shares certain […]

Getting the most out of your doctor visits

In a contemporary twist on the ancient dictum, “physician, heal thyself,” it is sometimes restated as “patient, heal thyself.” So how to apply this to your next doctor visit? It is well established that patients who are engaged with their health and healthcare are better off than those who are “detached” or passive in the […]

In an Alpha State of Mind

Gamma Beta Alpha Theta Delta is not a fraternity or sorority with which you might be familiar because it is neither. Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta are the five major categories of brain waves corresponding to different mental activities or states of being. This is important to know because it underlies the scientific verification […]


The origins of Yoga are Eastern and ancient, dating to several millennia BCE. Yoga, as practiced in the Eastern traditions, is more than a physical exercise. It has at its heart a meditative and spiritual core. Yoga as a technique is used to control the body and the mind. The physical postures of Yoga are […]

Mindfulness & Meditation – What are the Differences?

Mindfulness and meditation are often used interchangeably. But are they synonymous? Not exactly. Meditation is often associated with Yoga, Buddhism and Eastern spirituality because this is its basis of origin. Mindfulness is related to psychology, education, scientific research, and the rational thought of everyday language. Meditation focuses inwardly on the body whereas mindfulness is more […]

Empty Calorie Foods vs. Nutrient Dense Foods

So what exactly are Empty calories? Calories that contribute to your total caloric intake but supply little or no nutritional value are defined as “empty.” Unlike nutrient-dense foods, which are foods that provide more nutrients than calories, empty-calorie foods contain more calories than nutrients. Nutrients are the components of food that we need to survive. […]