We all visit the doctor at some point in our lives, no matter how well we care for our health, whether it be for a check-up or to treat a medical condition. When we do go, having a positive experience is very important for obtaining the best treatment possible. Unfortunately, when many people need to choose a doctor, they are unsure how to select the right one. So, they often just pick the closest one that takes their insurance and is accepting new patients. And once they've selected a doctor, they don't know how to take an active role in their own healthcare. Neither that patient selection process nor that passive relationship with the doctor is optimal. So, today I'll discuss some considerations when selecting a health care practitioner, how to improve communication and when to seek a second opinion. Some references I used while researching this show are The New Wellness Encyclopedia and about.com (http://arthritis.about.com/od/buildyourhealthcareteam/a/improving_communication.htm). The video podcast for this week is: * Traveling, Eating & Staying Healthy (http://www.beinghealthy.tv/archives/bhtv024/) The blog posts for this week are: * Study: Ditching & Keeping Off the Abdominal Fat (http://www.beinghealthy.tv/archives/study_exercise_fat/) * (http://www.beinghealthy.tv/archives/study_exercise_fat/)Holiday at the Office: Fight the Feeding Frenzy! (http://www.beinghealthy.tv/archives/holiday_office/) If you like the show, please head on over to iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=285124681) and give me a nice review. It’s a great way to give me some good exposure and can help me get more listeners. Thanks for listening, everyone!