TED: Improve Your Own Healthcare

by Kara Mitman | Jul 14, 2015

Be proactive in your health and healthcare – Our Top 5 TED Talks of 2014 that provide beneficial tips to improve your overall health and wellbeing. These speakers present simple ideas towards improving health and approaches you can take  to enhance the healthcare you receive.


The Top 5 TED Talks: Improve Your Own Healthcare


One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Jeff Iliff describes the unique way the brain rids itself of waste and ultimately how recent research links this process to possible causes of the development of conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease. And it all may link back to one activity we should all make a point of to engage in regularly in order to stay healthy – sleeping.

What Makes Us Get Sick? Look Upstream

Labeling the approach as being an “Upstreamist” in the medical world, Rishi Manchanda speaks to the idea of environment being a highly contributing factor to our health. He illustrates the point that while this is a widely known fact in the medical field, there are factors why the approach isn’t more widely practiced by health care professionals and what we, as patients, can do to help facilitate the shift, while positively impacting the health care we receive.

Own Your Body’s Data

Doctors are trained to make quick decisions on treatment paths, especially in emergency situations, despite the fact that speed can decrease accuracy when it comes to diagnosis. This talk is littered with examples of how knowing your body and its health “data” can drastically increase the quality of healthcare you receive.

What Your Doctor Won’t Disclose

Leana Wen presents her controversial efforts to increase patient awareness on the influences affecting our health care providers’ decisions towards our health care and treatment. In this eye-opening talk, Wen presents an issue that many of us as patient’s have likely never considered, and how educating ourselves can have huge impact on the care we receive.

Why Some People Find Exercise Harder Than Others

Many would agree that exercise may not be a favored activity, but that the benefits to our health are countless. In this talk, Emily Balcetis presents research supporting that simply the way we see exercise can greatly impact the level of difficulty we experience during it. Her simple solution offers a way to make exercise easier, effectively making it easier to improve our own health. And who wouldn’t prefer exercise to be a little easier?