Abuse and discrimination based on differences in rank is widespread in our society, and medicine is no exception. Robert Fuller, noted author of Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank, discusses rank abuse in healthcare and offers a vision of a more humane system that preserves the practical strengths of hierarchical organizations while ensuring human dignity.
With the elderly population growing rapidly and birth rates flat, health care and social services for older Americans could very well bankrupt the country by 2030. Economist Laurence Kotlikoff predicts a major economic crisis unless we radically change health care financing and shift from disease care to disease prevention.
There's a lot physicians can do to help people fend off the flu besides doling out flu shots. Roby Mitchell, MD, aka Dr. Fitt, offers some outside-the-box thinking and practical suggestions.
New food allergen labeling regulations, effective in January 2006, will make it easier for food-sensitive people to avoid allergy triggers.
From battlefield hospitals in Iraq, to flood survivor relief centers in Sri Lanka and New Orleans, holistic physicians are showing that natural medicine can play a key role in front-line emergency medicine. Inspiring portraits of holism in action.
For the past decade, the Vitamin Angel Alliance has been bringing vitamins and other nutritional supplements to hungry, displaced families facing the ravages of war, natural disaster and merciless poverty.
Internist Nancy Harris, MD, has learned a lot over her 15 years of providing holistic primary care services in remote regions of Tibet. Among the lessons, the power of nutrition to transform lives, and the power of human dignity to transcend adversity.
Medical students Gil and Christie Winkelman were simply trying to develop a study aid that would help them systematize and comprehend the vast amount of clinical material they had to learn. A few years and a few friends later, they emerged with iCaduceus, a comprehensive differential diagnosis and natural therapies guidance tool that puts comprehensive holistic thinking on physicians' computer desktops.
The American Medical Association is formalizing a policy that directly opposes licensure for naturopathic physicians. The new resolution is under review by the AMA's House of Delegates, and is one of several political moves clearly indicating the AMA's intention to restrict non-MD health care practitioners and re-assert its role as arbiter of health care practice.
Though rebuilding efforts are well under way, New Orleans is wracked by a huge burden of stress-related disorders. Short on healthcare facilities and medical staff, the city struggles to get back on its feet. Community-based clinics and holistic healthcare practitioners face marginalization and lack of funding, as practitioners themselves try to heal their own traumas. A front line report from the flooded crescent.