Immigration Clampdown Has Adverse Impact on Healthcare Delivery

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

America Keep OutDebates about immigration policy and healthcare reform have dominated the US political landscape in recent years. At the intersection of these issues lie a number of important and troubling questions about the future of healthcare delivery.

At issue is the vital role that foreign-born healthcare professionals play within the US medical system.

The simple truth is that immigrants make up a significant, though politically invisible percentage of the American healthcare workforce. Policies aimed at restricting and discouraging immigration, along with the sudden and seemingly unwarranted deportation of practitioners born outside the US, will likely have damaging repercussions for healthcare delivery at a time when the nation needs as many medical professionals as it can get. 

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Bar Wars: The Un-Sugarcoated Truth About the Clif vs KIND Controversy

Written by Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

On March 6, New York Times subscribers came upon a full-page open letter—in print and online-- from the popular snack food company Clif Bar, challenging competing brand, KIND, to live up to its name and go completely organic. Was this an earnest plea for corporate responsibility or a shrewd marketing ploy? Either way, the ensuing "bar fight" underscores both the massive size of the "healthy" snack market, and the rapid growth of consumer demand for healthy and eco-friendly foods. 

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Joe Pizzorno - The Toxin Solution

Written by Meg Sinclair

For decades, Dr. Pizzorno has been at the forefront of a movement to build bridges between naturopathic, functional, and mainstream medicine. In recent years, his attention has been focused on the myriad ways that environmental toxins are damaging personal and public health, and on developing practical strategies to help people reduce their toxic loads.

His recent book, The Toxin Solution, presents a harrowing picture yet offers good clinical guidance on how to manage the onslaught. Consider the following:

•    94% of Americans are exposed to enough polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to double their lifetime risk of asthma.
•    60% of US women carry loads of PCB187 sufficient to double their risk of breast cancer.
•    33% of Americans have lead levels high enough to double the risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
•    25% are exposed to enough aluminum to double Alzheimer’s risk.

Holistic Primary Care had the honor of hosting Dr. Pizzorno at our 2017 Practitioner Channel Forum. He shared his research on the role of common toxins in chronic disease and his field-tested therapeutic strategies. Watch the full-length session from HPC’s video archive:

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