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Two Landmark Studies Shed New Light--and Shadow-- on Omega-3s for CVD

By William H. Harris, PhD, Contributing Writer

Two pivotal studies on omega-3s —the long awaited REDUCE-IT and VITAL trials, attempt to clarify the clinical roles of omega-3s for cardiovascular risk reduction. While many of the mainstream headlines took a negative view of the findings, the data actually show some meaningful benefits from omega-3s. Dr. Bill Harris, developer of the Omega-3 Index test, weighs in on the negative and positive messags of these important studies.

John Bastyr: Physician, Healer, Mentor

By Erik Goldman

“Dr. Bastyr was a true a physician-healer.  And he was always learning,” Dr. Joe Pizzorno told Holistic Primary Care. The founder of Bastyr University, now celebrating it's 40th year, reflects on his mentor and main inspiration.

Bastyr University at 40: An Enduring Legacy & a Bright Future

By Erik Goldman, Editor

It began with a dream, the zeal of youth, and the knowledge of a few elders. Oh, and $200 in cash. Forty years later, Bastyr University is a vibrant nucleus of naturopathic medicine, with two thriving campuses, thousands of graduates, multiple degree tracks, a robust research agenda, and an uncanny knack for making waves far greater than its modest size would predict. In this in-depth feature, HPC talked to the school's founders, current students, and early supporters to reflect on the vast legacy of this institution and its future directions.

"Don't Fall in the Ditch:" How to Help Patients Prevent Autoimmune Flares

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

When treating patients with complex autoimmune diseases, it's advantageous to, "think of the patient's biology like a landscape," proposed Samuel Yanuck, DC, FACFN, at the Institute for Functional Medicine's 2018 Annual International Conference in Hollywood, FL. Imagine a meadow. An "autoimmune flare is a ditch in the meadow," he suggested. The question to ask is: "How far are they from the ditch?" 

California Mandates Disclosure of Physician Sexual Misconduct

By Erik Goldman, Editor

As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh faced off in the Senate, the state of California quietly passed a major piece of legislation on sexual misconduct, one that could provide patients with far greater protection against predatory physicians. The Patient's Right to Know Act will require any California physician placed on probation for sexual wrongdoings to disclose this fact to any and all patients before an appointment.

Holistic Practitioners Voice Ambivalence on Dietary Supplement Regulations

By Erik Goldman

How do Holistic Primary Care's practitioner-readers feel about the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA)? Over half don't even know what it is. Among those who do recognize DSHEA as the main federal statute regulating dietary supplements, there's considerable ambivalence about the efficacy and the intent of the law.

Formulation Innovation: How New Science Shapes Supplement Product Development

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Research on the impact of various vitamins, minerals, fats, and other nutraceutical substances is progressing at a rapid pace, despite a regulatory system that prohibits supplement companies from using clinical data to make prevention or treatment claims.  None the less, inovative companies are translating new discoveries into a new wave of science-backed supplements.

Supplement Makers Take Action To Reduce Environmental Impact

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Healthcare—with its reliance on single-use disposables—is one of the world’s biggest polluters. And the natural products and dietary supplements industries—despite their “clean, green, and healthy” values—do contribute to the deluge of trash and pollution. Fortunately, eco-conscious companies in the natural products sector are responding to the crisis, and leading the charge toward ecological sustainability.