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Botanicals Can Ease the Silent Suffering of Incontinence

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Urinary incontinence is far more common than many people realize. Those affected often feel ashamed, and they hide their suffering. Further, the commonly prescribed drugs can cause adverse effects so unpleasant that patients choose to forego treatment. Fortunately, there are alternatives. Several botanical medicines, used in combination, can safely address urinary dysfunction without the concerning side effects.

Standard Process Fuels Athlete’s "Impossible" Antarctic Dream

By Erik Goldman, Editor

On December 9, endurance athlete Colin O’Brady set out with five other intrepid men from Punta Arenas, Chile in a rowboat. Their objective? To cross the Drake Passage—the 600 miles of frigid, treacherous water separating Cape Horn from Antarctica. Standard Process, one of the nation's leading nutraceutical companies, fueled this "impossible" expedition. 

How Google is Controlling the Flow of Healthcare Information

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Recent changes to Google’s search algorithms and advertising policies have radically reshaped the flow of online information about holistic medical alternatives. The moves raise profound questions about the social and economic roles of massive media conglomerates, and pit fundamental American principles against each other. 

Can Personalized Nutrition Save Healthcare?

By Robert Bonakdar, MD, Contributing Writer

Even though poor diet is the leading cause of death in the US, and kills more people than smoking, there are big disparities in the level of nutrition counselling offered during medical visits. The challenge for physicians is how best to connect available evidence to the individual needs of each patient. Fortunately, personalization tools like the DayTwo glycemic control algorithm are making it easier.

Six Essentials for Optimal Wintertime Health

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contrbuting Writer

With shorter days and colder weather, many people have trouble finding the motivation to stay healthy during the winter. The following tips can prepare people for what winter has in store for us, and more.

A (Relatively) Short History of HRT

By Sarah Falcone & Becky Wright, Contributing Writers

Medical perspectives and public attitudes about post-menopausal hormone replacement have swung widely in the century since hormones were first described. Here we review a brief history of the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Timing is Everything in HRT for Menopause

By Sarah Falcone & Becky Wright, Contributing Writers

The current landscape for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a confusing one.

Pharmaceutical industry marketing, conflicting study data, variable medical opinions, and confusing social messages about gender and aging have left many modern women completely baffled about what to do when faced with the challenges of menopause.

Leaky Gut, Leaky Brain: Toward a New Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

In recent years, deeper research into the pathogenic role of chronic inflammation is offering some cautious hope that through comprehensive holistic lifestyle interventions, functional medicine practitioners can help to slow or even arrest the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In some cases, we might even be able to reverse the damage.

In New Self-Policing Effort, Herb 
Industry Urges, “Burn, Don’t Return”

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

Leaders in the dietary supplement industry have a sharp new directive for manufacturers who discover adulterants or contaminants in botanical raw materials: “Don’t Return It, Burn It.”

The innovative self-policing policy, launched in October, and supported by all the major herbal industry trade groups, puts direct economic pressure on raw materials suppliers to improve the quality of the ingredients they sell into the US market.

Help celebrate our 20th year at TPC Forum at the TWA Hotel April 23 at 6pm
Help celebrate our 20th year at TPC Forum at the TWA Hotel April 23 at 6pm