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Phototherapy a Safe, Effective Treatment for Acne, Psoriasis & Other Skin Disorders

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Phototherapy, the application of carefully-controlled pulses of light directly to the skin surface, is a highly effective and safe technique enabling primary care physicians to treat acne, psoriasis and other common, chronic skin disorders.

Hair Analysis, Antioxidant Testing: Popular with Patients, But Are They Clinically Valid?

By Cathy Creger Rosenbaum, PharmD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 4. Winter, 2007

In their effort to get a grip on their health, many people are utilizing "alternative" diagnostic tests that claim to identify nutrient deficiencies, environmental toxins, and disease risk factors. Some of these tests are backed good science, others are not, but even the legitimate ones may not be able to provide the type of guidance that patients are seeking. In Part One of this series, Cathy Creger Rosenbaum looks at hair analysis and antioxidant testing.

Sensitivity, Stress Reduction & Quelling Inflammation Are Keys to Managing Acne

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 8, No. 3. Fall, 2007

High-dose vitamin A, an inflammation-lowering diet, stress reduction and a healthy dose of kindness can go a long way toward reducing the physical and psychosocial impact of acne.

Intensive Essential Oil Therapy: Effective Treatment for Common Acute Infections

By Corinne Adrion-Israelsen | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

In the US, most people use aromatic essential oils for relaxation and other forms of aromatherapy. In France, they have a long history of internal use for the prevention and treatment of common infections. Corinne Andrion-Israelsen, who trained in the French tradition, explores the history and clinical application of plant essential oils.

From "Clinical Facility" to "Garden of Healing": Creating a Healing Environment for Your Patients

By Deb Andelt | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

The specific treatment a doctor gives is only a small part of the total clinical experience. The key to creating an effective healing experience is to create a vision that reaches below the surface of conscious awareness, where 95% of what we take in is processed. To give patients a nurturing, healing experience, we need to create nurturing, compassionate, empowering input that touches people on many different levels.

Institute of Medicine's Summit on Integrative Medicine: Revolution! Reform! Reimbursement?

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Revolution and reform were major themes at the Institute of Medicine's historic Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Public Health. But it's another "R" word reimbursement that will determine what a reformed, integrated system will really deliver. IOM delegates called for a radical shift toward prevention and "wellness" but no one is sure how that transformation will be financed.

Natural Medicine & Healthcare Reform: Taking Our Places, Raising Our Voices

By Michael Traub, ND, FABNO - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Health policy experts are concerned that health care reform efforts could be stymied by a severe lack of primary care doctors. The problem could be attenuated if those presiding over reform would allow the thousands of licensed or license-eligible naturopaths and other holistic non-MD practitioners help to shape and then participate in a reformed health care system.

Exercise Centers Are a Good "Fit" For Primary Care Clinics

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

A growing number of primary care doctors are discovering that clinic-based exercise centers are a good "fit" for their patients' physical health, and for their own fiscal health. A turnkey model called Integrative Health Network (iH3) is enabling more doctors to bring exercise medicine into their practices and to people who might never set foot in a commercial fitness club.

Heal Thy Practice: Business Strategies That Put the Health Back in Healthcare

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

Holistic Primary Care's upcoming "Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Primary Care" conference (June 5-7, 2009, Westin La Paloma, Tucson) will create a much-needed forum to empower primary care doctors who want to practice prevention-focused, patient-centered primary care. With the burden of chronic disease higher than ever, costs spiraling out of control, and the health care system on the verge of collapse, the need has never been greater!

Fairway Introduces Holistic Malpractice Insurance

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

A forward-thinking California insurance company has introduced a new malpractice coverage policy specifically tailored to protect holistic/integrative doctors. Developed in collaboration with the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) and other physician groups, and based on an arbitration model, the policy will save doctors money while covering many holistic services excluded by conventional malpractice insurers.