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Home Sleep Monitoring Opens Gateway for Better Apnea Control

By Lee A. Surkin MD, FACC, FCCP | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

Sleep apnea is common, debilitating and sometimes deadly. In the past, diagnosis involved costly sleep labs. New home monitoring devices provide greater patient comfort, save money, and generate revenue for primary care. Dr. Lee Surkin shares his clinical experience.

Heal Thy Practice: New Dates, New Features Offer Greater Value

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Holistic Primary Care's Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Primary Care, conference has been re-scheduled for June 5-7, 2009, at the Westin Paloma in Tucson, AZ. The new Spring program offers considerable savings and several new features that will increase the value for physician attendees.

Physicians, Techies & Policymakers Try to Close the Primary Care IT Gap

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

If well designed and carefully implemented, electronic medical records (EMRs) can improve patient care, reduce medical errors and save physicians a lot of money. But cost factors and time demands have conspired so that fewer than 10% of all solo and small group practices have EMRs. A growing number of IT-savvy physicians, software designers and policymakers hope to change that.

What to Do - And What Not to Do - If Your State Medical Board Comes A'Calling

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Disciplinary action from a state medical board is among every physician's worst nightmares, and in some states, doctors who practice holistic medicine are especially vulnerable. But if you know your state laws, practice scrupulously, obtain informed consent from patients, and you've got competent legal backup, you have little to worry about, according to Alan Dumoff, JD, an attorney who specializes in representing integrative physicians.

To Sleep, Perchance To Heal: Managing Sleep Disorders Without Medications

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Chronic sleep problems are so common that many people simply accept them as an inevitable part of modern life. But lack of sleep is extremely detrimental to health. According to Anne McClenon, ND, chronic sleep loss should be considered a medical emergency. But quick-fix drugs are not the answer. Nutrients like melatonin, herbs like Valerian, and elimination of late night TV or computer use, are a lot safer and more effective in restoring healthy sleep.

Finding Balance: A New Book Extends a Helping Hand to Hurt, Harried Healers

By Staff Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

In his new book, Finding Balance in a Medical Life, Dr. Lee Lipsenthal contends that doctors bring about much of their own unhappiness through controlling, perfectionistic and workaholic attitudes. Drawing from a wide range of psychological practices and spiritual traditions, Dr. Lipsenthal provides insights and practical tools to help fellow physicians find joy and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.

The Five Faces of ADHD: A Chinese Medicine Approach

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

What works for attention deficit disorder? Depends on the kid, says Dr. Stephen Cowan, a holistic pediatrician who uses the Five Elements concepts from traditional Chinese medicine in working with attention problems in children. He believes modern drug therapies, with their one-size-fits-all philosophy, are doing more harm than good for many of these kids. The Five Elements approach recognizes that children are different from one another, and opens up a healthier way of addressing this increasingly common problem.

Mild Depression: Medical Illness or Invitation for Self-Growth?

By Lee Lipsenthal, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 1. Spring, 2007

Mild to moderate depression presents big challenges to patients and their physicians, especially those inclined toward a holistic view which recognizes that "symptoms" be they physical, mental or emotional, may be signals that someone needs to make important life changes. By prescribing anti-depressant drugs, are physicians short-circuiting a patient's opportunity for personal growth? Dr. Lee Lipsenthal ponders this important question.

Every Symptom Tells a Story: Guided Imagery in Clinical Practice

By Marty Rossman, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

How someone envisions his or her health problems can give clues to deeper issues that keep them from optimal health. Martin Rossman, MD, an expert in guided imagery, explains how to use imagery to improve health outcomes.