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UCSF Breast Cancer Study Puts Tibetan Medicine on Trial

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

The University of California, San Francisco recently sponsored the first ever collaboration between allopathic medical oncologists and a traditional Tibetan physician. Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, the Dalai Lama's personal physician, was invited to participate in the treatment of women with advanced breast cancer, as part of an investigation of the efficacy of Tibetan herbal medicine for cancer.

Hispanic Communities Show Unique Patterns of Herb Use

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

Use of herbal medicine is widespread in Latin American communities, according to a study by researchers at the University of Texas. People from Hispanic cultures tend to favor herbs in tea and tincture form, rather than as pills or capsules. They are also more likely to use herbal plasters, baths and poultices than members of other ethnic groups.

Tibetan Study Had Roots in Personal Experience

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

UCSF's landmark study of Tibetan herbal medicine in the treatment of breast cancer had its roots in one woman's personal struggle with the disease. When UCSF cytogeneticist, Helene Smith, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned to the services of Yeshi Dhonden, a Tibetan Buddhist physician, and one of the major exponents of Tibetan medical traditions.

A Guide to Hispanic Healing Herbs

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

Latin Americans use a wide range of herbal medicines that are not as common in other cultural communities. Cumin, Sage, Rue, Wormwood, and Chamomile are especially common. Drs. Jose Loera and Victor Sierpina, who have been studying patterns of herbal medicine use in Hispanic communities, are at work on a textbook to educate physicians about the most commonly used herbs in Latin American communities.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Do These Phthalates Make Me Look Fat?

By Staff Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

There appears to be a strong correlation between teenage obesity and exposure to phthalates—endocrine-disrupting compounds found in many personal care products and a myriad of plastic and vinyl products.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Putting a "Dent" in CVD

By Staff Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

Periodontal care takes a bite out of heart disease risk; Putting a face on a CT improves radiologist accuracy; NY State ponders a soda pop tax.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Gluten: Getting Under Your Skin?

By Staff Writer - Vol. 9, No. 4. Winter, 2008

Gluten in shampoos and cosmetics cause trouble for people with celiac disease. Bisphosphonates for osteoporosis may not be all that, when it comes to reducing bone fractures in older women. Konjac, a yam-like Asian root, lets the carb-conscious have their noodles and eat them too.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: PPI's: Prodigious Plotz Inducers?

By Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

Ulcer drugs increase risk of diarrhea, genetically-engineered piglets produce omega-3's, school districts nationwide ban soda, and other fun stuff.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Curbin' Carbs with Chromium

By Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

Curbing cravings with chromium, inducing diabetes with cigarettes, iPod totin' doctors, and other holistic health news briefs.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Stampin' for Supplements

By Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 3. Fall, 2005

Hatch & Harkin propose bill allowing food stamps to be used to buy supplements; Antioxidants from grapes reduce heart risk in women; Kudzu curbs heavy alcohol consumption; American Herbal Products Association shuns heavy metals in Ayurvedic formulas; NIH takes strong stand against "science for hire." New Q10 suppliers alleviate the coenzyme shortage.