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"Bad Cholesterol": Good Marketing, But Is It Good Medicine?

By Cleaves M. Bennett, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 3. Fall, 2007

The cholesterol model of heart disease, which labels LDL as “bad” and HDL as “good,” has certainly helped drug companies sell a lot of statin medications. But has it really reduced the impact of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in this country? “Not really,” says Dr. Cleaves Bennett, one of the nation’s leading experts on hypertension, kidney disease and preventive medicine.

Terma Foundation: Saving Lives in Tibet's Far Reaches

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. Online Feature, No. . Winter, 2005

Internist Nancy Harris, MD, has learned a lot over her 15 years of providing holistic primary care services in remote regions of Tibet. Among the lessons, the power of nutrition to transform lives, and the power of human dignity to transcend adversity.

Vitamin Angel Alliance: Saving Lives Through Better Nutrition

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

For the past decade, the Vitamin Angel Alliance has been bringing vitamins and other nutritional supplements to hungry, displaced families facing the ravages of war, natural disaster and merciless poverty.

Holism in Action: Natural Medicine Responds to Disaster

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

From battlefield hospitals in Iraq, to flood survivor relief centers in Sri Lanka and New Orleans, holistic physicians are showing that natural medicine can play a key role in front-line emergency medicine. Inspiring portraits of holism in action.

Medical Aromatherapy Offers Safe, Patient-Friendly Tools to Treat Memory Impairment

By Kamyar Hedayat, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Essential oils of Sage, Lavender, Rosemary and a number of other aromatic medicinal plants contain compounds that have direct stimulatory effects on memory formation, while at the same time helping to reduce stress, a major contributor to memory loss.

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.

The First Sickness Is Fear

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

According to Marilyn Youngbird, a Native American healer from North Dakota, fear is the root of most illnesses. Fear, guilt and self-judgment induce chemical changes in the mind and body that result in sickness. She and other Native American medicine people believe that healing the soul pain underneath the physical symptoms is the key to long-lasting health.

Revitalizing Your Office with Feng Shui

By Barry A. Sultanoff, MD - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

Many medical clinics are drab, joyless environments. But they don't have to be this way. Dr. Barry Sultanoff shows how the principles of Feng Shui, the Chinese art of environmental design, can be easily applied to health care settings, transforming them from sterile and depressing treatment rooms to energized healing spaces.

Tibetan Medicine in America: Ancient Roots, New Soil

By Gloria St. John | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Tibetan medicine is one of the world's oldest medical systems, providing insight into the ways consciousness and the physical body are inter-related. It has survived the tests of time, political upheaval, warfare and exile. Can it survive the American health care system?