Chronic Disease

Stemming the Diabetes Tidal Wave: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 4, No. 3. , 2003

Type 2 diabetes and its precursors like impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance represent “a complex set of interrelated problems requiring a comprehensive treatment approach,” said Lev Linkner, MD, at a course on holistic medicine sponsored by the American Board of Holistic Medicine (ABHM).

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The Weight Is Over: HCG, Weight Loss & Health Care Reform

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer

Obesity and associated chronic diseases cost this country roughly $147 billion a year in direct medical expenses. It’s not a problem that will be legislated away by health care reform plans that perpetuate status quo medical approaches. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) therapy, when combined with a careful diet plan, regular exercise and other hormone-based treatments, can make a huge difference in helping people lose weight, and could help trim the nation’s health care budget as well.

Institute of Medicine Likely to Increase Vitamin D Recommendations

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief

The Institute of Medicine’s current guidelines for vitamin D intake, established in 1997, recommend 200 IU per day for people under 50 IOM, and 400 IU for those between 50-70 years old. Those numbers are way too low, say many physicians. In light of new studies showing myriad benefits and few risks from higher levels, IOM is likely to increase its recommended intake in its updated 2010 guidelines.

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Plant Based Diet, Omega-3s Give Long-term Relief for Arthritis, Chronic Pain

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief

SEATTLE—Nutritional strategies can make a world of difference for patients with chronic pain and inflammation problems like arthritis, low back pain, and fibromyalgia, said Benjamin Kligler, MD, at an Integrative Pain Management symposium sponsored by Columbia University’s Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

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The Clinical Picture of Hypothyroidism

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. , 2008

Thyroid hormone plays a central role in energy metabolism and immune competence. Accurate diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism is essential to restoring health. But most physicians rely too much on questionably reliable blood tests, and not enough on what their eyes and their patients are telling them. This photo gallery, compiled by Roby Mitchell, MD, reveals the common clinical signs of hypothyroidism.