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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.

Do Calcium & Vitamin D Still Have a Place in Osteoporosis Prevention?

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 2. , 2006

Recent data have caused many patients and physicians to question the value of vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent osteoporosis. But a closer look at the study shows that the findings are not nearly as negative as the media reported them to be. Women’s Health columnist Dr. Tori Hudson believes the supplements still have a major role to play.

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Healing Words: Communicating Effectively With Your Patients

By Lee Lipsenthal, MD, ABHM | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. , 2006

A physician’s words and manner of communicating can be of great help or great harm to patients. Lee Lipsenthal, MD, looks at communication styles that help activate a patient’s own innate healing abilities.

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HPC Readers Boost TACT Trial Enrollment

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

Readers of Holistic Primary Care are giving a big boost to the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), a landmark placebo-controlled study funded by the National Institutes of Health to determine whether chelation therapy can prevent heart attacks.

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Vitamin D2 or D3: Which Is D Best?

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. , 2008

A wealth of studies in recent years have underscored the health threats posed by vitamin D deficiency. But considerable debate has raged over which form of the vitamin is the best for supplementation. Many clinicians believe that vitamin D3, derived from fish and other animal sources, is more potent than D2, the “vegetarian” form. But new data suggest that may not be true.

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Cutting the CRAP: Natural Therapies Improve Abdominal Pain in Children

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 4. , 2005

Chronic recurrent abdominal pain is very common in children. Fortunately, the majority of kids with this problem will respond well to combinations of herbal therapies, dietary changes, and biofeedback, reports Joy Weidert, MD. This is a far safer approach than wanton use of antispasmodics, anti-depressants or other drugs that have little evidence to support their use for abdominal pain in kids.

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Fee-for-Service, Concierge Practice: The Right Models for Holistic Care?

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. , 2008

Despite the rapid growth of public interest in holistic medicine, and broader acceptance in medical circles, most Americans are hard-pressed to find physicians who provide comprehensive holistic care. Because most holistic services are not covered by insurance, doctors are obliged to develop new practice models outside the insurance framework. Fee-for-service and concierge care hold great appeal, but also present significant challenges.

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Homeopathy Helps Women with Depression

By Lauri Grossman, DC - Vol. 6, No. 3. , 2005

Homeopathy can benefit many patients with depression, especially women. Dr. Lauri Grossman, a chiropractor and homeopath outlines key remedies for managing depression.

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The Physician Personality: Overcoming “Overcare” and Perfectionism

By Lee Lipsenthal, MD - Vol. 5, No. 4. , 2004

Perfectionism, competitiveness, and a sometimes overwhelming desire to do good are very common personality traits among people drawn to a career in medicine. Unfortunately, these very traits can wreak havoc in physicians’ personal and professional lives. Beneath the drive to know everything and always make the right treatment decisions is often a deep insecurity. Dr. Lee Lipsenthal explores the hidden fears underneath the mask of medical authority.

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Ignorance, Simple-Mindedness Are the True Dangers with Chinese Herbs

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

The potential dangers associated with traditional Chinese botanical medicine are highly overstated in the media, said Michael Arnold, MD, a physician and Chinese medicine practitioner. When used properly under guidance of a qualified practitioner, TCM herbs are quite safe and effective. Failure to properly understand the complexities of Chinese herbal science, and overt misuse of certain herbs like ephedra, are the real dangers.