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The Staff of Aesculapius and the Medicine Wheel: Managing Diabetes on a Pima Reservation

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. , 2003

Few American communities have been as hard-hit by diabetes as the Native American communities in the Southwest, where Type-2 diabetes affects up to 50% of all adults. Don Warne, MD, an Oglala Lakota physician, approaches the problem with a combination of allopathic medicine and traditional healing practices aimed at addressing the spiritual, cultural and social factors that drive the epidemic.

Nation’s First Holistic Medicine Residency on the Horizon

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 3. , 2002

Most of the nation’s medical schools now have some coursework in natural medicine, but to date, there are no residency training programs for up-and-coming MDs and DOs wishing to practice holistic health care. Demand from recent medical school grads is very strong, and the University of Colorado’s department of family medicine is attempting to lay the groundwork for a holistic residency.

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National Weight Control Registry: Diverse Approaches, Common Principles

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 1. , 2004

Data from the National Weight Control Registry, a database tracking 3,200 formerly obese people who lost weight without drugs, indicate that there is no single “magic” diet that will ensure weight loss. However, all successful dieters reduced intake of fats, especially saturated fats, and regularly engaged in moderate-intensity physical exercise.

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Think “Insulin Resistance” in PCOS Patients

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. , 2002

Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome are often insulin resistant and prone to hyperglycemia. Leah Morton, MD, a holistic gynecologist, has found that controlling the insulin problem by reducing intake of high-glycemic foods often leads to marked improvement of the ovarian and hormonal problems.

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Nutritional Therapies, Botanicals Can Improve Outcomes in Chronic Hepatitis

By Lyn Patrick, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. , 2003

Natural medicine has much to offer individuals with hepatitis C (HCV) infection and other chronic liver disorders. And that’s a good thing, because the burden of HCV, in terms of individual morbidity and socioeconomic cost, is growing at a disturbing rate. Antiviral pharmacotherapy, while clearly better than it was a decade ago, still leaves much room for improvement.

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Mushroom-Derived Compound Boosts Immune System Function in the Elderly

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

Immune system function tends to diminish with advancing age, leaving many elderly people more susceptible to influenza, common colds, and pneumonia, as well as various cancers. A new study shows Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC), a mushroom-derived compound used in Japan as an adjunct in treatment of cancer and hepatitis, can boost T-cell mediated immune function in otherwise healthy elders.

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Why Is Glucose Monitoring So Difficult?

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. , 2003

Careful glucose monitoring is essential for patient self-management of IR and T2D. In one recent study, 70% of patients with T2D who tested themselves daily were able to keep their A1C’s below 8%. Among those who did not, only 18% maintained A1C’s below 8% (Harris MI, et al. Diabetes Care 1999; 22:403–408).

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30 Days in May: HHS Pushes AMA to Face Coding Issues for Holistic Services

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. , 2002

Under pressure from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, the American Medical Association initiated a series of meetings with an independent company that has developed a comprehensive set of billing codes for holistic health care. Establishment of a coding system is essential for development of insurance reimbursement for alternative medical services.

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Moderate Activity Gives Maximum Benefits in Controlling Weight

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 1. , 2004

Exercise need not be overly intense to produce marked reductions in body fat. In fact, studies show that moderate activity has the greatest overall long-term impact on body mass. A report from an international conference on obesity.

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A Word About Progesterone

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

What exactly is Progestin? How does it differ from Progesterone and Progestogen? Find out as Dr. Deborah Moskowitz clarifies the terminology surrounding this group of female hormones.

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