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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.

NIH-Sponsored Chelation Trial Seeks Study Sites for Heart Disease Patients

By Staff Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. , 2008

Chelation therapy to prevent heart attacks has never been accepted by mainstream cardiologists, but it is popular none the less, and increasingly so in the wake of trials questioning the value of drug-eluting stents. The Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), a $30 million NIH-sponsored study, will hopefully provide definitive answers on whether chelation has a rightful place in heart disease prevention.

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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.

New Studies Support Probiotics for IBS, Ulcerative Colitis

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 6, No. 3. , 2005

Several new studies published in major medical journals over the last 6 months are strengthening the scientific support for use of probiotics as treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and chronic liver diseases.

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CleanMed 2001: Hospital Administrators See the Green Light

By Janet Brown | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

Hospital administrators are finally starting to reckon with the damaging effects their institutions can have on the environment. Janet Brown, HPC’s resident medical environmentalist, reports from CleanMed, the nation’s largest conference dedicated to health care and ecology.

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Is Acupuncture Useful in Treating Hypertension?

By John C. Longhurst, MD, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 4. , 2007

By reducing sympathetic nervous system activity, acupuncture can be a valuable tool in treating mild-to-moderate hypertension. In some cases, it can obviate the need for antihypertensive drugs which often have a lot of side effects. Researchers at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, are learning how acupuncture works at the neuronal level.

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Making Medicine Mercury-Free: Major Steps Forward

By Janet Brown - Vol. 6, No. 4. , 2005

Working with hospitals and clinics throughout the country, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment has made major progress in reducing the level of mercury pollution coming from the health care industry.

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Intensive Essential Oil Therapy: Effective Treatment for Common Acute Infections

By Corinne Adrion-Israelsen | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. , 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.

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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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