Chronic Disease

Copper Deficiency May Underlie Osteoporosis, Anemia and Neurodegenerative Disorders

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Copper seldom gets the attention lavished on other minerals like calcium and magnesium, but it is an essential factor for myelination of nerves, activation of immune system cells, synthesis of collagen and formation of hemoglobin. Copper deficiency, which is very common, may underlie anemia, osteoporosis, heart disease, and it may even mimic multiple sclerosis. Drugs that suppress stomach acid, as well as zinc and vitamin C supplements, contribute to copper deficiency.

IV Nutritional Therapies: Infusions Overcome Limitations of Oral Supplementation

By Kenneth W. Cartaxo, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

The intravenous use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and other important nutrients has a long and venerable history in American medicine. But while most physicians know about it, only a small number of us are making use of these beneficial therapies to help our patients.

Helping Women with Osteoarthritis: Share Your Clinical Experience!

By Staff Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

New studies are showing that, like cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis affects women differently than it does men. Women tend to have more severe pain, in more joints simultaneously, and the diseaes often has a far greater psychosocial impact. To better understand how joint disorders affect women and to identify strategies that can improve care, Holistic Primary Care is collaborating with Joyn, makers of the SheaFlex 70 joint health supplement, and Everydayhealth.com, one of the nation’s largest online health communities, on a first-of-its-kind survey of doctors and patients. We invite your participation!

Mushroom-Derived Compound Boosts Immune System Function in the Elderly

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

Chronic Fatigue, Cardiomyopathy & Oxidative Stress: New Thinking Opens New Approaches

By Allison Templet | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), one of the most vexing conditions for patients and doctors alike, reflects a state of oxygen toxicity, and management of oxidative stress appears to be a key to reversing the fatigue, pain, and neuropsychological complaints associated with this disorder, says Paul R. Cheney, MD, PhD, a pioneer in the clinical research of CFS.

Oximation in Practice: Clearing Acne & Related Skin Disorders

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Acne, psoriasis, rosacea and other common skin disorders are reflections of the same systemic inflammatory processes that underlie heart disease, diabetes, irritable bowel, and many other chronic disorders. Eliminating high-glycemic foods, restoring hormone balance, and minimizing inflammation will not only resolve these skin problems, they will also reduce risk of more serious diseases along the way.

ASU & Pycnogenol Join Glucosamine on Frontline of Natural Arthritis Therapies

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Pycnogenol, an extract of French Maritime Pine bark, and Avocado-Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU), compounds extracted from soy and avocado oils, work as well or better than available anti-arthritic medications. They also have fewer side effects and cost less.

Oximation in Practice: Listen for the Fuse, Don't Wait for the Bomb

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

Some of the most important things I learned in medical school I learned from an oncologist, Dr. Phillip Perriman. He stressed the importance of keeping up with medical research by reading journals, and gave me my first exposure to the power of fruits and vegetables to influence cancer risk.

Hormone Therapies Improve Symptoms and Delay Progression of MS

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

Just a few years ago, MS had rendered Kathryn Simpson bed-ridden and in constant pain. Today, at 54 years old, she's completely symptom-free, and highly active. Comprehensive hormone balancing therapies aimed at re-calibrating the endocrine system and reducing inflammation was the key, and it represents a new therapeutic approach to a disease most doctors deem hopeless.

Heal Thy Practice: Business Strategies That Put the Health Back into Health Care

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

Given the current economic conditions, it is reasonable to ask why anyone would try to launch a new medical conference, let alone one focused on such a specific niche as humanistic, holistic medicine.