News, Policy & Economics

Washington State's "Every Category" Law Still Controversial, Five Years Later

By Joyce Frieden | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

In 1996, Washington became the first state to mandate that health care insurers cover services provided by naturopaths and other alternative health care professionals. The so-called "Every Category of Provider," mandate was controversial when passed, and five years later, the arguments for and against the law continue.

White House Commission Urged to Respect Freedom of Choice

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

Under a federal mandate, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy was charged with the task of setting a national agenda for holistic health care. In a series of public meetings, Commission members had the opportunity to gather input from the general public. Freedom of choice in health care was the core theme emerging from the New York City meeting.

Neither Food Nor Drug: Is It Time for a Third Regulatory Category?

By Florence Rollwagen, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

Dietary supplements are regulated as foods in the US, but in many cases, they are used like drugs, creating a difficult regulatory conundrum. Many thought leaders in the field believe the problem could be solved by creating a third regulatory category that recognizes the ways in which supplements are different from both drugs and foods.

In Memoriam: William R. Fair, MD

By Staff Writer - Vol. 3, No. 1. April, 2002

Dr. William Fair was as old-school and conventional as any oncologic surgeon could get. His faith in the power of the scalpel was nearly unshakeable, until he himself was diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer. That diagnosis prompted him on a quest into the worlds of nutrition, yoga, meditation, botanical medicine and touch therapy. He devoted the last years of his distinguished life to creation of Haelth, a New York City integrative health center bringing together the best of natural medicine with conventional allopathic care.

White House Commission Calls on HHS for Permanent CAM Office

By Staff Writer - Vol. 3, No. 1. April , 2002

The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine released its final policy report and called on the Department of Health and Human Services to create a permanent, federally funded office for scientific research, education, and public policy on holistic health care.

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. June, 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.

Nation's First Holistic Medicine Residency on the Horizon

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

Facing the Shadow Side of Statins: Petition Urges FDA to Mandate CoQ10 Recommendation on Statin Labels

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

Statins are very effective at reducing LDL and total cholesterol, but they also deplete coenzyme Q10, a naturally occurring substance that is essential for normal muscle and heart function. Citing evidence that a major statin manufacturer knew the risks in the early '90s but took no action, Dr. Julian Whitaker sent a petition to the FDA to put a black box warning on all statin labels stating the dangers of CoQ10 depletion.

NDs Take Holistic Health Agenda to Washington, DC: Drs. Pizzorno, Snider Named to Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

When Joseph Pizzorno, ND, and Pamela Snider, ND, were named to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, they went to Washington, DC with the hope of bringing the preventive philosophy of naturopathic medicine to the Medicare policy-making table.

NCCAM Offers Fiscal Incentives to Draw Holistic Research Expertise

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

In the interest of drawing experienced medical researchers into the field of natural medicine research, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is offering a number of financial aids, including loan repayment programs and special stipends.