News, Policy & Economics

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

By Administrator - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 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.

Institute of Medicine's Summit on Integrative Medicine: Revolution! Reform! Reimbursement?

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

Revolution and reform were major themes at the Institute of Medicine's historic Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Public Health. But it's another "R" word reimbursement that will determine what a reformed, integrated system will really deliver. IOM delegates called for a radical shift toward prevention and "wellness" but no one is sure how that transformation will be financed.

Natural Medicine & Healthcare Reform: Taking Our Places, Raising Our Voices

By Michael Traub, ND, FABNO - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Health policy experts are concerned that health care reform efforts could be stymied by a severe lack of primary care doctors. The problem could be attenuated if those presiding over reform would allow the thousands of licensed or license-eligible naturopaths and other holistic non-MD practitioners help to shape and then participate in a reformed health care system.

IDA Medical Foundation Seeks to "Democratize" Prevention

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 9, No. 4. Winter, 2008

Cutting edge early risk detection tests and preventive medicine have become the privilege of the wealthy. Dr. James Ehrlich, a pioneer in cardiovascular risk assessment, hopes to change that with his new Identify Disease in Advance Foundation, which will bring state-of-the-art preventive medicine to people who can least afford it but would most benefit from it.

From "Health Care" to Healthful Caring

By Russell M. Jaffe, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 4. Winter, 2008

The US spends 99 cents of its health care dollar on end-stage treatment and hardly a penny on prevention; as a result we're facing an unprecedented burden of chronic disease that claims lives and threatens our economic future. Some of the best minds in medicine are now working to put proactive prevention at the center of American medicine.

University of Arizona's Integrative Medicine in Residency: A Dream Realized

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

A new 250-hour integrative medicine residency training curriculum developed at the University of Arizona’s Program in Integrative Medicine, is being implemented at 8 major medical centers across the country, a major step forward for holistic health care education.

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!

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

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

Physicians, Techies & Policymakers Try to Close the Primary Care IT Gap

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

If well designed and carefully implemented, electronic medical records (EMRs) can improve patient care, reduce medical errors and save physicians a lot of money. But cost factors and time demands have conspired so that fewer than 10% of all solo and small group practices have EMRs. A growing number of IT-savvy physicians, software designers and policymakers hope to change that.

What to Do - And What Not to Do - If Your State Medical Board Comes A'Calling

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Disciplinary action from a state medical board is among every physician's worst nightmares, and in some states, doctors who practice holistic medicine are especially vulnerable. But if you know your state laws, practice scrupulously, obtain informed consent from patients, and you've got competent legal backup, you have little to worry about, according to Alan Dumoff, JD, an attorney who specializes in representing integrative physicians.