Girls Will Be Girls….But Not For Long

By Erik Goldman

Precocious puberty is on the rise among pre-teen girls in the US, according to a comprehensive multi-site study of more than 1,200 girls, aged 6-8 years. By age 8, 18% of Whites, 31% of Hispanics, and a shocking 43% of black girls showed significant breast development. Premature puberty confers a host of risk factors, including […]

Potassium, the “Good Salt,” Improves Heart Health

By Erik Goldman

As public health experts and municipalities push for sodium reductions in our food supply, they’d do well to also pay attention to a new study showing that raising the level of potassium salts in foods could reduce heart disease risk by up to 11%. [Read More…]

Crisis? What Crisis? Health Insurance CEOs Continue to Earn Big

By Erik Goldman

Millions of Americans lost their jobs and their health care access in 2009. Hundreds of primary care physicians closed up shop or selling to hospital systems and mega-clinics. The nation continued to get fatter, sicker, and more drug-addled. And the Masters of the Health Care Universe continued to pay themselves richly. Very richly. Find out […]

NY Times Spotlights Dr. Gordon’s Healing Work in Gaza & Israel

By Erik Goldman

HPC would like to commend our friend, Dr. Jim Gordon, and his team at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine for the deep healing work they are doing in Gaza and in Israel. For much of the last decade, Dr. Gordon and colleagues have been working in conflict-ravaged places teaching mind-body skills that can help people […]

Study Says Overuse Threatens Gains From Modified Crops

By Andrew Pollack | NY Times

Genetically engineered crops have provided “substantial” environmental and economic benefits to American farmers, but overuse of the technology is threatening to erode the gains, a national science advisory organization said Tuesday in a report. The report is described as the first comprehensive assessment of the impact of genetically modified crops on American farmers, who have […]

North Carolina Family Physicians Inaugurate Holistic President

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. , 2010

The North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians recently inaugurated R.W. “Chip” Watkins, MD, MPH, a holistic & functional medicine practitioner, as the organization’s president. Dr. Watkins is among the first holistic doctors to win a leadership position in a mainstream state medical organization.

Fed Stimulus Offer Carrots to Doctors Going Digital, but HITECH Wields Sticks

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. , 2010

The federal stimulus package has put a lot of money on the table to encourage doctors to embrace electronic medical records – as much as $44,000 per practice. But new and more restrictive security regulations could be a major buzz-kill.

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Rules Worth Following, for Everyone’s Sake

By Jane E. Brody | From

In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” by Michael Pollan. Mr. Pollan is not […]

Medical Economics Cover Story Features Heal Thy Practice Conference Chairman

By Erik Goldman

January 25, 2010—Dr. Brian Forrest, program chairman for Holistic Primary Care’s upcoming Heal Thy Practice conference, is featured on the cover of  the Jan. 22 edition of Medical Economics, the nation’s leading publication on the business aspects of medical practice. The article, part of MedEc’s “Practicing Excellence” series, profiles Dr. Forrest’s innovative, low-overhead, cash-only practice, […]

Putting docs in Duane Reade pays off

By Gale Scott | From

Putting its doctors to work next to the shampoo and toothpaste aisles in a chain of New York City drugstores is paying off for a big Manhattan hospital system. Continuum Health Partners’ two-year-old arrangement to place its physicians in walk-in medical clinics at Duane Reade pharmacies has done even better than the health system hoped. […]