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. […]

On the Dangers of Polypharmacy

By Administrator - Vol. 6, No. 4. , 2005

According to Dr. Charles Sullivan, a reader of Holistic Primary Care, physicians who decry their patients’ combining herbs and nutraceuticals with conventional drugs would do well to pay closer attention to their own far more dangerous practice of prescribing multiple drugs in combinations that have never been scientifically tested.

Letters to the Editor

By Administrator - Vol. 6, No. 2. , 2005

HPC readers write in about the details of sleep phase cycles, and a novel approach to preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Letter to the Editor

By To the Editor - Vol. 6, No. 2. , 2005

HPC readers write in about the details of sleep phase cycles, and a novel approach to preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Letters – Response to Letter regarding Chinese Herbs

By Administrator - Vol. 3, No. 1. , 2002


Your approach to Chinese herbs (in the article, “Six Chinese Herbs Every Doctor Should Know,” HPC June 15, 2001) is very Western. Chinese herbs are not taken individually, but complexed in unique formulas which balance them.

Also, other herbs are used to neutralize potential ill-effects of the toxic herbs. For example, when Fu Zhi is cooked with licorice, the toxicity is almost eliminated. This concept of taking individual herbs for symptoms is so anti-Oriental medicine.

Cinnabar (a mercury containing compound mentioned in the article) is not even available any more from reputable herbal companies.

Please try looking at herbs from the paradigm they come from.


From the Editor

By Administrator

It’s been a rough season for Big Pharma. No sooner does Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine publish The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It, her scathing book detailing the drug industry’s lockhold on academic and clinical medicine, then Merck recalls Vioxx, its superstar $2.5 billion a year anti-inflammatory.

Time to Speak Up for Health Care Reform

By Administrator

Ten years ago, I was a reporter for a major medical news company, and I logged a lot of hours covering socioeconomic issues in medicine. The Clinton administration had just unveiled its plan to reform the health care system. Mr. and Mrs. Clinton argued it was simply unacceptable that the wealthiest, most advanced nation on Earth had more than 30 million citizens—most of them active and working—who could not afford health care coverage.