News, Policy & Economics

IDA Medical Foundation Seeks to “Democratize” Prevention

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

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From “Health Care” to Healthful Caring

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

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

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

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Helping Women with Osteoarthritis: Share Your Clinical Experience!

By Staff Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. , 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!

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

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

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

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

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AHMA & AANP Build Bridges With “Co-Located” Annual Conferences

By John Weeks | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. , 2008

The joint decision by the American Holistic Medical Association and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians to “co-locate” their annual conferences this Summer represents a significant and historic first step toward formal organizational collaboration between holistically minded MDs, osteopaths and their naturopathic colleagues.

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Chiropractic Primary Care: Is a Potentially Cost-Saving Model Headed for Extinction?

By John Weeks | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. , 2007

Since 1999, the Alternative Medicine Integration Group (AMI) has offered members of an Illinois HMO the option to choose chiropractors as primary care physicians (PCPs), and outcomes data show strong reductions in hospitalizations, medication use, and overall costs. But divisiveness within the chiropractic profession and limited insurance reimbursement have prevented the chiropractic primary care model from gaining ground.

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Catch-22: Can We Harvest the Health Benefits of Seafood Without Destroying the Oceans?

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 7, No. 4. , 2006

The recent Institute of Medicine and Harvard reports on seafood safety go a long way in allaying public concern about mercury toxicity in fish and affirming fish as a healthy food. But they largely overlook the precarious state of the world’s oceans. Can we have our fish and eat them too? Yes, say marine biologists, but only with major changes in fisheries management and consumer consciousness.

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Fourth-Year Elective Puts HEART into Medical Training

By Administrator - Vol. 7, No. 3. , 2006

The Humanistic Elective in Activism, alternative medicine, and Reflective Transformation (HEART), an annual month-long, live-in clerkship for 4th year MD and DO students sponsored by the American Medical Students Association, is trying to remedy the unhealthy grind of medical training by providing opportunities for med students to experience truly healthy living.

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