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Do Calcium & Vitamin D Still Have a Place in Osteoporosis Prevention?

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 2. , 2006

Recent data have caused many patients and physicians to question the value of vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent osteoporosis. But a closer look at the study shows that the findings are not nearly as negative as the media reported them to be. Women’s Health columnist Dr. Tori Hudson believes the supplements still have a major role to play.

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Vitamin D2 or D3: Which Is D Best?

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. , 2008

A wealth of studies in recent years have underscored the health threats posed by vitamin D deficiency. But considerable debate has raged over which form of the vitamin is the best for supplementation. Many clinicians believe that vitamin D3, derived from fish and other animal sources, is more potent than D2, the “vegetarian” form. But new data suggest that may not be true.

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Cutting the CRAP: Natural Therapies Improve Abdominal Pain in Children

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 4. , 2005

Chronic recurrent abdominal pain is very common in children. Fortunately, the majority of kids with this problem will respond well to combinations of herbal therapies, dietary changes, and biofeedback, reports Joy Weidert, MD. This is a far safer approach than wanton use of antispasmodics, anti-depressants or other drugs that have little evidence to support their use for abdominal pain in kids.

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

By Staff Writer - 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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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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The Clinical Picture of Hypothyroidism

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. , 2008

Thyroid hormone plays a central role in energy metabolism and immune competence. Accurate diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism is essential to restoring health. But most physicians rely too much on questionably reliable blood tests, and not enough on what their eyes and their patients are telling them. This photo gallery, compiled by Roby Mitchell, MD, reveals the common clinical signs of hypothyroidism.

Homeopathy Helps Women with Depression

By Lauri Grossman, DC - Vol. 6, No. 3. , 2005

Homeopathy can benefit many patients with depression, especially women. Dr. Lauri Grossman, a chiropractor and homeopath outlines key remedies for managing depression.

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New Studies Support Probiotics for IBS, Ulcerative Colitis

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 6, No. 3. , 2005

Several new studies published in major medical journals over the last 6 months are strengthening the scientific support for use of probiotics as treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and chronic liver diseases.

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The Physician Personality: Overcoming “Overcare” and Perfectionism

By Lee Lipsenthal, MD - Vol. 5, No. 4. , 2004

Perfectionism, competitiveness, and a sometimes overwhelming desire to do good are very common personality traits among people drawn to a career in medicine. Unfortunately, these very traits can wreak havoc in physicians’ personal and professional lives. Beneath the drive to know everything and always make the right treatment decisions is often a deep insecurity. Dr. Lee Lipsenthal explores the hidden fears underneath the mask of medical authority.

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CleanMed 2001: Hospital Administrators See the Green Light

By Janet Brown | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

Hospital administrators are finally starting to reckon with the damaging effects their institutions can have on the environment. Janet Brown, HPC’s resident medical environmentalist, reports from CleanMed, the nation’s largest conference dedicated to health care and ecology.

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