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Alternative Medicine

Premature Reports of Nails in CAM's Coffin: Of Miracles and Money

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many unpatentable modalities in the realm of complementary and alternative medicine do not inspire huge and costly trials. We need such trials to know for sure what does and doesn't work. In the absence of them, we need to avoid a rush to judgment.

Are You Keeping Secrets From Your Doctor?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of people are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) these days -- things like vitamins, homeopathic or herbal medicine, chiropractors, acupuncture or massage therapy. But they don't always tell their doctors about it.

Catherine Pearson

More Kids Being Treated With Alternative Medicine, But Is It Safe?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents

Children with chronic health conditions are regularly treated with alternative therapies, according to a new Canadian study that suggests the use of s...

Suzanne Somers: Adam Lanza's Diet May Have Contributed To Newtown Shooting

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 01.10.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

The country's leaders are busy debating gun control following the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., but Suzanne Somers says ...

What To Expect In Integrative Medicine For 2013

Loren Fishman, MD | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Loren Fishman, MD

Yoga isn't the only "alternative therapy" that can help patients achieve better outcomes than pills and medical procedures alone. My prediction is that 2013 will see more and more physicians like myself who have added more than conventional Western medicines to their treatments.

Can Multivitamins Help Us With Cancer Risks?

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

When you do a search on the Internet, there are abundant studies that suggest both for and against vitamins -- so what are we to make of all the results? Should we or should we not take multivitamins?

An Integrative Medicine Guide to Better Health

Dr. Soram Khalsa | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Soram Khalsa

When organs dysfunction, we get a whole host of symptoms that doctors see so often in their practice. Without the integrative model, these health problems can only be treated symptomatically.

Doctor Plans 'Anti-Inflammatory' Restaurant In D.C.

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.14.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The science may be sketchy, but how's the food? Alternative medicine kingpin Dr. Andrew Weil, a founder of the True Food Kitchen rest...

How Weddings Keep Patients Alive

well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 12.06.2012 | Weddings

As my patient looked on, his wife took the framed photograph out of a nondescript manila mailer, the type with bubble wrap on the inside, and handed i...

Dealing With a Diagnostic Dilemma: What Would You Do?

Liz Sterling, M.A. | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Liz Sterling, M.A.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, I turn 55, and I pause at the irony of life bringing an uncertain diagnosis at this turning point. Have you had moments that you knew were turning points in self-discovery?

CFO Magazine Urges Fortune 500 Firms to Explore Cost Savings Via Alternative and Integrative Medicine

John Weeks | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The big money in complementary and integrative medicine fields and their preventive and health-promoting focus that CFO Magazine's McCann notes is not in churning services. It is in saving money by limiting services.

The Homeopathic Option for Whooping Cough

Larry Malerba, D.O. | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Malerba, D.O.

Clinical experience indicates that homeopathic medicine is a viable option for pertussis. However, mainstream medicine's general unwillingness to consider any therapy that is not manufactured by PhRMA tends to blind it to potentially new and/or unexplored treatments.

Not Trying to Get Your Way May Make You Happier

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

We want to plan. We want to control. We want to be ready and look our best and come out on top. But controlling for what is coming is no guarantee you are going to make the most of what comes -- in fact, it's probably going to hinder our ability to get the most out of it.

Think Outside the Box

Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld

The beauty of integrative medicine is it is a paradigm of health optimization. It is a paradigm that can ultimately improve the quality of the life experience. If there are people out there who object to this, then I must ask what they have to lose by embracing change.

Our Changing Relationship With Our Health

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

For many patients, their naturopathic doctor helps to bridge their medical care and their everyday life. When we take time to understand them, answer questions, and show how things are related, patients feel they are a partner in their health care, not merely a subject.

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect (Part 3)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

One key to an entirely new kind of medicine is suggested by the placebo effect. But for this promise to come true, we need to see placebos as part of a holistic system.

Long-Haired Croatian 'Healer' Will Stare At You For $8

Posted 10.05.2012 | DC

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Braco stares. He gazes. Silently. He gets paid $8 to do it for some 10 minutes at a time in hotel meeting rooms. Friday, Saturda...

The Benefits of Probiotics

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 10.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Many patients think that probiotics are only good for gastrointestinal issues, but they have other benefits as well. Sure, it can be a great friend to our gut function, but it also can help those with frequent infection issues.

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

You are either preventing or not preventing illness all the time. There is no such thing as benign neglect. The feedback loop is inescapable. Rather than considering that a threat, we can create a new model of well-being that gives you much more control over your health for life.

Science Isn't Magic (It's Better!), Doctors Aren't Omniscient (They're Human!)

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

You get a valuable sense of control over your body by understanding your body. Do this, and you can make your doctor a partner in your health care -- not your guru. It just may improve your health care, and is bound to improve your health.

Finding Your Way: One Physician-Patient's Look at Conventional and Complementary Medicine

Dr. Denise Nagel | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Denise Nagel

In health care, the world breaks down into two types: those who "believe" in alternative medicine and those who think it is quackery. This is unfortunate. New ideas are always alternative until they become well accepted.

You Live in Your Body, Not Your Doctor -- Part I

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

The human body is the most precise instrument on our planet. It puts a Formula 1 Ferrari to shame. Use your health care providers like a pit stop crew, but remember you are the driver. You win the trophy at the end of the race, not the crew.

Review Finds Cost Effectiveness of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in More Than Two Dozen High-Quality Studies

John Weeks | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Herman is right that it's time to shift the dialogue from roundhouse dismissal of potential cost-saving contributions from what she and the authors call "CIM" treatments and providers. The evidence is there for proactive exploration of potential cost savings.

Physician Heal Thyself: M.D.s Earn Continuing Education Credit to Learn Yoga Poses

John Weeks | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In a time in which physician burnout is at high levels, developing mindfulness practices such as yoga can only be beneficial in the doctor's own life as a powerful antidote to some of the daily administrative and payment -- not to mention patient-related -- stress.

Can We Take Too Much Fish Oil?

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

One of my patients asked me about a recent article she read in a magazine that said that fish oil supplement consumption may lead to increased risk of cancer. She has rheumatoid arthritis, and takes fish oil for help with controlling inflammation in her body.