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Alternative Medicine

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.

An Amazing Alternative to Prescription Pills

Maria Rodale | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH I have a word for you: S-adenosylmethionine. A mouthful, I know. But maybe you've heard of it by its nicknam...

Joe Van Brussel

Entrepreneur Salves Alternative-Medicine Devotees

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 08.29.2012 | Small Business

This profile is part of a series featuring innovative small-business owners taking part in The Huffington Post's Entrepreneurship Expo, in Tampa and C...

Cara Santa Maria

Homeopathy Is Quackery

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.28.2012 | Science

Have you ever visited a homeopath before? Do you have any homeopathic pills or suspensions in your medicine cabinet? You may think homeopathic is just...

She Went To Medical School To Cure Her Daughter And Wound Up Saving Her Mother's Life

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

A Healing Balance

Carre Otis | Posted 10.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Carre Otis

My own path towards wellness has been a long and dynamic one. It's taught me that healing from the inside out takes time and there can be great value in various sources of guidance.

Saliva Testing for Adrenal Evaluation

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

I frequently see patients who have gotten saliva testing for various hormone levels, a common practice in many integrative and complementary health clinics, who want to know whether they can fully test the saliva testing results.

A Veteran With PTSD Gets Help From Homeopathy

Larry Malerba, D.O. | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry Malerba, D.O.

When combined with proper medical management, emotional support, and spiritual counseling, a well-chosen homeopathic medicine that resonates with the energetic imprint of an individual's symptom pattern can relieve a great deal of the suffering associated with PTSD.

The Perfect Antidote To Stress

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

Through meditation, one trains to take care of their own personal peace while moving beyond an established belief system -- in order to embrace a wider perspective.