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Even for a ligament tear, the way we have always done it (surgery) doesn’t appear to be the best way

Posted August 24, 2010

The news has subtly crept into the public consciousness. Muscle/ligament/ tendon tears are not always candidates for surgical repair. That is a huge paradigm shift for practitioner and patient alike who have been culturally conditioned to think in terms of structure rather than function.

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Free Market Forces in Health Care

Posted August 19, 2010

The U.S. health care industry has remained an anathema to the American economy whose strengths have historically been built on a free market system.

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“We are the Experiment”: Greater than 9 in 10 Canadians found to carry Bisphenol A/BPA as well as 90% of Americans and Europeans

Posted August 19, 2010

The first national survey about bisphenol A/BPA conducted by Statistics Canada has revealed that 91% of Canadians have a body burden of this chemical known to have hormone-like effects. What does not mean? Honestly, no one knows because ìwe are the experiment.î

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With a new mandate of required payment of preventive testing, does the US Preventive Task Force miss the mark with women’s bone health recommendations?

Posted August 6, 2010

The government has estimated that as many as ten million Americans have osteoporosis. Half of all American women will, according to these government estimates, have a fracture related to osteoporosis during their lifetime. Men are by no means immune to bone thinning. While the experts term osteoporosis as a disease that necessitates the latest medication to address bone thinning, others including John Abramson, MD, author of Overdosed America, educate us that bone thinning is far better designated the culmination of unwise lifestyle choices.

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Risk to Benefit Ratio: when is a drug too risky to stay on the market?

Posted July 21, 2010

A pundit was overheard to say it takes at least 100 deaths for the FDA to act regarding pulling a prescription drug from the marketplace. The playing field is far from level for risky medications versus the risks of supplements including herbs.

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One of the most widely used first line AIDS drugs linked to ‘Severe Vitamin D Deficiency’

Posted July 19, 2010

It is one of those ëfar enough ahead of your time to suffer for it medical maverickî moments. Integrative medical practitioners have long recognized because of their knowledge and use of the body’s biochemistry that prescription drugs deplete the body of certain nutrients. It’s called drug induced nutrient depletion. The side effects of medication are often related to or caused directly by the phenomenon of drug induced nutrient depletion.

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Excellent healthcare is by definition redistributional?

Posted July 17, 2010

Donald Berwick, MD, pediatrician and professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard, has been newly appointed by President Obama as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Berwick also serves as the President and CEO of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Berwick was appointed using President Obama’s recess appointment powers that bypass the usual Senate confirmation process.

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Become a Better Educated Healthcare Consumer

Posted July 10, 2010

The American economy while battered, shaken, and plagued by staggering debt from wasteful government spending continues to remain relatively safe to many in the business world. Conventional American medicine boasts amazing technology and innovation but it remains unlike any other segment of the economy as most Americans would currently agree it’s a broken system.

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The Campaign to Cover Up Americans from Sun Exposure; what are the risks versus the benefits

Posted July 6, 2010

The campaign to address Americans’ sun exposure has become the standard of care in American medicine. One of this country’s leading medical educators and researchers, Michael Holick, MD, even lost his tenure ship in dermatology at Boston University when he dared to question this dogma to avoid and cover up from exposure to the sun.

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Drugs in our water, drugs from cows

Posted June 29, 2010

Thanks to the imagination of a school girl in WV, a growing appreciation exists of our exposure to pharmaceutical drugs in our water supply system. It was her school experiment after reading about drugs in Swiss lakes that sparked the US Geological Service to launch a survey of streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. The results were startling to all; widespread contamination of our waters was present from pharmaceutical drugs dumped down drains, in the trash, and from commodes.

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