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By ICIM Nashville speaker Gervasio Lamas, MD and ICIM member Ted Rozema, MD:
Effect of disodium EDTA chelation regimen on cardiovascular events in patients with previous myocardial infarction: The TACT randomized trial
Among stable patients with a history of MI, use of an
intravenous chelation regimen with disodium EDTA, compared with placebo, modestly reduced the risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes, many of which were revascularization procedures. These results provide evidence to guide further research but are not sufficient to support the routine use of chelation therapy for treatment of patients who have had an MI.
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Perspectives on the use of stem cells for autism treatment
By ICIM Nashville speaker Jeff Bradstreet, Dario Siniscalco, Nataliia Sych and Nicola Antonucci via PubMed
Autism and autism spectrum disorders are complex neurodevelopmental disorders. ASDs are clinically defined by deficits in communication, social skills and repetitive and/or restrictive interests and behaviors. With the prevalence rates for ASDs rapidly increasing, the need for effective therapies for autism is a priority for biomedical research. This review will focus on the potential use of the various types of stem cells: embryonic, induced pluripotential, fetal and adult stem cells as targets for ASD therapeutics.
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Nashville speaker book of the week by Edward Kondrot, MD
More than 70 percent of the people Dr. Kondrot has treated have actually shown significant improvement in their vision. Some have regained enough vision to be able to read again, see their grandchildren's faces and even regain their driver's license. Microcurrent stimulation uses a combination of acupuncture and electricity to stimulate healing of macular degeneration. This book offers a thorough explanation and history of MCS, details the equipment needed for self-treatment and describes supplemental acupuncture points.
Toxic update — Preparing for ICIM Nashville's lecture 'Toxicity in Built Spaces'
LEED is driving the green building industry
U.S. Green Building Council
LEED — or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design — is transforming the way we think about how our buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building life cycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies.
By ICIM member Ellie Campbell, DO:
6 steps to reduce your risk of colon cancer
If you were told to repeat your colonscopy in three years, the polyp biopsy most likely showed adenomas. Adenomatous polyps do not always become cancer but they have a much higher rate of malignant transformation than others types of polyps, so they are considered precancerous. It is odd that the GI's almost never ask why you got these adenomatous polyps in the first place nor offer advice on what you might do to prevent new ones. There are six things you should do.
Healing with language: Values
In Core Transformations, Andreas and Andreas identify five core values: being, inner peace, love, OK-ness and oneness. Values are inherently hierarchial, with some things being of greater value than others.
Facebook friend of the week: ICIM member Susan Tanner, MD
At Southern Environmental Medicine Center, Dr. Tanner strives to find the root cause of illness to heal patients long term and improve quality of life rather than treating only symptoms.
Connect with chelation on the International Board of Metal Toxicology website
International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology
The purpose of the International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology is to define and establish the qualifications to be required of licensed physicians and equivalents for international certification as board certified persons in the field of clinical metal toxicology and any other field that may be assumed by this Board; to require all applicants to submit evidence that they meet all established requirements for licensed physicians, or their equivalents, particularly with regard to administering intravenous treatments; to authorize and approve training seminars in accordance with the bylaws, necessary for board certification in clinical metal toxicology; and to conduct examinations in conformity with the bylaws of this board.
Toxic metals speech given before the Office of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
By IBCMT board member Dr. Peter Jennrich
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry prepared on behalf of the U.S. government a list of substances, which are extremely harmful for humans. The substances are prioritized considering how often they are found in the environment and how easily humans can come into contact with them as well as depending on how poisonous they are.
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Medicine of the future:
Awakening the healer within you
By ICIM member Simon Yu, MD
Fear is the most common negative emotional energy that interferes with our natural healing process.
Fear comes in many different energy forms. Fear can transform to self-doubt, jealousy, suspicion, anger
or blame. It will interfere at every level of the spiritual, mind, emotion and body; all causing physical
manifestations. Fear is highly profitable for many businesses. After all, the end of America and
Armageddon are the biggest, most profitable way to promote fear for profit for right or wrong reasons.
Medicine of the past, present and future:
By ICIM member Todd Pesek, MD
In the midst of the holiday season we are given another reason to celebrate: Winter Solstice. Winter Solstice is the time when the sun appears at noon at its lowest elevation above the horizon and is the shortest day of the year. Winter Solstice has been told to be a time of transition into our new beginning, transformation and rebirth — a time for conscious growth and connection to our ancestors, children, nature, cosmos and all that ever was and will be.
Obituary of our friend Gerald Ross, MD
Dr. Gerald "Jerry" Ross passed away at home after a brief struggle with cancer. He practiced in Family Medicine in Canada and ran both an ER and an ICU until a personal connection directed him towards environmental medicine. He became the founding medical director of the Nova Scotia Environmental Medicine Clinic and worked at the Environmental Health Center in Dallas, Texas, for 12 years.
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Letter from LinkedIn colleague Dr. Thomas Stone:
Dr. Stone writes, "Wendy, although you are correct that doctors (not all) do not take the time to 'prioritize' a patients optional therapies, you have to keep in mind that if you are shopping in a pharmaceutical and surgical environment, there are limited options. And those options are obviously limited to those modalities. And also taking into consideration, the current way of doing business in the medical fields, doctors have very little quality time for each individual patient. Much of the therapies are based on obvious symptoms, and what the patient tells the doctor."
Practice management: Determinants of patient loyalty to provider identified
HealthDay News via Medical Express
Determinants of patient loyalty have been identified and include confidence in care provider and coordination of care, according to a report published by Press Ganey. Researchers from Press Ganey explored the issue of patient loyalty in relation to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Based on 1.3 million patient records, key drivers were identified for patients at the highest risk of switching provider. The analysis produced an algorithm which can be used by medical groups to identify loyalty drivers in their own population.
Top 20 winter recipes
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Warming stews, soups and puds.
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