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Herbal tonics and superfoods: Essentials for the practice of natural medicine
Dr. Robin Murphy is the author of two new books: "The Superfood Wellness Guide" and "Herbal Wellness Guide." He will share his knowledge of superfoods and herbal tonics for preventing and treating chronic diseases. Clinical and traditional remedies for chronic diseases, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, etc. will be reviewed and discussed in detail, as well as natural remedies for energy, stamina, sports performance, weight loss and longevity. Attendees will learn how to use the "Dr. Murphys Wellness Therapeutic Guide," a comprehensive clinical index of herbal tonics and superfoods.
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By ICIM Nashville speaker David Brownstein, MD:
Do this for your health
Recently, the new guidelines on preventing heart disease were released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The media reported widely about this. Now, for most people, monitoring LDL-cholesterol and total cholesterol levels is not indicated. If your risk of developing cardiac disease is over 7.5 percent over a ten year period, then statins are recommended. The risk can be calculated by going to the American Heart Association website and plugging in your cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol numbers, as well as your age and whether you smoke or not. Then a number is revealed.
Nashville speaker book of the week
"Overcoming Thyroid Disorders" provides information on safe and effective natural therapies to help the body heal itself. Dr. David Brownstein provides more than 30 actual case studies of his success in treating thyroid disorders. "Overcoming Thyroid Disorders" contains information on natural thyroid hormone bioidentical, natural hormones diet, vitamins and minerals important for thyroid function detoxification and much more.
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Podcast from ICIM Nashville speaker Robin Murphy, ND:
Homeopathy and the paradigm of health
This podcast is an excerpt from the 1993 Emergencies and First Aid lecture from Dr. Robin Murphy's Seminar Series and Clinical Homeopathy Certificate Course.
By ICIM member Cathie Ann Lippman, MD:
'Holistic' approaches do work
An interesting editorial in the Los Angeles Times by Richard Dana provides more evidence for the benefits of healthy lifestyle practices in an arena many of us don't think about. Dana left professional football as a player to become a physician and then an orthopedic surgeon. When attending a reunion of his comrades, he discusses his distress at seeing how many were suffering from terrible joint disease, arthritis and were plagued by pain. Others "struggled with diabetes and some even had heart disease." Most of these men were under the age of 55 which is young to have such major complaints.
By ICIM Nashville speaker Thomas Levy, MD:
Vitamin C, infectious diseases and toxins: Curing the incurable
Dr. Thomas Levy writes, "The effectiveness and safety of megadose vitamin C therapy should, by now, be yesterday's news. Yet I never cease to be amazed at the number of persons who remain unaware that vitamin C is the best broad-spectrum antibiotic, antihistamine, antitoxic and antiviral substance there is. Equally surprising is the ease with which some people, most of the medical profession and virtually all of the media have been convinced that, somehow, vitamin C is not only ineffective but is also downright dangerous."
By ICIM member Dale Guyer, MD:
Schizandra berries grow in the wild, harsh climate of northern China and the Russian far east. In traditional Chinese medicine, schizandra berry is listed as one of the fundamental 50 strongest medicinal plants. This small, unassuming, red berry delivers a potent, multifaceted tonic to the user. The Chinese refer to this as the "five flavored seed" because of the distinctive sweet, salty, sour, bitter and pungent taste. For more than 2,000 years schizandra berry has been taken to promote various bodily functions including improved cognition, strengthening immunity in frigid conditions and making the skin appear more radiant.
Recommended by ICIM member James Smith, DO:
NIH study offers insight into why cancer incidence increases with age
National Institutes of Health
The accumulation of age-associated changes in a biochemical process that helps control genes may be responsible for some of the increased risk of cancer seen in older people, according to a National Institutes of Health study.
By ICIM member Terry Chappell, MD:
Weight loss results in reversal of aging
Short telomeres are unique markers for accelerated aging. Many lifestyle factors, such as smoking, depression and lack of exercise are associated with shortening of telomeres. There are only a few activities that can lengthen telomeres, including raising HDL and reducing inflammatory markers such as CRP sensitive.
By ICIM member Joel Bowman, PhD:
The winter of our discontent
Dr. Joel Bowman writes, "I owe the title of this blog entry to William Shakespeare, who put those words in the mouth of King Richard III. Richard's words were a metaphor for difficult times under the previous king rather than commentary on a polar vortex of the sort we've been experiencing in much of the U.S. this winter. For many in the States, this has been the coldest winter with the most ice and snow that we've had for several years."
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From the office of ICIM member Megan Strauchman, MD:
The neurochemistry of scoliosis
Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers
Dr. Mark Morningstar writes, "In a previous post, I discussed how scoliosis is not a disorder that is ever going to be prevented if we only concern ourselves with looking at the spine and biomechanical components. We have to begin looking at how correcting the known neurological and hormonal precursors to scoliosis as early as possible may help to combat scoliosis before it ever starts. This is true prevention. The question is: how do we do that?"
From the office of ICIM member Sherri Tenpenny, DO:
Your holistic first aid kit
Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center
What do you do when you or your child has a cold or gets a "boo-boo?" Do you turn to pharma-produced products, such as antihistamines, ibuprofen and triple antibiotic cream? There is a better, more natural approach that employs herbs, vitamins and homeopathic products. If you build a collection of these types of products, when the next acute illness or minor emergency occurs, you will be prepared to handle it holistically.
EGCG inhibits Cd2+-induced apoptosis through scavenging ROS rather than chelating Cd2+ in HL-7702 cells
Epigallocatechin-3-gallat, the major catechin in green tea, shows a potential protective effect against heavy metal toxicity to humans. Apoptosis is one of the key events in cadmium (Cd2+)-induced cytotoxicity. Nevertheless, the study of EGCG on Cd2+-induced apoptosis is rarely reported. The objective of this study was to clarify the effect and detailed mechanism of EGCG on Cd2+-induced apoptosis.
Let's not give up our right to name names
Alliance for Natural Health USA
Recently, the Alliance for Natural Health USA told you about newly proposed IRS rules that would say what they are allowed to tell you and what not. To give just one example, they would be forced to remove every single reference to a candidate's connection to any legislation from our website 60 days before an election, giving incumbents a free pass to introduce legislation with almost no public scrutiny. A new bill, released Jan. 15 could help.
Published by ICIM member Jonathan Collin, MD:
Hormone testing — When to use serum, saliva and urine
The Townsend Letter
Picture this: A 52-year-old woman comes in to your office for her initial visit. On the phone, she told you that she wanted to come in "for hormones." In her intake, you find out that she is still having menstrual cycles, although they are somewhat irregular and sometimes quite heavy. She has occasional hot flashes, but they are not bothersome. She feels tired and burned out most of the time, although she tends to be optimistic and tries to make the best of things. You think that she is probably a good candidate for hormones but you like to know where you are starting and it seems possible that your patient may have multiple endocrine issues. What is the best way to assess her current hormonal status and monitor any hormone replacement for safety and effectiveness?
Practice management: 6 reasons why LinkedIn rocks for integrative health and medicine professionals
If you've not yet joined LinkedIn, you're missing out on the single most important social business network bar none. In terms of online reputation, LinkedIn is a must-have. More industry professionals are joining daily and integrative health and wellness groups are proliferating. Here are six reasons why LinkedIn rocks for integrative health and medicine professionals.
Facebook friend of the week: ICIM member Tammy Born, DO
The Born Clinic is an integrative medicine clinic where highly individualized patient testing and treatment plans are developed by "integrating" conventional Western medicine with complementary medicine such as biomedical and holistic treatments.
Gluten brain: Wheat cuts off blood flow to frontal cortex
As far back as 1954, reports of the full or partial resolution of schizophrenia following a gluten-free diet began to surface in the medical literature. We covered this remarkable pattern of associations in a previous article titled, "60 Years of Research Links Gluten Grains to Schizophrenia." While the explanation for this intriguing connection has remained focused on the disruption of the gut-brain axis and the presence in wheat of a wide range of pharmacologically active and mostly opioid receptor modulating polypeptides, a new and possibly more disturbing explanation is beginning to surface: wheat consumption cuts off blood flow to the brain.
HRT cuts risk of repeat knee, hip replacement surgery by 40 percent
Hormone replacement therapy taken regularly for six months after a knee or hip replacement seems to cut the risk of repeat surgery by around 40 percent, indicates a large population based study published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
ICIM Scrapbook: What we ask of you
With a budget of under $70,000 per year and a staff of three part-timers, it seems like ICIM has a limited role to play. However, ICIM is no less than what we mean to each of you. We are an organization because we can do more good together than apart.
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