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Suggested by ICIM member Robban Sica, MD:
Heavy metal sources, occupational exposure and symptoms 1
Center for Healing Arts
Listed here are common sources of exposure, both occupational and in everyday life of the most common and most toxic of the heavy metals. While some of these sources are historical, it is important to remember that heavy metals often accumulate in bone, brain, connective tissue, muscle — including heart muscle — fat, kidneys and other tissues. They are not efficiently excreted by the body. Therefore, even exposures from the distant past may be relevant as well as small daily doses over years of exposure.
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Interview on stem cells between ICIM speaker Edward Kondrot, MD and ICIM member David Steenblock, MD
Listen as Drs. Kondrot and Steenblock discuss the latest advancements in stem cells.
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By ICIM member Dale Guyer, MD:
Nutritional 'nobrainers' — Part 1
Dr. Guyer writes, "I was having a conversation the other day with a colleague who works in the naturopathic field. We had discussed simple treatments that have been predictably very effective but often not well known. I shared that I had had the blessing of learning over the years from several colleagues who have been gracious enough to share their own clinical experience with me. This clinical 'trickle-down' effect has had a very substantial positive result for many patients that I consult with on a day to day basis. I thought it would be interesting to outline a few examples of these treatments in terms of their overall effectiveness."
By ICIM member Terry Chappell, MD:
Is obesity a disease or not?
This summer, the AMA recognized obesity as a disease. This is good and bad. It is good because it recognizes obesity is a condition that is not always caused simply by overeating. It will allow some patients to get insurance treatment for treating obesity. Obesity will be taken more seriously by physicians and patients alike.
By ICIM member Simon Yu, MD:
Chronic fatigue haunts millions of Americans with no definitive cure in sight. While the condition itself continues to stir controversy, chronic fatigue sufferers can attest to relentless exhaustion, even after long rests, naps and or a vacation.
Addiction: From genes to drugs
Addiction is a painful reality that affects 23.6 million Americans every day. It's a disease not only of individuals but of families and communities. "Addiction medicine is a very broad area," said Dr. Joel Silverman, chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. "The costs are huge."
These costs are not just to the addicts but to their families and communities.
Chelation in France
Marc Verhheyen writes, "To the extent that I have been able to conclude from different conversations, I think that most of the colleagues who already practice the chelation therapy in France, don't have much basic knowledge about which chelator they have to choose for which heavy metal. The knowledge of nutritional supplements is also very poor."
Family medicine: 118 patients today
Dr. A. Patrick Jonas writes, "I finished with various responses to the pile of papers, forms, reports and letters from various insurance companies. It looked big. So, I counted. 92 patients were represented by this pile. I was surprised. I was also discouraged. There is no end in sight to the ridiculous waste and harassment by various entities in 'the Beast' — Medical Industrial Complex. After finishing with the last patient, I attacked the pile."
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Pick me up truffles
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Whole food ingredients, date sweetened, healthy fats and proteins, taste reminiscent of a Snickers bar. No gluten, no dairy, no refined sugars, no nuts. Perfect for that time of day when energy begins to slump and the urge for something caffeiney and/or sugary starts to kick in. Let's call it the 4 p.m. hour.
The grain that damages the human brain
With increasing recognition among medical professionals and the lay public alike that the health of gut and brain are intimately connected — the "gut-brain" axis — the concept that gluten-containing grains can damage the human brain is beginning to be taken more seriously.
Roasting pumpkin seeds
Got some of those sweet little pie pumpkins left over from Halloween? Here's a fun project with delicious results to do yourself, with friends or with children. Warning: Roasted pumpkin seeds are kind of, well, addictive!
In memory of Dr. Gerald Harvey Ross
Dr. Gerald "Jerry" Ross passed away at home after a brief struggle with cancer. Ross was appointed to many posts including president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine for two terms. He authored or coauthored 29 publications and made more than 80 medical and scientific presentations.
Study: Omeprazole, a PPI, therapy causes malabsorption of cyanocobalamin
Annals of Internal Medicine
A study was conducted to evaluate protein-bound cyanocobalamin absorption before and after omeprazole therapy in healthy male volunteers.
New Jersey woman felled by 'devastating disease doctors have never heard of'
Jennifer Brea kept getting slammed by recurring illness as she was working on her doctorate in political science at Harvard University. But the extent of her declining health didn't hit her until last year, when she went to a restaurant and said her brain was so foggy she couldn't even read the menu. Today, at 31, she is on medical leave from Harvard, disabled by myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME — "the most prevalent and devastating disease your doctor has never heard of," she said.
Establishing, managing and protecting your online reputation: A social media guide for physicians and medical practices
Online health information combined with social media channels like Twitter and Facebook has created a new generation of patients. They are empowered. They have a voice in their own care that they never had before. And more are using social media and physician review sites to choose their doctor or medical practice. Given these stakes, you can’t afford to leave your online reputation to chance.
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