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'Extraordinary' chelation effects in diabetes propel TACT into spotlight again
Medscape
The Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy, dubbed by one observer as "the most controversial CVD trial in a long time," is stepping back into the limelight with findings from a substudy that may prove just as astounding as the primary study results. In a prespecified analysis of patients with diabetes in TACT, Dr. Esteban Escolar and colleagues, with TACT principal investigator Dr. Gervasio A. Lamas, found a highly significant 15 percent absolute decrease in risk of the primary composite end point among diabetic patients in the chelation arm compared with patients treated with placebo infusions.
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A new patient resource website about chelation

Chelation Nation
Chelation Nation is a guide to identifying and reversing heavy metal poisoning. The content of this website is not moderated by any external board. Resources are added after they have been vetted as "generic," "unbiased," and "educational." This website will always be a work in progress.
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By ICIM member Terry Chappell, MD:
First, do no harm

Hippocrates issued this often-repeated mantra for the medical profession. Unfortunately, with the side effects of medications and the complications of surgery, modern medicine often pays minimal attention to this important guideline. An article in the AMA journal goes one step further and advocates screening for financial harm. Patients without insurance are often shocked by huge medical bills, sometimes way out of proportion for the benefit gained.
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By ICIM member Cathie Ann Lippman, MD:
Do you still believe pesticides on food are OK? Think again

Dr. William Porter is a scientist at the University of Wisconsin who presents a very understandable explanation about how dangerous pesticides are for us. His talk, "Biological Effects of Pesticides," is an eye-opening presentation about the effects of pesticides on the endocrine, neurological and immune systems in our bodies.
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By ICIM member Sherri Tenpenny, DO:
Using an unapproved meningitis vaccine? Not so fast

Recently, there has been a lot of noise, eh, news about the meningitis outbreak at Princeton University and the "rush" to bring in an unapproved vaccine from Europe to mass vaccinate the kids on campus. Here are important considerations for you to know.
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The pollution in newborns
Environmental Working Group
In a study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by Red Cross after the cord was cut, harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients and wastes from burning coal, gasoline and garbage.
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Healing with language: Sequence
SCS Matters
With language, it is not always obvious that the sequence in which things are said will influence how others respond or that sequence is a major indicator of behavioral tendencies. We have previously noted the importance sequence with the "Magic But." Compare the following.
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High blood pressure
by Daniel F. Royal, DO, HMD, JD
Almost 90 percent of people with high blood pressure have so called "essential hypertension." This means that it is elevated for reasons which we have no explanation. We do know that our bodies have a "barostat" which controls blood pressure like a thermostat controls the temperature. However, in people with essential hypertension, the barostat is just turned up too high.
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Shameless happiness: Easy as ABCDE
Galveston Daily News via American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
Dr. Victor Sierpina writes, "As a physician, I have the opportunity to see plenty of unhappiness, much of it for good reason: abuse, trauma, stress, horrific family stories, mental and physical pain and disease. These problems are challenging and sometimes nearly impossible to solve. I regularly find myself admiring the courage of my patients who endure and even thrive through things the average person would find incomprehensible or flat out discouraging."
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Grow patient volume by marketing less
FON Therapeutics
Glenn Sabin writes, "Perhaps the title of this post is a bit disingenuous because, more accurately, what I'm positing is that you can best grow your integrative medicine business — patient volume, product sales — by selling and marketing differently, if not exactly less. Frankly, your customers, aka patients, and prospective clients couldn't care less about you, your ambitions and why your services or products are special. They're focused on themselves, their own problems and how you might be able to help them. This has always been the reality."
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Congress passes compounding bill
Alliance for Natural Health USA
Technically it was a "unanimous" voice vote. But they didn't keep a tally, so there's no record of which senators didn't vote at all. By acclamation, the Senate passed the compounding legislation that Congress has spent months considering. The problem is that with voice votes, only a certain number of senators need to be on the floor of the Senate at the time of the vote and then there is no official tally. Shamefully, our senators are able to vote for the bill or abstain altogether and no one is able to hold them accountable for their actions.
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Study: Link between allergies and increased risk of blood cancers in women
Medical Xpress
A team of scientists looking into the interplay of the immune system and cancer have found a link between a history of airborne allergies — in particular to plants, grass and trees — with risk of blood cancers in women. Notably, the study did not find the same association in men, which suggests a possible gender-specific role in chronic stimulation of the immune system that may lead to the development of hematologic cancers. The findings are published online in the American Journal of Hematology.
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