Is your physician happy? Frustrated physicians turning to a new kind of medicine

  • Written by Submitted by Dr. Dan Riegel, PartnerMD

Long waits, brief visits and impersonal service. Not only are these frustrating for you, the patient, but they’re also challenging for us, the physicians. Visiting the doctor didn’t always look like this. House calls and plenty of one-on-one time were long the hallmarks of your local family physician. Doctors often felt like part of your family. Today, you’re pleasantly surprised when you get more than 10 minutes with your physician.

Today’s health plans are reducing doctor reimbursements and increasing the number of patients that physicians in the traditional model have to see. Physicians are rushed, and often have to grapple with the stress of seeing patients as quickly as possible. This trend will only continue as our population continues to grow and age.

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Detoxification and Addictionology

  • Written by Submitted by Melanie Krueger, OMD, EAMP, L.Ac., LMP and Lilith deVeigh, OMD, L.Ac., LMP, Shidoshiho

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) has been providing support in addictions detoxification for over 25 years. The Chinese Medical School we attended included NADA training as a part of the curriculum, and two classmates took that training to the Dade County Drug Rehab Program in Miami when they graduated.

At the time, this was a standard psychological support program consisting of six months of support. The “recidivism” (failure) rate of the program was 80 percent. At the end of the first year, and with only the addition of the NADA protocol and the associated herbal tea, the rate dropped to 20 percent and the Florida Legislature mandated that all county drug rehab programs must have an acupuncturist on staff to provide the NADA Protocol.

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Combining healing systems and therapies

  • Written by Submitted by Melanie Krueger, OMD, EAMP, L.Ac., LMP and Lilith deVeigh, OMD, L.Ac., LMP, Shidoshiho

It’s impossible to ignore that every medical system has areas in which it has both success and difficulties; therefore, until there has been an integration of medical systems, it remains the patient’s task to utilize the optimum combination of therapies for their unique health needs.

In China, where the hospitals have been integrated for the past 50 plus years, with medical doctors and Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors working together on the same patients, they have been able to compile statistics regarding which medicine does what better. They say that 30 percent of treatable diseases are better treated using Western medicine, another 30 percent are better treated with a combination of both, and the remainder are better treated with Chinese medicine.

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The key to managing stress: identify causes and find simple solutions

  • Written by BPT

(BPT) - If there is one aspect of life in the modern world that affects all of us, it’s stress. In fact, it’s so prevalent and can have such a serious effect on our health, that April has been named Stress Awareness Month. Yet despite the potential negative effects of stress, it can also be beneficial.

Stress can lead to a wide variety of health conditions including impaired immune function, headaches, sleep problems, cardiovascular diseases, uncharacteristic anger, anxiety and even depression, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stress can also have a negative financial effect. It has been estimated that stress related medical expenses, lost wages and lost productivity among employers costs the U.S. economy upward of $300 billion per year.

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What is your ‘poop’ saying?

  • Written by submitted By Fred Russo, DAOM, LAc

How many times a day do you have a bowel movement? Are your stools formed or loose? Mr. Hanky may have been a ficticious character from the show South Park, but the quality and quantity of your stools are speaking to you about your state of health. The proper digestion and absorption of nutrients are essential. Dysfunction in the digestive system can cause a lowered immune system, fatigue, insomnia, and extreme mood swings.
Seventy percent of the cells that make up the body’s immune system are found in the wall of the gut, and what we eat may affect the body’s immune response. The normal bacteria in our large intestine contribute to bloating and gas production when carbohydrates are not completely absorbed in the small intestine.
There are many ways that you can improve your digestion and absorption. The first is portion control. There is an Okinawan saying: “Hara Hachi Bu” which translates into “Eat until you are eight parts full.”
This works well because it can take up to 20 minutes for your stomach stretch receptors to let you know that you are full. It is important to not overeat as this adds excessive stress to the digestive system to break down an unnecessary amount of food.
Eating whole foods instead of refined or processed foods will give you optimal health. Processed foods are convenient, but may use chemical additives and high fructose corn syrup for taste. These flavor enhancers are typically not absorbed well, which results in bloating and abdominal pain. Fiber rich fruits and vegetables help give you that bulky formed stool that will make you very proud. Whole foods are generally digested more easily and give you the nutrients that your body craves.
Drink plenty of water. Divide your weight in half and drink that amount in ounces each day. This will also improve elimination and help with detoxification.

We all know that exercising daily is important. Walking will improve your bowel movements. According to research published in the March 2008 issue of the “Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases,” walking speeds up your rate of digestion. This is because walking stimulates your midsection, thus helping your digestion system rise to the occasion. You can walk for as little as 15 minutes to help your body digest your meal faster.

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