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Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
September, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 09
Bye-Bye Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hello Alternative Medicine
By James P. Meschino, DC, MS
On July 9, 2002, researchers announced they were stopping the American Women's Health Initiative (WHI) trial of 16,000 women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The reason was that after a little over five years of the study, there was a 26 percent increased risk of breast cancer in women taking HRT, compared with those receiving the placebo.Women taking HRT also showed a 41 percent increased risk of stroke, and a 29 percent increased risk of myocardial infarction.
Prior to this, the Nurses' Health Study indicated that for each year a woman remained on HRT her risk of breast cancer increases by 2.3 percent. Thus, after 10 years she had a 23 percent increased risk of breast cancer, and after 20 years, a 46 percent increased risk of breast cancer compared to postmenopausal women who did not use HRT.
Adding to the alarming results of the WHI trial is the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (July 17, 2000 issue). This follow-up study of 44,241 former participants in the Breast Cancer Detection Demonstration Project showed that women taking estrogen replacement therapy (with no progesterone, known as unopposed estrogen) had an increased risk of ovarian cancer. For women who had used estrogen replacement for 10 to 19 years the relative risk was 1.8, which increased to 3.2 for women who used estrogen replacement therapy for 20 or more years.
These latest findings are changing the way the medical profession views the use of HRT and estrogen replacement (ERT). Doctors are now encouraged to use HRT only in cases where there is an absolute need, and ERT, which was commonly prescribed for women who had undergone hysterectomy, is no longer the treatment of choice. As the results of these findings begin to emerge in the popular media, patients themselves are voluntarily terminating their use of HRT and ERT in large numbers, and this movement is anticipated to continue at a predictable pace.
The question on the minds of consumers and practitioners is if there are natural alternatives to the use of HRT and ERT that are safe and effective in the management of menopausal symptoms. There are three clinically proven natural supplements that all practitioners should be aware of: black cohosh extract, gamma-oryzanol, and soy isoflavones.
In head-to-head studies against HRT, diazepam, and placebo, black cohosh extract (containing 2.5 percent triterpene glycoside content), has been shown to reduce hot flashes, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, and a host of other emotional and physical menopausal symptoms. The triterpene constituents have been shown to act like the body's weakest estrogen (estriol), and serves as a precursor from which the female body can synthesize progesterone. Black cohosh extract has been widely researched and is a medically approved intervention in many European countries as a treatment for menopausal symptoms. In Germany, it has been in use for over 40 years, with no evidence of serious side effects, contraindications, or harmful interactions with other drugs.
Gamma-oryzanol is a substance derived from rice bran oil, which is a prescription drug in Japan and is used to reduce hot flashes associated with menopause, and to reduce high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood stream. As heart disease is the number one killer of postmenopausal women, it is convenient that gamma-oryzanol can reduce bothersome symptoms of menopause, and help to lower risk of heart disease by reducing cholesterol and triglycerides by 12-15 percent. Recall that when people with high cholesterol lower their blood cholesterol level by one percent, there is a corresponding reduction in risk of heart disease of two to three percent. Thus, a 12 percent reduction in blood cholesterol translates into at least a 24 percent reduction in risk of heart attack and related cardiovascular events. The dosage of gamma-oryzanol required to contain menopausal symptoms and lower blood lipids is 150 mg, twice daily. Soy isoflavones have also been shown to reduce hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, and lower cholesterol by 9-12 percent in hypercholesterolemic patients.
Soy isoflavones are also associated with a reduction in risk of breast cancer and have recently been shown, along with black cohosh triterpenes, to help support bone mineral density in postmenopausal women.
These are all attractive features for the postmenopausal woman, who is prone to heart disease, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. For this reason I recommend to postmenopausal female patients (who have no prior history of breast cancer) that they use a combination supplement product that contains all three herbal and accessory nutrients reviewed in this update, in one capsule, at the following doses:
The dangers of HRT and ERT will likely prompt a flurry of questions about the use of safe, and natural alternatives to these drugs. Health care practitioners will be called upon to help postmenopausal patients make informed decisions about the management of menopause, anti-aging and disease prevention strategies, based upon the existing scientific evidence. It is vital that patients be made aware of the evidence-based research in this area, which should help to avoid their reliance upon less effective or ineffective dietary supplements in the management of their menopausal years.
Black Cohosh References
Estrogen Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer References
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