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“Unless you’re Bill Gates, you’re just one serious illness away from bankruptcy”, Dr. David Himmelstein warns. Dr. Himmelstein is a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York’s Hunter College and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Himmelstein et al, authored a study, that revealed the ominous truth of the state of health insurance, “Even the best job-based health insurance often vanishes when prolonged illness causes job loss-just when families need it most. Private health insurance is a defective product, akin to an umbrella that melts in the rain,” according to Himmelstein.

In 2014, The American Institutes for Research (AIR) found that only one in five Americans was likely to correctly calculate what he or she owed for a routine doctor’s visit. Fifty-one percent cannot predict their out-of-pocket healthcare costs for 2019 - a troubling finding from research by Alegeus.  The same research predicts that consumers will lea...

Causes

The dog days of August are known for their steamy humidity.  We don't realize the toll that this type of weather can take on us, usually because we are in and out of air conditioned spaces throughout the day. Dehydration can occur even without prolonged exposure to the elements. 

Sometimes dehydration occurs for simple reasons: You don't drink enough because you're sick or busy, or because you lack access to safe drinking water when you're traveling, hiking or camping.

Other dehydration causes include:

  • Diarrhea, vomiting. Severe, acute diarrhea — that is, diarrhea that comes on suddenly and violently — can cause a tremendous loss of water and electrolytes in a short amount of time. If you have vomiting along with diarrhea, you lose even more fluids and minerals.

  • Fever. In general, the higher your fever, the more dehydrated you may become. The problem worsens if you have a fever in addition to diarrhea and vomiting.

  • Excessive sweating. You lose water when you sweat...

The Energy Body


 

I began my professional career as a Chiropractor by accident. I was a college student, studying to be a Doctor, preparing to take the MCATS, when I was involved in an auto accident. At the time, I was working part time for a dermatologist and part time in the ER at our local hospital. Steeped in the only form of medicine I knew of, I enthusiastically prepared myself to practice in this caregiving field.

I was born into a matriarchal lineage of Celtic healers. My mother was a nurse, her mother was a nurse, her sister was a nurse. They all provided home care and I observed, from their ministering to the sick and dying, the elements of healing that arise from loving touch, soothing words, kindnesses.

Although these elements were not present in the halls of the hospital, as far as I could see, I knew I would bring that element of healing into my work.

Then came the accident. A whiplash injury. A soft tissue injury. An injury that cannot be seen and was poorly diagnosed at the...

Adrenal Fatigue Presenting as Allergies

Many people have suffered from allergies all their lives. Some will relate that they only recently developed allergies, perhaps after a prolonged grief or loss when the immune system takes a dip, or after a hormonal shift such as adolescence, pregnancy or menopause.

Although winter is not typically the season in which we think of an allergic presentation, the stress of holidays, the change in environmental temperature and dietary indiscretions can result in symptoms that present as allergies.  When we inquire further, the emotional state of the individual may reveal stressors that have fatigued, if not exhausted, the adrenal glands.

What are allergies?

Allergies represent a number of conditions caused by a hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment that usually causes little or no problems in most people.

Conditions that we are familiar with include: hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma and anaphylax...

Compassion and Wisdom

are the two wings of a bird

Flying to Enlightenment

~The Buddha


 

2018 began with top industry contenders parlaying prevailing medical paradigm into enlightenment through wisdom.

The Integrative Healthcare Symposium 2018, a bastion in the vanguard of education for Integrative Medicine, led the way in February.

Wisdom traditions were widely represented and their well worn paths to enlightenment were revealed. Among those were homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, herbs, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, breath and body work, music, and Shin Jyutsu.

Wisdom traditions represent mankind’s deepest source of knowledge about Universal principles that govern harmonious, prosperous and sustainable existence. These principles are being revealed to us in a more consistent and meaningful way in this new age of consciousness that is born of compassion, compassionate listening and compassionate presence.

Wisdom traditions provide a conceptual framework for the develo...

By Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM (reprint from IP.com)

Type 2 diabetes is known among healthcare professionals as a disease that is amenable to diet and lifestyle changes. Reducing obesity, one of the comorbid conditions associated with Type 2 diabetes, has been demonstrated to reduce risk factors and the condition itself.

Diabetes represents one of the largest cost factors in our healthcare system and one of the most prevalent in our lives. Lifestyle is a word often bandied about in terms of diabetes management. Generally, it refers to exercise, diet and reducing stress.

The ubiquitous word stress rears its head in the vernacular.  It’s common usage has diluted the meaning to a generalized sense of angst or discomfort, irritation in everyday functions. The verb stressed is recounted to me by patients on a daily basis as a way in which they convey the etiology of their dis-ease. And dis-ease it is. And stressed they are, but how so?

The link between stress, that is, emotional s...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

A reform movement in mental health in America was fomented by a former psychiatric patient whose institutionalized treatment was horrifically abusive. In 1909, Clifford W. Beers, a Yale graduate and Wall St. financier, suffered the acute trauma of grief and loss following the death of his brother. His symptoms were characteristic of a manic depressive illness which continued unabated driving him to attempt suicide. He survived only to be hospitalized in mental institutions over the next three years, experiencing horrible abuse and witnessing the cruel and inhumane treatment afforded the patients.

After his release, in 1908, Mr. Beers resolved to right the wrongs of mental health care in America and published his autobiography, A Mind That Found Itself, wherein he stated, “As I penetrated and conquered the mysteries of that dark side of my life, it no longer held any terror for me. I have decided to stand on my past and look the future in the face.” He...

Friday, May 9, 2014

Kendall Power makes a good case for the ubiquitous "stress" that lowers immunity causing "more pro-inflammatory cytokines to be produced with the flu virus.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/can-stress-really-make-us-sick/2014/05/05/a1af9dd2-d074-11e3-937f-d3026234b51c_story.html

Erwin Gelfand, an immunology expert, cited in this article, pooh-poohs the research of Kiecolt-Glaser,( http://faculty.psy.ohio-state.edu/1/kiecolt-glaser/ )which says, "chronic stress makes it more likely you become infected and that infections will last longer and be nastier." Yep, that's been my observation. But, Dr. Gelfand thinks differently.

Dr. Gelfand thinks that our immune systems manage our stress effectively. "Otherwise, he reasons, most Americans would be sick in bed most of the time."

Memo to Dr. Gelfand....a majority of Americans ARE sick in bed most of the time. And if they are not in bed with physical ailments, they are sick in the workplace and in...

Middle Schoolers at Risk for Suicidal houghts

Health & Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles

Middle Schoolers at Risk for Suicidal Thoughts

Middle schoolers are our future. Middle schoolers are our hope for creating a better world. Middle school comprises the 6th,7th and 8th grades where children are in the age group between 12-15. Supporting our teens through this time of emotional growth and development is crucial if our teens are going to actualize their potential and become self assured, powerful co-creators of their own lives.

Early adolescence is a time of tempestuous changes in physical, mental, emotional and social spheres. It is a time when peer pressure abounds. Peer pressure outwardly or inwardly generated to perform academically can challenge a developing sense of self worth.  Peer pressure to conform to the social modes of behavior as witnessed in the bullying phenomenon threatens to corrupt the moral values we, as parents, have worked so hard to instill in our children. Peer pressure to...

(credit: Integrative Practitioner .com Dec. 1, 2017)

Holidays harken songs of glad tidings for all: heartfelt sentiments are sent in cards, and gifts are given as tokens of affection. However, despite the seeming good cheer, multiple studies have found an increased number of heart attacks during the holiday season. 

According to one study published in the journal Circulation, during a 12 year period, there were consistently more deaths from ischemic heart disease during the winter months than the summer months.

“Ah ha!” you might say. “The cold weather is the culprit.”

Alas, no. This research group reported that about a third more deaths from ischemic heart attacks were recorded in December and January than  June through September in Los Angeles County, California. Palm trees, not pine trees, are decorated for Christmas  in the Los Angeles winter and, although colder than the summer, are still mild compared with other climates.

Robert A. Kloner, author of the editor...

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