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December 1, 2014

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 look a certain way can lead to eating disorders, self-harming and isolation patterns. Peer pressure is only one area of chall...

September 19, 2014

The ACA, in Sec. 5101, provides for a new national healthcare workforce to enter the mainstream healthcare delivery system.  They are identified as licensed complementary and alternative medicine providers (CAM) and integrative health practitioners. One of the areas where this workforce is included to practice is Community Health Centers.

The intent of the law was to level the playing field. The big idea is to incorporate those integrative therapeutic disciplines that are safe, cost effective and therapeutically efficacious into mainstream healthcare delivery so as to engage the people in substantive self-efficacy to increase health promotion and prevention. This is the order of the day in the European Union.  The US lags behind in implementation, however, recent studies quoted by Bill Reddy, L.Ac., of the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium, note that in the US, all CAM use by adults was estimated to be 36% in 2002 and 38% in 2007. Other sources suggest...

September 11, 2014

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), a national non-profit representing the 70 medical and osteopathic boards of the U.S. and territories, issued a long-awaited statement on 9/5/14 upon completion of the drafting process for model legislation to create an Interstate Medical Licensure Compact that would speed the process of issuing licenses for physicians who wish to practice in multiple states.

According to the press release, the interstate medical licensure compact model legislation “creates a new process for faster licensing for physicians interested in practicing in multiple states and establishes the location of a patient as the jurisdiction for oversight and patient protections.”

The implications for delivery of telehealth are profound.  As the healthcare landscape becomes broader with both expanded services available due to Internet technology and a diverse integrative practitioner population, the establishment of the location of the patient as the jurisdiction...

September 10, 2014

Which telemedicine bills are likely to gain traction this fall is the ubiquitous question among lobbyists and telehealth advocate groups such as the Integrative Telehealth Alliance and the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium.

Telemedicine/telehealth is a niche issue in the healthcare politico arena that is garnering enthusiasm by lobbying groups such as the recently formed Alliance for Connected Care. The leadership here are veterans of the industry, Former Majority Leaders Tom Daschle, Trent Lott and former Senior Sen. John Breaux, whose aim is to enable more telehealth to support new models of care.

POLITICO’s Morning eHealth (9/9/14) quotes Krista Drobac, Exec. Dir. of the Alliance for Connected Care, with a positive forecast relative to one payment model. “We think it’s absolutely possible and likely that we build the evidence and the coalition to completely transform the way telemedicine is looked at by Medicare.”

Players on the field are Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Ca.), Gregg Harpe...

July 21, 2014

80% of smartphone users surveyed would rather receive medical advice on mobile devices instead of going to the doctor’s office.

FICO conducted a survey of 2,239 adult smartphone users from the UK, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. which analyzed how consumers prefer to interact with healthcare providers on mobile devices, online and in-person.

Hands down the doctor/patient interaction via smartphone was their preference. Consultations and annual wellness visits are becoming mainstream in the integrative healthcare world where homeopaths have been practicing via telecommunications systems for years. Accessibility to a provider of natural healthcare is enhanced by the ubiquitous technology available to consumers. We see children in Tibet on a mountaintop with cell phones. Rural inhabitants with little or no access to a medical provider now have a means to communicate and receive treatment over the smartphone.

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July 21, 2014

80% of smartphone users surveyed would rather receive medical advice on mobile devices instead of going to the doctor’s office.

FICO conducted a survey of 2,239 adult smartphone users from the UK, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. which analyzed how consumers prefer to interact with health care providers on mobile devices, online and in-person.

Hands down the doctor/patient interaction via smartphone was their preference. Consultations and annual wellness visits are becoming mainstream in the integrative healthcare world where homeopaths have been practicing via telecommunications systems for years. Accessibility to a provider of natural healthcare is enhanced by the ubiquitous technology available to consumers. We see children in Tibet on a mountaintop with cell phones. Rural inhabitants with little or no access to a medical provider now have a means to communicate and receive treatment over the smartphone.

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June 27, 2014

Never has it been more critical to harness the power of your own self.  In the link below , a “selfie” may well have saved a woman’s life.  This woman was having a stroke and was told at the ER that nothing was wrong. She took a selfie when she was having the symptoms and was clearly diagnosed as having a stroke.


Stroke diagnosis with a selfie

The time has come when we, as people, not “sheeple”, are mandated to promote your own wellness, to be a conscious co-creator of your own health.  The medical care system is overburdened.  One must take action on your own behalf if you are going to receive the type of care that suits you best.

Utilizing the power of telehealth through the technology of smartphones is, well, SMART! : 

June 27, 2014

The AMA and the student physicians proffered policy statement on the delivery of telemedicine that will restrict access across state lines, according to the Washington Post. June 18, 2014.

 http://m.washingtonpost.com/business/on-it/ama-doctors-must-be-licensed-in-patients-state-to-practice-telemedicine/2014/06/18/35ccf970-f56d-11e3-a606-946fd632f9f1_story.html

The AMA policy states that the physician must be licensed in the state that the patient resides in. This effectively puts the brakes on the Federal Telemedicine objective to have legislation that will allow docs to prescribe across state lines as the VA does. 

The good news is that professional integrative healthcare practitioners, those that are not subject to state licensure, can practice without this restriction.  For example, Certified Classical Homeopaths, bearing the national certification of CCH, may practice in any state as they are not required to have a state license.

Choice and access to the provider of your choice lies s...

May 15, 2014

It may come as no surprise that those who care about themselves usually care about others. The random acts of kindness that flow from caring lead to purposeful activities and generally do involve others. People with a purpose have a reason to wake up in the morning and greet a new day with some degree of enthusiasm. They tend to have direction. People with purpose plan a day to fulfill that purpose. It can be simple. It can be self-directed. A walk, a supermarket shop for a healthy meal, an exercise class, a telephone call to a friend. Purpose breeds performance. Performing at our personal best yields satisfaction. Satisfaction yields a good night sleep, at peace with yourself and your world.

Even if it is not a longer life, it is a good life! 😍

April 22, 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 their relationships with...

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