Tag Archives: Integrative Care

Holiday Grief – Survival Tips

The holiday season – beginning with Thanksgiving and through the New Year – can be unbearably hard if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. Here are my tips to survive. Continue reading

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Study documents adverse effects of pitocin on newborns

On May 7, 2013 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released its comments on the results of a study of the adverse effects of Pitocin on newborns. I can only hope that the doctors who routinely prescribe this drug for all their laboring moms actually pay attention, and try to practice evidence-based medicine.re we seriously only now looking at the potential adverse reaction for the babies? When a huge percentage of moms get induced and even more have their labor augmented with pitocin, shouldn’t we have looked at the effect on babies BEFORE we started using it routinely?

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Clinical Cancer Advances in 2012

We hear so much news about cancer research, drugs and treatments that it is easy to feel overwhelmed and confused. Here is a report that makes sense of it all. Continue reading

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Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Study

A recent meta-analysis published in online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine has concluded that, “Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option.” Continue reading

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Becoming a Patient Navigator

Patient navigation and patient advocacy are dynamic and growing professions. This article explores the background and current landscape of patient navigation and advocacy. Continue reading

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How We Make Medical Decisions

The bewildering sensation of too much information, yet not enough knowledge to use it, is the reality for many people faced with a serious illness or condition. How do you decide what to do? Continue reading

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The Doctor-Patient Relationship

In all cases, physicians and patients owe each other certain basic obligations. Here is our list for a better relationship. Continue reading

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Umbilical Cord Blood – Should You Pay to Save It?

Blood from your baby’s umbilical cord, when properly collected and preserved immediately after delivery, contains viable stem cells that can later transform into a variety of different cell types. But it’s not a panacea. Continue reading

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Pain Management – Why Doctors Don’t Get It

There are multiple problems with regard to pain management in the United States, including a puritanical history that has contempt for suffering and enormous misunderstanding about pain management and addiction.
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When Lightning Strikes

I received the news last week – two more friends have been diagnosed with breast cancer.   I cried.  This is the fourth friend in less than two years that has been diagnosed with cancer – a diagnosis that is … Continue reading

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