Month: January 2008

Macular Degeneration

Unfortunately, allopathic medicine has little if anything to offer in the treatment of macular degeneration(MD). However, there are things that we can do to prevent this disease. There have been a number of epidemiological studies that have shown a protective effect in consuming foods rich in carotenoids, particularly dark green leafy vegetables, and fruit. One …

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Current Research On Acupuncture

The National Institutes of Health is spending millions of dollars on acupuncture research. In 1997 it convened a consensus conference reviewing over 2300 research papers on acupuncture, determining that there is clear evidence for some uses of acupuncture, and is appropriate as part of comprehensive care in many medical conditions. Chairperson Dr. David Ramsay stated, …

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Acupuncture-in-the-USA

Acupuncture In The US

The first written text of acupuncture was by the great grandson of Benjamin Franklin, Dr. Franklin Bache. In 1825 he wrote an article titled “Memoirs on Acupuncture” and translated French acupuncture textbooks into English. Acupuncture was used during the US Civil War. William Osler, one of the most famous physicians of the 19th century, in …

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Egyptian way of thinking about medicine.

Eygptian Pharmacists

The Greeks are credited with being the first to practice “science-based medicine and effective pharmacy around the 5th century BC. The first pharmacopoeia had a list of 600 drugs and how to acquire and prepare the ingredients. New evidence is emerging that the Egyptians during the time of the pharaohs knew about pharmacy. The biggest …

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Football Mortality

It seems like every couple of years there is a major injury to a football player that results in either permanent disability or occasionally death. Any such injury should not be acceptable. However, when compared to injuries 100 years ago we can see that there has been great advances in safety of the player. In …

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Parents are always suspicious of their teenagers.

Parental Suspicion

Probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you here these two words are kids either doing drug or having sex. But this particular entry has to do with parents innately knowing when something is wrong with the health of their child. I was recently reading an article in a medical journal about …

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Allopathic Medicine and Probiotic Use

I recently attended an osteopathic conference where I was surprised to hear an internist from New York City comment on how pediatricians are routinely prescribing probiotics for children with digestive problems. Just last year the medical journal Pediatrics reviewed a study in which probiotics( Lactobacillus reuteri) were compared to simithicone (an anti-gas medication) in alleviating …

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American Food Faddism

About a hundred years ago John Harvey Kellogg persuaded a great number of fluent and well educated Americans to sign themselves into his sanitarium at battle Creek, Michigan. Here they were submitted to a regime that included all-grape diets and almost hourly Bulgarian yogurt enemas and of course whole grains. At this same time millions …

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