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Legislation Would Bar Industry-Connected Scientists From Reviewing Drugs
Scientists with financial ties to drug makers or other medical companies would be prohibited from serving on federal advisory committees charged with reviewing the safety of drugs, if reform legislation becomes law. The FDA currently begins virtually every advisory panel reviewing a new product with a statement waiving the prohibition on conflicts of interest for some of the scientists on the panel. The new bill would prohibit those waivers.
Leading Patient Safety Advocates Assess Progress in Reducing Medical Error Five Years After Landmark IOM Report, To Err is Human
It has been five years since the release of the Institute of Medicine's landmark report on medical errors. The authors found that the report had a positive impact in three important areas of health care; how health care views the task of error prevention, enlisting support of stakeholders and changing practices. While the progress that has been made in improving patient safety is encouraging, it has been much too slow.
Trade Associations Unite on Ephedra
Three dietary supplement trade associations sent a unified message to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the recent Utah District Court ruling on low-dose ephedra products. The joint letter urged the FDA to address issues raised by that ruling promptly. The Court ruled that the FDA failed to meet its burden of proof that a dosage of 10 milligrams or less per day of ephedrine alkaloids presents an unreasonable risk of illness or injury when the agency banned all ephedrine-containing dietary supplements last year. The Court also concluded that FDA's use of a risk-benefit analysis in determining an unreasonable risk of ephedrine-containing dietary supplements was "improper."
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CONTINUING OUR 12-STAGE JOURNEY TO WELLNESS
This week our journey focuses on the power of THINKING, the 7th of 12 keys to wellness drawn from the Wellness Inventory whole person assessment program. This stage of the journey relates thinking to physical and mental health, and offers some creative options for using thinking to improve your wellbeing.
Music alters the body and the mind. In "Explore Healing Music and Sounds" John W. Travis, M.D., M.P.H., reminds us that music can enhance deep relaxation, supply you with new energy, stimulate creativity, and even transport you into other states of consciousness - depending on the type of music you choose.
Ask Dr. Orloff About Intutive Healing
We all have a choice about our health. In "Step One of Intuitive Healing: Notice Your Beliefs" Judith Orloff, M.D. reminds us that our mind and body are linked by an intricate intuitive circuitry. Notice the pattern of any recurring beliefs or emotions that occur before an illness. They may well be premonitions. We need to be aware of our thinking, notice when fear takes over, and begin to reprogram our thoughts.
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Confused by all of the different types of toothpaste on the market? In "Are All Toothpaste the Same?" Flora Parsa Stay, D.D.S. offers very specific evaluations of the ingredients in each of the specialty toothpastes - most of which are damaging, not helpful. The natural types of toothpastes without the added artificial ingredients are much safer and just as effective as the popular commercial ones. In the end proper brushing and flossing and good diet are the best way to prevent cavities and gum disease."
Physicians and healers of all forms and from all cultures have used hands-on manipulation throughout history as an integral part of health care practice. In "Massage Therapy and Bodywork: Healing Through Touch" William Collinge, M.P.H., Ph.D. provides an in-depth explanation of this form of healthcare.
Healthy Woman Update
Bladder infections are no fun, as any of you who have suffered from the burning pain and nonstop, often urgent, trips to the bathroom will agree. In "Bladder Infections: Rapid Relief" Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, N.D., M.S.W., DHANP offers tips for how to recognize when you have one, common causes, and natural alternatives for treatment, including drinking as much water as you possibly can.
Find an Alternative Healthcare
The Professional Referral Network contains searchable directories for 20 leading professional associations in complementary and integrative health care, with over 17,000 professionals. Looking for a healthcare professional specializing in progressive treatment of the eyes? The Vision Care/Vision Training section includes the Optometric Extension Program member database.
Healthy Bookstore - The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies
"The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies" (Volumes 1 and 2) by Marilyn Barrett, Ph.D. is single source for accurate scientific information on herbal remedies! It is the reference tool you need to distinguish those herbal products that have been clinically tested from those for which there is little or no real evidence that substantiates or disputes their claims of efficacy. This essential volume provides a snapshot of 160 herbal products that have been tested in clinical trials. Details of the products and the clinical trials they underwent are here in an easy-to-read, at-a-glance format.
In the United States more than four billion chickens are consumed each year; that is more than fifty pounds per person. The next most common bird is turkey, which has been associated with holiday celebrations and feasts. In "Poultry and Eggs" Elson M. Haas, M.D. covers the nutritional value, calories, and cooking options, plus benefits of finding the more "natural" or "organic" chickens and eggs for consumption.
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Mind Over Matter
A child frequently complains "My tummy hurts and I can't get back to sleep." This condition, called "recurrent abdominal pain" (RAP), is extraordinarily difficult to diagnose and treat, and often evolves into an ongoing source of frustration for kids, their parents and physicians. In "My Tummy Hurts: A New Elixir for a Frustrating Problem" Barry Bittman, M.D. looks at the role that stress may play in this condition. He outlines stress reduction options, such as hugs and creative visualization.
Music and Wellness
In "Drum Circles: An Ancient Methodology for a Modern World" Remo Belli explains how the ancient practice of drum circles has become a modern group activity being used as a tool for wellness and community building. This form of musical expression is more than entertainment, it has health promoting value.
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The 13th Annual Congress on Women's Health
Hilton Head, SC USA
June 4-7, 2005
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Journey Into Healing
An Exploration of the Mind-Body Connection
La Costa, CA USA
June 8-10, 2005
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Food as Medicine
Integrating nutrition into clinical practice and medical education
Berkeley, CA USA
June 19-25, 2005
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15th Annual ISSSEEM Conference
Science, Mysticism, and The MIND: Transforming Life As We Live It
Colorado Springs, CO USA
June 23-29, 2005
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Cancer as a Turning Point
Greenville, SD USA
June 25-26, 2005
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Consciousness & Healing: Essential shifts for personal, social, and global transformation
Arlington, VA USA
July 6-11, 2005
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July 15-17, 2005
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