Every intelligent person is already aware that the pharma-controlled medical establishment and lamestream media rolled out a coordinated smear campaign against hydroxychloroquine to crush the clinical trials and destroy all hope of an effective, low-cost treatment for covid-19. The goal, of course, is to clear the way for high-profit prescription drugs (like the scandal-plagued Remdesivir drug) or experimental vaccines that will almost certainly present significant health risks to the public. Continue reading
A disease impacting close to three million Americans and 50 million people worldwide has been perplexing doctors since it was first reported. It affects more people than Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig’s Disease but still can’t seem to shake its nasty stigma.
Historically, epilepsy has been viewed as the mark of a witch. Continue reading
Chinese herbs have been used for centuries on their own and in conjunction with other alternative therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure and Ayurveda to prevent hair loss, re-grow hair and restore natural pigment to gray hair.
Hair loss has many causes, such as the genetic male pattern baldness Continue reading
Here’s some health news for those of you who seem to suffer every time the flu goes around: vitamin c, Echinacea, and zinc lozenges are the three best alternative therapies out there when it comes to beating the flu and the common cold. This latest bit of health advice comes courtesy of researchers at the Seekers Centre for Integrative Medicine in Ontario, Canada.
To see how well various alternative therapies have been holding up when it comes to preventing the flu and the common cold, the Canadian researchers scanned MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. They searched from January 1966 to September 2009, combining the key words/phrases “common cold” or “influenza” with the words “Echinacea,” “garlic,” “ginseng,” “probiotics,” “vitamin C,” and zinc. Clinical trials and prospective studies were included.
Not surprisingly, they found that vitamin C demonstrated the largest benefit for prevention when it came to fighting the flu and colds. Continue reading
After noticing the growing number of Americans turning to alternative medicine, medical schools across the country are finally beginning to offer courses in the field. According to U.S. News University Connection, schools are now teaching acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine principles to future doctors.
The news provider reports that medical universities such as the South Bay School of Nursing in California are offering classes in acupressure and other alternative therapies, in the hope that this will help their students find jobs in a greater number of institutions that embrace these practices.
Students who feel passionate about this subject may consider attending the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which offers a dual master’s degree from the U.S. and China, Continue reading
Taking dietary supplements and herbal supplements is something that thousands of Americans do every day as a part of an alternative approach to good health and wellness. Now, research conducted at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center indicates that certain complementary therapies are being suggested by healthcare professionals.
A study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine found those mind-body therapies (MBTs) like yoga, deep breathing and meditation are more and more often being prescribed as a holistic way to supplement traditional medical methods.
The report determined that of more than 23,000 MBT-practicing households included in a survey, 3 percent reported having initiated the activity at the urging of a physician. This figure translates to approximately 6.3 million Americans who use MBTs as part of a medical referral.
“There’s good evidence to support using mind-body therapies clinically,” author Aditi Nerurkar Continue reading
The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing in the United States. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), about 38% of adults in the US used some form of CAM in 2007. Most of those are women with higher levels of education and income, however it appears that more patients on government healthcare plans, such as Medicare and Medicaid, are also using CAM due to frustration with access to standard healthcare.
NCCAM defines CAM as a “group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine.” Therapies include acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic care, diet and nutrition-based therapies, homeopathic treatment, hypnosis, massage, naturopathy, and exercises such as yoga and tai chi.
Most health insurance plans does not cover CAM, including Medicare and Medicaid, and patients must pay out of pocket. Naturopathic doctors, for example, are not eligible to be Medicare or Medicaid providers and have to charge patients “fee for service.” Even plans that offer coverage usually do so at a higher deductible cost than conventional care. Usually this is a deterrent for patients who have budget restraints.
However, budget cuts have caused a reduction in services for many Medicaid patients and due to low reimbursement rates, many doctors are opting out of the Medicare program. These patients are forced to seek care elsewhere or try other options. For example, a survey by Flexcin International of Fort Myers, Florida, a company that makes an all-natural arthritis supplement, found that in states where significant Medicaid cuts were occurring, patients were increasing their use of their over-the-counter product.
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Chiropractic care is one area of complementary medicine that is gaining coverage under some health plans, including Medicare, although such coverage is usually limited. Plans either put a limit on the number of treatments one can receive or limit the procedures that are covered. Medicare, for example, will only cover manual manipulation for subluxation of the spine.
Acupuncture is another area that is increasingly gaining coverage due to the greater number of solid medical evidence that it is able to treat certain conditions and symptoms. Medicare specifically excludes treatment by acupuncture. Those states that provide coverage under their Medicaid program limit the benefits or require that coverage be provided only for treatments by a licensed physician (MD or DO).
Health insurance rarely covers the costs of other types of CAM therapies, so these become out of pocket expenses. However, some patients view a $10 bottle of nutritional supplements as preferable to a $25 physician co-pay plus the cost of a prescription, particularly when access to supplements is easier than finding a doctor who will accept a government health plan. Unfortunately, alternative medicine (that which is used instead of conventional medicine instead of as a complementary therapy) can, in some cases, be dangerous.
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The National Institutes of Health offer seniors and other Americans information on choosing complementary and alternative therapies wisely. Most important is to be an informed consumer. Learn the facts about CAM therapies, including the potential risks. It is wise to present your primary care physician with a list of all of your health conditions and current medications and speak to him or her about the addition of a CAM therapy. Include a discussion of budget restraints or frustrations with healthcare access to find the group of treatments that is best for you.