March 22, 2009
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Posted by mpence at 11:20 PM
The Alternative Therapy Debate Continues at a National Level
Another article in the Washington Post this week describes the latest issues of debate and history surrounding the use of alternative therapies and the research and funding provided by the NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine).
The debate centers around the usual discussions of the validity of alternative therapies, the function of the NCCAM and future funding of programs.
News: Washington Post March 17, 2009
Posted by mpence at 10:53 PM
The Growing Use of Acupuncture
An article was published in the Washington Post that gives the general status of acupuncture and alternative medical treatment in the United States. The article gives examples of what is happening in regards to the latest research results, use and acceptance, and how it is perceived by medical and science professionals.
"We have this double standard," she said of the medical profession. "We are completely comfortable using pharmacological therapies that have not been subjected to clinical trials for the purposes we use them, but we are super suspicious of alternative therapies that haven't been tested with randomized placebo trials. From a research point of view, I understand the criticism. But we physicians are in the healing business, and we have to go beyond the pharmacological solutions to understand the whole person," she said. "Acupuncturists start with the whole person."
News: Washington Post March 17, 2009
Posted by mpence at 10:32 PM
March 15, 2009
Finding the Balance Between Endrocine and Nervous System Yields Results
A study published last year in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology, examines the possibility of acupuncture treatment assisting in rebalancing of a complex ailment known as PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). PCOS is caused by a disorder in the endocrine system which has cascading effects on other systems that may induce diabetes, cardiovascular risk and impaired mental health.
Anecdotal evidence from patients with PCOS and similar symptoms have responded positively to acupuncture, modified diet and traditional hormone replacement therapy.
Posted by mpence at 10:01 PM
March 14, 2009
MIssissippi Acu Bill Sitting on Governors Desk
7 states remain to hold the dubious distinction of not regulating or licensing of Acupuncture, and thus considering it practicing medicine without a license. In the past two years we've knocked out two of the long hold outs in Kentucky and Delaware. Hopefully soon, with the single handed efforts of MOMA President and founder Jerusha DeGroote Stephens, Mississippi might be able to take that number down to 6. Here's hoping Gov Barbour does something good here. Jackson Free Press Article
March 08, 2009
Use of CAM at Hospitals Continues Increase, Driven by Patient Demand
A study commissioned by the American Hospital Association last fall, with data provided by over 6,400 hospitals, shows that 37% of hospitals offer one or more Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies. This is an increase from 26.5 % reported in 2005.
Also, "According to the survey, 84 percent of hospitals indicated patient demand as the primary rationale in offering CAM services and 67 percent of survey respondents stated clinical effectiveness as their top reason."
Press Release: AHA CAM Report September 15, 2008
Posted by mpence at 10:17 PM
Acupuncture Subjects Not Subject to the Placebo Effect: Animals
As you search the web for acupuncture information, you will most definitely come across all kinds of general news describing the treatment of animals with acupuncture. The common theme you will find in these articles is that animals are treated and beneficial results are repeatedly observed. Much of this news is finally reaching mainstream American press. This article by US News and World Report describes the recovery of an aging family pet from fecal incontinence, as well as treatment and recovery of several other animals.
news: US News and World Report March 3, 2009.
Posted by mpence at 09:07 PM
Allergy and Clinical Immunology
The February 2009 release of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Volume 123, Issue 2), highlights several areas of research that observe benefits to allergy and asthma symptoms, as well as just a general overview of the current state of the science.
Posted by mpence at 08:39 PM
March 02, 2009
Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public Agenda
This past week, the Institute of Medicine hosted a meeting on "Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public Agenda."
An enlightening interview was also also conducted by Dean Ornish, M.D. with Dr. Ralph Snyderman, Chancellor Emeritus of Duke University and chair of the meeting.
Posted by mpence at 12:31 AM