Article by Mindy Toran. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans today. Nearly 2,400 people die each day from heart and blood vessel diseases, and more than 7 million Americans have suffered a heart attack in their lifetime, according to the American Heart Association.
When it comes to our children, we should be able to think outside the box. The reality of an increasing prevalence of the number of chronic childhood conditions demands this of us.
There is no single test available to establish the diagnosis for fibromyalgia. In addition, there appears to be overlap with other disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, and chronic pain syndromes. This article highlights the different approaches taken by allopathic versus holistic physicians toward treating this disorder.
Traditional western medicine is also referred to as allopathic medicine. Integrative holistic medicine (IHM) is sometimes referred to as complementary or alternative medicine. (The National Institutes of Health has a center that was established in 1998 called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.) IHM incorporates many areas that focus on the interplay between mind, body, emotion, and spirit.
Article by Karen Knee, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer. Faced with rising costs and patient loads, a small but growing number of primary-care doctors are sharply reducing their practice sizes and charging each patient annual fees of about $2,000 in exchange for personalized care.