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What Can Holistic Medicine Expect from GOPcare?

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

How will holistic medicine fare under the Trump administration? It’s a big question with no obvious answer. yet A lot depends on what the new administration does with healthcare at large. And that is still full of unknowns. Some thought leaders applaud the GOP's support for expanding health savings accounts (HSAs). Others see big danger in deregulation.

Vaccine Debate Rages Over Trump, Kennedy & Cleveland Clinic

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

The nation got a double-dose of vaccine controversy earlier this month, following two surprising events that stunned members of the medical community and the public alike.

The DSHEA Disconnect: What Doctors Don’t Know About Supplement Regulations…but Should

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

Ever wonder why the language describing dietary supplements always seems so vague, ambiguous, and…well…dodgy? It’s because federal law requires it to be so.

Regulatory Actions Signal Storms Ahead for Integrative Medicine

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

Over the last six months, federal agencies have made regulatory moves that could have significant impact on the practice of holistic, functional, and integrative medicine in the coming years. While none represent a direct threat to practice freedom, they set precedents that could greatly limit access to foundational practice tools.

Strong Fathers, Glass Ceilings & the Neurobiology of Politics

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

Cognitive scientist George Lakoff has spent four decades studying how the human mind makes meaning, and how that factors into politics. He concludes that while people may believe they are “voting their conscience,” for the most part they are voting their “un-conscience.”

Obama in JAMA: Reform Has Achieved Two Main Goals, Says Prez

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

Outgoing President Barack Obama became the first American president to publish an article in a major peer-reviewed medical journal.

And not just any old medical journal, but the Journal of the American Medical Association. In it, he claims that healthcare reform has more or less succeeded in achieving its two main goals: expanding insurance coverage and curbing costs. But other health policy analysts aren't so sure.

CDC: Demand for Holistic Medicine is Surging—Even Among the Poor

By Erik Goldman

Data from a new Centers for Disease Control report based on interviews with almost 45,000 Americans indicate that public engagement with “complementary” practitioners and natural products is surging---and not just among affluent people.

AMA Proposes Ban on Direct-to-Consumer Drug Ads

By Kristen Schepker

Last winter at the American Medical Association’s annual Interim Meeting, the physician’s group agreed to adopt a resolution that surprised healthcare professionals and members of the public alike.

Healthcare’s Balloon-Twisters Blow It on Cost Assessments

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

Like clowns at children's birthday parties, there’s a whole cadre of healthcare policy professionals who ply a statistical version of balloon-twisting

They take claims data sets and twist them into forms that purport to be evidence-based pictures of the medical system. By extension, these statistical balloon-twisters are tweaking the lives of actual practitioners and patients because federal healthcare programs and private insurers use these statistical balloon animals to shape and re-shape healthcare payment systems. 

When the balloon doggie pops--and it turns out the statistics are wrong--the tears start to flow.

AG Action Triggers New Wave Of Supplement Scrutiny

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief

SchneidermanNew York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's crusade against herbal products earlier this year has triggered a number of state and federal moves that could significantly change the way dietary supplements are regulated.

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