New Studies Extinguish Notion of e-Cig Safety

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

ecigA pair of new studies exploring electronic cigarette use among teens cast doubt on vaping as a "healthy" alternative to cigarette smoking. 

In early March, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) published two reports in the journal Pediatrics, each showing that e-cigarettes pose alarming health risks to adolescents and others. Their findings indicate that electronic cigarette vapor contains cancer-causing chemicals, and that teenage e-cig use strongly predicts and promotes progression to future tobacco cigarette smoking.

Cornucopia of Carcinogens

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California Mandates Disclosure of Physician Sexual Misconduct

Written by Erik Goldman, Editor

As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh faced off in the Senate, the state of California quietly passed a major piece of legislation on sexual misconduct, one that could provide patients with far greater protection against predatory physicians.

The Patient's Right to Know Act will require any California physician placed on probation for sexual wrongdoings to disclose this fact to any and all patients before an appointment.

Prior to this new rule, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in late September, physician probations--for whatever reason--were already public information: the Medical Board of California posts all such disciplinary actions in an online registry.

But it was up to a patient to: a) find out about the registry; and b) take action to look up her physician prior to any medical consultation. The reality is that few patients even knew this database existed, and those who did seek the information had to contend with an online system that was far from user-friendly.

Under the new law, which takes effect on July 1, 2019, any physician placed on probation after that date must proactively inform patients of the disciplinary action prior to booking an appointment. The rule emphasizes sexual misconduct, but also applies to probation for drug abuse, inappropriate prescribing, or any criminal activity that could potentially harm patients.

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Joe Pizzorno - The Toxin Solution

Written by Meg Sinclair

For decades, Dr. Pizzorno has been at the forefront of a movement to build bridges between naturopathic, functional, and mainstream medicine. In recent years, his attention has been focused on the myriad ways that environmental toxins are damaging personal and public health, and on developing practical strategies to help people reduce their toxic loads.

His recent book, The Toxin Solution, presents a harrowing picture yet offers good clinical guidance on how to manage the onslaught. Consider the following:

•    94% of Americans are exposed to enough polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to double their lifetime risk of asthma.
•    60% of US women carry loads of PCB187 sufficient to double their risk of breast cancer.
•    33% of Americans have lead levels high enough to double the risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
•    25% are exposed to enough aluminum to double Alzheimer’s risk.

Holistic Primary Care had the honor of hosting Dr. Pizzorno at our 2017 Practitioner Channel Forum. He shared his research on the role of common toxins in chronic disease and his field-tested therapeutic strategies. Watch the full-length session from HPC’s video archive:

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