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Breast Milk Nutrient Test Receives FDA Clearance

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

A new medical device that measures macronutrient levels in breast milk has received clearance for clinical use from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The first testing system of its kind, the Miris Human Milk Analyzer (HMA) aims to improve neonatal health by facilitating rapid, on-site evaluations of breast milk samples.

Is Holistic Lifestyle Change the Key to World Peace?

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

How can we turn the vision of world peace from a cherished ideal into an actual reality? Is it possible that the principles of holistic medicine could play a vital role in quelling the strife plaguing our planet? The visionaries at HeartMath are betting on it.

Confronting the Hidden Epidemic of Fatty Liver Disease

By Carrie Decker, ND, Contributing Writer

NAFLD often goes undiagnosed because it may not be accompanied overt symptoms or by liver enzyme elevations. Clinicians who are not specifically looking for it, are not likely to detect it. But over the long term it can have devastating consequences. Fortunately, there are many botanical and nutraceutical interventions that can help.

Across the Nation, Hospitals Strive to Improve Food Service

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

Ask anyone—patient or practitioner—to describe hospital food, and you’ll invariably get words like awful, horrible, or disgusting. That’s because for decades, hospital systems have viewed food as a line item, not as an intrinsic aspect of healing. But all across the country, that's starting to change as hospital administrators realize the positive impact that good food can have, and the public clamors for healthier meal service options.

From the Mystical to the Medicinal, Mushrooms are Having Their Moment

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

Worldwide, there are 2,000-plus species of cultivated and wild edible mushrooms. All provide solid nutrition—even the seemingly vacuous white button variety. Some produce medicinal compounds. Whether in the kitchen or the clinic, mushrooms are the subject of rising popular interest these days.

Neurotransmitter Testing Holds Keys to Understanding Chronic Inflammation

By Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA, Contributing Writer

Clinically, we blame most chronic diseases on inflammation. Yet the ways we diagnose, measure, and monitor diseases associated with inflammation--including heart disease and cancer-- have not evolved to a truly clinically useful level. By looking upstream at neurotransmitter levels, we can gain important information about what's really happening with our patients. 

How Transformative Tech & Renegade Retail Will Reform Healthcare

By Erik Goldman

The next wave of healthcare reform won’t be coming from the federal government, the insurance industry, the hospital systems, or medical academia. In fact, the driving forces already reshaping healthcare aren’t coming from within healthcare at all, but from the world’s biggest tech and finance companies on one side, and good old-fashioned grass-roots consumerism on the other.