Choosing Wellness

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN The human body is a nonspecific sounding board for the daily assault of environmental irritants and toxins. These include live pathogens, chemical substances and physical influences. As they build up, our immune systems can wear down. True healing requires us to care for the complex and dynamic matrix of […]

Everything Is Connected

Natural or biological medicine acknowledges the interdependence of all living things – a concept at the heart of the PBS documentary of Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire. Flowers. Trees. Plants. We’ve always thought that we controlled them. But what if, in fact, they have been shaping us? Using this provocative question as a jumping off […]

Some Healthy Perspective

The study itself isn’t so earth-shattering, especially to holistic and biological health professionals; but what one of its authors had to say about it – we think it’s worth a look. For their paper, the researchers mapped the use of “alternative medicine…by MS patients” to see how individuals individuals incorporate unorthodox practices and procedures into […]

Divorcing the Mouth from the Body

Originally posted 7 August 2009 Late last month, an article published in the Journal of Dental Research by P. Hujoel of the University of Washington School of Dentistry got a notable bit of media coverage. Most of it focused on the fact that – as the article noted and one headline put it – “diets […]

From “Patient” to “Consumer”

One of the most interesting changes in how Americans think about healthcare has been the transformation of “patients” into “consumers.” As a result, more people are also becoming self-advocates. Thanks to the Internet, we have more access than ever to information on health problems and treatments, physicians, and current medical research. As a result, we […]

“Medicine” Is That Which Has Been Proven to Work?

A while back, we posted an article on the “alternative medicine” canard and the double standard of proof that holistic health practices are often held to. In it, we quoted from a paper by Kenneth R. Pelletier of Arizona State University and UC San Francisco – a passage worth repeating here as we look to […]