(Natural News) Rates of breast cancer may be on the rise, but the number of women with the condition who opt for conventional chemotherapy as treatment is reportedly in serious decline.New research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that an increasing number of breast cancer patients are wary of the adverse effects associated with the “slash and burn” protocols pushed by mainstream oncologists. Many of them, it seems, are turning to more natural options instead, hoping for safer and more effective outcomes.Dr. Steven Katz, a medical doctor and professor of medicine, health management and policy at the University of Michigan, pored over data collected on 5,080 women from Georgia and Los Angeles who were treated for early stage breast cancer between the years of 2013 and 2015. Of these, 2,926 women were diagnosed with stage-1 or -2 breast cancers that were positive for estrogen receptor expression, but negative for human epidermal growth factor … [Read more...] about Are women turning to natural cures? New study shows chemotherapy treatments for early stage breast cancer are declining
Dialogue between doctor and patient
IntroLast fall, 47-year-old Georgette Peterson, director of the Galveston County Small Business Development Center in Texas, got bad news. A CT scan (x-rays that give a detailed picture of the inside of your body) had revealed that her cancer had returned to one lymph node at the top of her spine. Surgery wasn't possible, and Georgette had already been through three chemotherapy treatments for this recurrence. So today, she was getting a second scan that would define the cancerous lymph node and guide her radiologist as he prepared for a new approach: drilling three holes into her skull, then attaching a halo device that allowed for very direct, pinpoint radiation. The procedure, stereotactic radiation, would be rough, but Georgette was calm and confident. She had two children at home who needed their mother; the procedure would work. Two days after the procedure, the nurse from her radiologist's office called to cancel the radiation. The lymph node had cleared.Stereotactice … [Read more...] about Let Prayer Save Your Life
The Pill is pretty freakin’ great: It prevents pregnancy, helps ease PMS symptoms, and can even give you clearer skin. But a new study indicates that there may be a link between hormonal contraception methods—like the Pill—and depression.According to the research, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, the use of hormonal contraception—especially among adolescents—was associated with the subsequent use of antidepressants.Here’s the deal: The study looked at more than one million women between the ages of 15 and 34 who were using some form of birth control and followed their health outcomes for 13 years. Overall, they found that women using hormonal birth control methods (including the Pill, hormonal IUDs, vaginal rings, and hormonal patches) were more likely to be on antidepressants and have a depression diagnosis by the end of the study compared to women who opted for non-hormonal options of birth control … [Read more...] about Could Taking the Pill Make You Depressed?
You're not going to get drinks with your doctor after a physical, but bonding with your M.D. could be the key to getting better care. A new review in PLoS One found when doctors were more personable, their patients fared better in efforts to lose weight, lower blood pressure, and manage pain. Of course, befriending your doctor isn’t always an easy process. The man behind the white coat can make routine visits awkward—or worse. “The problem is, it’s not an easy relationship when you have the difference in the power structure and education,” says Leonard S. Feldman, M.D., director of the general medicine comprehensive consultation service at Johns Hopkins University.So how are your doctor's people skills? Remember this checklist at your next check-up:1. Listen for how he says "hi."When your doctor greets you, he should introduce himself and offer a handshake. A cursory "hello" doesn't welcome conversation, but a follow-up question—like "how's your … [Read more...] about Is Your Doctor a Jerk?
(Natural News) A new organization launched this morning calling themselves “Vaccine Safety Commission”, a nonprofit organization that was formed by “concerned scientists, doctors, journalists, and parents.” For now, the group has chosen to remain anonymous, but I certainly hope that changes soon. The group has no formal affiliation to either Robert F. Kennedy or President Trump, but wholeheartedly endorses the formation of a Vaccine Safety Commission, and claims to be actively seeking additional members.(Article by J.B. Handley, Jr., republished in part from GreenMedInfo.com)In my opinion, we are in the dark ages of having honest conversations about vaccine injury where truth-tellers are still routinely destroyed, and I hope this group is another step in the right direction towards honest dialogue. Consider the case just this week of science journalist and Harvard educated Mish Michaels:Mish Michaels, who lost her job as a science reporter at WGBH … [Read more...] about Vaccine Safety Commission: 50 studies the AAP failed to send President Trump
Music can also naturally increase the “feel good” neurochemicals in the body known as endorphins. It is no wonder that music is combined with various rehabilitation programs around the world. Five-element music therapy, in particular, has been shown to benefit the quality of life in cancer patients. Other research confirms that five-element music therapy benefits people with depression, seasonal affective disorder, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Read on to find out more about five-element music therapy and its health benefits. The use of music as therapy was recorded in China’s first medical text, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, which is about 2,300 years old. As a result, music therapy is deeply rooted in the foundation of traditional Chinese medicine. The role of music therapy within TCM has a direct relation to the five-element theory. The five-element music therapy is a theory of systems and a way of describing the process of change within the … [Read more...] about What Is Five-Element Music Therapy? Plus 4 Important Health Benefits
Big data is proving to be one of the best weapons in the fight against measles—and indeed, against a myriad of other health threats. Following the recent resurgence of measles, several organizations have announced how they are applying their big data efforts toward goals including disease surveillance and assessment, notification, and epidemic simulation. Experts say this trend is on the rise and can be expected to play a growing role in future public health efforts. "We see great potential for the use of big data and advanced analytics in improving public health and safety," says Graham Hughes, MD, chief medical officer at SAS Health Care and Life Sciences, Center for Health Analytics and Insights. "In addition to understanding and learning from past events, analytics can now create new knowledge from billions of data points, very quickly. In minutes, we can now run analyses that used to take days," Graham told Healthcare Dive. Here are three programs making waves in this … [Read more...] about 3 big data initiatives that are targeting the measles outbreak
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed, the much maligned Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), incorrectly labeled a death panel by the law's opponents, has sat dormant. It has escaped scrutiny during the major debates this summer about repealing and replacing the ACA, but it is certainly not forgotten by all. IPAB has no members and has never been activated. Opponents are now hoping to make sure the board, which got it's catchy but false moniker from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, never gets put into action as they push Congress to kill the IPAB. Those who oppose the IPAB, which includes most of the healthcare industry, don’t subscribe to Palin’s over-the-top rhetoric that it will “ration care” and decide who receives medical care. Instead, their concern is what the IPAB would do to physician payments and subsequent patient access to Medicare. The ACA created the IPAB as a way to contain Medicare costs. The … [Read more...] about Independent Payment Advisory Board still in Congress’ crosshairs
We’re all interested in natural ways to take care of ourselves. Sometimes we need a little help from professionals to guide us through particular challenges. There is a wide variety of treatment modalities to consider. We’ve compiled a few—some familiar and some less well known. These modalities treat everything from addictions to zits, and they can complement or even replace conventional medicine—whether you’re facing a little health hiccup or a grave health crisis. Natural modalities can break old paradigms by shifting energies and highlight how emotions and energies affect physical well-being. Awareness of the connection between physical and emotional states of being can start—and speed up—the healing process. Although most of these approaches focus on a specific type of illness, they also effectively treat other health problems. To determine if a particular treatment might work for you or a particular health condition, talk to a … [Read more...] about Natural Healing
How hard is it to go to a food store, conventional or alleged “health” and buy clean, pure food? Well, it’s harder than you think. We know that the supermarkets sell pesticide/herbicide-laden foods that can be washed. They are called vegetables. We also know that the supermarkets and some “health” food stores sell animal flesh. If it’s non-organic it contains bovine growth hormones, antibiotics, doo-doo, radiation and a host of other toxins and poisons. If it’s alleged “range-fed” maybe a lot of the crap is not there. But there is one thing that is always there. Raging fear hormones. Think about it: do you really believe that when any creature is taken out of its element and faced with death that they are all happy and saying, “kill me, kill me, please kill me”? But that’s a story for another time. Now I want to get into food that is anything but food and perhaps the following will give you some insight into … [Read more...] about Chemicals: The New “Food”