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Holistic Primary Care provides health care practitioners as well as the general public with lively, science-based content on preventive medicine and natural health care. Our quarterly print publication reaches roughly 65,000 MDs, osteopaths, naturopaths and chiropractors nationwide. Our website www.holisticprimarycare.net features a fully-searchable archive & our monthly UpShots enewsletter provides quick-takes on new developments in integrative medicine. HPC also produces an annual conference called Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Primary Care, focused on practice development for integrative/holistic clinicians. The next Heal Thy Practice conference will be in Long Beach, CA, Nov 4-6, 2011.

12/26/2019
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Soft Drinks Raise Mortality Risk

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers from several European medical centers examined soft drink consumption and related mortality outcomes in an international cohort of more than 450,000 people. They found that individuals who regularly consume soft drinks––including both sugar- and artificially-sweetened varieties––had a higher risk of all-cause mortality than non-drinkers.

Read for more details: https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-h-n/nutrition-a-lifestyle/2083-junk-food-studies-underscore-importance-of-nutrition-education.html

The blood brain barrier (BBB) is responsible for blocking large molecules in the bloodstream from entering the brain. Bu...
12/01/2019
Leaky Gut, Leaky Brain: Toward a New Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

The blood brain barrier (BBB) is responsible for blocking large molecules in the bloodstream from entering the brain. But just like its gut counterpart, the BBB can also become compromised by infections and chronic inflammation.
Loss of integrity of the blood brain barrier--which often correlates with loss of integrity of the gut mucosa--is an early risk factor for later development of dementia.

The emerging science on dementia suggests that if we can repair these leaks, we can slow down or even prevent the downstream cognitive consequences.

Read more: https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-a-g/functional-medicine/2089-leaky-gut-leaky-brain-toward-a-new-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease.html

The innovative self-policing policy, launched in October, and supported by all the major herbal industry trade groups, p...
11/27/2019
In New Self-Policing Effort, Herb 
Industry Urges, “Burn, Don’t Return”

The innovative self-policing policy, launched in October, and supported by all the major herbal industry trade groups, puts direct economic pressure on raw materials suppliers to improve the quality of the ingredients they sell into the US market.

Read more: https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-h-n/herbal-medicine/2088-in-new-self-policing-effort-herb-industry-urges-burn-don-t-return.html

In New Self-Policing Effort, Herb 
Industry Urges, “Burn, Don’t Return” Tuesday, 12 November 2019 02:46 By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief Print Email Leaders in the dietary supplement industry have a sharp new directive for manufacturers who discover adulterants or contaminants in botanical r...

The movie celebrates the interconnectedness of all beings, and offers a hopeful message that by tuning in and humbly lea...
11/18/2019
Fantastic Fungi: New Film Explores Mushrooms, Medicine & the Human Condition

The movie celebrates the interconnectedness of all beings, and offers a hopeful message that by tuning in and humbly learning from this planet’s most ancient inhabitants, we may yet redeem ourselves from the predicaments we have created.

https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-o-z/psyche-some-a-spirit/2084-fantastic-fungi-new-film-explores-mushrooms-medicine-the-human-condition.html

Fantastic Fungi: New Film Explores Mushrooms, Medicine & the Human Condition

"A business partnership between Google and Ascension, a major hospital chain and health insurer, has resulted in the tra...
11/15/2019
Will Google get away with grabbing 50m Americans' health records?

"A business partnership between Google and Ascension, a major hospital chain and health insurer, has resulted in the transfer of 50 million Americans’ most intimate medical records to the Silicon Valley company, without the knowledge or consent of those 50 million patients."

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/14/google-healthcare-data-ascension?CMP=share_btn_link

Google’s reputation has remained relatively unscathed despite behaviors similar to Facebook’s. This could be the tipping point

Beta-glucan compounds produced by Maitake (Grifola frondosa), a Japanese medicinal and culinary mushroom, have multiple ...
11/04/2019

Beta-glucan compounds produced by Maitake (Grifola frondosa), a Japanese medicinal and culinary mushroom, have multiple well-documented immunostimulatory properties.

A team of Portuguese & Argentine researchers have shown that a protein-bound polysaccaride within the mushroom, called the D-fraction, can trigger apoptosis in human breast cancer cell lines, indicating a direct anti-tumor effcct.

Read more here: https://holisticprimarycare.net/news/1205-maitake-mushroom-compound-triggers-cell-death-in-human-breast-cancer.html

🔥To lower blood pressure, turn up the heat and do some Downward Dogs.That's the take-away message from a new study looki...
10/28/2019
Heat Rises, Blood Pressure Drops in New Hot Yoga Study

🔥To lower blood pressure, turn up the heat and do some Downward Dogs.

That's the take-away message from a new study looking at the medical benefits of yoga in patients with stage 1 hypertension. Early data show clinically relevant drops in blood pressure following three months of regular hot yoga practice. #hotyoga

Read more: https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-a-g/cardiovascular-health/2081-high-temps-lower-blood-pressure-in-new-hot-yoga-study.html

High Temps Lower Blood Pressure in New Hot Yoga Study

Researchers at the University of Florida discovered unique and distinct gut bacteria patterns in patients with high bloo...
10/23/2019
Gut Microbiome Study Reveals New Forms of Hypertension & Depression

Researchers at the University of Florida discovered unique and distinct gut bacteria patterns in patients with high blood pressure, depression, and a combination of the two conditions. Their findings suggest that hypertension with and without co-occurring depression could be separate medical complexes, each requiring its own approach to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Study details: https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-a-g/cardiovascular-health/2080-gut-microbiome-study-reveals-new-forms-of-hypertension-depression.html

Gut Microbiome Study Reveals New Forms of Hypertension, Depression

The study, published in February 2019 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, examined the impact of a holistic pro...
10/17/2019
Integrative Pain Program Proves Effective Among Bay Area's Indigent & Underserved

The study, published in February 2019 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, examined the impact of a holistic program for low-income, predominantly homeless patients treated at a San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) primary care clinic.
The data indicate that the patients who utilized drug-free alternatives including physical movement, nutrition counseling, mindfulness training, acupuncture, and massage, were better able to manage their pain than those using prescription painkillers alone.

https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-a-g/chronic-disease/2052-integrative-approaches-lower-chronic-pain-in-vulnerable-patients.html

Integrative Approaches Lower Chronic Pain in Vulnerable Patients

Oral administration of polaprezinc (zinc L-carnosine) can prevent oral mucositis in cancer patients undergoing radiation...
10/02/2019
Zinc Carnosine Prevents Oral Mucositis

Oral administration of polaprezinc (zinc L-carnosine) can prevent oral mucositis in cancer patients undergoing radiation or high-dose chemotherapy, according to a series of studies from researchers in Japan. The compound may also be useful in preventing or minimizing more common oral lesions like canker sores.

Read more about study details:
https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-o-z/vitamins-a-supplements/2062-zinc-carnosine-prevents-oral-mucositis.html

Zinc Carnosine Prevents Oral Mucositis

“We need colorful vegetables, especially green vegetables. Vegetables have anti-inflammatory effects, and we need them t...
09/29/2019
“The Answer to Disease is Vegetables”: Plant-Based Pioneers Have Their Moment

“We need colorful vegetables, especially green vegetables. Vegetables have anti-inflammatory effects, and we need them to activate antioxidant pathways in cells and increase the oxygenation of tissues. You can't be normal if you’re not eating green vegetables,” says Dr. Furhman, a family physician and author of the popular books, Eat to Live and Fast Food Genocide.

Read more:
https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-h-n/nutrition-a-lifestyle/2064-plant-based-pioneers-have-their-moment.html

“The Answer to Disease is Vegetables”: Plant-Based Pioneers Have Their Moment

The endocannabinoid system is an extensive endogenous signaling system. Our understanding of it is evolving rapidly.It i...
09/24/2019
A Guide to the Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system is an extensive endogenous signaling system. Our understanding of it is evolving rapidly.

It is affected by diet, sleep, exercise, stress and a multitude of other factors, including exposure to phytocannabinoids, like CBD and others. Actively modulating this system through targeted use of CBD and other phytocannabinoids may offer tremendous therapeutic promise for a diverse scope of diseases, including psychiatric conditions, neurological and movement disorders, pain, autoimmune disease, spinal cord injury, cancer, cardiometabolic disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, osteoporosis, and others.

Read the full article here:
https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-h-n/herbal-medicine/2061-a-clinician-s-guide-to-the-endocannabinoid-system.html

A Clinician’s Guide to the Endocannabinoid System

The first testing system of its kind, the Miris Human Milk Analyzer (HMA) aims to improve neonatal health by facilitatin...
09/21/2019
Breast Milk Nutrient Test Receives FDA Clearance

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.
Knowing the precise nutrient profile of a mother's milk can help clinicians determine whether or not a woman and her child would benefit from targeted nutritional fortification.

https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-o-z/pediatrics/2053-new-breast-milk-nutrient-test-receives-fda-clearance.html

New Breast Milk Nutrient Test Receives FDA Clearance

Pain, stress, and anxiety are the three most common health conditions for which patients seek care at Modern Acupuncture...
09/17/2019
Modern Acupuncture: Ancient Modality, Mass-Market Model

Pain, stress, and anxiety are the three most common health conditions for which patients seek care at Modern Acupuncture clinics. The needling practice provides a safe and effective alternative for symptoms typically managed with pharmaceutical drugs. #modernacupuncture

As a chronic pain treatment in particular, acupuncture can be an effective and non-addictive alternative to prescription pain killers. In light of rising opioid consumption and overdose rates, that's good news. And it's beneficial as a preventive health tool, too. #acupuncture

https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-a-g/acupuncture-a-oriental-med/2057-modern-acupuncture-2.html

Acupuncture Franchise Fuses Ancient Medicine with Modern Convenience

Grim conditions at the Texas–Mexico border have prompted integrative clinicians to bring much-needed holistic healthcare...
09/14/2019
At the Tex-Mex Border, Healers Bring Compassion, Care, and Acupuncture

Grim conditions at the Texas–Mexico border have prompted integrative clinicians to bring much-needed holistic healthcare to asylum seekers and aid workers throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-h-n/news-policy-a-economics/2047-acupuncturists-without-borders-brings-integrative-care-to-asylum-seekers.html

Acupuncturists Without Borders Brings Integrative Care to Asylum Seekers

The Global Coherence Initiative, a worldwide collaborative project led by the HeartMath Institute, explores the relation...
09/10/2019
Is Holistic Lifestyle Change a Key to World Peace?

The Global Coherence Initiative, a worldwide collaborative project led by the HeartMath Institute, explores the relationship between human bioenergy fields and the Earth's magnetic field.

Read more: https://holisticprimarycare.net/latest-articles/2050-is-holistic-lifestyle-change-the-key-to-world-peace.html

Is Holistic Lifestyle Change a Key to World Peace? Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:20 By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer Print Email The Global Coherence Initiative, a worldwide collaborative project led by the HeartMath Institute, explores the relationship between human bioenergy fields and the Ea...

New research into fasting, and specifically an approach called the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD), is shedding light on ho...
09/08/2019
The Fast-Mimicking Diet & the Science of "Juventology"

New research into fasting, and specifically an approach called the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD), is shedding light on how to use foods and diet patterns to promote longevity and prevent or reverse degenerative diseases.

Read more: https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-a-g/functional-medicine/2058-the-fast-mimicking-diet-the-science-of-juventology.html

The Fast-Mimicking Diet & the Science of "Juventology" Thursday, 01 August 2019 20:14 By Becky Wright, Contributing Writer Print Email Prof. Valter Longo in his lab at University of Southern California. Photo courtesy of USC.What if you could turn back the clock on aging and rid the body of disease,...

Free Webinar- CBD for Anxiety & Depression: Case Studies & Clinical PearlsThursday - September 5, 2019 at 8 PM EDT / 5:0...
09/04/2019
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Free Webinar- CBD for Anxiety & Depression:
Case Studies & Clinical Pearls
Thursday - September 5, 2019 at 8 PM EDT / 5:00 PM Pacific

In this free need-to-know primer, Aimée Shunney, ND, will share 3 case studies from her practice focusing on the use of CBD to increase stress resilience, reduce anxiety, and manage depression.

From these cases, she'll draw out key clinical pearls for patient care strategies, avoidance of drug interactions, selection of products, and more.


Learning Objectives

• Explore dosing strategies and practicalities of dosing titration
• Review known issues with cannabinoid-drug interactions
• Discuss challenges with extreme variation in products, including full spectrum products vs isolates
• Learn various ways to balance the endocannabinoid system
• Gain a clear understanding of how to choose superior products

Be sure to save your seat: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7163623219948834305

“The dominant diets that the world has been producing and eating for the past 50 years are no longer nutritionally optim...
09/03/2019
The EAT-Lancet Report: A Call For Food System Transformation

“The dominant diets that the world has been producing and eating for the past 50 years are no longer nutritionally optimal, are a major contributor to climate change, and are accelerating erosion of natural biodiversity,” write Lancet editors Tamara Lucas and Richard Horton in their commentary accompanying Food in the Anthropocene. #climatechangesolutions

https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-h-n/nutrition-a-lifestyle/2066-the-eat-lancet-report-a-mandate-for-global-food-system-transformation.html

EAT-Lancet report, global food systems, Food in the Anthropocene, EAT, UN Sustainable Development Goals, Walter Willet, global hunger, food production, plant-based diet, meat-free, sustainable diet, sustainability, Gunhild Stordalen

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