New Doctors Favor Natural Medicine

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 by: S. L. Baker, features writer

(NaturalNews) Are up-and-coming young doctors going to practice the s ame kind of mainstream medicine as their predecessors? Will the next generation of docs turn up their noses at alternative therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, herbs and vitamins — just like the majority of the current crop of docs? In what may come as a surprise to many mainstream physicians, the answer to those questions may be a resounding “no”.

According to research published in the online edition of the peer-reviewed journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM), 75 percent of medical students surveyed think it would be beneficial for conventional Western medicine to integrate with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM places emphasis on natural therapies and using the body’s own healing powers instead of relying on drugs, vaccines and other standard Western treatments.

A University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of California, San Diego, research team comprised of experts in the fields of CAM, integrative medicine, Western medicine, medical education and survey development created a first of its kind 30 question survey that was distributed to 126 U.S. medical schools. Some 1,770 medical students completed the survey — roughly, about three percent of the 68,000 medical students nationwide. Although the response rate to the survey was fairly low, the researchers say it provided valuable insights into current medical students’ perceptions of CAM.

For example, the findings revealed that 77 percent of the medical student participants agreed patients whose doctors are knowledgeable about complementary and alternative medicine in addition to conventional medicine benefit more than those whose doctors are only familiar with Western medicine. In fact, 74 percent agreed that a medical system which integrated conventional medicine with CAM could be more effective that either type of medicine used independently

“Complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, is receiving increased attention in light of the global health crisis and the significant role of traditional medicine in meeting public health needs in developing countries,” study author Ryan Abbott, a researcher at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, said in a statement to the media. “Integrating CAM into mainstream health care is now a global phenomenon, with policymakers at the highest levels endorsing the importance of a historically marginalized form of health care.”

The study also found that more than 60 percent of the medical student participants want more education related to CAM during their time in medical school. In a press statement, the researchers noted that although more than 50 percent of U.S. medical schools currently offer some type of CAM courses, these studies could be streamlined into more formal curricula as part of standardized medical school education.

“Although the content of integrative medicine programs remains controversial, medical schools across the country are moving forward with ambitious new programs to teach the next generation of health care leaders,” concluded Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, the Wallis Annenberg Professor of Integrative East-West Medicine at UCLA, founder and director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, and chair of UCLA’s Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine.

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Natural Ways to Improve Your Memory

  We have all  heard of the  two herbs are ginkgo biloba and ginseng that supposedly help with brain health & memory improvement. One
 study revealed that a combination of ginseng and ginkgo biloba was the most effective formula for increasing brain power. A preparation of 60% ginseng and 40% ginkgo was the most effective formula when it came to improving the memory of the study volunteers.

According to Dr Scholey, with the University of Northumbria, “Subjects were able to sustain their concentration for longer. Normally, when people have to concentrate over an extended period of time, their reaction time begins to slow – ginkgo seemed to stop that slowing and one dose actually [sped] them up.”

There are few things more precious than memory. Whether it is a memory of that first kiss or recollections of your wedding day, memories are very important. As we age, memories tend to fade and sometimes, memory loss occurs much faster than expected. The ability to remember new information (in the short term and in the long term) is also impaired. Whether the cause is Alzheimer’s disease or aging, improving memory is easier than some may expect.

Natural Ways for Improving Memory:

Olive Oil – Olive oil is one of the best foods for improving memory. It is high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and is also polyunsaturated. With its wide array of benefits, olive oil should be used daily. The suggested dose is 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil mixed with lemon juice (extracted from 1/2 lemon.) The mixture should be taken daily, just before sleeping.

Folate and B Vitamins – To improve memory, consume plenty of foods loaded with B vitamins. Patients with a deficiency in B vitamins and folate demonstrated forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion, dementia and depression.

Honey – Studies show that consuming raw honey can improve memory. It also offers many other health benefits. Raw honey calms nerves and relieves anxiety, thereby promoting relaxation and rest. One to two teaspoons per day is recommended.

Rosemary – Rosemary acts as a decongestant and astringent. It is good for digestion and circulation problems, and it relaxes the stomach. Rosemary isn’t just an excellent herb for cooking; it can also relieve headaches and menstrual cramps, and it regulates blood pressure. (See Recipe below)

Ginger – Ginger has long been used as a remedy for stomach distress, as it relieves inflammation, nausea, vomiting and pain, and it increases circulation. Ginger can also cleanse the colon. Ginger also remedies hot flashes, morning sickness and motion sickness. 1 cup per day of ginger tea is recommended.

Recipes to Enhance Memory:

Memory Zest Blend

1 part ginkgo
1 part gotu kola and peppermint leaves
1 part red clover tops
1 part rosemary leaves
1 part ginger root

Bring a cup of water (or an entire tea pot) to a boil and add the herbs. Allow the tea to steep for at least ten minutes, strain and drink. Honey can be added after the tea is strained. According to, this is “a mentally refreshing beverage [that will] give you feelings of clarity and precision.”

Yogurt and Rosemary Drink

1 cup of raw yogurt
1 twig of rosemary or 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
2 figs
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Place the ingredients in a jar and seal overnight. In the morning, place the mixture in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink this daily to feel refreshed.…


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Aloe Cure For Reflux

Most of the ads we see on TV are for some type of pharmaceutical..Pill. We have grown so accustomed to just reaching for a pill. Easy fix right? Not hardly. Read the fine print. Many of these “pills” have a long list of side effects, and many of those are worse than the original problem. Seriously, these can & do happen to you. On of the more serious side effects of  acid reflux medicine is that it has been shown to reduce calcium in the bones. What does that mean?  It means it can help contribute to Osteoporosis. And that means it can greatly influence your chance of breaking a bone. That’s huge, especially in older folks.

     I saw an ad recently for Aloe Cure. It’s 100% Natural and it can help eliminate Acid Reflux. The box says,” It soothes the Digestive System. It acts as a natural acid buffer. It aids in balancing stomach acidity  and promotes Healthy Digestion.  Sounds like a tall order, but I took the challenge along with my son to see if it could live up to those statements.

      First off I will have to say that this stuff does not taste good. I mixed it with grape juice on the 3rd day and found it to be much better. By the 4th day I’ll have to say I was feeling great. My reflux issue is probably in the mild category, or it was before the Aloe.  My son has a more serious problem & he has taken longer to notice extended relief.  He also chews tobacco & sometimes drinks alcohol, so he takes two steps forward and one step back. It’s hard to convince young men to do anything, but he does say that it has helped alot.

       Since I prefer to treat things Naturally first, I will have to say that the Aloe Cure has been a very benefical way to treat my acid reflux. I’ve given some to a couple of my friends and am waiting to see what they think. If you have problems with Acid Reflux you might want to do some research on this product & see for yourself.

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Make resolution to plan preventive health screenings | | The Detroit News

{{desc}}  This is a great article I found this morning. We all tend to put off our screening exams…Hopefully this will motivate us to schedule them now!

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For a better diet, Eat less meat!

For a better diet, Eat less meat!.

This is an excellent blog on having a healthier lifestyle. Some of the studies shown are very interesting…especially regarding Red Meat!

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More Help for Acid Reflux

  There are many ways to reduce the effects ofAcid  Reflux..besides popping  pills.  One of the best things you can do is to eat smaller meals, and to eat them earlier in the afternoon. In other words, try not to eat a meal after 6 or 7 pm. That is hard for some people to do, especially  if they stay up later..but it is very important. Another thing is to sleep with your head elevated. You can choose to sleep on 2 or 3 pillows, or you can devise a way to elevate the head of your bed. Either of these will suffice, and make a big difference.  Gravity will always work. Another key thing,  in the dietary department, is to avoid Alcohol consumption. This has a big impact, try it and see. Tobacco use has an effect as well. My son chews tobacco,  & found that when he quit,   his heartburn also went away.

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Natural remedies can improve your health – The Mercury Opinion: Pottstown, PA and The Tri County areas of Montgomery, Berks and Chester Counties (

Natural remedies can improve your health – The Mercury Opinion: Pottstown, PA

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