Western Medicine

“Sorry, I can’t eat meat. I’m allergic.” C’mon…really? “Yes. Ever since that tick bite.”

Most of us aren’t fond of ticks. Now there’s a new reason to protect yourself (if the threat of lyme disease, erlichiosis, babesiosis, and the myriad of other tick borne illnesses were not enough). Read the story behind how a tick bite can facilitate an allergy to meat. 

Doctors, Revolt!

Bernard Lown, emeritus professor of cardiology at Harvard, reminds us to resurrect the lost art of healing in our daily interactions with patients in this inspiring article.

Rich Joseph, of the NY Times, writes: “He called for a return to the fundamentals of doctoring — listening to know the patient behind the symptoms; carefully touching the […]

By |March 1st, 2018|Care, Western Medicine|

Acupuncture for Restless Legs: Recent Study Shows Benefits

Authors of this recent study say acupuncture has additive therapeutic effect over gabapentin alone in patients with RLS, and that acupuncture plus a low dose of gabapentin (300mg/day) is clinically useful in the treatment of restless legs syndrome.

 

Acupuncture at Mass General for Patients with Cancer

Mass General is using #acupuncture to support patients with cancer. #GoodStuff #IntegrativeMedicine

Recently published in Boston Magazine:

The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is known throughout the world for its innovative and often revolutionary cancer treatments. What may be surprising is that members of the Mass General  team are supplementing their biomedical cancer treatments with a therapy […]

Chest Pain: Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Knowing the difference may not be as easy as you think, says the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Team:
Although heartburn has nothing to do with your heart, its most common symptom — chest pain — often is the most apparent sign of a heart attack too. So how do you know whether you need to reach for an […]

Serious Drug Interaction Discovered: Ceftriaxone/Rocephin and Lansoprazole/Prevacid

A recent article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on October 11, 2016 reveals concurrent use of Lansoprazole (brand name Prevacid), a proton-pump inhibitor, and ), a cephalosporin antibiotic, may increase the risk of acquired long QT syndrome (LQTS), a life-threatening arrhythmia.

The author notes that “QT-DDI’s (QT drug-drug interactions) are not routinely evaluated pre-clinically and can go undiscovered […]

Acupuncture Effective for Cognitive Impairment in Pre-Dementia

A new study shows acupuncture is useful in improving cognitive function in those with mild cognitive impairment. Specifically, the neurologists found that  “overall, our meta-analysis suggests that acupuncture was a useful therapy in improving cognitive function for patients with ,” the neurologists noted, according to the report. “It also suggested that acupuncture was effective […]

Tendinopathy: You say tendinitis, I say tendinosis. What’s that all about?

What’s the difference in these terms and why does it matter, anyway? It matters because it makes a difference in terms of treatment and in recovery. Read more about it here – get educated, and get the proper treatment!