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August 12, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

Vitamin D for hives
“Adding vitamin D to the treatment regimen of people with hives—technically called chronic urticaria—decreases symptom severity, according to the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology” from a healthnotes® research article “New Hope for People with Hives.”

For more conditions check out the Evidence-based Research Articles database.

FEATURED ISSUE

Vaccine safety
The controversy about vaccine safety was escalated by the new California law that eliminates all personal and religious exemptions to vaccinations for children attending any public or private school. The most recent challenges question research methodology and conflicts of interest. Those affected by this new law might want to review related articles while being careful to take these two factors into consideration.

ISSUE: Vaccine validating research

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.

PRO
Vaccine Studies: Examine the Evidence
HealthyChildren.org

Childhood vaccines: Tough questions, straight answers
Mayo Clinic

Combining childhood vaccines at one visit is not safe? Wrong, wrong, wrong! (6/16/16)
Orac aka David Gorski

CON
Vaccine Studies Debunked (8/2/16)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

Can Measles Vaccine Cause Injury & Death?
National Vaccine Information Center

French Medical Experts Question Vaccine Safety After CDC Whistleblower William Thompson Confesses To MMR Vaccine Research Fraud (1/13/16)
by Greg White
Vaccines News

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahha.org/blog and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health-related issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Have any treatment questions?
Perhaps the most important resource ever created by AHHA is the Treatment Researchers list, which was formerly called Health Information Search Services. This unique list includes organizations whose experts can research treatment options for any health condition. They also answer other questions about health. You can specify conventional medicine and/or alternative approaches. If you know of someone dealing with a life threatening or debilitating diagnosis, it is vital for you to let him or her know about this valuable support option.


July 8, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

Glucose control
“On the surface, the numbers on type 2 diabetes may appear discouraging: 350 million people worldwide are affected.” from a healthnotes® research article “Ginger: A New Diabetes-Management Strategy?

For more conditions check out the Evidence-based Research Articles database.

FEATURED ISSUE

Drug side effects dilemma
Consumer groups that have been hounding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to admit the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics must be cheering over a recent, if minor, victory. The FDA issued an advisory on May 12 that “the serious side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs generally outweigh the benefits for patients with acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options.” Note the varying degrees of caution in news stories cited below regarding the potential degrees of danger associated with Levaquin (levofloxacin), Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin), medications that are taken by more than 26 million Americans each year.

ISSUE: Are you fully aware of the side effects of the prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research. You will note that this month we have not categorized articles as “Pros” and “Cons.” Instead, we present articles on a variety of aspects related to this issue.

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA advises restricting fluoroquinolone antibiotic use for certain uncomplicated infections; warns about disabling side effects that can occur together (5/12/16)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA Says Risks May Outweigh Benefits for Antibiotics Levaquin, Cipro (5/16/16)
by Michelle Llamas
DrugWatch

Fluoroquinolones Are Too Risky for Common Infections (5/16/16)
by Teresa Carr
ConsumerReports

Think Twice About That Fluoroquinolone Prescription (6/3/16)
Stanford Healthcare

FDA Finally Admits Popular Antibiotic May Be Dangerous & Deadly. What To Watch Out For (6/25/16)
by Robert Oliva
Collective Evolution

New FDA Warning For Popular Cipro and Levaquin Antibiotics! (5/12/16)
by Joe Graedon
The People’s Pharmacy

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahha.org/blog and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health-related issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Resource menu
The newly updated AHHA website (ahha.org) has a horizontal photo menu in the page footer under the heading DISCOVER ALL OF THE RESOURCES IN THIS WEBSITE. There are four menu items visible at a time. By clicking on the triangle at the end of the row, you can access five more sets of four. We invite you to enjoy using this menu to explore the 24 resources available for you on our website.


June 10, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

Nuts for longevity
“Being a nut or a peanut must be a tricky business: on one hand, you are the cause of some serious food allergies, and on the other hand, according to a new study, you may save lives.” from a healthnotes® research article, Are Nuts and Peanuts the Secret to a Longer Life?

FEATURED ISSUE

Our medical records are being hacked
Because they contain a wealth of personal information, personal medical records are considerably more valuable to hackers than your credit card numbers. It is thus not surprising that medical cybersecurity breaches are anticipated to continue to be a major problem in 2016 and beyond. Consider how may health and medical-related organizations have some or all of your medical records in their files. Whether it is a large hospital or a small private practice, any medical facility can be vulnerable to cybertheft.

ISSUE: Cybersecurity and your medical records

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research. You will note that this month we have not categorized articles as “Pros” and “Cons.” Instead, we present articles on a variety of aspects related to this issue.

Physicians Must Improve Cybersecurity in 2016 (1/8/16)
by Dan Klein
The Doctors’ Advocate

Has Health Care Hacking Become an Epidemic? (3/23/16)
by Nsikan Akapan
PBS NEWSHOUR

Why You Shouldn’t Store Electronic Medical Records in the Public Cloud (5/20/16)
US Cyber Vault

Balancing Privacy and Security with Health Records (4/13/16)
by Joshua Bleiberg and Niam Yaraghi
Brookings

Creating Guidance for an Invisible Threat (3/10/16)
by Joel Dankwa
REG Blog

Patient Records Hijacked in New Mexico Clinics’ Bankruptcy (6/1/16)
by Joseph Conn
Modern Healthcare

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health-related issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Healthcare career?
More and more people are contacting AHHA to gain information about a healthcare career that includes the holistic health approach. In response to these queries, AHHA has compiled a special section of our website, Career Research, with considerations and resources to support those researching their career options. You can share this resource with those friends who may be contemplating a career change to healthcare.


May 13, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

Eye health
“People with age-related macular degeneration may protect their eyes by taking a supplement containing lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids, according to a study in JAMA Ophthalmology” from a healthnotes® research article “Antioxidants and Omega-3s Team Up for Eye Health.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Pesticide levels
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other pesticides, is back in the news again. This time because one federal agency, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), is reprimanding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for not testing the levels of glyphosate in the food supply. As you review news articles published this year, you will notice conflicting facts. As part of your critical evaluation of the information, you may want to pay particular attention as to whether or not the article…
• Acknowledges or denies the existence of glyphosate in the food supply
• Identifies glyphosate as a dangerous toxin or is of no danger
• Indicates what level of glyphosate in food is safe
• Documents the science behind the scientific facts offered
• Indicates who stands to benefit from that article’s facts

ISSUE: What are the true levels of glyphosate in the food supply, and are there valid concerns?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research. You will note that this month we have not categorized articles as “Pros” and “Cons.” Instead, we present articles on a variety of aspects related to this issue.

U.S. FDA Finally Shamed Into Testing For Monsanto’s Glyphosate Herbicide In Food (2/19/16)
by Christina Sarich
Natural Society

Experts call on feds to re-evaluate the world’s most heavily used herbicide (2/17/16)
by Brian Bienkowski
Environmental Health News

USDA says pesticide levels in produce, other foods not a threat (1/13/16)
by Dan Flynn
Food Safety News

EPA pulls report saying herbicide glyphosate is safe (5/3/16)
by Christopher Doering
The Des Moines Register

How safe are “safe” levels of glyphosate?
The Detox Project

Glyphosate persistence raises questions (2/25/16)
by Rebecca Trager
ChemistryWorld

ANH Releases Study of Glyphosate in Breakfast Foods (4/19/16)
Alliance for Natural Health – USA

Monsanto Is Inside Everything (3/22/16)
by Dr. Mercola
Mercola.com

Glyphosate and cancer: Read how this deadly weed killer promotes multiple myeloma, leukemia, sperm damage, infertility, kidney damage, autism, endocrine disruption, DNA damage and birth defects (5/3/16)
by Mike Adams
Natural News

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Uplifting messages
AHHA offers a unique opportunity to send Get Well(ness) messages to someone you care about. You can find special messages on attractive backgrounds from the Get Well(ness) Messages section of the AHHA website. Pick the one you like and email the URL to your loved one.


April 15, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

Curcumin over Prozac
“While most antidepressant medications are believed to work by changing the levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, many scientists now think that chronic inflammation may contribute to depression.” from a healthnotes® research article “A Yellow Spice for a Sunny Mood.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Thyroid medications
Are you one of the many people who need a supplemental thyroid hormone? If so, you will want to pay attention to the changes in what products will be available to you in upcoming years. There are currently both synthetic and natural formulations. Synthetic compounds (e.g., “Synthroid”) are chemically engineered and contain only one form of thyroid hormone found in the body. Natural preparations (e.g., “Armour Thyroid”) are purified preparations of two or more forms of thyroid hormone from biologic sources. While the synthetic versions appear to have a strong future, the natural versions appear to be facing obstacles. #1: The Armour brand was taken over by a pharmaceutical company that modified the formula. Unfortunately, many longtime users found it no longer worked for them. They are switching to another natural brand or to using custom compounded products. #2: Those continuing to use Armour brand have found that the government’s Medicare program has discontinued covering the Armour brand. #3: Those switching to custom compounded products are watching the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent actions regarding the outlawing of compounded hormone options. Some are viewing these changes as a campaign to discourage use of natural thyroid and encourage use of FDA-approved synthetic thyroid.

ISSUE: Natural vs. synthetic thyroid hormone options

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.

PRO SYNTHETIC OPTIONS
Update on medical and regulatory issues pertaining to compounded and FDA-approved drugs, including hormone therapy. (2/23/16)
by J.V. Pinkerton and J.H. Pickar
PubMed

Endocrine Society Advises Against Compounded Hormone Use (4/5/16)
American Pharmacists Association

Untested, unapproved compounded hormone prescriptions reach 26 to 33 million a year (12/18/15)
ScienceDaily

Armour Thyroid vs. Synthroid (Comparison) (1/29/16)
Mental Health Blog
PRO NATURAL OPTIONS
Natural Thyroid Medications at Risk (3/22/16)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

NAMS Claims that Compounded Hormones are Unregulated and Unsafe: NAMS is a Liar (1/27/16)
by Magnolia
The Perimenopause Blog

Oh Jolly. Guess What the Endocrine Society Has Spouted This Time? (4/5/16)
Stop the Thyroid Madness

Natural Thyroid 101
Stop the Thyroid Madness
We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

How do YOU define “holistic”? 
Have you discovered that others are not defining the term “holistic” the same way you are? AHHA has always recommended that when you’re talking about holistic concepts, it’s wise to define terms and make sure you and the person you are talking to are on the same page. AHHA offers articles on this important topic. See the What is Holistic? article category in our Self-Help Articles Collection. Perhaps these articles will help you clarify your own thinking about defining “holistic.”


March 11, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

Artificially sweet, not so sweet
“If you want to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, replacing sugar sweetened drinks with artificially sweetened ones might sound like a good place to start.” from a healthnotes® research article “Artificially Sweetened Drinks: Not So Sweet for Diabetes Risk.”

FEATURED ISSUE

GMO labeling options
Last summer, the House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R.1599 – the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015) that would pre-empt any state law regarding the labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and establish a national voluntary labeling standard. Recently, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee voted in favor of a similar Senate bill. This Senate bill is being fast-tracked to be approved by the full Senate. One of the key arguments of this bill is that there needs to be a national standard for all fifty states. Opposing senators have introduced an alternative bill, the Biotechnology Food Labeling and Uniformity Act, that offers a national regulation, but makes it mandatory for manufacturers to disclose the presence of GMOs on a product’s label. Have you considered the impact on the food supply depending on which bill becomes the law of the land?

ISSUE: National GMO labeling—voluntary or mandatory?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.

Voluntary labeling
H.R.1599 – Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
Congress.gov

Senate committee passes GMO labeling bill (3/1/16)
by Jeremy Gerrard
FoodEngineering

Mandatory labeling
Senate Dems offer rival bill on GMO food labels (3/2/16)
by Lydia Wheeler
The Hill

Merkley co-sponsors GMO food labeling bill (3/2/16)
KTVZ.com

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Discover new wellness options
AHHA Organizational Member companies offer you innovative wellness-enhancing products and services to support your journey to a higher level of wellness. Check out the PRODUCTS and SERVICES categories of the AHHA Self-Help Tools searchable database.


February 12, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

Loving gift
“Increasing evidence points to a relationship between heart health and stress, according to the American Heart Association.” from a healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Give Your Valentine Heart-Healthy Stress Relief.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Is the HPV vaccine a threat?
Discussions about vaccine safety are frequently polarized, with both sides’ arguments fueled by fact and emotion. In recent media articles the safety of the HPV vaccine is being presented with very extreme positions, both for and against. The U.S. government, through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), stands firm that the HPV vaccine is safe. At the same time, the validity of the safety claims is being called into question with strong documentation. Parents are faced with difficult decisions about whether or not to give their children the HPV vaccine, and at what age.

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.
ISSUE: HPV vaccine safety

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.

PRO
CDC Endorses a More Effective HPV Vaccine to Prevent Cancer (2/1/16)
NPR

Frequently Asked Questions about HPV Vaccine Safety
Centers for Disease Control

Gardasil HPV Vaccine Safety Assessed In Most Comprehensive Study To Date (7/15/15)
by Tara Haelle
Forbes

CON
Flawed HPV Vaccine Safety Statement Triggers Butterfly Effect (1/29/16)
by Claire Dwoskin
Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute

Massive Vaccine Cover-Up (1/26/16)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

American College of Pediatricians Latest to Warn of Gardasil HPV Vaccine Dangers (2/1/16)
by Jefferey Jaxen
Health Impact News

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Your spiritual self
The whole of you is an integrated union of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves. AHHA offers a list of books that can support you in developing a richer connection with your spiritual self. Take a look at the books on the Connecting to Your Spirituality list, and then visit your local library or bookstore to find the books that speak to you.


January 22, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

More vitamin E
“A recent review of current research on vitamin E shows that vitamin E deficiency can contribute to a wide range of health problems.” from a healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Review Highlights Importance of Getting Enough Vitamin E.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Who’s in control of your stem cells?
A growing branch of medicine is the harvesting of an individual’s cells (blood, adipose, stem cells, etc.), processing them, and then using them to treat that same individual for various conditions. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) is proposing regulations for the “use of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products.” These upcoming FDA regulations appear to be defining which cell therapies will be considered “practice of medicine” and subject to minimal regulation and which therapies will be considered to be “unapproved biological drugs” and subject to much more stringent regulations, such as requiring pre-authorization as a new drug. This latter entails a prohibitively expensive and lengthy application process. Some argue that the proposed FDA regulations are important safeguards needed to protect patients. Others claim that the regulations are unnecessary, regulate the use of “our own bodies,” and serve to block competing pharmaceutical drug treatment options. Note that the FDA has already notified several clinics to cease their stem cell therapy.

FDA PROPOSED REGULATIONS
Here is a list of proposed regulations:

ISSUE: Regulating your stem cells

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.

PRO
FDA controls urged for unregulated stem cell treatments (9/21/15)
by Paul Waldron
BioNews

FDA to Put Mushrooming Fat Stem Cell Clinics on Crash Diet? (1/5/15)
The Niche

CON
FDA: Your Own Cells Are a Drug! (1/12/16)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

Stem Cell Treatment Centers Receive FDA Warning for Not Following cGMP Procedures (1/14/16)
BioPharm

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahha.org/blog and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Our website, ahha.org, has been transformed!
Have you explored the totally revamped ahha.org website for the American Holistic Health Association?

  • Global Keyword Search field in page header searches 14 resources
  • 4 portals in center of home page offer preselected resources for common areas of interest
  • Footer pictorial menu presents links to 16 resources
  • 12 searchable databases with custom search options for each
  • SITEMAP button in footer for handy list of all site materials
    and so much more. Enjoy!

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