Health Benefits of Spirulina

July 31, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Holistic Nutrition

Spirulina is one of hundreds of algae species and is commonly known as blue green algae. It’s a rich source of nutrients, containing up to 70% protein, B-complex vitamins, phycocyanin, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and numerous minerals. In fact, spirulina contains more beta-carotene than carrots. Considered one of nature’s most perfect foods, it has been used since ancient times as a source of nutrients and has been said to possess a variety of medical uses, including as an antioxidant, antiviral, antineoplastic, weight loss aid, and lipid-lowering agent. Read more

Health Care Reform Goes Circus Crazy

July 29, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Pastiche

Just when I thought the fringe couldn’t get any fringier, someone comes along to prove me wrong. Apparently the lunatic fringe has been circulating some secret government plot to kill off old people as part of health care reform.  Gees…. That’s just crazy talk! That’s at least six kinds of crazy.

At first I thought it must be one isolated case, one isolated question, of just one person not understanding a provision in a PROPOSED health care bill. But again, I was wrong. Members of Congress speaking on the floor yesterday are helping to perpetuate this circus craziness. Read more

KILL BILL: Revenge of the Lewin Group

July 29, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

As more Republicans speak out against Health Care Reform, you can’t help but notice a common thread in their arguments: the Lewin Group. Also painfully obvious is that they’re all using the same talking points, over and over again. Talking points provided to them by this mysterious Lewin Group they keep referencing.

As an example: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-6): “Approximately 114 million Americans are expected to leave private health insurance.” In all fairness, she’s not the only one regurgitating highlights from a Lewin Group report. For years, Read more

Show Your Support for HR646

July 28, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

One long time believer and supporter of acupuncture is United States Representative Maurice Hinchey of New York who has been working for many years to include acupuncture under Medicare and Federal employee health coverage.

The “Hinchey Bill” as it is often referred to, is titled HR646 Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act. The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is making it easy for you to ask your U.S. Representative and Senators to support HR646 by going to the Website of RALLY CONGRESS to easily enter your zip code and name to have a letter sent to each of them in your name.

You have the power to push Congress as much as the lobbying firms do. Your vote keeps your representative in Washington or sends them packing if they don’t listen to you. Make your opinion known, and tell Congress you want to have access to the oldest form of preventive medicine and healthcare in the world. Support HR646 and experience the wonderful health benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. When Medicare covers Acupuncture, more private insurance companies are likely to include acupuncture in their plans as some already do. Show your support for this bill,  then find an acupuncturist near you (a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), Acupuncture Physician (AP), Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) - titles vary by state) and experience a  healing system that has worked for millions of people all over the world for well over 2500 years.

ABOUT H.R. 646, The Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2009

H.R. 646 would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of qualified acupuncturist services under part B of the Medicare Program, and to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for coverage of such services under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

This bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Introduced bills and resolutions first go to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee. [ Read Full Text Here ]

Health Reform Seeks to Include Alternative Therapies

July 24, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

As reported in the Boston Globe today, some Senators are seeking to have alternative therapies included in health care reform. Senator Harkin (D) of Iowa, who has been a long time proponent of Alternative Medicine, spoke at a congressional hearing this week in defense of alternative therapies. Harkin is the cosponsor of an amendment that says health care plans will not be allowed to “discriminate’’ against any healthcare provider who has a license issued by a state, an amendment Senate aides said was designed to provide coverage for alternative medicine. Read more

Iodine and Hypothyroidism

July 1, 2009 by Jen  
Filed under Thyroid

More Than a Pinch of Salt

If you are a woman with thyroid problems that don’t seem to stay in control, look for a major suspect in your kitchen cupboard: iodinated table salt. Once thought to prevent thyroid problems, little attention has been paid to the impact of constant iodine in our diets, especially for women. Read more