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

Red Yeast Rice Cuts Cholesterol

June 25, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

New research by Cardiologists David Becker, M.D. and Ram Gordon, M.D., published in Annals of Internal Medicine, may provide alternative treatment option for statin-intolerant patients

An over-the-counter dietary supplement sold at pharmacies and health food stores may be an alternative for patients who cannot take traditional statin medications to lower cholesterol because of statin-related muscle pain. The findings of their study, “Red Yeast Rice for Dyslipidemia in Statin-Intolerant Patients,” appear in the June 16, 2009 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. Read more

The Doctors Know Best …NOT

June 19, 2009 by Cathi  
Filed under General Interest

This thought was provoked by your “Government Forced Chemo” post.

Of course we all know that doctors know what is best for us and how long we have to live. Afterall I was told at 24 that I would never live to see 30 if I didn’t go under doctors care for the lupus. Even though I didn’t and that birthday passed almost 30 years ago … weren’t they right? Read more

The Ultimate Alternative Therapy for Insomnia

June 3, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

How’s this for an Alternative Therapy for Insomnia: Web Therapy… as in the Internet.

An estimated 50 million Americans received a prescription for sleeping pills like Ambien last year when they could have saved all that money, not to mention dealing with the side effects such as diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; “drugged” feeling; dry mouth; headache; nausea; nose or throat irritation; sluggishness; stomach upset. And these are the MILD side effects. A few of the more serious side effects of Ambien include abnormal thinking; behavior changes; chest pain; confusion; decreased coordination; difficulty swallowing or breathing; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; memory problems; and more. Read more

Why My Health Insurance Sucks Canal Water!

May 24, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest, Pastiche

My health insurance premiums just increased yet again. This time by 95.00/mo.   The reason for this latest increase, according to what I was told when I called (since they just raised my premium about 6 months ago), is “due to the rising cost of pharmaceuticals,” and rising cost of health care in general.  Whatever.  I told the person on the phone that they should just admit the real reason they’re raising my rates again – to help increase Big Pharma’s bottom line profits.  She laughed and said, Read more

Insurance Discounts on Alternative Therapies

May 11, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

Renaissance Healthy Savings Card Announces New Dental Network, Now Includes Discounts on Chiropractic and Alternative Health

OKEMOS, Mich.-(BUSINESS WIRE)-As healthcare costs rise, Renaissance Life & Health Insurance Company of America (Renaissance America) is doing more to provide its members with access to affordable health services by expanding its Renaissance Healthy Savings Card ? a health service discount program used to complement health insurance or provide discounts on its own. Read more

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