How Much do Holistic Medicine Therapies Cost?

How Much do Holistic Medicine Therapies Cost? Ever since health insurance became mandatory in the United States, complementary and alternative medicine practitioners may have experienced a reduction in popularity because health insurance does not cover most holistic therapies. It costs $25 to visit a family physician for patients with good health insurance plans, versus over $100 for a visit with a naturopath, chiropractor, or other holistic health practitioner. Medication with insurance also has a manageable price whereas some professional quality wellness supplements run between $20 up to $200 and above. Moreover, since patients are already paying for insurance that guarantees lower medical treatment costs, going to the alternative doctor may feel like a luxury, an unnecessary expense. However, things become very different when you get really sick. Average annual cost of treating diabetes is around $13,000, of these $7,000 is cost directly associated with treatments for which the insurance may pay 80% and you pay $1,400 out of pocket, plus your deductible ($1,500-2,500). The other $6,000 are expences related to diabetes not covered by insurance. If you have complications the price of course only goes up from there. Things get really hairy when you get into heart attack, stroke, and Read More

How to Find and Read Scientific Studies

… so you can check the evidence and decide for yourself Scientific studies are actually pretty easy to find on a wide variety of topics. I normally use pubmed.com, it’s a website where almost all medical research is posted on. There are millions upon millions of scientific articles on it today, and the number is increasing at an accelerated rate every year. Research articles are usually published in scientific journals (which cost thousands of dollars), and then they appear on pubmed either as an abstract or full text. Scientists complete their studies, write articles about their studies in as much detail as possible, and submit them to these journals. The journals review the articles in a process called peer-review where a group of other scientists read the study article and judge if it’s sound or not. If there are no problems with the study or the article, the article is published, both online and in print. The way you use pubmed is simply open the front page and enter the name of the condition or disfunction you are interested in and perhaps a remedy in the search field. For example, type depression lavender essential oil. Today, 24 articles were fetched. Read More

What is Inflammation and Why it is Important

Inflammation is behind most diseases. Cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, autoimmune, diseases of joints, cancer and other tumors, and even most mental disorders are all inflammatory conditions. These conditions are perpetuated by inflammation that does not go away, it’s chronic. Reducing inflammation is the first and foremost step in any holistic management of disease. Inflammation in a healthy body is a good thing. It is a state of localized tissue in the process of repair. Inflammation does not heal the tissue, but it creates an environment that helps the healing. Inflammation dilates local blood vessels and makes them leaky, letting blood plasma (fluid without red blood cells) inside the tissue and causing an edema. This makes the area enlarged, red, painful and hot. Immune cells flood the injured area in order to destroy any bacteria that may have gotten in and scavenge damaged cells. Inflammation can be created both by injured tissue cells and by immune cells. Inflammation is mediated by chemicals produced by them called cytokines, prostaglandines, histamines, and many others. These chemicals act on blood vessels to locally dilate them and make them leaky. After the area is repaired and all bacteria are killed, the tissues produce anti-inflammatory chemicals and inflammation Read More