Spring 2009, Volume 2, Issue 2
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EDITOR’S LOG

Embodying the Change We Seek: Health Reform as a Teachable Moment

If ever there was a time for health care visionaries to develop practical proposals and strategies for their implementation, this is it. The United States is approaching a major turning point, with opportunity for positive change greater than any we’ve seen in our lifetimes. On many levels, our nation and our world have reached a tipping point, in which short-term-only thinking has become a luxury we no longer can afford. Crisis yields opportunity. From climate change to economic meltdown, from preventable chronic diseases to unsustainable levels of resource consumption, major change has become a necessity. Read full article »
BOOK REVIEW
Anticancer: A New Way of Life
When he learned at age 31 that he had brain cancer, David Servan-Schreiber was a young physician and neuroscience researcher on the fast track. His devastating diagnosis changed the course of his life irrevocably, leading this very conventional doctor to explore many options he previously had scorned. His anticancer program consists of an anti-inflammatory, whole foods diet (organic whenever possible, and rich in a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans); daily or nearly daily practice of aerobic, stretching and breathing exercises; meditation; counseling and/or psychotherapy, and more. Read full article »
CAM in Review

In recent studies at two Veterans Administration hospitals, low back pain patients reported pain relief from yoga practice while hospital staff members reported stress relief from qigong sessions. In other research, tai chi led to improvements in aerobic capacity and risk factors for heart disease, and vibration exercise (but not Reiki treatment) improved pain and fatigue in fibromyalgia. Read full article »
Nutrition Update
In recent nutrition research, tomato extract appears to help hypertension, fruit and vegetable compounds may lower the risk of hip fracture, and antioxidant nutrients taken as supplements failed to lower the risk of developing cancer. Read full article »
The Health Reform Moment: Peril and Possibility in the Obama Era
While the health reform debate is often dominated by financial issues, these may in the long run prove less important than questions about which services are being delivered to those with newly increased access, as well as to those who already have access to health care but for whom it has failed to deliver health and wellness. Unless there are major changes in the health priorities of the nation, there will be no sustainable health care solutions. The stakes are extremely high. Read full article »
Why Research Matters
to Chiropractors:
Interview with Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD
Cheryl Hawk, Vice President for Research and Scholarship at Cleveland Chiropractic College, is widely recognized as one of the world’s leaders in chiropractic research. After practicing chiropractic for a dozen years, she earned a doctorate in preventive medicine at the University of Iowa and has published and lectured widely on chiropractic and health promotion. In this interview, she explains why research is crucial to the future of chiropractic and describes Cleveland College’s unique research focus on geriatrics and prevention. Read full article »
Chiropractic Research Roundup

Researchers in a British National Health Service Hospital found that chiropractic care outperformed standard medical treatment for chronic low back pain, while a records review at a chiropractic teaching clinic found no serious adverse reactions following any of the 5,242 chiropractic treatments given to patients under three years of age. Read full article »

Mind-Body
Research Update
In the first randomized controlled trial of any intervention with war traumatized children, and the first of any traumatized population using a comprehensive program of mind-body medicine, students in Kosovo showed substantial improvements in posttraumatic stress disorder. Read full article »

Wellness Initiative for the Nation (WIN): Interview with Wayne Jonas, MD
The Wellness Initiative for the Nation is a groundbreaking set of health policy proposals calling for a paradigm shift in the direction of wellness, prevention, health promotion and integrative practices. Wayne Jonas, MD, and his colleagues at the Samueli Institute deserve great credit for crafting these far-reaching proposals, which are as pragmatic as they are visionary. Formerly a career military medical officer in the U.S. Army, Dr. Jonas was director of the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine during the mid-1990s, its years of greatest growth and transformation. Read full article »
Cleveland Chiropractic College Hosts Community Health Care Discussion
In response to the Obama-Biden Transition Health Policy Group’s call for people across the nation to hold community meetings to discuss health care reform, the Center for Health Promotion at Cleveland Chiropractic College–Kansas City hosted a town hall meeting that drew a diverse and engaged group (70% from the community at large, 30% from the college community). Chiropractors, medical physicians, nurses, attorneys, students and others shared their ideas, concerns, hopes and fears about the future of health care in the United States. Read full article »
The Yoga of Health Reform

What do we need from health reform? First and foremost, a fundamental understanding that we must provide care not only for all people, but for all parts of the people—for the complexity that is the human being. We need a system that encourages people to become self-aware. If we achieve a system that is available and functional for all, that places more emphasis on prevention, and includes more than the classic biomedical approach to disease, then we will be miles ahead of where we are now. Read full article »

Exercise & Fitness Report

New exercise research shows that people with certain knee injuries do well without a commonly prescribed surgery, that treadmill exercise and leg resistance training are helpful to patients with peripheral arterial disease, and that people whose doctors give a written prescription for exercise are more likely to follow the doctor’s advice. Read full article »