Fast track vs. safety – Issue

The July 2015 passage of HR 6, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, by the House of Representatives gave hope to families living with rare diseases, as this bill included provisions to fast track the FDA’s review process and expand access of investigational drugs for serious conditions and other medical technologies. Opponents voiced concerns, however, about the possible negative impact of the relaxed regulations. You may notice that as this bill is being process by the Senate this fall, it seems to be losing support and a number of alternative bills are being drafted. Those with concerns were hoping that particular weaknesses of the original bill will be addressed in the new versions, but so far they have not. A few key concerns include:

* The proposed law would allow researchers to conduct clinical testing of experimental pharmaceutical products on people without first obtaining their informed consent (if the testing poses no more than minimal risk and includes safeguards).

* Previously required randomized clinical trials would be allowed to be replaced by statistical methods that assign probabilities, clinical experience, and anecdotal evidence to demonstrate safety.

* Mandatory vaccines would be included in the relaxed safety licensing regulations.

ISSUE: Are relaxed safety regulations for all research worth the risk so that we can fast-track the development of medical cures for rare diseases?

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.

H.R. 6, 21st Century Cures Act (7/2/15) [362-page bill]

Future of 21st Century Cures bill in jeopardy (9/11/15)
by Katie Dvorak

21st Century Cures Update (9/22/15)

Modernizing Biomedical Innovation: Understanding the 21st Century Cures Act (8/28/15)
by Avery Avrakolos
Preimer’s Ampersand

The 21st Century Cures Act Is Incredibly Popular. So Why Might it Die in Congress?  (8/13/15)
by Rachel Schulze
American Health Line

Here Comes the 21st Century Cures Act: Say Goodbye to Vaccine Safety Science (7/21/15)
by Barbara Loe Fisher
National Vaccine Information Center

21st Century Cures Act Prompts Debate Over Patient Consent Rules (8/13/15)
by Nicole Lewis

21st Century Cures Act: A huge step backward for FDA standards (8/4/15)
by Trudy Lieberman
Health News Review

National Vaccine Information Center Says Proposed 21st Century Cures Act Will Endanger the Public Health by Lowering FDA Licensing Standards (7/22/15)
EON Enhanced Online News

 We also encourage you to post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

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Change Your Brain Change Your Life – Video

with Daniel Amen, MD

with Daniel Amen, MD

Your brain is involved in everything you do. It is the organ of learning, working, and loving – the supercomputer that runs your life. Learn to care for it properly, and you will be smarter, healthier, and happier.

In the video below learn that brain dysfunction is the number one reason people fail at school, work, and relationships. Understand Dr. Amen’s eight simple principles of the brain.

When your brain works right, you work right. When your brain doesn’t work right, you can’t work right.

Video Link: Change Your Brain Change Your Life with Daniel Amen, MD

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self Help Videos section.

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Recapture Your Health – Article

Jan DeCourtney, CMT

Jan DeCourtney, CMT

Walt Stoll, MD

Walt Stoll, MD

There are various ways to reach the goal of vigorous health and wellness. In the article link below the authors share their recommended path for improving your health. They developed this path with more than thirty-eight years of their professional experience working with thousands of patients struggling with a wide variety of conditions. They found this path to wellness reliable and effective.

The 3LS Wellness Program is named after the image of support, stability, and balance of a wooden 3-Legged Stool. The program consists of three practices – relaxation, diet and exercise. The goal is to avoid and resolve chronic health conditions by being too healthy.

Article Link: Recapture Your Health by Jan DeCourtney, CMT and Walt Stoll, MD

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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Aromatherapy to Relieve Anxiety: Part B

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Aromatherapy, or the use of therapeutic use of essential oils, can be a wonderful adjunct in relief of anxiety and general mood support. Since the sense of smell is closely linked with the limbic system, the area of the brain where we process emotions, there are many soothing essential oils can help put people at ease via the sense of smell.

Essential oils can be added to baths, massage oil, compresses, inhalations, and aromatherapy diffusers. It is important to note, though, that some essential oils can be irritating or caustic. While a few are used directly on the skin or even internally (orally), this should always be done under supervision of a physician or an advanced practitioner. Generally oils applied topically are quite dilute (5-15 drops in one ounce of neutral oil) and blended with a carrier oil like sweet almond, jojoba, coconut, olive, or avocado oil. Never ingest any essential oils or apply them undiluted to the skin without proper training or medical supervision.

Last month we looked at several popular oils for relief on anxiety, here are a few more popular, common, and safe essential oils choices used for emotional support, anxiety relief, and stress reduction.

Frankincense, Boswellia carteri or Boswellia sacra

Emotional: Calming and tranquil energy, as well as spiritually grounding. Included in many types of incense to help deepen meditation and quiet the mind.

Physical: Used often in respiratory blends for calming spasmodic cough. Moistening, and used in many cosmetic blends for aged or dry skin. Decreases gas, supports healthy immune function.


Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia

Emotional: This is the most common oil used for calming anxiety and is the base of many popular soothing blends. It is considered a nervous system restorative and helps with inner peace, sleep, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach, and gen- eral nervous tension.

Physical: Alleviates menstrual cramps, spasmodic cough, ten- sion headache, and skin problems and has mild antibacterial properties.


Lemon, Citrus limon

Emotional: Cheerful scent, encourages optimism, has an expan- sive happy energy that supports people who feel constrained or hemmed in.

Physical: Antibacterial, decongestant, supports the liver and the immune system; used in many household cleaners, as lemon is also a good de-greaser.

Generally safe but like all members of the citrus family, lemon is photosensitizing, meaning it can increase the risk of sunburn and rash. So do not use it topically in blends within 12 hours of sun exposure. For this reason it is most commonly used in a diffusor. Use only organic oils, as citrus is heavily sprayed.

Rose, Rosa damascena

Emotional: Very settling to the emotional heart, perhaps the second most popular essential oil after lavender for anxiety and depres- sion. Associated with love and promotes feelings of love and spiritual connection. Nervous system restorative and tonic; helps with panic attacks, grieving, and shock.

Physical: Used often in cosmetics and perfumery. Anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, excellent for dry or aging skin. Helps with hormonal balance, especially for women.


Vetiver, Vetiveria zizanioides

Emotional: Tranquil, grounding, and reassuring energy, used in trauma, helps with self-awareness and is calming and stabilizing. A nervous system tonic, it decreases jitteriness and hypersensitiv- ity; useful in panic attacks and shock.

Physical: Antifungal, immune support, helps vitality. Widely used in perfumery and cosmetics. A powder of this root is used in Ayurveda to reduce fever.


Enjoy your exploration of aromatherapy to support positive and calm mood!

Excerpted from Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well Being   by Marcey Shapiro, MD, published by North Atlantic Books 1/14/14 , copyright © 2014 by Marcey Shapiro. Reprinted by permission of publisher.

Stay tuned for more thoughts from Marcey Shapiro, MD,  on “Transforming Health” and Heart Centered Living

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Selective Awareness – Video

with Emmett Miller, MD‬

with Emmett Miller, MD‬

Play some mind games with Dr. Emmett Miller.

In the video link below learn about the differences between the conscious mind vs. unconscious mind, and how the unconscious mind avoids thinking about unpleasant things to protect the conscious mind.

It’s easy to miss something you’re not looking for.

Video Link: Selective Awareness with Emmett Miller, MD

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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Comparing Holistic and Conventional Medicine – Article

Robert S. Ivker, DO

Robert S. Ivker, DO

There are several differences between holistic and conventional medicine. Holistic medicine is based on the fundamental beliefs that love is life’s most powerful healer.

The article link below compares and contrasts the differences between the two medical approaches in many aspects of care.

Learn how the art and science of holistic medicine differs from conventional practices.

Article Link: Comparing Holistic and Conventional Medicine by Robert S. Ivker, DO

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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What did I miss? – AHHA Resource

AHHA_LOGO_CLR_squareIf you are a new subscriber to our monthly AHHA Special Updates eReports, you may be wondering what you’ve missed in earlier updates.

Check out the online archives and read about more interesting research and reminders of matters about which we all need to be vigilant.

 AHHA Resource Link: AHHA Special Updates eReport Archives

For additional information about the other wellness resources, visit the Wellness Resources resource page.


Hot Water Therapy & Hydrogen – Video

with Dr. Faris AlHajri

with Dr. Faris AlHajri

Hot water therapy enhances the hydrogen in your body organs.

In the video link below learn how hydrogen is the most powerful antioxidant and plays various vital roles in your health system.

Video Link: Hot Water Therapy & Hydrogen with Dr. Faris AlHajri 

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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Why Are People Gaining Weight?

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

Why are people gaining weight? The predominate cause is that people are listening to the instructions of the medical profession, the dieticians, and the United States government. And therefore, we are eating a lot of grains, maybe even eating more whole grains, which are still great for weight gain. That’s the way to fatten up an animal. You feed it grains. We’re eating gigantic amounts of sugar. We’re eating a huge amount of artificial sweeteners which have been shown in some studies to very possibly reduce your metabolism which causes you to gain weight because they certainly don’t help you lose it.

Excerpted from Class One of Attaining Optimal Health in the 21st Century. Instructed byDavid Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM. Presented by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.

Next month David will share the blood sugar levels for the healthiest people, as observed in his clinical practice.

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Twelve Ways to Support Someone Facing Surgery or Illness – Article

Miluna Fausch, HHCP

Miluna Fausch, HHCP

Your spouse, family member, best friend or colleague is facing illness or surgery. What do you say?

The article link below provides ten simple suggestions for ways you can help your loved one through their difficult time.

Learn how to discover what your loved one needs and how you can make it possible for them during a time when they are unable to do so themselves.

Article Link: Twelve Ways to Support Someone Facing Surgery or Illness by Miluna Fausch, HHCP

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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