Lab test threat? – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoHow many health-related lab tests did you have in the last year? You probably did not give much thought to how these tests were regulated. Well, how tests are regulated may be about to change and this may have major impact on you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving to take over control of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). The range of arguments for and against this change is extensive, complicated, and confusing to follow.

Currently LDTs are tests developed by a local lab for a local population. These for some time have been controlled by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Shifting these LDTs to be under the FDA will shake things up big time. Implementation could be gradual and have many exceptions, but what will really happen has not yet been clarified.

Supporters list benefits as improved accuracy and clinical validity of the tests. Those opposing express concerns that meeting FDA requirements will result in higher testing prices, and testing standardization will stifle vital customization and innovation. Further, that many important tests will disappear because of the inability to cover the cost of expensive required clinical trials.

Issue: FDA fully controlling lab tests

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. To support those of you who wish to figure out what this month’s issue is really about, we have compiled the following pro and con online articles to get you started.

PRO (supporting FDA control of LDTs)
Pro Link #1: F.D.A. Acts on Lab Tests Developed In-House (7/31/14)
by Andrew Pollack
The New York Times

Pro Link #2: In Major Shift, FDA to Regulate Lab-Developed Tests as Normal Devices (8/1/14)
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society

Pro Link #3: FDA Commissioner Calls for More Active FDA Regulation of Laboratory-Developed Tests, and ACLA Promptly Responds with a Petition Opposing FDA (6/5/13)
by Jeffrey N. Gibbs, Jamie K. Wolszon & Jessica A. Ritsick
FDA/ Law Blog

CON (against FDA control of LDTs)
Con Link #1: What You Need to Know About the FDA’s Push to Regulate Laboratory Developed Tests (8/1/14)
by Aaron Krol
Bio IT World

Con Link #2: What If the Government Standardized All Medical Testing? (7/15/14)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

Con Link #3: ACLA Expresses Concern with FDA Guidance on Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) (7/31/14)
American Clinical Laboratory Association

We encourage you to post your comments and tell your friends about additional resources you have found relating to this important health issue.

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Pears – Video

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

Eating pears can promote digestive health.

In the video link below learn not only the digestive benefits of pears, but other benefits such as vitamins and copper.

Video Link: Pears with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

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

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Food and Exercise: The Drugs of Choice – Article

Paul Chek, HHP, NMT

Paul Chek, HHP, NMT

It’s often said that variety is the spice of life. Interestingly, the average person only eats 10-12 foods on a regular basis. Not much variety! Most people have the same problem with exercise. They do the same routine and get bored easily.

The article link below explores how changing and rotating your diet and exercise program can keep you healthy and get you out of your boring food and diet rut.

Learn great strategies that will remind you to think about adding spice and variety to your life.

Article Link: Food and Exercise: The Drugs of Choice by Paul Chek, HHP, NMT

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

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The Voice of Nature

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Imagine that the natural world is always communicating with us, whether or not we consciously understand the messages. Like the Inuit who have so many words to perceive and describe snow, there are many ways for each of us to process information from both our inner and outer worlds. In contemporary society, we do not have commonly used language to describe huge parts of the informational exchange that is constantly occurring. Instead we have been culturally programmed to ignore the communications of the natural world, since no words in common parlance are available to mediate the interaction. The very existence of these modes of communication has been largely forgotten in “modern” Western civilization.

In the scientific community, people who speak of the immanence of nature, or of any aspect of the natural world communicating directly with them or others, are generally belittled, ridiculed, or ignored. These tactics, typical of bullying, are all parts of the spectrum of a war mentality. The more oppressive the regime, the less tolerant it is of nonconformity. In our culture, a sense of the presence of nature is “allowed” in the arts and literature, but it is usually rejected in “science.” The arts are a mode of self-expression, while science is supposedly “objective.”

Claims of objectivity functionally squelch freedom of expression and exploration of subjective experience. Even well-done scientific studies that look at the inter-communication of individuals and aspects of the natural world, or telepathic connections between humans, are summarily dismissed by the reigning hierarchy or labeled as “soft science.” In science today we find a situation of smug stagnation, similar to that of the Middle Ages in Europe, wherein only certain condoned ways of viewing reality are accepted. The unfortunate consequence of this limited worldview has been a dearth of technologies that are in harmony with nature. Since scientists believe it is not possible to hear or interact with the voice of nature, they ignore and deny that there is anything to listen to.

Science did not evolve this way accidentally. There was, in fact, a deliberate exclusion of any matters divine or spiritual in the development of contemporary science. This was not in order to be more “objective.” There was a more interesting and calculated reason that the conjoined twins of spirit and science were separated at the birth of modern science. To understand the roots of our current dilemma, and how to set sail into a more expanded realm of communication, it is helpful to examine what was going on when modern science was in its early stages. To do so requires a brief survey of some philosophical and religious concepts such as Materialism, Scientism, Dualism, and Monism, as well as a quick glance at seventeenth-century European politics.

Materialism and Scientism
Materialism, a dominant theme in contemporary civilization, is the view that physical matter is the only reality. Many well-meaning, humanitarian people believe in this viewpoint, without any knowledge of its (ironically) theological roots. According to this philosophy, all observable things and processes can be understood and explained as manifestations of existing material substance. In other words, to Materialism, everything that IS comes from things that already exist physically.

Scientism, the child of materialism, is a religious-like belief in the power of science to understand and know all things. Scientism claims that it is always possible to understand the cause of anything, purely from that which already exists physically. The religiosity comes in as people believe, in the face of contradictory evidence, that it is possible for Materialist science to understand all things without taking into account the non-physical.

Excerpted from Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well Being by Marcey Shapiro, MD, published by North Atlantic Books, 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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Diet and Cholesterol – Video

with David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

with David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

Do you have high cholesterol readings? Did you know that this is probably caused by the starches, sugars, and alcohols in your diet?

Imagine eating all of the eggs you want, leaving the skin on chicken, and using butter instead of margarine, and having your cholesterol readings lowered.

In the video link below learn how eating the opposite diet from the medical approach can get positive results.

Video Link: Diet and Cholesterol with David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

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

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When Your Friends Do Not Understand Your Mental Health Condition – Article

Stan Popovich

Stan Popovich

If you are seeing a counselor and get a diagnosed of a mental health condition, such as depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, addiction, OCD, or some other mental health disorder, how are your relatives and closest friends reacting? The problem is that some of them get on your case and do not understand what you are going through.

The article link below offers you four ways to deal with this type of situation.

Remember your goal is to get better. Focus on getting better, not trying to get everyone’s approval.

Article Link: When Your Friends Do Not Understand Your Mental Health Condition by Stan Popovich

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

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Personal health tips – AHHA Resource

AHHA_LOGO_CLR_squareThere are many exciting products available to support your journey to a higher level of wellness.

AHHA members have written a number of books (and created CDs and DVDs) with personal health tips.

AHHA Resource Links: Health-related Books, CDs, DVDs… and the Books/Other Media section of the AHHA Organizational Member list.

For additional information about the other resources that we offer, visit the wellness resources page.


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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How do Most Patients’ Bodies Indicate Gluten Intolerance?

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

Less than 50% of gluten responses in the body are gastrointestinal events such as diarrhea or constipation. The majority of responses are neurological. One person’s multiple sclerosis (MS) went away after she avoided gluten for two months. The aggressively inflammatory effect of gluten was causing all of her MS symptoms, including the lesions on her brain. After she remained off gluten for four to five months all of her symptoms disappeared. When she stopped avoiding gluten, the brain lesions returned, so she removed the offending substance permanently from her diet. Other neurological conditions caused by gluten include seizures, “brain fog,” loss of memory function, and skin problems.

From Class Two of Attaining Optimal Health in the 21st Century Instructed by David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM.  Presented by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation  

Next month David will explain how to test for celiac disease.

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How to Make Exercise Feel More Like an Adventure – Article

Naomi Teeter

Naomi Teeter

There are so many folks who won’t exercise unless it’s fun. That’s why we have so many zumba dance classes and 5K themed runs. People who want to have fun love these kinds of exercise. But some people still won’t exercise.

The article link below offers you ideas for making every workout both fun and rewarding.

Article Link: How to Make Exercise Feel More Like an Adventure by Naomi Teeter

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

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