Referrals in Philly Area
Colleagues I am fortunate to be in a wonderful community of providers. Here is a list of my trusted colleagues that I would refer my own mother to:
- Acupuncture: Lynnae Schwartz, Jason Rinker, The Won Institute
- Community Acupuncture: South Philly Community Acupuncture, Barefoot Doctor, Havertown Community Acupuncture
- Naturopathic Doctors: Jaie Bosse, Dr. Heather Wright
- Licensed Massage Therapy: Philadelphia School of Massage, Ilia Stranko, Jennifer Huttenberger
- Intuitive Life Coaching: Ilia Stranko
- Doula Services: Jennifer Huttenberger, Douladelphia
- Counseling Services: HPA
- Reiki: The Reiki School + Clinic
- Website/Logo/Branding Design: SB Designs
Research, Websites, Referrals
Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), NIH The ODS supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements. It produces The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database, which provides access to bibliographic citations and abstracts from published, international, and scientific literature on dietary supplements. Users can choose to search the Full IBIDS Database, a subset of Consumer Citations Only or Peer Reviewed Citations Only. Go to dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov and select “Health Information”.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), as part of the NIH, maintains a free website that provides health information, research, clinical trials, training opportunities and information about complementary and alternative therapies. You can subscribe on-line for a free “CAM at the NIH” quarterly newsletter.
CAM on PubMed, a database on the Web developed jointly by NCCAM and the National Library of Medicine, offers citations to (and in most cases, abstracts of) articles in scientifically based, peer- reviewed journals on complementary and alternative medicine. It contains 220,000 citations, has links to full text, and allows searchers to limit retrievals by publication type. Look for the Alerts and Advisories, treatment information, resources, links to other organizations (FDA, AHRQ, ODS etc.).
The Cochrane Library is a collection of science-based reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration, an international nonprofit organization that seeks to provide “up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care”. Abstracts of these reviews can be read on the Web without charge.
Health Canada The Canadian government regulates natural health products in Canada licensing products with proof of safety and efficacy. This is a very helpful site that lists products licensed in Canada and has helpful monographs.
Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University Fantastic resource for learning the latest on vitamins, minerals and some herbs. Reliable, current and free to use. If you click on Micronutrient Information Center, a wealth of information is right at your fingertips. If you click under Disease Index, you can look up which supplements might be beneficial for a specific health condition.
The Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) This is my go to website for environmental information. This is the group that brings us the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen list of foods each year based upon pesticide residue. Lots of information and tips for reducing exposure to endocrine disruptors in your skin care products, cookware, etc. Great organization.
The Number Needed to Treat (www.thennt.com) Quick summaries of evidence-based medicine. A group of physicians that have developed a framework and rating system to evaluate therapies based on their patient-important benefits and harms as well as a system to evaluate diagnostics by patient sign, symptom, lab test or study. They only use the highest quality, evidence-based studies (frequently, but not always Cochrane Reviews), and we accept no outside funding or advertisements.
Diet Information Websites
The Nutrition Source – Harvard School of Public Health This is a great website for keeping up-to-date with nutritional science. The Nutrition A to Z and the Nutrition in the News sections are filled with great information.
FODMAP Living Dedicated to help those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). FODMAPs is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, and Polyols. This term was coined by a group of researchers who theorize that foods that contain these forms of carbohydrates exacerbate the symptoms of some digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome IBS and IBD.
David Mendosa, Glycemic Index/Load A very handy website for learning all about glycemic load and glycemic index. There are hundreds of foods that are listed and multiple resources, as well. Very useful if you have diabetes, insulin resistance or are trying to manage your weight.
Oldways (A Mediterranean Diet) I love this website. It has great information about the Mediterranean diet, as well as traditional food pyramids. Oldways is the widely-respected non-profit “food issues think tank” credited with successfully translating the complex details of nutrition science into the familiar language of food. It is best known for developing consumer-friendly health-promotion tools, including the well-known Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (an NIH resource) NHLBI provides science-based, plain-language information related to heart, lung, and blood diseases and conditions and sleep disorders.
Blue Ocean Institute Great website to learn about how to make healthy and sustainable seafood choices.
National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program The NAWQA Program is studying mercury cycling in watersheds across the Nation to build an understanding of how natural features and human activities affect the transformation, transport, and bioaccumulation of mercury in stream ecosystems.
DASH diet handout (PDF) National Institutes of Health: learn to manage your blood pressure naturally.
Dr. Low Dog’s Nutrition Prescription Pyramid (PDF) This is Tieraona’s take on your Nutrition needs based on the all the studies she’s reviewed and her personal experience with “Real People”.
The Healing Foods Pyramid (PDF) The Healing Foods Pyramid™ is an illustration of a balanced way of eating in which food is regarded as a source of healing and nurturing rather than simply a way to gain energy.
Public Health Aspects of the Use of Bovine Hormone (European Union) The Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures relating to Public Health is asked examine the use of bovine somatotrophin (BST) to dairy cows as a productivity aid to milk production. In particular the Committee is invited to assess the possible direct and indirect adverse effects on public health caused by the use of BST under normal conditions.
Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII Screener) is a free app to assess the pro-inflammatory status of your usual dietary intake. This baseline diet assessment screening will generate a DII Score to better inform you of your risk of diseases associated with chronic inflammation.
Health Calculators on the Web
Vitamin D Calculator A vitamin D calculator is provided by the Norwegian Institute for Research. A little complex. Note: It asks you for the latitude of your city. Use this tool to find the latitude of a US city near you.
Heart Health Calculator This is a risk assessment tool for estimating 10-year risk of myocardial infarction and coronary death.
Osteoporosis Calculator This calculator gives an approximate prediction of the risk of hip fracture over the next 5 years for postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 79.
Consumer Labs This group reports the results of independent quality testing on dietary supplements. It provides very useful information for the consumer not only on quality testing but also on product recalls, FDA warnings, etc.
The People’s Pharmacy Joe & Terry Graedon have created a wonderful resource for up-to-date information for living a healthy life. This is a great website with trustworthy resources from wonderful people.
HerbalGram A journal that reports both science-based and traditional information on the uses of botanical medicines.
HerbMed Provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public.
Digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (dCBT) for Insomnia: Over the past decade, digital solutions have been developed to support the dissemination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In this paper, we review the evidence for and implications of digital CBT (dCBT) for insomnia. The CBT-i Coach App in the Apple App Store – link.
Natural Medicines (formerly Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database) This is an independent collaboration of international clinicians and researchers who created a database which can be searched by CAM subject or by medical condition. The most authoritative resource available on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary alternative and integrative therapies. Quality of evidence is graded for each supplement. (Requires a Subscription)