Caring for Women With Integrative Medicine

Letter from the publisher

By Karolyn A. Gazella

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According to the US Department of Labor, women make 80 percent of all healthcare decisions in this country. They choose family health plans, schedule and execute doctor appointments, and manage the health of the entire family. But who is taking care of the health needs of women?

Integrative practitioners are.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports that women with a higher than average education and higher income are the largest group of people using integrative medicine in the United States. It’s a huge and engaged audience that is inclined and open to complementary medicine. And that’s why we wanted to publish this special issue of the Natural Medicine Journal.

In this issue Jaclyn Chasse, ND, provides us with an excellent peer-reviewed paper on the important topic of recurrent pregnancy loss. We also feature abstracts and commentary on several botanicals including boswellia, urtica, and fenugreek. There is also a fascinating podcast with Carrie Decker, ND, discussing the integrative treatment of eating disorders, and another with leading women’s health expert Aviva Romm, MD.

We hope you enjoy and share this Women’s Health Special Issue. I’d also like to remind readers that we recently launched a new Natural Medicine Journal blog on our website. Please check it out and drop me a note to let me know how you like it.

As always, thanks to our wonderful authors, editors, and editorial review board for their commitment to quality content. We appreciate our entire team! And thank you, reader, for your support of our journal.

In good health,

Karolyn A. Gazella

Publisher, Natural Medicine Journal

About the Author

Karolyn A. Gazella has been writing and publishing integrative health information since 1992. She is the publisher of the Natural Medicine Journal and the author or coauthor of hundreds of articles and several booklets and books including her latest book The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer that she wrote with Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO. Gazella is the co-creator and Chief Executive Officer of the iTHRIVE Plan, an innovative online wellness program specifically for cancer survivors.