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Ana Paula Simões-Wüst, Carolina Moltó-Puigmartí, Martien Cjm van Dongen, Pieter C Dagnelie, Carel Thijs
OBJECTIVE: To find out how the consumption of organic food during pregnancy is associated with consumer characteristics, dietary patterns and macro- and micronutrient intakes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional description of consumer characteristics, dietary patterns and macro- and micronutrient intakes associated with consumption of organic food during pregnancy. SETTING: Healthy, pregnant women recruited to a prospective cohort study at midwives' practices in the southern part of the Netherlands; to enrich the study with participants adhering to alternative lifestyles, pregnant women were recruited through various specific channels...
August 2017: Public Health Nutrition
Elisa J Sobo
U.S. media reports suggest that vastly disproportionate numbers of un- and under-vaccinated children attend Waldorf (private alternative) schools. After confirming this statistically, I analyzed qualitative and quantitative vaccination-related data provided by parents from a well-established U.S. Waldorf school. In Europe, Waldorf-related non-vaccination is associated with anthroposophy (a worldview foundational to Waldorf education)—but that was not the case here. Nor was simple ignorance to blame: Parents were highly educated and dedicated to self-education regarding child health...
September 2015: Medical Anthropology Quarterly
Christine Huber
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2013: Kinderkrankenschwester: Organ der Sektion Kinderkrankenpflege
Alex de Giorgio, Justin Stebbing
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2013: Lancet Oncology
Dvora Luboshitzky
This paper explores the meaning of suffering from the spiritual perspective of Anthroposophy, which considers suffering as a powerful force in achieving the inner knowledge necessary for change and transformation. Representing the philosophy of recovery-oriented models, which emphasize healing through empowerment, self-help, and transformation, Anthroposophy can be used as an effective strategy in treating people whose suffering cannot be prevented. The relationships between suffering and inner knowledge, as well as different aspects of the meaning of suffering, are described...
2008: Occupational Therapy in Health Care
Jackie Swartz, Johan Alm, Töres Theorell, Frank Lindblad
AIM: Sense of Coherence (SOC) is hypothesized to have direct physiological consequences on endocrine and immunological processes. In this study, we compare parental SOC scores from pregnancy in groups of infants and parents representing different lifestyles (anthroposophic, partly anthroposophic and nonanthroposophic). We also analyse whether these could predict cortisol levels of the parents and their infants at 6-24 months postpartum. METHODS: Parental SOC-13 was collected during the third trimester of pregnancy from a birth cohort of families with different lifestyles...
September 2013: Acta Paediatrica
Ana Paula Simões-Wüst, Ischa Kummeling, Monique Mommers, Machteld A S Huber, Lukas Rist, Lucy P L van de Vijver, Pieter C Dagnelie, Carel Thijs
BACKGROUND: Alternative lifestyles are often associated with distinct practices with respect to nutrition, physical activity, smoking, alcohol use and usage of complementary medicine. Evidence concerning effects of these lifestyle-related practices on health status is still fragmentary. OBJECTIVE: To describe maternal health characteristics related to alternative lifestyles, with emphasis on body-weight status, during pregnancy and maternity periods. METHODS: We compared self-reported health-related features of mothers with alternative lifestyles and conventional lifestyles during pregnancy and maternity period in the KOALA Birth Cohort Study...
April 2014: European Journal of Public Health
Ana Paula Simões-Wüst, Elke Jeschke, Mónica Mennet, Martin Schnelle, Harald Matthes, Ursula von Mandach
BACKGROUND: The use of preparations from Bryophyllum pinnatum for tocolysis (or to arrest labor) is supported by observations obtained mainly at empirical level, but also by preclinical experiments performed with uterus strips and myometrium cell lines. Furthermore, a retrospective matched-pair study revealed good tolerability and effectiveness. In anthroposophic medicine, however, Bryophyllum species are used for a broad spectrum of diagnoses. Here, we characterize the prescribing pattern of Bryophyllum preparations in a network of anthroposophic physicians in Germany...
2012: Forschende Komplementärmedizin, Research in Complementary Medicine
Célia Regina Lulo Galitesi, Flaviana Bombarda de Andrade, Ana Flávia Sanches Borges
From an academic standpoint, the university format, in general, has been nurturing a "paradigm of expertise" and, consequently, the relationship between specialties has declined. The upshot is that recent college dental graduates have adopted a clinical performance focusing on system parts and their specificities, in detriment to a more comprehensive view of the mouth and of the patient as a whole, with his/her vital, emotional and individual attributes. An interaction between the several different areas of human knowledge is needed imminently to decrease the dichotomy in professional behavior, because the demand for professionals and dental patients interested in a more comprehensive approach are increasing day by day...
2012: Brazilian Oral Research
Christian Scheffer, Diethard Tauschel, Melanie Neumann, Gabriele Lutz, Dirk Cysarz, Peter Heusser, Friedrich Edelhäuser
OBJECTIVES: the development and preliminary evaluation of a new medical program aimed at educating students in patient-centered integrative care and developing appropriate educational strategies. METHODS: The Integrated Curriculum for Anthroposophic Medicine (ICURAM) was developed with modules on anthroposophic medicine integrated into the full 6 years of the regular medical curriculum. The educational strategy is the ESPRI(2)T approach, combining Exploratory learning, Supported participation, Patient-based learning, Reflective practice, Integrated learning, an Integrative approach and Team-based learning...
December 2012: Patient Education and Counseling
Jackie Swartz, Fredrik Stenius, Johan Alm, Töres Theorell, Frank Lindblad
AIM: To analyse salivary cortisol levels in 12- and 24-month-olds from families with an anthroposophic lifestyle and comparisons ('partly anthroposophic' and 'non-anthroposophic'). METHODS: Salivary samples were collected at child ages of 12 (n = 178) and 24 (n = 149) months. Cortisol was analysed with radioimmunoassay technique. RESULTS: Evening cortisol levels in children from anthroposophic families were lower than in comparisons at 12 months of age (geometric means: anthroposophic 1...
September 2012: Acta Paediatrica
Peter Heusser, Christian Scheffer, Melanie Neumann, Diethart Tauschel, Friedrich Edelhäuser
OBJECTIVE: To develop the hypothesis that reductionism in medical anthropology, professional education and health care influences empathy development, communication and patient satisfaction. METHOD: We identified relevant literature and reviewed the material in a structured essay. We reflected our hypothesis by applying it to Anthroposophic Medicine (AM), an example of holistic theory and practice. RESULTS: Reductionism in medical anthropology such as in conventional medicine seems to lead to a less empathetic and less communicative health care culture than holism such as in CAM disciplines...
December 2012: Patient Education and Counseling
Gunver Sophia Kienle, Anja Glockmann, Renate Grugel, Harald Johan Hamre, Helmut Kiene
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In 2005 a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) report analyzed efficacy, effectiveness, safety, utilization and costs of Anthroposophic Medicine (AM). After a recent referendum of the ‘Swiss Population pro Complementary Medicine’ (May 2009) this HTA report was updated. DESIGN: Update of the HTA report by a systematic review. METHODS: Methods corresponded to the existing HTA report and the guidelines of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health...
2011: Forschende Komplementärmedizin, Research in Complementary Medicine
E Ernst
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2011: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Maria Arman, Anne-Sofie Hammarqvist, Anna Kullberg
This study surveyed patients and their satisfaction with an integrative anthroposophic hospital. The patients were followed up by questionnaires up to six months after a stay in a Swedish clinic. Satisfaction with the care, life satisfaction, and health-related quality of life were measured for 53 patients, 48 women, 5 men, with cancer, pain diseases, and psychosomatic problems. Sampling was consecutive and due to regional reasons. The evaluation of patients' satisfaction from the anthroposophic clinic (AC) was compared to similar questions of patients using conventional hospital care...
August 2011: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Elke Jeschke, Thomas Ostermann, Manuela Tabali, Matthias Kröz, Angelina Bockelbrink, Claudia M Witt, Stefan N Willich, Harald Matthes
BACKGROUND: Although the treatment of children has been a core domain ofanthroposophic medicine since its inception, a systematic analysis of anthroposophic therapies in pediatric primary care is still lacking. This study describes the spectrum of diagnoses and therapies observed in children treated in everyday anthroposophic practice. METHODS: Thirty-eight primary care physicians in Germany participated in this prospective, multicenter observational study on prescribing patterns...
March 2011: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
N Schultz, G Franck-Karl, J Schilk, N Rose
To guarantee the safety of medicinal products as regards infectious agents, numerous national guidelines and recommendations have in recent years been included in the pharmacopoeia general monographs and have influenced the content of the substance monographs. Although the stipulations of the European Pharmacopoeia set out objectives, there is still a certain scope in how the requirements are implemented. This is reflected in the very different responses in Europe to the problems of safety from infection. Different traditions in the use of homoeopathic and anthroposophic therapy and varying levels of expertise among the regulatory authorities within the European Union have resulted in varying standard of assessment...
June 2011: Pharmeuropa Bio & Scientific Notes
Georg Seifert, Stefan Rutkowski, Patrick Jesse, Rene Madeleyn, Marcus Reif, Günter Henze, Alfred Längler
BACKGROUND: The use of anthroposophic medicine (AM) is popular in Central Europe, especially in German-speaking countries. Although these therapies are judged to be beneficial by many patients, there are few data with regard to the safety and efficacy in pediatric oncology. Several theoretical concerns have been published with regard to tumor enhancement or promotion of metastatic dissemination due to mistletoe. To test the indirect safety of supportive anthroposophic treatment accompanying the first-line treatment in children with medulloblastoma in this respect we performed a retrospective matched-pair analysis of patients with medulloblastoma treated by standard first-line radiochemotherapy with or without a concomitantly applied panel of AM including mistletoe...
April 2011: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Edzard Ernst
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2011: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Alfred Läengler, Claudia Spix, Friedrich Edelhäuser, David D Martin, Genn Kameda, Peter Kaatsch, Georg Seifert
BACKGROUND: Anthroposophic medicine (AM) is frequently utilised in German-speaking countries as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatment approach. PROCEDURE: This study presents results of a retrospective parental questionnaire comparing responses of AM-users and users of other CAM in paediatric oncology in Germany. The differences between these two groups are investigated with respect to usage, associated demographic characteristics and previous experience with CAM...
December 1, 2010: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
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