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Iceland’s Therapeutic Blue Lagoon

Iceland’s Therapeutic Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a medicinal spa located in Iceland and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in that country. It is no wonder that this milky blue body of water is so popular; it is rich in therapeutic minerals and surrounded by a surreal basalt lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland. It has been named one of National Geographics 25 Wonders of the World and is touted as the place where nature and science meet. The spa operation is serviced by a full medical and research staff.

Alternative Medicine in Rheumatology

Alternative Medicine in Rheumatology

Patients, with or without their physicians consent (and notwithstanding specific recommendations to the contrary), often turn to alternative medicines, such as herbal supplements and therapies like acupuncture, for help with symptoms of rheumatologic ailments. Most of the conflict relates to medicines and supplements, rather than treatments and therapies such as acupuncture or yoga. Because the latter two get the most praise from integrative medicine providers, let’s look at recent news about herbal medicines and supplements.

Treatment of Lupus

Advances in the Treatment of Lupus

The study of lupus has come a long way over the past 2 decades. In 2011, the first lupus-specific treatment to appear in the last half century was FDA approved. Just 20 years ago, only about 40% of lupus patients lived beyond 3 years after diagnosis. Now, a normal lifespan is possible for most, when diagnosed early and monitored long term.

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