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Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

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Alternative Medicine Resources – Talking to Your Doctor

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If you are interested in trying an alternative treatment like acupuncture or chiropractic or herbal remedies the important thing is to do our research wisely. About 36% of Americans use some form of alternative medicine or treatment according to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

To find a professional, the National Library of Medicine has a search engine where you can type in a specific treatment, an organzation, or a name, to find referrals in your area.

The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine also has a variety of fact sheets that can help you think about the issues to consider and questions to ask. For many patients, knowing how to bring up the topic with his or her doctor can be difficult. There is a fact sheet called, “Tips for Talking With Your Health Care Providers About CAM.”

Other fact sheets include:

About Herbal and Dietary Supplements

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The “Dispensary of Hope” Offers Medications

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Every time we hear about medications being distributed for free at low cost it seems we don’t qualify. But I still believe that if you need the medications, you should continue to pursue every resource you hear about because you never know when you may find the service that works for you!

Perhaps The Dispensary of Hope could be one of your options (Don’t you love that name? I kind of wish that was Rest Ministries tag line, “The Dispensary of Hope.) This organization is “a young and growing not-for-profit network of prescription drug contributors, collection and distribution sites, and dispensing medical centers – all designed to assist people who can’t afford needed drugs (income below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines) and lack the insurance to cover them.”

They even have a mail-order pharmacy to provide direct patient access to assistance programs.

According to them, about 1,000 medical practices in the U.S. donate drug samples that otherwise would be  destroy (worth tens of millions of dollars) . They are donated to a 30-location med dispensary system and this system hands out  100,000 prescriptions a year to low-income patients.

For details see “How it Works” at their web site. They also have a blog with M-F posts from guest bloggers. With the USA’s healthcare reform on the table, you will find some interesting information here including a recent post, Increasing Medicaid Enrollment + Doctor Shortage + Fewer Docs taking Medicaid = Tough times for those in need.



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