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Recent Posts on Integrative Medicine

10 Health Tips from Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine

By Susan Biali M.D. on September 01, 2015 in Prescriptions for Life
Ten top health and lifestyle tips for better sleep, weight loss, exercise and more, from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

All About Coconuts: The Perfect Food

By Leslie E. Korn Ph.D. on August 25, 2015 in Rhythms of Recovery
Coconut is a premiere food for mental health and brain function.

The Best Clinical Story Ever?

Great clinical stories teach us how to think, they liberate the mind from its ruts, and most importantly thy raise the bar of excellence to counter complacency and mediocrity.

"Please empathize with me, Doctor!”

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 23, 2015 in DSM5 in Distress
The doctor/patient relationship has been the central instrument of healing throughout the history of medicine, but has become a lost art. We have to teach doctors to better understand their patients so that they can become better healing instruments.

ADHD Medication May Enhance Hypnotizability

By Traci Stein PhD, MPH on August 19, 2015 in The Integrationist
Hypnosis, an enhanced state of inner focus, can be an effective tool for improving a range of symptoms, including those related to mood and learning. The ADHD drug methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin) has been shown to increase hypnotizability in a sample of patients with ADHD and thus may enable patients to benefit from adding hypnosis to their treatment regimens.

How to Balance Rhythms to Enhance Trauma Treatment

By Leslie E. Korn Ph.D. on August 18, 2015 in Rhythms of Recovery
The major rhythmic disruption in PTSD and complex trauma is circadian rhythm; the 24 hr. sleep/wake cycle that follows the dark/light cycle of the sun’s rising and setting.

Some Philosophical Musings on Food

Over many centuries, there has never been a coherent philosophy of food and eating. Several books explore the complexities of food and the relationship of some of our greatest philosophers to their culinary choices. Have you ever thought about your own philosophy about food? There is a simple one that we might all agree upon for the 21st century.

It's All in the Cards

What if a professional counselor and a psychic met up in a book store? Reflections on the thin lines between art, science and something else.

The ICD-10 Transition: You’re Probably Doing it Wrong

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 07, 2015 in Women Who Stray
On October 1, 2015, healthcare providers in the US go through a major change to billing and diagnosing. This change has huge implications, and frankly, many providers aren't ready. This blog is intended to share some of my lessons learned, in hopes of helping others to minimize impacts on their agencies and patients.

The Key to Experiencing and Handling Stress in a Healthy Way

The raincoat refers to the resources that protect you from experiencing something as stressful, while the towel reflects how rapidly you can recover. These resources determine the extent to which stress contributes to stress-mediated disease states like cardiovascular disease and mental illness

It’s Not 'All in Your Head.' It’s in Your Brain.

Current research helps us to understand that some physical illnesses, especially those that are not easily explained, are not made up at all. They are the result of complex neuroendocrine responses due to heredity, trauma and stress. The symptoms are real. They are not all in one’s head.

Mind and Body in Concert— Healing without Harm

The mind-body connection has been well-studied and is very real. Are you ready to trade in the prescription pad for empowerment of your own health care? This article is a great start.

Fear and Anxiety Affect the Health and Life Span of Dogs

Research shows that increased levels of certain types of fearfulness in dogs may be associated higher susceptibility to skin diseases and to reduced life span.

9 Cancer-Fighting Foods and Beverages

Find out how nutrition disarms cancer cells at the level of DNA.

Psychiatry: The Step-Child of Medicine

What makes psychiatry unique in the realm of other medical specialties

Severe Migraine: Finding Answers in the Mind, Not in Pills

There are 45 million Americans with migraine and about 10% of those have frequent and severe headaches that are unresponsive to medications and other treatments. Most doctors would describe migraine as a genetic disorder, however this blog presents a different view. A patient with severe migraines is presented and her cure lay in her willingness to reappraise her life.

Wired Parent, Wired Child

When it comes to managing their kids' screen-time, parents are often blamed for being bad role models. But in practice, blaming and shaming parents doesn't work. Here's what does.

The Wonderful Wizarding World of Hypnosis with Children

The magical world of Rowling's Harry Potter saga parallels the the professional world of clinical hypnosis in health care. The tension separating the fictional magical and "muggle" worlds need not exist for clinicians who integrate clinical hypnosis skills into health care practice. The best part of hypnosis with children is that they are sorcerers. We are the apprentices.

National Academies of Sciences View of Cancer Care

More than a decade after the Institute of Medicine first addressed the quality of cancer care in the United States the barriers to achieving excellent care for all cancer patients remain daunting.

The Power of Integrative Medicine When All Else Fails

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in Feeling It
A new generation of patients and doctors is changing the face of American medicine. It's about more than curing disease now—it's health for the whole person.

Do You Know Your Health Destiny?

Would you like to change your health? Do you want to know more about how your genetics don't have to be your destiny? Then tune in to an interview with Eva Selhub, MD, author of "Your Health Destiny."

The Motherhood Safety Net

By Juli Fraga on June 13, 2015 in The Birth of Motherhood
Expanding mental health screening for maternal mental health

Stroke / Aneurysm: Neurofeedback Treatment

Have you or a loved one suffered a stroke or aneurysm? Neurofeedback is a treatment that can be the answer to all of your problems. Don't lose hope!

Additional Aternative Medicine

We live longer and more healthily than ever before in history, in part because of medical advance. And yet we long for something more mystical than orthodox medicine. Why?

How Does Yoga Relieve Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain triggers changes in brain structure that are linked to depression, anxiety, and impaired cognitive function. New research shows that yoga can have the opposite effect on the brain as chronic pain.

Why is Medicine Complicated?

Body Wisdom and Body Foolishness

What If A Junker Car Cost More Than A Porsche?

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on May 23, 2015 in Patient Power
What if you had to pay more to buy a junk car than a brand new sports car? That's a major problem with the American healthcare system, and one focus of ObamaCare (maybe the only one) on which we can all agree: tying payments to quality.

What's Wrong With Immortality?

Plan to live forever - or die trying?

Stroke-Aneurysm Awareness: 11 Effective Treatments

In this article, Dr. Diane explains the 11 different integrative methods that she recommends for treating a stroke and/or aneurysm.

On Being a Subject of Oliver Sacks

: After I experienced a dramatic improvement in my vision, I was asked to participate in several scientific experiments. However, the investigator from whom I learned the most was Oliver Sacks.