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Recent posts on Integrative Medicine

Medical Mistakes Make It Dangerous to Go to a Hospital

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 18, 2016 in Saving Normal
Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US. Hospitals compete for patients by trying to be the fanciest hotel—not the safest and best place to get care.

3 Ways Aerobic Exercise Improves Schizophrenia Symptoms

By Christopher Bergland on August 12, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking report, published this morning, identifies three specific ways that aerobic exercise improves cognitive functioning in people with schizophrenia.

The Community as Agents of Health Policy Change

Communities of color face numerous barriers that prevent optimal health. In African American communities, there are factors that are out of their control that impact men's health.

Are Baby Boomers Becoming the Walking Disabled?

While it has not yet been scientifically quantified? Try to think about that extra ten steps you take for a mini exercise effort could add time to your lifespan. Isn't that great?

One Drug-Free Way to Reduce Your Risk of 5 Chronic Diseases

By Christopher Bergland on August 09, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A study published today offers a drug-free prescriptive that could reduce your risk of 5 chronic diseases. The best news: this remedy is inexpensive and universally accessible.

Many Commonly Used Drugs Are Useless

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 07, 2016 in Saving Normal
Drug company marketing muscle can turn useless meds into financial blockbusters.

MIndfulness Practices Relieve Lower Back Pain

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 04, 2016 in Cravings
Suffering from lower back pain? These mindfulness techniques may hold the key to relief.

Can a Cook Be Replaced by a Recipe?

Even manualized therapies need clinical thinkers.

The No. 1 Way to Stay Alive and Well in a Digital Age

By Christopher Bergland on August 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you spend at least 8 hours a day sitting in front of a computer screen? If so, a new study offers a simple way you can compensate for the detrimental impacts of sedentarism.

Are You Overcommitted?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on July 30, 2016 in Inner Source
Is overcommitment wearing you out and causing illness? There are steps you can take to rebalance

Why Is Poor Balance Strongly Correlated With Dementia Risk?

A first-of-its-kind study has identified a strong link between poor balance and the risk of dementia in older age. What is the neuroscience behind this correlation?

Why Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still a Mystery?

After fifteen plus years of suffering from this illness with little relief from symptoms, I often feel forgotten by the medical community.

The Incredible Healing Modality You've Never Heard Of

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Feeling It
Foot zoning looks a lot like acupressure but is not at all the same. Foot zoning, practitioners claim, brings a person back into balance.

A Five Second Health Secret Your Doctor Will Never Tell You

A fast, fun, simple solution for longstanding health problems

The Marketing of Mindfulness

Mindfulness for mind-blowing sex?

Unexpected Ways to Address the Obesity Epidemic

Free, simple and fun solutions may beat many years and billions of dollars of medical research

More on the Pregnant Cancer Patient: To Terminate or No

The decision to terminate or not is the sole property of the mother, but with steady leadership of her oncologist. Personal moral codes juxtaposed to survival instincts are at play

Study: Genes May Determine What Diet Works for You

Your genetic composition might determine what specific foods are healthiest for you to eat, according to groundbreaking research being presented at a conference in Orlando today.

Too Much Artificial Light Exposure Can Make You Sick

New research shows that the last century of artificial light pollution is an environmental hazard that is causing our circadian rhythms to go haywire.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Dramatically Reduces Inflammation

There is growing evidence that stimulating the vagus nerve can improve well-being in many ways—including the reduction of chronic inflammation.

"Peripatetic Meetings" Promote Health and Creative Thinking

New research shows that holding a "peripatetic meeting" (in which you walk instead of sit) improves physical well-being and boosts creativity.

Does Acupuncture Hurt? And Does It Help?

A psychologist with chronic pain shares her first experience with acupuncture: "I felt like I was a ham being baked."

Using Your Dosha to Heal Depression

We've heard the words, but don't know what they mean or how they can help us. Dosha? Ayurvedic medicine? A psychological look at the benefits of Ayurveda proves promising.

Pregnancy and Concurrent Maternal Cancer

There are sometimes difficult decisions to be made when a pregnant woman develops cancer and conversely when a woman under cancer treatment becomes pregnant.

Is It Safe to Take Supplements with Antidepressants?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on June 12, 2016 in Inner Source
Are natural supplements safe and effective to take while taking antidepressants? A few may be the key to feeling better.

Clinician’s Corner: Well-being and African Americans

A new study in the Journal of Black Psychology suggests that ethnic identity and religion are significantly important to the well-being of African Americans.

The Illuminating Tale of Sunlight's Impact on Health

Research shows our genes are programmed to respond to exposure to full spectrum light, which we now know to be a critical factor in how healthy we are. But are we getting enough?

Wine-ing Your Way to Health; Mediterranean Style

The Mediterranean Approach and Wine: Yay or Nay?

Unexpected Double Whammy: Opioids Prolong and Intensify Pain

A troubling new study reports (for the first time) that even short-term use of opioids may increase and prolong chronic pain.

How Healthcare is Harming Our Health

We trust our doctors to care for our health. But doctors are giving this dangerous prescription leading to one of the greatest health crises of our time.