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Nourish Your Brain in Five Minutes a Day

Your quality of life depends on the circulation in your brain.

Exercise for Depression, Dementia, and Anxiety

Research findings show that regular exercise improves depressed mood, reduces anxiety, and reduces the risk of dementia.

The New Science of Successfully Breaking Bad Habits

By Christopher Bergland on December 06, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
The Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) coalition is on a mission to help people break bad habits and successfully make behavioral changes that will lead to longer, healthier lives.

DHEA Improves Depressed Mood But Not Cognitive Functioning

Have you read about DHEA for depressed mood or cognitive problems? There are positive findings for depression but most studies on cognitive decline and dementia are inconclusive.

Will Stress-Busting Vagus Nerve Gadgetry Be a Game Changer?

By Christopher Bergland on November 27, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new state-of-the-art vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) device may offer a drug-free way to combat fight-or-flight responses. This patent-pending gizmo could be available by mid-2018.

Which Breeds of Dogs Are Best for Your Health?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 23, 2017 in Canine Corner
New data not only shows that dog ownership provides substantial health benefits, but also that some breeds have a more substantial positive impact.
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MTHFR, Methylation and Histamine in Psychiatric Conditions

By Judy Tsafrir M.D. on November 22, 2017 in Holistic Psychiatry
The MTHFR mutation does not mean that you need to take methyl folate. This common approach can contribute to worsening psychiatric symptoms as well as increase the risk of cancer.

Huperzine: An Effective Chinese Herbal for Dementia

Are you looking for information about herbal treatments for dementia? Huperzine may be more effective than available anti-dementia medications.

New Diet Ideas From the Artificial Sweeteners Controversy

Intriguing findings and new ideas reviewing 10 years of medical literature and research

Inconsistent Findings for Valerian as a Sleep Aid

Are you thinking about trying Valerian for insomnia? The evidence is weak and other non-pharma approaches are probably more effective.

Aerobic Training Reduces Inflammation in Mind-Boggling Ways

By Christopher Bergland on November 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A pioneering new study reports that regular aerobic exercise (3 hours per week) can dramatically reduce muscular inflammation via specific microRNAs that regulate gene expression.

Aromatherapy Alleviates Anxiety Via Your Vagus Nerve

By Christopher Bergland on November 09, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
There is growing empirical evidence that aromatherapy has a profound ability to relieve anxiety by calming your nervous system.

Effective Non-Toxic Alternatives for Pain and Depression

Effective treatment of inflammation, pain, and depression without NSAIDS.

Harvard Epidemiologists' Rx: Moderate-to-Vigorous Exercise

By Christopher Bergland on November 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new Harvard study on the long-term benefits of aerobic exercise reports that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity may reduce mortality by up to 70 percent.

Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET)

Are you looking for non-medication treatments of PTSD, fear of flying, fear of heights or another phobia? Virtual reality graded exposure is a promising new approach.

Medicating Women's Sexual Desire Still Highly Controversial

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Research reveals that sexual desire is influenced by non-biological factors.

Sham Surgery

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
How can pretending to perform an operation have the same effect as actually performing one? How can healing take place without any treatment?

Decreasing Pesticide Intake Can Improve Fertility in Women

A new study just published in JAMA shows the benefits of eating low-pesticide residue fruits and vegetables for women who are undergoing infertility treatment.

Bright Lights, Big City, and Fibromyalgia

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 31, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
It is always interesting to find ways to improve sleep, which is known to have a positive impact on fibromyalgia symptoms, but also many other aspects of one’s life.

High Density Negative Ions for Seasonal Affective Disorder

High density negative ions may be as beneficial for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as bright light exposure therapy.

Expressive Arts Therapy and the Arts in Health

Expressive arts therapy is part of the continuum of care in medical settings, says a new white paper on the subject of arts in health and wellness.

Our "Little Brain" Plays a Big Role in Coping with Distress

By Christopher Bergland on October 28, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New brain imaging data suggests that the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") plays a significant role in reducing symptoms of traumatic stress.

Urgent Need for Transforming Mental Health Care

The current model of care and available conventional treatments fail to address serious mental health problems. Evidence-based CAM therapies can help.

Is Gut Microbiome a New Biomarker for PTSD Susceptibility?

By Christopher Bergland on October 27, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new international study involving both military and civilian institutions has identified a possible new biomarker for PTSD susceptibility based on gut bacteria composition.

The Health Benefits of Light

Wondering about bright light or dim blue or red light for depressed mood? Research studies show benefits for depressed mood, seasonal affective disorder and some sleep problems.

Brain Wellness Takes a Quantum Leap

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Digital Altruism
Soon, consciousness-hacking gyms may become mainstream.

Ginkgo Biloba for Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Are you curious about the evidence for Ginkgo biloba as a treatment of dementia? Many studies have been done but findings remain inconsistent.

And the Nobel Prize Goes to…Circadian Rhythms

Why the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology has circadian rhythms researchers buzzing with excitement.