Essential Reads

Contemplating Rothko

A practice to enhance seeing

Stress and Cancer

Does stress have an impact on Cancer and if so, how do we manage it?

Clarify Three Misunderstandings about Acupuncture

The mechanisms of acupuncture provide a perspective for understanding healing

Diagnosing and Curing Our Sick Health System

You couldn't invent worse healthcare than ours if you tried.

Recent Posts on Integrative Medicine

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 so Complicated?

Body Wisdom vs. 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.

New ADD Treatment

There is a new medicinal/nutrient for ADD -- learn more about it.

Contemplating Rothko

Can mindfulness enhance creativity?

An Epidemic of Questionable Care

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on May 12, 2015 in Side Effects
When does “low-value care” become no-value care?

Substitute to Aid Success

When things don't work, try something else.

The Beneficial Effects of Animals on Children With Autism

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Animals and Us
Temple Grandin told me that some (but not all) people with autism have a special way with animals. This new study examined the biological mechanisms behind the soothing effects Guinea pigs can have on children with autism spectrum disorders.

Neurofeedback as a Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

April was Parkinson’s Awareness Month, which prompted me to share this story and an effective, yet little-known treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Should I Listen to the Advice of Celebrity Docs?

The debate about whether Dr. Mehmet Oz should resign from his position at Columbia for "quackery" continues. Questions about doing no harm, doing good, forgiveness, public shaming and responsible medicine are addressed in this blog.

How a Health Crisis Becomes a Gift

A health crisis or any personal roadblock can feel overwhelming, make you angry or frustrated. But, let's look how to turn it into an opportunity.

Healthy Gut, Healthy Brain

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on April 23, 2015 in Your Brain on Food
The bugs in your gut can positively or negatively influence your mental function and stress response; it is definitely worth your effort to keep them very happy with a healthy diet.

Make Meditation a Habit to Improve Your Life

There is no doubt at all that a regular meditation practice improves health in a number of ways, but the caveat is that the practice must be regular.

Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer

It’s not out of the realm of possibility that cancer can be ameliorated through nutritional means, just as we prevent scurvy, pernicious anemia, and pellagra. At the very least, we do know that nutrition plays causative, preventive, and treatment roles in cancer.

Using Holistic Medicine to Treat Chronic Pain Syndrome

My colleague Carol Bowman, M.D., staff physician and director of The Pain Recovery Program at Father Martin’s Ashley, discusses the role of holistic medicine when treating patients suffering from chronic pain.

5 Signs That Seeking Help May Benefit You

People often get stressed, have problems with others, or have problems coping with life. Yet many don't seek professional help. Here are some ideas about when therapy may benefit you or your family.

Cancer Is the Product of the Disease Neoplasia

Cancer treatments that kill cancer cells are not enough. The body's immune system must be strengthened as well to prevent and stop neoplasia─the underlying disease that turns normal cells into cancer cells.

Some Clarification For Angelina Jolie Pitt's Followers

By Karolyn A. Gazella on March 28, 2015 in The Healing Factor
Angelina Jolie Pitt should be applauded for talking about her very difficult decision; however, did she miss a valuable opportunity to clarify some issues and talk more about proactive prevention that does not include surgeries?

Cancer Risk and Weight: Our Body and "Pathologies of Space"

Being overweight or obese has been associated with metabolic abnormalities such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and abnormal triglyceride and cholesterol levels, as well as cardiac disease, osteoarthritis, and even sleep apnea. Researchers also have found strong associations between excessive body weight and many forms of cancer. Women are even more at risk than men.

Does Anxiety Help You Survive in the Modern World?

Might the worrisome symptoms of anxiety have a useful function? Our ancestors needed to worry about lions, tigers, bears, and the headhunters over the next hill. But is anxiety still useful in the modern world? There are some scientific findings on this question.

Epigenetics and Memory

Want to increase your cognitive function? Eating the right foods can boost your brain power.

When It Comes to Pain Treatment, Less Is Often More

By Dan Mager MSW on March 18, 2015 in Some Assembly Required
Pain brings more people into contact with medical professionals than any other presenting problem. According to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, it affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, & cancer combined. However, recent research when it comes to chronic pain, more treatment does not equate to better outcomes.

What the MTHFR Is Up with this Fancy Folate?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on March 16, 2015 in Inner Source
How do you know if a common vitamin is actually harmful for you? Learn about the differences in folic acid and find out.

5 Must-Ask Questions When Your Doctor Prescribes Painkillers

So what’s a patient to do when they’re on the receiving end of an opioid painkiller prescription? Talk. It may not feel natural to question your caregiver—they are the one with the medical degree after all—but healthy skepticism is in order when opioids are recommended.

Your Mother Was Right (Again!)

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on March 08, 2015 in Sleeping Angels
A group of scientists recently confirmed that a widely-used home remedy for treating the common cold is, in fact, quite effective.