Essential Reads

Why Do People Think Animals Make Good Therapists?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Animals and Us
Public interest in animal assisted therapy has grown by leaps and bounds. Yale University researchers examine the reason for its appeal.

Is Mindfulness Being Mindlessly Overhyped? Experts Say "Yes"

By Christopher Bergland on October 10, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
"Mindfulness" needs a clearer definition, more rigorous clinical research, and less media hype—according to an urgent call-to-action by 15 experts from over a dozen universities.

The Hidden Effects of Respiratory Diseases

Anxiety, depression, and PTSD are more common in people that have lung diseases like COPD and asthma.

Inositol and Choline in Mental Health Care

Are you curious about inositol, choline and other B vitamins in mental health care? Emerging findings suggest these vitamins may reduce symptoms of depressed mood and anxiety.

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St. John's Wort for Depressed Mood?

Considering trying St. John's wort for your problem with depressed mood? Some people respond well, however, research findings are mixed and there are outstanding safety problems.

Spirit Molecules: Allies for Healing from Trauma

Spirit molecules: Allies for healing from Trauma.

Four Non-Prescription Remedies for ADHD

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 12, 2017 in Open Gently
A healthy diet and supplements my help ADHD.

Omega-3s in Mental Health Care, Part 2

Are you curious about the role of omega-3 fatty acids in mental health? Omega-3s may be helpful in the early stages of schizophrenia and may be beneficial in PTSD, but not ADHD.

Study Links Gut Microbiome With "Ridiculously Healthy" Aging

By Christopher Bergland on October 12, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
One of the largest human studies on microbiota recently identified a correlation between healthy aging and a healthy gut.

Omega-3s in Mental Health Care: Part 1

Curious about the evidence for omega-3s for depressed mood? Many studies report beneficial effects but more research needs to be done.

L-Theanine for Generalized Anxiety

Do you find that anti-anxiety drugs don't work or have side effects that get in the way? Consider trying l-theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that might help.

The Latest News on the Obesity Epidemic

New Data from the CDC about obesity and its consequences.

Pharma Corruption Started the Opioid Epidemic

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 04, 2017 in Saving Normal
Pharma caused the deadly opioid epidemic and should be held accountable for cleaning up the mess it created.

Black Tea Alters Gut Microbiome in Anti-Obesogenic Ways

By Christopher Bergland on October 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Black tea alters gut microbiome in a way that promotes weight loss, according to a new UCLA study on mice.

Surprising New Discoveries About Our Sense of Smell

New research shows that human smell can detect serious diseases.

Aging, Health, and Conscious Evolution

Can a framework based on an ancient parable help us to realize how much control we have over the nature and quality of our old age?

A New Approach to Treating Hard-to-Cure Illnesses

Unconventional techniques can hold the key

The Vegan Brain

By Georgia Ede MD on September 30, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
What everyone needs to know to keep their brains in tip-top shape.

Curing Erectile Dysfunction, Killing Children?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 29, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Over the last few years, its most popular use has been to treat erectile dysfunction in men and low libido in women, despite the lack of robust clinical data supporting such use.

L-tryptophan and 5-hydroxytryptophan in Mental Health Care

Curious about the role of amino acids in mental health care? L-tryptophan and a related amino acid 5-hydroxytryptophan reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and insomnia.

Mitochondria and Mood

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on September 29, 2017 in Inner Source
What are the energy packs of your cells, and could these be the underlying cause of mental health problems?

Magnesium and Zinc Are Essential for Healthy Brain Function

Ever wonder about the role of magnesium and zinc in healthy brain function? Studies show that both minerals have beneficial effects on mood, memory and other areas of functioning.

Mindfulness and Peacemaking, Part 2

By Jeffrey Brantley M.D. on September 27, 2017 in The Mindful Moment
All in the present moment.
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Mindfulness and Peacemaking, Part 1

By Jeffrey Brantley M.D. on September 27, 2017 in The Mindful Moment
All in the present moment.

Outlook on Alzheimer's No Longer Bleak

options for reversing early Alzheimer's exist.

Folate for Depression, Schizophrenia and Dementia

Are you curious about the evidence for folate supplementation as a treatment for serious mental health problems? Emerging research findings support its use.

Quantitative Electroencephalography in Mental Health Care

Are you looking for a more advanced approach that can help you evaluate abnormal brain activity in OCD, depressed mood, or bipolar disorder? QEEG brain wave analysis could help.

Hillary Clinton Is Doing Pranayama

Alternate nostril breathing is good for PTSD and mental health.

Non-invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Relieve Migraines

By Christopher Bergland on September 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
In 2002, doctors first noticed that implanted vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) devices relieved migraines. Now, a new handheld VNS device shows promise for headache sufferers.
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Copper Toxicity: A Common Cause of Psychiatric Symptoms

By Judy Tsafrir M.D. on September 11, 2017 in Holistic Psychiatry
Could copper overload be the cause of your depression, anxiety, ADHD, and poor immune function? Copper toxicity is a treatable condition, but you must identify it first.

The 'Soy-ling' of Our Food: The Versatile U.S. Soybean

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on September 11, 2017 in The Gravity of Weight
Over the past 25 years, many studies have suggested that soy intake is beneficial to health. What do we know about the versatile soybean?

Opioid Addiction: Is This a War We Can Win?

Those who are familiar with “recovery from addiction” know that solving the crisis requires action. The battle lines are clear; it’s time to take a stand.

Dancing Away the Blues

There's evidence supporting your need to sway.

Vitamin B12, Thiamin, and Niacin in Mental Health Care

Curious about the roles of vitamin B12, thiamin, and niacin in healthy brain functioning?