Essential Reads

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.

Can Art Heal Loss and Trauma?

Artists believe recent exhibits can both inspire viewers and heal suffering.

Recent Posts on Integrative Medicine

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.

Bull Durham, Mindfulness and Providers of Care

Choosing to break the self-perpetuating cycle of stress by paying attention to what it feels like to breathe allows the brain to settle. Since most of us don’t know a Crash Davis, we have to break ourselves out. Taking a moment to attend carries great benefit and does not require anything as extreme as eyelid breathing.

The Lost Art of Not Ordering a CAT Scan

By Peter A. Ubel on March 06, 2015 in Critical Decisions
We can’t leave well-enough alone. What we know to be true – “this patient does not have an acute neurological problem” – isn’t fully true until we have imaged the heck out of patients and can see – fully and tangibly see – that their brains look just as normal as we knew them to be.

An Integrative Approach to Wellness Really Works

I had a cerebral bleed causing me to black out resulting in a serious automobile collision. Months later I had brain surgery. I was told by my doctors I was permanently brain damaged. Determined to get better, I set out on my journey to regain my life. So I experimented with a variety of different approaches to treatment, and got better!

Managing Pain Versus Recovering From Pain

By Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on February 25, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360
A pain management approach is frequently considered as the first line of attack when the degree of pain exceeds a person’s ability to cope on his or her own. When pain moves from the acute to the chronic stage, some people may continue with a pain management regimen because they’re unaware that other modalities exist.

When Things Change, Hold on to Your Health

By Teri Goetz MS, LAC, ACC on February 15, 2015 in Renaissance Woman
We all know change is inevitable. But, what happens when a time of change effects your health? Learn how to use this time of change for greater health. Create greater health at any time in your life!

Herbal Supplements Not as Advertised

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on February 10, 2015 in Urban Survival
Recent study finds that the vast majority of major store brand herbal supplements do not contain the product label ingredient. Instead, researchers found the supplements contained contaminants and cheap fillers like rice, pine, spruce, and even a common houseplant.

Putting Mindfulness on Your Agenda

Everyone experiences stress in some way or another, and people in caretaking roles do in particular. Our communities rely on individuals who choose these paths, and yet no one has the capacity to indefinitely give. So as a care taker, taking care of yourself is essential to sustaining your own well-being. Only then can you be at your best when interacting with others.

Is Yoga Really Good for Your Health?

The many benefits of yoga today.

Why Is it Difficult to Get a Massage When You Have Cancer?

By Lucy O'Donnell on February 03, 2015 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Some therapists say it is “contraindicative” to perform a massage on a person with cancer, but I say it is the therapists who are “contraindicative.”

Colds - A New Approach to Treatment

Medical care does not do much to stop or treat colds. The Regeneration Health approach can change that around.

Stage 4

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 19, 2015 in How To Do Life
An internal debate on how one might deal with a terminal diagnosis.

Why Writing Matters

At the end of life, people sometimes find time and focus to do things they've always wanted to do. Often, surprisingly, it's writing.

Can Mindfulness Really Reduce Chronic Pain?

Pain, suffering and stress can be intolerable – but it doesn’t have to be this way. The second week of our t three-week course reveals a series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers. We

Personalized Genomics, Data-Hoarding, and Drug Companies

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on January 14, 2015 in Side Effects
Genetic-testing kits have been hailed for advancing medical research and disease prevention. But who owns the data and what are the risks of it being sold or misused?

The Mediterranean Miracle

People who follow the Mediterranean meal plan tend to live longer and have a reduced risk of developing diabetes, cancer and obesity. If you resolved to eat more healthfully in 2015, this meal plan may be an easy way to keep your New Year’s Resolution.

Shedding the Pounds Helps Prevent and Control Breast Cancer

By Lucy O'Donnell on January 10, 2015 in Cancer Is a Teacher
“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest 
of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” Hippocrates

Time Heals

By Kimberly Key on January 08, 2015 in Counseling Keys
We have everything inside of us and around us that can facilitate our healing (emotional and physical). All we need is to tap into a different kind of time frequency.

There's No Back Pain Surgery Can't Make Worse

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 03, 2015 in DSM5 in Distress
Surgeons are too quick to operate on back pain and doctors are to quick to prescribe dangerously addicting opioids. Much better bets are rehab exercises and mindfulness.

Never Close Your Eyes

If you close your eyes, you won't be able to see.

Caution When Opening the Complementary Medicine Cabinet

A while back, a patient was transferred to our hospital for specialized treatment for what was presumed to be a rare metabolic disorder. It turned out that the young woman actually suffered from lead poisoning linked to self-treatment with traditional medications containing toxic levels of that metal.

How To Give and Get More From Those Around You

By Sheila Kohler on December 30, 2014 in Dreaming for Freud
Giving and getting more from those you care about

Tomorrow's Healing Today

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on December 29, 2014 in Beyond Good and Evil
Healing Around the World