Essential Reads

The Doctor Will Hear You Now

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on December 26, 2015 in Think, Act, Be
For over 50 years Dr. Alec Spencer served his community in the hills of eastern Kentucky. What was the secret behind his effectiveness?

Generic Drugs Live Down to Expectations

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on October 20, 2015 in Minding the Body
Generic drugs are the omega dogs of the pharmaceutical world. They don’t get much respect, and that could lead to reduced effectiveness and increased side effects.

Some Philosophical Musings on Food

Over many centuries, there has never been a coherent philosophy of food and eating. Several books explore the complexities of food and the relationship of some of our greatest philosophers to their culinary choices. Have you ever thought about your own philosophy about food? There is a simple one that we might all agree upon for the 21st century.

It’s Not 'All in Your Head.' It’s in Your Brain.

Current research helps us to understand that some physical illnesses, especially those that are not easily explained, are not made up at all. They are the result of complex neuroendocrine responses due to heredity, trauma and stress. The symptoms are real. They are not all in one’s head.

More Posts on Integrative Medicine

Combining Aerobic Exercise and Meditation Reduces Depression

A new study reports that the combination of doing focused meditation and aerobic exercise back-to-back reduces depression, rumination, and overwhelming negative thoughts.

8 Misconceptions About Therapy, Service, and Support Animals

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 08, 2016 Animals and Us
Can you get a free airplane ride for your pet snake? Can you take a psychiatric service dog into a bar? Here are the answers to some common questions about assistance animals.

Resetting Chronic Pain Alarms

In When Your Child Hurts, Rachael Coakley provides practical suggestions to parents about the chronic pain of children, one of our nation's most persistent and invisible problems.

A Biological Function for Oral Sex?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 How We Do It
High blood pressure affects 10% of pregnancies in which a mother’s immune system over-reacts to the fetus. Long-term sexual priming by a specific male partner reduces the risk.

Equine-Assisted Therapy, Part 1

Enlisting horses to help heal our wounded veterans

5 Reasons to do Yoga Right Now

What are the benefits of a regular yoga practice? Read the top five reasons to consider adding or maintaining this mindfulness-based practice to improve health and wellness.

Day 7: Jackie Goldstein on Communities of Care

The future of mental health interview series continues with Jackie Goldstein on communities of care.

Not Only the Lonely

It's not just who you know that counts - it's how you know them.

We Have Too Many Specialists & Too Few General Practitioners

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 21, 2016 Saving Normal
The doctor/patient relationship has lost its healing power because doctors spend too much time doing procedures and too little time talking to patients.

Feeling Guilty About Back Pain Makes Everything Seem Worse

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on January 20, 2016 Minding the Body
People with chronic back pain often end up feeling guilty about it. And that guilt, in turn, is linked to increased depression, anxiety and disability.

Why I Don’t Exercise As I Should

We don’t engage in treatment that is good for us if we don’t accept its mechanics or we don’t have a vessel for our positive feelings about the person treating us.

Questioning :The Hot Hand Phenomena

The Hot Hand Phenomena—does it exist? And if so: is it readily recognizable by the athlete experiencing it when in the Zone? Also can it be created at will?

Meditation Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

A new study reports that practicing Transcendental Meditation can reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the use of medications to treat PTSD.

Time: A "Four-Letter Word" in American Medicine

One of the key criteria for good medical care is the quality time that physicians spend with their patients, but this which is under threat in corporate-run American Medicine.

Tranquility Promotes Healthier Microbiome and Gut-Brain Axis

A new study links lower stress hormones and healthier microbiomes. These findings suggest that mindfulness meditations that lower stress might improve your "gut-brain axis."

The Ripley Effect: Alien Intruders in the Womb

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on January 05, 2016 How We Do It
A fetus in its mother’s womb must somehow evade detection by her immune system. In an "Alien"-like scenario, genes that permit this have been captured from once harmful viruses.

The Experimental Transplant that May be Here to Stay

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 05, 2016 Singletons
The technology to merge egg and sperm outside a woman’s body is now standard procedure in combating infertility. Can we see a future in which uterine transplants, like kidney or heart transplants, occur without intense scrutiny and/or objection?

Psychotherapy Can Dramatically Improve Your "Gut-Brain Axis"

A new meta-analysis of 41 clinical trials reports that psychological therapy has dramatic benefits for the "gut-brain axis."

Exercise Alters Gut Microbes That Promote Brain Health

There is growing evidence that microorganisms in the gut may impact psychological well-being. A new study reports that exercise can alter gut microbes that promote brain health.

Preventing Holiday Colds

The holidays are not the time to get sick. Here's a few ways to stay well.

"Loving Thy Neighbor As Thyself" Makes Us Healthy and Happy

Scientific studies have found that small acts of generosity improve the health and happiness of both the giver and receiver.

Let's Stop Using the Word "Disabled" To Limit People

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 23, 2015 Black Belt Brain
There is no such thing as a category of "able" and and another of "disabled". All areas of human achievement span a continuum of ability and performance.

Mindfulness and Compassion for Pain

Can we, as the poet Rilke suggests, "live everything?"

The Ozone Layer in Your Knee

By Mark Borigini M.D. on December 16, 2015 Overcoming Pain
Ozone may reduce the immediacy of the need for joint replacement, with patients lined up to be pumped up with ozone at the local rheumatology clinic.

Pressures on Your Therapist Not to Be Psychologically-Minded

A psychologically-minded therapist is to mainstream psychology like a person practicing a forbidden religion.

Doctor Prescribes a Reality Check for Homeopathy

By Guy P. Harrison on November 22, 2015 About Thinking
Homeopathic products are popular these days. What does a doctor say about them?

Your Precuneus May Be the Root of Happiness and Satisfaction

Neuroscientists have identified a possible location of happiness and satisfaction in the human brain.

Light Therapy Can Help Treat Depression Year-Round

A new study reports that bright light therapy can help treat both seasonal and nonseasonal depression.

Why Must Childbirth Be So Challenging?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 How We Do It
Childbirth is excruciatingly painful because a baby’s relatively large head passes through a woman's narrow pelvis. A tight limit on head size explains why more brain growth occurs after birth and why babies are relative helpless for the first year. But a new view is that birth timing is constrained not by the pelvis but by an upper limit on the mother’s energy turnover.

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation and Pain Relief

This post offers a comprehensive overview of the latest scientific findings on how mindfulness meditation can reduce social and physical pain at a neurobiological level.