Integrative Medicine Essential Reads

Modern Hunter-Gatherers Show We Evolved to Stay Active

By Christopher Bergland on November 29, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research on the lifestyle habits of a rare population of hunter-gatherers reaffirms the universal health benefits of staying physically active.

Survive and Thrive

By Deborah Barrett Ph.D., LCSW on November 19, 2016 in Paintracking
Experiencing distress? Yoga may help you let go of unnecessary suffering.

Harvard Study Decrypts the Ancient Mystery of Consciousness

By Christopher Bergland on November 05, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
In a groundbreaking new study, neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School may have unearthed the seat of human consciousness.

Fitness May Be a Prophylaxis for the Health Risks of Stress

By Christopher Bergland on November 01, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Are you feeling stressed? If so, a new study drives home the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle—especially during times of high stress.

Do You Know When to Confront Your Doctor?

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Knowing what to say to your doctor can save your life.

Irisin: The "Exercise Hormone" Is a Fat-Fighting Phenomenon

By Christopher Bergland on October 05, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that the exercise-induced hormone irisin can reduce the number of mature fat cells by 20 to 60 percent. If you want to lose weight, irisin production can help.

The Top 10 Ways to De-stress (and Why You Need Them)

By Christopher Bergland on October 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new global survey has identified a strong correlation between rest, relaxation, and well-being. The researchers also conducted a survey that ranks the top 10 restful activities.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Pain" Embodies Citizen Science

By Christopher Bergland on September 07, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking initiative in the UK is using smartphone technology and citizen science to identify whether damp and gray weather really does cause stiffness in your joints

A Nation in Pain

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
With alarming rates of chronic pain and opioid-related deaths in the US, how can we more effectively treat chronic pain?

Are Pet Owners Really at Greater Risk of Cancer?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Animals and Us
A new study used "big data" to examine the associations between pet-ownership and cancer rates and physical activity in older women. The results are surprising.
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Colds and Clocks - How Bugs Use Timing to Infect You

Time rules life - included when and how you get infected.

3 Ways Aerobic Exercise Improves Schizophrenia Symptoms

By Christopher Bergland on August 12, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking report, published this morning, identifies three specific ways that aerobic exercise improves cognitive functioning in people with schizophrenia.

The Community as Agents of Health Policy Change

Communities of color face numerous barriers that prevent optimal health. In African American communities, there are factors that are out of their control that impact men's health.

The No. 1 Way to Stay Alive and Well in a Digital Age

By Christopher Bergland on August 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you spend at least 8 hours a day sitting in front of a computer screen? If so, a new study offers a simple way you can compensate for the detrimental impacts of sedentarism.

The Incredible Healing Modality You've Never Heard Of

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Feeling It
Foot zoning looks a lot like acupressure but is not at all the same. Foot zoning, practitioners claim, brings a person back into balance.

The Marketing of Mindfulness

Mindfulness for mind-blowing sex?

Unexpected Ways to Address the Obesity Epidemic

Free, simple and fun solutions may beat many years and billions of dollars of medical research

Study: Genes May Determine What Diet Works for You

Your genetic composition might determine what specific foods are healthiest for you to eat, according to groundbreaking research being presented at a conference in Orlando today.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Dramatically Reduces Inflammation

There is growing evidence that stimulating the vagus nerve can improve well-being in many ways—including the reduction of chronic inflammation.

The Next Eastern Therapy

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
In need of inspiration and rejuvenation? "Forest bathing" may be the remedy.

Late Breaking News About Your Mind-Body Health Connection

Hot-off-the-press "Big Data" showing why mental health is crucial for physical health....and vice versa

Gut Instincts

Can you "catch" obesity from the food you eat? Obesity as an infectious disease

What Dogs Can Tell Us About Sex and Conception

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on March 03, 2016 in How We Do It
Sperm survival in the womb for 10 days or more rules out the standard model of human conception.

Elvis is Alive, and Wheatgrass Juice Cures Cancer!

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on February 21, 2016 in Patient Power
Elvis is alive and working for the DEA! The internet is amazing, but when it comes to searching for credible healthcare information, there are a few things you should know.

Can Childhood Stress Make You Sick?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 19, 2016 in Home Base
A stressful childhood may shape your health in adulthood. Here's why.

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.

By Tamara McClintock Greenberg Psy.D. on August 02, 2015 in 21st Century Aging
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.

Fear and Anxiety Affect the Health and Life Span of Dogs

Research shows that increased levels of certain types of fearfulness in dogs may be associated higher susceptibility to skin diseases and to reduced life span.