Integrative Medicine Essential Reads

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.

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.

The Wonderful Wizarding World of Hypnosis with Children

By Laurence Irwin Sugarman M.D. on July 14, 2015 in On and Off the Spectrum
The magical world of Rowling's Harry Potter saga parallels the the professional world of clinical hypnosis in health care. The tension separating the fictional magical and "muggle" worlds need not exist for clinicians who integrate clinical hypnosis skills into health care practice. The best part of hypnosis with children is that they are sorcerers. We are the apprentices.

The Power of Integrative Medicine When All Else Fails

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in Feeling It
A new generation of patients and doctors is changing the face of American medicine. It's about more than curing disease now—it's health for the whole person.

Do You Know Your Health Destiny?

Would you like to change your health? Do you want to know more about how your genetics don't have to be your destiny? Then tune in to an interview with Eva Selhub, MD, author of "Your Health Destiny."

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.