Integrative Medicine Essential Reads

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.

Contemplating Rothko

Can mindfulness enhance creativity?

Clarify Three Misunderstandings about Acupuncture

In spite of increasing acceptance and varied use of acupuncture for treating pain and other ailments in the United States, there are still at least three misunderstandings about the practice and its mechanisms, which are typically found in some news reports about acupuncture (Sun, 2014a). Clarifying the misunderstandings also has implications for psychology.

Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally With These Five Steps

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on November 16, 2014 in Mental Wealth
Does research support the use of natural methods for treating ADHD? Here are five evidence-based suggestions for tackling the poor focus and disorganized behavior that are part and parcel of this disorder.
Original cartoon by Alex Martin

Sick of Being Pregnant?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 11, 2014 in How We Do It
Nausea, often the first sign of pregnancy, afflicts three-quarters of mothers-to-be. For two-thirds of those women nausea will lead to actual vomiting. So why does it happen? Pregnancy sickness has often been explained away as a side-effect of hormonal changes during pregnancy. But there is evidence that nausea and vomiting evolved to protect both mother and fetus.

Patient "Styles" Need Different Care Strategies

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on November 06, 2014 in BrainSnacks
The logistical convenience of the “one size fits all” approach to patient care comes at a cost, and not just in malpractice settlements and premiums. The decision to sue often hinges on a sense of outrage or injustice about the way the patients feel they were treated. And angry people tend to bad-mouth service businesses far more often than the happy ones praise them.

Ebola, a Promising Serum, and Kent Brantly’s Recovery

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on August 21, 2014 in Side Effects
Is Dr. Brantly’s recovery from Ebola due to medicine, religious faith, or both?

Master of Soul: An Interview With Thomas Moore

By Mark Matousek on May 12, 2014 in Ethical Wisdom
The renegade author of "Care of the Soul" talks about getting real about spiritual life, forgetting about closure, and cultivating a path of authenticity.