Integrative Medicine Essential Reads

Generic Drugs Live Down to Expectations

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on October 20, 2015 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.

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

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

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

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.

Sick of Being Pregnant?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 11, 2014 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.

Master of Soul: An Interview With Thomas Moore

By Mark Matousek on May 12, 2014 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.

Rankism Can Be Harmful to Your Health

No society can regard itself as dignitarian if access to quality health care is limited to those with enough money to afford it.

A Not-To-Do List for the Chronically Ill

A few weeks ago, I realized I could benefit from a not-to-do list that would remind me of my limitations—limitations I often ignore either because I’m in denial or because I want to please others. Unfortunately, I always pay the price physically, and that’s not good for me mentally either. Here’s a not-to-do list for those who live day-to-day with chronic pain or illness.

If Your Doctor Told You to Meditate, Would You?

People have been meditating for thousands of years, and now research is showing how the practice is good for us.

Another Blow to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sufferers

Were it not for the woefully misleading label that’s been given to this debilitating illness, I don’t see how the American Academy of Family Physicians could have begun its new “Patient Information Sheet on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” with this sentence: “Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder that causes you to be very tired.”

“Make Good Medicine From the Suffering of Illness”

Discouraging were all the quotations telling us that if we had our good health, we’d have everything. “The first wealth is health,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. That would make me a pauper indeed. Then there was, “Health is worth more than learning,” from Thomas Jefferson no less. Good grief!

Treating Mid-Life Eating Disorders

In many cases, older women struggled with eating disorders in adolescence and a stressful event precipitated a relapse or made their condition worse.

What Those With Chronic Pain or Illness DO Want to Hear

As a follow-up to last week’s piece, "What Those with Chronic Pain or Illness DON’T Want to Hear You Say," I thought it might be helpful to let others know what we wish they would say to us...

New Study Explores NAET as Possible Treatment for Autism

Researchers observed measureable improvements in autistic children who underwent NAET.

Five Minutes of Mindfulness Magic

I once read that the most common movie line is, “Let’s get outta here.” Here's an alternative: Be here now!

The Stigma of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome II: Readers Respond

I've written this follow-up piece principally because of an email I received about a harrowing experience in the ER. Before I tell that story, though, I want to share a few of the many comments I received from readers of the first piece.

Haiti Living Hell

By Guest Bloggers on February 09, 2010 Brainstorm
Even if you can't find the language to describe your thoughts and feelings, even if you think you've lost your voice, try. The words are somewhere inside of you.

Medicinal Friendships

If a good friend who lives within a couple of miles of you suddenly becomes happy, your chance of becoming happy skyrockets by more than 60%.