Integrative Medicine Essential Reads

Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercises and Your Vagus Nerve

Diaphragmatic breathing is one of the easiest ways to engage your vagus nerve and create a "relaxation response" that counters the panic and anxiety of fight-or-flight responses.

Privatizing Mental Health Has Led to "Insane Consequences"

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 02, 2017 in Saving Normal
There is no worse place to have a severe mental illness than the United States. A new book explains why and offers solutions.

To Affirm or Not Affirm?

By Leena S. Guptha DO on April 25, 2017 in Embodied Wellness
Struggling with negative thoughts? Use self-affirmations to rewrite the subconscious mind and start thinking positively!

Is Yoga an Effective Antidepressant?

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on April 14, 2017 in Minding the Body
Yoga contains at least four “active ingredients” that could help it work as an antidepressant, says yoga researcher and integrative psychiatrist Dr. Sudha Prathikanti.

Let’s Face It: Medicaid Is the Healthcare We All Want

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Believe it or not, if you have commercial health insurance, you're the unlucky one. Medicaid provides people in poverty healthcare that you only wish you could afford.

Goals of Hair

Do you want to be YOU, right up until the end?

If You Want to Live Longer, Get a Dog

New data shows that pet ownership can increase the longevity of people with health risk issues.

Bringing Down the Cost of Healthcare

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Stop The Cycle
There are 3 effective ways to bring down to cost of healthcare without reducing quality or outcomes. These include prevention, early treatment and integrated care.

Gut Check

While you sit on your tuffet; how does your inner garden grow?

6 Tips for Determining If A Doc-in-the-Box Is Right for You

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 20, 2017 in Critical Decisions
Consumers should keep these 6 tips in mind so they make better use of such clinics.

The Morality of Monetary Motivation

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 14, 2017 in Scientocracy
In a perfect world, we would not need to reward anyone for taking their kid to the doctor. In the imperfect world we live in, such rewards are far better than the alternative.

Regular Aerobic Exercise in Midlife Protects the Aging Brain

By Christopher Bergland on February 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Regular aerobic exercise benefits the brain in surprising ways. New research suggests that regular aerobic exercise in midlife can optimize blood flow networks as the brain ages.

Neglecting Mental Health in Cancer Treatment

Do your doctors check up on your mental health? This is why they should.
Psychological Science

Hugs, Tweets, and Physician Reimbursement

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on February 16, 2017 in Scientocracy
As for those of us not in the healthcare reimbursement business, we should focus our energy on hugging people we care about. And minding our tweets.

New Research Finds Mindfulness Reduces Worry

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on February 09, 2017 in Urban Survival
What mindfulness exercise helps with persistent worry and negative thoughts? Research suggest you try this technique to reduce how much you worry.

Politics and Poison: Casualties of Fake News

The FDA warns that some natural remedies contain poison. Meanwhile partisan rhetoric poisons the body politic.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Holds Promise for Treating Addiction

By Christopher Bergland on January 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Vagus nerve stimulation can reduce cravings and may offer a radical new way to break the cycle of addictive behaviors, according to early findings from a preclinical study.

30 Minutes of Daily Activity May Help Slow Chromosomal Aging

By Christopher Bergland on January 20, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A first-of-its-kind study reports that 30 minutes of daily physical activity may offset the chromosomal impact of too much sitting, which is associated with accelerated aging.

Getting Good Advice From Your Physician

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on January 19, 2017 in Critical Decisions
Patients should make sure physicians understand their goals well enough to help them make the right choices.

What's Gut Got to Do With It? Bacteria, Weight, & Health

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on January 03, 2017 in The Integrationist
Your collective 40 trillion gut bacteria account for much of what makes you you. Overweight, depressed, or having trouble thinking clearly? Here's what you can do about it.

Can We Slow the Aging Process in Dogs?

Aging is a risk factor for many life-threatening diseases in dogs. Pilot data shows that new drug may slow the effects of aging.

Giving Love and Support to Others Could Help You Live Longer

By Christopher Bergland on December 24, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Making an effort to take care of people within—and beyond—your immediate family is associated with longer life expectancy for the caregiver, according to a new international study.

Frequent Sauna Use May Reduce Risk of Dementia, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on December 20, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A first-of-its-kind study from Finland reports that frequent sauna use is associated with a dramatic reduction in the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Running May Actually Be Good for Your Knees, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on December 09, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Contrary to popular belief, running may actually decrease inflammation in the knee joint and protect against degeneration linked to osteoarthritis.

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.