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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.

More Posts on Integrative Medicine

Top 5 Ways Biofeedback Can Change Your Life

Are you turning to pills to make your life better? Biofeedback and neurofeedback could be the answer you're looking for.

Are Dogs Who Live with Smokers More Likely to Get Cancer?

A variety of cancers that appear in dogs can be traced back to living in a household which includes cigarette smokers.

Has the Opioid Pendulum for Treating Pain Swung Too Far?

With the epidemic of opioid and heroin addictions sweeping the country—physicians are pinpointing new best practices for "balanced" multidisciplinary pain management strategies.

What Makes Aerobic Exercise Like Miracle-Gro for Your Brain?

A revolutionary new study by researchers at UCLA pinpoints how aerobic exercise turbocharges your brain.

What Is the No. 1 Way to Keep Your Brain Sharp?

A new study examined different ways that people spend their leisure time. The researchers pinpointed one habit that can slow brain aging by up to 10 years as you get older.

Discouraged About Finding Anxiety Help? Try Genomics

Help for perpetual anxiety can be difficult to find. Maybe exploring your genomic blueprint will enable you to discover the treatments you need.

Brain Imaging Links Amygdala Activity to Heart Attack Risk

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have identified a correlation between high levels of stress in the brain and someone's risk for heart disease or stroke.

Learning about Allison's Brain

How music helped one woman's post-brain surgery healing

Mind, Body and Election 2016

The presidential election is not only ugly, it is compromising your immune system and health.

Restricting Screens: Why Your Child WON'T Get Left Behind

When it comes to limiting screen-time based on tolerability, parents needn't worry whether keeping the child from electronics now will put them at a disadvantage later.

Mindfulness Meditation Provides Pain Relief Without Opioids

Meditation offers a drug-free alternative for coping with pain. A study released today reports that mindfulness meditation triggers pain relief without engaging opioid receptors.

Revisiting the Placebo Effect

What do placebo effects reveal about the mind-body connection? Do our bodies have the capacity to self-heal?

Director of Impatient Psychiatry

According to psychiatrist Abraham Nussbaum, evidence-based and standardized healthcare makes it more difficult for doctors to form therapeutic relationships with sick people.

Building Bridges: Music Therapy in Hospice Care

The practice of including music therapy as a hospice and palliative care treatment option began to grow significantly beginning on the 1990s. Here's how music therapists help.

Combining Aerobic Exercise and Meditation Reduces Depression

A new study reports that the combination of doing focused meditation and aerobic exercise back-to-back reduces depression, rumination, and overwhelming negative thoughts.

8 Misconceptions About Therapy, Service, and Support Animals

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 08, 2016 Animals and Us
Can you get a free airplane ride for your pet snake? Can you take a psychiatric service dog into a bar? Here are the answers to some common questions about assistance animals.

Resetting Chronic Pain Alarms

In When Your Child Hurts, Rachael Coakley provides practical suggestions to parents about the chronic pain of children, one of our nation's most persistent and invisible problems.

A Biological Function for Oral Sex?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 How We Do It
High blood pressure affects 10% of pregnancies in which a mother’s immune system over-reacts to the fetus. Long-term sexual priming by a specific male partner reduces the risk.

Equine-Assisted Therapy, Part 1

Enlisting horses to help heal our wounded veterans

5 Reasons to do Yoga Right Now

What are the benefits of a regular yoga practice? Read the top five reasons to consider adding or maintaining this mindfulness-based practice to improve health and wellness.

Day 7: Jackie Goldstein on Communities of Care

The future of mental health interview series continues with Jackie Goldstein on communities of care.

Not Only the Lonely

It's not just who you know that counts - it's how you know them.

We Have Too Many Specialists & Too Few General Practitioners

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 21, 2016 Saving Normal
The doctor/patient relationship has lost its healing power because doctors spend too much time doing procedures and too little time talking to patients.

Feeling Guilty About Back Pain Makes Everything Seem Worse

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on January 20, 2016 Minding the Body
People with chronic back pain often end up feeling guilty about it. And that guilt, in turn, is linked to increased depression, anxiety and disability.

Why I Don’t Exercise As I Should

We don’t engage in treatment that is good for us if we don’t accept its mechanics or we don’t have a vessel for our positive feelings about the person treating us.

Questioning :The Hot Hand Phenomena

The Hot Hand Phenomena—does it exist? And if so: is it readily recognizable by the athlete experiencing it when in the Zone? Also can it be created at will?

Meditation Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

A new study reports that practicing Transcendental Meditation can reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the use of medications to treat PTSD.

Time: A "Four-Letter Word" in American Medicine

One of the key criteria for good medical care is the quality time that physicians spend with their patients, but this which is under threat in corporate-run American Medicine.

Tranquility Promotes Healthier Microbiome and Gut-Brain Axis

A new study links lower stress hormones and healthier microbiomes. These findings suggest that mindfulness meditations that lower stress might improve your "gut-brain axis."