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

More Posts on Integrative Medicine

Sleep Like a Baby With Lactium and Magnesium

Want to reduce anxiety and sleep better, naturally? These two supplements can help.

The Ageless Inspiration of Activity

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
Ever thought you were too old for something? Aging doesn't mean we have to get old. Getting old comes with all sorts of baggage that isn't a requirement of aging.

Coping With Hormonal Ups and Downs

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on October 17, 2016 in How We Do It
Major hormonal changes across the menstrual cycle may influence a woman’s mood, well-being and performance. But apart from PMS side-effects are milder than often thought.

Living Mindfully With Chronic Pain and Illness

One of the most useful applications of mindfulness is to help people accept and adapt to uncontrollable circumstances in their lives like chronic pain and illness.

Think Twice Before Giving Medical Marijuana to Your Pet

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in Animals and Us
It would be nice to think medical marijuana could cure epilepsy in dogs and anxiety in cats. But there are problems with the use of cannabis in veterinary medicine.

Will It Hurt Less if I Can Control It?

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Fertility Factor
Do you need help with feelings of being out of control while you are experiencing infertility? There are ways to help yourself and your relationship.

Kratom:The Legal High That Treats Chronic Pain and Addiction

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 08, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
A motley crew consisting of haggard-looking scientists in their white coats and millennials with runny noses, patiently standing in the queue at the local GNC.

The Man Who Could See the Invisible

Thinking about Hurricane Matthew and its possible effects

A Cue In on Coenzyme Q10

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 01, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
A prominent reduction in generalized pain, fatigue, and morning tiredness, as well as an important reduction in the pain visual scale and a reduction in tender points.

You CAN Stay Strong, Sane & Centered in Times of Stress

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on September 30, 2016 in The Integrationist
These 7 tips can help you become more emotionally resilient in general and maintain perspective during times of strife

Can Virtual Reality Help With Pain?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new meta-analysis highlights the effectiveness of virtual reality distraction in controlling different types of pain.

Thousands of Genes Are Altered by Aerobic Endurance Training

By Christopher Bergland on September 24, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking new study reports that aerobic endurance training can alter 3,400 RNA variants, associated with 2,600 genes. These findings have widespread health implications.

Fusion Cuisine

The FATT Initiative: Food as Tasteful Therapy. Why it is good eats and good medicine for us all.

The Man Who Did Not Feel Well

How much has medicine changed since I was a boy?

Fascinating Evidence Shows How Melatonin Can Help With GERD

By Lucy O'Donnell on September 15, 2016 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Are you suffering from a multitude of gastrointestinal problems. Look at the findings that suggest melatonin, aside from its other benefits, may greatly help.

What Do Doctors' Strikes Reveal About Our Need For Medics?

High-risk patients with heart failure and cardiac arrest hospitalized in teaching hospitals had lower 30-day mortality when admitted during dates of national cardiology meetings

What Melanoma Taught Me About Patient-Provider Relationships

An eye-opening experience as a medical professional is forced to evaluate the patient-provider relationship from the patient's perspective.

When, Why, and How to Say No

Why replacing yes with no can make you happier, healthier, and reduce stress.

Looking Beyond Opioids for Chronic Pain

By Beth Darnall PhD on August 28, 2016 in Less Pain, Fewer Pills
Leverage yourself out of the chronic pain trap. Tap into resources—including pain psychology—that can help you feel better with fewer pills.

Suicide in Cancer Patients

Not surprisingly, suicide is an avenue of escape for more cancer patients than an equal cohort of their healthy counterparts. The cancer team must be alert to subtle warnings.

The Immune System and Psychiatry

Recent evidence demonstrates that the immune system plays a central role in regulating brain function.

Medical Mistakes Make It Dangerous to Go to a Hospital

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 18, 2016 in Saving Normal
Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US. Hospitals compete for patients by trying to be the fanciest hotel—not the safest and best place to get care.

Are Baby Boomers Becoming the Walking Disabled?

While it has not yet been scientifically quantified? Try to think about that extra ten steps you take for a mini exercise effort could add time to your lifespan. Isn't that great?

One Drug-Free Way to Reduce Your Risk of 5 Chronic Diseases

By Christopher Bergland on August 09, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A study published today offers a drug-free prescriptive that could reduce your risk of 5 chronic diseases. The best news: this remedy is inexpensive and universally accessible.

Many Commonly Used Drugs Are Useless

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 07, 2016 in Saving Normal
Drug company marketing muscle can turn useless meds into financial blockbusters.

MIndfulness Practices Relieve Lower Back Pain

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 04, 2016 in Cravings
Suffering from lower back pain? These mindfulness techniques may hold the key to relief.

Can a Cook Be Replaced by a Recipe?

Even manualized therapies need clinical thinkers.

Are You Overcommitted?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on July 30, 2016 in Inner Source
Is overcommitment wearing you out and causing illness? There are steps you can take to rebalance

Why Is Poor Balance Strongly Correlated With Dementia Risk?

A first-of-its-kind study has identified a strong link between poor balance and the risk of dementia in older age. What is the neuroscience behind this correlation?

Why Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still a Mystery?

After fifteen plus years of suffering from this illness with little relief from symptoms, I often feel forgotten by the medical community.