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Generic Drugs Live Down to Expectations

Generic drugs have an image problem, and it could be affecting your health.

Some Philosophical Musings on Food

Only a philosopher can ask, 'What is the metaphysical coefficient of lemon?'

It’s Not 'All in Your Head.' It’s in Your Brain.

Why we should not use the term 'psychosomatic'

Fear and Anxiety Affect the Health and Life Span of Dogs

Increased stress can shorten the lifespans of both humans and dogs

Recent Posts on Integrative Medicine

Pressures on Your Therapist Not to Be Psychologically-Minded

A psychologically-minded therapist is to mainstream psychology like a person practicing a forbidden religion.

Doctor Prescribes a Reality Check for Homeopathy

By Guy P. Harrison on November 22, 2015 About Thinking
Homeopathic products are popular these days. What does a doctor say about them?

Your Precuneus May Be the Root of Happiness and Satisfaction

Neuroscientists have identified a possible location of happiness and satisfaction in the human brain.

Light Therapy Can Help Treat Depression Year-Round

A new study reports that bright light therapy can help treat both seasonal and nonseasonal depression.

Why Must Childbirth Be So Challenging?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 How We Do It
Childbirth is excruciatingly painful because a baby’s relatively large head passes through a woman's narrow pelvis. A tight limit on head size explains why more brain growth occurs after birth and why babies are relative helpless for the first year. But a new view is that birth timing is constrained not by the pelvis but by an upper limit on the mother’s energy turnover.

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation and Pain Relief

This post offers a comprehensive overview of the latest scientific findings on how mindfulness meditation can reduce social and physical pain at a neurobiological level.

Chocolate: Food of the Gods

Read about some of the lesser-known facts about the benefits of chocolate and about its traditional use in this region.

The Black Stork Rises

By Elliot Hosman J.D. on October 26, 2015 Genetic Crossroads
With debate over the new field of eugenics in 1917, surgeon Harry Haiselden decided to make a movie illustrating his opposition to medical intervention to save the lives of babies born with disabilities. That film was entitled "The Black Stork."

Do Comfort Foods Really Comfort?

Why is comfort food so comforting?

Listening to Placebo, Especially in the U.S.

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 23, 2015 Side Effects
Why is the placebo effect intensifying among Americans—and why now?

Lessons on Addiction: Learned and Not Yet Learned

Even away from reality show lights, Lamar Odom could not escape the glare of public scrutiny. Although there are well documented facts about the disease of addiction, which are important topics of discussion on television shows to make the public aware, that, in and of itself, is not a license to speculate or surmise facts about ndividuals who suffer from addiction.

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.

Medical Marijuana: The Science Behind THC and CBD

Although marijuana remains a Schedule I substance with the Drug Enforcement Agency, medicinal marijuana continues to make headway in today’s medical society and is stirring up controversy. Only in the past couple of decades have scientists begun to understand the specific medical benefits of the two main ingredients in marijuana: THC and CBD.

Why Do Clinicians Need to Know About Nutrition?

Every person can benefit from a holistic approach to restore mental health without the use of pharmaceuticals. The question the clinician must answer is: Who will choose to or be able to benefit from this approach?

The Short Life and Eugenic Death of Baby John Bollinger

By Elliot Hosman J.D. on October 12, 2015 Genetic Crossroads
In 1915, Dr. Harry Haiselden decided not to operate to save the life of a baby born with disabilities. His controversial choice sparked a massive public debate over the responsibilities of medical doctors, the rights of individuals with disabilities, and the new and dangerous field of eugenics.

The Upward Spiral of Healthy Behaviors and Positive Emotions

A new study from Penn State found that people who reported more positive emotions were more likely to be physically active and have healthier habits. Which came first, the positive emotions or the healthy habits?

Depression Treatment Stinks. What Next?

Reinventing the wheel has not produced better wheels. The treatment options for depression need to become widened and opened up - with the emphasis on improving overall health.

OxyContin for Kids? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

By Dan Mager MSW on October 01, 2015 Some Assembly Required
We know that teenagers are at a higher risk for addiction than adults because of their immature brain development. And we know from significant demonstrated history that even if prescribed with the best of intentions, expanding the availability of opioid pain medications can have unforeseen and tragic consequences.

The Vicious Circle of Ignorance

Applying strategies for cancer denial to students who hide their ignorance

Acupuncture for Stress and Depression? Yes, Please!

Are you looking for an alternative (or addition) to medication for depression and anxiety? Acupuncture just may be your answer.

Circadian Rhythm, Light and PTSD

By Leslie E. Korn Ph.D. on September 26, 2015 Rhythms of Recovery
PTSD, chronic pain (fibromyalgia), and sleep problems are all characterized by circadian rhythm imbalance. In order to understand more fully the disruption of rhythm and time perception caused by trauma, it is useful to explore the role of circadian rhythm, light, and the pineal gland.

4 Surprising Things that Expand Your Waistline

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on September 23, 2015 Minding the Body
Waistlines are growing faster than BMI levels. Here are four culprits you might not suspect.

Want a Release? Myofascial Release Gave Me a New Body

If you're feeling tight and out of kilter, don't assume the problem is outside of you. Your fascia connect up every cell in your body and if they are stuck, you are stuck. You can feel good now by releasing your fascia.

10 Health Tips from Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine

By Susan Biali M.D. on September 01, 2015 Prescriptions for Life
Ten top health and lifestyle tips for better sleep, weight loss, exercise and more, from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

All About Coconuts: The Perfect Food

Coconut is a premiere food for mental health and brain function.

The Best Clinical Story Ever?

Great clinical stories teach us how to think, they liberate the mind from its ruts, and most importantly thy raise the bar of excellence to counter complacency and mediocrity.

"Please empathize with me, Doctor!”

The doctor/patient relationship has been the central instrument of healing throughout the history of medicine, but has become a lost art. We have to teach doctors to better understand their patients so that they can become better healing instruments.

ADHD Medication May Enhance Hypnotizability

Hypnosis, an enhanced state of inner focus, can be an effective tool for improving a range of symptoms, including those related to mood and learning. The ADHD drug methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin) has been shown to increase hypnotizability in a sample of patients with ADHD and thus may enable patients to benefit from adding hypnosis to their treatment regimens.

How to Balance Rhythms to Enhance Trauma Treatment

The major rhythmic disruption in PTSD and complex trauma is circadian rhythm; the 24 hr. sleep/wake cycle that follows the dark/light cycle of the sun’s rising and setting.

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.