Essential Reads

What Happens When Partners Fight Chronic Pain Together?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
When one partner battles chronic pain, both partners suffer. A new treatment program offers hope—and lessons that can strengthen any relationship.

At Last the Government Is Recognizing Who Owns Your Health

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on June 06, 2017 in Patient Power
What's more personal than your own individual genetic identification? A recent FDA decision on genetic tests represents a major shift in who truly owns your health: You.

How Common Is PTSD In Primary Care Settings?

New data suggests that PTSD is common in primary care settings. Are patients getting the attention they need for this condition?

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.

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Andrew Weil: Coincidences in an Amazing Life

Coincidences in the professional life of a major contributor to the advancement of medicine.

A Diverse Spectrum of Positive Emotions Reduces Inflammation

Experiencing a wide range of daily positive emotions such as being calm, cheerful, enthusiastic, excited, inspired, etc. can reduce systemic inflammation, according to a new study.
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Where Do Gerontologists Fit on Interdisciplinary Teams?

By Christina M. Pierpaoli on June 18, 2017 in Eng(aging)
Gains in longevity have introduced clinical complexities that require diverse skills and perspectives. Where do gerontologists sit at the table?

Mind-Body Practices Downregulate Inflammation-Related Genes

A new systematic review of research on mind-body interventions reports that practices such as meditation or yoga can downregulate the genetic expression of inflammatory cytokines.

The Plant Paradox: Are All Vegetables Good for Us?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on June 17, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is it possible that hidden lectins in our foods are harming us?

How Accurate Is the Medical Advice on TV?

We see medical doctors doling out advice on TV every day. But how accurate is their guidance?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Striking Story

Julie Rehmeyer’s book is an excellent read even if you have no interest in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She is a great writer, so the book stands on its own as a page-turning memoir.

A Contextual Path to De-Stigmatizing Mental Illness

Is de-stigmatizing mental illness by making it equivalent to the physical a flawed solution?

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on May 31, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
At the American Pain Society Annual Meeting, transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) once again was discussed as a non-drug option for the treatment of chronic pain.

Kindness Towards Oneself and Others Tones Your Vagus Nerve

Having compassion towards yourself and others is the key to creating an "upward spiral" of well-being as marked by healthier vagal tone in your vagus nerve.

The Film "All the Rage" and Psychosomatic Pain

Psychosomatic disorders may appear to be purely physical but they originate in emotions that are unconscious or dissociated from consciousness.

Awe Engages Your Vagus Nerve and Can Combat Narcissism

Recent research shows that experiencing a sense of awe promotes the "small self" and can combat narcissism by activating the parasympathetic vagal response to "tend-and-befriend."

Narrative Expressive Journaling Could Help Your Vagus Nerve

A new study found that "narrative expressive journaling" (in which you create a storyline with self-distancing) reduces stress better than extremely emotional "expressive writing."

The Evolving Evidence on Chiropractors for Low Back Pain

The traditional medical establishment has long frowned upon chiropractic care for lower back pain—until now.

Face-to-Face Connectedness, Oxytocin, and Your Vagus Nerve

A new study reports that oxytocin "love hormone" levels surge during a romantic crisis. These findings reaffirm a link between the vagus nerve and our need to "tend-and-befriend."

The Rising Tide of Caesarean Births

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in How We Do It
C-sections have been multiplying out of control worldwide. Evidence for side-effects has mounted in tandem, but in the USA at least it seems that the tide may have turned.

Yoga Lifts Depression & Helps You Flex when Wound Too Tight

Controlling your breath can open the space that allows you to control your mood without any conscious effort on your part.

A Vagus Nerve Survival Guide to Combat Fight-or-Flight Urges

The vagus nerve's ability to lower stress and reduce inflammation has been underutilized for too long. This post offers nine easy "vagal maneuvers" to stimulate your vagus nerve.

Can You Know Your True Self?

How do you access your True Self? How is the True Self defined and does it have significance in your life?

Is Yoga a treatment for Type 2 Diabetes?

An endocrinologist reveals why the most potent prescription for diabetes may not be a pill.

The Secret of Dealing With Fear and Stress

What are effective management strategies to deal with fear and stress?
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Integrative Medicine Gains Momentum: East Meets West

Is Integrative Medicine right for you?

When Biomedical Research Fails

By Jef Akst on April 08, 2017 in DIY Medicine
After being diagnosed with ALS, Ben Harris researched and tried myriad experimental treatments, charting his progress openly online every step of the way.

Emerging Methods for Assessing Causes of Depressed Mood

Conventional approaches to identify the causes of depressed mood are limited. Emerging assessment approaches are shedding new light on treatable causes of depression.

The Tipping Point Toward Mental Health

By Julie K. Hersh on April 06, 2017 in Struck By Living
Dr. Madhukar Trivedi and Dr. Vikram Patel suggest a change in mental health care to promote early detection and better treatment and ensure longer-term wellness.

A Mindful Approach to Supporting Bereaved Parents

Supporting grieving parents can be supremely challenging. Here are some simple ways to boost your effectiveness and feelings of confidence as you do this important work.

No Walking Away from the Pain of Depression

By Mark Borigini M.D. on March 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Despite the impact of depressive symptoms on the experience of OA knee pain, the condition is not recognized by adequate numbers of rheumatologists and orthopedists.

Drawing a Picture of Health: An Art Therapy Guide

If you are currently being treated for cancer or are a survivor, try "drawing a picture of health" as part of your wellness plan. It's integrative medicine for mind and body.

Ginkgo Biloba for Mild to Moderate Dementia

If you or a loved one are thinking about trying Ginkgo for a memory problem, first review the evidence. Findings for Ginkgo in dementia are inconsistent.

Dietary Changes Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Are you worried about developing Alzheimer's disease? Simple dietary changes can reduce your risk.