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Alternative Medicine

Behold the Beauty of Bhutan

Emily O'Dell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

Two weeks ago, I headed to the Himalayas for the adventure of a lifetime in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Since I was invited to speak at the Royal Palace...

Sleeping Giants

Jackie Stroka | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

In 2005, the U.S. Olympic Committee, in consultation with sleep expert Mark Rosekind, upgraded the rooms at its Colorado Springs training center. ...

Short Naps Help Us Course Correct

Jackie Stroka | Posted 11.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

But what do we do if, despite our best intentions, we're not getting the seven or eight hours a night of sleep we need? Researchers have found tha...

Cleaning the House of Medicine

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A recent report in JAMA Internal Medicine highlights prevailing medical practices that should be "reconsidered" in 2015 based on the weight of evidenc...

Insomnia and the Performance of U.S. Workers

Jackie Stroka | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

A 2011 Harvard Medical School study found that insomnia was significantly associated with lost work performance, and when projected onto the entir...

The Great British Sleep Survey

Jackie Stroka | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

As the Great British Sleep Survey found, poor sleepers are seven times more likely to feel helpless and five times more likely to feel alone. Thes...

Homeopathy and the FDA: Holding Medicine and Mayo to the Same Standards

Amy Porterfield Levy | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Amy Porterfield Levy

I think homeopathy is all nonsense but I'm not trying to ban it.If people want to buy magic water and pretend it does something, then by all means, they should knock themselves out. But why not label it correctly.

The Luxury of Golden Juicers and Smelly Sandwich Shops

Amy Porterfield Levy | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books
Amy Porterfield Levy

This book is an important reminder for us this holiday season to have gratitude that we live in a society where $2500 (hopefully golden) juicers exist and that we have such luxurious problems as worrying about what's in the bread (or the reason for that weird smell) at a sandwich shop.

Science and Medicine, Fools and Fanatics: The 'Fluidity' of Woo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The American College of Preventive Medicine recently completed a project, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, to advan...

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean of Toxins During Sleep

Jackie Stroka | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

A 2013 study on mice showed that during sleep the brain clears out harmful waste proteins that build up between its cells -- a process that may re...

Regular Sleep Helps Us Exercise Better

Jackie Stroka | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

Many of us know that regular exercise helps us sleep better, but what I discovered is that it's a two-way street. Regular sleep also helps us exerci...

Making a Case for Food Sensitivity Testing

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

While the phrases food allergy and food sensitivity have been used interchangeably in the past, they're actually quite different.

Redefining Mental Illness

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Like any science, mental health treatment is continually evolving as researchers, practitioners, and native experts such as me vigorously seek new methods that will produce better results. For me, this experimentation has led to several ideas about mental health and its treatment.

FDA Homeopathy Regulations: The Cruelty of False Hope

Amy Porterfield Levy | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Amy Porterfield Levy

I know these FDA regulations won't help with the quacks and predators out there and I don't actually believe that most homeopathic and alternative practitioners are bad people. All I'm asking is that they back up their claims with evidence.

The Sense of Scents

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 10.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Olivia Rosewood

Yes, for me it was love at first smell. It was called aromatherapy, and without science, without logic, I was in! I was eight years old, and my aunt...

What Are the Trends in the Sleep Industry Today And the Future of Sleep Technology?

Jackie Stroka | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

The Trend And Future Is In People Wanting To Increase The Sleep Experience Arianna Huffington recently asked Michael Breus, aka The Sleep Doctor q...

The Mozart Effect and Epilepsy

Tiffany Kairos | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

One researched remedy that I recently took notice of in my journey, entitled "The Mozart Effect," captured my interest and as someone who has a love for music, I decided that I would dig deeper into this Mozart Effect to grasp a better understanding in my pursuit for a cure.

Yoga Therapy vs. Yoga Class

Jennie Lee | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennie Lee

Yoga therapy is a holistic form of alternative medicine that applies the entire science of yoga to effect health and healing on an individual basis....

Sleep or How Little We Need Has Become a Symbol of Our Prowess

Jackie Stroka | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

Most of us fail to make good use of such an invaluable part of our lives. In fact, we deliberately do just the opposite. We think, mistakenly, that ...

There's a Reason Why Sleep Deprivation Is Classified As a Form of Torture

Jackie Stroka | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

Do We Want To Really Drag Ourselves Around Like Zombies? There's a reason why sleep deprivation is classified as a form of torture and is a common ...

The Latest Target of Regulation -- An Herbal Remedy That's Been Used Since Time Immemorial

Paul Alexander | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Now, in this climate of regulation, some states want to ban an herbal remedy called Kratom (botanical name Mitragyna speciosa), which is taken regularly by millions of people.

How to Stop Your Body From Attacking Itself

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

The immune system is your body's first line of defense against illness. It sends out cells to destroy invaders like bacteria and viruses. But for some people, this system turns on them, attacking healthy tissues and organs.

An Extra Hour of Sleep Can Do More for Daily Happiness Than a $60,000 Raise

Jackie Stroka | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

More and more scientific studies speak to the irrefutable benefits of sleep. A study published in Science even calculated that for the sleep depri...

Create a Personal Sleep Revolution and Thrive

Jackie Stroka | Posted 08.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

Third metric industries are beginning to take on the science of sleep combining the wisdom of ancient principles with modern technology. This has seen the most innovative companies aligning state-of-the-art wellness products that deal with everyday issues - discomfort, stress, health and well-being.

The FDA and Homeopathy: Can the Agency Bring Medicine Out of the 1700s?

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Ronald A. Lindsay

Although the FDA has jurisdiction over homeopathic products, it has to date essentially given homeopathic drugs a pass, and has not required them to demonstrate they are safe and effective. Why is that?