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Alternative Medicine

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 reduce...

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 exercise...

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 que...

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. I...

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 su...

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 st...

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 deprived,...

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?

Getting a Grip on Heart Health

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

Grip strength may also be a therapy of heart disease. Isometric training for blood pressure management has been studied since at least 1992 and has been found to lower both systolic and diastolic pressures.

Raise a Glass? The Story Behind Alcohol and Breast Cancer

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

It all largely depends on your own personal risks for breast cancer and comfort level. Alcohol's effect on breast cancer risk does exist, although more studies are needed to fully define just how much.

The Daily Nightmare of Benzo Withdrawal

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

After being put on Clonazepam in her mid-thirties to treat her panic attacks, Dr. Jennifer Leigh remained on the drug for 18 years. Without ever devia...

A Tale of Two Heart Failure Trials

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

Late in 2014 two major medical studies were published focusing on improving the results for CHF, one with a new pharmaceutical agent and one with a nutritional supplement. It is worth reviewing the two studies and the likely impact they will have.

Dog Medicine

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rose Kumar, M.D.

When the Man waked up he said, "What is Wild Dog doing here?' And the Woman said, 'His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he...

Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong

Dr. Denise Nagel | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Denise Nagel

Can I say for sure that it has worked for me? Not with a double blind study, but I do believe that my investigations have led me to a plan which has helped me and maybe could help you, too.

7 Surprising Ways Your Chronic Disease Benefits You

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 06.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

Surrendering doesn't mean you put on the rose-colored glasses and pretend your life is full of sunshine, glitter and butterflies. It's accepting your current situation and acknowledging the potential benefits and opportunities your chronic health struggles are bringing into your life.

Doctors Have a Moral Responsibility to Discuss Alternatives to Conventional Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 05.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

A growing number of scientific studies underscore the need for more training in and, by extension, dialogue about alternatives to conventional medicin...

The Possible Disease-Fighter in Your Spice Rack: The Many Benefits of Turmeric

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

When it comes to most types of cancer, Southeast Asia tends to have lower rates of incidence compared to the rest of the world. (1) What's their secre...