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Holistic Medicine

From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: Why Can't We Touch This?

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Taste
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

The term "farm-to-table" may be used ad nauseum these days and it means different things to different people. One of the most powerful aspects of buying local ingredients is the opportunity it presents for one to touch them.

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

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | 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...

Does God Make House Calls?

Don McNay | Posted 06.25.2015 | Books
Don McNay

The whole concept of miracles is something that I am still getting my arms around. I had major ones happen in my lifetime, but the first time I ever shared them in public was when I wrote the forward to Jim's book.

Can a Compound in Red Wine Help Fight Cancer? How Supplements Can Be Promising Disease-Fighters

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

The hope is that, in the future, cancer patients may be able to take a resveratrol-derived drug to help their bodies become more sensitive to chemotherapy -- and help those drugs destroy those cancer cells once and for all.

Driven to Heal: One Man's Road From Diagnosis to a Vibrant Life

Elan Barnehama | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
Elan Barnehama

In 1997 Jon Chandonnet was set to receive his Master's Degree from MIT and begin a job with a promising tech startup. He was disciplined, focused, ex...

Curing and Healing

Martin Marty | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Instead, back to Alcabes' question, "Is healing important?" which we might extend to ask: is it important to deal with this in a column on religion and American public life?

Treating the Root Cause of IBS: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Maura Henninger, N.D.

The small intestine is full of bacteria, and that's a good thing: We need a robust population of bacteria in both the small and large intestine to stay healthy. But when there are too many of the wrong kind of bacteria in the inappropriate place, symptoms like the above arise.

Holism, Holes and Poles

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The trouble with holistic medicine, or integrative medicine, is less the holes that can be poked in it by self-proclaimed sentinels of evidence, and more our prevailing tendency to gravitate to diametric poles. The best way forward is the road less traveled, which lies, as it often does, in the middle.

Real Fish vs. Fish Oil: And the Winner Is...

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Nowadays, we hear a lot from people that eating fish is good for us... but I also get a lot of questions from my patients on whether there is such a thing as too much fish.

25 Complaints My Son Will Share With His Future Therapist

Leyna Juliet Weber | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
Leyna Juliet Weber

For years, Elmo was a furry guy who existed only on T-shirts. When you finally saw him walk and talk, you practically sh*t yourself.

From Farm-to-Face, Green Cosmetics and Skincare: An Interview With Brenda Brock

Omega Institute | Posted 02.01.2015 | Style
Omega Institute

Brenda Brock is founder of Farmaesthetics and a well-regarded trailblazer in the green cosmetics movement. Read her take on the changing face of skincare and discover a DIY green gift idea for the coming season.

Putting The Mind And Soul Back Into Psychiatry

Allen Frances | Posted 02.01.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

We must get back to treating the whole person, not just his brain circuits. The brain is involved in all we do and what we are, but it is also itself influenced by our psychology and social context.

Slow Living Is Healthy Living

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Across time and throughout the world, human beings have swung a pendulum from one end of the spectrum to another in an attempt to find balance. It's p...

Turkey With Olives And Tzatziki? Why A Mediterranean Thanksgiving Can Improve Your Health

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

When the Mediterranean diet began making the rounds in the health and diet world, it immediately caught my attention. Could a traditional diet increase vitality, health, and lower the risk of heart disease or other medical conditions? Do we now have a reason to eat more Greek salads, olives and hummus?

The Picture of Health: My Secret Struggle to Convince Western Medicine I Was Sick

Sarah Jacobs | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Jacobs

People think I grew up with green juice in my sippy cup and kale chips alongside my chicken fingers. But it's just not so. It's been a long-time learning experience for me, too.

The Movember Momentum and You: How Mustaches Are Changing Men's Health Beyond Cancer

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

It doesn't matter what gender you are. Movember can be a great way to finally allow yourselves or your loved ones to open up and share any health concerns you may have, be they mental, physical, or preventative.

Vitamin D vs. Common Cold: And the Winner Is...

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Now that winter is basically knocking at our door, many of us will have to face the most common and dreaded disease in America: the common cold. Upper...

Diversifying the Healthcare Workforce: Holistic Admissions Makes a Difference

Santa J. Ono | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Santa J. Ono

Whether it's new tests, tools and treatments or the reforms in the ways people access and pay for care, health care is always evolving. Yet we're still struggling to change the health care workforce.

Paradoxically, Slow Medicine Is the Best Quick Fix for Your Health

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Hyman, M.D. -- a leading functional medicine doctor and author of numerous books, including The Bloo...

Nature vs. Nurture: Is Your Body a Slave to Your DNA?

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

As technology becomes more accessible, it's become easier for individuals to attain in-depth DNA reports in addition to their family history. Knowledge is power, and understanding both your genetic make-up and lifestyle is the key.

The Common Principles of Slow Food and Slow Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In our mad dash towards instant gratification and easy comfort, we continue to consume empty calories that yield chronic diseases that we address pharmaceutical interventions.

Cognitive Function and Its Impact on Chronic Pain

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

We all know that pain can cause all kinds of issues with our brain function, including making it hard for us to think or behave as we used to behave p...

Softer Care For Harder Cases, Of Ebola And Everything Else

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for Ebola containment, holistic thinking is clearly essential. Control of an outbreak is not limited to treating the sick, but managing the social network of every index case.

The Nature of Medicine, and the Medicine of Nature

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Over time, the nature of medicine has changed. There is ever less time with patients. There is ever more reliance on technology and drugs. These can offer powerful benefits, but at times there are kinder, gentler modalities to get the same job done.

Stop Exercising, Doctor's Orders!

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

So stop exercising, and pick up a shovel to get your garden ready for next year. Hike with friends up the mountain. Dance by the seaside, and let the sound of the waves stir your heart. Soak up the clean, refreshing air, and deepen your appreciation for the gifts of the natural world.