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Alternative Medicine

So You Think You Have A Food Allergy

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

For those of us who find pleasure in eating, it seems like a daunting task to have to avoid a food that we've enjoyed in the past. However, many of my patients feel so much better health- and energy-wise after eliminating the food allergen that they feel it is a worthwhile trade.

How to Take Fewer Prescription Drugs

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Nations that take far fewer drugs than we do are healthier. Why?

Alternative Paths to Wellness a Political Act With Winners, Losers

Sienna Craig | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Sienna Craig

Who benefits when governments appeal to UNESCO to endorse a traditional medicine as intangible cultural heritage? Who loses and who gains when the FDA determines what can and cannot be called a "medicine"?

Additional Information You Want to Know About Garcinia Cambogia

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

I was recently on a national TV show that focused on fastest fat-burning supplements. The main supplement in question was Garcinia Cambogia. What I lo...

Mindful Medicine

Ira Israel | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

This is what Mindful Medicine is: looking at the big picture, regarding the body as a holistic mechanism and interpreting symptoms on a grander scale. That doesn't mean that we should not treat our ailments; it just means that having expanded perspectives on how our entire organisms are functioning might keep us healthy longer.

Five Steps to Treating Candida Overgrowth, Naturally

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Maura Henninger, N.D.

Most naturopaths will tell you that they spend a great deal of their time with patients treating yeast overgrowth, also called candidiasis, and the pe...

Creating a Community of Healers: Trauma Tapping Therapy in Congo

Rebecca Snavely | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Snavely

Nothing about Congo is black and white, but watching the women share their lives and care for each other and themselves, there are hues of hope in every story.

Herbal Brews Get Back To Their Roots

India Mandelkern | Posted 03.05.2014 | Taste
India Mandelkern

Herbal beers are thus vestiges of an age in which beer was consumed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

A South Pacific Root Could Be Promising Against Bladder Cancer

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living

Scientists are finding promise of a bladder cancer treatment -- one of the most common cancers in the U.S. -- in a South Pacific root called kava. ...

Hoping for a Child of Her Own

Joy Huber | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Joy Huber

When I talked with Hope on the phone I could really feel her deep desire for a child of her own! This incredible woman had devoted her career to giving so much "hope" helping other children, and as the time drew near for her to have her own family, suddenly that window was closing unexpectedly and rapidly.

Tools for Fighting Prostate Cancer

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

By providing a nutrient-rich environment via our food and supplements and incorporating rest, relaxation, and exercise into our daily life, our body's ability to fight the negative genes in their expression are improved.

Chronic Pain: A Blanket of Darkness

Jim Moret | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

I understand how people can become so desperate for relief that they will try just about anything. After all, when traditional avenues are all but exhausted, what choice does a patient really have? All our son wants is relief from his debilitating pain so he can enjoy the normal life of a teenager. Every day his mom and I pray that something will finally work so we can, at long last, lift the darkness and bring him back into the light.

Vitamins Can Help Prevent Heart Attacks

Leo Galland, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Leo Galland, M.D.

A series of articles published on Dec. 17 in a prestigious medical journal, The Annals of Internal Medicine, received a lot of press because of an edi...

Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health in 2013

John Weeks | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In 2006, I began publishing annual The Integrator Top 10 lists for the emerging field of integrative health and medicine. Since 2011, these have shown...

Feeling Tired and Achy? Here's Another Perspective to Think About

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Despite how common symptoms seem, there is no such thing as cookie-cutter medicine and each patient needs to be evaluated as though each case is in fact different, even if the symptoms seem common.

Salivary Testing for Hormone Levels: Good Idea or Not?

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

I would recommend using cortisol saliva testing if you need to figure out the severity of adrenal fatigue, but leave the other hormone testing to your serum tests, where the studies support more consistency to the results so that you get more for the money you are paying for your health.

Honoring How Powerful Consumers Known as Bravewell Implanted Integrative Medicine in the System

John Weeks | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

That alternative medicine is a consumer movement is well known. Less known or appreciated is how a powerful group of consumers shaped the movement to implant these alternatives into conventional treatment.

In Response to 'The Biggest Medical Discovery of Our Lifetimes'

Omar Shakir | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Omar Shakir

It is a dangerous assertion that functional medicine treats the patient as a whole whereas conventional medicine does not.

Inspirational Patients Allowing Mind and Body Balancing to Guide Recovery

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 11.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

One of the most significant aspects of a therapeutic alliance between a physician and a cancer patient is the creation of a relationship that helps the patient to build and strengthen mental and physical fortitude.

Is Acupuncture a Deception?

Dr. Jingduan Yang | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jingduan Yang

For centuries, acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been the sole medical system in many Asian countries. Unfortunately, our modern Western medical and scientific communities are just beginning to catch up.

An Alternative Approach to Treating Fibromyalgia

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

While treating the symptoms are essential for fibromyalgia patients, I've had greater success with fibromyalgia therapy by focusing on deficiencies of the body as well as removing any and all triggers that are causing inflammation in the body.

Knocking on Heaven's Door: My Near-Death Experience

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

If Vicki hadn't insisted on rushing me to the hospital, there is a good chance I would have died.

Natural Path to Healthier Bones

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

If you can make healthy anti-inflammatory lifestyle changes along with having an astute integrative practitioner guiding you while you are being safely monitored by your regular doctor, you'll probably be happy with your bone health results in the next few years.

Will Affordable Care Act's Alternative Medicine Coverage Establish Religion?

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

Critics question whether insurance should cover health-care treatments of questionable efficacy. There is potentially a bigger problem that few people have noticed -- the proverbial elephant in the room.

On Pins and Needles in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

When most people think of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, they don't think of the Middle East -- or Islam. I didn't either, until I moved to Beirut and asked a colleague where I could find an acupuncturist -- expecting to find none.