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Alternative Medicine

Caring for Our Internal Pharmacy

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

The world's best 'pharmacy' exists inside each and every one of us. It doesn't require us to make a lot of complex decisions, but our 'pharmacy' does have some caveats for operating well.

Why Childhood Trauma Can Lead to PTSD, and How Tapping Can Help

Nick Ortner | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Nick Ortner

The simple and undeniable truth now reflected to us in our very genes is that our feelings are intricately connected with our physiology and must be considered when we encounter any kind of distress, be it emotional or physical. We must address our entire being if we truly hope to heal.

New Medicine Is a Comprehensive Road Map to Integrative Medicine

Tory Zellick | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty
Tory Zellick

New Medicine is a comprehensive road map to all things integrative medicine, and Peters and Pelletier have done an amazing job of simplifying complex ideas and diverse modalities -- making them accessible and understandable to the lay reader.

Maitake: The Magnificent 'Dancing' Mushroom

Paul Stamets | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

Feeding upon the dead roots of aging trees, maitake mushrooms emerge from dark grey mounds that form a few inches under the soil at that base of the tree. From the underside of their flaring leaf-like protrusions, white spores dust the ground below or are sent adrift into the wind.

Dr. Jim Nicolai Interview: Why Integrative Wellness Rules

Laura Cococcia | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Cococcia

"Health and wellness are intertwined. I define health not as just 'the absence of disease' but as wholeness, balance, and resilience. Wellness is the feeling you have when you are moving toward health or you in fact are there."

Faith As Inoculation At Tokyo's Health Temples

Gail Nakada | Posted 04.27.2013 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Koganji has been drawing hopeful health seekers to Sugamo since 1656. Believers come to pray to the powerful Togenuki Jizo statue.

7 Acupuncture Side Effects That You Should Know About

Sara Calabro | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Sara Calabro

There are other, less-pleasant side effects of acupuncture. None are life-threatening, and all typically are fleeting. Still, they are good to be aware of so that if you do experience them, you know they're normal and nothing to be too concerned about.

Integrative Medicine: Get the Best of Both Worlds for Your Loved One

Tory Zellick | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Tory Zellick

We live at an exciting crossroads in the world of health care. Ancient medical systems like Ayurveda and traditional chinese medicine are as accessible as modern medical treatments like pharmaceuticals and surgery.

Fighting Cancer: New Uses for Old Drugs

Dan K. Morhaim, M.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan K. Morhaim, M.D.

Opportunities are being missed, and time and money are being wasted. We all know people who are struggling with cancer and the intense challenges of the current treatment protocols. The needs are urgent and the time to act is now.

Premature Reports of Nails in CAM's Coffin: Of Miracles and Money

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many unpatentable modalities in the realm of complementary and alternative medicine do not inspire huge and costly trials. We need such trials to know for sure what does and doesn't work. In the absence of them, we need to avoid a rush to judgment.

Are You Keeping Secrets From Your Doctor?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of people are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) these days -- things like vitamins, homeopathic or herbal medicine, chiropractors, acupuncture or massage therapy. But they don't always tell their doctors about it.

Catherine Pearson

More Kids Being Treated With Alternative Medicine, But Is It Safe?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents

Children with chronic health conditions are regularly treated with alternative therapies, according to a new Canadian study that suggests the use of s...

Suzanne Somers: Adam Lanza's Diet May Have Contributed To Newtown Shooting

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 01.10.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

The country's leaders are busy debating gun control following the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., but Suzanne Somers says ...

What To Expect In Integrative Medicine For 2013

Loren Fishman, MD | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Loren Fishman, MD

Yoga isn't the only "alternative therapy" that can help patients achieve better outcomes than pills and medical procedures alone. My prediction is that 2013 will see more and more physicians like myself who have added more than conventional Western medicines to their treatments.

Can Multivitamins Help Us With Cancer Risks?

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

When you do a search on the Internet, there are abundant studies that suggest both for and against vitamins -- so what are we to make of all the results? Should we or should we not take multivitamins?

An Integrative Medicine Guide to Better Health

Dr. Soram Khalsa | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Soram Khalsa

When organs dysfunction, we get a whole host of symptoms that doctors see so often in their practice. Without the integrative model, these health problems can only be treated symptomatically.

Doctor Plans 'Anti-Inflammatory' Restaurant In D.C.

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.14.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The science may be sketchy, but how's the food? Alternative medicine kingpin Dr. Andrew Weil, a founder of the True Food Kitchen rest...

How Weddings Keep Patients Alive

well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 12.06.2012 | Weddings

As my patient looked on, his wife took the framed photograph out of a nondescript manila mailer, the type with bubble wrap on the inside, and handed i...

Dealing With a Diagnostic Dilemma: What Would You Do?

Liz Sterling, M.A. | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Liz Sterling, M.A.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, I turn 55, and I pause at the irony of life bringing an uncertain diagnosis at this turning point. Have you had moments that you knew were turning points in self-discovery?

CFO Magazine Urges Fortune 500 Firms to Explore Cost Savings Via Alternative and Integrative Medicine

John Weeks | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The big money in complementary and integrative medicine fields and their preventive and health-promoting focus that CFO Magazine's McCann notes is not in churning services. It is in saving money by limiting services.

The Homeopathic Option for Whooping Cough

Larry Malerba, D.O. | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Malerba, D.O.

Clinical experience indicates that homeopathic medicine is a viable option for pertussis. However, mainstream medicine's general unwillingness to consider any therapy that is not manufactured by PhRMA tends to blind it to potentially new and/or unexplored treatments.

Not Trying to Get Your Way May Make You Happier

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

We want to plan. We want to control. We want to be ready and look our best and come out on top. But controlling for what is coming is no guarantee you are going to make the most of what comes -- in fact, it's probably going to hinder our ability to get the most out of it.

Think Outside the Box

Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld

The beauty of integrative medicine is it is a paradigm of health optimization. It is a paradigm that can ultimately improve the quality of the life experience. If there are people out there who object to this, then I must ask what they have to lose by embracing change.

Our Changing Relationship With Our Health

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

For many patients, their naturopathic doctor helps to bridge their medical care and their everyday life. When we take time to understand them, answer questions, and show how things are related, patients feel they are a partner in their health care, not merely a subject.

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect (Part 3)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

One key to an entirely new kind of medicine is suggested by the placebo effect. But for this promise to come true, we need to see placebos as part of a holistic system.