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Holistic Medicine

The Common Principles of Slow Food and Slow Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.27.2014 | 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 10.18.2014 | 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 10.16.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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.

How To Vacation Your Way To A Better You

SmarterTravel | Posted 09.23.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

Do something good for yourself on your next getaway. Book a trip that will have a lasting impact on your health and well-being. Maybe it's a yoga retr...

When Your Adult Daughter Moves Home After a Breakup

Amy D. Cohen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Women
Amy D. Cohen

Walking away from a relationship that isn't fulfilling you anymore is a huge right of passage for our daughters. And if they trust us enough to come to us for help during this journey, how lucky are we?

Nutrition for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

When you think about rheumatoid arthritis, you should look at it from the perspective of what you should take in or eat and what you should remove from your life and diet in regards to helping your body become healthier.

Slow Medicine Is the Medicine of the Future

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., M.D.(hc) -- clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and professor of public health at the Universit...

This Form Of Medicine Works To Prevent Ailments, Not Just Treat Them

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living

A truly effective healthcare system focuses not just on treatment, but on prevention of chronic diseases. James Maskell, host of The Evolution of M...

Finding A Holistic Way To Treat An Anxiety Disorder

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living

40 million Americans suffer from general anxiety disorder, but just a third of them receive treatment. How do those with anxiety deal with panic attac...

Signs That Thyroid Disease May Have Been Missed by Your Doctor

Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD

You needn't have a medical background to know my symptoms were not normal. My hairdresser was watching my hair fall out by the handfuls for months, and she kept asking me about potential thyroid issues.

Are There Other Options Besides Medications for Gout and Osteoarthritis?

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Obesity and being overweight are linked to higher disease state complications and progression of both gout and osteoarthritis. So getting yourself into target weight is important for joint health.

What If Buildings Could Function As Medicine?

Matt Murrie | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Matt Murrie

If both medications and the environment make physiological and neurological changes in us, could it be possible to design the environment to both engender and habituate attributes and behaviors in ourselves in order to prevent, or even reverse, diseases and disorders?

Healthy Family, Healthy You

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Remember: The whole point of getting well is enjoying our time on this planet, and harmonious relationships are key to our overall health. When we nourish our family relationships, we ultimately nourish ourselves.

Healing and the Power of Yoga

Kripalu | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

I am grateful to be part of this ever-unfolding ancient healing path, and pleased to see these tools being incorporated into contemporary medical thought. Like two wings of a bird, these old and new approaches balance and support us in achieving the health and well-being we seek.

Restoring the Heart and Art of Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

After years of frustration churning through this system myself, unable to help patients get truly better, I left the world of conventional medicine and entered that of integrative medicine, which draws from the best of conventional, complementary, and alternative modalities of healing. My own journey led me beyond integrative medicine and into a realm I call "slow medicine."

For Optimal Health, Savor Your Life

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In our fast-paced world, we are used to looking for quick-fix solutions to our health challenges, not realizing that these "solutions" in fact may contribute to our problems.

Yoga Therapy's Potential: An Interview With Dr. Kausthub Desikachar

Rowan Lommel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Rowan Lommel

I recently interviewed Dr. Kausthub Desikachar by email. He began studying yoga when he was 9 years old under the guidance of his teacher and fathe...

Surrounded by Angels

Hannah Foxley | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Hannah Foxley

Today I have realized that I am surrounded by angels. They have appeared over the past year in many different guises, but nevertheless I feel that the...

Five Steps to Treating Candida Overgrowth, Naturally

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 05.13.2014 | 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...

'Can I Take These Walnuts Out of My Vagina?': Navigating Alternative Healing*

Toni Nagy | Posted 05.04.2014 | Comedy
Toni Nagy

I just do what any normal person does when faced with an unknown ailment -- I look up my symptoms on the Internet, think for a moment that I have the Ebola virus, cry, realize I don't and it's just a bug bite, and then try to find a cure for the itching.

Medical Students Discuss 'Red Flags' About the Future of Health Care

David Freudberg | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
David Freudberg

In the din of polemics and punditry about health care reform, we have not heard much from one vitally important voice: that of young people now attending medical school, to whom we will entrust the future of health care.

Digger Dog's Holistic Triumph Over Legg-Calves Perthes Disease

Tricia Spencer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Tricia Spencer

This debilitating degenerative disease is seen primarily in small dogs, and Digger is a rambunctious mix of terrier, Chihuahua and dachshund, so he's just about got the "small dog" market cornered.

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.