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Holistic Medicine

Healing and the Power of Yoga

Kripalu | Posted 07.18.2014 | 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 07.18.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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.

Integrative Mental Health and the Healing Power of Connection

Elana Miller, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elana Miller, MD

Is reducing mental illness to a gene study and a lab test really what patients deserve? Is this more important than listening to their stories and understanding the social and psychological environment in which their symptoms developed and are maintained?

Lose Weight, Find Health? Sleep On It

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have long known that sleep is of profound importance to health. We can't be too busy to get the sleep we need, unless we are also too busy to get the health and weight control we want.

Breathing, Manual Therapy and Breast Cancer Recovery

Carla Melucci Ardito | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Carla Melucci Ardito

It's breast cancer awareness month, and Dr. Alexes Hazen, a breast surgeon at NYU Langone Medical Center, Tamar Amitay, of Thrive Physical Therapy,...

Treating Fibromyalgia, Naturally

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Maura Henninger, N.D.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that mimics other diseases (Lyme, lupus, arthritis, to name a few) so doctors who are used to looking for certain types of problems will often miss it altogether. Often, these patients are dismissed as hypochondriacs.

Beating on Wheat and Raining on Grains: What's Really Making Us Fat and Stupid?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The reality is that we can't eat the foods our Stone Age ancestors ate, because their foods don't exist now, and our foods didn't exist then. The best we can do is approximate the native.

True Health Care Reform

Christine Page, MD | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Christine Page, MD

True health reform is not about spending more money, taking more drugs or having more tests. It's about a collaborative relationship between the patient, their body and health care professionals, all of whom are focused on what is best for the patient and not only on financial advantages.

Keep Your Cures Off My Cancer

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

Since my diagnosis a year and a half ago, I've received countless recommendations for purported cures and treatments for cancer. Most have been respectful and well-intentioned recommendations from friends and family members. Others, maybe not so much.

Losing Weight: You Can Gut It Out

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Maura Henninger, N.D.

The evidence is mounting: Get your gut back to equilibrium, and health will follow. But how does one go about this, exactly?

Holistic vs. Fragmented Health Care

Dr. Denise Nagel | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Denise Nagel

While I applaud educating physicians to be better communicators, a prescriptive "say this... not that" as suggested in the Wall Street Journal is not going to solve the problem. Genuine empathy is only partly conveyed by the words you say.

Gluten: The Greatest Enemy of Clear Skin

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Maura Henninger, N.D.

Because gluten-sensitive people cannot properly digest gluten, these large molecules enter the bloodstream, and the immune system recognizes them as invaders, activating an immune response that increases inflammation, which in turn can result in acne.

Licensure for Naturopathic Doctors

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

It's time for all states to pass legislation to license naturopathic doctors. Let's establish the laws that create minimum standards that give health care consumers the chance to choose naturopathic doctors to put on their health care teams if they want to.

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?

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.

The Urbanite's Guide To Beating Insomnia

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 11.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Maura Henninger, N.D.

Reestablishing sleep patterns without the use of pharmaceuticals is not only possible but also preferable when you think about the drawbacks of sustained sleeping pill use. It requires a delicate and highly personalized approach including nutrition, botanicals and lifestyle changes.

Back to School: Pause to Prepare

Stephen Cowan, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Stephen Cowan, M.D.

This time of transition can be a wonderful opportunity for your family to pause and prepare your child for the coming school year with a sense of heightened joy and anticipation.