Yoga Improves Sleep Patterns in Women with Premenstrual Syndrome

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Women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) commonly complain of sleep disturbances, specifically in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. This study looked at the effects of yoga on quality of sleep of women experiencing PMS, as published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. It is well known that yoga

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Are Infectious Complications Following Probiotics an Underestimated Problem?

Probiotics seem to be everywhere. From dietary supplements to chocolate bars, these products are designed to improve one’s microbiome. Yet, there have been few serious evaluations of complications related to probiotic ingestion. This study presents a synthesis and critical evaluation of the reports and series of cases on the infectiousRead …

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Age-Related Immunity Loss May be the “Graying” of T Cells, says Harvard Research

Age-related immunity loss is more than evident in the elderly who suffer more serious complications from infections and benefit less from vaccination than the general population. Scientists have long known that a weakened immune system is to blame but the exact mechanisms behind this lagging immunity have remained largely unknown.Read …

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Iron Supplementation and the Increased Risk of Macular Degeneration

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Research in past decade shows that iron, from food and supplementation, may increase the risk of premature age-related macular degeneration. A recent study, published in Retina, outlines the importance of discussing this risk for patients who may be taking iron unknowingly – in a multi-vitamin or by self-indication – andRead …

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Expert Round-Table on Thyroid Immune Testing, Guidelines and Clinical Impact on Women’s Health

Diagnosing and treating thyroid conditions in women is extremely important, concluded a group of practitioners in a recent round-table discussion, “Thyroid Immune Testing – Guidelines, Testing Platforms, and Clinical Impact on Women’s Health,” and published in the Journal of Women’s Health. The goal of the Expert Panel Discussion was to

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The Gut-Brain Axis: Influence of Microbiota on Mood and Mental Health, with Jeremy Appleton, ND

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In this commentary, published in Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, by Jeremy Appleton, ND, he explains the gut-brain axis and its bidirectional communication network that links the enteric and central nervous systems. As he discusses, this network is not only anatomical, but it extends to include endocrine, humoral, metabolic, and

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Low-Dose Naltrexone for the Treatment of Psoriasis Vulgaris

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This case study presents a 60-year-old woman came to the clinic with a history of moderate, generalized plaque psoriasis covering 10% of her body surface area (BSA). Previous treatments included narrow-band UVB phototherapy (NBUVB). At her request, the physicians prescribed low-dose naltrexone (LDN) for a six-month period. The following isRead …

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Integrative Oncology: Making Appropriate Choices While Changing the Culture

By Santosh Rao, MD / I find it difficult to truly define integrative oncology. Statements about how we look after the “whole person”, pay attention to lifestyle and stress or even spirituality seem ambiguous and incomplete. All caregivers pay attention to these things, perhaps some more than others, but isRead …

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Intentions: A Major Source of Outcomes as Integrative Health Leaders

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By Bonnie Horrigan / As we engage in mindfulness meditation, or in other inward-looking practices such as self-reflection or contemplative prayer, we gradually become aware of the deeper aspects of ourselves and how those aspects affect the reality in which we live.  One of those aspects — our intentions —Read …

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Aspirin and EPA Show Promise for Reducing the Numbers of Precancerous Colon Polyps

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Both aspirin and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), reduced the number of precancerous colon polyps in patients found to be at high risk of developing bowel cancer, according to new research published in the journal Lancet. This study, called the seAFOod Trial, is the result of a multidisciplinaryRead …

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