Omega-3 and Moist Compresses for Novel Approach to Dry Eyes

As many as 25% of Americans suffer from dry eyes or a related abnormality of the ocular surface. As this pilot study shows, a combination treatment of warm heat compresses and an Omega-3 fatty acid supplement can be an effective treatment option for dry eye disease (DED). Published in AlternativeRead …

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Interview with Bernard Bihari, MD: Low-dose Naltrexone for Normalizing Immune System Function

  Introduction   Bernard Bihari, MD, (1931-2010) was the discoverer of the clinical effects of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) in humans. In his groundbreaking clinical trial of patients with HIV/AIDS at Downstate Medical Center in 1985-86, Dr Bihari discovered the significant effectiveness of low-dose naltrexone in protecting the battered immune systems

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Shorter Influenza A Duration with Lianhuaqingwen

In this meta-analysis, the authors review the results of studies on the efficacy of lianhuaqingwen capsule (LHQW-C) compared with oseltamivir in treating influenza A virus infection. As this virus shows, the threat of pandemic influenza has remained a major, international public health concern.2 Rapid antigenic evolution in an influenza virus

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Drop Diastolic & Systolic Blood Pressure with Yoga

Drop Diastolic and Systolic Blood Pressure with Yoga

Lifestyle modification is a cornerstone of hypertension (HPT) treatment, yet most recommendations currently focus on diet and exercise and do not consider stress reduction strategies. Yoga is a spiritual path that may reduce blood pressure (BP) through reducing stress, increasing parasympathetic activation, and altering baroreceptor sensitivity; however, despite reviews on yoga and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and anxiety that suggest yoga may reduce BP, no comprehensive review has yet focused on yoga and HPT. By Anupama Tyagi, MA, PhD(c) and Marc Cohen MBBS(Hons), PhD, BMedSc(Hons), FAMAC, FICAE, published Alternative Therapies in Health Medicine, Vol. 20, No. 10.

Aristo Vojdani & Gulf War Veteran Research

Interview by Karen Burnett The following article is an interview with Aristo Vojdani, PhD, is a respected researcher, scientist, speaker and author. Dr. Vojdani’s work with Gulf War veterans was a defining discovery in understanding multifactorial diseases. Vojdani’s observations resulted in understanding how exposure to a variety of environmental conditions,

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Insight-motivated Learning: Improve Adherence for Treating Chronic Health Conditions

Why do patients resist prescriptive actions? Clearly their reasons are complex, reflecting intentional as well as nonintentional factors. Behavioral research suggests that people fail to follow prescriptive actions when they do not understand potential benefits, when they do not believe they can change, or when they lack an effective plan and reliable social support. Patients may feel uncomfortable about clinicians’ recommendations because they
do not feel understood or they feel they do not have the time or energy to make the necessary lifestyle changes due to recurrent work-family daily pressures. This report addresses a novel means to improve patient compliance, called Insight-Motivated Learning.

Personalized Integrative Approach to Chronic Fatigue

    Introduction The aim of this review is to explore modifiable environmental and physiological factors that may play a role in CFS/ME and to discuss the current evidence for corresponding treatments from an integrative perspective. Chronic unexplained fatigue is a very common clinical complaint. In primary care settings, an

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Interview with David M. Eisenberg, MD: Integrative Medicine Research Pioneer

Interview by Karolyn A. Gazella and Suzanne Snyder  David M. Eisenberg, MD, is the Director of the Osher Institute and the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass. He is also the Bernard Osher Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard

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Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  ABSTRACT Context • Given that the etiology of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is believed to be multidimensional, interventions generally have been nonspecific and typically produce only mild to moderate effects. In medical practice, treatment for CFS remains largely symptomatic. Preliminary evidence of the efficacy of acupuncture for CFS is

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Massage Increases Oxytocin, Reduces Adrenocorticotropin

Human beings are highly social creatures who often touch each other during social interactions. Although the physiologic effects of touch are not understood fully, it appears to sustain social bonds and to increase cooperative behaviors. Oxytocin (OT) is a hormone known to facilitate social bonding, and touch may affect OT release. Previous studies seeking to relate massage and oxytocin in humans have been inconsistent in their findings.