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.

Chronic Inflammation and the Western Diet

Chronic inflammation is the 21st century’s leading health epidemic. It is the single common factor that contributes to the development and progression of chronic illnesses, many of which can be caused and modified by diet. As seen in this commentary by John Neustadt, ND, pathologies once viewed as unrelated are now grouped into the category of “inflammatory disease” including: atherosclerosis, dementia, arthritis, vasculitis, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases. In this report, Neustadt reviews the anti-inflammatory benefits of a “prudent diet,” including the Paleolithic diet and the Mediterranean diet. Though the Paleo diet is more restrictive in grain, legumes, dairy and potato consumption than the Med diet, both have significant overlap in macro and micro-nutrients.

Antioxidants: Redefining Their Roles

The cellular environment is sensitive to the presence of free radicals, which are molecules with unpaired electrons. The most common types of free radicals are formed from the elements oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, sulfur, and chlorine. Cells continually need to balance redox potential (the tendency to gain or lose electrons). This potential can be skewed toward oxidation (a tendency to lose electrons), called oxidative stress, or reduction (a tendency to gain electrons), called reductive stress.

Why Joe Pizzorno Says You Need to Know Alessio Fasano, MD

It’s not often that you hear a doctor use words like “remarkable” and “most clinically important lectures ever,” when referring to a conference lecture. Those were Joe Pizzorno’s ND words from a lecture by Alessio Fasano, MD at the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) conference in Dallas, Texas in MayRead …

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Environmental Costs of Pain Management: Pharmaceuticals vs Physical Therapies

Analgesics are among the most widely used medications in America, and their use is growing rapidly. As a result, the environment is becoming increasingly contaminated with analgesic residues created by the manufacture, consumption, and disposal of these medications. Most analgesic residues that end up in wastewater are not destroyed during treatment in wastewater…

Detoxification Diets for Symptom Relief and Weight Loss

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Detoxification has become a popular option for patients to lose weight, and more importantly start a plan to improve overall health. This study examines how a carefully designed meal replacement, low-calorie detox plan, based on a questionnaire designed by Jeffrey Bland PhD, appears to be a viable option for both weight loss and reducing chronic symptoms. By Jeffrey A. Morrison, MD, CNS; Anita L. Iannucci, PhD, published in Integrative Medicine, Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal.

Healing Eating Disorders

Mehri D. Moore, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist, has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for over twenty years, and is widely regarded as one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading authorities on eating disorders and related family issues. She is founder of the…

Unani Medical Theory in Principle, Part 2 of 3—The Vis Medicatrix Naturae

Yaser Abdelhamid, ND, LAc Doctors of Unani medicine can visualize the state of a patient’s subtle body (jism al-latīf) properly only through the eye of the heart (ayn al-qalb), wherein the flowing, dynamic streams of humors lie. The doctor (hakīm) enlivens the patient’s self-healing power or vital force (the vis

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