Diet and Mental Health: What is the Evidence?

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There has been a great deal of press lately on diet and mental health. A new expert review confirms that yes, diet significantly influences mental health and well being, however, the evidence for some diets is comparatively weak, says a new study in the peer-reviewed journal European Neuropsychopharmacology. “We haveRead …

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Cardiac Rehabilitation with Transcendental Meditation Increases Myocardial Blood Flow

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Can more be done besides diet and exercise to help patients better recover from a heart attack, a stroke, or to prevent one? Scientists from Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Institute for Prevention Research conducted a study, with and without meditation, to find out. The study, published inRead …

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Phosphatidylcholine Intake from Eggs and Meat Improves Cognition

We recently posted concerns from health officials that that plant-based diets may pose a risk for vegetarians, a new study observes that the dietary intake of phosphatidylcholine is associated with a reduced risk of dementia and enhanced cognitive performance. The main dietary sources of phosphatidylcholine were eggs and meat. TheseRead …

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Matcha Tea Decreases Anxiety by Activating Dopamine and Seratonin Receptors

Many different countries have a tea culture, and Japanese Matcha tea is growing in popularity around the world. In Japan, Matcha has a long history of being used for various medicinal purposes. It has been suspected to have various beneficial effects to health, but relatively little scientific evidence supported thatRead …

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Non-Probiotics Associated with Improved Anxiety Symptoms Over Just Probiotics

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On Today’s Practitioner, we’ve been a champion of reporting on the importance of regulating gut bacteria for mood disorders (see our Mood and Microbiome Resource Center here).  A review study including 1,500 participants, published in General Psychiatry, showed that anxiety symptoms might be reduced by taking steps to regulate theRead …

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Integrative Psychiatrist Scott Shannon, MD: The Phase III MDMA Trial and the Transformation of Psychotherapy

Author Michael Pollan’s powerful 2015 New Yorker essay “The Trip Treatment” suggested that a book was coming, as it did with last year’s best seller: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence. Pollan’s essay also suggested thatRead …

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Transcendental Meditation May Reduce the Severity of PTSD Symptoms

As the Veterans Administration continues to delve into the benefits of integrative medicine for pain and post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD), this new study shows that transcendental meditation may reduce the severity of PTSD. The study is a randomized controlled trial of 203 US veterans with PTSD published in The Lancet PsychiatryRead …

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Special Report: Dramatic Progress in Integrative Care for Veterans

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Veterans Day is coming up, which drew our attention to some very encouraging and heart-warming studies on integrative care for veterans, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. We feature excerpts of two studies followed by full-text links to each of the 15 studies at the end ofRead …

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Free On-Demand Webinar on Supporting Mood Disorders with Scot Bay, MD and Jane Foster, PhD

Popular contributors Scot Bay, MD  and Jane Foster, PhD are back with a ready-watch webinar on animal science and clinical research that explains the gut-brain axis and how specific probiotic strains can positively support mood and mental health. Dr. Bay will elaborate on his case studies using probiotic formulas asRead …

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Finding Emotional Balance with Your Patients, Interview with Leslie Korn, PhD., Author Good Mood Kitchen

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In light of recent tragic events with fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and a growing number of suicides in Western society, it’s important to remember that whole health wellness plays a crucial role in addressing mental health and mood disorders. One part of that care isRead …

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