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

The Good Mood Kitchen

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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Seven-Year Meditation Study Shows Improved Attention Span into Old Age

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As one ages, our attention span is often met with challenges of fatigue, attention lapses and fluctuations during prolonged sessions of concentration. Regular and intensive meditation, over the course of a lifetime, could help a person remain attentive and focused well into old age. “This study is the first toRead …

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Retrain the Brain for Healthier Eating

Can your patients learn to like healthy food?  Or after years of making poor food choices, are they programmed to crave fatty, sugary foods forever? A new but small study, by Tufts University, shows that is may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthier foods over processed high

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Saves Thousands for Treatment of Teen Depression

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Cognitive behavioral therapy delivered in a primary care setting is a cost-effective way to treat adolescents with depression who decline or quickly stop using antidepressants, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Pediatrics. The study, which included 212 adolescents who received care in Kaiser Permanente primaryRead …

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Practicing Belief and Hope with Our Words, by Bernie Siegel, M.D.

Bernie Siegel

Many years ago, one of our children brought home a canvas he decorated in his school art class. He filled the entire canvas with the word “words.” As a surgeon, what immediately struck me was that each of us can “kill” or “cure” with a sword, or scalpel. We canRead …

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Integrative Psychiatry Effective but Overlooked for Cancer Patients

Nearly three-quarters of cancer patients who have major depression are not currently receiving treatment for depression, and that a new integrated treatment programme is strikingly more effective at reducing depression and improving quality of life than current care, according to three papers published in The Lancet Psychiatry, The Lancet, and The Lancet Oncology. Lead author Professor Michael Sharpe from the University of Oxford in the UK, says “The huge benefit that DCPC delivers for patients with cancer and depression shows what we can achieve for patients if we take as much care with the treatment of their depression as we do with the treatment of their cancer.” By M Sharpe, et al., published in the Lancet and Lancet Oncology, Aug. 2014.

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.