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Neglecting Mental Health in Cancer Treatment

Do your doctors check up on your mental health? This is why they should.
Psychological Science

Hugs, Tweets, and Physician Reimbursement

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on February 16, 2017 in Scientocracy
As for those of us not in the healthcare reimbursement business, we should focus our energy on hugging people we care about. And minding our tweets.

New Research Finds Mindfulness Reduces Worry

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on February 09, 2017 in Urban Survival
What mindfulness exercise helps with persistent worry and negative thoughts? Research suggest you try this technique to reduce how much you worry.

Politics and Poison: Casualties of Fake News

The FDA warns that some natural remedies contain poison. Meanwhile partisan rhetoric poisons the body politic.

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Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD in the military

Are you struggling with PTSD and getting limited results from conventional medications and psychotherapy? Virtual reality graded exposure therapy (VRGET) may help.

Cutting Down on Drinking or Drugs the Natural Way

Is your drinking or drug use getting out of control? Natural supplements and other non-medication approaches can help.

Everything You Need to Know About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 07, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
"Lighting Up a Hidden World" is the most comprehensive guide to-date on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a little-understood illness that can have a devastating effect on people’s lives.

Thoughts on Grof, Epilepsy, and Mysticism

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 04, 2017 in Boundless
The boundaries between neurological disorder and mystical experience cannot be mapped neatly.
Health Affairs

The Key to Patient Empowerment

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on February 03, 2017 in Critical Decisions
If you want clinicians in your organization to give decision aids to their patients, take the time to train clinicians how and why to use them.

Are Your Circadian Rhythms Out of Whack? Try Pitching a Tent

By Christopher Bergland on February 02, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Spending the weekend on a camping trip with minimal artificial light exposure and an abundance of natural light can reset your internal circadian clock, according to a new study.

Getting off the Diet Treadmill

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on February 02, 2017 in Real Healing
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to NOT make yet another New Year's resolution to lose weight?

Physical Activity May Protect Against Childhood Depression

By Christopher Bergland on January 31, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) may reduce symptoms of major depression during middle childhood (ages 6-10), according to a new first of its kind Norwegian study.

Treating Lyme Disease: Mouse as Weapon of Mass Destruction?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 29, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Many readers have expressed their concerns regarding the negative impact that infection with Lyme disease has had on their lives.

Get Outside to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health

Being surrounded by nature, even for just an hour, helps improve mental and physical wellbeing. Learn the amazing benefits of having access to "green spaces."

Opioid Abuse May Be Fueling a Heroin Epidemic

By Eric Newhouse on January 19, 2017 in Invisible Wounds
Prescriptions for painkillers like OxyContin have soared in recent years, then dropped way back. Some who became addicted to opioids are now believed to be turning to heroin.

Physical Fitness Keeps Your Brain in Good Shape, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on January 16, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New groundbreaking research pinpoints specific brain areas that benefit from staying physically fit.
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How Detoxification Will Improve Your Mental Health

Detoxification is an essential part of a prevention and treatment program for recovery of mental health, including PTSD, depression and addictions.

Got Inflammation? 20 Minutes of Exercise Could Be a Remedy

By Christopher Bergland on January 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that short 20-minute bouts of walking at a moderate pace can boost your body's immune response and trigger anti-inflammatory responses.

Amino Acids reduce Alcohol Use, Intoxication and Withdrawal

Are you having problems cutting down drinking, resisting the urge to drink or managing unpleasant symptoms of alcohol withdrawal? Taking amino acids can help.

Effective Non-medication Treatments of Dementia

If you are worried about memory problems or you've recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease many alternative therapies may help.

Leisure-Time Physical Activity Boosts Longevity, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on January 06, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Need a fresh source of motivation to exercise more and sit less? A new study from Finland reports that even small amounts of leisure-time physical activity can increase longevity.

Treating Insomnia Without Using Prescription Medications

Are you taking a sleep aid that no longer works or is causing side effects? Many non-medication approaches can help you get the sleep you need avoiding prescription drugs.

Picking a Winner

By Mark Borigini M.D. on December 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
These new research results should be of interest to those who suffer from chronic joint pain.

Cutting Down on Drinking or Drugs the Natural Way

Is your drinking or drug use getting out of control? Natural supplements and other non-medication approaches can help.
Marilyn Wedge

3 Steps to Better Mental and Physical Health

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on December 20, 2016 in Suffer the Children
As the holidays approach, stress reduction becomes especially important since our social life can affect our cellular life.
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5 Essential Strategies for Insomnia

Insomnia and mania will both respond to these natural solutions.

The Naked Truth About Breath and Brain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
While you are out and about this holiday season please remember to take a few deep breaths in through the nose. It really will help you think more clearly and calmly.

Is Shrinking Optimism Tied to Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy?

By Christopher Bergland on December 08, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
U.S. life expectancy dropped in 2015 for the first time in over two decades, the CDC reports. Could lower optimism and increased pessimism be tied to this drop in life expectancy?

A Simple Trick to Turn Holiday Pain Into Pleasure

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
It is free, fast and doesn’t involve medication

Improve Clinical Outcomes by Caring for the "Second Brain"

What do migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and mental illness have in common?

Is There a Place for Clinical Thinking in a Hospital?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 01, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Mark my words: In the not too distant future, some psychology organization will forbid us from treating cancer victims unless we hold some cancer credential.

Like Kryptonite for Kratom

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
The American Kratom Association (aka, AKA) raised $400,000 from its newly motivated membership—its usual intake being $80,000 a year—to fund an army of lobbyists and keep kratom.

Complement This

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 29, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
If conventional therapies don’t work, and complementary therapies cease to complement anything, then maybe, just maybe, we start to face failure.

Your Mental Healthcare: The Integrative Solution

A revolution in mental healthcare includes many effective, non-pharmaceutical approaches.