Want Better Rest? Ditch Your Sleep Tracker

By Ktristen Schepker, Contributing Writer

Sleep tracking tools can provide patients with valuable data about their sleep patterns, but just as often they exacerbate stress and worry about sleep, which can be counterproductive.

If a better night’s rest is what you’re after, think twice before using a sleep tracker.

An abundance of modern health and wellness technologies promise benefits like improved sleep and relaxation. But research indicates that sleep tracking devices can actually reinforce some users’ sleep-related stress, making peaceful slumber even harder to attain.

Sleep Aids Gain Popularity

Of the myriad personal health and fitness gadgets on the market today, sleep trackers are among the most popular. The global market for sleep aids, including devices, medications, special mattresses and pillows, sleep tests and monitors, is already worth billions, and is projected to grow from $81.2 billion in 2020 to $112.7 billion by 2025. The category includes products like reading lights, noise machines, weighted blankets, and even “smart” mattresses that monitor sleep quality.

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What Practitioners Need to Know About Botanical Quality Testing

Written by Elan Sudberg, Contributing Writer

As a kid I grew up in doctors’ offices and labs. It’s not because I was sick. Rather my mother and father both worked there. My mother was a microbiologist who applied those skills to live blood cell analysis and allergy testing, and then later worked in government microbiology labs where she researched models of […]

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Loneliness: The Other Pandemic

Written by Grant Jackson, MD, Contributing Writer

In the late 1950s, toward the end of her life, psychiatrist Frieda Fromm Reichmann sat by a catatonic patient in the hospital.  Inspired by an unexplainable hunch, she asked how lonely the patient was.  The young woman raised her hand with her thumb extended and the rest of the fingers folded under.  Dr. Fromm-Reichmann, an […]

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Environmental Medicine 101: Practical Guidance for Leveraging Environmental Medicine in Your Practice

Written by Erik Goldman

Environmental toxins are ubiquitous, and a rapidly growing body of evidence confirms that they are adversely affecting our health and longevity in myriad ways.

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), bisphenol A (BPA), arsenic, lead and mercury are just a few from among the thousands of environmental toxins to which we are routinely exposed. These exposures are direct risk factors for many common disorders including diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.

Yet few of us know how to precisely address these challenges with our patients.

In this free webinar, you’ll have an opportunity to learn from world-renowned environmental medicine expert, Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, about how to apply this critical knowledge to your practice.

Dr. Pizzorno, founding president of Bastyr University, and co-author of the foundational Textbook of Natural Medicine, provides a comprehensive introduction to environmental medicine, with an eye toward practical clinical applications.

You’ll learn about:

  • The five worst environmental toxins and their implications for human health
  • The key clinical indicators of environmental toxin exposure, and the testing methods to confirm exposure and toxin burden
  • Key strategies to decrease exposure
  • Key strategies to increase toxin excretion & reduce burden


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