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Simple Practices for Easing “Coronoia” & Pandemic-Related Stress

By Erik Goldman, Editor

For many people, the health risks from pandemic-related stress—let’s call it “Coronoia”--are as real and potentially harmful as the virus itself. It is essential for all of us to do whatever we can to mitigate viral spread. It is equally important to mitigate the contagion of panic and worry. Medical hypnotherapist, Lisa Ludovici, offers tips and tools for staying sane and centered in these challenging times.

Climate Change Takes Toll on Herbal Medicine

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

As global temperatures continue to rise, scientists predict that environmental shifts will impact the ability of medicinal plants to grow and thrive in affected regions. Botanists across the world are shining light on the ways that climate change could fundamentally alter the practice of holistic medicine.

If Social Distancing is Key, Why Aren’t Our Leaders Role-Modeling It?

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

Watch a clip or look at a photo of Donald Trump at any of his recent COVID-19 press conferences.

There he is, flanked tightly by a phalanx of dutifully stone-faced cabinet members, advisors, and health experts—all within a sneeze of each other. All apparently unconcerned about catching or transmitting the very pathogen that is tanking the global economy and throwing turmoil into millions of peoples’ lives.

Essential Oils: Vital Tools for Healing Connections

By Elena Brower, Contributing Writer

Use of high-quality essential oils as part of daily practices of physical and emotional support can mitigate our stressors and bring us toward a more robust and clear connection––to ourselves, our families and our communities. 

How to Find a Good Hypnotherapist

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Medical Hypnosis is an emerging profession, and unfortunately the number of practitioners in the US is still limited.

Because the profession is small, good practitioners can be hard to find. The situation is further compounded by the fact that there are no states with licensure laws governing the practice of hypnosis.

Medical Hypnosis: Unlocking the Pharmacy Within

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Picture a lemon. Now imagine cutting a wedge from the lemon. Now, close your eyes and picture yourself biting into that bright yellow slice.

That saliva surge? It’s a complex physiological reaction prompted by a verbal suggestion, set in motion simply by thinking.

This simple example illustrates a core principle of medical hypnosis: the body responds to the thoughts, the emotions, and the past experiences of its “tenant.” That might seem like overstating the obvious, but it is a truth that conventional medicine does a good job of ignoring, dismissing, or misunderstanding.

New Autism Treatment Targets Gut Health

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

A novel therapy targeting the gut microbiome could open new doors in the treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Investigators at Arizona State University (ASU) found that autistic children who received fecal transplants experienced long-term improvements not only in gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, but in core Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms as well.

Cinnamon Induces Apoptosis in Cancer Cells

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Outside the kitchen, cinnamon stacks up as a powerful anti-cancer ingredient in a recent European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry paper. Research shows that the beloved culinary spice possesses multiple cancer-fighting properties, including an impressive ability to induce apoptosis.

Why the Mediterranean Diet is the Best Diet on the Planet

By Steven Masley, MD, Contributing Writer

Mediterranean countries have some of the longest life spans on the planet. Despite their high rates of tobacco use, and they have lower rates of heart disease, memory loss, cancer, and obesity. Physician-Author Steven Masley set out on a 7-month journey to discover how cuisine and culture converge to engender health across this diverse region.