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Finding Balance: A New Book Extends a Helping Hand to Hurt, Harried Healers

By Staff Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

In his new book, Finding Balance in a Medical Life, Dr. Lee Lipsenthal contends that doctors bring about much of their own unhappiness through controlling, perfectionistic and workaholic attitudes. Drawing from a wide range of psychological practices and spiritual traditions, Dr. Lipsenthal provides insights and practical tools to help fellow physicians find joy and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.

The Five Faces of ADHD: A Chinese Medicine Approach

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

What works for attention deficit disorder? Depends on the kid, says Dr. Stephen Cowan, a holistic pediatrician who uses the Five Elements concepts from traditional Chinese medicine in working with attention problems in children. He believes modern drug therapies, with their one-size-fits-all philosophy, are doing more harm than good for many of these kids. The Five Elements approach recognizes that children are different from one another, and opens up a healthier way of addressing this increasingly common problem.

Mild Depression: Medical Illness or Invitation for Self-Growth?

By Lee Lipsenthal, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 1. Spring, 2007

Mild to moderate depression presents big challenges to patients and their physicians, especially those inclined toward a holistic view which recognizes that "symptoms" be they physical, mental or emotional, may be signals that someone needs to make important life changes. By prescribing anti-depressant drugs, are physicians short-circuiting a patient's opportunity for personal growth? Dr. Lee Lipsenthal ponders this important question.

Every Symptom Tells a Story: Guided Imagery in Clinical Practice

By Marty Rossman, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

How someone envisions his or her health problems can give clues to deeper issues that keep them from optimal health. Martin Rossman, MD, an expert in guided imagery, explains how to use imagery to improve health outcomes.

Amino Acid Therapy for Autism: Quelling the Nervous System on Fire

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

Neurotransmitter testing is revealing much about the nature of autism. Kids with this condition have extremely high levels of excitatory neurotransmitters, and very low inhibitory neurotransmitters. Basically, they're constantly on overload. Carefully guided nutritional therapy can make a profound difference in their lives.

To Ease Chronic Pain in Children, Look to the Family

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

Chronic pain syndromes, including back pain, headaches, and abdominal pain are on the rise in children. Better nutrition, biofeedback and attention to family dynamics can make a world of difference.

Nutritional Causes of Neurotransmitter Deficits

By Staff Writer - Vol. Online Feature, No. . Fall, 2005

High carbohydrate consumption, lack of protein, coffee, alcohol and other poor nutrition habits contribute to the neurotransmitter deficiencies that underlie depression, anxiety and other chronic mood disorders.

From "Clinical Facility" to "Garden of Healing": Creating a Healing Environment for Your Patients

By Deb Andelt | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

The specific treatment a doctor gives is only a small part of the total clinical experience. The key to creating an effective healing experience is to create a vision that reaches below the surface of conscious awareness, where 95% of what we take in is processed. To give patients a nurturing, healing experience, we need to create nurturing, compassionate, empowering input that touches people on many different levels.

From "Health Care" to Healthful Caring

By Russell M. Jaffe, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 4. Winter, 2008

The US spends 99 cents of its health care dollar on end-stage treatment and hardly a penny on prevention; as a result we're facing an unprecedented burden of chronic disease that claims lives and threatens our economic future. Some of the best minds in medicine are now working to put proactive prevention at the center of American medicine.