Psyche, Soma & Spirit

The Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis: A Primer for Clinicians

By Erik Goldman

The brain-gut-microbiota axis provides a bidirectional route of communication between the gut microbes and the brain. The axis involves the vagus nerve, short-chain fatty acids, tryptophan, cytokines and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. New evidence suggests that gut microbes are involved in neural development and function, both peripherally in the enteric nervous system and centrally in the […]

From Overwhelm to Opportunity: How We Transformed Our Quarantine Experience

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

March 2020 changed our lives forever. In a blink of an eye, our hugs and social routines, our business travel and vacations were taken from us. Almost overnight, the world shut down, filled with fear of the unknown, fear of sickness, fear of interaction. Digital meetings replaced social gatherings and conferences. Online classrooms replaced schools. […]

It Was 20 Years Ago, Today…. Reflecting on HPC’s First Two Decades

By Erik Goldman

On October 15, 2000, the first edition of Holistic Primary Care rolled off the presses at Democrat Printing & Lithography in Little Rock, Arkansas, and into 60,000 doctors’ offices across the country. An I had back in 1986 had suddenly become a tangible reality, giving voice to a movement aimed at transforming American healthcare. It […]

Healing Primary Care’s Moral Injury

By Erik Goldman

For decades, the United States has failed to invest in primary care. The result is a situation that has sorely compromised the health and well-being of patients and practitioners alike. Though it consistently accounts for 50% of all annual medical visits, primary care represents less than 7% of the nation’s total healthcare expenditures, and receives […]

COVID & Doctor Suicide: Converging Epidemics

By Kristen Schepker

Doctors die by suicide at an alarmingly high rate. It’s a painful reality that is far too often ignored––or worse, intentionally concealed.
Treating patients in the midst of a global pandemic has become yet another factor contributing to physician distress and suicide in recent months. The stories of medical professionals lost to suicide amid the Covid-19 outbreak are shining new light on some long-standing and dangerous shortcomings in our systems of medical education and practice.

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.

Fantastic Fungi: New Film Explores Mushrooms, Medicine & the Human Condition

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

They were the first multicellular organisms to emerge from the oceans and take hold on dry land.

They’ve lived and thrived for ages, molding every environment they touch. They’ve survived ice ages, extinctions, and the most extreme conditions this planet can generate. They underpin the great Web of Life—a web in which we humans are but a thread. “They” are fungi, and they’re the subject of a fascinating new film that reveals much about their vast but little understood kingdom.

Visually magnificent, emotionally touching, and intellectually challenging, Fantastic Fungi explores the fundamental role that mushrooms, molds, and the like have had in shaping the world as we know it. The film also posits the hopeful message that fungi can help us solve some of our most vexing problems.