Psyche, Soma & Spirit

Rhodiola: An Herbal Ally for Balancing Cortisol

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

The combination of Rhodiola extract with two other adaptogenic herbs–Magnolia and Phellodendron—create a wonderful synergistic effect that addresses the cortisol/DHEA imbalance so rampant in the 21st century world.

IM4US: Challenging Economic Disparities in Integrative Medicine

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Integrative medicine offers immeasurable value in treating a multitude of health conditions. But the steep price of holistic services, and the fact that most are not covered by either federal  payors or private insurance, makes them inaccessible to many people, especially in poor and medically underserved communities. One health justice organization is working to change all of that.

Tackling the “Seven Deadly Toxins”

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

A number of pervasive toxins — seven, to be exact — are wreaking daily havoc on health and wellbeing, according to detox expert Deanna Minich, PhD. “We are living in a sick, toxic world,” Minich said at the recent Clinical and Scientific Insights (CASI) conference sponsored by Designs for Health in San Francisco. She discussed […]

STRAIN: A New Tool for Psychosocial Stress Assessment

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Chronic stress can wreak havoc on the body, and emerging field of human social genomics is illuminating the mechanisms. A new tool called the Stress and Adversity Inventory (STRAIN) can enhance clinicians’ abilities to assess the impact of stress in patients with chronic disease and identify points of leverage for reducing the toll it takes.

Meditation: A Low-Cost, Low-Risk “Blockbuster” Therapy

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

For many people, the word “meditation” sounds like something that requires a great deal of practice, patience, time, and effort. So people put it off.  But it is really very simple, and the health benefits are profound. If it were a drug, it would be a “blockbuster.”

To Prevent Burnout, Get Rid of “Junk” Emotions

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

Feelings of resentment, anger, and envy are really just “junk” emotions. Like junk food, these junk emotions are  bad for one’s health. In their new book, Psychological Nutrition, psychologists Shoba Sreenivasan and Linda Weinberger explain that many people–including a lot of healthcare professionals– live in a state of “psychological malnutrition.” As with physical food, changing the emotional diet can make a big difference.

Restoring Health Where the Heart Meets the Brain

By Erik Goldman

Cardiovascular disease and neurocognitive problems may be more alike than they are different, says physiologist Scott Minton, PhD. The key to a more holistic and multi-system treatment approach for both types of disorders is to look at physiological mechanisms that modulate cell membrane receptors, channels, and associated signal transduction pathways.