Psyche, Soma & Spirit

Is Neuro-Regeneration a Reality?

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 15, No. 2. , 2014

For generations, the prevailing medical wisdom has been that neurodegeneration is irreversible, and that adults simply cannot re-grow lost or damaged neurons.

Medical Marijuana for MS: “There’s a Place For It”

By Erik Goldman, Editor

New guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology hold that there is a place for cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds as therapies for multiple sclerosis. A comprehensive systematic review suggests that cannabis can attenuate muscle spasms, pain and bladder symptoms asssociated with the disease, though it does not appear to reduce frequency or severity of MS tremors.

Curcumin Equals Fluoxetine for Major Depression

By Janet Gulland - Vol. 15, No. 1. , 2014

In a head to head comparison trial, a standardized form of curcumin—a bioactive compound found in the spice, Turmeric–proved as effective as fluoxetine in reducing signs and symptoms of major depression.

Empowerment is the New “Compliance”

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Facilitating lifestyle change can be one of the most frustrating aspects of clinical practiceor the most rewarding.  It all depends on how you approach it. A spirit of teamwork, and a few simple tools can make all the difference, says nutrition counselor Gabriel Hoffman.

A SANE Approach to Chronic Pain

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer

Better sleep, physical activity, good nutrition and reducing stress and environmental toxins are the keys to reducing chronic pain, especially in women, said Dr. Robert Bonakdar, at the 2nd annual Lifestyle Medicine Summit in Chicago.

Sound Medicine: How “Harmonic Listening” Affects Healing

By Erik Goldman

For vocalist & composer David Hykes, the connection between chanting and medicine is very natural. For nearly 40 years, Hykes has been exploring and teaching Harmonic Chant–a non-dual sacred vocal music practice based on the natural harmonics found in all voices, music, and throughout the vibratory universe.

Creating Mind-Body Coherence in the Context of Depression

By Shawn Casey, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. , 2012

Antidepressant drugs, while sometimes helpful, certainly did not solve the problem of depression. For many patients, a comprehensive holistic program incorporating nutritional changes, botanicals and mind-body techniques like HeartMath’s “Quick Coherence” system, is a better option.

Yoga Improves Muscle Pain, Memory Problems in Cancer Survivors

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer

Two new studies of an innovative yoga program specifically designed for cancer survivors add to existing data showing that yoga can improve sleep, reduce “chemo-fog” and ameliorate a variety of chronic problems that often follow conventional cancer care.