Psyche, Some & Spirit

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.

Webinar: CBD for Anxiety & Depression--Case Studies & Clinical Pearls

By Erik Goldman

CV Sci Shunney Webinar

 

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Information about CBD (cannibidiol) and the endocannabinoid system is everywhere these days. So are claims about the health benefits of CBD. As compelling as these topics may be, the information presented is rarely clinically applicable.

What practitioners want--and need--is more information and guidance on how to use CBD safely and effectively in clinical practice.

In this free need-to-know primer, Aimée Shunney, ND, will share 3 case studies from her practice focusing on the use of CBD to increase stress resilience, reduce anxiety, and manage depression.

From these cases, she'll draw out key clinical pearls for patient care strategies, avoidance of drug interactions, selection of products, and more.

 

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Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about three patients’ successful experiences using CBD for depression and anxiety
  • Explore dosing strategies and practicalities of dosing titration
  • Review known issues with cannabinoid-drug interactions
  • Discuss challenges with extreme variation in products, including full spectrum products vs isolates
  • Learn various ways to balance the endocannabinoid system
  • Gain a clear understanding of how to choose superior products

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Dr. Aimee Shunney HeadshotAimée Gould Shunney, ND, is a naturopathic physician in private practice since 2001, currently at Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine in Santa Cruz, CA. She combines western medical science with evidence-based natural therapies including diet, exercise, lifestyle coaching, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, and bio-identical hormones. She specializes in women’s health and bio- identical hormone balancing as well as menopause, menstrual issues, sexual dysfunction, thyroid optimization, stress management, and digestive health.

A Guide to the Endocannabinoid System

By Jamie Corroon, ND, MPH & Jake Felice, ND

Interest in the medical use of phytocannabinoids from Cannabis Sativa L. (Cannabis) has reached an all-time high. These exogenous, plant-derived ligands interact with endogenously produced proteins, receptors, enzymes and endogenous ligands, in one of the most evolutionarily preserved biological systems known to the life sciences: the endogenous cannabinoid signaling system, better known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Is Holistic Lifestyle Change a Key to World Peace?

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

How can we turn the vision of world peace from a cherished ideal into an actual reality? Is it possible that the principles of holistic medicine could play a vital role in quelling the strife plaguing our planet? The visionaries at HeartMath are betting on it.

Hemp & CBD: Evidence, Evangelism & Extreme Exuberance

By Erik Goldman, Editor

If you are confused about the therapeutic value of hemp oil, cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabis-related substances, and you’re scratching your head trying to figure out what’s legal and what’s not, that’s good: It means you’re paying attention.  Yes, there is some evidence, but there's also a lot of evangelism. Clinicians face the challenge of separating the scientific realities from the hype. 

In "How to Change Your Mind," Michael Pollan Explores Resurgence of Psychedelic Medicine

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

After decades on the margins of both polite society and medical research, psychotropic compounds such as psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, and the like, are once again the focus of serious clinical investigation as potential therapies for a host of psychological and neurological conditions. In his newest book, How to Change Your Mind, popular author explores the resurgence of psychedelic medicine without bias, agenda, or pretense.

War, Inflammation, and One Doctor's Medical Path for Peace

By Erik Goldman, Editor

War is chronic inflammation writ large, says Dr. Decker Weiss reflecting on his last 4 years of work in refugee camps throughout the Middle East. Weiss believes the principles of natural medicine have much to offer not only the victims of war and strife but to the larger policy dialogs aimed at engendering peace.

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.