Psyche, Some & Spirit

Curcumin Equals Fluoxetine for Major Depression

By Janet Gulland - Vol. 15, No. 1. Spring, 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. Fall, 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.

Ayurvedic Tips for Staying Balanced in a Medical Life

By Amber Lynn Vitse - Vol. 13, No. 2. Summer, 2012
it is no big secret that many health care professionals put their own health far down on their priority list. The culture of medicine puts enormous pressures on practitioners, and in many ways, fosters unhealthy imbalances. Ayurvedic medicine is an excellent place to look for wisdom on rediscovering balance in a fast-paced medical life.

I'm Just Mad About Saffron....

By Erik Goldman

Saffron aromatherapy can produce measurable and potentially meaningful changes in young womens' hormonal chemistry, suggesting the possibility that it might be a useful remedy for PMS and dysmenorrhea.


Depression? Think Zinc!

By Ciel Patenaude, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. Spring, 2013
Zinc deficiency is a surprisingly common but often overlooked factor contributing to depression. When corrected through supplementation, it can have profound positive effects. In some cases, zinc repletion may obviate the need for drug therapy. Ciel Patenaude finds out how zinc influences mood and behavior from integrative psychiatrist James Greenblatt, MD.