Psyche, Some & Spirit

CEFALO: Mixed Signals on The Cell Phone–Brain Tumor Issue

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 12, No. 3. Fall, 2011

A high-profile international study of the impact of cell phones on childhood brain tumor risk is sending the signal that there is no “exposure-response relationship. However, some environmental health experts contend that significant safety concerns are hidden within the data.

Making Sense of CEFALO

By August West - Vol. 12, No. 3. Fall, 2011

CEFALO, a multi-center European project, is the first study to look specifically at the impact of self-reported mobile phone use on risk of childhood brain tumors. While it  seemed to dispel the notion that EM radiation from cellphones can cause brain tumors, critics contend that the conclusions are not so clear cut. Writers from the Environmental Health Trust challenge CEFALO's findings; a spokesman from the study team responds.

Mind-Body Tips for Harried Clinicians

By James Gordon, MD - Vol. 12, No. 2. Summer, 2011

These days, many health care professionals are feeling harried, hassled and helpless. Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind Body Medicine, and a featured speaker at the upcoming 2011 Heal Thy Practice conference, offers simple but powerful exercises that can help you shed some of those anxieties and frustrations, and reconnect with the inspiration that drew you into medicine.

Natural Dopaminergic Activator Improves Outcomes of Addiction Recovery

By Kenneth Blum, PhD / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 1. Spring, 2011

In the past decade,  researchers on neuroanatomy and neurotransmitters have found links between genes, the brain, and addiction behavior. What we now know about the dopamine reward circuits in the brain is helping addiction specialists to create effective holistic approaches to addiction recovery.

Once Considered “Fringe,” Yoga Enters Mainstream Cancer Care

By August West / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 1. Spring, 2011

Over the last decade, yoga has emerged as a favored adjunctive modality at cancer centers across the country. Studies presented at the Society of Integrative Oncology’s annual meeting show that carefully tailored yoga programs can reduce anxiety, improve sleep, reduce the need for meds, and improve flexibility.

Cordless Phone EMFs Trigger Heart Rhythm Abnormalities

By Erik Goldman / Editor in Chief - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010
Much of the controversy about cell phone radiation and health has centered around the potential risk of brain tumors. But researchers recently discovered that in roughly 40% of people, the EMF field from a cordless phone system consistently produces measurable and sometimes severe heart rate disturbances.

Helping Patients Step Off Antidepressants

By Michael Banov, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
Antidepressants are the most widely-prescribed class of drugs in the US, and primary care doctors prescribe 74% of ‘em. Drug companies give ample guidance on starting meds, but little help in ceasing treatment. Yet many people want off their meds. Psychiatrist Michael Banov offers his insight on when and how to stop antidepressant treatment.

Open Mind & Open Heart Are Essential in Caring for People with Cancer

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
Primary care doctors have a vital role to play in helping patients with cancer, even if they are not directly involved in treatment of the cancer itself. The key, says Dr. Isaac Eliaz, is for doctors to confront their own mortality and become comfortable with the reality of impermanence.

Nutrition Interventions & Neurofeedback Improve Sequelae of Traumatic Brain Injury

By Gil Winkelman,ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
Head injuries, which are increasingly common these days, cause a myriad of downstream physical and cognitive problems. These can often be ameliorated by supplementing with vitamin D, magnesium, and essential fatty acids. Neurofeedback, a form of biofeedback guided by EEG, is a highly effective but underutilized tool for people who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Wellbutrin for Mommy, ADHD for Baby?

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010

Analysis of data from more than 38,000 families suggests that maternal use of the popular antidepressant, Wellbutrin (bupropion), during pregnancy correlates with a 3-fold greater risk of ADHD in children exposed to the drug in utero. This study should not be taken as proof that bupropion causes ADHD. But author Dr. Roberto Figueroa says doctors need to be a lot more cautious with this, and any other drug that crosses the placenta.