Psyche, Some & Spirit

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.

Traumatic Brain Injuries are Increasingly Common, But Easily Missed

By Gil Winkelman, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

The incidence of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has increased dramatically in the United States in the last several years, and it may be a missing link in a host of seemingly unrelated physical and behavioral conditions. But because it can manifest in so many different ways, TBI often goes undiagnosed. The first step in treatment and prevention of long-term problems is recognition, and primary care doctors can play a key role in identifying people with TBIs. This is the first in a two-part series on Holistic Medicine & the Management of TBI.

 

 

Neuroacoustics: The Healing Power of Sound

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

The experience of sound is at the very core of human consciousness, and it can be a powerful tool for healing. For the last two decades, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson has dedicated himself to developing new ways to work with sound vibrations to treat depression, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, and other stress related problems.