Psyche, Some & Spirit

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.

Homeopathy Helps Women with Depression

By Lauri Grossman, DC - Vol. 6, No. 3. Fall, 2005

Homeopathy can benefit many patients with depression, especially women. Dr. Lauri Grossman, a chiropractor and homeopath outlines key remedies for managing depression.

Sustainable Weight Loss: Understanding Famine Physiology and the Psychology of Obesity

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 8, No. 3. Fall, 2007

In 2001, Jon Abrams was a successful fast-track Wall Streeter. He was also morbidly obese, weighing over 400 lb. Despite disciplined dieting on everything from Atkins to Zone, he couldn’t lose weight, until he began to understand why his body wanted to be fat. Speaking at the American Holistic Medical Association’s annual conference, he shared lessons learned on his journey back to fitness.

Holistic Approach Optimizes Orthopedic Surgery Outcome

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Dennis Gates, MD, a Chicago orthopedic surgeon, has found that a comprehensive holistic approach that includes smoking cessation, dietary changes, nutritional supplementation, bodywork and stress reduction, can markedly improve surgical outcomes in his patients. His holistic approach results in faster healing times and fewer complications, not to mention other general health benefits.

Discovering the Body Within the Brain

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

According to vanguard neurologist Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD, the brain creates a virtual image of the body, which becomes one's locus of self-identity. Dr. Damasio's functional imaging studies are showing the ways in which emotions can influence this "body within the brain," which in turn, produces changes in the physical body itself.

Tension Myositis Syndrome: To Treat Back Pain, Look to the Head & Heart

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

For several decades, John E. Sarno, MD, has been successfully chronic back pain without surgery or drugs. He believes that in most cases, chronic back pain reflects physical processes initiated by the brain as a diversionary tactic to keep conscious focus away from emergent rage or other undesirable emotions, a condition he calls Tension Myositis Syndrome. Dr. Sarno gives an in-depth discusses his controversial views and treatment approaches.

Recalcitrant Heart Disease? Think Sleep Apnea

By Joyce Frieden | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

Sleep disorders, including apnea are very common in patients with cardiovascular disease, and they affect a patient's ability to respond to heart disease treatment. Sleep apnea reflects a dysfunction in the relationship between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and has a very negative impact on cardiovascular outcomes.

Sleep Deprivation: America's Favorite Health Hazard

By Joyce Frieden | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

In the constantly on-the-go American lifestyle, many people consider sleep a luxury, not recognizing it for the necessity it truly is. Sleep deprivation, which is epidemic in the US, reduces immunologic resistance to infections, and greatly reduces problem-solving skills and other key brain functions.

NIH to Sponsor Interdisciplinary Mind-Body Research

By Joyce Frieden | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

NIH's Integrative Neural Immune Program brings together researchers from a host of different scientific fields to explore the questions of how social systems, emotional states, and patterns of consciousness affect health and contribute to disease.