Psyche, Some & Spirit

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.

Digestive, Metabolic Problems Abound in Patients with ADHD, Autism

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 5, No. 1. Spring, 2004

ADHD and autism are associated with a host of digestive dysfunctions, including enzyme deficiencies, impaired liver detoxification, severe constipation and diarrhea. Jeff Bradstreet, a holistic pediatrician has treated thousands of ADHD and autism patients with a comprehensive nutritional regimen that begins with clearing up the digestive problems.

Research on Sound Therapy

By Administrator - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

Sound therapies are being used to treat a range of physical and psychological ailments, and researchers are starting to understand more about how sounds can influence brainwave patterns, hormone secretion, and regulators of immune function. A guide to resources on sound therapy.

Integrative Medicine Calls For Integrative Thinking

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 6, No. 1. Spring, 2005

Much of what passes for “integrative” medicine these days is really just a main course of conventional medicine with a little side-dish of “alternative” services. According to Dr. Frank Lipman, who practices at the crossroad of allopathic medicine, traditional Asian medicine, and bodywork, true integration calls for a radical change in how physicians and patients view health, illness, and wellness.

Sussing Out Sleep Problems

By Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 1. Spring, 2005

A few simple questions can tell you a lot about someone’s sleep patterns, often opening up an important opportunity for health improvement.