Psyche, Some & Spirit

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.

Magnesium, B12, Herbal Therapies Benefit Patients with Insomnia

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 6, No. 1. Spring, 2005

Sleep problems are extremely common in our over-caffeinated, media-saturated lives. In many cases, nutritional and botanical substances like magnesium, Vitamin B12, and Valerian can help improve sleep without the need for prescription sleep medications.

Neurotransmitter Assessment Brings Light to Management of Psychiatric Problems

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 6, No. 3. Fall, 2005

Depression, anxiety, insomnia and other psycho-emotional conditions can be effectively treated with targeted amino acid supplementation, reducing the need for expensive psychiatric drugs. Neuroscience, a new testing lab, offers doctors new tools for assessing neurotransmitter imbalances and planning treatment.

To Sleep, Perchance To Heal: Managing Sleep Disorders Without Medications

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Chronic sleep problems are so common that many people simply accept them as an inevitable part of modern life. But lack of sleep is extremely detrimental to health. According to Anne McClenon, ND, chronic sleep loss should be considered a medical emergency. But quick-fix drugs are not the answer. Nutrients like melatonin, herbs like Valerian, and elimination of late night TV or computer use, are a lot safer and more effective in restoring healthy sleep.