Psyche, Some & Spirit

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.

Finding Balance: A New Book Extends a Helping Hand to Hurt, Harried Healers

By Staff Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

In his new book, Finding Balance in a Medical Life, Dr. Lee Lipsenthal contends that doctors bring about much of their own unhappiness through controlling, perfectionistic and workaholic attitudes. Drawing from a wide range of psychological practices and spiritual traditions, Dr. Lipsenthal provides insights and practical tools to help fellow physicians find joy and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.

The Five Faces of ADHD: A Chinese Medicine Approach

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

What works for attention deficit disorder? Depends on the kid, says Dr. Stephen Cowan, a holistic pediatrician who uses the Five Elements concepts from traditional Chinese medicine in working with attention problems in children. He believes modern drug therapies, with their one-size-fits-all philosophy, are doing more harm than good for many of these kids. The Five Elements approach recognizes that children are different from one another, and opens up a healthier way of addressing this increasingly common problem.

Mild Depression: Medical Illness or Invitation for Self-Growth?

By Lee Lipsenthal, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 1. Spring, 2007

Mild to moderate depression presents big challenges to patients and their physicians, especially those inclined toward a holistic view which recognizes that "symptoms" be they physical, mental or emotional, may be signals that someone needs to make important life changes. By prescribing anti-depressant drugs, are physicians short-circuiting a patient's opportunity for personal growth? Dr. Lee Lipsenthal ponders this important question.