Applying Holistic Principles to Optimize Children’s Health

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

The COVID pandemic is having a huge effect on our children. We need to take it seriously. The Children’s Hospital Association and the American Association of Pediatrics have reported a nearly 20% spike in the number of young people attempting suicide, and more than a 40% increase in behavioral issues in children since the pandemic […]

Naturopathic Medicine Moves Toward Healthcare’s Center Stage

By Erik Goldman

The healthcare systems in the United States are in dire need of what naturopathic medicine has to offer, and the profession is ready to move from the margins onto center stage. That’s the message of a new mission statement issued jointly by the Institute for Natural Medicince (INM), the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), […]

Building Balance: Hips, Legs & Feet

By Stacy Collier, Contributing Writer

Balance training is helpful for people at any age. For elders, it is essential. Preventive training can help older people build muscle and proprioception, thereby reducing falls and injuries. It will also greatly increase quality of life, vitality, and confidence in activities of daily living.  The first two articles in this Building Balance series offered […]

Helping Families Bolster Immunity As Kids Return to School

By Mark R. Engelman, MD & Chad Larson, NMD, DC, Contributing Writers

As parents and children head into a new school year in which in-person learning will once again be the norm, we as health care practitioners need to prepare ourselves for advising parents on how to protect themselves and their children. The Delta variant and other variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are grabbing headlines these days, […]

Enhance Your Medical Writing Skills

By Erik Goldman

Let’s face it: there’s a LOT of healthcare content out there, and most of it is badly written. On the one hand, there are academic research articles with their mind-numbing jargon, tedious run-on sentences, and over-reliance on passive voicings. On the other, there’s the deluge of click-bait medical “stories” that dumb down the data to […]

Building Strength & Balance: Multi-Planar Exercises for Shoulders, Low Back, & Glutes

By Stacy Collier, Contributing Writer

Balance is an essential concept in holistic medicine. The word is everywhere: we talk about work-life balance, balancing hormones and neurotransmitters, keeping an ideal acid-alkaline balance. All of those types of balance are important. But the reality is, many people struggle with a more basic issue: physical balance. This is especially true as people age. […]

Hops and Hemp: A Tale of Two ‘Sisters’

By Bill Chioffi, Contributing Writer

Why are some plants–and the substances derived from them–beloved and broadly-embraced, while others are vilified, restricted, and viewed with suspicion? The reflexive answer might be: Some are dangerous, while others are beneficial. But if you take a deeper look, it’s seldom so simple. As an herbalist, I am prone to questions like this. And lately, […]

Enhancing Fertility with Functional Medicine: Insights from the Peer-Review Literature

By Erik Goldman

Approximately 1 in 8 every couples in the US faces fertility challenges. And that’s a conservative estimate. As functional medicine practitioners, we could easily postulate that optimal fertility is even more fleeting for many more people, as are optimal maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Humans today face a daunting moment. In the industrialized world, fertility […]

Plant Sterols: An Effective Alternative For Statin-Intolerant Patients

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

A recently published case series from the University of Chicago underscores the value of plant sterol supplements for managing elevated cholesterol in statin-intolerant patients at moderate to high risk for cardiovascular disease. While statin therapy with accompanying lifestyle modification remains the preferred conventional intervention for treating dyslipidemias and reducing cardiovascular risk, many patients do not […]

Can Probiotics Mitigate Stress?

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Can probiotic supplements mitigate stress and its adverse health consequences? A new study recently published in the journal, Neurobiology of Stress, attempts to answer that question. Acute and chronic impact both mental and physical health. The hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, which is the main stress response system, produces stress hormones, including cortisol, which can […]