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New Diet Ideas From the Artificial Sweeteners Controversy

Intriguing findings and new ideas reviewing 10 years of medical literature and research

Medicating Women's Sexual Desire Still Highly Controversial

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Research reveals that sexual desire is influenced by non-biological factors.

Our "Little Brain" Plays a Big Role in Coping with Distress

By Christopher Bergland on October 28, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New brain imaging data suggests that the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") plays a significant role in reducing symptoms of traumatic stress.

And the Nobel Prize Goes to…Circadian Rhythms

Why the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology has circadian rhythms researchers buzzing with excitement.

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Inconsistent Findings for Valerian as a Sleep Aid

Are you thinking about trying Valerian for insomnia? The evidence is weak and other non-pharma approaches are probably more effective.

Aerobic Training Reduces Inflammation in Mind-Boggling Ways

By Christopher Bergland on November 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A pioneering new study reports that regular aerobic exercise (3 hours per week) can dramatically reduce muscular inflammation via specific microRNAs that regulate gene expression.

Aromatherapy Alleviates Anxiety Via Your Vagus Nerve

By Christopher Bergland on November 09, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
There is growing empirical evidence that aromatherapy has a profound ability to relieve anxiety by calming your nervous system.

Effective Non-Toxic Alternatives for Pain and Depression

Effective treatment of inflammation, pain, and depression without NSAIDS.

Harvard Epidemiologists' Rx: Moderate-to-Vigorous Exercise

By Christopher Bergland on November 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new Harvard study on the long-term benefits of aerobic exercise reports that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity may reduce mortality by up to 70 percent.

Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET)

Are you looking for non-medication treatments of PTSD, fear of flying, fear of heights or another phobia? Virtual reality graded exposure is a promising new approach.
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Sham Surgery

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
How can pretending to perform an operation have the same effect as actually performing one? How can healing take place without any treatment?

Decreasing Pesticide Intake Can Improve Fertility in Women

A new study just published in JAMA shows the benefits of eating low-pesticide residue fruits and vegetables for women who are undergoing infertility treatment.

Bright Lights, Big City, and Fibromyalgia

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 31, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
It is always interesting to find ways to improve sleep, which is known to have a positive impact on fibromyalgia symptoms, but also many other aspects of one’s life.

High Density Negative Ions for Seasonal Affective Disorder

High density negative ions may be as beneficial for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as bright light exposure therapy.

Expressive Arts Therapy and the Arts in Health

Expressive arts therapy is part of the continuum of care in medical settings, says a new white paper on the subject of arts in health and wellness.

Urgent Need for Transforming Mental Health Care

The current model of care and available conventional treatments fail to address serious mental health problems. Evidence-based CAM therapies can help.

Is Gut Microbiome a New Biomarker for PTSD Susceptibility?

By Christopher Bergland on October 27, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new international study involving both military and civilian institutions has identified a possible new biomarker for PTSD susceptibility based on gut bacteria composition.

The Health Benefits of Light

Wondering about bright light or dim blue or red light for depressed mood? Research studies show benefits for depressed mood, seasonal affective disorder and some sleep problems.

Brain Wellness Takes a Quantum Leap

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Digital Altruism
Soon, consciousness-hacking gyms may become mainstream.

Ginkgo Biloba for Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Are you curious about the evidence for Ginkgo biloba as a treatment of dementia? Many studies have been done but findings remain inconsistent.

St. John's Wort for Depressed Mood?

Considering trying St. John's wort for your problem with depressed mood? Some people respond well, however, research findings are mixed and there are outstanding safety problems.

Spirit Molecules: Allies for Healing from Trauma

Spirit molecules: Allies for healing from Trauma.

Four Non-Prescription Remedies for ADHD

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 12, 2017 in Open Gently
A healthy diet and supplements my help ADHD.

Omega-3s in Mental Health Care, Part 2

Are you curious about the role of omega-3 fatty acids in mental health? Omega-3s may be helpful in the early stages of schizophrenia and may be beneficial in PTSD, but not ADHD.

Study Links Gut Microbiome With "Ridiculously Healthy" Aging

By Christopher Bergland on October 12, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
One of the largest human studies on microbiota recently identified a correlation between healthy aging and a healthy gut.

Omega-3s in Mental Health Care: Part 1

Curious about the evidence for omega-3s for depressed mood? Many studies report beneficial effects but more research needs to be done.

L-Theanine for Generalized Anxiety

Do you find that anti-anxiety drugs don't work or have side effects that get in the way? Consider trying l-theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that might help.

The Latest News on the Obesity Epidemic

New Data from the CDC about obesity and its consequences.

Pharma Corruption Started the Opioid Epidemic

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 04, 2017 in Saving Normal
Pharma caused the deadly opioid epidemic and should be held accountable for cleaning up the mess it created.

Black Tea Alters Gut Microbiome in Anti-Obesogenic Ways

By Christopher Bergland on October 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Black tea alters gut microbiome in a way that promotes weight loss, according to a new UCLA study on mice.

Surprising New Discoveries About Our Sense of Smell

New research shows that human smell can detect serious diseases.

Aging, Health, and Conscious Evolution

Can a framework based on an ancient parable help us to realize how much control we have over the nature and quality of our old age?

A New Approach to Treating Hard-to-Cure Illnesses

Unconventional techniques can hold the key