The Line Between Taking Charge of Your Health & DIY Healthcare

On Tuesday, September, 19th, 2017 in Integrative Medicine

supplement aisle

A man goes to the hospital for a routine surgery. Though he has had prostate cancer, it’s in remission. He appears healthy. He says he cycles 50 miles a week. Then his doctors discover that his blood oxygen levels are extremely low. They run tests and find a elevated levels of cyanide in his blood. […]


Get an Immune Boost Instead of Your Kids’ Back-to-School Colds and Flu

On Tuesday, September, 5th, 2017 in IV Drip Therapy

student in schoolyard

With kids headed back to school, parents can be sure of one thing: Each day, there’s a chance they’ll bring more than graded papers and new assignments; they can bring home colds, flu, and more. Schools, after all, can be virtual germ factories, with kids grouped in closed spaces where it’s all too easy to […]


What Does Social Connection Have to Do with Your Health? More than You Might Think

On Tuesday, August, 22nd, 2017 in Integrative Medicine, Wellness

man sitting alone watching others

As the positive emotion study we blogged about last week was making headlines, other research was highlighting the impact of one negative emotion in particular: loneliness. According to a presentation earlier this month at the 125th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, “loneliness and social isolation could be greater public health hazard than obesity.” […]


Positive Emotion Impacts Both Mind & Body

On Tuesday, August, 8th, 2017 in Integrative Medicine, Wellness

woman with arms raised in joy

A lot of the chronic diseases we see most often these days have some things in common. For instance, they’re largely driven by lifestyle. They’re also marked by chronic inflammation. So it follows, then, that one of the best, most productive actions we can take to prevent or possibly reverse such illness is to make […]


New Insight to Sugar’s Role in Metabolism

On Tuesday, July, 25th, 2017 in Diet & nutrition, Weight loss

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Wouldn’t it be nice if weight were really just a matter of calories in, calories out? But science has made it increasingly clear that not all calories are equal – nor is calories in/calories out the sole equation when it comes to overweight and obesity. For instance, different combinations of foods can have very different, […]


New Science on Acupuncture’s Impact

On Tuesday, July, 11th, 2017 in Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine

This past spring, the FDA released new guidelines that include acupuncture as a valid therapy for treating pain. At least some of this comes from the need to emphasize drug-free therapies in the midst of the ongoing crisis of opioid abuse. “[Health care providers] should be knowledgeable about the range of available therapies, when they […]


Genetic Testing & Personalized Medicine

On Tuesday, June, 27th, 2017 in Genetic Testing, Integrative Medicine

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Earlier this year, the FDA gave the OK to home DNA tests that identify a person’s genetic risk for 10 diseases. Ideally, the results will help people make specific healthy choices to help lower their risk. But that doesn’t always play out in the real world. One notable review in the BMJ found that Expectations […]


White Bread Is Good for You?! What?!

On Tuesday, June, 13th, 2017 in Diet & nutrition

white bread

Did you catch the headlines last week declaring that “White Bread May Not Be Bad for You After All”? The hype around this study seemed a little reminiscent of last year’s “pasta won’t make you fat” study. Just as back then, the spin is more than a little misleading.   For the study, researchers had […]


Supplement or Sunshine? How to Get the Vitamin D You Need

On Tuesday, May, 30th, 2017 in Diet & nutrition

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Over the past decade or so, there’s been a real avalanche of research on vitamin D. Just last week, word came of two new studies – one suggesting the nutrient could play a role in pain management; the other, that supplementation could help improve fertility in both men and women. A little earlier this year, […]


For Chronic Knee Pain, Think Prolozone Therapy

On Tuesday, May, 16th, 2017 in Ozone Therapy

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Arthroscopic surgery is big business. How big, you ask? Each year, we spend more than $3 billion dollars for knee surgery alone. And according to guidelines just published in the BMJ, much of that may be a waste. As NPR reported, The guidelines…reviewed 13 studies involving nearly 1,700 patients and found the surgery did not […]