What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.
I practice what I call Good Medicine, combining the best of modern contemporary medicine with the best of alternative and complementary medicines. It blends the knowledge we’ve gained from science with wisdom of ancient healing traditions. I use and recommend conventional medicine (drugs and surgery) when appropriate, but I also embrace complementary approaches, e.g. Chinese medicine, Nutritional medicine, Herbal medicine, bodywork, yoga and meditation, etc. I may use different therapeutic techniques, but I always take into account the patient’s belief systems, attitudes, feelings, social relationships, environment, patterns of eating, working, resting, sleeping and exercising and never lose sight of the body’s ability to heal itself
I believe many complex factors interact to cause disease and my method of both looking for the cause and of treatment is therefore a multi-factorial one, never losing sight of the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
And finally, instead of suppressing symptoms with drugs, which is often like putting on a band aid masking the problem, I look for the underlying imbalances causing these symptoms or I try to uncover the root causes of the dysfunctions.
In this section, you will find blogs on different medical systems and the way view health and disease.
When a patient of mine told me that he likes eating oranges because they help remind him to floss, I realized he was onto something.
If you’ve always struggled with making flossing a permanent habit, you might be relieved to know that there’s a very simple reason why. It has to do with the psychology of how we make habits.
Even small doses of pleasure can raise our levels of immune-boosting chemicals.
Recently, at a healthy-living conference, I had one of those quickie-checkups. In five minutes, you get a blood-pressure reading; plus a finger-stick blood draw; a computerized printout of your triglyceride, cholesterol and blood sugar levels; and a mini-analysis of your results from the attending health pro. Amazing!
Did you know that…
Antibiotic abuse in the United States is widespread. We have only 4.6% of the global population but we have 46% of the global antibiotic market?
95% of clinicians prescribe antibiotics even when they are not absolutely sure they are needed?
1 in 10 doctors will write a prescription for an antibiotic even though they know it’s not needed, just because a patient asks for it?
As a holistic psychiatrist practicing in New York City, I see a lot of anxiety. A lot. And I’m disheartened to see so many of my patients on loads of psychiatric medications that are not necessarily helping and may even be causing harm. Meanwhile, these highly medicated folks are still suffering from anxiety!
The dog days of summer. We never know exactly when they’re going to hit, but when they do, handle them with care. It’s easy to forget that extreme bouts of heat can have dire consequences even in healthy people, not just those who have trouble regulating body temperature – the very young, the elderly, outdoor workers and people suffering from conditions such as obesity, diabetes and/or cardiovascular problems.
Treating other people well isn’t just good for your karma. It’s good for your health and vitality, too. Psychology researcher Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, author of Love 2.0: Creating Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection, studies how “micro-moments” of connection with others, like sharing a smile or expressing concern, improve emotional resilience, boost the immune system, and reduce susceptibility to depression and anxiety.
I try to avoid taking antibiotics as best as I can. Yet, sometimes antibiotics are lifesaving and necessary. Antibiotics unfortunately do not pick and choose – they take out everything in their path — including the good gut flora your body needs to support long-term health. Here are some tips for what to do during and after a course of antibiotics to help your gut flora flourish again.
Great TEDx talk by Obesity expert, Dr Sarah Hallberg on how our guidelines for treating Diabetes are totally incorrect, and if one wants to reverse Diabetes, one starts by ignoring the guidelines.
New and exciting research is revealing a strong connection between our mood and the various bacteria that live within our intestines. This is certainly a sobering notion. Think of it: the bacteria living within the digestive system are, to some degree, involved in determining whether we are happy, sad, anxious or even depressed.