The popularity and use of cannabidiol (CBD) has exploded since 2014, and the passage of the federal 2018 Farm Bill that clearly legalized hemp (and the cannabinoids extracted from hemp) has only served to skyrocket use even more. Since January 2019, CBD-rich hemp extracts are available at CVS, Kroger, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and more – not to mention the 2,000+ independent health food stores, doctors’ offices, and dispensaries that have been carrying them for much longer. Over 1,000 hemp CBD companies now exist in the retail sector and it would be a gross misconception to think they’ve all...Read more
Jacob Schor has, in recent years, presented in lectures and publications about the research of Hajime Kimata, an allergist who conducted randomized trials showing that humor has beneficial effects on allergic diseases, including atopic dermatitis.1 Kimata has also conducted some provocative research on the effect of kissing and sexual intercourse on atopic dermatitis (AD), as well as the effect of humor on testosterone and erectile dysfunction.
Kimata published a study in 2003 where he examined a group of 60 Japanese subjects with either allergic rhinitis or AD and...Read more
They are billed as the new keys to longevity, an endless inventory of “spare parts” that can regenerate sick or tired organs, a veritable Fountain of Youth. But are stem cells the medical cure-all of the future, or are they just a snake-oil pitch to the desperate and vulnerable?
While Regenerative Medicine research is proceeding frenetically on a variety of disease fronts, with occasional promising results, a “free-fire” zone has emerged in which stem cells are touted as a cure-all.1 Stem cell therapies are being offered for everything from knee pain to lupus,...
Over the years we have seen a long line of studies published suggesting that people who eat more nuts have a lower risk of heart disease. It started years ago when studies found that eating a serving of nuts each day lowered cholesterol levels after a month or so. Then there were studies that found that people, such as vegetarians or Seventh Day Adventists who ate more nuts seemed to have a lower risk of heart disease. It was all well and good for us to know that people who had always eaten nuts during their life had gained some protection but what about the rest of us, the casual nut...Read more
Sleep deprivation has reached epidemic status in the United States, with a shocking one-third of adults getting less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night and 4 percent routinely using prescription sleep aids to induce slumber.1-3 Insufficient sleep exponentially increases your patients’ risk of long-term health complications. Natural sleep therapies are a time-tested strategy for easing your patients into deep, restorative slumber without the harmful effects of prescription sleep aids.
The Science of Sleep
Sleep, long considered an...Read more
A sustainable brain responds to life with resilience and learned optimism. From mood stability to mobility, from senses to sensibility there is much we can do to add years to life and life to years. This is a brief user’s guide and contemporary update about how to have a healthy brain for life and how to improve or recover function when needed. First, we review the functions of your brains and then our synthesis of keeping your brain tuned up for life.
Brains: CNS and GNS
Brains, both Central and Intestinal, are responsible for how well we comprehend, concentrate, feel,...Read more
In recent years an increasing emphasis has been placed on scientific studies that derive data from humans rather than from animals. This is in part because many people are uncomfortable with the image of cute little furry creatures being subjected to tortuous experiments (think Watership Down) and also because animal experiments may not predict human responses under similar conditions. Having a contrarian streak buried deep within my genome, I find myself paddling against this tide and often find myself unwilling to ignore animal trials, particularly when they seem to provide useful...Read more
This Sunday evening marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It will be the start of 5779. We will take time as this year comes to a close to appreciate the good things in our lives and to extend heartfelt wishes that the next year brings goodness to all of you.
There are some foods specific to this holiday that are eaten for their symbolism; we eat pomegranates and apples that are dipped in honey. In particular we eat honey in the hope that the coming year will be sweet.
I am in the habit each year at this time of doing a review of the scientific literature to...Read more
The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) is an interprofessional association of integrative clinicians who embrace a person-centered, team-based approach to health care. As part of their mission to engage a community of health professionals that embrace global health traditions in the context of evidence-informed, person-centered care, they have created the AIHM Fellowship Program, a 1000-hour hybrid program that combines online learning, retreats, and...Read more
If you and your partner are struggling to have a baby, you are not alone. One in eight couples in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. Infertility, defined as trying to conceive for one year (or six months after age 35) with no success, affects both men and women ages 15 to 44. And new data suggests that infertility is on the rise. Read More.
Information provided by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians...Read more