Psyche, Soma & Spirit

A SANE Approach to Chronic Pain

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer

Better sleep, physical activity, good nutrition and reducing stress and environmental toxins are the keys to reducing chronic pain, especially in women, said Dr. Robert Bonakdar, at the 2nd annual Lifestyle Medicine Summit in Chicago.

Sound Medicine: How “Harmonic Listening” Affects Healing

By Erik Goldman

For vocalist & composer David Hykes, the connection between chanting and medicine is very natural. For nearly 40 years, Hykes has been exploring and teaching Harmonic Chant–a non-dual sacred vocal music practice based on the natural harmonics found in all voices, music, and throughout the vibratory universe.

Creating Mind-Body Coherence in the Context of Depression

By Shawn Casey, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. , 2012

Antidepressant drugs, while sometimes helpful, certainly did not solve the problem of depression. For many patients, a comprehensive holistic program incorporating nutritional changes, botanicals and mind-body techniques like HeartMath’s “Quick Coherence” system, is a better option.

Yoga Improves Muscle Pain, Memory Problems in Cancer Survivors

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer

Two new studies of an innovative yoga program specifically designed for cancer survivors add to existing data showing that yoga can improve sleep, reduce “chemo-fog” and ameliorate a variety of chronic problems that often follow conventional cancer care.

Ayurvedic Tips for Staying Balanced in a Medical Life

By Amber Lynn Vitse - Vol. 13, No. 2. , 2012

it is no big secret that many health care professionals put their own health far down on their priority list. The culture of medicine puts enormous pressures on practitioners, and in many ways, fosters unhealthy imbalances. Ayurvedic medicine is an excellent place to look for wisdom on rediscovering balance in a fast-paced medical life.

I’m Just Mad About Saffron….

By Erik Goldman

Saffron aromatherapy can produce measurable and potentially meaningful changes in young womens’ hormonal chemistry, suggesting the possibility that it might be a useful remedy for PMS and dysmenorrhea.


Depression? Think Zinc!

By Ciel Patenaude, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. , 2013

Zinc deficiency is a surprisingly common but often overlooked factor contributing to depression. When corrected through supplementation, it can have profound positive effects. In some cases, zinc repletion may obviate the need for drug therapy. Ciel Patenaude finds out how zinc influences mood and behavior from integrative psychiatrist James Greenblatt, MD.

A Field Guide to Yoga Styles

By Amber Lynn Vitse, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. , 2012

Many people are seeking the health benefits can come from regular yoga practice. Yet the sheer variety of yoga styles—traditional and modern–now available can be bewildering for patients and clinicians alike. Amber Vitse, a veteran yoga/Ayurveda practitioner, outlines key distinctions between popular styles & shares insight on how to match the right style to each person’s needs and conditions.