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What is mindfulness? Nobody really knows, and that’s a problem

What is mindfulness? Nobody really knows, and that’s a problem

Mindfulness receives a bewildering assortment of definitions. Psychologists measure the concept in differing combinations of acceptance, attentiveness, awareness, body focus, curiosity, nonjudgmental attitude, focus on the present, and others. It’s equally ill-defined as a set of practices.

October 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Forgoing conventional cancer treatments for alternative medicine increases risk of death

Forgoing conventional cancer treatments for alternative medicine increases risk of death

In a large study, patients with nonmetastatic breast, lung, or colorectal cancer who chose alternative therapies had substantially worse survival than patients who received conventional cancer treatments. After a median of 5 years, patients with breast or colorectal cancer were nearly five times as likely to die if they had used an alternative therapy as their initial treatment than if they had received conventional treatment.

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Mayo Pain Expert: Holistic approach helps patients ditch opioids

Mayo Pain Expert: Holistic approach helps patients ditch opioids

Instead of a purely medical approach, the program takes a “biopsychosocial approach,” which recognizes that psychological and social variables contribute to how people experience pain.

August 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beware of products that claim to cure cancer, FDA warns

Beware of products that claim to cure cancer, FDA warns

Frequently advertised as “natural” treatments and often falsely labeled as dietary supplements, such products may appear harmless, but may cause harm by delaying or interfering with proven, beneficial treatments.

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
“Detoxes” and “Cleanses” – Are they safe? Effective?

“Detoxes” and “Cleanses” – Are they safe? Effective?

From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine A variety of “detoxification” (“detox”) diets and regimens—also called “cleanses” or “flushes”—have been suggested as a means of removing toxins from your body or losing weight. Detoxification may be promoted in many settings and may also be used in naturopathic treatment. Detox programs may involve a variety of […]

January 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Skeptics question the value of hydration therapy for the healthy

Skeptics question the value of hydration therapy for the healthy

By Taunya English, WHYY Kaiser Health News Yana Shapiro is a partner at a Philadelphia law firm with an exhausting travel schedule and two boys, ages 9 and 4. When she feels run-down from juggling everything and feels a cold coming on, she books an appointment for an intravenous infusion of water, vitamins and minerals. […]

October 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
A dietitian puts extreme ‘clean eating’ claims to the test – and the results aren’t pretty

A dietitian puts extreme ‘clean eating’ claims to the test – and the results aren’t pretty

Sophie Medlin ‎Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, King’s College London From: TheConversation.com “Clean eating” is associated with the healthy lifestyle and body beautiful that is promoted by many online bloggers. While the term is heavily used in social media, there has never been any agreement on what it really means or any comprehensive studies examining […]

September 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
As states OK medical marijuana laws, doctors struggle with knowledge gap

As states OK medical marijuana laws, doctors struggle with knowledge gap

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine for almost 20 years. But Farmington physician Jean Antonucci says she continues to feel unprepared when counseling sick patients about whether the drug could benefit them. Will it help my glaucoma? Or my chronic pain? My chemotherapy’s making me nauseous, and nothing’s […]

August 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cupping at the Olympics – what is it and why do athletes use it?

Cupping at the Olympics – what is it and why do athletes use it?

By Edzard Ernst Emeritus Professor of Complementary Medicine, University of Exeter TheConversation.com You may have noticed several Olympic athletes covered in bruises, including swimmer Michael Phelps and US gymnast Alex Naddour. No, these are not minor injuries obtained during training; they look oddly circular and are located symmetrically all over the body. In fact, they […]

August 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Whole body cryotherapy risky – FDA warns

Whole body cryotherapy risky – FDA warns

Whole Body Cryotherapy: A “Cool” Trend that Lacks Evidence, Poses Risks From the US Food and Drug Administration Your rheumatoid arthritis is flaring up? A trainer at your local gym suggests a safe and easy way to treat it: a three-minute session in a freezing tank, called whole body cryotherapy (WBC). He says not only […]

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More