Welcome to the second edition of the Integrative Medicine Reading List!
I read a lot of interesting studies and articles each week, and I’ve always loved to share them with you. This list is tailored to just holistic health and integrative medicine. Those are broad topics, though, so you’ll find a wide variety of things to read here. It’s all things that friends have sent me, I’ve come across in my own studying, or have found on social media. From research to news articles to opinion pieces, I hope you find something you like.
Previous editions you may have missed:
Disclaimer: Sharing these articles on my site does not constitute a personal or professional endorsement I think it’s important to hear many view points and gather lots of data so we can come to our own conclusions about issues. And as always, nothing on my website is to be taken as medical advice. Talk to your doctor before making any changes.
“It is disheartening that patients with dementia and their family members are targeted by practitioners and companies motivated by self-interest. Physicians have an ethical mandate to protect patients who may be vulnerable to promotion by these entities. More needs to be done on a national level to limit the claims of benefit for interventions that lack proven efficacy.”
“Depression has many causes—it may be genetic, triggered by a specific event or situation, such as loneliness, or brought on by lifestyle choices. But it’s really about an unhealthy brain, and too often people forget this. “It really doesn’t matter if you need Prozac or not. We know that your brain needs nutrients,” Dr. Ramsey says. A healthy diet may work even when other treatments fail. And at the very least, it can serve as a supplemental treatment—one with no bad side effects, unlike antidepressants—that also has a giant upside.”
“Children haven’t changed, but our expectations of their behavior have. In just one generation, children are going to school at younger and younger ages, and are spending more time in school than ever before. They are increasingly required to learn academic content at an early age that may be well above their developmental capability.”
“Diet is now the number one risk factor for early disease and early death, ahead of high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes. We tend to forget that food is a bioactive substance. I tell my patients everything they put into their mouths either builds health or promotes disease,” says Dr. Klodas. “And it makes a big difference if you just tip the scale a little bit in your favor.”
“For years, scientists believed the brain was mostly cut off from the immune system by the so-called blood-brain barrier, and they lacked a clear mechanistic understanding of how the immune system could cause behavioral disturbances….But Dalmau provided meticulous proof that the immune system could attack the brain.”
“But as nutrition science and technology have evolved, we’ve gained more insight into what’s happening on a chemical level inside our bodies. As a result, some scientists, dietitians, and food companies are beginning to shift focus away from the general properties of specific foods, and towards how our individual bodies process them.”
“Health care costs plummet pretty dramatically,” Brown said. “Just the stability of having housing allows people the mind space to begin to think about managing their lives.” For example, they are able to see their primary care and specialist physicians regularly, take medications or preventive health measures that may be impossible while living on the street, apply for social security or other benefits, or look for a job.”
“By the age of 17, approximately one in every 15 American youths are prescribed an antidepressant.”