Welcome back to the Integrative Medicine Reading List!

This is where I share the most interesting holistic health and integrative medicine articles and studies I’ve read recently. Those are broad topics, so you’ll find a wide variety of things to read here. It’s all stuff I’ve read and found interesting, so I hope you like it too. This third edition includes soda taxes, AHDH treatment, and a few articles on food as medicine. There’s an opinion piece on mental health medication and a story about the bias against people who are overweight. There are a few more studies than usual, so I’m a really big fan of the collection this week.

Previous editions you may have missed:

Integrative Medicine Reading List 1

Integrative Medicine Reading List 2


Disclaimer: Sharing these articles on my site does not constitute a personal or professional endorsement. 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.

The Privilege of Being “Against” Mental Health Medication

“I’m not suggesting that everyone who struggles with their mental health should go pop some pills. All I’m suggesting is that we stop being so black and white in our conversations around mental illness and medication. It’s case by case, brain by brain, person by person.”

Soda Taxes Turn Out To Be Very Effective At Curbing Soda Drinking

“Pepsi and Coke alone spend over $3 billion each annually on advertising. I’m a pediatrician. How do I possibly counsel patients as effectively as the really slick advertising they see everywhere?”

Saffron Vs. Methylphenidate In Treatment Of Children With ADHD: A Randomized, Double Blind Pilot Study

Conclusion: Short-term therapy with saffron capsule showed the same efficacy compared with methylphenidate. Nevertheless, larger controlled studies with longer treatment periods are necessary for future studies.

What The Placenta Could Reveal About Autism

“Activation of a mother’s immune system during pregnancy can increase the risk of autism in her child. New clues to the link could come from studying the placenta and the place in the womb where it resides.”

Why Food Could Be The Best Medicine Of All 

“Ask any doctor how to avoid or mitigate the effects of the leading killers of Americans and you’ll likely hear that eating healthier plays a big role. But knowing intuitively that food can influence health is one thing, and having the science and the confidence to back it up is another. And it’s only relatively recently that doctors have started to bridge this gap.”

How To Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience 

“Anxiety is part of life. It’s not our job to vanquish these feelings. It’s our job to develop the resources we need to march forward anyway.”

Is Peppermint Oil an Effective Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

“Peppermint oil (PO) was found to be safe and effective in treating pain and global symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in adult patients, according to the results of a recently published systematic review and meta-analysis.”

The Way We Eat Could Doom Us As A Species. Here’s A New Diet Designed To Save Us. 

“The way we eat and produce food has become so destructive to the environment and our health that it now threatens the long-term survival of the human species, an international commission of 37 scientists write in a sprawling new Lancet report….Which brings us to what seems to be the most controversial aspect of this report: its specific dietary advice for ensuring that everyone’s nutritional needs are met without exceeding “planetary boundaries.”

…and this follow up podcast from Chris Kresser: What The EAT-Lancet Paper Gets Wrong

Residential Green Space in Childhood is Associated with Lower Risk of Psychiatric Disorders from Adolescence into Adulthood

“Our findings affirm that integrating natural environments into urban planning is a promising approach to improve mental health and reduce the rising global burden of psychiatric disorders.”

Exercise for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment

“A 6-month program of aerobic exercise resulted in significant improvements in executive function in adults at risk of cardiovascular disease with mild cognitive impairment, found a study in Neurology.”

Addressing Medicine’s Bias Against People Who Are Overweight

“If we don’t create a safe space for them…they’re not going to come. We can’t help someone who’s not even coming in.”