Week Ending February 7, 2022

What to know about biofield therapy
“Biofield therapies are a range of alternative healing practices. Practitioners say that they use energy fields to restore balance and health. The most common biofield therapies are Reiki and therapeutic touch.”

What Is Mindful Eating?
“Here’s what to know about this personalized, empowering way of looking at food”

Melatonin’s Popularity Rises, Along With Hidden Dangers
“Americans have tossed and turned their way through the pandemic, and a new study shows they are increasingly turning to melatonin in an attempt to get some good rest.”

Are certain fruits healthier than others?
“In the US, we are fortunate to have a dizzying array of fruits that fill our grocery stores year-round. They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, and we have all heard about the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. So, what are we eating them for? And how does the nutritional value vary between fruits? Is there any difference between whole fruits versus juice, fresh versus dried? Let’s take a look.”

How to use the 4 7 8 sleep method to fall asleep fast and curb anxiety
“If you’re having trouble sleeping, your mind is whirring and you want an easy yet powerful breathing technique to help you fall asleep fast, then it’s time to get familiar with the 4 7 8 sleep method.”

Do supplements really benefit the immune system?
“Many common dietary supplements claim to boost immune function, but is that really true? In this Honest Nutrition feature, we discuss the benefits and risks of taking dietary supplements and explore the evidence of their effects on the immune system.”

Experts Consider Universal Definition of Integrative Oncology
“A recent literature review and analysis to create a more universal definition of the term “integrative oncology” yielded a shorter and more comprehensive understanding of the term, according to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs.”

Valerian root for anxiety: Does it work?
“If you’re looking for a natural option to help with anxiety in addition to, or instead of, other treatments like prescription anxiety medication, then you may be curious to know more about valerian root.”

You Can Have a More Sustainable Diet by Swapping One Item at a Time
“You don’t always have to switch to a plant-based diet to eat more sustainably. Swapping just one food item—especially if it’s a beef product—can make a significant impact on your carbon footprint, according to a new study.1”

Essential oils conquered medicine cabinets across the West. But do they work?
“Interviews with medical professionals and industry experts, along with hundreds of pages of research and marketing materials, reveal a growing, and in some cases promising, scientific effort to understand what if any benefits are derived from essential oils. Currently, many of the hopes and claims that are marketed still appear to outpace scientific support. Whether these two realities can be reconciled remains to be seen.”

How to Avoid Medical Gaslighting, Part Two
“In January’s column, I wrote about medical gaslighting. That article covered what medical gaslighting is and who is likely to be most impacted by medical gaslighting. This month in Part 2 of this two-part services, I want to focus on practitioners and how to avoid medical gaslighting.”

How Self-Care May Improve Your Mental Health
“As a practicing psychiatrist, I’m no stranger to treating mental illnesses like major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety, or PTSD. But the past two years–as the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we live, work, and navigate the world–has allowed me to understand both personally and professionally the importance of self-care for mental health.”

Getting Healthy Eating Habits Back on Track
“We try. We plead with ourselves. We beat ourselves up. We seek therapy for our out-of-control eating. We hope that today will be different, but by 10 a.m., we’re looking for whatever carb-laden leftovers we can get our hands on.”

Benefits of exercise on your mental health
“When you are struggling with mental health symptoms, it can be very hard to start exercising. However, understanding how it will benefit you, as it gently holds your hand and walks you back towards balance, can be very helpful. You can just begin wherever you can, even if it just means walking for ten minutes around your own home.”