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It’s Time to Stop Flying Blind: How Not Looking at the Brain Leads to Missed Diagnoses,Failed Treatments, and Dangerous Behaviors

Daniel G. Amen, MD
Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine

It was late at night in April 1995 when I got a call from my sister-in-law, Sherry, who told me that my 9-year-old nephew, Andrew, had attacked a little girl on the base- ball field that day for no particular reason.
“He hurt her,” she said crying.
Horrified, I asked Sherry what else was going on with Andrew.
“He’s not right,” she said. “He’s mean and never smiles anymore. After the incident, I found two pictures he had drawn. In one, he was hanging from a tree. In the read more…

Migraines And Mood Disorders: Nutritional And Dietary Intervention Based On Laboratory Testing

Cass Nelson-Dooley, MS; Stephanie Kaplan, ND; J. Alexander Bralley, PhD

Current conventional treatments for migraine head- ache, depression, and mood disorders often fail to address the underlying cause(s) of these conditions and therefore usually require long-term medication without hope for cure or, in many cases, adequate symptom relief. Previous studies have shown that amino acids,1-7 neurotransmitters,6,8-16 and allergenic foods17-23 may be involved in the pathogenesis of depression and migraine headache. This case report examines plasma amino acids, urinary neurotransmitter catabolites, and serum food antibodies in a patient with chronic depression and migraine headache before and after nutritional and dietary read more…

Functional Somatic Syndromes, Stress Pathologies, and Epigenetics

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB

Recently Henningsen, Zipfel, and Herzog described the nature and management of functional somatic syndromes (FSS).1 They pointed out that functional somatic syndromes are characterized by patterns of persistent bodily complaints for which adequate examination does not reveal sufficiently explanatory structural or other specified pathology, 1(p946) but they are common worldwide and are seen by practically all subspecialties of medicine. They pointed out that the more common FSS described by multiple papers in the literature include the following:

  • irritable bowel syndrome,
  • chronic fatigue syndrome,
  • fibromyalgia syndrome,
  • premenstrual syndrome,
  • non-ulcer dyspepsia,
  • chronic pelvic pain,
  • hypoglycemia,
  • low
  • read more…

Management of Migraine Without Aura Through Ayurveda: A Case Report

Sanjeev Rastogi, MD


Objective: To report the results of Ayurvedic therapy in a single case of migraine without aura.

Methods: A single case of migraine without aura was diagnosed based on International Headache Society parameters. The average pain intensity on a 4-point scale (nil, mild, moderate, severe) and the Migraine Disability Assessment Score (MIDAS) for the grade of illness and its impact on the quality of life were recorded before and after therapy. A 2-month trial of Ayurvedic therapy that included Ashwagandha ghrita was prescribed, and a reevaluation was performed at the end of the trial. No other medication read more…

Cell Phones and Electromagnetic Radiation: What We Do Not Know

Joel Kreisberg, DC, MA

For several years, evidence has surfaced suggesting that there is a risk for brain tumors from using a cell phone.1-5 In response to a call for precaution coming from the prestigious journal Environmental Health Perspectives, a 2009 review of the scientific literature found no evidence of risk from cell phone use.6 However, European studies continue to publish conflicting studies, fueling confusion.2,5 From a policy standpoint, Finland, France, and Israel all have policies limiting children’s use of cell phones. Is there a risk of bodily harm from cell phone radiation? What about cell read more…

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