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Nutraceuticals: Evidence of Benefit in Clinical Practice?

Nutraceuticals, according to Wikipedia, are food substances or nutritional supplements that have beneficial effects on health. They are not usually considered to be part of a normal diet, such as fruit, vegetable, fish, and meat. Rather, they are additives, usually derived from plants, which are said to be beneficial at preventing or treating illnesses. The term nutraceutical, […]

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Mindfulness Meditation Modulates Pain Through Endogenous Opioids

  Recent evidence supports the beneficial effects of mindfulness meditation on pain. However, the neural mechanisms underlying this effect remain poorly understood. We used an opioid blocker to examine whether mindfulness meditation-induced analgesia involves endogenous opioids. Methods Fifteen healthy experienced mindfulness meditation practitioners participated in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study. Participants rated the pain […]

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Does #Marijuana Make You Skinny?

Google “Does Marijuana make you skinny?” and you’ll find a plethora of news articles like this one in The Atlantic: Study: Why Pot Smokers Are Skinnier  What is the science behind marijuana and metabolism? The American Journal of Medicine has published two research articles that showed regular marijuana usage boosts metabolism and helps people maintain […]

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Juicing Is Not All Juicy

Juicing has become a popular health trend in the last few years. The term “juicing” or “juice cleanse” usually refers to a period of 3-10 days when a person’s diet consists mainly of fruit and vegetable juices. It is widely marketed as providing health benefits, including weight loss, flushing toxins from the body, and increasing […]

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The Future of Integrative Medicine

A landmark study by Eisenberg et al(1) of the extent of alternative or unconventional therapies, defined as therapies “neither taught widely in US medical schools nor generally available in US hospitals,” was published in 1993. It was reported that 33% of Americans were using alternative therapies, such as relaxation techniques, chiropractic, massage, and dietary supplements. […]

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AJM Editor Calls for Expanded Marijuana Research

Marijuana for Diabetic Control For centuries, cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, has been used as a folk remedy to relieve pain, improve mood, and increase appetite.(1) In 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the US Marijuana Tax Act that made it illegal to sell or use this herb. Nevertheless, cannabis continued to be used […]

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