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Should you turn to a prescription or schedule a massage?

Categories: General Health

Consumer Reports recently surveyed their readers, asking about the effectiveness of prescription drugs versus mind-body therapies when it comes to 12 different conditions - allergies, anxiety, back pain, colds and flu, depression, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, headache and migraine, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, neck pain, and osteoarthritis.

Can you guess which 3 conditions fared better through the use of mind-body therapies? [Read more →]

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Ask the Nutrition Expert: Probiotic pros and cons

Categories: General Health

Ask MedBroadcast’s nutrition expert, Brennan Robertson, your nutrition questions and get all the latest in nutrition news.

Q: What are probiotics and should I be taking them regularly?

Keep reading for Brennan’s answer … [Read more →]

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Ask the Nutrition Expert: IBS and diet

Ask MedBroadcast’s nutrition expert, Brennan Robertson, your nutrition questions and get all the latest in nutrition news.

Q: What foods are good for someone with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and which foods should be avoided?

Keep reading for Brennan’s answer … [Read more →]

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hypochondria and me

It may sound flip to say it, but it’s true: about a dozen years ago, I went through a bad health period – I had a severe case of hypochondria.

OK, so that’s not actually bad health, right? Um, no, wrong. It’s bad mental health, and it translated into bad physical health for me too, from the stress and depression and possibly from results of my inappropriate responses to my mistaken beliefs about my health.

I wouldn’t say that hypochondria was itself the underlying disease and cause of my troubles. Rather, it was a symptom or manifestation – one that produced further symptoms. I was lonely, in some ways isolated, uncertain about my future. I needed something to grab onto. And it’s really something how that shock of dread of coming to think you have some terrible, life-altering disease can feel like something real to grab onto, like a life-validating (if, or because, life-threatening) struggle. That jolt of adrenaline and fear, that weight of loss, perhaps paradoxically gave me some sense of meaning.

It started with a flu. It was a real flu. Influenza isn’t really a suitable fantasy for hypochondria because it has a limited course. Hypochondria demands something life-altering. [Read more →]

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