Week Ending April 18, 2022

Can Produce Prescription Programs Turn the Tide on Diet-Related Disease?
“As the farm bill process ramps up and some hope to expand the use of Produce Rx programs, new research seeks to assess the impact of this “food as medicine” tactic.”

Prevention: The benefits of exercise are more expansive than you think
“It might surprise you that getting physically stronger can improve one’s mental health, too, but that’s the experience of people who begin to walk or work out. The initial goal might be to increase arm strength or to lose weight, but the mental health benefits become obvious over time.”

‘Promising evidence’ that osteopathy may relieve musculoskeletal pain
“There’s “promising evidence” that osteopathy, the physical manipulation of the body’s tissues and bones, may relieve the pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions, finds a review of the available clinical evidence, published in the open access journal BMJ Open.”

Grappling With the Science of Touch-Based Healing Practices
“Developed in the early 1980s by Colorado nurse Janet Mentgen, Healing Touch is rooted in the idea that near-body or light touch can support the body’s ability to heal. While it remains on the fringe of mainstream medicine, the Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloane Kettering and more than 30 percent of America’s Veteran Administration (VA) hospital system have incorporated healing-touch therapies into conventional treatment to comfort patients.”

Why and How To Start an Elimination Diet
“Sometimes, the foods you love don’t love you back. When your body responds to your favorite foods with symptoms like bloating and diarrhea, you may start regretting some of your food choices.”

Supporting Healthy Eating in Your Patients: A Nutritionist’s Advice
“Often in western medicine, the mind and body are treated separately—as if they are entities that do not deeply rely on one other to work well. We are not disembodied heads resting on top of a separate body. The mind and the body are interconnected and need to be addressed as a whole.”

How Nature Supports Immunity, Longevity & Brain Health — Backed By Research
“We hesitate to call nature a “tool” you can use to benefit your health—as that greatly underestimates the amazing capacities of the world around us—but we also can’t ignore the sheer number of healing benefits associated with getting outside.”

Study explores perceptions of and preferences for complementary and integrative medicine options for chronic headache
“A new study from researchers with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Regenstrief Institute is one of the first to explore the perceptions and preferences of both patients and their healthcare providers regarding the use of complementary and integrative medicine treatments in conjunction with mainstream medicine for chronic headache.”

Flow state, exercise and healthy ageing: 5 unexpected benefits of singing
“Singing with others feels amazing. Group singing promotes social bonding and has been shown to raise oxytocin (the “bonding hormone”) and decrease cortisol (the “stress hormone”).”

Physical activity reduces depression risk in adults, study finds
“Adults who engage in recommended levels of physical activity are less likely to develop depression, an analysis published Wednesday found.”

On Nutrition: Another look at the Dirty Dozen
“Did you ever think that strawberries, spinach and kale would be called “filthy”? Or leafy green vegetables “repeat offenders”? That’s exactly how these especially nutritious fruits and vegetables are described in a recent article in USA Today.”

Happiness Is a Salad: Strong Correlations Between What We Eat and How We Feel
“Many of us — in the West, at least — seem to suffer from what psychologists call the “Unhealthy = Tasty Intuition”: we subconsciously assume that healthy foods are not as tasty, enjoyable, or satisfying as unhealthy foods.[1] This belief seems to lead to a particular dislike for vegetables[2] and, although it is not shared by everyone — specifically, not by people who enjoy eating and are interested in health[3] — recent research suggests that, due to rapid globalization and urbanization, the beliefs that we have about food are converging across many different cultures.”