Week Ending June 2, 2021

Oncologists underestimate patient use of complementary medicine
“In late 2020, IQVIA conducted a national survey of 115 clinical oncologists who treat breast cancer and 164 breast cancer patients who had been diagnosed within two years of the survey.

Is the microbiome another organ? Maybe we should treat it as such
“In this feature, we hear from two United Kingdom-based researchers whose work focuses on obesity and metabolism: Dr. Petra Hanson and Dr. Thomas M. Barber. They discuss the microbiome, the marketing hype behind probiotics, and the future direction of research.”

How to Overcome Beginner’s Frustration With Meditation
“Have you been meditating lately? If so, you’ve got lots of company, as people the world over have embraced the practice to find calm and comfort during the coronavirus pandemic. But if you’ve tried it and quickly given up, you’ve also got lots of company, meditation experts say.”

Restoring health and fitness with exercise
“If COVID-19 restrictions have kept you home exercising less and eating more, it could be affecting your health as could the stress, boredom and isolation of this time. Exercise can help.”

How Acupuncture Helped My Crohn’s Disease
“Treating Crohn’s disease is a tricky thing since one approach does not fit all. For some people, just taking medications is enough. Others may rely more on holistic or complementary approaches. Personally, I feel my best with a combination of both.”

Medical myths: All about allergies
“For Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, this edition of the Medical Myths series tackles some of the many myths and misconceptions associated with allergies.”

Should You Take a Food Sensitivity Test? Here’s What Health Experts Have to Say
“You might want to consider a food sensitivity test if you struggle with symptoms like headaches, skin woes, or indigestion. Here’s what to know before ordering one.”

What Is Reiki And How Does It Work?
“Reiki may sound “new age” to some, but it’s anything but new. In fact, it’s a form of energy healing with roots in ancient cultures. Reiki uses what’s known as universal life force energy—ki or qi—to improve people’s lives and ailments.”