Week Ending August 23, 2021

A Mixed Bag: Traditional Medicine Meets Evidence-Based Alternatives
“As a child, Peter Lio, MD, FAAD, was an enthusiast for all things mysterious — telepathy, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster. Despite this fascination, Lio, the founding director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center and clinical assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University, found himself in the evidence-based world of medicine.”

A holistic approach to immune support
“Heading back to school can bring on an extra dose of stress. This year is no different, with many children going back for in-person instruction, creating layers of questions and concerns surrounding exposure and possible quarantine procedures.”

5 Ways to Support Your Mental Wellness During Radiation Therapy
“Radiation therapy has various physical side effects, but the process of cancer treatment undoubtedly impacts your mental well-being, as well. Experimental evidence from the National Cancer Institute suggests that psychological stress can affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. This implies that a healthy mind translates to a healthy body.”

Spreading like wildfire: Podcast for veterans is a success
“Signal Fire is a podcast made by veterans for veterans, and it’s all about spreading positive messages.”

How Box Breathing Can Help You Destress
“If you’ve ever felt anxious or overwhelmed, some well-intentioned person has probably given you the advice, “Just breathe.” When you’re in the midst of a stressful moment, though, that can be much easier said than done.”

Study suggests a single skills-based session on pain management packs a punch
“A single two-hour session of a pain management skills class could offer as much benefit as eight sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for patients experiencing chronic low-back pain (CLBP), suggests a study published in JAMA Network Open.”

Swimming is good exercise for better health and to avoid injuries
“Swimming is often touted as a great workout for all ages, offering benefits not only for the body, but also for the mind. As a form of exercise, swimming keeps your heart rate up and builds muscle strength. It also can be a great form of stress relief.”

Time-Restricted Eating Has Important Health Benefits – Even With Infectious Diseases Such As COVID-19
“Time-restricted eating (TRE), a dietary regimen that restricts eating to specific hours, has garnered increased attention in weight-loss circles. A new study by Salk scientists further shows that TRE confers multiple health benefits besides weight loss. The study also shows that these benefits may depend on sex and age.”

10 Things Dietitians Do Every Day to Combat Inflammation
“While you can’t always see or feel it, chronic inflammation may be slowly harming your body. Left unchecked, it can even contribute to chronic diseases and premature aging.”

Surprising Side Effects of Drinking Meal Replacement Shakes, Say Dietitians
“If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t have time to make a healthy breakfast, you probably love meal replacement shakes. Too busy at work to take a break for a sit-down lunch? Make it a liquid lunch. Meal replacements are totally convenient. They’re quick and simple to make. Heck, you don’t even have to dirty a blender if you buy the bottled kind. They’re easy nutrition. No chewing required.”