How to Take an Integrative Approach to Chronic Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Chronic pelvic floor dysfunction is a condition whose origins are often unknown; however traumatic injuries to the pelvic area, including accidents and vaginal childbirth complications, can contribute to this condition. Because the muscles in the pelvic floor need to relax and contract to have bowel and bladder movements, having this condition can make it difficult […]

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The Placebo Response: How Cultural Context Influences Healing

It’s been revealed that the healing effect from fake treatments could vary from 0% to 100%—even for the same disease and same treatment—depending on the context and cultural meaning in which they were delivered. In other words, the cultural context influenced the meaning, which in turn influenced the biology, the pathology, and the outcome. The […]

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Ease Your Labor And Delivery With An Integrative Health Approach

Epidurals, spinal anesthesia, and analgesics work well against labor pains. However, they do have some side effects including nausea and vomiting as well as increasing the chance that some assisted birth is needed. There are some natural ways to help with labor pains and most of them orient around relaxation. In this episode of #AskDrJonas, I discuss how […]

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The Healing Paradox: How to Activate Your Full Healing Potential

For thousands of years, medical treatments have been selected and passed down using clinical experiences as the best approach to truth. But could accumulated medical wisdom, both from ancient practices like acupuncture and modern drugs, be wrong? If so, how could we explain healing? Since 1991, I have had the good fortune to have jobs […]

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Healing Tool Series: Empirical Dietary Inflammatory Index

An index to assesses diet quality based on its inflammatory potential. “Healing Tools” summaries are a collection of evidence-based resources to help providers and patients use integrative health approaches to improve health and wellbeing. This tool is for: Providers This tool was created by: Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s […]

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Healing Tool Series: The Patient Revolution

A website to help patients get better healthcare by talking to their doctors about their lives and goals. “Healing Tools” summaries are a collection of evidence-based resources to help providers and patients use integrative health approaches to improve health and wellbeing. This tool is for: Patients and their family members This tool was created by: Knowledge and […]

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How Our Government Can Improve Our Healthcare System

It’s clear that the US healthcare system needs changing. The costs are too high and the results too poor. The system also needs changing because our patients have changed. What we get mostly from healthcare was built on an acute care model to treat illness – usually applied at late stages. That approach no longer […]

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Healing Tool Series: Minimally Disruptive Medicine

A theory-based approach to care for complex patients focused on a patient’s life and health goals and providing the smallest treatment burden that is effective “Healing Tools” summaries are a collection of evidence-based resources to help providers and patients use integrative health approaches to improve health and wellbeing. This tool is for: Providers  This tool was […]

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Understanding the Value of the Placebo Effect

The placebo effect is more than just a sugar pill. Outcomes are affected by factors including the label or name of the treatment, the cost of the treatment, the location and route of delivery, authority of the deliverer, and the message given along with the delivery. Even the belief of the patient, the belief of […]

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Healing Tool Series: Starting the Conversation on Diet

A brief screening instrument designed for non-dietitians in clinical practices for assessing patients’ diet and guiding nutritional counseling. “Healing Tools” summaries are a collection of evidence-based resources to help providers and patients use integrative health approaches to improve health and wellbeing. This tool is for: Providers This tool was created by: The Center for Health Promotion and […]

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