Knowing how to be healthy these days can sometimes seem like a daunting task. With so much health information available to us it can be difficult to know which sources to trust and what to do. With busy lives, people often find it tedious and overwhelming to weed through all of the health information available in the media and on the internet. And even if they could sort through all the information, they would soon realize that medical and health information is not the same as knowledge about health. When health problems do arise, you need to know where to turn and what to do. Teaching people how to make good choices in life and making them aware of the best options are important first steps.
In this way, the Conscious Health Institute (CHI) is a valuable resource for you. Backed by years of professional experience, our researchers study a variety of sources—from medical journals to news reports to leaders in their profession—in order to produce up-to-date, interdisciplinary health research reports that take into account Western biomedical perspectives, traditional practices and non-Western perspectives like Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. We communicate knowledge in clear and understandable terms. Below you'll find links to our most recent research reports.
A Myth develops when an idea or ethos is assumed to be “natural” or the way things are. It’s a way of naturalizing something that is not. Society and culture are built on our ability to create myths. It creates a consensus reality. Myths aren’t just about gods and goddesses. It’s not only the ancient Greeks and Romans, or tribal cultures in the Amazon that live by myths, all societies do. They are presuppositions we have which we take for granted as given.
Cancer. It can affect nearly every organ in the body, and it usually begins with only one cell. The body is made up of trillions of cells, which consistently grow, divide and die. Unlike healthy cells, cancer cells are abnormal cells that do not die—they divide out of control, and they can invade/grow into other tissues and organs. What is the underlying cause and how to we restore cell health? There are two basic ways to study the body and disease, systemically and ecologic and analytically, the basis of biomedicine. I utilize both.
Therapies and Practices for Creating a Healthy Back and Preventing Pain
Solutions to Back Pain outlines an integrated holistic approach for and preventative measures against lower back pain, a condition that affects more than a quarter of American adults. In addition to outlining causes of back pain, this report explains a variety of back pain treatment alternatives to surgery and pain killers, including yoga, acupuncture, structural therapy, and the Alexander Technique. A brief series of back strengthening and stretching exercises is also outlined.
of Health Care Systems and Citizen Health Status - Winter 2010
CHI researchers have aggregated international health care studies in order to compare the health status of U.S. citizens to citizens in other post-industrialized nations. Although the United States spends the most of all developed countries on health care, its citizens have lower scores on overall health and higher infant mortality. The report addresses the United States’ key health challenges, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and identifies preventative health care, lifestyle choices and education as core solutions.
Pills and prescription drugs are increasingly being replaced by meditation as a path to better health. This report summarizes recent research about meditation’s positive effect on depression, anxiety, medical symptoms, sensory pain, brain composition and physical impairment.
Integrating The Brain gives a comprehensive overview of the newest developments in brain health research in Western biomedicine and connects the results of this research to traditional Asian Medicine and health practices, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine. The studies featured in this report show how diet, physical exercise, mental exercise, and stress management affect the human brain and demonstrate the benefits of a holistic approach to brain health for people of all ages.
Exercise for Life explores the numerous benefits of exercise to heart health, brain function, digestive processes, mood and more. The report considers traditional Asian medicine and Western biomedicine perspectives on exercise and health and has a broad definition of exercise, which includes Yoga, Tai Chi, rebounding and inversion.
The Health Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet
This report explores up-to-date research regarding diet and eye health. Studies continue to support the fact that well-balanced vegetarian and vegan diets support eye health in a variety of ways. Additionally, meat consumption may create a more acidic environment in the body, resulting in more cataracts and macular degeneration.