Knowing how to treat illiness and maintain health can sometimes seem like a daunting task. With so much information available, it can be difficult to know which sources to trust and how to apply them to your life. With busy lives, people often find it tedious and overwhelming to sift through all the health and medical information available in the media and on the internet. 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—to produce up-to-date, interdisciplinary health research reports. These reports 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.


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Tibetan medicine is a unique combination of pre-Buddhist Bon shamanism, Buddhist, Chinese, Indian, Greek and Persian medicine. This is because it is at a crossroads between all of these regions. The basic theoretical framework is that Ayurveda with a number of Buddhist and Bon spirits, deities, and rituals added. From China, Greece, and Persia mainly techniques and medicinals have be added and fitted into this unique theoretical framework. However, the main Ideological Justification for the whole system is Buddhist.

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Reiki is part of a larger tradition of “laying on of hands” found in many parts of the world. Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui, born Japan in 1865. Usui studied a range of subjects including medicine, psychology, religion, and divination in China and Europe. He was also a member of Rei Jyutu Ka, a metaphysical group focused on developing psychic abilities. The word Reiki combines "rei" which means "higher power or God's wisdom" with "ki" (qi), which is the life-force energy. Like qi gong, is a practice that moves and guides subtle energy.  

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"Oh my back!” This can be a real pain, and many of us will experience it at some point in our life, especially those over 45. It’s easy to take our back for granted, until we’re hit by pain. Then we need a solution. There’s a lot of confusion about back pain and the best way to treat it. The pain can be located anywhere from the neck down to the sacrum, but lower back pain (LBP) is the most common. It can be acute and sharp, due to a trauma, or chronic and episodic, due to multiple causes. Some people go for years with chronic pain and usually manage it with medication, if anything. The tragedy is that many people don’t know it’s treatable. Thankfully there is a growing body of evidence that it is and best practices pointing the way forward. 

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Besides the heart, the brain is the most important organ in the body. Nearly all of the body functions rely on the brain. As people are living longer, conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s are on the rise, especially in developed countries, where there is a rapid increase. Alzheimer’s is one of the fifth or sixth leading causes of death in Western countries, followed by Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis (MS).

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In the last two articles I defined what cardiovascular disease (CVD) is, its causes and the key role that diet plays in prevention and treatment. Here we’ll look at the role exercise and lifestyle plays in heart health.

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Each year, around the New Year, many people start thinking about resolutions. We aim to improve our lives by either stopping behaviors we dislike, such as overeating, or by adopting habits we believe will benefit us, like exercising. However, these good intentions don't always lead to the desired outcomes. Why is that? How do we change? Let’s explore what evolutionary biology, medicine, and the human sciences have to say.

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I have spoken and written a lot about the necessity of creating health and importance of “lifestyle medicine” as a way of treating and preventing illness and addressing life problems. I expand on that further here. Both preventing illness and disease and cultivating health come down to some very basic things: diet, stress management, and emotional well-being.

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The easy availability and popularity of nutritional and herbal supplements, as well as nutraceutical, make this an important subject to consider, which I will explore in more detail in the next article (chapter) on supplements.

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Popular myths, outdated or wrong information can keep people from knowing the truth. In the age of the internet its easy to be mislead and to have personal a bias confirmed. Accurate up-to-day information is essential to finding solutions to health and medical problems. We’ve got to go beyond the surface and popular consensus to find answers. Here I continue to expose commonly accepted popular and medical myths.  

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Health Care Systems and Citizen Health Status - 2023

This report aggregate of international healthcare studies to compare the health status of U.S. citizens to those of other developed nations. Although the United States spends the most on healthcare among developed nations, its citizens have lower scores overall health scores and higher infant mortality rates. The report addresses key health challenges in United States, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes—leading causes of death, and identifies preventative health care, lifestyle choices, and education as core solutions.

The case for meditation

 

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

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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