Here's where you can go to take
the next steps on your healing journey
These are the most useful websites we've found. We've divided them into groups according to their purpose and the nature of their evidence base.
Natural Stresscare offers these links for educational purposes only. We are not responsible for the information or opinions expressed therein (except our own) and similarly cannot be held responsible for any results obtained by following their suggestions. If you have a condition requiring medical or psychological attention, please consult a professional.
The Evidence Base
Science-based research into relationships between nutrition and mental health status has been conducted for over 80 years. While the 1950s-late 80s period saw methodological errors introducing a degree of confusion into the area, over the last ten years a broad, new body of research strongly supports the role of well-informed nutritional habits in fostering emotional and cognitive well-being.
Nutrition and other integrative medical techniques typically achieve their best results by tailoring their approach to the patient, not the diagnosis. A matrix of nutrients must typically be adjusted to an individual's unique biochemistry and responses. A unusual degree of co-operation must be obtained from motivated patients at times in order to achieve the best results, particularly when dietary modifications are appropriate.
Randomized, placebo-controlled (RCT) trials, the "gold standard" of modern medical research in the the west, have difficulty modeling these conditions and therefore may be producing false negative results when examining CAM techniques. Reviews and meta-reviews from the 20th century that produced equivocal results with CAM approaches typically value RCT evidence above all other forms. (For a more detailed discussion of this issue, download the References & Thoughts on the Evidence Base appendix from my book,Before Meds / After Meds: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Anxiety and Depression.)
A more complete picture emerges when the totality of evidence is considered. While it's true that non-RCT trials can introduce their own forms of error, a substantial research base now documents the effectiveness of many CAM techniques. The broad public acceptance of CAM modalities and their long history of use by humans suggest a degree of effectiveness much more in agreement with the totality of evidence than the RCT segment considered in isolation suggests.
Recently new insights and understanding have helped refine research designs and especially dosage regimes so that today more sophisticated RCT studies are beginning to produce more positive findings.
Our Online & Live CE Courses draw from the rich history of research as well as the latest detailed findings into how nutrition can support the treatment of psychological disorders. Our free sections show how stress affects the mind, body and behavior, and how nutrition affects stress. Duane Law, L.Ac. shares what he's learned from his personal journey as well as his extensive studies and a pioneering career in naturopathic and traditional asian medicine. The Courses describe in specific terms how complementary medical approaches can be used to help overcome psychological, cognitive and pain-management challenges.
The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine
This is the flagship publication of the orthomolecular (literally "right molecule") medical community. Drawing from the early work of Abram Hoffer, Humphrey Osmond and Linus Pauling, this journal has continued to provide a forum for researchers into the relationships between nutrition, mental and physical health. This publication is not indexed in PubMed (although many major medical university libraries subscribe) so it's necessary to go to their website to access information on their articles. From here you can find links to the associated International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine. They used to have an online directory of practitioners, but now you have to email them and request that they send you a hardcopy.
However there are a large number of national orthomolecular societies these days, and some of them have online directories of practitioners. You'll find a director of these societies here.
A public advocacy group, run mainly by parents, dedicated to raising public awareness of connections between allergies, food additives and various psychological disorders, especially learning disabilities. They've collected a wide range of work in their Scientific Research section, and supplied much of the inspiration for the Natural StressCare site.
The Soil and Health Library
This Australian site pulls together decades of public-access research and writings on issues surrounding modern agricultural practices and their long-term implications for human health.
Bastyr University Library
Bastyr University is one of the premier schools of naturopathic medicine in the U.S. A lot of their web resources are only available to their students/faculty/grads . . . but their online resources page is an wonderfully complete listing of most of the best mainstream and complementary medical resources on the web.
This is the the searchable database of the National Library of Medicine. You can use this database to search for any research studies published in thousands of medical journals all over the world (for the most part since the late seventies.) You can use this database to look up the abstracts of most of the articles cited on this website and in the Nutrition and the Mind continuing education course.
This used to be the older version of the National Library of Medicine's database. A little clunkier than PubMed, but you could find older research, in some cases as early as the 1950s. Now that appears to be gone, but there's still a variety of useful resources including information on ongoing clinical trials, the NLM catalog, toxicology resources and more.
Medline Plus Drug Information
Drug information from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health. This is a great place to start when you want to know the generally accepted wisdom on actions, indications, contra-indications and the possible side effects of any pharmaceutical. There's also a thorough resource on supplements and herbs informed by a mainstream medical perspective.
Another medically mainstream site geared to the continuing education needs of health-care professionals. If you don't feel like wading through the excellent technical articles there's a great consumer education section, too.
This is neurotransmitter neurochemistry for the hard core. TOCRIS is a laboratory supplier. This page has links to a number of in-depth, very technical articles about how neurotransmitters work. If you've got the biology chops to wade through it all you'll find it unique and useful. If you've had it with neurochemistry sites long on bombast and short on technical detail, this is the place for you.
University of Maryland Medical Home Reference
A really well-designed university-based medical website with the medical diseases and procedures well explained. Y tambien en espanol.
One of the original online sources for authoritative western medical information.
Allison Hunter Memorial Foundation
This Austrialia-based site can keep you up-to-date on the latest news in the mainstream medical assault on Chronic Fatigue Disease. While not advocating or introducing complementary medical approaches per se, the archive of articles on this site betrays some dissatisfaction with orthodox medicine's approach to researching CFD, while appreciatively cataloging what is known and being done.
This group does quality testing of nutritional products. Recalls and warnings, natural products encyclopedia, free newsletter and technical reports. Some reports available only to subscribers.
Lansbury Research Group
This Harvard-based research group is looking into amyloid plaques and other possible causes of Alzheimer's. A wealth of information on neurological diseases like ALS, MS, Parkinson's etc.
Linus Pauling Institute
Linus Pauling won two Nobel Prizes during his lifetime and then won the scorn of his contemporaries when he decided to champion the role of Vitamin C in human nutrition. New research supports Dr. Pauling's original insights however, and this Institute is carrying on his work in an academic research setting.
The Nutrition Reporter
Jack Challem wrote Syndrome X, the definitive work on the nexus of high blood pressure, diabetes. and insulin resistance that popularized the concept of dietary links between these three killer diseases. He writes incisive reports on research-based cutting edge uses of nutrients for a wide range of health problems.
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
This is the part of the FDA which is responsible for testing drugs for efficacy and safety. Another authoritative site on drug effects and side effects.
Health World Online Library
A naturopathic online encyclopedia. Has hundreds of links to schools, articles, interviews, referral networks and more. Whatever you're looking for in natural medicine you'll find it here, usually taught by a recognized authority.
Food Surveys Research Group
This is the original federally-funded research group started by W.O. Atwater in 1893. It's the only federally-funded research institute focusing on nutrition and human health in the country. Among other things you can find out how much of various nutrients there are in the foods Americans eat.
John Hopkins Center for Communications
An exhaustive database of presentation materials relating to public health with an emphasis on issues of the third world re: maternal/child health, population, family planning and reproductive health. If you dig around you'll also find great links to public interest and government sites on subjects like safe drinking water.
These sites can usually help connect you to a qualified professional in your area as well as being interesting sources of more marketing-oriented information.
Acupuncture.com. is a good source of information about Traditional Asian Medicine (TAM). It has a wealth of articles written by acupuncturists. Also a good locator for acupuncturists all over the world.
GanCao.net is the more personal site of Al Stone, original developer of the Acupuncture.com. website. This is where acupuncturists hang out on the web. There's links to interesting articles, news, blogs, forums, case studies, referrals, research ... you name it, it's here.
The oldest trade publication for acupuncturists themselves. Back issues, discussion forums, lots of articles, links, announcements and an acupuncturist locator.
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
This website explains naturopathy and has a search engine for locating naturopathic physicians throughout the U.S.
These sites are more personal than the evidence-based sites listed previously.
Richard Passwater writes for Whole Foods Magazine, a trade publication for the health food industry. He's been travelling the world for decades attending nutrition conferences and he has a great nose for cutting-edge work. Dr. Passwater is one of those rare writers who combines a solid respect for scientific research with an integrative medical sensibility. He interviews the researchers, getting them to talk about their findings and their work informally, in terms anyone can (usually) understand.
Daniel G. Amen, MD
Dr. Amen was one of the early pioneers in brain imaging. A practicing psychiatrist, he uses nuclear medicine techniques to produce functional brain images of people in various stages of emotional/cognitive harmony and distress. This has allowed Dr. Amen to draw connections between under- and over-activity in specific brain regions and behavioral disorders. The site includes a number of beautifully rendered computer-generated pictures of brain activity in the atlas.
This is the personal site of Andrew Saul, Ph.D., a contributing editor to the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. Dr. Saul has an unabashedly anti-establishment approach to medicine. He's a better-educated and more research-oriented version of Kevin Trudeau, writing in a folksy style but supported by research citations. His site has recommendations for naturopathic approaches to hundreds of different medical conditions, including emotional and cognitive problems, and a very rich links page. "I have not seen any better." - Abram Hoffer, M.D.
The Doctors' Medical Library
Dr. Ron Kennedy is a Santa Rosa, CA based naturopathic MD who has written hundreds of articles posted on his site about how to heal specific medical conditions. There's also an online database where you can type in symptoms and get a list of medical conditions that can display those symptoms. Look for the "Symptom Correlation" page.
The Pathology Guy
Ed Friedlander, M.D. is a lecturer at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, MO and an amazing polymath. He's put together an amazing resource for anyone trying to learn more about what goes wrong with the body in medical terms. Be prepared: he's skeptical of much of complementary medicine. No matter: he's a really good explainer. And the site is much more personal - nice relief from all the other more corporate- and government-flavored medical sites listed here.
Catherine Saxelby's Australian site is a good source of mainstream dietary thinking and advice. She has extensive info on the nutrients in foods and ways to treat various medical problems through diet. Atkins fans warning: she's down on fats and big on carbs.
These sites detail the work of investigators operating outside the boundaries of institutional science. Caveat emptor.
Rupert Sheldrake Online
Rupert Sheldrake is a fringe British biologist famous for popularizing the theory of morphic resonance. This is the concept that the fundamental law of nature is that if something happens once, it's more likely to happen again than it is if it had never happened at all. Simply put: the universe has no a priori physical laws, just a lot of convenient habits that it's fallen into. It turns out this idea explains some common phenomena with which mainstream science has trouble ... like the experience of feeling someone staring at us. The British respect their eccentrics so Dr. Sheldrake's work has won respect over the years ... interesting stuff.
This is the institute/school founded by Robert Monroe, the Texas cable-TV magnate who had some spontaneous out-of-body experiences in the seventies and decided to devote his life and fortune to research and education in this area. The Monroe Institute uses brain-wave machines to induce out-of-body states in a controllable and predictable manner. They host regular retreats where anyone can go and have these experiences. Out-of-this-world. Literally.
Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory
Robert DeMeo is the intellectual heir of Wilhelm Reich, the contemporary of Freud who discovered the life force and named it orgone in the 1930s. Hounded until his death in the 1950s in prison, Reich's work has been carried on by Dr. DeMeo in southwestern Oregon. Not for the cognitively inflexible.
The people running these sites have a distinct point of view they're promoting.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
The prominent Washington, D.C. think tank and public-interest lobbying group. Not only are they an excellent source for information on the most pressing public health issues of the day, they're often the ones doing the media/PR legwork to make sure that those issues are pushed into public awareness.
Environmental Working Group
A very professional Washington, D.C. and Oakland, CA-based environmental advocacy organization. Their website is a key part of their lobbying effort, and it shows. Lots of resources on the health and ecological effects of industrial and agricultural pollutants.
These people think everyone should be a vegetarian. Given the toxic food chain most carnivores sit atop, I can't say they're wrong. Facts, resources, recipes, vegetarian groups. As a 30-year vege who has the typical social problems on BBQ holidays like the Fourth of July and Labor Day, I'm really glad these folks exist. Reduce the suffering of all beings.
The UK's answer to MeatOut. Making the change to vegetarianism can be a challenge and these folks want to be the support group. Lots of articles, nutrition info, recipes, etc.
The Paleolithic Diet is a modern reconstruction from archeological evidence attempting to identify how our remote ancestors ate. This one of the best places to find research/opinions about the Paleolithic Diet and its implications for modern life.