Entries by Jann Mirchandani

Emotional Trauma Q&A’s

By Mona Cattan Q: What is trauma? A:  Trauma can be defined as witnessing or experiencing something horrific, where you are afraid that you or someone else is at risk of injury or death. In the long-term, trauma can impact physical, emotional and mental health. Trauma may include such varied experiences as the destruction of prized […]

Healing From Trauma By Focusing On The Body

STRESS is an unavoidable part of life. Our plans hit roadblocks, our circumstances change constantly, we have interpersonal conflicts, we lose loved ones and we get hurt. Stress can take a toll on our bodies and minds. But when stress reaches a high level and is experienced as trauma, it can wreak havoc, disrupting our […]

How To Treat Cognitive Impairment From Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a preventable and treatable condition that, if left unchecked, can predispose a person to cognitive impairment/dementia.  This article describes the following: Mechanisms: Why and how TBI can favor the development of dementia Integrative treatment: Holistic approaches you can incorporate in your life to treat TBI if it has already occurred. […]

Q&A: Concussions

By Madeleine Castellanos, M.D. Concussions are serious head injuries that often go unreported or undiagnosed but have significant cognitive and overall health consequences for individuals.  Here Dr. Castellanos answers some questions related to concussion identification and treatment. Q:  What exactly is a concussion, and can I have one without realizing it? A:  A concussion is […]

Quinoa: the Inca’s “Chisaya Mama”

Five thousand years ago, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. The Incas considered quinoa to be sacred, and they referred to it as chisaya mama or ‘mother of all grains.’ The Incan emperor would traditionally sow the first seeds of the season using “golden implements.” Now science […]

Maintaining Brain Health with TURMERIC

By Rinku Bhattacharya and Lisa Feiner One of the most common spices on the Indian table is turmeric, which has been used for over 5,000 years. It is well known for its rich deep yellow-gold color. The source of turmeric’s color is also its active component, curcumin, which has been shown to reverse age-related cerebrovascular […]