25% Off all Audio Courses at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism


Well known and esteemed medical herbalist Paul Bergner is the Founder of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism.  This institute also operates the excellent journal Medical Herbalism.  Some past issues are available for free.

Until January 31, 2016 there is a 25% off special on all audio course.  For more information see their offer page.

Are Placebo Effects just Regression to the Mean?

We very much appreciated this quote from the article:

“Thus, we urge caution in interpreting patient improvements as causal effects of our actions and should avoid the conceit of assuming that our personal presence has strong healing powers.”

We have started a forum thread about the placebo effect.

Irritable Bowels have Reduced Sensitivity


A recent study stated: “We demonstrated for the first time reduced neuronal responses in mucosal IBS biopsies to an IBS mediator cocktail.”  That is, when they gave a mix of pro-inflammatory substances to the IBS gut wall they were surprised to find a less strong reaction than compared to the control of normal, non-IBS gut wall.

See the abstract for this study for more information.

We have a forum thread about irritable bowel syndrome.