By Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP, ACC September 22, 2017

Dr. Meg Jordan, chair of Integrative Health Studies, shared three interesting news items to start our academic year right.

First, a recent study compared 8 ounces of pomegranate juice with a flavor-matched placebo drink for 4 weeks. Before and after the intervention, participants received memory testing, functional MRIs (fMRI), and blood draws for peripheral biomarkers. After 4 weeks, the pomegranate group showed significant improvement in verbal memory scores and plasma antioxidant levels. Further, the pomegranate group showed increased fMRI activity during verbal and memory tasks, indicating pomegranate juice consumption results in increased blood flow to critical task-related brain regions.

If you are looking for natural healing of your leaky gut, try oregano oil. Dr. Eric Zielenski ( tells us that oregano essential oil has been proven to repair the gut lining, thus promoting healing.

As the days shorten, it's nice to have a good book to read. Try Thinking Fast and Slow, by Danial Kahneman. It reveals the link between how we think and how we behave, based on the processing of our intuitive neural network, replete with casual explanations, errors of substitution, stereotyping, halo effect, narrative fallacy and more trippy brain missteps.

Integrative Health Studies, Faculty News

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