Resources

Self-Care

American College of Sports Medicine
Excellent source of guidelines, recommendations and research on exercise.

American Council on Exercise
Excellent source of guidelines, recommendations and research on exercise.

Physical Activity Guidelines for America
Excellent source of guidelines, recommendations and research on exercise.

CDC: Physical Activity
Excellent source of guidelines, recommendations and research on exercise.

Yoga For Vets
Non-profit organization dedicated to help war Veterans “cope with stress of combat through yoga instruction.”

iRest in the Military
Branch of the Integrative Restoration Institute’s presentation of yoga-based practices in support of active duty military and Veterans.

Warriors at Ease
Training, certification and resources that bring “the healing power of yoga and meditation to military communities around the world.”

Yoga Warriors International
Large multifaceted program offering evidence-based yoga and mindfulness practices “to alleviate symptoms of combat Large multifaceted program offering evidence-based yoga and mindfulness practices “to alleviate symptoms of combat

The Huffington Post- Military Yoga
A variety of articles/blog posts discussing yoga’s emerging role in the U.S. military.

The International Association of Yoga Therapists
Professional organization with numerous publications and other resources dedicated to establishing “yoga as a recognized and respected therapy.”

Tai Chi: A Gentle Way to Fight Stress
Basic information about tai chi from renowned Mayo Clinic.

Horse Stance Exercise
Instruction on a basic tai chi exercise from UW Health Integrative Medicine.

Pilates Method Alliance
Authoritative source of professional information and certification.

Financial Education and Literacy Resources

Money Smart
Financial education program created and run by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Money Smart materials are free and can be ordered on the FDIC’s website. The adult Money Smart curriculum has ten modules that focus on everything from how to work with banks and loans to how to work with credit, checking accounts, and consumer loans.

Financial Knowledge Institute
Non-profit educational organization that specializes in on-site workshops on personal financial topics. The speakers are members of the community that are donating their time to share their passion of creating financial literacy.

Institute for Financial Literacy
Non-profit organization whose mission is to promote effective financial education and counseling.

Money Management International
Non-profit agency that provides free professional credit counseling, debt management programs, and consumer education.

National Endowment for Financial Education
Information on ways to save money, tips on how to become a savvy saver, a savings quiz, and financial calculators to help figure out how long it would take to save money or pay off a loan.

Take Charge America
Phoenix-based organization that provides education, counseling, and debt management.

My Money
Information from the U.S government to help improve the financial literacy and education of persons in the United States.

Women’s Institute for Financial Education
WIFE is a non-profit organization which provides financial education and networking opportunities to women of all ages.

Jump$tart (Financial Smarts for Students)
Evaluates the financial literacy of young adults; develops, disseminates, and encourages the use of guidelines for grades K-12.

The American Financial Services Association Education Foundation (AFSAEF)
An affiliate of the American Financial Services Association (AFSA) is a non-profit organization to heighten consumers’ awareness of personal financial responsibility. AFSAEF’s mission is to help consumers realize the benefits of responsible money management, understand the credit process, and seek help if credit problems occur.

My HealtheVet
Offers a food journal and other tools

Eat Wisely
VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) website with tip, information and policies

Eat Wisely
Patient handout

MOVE! Program (NCP)
Internet resources for both Veterans, their families and clinicians

MOVE! Program (NCP)
Intranet resources for VA clinicians*

The Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine

The National Sleep Foundation

Information about iRest® Yoga Nidra

University of Maryland Medical Center Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide
This is a great and easily accessible database that covers extensive areas of complementary, alternative and integrative medicine. It is easy to search and to look up potential drug herb interactions.

The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
A tremendous resource for information on herbs and supplements. Mobile apps are also available. A subscription fee may be required.

Oasis Institute
Online MBSR courses through the Oasis Institute at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine

eMindful
Live online MBSR instruction

Health Journeys
Guided imagery programming for purchase and download

Guided Imagery Podcasts from Kaiser Permanente
Guided imagery programing, which can be streamed for free!

Insomnia by Rubin Naiman, PhD. In: Rakel D, ed. Integrative Medicine, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:65-76. Excellent review of an integrative approach to insomnia.

Healthy at Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2014. Chapter 4 “Calming the Nerves, Strengthening the Nervous System” offers the perspective of a master herbalist on insomnia and related topics.

Rational Phytotherapy: A Reference Guide for Physicians and Pharmacists 5th ed. by Volker Schulz, Rudolf Hänsel, Mark Blumenthal, V. E. Tyler. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2014. The standard reference for herbal medicine.

DoD/VA Suicide Outreach: Resources for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Line
Access to hotlines, treatments, professional resources, forums, and multiple media designed to link individuals to others. This site supports all Service Branches, the National Guard, the Reserves, Veterans, families and clinicians.

Veteran Crisis Line
To receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Veterans and their loved ones can 1) call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or 2) chat online, or 3) send a text message to 838255.

DCoE Outreach Center
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) runs a resource center that provides information and resources about psychological health (PH), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The center can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week 1) by phone at 866-966-1020, 2) by e-mail, or 3) by online chat.

National Call Center for Veterans who are Homeless
For a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless (also intended for Veterans families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community). 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838)

Military OneSource
Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to Service Members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns. Call and talk anytime, 24 hours day/7 days a week at 1-800-342-9647.

National Center for PTSD Support Group Page
The National Center for PTSD lists resources for those with PTSD, as well as general resources for finding support groups focused on a variety of other areas.

National Resource Directory (NRD)
The NRD is a website for connecting wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, and their families with those who support them. It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits and compensation, education and training, employment, family and caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation and travel, and other services and resources. The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs.

VA Caregiver Support
Programs available both in and out of the home to help caregivers support Veterans and themselves.

Dr. David Kearney and Tracy Simpson, Loving-Kindness Meditation Video Clip

Compassion: Bridging Practice and Science, Stanford University, e-book

Center for Investigating Health Minds

Professional Care

Dietary Supplements


Subscription Web Sources
Free Web Sources
Books
  • Blumenthal M (ed). The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs. Austin, TX: American Botanical Council; 2003 (P)
  • Bonakdar RA (ed). The H.E.R.B.A.L. Guide: Dietary Supplement Resources for the Clinician. Philadelphia; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2010 (P)
  • Johnson RL, Foster S, Low Dog T, Kiefer D. National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs. Washington D.C.; National Geographic: 2010
  • Mills S, Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh, England: Churchill Livingstone; 2000 (P)
  • Schulz V, Hänsel R, Blumenthal M, Tyler VE. Rational Phytotherapy. Berlin: Springer-Verlag; 2004
  • Mason P. Dietary Supplements. Fourth Edition. Pharmaceutical Products Press; 2011
  • PDR for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Herbs. Physician Desk Reference Inc.; 2011
Journals
  • Economic Botany
  • HerbalGram
  • Journal of Ethnopharmacology
  • Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy

Cancer Care


Website Resources for Whole Health and Cancer
Resources for Exercise
  • Moving for Life
    Moving for Life is a dance exercise program for cancer recovery. The DVD is available for purchase on the website.
  • Healing Yoga for People Living with Cancer
    Book by Lisa Holtby, published by Taylor Trade Publishing in 2004. Offers a clear explanation of the benefits of yoga for people with cancer, safety guidelines, and four yoga sequences, all explained with easy-to-follow instructions and photographs.
  • Qigong by Ken Cohen
    DVD available on the website.
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
    In collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS) certifies Cancer Exercise Trainers. To locate a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer in your area, go to the ACSM ProFinder website and click on ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer in the “Certification/Registry Level” box.

Immune System Health


Women’s Health


Books
  • Christiane Northrup, MD. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing. Bantam Books; 2010.
  • Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause. Touchstone; 2010.
  • Joan Price. Better than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk About Sex after 60. Seal Press; 2006.
Online

Substance Use


For Patients
For Clinicians (education, programs, guidelines, toolkits)
Specific to Smoking

Coping with Grief


Journal article
  • Simon NM. Treating Complicated Grief. JAMA. 2013;310(4):416-423. (Excellent clinical review.)
Books
  • Ethnic Variations in Dying, Death, and Grief: Diversity in Universality edited by Donald P. Irish,
  • Kathleen F. Lundquist and Vivian Jenkins Nelsen. Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis. (1993)
  • Good Grief: Healing Through the Shadow of Loss by Deborah Morris Coryell. Inner Traditions/Bear & Company. (2007)
  • Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner (4th Edition) by J. William Worden. New York: Springer Publishing Company. (2009)
  • Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death edited by Kenneth J. Doka and Amy S. Tucci. Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America. (2013)
  • Living with Grief: Before and After the Death edited by Kenneth J. Doka. Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America. (2007)
  • Treatment of Complicated Mourning by Therese A. Rando. Champaign, IL: Research Press.(1993)
Organizations Offering Grief Support
For the General Public
  • Hospice Foundation of America
    Brief articles on grief topics
  • AARP
    Grief and loss resources
  • GriefNet.org
    An internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss.
  • The Compassionate Friends
    Assists families following the death of a child of any age.
  • Survivors of Suicide
    Website created by a survivor of suicide.
  • For Military Families and Veterans
    Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
    Provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, casework assistance, and connections to community-based care for anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America.
  • Vet Centers U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
    Offers counseling to parents, spouses, siblings, and children of service members, reservists, and National Guard who died on active duty. Offers readjustment-to-civilian-life counseling for combat Veterans and families.