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This page provides research findings, scientific evidence, and reports written by government agencies and professional organizations on many of the subjects included on the My Journey, My Choices website. It will be regularly updated, so check back often. 

Western Medicine

Inflammation & Health. MIDUS – Institute on Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2017.


Nahin RL, Boineau R, Khalsa PS, Stussman BJ, Weber WJ. Evidence-based evaluation of complementary health approaches for pain management in the United States. Mayo Clin Proc. 2016 Sep;91(9):1292-306.

Furst DE, Venkatraman MM, McGann M, et al. Double-blind, randomized, controlled, pilot study comparing classic Ayurvedic medicine, methotrexate, and their combination in rheumatoid arthritis. J Clin Rheumatol. 2011;17(4):185-92.

American Massage Therapy Association. Research Roundup: Massage Beneficial in Oncology Care.

American Massage Therapy Association. Research Roundup. Vol. 4.


Morgan N, Irwin MR, Chung M, Wang C. The effects of mind-body therapies on the immune system: meta-analysis. PLoS ONE. 2014;9(7).

Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Research and Policy Development. The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research, Washington, DC 2007.

Spiritual Work

Koenig HG. Religion, Spirituality, and Health: The Research and Clinical Implications. ISRN Psychiatry. 2012;1-33.

Mueller PS, Plevak DJ, Rummans TA. Religious involvement, spirituality, and medicine: implications for clinical practice. Mayo Clin Proc. 2001;76:1225-1235.


Holt-Lunstad J, Smith TB, Layton JB. Social relationships and mortality risk: a meta-analytic review. PLoS Medicine. 2010;7(7).


Manzel A, Muller DN, Hafler DA, Erdman SE, Linker RA, Kleinewietfeld M. Role of “Western Diet” in inflammatory autoimmune diseases. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2014; 14(1): 404-16.

American Dietetic Association. Position of the American Dietetic Association: Nutrient Supplementation. 2009.

Katz DL, Meller S. Can we say what diet is best for health? Annu Rev Public Health. 2014. 35:83–103.


Danaher TS, Brand SR, Pickard LSS, Mack JW, Berry LL. How a Child With Cancer Moved From Vulnerability to Resilience. J Clin Oncol. 2017;35(27):3169-3171.

Scott JG, Warber SL, Dieppe P, Jones D, Stange KC. Healing journey: a qualitative analysis of the healing experiences of Americans suffering from trauma and illness. BMJ Open. 2017;7(8):e016771.

Measuring the Magic of Healing. Ojala L. Scientific American. 2018.

Long-term/Chronic Illness

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2012. Living well with chronic illness: A call for public health action. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Johnson NB, Hayes LD, Brown K, Hoo EC, Ethier KA. MMWR. 2014;63(4):1-27.