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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

MINDFULNESS IS HEARTFULNESS

We experience the breadth of human emotions in our hearts. The heart is where we feel the love for our romantic partner, dear friends and family, children and pets. Those who have had the experience of holding their newborn child or grandchild for the first time report a feeling in the heart unlike….

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DEC 2020

MINDFUL, GRACEFUL AGING

Aging is a mixed blessing. We want to live a long life, but aging often comes with disability, pain, loss of function and loss of loved ones. Aging well involves healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating, physical activity, restful sleep, social support and stress management. Mindfulness is an extremely….

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NOV 2020

BEFRIENDING YOUR BODY WITH MINDFULNESS

Being disconnected from or being self-critical of your body can have serious health consequences. An 18-year-old woman had bilateral breast implants at an out-of-state clinic. Since her early teens, she had wanted this surgery because she thought her....

MANAGING WEIGHT WITH MINDFULNESS

Where is your attention when you eat?  Do you love the pleasure of eating so much that you overeat from sheer enjoyment rather than from physiologic hunger cues? Do you overeat as a self-soothing antidote for emotional stress, anxiety or depression?

MINDFULLY MANAGING ANGER

Anger can be a healthy emotional response or a serious health risk. Managing anger appropriately does not require that we deny it, repress it or get completely rid of it. Brief, mild-to-moderate episodes of anger and righteous indignation can be a useful stimulus….

LIVING WELL WITH CANCER

Both my parents experienced the sudden change in life’s priorities associated with the diagnosis of inoperable cancer.  Suddenly, things that have occupied our mind, time and energy are reappraised in light of a stark reminder of life’s uncertainty and our mortality.

YOGA + KIDS = FUN

Yoga can be fun and healthy for you and your kids – physically, mentally and emotionally.What is yoga?  The word “yoga” means to yoke, unite, connect or join together. Yoga helps connect the body, mind, heart and emotions. It can also help connect you to other....

LET FOOD BE YOUR MEDICINE

The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) is the world’s premier nutrition education resource. Harvard Medical School and the Department of Nutrition at HSPH developed the Healthy Eating Plate to provide the general public with….

THE MINDFUL GIFT OF LOVING KINDNESS

The holiday season is filled with emotion for most people. While this emotion is often happy, positive and loving, for many people it can be very unhappy and even depressing. Holiday music can trigger emotional associations with the absence of a loved one or….

MINDFULNESS AND GRATITUDE FOR YOUR AGING EYES

One of the most common symptoms of aging is the decline in accommodation, the process by which the eye changes (accommodates) focus to maintain a clear image of objects at different distances.