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The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like

The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

The most recent findings that support coffee as a panacea will make their premiere this December in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Coffee, researchers found, appears to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.


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I love coffee. That said,  I've had about 3 cups in the past three months.  Now (thanks to the Integrative Medicine Program) my health is restored.  I can start savoring my favorite brew once again!

 

Update 2016:  The coffee love affair continues.  These days a small cup of black coffie in the morning is my friend. (A very good friend indeed.)

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Randomized Control Trials: Biofield Theraphies

Randomized Control Trials: Biofield Theraphies | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Overall results regarding the benefits of non-physical touch ("hands-off") biofield therapies in these 28 Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) of this systematic review are shown below. Benefits of biofield therapy, based on researcher-reported results of Primary (main) outcomes, are indicated by Color.


Each RCT Article is available by clicking its representative circle.

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Hands Off Therapies? RCTs (Randomized Controlled Trials) may help me see (and feel) the light. 

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Balance and Fall Prevention Class

Taught by Dr. Roger Mignosa, physical medicine & rehabilitation
physician, exercise physiologist, and former All-American Triathlete. 619-548-8815

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Ben Franklyn had it right.  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” 

 

When's the last time you took a fall?  Fear, anger, regret and pain when the shock wears off; that's what I recall. But I didn't think to get training to prevent it all from happening again.

 

That's why my wife Jan and I are taking this class.

 

We know the high quality of care, attention, and expertise Dr. Mignosa provides.  No More Falls! Hope to see you at the class!

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How to read the genome and build a human being

How to read the genome and build a human being | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Secrets, disease and beauty are all written in the human genome, the complete set of genetic instructions needed to build a human being. Now, as scientist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini shows us, we have the power to read this complex code, predicting things like height, eye color, age and even facial structure — all from a vial of blood. And soon, Sabatini says, our new understanding of the genome will allow us to personalize treatments for diseases like cancer. We have the power to change life as we know it. How will we use it?
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When asked, "Do you want to know your genes?"  What do you answer?  Is it better to know or not know? 

 

I like this response to the question: "How will I (we) use it?"

 

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VIP NeuroRehab - San Diego Spinal Cord Injury, MS, CP, & Stroke Center

VIP NeuroRehab - San Diego Spinal Cord Injury, MS, CP, & Stroke Center | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
We bring top quality outpatient NeuroRehabilitation care to disabled military, veterans, children, and to ALL who are in need.  Located in San Diego, California, we treat from ages 4 years old and up. Our focus is on those who have difficulty moving secondary to Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Brain Injury, ALS, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injury, and multiple traumas.
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My amazing wife Janice has been going to VIP NeuroRehab for almost 5 years.  We've lived the real journey of growth and recovery thanks to the brilliance and dedication of all the fine people at VIP.  

 

Neuroplasticity is real. VIP has the tech and the insight to really change lives.  We are so grateful to have found them. 

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Rick Hanson: Understanding Neuroplasticity - Eusophi

Rick Hanson: Understanding Neuroplasticity - Eusophi | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
In this video Rick Hanson helps us with understanding neuroplasticity, and how we can use our minds to change our brains to change our minds for the better
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Ever wish you could just change your mind?  Take a look and see how.

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Marc David: Nourishing Wisdom

Marc David: Nourishing Wisdom | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

"Marc David eloquently describes the importance of addressing the emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives in order to truly nourish ourselves." --Dean Ornish, M.D.

 

Combining the principles of nutritional awareness, personal growth, and body psychology, Nourishing Wisdom provides practical methods for redefining the role food plays in our lives.

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Preview this powerful book.  You may decide to buy.

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If you’re reading this, you’re too awake

If you’re reading this, you’re too awake | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Dr. Adrian Willams: "Those of us reading emails late into the evening and checking our feeds in bed might also consider giving ourselves a break before bedtime. What strategies can we use? Not using devices 2-3 hours before bedtime is obviously one answer, maybe even plugging our phones to charge in another room."  

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I'll admit to the bad habit of reading from a pad or a phone just before sleep.  I avoid email late at night, but I'm letting that blue glow get to my body clock. (Something I learned from this short and interesting post.)

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Florence Williams: This Is Your Brain on Nature

Florence Williams: This Is Your Brain on Nature | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
There wasn’t much hard evidence then—but there is now. Motivated by large-scale public health problems such as obesity, depression, and pervasive nearsightedness, all clearly associated with time spent indoors, Strayer and other scientists are looking with renewed interest at how nature affects our brains and bodies. Building on advances in neuroscience and psychology, they’ve begun to quantify what once seemed divine and mysterious. These measurements—of everything from stress hormones to heart rate to brain waves to protein markers—indicate that when we spend time in green space, “there is something profound going on,” as Strayer puts it.
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I've backpacked thousands of miles. Many of the best times of my life were spent in the wilderness. The insights in this article reinforce what I've always known: 

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Dr. Mimi Guarneri: Great Courses: The Science of Natural Healing

Dr. Mimi Guarneri: Great Courses: The Science of Natural Healing | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
In the 21st century, the Western paradigm for healthcare is changing. Notwithstanding the great strengths of medical science, many people now have concerns about key features of our health-care system—among them, the widespread use of medical drugs and a relative deemphasis on preventive care.
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This amazing set of lectures will ground you in the science and the sprit of integrative medicine. Dr. G helped me save my life. These lectures provide a foundation of understanding for permanent and positive lifestyle change.

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The Medicine of Poetry

The Medicine of Poetry | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Inside were dozens of envelopes, each holding a handwritten poem. And there was an instruction sheet: Each morning, as soon as you wake, take one of these envelopes to a quiet place with a window onto nature, or a beautiful plant, or a candle. Sit comfortably and read the poem aloud to yourself, preferably more than once.
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Special thanks to Karen Sothers for bringing this article to my attention.

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Karen Sothers: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

This course is offered at the Torrey Pines campus by the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.

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I've taken this class twice. Karen Sothers is a master teacher.  If you make time in your life for this class you won't be sorry.

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The 7 Drivers of Old Habits of Thinking - Mindful

The 7 Drivers of Old Habits of Thinking - Mindful | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
When it comes to negative experiences, we have habitual ways of responding to what triggers us. But we can learn to step out of and stay out of negative thought cycles.
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When to Use - Mantram Repetition

When to Use - Mantram Repetition | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
When to Use Mantram Repetition

KEY POINTS:

Silently repeat a mantram as often as possible throughout the day.
Practice during non-stressed times so your mantram will calm you in stressful times.
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Here's a way to use this ancient technique throughout your day.

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Biofield Science Healing: An Emerging Frontier

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Dig into the science. This paper creates a context and identifies researchers and practitioners who are questing for understanding.  Excellent bibliography.  

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Consciousness and Healing Initiative - CHI

Consciousness and Healing Initiative - CHI | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
The Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) is a collaborative accelerator to forward the transdisciplinary science and real-world application of consciousness and healing practices. CHI fosters a social movement to place health and healing at the center of our personal and global consciousness, in order to build healthier societies and sustainable stewardship of our planet.
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Biofield Sciences are the fringe for some and the transformative edge for others.  I've struggled with these concepts despite the evidence of my own senses. This field of study represents the ultimate integrative approach. Time to dig into the science.

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Neuroscience Summit

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How to Change Your Brain for
Better Relationships, Accelerated Learning,
and Increased Happiness

Broadcasting Daily  May 10 - 19th

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Free recordings of the presentations are available for 24 hours.

 

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Dr. Dan Siegel - Books - Parenting From The Inside Out

Dr. Dan Siegel - Books - Parenting From The Inside Out | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
How many parents have found themselves thinking: I can't believe I just said to my child the very thing my parents used to say to me! Am I just destined to repeat the mistakes of my parents? In Parenting from the Inside Out, child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explore the extent to which our childhood experiences actually do shape the way we parent.
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Just downloaded this book with my audible account.  Time to walk, listen and think.  Special thanks to Annette Schmeling for the recommendation. 

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AIHM President’s Choice: Mindfulness Practices Dramatically Reduce Hospital Visits

AIHM President’s Choice: Mindfulness Practices Dramatically Reduce Hospital Visits | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
“The data suggests that the intervention should be applied to all at risk populations, since the intervention has minimal risk, minimal cost and yields substantial benefits for patients with a wide variety of illnesses. The long-term effect of these interventions on healthy populations is unclear, but the data suggests that mind body interventions should perhaps be instituted as a form of preventative care similar to vaccinations or driver education. Such interventions are likely to be useful in population management and supported self-care, have negligible risk and cost and may help reduce the demand curve in healthcare. While the risk benefit ratio of this intervention is very favorable to further elucidate the effect size a prospective evaluation is called for.”
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Lower health care costs with Mindfullness practices. 

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Harvard Edx: Online Course: Buddhism Through Its Scriptures

Harvard Edx: Online Course: Buddhism Through Its Scriptures | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Whether you are new to the study of Buddhism or have been studying it or practicing it for years, this course will provide you with the opportunity to become acquainted with a variety of Buddhist teachings while guiding you to think about them, and yourself, in new ways.
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Harvard EDx offers free courses via their MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) system.  This is one of the courses in their world religions series.

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This Is Your Brain on Nature | Explorer

Published on Jan 8, 2016
Science is proving what we've always known intuitively: nature does good things to the human brain—it makes us healthier, happier, and smarter. Nature writer David Gessner explains why. EXPLORER: CALL OF THE WILD AIRS SUNDAY JANUARY 10 at 8/7c.
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AIHM President's Choice: Health Effects of Interacting with Nature

AIHM President's Choice: Health Effects of Interacting with Nature | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Mimi Guarneri: "Let us begin the new year in reverence of nature and its effects on human physiology. I’m aware of calling your attention to articles that seem to offer evidence for what we should intuitively know, but the society of medicine demands proof —sometimes for what seems obvious—before standardizing recommendations. Once again, I thank Dr. Ted Schettler and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s work for sharing this article."

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This is one of the articles curated by Dr.G, President of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM). If you want reliable information on all aspects of Integrative Health, this is the place to start. 

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Karen Sothers

Karen Sothers | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
KAREN SOTHERS, MEd, RYT earned a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Kansas State University and a Masters of Education in Health and Exercise Science from Vanderbilt University.  She is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a Registered Yoga Teacher (R.Y.T.) with over 20 years of experience teaching stress mastery, mindfulness, yoga, and meditation to more than 5000 people. 
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Master Teacher

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Karen Sothers - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: New Classes Start April 26, 2016

Karen Sothers - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: New Classes Start April 26, 2016 | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
What is mindfulness? It is living moment-to-moment, with a conscious awareness of all that is taking place in your life and responding to it intentionally and purposefully rather than automatically.

 

This eight-week course and day-long retreat, led by Karen Sothers, MEd, RYT, is an intensive training in the use of mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga to help cope with stress, pain and illness.

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I graduated from this wonderful class. 

 

I recommend it with a full heart.  I learned so much!

 

Take the next step!

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Dr. Rodger Mignosa

Dr. Rodger Mignosa | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Dr. Roger Mignosa is a physician with a specialty that is a combination of sports medicine with integrative health practices.

 

  • Synovation Medical Group,
  • Bastyr University
  • Osteopathic Medical Associates 
  • Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine
  • UCLA Health,
  • Stanford University School of Medicine

 

 

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Dr. Roger Mignosa is one of a group of outstanding physicians that treat my wife Jan.  In a very short time, Roger helped her make significant (remarkable) progress in walking. 

 

Roger is practicing at the Viola M. Frymanm Osteopathic Center in San Diego. 

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A Video Tribute to Viola M Frymann, DO

This is "A Video Tribute to Viola M Frymann, DO"  

VIOLA M. FRYMANN, D.O., F.A.A.O., F.C.A., INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AND PIONEERING OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN, DIES AT 94
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The good work lives on: 

Osteopathic Center for Children. 

3706 Ruffin Rd., San Diego, CA 92123.  (619) 583-7611. Tuesday—Saturday, 9am—5pm.

 

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