Using blue light blocking glasses | Supporting our circadian rhythm

By | December 12th, 2017|disease prevention, Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

For the last few months, I’ve been wearing blue light blocking glasses in the evenings.  I’ve noticed a big improvement in my sleep – especially my deep sleep. And I experience just a calmer, more relaxed feeling in the evenings. Could blue light blocking glasses help you? […]

Changes in our physiology during light and dark | Is artificial light disrupting our rhythm?

By | December 5th, 2017|disease prevention, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Sleep|

Our body is designed to have a rhythm. Several rhythms, in fact. Some rhythms are seasonal, some relate to the moon (monthly), others coincide with the light and dark cycle of day and night. Let’s look today at what effects changes in light and dark cycle (our circadian rhythm) have on our body. Is messing with this natural cycle affecting our health? […]

Acknowledging and dealing with lingering distress after a disaster

By | November 21st, 2017|Community, disease prevention, Empowerment, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Sleep, Stress reduction|

It’s been six weeks since the wildfires in Northern California. For those who lost their homes and all their possessions, they are dealing with the major task of how to go forward and rebuild their lives. For others who didn’t lose their home, there are feelings of enormous relief. We tell ourselves we are lucky. But physical signs are showing up in people suggesting continued distress that is frequently not being acknowledged.  […]

Sun-dried tomato and walnut pate | Melatonin-rich foods

By | September 22nd, 2017|Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Sleep, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

Having trouble sleeping at night? Why not try eating some melatonin-rich foods and see if that helps. […]

Melatonin & migraines | Tolerable, effective prevention

By | September 19th, 2017|disease prevention, Research, Sleep|

Migraine is a chronic, debilitating condition affecting 12-20% of the population worldwide. A research study recently compared using melatonin, amitriptyline or placebo for migraine prevention. The results are encouraging.  […]

Melatonin, Sleep Disturbances & IBS

By | September 12th, 2017|Research, Sleep|

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be very debilitating. Disturbed sleep is a common symptom associated with IBS so researchers are now investigating if improving melatonin levels can help IBS.  […]

The Oura ring for monitoring and improving sleep and activity

By | March 21st, 2017|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

There are lots of wearable devices available now to monitor different aspects of your health. Today we’ll review the Oura ring that monitors sleep and activity.  […]

Storm in a coffee cup | Should we be drinking coffee?

By | February 7th, 2017|Food, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction, Sugar|

Coffee is probably the most popular beverage in the world. This is despite its history of negative research. So was that all a storm in a coffee cup? Should we or shouldn’t we drink our cup of coffee? […]

Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber

By | January 27th, 2017|Sleep, Stress reduction|

We frequently consider sleep as a waste of time. We are too busy. Gosh, by the age of 90, on average we will have slept 32 years! Our minds automatically question what else we could have done with that time. So what does the latest research tell us about why we sleep?  […]

Websites to check | zerobreastcancer.org

By | January 17th, 2017|Breast cancer, Community, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction, website review|

Zero Breast Cancer (Zerobreastcancer.org), or ZBC, is a non-profit organization based in Marin County, California. Both Kathie and I write a book review blog post for them once a month. But we haven't spoken much about them on our own blog...so [...]

Kara | Guided meditations for cancer patients

By | January 10th, 2017|Empowerment, Sleep, Stress reduction|

You know I’m one for acronyms, what with the name CALMERme, and our programs for clients -CAPABLEme and RESTOREDme. So when I heard about the website named KARA, I wanted to check it out. KARA, the acronym, stands for Kindness, Awareness, Rest and Allowing. But what is it? […]

A Laughter Box | The perfect gift for someone who is ill

By | December 9th, 2016|Love, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction|

Tuesday’s post gave some healthy holiday gift ideas that I hope caught your eye. Today, I want to focus on just one gift that is a lovely idea for someone who is ill. Whether it is a family member or friend, whether they have cancer or some other chronic illness, or maybe it’s someone who finds the holidays especially hard, why not consider putting together a laughter box for them…   […]

Melatonin’s anti-estrogenic effects | Melatonin and cancer

By | November 22nd, 2016|Breast cancer, Research, Sleep|

We’ve looked at some studies that showed significant effects of melatonin on cancer and quality of life, but how does melatonin  achieve this? There are several different mechanisms, but today we will focus on just one: melatonin’s anti-estrogenic effects. This might be important for breast cancer (BC) and other hormonal imbalances.  […]

The Blue Zones Solution | Book review

By | November 1st, 2016|Book review, Community, Food, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction|

The Blue Zones Solution by Dan Buettner from National Geographic was one of my favorite health books from last year. It’s inspiring subtitle is “Eating and living like the world’s healthiest people”  Dan’s research reveals how the world’s longest-lived people actually live their lives. It’s all about adding life to years, not just years to life.  […]

Melatonin for palliative care | Melatonin & cancer

By | October 25th, 2016|Breast cancer, chemotherapy, colon cancer, Immune system, prostate cancer, Research, Sleep|

Melatonin is seen to have anti-cancer effects, as we saw in last week’s blog post.  In addition to those benefits, it may also have other effects which could be useful in palliative care of cancer patients, when there are no other treatment options.  […]

Melatonin and Cancer | How we make it and how it helps

By | October 11th, 2016|Biomarkers, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Sleep|

If you’ve heard of melatonin, it’s probably in the context of sleep and preventing jet lag. It is often called the “sleep hormone”.  But melatonin is far more than that.  This series of blog posts will look at the different beneficial effects of melatonin, above and beyond its role in sleep – including it’s anti-cancer effects.  […]

Getting your body and mind ready for surgery

By | March 29th, 2016|Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

I read an interesting paper published this year [1] entitled “Can we measure surgical resilience?” It is just a hypothesis at this stage, but the authors are looking at whether there are biomarkers in patients that can measure psychological resilience associated with improved surgery recovery and healing. […]

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