What is the best exercise?

By | July 24th, 2018|Breast cancer, Cancer prevention, Community, disease prevention, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Movement, Stress reduction|

I am often asked the question “what is the best exercise for …..”.  Gosh, there are so many forms of exercise and so many different conditions or restrictions people have. But there is a simple answer. […]

Are you a human being or a human doing?

By | July 10th, 2018|Community, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Play, Stress reduction|

It’s all too easy to focus on doing things. We have our lists whether they are written on paper, our computer/phone, or in our heads, and we need to get things done….but what about time for being? […]

Extending our Healthspan rather than lifespan | TEDxSalon in San Rafael

By | April 13th, 2018|Community, disease prevention, Empowerment, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction|

We read about many advances in medicine and lifestyle medicine research which offer the promise of extending our longevity.  But our real goal should be extending our Healthspan, rather than just lifespan. We want to increase the years we are healthy, not just add more years to our lives when we have chronic diseases. […]

Pleasure versus happiness | Is our pursuit of pleasure detrimental to our happiness?

By | April 3rd, 2018|Book review, Community, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Research|

I attended a lecture by Dr. Robert Lustig last week. He was discussing the differences between pleasure and happiness. […]

Play social games for brain health and more

By | January 16th, 2018|Cancer prevention, Community, disease prevention, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Play|

We’re all familiar with the concept of doing puzzles to help support our brain health, especially as we age. But why not add another dimension and make it social.  Play a game with someone else instead of a solitary activity, and there will be many more gains.  […]

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.  […]

When your world changes from color to black and white (but then back to color again)

By | October 13th, 2017|Community, Love, Meaning|

As you may know, I live in Sonoma County, CA which is the area affected by wildfires right now. It’s been a scary week. But also an interesting week. […]

A house of many windows | Working together

By | September 5th, 2017|Biomarkers, Community, disease prevention, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Play, Stress reduction|

Maybe you’ve been wondering how I work with clients and whether our working together could help you? Let’s explore this a little by looking at an analogy I use: “A house of many windows.” […]

Vegetable tourism, and other wonderful ideas from Pam Warhurst

By | August 4th, 2017|Cancer prevention, Community, disease prevention, Food|

I attach an incredible talk by Pam Warhurst.  Take some time out to listen and be inspired.  As she says, it’s about more than growing edible plants, it’s about growing people. […]

Healthy self = Heal thy self | Supporting our bodies for self healing

By | April 18th, 2017|Community, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Play|

Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. They have many self-healing capacities, so let’s look at how we can support these to reveal our healthy self. Healthy self = Heal thy self! […]

Spring cleaning and going native…

By | March 24th, 2017|Community, Empowerment, Meaning, Stress reduction, Uncategorized|

It’s spring, finally! Traditionally, this is the time of year when we want to make changes in our life, start afresh, clean out closets, get organized! For me, this year was different. I decided that I wanted to create a [...]

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 [...]

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.  […]

Movies boost natural killer cells | Immune system

By | July 26th, 2016|Community, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Play|

Can we really boost our immune system simply by watching a movie? We might think movies just affect our mood, but they can also have physiological effects on the immune system. Not surprisingly, it depends on the movie – so what are good immune-building movies?  […]

Sing for joy – and our health: Benefits in immunity and stress reduction

By | April 22nd, 2016|Community, Stress reduction|

A study published last week found that singing in a choir for just one hour boosts immunity, reduces stress, and improves mood in cancer patients. Let’s get singing!  […]

Juicing – a good thing

By | April 8th, 2016|Community, Food|

One possible side effect of chemotherapy is a loss of appetite. The appetite loss can be due to other possible side effects of treatment, such as nausea, general fatigue, or mouth sores. Whatever the reason, it can leave you with [...]

The power of community as medicine

By | March 15th, 2016|Community|

Last week I described how researchers use a computerized cyberball game to look at what happens in the brain when people feel isolated and rejected.  It was powerful to see that after just a couple of minutes of being excluded [...]

Considering social isolation and how it can affect our health

By | March 8th, 2016|Community|

An online game called cyberball is helping researchers look at the effects of social isolation on health. At UCLA, researchers look at the brains of participants while they play cyberball to determine what goes on in the brain when someone feels rejection and isolation. So what exactly is cyberball? […]

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