How One Doctor Helped Change the Way Patients Experience Primary Care

As a primary care provider in San Francisco’s Mission District for 32 years, Dr. Bodenheimer took care of low-income, mostly Latina patients. He did his best to make their lives better. But as the years passed, Dr. Bodenheimer realized that he hadn’t been doing a very good job helping his patients, especially those with chronic […]

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Three Reasons Why Eating Well Is Not Just About Food

The Mediterranean diet was voted the best diet in 2019 by US News and World Report and it includes many foods that can help your health—but when it comes to eating healthy, this diet shows that it is not just about the food. People who follow this diet in Greece, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries might be healthy […]

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Understanding How Your Weight Affects Your Chronic Pain 

Today, 1 in every 4 American adults has obesity. Yet, there are more health problems associated with obesity than just being over-weight. One way obesity can cause chronic pain is that the extra mass or amount of tissue on your body puts a heavier load on your bones and joints. Just like an overloaded piece […]

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Don’t Fall for Fad Diets—Find A Nutrition Plan Made For You

Don’t be fooled by fad diets! Finding the best nutrition plan for you starts with nutritional counseling. Extreme dietary changes can harm you—both physically and psychologically. Cyclical weight loss and regain is bad for health and makes permanent weight loss more difficult. That’s why it must be left up to the professionals to know the […]

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12 Foods You Should Eat to Reduce Chronic Pain

Research shows that foods and drinks that reduce inflammation can reduce chronic pain and improve your mood. Avoiding foods and drinks that cause inflammation can also help. In fact, changing your diet and lifestyle can allow you to work with your health care team to reduce the amount of medication you take or even stop […]

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Two Expressive Therapies Proven to Help You Heal

Expressive art therapy combines psychology and the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. For some, music and art are therapeutic tools that can help nurture personal growth and transformation. These therapeutic interventions are tailored to the individual’s needs and are constructed to help a patient achieve her/his therapeutic goals. They allow the patient to express […]

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If Love Hurts on Valentine’s Day, the Solution is Self-Care

Valentine’s Day has always been celebrated as the “most romantic day of the year”, but for caregivers that invest more time in others than they do themselves, it’s not only about sending flowers, chocolates, and a card to your significant other. During my recent visit to a pain clinic, I met with a group of women […]

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10 Complementary and Lifestyle Approaches to Help with Breast Cancer Care

Having breast cancer and getting through treatment can be the biggest challenge someone ever faces. Integrative breast cancer care—that is, care focused on mind and body practices, natural products, and lifestyle changes in addition to your conventional treatment— can help you on your healing journey by: Activating your ability to heal Helping you feel better […]

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Manage Your High Blood Pressure With This Simple Diet

Making changes to your diet is a proven way to help control high blood pressure. These changes can also help you lose weight and lower your chance of heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure (hypertension) is the largest preventable and treatable risk factor for chronic disease in the world. More than 85 million people (1 […]

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Mediterranean is the Best Way to Eat in 2019

After an evaluation of 41 of the most popular eating plans, US News and World Report ranked the Mediterranean diet as #1—not only for the best overall diet of 2019 but in several subcategories including “best diet for healthy eating”, “best plant-based diet”, “best diet for diabetes” and “easiest diet to follow.” I have always been a huge […]

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