How You Eat is as Important as What You Eat During COVID-19

Being healthy during a pandemic is more than about making good food choices. Sure, buying or ordering the right food during this unique crisis is an important element to maintaining your health—both mental and physical—but it is your relationship with food that is so crucial in the era of COVID. As with other relationships in […]

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How To Combat Depression Caused By Isolation

Isolation is not our normal state. That fact has become abundantly clear these past few months as we have been relegated to socializing less frequently and using virtual means when we do. And while these are certainly necessary precautions during our current health crisis, the effects of isolation can be all too damaging. As we’ve […]

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Mind-Body Approaches to Pain Relief

Mind-body practices . . . focus on the interactions of mind, body, and behavior, with the intent to use the mind to affect physical functioning and promote health. –National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH If you have children, chances are good that when they get sick or injured you put on a favorite […]

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Widen Your Circle of Support to Be a Better Caregiver

You are a social being. Your relationships with others and your role within your community provide a sense of belonging, care, and support. And right now, when most of us are struggling to remain as social as we once were, often fighting to stave off loneliness, we need to make a real effort to connect […]

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How We Can Help Others Heal By Being Present

Our physical and emotional presence impacts the healing of other human beings—it’s a phenomenon that is as fascinating as it is beautiful. As we continue our focus on isolation and loneliness, I wanted to provide more insight into how we can all help each other heal. The following excerpt is from my book, How Healing […]

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How Emotional Connections Can Help You Heal

As we continue discussing loneliness and isolation in these times of COVID-19, it is crucial to note how remaining in touch with family and friends can be essential to your health. And, while it is vitally important to keep your circles small and adhere to basic social distancing guidelines, the impact of being around loved […]

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The Science of Love and Loss: How Loneliness Impacts Us

As we’ve seen in our recent COVID-19 survey, and in our latest collection of blog posts, isolation and loneliness can have a real, negative effect on our health—impacting our body, minds, and even our spirits.  The following excerpt is from my book, How Healing Works, and describes the science of love and loss, and is […]

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Self-Care in a Post-Pandemic World

It has been just over a month since our new survey was conducted and published by The Harris Poll on behalf of the Samueli Integrative Health Programs. Its findings have offered a unique insight into the state of self-care in the present and eventual post-pandemic world. The new survey we published asked 2,051 US adults […]

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A Better Way to Manage Chronic Diseases: In-Person and Virtual Group Visits

Healthy choices and behavior like better nutrition, exercise, stress management and good sleep help patients with chronic diseases feel and live better. But busy physicians rarely have time to provide the information and help that most patients need to take better care of themselves. Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP, found a solution to this problem: […]

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Healing Patients in this Time of Loneliness and Social Isolation

Social distancing is essential in helping flatten the COVID-19 curve but it’s also having a devastating effect on our patients’ physical, mental and spiritual health. Nearly half of American adults are feeling socially isolated from family and friends and are struggling to maintain their health, according to the Social Distancing Survey by Harris Poll. Social […]

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