My colleague and friend Dr Perry is offering is stress reduction classes again at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. It's an intensive 8-week course that helps people cope with physical and mental stress, and to reduce suffering from the conditions arising from stress. Read his statement below:
I am again offering a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class at Rainbow Medical in Palo Alto.
Curious? Maybe interested? Come to a free introductory class at my office on Saturday morning, February 5, 2011 from 9:30 until noon.
The class will begin the following Saturday, February 12, 2011, and will meet for 8 Saturdays from 9:30 until noon until April 9, 2011 (no class on March 12, 2011). The fee of $300 includes all materials (2 CD’s and a book).
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. developed MBSR in the 1980’s as a way to introduce the mindfulness concept, practices designed to cultivate mindfulness, and applications of mindfulness in reducing suffering. In his 1994 book, Wherever You Go There You Are, he gave a simple definition: “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
Since then, the teaching of MBSR has spread world wide, and hundreds if not thousands of research reports have revealed the power of these practices in relieving the suffering of those of us with all kinds of stress, including in particular chronic pain, anxiety, depression, autoimmune diseases, etc. Does anyone out there not have stress?
After studying with Renee Burgard, MFT and Bob Stahl, Ph.D., I began offering MBSR classes in my office several years ago. Our classes have been small, and the participants have been enthusiastic in describing the benefits.
(Read more at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation website)
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The recent decision vindicating Howard Stern is a mixed victory of sorts. In the court of public opinion and in the eyes of the law when people doctor shop for opioid prescriptions and secure them under false pretenses patients lives are put at risk. I have seen this approach result in fatal and near death consequences in celebrities and non celebrities. Anna is not the first or the last. However I do respect the judges decision that chronic pain patients do suffer severely and as adults they alone have to accept responsibility for the risks they are taking with controlled substances.
After losing Anna Nicole Smith and then a court battle over her estate, Howard K. Stern says a judge's dismissal of convictions in a prescription drug case vindicates both him and the late Playboy model.
"I loved Anna and I cared for her so much. I have no regrets," Stern told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday, hours after the court reversed his two conspiracy convictions for using his name on prescriptions for Smith.
"The regrets I have are for what people caused afterward," he said, referring to multiple legal complications which arose after Smith died of a drug overdose in Florida in February, 2007.
The most agonizing postscript, he said, was the prescription drug abuse charges filed in Los Angeles against Stern, Smith's psychiatrist Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Smith's general physician. He called the months of trial a nightmare.
Christmas "Fruit & Goo"
"I eat it right before bed and it is the highlight of my day while contest training...No fat, no slow carbs, plenty of protein and fruit fiber...delicious, filling and low calorie."
Recipe by Liza Reichenberger, SporthoCare Inc.
This article validates our patients on-going struggles with chronic pain.
Coping with chronic pain can affect every aspect of a person's life and cause conflict between what their mind wants to achieve and what their body allows them to do, according to research in the December issue of the Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness. Swedish researchers carried out in-depth interviews with ten people who had experienced chronic pain for between four and 32 years and were taking part in an outpatient rehabilitation programme. Nine of the patients, who ranged from 22 to 50 with an average age of 38, were unable to work because of their pain.
Our health care system isn't always easy to navigate or understand. As a doctor, I have to deal with insurance companies on a daily basis. Here are a couple of tips on how to get the most out of your health care insurance company.
1. Collaborate with your doctor about alternative approaches and complementary medicine
2. Ask for lower cost options, including generics and sample prescriptions
3. Negotiate for lower charges when paying cash, especially while trying to meet deductibles
4. Use the money in your Flexible spending account for complementary medicine and alternative treatments
5. Use a third party to order prescription refills
6. Stay Healthy
7. Stay in your Network
8. Use the ER for emergencies
9. Visit your insurance company's website to understand your benefits
10. Analyze your health plan at open enrollment to see if your needs are being met
Danny McLarty has written a great article in his favorite strategies for having a successful diet and healthy lifestyle. I recommend everyone read it; I hope it helps.
Whether you’re just starting out on the fitness lifestyle, looking for a way to get inspired, or a way to bust through a plateau, incorporating these simple tips will set you up for success.
Yeah, of course it’d be great if that happened, but how are you going to get to these goals? This is where focusing your goals around behaviors comes in!
“I want to lose 15 pounds in 12 weeks.” Or,
“I want to be ‘bikini ready’ for my upcoming trip to Hawaii.”