Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Classes

stress relief class with dr perry

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.

Get in touch with Franklin Perry, M.D., Ph.D. here:
Rainbow Medical Corporation
2175 Park Blvd., Palo Alto, CA 94306
Fax 650-330-3686

(Read more at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation website)

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Dr. Moshe's Upcoming Events

USCF Neuropathy Support Group Meeting

Thursday Jan 27th 10am
400 Parnassus, The Ambulatory Care Center, 8th Floor (Neurology Department)

New Treatments for Fibromyalgia
February 10, 2011
Redwood City, CA

New Treatments for Chronic Pain
Friday February 18th, 2011
Phillipino Medical Society of Northern California

California Association of Physician Assistants

Sunday Feb 27th
Napa Marriott Hotel - Napa, CA

New Treatments for Osteoarthritis
Thurs March 17th, 2011
San Francisco Bay Area Physician Assistants

Visit my Calendar Page to add these events to your Google Calendar.
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Stern Finds Vindication in Anna Nicole Smith Case

(Image courtesy Associated Press/Yahoo!)

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.

Continue Reading on Yahoo! News

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Sweet Potato Pear Soup

Here is one of my favorite healthy and tasty recipes!

Sweet Potato and Pear Soup

What you'll need

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs orange sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4" dice
  • 2 firm pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 3/4" dice
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup whipping cream (this is optional for me, sometimes I don't add it and then add a dollop of creme fraiche on top)


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft (but not brown).
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and pears; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the stock and bring to a boil.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and pears are soft.
  6. Cool slightly, then blend in blender or food processor until very smooth.
  7. Return to saucepan and stir in cream, salt and pepper.

**can be frozen BEFORE you add the cream. To serve, defrost the soup, then gently reheat, stirring in the cream.


Recipe provided by Patricia Ricci
Savour Catering
(480) 729-9806
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A Healthy Holiday Dessert Treat

Christmas "Fruit & Goo"

What you'll need

  1. 1x whole bag of frozen dark cherries
  2. 1/2 small tub of Fat Free Cool Whip
  3. Vanilla whey/soy protein powder
  4. 'Splenda' brand sweetner


  1. Take the bag of frozen cherries and microwave them on high for 2-3 minutes (or until mostly defrosted; they should be still firm and cold).
  2. Add 1/2 small tub of the Cool Whip.
  3. Add 2x scoops vanilla the protein powder
  4. Add packets of 'Splenda' per individual's taste.
  5. Mix it all up in a wooden bowl until creamy and dreamy!

"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.

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KPFA 94.1 - About Health with Dr. Moshe Lewis

Listen to Dr. Moshe answer caller questions on chronic pain and alternative pain solutions.

Interview and FAQ highlights:
  • Overview of Pain Management treatments.
  • Discussion about the required evaluations and compassion needed for patients in chronic pain.
  • Review of the new technologies pain experts use to diagnose and treat pain.
  • Reminders about the benefits of Acupuncture, Tai Chi, Vitamins and Minerals like Calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Update from the Institute of Medicine regarding Osteoporosis.

Release date: Dec 6, 2010

(via KFPA 94.1)

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People With Chronic Pain Face Complex Dilemmas And Life-Changing Decisions

Medical News Today

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.

Click here to read the rest of the article, via MedicalNewsToday.com

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10 Steps for Getting the Most Out of Your Health Care Insurance

10 steps - Dealing with Insurance Companies

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

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Tips for Safeguarding Prescription Meds Over the Holidays

Tips for Safeguarding Meds Over the Holidays

1. Hide them

Keep your medication out of the reach of children, teens and also adults. This means that the medicine cabinet is not an appropriate place.

2. Secure them

Keep your medication in a safe that is affixed to the house (this is a great time to buy one). Glove compartments, purses and luggage are not ever secure.

3. Don't discuss them

Before company arrives, do not discuss the fact that you take pain medication.

4. Plan ahead

When traveling or away from home, do not bring lots of extra pills. Keep your medication on your person at all times. Consider a passport pouch to secure your medication in so it is always around your neck.

5. Do not Share Them

Do not give your pain medications to others under any circumstances.

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Must-Know Strategies for (Health) Success

Be as Healthy as this statue!

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.

Frame Goals Around Behaviors

Far too many people focus on the outcome. Yes, the outcome is the end result of what we hope to achieve, but focusing on nothing but the outcome does nothing to address what it will take to reach your goals.

Not sure what I mean? Here, let me give you an example.

Most people’s goals are outcome-based, and look something like this:

“I want to lose 15 pounds in 12 weeks.” Or,
“I want to be ‘bikini ready’ for my upcoming trip to Hawaii.”

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!

Read more at Danny's blog: (http://oliciouslife.com)

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