Posts Tagged ‘health’

Dr Michael Finkelstein on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

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Michael Finkelstein, MD, FACP, ABIHM, aka The Slow Medicine Doctor®, is the author of Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness, endorsed by Andrew Weil, MD and Mehmet Oz, MD. Dr. Finkelstein is the founder and medical director of SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine; he is an adjunct professor at SUNY Binghamton; he has been featured in top media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, and Real Simple; he has presented at leading venues including GE Corporation, Stanford University, and Omega Institute; and he blogs on the topic of Slow Medicine for The Huffington Post.

Dr. Finkelstein was trained at premier institutes for both conventional and integrative medicine – including The University of Pennsylvania, where he received both his Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Medical Degree (MD) and where he was awarded the honors of Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, and Dean’s List; and The University of Arizona College of Medicine, where Dr. Finkelstein completed an Associate Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, studying directly with integrative medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, MD

Certified in both Internal Medicine and Integrative-Holistic Medicine, Dr. Finkelstein is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including Fellow of the American College of Physicians; The John O. Vieta, M.D. Award for Academic Excellence and Personal Achievement; and “Attending of the Year, “an honor he received two years in a row. Over the past three decades, Dr. Finkelstein has distinguished himself not only as a doctor in private practice but also as the Medical Director of several major hospitals and health institutes, including two Integrative Medicine hospital departments/programs that he founded. Drawing from this diverse medical expertise, Dr. Finkelstein offers both a micro and macro point of view on today’s healthcare needs and challenges, and he provides a tried-and-true solution for healing individual
patients and the medical system as a whole: Slow Medicine.

 

 

Research on Spirituality, Religion and Health.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

logo1267406_mdA new study published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality concluded that religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health. The researchers are tying to understand religion, spirituality and health and developed a theoretical model to define spirituality and religion. They say religiousness included formal religious affiliation and service attendance and is associated with better health habits, such as lower smoking ratesand reduced alcohol consumption. Spirituality, including meditation and private prayer, helps regulate emotions, which aids physiological effects such  as blood pressure. The researchers say ther can be some influence of religion and spirituality on health and more research is needed to test the theory and examine contrasts between the two pathways in order to improve research.

 

Outcome of Physical Limitations on Long Term Survival of Breast Cancer Survivors

Friday, October 1st, 2010

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In a new study published in the online Journal of the National Cancer Institute researchers concluded that basic physical limitations after breast cancer treatment may affect the individuals length of survival. They found that breast cancer survivors who had functional limitations defined as an inability to perform normal daily activities as a result of their disease or its treatment were more likely to die of overall poorer health despite having the same risk of dying as other breast cancer survivors without limitations. Functional limitations that affected up to 39% of the survivors in this study were more often seen in obese breast cancer patients or older women. With changes in habits that allowed more physical activity their health and length of survival might be improved.
Impairments studied were motion, strength and dexterity and included activities such as an inability to kneel, lift items heavier than 10 pounds, handle small objects, stand in place, sit for long periods, walk up and down stairs or walk two or more city blocks. The researchers believe that developing interventions to improve physical functions such as walking around the block, carrying a heavy bag of grocery or rising easily from a chair might reduce the harmful outcomes.

In this study 2,202 women with breast cancer were questioned about endurance, strength, muscular range of motion, and small muscle dexterity after having treatment with chemotherapy, radiation, hormone replacement or other therapy. They were followed for up to 11 years. Outcomes differed depending upon the disease stage and those with localized cancer had higher rates of non-breast cancer deaths due to functional limitations than those with more advanced disease. Researchers believed the sample may have been biased to include more older and obese women in the localize group who tolerate treatment less well accounting for these findings. However, they conclude “women with functional limitations ……..would likely benefit from interventions to reduce their limitations and increase physical activities.”

Effect on Health of Leaving a Strict Religious Group

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

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Researchers reporting in the current issue of the Journal of health and Social Behavior looked at the effect on health of individuals leaving their religious group. They looked at a total of 30,523 cases collected between 1972 and 2006 in the General Social Survey. In this group, over 10,000 moved to another religious group and over 2,000 dropped out of religion completely. In the sample, there were 423 members in strict religious groups and 96 changed to another group and 54 left all religions.

They found that 40% of those in the strict religious groups reported being in excellent health but only 25% of those who switched to another group reported being in excellent health. In addition, only 20% of those from the strict religious group who dropped out reported being in excellent health. For the strict religious group, the difference between the excellent health reported by those who switched and did not switch was statistically significant. They also found that people raised and remaining in strict religious groups more often reported being in better health than those affiliated with other religious groups. Those groups considered to be strict were religious groups with strict social, moral and physical guidelines for members such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Researchers believe the reasons for the declining health of those leaving strict religious groups may be that there are requirements to abstain from unhealthy behavior, such as alcohol and tobacco use, and both formal and informal structures to promote positive health and for social networking. The also think religious beliefs may offer hope and encouragement and thereby improve health. The researchers warn that leaving a strict religious group may not cause poor health because poor health could actually be a causal factor in leaving the religious group. More research is needed.

Dr Harold G Koenig and Mary McManus To Be Interviewed on Spirituality, Faith and Healing

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

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Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show, will interview Dr Harold Koenig, and Mary McManus on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST Station 1 (www.bbsradio.com)

Dr Koenig, M.D., MHSc is the second lead interview for this series (Dr Bernie Siegel was interviewed for the last show) . Dr Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical training at the University of California at San Francisco and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University. He is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine, and is on the faculty at Duke University as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine. He is also a registered nurse (R.N.).

Dr Koenig is founder and former director of Duke University’s Center for the Study of Religion, Spirituality and Health, and is founding Co-Director of the Current Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center. He has published extensively in the fields of mental health. geriatrics, and religion, with close to 350 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and nearly 40 books in print or in preparation. He is the former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine and of Science and Theology News. His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on over 50 national and international TV news programs (including the Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, and several times on Good Morning America), over 100 national or international radio programs (including multiple NPR and BBC interviews), and hundreds of national and international newspapers and magazines (including cover stories for Reader’s Digest, Parade Magazine, and Newsweek) Dr Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (September, 1998) and the U.S. House of Representatives (September 2008) concerning the effects of religious involvement on public health. He has been interviewed by James Dobson on Focus on the Family and by “Robert Schuller in the Crystal Cathedral on the Hour of Prayer. He has also been nominated twice for the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

Dr Koenig’s latest books include The Healing Power of Faith (Simon & Schuster, 2001), The Handbook of Religion and Health (Oxford University Press, 2001:2011 forthcoming), his autobiography, The Healing Connection (2004), Faith and Mental Health (2005), In the Wake of Disaster (Templeton Press), Spirituality in Patient Care, 2nd Edition (2007), and Medicine, Religion and Health ((2008) Published by Templeton Foundation Press. Dr Koenig travels extensively to give workshops and seminar presentations. More information is available at: http://www.spiritualityandhealth.duke.edu/about/hkoenig/

Ms Mary McManus is a poet, fund raiser, former award winning social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs, 2009 Boston Marathon Finisher, inspirational speaker, and an award winner in her “new life” discovered a whole new world was waiting to unfold before her after the life altering diagnosis of post polio syndrome in December 2006.

Mary was diagnosed with paralytic polio at age 5 and overcome the childhood challenges of polio, an abusive alcoholic father and a drug addicted mother by immersing herself in her academic career. She was high school valedictorian and later received a BS in Communications from Boston University and a Masters of Social Work from Boston College where she was induced into the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu.

While working at Veterans Affairs, Mary received a Certificate of Appreciation Award from the Blind Veterans Association, was Social Worker of the Year, and employee of the month but was forced to leave in 2007 because of a diagnosis of post-polio syndrome.Although she had a vision of God while paralyzed and knew that she would have the ability to overcome and be able to walk again she was told to quit her position with the VA after 20 years as a social worker. Thereafter, in February 2007 God spoke to Mary through poetry and inspirational poetry began pouring out. As she continued to visualize healing and connecting with God she began experiencing healing of mind, body and spirit. With intensive rehabilitation, lifestyle changes and harnessing her faith through prayer, writing poetry, meditation, visualization, and seeking out healers including an energy healer, a nurse healer on line and working with Dr Bernie Siegel she went on to run the 2009 Boston Marathon and raise $10,535 for Spaulding Rehab Hospital. She is now the author of two books on inspirational poetry including New World Greetings: Inspirational Poetry and Musing for a New World
published in December, 2007 and Set Sail for a New World: Healing a Life Through the Gift of Poetry (2010) and donates 20% of the proceeds to Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts Program. Her dream is to see a polio free world in her lifetime.

Mary has been a guest at the Jordan Rich show on WBZ in Boston and was selected by Boston’s # 1 FM station Magic 106.7 as their Exceptional Woman. She was also a finalist for Brookline Woman of the Year 2010 and honored at their award ceremony Women Who Inspire Us. She has been featured on numerous blog talk radio shows, a presenter at the 2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival and a speaker at the Boston GreenFest 2010. She is the subject of a short film documentary Keeping the Pace: The Mary McManus Story. She is currently working on a third book on inspirational poetry with Dr Bernie Siegel. More information is available at: www.marymcmanus.com

Do You Know How to Lose Weight Making One Simple Change in Your Diet and Not Giving Up Anything. Listen to Dr Carl O. Helvie Interview Dr Seth Roberts on the Holistic Health Show this Saturday

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Dr Seth RobertsFor my next two shows on BBS Radio (www.bbsradio.com) Station 3 at 8 p.m. EST this Saturday and two weeks from Saturday I will interview four scientists who have written weight loss books from different points of view. Because weight loss is fast becoming the # 1 preventable health problem this seemed an appropriate topic for the Holistic Health Show.
My first guest is Dr Seth Roberts who is a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Shangri-La Diet“. He is on the editorial board of the journal Nutrition and has published dozens of scientific articles on topics including health, nutrition, and weight control. Seth spends his time between Berkeley and China. He will tell us how we can lose weight by making one simple change in our daily routine and diet.

Interview on BBS Radio with Dr Bernie Siegel and Padma

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Dr Bernie Siegel and Padma were interviewed on BBS Radio (www.bbsradio.com) Station 3 on the Holistic Health Show on Saturday, December 6 at 5 p.m. PST or 8 p.m. EST. Bernie discussed his holistic approach with cancer patients and Padma discussed meditation. Listen to these interesting interviews.

Premier Show on BBS Radio-In Sickness and In Health: Traditional, Alternative, Complementary, Holistic Health Care

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Dr Carl O Helvie discusses concepts of traditional, alternative, complementary, and holistic health and applies the concept of holistic health to wellness, stress, and cancer on this premier show on BBS Radio Station 3 (www.bbsradio.com). He also offers a sample of his interviews for the next show on November 8 at 5 p.m. PST and 8 p.m. EST. Come join me.