Marguerite Manteau-Rao’s Blog
The Huffington Post
Our Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care instructor, Marguerite Manteau-Rao, MSW, LCSW writes a blog for the Huffington Post, on topics such as caregiving, dementia, mindfulness, and palliative care.
December 9, 2013
Making Sense of Nutrition and ADHD
Attention Talk Radio
“Diet, nutrition, vitamins, minerals, metabolism, supplements, preservatives, additives, fiber, allergies, food sensitivities, deficiencies, protein, fat, carbohydrates, Omega-3 oils, enzymes… AAAAHH! So overwhelming!! Would someone give me a context so I can understand all this?” In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we interview Dr. Sandy Newmark who does just that, putting as much as he can into a context so you can understand how it all relates. Listen in as we try to empower you to move forward in helping you manage your ADHD with diet. If you feel like you are spinning your wheels trying to understand nutrition, you won’t want to miss this show.
The Search for Well Being: Treating the whole person in the new healthcare era
Humankind Radio Program for NPR
Segment 2: Here’s the story of a frightening situation that could happen to any of us. When a California attorney, Deb Graceffa , started experiencing strange symptoms an initial diagnosis pointed to a potentially crippling illness. But high-tech testing and conventional medicine failed to arrest her symptoms, which continued to worsen. After trying numerous doctors, she was referred to a respected physician, University of California medical professor Rick McKinney, who is deeply experienced in integrative care. His approach differed from the others’ and led to a fairly rapid diagnosis requiring minor, mostly natural treatments that gave rapid relief. We hear from the physician and grateful patient about the nature of their communication. More
November 26, 2013
Integrative Oncology: Optimizing Cancer Care
Survive and Live Well Podcast
November 21, 2013
An Ounce of Preparation for a Pound of Cure
…A few weeks ago, I noticed an item for a Prepare for Surgery class in the Cancer Resource Center newsletter from my hospital, UC San Francisco Medical Center. I attended the class earlier this week, and I so wish that I had attended before my first breast surgery. Read more.
November 6, 2013
Medical researchers explore low-carb, high fat ketogenic diets
Researchers at the University of California San Francisco’s School of Medicine in the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine currently are investigating how different types of diets can help diabetes. In an exclusive interview, Laura Saslow, PhD and lead senior investigator Rick Hecht, MD, talked with me about their research and goals.
“Although strong recommendations have been made touting the health benefits of low fat diets, the evidence that they are helpful for individuals with type 2 diabetes is limited,” explained the researchers. In contrast, initial studies have shown that diets lower in carbohydrates reduce the blood sugar levels of individuals with type 2 diabetes.
“Our research is attempting to begin to fill the research gap by comparing two different diets in our study. We will also be teaching some participants psychological tools to help support their behavior change,” the researchers noted. Read more.
November 1, 2013
Dr. Sanford Newmark Interview
The Jason Lewis Show (radio)
Dr. Sanford Newmark discusses the integrative approach to treating ADHD and autism.
September 24, 2013
Gold Seal Award for “Mindful Birthing” by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA
Mom’s Choice Awards
“Mindful Birthing,” the book written by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA (founder and instructor of our Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting classes) has been awarded a 2013 Mom’s Choice Award (MCA). MCA evaluates products and services created for children and families and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from 18 countries. Their esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and medical experts, as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, business professionals, authors, and scientists.
September 16, 2013
Eat Better and Stress Less: It’ll Make Your Cells (and Maybe You) Live Longer
It’s not quite the Fountain of Youth, but it may be the river that leads to it. In a paper published in the journal Lancet Oncology, scientists found that a small group of men who made changes in the way they ate and handled their emotional needs showed longer telomeres in their cells.
That’s exciting because previous research suggested that telomeres, which are protein and DNA-based complexes that cap the ends of chromosomes, regulate the aging of cells. Each time a cell divides, a section of telomeres erodes, and, like a burning candle wick, when telomeres are exhausted, so is the life of the cell. Read more.
September 16, 2013
Lifestyle Changes May Lengthen Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Aging
A small pilot study shows for the first time that changes in diet, exercise, stress management and social support may result in longer telomeres, the parts of chromosomes that affect aging. It is the first controlled trial to show that any intervention might lengthen telomeres over time.
The study was conducted by scientists at UC San Francisco and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, a nonprofit public research institute in Sausalito, Calif. that investigates the effect of diet and lifestyle choices on health and disease. The researchers say they hope the results will inspire larger trials to test the validity of the findings. Read more.
September 5, 2013
Maximize your inner happiness with one simple mindfulness practice
WDRC-AM (Connecticut): The Mary Jones Show
Radio interview with our Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care instructor, Marguerite Manteau-Rao, MSW, LCSW
September 2, 2013
American Schools Are Failing Nonconformist Kids. Here’s How
…According to the human development theory of Dandelion and Orchid children, certain people are genetically predisposed to grow fairly well in almost any environment while others wilt or blossom spectacularly depending on circumstances and care. Some kids—the dandelions—seem naturally suited to cope with the current system. As Sanford Newmark, head of the Pediatric Integrative Neurodevelopmental Program at the University of California at San Francisco, puts it, “You can feed them three Pop-Tarts for breakfast, they can be in school twelve hours a day, and they can go to kindergarten when they’re four, and they would still do OK.” But many children crumble. Read more.
August 30, 2013
Yoga tied to better sleep after cancer
Practicing yoga may help people who have had cancer sleep better and reduce their use of sleep aids, according to a new study. Researchers found study participants, mostly women with a history of breast cancer, reported significant improvements in sleep quality and sleep duration when they attended yoga sessions twice per week. The study’s lead author called it “the kind of study that doctors typically look to when changing the standard of care with patients.”
“What’s exciting about this study is that it brought yoga out to people where they’re receiving care and still showed that there’s benefits to yoga participation,” Dr. Donald Abrams, an oncologist at the University of California, San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, told Reuters Health. Read more.
August 20, 2013
Donald Abrams: The Integrative Oncologist
Proto: Massachusetts General Hospital, Dispatches from the Frontiers of Medicine
During the past 25 years, as mounting research has demonstrated the efficacy of treating patients with means that go beyond a standard physician’s prescription, “integrative medicine” departments have appeared in 56 U.S. academic medical centers and dozens of hospitals. Donald Abrams, who straddles conventional oncology (as chief of oncology at San Francisco General Hospital) and integrative methods (as a practitioner at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco), explains the value of the combination. Read more.
August 19, 2013
Free Stuff to Do in San Francisco
SFGate.com / San Francisco Chronicle
Recently we published a roundup of some of the best free activities in San Francisco, a reprieve from all the stories of rising housing prices, expensive menu items, and overpriced parking. Of course readers had some ideas of their own, and the results are above.
August 8, 2013
Interview with Dr. Sanford Newmark
Chloe Detrick interviews Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD, about his research on the subject of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his thoughts on the diagnostic changes in the DSM-5. Dr. Newmark is a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco. He is also the founder and head of the Center for Pediatric Integrative Medicine at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, which specializes in the treatment of autism, ADHD and other developmental or chronic childhood conditions. Read more.
July 23, 2013
Integrative Medicine Provides Pain Relief, Improves Mood
A new medical approach combines evidence-based medical care with methods of alternative care to relieve pain.
“Chronic pain is very difficult to treat,” said lead researcher Dr. Donald Abrams, a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the University of California San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.
“While there have been some therapeutic advances, many patients with chronic pain become resistant to conventional medical treatments or suffer adverse effects from widely used prescription medications with high addictive potential.
“The results from this study are particularly encouraging as chronic pain is the number one condition for which patients seek care at integrative health care clinics.” Read more.
July 21, 2013
Noted pediatrician says ADHD can be treated without drugs
July 5, 2013
Mindfulness in Maternity
British Journal of Midwifery
The University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) in conjunction with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH) maternity service have an ongoing collaboration to develop the introduction and evaluation of Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) throughout the UK. This innovative project involves the development of a MBCP-focused training programme and, for the first time, the delivery of MBCP to antenatal groups in the UK.
…The MBCP programme (Bardacke, 2012) is a 9-week class-based antenatal intervention adapted from MBSR. Classes incorporate antenatal education and discuss how to apply mindfulness skills to enhance coping with the fear, pain, physical symptoms and distress that may accompany pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal period, as well as exploring how mindfulness can be used to cultivate joy and wellbeing in pregnancy and parenting…
August 2013 (online “Mini-mag” June 12, 2013, pages 15-18)
Parenting with Presence
“This isn’t your usual childbirth-preparation class,” Nancy Bardacke announced to the 23 expectant mothers and fathers seated in a circle on a late September evening in San Francisco. Bardacke won’t be showing birth videos or demonstrating how to diaper a baby. During this first session of her Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting course, she hardly talked about labor at all. Her lesson began with a raisin.” Read more.
May 3, 2013
UCSF tests new approach to treating veterans with PTSD
San Francisco ABC7 News
Scientists with the Veterans Administration and U.C. San Francisco are trying a new approach to help military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients usually receive counseling and medication. But, there may be a much more simple remedy. Watch news story.
April 4, 2013
Fox News Radio, John Gibson Radio Show
Dr. Sanford Newmark interviewed
Quick Fix? New report states that 1-5 school-aged boys are diagnosed with ADHD. Dr. Sanford Newmark, head of the pediatric integrative neurodevelopmental program at the University of California, San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine weighs in.
According to new numbers from the CDC, nearly one in five boys and 11% of American children have received a diagnosis for ADHD. What’s behind these shocking numbers? Read more.
March 29, 2013
Integrative Medicine: Alive on Arrival
Integrative medicine has been one of the best kept secrets in American healthcare, but now the social and economic time is right for this approach to patient care, as it’s so closely aligned with what people really want; that is, an approach to patient care that addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Guest Margaret Chesney PhD, of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, discusses the finding of a new Bravewell Collaborative study entitled Integrative Medicine in America, which highlights a new major trend, of increasing public interest in prevention and wellness.
March 28, 2013
Novel Exercise Program May Trump Meds for Dementia
MedScape / Syndicated
A novel exercise program may improve physical and cognitive outcomes in patients who have dementia, with effect sizes greater than those achieved with dementia medications, new research suggests. A pilot study showed the program, which integrates functional movement and mindful body awareness, improved patients’ cognitive and physical function and quality of life and reduced caregiver burden compared with usual care (UC).
“This very small pilot study provides preliminary evidence [this program] may improve cognitive function, quality of life, physical function and caregiver burden with effect sizes that are substantially larger than what is typically seen with currently available dementia medications,” principal investigator Deborah E. Barnes, PhD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, told delegates here attending the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 65th Annual Meeting. Read more.
In a clinic on the edge of San Francisco’s bustling downtown, Rochelle Germano leaned back in a cushioned chair and shut her eyes. The only sounds filling the dim room were the recorded melodies of string instruments and birds. A woman crouched next to Germano and stuck acupuncture needles, one by one, into her knees, pinky toes, stomach and right hand.
At 29, Germano looks too young and healthy to have any serious ailments, but she said she often suffers from headaches, neck pain and tense muscles. She found relief when she started acupuncture therapy at East West Health Services, a clinic that Chinese Hospital opened in December. Read more.
February 25, 2013
Treating Autism with Integrative Medicine
What is the latest understanding using integrative medicine to treat autism? Dr. Sanford Newmark, pediatrician and Director of the Pediatric Integrative Neurodevelopment Program at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, explains the merits of this approach. Dr. Newmark details how harnessing the best of both conventional and alternative medicine can offer effective means and new answers to support autism patients. Kaitlin Fox, mother of an autistic child, shares details of her discovery of integrative medicine and the positive results. Read more or listen to the interview.
February 1, 2013
The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints
New York Times
…Leaky gut, meanwhile turns out not to be conjecture after all. “A lot of doctors and people may think that leaky gut itself is sort of a froufrou alternative concept,” says Sanford Newmark, a clinical professor at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “The real name is ‘increased intestinal permeability,’ and it is a definitive, scientific fact.” It’s not known if increased intestinal permeability causes autoimmune arthritis, but some scientists in the field say it’s possible. Read more.
January 17, 2013
Integrative Cancer Care: Rational Use of Natural Supplements
In this seminar, Donald Abrams, MD, Integrative Oncologist, discusses the role of integrative oncology and supplements that can be useful for boosting the effectiveness of traditional therapies and countering some of the distressing side effects that may accompany cancer and its treatment. He also discusses why it is important to let your physician know of complementary therapies you are using during your cancer treatment, due to possible contra-indications. 1 hr, 10 min.
Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF is offering a new eight-week program specifically designed for professional and family caregivers of persons with dementia. It is also appropriate for health care providers and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of dementia care from a mindfulness perspective. Learn how the practice of mindfulness can help you cope with the challenges and stresses of dementia care, and also greatly improve the experience of the person in your care. This intensive course requires that you practice in between classes. You will be rewarded with a transformative experience that will sustain you over the long course of the dementia journey. Read more (page 5).
December 27, 2012
Is Sugar the Next Tobacco?
Among the least likely viral megahits on YouTube is a 90-minute lecture by the food scold and pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, entitled “Sugar: The Bitter Truth.” He delivers it in a windowless room at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. The talk is simultaneously boring and powerful, combining the gravitas of a national health crisis, the thrill of conspiracy theory, and the tedium of PowerPoint slides. Midway through the talk he scans the hall for approval. “Am I debunking?” Read more.
December 26, 2012
Our Ten Favorite Books of 2012
Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond, by Nancy Bardacke
Greater Good Science Center Website
Nancy Bardacke, a Berkeley midwife, has worked with pregnant women for decades, helping them prepare for the difficulties of childbirth. Inspired by the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn—the researcher who developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a secularized version of Buddhist mindfulness meditation that has helped thousands of medical patients decrease their pain and suffering from illness—Bardacke created a mindfulness-based birthing and parenting curriculum, which she has now taught for the last 14 years. Offered through the University of San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, her program has been studied and found to be effective at reducing stress, anxiety, and depression in pregnant women. Read more.
December 4, 2012
The Huffington Post
…In our culture, where illness is so often stigmatized, it should not be surprising that many people who receive serious diagnoses have trouble accepting it or accepting themselves with a disease. Many, however, pivot from the grief, incorporate the illness into their sense of self, and emerge empowered with a richer understanding of themselves and their place in the world. Though this process is rarely discussed, it has everything to do with a person’s experience, identity, and efficacy in the context of disease. In an empirical study, Dr. Judith Moskowitz at University of California San Francisco, for example, has indicated that positive affect not only lowers the risk of AIDS mortality, but also improves people’s ability to cope with the disease and move on with their lives. Read more.
When parents think of alternative approaches to managing ADHD — beyond taking medication — they may think of behavioral interventions, taking fish oil or vitamins. Sometimes, though, changing a child’s diet by detecting food sensitivity and eliminating the offending food can significantly improve ADHD symptoms. Read more.
The POZ 100 Accelerating the End of AIDS
Since the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, hopes for a cure have been raised and dashed, leading many to wonder if it could ever become a reality. But things have changed—radically. For starters, one person has already been cured of HIV.
Most likely it won’t be a single person—or a single research team or institution—to discover the cure for HIV. Just like it was with AIDS treatment research, it will be a massive endeavor requiring monumental collaborative work between test tube and animal scientists, the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, government and nongovernmental organizations, clinical trial experts and, of course, study volunteers. Read more, including Rick Hecht’s award.
October 12, 2012
The Anti-Cancer Diet: An Interview with Donald Abrams, MD
“You become what you eat . . .” and no one sees that result more closely and intimately than oncologists (cancer specialists) trying to save a patient’s life. Little wonder that surgeons are often vegans, vegetarians, or at least super-averse to red-meat and animal fats, much like guest integrative cancer specialist Dr. Donald Abrams, who says that some 30 percent of preventable cancers may be attributed to what we eat and what we don’t eat, a proportion equivalent to those caused by tobacco use. Hear more.
October 12, 2012
Fighting Cancer in Your Kitchen: An Interview with Donald Abrams, MD
“An apple a day keeps the . . . “ You know the rest of that sentence . . . or do you? Integrative cancer specialist Dr. Donald Abrams speaks to cancer survivors in “Fighting Cancer In The Kitchen,” saying that “After treatment, cancer survivors should follow the recommendations for cancer prevention.” Hear more.
September 25, 2012
Interview with Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, Author of Mindful Birthing
International Childbirth Education Association blog
Q: You are a CNM. How long have you been practicing and how did you become interested in mindfulness?
A: I began practicing as a CNM in 1982, so that’s 30 years now. But I like to say that I’ve been paying attention to the birth process for about 45 years, since that’s how long ago I was pregnant with my first son and was sitting in a childbirth preparation course in a woman’s home in the Berkeley Hills. In those days it was a pretty radical thing to do, to become educated about childbirth-there weren’t any classes being taught in hospitals or community settings. I was just so incredibly amazed and moved by what this woman was teaching us about our bodies and the birth process; I thought what a beautiful service this woman is doing. The classes were called psychoprophylaxis for pregnancy-which is what we now know as Lamaze. Read more.
September 21, 2012
Are Drugs Essential to our Health?
In a recent Wall Street Journal debate, Dr. Sanford Newmark, head of the pediatric integrative neurodevelopmental program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and author of ADHD Without Drugs – A Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD, and Dr. Harold Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute, offered up widely different answers to the question, Are ADHD Medications Overprescribed? … Although this conversation focused on the use of drugs to treat ADHD, the same question could have been posed in relation to just about any disease. Read more.
September 14, 2012
Are ADHD Medications Overprescribed?
Wall Street Journal
In recent years, the number of children in the U.S. being treated with prescription medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has grown dramatically. That trend has led to concern among some doctors, parents and child advocates that many children are taking ADHD medication unnecessarily.
…Sanford Newmark, head of the pediatric integrative neurodevelopmental program at the University of California, San Francisco, makes the case that ADHD drugs are overprescribed. Harold S. Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute in New York, argues that the notions of overdiagnosis and overuse of ADHD drugs aren’t based in fact. Read more.
September 10, 2012
Acupuncture Pain Relief is Real, Researchers Say
“These effects may be real relief,” says Rick Hecht, MD, research director at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “There may be active ingredients that are still there even though the needles are not going into specific points and specific depths. What is doing it, you can’t tell, though other research is being done to break down the issue.” Read more.
September 7, 2012
Interns Learn to EXCEL in Health Care Jobs
UCSF News Center
The value of the program also extends to supervisors and trainers. Not only is having diversity of life experience an asset in patient care, but having the interns in the office kept the staff on its toes, said Diane Sabin, administrative director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, which hosted four EXCEL interns this summer.
“They say the best way to learn is to teach, so it reinforced our own staff and practitioners’ knowledge base – just to go through some of these essential, core matters that sometimes disappear because they’re so much in the fabric of what should be happening,” she said. Read more.
“Our integrative medicine center works hand in glove with the conventional medicine. We do get concerned if there is something people should avail themselves of, and we do send patients back to get surgery and medicines,” says Margaret Chesney, director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UC San Francisco.
“Few people use only alternative medicine. What they are doing is supplementing their usual, conventional care by adding things from complementary medicine, like dietary supplements, acupuncture, deep breathing and meditation or mind-body management.” Chesney, a former acting director of NCCAM, says holistic medicine’s rising popularity has paralleled a growing body of scientific evidence that supports its effectiveness. Read more.
August 1, 2012
Doctor uses imaging to learn about PTSD
San Francisco Chronicle
Improvements in imaging technologies have allowed doctors to peer into the brain to begin to get a picture of the causes behind such disorders as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Psychiatrists like Thomas Neylan, director of the PTSD program at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a professor of psychiatry at UCSF, hope it’s just a matter of time before such technologies also provide a glimpse into the biological underpinnings behind such conditions as sleep disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Sleep disturbances, PTSD and other behavioral problems are common among veterans and have a direct impact on the health of the body and, specifically, the brain. Read more.
July 31, 2012
Buddhist Minister Puts Zen in Weddings
San Francisco Chronicle
SF Chronicle profiles Osher Center development director Evan Kavanagh’s outside work as a Buddhist wedding minister. Read more.
July 18, 2012
Stress: Building a Better Mouse House
San Francisco Chronicle
In the pursuit to understand the underpinnings of stress, UCSF is giving some mice the luxury suite; others, more humble surroundings.
The result is a new “calm mouse model” researchers at UCSF unveiled in the July 6 issue of Molecular Medicine. The model could be used to study how low-stress environments alter hormone levels and potentially affect the immune system. Read more.
Pregnancy and childbirth can be among the most challenging experiences in a woman’s life. Questions, fears, cultural traditions, philosophical debates, and widely varying medical perspectives can overwhelm and contribute to stress and fear for any expectant mother. Now, a new way exists to guide pregnant women and their partners in a middle path approach that equips expectant families with the skills to effectively reduce the stress, fear, and pain frequently associated with pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
With nearly four decades of midwifery experience, Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA, is an assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Program, the first of its kind, which she leads at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the UCSF Medical Center. In her classes and now in her groundbreaking book, Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond (HarperOne; July 2012; Trade Paperback Original) with a foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, Bardacke teaches parents-to-be to apply the power of mindfulness to pregnancy, birth and raising a child. Read more.
July 6, 2012
Changing Environment Affects Stress Level in Mice
UCSF News Center
The negative impact of stress on health is widely documented. So is the importance of reducing stress in one’s life. But a new animal study is the first to model stress reduction and its biological effects in rodents as they are placed in various caging environments, according to a recent study led by UCSF researchers.
An international team from the United States, France, Germany and Austria conducted a study on 40 male mice from February to July 2011. The research, published in April as the cover story of Molecular Medicine, focused on four specific environments that varied in size, comfort and the ability of the mice to exercise. Read more.
June 28, 2012
Better Breathing Can Mean Better Health
Marin Independent Journal & San Jose Mercury News
Breathing is one of the body’s fundamental functions, yet most of us give it no more attention than we give the national product of Lichtenstein. We go about our day – doing routine tasks, making phone calls, handling problems, walking the dog – and unless we overexert ourselves or have an asthma attack, we don’t have to think about breathing one little bit. It just happens.
June 26, 2012
Finding a Sustainable Running Stride
New York Times Health & Science Well
Dr. Rick Hecht, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, is a distance runner who was intrigued by the promise of a more relaxed running form. “I could do my long runs, but I would feel pretty beat up afterward, sore in my muscles; my joints would feel really stressed,” he said.
Then he read a Chi Running book and took a clinic, and he says running is no longer painful. “I feel like I could do the same kinds of distances I was doing before, and I don’t feel beat up in the same way,” he told me. “It feels much better running, particularly long distances.”
Dr. Hecht said his personal experience sparked an interest in a scientific study of the method. He is in the midst of a diet and fitness study of about 200 people that includes Chi Walking. A pilot study to see whether Chi Running has benefits for blood pressure will also include a number of analyses, including a measure of foot-strike forces. Read more.
Yoga Breathing May Reduce Chemotherapy Side Effects
Yoga breathing techniques may improve quality of life and reduce chemotherapy side effects for cancer patients, according to a new study. Yoga has been described as “the union of mind, body, and spirit,” which addresses physical, mental, intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions towards an overall harmonious state of being. The philosophy of yoga is sometimes pictured as a tree with eight branches. These eight limbs are: pranayama (breathing exercises), asana (physical postures), yama (moral behavior), niyama (healthy habit), dharana (concentration), prathyahara (sense withdrawal), dhyana (contemplation) and samadhi (higher consciousness). Read more.
One in 88 U.S. children has been diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, according to new federal data. The rate has increased by more than 20 percent between 2006 and 2008, due in part to wider awareness and better screening. We look at the new numbers, and discuss the latest research on risk factors and causes. Listen to the interview.
March 29, 2012
KCBS Radio Interview with Dr. Sanford Newmark
Integrative pediatrician Sanford Newmark, MD, was interviewed on KCBS radio station. He spoke about the CDC’s new report on the 78% increase in children diagnosed with autism over the past decade. Dr. Newmark runs the Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics practice at the Osher Center, for children with autism, ADHD and related conditions, and has authored the book “ADHD Without Drugs: A Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD.”
March 26, 2012
Integrative Medicine Classes Help Breast Cancer Survivors Recover
UCSF News Center
Breast cancer survivor Helen Robillard closes her eyes as she gently rotates her arms clockwise. Her movements are measured and deliberate; her breathing slow and purposeful. She studies qigong (pronounced “chee-gung”), an ancient Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement and awareness for healing and exercise, including through this class at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. “It’s a very relaxing class, so you really learn to slow down,” Robillard says during a break. “It allows me to focus on my movements, where my hands are, where my feet are and it’s stress reduction.” Read more.
March 20, 2012
Complementary Medicine for Low Back Pain: Who, What, and How
Podcast with Dr. Wolf Mehling
In most cases of low back pain, surgery is not a helpful intervention, according to the best evidence. Appropriate use of painkillers is a complicated issue. For this difficult problem, alternative therapies such as massage and spinal manipulation may be an attractive option. For guidance on when and how to consider integrative approaches to low back pain, Musculoskeletal Network turned to Wolf Mehling, MD, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of California San Francisco, who gave a presentation on this topic at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Listen to podcast.
January 9, 2012
Dietary Factors and ADHD
Sandy Newmark, M.D., is the head of the Pediatric Integrative Neurodevelopmental Program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, specializing in the treatment of Autism, ADHD and other developmental or chronic childhood conditions. Read more.
December 20, 2011
When Dreams Kill
Minnesota Public Radio
While people of all cultures experience sleep paralysis in similar ways, Dr. Shelley Adler examined the fatal sleep paralysis that caused the death of more than 100 Hmong men in the 1980s. She joins us to discuss her research. Read more.
The ADHD Food Fix: How to Fight ADHD Symptoms With Diet and Supplements by Sanford Newmark, MD
Good nutrition can make a significant difference in the lives of children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). I have used nutritional interventions for hundreds of children with ADHD during the past 24 years. In many cases, dietary changes have not only improved the symptoms of hyperactivity, concentration, and impulsivity, but also have calmed oppositional behavior. Read more.
September 15, 2011
Omega-3 Supplementation for ADHD
Sandy Newmark, M.D., is a behavioral pediatrician at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and author of the book, ADHD Without Drugs: A Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD. Since I first interviewed him on the radio, he has continued to answer my questions about integrative approaches to behavioral problems in children, and recently shared some of his thoughts on the aforementioned meta-analysis. Read more.
September 14, 2011
The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect: When Intense Belief Kills
The Atlantic Monthly
A review of Sleep Paralysis: Nightmares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection by Shelley R. Adler, PhD
They died in their sleep one by one, thousands of miles from home. Their median age was 33. All but one — 116 of the 117 — were healthy men. Immigrants from southeast Asia, you could count the time most had spent on American soil in just months. At the peak of the deaths in the early 1980s, the death rate from this mysterious problem among the Hmong ethnic group was equivalent to the top five natural causes of death for other American men in their age group. Read more.
May 9 , 2011
UCSF program lets everyone go to med school
The UCSF Osher Center’s Mini Medical School is featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Alongside the doctors, professors, medical students and researchers at UCSF’s Cole Hall, on select nights you’ll find real estate agents, retired lawyers and high school students. Read More.
April 28, 2011
Margaret A. Chesney, PhD, Director of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Receives Distinguished Scientist Award
Society of Behavioral Medicine
Selection for the Distinguished Scientist Award is based on total career achievement. Nominees must have achieved scholarly distinction i.e., made a series of distinguished empirical contributions or contributed substantially to the development of new theories or methods.
About the Society of Behavioral Medicine
The Society of Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization of clinicians, educators, and scientists dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment, and the application of that knowledge to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations. They envision better health through behavior change.
March 7, 2011
Osher Center marries Eastern medicine with Western
Julianne Ward, a 42-year-old mother of two young children, was diagnosed a year ago with Stage IV breast cancer. For the cancer, she has had 18 rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and 30 lymph nodes removed, and she is now undergoing 25 sessions of radiation. For her body and mind, she is getting acupuncture, Chinese herbs and a diet rich in cancer-fighting foods. She also practices visualization. Read more.
A User’s Guide to the Osher Center
UCSF Medical Center advances, page 4
Seeing the patient as a whole human being—body, mind and spirit—can reveal hidden causes and ultimately lead to a treatment plan that enhances the person’s overall wellness, staving off future problems. That philosophy drives the multidisciplinary team at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, which combines the best conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary treatments to optimize the body’s own healing capacity. Read more.
February 15, 2011
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Celebrates New Building
UCSF News Center
The new Osher building underscores UCSF’s commitment to increasing access to integrative medicine and making it a larger part of the treatment relationship between medical caregivers and patients. It is the first center of its kind to offer fully developed programs in research, clinical care and education for health care professionals, practitioners and patients seeking an integrated, healing-oriented approach to health. Read more.
February 7, 2011
Diet May Help ADHD
Dr. Sandy Newmark is the author of ADHD without Drugs and will be starting a clinic that treats conditions like ADHD and autism at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. When taking a history, Dr. Newmark goes over diet in great detail, asking about appetite and the family meal situation, reactions to particular foods or drinks, and artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. He will also check for presence of allergic symptoms, such as eczema, hay fever or asthma, and levels of iron, zinc and magnesium. Read more.
January 28, 2011
How Meditation May Change the Brain
By Sindya N. Bhanoo, The New York Times
Researchers report that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. Read more.
December 8, 2010
‘Unusual Thinkers’ Needed for Health Care Reform
By Chris Jablonski, ZDNet
Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, led a dialogue on healthcare at Dreamforce ’10, an annual cloud commuting event produced by Salesforce.com. Laret made a call to action for information technology insiders to join forces with health care leaders to transform the U.S. health care system. Read more.
December 6, 2010
UCSF’s Unusual Thinkers to Appear at Dreamforce 2010
By Patricia Yollin, UCSF Today
UCSF Osher Center Director Margaret Chesney, PhD and six other UCSF luminaries will appear at Dreamforce 2010, a cloud-computing event from salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff, on Wednesday, December 8 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Read more.
December 6, 2010
Rolfing Back In Vogue, But With Shaky Evidence
By Sarah Varney, NPR
“Rolfing Structural Integration is a type of deep—really deep—massage that was last popular when Nixon was president. Well, Rolfing has become a favorite again.” Wolf Mehling, MD, a manual medicine physician at the University of California, San Francisco, is interviewed about Rolfing’s effectiveness. Read more.
November 17, 2010
Scientists as rock stars?
By Amy Maxmen, The Scientist
Flip open the next issue of GQ, and you’ll find a full-page photograph of the classic rock band Heart beside Nobel laureates Elizabeth Blackburn—Osher-affiliated faculty—and Phillip Sharp, equally decked out in rocker fashion. It’s one image from a 6-page spread of rock stars mingling with scientists in the men’s magazine with some 7 million readers, intended to help seal the growing gap between science and the public. Read more.
November 8, 2010
Meditation training improves cellular health of the body
Scientists have revealed that positive psychological changes that occur during meditation training are associated with greater activity of telomerase, an enzyme important for the long-term health of cells in the body. Read more.
November 1, 2010
Nutrition and Cancer
By Donald Abrams, MD, San Francisco Medicine Magazine
Donald Abrams, MD, director of the integrative oncology research program and an integrative medicine physician at the UCSF Osher Center, writes about what to eat and what to avoid for cancer risk reduction. Read more. (Note: Begins on page 27)
October 20, 2010
Beverly Burns Honored with “You Can Make a Difference” Award
Announcement from Margaret A Chesney, PhD, Director of the UCSF Osher Center
It is my great pleasure to share that our own Beverly Burns, MS, LAc will be receiving the Joanne Horning You Can Make a Difference Award from the Bay Area Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This is a remarkable honor that is given to only one person, once a year to recognize a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Community who through his or her efforts has made a significant, positive difference in the areas of Breast Cancer education, screening, and treatment and/or in the lives of breast cancer patients and survivors.
Beverly received this award on Friday, October 22nd, at the Susan G. Komen 13th Annual Survivor Tribute Luncheon at the Weston Hotel.
Many of us have known that Beverly has made a HUGE difference in the lives of the patients she treats, as she has made a difference in our lives. It is wonderful to see her recognized for all that she does for others. Read more.
October 11, 2010
Dr. Oz Ultimate Stress Checklist 5 Stress Busters For Chronic Stress
The Dr. Oz Show, HealthyBodyDaily.com
September 17, 2010
Stress and Addiction—How to Cope
By Thea Singer, HuffingtonPost.com
UCSF psychologist Judith T. Moskowitz, PhD, MPH, studies ways to “plant seeds of resilience” in people under extreme stress because they’ve recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness, in particular HIV. She knows, through years of research, that positive and negative emotions “co-occur” under conditions of stress but that people need help countering the negative and allowing the positive to rise through the muck. After scouring the scientific literature, she identified specific cognitive skills that are especially effective at helping people achieve this. Read more.
September 13, 2010
UCSF’s Osher Center finally nears completion
By Chris Rauber, San Francisco Business Times
The new site for UC San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, which integrates Western and Eastern forms of medicine, is now expected to be completed next month and to be occupied by year-end. Read more.
August 26, 2010
KUSF Interviews Kevin Barrows, MD, on Mind and Body
By Dr. Winston Chung, KUSF
Kevin Barrows, MD, clinic director of the Osher Center, speaks about integrative medicine and mindfulness in an interview with KUSF during their August 25th Mind and Body segment. Listen to the interview.
July 25, 2010
Integrative oncology combines conventional, CAM therapies
Integrative oncology incorporates various methods to reduce cancer risk, improve quality of life, and decrease cancer symptoms, as well as symptoms from chemotherapy and radiation, according to the experts interviewed by HemOnc Today. Donald Abrams, MD is one of those interviewed. Read more.
June 30, 2010
5 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise
By Deborah Kotz, US News and World Report
The benefits of exercise go beyond toned abs and weight loss—exercise also makes you happier and smarter. Elissa Epel, PhD is quoted on her research findings regarding how exercise can reverse detrimental effects of stress. Read more.
May 26, 2010
Brief exercise reduces impact of stress on cell aging, UCSF study shows
By Elizabeth Fernandez, UCSF News Office
Exercise can buffer the effects of stress-induced cell aging, according to new research from UCSF that revealed actual benefits of physical activity at the cellular level. Elissa Epel, PhD, an Osher affiliated faculty member, was one of the lead investigators in this study. Read more.
May 20, 2010
Can caring make you sick?
By Elizabeth Cohen, CNN.com
Studies have shown that caregivers generally report greater psychological and physical health problems than in noncaregivers. Researchers believe depression and chronically high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, both of which often accompany caregiving, take a toll on the body’s immune and cardiovascular systems. Read more of this story on CNN.com, in which chapter 8 of our Orientation to Caregivers Handbook is referenced.
May 1, 2010
How Integrative Medicine Can Help You Be Healthier
By Sally Wadyka, Real Simple
In the past, Western medical schools did not emphasize teaching lifestyle changes to keep patients healthy; instead they focused on treating patients once they were ill. “The old thinking was, You’re broken-now we’ll fix you,” says Kevin Barrows, MD, clinical director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco. But things are changing. Read more.
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Education: Promoting Family Mindfulness During the Perinatal Period
By Larissa G. Duncan, PhD and Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA, Journal of Child and Family Studies
Results from this pilot study show that pregnant women who take the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) course experience reductions in pregnancy-related anxiety and depression, and increases in mindfulness and positive emotion. Read more.
April 21, 2010
Barrows Appointed Director of Clinical Programs at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
February 5, 2010
NCCAM’s Advisory Council Welcomes Five New Members
National Institutes of Health
January 19, 2010
KALW interviews Kevin Barrows, MD on Cross Currents
By Ben Trefny, KALW News
Kevin Barrows, MD discusses health reform and maintaining wellness from an integrative medicine perspective. Both interviews are available online:
January 9, 2010
Vitamin D deficiency increasingly common
By Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle
Today, research suggests that vitamin D does much more than help build strong bones, and the findings come at a time when a high number of people are no longer getting enough of the nutrient, doctors say. This article quotes Donald Abrams, MD, director of the integrative oncology research program and an integrative medicine physician at the UCSF Osher Center. Read more.