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Understanding Bioenergy Medicine with Dr. John Ives


Thanks to Einstein, we know that all living matter is made up of energy. But there is a difference between traditional energy used in sound, light and magnetic therapies and the more ancient concept of subtle energy that may be behind the healing practices of therapeutics touch, healing touch, Reiki, and Qi Gong. Continue reading “Understanding Bioenergy Medicine with Dr. John Ives” »

Cooking for Health in the Military


Samueli Institute, in collaboration with the office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General, embarked on a pilot project to investigate whether an integrated training approach involving culinary skills, nutritional science, behavioral coaching, mindfulness and exercise is feasible to implement and impactful in a military environment.

“If large numbers of possible recruits are ineligible to serve, and poor activity and nutrition discipline impacts the readiness of those that do enter military service, then the issue is not just a matter of National health; it is a matter of National security.” U.S. Army Surgeon General Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho

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Palliative Care for our Veterans


Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have died in service of the United States. On this day, many Americans also take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our Armed Forces.

lineupshadow_webOver the next 25 years, the number of Veterans is projected to drop from 21 million[i] in 2015 to 15 million in 2040 with the passing of the “baby boomer”, post-WWII generation. It is a challenge to care for the large numbers of elderly from this wave. A major challenge in caring for aging populations is properly tempering the dominance of high-tech interventions that tend to be applied even in terminal patients and to those at the end of life. Communication is another major challenge:both communication barriers built into the health care system and a culture not wanting to or being unequipped to talk about death and end of life needs. Continue reading “Palliative Care for our Veterans” »

From Worksite Wellness Programs to a Framework for Flourishing


As workplace wellness has exploded into a $6 billion industry, the value of worksite wellness programs has become the topic of a much-needed and vigorous debate. As part of the dialogue, an article by Al Lewis and Vik Khanna in the journal Health Affairs questions whether worksite wellness programs improve health and wellness and save money OR if they cost money, coerce people and create adverse effects.

Many medical interventions (including drugs and surgery) often look good in observational studies only to be shown to be ineffective (or effective in a subgroup only) in rigorously done randomized controlled trials.

My work with the military and at Samueli Institute has shown that the issue is bigger than we thought and it requires a new approach.  Continue reading “From Worksite Wellness Programs to a Framework for Flourishing” »

Let’s Start the New Year Right


When one year comes to a close and another one begins, it is only natural to take time to reflect and plan for the future. The year 2014 was one of great accomplishments for Samueli Institute. I am proud that several items from the important work our researchers have done with the goal of health and health creation for all was featured in a recent article for the Huffington Post by John Weeks.

As the health care industry is slowly shifting toward patient-centered care, I am encouraged by the changes that I see occurring across multiple platforms. In my travels over the last year, I have met many people who are champions of integrative health. These include physicians and their patients who are experiencing firsthand that alternative medical practices such as yoga, meditation and acupuncture can have profound effects on our ability to heal; corporate leaders who are enhancing the wellbeing and productivity of their employees and military and community members who now have safer, simpler, low cost ways to heal.

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