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Food for Thought: Can Healthy Eating Affect Brain Performance?


Subject matter experts convened at Samueli Institute, Alexandria, VA, in March of 2015 to identify the state of the science for dietary nutrition and turn that science into action through feeding policies and guidelines as part of a Metabolically Optimized Brain project

After two days of meetings, the team gathered to experience first-hand how healthy  cooking can be fun and delicious.

Learn more about the Metabolically Optimized Brain project

How Can I Change to Healthy Habits?


Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things you can do to achieve and maintain well-being. Nutrition, exercise and controlling stress all play major roles in healing our bodies, minds and spirits.

7 of 10 deaths are from preventable chronic diseases (Health Affairs, Nolte and McKee, 2008)


The problem lies not in knowing what you should be doing, but rather in getting motivated to actually lose that weight, stop smoking, get on that treadmill or even just take time out to relax. But for most of us, motivation to change is hard. Continue reading “How Can I Change to Healthy Habits?” »

To the Future Healers: Advice for the Graduating Class of 2015


On May 22nd I addressed the 2015 graduates of Samuel Merritt University at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California. My advice? Beware of a focus on “cure” rather than healing; Acknowledge what you didn’t learn in medical school; Care for the whole person; and finally, Lead with compassion.  Continue reading “To the Future Healers: Advice for the Graduating Class of 2015” »

Registration Now Open for Breakthrough Collaborative on Home Hospice and Palliative Care


Registration is now open for the Optimal Healing Environments in Home Hospice and Palliative Care Breakthrough Collaborative. The new Collaborative launched last week at the National Organization for Hospice and Palliative Care Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

The group is limited to 50 participants.

The aim is to enhance the experience of care by decreasing symptom and treatment burden associated with advanced illness — specifically, pain, anxiety, dyspnea, helplessness and finding meaning in suffering.

The literature abounds with science-based studies demonstrating the efficacy of integrated self-care modalities. By focusing on healing-oriented practices in mindfully created healing environments, we seek to learn what works and what doesn’t for both patients and lay caregivers in home hospice and palliative care.
Ideal candidates are home hospice and palliative care organizations that choose to be at the forefront of change, discover ways to relieve human suffering, implement those discoveries on a real-time basis and report their efficacies so others can follow suit.

Together, we will define innovative strategies by:

  • Integrating healing-oriented practices into clinical protocols and intake procedures.
  • Teaching all care providers, including lay, the techniques to facilitate healing for themselves and for the patient.
  • Managing the home environment as a healing space.


At the end of this first-in-a-series Collaborative, our intention is to collectively demonstrate:

  • Decrease in the number of ER visits for pain, anxiety or respiratory distress;
  • Increase in fulfillment of the patient and family-generated end-of-life plan;
  • Increase of patient and/or families who rate their satisfaction with care at the highest level; and
  • Increase in engaged households configured to optimize their home as a healing space


For more information or to download the application and letter of intent, please visit SamueliInstitute.org/Collaboratives or email palliativecollaborative@SIIB.org.

Are you in a healing relationship?


We are social beings. We need relationships with others, both individually and as part of a community. They provide us with a sense of belonging, caring and support for our health. In fact, it has been shown that physical illness can result from social isolation and depression. But as we all know, some relationships are better for us than others.  Continue reading “Are you in a healing relationship?” »

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