Psychedelic science is making a comeback. New research suggests that using psychedelic drugs such as LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin (magic mushrooms), ketamine, along with psychotherapy, can improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and addiction.
Harry McIlroy, MD, is an integrative physician certified with the Institute for Functional Medicine. Before medical school and completion of residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, he had a background in nutrition and obtained a Master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Dr. Harry McIlroy strives to provide patients with health tools that empower them to improve their well being. Some of his specialities include Medical Cannabis, Chronic Pain, Digestive Health, Regenerative Medicine and Insomnia. He serves as a clinical faculty member for the UCSF Medical School, and mentors and teaches medical residents at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, which provides medical care to underserved populations.
Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP,has written extensively on the impact of psychedelic experiences in shaping the lives of her contemporaries, and has worked closely with many of the most distinguished investigators in this field. She is a founder of the Women’s Visionary Council, a nonprofit organization that supports investigations into non-ordinary forms of consciousness and organizes gatherings of researchers, healers, artists, and activists whose work explores these states. She has been a Family Nurse Midwife for 35 years, and for 24 years has been in primary care practice with Dr. Frank Lucido, one of the pioneers of the medical cannabis movement. Their practice was one of the first to implement the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, the first state medical cannabis initiative. Her current project is the development of a Thanatology program for the study of death and dying.
All of us are harmed by Climate Change. For example, The Lancet reports that pollution from particulate matter, a key component of wildfire smoke and vehicle exhaust, contributed to 2.9 million premature deaths in 2015 alone. There are mental health impacts, vector-born diseases, food shortages, and increased asthma—all examples of the consequences of climate change.
Michael Martin, MD, MPH, MBA, is an Associate Clinical Professor in UCSF’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Martin completed his medical training at the University of Chicago, his Internal Medicine Residency at Yale, and his Clinical Epidemiology Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He also received both an MBA and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Martin is an active member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), nationally and locally, and he is the co-chair of their national Environment & Health Committee, which deals with issues related to climate change. PSR views climate change as a major threat to individual and public health. He also founded and is the president of the nonprofit group, Physicians Against Red Meat (PhARM.org). Dr. Martin teaches at UCSF, and for over 30 years he saw patients in the General Medicine Clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
Matthew Renner is the Deputy Director at The Climate Mobilization. He has been working as a nonprofit executive in clean energy, climate policy, and journalism for over a decade, focusing on the near-term social and economic impacts of climate change. Previously he was the Executive Director at the World Business Academy, and the Development and Strategic Partnerships Director at the Clean Coalition. With a deep passion for local energy solutions and a vision of the flourishing world they can help create, Matt focuses on growing the Climate Emergency Movement and attracting resources for this work.
As the year comes to an end we can all reflect on our level of stress, fatigue, mood, and overall health. Do you make your good health a priority, or do you find it gets put on the back burner because of all the other things you have to do? Join us to discover some simple ways to replenish your energy and reduce your stress.
Dr. Amy Day is a doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. She is the founder of The Women’s Vitality Center in Berkeley, CA and specializes in helping busy professional women with stress, fatigue, and hormonal issues. After helping 1,000s of women in her private practice, Dr. Amy now also offers online group programs and virtual health coaching to support women outside of the Bay Area. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Endometriosis Association and is a past board member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association.While in medical school, struggles with her own women’s health issues fueled Dr. Amy’s passion to work with and empower other women. She now provides experienced and compassionate care to help get to the bottom of complex hormone issues including adrenal/thyroid health, perimenopause/menopause, PMS, PCOS and endometriosis. She uses an integrated approach combining diet, exercise, lifestyle counseling, stress management, nutritional supplements, botanical medicines and bioidentical hormones as she guides women on the journey to optimal wellness.
“Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) can result in everything from impulsive decision making to chronic lateness to irritability, and it takes a toll on the people who live with it. This book is designed to help you mitigate the impact your ADHD symptoms have on your life but also build the mental skills you need to actually overcome those symptoms over the long term”
—Thriving with Adult ADHD
People with ADHD often struggle to finish projects and have difficulty getting organized. They have problems remembering appointments, getting started on tasks, and often talk too much and interrupt others. It can have a significant impact on work and personal relationships as well. ADHD appears in childhood, and usually continues into adulthood for approximately 5% of the population.
Phil Boissiere, MFT, has spent the last decade treating adults with ADHD in the high-pressured environment of Silicon Valley. On top of his clinical training, Phil has pursued advanced training in the assessment and treatment of ADHD from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. Phil cofounded Silicon Valley’s premiere adult ADHD clinic in partnership with two Stanford medical doctors. He also founded the online resource for adults with ADHD, Beyond Focused. As a clinical expert, Phil has been featured on major media outlets such as PBS, ABC News, Good Morning America, and others.
Dr. M. Laura Nasi joins me for an in-depth conversation about an integrative approach to what you can do to become whole again when you have a diagnosis of cancer. Dr. Nasi presents a new way of looking at how we view and treat cancer. Integrative medicine encourages chemo and radiation when necessary, while also focusing on a patient’s internal balance to help halt the disease.
M. Laura Nasi, MD, is an integrative oncologist in private practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She specialized in Internal Medicine at Temple University and in Clinical Oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY, was Clinical Research Coordinator for the International Breast Cancer Study Group in Bern, and Research Director for a Swiss pharmaceutical company. She lives with her partner alongside a lake on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where she grows her own vegetables.
People experience therapeutic benefits when immersed in nature. Research shows that spending significant time in nature can lead to better immunity, reduced anger, better mood, good sleep, and increased energy. Spending time in nature also reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. In partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District, the Primary Care Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland became one of the first in the nation to refer patients to the outdoors for health. The program is called Stay Healthy In Nature Everyday (SHINE).
There are now many doctors prescribing Nature for its health benefits. Ask your doctor about it!
Nooshin Razani, MD, MPH, is a pediatric clinical scientist and Nature Champion. She serves as director of the Center for Nature and Health at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and she founded the Stay Healthy In Nature Everyday (SHINE) program. She is leading a team of clinicians conducting a randomized clinical trial to examine how to operationalize a park prescription program in a low-income setting. Since 2014, Dr. Razani has prescribed time outdoors to her pediatric patients and their families as preventive medicine. The results of the first study showed reduced stress in the parents of pediatric patients at a clinic serving low-income families. The randomized clinical trial is the first of its kind. It compared the effect of supported park outings versus independent park prescriptions with the goal of learning how to operationalize a park prescription program in a low-income setting. She was trained as a Nature Champion by the National Environmental Education Fund and Bureau of Fish and Wildlife in 2010. Dr. Razani is an attending physician UCSF Benioff Oakland’s Ambulatory Department and Assistant Clinical Scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).She attended medical school at University of California San Francisco, completed a pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and has a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Daphne Miller, MD founded WholeFamily MD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary care medical practice. Her mission was to reclaim the heart of medicine by focusing on her patients rather than on the business and red tape of medical practice. Dr. Miller welcomes the challenge of medical mysteries and enjoys helping patients tackle complex health problems. She feels her most important role is to help patients discover their “inner doctor,” so that they may develop the skills they need to manage their health. Dr. Miller is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency and an NIH-funded primary care research fellowship at UCSF. She is also a Bravewell Fellow with the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine. Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor at UCSF where she teaches nutrition and integrative medicine. When she is not seeing patients or teaching, Dr. Miller writes books and articles related to food, farming, the environment, and health. She has authored two best-selling books: The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World, Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You and Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up.
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