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Veterans Health Administration Uses Food As Medicine In Their Local Community

Veterans Health Administration Uses Food As Medicine In Their Local Community

After attending The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) several times and Food As Medicine (FAM) this past summer*, I continue to find the information to be brilliant. I purchased the FAM DVD and audio cassettes to share with our VA staff. Recently, our nutrition service received a grant to expand our weight management nutrition and exercise program into the local community.
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My Granny’s Turnips

My Grannys Turnips

Everybody hated turnips in boarding school (Alexandra School, Amritsar, India) where we used to get turnips with lamb during winters. Most of the girls slept hungry the night this appetite buster was served for dinner.
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All Will Be Well

All Will Be Well

“All is well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” This phrase has been reassuring for me in times of stress and anxiety for years. The fifteen months between May of 2012 and August of 2013 were months that challenged Julian of Norwich’s words as I lost both parents and my husband. I felt I could barely come up for air from one death, one crisis, until another hit. My friends were concerned for me; I have health problems including multiple sclerosis, and stress can exacerbate the disease.
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Tigers in the Preschool Classroom

Tigers in the Preschool Classroom

Affect dysregulation in young children is a significant problem in preschool classrooms, often leading to preschool expulsion and teacher burnout.

To address this issue, I and the Outreach Counselors at Kamehameha Schools Community Based Early Childhood Education Program — a Hawaiian-based statewide preschool system — developed a training that focuses on helping teachers learn how to self regulate. Learning and practicing “soft belly” helps teachers stay calm while allowing children to “co-regulate” their fragile nervous systems (young children “lean on” the nervous systems of their caregivers).
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Koru: A Program to Help Students with Stress at Duke University

Koru - A Program to Help Students with Stress at Duke University

“I don’t think I would have made it through grad school without this class.”

This is a quotation from a Duke student who participated in Koru, a course to help students with stress that has its inspiration in mindfulness meditation and The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s mind-body skills group model.

Koru, which is a Maori symbol for growth around a stable center, began at Duke University in 2007 and has since then transformed the lives of hundreds of Duke students.
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Coping in the Courtroom — and in Life

Coping in the Courtroom -- and in Life

I assisted a young girl who was sex trafficked and helped her to overcome barriers with testifying in criminal court against her predators and they received maximum sentences as a direct result of my training through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
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