Forks Feet Fingers Stress Sleep & Love

Forks / Feet / Fingers / Stress / Sleep / Love

Water (example of serving =  8 oz)         

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     3     4     5     more than 5

Beans (examples of servings =  ¼ cup hummus / ½ cup beans / 1 cup fresh peas)

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     3     more than 3

Cruciferous Vegetables like arugula, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens or kale (examples of servings =  ½ cup / ¼ cup sprouts)

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     more than 2

Greens like lettuce or spinach (examples of servings =  1 cup raw / ½ cup cooked)

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     more than 2

Other Vegetables like mushrooms, sweet potatoes or tomatoes (examples of servings =  ½ cup cooked / 1 cup raw)

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     more than 2

Whole Grains like oatmeal, brown rice, bread (examples of servings =  ½ cup oatmeal / 1 cup cold cereal / 1 tortilla or slice of bread / half a bagel / 3 cups popcorn)

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     3     more than 3

Berries (examples of servings =  ½ cup frozen or fresh / ¼ cup dried)

How many servings daily?     0     1     more than 1

Other Fruit like avocados, bananas or apples (examples of servings =  1 medium / 1 cup /  ¼ cup dried) 

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     3     more than 3

Flaxseed, Chia Seed, or Hemp Seed (serving size 1 tablespoon)

How many servings daily?     0     1     more than 1

Nuts & Seeds (examples of servings =  ¼ cup nuts or seeds / 2 tablespoons of nut or seed butter)

How many servings daily?     0     1     more than 1

Herb & Spices (example of serving =  ¼ teaspoon dried)

How many servings daily?     0     1     more than 1

How many days a week do you exercise?     0     1     2     3     4     5     more than 5

For how long do you exercise?     15     30     45     more than 45 minutes 

Do you spend time outdoors?     Daily     Sometimes     Not often

Tobacco use     Never     Sometimes     Daily     type  ______________

How long do you sleep at night?     less than 5hrs     5     6     7     8     more than 8hrs

How often to you meditate or contemplate or pray?     Daily     Sometimes     Not often     Never

For how long?     15     30     45     more than 45 minutes

Do you have a creative outlet?     Art     Craft     Writing     Music     Other Passion

How often do you find time to be creative?     Daily     Sometimes     Not often     Never

What are your connections?     Friends     Family     Nature     Spiritual

How do you manage your stress?



Word Document of this handout


I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections.

And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill.

I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self

and the wounds to the soul take a long, long time, only time can help

and patience, and a certain difficult repentance

long, difficult repentance, realization of life’s mistake, and the freeing oneself

from the endless repetition of the mistake

which mankind at large has chosen to sanctify.

— D.H. Lawrence

Journal of Geriatric Cardiology

Letter to the Editor


“Silence vibrating is Creation

Silence flowing is Love

Silence shared is Friendship

Silence seen is Infinity

Silence heard is Adoration

Silence expressed is Beauty

Silence maintained is Strength

Silence omitted is Suffering

Silence allowed is Rest

Silence re-circled is Scripture

Silence preserved is Our Tradition

Silence given is Initiating

Silence received is Joy

Silence perceived is Knowledge

Silence stabilized is Fulfillment

 Silence alone is.”

~ Author Unknown ~


Why there’s more to fixing health care than the health care laws

With changes to health care insurance on hold, now may be a good time to focus not on health insurance but on health. More and more studies show that we do have some control over that. Here’s how:

There is so much debate currently about how best to provide health insurance coverage in our country that we risk losing sight of what it really means to be healthy and of how health care should be optimally provided.

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” For the most part, the current health care delivery system conceptualizes disease as derangement in one part or a few parts of the human body, which is likened to a machine with smaller and smaller fixable parts.

Disease treatment in conventional medicine primarily relies on the use of medications or invasive interventions to treat the dysfunctional body part(s). It generally does not address the health of the whole person at the root level. Such a peripheral approach to health care overlooks the fundamental causes of disease and misses opportunities to realize true healing and health.

To achieve truly successful health care, we need to emphasize the primacy of healing the whole person on a fundamental level. This will catalyze a paradigm shift in the way health care is provided and consumed. Research has shown that such an integrative medicine approach, which considers the mind-body connection, lifestyle choice, social and environmental influence, individuality of body constitution and the therapeutic relationship, not only yields good health outcomes but is cost-effective as well.

As a professor of medicine and a practicing geriatrician and integrative medicine physician, I see on a regular basis the inadequacies of the current medical paradigm in addressing the chronic conditions often observed in aging. But I am inspired, as often, by the power of a whole-person approach to health restoration and creation.

Evidence expands on benefit of mind-body connection

Modern medical advances have led to the discovery of lifesaving therapies. However, for most people with chronic medical conditions, is taking daily multiple medications the optimal long-term solution to maintain health? Should we accept the spending of hundreds of dollars a month on treatments that might not truly cure diseases as the inevitable path of health care in the 21st century?

Clinical training in medical school and residency focuses on fixing those parts of the body that are seen as diseased. By contrast, focusing on healing the whole person on a fundamental level means addressing the underlying interplay of lifestyle choices and psychological and social factors that ultimately contribute to health or disease. To heal the whole person, a paradigm shift in health care delivery is needed, in which the primary focus is on healthful lifestyle choices that create true health of mind and body.

Evidence from clinical research has already given us a glimpse of how a wholesome, mind-and-body healing approach leads to changes in the body, which are measurable with laboratory tests and lead to better health outcomes. In a randomized, controlled trial led by Dr. Dean Ornish, men with early stage prostate cancer who followed a lifestyle change program that included a plant-based diet, meditation, yoga-based stretching and moderate aerobic exercise had decreased blood PSA levels overall. Men who did not follow the program had increased PSA levels (suggesting progression of prostate cancer) and were more likely to undergo conventional cancer treatment.


Remarkably, blood from these men who made lifestyle changes inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells in the laboratory almost eight times more than the blood from men who did not make changes, suggesting that lifestyle changes resulted in the presence of substances in the blood that have anti-cancer effects.

Shorter telomeres (regions with protective functions at the ends of chromosomes, and the subject of a 2009 Nobel Prize) are associated with aging and disease, and men with early prostate cancer who made lifestyle changes favorably increased the telomere lengths in their blood cells over five years, while men who did not make lifestyle changes had decreased telomere lengths.

In taking care of people with diabetes, I have repeatedly witnessed the reversal of elevated blood sugar levels in those who make earnest dietary and lifestyle changes, without the need to take any diabetes medications or with a much-reduced need for medications. Lifestyle changes (in a program covered by Medicare and major insurance carriers) have been shown to reverse the atherosclerotic narrowing of coronary arteries(blood vessels supplying the heart) in people with coronary artery disease, which can lead to heart attacks.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s work also demonstrates that a rigorous whole-food, plant-based diet can reverse coronary artery disease, the leading cause of death worldwide.

Also, a growing body of research evidence supports the benefits of mindfulness practices on physical and emotional well-being. Importantly, the effects of mindfulness practices can also be measured by objective laboratory tests. In a study involving breast cancer survivors, mindfulness meditation improved fatigue and reduced fear of recurrence.

While it is not surprising that mindfulness meditation reduces anxiety, an eight-week mindfulness meditation practice led to increased density in the left hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in memory (and damaged in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease). Mindfulness meditation also resulted in improved responses of the immune system to influenza vaccine. A review study found that the practice of tai chi, which combines meditation with slow, graceful movements and deep breathing, is associated with improved memory-related function in both healthy older adults and those with memory impairment.

Such holistic approaches to health also reduce health care costs. A study by Harvard researchers showed that a mind and body training program reduced the need to utilize health care resources by 43 percent after one year and decreased emergency department visits by half.

In a Medicare-sponsored demonstration study, patients with coronary artery disease who participated in lifestyle change programs were hospitalized less often (by 30-46 percent) than those who did not participate in such programs, and the lifestyle-change participation resulted in health care cost savings of US$1,000-$3,500 per patient over three years.

We all have a role to play in our health

The concepts discussed here are not new. The field of integrative health and medicine, which champions healing of the whole person in mind and body and views health and disease through the unique bio-psychosocial determinants of each person, has much to teach the remainder of the health care system about how best to treat disease at the root of the problem, prevent disease and create health.

The Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) had already warned, more than a decade ago, that the current health care system is inadequate in addressing the needs of the aging population and the growing epidemic of chronic diseases. A fundamental change in how all of us (health care consumers and health care providers alike) view health and disease is direly needed to usher in the health care system of the 21st century that we all have the right to have.

Source: Why there’s more to fixing health care than the health care laws