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The 9-Minute Strength Workout, Jordan Metzl, MD recommendations | Hospital for Special Surgery

Good Technique Can Lower Golf Handicap, Prevent Injuries | Houston Methodist

Stress, Alzheimer’s and Aging | Johns Hopkins Hospital

Why You Should Kick the Coffee and Soda Habit | University Hospitals of Cleveland

Saving Your Vision from Glaucoma | Baptist Health South Florida

Home Remedies that May Be Worth a Try | Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Hormone Replacement Therapy May Help Improve Women’s Heart Health, Overall Survival | Cedars- Sinai Medical Center

3 Types of Chest Pain that Won’t Kill You Cleveland Clinic

Scalp Cooling Can Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Retain Hair | NewYork Presbyterian & UCSF Medical Center

Foundation News

Please welcome our newest staff members; each of them bring new and unique skills that make our office stronger.
Megan Frankel 
Leeanne Jereb
Office Manager
Jennifer Donnellan
Medical Coordinator
Amanda Bise
Cincinnati Program Coordinator

 Dr. Locke’s Prescription for a Better Life
Sugar can be as addicting as Heroin or Cocaine, yet it is added to many foods we consume daily.  Dr. Locke will shed some light on this sweet topic below:

Sugar:  Natural vs. Added

Sugar Hidden in Your Meals

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You can find the original article HERE.

Is it possible that having a positive outlook can have a positive effect on your health? Experts say “yes.” One U.S. study of nearly 100,000 postmenopausal women found that “optimists were less likely than pessimists to develop coronary heart disease and less likely to die of any cause over the course of the eight-year trial.”

Other studies have shown that optimism has biological benefits that improve health. A 2008 study of 2,873 healthy men and women found that those with a positive attitude had lower levels of adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol, even after variables such as age, ethnicity, obesity and other lifestyle factors were taken into account. In women, an upbeat attitude also was associated with lower levels of two markers of inflammation (C-reactive protein and interleukin-6), which predict the risk of heart attack and stroke.

“Stress can adversely affect your health, while optimism has an inverse effect,” said Osnat Shmueli, M.D., a family medicine physician with Baptist Health Primary Care. “Women with a positive outlook have better ways of coping with stress, which helps keep their stress hormones, blood pressure and heart rate from rising.”

Fewer Hospital Readmissions

Studies also have revealed that optimism helps women cope with disease and recover from surgery. “After having coronary artery bypass graft surgery, optimists have fewer future heart attacks and hospital readmissions,” said Dr. Shmueli. “A positive outlook can lead to behavioral differences that affect recovery and outcomes.”

During cardiac rehabilitation – a program Dr. Shmueli urges all patients to attend following surgery – physical recovery as well as psychological recovery, lifestyle habits and stress management techniques are addressed. “Optimists are more likely to follow this medical advice, take better care of themselves and maintain stronger social support networks, all of which positively impact their recovery,” Dr. Shmueli explained.

Researchers also have found that optimists are more likely to exercise and eat well and less likely to smoke or abuse alcohol. Experts admit that heredity may explain some of the link. The genes that play a part in positivity also may have a direct effect on health.

So, what should you do if you tend to focus on the negative rather than look on the bright side? “Pessimism is not irreversible,” Dr. Shmueli said. “Women can change their attitudes and thought processes to have happier dispositions. Behavioral therapy can provide strategies to turn negative thinking into positive thinking.”

Changing these habits does take time and practice. Dr. Shmueli offers this advice:

  • Focus on things you can control and not things you cannot.
  • Identify thoughts or behaviors you want to change and set small attainable goals.
  • Be aware when you change from a negative to a positive thought. Then, pat yourself on the back. An important first step is recognizing that you have made a change.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle. Exercise at least three times a week and eat healthy to positively affect your mind and body.
  • Smile and laugh often.
  • Practice good posture, and feel powerful and confident.
  • Be grateful, even for the little things you may take for granted.
  • Keep a journal, and start and end every day in a positive way. In the morning, write down three things for which you are thankful. At the end of the day, write down three good things that happened that day.
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Debbie Johnson’s New Book

We are happy to celebrate with Debbie in her new book that is available now.  Here is what she has to say:

My business partner, Sam, and I are thrilled to announce the release of our first book, . I know you all (my L3 ‘ family’) are very familiar with giving back and this puts a framework to the business side of philanthropy.
Let me know if you happen to be free Thursday night and want to come by our book launch party from 6 to 7:30pm … Click Here and I’ll provide further details.

The book contains lots of philanthropy examples and tools and we hope it will help businesses of all sizes:

· Give back to the community with more meaning and impact

· Most effectively engage employees

· More easily say ’no, thanks’ to solicitations.

The book is available HERE.
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Join Mimi Guarneri at the AIHM Annual Conference

Calling All Healthcare Professionals, Students and the Community…

SUN. OCT. 30 – NOV. 3, 2016


AIHM Annual Conference: People, Planet, Purpose.   

Join Dr. Mimi Guarneri at Paradise Point, San Diego, for the most important Integrative Medicine conference in the U.S. 60 notable presenters include these renowned global leaders: Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC;  Dean Ornish, MD;  Mark Hyman, MD.; Rauni Prittinen King, MIH, RN, HNB-BC, CHTP/I; Joseph Pizzorno, NDDeepak Chopra, MD is featured in the post-conference schedule.Lots to learn!  Pre-Conference sessions on Oct 28 & 29; Post-conference session is Nov 4. 

Here are only a few of the many presentations and workshops:

  • Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Supplementation Strategies
  • Genomics and Epigenetics
  • The Slippery Science of Fat – Separating Fat form Fiction
  • Healing the Gut Microbiome,
  • Toxins as the Primary Drivers of Chronic Disease
  • Advanced Integrative Cardiology
  • Healing Touch Level 1
  • Manual Medicine/Techniques,
  • Transformative Power of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Integrating Care for Spinal Conditions
  • Integrative Pain Management
  • Vascular Health – Thinking Out of the Box
  • Mold and Mycotoxins
  • Hormone Balancing Integrative Approaches to Infertility
  • Consciousness, Creativity & Healing: Social Applications
  • Herbal Medicine for the 21st Century – Adaptogens & Nervines
  • and many more….see the full schedule online 

Highlights include: CME/CE, optional ABOIM Board review, in-depth clinical tracks, high-yield experiential workshops, the latest research, excellent networking opportunities — all in a healing setting. Special rate for students and the community.Details, register: The AIHM is an innovative educational organization dedicated to engaging a global community of health professionals and health seekers in training, leadership, interprofessional collaboration, research, and advocacy. It is unifying the voice of integrative health and medicine.

Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. at Pacific Pearl La Jolla: 
World-renowned Integrative Cardiologist Mimi Guarneri leads her team of experts in Conventional, Integrative and Natural Medicine.

Health Begins Here!

Call for more information. 
Book your Comprehensive Wellness Assessment:
This life-changing  appointment takes place over a period of weeks and begins with an in-depth 90-minute session with both an MD and ND (or just one if preferred). Tailored to your your personal needs, you will gain an understanding of the underlying causes of your condition and receive a personalized care plan – a road map of what you need to achieve optimal health.
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Events This Week at Pacific Pearl La Jolla

Every Friday Morning at 8 AM
Join Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC and others from Pacific Pearl La Jolla for a morning stroll! Take your rejuvenating Windansea Beach walk with our group on Friday mornings. Meet Mark Kalina, MD and Erica Oberg, ND, MPH, at our main back entrance for this free 45 minute group activity. Just walk up to our center by 8 AM.  Group may vary weekly. No RSVP needed!

Authentic Mexican!
LEARN TO PREPARE HEALTHY DISHES & Enjoy 3 Courses, Music & a Glass of Wine
Featuring Authentic Mexican next week – Olé!
Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 PM
Enjoy a fun night learning how to prepare healthy dishes. Eat 3 courses with wine and be immersed in the music of the region! This is our series of Healthy Cooking Classes. RSVP at least one day ahead. 858-459-6919.   LINK: Meet Chef Palma video, learn more about our classes.

Every Saturday at 10 AM
Join our Kundalini Yoga classes with instructor Mimi Trotter. Walk-ins welcome, but we suggest RSVP ahead. Bring your mat. Pacific Pearl mats are available for purchase. 858-459-6919.



Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. at Pacific Pearl La Jolla
Internationally-Renowned Integrative CardiologistMimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM 
*Leads her Team of Experts in Conventional, Integrative and Natural Medicine

Call us for more information or a consultation:
6919 La Jolla Blvd. La Jolla, CA 92037

* Dr. Mimi Guarneri is ranked #6 of the top 100 Integrative 
Physicians in the U.S. by Read article
See Pacific Pearl La Jolla’s full calendar of events. Link: EVENTS CALENDAR

Mimi Guarneri tells us the truth about our health and interacting with nature

Read this great article written by our L3 Health and Wellness Alliance, Dr Mimi Guarneri.

You can find the original post here.

The Health Effects of Interacting with Nature

Let us begin the next season in reverence of nature and its effects on human physiology. I’m aware of calling your attention to articles that seem to offer evidence for what we should intuitively know, but the society of medicine demands proof—sometimes for what seems obvious—before standardizing recommendations. Once again, I thank Dr. Ted Schettler and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s work for sharing this article.

In this gorgeous National Geographic article written by Florence Williams in and photographed by Lucas Foglia, entitled, “This is Your Brain on Nature”, the work of University of Utah researcher, David Strayer, PhD, is highlighted, in addition to other studies that demonstrate significant benefit from living near and/or experiencing nature. Strayer asserts, “Our brains aren’t tireless three-pound machines; they’re easily fatigued When we slow down, stop the busywork, and take in beautiful natural surroundings, not only do we feel restored, but our mental performance improves too.” Strayer has demonstrated this concept with a group of Outward Bound participants, who performed 50 percent better on creative problem-solving tasks after three days of wilderness backpacking.

Strayer’s work has built on large scale research studies demonstrating that modern public health problems such as obesity, heart disease, asthma, migraines, diabetes and depression are positively correlated with distance from green space. Metrics such as stress hormones, heart rate, blood pressure, EEG patterns, protein markers, mortality rates and more, indicate that time spent in green space has a favorable impact on health. Richard Mitchell, an epidemiologist at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, did a large study that found less death and disease in people who lived near parks or other green space—even if they didn’t use them. “Our own studies plus others show these restorative effects whether you’ve gone for walks or not,” Mitchell says. Moreover, the lowest income people seemed to gain the most: In the city, Mitchell found, being close to nature is a social leveler.

The prevailing theory is that nature mitigates the stress response. Compared with people who have less favorable window views, those who can see trees and grass have been shown to recover faster in hospitals, perform better in school, and even display less violent behavior. Measurements of stress hormones, respiration, heart rate, and sweating suggest that short doses of nature—or even pictures of the natural world—can calm people down and sharpen their performance. Researcher Yoshifumi Miyazaki at Chiba University believes our bodies relax in pleasant, natural surroundings because they evolved there. Our senses are adapted to interpret information about plants and streams, he says, not traffic and high-rises.

The prevailing theory is that nature mitigates the stress response. Measurements of stress hormones, respiration, heart rate, and sweating suggest that short doses of nature—or even pictures of the natural world—can calm people down and sharpen their performance. 

Nooshin Razani at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California, is one of several doctors who have noticed the emerging data on nature and health. As part of a pilot project, she’s training pediatricians in the outpatient clinic to write prescriptions for young patients and their families to visit nearby parks, an ‘intervention’ that is becoming increasingly common, and is a response to Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined by AIHM Conference Faculty, Richard Louv.

Korea Forest Service scientists used to study timber yields; now they also distill essential oils from trees such as the hinoki cypress and study them for their ability to reduce stress hormones and asthma symptoms. Indeed, forest bathing is a practice that recognizes the positive health effects of exposure to phytochemicals when we breathe them in while visiting a forest.

Korean researchers have used functional MRI to observe brain activity in people viewing different images. When the volunteers were looking at urban scenes, their brains showed more blood flow in the amygdala, which processes fear and anxiety. In contrast, the natural scenes lit up the anterior cingulate and the insula—areas associated with empathy and altruism.


Williams comments, “Maybe nature makes us nicer as well as calmer. It may also make us nicer to ourselves.” Stanford researcher Greg Bratman and his colleagues scanned the brains of 38 volunteers before and after they walked for 90 minutes, either in a large park or on a busy street in downtown Palo Alto. The nature walkers, but not the city walkers, showed decreased activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex—a part of the brain tied to depressive rumination—and from their own reports, the nature walkers beat themselves up less. Nature, he says, may influence “how you allocate your attention and whether or not you focus on negative emotions.”

Imagine a therapy that had no known side effects, was readily available, and could improve your cognitive functioning at zero cost. It exists, and it’s called “interacting with nature.” 

Stephen Kaplan and his colleagues found that a 50-minute walk in an arboretum improved executive attention skills, such as short-term memory, while walking along a city street did not. “Imagine a therapy that had no known side effects, was readily available, and could improve your cognitive functioning at zero cost,” the researchers wrote in their paper. It exists, they continued, and it’s called “interacting with nature.”

Need more evidence? I don’t. I’m going outside for a walk in the woods and hope you do the same (and often)!

Blessings on your journey,

Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM, AIHM President