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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this blog and the entire website is to provide evidence-based information on how to live with self-care mastery. It is for all medical patients, caregivers, and advocates who want to learn how to collaborate with physicians to optimize the efficacy of your medical care. I post to this blog three times per […]

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Video: Practice Gratitude for Health and Wellbeing

In this video, Dr. Berkelhammer mentions the research demonstrating the correlation between authentic gratitude and health. In epidemiological studies, after controlling for potential confounding factors, those people who practice and genuinely feel appreciation or gratitude for others every day tend to have better health and states of well-being. A recommended mindfulness practice is to notice […]

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Video: Use of the Imagination to Improve Wellbeing

This presentation was given at the Marin Center for Independent Living in 2013. Examples are given to explain about the power of the mind to effect physiological changes. Guided exercises will give you an experience of how you can learn to use your imagination to improve how you feel and to actually improve physiological functioning […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below. When I get a certain number […]

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Practice Gratitude To Increase Well-Being

Gratitude has been defined by research psychologist Robert Emmons as a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for life. He found that when we practice gratitude, we benefit by becoming better able to elevate our mood simply by recalling memories of being grateful. When grateful people are asked about past events, they tend to […]

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