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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

  This weekly 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 of […]

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Video: Does Social Support Improve Health Outcomes?

Video: Does Social Support Improve Health Outcomes?

This is a discussion about one of the many evidence-based behaviors from the book In Your Own Hands that was found to improve health & longevity for those who are already living right in terms of diet, exercise, sleep, and stress-management. In this discussion, we explored social support and its implications for improved health & […]

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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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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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Cancer and Social Support

Social Support and the Immune System Psychoneuroimmunology researchers have consistently found a positive correlation between social support and the immune system. Medical researcher Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser has proven that social support improves immune function and can reverse the damaging physiological effects of emotional distress. She found that social support improved leukocyte cell counts and immune function. […]

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Having a Close Circle of Friends Increases Longevity

The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm conducted a study to determine the benefit of social support among the elderly and whether it can improve health outcomes. The study involved sixty residents of a retirement community in Stockholm.  At the start of the program, a complete blood count and levels of testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone, and estradiol were recorded […]

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Social Support Contributes to Health

In a famous study, epidemiology researcher James House (no relation to Gregory) and his team conducted a prospective study of 2,754 residents of Tecumseh, Michigan, observing their social ties and group activities for ten years. This was a very rigorous study in that residents with any medical or psychiatric condition that could possibly interfere with […]

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Social Support Improves Health

Most behavioral medicine studies involving heart patients focus on the efficacy of lifestyle changes to reduce atherosclerosis and reverse ischemic heart disease. World-renowned cardiologist Dean Ornish’s behavioral medicine program includes weekly psychoeducational group participation, which was initially instigated as a way to promote the healthy lifestyle changes he advocates, especially adherence to a very strict […]

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Social Support and Health

Around the world and in all cultures, the healthiest people belong to some type of community, have close friends, often feel a connection with all humanity, provide social support to others, and are able to ask for it for themselves when they need it.  All forms of chronic and life-threatening health challenges are more prevalent […]

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