Home Exercise 101

Home Exercise 101

Bren Boston, MD

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Californians are recommended to stay home to prevent the spread of the invisible virus which can be lethal for some patients.  So, we’re all home and not able to attend to our normal exercise routines.  Or, perhaps we previously had no time to exercise due to over an hour commute to work each way, and now we actually do have time to exercise…but we’re stuck at home.

Exercising (at home) is important to:

  1. Maintain cardiovascular and ...
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Coherent Breathing

Coherent Breathing

David Laramie, PhD

            As a psychologist, I sometimes wish for the superpower to make my patients do the self-care exercises that we discuss in session.  As a psychologist during our time of pandemic, I definitely wish that I could make everyone, everywhere practice one tool in particular.  More than any other tip, technique, or exercise, I have found a particular kind of slow, controlled breathing, called Coherent Breathing, to be extremely effective and easy to learn and practice.  Scientific research has revealed an ...

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Covid-19 – Dispelling Rumors: A Science-Based Information Update

Covid-19 – Dispelling Rumors: A Science-Based Information Update

Edison de Mello, MD, Ph.D

How do I know if I am infected with Covid-19 (Coronavirus disease, 2019)? Signs include:

  • Significant breathing difficulty or shortness of breath (more pronounced than if a simple cold or flu or anxiety)
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Confusion or struggle with ambulatory movement

Bluish lips or face

Are Kids Immune to the Virus? Children can develop COVID-19. However, the symptoms tend to be milder (as fever, runny nose, and cough). Children with underlying health conditions are at increased risk ...

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LATEST CoronaVirus Facts, Prevention Tips and More!

LATEST CoronaVirus Facts, Prevention Tips and More!

Edison de Mello, MD, Ph.D

Current Facts: 
The Coronavirus may not show signs of infection for many days. Most people have recovered from it without any complications.The people at the highest level of complications are those over 65, especially if they have medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, etc. The treatment for people at the low-risk categories is not different than the flu; rest, increase hydration (room temp water, green tea or warm water with lemon), and Tylenol for fever. Ibuprofen ...

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The CoronaVirus FEAR-demic

The CoronaVirus FEAR-demic

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

What the Heck is this Virus?

It is a new strain, but NOT a new virus! In fact, Over the last 70 years, scientists have been studying coronaviruses, considered zoonotic, because they are transmitted between animals and humans. SARS-CoV, the scientific name of this strain, is believed to be a new strain that was transmitted from civet cats to humans.  Several other known coronaviruses in animals that have not yet infected humans.  

The Fear Factor: 

It is common ...

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Your Skin & Gut Connection: The secret to Healthy Looking Skin

Your Skin & Gut Connection: The secret to Healthy Looking Skin

by Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

It probably comes as no surprise to you that the largest and second-largest organ in our bodies – the skin and gastrointestinal system respectively – are intrinsically connected and dependent on each other for optimal functioning. Studies investigating the so-called gut-brain-skin axis began in the early 1930’s. The hypothesis was then, and continues to be today, that stress by itself or combined with a poor diet decreases the good gut bacteria and causes ...

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Glowing Skin From Within

Glowing Skin From Within

By: Amanda Miller MS, RN 

Holistic Health Coach, Clinical Integrative Nutrition & Functional Medicine

If you are reading this month’s newsletter, you probably care a lot about the health and look of your skin. Questions you have might involve how to minimize the signs of aging, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and even acne. 

I am here to shake you and tell you it doesn’t matter how many injections, vampire facials, serums, or lotions you have, if you do not ...

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Hormonal Acne – Just When you Thought You Were in the Clear

Hormonal Acne – Just When you Thought You Were in the Clear

By Dr. Maggie Ney

If you experience acne before your period, around ovulation, or you are in your 30s and 40s and experiencing acne for the first time (Ugg – so frustrating), it is likely you are experiencing hormonal acne.  You may feel like you are in the clear of acne breakouts once passing adolescence, but acne can actually appear at any point in adulthood. The traditional treatments for acne include different topicals (such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, Retin-A), birth ...

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SEX! Can Make or Break a Relationship

SEX! Can Make or Break a Relationship

Rachael Ross, MD, PhD

Functional Care and Sexual Medicine

Sex can make or break a relationship. The desire to be sexual with another person is a natural and healthy human impulse. But the skills to be open to enjoy it while also being knowledgeable and confident enough to become a great lover are not a given. These are learned skills. Does an award-winning tennis player wake up one day and just watch a how-to video, and instantly transform her/himself into ...

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Exercise for a Happy Heart

Exercise for a Happy Heart

By Bren Boston, MD

Human bodies hate being sedentary.  We weren’t designed to be that way.  Even your brain is happier if you exercise.  Exercise lowers your risk of the most common cause of death in the U.S. – heart disease.

Exercise can come in many forms, and they are virtually all good for your heart.   The best regimens will include 3 types of exercise:  

  1.  Aerobic exercise
  2. Resistance exercise
  3. Stretching and balance exercises

Aerobic exercise can be walking to work, dancing in your kitchen, or jumping rope.  

Resistance exercise can be lifting ...

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