Upcoming Events: Health & Medicine

Wed 9/16

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Living Fully: Reimagining End-of-Life

Date: Wed, September 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
A human-centered model of care.

BJ Miller, MD, UCSF; Executive Director, Zen Hospice Project

Despite being a universal experience, death usually is a topic looked at only when unavoidable. As Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project and faculty at UCSF, Dr. BJ Miller is changing the conversation around the end-of-life experience. Informed by a life-threatening accident and work as a palliative care and hospice physician, Miller, a leader in the movement dedicated to a human-centered model of care, advocates quality of life all the way to the end.

Thu 9/17

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The Stress Shield: Three Ways to Upgrade Your Brain, DNA and Hormones As You Age

Date: Thu, September 17, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With author Sara Gottfried

Sara Gottfried, M.D., Author, The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet

Groundbreaking science now theorizes that approximately 10 percent of disease is genetic, and 90 percent is due to the way you eat, move, think and supplement – collectively known as your "exposome." Dr. Gottfried, Harvard- and MIT-educated, practices functional medicine, a systems-based approach to address health from your DNA to your exposome. In this talk, you will learn to customize a plan meant to best serve your health goals and strengthen your “stress shield.”

Tue 10/6

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Can We Stop Alzheimer’s Disease?

Date: Tue, October 06, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
With Nutritional Biochemist Steve Blake

Steve Blake, Sc.D., Nutritional Biochemist; Author, A Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease; Faculty, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience

What if there was a way to delay the development of Alzheimer’s disease by up to seven years? With both wise food choices and scientifically based supplementation, Steve Blake thinks it just might be possible. Find out the importance of vitamin D, antioxidants and polyphenols from food when it comes to lowering your risk of dementia, while Blake explains how you can implement these helpful techniques for yourself.

Wed 10/14

Dr. Alan Wu

Taking Ownership of Your Clinical Laboratory Test Results

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
An informed individual makes the best patient

Alan Wu, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology and Pharmacogenomics Laboratories, San Francisco General Hospital; Professor, Laboratory Medicine, UCSF; Author, Toxicology! Because What You Don't Know Can Kill You and The Hidden Assassin: When Clinical Lab Tests Go Awry

While we’ve changed what we put into our bodies, we have not been engaged with what is being done to our bodies. Roughly 70 percent of all medical decisions are based on clinical lab test results, yet we don’t know what medical tests are ordered or how results are interpreted. For 30 years, Dr. Alan Wu has conducted blood tests for patients and has written four paperbacks based on real cases, and he believes that an informed individual makes the best patient.

Wed 10/21

The U.S. Imperative for Wellness: The Cleveland Clinic Experience – How to Make Yourself Younger

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM

Michael Fredric Roizen, Anesthesiologist; Internist; Author; Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic

Chronic medical disease management now accounts for more than 80 percent of the nation’s spending on medical care and is substantially increasing as the number of people with chronic disease rises. Roizen argues that these chronic disease costs are increasing income inequality and decreasing the standard of living. Yet, he says, some of these diseases may be largely lifestyle-preventable.

The Cleveland Clinic used its 43,000 employees and 58,000 dependents as test cases. As Cleveland Clinic’s chief wellness officer and chair of its Wellness Institute, Dr. Roizen will talk about the Wellness Institute’s programs to help clinic employees collectively lose 455,000 pounds, reduce smoking rates from 15.4 to 5.2 percent, improve reversal and prevention of chronic diseases, and flatten the cost curve.

Join us to talk about the mechanisms of aging processes that Roizen argues we can control and actions one can take.