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Eight Steps to Support your Immune System Balance During COVID-19

April 7th, 2020

By Joanne Gardner, MS, RDN, LDN, Integrative Nutritionist, Duke Integrative Medicine Many of us are wondering what we can do to sustain optimal health during this pandemic. To start, consider steps to support the immune system balance. Think of your food as your health insurance policy. Although foods may not prevent you from getting sick, they help maintain your resilience ...

Strengthening Our Willpower Muscles

December 17th, 2019

A lack of willpower often takes the blame when we fail to reach our goals. There are many definitions of willpower. At its simplest, willpower involves putting off what we want at the moment for the sake of what we want in the future. In recent years, however, psychologists and researchers have doubted the role of willpower (or self-control) in ...

Award-winning Nursing Care at Duke Integrative Primary Care

November 14th, 2019

Melody McNair, LPN, has worked within the Duke Health System for more than 18 years. Melody is a recipient of the 2019 Friends of Nursing Excellence Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice, which recognizes exemplary contributions to Duke nursing through a nomination and committee review process. Each year hundreds of nurses are nominated but only 38 recipients are honored at ...

Q&A with Kelly Cross – Massage Therapist at Duke Integrative

October 22nd, 2019

Hear more about practitioners at Duke Integrative Medicine as they discuss their work in their own words. Get to know Kelly Cross, a massage therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine with more than thirty years of experience. He is especially skilled in working with older adults, cancer patients, and those suffering from PTSD. Kelly aims to make his clients feel ...

How One Woman Ditched Diet Coke and Found a Diet that Worked for Her

September 16th, 2019

Mary Ellen Miller*, resident of Durham, NC was experiencing digestive issues and low energy. She was concerned that her diet and habit of drinking several Diet Cokes a day were contributing to her health concerns. Unsure of what to do or where to start, she sought care at Duke Integrative Medicine. Mary Ellen saw Integrative Dietitian/Nutritionist Jill Brown, MS, RDN, ...

Keeping Older Yoga Students Safe

September 16th, 2019

Janet Rae Humphrey C-IAYT, E-RYT, C-YFHA, C-IYFS is a yoga teacher from Scottsdale, Arizona who primarily teaches older adults. Janet first walked into a yoga class at the age of 58 after a lifetime of medical issues, including a lumbar fusion, six knee surgeries, fibromyalgia, and three neurosurgeries, followed by life-threatening infections, severe pain, muscular weakness, and scoliosis. Through her ...

How the Wisdom in the Wizard of Oz Can Bring Clarity to Your Life

September 5th, 2019

By Peter Guzzardi The film The Wizard of Oz just celebrated its 80th anniversary in August. It’s the most-watched film of all time – and not just because of the phenomenal writing, acting, singing, dancing, set design, and costuming. As we see Dorothy go on a hero’s journey, we learn a lot by watching her travel the Yellow Brick Road, ...

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for Grief, Anger, Fear and Weight Loss

August 29th, 2019

By Larry Burk, MD E-motions can be thought of symbolically as “energy-in-motion.” Negative experiences can block the flow of energy or qi through the acupuncture meridians resulting in physical symptoms. EFT is an effective way of releasing these stuck emotions by tapping on acupoints on the face and chest to allow the energy to get moving again through the body.

Relieving Health Conditions through a Personalized Diet

August 28th, 2019

Ruby Moore* from Brown Summit, North Carolina was pre-diabetic, suffered from high cholesterol, iron deficiency, ulcers, and a sinus infection that she couldn't shake. She sought help from many different care providers and had mixed results. Ruby sought care at Duke Integrative Medicine and saw Joanne Gardner, an integrative dietitian and nutritionist who was able to properly assess ...

How the Yoga for Seniors Training Changed my Teaching and my Life

August 21st, 2019

My name is Kathy Freedlund I took the Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training in November of 2014. I am the director of fitness at our community park district in Batavia, Il. I have been there for 33 years. I can say that there isn't a day that I don't think about what an impact your training had for so many people, ...

The Perfectionist’s Challenge

August 8th, 2019

By Sarah Susanka, Author & Instructor of the The Not So Big Life It’s no picnic to be a perfectionist. It can mean making yourself (and others around you) miserable with constant judgment, correction, and impossible standards. But there are ways to begin to see through it. To learn something new, something beyond the beliefs and dictates of the personality ...

Let’s Get Rolling: 4 Self-Massage Techniques to Release Hand Tension

August 5th, 2019

By Angela Kneale, OTD, MA, OTR/L, NBC-HWC Body tension and stress often seem like inevitable problems in the modern world. To combat this, include ball rolling and self-massage techniques throughout each day to counteract some of the repetitive movements and poor postural habits associated with daily tasks. Here are a few movements selected from the book, Ball Rolling for Happy, Healthy Hands, ...

Migraine-Free after almost 40 Years of Pain – How Acupuncture Relieved my Migraines

July 25th, 2019

Lisa R. Calkins from Clayton, North Carolina suffered from chronic migraines until she began acupuncture at Duke Integrative Medicine. The treatment was life-changing for Lisa and she is now migraine-free after almost 40 years of pain. Hear more about Lisa’s story and discover if acupuncture could be a good fit for your health concerns. *This post was updated on 6/14/21   Tell ...

Playful Self-Care for Hands

July 2nd, 2019

By Angela Kneale, OTD, MA, OTR/L, NBC-HWC Hands are truly amazing! Hands allow us to do everything from completing routine tasks like opening a door to creating unique masterpieces with a paintbrush. Unfortunately, many people develop the habit of using their hands too much or using one hand more than the other. They use the computer, text on mobile devices, read, ...

How to Leverage Social Media as a Health Coach? 2019 Trends

May 20th, 2019

By Sonja Likness What should you be looking out for in social media for 2019? Sonja Likness, Director of social media and content strategy for Duke University who be leading our upcoming Social Media Presence and Marketing for Coaches course shares her thoughts on trends coming up.   Video


How Mindful Yoga Can Ease a Cancer Journey

May 16th, 2019

By Kimberly Carson, MPH, C-IAYT Mindful Yoga is a well-defined program that focuses strongly on cultivating a mindful perspective during asana practice, in conjunction with substantial time engaged in the practice of meditation (dhyana), breathing exercises (pranayama), self-study (swadhyaya), and practitioner meetings and interchange (satsanga). This program is “evidence-based” in that it has been studied in a series ...

5 Minute Mindfulness

January 20th, 2017

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