References for Stress Reduction and Positive Social Connections as Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine

    These references were referred to in my 2020 presentations. 

    Buric, I., Farias, M., Jong, J., Mee, C., Brazil, I. (2017). What is the Molecular Signature of Mind–Body Interventions? A Systematic Review of Gene Expression Changes Induced by Meditation and Related Practices. Frontiers in Immunology, 8

    Cohen S, Doyle WJ, Skoner DP, Rabin BS, Gwaltney JM. Social Ties and Susceptibility to the Common Cold. JAMA. 1997;277(24):1940–1944. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540480040036

    Gratitude is good medicine: Practicing gratitude boosts emotional and physical well being

    Goliszek, A. (2014, November 12). How stress affects the immune system: Using mind-body therapies to keep stress from making us sick. Psychology Today.

    Greenberg, M. (2012, August 12). How to prevent stress from shrinking your brain: Learn how to preserve brain power when you’re stressed. Psychology Today

    The Holme-Hahe Life Stress Inventory - The Social Readjustment Rating Scale 

    Kiecolt-Glaser J. K. (2018). Marriage, divorce, and the immune system. The American psychologist, 73(9), 1098–1108.

    Loneliness alters the immune system to cause illness, study finds

    Meditation can help loneliness

    Mitchell, M. (2013, March 29). Dr. Herbert Benson’s relaxation response: Learn to counteract the physiological effects of stress. Psychology Today.

    Narla, C., Scidmore, T. Jeong, J., Everest, M., Chidiac, P. Poulter, M.O. (2016 June 14)  A switch in G protein coupling for type 1 corticotropin-releasing factor receptors promotes excitability in epileptic brains. Science Signalling, 9 DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.aad8676   (Science Daily's summary article:Researchers discover why stress leads to increased seizures in epilepsy patients )

    Social Connection (Wikipedia)

    Wong, J. & Brown, J. (2017 June 6). How gratitude changes you and your brain. Greater Good Magazine.

    Yaribeygi, H. Panahi, Y., Sahraei, H. , Johnston, T.P. & Sahebkar, A. (2017). The impact of stress on body function: A review. Experimental & Clinical Sciences Journal, 16  doi: 10.17179/excli2017-480

    Resources during COVID-19

    Daily guided imagery with Belleruth Naparsteck:

    Guided meditations by Tara Brach:

    Online Sangha Series with Richard Miller & Stephanie Lopez:

    Trauma-Sensitive Yoga sessions online:

    How to Cope When You're Stuck at Home with a Difficult Family Member

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