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My Book Launches Today on Amazon! A Great Gift for the Holidays!! Help Make it Number 1 Today!

My Book Launches Today on Amazon! A Great Gift for the Holidays!! Help Make it Number 1 Today!

As I mentioned in my Newsletter yesterday, I just finished my first book, “Don’t Mess with Stress ™–A Simple Guide to Managing Stress, Optimizing Health, and Making the World a Better Place.” It has taken me several years to get it done, with many starts and stops, and I am proud that it is completed! The thesis behind the book is that when people feel good about themselves, mind and body, they are apt to be nicer to others. I believe this fosters a “pay it forward” mentality, which can ultimately make the world a better place. My book, with its recommendations and tools, is designed to help you feel and be your best, especially during these challenging times. If you are so moved, would you please purchase the paperback or e-book on Amazon especially TODAY, as it will count to make it a best seller, and feel free to pass it on to your friends, family, acquaintances, and anyone who you feel might benefit from it, especially during the holidays. The e-book is priced very low just for a few days, to make it more available to people. Here is the link to Amazon. Thank you so much for your help and support! With warm regards, Dr. Jill Click Here to Order My...

How to Heal Your GUT from Election Stress—Part 1, and Exciting News!!!

I hope all is well with you and yours. As I write this Newsletter, Covid-19 cases are increasing on top of a challenging political landscape. And as I have written about in past Newsletters, it takes resilience and stress hardiness to thrive during these times. To deal best with this stress, I always recommend that you follow the Don’t Mess with Stress ™ core four lifestyle behaviors—Diet, Meditate, Walk (Move, Exercise, Dance), and Sleep and also have social connection when possible. Recently, I have seen in my patients an increase in stress-related gastrointestinal tract conditions. People are having more heartburn, and others are having more lower gastrointestinal symptoms like constipation and/or diarrhea, what Western Medicine often calls Irritable Bowel Syndrome. For this edition of the Newsletter I am going to focus on a condition called Gastroesophageal Reflux or GERD. In the December Newsletter I will focus on the lower GI tract. During this time, I must confess that I have had some symptoms of GERD. GERD happens when the food and acid from the stomach come up through a valve called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). Normally this sphincter or valve is closed after we eat, so food won’t come back up. One of the causes of GERD is an anatomical issue such as a hiatal hernia, where part of the stomach is pushed up through the diaphragm, the thin piece of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdomen. People are either born with a hiatal hernia or they can develop it. Another major cause of GERD is when the LES loosens and the food and acid...
How to Strengthen your “Psycho-Neuro-Immunity”

How to Strengthen your “Psycho-Neuro-Immunity”

I hope you had a great summer. I know that we are still in prevention mode, and that our lives are not the same as they were 6 to 7 months ago. We are traversing life with restrictions on our freedom because of the Covid crisis, as well as facing issues with our political system and climate change. The unknowns of all of this is causing tremendous stress and impacting the mental and physical health of many of us. It is a time that requires significant emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual fortitude to not only survive but to thrive. In this month’s Newsletter, I underscore the basics of building resilience and suggest an additional factor than can enhance your immunity this fall and in general. A recent research article stated that, “studies have shown that a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, balanced nutrition, quality sleep and a strong connection with (their) families and communities are all associated with a boost to the immune system.” ¹ That’s where the basics of my “Don’t Mess with Stress™” program come in. I have discussed these four core components and supplement recommendations for prevention in prior newsletters. Please see www.drjillbaron.com/blog for more information. This fall we need to withstand the stressors of life including infections like Covid. Research is showing that everything in the body is connected from our brain to our nervous system, our immune system, and our gut. So what and how we think, eat, move, sleep, and pause, can affect our health. Hence the term, “Psychoneuroimmunity.” The Don’t Mess with Stress™ Core Components and Your Psychoneuroimmunity: Diet: Have an anti-inflammatory, Mediterranean...
How to Make Your Brain Better and My Book!

How to Make Your Brain Better and My Book!

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of summer and that you are staying safe and healthy. This edition of the Newsletter is about Brain Health and how to optimize it. Having mental, emotional, and physical fitness is the key to not only a healthy, happy, and vital life, but also the wonderful combination of factors that give you the Energy to live your life. As research continues to emerge, we are learning that a healthy lifestyle is the basis of optimal health of your body, especially the brain. In my upcoming book, Don’t Mess with Stress!™—A Simple Guide to Managing Stress, Optimizing Health, and Having FUN in the Process, I outline what I believe is the core foundation for health—Diet, Meditate, Walk (move, exercise, dance), and Sleep. These 4 factors greatly affect your memory and brain health, with the goal of reducing and avoiding chronic inflammation, and strengthening the immune system. Chronic Inflammation results from the body fighting its own cells and not turning off. We find this in most diseases, including the brain, where inflammation can cause memory loss and dementia including Alzheimer’s disease.¹ In this Newsletter I am going to focus on 2 aspects of the Don’t Mess with Stress!™ program, Diet and Exercise, and show you how they can positively enhance your brain. Diet—The cornerstone of a diet to prevent and treat dementia is anti-inflammatory. The Mediterranean Diet and the “DASH” Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) both contain “omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and polyphenols” ² which have been shown to decrease brain inflammation. Another diet currently being advocated to treat dementia and early stage...
How to Deal with Unpleasant Feelings and Create Well-being

How to Deal with Unpleasant Feelings and Create Well-being

I hope you are enjoying your summer. Have you noticed that sometimes your contentment in life gets interrupted by unpleasant and negative thoughts, either about yourself or others or about a situation? As you know, right now we are going through an unprecedented time, where we have to conform to rules and regulations that serve to protect us but that also restrict our freedom to move about and interact with others. It’s not easy to deal with this even though we know it is in our best interest. This can cause frustration and stress. This edition of the Newsletter is designed to help you better cope with negative and distressing thoughts and feelings such as these, and others. I am going to tell you about a powerful modality called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) designed by a Psychologist to help you manage difficult situations. DBT was initially created by Dr. Marsha Linehan to treat patients with borderline personality disorder who were suicidal. It was also found to help people with other psychological conditions such as depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and eating disorders. And research has shown that DBT works in NON-clinical settings to help anyone develop better emotional and interpersonal skills. It has components from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and includes “two acceptance-oriented skills (mindfulness and distress tolerance) and two change-oriented skills (emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness).” ¹ ² The 4 core “behavioral skill modules” of DBT are: * “Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment * Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it * Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to...
Covid-19 Update, Lung Protection, and other Tips

Covid-19 Update, Lung Protection, and other Tips

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe during this time. Moment of Silence Before I delve into the subject matter of today’s Newsletter, I ask that we take a virtual moment of silence to acknowledge the people who have passed from Covid-19 and also to honor the front line physicians, other health care workers, and all people on the front lines who are making our country survive and thrive. Thank you. Covid-19 Updates As I write this Newsletter, the deaths and cases from Covid-19 have been dropping. However, we still must be vigilant and comply with the social distancing and mask wearing regulations until we have further information. With regard to antibody testing, there are many questions about the validity of these tests and what they mean, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He spoke on Good Morning America on April 20th and discussed the “perils and pitfalls” of this testing. See his interview here: Here are some tips to help you strengthen your lungs: We are living in a time of uncertainty, which can make many of us anxious, fearful, and unmoored. Strengthening our minds and bodies can help us cope with these emotions and weather these times. There are things you can do to shore up your resistance and improve your immunity. In a previous Newsletter, I offered some tips to stay strong. There is evidence that improving your respiratory health may improve your outcome if you get Covid-19.¹ Please review these tips to improve your lungs below. “Good ventilation and frequent cleaning of...
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