Looking Ahead With Lauren: Why Confusion is Sometimes BS

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I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve said I felt confused. You may feel confused when learning something new (this is pretty legitimate, but you can always try harder and try learning it a different way), confused about your love life or career, or confused about where you’re going in life. […]

Music Opens The Heart: A Cardiologist’s Joyful Yoga Playlist

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“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” So said Maria von Trapp, and perhaps you have felt the same way during a yoga practice or workout filled with music. From the time I was a child I have found that a wide spectrum of musical styles speak to […]

Can A Pet Save Your Life? A Cardiologist Explains

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My philosophy in caring for heart patients in the last 25 plus years is that I’m all for having the biggest toolbox at your disposal. If you can improve your diet, great. Exercise, amazing. Stress reduction, bring it on. Herbs, vitamins, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, sauna, laughter, sleep … go for it! Cardiovascular disease is […]

Summertime Heart Openers from TCM and Yoga

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In yoga, we are often reminded to work toward “opening the heart”. Doing so opens up the chest by creating greater space in the ribcage for the lungs and the heart. It also means allowing for the sharing of love and compassion. In the same way, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) relates to both the physical […]

Tone Down the Negative, Enhance the Positive

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Painful experiences range from subtle discomfort to extreme anguish — and there is a place for them. Sorrow can open the heart, anger can highlight injustices, fear can alert you to real threats, and remorse can help you take the high road next time. But is there really any shortage of suffering in this world? […]

What’s In a Heartbeat? Inside the Human Heart: 10 Fast (and Fun) Facts

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The all-important heart is constantly at work, pumping blood (about 2,000 gallons a day) filled with essential oxygen and nutrients to your body’s organs 24/7. Everything about the heart and how it works is interesting, but here are some nuggets of information we found particularly fascinating. The Heart Sits in the Center of the Chest, […]

Creating Magical Relationships

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Valentine’s Day is upon us…shiny pink and red hearts are decorating the windows of stores and TV and magazines are suggesting gifts for our beloved. I can still remember Valentine’s Day in elementary school and the excitement and anticipation of opening up my special little box of valentines and somehow I still get that excited […]

Sampaja: Unraveling Lifelong Habits with Mindfulness

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It’s discouraging, isn’t it, to watch ourselves fall repeatedly into our same old habitual traps. We try to practice mindfulness, but it can be frustrating. Do you ever have days where you’re so caught up that you realize only at night, despite your best intentions, that you weren’t mindful for even one moment? And it’s […]

Laughter, Love & Letting Go

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What did you let go of this year? Whom did you let go? This is the story of the day I let go of my mom and my dog rolled in her ashes. Mom passed away February 5 of this year after a short yet hellish battle with cancer. Before she died, we had many […]

Heart Health And An Important Blood Test

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We all know by now that during your yearly physical we get our cholesterol checked, our blood pressure and maybe even an Echo Cardiogram (EKG).  But what about your CRP? CRP stands for C-reactive protein and its an important indicator of inflammation within the body which can contribute to many serious problems.  Over time, chronic […]