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Integrative nutrition: eating for your health

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Kaushal B Nanavati, MD

Kaushal Nanavati, MD, assistant professor in the department of Family Medicine and director of Integrative Medicine at the Upstate Cancer Center, talks about integrative medicine, a more in-depth approach to nutrition as a way to improve your overall health. Learn how integrating small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in your health and wellness.

Understanding marijuana

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Gene Tinelli, MD, PhDAddiction psychiatrist Gene Tinelli, MD, PhD, helps us understand the medicinal value and risks of marijuana.  Read more: Why I changed my mind on weed, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent.

Living well with Diabetes and Celiac disease

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Beth HillsonBeth Hillson, gluten-free chef and founder of the Gluten-Free Pantry, talks about living well with Diabetes and Celiac Disease. Hillson, diagnosed with celiac disease in 1976, is president of the American Celiac Disease Alliance and a food editor of Living Without magazine.  Read Beth’s blog at GlutenFreeMakeovers.com.  Original air date 11/27/11

How sacral stimulators treat bowel incontinence

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Margaret Plocek MDColorectal surgeon Margaret Plocek, MD, will explain bowel incontinence – what it is, who develops it and how it’s treated, including a new technique using sacral nerve stimulation implants. Dr. Plocek is a colon and rectal surgeon at Colon Rectal Associates of CNY at Upstate’s Community campus.  For more information, call (315) 492-5860.

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Certified nurse midwife Heather Shannon, director of Upstate University Hospital’s Midwifery Program, explains hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – what are they, what are bioidentical hormones, who are the candidates, what are the precautions and side effects.  In addition to addressing the primary care needs of a woman, the Upstate midwifery program team offers gynecological care, family planning, perimenopause and menopause management, among its services.  For more information, call 315 492-5875.

‘Healthy Eats’ – Foods that help fight inflammation

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Upstate University Hospital dietitian Terry Podolak, RDTerry Podolak, RD, our ‘Healthy Eats’ expert, tells us how to protect our immune system by eating a variety of foods that help fight inflammation. 

What is ‘personalized cancer care’?

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Ajeet Gajra, MDUpstate hematologist/oncologist Ajeet Gajra will talk about the theory behind ‘personalized cancer care’ – how it differs from ‘targeted therapy’, and how the Upstate Cancer Center provides this type of care.  Upstate is involved in a variety of active trials seeking participants.  

Read more about the new Upstate Cancer Center, opening Spring 2014.

Somatic experiencing therapy to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Bill Cross, PhDBill Cross, PhD, will discuss somatic experiencing therapy, which is aimed at relieving and resolving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client’s perceived body sensations, or somatic experiences.  Cross is a New York state- licensed marriage and family therapist and an officer at the Zen Center of Syracuse, where he teaches conscious stress reduction. Dr. Cross may be reached at 315-474-3762.

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Harnessing the power of concentration

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Kaushal B Nanavati, MDDr. Kaushal Nanavati, director of Integrative Medicine at the the Upstate Cancer Center, responds to recent studies indicating that mindfulness is less about spirituality and more about harnessing the power of concentration – the ability to quiet your mind, focus your attention on the present, and dismiss any distractions that come your way.    The Power of Concentration, The New York Times.

The four pillars of wellness

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Kaushal B Nanavati, MDDr. Kaushal Nanavati, director of Integrative Medicine at the Upstate Cancer Center, reveals how lifestyle can improve your overall health and sense of peace by balancing mind, body, and spirit, and potentially prevent illness. With a focus on nutrition, exercise, stress management, and spirituality, learn how integrating some small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in your health and wellness.

Four Pillars of Wellness: The New Language of Health In CNY

10/23/11 Exploring Integrative Medicine

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Kaushal Nanavati, MDNew Upstate family practice physician Kaushal Nanavati offers ‘integrative’ medicine – a term to describe practices outside of allopathic medicine, including homeopathy, ayurvedic medicine, nutritional and herbal medicine, tai chi, acupuncture, folk medicine and the concept of treating the body, mind and spirit.

10/9/11 What Is Personalized Medicine?

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Robert West, PhDNicholas Bennett, MA(Cantab), MDBChir, PhDDr. Robert West, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, shares how Upstate is preparing the doctors of tomorrow to take care of patients who know their genetic codes through a course called “Personalized Medicine.” He is joined by Dr. Nicholas Bennett to discuss personalized medicine and the use of social media in healthcare.