Videos & Seminars

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The War on Bugs: Antibiotic Use and Co-Existence with the Microbial World

The War on Bugs: Antibiotic Use and Co-Existence with the Microbial World

Antibiotics are considered a miracle of modern medicine our “magic bullets” that kill harmful microorganisms and spare our bodies in the war against infection. Conan MacDougall explains that the story is much more complex. Most of the bugs that would do us harm usually co-exist with us on our skin, in our gut and in our cells themselves. The indiscriminate killing of bacteria by antibiotics and disinfectants may deprive us of nutrients and deny our immune system the “training” it needs to distinguish self from non-self leading to an increase in autoimmune diseases.

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Vaccinations for Adults and Adolescents: Facts and Fiction

Vaccinations for Adults and Adolescents: Facts and Fiction

Vaccines are an important part of personal and public health. While vaccines for infants and young children are critical, immunizations also affect the health of adolescents and adults. Dr. Lisa Winston, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, explores many of the new vaccines recommended for adolescents and adults and the updated recommendations for older vaccines. She also address some of the common misconceptions about vaccines and vaccine safety.

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The Psychology of Meditative Thinking: Wellness in Integrative Medicine

The Psychology of Meditative Thinking: Wellness in Integrative Medicine

Learn how mindfulness meditation-based interventions are impacting healthcare and society. James Mitchell discusses both the philosophical and practical aspects, as well as how to cultivate and move towards a psychology of meditative thinking. This presentation includes an experiential session and is designed for professionals, mindfulness-based enthusiasts or for those interested in mind/body training and healing

Healthy Family: The Integrative Medicine Approach to Supporting Healthy Children

Healthy Family: The Integrative Medicine Approach to Supporting Healthy Children

Mini Medical School for the Public Presented by UCSF Osher Center 

Presenter: David Becker, MD, MPH

Dr. Becker is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He works with children and families to develop integrative approaches to care in the primary care setting, and for children with chronic pain and other medical and bio-behavioral conditions.

Health and Vitality: What Science Tells Us About How to Thrive

Health and Vitality: What Science Tells Us About How to Thrive

For many of us, today’s world is out of balance, characterized by breaking news every minute, instant messaging, new technologies to be mastered and more channels of communication than ever before. Scientific advances from integrative medicine can help you bring the balance back and improve the quality of your day. Presenter: Ellen Hughes, MD, PhD, former director of education at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

The Art and Science of Mind-Body Medicine

The Art and Science of Mind-Body Medicine

The wide array of mind-body therapies has been reported to positively influence physical health. Dr. Kevin Barrows is founder and director of mindfulness programs at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, where he helps patients to cope with the stress of everyday life and the stress of illness. He explores the art and science of mind-body medicine.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.