May 2017, Volume 6, Issue 6

Happy June, SynerLINK Friends,

This month is dedicated to the 3rd Foundation of Health and Happiness – Nutrition – as described in my book. Our bodies – and especially our brains – need good quality raw materials or they can’t build us healthy proteins, healthy cells, or health bodies. Our link of the month is to an important documentary on the little-known dangers of sugar.

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May 2017, Volume 6, Issue 5

Happy May, SynerLINK Friends,

This month is dedicated to the 4th Foundation of Health and Happiness – Self – as described in my book, the 7 Foundations of Health and Happiness: Building a Bridge to Balance.  One of the best ways I have found to be your best self is to consciously balance your priorities and your activities. Enter David Allen’s Getting Things Done system, which has just been a godsend for my own life balance, and I believe will be for you, too (if you’re not already a fan!).  Our featured article this month includes the best 15-minute explanation of GTD I’ve ever seen.

If you enjoy the newsletter, please forward to friends or colleagues who may enjoy receiving it, as well.  They can click the links at the bottom of this newsletter to subscribe, or to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, or go to our home page: www.synergeniustelepresence.com.

As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  cheermann@synergeniustelepresence.com.

Best wishes for your health and happiness,
Chanel Heermann, MD

 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.”
– William Wordsworth

 

THIS MONTH’S LINKS

Links of the Month:
https://hamberg.no/gtd/

 

David Allen is a genius at common sense and how to get the things that matter done.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo7vUdKTlhk

 

Great infographics on the GTD system.
http://gettingthingsdone.com/pdfs/tt_workflow_chart.pdf

http://gettingthingsdone.com/pdfs/gtd_workflow_advanced.pdf

http://gettingthingsdone.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/workflow_map.pdf

 

I’m also a huge fan of Stephen Covey’s work regarding conscious prioritization of our lives.  Here is a great video explaining one of his concepts that I find most meaningful – the idea of Big Rocks:  [And, yes, for those of you who have been following this newsletter for awhile, I did share this before about 3 years ago.  The classics never get old!]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6m9WnNdpSw

 

A BIT OF HUMOR

Make the most of your playtime. 🙂
https://www.facebook.com/UNILADTech/videos/1912605309017181/

 

April 2017, Volume 6, Issue 4

Happy April, SynerLINK Community Friends,

My favorite link of this month is to a video that has created dramatic improvements in my productivity and peace of mind since I started using it. Is email sucking up all your time and energy? Take control with this simple system. The video is long but completely worth your time investment. (It’s also a few years old, but the advice is still spot on!) Hey, the folks at Google like it, and they seem pretty smart!

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March 2017, Volume 6, Issue 3

Happy March, SynerLINK Community Members,

I am thrilled to announce that my recent paper, “Videoconference mind-body group therapy in a public mental health setting: A pilot study”, written with my colleagues Drs. Jerome Sarris and Werner Abenger, has been published in the Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. It’s not free online, but if you have access to a medical library, or would like to request a copy from me, you might enjoy checking it out. The bottom line: The participants loved it, the facilitator loved it, and people reported positive changes in their relationships and quality of life. Not bad for a pilot study!

Also, for those who weren’t able to make it to my Functional Forum talk live, our second link this month is to the recording. The whole video is great, and you should absolutely watch it all. If you’d like to see my Future of Functional in Five talk about women’s mental health and telemedicine, check out 46:40-53:13, and if you’d like to hear my discussion of group psychotherapy via telemedicine, check out 1:32:15-1:35:05. There was also a shout-out to NayaCare and my colleague Sonal Patel at 51:10, as well as a mention of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine at 1:33:20. Thanks again to James Maskell and the Functional Forum team for making this happen and building a great community!

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February 2017, Volume 6, Issue 2

Happy February, SynerLINK Friends,

It’s been another exciting month here at SynerGenius! I have been invited to present a “Future of Functional in Five” talk as part of the Functional Forum’s upcoming event in Boulder, CO, alongside integrative psychiatry luminaries like Dr. Izabella Wentz, Dr. Janet Settle, and Dr. Will Van Derveer. I’ll be discussing the use of telemedicine to promote women’s mental health. You can join us in-person in Boulder on February 6 or register to watch it online: http://bit.ly/evolution-of-psychiatry Check out the archives of prior Forums (where this will also be recorded) on this month’s featured link! Continue reading “February 2017, Volume 6, Issue 2”

January 2017, Volume 6, Issue 1

Happy New Year, SynerLINK Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and thank you for your patience while the newsletter was on hiatus during my time overseas. I had an amazing experience, and I am also very happy to be home with the friends, family, and communities I care about.

The big news this issue is that I wrote this month’s lead article! It’s an evidence-based review of integrative mental health treatments for perinatal depression – the depression that strikes women during pregnancy or post-partum. It was written with my lovely colleague and fellow women’s mental health expert, Dr. Janet Settle, and I’m really happy about how it turned out.

The key point I wanted to make is that perinatal depression has many natural, safe, and affordable treatment options that can be used alone or in conjunction with medication treatment. The treatment plan really needs to be individualized to each woman, and can’t be a “cookie cutter” approach. Everyone recovers in their own way, with the supports and techniques that fit for them. It’s our job as doctors, and her job as the patient, to work together to find that ideal combination for each woman. I hope you enjoy the article!

And, our quote of the month honors an amazingly strong woman and tireless advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health, lost much too soon in 2016. Continue reading “January 2017, Volume 6, Issue 1”

May 2015, Volume 5, Issue 5

Happy May, SynerLINK friends,

We have several pieces of big news coming up here at SynerGenius!

First, is that I am getting married later this month, so the next newsletter you receive will be signed Chanel Heermann MD.  Since most people already know me as Dr. Chanel, anyhow, this shouldn’t affect too much for my subscribers.

Second, I am preparing to leave this summer for a year in New Zealand.  I am extremely grateful and excited!  What this means to you is that SynerLINK will be going on hiatus until at least fall of 2016.  I may send out an occasional newsletter when I feel moved to do so, but it will not be a monthly offering anymore, to allow me sufficient time and space to immerse myself in the Kiwi culture and really embrace the experience.  Thank you so much for understanding!

This month’s lead article is a series of pieces on the depression-inflammation link.  This is such an important development and represents a truly new approach to mental health treatment that I expect will change many lives over the coming years.
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www.synergeniusconsulting.com.

As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

Best wishes for your health and happiness,
Chanel Helgason, MD

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April 2015, Volume 5, Issue 4

Happy April, SynerLINK friends,

This month’s lead article is a series of pieces exploring a fabulous book I just read, Slim By Design. The premise is one supported by years of research on eating behaviors: People are more successful in changing behaviors by modifying their environment, rather than relying on willpower alone.  The book includes a whole section on easy, cheap, fast changes families, schools, and workplaces can make to help people control their weight “mindlessly” – with minimal extra effort and no extra willpower.  I have been a huge fan of Dr. Wansink’s for a long time, largely because all of his advice is evidence-based.  Every item on his 100-point list here has experimental data to back it up as having a real, significant effect on people’s eating habits and weight.  It’s a brilliant way to approach both lifestyle changes and wellness programs to make sure our efforts have the most impact.  I’m planning to share his 10-point version (found here: http://www.slimbydesign.org/wp-content/home-resources/092114-sbd-home-scorecard.pdf) with my patients to support them in their own weight-loss efforts.

If you enjoy the newsletter, please forward to friends or colleagues who may enjoy receiving it, as well.  They can click the links at the bottom of this newsletter to subscribe, or to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, or go to our home page:
www.synergeniusconsulting.com.

As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

Best wishes for your health and happiness,
Chanel Helgason, MD

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March 2015, Volume 5, Issue 3

Happy March, SynerLINK friends,

We have exciting news here at SynerGenius this month!  I’m so proud to be one of the first 121 physicians in the world certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. ABPS is one of the two governing boards that certify all medical specialties and I am pleased by their recognition of IM as a legitimate and important medical specialty. So, our article of the month is trio of articles that explain what this development means for the future of health care.

If you enjoy the newsletter, please forward to friends or colleagues who may enjoy receiving it, as well.  They can click the links at the bottom of this newsletter to subscribe, or to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, or go to our home page:
www.synergeniusconsulting.com.

As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

Best wishes for your health and happiness,
Chanel Helgason, MD

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February 2015, Volume 5, Issue 2

Happy February, SynerLINK friends,

This month’s  top article is hands-down the best thing I’ve read this year.  I am becoming a huge fan of Glennon at Momastery and her joyful approach to life.  This month, I am grateful for her gift of perspectacles on my own life.  What can you be grateful for in your life, right now?

If you enjoy the newsletter, please forward to friends or colleagues who may enjoy receiving it, as well.  They can click the links at the bottom of this newsletter to subscribe, or to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, or go to our home page:
www.synergeniusconsulting.com.

As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

Best wishes for your health and happiness,
Chanel Helgason, MD

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