Course: W4-5: Mind-Body and Mindfulness
W4-5: Mind-Body and Mindfulness
Peter Lio, MD +3

Welcome to week 4-5 as we journey through mind-body and mindfulness!

Mind-Body and Mindfulness Yoga

In this session, we review the branches of yoga and explore the impact of stress on the skin and ways to mitigate it with breath work, mindfulness, and movement.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Familiarize with the history and types of Yoga
  2. Understand the mind-body relationship; specifically, the effects of stress on the body
  3. Learn the benefits as well as adverse affects of Yoga

Practical Meditation

This lecture offers an introduction to meditation and common meditative practices, including how meditation impacts health.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain three health benefits of meditation
  2. Practice three common meditative practices
  3. Relate barriers to meditation

Adaptogens and Adrenal Support

This lecture will cover the basics of how stress can impact the body along the HPA axis. The role of the adrenals, Nrf2, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor in stress will be explored. The goal and role of adaptogens will be discussed in light of integrating research with concepts from conventional, Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Naturopathic medicine.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of cortisol in chronic stress and how diurnal cortisol slope connects with health outcomes
  2. Examine the role of Nrf2 and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in stress and how botanicals affect BDNF levels
  3. Define the role of adaptogenic herbs and their evidence in modulating stress

Sleep and Sleep Enhancement

In this session, we explore the importance of good sleep in health and the ramifications of poor sleep.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the positive health effects of good sleep
  2. Examine some of the deleterious effects of poor sleep
  3. Identify some techniques, supplements, and approaches to improving sleep


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Peter Lio

Dr. Peter Lio is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, and his Dermatology training at Harvard where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. Dr. Lio is the founding director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center and has spoken nationally and internationally about atopic dermatitis, as well as alternative medicine.

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Apple Bodemer

After finishing Medical School and Dermatology Residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Bodemer completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She was the first Dermatologist to be board certified in both Dermatology and Integrative Medicine and currently is the only Dermatologist to serve on the Integrative Medicine Board. She has authored academic texts and curriculum and has spoken widely on a variety of topics related to Integrative Dermatology. She has always been drawn to exploring how lifestyle choices impact skin health and disease and feels that the most powerful role a physician can play is as an educator and guide, empowering people to get healthy and stay healthy.

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Sheila Farhang

Dr. Sheila Farhang is a board-certified dermatologist and double-fellowship trained cosmetic surgeon as well as a reconstructive Mohs micrographic (skin cancer) surgeon. “Dr. Sheila” as many know her as fills the space in media as a relatable, millennial skincare expert with expertise in both integrative skincare and cutting-edge procedures. Dr. Sheila is unique that she is also a popular influencer who gives her followers an inside look at her life. To add, she is also highly regarded in the female empowerment space being a founder, CEO, and multi-business owner.

Dr. Sheila attended the University of Texas for her undergraduate and medical degrees. Dr. Sheila then completed her dermatology residency at the University of South Florida Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. Upon completion, she was selected for a position for dual fellowship at the Skin Institute of South Florida and Hollywood Dermatology in the Miami, FL area. During this time, she also completed a year-long entrepreneur and leadership program through the Advancing Innovation in Dermatology led by Harvard faculty and industry leaders.

Dr. Sheila has numerous publications in top dermatology journals, has written textbook chapters and her research has been presented worldwide.

Dr. Sheila is considered a media expert by the American Academy of Dermatology and has been selected as a Key Opinion Leader for large industry skin and beauty companies. Dr. Sheila has a large social media presence (@Dr.Sheila_Derm) where she known for her entrepreneurship, skin and beauty tips, health/wellness, and her integrative medical approach. Dr. Sheila she is considered a celebrity media expert with several magazine features including Women’s Health Magazine and Allure. She is also a guest expert on national shows including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The Mel Robins Show. She is founder and medical director of Avant Dermatology & Aesthetics, Co-Founder of Vispera Health, and guest faculty instructor for the Integrative Dermatology Program.

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Raja Sivamani

Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit.He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine.He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research.He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

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