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Unformatted text preview: 1. Week one: Study guide for Guarneri, The Heart Speaks a. H ow would you characterize the experience(s) described in this volume? i. b. What is the nature of the author's conflict(s)? i. What is your reaction to this? c. What is the "Roseto effect" on heart disease? i. People are nourished by other people. The importance of social networks in health and longevity has been confirmed again by study of a close-knit Italian-American community in Roseto, Pennsylvania. ii. Roseto once defied the rest of the countrys heart disease rates. _In 1966, cardiac death rates across the U.S. were shown to increase with age. 1. Not so in Roseto, where the death rate from heart disease dropped to near zero for men ages 55 to 64 in that same year. 2. And for men over 65, the Roseto death rate from heart disease was half the national average. iii. Rosetan style eating, drinking and smoking habits are not among todays recommendations for good heart heatlh. Rather, Rosetos good heart disease statistics were linked to the importance of relationships . The Roseto study showed that social support has a powerful influence on well-being. Studies since then have confirmed that making connections makes for good health! iv. https://www.horizoncarelink.com/onthehorizon/News4You/feb11/pdf/roseto.p df d. What is a stent? i. http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4721 ii. stent is a wire metal mesh tube used to prop open an artery during angioplasty. The stent is collapsed to a small diameter and put over a balloon catheter. Its then moved into the area of the blockage. iii. In 1994 I moved from New York City, where I received my medical training at New York University and Cornell Medical Center, to La Jolla, California. I came to La Jolla to work with two world renowned interventional cardiologists, Paul Teirstein M.D. and Richard Schatz M.D., at Scripps Clinic. My goal was to learn how to mechanically open blocked coronary arteries using devices such as angioplasty balloons and stents. In no time, I was placing hundreds of stents per year. iv. By 1996 my life took a radical turn. While stenting clearly provided a quick mechanical fix to a blocked artery, I realized we were doing very little in healthcare to empower people with the knowledge to prevent disease. v. I also realized that the human heart is much more complex than just a physical pump, and that true healing goes way beyond cholesterol. vi. Since that time Rauni Prittinen King, R.N. and I created the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine which is dedicated to the prevention, early detection and treatment of disease through the use of global healing traditions. We no longer wait for disease to happen. Diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, obesity and inflammation are all preventable. We believe that information leads to knowledge and that transformation is obtained by putting this knowledge into practice....
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- Spring '11