In stressful times, people often take short cuts that may ultimately undermine their health. They snack on junk or comfort food, skimp on sleep and do without exercise. But this won’t help develop the resilience we need to cope with challenges.

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog is one of the country’s leading experts on the evidence base behind herbal medicine and alternative therapies. She has some solid advice on keeping your head and your health, even when adversity strikes.

Guest: Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is Director of Education for the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and a Clinical Lecturer for the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Her Web site is

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  1. Linda

    This was a very interesting and informative show.

  2. Judith V.

    When at home working on computer or at my desk I set a timer for 90 min or 2 hours. When it goes off I reset for 5 min (transition time) then I STOP and put on music and MOVE to the music for 10 minutes. Refreshes mind, body and soul. I’ve also noticed I then often get a new good idea too:)
    I make a commitment to a friend/ally/mentor about a practice I’m trying to build, eg yoga, meditation. I email/phone them daily and say “just for today” I’m going to commit to “x” number of minutes doing that practice. Of course I’m really promising myself (and often inspiring my buddy too!) If it is really tough I agree to phone/email her before and then after to brag on myself, which makes us both beam. This builds supportive community also which is so lacking in our culture.
    Constantly jotting down in my journal….and what am I grateful for? 3 things… and how can I be a gift to someone/something “beyond myself”.
    Peace and fun, Namaste, Judith V.

  3. GaryG

    I’ve found the best way to get exercise is to ride my bike instead of using the car. I ride 7 miles each way to work and back, and also ride for many routine errands and shopping.
    Riding the bike instead of driving:
    1) Helps reduce your carbon footprint and save the planet.
    2) Saves money.
    3) Saves wear and tear on your car.
    4) Burns a bunch of calories (35-40 calories per mile).
    If you’ve not ridden much lately, I recommend visiting your local bike shop to ask them for help.
    You’ll need some basic gear to get started (a bike, helmet, racks and/or baskets to carry stuff, etc.), and the folks at your local bike shop are generally more knowledgeable than the sales staff at big box stores.
    But above all…get out there and ride!

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