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Google Tech Talk March 19, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Stephen Devries, M.D. ABSTRACT New scientific advances have revealed the remarkable potency of simple strategies for optimizing our health. This talk will highlight surprising, yet highly practical nutritional and mind/body interventions that can make an enormous difference in maintaining wellness. When further steps are needed, a path to balanced medicine will be discussed-combining the best of both natural approaches and conventional medicine. Speaker Info: Stephen Devries, M.D is a preventive cardiologist and Executive Director of the Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology, a nonprofit organization that promotes natural approaches to heart health. He is also an Associate Professor at Northwestern University. Dr. Devries has had unique training, including a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. He previously wrote the weekly Chicago Sun-Times column, "Heart Beat"and authored the Time/Warner book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Cholesterol." Dr. Devries has been voted by his peers many years over as one of the "Best Doctors in America" and lectures internationally on integrative approaches to prevention of heart disease.
If you want to get anything done in Washington, Nestle says, you have to speak in euphemisms. Marion Nestle: I was Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Department of Health and Human Services.  And this was an agency that was set up within Health and Human Services to work on chronic . . .  The particular things we were interested in were chronic disease prevention -- diet and chronic disease prevention.  And my main job was to edit a very, very large report called The Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health which came out in 1988.I came there from a masters degree in public health nutrition, and this was my first job after my masters degree.  And I love to tell this story.  On my first day on the job, the person I was working for said . . . and I was to edit this report on diet and chronic disease prevention.  And he said on my first day, "No matter what this report says, and no matter what the research says, this report will never say, 'Eat less meat.'"  And I said, "Oh?"  He said, "You can't say, "Eat less meat.'  That's too controversial.  The Department of Agriculture is opposed to that kind of recommendation.  They will go to Congress and have the report suppressed if it says anything like that." So right from day one this was going to be a compromised report that was going to state everything in euphemisms.  And so the first thing I learned on my first day on the job was if you wanted to get politics done in Washington you have to speak in euphemisms.
Google Tech Talks August 19, 2008 ABSTRACT Often acknowledged as one of the fathers of Mind/Body Medicine, Dr. Miller is a physician, poet, musician, and master storyteller, whose multicultural heritage has given him a unique social, medical, and spiritual perspective. His commitment to helping us to reclaim our inborn personal wisdom, integrated with the scientific knowledge and techniques of modern medicine, has allowed him to unite seemingly disparate fields of knowledge and experience. Dr. Miller brings us a deeper understanding of how the mind and body can work in harmony to produce healing, balance and wellness. Speaker: Dr. Emmett Miller
Google Tech Talks March, 25 2008 ABSTRACT S.V.N. Vishwanathan - Research Scientist Regularized risk minimization is at the heart of many machine learning algorithms. The underlying objective function to be minimized is convex, and often non-smooth. Classical optimization algorithms cannot handle this efficiently. In this talk we present two algorithms for dealing with convex non-smooth objective functions. First, we extend the well known BFGS quasi-Newton algorithm to handle non-smooth functions. Second, we show how bundle methods can be applied in a machine learning context. We present both theoretical and experimental justification of our algorithms. Speaker: S.V.N. Vishwanathan - Research Scientist - Zurich S.V.N Vishwanathan is a principal researcher in the Statistical Machine Learning program, National ICT Australia with an adjunct appointment at the College of Engineering and Computer Science(CECS), Australian National University. I got my Ph.D in 2002 from the Department of Computer Science and Automation (CSA) at the Indian Institute of Science.
Dr. Marc Bessler calls Atkins "extreme" and explains the difference between "good carbs" and "bad carbs."
Health@Google Series (more info below) Social Networks and Community (Re)Engineering: Creating Health Through Information and Policy April 15, 2011 Presented by Dr. Peter Meunnig. As health costs skyrocket, life expectancy in the United States is in a relative decline. Three decades ago, the United States was in the top ten countries with respect to life expectancy, and health costs were in line with other nations. Today, the United States has fallen to 49th place with respect to life expectancy, but its health costs are now more than double that of the next most expensive nation, Switzerland. Dr. Muennig will discuss some of the cutting-edge approaches to improving the health of Americans. At the forefront of public health policy is the idea that people's health behaviors can be shaped by a confluence of their physical and social environments. For example, a bike lane does much more than reduce barriers to biking to work. It normalizes the notion that exercise is desirable and beneficial. Public health departments have long attempted to facilitate these social norms by targeting advertisements to thought leaders, much the same way that Apple targeted hipsters in making the relatively more expensive iPod the socially acceptable standard for owning an MP3 player. However, governments not only hold the power to advertise and educate, but also physically change the communities that people live in. Exercise campaigns can be coupled with parks, bike lanes, and public transit systems. Sugar taxes can be combined with cleaner public water systems and campaigns promoting personal water bottle use. The idea of integrating polices and actionable changes to social networks is untried, but holds great promise. Dr. Muennig will discuss the implications of these ideas for information technology, and point to some ways that Googlers can become critical players in saving lives. About the Speaker: Peter Muennig is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He oversees over $2 million in research grants, and he has published over 55 original research studies in venues such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the American Journal of Public Health. His work has appeared multiple times in the New York Times, National Public Radio, and televised media outlets, such as CNN.
In recent decades, science has revealed that the mind and body are intimately connected in ways we haven't previously realized—and this field of knowledge is now changing our understanding of health and disease. While it's easy to see that stress affects health and well-being, or that your blood pressure rises when you're angry, cutting-edge research shows that the mind-body connection goes much further. In Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health, you'll study this subject in compelling depth, with the expert guidance of Professor Jason M. Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco. These 36 eye-opening lectures offer you a comprehensive overview of the field, providing rigorous answers to the questions of what makes us sick, what makes us well, and what we can do about it. See the entire course available on The Great Courses: Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health View the latest content from The Great Courses: