Feb 6, 2024
A live online discussion with lifestyle researcher Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.; wellness coach Alison Jefferies; and host Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D.
Discover how yoga, tai chi, massage therapy, and other mind-body practices can contribute to your health and wellbeing well beyond the simple relaxation response. Cohen and Jefferies, co-authors of Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six, will discuss the latest scientific findings along with practical advice for expanding these practices into six key areas of your life.
The more profound results, for example, come when the physical, energetic, and mental effects of mind-body practices start filtering into our sleeping and eating habits or our social consciousness. Lifestyle improvements have a way of influencing all aspects of brain function and biological processes. They have increasingly been recognized for their role in preventing and treating cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, cognitive disorders, and most other non-communicable diseases.
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About the Presenters
Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., is the Richard E. Haynes Distinguished Professor in Clinical Cancer Prevention and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is a co-founder and past president of the Society for Integrative Oncology and the former vice-chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. Dr. Cohen leads a team conducting research and delivering clinical care of integrative medicine practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture, aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life and clinical outcomes. As most cancers are preventable, Dr. Cohen is also conducting research to demonstrate that lifestyle factors can influence cancer outcomes. Dr. Cohen has published more than 200 scientific articles in top medical journals and has edited two books on integrative medicine for cancer care and another on yoga in health care.
Alison Jefferies, M.Ed., is a nationally board-certified wellness coach, author, and educator. She has degrees in both art history and education, along with a master’s degree in educational psychology, and has worked extensively as an educator. Jefferies received her wellness coaching education from the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona. She works with individuals looking to make change in their lives including people facing a cancer diagnosis and cancer caregivers. She is focused on the power of community networks in leading to healthful change. Jefferies works closely with Cohen to foster health and wellness in individuals and their communities. She and Cohen live in Houston with their three children
Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D. (host) serves as director of research for Ligmincha International. He has studied in the Tibetan traditions since 1989, and for nearly 30 years in the Bön Tradition with Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. He holds a Ph.D. in Tibetan religions from Rice University and is the director of the Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center of Houston. For the last 20 years he has been teaching and researching the benefits of Tibetan mind-body practices for people touched by cancer. He is a Contemplative Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute, and is the author of Chöd Practice in the Bön Tradition (Snow Lion, 2009), Tibetan Yoga for Health & Well-Being (Hay House, 2018), and Tibetan Yoga: Magical Movements of Body, Breath, and Mind (Wisdom Publications, 2021).
Photo of Cohen & Jefferies by Rob Howard