Welcome to Sustainable Wellness Online

“Wellness is the individual experience of that balanced state we call health.”

Matt Mumber, MD
Sustainable Wellness—An Integrative Approach to
Transform Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

healthy lifestyleMost people would probably agree that wellness is a goal worth attaining and sustaining. The term “wellness” describes much more than just those periods of time between illnesses in our lives—it describes a lifestyle. Wellness is the result of making changes in your whole life, anchored by the understanding of the body as a whole system. We often refer to this systemic view as the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection. Each of these three components requires attention to support the interconnectedness among them.

Our interest is in giving you the tools you need to ensure that the changes you make to achieve sustainable wellness now will last the rest of your life. We welcome you on this journey, and hope you can begin right now to visualize yourself successfully making the changes that are in harmony with your goal of achieving sustainable wellness—for the rest of your life.

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Ask Dr. Matt and Heather– Family Ties

Dear Dr. Matt and Heather–   Q: My biggest stressor is my family.  Husband and 2 daughters that constantly have drama in their lives that I get drug along through.  How do I let go of the outcome of their lives but still stay engaged with them?  I care about all of them and want them to be happy and calm so that I can be happy and calm, but it seems like as soon as one crisis concludes another one starts up.  It’s driving me crazy. —  Family Ties   A: Letting go and still remaining engaged is the … Read more

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Brief Review of Conference: Advances in Meditation Research: Neuroscience and Clinical Applications


Heather and I attended this conference in New York City on January 17th, 2013. The meeting was held in the World Trade Center Complex, Building 7.  For a non-city dweller, it was difficult to identify the building even after getting explicit directions from the hotel concierge.  After walking right past the entrance, a helpful police officer pointed at the 60 story glass-fronted building and said, in a wonderful New York City accent:  “It’s right there in front of you—you can’t miss it.”  I walked toward it, around it, and eventually Heather appeared near the entrance.  We walked in and the … Read more

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Healing Words – The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine


In the Preface of his powerful book, Healing Words – The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine, Dr. Larry Dossey writes, “For many years, I’d ignored prayer. I considered it an arbitrary, optional frill that simply was not in the same league as drugs and surgery. I had in fact tried to escape spiritual or religious influences in healing, fancying myself a scientific physician.” Thankfully Dr. Dossey’s studies brought him in contact with scientific evidence of prayer’s healing power.  Upon discovering a lone scientific study supporting the power of prayer, he began to probe scientific research for further … Read more

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The Healer Within


“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” -Hippocrates Today, many of us place a great deal of power in the hands of doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in order to “get healthy.” Turning to external resources for help seems to be the norm. Feeling sick? Schedule a doctor’s appointment or pop a pill and you’ll feel better. Sadly, many of us have lost track of the incredible capacity of the human body to heal itself. It is fairly easy to recognize our body’s ability to heal itself naturally. If you’ve ever … Read more

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Wellness at Work – It’s Working!


There are some very well-known healthcare trends in this country. Our health is declining. Our healthcare costs are skyrocketing. What might be less widely recognized is a more encouraging development: workplace-based wellness programs are being adopted at increasingly rapid rates. IBISWorld, the nation’s largest publisher of industry market research and statistics, reports that (wellness) industry revenue will increase at an average annual rate of 9.8% over the next five years to $2.9 billion. Considering that medical costs can eat up nearly 50% of a company’s profits, this trend makes a lot of sense. These costs stem from a number of … Read more

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A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last


“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ― Mark Twain Stephen Levine’s transformative book A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last (Crown, 1997) echoes Twain’s belief about death. Though many of us do everything in our power to avoid the topic of death and dying, Levine has spent his career embracing the subject. In addition to being a counselor for the terminally ill, he has published numerous works on spirituality and dying. With A Year to Live, the … Read more

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Moving to Mindfulness


Mindfulness is very “in” right now. This practice of bringing attention to the present rather than the worries of yesterday and tomorrow is growing in popularity – police officers, office workers, even politicians are doing it. Congressman Tim Ryan even wrote a book about it. Titled, A Mindful Nation, his book purports to tell “How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit.”  This is a good first step.  Our book, Sustainable Wellness, expands upon his section on health care and delivers a proven sustainable approach for individuals to follow. While mindfulness and … Read more

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Patient-Centered Medical Homes – A Complete Care Concept


As healthcare costs continue to increase and the health of this nation’s citizens declines, many are recognizing that good health comes not only from quality medical care but often, stopping disease before it even starts. This focus on prevention – often referred to as “wellness” – is being embraced in all areas of healthcare as we are finally recognizing that it will take a collective effort by everyone – healthcare institutions, businesses, educators, government and communities – to create a healthier nation. One strategy that is gaining attention is the concept of a “Primary Care Medical Home.” According to Joint … Read more

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Buddhist Monks – Zen Body, Zen Mind


Many people acknowledge that meditation has health benefits – especially the ability to decrease stress. However, its advantages are reportedly much more far-reaching. Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School researched the effects of meditation on the health and body and his book “The Relaxation Response” (published in 1975) introduced the concept of meditation to many Americans.  He found that meditation can help treat both psychological conditions, including depression and anxiety, as well as diseases like cancer. In an interview with Health Insights Today, Dr. Benson stated, “What we found was that when people practiced Transcendental Meditation, there were … Read more

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Obesity in America – Rising Concerns, Costs & Consequences


If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health. – Hippocrates Sadly, it’s just not that simple. As stated this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, “The dramatic increase in obesity among Americans over the past three decades has taken a major toll on our society, and progress toward curbing the epidemic has been minimal. Two thirds of adults and nearly one third of children in the United States are overweight or obese, and many public health experts … Read more

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