Episode 105: Epidemiologist Ai Kubo on How Mindfulness and Nutrition Benefit Cancer Patients

Ai Kubo Yoga Podcast

Ai Kubo received a PhD in cancer epidemiology from Columbia University, and has nearly 40 scientific publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. Years ago, Kubo was told flat out, by one of the most renowned mindfulness researchers, not to try to create (and fund) mindfulness studies.

At that time, studying mindfulness and yoga was too fringe, she was told. She heeded this advice and spent a decade studying the effect of nutrition on cancer. But, as a yoga teacher, she felt that something was missing, so she decided to change the focus of her research.

These days, Kubo is hard at work creating studies that examine the effect of mindfulness for cancer patients and their families in reducing stress and depression. We had a lively conversation about her current studies, her approach to eating and living in a way that minimizes cancer risk, and the details on her 3-week Mindfulness Cleanse, which focuses on helping the body rest and reset.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi This was really interesting. Ai mentioned an app that talks you through Mindfulness for breast cancer. Do you have a name for it because I can’t find it and I’d like to pass it on to one of my students. Thank you, Rebecca James

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    • Hi! The app she was referring to is Headspace and apparently they have different “paths.” The only thing is, I’m not sure if the cancer path is available to the public yet, or if it only being studied in Ai’s studies.

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