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The Mind-Body Connection: How To Find Your Balance

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Your internal environment is your inner being; the place in which your emotions connect with your thoughts, controlling how you react to situations and how you relate to the world. Because the mind, body and spirit are connected, any weakness in one of the spheres can cause overall unhealthiness; this is called imbalance. In the case of wellness, balance means that the mind, body and spirit are all alined.

Just like exercising and other essential activities, finding and maintaining your balance requires routine steps.

Step One: Develop Your Healing Intention

To begin, make a conscious mental decision to achieve an overall sense of wellness for yourself. This decision process is completed through awareness, intention and reflection.

Your body gives subtle signs about its wellness level, be it how energized you are, or whether or not you feel uncomfortable. Because the mind, body, spirit are one, often times experiencing physical pain can lead to stress and even depression. The fact that your body warned you, is called awareness. Continue reading “The Mind-Body Connection: How To Find Your Balance” »

Does Biofield Healing Work? 3 Challenges of the New Field

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New is scary. That is especially significant in a field like medicine that is based on proven theories of respected experts, the evidence of scientific research, and finally the knowledge of clinical practice. Scientists are now only beginning to understand the potential impact that the human biofield can have upon healing.

Like all fields in their infancy, integrating biofield healing into mainstream medicine is slow and the field is facing some major challenges to progress. Continue reading “Does Biofield Healing Work? 3 Challenges of the New Field” »

New Academic Journal Special Issue Explores the Science of Energy Medicine


gahmj.2015.4.issue-suppl.largecoverFor centuries global healing traditions, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, made use of a vital force—called chi or prana— to stimulate and guide healing. Today a new report compiling scholarship from leading researchers and health care providers considers how modern medicine could benefit from the use of these time-honored healing practices.

A special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Global Advances of Health and Medicine released today explores the theoretical and scientific basis for biofield science, the emerging field of research that studies how energy and information help guide our health. The 12 articles in the special issue explore the scientific evidence behind energy therapies such as Healing Touch and Reiki and examines whether healing intention can improve health outcomes. Continue reading “New Academic Journal Special Issue Explores the Science of Energy Medicine” »

Non-precision Medicine for Maximum Impact

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Wayne B. Jonas, MD, President and CEO, Samueli Institute

In health care and in science, there are lumpers and then there are splitters. Scientists tend to be splitters, dissecting different aspects of a disease, different parts of your brain receptors, and looking for different effects on different organs. Then, they look for drugs that inhibit those different parts form the basis for a medical treatment. Nobel Prizes and profits are based on splitting up the body into finer and finer parts down to a cell and its genome and showing that they have broad implications.
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From SOAP to HOPE: Adding Healing into the Traditional Medical Encounter

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It’s time we got rid of the SOAP note.  

The SOAP note is the subjective-objective-assessment and plan around which every medical encounter in the country is framed. The priority is to identify the disease, measure it to confirm that it is a disease, and develop a treatment plan to try to control and eliminate it. This disease-based approach frames everything that goes on in health care.

It works well when a cause of a disease is easily identified and eliminated. However it works poorly for the factors that are now seen to impact most of health— prevention, lifestyle and holistic practices.

We now know that 80 percent of health care actually comes from outside of the clinic, and it won’t fit into that particular diagnostic plan that we create with SOAP. Patient’s goals and their decision-making are crucial for the creation of health and healing, even more so than the specific treatments of disease medical professionals sometimes provide.

Putting all encounters into a framework of subjective-objective-assessment and plan, around a specific diagnosis and verification of treatment, is no longer the model needed in the health care box. 


We need a new model for structuring the visits within the health care system. To achieve patient-centered care this new model must include the factors that change behavior and create health. These include social determinants of disease, holistic and integrative medicine, the importance of lifestyle, as well as the key role of purpose and meaning in the patient’s life. 

In this new Healing Oriented Practices and Environments (HOPE) model, the patient and their own goals in life would be part of the diagnosis and the plan – all components that don’t currently fit into a standard SOAP note. Expectations and beliefs are a key part of healing, and so are social support and the relationships that are essential for recovery and the optimization of any kind of treatment. Thus, the social components must be part of the note. 

Interested in incorporating HOPE in your practice? Here are 4 questions to add to your patient encounter.

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