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Mind Tactics for Better Sleep, Nutrition and Performance

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Can eating a single dried strawberry improve your overall health? As part of Samueli Institute’s Teaching Kitchen, a 12-week experiential learning program, service members and their spouses learned how eating consciously is part of a healthy lifestyle.

Too often, because of the hustle and bustle of daily life, food is consumed without even a thought. You eat what’s put in front of you without thought to whether you are hungry or when you become full.

This is especially true for the high-speed lives of service members and their families. Continue reading “Mind Tactics for Better Sleep, Nutrition and Performance” »

Does Biofield Healing Work? 3 Challenges of the New Field

Tai chi at Fort Belvoir training

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” »

Can You Predict Resilience?

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The end of a deployment is an exciting time for a military family. But life doesn’t always pick up right where it left off. For most families, the adjustment is challenging as the Service member weaves back into the family-fold. Called reintegration, this transition back to daily life can last months or even years.

Although the difficulties of reintegration are well-known, the factors that lead to a successful experience are less so. Samueli Institute is working to understand, track and perhaps predict resilience as part of its Central Evaluation of Resilience Programs (CERP) efforts. Continue reading “Can You Predict Resilience?” »

Registration Now Open for Breakthrough Collaborative on Home Hospice and Palliative Care


Registration is now open for the Optimal Healing Environments in Home Hospice and Palliative Care Breakthrough Collaborative. The new Collaborative launched last week at the National Organization for Hospice and Palliative Care Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

The group is limited to 50 participants.

The aim is to enhance the experience of care by decreasing symptom and treatment burden associated with advanced illness — specifically, pain, anxiety, dyspnea, helplessness and finding meaning in suffering.

The literature abounds with science-based studies demonstrating the efficacy of integrated self-care modalities. By focusing on healing-oriented practices in mindfully created healing environments, we seek to learn what works and what doesn’t for both patients and lay caregivers in home hospice and palliative care.
Ideal candidates are home hospice and palliative care organizations that choose to be at the forefront of change, discover ways to relieve human suffering, implement those discoveries on a real-time basis and report their efficacies so others can follow suit.

Together, we will define innovative strategies by:

  • Integrating healing-oriented practices into clinical protocols and intake procedures.
  • Teaching all care providers, including lay, the techniques to facilitate healing for themselves and for the patient.
  • Managing the home environment as a healing space.


At the end of this first-in-a-series Collaborative, our intention is to collectively demonstrate:

  • Decrease in the number of ER visits for pain, anxiety or respiratory distress;
  • Increase in fulfillment of the patient and family-generated end-of-life plan;
  • Increase of patient and/or families who rate their satisfaction with care at the highest level; and
  • Increase in engaged households configured to optimize their home as a healing space


For more information or to download the application and letter of intent, please visit SamueliInstitute.org/Collaboratives or email palliativecollaborative@SIIB.org.

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