Limiting the stressors in our lives is not always possible; however, managing HOW we deal with the stress can be within our control. Nearly half of Americans report that their stress levels have increased in the last five years making effective treatments to decrease psychological distress in demand. Even more so, are mind-body programs that provide individuals the opportunity to have greater control over their own health. This focus on the self-management of health is a global phenomenon with increasing usage of complementary and integrative health practices being reported in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.
In 2008, 19% of U.S. adults (more than 55 million people) reported using at least one mind-body therapy during the previous 12 months and in 2012, deep-breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, tai chi and qi gong were among the most frequently used techniques. These therapies are based on the biopsychosocial model, a perspective that acknowledges that biological, psychological (e.g., thoughts, emotions, and behaviors), and social factors all play a significant role in human functioning in the context of wellness and illness. It is often used to describe the concept of the “mind–body connection.”
In 2008, 19% of U.S. adults (more than 55 million people) reported using at least one mind-body therapy during the previous 12 months.
NEW REPORT PUBLISHED
A recent Samueli Institute report evaluated the existing body of randomized controlled trials on biopsychosocial training programs for the self-management of emotional stress. The report is especially impactful for researchers, clinicians and policy-makers as they develop new programs and assess the utility of existing ones. Continue reading “State of the Evidence on Training Programs for Self-Management of Emotional Stress” »
In our current healthcare system, a person’s overall health is balanced by pharmaceuticals, surgery, and self-care, according to Herbert Benson, MD, author of “The Relaxation Response.” As a result of this healthcare model, between 60-90% of healthcare visits are for conditions likely caused by chronic stress. It is his professional belief, that through meditation and eliciting the relaxation response, the harmful effects of chronic stress can be reduced or even eliminated. Continue reading “Meditation and the Relaxation Response” »
A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD
The woman (we will call her Joan) was 45 years old, and she did everything she could for her health. She ate right, worked out, took vacations, worked hard, and had a great family. But 15 years ago she was in a motor vehicle accident and sustained whiplash on her right side. Although there was no severe physical damage, she began to develop neck stiffness and pain down her shoulder that was intractable. It was then that her 15-year journey of pain began. Continue reading “HOPE for Pain: From Treatment to Healing” »
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For a long time, scientists considered genetics to be the predisposition of a person’s health. In other words, whatever genes a person was born with, determined if that person would develop a hereditary disease, addiction or obesity. New scientific studies have shown that genes are not determinant of a person’s wellbeing. The lifestyle choices a person makes including exercise and eating habits can deactivate the genes that originally would have lead to disease. Continue reading “Shattering the Myth of Immutable Genes with Dr. Pamela Peeke” »
Thanks to Einstein, we know that all living matter is made up of energy. But there is a difference between traditional energy used in sound, light and magnetic therapies and the more ancient concept of subtle energy that may be behind the healing practices of therapeutics touch, healing touch, Reiki, and Qi Gong. Continue reading “Understanding Bioenergy Medicine with Dr. John Ives” »