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New Body, New Mind, New Medicine

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Read More: By Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD   Since One of US (Deepak) Began Advocating the Mind-Body Connection Thirty Years Ago, A Time of Great Opposition Among Physicians to the Very Notion That Thoughts Have Physical Consequences, The Trend Has Been Entirely Against the Physicalist Position, i.e., That the Human Body Is a Machine That Needs Fixing When It Gets Broken.  One Research After Another Has Validated What Should Have Been Obvious in the First Place: Mind and Body Are Too Intimately Related to Be Seen as Separate Entities.   Several P, And Yet Which Have Had Minimal Impact in a Doctor's Daily Practice.     This Is an Impressive List of Mind-Body Insights, And the Rising Field of Integrative Medicine Takes Advantage of Them, Unlike Mainstream Medicine, Which Remains Wedded to Two Fix-Its: Drugs and Surgery. in the Ancient Indian System of Ayurveda One Can Find a Level of the Mind-Body Connection That Is Profound, And the Same Holds for Other Traditional Medicines Around the World. but for the Average Person, The Actual Pivot Point Where Positive Input Improves Well-Being Hasn't Been Touched.  Ultimately, The Mind-Body Connection Will Not Vie With the Physicalist (Body as Machine) Position Until It Is Proven That Cells, And Especially the Gene, Predictably Responds to Experience.   the Point Here Is That Experience, Although a Very Broad Term, Can Be Divided Into Positive Input for Our Cells or Negative Input. a Cell Innately Knows How to Thrive, Nourish Itself, Repair Damage, Repel Invaders, And Multiply Without Our Conscious Intervention. This Much Was Already Known in Modern Medical Science. What Wasn't Known and Slowly Became Convincing, Is That While the Cell Is Processing Its Own Existence Biologically, It Is Also Processing a Person’S Entire Range of Life Experience, From Birth to Death, From Joy to Sorrow, From Hopes to Fears, Optimism to Pessimism, Victory to Defeat, And on and On. Much of This Occurs via Epigenetics - Chemical Modifications to Our Genes Resulting in Changes in Their Activity (Expression) Programs.   What That Says, If You Extend the Logic, Turns Out to Be Both Simple and Radical. Perhaps Experience Holds the Key to Wellness, Healing, Anti-Aging, And Psychological Fulfillment. the Reason Each of These Things Has Become Impossibly Complex as Far as Medical Science Is Concerned Is That Experience Has Been Left Out of the Equation. in a Sense, We Have Treated the Human Body Like a Car Whose Engine We Understand Incredibly Well, Only We Insist There Is No Driver. Experience, Processed by the Mind and Recorded in Our Cells, Is the Driver in the Case of the Mind-Body System.   With That in Mind, Perhaps the Real Future of Healing, Wellness, Self-Care, And Anti-Aging Lies With Some Kind of "Experience Medicine, " or to Use a Better Term, Qualia Medicine. Qualia, From the Latin Word for Quality, Is What Each Experience Is All About. the Five Senses Deliver the Qualia of Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, And Smell. Our Emotions Color Experiences With Other Kinds of Qualia, Such as Happy, Sad, Hopeful, Anxious, Depressing, Etc. at the Deepest Level Our Hidden Beliefs, Wounds, And Lifelong Condition Cause US to Interpret Experience a Certain Way, Adding Another Level of Qualia.   the Mind-Body System Is an Almost Infinite Qualia Processor. Through Each Person's Unique Lens, Personal Reality Gets Created Day by Day, Minute by Minute. This, We Believe, Is the Pivot Point Where Experience Gets Metabolized Into Cellular Activity. Qualia Medicine Would Be Based on Quantifying How That Transformation Works. a Skeptic Would Say That the Whole Enterprise Is Apples and Oranges.  Qualia and Quantity Are Opposi, Or So It Seems. We Don't Say "I Need an Optimistic Bag of Flour" or "My Hope Weighs Seven Ounces." but There Actually Is a Junction Point, And It Is Very Real: the Cell. When a Cell Reacts to Your Feelings of Joy or Grief, Qualia Turns Into Quantity--a Feeling Gets Metabolized Into Changes in Gene Expression, Biochemistry, And Proteins in the Brain and Body. in the Same Way, When Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure, A State of Awareness Turns Into a Physical Change.   Skeptics Would Say That We May Have Misrepresented a Key Point. Meditation, They Would Claim, Is a Physical Process to Begin With, Occurring in the Brain, So the Actual Subjective Experience Doesn't Matter. but This Objection Is Misguided; It Is Mounted Simply to Defend Physicalism, Which as Research Abundantly Proves, Is Totally at Odds With the Mind-Body Connection. in the Placebo Effect, When Someone's Headaches Improve Because They Believe That a Dummy Sugar Pill Is Actual Medicine, The Outcome Is Physical but the Input (Believing That You Will Be Cured) Is Completely Mental. the Placebo Effect Is One of the Solidest Scientific Proofs of the Mind-Body Connection. We Will Cover This Topic in Our New Book, Currently Being Written.   We Choose to Celebrate the Victory of the Mind-Body Perspective. But, It Will Take a Fusion of Psychology, Genetics Research, Brain Studies, And Wisdom From the World's Healing Traditions to Actually Break Though to a Practical Kind of Qualia Medicine. the Challenge Is Clear, And So Is the Positive Trend Toward Solving It. on This Basis, The Possibility of Radical Well-Being Exists Here and Now, With Every Hope That It Will Expand Into an Unlimited Future.   Deepak Chopra MD, Founder of the Chopra Foundation and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Is a World-Renowned Pioneer in Integrative Medicine and Personal Transformation, And Is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism.  He Is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. the World Post and the Huffington Post Global Internet Survey Ranked Chopra #17 Influential Thinker, Including Numerous New York Times Bestsellers. His Latest Books Are , Potamkin Prize, The Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, And Was on the 2015 TIME100 Most Influential People in the World List. He Also Co-Authored the New York Times Bestseller, “Super Brain” and “Super Genes” With Dr. Deepak Chopra., Facp, GPS for the Soul News
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD Since one of us (Deepak) began advocating the mind-body connection thirty years ago, a time of grea...

Snow Soaks Up Toxic Pollutants In The Air, Study Shows

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.19.2016 | Science

Those fluttering white snowflakes may be beautiful, but it turns out they're not as pure as you may have thought. A team of scientists recently reveal...

This Earth Day, Ditch the Microbeads for Wildlife's Sake

John F. Calvelli | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Unfortunately, those tiny colorful microbeads in your hand soap, facial cleanser and toothpaste are causing major damage to our natural ecosystems and the wildlife that inhabit them.

How The EPA Clean Power Rule Could Help Communities Of Color

Manuel Pastor | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Manuel Pastor

While the Black Chamber's opposition may be sincere, it also provides big business advocates with a bit of diversity cover -- striking since people of color actually stand the most to gain from the short-term public health benefits of the rule.

7 Ways Your House Is Making You Sick

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Andrea Atkins | Posted 04.29.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com It often starts when someone retires, says Jeff May. All of a sudden, the retiree is spending a lot more time in his ...

Cutting Short-Term Pollutants May Not Be The Best Way To Curb Climate Change

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2013 | Green

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A U.S.-led drive to reduce soot and other heat-trapping air pollut...

Will This Slow Down Rising Sea Levels?

Posted 04.16.2013 | Green

From Climate Central's Andrew Freedman: A new study finds that it is possible to greatly slow the rate of sea level rise, which is one of the bigge...

The Nation's Dirtiest Power Plants: Do You Live Near One?

Laura DiMugno | Posted 01.10.2013 | Green
Laura DiMugno

The good news is that the EPA is working to limit these harmful power-plant emissions and will impose stricter standards on toxic air pollutants. However, there is still work to be done.

Fighting Climate Change and Air Pollution With One Swat

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.16.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

You may hear it called black carbon or even elemental carbon. Scientists getting technical will call it the "light-absorbing part of particles suspended in the atmosphere." Let's just keep it simple and call it soot.

Inspired By Motherhood, She Invented A Product To Protect Kids From Toxins

Posted 06.13.2012 | Fifty

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. Women should know that they don't have to hang ...

Water Ills Focus of New Documentary

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

2012-05-03-Screenshot20120503at9.29.37AM.jpgLast Call at the Oasis highlights global water crisis but opines that the "glass is half full."

Wall Street Journal's Portrait of the Young Climate Scientist

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.01.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

I guarantee that most scientists, myself included, would love to make their reputation by refuting the whole notion of global warming. We have tried and have concluded that we can't.

Removing Mercury and Other Toxics From the Air We Breathe

Lisa P. Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa P. Jackson

The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards set the first-ever national safeguards to limit power plant releases of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases, making this is one of the largest steps to protect our kids from air pollution in a generation.

New Orleans Tap Water Beats Odds, Meets All Regulatory Standards

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan Buchanan

Residents worry about spills in the river, and wonder if oil lapping at the coast has affected their faucet water. Local, state and federal authorities, however, say the city's tap water meets and, under some criteria, exceeds their standards.

Courage Under Fire

Leslie Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Leslie Grossman

Last night I was struck dramatically by more courage. I saw the film Gasland.

Greensburg, Kansas: From Green-town to Clean-town

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
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Michael DeJong

After a tornado destroyed 95% of the town, Greensburg, Kansas reinvented itself by striving to become the greenest community imaginable.

Why Should You Care About Bad Air?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In past years, as many as 4 percent of all deaths in the United States were attributable at least in part to air pollution. What's a living organism to do? We can't stop breathing.

Detectair, High-Tech Vest, Alerts You To Pollutants In Your Airspace

Ecouterre | Jasmin Malik Chua | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Imagine being able to sidestep encounters with common urban pollutants like benzene, carbon monoxide, ammonia, and nitrogen oxide. That's the philosop...

Upper East Side's Air Pollution Levels Some Of City's Highest: Survey

nydailynews.com | Adam Lisberg and Kathleen Lucadamo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The upper East Side, a posh neighborhood known for luxury buildings and even Mayor Bloomberg's home, has a disturbing level of dangerous pollutants in...

Toxic Waters: Clean Water Laws Neglected At A Cost To Health

The New York Times | CHARLES DUHIGG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Jennifer Hall-Massey knows not to drink the tap water in her home near Charleston, W.Va. In fact, her entire family tries to avoid any contact wit...

What's In Our Cleaning Products?

MSNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Cleaning products are some of the things that we all use where we're used to willingly allowing tons of chemicals we can't pronounce into our own home...