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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...

A Parent’s Touch Actually Transforms A Baby’s Brain

The Huffington Post | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 07.29.2016 | Science

A child wants to be held and touched from the very first day of life. And a parent’s affectionate touch goes a long way, from boosting a newborn’s...

The Science Behind The Profound Power Of Holding Hands

HuffPost Partner Studio | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living

There’s something special about holding hands with another human being. All of us are innately conscious of how this simple act can stir an instant ...

The 4 Portals To More Sexual Pleasure In Your Life

Pamela Madsen | Posted 04.14.2016 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

Many of us simply don't make pleasure a priority in our lives. We put everything else before our own pleasure and then we are simply too tired for pleasure. Or we run out of money or time. Remember, pleasure doesn't have to involve a partner.

Images: How They Help and Hinder

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Success often depends on our ability to present a socially acceptable image. Ideally, our social image aligns with our authentic self or essence.

How Getting Off Your Devices Can Help You Get It On

Edie Weinstein | Posted 03.12.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Edie Weinstein

For some, their electronics are more intimate companions than those flesh and blood beings with whom they share their lives. Smart phones, tablets, laptops and Kindles are cuddled closer to bodies than human loved ones.

Parenting and the Simple Power of Touch

Amanda Redhead | Posted 03.11.2017 | Parents
Amanda Redhead

The easiest way to show love is often with a simple hand on the shoulder, holding hands with a frightened client, sitting next to them on their bed while chatting with them so they can see that you are not hurried and are present in the moment.

5 Simple Ways to Save All Your Relationships

Krista M Sharp | Posted 02.11.2017 | Home
Krista M Sharp

My husband will spend hours late at night polishing and cleaning the interior of my car and then thinks I'm ungrateful when I don't get excited about ...

5 Keys To Pleasing A Woman In Bed

Pamela Madsen | Posted 12.27.2016 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

Our genitals are as unique as our faces or the shake of our hips when we walk. Our desires, fantasies, and roadblocks are as diverse as any road map. If you want to be a great lover of women, put these skills in your tool kit.

Contrasting Expressions of Love

Randi Gunther | Posted 12.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Randi Gunther

Reciprocal and matching love styles are one of the most meaningful and delightful experiences people can experience. If the way each person's offerings of love are understood and welcomed by the other partner, they are far more likely to create magical, successful long-term relationships.

Healing and Human Touch

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.26.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Early this summer, I spent several days in a hospital bed, tethered to an IV, with what proved in retrospect to be anaplasmosis (a nasty bit of tick-b...

From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: Why Can't We Touch This?

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Taste
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

The term "farm-to-table" may be used ad nauseum these days and it means different things to different people. One of the most powerful aspects of buying local ingredients is the opportunity it presents for one to touch them.

How Being Tall As a Child Impacted Me

Alexandra Allam | Posted 06.02.2016 | Women
Alexandra Allam

When you're a tall girl growing up, you don't get to be the tall guy's shoulder-rest. You miss out on being the one chosen to practice séances on at sleepovers. You can't fit into good niches in hide-and-go-seek.

Touch Me, Tease Me, Tickle Me: What the Experience of Touch Can Mean to a Person With a Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Touch is, without question, the most intimate and personal act that we can bestow on another person. It connects us to those that we love, to those who we care for; it reminds us that we are part of the human experience.

Touch As Nutrition

Kindness Blog | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Kindness Blog

Children actively shape their sense of self, not just mentally, but with their hands, elbows and knees, their bellies and mouths, inside the frequency, textures and intensities of this constant, rich field of contact.

How Our Sense Of Touch Affects Everything We Do

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.20.2015 | Science

We typically think of touch as a pleasant, but not particularly important part of life. But touch, which is the interface between our bodies and the o...

On the Kindness of Things

Kindness Blog | Posted 03.08.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Where does the world of objects start and stop? Where does an 'it' start becoming a 'you' or a 'me.' This is not clear, for the world of objects has no stable borders, and in actual practice includes much of what should be a 'you' or even an 'I.'

Empathy Motivates Physical Therapists to Follow Their Call to Care

Stacy Barrows | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Stacy Barrows

photo courtesy of Rosalie O'Connor Copyright 2005, used with permission from the Feldenkrais Guild of North America "If You Find it in Your Heart to ...

People With Alzheimer's May Yearn to Be Touched

Marie Marley | Posted 09.25.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

A stunning video shows Sol Rogers interacting with his wife, Rita, who has Alzheimer's and was unable to talk or walk. He got in bed with her, cuddled...

The Untouched Generation

PolyXeni Kokovika | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
PolyXeni Kokovika

Everything in life has two sides, it is better to look at the positives and to embrace the advantages. Regardless of events, we need to have the courage to accept, to connect, and to share. Touching reflects directly back to us like a mirror and this instant give-and-take translates into love.

Here's Why You Should Book Your Next Massage ASAP

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living

There's no denying a massage is calming -- until you start feeling guilty for indulging in a little special treatment. A small new study excuses us...

Touch Restores Life

Lisa Guest | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Guest

Sure, I knew at 23 how crucial stress was and how destructive it could be, but little did I know stress would be my life's lesson, not just one tiny t...

Joan Moran: 5 Ways to Nurture Love

Red Room | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Red Room

Here are 5 ways that people in loving relationships can nurture their love, provide emotional guidance and support, and build a strong foundation for lasting love.

Virtual Infidelity: If I Don't Touch, Am I Still Being Unfaithful?

Randi Gunther | Posted 02.17.2014 | Fifty
Randi Gunther

Defining an affair used to be relatively simple. One or both partners in an intimate, exclusive relationship begin a sexual relationship with another person without their partner's knowledge or permission. The emergence of the Internet has widened the playing field.

Making "Sense" of Flavor: How Taste, Smell and Touch Are Involved

Amanda Greene | Posted 11.27.2013 | Taste
Amanda Greene

Isn't it fascinating to realize all the work your body is doing while you're doing something as (seemingly) brainless as eating? It's kind of awesome. Food's a complex chemical, and so are you!