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Mind Body Connection

Waiting for Western Science to Catch up With Mind-body Medicine? Don't Hold Your Breath

James E. Porter | Posted 07.04.2013 | TED Weekends
James E. Porter

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below. The reason the autonomic nervous system...

A Playlist For... A Migraine?

Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D.

What if you get headaches? The right piece of music can make you feel euphoric in just moments. Much of this effect is due to an increase of various neurotransmitters such as dopamine.

Jaweed Kaleem

Katie Couric, Mindfulness Experts Discuss The Mind/Body Connection

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.07.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- For today's high-powered, high-stressed professionals, short moments of "purposeful pause" can lead to a more balanced, healthier life, a ...

Breathing Right Down to Our Bones

Carla Melucci Ardito | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Carla Melucci Ardito

My colleagues Dr. Alexes Hazen, Tamar Amitay, MSPT, and I recently found ourselves emerged in a discussion about bones. Our bones are fascinating o...

Change Your Genes With... Meditation?

Aditi Nerurkar, MD | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Aditi Nerurkar, MD

It really does sound like an infomercial, doesn't it? Emerging research suggests a relationship between the practice of meditation and genetic changes. Let's consider the evidence.

How to Find Sanctuary Within Yourself: 20 Minutes Will Do

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.12.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Holly Robinson

A few years ago, there was a period in my life when I was flying to South Carolina every month to help my mom care for my grandmother and my father. ...

Science's Sacred Cows (Part 9): Conclusion

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.04.2013 | Science
Dave Pruett

Before Immanuel Kant earned renown as a titan of philosophy, he was an amateur astronomer, and a damn good one.

Is There a Mind/Body Connection in Hypertension? Part III

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

There is very much a place for the mind/body connection in understanding and treating hypertension. But it is not the cause of hypertension in the 85 percent of patients with ordinary hypertension; and the anger, anxiety and stress we experience are not at the heart of it.

Breathing Away Stress: Learn How To Exhale

Carla Melucci Ardito | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Carla Melucci Ardito

Working with your breath this way can help you free your body of tension. Many of us are unaware of the tensions that are with us 24/7. Our breathing is designed to help us release any tensions that have become so much a part of us that we no longer sense their presence.

Is There a Mind/Body Connection in Hypertension? Part II

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

My observations and studies indicate that the mind/body link in hypertension is nearly the opposite of what most suspect. Yes, our anger and anxiety and stress can raise our blood pressure in the moment, but this does not lead to development of persisting hypertension.

Feeling Anxious? Think Again.

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.15.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

While the negative emotions are a hallmark of clinical anxiety disorder, there is conflicting evidence about the physiological symptoms. Do sufferers really have maladaptive bodily responses to social stress, or do they just perceive it that way?

7 Ways to Love Your Body (and Yourself) This Valentine's Day

Jill S. Brown | Posted 04.14.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill S. Brown

No matter how long you've been in a relationship with someone else, the longest relationship you'll have in this life is the one you have with yourself.

Is There a Mind/Body Connection in Hypertension?

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

If day-to-day stress and anger and anxiety are not causes of hypertension, do I believe that there is a mind/body connection in hypertension? Yes, I absolutely do. But the connection is very different from what most people think.

Wake Up to Health

Jeannie E. Javelosa | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeannie E. Javelosa

It's a new year, literally a new age... So let's wake up to health in a totally new way! Why not change perspective? Here are some suggestions how.

Believing the Mind and Body Are the Same Promotes Healthy Behavior

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Minds are strange things. Our conscious experience of the world feels separate from the body that we inhabit. Discussions about the relationship between mind and body happen both in college dorms and in the philosophical literature. But does this discussion really matter?

Speaking the Truth About Thyroid Disease: What Doctors Don't Tell You

Alanna Kaivalya | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Alanna Kaivalya

I've now successfully cured the supposedly incurable disease, and live happy and healthy with a fully functioning thyroid. More important and subtle to note, probably, is the fact that the groundwork has been laid within my body for it to express a different truth.

'Tis Almost the Season, or the Backstory to the Binge

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Binges never happen in an emotional vacuum, even though we can pretend that they do. Often, someone claims that she was in perfect control of her eating until she ate that first doughnut or piece of chocolate. "It was the sugar that set off my binge," is usually the explanation.

Blast Post-Election Stress With the Power of Language

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Books
Maura Henninger, N.D.

In the interest of our own physical health, it's time to step away from post-election hysteria. Where does one begin? Going back to Lao-Tze's tenet, it starts with language: both what we tell ourselves and the words we use to communicate to others.

Never Waste a Good Trigger: Part One

Ana Forrest | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Ana Forrest

Triggers can be an incredible ally. Triggers lead to what needs healing. Instead of being ashamed of being triggered, get excited because you have a clue for where to do your work! Triggers lead you on the path you need to go.

Is There A Universal Tool For Making Connections?

Ghylian Bell | Posted 11.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Ghylian Bell

Yoga emphasizes the concept of "intention," or mindfulness. We all too often forget to be purposeful in our everyday actions and conversations. By utilizing the language of yoga, we create a mind-body connection.

Symptoms: A Choice Between Suppression and a Search for Meaning?

Larry Burk, M.D. | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry Burk, M.D.

It is important to recognize that pain is a very subjective mind-body experience, and there is often a significant psychospiritual component that is calling out for healing.

Your Body and Mind Relationship, Revealed

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Generally speaking, we tend to think of our bodies and minds as separate systems and believe they function, for the most part, independently. Yet instinctively we know that is not the whole story.

Sensitivity Training

Doug Binzak | Posted 10.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Doug Binzak

Grounding yourself in body sensitivity serves as a circuit breaker to take you out of your chronic "fight or flight" state.  Practice becoming aware of another's experience, especially when that other is your own body.

In Italy, Clean Toilets And Structured Panic

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 10.02.2012 | Travel
Sarah O'Leary

Alone on a hilltop somewhere over the coastal town of Lerici, I prayed that the insanity I felt wouldn't prove permanent. Although I'd never believed in it before, the little bit of Catholic that was left in me was given real consideration to the notion of purgatory.

Are You A 'Know-It-All'?

Doug Binzak | Posted 09.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Doug Binzak

Finding ways to practice becoming aware of our presumptions and prejudices, even the very small ones, can put us on the road to rediscovering the vitality, the "juice" of life.