Meditation or Morphine?

What if we could replace morphine and other pain-relieving drugs with meditation? Fadal Zeidan, PhD from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center recently conducted a study in which he found that a form of mindfulness meditation, known as focused attention, drastically diminished subjects’ experience of pain. In previous findings morphine has been shown to reduce…

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Meditation: Weight Training for the Brain?

I know that mindfulness and meditation practices have positive effects not only on the spirit, but also on the brain and body, but some of my patients were not always so certain. Some would be willing to try anything once, but then there were the others who would kind of look sideways at me with…

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The Smoothie Challenge: Getting Healthier as a Team

In the midst of the 10 Day Challenge that we issued to the global practitioner community a few weeks back, I started thinking about the need for improved health closer to home. We all spend lots of time in the office, so where better to promote healthy habits than in the setting where we toil…

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Dance Therapy: Using Movement to Heal

If you read my last blog, you would have seen the video about Dance for PD®, an innovative program for people battling the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Dance for PD® is so effective because it allows participants to step out of the patients’ role and just move – creating beauty while engaging mind, body, and…

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Mind-Body Healing at its Best: Dance for Parkinson’s Disease

It’s funny how many people feel a pang of hesitation, reluctance, or even fear when they’re invited to dance. Who hasn’t heard someone say, when being pulled onto the floor, “oh no, I can’t dance!” I’ll admit, I leaned that way, too. I left the dancing to those with natural rhythm and “moves.” My view…

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