Absolutely Remarkable Mind-Body Scientific Studies!

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Each individual has the ability to improve his or her health. One way to do it is by tapping into your own resources. There are many tools to access these inner resources and enhance your life with greater health, happiness and harmony.

Periodically, I like to share some of the recent scientific studies I see in this area. I hope you find them inspiring!

Through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, eighty-two high school students in Kosovo participated in a randomized-controlled study which concluded that “…all students had experienced post traumatic stress, flashbacks, nightmares, and symptoms of withdrawal and numbing in the war-torn area of Kosovo where 90% of the homes were burned and bombed and 20% of the children lost one or both parents.” The small group settings used meditation, guided imagery, breathing techniques and biofeedback as well as self-expression through words, drawings, and movement. Following the program, the number of students having symptoms indicating post traumatic stress disorder was significantly reduced from 100% to 18%.

Johns Hopkins Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (“CAM”)reported in a survey the following statitics relating to the use of complementary and alternative therapries (referred to as “CAM”):

  • 40% of Americans use some form of complimentary or alternative therapy for chronic conditions;
  • CAM was most frequently used for pain control, and nearly 50% reported using CAM because their prescribed medications were ineffective;
  • more than half of these patients used dietary supplements or herbal therapies, and almost two-thirds of the patients found CAM to be helpful; and
  • 30% to 70% of cancer patients who are inadequately treated by their physicians turn to CAM in the hope of curing or alleviating their pain.”

Also supporting the use of complimentary and alternative therapies is a study of 23,000 adults by the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. See the study.

Study on Aging by Harvard Psychologist Ellen Langer concluded that thoughts about how old you are affect how old or young you feel and how your body responds, as recently reported in Newsweek. Subjects were put into an environment to simulate living 20 years ago; the participants actually felt as if their age had been turned back two decades. Outside observers noted that the subjects appeared to be younger and healthier than they were before the experiment.

The Johns Hopkins Medicine and Digestive Center reports the following excerpts from a summary of integrative psychotherapy:

“We know that our minds can quickly jump to worst-case scenarios, worry, and self-defeating behaviors. We can feel overwhelmed… these thought patterns can lead to illness … as patients come to understand what triggers their pain, anxiousness… old patterns lose their hold… enabling changes… to move beyond prior limitations of thought and attitude.” Read entire article.

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Peter Winlsow is a life coach based in Scottsdale Arizona, serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Peoria and all surrounding metro-Phoenix cities. Read more about him at www.peterwinslow.com.