Fall 2008, Volume 1, Issue 3
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Unstuck: Holistic Approaches to Depression
Interview with
James Gordon, MD
Health Insights Today editorial board member, James Gordon, pioneered integrative medical education at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and chaired the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. A prolific author, educator, researcher and gifted holistic physician, Gordon is the founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. His new book, Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression, is the first major work describing an integrative, non-drug based model for helping people with depression, who Gordon believes have been ill-served by conventional medicine. Read full article »

Restoring Yourself with Yoga at the End of the Day

As a busy day wears on, you feel more and more stressed and tired–wondering how you will find the energy to be fully present and active with your family in the evening. When you arrive home, yoga can help you slow down, focus your mind and feel present in your body. When your energy level may not support an intense spinning class or even a fast-paced yoga class, what your body-mind may need is a practice that draws your attention to the breath and to restoring the body rather than asking even more of it. Read full article »

EDITOR’S LOG

Fast and Slow

We live in a society that rewards the swift and disparages the slow. The upside of this strategy has long been obvious; it is very efficient at accomplishing short-term goals. But what about the long haul? In this special issue on the mind-body connection, we feature interviews with two of our era’s great pioneers in mind-body medicine, Drs. Herbert Benson and James Gordon. What these doctors offer are low-tech, self-care, mind-body approaches that are free of harmful side effects and worth far more than their weight in gold. Read full article »

The Mind-Body Connection:
A Chiropractor’s Perspective

Chiropractors are best known for using physical healing methods to help people with physical symptoms. As is true in all professions, we chiropractors become accustomed to a particular way of seeing things and doing things based on what we see and what we do, day in and day out. The positive side of this patterning is that we gain real expertise in the areas where we specialize. But our finely-tuned emphasis on the physical can lead us to assume that physical symptoms have purely physical causes, and that’s only part of the truth. Read full article »

The Relaxation Response
Interview with Herbert Benson, MD
Herbert Benson is the father of modern mind-body medicine. From the late 1960s onward, Dr. Benson’s breakthrough research at Harvard Medical School has demonstrated that the relaxation response, which can be elicited through a variety of methods including meditation, is the counterpoint to the fight-or-flight response and serves as a natural antidote to stress. Numerous markers including metabolic rate, heart rate and blood pressure are increased by stress and decreased by the relaxation response. Read full article »
Chronic Pain and Depression
Chronic pain can persist for weeks, months or years. Some people, often older adults, suffer from chronic pain without any definable past injury or signs of body damage. The sources of such pain can vary, including headaches, low back pain, and arthritis. Chronic pain that is severe and unrelenting can lead to depression, which for some people can bring dramatic changes in their physical, mental, and social well-being—and in their quality of life. Download pdf of article »
WHOLE GRAINS:
Making the Transition
Whole grains are a very important part of a healthy diet. Wheat is the grain we eat most, mainly as bread and pasta, but only 2% of  the wheat flour consumed by Americans takes the form of whole wheat flour. Research shows that eating grains in a weakened, processed form contributes to a variety of health problems, from cardiovascular disease to constipation. Federal health agencies recommend eating at least half of your grains whole, but for optimum health, something much closer to 100% should be the goal. Read full article »