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  MindBodySpirit Medicine and Healing

We are returning to original beliefs that the mind and body cannot be separated.
 -
Timeless Healing
Herbert Benson, MD

 

Like the meridians as they approach the poles, science, philosophy and religion are bound to converge as they draw nearer to the whole.
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The Phenomenon of Man
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (scientist, mystic)

 

We must also remember that the biggest problems for the human race in the future are those associated with our own behavior and misbehavior and the impact of the social and physical environment on our bodies and brains.
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Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D, Neuroscientist, Rockefeller University

 

The Problem

The last century has brought remarkable advances in biomedical technology and treatment. As a society, we have come to expect that effective treatments and cure should be available for most medical conditions. Yet, most of the symptoms, syndromes, and illnesses that people and patients experience cannot be explained by organic disease identifiable by currently available medical tests. Most of these "functional" symptoms, syndromes and illnesses and many serious diseases, such as Metabolic Syndrome X are related to medical labeling of symptoms as syndromes (medicalization), stress, emotional distress, negative thinking and beliefs, and unhealthy lifestyle choices and behaviors, such as unhealthy eating, lack of exercise and smoking.

The Solution in Connection

For thousands of years, people with symptoms and illnesses from all societies have turned to healers who have relied upon the natural capacity of the body to heal through physiologic bodily systems activated by states of mind. The placebo response and capacity for self-healing represent the intersection and convergent common ground of ancient, traditional, complementary/alternative, and Western biomedical approaches to health, disease, illness, and healing. There is a scientific and neurobiologic basis for the MindBody Connection that is common to all healing traditions. Furthermore, this MindBody Connection is embedded within a spiritual dimension that includes a connectivity extending beyond the finite. Health is seen as a harmony and balance within this connection, while illness and disease are related to a loss of this harmony and balance. Scientific evidence continues to confirm that spirituality and religion may be beneficial to health. It is no longer appropriate to separate mind from body, mind from gut or mindbody from spirit. A more appropriate and inclusive term is the MindBodySpirit Connection. All of us – people with symptoms, patients with syndromes and diseases and doctors who care – now have the opportunity to explore and understand the MindBodySpirit Connection and its interrelatedness to genetics (heredity) and the environment, both physical and social.

We place too much emphasis upon treatment and underestimate our healing potential. MindBodySpirit Medicine and healing can be our common language.

 



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