Meditation may be the future of anti-aging (part II)

February 15, 2010

Scientific experts now believe we have in-built mechanisms that can fight and reverse the aging process. Innovative research into the reversal of aging is well underway and, while scientists debate the many different theories, research has revealed that meditation dramatically affects the production of three important hormones related to stress, longevity and aging.

Cortisol, DHEA and Melatonin.

Cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’, is naturally produced by the adrenal glands. Our bodies produce cortisol (and adrenaline) when we react to stress. Long term or chronic stress however means that the body is over exposed to these hormones, and this can lead to increased anxiety, depression, an inability to cope, and ultimately, physical illness.

David Zava, Ph.D., a … Read more »

Meditation may be the future of anti-aging (part I)

February 15, 2010

According to the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, 90% of all adult illness is due to the degenerative processes of aging. Anti-aging medicine, aiming for longevity and optimal health, is most certainly the ‘specialty’ of the future and is based on the early detection, prevention and reversal of age-related disease. While science continues to search for answers, research has already revealed that meditation is a potent anti-aging practice that can take years off your physiological age.


Aging is most certainly a complex issue with many factors coming into play, but one thing that researchers do agree on is that stress (mental, emotional, and physical) causes us to age.

Eva Selhub, MD, Medical … Read more »

New York hospital goes zen

February 9, 2010

ABC: “Zen” is the Japanese word and “Ch’an” is the Chinese word derived from the Sanskrit word “Dhyana” meaning “meditation.” Zen began in China back in the 6th century CE. Zen is practiced all around the world and has recently found a huge following in the United States.

Zen Buddhism focuses on gaining enlightenment through meditation. Zen is a means to reaching enlightenment. Zen declines the study of scriptures, devotional practices and any religious rites (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica). Some of the key beliefs of Zen focus on The Four Noble Truths and The Noble Eightfold Path:

  • First Noble Truth: The observation that suffering (dukkha) is pervasive in life. Second Noble Truth: The cause of
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For doctor burnout, meditation and mindfulness

October 16, 2009

New York Times: One night during my training, long after all the other doctors had fled the hospital, I found a senior surgeon still on the wards working on a patient note. He was a surgeon with extraordinary skill, a doctor of few words whose folksy quips had become the stuff of department legend. “I’m sorry you’re still stuck here,” I said, walking up to him.

He looked up from the chart. “I’m not working tomorrow, so I’m just fine.”

I had just reviewed the next day’s operating room schedule and knew he had a full day of cases. I began to contradict him, but he held his hand up to stop me.

“Time … Read more »

New hospital chapel there to help patients celebrate, heal

October 5, 2009

The Daily Reflector: There is sorrow at hospitals. People are in accidents or ill, and some pass away.

But there also is joy. Babies are born, wounds are healed.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital hopes to welcome people with that range of emotions in a new interfaith chapel early next year. Construction began on the facility last week, located just left of the main entrance.

Sara Davenport, a board member with the Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation, led the project committee. She wants the chapel to be somewhere “anybody can come” to pray, meditate, find solitude or celebrate in their own way.

“There’s such diversity in the people that come here as patients and visitors as well … Read more »

Meditation training lessens doctor burnout

September 25, 2009

UPI: Training in mindfulness meditation and communication can alleviate the psychological stress and burnout experienced by many physicians, U.S. researchers say.

Dr. Michael S. Krasner, an associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York who was the study leader, says the training can also expand a physician’s capacity to relate to patients and enhance patient-centered care.

Mindful communication utilizes the techniques of meditation to help people maintain an open and non-judgmental outlook as they tackle everyday tasks, Krasner explains.

“From the patient’s perspective, we hear all too often of dissatisfaction in the quality of presence from their physician,” Krasner said in a statement. “From the practitioner’s perspective, … Read more »

Daily dose of meditation might boost flu shot

September 22, 2009 I feel like broken a tape recorder talking about the same stuff over and over: hand washing, cough etiquette and social distancing as ways to prevent getting the flu. So I was thrilled to find a 2003 research article from the journal Psychosomatic Medicine (not my usual bedside reading) on how meditation could help us in fighting the flu.

Meditation may seem like an Eastern concept, but in fact it is well grounded in Western religion in the form of prayer. In Joshua 1:8, God says to meditate on His word day and night. Rick Warren, in his book “The Purpose Driven Life,” writes, “Meditation is focused thinking. It takes serious effort … … Read more »

9 Drug-Free Approaches to Managing ADHD

August 13, 2009

US News:…In general, rhythmic activities can improve attention in certain children, according to Stanley Greenspan, clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School and coauthor of Overcoming ADHD: Helping Your Child Become Calm, Engaged, and Focused—Without a Pill, a book coming out next month. But such activities are only one part of a comprehensive program described in the book, Greenspan says, which aims to help all areas of development that influence attention. Here’s a tip from the book: Try playing “Simon says,” getting your child to mimic your gradually more elaborate two- and three-step actions.

A pilot study that appeared in a 2008 issue of Current Issues in Education … Read more »

American Cancer Society study finds high use of complementary methods among cancer survivors

August 4, 2008

Medical News Today: A new study from researchers at the American Cancer Society finds many cancer patients use complementary and alternative methods, most often prayer, relaxation, supplements, meditation, and massage. The study confirmed the findings of previous surveys that found cancer patients use the same complementary methods used among the general population and among people with other chronic diseases, such as spiritual practices, relaxation methods, and dietary supplements. Read more here.

Treatment options, from medicine to meditation (The Seattle Times)

The practice of transcendental meditation has worked wonders for some children [with ADHD]. Read more