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Oceans Eleven Johns Hopkins Research Team Validates Mindbody Medicine for Depression & Anxiety (Redux!)

Evidence-based mindfulness practices help alleviate depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

Evidence-based mindfulness practices help alleviate depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

A(nother) very large research team (umm how about calling them the Oceans Eleven of JH?)  led by Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH, at Johns Hopkins University published findings from a study they did about the effects of mindfulness practices on symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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Wordless Wednesday: MindBody Medicine: Early Spring Garden

Gardening is my favorite spring  “mindbody relaxation therapy”!

I love spring in the garden, the plants are beginning to push out from the soil.  Here are some shots from around my garden. It’s a work in progress, I live in deer country and it’s a struggle to find landscaping plants they don’t love as breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Twenty Year old Hellebore (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

Twenty Year old Hellebore (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

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Wordless Wednesday – May All Beings Live in Peace

May all beings live in peace Photo:Istock/duncan1890

May all beings live in peace
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Do It YourSelf-Care DIY-Care Garden Therapy!

 

Therapeutic horticulture...provides positive distraction and attentional engagement…(which) mediates decline for anxiety and depressive symptoms…” Garcia et al, 2010)


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#OccupyHealthCare #MindBody Practices – They are FREE

Mindbody practices have so many benefits, you’d have to order online from outside the US to be able to afford them- Read the research!

 

With so much talk about the expense of healthcare, I wanted to put out a positive message about inexpensive mindbody self-care practices. Self- care doesn’t have to be expensive. Self-care is an important component of postpartum depression treatment. Low cost mindbody therapies are helpful on many levels. Research strongly indicates complementary therapies improve health on multiple levels and in concrete ways and are low cost.

For four rewarding years, I ran the MindBody Program at the Cancer Center at a hospital. The program provided relief for people with the burden of chronic illness on emotional and physical levels. Research indicates persons with chronic illness, co-morbidity, aging-related illness and persons with mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, are among the most likely to use complementary therapies (Cheung, Wyman, and Halcon, 2007), so it was a good fit. Research such as that conducted by Ben-Ayre, Frankel, Klein, Scharf (2008) indicates patients expect their physicians to refer to appropriate complementary care clinics as needed. The MindBody Program was a forerunner of the integrative medicine trend.

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