Many chronic health or mental health conditions associated with distress or disability do not respond completely to a solely biomedical approach. The greatest challenge is helping patients buy into the idea that lasting change and improvement is likely to come through their own activities and efforts.
Health & Healing
Home practice is frequently prescribed as part of mind–body medicine interventions, although rarely objectively measured. This brief methods report describes one method for objectively measuring home practice adherence using a custom monitoring software program.
The objectives of this systematic review were to: 1) characterize mind-body medicine studies that assessed immune outcomes, 2) evaluate the quality of mind-body medicine studies measuring immune system effects, and 3) systematically evaluate the evidence for mind-body interventions effect on immune system outcomes. Data Sources: Data sources included MEDLINE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Alt HealthWatch, Allied and Complementary Medicine Database, Cochrane Library, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, Health Technology Assessment Database.
People with Alzheimer disease (AD) and their caregivers compared with controls might have alterations in hypothalmo-pitutary-adrenal axis function as documented by hypercortisolemia.1–5 The cortisol changes in AD may relate to the underlying pathophysiology of the disorder, whereas in caregivers it may reflect psychologic stress. Some variability in published cortisol results is partly related to differences in methods.
Half of the adults in the United States use complementary and alternative medicine with mind–body therapy being the most commonly used form. Neurology patients often turn to their physicians for insight into the effectiveness of the therapies and resources to integrate them into their care. The objective of this article is to give a clinical overview of mind–body interventions and their applications in neurology.
Binaural beat technology (BBT) products are sold internationally as personal development and health improvement tools. Producers suggest benefit from regular listening to binaural beats including reduced stress and anxiety, and increased focus, concentration, motivation, confidence, and depth in meditation. Binaural beats are auditory brainstem responses that originate in the superior olivary nucleus as a result of different frequency auditory stimuli provided to each ear.
Objectives: When two auditory stimuli of different frequency are presented to each ear, binaural beats are perceived by the listener. The binaural beat frequency is equal to the difference between the frequencies applied to each ear. Our primary objective was to assess whether steady-state entrainment of electroencephalographic activity to the binaural beat occurs when exposed to a specific binaural beat frequency as has been hypothesized. Our secondary objective was to gather preliminary data on neuropsychologic and physiologic effects of binaural beat technology.
This inspirational video was created for the IONS Conference in the summer of 2007. It describes the work of IONS and the science of consciousness and it invites people to think differently about themselves and the world we live in. It gives a sense of how and why IONS came to be, and why so many people are so passionate about the work of the Institute.
Director: Kelly Durkin
What are the questions that ignite scientific inquiry at the Institute of Noetic Sciences? Learn some of them in this short video that started playing on Times Square in New York City in May, 2011.
This video illustrates the "At Home Within" pilot program—a collaboration between the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Committee on the Shelterless—which offers mind/body practices to homeless participants.
Related Research Project:
At Home Within: A Personal Growth Program for Homeless Adults