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Mind as Medicine: Retreat Brings Healing, Growth

More than 100 people attended a recent meditation retreat in Tel Aviv, Israel: Physicians, journalists, holistic practitioners, cancer patients and meditation enthusiasts. They came to learn holistic, mind-body approaches to healing and find avenues to spiritual growth. The retreat was led by integrative medicine pioneer and meditation expert Isaac Eliaz, M.D., L.Ac. and was coordinated by Taatsumot, a non-profit organization. The in-depth, two-day retreat program focused on the mind's innate healing power.

Strengthen Your Brain with Meditation – Rodale News

As a holistic physician and meditation practitioner with more than 25 years of experience, I have always believed strongly in the mental and emotional benefits of regular mindful meditation practice. The practice of regular meditation has been found to increase brain density, boost the connections between neurons, decrease the symptoms of depression and anxiety, provide clarity of thought, and increase positive mood endorphins. Other published studies have shown that meditation can improve physical functioning, decrease chronic disease risks, and enhance overall quality of life.

Stress Less – Mind Body Green June 2011

Reducing stress in your everyday life is vital for maintaining your overall health, as it can improve your mood, boost immune function, promote longevity and allow you to be more productive. When you let your stress get the best of you, you put yourself at risk of developing a range of illnesses – from the common cold to severe heart disease. Stress has such a powerful impact on your well being because it is a natural response that is activated in the brain. Let’s examine how this process works, why stress affects you the way it does, and the severe impacts it can have on your health.

Stress Management is Vital for your Health – Mind Body Green Magazine June 2011

Reducing stress in your everyday life is vital for maintaining your overall health, as it can improve your mood, boost immune function, promote longevity and allow you to be more productive. When you let your stress get the best of you, you put yourself at risk of developing a range of illnesses – from the common cold to severe heart disease. Stress has such a powerful impact on your well being because it is a natural response that is activated in the brain. Let’s examine how this process works, why stress affects you the way it does, and the severe impacts it can have on your health.

Health Pros and Cons of Sitting – The Huffington Post September 2012

We love to sit. We buy recliners for our homes, ergonomic chairs for the office and camp chairs for our kids' soccer games. Sitting feels good. The trouble arises when we sit too much. Humans evolved on the go. We aren't designed to sit eight, 10, 12 hours during the day. In fact, we evolved to be active during the day and rest at night, and many of our biological mechanisms are designed to support that lifestyle. So when we live contrary to our body's normal modes, there can be consequences. A number of recent studies have outlined these consequences in a big way. A study in England showed that office workers who sat more than five hours a day had higher body mass indexes (BMIs) and felt a loss of mental well-being. Even more alarming, a massive study of 220,000 people in Australia found that people who sat more than 11 hours a day had a 40 percent greater chance of dying in the following three years, compared to those who sat for under four hours a day.

Cool Off Naturally – Rodale

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), summer relates to the fire element—and on a physical level, TCM emphasizes the health of your heart and circulatory system during this season. As daylight increases, your energy and activity will naturally expand, reaching farther away from your core and calling on strong circulation to keep up with the increased demands. And as temperatures rise, healthy circulation and its anti-inflammatory effects become even more important.