Unit 5 Project Johanna Bennett April 2, 2011 HW420-2
Introduction Even though we might think going to the doctor when something hurts will ‘fix’ it, there are several other ways to treat your body. Even though we are brought up with the Western outlook upon medicine, the Eastern influences finally bring us to a more holistic view of medicine. Healing the body-mind-spirit all together is the aim of integral healing. Human flourishing encompasses alleviation of needless suffering and a broader sense of health is achieved (Dacher, 2006, p. 13).
Research Article #1 1988, the cardiologist Randolph Byrd randomized 393 patients. In a double blind study one group received intercessory prayer the other one not. The prayed for patients did better:
Byrd not only showed the power of prayer, but also that prayer can be studied like any other drug (Dossey, 1997)
Research Article #2 Shirley Brown and Dean Ornish developed a lifestyle program including diet, stress management, and other lifestyle changes and started a study in 1983 to possibly reverse heart disease. 48 heart patients, one group receiving the lifestyle program, showing, after 3 ½ weeks an improvement in pumping blood. In another study in 1990, they proved that patients with this program can decrease their blood cholesterol level by almost 40%; 91% less chest pain. They could prove a reversal of the build-up of coronary artery blockages (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005).
Research Article #3 Candace B. Pert and colleagues worked in the 1980s on a psychosomatic network, neuropeptides present in the brain and responsible for emotions, which carry information across systems traditionally associated with the mind (i.e. the brain and autonomic nervous system) to those traditionally associated with the body (i.e. the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, and immune system). Neuropeptides are also present in tissues throughout the body – thus creating a bridge between mind and body and proving that our state of disease or health are inextricable from emotional experience (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005, p. 62-63). The term ‘you make me sick’ therefore could be a true statement.
Taekwondo is a wonderful mixture of Eastern philosophy and physical exercise. The focus is on clear and precise movements and to discipline one’s mind. Taekwondo can not only improve physical health but mental health a well through discipline and focus on self set goals. Self-confidence is another welcome side effect . Even the self-defense aspect of it lives mainly from self-confidence, gained through power and speed in your bodily and mental movements.
(K. Hicks, personal communication, September 2010)
Imagine a window at the bottom of your spine – red light emanates from it – this is how I stand in the world – 5 breaths for every following chakra
Imagine a window with an orange light 2 inches below your navel – this is my creativity and my sexuality
Imagine a window with yellow light emanating from your solar plexus – this is how I love
Imagine a window with green light emanating from your heart region – this is how I am loved
(K. Hicks, personal communication, September 2010 )
Imagine a window with light blue light emanating from your throat – this is the way I communicate
Imagine a window with indigo light emanating from your third eye – this is how I connect to others
Imagine a window with violet or white light emanating from your head towards the sky – this is how I connect to the universe
After your 5 breaths slowly open your eyes and start moving your fingers
Summary What does illness mean? It is a conglomerate of aspects that have to be addressed – the mind-body-spirit paradigm. When we take care of our mind we can take better care of our body; when we take care of our spirit we can take better care of our mind and body – all is interconnected. When our body is sick we have to address our mind and spirit as well, to become whole and healthy.
References Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: A path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T. , & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine. St. Louis, MI: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. Taekwondo: Benefits. (n.d.). Retrieved April 3, 2011, from http://www.ataonline.com/taekwondo/benefits.asp