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The Alzheimer’s Research & Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion: Kir­tan Kriya med­i­ta­tion

Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, pre­sent­ing research and prac­tice around self-guided Kir­tan Kriya med­i­ta­tion.

This session took place at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit:

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The Alzheimer’s Research & Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion: Kir­tan Kriya med­i­ta­tion

  1. 1. Kirtan Kriya: A New Dimension in Alzheimer’s Prevention Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. President/Medical Director Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation
  2. 2. Maintain a sharp brain with age Boomers’ #1 Fear Getting Alzheimer’s Boomers’ #1 Goal
  3. 3. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2012 Contact: HHS Press Office (202) 690-6343 News Release Obama administration presents national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease (NAPA) HHS Secretary Sebelius outlines research funding, tools for health care providers, awareness campaign and new website Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released an ambitious national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The plan was called for in the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), which President Obama signed into law in January 2011. The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease sets forth five goals, including the development of effective prevention and treatment approaches for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by 2025.
  4. 4. What’s Missing?
  5. 5. Why KK Meditation should be Part of the Conversation 1. Stress makes it harder to remember things 2. Stress leads to anxiety, depression, and insomnia 3. Meditation lowers stress and improves brain function and memory 4. Meditation reduces anxiety and depression, both risk factors for Alzheimer’s 5. Most studied meditation techniques include: a. The Relaxation Response – 20 min/ twice a day b. TM – 20 min/twice a day c. Mindfulness – 47 min average d. Kirtan Kriya (KK) – 12 min
  6. 6. The Benefits of KK in 12 Min/Day 1. Can be easily learned and practiced at home with a CD. 2.Strengthens the brain, like going to the gym strengthens the body. 3.Improves attention, concentration, and focus. 4.Better memory scores 5.Better mood, less depression and anxiety. 6.More mental and physical energy.
  7. 7. SAA TAA NAA MAA Kirtan Kriya
  8. 8. 1. Neuroplasticity 2. Neurogenesis 3. Synaptic Rejuvenation Impact of KK 4.  CBF
  9. 9. Before After Kirtan Kriya Khalsa, D. Newberg, A: Nuclear Medicine Communications, Sept. 2009
  10. 10. Posterior Cingulate Gyrus Up Preventing Alzheimer’s in 12 Minutes a Day? Khalsa, D.S., Newberg, A. Jl of Nuclear Med Communication 2009
  11. 11. Pre-Program Baseline Post-Program Baseline Ant Cingulate Ant Cingulate PFC PFC Changes in the Anterior Cingulate Gyrus
  12. 12. Mind/Body Exercise and GCBF Before After
  13. 13. Cognition-MMSE
  14. 14. KK Increases Telomerase by 43% 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 Base Week 8 Meditation Relaxation
  15. 15. Proven Benefits of 12 Minutes of KK • Activation of Significant Brain Areas That Improve • Mood, Memory, Well-Being, Quality of Life • Activation of posterior cingulate gyrus, the first area to decrease with Alzheimer’s. • Multiple Long-Term Anti-Aging Brain Benefits including a bigger cerebral cortex. • Reversal of Memory Loss • Enhance Genetic Expression • Less Anxiety and Depression • Decrease Stress • Improved Health Outcomes such as less inflammatory markers
  16. 16. 1. UWVA- KK & MCI 2. UCLA- KK & MCI 3. FINGER Study Ongoing ARPF Research 4. UofAz- KK + virtual balance training vs bt, associated with cog dysfunction
  17. 17. And In The End… Spirit and Wisdom
  18. 18. TAKE KIRTAN KRIYA HOME 1.Self-led 12-minute KK meditation now possible 2. Anyone can practice it 3.Best time to do it is first thing in the morning 4.CDs and downloads available for a $12 donation 5.CD includes simple instructions 6. It’s easy, enjoy!
  19. 19. SAA TAA NAA MAA Kirtan Kriya
  20. 20. 23 Q&A 10 minutes (Included in session recording)
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