Meditation Amps The Gray Cells, Study Shows

Research shows meditation helps "ze little gray cells," as Hercule Poirot used to say.

 

A new study suggests that meditation does indeed boost brain activity in a positive way:

Following up on previous research showing that people who have practiced meditation for a long time have more gray matter in their brains, a small new study finds that their brains also shrink less as they age and they have stronger connections in the brain itself.

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This means that brain cells may better relay electrical signals, researchers said.

"Our results suggest that long-term meditators have white-matter fibers that are either more numerous, more dense or more insulated throughout the brain," study co-author Eileen Luders, a visiting assistant professor at the University of California Los Angeles Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, said in a university news release.

"We also found that the normal age-related decline of white-matter tissue is considerably reduced in active meditation practitioners," she added....

"Meditation . . . might not only cause changes in brain anatomy by inducing growth, but also by preventing reduction," Luders said. "That is, if practiced regularly and over years, meditation may slow down aging-related brain atrophy, perhaps by positively affecting the immune system."

The study findings were released online in advance of publication in the Aug. 15 print edition of the journal NeuroImage.  This research adds to the body of information about effects of meditation on brain activity, mood, and well-being.

A new DVD is out for self-healing:

DreamHealer’s new “Heal Yourself” DVD is intended to guide individuals in creating their wellness by teaching them how to harness their thoughts and intentions through visualizations. They can activate their innate healing abilities for optimal health and improve their day-to-day living. It is transformational when learning to tap into the body’s amazing self-healing mechanisms to achieve self-empowerment.

Complete with 11 new dynamic visualizations “Heal Yourself” complements, though doesn't repeat, the 14 general visualizations presented in Adam’s first DVD, “Visualizations for Self-Empowerment”.

"Heal Yourself" also features Adam presenting material about healing and self-improvement - such as the fat-burner and mental-acuity visualizations for self improvement.
An interview with Dr.Bruce Lipton, Dr. Edgar Mitchell and Adam is also included.

A closing meditation with amazing music by Galalisa Star is led by Adam.

The human ability to heal cannot be overestimated. Over the years the DreamHealer collection of healing tools have been a conduit for hundreds of “miraculous” healings and personal transformations.

The new DreamHealer DVD “Heal Yourself” as well as all the previous DreamHealer products are intended for individuals as well as health care practitioners. All of these healing tools should be an integral part of an individual’s healing program.

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DreamHealer- Adam McLeod: B.Sc.(Hon 1st) Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, First Nations Healer, speaker & international best selling author (books in 21 languages in 35 countries);winner of Qigong young visionary award; Golden Key Award; nominated for Dr. Rogers prize for excellence in Complementary and Alternative medicine. Currently in 3rd year medical school.

Two acupuncturists have been working on FDA-approved trials for botanical medicine:

When Mary Tagliaferri, MD, L.Ac. and Isaac Cohen, OMD, L.Ac. co-founded the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at the University of California, San Francisco's Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center and opened the first traditional Chinese medicine clinic at UCSF, their plan was straight forward: employ state of the art technology to rigorously identify and test the active ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine herbs and botanicals.

Little did they know that 15 years later they would be working with the FDA to test oral botanical drugs for major medical indications.

Tagliaferri and Cohen's plans shifted because their lead candidates, all derived from TCM, worked even better than they anticipated to treat breast cancer and menopausal hot flashes.

Ban Zhi Lian, long used in TCM to treat breast cancer, was discovered to have selectively cytotoxic effects on human cells, mice, and finally, women with advanced breast cancer. In trials using the herb, the evidence of tumor shrinkage and extended life spans merited advanced clinical trials, especially, as it worked without the life threatening toxicity which is inherent to available conventional treatments for advanced breast cancer.

Many acupuncturists are developing herbal formulas, not only for research, but also for commercial success a dietary supplements.  It is important to have good legal counsel to understand the FDA laws regarding medical claims, structure-function claims, dietary supplement labeling, and other food and drug law issues.

At Temple University, a medicinal garden is used as a teaching tool to explain the power of botanical medicine:

At a recent community open house event for the Health Sciences Campus' new medicinal garden, third-year pharmacy student Jordann Jordan explains how a plant can help heal the body. Children from Mt. Zion Baptist Church, the Helping Energize and Rebuild Ourselves (H.E.R.O) Community Center and a local day care center attended and learned how plants grow.

For more than 4,000 years, humans have identified and used the medicinal properties in plants to heal a variety of health issues, from headaches to foot pain. Even today, looking in your own medicine cabinet can be like looking in your garden — some of the most common pharmaceuticals have their origins in plant life.

Students at Temple's Health Sciences Center are learning about that first hand by rolling up their sleeves and working in the new Temple University Health Sciences Medicinal Garden, located at the corner of Broad and Venango streets.

Planted in the shadow of the Medical Education and Research Building, the parenthesis-shaped garden features several plants with medicinal purposes, which project coordinator Leda Ramoz hopes will teach future health practitioners about the natural origins of medicine.

"If we know the origins of the therapies we'll be giving our patients, it can help us be better health care providers," said Ramoz, a second-year pharmacy student. "Many people don't realize there is the danger for drug to drug interaction, even when taking an all-natural or herbal supplement. It can help us provide better information."

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