Multitasking Fail

by Michael W. Taft You’re working on a paper, and the kids need dinner. Music is playing in one room, and the tv is on in the other. You don’t want to miss tonight’s episode of Futurama, so you peek at that while you type in your notes, getting up every once in a while to stir the pasta. Maybe …

Meditation to Support Cancer Treatment

How Meditation Can Support Cancer Treatment by Joseph Nowinski My two previous blogs in this series have focused on several different treatments that are used as adjuncts or complements to contemporary medical treatments for cancer (chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy). While some people advocate for these treatments as alternatives to such medical treatment for cancer, to this point I have …

Meditation Benefits Explained

MIT and Harvard neuroscientists explain why the practice helps tune out distractions and relieve pain. Studies have shown that meditating regularly can help relieve symptoms in people who suffer from chronic pain, but the neural mechanisms underlying the relief were unclear. Now, MIT and Harvard researchers have found a possible explanation for this phenomenon. In a study published online April …

Zen Meditation Helps Lawyers De-stress

by Amanda Enayati “Does scratching my eyes out count as a stress reliever?” asks Pamela, an attorney with whom I am discussing ways in which lawyers attempt to alleviate anxiety. “Well, no,” I say. “It’s quite the opposite, really.” “That’s all I know,” shrugs Pamela, done with the topic. “And don’t use my last name cause of, you know, the …

Meditation Helps Women with IBS

Article by Deborah Ross This Article Improved My Health Changed My Life Saved My Life Relax and let yourself focus on this for just a moment: mindful meditation might ease the pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It’s no surprise that for a long time medical practitioners and others have suggested meditation for IBS — particularly because of the …

Meditation, Yoga Prescribed More by Doctors

Mind-body therapies such as yoga, meditation and deep-breathing exercises appear to be gaining more acceptance in mainstream medicine, according to a new study. Mind-body therapy is used by more than one-third of Americans, and that number is rising, the researchers noted. They found that one in 30 Americans using some type of mind-body therapy was referred to the treatment by …