Dr. Gabor Maté: “When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection”
Dr. Gabor Maté: “When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection”.
The secret of sattvic people is that they have naturally healthy desires. Unhealthy desires can arise in anyone because of mental ama. You will remember that “mental ama” is the term used for impurities, or negative tendencies in the mind. Sattva is the force of purity that combats them. The Ayurvedic sages say that mental ama is produced by:
-Negative emotions-anger, fear, self-criticism, greed, resentment
-Psychological stress-family problems, tensions at work, loss of money or job, divorce, death in the family
-Lethargy, mental inertia
-Contact with other people’s negativity
-Violent, crude or shocking books or other forms of entertainment
The debate over whether it is morally right to show violence on television misses the essential point, according to Ayurveda. The issue is one of health. The sight of violence gets translated into unhealthy chemicals in the body, leading to the buildup of ama in our thoughts as well as in our cells. Everyone has a right to expose himself to any kind of influence he wants, but the physician’s role is to warn against those influences that damage our well-being. Avoiding mental ama is therefore considered a preventive measure against the imbalances that lead ultimately to disease.
-Depak Chopra, M.D. Perfect Health
I got the chance to give two more massages today at Pilates Metro. The sessions were great, and the studio is, too. It’s always nice to walk in there, feel the positive energy of the place, and see the talented and committed instructors working with their students. Allison and Fozzie run a tight ship, and they’ve created the ideal mix of a professional environment with a friendly neighborhood feel. Just saying.
“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created them.”
Published: September 20, 2010
Does a good massage do more than just relax your muscles? To find out, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recruited 53 healthy adults and randomly assigned 29 of them to a 45-minute session of deep-tissue Swedish massage and the other 24 to a session of light massage.
All of the subjects were fitted with intravenous catheters so blood samples could be taken immediately before the massage and up to an hour afterward.
To their surprise, the researchers, sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health, found that a single session of massage caused biological changes.
Volunteers who received Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol in blood and saliva, and in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. They also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system.
Volunteers who had the light massage experienced greater increases in oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment, than the Swedish massage group, and bigger decreases in adrenal corticotropin hormone, which stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol.
The study was published online in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
The lead author, Dr. Mark Hyman Rapaport, chairman of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai, said the findings were “very, very intriguing and very, very exciting — and I’m a skeptic.”
Thanks to Jen Macdonald, who originally posted this.
“Single payer is a publicly financed health insurance system that provides full coverage, for all, for less.”
California OneCareShould we continue the fight for Single Payer health care?
Many have asked: “Since President Obama signed the bill for health insurance reform, is it still necessary to pursue single payer health care in California?”
The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
Why? Because Single Payer (California OneCare) is the inevitable solution to the health care crisis!
While passage of federal health insurance reform was a monumental political achievement, the political fight was brutal, protracted and, in the end, worth the effort. It’s a first step that provides key benefits to millions. Yet, much more must be accomplished with considerable effort.
We believe that simply “tinkering” with the federal law will not work. Rather, we believe enacting single payer legislation in California as soon as possible is essential to achieving true health care reform in the nation.
Here’s why we must pass single-payer Senate Bill 810:
California OneCare. Full Care, For All, For Less.
I realize now that my job is as a facilitator to the patient’s own healing process. This realization is a long way from my beginnings in medicine when I thought I could “cure” people. I ‘cured” all kinds of heart attacks, strokes, and acute injuries. I really thought it was me who was doing it. I felt guilty; a failure, when one of my patients didn’t get well.
Today I know that I was immature and on an “ego trip” during those early days. Today I know that the patient does the healing and that I am privileged to witness and perhaps participate in his or her healing process. Today I know that I am the student and the patient is my teacher.
John Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., Your Inner Physician and You