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27 Nov

dowling amie3This brilliant piece of choreography and staging, was created and executed by a friend's daughter, the award winning dancer Amie Dowling, Chair of Performing Arts at USF and Artist in Residence at San Quentin, who created this piece with ex-prisoners, and staged and shot it inside an empty, rusty, peeling Alcatraz.

People ask, how did she get these tough guys to do this? How hard was it to train and direct them? Evidently not hard at all. What a dramatic video statement about the wasted talent, discipline and drive inside prison walls, eh?

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26 Nov

This Chinese study explores the impacts and efficacy of acupuncture and motor imagery on fine movement of an upper extremity for stroke patients in the flaccid paralysis stage of recovery.

Sixty-two cases of flaccid, upper extremity paralysis were randomized into an observation group (30 cases) and a control group (32 cases).

The control group was treated with conventional western medication plus passive movement of the extremity. Additionally, penetrating acupuncture was applied. The needles were retained for 30 min.

25 Nov
by in News

I simply cannot believe it's been a year since I wrote and wished all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I wrote on gratitude, loving-kindess meditation, and more - and dedicated it to my incredible parents. You can still read it here if you like.

Since then, like so many of you, I've experienced some great joys and some very profound losses. Twenty days after writing that post, I lost my mom. Thanksgiving, and all other holidays, will never be quite the same. This year, I realize that I'm grateful for all she taught me. And not just how to prepare her time-honored stuffing, or set a super formal table. She taught me all the important things about this life. And I bet every one of you can relate. There are people along the way, from whom you learn the most remarkable things. This year, everything I do reminds me that I learned how to do them from her.

24 Nov

Belleruth got this question from an oncologist after a guided imagery presentation to the Integrative Medicine Fellows at the University of Arizona in Tucson. It was about general psychological advice for cancer patients undergoing treatment.

Hi, Belleruth,

I just attended your talk - I was very moved and impressed. I am a medical oncologist. Do you have advice for my patients actively undergoing chemotherapy ?

Thank you very much for your insight and input.


23 Nov

Hello again.

I want to call your attention to this week's question from an oncologist asking for psychologically-oriented advice on what to tell patients undergoing treatment for cancer.

He was more interested in tips for the emotional and social challenges than general integrative medicine advice, because he's a Fellow at the Center of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, and already has plenty of training in that particular wheelhouse. Check it out, if you have the time and interest.

20 Nov

Hundreds of primary school children in Berkshire have had meditation classes introduced to them as part of their school day routines. As Nikki Mitchell reports, the 'mindfulness' teaching aims to help them manage their own behavior and anxieties, and improve their concentration.

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19 Nov

Researchers from National University of Singapore conducted a randomized, four-arm design study with 100 veterans suffering from chronic lower back pain. The goal was to test the efficacy of hypnosis for alleviating lower back pain, as well as learn about the minimum dose required to produce meaningful benefits.

Additionally, the role of home practice was assessed as well as how well improvements were sustained beyond 3 months.

18 Nov

The theme for National Family Caregivers Month is Respite: Care for Caregivers. It's a universal theme. Each of us has been a caregiver, needed a caregiver or loved someone who was a caregiver at some time in our lives.

When I think of family caregivers, what pops to mind is what I call the oxygen mask speech. Before taking off for a flight on a commercial airplane, passengers are given instructions by a flight attendant who tells them that if the air pressure in the cabin changes for any reason, an oxygen mask will be released to each person.

Passengers who are flying with small children or people who would need assistance in putting on the masks are told that it's important for them to put on their own masks before assisting the other person.

17 Nov

This question raises some important issues about the importance of insight in changing patterns, symptoms and behavior.


Hi BellRuth (sic), I believe my insomnia comes from deep rooted fears, so I believe I would have to have a cd that addresses fears/ or lack of. Which CD do you suggest?1 I do not fear leaving the house.


16 Nov

I recently had to consult the stats on our best-selling guided imagery audios for another retailer. I was really surprised at how much people's preferences had shifted around – from even a few years ago, back when Weight Loss was king!

So, forgive me for sounding like Casey Kasem the American Top 40 Countdown of golden oldies on the radio, but this is kind of fun. See if you can guess, going from Number 10 down to the Number One Top Hit on the HJ charts.

13 Nov

I'm a Minnesota clinical psychologist with specialized training in treating complex trauma (EMDR, TFT and Somatic Experiencing). Most of my clients are adults who were abused or neglected as children. I recently began getting referrals from a battered women's shelter.

It's been challenging on many levels, not the least of which is worry over my clients' physical safety. I'm a big guy, and nothing would please me more than to clock the psychopaths who stalk and terrify my clients, but providing full-time protection services is not my job description.

12 Nov

Researchers from Walden University in Minneapolis conducted a randomized, controlled study to assess the impact of a yoga intervention on the psychological health of older adults.

Subjects were 98 older adults, ages 65 to 92, randomly assigned to 6 weeks of either chair yoga, chair exercise or a control group condition. They were assessed pre-and post-intervention, and at one month follow-up on their anger, anxiety, depression, morale and self-efficacy.