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November 3, 2003

03 Nov
A major article just came out in the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice that reviews the efficacy of mind-body interventions - relaxation, cognitive-behavioral therapies, meditation, imagery, biofeedback and hypnosis…
Hello from Falmouth! We’ve just ended our weekend workshop with 400 enthusiastic New Englanders, and it was a wonderful experience. Our next workshop is in Denver on Nov 22-23, and then Santa Fe for Dec 6-7. For more information, click on http://www.conferenceworks.com/speaker_bnapa.cfm or call 888.517.7089.

A major article just came out in the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice that reviews the efficacy of mind-body interventions, including relaxation, cognitive-behavioral therapies, meditation, imagery, biofeedback and hypnosis for several clinical conditions - coronary artery disease, headaches, insomnia, incontinence, chronic low back pain, cancer and surgery.

Entitled Mind Body Medicine: State of the Science, Implications for Practice, it’s by John Astin, Shauna Shapiro, David Eisenberg and Kelly Forys. It concludes that there is now considerable evidence that an array of mind-body therapies can be used as effective adjuncts to conventional medical treatment for a good number of conditions. It’s loaded with studies and citations, and good analysis (even though it doesn’t give guided imagery its due), and you can find it at http://www.jabfp.org/cgi/content/full/16/2/131.

Do check out our Clinician’s Corner, where we’ve just posted a new Practitioner We Love - Esther Johnson, a San Jose, California nurse who is making some exciting inroads with guided imagery in her community; and a new Hot Program called Grand Ideas from Within - a guided imagery initiative in a Francisville, Louisiana, middle school, created by social workers Janice McDermott, M.Ed, LCSW and Joan Stewart LCSW. It’s great to see the sprouting of more and more of these fine initiatives, and we’re proud to post them.

Take care and be well,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award