Thursday, 9 April 2015
Meditation as medicine; Alzheimer's care innovations
From The Arizona Daily Star
By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Q: I know that meditation makes people feel better, happier and calmer, but is there a scientific explanation of why it works? — Keith G., Carbondale, Illinois
A: Meditation has been practiced in one form or another for as long as recorded history. But it wasn't until the 20th century that Western societies embraced it and began studying its physical effects. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 10 percent of you meditate at least occasionally (that's more than 30 million "Oms" in North America alone).
We're great advocates of mindfulness meditation (we both do it daily) and find that it reduces the stress response, refreshes the body and makes it easier to sort out tasks and thoughts. (For instructions on how to start meditating, visit sharecare.com.) And we're glad that recent studies have shown that meditation can help women overcome fertility problems; lower blood pressure; relieve anxiety and depression; and ease pain and increase mobility in folks with arthritis. As we gain more understanding of the effects of meditation, we may find there are even more and more applications.
Now we are starting to understand the science behind meditation... more