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Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing

Daniel A Ostrovsky, Alan Ehrlich
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October 24, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Michael C Aquilino
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October 24, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Mariana S Markell, Sima Terebelo
BACKGROUND: Complementary Medicine (CAM) is often used by patients with chronic illness and may not be disclosed to health care providers without prompting. In other populations, patients who use CAM were more likely to alter medications without discussing it with their provider. This study examined the relationship between self-reported use of CAM, attitudes toward care, and adherence to medical therapy in a population of inner-City kidney transplant recipients. METHODS: Cross-sectional observational analysis in a random convenience sample from the outpatient transplant clinic...
September 12, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Makan Pourmasoumi, Reza Ghiasvand, Leila Darvishi, Amir Hadi, Nimah Bahreini, Ziyaaddin Keshavarzpour
BACKGROUND: Irritable bowel syndrome with predominant constipation (IBS-C) is a common digestive disorder. The current therapy is inadequate and evidence regarding the effect of herbal therapies on the relief of affected individuals is insufficient. The aim of this study was to investigate the beneficial effects of flixweed and fig consumption on IBS-C symptoms. METHODS: 150 patients with IBS-C were enrolled in this randomized, controlled trial. All patients were randomly assigned to three groups and received an intervention for four months...
September 11, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Susan L Prescott, Alan C Logan
The term planetary health - denoting the interconnections between the health of person and place at all scales - emerged from the environmental and holistic health movements of the 1970-80s; in 1980, Friends of the Earth expanded the World Health Organization definition of health, stating: "health is a state of complete physical, mental, social and ecological well-being and not merely the absence of disease - personal health involves planetary health". By the 1990s, the concept of planetary health was part of the fabric of integrative medicine; more recently, after the 2015 Lancet Commission on Planetary Health report, the concept has penetrated mainstream academic and medical discourse...
September 11, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Marco Aurélio Vinhosa Bastos, Paulo Roberto Haidamus de Oliveira Bastos, Maria Lucília Dos Santos, Décio Iandoli, Renata Boschi Portella, Giancarlo Lucchetti
CONTEXT: Mediumship is the alleged ability to communicate with deceased personalities. Previous studies have suggested that the endogenous psychotomimetic molecules bufotenine (BT) and dimethyltryptamine (DMT) may play a role in the pathogenesis of psychotic disorders. Distortion of perceptions observed during spiritual experiences could supposedly relate to these substances. OBJECTIVE: To compare the presence of BT and DMT in human urine samples between individuals with and without mediumistic experiences...
August 23, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, Susan Druker, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Christine Frisard, Sybil Crawford, Lori Pbert
BACKGROUND: Since impulsivity is associated with unhealthy behaviors in adolescents, interventions targeting impulsivity could positively affect such behaviors. Whether integrating mindfulness training (MT) into standard school-based health education could improve impulsivity is unknown. PURPOSE: To obtain preliminary estimates of effect of MT integrated in standard high school health education on impulsivity. METHODS: Two high schools in Massachusetts were randomized to school-based health education plus MT (HE-MT) or to health education plus attention control (HE-AC)...
August 22, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Stanley Krippner, David T Saunders, Angel Morgan, Alan Quan
CONTEXT: The belief that performing a nonlocal task in darkness plays a facilitating role in remote viewing and other psi-related phenomena is well established in esoteric and traditional beliefs (Grim, 1983; Hallowell, 1942; Lyon, 2012). However, the role of darkness in RV success is unclear beyond these esoteric explanations. OBJECTIVE: This study explored the differential effect of darkness/light on remote viewing ability alongside the effect of time and their potential interaction...
August 22, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Agnete E Kristoffersen, Trine Stub, Olav Knudsen-Baas, Anne Helseth Udal, Frauke Musial
INTRODUCTION: Healing is reported to be used by 16.8% of the population, however utilization may be considerably higher in selected patient groups. The aim of this study was to map the symptoms the participants reported when visiting a healer for the first time, and to evaluate the subjectively experienced benefits and risks from the healing sessions. METHOD: Data were obtained from the Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) questionnaire. One-hundred adults who, for the first time, referred themselves to a healer in southern Norway between January 2016 and January 2017 were included in the study...
August 22, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Stephanie D Clark, Brent A Bauer, Sairey Vitek, Susanne M Cutshall
BACKGROUND: Pharmaceuticals such as opioids have routinely been prescribed for pain management. However, there has been an increasing epidemic of prescription opioid abuse, causing demand for nonpharmacologic complementary and integrative therapies for pain management. OBJECTIVE: To determine if integrative medicine services provided to inpatients could help reduce pain posttreatment. In addition, this study aimed to track total services requested and performed over the fourth quarter of 2017...
August 22, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Celine-Marie Pascale, Catherine M Schaeff
OBJECTIVES: This pilot case study sought to examine the efficacy of subtle energy treatments as conducted by Buddhist healing master Segyu Rinpoche at his Juniper Integrative Clinic in Northern California. DESIGN: Over the course of a year, this study followed two patients with terminal diagnoses, their treating physicians, and Segyu Rinpoche as the patients underwent treatment at the Juniper Clinic. The patients entering the study had exhausted all known medical options...
August 21, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Kathleen M Kevany, Gene Baur, George C Wang
Growing evidence reveals food production systems and consumption practices contradict goals for environmental well-being and population health. This interdisciplinary paper reviews research for impacts from diets on non-communicable human diseases, climate change, and animal well-being. With increasing pressures to innovate and reduce economic as well as emotional costs associated with ill-health, our recommendations could positively impact policy.
August 21, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Stephan A Schwartz
This paper discusses the ancient anthropological linkage of water and wine with sacred rituals after these substances have been the focus of nonlocal perturbation. The paper reports the changes produced can be both physical, as well as a subjective aesthetic reaction arising when individuals have a sensorial interaction with such treated substances. In making this argument the paper presents and discusses research done by others, as well as the author including reporting the results of a 12 part series of experiments in which groups of seven people tasted wine from one 750 ml bottle that had been decanted into two identical 375 ml carafes...
August 20, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Kyriakoula Merakou, Konstantinos Tsoukas, Georgios Stavrinos, Eirini Amanaki, Antonia Daleziou, Ntina Kourmousi, Georgia Stamatelopoulou, Evi Spourdalaki, Anastasia Barbouni
OBJECTIVES: Assessment of the impact of Jacobson Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) on depression-anxiety-stress symptoms, sense of coherence, health-related quality of life and well-being in long-term unemployed people with anxiety disorders. DESIGN AND SETTING: An intervention study was conducted at a relevant Organization, in Athens, Greece. INTERVENTION: 50 long-term unemployed individuals suffering from anxiety disorders participated in the study...
August 20, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Roberto P Benzo, Paige M Anderson, Carrie Bronars, Mathew Clark
CONTEXT: There is strong evidence in the literature that the cultivation of mindfulness through programs such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has a profound impact on perceived stress for healthcare providers. The mechanism of the latter association is still being studied. However, it has been hypothesized that in particular, the cultivation of non-reactivity as a mindfulness skill may be particularly associated with the salutary effect of MBSR to reduce stress in health care providers even if adjusted for the benefit on quality of life gained after MBSR...
August 18, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Apar Avinash Saoji, Raghavendra B R, Kshamashree Madle, Manjunath N K
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The practice of yoga is associated with enhanced psychological wellbeing. The current study assessed the correlation between the duration of yoga practice with state mindfulness, mind-wandering and state anxiety. Also, we examined if an additional 20 min of yoga breathing with intermittent breath holding (experimental group) for 8 weeks would affect these psychological variables more than regular yoga practice (control group) alone. METHODS: One hundred sixteen subjects were randomly assigned to experimental (n = 60) and control (n = 56) groups...
August 16, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Ju Ah Lee, Sung Kyung Kim, Seung Seon Ryu, Soobin Jang, Sunju Park
INTRODUCTION: This study was performed to evaluate the clinical effect of a Korean medicine treatment for livedoid vasculopathy (LV). METHODS: Five patients with LV were selected who exhibited blood stasis due to qi stagnation () caused by external cold () or dual deficiency of qi and blood () and who had suffered from chronic episodic LV for at least 2 years. The treatment consisted of Korean herbal medicine, Haechungtang (, HC). Five cases were evaluated based on visual symptoms...
August 9, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Daniel A Ostrovsky
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August 6, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
J Santamaría-Dávila, L M Cantera-Espinosa, M Blanco-Fernández, E Cifre-Gallego
The aim of this paper is to theoretically explore the origins and possible psychotherapeutic applications of some neo-pagan, neo-shamanic, or psycho-spiritual women's movements that are currently spreading in Western countries. In spite of their great diversity, they are all encompassed within the term "ecofeminist spirituality." This article analyzes their ideological, historical, and cultural origins, placing special emphasis on their psychotherapeutic role and describing the main tools and fields of application...
August 3, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Naresh Kumar Patel, L Nivethitha, A Mooventhan
BACKGROUND: Emotion regulation is often a challenge for the college students. Yoga practice has been shown to reduce stress and improve mindfulness that is related to emotion regulation. Mastering emotions technique (MEMT) is one of the yoga-based meditation techniques that are designed to control emotions among practitioners. However, to the best of our knowledge, there is no known study reporting its scientific evidence-based effects on emotion and its related variables. Thus, this study was conducted to evaluate the effect of MEMT on emotion regulation, self-compassion, and mindfulness in college students...
August 2, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
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