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New Ketamine, TMS and Integrative Medicine Clinic Announces Rapid Expansion Within 4 Months of Opening – Business Wire

Posted: August 18, 2021 at 2:15 am

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Advanced Brain + Body Clinic (AB+BC) is a new interventional psychiatric clinic offering ketamine and esketamine (Spravato) therapy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and integrative medicine. After opening just four months ago in Minnetonka, MN, Advanced Brain + Body Clinic is already set to double in size, expanding to a second office this month to accommodate the high demand for holistic psychiatric care and hard to find treatment options.

Ketamine, Spravato and TMS offer unique mechanisms of action to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD and suicidal thoughts, said Dr. Brian Johns, Co-Owner of AB+BC. These cutting-edge therapeutics are very well tolerated and highly effective. They should be available to everyone in need, especially considering the worsening mental health crisis of isolation and anxiety during the ongoing pandemic.

Dr. Johns attributes the high demand for AB+BCs services to the clinics commitment to work with most insurance providers. While many other clinics charge patients directly for their ketamine, esketamine, and TMS treatments, AB+BCs goal is to make mental healthcare affordable and available to all.

Ketamine is just one of the many tools that AB+BC uses to help patients suffering with treatment resistant depression (TRD), PTSD and anxiety. Studies show that at least 30% of people with depression have TRD, which is defined by failing two antidepressant medications at adequate dosage and duration. And, once a patient has tried a fourth antidepressant without relief, they only have a 5% chance of success on their 5th antidepressant. Luckily, with the help of TRD specialists, patients have new options with much higher success rate:

Having struggled trying medication after medication, its no surprise that many patients with TRD, PTSD and anxiety are ready to try something new, said Dr. BethAnn Frazier. This is where AB+BC can help. Not only do we offer these innovative treatment methods, but our team of mental health professionals takes a holistic approach to health and wellness, and offers psychiatric medication management.

Dr. Johns and Dr. Frazier use genetic testing and laboratory blood analysis to tailor each patients treatment regimen to maximize overall brain and body health. By understanding a patients hormones, inflammation markers, minerals and more, the team at AB+BC can optimize each patients response to their treatment.

Advanced Brain + Body Clinic opened its second office yesterday at Ridgedale Office Center, 13911 Ridgedale Dr., Ste. 110, Minnetonka, MN. Virtual and in-office appointments can be scheduled today by calling 612-682-4912 or emailing office@advancedbrainbody.com.

Learn more: https://advancedbrainbody.com/

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Cannformatics and Cannabotech Announce the First Clinical Study Using Cannabis-Responsive Biomarkers to Evaluate the Impact of "MycoCann…

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"We are honored that Cannabotech chose Cannformatics to scientifically evaluate the impact of 'MycoCann NeuroPain'". Pharmacometabolomic data in combination with study participant pain assessments are unique in their ability to provide insights into a product's physiological mechanism of action and ability to manage chronic pain," said Cannformatics CEO and Cofounder, Dr. Itzhak Kurek. "This is an exciting opportunity to support Cannabotech in bringing new hope to patients suffering with chronic neuropathic pain and deepen our understanding of pain related Cannabis-Responsive biomarkers."

The study will be conducted under the supervision of an FDA regulated Institutional Review Board (IRB) in conjunction with Cannformatics' Advisory Board members Donald Abrams, M.D. and Bonni Goldstein, M.D. Subject to receiving IRB approval, Cannformatics will begin recruiting participants for the study. People interested in participating in the study may sign up for study updates at http://www.cannformatics.com.

Elchanan Shaked, CEO and Chairman of Cannabotech said, "For the past two-years Cannabotech has built a rigorous scientific pipeline for the development of cannabis- and mushroom-based products. The unique formulation that will be tested combines an exact composition of 13 cannabinoids and terpenes with mushroom extracts for the purpose of reducing chronic neuropathic pain without THC-related psychoactive effects. Cannformatics' technology will provide novel insights obtained in a real-world setting, adding an important layer to the high-quality scientific evidence necessary to gain the support of the medical community ahead of a planned launching of 'MycoCann NeuroPain' in the second half of 2022."

About Cannformatics, Inc:

Cannformaticsis an early-stage biotechnology startup focused on the personalization of medical cannabis treatment through the identification and application of Cannabis-Responsive biomarkers found in saliva. The company's mission is to deliver recommendations for predictable and repeatable science-based medical cannabis treatment to improve health and quality of life. The company is currently pursuing identifying Cannabis-Responsive biomarkers related to autism spectrum disorder in children. Follow us on Twitter @cannformatics. Cannformatics is headquartered inSan Francisco, CA.

About Cannabotech, Inc:

Cannabotechis an Israeli biomedical company developing botanical solutions for preventive and integrative medicine. These solutions are based on combinations of active ingredients from the cannabis plant and medicinal mushrooms focusing on two main systems in the human body: the endocannabinoid (ECS) system and the immune system. The Company's goal is to develop products that can be integrated into existing oncology treatment protocols. Cannabotech is developing a series of eight formulas designed to help patients suffering from five cancer types (Pancreatic, Colorectal, Breast, Lung & Prostate), and minimize chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CINP) and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV).

Cannabotech is headquartered inHerzliya, Israel. Follow us on Facebook @cannabotech.

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Kylie Jenner Adds Fulvic Acid to Her Water Should You? – Everyday Health

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Last week, Kylie Jenner gave her 34 million-plus TikTok followers a peek into her daily diet. In the brief video clip, the billionaire entrepreneur and reality star reveals that she takes her coconut water straight out of the shell, eats the same healthy-looking Chinese chicken salad that her older sister, Kim Kardashian, feasts on daily and the tiniest portion of pasta imaginable, and drinks lemon water enhanced with a few droplets of a mysterious black potion.

If youre curious what the 24-year-old beauty mogul is adding to her H2O, blk.water confirmed on Instagram that its one of their most popular products, blk.Drops Concentrated Fulvic Charged, a liquid supplement consisting of fulvic and humic ionic trace minerals, aka soil. The drops retail for $24.99 for a 2-ounce bottle.

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Fulvic acid (FvA) is formed when microbes in the soil break down old plant material, says Robin Foroutan, RDN, an integrative medicine dietitian in Queens, New York, and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Its high in plant-derived minerals, carbon molecules, and antioxidants, says Foroutan. It is often offered in combination with humic acids, such as the drops used by Jenner, as it works as a binder, she explains.

Jackie Newgent, RDN, a plant-forward culinary nutritionist in New York City and author of The Clean & Simple Diabetes Cookbook, adds that the class of naturally occurring compounds can be created from the degradation of animals.

Fulvic acid is historically part of the ayurvedic traditional medicine system, and found in some of its plant medicines mixtures. It is also used by some functional medicine practitioners as a supplement. Many chronic diseases, like diabetes, can potentially be worsened by unhealthy, mineral-deficient diets, so healing the gut through healthy nutrition and supplements like fulvic acid may have promise, as a review published in September 2018 in the Journal of Diabetes Research notes, and may encourage further research in this area. Fulvic acid may help increase the number of good bacteria and restore gut bacteria to healthy levels, those study authors suggest.

In her functional medicine practice, Foroutan recommends fulvic acid to some of her patients, including those who are concerned with an imbalanced gut microbiome, which is the collection of bacteria in the gut, as research published in January 2016 in Current Opinions in Gastroenterology noted. Depending on the specific formulation, these compounds are believed to bind to specific toxins, like endotoxins in the gut or heavy metals in the body, to prevent their reabsorption and aid elimination. Its very gentle and safe for most, Foroutan says.

The brand that Jenner uses claims their fulvic and humic acid drops are effective in replenishing any lost minerals for stamina and strength, and supporting muscles and skin at the cellular level, though there is no specific scientific evidence to support those claims.

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So far, studies on the ingredient including those in the aforementioned Journal of Diabetes Research review have limited and mixed results. In particular, Gary Soffer, MD, an integrative medicine physician at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, points out that almost all studies on fulvic acid have been performed in laboratory settings and not in people.

The review cites research that found fulvic acid may help fend off ulcers by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, but, Newgent says, theres not enough research yet to state that convincingly.

Inflammation is the bodys natural defense system against illness and infection, according to Harvard Medical School. Acute inflammation, such as a swollen cut on your finger, but chronic inflammation can create health problems. Previous research has shown inflammation is directly related to conditions such as asthma, allergies, and eczema, along with many other disorders that are characterized by overactive immune cells.

Meanwhile, oxidative damage, or oxidative stress, refers to an imbalance of antioxidants and free radicals in the body, according to past research. Oxidative stress is associated with chronic health conditions, too.

The aforementioned Journal of Diabetes Research review suggests fulvic acid may support immunity by decreasing proinflammatory markers. Therefore, fulvic acid may be effective in treating health issues associated with inflammation, in addition to diabetes, those researchers have hypothesized.

What is currently known is that in lab studies, but not in people, fulvic acid may both suppress and activate different parts of the immune system by acting on both the immune cells and the chemical signals that cells send to each other, explains Dr. Soffer.

Yet both Newgent and Soffer note that fulvic acid may also have the opposite effect. Since our immune system can work for us, as in the case of infections, or against us, as in the case of autoimmune diseases, it is unclear if this effect from fulvic acid is helpful or harmful to the body, Soffer explains.

Separately, anotherprevious study found that fulvic acid may interfere with tau aggregation, aka the clumping of proteins that can accelerate brain diseases, including Alzheimers. While fulvic acid has been shown to interfere with the aggregation of tau protein, an important player in the development of Alzheimer's disease, this has only been demonstrated in lab settings, explains Soffer. Its also unknown if fulvic acid can cross the very tight barrier between the brain and the blood to alter the trajectory of this disease. What is also unknown is the amount of fulvic acid that would be required to have any meaningful impact, he adds.

Last, a study published in February 2017 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology found that combining probiotics and fulvic acid in capsule form did not show any benefit to those with functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Overall, more rigorous studies on the effects of fulvic acid in humans are needed.

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There arent any major known side effects to using fulvic acid, but there also is a lack of research on them. Simply put, scientists dont know if these supplements are risky.

For instance, due to contradictory findings in terms of inflammation, fulvic acid may not be as beneficial for the immune system or reduction of allergy symptoms as you might think, Newgent explains. There is also some research finding that FvA may increase absorption of toxins and pollutants due to the fact that it may increase drug and nutrient absorption.

Soffer adds that fulvic acid may cause some side effects, as noted in the aforementioned research. These include diarrhea, headache, and sore throat. There are also theoretical risks for autoimmune disorders given the stimulation of B-cells, which play a role in the development of autoimmunity, he says.

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At this time, I would not suggest taking this supplement, says Soffer. There is not enough research available to show its safety or benefits.

Just because FvA is natural or a beautiful celebrity is doing it doesnt mean its safe, effective, or right for you, she says, strongly urging anyone considering fulvic acid to speak with their medical practitioner first.

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Why integrated medicine is more than just a passing craze – India Today

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In a recent interview to India Today, Delhi-based designer Rina Singh, who had suffered from Covid in mid-April, talked about how even weeks into her recovery, she was far from her pre-Covid self. Dealing with erratic sleeping patterns, digestive issues and compromised energy levels, among a host of other problems, she spoke of a need to evolve an everyday living practice that is more holistic. Like fashion, even medicine is a creative pursuit and no one-size-fits-all works in this scenario, she said.

In this lies the draw of integrative or integrated medicine. Dr R.B. Smarta, CMD-interlink and vice-president of Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association (HADSA) explains: Integrated medicine is a patient-centric approach and not related to only one particular Pathy (allopathy, homeopathy, etc) of medicines. Integrated medicinal approaches can be described as the coordinated and evidence-based way of combining conventional and less conventional medicinal practices to deliver overall care to a patient. Integrated medicine, he adds, covers conventional, complementary and alternative medicines.

There are enough medicines to take care of the symptoms, but theres no system to look at the root cause of an illness and integrative medicine addresses that, says Luke Coutinho, holistic lifestyle coach-integrative and lifestyle medicine, and founder of YouCare by Luke Coutinho. For instance, he says, there are pills to suppress a headache, but headaches keep coming back. The root cause could be anything, ranging from dehydration to constipation, lack of sleep, or emotional stress. So, asks Coutinho, can a pill help when a headache is actually caused by inadequate water intake?

An important question to ask here is, why is it that some of those who test positive for Covid are asymptomatic, while others suffer terribly? Why is it that some heal at home while others need a ventilator and oxygen support?

According to Dr Smarta, The pandemic has focussed tremendous attention on immune health and, consequently, on preventive measures through complementary and integrative approaches. Lockdown-induced lifestyle changes including lack of exercise, sleep disorders, unhealthy eating patterns and several psychological symptoms, including depression, have resulted in the need for such integrated approaches along with conventional medicines. An integrated medicinal approach includes health supplements and nutritional medicines (nutraceuticals and traditional medicines), exercise, nature therapy, botanical medicines and holistic intervention to help people strengthen their physical and mental resilience during and post infection, adds Dr Smarta.

However, it is important to remember that using an integrated approach does not mean skipping conventional practices entirely. Diseases are classified into two parts: low involvement, low risk; and high involvement, high risk. Based on the type of ailment, integrated medicine is employed in the treatment. For example, for minor ailments like mild pain and anxiety, hot flashes, etc, integrated medicines can be employed under a doctors supervision. However, for major illnesses, conventional medicine that has evolved over ages is the first line of treatment. Integrated approaches are employed at the disease prevention and the recovery (rehabilitation) stage, says Dr Smarta.

For Coutinho, its a basic set of questions you need to ask yourself. Do you expect a burnt-out body and mind to really support your immune system? Do you expect a sleep-deprived body to have sufficient energy to drive its complex immune system? Do you expect a body riddled with inflammation and lifestyle ailments to support your immunity the way you expect it to? Do you expect your lungs burdened with smoking and substance abuse to really support you in this crisis? Do you expect a stressed-out mind to have a positive impact on your physical self? Do you expect a sedentary body to be physically fit? Nutrition-performance and nutrition-fitness-meditation would be my mantra through which we can practice an integrated approach to healing and wellness in everyday life. Healthy dietary habits are the key to a disease-free body and healthy mind. Performance nutrition can be described as the extra nutrition required to boost energy levels. In order to multi-task, basic nutrition is not enough. Hence performance nutrition is necessary, says Dr Smarta.

Diet educationist, pharmacist and author Lokendra Tomar agrees: Healing takes place with internal effort; it is not carried out by medicines alone. Anti-infectives and steroids may help, but internal capacity to bolster healing comes with nutrition. Internal structure requires nutrients, metals such as zinc and selenium, vitamin C to repair and heal tissues, protein and minerals. All of these are derived from food and help the body repair and heal damage.

Coutinho sums it up: Medicines with zero focus on lifestyle are a failed approach. One prescription after another with no emphasis on lifestyle change is the reason why the world is stuck in chronic illnesses today. The focus needs to be on building a strong immune system holistically.

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What is a Holistic Practitioner? – Boothbay Register

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I have used the title Holistic Practitioner to describe my profession for over 25 years, yet most people still do not have the foggiest idea of what that means. There is not an overriding governing body that outlines what a Holistic Practitioner is or does or can or cannot do. That leaves the possibilities wide open and leads to some confusion.

It was more than 40 years ago when I first became interested in Alternative Medicine. At that time there were no degree programs or schools that offered such a pathway. I began by talking to the practitioners I was seeing at the time, and they all offered the same advice. Just get certified in something alternative and begin working with people and then build your tool kit of other modalities. I was also told that to do hands on energy work one should be a certified massage therapist or a minister.

Reiki was my obvious first choice. I had experienced its benefits and was fascinated by the amazing results. I found a Reiki Master to work with and became a Reiki Master myself over the next year. This opened the door to an unquenchable thirst for learning all I could about the mind/body/spirit connection, and I was off and running.I found a 120-hour Certification Program in Behavior Kinesiology in Nevada. I quit my corporate job, signed up and got my certification. I came home and opened my first practice. Very quickly I realized I needed/wanted to know more. I really wanted to have as many tools as possible to offer the people who were seeking my help.

My next step came wrapped in an unexpected package. I became the Executive Director at the oldest Holistic/Spiritual Center in the US, Wainwright House in Rye, NY. Over the next 7 years I was exposed to the best and brightest Holistic Gurus of our times and had the opportunity to attend as many of their programs as I could fit into my schedule. I took full advantage of this opportunity.During this time, I was invited to become a member of a team of doctors who were creating one of the first Centers for Holistic Healing under a hospital umbrella. Ultimately, I hired 14 practitioners and became the Executive Director of the Center.

Because I worked in a hospital, I was accepted into a Medical Professionals Holistic Healer training program run by Dr. James Gordon, a Harvard trained Psychiatrist, and the Author of Manifesto for a New Medicine: The Wise Use of Alternative Therapies and Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma. This program was like receiving a big Christmas package wrapped with a bow because it made sense of all I was learning and gave it legitimacy in the Medical arena.This only served to whet my appetite for more. Ultimately, I studied with medicine men and women and shaman in Peru, Guatemala, the Rain Forest in Ecuador, The Navajo Reservation and in Sedona, AZ. I became a certified Yoga instructor, non-denominational minister, Qigong Teacher and earned a 2-year degree in Drug and Alcohol counseling.

If you talk to other Holistic Practitioners, they will each have traveled a different path, and use different tools, techniques, and modalities. But they are all based in the connection between mind/body/spirit and keeping energy moving in the body. Breaking up emotional or physical energy blocks in the body is key to healing and maintaining a healthy body.Holistic Practitioners can open a private practice or work in an Alternative Treatment Center. They can teach certification programs and often develop their own methods for naturopathic healing.

Often patients seeking out Holistic Practitioners are receiving unsuccessful treatment from the traditional medical community. In todays world there are many schools that offer certifications and degree programs as a path to becoming a Holistic Practitioner. Some are very specific such as acupuncture, massage, or aromatherapy, others offer a variety of tools and methods. It is a good idea to seek our practitioners that have a variety of tools or methods to offer.

I am a big proponent of integrative medicine, combining the best of what the West and the East have to offer. I feel so strongly about the positive effects of a multi-faceted Mind/Body/Spirit approach to healing that I have developed a 10-month Holistic Healer Training Certification Program based on the wide variety of modalities that I use in my practice. This program will begin in September 2021.

From my perspective communities could use more Holistic Practitioners!

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Northern Westchester Hospital Offers Healthy Living Classes – Yonkers Times

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In August, Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) and the Center for Healthy Living offer a variety of virtual events for new and future moms including courses on child safety, and newborn care. Other free, virtual events to help people feel better, get healthier, and have more fun include chair yoga, smoking cessation, and a Wellness Wednesday on preparing for a weather emergency.Located next to the Whole Foods Market at Chappaqua Crossing, the Center for Healthy Living supports health and wellness through education, health resources, diverse programing and referrals. For a full list of upcoming free events and registration, visit Eventbrite.com. All programs are currently offered virtually.

Chair YogaMondays, August 16, 23, and 30, 11 am Noon, live over Zoom. Cost: Free Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available, adapting poses through the creative use of a chair. Emphasis will be on breathing, balance, and taking things at your own pace. This workshop is led by Toni Russo, MS, RN AHN-BC, RYT-220, a leader on NWHs Integrative Medicine Team.

Smoking CessationTuesdays, August, 17, and 24, 6 7 pm, live over Microsoft Teams Cost: Free. Cigarettes are one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States. We know its challenging to quit we are here to help. This support group is facilitated by a NWH respiratory therapist. For more information, contact NWHSmokingCessation@northwell.edu or call (914) 666-1868.

Virtual Infant/Child Safety ClassMonday, August 16, 6 8 pm, live over Microsoft Teams. Cost: $50This class for anyone living with or caring for infants will teach you how to respond to a choking baby and other safety concerns. Topics include car seat safety, poison control, and home safety. This class will be facilitated through Microsoft Teams. You must register on Eventbrite in advance.

Wellness Wednesdays How to Prepare for a Weather EmergencyWednesday, August 25, 11 11:30 am, by phone. Cost: FreeThis months Wellness Wednesday will focus on How to Prepare for a Weather Emergency with Tim Lanigan, Director of Emergency Management at Northern Westchester Hospital. Topics include best practices for workplace and household emergency preparedness, reviewing simple actions to prepare your family should disaster strike and how crisis management is continually evolving in a post Covid-19 world.

Register at the link below or simply dial 1-929-436-2866 to join the program.

When prompted, enter the Webinar ID 994 8502 3594, followed by the # sign. You will hear music until the program starts promptly at 11 am. Please know, there is a 100 person capacity to join the webinar.Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wellness-wednesdays-audio-only-program-tickets-157113684259

Virtual Newborn Care Class

Wednesday, August 25, 6 8 pm, live over Microsoft Teams Cost: $30This class for anyone living with a newborns will teach you the fundamentals of newborn care. Topics include feeding patterns, common concerns of parents, and the role of a pediatrician during your babys stay at the Hospital. Upon availability, a pediatrician will join the end of our class for a Q&A session. This class will be facilitated through Microsoft Teams. You must register on Eventbrite in advance. For more information, please call our Mother-Baby Navigator Office at 914-666-1840.

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Researchers: Prolonged Meditation Alters the Brain – Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence

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Andrew Newberg and colleagues have found that extended periods of prayer and meditationcan change the brain:

We studied one such seven-day programme in Pennsylvania based on the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius. Our research on this retreat programme, which is typically conducted in silence and consists of extended periods of prayer and meditation, showed a number of differences in participants brains after the retreat compared with before it. For one, our study looked at the effects of the retreat programme on serotonin and dopamine, two critical neurotransmitters involved in many of our emotional and cognitive processes. The results suggested that a persons brain becomes more sensitised to the effects of serotonin and dopamine, which might help us understand how retreat programmes of this nature can improve measures of wellbeing (in this case, decreased self-reported tension and fatigue). Our research also found that, after the retreat, there were changes in how different parts of the brain were functionally connected, particularly the frontal and parietal lobes.

Newberg is the author, with Daniel A. Monti, of Brain Weaver: Creating the Fabric for a Healthy Mind through Integrative Medicine (Kales Press, 2021)

Here is the Abstract of an open-access paper the researchers recently published:

Background: Many individuals participate in spiritual retreats to enhance their sense of spirituality or to improve their overall mental and spiritual well-being. We are not aware of any studies specifically evaluating changes in functional connectivity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in individuals undergoing an intense spiritual retreat program. The goal of this study was to determine whether such changes occur as a result of participating in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Methods: We conducted psychological and spiritual measures in conjunction with functional connectivity analysis of fMRI in 14 individuals prior to and following shortly after their participation in a one-week spiritual retreat. Results: Significant changes in functional connectivity were observed after the retreat program, compared to baseline evaluation, particularly in the posterior cingulate cortex, pallidum, superior frontal lobe, superior parietal lobe, superior and inferior temporal lobe, and the cerebellum. Significant changes in a variety of psychological and spiritual measures were identified as result of participation in the retreat. Conclusion: Overall, these preliminary findings suggest that this intensive spiritual retreat resulted in significant changes in brain functional connectivity, and warrants further investigation to evaluate the physiological, psychological, and spiritual impact of these changes.

Heres the Abstract of a more technical paper on the topic:

Spiritual retreats are a commonly used intensive program of meditation and prayer, along with other elements, designed to provide participants with opportunities for spiritual and psychological growth. While individual elements of such retreats have been studied, there have been no reports in the literature regarding the neurophysiological effects of these retreats. This preliminary study presents the first data we are aware of on the neurophysiological effects, particularly those related to dopamine and serotonin, in a group of participants undergoing an intensive seven-day spiritual retreat. We used DaTscan single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in 14 individuals before and closely following participation in a seven-day spiritual retreat. We observed significant decreases in dopamine transporter binding in the basal ganglia and significant decreases in serotonin transporter binding in the midbrain after the retreat program. Participating in the retreat also resulted in significant changes in a variety of psychological and spiritual measures. We also report the relationship between neurophysiological and subjective measures along with a discussion of potential methodological challenges for future studies.

You may also wish to read: Tibetan monks can change their metabolism. Far from disproving it, science has documented it.For decades, a default assumption would be that claims that meditating monks in the Buddhist tradition could greatly raise their temperature or slow their metabolism were assumed to be exaggerations that would yield to a scientific explanation. The scientific explanation turned out to be that they can do exactly that.

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Discover the 4-7-8 breathing technique that makes you fall asleep in just one minute – Sunday Vision

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the covid-19 pandemic It has led to a sharp rise in anxiety cases among the population, which in recent months has also experienced more sleep problems. There are many health professionals who have reported an increase in consultations Sleep disorders.

Every situation is different, and if the situation is serious or worrisome, we must Consult a specialist. But there are also some practices we can try to help us with Anxiety control and relaxation and make us sleep better.

One of these practices is known as . 4-7-8 . technique, also known asRelax breathing, and popularized by American physician Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

As your numbers game suggests, this technique involves inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds and Exhale for 8 seconds. This breathing pattern is intended to reduce anxiety or help people sleep. As Will explains on his website, Some advocates claim the method helps people fall asleep in a minute.

Although there is no scientific research to support this method, Weil argues, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that this type of regular deep breathing helps with relaxation and can help people fall asleep.

the 4-7-8 . Breathing Technique It requires a person to focus on inhaling and exhaling for a long time and deeply. Rhythmic breathing is an essential part of many meditation and yoga practices, as it promotes relaxation.

This method can help us reduce anxiety, help a person to to fall asleepAnd Control of cravings NS Mastering anger responses.

To practice this technique, we have to start Sit comfortably And place the tip of the tongue on the tissue just behind the upper front teeth.

Then we have to focus on this breathing pattern: Empty the lungs, breathe softly through the nose for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, then exhale forcefully through the mouth, holding the lips and making a buzzing sound, for 8 seconds. To be effective, we have to repeat the cycle at least four times.

According to Will, at least this technique should be used twice daily To start seeing the benefits. A person may feel the first few times giddy After experiencing this breathing cycle, it is recommended to try this technique sitting NS lying down To avoid dizziness or falling, dont do it more than four times when starting it.

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Veterinary Cannabis Society Leads the Charge in Education and Product Safety Standards as Advocates for Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine – The…

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The Veterinary Cannabis Society, the first U.S. non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization focused on raising awareness of cannabis as a medicine for animals, just launched its website and educational portal for veterinarians, pet parents and cannabis product companies. The Veterinary Cannabis Society (VCS) was created in 2020 after a team of dedicated veterinarians and cannabis industry leaders identified the glaring gap in education around the safe and appropriate use of cannabis for treating animals. The mission of VCS is to create lasting solutions that ensure the safe use of cannabis in pets through education, advocacy, and promoting product standards.

VCS offers a wide range of resources for veterinarians in search of alternative tools to better help their patients, as well as helping pet parents who are curious about how cannabis can be used effectively for their pet. Educational resources such as critically reviewed articles, a curated research library, podcasts, videos and presentations are made available to VCS members.

Updates on local, state, and federal developments will be highlighted on the site, as an added benefit for members and non-members who follow the cause. Being knowledgeable about these updates is critical for practicing veterinarians, since the majority of the state veterinary medical boards are not taking a solid stance for either hemp or high-THC cannabis products, complicating matters for vets who want to understand the legal parameters within their specific state. VCS is working to promote policies and sensible legislation in states where cannabis is legal, to ensure veterinarians will be able to safely recommend cannabis for their patients.

Veterinarians today struggle to discuss cannabis with pet parents, as they either lack the knowledge or want to avoid potential legal implications. No veterinarian should have to risk their license or livelihood simply because they are trying to do what is right for their patient, said Dr. Trina Hazzah, 15-year Integrative Veterinary Oncologist and President & Co-Founder of VCS. What we are a striving for is an educated and empowered global veterinary medical cannabis community, Hazzah added.

The non-profit works alongside leading executives in the cannabis industry who create pet products, providing guidance and recommendations for meeting pet safety standards.

Despite some individuals prejudices about cannabis, we must recognize the research that has been published thus far, pointing to cannabis as an effective medicine that, when used appropriately, is safer than many of the pharmaceuticals veterinarians use every day. However, before recommending a product, we need to make sure the product meets certain safety and quality benchmarks that may vary from the existing framework for human products, said Dr. Gary Richter, Vice President & Co-Founder of VCS.

VCS welcomes veterinary professionals, pet parents and pet cannabis product industry leaders to become members, offering a variety of membership options catering to the needs of each party:

VCS is currently exploring opportunities for Corporate Partnerships with organizations wanting to contribute to the advancement of veterinary cannabis medicine, and is always welcome to individual philanthropic contributions. In terms of upcoming events, VCS will have a booth at the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) Conference, where the Co-Founders, Dr. Hazzah and Dr. Richter will present a Veterinary Cannabis Q&A session on Monday, October 4, 2021.

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FDA authorized emergency use of portable negative pressure tent – State of Reform – State of Reform

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use Wednesday to newly designed negative pressure tents made by Michigan Medicine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michigan Medicine is in talks with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to stockpile these tents for the next pandemic and assist countries that still have high rates of COVID cases and deaths.

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The tent, AerosolVE Tent, uses a clear, foldable canopy that can be applied anywhere with a motorized filtration system that filters and contains aerosols. The device was developed by the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) in collaboration with FlexSys, Inc., a Michigan-based mechanical systems engineering company.

Nate Haas, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine and one of the leaders of the tents testing and development, said:

The tent helps patients by allowing more liberal use of proven therapies while protecting health care workers and other patients in the process. The device can turn any hospital bed, stretcher or operating room into a portable negative pressure room. The light weight, collapsibility and inexpensive materials also make it ideal for use in non-traditional settings such as field hospitals.

Clinical testing saw early success. Tested tents generated up to 600 air exchanges per hour, when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requirement for a negative pressure room is only 12. The device has been used on 20 known positive COVID patients or unknown-COVID-status patients in the emergency room. The device saw a 100% first-pass success among these patients for endotracheal intubations.

Haas said:

Throughout the testing, the tents were well-tolerated by patients and received positive feedback from health care workers. The patients were able to easily communicate with their providers and family members, and no serious adverse events occurred. I am excited about the potential of these devices to help more patients and health care workers at other institutions moving forward.

After emergency authorization, the device is eligible to be brought to market by InspireRx, a company formed by FlexSys Inc. and Michigan Medicine spinoff company. Ben Bassin, M.D., CMO of InspireRx and also an associate professor of emergency medicine at Michigan medicine, said:

Many health systems in the U.S. have very limited negative pressure infrastructure. In most developing countries, it doesnt even exist. We think [the AerosolVE Tent] is a scalable solution with great utility that can also allow the provision of early non-invasive respiratory therapies as well as life-saving procedures. This could possibly alleviate the need for a ventilator, enabling them to be returned to the supply chain to help alleviate critical medical equipment shortages.

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