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The Role of Mindfulness Meditation in Health Care Reform
Date:12/7/2009

The factor most responsible for driving up health care costs is the neglect to use low-tech strategies to prevent disease and promote health in favor of high-tech interventions to treat disease after it has arisen," reports a groundbreaking review in the November 2009 issue of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. Evidence shows that Mindfulness Meditation can improve health and wellbeing by: ameliorating pain, decreasing stress and anxiety, alleviating depression, diminishing the use of medications, facilitating medical decision making, supporting healthy lifestyle changes, enhancing social connections, strengthening immune system function.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) December 7, 2009 -- The factor most responsible for driving up health care costs is the neglect to use low-tech strategies to prevent disease and promote health in favor of high-tech interventions to treat disease after it has arisen," reports a groundbreaking review in the November 2009 issue of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing.

"Strategies for health promotion and disease prevention - those that focus on self-responsibility and that support positive behavioral change - will yield the greatest long-term cost savings and are the foundation for a sustainable health care system," explains Kelley McCabe Ruff, CEO of eMindful Inc, and Elizabeth R. Mackenzie, PhD, the two lead authors. One of the most promising preventive interventions, they report, is Mindfulness Meditation.

Joined by twenty-two experts in mind-body medicine, Ruff and Mackenzie reviewed the research for Mindfulness Meditation's ability to affect physical, mental and emotional change and found convincing evidence that mindfulness can improve health and quality of life. According to the scientific literature, meditation not only improves health directly (e.g., normalizing blood pressure, enhancing immunity, lowering levels
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