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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 of stress hormones, and improving brain function), it also improves health indirectly by helping individuals to avoid maladaptive responses to stress (e.g., excessive drinking, substance abuse, smoking, binge eating).

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.

Arguing that a wide-scale adoption of Mindfulness programs throughout the health care system would decrease costs by keeping people well and facilitating the healing process when they do get sick, the authors conclude that, "Mindfulness training will help people become more self-aware, more resilient to stress, and more responsible about their lifestyle choices."

For a copy of the published article please contact Bonnie Horrigan at 760.634.4947 or email: bonniehorrigan (at) cox (dot) net.

About EXPLORE:

EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing is a peer-reviewed medical journal that is published six times a year by Elsevier. Indexed by Medline and Science Direct, EXPLORE addresses the healing arts, consciousness, spirituality, eco-environmental issues, and basic science as all these fields relate to health.

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Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/) is a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in 74 offices worldwide publish more than 1,800 journals and 2,200 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus (http://www.news.scopus.com/), bibliographic databases, online reference works and subject specific portals.

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