The core belief of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) - that teaching patients mind body approach like meditation and yoga can reduce their stress and improve overall physical health – was proven correct in a preliminary study published this fall in the journal PLOS ONE. The study found that patients who participated in BHI programs reduced their medical visits on average by 43% in the year after taking part.
The study was led by Dr. James E. Stahl of the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment. Dr. Stahl was previously affiliated with BHI and is Chief of General Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
“Our study’s primary finding is that programs that train patients to elicit the relaxation response – specifically those taught at the BHI – can also dramatically reduce health care utilization,” Dr. Stahl said. “These programs promote wellness and, in our environment of constrained health care resources, could potentially ease the burden on our health delivery systems at minimal cost and at no real risk.”
Read more: Study Shows BHI Participants Reduced Doctors Visits by 43%
Whenever Vicci Recckio encountered a friend or confidante, her first question was always, “How are you?” She was someone who could make the person she was talking to feel like the center of the universe. Even though she often had the most pressing news or concerns – when she was dying of cancer, for example - she was an “enough about me, how about you?” type of person.
Read more: Friends & Family Honor the Life and Legacy of Vicci Recckio with Gifts to BHI
Two “prophets of Mind-Body Medicine” appeared together on the same stage to open the Benson-Henry Mind-Body Institute’s (BHI) annual CME Conference. Herbert Benson, MD and Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD earned a standing ovation November 5th after discussing their groundbreaking work and experiences over 40+ years advocating for mind body health.
“It is such an honor to have two prophets of mind-body medicine here to talk about the work they have been advocating for for so long,” said BHI Executive Director Gregory L. Fricchione. “The world is catching up to their vision, and this is a historic occasion.”
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The four-day conference at Harvard Medical School provided more than 400 integrative medicine practitioners from across the globe an opportunity to explore cutting edge research, share best practices and discover new strategies for treating patients.
Read more: BHI Hosts Historic 2015 CME Conference