BHI is pleased to announce that registration is now open for “Mind Body Medicine: Its Role in Compassionate Care,” the institute’s annual conference at Harvard Medical School. The 3 ½ day Continuing Medical Education (CME) course will be held October 20-23, 2016 at the Joseph Martin Conference Center in Boston.
Dr. Margaret Chesney and Dr. Steven Southwick will provide keynote addresses. Dr. Chesney, Professor of Medicine in Residence at the University of California, San Francisco, will present “Integrative Medicine: Seeds of Change and Future Directions.” Dr. Southwick is the Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, PTSD and Resilience at the Yale University School of Medicine. His talk is “The Science of Resilience: Lessons from the Resilient.”
Read more: Register Now for Fall 2016 CME
Survey examines Americans' use of and satisfaction with homeopathic medicines
While few report using homeopathy, many of those who do find it helpful in addressing common health problems
A new survey finds that homeopathic medicines are primarily used by a small segment of the U.S. population for common, self-limited conditions such as the common cold or back pain. The report published in the American Journal of Public Health also finds that homeopathy users, particularly those who also report visiting homeopathic practitioners, find the use of these products helpful and that they tend to use a greater variety of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) modalities than do users of supplements and other CIMs. This is the first detailed report on the use of homeopathy in this country.
“The information provided by this survey is important to regulatory officials at the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), both of which have inquired about the public use and perception of these products,” says Michelle Dossett, MD, PhD, MPH, of the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, lead and corresponding author of the paper. “Since most people purchase these products over the counter without physician guidance, it is reassuring to see that most use them for non-serious, self-limited conditions.”
Read more: Survey examines Americans' use of and satisfaction with homeopathic medicines
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.
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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%