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Mental Building of Future World and Self

By: Vinod Deshmukh

Posted: April 13, 2016

Consciousness

As we grow from infancy to childhood, we learn to sequence experienced events in personal space-time. We learn to name objects, persons and events and also to count events. Thus, we create our own experiential space, timeline and a personal history based on our memory.

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Distant Healing Intention Therapies: An Overview of the Scientific Evidence

By: Dean Radin

Posted: December 16, 2015

DistantHealing

This article provides a broad overview of “distant healing intention” (DHI) therapies, ie, intentional healing modalities claimed to transcend the usual constraints of distance through space or time. We provide a summary of previous reviews and meta-analyses that have explored a diverse array of DHI modalities, outcome measures, and experimental protocols. While some significant experimental effects have been observed, the evidence to date does not yet provide confidence in its clinical efficacy. The purported “nonlocal” nature of DHI raises significant methodological and theoretical challenges. We recommend several avenues for improving future research.

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Mind and Self

By: Subhash Kak

Posted: November 18, 2015

Yoga Book

CHI Contributing Member Subask Kak provides an enlarged commentary on Patanjali's Yoga-sūtra and juxtaposes it with newer relevant results from science. This commentary makes yoga more accessible both to laypersons and scientists and scholars.

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East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet?

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Posted: November 17, 2015

TraditionalChineseMedicine

This article, published in the prestigous journal Science, by CHI Contributing scientist Herman van Wietmarschen in the Sino-Dutch Centre for Personalized and Preventative Medicine, describes the reductionist Western medicine model and holistic Chinese medicine model, and considers how these seemingly disparate systems of knowledge may combined in a way that may benefit medicine and science.

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Preservation of Immune Function in cervical cancer patients during chemoradiation using a novel integrative approach

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Posted: November 10, 2015

HealingTouch Cancer

This peer-reviewed published article by CHI Science Advisor Dr. Susan Lutgendorf and her colleagues, describes the current use of a biofield therapy (Healing Touch) in cancer care and the research findings on changes in immune and mood function in a randomized controlled trial with cervical cancer patients.

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The Use of Healing Touch in Integrative Oncology

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Posted: October 22, 2015

HealingTouch Cancer

The use of complementary therapies by patients with cancer has become increasingly prevalent; as a result, oncology nurses find themselves needing to understand those therapies and the evidence-based support for their use. This article describes the integrative use of the biofield therapy healing touch in conjunction with the chemoradiation received by patients with cervical cancer (stages IB1 to IVA) as reported in a 2010 research study. Findings indicated effects on the immune response and depression in healing touch recipients compared to patients receiving relaxation or standard care. Specifically, healing touch recipients demonstrated a minimal decrease in natural killer cell cytotoxicity over the course of treatment, whereas the cytotoxicity of patients receiving relaxation therapy and standard care declined sharply during radiation. Healing touch recipients also showed decreases in depressed mood compared to relaxation therapy and standard care recipients. The findings suggest that appropriate integration of complementary modalities into oncology care can enhance the impact of conventional care by putting patients in the best condition to use their innate healing resources.

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