About This Blog: Mind-Body Medicine in Research and Practice



Life is so full of noise and speed that any opportunity we afford ourselves to stop and think about deeply serious things is a gift and we should take advantage of it.”

–David Remnick

The purpose of this blog is to share what I have learned about how mind-body medicine works.  It contains posts about how the nervous system works, how it controls mind-body medicine,  how different procedures fit into the mold of mind-body medicine, and how a person can train the mind to help repair the body.  I emphasize its use for treating PTSD and removal of toxins, and repair of mind and body from emotional and physical trauma.

I also comment on different articles or news reports which provoke my thoughts about how the brain and body work (beyond the Physiology 101 course). Thus the level of education expected of my blog readers is higher than the typical newspaper and many blogs. I assume that my readers have had a college course in anatomy and physiology. This means that for many readers, answers to questions about very basic anatomy and physiology can be found in a textbook for that course or in many articles found on the internet. I will not be providing information that is so readily available to readers already. I hope, however, that my use of terms in context helps the reader to understand the material regardless of their education level.

Much of the medical research being done today has numerous flaws in reasoning and news reporting on that research has suffered because of this problem.  I comment on how certain scientific research has been done, and suggest better interpretations of the data being reported in the news.

This blog is a work in progress, since my time on the internet is limited,  so please be patient.  Questions about mind-body medicine are welcome and can be included in a comment you post, or in emails directly to me.

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Quote by David Remnick, speaking about what we need to do on this day commemorating the lives of people lost in the terrorist attacks on the US on Sept. 11. (from interview on NPR’s Morning Edition 09/11/11).





6 thoughts on “About This Blog: Mind-Body Medicine in Research and Practice

  1. Hi Martha ..thank you for your most impressive research and writing about your finds. I have only recently been sent a link to your site and I have now joined other interested folks. In my years of mind body medicine (Energy kinesiology/MRT in the UK) I haven’t ventured into the clinical side as much as you. I have however found the same as you, identifying the when what how’s who’s etc are very much wanted to be, is ‘witnessed’ the word, by our body mind and that having done so ‘miracles’ can follow. For me over the years a more simple way has evolved but never the less powerful. An example that I love to relay to people is that isn’t it extraordinary how the ‘should’s’ in our life tend to sit on our ‘shoulders’ !
    I look forward to reading more of your blogs as they come.
    Kind regards
    Sue Keeping

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    1. Dear Sue,

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am in the middle of updating many blogs, and unfortunately WordPress doesn’t inform you of those updates. Most of the work is cosmetic, making them more readable and some get more images. Recently I have done major updates for some, mainly in the mind-body medicine section but also any neuroscience posts.


    2. Thanks Sue, I just figured out that the brain actually has an anatomical basis for the questions in the order of when, who, where, etc. The visual cortex has 2 streams that have been identified to go to other parts of the neocortex (the 2-stream hypothesis mentioned in my post ‘Visualization Techniques’). One goes toward the prefrontal cortex and tells us where we are looking, and the coordinates of ourselves relative to the objects in our environment. The other is more ventrally placed and goes toward the temporal lobe and handles “what” aspects, identifying the person/object/scene, etc. This “what stream has a superior subsection going toward the anterior cingulate gyrus where the face of a person (“who”) is identified. Next is “when” associated with timing parameters in the temporal lobe, and then the most inferior subsection is dedicated to the other aspects of identification, that one would put into an “analysis” section of the temporal lobe which would tell us things like what happened and how it happened.


  2. Many thanks for the wonderful information! Are you currently a member on twitter by any chance? Will give you a twitter update through my account later 🙂


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