The 26th President of the University of Vermont
MindBody Medicine Clinic Updates
Recruiting Healthy Volunteers
- By Marcia A. Davis
About MindBody Medicine
Among the more profound accomplishments of modern science has been the discovery that mind and body are not separate and independent, but rather interdependent parts of the same entity. Descartes, in setting the mind and body apart, was wrong and Western medicine was equally wrong in discounting the effect of mental states on physical condition. The emotional centers of the brain are tightly connected to the immune, endocrine, cardiovascular systems, pain and sleep centers.
In last few decades, many studies demonstrated that people who are chronically distressed have increased risk of getting a major disease. By contrast, a mind at peace protects the body's health. That is why the MindBody Medicine Clinic's programs are specifically designed using approaches such as:
- relaxation techniques
- cognitive behavioral therapy
- stress management
- communication skills
By themselves, "mind-body" approaches are often not sufficient for treatment of medical illnesses and should be combined with traditional/allopathic medicine. They are, however, essential components of health and wellness and, if used carefully and systematically, can prevent and alleviate many stress-related symptoms.
The Clinic is Recruiting Healthy Volunteers
The UVM MindBody Medicine Clinic is recruiting healthy volunteers as controls for our research study on chronic pain, depression and DNA.
Eligible participants must meet the following requirements:
• Are between the ages of 18-76
• Have no chronic or acute pain
• Have no symptoms of depression or high anxiety
• Are generally healthy
Time commitment will take approximately an hour and includes completion of a paper questionnaire and two visits for urine and/or saliva samples.
For more information and to sign up please call Marcia Davis at 847-8241, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number and the best time to reach you.