Category Archives: neuroscience

Compassion in Health Care

I am helping to organize a conference on October, 25th in Greenville, SC, USA on the role of compassion in healthcare. The meeting is jointly sponsored by the Greenville Health System, Clemson University and Furman University. We have a great … Continue reading

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Book Alert!

Best selling author of Buddha’s Brain neuropsychologist Rick Hanson has just published a new book, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence. I haven’t finished it yet, but it is really great so far. You, I, … Continue reading

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Relaxation Response and Changes in Gene Expression

The Relaxation Response was described by Harvard University physician Herbert Benson in a 1975 best-selling book of the same name. The Relaxation Response or RR is the physiological opposite of the stress response, and Benson argued is as fundamental to … Continue reading

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Yoga and Gene Expression

I have practiced yoga nearly daily for the past 4 years. I have seen the effect that this has made in my own life both physically and psychologically. Yoga was the cornerstone of my recovery from cervical disc rupture and … Continue reading

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In his 2011 book Quantum Doctor particle physicist Amit Goswami applies quantum theory to the underpinnings of allopathic medicine, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and homeopathy. As an allopathic physician I have struggled to get the morphogenetic representation of my vital … Continue reading

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So What?

What does this experience mean? I it more than an anecdote burnished and embellished by time? Is this anything more than a psychological trick, a stunt, a novelty? Does this have any relevance to our day-to-day lives? I think it … Continue reading

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Zen and Neuroscience

I am currently reading Selfless Insight: Zen and the Meditative Transformations of Consciousness by fellow neurologist James Austin, M.D. In this remarkable work, Dr. Austin sifts through the burgeoning neuroscience of mindfulness and cuts through opaque layers of contemplative traditions … Continue reading

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