Why Men Need Mind-Body Medicine Now More Than Ever

 

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I’m Dr Gregory Scott Brown, director of the Center for Green Psychiatry and affiliate faculty at the University of Texas Dell Medical School, reporting for Medscape on the importance of mind-body medicine for men.

Mind-body medicine focuses on how interactions within the mind, including thoughts, feelings, and emotions, relate to physical health and well-being. A mind-body practice could include guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, acupuncture, meditation, or yoga.

Let’s face it: Men are lukewarm when it comes to incorporating a mind-body practice into their own life. Many would rather go for 18 holes of golf, a pick-up game of basketball, or go spend time in the gym instead. Evidence, in fact, supports the idea that men are less likely to develop a meditation practice.

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Cuidar do nervo vago para reduzir a ansiedade e melhorar a qualidade de vida

O nervo vago inerva grande parte do nosso organismo. De tal forma que muitos o definem como uma força motriz, um canal interno que regula o descanso e que, além disso, desativa as respostas ansiosas do nosso corpo. Saber estimulá-lo através de exercícios como a respiração diafragmática nos ajudaria sem dúvidas a reduzir muitas dessas emoções negativas que nos atormentam todos os dias.

Vamos pensar por um momento em todas essas situações que geram ansiedade, em tudo aquilo que produz medo, incômodo, repulsa… Vamos visualizar esses momentos vitais e perceber como em um dado momento nosso estômago ou nosso intestino começa a ter espasmos, cólicas, a se agitar com muitas borboletas bravas no seu interior. Essa sensação ativa imediatamente o nervo vago e envia ao cérebro uma mensagem categórica: “temos uma ameaça”.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine for Brain Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

Neuroscientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness, even during awake brain surgery. The effects of stimulation were observed in an epilepsy patient undergoing diagnostic monitoring for seizure diagnosis. These effects were then harnessed to help her complete a separate awake brain surgery two days later.

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Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain, Study Finds

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s been a lot of discussion about what kinds of mental activities are actually capable of changing the brain. Some promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed “brain games” have fizzled out. Meanwhile, meditation and mindfulness training have accumulated some impressive evidence, suggesting that the practices can change not only the structure and function of the brain, but also our behavior and moment-to-moment experience.

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