Ben Goldacre … “I felt mislead … what a staggering difference there was between reality and what [we] could see in peer reviewed journals … this is a cancer at the core of evidence based medicine … research misconduct … the effect on patients is damning, and this is happening right now, today.”
Fall 2012 Issue of Integral Yoga Magazine, Yoga Therapy 2012,
Featuring Jon Kabat-Zinn, Durga Leela, Bo Forbes, Swami Ajaya, David Shannahoff-Khalsa, Grace Bullock and more…
- Eastern vs. Western Psychology—Sri Swami Satchidananda
- Every Thought Affects You—Swami Vishnudevananda
- The Nature of the Mind—Swami Asokananda
- Yoga Psychology Today—Laura Sevika Douglass
- Yoga of Recovery—Durga Leela
- Yoga, Vulnerability and Transformation—Bo Forbes
- The Mind’s Own Physician—Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Mantra as Medicine for the Brain—Catherine Ghosh
- Yoga: The Original Mind-Body Medicine—Ananda Bhavanani
- Healing into Wholeness—Kathleen Lea Summers
- Yoga Psychology: Where East Meets West—Swami Ajaya
- Medical Yoga: A Paradigm Shift—M. Mala Cunningham
The Healing Power of Yoga—Grace Bullock
- Yoga as an Alternative to Antidepressants—Bethany Butzer
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga—David Emerson
- Kundalini Yoga, A Sacred Therapy—David Shannahoff-Khalsa
- The Bridge of Yoga—Leonard Perlmutter
- A Healing Journey—Ken Lidden
…”To understand addiction, we need to know more than that someone has taken a drug that he likes. We need to know about the rest of his life, about his social support, his history of mental illness, education, employment, as well as his values and sense of meaning and purpose.
We need to know the dose of the drug and the setting where he takes it. We need to know his age and how his culture views behavior related to that drug and something about the level of stress and trauma he experienced as a child.
In fact, social factors like unemployment, education level, traumatic life experience and amount of social support for recovery are currently better predictors of recovery than any brain factors yet discovered. So far, pretty brain pictures don’t necessarily tell us much. A recent study, in fact, found that simply presenting data with such images—relevant or not—made people more likely to be convinced by the authors’ claims.
In short, addiction doesn’t begin—or end—with “pleasure centers in the brain.” If we’re going to address it effectively, we need to recognize this reality and devote as much time and money to studying social factors as intensely as we do the brain.Of course, that might mean looking at issues like unemployment, child abuse and poverty that are far more uncomfortable than saying “nucleus accumbens” or “brain disease” and being done with it”…
read more of this article from Maia Szalavitz, a columnist at The Fix.
It was an honor to be asked to talk about Yoga of Recovery at last week’s satsang at Yogaville, VA. First part of recording is chanting and wonderful recorded talk of Swami Satchitananada. YoR talk starts around 1:03 and is about 40 minutes long. Like and share if you find it useful, thank you
“It seems to me that alcoholics don’t have a single flaw or emotion or difficulty that non-alcoholics don’t also have. But there is something about alcoholism that seems to make people experience these things at more depth, or more intensely, and causes them to seek a solution in a way that other people may not have to…The thing that makes all of us human is our imperfections and our vulnerabilities.”
Producer Dan Carracino and director Kevin Hanlon’s documentary, Bill W.
Go to billw.com to see the Bill W. trailer and find out more about the film.
Are your Facebook fixes problematic?
If you answered “often” or “very often” on four or more of these questions, you may have a Facebook addiction, according to the researchers. And if you’re dicing with a cocktail of social media, God help you.
I have been teaching at the Foundations Freedom and Recovery Conference this week at Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, CA. Wanted to share with you some feedback from a first time conference attendee who came to find out what help is available for loved ones who suffer from addictions….
“First of all I thank God that he led me to come to this conference and thank everyone who organized and planned this conference. I learned so much and met so many good people. I had a wonderful opportunity to attend my first 12-step meeting. Most of all I met Durga and had a chance to participate in her teaching and class. I will try to implement her teaching to my current practice when I return home. I plan to return back to this conference next time again if situation allows me. I can’t thank you and everyone enough.” J.J. MD