The really tremendous news is that research indicates that 85% of cardiovascular disease, the number 1 cause of death in industrialized societies, is preventable by simple lifestyle changes.
“People tend to
think of breakthroughs in medicine as a new drug, a laser, or a
high-tech surgical procedure. They often have a hard time believing that
the simple choices that we make in our lifestyle?what we eat, how we
respond to stress, whether or not we smoke cigarettes, how much exercise
we get, and the quality of our relationships and support can be as
powerful as drugs and surgery. But they often are.”
- Dean Ornish, M.D.
Dr. Dean Ornish, Preventative Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, demonstrated conclusively that heart disease can be reversed
in people when they change the way they live and eat. Dr. Ornish's
research dramatically demonstrated the resiliency and flexibility of the
human body and its ability to heal itself.
Lifestyle changes are highly successful in treating cardiovascular
problems and improving health outcomes. And yet in this simple
prevention and natural treatment of disease lies the rub - how do people
successfully and happily make the necessary changes to their lifestyles
to live more healthy lives and prevent or manage cardiovascular
lifestyle changes are we talking about that have proved to be so
incredibly effective that they can literally prevent the majority of
cardiovascular disease and premature deaths?
- Stress management
- Whole food nutrition
- Physical movement in your body
Obvious and simple as these lifestyle changes are, they are not easily implemented. And here is where the leading edge of integrative medicine shines!
Certified Integrative Health Coach Professional
Pamela Chamberlynn, M.S.W.
is a Graduate of Duke Integrative Medicine Center at Duke University
"Awareness of the moment is
when change can occur."
Integrative Health Coaches :
- Assist people in reducing the negative impact of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.
- Help people clarify their health goals, and implement and sustain behaviors, lifestyles, and attitudes that are conducive to optimum health.
- Guide people in their personal care and health-maintenance activities.
While increasing age, male sex, and heredity are risk factors for heart disease, all of the following risk factors can be improved by lifestyle changes that your Integrative Health Coach Professional can help you make:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
- Obesity and overweight
- Diabetes melleitus
- Stress and anger
For more information on Integrative Health Coaching, see the Integrative Health Coaching page on this web site.
Please feel free to call for a complementary (free) 30' Integrative Health Coach Professional session.
Mindfulness Meditation and Interventions
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Pamela Chamberlynn, M.S.W., IHCP, MP is a
Graduate of Duke University Integrative Medicine Center
"In the ups and downs of life there's a place within us all that is still, wakeful, and compassionate. No matter what happens we can tune into that. If we take the time to be with it - to honor and bow to even the challenging times - our suffering can become a great source of light that illumines our heart and deepest compassion."
Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.
Extensive research has demonstrated that practicing mindfulness meditation can transform the outcomes for people coping with a wide variety of physical and emotional conditions including:
The connection between stress and heart disease has been clearly demonstrated in research. Meditation lowers stress and gives us simple, positive tools for handling it. Mindfulness meditation is reported to lower symptoms of depression, anxiety, and general distress by respectively 43%, 37%, 35%, and significantly reduce blood pressure (Rosenzweig et al, 2004).
- High Blood Pressure
- Type A Behavior
- Job and Family Stress
- Sleep Disturbances
- Anxiety and panic disorders
- Chronic pain
Some of the most debilitating symptoms in patients with chronic heart failure are related to the respiratory system, and improving the breathing pattern has potential favorable effects on patients with heart disease.
A study examining the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction found a significant improvement in breathing efficiency and frequency (Robert-McComb et al, 2004). Lowered resting level of the stress hormone cortisol was also observed.
Mindfulness meditation was featured in a 1993 Public Television special Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers. In May 2011 in a short and accurate feature on the nightly ABC news broadcast with Diane Sawyer:
Please see the Mindfulness Services page on this web site for additional information on Mindfulness meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR.)
Pamela Chamberlynn, M.S.W., is a Mindfulness Professional and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor trained at Duke University Integrative Medicine Center.