Biofield Science and Healing: An Emerging Frontier in Health and Medicine
Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, Shamini Jain, Ph.D, David Muehsam, Ph.D., Richard Hammerschlag, Ph.D., John Ives, Ph.D., Wayne Jonas, M.D., Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., Daniel Vicario, M.D; Rauni Pritten King, RN, MIH, CHTPI, & Erminia Guarneri, M.D., FACC
We live in an age of unparalleled technological and scientific progress, juxtaposed with a cascading array of poor social, health, and environmental choices that could bring our species to the brink of catastrophe. Within the past 100 years alone, we have created significant advances in technologies to better control disease outbreaks, extend our lifespan, enhance global communication, increase our work productivity, and improve our overall quality of life. At the same time, we face major healthcare crises including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mental illness. Despite our best efforts and technological advances, we have not yet conquered these and other life and health challenges. In addition, health disparities are increasing and the 100-year rise in life expectancy is flattening. This continuance of human suffering, in the face of all our advancements, is leading to substantial and exponentially growing costs to individuals and to society.
Want to Lead a Happier Life? Talk to Your Genes
By Deepak Chopra, MD, Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD
Genetics may be on the verge of solving a very complex question in a revolutionary but quite simple way. The question is, What does it take to be happy? The question never goes away. It hangs over our heads every day. The possible answers are many, but they follow two general trends whose results, frankly, have been disappointing. One trend is psychological, holding that happiness is an emotional state. The other trend is philosophical, holding that happiness is a mental state. When someone is unhappy, psychologists aim to improve their mood, largely by addressing anxiety, depression, and various psychological wounds from the past. A philosopher, on the other hand, would examine the underlying idea of happiness itself and why it is or isn’t feasible. In the end, happiness is all about health and wellbeing.
Yet after thousands of years of deep thinking and a hundred years of psychotherapy, the condition that the vast majority of people find themselves in is marked by total confusion. We muddle through on a wobbly combination of wishful thinking, hope, bouts of high and low spirits, denial, family ties, love, distraction, and the constant pursuit of external pleasures, as if happiness can be cobbled together more or less randomly.
Chopra Foundation co-sponsors new article on the science of healing – bringing focus to the emerging field of energy and biofield medicine
Leading scientists in major U.S. universities collaborate with clinicians to publish cutting-edge scientific thinking in healing
San Diego, CA: What is the vital force behind all existence? The first Biofield Science and Healing Conference sponsored by leading not for profit organizations in integrative health, healing and medicine, The Chopra Foundation, Samueli Institute, Miraglo Foundation, and Institute of Noetic Sciences, addresses this question in “Biofield Science and Healing” in a Special Issue of a peer-review scientific journal, Global Advances in Health and Medicine.
“We need to move beyond studying the body as a physical machine,” said Dr. Deepak Chopra, Founder of the Chopra Foundation and coauthor with Dr. Rudolph Tanzi of Super Genes. “Deepening our scientific understanding of the role of consciousness and the biofield in health and healing will help to create a radical shift in medicine that will relieve unnecessary suffering.”
This special issue explores the following questions and more:
- What is Global healing traditions such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda?
- Do energy healing therapies like Healing Touch and Reiki really work?
- Can healing intention improve health outcomes?
- What is the scientific evidence for these practices, and can our present scientific and medical models be expanded to account for these healing approaches?
In these papers, researchers from top universities, healthcare providers, and healers discuss the science behind biofield healing practices and offer perspectives from physics, psychoneuroimmunology, technology, clinical research, and medicine.
“This Special Issue is groundbreaking because it reflects the importance and the willingness of scientists to meet side-by-side with healers and healthcare practitioners, to learn more about how healing works and translate that to healthcare practice.”, said Dr. Shamini Jain, Assistant Professor at UC San Diego, Founding Director of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI).
The Special Issue, published by Global Advances in Health and Medicine, released November 17th and can be assessed at http://www.gahmj.com/.
Sleepout to Support the Homeless Youth
On November 19, 2015, Board of Director Chris Clarke joined thousands nationwide and slept outside the Covenant House crisis center in New York to support homeless youth. Please read his story.