Your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) can tell your doctor many things about how healthy you really are and what needs to be done to restore and improve your health. Recent breakthroughs in research suggest “most illness and injuries cause or result from an imbalance between the branches of the Autonomic Nervous System”. Studies show that the negative effects on the ANS can also be cumulative. That means every stress, trauma, illness and injury not dissipated and integrated can add up over years causing dys~regulation. ANS balance is a key to health and happiness. Every single cell in the body is affected by the Autonomic Nervous System... This is why it is important to have your ANS checked and balanced on a regular basis.
Depression is NOT a Chemical Imbalance in Your Brain - Here's Proof
Forget everything you've heard –- find out where this myth came from and why according to the National Institute of Mental Health, it's a botched theory which has been proven to be incorrect. Don't let them fool you ~ follow these 5 steps today instead...
~ Dr. Joseph Mercola
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Dr Drew’s guests includes Dr Allan N Schore, a neuroscientist from the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development. Dr Schore is the author of Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self.
During the interview, you will hear how terror and trauma induces the freeze response.
Unified Therapy™ is an effective treatment to unlock the freeze response.
The Polyvagal Theory in Action –
How Heart Rate Figures into Chronic Stress And Trauma Treatments
Is there a placebo effect?
February 19, 2012 4:22 PM
Harvard scientist, Dr Irving Kirsch says the drugs used to treat depression are effective, but for many, it's not the active ingredient that's making people feel better. It's the placebo effect.
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"I think the problem in psychiatry is...we don't have a lot of tools" to treat depression, says Dr Walter Brown, and therefore antidepressants become a default treatment.
Why Antidepressants are Widely Prescribed, 60 Minutes, February 19, 2012
"For decades, doctors have linked depression to a chemical imbalance in the brain, but psychiatrist Dr Walter Brown says this theory needs to be reexamined."
Does a Chemical Imbalance Cause Depression? 60 Minutes, February 19, 2012
Dr Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development.
His Regulation Theory, grounded in developmental neuroscience and developmental psychoanalysis, focuses on the origin, psychopathogenesis, and psychotherapeutic treatment of the early forming subjective implicit self.
Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior.
Brené Brown explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.
Vulnerability, Shame and Numbing Emotions
Listening to Shame
Brené Brown studies the human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love.
In a poignant, funny talk filmed at TEDx Houston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
June 15, 2012 By Ruth Buczynski, PhD, President, NICABM
How can the body and its natural processes be tools for treating trauma?
The Polyvagal Theory helps us answer this question by explaining how people process their environment and how the body regulates itself in the face of stress and trauma. In the video below, Stephen Porges, PhD, creator of the Polyvagal Theory, shares one way to apply the Polyvagal Theory when working with the body’s responses to traumatic triggers and stressful events.
As in Unified Therapy™, Dr Porges discusses using the mind-body connection to treat trauma, how the nervous system makes adjustments in the body in response to stress and the importance of Vagal regulation.
Dr. Porges is a developmental psychologist and neuroscientist who has been studying the relation between the nervous system and behavior for over 30 years and has made great contributions to the fields of brain development as well as Autonomic Nervous System function.
In this short video, Dr Allan Schore discusses the transformational revolution that has taken place in the field of psychology.
Emotion is now at the heart of clinical theory and most psychological research and is seen as the foundation to psychotherapeutic change.
Dr Schore’s work has been an important catalyst in the ongoing "emotional revolution" now occurring across all clinical and scientific disciplines.
May 25, 2012 By Ruth Buczynski, PhD, President, NICABM
We know that trauma affects the brain at any age, but when a child endures trauma, the result is profoundly tragic – it sets in motion a pattern of changes in the brain that can be devastating in adult life.
Let's take a look at the four ways early life trauma can affect the brain.
The Power of Vulnerability
Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work discusses in an insightful and entertaining manner how we tend to numb our emotions to protect ourselves from Vulnerability and Shame.
In her videos, filmed at the TED conferences, Brené Brown talks about how we tend to numb our vulnerability in this world through spending (debt), overeating (obesity), addictions (alcohol, drugs, etc) or through medications.
Yet, we cannot selectively numb emotion. If you numb yourself to all the bad feelings and emotions in your life, then you will not be able to feel other emotions such as joy, gratitude, and happiness.
"Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.”
~ Brené Brown
Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable. Human-behavior researcher and author Brené Brown has made a career out of studying difficult emotions such as fear and shame. Brown believes shame underlies the spread of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and much more. She believes the point is to embrace life and oneself with all the imperfections, releasing the stress of overdoing and overworking.
“When you have been traumatized, you will end up going out and re-traumatizing yourself and all of a sudden, something relatively minor will happen and set off this flurry of anxiety and depression and flashbacks and abusive thoughts,” Dr. Drew said however, he noted that the condition can get better.
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The Polyvagal Theory –
Looking at Trauma through a New Lens
April 26,, 2013 By Ruth Buczynski, PhD, President, NICABM
Can trauma haunt the body the same way it haunts memories?
According to Stephen Porges, PhD, not only does the body remember a traumatic experience, but it can actually get stuck in the trauma response mode.
So even when life becomes safe, the body still perceives danger and its defenses stay engaged.
Why does this happen and what can we do about it? Dr Porges shares a little background along with his own personal experience with this phenomenon – check it out, it’s just 4 minutes.
Jim was a guest on the American Warrior Radio Show, hosted by Garren Cone and Glenn McGuffie of the AVET Project, Inc. Along with Vietnam veteran, Sonny Hartwell, they talked about PTSD and its impact on our combat veterans. Jim talks about how Unified Therapy™ provides a unique treatment for PTSD and his work with our veterans. We invite you to watch the interview.
American Warrior Radio – Jim Fazio interview on PTSD
Lissa Rankin, MD teaches both patients and health care professionals how to make the body ripe for miracles by healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life, not just by promoting healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, sexuality, finances, and living environment.
She is leading a revolution to feminize how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, fostering self-healing, reconnecting health care and spirituality, empowering patients to tap into the mind's power to heal the body, and encouraging women not to settle for being merely well, but to strive for living vital, joyful, authentic lives full of "mojo."
The Shocking Truth About Your Health
Lissa Rankin, MD is an OB/GYN physician, author, keynote speaker, consultant to health care visionaries, professional artist, and founder of the women's health and wellness community OwningPink.com. Discouraged by the broken, patriarchal health care system, she left her medical practice in 2007 only to realize that you can quit your job, but you can't quit your calling.
This epiphany launched her on a journey of discovery that led her to become a leader in the field of mind/body medicine, which she blogs about at OwningPink.com and is writing about in her third book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House, 2013).
Paul Christo, MD of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Pain Treatment Center interviews Judith Orloff, MD, author of EMOTIONAL FREEDOM, on how emotional pain is correlated with mind, body, and spirit. They discuss how emotional pain differs from physical pain, where it can manifest in the body and strategies to heal pain. ~ More info at http://www.drjudithorloff.com
Peter A. Levine, PhD, is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the director of The Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute, a nonprofit, educational, and research organization focusing on worldwide healing and prevention of trauma. Here he discusses how chronic pain and trauma interact.
Dr Levine gives a good example what happens to the energy in trauma.
Lissa Rankin, MD is a physician and New York Times bestselling author of "Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself", and the founder of Dr Lissa Rankin's Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers.
Dr Rankin is on a grassroots mission to heal healthcare by repairing the doctor-patient relationship, while empowering both patients and health care providers to marry the best of Western medicine with mind-body approaches scientifically proven to activate the body's natural self-repair mechanisms. Join the revolution at HealHealthCareNow.com
Is There Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves?
Is Medicine Killing You?
New age gurus suggest that we can heal ourselves by simply changing our minds, but is this concept grounded in cold, hard science? Lissa Rankin, MD explores the scientific literature, reviewing case studies of spontaneous remission, as well as placebo and nocebo effect data, to prove that our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology when we believe we can get well.
Don't Make This Brain Numbing Mistake, Not Even Once
It promises to correct this "deficiency". But 60 years of studies can't back it up, and it severely impacts your brain's ability to function correctly. So avoid the hype and don't make this mistake – not even once.
Contrary to popular belief, depression is not typically the result of ‘low serotonin’ levels, nor is it an imbalance that needs to be fixed with antidepressant drugs.
General Disclaimer: All information on this site is provided for informational purposes only. By no means is any information presented herein intended to substitute for the advice provided to you by your own physician or health care provider. You should not use any information contained in this site to self-diagnose or personally treat any medical condition or disease or prescribe any medication. If you have or suspect you have a medical condition you are urged to contact your personal health care provider.
Are you resigned to living in pain? Pain scientists are starting to think differently about pain, its causes and how your body learns pain. Pain is a very personal thing, different for each person. Scientists are discovering that the way you think about pain, your attitudes and beliefs can change the way pain feels.
Are you ready to Tame the Beast? Unified Therapy™ can help you retrain your pain system.